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EAST AFRICA MAP

EAST AFRICA

 

Covering the countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, this map provides a convenient overview of the region highlighting major geographical features, national parks and places of interest.

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UGANDA MAPS

No. 1 - UGANDA

 

This map identifies and locates Uganda’s main tourism destinations. The reverse describes the country and its national parks. It provides an attractive souvenir and is given by many of the most reliable safari companies to their clients.  In fact, one indication of a reliable Ugandan safari company is the very fact that they give this map to their clients.

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No. 2 - KAMPALA

 

With a population exceeding a million, Kampala is by far Uganda’s largest urban centre.  The fast growing city enjoys a distinctive setting - as illustrated on the Greater Kampala map- spread across a series of prominent hills close to Lake Victoria.  Though Kampala has long outgrown its historic title of the ‘City of Seven Hills’ the original seven summits remain important focal points, topped by distinctive landmarks of cultural, religious and colonial significance.

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No. 3 - BEYOND KAMPALA with ENTEBBE TOWN

 

Many of the country's most famous attractions are concentrated along Uganda’s western and eastern borders, hundreds of kilometres from its capital city, Kampala. This is bad news for the residents of Kampala; a dirty, polluted and traffic choked city that cries out to be escaped from, even if only for a day trip or a weekend break.

 

This map and the gazetteer on the reverse present possibilities for a break from the metropolis.  There are formal activities, of which some, such as white water rafting and horse riding will be well known. Others, such as dirt biking, forest walks, shoebill spotting and sailing may be less familiar.

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No. 4 - LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

 

Conveniently located (roughly) midway between Bwindi and Kampala, Uganda’s smallest savannah park is a mandatory diversion on the long drive between the capital and the gorilla parks of south western Uganda.   Though compact, the park’s 370km2 area contains a range of habitats, including grassland, forest, acacia woodland, wetland and lakes.  These sustain a variety of wildlife species, including Uganda’s only population of impala, and the country’s largest numbers of zebra and eland.

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No. 5 - THE GORILLA HIGHLANDS

 

Of all the maps in the Uganda maps series, the map of the Bwindi region was the most challenging to create due to the complex terrain. The watercolour background is my second attempt to depict the steep and deeply incised Kigezi terrain.

 

The Kigezi Highlands are found 500km southwest from Kampala on the borders with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Despite its remoteness, Kigezi is Uganda’s prime tourist destination thanks to the rare mountain gorillas which inhabit the dense forests of Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks.

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No. 6 - QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

 

The Uganda Maps series dates back to a wall mounted map of QENP which I painted for a new Information Centre at the park’s Queen’s Pavilion in 2007.  This was rather a contrived project, the sole purpose of which was to provide H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh with something to open after scoffing a posh lunch in a newly restored Pavilion.  I repainted and reprinted it for wider distribution, then painted maps of other parks, all the time coming to appreciate that this was far more fun than real work.

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No. 7 - FORT PORTAL & KIBALE FOREST

 

The Fort Portal region’s best known excursion is one of the most challenging in East Africa - the ascent of the 5109m high Rwenzori.  The mountain’s boggy, glacier-carved valleys and the snow-capped summits are the preserve of hikers, mountaineers and porters prepared to brave foul weather and less-than-tropical temperatures for a week or more.  For most visitors, however, the Rwenzori is simply a superb backdrop for descents onto the hot, steamy floor of the Semliki valley, forays into the dark depths of the Semliki and Kibale forests, and wanderings over the hills and around the lakes of the Ndali crater field.

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No. 8 - MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

 

Though the landscapes of QENP are more scenic, there is a special quality about the vast expanses contained within Uganda’s largest protected area, particularly in the rolling Buigi grasslands with its distant views of the Nile and Congo mountains.  And of course there is a waterfall!

 

This 3893km2 national park is adjoined by two wildlife reserves, Bugungu and Karuma, to create a vast wilderness covering 5072km2.  These are managed together by Uganda Wildlife Authority as the Murchison Falls Conservation Area.

 

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No. 9 - JINJA TOWN & THE NILE

 

80km west of Kampala, the sleepy town of Jinja is a fun getaway. With a choice of good hotels, guesthouses and restaurants occupying many of Jinja’s fine old buildings, the town offers a pleasant retreat from Kampala.There are also ample opportunities for greater excitement. Since whitewater rafting arrived on the Nile in the 1990s, the river valley north of Jinja has emerged as East Africa’s premier adventure tourism destination.  An ever expanding menu of activities includes kayaking, rafting, jet-boating, quad biking, mountain biking, horse riding, and bungee jumping.

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No. 10 - MOUNT ELGON

 

Mount Elgon lies on the border of eastern Uganda and western Kenya, 1 degree north of the equator and 235km east of the Ugandan capital city, Kampala.  A massive, extinct volcano, its vast form rises over 3000m above the surrounding plains to dominate the regional landscape.  Covering an area of 4000km2 and measuring 50 x 80km, Mount Elgon is one of the world’s largest examples of a ‘shield’ volcano; created by fluid lava these take the form of flattened, shield-like domes rather than steep cones.

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No. 11 - KIDEPO

 

Mount Elgon lies on the border of eastern Uganda and western Kenya, 1 degree north of the equator and 235km east of the Ugandan capital city, Kampala.  A massive, extinct volcano, its vast form rises over 3000m above the surrounding plains to dominate the regional landscape.  Covering an area of 4000km2 and measuring 50 x 80km, Mount Elgon is one of the world’s largest examples of a ‘shield’ volcano; created by fluid lava these take the form of flattened, shield-like domes rather than steep cones.

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RWANDA MAP

RWANDA

 

Sandwiched between the vast territories of DRC and  Tanzania, tiny Rwanda is a compact gem. None of its varied attractions - the mountain gorillas of the Virungas, the bird & primate-rich Nyungwe Forest, the big game of the Akagera savanna and the superbly scenic Lake Kivu - are much more than a half day's drive from the capital, Kigali.

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