Monday, 23 October 2017

THE 50 YEARS OF SHERATON KAMPALA HOTEL; A JOURNEY WORTH THE STORY - UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

Initially named Apollo Hotel, Sheraton Kampala Hotel is one of the high end facilities offering accommodation for the range of visitors in Kampala including those arriving for UgandaSafaris and tours.
Sheraton Kampala Hotel was officially opened on October 8th 1967 and has since gone through the test of time including the unstable political climate that the country experienced after independence. Its names were changed severely with almost the fall of each regime. For example, when Amin took power in 1971, its name was changed to Kampala International Hotel and after his overthrow; it reverted to its former name Apollo Hotel which was later dropped for the present one.
Following the government liberalization policy, the Investors from Middle East secured the lease to run the facility in 1991 for the next 25 years. They acquired franchise of Sheraton Hotels and Resorts and hence the Sheraton name.  Of course, the series of renovations have been undertaken with time to keep the facility at International standards serving world class travelers including the high end travelers on holiday Safaris in Uganda.
The fifty years of Sheraton Kampala Hotel is indeed a remarkable journey with broad history that is itself a special feature to associate with. This is a common characteristic especially for travelers that prefer to experience the heritage of the destinations that they visit.  Moreover, Sheraton Kampala Hotel is at heart of Kampala city where Uganda tour undertakers can explore a range of religious, cultural, historical, educational and other sites of significance.
The event to commemorate the fifty (50) years was officiated by H.E Yoweri Museveni the President of the Republic of Uganda who appreciated the efforts of the Hotel proprietors along with other investors in the country’s hospitality sector as regards to the development initiatives that they have undertaken. The Gala Dinner to mark this event was attended by a range of historical personalities including the wife of the former President Dr. Apollo Milton Obote whom the Hotel had initially been named after.
Sheraton Kampala Hotel now sits on 7 acres with lush gardens, swimming pool, modern restaurants and bars, various room categories including executive and club rooms along with Suites which include the Presidential Suite.  The Hotel is now under the management of Constellation Hotels & Resorts and earns $1.25 million per month.

Because of its convenient location, the luxury guests on safari in Uganda tend to use as base to start their respective trips in the country. 

Saturday, 14 October 2017

EXPLORE THE POPULAR 3 DAYS UGANDA SAFARI TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK





A 3 day Uganda safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park will be so exciting for any traveller just because in only three days, one will be able to explore the beauty and serenity of this amazing national park which has kept on attracting a big number people to come in for safaris to Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth national park has got many safari activities and attractions which are enticing to the eyes of any guest hoping to visit it. Some of the safari attractions include; wildlife species, birds, chimpanzees, the Kazinga channel, salt and crater lakes and its vegetation cover.

The Lions of Kasenyi plains as your day one of this Uganda safari will be rewarding in this beautiful national park, on arrival, check in to the lodge of your choice since this national park has got many different safari lodges ranging from luxury, mid-range to budget, so your budget will decide on what type of safari accommodation you will prefer.

On this first day at the safari lodge will provide an opportunity to enjoy an evening African safari tour evening game drive within the park and also get a chance to spot wildlife including; the lions, elephants, kobs, monkeys, buffalos and many more. A traveller can as well have an optional night safari game drive where you will be able to feed your with the nocturnal life of Queen Elizabeth national park.

The second day is a special day since you get a chance to track the chimpanzees of Kyambura Gorge. These Uganda primates are so exciting to watch in their habitats. Visitors are given time to watch the chimps and take exclusive photos and in the afternoon, enjoy a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel were you get a chance to have that water based experience of the basking crocodiles and yawning hippos.

The last day in this national park will be one of its kind in a way that visitors will enjoy an early morning safari game drive to track down the early risers of queen Elizabeth national park. Proceed to the salt lakes in Katwe and munyampaka and then start your journey back to final Kampala. Enjoy the vegetation cover as you travel back to Kampala capital city and this makes the end of our 3 day Uganda tour to Queen ElizabethNational park.

