Albertine Rift is the name of the west side of the Great Rift Valley in Africa, a vast extension of terrain along Uganda, Rwanda, Congo, Burundi and Tanzania. There we can find some of the highest peaks in Africa and some of the most beautiful National Parks.
I had the chance to visit this area on a trip to Uganda and Rwanda and I can vow for its untouched beauty. Something that can change soon because this area is also one of the places in Africa with the highest population density, which has provoked an struggle between the natural landscape and the human beings trying to exploit it.
Queen Elizabeth National Park, with an area of almost 2,000km², is one of the most visited places in Uganda. Very known for it’s surprising climbing lions, not difficult to see on top of a tree even in day light.
In the Albertine Rift we can also find some of the deepest lakes in the world, like Tanganyika which a depth of 1,470m. There is also impressive to see the lakes formed from volcanic craters. Some of these lakes are used by people to create artificial salt pools, as a way of living.
Murchison Falls National Park is another of the must visits places in Uganda. A place with a very sad story since is still recovering for the massacre of thousand of animals caused by a mad military leader who decided to do target practice in this area. On this park we can find buffalos, elephants, lions, white rhinoceros and giraffes.
To the south west of Uganda we can find the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a declared Human Heritage Site by the UNESCO and one of the richest ecosystems in Africa. It’s the natural habitat of half of the population of mountain gorillas, an endangered species.
The region surrounding the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is suffering a harsh deforestation. The aggressive agriculture is endangering the rain forest and all life in it.
How to get to Albertine Rift: There are several western travel agencies who organice trips to Uganda and Rwanda and I would recommend to use them, since is a quite wild area with in general not good infrastructure for visitors.
Where to stay in Albertine Rift: Camping is the best option, sleeping hearing the wild animals around you is definitely an exciting experience 😉
How to move around Albertine Rift: By 4×4 car or using a special truck.
What to do in Albertine Rift: Enjoy this natural beauty before is devastated by the human being.
Credit: photos by Joel Sartore