Saturday, 28 January 2017

Egyptian cobra; reptiles of Uganda – Uganda safari news

cobrasScientifically referred to as Naja Arabica, the Egyptian Cobra is one of the largest cobra species that is native to various parts of Africa including Uganda where it is encountered on Uganda tours.
The Egyptian Cobra is marked by large depressed head which is slightly separated from the neck while the neck features long cervical ribs that provides for expansion. The snout is broad and rounded while the eyes are big marked with round pupils as often explored on Safari in Uganda. The Egyptian Cobra features stout and cylindrical body along with a long tail and the average length is 1 – 2m with 3m being the maximum.
Regarding distribution, the Egyptian Cobra is spread in the areas of North Africa, West Africa Savannah, the south of Congo basin and the savannah and semi arid landscapes of East Africa including countries of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania where world travellers on Combined East Africa Safari tours have chances of exploring it.
Its habitats are diverse but include dry to moist savannahs, steppes and semi-desert landscapes. The Egyptian Cobras are terrestrial and nocturnal but they can at times be encountered basking in the sun especially in the mid-morning. They consume mainly toads but can as well take in birds, small mammals, lizards and eggs.
Egyptian Cobra can release 175 – 300mg of venom on a single bite which affects the nervous system halting the transmission of nerve signals to muscles and later the lungs and heart resulting into loss of life.
Regarding conservation, the Egyptian Cobras are listed as species of Least Concern on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Travellers on Uganda Safaris have always encountered these species during game drives in a range of protected areas. Actually, one group of our clients led by Kameroon Shadrick encountered two fighting Cobras in Queen Elizabeth National Park in 2015. https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g293841-d4723279-i133059737-Prime_Uganda_Safaris_Tours_Day_Trips-Kampala_Central_Region.html

Ngorongoro crater; the scenic places of Africa – Africa safari news

Ngorororo craterStanding as the World’s largest intact, inactive and unfilled volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the magical natural wonders explored on East Africa Safari tours.
The Ngorongoro Crater is noted to have been formed following the explosion and collapse of a huge volcano about two (2) – three (3) million years ago.  The crater rises to 610m in depth while the height estimates of the original volcano are between 4500 – 5800m. The Crater floor is recorded to stretch to 1,800m above sea level in elevation. This amazing natural feature was at one time voted among the Seven Natural Wonders on the Continent of Africa making is a must visit destination by travelers planning Africa Safaris to Tanzania.
The Crater floor features very beautiful extensive grassland along with bush land that supports a myriad of wild game.  It is estimated that about 25,000 large animals especially ungulates thrive in the Crater including the Black Rhinos, African Buffalo, Hippos, Common Eland, Grant’s Zebra, Blue wildebeest among others which makes it a popular game drive destination for travelers on Tanzania Safari tour. Actually Ngorongoro Crater features one of the dense concentrations of Maasai lions.
The highlands to the east of the crater feature high rainfall concentration between 800 – 1200mm and are marked with montane forest while the low lying areas of the west feature between 400 – 600mm marked with grassland and bushland.   The Olmoti Crater in the north is drained by Munge Stream and it forms the main water source that drains into the seasonal Lake Makat / Magadi at the center of the crater. Another important water source in the Ngorongoro Crater is Ngoitokitok Spring.
Exploring Ngorongoro Crater can be done as part of the wider Tanzania wildlife tour circuit that covers Manyara, Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks.

Bwindi jungle lodge; another base for gorilla trekking – Uganda gorilla safari news

bwindi jungle lodgePositioned on Lake Mulehe approximately 10km form the town of Kisoro to the south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Jungle Lodge presents another ground from which the world travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda can base from to explore either Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Bwindi Jungle Lodge enjoys the tranquil setting surrounded by a lush forest cover overlooking the lake thus presenting an ideal place for relaxation following a long day of gorilla trek. Uganda gorilla safari undertakers can find it rewarding.
Accommodation at Bwindi Jungle Lodge is in form of Cottages featuring raised veranda and en suite facilities. Local timber and beautiful volcanic stones form the main materials of these cottages making them blend with the surroundings. The expanse restaurant and bar serve both local and International cuisine and brands respectively making diverse travelers on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda feel at home.
Travelers with gorilla permits of Rushaga and Nkuringo can consider Bwindi Jungle Lodge as an option including those that intend to track Nyakagezi gorilla group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Besides Gorilla trekking, the Uganda safari undertakers can engage in canoe paddle in Lake Mulehe, Batwa cultural exploration in Mgahinga and Echuya Forest not forgetting the experiential coffee tours in Kisoro area.



Hamerkop; birds of Uganda – Uganda safari news

Hamerkop , uganda birding safarisScientifically referred to as Scopus Umbretta, the Hamerkop is a bird of medium size stretching to 56cm in length and 470g in weight and among the popular birds explored by birders on Safaris in Uganda.
The shape of the Hamerkop’s head features hammer-like crest at the back along with a long bill as viewed on Uganda birding safaris. This shape of the head forms the back ground for its naming. The Hamerkop features a drab brown plumage with purple iridescence at its back. The neck and the legs are short while the wings are big wide spread featuring a round tip.
The Hamerkop thrives in areas of Arabia, Madagascar and various parts of Africa including Uganda where it is explored on Uganda tours. Their habitats are wetlands and other waterlogged areas.
Hamerkop builds huge nest at times stretching to 1.5m with over 10,000 sticks and surprisingly strong enough to contain man’s weight. They use bright-colored objects to decorate the exterior of the nest. Hamerkops build nests whether they intend to breed or not.
A range of 3 – 4 eggs are always laid and incubation lasts about 28 – 30 days by both sexes. They young develop plumage at about 17 days and eventually leave the nest at 44 – 50 days but keep roosting in it at night up to about two (2) months.
Hamerkops undertake the feeding during the day and they tend to take a break at noon. Feeding is done on lone basis and in pairs as well. Their diet includes long-legged wading birds along with amphibians. Others include; fish, rodents and insects.
Regarding Conservation, the Hamerkops are listed as species of Least Concern on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  The birders on Uganda Safari tours can explore this amazing bird species across various protected areas including Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Parks.



