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Chimpanzee sign language mimics human speech, study shows

Gestures used by chimpanzees to communicate with each other follow some of the same rules intrinsic to human language, according to a study of wild chimps living in Uganda’s Budongo Forest Reserve.

Budongo Central Forest Reserve has a total surface of approximately 825 square km, of which 430 square km is continuous forest. The reserve sits atop the Albertine Rift, part of the Great Rift Valley, and is located within the boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park.

Raphaela Heesen, at the University of Roehampton in the UK, and colleagues analysed video recordings of more than 2000 uses of 58 different types of “play” gestures, and found that more frequently used gestures were shorter in duration, and that longer signing sequences were made up of shorter, syllable-like gestures. These two patterns are known to apply to all human languages.

“Primate gestural communication is, of course, very different to human language, but our results show that these two systems are underpinned by the same mathematical principles,” says Heesen.

Like other great apes, chimpanzees lack the ability to speak but make use of meaningful gestures, much like deaf people signing to each other.

In the case of spoken language, this translates to longer words consisting of shorter syllables.

Lead researcher Raphaela Heesen said: “We hope that our work will pave the way for similar studies, to see quite how widespread these laws might be across the animal kingdom.”

As well as using hand and foot gestures, chimps communicate with noises, body postures and facial expressions. Research findings published in September last year found that that chimps and human toddlers use similar stamping, pointing and clapping tactics to get attention.

Ajai Game Reserve- From a Rhino Sanctuary to a Wildlife 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. Ajai game 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.

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 trips. 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.

Getting there

Ajai Wildlife Reserve can be accessed using different means of transport as seen below;

By road, From Uganda’s Capital Kampala, while using the Kampala – Masindi road, it is about 424km taking about 6 hours.

From Kampala, using the Kampala – Hoima road, it is about 397km taking about 7-8 hours.

From Murchison Falls National Park, while using the Gulu-Arua road, it is about 121km taking about 2-3 hours. Please note that this journey includes a ferry.

The best time to safari to Ajai Wildlife Reserve

The best time to safari to Ajai Wildlife Reserve is during the dry seasons. There are two dry seasons experienced in the reserve and these are from December – March and June – October. The wet seasons are tricky to safari Uganda because most of the roads to these destinations are in poor conditions so they are impassable during the wet seasons since some roads experience flooding, and others are slippery. Therefore, strong 4WD cars are the best choice to use while travelling to Ajai Wildlife Reserve.

Safari accommodation/ where to stay in Ajai Wildlife Reserve

There are no safari accommodation areas in Ajai Wildlife Reserve. However, tourist with camp tents can be helped. The only close accommodation areas while on a safari to Ajai Wildlife Reserve are several Kilometers away from the reserve and these are in Gulu and Arua towns.

 

In conclusion, enjoy your ultimate Uganda safari colorful experience to Murchison Falls National Park and pass via Ajai Wildlife Reserve for more wildlife viewing.   

 

Dont miss out on knowing what it is and what is there- Matheniko wildlife reserve

Matheniko wildlife reserve

Have you heard of a game reserve?

A game reserve is just like a National park. Both have variety of wild animals. Both have diversity of birds and safari activities done in both are almost the same. For better description, think about taking a Wildlife Safari to Uganda’s Matheniko Wildlife reserve.

Where is Matheniko Wildlife reserve?

Matheniko wildlife reserve is situated in northeastern Uganda, along the Uganda Kenya boarder in Moroto district. The Wildlife reserve positions on an altitude of about 1070 meters (3510ft) to 1830 meters (6000ft). Matheniko Wildlife reserve is found in the semi-arid area of the Karamoja region therefore it is characterized of a semi desert grassland and shrubland. Matheniko Wildlife Reserve has a size of about 1520km2 stretching from the spectacular Kidepo Valley National Park. Matheniko Wildlife reserve runs through Bokora to Pian Upe wildlife reserve which emanates second after Murchison falls National Park.

Matheniko generates a larger eco system of savanna and mountains in the semi-arid area for example birdlife specifically around the Loporokocho swamp terrains, having species that are hard to see anywhere such as the Tockus Jacksons Hornbill, White headed Buffalo weaver, Hartlaub’s bustard, and the Ostrich (Struthio camelus). These have attracted many tourists to tour Uganda.

