Thursday, 22 October 2015

The plan to revive the Ugandan airlines in the making

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

Ugandan youth exploring the benefits of tourism development

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

Uganda wins at magical kenya tourism expo

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

Monday, 19 October 2015


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


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


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


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

Friday, 16 October 2015

Exploring the nshongi gorilla family

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

Exploring mantana’s tented camp in lake mburo national park

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

The fascinating historic moment when mountain gorillas were encountered drinking water

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

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Exploring the great blue turaco

great blueThe great blue turaco scientifically referred to as Corythaeola cristata is one of the amazing bird species that are explored on birding safaris in Uganda. The great blue turaco is notably the largest turaco and the largest species in the order of Cuculiformes which is diverse stretching to include Cuckoos.
The great blue turaco features a turquoise-blue head with a bluish-black crest at the fore crown and the crown. The bright appearing yellow bill with red tip is visibly large and curved as viewed on safari in Uganda. The reddish brown eyes are surrounded by plain dark turquoise-blue eye-rings. The throat, cheeks and the chin of the great blue turaco feature gray coloring while the turquoise blue color mark the turaco’s upper section which include the tail and the wings. The great turaco features a black wide band close to its wide long tail. The legs of the great blue turaco along with its feet feature black color. Interestingly to note is that both sexes of the great blue turaco are the same.
The Great Blue Turaco is noted to be  the largest species in the family Musophagidae and is basically 70-76 cm in their length and weigh 0.8-1.2 kg while the males are somehow smaller as viewed on birding Uganda safaris.
The great blue turaco marks their territories all the year-round and just like other Turacos, the great blue turacos feature a shy character and would hardly perch on the ground except while going to bath or drink. They are noted to be pretty nimble as they climb through the branches of trees. They are always in groups such as pairs, in family or social groups that stretch up to 7 members with a range of groups converging one large fruit tree.
It can be noted that Turacos are not better fliers and as a result they tend to fly short distances rising to lower forest levels. Their courtship is marked by calling, the chasing and feeding each other along with raising the crest and their long tail. They conduct their reproduction by joining hands in building a stick nest on a tall tree where the female lays two eggs with pale blue color and the incubation is conducted by both parents for a period of 31 days and the chicks are cared for both parents and at times the extra helper. The chicks of great blue turaco get out of the nests at 6 weeks period but are kept under the care of parents until they are 3 months old.
Regarding the diet, the great blue turaco consumes fruits, flowers, leaves, buds, insects . They spend much of the day foraging except in the hottest day time and are greatly active in the evening as explored on tours in Uganda.
The great blue turaco communicate in a vocal call with a deep glutteral sound that alternates along with the softer trill. The vocalizations of the great blue turaco are commonly heard at the sun set and at the sun rise and form a significant section of their displays in courtship.
Regarding the habitat and range, the great blue turaco are greatly distributed compared to other turacos and greatly thrive in canopies, secondary growth trees, forests and the forest patches in the montane, humid and the savannah areas. They are listed as least concern on the red list of the international Union for Conservation of Nature.

The Ugandan government to ban vehicles and equipment with shouting colors from national parks with oil resources

safari toursThe Government of the Republic of Uganda has concluded the plans to prohibit the movement of Vehicles and installation of equipment that possess bright colors in particular red and white in the national parks with oil resources which are also the same sites explored by travelers on safaris in Uganda
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Executive Director Dr. Tom Okurut unveiled this move while giving a keynote speech at the level of preparedness in the Albertine Graben Oil Producing areas public dialogue. The Environmental director disclosed that when the vehicles traverse the national Park, the wild game halt their feeding and embark on watching the moving vehicle and that this is more common with red and white vehicles which is thus considered a great issue that needs to be addressed to avert the alteration of wildlife behavior and disturbance which are some of the effects that accrue from continuous wild game viewing as the case on Uganda safaris
Considering the fact the much of the oil explored in Uganda is positioned within the protected areas and the areas close to these protected sites in the famous Albertine rift a re-known biodiversity haven with great scale of endemic species some of which pull world travelers to plan safaris to Uganda, the implementation of such a move is long overdue.
The National Environmental Management Authority an organization that is charged with the management of environment in Uganda intends to engage other stake holders including the Uganda Wildlife Authority the body charged with management of wildlife both within and outside protected areas to see that the initiative of banning shouting colors in these areas are put in consideration.
The vehicles with red or white colors will not be allowed to access the National Park. Also the rigs that the oil drilling companies are intending to bring in have to be in matching color with the environment so as to minimize wildlife disturbance which are among the prime Uganda safari products thus affecting the tourism industry and the conservation in general.

