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Top Things to See on a Uganda Safari

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Uganda is a small landlocked country in the east of Africa; neighbored by Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo with Sudan in the North. It’s a naturally endowed country with abundant tourist attractions like lakes and rivers, rainforest mountains, national parks and wildlife, local communities, etc. which all make Uganda a must visit country for many travellers. There are those specific tourist centers in Ugandathat must not be ignored / excluded while on a visit in Uganda and these are discussed as follow;

Primates

In Uganda, there are basically two primates ( the close relatives of human beings with about 98% DNA), that is the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest and Mgahinga National Park together with the chimpanzees of Kibale National game park.

In East and Central Africa, the largest concentration of chimpanzees is at Kibale National Game park. It’s therefore the best place for those planning a chimpanzee racking trip. At Kibale National Park, there are trails usually followed during the tracking exercise ; used by many tourists and they help simplify the tracking process as they lead you to the ultimate location of the chimpanzees within the forest. While in the forest, you can get a chance to know more about these creatures as you watch he in their natural wilderness.

Mountain gorillas are yet another interesting piece of primates that one should not miss while on a primate watching tour. These are located in Bwindi Impenetrable tropical Rainforest and Mgahinga National Park. They are sad to be an endangered species of wildlife and as per now with only 900 left in the world but half of this total population is settled within Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest and Mgahainga National Park. The tourists interested in mountain gorilla trekking adventure; are advised to come during the dry seasons as they are the most conducive conditions for this exciting adventure.

The Source of the Great River Nile

The Nile source is on Lake Victoria inJinja. It was discovered by an European Explorer John Speke in the 19th Century. He discovered that this River Nile waters start flowing fromlake Victoria, and then proceeds through Sudan at Nimuleupto Egypt to the Mediterranean sea where it later pours its water. Since its discovery, the River Nile source at Jinja became an interesting tourist spot for many travellers in the entire world where some come to simply just be at this great spot, others for study purposes, others for entertainment while others make it here for research reasons. And for whichever reason you may visit the Nile source, it’s a very exciting experience being at the spot / point where the longest river in the world starts its flow out.

On your Nile source visit, there are some tourist activities that you can enjoy such as boat rides and boat cruises,bungee jumping for example, white water rafting, watching the waterfalls, fishing from the fresh waters of lake victoria, among others. Here you can relax in the green environment of Lake Victoria shores, taking pictures and interacting with each other. Still you can go to the local markets within Jinja where you can get some souvenirs.

The boat trips and boat cruises provide tourists with an extra ordinary ride over the fresh waters of lake Victoria- the largest fresh water lake in Africa enjoying the beautiful sights of bird species as they sing and fly out in the blue sky. It’s an interesting experience to ride through the River Nile source , taking photographs here and there though the best moment is taken in the evenings while you watch the sun setting off over the lake in the west.

It’s generally very interesting to be in the same place as the early explorers and experience what they went through at that early time.

The Big Five Mammals

The big fives in Uganda are the lions,elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes. There are several national parks included in the big five safari including the Murchison Falls National Park, and the Zziwa Rhino’s Sanctuary in Nakasongola.

Leopards are nocturnal animals and can be best viewed during night game drives or very early in the morning when they are coming back from their major hunting areas.

Generally, Uganda offers the best tourist experiences since it offers visitors a variety of tourist attractions minus wildlife safaris such as birding, community cultural visits, city tours , among others. They can all be enjoyed any time of the year though the dry season is the most preferred time.

Cheapest Uganda Trips in Uganda for 2019 Season

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The start of a new year means the chance to add to your travel bucket list and while many tourists will be flocking to trending activities elsewhere, others will be looking for more budget-friendly trips yet still get the real feeling of nature at its best.

In order to help you identify the places that will get you the most bang for your buck in 2018, we teamed up with Gorilla hub tours a reputable safari company the does cheap gorilla trekking tours along with other wildlife to Uganda Rwanda and DR. Congo.

Gorilla hub tours limited has come up with 10 top destinations staying at the lowest overall budget accommodation. The travel dates and search dates that Gorilla hub tours looked at fell within the one-year period. Keep scrolling to see the most wallet-friendly trips you can plan for this year.

