Thursday, 3 December 2015

The pope acknowledges the Uganda ’s uniqueness

visit ugandaThe reigning Pope Francis has just returned from his tour to Africa including Uganda tour and is delighted to announce the uniqueness of Uganda.
This trip marks his first step in Africa which according to him was filled with surprise and amusement over the great welcoming sense held amongst the people including Ugandans. The Pontiff returned to Vatican on Monday following the 7 day trip where he traversed a range of countries including Uganda, Kenya and Central African Republic of which among all Uganda appeared unique to him considering the aspect of Uganda Martyrs whose history is a living Uganda safari product worth exploring
While responding to a range of questions posed by journalists on the papal plane regarding the visited countries, Pope Francis noted that every nation features a distinctive factor where Kenya is marked by modernity while Uganda is marked by the story of the Martyrs which he explored in detail by visiting both Catholic and Anglican shrines – the places where the converts were killed in cold blood on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga.
The Pope arrived in Uganda on the 27th Nov visiting the country popularly referred to as the Pearl of Africa for a period of 3 days where he led an open air papal mass at Namugongo Martyrs Shrine which was attended by counts of believers including travelers that were on safari in Uganda. Other events that marked the Pope’s visit include the Youth meeting at Kololo, the Bishops, Priests and Seminarians meeting, Kabaka (King) of Buganda’s meeting, Presidential Meeting, Diplomatic corps and government officials meeting not forgetting a visit to Nalukolongo Charitable Center. The Pope left Uganda on Sunday for Central African Republic where he is convinced that the desire for reconciliation and peace were sowed.
Uganda stands among the beautiful countries in the world with magical tropical climate, verdant green vegetation, open savannahs and dense forests like Bwindi Impenetrable, towering mountain ranges some of which feature snow caps like Rwenzori Mountains, flowing streams and rivers like the world’s longest Nile river, expanse lakes like Lake Victoria, deep valleys, gorges like Kyambura and steep rift valley escarpments like Kichwamba and Butiaba, myriad of wild game including the classic Big five that form the ground for Uganda safaris, primates like chimpanzees and the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas that present a rich ground gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and diverse cultures with remarkable traditions, beliefs and customs that combine to make Uganda a unique country as pronounced by the Pope.

The mapping of historical sites and buildings in Kampala completed

mappingThe map with pictures of Fifty one (51) historical buildings along with sites that were sieved out of the 100 historical sites and buildings was completed and launched in a strategic move to facilitate the development of Uganda safari tours in Kampala city.
The historical buildings featured include Bulange which is the Parliament of the ancient Kingdom of Buganda, Twekobe which is the King of Buganda’s palace and the Churches like Rubaga and Namirembe Cathedrals. These buildings and sites are re-known custodians of history and culture which has at times prompted world travelers to plan safaris to Uganda thus worthy of preservation.
The Map was of recent launched in Kampala and was an idea of the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda implemented in conjunction with the Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda Tourism Board, Uganda museum along with the Buganda Heritage and Tourism Board the bodies responsible for management, preservation, promotion and sustainable utilization of the identified sites also explored on safaris in Uganda.
The other buildings of great history featured on the map include the Main Building of Makerere University, the Uganda Parliament, Baha’i Temple, Railway Station, Kampala Mayor's Parlor, Old Kampala Police Station, Hindu Temple, Old Mulago Hospital, the National Theatre, Currency Building of the Bank of Uganda, Mengo Primary School, Treasury Building and Uganda Bookshop among others.
Besides the historical building, the map feature a range of historical sites including Kasubi Tombs, the Kabaka Njagala Road, the Kabaka’s Lake, Amin Dungeon in Mengo and the Independence Monument which are also re-known Uganda Safari products.
According to the Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda Executive Director Emily Drani, this map took a count of two (2) years to compile following a complex and systematic process. The selection process featured sites and buildings constructed in the year 1969 and below, the cultural importance attached to them, their openness to the owners and the public, their ownership whether private or government and the no restructuring or demolition plans.
The project was conducted with the financial assistance from Bread for the World and Irish government along with three (3) young men which include the Zaake de Conninck and Kintu de Conninck. The value held in these heritage sites is really significant for the national development as they help to connect the past, present and the future. Therefore the map is expected to draw consensus that will work towards continued existence of Kampala and the national heritage which will in turn ensure the continuity of cultural safaris in Uganda
The map was launched by the Chairman of the Uganda Tourism Board Mr. Tumusiime James who also reiterated the significance of cultural tourism world over and its continued rise and greater financial generation than the traditional nature tourism.
Donald Cronin the Irish Ambassador to Uganda who was part of the launch noted that these buildings and sites possess a considerable meaning whereby destroying them risks culture continuity. The travelers including those on safari in Uganda prefer learning about the people, their culture, history and many more. The Ambassador dared Uganda to boost her tourism to generate a lot of finances like Ireland that hosts over seven (7) million travelers per year which are surprisingly greater than her population of five (5) millions.

Monday, 23 November 2015

The Rwanda development board takes mantle at the pearl of Africa tourism expo

rwandaThe Rwanda Development Board the national agency responsible for the development of Tourism in Rwanda including popularizing the Rwanda safaris received great recognition at the concluded Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo which was held in Kampala Uganda.
The Rwanda Development Board was among the group of exhibitors that showcased their products at the event. Organized by the Uganda Tourism Board, the travel expo brought together a range of tour operators including those that package Uganda safari, travel agents, destination managers and other providers of tourism services exposing their various offers to the world.
The Rwanda Development Board decorated its stand in colors of Rwanda National Flag namely; yellow, blue and green. The lay out of the stand and the display of the exhibition materials made it to attract attention from the public including the travelers on safaris in Uganda that visited the expo.
The Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo presented another landmark opportunity where the operators of tourism businesses interact with new clients, undertake the networking and do market their products not forgetting crafting partnerships which would in turn prosper individual companies, nations and the region at large.
The expo facilitated the move to support the vision of building a sustainable regional industry and promoting the East African region as a single travel destination. The region is re-known destination with rich tourism resources ranging from wildlife to scenery and culture and heritage which if combined possess great potential to tourism success marked by increase in tourist arrivals.
The opportunity presented by such expose is increasingly being tapped and the interaction is going beyond the exchange of business cards to engaging in exact business. The distinction that exists between these countries presents an opportunity for business even between the operators between these states. A case in point is the use of the Rwandan travel companies by Ugandan based tour operators to secure the gorilla permits for Rwanda for their clients undertaking Rwanda gorilla safaris. The Ugandan counterparts also at times help the Rwandan based tour operators to ground handle their clients on Uganda wildlife safaris.
The operation of Single tourist Visa that allows travelers to explore the three nations of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda with one entry priced at $100 also enhances disconnectedness and promotes the region as a single destination.
Therefore the shinning of Rwanda Development Board at an expo organized in Uganda is a step to harmonious promotion and marketing amongst the regional states.

