Monday, 31 August 2015

lutembe bay in Uganda; the bird paradise


SONY DSCLocated on the shores of Lake Victoria, Lutembe bay which is a famous site for birding safaris in Uganda is considered among the wetlands of International Significance or commonly known as the Ramsar site having received the status in the year 2006.
The shallow sheltered bay is positioned at the northern shore of Victoria Lake in the district of Wakiso is sheltered from the main lake by huge Papyrus Island and its vegetated, sheltered shoreline along with the Islands that are muddy present roofing and nesting sites for counts of birds along with other biodiversity always encountered on Uganda safaris
Lutembe Bay is known to be among the main migration stop overs and stands as one of the remarkable bird watching sites in the Lake Victoria Basin. The site acts as a host of both indigenous and millions of Palearctic migrants especially the enormous flocks of White-winged Terns and Grey-headed Gulls. A range of other Species of interest includes the Hottentot Teal, Caspian Tern, Temminck’s Stint and the Broad-billed Sandpiper and Great Knot that have been recorded of recent.
The Lutembe wetland is part of the greater Murchison bay which is rich in the counts of Plant and animal Species. The bay provides materials for construction and craft products the local communities, energy products, fish, medicine and drinking water. The Lutembe wetland goes ahead to play a significant role as it acts as spawning ground for fish, feeding and roosting grounds for fish, wastewater cleaning, transport, retention of pollutants and sediments and defending floods.
Lutembe Wetland features bird species that are globally threatened bird species, the cichlid fish which is endangered and over 100 Species of butterfly. It acts a rich ground for Lung and Clarius fish breeding and supports over 52% of the counts of White-winged Black Tern always encountered by travelers on safari in Uganda
Lutembe bay is close to Kampala city and the Entebbe International Airport thus making its accessibility easier. It can also be noted that being an Important Bird Area, it has a site support group steered by the local community responsible for the conservation and sustainable utilization of the area’s natural resources and this support Group is known as Lutembe Wetland Users association (LWUA).
Visiting the Lutembe bay is such a wonder that one should endeavor to undertake. Encountering the millions of birds as they fly in patterns at once creating a shadow after blocking the sun and then they land again making the place quiet again presents one of the rewarding bird views one can ever have in Uganda
The migratory birds are noted to be flying from liberia without stopping up to Lutembe in Uganda which is a wonder to hear of. The birds come as far as Scandinavia, Russia and the Main land Europe. The bird thrive for nine (9) months in Uganda and then fly back to Europe to breed whereas some fly without stopping to and from the famous Caspian Sea.
In fact around 2000, the Lutembe Wetland had close to the entire white winged terns populations counting to more than 3.5 million birds. These birds are noted to start arriving in September and October and then depart amid February and March. In their European habitats they are encountered amid May and June and it can be noted that in each year the birds come with their young ones that they hatched in the last season. On their flight to Uganda, the terms make en route stops in Egypt and Sudan along the Nile River while the gulls have the capacity to fly from Caspian Sea to Lutembe without stopping.
This combine to justify your Uganda tour to Lutembe bay.

lake kivu in Rwanda

lake kivu -rwandaLake Kivu is one of the Prime destinations that are always visited by travelers on safaris in Rwanda. The lakes is considered as part of the Great Lakes of Africa positioned at the boarder of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo lying with in the Albertine rift which is the western branch of the Great East African Rift valley.
The Kivu Lake has the outlet of River Ruzizi which flows to the south emptying into Lake Tanganyika. It can be noted that the first European to encounter the lake was a German National Count Adolf von Götzen in the year 1894 and the lake gained a notoriety position as the main dumping place for the genocide victims
Regarding geography, Lake Kivu stretches over a geographical coverage of 2,700 km2 standing at an elevation of 1,460 m above sea level. The 58% of the lake waters are positioned in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the rest in the boundaries of Rwanda. The bed of Lake Kivu sits on the rift valley floor and it is continuously being pulled apart forming volcanic activity and enhancing its depth to its current maximum depth of 1,575feet about 480m which makes it the 18th world’s deepest lake making it an ideal attraction to be included on what to encounter while planning safaris to Rwanda
Lake Kivu features Idwiji Island which stands as the tenth largest Island in the whole world. The lake also features the impressive tiny Island of Tshegera located within the Virunga National Park in the neighboring Congo. There are series of lake shores settlements including the areas of Kabare, Bukavu, Sake, Kalehe and Goma in the Congo Democratic Republic while in Rwanda the settlements are featured at Cyangungu, Kibuye and Gisenyi.
Regarding Chemistry, Lake Kivu is a fresh water lake and like Lake Monoun and Lake Nyos, it experiences limnic eruptions. A lot of biological extinctions have been evidenced on the lake shores by the geologists noted to have occurred about 1000 year ago as a result of events of outgassing. Though the trigger of the lake overturn is not known, the volcanic activity is well suspected. It can be noted that the chemical composition of the gases in the lakes that explode vary for every lake and for Lake Kivu, it is carbon dioxide and methane because of the lakes interaction with the volcano. There is 65 cubic kilometers of methane estimated to be in Lake Kivu and if burnt in a year, it can generate a mean power of around 100 gigawatts over the whole period. Lake Kivu is also noted to contain an estimate of 256 cubic Kilometers of the Carbon dioxide gas. The water temperature in Lake Kivu stands at 24 degrees Celsius and features a ph. level of 8.6. The Methane gas is noted to be derived by microbial reduction of the Volcanic CO2 and it can be noted that the overturn of Lake Kivu is extremely catastrophic far beyond that of Cameroon lakes since there are about 2 million thriving in the lake basin of Kivu.
The Scientists believe that the adequate volcanic interaction in the bottom waters of Lake Kivu containing enormous concentration of gas have the capacity to heat water, push the methane out of the water, trigger a close simultaneous carbon dioxide release and this carbon dioxide would suffocate considerable numbers of people on the Lake Kivu basin as a result of the gas rolling on the surface of the lake. It can be noted that is possible for the lake to create tsunamis in the process of the gas exploding out.
The risk posed by Lake Kivu began to gain much attention and understanding following the analysis of Lake Nyos recent events. Initially, the gas in Lake Kivu was considered as just a natural resource that would be exported and put to use for generation of power. However, with the understanding of the complex causes of the lake overturns, the great danger that it poses to the surrounding communities began to be realized.
The efforts of installing the vent pipes to remove the mentioned gas from the bottom layers of the lake like what was done at Lake Nyos might be too expensive considering the size of Kivu Lake. It can be noted that there are about 500 million carbon dioxide tones which is little under 2% of the quantities released by human fossil fuel burning per annum. This makes the process of releasing the gas to be more costly going beyond the system building and operation.
Regarding the methane extraction, the Kivu lake is noted to contain 55 billion cubic meters about 1.9 trillion cubic feet of the dissolved biogas at 300m depth. The Bralirwa brewery operating at Gisenyi has been extracting small quantities of this gas to run its factory and the government of Rwanda has been engaged in various efforts of bringing a range of developers on board to produce the methane from Lake Kivu including the Kivu watt which is backed by Contour Global a United States Energy Company.
Besides gases, Lake Kivu also features minimal quantities of fish Species with 28 Species in number of which four (4) of these have been introduced. The indigenous fish Species in Lake Kivu include; Lake Rukwa minnow (Raiamas moorii), four species of Barbus (B. apleurogramma, B. altianalis, B. pellegrini and B. kerstenii), two Clarias catfish (C. gariepinus and C. liocephalus), an Amphilius catfish, Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and fifteen (15) restricted Haplochromis cichlids. The Fish Species that were introduced include; three (3) cichlids, O. leucostictus and redbreast tilapia (Coptodon rendalli), the long fin tilapia (Oreochromis macrochir), and a clupeid and the Lake Tanganyika sardine (Limnothrissa miodon). The Tanganyika Sardine was introduced by a Belgian Engineer A. Collart to Lake Kivu in the year 1959 and it is the only natural lake in the world with these Species which was initially restricted to Tanganyika Lake.
Regarding tourism, Lake Kivu is by no means an ordinary Rwanda safari destination. It is a haven for a range of water activities that tourists can engage in while on safari in Rwanda. Being a Bilharzia free lake with no Hippos and Crocodiles with favorable surface temperatures of 23 – 27 degrees Celsius, Lake Kivu is an ideal swimming point in Rwanda. No need to worry about the gases as they are trapped at 260m away from the shores.
Lake Kivu also offers a rich ground for popular water sports including the wind surfing, jet-ski, catamaran and Kayaking. It’s impressive Islands are ideal for encountering including Napoleon Island which is a habitat to a thousand bats, Amahoro Island, Paladise Malahide and the cultural tours to the Nkomo and Bunagana Islands. Lake Kivu also offers impressive encounters for sports fishing and boat cruises.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