  1. Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National park is Uganda’s closet park to Kampala Capital and is one of the beautiful savannah parks with lots of wildlife species including large herds of zebras, Impalas, Water and Bush bucks, Buffalos, Giraffes, Eland, Leopards and Lion. Primates include Olive baboons, Vervet Monkeys and lots of birds. All these can be spotted while on a game drive but the night game drive is the most captivating since it enables you view big cats like leopards on hunt. The boat cruise along the lake Mburo exposes you to lots of water birds, Hippos, Crocodiles along the banks. Other activities include nature walks, bird watching. Night game drive among others

Cheapest time to go: February April, May, October, November

Cheapest time to book: three or five months before departure

  1. Jinja Tour

Jinja is Uganda’s oldest city, found in the eastern part of the country. The route to Jinja starts with a visit to Sezibwa falls to see the beautiful waterfalls and the surrounding natural beauty, visit Mabira forest Uganda’s largest eco rain forest here you can do nature walks and first class Zip lining, visit the source of the Nile river, the longest in the world where its waters starts a three months journey to the Mediterranean sea in Egypt. Do Bungee Jumping and white water rafting which are among the thrilling adventures of the Nile River.

Cheapest time to go: January, April, May, October and November

Cheapest time to book: five months before departure

  1. Sipi Falls and Mt Elgon Hike

Watch the spectacular Sipi falls up close from 100m high Far East of the country. The beautiful white waters that originate from mountain Elgon, walk up to the top of the waterfall, if you are a hiker enjoy Mt Elgon 4 day hike to wagagai peak. Enjoy the unique gishu cultural dance; eat the traditional food staffs (malewa)

Cheapest time to go: January

Cheapest time to book: six months before departure

  1. Murchison falls National Park

Murchison falls is Uganda’s largest reserve park, and the trip here is always a big five expedition. The trip always starts with a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to trek Uganda’s only rhino population before you continue to Murchison falls national park where you expect to see the rest of the big five like Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Buffalo. Other mammals include Uganda Kob, Jackal, hyena, Hipoos, Olive Baboons always seen while on a game drive. The optional Chimpanzee tracking can be done in Budongo forest which is part of the park.

The boat cruise to the bottom of the falls is one of the most captivating activities as it gives opportunity to view a pool with the highest population of hippos in Africa. See crocodiles, lots of colourful bird species, elephants, Buffaloes along with other animals that come to draw water from the river banks.

Hike to the top of the falls as you follow the path Winston church hill used while currying his boat to bypass the falls on his way to Sudan and Egypt. At the top of the falls see how the Nile River forces its self through a narrow gorge 7 meters wide forming spectacular waterfall scenery

Cheapest time to go: April may, October and November

Cheapest time to book: four months before departure

  1. Fort Portal tour

Fort portal found in the south western part of Uganda is among the major tourist destination the country boasts of, the major attraction being Kibale forest national Park with the highest population of primates in Africa, recorded 13 primate species the highest of any eco forest in Africa. The birding experience is so excellent. Primates include chimpanzees, Olive baboons, Red tailed monkey, and Black and white colobus. Chimp tracking being the highlight of any trip here, other activities include nature walk to bigodi swamp, bird watching

Visit the King’s palace; get on Crater Lake experience up the top of the world. Visit Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru (Nyinamwiru breasts), Kalambi tombs (Kings burial grounds) or golf course tour.

From here you can also choose to visit Semuliki National park to see the biggest male and female hot springs as well as a view of variety of wildlife while on a game drive. The night game drive here is another amazing experience.

Cheapest time to go: January

Cheapest time to book: six months before departure

  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National park is Uganda’s most popular national Park and second largest reserve park. It’s the most beautiful and most endowed with biodiversity stretching from the beautiful mountain Rwenzori ranges in the north, through the spectacular savannah grasslands up to the thick remote rainforests in the west. The park got its name after the visit of her majesty the Queen of England in 1950s from Kazinga Channel National park. The park boasts of big mammals that include big Elephants, Leopard, Lions, Buffaloes, Hippos Uganda Kob along with other antelope species. For bird lover its heaven for bird watching over 600 species including the migratory ones from Europe.

The Boat cruise along Kazinga Channel is the most rewarding activity of the park as it takes you up close to the highest concentration of wildlife. The channel stretches from Lake Edward to Lake George and it’s the convenient location where numerous wildlife to come draw water

The Ishasha sector south of Queen Elizabeth national park is where you can meet the rare tree climbing lions, the king of the jungle is always found along with queens roaming in tree branches resting after probably a tough hunt at night or early that morning.