Friday, 27 January 2017

Thomson’s gazelle; antelopes of east Africa – Africa safari news

Thomson’s gazelle , uganda safarisScientifically referred to as Eudorcas thomsonii, the Thomson’s gazelle is named after Explorer Joseph Thomson belonging to the Eudorcas genus and is common in the region of East Africa where it is explored on East Africa Safari tours.
First described by Albert Gunther a British zoologist in the year 1884, the Thomson Gazelle belongs to Bovidae family and is known to be the world’s second fastest animal reaching a speed of 50miles per hour.
Thomson’s gazelle is a relatively small rising between 55 – 22cm at shoulder height and stretching between 20 – 35kg in weight though females can be 10kg lesser. The length of Thomson’s gazelle from head to body is 80 – 120cm. They are marked with white rings surrounding the eyes, rufous stripes that run from horns to the nose, black stripes that run from the corner of the eye to the nose, light forehead and dark patch on the nose as viewed on Kenya Tanzania Safaris and Tours. The male Thomson’s gazelles feature preorbital glands close to the eyes that are utilised for scent marking territory. Horns are present in both sexes and can stretch to 25 – 43cm among males and 7 – 15cm in females.
Thomson’s gazelle thrives in the savannah and grassland habits of Africa but majorly on the Serengeti Mara Ecosystem shared by Kenya and Tanzania. They prefer short grassland areas but can as well migrate into dense woodland and tall grassland. Thomson gazelles are mixed feeders that consume majorly fresh grasses in the wet season and more browse especially foliage from bushes in the dry season as explored on Africa Safari holidays in Tanzania and Kenya.
The gestation period of Thomson gazelles is 5 – 6 months and can produce two times a year with 1 – 2 fawns on each birth.  Their lifespan is 10 – 15 years in the wilderness and because of their speed; they are majorly prone to Tanzanian cheetahs which can also run fast. Other predators take advantage of young and vulnerable adult gazelles.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

white-faced whistling duck; birds of Uganda – Uganda safari news

White faced Whistling , uganda safarisScientifically referred to as Dendrocygna viduata, the White-faced whistling duck is an interesting bird species that breeds in South America and the sub Saharan Africa including Uganda where it is explored on Uganda birding safaris and tours.
Recorded to be gregarious species, the white-faced whistling ducks thrive in large flocks generating a very impressive viewing experience. This makes them species of interest among the world birders including those on birding safaris in Uganda.
The white-faced whistling duck feature long bill that is grey in color, long legs, black head and neck but with white face which forms the background for their naming. Both sexes feature similar appearance.
Regarding habitats, the white-faced whistling duck thrives in a range of fresh water habitats that include; swamps, lakes, flood plains and large rivers such as River Nile where they are viewed in the Uganda Safari destination of Murchison Falls National Park. The White-faced whistling duck prefer wetlands in open country featuring sandbars or mud and diverse vegetation that they use for nesting.
The White-faced whistling duck feeds on seeds along with other plant food. It lays a range of 8 – 12 eggs in the stick nest close to the ground and rarely do they nest in trees.
Regarding conservation, the ling duck is listed as species of least concern on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Why sleep at Paraa safari lodge in Murchison falls national park – Uganda safari news

paraa safari lodgeAt the cliff just above the majestic flowing Nile River, the Paraa Safari Lodge stands as an ideal accommodation facility to spend a couple of nights while on Safari in Uganda. The panoramic position offers not only unmatched views of the calm flowing Nile River but also the dense savannah woodland on the southern sector of Murchison Falls National Park and the extensive open savannah grassland in the northern sector of the park dotted with counts of African wild game.
Paraa Safari Lodge is a luxury facility enjoying world class facilities including the large sized swimming pool that is really very necessary to cope with the hot conditions of Murchison Falls National Park. Relaxing in the soothing pool waters in the mid morning after a rewarding early morning game drive is such incredible experience that a traveler on Africa safari vacation holiday in Uganda should not attempt to miss.
Accommodation at Paraa Safari Lodge is provided in a range of options from which guests on Uganda tours with varying interests can choose from. But regardless of the option considered, all the 54 rooms are en suite and feature minimum degree of comfort. The Standard rooms are popular among the many because of their affordability but guests looking for Air conditioning can consider the Suites and those interested in maintaining the safari touch can go for Safari tents while for top notch guests preferably with family can settle for a Queen’s Cottage.
Considering its location in the northern sector, Paraa Safari Lodge offers an opportunity for early morning and late evening game drives while its closeness to the Paraa jetty offers the guests’ not only a relaxed access to the boat cruises along the Nile River but also for ferry crossing to the southern sector.
Murchison Falls National Park is currently the most popular Uganda Safari destination presenting opportunities for viewing the Big five with Rhinos in the adjacent Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Rothschild Giraffes, Nile Crocodiles, myriad of Hippos, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Vulnerable Shoebill stork among others. It can be accessed by both land and Air and Prime Uganda Safaris and Tours would always be available to offer Ultimate Africa Safari memories!

Pearl of Africa hotel joins the rezidor hotel group – Uganda safari news

Carlson_Rezidor hotels ,uganda safarisThe Pearl of Africa Hotel one of the newly established luxury hotels in Kampala set to serve affluent guests including those on Safari in Uganda has joined the Rezidor Hotel Group portfolio.
The 296 room facility is set to open its doors for the first guests in the second quarter of 2017. The Rezidor Hotel Group is recorded among the world’s fastest growing hotel companies and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Its take over of the Pearl of Africa Hotel comes in partnership with the Aya Investment Group – the owners of the Hotel.
Enjoying unmatchable panoramic location on top of Nakasero Hill overlooking the city of Kampala, the business, diplomatic and leisure travelers on Uganda tour holidays will likely find the Pearl of Africa Hotel a beyond the ordinary overnight accommodation and MICE destination.
Pearl of Africa Hotel has in possession 740m2 ball room, two (2) board rooms, nine (9) meeting rooms along with a business center. The choice of food and drinks is unlimited provided in the all day restaurant, grill steakhouse, sports bar and grill bar.
Beyond the above listed, the Pearl of Africa Hotel will feature a private membership spa, two (2) outdoor swimming pools, wellness spa, one (1) indoor swimming pool, a range of retails shops, children’s club and courts for volleyball, squash and tennis which will all be available for the enjoyment and comfort of guests including those on Uganda Safaris and Tours.
The Rezidor Hotel Group is expected to bring in its considerable expertise as regards hotel management and service quality which will keep the Pearl of Africa Hotel among the best in the region of East Africa. The Hotel derives its name from the Uganda’s crown as bestowed by Winston Churchill in 1908 during his Africa safari adventure vacation holiday in Uganda.

Remarkable landscapes of Akagera National Park – Rwanda safari news

Akagera National Park , Rwanda safariTo the Northeast of the destination Rwanda, there lies one of the magical scenic places protected by Akagera National Park – the only savannah protected habita
t in the country and an iconic site for wildlife safaris in Rwanda.
Covering 1,085km2, Akagera National Park features diverse beautiful landscapes that are marked with open savannah in some parts, acacia woodland in other areas not forgetting the largest protected wetland system in the whole of central Africa dotted with majestic Rivers, beautiful lakes and swamp landscapes that always mesmerize the travelers on Rwanda Safaris and Tours.
Lakes including Lake Ihema which is the second largest in Rwanda, Lake Shakani, Lake Rwanyakizinga, Lake Mihindi and Lake Gishanju form a very fascinating sightseeing experience while viewed from the hills of Mutumba. The open savannah plains of Akagera stretch to the Tanzanian border adjoining the mighty land of East Africa Safari tours.
Being the only savannah protected area in Rwanda; the Akagera National Park is home to a range of savannah wild game including Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions, Maasai Giraffe, Topis, Elands, Buffaloes, Topis, Burchell’s Zebras and Impalas among others. These are rewarding to explore during a game drive in activity on a Rwanda Safari tour.
The beauty of these landscapes cannot be fully described without mentioning the Akagera River from which the park derives its name. The river is recorded to be part of the Nile River and features the scenic Russumo Falls which offers incredible sightseeing experience.