Nexus resorts; a little gem in the Kampala outskirts

nexus hotheKampala continues to stand as the main starting point for the range of Uganda safaris and as a result the first and the last night of the safaris are always spent in Kampala which gives its accommodation a considerable relevancy in the Uganda’s tourism.
To the north west of Kampala, there lies a little gem recently unveiled to present budget accommodation to the travelers on safaris in Uganda. Nexus Resort Hotel positioned in the town of Nansana offers a 24 hours dedicated service to ensure that the visitor’s night in Kampala forms section of remarkable holiday memories.
The Nexus Resorts Hotel presents an ideal location that is free from Kampala traffic while connecting to the popular destinations where travelers on safari in Uganda tend to visit including Murchison Falls National Park where one follows the northern by pass to connect to Gulu road, the Kibale National Park, Rwenzori, Semliki and the entire Fort Portal region where one follows the northern by pass to connect to Mityana road and the Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Park and the entire south western region where one follows the Northern by pass to connect to Masaka road.
This notable resort hotel presents an affordable and yet quality accommodation experience in a range of twenty (20) rooms that feature sixty (60) guest occupancy thus capable of accommodating large groups of travelers. The Nexus Resort Hotel aims at bringing all the services at its guests disposal and as a a result it operates a conference hall that can take up to 200 delegates which makes it part of the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events initiative which plays a considerable role in pulling counts of outsiders to take safaris to Uganda.
The Nexus Resort Hotel saw its operations commence in the year 2010 and its accommodation is configured in rooms and suites including business suites, the family suites, the executive deluxe, twin (superior), triple room, superior deluxe and standard (superior).The facilities at Nexus Resort Hotel are never disappointing. The hotel features a lounge space for the suite area only, the Kitchenette for the Suites only, LCD Televisions, Internal Telephone Communication, the free wireless connection, the modern hot shower, the complimentary room service not forgetting a 24/7 restaurant and bar serving local and international cuisine and a wide range of beverages both alcoholic and nonalcoholic respectively.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