The river rwizi

river_rwizi-614x320River Rwizi positioned in the south west of Uganda is one of less explored Uganda safari attractions that have got great significance not only to the ecosystem that it flows through but also the human community that live along its course.
Greatly attached to Mbarara town the biggest commercial center in the region positioned at 295km from the Country’s capital Kampala along the geographical coordinates of 00 36’ 48”S, 0300 39’ 30”E, River Rwizi acts as the main source of water for this town which is also a popular stop center for travelers on safaris in Uganda heading to and from the far destinations of south western Uganda
River Rwizi arises from the hills of Buhweju also gathering other water from various tributaries emanating from various sections of Ankole flows for a considerable distance before emptying its waters in the Lake Victoria Catchment that extends to the wetland network of Lake Mburo, Nakivaale, Kacheera, Kihjanebarola among other lakes that have formed a chain of lake and wetland system impressive to encounter on safaris in Uganda especially when takes a panoramic view from the Kazuma outlook in Lake Mburo National Park.
Along its course, River Rwizi supports myriad of people along with their livestock. Rwizi stands as a beautiful river whose sky blue waters and its significance to the areas where it flows has made it part of the people’s heritage that they would not fail to mention it if asked about the must see in Mbarara region while planning a safari to Uganda.
Apparently, River Rwizi is also threatened by the climate change effects and the water levels at times experience considerable reduction threatening those that depend on it including the ecosystem and the domestic livestock.

Discounted Uganda gorilla permits in November

gorilla permitsUganda – the pearl of Africa is offering a discount to the world travelers who might be interested in undertaking Uganda gorilla safaris in the forthcoming months of November.
With almost a half of the world’s mountain gorilla populations in her two mountain gorilla habitats of Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda has positioned herself to listen to the need of every traveler. In the month of November which also coincides with the rainy season herein Uganda, the gorilla trekking permit which is normally sold at $600 permit for the foreign nonresidents will reduce to $350 this allowing one to save $250 if he /she chooses to undertake a gorilla trekking safari to Uganda unlike other destination with a similar product.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park features a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas and twelve gorilla groups out of this number have been habituated specially for gorilla trekking experience distributed in its four regions. Rushaga in the south of Bwindi features gorilla groups of Mishaya, Bweza, Nshongi, Busingye and Kahungye; Ruhija in the east of Bwindi features gorilla groups of Kyaguliro, Oruzogo and Bitukura; Nkuringo in the south west features one gorilla group of Nkuringo while Buhoma in the north of Bwindi and the most popular features the gorilla groups of Mubare, Rushegura and Habinyanja. To the extreme south west, there lies Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also featuring one habituated gorilla family Nyakagyezi. It can be noted that more two gorilla groups are under habitation in the south of Bwindi and will be added to those that are encountered on gorilla safaris in Uganda.
For other groups other than the nonresident foreigners, their discount has also been given consideration. The Citizens of the partner states in the East African Community will have their 100,000/= Uganda Shillings saved while the resident foreigners in the partner states of the East African Community will have their $200 saved if they do a gorilla safari in Uganda during the month of November.

Friday, 28 August 2015

The kisizi falls; the site of ancient horror

kisizi falls - ugandaLocated in the district of Rukungiri in the south west of Uganda about 22km to the south of Rukungiri district headquarters, Kisizi falls is a remarkable beautiful site that counts on the list of Uganda safari attractions not only because of its beauty but also its history
At 46km north of Kabale which is the largest town in the Sub region standing at the geographical coordinates of 00 59 45S, 29 57 44E, the impressive Kisizi falls is positioned on River Rushoma that flows south west along the extended valley arising from the Muhanga area before falling for 30m below and then continuing to the north east emptying into Lake Edward another unique features always visited by travelers on safaris in Uganda.
The greatness of the Kisizi falls goes beyond the beauty. It can be noted that traditionally, Kisiizi falls was a tragic place in the ancient Kigezi area where the girls that would get pregnant before the marriage would be thrown down the rock just like the waters and succumb to death. This was done because premarital pregnancies among the Bakiga like in most of the traditional African societies were totally prohibited.
It is a rewarding moment to encounter such strong wind ruffling through tall trees as the water bowls hit and then bounce off the rocks producing a hushed monotony while a range of bird Species jump in the fresh air and in their nests making such melodious sweet sounds. The site enjoys humid climate. This makes it a remarkable site that local people would take pride in right from the beginning to have in their land.
However, the traditional girls never enjoyed this beauty. Locally known as Aheibanga or the cliff in English, the paternal relatives would bring a pre-marital pregnant girl to the ravine led by the father and the brother and violently throw her down the cliff. This was the local way of judging the shame, embarrassment and the dishonor that the offender had caused to the family, the tribe and  the general community.
These tales are supported by the still existing elderly local people who witnessed some of the incidents. The most tragic one occurred when a girl who was to be thrown down the ravine pulled her father and the brother down and they all died together and there are claims that the voices of the deceased trio at times are heard calling one another. It can be noted that Kigezi has other sites of similar stature including the Akampene Island also known as Punishment Island on Lake Bunyonyi where the premarital pregnant girls would be dropped and abandoned to die of starvation, extreme coldness and wild animals.
The fate of Kisizi falls was to change in the 1950s when the thread manufacturing flux factory was constructed in the area. After its collapse, Dr. John Sharpe who had grown uncomfortable of the treatable diseases that had terrorized the community requested the facilities to be used as hospital through the Church of Uganda.
The flux factory had built the power dam and with the hospital opening up in the year 1958, Kisizi could no longer be viewed as a place for hanging the wrongful girls but was seen as a healing center. However, the natural attractiveness of the site and its history has made it popular tourist attraction in the area thus at times included on the list of what to encounter by those planning safaris to Uganda
The Kisizi site also features accommodation establishment to facilitate those that would wish to spend an overnight in the area and the visiting clientele include the nationals and foreigners.

