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Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve

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

Overview of Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve Uganda

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

Location of Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve Uganda

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

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

Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve Uganda

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

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

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

What to do in Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve Uganda

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

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

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

 

 

How to get/Getting to Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve Uganda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Uganda safari trip time to Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve

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

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

 

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary-The Lucky Chimps Haven

History and Location of Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Uganda

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

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

What to see/attractions in Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Uganda

The chimpanzees;

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

Forest and water bird species;

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

What to do/activities at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Uganda

Chimpanzee interactions;

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

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

Boat cruise;

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

Extended stay activities;

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

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

 

 

 

 

Visit Uganda the “Pearl of Africa” -Uganda safaris travel guide

                Murchison falls

Blessed with beautiful landscapes, excellent wildlife watched during game drives in Uganda’s parks and smiley welcoming locals, Uganda packs a lot into one small country. Uganda is home to the source

of the Nile, the world’s longest river; River Nile and the continent’s largest fresh water lake; Lake Victoria, and Africa’s tallest mountain range; the Rwenzoris. 

“Uganda is a fairy-tale”, quote by Winston Churchill. In reality, tourists that have made in Uganda on their Uganda safari/ Uganda safaris, it is tricky to deny that Uganda is not at all like another nation in Africa. A safari Uganda will give you chance to see the big 5 game on your Uganda wildlife safari/ Uganda wildlife safaris as well as other unique wildlife life. Uganda is gifted with over 10 National Parks, perfect for wildlife safaris in Uganda. Uganda; the Pearl of Africa is Africa’s biggest mixture of bird-life with over 1079 confirmed bird species which number is half of Africa’s bird species making it a perfect destination for a Uganda birding safari/ Uganda birding safari.

Uganda safaris

                        Lake Victoria

Uganda; one of the prime adventure safari destinations in Africa, has fantastic natural scenery, attractive fauna and flora. Uganda has lots of things that make it proud including being located along the equator, the country is also home to a large portion of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas that have attracted thousands of tourists around the world for Uganda gorilla safaris/ gorilla trekking safari tours. Half of the world´s remaining mountain gorilla population is found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park Uganda making them perfect destinations for gorilla safaris Uganda/ Uganda gorilla trekking tours. Uganda as a unique and a captivating tourist destination for travelers interested in gorilla tours Uganda, the county is also rich with Uganda cultural tours, wildlife safaris Uganda, bird watching safaris in Uganda, Uganda hiking safaris/ mountaineering safaris Uganda among others. Rafting the Nile is another thing you shouldn’t miss while in Uganda for it offers a world-class adrenaline adventure, but the country’s most iconic experience is tracking mountain gorillas in their misty habitat.

Uganda remains one of the safest destinations in Africa and in the world at large-Uganda safaris travel guide

 

 

Take a self-drive car hire safari Uganda to a destination of choice!

Self-drive car hire rentals offers cheap car hire rental Uganda services to clients who wish to have a self-drive car in Uganda and affordable cars for hire Uganda. No matter why you are traveling to Uganda on Cheap affordable car hire Ugandayour safari tour Uganda, to Kampala for a city tour, you can count on our fleet of new rental cars to get you there in comfort. Are you looking for a small or medium car vehicle, a roomy family car, a luxury vehicle rental car for hire Uganda, our friendly staff at our offices will help you with the whole booking process so you just get ready for the day.

Having your own self-drive car hire rented vehicle on your Uganda safari gives you all the independence required for a convenient trip that is tailored to your needs. While in your own car, you will have liberty to visit Uganda’s popular tourist attractions as per your own schedule. Not only will you be able to drive to the popular tourist destination, but you will completely be open to driving somewhere else as you wish. Our car hire services Uganda Rwanda Tanzania are tailored to smartly plan vehicles for hire in Uganda according to the places you are going to visit.

Cheap affordable cars for hire UgandaThere is a multitude of choice when it comes to cheap car rental in Kampala Uganda. Our car can be hired depending on hours, daily, weekly, monthly depending on the option that suits you best. We offer holiday car rental in Kampala and beyond, as well as options suitable for weekend and business trips. We professionally advise you on the type of vehicle to hire depending on the place you have planned for your personalized road trip across Uganda. Due to our road conditions outside Kampala, we offer 4×4 safari Land cruisers, 4×4 safari vans, 4×4 min vans, 4×4 extended safari land cruisers depending on your choice of selection.

