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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 travelling 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

Cary 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.

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.

 

 

Lake Bunyonyi

The impressive Lake Bunyonyi-Uganda safari news

Lake Bunyonyi- The World’s Natural Splendour Lake

Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi

Being landlocked hasn’t ever been reason to limit recreational activities in Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and the deepest in Africa. One of the popular spots tailored on our popular 3 days gorilla tour bwindi, here i bring to you about Lake Bunyonyi and why you will need to relax at the shotres of this lake on your trip;

Background of Lake Bunyonyi Uganda

The word Bunyonyi has a connotation of many small birds actually found in this Lake. The lake has 29 islands with historical islands of akampene (punishment) island big enough for the one tree growing there, an island where pregnant unmarried girls were left by the Bakiga after a forceful abortion either to die of starvation or while trying to swim back through the deep waters to their homes. Men with no capability to pay bride price would go and pick a girl from this island. This was done to stop the young girls from getting pregnant before marriage. The Bwama and Njuyeera islands (sharp’s island) was associated with an English missionary Leonard sharp who established a leprosy treatment Centre on Bwama island as he settled on Njuyeera island and this was aimed at attracting leprosy patients from leaving the communities and settling on this island. The history of these islands has propelled tourist yo travel to Uganda to encounter this Uganda cultural safari.

Location of Lake Bunyonyi Uganda

Lake Bunyonyi- the second deepest lake in Africa, a treasure greatly wonderful, is found in south western Uganda between the districts of Kisoro and Kabale close to the border with Rwanda. Lake Bunyonyi is 1962m above sea level (6,437ft) on an area of 60square kilometers and a depth of 44m(144ft)-900m(2,962ft). The lakes’ main Centre is in Bufuka village mainly inhabited by Bakiga and Batwa. This beautiful lake should be on the top list visit places while planning a birding safari in Uganda because of the lakes enormous number of birds whirling in the sky.

How to get to Lake Bunyonyi Uganda;

How to get to Lake Bunyonyi Uganda by road. Lake Bunyonyi is 410km from Kampala to Kabale town about 7hours drive on a tarmac road and 8km from Kabale on a marram road. 64.8km from Bwindi impenetrable forest national park about 2hours and 20 minutes’ drive via Muko-Bufundi road,77km from Bwindi impenetrable forest national park about 2hours and 26mins via Bufundi -Butanda road.

How to get to Lake Bunyonyi by air. If you opt for a flight to your ultimate Uganda birding safari destination, you can have a flight from Entebbe via Kasese to Rutinda 9km from kabale town then a road drive of 8km to Lake Bunyonyi.

What to see and do in Lake Bunyonyi Uganda

The re-inventive Lake. Lake Bunyonyi has moderate temperatures all year round because of the mist caused by the dense tropical forests surrounding the area. The lake during morning hours is normally covered by a blanket of mist that may make the lake invisible and this could happen a number of times a day if you are lucky you might even see this for more than an hour before the lake is seen again so don’t expect only the waters, the lake will give you the magic you will never see anywhere else in Uganda. This spot is a good Uganda adventure safari stop from Bwindi impenetrable forest national park after being wowed by the gorilla trekking Uganda safaris.

The many little birds over 200 species like the Cardinal wood pecker, the levillant cuckoo, weavers, white tailed blue monard, African Harrer Hawk, grew crowned cranes, Herons, egrets. For passionate birders this is one good spot for your birding safari in Uganda to listen to the sounds of many little birds that will bewilder you with great melodies that would eventually stick to your mind like that lovely song you keep on listening several times and still enjoy.Birding tours in Uganda Is the key activity since Bunyonyi means lake of small birds a reason this lake was named after the various bird species. You can take a boat cruise to go birding to Akampene (punishment island), Habuharo, Bucuraniko, Bushara and Bwama Islands.

Fish species in the lake include the crayfish an offspring of Louisiana Crayfish a rare fish species. The lake is free from Bilharzia and therefore going fishing would be one of the thrilling things on this deep lake. Other fish in the lake include lung-fish and tilapia.

