Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Sport fishing in uganda-uganda safari news

fishing -ugandaWith almost 1/3  of Uganda being covered with different water bodies such as lake Victoria, river Nile, lake Edward, L.Albert, swamps, sport fishing is one of the famous and enjoyable tourism activities which make Uganda a unique destination and the highly rewarding activity gives memorable experiences to tourists on their Uganda safaris. Sport fishing activities in Uganda’s lakes, rivers, swamps is done by expatriotes and even international fishermen on their safaris in Uganda because the different water bodies provide wide range of opportunities where international fishermen on the safaris to Uganda to check on their strength and line when Uganda’s respected Nile perch of one hundred pounds bites.
The Adventurous sport fishing in Uganda is mainly done on the waters of Lake Victoria and also visitors on wildlife safaris in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park can participate in the activity in the waters of river Nile which bisects the park into two parts. The magnificent activity n Uganda’s largest protected area is done in the foot hills of Murchison falls. The activity gives chance to fisher men to encounter the Nile perch which tends to weigh over 108 kilograms and the other species of fish which can be caught include the Tilapia which tends to weigh over 50kg as well as Tiger fish and Ngara ferocious among others.
The two banks of the southern and northern Nile found below Murchison Falls offer interesting, exciting but challenging experience to international anglers on Uganda safaris and tours to Murchison falls. The fishing activity is done on the rocks as well as the lower downstream in the pool of boats used by anglers in the Victoria Nile. The activity is backed up with the views of the wonderful roaring Murchison falls as well as sights of different bird species which are sighted roaming in the banks of the Nile River were sport fishing is done.
For so long, many international anglers undertake safaris to Uganda fish the Nile Perch fish species however the tiger fish as well as electric cat fish now these offer more experience excitement to anglers and the tiger species are considered to be the most aggressive of all the fish species living in the fresh waters in Uganda the land surrounded by water bodies. Uganda safari destination of Murchison, Lake Albert offer tourist on their safari tours to Uganda to spend time fishing the tiger fish with the help of alight spinning rod as well as light line among other means.
Fishing competitions are conducted by Uganda wildlife authority in Murchison falls and the recent competition attracted over 60 international anglers who under took safaris to Uganda to participate in the memorable activity and the winner who was from south Africa had rare experience of pull Nile perch worth 120 kilograms.
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Nature walks in Uganda’s forest - Uganda Safari News

nature walk in mabira forestUganda is blessed with beautiful ever green forests where different tourism activities like nature walks or forest walks are conducted. The country Uganda has various stunning, unexplored forest reserves attracting many Eco-tourists and researchers to undertake tours and safaris to Uganda mainly to enjoy different interesting activities offered in these forest sites.
The remarkable forest reserves where visitors on Uganda safaris can enjoy nature walks include the endowed Budongo Forest located in north western Uganda and also formatting part of the Murchison falls conservation area. The forest is one  vast forest reserves where travelers on safaris to Uganda interested in having nature walks can enjoy their trip. Participating in the nature trails in the forest reserve offers rare chance for visitors to view different primate species such as the human cuisines i.e. Chimpanzees as well as red and black colobus, monkeys, among others. Besides the primates the interesting nature walk through the dense ever green tree species in the forest enable the visitors to have an encounter with different forest bird species such as white-thighed horn-bill as well as species of puvel’s illadopsis housed in the forest.
The other recommendable forest reserve where one can enjoy nature walks while on his or her safari tour to Uganda is Mabira Forest which is just located mere 54km from Kampala Uganda’s capital city along Kampala –Jinja route. The green thick Mabira Forest can be explored discovered through participating in one of the extensive nature trails. The trails leads visitor to the middle parts of the forest where one can enjoy the cool serene environ, together with watching different bird species which are surviving in the forest reserve. The other activities which add up the experience in the forest is the cycle biking and birding.
Mpanga Forest Reserve is one recommendable Eco-tourism site where one can have relaxed nature walk .the site is situated in the 37 kilometers distance on western part of Uganda. The trails in the tea gardens offer an added opportunity for visitors on their gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda’s Bwindi to link to the Eco –tourism Center to enjoy experiential tourism activities.
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Illegal Human activities eating away River Nile-Uganda Safari News

nile riverThe famous River Nile is one of Uganda’s major tourist attractions drawing tourists to undertake safaris to Uganda in order to explore the river and also enjoy the different adventurous tourist’s activities. Despite of this, the rivers white waters as well as wildlife that make it so stunning and eye catching to both local and international tourists are in problem because of the different Illegal human activities carried out along the endowed  banks of the river. In order to save the world's beautiful river and the wonderful natural wildlife, birds which are the main tourist attraction responsible for many Uganda safaris today, government and all other tourism stake holders should take the responsibility to move to the nearby local communities staying in the areas next to River Nile to sensitize them about the benefit of conserving this natural feature.
The Nile Delta which is declared Ramsar sites consisting of different wetlands which are pronounced due to their being habitat to the different eco-systems such as wildlife ,birds as well as plant life and above all sense of cultural and recreational valves to the different travelers who undertake safaris to Uganda. Its however disappointing to hear that some local residents living in the areas of Buliisa District where the river bisects the two districts of Nwoya and Buliisa in the middle are encroaching on the river banks to grow their crops and also poach on endemic fish, hunt the birds as well as animal species when even government resource officers and tourism stake holders are observing without doing something to save the natural resource from being destroyed by the illegal human activities. If Uganda is ready to increase on number of safaris to Uganda and also maintain the name pearl of Africa as well as being number one destination, the government, private tourism stake holders, conservation non-governmental organizations should cooperate and protect the natural wonders such as River Nile and other water bodies, wetlands, forests, swamps, because these resources are irreplaceable once destroyed they cannot be regained. The only appropriate way to protect these resources is by involving local communities near the natural resources through community participation in different beneficial projects, and sensitizing them about the positive and negative importance of protecting natural resources around their areas.
Despite of the fact that River Nile is threaten by human activities, the river remains the best places in Uganda where tourists planning for a safari to Uganda can spend and experience adventurous activities in the pearl of Africa Uganda. Participating in the launch trips in Murchison falls which also offer views of birdlife wildlife, boat cruising in the river Niles in Jinja, bungee jumping, boat ridings and viewing the magnificent water falls in the different parts of the Nile River in water is memorable experience which no visitor on Uganda safaris and tours should miss.
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The world wide fund for nature gets shs 6 billion for conservation – Uganda safari news

