There are many activities and attractions that can be enjoyed in Lake Mburo National park, some of them include; Game drives, these go through the park and will allow you to see many of the animal species as well as the birds. You also make sure that you have a ranger from the park headquarters to be able to point out the many bird species as well as the mammals. This park is also the only in Uganda with the Impalas, and the Eland. We also have leopards and lions. This is also the only national park were you find the Burchell zebras and the zebras can be found in Kidepo National park in north eastern Uganda.

The fantastic scenery of these rolling hills, swamps, the lakes also make Africa so real, this is also were the Tanzanian savannah meets Uganda’s most scenic style. There are also the nocturnal game drives in Lake Mburo National park that is one of the memorable activity one can do. You get chance to view all the animal creatures at night including; the lions, bush babies, and the porcupines. You will also be able to view all the things that move at night, the drive is also normally 2 and half hours in the length of having dinner at the lodge.

The boat cruises on Lake Mburo will also get you to view the flora and fauna of the lake. Along the banks, you will also get to see many animals that come to the water most especially in the dry season. You will get to see the crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, antelopes and the 3 types of otters that are found in the park. You will also view many birds along the shores of the lake.

Nature Walk Safari

Birding in Lake Mburo National park, this park is also one of the best region for birding in Uganda with over 350 bird species that are found in the park. The bird lovers will find the swampy valleys of Miriti and Warukiri as well as at the road side between Rwonyo camps and the jetty that are good areas for bird watching and you will be lucky to see the shoebill stork, the grey crowned crane, the black belled bustard, the red headed lovebird and many more.

There are also the nature walks that are taken anywhere in the park with an armed guide / ranger from the park management. You will meet many animals including the hippos, hyenas, eland, zebras, topis, giraffes, antelopes, birds, buffaloes, and the butterflies.

There is also the Rubanga forest which has got close canopy past arrangements that have to be made with Uganda Wildlife Authority. This forest is also good for bird watching and has got 40 bird species that have been recorded in the forest. There are also many tree species that include; the Palayycaluz and the Markhamia palm, acacia.

Salt Lick Area - Lake Mburo National Park Uganda

Visit Salt Lick Area: There is also the salt lick, you will have a guided walk with an armed ranger towards the salt lick and you will see the animals as they lick the salty soil that are found there. There are also hideouts that have been created by Park management were the tourists can stand and then see the animals around. This is also an early morning nature walk and takes 2 and half hours in length

There is also fishing since Lake Mburo National park has got 5 lakes inside and this makes it easy to carry out fishing. Lake Mburo is the largest of all and the fishermen come to the lake to fish as well as the visitors to the lake. There are also 6 species of fish that are found here and Tilapia being the main specie. Spot fishing can also be carried out, the fishing gears can be arranged and the main fishing spots are found at Mazinga.
The other activities that are found on Lake Mburo National park include; Horseback riding safaris, the bicycling tours, the Igongo cultural centre, as well as the equator visits.

Getting There:

Lake Mburo National Park is just 2hrs drive from Kampala / Entebbe International Airport via Masaka Mbarara highway. The road is very nice in that, one can just rent a car in Kampala and drive your own adventure to explore Lake Mburo National Park. However, those on self drive tours are advised to hire professional rangers form the Park headquarters to help you spot un-popular animals like leopard among others.

Car Recommended to Explore Lake Mburo National Park

Only strong 4x4 Jeeps are highly recommended to take a self drive tour in Uganda's Lake Mburo National park because, some parts of the  road are very bad and impassable especially when it rains. Such cars include Toyota Prado, Land cruiser, Nissan Patrol, Land Rover, Super Custom/Min-Van or Totota Rav4 among others.

The Big 5 animals are not only the most loved and famous animals in Africa, they are also among the most dangerous animals in the world. However thousands of tourists fly into Africa mainly to spot the Big Five animals. Not everybody who flies to Africa get a chance to tick all of the Big Five animals off the list (the leopard specifically is hard to find).