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Colobus monkey tracking in Rwanda - Rwanda safari news

colobus-monkey , Rwanda safarisThe Black and White Colobus Monkeys are among the very exciting primate species of Africa and one of the thirteen (13) species of primates thriving in the Rwanda Safari destination of Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Recorded to be among the descendants of Old world monkey in the genus colobus native to the tropical forests of the African Continent, the Black and White Colobus derives its Colobus name from the absence of the main thumb while the Black and White stands for the color of their beautiful coat as viewed on primate watching safaris in Rwanda Africa.
The Colobus Monkey tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park is listed among the exciting activities that this Rwanda tour site has got at its disposal. Nyungwe is home to the Africa’s largest troop of Black and White Colobus Monkeys with the numbers stretching to 400.
Their beautiful coat that is white and black among adults but purely white among the young monkeys makes them very beautiful to explore. It is always magical to spend time with a large troop of these beautiful species as they roll in the natural loveliest trees of Nyungwe foraging and playing. Photographers on Safari in Rwanda always take photos of a lifetime!
The Colobus Monkey tracking can be done along with Chimpanzee trekking and adventure canopy walk on a single visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

White-winged terns; birds of Uganda

white winged tern , uganda birding safarisScientifically referred to as Chlidonias leucopterus, the White-winged terns belong to the Sternidae family and are among the unique bird species explored on Uganda Safaris and tours.
The White-winged terns are generally small bird species thriving majorly close to fresh water bodies in various parts of the world including Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa where they are viewed on Africa birding safaris including birding safaris in Uganda.
The adult white-winged terns are marked with short red legs, short black bill about 22 – 25m from the feathers, black neck, dark grey back with white rump not forgetting a light gray tail. The wings of this bird species are majorly white as viewed by birders on safari in Uganda. The differences in body plumage may arise depending on the breeding seasons and climate conditions.
Regarding distribution and habitat, they thrive in fresh water marshes and tend to nest on floating vegetation or on the ground near the water. They lay 2 – 4 eggs in their nests which they build using small reed stems along with other vegetation. The white-winged terns feed on insects and small fish.
In the field of conservation, they are listed as species of Least Concern on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  In Uganda, the White-winged terns can be explored in Lutembe bay on the shores of Lake Victoria while on a Uganda birding safari.



Tourism sector to play a lead role in Uganda’s economy in 2017

murchison falls National park , Uganda safarisThe tourism sector where we find the Uganda Safaris and Tours has been declared by the Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities to register a tremendous development and transformation.
The destination is appreciating the ideas regarding the conservation and tourism promotion in the process of preparing the tourism sector drive for the next four (4) years. The ideas extend to cover areas of marketing, research, product development, quality assurance and ultimate promotion of Uganda safari products both at local and international level.
According to John Ssempebwa, the Deputy Executive Director of Uganda Tourism Board, a second Africa Birding Expo will be organized in 2017 with the intention of showcasing the 1057 species of birds which form a stronghold for birding safaris in Uganda.  The destination  boasts of 50% of the Africa’s bird species count and 11% of the bird species in the whole world.  Another area targeted for marketing is the Mountain Climbing adventures since Uganda is home to the legendary Rwenzori Mountains with Africa’s third highest peak and the tallest Mountain range on the continent, Mount Elgon – the fourth highest in East Africa with the world’s largest mountain caldera not forgetting the three Virunga Volcanoes namely; Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These have got rich potential for development of Africa adventure vacation safaris in Uganda.
The destination  will continue to take advantage of the three (3) public relations firms that were hired to market Uganda in the regions of North America, Germany and UK and Ireland. Through their rigorous marketing efforts, the travelers planning safaris to Uganda are expected to increase in 2017.
The domestic tourism drive is expected to maintain the pace capitalizing in schools and other educational institutions with the motive of short and long term travel culture nurturing among the citizens.
UWA, the main public conservation body is committed to not only ensuring the survival of the wildlife that form a strong ground for wildlife tours in Uganda but also create a favorable environment for the visitors in protected areas. This can be evidenced by the plan to encourage construction of more accommodation units in the National Parks of Kidepo, Murchison and Lake Mburo.
The destination was listed as number one destination on the African continent in 2017 by the Rough guides a leading UK Publisher.


kasubi tombs, Rwenzori mountains and bwindi impenetrable; the world heritage sites of Uganda

bwindi forest , uganda gorilla safarisThe destination Uganda is one of the Africa Safari tour unique destinations featuring three of the world heritage sites as proclaimed by UNESCO.
The two of these are natural protected areas under the category National Parks namely Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – the main destination for Uganda gorilla safaris and Mount Rwenzori National Park – the epitome site for adventure vacation safaris in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been labelled by UNESCO as an isolated Afro montane forest of an incredible biological diversity including close to a half of the world’s population of the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas, 160 tree species and 100 fern species not forgetting 350 bird species of which 23 are endemic to the Albertine rift such as the African Green Broadbill which is normally sought after by birders on birding safaris in Uganda.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park which protects the snow-capped legendary Mountains of the moon rising to 5,109m above sea level to form the third highest peak on the African continent features fragile ecosystem and most importantly very unique montane flora which is rare in the world including groundsels, giant lobelias and giant heathers.  The glaciers, lakes and waterfalls compliment its remarkable natural beauty.
The third World heritage site is cultural other than natural. Kasubi Tombs which are within Kampala City are burial grounds for Kings of Buganda. Apparently, four (4) royal tombs lie beneath a large traditional hut built in a circular dome shape with local materials. It is a great site with remarkable intangible values of spirituality, belief, identity and continuity.
The above world heritage sites combine to justify Uganda’s incredible beauty and its crown as the Pearl of Africa.


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Mountain gorilla trekking in Congo – Congo gorilla safari news

congo , congo safarisMountain Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Congo are among the less explored Africa safari adventures which offer the world travelers an off the beaten encounter in the interior jungles of tropical Africa.
Gorilla tracking in Congo is carried out in Virunga National Park to the East of the country sharing borders with Uganda and Rwanda. The nearest town is called Goma and it is easier accessed from Kigali Rwanda than from Kinshasa which is the main capital of Democratic Republic of Congo.
For long, the Congo gorilla safaris have been less popular due to civil unrest caused by a range of rebel groups that thrived within the Virunga Area with the most recent one being M23 rebels which was ousted out in 2015.  After the war, Virunga National Park is back to order and the tourists are welcome.
The Mountain Gorilla trekking activity in Virunga National Park is commonly done in Mikeno sector approximately 2 ½ hours drive where the habituated gorilla groups thrive and a Congolese Gorilla permit costs $400  person which can be secured direct from ICCN or the Sales Office of Congolese Wildlife Authority in Goma. The activity starts at Bukima Patrol post and tend to last 2 hours depending on the Mountain Gorilla Movements.
Gorilla trekking safari in Congo can be done along with adventure hike to the famous Nyiragongo Volcano or as an extension of an East Africa Safari tour in Uganda Rwanda Congo.

