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The AFAR Guide to Uganda

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With the urban life of Uganda centered on its capital, Kampala, much of the country remains rural–green hills, plantations, and the volcanic mountains, which are home to one of the last mountain gorilla populations in the world, forming the edge of the Rift Valley. Uganda is home to a wide range of ethnicities, cultures and traditions, occupying a plateau bordering Lake Victoria to the south, and divided by the White Nile as it makes its way north to Khartoum.
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Gulu, Uganda
We had arranged to visit a resettled village outside of Gulu, Uganda. The people of this village had been resettled after nearly 20 years in a refugee camp where they were placed for protection from Joseph Kony. About two miles outside of the...
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Uganda
“You are very lucky!” my guide told me. “You will have the gorillas all to yourself!” He seemed pleased for me in my rare situation of being the lone tracker to see one of the habituated gorilla families in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest....
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Uganda
At the Bwindi Safari Lodge, stay in one of eight bandas (classic Ugandan thatched-roof huts). Trek through tree ferns, red stinkwoods, and tangled vines on a guided nature walk or enjoy the jungle view from your room’s broad veranda. Bwindi’s...
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Kampala, Uganda
In Kampala, Uganda’s capital, and other cities, boda-boda motorcycle taxis are among the most popular forms of transportation. But away from the industrialized centers, makeshift—brakeless—bicycles and scooters built out of wood hurtle down hills...
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Chimpanzee Island, Uganda
Ngamba Island Sanctuary in Uganda is one of the only places in the world where you can have an up close experience with almost-wild chimpanzees. I’ve taken an hour-long boat ride from Entebbe to the island, for the opportunity to walk and play...
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Fort Portal-Mpondwe Rd, Rubirizi, Uganda
“Shut up!” I try to keep my speech patterns out of the trenches of popular slang phrase, I guess out of some weird allegiance to my ancient past as an English major, but when I’m too overwhelmed to think or care about words, they simply tumble out...