Friday, 20 November 2015

The African golden jackals / wolfs terrorize the ibanda community Uganda

jackalThe African Golden Jackals which have been studied of recent and name change proposed to African Golden Wolf due to their closeness to the Wolf other than the jackal is among the impressive Uganda safari products that make the wildlife safaris in Uganda rewarding
However, though these species form an impressive tourist product, it would be better if they remained in the protected areas. They have extended their wrath to the Ibanda Community and have so far brought to death to more than 100 domestic animals along with 2 people.
The personnel from the Uganda Wildlife Authority along with the Uganda Police have been on the search for these golden jackals but in vain. The entire community is increasingly getting concerned and as a result an emergency meeting was conducted at the headquarters of Nsasi Sub County on Friday last week to find a solution to the problem.
The converged members agreed to call for the support of the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces to undertake the jackal hunting. At the time of the meeting, the a range of 10 goats and sheeps had been killed in the morning in the sub counties of Nyamarebe and Nsasi
The Uganda Wildlife Authority Coordinator for the Ibanda sector Diao Ecume notes that jackals are challenging to hunt because they are swift sprinters. These species are actually killing more than what they can consume and like to undertake the hunting at night, early morning and within heavy rain and these are the times that people are always in their homes.
These golden Jackals are speculated to have strayed three weeks back from Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth National Parks and Katonga Wildlife Reserve which are among the re-known sites for Uganda Safaris.
The African golden jackal features the general appearance of grey wolf though it has light weight, small size, short legs, elongated torso and a short trail. The body of Male golden jackal measure between 71 – 85cm in length, 44.5 – 50cm in shoulder height and a weight of 6 – 14kg. The golden jackal greatly thrives in humid reeded areas, the flat shrub lands and floodplains.

The lions of kidepo valley national park regaining health from a strange disease

????????The lions are notable Uganda Safari products which are among the highly sought after species by the travelers visiting Uganda. In Mid this year, the lions of Kidepo got struck by a strange disease that affected their general health and aroused concern among the conservationists and the travelers on safaris in Uganda
The efforts to neutralize the occurrence were undertaken and the lions got sprayed in the month of August and it is impressive to hear that the health of these species is steadily improving though the Laboratory tests are not yet released.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority the public body responsible for the wildlife protection and management within and outside protected areas acknowledges the improvement in the lion’s health following their spray in August. The lions are noted to have reduced in weight, appeared emaciated as well as weak.
The cause of this strange situation among the lions is still speculation with some attributing it to decrease in the number of prey thus facing starvation or being attacked by a strange starvation. The right occurrence will be ascertained when results from the samples from the lions that were taken for analysis are released. This definitely restores hope among the nature lovers and the tourism developers as Kidepo is among the remarkable destinations that have been pulling a range of world travelers to plan safaris to Uganda.
The Medical team has since been undertaking the close monitoring on ground and is satisfied with the trend that the health of the lions is taking. The Park also features four cubs whose mother died after their birth but now fortunately surviving after being fed on special diet.
The samples were taken abroad and the process could not be in anyway easier because of the export and import restrictions set on wildlife by the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species. As further remedy, Kidepo features big mammals which are a challenging prey to the lions. As a result, Uganda Wildlife Authority intends to trans-locate over 100 antelopes from Murchison Falls National Park another Uganda safari tour destination to Kidepo so as to neutralize the issue of starvation.
Kidepo Valley National Park features a count of 132 lions standing among the parks in Uganda with great counts of lions and interestingly with a steady increase in the lion population compared to other destinations. Be part of the lions’ heath regeneration by exploring Kidepo Valley National Park while on safari in Uganda.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The pearl of Africa tourism expo exposes Uganda past borders

chimpanzeeUganda is part of the East African Federation and one of the remarkable tourist destinations in the region with rich attractions and exciting activities worth of influencing world travelers to undertake safaris in Uganda
As a way to showcase her beauty, Uganda organized the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo that has been running from Nov 17th up to today 20th Nov pulling a wide range of participants from within the country and across borders most of which included the sellers of Uganda Safari products.
Having run successfully for four days at the famous Kampala Serena Hotel, the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo which was opened by H.E Edward Ssekandi the Vice President of the Republic of Uganda brought together over 300 tourism exhibitors including the Kenyan Tourism Board, the Rwanda Development Board, the Zimbabwean Tourism Board and the South African Tourism Board.
The Expo marks a land mark contribution to the exposure of the travel products that can attract travelers to plan safaris to Uganda. The range of exhibitors that interacted one on one with the hosted buyers and the visiting public forms a strategic awareness enhancement not only for the travel products of Uganda but the region at large.
Uganda features both natural and man-made attractions. It is a geographically and ethnically diverse destination that is by all means worth exploring. Ranging from the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas in her habitats of Bwindi and Mgahinga to the classic wild game including the Big five in her savannah habitats of Murchison, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo, Ziwa Sanctuary and Kidepo Valley National Park not forgetting the intact prehistoric forests like Kibale, Budongo, Semliki and Kalinzu that support a great population of Chimpanzees coupled with abundant lakes and rivers like Victoria and Nile respectively, the towering highlands like the snowcapped Rwenzoris, the Volcanoes of Elgon, Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Gahinga along with the fascinating Kigezi Highlands, one can conclusively note that Uganda is naturally endowed.
The diversity of 65 tribal groups spread in different parts of the country most of which feature different ethnic backgrounds but harmoniously thriving together keeping their culture and traditions intact is a firm ground for the exploration of the typical ancient Africa that has been a wish to many of the travelers that originate from the modern world.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The discounted gorilla permits for 2016-17 a little higher

