Sunday, 30 November 2014

THE SCENIC VIEWS OF LAKE MUTANDA – UGANDA SAFARIS NEWS:


lake-mutanda-uganda safarisPositioned in the south west of Uganda in the district of Kisoro, the lava dammed Lake Mutanda is an iconic scenic feature that you will never wish to miss while undertaking a safari tour in Uganda. Located at 20km transfer in the north of the town of Kisoro, Lake Mutanda is geographically along 01 14 06S, 29 40 12E coordinates.
The lake is an outcome of the immense volcanic forces that characterized the area centuries ago. The formation of Volcanic highlands that form the greater Virunga massif with three of them close to it including Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo resulted into the eruptions that saw liquid lava flow across the adjacent plains blocking the flowing streams leading to formation of Lava dammed lakes including Lake Mutanda which can be encountered while on Uganda safari.
It is a great scenic spot with unique pattern that will give you a perfect break on your Uganda gorilla trekking safari in the adjacent impenetrable forest of Bwindi and the volcanic protected are of Mgahinga National Park. The overnight stay at the adjacent lodges like Chameleon Hill, Lake Mutanda Resort and Mucha will never be boring as the Lake provides a perfect escape or a rewarding sight and soothing air from the gardens.
The Lake also has counts of birds such as the kites, grey crowned crane and kingfisher along with fauna such as snakes, Chameleon, monitor lizards and frogs. It also forms a rich ground for activities to include on the list while planning your safari holiday to Uganda like fishing, hiking, mountain biking, scenic viewing and canoe riding.
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TAKING STOCK OF 39th AFRICA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL WORLD CONGRESS – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS


uganda safaris imageThe 39th Africa Travel Association Annual World Congress was attended by over 500 delegates from different parts of the world some of which had already undertook safaris in Uganda before the congress while others made safari tours in Uganda after the congress getting or themselves the authentic experience of the range of tourist attractions that thrive in Uganda.
The range of attractions and activities included the thrilling primates of Uganda such as the mountain gorillas with their gorilla tracking endeavors, golden monkeys with their golden monkey tracking encounter, chimpanzees with their chimpanzee trekking encounter among other primates that are always encountered by Uganda safari undertakers. Others range from the ancient heritage of Ugandans to sandy beaches in the Lake Victoria islands, the magical snowcapped mountains of the moon – the Rwenzori, ten (10) forest and savannah national Parks with their range of wildlife including the big five forming the ground for impressive wildlife safaris in Uganda, adventurous activities like bungee jumping, kayaking, mountain climbing and hiking. The delegates emanating from over 20 countries including; Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Liberia, Gambia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, the Seychelles, Switzerland, Turkey, Italy, Canada, the UK, and the US not forgetting the host country Uganda gave Uganda a unique advantage to exhibit herself as one of the Africa’s prime destinations with diverse attractions that every traveller wishing to visit Africa can expect.
The stakeholders of Uganda’s tourism were generally happy with the outcomes of the congress and the government’s support towards the congress. The contacts and networks got from the source markets such as North America, Europe and Africa are to be capitalized on and the feedback from the delegates was very positive which might result into increased safari tours to Uganda.
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Friday, 28 November 2014

THE ROLE OF TOURISM SECTOR IN ACHIEVING VISION 2020 – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS:

uganda safari imageApparently, the tourism sector is the Uganda’s chief foreign exchange earner after taking over from the traditional exports of remittances and coffee indicating that the revenue from the Uganda safari undertakers were over whelming. This unleashed the potential of the tourism sector to turn around the economy of Uganda if given the respective consideration.
At the launch of the ten (10) year tourism plan, the Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities an institution that overlooks the process of increasing safari tours to Uganda Hon. Maria Mutagamba revealed that every tourist who transfers through the Entebbe International Airport pays $57 to Civil Aviation Authority and that in 2013, the country got 1.3 million travellers undertaking safaris in Uganda. In turn, she requested that out of $57 paid by each tourist, $2 should be allocated to the Ministry of Tourism to boast its marketing efforts so as to keep at par with the respective competitors.
Now, opinion have it that at least $25 out of the $57 should instead be allocated to tourism unlike the $2 that the Minister had proposed so as to build strong industry that will stand the forces of competition from similar destinations like the neighboring Kenya.
The need to develop product brands that are consistent in the key originating areas and tapping into key global channels that would help to propagate such brand including the National Geographic, Discovery, and History Channel among others requires good financial base that can be acquired through the above means. Addressing the Uganda’s tourism sector bottlenecks like the Public transport, the quality of Uganda’s urban environment, the human resource and product development would see travellers’ opting for Uganda safaris increase and eventually the returns that would lead to realization of the vision 2020.
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RISING FROM NATURE TOURISM TO BUSINESS TOURISM – GORILLA TREKKING SAFARIS NEWS

