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Did you know events promote tourism in a country? Travel Guide Uganda

Did you know events promote tourism in a country?

Worldwide, the event industry is a dynamic and fast-growing sector with obvious interactions with one another in line with tourism. When these events are appropriately hosted, they have the potential to expand the tourism sector. These events provide media exposure during advertisement, promote development, and stimulate infrastructure development which include the emergence of new partnerships.

The hosting of significant events in a city, region or nation, therefore presents a unique opportunity to rethink or reposition the destination. It’s for this very reason that many countries view the successful hosting of events as a vehicle for growth, and that tourism bodies are devoting resources to attracting and supporting major events as part of a broader strategy.

Events are high-value tourism attractions: they act as catalysts to change and image makers for business, (conventions, trade shows) and leisure travel (sports events and cultural festivals, etc.). The close links between major events and tourism are clear to see, which is why many cities, regions and countries have identified event tourism as a priority within long-term tourism strategies.

Major events that drive crazy international tourism numbers

Niche events that have close links to the host destination, such as the art exhibitions, food parties like the rolex festival, drink parties and sports.

Participatory sports events, like world championships that attract thousands of competitors from outside the host country, most of whom bring multiple people with them including spouses, friends, family. Some people after these events, they often extend their event-related stay into a holiday visiting different places.

Signature cultural have an international reputation as a ‘must see’ and include, events such festivals, Halloweens, white party’s, purple party’s etc.

International sports events, not only bring in large numbers of participants and spectators but also achieve worldwide media coverage which plays a significant role in raising a destination’s profile.

 

Tipping etiquette guidelines for a Uganda safari

Upon getting to Uganda for a safari, definitely you get to meet several people, many will be at your service, your Uganda safari guide will take you through your trip, you meet park rangers in the safari parks, you meet several porters and community members. However, many tourists always ask, who, When, and how much should I offer as a tip/a token of appreciation to someone when am in Uganda? For all gratuities, here we give you a tipping guideline etiquette for a Uganda safari.

For whatever reason you decide to offer a tip to someone in Uganda while on a trip, it’s all about your own will there’s no order for who to give a tip. On how much you can offer, you can decide from the quality of service offered in comparison to other people you came along or just offer in a bid to give back to the community.

However, before you tip, measure the potential impact of the tip to the community. The tips received by the people who help around could create a great positive impact since their earnings increase and therefore their standards of living too.

However, for instance, in Uganda’s national parks different people take on different roles according to their levels of education and knowledge they have a bout the park. Offering a high tip to a porter would at times make the rangers who do the conservation demoralized. If you can estimate on a fine amount to tip then it could be reasonable. All roles carried out in the park are important and can be appreciated as long as they don’t affect responsibility and remuneration since conservation is all about dedication.

Who you can tip while on a safari in Uganda

Hotel and Lodge service providers

For all the great accommodation facilities in Uganda, you have good service from the waiters and waitresses, maintenance, chefs and housekeeping staff of whom some you won’t even see. Most of the accommodation facilities have a general tip box and its advisable to drop your tip there such that the whole team can share from it.

 Your Uganda safari driver guide

For any kind of trip in Uganda, your driver guide is key in making the tour successful. You can always tip them separately during the trip for all the efforts they put in to make sure your trip is wonderful.

While on a gorilla trekking safari or any other trekking safari, you go along with trekking guides who help you throughout the trek and they can also be tipped separately.

Rangers, trackers and porters

On any primate trek, you are accompanied by either one or two park rangers who ensure your security in the jungle. They offer all the guidance and help needed during your safari activity and can actually be tipped.

Mountain gorilla trackers in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla national Park always work tirelessly closely with the gorillas to identify where they spent the previous night such that the rangers can easily get to them with the tourists/trekkers and they always stay behind after your trek. You can decide to tip them as a group if they can be found in a group or individually.

Tipping etiquette guidelines for a Uganda safari

Park ranger rests as clients sight mountain gorillas at Mgahinga gorilla national park

If you need help for instance during tracking mountain gorillas, you can always hire a porter to carry luggage and help with the trek. For their great role you can tip them separately.

Non-recommendable individuals for tipping?

Every individual who plays a role as you travel in Uganda can be appreciated with a considerable tip. However, tipping hotel managers is not recommendable. Leaving behind a tip for a hotel manager may demoralize the service providers who offer most of the services at the orders of the manager.

