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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.

Kampala’s 10 Top hot restaurants listed – Uganda safari News

Are you in Kampala? Is it a Kampala city tour? a Kampala day trip? Are you looking for a place to have your Breakfast, lunch or dinner? Kampala, the capital city of Uganda is known as one f the best cities in East Africa for fine dining. We are justing giving you are travel guide in Uganda about the best restaurants in Kampala whose food and ambiance have got us recommending them to travelers, friends and families.

1 Nyanja/ Lake Terrace Restaurant

Nyanja, also known as the Lake Terrace Resturant, is a delightful laid-back spot is situated on the lobby level of Speke Resort Munyonyo. It serves multi-cuisine and wellness menus 24 hours a day. Nyanja has a seating capacity of 108 covers providing ample space for a group of people to experience a culinary journey together set against a soothing, tranquil background. Apart from exquisite food and beverages, Nyanja is a gateway to an informal, natural ambiance and is accentuated by its outdoor extension, Lake Terrace – perfect spot for a chilled-out dinner with your loved one.

Nyanja also has an open-air extension that is ideal place lovers. This Lake Terrace is as refreshing as its surroundings, with well-kept gardens and the soothing waters of Lake Victoria. It presents fabulous views of the gardens and lake. The freshness of its outdoor setting speaks of nature giving it a heavenly setting on earth for you to enjoy.

2 Explorer Italian Bistro

Located within Kampala Serena Hotel, Explorer Italian restaurant pays will take you into the world of exploration on your Kampala city tour. Both in the dining room and among the outdoor water garden’s ponds and bridges, diners get to enjoy fine Italian cuisine complemented by an extensive selection of wines, beers and spirits.

3 Mediterreaneo Restaurant

This restaurant is conveniently located in Kampala on Acacia Avenue. This restaurant has one of the finest menus in town, the decor is lovely and this makes it a great place to meet with friends or something a little more romantic. Mediterraneo Restaurant has all the best to offer when it comes to fine dishes in town, from Sea Foods, Continental dishes backed up by a fully stocked Bar to cater for all kinds of guests. They offer services such as Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Coffee, what a great hangout to chill and grind with friends.

Parking Space is available for all guests at no extra cost with maximum security to ensure your car is fully secured.

The Bar Section is fully equipped with both local and International drinks, ranging from Soft to hard liquors with a punch up of various cocktails.

Be sure to reserve a table, especially at weekends after your Kampala day tour. It gets very busy.

4 Chapter Two Restaurant

Rich in expressing a blend of culture and modernity, Chapter Two Restaurant located at Skyz Hotel Naguru gives residents of Kampala very many reasons to celebrate fine dining and exquisite cuisines. Chapter two restaurant’s ambiance provides a relaxing escape from the bustling streets of Kampala with soothing music playing in the background and an array of quality drinks and wines served from the counter area.

It has a cool airy, interior with sophisticated marks of modern wood craft cabinets and a general highlight of brown hues. The table setting, ceramics, uniforms and menu have a blend of tradition and innovation to portray modernity.

The extension of the restaurant, known as Aruba Terrace, is an open seating area where guests can enjoy some of that kitchen delight and sip on drinks while enjoying the beautiful views of Kampala City.

5 La Cabana Restaurant

Lately, La Cabana Restuarant is one of the most talked-about restaurants in Kampala. It is conveniently located within Speke Apartments, plot 19-21 Wampewo Avenue, Kololo. It has a range of unlimited meats including, lamb legs, pork, top sirloin steak, rock salt pork cubes, BBQ chicken and beer marinated chicken served on skewers by an army of gauchos (South American Cowboys) with ‘Rambo knives’ at the flip of a card.

La Cabana also offers a treat for vegetarians with an array of home-made sides as well as a range of grilled vegetables, cheeses, bread and salads. The restaurant offers a continental and Indian menu as well and is open every day 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM

6 The Seven Seas Restaurant

You may be a traveler on a Uganda safari looking for some world class seafood, and steaks, then the Seven Seas Restaurant is the best place to go. This restaurant is located within Sheraton Kampala hotel offering the Seven Seas Restaurant offers fish and seafood prepared with Asian and Continental Flair. The restaurant offers a seating capacity of 80 guests and a warm ambience brought to life by the restaurant’s laid back and nautical contemporary wooden design.

