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What is the Best Time for a Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari? – Uganda Safari News

What is the Best Time for a Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari? – Uganda Safari News

Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda or Uganda gorilla tours are an all year round activity though just like any other activity there’s always the best time to travel to Uganda. The best time for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari is determined by the weather and climate of the country. The fact is that, gorilla trekking in Uganda is an all year activity and clients get almost the same satisfaction. However the dry season with less time is the most recommendable best time for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari by travel guide Uganda and many other travelers.

The south Western region or of the country where the gorilla safari Uganda destinations of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are situated have two dry / low rain seasons which are;

  • June – September

The months of June, July August and September form the long dry season in Uganda. The rains are low and therefore many refer to this as the best time for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari. During this time, the forest is not so wet therefor much drier and vegetation is at least shorter for clear photography.

  • December – February

The months of December to February are the short dry months of Uganda.  During this time the rains are less though the Uganda gorilla trekking tour parks remain fairly wet during these months.

However, Uganda safari or safari in Uganda tourists should note that Bwindi Forest National Park Uganda is a tropical forest and rains can be expected at any time of the year.

Advantages of gorilla trekking in the dry season

  • During the dry season, gorillas are easier to track since the trails are drier and therefore passable. The gorillas too are lively as they play around in the forest.
  • In the drier months, there are more sunny days to enjoy beautiful sunsets and have clear views.
  • During this time, there better chances of gorilla photography since the vegetation is shorter and gorillas can easily be spotted.

Disadvantage of gorilla trekking in the dry months

  • In the dry months you need early booking for all of the accommodation facilities and park services. December is one of the busiest months of the year in most national parks and it’s advisable to book the accommodation in time to avoid disappointments.

The tropical forests are adjacent to the Rwanda gorilla safari and Congo gorilla safari destinations and therefore these seasons are somewhat related. However, when planning a Rwanda gorilla tour or gorilla safari Congo always try to find out the best time for either your Rwanda gorilla trekking safari or Congo gorilla trekking safari destinations. Our popular 3 days Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or 3 Days Uganda Gorilla tour to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are an easy way to plan your Uganda gorilla trekking safari.

However, a Uganda gorilla trekking safari is a great experience that you can enjoy at any time of the year, gorillas can be active on a rainy day or not be active on the dry season days.

 

Tubing on the Nile River is such an Exciting Activity – Uganda Safari News

Tubing on the Nile River is such an Exciting Activity – Uganda Safari News

Uganda has for decades been known as the source of the Nile River – the world’s longest river.  The Nile River is one of the amazing features in the country and a Uganda safari destination that offers great adventure memories. The Nile is famous for water activities like white water rafting with its source known to be in Eastern Uganda famous for Jinja source of the Nile tours. The adventure continues with the flow of the water north and you then meet this again at Murchison Falls National Park a popular Uganda wildlife safari where the Nile makes the world’s most powerful waterfall as the Nile water squeezes through a 7-meter-wide gorge pouring 45m down into what is known as the devil’s cauldron.

With the good ambience for Uganda tour activities, an adventurous activity you haven’t probably heard of but would be amazed doing is tubing on the Nile River.

What is Tubing on the Nile River?

You would probably wonder what tubing on the Nile River is and here I take you through what it means.

Tubing on the Nile River is an activity on which you start with a cruise using a motorboat to the up currents with round tube, tire like carried along. After then you float on top of the water down stream in a group with tubes linked to each other with a string. This is amazing right! Who wouldn’t want to float down the worlds longest river along with their funs as they have fun. This is not a full day activity therefore you can even do it on a 1-day Jinja source of the Nile tour.

After tubing down the Nile River, you can opt to relax at the shores of the Nile river by having some barbecue or go for a walk at sunset along the shores.

At the Nile River, there several other activities in Jinja source of the Nile that you can undertake including white water rafting, Quad biking, Horse back riding, cycling, birding or take a Jinja city tour. Following the Nile waters north, you can also go for a boat cruise or game drive at Murchison Falls National Park on your Uganda wildlife tour.

Top Uganda travel packages

Travel guide Uganda is dedicated to guide you on whatever helps you have a memorable safari in Uganda, here we give you the best Uganda safari tour packages;

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Seal off all the openings

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

  • Wash your car frequently

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

  • Protect the interiors from water and moisture

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

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

  • Take care of tires

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best cars for city tours

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

Best vehicles for Uganda safari tours to national parks

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

Requirements for self-drive car hire in Uganda

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rhino tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

What to carry to keep your baby happy during a flight

Carry lots of favorite snacks

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

Carry some colored sticky notes

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

Carry some new board and magnetic sticker books 

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

Wrap up little trinkets/jewels

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

Pack a few new small toys

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

Give them the chance to play in your seat.

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

Take a walk along the passageways 

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

If all else fails, load some baby friendly apps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General requirements for hiring a self-drive car in Uganda

 

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

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

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

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

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

Kyambura Game Reserve-Uganda safari news

Kyambura Game Reserve-Uganda safari news

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

Kyambura Game Reserve History

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

Location of Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

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

What to see/attractions in Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

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

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

What to do/activities in Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

Chimpanzee trekking;

 

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

 

Nature walking safaris;

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

 

Bird watching;

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

How to get to Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

By road:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By air:

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

Safari accommodation/Where to stay in Kyambura Game Reserve Uganda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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!

 

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