About the hadada ibis

birding ugandaScientifically referred to as Bostrychia hagedash, the hadada ibis that is greatly spread in the parts of Sub Saharan Africa belongs to the Animalia Kingdom, the Chordata Phylum, Aves Class, Pelecaniformes Order, Threskiornithidae Family, Bostrychia Genus and B. hagedash Species and stands as a tall outstanding bird that is impressive to explore on Uganda safaris.
The Hadada Ibis is a large bird that stretches to 76cm featuring a grey to brown ibis species and it features a narrow white stripe that is relatively horizontal across its cheeks. At times, this white stripe is referred to as a moustache despite the fact that it does not approach the corners of the mouth as viewed on birding safaris in Uganda.
The Hadada Ibis wing’s plumage feature iridescent purple shine while its legs are black along with a big bill that is grey-to-black in color featuring a red colored strip on its upper mandible. The upper toe surfaces feature a related coloring. The wings of Hadada Ibis are broad and powerful which enable it to have quick take offs and to maneuver past thick tree cover as explored on safari in Uganda.
The Hadada Ibis feature an extreme loud and distinct call flowing like "haa-haa-haa-de-dah" and this call forms the background for its naming. This form of a call is encountered when the birds are in flight, frightened or while communicating socially such as in the wee hours of the morning. The Hadada Ibis will produce a single loud call that flows like "haaaa" while roosting. In times of foraging, they keep in touch with a call that is a low growl relative to that of a young puppy.
Regarding habitat and the distribution, the Hadada Ibis are spread in the Sub Sahara of Africa thriving in open savannah, grasslands and wetlands, urban parks, green corridors, school fields along with expanse gardens. The Hadada Ibis thrives in a range of countries including Uganda, Sudan Birundi, Senegal, Ethipia, Tanzania, Gabon, Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Somalia, Kenya, South Africa and Botswana.
The Hadada Ibis consumes majorly earth worms where it applies its long bill to negotiate soft soil and extract worms from there. The bird also consumes larger insects along with small lizards and spiders. The Hadada Ibis also enjoy consuming snails and would thus feed in the garden beds around the residential homes. The Hadada Ibis besides attracting visitors including those that plan safaris to Uganda, they are significant in golf and bowling fields where they help in consuming larvae of beetles and moths that feed on the grass roots.
Regarding Conservation, the Hadada Ibis are still spread widely and listed on the international Union Conservation of Nature red list as the Least Concern.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The desire to preserve culture and heritage in Uganda on the rise

culturalThe idea of forming an authority specifically for the Museums, Cultural heritage and Monuments as noted by Maria Mutagamba Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities as a move to the realization of the 2040 which targets economic, cultural and social transformation through the development of tourism industry has been received with both hands by the natives and the Uganda safari undertakers.
Learning of the government’s final decision to think of preserving the history and the heritage which had been ignored for long brings a moment of hope to the heritage lovers among which include the travelers that take safaris in Uganda. It can be noted that it was 48 years ago when the government last had legislation about this issue. The Historical Monuments Act of the year 1967 has been in operation up to date.
The Uganda National Museum that dates far back to 1908 evolving to its current location at Kitante in 1954 features a range of items on display but most of gathered artifacts are not displayed due to lack of space not forgetting that the collection itself has been slow. The National Museum is currently the major heritage center of Uganda and is always frequented by visitors including those on Uganda safaris as it presents a one stop shop for the Uganda’s past.
Uganda has rich history and famous personalities that are worthy having the museums of their own ranging from Milton Obote to Idi Amin and Yoweri Museveni. The collection of their equipment that they used including the clothing, the notebooks and the pictures along with books would make their museums attractive and historical worth exploring on safari in Uganda.
The other stakeholders including the native community believe that culture and history have to be preserved with or without tourism and as a result the government should desist from following the tourism perspective alone. The cherishment of a broader perspective would assist in preserving a range of items that do not primarily generate money as they do not pull numbers but nevertheless significant and priceless.

British airways now a bygone at Entebbe international airport

british air waysThe National Carrier of the United Kingdom call it Britain was notably among the significant airlines that used to land on the Entebbe International Airport enabling a range of world travelers including those on safaris to Uganda to connect to Entebbe and back before it closed its operation along the route London Heath-row on the 3rd of October 2015.
The British Airways cited the unprofitability of the route and noted that its services along the mentioned route were no longer commercially viable. This formed the background of the route closure. The travelers that had booked their flights with the carrier beyond the date of closure were refunded fully their travel fare as they had to seek alternative means to connect to their respective destinations among which were those traveling to take safaris in Uganda.
The British Airways like any other carrier always undertakes route evaluation and if the results are not favoring, hard decisions had to be taken such as the one of putting the Entebbe route to an end. The Airline promised a continuous assessment of the route and if the profitability emerges, it will have to revive the route.
The moment of seeing the British Airways depart the Entebbe International Airport for the last time was not an easy one not only to the Airport management but also to the carrier service providers like the ground handlers, the travel agents and the passengers themselves who had committed themselves to traveling with it for the rest of their travel days while flying the very route.
Nevertheless, Entebbe International Airport maintained its normal operations and a range of world carriers are continuing to land and pick passengers from it thus presenting an alternative to the world travelers traveling to Uganda including those coming for Uganda safaris.
Entebbe International Airport continues to register an increment in the passenger arrivals with an 8.5% rise in the year 2013. This increase in the passenger flow has inspired the expansion of the Airport and the President Museveni himself has already broken the ground for the project. The expansion project will features expansion of the terminal, the cargo area, the fuel farm, the multi-storey car park among others which will make the Airport classic and attractive to land on to the world travelers including those that will be undertaking Uganda tours.

