Although this post is about top things to do in Murchison Falls National Park, allow me to start off by giving you a summary guide of Uganda – “The Pearl of Africa.”

Uganda is a safe, small country with a perpetually springlike climate but it packs a lot in for its size. It is a real treat when it comes to African travel.

Ten national parks protect over half of the world’s mountain gorillas, along with chimpanzees, rare golden monkeys and a classic safari checklist including leopards, lions, elephants, and hippos. Over 1,000 species of birds – more than 10 percent of all the world’s species – inhabit its mountains, forests, wetlands and the shores of Lake Victoria, the disputed source of the Nile. The rugged ‘Mountains of the Moon’ include Africa’s third highest peak, complete with equatorial snow.

The park is located in the northwestern part of the country about 305 km from Kampala hence approximately a 4 hours drive by road.

Uganda remains very much a tribal nation, and as you travel around this compact country, the music, dance and dress code change almost by the hour – there are over 40 recognized languages.

Why Murchison Falls National Park

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International singer Kanye West and his reality TV show celebrity, Kim Kadashian, along with their child at Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Murchison Falls NP is Uganda’s largest national park and also its oldest conservation area. For more than a century it has been visited by British royals (the Queen Mother was a particular fan), Ernest Hemingway (whose survived a plane crash here) and President Theodore Roosevelt (who slaughtered almost 5,000 animals on possibly the most expensive hunting safari of all time). Winston Churchill also visited the park, which may have been what led him to declare Uganda the ‘Pearl of Africa’, and today’s visitors can still see the ruins of former President Idi Amin’s lavish hideaway – stone walls that stand guard, hauntingly, over the savannah.

The park is bisected by the River Nile, which picks up momentum as it crashes over rocks until it reaches its dramatic crescendo – jamming itself through an 8m-wide gap in the stone to create the magnificent waterfall that gives the park its name. From here, the waters widen into a smooth, even flow. Here is where you can board a boat cruise that takes up this lower stretch of the river past huge herds of grazing buffalo and elephants, while storks and crocs jostle for space at the water’s edge.

Within the park, you’re likely to encounter elephants, giraffes, buffalos, baboons, warthogs, and Nile crocodiles – and with a Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger in your vehicle, you have a decent chance of spotting lions, too, and perhaps the odd jackal. Amongst the park’s more unusual species are the red hartebeest, with their long flat faces, and the shoebill stork – one of the birding world’s most sought after species.

With the intro out of the way, let’s delve into the 6 things to do at Murchison Falls National Park

1. Visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa rhino sanctuary. things to do in Murchison falls national park Uganda

Ziwa rhino sanctuary is not in Murchison but en route Murchison FNP.  It is just off the main road between Kampala and Murchison Falls National Park; most tours stop here en route. Ziwa shelters Uganda’s only population of white rhinos, which became extinct here in the wild in 1983 following extensive hunting and poaching. Through careful breeding programs, the number of rhinos at Ziwa has grown to almost 20. White rhinos are not aggressive and have very poor eyesight, so you can track them on foot – if you’re lucky, you’ll get heart-poundingly close. Your entry fee supports these endangered animals, plus the other species in the sanctuary, including bushbucks, hartebeest, and monkeys.

2. Visit Murchison Falls and go for the Nile cruises

thins to do in Murchison falls NP boat cruiseEvery single tour package to Murchison includes a tour to Murchison falls themselves, usually via a three-hour river cruise departing from Paraa Lodge and taking you a short distance from the base of the waterfall. Expect to see the rainbows cast by the spray, but far enough away to stay dry. The journey itself reveals the park’s magnificent wildlife, which is drawn to the river to eat, drink and fish. This is one of Uganda’s most relaxing and magical wildlife encounters.
You could also go for a hike to the top of the falls. It’s a 45-minute scramble through the forest up to the viewpoint at the top. The waterfall itself is pretty much obscured from view due to the huge amount of spray – but the roar and the rush of white water leaves you in no doubt that you are in the presence of a particularly powerful cascade.

3. Gorilla tracking

things to do in Murchison falls NP Budongo forest gorilla trackingYou are probably wondering when gorillas shifted to Murchison falls but relax! Gorilla tracking will be done in the mahogany forest of Budongo, just south of Murchison falls NP.

Budongo forest shelters over 600 chimpanzees, and you can track one of three habituated groups alongside Uganda Wildlife Authority guides. There is an excellent network of trails, so this is a much easier trek than tracking gorillas in Bwindi. However, chimps are much more active, so you could be in for a long – and possibly speedy – walk, and ‘offroading’ may be required.

4. Murchison Falls National Park Game drives

Begin the day with breakfast and set off for an early game drive that will leave you thrilled with amazing savannah plains and wildlife species such as warthogs, lions, leopards, giraffes, hyenas, Uganda kobs among others. Murchison falls is a home to different wildlife species; over 76 mammal and 451 bird species including the Buffaloes, Jackson hartebeests, Antelopes, Lions, Kobs, Giraffes, Hyenas, Bushbucks, and Warthogs among others. They are widely spread all over the Savannah grasslands, grazing or hunting for prey. This makes the park’s landscape so amazing for game viewing/game driving.

5. Bird Watching (Birding at Murchison Falls NP)

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A few of the most sought after bird species at Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison falls is among Uganda’s best birding spots. The park’s impressive checklist contains more than 451 bird species in total including; Albertine rift endemic birds, water birds, and savannah birds. Viewing birds and raptors in the scenic landscape and amazing wildlife of Murchison is among the most interesting experiences while on a Ugandan safari.

There are very many birds in the park of which some are rare, common, and occasional such as the Gray-crowned crane(Uganda’s National bird), Giant Kingfisher, Giant Heron, Shoebill stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Nightjars, Marabou stork, Black-headed Lapwing, Black-bellied Bustard among others.

Birds in Murchison can be best spotted while on a game drive, nature walks through the savannah grasslands and on the boat cruise along the Nile and on Lake Albert Delta.

 

East Africa is home to the Big 5, the mighty wildebeest migrations between Serengeti and Masai Mara, white sand beaches, rich nightlife, and an overwhelming cultural experience. But that’s just a drop in the ocean compared to what East Africa has to offer tourists. Let’s whet your travel appetite with our comprehensive list of the top 10 activities to do in East Africa.

Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania have been rated top tourist destinations on several occasions consecutively by some of the world’s top travel guides like CNN Travel, Lonely Planet, Safari Bookings, and others.

This is surely a signal that this can’t just be hype but a sincere observation from different tour bloggers and specialists. And this isn’t just because East Africa is a haven to the world’s most endangered species or the biggest number of the Big 5. But it’s because East Africa has tourism treasure that is still hidden and hasn’t been discovered by most tourists yet. In fact, we are confident in saying: there will always be something new to discover in East Africa – even by tourism nomads.

