Why Children Not Allowed on Gorilla Safari?

There are few remaining mountain Gorillas in the world. To that note therefore, all possible measures aiming at protecting them (Gorillas) have been set up. Among them is the restriction of children below the age of 15 years, below are some of the reasons why children below is years not allowed to meet Gorillas.

Children are very prone to communicable diseases and can easily spread them to mountain gorillas while on their trek. Disease like Tuber closes, Cold, Ebola among others can easily be transmitted from human to primates and the reverse is true.

You can not predict how the children will react at the meeting with the Gorillas – some of them can cry loud, run, shout among others which can force the gorillas to charge/ upset.

The process is strenuous/ tiresome – children can not endure moving long distance for long hours. Therefore, to enable elders enjoy their trek, children are restricted to go gorilla trekking.

In case of danger, children can not defend them selves- if attached by an animal; children can not run so fast for their lives.

Gorilla trekking trails are slipper – on which children can fall before meeting gorillas.

Grasping gorilla trekking rules and regulation may turn to be hard for children. They can violet them and then make trekking disorganized or incomplete. For example a child may urinate or defecate any where, any how.

Forest pests/ insect bites – some tropical forest harbors mosquitoes, tsetse flies among others. Mosquitoes cause malaria and tsetse flies cause sleeping sickness yet children are highly susceptible to diseases.

Funds paid for gorilla permits are non refundable – in case a visitor doesn’t appear, failure to meet Gorillas, and so on. It is uncertain for the children to meet gorillas. Therefore, buying gorilla permits for the children you are not sure of meeting gorillas is bad.

Gorilla Trekking In Uganda Rwanda Info

About African Mountain Gorillas

Mountain gorillas are the biggest primates in the apes’ family found only in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Mountain gorillas are among the endangered species out listed by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They consist of two sub species and tested to have about 98% of the Human DNA thus one of closest relative of man.

They are habituated in the thick forested areas of the Tropical Rainforest. Mountain gorillas feed on leaves, shoots, fruits and pith. Their foods contain a lot of water and moisture which makes them to rarely take water. They stay in troops headed by a male silver-back that guards the group from the enemies.

Mountain Gorillas have well-coordinated and divided programs reflecting the nature of man’s daily activities. Their morning time is to look for food and their mid-day period is for rest. Resting period is very important time for the gorillas since they use that time for creating and strengthening relationships within the group.

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Mountain Gorillas in Africa

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Gorilla trekking is best done in two national parks. Trekking gorillas in Bwindi National Park offers tourists one of the greatest tracking experiences. On addition tourists can also track down other Primates and also spot different bird species with in the park. Bwindi Impenetrable forest currently has about 13 gorilla families available for tourism purposes, and among these we have Mubare, Habinyanja, Bitukura, Rushegura, Oruzogo, Kyaguriro, Mishaya, Nkuringo, Nshongi, Businjye and Kahunje among others. Uganda also has one gorilla group in Mgahinga National Park known as “Nyakagezi group”. It is available and habituated for tourism purposes. However, this group is not stable as it some times crosses the International boarder to Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo. It should be noted that gorilla tourism in DR Congo is interfered by insecurity in the area, and the destination currently receives very few tourists.

A gorilla trekking permit costs US$600.00 for foreign non residents and can be booked through tour operators, or direct from Uganda Wildlife Authority Headquarters. Foreigners living and working in any of the East African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) have a discount of US$125.00 on each gorilla permit. Ugandans have to pay 250.000.00 Uganda Shillings to get a gorilla trekking pass.

Other tourist activities around Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks

In addition to gorilla trekking in Uganda, we have other tourist activities around these parks such as; forest walk through different trails, bird watching, local community tours, Batwa Experience in Bwindi Forest, Batwa Trail, Mt. Gahinga hiking and Golden Monkey tracking in Mgahinga National Park.

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Batwa Experience

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

On the other hand, tourists can also choose to track Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda to enrich their experiences. Gorilla tracking in Rwanda also provides the best tracking experience and on addition tourists can involve themselves in various activities like bird watching, horseback riding, among others while on their safaris in Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park also has over 10 gorilla families habituated and available for tourism purposes namely; Sabyinyo, Umubano, Karisimbi, Ugenda, Ntambara, Group 13, Susa and Amahoro among others. The price is gorilla permits in Rwanda is a bit higher than Uganda at US$750 compared to Uganda at US$600 for foreign non residents. Foreigners living and working in East Africa with valid work permits pay US$450 per person, while foreigners living and working in Rwanda pay US$350.

