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Facts About The Ostrich- Famous As The World’s Fastest Bird

An Ostrich, scientifically known as a Struthio camelus, is the world’s biggest bird. An ostrich is a huge flightless bird inherent to Africa. This common ostrich is one of the two extant species of ostriches and the only living members of the genus Struthio in the ratite order of birds. This sought after bird by travellers on Uganda birding safaris, has a unique appearance that distinguishes it from other birds you will encounter on your bird watching safari in Uganda. An ostrich has a small head and big wings, a long neck and legs with massive two large forward-pointing toes with a body of about 1.8-2.75 m. This bird weighs up to 155 kg.

The male ostriches are black with white wings as well as tail feathers. This colour is meant to attract females to them. The female ostriches have a brownish-grey colour with brighter legs. Their necks are always pink during breeding. They possess very large eyes measuring almost 5 cm across allowing them to spot predators like lions from afar.

Ostriches walk at an average speed of 4km/hour! However, in case of a warning sign of predators threatening it or taking away its eggs, the bird can race at a terrific speed of 55 km/h (34 mph) or even up to about 70 km/h (43 mph) -the fastest land speed of any bird. So, on your wildlife safari in Uganda or Uganda bird watching tour to Kidepo Valley National Park, you won’t miss the sight of this wonderful bird. All you shouldn’t do I to get close to its eggs or else be ready to gallop at a faster speed.

This is the world’s largest living bird and lays the largest eggs of all birds in Uganda. In Uganda, it is only found in Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda one of the distant and rewarding Uganda wildlife safari destinations far northeastern part of the country. Ostriches like dust bathing and at times you may find them burying their heads in the sand while the rest of the body is seen.

Ostriches are generally silent but during mating season, they display a range of roars, booms and hisses. The male bird is known for its booming call that can be heard over 1 km away. They are very strong birds and can harm their predators like lions and humans by just kicking and can even cause harm some times.

An ostrich lays up to 15 eggs a month, each laid after every two days especially during the dry months of the year, usually between February and June. The preparation of the laying ground is done by the male ostrich as it digs a hole of about 1-meter-wide and 1-foot-deep then later fills it with lake sand. This helps to generate warmth that would enable hatching when the eggs are laid.

Ostriches have a complex breeding system with the major and minor birds ably laying eggs in the same nest. Usually one major and 5-6 minors lay an average of 25 eggs in the same nest. With incubation, the major hen/female incubates during the day while the Cock/male takes its turn during the night. After this routine, for about 6 weeks the chicks hatch and leave the nest after 4 days. They are fully mature at the age of three to four years.

Ostriches are omnivores and therefore feed on things like locusts, seeds, flowers, fruits and swallow sand and pebbles. However, they do not have teeth, therefore, swallow pebbles to grind their food. The bird can go without drinking water for several days surviving on metabolic water and moisture ingested in roots, seeds and insects.

What scares the Ostrich?

The Egyptian Vulture is the major predator to the Ostrich preying on its eggs. Each vulture can eat six or more eggs at a time. The vulture uses stones to break Ostrich eggs and because of this it is called “The tool-using Egyptian Vulture.” Lions too are also predators to the ostriches.

Kidepo National Park is known as one of the best wildernesses in Africa and a surprisingly distant Uganda safari destination where no one should miss. When you are planning to safari Uganda, don’t hesitate to visit this wilderness filled with unique wild species. Looking at Uganda as your next Uganda birding safari destination? Which birds do you expect to see during this birding safari Uganda? Uganda is host to over 1062 confirmed bird species located in different areas of the country. During your Uganda birding tour, expect to tick off a number of them including the world’s biggest and fasted bird. It is also wise you supplement your birding safari Uganda on your Africa tour with a Uganda wildlife tour, a Uganda gorilla tour or short Uganda gorilla safari, a Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari, Uganda wildlife safaris, Uganda gorilla safaris, Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris, Uganda hiking safaris, Uganda Rwanda cycling safaris, a Jinja city tour or 1 Day Jinja city tour, a Kampala city tour or a 1-day Kampala city excursion, a Uganda cycling safari depending on your choice of safari in Uganda.

