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.

Everyone always considers what he or she buys or consumers basing on how much he or she is spending on each item thus making one a rational consumer. Customers or consumers always opt for services that are at affordable prices since money is a scarce resource. And of course people that make use of these car rental services always wanted to use less for more benefit on their trips.
Some of the simple ways on how to save money on car rentals are provided below;

Try avoiding big car rental companies

It is a fact that big car rental agencies always raise their standards and at times and ends up charging high prices for the car hire services even when these services are similar with medium companies. They are always fixed and do not appeal to everyone. Look for small car hire companies in your destination of interest for the best quote and good services. It is true that small and medium car rental companies provide comfortable and full packages because they always take their customers to be precious since they may not have a flow of customers at a given time. And though they are small or medium Agencies, they offer similar car rental services as big companies.

Consider companies that give discounts

Travelers always consider this to be a greatest way of saving money as you are given car hire services at reduced price. Companies always give discount coupons to their loyal customers in a specified period of time of traveling and also to clients that hire cars for long period of time. This always acts as one of the ways of promotion.

Deal with relatively small cars

Of course smaller cars are cheaper than big cars but this depends on the size of your travel mass, for example if you are traveling like a family, you can opt to a small car. But if you are travelling alone or few people, there is no need of travelling by a big car. A small car can serve you the same purpose and at a cheaper price. A live example is Toyota Rav4 Vs Toyota Prado, renting a Rav4 is cheaper than renting a Prado but they serve almost similar purpose, they are both 4 wheel drive (4wd), and the maintenance cost as well as cost of fuel is cheaper with a Toyota Rav4.

4x4 Toyota rav4

Consider long term rates

Try putting into consideration renting a car for a long period of time like two (02) weeks or more. The longer the hiring time, the less the cost incurred. This is because car hire companies tend to give some discounts to customers who hire cars for a long period of time.

Opt for travel packages

If you are going for a vacation in Southern or Eastern Africa and you opt to hire a car for self drive to facilitate transportation services, always do it with a tour and travel company because they work hand in hand with car rental Agencies in order to simplify some work for the traveler. By using a tour and travel agent you will have around your tour items all booked at once; that is, accommodation, car, entry fees and food and these always come with a discount. Further more, Travel Agencies can book for you a car and a professional driver / tour guide at a very low price, and all items mentioned above can be booked for you at a discounted price unlike when you book them by your self. In other words, tour operators are given discount on some items on the safari like accommodation and entry permits, and a discount can not be given to you as an individual.

In 2016, the Kenyan tourism industry recorded a 17% increase in earnings. This was because of deluge of international tourists from nations like the China, US and India.
Najib Balala, the Tourism Cabinet Secretary said Kenya recorded 877,602 tourists a year ago, up from 752,073 tourists in 2015. To cite Balala, "I am glad to report that 2016 arrival and receipts signal better times ahead for the tourism industry that had been assailed by insecurity and different challenges."

He said that the development and recuperation of Kenya's tourism industry can be ascribed to several new measures for improving security and efforts for fortifying the industry’s demand by removing tax, relaxing visa rules and developing infrastructure.

Kenya had encountered a slump in tourism after several of terror attacks focusing on Nairobi and traveler resorts in Lamu and Mombasa. Balala said that China has dominatingly grown to contribute 5% of all visitors travelling to Kenya. Other African nations likewise contributed almost 29% of all visitors travelling to Kenya in 2016.

Gorillas are one of the majestic animals in the world one can ever meet. Due to the fact these animals are so intelligent in the way they live their lives. Although some people look at them as beasts that can endanger human life, this is not the case they are wonderful animals are peaceful and herbivorous animals that cannot feed on human flesh.

The mountain gorillas are so wonderful to meet as they bring one close to nature in such a way one can easily fall in love with way they lead their lives and you can feel so petty for the people who destroy their homes. Gorillas live in very organized family, for example you can never find a gorilla on its own in the jungle. Each and every gorilla has a family it is attached to and in the family it might be a father, a mother, a child in the family or a relative to the silver back.