We give you the lowdown on precisely where there are high chances to spot the Big Five animals in Uganda.

Elephant
The African elephant is recorded as the most vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Elephants are found in 37 nations crosswise over sub-Saharan Africa they are wiped out in Gambia, Mauritania and Burundi. Elephant population is noticeably more divided over the African continent all the more as of late because of loss of habitat and human-elephant conflict, additionally because of poaching for ivory – the main cause, truly, for their decrease in numbers. In Uganda tourists can spot African Elephants in most of national parks in the country like Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and others, a trip to Uganda is a sure deal that you will see the Elephants

Buffalo
Buffalo is recognized as the most dangerous wild animal on the planet (there is no animal more dangerous to man), the Cape buffalo, or the African Buffalo is found in savannas woodland, or bushveld. They live near water bodies and lean prefer tall coarse grasses and shrubbery. In Uganda buffalos can be spotted in almost all the national parks in the country like; Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park and other wildlife parks in the country.

Rhino
Uganda is viewed as one of the few countries in Africa where you can stop the white rhino in the wild principally in reserves like the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. One of 3 subspecies of the critically endangered black rhino can only be spotted Namibia and South Africa. Big Five lover who travel to Uganda must not miss the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary found in approximately 180kilometers north of Kampala in Nakasongola district.

Leopard
The leopards are also regarded endangered animals and they are found across sub-Saharan Africa and they are found in numerous nations of the world. In Africa they have extinct from about 37% of their verifiable range, especially in a region known as the Sahel belt, Nigeria and South Africa.

Their most prominent threat is a lot of hunting, and poisoning of carcasses for saw danger to domesticated animals, and change in living space because of development. Be that as it may, they are especially versatile and can keep living near people provided they access to prey and can find shelter.

Lion
In Africa tourists can spot lions in numerous nations in sub-Saharan Africa yet the majority of them are found in eastern and southern Africa (77%). They live, be that as it may, in just 22% of their historical territories and are wiped out in Gabon and numerous different nations where they initially lived, similar to Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Lesotho, Israel, and Iran.

The primary dangers to lion are a reduction in the number of their prey, and unpredictable killing by man (to ensure domesticated animals or themselves). However there are numerous lions in those zones that are protected and all around oversaw. What's more, since they are so looked for after by tourists, their presence in a national park or game reserves generates revenue – a motivating force for conservation.

In Uganda lions can be spotted in several national parks like Kidepo valley National Park in the far north eastern part of the country, Murchison Falls National Park and Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national Park.

What do you always consider before you plan for any safari to that particular area of your interest? Most people choose places because they have never been there or the children demand to go to specific places. You may be lucky to have once or twice visited Africa but I assure you that you are missing a lot if have never planned a safari in Uganda.A holiday in Uganda by their nature has an element of surprise, excitement and danger associated with it, its beautiful topography and amazing landscape and its geological setups. What makes a country to pearl of Africa? It is the fact that Uganda is name to be pearl of Africa due its beautiful flora and fauna that actually lays grounds to be a frequently visited destination for tourists across the globe and this actually makes it to be the best for you and family.
I really assure you there are a multiple of most excising activities that will make your memorable daysever.
Uganda has beautiful flora due to its remoteness especially in western region. This has provided grounds for unique and tropical climate that has favored mixed types of vegetation as well rains received. This type of vegetation provides habitats for a number of animal kingdom members.

Gorilla tracking safari in Uganda

There are various national parks in Uganda which offer lifetime experience of wildlife safari. Queen Elizabeth National Park offers wide range of wildlife like climbing lions in Ishasha sector, hippos and huge crocodiles along the Kazinga channel that connects lake George and Edward, herd of elephants and many more. Bwindi National park and Mgahinga national park are famous for mountain gorilla tracking tours. Kyambura gorge is the best destination for chimpanzee tracking in Africa.