Magical kenya tourism expo; another event in the northern corridor tourism integration scheme

magical kenya travel expoThe East African Community Partner states that went ahead to form the northern corrider Integration project with membership of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda feature a prime event for each country that is recognized among the partner states. The destination Uganda features the Uganda Martyrs day where pilgrims for various parts of the world and within the country undertake the Uganda safaris to participate in the event, the Kwita izina or call it the gorilla naming event for Rwanda which attract counts of world travelers to take gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda to participate in the event and then magical tourism expo for Kenya.
Having successfully conducted the respective events in Uganda and Rwanda, the turn for Kenya has now arrived. The Magical Kenya Tourism Expo that is going to run from 15th- 17th October 2015 is anticipated to host about 180 prime trade representatives from about 35 destinations that will in turn enable the tourism sector in the region to flourish.
Kenya is dedicated to taking the participants around the country to explore the magical heritage, wildlife and recreation before settling for the main expo. The range of travel agents, the hoteliers, and tour operators including Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours Ltd represented by Samuel Makanga and travel media originating from Africa, Asia, Americas and Europe will make the expo colorful and significant to the regional tourism development.
The 2015 Magical Kenya Tourism Expo is the fifth of its kind and it will be held at Kwale the Kenya’s Coastal region. The expo is running under the theme Sustainability; Keeping the Magic Alive. The expo has gained ground steadily marked by the 40% increase in the number of exhibitors for the last four years.
The expo is bringing a significant addition to the marketing efforts that are aiming at re-positioning East Africa as a tourist destination globally and shade off the image of terror that has affected Kenya greatly because of the common terror attacks. The expo will mark the tourism revival and act as a perfect ground for business to business interaction and also business to customer interaction thus generating market and increase the tourist arrivals in the region including those on safaris to Uganda.
Tourism continues to play a significant role in the economic development of the regional states as it stands as Kenya’s second foreign exchange earner and the first in Rwanda and while in 2013, it topped the foreign exchange earnings in Uganda.