gorilla safarisUganda has for long been known for her wildlife safaris centered on her numerous counts of wild game including the Big five of land animals such as the lions, elephants, leopard, buffaloes and Rhinos that thrive in her range of national parks and game reserves along with counts of primates among which include the mountain gorillas that are considered to be critically endangered worldwide forming the ground for gorilla trekking safaris, along with chimpanzees, golden moneys among others.
The dazzling scenery deeming from the snowcapped mountains of the moon – the Rwenzori, the largest tropical lake in world – Lake Victoria, the world’s longest River in the world – River Nile, the geographical setting of the Albertine rift not forgetting the amazing climate has for long put nature tourism at the helm of Uganda safari products.
The range of travellers have undertook safaris to Uganda ranging from the upmarket to back packers, world royals and historic people like the Winston Churchill, the Queen of England, the Duke of Abruzzi among others to ordinary travellers. Some of these have given it crown names according to its beauty including the pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill in 1908. The reason for their coming is attributed to what is listed above along with the warmth of her people, the adventurous encounters along the Nile among others.
Despite the unfavorable political atmosphere in the 1970s and 1980s that made the safari tours to Uganda to decrease dramatically, the country has from 1986 stabilized paving the ground for the renaissance of lucrative tourism. No wonder for the last five years, the Uganda safari undertakers have increased by 53% and the returns from tourism increased to $1.1billion in the last financial year making it the first foreign exchange earner. Apparently, Entebbe International Airport which is the country’s main gateway is served by 17 foreign carriers and the passenger traffic is increasing every year by 10%. With this recovery, the lonely planet accrediting her as the number one tourism spot for 2012 did not happen by mistake.
Interestingly to note is that Uganda as a destination has gone a long way to venture into International Conferences. These range from the 19th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2007 to the recent concluded 39th Annual World Congress of the Africa Travel Association (ATA) held on 11th – 16th November, 2014. This implies that Uganda is rising from nature tourism to business tourism to tap into the diverse market of the world travellers so as to increase travellers that undertake safari holidays to Uganda.
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HUMANS AND CHIMPANZEES JOIN CORDIAL RELATIONSHIP – UGANDA SAFARIS

chimpanzee fishingHuman – wildlife conflicts in Uganda has been an issue that has existed around most of protected areas some of which are encountered on Uganda safaris for long. This mostly arises from animals encroaching on peoples’ plantations and predators predating on their domestic animals which at times has forced local communities to reiterate by killing them. This has not only affected people’s livelihood but also threatens the existence of a range of this wildlife that are encountered on safaris in Uganda.
With this background, several conservationists and conservation bodies have attempted to harmonize this relationship so as to minimize the scourge of human-wildlife conflict. In this regard, the Chimpanzee Trust reached a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Community Based Tourism Initiative (COBATI) in order to enhance the livelihood of communities that dwell close to wildlife sanctuaries. The memorandum of Understanding was entirely centered on creating harmony amidst wildlife and communities.
The Chimpanzee Trust acknowledges that wildlife and humans have often clashed sometimes resulting into the loss of life which is seen as something that should be reversed through altering local peoples’ attitudes towards participating and benefiting from wildlife conservation for example taping revenues from travellers that undertake safari tours in Uganda.
The partnership with Community Based Tourism Initiative (COBATI) is hoped to form synergies and strengthening these participatory efforts. It is considered as a perfect move towards helping people realize the significance of tourism. It will also look into taping into wildlife that thrives on property that is on private lands including forests that are not under the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and National Forestry Authority (NFA) protection. This would widen the scope of tourism products and prompt more travellers to plan safaris to Uganda.
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THE MINISTER OF TOURISM WILDLIFE AND ANTIQUITIES SUSPENDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UGANDA WILDLIFE AUTHORITY OVER MISSING IVORY – UGANDA SAFARIS NEWS

ivoryThe Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities an institution that overlooks the issues of tourism, wildlife and heritage of Uganda forming a strong ground for Uganda safari tours  – Hon Maria Mutagamba issued a letter on 21st November calling for stepping down of Dr. Andrew Seguya who is the head of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) a public body that is charged with the responsibility of taking care of Uganda’s wildlife that thrive in various national parks, wildlife reserves, zoos and sanctuaries where Uganda safaris are undertaken so as to clear the way for uninterrupted investigations of the missing ivory from the government strong rooms.
The letter which was titled the Alleged Ivory Scam was addressed to the Board Chairman of Uganda Wildlife Authority and also copied to the Prime Minister of Uganda, the Commander of UPDF, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, the director of Tourism Business at UWA Raymond Engena and the UWA director Andrew Seguya. This stipulated that Raymond Engena should take over the management of the Uganda Wildlife Authority as Andrew Seguya take forced leave to allow smooth investigations into the ivory scam that arises from elephant poaching whose extinction threatens the flourishing of safari tours to Uganda.
The Ivory scam involves the 1,335kg of ivory equivalent to $1.1m or 3billion Uganda Shillings that went missing from the government strong rooms. Ivory is acquired from elephants which constitute the big five of land animals along with leopard, lion, Rhino and Buffaloes which are greatly sought for by travellers undertaking safaris in Uganda.
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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

A MIDRANGE ACCOMODATION IN THE ALBERTINE RIFT – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

lodgePositioned in the village of Katara, Enganzi Lodge is one of the coziest lodges that a traveler would ever spend an overnight while on safari tour in Uganda. The lodge overlooks the open flats of the western rift valley with clear views of Ruwenzori Mountains in the morning. The accommodation is offered in its five (5) cozy cottages crafted in authentic traditional materials that featuring both single and double accomodation that in all means provide a comfortable overnight stay while on Uganda safari tour.
It lies at the boarder of Queen Elizabeth National Park along Mbarara road with spacious environs that equip the guests with enough atmospheres to enjoy their safari holidays in Uganda. The public area features a confortable lounge and restaurant with overlooking views of the Albertine flats and mountains of the moon – the Rwenzori mountains providing a ground for a thrilling breakfast amidst the cool fresh breath from the valley below or a rejuvenating sundowner after an extended wildlife safari and Kazinga Channel launch cruise in the National Park of Queen Elizabeth.
The cottages are raised from the ground with private deck offering undisturbed scenic views of the Albertine flats and beyond. They are equipped with modern washrooms with showers and bath tub. The rooms are equipped with mineral water bottles and the quiet nights offer you the true taste of tradition and serene atmosphere that makes Uganda an ideal safari destination. The wooden beds fitted with modern and comfortable beddings will make this lodge your overnight place while planning your safari holiday to Uganda.
The road to Enganzi Lodge traverses through the local village surrounded with banana plantations, crop gardens and African building style which gives you a perfect start of your journey into the wilderness of Queen Elizabeth marked by rolling savannah dotted with series of Lakes both fresh water and volcanic salty lakes not forgetting the famous Kazinga channel that intersect the park joining Lake Edward and Lake George.
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CASSIA LODGE; A PERFECT OVERNIGHT CENTRE IN KAMPALA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

