Friday, 30 December 2016

BROWN SNAKE EAGLE; BIRDS OF UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

brown-snake-eagle-uganda-wildlife-safarisScientifically referred to as Circaetus cinereus is one of the popular birds of prey always explored on Uganda birding safaris and tours. Belonging to the family Accipitridae and Circaetus Genus, the Brown snake eagle thrives in the East, West and South of Africa.
The Brown snake eagle is all brown with some of them featuring some white feathers. The fledging of the juvenile occurs between 60 – 100 days in the nest after which it goes independent. They feature brown tail with white tip and barring. The legs are long and bare while the feet are pale gray. The eyes of brown snake eagle are yellow while the beak is black in colour as viewed on birding safari in Uganda.
This bird species are notably quiet only vocalizing while in flight, when carrying snake or during displays.  They spend great deal of time perched in a tree or at a high place such as an electric pylon.  The brown snake eagle features average size and extends to only 60 – 70cm in height.  They feature a life span of seven (7) – ten (10) years.
Regarding diet, the brown snake eagle, consumes mainly snakes and possess the capacity to kill even venomous snakes such as Cobras. Their natural protection against bites is their thick-skinned legs. Apart from snakes, the brown snake eagles also consume small mammals and lizards.
They tend to occupy nests that have been made by other birds or repair the partially destroyed and deserted nests. In situation where they intend to build a new one, they look out for a high rock or a tree that is distant from predator habitat and human settlement.  Just like other snake eagle species, the brown snake eagle lays one (1) egg every year and the female undertakes the incubation.
The Brown snake eagle thrives in arid, open and dense woodland between 0 – 2,500m above sea level and would avoid lowland forested areas and deserts.   They are listed as species of least concern on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Birders on Uganda Safaris can gain chances of viewing brown snake eagle in Queen Elizabeth National Park.


13 DAYS HAVE PAST BUT THE MEMORIES OF NDAHURA SILVERBACK STILL LINGER – UGANDA GORILLA SAFARI NEWS

ndahura-bwindi-national-ugandaNdahura the re-known member and Silverback of Bitukura gorilla group normally explored on the Uganda gorilla safaris and tours is recorded to have lost its life on Dec 18th after it fell from a tree branch.
At around 8am, Ndahura is noted to have fell from a tall tree about 50m where it was feeding on the Chrysophylum fruits when the branch could not sustain its weight. Sadly, Ndahura could not hold on any other branch to break its fall and to make matters worse, the broken branch fell on top of him while on ground. Ndahura later struggled to sit up after the removal of the broken branch by the trackers but he remained is a state of shock for like ten (10) minutes after which he breathed his last at around 8:30am which is the usual time when the travelers on Gorilla safaris in Uganda head  to the forest to track gorillas after briefing.
The post-mortem was conducted by the team from the Gorilla Doctors and report indicates that he died of massive trauma but also his left femur had sustained multiple fractures, neck bones and shoulder had dislocated, large intestines had ruptured and most of his organs had sustained massive haemorrhages.  The death of Ndahura was very accidental as he had not even featured a lot of sickness history with the only one being the dental injuries which it sustained following a fight with a wild gorilla.
With such premature departure, the memories of Ndahura are still felt within its Gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable forest, the trackers, the travelers on gorilla tracking safaris in Uganda exploring Bitukura gorilla group and entire stake holders in the conservation world.
Ndahura Silverback is noted to have died at the age of twenty eight (28) years and the Rukumu Silverback is anticipated to assume the leadership of Bitukura Gorilla group.  Bitukura is one of the three habituated Mountain Gorilla groups in Ruhija sector in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park along with Oruzogo and Kyagurilo. Twelve gorilla groups are habituated in Bwindi in four regions and more two that are still undergoing habituation. This combines to make the gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda worth undertaking.