Kyambura is actually the only area within Queen Elizabeth National Park where one can see the habituated chimpanzees on any of the chimpanzee trekking tours, (However, reservations for Chimpanzee tacking are actually made at Mweya Visitor Information Centre within the spectacular Queen Elizabeth National Park). This office also offers information on game drives, and in addition sells postcards plus maps in addition to other species of primates such as the red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, Olive baboons as well as vervet monkeys.

Black and White Colobus Monkey

The Chimpanzee habituation process took close to 2 years and habituation simply meaning that these chimpanzees are familiar with humans and can carry on with their day to day activities in the presence of humans.

A number of different bird species that you have never heard of before are at your displace in those scattered trees in queen Elizabeth national park that include Martial Eagle, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Shoebill, African Skimmer, Lesser plus Greater Flamingo, Chapin’s Flycatcher, White-tailed Lark, Corncrake, Pinkbacked Pelican, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Papyrus Canary, White-winged Warbler, African Broadbill, Papyrus Gonolek and the Black Bee-eater.

A Boat Cruise to the Bottom of the Falls

Uganda is also blessed with highland areas that include Mount Elgon and mount Rwenzori among others.

Africa's longest river (Nile) has its source in Jinja (Uganda), the source is visisted by a boat cruise. On its journey from Uganda to the Mediterranean sea in Egypt, River Nile goes through Murchison Falls National Park, the biggest in Uganda. A fantastic boat cruise to the bottom of the falls offers memorable experience as you sail with Hippos and crocodiles. A hike to the top of the falls is unforgettable.

Phenomenal is one of the many words that can be used to describe the beautiful, breath taking Murchison Falls National Park. Found in Uganda at the northern end of the Albertine rift valley and the largest national park in Uganda. Murchison Falls is one of the places one should go to have a wonderful time and experience the biggest connection with Mother Nature.

With its exotic beauty, Murchison Falls National Park has become one of Uganda’s biggest tourist attractions. There are so many different activities one can do here like; Nature walks, hiking, sport fishing on the Albert Nile where by you stand a chance of catching 20 kg big fish for yourself. A boat cruise at the Albert Nile is worthy a talk as here one get to enjoy the sea bliss as one breathes in the fresh Uganda air and also has a glance on the aquatic life that is hippos from the distance, the elephants at the bank of the river and also so many interesting birds at the shores.

While at Murchison national park, you can get to explore a lot of wildlife and see many different wild animals like; Giraffes, Buffaloes, white hippos and crocodiles on the banks of the longest river in the world, the Nile River when you take a half day game drive. You get to know why these animals are called wild as they hang out in an environment where the fittest and the most resilient survive.

Visiting Murchison Falls National Park would not be complete without getting to see its centre piece, the one thing that makes this place what it is, the Murchison falls. It’s white, rapid waters flowing from the River Nile, gushing down and drifting off into Lake Albert. The sight of this is simply amazing. At the top of the fall, you witness how the mighty Nile forces its way through a narrow stream of about 6 metres down the Lake Albert as it makes a devil like sound and sprouting water fountain as it is subdued in Lake Albert.

Murchison Falls National Park is a place that one should definitely go to, so grab your family or friends and take a trip here to have a fun and delightful time. Many people who have visited this park have had a good experience and the experience has given them a second reason to pay a visit one more time.However note that, some parts of the park are inaccessible during rain season, and you are advise to rent a 4x4 Toyota prado, Land rover, Land Cruiser Hardtop among others. Those are the most common safari vehicles used in Uganda especially in Murchison Falls National Park.

queen-elizabeth-parkA safari to Uganda to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park one of the most loved and travelled to park in the country will be so amazing for you, this is on the grounds that in just three days, you will be able to explore the magnificence of this extensive protected area which has continued attracting more tourists from different parts of the world to come forUganda tours. The park has a variety of tourist activities and attractions which are so amazing to the eyes of anybody wishing and planning to visit it. Some of the attractions in the park include; a variety of wildlife species, primates like chimpanzees in kyambura gorge, Kazinga channel, salt lake and many others.