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Frequently Visited Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking Safari Destinations

Chimpanzees or chimps are a species of the great ape in the genus pan. DNA evidence from fossils shows that the species constitutes of the sister taxon to the modern human lineage. Sharing about 98.7% DNA. The chimpanzee is covered in coarse black hair, though with a bare face, fingers, toes, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. Weighs between 40 and 65 kg (88 and 143 lb.) and measures about 63 to 94 cm (25 to 37 in) with the gestation period lasting about eight months and weaned at about 3 years. Its lifespan in the wild can exceed 40 years and its lifespan in captivity is about 50 years. 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. In Uganda, chimpanzees are found in Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo Forest, Kalinzu forest and Kyambura Gorge within Queen Elizabeth National Park. With several Uganda safari destinations offering chimpanzee trekking as a safari activity, how do you choose where to go, what to expect and how to plan?

Here is all about chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda.

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.

How are chimpanzee trekking safaris done?

In Uganda, it’s rare to encounter wild chimps by chance or just by driving through their habitat so you will need to plan a safari in Uganda with a trusted tour operator. 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.

When planning a wildlife safari in Uganda, don’t hesitate to include chimpanzee trekking for a much more memorable experience. You can even tailor your safari with a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park before or either after the trek. Chimpanzees can also be found in smaller numbers within East Africa during a Rwanda wildlife safari, Congo wildlife safari, wildlife safari in Tanzania or Kenya wildlife safari.

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Reasons Why Tourists Don’t Find Mountain Gorillas In The Zoo in Uganda!

Mountain Gorilla tracking is a popular Uganda safari, Rwanda safari and Congo safari because of the aliveness gorilla trekking safaris reward travellers. Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, Rwanda gorilla safari and Congo gorilla trekking safaris are the only way of seeing Mountain Gorillas in the whole world’s because, in the whole world, these special elusive giants are only found in the three African countries. Mountain Gorillas have before gone through numerous attempts to be captivated but still there no Mountain Gorillas in captivity. During the 1960s and the ’70s, numerous attempts were made to captivate Mountain Gorillas with many adults being killed to obtain babies but none of them survived.

The last known Mountain Gorilla that survived in captivity was known as Kaboko who survived in Senkwekwe Center mountain gorilla sanctuary at the Virunga National park headquarters in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. He passed on at approximately 5:30 a.m. on July 25 after fighting raged between the Congolese army and the M23 rebels less than a mile from the centre. In Congo, orphaned Mountain Gorillas are protected in the Senkwekwe centre but just within their natural habitat of Virunga National Park without moving them out of the park. Here is why Mountain Gorillas can’t survive in captivity or be taken to zoos;

The reason why Mountain Gorillas failed to survive in captivity is unclear but most probably the main reason is because of the complex gorilla diet. The dietary needs of a mountain gorilla are too specific based almost exclusively on foliage. Mountain Gorillas are primarily herbivores; the majority of their diet is composed of the leaves, shoots and stems (85.8%) of 142 plant species. It also feeds on bark (6.9%), roots (3.3%), flowers (2.3%), and fruit (1.7%), as well as small invertebrates. (0.1%). Adult males can eat up to 34 kilograms (75 lb.) of vegetation a day, while a female can eat as much as 18 kilograms (40 lb.). This rate of consumption and variety in feeds makes it difficult for the gorillas to survive in captivity. In most cases, whether on a Uganda gorilla safari, gorilla safari Rwanda or Congo gorilla tour, trekkers will find Mountain Gorillas feeding, this is because their natural habitat offers a variety of desired feed taken at their own will.

Many mountain gorillas in captivity die of heart disease resulting from obesity. This is so because they feed a lot and do less exercise. This could actually be the reason for the failure of mountain gorillas to survive in captivity. Mountain gorilla natural habitats range on an altitude of 3,904 – 8,553 m above sea level where the gorillas keep traversing all through the day.