Flights to Bwindi impenetrable national park Uganda – Uganda gorilla safari news

uganda flying safari toursAt 527km about 10 hours drive from Kampala, the Uganda gorilla trekking safari tour destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park always poses a challenge to access it by surface travel.
Travellers planning gorilla safaris in Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable at times have limited time or are not comfortable with such long drive despite its opportunity for countryside sightseeing experience.  This makes the search for flights to Bwindi very significant.
Fortunately, the government and the private operators have already realised this need and thus attempted to do the needful. A range of three Airstrips serve Bwindi Impenetrable National Park though two are the most popular ones. Nyakabande Airstrip in Kisoro also known as Kisoro Airstrip serves the southern regions of Bwindi namely Rushaga and Nkuringo while Kihihi and Kayonza Airstrips serve the northern sector and the eastern sector of Buhoma and Ruhija respectively allowing the travellers on Uganda gorilla safaris and tours to reach their desired gorilla trekking regions.
Aerolink Uganda operates affordable scheduled flights daily in the morning to Kisoro Airstrip and both in the morning and afternoon to Kihihi Airstrip. Though the morning timing cannot allow someone from Kampala / Entebbe to catch up with Mountain Gorilla trekking as the activity starts at 8am and yet the earliest flight lands at 08:10am at Kisoro which is about 39km from Rushaga gorilla trekking assembly point, the flight back to Entebbe can help someone to catch up with an afternoon flight back home to any other destination.
Besides the scheduled flights, individual travellers and private groups can arrange charter flights to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Entebbe or other Uganda Safari destinations like Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Kidepo Valley National Parks.



Greater kudu; the amazing wild game of Uganda – Uganda safari news

greater kudu , uganda toursScientifically referred to as Tragelaphus strepsiceros, the greater Kudu is a woodland antelope known to thrive in southern and eastern Africa including Uganda where it is explored on wildlife safaris in Uganda.
 The greater Kudu together with the lesser Kudu are the sub-species of Kudu and though it is recorded to feature a wide spread territory, its population is sparsely distributed due to habitat loss and poaching.  The Greater Kudus feature narrow bodies with long legs while their coats range from brown to reddish brown with 4 – 12 vertical white stripes along their torso as viewed on Africa holiday Safaris including Uganda Safaris and Tours. The head of the Greater Kudu is relatively darker than other body parts.
 The bulls of Greater kudu are notably larger compared to the cows and do a lot of vocalisation using low grunts, humming and clucks along with gasping. The male Greater Kudus feature large manes that run along their throats and the large horns featuring 2 ½ twists. The bulls start to grow the horns between 6 – 12 months of age while twisting occurs when they reach 2 years of age and full twisting occurs at 6 years of age as encountered by travellers on safari in Uganda Africa.
 Known to be among the largest antelope species, the Greater Kudu bulls stretch between 190 – 270kg in weight with the maximum being 315kg and rise to 160cm at the Shoulder height. The cows stretch between 120 – 210kg and rise to 100cm at the shoulder height featuring no horns and beards.
The habitats of Greater Kudu cover mixed scrub woodlands and would avoid open plains in fear of predators. They feed on grass, leaves and shoots and rarely on roots, tubers and fruits. They are active early in the morning and late afternoon and secure water from water holes or bulbs and roots with high water content. It can be noted that though the greater Kudus normally thrive in one area, they can stretch to a large distance in search of water especially during dry seasons.
Regarding reproduction, the Greater kudus attain the sexual maturity between 1 – 3 years and gestation period lasts about eight months after which a single calf (or rarely two calves) is born. Their lifespan is 7 – 8 years in the wilderness but can stretch up to 23 years in captivity.
Regarding the conservation, the Greater Kudu is listed as species of Least Concern on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  In Uganda, the Greater Kudu can be explored in the Uganda tour destination of Kidepo National Park to the north west of the country.

Igongo cultural center ; beyond the lunch stop – Uganda safari news

ankole cultural centerAt 12km to Mbarara town, the Igongo Cultural Center has for the recent past served as a popular lunch stop for the travelers on Safari in Uganda interested in tasting the traditional African Buffet.  Its famous Kahwa Kanuzire (its finished when still sweet) restaurant has made a name world over for its standard local cuisine generated from freshly gathered food stuffs from the surrounding communities.
But, one can note that Igongo Cultural Centre is beyond a mere a lunch stop to be a Uganda tour destination in itself.  The centre is a home to the Erijukiro Museum which is the largest private museum in the whole of Uganda featuring the artifacts of all tribes of south western Uganda. The museum also features a range of historical writings, sculptures of historical personalities like Muguta y’ Butaho – the famous warrior of Buhweju, Kitami Ky’ Nyawera – the Queen of Mpororo among others which make it very exciting to visit while on your Uganda Safari tour.
Besides the Museum, the Igongo Cultural Center takes control of the great 1520AD Eclipse monument which was built on top of Biharwe Hill to commemorate the famous total solar eclipse that hit the area around that time. The Eclipse monument goes beyond the scientific part of it to incorporate great history and tradition. It is noted that the Eclipse occurred during the time when the Bunyoro Kingdom was undertaking imperialist expeditions. They had accomplished the Nkore Kingdom and all the cows had been confiscated leaving the Banyankole in a starving situation. Now, they had extended to raid the Kingdom of Rwanda and when they had reached Biharwe returning home after a successful cattle raid, a total solar eclipse occurred. The King of Bunyoro and his men could not understand what had happened and thought that it was a misfortune arising from the raided cows and as a result, they abandoned the cows and ran away towards home. A heavy down pour hit the area towards the end of the eclipse and after it, the local people (Banyankole) found many cows in place. They were so mesmerized and believed that God had sent the cows to save them from suffering and starvation. They called them “Enduga Mwiguru” literally meaning “Heaven sent”. This makes the site an incredible one that is worth inclusion while planning a safari to Uganda. Being on top of the hill, the site offers an opportunity for hill climbing adventure.
The lush gardens of Igongo Cultural center with beautiful flowers, works of art like the historical Mayenje g’ Ishinjo a cow that sparked a war between Kingdoms of Nkore and Buhweju and Ishe Katabazi – one of the most popular personalities that have ever lived in the region of Ankole among others are very suitable for relaxation and get together functions.
All these combine to make Igongo Cultural Center a great site beyond only a traditional lunch stop.

