Almost 1,5 million tourists arrive every year at Entebbe Airport. About 90% of them go for the so-called ‘Western loop’. To the gorillas in Bwindi, chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, the wildlife in Murchison Falls / Queen Elizabeth or to Lake Bunyonyi. Far less traveled and explored is the Eastern Loop. In this blog five reasons why this is a missed opportunity: the Eastern loop makes your Uganda holiday complete!
1. Experience the real Uganda
Eastern Uganda has various tribes that still live in a traditional way, such as the Karamajong and the Ik. By walking through small villages and interacting with the friendly locals, you will get the real Africa vibe. Spontaneous interactions easily occur and make you get a complete picture of what it is to live in rural Uganda, including the toughness and challenges. Also, the landscapes in the East are totally different from other parts of Uganda. More about this below.
2. Authentic Karamoja culture
Karamoja region and its Karamajong people have suffered from war, tribal conflicts and poverty. In 2009 the Ugandan government disarmed the Karamajong from their guns (which were used for cattle raids). This gave the starting sign for a decade of civilisation initiatives, though many Karamajong are still living their traditional life style. Kara-Tunga – a Community tourism organization in Moroto – offers guided tours to the Kraals and villages of the Karamajong. Personally, I have done this tour in December 2017 and found it an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
3. Wildlife in Pian Upe
Pian Upe is at 1,5 hours drive from our Home of Friends Guesthouse. This ‘soon to be’ National Park has antelopes, buffaloes and a lush landscape, rocks and caves that cannot be found elsewhere. Find out more in this blog from colleague travel blogger Fay.
4. Kidepo National Park
Personally, I find Kidepo the most attractive game park in Uganda. It is located in the far North East corner of the country, surrounded by mountains. Kidepo has an incredible wildlife. The lodges have spectacular views. See below a photo of Savannah Lodge where you can enjoy the wildlife from your toilet!
5. Stunningly green Mount Elgon
Sipi Falls is situated on the flanks of Mount Elgon. It is the most green and lush area of Uganda. The region is blessed with waterfalls, streams, caves and a forest: Mount Elgon National Park. The people here have always had enough food. That’s maybe the reason why they look so healthy and can run that fast? (see more about the runners later in this blog). Running, abseiling and mountain biking are popular activities in this region. Highly recommendable is also the 4-days hike to the summit of Mount Elgon, at 4.321m.
Are you ready to travel the Eastern Loop? Or are you still having some questions? In both cases: contact us!