The signature fish boat display boasts the freshest catch from around the world which you can personally select from the varied presentation and have it prepared by the restaurants trained and experienced chefs.

Its menu also offers Chefs’ ala carte recommendations prepared to your personal taste; from Mackerel, Dorado to Lobsters, Crabs and Octopus, accompanied with your choice of specialty sauces. Whatever your choice, seven seas, aims to ensure you have a memorable dining experience.

It is usually open for dinner from Monday through to Saturday, 7:00pm to 11:00pm

7 Asian Fusion Restaurant

Situated at Fair Way Hotel, the Asian Fusion Restaurant is a treasure trove of unique Indian and Chinese foods that is designed not only to excite your eyes but your taste buds too. The restaurant’s courtyard transports guests to the wonderful world of Asia; adorned with exquisite traditional art, Thai sculptures, and Chinese architecture with private booths for intimate gatherings and a wealth of nature serene beauty of well-groomed lawns, flowers and trees. It’s open 10:00 am to 11:00 pm daily.

8 Spectrum at LaBonita

Set in the heart of Kampala you can be assured they know exactly how to feed you. The minimally described contemporary menu served in the minimally decorated dining room, have maximum flavors and seasonal interest in abundance. Be sure to have one of the best dishes, though there is little point telling you it is brown steak at your table as the menu is extensive. If you really would rather choose your own dishes they do serve great fish fillet at lunch times trust me, they are more than capable of putting together a feast for you. They are located opposite Christ the King Church, along colville Street in Kampala.

9 Cantine DiVino

Yet another gem from the owners of Villa Kololo, this stylish wine bar and restaurant is a spot to see and be seen. Think steak with rustic potatoes, flame-grilled lamb chops and homemade pastas, Cantine DiVino is the place. There’s an extensive (and expensive) wine list prominently featuring bottles from South Africa and Italy, and a deli case of imported chacuterie. Cantine DiVino, is located on plot 4A Mabua Road, Kololo, Kampala Uganda.

10 Le Chateau Brasserie Belge

Located at plot 1273, Ggaba Road, Kampala, Le Chateau Brasserie Belge offers more than just food to their guests. With enchanting ambience, mouthwatering Belgian and European Cuisine Le Château allows you to experience the best of culinary delights in a typical African decor and ambiance.

These are some of the best fine dining eateries in and around Kampala and they are just waiting for you! Visit Uganda and spoil your self for memories!

 

The Concealed Beauty of Karuma Falls; Karuma Game Reserve- Uganda safari News

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

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.

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.

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.

Getting 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.

Where to stay/accommodation in Karuma Game Reserve Uganda

Safari accommodation for tourists on Uganda safari tours travelling on either Luxury/ up-market, mid-range or budget/ basic is available in the nearby towns.

Luxury/ up-market safari accommodation is availed at Chobe safari lodge in Lolim.

Mid-range safari accommodation is availed in Karuma Travellers Hotel along Karuma road.

Budget/ basic accommodation is availed at New court view Hotel in Masindi, Alinda Guest House in Masindi, Country Inn in Masindi, Aribas Hotel in Masindi.

Best time to safari/tour Karuma Game Reserve Uganda

The best time of the year is during the months of December-February and June-August when the road is passable and views are clear. During the rainy months of March, April, May, September and October the falls are spectacular as they appear as white as snow.

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.

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.

 

Safari Uganda to the world’s only chimpanzee Island;Ngamba Chimpanzee Island sanctuary

Ngamba Chimpanzee Island sanctuary

Imagine a beautiful tropical island, covered with a soft excellent forest garden with greenery everywhere. For any planned Uganda Safari, Ngamba Island Uganda must be the first impressive island that comes to any tourist’s mind. Ngamba Island itself is like a fairy tale garden, with manlike animals (chimpanzees), whistling and singing birds, fresh air, green views all over the place, makes you feel awesome living in another world that’s is situated in the middle Lake Victoria, Uganda’s biggest fresh water lake and Africa’s largest Tropical lake. Take a Tour to Uganda and be among the few discoverers of Ngamba’s hidden treasures.

Ngamba Island is bounded by the fresh peaceful waters of Lake Victoria with over 100 acres of land where by 98 acres are forested, protected and this is where the chimpanzees wander all day. Ngamba Island is a safe haven that habits over 49 chimpanzees that were rescued from all over Uganda after surviving poachers. These chimpanzees tally to 20 male and 29 females.

Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary was established in October 1998 to take care of the orphaned chimpanzees that were rescued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Scheduling a Chimpanzee trekking Uganda Safari to Ngamba Island Uganda, whether for a day, 2days, 3days or even longer offers tourists stimulating chimpanzee experiences where you will look at these intelligent chimpanzees’ face to face as they roam in their environment.

Getting there

The finest starting point as tourists set off to Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary is at Lugard Avenue Entebbe just outside Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (Zoo) because it is easier, safe with ample parking space.

By road, From Kampala; Uganda’s capital city, to Lugard Avenue while using the Kampala-Entebbe road, it is about 39km taking a drive of around one and a half hours. At Lugard Avenue, tourists are led down to the pier where they depart from on a boat cruise to the only Chimpanzee Island in the world. The boat cruise takes about 50 mins when using a speed boat and 90 minutes when using a traditional canoe boat with an engine.

From Entebbe International Airport, it’s about 5Km and it takes about 10minutes while driving.

By air, there are charter flights that are arranged to Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary at Entebbe International Airport and at Kajjansi airstrip therefore tourists who would wish to safari in Uganda by air, must make arrangement prior their Uganda tour. Tourists who are non-residents arrange flights to Entebbe international airport in Uganda after which they are directed to the aircraft they will be using as they tour in Uganda.  A flight to Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary takes about 20 mins from Entebbe airport or from Kajjansi airstrip.

Safari Attractions in Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary, Uganda

Everything is so lovely in Ngamba Island. As visitors take their first step to the Island, they feel great because as they guise around, it gets hard to understand where the end of the water and the beginning of sky is.

The most famous attraction in Ngamba Island are the famous black beauty chimpanzees. Ngamba Island has 95% protected as a natural habitat for the chimpanzees. This Island habits over 49 chimpanzees that were rescued from all over Uganda after surviving poachers and these chimpanzees tally to 20 male and 29 females. Safaris to Uganda’s Ngamba Island enables you watch these closest relatives of man. This is so because science notes that the chimpanzees have 98% human genes. The chimpanzees care for their off springs and are social just like human beings.

The amazing bit of it all is that most of these chimpanzees have been given names for example one of the famous chimpanzee here is named Connie. It is the famous for the its motherhood experience. For they have confidence that baby chimps brought in the sanctuary, Connie happily caters for them regardless of the sex.

Alongside the chimpanzees, Ngamba Island also has several bird species that enjoy their stay its protected forests. Common birds in Ngamba Island include, Cormorant birds, Cattle Egrets, singing black headed weavers, the Spin winged Lapwings, African Open Sullied Storks, Sacred Ibis, Egyptian Yellow Billed Dark, King Fishers, Goose, and Fish Eagles, and the list continues. These birds are easily seen as they come to feed along the shores of Lake Victoria.

Safari activities in Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary Uganda

Chimpanzee trekking

Uganda Chimpanzee trekking Safaris are now available in Ngamba chimpanzee Island Sanctuary/Queen Elizabeth National Park/Kibale National Park. Brand change in their lives by taking a rare and unforgettable experience to view the chimps in their wild setting while help of the trained rangers. These chimpanzees have been habituated for human interaction. In fact, they are so human like, entertaining and full of fun.

Furthermore, tourists that don’t get chance to trek the chimpanzee, have chance watch them and feed them. Take a close look at chimpanzees take their mid-morning breakfast sitting down like human beings. Food that they normally feed on includes, the carrots, mangoes, jackfruits, passion fruits, tomatoes, onions among others.

Chimpanzee trekking time table.

  • Half day 9am-1pm and 12:45pm-5pm
  • Full day 8am-3pm and 10:30am-5pm

Forest birds and Bird watching

While enjoying nature walks in the forests of Ngamba Island, tourists on Uganda birding safaris appreciate listening to the sweet birds softly sing and whistle in the trees above which normally makes tourists normally feel relaxed and delighted. Birds to encounter while on a Uganda birding safari in Ngamba forest include; Cormorant birds, Cattle Egrets, singing black headed weavers, the Spin winged Lapwings, African Open Sullied Storks, Sacred Ibis, Egyptian Yellow Billed Dark, King Fishers, Goose, and Fish Eagles, and the least continues. These birds are easily seen as they come to feed along the shores of Lake Victoria.