East Africa’s tourism sector hasn’t yet been developed. In fact, most of her governments are just waking to develop the tourism sector after realizing it’s potential from tourism developed countries like South Africa. This, therefore, gives tourists visiting East Africa an opportunity to experience first-hand discoveries as they happen.

Here are the top 8 activities to do in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and the rest of the East African region

We’ll start off this list with activities that most travel agencies ignore – but we feel are a more representation of what East Africa truly is. However, these activities are in no particular order of importance. Plus, they can be arranged in any East African country of your choice.

Let’s dive right into it;

1. Attend an African customary wedding – Any of the E. African countries

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Tourists wearing gomesi (Buganda traditional attire) attend the Kabaka’s (King of Buganda) 26th ceremony. Photo by Bukedde

Tanzania has about 120 tribes and 125 ethnic groups, Uganda has about 56 tribes, Kenya has 44 and Rwanda (with the smallest population) has 3. That makes a total of  223 different tribes – and we haven’t included Burundi, S.Sudan and DR. Congo.

However, you have to understand that each tribe has different cultural and marriage norms: each has different music, attire, food, and so much more.

Africa is a haven for culture and cultural African weddings are action-packed with various cultural practices and norms. If you want to experience culture first hand, a wedding could be your first and last stop. From food to clothes, gifts, dance, and various cultural activities, you will be blown away by what constitutes a true African wedding.

2. Prepare a local meal- Any of the E. African countries

Get your apron on and immerse your taste buds in an endless taste fest of over 2300 different East African dishes and recipes. But you actually, won’t just be tasting, you will be getting your hands wet and busy preparing the dishes yourself. But first, you’ll have to wake up early in the morning, head to a local market and shop the foods you’ll be preparing.

As I mentioned above, only 4 of the 10 East African countries make a total of 223 tribes and each tribe has about 5 traditional foods that are prepared differently from the other. Sample local flavors and take home new skills with hands-on cooking classes by local culinary experts.

3. Experience East African towns and slums as a local –

Any of the E. African countries

A locally born guide takes you on a day tour around a town they’ve grown up from. This is one of the most important tours tourists visiting any country should take on because it is a knowledge hub into that country’s history and present. See a country through history and culture,  music, dance, and interactions with the locals.

4. Coffee: From seedling to roasting and to your cup –

Any of the E. African countries

Coffee, the world’s most loved drink, was first discovered in East Africa– Ethiopia in particular. And although Ethiopia has a rich coffee history, Uganda and Kenya also grow and export millions of tones of coffee. In fact, Uganda is the 8th biggest coffee grower worldwide (Uganda produced 634,931,000 pounds of coffee in 2016.)

tour coffee production in Uganda Kibale Africa

While Uganda may not come to mind when you think of coffee production, it is Africa’s second-biggest coffee grower next to Ethiopia. Between 2017-2018, Uganda produced 288,000 metric tons produced in 2016 with an increase of 2.5% was reported in 2017.

It moved past Mexico in 2015 to become the world’s 8th largest producer of coffee. The nation grows both Robusta beans – a crop native to the Kibale forest area – as well as Arabica beans from nearby Ethiopia. Coffee is a vital part of the Ugandan economy, with a large portion of the population working in coffee-related industries. The Ugandan Coffee authorities estimate that over 500,000 Ugandans depend on coffee for their livelihood.

Spend a day with a coffee farmer and processor and experience every detail that goes into coffee planting and processing – discover what it takes to make a cup of coffee as you journey through the scenic views the coffee farm has to offer. From the seedling bed to the fermentation tanks, drying beds, the mill, the roasting of the coffee beans, and to the first sip as you learn the long history of coffee in East Africa.

5. Rafting at the source of River Nile (The disputed word’s longest river) – Uganda

rafting at the source of the NileUp until this point, you’ve been lazing around but that’s now behind us! Now it’s time to physical and sweaty!

And today, your adrenaline levels will shoot up as you fight against the rugged waters of the mighty Nile – or other various rivers that East Africa is blessed with.

This activity isn’t just about rafting because prior to that, you will have visited the source of the Nile town, Jinja- an adventurous town; the Speke Monument – a pillar commemorating where the British explorer first laid claim to the historic source of the Nile in 1858; you’ll go bungee jumping, Kayaking, boat riding as well as fishing – catch a live fish and cook it.

6. Meet the endangered mountain gorillas – Uganda and Rwanda

Next, is a close up with these endangered primate cousins whose DNA is 98% similar to humans. Mountain gorillas -Once on the verge of extinction, their survival is one of Africa’s greatest conservation success stories. – can only be found in 3 countries: Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. Mountain gorillas habitats are divided into 2 groups.

tourist photograph a gorilla at Bwindi wildlife safari for gorilla trekking in Africa Uganda

One population lives in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and the other in the Virunga Mountains in three adjacent national parks, namely Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo

However, the biggest number is found in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park and it provides a fascinating insight into one of the world’s most endangered animals.

Bwindi is called the Impenetrable Forest for good reason: a dense smoky jungle spanning 321 sq km with tangled vines and vegetation sprawled across steep muddy terrain.

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The thick smoky Bwindi forest is a perfect habitat for the mountain gorillas

Only eight people are allowed to track each gorilla family, staying for just one single hour in their presence. Rules also state that visitors should never proceed to within 7m of the giant apes, but occasionally the gorillas will cross the line and approach you to almost stroking distance. However, they are not dangerous unless provoked.

Uganda’s gorilla permits go for $600 per person while those of Rwanda cost $1500 per person per hour. Uganda offers an even exciting deal where one can get 4 hours of gorilla tracking at $1500 (The Gorilla Habituation Experience).

7. Follow millions of wildebeests migrate between The Serengeti and Masai Mara, along with their predators – Tanzania and Kenya

a leopard catches a bufallo during a wildbeest migration in Serengei and Masai MaraThe wildebeest migration is the peak of a safari experience. There’s nothing as spectacular as watching millions of huge wild animals run in unison from one area to another in search of food and water. But it’s not just the wildebeest migrating, they are also accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland, and impala. And this precisely means predators are following along. This treacherous 3000-kilometer journey is dictated by the seasons and where the rains are, the wildebeest are not far behind.

Particularly, a documented rivalry of 3 different prides of lions that have fiercely fought for the control and right to the wildebeest herds for decades. And it’s not just the lions that follow the herds: leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and others are following along.

8. Ngorongoro Crater – Tanzania

There are few places that have wildlife densities and variety on this level. It is not unusual to see the Big Five in one day in Ngorongoro. Additionally, Ngorongoro has the following advantages; wildlife viewing all year round, the Black rhino is easily seen, Excellent mid-range and luxury lodges on the crater rim – although more crowded and expensive, Cultural visit to a Masai village.

If you want any of these experiences or want a package that offers all the activities, get in touch with us by email or telephone.

The latest episode of The Amazing Race has been named one of the best so far. It took place in Uganda, the pearl of Africa.