When should you tip?

For when to tip those you appreciate on your trip, throughout the trip you can tip but the most recommendable time is after the trip or activities. For your driver guide, you can tip them at the end of your trip during departure.

For the trackers, you can offer them a tip after tracking.

The rangers and porters can also be tipped after the activity.

For the hotel, check out time is the perfect time to drop your tip in the tip box.

How best to tip

Tipping is best done by cash that’s why you have to change a few dollars to the Ugandan shilling if you expect to tip anyone.

For places with tip boxes it’s the best way to tip and if you would love to offer dollars this can be for the safari guides since they have more frequent access to the Forex bureaus.

Always remember to tip accordingly and note that tipping is not compulsory but dependable to your service satisfaction and opinions.

 

 

Karuma Game Reserve

As we have been looking at the beautiful game reserves of north Eastern Uganda, here is  karuma Game reserve  one that has concealed Beauty

Overview of Karuma Game Reserve Uganda

Karuma game reserve was established in 1964 to initially act as a buffer zone between Murchison Falls National Park (the largest protected area in Uganda 3,840km2) and surrounding villages in addition to other un-conserved areas. This area was traditionally an extensive area for large animals such as the elephants, buffaloes, and hippos on top of the smaller wildlife species, a number still encountered on safaris in Uganda. The water falls is associated with a local tale that the rocks that form these waterfalls were contrived by a powerful traditional spirit called Karuma where the reserve derives its name.

Location of Karuma Game Reserve Uganda

Karuma game reserve within Murchison conservation area is situated in Kiryandongo district in western Uganda sitting on 820km2(317square meters) at an elevation of 1,066m(3,497ft).  Murchison conservation area consists of Budongo forest reserve, Kaniyo-pabidi forest and Bugungu wildlife reserve 748sqkm (289sqmi).  The Nile River-worlds second longest river races down rapids between high forested banks as it makes its way to the North. High adventure enthusiasts on Uganda safaris to the Nile River discover the concealed beauty of the river at Karuma falls when they plan tailored Uganda wildlife safaris to Murchison Falls National Park.

What to see and do at Karuma Game Reserve Uganda

Karuma Falls

Karuma Falls

The stunning Karuma waterfalls on the Victoria Nile with beautiful scenery. The falls comprises of a number of naturally cascading interlocking rock-formations that appear like a series of steps all the way from up(100m) to the bottom of the calm Victoria Nile, a thrilling view for nature lovers on Uganda adventure tours. The cascading water keeps splashing and hitting the rocks giving a breath-taking water-spray from the splashing waters and appearing as white as snow during the rainy season. Karuma falls is the first of an 80km long stretch of low falls and rapids which represents the point where an enlarged Lake Kyoga bursts its banks to scour a new source of the Nile river to the Rift Valley.

Wildlife

Karuma Falls

 

The reserve has diverse wildlife species that love this breath-taking view too with some being, the Uganda kobs, olive baboons, Black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, the Topis, Cape Buffaloes, Elephants, vervet monkeys, Rothschilds giraffes, the Oribis, occasionally the Lions and Leopards and the Hippopotamuses. Tourists on Uganda wildlife safaris who extend their safaris to Murchison Falls National Park add more wildlife species to their African safari experience.

Bird species

Birds within the Murchison conservation area are beautiful with numerous differences in their sounds. Bird species in Karuma game reserve include the Shoebill which is endemic to Africa and has survived evolution (it’s in its original form from centuries ago) and the most sought-after bird by all passionate birders on Uganda birding safaris, the swamp fly catcher, the Giant Heron, African Jacana, Grey crowned Cranes, the Red-Throated Bee-Eater, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and Denham’s bustard but not limited to.

Sightseeing along Karuma falls with naturally cascading interlocking rock-formations that appear like a series of steps gives wonderful memories with the water spray experience making it even more amazing.

With this ideal view, Uganda birding tours are memorable due to the number of beautiful bird species like the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Red -Throated Bee-Eater, swamp fly catcher, the Giant Heron and definitely the Shoebill stork.

How to get to Karuma Game Reserve Uganda

By air: Uganda safari trips to Karuma game reserve are possible by air;

Chartered flights are organized from Entebbe International airport to Bugungu airstrip by Aerolink Uganda 1131 taking / flying for about 1h with three flights a week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday departing at 12:30 and arriving at 13:30. From Bugungu airstrip, Karuma game reserve is 138km via Bobi-Masindi road which takes about 2h 36min.