????????The Uganda Wildlife Authority has for long been extending discounted gorilla permits to the Uganda gorilla safari undertakers willing to travel in the months of April, May and December. This promotional offer has not only facilitated the low income travelers to realize their dream of encountering the mountain gorillas that are critically endangered but also assisted the country to neutralize the low season gap that used to prevail in the past.
The idea of these promotional permits is not yet to the end as the Uganda Wildlife Authority further announced it for the years 2016 / 2017 but with a little increment in price. The travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda in the mentioned months have been paying $350 for the nonresident foreigners but with the new arrangement a sum of $450 will be paid bringing along the $100 increment.
The Foreigners residing in Uganda with a valid work permit have been paying $300 to undertake the gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Park but with the new arrangement, the gorilla permit for the subsequent years of 2016 and 2017 will increase to $400 bringing along the $100 rise too.
The official Communication was passed by the Director of Tourism in the Uganda Wildlife Authority Mr. Raymond Engena while presenting at the Annual Tourism Forum held at Hotel Africana. However, Uganda Wildlife Authority did not come with the increment only. The body has offered a promotion for the Chimpanzee Permits in the Kibale National Park. The travelers who will be undertaking Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda in the months of April, May and November will be able to secure their respective permits at $100 other than the $150.
The extension of the promotional discount to the Chimpanzees as well presents a balanced cost spread favoring the world travelers that wish to explore the primates of Uganda at a low cost. This is anticipated to in turn increase the arrivals of Uganda safari undertakers.
For the Uganda Wildlife safari sites like National Parks and the game reserves, the Uganda Wildlife Authority intends to maintain the fees that have been in operation in the year 2015. Interestingly, the Vehicle entry in the protected Areas has for long been paid in Shillings but the body has fixed $15 for each Van’s entry this assisting the travelers to pay in the currency of their choice. The self-drive travelers on safari in Uganda would definitely benefit from this arrangement as it eases their travel and access to the parks.
The discounted gorilla permits in Uganda are supposed to be paid in full and they are non-refundable. This requires for keen choice of travel dates by travelers other than acting out of speculation so as to avoid the loss of their hard earned money.

Gorilla trekking in uganda; a rich source for foreign exchange

bwindiThe gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda take you to the forested habitats of Bwindi and Mgahinga all positioned in the south west of the country. Trekking up the steep hills marked by dense jungle intercepted by deep valleys in search of the critically endangered mountain gorillas is always challenging but a rewarding endeavor in the wild.
To many, this marks the path to ancestry and reunion with species of common ancestry. It is a life time journey to discovery and adventure in the intense wild that gorillas still call home. The Impenetrable forest of Bwindi affirms its name. It is thick with dense undergrowth and with tall trees marked by a forest canopy. At some points, it is completely dark during the broad day light while at other points the ranger will have to use a machete to craft a way through for the travelers on gorilla safari in Uganda to realize their quest for these giant apes. This makes the journey in the mist above ordinary.
To the government, the Uganda gorilla safaris form a rich source of foreign exchange. The breathing hope for infrastructure funding, the education standard overhaul, the security strengthening, better health care, the increased employment opportunities and a perfect alternative for natural resource use that is actually more sustainable than any other.
The gorilla permit in the high season goes for $600 for the foreign travelers that are non-resident. For the resident foreigners, a sum of $500 is paid while for the East African citizen, 250,000/= payment is made. In the low season, the Uganda Wildlife Authority tends to extend discounted permits to the travelers intending to undertake gorilla safaris to Uganda during those months. And the non-residents would pay $350 which will increase in 2016 to $450, the residents pay $300 while the non-resident pay 150,000/=. This combined presents a perfect ground for the generation of foreign exchange that in turn nourishes the national economy.
Though the numbers of Uganda gorilla safari undertakers do fluctuate like any other tourist product, the gorilla destinations over the years have maintained a steady level of visitation that is by all means positive to the national development. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park takes a considerable share of these arrivals while the adjacent Mgahinga take the remainder. Bwindi features four gorilla trekking regions each with different gorilla groups. From Buhoma in the north with the gorilla families of Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura to Ruhija in the east with the gorilla groups of Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro, Rushaga in the south with gorilla groups of Bweza, Busingye, Mishaya, Kahungye and Nshongi and eventually Nkuringo with its single Nkuringo gorilla family, Bwindi stands as a perfect haven for gorilla trekking safaris and tours in Uganda.
The country features a sum of 104 gorilla permits where 96 of these are in Bwindi and the rest in Mgahinga. Now, with the habituation other two gorilla families in Bwindi, the permits will increase to 120 per day.

Friday, 13 November 2015

The pearl of Africa tourism expo on the door steps

tourThe destination Uganda is arranging the remarkable Pearl of Africa Expo named after her crown that was bestowed to her by Winston Churchill in the year 1908 after his safari in Uganda. Thus International Expo is set to run from the The global tourism fraternity has begun arriving for next week’s Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo in Kampala.
The expo is expected to show case Uganda as a country that has turned the page after years of dormancy in letting the world discover its un marched attractions.
Stephen Asiimwe confirmed that several high profile guests including hosted buyers, international media, marketing agencies started arriving over the weekend and have all hit the road to see the Mountain Gorilla enclave of Bwindi impenetrable national park, Kidepo national park dubbed the purest form of Africa like it was 200 years ago and Murchsion Falls- the home of the mightiest falls on River Nile.
“It is going to be a week of great activity and business, this is to make Uganda a preferred destination,” noted Asiimwe. So far several states including Kenya, Botswana, Iran, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria have all confirmed participation.
The country has a series of high profile activities lined up before the year ends.
The arrival of the tourism fraternity coincides with the revival of tourism cluster activities across the country.
There are 12 clusters spread across the country including Buganda, Ssese, Busoga, Eastern, Lango, Acholi, West Nile, Bunyoro, Greater Ankole, Kigezi and the Rwenzori cluster.