Uganda Wildlife Safari attractions and activities in Matheniko Wildlife Reserve

Matheniko Wildlife reserve has an exceptional summary of Uganda’s wildlife such as primates like olive baboons, Patas monkeys, vewet monkeys. Carnivores such as the jackals, cheetah, stripped hyenas, servals, civets, leopards, wildcats, spotted hyenas and antelopes for example Bright’s gazelle, lesser kudu, roan antelope, water bucks, mountain reed bucks, Uganda kobs, blue duikers, Oribis, Bohar reedbucks, and Topi, elands.

 Uganda wildlife safaris/ Nature walks to Matheniko Wildlife Reserve have enabled tourists appreciate the wilderness that habits pretty wildlife. As tourists drive/ walk through the Matheniko Wildlife reserve, animals may seem bitter enemies at first sight but believe me or not, it will be the best moment ever. Breathing the same air with the animals, sharing the same atmosphere will be your life time story memory.

Birds in Matheniko Wildlife reserve are many in number but the common ones include; Eastern Bronze- rapped pigeon, the Abyssinian ground hornbill, the mountain yellow warbler, Verreaux’s eagle, the Hartlaubu’s Turaco, Ethiopian swallow, Pygmy Falcon, the black headed plover, the cattle egret, the red billed oxpecker, and the clapper ton’s francolin.

Birding in Matheniko Wildlife reserve offers the best Uganda birding safari experience to bird lovers. There are variety of birds to see like, Eastern Bronze- rapped pigeon, the Abyssinian ground hornbill, the mountain yellow warbler, Verreaux’s eagle, the Hartlarb’s Turaco, Ethiopian swallow, Pygmy Falcon, the black headed plover, the cattle egret, the red billed woodpecker, and the clapper ton’s francolin.

Cultural encounters in Matheniko Wild reserve offers you chance to interact with the people in the Karamoja region. Matheniko is one of the tribes in the Karamoja region, after which it was named. Other tribes include the Pian and the Upe. All these are cattle keepers. Interacting with them enables tourists know their life style.

Best time to Safari to Matheniko Wildlife Reserve

The dry season is the best time to safari to Matheniko Wildlife Reserve because it gives you chance to view the animals well and the roads are easy to use as well. The dry season happens in the months of June- September and December- February.

Rainy seasons are quite tricky because the roads get slippery during the rainy seasons especially between April- May and in November. Matheniko receives an average rainfall of over 670mm.

Inconclusion, Matheniko Wildlife Reserve is one of the most visited Game reserve.

 

shoebill

The Shoebill; one of the sought-after Uganda birding safari bird specie

The Shoebill; one of the sought-after Uganda birding safari bird specie

The shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) is a very large stork-like bird that has previously been classified with the storks in the order Ciconiiformes based on its morphology though with genetic evidence it is placed with the Pelecaniformes. It has a somewhat stork-like overall form deriving its name from its enormous shoe-shaped bill measuring an incredible 23 centimetres in length and 10 centimetres in width, with a razor-sharp, curved hook at the end. The shoebill is a rare bird specie found in the marshes of East Africa surviving in few numbers.  The adult shoebill is mainly grey while the juveniles are browner in plumage.

shoebill stork in Uganda

shoebill stork in Uganda

The Shoebill is a tall bird with a typical height ranging from 110 to 140 cm (43 to 55in) and length ranging from 100-140cm (39 to 55 in). Its wing span is 230 to 260cm. Many tourists on Uganda birding safaris have always gone for the search of these bird species in the wetland Marshes and a bird no avid birder would love to miss on a travel to Uganda.

Where to find the Shoebill in Uganda

Mabamba Wetland

Murchison Falls National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Rugogo swamp in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Lake Mburo National Park

Semuliki National Park

Why many avid birders search for the shoebill and why you should love this big bird

The big bird can actually fly when they have to though they can not fly very far.

Shoebills feed on lung fish (staple food), other bird species, baby crocodiles, frogs, terrapins., water snakes and even small mammals. Seeing a shoebill catch its early morning prey is one of the best moments for many birders on a Uganda birding safari.