On the first day you will arrive in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport and will be transferred to this beautiful national park, on arrival, check in at the lodge of your choice since this park has a wide range of accommodation facilities from luxury, mid range and budget lodges, so your safari budget will choose what kind of accommodation you will have. This first day at the lodge gives a chance to enjoy an evening game drive within the national park and get an opportunity to see numerous wildlife species including; the kobs, elephants, monkeys, lions, buffalos and many others. You can also have an optional night game drive where you will have the chance to see Nocturnal animals in the park.

The second day is an exceptional one since you get an opportunity to view and track the chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge, these primates are so amazing to watch in their habitants. You are normally given a maximum of one hour to watch these chimps and take some photographs. Toward the evening, you will participate in a boat cruise of the Kazinga channel were you get an opportunity to see many water animals drinking water to cool off the hot sun, some of the animals you will see here include; hippos, crocodiles, many bird species, buffalos and among others.

The third and the last day in Queen Elizabeth National Park will be special in the way that you will enjoy an early morning game drive to see the early risers. Continue to the salt lake in Katwe and after that sign out at the lodge and transfer back to your Kampala or to your next destination. Get the chance to enjoy different vegetation cover as you go back to Kampala and this makes the end of our trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the western Uganda.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has proposed to construction an Airport in the Albertine Graben. The Uganda’s oil region, for oil development valued at over US$200 million. According to CAA’s director Airports and Aviation Security Eng. John Kagoro, the exercise is expected to be concluded in a couple of weeks.

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Former Works Minister Byandala Abraham shows us the National Civil Aviation Master plan launched earlier this year 2015

According to Eng. John Kagoro, four firms have picked pre-bid forms and by end of this month, we expect them to bring back to submit for the tender. The Airport construction will begin with runways that can handle big cargo planes and small passenger planes to facilitate the oil business.

Speaking at the launch of Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates national carrier at Entebbe International Airport, Mr. Kagoro said the firm enters Uganda at the time when more flight business is expected to grow rapidly due to oil production expected to start soon.

The new airport is a pre-requisite for the government oil development project to bring in personnel, sensitive equipment and materials during construction and operations, Mr. Kagoro said.

Addressing journalists at the launch, Etihad Airways vice president global sales, Daniel Barranger, said: “Etihad Airways will build upon the success of its Entebbe cargo flights with the launch of a new passenger service to the East African city.”

“Daily flights will be operated to Entebbe International Airport, using a two-class airbus A320 aircraft with 16 business class seats and 120 economy class seats.”

Mr Barranger said the route will provide business and leisure travelers with a direct connection between Entebbe and Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub, together with convenient onward flights to, Europe, Indian subcontinent, north Asia, south-east Asia and Australia.

Etihad president James Hogan said: “The appetite for travel to and from Africa has never been stronger, and Entebbe, one of the continent’s fastest-growing business and tourism destinations, is a great addition to Etihad Airways’ global network.

The construction of Hoima Airport on the other hand will promote tourism in Uganda. Tourists from Entebbe International Airport to Hoima Airport will quickly reach Kibale National park, Semliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mountain Rwenzori National Park among others.

We expect an increase on the number of tourists coming to Uganda for Gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, Mountaineering, wildlife safari, birding, nocturnal walks, boat cruising among others. This is according to Mathias, a senior tour consultant from African Jungle Adventures, the No.1 Uganda and Rwanda safari company, specialized on primates tracking and wild game viewing. The Uganda wildlife Authority (UWA) in conjunction with Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) greatly welcomes the idea of constructing the Airport in western Uganda.

Uganda is now among the best destinations to travel to on a self drive tour particularly if teamed up with camping. All these camping equipments are hired at relatively affordable prices as low as 10USD from African Jungle Adventures Limited. A self drive holiday in Uganda offers a memorable experience to particularly primates, wildlife and adventure lovers.

