If you are still unsure of which destination to trek the Gorillas amongst the three Gorilla destinations in Eastern and Central Africa, certainly Uganda stands to be more satisfying. Dubbed the Pearl of Africa by Sir Winston Churchill, this hub of natural wonders in East Africa invites a number of travelers including those who are more enthusiastic about Gorilla encounters.
Uganda country offers Gorilla trekking in two destinations i.e Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks.
It awards travelers the chance to choose for their favorite place to go, though sometimes it is a hard task for first timers. To our recommendation, Bwindi is beyond its counterpart when compared. Whether variety, accessibility, or others sceneries, it is unbeatable.
For those who have less time but interested in the Gorillas, this should not be a worry provided that you have more three or four extra days in the country. The best customized package for you is a 3 day Gorilla tour in Bwindi Forest National Park.
Getting to Bwindi Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is tucked far away in the South western part of Uganda, just set along the border with Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Part of the park’s area is occupied by a thick forest that is why it is only accessed by foot.
Bwindi hosts the biggest percentage of Uganda’s Gorilla population in its four sectors (Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Nkuringo sector). Apart from Mountain Gorillas, this park provides habitat to a range of other wildlife species such as primates, reptiles, and varied bird species.
You can easily get there from Kampala by road; it takes about 8-9 hours for the scenic drive via the Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara highway. Time taken usually depends on speed used and stopovers included.
If you are take the three day Gorilla tour, expect to take one day for a transfer from Kampala to the Park suburbs, one night there and then day three is for a return drive.
Other than road transportation, there is a possibility of arranging private charters from Entebbe up to Kisoro airstrip; this is quite time saving and more suitable for those who are averse to long distance drives.
With the three day Bwindi tour, the main highlight is Gorilla trekking. It is started early in the morning after a short briefing conducted to guide trekkers on to behave in the Jungles.
Gorilla Tracking Experience
No time is estimated for this experience, but usually the time taken and distance covered in the Jungle depends on where the Gorilla family spent the last night. Gorillas spend most of their time feeding during day; you will be allowed to be in their presence only for a period of one hour.
That’s enough to experience their behaviors; see them feeding, laughing, playing and as well take photos of them.
After beautiful and memorable moments with the Gorillas, travelers are ordered to start the jaw dropping journey back. This goes to any trekker; remember to come along with drinking water and packed from your place of stay.
Adding to costs of other Safari logistics such as transportation, guiding fees and more, the trekking requires a must have permit. This permit is valid for use by only one person respective to the dates booked. Only issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority, a Gorilla permit in Uganda costs $700 USD per person starting 1st June 2020 though before that it’s at $600 for Foreign Non residents.
Gorilla Trekking Restrictions
To add on that, Gorilla trekking is not open to everyone, there is limit on minimum age. For anyone to be issued with the permit, you must not be less than fifteen years.
Other Trekking Requirements
You have a lot to pack, but to keep the luggage lit choose first for the essentials including the protective wearing gears. Travel documents are often the first in your pocket or pack them in the suitcase.
The list of things to pack on your three day Gorilla tour in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include strong hiking shoes, long sleeved shirts and trouser, sunglasses and capes, gloves and head shocks, insect repellents, water proof bags and jackets.
On that, you can add on snacks, leisure time devices like mobile phone, personal computer and more, enough pocket money, back up medicine, first aid kit, a good quality camera, extra lenses, storage cards and charging appliances.
With all that put into account, this short three day Gorilla tour in Bwindi will reward you with endless things to embrace.Read More
The Pearl of Africa embraces the lover of tourism with its mesmerizing nature and rich resource. The endless tourists destinations spread across the country to enjoy your holiday in India. So, if you are planning to relax on your vacation then Uganda safaris offers you with a special tour to the Pearl of Africa. Uganda Tour has a special charm of its own to provide you with an unforgettable holiday experience ever!