Make your booking today and get ready to hit the road as soon as you arrive in Uganda! We deliver our cars to your preferred destination.

 

 

 

 

 

Ajai Game Reserve – Uganda wildlife safari reserve

In North Eastern Uganda, along the western bank of the White Nile, lies a small conservation protected area known as Ajai Game Reserve. Ajai Game Reserve is a secluded environment surrounded by a large Island, wooded savannah, and seasonally flooded swamps. The reserve covers an area of about 16,600 hectares of land in Arua district, characterized by forests, wetlands and grasslands as well. It is some great reserve tourists can visit while on a safari to Uganda.

Ajai Game Reserve During the 1930’s, Ajai Game Reserve was protected by a private management under a Local Chief identified as Ajai and hence deriving its name. In 1965, the reserve was protected and gazetted to safeguard part of Uganda’s white Rhinos; 60 out of the 80 that Uganda had by then, hence the name Ajai Rhino Sanctuary before it was turned to a Uganda wildlife safari reserve. However, during the 1980’s, poaching became rampant in this area until the Rhinos were no more (extinct) in Ajai Rhino Sanctuary.

In 2008, Ajai Wildlife Reserve was taken over by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and today UWA has plans of reinstating Rhinos as well as Buffaloes in the reserve. Though Rhinos got extinct, there are variety of wild animals as well as birds in Ajai Wildlife Reserve suitable for watching especially by tourists on Uganda safaris.

Uganda safari attractions/ activities in Ajai Wildlife Reserve

Ajai Wildlife Reserve is a great reserve to encounter while on tour in Uganda. The reserve has diversity of animals that tourists can see while on their Uganda Wildlife safari tours. These animals include; Uganda kobs, Oribis, Warthogs, Hartebeest, Sitatungas, Duikers, Leopards, White colobus monkeys, the Vervet monkeys, the Olive baboons, Hippos, and some few lions. Water animals include; crocodiles and python snake.

Game drives will enable you see these animals as they wonder in their natural habitat. Some can be best seen during the dry seasons along the swamp banks as they quench their thirst. Game drives are the most exciting activity enjoyed by tourists on safaris in Uganda.

Besides the Wildlife, there are also several birds that habit within the forests of Ajai Wildlife Reserve. These birds include; yellow footed fly catcher, the white hornbill, the cattle egret, the red billed woodpecker, and the clapper ton’s francolin.

Forest and nature walks carried out in Ajai Wildlife Reserve enable tourists on Uganda birding safari tours see numerous bird species in the forests, especially along the swamps and in other areas found in the reserve.

Uganda safari attractions and Uganda Safari activities in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, Uganda

Uganda safari attractions and Uganda Safari activities in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, Uganda

Pian Upe Wildlife ReservePian Upe, is a protected area in the Karamoja sub region in Northeastern Uganda. Pian Upe is positioned between Mountain Elgon and the Kidepo Valley National Park. This reserve is the largest wildlife reserve in Uganda with an area of about 2,788km and the second largest protected area after Murchison falls that covers an area of about 3,893km2. Pian Upe was gazetted as the Debasien animal sanctuary in the southern part in 1958 and was expanded northwards and renamed Pian Upe in 1964. It has several attractions as well as activities done inside the reserve;

Wildlife

Pian Upe has diverse eco systems despite its semi-arid climate conditions. The animal inhabitants, and their creation is what makes Pian Upe unique. Animals that attract tourists include Spotted Hyenas, Leopards, Buffaloes, Elands, Hell’s Zebra, Harte beast, Greater Kudu, Topi, Dik-Dik, Oribi, Uganda’s last population of Roan, Vervet Monkeys, Olive baboons, Pata Monkeys and a small population of Lions.

Alongside the animals, there are also several birds in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve for people that love birding like Lemon Dove, White headed Buffalo weaver, Black throated wattle eye, the Mountain Yellow warbler, the Hartlarb’s Turaco, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, the Eastern bronze napped Pigeon, Jackson’s Hornbill, the Alpine chat, Thick-billed honey guide, the Africa Hill babbler, the Dusky turtle Bove and the Ostriches.