An undeniably popular choice, self drive tours in Uganda allows you the flexibility of free versatility while affording you the genuine feelings of serenity to know that your route is an established one, tried and tested so you won't go over any unwelcome surprises. All the accommodation if you wish can be booked in advance for you by the knowledgeable and experienced staff of Uganda Car Hire and our tour package itineraries guarantee you to include the highlights of this safari paradise seen from your 4×4 self drive vehicles.

As another option for scheduled safaris, self drive holidays in Uganda allow you to determine your schedule, freeing you from the limitations of an inflexible tour program, and giving you a chance to enjoy the wild landscape of Uganda, Rwanda and the surrounding countries in the East African region at your own pace.

In spite of the fact that Uganda has tarred roads in the major cities, exploring the rest of the country is a little bit hectic because of the fact that most of the roads connecting to the different national parks and tourist destinations are not in good conditions, so this your advised to use 4×4 vehicles that are readily available at a relatively affordable prices from Uganda Car Hire. Self derive safaris in a 4x4 vehicle let you experience all the self sufficient adventure connected with rough road safaris while inconspicuously guiding you through untamed pearl of Africa.

Under Uganda car rental's accommodation accord, organization is the main fact for a successful safari: careful planning, a complete stock, adequate supplies, ample drinking water, equipment for off road safaris and camping equipment all should be considered before you set off. Uganda Car Hire take care of all these points of interest for you, giving you a completely equipped 4×4 self drive safari vehicle, prepared for any eventuality that you may experience on your safari. A flexible itinerary is in place to guarantee you find decent campgrounds and accommodation on your route.

Uganda Car Hire has been arranging and tailoring delectable self drive safaris, holidays and vacation since 2001. We have an in depth and knowledge of Uganda, its climate, facilities, and an established system of approved accommodation and 4×4 rental affiliates. Each part of you're self drive safari is authorize by Uganda car Hire to guarantee you have the best and memorable trip with less hassle or concern. Our well trained and experience travel consultants can answer any question you may have relating to your Uganda self drive holiday.

We can deal take care of all aspects of your self-driving safaris, we organize the accommodation, vehicle for hire and your route considering your own preferences, individual needs and hobbies. We additionally offer budge self drive packages intended to suit budge travelers searching for affordable self drive safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and the neighboring East African nations.

While the allure of a Uganda safari and independent travel introduces an amazing prospect to numerous adventurers, it does include a sure measure of hard work, effort and tour know-how despite the fact that your route is planned and your equipment provided. Some travelers like to experience Uganda's tough camping by overland safari, others would prefer not to go on luxury accommodation.

What makes our self drive tours in a 4x4 vehicle so unique is that you are in the driver's seat which implies when you are in a game watching drive through one of Africa's premium national game parks, you are driving, you choose how long to spend watching wildlife, you choose when it is time to move on. This gives you some flexibility in your day, perhaps you need to stop on the side of the road and purchase some bananas and chat to local people, or spend a couple of hours looking at Murchison Falls or choose to spend all day the day sitting at a watering hole watching a pride of lions in the Murchison Falls National Park.

Then again, there are some tourists who want to hire their own car together with their camping equipment with a driver and go for a guided tour. On most of our guided self drive safari we offer a good and well maintained 4x4 Land Cruiser for between 2-4 people. Your hired vehicle comes complete with camping gears and all the essentials vital for comfort and practicality. We also offers a number of tours through the East African countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo regardless of how long you want to spend with the vehicle. We have been running and organizing these self drive expeditions for many years and we are among the few operators in Uganda offering multi country tours. Most tour companies in Uganda offer a self drive safari to Uganda however with Uganda Car Hire you have the chance to go through numerous countries particularly in the East African region.