The Pearl of Africa is witnessed for its exotic beauty, unique culture, lush green forests and plentiful opportunity for wildlife tourism. On your vacation to the Pearl, Tour operators take you to an ultimate tour experience of the Pearl of Africa.
One of the most beautiful and popular place in Uganda are the National Parks as they are the land of delightful greenery where one can feel the presence of evergreen nature. A green landscape covering rolling hills, along with dense tropical forests, hazy mountain peaks and deep valleys provide the most beautiful scenery that attracts tourists from all over the world.
The Pearl has lot to offer for food lovers: the local restaurants are medley of spices and the taste suddenly carries away and reaches the peak. On a Holiday in Uganda, it is difficult to avoid the delicious food of the place with a wide range of dishes. The food is quite tasty with plenty of local spicy added to it. Tour Operators in India alleviate you with best tour packages for your tour to India.
Moreover, The Pearl has more than 60 tribes that a living as a. Its culture is showcased through Music, dance and drama. The diverse flora and fauna holds and also plays a very important role in the survival of the local people.
Tour packages to Uganda take you to this exquisite state of history, and the, temples, mosques, and churches making it a great place to explore when on a cultural or city tour.
Now that you know what awaits you in the Pearl of Africa what are you waiting for , all you have to do is to just pack your bags and contact your Indian tour operator to have an exciting holiday experience of the earl of Africa that is truly beyond compare.Read More
Are you in Africa for a safari or holiday and yearning to enjoy exhilarating water-sports? Uganda is known for several water-based tourist activities in addition to the usual tourism activities that most tourists visit for. All sports activities that you would find in the whole of Africa can be enjoyed in one country, which is Uganda.
This is the kind of tourism developed and conducted on the water bodies-Rivers and Lakes. However, these interesting kinds of activities are still not developed in Uganda much as there are hopes of developing them by the Government so that more tourists can visit the country to participate in these invigorating activities.
Unlike other activities conducted on land, water-based tourism activities in Uganda are conducted on mainly the Rivers and Lakes (not Oceans because Uganda is a land-locked country) and the popular ones to enjoy include boat cruises or trips, which are apparently the commonest in Uganda. Others are canoe rides enjoyed by tourists who visit Lake Bunyonyi, Bungee jumping conducted at the Nile in Jinja district, swimming in the Lakes and white water rafting which can all be enjoyed by tourists on Uganda safaris hence increase on the revenues of the country.
River Nile, found within the “Pearl of Africa” is a perfect destination for developing most of Uganda’s water-based tourist activities because it has a wider and deeper surface to conduct these fascinating activities. Nile is the World’s longest River and is ideal for mainly white-water rafting which is the main and most enjoyed activity by tourists who visit the country for Uganda Safaris. Besides that, other activities include boat trips/cruises, bungee jumping, swimming and many others.
Beside the Nile River, there are other water bodies in the country that support water-based tourist activities and they include Lake Victoria, which is the main water body, Lake Bunyonyi, the Kazinga Channel, Lake Edward, Lake Mburo and Lake Kyoga among others. These freshwater Lakes provide the best surface for the development of water-based tourism in the country hence promoting water0based tourism in Uganda.
Besides the water-based tourist activities, Uganda is known for other interesting activities for visitors on Uganda Safaris and these include Mountain gorilla trekking that allows tourists to meet up-close with the Giant Apes, Chimpanzee tracking to meet mankind’s closest relatives, Golden monkey tracking, bird watching to sight some of the 1061 species of birds that call Uganda home, Volcano/Mountain hiking (Rwenzori Mountains, Mount Elgon, Gahinga, Muhabura and Sabinyo), wildlife viewing or game drives to encounter the Big five animals (Lions, leopards, elephants, Rhinos and Buffaloes), Rothschild giraffes, Burchell’s zebras, Antelopes (such as Topis, Common Elands, Defassa waterbucks, Oribis, Impalas, Uganda Kobs), nature walks and cultural tours (encounters) among other interesting activities
In conclusion, Uganda is not only a destination for African wildlife safaris but also a great place to enjoy a number of water-based tourist activities that include swimming, whitewater rafting, swimming, launch or boat cruises, canoe rides, Bungee jumping which have increased the country’s revenues. These activities can be enjoyed within Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Victoria, Lake Mburo, the Nile River (with majority of the water-based activities), the Kazinga Channel, Lake Edward and George among others.Read More
When we talk about primates, expect many species such as the closest relative of man (chimpanzee), the mountain gorilla, golden monkeys and many more. Uganda host 14 different primate species.
