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Uganda also known as the Pearl of Africa because of its natural beauty and endowment, is a landlocked country in East Africa, situated north and northwest of Lake Victoria. Uganda’s capital city is Kampala with a population of about 2 million out of the national total 34 million people. . The country has a total area of 236,040 sq km (91,136 sq mi), of which 36,330 sq km (14,027 mi) is inland water. Comparatively, the area occupied by Uganda is slightly smaller than the state of Oregon. Uganda extends 787 km (489 mi) NNE – SSW and 486 km (302 mi) ESE – WNW
Uganda is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by South Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda, and on the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, which is also bordered by Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda gained independence from Britain on 9 October 1962.
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The wildlife of Uganda is composed of its flora and fauna. Uganda has 364 species of mammals and 1062 species of birds. With 11% of the total world bird species and over 50% birds in Africa, Uganda is the best birding destination in Africa. Most of Uganda’s wild Life is concentrated in protected areas. The Country has 10 main national parks and several game reserves.
The national park is located in western Uganda, approximately 376 kilometres (234 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. The coordinates of the park are:00 12S, 30 00E (Latitude:0.2000; Longitude:30.0000).
The park occupies an estimated 1,978 square kilometres (764 sq mi). The area of the park extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest, and includes the Kazinga Channel that connects the two lakes. A boat trip along the channel is a birder’s dream.
The park is named after Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1954. QENP hosts about 95 mammal and about 612 species of birds. The area around Ishasha in the southern part of the park is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes, a feature unique to the lions in this area.
The park is also famous for its volcanic features, comprising volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes such as Lake Katwe, from which salt is extracted.
The national park includes the Maramagambo Forest and borders Kigezi Game Reserve, Kyambura Game Reserve and Kibale National Park in Uganda, and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kidepo Valley is one of Uganda’s most spectacular National Parks. It is located in Kaabong District, in the northeastern corner of Uganda. Its location is approximately 520 kilometres (320 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. The coordinates of Kidepo are:03 54N, 33 51E
The park measures 1,442 square kilometres. The rugged, semi-arid valleys of Karamoja region e on the far northern border with the Sudan make Kidepo Valley Uganda's most remote national park. Perennial water makes River Kidepo an oasis in the semi-desert . The park hosts over 86 mammal species including lion, cheetah, leopard, bat-eared fox, giraffe — as well as almost 500 bird species. Click here for Kidepo pictures