Below are some of the important camping gears that are ready to be hired out to our clients;

  • Gas cylinders
  • Cooking utensils
  • Camping chairs and tables
  • Battery powered lamp
  • Camping stove
  • Torch

So visit Uganda Car Hire Ltd on ugandacarhire.biz or its mother company African Jungle Adventures Ltd on www.junglesafarisuganda.com and experience an amazing African tour and vacations in one of our 4X4 Camper vehicles. Rent a completely equipped 4X4 vehicles live Toyota Rav4, Toyota Premio, Noah among others or you can hire a luxury 4x4 self drive vehicle like Toyota Land Cruiser, Benz Ml, Nissan Patrol and enjoy a self drive tour into the region’s most amazing national park, game reserves and wilderness areas and enjoy the freedom of flexibility of the self drive tour.

Uganda is land locked country surrounded by various lakes and among the lakes include Lake Victoria is the biggest and stunning lake with fresh water in the Uganda and the whole of East Africa region. Lake Victoria is considered to be the third largest fresh water lake in the world and it’s approximated to be covering an area of 68800square kilometers. The prominent water body located in the heart of Uganda is one of the interesting wonders in the pearl of Africa attracting many tourists into the country.

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Lake Victoria Sunset

Lake Victoria derived its name after the explorer John Hannington Speke who was on his Uganda exploratory trip to discover the source of River Nile in the year 1858 and from that time to date various travelers and explorers have been traveling to Uganda to follow the footsteps of the first explorer who discovered the lake.

Exploring Lake Victoria is an experience which visitors planning their safaris to Uganda should get involved because the Nalubale Lake popularly known as Victoria Lake has various beautiful different beautiful Islands which are dotted in various parts in the lake for instance the magnificent Ssese Island, Ngamba islands. These Islands provide best relaxing grounds and centers for visitors interested in different refreshing, mind relaxing activities like swimming; others have beaches, Resorts where leisure seeking travellers can spend good time while on their holiday to Uganda.

The varied Victoria Island are endowed with the stunning nice looking sandy beaches and resorts, lodges campsites, served with calm, cool atmosphere coming from the lake especially in the evening and morning hours. The lake is the only place where one can maximally enjoy his or her adventure safaris in the pearl of Africa because taking cruise ship in the Victoria’s waters is so marvelous with rewarding scenic views of different eco-systems surviving in the bank of the lake.

Exploring Lake Victoria enables the traveler to enjoy the sights and views of a various wild animal species that are easily watched in the banks of the lake and some of the wildlife is water dwelling such as the hippos, Crocodiles, and water based bird species. One can also explorer different tourists activities like spot fishing in the white waters of Nalubale lake as well as kayaking, water rafting, boat cruising among others.

Rwenzori National Park

The 996sq km Rwenzori National Park lies at the base of snow-capped Rwenzori, Africa's third highest peak. Among the attractions here include primates like Baboons, chimpanzees, L’hoest monkey, Rwenzori Colobus monkeys, Tree hyraxes, Red duikers, Leopard and Elephants. Bird-watching is also popular, and visitors can learn about the local Bakonjo and Bamba people through homestead visits.

Climb Mount Muhavura

At 4,127m above sea level, this extinct volcano is the third-highest mountain in Uganda. Even if you don't climb to the upper slopes, it is worth spending time on the bamboo forested lower slopes.

Climb Mount Elgon

This is a distinctive volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya. 24 million year old Mount Elgon is a dormant volcano, crowned by a vast crater some 8 km wide, honeycombed by labyrinthine caves, fissured by valleys, cascaded by streams and cloaked in forest; it straddles the border between Kenya and Uganda. The hike can take between 4-6 days.

Day Trip to River Nile

River Nile is located in Jinja only 80km from Kampala city. Today, you can enjoy white water rafting, Kayaking and Bungee jumping on the Nile escarpment overlooking the stunningly beautiful Nile River.

