Friday, 27 October 2017

EMBARK ON A SAFARI TO TREK MOUNTAIN GORILLAS IN MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK

On your Uganda Gorilla Safari, you will Locate Mgahinga National Park 510km far southwest of Kampala City the Capital of Uganda which is just 42km from Entebbe International Airport, this park rests in the district of Kisoro and is Uganda’s smallest but arguably one of the profoundly biome-diverse National Park. Mgahinga is one of the only two Uganda Gorilla Safaris destinations where tourists can physically say hello to the world’s remaining population of endangered Mountain Gorillas.

Its three (3) volcanic peaks of Sabinyo (3,669m), Gahinga (3,474m) and Muhavura (4,127m) interface with five (5) different volcanoes which all together shape the Virunga Conservation Area (VCA) shared among the nations of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo DR. Its varied altitudes offer rise to various types of fauna, some of which can't be seen anywhere else in Uganda.
The park offers chances to birders to do what they cherish best, with a bird list ranging bwetween 179 and 184 species including the Rwenzori Turaco and the White-starred Robin. Uganda Safaris Tours to Mgahinga National Park additionally also present opportunities to see various extraordinarily species like the giant forest hogs, and the spikey South African Porcupines

In any case, the park's horn is sounded louder by its habituated mountain gorilla family called Nyakagezi. Led by an alpha silverback called Mark, the Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family makes seasonal excursions to the neighboring nations of DR Congo and Rwanda. But luckily, of later, the family appears enjoy most of their Ugandan home more and can therefore making it possible for Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda in Mgahinga National Park. Its unsettled nature has constrained the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to sell gorilla permits for this mountain gorilla family right at the National Park as opposed to permits for Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest National Park that can be reserved at the UWA headquarters in Kampala

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga National Park is a less tedious activity as compared to Bwindi Forest National Park the only Gorilla tracking area in Uganda, a maximum of eight tourist are allowed to visit this Mountain Gorilla family in a single day. Also, once the gorilla family is tracked down, tourist get to can enjoy an entire hour with the Nyakagezi family. The family's two blackbacks (Rukundo and Ndungutse) regularly win the hearts of visitors with their high sense of humor and their photogenic nature. It has turned into their thing to pose for the camera and they'll most likely pose for yours too.

Today the family has 10 members including an aging Bugiingo who is the father to most members of this mountain gorilla family including Mark and Marfia the other two silverbacks.
Set out on a Gorilla Safari to trek Mountain Gorillas in Mgahinga National Park and you will win yourself an affair of a lifetime decorated in amazing views of the true African montane forests protecting a big number of animal and bird species; not forgetting the reward of mixing with the Forest habitats, Batwa community; one of the world's few remaining highly neglected and marginalized groups of people. With the Park's "gold and silver", you will part very lit up. Welcome to Mgahinga!

Monday, 23 October 2017

KAMPALA CITY FESTIVAL; THE LEADING CITY STREET PARTY IN EAST AFRICA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

Happening for the sixth time, the Kampala City festival 2017 was a blast mesmerizing both local trevelers and those who had come for Uganda Safaris and tours.
The event which occurs in the first week of October every year is apparently the biggest street party in the region of East Africa and has become signature brand attracting multitudes of people to explore the Kampala’s epitome social life, innovation, culture and unity. The travelers planning East Africa Safari tours in the month of October have started expressing interest in making the event part of their itinerary.
The Kampala City Festival presents the much awaited moment for the participants to learn, share and network while presenting an economic ground for small businesses, organisations and companies to thrive.  The festival offers that special moment where the city residents themselves get a real feel of happiness besides the normal routine and business endeavors. The festival is becoming a Uganda tour product enhancing domestic tourism.
Marked with vibrant sounds, flamboyant lights, lively rhythms, incredible street dancers, a wide array of musicians, gospel sessions, unlimited foods and beverages among others, the Kampala City festival makes the every point of the Central Business District lively and fascinating. Besides the foods and beverages along with other personal items, all other festival wonders are enjoyed at no cost!
The youthful travelers on holiday safari in Uganda would definitely find this event beyond the ordinary!



Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Go Gorilla Trekking In Mgahinga Uganda - Uganda Gorilla News