LAKE HEIGHTS ENTEBBE; AN EXCITING MIDRANGE HOTEL CLOSE TO AIRPORT – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

lake-heightsLake Heights Entebbe is one the recently added Uganda Safari tour hotels positioned at close proximity to the Entebbe International Airport – the main gateway to the destination Uganda.
Part of the internationally known Bon Hotels, the Lake Heights Entebbe features a boutique style setting comprising of thirty three (33) impressively designed rooms with uninterrupted views of Lake Victoria – the Africa’s largest lake. The rooms are marked with cozy beds, work spaces, high speed Wi-Fi that is complimentary, TV with DSTV, Tea and Coffee making facilities, Mini Safe, Complementary mineral water, Mini-bar stocked upon request, hair dryer and natural lighting making guest stay including those on Vacation Safari in Uganda memorable.
Whether the guest opts to stay in any of the nine (9) standard rooms or eighteen (18) executive rooms, four (4) Kitchenette Club rooms and two (2) Business Club Suites, the comfort is unmatchable and rewarding.
The hotel presents a wide range of facilities including a fitness centre, Swimming pool, marina conference centre and Business centre which helps the guests to run their businesses as usual. This makes the hotel a home away from home making the guest stay very comfortable even for those on Uganda gorilla safaris.  The restaurant and bar are well set and equipped to cater for a myriad of travellers from various regions of the world.
With such background, the Lake Heights Hotel Entebbe can be considered among the hotels that can be used for the first and last night accommodation for the Uganda tour undertakers.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

THE AFRICAN GREY PARROT; BIRDS OF UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

african-grey-parrot-uganda-safaris-uganda-toursScientifically referred to as Psittacus erithacus, the African grey parrot is a notable Old World parrot belonging to the family Psittacidae and thrives in the equatorial Africa including Uganda where it is explored on Uganda birding safaris and tours.
The Grey Parrot possesses a medium size and majorly grey colour with black bill stretching to 400g in size and 33cm in length with the mean wingspan of 46 – 52cm. The Congo Subspecies feature lighter grey plumage but with dark grey on the wings and over the head while the feathers of the tail are red in colour as often viewed on birding safari in Uganda. The Timneh Subspecies feature dark gray plumage with dark maroon colored tail and the pink colored portion on their beak.
The African Grey Parrots is spread in range from the East African Safari tour destination of Kenya to east of Ivory Coast. They thrive in dense forests, forest edges and in open vegetation such as savannah and gallery forests.  They are noted to live 40 – 60 years in captivity but their lifespan in the wilderness can be less than 23 years.
Regarding breeding, the African grey parrots are notable monogamous breeders that construct their nests in the tree cavities and each couple occupies its own tree. The female parrot (hen) lays three (3) to five (5) eggs and the incubation period lasts 30 days as the male provides food. The caring of the chick is done by both partners until they are ready to go on their own.
The African grey parrot feed on nuts, fruit along with seeds but they also consume snails and insects as at times explored while on Uganda tours.
The predators of the African grey parrots include palm nut vultures along with a range of raptors. Humans are also a big threat as they attempt to keep them as pets. They are listed as vulnerable under the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

GORILLA TREKKING QUALIFIES UGANDA AMONG THE WORLD’S BEST 50 DESTINATIONS TO VISIT IN 2017 – UGANDA GORILLA SAFARI NEWS

gorilla-tracking-safaris-uganda-gorilla-safaris-gorilla-trekking-safaris-in-ugandaGorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda are profound adventure expeditions recognized world over presenting unmatched treks through the deep jungles of Africa including the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
The Insider has come up with a list of fifty (50) world’s remarkable places that world travelers should look out for in the year 2017 and the Uganda gorilla safaris have qualified the destination Uganda to be on the list.
With a minimum of 400 Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park alone and then sharing their remaining population in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which is part of the Virunga massif comprising of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, the destination Uganda stands as a single destination with the highest number of these Great Ape Species that have been listed as critically endangered world over.
The Gorilla trekking in Uganda is conducted throughout the year and a conservation fee of $600 for each permit is paid per person though the special discounted Gorilla passes are offered in the rainy months of April, May and November at $450 per permit.
The experience that surrounds this activity goes beyond the trekking alone. The habitats in which these Mountain Gorillas live are very amazing featuring remarkable challenging terrain, lush dense flora, abundant bird life some of which are endemics of the Albertine rift such as the African Green Broadbill and very exciting surrounding local people such as the Batwa Pygmies that once lived a hunter gather culture in the Gorilla forest.  This diversity combines to make the Gorilla tours in Uganda memorable and truly worth undertaking in the year 2017.



