Uganda Celebrates 58th Independence
Uganda celebrates 58th Independence today on the 9th of October which she gained back in 1962 from her colonial masters, the British. Uganda gained her independence on 9th October 1962 from Britain.
The Uganda Independence Day celebrations have since 1962 been celebrated nationally with the sitting presidents presiding over the event. For the past 35 years or so, HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the sitting president of the Republic of Uganda has presided over the nations Independence Day celebrations, often at the Kololo ceremonial grounds. The celebrations come with a public holiday for everyone in the country, and it is usually welcomed and much anticipated for.
As Uganda celebrates 58th Independence from the British colonial government today, it is quite different from the usual way the celebrations are made. Usually, the Independence Day celebrations are graced with military parades, performances from different artists, traditional songs and dances performed by both school children and adults, among so many others. With the current situation of the Corona Virus pandemic that is still ravaging the world severely, the 58th Independence Day celebrations of Uganda are at the statehouse, with very few invited guests with the rest of the nation and the world following it on Live TV and radio broadcasts, as well as online on various social media platforms. The event that usually has hundreds in attendance this time around has about 30 invited guests, all done in the bid to curb the spread of the deadly Coronavirus disease.
As Uganda celebrates 58th Independence today, the theme under which the celebrations are made is; “Celebrating Uganda’s steady progress towards economic take-off and self-sustaining economic growth.”
Uganda is a country that is gifted by nature, no wonder that Sir Winston Churchill referred to it as “The Pearl of Africa”. Blessed with various fresh water bodies like Lake Victoria, abundant wildlife in about 10 national parks some of which animals and birds are endemic to the country and the region, great and fertile soils which favour agriculture that is the backbone of the country, mountains like the Ruwenzori that is snow-capped all year round, being the source of the Nile arguably the longest river in the world, and so much more that the beautiful country largely of a youthful population has to offer. With the amazing scenery and attractions in Uganda, it is no wonder that is named one of the best destinations to visit before one leaves earth.
Some of the places that are a worthy visit to any traveller who gets to visit Uganda include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to take part in gorilla trekking an activity that has you encountering the giant apes in their natural habitat, Kibale Forest National Park to take part in among other activities chimpanzee tracking and bird watching given the forest is named an Important Birding Area, Queen Elizabeth National Park that is named after the Queen of England who visited the park years ago and see among others tree climbing lions, herds of buffaloes, zebras, large numbers of hippos on the Kazinga Channel among so many more wildlife species. Murchison Falls National Park that has the loudest falls in the world, and Kidepo Valley National Park that gives travellers a true African safari in the vast savannah plains to see the Big5 and encounter the interesting Karamajong community while on a cultural safari in the park. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a must visit too, for it is where travellers can encounter the rhinos on foot! Other parks that travellers can visit while on a Uganda safari are Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that makes part of the Virunga Conservation Area and hosts a number of mountain gorillas that can be visited on a gorilla trekking adventure, Lake Mburo National Park which is the nearest national park from Kampala that travellers can even enjoy one day Lake Mburo National Park safaris, Mount Elgon National Park, Mountain Ruwenzori National Park where travellers can climb till the Magharittah peak which is snow-caped all year long despite being crossed by the Equator, Semuliki National Park and so much more including other tourist sites like Ngamba Island from where orphaned and hurt chimpanzees are kept and rehabilitated, the Entebbe Zoo from where travellers can get to enjoy the behind the scenes and even feed the animals like giraffes, elephants and lions among others.
In all the parks and tourist sites you choose to visit while on a Uganda safari, the activities you are surely likely to do include all if not some of the following; gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, golden monkey tracking, game drives, bird watching, launch cruises, falls hiking, lion tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park in particular, sport fishing, cultural encounters, horseback safaris among so many others.
Tourism is one of the leading revenue earning industry in Uganda. As Uganda celebrates 58th Independence Day therefore, take it into consideration to plan a Uganda safari tour to take part in the various tourist activities listed above and get to contribute to the steady growth and development of the country just like the theme of the celebration states. Get in touch with a reputable tour operator to help you plan a wonderful Uganda safari tour. When you do visit the various destinations in the country, though, be mindful to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) put in place to protect the wildlife and each other from contracting the deadly coronavirus disease.