Friday, 13 October 2017

BIRDS OF UGANDA - THE BLACK HEADED GONOLEK - UGANDA BIRDING SAFARI NEWS

birding , uganda birding safarisAlso referred to as Laniarius erythrogaster, the black-headed gonolek is among the exciting bird species explored by travelers on Uganda birding safaris.
The black-headed gonolek is a species of bird in the family Malaconotidae. It is found in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda
Belonging to the Malaconotidae family, the black-headed gonolek thrives in the countries of Cameroon, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda where it is encountered while on birding safaris in Uganda.
The habitats of black-headed gonolek include; dry savanna, tropical or sub tropical shrubland along with flooded or wet grassland. It is marked by distinct colours with red under parts and black upper parts and can be easily spotted at a distance while on bird watching safari in Uganda.
The black-headed gonolek feature a distinctive call and communicates simultaneously with the partner. The call of a male gonolek is loud and clear like a bell sound and the female would immediately respond the male’s call with a harsh grating response as at times heard of Uganda birding tours.
Regarding conservation, the black-headed gonolek is listed as species of Least Concern on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


Friday, 29 September 2017

URBAN BY CITY BLUE KAMPALA; THE MID MARKET ACCOMMODATION IN KAMPALA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

 


Whether one is landing in Kampala either on a business trip or for a Uganda Safari, the Urban by City blue Hotel offers an incredible overnight accommodation within the Uganda’s capital city.
Designed around a garden courtyard and a lush swimming pool, the Urban by City blue Kampala enjoys a very calm atmosphere surprisingly within the close reach of the Kampala city center. This makes its access to the major shopping centers, major Government and Private offices very convenient. Travelers on Safaris in Uganda can as well be easily picked up for the respective trips that normally commence early in the morning.
Its popular Cafe Mamba is situated by the pool side and the guests are treated to mouth watering pizzas. The restaurant also serves other dishes and a wide selection of beverages.
Accommodation at Urban by city blue is offered in a range of categories from which the diverse interests of world travelers including those on Uganda tours are served; These include;
  • One (1) Suite marked with cozy lounge, private balcony overlooking the swimming pool, private dining area and lush bathroom with shower and bath tub.
  • Four (4) Superior club rooms marked with lush walk in shower and private balcony.
  • Six (6) pool side rooms marked with twin beds, balcony and walk in showers
  • Three (3) standard twin rooms furnished with walk in power showers
  • Twenty three (23) deluxe club rooms equipped with lush walk-in shower and private balcony.
For those interested in conferences and meetings, the Urban by city blue Kampala can host up to thirty (30) people.
The hotel offers a selection of wider facilities and amenities including; gym, free ample parking space, 24h/7 reception, free Wi-Fi, access to iron and ironing board, daily housekeeping and chargeable laundry service, in room safes and mineral water in the rooms, 40 inch TVs in the rooms with local and international channels and complimentary breakfast. All these combine to quality Urban by city blue worth of stay even by those on  Africa Adventure vacation holiday tours in Uganda.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

2 FRIENDS BEACH HOTEL; THE MIDRANGE LODGES OF ENTEBBE – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS


At only ten (10) minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport, the travelers arriving for Uganda safaris and tours find a good mid-range facility where they can spend their first or last night.
2 Friends Beach Hotel is beautiful storied building hotel with access to Lake Victoria and its good sandy beach allowing guests to enjoy an amazing sun-downer or dinner amidst the freshness of the world’s second fresh water lake and the largest in Africa. Lake Victoria is itself among the prime Uganda tour products.
A count of sixteen (16) rooms feature creatively design in various levels to cater for the diverse interests of guests including those on Uganda Safari.  Some feature the Lake View with and without Air conditioning, Pool View with and without Air conditioning, ground floor rooms without terrace and the budget room.
2 Friends Beach Hotel features 24h/7 security, free wireless internet and mini-swimming pool thus creating a comfortable environment for the world travellers. Birders too on Uganda birding safaris always find 2 Friends a cozy base to run launch birding excursions in Entebbe Botanical gardens, Lutembe bay and Mabamba swamp.