UGANDA ON THE MOVE TO REVIVE A NATIONAL CARRIER – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

uganda-uganda-safaris-uganda-toursThe destination Uganda is noted to be on the move to see the National carrier revive operations before the fall of the year 2017 so as to simplify the Air travel to and from Uganda among the world travelers including Uganda Safari tour undertakers.
It is speculated that the Officials from the Government have set the month of August 2017 to see the wings of Uganda Airlines fly again following a grounding period of sixteen (16) years.  The negotiations with the Aircraft manufacturers namely; France’s Airbus and Canadian’s Bombardier are ongoing with the intention to have the planes for the initial operations leased.  A count of six (6) Aircrafts are anticipated to be leased where the four (4) of them will be allocated to short haul flights and the remaining two (2) for long haul flights thus facilitating the travel of travelers on Safaris to Uganda from both close and distant areas.
The State Minister for Works and Transport Mr. Aggrey Bagiire confirmed the Government move towards the initiative and noted that processes, protocols and eventually the cabinet paper have been followed and developed respectively and now awaiting the cabinet’s adoption after which it will be presented to Parliament for approval and funding.
The carrier intends to rely on leased Aircrafts for the first two years of operation after which it will buy its own since leasing proves to be affordable in the short run but expensive in the long run.
This commitment was reiterated by the President while marking the 54th Independence Celebrations in Luuka district when he acknowledged that reviving the national carrier would save the colossal income outflow as Ugandans are now estimated to be spending over $420 million in travel.
Generally, the revival of National Carrier is expected to boost travel and tourism industry increasing Uganda Safaris and tours thus enhancing economic growth since the sector is among the leading foreign exchange earners for Uganda.

AFRICAN ROCK PYTHON ; REPTILES OF UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

19 Feb 2006, Maasai Mara, Kenya --- Kenya, Masai Mara National Reserve, python de seba (Python sebae --- Image by © Michel Denis-Huot/Hemis/Corbis
Scientifically referred to as Python sebae, The African rock python is one of the popular Uganda Safari reptile species standing as a large non-venomous snake thriving in the south of Sahara on the continent of Africa.
The African Rock Python is among the eleven (11) existing species of the Python Genus and has two subspecies. It is noted to be among the world’s six (6) largest species of snakes including reticulated python, green anaconda, India Python, Burmese Python and amethystine python and its considerable size can be explored while on wildlife safari in Uganda.  The mature python stretches between 3 – 3.53m but on rare occasions can exceed 4.8m. They stretch between 44 to 55kg in weight but exceptions among adults of over 90kgs have been recorded.
The body of the African rock python is notably thick with colored blotches and the body markings can be olive, brown, yellow and chestnut but alter to white on the underside. It has a triangular head with many sharp backward curved teeth.  The African rock python features small and smooth scales with those around the lips possessing heat sensitive pits that are utilised to secure warm blooded prey even in the darkness.  Unlike other advanced snakes that have one lung, the Pythons possess two (2) functioning lungs.
Regarding feeding, the African Rock Python uses constriction to kill its prey. It coils around it and tightens its coils every moment the prey attempts to breathe out and eventually the captive dies of cardiac arrest. Its prey include; monkeys, large rodents, antelopes, warthog, monitor lizards, warthog and fruit bats along with crocodiles in the areas that are forested and poultry, rats, goats and dogs in suburban areas.
The African Rock Python is an oviparous reptile and can lay between 20 – 100 hard shelled long eggs in a cave, termite mound or an old animal burrow. The female coils around them sheltering against the predators until their hatching time which is around Ninety (90) days. The hatchlings stretch from 45 – 60cm in length as often encountered on Uganda Safaris and tours.
The African Rock Python thrives in a range of habitats including; savannah, forest, grassland, rocky and semi-desert areas but it is majorly associated with places with permanent water and as a result, it’s more common in the surroundings of rivers, lakes and swamps.   Most of the Uganda’s National Parks feature such habitats and as a result the African rock python is one of the possible wildlife species that can be viewed while on adventure vacation holiday in Uganda Africa.
Though faced with threat of habitat loss and killings by humans, the African Rock Python is still listed as species of Least Concern on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

ANOTHER BABY RHINO BORN AT ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

baby-rhino-uganda-safaris-uganda-toursThe Uganda Safari tour destination of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is celebrating the arrival of a beautiful baby Rhino which has become the fourth of its kind at the sanctuary since this year began.
On Dec 26th just a day after Christmas, the mother Malaika gave birth to a male Rhino bringing the number of Southern White Rhinos at the sanctuary to Nineteen (19). This affirms the positive trend of the Rhino breeding programme and enhances the vibrancy of the sanctuary amongst travelers on Safaris in Uganda.
The Sanctuary which was formerly stocked with four (4) mature Rhinos that included two (2) males and two (2) females that were brought in from Solio Rhino Sanctuary in Kenya later received a boost of another breeding pair from Disney’s Animal Kingdom and now eleven (11) years down the road, it is very inspiring to hear that the number of these Uganda tour species has increased to Nineteen (19).
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is positioned at 176km to the north of Kampala along the main route to Murchison Falls National Park.  The Sanctuary stands as the only point in Uganda where these species can be encountered in the wilderness. The travelers interested in Big five have to incorporate the visit to this sanctuary while planning safaris to Uganda as it is the only point to spot Rhinos which is a member of the Big five along with Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes and Elephants.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