By road: Tour Uganda’s concealed beauty by road and have an interesting African safari experience. Road distances from some major towns include;

From Entebbe International airport, Karuma wildlife reserve is 276km via Masindi-Kampala road about 4h 52min.

Via Kampala-Gulu highway, Karuma game reserve is 318km taking about 5h 48min.

From Kampala-Uganda’s capital, Karuma game reserve is 236km via Masindi-Kampala road about 3h 33min.

From Kiryandongo town, Karuma game reserve is 14.6km via Bobi-Masindi road about 23minutes.

From Murchison Falls National Park, via Bobi-Masindi road, Karuma game reserve is 111km about 2h 11min.

From Masindi town, Karuma game reserve is 76.4km via the best route of Bobi-Masindi road about 1h 34min.

Experience two waterfalls formed on the Nile river, with the world’s most powerful waterfall-Murchison Falls, the sought after legendary bird-the shoebill, and amazing wildlife on  just one Uganda safari to Karuma game reserve.

Murchison falls

What you need to know about self drive car hire in Uganda

Self drive car hire for safari in Uganda

If you are seeking the freedom and excitement of finding your own adventure then surely self drive tours is safe and a good idea to opt for. Car hire rentals Uganda Kampala takes the lead in offering any kind of 4×4 safari vehicle for your safari in Uganda no matter the destination tough within the borders of Uganda. If you are planning to take a self drive safari, here is what you need to know about self drive car hire in Uganda;

Reason many tourists for Self drive car hire safari in Uganda

The definate 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.

If you believe a self planned Uganda safari itinerary is the best option, you are not wrong however, do you know the popular self drive car hire for safari in Uganda tips? The ideas below are helpful about Uganda self drive safaris;

What you need to know about self drive car hire in Uganda

What you need to know about self drive car hire in Uganda/ Tips for Uganda safari Self drive car hire

  • Most importantly, renting a car from well-known companies is surely advisable to make sure you guarantee that you will have the vehicle. Advance booking is very helpful especially if you are traveling during the peak season when many tourists undertake Uganda safaris.
  • In case you need the peace of mind alongside the flexibility of self drive in Uganda, hire a self-drive car from a travel agency with accommodation. With this you drive knowing your next destination without worries of not getting space to spend the night.
  • Check thoroughly and read through your rental terms carefully before signing the agreements. In case you need clarification on any of the terms ask about it before you sign the agreement because this can save you from getting stranded during your trip.
  • As you receive the car from the company, make sure you inspect the car for any damages before the person who delivers the car leaves. Note down with the presence of the person who delivers the car any damages, scratches, dents just to avoid payment for any damages you did not cause.
  • Before you drive off the car, remember to ask about any extra costs that could be incurred due to how you handle the car. Be sure of how much fuel you need to return the vehicle, where to fuel the car from and where the car can be picked from after your trip.
  • Ensure you meet the minimum age limit for driving in Uganda (18 years and above) because documents are checked before the car is delivered.
  • For most Uganda wildlife safaris, you must expect to drive up country where the roads are rough therefore a 4×4 safari vehicle is recommendable.
  • Air-conditioning should be a must in your vehicle especially if you are traveling during the dry season of November to February.
  • Check your insurance carefully and make sure it covers vehicle theft.
  • If you are traveling in a group, it is recommendable for you to have more than 2 people able to drive such that you can interchange in between destinations.
  • Since it’s an adventure it should not be affected by getting stranded, always drive between attractions during day time such that you can easily get help in case of any need.

Just like you do believe that self-drive adventures are the best way to have memorable encounters in Africa, don’t hesitate to plan your next self-drive trip on a culture, wildlife, bird life and adventure tour in Uganda.

 

Matheniko Game Reserve

As we continue to uncover the beauty in Uganda’s biggest wilderness of Kidepo valley, here is all you need to know about Matheniko wildlife reserve (the stunning natural wilderness).

Location of Matheniko Game Reserve Uganda

In the northern side of the equator, Matheniko game reserve is situated on the savannah plains within Karamoja sub-region in north eastern Uganda North of Mount Elgon National Park. The game reserve is in Moroto district and is part of the corridor of the Karamoja protected areas sprawling from Kidepo valley national park through Bokora wildlife reserve to Pian-Upe wildlife reserve. Matheniko game reserve stands on an altitude between 1,070m to 1,830m (3,510ft to 6000ft) on an area of 1,520sqkm (590mi) with average annual rainfall of 670millimeters (26in).Matheniko game reserve derives its name from the tribe that settles here known as the Matheniko.

