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.

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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.
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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.

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Lake Victoria Tanzania , also called Victoria Nyanza, largest lake in Africa and chief reservoir of the Nile, lying mainly in Tanzania and Uganda but bordering on Kenya. Its area is 26,828 square miles (69,484 square km). Among the freshwater lakes of the world, it is exceeded in size only by Lake Superior in North America. It is an irregular quadrilateral in shape, and its shores, save on the west, are deeply indented. Its greatest length from north to south is 210 miles (337 km), its greatest breadth 150 miles (240 km). Its coastline exceeds 2,000 miles (3,220 km). Its waters fill a shallow depression in the centre of the great plateau that stretches between the Western and Eastern Rift Valleys. (See East African Rift System.) The lake’s surface is 3,720 feet (1,134 metres) above sea level, and its greatest ascertaineddepth is 270 feet (82 metres). Many archipelagos are contained within the lake, as are numerous reefs, often just below the surface of the clear waters. Lake Victoria has more than 200 species of fish, of which the Tilapia is the most economically important. The lake’s basin area covers 92,240 square miles (238,900 square km).

The lake’s shores vary in aspect. The lake’s southwestern coast is backed by precipices 300 feet (90 metres) high, which give way on the western coast to papyrus and ambatch swamps marking the delta of the Kagera River. The lake’s deeply indented northern coast is flat and bare. A narrow channel leads into the Kavirondo Gulf, which has an average width of 16 miles (25 km) and extends for 40 miles (64 km) eastward to Kisumu, Kenya. The Ugandan cities of Kampala and Entebbe lie along or near the northern coast. At the lake’s southeastern corner is Speke Gulf, and at the southwestern corner Emin Pasha Gulf. Of the numerous islands in the lake, Ukerewe, north of Speke Gulf, is the largest, with wooded hills rising 650 feet (200 metres) above the lake. It is densely populated. At the lake’s northwestern corner are the 62 islands of the Sese archipelago, some of them of striking beauty.

The Kagera River, the largest and most important of the lake affluents, enters the western side of Lake Victoria just north of latitude 1° S. The only other river of note entering from the west is the Katonga, north of Kagera. The lake’s only outlet is the Victoria Nile, which exits from the northern coast.

The search by Europeans for the source of the Nile led to the sighting of the lake by the British explorer John Hanning Speke in 1858. Formerly known to the Arabs as Ukerewe, the lake was named by Speke in honour of Queen Victoria of England. A detailed survey of the lake was made by Sir William Garstin in 1901. Plans for gradually raising the level of the lake’s waters were completed in 1954 with the construction of the Owen Falls Dam (now the Nalubaale Dam) on the Victoria Nile at Jinja, Uganda. The dam provides hydroelectric power on a large scale and made the lake a vast reservoir. A second dam, Kiira, was later constructed 0.6 mile (1 km) from Nalubaale. It was completed in 1999 and began producing hydroelectric power the next year.

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the lake and its surrounding areas were threatened by the consequences of overfishing as well as by ecological damage from pollution and invasive speciessuch as the Nile perch and water hyacinth. The Lake Victoria region is one of the most densely populated in Africa; within 50 miles (80 km) of its shores live several million people, nearly all Bantu-speaking. There are local steamer services around the lake.

Your Lake Victoria travels of with gorilla track uganda gives you access to the town of Mwanza – the gateway to the west of Serengeti but also service you discover the beauty of the lake and interact with the local tribes and cultures e.g. Sukuma people. One of the finest Tanzanian aquatic destinations for Lake Victoria is Rubondo Island National Park. Here, you may partake of walking and boating safaris, bird watching, fishing, to name a few of the most popular activities. For these activities, you are escorted by a knowledgeable and experienced guide from Rubondo Island Camp who enlightens you about tracking and survival techniques, local history and traditions, footprint and carcass identification, animal droppings, medicinal uses of plants and much more. Walking safaris are an especially unique exploratory experience for your dream vacation in Tanzania, as you walk at a leisurely pace, able to study many of the smaller plants, animals and insects that might be missed with higher-paced activities. Most of the park is covered with dense jungle that provides shelter and food for the occasional bushbuck, elephant, varied primates, spotted neck otter, hippo, crocodile and many other fauna. The wildlife that dominates the park, though, is avi-fauna, such as African fish eagles and grey parrots, with fish species being the second most dominant animals, such as tilapia and Nile perch. Rubondo Island Camp offers a delightful sunset evening cruise on Lake Victoria, a relaxing and serene way to spend your end of day while intimately traveling in East Africa.


Batwa family in their natural habitat…..

The Batwa of the great lakes region are a marginalized ethnic group found in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Batwa people were the only inhabitants of the regions of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks and the Echuya Forest Reserve.

These people try to maintain their culture through hunting, honey gathering, basket weaving, cave dwelling, traditional dancing and also known to give themselves names relating to the jungle. The Batwa people who are considered to be the shortest in the world often referred to as pygmies live in temporary huts made of leaves and branches but usually abandon them after a short while in search for food. The Batwa Experience, a hands-on historical and cultural encounter during which the Batwa demonstrate and describe their traditional way of life has made it a top notch Tourist attraction.

Some of the thrilling things about Batwa include:

Having a home stay with the Batwa.

Stay with the Batwa and get a life time experience on their way of life and be part of the action.

Participating in Batwa cultural activities

For example; the Batwa dance, making fire without a match,  making mats and baskets among others.

Hiking in the forests

Hike through the Forest and get a thrilling moment as you watch birds, primates, and the beautiful scenery of the forest.

Nature walk to Rushaga Falls

Enjoy a nature walk and have an adventure of the calm falls and nature gives you a birth in them.

Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.