Guided wildlife safari game drives

If you want to avoid crowds, organize a perfect Uganda tour to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve that offers spectacular Uganda wildlife safari experiences. Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve has Savannah grasslands and shrubs that act as homes to the wildlife that exists there. The presence of wildlife offers game drives in the reserve that enable you have a perfect view of some of the incredible wildlife such as the last population of Uganda’s Roan Antelopes, the uncommon ostriches, great hartlarb’s bustard, white headed buffalo, weaver, Jackson’s hornbill, protected within the Laporokocho swamp, vervet monkeys and unique olive baboons.

Bird watching safaris

As an ultimate birder, there is a lot to see while in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve. It hosts over 242 bird species some of which you will be able to view as they whistle in the trees and other vegetation for example; Lemon Dove, White headed Buffalo weaver, Black throated wattle eye, the Mountain Yellow warbler, the Hartlarb’s Turaco, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, the Eastern bronze napped Pigeon, Jackson’s Hornbill, the Alpine chat, Thick-billed honey guide, the Africa Hill babbler, the Dusky turtle Bove and the Ostriches that are only found in Kidepo Valley National Park and Pian Upe. Uganda birding safaris can be done alongside nature walks and the game drives as well.

Mountain climbing

Nature walks through the savannas may not be enough for your tour in Uganda to Pian Upe. Taking a mountain climbing safari to Mountain Kadam found near Pian Upe is more exploratory. Mountain Kadam is about 3083 meters above sea level. Hiking to the top is less challenging compared to other mountains in Uganda. Its takes you about 2-3 days to hike to the top when hiking for about 10 hours a day. While climbing to the top, tourists are able to have the best view of Pian Upe as well as its Wildlife.

Cultural encounters

Pian Upe is home to the famous pastoralist tribe in Uganda known as the Karamojong. The Karamojong are divided into different tribes like the Pian, the Matheniko, the Bokora and the Upe. These tribes are located in areas that have gazetted Wildlife Reserves after which they were named. The Pian Upe Wildlife reserve was named after the Pian and the Upe, Matheniko Wild Reserve was named after the Matheniko tribe, while Bokora Wildlife Reserve was named after the Bokora tribe. Taking a Uganda cultural safari will enable you know the history of the area, their pastoral way of life of the Karamojong, dress code, marriage customs, food among others.

Safari accommodation to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, Uganda

There are no well-built safari accommodation areas in Pian Upe Wildlife reserve. Those that are available are in Moroto yet there is a long distance to drive. Therefore, the best accommodation options are camping. Camping sites are available but tourists are advised to carry their safari tents for example; Uganda wildlife bandas, self-contained safari tents, self-contained cottages.

Best time to safari Pian Upe Wild Reserve, Uganda

The best time to safari to Pian Upe is in the dry seasons. The dry seasons happen the months of January – march. During the seasons, the roads are dry as well as the vegetation which and offers clear views of animals. Animals also gather at water sources which makes it easy for game viewing.

During the wet season, the roads are impassable because they get muddy and can be challenging especially if you don’t have a 4WD  safari car. The wet months are in the months of April- October.

 

 

Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve Uganda

Imagine living in a land with flourishing life, unique trees and vegetation types, along with different types of animals that call this land a home. The life that you know is different from the natural life in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve. Experiencing the natural life outside what you are used to requires you to make a planned Uganda Safari to one of the most secluded wildlife reserves in Uganda.

Safari Uganda to Pian Upe, a protected area in the Karamoja sub region in Northeastern Uganda. Pian Upe is positioned between Mountain Elgon and the Kidepo Valley National Park. This reserve is the largest wildlife reserve in Uganda with an area of about 2,788km and the second largest protected area after Murchison falls National Park that covers an area of about 3,893km2. Pian Upe was gazetted as the Debasien animal sanctuary in the southern part in 1958 and was expanded northwards and renamed Pian Upe in 1964.

The reserve has several wildlife surviving there therefore it is open to tourists interested in Uganda wildlife safaris. Animals seen there include; Leopards, Spotted Hyenas, Oribi, Hell’s Zebra, Buffalos, Eland, Bright’s gazelle, Harte beast, Greater Kudu, Topi, Dik-dik and Uganda’s last population of Roans Antelopes, Vervet monkeys, Pata monkey, Olive Baboons. These animals have attracted thousands of tourists to tour Uganda every year.

Besides the wildlife, Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is perfect for a Uganda birding safari such as, the Lemon Dove, White headed Buffalo weaver, Black throated wattle eye, the Mountain Yellow warbler, the Hartlarb’s Turaco, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, the Eastern bronze napped Pigeon, Jackson’s Hornbill, the Alpine chat, Thick-billed honey guide, the Africa Hill babbler, the Dusky turtle Bove and the Ostriches that are only found in Kidepo Valley National Park and Pian Upe.