Primate tracking is known to be one of the most famous and sought after activity in Uganda and Africa at large. All these primates stay in some of Uganda’s national parks. The most popular destinations for primate safaris are;
- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the most visited park in the country as well known for famous endangered Ape that is the gorillas with eleven habituated families namely; Rushegura, Habinyanja and Mubare situated at the Buhoma region of the park, the Oruzogo and Bitukura groups are to be found at Ruhija and other 5 groups that is Nshongi, Kahunge, Busingye, Mishaya and Bweza are found at Rushaga and lastly is the Nkuringo group in the Nkuringo region. Each region offers a different gorilla safari experience and would advise visitors planning for to go gorilla trekking twice, to track from different sections of the Bwindi forest.
- Mgahinga National Parks is known for golden monkey tracking with one remaining group of gorillas. This less known park is one of the best places to see both the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.
- Kibale Forest National Park, a primate capital of the world with over 13 primate species including the Chimpanzees.
There are also other various places where viewing chimpanzees is very possible in Uganda.
- You can visit Budongo central forest reserve (part of Murchison falls national park)
- Kyambura gorge, part of Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a home to orphaned or rescued chimpanzees in Uganda. Run by the Jane Goodall Institute, this home is located at the little known Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria.
More so there are other active activities that Uganda provides in tourism. There are many opportunities for mountain climbing, hiking and nature walks.
The Rwenzori Mountains, which are found at the border with the DRC, include the snowcapped Margherita Peak (5109 m), the highest Mountain Range in Africa and also one of the highest peaks.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also includes three peaks, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabyinyo, and Mount Muhavura, the highest peak in the national park.
Mount Elgon, located in Eastern Uganda, can be used for hiking and climbing, and also has one of the largest calderas in the world.
At the Nile river in Jinja, there are many activities done such as water rafting, bungee jumping, Kayaking, boat rides as well as fishing. These have attracted large numbers of tourists that come to visit Uganda. Once you are here, you get to know that surely Uganda is the peal of Africa. The best way to catch a closer glimpse of the Nile is by taking up a Nile cruise, you will see all the hidden beauty of the different countries and the experience will be more exciting than you have ever experienced. As you plan for a tour to Africa, the Nile must be one of the places to visit before you go back home.
Participating in these kinds of activities require physical fitness since they involve moving up and down in the slippery hilly areas of the Parks within the thick tropical rain forests of Uganda. One can only participate in the activity after making a booking for the permits in advance from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Staying with a chimpanzee for the whole day is something one can never miss out as long as he is still alive.Read More
Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in Uganda. At the same time, travel service becomes a very important fact for Ugandans to consider. Accommodation service plays a great role. Luckily, Uganda offers visitors from budget to mid-range accommodation, and up to the luxurious setting. No matter which one you choose, you can relax yourself. Share the convenient travel service to your friends who is going to visit Uganda.
Currently, the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage and the Uganda Tourism Board provide information along with statistics concerning tourism for the country. There has been increased investment in tourism, particularly in travel accommodation and related facilities; this has enhanced tourist’s experience in the country.
Adventure tourism, ecotourism and cultural tourism are being developed. About three-quarters of Uganda’s tourists are from other African countries. Kenya, that borders Uganda, is the biggest source of tourists to Uganda, making up almost half of all arrivals into the country. The number of visitors from Tanzania, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan is a bit low.