rwenzori mountainThe World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is apparently in a state of happiness after securing 2.1 million Euros approximately 6.3 billion Uganda Shillings from the European Union and French Global Environment Facility to further its cause in the Pearl of Africa Uganda which is always encountered by travelers that undertake Uganda safaris and tours.
Running the campaign to Implement the Sustainable financing of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park project in the landscapes of Rwenzori one of the famous Uganda safari products, the secured money will be used in the districts of  Kabarole ,Ntoroko, Kasese,and Bundibugyo aiming at achieving effective Rwenzori Mountains National Park conservation through enhancement of sustainable financing mechanism that will help to realize the potential value of natural resources with involvement of the private sector.
The project goals include among others improving the incomes of the communities that surround these protected areas. The Rwenzori Mountain can be considered as Uganda’s gold mine which does not require extractive infrastructure, land property conflicts and score for miners but effective park management, enthusiastic people, few lodges where travelers on safaris and tours can sleep and proper marketing to start with. The Head of the European Union Delegation Kristian Schmidt noted that what makes Rwenzori further different from other gold mines is that the rest that will enhance its sustainable use will be self-generated.
The Head also noted that increase in crime towards natural resources is affecting the country’s earning from such resources. For example the increase in population is fueling poaching and encroachment on natural resources some of which are products that prompt world travelers to plan safaris to Uganda.
The project is estimated to cost Euros 2,109,427 and will be financed by the European Union (Euros 1,359,427) and the French Global Environment Facility (Euros 700,000). The private partners are expected to support the project with (Euros 50,000) and it is expected to have been completed in three and a half years.
The project will be targeting private sector to promote sustainable funding instruments including payment for ecosystem services and enhancing Eco-tourism for the conservation of biodiversity and generating of extra income of the park and the surrounding communities while aiming at reducing pressure in natural resources.
The process of consultation and regulatory framework adaptation will help to sustain the Payment for Ecosystem services according to David Duli the Country Manager for WWF. National Environmental Management Authority will help to give this move direction. This would even encourage the reviewing of the existing legal and fiscal set up, sensitization of policy makers and lead to drafting of provisions that would see Payment for Ecosystem Services promoted. This project will also strengthen the capacity of the poor people enhancing their knowledge and skill to make informed decisions. This will in turn enable them get access to financial resources including saving and access to credit through the partnerships and linkages with the private sector. The combination of the above endeavors will eventually ensure sustainability of the natural resources which will in turn ensure continued safaris and tours to Uganda.
By Siima Simon Peter
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Cultural Encounters in Mt. Elgon in Uganda – Uganda Safaris News

mount elgonMt Elgon area is home of mainly two tribes, i.e the Bagisu and the Sabiny, with the marginalized Ndorobos who were forced to live deep within the seek forest of Benet. These tribes living with in the protected area have interesting traditional cultural and historical back ground which is attached to the mountain. For instance the Bagisu tribe famously known as the BaMasaba takes Mount Elgon to be the manifestation of their first father Masaba and hence they call the mountain by this name. Therefore travelers on their Uganda safaris who spend time to travel to mountain Elgon are rewarded with wonderful cultural encounters.
The interesting cultural encounter in mountain Elgon national park is experienced when a visitor is taken to meet the Sipi Widows’ Group-Here one can view the mountain sambas which are an area of cultivated ground full of Arabica coffee and also meet the Bagishu farmers. The Sipi Widows’ Group will take the visitor on a guided walk through the beautiful coffee plantations and the guide will demonstrate the different activities involved in coffee growing such as planting as well as picking, grinding, washing and storing the coffee.
Tourists on Uganda safaris mainly touring mountain Elgon will also learn about life of the local Sabiny as one can meet local residents, and participate in different traditional weaving. Learn about interesting African cuisine through cooking, as well as tasting of local Ugandan dishes. Taking a visit to the local women’s handcraft shop located in the nearby trading Center, where visitors can buy the art and craft made by the local women. From the trading center, visitors are requested to Proceed to other places where coffee trees are maintained, get involved in educative activities such as raising awareness about the negative effects of female circumcision which is the traditional practice done the sabiny local people.
Participating in Budadiri Community Walks enables tourists spending their safaris in Uganda to have Ecotourism Experiences. This community group is situated in Budadiri and it offers accommodation where tourist can spend a night. The community ground also organizes cultural dances and provides guided coffee tours and community nature walks. There is also a trip to Mt Elgon’s popular industry which processes Arabica coffee, which supports local farmers.
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Monday, 30 March 2015