Other tourist activities around Volcanoes National Park

According to Mathias, a tour operator from African Jungle Adventures Limited, there are other tourist activities one can undertake in addition to tracking gorillas in Rwanda and among these we have golden monkey tracking, hike to Dian Fossey Tombs, Mountain Bishoke hiking, Mt. Karisimbi hiking, local community walks, Cultural Village tours, Caves Exploration / Caving, Nature walk and meeting gorilla doctors. You can choose to participate in all activities depending on your budget, time and interests. The more the activities, the more the number of days one should spend on the trip.

Musanze Caves Entrance

Musanze Caves Entrance

Gorilla Trekking Lodges in Rwanda and Uganda

We have many accommodation options in and around all mountain gorilla destinations in Uganda and Rwanda, catering for all tourists of all classes. These accommodation options include lodges, hotels, Inn, Motels, Camps and categorized into Budget/basic, Deluxe/Mid range and luxury/High-End options.

Accommodations around Bwindi national Park in Uganda include Gorilla safari lodge, Wagtail Eco Camp, Gorilla Forest camp, Mahogany Springs lodge, Bwindi Safari Lodge, Gorilla Resort, Buhoma community Rest camp, Buhoma Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Gift of Nature Lodge, Bakiga Lodge, Nshongi Gorilla Resort, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Trekkers Tarvan, Cook Land Camp, Nkuringo Camp site, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp and some other hotels, Inns and motels in Kabale and Kisoro Towns. Around Mgahinga National Park we have Gahinga Gorilla Lodge.

On the other hand, among the popular Rwanda gorilla trekking lodges around Volcanoes National Park and nearby Musanze town include Sabyinyo silverback lodge, Virunga Lodge, Gorillas Nest Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View, Le bambou Gorilla lodge, Kinigi Guest House, Villa Gorilla, Volcanoes Gorilla Hotel, Hotel Muhabura, Hotel la Palme and Saint Anne Hotel among others.

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Mahogany Springs Lodge

Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Comparison

Some tourists prefer to track gorillas in Uganda and others prefer to to it in Rwanda for different reasons. Some of the major reasons to determine where to take a gorilla trip include price/cost, driving distance, and difficulty.

The cost of gorilla permits in Uganda is much cheaper than in Rwanda by US$150 per gorilla permits as earlier seen above. In addition, Uganda has promotional gorilla permits in low seasons of April, May and November where each permits costs US$350 from US$600.

Regarding driving distance, it takes only 90 minutes to drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park in Rwnada. For Uganda side, it takes between 8 to 10 hours drive from Kampala to Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga National Parks. There is a shorter option where one can access Uganda gorilla parks from Kigali (Rwanda) in less than 4hours’ drive via Cyanika or Katuna boarders.

Records have it that, tracking gorillas in Rwanda is much easier / less strenuous compared to Uganda. Also Rwanda has good visibility, one can easily take clear photos and videos unlike in Bwindi Impenetrable forest that can not allow clear photos.

Africa Safari – Birding in Murchison Falls

Enjoying Bird watching at Murchison national Park in Uganda

Uganda the peal of Africa is birding destination and is the only single country in Africa where bird lovers can enjoy the views and the nice melodies of the world’s rare bird species. The high counts of birds in the country which can be watched easily in the various national parks have attracted various bird lovers to undertake birding tours in Uganda.

birding-murchison-fallsMurchison falls national park is Uganda’s largest and oldest located in the north western part of the country and for long the park is well known for its endowments of the different wildlife species and the most remarkable being some of the Big five animals namely; the lion, Leopard, Elephants, Buffaloes and even the White Rhinos which can be tracked in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. These exceptional wildlife have attracted various tourists from all over the world to Uganda with the intention of having memorable experience with the big five animals and few tourists know about the potential of the park to offer best memorable birding experience.

The varied natural habitats of Murchison falls National Park in Uganda make it to be the favorite home of different bird species. The Park boasts of an estimated record of 451 bird species which can be easily enjoyed by bird lovers.