The Amazing Race is an American reality competition show that is viewed by an average of 10 million people every season. It is a show in which typically eleven teams of two race around the world. The race is generally split into twelve legs, with each leg requiring teams to deduce clues, navigate themselves in foreign areas, interact with locals, perform physical and mental challenges, and vie for airplane, boat, taxi, and other public transportation options on a limited budget provided by the show.

Teams are progressively eliminated at the end of most legs, while the first team to arrive at the end of the final leg wins the grand prize of US$1 million. Since the original version of the Amazing Race franchise, the CBS program has been running since 2001. Numerous international versions have been developed following the same core structure, while the U.S. version is also broadcast to several other markets. The most recent season, season 31, which was filmed in 2018, premiered on April 17, 2019.

It is The Amazing Race 31 and episode six, that had contestants exploring the beauty of The Pearl of Africa, Uganda, as they raced through a few of Uganda’s top tourist sights. The contestants would be flying in from Dubai to Entebbe Airport following their previous episode.

The arrival of the Amazing Race in Uganda

On arrival, the contestants dashed through Entebbe airport and headed for the Uganda National Mosque where they would get their first clue.

At the National mosque, they would dress in Islam wear to gain access to the mosque and climb a tall tower (minaret), counting the number of steps along the way.

The 50.5-meter

The front view of the National Mosque (popularly known as the Gadaffi mosque)

Minaret, who’s top gives tourists a 360-degree view of Kampala (Uganda’s capital city) turned out to be a bigger challenge than contestants had anticipated. The challenge was to count the number of steps on climbs to reach the top of the minaret but instructions stated that some steps had been left out by the organizers. Although it takes 340 steps to get atop the Minaret, contestants were supposed to count 272 steps to get the clue to the next challenge. Many indeed failed. Recounted the steps up to 3 times.

Who wants a Rolex

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A photoshopped photo of Trevor Noah, host of a popular American TV show, The Daily Show

This was the first roadblock- and the most exciting. Titled “Who Wants a Rolex?” contestants were supposed to rush from the National Mosque, head over to Owino market (Uganda’s biggest and busiest market) from where they would find instructions to the next roadblock – which included shopping for ingredients and preparing a Ugandan local snack called Rolex.

Unlike what most contestants thought – a Rolex is a watch, they were astonished to discover that a Rolex is a popular food item in Uganda, combining an egg omelet and veggies wrapped in a chapati.

Enough of the text now, here is the video.

 

 

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Gorillas are the largest living primates. The DNA of gorillas is highly similar to that of humans, from 95 to 99% depending on what is included, and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after the chimpanzees and bonobos.

Gorillas are also very intelligent animals. A few individuals in captivity have been taught a subset of sign language and many researchers have reported that they also use tools in their daily lives. Additionally, gorillas can laugh, grieve, have emotional lives, develop strong family bonds, make and use tools, and think about the past and future. They have been shown to have cultures in different areas revolving around different methods of food preparation and will show individual color preferences. Researchers have gone as far as speculating that gorillas even have religious sentiments.

The total population of these magnificent mammals is estimated to be 1,004 individuals in two populations as of 2018. One population lives in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and the other in the Virunga Mountains in three adjacent national parks, namely Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mountain gorilla trekking is one is the most unique wildlife adventures, offering trackers a chance to hike so close – at just 7 meters to the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and if you get lucky, a gorilla might walk up to you and touch you- out of curiosity or in a playful manner.

However, the adventure to meet up close with these human-like creatures doesn’t come cheap! Gorilla permits come expensive but absolutely worth the experience as the revenue collected from gorilla permits directly contributes to mountain gorilla conservation.

A gorilla permit in Rwanda today goes for $1500 Per Person per hour- whether citizen or non-citizen, while Uganda’s gorilla permit goes for $600 for one hour – Rwanda recently doubled their gorilla permit fee from $600 to $1500 in 2017 but Uganda maintained the permit at $600.

Uganda also offers a gorilla habituation experience which goes up to 8 hours with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi national park at $1500 Per person.

Regardless of your destination, Gorilla tracking is still expensive, but worry not, we have gathered a few tips to help you save up to 50% on your gorilla trekking package.

Start at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

From the subsequent paragraphs, it is no brainer that Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers you a richer experience at a lower cost. In Uganda, a gorilla tracking permit goes for $600 per hour while that of Rwanda costs $1500 per person per hour. In fact, you could use the $1500 you would have used in Rwanda to buy Uganda’s gorilla habituation experience which goes up to 8 hours with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi national park. Giving you an opportunity to have immersion experience with these powerful creatures.

Additionally, 600 of living mountain gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable NP. The remaining population of mountain gorillas is found in the 3 national parks within the Virunga Mountains, that is, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Virunga National Park in DR Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.

Book in the rainy low season to get discount rates

If you can persevere the dumb rainy season which usually begins in April to May and October to December, then you can save over $100.
During this low business season, Uganda used to discount Uganda gorilla permit up to $450 per person BUT in 2019, Uganda discontinued offering discounts, citing the increased number of gorilla trackers since their competitor, Rwanda, had doubled their permit fee. Instead, you can save through accommodations and transportation from lodges and travel agencies during this low business season. Like Uganda, Rwanda does not offer discounts on their gorilla permits but still, their lodges offer discounts during rainy seasons.

Book as a group

Joining a group of travelers means the costs such as driver, guide, fuel, and transfer are shared. If you are traveling in groups, you have more bargaining power and you will surely save more money. If you are a solo traveler, look out for a travel company that organizes group tours and join them for a gorilla safari.

Seek discounts on from airlines to travel agent umbrella

You could save a lot of money if you are willing to put in the effort. Consult tour companies, airlines and travel agent’s umbrella bodies such as the association of Uganda tour operators in Uganda, Kenya association travel agents or Rwanda tours and travel association.
Alternatively, some of the luxury high-end lodges tend to offer discounts or give free nights when you stay for more than 2 nights. Saving you money on accommodation.

Book from individual travel agency websites

Travel agency listing websites and umbrella bodies are a secure way to book your tours but that always comes at a hefty price. Most of them charge tour agencies up to twenty percent on every booking you make through their website. That extra cost is eventually extended to you as travel agencies add to the cost of their packages. For example, a safari package that costs $1900 on a travel agent’s website will most likely cost $2200 on safaribookings.com or Tripadvisor.

We understand how hard it is to trust individual travel agencies, especially if you have never worked with them. In fact, it is risky simply transferring money to them without doing due diligence. However, there is a way around this; A trustworthy and credible travel agency should be fully registered with their country’s tourism body and should have a valid business license. Before you pay them, ensure to ask for this information and ask them to defend it. Additionally, email or call their respective authorized agency bodies to confirm if this agency is authentic and authorized to operate.