acassiaSituated in close range to the largest fresh water lake in Africa and the second in the world – Lake Victoria, Cassia Lodge is such a thrilling overnight encounter that you will ever have while on Uganda safari. The lodge is positioned on Buziga hill which is one of the Kampala hills along Ggaba road.
The Cassia Lodge offers accommodation to travellers on safari in Uganda its range of twenty (20) confortable safari form furnished rooms each featuring a satellite TV, telephone, fridge bar, Lake view balcony, en suite bathroom and 24 hour service and a safe deposit box.
The environment of Cassia lodge is very serene and cozy free from Mosquitos and with great scenic views of Lake Victoria thus offering unpaid views to Uganda safari tour undertakers. The lodge features conference facilities, wireless internet, business center, swimming pool and a restaurant with 100 people seat capacity making it ideal for small and moderate events. The bar is positioned adjacent to the restaurant while the terrace has the fresh air out door option and in door option with Air conditioned option.
The Cassia Lodge offers classy meals with optional lunch and dinner while the routine morning and afternoon tea, coffee, biscuits and snack assortments combine to derive memorable satisfaction that will invoke your stimuli to spend another overnight at Cassia Lodge while planning your next safari holiday to Uganda.
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WHERE TO FIND LIONS IN UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARIS News

lionsThe famous Uganda safari wildlife - the lion scientifically referred to as Panthera Leo is counted to be among the big five of the land animals that are always sought for by travellers while on Uganda safari tour. Belonging to Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia, Order Carnivora, Family Felidae, Sub family Pantherinae, Genus Panthera and Species Panthera Leo, lions have been famously branded as the Kings of the jungle and the epitome of all beats.
The male lions normally stretch to weigh 250kg making it the second largest thriving cat after the famous tiger. These famous species that prompt travellers to plan some travelers to plan safaris to Uganda apparently dwell in the sub Saharan Africa and parts of Asia with other lion types known to have got extinct from South west Asia and North Africa during the historic era. On global scale, the lions were spread widely only second to humans till the late Pleistocene era (10,000 years ago) before they faced a sharp population decline of 30 – 50% for two decades in the 2nd half of the 20th Century with human wildlife cited as major contributor of this especially in their African habitats.
In Uganda, lions dwell in her protected areas of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo National Park and Murchison Falls National Park which are always encountered by travellers on Uganda safari tours. The lion populations duffer in these regions with Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park characterized by decreasing lion populations at the percentage of 30% and 60% respectively over the last ten (10) years while in Kidepo Valley National Park, the lion populations are characterized by a positive increase from 58 to 132 in the previous decade which is a hopeful trend for Kidepo – one of the wilderness places where authentic Uganda safaris are undertaken.
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK; WHERE GOLD MEETS SILVER – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS:

goldPositioned at the south western tip of Uganda 519km from Kampala and 14km from Kisoro town, Mgahinga National Park is one of the Uganda safari destinations that are famously known for its range and unique tourist attractions and activities. Extending for 33.7km2, Mgahinga National Park saw its first establishment in 1930 as a gorilla game sanctuary and was later upgraded to the national park status in 1991 when other protected areas like Rwenzori and Bwindi that are always sought for while on safari tour in Uganda were being established.
Mgahinga National Park contains the peaks of the three volcanic mountains that adjoin the greater Virunga massif comprising of eight volcanoes. These include; Mount Muhabura (4,127m), Mount Gahinga (3,474m) and Mount Sabyinyo (3,674m). These ranges offer a thrilling scenic encounter to travellers on Uganda safari holiday bordering Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Interesting to note about this protected area is that it is another refigium for the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas that have made the gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda to flourish.
Besides mountain gorillas, Mgahinga National Park is a home to rare and endangered golden monkeys that only thrive in the Virunga massif in the whole world and this has made golden monkey tracking to flourish in Uganda. The combination of mountain gorillas i.e. the Nyakagyezi gorilla family with its dominant silverback Mark and the golden Monkeys that dwell in the Bamboo forests that mark the slopes of the volcanoes qualify Mgahinga National Park as a place where gold meets silver.
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UGANDA HAS THE SMALLEST CHURCH IN THE WORLD – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

