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Exploring Lake Mburo National Park

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Lake Mburo National Park is located in western Uganda and it covers an area of about 260 square kilometers. The park largely features acacia woodland and compared to most of the protected areas in Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park offers refuge to distinct faunal species. This is the best safari destination for one to spot out gigantic eland antelopes, topis, leopards,  jackals, hyenas, zebras, buffaloes, Bohor reed-buck, warthogs, otters, bush pigs, Defassa waterbuck, African golden cat, Oribi, Bushbuck, duikers, snakes,  as well as acacia bird species like the shoebill stork and its sculptured landscape that come with the rolling grassy hills and stunning Lake shores feature forest galleries, acacia tree valley, seasonal and permanent swamps and all these feature variety of wildlife species.

Zebras in Lake Mburo National Park Uganda

About 5 Lakes are also confined within Lake Mburo National Park offering refuge to most of the hippos and crocodiles and aquatic birds and its fringing swamp area offers refuge to sitatunga antelope, red or black and yellow papyrus gonolek. The park features the mosaic habitat that includes the rocky outcrops, bushes, thickets, vast and wooded savannas, forests, dry hillsides and many more. About 350 bird species call Lake Mburo National Park their home and the notable ones include the red faced barbet, yellow warbler, saddle billed stork, brown chested lapwing, shoebill stork, African wattled lapwing, carruther’s Cisticola, Tabora Cisticola, Abyssinian ground hornbill, white winged warbler, African scops owl and many others.

The park is accessible within 3 to 4 hours’ drive off Kampala capital city. You can take the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara route and turn left to Nshara gate that links to Sanga gate.

Tourist activities in Lake Mburo National Park

  • Game drives

This is one of the leading tourist activities in Lake Mburo National Park. It offers visitors a chance to explore the park’s wildlife and birds. While on wildlife safari, you will have a chance to spot out most of the elands, impalas, giraffes, zebra, leopards and many more.

  • Night game drives

Night game drives offer opportunity to visitors to spot out most of the park’s nocturnal wildlife species like leopards and at times lions, bush babies, porcupines and many others. The experience takes around two hours.

  • Boat cruise

A boat cruise along Lake Mburo offers amazing opportunity to visitors to catch a glimpse at the park’s unique floral and faunal species on Lakeside like hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, otters and others as well as bird species like the African fish eagles, Rufous long tailed starlings, blue headed weavers, green necked doves, pied kingfishers, malachite kingfishers, Hammerkops, pelicans, herons, cormorants and shoebill stork.

  • Bird watching

Lake Mburo National Park is one of the perfect safari destinations in Uganda for you to embark on birding adventures. About 350 different bird species call the park their home. The notable birding spots include the swampy valleys of Miriti and Warukiri and the roadside between Rwonyo camps. The prime birds to catch a glimpse at these areas include the black bellied bustard, brown chested lapwing, bateleur, Rufous bellied heron, coqui francolin, grey crowned crane, white headed barbet, red faced barbet, Nubian woodpecker, Ross’s Turaco, red shouldered cuckoo shrike, long tailed Cisticola, brown parrot and others.

  • Nature walks

The park also offers the excellent experiences for visitors on guided nature walk. Early in the morning while on nature walk, you will have a chance to spot hyenas as they come back from their dens after night of being on the prowl, hippos, zebras, giraffes, eland, topis, butterflies, buffaloes and many antelope families. You may also embark on a trail to the top of the hills and view Lake Mburo and beyond, from here, you have a chance to view all the nine regional Lakes. You may also take a guided walk to the salt lick where you will spot out most of the wildlife species as they lick the salty soil.

  • Igongo cultural centre

Situated approximately four (4) kilometers off Sanga gate, Igongo cultural center is one of the most tremendous historical sites that Uganda offers the world. The center allows you to explore more on Banyakitara that lived in western Uganda and comprises of Bakiga, Batooro, Banyoro and Banyakole. Igongo cultural center features numerous traditional grass huts that depict the way of life in the west. You can also have a taste of traditional food in the Igongo cultural center’s restaurant.