TANZANIA ANTI POACHING SQUAD SECURES NEW SKILLS – TANZANIA SAFARI NEWS

tanzania-safaris-to-tanzania-wildlife-safaris-in-tanzaniaA hands-on wildlife crime scene investigation (CSI) Course was conducted by the government of United States at the Dar es salaam Police Academy between 5th and 8th December 2016 with the aim of providing upgraded skills to disrupt poaching of Tanzania Safari tour wildlife along with its trafficking networks across the country.
The statement issued by the US Embassy based in Dar es Salaam revealed that the training was backed by the US government via its two (2) bodies – the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Office of Law Enforcement and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  The beneficiaries of the training included Tanzania Police Force, Tanzania National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU) along with Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The other participants included investigators from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism and Wildlife Management division of wildlife responsible for ensuring the survival of wildlife species which form a strong base for East Africa Safaris and tours in Tanzania. The course equipped the participants with knowledge on how to approach the wildlife crime scene, gather evidence and maintain custody chain along with documentation.
In addition to the training, the Government of United States donated ten (10) crime scene evidence collection kits to the agencies that participated in the course with each kit comprising DNA sample collection kits, camera, evidence sealing bags, seizure evidence tags and chain of custody forms according to the Embassy statement.
The similar course is noted to also have been conducted in destination Uganda between 28th November and 2nd December to enhance the protection of Uganda Safari wildlife. It was developed following the 2015 wildlife trafficking assessment which was conducted under the US Department of Interior's International Technical Assistance Programme where the need to institute crime scene management practices in the region of East Africa was realized.
Tanzania is among the African countries that are battling with high levels of poaching which is threatening

Friday, 16 December 2016

NILE CROCODILES; THE AQUATIC ANIMALS OF UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

nile-crocodile-uganda-safari-tours-wildlife-safaris-in-ugandaScientifically referred to as Crocodylus niloticus, the Nile crocodiles are one of the popular aquatic species that are always sought after by travellers on Uganda Safaris and Tours.
The Nile crocodile is noted to be the world’s second largest reptile coming in after the salt water crocodile and is spread across the areas of Sub Saharan Africa including Uganda where it is explored during Africa holiday safaris in Uganda.  It thrives in various environments including; Rivers, lakes and marshlands and though it can thrive in saline ecosystems, the Nile crocodiles are seldom live in salt water.
Nile Crocodiles are notably gigantic and a mature male can stretch between 3.5 – 5m in length, 225 to 750kg in weight though specimens with length and weight higher than that given above have also been encountered. They feature sexual dimorphism and the female Nile crocodiles tend to be 30% smaller than the males.
 These species are the most aggressive of all crocodile species and as a result, it has the capacity to capture any animal that is within its reach. The Nile crocodile is an Apex predator which gives it an advantage over most of the animals. They consume a range of prey including fish, birds and reptiles along with mammals. It is an ambush predator which waits for considerable hours, days and it can be weeks while anticipating for the perfect time to launch an attack. They use their most powerful bite which is rare in other animals where it inserts sharp conical teeth into the fresh providing for a firm grip that can hardly get loose. Nile crocodiles possess considerable levels of force for a prolonged time period which gives them an advantage in pulling the large prey to drown underwater. Such magical experiences are life time wonders if explored while on boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park or River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park during your Uganda tour holiday.
Nile crocodiles are social creatures and can share large food sources and basking spots. Their hierarchy is determined by size where the old large males are at the top of it with primary access to best basking spots and food. The rest of the members know their positions in the hierarchy and tend to follow it and failure to do so results into bloody clashes.
Just like other reptiles, the Nile Crocodiles lay eggs which are protected by the female and though the hatchlings receive protection from parents, they feed themselves. The sexual maturity is attained at the age of 12 – 16 years and eggs are laid after one (1) or two (2) months following the mate.
Regarding conservation, the Nile Crocodile are facing a serious human wildlife conflict because of their furious attacks on humans. However, they are not endangered and are listed as species of least concern on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Travellers planning wildlife safaris to Uganda with interest in Nile crocodiles can visit Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