As Uganda is a landlocked country, it depends so much on connections through Kenya for most of its transport. International travelers sometimes prefer to fly into Nairobi before connecting to Uganda’s capital city Kampala as this is often cheaper. More so, Uganda has a very diverse culture, landscape, flora, and fauna.
This is the most popular adventure to take in Uganda. Travel to South Western Uganda and meet the great apes in their natural home. You can go gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, two homes that ;protect the endangered apes. Encountering the great apes is one of the best primate watching safaris that bring tourists to Pearl of Africa.
Game viewing is one of the most popular tourist activity in Uganda. Wild animals like lions, buffaloes, giraffes, antelopes, elephants are common in Uganda’s ten national parks. Uganda is one of only ten countries where it is possible to visit endangered gorillas. Mountain gorillas are Uganda’s prime tourist attraction. The vast majority of these are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a few found in Mgahinga National Park both located in southwestern Uganda. In Bwindi, visitors have been allowed to view the mountain gorillas since April 1993. The development of gorilla tourism and the habituation of gorillas to humans is proceeding very carefully because of the dangers to gorillas, such as contracting human diseases.
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to the tree climbing lions. Lions do not normally climb trees, except when chased by another lion group or wild buffalo. However the tree climbing lions found in QE-NP intentionally climb trees and rest on them in the afternoon, when the sun is high. This is a truly unique phenomenon. There have only been rare similar sightings of this in Lake Manyara National Park of Tanzania.
Birding is remarkably one of the most famous experiences in Uganda. About 1078 birds are all confined in Uganda, representing over 60% of all the birds in Africa and 11 percent of the world’s avian species. The tourism sector again improved around 2010 with over 956000 international visitors on record and 2016 was Uganda’s most exceptional year in the whole of East Africa with more than 1.4 million tourists and $1.4 billion was generated. Currently, Uganda Tourism Board targets to attract over 4 (four) million annual international visitors by 2020. Previously, there has been a steady increase in national park visits. Based on Uganda Wildlife Authority data, there was an increase in visitor arrivals in protected areas from 108678 in 2006 to 245725 in 2016 nearly half of them non East African residents.
Boating and Water Sports
With its prime location in the African Great Lakes region, Uganda has a variety of water bodies that are popular spots for tourism. White water rafting and kayaking are popular activities on the rapids near the source of the Nile at Jinja.
Boating which is commonly done on Lake Victoria, Lake Mburo, Lake Bunyonyi, Kazinga Channel, and River Nile is a perfect way of exploring the buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles and a wide variety of bird species that inhabit the banks of these water bodies. Sport fishing is another favorite tourist activity. Fish like the Nile perch, and tilapia can be caught in designated areas of Lake Mburo and the banks of the Nile. Canoeing can also be done at Lake Bunyonyi.
Hiking and Mountain Climbing
Uganda has many opportunities for mountain climbing, hiking and nature walks. The Rwenzori Mountains, which are found at the border with the DRC, include the snow-capped Margherita Peak (5109 m), the highest Mountain Range in Africa and also one of the highest peaks. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also includes three peaks, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabyinyo, and Mount Muhavura, the highest peak in the national park. Mount Elgon, located in Eastern Uganda, can be used for hiking and climbing, and also has one of the largest calderas in the world.Read More
Uganda is one of the most beautiful tourism destinations in Uganda. The country is composed of various amazing landscapes. There is also a variety of wildlife within the different national parks in Uganda. Here are the best 10 trips that you can enjoy in Uganda;
A trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park
This is one of the best places in Africa which protects a big number of wildlife and birdlife due to its diverse ecosystems which include sprawling savannah, shady forests, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands plus the fact that it has a gentle and fine landscape.
The most amazing thing which drives many tourists to make it to Queen Elizabeth national park is the tree climbing lions which are always seen climbing and playing on the branches of the big trees in the shady and humid forests of the Park. The landscape of Queen Elizabeth National Park is such a brilliant one due to the Kazinga channel which is situated in the middle of the Park and a variety of wildlife is seen from there including elephants, buffaloes, leopards which are regular residents plus the hippos, crocodiles and aquatic birds which are permanent residents in the Kazinga channel.