THE GOLIATH HERON; BIRDS OF UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS


Scientifically referred to Ardea goliath, the Goliath heron is one of the outstanding bird species normally encountered on birding safaris in Uganda.
It is a giant wading bird species belonging to Ardeidae – a family of herons and thrives greatly in sub Saharan Africa including Uganda where it is explored on Uganda safari tours and also in Southwest and South Asia though in small numbers.
The Goliath heron is recorded as the world’s largest heron stretching 120 – 152cm in height, weighing 4 – 5kg and with a wing span of 185 – 230cm. Its bill measures about 24cm from the gape. It features a slow flight with a heavier presentation compared to other herons and its legs are not horizontally stretched.
The male and female have no difference in appearance and they are both marked with slate gray and chest nut feathers, bushy crest on the head, white chin, throat, upper breast and fore neck. The black streaks are visible across the upper breast and the foreneck. The eyes of Goliath heron are yellow while the feet are black as often explored while on Uganda birding safaris and tours.
The Goliath heron is an aquatic bird species and thus thrives close to water points and even prefers flying along the water ways other than land. The main dwelling areas include; swamps and mangrove wetlands, lakes, reefs with little cool water and at times in river deltas.  They forage in the same areas waiting patiently for prey and often dipping its bill under water to attract fish which it then swallows as a whole. Unfortunately, the Goliath herons feature an extended handling time and at times end up losing their prey to other birds like African fish eagle, pelicans and saddle-billed storks. The major food sources of herons include; fish, prawns, frogs, lizards, insects, snakes, among others.
The breeding of Goliath Heron occurs normally at the beginning of the rainy season though it can be all year round in some areas. They lay 2 – 5 pale blue eggs and incubation lasts 24 – 30 days.
Travelers on Safaris in Uganda have chances of viewing the Goliath heron along the swamps of Lake Victoria including Mabamba, the banks of River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda among other areas.
As regards conservation, the Goliath heron is listed as species of Least Concern on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

BRIEF FACTS ABOUT NILE CROCODILES – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

BRIEF FACTS ABOUT NILE CROCODILES – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS


Nile Crocodiles also referred to as Crocodylus niloticus are remarkable water based creatures that always astonish the travelers on Safaris in Uganda Africa.
They are recorded to be the world’s second largest reptile after the Salt water crocodile. The Nile crocodile thrives across the Sub Saharan Africa including the destination Uganda making it a popular Uganda Safari product.  Its habitats include; Lakes, Rivers and marshlands. And although they thrive in saline environments, the Nile crocodiles hardly live in Salt water.
Nile Crocodiles are huge animal species with males weighing 225 – 750 kg and extending between 3.5 – 5 m in length. Sexual differences are noticeable among the Nile Crocodiles and females are 30% smaller than the male counterparts.
The Nile Crocodiles are known among all species of crocodiles as the most aggressive because it can capture any animal within its reach as often explored on East African Safaris and tours.  Being an Apex predator, the Nile crocodile has an advantage over a range of animal species. Their prey include; mammals, birds, fish and other reptiles.
They are ambush predators and can wait patiently for hours, days and even weeks for that ideal moment to launch an attack. Nile Crocodiles utilize their powerful bite that is not common among other animal species. Their sharp conical teeth are inserted into the fresh exerting very firm grip that is hard to let go. Their capacity to possess an extended force enables them to eventually pull even the powerful prey under water. Such amazing experiences are common during the Great Migration as Millions of Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Zebras cross the crocodile infested Mara River and travelers on Safari in Tanzania and Kenya during this period are rewarded with lasting memories!
Nile crocodiles are known to be social creatures that normally share basking spots and large food sources. The size determines the hierarchy of administration putting the male adults on top gaining access to better basking spots and food. The respective members understand their positions in the hierarchy which they follow or else bloody clashes cannot be avoided.
The female Nile crocodiles attain sexual maturity between 12 – 16 years and lay eggs within 1 – 2 months after mating. The hatchlings feed themselves but are protected by both parents.
On safari in Uganda, one can expect to view the Nile crocodiles along the River Nile launch cruise in Murchison Falls National Park, Kazinga Channel launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda and in Lake Mburo National Park Uganda.   In the conservation world, the Nile crocodiles are listed as species of Least Concern on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature