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Frequently Visited Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking Safari Destinations

Chimpanzees or chimps are a species of the great ape in the genus pan. DNA evidence from fossils shows that the species constitutes of the sister taxon to the modern human lineage. Sharing about 98.7% DNA. The chimpanzee is covered in coarse black hair, though with a bare face, fingers, toes, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. Weighs between 40 and 65 kg (88 and 143 lb.) and measures about 63 to 94 cm (25 to 37 in) with the gestation period lasting about eight months and weaned at about 3 years. Its lifespan in the wild can exceed 40 years and its lifespan in captivity is about 50 years. Lively, energetic and charming chimpanzees are fascinating to watch and this is one of the reasons why chimpanzee trekking is one of the key activities for tourists on Uganda wildlife safaris. In Uganda, chimpanzees are found in Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo Forest, Kalinzu forest and Kyambura Gorge within Queen Elizabeth National Park. With several Uganda safari destinations offering chimpanzee trekking as a safari activity, how do you choose where to go, what to expect and how to plan?

Here is all about chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda.

Kibale Forest National Park

Known for numerous chimpanzees, the Kanyanchu sector of Kibale Forest National Park is Africa’s most popular and busiest chimping destination. With about 1400 chimpanzees, Kibale Forest National Park is low lying and the terrain is mostly flat and easy with little undergrowth and some relatively open areas – great for clear sightings and photography. The forest offers the favorite food source to the chimpanzees from plenty of fig trees each fruiting at a slightly different time to the next. With the habituation of chimpanzees in Kibale Forest national Park, you can opt for the 1-hour chimp tracking experience or go for a half or full day chimpanzee habituation experience.

Budongo Forest

Close to Uganda’s oldest national park Murchison Falls National Park within the Murchison Falls Conservation Area, Budongo Forest is home to over 600 chimps. The chimpanzees are found within the Kaniyo Pabidi sector where you can undertake a half day or full day trek. The forest is fairly flat and the chimps fairly easy to find, but the canopy is denser than Kibale, making photography more challenging.

Kyambura Gorge

On a Uganda wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park, including a chimpanzee trekking tour to the Kyambura Gorge is one of the greatest options. Unlike other chimpanzees, the ones in Kyambura Gorge live 100m below sea level in a gorge with a path that runs along one side of the Kyambura River. The trek alone is one of a kind and memorable enough within a beautiful setting as you walk through the gorge in search of the chimps.

How are chimpanzee trekking safaris done?

In Uganda, it’s rare to encounter wild chimps by chance or just by driving through their habitat so you will need to plan a safari in Uganda with a trusted tour operator. On the morning of your planned trek, park rangers will set off in advance to find the nests the chimps made the night before. They then track the group’s movements, listening for calls and looking for dung, knuckle prints and scraps of half-eaten leaves and fruit. When they locate the chimps, they’ll alert your guide, who will lead you through the forest. It all starts by following paths in a time range of between 30 minutes and several un predictable hours one that is an amazing experience of its own. As soon as you can see the chimps clearly, your one-hour encounter officially begins. After the 1 hour you return to the trek start point where you meet your Uganda tour guide for a transfer to your next destination.

When planning a wildlife safari in Uganda, don’t hesitate to include chimpanzee trekking for a much more memorable experience. You can even tailor your safari with a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park before or either after the trek. Chimpanzees can also be found in smaller numbers within East Africa during a Rwanda wildlife safari, Congo wildlife safari, wildlife safari in Tanzania or Kenya wildlife safari.

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Reasons Why Tourists Don’t Find Mountain Gorillas In The Zoo in Uganda!

Mountain Gorilla tracking is a popular Uganda safari, Rwanda safari and Congo safari because of the aliveness gorilla trekking safaris reward travellers. Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, Rwanda gorilla safari and Congo gorilla trekking safaris are the only way of seeing Mountain Gorillas in the whole world’s because, in the whole world, these special elusive giants are only found in the three African countries. Mountain Gorillas have before gone through numerous attempts to be captivated but still there no Mountain Gorillas in captivity. During the 1960s and the ’70s, numerous attempts were made to captivate Mountain Gorillas with many adults being killed to obtain babies but none of them survived.

The last known Mountain Gorilla that survived in captivity was known as Kaboko who survived in Senkwekwe Center mountain gorilla sanctuary at the Virunga National park headquarters in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. He passed on at approximately 5:30 a.m. on July 25 after fighting raged between the Congolese army and the M23 rebels less than a mile from the centre. In Congo, orphaned Mountain Gorillas are protected in the Senkwekwe centre but just within their natural habitat of Virunga National Park without moving them out of the park. Here is why Mountain Gorillas can’t survive in captivity or be taken to zoos;

The reason why Mountain Gorillas failed to survive in captivity is unclear but most probably the main reason is because of the complex gorilla diet. The dietary needs of a mountain gorilla are too specific based almost exclusively on foliage. Mountain Gorillas are primarily herbivores; the majority of their diet is composed of the leaves, shoots and stems (85.8%) of 142 plant species. It also feeds on bark (6.9%), roots (3.3%), flowers (2.3%), and fruit (1.7%), as well as small invertebrates. (0.1%). Adult males can eat up to 34 kilograms (75 lb.) of vegetation a day, while a female can eat as much as 18 kilograms (40 lb.). This rate of consumption and variety in feeds makes it difficult for the gorillas to survive in captivity. In most cases, whether on a Uganda gorilla safari, gorilla safari Rwanda or Congo gorilla tour, trekkers will find Mountain Gorillas feeding, this is because their natural habitat offers a variety of desired feed taken at their own will.