local conservationists to be rewarded at the Rwanda’s kwita izina ceremony

Rwanda standing in the heart of Africa is a famous destination whose popularity has been championed both by the bad and the good. Considering the series of unstable events that characterized its politics right from 1959 culminating into the 1994 Rwandan genocide, it is surprising and energizing to see this country again ranking in the fast growing economies on the African continent.
Rwanda safaris have rejuvenated and apparently tourism stands among the main foreign exchange earners for Rwanda. Organizing one of her annual events called Kwita Izina in special commemoration of her mountain gorillas that are behind the flourishing of gorilla safaris in Rwanda, the Rwanda Development Board has resolved to reward a range of local people that have played a significant role in the conservation of mountain gorillas along with other wild game.
Scheduled to occur on the 5th September of this year at Kinigi in the district of Musaze where a count of twenty four (24) baby gorillas will assume their names, the Kwita Izina ceremony is a big event that is beyond the ordinary. This will be its eleventh edition and the first of it to go regional recognized by the partner states of northern corridor project making it a Rwanda safari product in itself.
Yamina Karitanyi who heads the Tourism at Rwanda Development Board emphasizes the move to acknowledge the efforts of the local people towards conservation during this year’s ceremony. The officer agrees that the government has worked with the guides, rangers, the local communities and conservation groups to undertake proactive measures in restoring the habitats not only for gorillas but also for other wild game which remain pivotal in ensuring the sustainability of safaris to Rwanda.
Running under the theme which reads conserving now and for the future, the Kwita Izina Ceremony unleashes the broader conservation picture that Rwanda has in mind for its bestowed natural beauty and its sustainable use.

Serena hotels secures 20 million us dollars from proparco


serena hotel - ugandaThe Serena Hotels Group which is a top notch hospitality investment in East Africa an Asia operating in various countries including Uganda where the affluent Uganda safari undertakers spend their nights while in Kampala is in the joyous moods after securing a twenty (20) million United States Dollar loan to redevelop and refurbish its establishments.
The refurbishment and the redevelopment process which is slated to commence next year (2016) will be facilitated by the loan which has been secured from the French Development Agency named Proparco. The fund facility is aimed at funding the capital expenditure that is required by the Portfolio of Kenyan lodges, hotels and Camps as noted by the TPS Eastern Africa managing director Mahmud Janmohamed.
It is noted that the first priority is Nairobi Serena Hotel which will see the new conference center built along with banqueting services, public places and bed rooms. This will be to the addition of the company’s ongoing refurbishment of its facilities including the finished Mara Serena Lodge refurbishment, addition of new twelve (12) tents at Sweet-water Serena Camp, bedroom refurbishment at Mombasa Serena Beach Resort and at the Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.
In Uganda, the initiative will add a count of 32 bedrooms, meeting as well as food and beverage facilities to the satisfaction of the up class travelers that undertake safaris in Uganda. The Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel will also be refurbished January 2016.
It can be noted that the Serena Group features twenty four (24) luxury hotels, camps, safari lodges and resorts distributed in the countries of Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Rwanda. It also features eleven (11) establishments in the countries of Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan all in Asia.
The Proparco Chief Executive Officer Mr. Claude Periou noted that the agency is honored to extend support to the TPS which has demonstrated the zeal of undertaking sustainable tourism that is culturally sensitive in the undeserved regions of the world.
The loan will extend for eight years and is set to finance capital expenditures lasting for about 24 months commencing 2016.

Serena hotels secures 20 million us dollars from proparco


serena hotel - ugandaThe Serena Hotels Group which is a top notch hospitality investment in East Africa an Asia operating in various countries including Uganda where the affluent Uganda safari undertakers spend their nights while in Kampala is in the joyous moods after securing a twenty (20) million United States Dollar loan to redevelop and refurbish its establishments.
The refurbishment and the redevelopment process which is slated to commence next year (2016) will be facilitated by the loan which has been secured from the French Development Agency named Proparco. The fund facility is aimed at funding the capital expenditure that is required by the Portfolio of Kenyan lodges, hotels and Camps as noted by the TPS Eastern Africa managing director Mahmud Janmohamed.
It is noted that the first priority is Nairobi Serena Hotel which will see the new conference center built along with banqueting services, public places and bed rooms. This will be to the addition of the company’s ongoing refurbishment of its facilities including the finished Mara Serena Lodge refurbishment, addition of new twelve (12) tents at Sweet-water Serena Camp, bedroom refurbishment at Mombasa Serena Beach Resort and at the Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge.
In Uganda, the initiative will add a count of 32 bedrooms, meeting as well as food and beverage facilities to the satisfaction of the up class travelers that undertake safaris in Uganda. The Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel will also be refurbished January 2016.
It can be noted that the Serena Group features twenty four (24) luxury hotels, camps, safari lodges and resorts distributed in the countries of Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Rwanda. It also features eleven (11) establishments in the countries of Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan all in Asia.
The Proparco Chief Executive Officer Mr. Claude Periou noted that the agency is honored to extend support to the TPS which has demonstrated the zeal of undertaking sustainable tourism that is culturally sensitive in the undeserved regions of the world.
The loan will extend for eight years and is set to finance capital expenditures lasting for about 24 months commencing 2016.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

The local communities around bwindi impenetrable national park plant tea instead of a barrier wall to stop wildlife encroachment

tea platationsThe Uganda gorilla safari destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south west of Uganda stands with a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas which is close to a half of the world’s entire population of mountain gorillas some of which are habituated and others still in their wild state
These gorillas had the habit of encroaching on gardens of the local people thus affecting their harvests something that actually posed a threat to gorillas as the conflict created would result into the local people poaching the gorillas and threatening their continued existence.
A count of over 30, 000 residents in the areas of Nteko and Rubuguri under their umbrella association of Nkuringo Community Conservation Development Foundation in 2006 pleaded to the government to have a permanent separator wall constructed to separate them from the protected area of Bwindi – the home of gorillas normally encountered on gorilla safari in Uganda and other wildlife including the elephants.
The years passed and by 2009, they had changed their mind and opted for an extensive tea plantation that would cover the entire 17km buffer zone that separates them from the park. With the support from the Kigezi High Tea Company, the local communities realized that tea planting would create returns that would go beyond stopping wildlife alone.
The animals like mountain gorillas and elephants would be deterred from encroaching on the community lands as they do not find tea delicious to feed on. The project would then generate income from tea harvesting. By reducing the crop raiding, the human wildlife conflict would be resolved assuring the continuity of wildlife including mountain gorillas and eventually sustainable gorilla safaris to Uganda