The remarkable list of birds which can be enjoyed in the park includes Uganda ‘s national bird the Grey Crowned Crane as well as the endangered world species of the rare Shoebill Stork and also the largest heron in the whole world, that is to say, Goliath Heron. The particular species which can be seen along the banks of the world’s longest River Nile include the Blue-headed Coucal, Piapiac, Swamp Flycatcher, Silver bird, Squacco Heron, Red-throated Bee-eater ,White-browed Sparrow Weaver, African Jacana, African Quail-Finch, as well as the Sandpipers, Black-headed Gonolek, Denham’s Bustard, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater and Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill among other exceptional bird species.

Bird watching in the Murchison falls national park can be best enjoyed in the Nile-Lake Albert Delta which is a wide, quiet stretch of water, where the placid Victoria Nile pours its water into Lake Albert. This particular area is key birding area in the park and its papyrus-lined banks are blessed with numerous birdlife and the remarkable bird species here include the Goliath Herons as well as the Great Egrets, plus African Fish Eagles. Above all is the mostly wanted to watch bird species of the rare shoe bill well known as the world’s endangered bird species.

Uganda safari destination of Murchison falls national park also provides a launch cruise which starts from the Paraa area and takes the visitors 3 hours ride in the wonderful waters of the Victoria Nile which bisects the park into two parts. During this activity visitors can enjoy the views of different bird which will be feeding and moving in the river banks.

 

Take a Uganda Safari Adventure and Experience True Uganda

I had for a long while been itching to have Uganda gorilla safari experience and nature with all of its superbness. Wondered about the beauty that lay within this country, the hidden treasures buried somewhere deep in the heart of the savanna plains, rolling hills and huge rainforests. But, finally my dream came true when I had a great opportunity of traveling to Uganda.

murchison-fallsA nation situated right in the heart of Africa with the all of its glory. For sure I had an amazing and memorable time as I explored all the beauty of this east African country. To be completely forthright; I had always wanted to travel but I never truly thought I could bear the cost of a safari. With all the vehicle costs, accommodation, park entrance charges, tour guide fees among other expenses. However this happened a week ago, out of no where a chance just presented its self. I was astounded to find that a safari is actually affordable. I couldn’t wait to book my safari that I had been thinking for quite a long time. The safari vehicle was very comfortable with an open rooftop and I had a seat by the window, the tour guide was a professional driver, very knowledgeable and so patient with us, the eco lodges were amazing with stunning views and their service; now that a story if another time.

murchison-falls-2The Uganda safari had everything I had ever dreamt of and beyond. We visited Murchison Falls National Park in north western Uganda. You won’t believe all the wildlife we sow, from the big 5 like; Elephants, Buffalos. We also enjoyed an uninterrupted view of the wildlife in this park, thousands of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, water bucks, antelopes. I took photos of the mighty falls on river Nile the heart of this national park that I had heard in stories about. Also, I managed to capture in one of the photographs the beautiful rainbow colors along the falls, and an unbelievable amount of eye-catching birds along the shores of the Nile.

elephants-murchison-fallsFrom Murchison Falls National Park, we went for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where we tracked into the jungle searching for the amazing rare and endangered mountain gorillas. The experience was some how tiresome but memorable and amazing because it took us like 6 hours hiking in the jungle and when we reached where the gorillas are, we were give a full hour to interact, observe and take photos of these amazing primates has they do their daily work. I can hardly wait to see what I can experience in more days with so much to see in different national parks to explore. This safari really refreshed my minds and I returned home when am a new person, try it and then see what happens.

gorilla-bwindi-ugandaWabwire Mike, my tour guide was very perfect, knowledgeable, and experience where by he answered every question which came in my mind and this safari has made me to think of taking another taking also a Rwanda gorilla safari in Volcanoes National Park. Mike was good in communicating in English and this eased my communication with him on the safari and I think I will use this same company and I will also ask for Mike as my guide if they allow them to cross to Rwanda or they have Rwanda guides.

gorilla-trekking-bwindiAfrican Jungle Adventures Ltd is the tour company I will again use when taking the Rwanda gorilla safari the next summery time of 2016 since it was organized out and offered me the best services as their motto says Gorilla Safaris beyond your expectations.