  • Rubanga forest exploration

If you are interested in exploring this forest,  there are many Uganda tours and safari packages with this package but you must book in advance! The forest is an incredible birding spot and more than 40 distinct birds thrive within it, five of which are forest specialists. The prominent birds around this area include harrier hawk, green pigeon, narina trogon, grey backed camaroptera, double toothed barbet, shoebill stork and others. The forest features trees like acacia, palms, figs, markhamia, platycaluz and many more.

  • Fishing

Lake Mburo National Park features about 5 most stunning Lakes out of the 12 famous Lakes that are found in and around the protected area. Lake Mburo features as the biggest out of all the Lakes that are found in the park and several fishermen flock into the fish to fish and travelers to Lake Mburo National Park can also embark on fishing themselves and later arrange to have the fish prepared at the lodge where they are living. About 6 fish species thrive within the Lake including tilapia which is the most sought after specie for sport fishing adventure lovers. For visitors who are interested in this breathtaking adventure, the best spot for you is the Mazinga on Lake Mburo.

  • Horseback riding

Lake Mburo National Park features as Uganda’s only protected area where visitors can view wildlife safaris while on horseback. There are well trained experts at Mihingo Lodge to take you through the Lake Mburo. This adventure lasts for about 1 to 3 hours.

  • Bicycling

Lake Mburo National Park also offers the most exciting and exhilarating guided bike rides in and around the protected area. You will have a chance to spot out most of zebras, buffaloes, antelopes and others. For visitors who are interested in more challenging mountain biking adventures then Lake Mburo is the best place for you. Come and experience nature while on your bike!

Besides, you can also visit the Equator while on Uganda safari to Lake Mburo National Park or during your return journey to Kampala or Entebbe.

Accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park

The best accommodation facilities in Lake Mburo National Park include Mihingo Safari Lodge, Mantana Tented Camp, Mburo Safari Lodge, Rwonyo Rest Camp, Eagles Nest and others.

In conclusion, Lake Mburo National Park is one of Uganda’s most stunning safari destinations that you consider in your travel itinerary. It is the nearest park from Kampala capital city.

Climate and best time to visit in Uganda

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With regards to climatic conditions in Uganda, the nation has a tropical climate and its degrees of temperature extend from around 22 to 25 degrees Celsius aside from that the mountainous areas are way cooler due to elevation. For instance, the isolated well-known snow capped Mountain Elgon. Just like other countries the Uganda has both dry and rainy seasons. The driest of the season is the traverse from December to February.

Uganda sometimes is extremely rainy in some months particularly in the middle of March and May then amidst October and November. In these months, the temperature is not only cold but it’s difficult to explore some parts of the country due to the roads getting muddy and vehicles frequently stuck on muddy road and its recommended that you use a 4×4 safari vehicle in case you to visit the country during these rainy seasons.

So which season is best for safaris to Uganda? The best time to visit Uganda on a safari is between the dry seasons of the year which include the months of January and February then June to September. Amid this time the parks are dry, wildlife become more visible during these months and you can see them in plenty under the good weather condition. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also best done in these months because there is less chances of rain and the vegetation is not much think in the jungle.

What kind of garments would it be a good for you to park while on your safari to Uganda? Carrying flimsy clothes is the best idea in case you are to have a safari to Uganda in the dry season obviously not overlooking a warm cloth for the evening. Solid leather shows are better for gorilla trekking and similar activities like Chimpanzee tracking alongside tops that are long sleeved to protect you from the mosquitoes and other insects in the parks. Like said already, Mountainous regions are always cold ensnaring you require extra warm clothes if you are organizing a trip to these areas. The color of the clothes you pack also matter, white and cream clothes will get dirty easily due to the dust on the roads. Try and pack dull colored clothes.

Where is Uganda found? The country is found in the eastern part of Africa. It lies on the top of Rwanda and Tanzania, left of Kenya, right of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and bottom of South Sudan. Uganda is found right in the center of the Great Lakes region, and is surrounded by the three of them, Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, and Lake Edward. In spite of most of Uganda’s borders being lake-shore, Uganda is a landlocked nation and has no ingress to the sea.

Rhino Tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Uganda

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Visiting Rhinos by foot in Uganda is one of the compelling “added to the list” rhino tracking en-route the most bio-diverse and largest national park in Uganda – The Murchison Falls National Park. Rhinos in the country were wiped out in 1991 when the only surviving Black Rhino was poached up-north of Uganda in a remote wildlife reserve of Kidepo Valley National Park.