The large bill of the shoebill is used to carry large ‘gulps’ of fresh water back to the nest in order to douse eggs or chicks when the sweltering heat of the swamps drives temperatures beyond normality. The other fascinating techniques to cool down involve defecating on their legs just as storks do too.

The shoebill always hatches two chicks though only one that proves to be the strongest survives and grows to an adult.

 

Did you know events promote tourism in a country? Travel Guide Uganda

Did you know events promote tourism in a country?

Worldwide, the event industry is a dynamic and fast-growing sector with obvious interactions with one another in line with tourism. When these events are appropriately hosted, they have the potential to expand the tourism sector. These events provide media exposure during advertisement, promote development, and stimulate infrastructure development which include the emergence of new partnerships.

The hosting of significant events in a city, region or nation, therefore presents a unique opportunity to rethink or reposition the destination. It’s for this very reason that many countries view the successful hosting of events as a vehicle for growth, and that tourism bodies are devoting resources to attracting and supporting major events as part of a broader strategy.

Events are high-value tourism attractions: they act as catalysts to change and image makers for business, (conventions, trade shows) and leisure travel (sports events and cultural festivals, etc.). The close links between major events and tourism are clear to see, which is why many cities, regions and countries have identified event tourism as a priority within long-term tourism strategies.

Major events that drive crazy international tourism numbers

Niche events that have close links to the host destination, such as the art exhibitions, food parties like the rolex festival, drink parties and sports.

Participatory sports events, like world championships that attract thousands of competitors from outside the host country, most of whom bring multiple people with them including spouses, friends, family. Some people after these events, they often extend their event-related stay into a holiday visiting different places.

Signature cultural have an international reputation as a ‘must see’ and include, events such festivals, Halloweens, white party’s, purple party’s etc.

International sports events, not only bring in large numbers of participants and spectators but also achieve worldwide media coverage which plays a significant role in raising a destination’s profile.

 

Tips for cheap self-drive car hire in Uganda

Tips for cheap self-drive car hire in Uganda

Everyone always wants to have a safari that is comfortable but still cheap or affordable no matter the reason for travel. Of recent many youths are traveling and out of curiosity and love for adventure, they are taking on self drive as the way to go. Self discovery is one of the ways to have the most of whatever you do and since we know of how much you need to travel in Uganda on your own we compiled the most important tips for cheap self drive car hire in Uganda such that you don’t miss out.

Before we get to the first tip, good for you to know is that car hire fees vary from company to company but basically because of the type of the care, its condition or for how long it has been used, availability of a GPS and other factors like where the company fuels their cars. On the internet, you will find very many car hire or car rental companies but for whichever you choose here are confirmed tips on how to cheaply book a self-drive car for a Uganda safari;

The 3 important tips for cheap self-drive car hire in Uganda

  1. Always book yourself drive car in advance

Booking your Uganda safari car early gives you the chance to negotiate for a better car at a cheap cost compared to hiring at the last minute of your trip when you have no option but just take the car, that sounds ridiculous but yes it does happen. During desperate moments, the car rental agency can exploit you by telling you any price since they know you badly need the car, planning early will save you the burden of traveling in a car that isn’t of your choice.

When you plan the trip and book a car early, you also have the chance to check out on several providers’ discounts and yes you can get just the right car at a good cost.

  1. Compare the type of cars before payment

Every travel agency especially those that hire out cars for safaris in Uganda have a variety of cars that suit all kinds of safaris. Ensure to book a 4×4 safari vehicle for a Uganda wildlife safari because most of the national parks are up country the nearest being 255km away and the roads are rough. Even the gorilla trekking safari in Uganda destinations are in high altitude areas of the country and therefore ensure that you have a 4×4 land cruiser.

A game drive safari van

A game drive safari van

Make sure you know your destination properly if you have decided to make your own itinerary. The internet can be helpful on this such that you can choose exactly what suits your trip

  1. Check out for car hire companies with discounts

Many travel agencies always run discounts for some of their cars and therefore, taking up this opportunity is really saving.