Lake Bunyonyi

A dive into Lake Bunyonyi

Water sports like swimming offer a great refreshing time in Lake Bunyonyi since the water is Hippo-crocodile-bilharzia free, but expertise in swimming is key since the lake is Africa’s deepest and following safety precautions is helpful. Relaxation is one of the benefits of swimming in Lake Bunyonyi with the terraced hills above the Lake.

Canoeing or boating especially the dugout canoe as you go island hopping is a memorable colorful adventure safari tour as you view different bird species giving another view of the magical lake. This archipelago of 29 islands is all great to adventure with a variety of natural breath-taking wonders and histories attached to them like Akampene (punishment island) with one tree growing there.

You can also undertake cultural tours to the surrounding country side either by taking a nature walk or biking to meet the Batwa(pygmies), the Abaheesi (traditional black smiths) where you will hear echoes reverberating in a distance since everyone here is hammering something. The tales and entertainment from the creative Ugandans will give you a memorable lifetime cultural safari in Uganda with insights of an original African setting in a current context.

Close to the lake, you can also hike on the verdant rolling hills that range between 2,200 to 2,478 meters above sea level surrounding the lake could get you to Bukoora caves that give a spectacular view of Lake Bunyonyi. This cave is the best point to sit down relax, meditate and let the beauty sink in as you appreciate the stunning landscape, water, birds and wildlife after your Uganda gorilla trekking safari at Bwindi impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga gorilla national park Uganda.

Lake Bunyonyi is indeed  a spectacular place that you can’t afford to miss tailoring to your safari just to get a break from the trek or wildlife viewing.

Uganda offers the world’s best Chimpanzee trekking experience-Uganda safari news

Uganda offers the world’s best Chimpanzee trekking experience-Uganda safari news

Chimpanzee trekking

Indeed, the Pearl of Africa or one can refer to it as a “summary of Africa” Uganda is home to numerous wildlife species and yes, the primate capital of the world is here. Chimpanzees or chimps are a species of the great ape in the genus pan and one of the closest relatives of man. DNA evidence from fossils shows that the species constitutes of the sister taxon to the modern human lineage sharing about 98.7% DNA.

A chimpanzee as an animal is covered in coarse black hair leaving the face, fingers, toes, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet bare or without hair. It weighs between 40 and 65 kg (88 and 143 lb.) and measures about 63 to 94 cm (25 to 37 in). The female gestation period lasts about eight months and weaned at about 3 years. After birth, its lifespan in the wild can exceed 40 years and about 50 years in captivity.

What is chimpanzee trekking?

Chimpanzee trekking

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.

It’s rare to just encounter wild chimps by chance or just by driving through their habitat so that’s why tourists go chimpanzee trekking. Chimpanzee trekking can be in the morning or in the afternoon, 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.

Where to find chimpanzee trekking in Uganda

In Uganda, chimpanzees are found in Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo Forest, Kalinzu forest and Kyambura Gorge within Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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.

There’s a lot to do in Uganda, however, when planning a wildlife safari in Uganda, you can even tailor your safari with a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park before or either after the trek to include chimpanzee trekking for a much more memorable experience.

 

Aruu Falls

Uncovering the well-kept secret of stunning Aruu Falls

Uncovering the well-kept secret of stunning Aruu Falls

It’s hard to believe of stunning falls within an almost dry region, right? Here is Aruu Falls in Northern Uganda situated in Angagura sub-county in Pader district. Aruu Falls that draws its waters from River Agago, flows through Agogo District into Lapaya village in Pader district are cascading streams of roaring waterfalls offering a thrilling unforgettable and adventurous experience within a virtually untouched wilderness.

Aruu Falls are on the Gulu–Kitgum highway 47 Km from Gulu town and 57 Km from Kitgum town. The falls are located eight kilometers from Aruu Trading Centre and about 386 Km from Kampala-Uganda’s capital. It is about 187 Km to Kidepo Valley National Park and about 237km to Murchison Falls National Park which are the spectacular points for wildlife safaris in Uganda in the northern and north Eastern region. This makes this spot one of the best places to or from one these safari parks though with a very rough undefined road leading there.