Many mountain gorillas in captivity die of heart disease resulting from obesity. This is so because they feed a lot and do less exercise. This could actually be the reason for the failure of mountain gorillas to survive in captivity. Mountain gorilla natural habitats range on an altitude of 3,904 – 8,553 m above sea level where the gorillas keep traversing all through the day.

The other reason could be stress, therefore, succumbing to disease more rapidly. For instance, kaboko the male gorilla that survived in Congo died after the outbreak of fights in the country just less than a mile from its residence. They are used to being in a peaceful environment and that’s why the number of Uganda gorilla tour, gorilla safari Congo or Rwanda gorilla trekking safari tourists are restricted to 8 people per gorilla family.

However, the population of mountain gorillas is just starting to recover and therefore trying to take them to captivity could seriously harm the population. It could be better to conserve the mountain gorillas within their natural habitat and we continue living without any of them in the zoos since we can still see them in the wild.

Best Way to See Mountain Gorillas?

Since there no mountain gorillas in captivity the only way of seeing them is by undertaking a gorilla trekking safari. Mountain Gorillas are only existent in three countries and Four National Parks in the whole world. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are the safari Uganda gorilla habitats. In Rwanda mountain gorillas are found in Volcanoes National Park and in Virunga National Park in Congo. To see the elusive gentle giants therefore one has to plan a Uganda gorilla trekking safari, Rwanda gorilla safari or Congo gorilla trekking safari. Each country has rules guiding the activity with a minimum age being 15 years of age. Mountain gorilla trekking involves hiking since the gorillas survive at an altitude of about 1,190-4,507.

Is it Safe to trek Mountain Gorillas?

Gorillas are not aggressive or readily set to cause harm to people. Generally, gorillas are very shy and reserved towards people however, if threatened or when a person behaves the wrong way they will attack. By behaving the wrong way, it means you didn’t follow the rules and therefore made noise, looked direct into its eyes, beat your chest or did expose them to flash photography, this will get them cautious. Before gorilla families are opened up for gorilla trekking they go through habituation, therefore, are carefully exposed to humans in the wild. They will still have caution near humans, but they have learned that humans are not a threat, and they act accordingly. Gorilla trekking is becoming a popular safari activity entailed in many itineraries to Africa because of the aliveness from the safari. Plan a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, Rwanda gorilla tour or gorilla trekking safari in Congo and have one of a kind safari. Humans and gorillas have a lot of likenesses since we share about 90% of DNA with the species. Tailor the activity to either your Rwanda wildlife safari, wildlife safari in Uganda or Congo wildlife safari and have more of sightings but a lifetime experience.

Best Uganda Gorilla Trekking Packages

For any kind of traveller whether luxury, Mid-range or basic planning to come in for Uganda tours, these gorilla trekking packages offer the best safari memories;

Uganda birding safari packages

1 Day Mabamba swamp excursion
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A Tourists’ Uganda Safari Guide To Uganda’s National Parks – Uganda Safari News

Christened “The Pearl of Africa” by Sir Churchill on his safari Uganda in 1907, Uganda has for long remained one of the must-visit Africa safari destinations. Regardless of its size, Uganda has several safari destinations, unique attractions and different activities that tourists can enjoy in their Uganda safari tour however, they need a Uganda safari guide. Uganda is blessed with over 10 National Parks including Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Semuliki National Park Uganda, Kibale National Park, Mountain Elgon National Park, Mountain Rwenzori National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National park.

Each of these parks has different attractions that are unique to the park. A traveler can do a Uganda wildlife safari/ short Uganda wildlife safari, a Uganda birding safari, an adventure safari, an adrenaline adventure, nature walks, boat cruise safaris, horseback riding safaris, Uganda gorilla safaris, Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris, Uganda golden monkey trekking safaris, Uganda cultural tours and many more.

However, there are a number of set rules that govern all National Parks in Uganda that are followed and they include the following;The Uganda Tourism Board in conjunction with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) set rules and regulations to govern all the National Parks in Uganda.