Now for the adventurous travelers who want to travel budget the secret is in traveling during the low season, yes you got it right. You may wonder why I say low season, during the peak season many tourists flock Uganda and you will find almost every safari park and tourist destination packed. That means the cars are also busy taking tourists to these destinations. So if you risk booking a car during this time you risk spending a lot since the car is on high demand and you might say the low season isn’t good but remember this is the Pearl of Africa that means no extreme whether conditions so no worries and by the way how about having the park all to yourself and enjoying the scenic views with a few of your friends without friends, doesn’t it sound cool!

Get rid of hidden costs, travel safe and at your convenience by booking just the right way and time.

Travel Insurance

Do you need Travel Insurance while traveling to Uganda?

Ever since beginning of time, the human race has always kept exploring new destinations from those they call home. However, with global advancement, the world is becoming smaller, more connected and accessible therefore creating the need for search of the adventures off the beaten track. In a bid to discover the rare attractions and activities many tourists have gone for adventurous activities which require travel insurance.

Many of the adventure destinations are also high-risk destinations because everyone wants to have fun, raise their adrenaline, explore and go somewhere different. Having fun and finding adventure in undiscovered places are not without risk, to explore and fully have fun you need to be sure of how you will get out of danger in case of any.

But if am to ask, do you need travel insurance while going for a Uganda safari? Yes, you should have one (though not mandatory) for your own peace of mind during the tour.

Things to take note of when choosing your Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

A tourist hiking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

When buying your travel insurance, you need to ensure that your policy (or policies) gives you adequate cover for the places you are going and the activities you are going to do. Its more recommendable to always use the specialist cover such that you don’t find yourself having an insurance with a lot of exclusions without your consent especially if you are going for mountain climbing/hiking, white water rafting.

A Uganda gorilla trekking safari for instance to Bwindi impenetrable national park involves hiking in a dense tropical forest.

How to get travel insurance for high risk safari activities

Many insurance companies may classify activities that you may see as normal as “high risk” therefore make sure you are wholly covered for your vacation. Activities like white water rafting, horse riding, gorilla trekking and mountain hiking are some of the activities that you can get insured for as you go for your travel in Uganda.

Choose to get your travel insurance from a company that allows you to add some adventurous activities to your policy for instance World Nomads.

In case just a single activity or 2 require insurance then you can opt for a “bolt on” insurance cover which covers you for only the time you spend doing that activity.

If you are going to places that are deemed no go zones then you need insurance. For instance, destinations that have opened to tourism after along period of political unrest. Always check out about your desired destination and get advice on traveling there before you set off.

When choosing to go to a place where your country’s government advises its citizens to go, always check the small print to make sure your insurance company covers you on risks, many actually don’t.

To find adventure at times requires taking calculated risk but no matter the kind of policy you choose always make sure it’s the right one for your trip.

 

 

Tipping etiquette guidelines for a Uganda safari

Upon getting to Uganda for a safari, definitely you get to meet several people, many will be at your service, your Uganda safari guide will take you through your trip, you meet park rangers in the safari parks, you meet several porters and community members. However, many tourists always ask, who, When, and how much should I offer as a tip/a token of appreciation to someone when am in Uganda? For all gratuities, here we give you a tipping guideline etiquette for a Uganda safari.

For whatever reason you decide to offer a tip to someone in Uganda while on a trip, it’s all about your own will there’s no order for who to give a tip. On how much you can offer, you can decide from the quality of service offered in comparison to other people you came along or just offer in a bid to give back to the community.

However, before you tip, measure the potential impact of the tip to the community. The tips received by the people who help around could create a great positive impact since their earnings increase and therefore their standards of living too.

However, for instance, in Uganda’s national parks different people take on different roles according to their levels of education and knowledge they have a bout the park. Offering a high tip to a porter would at times make the rangers who do the conservation demoralized. If you can estimate on a fine amount to tip then it could be reasonable. All roles carried out in the park are important and can be appreciated as long as they don’t affect responsibility and remuneration since conservation is all about dedication.

Who you can tip while on a safari in Uganda

Hotel and Lodge service providers

For all the great accommodation facilities in Uganda, you have good service from the waiters and waitresses, maintenance, chefs and housekeeping staff of whom some you won’t even see. Most of the accommodation facilities have a general tip box and its advisable to drop your tip there such that the whole team can share from it.