Aruu Falls

Aruu Falls

These falls are one of a kind in a way that the flood cascades off a still set of rocks before rapidly pouring into the seven enclaves. With local naming, these enclaves are known as Wang Okiye, Lacee, Okello Gem, Ryanga, Lanya Kweyo, Akweyo and Awilo Yaa. Impressive rocks, arranged into a series of steps form the platform on which water beautifully rolls into different formations before splitting into about seven tributaries to pour into the seven enclaves. The waterfalls are a very vibrant sight to watch as water gushes down the rocks.

For the adventure seeker, hiking the rocks and having a great swim at the bottom of the cascading roaring Aruu Falls is such a thrilling unforgettable experience. At the falls you can also try your luck on fishing and could probably make a good catch.

Tales about Aruu Falls

In Africa, almost everything has a story behind it and that’s just for the secretive Aruu Falls. Myth has it that the enclave around Aruu Falls had been inhabited by the Jo P’Kongo (a group of people), who had migrated from Otwa and settled at Lapaya village in search of water and pasture. They had also escaped tribal conflict. The Jo P’Kongo people occupied the banks of the enclaves around the falls and this can be seen from stone cuttings and artefacts carved on different rocks.
It is believed that the original inhabitants of Lapaya village were washed away by water because they had built houses in and around water ways. Its also believed that the water levels increased suddenly and washed many of them away. No survivor is known but some people say that a woman and a certain man who had been away on different errands, survived.

Accommodation in Aruu Falls

Aruu Falls Campsite

Aruu Falls Campsite

Amazingly those who see potential in these falls have put up a campsite close to the falls known as Aruu Falls Campsite such that you do not have to worry about where to spend the night if you did refresh at the splendid falls. The campsite is a few meters at the top of the falls in a very relaxed and quiet environment with the fresh crisp breeze from the falls to soothe the mind and calm the spirit.

Aruu falls campsite is 7km from the main road. You can travel in Uganda by either a personal 4×4 safari vehicle or on a boda boda/motor bike and get to the campsite.

On your safari in Uganda, you have a place to make a stop and cool off the heat on either a way from or return journey to Africa’s spectacular wilderness or Uganda’s oldest and largest safari park.

 

Kabwoya wildlife reserve, Uganda wildlife safaris, wildlife tour Uganda

Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve

As we continue to look at the wildlife reserves in Uganda, here is Kabwoya wildlife reserve

Overview of Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve Uganda

Uganda safaris are more exciting when the great Albertine rift valley region is explored with the unique beauty from the terraced like slopes teeming with a stunning ever green decorated floor. The reserve was previously known as the Kaiso-Tonya controlled hunting area with plenty of wildlife within the Albertine rift valley. Kabwoya wildlife reserve was gazetted in 1980 though it became a reserve in 2002 placing it as one of Uganda’s newest reserve.

Location of Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve Uganda

The very beautiful reserve covering 87km2 occupies an isolated though scenic position in the plains between Bunyoro escarpment and Lake Albert in Hoima district within the great Albertine rift valley in Western Uganda overlooking the famous Blue mountains. The Albertine rift is a western branch of the East African rift crossing five counties that include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda crossed by two large mountain ranges of Rwenzori and Virunga. The Albertine rift is one of the most diverse region in Africa with more than 40% of Africa’s mammals, 20% amphibians and plants and more than half of Africa’s birds making it an ultimate region for Uganda birding safaris for tourists on Uganda tours with the Albertine rift endemics like the Rwenzori Turaco.

What to see/attractions in Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve Uganda

The stunning scenery;

The scenic view around where the reserve is placed with Lake Albert below and overlooking the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Blue mountains is that perfect place for nature lovers on Uganda safari trips with a fairy tale setting all around. This view is the perfect scenic stop between Murchison Falls National Park and Kibale Forest National park for tourists heading for or from having exceptional wildlife safaris in Uganda.