  • No one is allowed to make Campfires except under the guidance of rangers. Campfires in any National Park are only allowed at the officially designed campsite places. If not guided, fire can gut wild animals, birds and their habitats. unauthorized fire setting can also scare away animals.
  • During your Uganda wildlife safari game drives in the park, you’re not allowed to off track. Off tracking should only be done under the guidance of rangers because unauthorized off tracking attracts a fine. All Uganda Safari guides are strictly advised to drive through only the legalized routes in order to protect bushes, a forest where the animals stay as well as the animals and birds and birds themselves.
  • Don’t drive in the park between 7:30 pm and 6:30 am
  • You are supposed to avoid motor horn sounds while in the park. These sounds scare animals and birds and may end up becoming harmful. The horn sounds may also affect people with heart diseases found in the park.
  • Driving through the park at night is not allowed unless guided by the rangers. Night game in parks like Semuliki National Park is paid for and strictly guided by the rangers. This is done to avoid knocking nocturnal which move at night in the park. Also note that the vehicle doing night game drives should be able to give maximum light.
  • Do not enter the park with pet animals like dogs, snakes, birds among others. This is done to minimize the spread of diseases from one animal to another.
  • Avoid carrying firearms to the park. These can destruct the security in the park. You may be looked at as a threat to wildlife and other visitors in the park.
  • Game drive in Murchison falls National Park

Avoid destroying vegetation by plucking leaves, flowers or uprooting plants, as well as setting fire in the park. Learn that, the parks are natural habitats for wildlife which should be conserved for the future generation. The destroying of wildlife habitat can force them to migrate to another location hence losing them.

  • Drive a speed of about 40km per hour (25mph) to avoid accidents in the park. Knocking animals or birds will attract fines and you will pay for each knocked animal.
  • Carry all your documents and present them for verification at any entry point before doing any activity inside the park-like boat trips, fishing trips and many more. You must present your receipts, Identity Cards, passports, and or driver’s license for inspection.

Before you set out for a gorilla trekking safari Uganda:

  • Do not visit the gorillas if you have a cold or other infectious illness.
  • Human waste should be buried 30cm (12″) deep
  • Maximum number of visitors is eight people per gorilla group

When you are with the gorillas:

  • Maintain a 7m (21ft) distance from the gorilla
  • Smoking, eating and drinking are not permitted on the tour
  • If you must sneeze or cough cover your face and turn away from the gorillas, as they can catch coughs and colds from humans
  • Visits are limited to one hour per gorilla group per day

Besides wildlife safaris in Uganda, birding safaris in Uganda, Gorilla safari tours Uganda and many more, we can tailor for you an Africa tour itinerary that features different countries so you also enjoy other safari activities like Rwanda wildlife safaris, Kenya wildlife safaris, Tanzania wildlife safaris, Kenya birding safaris, Rwanda gorilla safaris, Congo gorilla safaris and many more Africa safari tours. This normally depends on your choice and budget.

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Upcoming Events in Kampala; The Bayimba International Festival – Uganda Safari News

Interested in a Uganda cultural safari on your Africa safari to Uganda! Now is the time to book for the best Uganda cultural tour in Uganda; the of Bayimba International Festival. The Bayimba International Festival of the Arts is undoubtedly Uganda’s number one festival. The Bayimba International Festival is a multiple-branched organization that focuses on uplifting arts and culture in Uganda through cultural exchange and creativity. Uplifting different arts and culture are called for because there is a wide range of ethnic groups in Uganda with many different languages spoken, namely Luganda (most common), English (only a small portion speak it), a little bit of Swahili and several other different languages.

All these cultures on this present their diverse cultural mosaic of music, art, and handcrafts to the culture and norms, to the rituals, that prove that Uganda’s culture is unmatched. A visit to each of these will introduce you to a completely different set of practices and beliefs.

Culture everywhere is described by dance and drama as the most components of cultural ceremonies along with songs and this is exactly what you can expect to witness on your cultural trip in Uganda. There are other ceremonies and passage rites like birth rites, marriage, and initiation which are held with high regard in the different cultures and may be different in many ways.

What happens at the Bayimba International Festival?

The four-day Bayimba International Festival of the Arts has become an important benchmark for the consumption of the finest Arts. Every first week of August, Lunkulu Island off the shores of Lake Victoria comes alive as a vibrant and eventful island when an unparalleled 24 hours and 4 days’ feast of Music, Dance, Poetry, Storytelling, Acrobatics, Theatre, Film, and Visual Arts from renowned and upcoming Artists is brought to Mukono District.

Since its first edition in 2008, a wide variety of known and upcoming Artists from Uganda, East Africa and beyond have performed at the different stages of the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts. The 12th edition of this acclaimed festival is scheduled to take place from 1st to 4th August 2019 at Lunkulu Island, Mukono, Uganda, bringing to life a true experience of the Arts in all its forms.

The Festival has truly become a highlight on Uganda’s social and cultural calendar and is also gradually developing into an important (East) African destination Festival, ensuring regional and international visitation and enhancing both national and international cultural tourism.

Last year, the festival featured more than 1 000 performing local and international artists on six stages. They included Jose Chameleon from Uganda, The Soil (South Africa), Swahili Ally from Tanzania), Shamsi Music from Kenya, Shane Palko (US), Pseudopolis & Lewis Lowe (UK), Bolivar Mvulu (DRC/Netherlands) and Ancient Astronauts (Germany/Uganda/Kenya/DRC).