Right now Rhinos can only be found in the Uganda Wildlife Education Center UWEC) found in Entebbe and too at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongora as it were. The sanctuary being located on the highway to the Murchison falls National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park, has give the satisfactory stop and chance for tourists to Kidepo Valley National Park or Murchison Falls National Park to en-route track the rhinos before they proceed. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is found 7kms off the Kampala-Gulu Highway to the sanctuary headquarters and gives an awesome chance to tourists to encounter one of the Big 5.

Getting There
The sanctuary is found in around 180 kilometer by road north of Kampala the capital of Uganda, its located in Nakasongola district in Kafu River Basin it is possible to use a rental car from Kampala. In spite of the fact that most tourists visit the sanctuary in guided tours, it can also be visit by self driver tourists by hiring a car in Kampala. In case you are on self drive tour or road trip in Uganda, you can hire a vehicle in Kampala from one of the many car rental agencies in the country and head north to visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking.

The re-introduction of Rhinos in Uganda is now in 3 phases to later have these endangered animals fully in the Uganda wildlife parks. Managed by NGO – The Rhino Fund Uganda is a non-profit organization that initially introduces two Rhinos in the UWEC and later extended by obtaining a 70squar kilometers land in Nakasongola district 180kms from Kampala.

Right now the organization is on second phase of breeding rhinos and is pleased to have 11 new born in the sanctuary after 25 years. The first Rhino was introduced from The United States and later got another from Kenya and guess what? The off spring was named after the president of America with a Kenyan background OBAMA. The other groups were obtained from South Africa and Kenya again which right now make 14 rhinos in this sanctuary and have lost only one young rhino since the breeding season. The Last stage will be the re-introduction of these rhinoceros into their natural habitats which are Uganda’s National Parks like Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls Nation Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and others.

In spite of the fact that the loss of natural habitats still remains an issue and viewed as a threat, poaching is the main threat of these animals conservation in most African nations and East Asia. Rhino poaching is fueled by the high demand of rhino horn in china and Vietnam as a traditional medicine and consequently the Locals are utilized and paid much money to get hold of these Rhino horn. It is not a surprise that the rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary are monitored 24-7 with armed guards around them.

A day visit at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary starts with payment of the $45 at the headquarters and later doled out a ranger guide who will brief you about all the history of the sanctuary and even the rules you have to fallow when you with the rhinos and later take you into the jungle to track rhinos. You advised to carry water proof boots goes with a reason that the sanctuary lies in an extension of a swamp and sometimes these rhinos are close water sources. And always you are required to drive two or three kilometers within the sanctuary before you start tracking on foot.

Rhino tracking activity always take from 40minutes to 1hour and takes you through the rich green canopies and acacia dotted trees that would expect you to carry Insect repellents and sunglasses. In case you to spend a more days here, there are other activities you can enjoy in the sanctuary including, night nature walk with a chance to spotting leopards, the shoebill canoe ride and also bird watching with the sanctuary.
To put it clear most of the money paid is for the protection of the Rhinos and community development projects.

Hiking Sipi Falls in Eastern Uganda

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Sipi Falls is a series of three waterfalls the district of Kapchorwa, northeast of Sironko and Mbale in the eastern part of the country. The waterfalls are found on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park close to the Kenyan border.

In most cases the falls is the starting point of most hikes up Mt. Elgon. The most famous route begins in Budadiri and takes after the Sasa trail to the summit and afterward dives down the Sipi trail again into the Sipi Falls. Climbs around the falls offer amazing views of Lake Kyoga, the Karamoja plains and the slops of Mt. Elgon.

This trip to Sipi Falls you will need a long weekend. You’ll see absolutely new human and physical geography, and it really gets cold at night! You will have to book your accommodation in advance before you travel. My best budget accommodation in the area is The Crow’s Nest. Be that as it may, I generally remain at Lacam Lodge, the strong mid-range option. Its calm, has perfect multi-course meals, and sits ideal over the main water fall.