Wildlife in Kabwoya wildlife reserve Uganda;

Wildlife species include animals like the various antelopes, Uganda Kobs, Duikers, buffaloes, warthog, Chimps, baboons, white and Black colobus monkeys live in the beautiful riverine forests along Hoywa and Wambabya rivers. Alongside the cliffs below Lake Albert hippos find residence, so lucky to reside in a remarkable region.

 

Birds in Kabwoya wildlife reserve;

Kabwoya wildlife reserve sitting in the Albertine rift, Albertine rift endemic birds create the melodies of the area with up to 460 species including the Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Willard’s sooty Boubou, Stripe-breasted Tit, Grauer’s Broadbill, Red-throated Alethe, Dwarf Honey guide, Black-faced Apalis, Grauer’s Warbler, Dusky Crimson-Wing, Shelley’s and many more to fill birding tours in Uganda with lifetime melodies of the wild.

What to do/attraction in Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve Uganda

Nature walks and guided hikes;

Guided hikes and nature walks through the beautiful Albertine rift about 3,900ft (1,200m) with the high snowcapped mountain Rwenzori above, the escarpments that act as a backdrop, Lake Albert with cliffs above through the less thronged trails is the perfect way to encounter wildlife.

Bird watching in Kabwoya wildlife reserve;

Uganda Birding safari tours  reward the tourists with the Albertine rift endemics in a region with more than half of Africa’s birds including the Strange weaver, Archer’s Robin chat, Blue-headed sunbird, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, Black-faced Apalis, Red-throated Alethe, Purple-breasted sunbird, Regal sunbird, Dusky Crimson-Wing and many more that will get ticked by any birder in this region.

Fishing in Kabwoya wildlife reserve;

Fishing is done at Lake Albert using a motorboat with an expert guide where the tourist gets to catch Nile perch below very beautiful hill tops. This extends wildlife safaris to fishing tours in Uganda with a memorable experience that’s comes your way unexpected.

How to get to Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve Uganda

By road: There different road routes used to tour Uganda’s Kabwoya wildlife reserve with some of them including;

From Entebbe International airport, Kabwoya wildlife reserve is 270km via Kampala-Hoima road with an estimated drive time of 5h 15min.

Via Kampala-Hoima-Kyenjojo-Hoima road, the reserve is 268km with an estimated drive time of 5h 32min

From Kampala, Kabwoya wildlife reserve is 232km via Kampala-Hoima road with an estimated drive time of 4h 16min.

Via Kampala-Hoima and Kyenjojo-Hoima road, the reserve is 237km about 4h 33min.

From Hoima town, the reserve is 42.7km via Kyenjojo-Hoima road about 57min drive time.

From Toro-Semliki wildlife reserve, Kabwoya wildlife reserve is 185km via Mubende-Fort portal road and Kyenjojo-Hoima road with an estimated drive time of 4h 6min.

From Kibale Forest National Park, the reserve is 168km via Kyenjojo-Hoima road with an estimated drive time of 3h 47min.

From Murchison Falls National Park, Kabwoya wildlife reserve is 171km away via Masindi-Hoima road taking a drive time of about 3h 30min.

Where to Stay/accommodation at Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve Uganda

Within Kabwoya wildlife reserve, lodging is available at Lake Albert Safari Lodge with facilities that cater for all travelers either on Luxury/up-market, mid range or budget safari in Uganda. The Lodge is at a cliff with Lake Albert below and overlooking the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Blue mountains.

Best time to tour/visit/safari Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve Uganda

The best time of the year for memorable Uganda wildlife safari tours is during the dry months of December-February and June -August though the reserve is open all year round.

The Albertine rift is one of the most rewarding Uganda safari destinations where you get to meet more than half of Africas birds, more vertebrate species than any other region in Africa, the adorned landscape. Within this landscape which Kabwoya wildlife reserve is situated, fairy tale imaginations truly come to nearby reality.

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.

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