Pope’s coming to Uganda; the rich ground for religious tourism

Pope-Francis-is-comingThe world’s famous head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis is nearing the days of making his visit to the Pearl of Africa an Internationally recognized safari destination that have for long been attracting world travelers to plan safaris to Uganda.
The Pope’s Visit slated to take place on 27th – 29th November 2015 will join the moments of history that the nation Uganda has had an opportunity to experience. The Pope’s visit to Uganda is viewed as not only as of national significance but also of regional and the continent’s value. Uganda re-affirms her position as a significant home of the world believers with much basis on the 45 Uganda Martyrs that were killed in cold blood during the reign of Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda at the inception of western religion and eventual colonization in the year 1886.
The Namugongo Martyrs Shrine stands as a living testimony of what transpired during those days and the chief executioner Mukkajjanga’s post still stands in history forming one of the important Uganda safari attractions that religious travelers have always wished to spare part of their precious time for.
Religious Tourism is beyond leisure. It is a personal encounter with own spirit and what he / she believes in. It draws one closer to what he believes in and not only reinstates ones faith but also acts as a favorable ground for renewal and cleansing. The grounds where the counts of these Ugandans resolved to lose their lives for the sake of religion are by no means ordinary when it comes to the Pilgrimage factor and it is from this background that the potential for religions tours in Uganda is more than what one might actually be estimating.
The Uganda martyrs by all means have position on the world scale in terms of the religious significance. Importantly, they cut across the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Church who still form a considerable number of Christian population in the world. Establishing the strong ground and making them known to the world would easily generate fruit as market is already there. The Uganda Tourism Board – the marketing agency of Uganda aimed at increasing the numbers of world travelers undertaking Uganda safaris has already capitalized on the potential of Namugongo Martyrs Shrine to tap into the niche of religious travelers.
The body aims at rising the visibility of Uganda in terms of religious products to the fifth position globally following the first four namely; Israel, Saudi Arabia, Italy along with Jordan that are currently holding the mantle of faith based tourism.
The Pope’s travel to Uganda is a great factor to the realization of faith based tourism in this country. Regarding the publicity alone, the Pope is expected to travel with more than 200 Journalists from a range of media houses globally thus their coverage is itself a big step to publicize Uganda world over as a rich religious tourism destination. This comes after the assurance to the world that Uganda is indeed worth traveling to. The site which is known to pull over 2 million Pilgrims every year from both within and across borders will by all means reap big from the forth-coming visit of Pope Francis

Uganda wildlife education Centre (uwec) continues to win global awards

UWECThe Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) initially referred to as the Entebbe Zoo and one of the popular Uganda safari sites of recent acquired an International award from the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria which is an international body that brings together all aquariums and zoos on the global scale.
James Musinguzi the Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Education Center notes that the award to the body arises out of excellence in using the educational materials that are biodiversity related to support the United Nations Biodiversity decade starting from 2011 – 2020. This biodiversity decade aims at creating awareness among the people to appreciate the biodiversity value along with the steps that can be taken to ensure its conservation and sustainable use including being explored on safaris in Uganda.
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center attained this remarkable award in United Arab Emirates when the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums was conducting its annual general meeting and Conference. The education center is credited for being the only one on the continent of Africa to effectively utilizing the Uganda’s eco system approach.
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums which is a notable member of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) initiated a project of producing the communication materials for conservation education that include; posters, CDs and Mobile App that aims at enhancing biodiversity awareness among the visitors to zoos and aquariums including those on Uganda safaris. The Ugandan based zoo decisively utilized the tools innovatively at a range of events including Miss Tourism Uganda campaign in the video halls, the Zoo entrance, Entebbe Zoo animal exhibits along with workshops and local television.
This International award is an addition to the one that was extended to it by the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquariums in the month of March when it emerged the best Zoo in the East, West and Central of the African continent. The continuous accumulation of these accolades is considered significant for increased publicity and visibility of UWEC thus making it a favorite spot for world travelers planning safaris to Uganda.
The trend to visit the Zoos is increasing and over 700 million people are noted to be visiting the zoos and aquariums globally per annum. These visitors are then brought in contact with environmental education that eventually sticks to them and they appreciate the biodiversity value and the reverence for its continuity.

Queen elizabeth national park emerges the best attraction in east Africa

queenQueen Elizabeth National Park in the south west of Uganda stands as one of the famous Uganda safari destinations whose popularity has been rising overtime enabling it to gain position as the best destination in the East African region.
The world's famous travel platform – the Lonely Planet listed Uganda and her famous National Park of Queen Elizabeth National Park as among the valued destinations and attractions respectively that the world travelers including those planning safaris to Uganda should look out for in the year 2016. Other country destinations in the region featured include Kenya and the neighboring Tanzania.
The East African region ranks the third on the 10 annual hot-list of affordable destinations suitable for world travelers in the year 2016 according to the largest travel guide publisher in the World – the Lonely Planet. With the phrase “…Africa is a massive continent so you’ll be doing yourself and tourism in East Africa a favor if you take advantage of the cracking deals on offer to Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and the rest of the region.”, the Lonely Planet presents an immeasurable marketing support to these countries and re-affirms their remarkable beauty that these destinations have held since time immemorial. This is considered as a rich ground for increasing safaris to the region including the Uganda safaris.
The Lonely planet following the same accolade features the famous gorilla trekking which form the ground for gorilla safaris in Uganda, the amazing scenery of the Rift Valley along with the squeaky-sand beaches as among the great wonders in the world that travelers should endeavor to experience.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is teeming up with counts of tree climbing lions, the African elephants and over 600 species of birds that make it the first in the region in the number of species. The park offers guaranteed sights of a range of wildlife along with real intersection of open and woodland savannah, wetland and forested landscapes and not overwhelmingly congested.
The accolade is an addition to the range of others that the destination Uganda has gathered overtime and this helps to build confidence in the travelers’ decision to choose the Pearl of Africa – Uganda as their ideal next destination
The wildlife product featured in Queen Elizabeth National Park along with other 9 National Parks of Uganda is complimented by people and culture, events and conferences, remarkable scenery, mountains and water bodies to present Uganda as a memorable safari destination for people originating from different corners of the world.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Hilton kampala hotel set to open in december 2015