About Bayimba

Bayimba recognizes the relevance of arts and culture in social and economic development as well as individual human development. Its vision is a vibrant art and culture sector that is professional, creative and viable and contributes to social and economic development in Uganda and East Africa. Bayimba is therefore dedicated to contribute to making Uganda a significant hub for arts and culture on the African continent and led by its values of respect, shared leadership, transparency, accountability, learning, and collaboration.

Various programmes and activities are delivered by the various Bayimba branches. These range from a series of Bayimba Festivals across the country brought to you by Bayimba Foundation, some comprehensive arts education programme under the heading of the Bayimba Academy and a range of concerts and events as well as other products and services under Bayimba Productions Ltd.

Bayimba has also kick-started a number of important initiatives, such as Culture Unlimited, a national network for the creative and cultural community, DOADOA as the regional platform for networking and joint learning for performing artists in East Africa. For more information, reference is made to the Annual Reports of Bayimba Foundation.

Location of Lunkulu Island

The festival will take place at Lunkulu Island on the shore of Lake Victoria off Mukono/Katosi road, 42 km from Kampala and 60 km from Jinja, and can be easily reached by road and can be accessed by boat.

Lunkulu Island
0°10’34.9″N 32°53’09.2″E
0.176358, 32.885882

How to get to Lunkulu

By own car

If coming by own car you are requested to travel through Nkokonjeru to join for the official festival parking area at Namaziina landing site from where you can cross to Lunkulu Island by a footbridge.

Note that vehicles cannot access the island.

By private transport

Various private transport options from the airport as well as Kampala are available. You can cross to Lunkulu Island by boat from Kibanga port and landing site (drop off/KissAndDrive only)) or by footbridge from Namaziina landing site.

Note that all drop-offs and pickups at Kibanga Port and landing site will be allowed till 7 pm. No Boats will be allowed to land or take off to Lunkulu after 7 pm.

By public transport

Public transport from the Old Taxi Park in Kampala using a taxi (matatu) cost about 5,000/= UGX to Kisoga town on Katosi road. From there one can use a Boda Boda ranging from between 3,000 – 5,000/= UGX to Kibanga port from where you can cross with a boat to Lunkulu Island.

From Mukono, you can take a taxi for 3,000/= UGX at the Mukono park located in Mukono town near Collin Hotel to get to Kisoga town on Katosi road. From there you can use a Boda Boda ranging from between 3000-500/= UGX to Kibanga port where you can cross with a boat to Lunkulu Island.

Visitors from outside Uganda

All visitors from outside Uganda require a Visa and Yellow Fever Card to enter Uganda for the Bayimba Fest, for a short Uganda safari, Uganda cultural tour, Kampala city tour, Jinja city excursion or anything according to your Africa tour plan.


Uganda’s main airport is the Entebbe International airport which is directly served by a range of airlines.  Airport transfers are available and can be booked through Prime safaris & Tours Ltd. You may be interested in a self-drive safari in Uganda, or self-drive car hires Uganda tour as you go out to enjoy the Bayimba festival. Our fleet comprises of ordinary 4×4 land cruisers, 4×4 minivans, 4×4 super custom, coasters, saloon cars, that move around Kampala. If you are continuing for other safaris in Uganda; a short Uganda gorilla safari, a Uganda wildlife safari, a Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari, a Uganda gorilla tour, long Uganda wildlife tour, a short Uganda wildlife safari tour or anything depending on what you are interested in during your amazing Africa safaris.


There are various bus companies connecting to Uganda from across the region like Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda etc. A special festival tour package for visitors from Kenya is arranged in partnership with Picnic Entity


On-site camping

Camping is free for Full Festival Pass holders. It is advised you to come with your tent and camping gear. If you do not have a tent, pre-pitched tents can be hired for all the festival days throughout your stay.

Only tents are allowed, there is no space for campers.

There will be no electricity but there will be mobile phone charging points.

There will be basic sanitary facilities.

Off-site accommodation

Those in need of other accommodation can check out on the different accommodations in Mukono for hotel options or other facilities nearby between 15 – 25 km.


Fee: UGX 71,000 Festival Full Pass, UGX 100,000 Camping (Early Bird tickets)

UGX 50,000 Festival Full Pass of 5 People each person (Early Bird tickets)

UGX 45,000 Festival Full Pass of 10 People each Person (Early Bird tickets)

UGX 30,000 One-day festival (Gate pass)

UGX 95,000 Full Festival pass, UGX 180,000 Camping (Gate pass)

After enjoying your Uganda cultural safari tour festival, there are several other places in Uganda that you can visit including Kampala for a Kampala city tour, Kampala day trip, 1 Day Kampala city tour, 1 Day Kampala day tour, or to Jinja for a Jinja city tour, 1 Day Jinja day trip. You can also choose to undertake a Uganda gorilla safari tour, a Uganda wildlife safari, a short Uganda wildlife safari, a long Uganda wildlife safari, a short Uganda safari, a chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda, horse riding in Jinja source of the Nile, white water rafting in Jinja source of the Nile, boat cruise to Jinja source of the Nile, kayaking in Jinja source of the Nile, or anything other activity you’re interested in doing outside the mentioned.

