A game drive is the highlight of any Ugandan safari vacation. You will see magnificent local wildlife that may include Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Antelopes and more. And whether you find yourself in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National park, or Murchison falls National Park, you will witness the natural beauty of Uganda up close. But how should you properly prepare for your safari? Here are 7 fundamental items to carry with you into the bush.

1. A Camera
You will be taking a lot of photos when you are out on a Ugandan safari adventure, so the key is to pack light camera equipment for good shots. While Smartphone cameras continue to improve, a quality DSLR camera with an optical lens is a must if you want the best photos possible. Consider taking along a telephoto lens if your goal is to get more intimate shots of the local wildlife. Don’t forget to pack extra batteries and memory cards-with all of your snapping you may go through batteries and memory faster than expected! We recommend that you store your camera and accessories in a waterproof and dustproof bag to protect your equipment from the elements.

2. Binoculars
On Ugandan safari, you will be getting up close to much wildlife on your game drives including birds that are frequently viewed from a distance--in such situations; nothing beats a great pair of binoculars. Go with a pair that offers at least 10x50 magnifications-that way you will be able to comfortably view game from afar and the images will appear colorful and stunning.

3. Safari Clothing
As you are putting together your perfect Ugandan safari outfits, there are few practical things to keep in mind. Avoid bright colors and consider neutral earth tones including Tan, brown, green or grey because they help you blend into the environment. For example, you can wear tan from head to toe without being stopped by the fashion police-so have fun with it! Also bear in mind that climate and time of year influence your safari dressing code. For instance, if you are going on an early morning game drive then dress in layers to stay warm as the air can be cool. If you are traveling during the wet season months (October/November to March/May) then be sure to dress a warm waterproof jacket, a scarf and gloves that will help to keep the cold during a safari. During the dry months, which run from June to early September and December to February, we recommend that you pack some light rain gear.

4. Sun Protection
Remember to protect yourself from the sun when you are out in the bush with quality pair of polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes, a wide brimmed hat to reduce your direct exposure to the sun and applying sunscreen that is scent free before and during your safari game drive.

5. Walking Boots
A reliable pair of walking/hiking boots will help you get the most out of your safari experience whether you are on a walking safari or a game drive. If your footwear is comfortable, you will be able to get up close to smaller natural wonders of Uganda such as plants and insects while feeling safe and secure.

6. Insect repellent
Apply some insect repellant before you head out on a safari and remember to pack some extra repellant as game drives are done in the tropical bush which tend to have many mosquitoes.

7. Small Medical Kit
It is awesome to be so close up to the natural world of Uganda when you are out on safari, but that also means that because you are in a remote location you may not have access to basic medical supplies. That’s why we recommend you pack a light medical kit that includes essentials such as bandages, aspirin, an anti-histamine cream and stomach relief meds-this way you will be ready for anything that comes your way.

Situated within the beautiful 100 acre Ngamba islands 23km south of Entebbe--Uganda, Ngamba Islands Chimpanzee Sanctuary is a home to about 40 orphaned chimpanzees almost half of which have been confiscated and brought to the islands since its opening. Chimpanzees are separated from the visitors’ area by an electric fence. Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary was established in 1999 and is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in Uganda. This Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary brings the world of chimpanzees closer to humanity through education end eco-tourism in Uganda. The chimpanzee is considered to be the closest relative to humans and is “endangered’ under a strict application of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List Criteria.

ngamba-chimpanzeeChimpanzees at Ngamba sanctuary spend their days in semi-wild enclosures, and show normal social interaction and behavioral patterns as group members. Enjoy splendid views of day time chimpanzee feedings from the visitor’s platform, and take pleasure in unlimited use of the other island facilities. Have a special opportunity to watch the islands 154 recorded birds, travel around the local fishing village, organize a sunset cruise in advance or simply relax at your tents private deck and feel the unforgettable African sunset as thousands of bats make their flight around the Island. Join a group of infant chimpanzees in their forest habitat on a one hour forest walk for an awe-inspiring experience late in the afternoon or early morning.