The Park protects the hugest number of bird species compared to other national parks in Uganda. Over 600 bird species are found in Queen Elizabeth national park plus chimpanzees are also seen in the humid forests of Queen Elizabeth national park.
A trip to Mountain Elgon National Park
The park will reveal another amazing landscape of Uganda because the landscape of the Park is mostly hilly and this is why many mountain hikers make it to Mountain Elgon National Park. Besides the fact that mountain hiking is the main activity in the park, there are also other activities which take place in the Park including bird watching because it protects over 300 bird species.
Wild animals like small antelopes, forest monkeys, buffaloes and elephants are seen along the sides of mountain Elgon National Park. The park is made up of the Sipi falls where spot fishing activity takes place from and you will enjoy the flowing of the highly pressurized waters of the Sipi falls.
A trip to Murchison Fall National Park
The park is the oldest and largest conservation area in Uganda which was first gazetted in 1926 as a game reserve and later turned into a national game park. It is bisected by the Victoria Nile which forms the dramatic Murchison Falls which give a brilliant view to the tourists who make it to Murchison Fall National Park and they will enjoy the movement of the highly pressurized waters which run rapidly. Here you will see the regular visitors at the Murchison falls which include giraffes, buffaloes and elephants plus the permanent residents which include crocodiles, hippos and aquatic birds.
A trip to Kibale Forest National Park
It is the best place in Uganda for chimpanzee tracking because it protects the highest number of chimpanzees compared to other places which protect chimpanzees too such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyambura gorge, Kalinzu forest and then the Budongo forest and Ngamba Islands Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Though chimpanzee tracking is the main activity in the park, the park also protects other wildlife such as monkeys, butterflies and over 300 bird species.
A trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
It is such a better place all over the whole world because it protects almost half of the world’s greatest apes ‘’the mountain gorillas’’. It protects over 400 mountain gorillas compared to the total population of over 900 mountain gorillas in the whole world.
Though gorilla tracking is the main activity in the park, the park also protects over 340 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, 120 species of mammals, chameleons and geckos. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is conducted in four sectors; Nkuringo, Rushaga, Ruhija and Buhoma whereby in all the four sectors you will come to know the beauty and the landscape of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Uganda as well.
A trip to Semliki National Park
This is regarded as the true birders haven due to the fact that the park protects more birds than any other thing in the Park. Birding is the main activity in the Park and it is one of the most national parks best for birding activities next to only Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park. Birders who make it to Semliki National Park will get to see almost every best African bird types and species and it is the reason as to why it is called the true birders haven and it is absolutely the best place for the birders who want to view the best of African bird species.
A trip to Lake Mburo National Park
This is the closest national park to Kampala city and it is the Park which connects to all western national parks. It defines the beauty and the landscape of Uganda since it is best place for tourists who want to view the gigantic eland, impala, zebras and acacia associated birds.
It also protects mammals such as warthogs, buffaloes, Oribi, Defassa, water bucks, reed bucks and the eland antelopes. Leopards and hyenas are also present plus the lions who have also returned to the Park recently after the years of poaching and near extinction. The Park consists of five lakes which attract hippos and crocodiles while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus and the Park still protects over 330 species of birds.
A trip to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park will also define the reason as to why Uganda is the ‘’Pearl of Africa’’ because it protects one of the greatest apes and primates in the whole world for it protects almost half of mountain gorillas. It is one of the few Parks in the whole world which inhabits mountain gorillas. In Uganda there are only two parks for gorilla tracking including Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park itself. The park also protects over 300 species of birds plus some other primates such as monkeys.
A trip to Kidepo Valley National Park
It is one of the most destinations for birders because it protects almost 500 species of birds and it is the second national park in Uganda to protect the highest number of bird species next to only Queen Elizabeth National Park.