PATAS MONKEY; PRIMATES OF UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

patas-monkeys-uganda-safaris-uganda-toursScientifically referred to as Erythrocebus patas,the Patas Monkey is a notable ground dwelling monkey and one of the rare Uganda Safari tour wildlife products spread in the savannah dry lands of East and West Africa.
The Patas Monkey stretch to 85cm in body length without considering the tail that can stretch up to 75cm. In terms of size, the mature males are visibly larger than females as explored on Safari in Uganda. It is noted to be the fastest runner among all primates reaching up to 55km/h.
Regarding behaviour, the Patas Monkey thrive in multi-female groups with up to sixty (60) members and each group features one male for the greater part of the year. The range of males influx the female groups in the breeding season and when the males reach four (4) years where they attain sexual maturity, they vacate the mother group to join other male groups.
They are known to thrive in open savannah along with semi arid areas and tend to avoid the dense woodlands. The Patas Monkeys can as well live in areas that have been affected by deforestation and in agriculture plantations. No wonder their love for open areas makes them visible in Murchison Falls National Park while on Uganda Safaris.
Regarding diet, the Patas Monkeys are omnivores in nature and as a result, they consume diverse plants along with small animals. They majorly consume acacia fruits, leaves and galls, seasonal fruits, tree gum and flowers. Patas Monkeys also consume lizards, insects and eggs of birds as often viewed on Africa holiday tours in Uganda.
The Predators of Patas Monkeys include; cheetah, leopards and lions while the young ones can as well be hunted by African wild dogs, Hyena, large birds of prey and snakes. People also hunt them for meat and specimens for research.
Regarding conservation, the Patas Monkeys are listed as species of Least Concern on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

HOODED VULTURE; BIRDS OF UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

hooded-vulture-uganda-birding-safaris-uganda-toursScientifically referred to as Necrosyrtes monachus, the Hooded Vulture is a descendant of Old world vulture belonging to the Accipitriformes order just like kites, eagles, hawks and buzzards and is a member of Necrosyrtes genus thriving in the Sub-Saharan Africa where it is explored on Africa birding safaris including birding safaris in Uganda.
The Hooded vulture is a small vulture compared to other vultures featuring a dark brown plumage, bare crown, fore-neck and face and long thin bill as viewed on Uganda birding safaris and tours.  The hooded vultures stretch between 62 – 72cm in length and weigh 1.5 – 2.6kg.
Breeding occurs in their stick nests built in trees where one egg is laid. The incubation of the hooded vulture lasts forty six (46) days. The stick built nest is always 20 – 120 feet high in the tree and is utilized year after year. The male is responsible for providing food to the female and the chick while still young but after three (3) weeks parents start going together to look for food.  The fledging takes 120 days while the entire lifespan ranges from 20 – 25 years but can stretch up to 30 years while in captivity.
Like other Vultures, the hooded vultures are notable scavengers but because of their weak bill and small size, they wait to pick up scraps from the carcass after the larger vultures have had a feast as explored on birding safari in Uganda.  They as well feed at spiny lobsters, mussels and dead fish on the sea shores while in urban centres, they scavenge in gutters and dumps. The hooded vultures also consume grasshoppers, locusts and grubs.
The hooded vulture moves in flock and they can be seen soaring in the sky during the day time in areas where they thrive. But unfortunately, the numbers are decreasing due to habitat loss, poisoning and hunting. In fact the hooded vulture is listed as critically endangered on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The hooded vultures thrive majorly in sub Saharan Africa and their habitat include; savannah, open plains, coastal areas, forests and villages. In Uganda, they mainly thrive in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

KASENYI SAFARI CAMP ; SAFARI LODGES OF UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

kasenyi-safari-camp-uganda-safaris-uganda-safari-toursNestled on the rim of Bunyampaka Lake, the Kasenyi Safari Camp is one of the popular lodges in Queen Elizabeth National Park known for providing accommodation for mid-market travelers on safaris and tours in Uganda.
The Kasenyi Safari Camp is marked by a raised thatched dining structure presenting a good view of the lake and park while taking a delicious meal or a soothing drink in the African wilderness while on a Uganda Safari tour.
Accommodation is presented in tents that are positioned on raised platforms featuring canopy roof. The four (4) tents are all en suite marked with an ample living room area along with private decks presenting an opportunity to view Uganda tour wild game at the comfort of your tent.
Amazingly, a range of animals frequent Kasenyi Safari Camp both during the day and night. Depending on the sheer luck that you carried with you to the Ugandan wilderness, the wildlife sights can include; prides of lions, Buffalo, Hippo, waterbuck, elephant, warthog and Hyena. The jungle sounds including those of Hyenas and lions may not be missed at night.
Kasenyi Safari Camp enjoys excellent location and its proximity to Kasenyi sector gives it an advantage in terms of being used as a base for the exciting game drive activity in this part of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Therefore, upper level mid-market or close to upmarket travelers planning wildlife Safaris to Uganda and intend to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park can give Kasenyi Safari Camp a consideration thought. Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours will be glad to handle your booking.