The Uganda Museum – Kampala

Dating far back to 1908, the Uganda Museum can be considered as the custodian of Uganda’s past. The building which is considered to be great historical significance to the Pearl of Africa Uganda, her citizenry and the number of travelers that undertake safaris in Uganda contains range artifacts that were collected over time symbolizing the process of modern day man’s civilization and past.

The Uganda Museum is located along Kiira Road in Kamwokya Kampala and is one of the significant tourist attractions that can be encountered in Kampala city by tourists on guided or self drive Uganda safari. The Museum houses a range of ethnographic items that bring out the traditional Ugandan society and the process of its civilization. The hunting equipment, music instrument s which can be played freely, archaeology, entomology and weaponry are among the artifacts in the Uganda Museum.

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The Uganda Museum is considered to be the oldest in East Africa and its setting up stretches back to 1902 when objects of interest were called by George Wilkerson. In 1908, the British Protectorate government formally established the Museum at Old Kampala hill in a small Sikh temple. The excavations continued spearheaded by Bishop J. Wilson, Church Hill, E. Lanning, P.L Shinnie and E, L. Wayland from 1920 to 1940s leading to increase in the number of artifacts. Thus a bigger space was required and Margaret Trowel School of Fine Art at Makerere University was considered in 1941. In the process, the funds for construction of a more spacious and established Museum were raised and by 1954, the Uganda Museum had got a home on Kitante hill the place where it has lived up to today. This history in its self presents a rich trail that a tourist on safari in Uganda could opt to explore in detail.

Besides the exhibits in the Museum gallery, the Uganda National Museum is also a haven for educational tours that appear in form of demonstrations, outreach programmes, workshops and a range of complimentary services. The traditional huts in the Museum back yard depict a range of tribal communal stings ad their different architectures which are worth exploring while on Uganda safaris. The traditional canteen on the site offering traditional cuisine gives the taste of the Ugandan tradition. There is also a gift shop where one can get a souvenir to take back home. The German Architect Ernst May is credited to have designed the Uganda Museum structure.

Self Guided Short Tours around Kampala City

Kampala has so many interesting that one can explore on a self drive or guided tour around. Alternatively, you can hire car with drive in Uganda and explore the city along side other natural and historical wonders of the country. Among the reputable car rental companies in Kampala include Self Drive Uganda Limited, 4×4 Uganda Limited, Uganda Car Rental and Road Trip Uganda among others. Below are the detailed options short trips around Kampala.

Kampala City Tour: Itinerary

Pick you up at 8:30 am from agreed spot, and start on the drive through Kampala City to the Independence monument, then to the Parliament of Uganda from where you will continue to Rubaga and Namirembe Cathedrals before proceeding to the Kabaka’s Lake.

Visit Kasubi Tombs – the traditional royal tombs of the Kabaka’s of Buganda

Lunch break at Ekitobero Restaurant

Visit the crafts village at National Theatre before heading back ending your day’s excursion.

The above Includes

Entrance Fees

Land Cruiser / Minibus or Super Custom i.e. for 1 – 8 Pax

Coaster bus i.e. for 10 – 25 Pax

An English Speaking driver / Guide

Fuel (Gas)

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Flooding in Kampala

 

1 Day Nile Express Tour/ White water rafting

Itinerary

Depart Kampala, head to East of Uganda to Jinja passing sugar plantations & colorful road side fruit /vegetable markets. Stop at the Owen Falls Dam and the submerged source of the Nile.

Lunch break at Jinja Nile Resort

Visit Bujagali falls where several rapids are situated close together. You will enjoy the quiet of the water and know the quiet times of the day.

Return to Kampala in the afternoon, with a brief stopover either at Ssezibwa Falls or Mabira Forest.

The above Includes:

A visit to the source of river Nile

A visit to Bujagali Falls

Entrance Fees

Land Cruiser / Minibus or Super Custom i.e. for 1 – 8 Pax

Coaster bus i.e. for 10 – 25 Pax

An English Speaking driver / Guide

Fuel (Gas)

The above excludes:

Local & International Flights

Airport transfers

Drinks

Tips

Accommodation in Kampala (day prior & on completion of the excursion)

Souvenirs

Plus any other items of personal nature

Alternatively, you can enjoy half day or full day white water rafting adventure on River Nile. Rafting fees are US$115 per person (half day), and US$125 per person full day. Other activities may include quad biking, horse riding and bungee jumping.

