The best campsites in Uganda

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Whether you are planning a trip to a prepared campground or are venturing out into the wilderness with your backpack, it is always important to know how to choose a good campsite to settle in for the night.

What makes a good campsite? There are a number of things to keep in mind when selecting the best campsites. In order to be comfortable, you should select a spot by looking at what is below you, above you, and in front of you, as well as what surrounds you and makes up your campground views.

how to choose the best camp site in Uganda.

1. Good campsites are found, not made

This goes hand in hand with much of the above. Remember the reason we go camping is to enjoy nature in all its beauty and glory. Always be mindful of your local environment and try to leave it exactly as you find it. If you’re wild camping this is especially important. Try to pitch late, leave early and, of course, leave no trace.

2.  Be aware of environmental hazards

Is your campsite safe from hazards such as rock falls, flash floods, high tide or avalanches? As mentioned, natural windbreaks can be really useful but also come with their own set of hazards. You need to be aware of the local environment and not camp somewhere you can get hurt or worse, especially in the wild where there may not be help for miles around.

3. Consider the sun

If you want the morning sun to warm you up, make sure your campsite faces south (in the northern hemisphere). If you’re planning to spend time in your tent during the day then make sure you’ll have some shade. A tent can easily turn into a sauna during the hottest part of the day.

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4. Wash rooms 

The worst thing about camping is getting up in the middle of the night and having to walk to the  wash rooms  block (if you’re lucky enough to have one). The wash room blocks are usually the busiest area so if you don’t want people walk past your tent all night, pitch a fair distance away. Just be prepared for a long cold walk in the night. If you’re wild camping, make sure your waste has minimum impact on the environment – always bury everything.

5.  Avoid compacted ground

Don’t pick a spot just because others have camped there. When people camp on the same site over and over, the ground underneath gets compacted. This can be bad news if it rains heavily. You can find your campsite suddenly swamped when the compacted area fills up with water. Don’t pitch your tent in one of these overused indentations. 

6.  Choose flat ground

First and most obvious in getting a comfortable night’s sleep is to make sure you pitch your tent on flat ground. Unfortunately, nature isn’t always accommodating so if you must pitch on a slope, pitch your tent in a way so you can sleep with your head at the top of the slope. Ground that has a slight incline will help to avoid puddles in case it rains. And it often does.

Elephants in Uganda


Uganda has got the Savannah and Forest Elephants. These different species can be well-observed if you travel to places like Murchison Falla National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park especially in Ishaha and make comparisons with the elephants which cross back and forth into Uganda and Congo from the Ntungwe River. You can notice the difference in size and colour and  the forest elephants are more destructive than those in the Open Savannah grass lands.

Savanna elephants are intelligent, sociable, affectionate. They portray behaviors similar to humans such as caring for weaker individuals, adoption of orphaned calves and grieving over dead companions. Living in family groups of varying sizes and led by matriarchs, elephants traverse vast landscapes in search of food and water, paying no attention to political borders. 

With a single mature individual consuming between 250 and 350 kg of vegetation and requiring 110 to 190 liters of water per day, the home ranges of these elephants can span several hundred square kilometers. As a result, elephants play an important role in the modification of ecosystems and creation of conditions suitable for the survival of some plants and animals. 

They maintain grasslands by reducing tree cover and create water ponds for other wildlife as they dig for water using their trunks and tusks. They help with the dispersal and germination of tree species such as Borassus palms and Balanitis aegyptiaca trees, which are common in Africa.

Elephants can live up to 80 years. A fully grown savannah elephant in Uganda will weigh between 3500kgs to 12000kgs. Females are known to be slightly smaller than males, a baby elephant (calf) will normally weigh about 105kgs after the long gestation period of the mother which runs for 22 months.

An Elephant will use its trunk for many purposes most especially to draw water and grass for feeding but will also use the trunk to create way in the wild and some times raise the trunk up with ears wide when it sights danger. The trunk can take in up to 15-liters of water in a single draw. 

The tusk of an elephant will also help it to draw water especially in clearing the weed away from the water, clear the thickets and get good grass, help push trees down to get fruits and also help in digging salt.

These tusks for a fully grown elephant, they can measure up to 3meters and can also weigh up to 90kgs. Elephants will spend around 16 hours feeding on grass, shrubs, tree branches and will consume at least 140-270 kgs in a day. They spend most of the time feeding and they will normally rest for about 2 hours.

Lowombo

Traditionally in Uganda having a luwombo is like having the biggest celebrations like Christmas   or a wedding.  Many people enjoy this delicacy and it is very much respected and honored.

Luwombo is a traditional Method of Cooking common among the baganda in the central Uganda. It is both a classic dish of royal dinners and a dish popular throughout Uganda especially at holiday time.

It is said that oluwombo dates way back in the 50s though most popularly recognized in the 1880s  during the reign of Kabaka Mwanga, the dish was introduced by his chief cook, Kawunta.