 Your Uganda safari driver guide

For any kind of trip in Uganda, your driver guide is key in making the tour successful. You can always tip them separately during the trip for all the efforts they put in to make sure your trip is wonderful.

While on a gorilla trekking safari or any other trekking safari, you go along with trekking guides who help you throughout the trek and they can also be tipped separately.

Rangers, trackers and porters

On any primate trek, you are accompanied by either one or two park rangers who ensure your security in the jungle. They offer all the guidance and help needed during your safari activity and can actually be tipped.

Mountain gorilla trackers in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla national Park always work tirelessly closely with the gorillas to identify where they spent the previous night such that the rangers can easily get to them with the tourists/trekkers and they always stay behind after your trek. You can decide to tip them as a group if they can be found in a group or individually.

Tipping etiquette guidelines for a Uganda safari

Park ranger rests as clients sight mountain gorillas at Mgahinga gorilla national park

If you need help for instance during tracking mountain gorillas, you can always hire a porter to carry luggage and help with the trek. For their great role you can tip them separately.

Non-recommendable individuals for tipping?

Every individual who plays a role as you travel in Uganda can be appreciated with a considerable tip. However, tipping hotel managers is not recommendable. Leaving behind a tip for a hotel manager may demoralize the service providers who offer most of the services at the orders of the manager.

When should you tip?

For when to tip those you appreciate on your trip, throughout the trip you can tip but the most recommendable time is after the trip or activities. For your driver guide, you can tip them at the end of your trip during departure.

For the trackers, you can offer them a tip after tracking.

The rangers and porters can also be tipped after the activity.

For the hotel, check out time is the perfect time to drop your tip in the tip box.

How best to tip

Tipping is best done by cash that’s why you have to change a few dollars to the Ugandan shilling if you expect to tip anyone.

For places with tip boxes it’s the best way to tip and if you would love to offer dollars this can be for the safari guides since they have more frequent access to the Forex bureaus.

Always remember to tip accordingly and note that tipping is not compulsory but dependable to your service satisfaction and opinions.

 

 

10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda

10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda

Your 10 Days Uganda tour will be a private Uganda safari taking you to Murchison Falls National Park for the best Uganda wildlife safari game viewing and a breathtaking boat cruise along the world’s longest River; River Nile. On your way to Murchison, you will have a stopover at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for your Uganda rhino trekking safari, then to the world’s primate capital Kibale Forest National Park for your chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda. After Kibale, you will proceed to Semuliki National Park for a Uganda birding safari, nature walk, as well as sightseeing. This 10 Days trip in Uganda will also take you for the most adventurous trip in an impenetrable forest for your Uganda gorilla trekking safari, relax at Lake Bunyonyi and finish your trip with a visit to Lake Mburo National Park where you will do a game drive and a boat cruise along the lake. Your accommodation while on safari will depend on your choice either Luxury, mid-range or budget. This safari will start and end in Kampala.

Trip Highlights of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park for Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Day 2: Do an early morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and an afternoon Launch Cruise along the world’s longest river; River Nile and hike to the top of the falls

Day 3: Do morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and transfer to Lake Albert for sightseeing.

Day 4: Transfer to Fort Portal and visit the crater lakes and the Amabere ga Nyinamwiru

Day 5: Do chimpanzee trekking and afternoon walk in Bigodi Wetland/ You may also choose to do chimpanzee habituation which takes the whole day.

Day 6: Transfer to Semuliki National Park for the Sempaya nature walk and hot spring excursion

Day 7: Transfer back to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and rest at your hotel

Day 8: Do your Uganda gorilla safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and later in the afternoon, visit the Batwa communities and later transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 9: Do a boat cruise along Lake Bunyonyi and later transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 10: Do a morning game drive in the Park and an afternoon boat cruise along the Lake Mburo and later set off for Kampala arriving at your hotel late in the evening

Detailed Tour Itinerary of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda

Day 1 of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda : Transfer from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park for Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

After an early morning breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked and briefed by your driver guide about the adventurous safari tour Uganda and then embark on your road trip to Murchison Falls National Park. This Uganda wildlife safari tour will start as early as 6:00am from Kampala-Uganda’s capital. On your way to the park, you will have an en route at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola district,164km from Kampala and 128km to Murchison falls national park via Kampala-Masindi road. While at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, you will have chance to track the White rhinos in Uganda on foot. Later check in at your prior booked lodge for your overnight and dinner.