Parliament to discuss the strict anti-poaching bid – Uganda safari news

uganda safaris , uganda toursThe new anti-poaching bid has eventually found its way to Parliament and calls for jailing of poachers for a count of twenty (20) years along with a fine of 200million Uganda Shillings so as to discourage the poaching of elephants which are among the prime Uganda Safari attractions.
The motion intends to amend the wildlife Act and it is already at the first Parliamentary Council where it will follow the normal routine to be tabled at the floor of Parliament for discussion. The danger of elephant population is common and the survival of these amazing species always explored on safaris in Uganda is at stake. The destination Uganda has tried considerably to ensure the protection of these species compared to other countries and the elephant population in the National Parks has been increasing in the recent past though cases of poaching still exist.
An Ariel survey that was conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society along with Uganda Wildlife Authority with funding from Paul G Allen recorded an increment in Elephant population in Uganda with over 2000 elephants existing in Murchison Falls National Park and close to 3000 elephants in the Uganda tour destination of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
High levels of poaching existed in Uganda around 1970s and 1980s resulting into heavy loss of wildlife. But from the 1990s, the management of protected areas was revamped and wildlife populations have been rejuvenating. However, the need for increased vigilance is required as some cases of poaching are still reported. In fact, Queen Elizabeth National Park lost a count of six (6) elephants in the year 2015.
The Government intends to adopt a new act that provides for extended jail term for poachers of up to 20 years, heavy fines of up to 200 million Uganda Shillings and confiscation of vehicles used to transport wildlife products and the house or building used to store the same products.  Of course, this does not do away with the collaborative approach where the members of the community are brought on board to support conservation initiatives and reap its fruits.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority still patrols the protected areas and seizes the poachers’ snares. In fact, over 7 tons of snares have been seized from Murchison Falls National Park alone. Murchison Falls National Park is one of the ten (10) National Parks that form the main destinations for wildlife safari holidays for Uganda.



Friday, 20 January 2017

Primate Lodge featured in essence magazine; safari lodges of Uganda – Uganda safari news

Primate Lodge Kibale , uganda safari toursPrimate Lodge Kibale is lower luxury to mid-range facility positioned at the entrance of the Uganda safari tour destination of Kibale National Park popularly known as the Primate Capital of the world.
Primate Lodge’s remarkable beauty and attention to detail combined with the tranquil forest environment which is home to hundreds of Chimpanzees, other 12 species of primates, Forest Elephants, forest antelope like duikers, 375 species of birds and unique flora including 351 tree species formed the listing among the top 19 Black Owned Hotels to look out for in the year 2017 by the famous Essence Magazine - a travel magazine based in the United States.
Recorded as the only Africa Safari Lodge listed in Essence Magazine across the continent of Africa, the Primate Lodge Kibale does not earn a boost to itself but also the destination Uganda in general. This stands as an indicator of the unique and standard accommodation units that Uganda has got in her range of protected areas thus an assurance to the world travelers that planning safaris to Uganda would not be a disappointment.
Primate Lodge considering its very close proximity to Kanyanchu Tourism Center presents the perfect base for exploring all activities in Kibale National Park including Chimpanzee habituation and birding that require very early departure.  Kibale National Park is 326km about 6 hours drive from Kampala and a popular site in the Uganda tourism circuit always explored by travelers on safari in Uganda.

More lodges to be set in Murchison falls national park – Uganda safari news

Murchison falls , Uganda safarisMurchison Falls National Park apparently stands as the most visited of all the Uganda tour National Parks and its attractiveness is likely to keep the numbers coming which generates the need for more accommodation units.
The Chief Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority Andrew Seguya disclosed that three concessions will be given out for construction of three (3) safari lodges in various parts of the park. These will include a 40-bed lodge at the scenic Karuma Falls, 30-bed lodge at Bugungu along the Butiaba escarpment in the Albertine rift – one of the remarkable Uganda Safari features and eventually 30-bed lodge at Rwagongo forest.
A range of bids from various companies have already been submitted to the Uganda Wildlife Authority – the main public body that is responsible for management of National Parks and Game Reserves and they will be reviewed accordingly.  This was aired out during the Tulambule adventure to Murchison Falls National Park.
Tulambule Campaign is a domestic tourism campaign which was launched on September 23rd by the State Minister for Tourism Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda. It is aimed at encouraging natives to take up Safaris in Uganda which have for long been considered as a preserve of the foreigners.


kyambura game lodge erased by wild fire – Uganda safari news

kyambura game lodgePositioned in Kichwamba Sub county Rubirizi District, Kyambura Game Lodge has been one of the luxury lodges serving affluent travelers on Safaris in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The unfortunate incident occurred on the evening of Wednesday Jan 17th when the wild fire from Queen Elizabeth National Park spread fast through the natural thicket to erase the Cottages at Kyambura Game Lodge which was built using local materials like natural wood and grass thatch.
Kyambura Game Lodge which is separated from the park by the famous Kyambura Gorge one of the popular destinations for Chimpanzee tours in Uganda lost a range of eight (8) cottages, restaurant, bar along with reception and laundry to the blazing fire. The efforts by the lodge staff to stop the fire using water and sand could not yield any success.
This is the second time that Kyambura Game lodge is being put down to ashes by the wild fire. The first incident occurred in February 2012 but the reconstruction was successful and the lodge has been operating, serving the esteemed guests including those on Uganda Safaris and Tours.
The management of the lodge allege that Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) could have set the fire to allow grass re-growth in some parts of Queen Elizabeth National Park but due to strong winds, the fire extended to erase the Lodge.
This is a real setback in the Uganda’s tourism infrastructure and a real inconvenience to the guests that had their bookings already set at Kyambura Game Lodge. However, a range of other facilities  like Mweya Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge, Kasenyi Safari Camp, Enganzi Lodge among others are well set to provide accommodation to the Uganda tour undertakers visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Tourist attractions in Kampala city – Uganda safari news

parliament-uganda , kampala city tourKampala City is among the popular cities in the region of East Africa and as a result, it has become a point of interest for political, business and leisure travelers including Uganda Safari tour undertakers from all over the world.
At times, people who come for conferences, trade shows and political missions always have some free time with them which they can spend excitingly as they explore the Uganda tour attractions around Kampala City.
The attractions include sites of political, economic, religious and socio-cultural significance and thus present diversity that serves a range of travelers’ interests.  Talk of religious places like Namugongo Martyrs Shrine where a count of 45 converts were killed on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda, Gadhafi Mosque which is the second largest on the African continent, Namirembe Cathedral and Rubaga Cathedral – the head of Anglican and Catholic faith respectively and Baha’i Temple which is the only temple of the Baha’i faith in Africa, the Kampala city tour offers rich religious experience that gives a summary of Uganda’s religion.
Besides the religious attractions, the city features important cultural sites such as the Royal Palace of the Kingdom of Buganda, the Kasubi tombs which is the burial ground for the Kings of Buganda proclaimed a world heritage site by UNESCO and the Uganda Museum not forgetting a range of art and craft centres across the city.
Sites of educational significance such as the Great Makerere University which is the largest in East Africa is within 5km reach from the city centre while the Ugandan Parliament is also at a walkable distance.
To those interested in exploring the typical hustle and bustle of Kampala city, the walk through the down town can be rewarding. Walking through Owino market – the second largest second hand market in Africa, the taxi parks and Kikuubo offer a lifetime experience.
Travellers on Safaris in Uganda can consider exploring the city at the start or at the end of their countryside safari.