BLACK-BACKED JACKAL ; ANIMALS OF UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

blck-backed-jackal-uganda-safaris-uganda-toursScientifically referred to as Canis Mesomelas, the black-backed jackal is a notable Africa safari wild game explored by travelers to Africa including those on Uganda Safaris and tours and lives in the two areas on the continent of Africa with approximately 900km in between.  These areas include the southern tip of the continent including Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana and eastern coastline including Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Eritrea, Djibouti and Ethiopia.
Listed as the species of Least Concern by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the black-backed jackal features great adaptability and wide spread range despite its persecution as a predator of livestock.  Appearing like a fox-like canid, the Black-backed Jackal is marked with slender body, large ears and long legs. It stretches from 6 – 13kg in terms of weight, 38 – 48cm at the shoulder height and 67.3 – 81.2cm in body length as explored on Safaris in Uganda.
The coat is reddish brown while the black saddle marked with silver hair stretch from the shoulders to the base of the tail. The Black-backed jackal features a bushy tail marked with a black tip. Regarding behaviour, the Black-backed jackal is territorial and monogamous. The territory is defended by marking the boundaries with urine and faeces and the intruders are expelled aggressively.
The Black-backed jackal features a gestation period of sixty (60) days and the mating normally occurs from late May to August and then giving birth occur from July through to October. A range of 1 – 9 pups are normally produced and are all blind under surveillance of their mother as the father and the old off spring provide food. The eyes are open after 8 – 10 days and weaning occurs after 8 – 9 weeks while hunting starts after six (6) months. The sexual maturity among the Black-backs is normally attained after eleven (11) months. All this themed interpretation is always heard from the Uganda Safari Tour guides while undertaking game drive activity in Kidepo Valley National Park where the Black-backed jackals are known to thrive.
The Black-backed jackals are Omnivores feeding majorly on invertebrates like grasshoppers, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, millipedes, termites, scorpions and spiders. They can as well feed on mammals including; hares, rodents along with young antelopes. They at times feed on berries and fruits.
Regarding the habitat, the Black-backed jackal prefers to dwell in open areas marked with little dense vegetation but it thrives in diverse habitats ranging from areas of 2000mm of rainfall to arid coastal deserts traversing savannahs, alpine areas and farmlands

 

GIRAFFE FACING EXTINCTION THREATS – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

A herd of Rothschild's giraffes grazing on trees
Giraffe  the tallest animal in the world and one of the popular Uganda safari tour products is faced with extinction threats following a drastic decline in their numbers with close to 40% noted to have been lost in the past 30 years.
It can be noted that though Giraffe can be commonly encountered in the wilderness while on Africa safari including Safaris in Uganda, zoos and in the media, most of the stakeholders are unaware of the fact that these species are facing a silent extinction. This was disclosed by the co-chair of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Giraffe and Okapi specialist group Julian Fennessy.
These beautiful gentle towering gentle giants seem to be overlooked. The Giraffes are far fewer than African Elephants which are below half a million and known to be in trouble. The former have already got extinct in seven (7) countries.
According to the IUCN, there were between 151,000 and 163,000 Giraffe populations in the year 1985 but twenty (20) years down the road, only 97,562 Giraffes thrive. During this year’s World Conservation Congress held in Cancun Mexico, IUCN increased the level of threat for thirty five (35) species including Giraffes and lowered that of seven (7) species on its Red list of threatened species.
The Giraffe is recorded to be the single mammal that saw change in its conservation status from species of Least Concern to Vulnerable. It is such a touching moment to hear that the animals which once spread in the areas of south and east of Africa with minor populations in west and central of Africa are now sliding to extinction. The trend is attributed to illegal hunting, human wildlife conflict, civil unrest and habitat loss and change due to human activities like mining and agriculture.
The wild Giraffes have already disappeared from seven (7) countries including; Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal and Nigeria according to Kumpel from the Zoological Society of London.  The destination Uganda still feature the highest count of Giraffes in the whole of East Africa and the travellers on Safari in Uganda can visit Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Lake Mburo National Park if they wish to explore them.