You will come to enjoy the landscape of the Park where you will see the Narus valley in the Park and mountain Morungole thus the Park being suitable for mountain hikers too. In the park you will be able to view different mammals such as buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, leopards and many others. The sandy landscape of the Park is one of the things which describe how photogenic this Park is and it also contributes to its being that it is the most photogenic Park in Uganda and East Africa.
A trip to Rwenzori Mountain National Park also reveals the beauty of Uganda’s wildlife and its landscape. The snow capped peak of Rwenzori Mountain is one of the few pristine and spectacular things in the world and it is also one of the most things which attracts many tourists to visit the Park.
The ranges of the Park are scenic with pristine and spectacular landscape that comprise of waterfalls, hot springs, blue cirque, lakes, snow clad peaks and stratified vegetation.
The Park also inhabits 18 species of mammals, 217 bird species, 9 species of reptiles and 6 species of amphibians. Elephants, Warthogs, bush bucks, chimpanzees, giant forest hogs, Leopards and buffaloes are all present in the Park though rarely seen.Read More
Kibale Forest National Park is a lush tropical rain forest in southern Uganda, with the highest density of primates in Africa. It’s also the one best place in the world to track wild chimpanzees, with five groups habituated to human contact. Its home to 13 primate species, with the endangered red and white colobus monkey, grey cheeked mangabey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey the other highlights.
If you’re looking to go off the beaten track and find an authentic experience of untouched budget tours in Uganda, Africa, then this is the place for you. It’s raw, it’s beautiful and it’s not for the faint-hearted but offers the chimpanzee sightings. You can choose to spend a full day with the chimpanzees as part of habituation experience. Whichever you choose you never forget when eyes gaze into a mountain gorillas’ eyes when you see a chimpanzee mother cradle her young infant in her arms or when you enjoy watching juvenile gorillas rolling and jumping on the forest floor, just like human children. They share 98% of our DNA.
A large wildlife corridor links Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where herds of African elephants roam freely between both sanctuaries. While the park’s plethora of primates is undoubtedly its main draw, Kibale is also home to other animals such as leopard, buffaloes, duiker, and bush pig.
Bird lovers will be mesmerized by the park’s 325 recorded bird species and a hard day exploring is best topped off with a cup of coffee made from the park’s wild Robusta coffee tree. There are also an incredible 250 species of butterfly that live here.
Start the primate safari early from Kampala/Entebbe, it’s a 4-5hrs drive, your safari guide picks you and the target is to have lunch at Kibale Forest Camp. You will go for chimpanzee trekking in afternoon, when you have a better chance of seeing the chimps on the forest floor. During the trekking you can see them close and capture shots of our closet cousins in the Jungle in there frenzy exciting moods grooming. In Kibale forest t there different species of Monkeys are found – red Colobus, black & white Colobus, red tailed monkey and bush babies being a few.
Kibale has wonderful forest and papyrus birds but you will have to rely on calls and the odd glimpse through the forest canopy. Rare species include the papyrus Gonolek, white-winged warbler, white-collared olive back and papyrus canary, white-spotted fluff tail, yellow-spotted barbet, hairy breasted barbet, yellow –billed barbet, western nicator, grey-winged robin-chat, white-tailed anti-thrush, brow backed scrub-robin, black and white among others. Overnight at Kibale Forest Camp with meals included.
After a sweet breakfast at the Kibale Forest Camp you will set out for Kibale Forest at a leisurely pace via the crater Lakes area to Kasese town, one of the popular centres in western Uganda. The road passes through fertile agriculture land and follows the lower slopes of one of Africa’s largest mountain rangers, the famous Rwenzori Mountains. You will cross the equator and pass through Queen Elizabeth National Park where the Uganda Kob is abundant and you may see elephants of buffaloes in the distance.