Accommodation:

Luxury- Bakers lodge/ Paraa safari Lodge/

Mid-range-Murchison River lodge/Pakuba safari lodge

Day 2 of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda : Do an early morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and an afternoon Launch Cruise along the world’s longest river; River Nile and hike to the top of the falls

Wake up to a cold beautiful morning at your hotel in Murchison falls national park where you will be picked by your Uganda safari guide. You will set off for an early game view drive on the North of the Nile. While on this trail, expect to see Lions, buffaloes, waterbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi and baboons among others. This game drive lasts for about 2-4 hours then you return to the hotel for breakfast. Later at around 2pm in the afternoon after your hot lunch at your hotel, you will have a launch cruise to the bottom of the falls. While enjoying this fantastic wildlife experience, you will spot a big number of hippos, large crocodiles, and some small herds of buffaloes. As part of this beautiful adventure, you will watch lots of birdlife along the papyrus banks of the Nile river. Don’t not forget to watch out for one of the most sought birds in Uganda; the shoebill stork. After this experience of about 2 hours, you will hike to the top of the falls, a lovely scene for viewing the world’s most powerful falls and the park as well. This hiking experience is about 1 hour. You will find your guide waiting for you and then drive back to the hotel for your dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury- Bakers lodge/ Paraa safari Lodge/

Mid-range-Murchison River lodge/Pakuba safari lodge

Day 3 of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda : Do morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and transfer to Lake Albert for sightseeing.

Wake to another interesting morning, have breakfast and get set for another morning game drive in the park which will last 3-4 hours depending on your interests. During the game drive, you will see more animal species include; warthogs, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, waterbucks, Ugandan kob, oribi, hartebeest, sitatunga, bushbucks, duikers, mongoose, genet, hyenas, jackals, elephants among others. This morning game drive is rich as you will see the animals out in the open. You will also sight several bird species during the game drive. Have lunch and transfer to lake Albert for beautiful views of the Rift valley escarpment and after return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury- Bakers lodge/ Paraa safari Lodge/

Mid-range-Murchison River lodge/Pakuba safari lodge

Day 4 of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda :  Transfer to Fort Portal and visit the crater lakes and the Amabere ga Nyinamwiru

Wake up to a relaxed breakfast and after transfer to the to Fort Portal to the crater lakes and later to the Amabere ga Nyinamwiru. The Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves are one of the most interesting sights in western Uganda. The English translation of Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru is the breasts of Nyina Mwiru. Amabere Caves and the three surrounding Explosion Crater Lakes make a visit to the area a most interesting half day adventure and it can be easily taken in on your way to Queen Elizabeth Park. These caves are hidden away in the Toro Kingdom found in Western Uganda. After the visit, you will transfer to Kibale Forest National Park to your prior booked hotel for your dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury- Crater safari lodge/Primate lodge Kibale

Midrange- Chimpanzee Forest Guest House/ Kibale Forest Camp

Day 5 of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda : Do chimpanzee trekking and afternoon walk in Bigodi Wetland/ You may also choose to do chimpanzee habituation which takes the whole day.

Early morning after breakfast at the lodge, report to Kanyanchu at around 7:30am for your briefing at 8am from the park ranger guides about your chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda before you start trekking. After the briefing, start your journey into the forest with the rangers in search for chimpanzees and other primates including the red-tailed monkeys, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkey, olive baboons among others. The forest an array of birds including the grey-throated flycatcher, masked and black-capped apalis among the many in a park that is home to over 375 bird species. Retreat from the activity and have lunch.

After lunch proceed to Bigodi village to the fascinating Bigodi wetland sanctuary located in Magombe swamp. Bigodi wetland is an area is recognized for an extensive collection of bio diversity among which are several primate species like the red colobus monkey, baboon, black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey grey cheeked, mangabey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey and the L’Hoest monkey. The wetland is also a cool and a perfect birders paradise for visitors on a Uganda birding safari. While here, skilled birders can spot over 50 bird species out of over the 138 species of bird have been recognized in Bigodi Wetland.