Friday, 9 December 2016

SIPI RIVER LODGE ; THE BASE FOR SIPI FALLS EXPLORATION – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

sipi-river-lodge-uganda-safaris-uganda-toursOverlooking the fascinating Sipi Falls, Sipi River Lodge is one of the popular Uganda Safari Lodges spread on 17 acres of private grounds that stretch to cover Kapsurur Falls one of the three (3) Sipi Waterfalls.
The facility features limited cottages which makes it a less congested place thus offering tranquil stay for the guests on Safaris in Uganda.  Accommodation at Sipi River Lodge is diverse including the luxury Kapsurur and the Aniet Cottage which are elegant, private and spacious with great views of the falls. They are en suite equipped with double shower, king sized double bed, twin beds along with the lounge and veranda.
Besides the Kapsurur and Aniet, Sipi River Lodge also has Chepkui Cottage and the Annex popularly known as the Seven Dwarfs house. The Chepkui also enjoys magnificent views of the falls, en suite facilities, one master double bed room, separate lounge marked with day bed, sofas and bunk bed making it ideal for families traveling together on Uganda vacation safari holidays. The en suite Annex acts as an extension of Chepkui cottage and if the group is big, some members can use it.
For those interested in a traditional touch, the Sasa and Piswa Bandas provide the best option. The round thatched houses shaped in local architecture have either a double bed or twin beds and enjoy shared bathroom. The secluded Suam Bunkhouse is a simple unit but offers a serene stay for the low cost travelers on tours in Uganda.
The restaurant serves sumptuous food selected from a diversified menu while the well stocked bar present a soothing sun downer drink while enjoying the views of the falls. Sipi River Lodge can thus be used as a base to explore Sipi Falls, Mount Elgon National Park and the Bagisu Community famous for their Imbalu circumcision ceremony and the extensive coffee fields.

UGANDAN MOUNTAIN GORILLA GIVES BIRTH IN FRONT OF A TOURIST – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

mountain-gorilla-safaris-gorilla-safaris-in-ugandaUganda the home to more than a half of the world’s critically endangered Mountain Gorillas has at many times offered lasting experiences for the Uganda gorilla safari undertakers but the memories gathered by Dina Tamimi will forever be beyond the ordinary.
In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park the second destination explored by travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda after Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there thrives one habituated gorilla group named Nyakagyezi and it is in this family that one of the unique Mountain Gorilla experiences occurred.
The female Cyizanie gave birth to a lovely bouncing baby gorilla at such an opportune time when the American citizen traveler based in United Arab Emirates had arrived for Mountain Gorilla viewing as part of her Safari in Uganda. It was a big surprise as it wasn’t known that the female gorilla would give birth. Such unique moment had last occurred in the year 1998.
Led by Mark – the dominant Silverback, Nyakagezi gorilla group now features a count of eleven (11) members. Uganda has had series of births this year in her two Mountain Gorilla habitats namely; Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks. Rushegura and Bushaho Gorilla Groups have also had most recent birth in the north and south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – the prime destination for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda respectively.
It can be noted that a count of 880 Mountain Gorillas are known to be left in the world living in only three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

VISITORS TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK CONTINUE TO SPUR – RWANDA SAFARI NEWS

akagera-national-park-rwanda-safari-toursThe Rwanda Safari tour undertakers to Akagera National Park have in the recent years doubled following the park’s take over by a non-profit Organisation called African Parks Limited. The Organisation which manages a range of ten (10) National Parks on the continent of Africa took over the management of Akagera in the year 2010 in conjunction with the government of Rwanda under the Public private partnership arrangement.
With the efforts to conserve and secure the park, the African Parks Limited has undertaken a range of initiatives including the re-introduction of seven (7) lions that have now multiplied to fifteen (15). This comes along with other increment in the wildlife populations. In fact, the Park’s Tourism and Marketing Manager Sarah Hall calls it a successful conservation story.
It can be noted that the Akagera National Park received 15,000 travellers on safaris and tours in Rwanda in the year 2010 generating 200,000 US dollars in park fees but amazingly in five (5) years, the number has increased to 32,000 in 2015 generating $1.2 million in park fees.
The accommodation facilities in the park have also furthered the guest stay. The lush Ruzizi Tented Camp to the south of the park along with the new Karenge bush Camp to the north of the park combined with other proprietors such as Akagera Game Lodge offer lasting overnight experience for travellers on Africa vacation safari holiday in Rwanda.
More interesting, the local people have really become part of the park which is considered very essential for sustainability. The aspects like revenue sharing scheme and the compensation in situation of human wildlife conflict has kept the community closely related to the park.  Akagera National Park also undertakes conservation education among school children and a range of 1,300 Children visit the park every year.
The Park now looks forward to re-introducing the black rhino which will bring together the African Big five and enhance on its vibrancy prompting many world travellers to add it on the list of what to explore while planning safaris to Rwanda.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