What to see /safari attractions in Matheniko Game Reserve Uganda

Safari Uganda for amazing wildlife in the “original” wild reserve. Though the area occupied by the reserve is warmer compared to most of the other regions in Uganda wildlife still finds ways of survival here. Wildlife here includes the rare roan antelope, Bright’s gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Waterbucks, Mountain reedbucks, Ugandan kobs, Blue duikers, Bohor reedbucks, Topi, elands, Klipspringer. Primates enjoy the warm wild environment too including the Patas monkeys, Olive baboons, Vervet monkeys. The Jackals, Cheetah, Servals, Civets, Striped hyenas, Leopards Wild cats and Spotted hyenas with much more calmly resting in the wilderness ready to paint beautiful memories for one on Uganda wildlife safaris.

Falling under the Somalia-Masai eco-region of the semi-arid savannah and shrubland the landscape is unique. The landscape is dominated by Red acacia and the desert date, red spike-thorns, bushwillows and Harrisonia abyssinica. Shrubs include the woolly caper bush and butterfly pea. Walking through the wilderness gets one to an encounter of this vegetation.

Large bird specie is encountered during Uganda tours to the Karamoja plains especially the Ostrich. Other species include the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Eastern Bronze-napped pigeon, the mountain yellow Warbler, the Egyptian vulture, Verreaux’s Eagle, the Hartlaub’s Turaco, Red billed ox pecker, the cattle egret, the Clapperton’s Francolin and much many more beautiful birds.

Uganda safari activities/what to do in Matheniko Game Reserve Uganda

Game drives and viewing is the perfect way to enjoy wildlife safaris in Uganda’s Matheniko game reserve. Through the plains with dry vegetation sighting rare wildlife like the roan antelope, Ugandan kobs, Blue duikers, Bohor reedbucks, Topi is amazing, while the birds like the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Eastern Bronze-napped pigeon, the mountain yellow Warbler, the Egyptian vulture whirl in the clear skies with beautiful melodies backing their dotted features.

Uganda birding tours with must tick birds on a passionate birders list like the Ostrich, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Eastern Bronze-napped pigeon, the mountain yellow Warbler, the Egyptian vulture, Verreaux’s Eagle, the Hartlaub’s Turaco, Red billed ox pecker, the cattle egret, the Clapperton’s Francolin and a lot more are even better since the reserve is away from the crowds therefore one can keenly watch the birds and enjoy the beautiful rhymes all to themselves.

Cultural encounters with the extraordinary Karamojong especially the Matheniko who stay here is one cultural tour in Uganda that will define unique. Everything here is remarkable, rare, captivating and one time in life experience. The cultures have been preserved even in the changing society of the 21st century ranging from dress code, food, home settings and daily activities.

How to get to/Getting to Matheniko Game Reserve Uganda

Road distances: Tour Uganda by road for memorable expeditions from various directions with some distances below;

From Kampala, the fastest route is via Jinja-Soroti road 517km about 10h 13min.

From Entebbe International airport, via Jinja -Soroti road is 556km taking about 11h 32min.

From Kidepo Valley national park, Matheniko game reserve is 126km on a murram road.

From Moroto Town, the game reserve is 48.0km.

By air: Flights to Matheniko game reserve can be organized from Entebbe international airport by Aerolink Uganda to Kidepo airport taking 2h 15min on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. From Kidepo airport to Matheniko game reserve is 119km on a murram road.

Best Uganda safari trip time to Matheniko Game Reserve Uganda

The best time for Uganda safaris to Matheniko game reserve for wildlife encounters is during the months of June to September and December to February when the rains are low and the murram roads are in good shape. During the rainy season in the months of April, May and November, the reserve is open and can be accessed with few tourist numbers leaving the whole reserve to the few tourists.