After lunch at Bush Lodge, you will go on a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel leaving at 4:00pm. The Kazinga channel is a dominant feature of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and links Lake George with Lake Edward. The channel attracts a varied range of animals and birds and one of the world’s largest concentrations of hippo’s year around and crocodiles. During boat safari you may spot skimmers, African spoonbill, African Crake, three-banded plover, green sandpiper, wood sandpiper, grey-headed gull, lesser swamp-warbler and many others. Overnight at Bush Lodge
After breakfast at Bush Lodge, you will leave the northern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park, a network of tracks allows you to find elephants, buffaloes and other animals in the grassland thickest that cover the north Kazinga area near the Mweya peninsula. Lions and other big cats are most reliably sighted on the typically open East African savannah Kasenyi plain, east of the Kasese highway. The area is known as the main breeding ground of the Uganda Kob, the main source of food for lion pride in the area.
Enjoy a game drive via the southern section of the Ishasha plains well known for the famous tree climbing lions. From there you will leave via a dirt road for 2-3 hours depending on the road conditions to Buhoma the base for gorilla trekking in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park with dinner and overnight Buhoma Community Rest Camp.
This big day prepares you for a great encounter with of Bwindi’s rare mountain gorillas. For most of the visitors, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. This fascinating impenetrable forest has hills covered with mist and like a blanket cover of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests. The forest attracts spectacular species of birds such as 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Great Broad bill and other beautiful forest species.
Begin the day with breakfast ready for trekking which begins as early as 7:00am with a short briefing of how to behave when you meet the gorillas in the forest. Take with you packed lunch, mineral water, hiking boots, a camera, long sleeved shirt and trouser, insect repellent, sun glasses and a hat. Tracking mountain gorillas may take between 2 to 8 hours depending on the location of the gorilla family. Once sighted, put out your cameras to take shots as you observe them playing, eating, grooming, and sleeping. This is one of the unique safaris that gives you an opportunity to experience the mountain gorillas in their natural home.Read More
Many people tend to use the words hiking, trekking, and mountaineering as if they were synonyms. The fact is that they’re all similar in that you go out and walk in nature – but are some very important differences.
The best way to differentiate mountaineering, trekking, and hiking is to understand each activity’s degree of difficulty.
Hiking is basically walking along a trail often mountain slopes but also jungle trails or even cities. It essentially gets over by one day and doesn’t involve overnight stay. It generally takes place along well-known and frequent as well as marked paths.
Typically, hiking is considered to be the easiest of these three adventures. Hikers are usually lead on a well-marked trail. Although there are definitely hikes that can be described as moderate to difficult, it’s still the easiest of the three. Hiking tours are usually half-day to full-day tours. The terrain can vary from very steep to flat.
Most hiking tours are measured in round trip hours. Sometimes you loop around and other times you may return on the same path you initially took. There are a few hikes that have unique starting and finishing points. You should always verify the route before you begin a hike. Hiking tours require very little equipment compared to trekking and mountaineering. Always be sure to bring lots of water.
A trek is different from a hike on accounts of duration, distance, location and difficulty. A trek mostly takes place in natural getaways a bit away from settlements and is essentially a multiday affair. We need to carry our rations and accommodation amenities like tents and sleeping bags.
It is considered to fall between hiking and mountaineering in the degree of difficulty. Most treks are longer and more difficult than hikes, this doesn’t necessarily mean by a matter of hours. Trekking adventures can take in between 10 days and an entire month, Camping equipment is usually required, food and a much longer list of equipment.
Some trekking adventures provide the option to stay at a small lodge or mountain huts. You will be walking, camping, and even climbing for multiple days in a row.
Treks will typically start and end at different points and the distances you may travel can vary from 40 km to several hundred kilometers.
Mountaineering differs from both of it as it involves and requires much technical expertise. It’s not just walking along a trail but also involves, crossing crevasses, climbing glacial walls, climbing steep slopes , roped together and similar feats.
Mountaineering is far way the most challenging adventure tour. It is a very technical method of trekking that takes you to the highest peak(s) in the world. These mountain summits will mostly be over 3000 meters above sea level.