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Before taking on your gorilla safari tour in Uganda, we invite you to get briefed more about these amazing creatures with their interesting facts.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is considered to be one the most satisfying activities done by tourists in Mgahinga national park. This park has only one habituated gorilla family known as “Nyakagezi” originally consisting of 9 family members, 2 silver backs, 3 female adults, 2 infants and 2 juveniles.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda can some if the times be tiring and occasionally cover the whole day as the guide takes you through this amazing world and also giving you information on their ecology and wild behavior. There is a good chance of spotting these gorillas of Mgahinga national park however success is never guaranteed as these creatures are wild animals, never fixed in their daily routine and finding them requires a guide with extra skill, experience as well as luck.
For the travelers on Gorilla Safari in Uganda, before setting of for the actual gorilla trekking activity, the guide will always suggest how long this activity may take. However while moving do not hesitate to ask the guides to slow down their pace in case they are moving so fast or if you need to rest. This guide will not leave you behind.
The daily routine of a mountain gorillas in Uganda includes foraging early in the morning and have a rest during the late morning and midday. In the late afternoon they forage before they rest at night. The mountain gorillas leave their sleeping nests at 6am in the morning except when it’s too cold, that’s when they stay up their nests.
Uganda Gorillas don’t have discrete territories and instead they roam in home ranges. When the sources of food are sparse, the ranges between groups also become larger and when there is abidance of food the distance between home ranges become shorter.
Gorillas get infected with most of the diseases suffered by human beings as well. It is for this reason that Uganda safari visitors to these gorillas are advised to keep a distance. Respiratory diseases suffered more especially pneumonia are the most frequently causes of deaths of most mountain gorillas.
The gorillas basically live on ground and almost 20%of their day time in trees. They climb trees either to play or harvest fruits and rarely jump from branch to branch due to their weight.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be physically demanding, so be prepared well enough. These Gorilla facts prepare you for this safari activity and give you guidance on conservation of the Mountain Gorillas in Mgahinga national park. Please read these Gorilla facts before your tour to Uganda.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

A BREATHTAKING SAFARI ON HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT


It is evident, the popular activities that people undertake apart from the Gorilla safaris tours in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include game drive safaris and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park.  Those two activities are done at intervals giving tourists who would wish to partake in both activities a chance to do so, since each activity has its unique excitement levels.

Now there is a lot more ways to enjoy the game park with more exciting activities being introduced here. Among the prominent is the hot air balloon. The hot air balloon is must-activity of late if you have some extra dollars to spend on a Uganda safari. Hot air balloon to date is only done in two national game parks in Uganda –Queen Elizabeth national park and Murchison falls National park.
The hot air balloon Safari in Queen Elizabeth national park is currently operated by Balloons tours Uganda. The only company so far that holds a license by the Uganda Aviation authority to fly balloons in this game park.
The company boasts of well-trained staff that has experience of over 10 years flying balloons. At the present time, only one balloon is operational which carries 16 passengers. But there are plans to source the second one that shall accommodate 24 passengers. The flight is usually an hour long of seeing all the wildlife from the skies. The balloon flight sets off before dawn and by sunrise you are almost done watching the wildlife and beautiful nature. And there is more to this balloon safari after the flight, you will be taken care of- take for example there will be bush breakfast for you prepared by one of the best lodges in Queen Elizabeth national park, Mweya safari lodge. And finally, the pick-up time is usually around 05.30 am at Kasenyi gate to complete your amazing balloon safari experience.

Monday, 18 September 2017

CHIMP TRACKING IN THE PRIMATE WORLD OF KIBALE


For anyone looking to discover someplace beautiful and off the beaten track, Kibale Forest National Park is a top tourist destination with something unique. This forest offers Africa as you have always imagined it - wild, green, and beautiful. Famously known as the home to a remarkable 13 primate species including the Chimpanzees.

CHIMPANZEES – Track into Kibale National Park and on arrival you will be greeted with a swarm of butterflies mostly in the dry seasons, and should be noted that during these drier months are the optimum time to track chimpanzees.
Kibale Forest National Park has been a reserve since 1932, but it was not until 1993 that this 700-square-kilometer wilderness was declared a National Game Park, pulling tourists and researchers from around the world to come and experience its unique flora and fauna. And standing at altitudes between 3,000 and 4,500 feet, it is refreshingly cool to climb to.
Expert trackers mostly known as guides lead the way into the forest ready to take visitors on walks in search of our closest cousins the chimpanzees.
How to Get There…
On landing at Entebbe International Airport, which is located just outside the capital Kampala, you will need to connect Kibale National Park by road. And the easiest way would be booking a driver guide to meet you at the airport or through a local tour operator. The journey from Kampala City to Kibale takes maximum three hours on road in a 4x4 Safari Landcruiser since it might get bumpy in some parts but this cannot take away the beauty of this place, as you go through forest and savannah and winding between tea fields.

Arranging your Safari
Chimpanzee trekking costs US$150, which includes the guide fee. The National Game Park fee for Kibale is US$40. Private tours to Uganda's national game parks can be taken with the help of a professional guide assigned to you by a tour operator. The same professional driver and guide will accompany you and at the same time give you great insight through your well-tailored Safari to Uganda.

Where to Stay
There is quite a number of good places to stay in on your Uganda Safari to Kibale National Park for chimpanzee tracking.  Ranging from budget to luxury, take for example Primate Lodge, an eco-lodge run by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), that is set within the game park with safari tents, cottages, a tree house, and a campsite would be a great pick.