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White water Rafting

 

1 Day Royal Martyrs Trail Tour

Itinerary

Your driver / guide will pick you from your Hotel in Kampala at 8:30 from where you will start the drive by visiting Old Kampala, where St Mathias Mulumba was killed;

The head to Kasubi Tombs. The Tombs are a huge dome like structure that houses the remains of four former Buganda Kings: Mutesa I, Muwanga II, Daudi Chwa II and

Edward Mutesa II.

Visit Kabakas Lake which was dug out on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga in the 1880’s as an escape corridor to Lake Victoria.

Continue with the drive past Namirembe Cathedral, where Bishop James Hannington’s remains were buried; then to Rubaga Cathedral, where archives on the lives of 22 Catholic martyrs are kept.

Head to Naguru where you will stop over for lunch at the Capital Palace or Arch Apartments

After lunch start take on a walking safari through the trails of the martyrs up to Namugongo shrine. This is the spot where in 1886 more than 20 newly converted Christians were burnt alive.

Spice up the day with a visit to Ndere Centre (Optional). Transfer back to Kampala town.

Transfer back to town. End of Excursion

The above Includes:

A visit to St. Mathias Mulumba, Namirembe & Rubaga Cathedrals

A visit to Kabaka’s Lake, Kasubi Tombs & Namugongo Martyrs Shrine

Entrance Fees

Land Cruiser / Minibus or Super Custom i.e for 1 – 8 Pax

Coaster bus i.e for 10 – 25 Pax

An English Speaking driver / Guide

Fuel (Gas)

Uganda Chimpanzees; Man’s Closest Relatives

Chimpanzees are one of the unique species of primates found in Uganda. Chimpanzees have similar resemblance with the mountain gorillas but differ in their unique nature and have attracted lots of safaris to Uganda. Chimpanzees are known to be sharing a common ancestor with man about 4 to 6 million years ago and they carry a DNA of 94% similar to that of human.

Chimpanzees feed on vegetation and fruits. They have a troop hunting culture based on beta males led by an alpha male (a dominant male). The alpha is the highest ranking male that controls the group and maintains order during disputes. They have a complex social relationship and lives in a large multi male and female social groups called communities. They live in a leaner hierarchy where in more than one individual may be dominant enough to control other members of lower rank, in chimpanzee society, the dominant male is the most manipulative and political male that can influence the what goes on in the group.chimpanzees

Chimpanzees have similar communication like human beings. They use hand gestures, facial expressions and vocalizations to communicate to one other. Adult chimps are very aggressive and can kill other chimpanzees when they threaten their territories. The primate portrays some of the life style of man, an evidence to be the closest relatives of man. Chimps laughing has little different with man because of their adaptation. They respond to words and sign language

These primates are found in Kibale national park, Budongo forest reserve and in Ngamba Island. Chimpanzee trekking safaris offer you the unique experience while on your safaris in Uganda.

Uganda safaris to Kibale National Park also offer tourists chances of spotting different bird species, forest buffaloes, baboons, different types of monkeys and other animals hence providing tourists with a colorful memory to take home. From Kibale, one can easily conect to Bwindi Impenetrable National park for gorilla tracking adventure. Here you also have chances to see more chimpanzees and other primates along side birds.

Top 5 Tourist Activities in Uganda

Uganda is blessed with very many exciting attractions making it a best safari destination not only in the east but also in whole of Africa. Uganda is a place that can be visited at any time of the year depending on traveler’s interest, things to do and why you’re travelling, although the best time to visit Uganda is between January and February, this is the time when the countryside is green after a rainy season in August. For the nature lovers and those in need of Adventure of a life time in Uganda, this best time to get all this. This is also the time when pasture in the park is in plenty and animals can be spotted in large number when grazing and chances of seeing big cats hunting are high like lion, leopard, and hyena among other animals. However the rainy season makes hiking and tracking gorillas very difficult as the trails are muddy making it very difficult to pass through and the gorillas tend to go higher, on top of that the roads also become impassable. Note: Uganda’s climate is subjected to change at any time of the year so come prepared for both seasons. Let us examine the most 5 must do things in Uganda.