Uganda safari package options

1 Day Ngamba Island day trip
2 Days Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari
3 Days Kidepo Uganda wildlife flying safari
6 Days Uganda gorilla tour
8 Days Uganda tour
2 Days Uganda wildlife safari tour
2 Days Murchison safari Uganda
2 Days Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari
3 Days Kidepo wildlife safari Uganda
3 Days Bwindi gorilla safari Uganda
4 Days Uganda wildlife & chimpanzee trekking safari 
5 Day Uganda gorilla safari
8 Days Uganda safari
9 Days Uganda tour
12 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife safari
13 Day Uganda Rwanda safari
13 Days Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking safari

5 Proven Tips to Protect Your Car in the Rainy Season – Uganda Safari News

How to Keep Your Car Safe During the Rainy Season – Uganda Safari News

How to Keep Your Car Safe During the Rainy Season – Uganda Safari News

The rainy season is one natural occurrence, you can not avoid and deciding to park your car and stay indoors isn’t the best option. Whether on a hired 4×4 safari vehicle or a personal car, rainwater is not something that you want your vehicle or car to be exposed to. However, when the rains come during your safari to Uganda or just while driving in the country, stopping the trip can’t be the option but then how do you protect it from the effects of rain water. Here are a few tips on how to keep your car safe during the rainy season  whether on a Uganda safari or just on a drive to a desired destination;

  • Don’t let rainwater sit on the car for a long time

Yes, you have to drive through the rain and the water will definitely drop on the car surface. However, the water is damaging to the paint of the body. So, wash the car after you are done with the driving for the day. If you are on a Uganda tour, by the end of the end you can find where to wash the car from before parking it.  If you need to stay outside for a long time, using wax polish could be a feasible solution. It creates a thin protective layer on the paint and makes water to roll off easily.

  • Seal off all the openings

Sealing off all of the car openings is one way to keep your car safe during the rainy season. It’s important so that rain does not leak inside the car. It’s your duty to check the rubber lining on doors before the arrival of the rainy season. Repair or replace them in case the linings are torn off or damaged. Moreover, grease the door hinges to make them completely watertight. The exposed metal parts may develop rust due to the continuous exposure to water. Spray these areas with an anti-corrosion product to prevent the weathering.

  • Wash your car frequently

It might not make sense to the beginner drivers as they think that rain is doing that job relentlessly. The truth is any vehicle collects more dirt and grime while driving on wet surfaces and muddy tracks. Frequent cleaning will keep your car safe  during  rainy season from contaminants that can damage the paint.  Besides, it will neutralize the acidity in the rain water. However, don’t forget to use a good-quality car shampoo because the dirt and debris will scrub and scratch the soft paint if you don’t lubricate the surface.

  • Protect the interiors from water and moisture

Despite taking all the preventive measures, it’s not rare to discover wet carpet and flooring when you are driving in the rain. These could be from your clothing or shoes as you got into the car to set off for your safari in Uganda. You should use fabric mats instead of the rubber ones so that they can soak the liquid and always keep extra sets to replace in the time of emergency.

Use a vacuum cleaner and keep a bottle of essential oil or fresh herbs such as mint, rosemary, chamomile, etc. to remove the bad odor. If the seats get wet, avoid the development of mildew by keeping the windows open when parked in the garage.

  • Take care of tires

The rainy season is a test for the tires especially on long drives and up country drives especially on Uganda gorilla safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.  This is because you have to often drive on slippery, muddy surfaces. So, the tread should be at the right depth, and the inflation should be at the proper level to ensure better driving comfort and keep your car safe during the rainy season.

These are not only for safety when you safari Uganda but also for the long life of the vehicle for years to come.

You can hire a vehicle for these popular 3 Days Uganda Gorilla tour to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi.



How to get Cheap self-drive cars for hire in Uganda - Uganda Safari News

How to get Cheap self-drive cars for hire in Uganda – Uganda Safari News

How to get Cheap self-drive cars for hire in Uganda – Uganda Safari News

How to get Cheap self-drive cars for hire in Uganda - Uganda Safari News

Looking for a self-drive car for hire in Uganda? All kinds of cars for self-drive are available in Uganda. Self-drive is possible in Uganda as long as you follow the terms and conditions, it allows you to commute at your own pace and stop at your will. Car hire rentals Uganda Kampala is one of the best Uganda car hire rental agencies that offers self-drive car hire services for any kind of travelers who love to explore the Pearl of Africa. Self-drive cars for hire are available for short 1-day Kampala city tours, 1-day Jinja source of the Nile tour and any other extended Uganda safari. However, many travelers perceive self drive car hire as expensive but then its the opposite to the perception. In comparison with hiring a safari vehicle with a Uganda tour driver guide, self drive car hire is cheaper and can save you a huge sum of money.

