This edition of the summer school is in the western region of Uganda. There are majorly 4 places that can be visited;
1. Rwenzori Mountains National Park
2. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
3. Lake Mburo National Park
3. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park: This requires a permit for tracking the gorillas (International Tourists: $600 person and East Africans: Ugx 250,000). These certificates are competitive and should be got in advance.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park is located in southwestern Uganda on the east side of the Albertine rift valley. It is along the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), just above the equator. It is situated in the Bundibugyo, Kabarole, and Kasese districts, 25 km from the small town of Kasese. The park has area of 996 km2, 70% of which is above 2,500 m. The park comprises most of the centre and eastern half of the Rwenzori Mountains. The ice-capped Rwenzori Mountains are even higher than the Alps. Margherita Peak, one of Mount Stanley’s twin summits is Africa’s third highest peak at 5,109 m. Africa’s fourth and fifth highest peaks (Mount Speke and Mount Baker) are also located in the park. The park has glaciers, snowfields, waterfalls, and lakes and is one of Africa’s most beautiful mountain region.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Besides the mountain gorillas, Bwindi is characterized by steep hills and narrow valleys with a general incline from the north and west to the south-western corner. Together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary, the park constitutes an important water catchment area serving the surrounding densely populated agricultural land. With an area of 32,092ha and an altitudinal range of 1,I 90-2,607m, Bwindi is one of the few large expanses of forest in East Africa where lowland and montane vegetation communities meet.
Lake Mburo National Park: is located close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. This 260km2 park’s precarious past has seen wildlife virtually eliminated several times: firstly in the various attempts to get rid of tsetse flies in the region, then to make way for ranches, and finally as a result of subsistence poaching. 20% of the park’s areas is a wetland.
Mgahinga Gorrila National Park: is home of the eight-member ‘Nyakagezi’ mountain gorilla family, which consists of five males (silverbacks), two females and a two-year-old baby named Mutagamba after Tourism Minister Maria Mutagamba. The gorilla tracking goes for $600 for foreigners and Shs. 250,000 for East Africans Apart from gorilla tracking, Mgahinga’s other tourist activities include viewing of the rare golden monkeys at $90 for foreigners and Shs 30,000 for East Africans. The famous Batwa trail, which offers historical and social behaviours of the indigenous Batwa people, who lived in Mgahinga’s tropical forests, costs $80 for foreigners and Shs 50,000 for East Africans. There’s also mountain climbing, which features hiking the treacherous Mt Muhabura, which peaks at 4,137m.