Explore Uganda’s Water Bodies

Visitors can choose between boat riding, waterskiing, swimming or surfing along Uganda’s Lake Victoria shoreline. The most popular resorts near Entebbe include Entebbe botanical beach resort, water front beach and pineapple bay resort in Ssese islands. Another good base for water sport is the Nile River about 1.5 hours drive from Kampala.

Explore Kampala City

Set strategically in the heart of Uganda, Kampala is a charming city with many historic attractions and fine old houses with impressive carved wooden doors: highlights include the Uganda Museum, the Kasubi tombs and the Rubaga and Namirembe cathedrals.

Gaze at the Great Rift Valley

Take in the sweeping views of the great east African rift valley by visiting Queen Elizabeth or Murchison falls national park. Here you can enjoy Butiaba escarpment near Hoima town or Kyambura escarpment with high walls and flat-bottomed valley floor below, which is dotted by a small string of lakes and savannah.

Visit Mabira Forest

This lovely rainforest near the Uganda’s capital city is arguably the prime bird watching site in Uganda, thanks to presence of several dozen forest species found nowhere else in the country. For non-birders, the shady forest paths and plentiful monkeys still have plenty of charm.

Go Wild at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Boasting a dramatic setting in the Rift Valley, this park is dominated by Lake Edward and George whose edges are frequently home to hundreds of thousands of shimmering landscapes. It is also one of Uganda’s best parks supporting high concentration of birds (over 612 species), over 95 mammal species and you may spot a leopard in savannah grasslands.

Sample Local Culture at Ndere Cultural Centre of Uganda

At this cultural centre, a short distance outside Kampala’s city centre, you can see displays of traditional dancing and explore mock-ups of traditional cultures.

Shop Until You Drop In Kampala

Owino market is a great place to buy cheap clothes, fresh foods and vegetables. Nakasero Market, off Kampala road is the main city market. Serious souvenir shoppers should also head for the National theatre craft shops, where high-quality leatherwork, jewellery and other crafts are produced.

Mountain Gorilla Tracking

Uganda is a home to almost half of the world's last remaining population of the mountain gorillas, found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located about 9 hours drive from Kampala (Uganda's capital) and 4-5 hours drive from Kigali, Rwanda's capital. A wide variety of gorilla safari packages available online offered by different Travel Agents and Tour Operators in Kampala and Kigali Rwanda. This means one can book a safari in Rwanda and track gorillas in Uganda, or book a Uganda safari and track gorillas in both countries because the gorilla parks are close to each other.

Stay a Night at Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Situated a short distance from the main highway between Kampala and Gulu/Masindi, this small private sanctuary near Murchison falls national park doubles as an extra activity and well-positioned hide that frequently attracts aggregations other mammals.

Take To the Skies in a Hot Air Balloon

Float over herds of game in Queen Elizabeth National park. Hour-long excursions set off at dawn and end with champagne breakfasts. Mweya safari lodge in the park offer this experience, which gives ballooners the chance to see the game from the air between July and September.

Tour Kampala's Museums

Explore the ethnographic and archaeological exhibits of the National Museum, which lies within walking distance of the city centre.

Kampala Shopping and Nightlife

The city and town centres usually have markets which sell curios such as African drums, old brass, and wooden carvings of animals or salad bowls carved from a single piece of teak, mining or ebony. Other items such as beaded jewellery and decorated gourds make good souvenirs. Most of the tourist areas have abundant stalls and markets selling these items; you will be expected to haggle good-naturedly over prices.

Probably the best market in the country is Owino market, which lies in the city centre off Nakivubo Street. Comprising perhaps 100 stalls, it has the full range of handicrafts on offer, and prices tend to be quite competitive. It is safe enough by day, but some first-time visitors to Africa find the atmosphere a bit daunting, so opt for an organized tour.

Shopping Hours

Monday-Saturday 0830-1730.

Nightlife in Uganda

Most of the major hotels in Kampala and the holiday resorts along the shoreline have dancing with live bands or discos each evening. There are also a few local nightclubs in Kampala that stay open until dawn; these can get very crowded and prostitution abounds - go in a group and take a taxi.