After your happy knowledge rich afternoon and interaction with the locals at Bigodi, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Luxury- Crater safari lodge/Primate lodge Kibale

Midrange- Chimpanzee Forest Guest House/ Kibale Forest Camp

Day 6 of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda : Transfer to Semuliki National Park for the Sempaya nature walk and hot spring excursion

After your delicious breakfast, set out and visit the Sempaya hot springs which are the most attention-grabbing attractions in Semuliki National Park. These springs have a geyser that shoots up from the 8 meters hole, and the water is at a high temperature. The most interesting part about the springs is that one can boil matooke and eggs in the springs and the can get ready for eating n a few minutes. In fact, this is the largest hot spring in Uganda.

Still along the trail where the hot springs are located you will be in line to see a number of birds such as the Blue breasted Kingfisher and various primates such as the red-tailed monkeys, and the grey cheeked mangabey. Later proceed, to Mungilo waterfall where you will have an opportunity of seeing a number of beautiful birds and it will be a great time for a birder. Return to lodge dine and rest.

Accommodation

Luxury-Kyaninga

Midrange-Mountains of the moon

Day 7 of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda : Transfer back to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and rest at your hotel

After your early morning breakfast, you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park having views of the Uganda’s green rolling hills as you drive to your hotel of stay that night. Arrive at your hotel, check in, freshen up din and relax.

Day 8 of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda : Do your Uganda gorilla safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and later in the afternoon, visit the Batwa communities and later transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Have breakfast early in the morning at the lodge and set off for your Uganda gorilla trekking safari briefing at the park headquarters by the park rangers before you enter the forest. After your briefing about the do’s and don’ts of a Uganda gorilla tour, you will be led into the forest your gorilla trekking adventure with the park rangers. As part of your adventure in the forest, you will encounter with several other primates including monkeys as well as a good number of birds. Once you spot the gorillas, you will be restricted to an hour as soon as you see the gorillas. You will watch them play, build their nests, cuddle and many more. Retire from the activity and return to the starting point for your certificates. Depending on how you will be feeling, you will go and visit the Batwa communities in the evening and after you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 9 of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda : Do a boat cruise along Lake Bunyonyi and later transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

You will do a boat cruise along Lake Bunyonyi in the morning after your breakfast using a boat cruise or dug out canoe depending on your choice. Together with your guide, you will have cruise along this lake with a guide who will tell you about the history of the Lake Bunyonyi. As part of your adventure, you will see several small birds on the islands. You will also see the famous Akampene island that was used as a punishment island for girls who got pregnant before they were officially married. Return from the cruise and have lunch at the lodge and later transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.

Day 10 of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda : Do a morning game drive in the Park and an afternoon boat cruise along the Lake Mburo and later set off for Kampala arriving at your hotel late in the evening

Early in the morning after a cup of coffee, you will do a game drive around the park with your driver guide to catch the early morning risers as they get out to look for their prey. The game drive will last about 2-3 hours depending on your choice. Return to the lodge for proper breakfast, freshen up, have lunch and after go for your afternoon boat cruise along Lake Mburo that lasts about 2 hours. You will see several water animals and birds as well as other animals in the park as they come to quench their thirst along the lake. After the boat cruise, you will set off for Kampala to your hotel where you will spend the night.

End of the 10 Days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi, Kibale chimpanzee trekking safari & wildlife tour/ 10 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking safari Uganda

 

 

 

 

8 Days Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari Kibale, & Mburo Queen Elizabeth short wildlife tour Uganda

Overview of the 8 Days Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari Kibale, & Mburo Queen Elizabeth short wildlife tour Uganda

This 8 Days Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari Kibale, & Mburo Queen Elizabeth short wildlife safari Uganda itinerary suggested below is perfect for your safari in Uganda and we are convinced that you are going to enjoy your time, do memory making activities with your Uganda safari guide. Our 8 days Uganda wildlife safari takes is blended with a chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda in the “primate capital of the world” Kibale National Park and an amazing wildlife safari in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth & Lake Mburo National Park. Your game drives in Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Park will be done in your 4×4 safari Land cruiser, 4×4 safari van, 4×4 safari minivan, 4×4 super custom depending on the number people or group. You will encounter with lots wild game including Tree climbing lions, Burchell zebras, Kobs, hippos, and many more. Accommodation with in the 7 days will depend on your choice ranging from luxury, midrange and budget.