How to get to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve Uganda

Tourists on safaris to Uganda normally enjoy using roads for the reason that they have variety of scenery to see as they move to their safari destinations.

By road, From Kampala (Uganda’s capital city) via Jinja- Pallisa- Kumi- Pian Upe is about 7-8 hours covering a distance of about 402km.

From Kampala via Masindi- Apac- Pian Upe is about 8-9 hours covering a distance of about 500km.

From Mbale via the Moroto road, is about 3-4 hours with a distance of about 212km.

From Mbale using the Soroti road, it’s about 212km taking about 3-4 hours while its roughly 6hours from Kidepo Valley National Park.

By air, flights can be arranged from Entebbe International Airport to Kidepo the nearest airstrip. These chartered flights are arranged by companies like Aerolink. Scheduled flights to Kidepo airstrip as per the Aerolink schedule are planned on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The flights normally take a duration of about 1-2 hours.

The tourists are then driven to Pian Upe from Kidepo airstrip to Pian Upe for a distance of about 315km. this normally takes about 5-6 hours.

Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience

Uganda gorilla safari destinations

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

About gorilla trekking in Uganda

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

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

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

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

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

Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

How to plan for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Batwa experience in Uganda

Who are the Batwa?

Batwa pygmies are previously a fully hunter-gatherer tribe who lived in caves and trees of the forests for hundreds of years. They are restricted to the mountain range areas of Bwindi impenetrable national park and the Virunga massif. Most of the pygmies have a height on average less than 150 cm (4 ft 11 in) tall.

The Batwa previously lived for hundreds of years in the jungle with the mountain gorillas before they were set to live outside the forest for conservation. As the original dwellers of this ancient jungle, the Batwa were known as the Keepers of the Forest. A relatively large number of the Batwa are still existent in the south western part of Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. These are the only destinations for Uganda gorilla safaris or otherwise known as gorilla trekking safari in Uganda.

Batwa people survived by hunting small animals using arrows or nets and collecting plants and fruit in the rain forest. They lived in huts made of leaves and tree branches and didn’t live in a specific place. For years the Batwa lived in harmony with the mountain gorillas and today they are part of the conservation process as they take Uganda gorilla safari visitors through their olden treasured home.

 Batwa experience

How the Batwa Experience started

In a bid to conserve the diverse Bwindi forest, the Batwa were relocated to the lower slopes of the mountain. In need to preserve their culture, the Batwa started the Batwa experience as a way of sharing their culture with the rest of the world.

Today, the Batwa communities are benefiting from tourism and making a living that keeps them away from poaching and turns them towards conservation of the forest and the wildlife. They entertain Uganda gorilla trekking safari tourists with their traditional dance that you are free to join.  Taking you through the life of this unique tribe is more than watching any historical documentation since history unfolds just in your presence.

Having this experience will leave you with memories of a great unique culture that remained to be hosted by the foothills of the tropical rainforest. To have a great experience plan a safari with a gorilla safari tour operator in Bwindi impenetrable national park and have a chance to relax with these amazing people.

How the Batwa cultural tour experience is done

This very enjoyable walk lasts about 3 hours with about 3 Batwa guides. During this walking tour, the Batwa demonstrate to you hunting techniques, how to make bamboo cups, gather honey, point out medicinal plants and demonstrate all survival skills. You will finally be taken to the sacred Ngarama Cave which was once home to the Batwa King, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes in a strange and sorrowful way around the depths of the dark cave. This experience will leave you with a striking and moving sense of the richness of a unique culture that is slowly fading away.

By the time you end this Uganda tour, you will see the forest as a pharmacy, shelter, builders yard, tool kit and much more.

 

 

3 Days Lake Mburo National Park and Kampala city tour – short wildlife safari tour

This 3 Days Uganda safari tour takes you to Kampala Uganda’s capital city as well as the main commercial centre of Uganda and Uganda’s closest National Park of all the 10 parks in the country; Lake Mburo National Park Uganda. Uganda’s capital Kampala is boarded by Lake Victoria; Africa’s largest fresh water lake and the source of the world’s longest river; River Nile.