Visiting the Uganda wildlife education center (uwec)


uwecUWEC is one of the fun filled and exciting Uganda safari destinations that are close to Kampala city. Whether one is interested in just viewing wild game or learning about them in detail exploring how they eat, talk and play, the Uganda Wildlife Education Center is the ideal place to go.
Initially formed in the year 1952 by the then British colonial government to act as a reception center for the injured, orphaned, sick and the rescued animals, UWEC later changed to a traditional zoo and named Entebbe Zoo in the 1960s and this name still appears in the heads of most Ugandans and the foreigners who might have visited it during their safaris in Uganda in those days.
It can be noted that during that period, the zoo included the non-native Species such as tigers and bears which were kept just as attractions to be encountered in safari in Uganda. In the year 1994, the UWEC Trust came into existence and took over the zoo with the aim of Conservation education.
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC)’s position at the margins of the gigantic Victoria Lake features a rich vegetation cover, over 120 species of birds including the Great Blue Turaco, Giant Kingfishers, Shoebill Stork, Hammerkops and African fish eagle, a range of butterflies and a range of animals like lions, leopards, serval, Jackson’s Hartebeest, elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes among others and Primates such as the Black and white colobus monkeys, the Chimpanzees, Olive Baboons, the Patas Monkey among others, Reptiles like the Egyptian Cobra, Nile Crocodile, Gabon Viper, African rock python and Mash terrapin which have made it a darling for minibreak holidays and excursions for both Ugandan and foreigners
The Center presents a range of experiences to its visitors including;
The Chimpanzee close up which involves sitting very close to the chimpanzee looking at each other and shake hands. It is a man meeting a fellow man still undergoing transformation! However, remember this is subject to thorough health checks. Attend to a themed interpretation by the care givers and encounter chimps peeling a banana, holding a cup or request for more food. It is exciting!
There is Behind the Scenes Tour which last two hours and involves an educational and yet entertaining adventure. This involves a close encounter with the elephants, lions among other wild game.
The forest walk which is a 1km trail traversing the pristine forest viewing free range birds, butterflies, the mammals along with chameleons thriving in their natural habitats. Explore a range of plants and their medicinal value
The center also features day care options for children, adults and exclusive VIP experience. The lovely gardens form a perfect venue for events and functions. UWEC also features an accommodation for those who would wish to spend their overnight at the center amidst animals which is a rewarding experience to have while on safari in Uganda.

The hippos in Uganda take a new habitat in kyamwiga Crater Lake


primesafarisHippopotamus which are among the famous aquatic Uganda safari Species are greatly found in the water bodies in protected areas including the Kazinga Channel, Lake George and Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the River Nile in Murchison Falls Park, Lake Mburo in Lake Mburo National Park among other sites and form interesting features impressive to the travelers on safaris in Uganda
Adding to the list of their wonders, the Hippos occupied a new habitat where they never existed previously. Straying from the water bodies in the National Park of Queen Elizabeth, over thirty (30) Hippopotamus took control of the Kyamwiga Crater Lake which is within the human settled areas in the Sub County of Katerera in the district of Rubirizi.
The local people are in intense fear of the new creatures since they can be dangerous to human life. These animals are noted to have spent some time in this lake having occupied it in the month of February early this year. They are noted to move in a radius distance of five (5) Kilometers each night destroying the local plantations and gardens including the cotton, bananas and sorghum not forgetting other cereals.
Though the district officials claim to have requested Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to relocate these Species but the body has kept a deaf ear and apparently they are looking up to the President to save them from the Hippos that are likely to cause of life on top of the loss of property.
The response from Uganda Wildlife Authority Director Dr. Andrew Seguya shows acknowledgment of the animal migration and sees it as an opportunity to co-exist with them and tap them as a resource to attract travelers on safari in Uganda to visit their community where they can also earn some revenue. The UWA chief promised to work on deployment of UWA rangers to ensure the safety of the local people

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Uganda ’s cultural institutions turn to tourism for sustainability


tourism bugandaUganda in her constitution of 1995 recognizes the hereditary cultural institutions which used to exist before the coming of the republican government. these cultural institutions of buganda, bunyoro been of interest to world travelers including those on safaris in Uganda and toro were able to restore their monarchical governments when they were granted the rights of kingdoms while others are chiefdoms. for example the kingdom to do so and apparently are well functioning. other chiefdoms in the country such as the Acholi also exist and because of them being custodians of the culture, they have for long.
Initially, the travelers visiting these palaces and the controlled cultural sites would be considered like any other guest and in traditional Africa there was no way how they could be charged. Instead, they would be welcomed and then offered a seat followed by a drink and food and then attend to his interest for visiting.
However, it can be noted that with the changing trends and increasing desire to create a justification for the continuity of these institutions, they have resolved to act like other destinations and put their heritage to use for the benefit of Uganda safari undertakers and to their own good. Buganda Kingdom which is the most organized centralized Kingdom in Uganda and the region has embarked on tourism projects among which include the tourism expo named the Buganda Tourism Expo.
Coming as the eighth in the Buganda annual travel expo series, the 2015 Buganda Tourism Expo is running from 23rd Aug – 30th Aug 2015 at the Kingdom Palace in Lubiri with the theme being Million Tourists, Million opportunities. The expo will come to an end on Sunday officiated with the Kabaka (King) of Buganda Ronald Mutebi II. The event is welcoming every one and most especially the travelers on safari in Uganda.
The exhibition is showcasing the artifacts of the Buganda museum including the initial Luganda bible, the coins that were used during the reign of Kabaka Mwanga and the initial Radio in Buganda. The eighteen (18) clans of Buganda will also be showcasing their items. It is such an opportunity allowing people for various parts of the world to learn about the culture and heritage of the Baganda people.