Increasingly, modern multi-screen cinema complexes are appearing in Kampala, which shows mainly Hollywood movies, while in the smaller towns are old colonial-style cinemas showing old Kung Fu or Indian films. Theatre is popular in Kampala. Quite often, traditional tribal dancing and drumming is performed in the game lodges.

Uganda’s Food and Drink

Meat in Uganda is outstandingly good, as are tropical fruit and vegetables. Inland, a local freshwater fish, tilapia is popular and tasty. Indian and Middle Eastern food is available in most areas, and there is a wide range of international restaurants in Kampala. Tourist hotels provide buffet meals and hotels in smaller towns offer a dish of the day, such as chicken and chips or stew and rice. Sumptuous tropical fruits, ranging from pineapples to mangoes, can be bought seasonally at local markets.

Specialties

  • Nyama choma (barbecued meat served with a spicy tomato relish)
  • Tilapia (freshwater fish associated with the Rift Valley lakes and often grilled whole)
  • Matoke (cooked banana, with a constitution similar to boiled potatoes, most commonly eaten in the Uganda border area)

Tipping

Optional. Most hotels and restaurants include a 10-15% service charge in the bill; if they don't a small tip is customary.

Regional Drinks

Nile and Bell (locally brewed lager beer)

Uganda Waragi (A gin from Matoke)

Chai (tea boiled with milk and sugar)

Mountain gorillas are known to be one of the wild animals that are endangered and decreases in numbers in many forests or mountains in Africa particularly in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Since they are endangered it is of great importance to make sure that humans could not contribute to some diseases that might affect their life. If you are into great desire of visiting these gentle giants then you must be ready with the things that are prohibited and with the rules that are needed to be followed.

If you want to experience mountain gorilla trekking in Africa, we can be the leading providers of tour packages that will surely suit the needs of our every visitor. Services regarding gorilla trekking packages are offered and organized to avoid more hassle on the part of every visitor. And accommodation can be included that is near the gorilla parks, that is to say; Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Virunga national Park in DR Congo, Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. Gorilla permits before doing gorilla trekking must also be secured through your travel agent. Gorilla permits for foreign non-residents in Uganda cost US dollars 600 each. However, there are promotional permits of US dollars 350 in April, May and November. In Rwanda, a gorilla permit costs US dollars 750 each.

Gorilla trekking is one of the most popular things to do once you are in Africa particularly at Rwanda and Uganda. It becomes popular for there are many people who demand to experience seeing wild animals such as these giant gentles known as gorillas. Visitors will be engaged in exciting journey wherein they have to follow the guide in tracking the movement of the gorillas in the forest. It might be hard to track gorillas in the forest so it is important to trust the guide and follow as much as possible in order to avoid certain problems.

Trekking Gorillas might take you longer or might spend most of the time so you must be prepared more importantly physically. You must bring enough food and water for snacks. These might be included with the instructions provided prior heading to the headquarters wherein dos and don’ts are as well enumerated.

Once the gorillas are already tracked, you will now have time to observe them but remember not to come too close with them. You can already enjoy watching them or taking some videos and pictures but camera flash must be off. Do not leave anything on the area once you planned to take the journey back home. Rules must really be followed. And there are options with regards to gorilla trekking depending on the preferences of the visitors most especially their availability. Through these wild selections you are provided with chance on which gorilla trekking is the best for you.

Though you are required to spend money, time and effort still it will worth it all once you already experience how it feels like to go gorilla trekking. Aside from the experience that you will gain from this experience, you will also be provided with the chance to be aware about these endangered wild animals named as gorillas. The experience (Gorilla trekking) can as well be considered as one of a lifetime moment that will be treasured and remembered through the rest of the years. Many dream to see real gorillas but only few are granted so it would be an edge among others if you are able to experience mountain gorilla trekking in Africa.