Geotraveller 34 – South-western Uganda

Geology of National Parks of South-western Uganda: basement terranes and volcanism in the Albertine Rift.

South-western Uganda is situated between the savannahs of the East African plateau and the low-lying, tropical rainforests of central Africa. This is reflected by a great diversity of ecosystems and wildlife. The plateau has an elevation of 1,000-1,400 m, resulting in a mild climate in comparison to the hot, humid lowlands. The Albertine Rift reports an elevation of between 913 m (Lake Edward) and 615 m (Lake Albert) and includes sections of tropical forest. Many of the most well known parks and reserves in south-western Uganda are located either in, or proximal to the rift.