hiltonThe Hilton Hotel Kampala positioned on Nakasero Hill with all round views of Kampala city stands as one of the largest accommodation establishments in Kampala that have the potential of providing a considerable overnight stay for the range of travelers on safaris in Uganda.
Despite the numerous construction delays in the finishing of Hilton Hotel which was started with the aim of accommodating the dignitaries during the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the hotel has eventually come to accomplishment and the officials believe that it will open in December generating a minimum of 2,000 jobs and present additional up class accommodation to the Uganda safari undertakers.
The Aya group boss Mohamed Hamid has confirmed the official opening of Hilton Hotel in the month of December 2015. The proprietors believe that the hotel will enhance the hospitality image of Uganda which would in turn attract more travelers to plan safaris to Uganda.
Uganda still features low bed count and limited upscale accommodation units which partly affects her tourism and hospitality sector. Now, with the opening of such International chains of hotels like Hilton, Uganda is on the move to better her industry standards. The limited accommodation facilities results into increased accommodation tariffs that have always put the image of Uganda as an expensive destination which in turn affects the bed occupancy rate.
Hilton Hotel will stand as a fine luxury 5 star hotel in Kampala featuring a palm lined road leading to a domed five storey atrium along with 22 sculpted storey tower. Hilton Hotel features 272 luxury suites and the guestrooms presenting a range of facilities including three (3) restaurants, two (2) entertainment bars, an extensive health and beauty spa along with meeting and conference facilities taking over 1,000 delegates not forgetting the ballrooms for the private functions which will be open to all intending visitors including those on Uganda safaris.
The Hilton Hotel features a floor area of over 32,000m² and 23 floors. Uganda will come second to Kenya to possess the Hilton brand in the East and Central of Africa. Hilton Hotels & Resorts feature a range of over 550 hotels and resorts in over 80 countries in six (6) continents. Therefore, its opening in Kampala brings a lot of expertise and popularity not only for Kampala but for Uganda in general which will in turn increase the safaris and tours to Uganda

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Ugandan locals to be trained about taping into tourism revenue

waterfallsThe Tourism bodies of Uganda have unleashed the move to embark on the training of communities that neighbor the Uganda safari sites as a strategic effort to curb wildlife poaching
The Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities along with its agencies including the Uganda Tourism Board and the Uganda Wildlife Authority have already built Rwere Community Training Center worth $280million at the famous Uganda gorilla safari destination of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the district of Kisoro.
The newly built center according to Dr. Andrew Seguya the Uganda Wildlife Authority Chief intends to equip the residents of the area with the artisan skills like making of crafts such as ports and the portraits which attract the travelers on safaris in Uganda to buy.
The government aims at making these communities benefit from the travelers on safari in Uganda to enhance their individual livelihoods. This in turn will make them appreciate the significance of conservation and wildlife and desist from poaching.
The training center in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is just the beginning of the initiative that will roll to other national parks to implement the similar purpose. Seguya highlighted about this during the find raising dinner arranged at Kampala Serena Hotel where a sum of Ten (10) million shillings were gathered out of the required a hundred (100) million shillings that is required to equip the center that will open next year in February.
Considering the fact that wildlife still holds over 90% of the Uganda tour arrivals and yet poaching remains a significant issue, undertaking such initiatives is vital to craft a sustainable way of reducing poaching and ensure the continuity of species.
Additionally, the initiative is seen as a perfect means to development of community tourism where the local people penetrate the tourism circle and build the product by themselves and deliver it themselves which in turn is vital for the enhancement of their livelihoods and general transformation of their respective communities and the nation at large.

The USAID donates $1.6million road equipment to Uganda wildlife authority

roads in murchisonThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) a re-known International Aid Agency championed by the American people offered road equipment worth $1.6million to the Uganda Wildlife Authority a body that is responsible for the management of wildlife including those in protected areas that are explored on safaris in Uganda passing through her Uganda Biodiversity Programme that is effected by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
The road equipment donated include the bull dozer, grader, an excavator, two tippers, a vibro roller along with one low-bed transporter which all together are valued at $1.6million approximately 5.9billion Uganda Shillings after taxes.
The finances used to purchase the equipment are noted to be a portion of the $10million fund intended to support the biodiversity conservation in Uganda by the government of America extending for four years that will come to an end in the month of August next year according to the USAID / Uganda senior Biodiversity Programme Officer Sam Mwanda. This support towards Uganda’s biodiversity conservation is seen as a considerable move to its continuity and the continuity of Uganda safaris and tours as well.
The Uganda Biodiversity Programme under the USAID commenced in the year 2012 with the aim of addressing the Uganda’s biodiversity threats through supporting Uganda Wildlife Authority and National Forestry Authority in enhancing their capacity to developing and managing their respective protected areas’ infrastructure for the biodiversity monitoring and threats reduction.
The program which aims at achieving sustainable biodiversity conservation along with local economic growth in the National Parks of Lake Mburo, Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls as well as forest reserves of Kalinzu and Budongo is considered a positive move by a range of stake holders including the Uganda safari undertakers as it gives an assurance for the thriving of biodiversity which is still the core of Uganda’s tourism product.
The donated equipment is intended to enhance accessibility to and within the National Parks which will also make the monitoring and deployment easier. This comes at a time when Uganda Wildlife Authority had for a decade not received any brand new equipment for road construction which had subjected the body to incur high costs of maintenance.
The UWA Chief Dr. Andrew Seguya notes in appreciation of the equipment and acknowledges the central role that the equipment will play in increasing accessibility for easy monitoring and patrolling in the National Parks particularly Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley where cases of poaching are still high. The equipment will also be used to curb fire outbreaks, build trenches around National Parks to reduce human wildlife conflict and construct dams which can act as water sources for animals in the dry seasons.
It can be noted that the National Parks in Uganda are positioned in the wild some of which are remote and at times challenging to access. Therefore the receiving of the road equipment comes at the moment when travel to and within these parks have to be made easier to the conservationists and the leisure travelers on safari in Uganda.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The plan to revive the Ugandan airlines in the making

Uganda-AirlinesThe government of Uganda has reached a level where it can no longer sit in complacency in absence of the national carrier and the President himself acknowledges the significance of the carrier than without it including its prominent role in increasing safaris to Uganda.
President Museveni while in the 11th Northern Corridor Infrastructure Project Summit held in Nairobi Kenya expressed the desire to revive the national carrier in order to neutralize the exorbitant fares that are met by Ugandans and other travelers connecting to the Uganda route including travelers on Uganda safaris as they fly with carriers of other countries.
Considering the fact that the air fare in the region is high despite that initial arrangements under the Northern Corridor Infrastructural Project (NCIP), the desire to revitalize the national airline to counteract such fares is by all means necessary. In addition, Ugandans need easy access to regional market which is a necessity that is vital for all Ugandans doing business.
The reports from the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) represented by Mr. Ogene Fred the acting chief executive officer indicate that the President has already directed the revival of the Ugandan Airlines. The Corporation has already passed on the task to the Ministry of Transport to oversee the Uganda Airlines revival.
The Ministry of Transport has already hired the International Audit firm the Ernst & Young to undertake the evaluation of the viability of the Ugandan Airline and the results were very promising which indicates the potential of the carrier to succeed and run sustainably thus ensuring long term use even for the Uganda safari undertakers
The government is in quest of about $300m as the startup investment in the revival of the national carrier. Once revived, the Ugandan Airlines will be the only business venture of the government under the supervision of Uganda Development Corporation and the body will sell off shares gradually up to when it completely private sector controlled.
The Ugandan Airline saw its liquidation in the month of May 2001 and at the time of its liquidation; the Uganda Airline had a debt of $6million. The closure of the Airline affected the country’s visibility on global scale and the Air connection as well. The travelers to Uganda including those coming for safaris in Uganda require connecting to the neighboring countries before connecting to Uganda.