 

Book your gorilla permit early at least 4-6 months in advance

In Uganda Mountain Gorillas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. In these areas, tracking takes place at 5 locations Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo in BINP and Ntebeko in MGNP. All locations combined give a total of over 18 Gorilla groups, however, the permit number is limited because only 8 people are allowed to visit a gorilla family per day for only one hour.

This means the availability of gorilla permits is very regardless of which country you choose. Booking early ensures you secure your gorilla tracking permit and is a secure way to avoid a sudden increase in accommodation and package prices.

In addition, operators take time to arrange every particular of your gorilla safari such as visas, air tickets, and yellow fever cards. With assurance, you can book online, decide a gorilla destination, make payments and get instant confirmations.

Go for a self-drive tour

Self-driving on your gorilla safari is a better way to save on transport costs. For instance, you’ll not have to pay for a driver or guide. Additionally, you can travel and enjoy your tour on your terms: You’re able to determine how long or little you can stay at places or attractions. However, this a self-drive tour is not ideal for a novice tourist as you should be well versed with route maps and the destination to avoid getting lost and for security reasons.

We hope this short post helps you save a few bucks on your gorilla tracking expedition. If you need any help or want us to plan your entire safari and or gorilla trekking trip, don’t hesitate to contact us on +256 750 212 865/ +256 772 212 865 or email at tripletee18@gmail.com

Mountain Gorillas are the largest primates in the world and the remaining number of them is found in central and East Africa; thanks to the conservation parties that have ensured safety and protection of these species. There are three countries in the world where you will have the time of your life trekking these endangered mountain gorillas.

First and foremost, you will not find gorillas in zoos, as they do not survive captivity for long. The 3 countries where you can trek gorillas are; Uganda, Rwanda and Dr. Congo.

However, we are leaving out Congo for now as it isn’t safe for tourist let alone its own citizens- most of whom have fled to Uganda due to civil wars in their homeland.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Uganda is one of Africa’s top destinations to watch gorillas. They can be tracked in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and also Mgahinga Gorilla National Park; both these are found in the southwestern part of Uganda. Mgahinga Park lies in the Virunga Massif which also is shared by the parks in DR Congo and Rwanda.

There are 4gorilla sectors in Bwindi; Rushaga, Ruhijja, Buhoma, and Nkuringo they are well habituated and open for tourism; Mgahinga has one habituated group known as Nyakagezi. Every group allows only 8 individuals to trek per day.

The cost of a Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda

The cost of Uganda gorilla permits varies depending on one’s nationality. A single gorilla permit to Bwindi/Mgahinga costs $600 for foreign non-residents, $500 for foreign residents and 250,000shs (about $68) for East African residents. All permits are bought directly from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) or through Gorilla Trek Africa.

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

This is where gorilla trekking is so straight-forward since the gorillas are trekked in Volcanoes National Park which is located about 80km away from Kigali International Airport which is approximately a 2hours drive. During your visit to Rwanda for Gorilla trekking, you will pay respect at Dian Fossey’s grave one of the great conservationists of these giants. Along this place are many birds and monkeys with great and stunning views of the landscape.

Cost of gorilla permits in Rwanda

A single gorilla permit in Rwanda costs $1500 per person regardless of one’s nationality. The Rwanda gorilla permits are bought from Rwanda Tourism Board or through Gorilla Trek Africa Limited. However, this price was recently doubled down from $750 to $1,500 (£572 to £1,144) in 2017.

So which is the best country for gorilla trekking

Bwindi impenetrable national park is home to more than half of the global population of mountain gorillas. Estimates show that there are about 1000 mountain gorillas in the world and about 600 of them are found in Bwindi impenetrable NP. The remaining population of mountain gorillas is found in the 3 national parks within the Virunga Mountains, that is, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Virunga National Park in DR Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.

With those numbers and the gorilla trekking permit cost for each of the countries, it is now safe to say that Uganda is the best country for gorilla trekking. And although Rwanda markets itself as the deluxe Gorilla Tracking Country, Uganda beats it by price, value and numbers.

But we are not the only ones who have come to this conclusion; Travel companies and big corporation such as National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet, CNN Travel, Fodor’s Travel, Telegraph Newspaper and a few other international travel resources agree too.

Uganda is the only Country with two Mountain Gorilla Park, Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with 4 Trailheads, It offers an authentic trekking experience for both the Budget to Luxury Traveler. There is no central Gorilla Trekking point, there are four, which means decentralized lodging and support facilities and has more of that Wilderness Feel to it.

 

Uganda was not accidentally named the pearl of Africa. The person who named her so [Winston Churchill in his 1908 Book entitled “My African Journey”] wasn’t only impressed by Uganda’s wildlife but also he was amazed by her beauty, her natural wonders, and her people.

That goes to show that as a tourist or visitor in Uganda, the adventure starts right where you are: whether in your hotel or apartment. There is more to see and experience than just popularized wildlife.

Uganda is always bustling with activities all throughout the year and with a good and favorable climate, you have an endless option of activities to enjoy in this vibrant welcoming country.

In this post, we give you a list of 13 cultural experiences you can enjoy that are cheap and non- safari. If you are on a tight budget or short of time, you can spare an hour or an entire day and immerse yourself in the unforgettable Uganda cultural experiences below.

Some of the activities are not entirely cultural but they bring you in contact with very many locals and their everyday lifestyle. Giving you an opportunity to experience Uganda as a local at a very low cost.

1. Kampala City Tour

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Downtown Kampala

Whether you are traveling to Uganda for a safari or business trip, it is important to learn a thing or two about Uganda’s capital, Kampala. Gain an intimate overview of vibrant Kampala on a walking tour led by a local, ideal for first-time visitors to the Ugandan capital.

This 6 hour Kampala tour offers you an opportunity to see the highlights of Uganda’s Capital city on your tour in Uganda. This Kampala city walk tour gives you a glimpse of Uganda cultural sites, Religious structures, Historical monuments, markets like Nakasero and Owino, administrative buildings, transportation modes, general infrastructural set up, meals, hotels, and academic centers as well as the religious, political and economic history of the pearl of Africa-Uganda.

2. Kampala city tour & Food tasting

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Rolex: Ugandan food that has featured in CNN and other international media as “Africa’s must be foods”

Kampala is alive and rich in food! Uganda has about 56 tribes, and each tribe has a special cultural meal that differentiates them from the rest. This tour is for the open-minded and adventurous foodie who has a hearty appetite. It combines a walk on the busy streets of central Kampala where we learn about and taste the traditional foods of Uganda as we learn about the uniqueness of Kampala. Along the way, tourists sample a variety of food, snacks, and drinks as they are guided around the city. Our tour guide will share stories and information about traditional Ugandan foods while taking you around to local restaurants and street food stands to taste a variety of foods. This tour involves some amount of walking along the bustling streets to areas not normally visited by tourists. We will visit crowded places such as the market and take in a view of the organized chaos of the taxi park.