Birding watching in Rwanda –Rwanda Safari News

prime birding safariRwanda’s strategically location in the Albertine Rift valley and it being endowed with dense forests as well as being surrounded with many mountains craters  and recommendable beautiful natural surrounding where Eco-tourists on their Rwanda safaris can enjoy their trip. Despite of the fact that Rwanda is small land locked country; the country has been gifted with unique bird list estimated to be over 700 individual bird species and the small country is the only country with the second largest number of birds which are endemic to Albertine Rift.
The famous Republic of Rwanda is very significant birding destination in  Africa and the important birding areas which the country boasts of are mainly seven and these involve the three protected national park such as Nyungwe with 300 bird species, Akagera with over 400 bird species as well as the Volcanoes national park with 178 bird species. The other prominent bird watching areas where visitor’s on Rwanda tours and safaris include the Rugezi Swamp as well as Akanyaru, and Nyabarongo plus Cyamudongo. The pronounced wetlands areas especially the ones around Akagera national park are habitat to the endangered elusive Shoebill stork.
In addition , the pronounced Akagera national park favors the survival of combination of papyrus and acacia bird species and this include the rare Red-faced Barbet which only survives in the acacia vegetation, Papyrus Gonolek, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Miombo Wren-Warblers ,Carruther's and Tabora Cisticolas, White-headed, Black and familiar Chats, White-winged and Broad-tailed Warblers. It is a very rewarding trip for travelers who under take bird watching safari to Rwanda’s Akagera national park because besides the bird life, one can also enjoy the view of big wildlife including even the water inhabitant hippo, wood land giraffes as well as the elephant.
Setting Akagera side, one can have wonderful time when looking for the birds in the large, dense, unexplored motane rainforest of Nyungwe national park. With total of 300 bird species,a traveler on Rwanda birding safaris can enjoy the view of the twenty seven bird species which are regional endemic. Participating in canopy walk enables tourist also to watch the other unique bird life.
The memorable experience is packed in volcanoes national park because tourists on their mountain gorilla safaris in the volcanoes national park have the greatest opportunity to watch the various bird life while hiking and walking in the volcanoes trails when looking for stunning mountain gorillas.
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Gorilla trekking experience in Buhoma Region in Bwindi - Uganda Safaris News

primeugandaafarisBuhoma region is one of the famous gorilla trekking areas in Bwindi and it’s perfectly located to the northwest part of the park in Kanungu district. The trekking region faces the dark, wonderful, hilly ever green forests of Bwindi. The region is popularly known by the tourists on their gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda today mainly because the region was the first trekking sector to host the first travelers who under took gorilla trekking safaris and tours to Uganda in the year 1993.Since then up to date, the region has continuously been the most favorable sector where one can easily enjoy the views and sights of stunning mountain gorillas in Bwindi.
Trekking gorillas in the Buhoma region is the most recommendable for tourists on their gorilla tours and safaris in Uganda because the well-known region has three important gorilla groups that can be easily trekked by travelers interested in having a wonderful one hour with the human brothers housed in the dark forests of Bwindi. Among the three habituated gorilla groups in Buhoma region involve even the Mubare gorilla group which was the first gorilla group to be habituated and to be trekked by the first tourists in the year 1993.Mubare group at first had eighteen members but it has drastically lost its members and today it has around five remarkable members.
Besides the first habituated gorilla group, tourists to Uganda’s Buhoma trekking sector will also have memorable encounter with the Habinyanja gorilla Group which is among the oldest group to be habituated and received its first trekkers in the year 1999.The pronounced group in Buhoma region offers visitors on gorilla safaris to Uganda an enjoyable time to spend with the seventeen individual members which constitute the whole Habinyanja group.
In addition to the mentioned two groups, tourists on the mountain gorilla tracking tours in Uganda ‘s Buhoma sector can also spend one magical hour with the Rushegura Group that was first habituated in 2000 and today it’s the only group with the largest number of gorillas in the Buhoma region.
After having gorilla experience, one can also participate in cultural encounters by taking community-run ,village walks to the Bakiga as well as home steads of the Batwa people who are the owners of the land occupied by the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. The walk enable visitors on Uganda safaris  to learn the life style of local communities.
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The 2015 zone vi golf championships to be hosted in Uganda – Uganda safari news