Where to stay/ Uganda Safari hotels/Lodges in Matheniko Game Reserve/Uganda safari accommodation in Matheniko Game Reserve

Budget safari accommodation is availed in the nearby town of Moroto(48km) in hotels like Shalosa Hotel, Lavender Inn, Kara Tunga Guest house, Hotel D’Andrias, Mount Moroto Hotel, Hotel Leslona Ltd. However, opting for accommodation here isn’t a bad idea but still not the best. Camping at the game reserve is more interactive and memorable. Carrying a tent to hitch at the reserve when planning to camp is advisable.

Wildlife encounters in a spectacular landscape off the crowds and interruptions is what defines safaris to Uganda’s Matheniko game reserve.

 

 

Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve

For many tourists, Kidepo Valley National Park is the perfect wilderness to tour in Uganda because of the vast dotted golden plains, however, surrounding the Kidepo plains are wildlife reserves where Perfect nature interacts with the Wilderness. Its not just one reserve,  they are three (3) which are Pian-Upe wildlife reserve, Matheniko wildlife reserve and Bokora Corridor wildlife reserve. Here we uncover all the details of the less known Bokora Corridor wildlife reserve, keep reading for amazing facts.

Overview of Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve Uganda

The north eastern region of Uganda is adorned with wildlife reserves and a national park richly hosting diverse wildlife. Bokora corridor wildlife reserve is titled by the ethnic group that finds home here-a Karamoja group known as Bakora. This unique conservation area was gazetted in 1964 and managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Location of Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve Uganda

Bokora corridor wildlife reserve is one of Uganda’s protected areas in North eastern Uganda. The reserve is part of the numerous wildlife reserves encountered on a Uganda safari to Karamoja region. This region spans from Kidepo valley national park through Matheniko and Bokora to Pian-Upe wildlife reserve (2,304km2)-the second largest protected area after Murchison Falls national park(3,893km2). The reserve sits in 2,056km2 (794sqmi) of dry savannah plains sprawling from Mount Kadam to Mount Napak on it’s northern side.

Uganda Safari attractions/What to see in Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve Uganda

Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve Uganda

Unique wildlife finds home at Bokora Corridor wildlife reserve including the rare Rothschild’s giraffe with its unique body shape and height that amazes tourists on Uganda wildlife safaris here. Other wildlife species include the leopards, Topi’s, Elands, Oribis, Lesser Kudu, Buffaloes, Lions, Zebras, roan antelopes, the striped hyenas, Ugandan Kob, the cheetahs, striped hyenas, spotted hyenas and hartebeests but not limited to.

Birds that enjoy the open wilderness include the Dusky turtle Dove, the Alpine chat, the African Hill Babbler, the thick -billed Honey guide, the Eastern Bronze-napped pigeon, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, Black-throated Wattle -eye, Lemon Dove, White -headed Buffalo-weaver, the giant Ostrich and much more to be sighted during Uganda birding safaris to north eastern Uganda.

The Karamojong who settle here are wonderful hospitable people with unique cultural practices that will leave one wowed. The Bokora are creative with a lot of craft work in their dressing, housing designs, way of life that is far different from any other encountered in Uganda.

What to do in Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve Uganda

Game viewing on game drives in the vast open savanna land with opportunities to encounter and stand in close view with the giraffe and other wildlife captivates you to everlasting memories of a prime wildlife safari in Uganda. The beautiful wildlife to glimpse at includes the rare Rothschild giraffe with unique body composure, Zebras, roan antelopes, the striped hyenas, Ugandan Kob, the cheetahs, striped hyenas, leopards, Topi’s, Elands, Oribis, Lesser Kudu, Buffaloes. Traversing the north eastern region leads one to all of these beautiful memories.

Within the swamp areas, birding is very rewarding with multi dotted birds like the African Hill Babbler, the thick -billed Honey guide, the Eastern Bronze-napped pigeon, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, Black-throated Wattle -eye, Lemon Dove, White -headed Buffalo-weaver Dusky turtle Dove, the Alpine chat. Best Uganda birding tour spot is within the swamps like Loporokocho with gripping views of thrilling birds.

Nature walks and cultural tours lead to all cultural encounters with the traditions of the region in all circles of life. The Bokora have unique creativity ranging from dressing, housing designs, food, body decorations far different from any other encounter on cultural tours in Uganda. Community walks give the opportunity not just to sight but involve in cultural practices like wood work, dances, weaving.

 

 

How to get/Getting to Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve Uganda

By road: Safari Uganda’s vast wilderness in the north eastern region from various directions with some key distances including;

From Entebbe international airport, the fastest route is via Kampala-Jinja-Pallisa-Soroti 436km about 9h 9min.