Try out one of its kind Caregiver program where visitors acquire the unique opportunity to experience a day in the life of a chimpanzee by being care givers! Have a once in lifetime chance to take part in preparing chimpanzee food and feeding them as a chimp caregiver. You can go ahead to help out the staff with any activities happening at the sanctuary including research and monitoring, day medical checkups, preparing the holding areas for the chimps and other activities. The staff will work with you to show you what is involved in taking care of chimps and what makes them so special.

There is accommodation on the island for those who wish to have an overnight experience comprised of just 4 tents, all en suite, on wooden platforms with private tents decks overlooking world’s second largest fresh water Lake- Victoria. The forest walk and caregiver activities may only be done as an addition to the Ngamba Island overnight experience and has age restrictions and a special medical requirement that need to be adhered to.

The camp has been built with strict ecological guidelines of Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) with due care to the fragile nature of the environment. Each tent has an impressive view of the lake and is well appointed, featuring a bush shower and eco toilet. Meals are substantial with several tasty courses for dinner and local specialties such as fresh fish from the lake when possible, beverages and cold drinks are available at all times. Ngamba Islands is open all year round and is ideal to tag along on to the end of any Uganda safari.

Come and take pleasure in Guided tours at Ngamba that take place two times a day, every day of the year (weather permitting), when the chimp tour guide talks about chimpanzees, the sanctuary, and introduces the individual chimps and their stories - from the safety of the viewing points. The tour takes approximately one hour. Light meals and refreshment are available from tour restaurant before or after the tour

Uganda is one of the most unique adventure safari destinations in East Africa. This country is very accessible from Tanzania and Kenya. The country is very safe for tourists and received thousands of visitors every year from different parts of the world such as Australia, South Africa, United States of America, Canada and UAE among others. The Western part of Uganda is not only famous for its numerous majestic hills and deep valleys but also very abundant in fauna and flora as well as natural beauty that cannot be compared to other nations in Africa.

uganda-gorilla-safariUganda is also gifted by wide variety of unique insects and over 1000 bird species. Despite the presence of all the attractions above, Uganda is a home to 440 mountain gorillas, which is almost half of the ONLY world’s last remaining population, found in the impenetrable forests of Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park, both located in south western Uganda. Uganda is the habitat of silverback mountain gorillas, which is very popular species of gorilla in Africa.

Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park and Volcanoes National Park Rwanda is considered as one of the best tourism activities in Africa that attracts thousands of visitors into these countries every year. This is an astonishing tourist activity that no one should miss while on a safari in Africa. Tracking gorillas while on your Uganda gorilla safari in Africa an integral activity, wherein you will have a great opportunity to enjoy and stay in presence of the mountain gorillas in the wild misty jungles of Africa.
A Uganda gorilla safari will give you a chance to watch gorilla families in the wild which include the Silverbacks (Head of the group), twins, Babies and Juveniles feeding, playing and swinging on tree. This is a life time adventure experience in the Misty jungles in the heart of Africa. This is an imperative chance for you to see how gorillas live and enjoy their daily life. The only world’s last remaining population of mountain gorillas is found in the 3 countries of Africa namely, Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The fact being that Uganda has half of the remaining population in the world (Gorilla census 2011), Uganda is considered as one of the best spots for mountain gorilla trekking experience. Jungle Safaris Uganda is one of the credible tour and travel companies that offer memorable safaris in Uganda to see gorillas and other wildlife at the best prices on the market. This can be an enjoying, tiring but worthy adventure that everyone will certainly enjoy.

Tips to enjoy gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park in Uganda

Before taking a Uganda gorilla safari, you should be aware of some hints to enjoy the trek. First of all the trek is very strenuous, a certain degree of body fitness is required. One must be physically fit to successfully complete the trek. Secondly, you must possess a gorilla permit that costs US$600. This must be booked in advance because the demand is very high and few permits available per day. Gorilla permits can be booked direct through Uganda Wildlife Authority or through your travel agent.

There is age limit for gorilla trekking; Children below 15 years are NOT allowed to go gorilla trekking in Uganda. While with gorillas in the forest, you are advised to keep distance of about 30 feet from gorillas to avoid transmitting human diseases to them.

Avoid using flashes when taking photos. Carry rainy jackets, a hut, Sun glasses, insect repellent, put on long pants and long sleeved shirts / blouse for ladies and cover your hands with garden gloves. To get more information about Uganda gorilla safaris and travel tips, please visit the website http://www.junglesafarisuganda.com