Uganda gifted by nature as one her marketing slogans run has got a lot of natural beauty including the remarkable landscapes that is increasingly becoming a darling for golfers prompting them to undertake safaris to Uganda.
The 2015 Africa Zone VI Golf Championship which is scheduled to run from April 14th – 18th 2015 will be hosted at the par 72 Uganda Golf Club in the calm Kitante suburb of Kampala. The event is expected to attract 120 international golfers from 12 countries including Uganda which will be hosting the event. Countries like Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia with about 100 golfers have already confirmed their golfing safari to Uganda for the regional grand tournament.
The U T B the public body that is responsible for marketing Uganda as a great a destination to attract travelers to undertake safaris in Uganda is proud to be one of the main sponsors of the event. The other partners in funding of the event include Sheraton Kampala Hotel which will provide accommodation for the golfers and others like Uganda Breweries, AAR, NTV and R&A will be contributing in their respective capacities.
U T B will publish a report featuring Uganda safari sites and positioning the image of Uganda as a good destination which will be distributed during the tournament in the Golf Magazine.
The tourism and golfing are considered as closely related and golf can thus be promoted as a tourism activity which can be encountered by travelers in Uganda safaris and tours. It has been realized that golfers are considerable spenders with an influential character and their game has got an impact on the surrounding community. The game supports leisure and hospitality an entertainment which in turn creates jobs and promotes the image of the country which can be replicated here in Uganda.
The favorable all weather for Uganda is good for the golf. The country boasts of 18 golf courses which are positioned close to Uganda safari destinations like National Parks and other scenic spots. The U T B is apparently working with the private sector in the process of marketing Uganda as a golfing destination. The board is looking at the possibility of working with a range of airlines to schedule flights and also offer charter provision to Uganda to be enhanced, the accommodation units to offer discounted rates while the tour operators like Prime  Safaris and Wild gorilla safaris to deign impressive special weekend packages for the golfers while the U GU to arrange more tournaments in the country. This would definitely increase the room occupancy on weekends, gift shops increasingly getting clients, tourism related entities gaining including forex bureaus, transporters, banking an insurance companies not forgetting entertainment spots thus generating increased revenue to the country. The multiplier of this initiative would then spill to other regions of the country as they host tournaments in their respective golf courses. The coming of the celebrity golfers would in return uplift the country’s image though their posts and social media coverage which would increase safaris to Uganda.
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Birding watching in Mt. Elgon national park-Uganda Safari News

bird-ugandaMount Elgon slopes favors the growth of rich different types of vegetation’s ranging from montane forest to high open moorland vegetation characterized with the rare species of groundsel plants and  giant lobelia life. The vegetation depends on the altitude and the different vegetation zones have acted as habitat to different bird species. This makes the park to be birding destination and hence best birding site for different travellers planning safaris to Uganda.
The botanical diversity of the park avails the tourists on Uganda safaris with an opportunity to enjoy activities such as the tree species identification and among the recommendable plant life include the giant podocarpus found in only high altitude areas, the species of juniper and Elgon olive trees cedar which are only found in mountain elgon, Juniperus procera and pillar wood Cassipourea malosana as well as elder Sambucus adnata, and various orchids. Of the total species of 400 tree species recorded for the area the following are of particular note as they only occur in high altitude broad-leaf montane forest: Ardisiandra
Taking Uganda safari tours to Mountain Elgon enables the bird lover traveler to enjoy the views and sights of an estimated bird list of 300 birds including the 40 restricted bird species. A total of fifty six of the eighty seven bird species of Afro-tropical notably the Alpine Chat, Moorland Francolin as well as Moustached Green and Tinkerbird. The existence of different bird species makes the park an excellent birding area in Uganda and around the parks, the unique bird spotting points include Kapkwai Forest Exploration Center, which has the trail which leads travelers to the thick shrub along the loop trails which stretches to cover Cheptui Falls. The habitat in the park favors the survival of the promienent bird species such as the African Goshawk, African Blue Fly-catcher, Chubb’s Cisticola, White-chinned Prinia as well as , Chinspot Batis, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Baglafecht Weaver, Dohertys and Luhders Bush-shrikes, Cinnamon Bee Eater, Moustached Tinkerbird, Black-collared Apalis, Hartloub`s Turaco, Tacazze Sunbird, Olive- and Bronze-naped pigeons,.
Besides birding experience in the park, tourists on their safaris and tours to Uganda can also participate in the memorable hiking experiences in the wonderful hiking trails of mountain Elgon national park and also one can enjoy the cultural encounters with the local people living around mountain Elgon national park.
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Enjoying primate walk in Nyungwe forest – Rwanda Safari News

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The famous Nyungwe National Park found in southwestern direction from Rwanda’s Capital city Kigali is the only protected area in the land of thousand hills endowed with largest number of primates and hence this makes the park to be the best destination for tourists on Rwanda safaris but interested in primate walk experience. The cheered Nyungwe national park is positioned in the border between the three neighboring countries of Burundi on the southern part of Rwanda and Lake Kivu as well as Congo on the western part.
The wonderful Nyungwe rainforest national park is considered to be one of the best preserved montane rainforest in the east and Central Africa. Primate trekking safaris in Rwanda is one of the rewarding activities second to gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda and this is because the primates in Nyungwe are brothers to the mountain gorilla trekked in the Volcanoes national park. In the present day Rwanda, the unique primate’s species and the loviest montane vegetation found in the Nyungwe national is one of the remarkable attractions accountable for drawing travellers to book safaris and tours to Rwanda.
Tourists on Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris have an added experience to enjoy the wonderful primate walk in the green rainforest vegetation of Nyungwe forest. Nyungwe national park is proud of 13 different primate species and the pronounced park is home to an estimated percentage of 25% of all the primates living in the protected areas of African continent. The remarkable primate’s species in the natural gifted park is the Chimpanzees and hence taking safaris to Rwanda offers unavoidable opportunity for one to spend one magical hour with the human cousins i.e. Chimpanzees living in the forest jungle of Nyungwe.
The other recommendable primate species being housed in the park include the rare Angola colobus which cannot be found in other protected areas of Rwanda, Rwenzori Colobus, white and black monkeys among others. All these primate species can be enjoyed by tourists spending his primate trekking safaris in Rwanda. The primates in Nyungwe are unique other than other primates in other protected area and the uniqueness is expressed I n the way that these primates move in groups consisting of an estimated number of hundred. The habituated group or troop made up of 400 primate species can be easily found in the campsite Rwenzori Colobus is mainly arboreal as well as acrobatic leaf-eater.
The other interesting types of the monkeys in the park involve the L’Hoest’s monkey, Owl faced monkey, Silver monkey as well as golden monkey red tailed monkey, Vervet monkey, Dent’s Mona monkey plus even the crowned monkey and Olive baboon which is considered to be a savanna monkey species and not easily sighted along the road through Nyungwe.
In addition to the mentioned species, one can also enjoy the sights of the four nocturnal primates and these can only be seen by the tourist trekking the primates at night and these species almost look like the lemurs found in Madagascar.
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Mountain gorilla tracking experience in Mgahinga Gorrilla park - Uganda safaris News