Monday, 12 October 2015

The significance of church of Uganda martyrs museum development

churchHis Grace Stanley Ntagali who is the current Archbishop of the Church of the province of Uganda on 15th September commissioned the Development committee aimed at organizing the Anglican site as a one stop site for the international Uganda safari undertakers to explore the rich religious and diverse Ugandan cultural values.
The Church of Uganda which previously ran under the umbrella of the Church Mission Society and the Native Anglican church is noted to have initiated the development of education, the health sector along with provision of social services some of which can be explored on safaris in Uganda. However, the church was slow to adopt the wealth creation initiatives that would generate wealth for the church and in turn be utilized to spread the gospel.
The 19th Century protestant history in Europe featured the Protestant work ethic that was characterized by frugality and hard work attributed to the personal salvation which resulted into the advancement of United States of America and Europe economically. The members of the Anglican Church in Uganda in the early 1930s when the East African Revival Movement was booming took up this Protestant work ethic and transformed socially, economically and intellectually. Despite the individual transformation, the institution of the church itself was reluctant to take up economic ventures which were greatly viewed at that time as worldly.
As time went on, the significant of economic power to ensure that that institution continues to thrive smoothly and execute the gospel spread effectively could not be avoided. The Retired Archbishop of Uganda Nkoyooyo generated the idea in 2013 that would see the Anglican Martyrs shrine developed for religious and tourism purposes among which include attracting believers world over to take safaris in Uganda to visit the site which in turn would generate revenue.
The Church of Uganda embarked on the mobilization and fundraising in all dioceses and as of now the Museum is at roofing stage and besides the museum building, a guesthouse of 100 rooms which will provide an overnight stay for the Uganda tour undertakers from both within and abroad.
The Anglican site shelters the remains of the 13 Protestant Martyrs and the 12 catholic martyrs who were buried below the Church of Uganda Martyrs Memorial Chapel Alter. The Pope Francis is anticipated to visit the site briefly on the 28th November 2015.
This Anglican chapel is located on the 48-acre land which was donated by the notable Teffero Kisosonkole himself being a survivor of the wrath of Kabaka Mwanga. The main site also houses the home of the command post of Mukajjanga the infamous Chief Executioner who oversaw the Martyrs execution. The torture tree named Ndazabazadde translated as the Women’s fate that deliver to only lose their offspring where the Martyrs were tied and tortured along with the spring well where the executioners would undertake the ritual cleanse and clean their instruments after killing are also found at the site. These features form great products that are worth exploring on Uganda safaris.
The development of the Church of Uganda Martyrs Museum is not only affirming the inspiration of faith and being the Christ’s witnesses among the Anglican believers but also is a good revenue generator that would effectively tap into the growing trend of faith based tourism.

Rwanda set to develop cultural tourism

cultural tourismFollowing a range of years of dependence on Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris, the Rwanda Development Board started on the move to revive the culture of Rwanda along with its traditions so as to keep the interest of undertaking the safaris in Rwanda strong.
The Rwanda Development Board marked the start of this move with the launch of the Cultural Tourism Guide book on 27th Sept when the country joined other member states of United Nationals World Tourism Organization to jubilate the World Tourism Day.
The Tourism Chief  Officer at the Rwanda Development Belize Kaliza notes that there is a need to enhance tourism product diversification to complement the country’s long selling gorilla tourism where the world travelers have been undertaking gorilla safaris to Rwanda to explore the critically endangered mountain gorillas.
Considering the fact that tourism plays a significant role in generating knowledge and enhancing cross cultural dialogue, the development of cultural tourism in Rwanda is long overdue. The book termed as the Cultural Tourism of Rwanda which showcases the culture of Rwanda, the Rwandan traditions, the Rwandan genocide of 1994, food and drink, the Rwandan ceremonies and customs, Rwanda events and festivals, the Rwanda art and craft and Rwandan dance and music will itself be a rich guide to the Rwanda safari undertakers interested in culture.
The Cultural Tourism Guide book of Rwanda features both English and French versions a soft copy will also be availed on line. The 325 page book brings out the cultural potential of Rwanda and its capacity to lure the world travelers into planning safaris to Rwanda.
Rwanda is a haven of culture. The uniqueness of the Kinyarwanda traditions and the love that the Banyarwanda people have for their culture makes the cultural tourism in Rwanda not only possible but also sustainable. Kigali city alone features a range of cultural and historic sites that range from local markets to community encounters and the artiste’s cooperatives among others.
Some of the notable sites include the Kigali genocide memorial located in Gisozi and known to be the heavily visited site of genocide, the Uburanga Art Studio which is a re-known artists’ home producing a range of paintings and the sculptures that have moved the art of Rwanda a mile. Others include the local markets like Kimironko where the travelers on safari in Rwanda can find the hips of floor and spices align with piles of the sambaza fish extracted from Lake Kivu.