The other reason could be stress, therefore, succumbing to disease more rapidly. For instance, kaboko the male gorilla that survived in Congo died after the outbreak of fights in the country just less than a mile from its residence. They are used to being in a peaceful environment and that’s why the number of Uganda gorilla tour, gorilla safari Congo or Rwanda gorilla trekking safari tourists are restricted to 8 people per gorilla family.

However, the population of mountain gorillas is just starting to recover and therefore trying to take them to captivity could seriously harm the population. It could be better to conserve the mountain gorillas within their natural habitat and we continue living without any of them in the zoos since we can still see them in the wild.

Best Way to See Mountain Gorillas?

Since there no mountain gorillas in captivity the only way of seeing them is by undertaking a gorilla trekking safari. Mountain Gorillas are only existent in three countries and Four National Parks in the whole world. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are the safari Uganda gorilla habitats. In Rwanda mountain gorillas are found in Volcanoes National Park and in Virunga National Park in Congo. To see the elusive gentle giants therefore one has to plan a Uganda gorilla trekking safari, Rwanda gorilla safari or Congo gorilla trekking safari. Each country has rules guiding the activity with a minimum age being 15 years of age. Mountain gorilla trekking involves hiking since the gorillas survive at an altitude of about 1,190-4,507.

Is it Safe to trek Mountain Gorillas?

Gorillas are not aggressive or readily set to cause harm to people. Generally, gorillas are very shy and reserved towards people however, if threatened or when a person behaves the wrong way they will attack. By behaving the wrong way, it means you didn’t follow the rules and therefore made noise, looked direct into its eyes, beat your chest or did expose them to flash photography, this will get them cautious. Before gorilla families are opened up for gorilla trekking they go through habituation, therefore, are carefully exposed to humans in the wild. They will still have caution near humans, but they have learned that humans are not a threat, and they act accordingly. Gorilla trekking is becoming a popular safari activity entailed in many itineraries to Africa because of the aliveness from the safari. Plan a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, Rwanda gorilla tour or gorilla trekking safari in Congo and have one of a kind safari. Humans and gorillas have a lot of likenesses since we share about 90% of DNA with the species. Tailor the activity to either your Rwanda wildlife safari, wildlife safari in Uganda or Congo wildlife safari and have more of sightings but a lifetime experience.

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For any kind of traveller whether luxury, Mid-range or basic planning to come in for Uganda tours, these gorilla trekking packages offer the best safari memories;

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A Glance about unforgettable Uganda cultural safari encounters!

Nestled in the Albertine Rift at the northern base of the Rwenzori Mountains, the forested Semuliki National Parks Valley is a haven for rare birds and mammals. This alone has put on top Uganda’s most visited destinations by people on Uganda birding safaris during their Africa safari holiday. Semuliki National Park protects an eastern extension of the Congolese Ituri Forest making it one of the alluring ornithological destinations in Uganda, with roughly 400 recorded species being Guinea-Congo biome endemics known from no other locality in East Africa.

The Bambuti pygmies in Semuliki National Park Uganda

When we trace the roots of the stone age period, the closest relatives to the stone-age people in Uganda are the Batwa and the Bambuti. The Bambuti are often referred to as pygmies and they are believed to have been the original inhabitants of the Rwenzori Mountain areas before the arrival of the Bantu. Their original home is said to have been the Congo forest. Their language is called Kumbuti. It is said to be very complex and difficult to learn.Although some people believe that the Bambuti pygmies are closely related to the Batwa around Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. These people are even smaller in number than the Batwa Pygmies and have more interesting activities that include growing and smoking of marijuana. The similarity between the Bambuti Pygmies and the Batwa Pygmies is that they all once lived within Forests, were hunter-gatherers and were all evicted from their ancient homes.