the churchAt Biku hill, 18km drive from the town of Nebbi in the north west of Uganda there dwells a manmade wonder that can only be encountered while on safari tours in Uganda. The world’s smallest church which stands at a width of approximately 2.5m and a height of 8ft is an artificial marvel that crowns the jaw-dropping beauty of Biku hill.
This tiny worshipping place has the capacity of accommodating three (3) people including the priest. It dates back to 1996 when a Korean national Pastor Song in conjunction with the currently retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda His Lordship Henry Luke Orombi established this amazing structure that have in turn picked the interest of travellers on Uganda safari holidays.
The center is aimed at spiritual healing for persons and church groups where by people who visit the site encounter God in a special way, have vision for their future and become bold soldiers for the gospel. The nine prayer points allow people to pray, praise and meditate on the word of God as Africans prefer being on the move. The first prayer point is on top of the hill and is formed of a big cross, the point two is opposite to number one and is a Lilliputian building crafted in commemoration of Jesus Christ with 12 windows in the western and eastern sides demonstrating the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ and its where pilgrims pray for the neighboring countries of Congo, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya for spiritual peace and revival. This point offers the impressive panoramic views of Namrwodho Falls which is a habitat to the rare shoe bill stork that is always on the lists of travelers while planning safari holidays to Uganda.
The point three is crafted in the map of Africa with two entrances. It features ten (10) windows symbolizing the ten (10) commandments. The point is dedicated for praying for the all African states especially Islamic countries. The points 4, 5 & 6 are positioned with in a spacious calm garden with point four crafted like a heart demonstrating Christ’s love with a cross made of 33 stones signifying the 33 years of Christ Jesus. The point five is in the shape of arrow head signifying the youth speed while prayer point five contain 66 windows that demonstrate 66 books of the bible with 39 windows at the back signifying the books of Old Testament and 27 windows  signifying the New Testament. The point has three (3) doors crafted like a standing man demonstrating those who are well equipped with God’s word. The six prayer point is crafted in an alter shape which is a living testimony that church is a living offering to Christ’s mission while the rough stones on the cross justify that Christians are living stones. The point seven (7) is a round structure like the shape of the globe and is located at the back of a towering rock with an open ended cave at its base of which one is obliged to crawl from end to another to have a glimpse of Christ’s suffering where a traveller on Uganda tour would find this five minute crawl through the cave’s darkness terrifying with a thought that the cave might collapse and bury him/her underneath.
At the point eight (8), there comes the world’s smallest church – the Bethel church with 12 windows at its entrance demonstrating the twelve (12) stones on Aaron’s breast plate i.e. the twelve (12) tribes of all the saints. The ceiling contain seven (7) beams demonstrating the seven (7) rainbow colors which demonstrates God’s covenant never to destroy the world with floods again, the eastern window offers sights of cross positioned on the highest peak at point two (2) a view that gives the Christians an opportunity to always look up to Jesus.
What is amazing about this structure is that regardless of its size, it consumed 79 cement bags and was constructed with intention of lasting at minimum 500 years before the weakening of the foundation. The adjacent two remaining points are crafted in a womb shape along with the main chapel that is big enough to accommodate 400 pilgrims thus very impressing to encounter while on safaris in Uganda.
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WHAT DO GORILLAS EAT? – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

gorillaGorillas are great Ape species that thrive in the tropical rainforests of Africa with sects that thrive in low land ecosystems and mountain ecosystems including the Virunga ranges and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda are always conducted. What gorillas eat is a question of interest to various individuals and groups that have a keen desire in gorillas. The gorilla feeds are subject to their habitat and the time of the year.
Mountain gorillas heavily feed on green plant parts which are in contrast of the low land gorillas that enjoy plenty of fruit though during dry spells the fruits tend to plummet forcing these species to enjoy the plenty of seeds and tree barks. Low land gorillas adapt to climbing in order to harvest fruits but this hould be noted that they cannot consume plenty of fruit as orangutans and Chimpanzees do as they can be witnessed while on Uganda Chimpanzee trekking safari. Interestingly, the western low land gorillas have wider food basket stretching to 200 species of plants especially belonging to the families of arrowroot and ginger.
The western lowland gorillas differ from the mountain gorillas that thrive in Virunga and Bwindi well known for Uganda gorilla tracking tours in terms of eating. The mountain gorillas consume up to 30 plant species especially of thistles, gallium, nettles and celery.
The old male gorilla consumes 30kg a day while females consumes 18kg and the strong chewing gorilla muscles of gorillas are used to process these plants along with their teeth that resembles that of human except the long pointed canines which are used for fighting other rival males other than eating. Holding the plants aside, the mountain gorillas can consume soil not only to add minerals that are absent in the plant feeds but also to neutralize poisonous substances that exist in their plant feeds. Mountain gorillas also consume some insects at a small percentage of 0.1% and they do not hunt big game. All this can be explored by planning a gorilla trekking safari tour to Uganda.
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Sunday, 23 November 2014

THE VIRUNGA RANGE – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

mgahigaThe Virunga range which derives its name from a local Kinyarwanda word Ibirunga is positioned in the north of Lake Kivu in the east-central Africa stretching for 80km (50 miles) along the Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo boarder and is famously encountered by travellers undertaking safari holidays in Uganda and Rwanda. The Virunga range stretches from east to west direction perpendicular to the rift valley where Lake Kivu and Lake Edward thrive. The Virunga range is a big block that comprises of series of volcanic mountains that number to eight including; the highest Karisimbi (4,507m) shared by Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, followed by Mount Mikeno (4,437m) in Democratic Republic of Congo, Mount Muhabura (4,127m) shared by Uganda and Rwanda, Mount Bisoke (3,711m) shared by Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, Mount Sabyinyo (3,674m) shared by Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic republic of Congo, Mount Gahinga (3,474m) shared by Uganda and Rwanda, Mount Nyiragongo (3,470m) and Mount Nyamulagira (3,058m) in Democratic Republic of Congo.
The six of these Volcanic Mountains that form the Virunga range are extinct with Sabyinyo and Mikeno being the oldest dating back to the beginning of the Pleistocene Epoch about 2,600,000 - 11,700 years ago evidenced by the disappearance of their craters and the jagged peaks that have for long suffered the effects of denudation forces. In fact, Mount Sabyinyo is preferred for Volcano climbing by travellers on safari tours in Uganda due to its series of peaks. Mount Karisimbi, Gahinga, Muhabura and Bisoke appeared towards the end of the Pleistocene epoch approximately 900,000 to 130,000 years ago. Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira emerged about 20,000 years ago at the western end of the Virunga range thus being the last volcanoes to be formed and are still active with extensive craters. For example Nyiragongo has a crater of 1.2km with liquid lava pool which prompted the famous eruptions of 1912, 1938, 1948, the 1970s, and 2002 which destroyed the greater part of Goma city in the Democratic Republic of Congo leaving enormous people homeless.
Interestingly to note about the Virunga Volcanoes is that they are habitats to a range of the world’s endangered species including the critically endangered Mountain gorillas that form the basis for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda and the rare and endangered golden monkeys also famously encountered on golden monkey tracking activity. The Virunga range has been gazetted as a protected area by each country establishing a national park on the side that belongs to her territory. For example, the Ugandan side was gazetted as Mgahinga National Park; the Rwandan side was gazetted as Volcanoes National Park while the Democratic Republic of Congo was gazetted as Virunga Mountains. This has not only ensured the thriving of various species that find a refugee in these mountains but also has ensured the continued existence of these scenic landscapes whose fame has prompted travellers to plan safaris to Uganda and Rwanda.
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Friday, 21 November 2014