On Friday you will have to leave Kampala at around midday in case you’re on self drive trip and in case you going to use public transport, you will need to put in Bus Park at around mid morning and board YY coaches, they leave Kampala almost every hour to all places of the country. The buses are comfortable and they have Wi-Fi. They park in Qualicel Bus Terminal in Kampala city center. The drive from Kampala to Mbale is approximately. Once you will reach in Mbale town you board a Taxi to Kapchorwa and from there it’s about 1 hour drive, Sipi Falls. All lodgings are signposted of the main road and are easy to find. There’s hardly any going ahead in Sipi, so you’ll likely have dinner and drinks at your lodge. In case you reach in the afternoon, it’s absolutely worth a walk.

Saturday: Ask the reception at any lodge where you spent the night and they organize a half or full day climb through the falls. Nor are more than a scramble, and you don’t need to be fit, yet you do need to organize a packed lunch in case you choose a full day option. Need somewhat more thrill? Get some information about the abseiling. Appreciate an evening with drinks and astonishing sunset over the valley below.

Sunday: Coffee tour. Still you can ask at the reception how to can enjoy a coffee tour, Sipi Falls area is the main coffee producing area in the country. Starbucks sells it. Here you will get a chance to go through the whole process of making coffee from garden to cup. You even get the opportunity to grind your own beans toward the end. In case you’re a coffee drinker, don’t leave this place without buying espresso beans. After you return to the lodge for lunch and then hit the road back to Kampala.

Exploring the Karuma Falls in Uganda

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The famous Karma Falls are located on the eastern direction of the Murchison Fall National Park which is the prominent largest national park which is drawing the attention of different travellers to visit Uganda. The wonderful landscape of Murchison falls park which is surrounding the stunning Karuma falls offers the best habitat in which different wildlife such as antelopes ,buffaloes, species of birds as well as the lions, plus even the baboons, monkeys, as well as elephants plus the Uganda Kobs not forgetting the species of Giraffes and Hartebeest. The park is also famous for chimps tracking and habituation experience in Kanio Pabidi forest reserve.

Karuma Falls Bridge
Karuma Falls Bridge

The varied attractive wildlife, birds, around the falls offer different chances for visitors to enjoy the sights of different bird species, also enjoy wild game viewing, Nature walks around the banks of the falls and at the end of the day visitor’s experience goes beyond exploring the falls.

The stunning Karuma falls were named depending on the on the powerful spirit that used to disorganize stones and separate the Victoria waters which were rapidly running with roaming sound. Karuma fall is one the icon attractions attracting various tourists mainly due to its location in the waters of the largest lake in Uganda.

karuma falls view from the bridge
karuma falls view from the bridge

Karuma provides travellers to explore the footsteps that were stepped by the first European explorer John Speke who is identified to have toured the magnificent falls during the time he was exploring the pearl of Africa in search for the source of the great world’s longest River Nile.

The Karuma falls are one of the traditional falls in the country Uganda and therefore visitor to Uganda ought to explore the falls. The Karuma falls are home to the important Power Station located at Karuma which is said to be 750 Megawatts hydropower development project that was implemented by partnership between foreign partners alongside the government of Republic of Uganda.karuma-project

The Karuma falls have an interesting history which is deserve to be explored and the history roots back during the time of political instability that was caused by the activities of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, the area around the falls was used as hiding place by the rebels and they could base in that falls to attack the people, buses, trucks that were moving in both directions.

The falls offer fantastic view and may travelers to northern Uganda make a stop over for photographs of these fantastic falls.

About the Author: Jack is a Ugandan travel writer based in Kampala, also works as a safari consultant of 4×4 Uganda, the leading car rental company in East Africa. This company offers serviced like hotel bookings, gorilla permits bookings, 4×4 self drive car rental in Uganda and Rwanda as well as free travel advise to tourists. The company is legally registered, as associate member of conservation organisations such as Nature Uganda, Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO), Uganda Tourism Board, Friend a Gorilla, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP) among others.