Most mountaineering trips are also multi-day trips and require a large amount of regimented physical and technical climbing training. The amount of equipment required is more than hiking or trekking. You must also be properly trained on the use of all the equipment as well. A perfect example is the 7 Days Rwenzori Central Circuit Trail that is done in the Rwenzori Mountains in Western Uganda.
Mountaineers have to know how climb on ice with crampons or an ice axe. Many mountains have glaciers with huge cracks and crevices that must be crossed safely, there is a higher element of danger in mountaineering. The weather is also a huge factor in these trips.
In mountaineering, there is always a death risk. In some locations, more so higher altitude, the oxygen levels can be so low that your body must be strong enough to endure hours of ascending and descending with low oxygen levels. The human body can be pushed to its absolute limits.Read More
Africa has a wide range of tour adventures but not all are pricy. However, the most pricy options hold the most powerful experience in the rain forests of Uganda and Rwanda. Tourists go on gorilla trekking safaris in four known locations; Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. To experience the world’s most wildlife encounters in Uganda and Rwanda follow our tips and spend less on your next trip;
1. Don’t Visit in Popular times
You don’t have to visit a destination just because your friends and relatives are visiting but you can do it your way and save much. During the most popular times-peak season all tour essentials are high due to the demand making it hard to get discounts and promotional offers. However, this can happen during the low season and you save big on accommodation and other trip essentials like transport. Remember rates for low season months are different from those for high season months.
2. Visit a Cheap Alternative Park
Due to different gorilla permit prices, exploring a cheap alternative park is a great way to save and enjoy to your best. If you’re initial plan was to track gorillas in Rwanda, then head to Uganda the most convenient cheap gorilla trekking safari alternative where gorilla permits go for $600.Allow yourself to explore the ambience of two beautiful Africa countries on a single gorilla trek. No need to worry about how to connect to Uganda after flying to Kigali Rwanda. This has always been the easiest way of tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda due to short driving distance.
3. Short Gorilla Tours
Though there are many gorillas trekking safari options on offer in Uganda and Rwanda short treks of 1-3 days are great for those interested in seeing only mountain gorillas. The 3 days gorilla trek unveil all the rainforest adventures like golden monkey trek, cultural trails, nature walks, volcano hikes plus a city excursion before departure at the most affordable rates ever. In case you want to check out other country famous attractions then go for a 4- 5 days gorilla safari tour at amazingly low prices.
4. Travel with a Friend
Many Adventure tour operators in Uganda and Rwanda often organize gorilla tours for two and more which bring down the price. Don’t forget to tell a friend about your travel plans of tracking gorillas so that you can share other costs like transport and accommodation. You can also join gorilla overland trips, group tours and enjoy your trek with new friends from different corners of the world.
5. Book Budget Gorilla Safaris
If you dream of having a budget gorilla trek in Uganda, go for budget safari options where you will stay in good budget accommodation facilities in Bwindi Mgahinga national Park and experience the best. It can be a camping trip, backpacking or private budget tour.Read More
Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) remains an integral part of Uganda’s tourism sector. In fact it is what one would call a beginners start point to discovering Uganda rich history and biodiversity. Many Ugandans have had their first tourism experience with a trip to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre which is located in Entebbe, Wakiso district.
UWEC was founded in 1952 as an orphanage for wild animals, birds and reptiles
The expansive centre which was found in 1952 for conservation purpose is home to different animals, Birds and reptiles. Perhaps it is most famous for bringing lions, cheetahs, hynas, leopards, elephants closer to human being than they would in the wild.
Over the weekend, Experience Africa, a local tour operator in Eastern Africa, sponsored a number of bloggers with a trip to the historical centre to have a firsthand relationship with the most prized residents of the centre. We bring some catchy images from the trip.
At the centre you can learn about different wildlife history
The giant and elegant ostrich is one of the wonders at the Centre
A cheetah chills at UWEC, it’s one of the people’s favorite sight You can this close to the world’s most feared man eater at the centre.
Chimpanzees are at home
The sight of this Rhino, an endangered specie, was iconicRead More