Entebbe via Kampala-Masindi road is 531km taking 9h 26min.

From Kampala-Uganda’s capital, the fastest route is Kampala-Jinja-Soroti road 398km taking about 8h 1min.

From Moroto town, Bokora corridor wildlife reserve is 89.4km via Kotido-Moroto road about 1h 32min.

By air: Chartered flights for a Uganda tour can be organized by Aerolink Uganda from Entebbe International airport to Kidepo airport for 2h 15min on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. From Kidepo airport, the fastest route is Kotido-Moroto road 246km taking about 4h 9min.

Where to stay/ Uganda Safari accommodation in Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve

Safari accommodation is distant from the reserve, the nearby town of Moroto is 89.4km therefore Camping at the reserve provides a perfect wildlife encounter with night fire camping. Camping facilities can be carried to provide comfortable wildlife safaris in Uganda.

Best Uganda safari trip time to Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve

The best time for Uganda wildlife safari tours to Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve is during the months of June to September and December to February when the vegetation is dry and murram roads more passable.

Refreshing, Relaxing and Rewarding wildlife interactions are unrivaled when one plans a safari to Uganda in the warm Savannah plains of Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve blessed with thrilling wildlife.

 

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary-The Lucky Chimps Haven

History and Location of Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Uganda

Surrounded by the serene waters of Lake Victoria-the world’s largest tropical fresh water lake, Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary was established in 1998 to cater for orphaned chimpanzees that were luckily rescued from all over Uganda. In Uganda, Ngamba island is the largest known chimpanzee sanctuary always better explained by tourists on Uganda wildlife Safaris. or a 1 day Ngamba island chimp tour. The sanctuary is coordinated and managed by a non-profit organization known as the Chimpanzee sanctuary and wildlife conservation Trust. People spend their whole lives rescuing and studying the chimpanzees but you can understand why, when you plan a Uganda wildlife safari and interact with the lovely chimp care givers. The tranquil island is currently home to 49 chimpanzees 20 male and 29 female, 46 of them are rescued orphaned chimpanzees and 3 were luckily born on this island.

The island is 23km southeast of Entebbe in Lake Victoria 50 minutes by a speed boat off the mainland. The island is part of the archipelago of Koome islands on Lake Victoria in Mukono district and sits on 100acres of rainforest, 98 acres forested and separated from the tourist areas for chimps to roam through during the day.

What to see/attractions in Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Uganda

The chimpanzees;

The amazing human like chimpanzees definitely is what makes many tourists on Uganda wildlife tours cruise on the waters to the Island. Hope the reason for this is understood, humans share 98.7% of their DNA with chimpanzees which makes them one of our closest relatives. Tourists plan safaris in Uganda to see the chimps up close and experience a rare and unforgettable experience viewing the chimpanzees in a near wild like setting.

Forest and water bird species;

The island has forest bird species that extends safaris to Uganda birding safaris with specie like the Spin winged Lapwings, Cormorant birds, Egrets, the singing black headed weaver, African Open Sullied storks, Egyptian Yellow Billed Dark, King Fisher, Fish Eagles. The water birds encountered include the swamp fly catcher, Malachite king fisher, long-tailed cormorant.

What to do/activities at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Uganda

Chimpanzee interactions;

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Chimpanzee interactions is the definite activity at the sanctuary, the sanctuary offers day and overnight tourists exceptional opportunities to observe the unique human like great apes in a unique setting. When the tourist gets here they can participate in either morning or evening feeding of the chimps as the chimps sit down to consume their vegetables, an only Uganda wildlife safari trip experience. These activities are pre-arranged with a safari company, one gets to do chimpanzee feeding on the visitor’s platform area where the chimps come close for easy viewing and photography. The chimps merge for feeding from the forest at 11:00am and 2:30pm with very playful lovely characters. Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda for tourists on longer trips are possible in the wild at Kibale Forest National Park.

Boat cruise;

The boat cruise on Lake Victoria is so exciting as there a whole 50 or 90 minutes on the largest fresh water lake of Africa. The boat cruise comes with an unrivaled adventure safari in Uganda as the boat crosses the equator with forces of the north and south hemisphere push the boat tending to keep it in one position. The boat engine uses a little more energy to beat the equator forces. Before thinking of only experiencing these forces, the greatest memory is swimming in the middle of the world! This is the right point for adventure seekers but it requires expertise.