Mountain Gorilla Tracking

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African Mountain Gorillas in the Wild Jungles of Uganda

You can’t talk about Uganda with out mentioning gorilla tracking, Uganda is one of the three countries in the world the other are Rwanda and the Democratic republic of Congo that host these rare mountain gorillas world wide and they can be tracked safely in their national habitat. Uganda houses a very big number of these species over 440 individuals out of 880 individuals that live in the world. Gorillas in Uganda can be tracked in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla forest national park. Most people do not know Gorillas in face to face, and if they have ever seen one its mostly likely they saw them in a zoo. And if it was in a zoo, that was not a mountain Gorilla for mountain Gorillas can only be found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo and only in the Wild. Gorilla tracking is regarded number one activity and a must do activity in case you make it to Uganda. It is rare for some one to plan a safari to Uganda with out including gorilla tracking; gorillas are fabulous fan to watch while playing in fruitful trees and on tree branches. A number of tour operators arrange both luxury and budget gorilla tours to Bwindi impenetrable forest in South Western Uganda. Many people leave their beautiful offices or residence to come in Uganda to spent at least one or two days in the wild tracking gorillas and Uganda is a considered the best gorilla safari destination in the world. Gorillas in Uganda is at a cost of USD $600 per person per tracking and gorilla permits are issued at the Uganda Wildlife Authority and there served on first come first served basis for it’s recommended to book your permit with a tour company in advance for at least 2-3 months prior to your safari. And you’re also advised to come with tracking gears such as strong shoes/boots, long sleeved shirts /blouses, cameras, cap, sun glasses.

White water rafting in Jinja on the Mighty Nile

Your experience in Uganda can never be the same if you choose to take on a challenge to raft on the source of the World’s Longest River “The Nile”. The Nile is located in the east of Uganda just about 150 kilometers from Kampala Uganda’s capital and largest city passing coffee, tea and sugar plantations up to the Nile. Discover Uganda’s best keep secret. More than four thousand miles in length, the mighty Nile is the longest on the planet. The Nile flows from Lake Victoria at what was Rippon Falls now submerged and flow through the Bujagali falls and continues into Lake Kyoga.

White Water Rafting in Jinja Uganda

White Water Rafting in Jinja Uganda

Rafting does not require a lot of skills what is needed is to know how to swim and must be in love of Adventure in life. In Uganda their experienced and professional companies that are expert in conducting your experience on the Nile and at the Nile their experienced rafters who can take you through the activity. Come and enjoy a full day or two days rafting at the Nile,

Bird Watching

Bird watching is one of the most done activities in Uganda and Uganda is considered one of the best safari destinations in the world. Uganda has a birding checklist of so far over 1000 bird species and in these are the Forest and Forest edge Birds, savannah grassland and savannah woodland Birds Fresh water and salt water birds all falling in either Resident or migratory Birds. Some of these birds are endemic to the country; mainly in the Albertine region these constitute 67% of Africa’s and 11.1% of the world’s total population hence this has made the country the must visit for bird lovers. shoebillUganda is one of the smallest countries not only in the east but also in the whole world but frankly believe me that when it comes to Birds this tiny Uganda transforms into a powerful giant it has very many birds some of which are rarely seen in other countries. Some species of birds include the crested crane (recently named ‘Gray crowned crane’), Shoebill, Wattled plorer, Africa Fish Eagle, African Jacana, Saddle Billed Stock, Pelican, African Pigmy Geese and Narina’s Trogon. The Shoebills are very difficult or very impossible to find elsewhere. Many lodges, hotels, access roads and forests trails have been established and establishment of bird guides training programmes through the Uganda Bird & Safari Guides Association to facilitate all bird watchers across the country. Uganda has experienced bird guides who are not only kin birders but also love the adventure so their very eager waiting you to take you through all the trials favorable for the activity, you’re expected to came with binoculars which can help you spot various species of birds in a far range. To mention some of the bird spotting areas include Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park, Kibale national park, Semulik Park, Bwindi impenetrable, Murchison falls national park, Kampala city in tall trees; Kidepo national falls the list is endless

Kasubi Tombs Cultural & Historical Tour

Kasubi Tombs before they were burnt

Kasubi Tombs before they were burnt

Uganda is a country with very many tribes each with different traditional customs and norms, so given the fact that you may not have ample time to visit all the cultural places in Uganda, the only cultural site you may visit is the kasubi tombs which is located just about 10kms from the capital Kampala, see how it was back in the day before modern civilization took over Uganda, learn at least something about African tradition in Uganda and the great role it placed in people’s lives back then .The Kasubi tombs is where the dead kings (Bassekabaka) of Buganda kingdom are buried including Mutesa1 (1865-1884), Daniel Mwanga11 (1884-1897), Daudi Cwa11 (1897-1939) and Frederick Mutesa11 (1939-1966).