Cheapest time to go: January

Cheapest time to book: five months before departure

  1. Mountain Rwenzori National Park

Also called mountains of the moon, mountain Rwenzori with its peak margarita is the 3rd highest point in Africa with 5,019 m above sea level behind Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya respectively. The snow caped top is one of the most amazing. Take 7-10 days hike to this beautiful and most challenging hike of the mountains of the moon. A 5 day hike can take you half of this beautiful mountain which is also a wonderful experience.

Cheapest time to go: January

Cheapest time to book: six months before departure

  1. Kidepo Valley National Park

One of Uganda’s finest National park, located in the top most right corner of the country borders Kenya and South Sudan and the furthest from Kampala, Uganda’s capital. The uniqueness of this park is believed to have the largest herds of cape buffaloes in Africa. If lucky you can spot a cheetah other big mammals always spotted while a game drive include Lions, Hyenas, Giraffe, Eland, Leopard, Elephant and zebras

Cheapest time to go: January

Cheapest time to book: one month before departure

  1. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The less known Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s oldest and smallest park covering 331 sq km. Is one of the very few places in the world where you can meet the world’s rarest and most endangered species the mountain Gorillas, the park is part of the Virunga Volcanoes that harbour Uganda, Rwanda and DR. Congo. The park has a rich biodiversity apart from gorilla trekking you can do Golden monkey trekking, Cultural experience to Batwa community the original forest people, hike either of the 3 extinct Volcanoes, Sunset canoe ride at bilharzia Free Lake Mutanda up to the punishment island.

Cheapest time to go: April May, October and November

Cheapest time to book: four months before departure

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

While in the impenetrable jungles of Bwindi, a world heritage site by IUCN since 1994, enjoy activities like Gorilla Trekking Adventure, also the highlight of any trip to Africa, Nature walks, Cultural and Community experience, hiking, bird watching, Tea and Coffee plantation experience

Cheapest time to go: April, May and November

Median hotel rate in May: $150 full board

Cheapest time to book: at least four months before departure

5 Fascinating Towns to Explore in Uganda

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Kabale Adventure

Uganda is known for its wildlife safaris including mountain gorilla trekking, birding and primates and big game viewing. Traveling to Uganda, the gateway is Entebbe international airport in Entebbe town on the shores of Lake Victoria. At least many visitors are familiar with Entebbe town and Kampala the capital city where majority of the safaris begin or end from. But it would be unfair to just pinpoint just one part of Uganda to visit if you were exploring the country on round trip.  While you plan to spend few days on a Uganda safari, make sure to visit other towns as well. there are 5 beautiful towns we recommend for you here.

Kampala City

Kampala began as a hunting ground and small trading center of Buganda kingdom some 150 plus years ago. Today, while Kampala is a modern capital and business center of Uganda, the dignity of its past times still prevails including the Kasubi royal tombs built in 1881, Lubiri (Royal palace) and Bulange, the Buganda kingdom parliament.

Kampala is located in central Uganda on the shores of Lake Victoria. Uganda has impressed travelers for the friendliness of the locals and Kampala is no exception. Sometimes called the sleepless city of East Africa, Kampala is a major host of East Africa’s largest street carnival, the Kampala city festival among other popular music and food festivals. There are night clubs and events spots such as bars and lounges, casinos and gaming. Across east African, Kampala has dominated. Partying and having fun is a kind of tradition in Kampala due to lots of tours and sighting, activities and entertainment and leisure atmosphere. Travelers can find shopping centers and lots of busy craft markets selling everything from handcrafted jewelry to traditional African clothing.

In 2007, it hosted the common wealth heads of government meeting, an indicator of the city’s world class MICE facilities including five star hotels like Serena, Speak resort Munyonyi, Pearl of Africa, Sheraton among others.

One of the most significant features of Kampala is the Buganda kingdom that has preserved its history and culture from the 13th century to this very day. The historical sites, the Kasubi tombs are recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. And there are several religious sites to admire such as the Uganda martyrs shrine Namugongo which attracts over 10 million pilgrims 3rd June every year. First time visitors are always overwhelmed by the road traffic jam because there are 1.4 million inhabitants.