The significance of gorilla census in the virunga area

????????The new mountain gorilla census that is being undertaken in the Virunga massif will assist to gauge the effect of conservation in the area and play a significant role to guide the future efforts of protecting the critically endangered apes always explored on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda along with their habitat.
The initiative that is being undertaken by the Greater Virunga Trans boundary Collaboration (GVTC) with support by the Fauna & Flora International (FFI) along with World Wide Fund (WWF) passing through the famous International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) along with other partners is noted to be the first of its kind since the year 2010 when it was anticipated that a count of 480 mountain gorillas thrived in the 451km2 Virunga massif heavily frequented by travelers on gorilla safaris in Rwanda and Uganda.
The Virunga massif is noted to be among the only two habitats where the mountain gorillas are known to be thriving on global level and it shares boarders of three countries namely, Uganda, Congo and Rwanda.
The numbers of mountain gorillas have been on the rise for the last two decades in the Virunga massif according to Behm Anna Masozera the Director of IGCP acknowledging the committed work of the conservationists, the rangers, communities that surround the gorilla habitats and the combined efforts of the three countries. The Director hopes that the census will affirm the rising trend despite the unending threats to the mountain gorillas along with their habitats. This also affirms the continuity of Rwanda gorilla safaris and Uganda gorilla safaris not forgetting Congo gorilla safaris.
The 6 teams composed of the staff from the range of institutions that are participating in the initiative have already embarked on a systematic foot trek traversing the Virunga massif searching for the signs of mountain gorillas, taking record of mountain gorilla nest sites and gathering fecal samples that will be used to undertake the genetic analysis. This gorilla census is not grounded on the exact sightings of each gorilla but it will depend on the field and laboratory work combination for information interpretation along with the samples selected by the respective teams.
The method to be used in this initiative is believed to be the best nowadays in terms of accuracy and will capitalize on the latest advancements in the field of Science and Technology ranging from electronic data gathering in the field to genetic analyses carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and then statistical analyses applied to do data interpretation.
The 2015 Virunga Gorilla Census will present the latest detailed dataset featuring the general population of mountain gorillas thriving in the block. This in turn will form ground for perfecting of the conservation strategy with consideration to the past conservation successes so as to arrive at long term future of these precious apes that are explored on gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda.
To those expecting expeditious results, a little patience will be learnt. It can be noted that this gorilla census process is lengthy and a detailed one with the eventual population results anticipated to be released in the year 2017. Besides the population figures, the study will also avail information on the mountain gorilla demographics like the age and sex ratio with in the Virunga massif along with the location of the gorilla groups in relation to one another.
The gorilla census is an exact testimony of the growing strength of the intergovernmental collaboration along with the Conservation organizations that have been at the center of saving the mountain gorillas of Virunga. The recent signing of the treaty between the three countries provided a formal structure that will allow the conservation groups to act on the ascertained findings. This presents a great hope for the continued existence of the mountain gorillas and the Virunga habitats where they are explored on gorilla trekking safaris and tours in Uganda and Rwanda
The massif of Virunga is composed of the Mikeno sector of Congo under the Virunga National Park, the Volcanoes National park in the destination Rwanda along with the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the destination Uganda and this block is noted to be holding more than a half of the critically endangered apes with the global population standing at 880. The remaining population is within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south west of Uganda.
The gorilla census in the Virunga massif is being carried out with the support from the International Gorilla Conservation Programme a partnership of Flora and Fauna International and the World Wide Fund, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Gorilla Doctors, Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation and the North Carolina Zoo. The funds running the initiative are provided by the Fauna & Flora International, Partners in Conservation at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and WWF.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The gorilla permits in Uganda