gorilla safarisMgahinga Gorilla National Park is popularly known today due to its ability to house the world’s endangered species of the mountain gorillas and this has made the park to be second to Bwindi in attracting tourists interested in gorilla trekking experiences to undertake gorilla trekking safaris to Uganda. The park’s 33.7 sq. km is occupied with the bamboo vegetation especially in the slopes of the three extinct volcanoes of the virunga massifs. The stunning Virungas are habitat to different ape species and these apes include mountain gorillas which are the most wanted to trek by the visitors on their Uganda safaris and tours.
The habituated gorilla group which can be trekked by tourists on their Uganda gorilla trekking safaris and tours in Mgahinga Park is the Nyakagezi gorilla group, which is made up of nine individual members involving  two silver backs as well as the three adult females and two juveniles and 2 infants. Trekking this mountain group is very interesting because the group is nomadic hence keeps on moving from one side of the park to another and hence the trekkers have to hike the volcanoes and in the process they are rewarded with the views of different primates, plant life and bird species.
Mountain Gorilla tracking tours in Uganda‘s Mgahinga national park proves to be hectic and strenuous. The most recommended activity takes almost the whole day because encountering gorillas in the forest can take trekkers as fast as 30 minutes and as long as 5-6 hours depending on how far the mountain gorilla group moved from their usual habitat. The activity is done under the guidance of an experienced guide ranger and it involves moving through the rugged land scape, forests and hiking the famous three volcanoes found in the park.
Gorilla trekking safari tours in Uganda need travelers who are physically fit, not suffering from any other air borne disease because trekking mountain gorillas is done in mountainous areas of south western part of Uganda. Before tourists start trekking the mountain gorillas, they are divided into groups of eight, and briefed before they set off to start looking for the mountain gorillas. For any visitor who is sick, he or she is not allowed to enter the forest to trek the gorilla because the mountain gorillas are like human beings hence can be affected by the human diseases. When the trekkers meet the mountain gorillas, they are allowed to be with them for one magical hour .This is the most rewarding time because the trekkers come to study the gorillas ,view them face to face and the experience gained is long lasting in the memories of the trekkers. Gorilla trekking experience should be dream of any world traveler and this can be enjoyed only when one confirms safari to Uganda the pearl of Africa.
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Friday, 27 March 2015

Staying at Bush Lodge while on your wild life safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park - Uganda Safari News

bush lodgeThe Bush Lodge is the best base for tourists on wildlife safaris in Uganda’s activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge is perfectly built under ecological principals and the bandas in the lodge are designed in spacious way to offer privacy and endure that visitor on holiday Uganda safaris enjoys comfortable stays in the lodge.
The lodge has unique setting surrounded by the Queen Elizabeth National Park and bordering the Kazinga channel. The lodge has animal’s library room and tourists can enjoy reading different literature about wild life in Africa and Uganda in particular. The Bush Lodge also offers a safari camp which is authentic and affordable to tourists. While at the lodge visitors should expect a great outdoor safari atmosphere and experience which is close to nature experience with excellent local food and friendly service offered by experienced staff working in the lodge.
The lodge Restaurant is situated in one of the tent which is set to overlook the magnificent Kazinga Channel and to have the beautiful sights of Rwenzori mountain range while enjoying the excellent local and internal food served in the restaurant. The lodge offers the excellent service which is really needed by travelers on Uganda safaris and tours. In the evenings especially when weather is favorable, staffs can take visitor’s table outside and arrange a starlit dinner where tourists can enjoy their wonderful evening with all the comfort needed.
Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge provides budget friendly accommodation facilities to budget travelers spending their safari in Uganda’s second largest protected area. The accommodation facilities and services are offered in the 10 non-self-contained tents. These tents are furnished and designed with comfortable beds as well as a bedside table and a power outlet for charging phones, cameras. All tents are set under a grass thatched roof which offers visitor’s private occupancy and provides perfect welcome shade.
For travelers who want to have some privacy and a real Bush experience, The lodge offers two self-contained tents which are located a little distance away from the main lodge. These are Ideal for family travelers planning to spend holiday safaris in Uganda because an extra tent can be placed on the adjacent platform.
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Staying at Bush Lodge while on your wild life safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park - Uganda Safari News