Fort Portal Town

Fort portal has become a major tourist destination with a focus on wildlife and nature. It is located in Kabalore district western Uganda on the foothills of the mountains of the moon. It is neighbored by Kibale forest and Semiliki forest national park, several beautiful views of explosion crater lakes, tea plantations and mountains. Being close to these tourist destinations, the town has developed and boasts many hotels, lodges, restaurants, camps, banks which offer all sorts of tourist facilities for tourists on Uganda safari. If you are in fort portal, it gives you opportunity to do wildlife activities such as chimpanzee trekking in kibale, nature walk in bigodi wetland, hiking, and game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Entebbe Town

Entebbe town originally served as the colonial capital when Uganda was protectorate under the British imperialist rule. After independence in 1962, Kampala was declared the capital and today Entebbe serves as the main gateway (Entebbe international airport) to Uganda and is home to the state house, the presidential office building of the president of Uganda.

Entebbe town lies on the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in the world. It is renowned for its beautiful beaches which are popular for recreation and fun with opportunities for swimming, boating, beach parties, sunbathing and water sports. There are lodges and resort hotels on the shores offering views of the lake and some provide private boat cruise services.

Entebbe is also home to the Uganda national zoo and lovely botanical gardens. A visit to these places is a delightful way to get up close with chimpanzees and see other wild animals such as elephants, giraffes, rhinos and big cats. The amazing islands of Ngamba a sanctuary for 49 chimps and the Sesse islands are easy to reach by ferry or boat. These islands are favorites for families and honeymooners.

Jinja Town

Jinja has become the adventure capital of East Africa ever since 1885 when John Speke a British explorer discovered the source of the Nile, the world’s longest river. The source of the Nile can be seen by a boat ride where you stand at a monument dedicated to Speke was built.

Jinja has incredible white water rafting opportunities on the White Nile with class 3 for amateurs and grade 5 rapids for those with experience. Jinja is located along the Victoria Nile, 1 hour drive from Kampala. Visitors can enjoy one day excursion since the trip begins at 07am, you expect to return back to Kampala in the evening. Those spending more days in Jinja; can enjoy a variety of outdoors such as kayaking, horseback riding, swimming and boat cruise.

The town has fascinating Indian architecture buildings, your guide can talk about the Asian history before they were expelled by President Idi Amin.

Kabale Town

Kabale is the largest a town in kigezi region south western Uganda best known for the mountain gorilla safaris. The town Kabale itself is cool and set between the Kigezi beautiful rolling highlands commonly referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa”

While most visitors on Uganda safari can make a quick stopover or pass through the town as they are heading to Bwindi for gorilla trekking, no one is going to give you trouble if you decide to stay in the town a day or two and make it a base for gorilla safaris and recreation activities like boat and canoe rides on Lakes Bunyonyi and Mutanda or climbing the Virunga volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

A Road Trip To Northern Uganda

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Apparently, most trips in Uganda have been heading to the western region because of being the main hub to famous habitations for the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga national parks.

Queen Elizabeth national park, the most visited park in Uganda, with the most diverse wildlife species summing to more than 75 mammal species is also found here. Besides wildlife, the western region is also a dwelling for the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountain ranges, the Crater Lake area and several other stunning features all enveloped in the pearl of Africa.

Yes, the western region is the most naturally gifted area and the best appropriate destination to go for a safari in Uganda, but even the eastern region has mountain Elgon, the Nile River with its source and several waterfalls, Nyero rock paintings, Sipi falls and many other attractions.

Likewise the central region accommodates Uganda’s capital with several features that a short city tour in Kampala will allow you explore some.

When it comes to the northern region, it is right to say that it’s the desolate part of Uganda. An area so untamed, less populated and rarely visited yet with amazing attractions that leave curious travelers shocked with the amusement they accord.

A road trip to northern Uganda takes you to various destinations but first it awards you with spectacular views of the beautiful landscape displaying on the sides of Luwero- Gulu road. Then hit the bridge that crosses the powerful Karuma falls. Note that on the way to the north, travelers can still have a short stop over at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for the white rhino tracking and then proceed. Simply the journey to northern Uganda, is another experience with in the trip.

A Uganda safari to the north guarantees travelers a visit to Murchison falls national park. The largest park in Uganda is part of the northern circuit and more than 70 mammal species dwell here. A game drive exposes you to buffaloes, elephants, lions, waterbucks, oribis, warthogs, Uganda kobs and many other species in no time.