SONY DSCUganda also crowned the Pearl of Africa features a myriad of wonders among which include the endangered mountain gorillas that have formed the ground for gorilla safaris in Uganda. As a result of their exclusiveness and special touch, the mountain gorillas are by no means ordinary and to access them one needs to have a gorilla permit booked far in advance.
The seasons marked with considerable travel especially the months of less rainfall, the world travelers devote their time to undertake Uganda gorilla safaris. As a result the demand becomes high and the permits may get finished. This explains why it is always advisable to secure the gorilla permits in advance especially if the tracking period is in the months of Dec to February and from June to August.
The destination Uganda presents a count of 104 gorilla permits on a daily basis with 96 of these available in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park while the remaining 8 exist in the adjacent Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to the south of Bwindi. These two destinations feature a complete gorilla trekking experience with the resident gorilla groups fully habituated for human encounter. Sections of wild gorillas have been kept in their natural state to serve the interests of conservation. For example in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there are only 12 habituated gorilla groups out of the 400 minimum mountain gorilla population that is believed to be thriving in the park. The intensity of gorilla families that are habituated in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in turn gives the park an opportunity to host many travelers on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda than any other park in Uganda and beyond where mountain gorillas exist.
Uganda gives out her gorilla permit at $600 per permit for the foreign nonresidents, $500 per permit for the foreign resident and the citizens of the partner states of the East African community pay 250,000/= for each permit. It can be noted that one permit is to one person. However, the destination Uganda has provision for reduced gorilla permit prices in times of rainy seasons especially in the months of April and May and then the month of November. These permits are always announced by the Uganda Wildlife Authority at the beginning of each year whether they are to be available that year. The world travelers that prefer to travel at low cost have always found this interesting and have opted to do gorilla safari in Uganda  in those months. The permit prices reduce to $350, $300 and 150,000/= respectively.
The sale of gorilla permits in Uganda is under the sole control of Uganda Wildlife Authority and can be booked directly at its offices in Kampala along Kiira Road Plot 7 Kamwokya though the permits of Mgahinga are booked and paid at its branch in Kisoro because the Nyakagyezi gorilla group initially had the habit of crossing to Congo which prompted the Authority to first confirm its availability in the park before they issue the permits for its tracking.
The gorilla permits of Bwindi are issued according to regions and the park features four (4) regions and the number of permits issued would depend on the number of gorilla groups in the area. The Buhoma region in the north has 3 gorilla families and thus offers 24 gorilla families which is the same as Ruhija in the east while Rushaga in the south has 5 gorilla groups thus offering 40 gorilla permits and eventually Nkuringo in the south west has 1 gorilla family offering 8 gorilla permits.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority requires the passport details to print the gorilla permit and the electronic cards are now being issued instead of the paper permits that were previously used.

SHS200 million sought to expand the enclosure of big cats at Uganda wildlife education center

wild life education centreThe Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) one of the popular Uganda safari sites is looking out for a sum of Shs200m to undertake the construction of a spacious center for big cats at its premises in Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria before the end of this year.
The Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Education Center Mr. Musinguzi James notes that the current space for the big cats is comparatively small for them to breed and increase and yet the UWEC is mandated to undertake the conservation and utilize the center for wildlife education and Uganda tours.
Considering the trend in the big cats population which is down ward sloping, the Uganda Wildlife Education Center is undertaking the species breeding programme with a possibility of re-introducing them to the wild in the subsequent time to come along with utilizing them to educate Ugandans about the continuity and peaceful existence with wild game and appreciating the benefits of tourism development including revenue generation from the travelers on safaris in Uganda that come to explore such wildlife.
The 200 million Uganda Shillings that are being sought will be put to construction of a secure and a spacious place for the big cats and this will in turn present an opportunity to over 300,000/= that cannot manage to visit the game parks.
The population of big cats especially lions is declining and Uganda is not an exception. The habitat loss, reduction of prey and the human wildlife conflict which results into poisoning of lions are the likely causes of this trend. Therefore, the need to devise the avenues through which the remaining population can be conserved is very vital. The lions are part of the Big five and form a big part in attracting the world travelers to take Uganda safaris.
The tourist surveys have always indicated that 50% may not tour the national Parks if there are no possibilities of exploring lions and they visit, they would wish to pay less for the encounter which in turn puts UWEC at the center of providing a one stop shop with guarantee to view such game and at a low cost.
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center in a bid to raise the money has set the 6th December 2015 to conduct a race for 5km commencing from the Mayors Garden and finish at the UWEC beach where contributions are projected to be made. The center is partnering with a range of media houses, Events 256 and the corporate individuals to organize a remarkable color run.