3. Prepare a Ugandan meal

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A Ugandan signature meal -“luwombo.” It is chicken sealed in banana leaves and steamed.

This starts off at an agreed point and together with the guide, you proceed to the local market to buy the fresh produce where you will be able to interact with the local vendors. Then we will head to guide’s home, where you will enjoy a home-cooked authentic Ugandan meal let alone learning how to make it. Experience how the locals eat and entertain every day in the privacy of a home. Enjoy your meal privately with family, friends, and travelers from all over the world in a peaceful, tranquil environment and experience Ugandan hospitality like never before. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as we show you step by step how to cook the food we will love so much. Learn the secrets and techniques of cooking an authentic Ugandan meal.

4. Attend a Ugandan wedding

Ugandan weddings are so popular they were even featured on BBC’s Power and Money program. If you are a tourist interested in the Ugandan experience, step into the shoes of a Ugandan wedding guest. In Uganda, every couple has to carry out two separate wedding ceremonies: Traditional (customary marriage) and the “white” wedding (religious wedding), and for each of the two, the couple can get extremely lavish in the quest to out-do the friend or neighbor or show off their wealth.

tourists in gomesi in a Ugandan cultural tour experience
Tourists wearing gomesi (Buganda traditional attire) attend the Kabaka’s (King of Buganda) 26th ceremony. Photo by Bukedde

However, couples don’t just go an extra mile to only show off their wealth, their other aim is to ensure that their guests are fully entertained and that the experience they get at this couple’s wedding will be unforgettable in their guests’ mind.

Enjoy the pomp, color, and excitement of a Ugandan wedding, with this immersive experience. You will not just be observing the goings-on but will participate by dressing the part, carrying gifts and much more. Enjoy the sumptuous traditional meals that these events are famous for. We provide a local experience guide that also helps translate the local language in which the event is conducted, so you do not miss a thing. With over 52 tribes in Uganda, there is a variety in marriage traditions, customs, and practices. Prepare to get blown away by this extravagant cultural experience that can last up to 10 hours.

5. Uganda Martyrs Shrine

best places to tour in Kampala Uganda, Uganda martyrs NamugongoUganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo is a religious and cultural site in Uganda that draws many travelers from Africa and all over the world to tour it.

The Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo is the place where a total of 32 young Ugandan Christian converts were martyred on denial to condemn the new religion by then (Christianity) which was spreading very fast in Uganda. This annoyed the Kabaka of Buganda by then King (Kabaka Mwanga II,) and he ordered his loyalties to execute the 32 young men who refused to denounce their religion.

It is, therefore, a memorial ground for the Uganda Martyrs who were killed for their belief in Christ, this place has been regarded as the holiest place in Uganda. We highly recommend it. Quite an easy place to locate. The people there are very welcoming and hospitable. You will be marveled by the weather and green cover around this place of history. It’s beautiful. Well preserved memories indeed.

6. Source of the Nile (River Nile)

a tourist bungee jumping during a Jinja source of the Nile tour

The Nile is the longest river in Africa and the disputed longest river in the world (Brazilian government claims that the Amazon River is longer than the Nile). The Nile’s drainage basin covers eleven countries, namely, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Republic of the Sudan and Egypt.

With such status, the source of the Nile ought to be to on your Ugandan trip bucket-list. A day trip to Jinja gives you a fix of adventure and sightseeing without requiring a large time investment. During this trip, you will tour Jinja tour (the town in bordering the source of the Nile), Sezibwa Falls, Mabira Forest, Owen Falls Dam, and more. This tour includes all transportation, a riverboat cruise, lunch, and entrance fees.

7. Lubiri Palace and Kasubi royal tombs

Buganda's king palaceLubiri Palace is the official home of the King of Buganda (Uganda’s largest tribal group and the region from which the country gets its name). Learn the history of this proud culture and how it is intertwined with Uganda’s colonial past as well as Uganda’s first few years as a nation. Thereafter tour Kasubi tombs, where Buganda’s kings are buried.

8. Uganda Museum

Uganda museum monumentThe Uganda Museum is one if not the only Museum in Uganda. At the museum, you can not miss seeing books on the history of leadership in Uganda, the culture, rich heritage and history of Uganda and East Africa. It is perhaps one of the sites you need to visit`

9. Gaddafi National Mosque

Gadaffi mosque tour
Gadaffi mosque

Famously known as the “Gaddafi Mosque” The Colorful structure with its magnificent features of Art was built and designed based on a mixture of Cultures of Arab, European, and an African Touch. Built on Old Kampala Hill, which is One of Kampala City’s Seven Hills. It can also be viewed from all Corners of Kampala and one cannot go without a glimpse of it. The Mosque is open to all people regardless of their Creeds, Political affiliations, Ethnic backgrounds, Cultures, and Nationalities. Gaddafi mosque also houses the Headquarters of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council which is the National Faith-Based Umbrella Organization for all Muslims, their Organizations and Institutions in Uganda.

The Mosque Complex consists of a Large Mosque Hall that can accommodate over 35,000 People. This makes it one of the biggest Mosque in East, Central, and Sub-Saharan Africa. On arrival, report to the Tourism Information Office desk. Where you are required to pay your Entrance Fees, Ladies will be veiled as per the Islamic custom. This is a Guided Tour; hence you will be introduced to your guide who will take you around and Inside the Mosque to enjoy an Ambience of its exterior and interior. On entering the Mosque Main hall, enjoy its Architectural designs. Climbing the Tower / Minaret gives you the best view of Kampala City at 360 degrees with its original surrounding Seven Hills. The Mosque also stands on the Original Spot where British first hoisted their Flag which signified Uganda as British Colony.

Learn the history of Islam in Uganda and gaze on the architectural marvel that is East Africa’s biggest mosque. Hear the theories why the ex Libyan leader, Muammar Gadaffi donated the funds to build this mosque.

10. Baha’i Temple

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Bahai temple, the only one in Africa.

The Ugandan Baha’i temple is the only one found in Africa and Uganda is among the only 8 countries housing a Bahai Temple. Built in 1962, this temple is a true masterpiece of architecture:  The Bahai faith is a phenomenon of its own. Founded over a century and a half ago, the Bahai faith is one of the fastest-growing beliefs/ religions of the world. With more than five million believers residing in over 124,000 localities, the Bahá’í Faith is established in 204 countries across the planet.

11. Roast, drink and Learn everything about coffee

coffee tour for roast and make coffee
Coffee tea and dried coffee beans

Uganda is one of the world’s major Robusta producers. Some Arabica is also grown in different highland areas of the country, most notably on the slopes of Mount Elgon on the border with Kenya and on the slopes of the Mount Rwenzori, popularly known as the ‘mountains of the moon’ on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Coffee is Uganda’s leading foreign exchange earner generating millions of dollars every year.