Car hire rentals Uganda Kampala has offered car hire services for many years and the expertise has since grown. This is the only travel agency that offers affordable or cheap self-drive cars for hire in both Uganda. Our independent self-drive tour program gives travelers freedom to travel and explore Uganda as per their interests though limited to the days booked. Travelers are free to visit Uganda’s National Parks, water wonders, diverse cultures and recreation places by car. We guarantee your travel experience will be easy and stress free throughout your holiday as long as you have all the driving requirements with you.

In case there’s need to deliver the car where you are, within Kampala and Entebbe our driver will deliver the car to you. You will commute at your comfort for the time you paid for the car. Here are some of the kind of cars for self-drive hire;

Best cars for city tours

  • Rav 4s
  • Ordinary Land Cruisers
  • Costas
  • Vans
  • Mini vans

Best vehicles for Uganda safari tours to national parks

  • 4×4 safari Land Cruisers
  • 4×4 safari vans
  • 4×4 Costas

Requirements for self-drive car hire in Uganda

  • National identity card (for Ugandan citizens)
  • Valid passport and any identification card for international tourists.
  • Valid driving Permit
  • Above 18 years of age
  • All car hire fees must be cleared

Still wondering how to get cheap self drive cars for hire in Uganda? contact car hire rentals Uganda Kampala for all of the details and guidance on what you need. It doesn’t matter whether its a short safari in Uganda or long wildlife tour Uganda  like our popular 10 Days Uganda Gorillas Chimps Safari all kinds of safari vehicles can be provided.




Another baby Rhino born at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary -Uganda Safari News

Another baby Rhino born at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary -Uganda Safari News

Another baby Rhino born at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary -Uganda Safari News

Another baby Rhino born at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary -Uganda Safari News

Uganda’s only Rhino home – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary received good news on the 19th of April as they registered the latest rhino birth. With the new addition the sanctuary is now home to 27 Rhinos, a result of great conservation efforts after reintroduction of Rhinos into the country in 1997.  The sanctuary of now is atop stop for tourists on wildlife safaris in Uganda heading to Murchison Falls National Park.

According to Angie Genade, Executive Director of the Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the newly born rhino is second generation to be born at the Sanctuary. It was sired by dad Agustu and Mom Malaika, both born at the sanctuary to Nandie a donation from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, USA and father, Taleo from Kenya.

Ziwa Rhino sanctuary was established in 2005 by a collaborative effort of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Rhino Fund Uganda (a private non-profit organization) and Ziwa Ranchers Ltd (a private land management company) to re-introduce the southern white rhinoceros. The black Rhinoceros and Northern White Rhinoceros were once indigenous to Uganda but got extinct by 1982. The sanctuary started with 6 rhinos but of recent they number to 27 rhinos. With Taleo, Moja, Bella, Kori, Hassani, Nandi and their off spring.

Rhino tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

For a Rhino trekking experience at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, it starts with a drive to the sanctuary from any of your destinations most popularly Kampala. When you arrive the sanctuary, you need to drive to the trek point, you then are welcomed and accorded a well-trained ranger guide to take you through the bush to where the rhinos are. On arrival you enter the territory of the southern white rhinos on foot along with well trained rangers. Not like many of the Uganda safari activities that are done on game drives using 4×4 pop up roof vehicles, rhino trekking is done on foot.  On reaching where they are, you have the opportunity to see these magnificent endangered creatures in this beautiful habitat. Your ranger guide is there to keep you safe during the activity.

During the Rhino trekking activity, you can get chance to see other species like the Uganda kobs, oribis, bush bucks, water bucks among others and a number of other bird species.

Rhino tracking is one of the kid friendly Uganda wildlife safari activity and therefore, you can opt to go for the trek along with children from ages six (6).

Thanks to the strong conservation efforts by the sanctuary management, all of the big five sought after wild animals on an African safari can now be seen in numerous numbers with the other 4 at Murchison Falls National Park on a single trip in Uganda.



Tips on how to keep your baby happy during a flight-Uganda Safari News

Tips on how to keep your baby happy during a flight-Uganda Safari News

Tips on how to keep your baby happy during a flight-Uganda Safari News

Tips on how to keep your baby happy during a flight-Uganda Safari News

Motherhood or parenting should not be a limit to travel. Many parents with kids cannot have their vacations as usual because they have babies and wonder how they will get on board with them. It can be an anxiety inducing adventure especially if the baby is under two (2) years and traveling on your laps.  Travel to Uganda for instance is always rewarding with the tropical climate and many attractions in the country. Mothers and those with young babies shouldn’t be left out on the amazing holidays because of the long flights that might irritate the baby, here is a travel guide for how to keep your baby happy during a flight for ages about 8-18months;

What to carry to keep your baby happy during a flight

Carry lots of favorite snacks

Make sure you carry lots of favorite snacks to munch on during the flight. Bringing in new snacks to try out can also create a lot of excitement and wonder as well for the babies.

Carry some colored sticky notes

Children love colorful things therefore carrying colored sticky notes to pull apart and stick around is always entertaining. Let them play around with the sticky note pad, pluck and have fun just as long as they don’t stick them in the wrong places.

Carry some new board and magnetic sticker books 

As young as 8 months, babies are not able to read but can get excited with books. Carry new board books or tiny books for small hands, magnetic sticker books, coloring books or activity books to keep them busy.