Ugandan youth exploring the benefits of tourism development

????????The Tourism sector is currently among the significant contributors to the Gross Domestic Product of Uganda generating considerable sums of foreign exchange gathered from the Uganda safaris. The sector is also re-known for its immense multiplier effect that trickles down the value chain creating a lasting impact on the lives of both the educated and the less educated citizens.
The Youth population 7,310,386 individuals in Uganda are noted to be in between the age of 15 – 24 years which makes the population pyramid in Uganda triangular presenting a high population growth rate that requires sustainable measures to contain and engaging the youth in tourism is one way to achieve this.
The safaris in Uganda featuring a range of products including the wildlife, people and culture, mountains and adventure, water and recreation and events and conferences present enormous opportunities for the youth. Uganda crowned the Pearl of Africa is a traveler’s paradise with mountain gorillas that are globally endangered, the Chimpanzees, the Big five of land animals, the diverse cultures presented by 65 tribal groups, the 50% of the African bird species, water bodies including the gigantic Victoria lake – the second largest fresh water lake in the world and great Mountains like Rwenzori standing as the third highest on the African continent.
The above mentioned diversity presents diverse scope of opportunities that can be explored by the youth especially the employment aspect both paid and self. The youth are embarking on the venture of souvenir trade where they participate in making of arts and crafts along with operation of craft centers and hawking the craft products which in turn has provided them with source of livelihood. Instead of the Uganda safari undertakers again taking the products gathered from other countries, it would be wise if the youth close the gap and supply the authentic Ugandan made souvenirs to the traveling world.
Besides the souvenir trade, strategizing to acquire the required skills in the technical operations of the tourism and hospitality industry is one way of guaranteeing the youth of sustainable livelihood. The hotels and lodges which offer accommodation to the travelers on safari in Uganda require the skilled chefs, the service staff, the front office staff and the prominent housekeepers of which the Ugandan Youth can ably tap into. The travel part presents the opportunities for tour guiding, travel consultancy and general operations which is a suitable exploration ground for the youth in Uganda.
Tourism relies in conservation and the range of conservation sites in Uganda ranging from the National Parks to the game reserves, Sanctuaries, Zoo and other protected areas require personnel to ensure their smooth existence and no one can ably satisfy these positions other than the youth. This presents a rich ground for the youth to tap into the benefits of tourism development in Uganda

Uganda wins at magical kenya tourism expo

Magical_KenyaThe destination Uganda is among the popular tourist sites in the region with remarkable visitor products that form the ground for memorable encounters including Uganda gorilla trekking safaris. Having enrolled herself to participate in the magical Kenya tourism expo that took place from 15th – 17th October 2015, little did she know that her products would mesmerize the world and attract a crowd to her stand.
Like how she had scooped the award at the Indaba Fair in South Africa close to the middle of this year, Uganda again emerged the best at the magical Kenya tourism expo an event that was attended by a myriad of participants both from the region and the International looking for the means of how to sell the East African leisure and travel products to the traveling world including the Uganda safaris.
This is a considerable strength that is being added onto Uganda complementing a range of accolades that the nation has been gathering overtime including being the 2012 leading destination, the winning at Indaba fair, her destinations being famous internationally like Bwindi being the number one birding spot in Africa, Mount Rwenzori being among the challenging mountains to climb in the world and Kidepo Valley National Park being the third best park in Africa. This has in turn influenced a range of world travelers to take safaris to Uganda.
The Magical Kenya Expo which was conducted close to the Mombasa Coastal City in Diani saw Uganda take the Grand Award for possessing the Overall Best Exhibition stand along with the best stand design at the 5th edition of this International travel expo. The winning was attributed to the general appearance of the stand along with the customer services made Uganda to attract great count of local and international attention from the hosted buyers to her stand as noted by the Chief Executive Officer of the Marketing Society of Kenya Waithera Ng'ang'a.
The Magical Kenya Tourism Expo 2015 was a successful event having attracted a count of 120 participants from a range of countries world over including national tourism boards, the hosted buyers along with suppliers.
The Uganda Tourism Board Chief Executive Director Stephen Asiimwe acknowledges the award noting that it is as a result of deliberate marketing and promotion that the body has invested in overtime with the intention of increasing Uganda safaris.
Over sixteen (16) Ugandan firms participated at the Expo including the Prime Uganda Safaris and Tours Ltd represented by its owner  Samuel Makanga. Uganda also intends to run an expo titled the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo that will run from November 17th – 19th 2015 and with the growing fame of Uganda, the participants in the forthcoming expo are anticipated to much more than those of last year.

Monday, 19 October 2015


????????Mountain gorillas are among the Primate Species that are apparently thriving in the world and they are listed as critically endangered due to their low populations and confined habitats which are threatened by encroachment and yet the gorillas themselves take long to produce and multiply as noted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Scientifically named Gorilla gorilla beringei and also locally referred to as Ngagi in Rukiga, the mountain gorillas have become a popular attraction not only in Uganda but Africa at large prompting a range of world travelers to undertake gorilla trekking in safaris in Uganda.
Noted to be weighing 300 to 425 pounds, the mountain gorilla’s life span is given at 53 years and it thrives in a dense rain forest with vegetation forming much of its food component while its life is threatened by humans and leopards. This makes mountain gorillas impressive to encounter while on gorilla safaris in Uganda
The mountain gorillas apparently live in the dense jungles of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south west of Uganda and in a thread of forested mountain landscape of the eight (8) Virunga Volcanoes that stretch from south western tip of Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo passing through Rwanda. A population of 880 mountain gorillas is known to be living in the wild with none known to exist in captivity. The Uganda’s Bwindi alone contains 400 out the mentioned number. This makes it a popular Uganda gorilla safari destination.
Mountain gorillas are known to be gigantic powerful short creature that is marked by a large head and a hairless black muzzle. Its arms are rather longer than the legs and a fully grown male can be twice the female one in terms of size. The male gorilla is called a silverback because of its silver patch on its back that makes it impressive to look at while on a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda.
Mountain gorillas are among the Primate Species that are apparently thriving in the world and they are listed as critically endangered due to their low populations and confined habitats which are threatened by encroachment and yet the gorillas themselves take long to produce and multiply as noted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