Come and discover what it takes to make a cup of coffee as you journey through the scenic coffee life cycle the coffee farm has to offer. From the seedling bed to the fermentation tanks, drying beds, the mill, the roasting of the coffee beans, until you take a sip, we will provide all the intricate details on how to produce a cup of coffee and all that it entails.

12. Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre

tourists and guide play with Cheeetahs at the Entebbe UWEC Zoo during a tour
tourists and a guide play with Cheeetahs at the Entebbe UWEC Zoo during a tour

If you are low on budget for a safari or are not the adventure type but still want to see wild animals, this is the best option for you. Located just 15 minutes from Entebbe International Airport and 36 kilometers from Uganda’s capital, Kampala, this is the option for someone with time or energy constraints. The centre cares for rescued animals, often victims of the bushmeat trade, habitat destruction, or illegal trade. Individuals that can make it in the wild, are released back. This is an effort to help save and maintain those in the wild. At UWEC keepers and guides who cater to the animals will educate you on various things about each animal. You can even sign up as an animal surrogate mother for a day, participate in behind the scene experiences or simply spend a night at their hostel or African cottages as you await your flight or meeting! Their facilities are ideal for both short and long stay/ visits, whilst in Uganda.

13. Experience the Kampala Nightlife

Kampala Uganda night life tour experience
People having a good time in one of Kampala’s brimming night clubs

Kampala is East Africa’s most lively city and is one of the safest places to move in the night (except for a few unfortunate incidences that have recently happened). Almost every corner of the street is a club, pub or an entertainment center to enjoy the night. In fact, some clubs and bars operate 24/7. Every club has its distinctive vibe with some playing western music while others play entirely Ugandan music or a fusion of both.

4:30pm-6:30pm: Happy Hour Cocktails at Kampala’s finest Lounge right in the heart of the CBD. We’ll relax & enjoy sundowners on a beautiful balcony overlooking Kampala’s rush hour bustle as our guide satisfies your curious appetite about everything you’ve ever wondered about Uganda.

6:30pm-8:30pm: Experience eating a savory Kenyan dish at a local restaurant while listening to an Afro DJ/live band. Our professional guide will introduce you to the local Uganda beer & staple delicacy – Nyama Choma & Kachumbari.

8:30pm-12:30am: Finally we get to see Kampala By Night. Depending on the vibe, your music preference and what night it is – be ready for the time of your life!

 

 

 

Safari is a Swahili(Africa’s formal language) word safari meaning a journey, or to travel. Unlike many people’s perception that Africa is a single country – which irritates many Africans, Africa is a very huge continent with over 54 countries (over because the number is not definitive).

Although Africa is mostly known for overwhelming wildlife experiences, there’s way too much to see and experience here: Africa is comprised of about 3,000 tribes, speaking more than 2,000 different languages. Some tribes have died out, while others have joined together, been split or even formed due to the continent’s colonization.

And these tribes don’t just have different languages, they have different traditions, too. Some tribes have distinctive spitting rituals, others dance rituals, while others have very distinctive and rare marriage rituals.

However, wildlife and rich culture are not all you will see and experience in Africa, there is much more: unbelievably beautiful sunsets and sunrises, the dazzling night skies, the mouth-watering organic fruits and food, the adrenaline extreme experiences, original music and so much more.

With that said, each African country has something different and better to offer than the other. Let’s, therefore, delve into the top 5 African countries to visit for a rich safari experience.

1. Tanzania

Tanzania,  East Africa’s largest country, is mostly known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park – where you are sure to see the“big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro mountain-Africa’s highest mountain. Off Tanzania’s shore lies the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs.

Approximately 38 percent of Tanzania’s land area is set aside in protected areas for conservation. Tanzania has 16 national parks, plus a variety of game and forest reserves, including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Mt Kilimanjaro National park, the Gombe Stream National Park – the site of Jane Goodall’s ongoing study of chimpanzee behavior, which started in 1960, among others.

Topping many safarigoers’ list of best places to visit in Africa, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest and largest national park and host the world’s most spectacular annual wildlife migration, comprising up to two million wildebeest, as well as tens of thousands of zebra. The expansive plains host Africa’s largest lion population, estimated at 3,000 individuals. It is probably the most reliable place in East Africa for cheetah, while leopards are regularly observed in the central Seronera Valley. Other common wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, giraffe, spotted hyena, bat-eared fox and a wide variety of antelope.

If you are a fan of Nat Geo Wild Channel, you should have watched one of their famous documentary series, Lion Kingdom, which was shot in Tanzania’s largest National Park, Ruaha National Park.

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2. South Africa

At the southernmost tip of the African continent is the tourists’ most visited country in Africa. Surrounded by both the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic ocean, as well as South Africa boasts of so much aqua tourism as well as wildlife. In South Africa, you are sure to see Africa’s Big 5, cheetahs, white rhinos, wildebeest, kudus, impalas, hyenas, hippopotamuses, giraffes, a variety of bird species, tree species, as well as a rich aqua life. South Africa hosts one of the great global events of the marine calendar. It involves vast shoals of sardines moving north along the coast of the Eastern Cape and Natal.

This is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to watch whales from coastal footpaths, restaurants, cafés and even from the comfort of your hotel bed. Hermanus, especially, has some of the best land-based whale watching in the world.

South Africa also has a culture and history that’s different from other African countries. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Bantu ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages. The remaining population consists of Africa’s largest communities of European, Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.

One of the big advantages of traveling to South Africa, compared to other African safari destinations, is that a number of game reserves where you can see the Big Five are in malaria-free areas. This is fantastic if you want to avoid taking anti-malarials.

That aside, South Africa has the most luxurious game lodges, a rich wine industry, great food, a lot of beautiful beaches and great people.

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3. Kenya

The famous lion king’s authors got their inspiration from Kenya. With blissful Indian Ocean beaches, craggy mountains, lush forests and wildlife-rich savannahs, there are endless beautiful places to visit in Kenya.

Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, Lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley, and mountain highlands. It’s also home to wildlife like lions, elephants, and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations.

A large proportion of Kenya’s tourism centers on safaris and tours of its national parks and game reserves. While most tourists visit for safari there are also cultural aspects of the country to explore in cities like Mombasa and Lamu on the Coast. The Masai Mara National Reserve is usually where the Maasai Village can be found; a site that most tourists like to visit.

Some of the outstanding tourist destinations in Kenya include Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where the big 5 are present and a refuge for the last three northern white rhino left in the world; Masai Mara which is mostly famed for the world’s most spectacle yearly wildebeest migration which attracts the Big cats (Lions. Leopards, cheetah) along; Mountain Kenya, largest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro; the beautiful ancient coastline towns and beaches, and so much more.

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4. Uganda

Uganda, according to the National Geographic Travelers Cool list (published in 2018), was named among the 19 key destinations that tourists must look out for in 2019 if they are to get value for their money. The US-based travel destination publication named Uganda one of the top 4 cool travel destinations in Africa and 16 in the world according to the new travel rankings of 2019.