A Day With Gorillas in Uganda – Kahungye group

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It is a Saturday morning 20th June 2015, we are at Wagtail Eco Camp, southern Bwindi National Park, a home to almost half of the only World’s remaining population of mountain gorillas in the wild. I and my wife, are getting ready for our gorilla trekking adventure. The day has started well with heavy breakfast, but we are unlucky that it’s raining here on addition to the usual coldness. However, rain is not a threat to us because we came well equipped with rain jackets and water proof hiking boots.kanama-mountain-gorilla

It is time now to board our 4×4 Land Cruiser to the park headquarters for briefing about gorilla tracking activity. The drive is so adventurous, the area is very hilly, has beautiful views, characterized by majestic hills and deep valleys. In case a driver does a mistake, the car can roll up to the bottom of the valley, for sure, no one can survive. We took very beautiful photos of the scenery yesterday because the weather is so clear. Today, its misty, we can not take clear photos.

We have arrived at the park headquarters, Its a short drive from Wagtail Eco Camp, took us less than 25 minutes. A 4 x 4 vehicle is recommended because the road is very bad, impassable when it rains. We are now waiting for other tourists to arrive at the park headquarters. At this point, there about four (04) gorilla families namely; Kahungye, Nshongi, Businjye and Mishaya. By 8:00am, we are divided into groups of 8 persons and allocated to different gorilla groups. In our group, we are going to visit Kahungye gorilla family. We are in a briefing about this group and gorilla trekking activity. Am hiring a porter for my wife only, am physically fit, and do not need a porter. The porter is carrying our small bag containing our items like Insect repellent, extra batteries for our cameras, drinking water and snacks. I only need a walking stick and I have bought one at US$5.

4x4 Vehicle Recommended
4×4 Vehicle Recommended

We start the trek in search for mountain gorillas, we are escorted and guided by park guides, they are so knowledgeable, we are firing them questions about gorillas and other wildlife in Bwindi National park and they are making our trek enjoyable and informative. We are accompanied by armed rangers, the trek is quiet strenuous, we are going through steep and slippery jungle grounds, so far we have hiked for 2 hours with stopovers for some of our friends to rest. Finally we have met a Silverback gorilla named as Gwigi eating leaves. Gwigi is moving around in thick vegetation, we are following his path, at some point we block his way and charges, we take submissive positions as advised by the guide (Squat and face down) while others attempt to run away. Oh My God this is amazing! Taking submissive position is a sign to the silverback that he is the king, he is in charge of that territory. We are having fun with the gorillas, we are taking fantastic photos and videos. However, we are warned NOT to use flash while taking photos. Gwigi is eating, others are playing with and young ones swinging on trees. We have only 60 minutes with the gorillas. Sadly we have to walk back to our base, we are awarded our certificates, then we embark on our vehicle back to our lodge. Descending is less strenuous and takes less than an hour. We arrive at the camp, Lunch is ready, we have to relax and take a community walk in the evening.

About Kahungye Gorilla Group

According to our park guide, Kahungye Gorilla group is one of the recently habituated Gorilla groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Habituation is the process by which primates are adapted to human beings or the process by which Gorillas are made familiar to man- this is done to ease trekking hence promoting Gorilla tourism in Uganda.

Kahungye Gorilla group has more than 13 members. The group was opened for tourism on October 2011 after habituation process and is one of the newest groups in the Park found in the Rushaga sector close to the Nshongi family and Mishaya gorilla group.

The group conflicts started after just one year leading to splitting, creating a new family that is called Busingye. The group is active and led by the dominant silverback Gwigi, which means “door” in the local language.

Lodges around Southern Bwindi National Park

As you plan to take a gorilla safari in Uganda, choosing the right accommodation is very important. This depends on your interests and budget. There are so many gorilla trekking lodges in Rushaga sector ranging from budget to deluxe and luxury eco lodges. Among these include Chameleon Hill Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla lodge, Nshongi Gorilla Resort, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Rushaga gorilla camp, not forgetting Wagtail Eco Camp where we stayed. There are also other accommodation options in nearby towns of Kisoro and Kabale. It can take about 90 minutes from these towns to the park headquarters. Therefore, you must start early at around 5:00am if you sleep in Kisoro or Kabale towns.