bush lodgeThe Bush Lodge is the best base for tourists on wildlife safaris in Uganda’s activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge is perfectly built under ecological principals and the bandas in the lodge are designed in spacious way to offer privacy and endure that visitor on holiday Uganda safaris enjoys comfortable stays in the lodge.
The lodge has unique setting surrounded by the Queen Elizabeth National Park and bordering the Kazinga channel. The lodge has animal’s library room and tourists can enjoy reading different literature about wild life in Africa and Uganda in particular. The Bush Lodge also offers a safari camp which is authentic and affordable to tourists. While at the lodge visitors should expect a great outdoor safari atmosphere and experience which is close to nature experience with excellent local food and friendly service offered by experienced staff working in the lodge.
The lodge Restaurant is situated in one of the tent which is set to overlook the magnificent Kazinga Channel and to have the beautiful sights of Rwenzori mountain range while enjoying the excellent local and internal food served in the restaurant. The lodge offers the excellent service which is really needed by travelers on Uganda safaris and tours. In the evenings especially when weather is favorable, staffs can take visitor’s table outside and arrange a starlit dinner where tourists can enjoy their wonderful evening with all the comfort needed.
Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge provides budget friendly accommodation facilities to budget travelers spending their safari in Uganda’s second largest protected area. The accommodation facilities and services are offered in the 10 non-self-contained tents. These tents are furnished and designed with comfortable beds as well as a bedside table and a power outlet for charging phones, cameras. All tents are set under a grass thatched roof which offers visitor’s private occupancy and provides perfect welcome shade.
For travelers who want to have some privacy and a real Bush experience, The lodge offers two self-contained tents which are located a little distance away from the main lodge. These are Ideal for family travelers planning to spend holiday safaris in Uganda because an extra tent can be placed on the adjacent platform.
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Hiking experience on Elgon National Park-Uganda Safari News

mountain elgonMount Elgon National Park is perfectly located at an estimated distance of 140 square kilometers on the north Eastern part of the world’s third largest Lake Victoria. The park found in eastern Uganda covers an area of 1279 km² and it’s divided into two half’s i.e. the Kenyan part covering 169km of the park area and the Ugandan part which covers 1110square kilometers. The part is the only land mark attractions in the eastern Uganda where tourists on their Uganda safaris can enjoy mountain hiking and also have memorable cultural encounters.
In the history of the park, C. W. Hobley became the first European while on his safaris to Uganda to circumnavigate the popularly known Mountain Elgon. Stigler and Kmunke are travelers who made the first recorded ascent to the Koitobos and Wagagai summit in the year 1911. Jackson, J. Martin,and E. Gedge where the first travelers to make a record of assenting to Sudek in the year 1890. Hence it’s the only mountain in Uganda where non expert hikers on their Uganda safari can also enjoy hiking experience without any challenge.
The mountain which can be found in the Uganda-Kenya border is also the largest and oldest solitary as well as volcanic mountain in the whole of East Africa. The mountains areas extend eighty kilometers in diameter and it also rises above 3,000m above sea level. The cool precious heights of the Elgon Mountains provide favorable and excellent grounds were tourists can enjoy the cool temperatures and nice breath coming from the snow tops of the mountain. Hiking to the top of mount is very rewarding to the hikers in that while hiking the mountain, they can enjoy the sights and views of different flora and fauna found in the different altitudes of the mountain area.
Mount Elgon is not frequently visited like other higher and more famous mountains in the region of East Africa. Mountain Elgon is sometimes neglected by travelers and only sought after the famous Kenya and Kilimanjaro mountains becoming increasingly crowded and degraduated .The travelers on their hiking safaris in Uganda who have come to appreciate the precious Mount Elgon have been rewarded with hiking experiences. A climb on Mt. Elgon’s deserted moorlands unveils a magnificent and uncluttered wilderness experience before even hiker reaches the summit of the mountain.
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Gorilla trekking in Rwanda-Rwanda gorilla Safari News

Rwanda gorilla safarisMountain gorillas are the world’s endangered ape species surviving in only three protected areas in the whole world. It is assumed that the total number of mountain gorillas surviving in the whole world round to 840 individual species of mountain gorillas. These particularly live in the wild but not zoos .The rare species of these famous apes love staying in forest with Afro-montane vegetation and this type of vegetation is common along the virunga massifs shared by the three neighboring protected areas of Volcanoes in Rwanda, Mgahinga in Uganda, and Virunga Park in Congo. The existence of the mountain gorillas in the beautiful Volcanoes national park which is home to the five wonderful Virunga Mountains has enabled the park to become the highlight attraction drawing tourists to take gorilla trekking safaris to Rwanda.
The stunning Volcanoes national park in the land of thousand hills accommodates the largest number of the ‘gorillas in the mist’ than any other national park in the world. The fro-montane forests and other different vegetation types such as bamboo forests have created the best habitat for gorillas since they can feed on the leaves, roots shrubs, of the bamboo forest. The existence of the karisimbi and Visoke Mountains in the park has increased the feeding area since the gorillas are free to move from areas of low altitude to the summits of these beautiful volcanoes. The varied landscape and vegetation in the park has made gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda the best safaris that tourists keep cheering. Mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda involves climbing, marveling through dark corners of seek forests, caves is very strenuous but highly rewarding and the trek is full of long lasting memories.
Experiencing a close encounter with placid species of the mountain gorillas is unexplainable and gratifying experience that tends to remain in the memories of the travelers for the long time they are going to survive on earth. The challenges, shivers, sweat the trekker meets when trekking is washed away and forgotten when tourists set the small eyes direct to the big round eyes of the silver back gorilla who shows respect to the human beings by welcoming them with humble face showing they are not enemies to human beings but human brothers living in the forest jungles. The one hour given to tourists to spend with the mountain gorillas is more interesting than the any other time human being has ever met on earth. Sometimes the happiness got by visitors after meeting the gorillas is rated to the happiness a lady gets after giving birth to her first borne where she forgets all the pain but only filled with joy and happiness to see her own baby alive.
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Semuliki national park in Uganda – Uganda Safaris News