Uganda is an East African landlocked country bordered by Kenya to the east, South Sudan to the north, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Rwanda to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.

Uganda should have been the second-best tourist destination in Africa but it is in this position simply because the tourism industry is a new sector in this small landlocked country. With a tapestry of landscapes, excellent wildlife watching, and welcoming locals, Uganda packs a lot into one small country. It’s home to Africa’s tallest mountain range (the Rwenzoris), the source of the Nile, the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake. Rafting the Nile offers a world-class adrenaline adventure, but the country’s most iconic experience is tracking mountain gorillas in their misty habitat. And if you view the Big Five, you’ll see that nature – diverse and resplendent – looms large here.

Uganda is a unique destination offering a wonderful mix of savannah and forest parks. Gorilla and chimp tracking are Uganda’s highlights, but many smaller primates can be seen as well. Patas monkey, red-tailed monkey, De Brazza’s monkey, l’Hoest’s monkey, and grey-cheeked mangabey are some of the specials. The black-and-white colobus is widespread throughout Uganda.

Besides the various tourist experiences Uganda has to offer, the big five are also present. Cheetah is present but rarely seen. The lion is very common in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls national parks. Uganda is also a prime birding destination.

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5. Botswana

As a country the size of France, but with only two million inhabitants, Botswana is an enormous, sparsely populated country with vast areas of protected wilderness, a rich variety of wildlife, and an ancient history and culture. This has made Botswana one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa.

The most interesting things to see in Botswana include the fan-shaped Okavango delta, the world’s largest intact delta; Chobe National Park, home to over 120,000 elephants, making it one of the top places on the planet to see these huge mammals in their natural environment; the San bushmen, the oldest people of Southern Africa; the big 5, birds, and so much more.

However, most of the lodges in the delta are reached by charter plane and offer a very exclusive, high-end service, making Botswana safaris relatively more expensive.

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East Africa has been ranked by top tourist reviewers as the top tourist destination worldwide and is indeed a tourist and wildlife hotspot. Three of East Africa’s countries- Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda-  are ranked among Africa’s top 10 African safari tour destinations.

1. Serengeti National Park Tanzania


Serengeti National Park is not just East Africa’s top safari destination but Africa’s in general.  and is synonymous with wildlife and classic African scenery. It is Tanzania’s oldest park and home to the spectacular wildebeest migrations and offers top-class wildlife viewing throughout the year.

While at Serengeti, you will be able to see all the major safari animals in great numbers during the migration. Cheetah and four of the Big 5 (Rhinos, Elephants, Lions, Leopards, and Buffalos), many other predators including spotted hyena, jackal and bat-eared fox.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing in Serengeti National Park

For a better experience, aim drier seasons of June to October. The most sought after incredible wildebeest migration happens around June and July. If you’re keen on seeing predators in action, visit in late January or February. This is the hiatus in the annual rains, when the wildebeests calve.

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2. Ngorongoro Crater……Tanzania


Also found in Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater along with the Serengeti and three other national parks offer the Northern circuit classic annual wildebeest immigration classic safari experience if well timed.

If your main goal is to see the big 5 in a day -and in huge numbers, the Ngorongoro crater is the best bet. The only exception is the giraffe, which is present in the Conservation Area, but not in the crater because of the unfriendly steep descent.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing in Ngorongoro

Wildlife viewing is excellent in the crater throughout the year. The scenery of the crater is most spectacular in the Wet season, from November to May. From March to May the rains can be continuous for days.

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3. Masai Mara National Reserve …. Kenya


Masai Mara is definitely Kenya’s jewel when it comes to safari tours. the Mara is a fantastic reserve for predators, in particular, cheetah, Leopard, spotted hyena and prides of 20-plus lion, whose high degree of habituation makes them easy to watch and photograph.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing in the Masai Mara

Although there’s always wildlife throughout the year, including large numbers of buffalo, zebra and various antelope, as well as a solid population of elephant and a few relict black rhinos, the best time to visit is between July and October when the wildebeest migration crosses over from Tanzania. They make their way from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara somewhere around July and August, and usually, arrive in September. They slowly head back into the Serengeti again around October. The crossing of the Mara River along the way is one of the highlights of this spectacular event and offers tourists unforgettable sightings of these manically braying, croc-dodging beasts as they cross the Mara River.

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4. Kidepo Valley National Park ….Uganda


Kidepo Valley National park is the first Ugandan safari destination on Safari Booking’s “50 Best African Safari Parks.” Although Kidepo is located in a remote corner of the country, which is rarely visited by tourists (due to the expense and difficulty of getting there), it boasts of 77 mammal species some of which you will not find anywhere else in the country.

Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Plus, the large, open plains make Kidepo feel more like parks in neighboring countries than in Uganda making Kidepo the ultimate Ugandan safari destination.

Kidepo has over twenty species of predator:  Lion and leopard, Elephant, Burchell’s zebra, buffalo and Rothschild’s giraffe, and twelve antelope species are all regularly seen.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing in Kidepo Valley National park

The Kidepo contains two rivers – Kidepo and Narus – and during the dry season (September to March), these rivers dry up and disappear, leaving just pools for the wildlife. This is when animals go searching for a dependable source of water, and it is the best time to go wildlife watching in Kidepo national park.

Kidepo is also spectacular during the rainy seasons because that is when the dust and heat tend to get washed away, and birding is even better.

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5. Ruaha National Park ……Tanzania


Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania encompassing Rungwa Game Reserve, Usangu Game Reserve, and several other protected areas.

But that’s not why it’s the 5th best African Safari destination. While at Ruaha you will regularly see all big cats (lions, leopards, cheetah) and the endangered wild dogs. Ruaha is also one of the Tanzania birds’ paradise with more than 571species and some of them are known to be migrants from within and outside Africa.

Ruaha is believed to have the highest concentration of elephants than any National Park in East Africa. Other animals in the park include lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, elands, impala, bat-eared foxes, and Jackals.

Several antelope species that are rare or absent in northern Tanzania, such as greater and lesser kudu, roan and sable antelope, are often encountered.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing in Ruaha National Park

The dry season which occurs from May to October is the most ideal period to tour Ruaha if you prefer a hustle-free safari. However, if you are the adventurous type, you should be fine with any month of the year.

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6. Selous Game Reserve……Tanzania


Selous Game reserve is the largest game reserve and the second largest conservation area in Africa. It has been estimated to be four times bigger than the Serengeti. However, most of it has been set aside for hunting.

The animal viewing area that is open to the public is relatively small but very rewarding, with many predator sightings and excellent boat safaris on the Rufiji River.

Selous Game reserve contains globally significant populations of about 106,300 African elephants, 2,135 black rhinoceros and wild hunting dogs. It also includes one of the world’s largest known populations of hippopotamus  (18,200) and Buffalo (204,015). Lion sightings are very common as the opportunistic creatures tend to laze around the lakes a variety of animals that come to drink at the river.