What you need to know when going on a gorilla trek in Uganda

First of all you need a gorilla permit that acts as permission for one to participate in this activity. The cost of gorilla trekking permits in Uganda varies depending on nationality and season. For instance, foreign non residents pay US$600 per permit, while Foreign East Africa residents pay US$475, and Ugandans pay UGX250000. In low seasons (April, May and November), there is a discount on gorilla permits where foreigners pay US$350 only. However, you need to contact your travel agent about availability of this promotion. Uganda gorilla trekking permits can be booked through credible travel agents like African Jungle Adventures Limited, African Adventures Safaris, Gorilla trek Africa, Gorilla Expeditions, Abacus vacations, Active African vacations, Prime Uganda safaris and Go Gorilla Trekking among others. You can also book direct through Uganda Wildlife Authority offices located on Plot 7 Kira Road, Kamwokya, P.O. BOX 3530, Kampala, Uganda, Telephone:+256 414 355000, +256 312 355000,
Fax: +256 414 346 291, Email: info@ugandawildlife.org.

About Uganda tourism:

Uganda is a country endowed with lots of tourist attractions stocked in National Parks like Mountain Elgon National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale National Park, Mountain Rwenzori National Park, Murchison falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semliki National Park and above all Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (the home of mountain Gorillas). *Drainage features include Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, Lake Kyoga, Lake Gorge & Edward among others.

Relief features like Mountain Elgon, Mountain Rwenzori, Kigezi Hills among others. Valleys like East African Rift valley (western arm), Victoria basin and so on.

Golden Monkeys in Uganda and Rwanda

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Golden monkeys are one of the rare primate species that attract tourists into Uganda and Rwanda. Many so many luxury and budget Uganda safari package combing other tourist activities with golden monkey tracking. In Uganda, golden monkeys are found in Mgahinga National park which is located at Uganda – Rwanda boarder. They are exciting apes and their trekking is memorable. Many tourists prefer visiting this park to kill two birds by one stone, in other wards, track Gorillas and golden monkeys. It should be noted that, Nyakagezi gorilla group in Mgahinga forest is mobile and its trekking is unpredictable but in case of failure to meet them, visitors can at least enjoy the view of the golden monkeys.

In Rwanda, the golden monkeys are found in volcanoes National park found in the northern region of Rwanda- Ruhengeri area. Golden monkey trekking is another highlight activity in the park and they are found in the bamboo vegetation towards the base of the volcanoes and have overcome their initial shyness to accept their daily visit by researchers and tourists. The park is amazing as not only enable visitors enjoy gorilla and golden monkey tracking but also rewards the view of the mighty Virunga ranges.

The Golden Monkey is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” and is endemic to the high altitude forests of the Volcanoes National Park area. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor.

golden-monkey-eatingThe park host two habituated groups of Golden Monkey, one group comprises around 80 – 100 members and has its home at the foot of Mountain Sabyinyo. Like mountain Gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking are also conducted in the morning hours and briefing is a must before trekking and visitors are permitted to stay for 1 hour charting with the monkeys.

Unlike gorilla trekking which allow a maximum of eight people visiting each gorilla group, the number of golden monkey trekking is unlimited. Permits can either be arranged in advance or booked at the park headquarters on the morning of the trek.

Golden monkey are very sprightly primate and leap from tree to tree which is really entertaining, if a little difficult to photograph and films! We recommend setting your camera to a fast shutter-speed to allow for low light in the dense undergrowth and to better your chances of capturing the golden monkeys on film!

This is a great way to spend an extra day in the Volcanoes National Park and if you’re interested in wildlife, this is a rare and delightful experience not to be missed!

You can book a cheap gorilla safari in Uganda and combine it with golden monkey tracking in either Uganda or Rwanda with a credible tour company like Lets Go Tours Rwanda or Gorilla expeditions Limited. Depending on your number of days you have, you can add more tourism activities such as wildlife viewing, black and white colobus monkey tracking, fantastic boat cruise, community tours and forest walks among others. This will also be determined by your budget because the more tour activities you have the high the price goes. Contact any of the 2 tour companies above for all your travel needs, or you can search for more travel operators in google.com. For best prices, you can search with words lile “cheap gorilla safaris”, budget gorilla safaris in Uganda” and many others.

Uganda is a Great Safari Destination Visit

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Uganda has a lot of unique places to visit, but none of them are like the Uganda Safari or even close to them. If you want to travel to a place full of wonder that has a lot of things that you’ve never seen before; then travel to Uganda and you will have a very unique trip.