Rwenzori Mountain Climbing

Really this is a great experience every one wish to enjoy in life, indeed finding your self at the top of the mountain is a spectacular moment. You may have taken on greater challenges than climbing Mountain peaks but I bet you on this you have never done a two in one Adventure in Africa as this one (It is both Adventurous and a natural wonder.

Rwenzori Mountain Hiking

Rwenzori Mountain Hiking

Mountain Rwenzori is the highest mountain range located in African region. It borders Uganda in the west with Democratic Republic of Congo; they are at times called the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Rwenzori Mountains National Park was declared a World Heritage Site to protect and preserve the fauna and flora, natural beauty of the area. Rwenzori is the highest mountain range in Africa with the highest peaks; Margherita (5,109m) and Alexandra (5083m) on Mount Stanley. The highest peaks of these ranges are covered in snow all year round even though they lie on the equator. Not only climbing as the major activity, you won’t miss seeing various species of mammals on the slopes like several species of antelopes, buffaloes, elephants warthogs among others and over 170 bird species, several of the latter being Albertine Rift endemics. Click here for more information about Traveling to Africa.

Outstanding Birding Hotspots in Uganda – Africa

Are you a bird lover planning a safari in Africa to see birds? Look no farther, Uganda boosts a wide variety of bird species some of which can not be found any where in Africa. There are about 1012 bird species recorded, found in different national parks and Important bird areas some of which are descirbed below. Over 200 tour operators and travel agencies in Kampala organize fantastic private birding trips in Uganda. If you are on tight budget, these companies also offer car hire in Uganda without driver to enable you do a self drive birding safari and explore all destinations of your interest.

Nyamuriro swamp

Nyamuriro is a widespread natural swamp in Kageyo valley dominated by papyrus and herbaceous plants in which a river from Lake Bunyonyi flows and the drainage connects to Lakes Mutanda and Murehe in Kisoro District. Remarkable birds found here include Papyrus Gonolek, Sharpe’s Pied-babbler, Carruthers’s Cisticola, White-winged Scrub-warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Red-chested Sunbird, Papyrus Canary, White-collared Olive back and Northern Brown-throated Weaver.

Mabira Forest Reserve

The list for Mabira Forest Reserve contains almost 300 species. Many species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome are not well-represented in other protected areas in Uganda. Mabira Forest was heavily encroached in the 1970s and 1980s, which may have had adverse effects on the forest birds, particularly on the habitat specialists. Three species of the Lake Victoria Basin biome are known, but further surveys in the valley papyrus swamps could reveal more. The site also holds one species of the Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome and four of the Afro tropical Highlands biome.

Populations of Important Bird Area Trigger Species include; Birds include Nahan’s Partridge, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow White-eye, African Dusky Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Yellow-billed Kite, Grey-green Bush-shrike, Hooded Vulture, Red-capped Robin Chat, African Shrike Flycatcher, Red-billed Paradise Flycatcher, Great Blue Turaco, Black-and-white Mannkin, Wheyn’s Weaver and Palm Swift.

Semuliki National Park

Semliki Forest represents the only significant example of Congo-Basin vegetation in Uganda. A large number of species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome reach their eastern limits here, in one of the richest localities for forest birds in Africa. The site contains half as many species of bird as the entire Congo and nearly two-thirds as many as in the 181,000 km² of the whole Upper Guinea Forests. No less than 70 species are only known within Uganda from Semliki Forest, including 31 of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome. Semliki forest is close to the Mount Rwenzori ranges, and the River Semliki meanders along the western border down to Lake Albert and is surrounded by swamp, where four species of the Lake Victoria Basin biome occur. The site also has, surprisingly, six species of the Afro tropical Highlands biome, all widespread elsewhere in the country.