semlikiSemuliki national park lies in the county of Bwamba which is one of the remote parts of the Bundibugyo District in western Uganda. The wonderful park which is the dream of each and every traveler on Uganda Safaris was established as a national park in month of October 1993. The protected area covers an estimated area size of 220km² with an altitude of 670-760m above sea level.
Uganda’s newest national park semuliki is the only protected area in Uganda covering 194 km2 of East Africa's only lowland tropical rainforest .Semuliki national park is considered to be among the richest protected areas with the highest varied flora and fauna diversity in the continent of Africa, this implies travelers seeking for magnificent wilderness encounters in Africa should book safaris to Uganda which is the pearl of Africa. The Uganda’s endowed semuliki national park will offer the best wilderness encounter travelers cannot get from any other African protected area.
The park is perfectly situated at the border between Uganda and Congo .The Park is at the junction of various ecological zones and climatic types and this has favored the survival of different plant life and animal species as well as many micro habitats. The uniqueness and rareness of the plant life and animal life in the park is that the plant life and animal species in the protected semuliki area are only seen in the neighboring Congo Basin forests and this means tourists on Uganda safaris have the opportunity to enjoy the views and sights of different flora and fauna found in the Congo basin without traveling to Congo but basing in Uganda’s semuliki national park.
The park has an estimated total of over 60 mammal species which are very stunning and most of these species is the reason as to why tourists are yearning to take Safaris to Uganda .The impressing mammal species include the forest leopards, elephants, buffalos as well as hippos, bush babies and water chevrons among others. The park is proud of eight primate species which are unique and very attractive to the eyes of travelers.
The famous semuliki national park is home of the most popular Sempaya Hot Springs. The prominent hot springs are divided into two male and female the “male” spring, The trails leading to Bintente male spring goes through forested inhabited by the red –tailed monkeys white and black monkeys, as well as the grey-cheeked mangabeys and this makes the trial very rewarding to the tourists spending their safaris in Uganda. The female springs is full of impressing features and this includes the hot boiling geysers which one can even utilize to boil eggs, matooke with in shortest time possible.
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Enjoying the views of the loviest flora and fauna at the Nungwe national park – Rwanda Safari News

nyungwe-imageFor travelers planning for safaris in Rwanda should catch fancy with the interesting loviest flora and fauna available at Nyungwe. As Rwanda’s famous rain forest region and the only forest in Africa left with rainforest vegetation, the popular Nyungwe National Park is proud of beautiful biodiversity which is eye catching to the travelers on their wild life safaris in Rwanda.
For the international bird watchers, the varied vegetation zones in Nyungwe which change according to altitude act as the best habitat for the various bird species which are rare and not easily sighted in other protected areas in Rwanda. The park is home to over 278 colorful bird species which can be enjoyed by any traveler who undertakes birding safaris to Rwanda. For tourists interested in viewing the orchid oglers, exclusive variety of over 150 different orchid species can be found beautifully nestled beside large wonderful waterfalls. Nyungwe National Park is an exceptional destination in the whole of Africa and it deserves to be visited by each and every tourist
The park is palace to 13 different primate species and among these includes the interesting chimpanzees. There are 13 different hiking trails that are developed to help travelers on their Rwanda safari destination of Nyungwe national park to walk and hike through the interesting green rainforest vegetation in Nyungwe Park. The trails are bit challenging but so much rewarding to travelers who explores the park through these trails.
There are two centers where trail heads start which can be used by travelers to explore the wonderful Nyungwe national park. The famous Uwinka Reception Center is located in the heart of Nyungwe Park and its where the majority of the trails activities in the park start from. The most rewarding being the well-known Canopy Walk. Tourist on their Rwanda safaris should know that only cash money is accepted at Uwinka, and the recommended currencies include Rwandan Francs, American dollars or  Euro currencies.
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Thursday, 26 March 2015

THE TOURIST ARRIVALS IN UGANDA AT STAKE – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

The private sector in Uganda issued a press statement notifying the government of the dangers of some of the policies that have been imposed in the tourism industry and other aspects that require redress. The President of the U SAGA Mr. Herbert Byaruhanga noted that Uganda safari undertakers and earnings that are generated from the travelers that undertake safaris in Uganda have plummeted by over 70% comparing to figures of 2014. The release also notes that the travelers accounting to 90% of the booking from Europe and United States have cancelled their trips. About 2,000 workers have lost their jobs in the tourism industry, over 15 tour operators have shut down and over 90% of the safari guides are redundant.
The Uganda Tourism Association listed a number of factors that have fueled this occurrence citing issues like the Ebola crisis which prompted the uniformed Americans and Europeans to halt the travel to Africa including safaris to Uganda, foreign currency fluctuations such as depreciation of Euro against the US dollar. In fact it is 20% more expensive for Euro using visitor to come to Uganda and the Europe travel to Uganda is expected to drop this year by 30%, the anti –gay law which  most of the tourist think that it is still applying and calls for death and the 18% VAT which has made the already limited accommodation expensive contributing to already perceived image of Uganda as an expensive destination.
A range of examples of hospitality establishments where travelers 0n a safari in Uganda used to sleep now affected by VAT have been listed including the Embassy Hotel in Mbarara which was forced to increase accommodation rates and the occupancy has reduced gradually from December, the profit margins for Ankrah Foundation in Mukono have plummeted to -6% from 12% because most of its clients are donor agencies that are exempted from VAT thus the hotel has to foot the cost by its self, the Gorilla safaris Lodge in Bwindi has seen the occupancy reduce by 50% and many other establishments justifying the effect that the 18% VAT has had on tourism establishments.
The Uganda Tourism Association therefore called for immediate intervention of the government to save jobs, increase Uganda safari travelers and ensure the steady flow of tourism earnings. The 18% VAT on up country accommodation should be suspended until such time when the country is ready for it at about 60% of the occupancy levels. The marketing gap should be bridged to create positive awareness about Uganda in the outside world. The increase of the UTB budget to 6 billion is credited but still far less for the work that is supposed to be done. Thus, an increment is long overdue.
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Iby’Iwacu cultural encounter in areas around Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda Safaris News