Safari Highlight of the 8 Days Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari Kibale, & Mburo Queen Elizabeth short wildlife tour Uganda

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala

Day 2: Transfer from Kampala to Kibale National Park

Day 3: Do your chimpanzee trekking safari in Kibale National Park and later transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 4: Explore Queen Elizabeth Park with a game drive in the morning and a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Day 5: Depart Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 6: Explore Lake Mburo National Park

Day 7: Depart Lake Mburo National Park for Kampala/Entebbe

Detailed Itinerary of the 8 Days Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari Kibale, & Mburo Queen Elizabeth short wildlife tour Uganda

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala

Upon arrival at the Entebbe International airport Uganda, you will find our professional guide waiting for you at the airport. When you meet, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide and then transfer to one of the hotels in Kampala or Entebbe that was prior booked for you.

Day 2: Transfer from Kampala to Kibale National Park

This day begins with early morning breakfast at your hotel, meet and greet your driver guide and after head for Kibale Forest National Park that is located approximately 308 km from Kampala. A drive to this park takes about 5 hours via the Kampala – Mubende road. Kibale Forest National Park is a large protected rainforest, blessed with the highest number of primates in the world at large including chimpanzees, Grey cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey and Red Colobus and many more. Arrive in time for lunch, have lunch and continue to your lodge, check in relax dine and spend your night there.

Accommodation

Luxury- Ndali Lodge, Kibale Safari Lodge or Primate Lodge

Midrange- Mountains of the Moon Hotel

Budget- Chimpanzee Guest House

Day 3: Do your chimpanzee trekking safari in Kibale National Park and later transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have breakfast very early in the morning, set off to the Kibale headquarters at Kanyanchu your chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda’s Kibale Forest situated inside the Kibale National Park. Kibale is the best reserve to go for a chimpanzee safari tour, characterized with a thick jungle with a towering canopy. In the afternoon after the chimp trekking activity, drive south wards into Queen Elizabeth National Park, sightseeing and game viewing en route. Arrive at your hotel or lodge, check in, dine and relax.

Accommodation

Luxury- Mweya Lodge or Jacana Lodge, Katara Lodge

Day 4: Explore Queen Elizabeth Park with a game drive in the morning and a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Early in the morning, you will have a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Uganda’s best park. During your game drive in your 4×4 safari van, 4×4 minivan, 4×4 super custom, 4×4 safari Land cruiser depending on your choice and number of people going for the safari in Uganda. while there, you will see the big 4 game in abundance including the Kobs, expect to see some rarer animals like giant forest hog. There are 638 recorded bird species in the park! After lunch, enjoy a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes Edward and George, for large numbers of buffalo, crocodile and hippo.

Day 5: Depart Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi for a boat cruise and a nature walk

After your early morning breakfast at the lodge in the morning, you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a boat cruise along the lake. Lake Bunyonyi is a place of many small birds jut like its name suggests. You will enjoy a boat cruise along the lake and take a nature walk after to watch some birds as well as other species of animals. You will have lunch ad dinner at the lodge that was prior booked for you.

Day 6: Depart Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Mburo National Park

This day’s drive takes you through East Africa’s most spectacular scenery, the savanna grassland which reaches the Kyambura Gorge. The afternoon lunch is spent at Igongo cultural center Mbarara. Drive to Mburo Park with evening game drive around the park tracks. Dinner and overnight at your booked lodge.

Accommodation

Luxury- Mihingo

Mid-range- Arcadia Cottages

Day 7: Explore Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast make an early morning game walk in the park which is an is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland, Warthogs, buffalo and other Savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best places to find African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike, etc.

Accommodation

Luxury- Mihingo

Mid-range- Arcadia Cottages

Day 8: Depart Lake Mburo National Park for Kampala/Entebbe

Return to Kampala, then Entebbe, with lunch en route and stop over at Equator Uganda before your evening departures home or to the next destination.

End of the 8 Days Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari Kibale, & Mburo Queen Elizabeth short wildlife tour Uganda

 

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