Populations of Important Bird Area Trigger Species include; Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Nahan’s Partridge, Forest Francolin, Spot-breasted Ibis, Chestnut-flanked Sparrowhawk, White-spotted Flufftail, Great Snipe, White-naped Pigeon, Black-collared Lovebird, Red-chested Owlet, Bates’s Nightjar, Black Bee-eater, Forest Scimitarbill, Dwarf Hornbill, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Green-breasted Pitta, Papyrus Gonolek, Chestnut-bellied Helmet-shrike, Red-eyed Puffback, White-throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-spotted Nicator, Yellow-throated Nicator, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Brown Illadopsis, Capuchin Babbler, Forest Scrub-robin, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch and Grant’s Bluebill.

Kibale Forest National Park

So far, 339 species of birds have been recorded, but more species are likely to be added. Among the scarcer species are Papyrus Gonolek, Forest Ground-thrush and Brown-cheeked Hornbill each found in only two other highland Important Bird Areas. The forest of this park lies close to the site of a postulated Pleistocene forest refugium in the Albertine Rift area. This has resulted in a diverse community of forest species, which also includes many Congo-Basin species at the eastern limits of their ranges.

Populations of Important Bird Area Trigger Species include; Speckled Tinkerbird, Western Green Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Nahan’s Partridge, White-spotted Flufftail, White-naped Pigeon, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Bar-tailed Trogon, Blue-throated Roller, Brown-cheeked Hornbill, green-breasted Pitta, African Shrike-flycatcher, Papyrus Gonolek, Grey-green Bush-shrike, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Western Black-headed Oriole, Black-tailed Oriole Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher, Chubb’s Cisticola, Collared Apalis, Eastern Mountain Greenbul, White-throated Greenbul, Yellow-spotted Nicator, White-winged Scrub-warbler, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, African Hill Babbler, Purple-headed Glossy-starling and Yellow-browed Citril.

 

African Gorillas Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Experiencing gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda became the main reasons of people why they always wanted to visit Uganda. The country is recognized to as a secure and safe place where you can see gorillas within a serene surrounding. This is located in the south western part of Uganda in South Africa.

african-gorillasBwindi Impenetrable Forest supports one of the largest “Population of Mountain Gorillas”in the world. This is an ancient forest that is also called as “Place of Darkness”. The tree that covers makes the place so dark. Gorillas in this forest are very strong and dominant yet very shy and at the same time gentle. These gorillas are habituated with people. That is why they are use of seeing and interacting with visitors. Though they have that kind of attitude you still need to be very careful dealing with them. Do not give anything to them especially things that may harm or hurt them. Make sure that you are doing just as instructed.

There are only 8 visitors who are allowed to visit each gorilla family each day. That is because they wanted to minimize the behavioural disturbance in the gorillas and also the risk of exposure of human borne diseases. It is also a strict compliance to wash hands before leaving the trek. The personnel would like to ensure the safety and health of their visitors. Low voice must always be a practice to avoid distracting the gorillas. As you go along with the trekking adventure you will be seeing a wide range of gorillas and their nesting sites. If you are nearly approaching the mountain gorillas, the guide will allow you to get ready so that you will not be shocked with their presence.
A wide variety of gorilla safaris available on line offered by different travel agents in Uganda. There are certain rules that you need to follow while you are in this forest. Take a long at the following for you to be equipped with the rules:
1. 7 meter distance from the gorillas must be observed. The further you are the more relax your other group is.

2. Stay tight among your group especially if you are getting near the gorillas.

3. Always keep your voice in a low tone.

4. It is prohibited to drink, eat and smoke while inside the forest. Doing that may increase the risk of transmitting the diseases.

5. There are times that gorillas charge. You need to slowly crouch down, avoid looking straight in the eyes of the gorilla and until they pass.

6. You need to be very careful when you take pictures with the gorillas. The use of camera with flash is strictly prohibited.

7. Never attempt of touching the gorillas because they are wild animals.

8. The maximum time you will be spending with gorillas is only about 1 hour. Thus if the gorillas become nervous and agitated the visiting hours will be shorten.

9. After your interactions with the gorillas keep your voice down until you are 200 meters away the gorillas.

10. Always follow the rules given to you.
Your gorilla trekking adventure will be safe if you obediently follow the rules. This will be a great way of experiencing new things in this place.

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