This park is famously known for the most powerful waterfall; Murchison falls, that staged its forces here. Sights of the Nile water squeezing itself into a narrow gorge to explode into a waterfall are simply breathtaking. Have a boat cruise on Africa’s longest river and spot hippos, elephants, crocodiles and other wildlife species that mark the river banks during sunny afternoons to quench their thirst.

Kidepo valley national park is another substantial destination that any tour to northern Uganda won’t miss. Lying in the rugged, semi-arid valleys in north eastern Uganda, Kidepo is the most isolated national park. This only true African wilderness has unequaled spectacular beauty of its pristine wilderness and also the best place for game safaris in Uganda.

In just a few minutes of the game drive, you immediately start spotting some of the 80 mammal species that dwell here, ranging from cheetahs, lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants and many others. For bird watchers, Kidepo valley is a haven with more than 450 bird species.

Still don’t fail to hit some of the most unique cultures in Uganda. Meet the IK people and the Karamajong in northern Uganda. Their traditional performances will leave you astonished, and when it comes to their way of life, they are full time cattle keepers who live in local homesteads locally called Manyattas. The IK people are an endangered group of people living on top of the Murongole and a cultural safari here enables travelers to see the world through their eyes. A taste of the local cuisines of both groups is a guarantee except to the ones that don’t wish.

More to explore on a road trip to northern Uganda is Fort Patiko, a beauty that came out of slave trade in Uganda. This fort was built by Sir Samuel Baker as a military Fort to stop slave trade in Uganda. Today the place became a historical attraction to many visitors venturing northern Uganda.

For the great hikers, the northern region furnishes supreme hiking adventures in Uganda. Having been occupied with several hills and mountains like mountain Moroto, Mount Kadam and mount Murongole, this region is one the best places in Uganda that hikers can go.

Also tour the Pian upe and Mathenkio game reserves while on a Uganda road trip to the north. Doubtlessly, one would not be wrong to dub northern Uganda a desert of wonders, worth to explore.

 

Uganda to Host First Ever Gorilla Festival

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Finally, the first stone was laid on the long planned gorilla festival in Uganda. Mountain gorillas are the iconic tourism products of Uganda attracting the biggest number of tourists yet they have not been celebrated in any away. An act that could even further grab the attention of more travelers.

Earlier this year, the state minister of Tourism; Minister Godfrey Kiwanda unsealed the gorilla festival idea and scheduled to 6th to 8th of October this year at the base of the Virunga mountain ranges in Kisoro district.

Festivals being ultimate holidays furnishing lifetime experiences wrapped into a few days, with activities that open people’s minds through music, art, poetry and several performances, are a chief marketing tool in tourism creating awareness to both the locals and international travelers.

The Uganda gorilla festival is projected to be one of the best ways to tell the world that the country has the biggest number of gorillas in the world making it the prime destination for gorilla trekking safaris in Africa at the lowest possible rates.

On the report from Minister Kiwanda, the gorilla festival is to furnish great opportunities for all Ugandans especially the ones staying in the areas close to the gorilla homes to understand and appreciate the worth of conserving these critically endangered forest giants.

The festival is a three day full package of a series of different events and gorilla naming is one of them. This event is aimed at hyping the baby gorilla naming practice so as to increase the visibility of gorilla tours in Uganda across the world.

According to the Executive Director of the Uganda Tourism Board, an obliged body for marketing destination Uganda, Mr. Asimwe Stephen, “ The festival is not just about gorillas. It’s about the Batwa experience in Bwindi, the climbing lions, Mgahinga and Bwindi national parks, Mount Muhabura and Lake Bunyonyi.”

Another major activity to be done during the festival is cycling spear headed by Ultimate Cycling Uganda and Uganda Cycling Federation, to recognize it as the most environmental friendly means of transport as conserving the natural environment is the main goal for the whole nation to ensure sustainability of gorillas and other wildlife in Uganda.

Since the festival is to also include the locals in the tourism value chain, there is no better way to bring both the tourists and locals together other than cycling.

The festival will involve bamboo tree planting by every rider and well-wishers. The bamboo trees will benefit both the gorillas for feeding and the community for craft making, firewood, house construction and many others.