Extended stay activities;

There’s much more for a tourist who takes a longer stay at the sanctuary, bird watching is really amazing with forest and water birds like the catcher, Malachite king fisher, long-tailed cormorant. Staying longer with the devoted chimp care givers team gives a memorable experience as one gets to involve in the sanctuary activities like cleaning cages, preparing food for the chimps, assisting in medical procedures, carrying out enrichment, typing chimp diaries, collecting observational data and anything that one’s skill gets them to. This stay is very educative, informative and much more rewarding than any other wildlife safaris and Uganda tours.

Tour Uganda and experience the home to rescued chimpanzees that found their everlasting love in the evergreen Island, near the equator line …. what an amazing home with unrivaled experiences only exceptional to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience

Uganda gorilla safari destinations

The Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience enjoyed by those on Uganda gorilla safaris is in 2 safari parks of Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. All in western Uganda, these two safari parks are natural habitats to the steadily increasing mountain gorillas. Altogether, Uganda has of 17 habituated gorilla families open to gorilla trekking tourists, 16 in Bwindi impenetrable national park and 1 in Mgahinga gorilla national park. With more than 1000 mountain gorillas still existent in the world, Uganda hosts over half of the remaining mountain gorillas. The other population of mountain gorillas are sighted on Rwanda gorilla safaris and Congo gorilla trekking safari tours in Volcanoes national park and Virunga national park respectively.

About gorilla trekking in Uganda

Mountain gorillas are wild animals but there’s no way you can fail to see the gorillas in Uganda because even with the big numbers, the park rangers go to the jungle by dawn therefore they identify where the gorillas spent the previous night.

Gorilla trekking starts at with briefing at 8:00am each single day with the park rangers. You are allocated a gorilla family to trek in accordance to your physical strength though the gorilla trekking sector is allocated at the time of gorilla permit booking.

If you have difficulties with hiking, porters can be hired to help you through your gorilla safari Uganda experience with a carrier.

You spend about 2-8 hours in the forest searching for the mountain gorillas and only 1 hour in the sight of the gentle giants.

After trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda, you are recognized with a gorilla trekking certificate that you go with home.

Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

How to plan for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience

Just like any other Uganda safari, remember to plan well before even setting off for your trip.

First of all, start with planning with the right Uganda gorilla tour operator for all prior bookings. Uganda gorilla trekking tour permits cost $600 which you pay a couple of months before the real safari and your tour operator will perfectly do this for you.

Make sure the tour operator does for you all bookings and preparations since they are more knowledgeable about the weather, accessibility and lodging options.

Early arrival, preparation and enough night rest are key before you go for gorilla trekking the next day. Gorilla trekking involves hiking in a dense misty forest, therefore you need to rest enough and gather enough strength to take you through the steep trails the next day.

Pack the right clothes ranging from a rain coat, hand gloves, hiking boats, long sleeved shirt, long pants and a hat since the park area receives heavy rains. Other things to pack include insect repellent, camera, bottled drinking water and packed lunch.

Gorilla trekking is one of the most memorable and mesmerizing activities you can ever do in Africa, visit Uganda and have a lifetime moment in the natural world.

Best Religious attractions in Kampala

Religion is one of the things that builds unity among diversity and in Uganda, several religious events have always brought thousands of people even from across borders together. These are the best religious attractions in Kampala found in different spots of the city.

Namugongo Martyrs Shrine

Located along Jinja road about 12km from central Kampala is Namugongo Martyrs shrine. The shrine is popular for the martyrs who were executed here on 3rd June 1886 by the orders of Kabaka Mwanga. Namugongo is where a number of Baganda men were kept after the kabaka got to know that they got baptized. They were asked to renounce the new faith they had undertaken and 26 of the members refused to denounce. Divided among the Anglicans and Catholics, the individuals were burnt a live starting from the catholic head who was known as Charles Lwanga. In 1920, Pope Benedict XV declared blessed the 13 known catholic martyrs at Namugongo. In May 1886, 9 other catholic victims of different killings were canonized. They were finally canonized during Vatican II conference by pope Paul VI on 18th October 1964. The first reigning pope to set foot in Sub Saharan Africa was Pope Paul VI who visited and made pilgrimage to Namugongo in July 1969. From that time till now, Uganda safari tours to Namugongo Shrine have increased especially during the first week of June.