Boat cruising and stopping by the equator

Book a boat cruises are normally booked with the Ngamba Island offices as wells the wild frontiers. While on a boat cruise, tourists get chance to watch local fisher men with their tools on the lake, make a stopover at the point where the equator crosses Lake Victoria. While at this point, tourists take time to observe how the boat is pushed by the south pole while the north pole tends to keep the boat in one position. On a close observation, as the boat crosses the equator, the boat engine tends to use more energy in order to beat the equator line. Its also interesting to swim at the equator. Happy and smiling tourists jump into the water, play, splash water all around. Its fun but only advised for people who know how to swim.

Caregiving lessons

Care giving lessons are taught at the sanctuary at a certain fee. During these lessons, tourists are taught how to feed the chimpanzees, how to prepare food for them, how to do medical checkups, join research teams, help in monitoring the chimpanzees and interact with all chimps on the only chimpanzee island. The chimpanzees feed twice a day; feeding hours at Ngamba Chimpanzee Island Sanctuary are 11am and 3pm.

 Safari accommodation/where to stay in Ngamba Island Uganda

Safari accommodations in Ngamba Island are not many however feel comfortable resting in one of the prominent accommodation facility there; Ngamba Island tented camp having its tents overlooking Lake Victoria. This enables the tourist watch the sanctuary wake in the morning.

When to Safari/Visit/ Tour Ngamba Island Uganda

Tourists takes safaris in Uganda to the sanctuary throught the year however the it is more fun in the dry months because it’s easy to see the chimpanzees and boat cruises are also more interesting because the lake is always calm compared to the wet seasons. The dry months are April-June, July-September while the wet months are Jan-March, October-December.

Other activities enjoyed by tourists on Ngamba Island include; Sunbathing and relaxation, Fishing and Photographic experiences

In conclusion, I can’t explain the privilege and joy of participating in chimpanzee trekking tourists feel while undertaking Uganda safaris. Enjoy the exclusive Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari packages that will offer you a face to face encounter with the man’s closest relatives at a very close distance.

 

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.

 

Katonga Wildlife Reserve- Home of the Sitatunga Antelopes! -Uganda wildlife safaris

Have you seen Sitatunga antelopes?

Are you so interested in a short Uganda wildlife safariUganda wildlife safaris? Safari Uganda or visit Uganda to Katonga Wildlife Reserve situated in southwestern Uganda, along the banks of the Katonga River in Kyenjojo and Kamwenge districts and have a look at these shy Sitatunga antelopes. The reserve was named after the Katonga River which drains its water in Lake Victoria and Lake George. The Katonga Wildlife Reserve was established in 1998 and covers an area of about 211km2. Katonga Wildlife Reserve was historically used as a hunting ground for the King of Toro.

The vegetation in Katonga Wildlife Reserve is mixed savannah, with scrubland or woodland, riverine woodland, and riverine grassland. A large portion of the reserve is either permanent or seasonal a wetland with papyrus. Katonga Wildlife Reserve has variety of plants and animals that are unique to its wetland environment.  The reserve is protected by the Uganda Wildlife Authority under the Kibale conservation area.

Katonga Wildlife Reserve has several wildlife; over 40 mammal species that attract tourists for example Reedbucks, Waterbucks, Sitatungas, Colobus monkeys, otters, warthogs, elephants among others. Along the wildlife, there are over 150 species of birds that are good for bird lovers and the best way to explore these birds is by foot and by canoe.

Getting there

Katonga Wildlife Reserve is accessible while using public means of transport as well as the private transport means. The most used type of transport is road transport because it enables people see variety of what Uganda- the pearl of Africa has to offer.

By road from Kampala; the capital city of Uganda, via the Kampala Mubende – Fort Portal road its about 276 km taking about a 4-5 drive.

While using the Kampala Masaka road, it is 263 km taking about a 5 hours’ drive.

Via the Mbarara – Katonga road, it takes about 183 km roughly 2 hours.

While using the Ibanda Kamwenge road, it is about 103km taking you about 2 hours.

From Kibale Forest National Park when using the Fort- Mpondwe road, it’s about 202km driving for about 4 hours

From Kyegegwa, it’s about 42km south when following the signposts along the road.

By air, charter flights and scheduled flights are arranged to Kasese airstrip by companies like Aero Link. After landing, a safari company picks the tourist and drives him/her to the Katonga Wildlife Reserve using the Fort Portal – Mpondwe road which is about 198km driving for about 4 hours.

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