Bohor reedbuck; antelopes of Uganda – Uganda safari news

Bohor reedbuck in Kidepo , uganda safarisScientifically referred to as Redunca redunca, the Bohor reedbuck is among the Uganda Safari wild game explored in Kidepo Valley National Park among other protected areas. Belonging to the Redunca genus and Bovidae family, the Bohor reedbuck was initially described in the year 1767 by Peter Simon Pallas a German zoologist and features five (5) subspecies.
The Bohor reedbuck stands as medium sized antelope stretching between 100 to 135cm in length while the shoulder height is 75 – 89cm in males and 69 – 76cm in females. The males weigh 43 – 65kg while the females range between 35 – 45kg. The coat is yellowish to grayish brown and the horns are only present in males approximately 25 – 35cm in length as viewed on wildlife safaris in Uganda.
Bohor reedbuck is herbivorous feeding on grasses along with tender reed shoots that feature high protein concentration and low fibre content. It depends on water but the green pastures can serve this purpose. It majorly feeds during night time but it can as well feed during day time.
The males attain sexual maturity when they are 3 – 4 years but females can conceive at one year of age and reproduce every 9 – 14 months. The mating is at its peak during the rainy season though it is not fixed. The dominancy fight occurs in specific assembly points where about 40 males assemble in an area of about 1 hectare. The   gestation period of the reedbuck is 7 ½ months after which the birth of the calf occurs and weaning occurs at about 8 – 9 months. Such interpretation may not be missed while with the guides during the Uganda tours.
Bohor reedbuck thrives in moist swamplands and grasslands along with woodlands and is limited in range to the continental lands of Africa including the region of East Africa where it is explored on East Africa Safari tours.
Regarding conservation, the Bohor reedbuck is listed as species of least concern on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


Eco -tourism development in Uganda – Uganda safari news

tourism , uganda safarisDescribed as the form of travel to natural areas with the intention of learning, studying or engaging in activities that attempt to minimize the environmental negative effects and empower the host communities, eco tourism is one of the categories of Uganda Safari tours that has been steadily gaining ground in the recent years.
From the 1990s, the destination Uganda started to look out for the possible avenues through which mass tourism and its negative effects would be minimized to ensure sustainable tourism development. activities such as guided nature walk, bird watching, Mountain Gorilla trekking, canoeing, Chimpanzee trekking, community walks and Mountain hiking were increasingly sold to travelers on safaris in Uganda.
This in turn diversified the traditional tourism which majorly featured classic wild game viewing in tour Vehicles in the National Parks. By widening the scope, the interests of various world travellers have been catered for, the trickling down of the tourism revenue has increased and the conservation of natural resources along with cultural preservation has been encouraged.
Uganda now features a range of eco-tourism sites including the ten (10) National Parks like Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks where gorilla trekking in Uganda is carried out, Lake Mburo, Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks where game viewing is conducted and Kibale, Mount Rwenzori, Mount Elgon and Semuliki Valley National Parks. Other eco-tourism sites include; National forest reserves like Budongo, Kalinzu and Mabira, Game reserves, protected wetlands and community wetlands like Bigodi wetland sanctuary which is the leading eco-community initiative in destination Uganda.
The development of eco-tourism has enabled even the ecologically fragile areas to open up for Uganda tours since the visitor impact is keenly managed. Efforts like limiting the visitor capacity per day have been considered for the sake of gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking, trails have been well set for forest, wetland and Mountain hikes to avoid vegetation trampling among others.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Ruppell’s griffon vulture; birds of Uganda – Uganda safari news

Ruppell’s griffon vultureScientifically referred to as Gyps rueppelli, the Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture is one of the unique bird species explored on Uganda birding safaris. The Ruppell’s Vulture derives its name from the German Explorer, zoologist and collector Eduard Ruppell who thrived in the 19th Century and it is recorded as the highest flying bird with the capacity to rise up to 11,300m
 The Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture is a large vulture with the adults stretching from 85 – 103cm in length and a wingspan of 2.26 – 2.6m carrying a weight of 6.4 – 9kg.  The plumage is black or mottled brown with whitish-brown under parts while the neck and head is covered with a thin dirty-white fluff.  The bird features a yellow eye while the base of the neck features a white collar as viewed on birding safaris in Uganda. The Ruppell’s Griffon Vultures are very silent and only vocalize while at their nest or a carcass.
They are notably social bird species and as a result, they roost, nest and gather to feed in large flocks. Their range includes; woodlands, Mountains and grasslands and can stretch up to 150km from their nests in search of food. Their flight to higher altitudes is supported by their haemoglobin alpha that has great affinity for oxygen which enables them to absorb oxygen despite the upper troposphere’s low partial pressure.
The Ruppell’s Vultures are specialised feeders with very strong build which enables them to consume even the hide and bones of the carcass after the soft parts have been finished. Their tongue features back-ward pointing spikes that enable them to extract meat from the bone.

 Regarding reproduction, the Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture is monogamous and creates lasting breeding pairs. Following the courtship, the pair works with one another to construct the nest with use of sticks, leaves and grass as encountered by birders on a safari in Uganda. The incubation of the egg lasts for 55 days and is done by both parties. The caring for chick is done by both parents for a range of 150 days. Partial caring continues until the next breeding season.

The Populations of the Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture have been on drastic decline as a result of habitat loss, hunting for trade, poisoning and collision. As a result of this trend, the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture as critically endangered on its red list.