????????Gorilla safaris in Uganda are noted to be among the lucrative activities of tourism in the country Uganda today. The encounter allows the travelers from different parts of the world to have moments with the mountain gorillas whose fate is still listed as critically endangered by the IUCN on its famous red list.
Undertaking a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda cannot be effected if one does not have in possession of the gorilla permit. The gorilla permit which is a document that has been summarized into an electronic card as part of the innovative systems that have been on going at Uganda wildlife Authority to make the access to the protected areas easier is issued by the same Authority under sole arrangement that only allows one to purchase it directly or through an agent.
Gifted with two destinations where Uganda gorilla safaris can be conducted namely Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda has in total 104 gorilla permits that are distributed in her thirteen (13) gorilla families that are habituated. These Permits are always available every day and they are sold out on the arrangement of first come first serve which at times take people by surprise to find out that they cannot get even a single permit to track gorillas on a particular day because of their late booking.
As a result of the high demand, the travelers interested in gorilla trekking safari tours in Uganda are advised to undertake the reservation of the gorilla permit way in advance so as to guarantee themselves the trekking experience. Also earlier booking enables one to select the region of his choice from the four trekking regions of Bwindi where he / she intends track the gorillas from. This too has an effect on the accommodation as earlier booking enable you to book the permits in the respective region where your preferred lodge exist.
It can be noted that it is a requirement from the Uganda Wildlife Authority that the permit is not yet booked until one has deposited on it. Normally, the issuing organization allows a 30% deposit for the booking that is 3 months to the date of tracking and beyond this period the full amount is required. However for the Mgahinga trekking permits are paid on ground as a result of the family former crossing to the adjacent Congo. Thus, one pays when the park authorities have fully ascertained that the group is available.
The gorilla permit in Uganda is still standing at $600 for the foreigners that do not stay in the East African community, $500 for the foreigners that stay in the partner states of the East African Community and then 250,000/= for the natives of the partner states of the East African community. Most times, the Uganda Wild life Authority (UWA) offers discounts in these prices and this is always done for the wet season months that run from April to May and then November. This offer is always announced at the beginning of the year. When the discount is extended, the $600 reduce to $350, the $500 reduce to $300 and the 250,000/= reduce to 150,000/=
The booking process is followed by gorilla permit printing process and at this point the Uganda Wildlife Authority requires your passport details including the name, nationality, passport number and date of birth to enable them keep a clear track of the records. The foreign residents need to show the proof of their resident status in the region and the citizens as well to be allowed to undertake a gorilla safari in Uganda at a reduced price.


Kyambura game lodgeLocated at the boundary of the Uganda safari destination of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyambura Game Lodge is a typical safari lodge that ultimately blends with the wilderness that surrounds it.
Queen Elizabeth National Park in the south west of Uganda is one of the commonly visited micro destinations by travelers on safaris in Uganda and as thus understanding accommodation that surrounds it is a positive step to offering these travelers the much needed information about the destination.
Kyambura Game Lodge overlook the a deep gorge below and distant escarpments not forgetting the views of Rwenzori Mountains and the rolling savannah that mark the Albertine rift flats thus presenting and ideal relaxing environment for travelers that would prefer a less spoilt atmosphere.
The accommodation at Kyambura Game lodge is offered in seven (7) well designed luxury cottages that are grass thatched en suite with showers and bath tubs overlooking the park, fitted with a wooden private balcony, 220v electricity inside the cottage and a private environ that apart from the next cottage thus presenting travelers on Uganda safaris and tours a total private atmosphere which is a typical characteristic of a luxury safari lodge.
The cottages feature environmentally friendly materials that have been crafted by the local artisans and crafts men with considerable dexterity which they have gathered for centuries past when building their traditional huts. Kyambura Game Lodge also features a swimming pool that is suitable to the at times high temperatures that mark the area and the travelers can always make a swim after a rewarding wild game viewing in the park.
The camp fire fully set with the possibility the Banyaruguru dance troupe make the stay at Kyambura Game Lodge a memorable encounter and a close touch with nature and culture which is a unique factor that most travelers are always in quest of.
The lodge features a restaurant, bar and a reception area and its Kitchen is fully set to handle domestic and International Cuisine meal orders. The staff is very friendly and set to serve according to your interests. This combines to make Kyambura Game Lodge worth of stay while on a safari to Uganda.


P1030652Uganda has got dense tropical forests that supports counts of primates among which include the critically endangered mountain gorillas that form a ground for gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Common Chimpanzees that form a ground for chimpanzee trekking and Chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale National Park among other wildlife. The existence of these primate concentrations has qualified some of the protected areas like Kibale National Park as the primate capital of the world.
In order to ensure the encounter of Uganda safari undertakers with these species, they have been habituated to tolerate human presence. The fully habituated chimpanzees are always encountered on chimpanzee trekking safaris that offer one hour of direct encounter with Chimpanzees which are regarded as man’s closest relative sharing 99% of DNA.
However, travelers who have plenty of time on their safari tour in Uganda can opt for a more detailed chimpanzee habituation experience that lasts for a full day to enable them explore chimpanzees in detail. The encounter starts as early as 6am to catch up with Chimpanzees as they leave their nests heading out to copulate, feed, breastfeed, hunt, patrol and display up to 7pm when they build their new nests. This allows the travelers to explore the chimpanzees in detail and the activity is best done in Kibale National Park – Uganda and can be incorporated in your Uganda gorilla safari or in your wildlife safari in Uganda.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Exploring the nshongi gorilla family