3 days Lake Mburo National Park The 3 Days Kampala city tour and Lake Mburo National Park short wildlife safari tour will guarantee you chance to see thousands of Burchell’s Zebras, hippos and crocodiles. For the birding enthusiasts, this park is close to paradise. Lake Mburo National Park Uganda is the only place in Uganda that supports massive herds of “impalas”. This where Uganda’s capital city derives its name “Kampala”. Other animals to encounter during the one short Uganda wildlife safari to Lake Mburo National Park include; antelopes easily seen are topi, bushbuck, common duiker, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and Bofor reedbuck. Buffalos, warthogs, bush-pigs and hippopotamus and many others.

Tour Highlights of your 3 Days short wildlife safari tour to Lake Mburo National Park and Kampala city tour

Day 1: Do your Kampala city tour -visit the Royal palace in Mengo, Kasubi tombs, Namirembe cathedral, Rubaga cathedral, Bahai temple, Uganda Museum and Uganda martyrs Namugongo.

Day 2: Transfer from Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park for your afternoon boat cruise with a break in the journey at the Equator in Kayabwe. You can also opt to do a night game drive in the park.

Day 3: Do an early morning game drive in the park, and later do horse riding or quad biking and then return to Kampala.

Detailed Itinerary for the 3 Days short wildlife safari tour to Lake Mburo National Park and Kampala city tour – short wildlife safari tour

Day 1of your 3 Days short wildlife safari tour to Lake Mburo National Park and Kampala city tour

After your early morning breakfast at around 8am, you will meet your safari guide at your hotel. He will give you a very short briefing about your 3 Days Kampala city tour and Lake Mburo National Park short wildlife safari tour and after depart Kampala city tour where you will visit the Buganda cultural sites like the royal palace in Mengo. This is the main palace and official residence for the Kingdom of Buganda, of the four generations of reigning Monarchies and the members of the Royal Family since 1885, full of exciting scenes and art galleries. The Mengo Palace is situated on Mengo hill opposite the headquarters of the Kingdom Administration at Bulange. You will then drive to Kasubi Tombs; an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom as well as a burial ground for the Kings of Buganda. After Kasubi tombs, you will visit Rubaga cathedral; the oldest Roman Catholic diocese in Uganda and also the home church of Archbishop of Kampala. Drive to Namirembe cathedral on Namirembe hill, the oldest cathedral for the Anglican church in the country also taken to be the headquarters for the Anglican people in the country. After a visit to these places, you have lunch in one of the restaurants in town.

After Lunch, you will visit the Uganda Museum that displays and exhibits ethnological, natural, historical and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage over the years. You will then proceed to the Uganda Martyrs shrine Namugongo is Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to the Ugandan Martyrs who were murdered in cold blood for their Christian faith and finally go at the Bahai temple, the only temple of its kind in Africa as well as for the Bahai faith in Africa. In the evening after your Kampala city tour, you will transfer back to your hotel for your dinner and overnight.

Day 2 of the 3 Days short wildlife safari tour to Lake Mburo National Park and Kampala city tour

You will be required to take early morning breakfast before you depart from you hotel/lodge at 7am to start your journey to Lake Mburo National Park for your one-day short wildlife safari Uganda. the journey will take you about 4 hours without the stop overs driving for about 235km from Kampala. You will drive through several small towns and villages enjoying the beautiful greenery seen on the lush rolling hills making Uganda an ever-green country hence the name the “Pearl of Africa”.

Upon arrival at the equator in Kayabwe, you will take lots of Photographs standing in two hemispheres at the same time, visit the souvenir shops around and have an exciting polar water experiment. Retreat from the equator and proceed for your lunch in Mbarara town. After your lunch, drive for about 1hour to Lake Mburo National Park for your afternoon boat cruise. The boat cruise take about 2hours sightseeing hippos, crocodiles and lots of birds. Return from your boat cruise and check in your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 of the 3 Days short wildlife safari tour Lake Mburo National Park and Kampala city tour

You will have an early morning game drive in the park giving you chance to have wonderful views of several wildlife that habit the park including; Impalas, Burchell’s zebras, antelopes, topi, Bushbuck, common duiker, Buffalos, to mention but a few. You will go back to the lodge after your game drive for your breakfast and prepare for your horse riding or quad biking and then return to Kampala.

End of your 3 Days short wildlife safari tour to Lake Mburo National Park and Kampala city tour- Travel guide Uganda

 

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