 

 


Surface travel in Uganda made easier – Uganda safari news

uganda tours , uganda safarisUnlike in the past where the road network in the country was very limited and the nature of roads horrible, the Government has attempted to invest widely in the road infrastructure connecting to various parts of the country some of which are visited on Uganda Safaris and tours.
The Surface travel still remains the commonly used travel means because of its reliability and affordability. Few domestic flights are operated to specified destinations including National Parks such as Murchison Falls, Kidepo Valley, Queen Elizabeth, Mgahinga Gorilla and Bwindi Impenetrable – the main Uganda gorilla safari destination but one can record that the numbers are considerably lower if compared to those that travel by road.
Traveling by surface has been made easier not only by improvement in road infrastructure but also by the rise of car rental service in Uganda with a range of cars including 4X4 Extended Safari Land cruisers, 4X4 Safari Vans, ordinary Land cruisers along with minibuses and buses available for hire across the country but majorly in Kampala and Entebbe.
However, some parts of the country still feature challenging road sections especially in the rainy season. Areas of Karamoja to the north east of Uganda where Kidepo National Park is located and the Kigezi Highlands to the southwest – the home of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park always call for the use of strong vehicles such as 4X4 Extended Land Cruisers to help with the manoeuvring of the muddy and slippery landscapes.
Depending on the number of passengers, the saloon cars in Uganda are available for individual or small group travel while the medium vehicles like land cruisers can be used for groups not exceeding seven (7) Passengers while the Coasters and buses serve bigger groups with interest of keeping together.




lesser flamingo; birds of Uganda – Uganda safari news

Lesser flamingos , uganda birding safaris , uganda toursScientifically referred to as Phoeniconaias minor, the lesser flamingo is among the unique bird species explored by birders on Safari in Uganda. Noted to be species of flamingo thriving in the sub Saharan Africa and some parts of India, the lesser flamingo are the only species in the Phoeniconaias genus.
The Lesser Flamingos are recorded as the smallest of all the flamingo species though by most standards, it is a large and tall bird as viewed on birding safaris in Uganda. Its weight stretch from 1.2 to 2.7kg while the height is between 80 – 90cm. The body length from the beak to the tail is 90 – 105cm which is similar to that of the wingspan.
The plumage of the lesser flamingo is pinkish white. The Lesser flamingos majorly feed on algae that occur in alkaline lakes and Spirulina. Thus, the presence of flamingos at a given water body indicates that the water is alkaline which can be evidenced at Lake Munyanyange in the Uganda Safari tour destination of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
It can be noted that though the Algae appears blue-green in colour, it contains the photosynthetic pigments that generate the pink colour among birds. This bird species also feeds on shrimp.
Regarding breeding, the lesser flamingos build the mud nest stretching to 30cm to prevent flooding and ensuring cool temperature. Each bird lays a single chalk colored egg which is incubated by both parents in shifts of 24 hours for a period of twenty eight (28) days. Following the hatching, the chick which is grey in color consumes its shell after which it is fed on a liquid soup by the parents for some few months. The chicks soon join the crèches that can even number to thousands.
Regarding conservation, the lesser flamingos though they appear to be the abundant, their declining populations and loss of breeding sites puts them at risk. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists them as near-threatened on its red list.  Birders on a Uganda tour can explore the lesser flamingos in the Katwe Explosion crater in Queen Elizabeth National Park to the west of the country. The park is also home to the classic wild game including the tree climbing lions of Ishasha along with 606 species of birds.

Bwindi lodge; luxury lodges of Bwindi – Uganda gorilla safari news

bwindi lodge , gorillas in UgandaTo the north of the Uganda gorilla trekking safari destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the Bwindi Lodge presents very comfortable luxury accommodation to the affluent travelers visiting Uganda.
Bwindi Lodge offers its remarkable overnight stay in a range of eight (8) bandas that overlook the great Impenetrable forest of Bwindi that supports a minimum of 400 Mountain Gorillas which form the ground for gorilla safaris in Uganda.
The privately set cottages are configured with three (3) doubles and five (5) twins featuring local construction materials that blend well with the surrounding ecosystem. All the rooms are en suite with flushing toilets and showers with cold and hot running water all to the comfort of the guests including those on gorilla trekking safari in Uganda.
The walk in Mosquito nets, private balcony suitable for serene relaxation in the view of nature and the 240v lighting are all available at every cottage.
Bwindi Lodge enjoys the range of general facilities including the lounge and fireside bar in the main building not forgetting the complimentary Wi-Fi which offers the guests an opportunity to keep in touch with family and friends back home including sharing the photos of the Uganda gorilla tracking safari experience

Bisate lodge; luxury lodges of Rwanda – Rwanda safari news

BisateLodge , Rwanda safarisPositioned close to the Rwanda gorilla safari tour of Volcanoes National Park, the Bisate Lodge is one of the recent additions in the Rwanda luxury lodge portfolio set to serve affluent world travelers visiting Rwanda.
Bisate Lodge is made up of six (6) forest villas serving up to twelve (12) guests. The rooms are en suite and blend fully with the surrounding ecosystem along with a touch of the local culture presenting an addition to the Rwanda Safari memories among the guests.
The Lodge that is set to open its doors to guests in the month of June 2017 derives its name Bisate from the local Kinyarwanda dialect that literally means pieces. The name originates from the series of the Volcanic Mountains that form the Virunga Massif which straddle from Uganda through Rwanda to Democratic Republic of Congo. The lodge offers remarkable views of this Mountain landscape making the stay of travelers on Safari in Rwanda memorable.
Bisate Lodge features a close drive distance to Kinigi Park Headquarters where a range of activities including Mountain Gorilla trekking, Golden Monkey tracking, Dian Fossey Hike and Volcano climbing among others start from.  This makes the lodge a good ground where travelers on gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda can spend a night before or after Gorilla tracking.

Red-faced woodland warbler; Albertine rift endemics – Uganda safari news

Red-faced Woodland Warbler , birding safaris in UgandaScientifically referred to as the Phylloscopus laetus, the red-faced woodland warbler is among the unique bird species explored on Uganda birding safaris belonging to the Phylloscopus family.
The red-faced woodland warbler is closely related to the yellow-throated warbler along with the Laura’s woodland warbler and thrives in the Albertine rift valley stretching to the west of Uganda, east of Democratic Republic of Congo and west of Rwanda and Burundi. Specialist birders on Safaris in Uganda Africa endeavour to traverse the entire range in search of this amazing bird species.
The natural habitat of Red-faced woodland warbler is the highland forest in between 1200 – 3100m more especially in the Bamboo forest but can as well appear in secondary forest. Regarding size, it stands as a medium sized warbler stretching to 11cm marked by a distinct reddish face while the rest of the plumage appears greenish with an off white rump and belly as viewed on a birding safari tour in Uganda.
The red-faced woodland warbler lays two (2) – three (3) eggs in a ball nest about 10m off the ground and care for the young is done by both parents. The diets of this species include; insects along with other invertebrates like beetles, bugs and spiders. The red-faced woodland warbler undertakes hunting in pairs but can at times connect with small feeding flocks.
Regarding conservation, the red-faced warbler is listed as species of least concern on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