religious attractions in Kampala

Namugongo Martyrs shrine

Namirembe Cathedral

Situated on Namirembe hill (one of the seven hills of Kampala) is the beautiful well architecture Anglican church. The word Namirembe is a Luganda word that means “of peace” the because the hill was popularly known as the hill of peace. Namirembe cathedral is about 2.8km from the city center. Namirembe Cathedral also known as St Paul’s Church is the biggest Anglican church in Uganda. The church has beautiful architecture and great interior with a lush environment. On a one-day Kampala city tour a tourist can attend one of the services at the church and see Sir Albert Cook and Bishop Hannington graves.

religious attractions in Kampala

Namirembe cathedral

Gaddafi National Mosque

On old Kampala hill, Gaddafi mosque is a focal point for the Muslim community in Kampala. The mosque derives its name from the former Libyan leader colonial Gadhafi, it was opened and dedicated for worship by Colonial Gaddafi himself in 2008. The mosque is constructed in a beautiful and attractive way. The mosque is open to the public and those who love to witness this architecture in and out can visit the mosque.

religious attractions in Kampala

Gaddafi mosque

Every destination offers choices but, on a Uganda tour, the choices are limitless no matter how long you can spend in the country.

Why Bwindi Impenetrable national park is Africa’s best gorilla trekking safari destination

Bwindi impenetrable national park is the most popular Uganda gorilla safari destination along side Mgahinga gorilla national park in the Virunga massif adjacent to Virunga national park in Congo and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. It’s the best destination to for gorilla safaris because of the many activities in Bwindi impenetrable national park. These reasons make a gorilla safari in Bwindi worth undertaking;

Gorilla trekking is the famous activity of the park. Gorilla trekking means spending the day trekking the gorillas and when the gorillas are found a maximum of one hour is what you can spend with the gorillas. The time spent on finding the gorillas isn’t pre-determined, these are wild animals. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is cheaper than in the nearby Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, a gorilla trekking permit for Bwindi costs USD 600 whereas those in Rwanda go for USD 1,500. The amount of a gorilla permit is per each individual for a single trek. Children below the age of 15 are not allowed to trek the gorillas. There several rules to follow for a safe gorilla trekking safari in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Bwindi impenetrable national park

Tourists after meeting a gorilla

A side from gorilla trekking, there’s another experience known as gorilla habituation. Gorilla habituation means spending four hours with the mountain gorillas. The gorillas that are open for habituation are those that are not fully tamed to behave normally in the presence of human beings and therefore this is done to familiarize them with people before they are let for gorilla trekking. Spending four hours with the gorillas will teach you a lot especially on feeding habits.

Birds too love this pristine tropical jungle. Bwindi impenetrable forest was named the best birding spot in Africa by Africa bird club with about 350 bird species. Bwindi impenetrable forest is home to 23 out of the 24 Albertine rift endemic birds. This is the best Uganda birding safari destination for all birders who love to see unique bird species.

The altitude of the forest ranges from about 1,190-2,600m above sea level. This height is good for those who love hiking because it becomes a memorable experience. You get a hiking experience as you trek through the jungle to find the giants rather than just finding the gorillas in the lower slopes without a great experience to remember.

Have a Batwa experience after a gorilla trek. The Batwa pygmies were the real inhabitants of the forest before they were resettled to the slopes for conservation purposes. The Batwa later decided to share their culture with those who visit their old home. The Batwa take tourists through their culture and the ways of life that they used for survival while in the forest.

Bwindi impenetrable national park

The Batwa people

For any destination, there’s a question on how to arrive however, how to get to Bwindi forest national park is so easy. There are two options either get there by road or by air, both options will get you to the best destination for gorilla trekking. The national park is so accessible and this makes the safari more enjoyable.

Accommodation in Bwindi forest national park is nothing to worry about. Because of the treasure there, areas close to the park have accommodation facilities that can accommodate any type of traveler. The hotels and lodges within Bwindi impenetrable national park range from luxury/upmarket, mid-range to budget/basic. All these accommodation facilities offer a taste of the local Ugandan cuisine depending on what you want.

If it’s about having a memorable safari, then Bwindi impenetrable national park is the best option, you will see and do what’s not expected and still enjoy. You won’t tell the experience unless if you get there, start planning your safari with the best gorilla safari tour operators.

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