The kob antelope

uganda kobListed as Least Concern by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Kob belongs to the Animalia Kingdom, Chordata Phylum, Mammalia class, Artiodactyla Class, Bovidae family, Reduncinae Sub family, Kobus genus and Kobus kob Species.
The Kob antelope is spread to the parts of Sub Saharan Africa stretching from South Sudan to Senegal including Uganda where it is always encountered on Uganda safaris. Greatly found along the northern savannah, the Kob antelope is greatly encountered in the Uganda safari parks of Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth, the Congo’s Virunga and Garamba National Parks and the flood grassy plains of South Sudan.
The Kob antelopes are majorly found in the wet areas including the flood plains where they always consume grasses. They have a patchy distribution from the west of Africa to the Central East Africa inhabiting flat areas with open landscape that is close to permanent water featuring a reliable climate. The Kobs enjoys fresh grazing and daily drinking. They normally occupy short grasses in the rainy season and try to keep them short. It can be noted that since they are water dependent, the Kobs can hardly wander to distant dry lands. The Kob antelopes tend to move from one pasture to the other according to the changes in seasons. In the flooded areas, the Kobs can transfer for a range of Kilometers counting to a hundreds while in the dry spells; they normally wander in a range of 10km to the water point. The Kobs tend to prefer grazing on Hyparrhenia species, Setaria gayanus, Brachiaria brizantha, Chloris gayana, Digitaria spp and Echinochloa as always seen on safaris in Uganda.
In East Africa, the Ugandan Kob also referred to as Kobus Kob thomasi features on the Ugandan Coat of Arms while the white-eared Kobs also referred to as Kobus kob leucotis is spread in the parts of South Sudan, the south west of Ethiopia and the far north east of Uganda and tend to involve in migrations on a large scale.
Regarding the physical description, the Kob looks like the Impala antelope but it is more robust. The males are more robust than the females and they feature horns. The Male Kobs feature a shoulder height of 90 – 100cm and tend to carry an average weight of 94kg whereas the females feature the shoulder height of 82 – 92cm and carry an average weight of 63kg. The Kob’s pelage tends to be golden to reddish brown but with a patch on the throat, eye ring, white inner ear and black front at the fore legs. It can be noted that males get darker as they older while for the white eared Kobs spread in the Sudan region feature different and generally dark pelage that is close to that of the Nile lechwe. The female and male Kobs feature well developed inguinal glands which secrets a waxy yellow substance along with preorbital glands.
Regarding the social behavior, it can be noted that Kobs are diurnal species but tend to be considerably inactive during the heat of the day. The Kobs thrive in groups comprised of either calves, females or only males and these can range from five (5) to forty (40) animals. The Kob antelope features few strong social bonds but it can be noted that female Kobs can thrive even in herds of thousands. The females tend to be social than the territorial males. The females are always on the lead for the daily water search. The young ones get to know where to go from their mothers. The Male Kobs always exist in the migrating herds and would follow the females. The male herds numbering to hundreds tend to accompany the females as they move in the dry seasons.
It can be noted that the reproductive and social organization of the Kobs may vary. The males in low population groups tend to establish conventional territories and rarely travel much and the male would attempt to establish their territory in the best habitat available and its herd comprises of females along with their young. The young males which are non-territorial thrive in bachelor groups which are excluded from the females by the territorial males. In the flood plains where there is always dense population of Kobs, the 2/3 of the territorial males attempt to form traditional territories whereas the rest thrive in clustered territories which are referred to as Leks. It can be noted that the clusters tend to be smaller than the traditional territories and the leks are normally located on the short grass patches or bare ground within relatively tall grassland. The 9 out of 10 females go to the leks for mating.
The conflicts among the Ugandan Kobs which are territorial are normally settled with ritual and with little fighting whether in leks or conventional territories. The male walk in an elect posture drawing closer to an intruder to stop him and this is done also by the adjacent males in the leks when they reach their borders. For the lek holding white eared Kobs, there is a lot of fighting.
Fighting resulting into fatal injuries can occur when the territory control is at stake. The fighting encounter involves the combatants clashing, twisting and pressing each other with their horns head on. However, it can be noted that the neighbor can attack from either the side or rear. In the lek clusters, the males with dominance will occupy the center and the number of males in the center tends to be in a range of 3 – 7. They monopolize copulations with the females in estrous. The male replacement in the clusters is common compared to traditional territories and as a result males can be able to stay at the center for a day, two and hardly a week. The competition is always high as a range of males tends to come from the territories to drink and feed. The center located males are deprived of food and thus opt to get out of the lek to feed and get some energy after which it comes back to compete. The males in the traditional territories tend to reign for one year or two.
The female Kobs undertake their first ovulation at 13 – 14 months old and feature 20 – 26 day interval in the estrous cycles until they are fertilized. The traditional territory males keep the females in their territories but in leks, the males rely on advertising themselves as they cannot manage herding the females. The courtship in Kobs tends to last about two (2) minutes while the copulation lasts about few seconds. The female in leks can mate close to 20 times a day with one of the central males in a day. Following the gestation period of eight months, and birth giving, the estrous tend to commence 21 – 64 days later. The calves tend to hide in the dense vegetation in the first month and the mother and the calf can identify their mothers using their noses. The calves gather in crèches as they grow old and the mothers stay with them for 6 – 7 months the period they are weaned. They are part of female herds when they are young and when they mature the males enter the into bachelor groups.
Regarding Conservation, the Kob numbers have suffered from human development and hunting and in fact the Ugandan Kob is noted to have got extinct in the parts of north western Tanzania and south western Kenya as a result of habitat loss. However, considerable populations of Uganda Kobs can be found in Uganda and Congo and seen on safari in Uganda.
The Buffon’s kob can be explored in Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic while the white-eared kob is common in South Sudan

Friday, 21 August 2015

Uganda to restock the black rhinoceros in wildlife reserves


rhinosThe black Rhinoceros just like white Rhinoceros are species of Rhinos which thrived in Uganda until early 1980s and attracted considerable number of world travelers to undertake safaris to Uganda to encounter them in their natural habitats.
Following the unstable political situation in Uganda in the years of 1970s and 80s which have considerable adverse effects even on conservation, the country has embarked on the vigorous conservation development to ensure the Species regeneration and restocking those that had faced unfortunate extinction from the Uganda safari sites.
The white Rhinos saw themselves getting re-introduced in the year 2005 and are now settled at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary under the breed and re-stock programme waiting to be re-introduced in the wilderness of the adjacent Murchison Falls National Park one of the famous sites encountered by travelers on safaris in Uganda
The Uganda Wildlife Authority that is charged with management of Uganda’s wildlife hinted on the plans to re-stock the black Rhinos in the wildlife Reserves. While drafting National Rhino Strategy, the UWA chief Dr. Andrew Seguya demonstrated his sympathy to the country which lost about 400 black Rhinos and about 300 white Rhinos in the savannah rolling landscapes of Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley National before the political structure broke down in Uganda. This was during the ten (10) year National Rhino Strategy formulation conference held in the city of Kampala.
The Tourism Minister also affirmed the cause to formulate and implement the plans for protection and re-stocking of rare, endemic, threatened, extinct and endangered Species. This will target among others the Shoe-bill and Crested Crane which are among the most sought after birds on birding safari in Uganda. The Minister also highlighted the enactment of the Uganda Wildlife Policy last year aiming at managing and developing the ecosystems and wildlife resources sustainably in Uganda.

Miss tourism Uganda to be crowned on 28th august 2015

Miss-Tourism-Uganda-2015-finalistsUganda is not only endowed by remarkable physical features but also notable people which have always lured the Uganda safari undertakers into remarkable wonder. Miss Tourism Uganda has been specially designed to bring out the people part of Uganda and its contribution to the tourism development
The destination Uganda has been partitioned into ten (10) tourism clusters where by each tourism cluster forwards representatives who are got from a tight competition at the cluster level. Apparently there are thirty three (33) girls who are representing the mentioned clusters and only one of these is destined to be crowned Miss Tourism Uganda at Kampala Serena Hotel on 28th August 2015 an event that is open to everyone with interest including travelers on safaris in Uganda
The selected beauty Queen is planned to undertake a considerable role of promoting Uganda and also to represent Uganda at the Miss Tourism World in the Vietnam’s Long bay on the 31st of October 2015 thus raising the international flag to international heights.
Following the tough competition at regional level, the range of 33 girls that were unveiled at the J & M Airport Road Hotel the previous week will still be subjected to a boot camp before the grand finale. It can be noted that Miss Tourism contest is one of those contests that feature tight procedure with a lot of sieving and as a result not all the named beauty contenders will definitely make it to the end.
The unveiling event which was attended by the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities along with Officials from Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Tourism Board was by all no means ordinary. By eaves dropping from what happened at the unveiling event, it can be noted that the beauty Queens from Karamoja, Buganda and Tooro received the wildest applause and the folks contend that if that was the only mode of selection then the mentioned would be the top three.
Miss Tourism Uganda event occurs annually and it has been added on the MICE list thus increasing the products that should be encountered on Uganda safaris. The beauty Queens represent the country both local and international and showcase her beauty like never before.