Virtual tourism on the rise in Uganda

photos - ugandaThe Koikoiug is a new campaign that is ongoing with the intention of promoting Uganda safaris through pictures. The Koikoiug features an Instagrammers’ team that set out to a range of towns in Uganda to capture their respective sceneries.
The new initiative began the first endeavor of its operation in Kampala which is the capital of Uganda and the common starting point for the safaris in Uganda. The Koikoiug will visually bring out the best of Kampala and its exciting urban environment.
David Oguttu the brain behind the idea of the Koikoiug belongs to the Kafunda Kreative and notes that the new invention is an initial part of the great picture which is a campaign that aims at gathering one million photos in a range of ten (10) weeks in the process of creating a crowd sourced promotion about the destination Uganda by the Ugandans and for the Ugandans. This will in turn promote Uganda tours among the natives themselves.
The Koikoiug intends to undo the stereotyping about Uganda through uploading the pictures on Istagram and to Facebook creating a myriad of photos on line showcasing the true fondness of Uganda which can in turn test the perception held in the minds of the many including those that would have planned safaris to Uganda but deterred by their perception about the country.
The Kafunda Kreative is a creative professional’s fellowship that enables the members to learn from one another to grow the skills, collaborate and work with the emerging and existing brands to build relevant and effective brands, services and products both in Uganda and on global scale. The group encompasses the amateur and professional photographers along with photo enthusiasts and has managed to collect 550 photos.
The naming of the project Koikoiug is inspired by the word Koi koi which is a phrase that marks the beginning of a range traditional Uganda riddles that are highly considered as great aspect of informal education. This inspiration thus intends to enhance the knowledge about Uganda and create ground through which Ugandans can appreciate the beauty of their motherland.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Buhoma lodge; a top notch luxury lodge in buhoma bwindi

buhoma-lodgeBuhoma Lodge standing as a luxury accommodation unit in the Uganda gorilla trekking safari destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park presents an ideal stay for the travelers tracking the Buhoma region.
Peacefully and calmly located within the Impenetrable forest surrounded by the pristine ancient afro montane back and forth overlooking the magical towering steep hills heavily forested intercepted by deep valleys that are traversed with rivers and streams, Buhoma Lodge is a magical accommodation point for the affluent travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda.
Buhoma Lodge is right close to the entrance of Buhoma gate and the briefing point for gorilla trekking. The Buhoma region is among the four that conduct the gorilla trekking activity in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where gorilla tours in Uganda take place. The region is the home to three habituated gorilla groups and amazingly, it features the pioneer group that was first to be explored by the gorilla trekkers in the month of October the year 1993.
The Mubare which is the pioneer was followed by Habinyanja and eventually Rushegura which actually broke away from Habinyanja to form an independent family thrive in the forested lands of Buhoma and at times can make surprise visit to the lodge.
Buhoma Lodge presents accommodation in 10 lush cottages that are privately located while offering the magical views of the forest canopy. The individual cottages have raised decks that overlook the forest.
The Cottages are spacious with impressive double sided fire place that warms up the living room and the bed room in some rooms. The entire units enjoy the en suite facilities with hot and cold showers while some units feature the bath tubs for those that wish to have deep bath after the gorillas.
The unmatched restaurant presents the best of all to prepare you for the Uganda gorilla tracking tour in terms of the breakfast served and the lunch packed to sustain you during the unpredictable gorilla trekking of Bwindi that may range from very easy to extremely difficult depending on the day’s gorilla move.
The raised lounge is ideal for sipping a sun-downer reflecting the memories of the long day gorilla trek and scrolling through your beautiful photos that you may be prompted to upload to your friends and family back home using the Wi-Fi connectivity available at no cost. No worries about the battery, the central area features the UK square 3-pin plugs 240v to settle everything.
It’s magical to spend an overnight at Buhoma Lodge while on your gorilla safari in Uganda.