Wrap up little trinkets/jewels

Get some trinkets and wrap them such that you can task them to unwrap while on the plan. You can carry wrapping material and wrap after going through security. Wrapping as they watch makes them even inquisitive on what is being kept away from them and can help them get more curious with unwrapping.

Pack a few new small toys

Seeing something new that belongs to them excites babies and therefore, carry some new small toys with a texture they can handle and play with and they will keep busy.

Give them the chance to play in your seat.

As long as it’s safe, stand up and give the little one’s chance to roam in your chair. This gives them the chance to feel free and not get stuck in one place.

Take a walk along the passageways 

Walk the aisles periodically to let them explore and stretch. There always seems to be a few friendly people on the plane who will engage with your baby for even a minute or two; this helps pass the time!

If all else fails, load some baby friendly apps

If all else fails, load some baby friendly apps on your tablet or smart phone to keep them occupied or distracted.

Your baby will hopefully get a nap for minutes on the flight but then its good to plan for the waking times to avoid being uncomfortable during this time. Mothers along with their kids can enjoy to travel and go for safaris. Unfortunately, they can’t get with the kids to every destination for instance on a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda that requires a minimum age of 15. Here then you need to plan early for kid friendly activities. For wildlife safaris in Uganda kids can enjoy game drives along with their parents. However, In case, you need to go for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, then you will have to travel without your babies since you can’t trek along with babies, unless if you can entrust them with one of the team members as you head for the trek.

Requirements self-drive car hire in Uganda-Uganda Safari News

Requirements for self drive car hire in Uganda-Uganda Safari News

Requirements for self drive car hire in Uganda-Uganda Safari News

Hiring a car in Uganda is not any complicated whether with a Uganda travel guide or just self drive car hire in Uganda, its easy to book a safari or any kind of vehicle. Hiring a car is one of the easiest ways to maneuver around the country for any reasons that a person needs to hire a vehicle. Car hire rentals Uganda Kampala offer all kinds of vehicles as well as qualified drivers and professional safari guides who you pay for an extra fee.

In case of a safari to the any of the national parks, planning to hire a vehicle with a professional guide is necessary since they have more knowledge about the destinations. Self-drive car hire in Uganda is offered but the process of hire is not as the same as that of hiring a car with a driver, there requirements for hiring a self-drive car.

Requirements self-drive car hire in Uganda-Uganda Safari News

General requirements for hiring a self-drive car in Uganda


Payment for the car is a must before the car is handed over to person hiring the car. Prices for the cars differ since the price for 4×4 cars for hire in Uganda may have different prices from 4×4 safari tour vans for rent in Uganda.

Expertise in driving is a key requirement. A valid driving permit is required for Ugandan nationals. For non-citizens, a driving license and passport are required and should be verified before you set out with the vehicle.

National identification card is required from the person hiring the car. A Ugandan national identity card is required for Ugandans and any other identification for non-citizens.

The main reason for Self drive car hire for safari in Uganda is the flexibility that comes with road tripping at your own pace responding to the urge of many tourists to discover their own adventure. You have your own travel means therefore you can adjust your travel plans for a stop at sight of anything amazing or something new you hear about. For many taking the road trip adventure by your own is not only cost effective but more exciting with spontaneous stops.

Take a Uganda tour or travel to your preferred destination at your pace, believe it, it’s better than traveling by public mean, the comfort is incomparable

Kyambura Game Reserve-Uganda safari news

Kyambura Game Reserve-Uganda safari news

Kyambura Game Reserve one that can be refereed to as a Valley of Wonderment is one of Uganda’s wildlife reserves that keep the beauty of the country. Here we uncover it all about Kyambura Game reserve

Kyambura Game Reserve History

Kyambura game reserve or kyambura wildlife reserve is also referred to as “valley of apes” since it’s a deep forested gorge that houses the only primates within Queen Elizabeth National Park. This sunken tropical forest in the western rift valley within Kyambura gorge was formed to serve as a buffer zone to the magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park that is home to numerous wildlife species teeming with a big number of birds that are encountered by tourists on Uganda wildlife safaris.

Location of Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

Kyambura game reserve actually forms a stunning section of the well-known magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park- the second largest national park in Uganda with the reserve situated in the far eastern corner of the park.  Kyambura game reserve is sitting in Kicwamba sub-county of Rubirizi district in Western Uganda right close the equator crossing 30km from Queen Elizabeth National Park headquarters. The mean altitude of Kyambura game reserve is 1,100m above sea level covering an area of 156 square kilometers with valley apes that amaze those who go here for Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris. Kyambura gorge is 11km long, 1km wide at its widest point and 100m deep surrounded by savannah and a thick tree canopy. The gorge is actually drained by River Kyambura and links to Kazinga channel which forms the northern boundary of the reserve where tourists experience thrilling adventure safaris in Uganda when boats go past hippos. The gorge is a vital water source to quite a number of wild animals and forms a faint border between Queen Elizabeth National Park and the reserve.