The Selous game reserve also has a vast range of game including brindled gnu, Nyasaland gnu, sable antelope, eland, greater kudu, waterbuck, hartebeest, zebras, giraffe, reedbuck, warthog, spotted hyena and over 350 species of birds.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing Selous Game reserve

The best time to visit Selous is June to October (Selous’ Dry season) which is also its peak season. Numerous lodges close their doors from March to May as business is low during this wet period.

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7. Mahale Mountains National Park ……Tanzania


Mahale Mountains National Park is one of only two protected areas for chimpanzees in Tanzania. With a population of roughly 1700 chimpanzees, Mahale is considered Tanzania’s chimpanzee sanctuary.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing Mahale Mountains National Park

Although Mahale Mountains National Park is accessible all year round, the dry season (May -October) is the best period to have your safari here. During this period, chimpanzees are likely to be seen in big groups, the sunshine illuminates the fish in the Lake and the beach is an inviting place to relax.

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8. Amboseli National Park….Kenya


Amboseli national park is mostly known for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Other attraction includes opportunities to meet the Maasai people and also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Besides elephants, you will be able to see four of the Big Five with the exception of Rhinos. Buffalo, wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, and gazelle are also very common sightings. Lions are the easiest to spot of the big cats, but sightings are not guaranteed.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing Amboseli national park

Like similar parks on this list, the best time to visit Amboseli national park is during the dry season period. That is  from June to September.

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9. Samburu National Reserve….Kenya


All three big cats, the lion, cheetah, and African leopard can be found here, as well as the elephant, Cape buffalo and hippopotamus (rhinos are extinct here). Other mammals that frequent Samburu include olive baboon, warthogs, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s dik-dik, impala, and waterbuck. Situated 350 kilometers from Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, Samburu is also ideal for birding with over 350 species of bird.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing at Samburu national park

Samburu is very hot and dry in the months of June to September. However, that is the best time to visit since there will be little vegetation to obscure your view. If you are going for birding however, the wet season is more ideal.

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10. Ol Pejeta Conservancy …..Kenya


Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 360 km2 not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in Kenya and it houses the only two remaining northern white rhino in the world.  Ol Pejeta Conservancy also boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. The Conservancy hosts the “Big five game”, Chimpanzee, big cats, wild dogs among a large selection of other African animals, which makes it a popular safari destination.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The best period to visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy is during the dry season – from June to September- and December to February when the roads are dependable and the undergrowth is much thinner than it is in the rainy months. But this is also when it is overly crowded with tourist.

 

Are you in an adventurous mood or are you planning a business trip?

If you are a Ugandan and are traveling to one of these 68 countries below, I’m glad to inform you that you can scrap the visa cost off your budget since these 68 countries don’t require Ugandans entering their borders to have visas.

African countries Ugandans can go to without a visa

Fifteen of these African countries don’t require Ugandan to have visas. These countries include; Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Eswatini (Swaziland), the Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Conditions for visa-free entry

Although these countries offer a visa-free entry, they do so under some conditions: Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Tanzania allow a maximum stay of 90 days, while Eswatini gives a maximum of 30 days, but extendable. These and others require a visitor to have a valid passport or travel document, a return air-ticket and confirmation of hotel booking and proof that one has enough money to spend.

There are also at least 14 countries on the African continent where visas can be obtained on arrival. These include Cape Verde, Comoros, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Senegal, and Togo.
Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo, the Ivory Coast, Egypt, and Equatorial Guinea, require visas before one gets to there. Others are Guinea, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome, and Principe, South Africa, Sudan, and Tunisia.

North American countries where Ugandans don’t require visas

Those North America include Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Nicaragua, Barbados, Belize and Dominica. Others are Jamaica, Cuba, Granada, St Lucia, St Vincent and Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis.

In oceania Vanuatu, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu, Fiji and Micronesia offer visa-free entry to Ugandans.

Asian countries where Ugandans don’t need visas

Asian countries that are visa-free for Ugandans are Singapore, the Philippines, Qatar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Myanmar, Maldives, Macao, Laos, Iran, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, and Hong Kong in China.

However, some of these free-entry visa countries have limits on the length of stay.
For instance, Malaysia allows one to stay for at least two months, but the Philippines allows only one a months’ stay and Singapore for only 15 days.

Bolivia is currently the only South American country that accepts visa-free entry for Uganda.

How some East African countries vary when it comes to visa-free entry across their borders

Kenya allows nationals of 39 countries to visit it without a visa and nationals of 32 other countries can obtain visas on arrival.
However, nationals of 127 other countries of the world require visas to visit Kenya.

Nationals of 42 countries can visit Tanzania visa-free another 28 countries can get the visas on arrival, while other 128 countries require visas to enter the country.

Uganda is not doing as well as its two neighbors as citizens of 130 countries require visas to enter the country. It only allows nationals of 35 countries to visit without visas and gives nationals of 33 countries visas on arrival.

Top visa-free entry countries

At 133, Seychelles has the highest number of countries whose nationals it allows to enter its borders without visas. additionally, Seychelles gives nationals of 33 nations visas on arrival and requires nationals from only 62 countries of the world to have visas.
Mauritius, South African and Botswana -in that order – are the following top counties that allow the biggest amount of foreign nationals to enter their territories without visas.

Community Based Tourism Triple Tee Adventures is a proud advocate for the eco-friendly industry and the conservation of the green environment.
Specifically, we fund and empower the underprivileged youth – the refugees in Kiryandongo refugee camp in Uganda; by training them to make handicraft products from handmade Eco-friendly paper.
This handmade paper is made out of organic plant waste materials like banana fibers and recycled paper as some of the raw materials.
These youth use this very paper to make several products that the youth and women in the camps can sell to sustain their livelihoods in one way or another.
Ask yourself, why recycled paper?!
Here is the thing about this paper:-
Whichever way the products of this paper are discarded, it will still rot and decay, instead of polluting the environment in addition to acting as food for microorganisms in the environment and soil.
Say goodbye to Polythene and Plastics clogging trenches and polluting the environment; because this recycled paper is environmentally friendly, and the raw materials are readily available, which calls for each one of us to be able to conserve the environment for sustainability reasons and assurance of a more secure tourism industry, healthy future plus stable climatic conditions.
Lastly, the byproducts of the paper recycling process are used to make briquettes as a source of energy for cooking, heating and many other purposes to cut down on the cost of charcoal and the rate of deforestation in the current environment where degradation is taking place at a very high rate country.

LET US WORK TOWARDS PROFITS; PART OF WHICH ARE GIVEN BACK TO THE COMMUNITIES TO CONTRIBUTE TO SELF SUSTAINABILITY IN THE LONGTERM AND WHO HAVE A PASSION FOR A GREEN ENVIRONMENT.