It is anticipated to gather together a big number of tour operators, both local and international, different dignitaries, and tourism organizations as well as the local people. Participants will be required to pay an admission fee of about 55 USD catering for transport from Kampala, activities and meals. For accommodation, attendees are to pay an extra fee.

Remember the Uganda gorilla festival is more of a bench mark from Rwanda’s annual gorilla naming ceremony dubbed Kwita-Izina that will be held in September this year. Kwita-Izina festival attracts more than 200000 both nationals and from across the world, almost one of the most celebrated festivals in Rwanda.

Uganda is a home to more than 450 mountain gorillas, and almost half of the world’s remaining population of these endangered apes dwell here. This presents lifetime experiences to travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda.

American Tourist Dies from Black Wasp Bites in Bwindi

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Black Wasps in Bwindi

A sudden death of an American Tourist has been reported in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Western Uganda after an accidental wasp bites.

The 65 years old American woman was stung by a swarm of black wasps (locally called Kalalankoma), one of the stinging insects in Uganda. The victim has been identified as Gloria Suemiller a resident of Oklahoma USA. She was stung by the black wasps on the morning of 24th /May /2018) at around 10:30 hours at Katonvi, Ruhija zone.

This lady was among a group of tourists who had gone gorilla trekking in the Ruhija Sector in Bwindi Impenetrable National park within Rubanda district. The victim plus seven others including the husband one White Gary Lynn 74 yrs came from Kigali Rwanda last evening and slept at Ruhija sector.

In the morning they decided to go to the park and the victim was the one in front of others with the park guides and rangers. According to the guides, a swarm of black wasps just attacked her at once in big numbers as as members of the group dispersed! The rest of the members escaped unhurt.

The Uganda Police was notified of the incident and visited the scene with the Police surgeon for postmortem. A case into her death has been reported at Ruhija police post with a case file SD 06/24/05/2018.

RIP Gloria! Death has many traps!

Top 4 Active Adventures To Do In Uganda

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Uganda is one of the finest East African destinations which is a renowned spot for adventure enthusiasts. With a myriad of mountains and hundreds of water bodies, water falls, destination is a one stop Center for adventure and exploration. Still not fully exploited, the pearl of Africa is a place to be for all your adventure needs.

  1. White water rafting in Jinja;
    Jinja is a remarkable spot for adventure, famously dubbed the “adventure capital of East Africa”, Jinja is home to a wide range of adrenaline filled activities, and one of the most thrilling is the Grade 5 rafting experience along the Nile.

    The River Nile section used for rafting is about 30km with rapids between 1 – 6, though the rafts can only achieve grade 1 up to grade 5. This stretch of the river is one of the most scenic and breathtaking with views of abundant wildlife, including a variety of bird species, monitor lizards, fish and local fishermen as they are casting nests on local nets.

    Full day Grade 5 rafting trip is the most popular and it is the best way to encounter the spills and thrills of these world famous Grade 5 rapids that most travelers crave for.

    Grade 1-2 are the first rapids which act as a nice warm up and builds robustness to encounter the other bigger rapids.
    Full Day Grade 3 on the other hand includes similar experiences as Grade 5 trip but just a lighter and mild ride makes a difference.

    This section of river Nile is equally beautiful and it is a stretch of up to 30 kilometers from source of the Nile, until it slows down climaxing the series of grade 5 rapids, creating a magnificent scenic ride for a more relaxed and leisurely trip.
    Relaxed and calm, the grade 3 rafting trip is ideal for families or groups who desire to experience the rapids on the Nile without flipping the raft.

    You can enjoy a meandering ride along this legendary river enjoying the thrilling splashes of water, safe pools for swimming, spotting birds and wildlife and viewing native fishermen casting their nets in traditional canoes.

  2. Bungee jumping: Leap over the source of the Nile with Uganda’s finest high jump in Jinja. At Bujagali, this site is by far one of the most spectacular bungee jumping sites in the world. Visitors have a wide range of options, including tandem jumps and water touches.jinja banji jumpingBungee jumping is just one of those adventure activities you may never find elsewhere in the world; jumping head upside down makes the heart pound uncontrollably as you bounce back and forth to release your anxiety.
    This insanely scary fun will test your instincts, but visitors appreciate it after this experience, because the safety and expertise of the crew is unquestionable.
  3. Hiking Rwenzori Mountains:
    hiking mountain rwenzoriUganda’s Rwenzori Mountains located in the south western corner shared with congo is an adventure world of its own. The famed “mountains of the moon, which is also home to the remote Rwenzori mountains national park raises to an altitude of 5,109m above sea level and presents some of the rarest adventure encounters in Africa and beyond.