nshongi gorilla familyThe Nshongi gorilla family is one of the twelve habituated gorilla families that are found in destination Bwindi explored on gorilla safaris in Uganda. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the largest mountain gorilla habitat not only in Uganda and the region but also at the international level.
Nshongi gorilla family with a count of eighteen (18) members features a considerable rich history basing from its status of being the largest group of mountain gorillas ever been habituated. The travelers planning to take gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda are always taken by the writings about Nshongi gorilla group prompting them to develop immense desire to track it once they are in Uganda.
Positioned in Rushaga to the Bwindi south another region in Bwindi where gorilla trekking in Uganda is also conducted, Nshongi gorilla family is part of the five gorilla groups that mark the area. Being the founding family and the base for these other gorilla families of Mishaya, Bweza, Busigye and Kahungye, Nshongi gorilla group is very respected and historical.
The Nshongi gorilla group at the time of habitation had over 36 members and the intense habituation experience saw the group introduced for tracking in the month of September the year 2009. The group derives its name from Nshongi river where it was first spotted. The male Silverback took over the name Nshongi and maintained the dominancy of the group.
Like many gorilla groups of its caliber, the Nshongi gorilla group could not hold together anymore beyond July 2010 when the Mishaya Silverback decided to separate to form the Mishaya gorilla family that is apparently explored on Uganda gorilla safaris reducing the former group to 26 members. The separation of Mishaya opened the doors for other members and in the year 2013, the Bweza Silverback also separated to establish the Bweza gorilla group with a count of 10 members which reduced the Nshongi group to the 18 member status.
Tracking Nshongi gorilla group on gorilla safari in Uganda requires you to buy the Uganda gorilla permit for Rushaga region from the Uganda Wildlife Authority standing at $600 for the foreign nonresident and the $500 for the foreign resident and then 250,000/= for the citizens of the member states of the East African community and its encounter commences from 8am at the park headquarters and the duration may range from 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements. Interestingly, the gorilla group thrives in verdant vegetative region that offers chances for exploring other Primate species, butterflies and a myriad of birds.

Exploring mantana’s tented camp in lake mburo national park

mihingo safari lodgeThe Lake Mburo National Park to the south west of Uganda stands among the famous Uganda safari destinations that present diverse flora and fauna worth exploring. The Mantana Tented Camp compliments the wilderness of Lake Mburo to derive a remarkable stay in the park.
Mantana Tented Camp impressively located on the hill of Rwamahungu with the views of Lake Mburo National Park stands as an upmarket or call it luxurious accommodation for the travelers visiting Lake Mburo on safaris in Uganda.
This intimate small serene wilderness camp features a typical African safari atmosphere which makes its stay an encounter of its own presenting an ideal for the exploration of Lake Mburo National Park including taking activities like walking Uganda safaris, the game drives, the night drive, birding and boat cruise on the calm looking Lake Mburo.
The wilderness affluent accommodation at Mantana Tented Camp is presented in environmentally blending spacious and lush tents that stand on raised wooden decks equipped with the sitting room along with the dining area and the bar.
The count of the nine (9) tents that thrive at the site boast of private verandah, en suite toilet and bush shower along with a dressing room, showers and the hot water making each accommodation unit self-sufficient generating a complete experience on safari in Uganda.
The Mantana Tented Camp has never been short of impressive towels and bedding, soap and other toiletries that keep your stay comfortable. In your private tent, you enjoy the natural lighting generated from the intense sun radiation that is common in the rangeland of Ankole where Lake Mburo National Park is located. The bar and dining facilities are also positioned on the raised platform offering the views of the park’s savannah landscape while taking your thrilling lunch, dinner or an evening sun downer on a Uganda tour.
The Mantana Tented Camp is a surrounded by an area which is a common dwelling ground for the warthogs, the Burchell’s Zebra, Buffalo, Impala, civet cats along with a myriad of birdlife. The Lake Mburo Camp of Mantana group that operates a range of safari camps in the region stand as at an altitude of 4,308 feet and the geographical coordinates of 00.37’01.16”S and 30.58’48.04”E.
Lake Mburo National Park remains the smallest savannah game park in the destination Uganda with an extended wetland system that is part of the greater Lake Victoria catchment. The greater section of the park is marked by acacia species and the open savannah grassland that is increasingly being reduced by the ever increasing woodland accruing from the absence of large shrub consumers like elephants to tame it. The park supports counts of Rothschild giraffes that have been re-introduced from Murchison Falls National Park, the great counts of Burchell’s Zebra in Uganda, the Topi antelope, Impala, warthogs, the defassa water bucks, the bush bucks, leopards, the Buffaloes among other species. The ancient rocks that date back to 500 million years ago common dwelling for the Klipspringers combine with the rest to generate a remarkable experience in Lake Mburo National Park which using Mantana Camp as your base.

The fascinating historic moment when mountain gorillas were encountered drinking water

gorilla & waterThe mountain gorillas unlike other wildlife always explored on gorilla safaris in Rwanda are noted not to be fans of water drinking especially from the streams and lakes since they get most of the moisture from the food along with morning dew.
In acknowledgment of this, the International gorilla researcher Dian Fossey had noted in her journals that the mountain gorillas featured a dislike for rain and could dislike the water in general as they try to cross the streams in their habitats without getting themselves wet as at times explored by travelers on Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris.
However as wildlife remains wildlife despite the considerable human encounter, the mountain gorillas were one day found in the 2013 rainy season drinking water in the massif of Virunga by Jean Felix Kinani a Rwandan Researcher which was a fascinating moment not only to him but to the world that received the breaking news of the event that had been noticed.
Kinani on his routine check for gorilla health was tracking the Hirwa gorilla group one of the ten gorilla groups that are explored on gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda on 16th April 2013 in his capacity as a veterinary doctor came a cross Munyinya Silverback along with other individuals utilizing the back of their hand to drink water which was a unique observation ever recorded among the mountain gorillas which are noted to be ascertaining great count of their fluid consumption from the vegetation that they consume.
The researcher encountered the group along the Rwebeya stream that traverses the Volcanoes National Park and is always a river of considerable size in the rainy season at times causing damage to the houses adjacent to it. The observation was notably unique and the first of its kind to be recorded among the critically endangered apes – the mountain gorillas.
At times the mountain gorillas especially the infants play in shallow water pools in the dry season. They like viewing their reflections at times pondering that it might be another gorilla down there and they tend to make gestures and attempt to touch their viewed reflection. But the case of encountering them on the stream in the rainy season drinking water was rare and the first of its kind.
The mountain gorillas with about 880 populations noted to be remaining in the wild are spread in three locations namely the Virunga massif connecting Rwanda, Uganda and Congo and forming a rich ground for gorilla trekking safaris and tours in Rwanda and Uganda and the second habitat being Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that form the ground for gorilla safaris in Uganda.