On a Uganda safari you don’t have to worry about getting bored, you will be able to have a great time the whole time you’re inside of it. The safari is full of great wildlife, cultural visit and it has a lot of plants that you can’t see anywhere else. Going inside of the Uganda is a great way to experience something you’ve never experienced before. There is nothing like it in the world, and it’s something you can take a tour of and experience for yourself if you want to.

Close to an Adventure
When it comes to a safari like a Uganda Safari I will have to say that is probably the closest thing to an adventure in this world. Also I don’t have to mention that it would be so fun for someone like me from a small town to go on something like a Uganda Safari. You see I have really never been on an adventure such as a vacation and have wanted to do this one day. I almost have the means to make this adventure possible but, it will all depend on a couple of factors in the end. I cannot wait to see what the Uganda Safari will be like when I arrive. I once knew someone who went on a similar safari and they told me that they had so much fun that it was not even funny. All in all, I am so very close to an adventure which I have been looking for.

When you’re organizing your Uganda safari itinerary, do not forget to include the visit Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a gorilla tour. This gorilla safari gives you an opportunity to penetrate deep into the thick jungle to track the most important, rare and endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest.

The Top Interesting Tourist Attractions and Activities in Uganda

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Uganda is a landlocked nation found in the Eastern part of Africa bordered by different countries in all directions like; Kenya in the east, South Sudan in the North, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the west, Rwanda in the southwest and Tanzania in the southern direction. Additionally, Uganda is well known for its rich wildlife life which attracts more thousands of international tourists every year. Before starting your Uganda safaris, you need to pass through the several wildlife parks and a vast land of different types of animals.

National Parks
On your safari in Uganda, you will unquestionably pass through different national parks. These national parks host different tourist attractions and activities like; gorilla trekking, chimps tracking, wildlife viewing, and many others. Uganda has 10 national parks and 13 wildlife reserves. Anyhow all national parks have no any similarity to each other too. So during your Uganda safari, you will enjoy with the most extreme clarity, since you know that Uganda is a landlocked with Kenya border. Therefore most of the wildlife relocates from the Kenya doorway because it is unavoidable for the tourists from seeing the sight of the Kenyan wildlife in Uganda floor. Since, the national parks in Uganda are well organized, so you can enjoy it to a full amount.

Among all national parks, Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular one in Uganda and other national parks include; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is famous for gorilla safaris, Kibale Forest National Park which is also well known for its 13 species of primate including the rare Chimpanzees, there is also Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National, Semuliki National Park, Mount Elgon National Park and many others.

Game Viewing
When you are on the Uganda gorilla safaris, you will presumably realize it is the most interesting safari since it involves entering deep in the forest in search for rare and endangered mountain gorillas in their nature habitat. Gorilla watching activity in Uganda is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. In game watching, you will able to see and interact with different animals in Uganda national parks like; leopards, buffalos, antelopes, kobs, bushbabys, warthogs, elephants and many others animals. If you’re lucky enough, you will be able to see the tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Water Sports
As Uganda is strategically located in the African Great Lakes Region, so you can expect a lot of the water bodies there. So, you will find a plenty of water sports opportunities in Uganda. In these water bodies, you will choose type of water sports according to your interest. You can also enjoy white water rafting on River Nile, you can also do boat cruise on any lake in Uganda. Since, it is a life time experience; you can also explore the other water animals like crocodiles and hippos in the Great Lake Region.

Hiking
There are several mountains in Uganda where you can enjoy the hiking experience like Mount Elgon, Mountain Rwenzori, Mount Mgahinga, among others. Therefore, on your Uganda safari, do not forget to include mountain hiking experience; it is also an amazing experience.

Rippin through the Nile for adventurous tourism in Uganda

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The source of the Nile is one of the most spectacular white-water rafting destinations in the world attracts many tourists in Uganda! The source of River Nile is one of the major component in many Uganda safari packages.

White water rafting on the Nile is one adventure that needs the bravery of a lion, I was happy to be among the daredevils who have ticked white-water rafting off my bucket list.