They live by hunting and gathering and they do not have permanent dwellings. They tend to be semi-sedentary, camping for a time where food can be obtained. However today, this is probably so because there is no longer much scope for survival by hunting and gathering because of increased population encroachment on gathering grounds.

The way of life of the Bambuti

The Bambuti are nomads always on the move from place to place, hunting and gathering. They are said to be cannibals and their average height is about 1.5 meters. They have a light bronze colour and a beautiful complexion. They have the same curly, woolly hair as their Bantu neighbours. Their faces are broad, their nostrils wide and their lips are extraordinarily thick.

Their huts are built in the same model as Bantu huts but are made of leaves, not grass. They round, very short, and with a small entrance so small and low that they crawl on their hands and knees when entering and getting out. Their huts are temporary due to their nomadic life.

Food

Their diet is basically composed of meat. Often, they supplement it with bananas and sweet potatoes which they obtain by bartering meat for them with Bantu neighbours. They obtain their food by hunting and they are very skilled at it. When in the forest hunting, a dozen of them will make less noise than that of the animal being tracked.

Dressing

Their dress is composed of a belt wore around the waist, with a piece of bark cloth attached to the belt in the middle of the back, brought down between the legs and fixed against the belt front. This type of dress suits both men and women but it is not very common for the Bambuti to put on clothes.

Economy

The Bambuti‘s economy is just as simple as their general way of life. They are wanderers by nature with no fixed residence. Their chief means of subsistence is meat and the forests where they live abound with elephants, monkeys, lizards and some antelopes. The Bambuti prey on these animals and several others which the forest contains.

As one would expect, the Bambuti have no home industries. Their mode of life is purely subsistence and they do not seem to be troubled by lack of home comfort. If a Mwambuti can find somewhere to sit and skin to sleep on if he has eaten and drunk he finds nothing to trouble the world for.

Movements

When on their normal travels, the women carry all the family property. They also do all the work including construction of huts. The man only carries his spears and arrows. The men do the hunting and really excel at it.

For visitors on short Uganda wildlife safaris, the main focal point on their safari Uganda to Semuliki is the steaming Sempaya hot springs, which are reached via a short walking trail along which a full seven species of forest hornbill may be seen, among them the immense black-wattled hornbill, along with the likes of Nkulengu rail and swamp greenbul. Common primates include grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus, black-and-white colobus and red-tailed monkey, and bush pig, forest buffalo, chimpanzee, sitatunga, white-bellied duiker and water chevrotain are also present.

The Batwa Pygmies in South Western Uganda

Batwa pygmies are previously a full 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 Uganda 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 southwestern part of Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda. 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.

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.

Besides Uganda cultural safaris and tailor Uganda gorilla trekking safari tours, chimpanzee trekking safaris, golden monkey trekking safaris, short Uganda wildlife tours, Long Uganda wildlife safaris, nature walks, adrenaline adventures,Uganda birding safaris, horseback riding safaris, and many more depending on the safari your taking, be it a short Uganda safari or Uganda wildlife tour.

For tourists who would wish to tailor their Uganda safari trips with other East African safaris, Kenya safaris, Tanzania tours, safari to Rwanda or Congo safaris are the top options to tailor in.

A Tourists’ Uganda Safari Guide To Uganda’s National Parks – Uganda Safari News

Christened “The Pearl of Africa” by Sir Churchill on his safari Uganda in 1907, Uganda has for long remained one of the must-visit Africa safari destinations. Regardless of its size, Uganda has several safari destinations, unique attractions and different activities that tourists can enjoy in their Uganda safari tour however, they need a Uganda safari guide. Uganda is blessed with over 10 National Parks including Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Semuliki National Park Uganda, Kibale National Park, Mountain Elgon National Park, Mountain Rwenzori National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National park.

Each of these parks has different attractions that are unique to the park. A traveler can do a Uganda wildlife safari/ short Uganda wildlife safari, a Uganda birding safari, an adventure safari, an adrenaline adventure, nature walks, boat cruise safaris, horseback riding safaris, Uganda gorilla safaris, Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris, Uganda golden monkey trekking safaris, Uganda cultural tours and many more.