Miss tourism Uganda to be crowned on 28th august 2015


Miss-Tourism-Uganda-2015-finalistsUganda is not only endowed by remarkable physical features but also notable people which have always lured the Uganda safari undertakers into remarkable wonder. Miss Tourism Uganda has been specially designed to bring out the people part of Uganda and its contribution to the tourism development
The destination Uganda has been partitioned into ten (10) tourism clusters where by each tourism cluster forwards representatives who are got from a tight competition at the cluster level. Apparently there are thirty three (33) girls who are representing the mentioned clusters and only one of these is destined to be crowned Miss Tourism Uganda at Kampala Serena Hotel on 28th August 2015 an event that is open to everyone with interest including travelers on safaris in Uganda
The selected beauty Queen is planned to undertake a considerable role of promoting Uganda and also to represent Uganda at the Miss Tourism World in the Vietnam’s Long bay on the 31st of October 2015 thus raising the international flag to international heights.
Following the tough competition at regional level, the range of 33 girls that were unveiled at the J & M Airport Road Hotel the previous week will still be subjected to a boot camp before the grand finale. It can be noted that Miss Tourism contest is one of those contests that feature tight procedure with a lot of sieving and as a result not all the named beauty contenders will definitely make it to the end.
The unveiling event which was attended by the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities along with Officials from Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Tourism Board was by all no means ordinary. By eaves dropping from what happened at the unveiling event, it can be noted that the beauty Queens from Karamoja, Buganda and Tooro received the wildest applause and the folks contend that if that was the only mode of selection then the mentioned would be the top three.
Miss Tourism Uganda event occurs annually and it has been added on the MICE list thus increasing the products that should be encountered on Uganda safaris. The beauty Queens represent the country both local and international and showcase her beauty like never before.

Birding in Uganda


Uganda known as paradise for birds is one of the countries with the highest percentage of birds’ species in Africa with over 50% of the continent’s birds and 11% of the global birds. The country has been identified as a best destination for birding by the African bird club with Bwindi impenetrable national park coming in the first position and Murchison coming in the third position. Around half of the African bird species are found in Uganda and thus making it the most rewarding to undertake birding safaris in Uganda.
Just within Kampala city, the busiest city in Uganda, birders can identify and note about 300 species of birds. This is all thanks to the rich diversity of habitats for the birds. A range of bird species can also be explored on the Lake Victoria’s shores. Mabamba wetland is one of the outstanding birding sites and wetland of global significance. The wetland also provides tourists the opportunity of encountering the rare shoe bill, blue swallow, the threaten species like, Papyrus Gonolek, warbler Pallid Harrier and White-winged along with other species enriching the tourist experience and also increases Uganda safaris.
The safari to the national park of Semliki presents the best time to enjoy bird watching activities. Semliki national park features rich bird habitats, butterflies and primates. The jungle walk through the forest offers you the chance of spotting a range of bird species including crested flycatcher, white-tailed horn bill, capuchin Babbler among others and also the opportunity to encounter elephants, crocodiles, buffaloes plus various primates and therefore inspiring to encounter while on safari in Uganda.
Other birding destinations in the destination Uganda include among others Rwenzori mountains National Park with around 217 species of bird, the Impenetrable national Park of Bwindi with about 24 restricted range species and over 60 species of afro highland biome, the national park of Murchison Falls with around 450 species of birds among which include the rare shoe bill.
Uganda continues to present other impressive birding destinations including the National Parks of Lake Mburo, Kidepo Valley and Kibale along with forest reserves of Budongo and Mabira. These are important birding sites in Uganda and Africa as a whole and shelter considerable species of birds which offer tourists the unique birding experiences.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Mountain gorillas of Uganda

????????Uganda being a small landlocked country is one of the blessed countries in Africa to habituate the mountain gorillas which are critically endangered. The country is the luckiest to habituate the largest number of this species found in two of her beautiful national parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga presenting a rich ground for Uganda gorilla safaris.
Mountain gorillas are found or stay in troops/family headed by a male adult silver back. The male silver bucks are called by their names because they have silver-colored hair which develops on their backs as they age. The silverback controls the movement of the group and leads them to suitable feeding sites all year round. Mountain Gorillas mainly feed on vegetation and they use their morning hours to look for food and afternoon hours to relax. The afternoon hours (relaxing time) are very important for the mountain gorillas, this is the time they spend to interact and create good relationship within the group. Coming to night hours Gorillas go to sleep and they sleep where night time finds them. When going to sleep, each gorilla construct it nest and this is done every day. Gorilla Safaris to Uganda present an impressive moment to enjoy the sights of these primates.
The gorillas are social animals and thrive in groups that are kept together by the connectivity among the mature males and females. They become aggressive when two silverbacks meet, but aggression is minimal within the group. They also experience fear when they encounter with reptiles especially baby gorillas are very afraid of water and snakes.
Bwindi impenetrable National park is found in Uganda’s southwest in the Albertine rift marked with the mountainous terrain of Kigezi highlands. Being the only national part with the highest number of Mountain gorillas, the park has attracted a great number of gorilla safaris in Uganda. The park is covered by an ancient forest that date back to over 25,000 years and the home to this critically endangered mountain gorillas. Gorilla tracking safaris in this national park is one of the beautiful and unique experiences tourists can take home.
Mgahinga national park also provides tourists the chance to undertake gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and is a perfect alternative in case the gorilla permits of Bwindi are over. The habitat also presents opportunity for tracking golden monkeys.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

The katonga river

katonga waterfallsThe Katonga River is positioned in the south west of Uganda forming one of the Uganda safari attractions that world traveler may wish to encounter. The River is noted initially to have been flowing west wards to Lake George before the uplifting on the western side of Uganda altered its direction.
The regional uplifting made the river Katonga to bounce since it could not go over the raised Albertine rift valley and thus flowed east wards taking advantage of the swampy region that was formed to the Lake Wamala’s south west as its new water shed and then gathering more water from a range of tributaries that empty into it before it flows to empty itself in the gigantic Victoria Lake which is also a popular site always visited by travelers on safaris in Uganda.
The swampy water shed where Katonga River derives its waters is positioned at about 0°13'N 30°39'E close to Katonga Wildlife Reserve around 120km from Lake Victoria. In the rainy season, the water levels tends to raise in the swampy water shed and occasionally pushing some waters to flow to west from the water shed feeding into Lake George. However, much of the water flows still follows the eastern route to Lake Victoria.
The Katonga Wildlife Reserve is one of the wildlife havens of Uganda with counts of protected fauna where about 40 species are noted to exist along with about 150 species of birds. Some of the animals encountered in Katonga River include; Sitatunga, Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Warthog, Bushbuck, Colobus monkey, Elephant and Otter. These are impressive to encounter by travelers on Uganda safaris
The main mouth of Katonga River entering into Lake Victoria is positioned close to Lukaya in the district of Kalungu 0°07.3'S 31°54.8'E geographical coordinates whereas its western section that empties into Lake George is close to Mpanga in the district of Kamwengye geographical coordinates of 0°02.6'N 30°17.4'E. River Katonga traverses the following districts along its main entire course; Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Mpigi, Gomba, Butambala, Mityana, Sembabule, Mubende, Kiruhura, Kamwenge and Ibanda. Katonga River is noted to be about 220km in length and its remarkable beauty and history that include the Museveni’s guerrilla war combine to make it worthy encountering while on safari in Uganda.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Uganda on the move to revive museums and host a milk exhibition