An early morning drive from Kampala to Jinja, arranged by Adrift, took us to the camp base by River Nile. Close to 30 tourists, mainly from Australia, Turkey and India joined us.

white_water_raftingAs we happily took in the enchanting view of the scenic river, we had a healthy breakfast which aroused our appetite for the adventure.

Greg, an administrator with Adrift, said though no one has ever lost their life while rafting on the Nile, the risk could not be eliminated from the adventure. He implored us to abide by the safety precautions.

However, he was quick to drown our worries, assuring us that a team of over 10 professional rescuers would be on hand throughout the ride.

My team of five was led by Sadulu Khadir, a rafting coach. We were strapped with life jackets and kayak helmets. We had to leave our shoes, watches, phones and cameras behind to avoid damage or loss during the adventure. Armed with kayak paddles, we jumped into an inflatable raft, ready to beat the hell out of the rapids — or so we thought.

First, Khadir coached us on rowing techniques and sitting postures needed to contain both the polite and the ugly that would come our way. Then he ordered us to dive into the river to hone our survival skills.

For those of us who knew nothing about swimming, it was like Khadir was commanding us to commit suicide. I looked him in the eye, hoping he was joking. But he returned the hard stare, and showed no signs of relenting or engaging in any small talk.

Stuck between tough choices, I jumped into the river. Shockingly, it turned out to be the sweetest surprise of the morning, for the life jackets did what they do best.

Floating on my back in the blissfully cool water was great. It was the closest I had coming to swimming all my life. He then ‘rescued’ us and took us back into the raft. It was time to paddle towards the fun-filled hell that awaited us. We rowed, along with tones of support around us, including safety kayakers and a rescue boat nearby.

After a lot of paddling over a flat stretch of the river, we reached the mouth of the first rapid, dubbed grade three, the third most aggressive rapid. Its nerve wrecking roars left my chest thudding with terror and when the foaming waves came into view, the terror came alive.

Fortunately, Khadir was such a fantastic coach. He kept calm, making us feel that he was in control. Alas! No sooner had we struck the edge of the two feet deep rapid than the boat got hooked onto a flat rock. The gushing water flogged us angrily as it forced its way downstream.

To crash through the explosive rapid, towards the calmer stretch downstream, it took team work to bounce the raft back and forth before it was dislodged. It was too soon to celebrate, for a few meters ahead was a much more terrifying challenge — a grade five rapid. The closer we got, the more it looked like a starving lion ready to rip us apart.

It exploded powerfully, flipping our raft upside down. Only three of us escaped being buried under the raft, in the choppy waters. I was vertically flashed onto the rocky edge, where I hit my head. But thanks to the helmet, my skull was protected.

Nonetheless, I could not whine because I knew my suffering was nothing compared to what the folks under the boat were going through. After seconds of waiting for them to swim out in vain, a wave of panic ran through me.

It was a relief when Khadir jumped onto one of the corners of the boat and grabbed a rope to flip it back into position. It was then that the buried folks popped out their heads, struggling to catch their breaths.

Flustered, we finally hauled ourselves back into the boat, with the help of the day’s hero — Khadir.

Once inside, the fright changed to incredulous happiness. “That was close!” Excitement bubbled inside everyone. The water was calm for a while, giving a chance for the fright to ebb slowly while we enjoyed the view of floating plants, the small forested islands and the various birds.

In between them were small rapids which were a piece of cake to manoeuvre, the type of cake you can stuff in your mouth and swallow without chewing. With the sun becoming hotter by the hour and our earlier fears long extinguished, we felt free to dive into the water for leisurely cooling dips.

Mother of rapids

But there was one more giant to overcome. We still had to face the most inviting but deadliest rapid — the grade six rapid. But we had to dodge the worst part of it, so we paddled to the left bank and got off.

We then walked for five minutes on land as Khadir tactfully steered the empty boat on a calmer side to the nearest safe point, where we jumped aboard. We then dared the safer part of this rapid with towering waves, but thankfully, did not flip.

We paddled to the finish point at the foot of Adrift’s second camp base. I could not help but wish I had gone for the full-day rafting as it entails thundering through eight rapids, unlike the half-day which has only four rapids. I also wished I had some champagne to toast to the sweet victory we claimed. These activities can be conducted either before or after your wildlife safari or mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park in Uganda.