safaris-rwandaIby’Iwacu village is located around volcanoes national park in Nyabigoma, Kinigi village, Musanze district. Tourists on their Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris can have a visit to Iby’Iwacu to share with local people their interesting heritage treasures such as lifestyles, cultural activities, artifacts and daily ways of living of local people. Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village is dedicated at exhibiting the unique ways of living as well as traditional interesting lifestyles of the local Kinyarwanda.
Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village gives visitors a rare opportunity to interact with the local people, in their natural environment, with a taste of their unique culture and traditions. Visitors on their cultural safaris to Rwanda particular to Iby’Iwacu are genuinely welcomed by the community members as special guests’ .The atmosphere which is charming to visitors is accompanied with the proudly presented local drama and dance. The only special way one can come to know people, is by getting close and interacting with them, and taking part in their daily activities and most of all with them.
The encounter exposes visitors to have a guided community walk to visit different sites and experience the everyday lives of the local people. Cultural guide will take visitors to tour the king’s house replica with all the other historical houses. The guide leads visitors while interpreting all parts and stories attached to this cultural treasure. The wonderful experience involves visitors being enthroned to a king for some time while exercising king’s powers as presented to him by a village elder through a village cultural ceremony done when coronating the king. Visitors are also entitled to various forms of traditional dances like Intore dance and famous songs of the gorillas sang by the famous Ngayabatema while listening to the nice melody produced by traditional musical instruments including African drums.
Visitors to this part of Rwanda are also entitled to listening to charming stories about traditional medicine from a local traditional healer and get to know how medicinal trees, grass, shrubs, are used to cure different diseases suffered by local patients.
The cultural memorable encounter creates an opportunity one can have taste of Rwanda’s local foods by having a local lunch or dinner with local people.
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Hiking Mount Karisimbi in Rwanda-Rwanda Safari News


karisimbiKarisimbi Mountain is the highest  volcano of the eight wonderful Virunga massifs and it also happens to be the fifth highest mountain in the African continent. The volcano which rises at an elevation of around 4507m above sea level is one of the wonders that country Rwanda is proud of and the natural feature deserves visit by any traveler on Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris.
The wonderful mountain Karisimbi is located along the borders between three neighboring countries of Rwanda in the western part of the east African rift valley and Democratic Republic of Congo. Mountain Karisimbi derived its name from the local Kinya- Rwanda word ‘amasimbi” which literally means “white shell”, meaning the white-capped summit of the Karisimbi volcano. It is surrounded by Mikeno volcanoes on the northern side, Bisoke on the eastern part and Nyiragongo on the west direction. The mountain is perfectly located in the famous Volcanoes national park and hence can be hiked by tourists on their Rwanda mountain gorilla trekking safaris.
Climbing Mt Karisimbi is a strenuous but highly paying to tourist who spends the time and resources to hike the mountain. The highly rewarding hike takes around two days for tourist on their hiking safaris in Rwanda to hike to the highest peak of the volcano. The hike begins very early in the morning at around 6:00am and involves visitors passing through the pronounced Bisoke side before reaching the first stopping area estimated to be at an elevation of 3,700 meters above sea level. This is the place where tourists first have an overnight camping before continuing with the hike up to the summit.
Hiking Karisimbi Mountain provides sights and views of various bird species which are found at different altitudes in the mountain. Besides the birds, visitors can also enjoy the views of various primates such as golden monkeys and the famous mountain Gorillas since the volcano is strategic mountain in the primates’ park of Volcanoes national park. The mountain is pronounced for its new species of plants in its four main zones of vegetation, from the dense forest at its base to the barren volcanic core at the peak.
The hike up to the peak of the mountain is characterized of muddy trails which are slippery especially during rainy season, though due to the altitude, it can rain at any time of the day and hence tourists should be prepared.
For visitors interested in hiking the Karisimbi Mountain, they need to be relatively health and experts in hiking because the hike takes tourists through the slippery slopes to reach the summit which is white capped as a result of hail and sleet which accumulate in the higher elevations from its frequent storms. Hiking the mountain requires tourists to hire a porter ($20 per day) to help them carry the luggage.
Karisimbi is also near to the Karisoke research center where the prominent grave of the famous mountain gorilla researcher, conservationist and American zoologist; Dian Fossey was burred after being killed. It implies that interested visitors on their Rwanda Safaris have a chance to visit the grave as well as trek the golden monkeys in addition to the Mountain gorillas.
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