milking - ugandaThe destination Uganda is preparing to host a famous milk exhibition under the new collaborative umbrella among Uganda National Museum, the Uganda Tourism Board and the University of Zurich’s ethnographic Museum, an event that is believed to attract counts of people to undertake safaris to Uganda
The Swiss Anthropologist Mr. Rahael Schwere visited Uganda in the previous week and Director of Igongo Cultural Center who is also Uganda Tourism Board’s chair Mr. James Tumusiime noted in his address during the visit that the collaboration will aim at transforming the information about culture in order to stimulate the Uganda safari undertakers to pick interest in visiting the heritage sites, museums and monuments in the country.
The need to undertake the lifting of monuments, Museums and other heritage sites so as to ensure tourism promotion and developing other products that can be visited by travelers on safaris in Uganda besides national park is indeed vital for Uganda. Mr. Tumisiime admitted.
Mr. Schwere is visiting researcher in Uganda with keen interest in the milk communities as the nation plans to host the International Milk Exhibition that is anticipated in a close period of time. The exhibition is aimed at attracting a range of cattle keepers to demonstrate their traditional milk processing and methods of production along with their storage items and utensils something that is anticipated to be of great interest to the local population and the foreigners who would end up undertaking Uganda safaris to experience the thrill.
The milk drinking cultures from various parts of the world are in the move to carry out a joint milk exhibition in Uganda Considering the fact that Uganda is rich in culture and moving steadily to transformation holding the traditional milk processing practices along with the modern means makes it an ideal center to host such milk exhibition. Mr. Schwere is undertaking a milk research project in the areas of Soroti, Karamoja and the west of Karamoja.
On the issue of Museums, it is unfortunate that Uganda only features three public Museums which are far below the 1000 museums that are found in Zurich City alone. As if that is not enough, it can also be noted that the national Museum is also not well attended to and inadequate space has caused most of the historical artifacts to remain not displayed for the benefit of travelers on Uganda safari. Uganda National Museums increasingly receives items of historical significance that need to be preserved and the recent ones include the Presidential Cars and story of Albertine Graben Oil discovery.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Adventure filled weekend in Kampala

cycling toursKampala is in the moods of exploring its potential in the cycling adventure. Hosting the first of its kind, adventure cycling is a novelic Uganda safari product that will see the city taken by storm tomorrow.
The morning of Sunday, the enthusiastic riders are dedicated to engage in three distinct categories which are fun filled presenting challenging encounters including amazing climbs that will make the participants including those on safari in Uganda get lured into magical excitement
The major attraction is the race of 12km where the riders are subjected to the undulating landscapes of the road that moves out of Akii-bua stadium at the Lugogo area winding around the Lugogo by pass before joining Jinja road police Junction then turning left to Kamwokya passing through Mulago then Garden City and eventually back to Lugogo.
The more experienced competitors will engage in a 25km race which is a typical mountain biking challenge that can be participated in by a range of people including those on safaris in Uganda. The event is put arranged by Uganda Tourism Board along with Kampala Capital City Authority and a private proprietor in Kampala with sponsorship from Mountain Dew, Heineken along with the Uganda Police.
The adventure event aims at enhancing tourism, charity and friendship. It is believed that people with passion for cycling will be brought together and have fun filled adventure over the weekend and enjoy the sigh seeing encounters exploring the major tourist attractions in Kampala as always encountered by visitors on Uganda safaris.
The amount generated from the event will be allocated to the support of over 300 children that are born and raised in Luzira Prison by the respective convicted parents. The activity is well set that medal staff including nurses will be stationed at various en route service points.

The national rhino strategy launched in Uganda

???????????????????????????????Uganda is credited to have launched the ten (10) year National Rhino Strategy. The Uganda’s Minister for Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities launched the strategic plan in the country’s capital Kampala at the onset of the three (3) days deliberation that was conducted at Kampala Sheraton Hotel with attendance of counts of industry participants both local and international.
It can be noted that at the turn of the 20th century, the western explorers ventured into safaris to Africa including Uganda safaris captivated by rolling wilderness landscapes and savannah plains. A number of them including the Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt the American President and a naturalist traveled to Uganda. During such times, exploration was coupled with big game hunting and shooting of wildlife was a common phenomenon. In fact on the cover of his book African Journeys, Churchill poses with a dead Rhino in the Uganda safari destination of Ajai Wildlife Reserve.
With such occurrence, the population of rhinos got threatened and in 1924 an article was run in the bulletin of Zoological Society of New York drawing attention to the likely danger of northern white Rhino extinction and it is from this that the efforts to conserve the Rhinos emerged from. In 1951, the populations had increased steadily. For example in west Nile the populations had increased to 300 by 1951 and in 1955, they had increased to 1955.
However due to unstable political climate in 1970s and 1980s, the poachers took advantage of the situation and hunted Rhinos to extinction. In 1982, the last white Rhino was observed in Murchison Falls National Park while the year that followed the last eastern black Rhino was observed in Kidepo Valley National Park.
With the inception of a stable government in 1980s, peace has not only reigned on people alone but wildlife too. Legal structures were put in place, wildlife act enacted, more protected areas gazetted and new conservation approaches explored enabling wildlife regeneration to occur. The interest of restoring those that had faced extinction gained ground as the international community had gained hopes for the continuity of wildlife in Uganda.
The Rhino Fund Uganda in the month of May 1997 under the guidance of Ray and Dr. Eve drafted the structure and put together efforts that saw the Rhinos arrive in 2005 and settle at their current home Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which has become a popular attraction for travelers on safaris in Uganda.
Other efforts have since followed especially strategic management plans to ensure that conservation is in line with the international and regional best practices and these include the Crested Crane Action Plan and Shoe bill Action Plan. Therefore, developing the Rhino strategic plan is considered timely and seen as positive step to ensure their continuity.
The UWA chief Dr. Andrew Seguya noted that Uganda is a rhino range state and thus a member of the East Africa Rhino Management Group (ERMG) along with African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG). Thus Uganda aims at establishing a rightful position where she can apply conservation according to the ideals of the respective groups.
The National Rhino Strategy is drawn with guidance from 2014 Uganda Wildlife Policy and the Uganda Wildlife Act Cap 200 of 2000 which gives the Executive Director the mandate to draft the strategic plans guiding the authority to the realization of its objectives.
The strategy features security, Habitat loss and modification, poaching, geo politics, international markets diseases along with other health challenges, human-wildlife conflict, inbreeding depression, infrastructure, oil not forgetting tourism development.
It is noted that in the future, Rhinos will be re-introduced to their original habitats where they can breed and multiply and continue to be encountered on Uganda safari.