Rwanda booms at the Dutch expo – Rwanda safari news

Rwanda safaris , rwanda toursAt the just concluded Dutch tourism fair – the Vakantiebeurs 2017, the destination Rwanda sounded big with the major Dutch tour operators and travel agencies gaining interest in the Rwanda Safari tours.
This comes at the eighth (8th) time that the destination is showcasing her products in Benelux (Belgium, Netherland, Luxembourg) with the aim of invigorating the International travel agencies and the individual travelers to start planning safaris to Rwanda.
The destination is one of the 160 countries that participated in the Vakantiebeurs – an exhibition that attracts over 125,000 visitors.  The disposition that agents and individual travelers have towards Rwanda is changing from the negative to positive as they are shifting from the past concerns of security to what they can explore.
Rwanda stormed the exhibition with the theme Remarkable Rwanda unleashing her magical attractions including the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park explored on Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris, the classic wild game of Akagera National Park, Chimpanzees and Canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park and remarkable culture and history.
The performance  in the Netherlands is steadily increasing with the visitor arrivals noted to have increased by 22% in 2015 a trend that is believed to continue.
The destination Rwanda has already been voted among the best 17 destinations to explore this year by CNN.
At the end of the event, the Rwandan Ambassador treated the Mayor of Utrecht, the travel media and the Dutch tourism professionals to a full Reception to cement the business relationship.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Rwenzori double-collared sunbird; endemic birds of Albertine rift – Uganda safari news

Rwenzori Double collared Sunbird , Uganda safarisScientifically referred to as Cinnyris stuhlmanni, the Rwenzori double-collared sunbird is one of the unique bird species explored on Uganda birding safaris and tours belonging to the family Nectariniidae.
Noted to be among the endemic bird species of Albertine Rift, the Rwenzori double-colored sunbird thrives in the legendary Mountains of Rwenzori – a common site for adventure vacation safaris in Uganda Africa.
The habitat of this sunbird includes tropical dry forests and sub tropical forests.  They stand as large sized bird species where the male is marked with silky green head, upper breast and throat. Its upper tail features a bluish colour while the under parts of the bird are dark olive as viewed while on birding safari in Uganda.  The eyes are dark brown while the black bill is decurved and long. The feet and legs are also black. The female features dark greyish-brown upper sections along with blackish-brown tail.
The Rwenzori double- colored sunbird is threatened by habitat loss but it is still listed as species of least concern on the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  Birders on Uganda tours can visit Rwenzori Mountains to gain chances of exploring this amazing bird species.

The magical return of Cantsbee silver-back – Rwanda gorilla safari news

Cantsbee silver-back , Rwanda safaris , Rwanda toursThe historical Cantsbee silver-back in the Rwanda gorilla safari destination of Volcanoes National Park was reported by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund trackers to have disappeared from his family on 10th October 2016 and following the extensive search, this mighty silverback was eventually declared dead.
The surprising moment was on January 4th when the trackers encountered Cantsbee silver-back in his gorilla family though at a distance. The trackers made sure  that they took a closer look on the second day and everyone could not believe that it was Cantsbee thriving again. The gorilla which had earlier presumed to have fallen ill, left behind by his family and then succumbed to death was strong enough to fault all the beliefs. The news of the return of Cantsbee have been received with wonder and joy among the conversations and leisure traveler including those on gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda.
At the age of thirty eight (38), the legendary Cantsbee silver-back is recorded to have been born in the year 1978 – the very year that the famous Mountain Gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey founded the Digit fund which was later changed to Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in her commemoration. It is noted that only two Mountain gorillas namely; Poppy and Cantsbee are still surviving of all the gorillas that were observed personally by Dian Fossey. Travelers on Rwanda gorilla safari find these two so exciting and historical.
Cantsbee is believed to regain the control of his Gorilla group from his son Gicurasi who has been steadily taking the control of the group following his father’s disappearance.
The return of Cantsbee silver-back is a true indication that man still has a lot to know about the Mountain Gorillas even after the fifty (50) years of close study.  Gorilla safaris in Rwanda Africa can be taken all year round and the Rwanda gorilla permit costs only $750.

The Habitats of Mountain gorillas – Uganda safari news

gorilla safaris in UgandaMountain Gorillas one of the subspecies of eastern gorilla are known to thrive only in three (3) countries on a world scale namely; Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda where they are explored on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris and tours.
The habitats range in the hilly forested landscapes of the Albertine rift which is the western arm of the Great East African rift valley and these habitats are recorded to be fragile and yet surrounded by one of the densely populated communities on the continent of Africa as viewed by travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda Africa.
The respective governments have declared National Parks around these areas to ensure the protection of the Mountain Gorillas which are listed as critically endangered on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  Uganda has Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which supports a minimum of 400 Mountain Gorillas and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that is part of Virunga massif. Rwanda has Volcanoes National Park while Congo has Virunga National Park all part of the Virunga massif  - the block of eight (8) Mountains known to support 480 Mountain Gorillas as always heard from the guides while on gorilla safari in Rwanda and Congo.
The habitats feature an altitude range of 2,200 – 4,300m and the gorilla forests are mostly cloudy, misty and cold. The mist forms the background of the slogan “Gorillas in the mist” which was popular with Dian Fossey and then later a range of Africa safari companies including Prime Uganda Safaris and Tours Ltd.
The Mountain Gorillas feed on various items in these habitats including; bark of trees (6.9%),   roots (3.3%), stems and shoots (85.8%) from around 142 species of plants, flowers (2.3%) and fruit (1.7%). They also feed on small invertebrates (0.1%).

Thursday, 12 January 2017

The scenic beauty of Murchison falls national park – Uganda safari news

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Standing to North east of the country, the Uganda Safari tour destination of Murchison Falls National Park is one the magical landscapes whose beauty has stood unmatched both in the ancient and contemporary times.
The whole experience starts with the famous Nile River that bisects the park into the north and southern parts leaving one of the greatest natural landmarks – the Murchison Falls which ranks as the most powerful waterfall in the world. Travellers on Safari in Uganda are often mesmerised on how the mighty Nile River squeezes itself to pass through a less than 7m ravine before falling 43m below to what has been termed as the Devils Cauldron generating a plume of spray marked with a trademark rainbow.
The recreational boat ride along the calm stretch of the River offers remarkable views of the gigantic historical Nile Crocodiles basking in the sun, great schools of Hippos, unique bird species including the vulnerable shoebill stork and the counts of wild game drinking on the soothing river waters.
The northern section of the park is marked by very magnificent open savannah landscape with intersection of beautifully grown Borassus palms presenting the great concentration of wild game including the world’s tallest mammal – the Rothschild Giraffes, Africa Savannah elephants, Buffaloes, Jackson Hartebeest, Oribis, Defassa waterbucks, Uganda Kobs along with predators including lions, leopards and Spotted hyenas to thrive at length.  It is a popular site for classic game drives while on wildlife safaris in Uganda.
The southern sector is a more of a savannah woodland habitat and features less wild game but rather offers impressive birding opportunities in Rabongo forest and the adjoining Kaniyo Pabidi forest which is also home to over 800 chimpanzees some of which are habituated for tracking.
All these combine to make Murchison Falls National Park a beyond the ordinary destination that should be given consideration while planning a holiday safari to Uganda.