Friday, 4 August 2017


The Great Buffalo Herds of Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda

Credited for its fascinating landscapes and the inspiring great Buffalo herds, the Uganda Safari tour destination of Kidepo Valley National Park has once again made it to the prestigious CNN travel list of Africa’s Best safari parks.
Ranked after the famous East Africa Safari tour destination of Masai Mara National Reserve known for the Great Migration and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana known for its intense wilderness and dangerous lions, Kidepo Valley National Park’s incredible features could not allow it to extend beyond the third position
Noted to be the furthest destination from Kampala – the main starting point for Uganda Safaris and tours, Kidepo Valley National Park has maintained less explored wilderness filled with great counts of wild game including the Big five except the Rhinos, Rothschild Giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, Kobs, 475 species of birds and remarkable landscapes that have been shaped by forces of nature with less human influence. 
The Indigenous Karimojong dwelling in the Morungole Mountains
The home to the Indigenous Karimojong dwelling in the Morungole Mountains, Kidepo presents a roots journey for travellers on a Uganda Safari to explore the amazing wonders of the ancient African wilderness where people and nature lived harmoniously in a symbiotic relationship. Guests are able to engage in an extensive game drive along Narus and Kidepo Valleys before sparing a day to hike to the Morungoles for an encounter with one of the native tribal groups of Africa.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017


mihingo lodgeSeated on a firm ancient Precambrian rock believed to be 500 million years old, the lush Mihingo Lodge is an incredible paradise enjoying the vantage point over the Uganda Safari tour destination of Lake Mburo National Park and Lake Kacheera.
The magnificently built main area that houses the reception, restaurant, bar and lounge offer an exciting welcome marking the beginning of the lasting memories at this top notch facility. The rock swimming pool lies below the main area with beautiful view of the park’s extensive savannah and the water hole where animals tend to congregate presenting an up close wild game viewing experience.
Travellers on Safari in Uganda visiting Lake Mburo National Park would find each of the lovely cottages at Mihingo Lodge very inspiring and comfortable. Whether one is allocated from those overlooking Lake Kacheera with its soothing fresh air or those overlooking the park with the views of extensive savannah and the wild game, the experience is worth it.
The expanse bed covered with very beautiful linen present one of the most comfortable sleep one can ever have on a Uganda tour. The quality Canvas open way to a rocky or wooden terrace depending on the cottage allocated ideal for relaxation after a morning walking safari in the park. The honeymooners would find the cottages very serene with a great deal of privacy. The bathroom and toilet are within the cottage accessed with a single entrance but enjoying mini-separations within. The wash room area is spacious fitted with a dressing mirror.
From Mihingo, Lake Mburo National Park is accessed through Kanyinanshaara gate and the activities including; walking safari, game drive, horseback ride or cycling can be conducted accordingly.  The park is home to the largest population of Burchell’s Zebra, Impala, Eland, unique bird species like the red faced barbet and African finfoot among other magical wonders worth exploring. It’s among the key sites explored on Uganda birding safaris and tours.


rwanda safari toursFor the Rwanda Safari undertakers interested in exploring some of the unique country’s heritage, the dancing pots present a remarkable encounter that will deliver lasting memories.
Run by the famous Batwa people, the site offers an insight study to their ancient heritage including culture and history.  The vibrancy of the thrilling drums and fascinating men demonstrating their dance skills along with the friendly smiling faces of the children backed up by melodies of the singing ladies mark the magical welcome in this maiden Rwanda tour destination.
However, the sound of drums and dancing is not what makes the image of this community. The skill of pottery is the most fascinating wonder that has made this place popular across the world. The Batwa have since the ancient past exhibited the highest degree of pottery expertise and it is a no wonder that this site teems with incredible pottery products ranging from flower vases, traditional stove and decorative animals among which the travelers on Safari in Rwanda take as souvenirs back home.
The presentation of these beautiful products is undertaken in the main kiln house while the experiential part involves mixing of clay and water which is the foundation for making of pottery products and eventual burning of the pottery in the traditional kiln. The guests love being part of this experience that in turn generates lasting Africa safari tour memories. The epitome of the visit is marked by ubusabane – a traditional get together party that brings together locals of the adjacent community for dancing and cross cultural exchange.

Thursday, 13 July 2017


uganda toursOn the shores of Lake Victoria within the confines of the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) formerly Entebbe Zoo and one of the exciting Uganda Safari tour sites, the efforts to establish the first ever Uganda Floating restaurant are underway.
According to the Executive Director of UWEC, Mr. James Musinguzi, the first phase of this magical restaurant is anticipated to be complete by September this year and the first floor will be open to hosting the range of clients including those on Safaris in Uganda.
It is noted that builders are making final touches on the interior of this floor. The floating restaurant is a multi-million project whose ground was laid 10 years ago but financial constraints had curtailed its accomplishment.  The restaurant features four floors comprising of the main restaurant on the first floor, sixteen (16) rooms on the second floor while the remaining two (2) top floors will be multipurpose marked with a fascinating well designed roof top overlooking the Africa’s largest lake and one of the mighty Uganda tour holiday sites – Lake Victoria.
The extensive sandy beach stretching up to 350m marked with beautiful resting huts complement this unique project while counts of animals, bird species and reptiles at the Zoo combine to make the encounter diverse and worthwhile.  The place is noted to have hosted the Uganda’s first dragon boat festival.
The locals and stakeholders in the tourism sector are optimistic about the project’s potential to enhance the recreational experience on Lake Victoria. World travelers returning from various Uganda trips including Uganda gorilla Safaris and tours will find the ideal place to settle for Dinner before connecting to Entebbe International Airport for their return flight.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


gorilla safaris in RwandaLocally known as Kwita Izina, the Gorilla Naming Ceremony is an annual event held in Kinigi at the Head Quarters of Volcanoes National Park – the main destination for Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Rwanda where baby Mountain Gorillas are given names for purposes of conservation.
The 2017 Kwita Izina Ceremony will see a count of thirteen (13) baby gorillas named and it will be the 13th edition ever since this event was launched in 2005. The event celebrates the contribution of communities towards conservation while at the same time increasing the conservation awareness.
Kwita Izina Ceremony pulls together a count of stakeholders in the conservation both within and outside Rwanda including the travellers on Rwanda Gorilla Safaris to mark the success story of Mountain Gorilla conservation in Rwanda. The theme of the 2017 Kwita Izina Ceremony will be ‘‘Conservation and sustainable tourism a foundation for future generation’’
The Gala Dinner on Aug 26th will mark the beginning of the event with key stakeholders raising funds for conservation initiatives and this will be followed by conservation and tourism exhibition for 2 days, conservation summit on Aug 28th and 29th and the culmination of the celebrations will be on Sept 1st in Kinigi Musaze with the actual baby gorilla naming.
Mountain Gorilla Tourism remains at the centre of the Rwanda Safari tours and the tourism sector in general forms the back bone of the Rwanda’s economy. Apparently, the Gorilla permit in Rwanda costs $1500 and 10% of this goes to the revenue sharing scheme which directly benefits communities surrounding the protected areas. Projects like schools and health centres have been put up and enhanced using this money.
So, the Sept 1st can be marked on the calendar and reserved for this special event – the Kwita Izina Ceremony in Rwanda.

Thursday, 6 July 2017


mountain gorilla safarisMubare Gorilla Family one of the three habituated Mountain Gorilla groups in the Uganda trekking safari region of Buhoma – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park struck a magical wonder when two of its members attained successful births in the period of one week.
Noted World over as critically endangered, the Mountain Gorillas are characterized by low birth rates and hence very uncommon for them to register two successful births at such close interval.  A total of 880 Mountain Gorillas are known to be remaining in the whole world of which a minimum of 400 individuals are known to be thriving in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This has made this park a key in the Mountain Gorilla conservation efforts along with being an exciting destination for Gorilla Safaris in Uganda.
On July 23rd and 28th, the females Karungi and Kisho gave birth to healthy baby gorillas increasing the Mubare Gorilla group to 14 members.  The born babies are believed to have been sired by Kanyonyi – the leading Silverback and a key member always explored by trekkers on Uganda gorilla safari.
Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks are noted to have had ten (10) gorilla babies and one death since the beginning of 2017 according to Conservation Area Manager Mr. Pontious Ezuma.  He attributes the continued birth to better conservation efforts which makes the Gorillas to feel safe and settled to have babies.
The survival of Mountain Gorillas maintains the product base for Gorilla tourism which apparently contributes around $10m to the tourism earnings of Uganda.  Tourism sector in general remains the leading foreign exchange earner for Uganda followed by remittances from abroad and Coffee.
Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours is dedicated to arranging a memorable gorilla safari that will enable you spend time with these newly born Gorilla babies!

Monday, 3 July 2017


gorilla tracking in UgandaUnlike in the past where the high demand for Uganda Gorilla trekking permits would be experienced in the peak months of June – August, the trend seems to be changing and now, the increased demand spreads across the year.
The trend is partly attributed to the recent 100% increment in the Rwanda Gorilla permit leaving many world travelers with the option of taking up Gorilla Safaris in Uganda. Apparently, the Uganda Gorilla permit is $900 cheaper than that of Rwanda in the high season months and $1050 cheaper in the low season months of April, May and November.
Other factors including increased marketing undertaken by among others; the three (3) Public Relations firms namely Kamageo, PHG Consulting and KPRN along with the Uganda Tourism Board and the Private tour operators such as Prime Uganda Safaris and Tours Ltd have also increased the visibility of the destination Uganda and hence popularising the Uganda Gorilla Safaris and Tours.
The success story of Mountain Gorillas Conservation in Uganda is also a credible factor. Uganda now stands as a single destination with the highest population of Mountain Gorillas with her protected area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park alone sheltering a count of a minimum of 400 Mountain Gorillas out of the 880 Mountain Gorillas that are known to be remaining in the world. Another Ugandan National Park – Mgahinga is part of the greater Virunga landscape where the remaining 480 are known to be thriving shared by Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
This therefore, calls for advance booking of Gorilla permit regardless of the planned travel month. In order to avoid missing out, the traveler intending to take up gorilla safari to Uganda should consider an immediate purchase and allow the operators some flexibility to determine the accommodation and itinerary flow as guided by availability.