However, there are a number of set rules that govern all National Parks in Uganda that are followed and they include the following;The Uganda Tourism Board in conjunction with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) set rules and regulations to govern all the National Parks in Uganda.

  • No one is allowed to make Campfires except under the guidance of rangers. Campfires in any National Park are only allowed at the officially designed campsite places. If not guided, fire can gut wild animals, birds and their habitats. unauthorized fire setting can also scare away animals.
  • During your Uganda wildlife safari game drives in the park, you’re not allowed to off track. Off tracking should only be done under the guidance of rangers because unauthorized off tracking attracts a fine. All Uganda Safari guides are strictly advised to drive through only the legalized routes in order to protect bushes, a forest where the animals stay as well as the animals and birds and birds themselves.
  • Don’t drive in the park between 7:30 pm and 6:30 am
  • You are supposed to avoid motor horn sounds while in the park. These sounds scare animals and birds and may end up becoming harmful. The horn sounds may also affect people with heart diseases found in the park.
  • Driving through the park at night is not allowed unless guided by the rangers. Night game in parks like Semuliki National Park is paid for and strictly guided by the rangers. This is done to avoid knocking nocturnal which move at night in the park. Also note that the vehicle doing night game drives should be able to give maximum light.
  • Do not enter the park with pet animals like dogs, snakes, birds among others. This is done to minimize the spread of diseases from one animal to another.
  • Avoid carrying firearms to the park. These can destruct the security in the park. You may be looked at as a threat to wildlife and other visitors in the park.
  • Game drive in Murchison falls National Park

Avoid destroying vegetation by plucking leaves, flowers or uprooting plants, as well as setting fire in the park. Learn that, the parks are natural habitats for wildlife which should be conserved for the future generation. The destroying of wildlife habitat can force them to migrate to another location hence losing them.

  • Drive a speed of about 40km per hour (25mph) to avoid accidents in the park. Knocking animals or birds will attract fines and you will pay for each knocked animal.
  • Carry all your documents and present them for verification at any entry point before doing any activity inside the park-like boat trips, fishing trips and many more. You must present your receipts, Identity Cards, passports, and or driver’s license for inspection.

Before you set out for a gorilla trekking safari Uganda:

  • Do not visit the gorillas if you have a cold or other infectious illness.
  • Human waste should be buried 30cm (12″) deep
  • Maximum number of visitors is eight people per gorilla group

When you are with the gorillas:

  • Maintain a 7m (21ft) distance from the gorilla
  • Smoking, eating and drinking are not permitted on the tour
  • If you must sneeze or cough cover your face and turn away from the gorillas, as they can catch coughs and colds from humans
  • Visits are limited to one hour per gorilla group per day

Besides wildlife safaris in Uganda, birding safaris in Uganda, Gorilla safari tours Uganda and many more, we can tailor for you an Africa tour itinerary that features different countries so you also enjoy other safari activities like Rwanda wildlife safaris, Kenya wildlife safaris, Tanzania wildlife safaris, Kenya birding safaris, Rwanda gorilla safaris, Congo gorilla safaris and many more Africa safari tours. This normally depends on your choice and budget.

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Upcoming Events in Kampala; The Bayimba International Festival – Uganda Safari News

Interested in a Uganda cultural safari on your Africa safari to Uganda! Now is the time to book for the best Uganda cultural tour in Uganda; the of Bayimba International Festival. The Bayimba International Festival of the Arts is undoubtedly Uganda’s number one festival. The Bayimba International Festival is a multiple-branched organization that focuses on uplifting arts and culture in Uganda through cultural exchange and creativity. Uplifting different arts and culture are called for because there is a wide range of ethnic groups in Uganda with many different languages spoken, namely Luganda (most common), English (only a small portion speak it), a little bit of Swahili and several other different languages.