    The towering Rwenzori Mountains, on the border between Uganda and D.R.Congo presents treks through stunning landscapes and varied montane vegetation and the views of Africa’s third-highest summit, which is one of the less explored peaks.
    Hiking Rwenzori ranges to its highest peak, margherita takes between 6-7 days and takes climbers through stunning nature and biodiverse mountain ecosystem.

    mountain rwenzori hikeMargherita Peak which is notably Africa’s third highest peak offers its real beauty in the climb up through Kilembe route, the valleys, forests and flora is diverse with trees and variety of ferns. The trees are populated with numerous bird species and primates and as you walk up the trails there are endless chances of viewing chimp nests in the tall trees. Lucky climbers may catch a glimpse of the resident chimpanzee as they scamper away.

    Climbing to the Margherita Peak is more of a hard scramble than a climb except for a few difficult moves across mountain terrain and during snow periods it becomes more difficult to navigate, however the rewards and exaltation of conquering the top is worth the efforts with clear views across Albert Peak to the DRC (Congo) then east across the spectra of the Rwenzori massif.

  4. The epic gorilla trekking experience in Uganda:
    In Uganda, gorilla trekking is done only in the spectacular parks of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. The parks are covered by dense canopy of trees, coupled with varied vegetation species, bird diversity but pre-dominantly apes, and heavy showers of rainfall that make this forest one of the impenetrable forests in the world.

    There are currently 36 Gorilla families in Uganda, particularly in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga national park. However, only eleven families are habituated and are open for trekking in Bwindi, while only one family has been habituated in Mgahinga national park.

    Mountain gorillas are rated as one of heavily endangered primates living in forested highlands of the Virunga mountain ranges. Hence a closer exposure to their natural habitat is every adventure lover’s dream.

    Uganda offers one of the finest gorilla safari experiences in East and central Africa, within Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks, and it is noted that over 75% of the visitors who travel to this country come for gorilla trekking / habituation safaris. The country is known to harbor more than half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, together with Rwanda and Congo as the only other countries with the these peculiar species in the world.

    The gorilla trekking experience is quite an adventurous activity that involves hiking and trotting down the marshy impenetrable slopes of Kigezi region to have a one on one encounter with these elusive gorilla species.

I Don’t like Bobi Wine – Bebe Cool

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Bebe Cool

Bebe Cool has continued to maintain his stand regarding his relation with fellow singer, Bobi Wine. During an interview on Capital FM recently, the singer revealed he doesn’t like Bobi Wine.

He revealed this after being questioned about his plans to support Bobi Wine in his endevours to contest for Kyadondo East parliamentary sit that recently fell vacant. Bebe Cool said whatever rumor that is being spread about him pledging support for Bobi Wine is completely false. He doesn’t like Bobi Wine.

Rumor about Bobi Wine contesting for a parliamentary seat took the media by storm. Some believe he can make a good politician where as some have gone ahead to discourage him from joining politics claiming he should stick to music.

As some of you think these two musicians will re-unite, this is something that looks so far from happening.

Eating These 5 Foods Will Make Your Buttocks Big

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Having big buttocks is something every woman would wish to have. It might not be too big but at least big enough to make you look attractive and sexy. Did you know that eating certain kinds of foods can help your buttocks grow bigger and bigger? It’s true.

New Health Advisor lists down some of the 5 foods you can eat to grow your buttocks. Maintaining these foods in your diet for quite sometime will do the magic.

1. Mixed Nuts

Nuts such as cashews, peanuts and almonds can pack as much as 135 calories per ounce. They give you a big dose of protein and healthy fats which can help increase the size of your buttocks.

2. Whole Wheat

Anything made of whole wheat is known for keeping you full longer, being healthier for your heart and the rest of your body, and adding on calories that actually work for you instead of being turned into sugars and fat, like most white flour products do.

3. Sweet Potatoes

Avoid rice or any dishes that are made with white flour, as they take longer to break down and end up being stored as fat. But sweet potatoes are known for ridding your stomach of fat. With the right exercises, you can deposit that extra weight.