What to see/attractions in Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

Primates are the key wildlife species in Kyambura wildlife reserve with habituated chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons and vervet monkeys. The primates are down the gorge where they make survival in the tree stems that block out most of the sun rays from this distant yet impressive valley.

Above the great ape valley is an amazement for tourists on birding safaris in Uganda. Bird species around Kyambura game reserve include Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Martial Eagle, Shoebill, African skimmer, Lesser Plus Greater Flamingo, Chapin’s Flycatcher, White tailed Lark, Corncrake, Pink backed Pelicans, Papyrus canary, Verreaux’s Eagle owl, White winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, African Broadbill, Black Bee-eater with much many more forest bird species.

What to do/activities in Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

Chimpanzee trekking;


Humans actually share 98.7% of their DNA with chimpanzees! Uganda Chimpanzee trekking tours to Kyambura game reserve is what attracts various tourists to explore the deep gorge and meet their closest relatives. Chimpanzees at the reserve have been habituated for about 2 years which means they can behave normally even with the presence of human beings. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda can be extended just within western Uganda to encounter more chimpanzees in Kibale forest National Park.


Nature walking safaris;

Nature walking Uganda safaris through the Kyambura Game reserve is the best way to exploit and have a glimpse of the primates up close.  Primates that are certainly met include the Black and white colobus monkeys, giant forest hogs, red-tailed monkeys. The verdant tropical rain forest tree canopy marvels tourists here when it shuts out most of the sun rays leaving the gorge like a whole new world……actually it feels like being in an old adventure movie. You will be marveled by the verdant, rich Tropical rain-forest right close to the Equator crossing


Bird watching;

Bird watching tours in Uganda with sighting of bird species like the Verreaux’s Eagle owl, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Martial Eagle, Bar-tailed Godwit, White tailed Lark, Corncrake, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Shoebill, African Skimmer, Lesser Plus Greater Flamingo, Papyrus Canary, White winged Warbler, African Broadbill, Black Bee-eater and a lot more. These avian species accompanied by Falcons, Blue-headed bee-eater and the African Finfoot will get off the birders long unticked list and extending birding safari tours in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park makes the passionate birders list even shorter than expected because of the numerous bird species in the park.

How to get to Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

By road:

Safari Uganda by road and discover the hidden, un-tapped beauty with a piece of it at Kyambura game reserve accessed from some towns with road distances including;

From Entebbe International airport (Uganda’s national airport), Kyambura Game reserve is 376km with an estimated drive time of 7h 27min.

From Kampala, Kyambura game reserve is 394km via Masaka road with an estimated drive time of 7h 9min with the equator line 79.1km from Kampala.

From Kibale Forest National Park, Kyambura game reserve is 120km via Fort portal-Mbarara road with an estimated drive time of 2h 58min.

Kyambura game reserve is 263km from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where Uganda gorilla trekking safaris are encountered. The reserve is accessed via Kampala-Mbarara road and Ntungamo-Katunguru road taking an estimated drive time of about 5h 46 min.

From Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyambura game reserve is a drive distance of 91.1km with an estimated time of 2h 6min.

From Kasese town, Kyambura game reserve is 89.4km via Mbarara-Kasese road about 2h 2min drive time.

By air:

Air safaris in Uganda using chartered flights can be organized by Aerolink Uganda from Entebbe international airport to Kasese airstrip with an estimated flight time of 2h 15 min. From Kasese airstrip Kyambura game reserve is 89.4km away, a drive time of about 2h 9min.

Safari accommodation/Where to stay in Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

Uganda offers all classes of accommodation ranging from Budget/basic, mid-range to up-market/luxury in order to cater for all tourists on Uganda wildlife safari tours.

Luxury safari accommodation near Kyambura game reserve is availed at Kyambura game lodge with luxury tented cottage lodging, Mweya safari lodge situated on a peninsula within the heart of Queen Elizabeth National park, Jacana safari lodge, The Baboon Safari resort at kyambura and Katara lodge.

Mid-range safari accommodation near Kyambura game reserve is availed at Ihamba Lakeside safari lodge, Simba safari camp, Kingfisher lodge in Kichwamba, Buffalo safari resort next to kazinga channel and Pumba safari cottages in Kyambura.

Budget/basic safari accommodation within Kyambura game reserve is availed at Ihamba safari Lodge, Tembo safari lodge off Ntungamo-Katunguru road, Queen Elisabeth Bush Lodge, Simba safari camp, Engiri game lodge, Irungu forest safari lodge, Marafiki safari Lodge in Rubirizi.

Best Uganda safari/tour/visit time to Kyambura Game Reserve

The best Ugandan time of the year for lifelong safari memories is during the dry months of December-February and June- August when the reserve is not very slippery and the trees not water dripping and clear pictures can be taken.

Slopping down a 100m deep gorge to a tropical forested valley of apes sounds magical. Slopping the valley itself is an experience of its own and what one runs into down there is a whole new experience. Don’t bypass this reserve with scenic wonders to have long lasting Uganda wildlife safari memories at Kyambura Game Reserve.



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