UGANDA WILDLIFE AUTHORITY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN DISARRAY OVER LOST IVORY – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS


ivoryThe Executive Director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority - a public body that is charged with the responsibility of taking care of Uganda’s wildlife that thrive in various national parks, wildlife reserves, zoos and sanctuaries where Uganda safaris are undertaken was reported to have been suspended on Thursday following the disappearance of ivory from the government strong rooms according to New Vision paper.
Though Andrew Seguya – the Executive Director of UWA denies his suspension from office citing that he is not aware of the suspension move, several agencies and personalities including the Members of Parliament, the minister of Tourism ,Wildlife and Antiquities have supported the move to have him step aside for the investigations to triumph harmoniously. This move follows the suspension of five other Uganda Wildlife Officers at the beginning of this week which included; warden law enforcement - Moses Olinga, head ranger - Moses Sikuku, clerk to the armory - John Lopeyo and two enforcement officers, Louise Muhumuza and William Echemu. Dr. Andrew Seguya has been the head of UWA since 2010 after being transferred from Uganda Wildlife Education Center.
The 1,335kg of ivory which is equivalent to $1.1m or 3billion Uganda Shillings disappeared from UWA strong rooms something that was unearthed by UWA audit report. This prompted President Museveni to task the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja to carry out an investigation featuring the disappearance of ivory that has been seized from wildlife traffickers and poachers since 1990.
Ivory is got from elephants which are part of the Big five land animals that are cherished by tourists while on wildlife safari tour in Uganda and continued poaching is a big threat to their existence and continuity that would definitely lead to their extinction.
This implies that elephants just like mountain gorillas that form the ground for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda should be accorded maximum conservation efforts because they carry with them precious tusks that are highly demanded especially in parts of Asia since they are mixed I n traditional medicine and are also considered a symbol of status.
The poaching of elephants to extinction will have great effect to Uganda’s bio-diversity and the ecosystem in general in terms of vegetating taming. While on a tourism perspective, it would definitely reduce the tourism  products and would prompt travellers to reduce on planning safari holidays to Uganda.
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SWIMMING AT MWEYA SAFARI LODGE – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

mweya safari lodgeQueen Elizabeth National Park situated in the west of Uganda is apparently considered the mostly visited Uganda safari destination. The Park is rich in a range of wildlife including lions, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, leopard, among other species that are scattered across its savannah landscapes.
Spending an overnight in Queen Elizabeth National Park while on your wildlife safari in Uganda would go unchallenged if you opt for Mweya Safari Lodge. Perched on the peninsular of Mweya overlooking the 45m long Kazinga Channel and one of the largest lakes in Uganda Lake Edward, Mweya Safari Lodge is an upmarket/luxury accommodation establishment that will meet every traveller’s expectations.
Little would be mentioned if one leaves out swimming at Mweya. Standing as an Olympic size swimming pool of considerable width and length, Mweya swimming pool is one of those ideal water gatherings that will lure your heart to forget about undressing. The pool overlooks the cozy waters of Kazinga channel where a range of wild game dwell on the channel shores quenching their thirst while the aquatics like Nile crocodiles and Hippos enjoy the soothing waters that originate from the glacial peaks of Rwenzori Mountains usually encountered on a launch cruise while on safari tour in Uganda.
The mid-morning brightening tropical sunshine emanates from the east shining through these clear waters of the pool inspiring their blue color providing the swimmers with options of staying in the waters or to do a sun bath on the stretched cozy chairs that surround the pool. The rich bar side or well stocked book bank of Mweya Safari lodge will leave you options of taking a soothing drink or reading an inspiring novel or a travel magazine at the pool whose generated memories will lure the home friends to plan a safari holiday to Uganda for a similar encounter.
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Thursday, 20 November 2014

PR FIRMS TO BE USED TO MARKET UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS


murchisonUganda stands as an impressive destination with a lot of tourist products that go beyond gorilla tracking safaris or wildlife safaris include culture, adventure, religious pilgrimage, meetings ,incentive conferences and events. However, it is unfortunate to acknowledge that this potential has not been fully tapped for tourism development in Uganda that would bring with it jobs, income and resource conservation.
The reason behind the low level utilization of Uganda safari products can be attributed to ineffective marketing efforts that the Uganda Tourism Board has been applying for long. These have included targeting the International media which is very expensive and has minimal impact in terms of increasing safaris to Uganda.
From this background, the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is putting together the efforts of using foreign Public Relations firms to boast up the move of marketing Uganda as a tourist destination. This model will be experimented in Germany, United Kingdom and United States and the PR firms’ details are to be exposed in subsequent days.
This move can be considered as one of the transformational attempts that Uganda is taking to increase the publicity of its safari attractions and enhance its destination image so as to gain a competitive advantage that would see travellers increase their desires of planning safari holidays to Uganda.
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UGANDA SHOULD ENHANCE HER ROAD SAFETY – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