4. Eggs

Again, here is a ton of protein, ready to make its way to your trunk! Remember to keep the servings to only two per day, since you don’t want to push up your cholesterol while you are busy building those buttocks muscles.

5. Veggies

As with any diet, these are essential for good health. They will benefit your whole body, not just your buttocks. Look for leafy green vegetables, cucumbers, tomatoes, berries and the like.

All You Need to Know About Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

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Mgahinga Silverback Gorillas

Around only 880 mountain gorilla still exist today. Although our closest living relatives, ironically, it is man that poses the greatest threat to their survival. For years gorillas have been ruthlessly hunted for their hands and heads, which are sold on as macabre souvenir ashtrays and lamp shades. Additionally, large numbers have been killed whilst trying to stop poachers stealing babies which are illegally sold on to zoos, where their survival rate is low. This has affected Uganda Safaris industry.

Of all African wildlife safaris, gorilla trekking is a wonderful experience, allowing you the opportunity to have a close encounter with these gentle giants of the jungle in their natural habitat. The trekking will take place either in Uganda, Rwanda or Democratic Republic of Congo – depending on local conditions and the availability of the gorilla permits. You need not feel that you are exploiting these animals by paying good money to go trek to see them in their natural habitat. In fact the ever-growing number of tourists keen to see the gorilla proves to be an important factor in their survival. The gorilla permit fees help to set up and finance patrols that are instrumental in protecting the gorillas from poachers and their lethal snares.

Gorilla Permit Costs

On our African overland safaris, gorilla trekking is an optional activity and the cost of the permit, transfer and local service fee is to be paid upon arrival. We also offer a 4 day Gorilla safari in Uganda and Rwanda, please note that on this trip the cost of the gorilla permit, transfer and service fee is included.

The cost and availability of gorilla permits varies by country and park and currently ranges from USD 400 – 1500. You will also need to budget for visa fees (costs vary), transfer and a local service fee (approx USD 30 – 100) and to renew your Ugandan or Kenyan visa upon re-entry should we have to go to Rwanda or DR Congo. The government often increases the permit and transfer costs without notice, so we ask that you budget for the highest amount, so that you don’t suddenly have to find additional money to partake in this wonderful experience. We recommend you budget a total of USD 1200 for a 3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari.

The reason that the permits are so costly is because each park only issues 10 permits per gorilla family per day, to ensure that the gorilla’s exposure to humans is limited. 100% of the gorilla permit cost is used by the government to continue in the excellent work they do in protecting and promoting these wonderful animals.

Tours companies are not in control of the price of gorilla permits and therefore cannot be held responsible for any increase in fees. If the political situation in this region should change, there is the chance that the itinerary would be amended and an alternative scenario advised prior to departure if possible.

Trekking to see the Gorillas

The trek starts in the early morning and after border formalities you are transferred to a ranger’s station where the trek commences. Your rangers will lead you through the cultivated lands and then into the dense rain forest and as close as is allowed to a gorilla family. The rangers monitor the gorillas on a daily basis and have a fairly good idea of where they are. However, they are free roaming animals, and their sighting cannot be guaranteed. Trekking can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 8 hours and it can be quite strenuous, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

To ensure the gorillas do not get too used to the presence of humans and because they share many of our genes (and are therefore able to catch our diseases), the maximum time permitted to spend with them is 1 hour. You will have plenty of time to watch their activity and to take photographs. The rangers will be able to provide you with a background to the family you are visiting. Once your hour is up, you trek back out of the rain forest to your meeting point. Clients considering joining this trip should realise the demands and unpredictability of the areas visited. These factors may contribute toward restricting or delaying our trip and viewing of the gorillas. Often, the trek through thick, dense jungle can be somewhat strenuous and due to the nature of the gorillas and their habits, viewing cannot be guaranteed.

IMPORTANT: Although the groups of gorilla that are sought out on our jungle trek have been habituated, they have not been tamed and their behaviour is not demonstrably different from that of non-habituated groups. Nobody forces them to stay with us for the allotted hour, and they can fade into the forest as you appear, if they wish to do so. Further, as gorillas are EXTREMELY sensitive to human disease, the park authorities will not allow anyone they consider to be in poor health to visit the gorilla groups. Additionally, no children under 16 years of age are permitted to visit.

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