Don’t you just love this country- Uganda!
On the cool banks of River Mpanga in Western Uganda-East Africa, it has been confirmed that the Dinosaurs- the earth roaming giants once lived here.
This is thanks to the presence of Cycad trees which are considered a meal once enjoyed by these giant reptiles.
Reports indicate that with the presence of this flourishing plant, Uganda joins countries and regions such as South America, Australia and the Caribbean, where these earth moving faints once roamed. To the eye, the cycads are very fascinating plants and live to upto 1,000 years. Previous research had already confirmed their presence.
Dinosaurs were once the most dominant terrestrial living creatures several million years ago.
Available information indicates that since the first dinosaur fossils were recognized in the early 19th century, mounted fossil dinosaur skeletons have been major attractions at museums around the world, and dinosaurs have become an enduring part of world culture, according to Wikipedia. The large sizes of some dinosaur groups, as well as their seemingly monstrous and fantastic nature, have ensured dinosaurs’ regular appearance in best-selling books and films, such as Jurassic Park.
Persistent public enthusiasm for the animals has resulted in significant funding for dinosaur science, and new discoveries are regularly covered by the media.
The Cycad plant
Tourism product diversity
This presents a great opportunity for Uganda- and the country should be thinking forward.
How do we use this opportunity?
Build a museum, mount some dinosaur fossils and we have another fantastic developed tourism product.
It seems every outstanding feature on the face of the earth has some sort of linkage to Uganda. Even the Cycad species, the Encephalartos Whitelockii species in Uganda apparently is the most unique and is only endemic to Uganda.
Lilly Ajarova, Uganda Tourism Board boss has shown willingness in supporting the development of this new discovery as a key product. This should be actualized.
Conservation efforts also have to be maintained because the tree faces threats of wild fires and general destruction by locals expanding their farmland.
The tourism option offering just gets better and better!
Uganda’s rich tourism offering
Uganda is the only country where you can do a 21 day safari and everyday it is a different activity and experience.
From a richly diverse culture (over 50 ethnic groups), over 23 National Parks and Game Reserves, source of the River Nile- the longest River in the World, home to over 54% of the mountain gorillas, rich flora and fauna and many more.
And now the Cycad- food of the dinosaurs found in a place once their home in Uganda