Saturday, 9 September 2017

The Unexplored Wilderness of Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda


The Park is best known for its Spectacular landscapes and Great buffalo herds. Boasting of sprawling savannah and soaring mountains, Kidepo Valley National Park is arguably the most picturesque game park in Africa. Kidepo sees far less visitors than Murchison Falls National Park-famously known for its spectacular powerful falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park-known for its very rare tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park-very well known for its wild Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda. And this is mainly because of its remote location and few lodging options in Kidepo game Park.

Kidepo is located in northern Uganda, sharing borders with South Sudan and Kenya’s Northern Frontier District, it is Uganda’s most beautiful, remote and least-explored park. And it requires a full day of driving on road to get to Kidepo using a 4x4 safari Landcruiser, but just an hour flight from Entebbe International Airport.

And as of now, the main lodging option is the all-inclusive Apoka Lodge, but once you arrive at the lodge, the first thing you’ll notice is all the wildlife casually calm grazing outside your chalet.
And you don’t have to worry of getting attacked by any wild animal since each chalet has an enclosed porch where you can sit and watch the resident wildlife move about.

Game drives in Kidepo
The fact that there are only a few lodges in this area, and Apoka Lodge has several vehicles on hand, and you will get an impression that you are on a game drive in your own private park. At the very most, you will have like three other people with you in the same vehicle, and free to move about within the vehicle making it easy for you to take photos from any angle.

And for those who take the trouble on a Uganda Safari to get here,  they are rewarded with remarkable wildlife sightings and a level of exclusivity that can rarely be had at any cost in neighboring countries. 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

TOP MUST VISIT TOURIST SITES ON A KAMPALA CITY TOUR


Kampala city has increasingly turned out to be among the most visited destinations in East Africa boasting of a number of sites and attractions among these is its rich culture, religious and political history of Uganda. Most typical Uganda safaris often start day 1 in Kampala as it gives a visitor the feel of the weather and native people before embarking on their adventurous journey into the wildernesses. First its's drive through the streets of Kampala and as you get to visit Buganda kingdom's most famous traditional sites, temples, cathedrals, craft shops, ghettos, local markets among other amazing attractions in and around the city under guidance of a very well experienced guide in a comfortable 4x4 safari land-cruiser.
There are plenty of remarkable attraction destinations to visit on a guided Kampala city tour excursion but we have narrowed them down to the top 5 must visit destinations for a full and exciting cultural and historic experience in Uganda’s capital.
Buganda Kingdom sites
Buganda stands strongest and most popular centralized kingdom in Uganda, their one of a kind culture and traditions have pulled in a huge number of visitors across the globe.
Visits to Kabaka's (king) royal Palace, Kabaka's lake, Kasubi tomb and the Buganda parliament offers you an opportunity to explore more about the history and traditions of Buganda kingdom. Kasubi tombs which are burial grounds to four of the past Kabaka's (kings of Buganda) are almost completely revamped and ready for tourism following since being burnt down 6 years ago.

Religious Attractions
Missionaries from both the protestant and catholic churches arrived in Uganda in the mid 1800s and introduced their religions setting up in schools and churches of worship which still stand ground to this very day. A visit to the hills Namirembe and Rugaba cathedrals should give you a glimpse of the religious history of Uganda. The unique amazing exterior and interior architecture of these ancient cathedrals portrays the history even before you ask the guide. And the good thing they are located just a few minutes’ drive from the city plus they are close to each by road.

Uganda Museum
There’s no better way to learn more about Uganda’s history and culture than in the Museum a majority of tourists add this place to their Kampala city tour itinerary and rightly so because of the huge collection of things you can lean in a short time on this tour around the Uganda museum. The historic items and fascinating videos here give a clear image of the ancient Kingdom traditions, war items, royal regalia handmade local clothes, local way of life in the past.

Visit markets and local craft shops
Make sure your guide takes you to the nearest craft shop in Kampala city if you looking for some souvenirs to carry back home. The craft shops along Buganda road and Uganda crafts on Bombo road are two major places you should check out for the best local hand-made crafts including animal and human clay models, traditional clothes, baskets, beads, necklaces, bracelets among other amazing African handmade items. You can also make your way over to Owino market, here you will easily interact with the local Ugandans as many converge here for shopping.

Visit Night Hangout spots
A tour in Kampala city is never complete without a night trip to one of the happening places and restaurants. If you’re looking to unwind and spend more time with friends and family before or after a Uganda safari tour up country or long road trip.  There quite a number of popular hangout spots in Kampala city and if you wish to relax in the city, you just have to ask your guide to take you to the most affordable and tourist friendly spots around town.
And if you planning to embark on a Kampala city tour and still not sure of which places to visit, the above 5 should give you the best sample of Ugandan culture and history to start with.