Diner en blanc returns tonight in Kigali Rwanda

kigaliThe Party enthusiasts get on the pre-arranged buses and transfer to the venue and with no compromise dressed in a white attire carrying food and drink to the venue. It is a big day in Kigali tonight and travelers on safaris in Rwanda are free to join.
The Diner en Blanc is an event that is internationally celebrated and apparently features in various cities of the world since it was initiated in 1988 in France aiming at enhancing elegance, friendship and a feeling of community hood between the attendees. Kigali is credited to have been the first city in Africa to host the Diner en Blanc event at Gacuriro in the year 2012 where counts of people participated including Rwanda safari undertakers.
It can be noted that Diner en Blanc goes beyond the dinner thing that is filled with impressive food and drinks. The Illume Creative Studio’s Creative Director Anne Mazimhaka acknowledges that the event intends to join the Rwanda’s Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) strategy and enhance the local entrepreneurship and business.
Rwanda Development Board in May 2014 launched the new strategy that aims at developing MICE as a novelic strategy to development of tourism. In fact, MICE is an addition to the products encountered on Rwanda safaris. The MICE complements other traditional tourist products like gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda, cultural tours, Rwanda wildlife safaris and eco-tourism.
Since its inception in Rwanda, the Dîner en Blanc is noted to have attracted a considerable number of participants from Rwanda, neighboring countries and the tourists themselves. Countries of Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, South Africa and Ivory coast not forgetting Switzerland, Canada, Belgium, France, United States and Netherlands have got a good representation at the event.
Besides being unique tourism product, the Diner en Blanc also offers opportunity for growth to local event planners, caterers, restaurants, retailers, hotels, artists, carpenters, tailors and decorators. At the event, these various service providers offer the guests in attendance special promotions. This year’s participating catering and restaurant service providers include; Meze Fresh, Felicita Café, Sole Luna and Khana Khazana.
The 15th August 2015 Diner en Blanc function is organized by the Illume Creative Studio in conjunction with Positive Productions with support from the Ministry of Sports and Culture, National Police, Rwanda Development Board and the Kigali City Council. Other supporters of the event include; KK Security, SORAS, DBO Wines, Chillax Lounge and Showtime Events. There are also prizes to be won at the event and these are offered by RwandAir, Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Songa Africa, Mountain Gorilla Hotel, Virunga Lodge, Akagera National Park, House of Tayo, Inzuki, and Soulspace Spa, Sonia Mugabo Official, Braschetto, Eden Palm Hotel and Poivre Noire.

Friday, 14 August 2015

A New Hotel constructed in Bulera Rwanda to promote tourism

Bulera District one of the prime Rwanda safari destinations is embarking on the construction of a new hotel that is aimed at enhancing tourism development in the area. The new Hotel in the names of Burera Beach Resort Hotel is located in the Kagogo Sector at Lake Bulera and Ruhondo shores.
The Noguchi Holdings Limited a Japanese firm is undertaking the construction of the new hotel which is estimated to consume about Rwf350 million with the work completed in December. The initiative had been heavily welcomed by the local Authorities including the District Mayor Samuel Sembagare who noted that absence of hotels was a stumbling block to the district’s tourism development since travellers on safaris in Rwanda would hardly get where to sleep while visiting the area.
Bulera District at the moment features two (2) hotels which appear not enough compared to the tourist arrivals in the district. The new hotel is estimated to increase finances that are realized by the district. The travelers visiting the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera, the Urugezi valley along with the Rwanda gorilla safari haven of Volcanoes National Park would be opting to spend a night in Bulera district but due to inadequate accommodation facilities, they opt for other places.
The local people in Bulera district also appreciate the development as it is an opportunity presented to them to showcase and sell their art and craft not forgetting their general culture and the market for their products like food stuff. It can be acknowledged that travelers including those that do safari in Rwanda like local crafted products.
The District mayor notes that investors are increasingly gaining interest in investing in the area and the required infrastructure including roads and electricity are being developed to make the process easier.

The study move to fund ecosystems launched by United Nations and Nema

The Project aimed at identifying the financial gaps that exist in the conservation of ecosystems in Uganda have been launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) along with National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).
The Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) project aiming at identification of how much and how to pull finances for the conservation of forests, lakes and wetlands among other natural resources that form crucial Uganda safari products have been initiated.
The Country Director of UNDP Ms. Almaz Gebru while launching the project in Jinja last week noted that BIOFIN aims at utilizing the economic and financial lens to gain broader understanding of the eco-systems and how to ensure their effective management vis-à-vis continued destruction. An example of how Uganda depends on water regulation from forests, the wildlife for wildlife safaris in Uganda, food from sustainable agriculture, healthy rivers and lakes for energy, fish along other services which makes the maintenance of such eco systems significant for the national development.
It can be acknowledged that to maintain such ecosystems, one requires in depth understanding of the legal, economic, policy and the financial systems that interact the one another and it is from this back ground that the initiative of BIOFIN becomes of use.
The Natural resource Management officer at NEMA Mr. Sabino Francis Ogwal noted that by ascertaining the amount that environment contributes to GDP; it will assist them to request from the finance adequate money for environmental conservation. The ecosystem is credited to be a big contributor of the attractions that attract travelers to undertake Uganda safaris.
Mr. Moses Ssonko who is a senior economist in the Finance Ministry noted that to identify the funding priorities during the budget formulation is always a challenge though the Ministry would prioritize the funding for the conservation of environment following the project. He however noted that inadequate law enforcement is another loophole in the environmental conservation besides finances.
About 15% of the population is direct beneficiary of biodiversity through fishing and tourism – safari tours in Uganda but it is unfortunate that the area continues to secure low funding. This was noted by Ms. Flavia Munaana who is the State Minister for Environment.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Ugandan Mangabey; a Novelic primate species in Uganda

monkeyThe Ugandan Mangabey also known as the Lophocebus ugandae is noted to a descendant of old world monkey that is restricted to Uganda alone. Initially thought to be belonging to the grey cheeked mangabey populations, the famous taxonomist Colin Gloves undertook the upgrade of the Ugandan section to new Species and named them L. Ugandae.
The realization of these new species occurred when the Professor realized that they are smaller than the known grey-cheeked mangabey and also has a shorter skull and a relatively smaller face. Adding to the group of 19 Species of Primates that are available in Uganda and highly sought after by travelers on primate safaris in Uganda, the Ugandan Mangabey can be explored right here in Mabira forest that is positioned at 60km from Kampala city.
Groves noted that when he revised his research which he carried out three decades past, it was revealed that these Species were smaller compared to their colleagues in different parts of the world. In his report, he proposed that the Species should be given due attention in terms of conservation and added to endangered species list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and this would grant them improved priority just like Chimpanzees and Gorillas.
The grey-cheeked mangabey are spread in various parts of the world including the Congo forests stretching to the north of Angola. In destination Uganda, they are noted to thrive in areas of Itwara, Semliki, Kibale, Mpanga, Bugoma, Bujuko, Mabira and Sango bay.
It can be noted that the biggest concentration of this Species is in Mabira Forest and this is seen as positive step to enhancing its eco-tourism encounters. The Ugandan Mangabey consumes fruits and dwell in the interior of the forest and its upper layers which limits them not to destroy crops outside the forest.