LODGE BELLA VISTA ; TRANQUIL LODGES OF UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

lodge-bella-vista-uganda-safaris-uganda-tours-safaris-in-ugandaLodge Bella Vista is positioned at a breathtaking point with the views of Nyamiteza Crater amidst a range of crater lakes not forgetting the remarkable scenic view of Rwenzori Mountains at a distance that combine to lure the Uganda Safari undertakers
Lodge Bella Vista presents accommodation in a range of ten (10) beautiful rooms of which three (3) of them feature loft in the wood presenting raised stay with the views of the surroundings. The rooms are grouped as standard, King and Loft which gives diverse choice to the guests including those on Safaris in Uganda.
The lodge is marked by lush facilities that make the guest stay comfortable. The swimming pool where one can take a dip after a long day in the Chimpanzee forest, Restaurant more inclined to Italian cuisine and Pizzeria. The Restaurant enjoys impressive panoramic site but room service also exist.  The fresh vegetables from the garden while fish and meat freshly got from the local community make the cuisine so lively and delicious thus adding memories to your Uganda tour holiday.
Lodge Bella Vista is at 20km to Kibale National Park – the main destination for Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda and 40km to Kasese on the foothills of the legendary Mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris towering to 5,109m above sea level with snow-capped peaks. Thus, the lodge can be used as a base to explore these two destinations.

KIGALI TO ESTABLISH AN ECO TOURISM PARK – RWANDA SAFARI NEWS

rwanda-rwanda-tours-rwanda-safarisUnlike many cities that associate development with sky towering state of the art structures, Kigali is embarking on developing an urban eco-tourism park in the wetland of Nyandungu aiming at positioning itself as an ideal Rwanda Safari holiday destination.
With funding from the Rwanda Green Fund, the efforts to change the Nyandungu wetland into the urban eco-tourism park are likely to start this week. The project is estimated to cost around Rwf2.4 billion and intends to achieve biodiversity increment, flood risk reduction, wetland conservation awareness, green jobs creation and promotion of safaris tours to Rwanda.
The Nyangungu wetland stretches across the areas of Ndera in the district of Gasabo and Nyarugunga in the district of Kicukiro. According to Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA), the increase in the human activities around the city of Kigali have resulted into the loss of bird species, the natural habitat along with species of wildlife that used to thrive on the wetland. Thus, the establishment of the wetland as an eco-tourism site would be a keen move to reverse this trend while providing a close up recreation point for travelers on Rwanda tours.
The project which intends to restore and conserve 130ha of wetland ecosystem will be implemented in a range of five (5) years but in two phases with the first one running from 2016 – 2018 covering restoration and construction whilst the second one will run from 2019 – 2020 concerned with eco-tourism park management.
The establishment of the eco-tourism park will among others include; native species introduction, restoration of terrestrial habitats and creation and restoration of habitats. The invasive tree species will be cleared on 26 ha along with laboratory analysis tests.
The wetland borders the Special Economic Zone and the Kanombe Airport which means that its rehabilitation will assist in offsetting the environmental danger presented by the industrial zone. The species of insects, birds both resident and migratory, amphibian, reptile and mammals are expected to increase with the habitat restoration and creation.
Regarding tourism, the park will feature paths, board walks, roads and bridges in marshy areas, nature viewing areas, toilets and picnic sites to make it worth exploring on Rwanda Safari and tours. The areas for wedding photographs and a cafe concession are also highlighted in the master plan.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

KASESE CONFLICT FAR FROM THE GORILLA DESTINATION – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

gorilla-tracking-safaris-uganda-safariThe news circulating on various platforms especially social media have depicted a terrifying picture about the destination Uganda and prompted some of the travelers who were planning safaris to Uganda to reconsider their thoughts.
The series of clashes have been occurring in Kasese area on the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains leading to the death of people including security personnel. However, it can be noted that the situation is still under control and the clashes are only limited to the very area which is 191km to Buhoma north of Bwindi and 351km to the southern regions of the Uganda gorilla safari destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
This means that the gorilla safaris in Uganda to Mgahinga Gorilla and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks are not in any way affected by the conflict. The world travelers who already had plans to explore the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas which are known to thrive in only three (3) countries in the world should comfortably continue with the preparations since the situation in the gorilla destination is normal.
The exaggeration of the conflict is uncalled for as it affects the image of Uganda as a whole putting the destination travel at risk. The government forces are on a steady progress to put the situation in this part of Uganda back to normal.
Other Uganda safari sites including Jinja, Mount Elgon National Park, Sipi Falls, Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Park are also far from the conflict and safe for visitor exploration.