ROADUganda is by no means an ordinary destination considering its diversity of tourist attractions and activities ranging from gorilla trekking safaris, wildlife safaris, cultural encounters, chimpanzee trekking safaris among other experiences that are carried out in her various protected areas including National Parks, game reserves, forest reserves, zoos and sanctuaries. This rich background in turn pulls good number of tourists to undertake safari holidays in Uganda.
However, it should be noted that for tourism to succeed at a given destination there are various elements that must be in place or call them  components of a tour package which include transport, accommodation, attraction and ancillary services. This shows that from the word go the transport component is vital to the tourism industry which gives this argument leverage. The nature of roads connecting to Uganda safari destinations requires overhaul as most of them are loose surface that pose difficulties to traverse especially in seasons of rain. This problem has been neutralized by the usage of 4x4 wheel drive which has the power to navigate through such landscapes.
Besides the road structure, the issue of the road behavior or term it the traffic control element is still lacking. This does not only threaten the lives of the natives but also those that undertake safaris in Uganda. The traffic control systems are limited to major towns and the upcountry areas are less monitored which poses the ground for over speeding and breaking of road use rules which in turn puts the lives of people at stake. For example on November 4th, 2014 the Australian couple who were on safari tour in Uganda lost their lives while riding a BMW motorbike after colliding with a Toyota Prado 3km past Mubende town.
Tanya Natasha Griffion aged 34 and Dean Griffon aged 33 had traversed other African countries including Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia and Botswana but became unlucky in Uganda. Though this can be considered as a sudden happening, other people including Ugandans also lose their lives too on these roads. The human errors, reckless ness and negligence behind these accidents can be easily reversed by enforcing the road standards and the travellers on Uganda safaris would not only enjoy the tourism offerings but also feel safe on the roads where he/she is passing.
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UGANDA; A CRADLE OF TOURISM EXPERIENCE – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

toursUganda is a rich destination that has got an extended historical background that feature it’s natural and human made aspects that would pull travellers to undertake safari tours to Uganda. The features go beyond the commonly mentioned chimpanzees and mountain gorillas that have formed the basis for gorilla tracking safaris in Uganda and Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris to include the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains, impressive climate, Uganda martyrs, and wild game among others that have rich potential to satisfy the travellers’ interests.
The challenge to this experience is poor promotion strategies that leaves most of the travellers to would have picked interest in Uganda safari products unaware of such encounters. The country has ideal climate that would pose a perfect escape for the polar people in times of winter. The promoters of these tourist products have failed to tap the comparative advantage of the local opportunities for example they have maintained foreign names on local attractions such Lake Victoria instead of Enyanja Nalubaale or Lake Albert instead of Mwitanzige. This shows the relevance of using both names in the promotional campaigns to bring out the authentic bit of it.
The effort to construct the Kasese International Airport to facilitate easy transfer of travellers on safari holidays in Uganda who may not be interested in surface travel is seen as positive move to boasting country’s destination competitiveness. It would thus complement Entebbe and Gulu Airports. The introduction of single tourist visa for East African countries is also a facilitating factor that will see Uganda realize its potential as a cradle of tourism experience.
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

THE INTERNATIONAL TOURISM EXPO ENDS IN KAMPALA – UGANDA TOURISM NEWS


ugandaThe International tourism expo the second of its kind came to an end on this weekend after two and a half days exhibition featuring great Uganda safari products at the Uganda National Museum.
Arranged by the Uganda Tourism Board, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities and a range of safari lodges in Uganda including upcountry hotels, tour operators that package tourist products that pull travelers to plan safari tours to Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority which showcased Uganda’s protected areas including national parks, game and natural reserves such as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park the haven for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, Kibale National Park the haven for chimpanzee trekking safaris, Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park well known for wildlife safaris among other areas.
Running under the theme “Celebrating People and Culture” the expo featured cultural dance groups across Uganda which demonstrated various dance styles in different tribal groups of Uganda. The main aim of this Ugandan International Expo was to draw attention of Ugandans to their attractions so as to be part of those that undertake safari holidays in Uganda.
The issue of safari holidays being expensive to Ugandans were acknowledged and need to have affordable prices in terms of accommodation, transportation and park entrance fees has been noted and officials noted that when the opinion from the people about what stops them from visiting Uganda safari products is well explored, adjustments can be done.
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Monday, 17 November 2014

THE COLDNESS OF RUHIJA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

ruhijaRuhija is one of the four sectors where gorilla trekking activity is conducted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is situated in the eastern part of the forest alongside Buhoma in the north, Rushaga in the south and Nkuringo in the east. The area is a home of the three gorilla families that have been habituated by travellers on Uganda gorilla safaris namely; Bitukura, Oruzogo and Kyaguriro.
To undertake a gorilla trekking activity in Ruhija requires you to spend an overnight in any of the lodges in the area like; Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp, Bakiga lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, Trekkers Tavern among other accommodation establishments so as to catch up with the activity at 8am. However, one cannot skip the coldness of Ruhija. Being a raised terrain inclined towards the highlands of Kigezi marked by dense jungle crowned with impressive mist, Ruhija presents intense cold moments that leave gorilla safari undertakers who are not used to winter conditions in a state disarray.
Regardless of cozy beddings, beautiful wooden beds, well-crafted cottages some of which have iron roof, the night in Ruhija may be uneasy in a room with no fireplace. Hot water bottle like containers are used in some of the lodges to warm your body and sometimes present themselves as the only savior especially for lonely travellers undertaking a gorilla safari tour in Uganda. The evenings nights and mornings are wholesomely cold and always require covering yourself with thick cloths to generate some warmth.
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HERITAGE SAFARI LODGE; A NEW CRAFT IN MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS


heritagePositioned at the boarder of the northern side of Murchison Falls National Park, Heritage safari Lodge is by no means an ordinary accommodation establishment for Uganda safari tour undertakers. The lodge provides easy connection about 15minutes drive to the park through Tangi gate whose environs are bewildered by numerous counts of wild game that is always sought after on Uganda wildlife safaris including giraffes, elephants, Uganda Kobs, buffaloes, Jackson’s hartebeest, and waterbucks among other species.
Crafted in typical traditional architecture, heritage safari lodge stands to justify the long ignored beauty of the traditional African building materials. It is crafted in pieces of local wood, thatched by local grass materials, light by locally generated solar power whose bulbs inside the rooms are remote controlled while compound lighting bulbs have got a sensitivity element which is a unique thing to encounter while on your safari holiday in Uganda. The public area which doubles as a restaurant and bar contains charging facilities where traveller’s gadgets can be charged, has a television with international channels and the capacity to show international games including soccer, the bar features both local and international brands while the restaurant has the capacity to handle all clients dietary requirements.
One could not talk about heritage safari lodge without mentioning its warm, friendly, flexible and welcoming staff. Its proprietor William is unique as he has set his own trend by making a very close touch with his guests more than any other person of his caliber in this industry. Their efforts to attend to guests make travellers to expect the home-like treatment while planning their safari tour to Uganda. Interestingly to note is that unlike the adjacent Bwana Tembo and Fort Murchison, the accommodation rates at heritage lodge are still pocket friendly allowing travellers to save for other safari activities.
Heritage lodge took 120 days for construction and plans to have a museum featuring a cross section of African artifacts and a boat that will connect to Ntoroko on Lake Albert. Its future is much brighter and identifying with it is laying a foundation for the future pride. Its cottages slope down to the Albert Nile which gives impressive views of River Nile – the world’s longest river as it makes its way out of Uganda to Mediterranean sea which gives a great scenic view for Uganda safari undertakers.
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Friday, 14 November 2014

AFRICAN TRAVEL ASSOCIATION CONGRESS IS ON – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS


world-congressUganda is gifted to be among the ideal countries in Africa well known for her gorilla trekking safaris, wildlife safaris and chimpanzee trekking safaris. This has made Uganda to join the club of the must to visit places on the African continent. As a result of this background, Uganda is apparently in an enchanting mood with the opportunity of hosting the African Travel Association Congress that is running from 11th – 16th November 2014 at the Common Wealth Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala.
This 39th African Travel Association Congress forms the ground for business networking, learning and agenda – shaping platform to accommodate various tourism industry stakeholders of every travel industry event on the African continent. The congress is featuring the contemporary industry themes, craft a line up for educational and professional development opportunities and exhibit the Uganda safari products and services.
The ATA congress is a foundation for marketing Africa as a safari destination, merging the regional business and industry and attends to the rising tourism promoting opportunities and challenges so as to increase number of travellers to Africa including those that undertake safaris to Uganda. Issues like accessibility, promotion, investment, and youth and women engagement in the tourism sector are to be highlighted on.
The series of activities are to mark the event including the opening ceremony by H.E. The President of Uganda, Tourism Ministers’ Roundtable and Media Symposium, Culinary and Tourism Collaborative Programme, Uganda International Tourism Expo at Uganda Museum 14th – 16th November 2014, Cultural Night at Ndere Cultural Centre by Hon. Dr Maria Mutagamba on November 13th Nov 2014, Tourism Investment and Young Professionals Forum, ATA Patron’s Dinner & Awards honored by the First Lady Hon. Janet Museveni, Nile Adventure Day led by the Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon Rebecca Kadaga on November 15th in Jinja - Source of the Nile and International Media familiarization trip to Uganda safari parks. About 300 foreign and regional delegates are present at the event.
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UGANDA IS FREE FROM MARBURG – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

kaseseThe Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever, Marburg has of recent raised a lot of fear among Ugandans when it was reported to be in the country. This raised great alarm among Ugandans and Uganda safari undertakers. However, it is now good news to hear that Uganda has been declared Marburg free by the World Health Organization (WHO).
This resolution follows a 42 days period of surveillance ever since the health worker died of this dangerous virus. The period included isolating the people that the health worker had contact with. The two cycles of incubation that both counts to 42 days is followed by the WHO and it is from informed judgment that this world health body has congratulated the Government of Uganda and the Ministry of health for containing this dangerous virus that had threatened travellers to undertake safaris to Uganda.
Uganda announced the Marburg outbreak after the laboratory tests confirmed a 30-year-old male radiographer, for having lost his dear life resulting from this hemorrhagic fever on September 28th, 2014. After this incident, 197 people many of which are his relatives and colleagues who had gotten in contact with him were isolated from the public. Though eight (8) of them developed Marburg-like symptoms, they all tested negative for the viral hemorrhagic fever. This was followed by an announcement fr
om the Health Ministry cautioning the public to reduce contact with wild animals like fruit bats, wearing gloves for the case of health workers and required protective equipment while dealing with patients. This did not only inconvenience the local people but also inconvenience those on safari in Uganda.
The Marburg virus was first recognized in 1967, following the sickness of 31 people in German and Yugoslavia in an outburst that was later traced back to the laboratory monkeys that were imported from Uganda. In Uganda, the virus broke out in 2012 and nine (9) out of eighteen (18) people that were infected. However for this case, the country has lost only one person implying the strengthen efforts to curb the virus.
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Thursday, 6 November 2014

ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY; A GREAT UGANDA SAFARI DESTINATION – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

rhinosPositioned in Nakitoma, Nakasongora district 182km north of Kampala, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a habitat of the only surviving wild species of white rhinos in Uganda which are always encountered on Uganda safari tours. The sanctuary which is currently containing fifteen (15) southern white Rhinos is re-known as a perfect stop for travellers connecting to Murchison falls National Park.
Initially, Uganda had rhino species but were poached to extinction during the period of turmoil that characterized Uganda from the independence time in 1962 up to 1986 that saw the rhinos get extinct in 1983. The Rhino Fund Uganda a non-governmental organization that was formed in 1997 to work towards reintroducing rhinos which is endangered globally back to the Uganda safari National Parks through the program of breed and release. In this initiative, the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary emerged which is 7000 ha of savannah and indigenous woodland that is owned privately by Captain Joe Roy, who has Ugandan citizenship. The memorandum of understanding was reached between the two parties and a thirty (30) year license featuring sole usage rights was offered to Rhino Fund Uganda to utilize the land and in return the fund introduced the rhinos in 2005/2006.
The program started with six (6) rhinos of which four (4) were bought from the Kenya’s Solio Ranch while the other two (2) were donated by the Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, in the United States. Now boasting of fifteen (15) rhinos, Ziwa rhinos sanctuary is one of the great destinations that are not likely to miss on the lists of travellers planning safari tours to Uganda as it presents one of the Big five land animals i.e. Rhinos alongside elephants, buffaloes, leopard and lion that dwell in the adjacent Murchison Falls National Park.
Besides rhino tracking, Ziwa rhino sanctuary is also known for shoebill canoe ride, birding and impressive nature walks all which combine the visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary by travellers on safari in Uganda memorable.
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GORILLA PERMITS BOOKING INFORMATION – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

gorillasMountain gorilla trekking is one of the lucrative tourist activities in both Uganda and Rwanda as these tourism resources are only found in three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo and because of instabilities, Congo is not well set for this activity. The National Parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga for the sake of Uganda and Volcanoes for the sake of Rwanda form a perfect ground for this activity.
It is important to note that a traveller on Uganda gorilla trekking safari or gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda has no opportunity to encounter gorillas if he / she is not equipped with a fully booked gorilla trekking permit. The gorilla permit is a mere document/card
that is issued by the respective regulatory bodies giving the travellers full rights to undertake the gorilla tracking experience in any of the respective gorilla parks in these two countries.
As a result of increased demand for mountain gorilla tracking, it is very important to reserve your gorilla permit in advance which does not only enable you to have the trekking encounter but also gives you an opportunity to choose your favorite gorilla region and family to trek for the case of Uganda. And if you have done this preparation in time and the gorilla permit is fully booked and payments made, the gorilla trekking encounter can be guaranteed holding other factors constant.
In Uganda, the gorilla permits are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters on Kiira road Kampala for Bwindi permits and UWA Mgahinga National Park headquarters for Mgahinga permits while in Rwanda, the gorilla permits can be acquired at ORTPN offices in Kigali and Ruhengeri.
The prices of the gorilla permits tend differ regarding seasons. For example in Uganda, the permit for trekking gorillas cost $600 for foreign nonresidents, $500 for foreign residents and 250,000/= for East African residents for the peak season. In the low season especially November, there are promotional offers where gorilla trekking permits go for $350 for foreign residents, $250 for foreign residents and 100,000/= for East African citizens. The price of gorilla tracking permits in Rwanda is $750 for foreign nonresidents, $375 foreign residents and 30,000Frw for Rwandan citizens. This information works towards guiding travellers planning Uganda gorilla safari holidays or gorilla safari tours in Rwanda.
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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

MUHABURA HOTEL; AN IDEAL BUDGET ESTABLISHMENT TO TRACK GORILLAS IN RWANDA - RWANDA SAFARI NEWS

lodgerwandaRwanda is one of the destinations in East Africa that is known for gorilla trekking safaris alongside canopy walk in Nyungwe, Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe and Rwanda wildlife safaris in Akagera National Parks. Being a lucrative activity, the gorilla trekking have on Volcanoes National Park receives enormous numbers of travellers most of which are gorilla trekkers. The overnight stay of these travellers is something to be thought about and various proprietors have come up with different establishments to enable wellbeing of all classes of Rwanda gorilla safari undertakers.
Muhabra Hotel positioned in the district of Musanze along the Gisenyi road offers an ideal budget establishment for travellers undertaking gorilla safaris in Rwanda. Established in 1956, Muhabura was the initial stone constructed building in town featuring Indian shop style whose materials are largely the volcanic big boulders. Initially, it was named Hotel Mimosa and King Rudahigwa used to spend an overnight at this establishment during his Rwanda safari tours. In 1968, Otto Rusingizandekwe acquired its ownership and he made efforts to add some rooms but maintaining the architectural design. Upon acquiring it, he changed the name to Muhabura citing it as a reference point. In 2007 -2009, the hotel was further expanded to accommodate the growing numbers of Rwanda gorilla tour undertakers by adding more sixteen (16) rooms while apartments were constructed on the north side.
The hotel praises its self for having hosted the lesading world gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey during her times at the Rwanda gorilla camp. She used to put up in room 12. Muhabura hotel boasts of a range of guest facilities among which unclude the following; Balcony, Camping, Children Playground, Conference facilities, Garden, Gift shop, Parking, Restaurant and Bar, Sauna and massage. These are designed to ensure comfort among the travellers on safari in Rwanda.
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