All these cultures on this present their diverse cultural mosaic of music, art, and handcrafts to the culture and norms, to the rituals, that prove that Uganda’s culture is unmatched. A visit to each of these will introduce you to a completely different set of practices and beliefs.

Culture everywhere is described by dance and drama as the most components of cultural ceremonies along with songs and this is exactly what you can expect to witness on your cultural trip in Uganda. There are other ceremonies and passage rites like birth rites, marriage, and initiation which are held with high regard in the different cultures and may be different in many ways.

What happens at the Bayimba International Festival?

The four-day Bayimba International Festival of the Arts has become an important benchmark for the consumption of the finest Arts. Every first week of August, Lunkulu Island off the shores of Lake Victoria comes alive as a vibrant and eventful island when an unparalleled 24 hours and 4 days’ feast of Music, Dance, Poetry, Storytelling, Acrobatics, Theatre, Film, and Visual Arts from renowned and upcoming Artists is brought to Mukono District.

Since its first edition in 2008, a wide variety of known and upcoming Artists from Uganda, East Africa and beyond have performed at the different stages of the Bayimba International Festival of the Arts. The 12th edition of this acclaimed festival is scheduled to take place from 1st to 4th August 2019 at Lunkulu Island, Mukono, Uganda, bringing to life a true experience of the Arts in all its forms.

The Festival has truly become a highlight on Uganda’s social and cultural calendar and is also gradually developing into an important (East) African destination Festival, ensuring regional and international visitation and enhancing both national and international cultural tourism.

Last year, the festival featured more than 1 000 performing local and international artists on six stages. They included Jose Chameleon from Uganda, The Soil (South Africa), Swahili Ally from Tanzania), Shamsi Music from Kenya, Shane Palko (US), Pseudopolis & Lewis Lowe (UK), Bolivar Mvulu (DRC/Netherlands) and Ancient Astronauts (Germany/Uganda/Kenya/DRC).

About Bayimba

Bayimba recognizes the relevance of arts and culture in social and economic development as well as individual human development. Its vision is a vibrant art and culture sector that is professional, creative and viable and contributes to social and economic development in Uganda and East Africa. Bayimba is therefore dedicated to contribute to making Uganda a significant hub for arts and culture on the African continent and led by its values of respect, shared leadership, transparency, accountability, learning, and collaboration.

Various programmes and activities are delivered by the various Bayimba branches. These range from a series of Bayimba Festivals across the country brought to you by Bayimba Foundation, some comprehensive arts education programme under the heading of the Bayimba Academy and a range of concerts and events as well as other products and services under Bayimba Productions Ltd.

Bayimba has also kick-started a number of important initiatives, such as Culture Unlimited, a national network for the creative and cultural community, DOADOA as the regional platform for networking and joint learning for performing artists in East Africa. For more information, reference is made to the Annual Reports of Bayimba Foundation.

Location of Lunkulu Island

The festival will take place at Lunkulu Island on the shore of Lake Victoria off Mukono/Katosi road, 42 km from Kampala and 60 km from Jinja, and can be easily reached by road and can be accessed by boat.

Lunkulu Island
0°10’34.9″N 32°53’09.2″E
0.176358, 32.885882

How to get to Lunkulu

By own car

If coming by own car you are requested to travel through Nkokonjeru to join for the official festival parking area at Namaziina landing site from where you can cross to Lunkulu Island by a footbridge.

Note that vehicles cannot access the island.

By private transport

Various private transport options from the airport as well as Kampala are available. You can cross to Lunkulu Island by boat from Kibanga port and landing site (drop off/KissAndDrive only)) or by footbridge from Namaziina landing site.

Note that all drop-offs and pickups at Kibanga Port and landing site will be allowed till 7 pm. No Boats will be allowed to land or take off to Lunkulu after 7 pm.

By public transport

Public transport from the Old Taxi Park in Kampala using a taxi (matatu) cost about 5,000/= UGX to Kisoga town on Katosi road. From there one can use a Boda Boda ranging from between 3,000 – 5,000/= UGX to Kibanga port from where you can cross with a boat to Lunkulu Island.

From Mukono, you can take a taxi for 3,000/= UGX at the Mukono park located in Mukono town near Collin Hotel to get to Kisoga town on Katosi road. From there you can use a Boda Boda ranging from between 3000-500/= UGX to Kibanga port where you can cross with a boat to Lunkulu Island.

Visitors from outside Uganda

All visitors from outside Uganda require a Visa and Yellow Fever Card to enter Uganda for the Bayimba Fest, for a short Uganda safari, Uganda cultural tour, Kampala city tour, Jinja city excursion or anything according to your Africa tour plan.

Flights

Uganda’s main airport is the Entebbe International airport which is directly served by a range of airlines.  Airport transfers are available and can be booked through Prime safaris & Tours Ltd. You may be interested in a self-drive safari in Uganda, or self-drive car hires Uganda tour as you go out to enjoy the Bayimba festival. Our fleet comprises of ordinary 4×4 land cruisers, 4×4 minivans, 4×4 super custom, coasters, saloon cars, that move around Kampala. If you are continuing for other safaris in Uganda; a short Uganda gorilla safari, a Uganda wildlife safari, a Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari, a Uganda gorilla tour, long Uganda wildlife tour, a short Uganda wildlife safari tour or anything depending on what you are interested in during your amazing Africa safaris.

Bus

There are various bus companies connecting to Uganda from across the region like Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda etc. A special festival tour package for visitors from Kenya is arranged in partnership with Picnic Entity

Accommodation

On-site camping

Camping is free for Full Festival Pass holders. It is advised you to come with your tent and camping gear. If you do not have a tent, pre-pitched tents can be hired for all the festival days throughout your stay.

Only tents are allowed, there is no space for campers.

There will be no electricity but there will be mobile phone charging points.

There will be basic sanitary facilities.

Off-site accommodation

Those in need of other accommodation can check out on the different accommodations in Mukono for hotel options or other facilities nearby between 15 – 25 km.

Tickets

Fee: UGX 71,000 Festival Full Pass, UGX 100,000 Camping (Early Bird tickets)

UGX 50,000 Festival Full Pass of 5 People each person (Early Bird tickets)

UGX 45,000 Festival Full Pass of 10 People each Person (Early Bird tickets)

UGX 30,000 One-day festival (Gate pass)

UGX 95,000 Full Festival pass, UGX 180,000 Camping (Gate pass)

After enjoying your Uganda cultural safari tour festival, there are several other places in Uganda that you can visit including Kampala for a Kampala city tour, Kampala day trip, 1 Day Kampala city tour, 1 Day Kampala day tour, or to Jinja for a Jinja city tour, 1 Day Jinja day trip. You can also choose to undertake a Uganda gorilla safari tour, a Uganda wildlife safari, a short Uganda wildlife safari, a long Uganda wildlife safari, a short Uganda safari, a chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda, horse riding in Jinja source of the Nile, white water rafting in Jinja source of the Nile, boat cruise to Jinja source of the Nile, kayaking in Jinja source of the Nile, or anything other activity you’re interested in doing outside the mentioned.

Uganda safari package options

1 Day Ngamba Island day trip
2 Days Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari
3 Days Kidepo Uganda wildlife flying safari
6 Days Uganda gorilla tour
8 Days Uganda tour
2 Days Uganda wildlife safari tour
2 Days Murchison safari Uganda
2 Days Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari
3 Days Kidepo wildlife safari Uganda
3 Days Bwindi gorilla safari Uganda
4 Days Uganda wildlife & chimpanzee trekking safari 
5 Day Uganda gorilla safari
8 Days Uganda safari
9 Days Uganda tour
12 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife safari
13 Day Uganda Rwanda safari
13 Days Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking safari

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.

 

 

 

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