These gorillas are found in the small country of Africa called Rwanda located in the eastern part of the continent. This country has embarked on conserving these gorillas which has given opportunities to the people who would love to see the gorillas in their environment. People have not disappointed to the chance give to them as many people throughout the year visit this country for gorilla trekking safaris.

Rwanda has seven habituated gorilla families that can be watched by the tourists. These gorillas are found in volcanoes national park on Virunga ranges that is share by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This Virunga region holds 480 gorillas half of the world’s mountain gorilla population (480) and the part that is found in Rwanda of the Virunga has 320 mountain gorillas. This makes Rwanda to having a third of the world’s mountain gorilla population.

Virunga Mountains where Gorillas Live

Mountain gorilla trekking experience is incredible as one does not need to travel for long distances to see the gorillas and the gorillas in Rwanda are seen clearly and easily as the volcanoes national park forests are not so thick. Visitors strictly spend one hour with gorillas as they watch them move around, feed, play and at times the young gorillas come near the visitors with an intention of playing. The visitors are also able to take wonderful pictures and videos in the jungle.

Mountain gorillas are one of four the subspecies of gorillas and the other being the western lowland gorillas, eastern lowland gorillas and the cross river gorillas. All gorillas are primates and classified as apes due to their well developed brains, digits on the endings of the limbs and also do not have a tail at the back. The other apes are mankind, orangutans, gibbons and chimpanzees and this means that gorillas are also among the closest cousins of mankind. These gorillas are called the mountain gorillas due to the nature of their habitats. The mountain gorillas live in forested mountain ranges of Virunga and Bwindi Forests in the east central African region. The three countries with the mountain gorillas are Rwanda, Uganda and DR.Congo.

Silverback Gorilla in the Jungle

There are less than 900 mountain gorillas left in the world today. Uganda has the biggest percentage of gorillas almost inhabiting a half of the total population and the rest of the countries share the rest. Mountain gorillas are regarded as endangered species of animals by the international union of conservation for nature (IUCN) and this means they will get extinct in the forthcoming generation if conservation efforts are not made. The decrease in the population of mountain gorillas is due to habitat loss where by the local people are settling in areas where the gorillas stay.

Diseases are also a major factor for the decreases as very many helpless gorillas die of epidemics. For instance in the early 2000s, hundreds of gorillas died due to the outbreak of Ebola in Congo and some parts of southwestern Uganda. The Ebola was transmitted to the gorillas by the local people who were infected since the gorillas have almost the same immunity as mankind. Other causes of fall of gorilla population are civil wars that are occurring in the forests of Congo and also poaching of the gorillas for bush meat.

However, measures have been put in place to conserve and protect the gorillas from getting extinct as protected areas have been put in place like Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda, in Rwanda there is volcanoes national park and Congo Virunga national parks. Also different organization plus the governments of the three countries have come up to protect the mountain gorillas. One way of protecting and conserving the gorillas is visiting them in their protected areas since it creates awareness of how important gorillas are to people as they bring joy and excitement in their lives and also the some money paid to see the gorillas is injected in the gorilla conservation work.

Visiting the mountain gorillas is much more than conservation, gorilla trekking experience comes with discovery, excitement and enjoyment. When one visits the gorillas in their natural environment he/she will see unique characteristics that cannot be found in any other animals that is the way they take care of their young ones, family organization and also their ability to use tools like tree branches to gather food and also for shelter. During the gorilla trekking experience, the visitor is able to take very beautiful photos of the gorillas if you are lucky enough you can also take a selfie with a gorilla! It is really an interesting moment to visit the mountain gorillas in their nature habitat. One can book a 15 day tour in Rwanda and Uganda to allow you track the gorillas twice in both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. The same tour exposes you to all the hidden treasures of the 2 destinations such as Kidepo valley, Kibale Forest, Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks among others, see the African Big 5 animals as well as the chimpanzees.

View of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda

There are very many online tour operators that you can contact to book yourself a gorilla trekking safari and have fun with the mountain gorillas in their natural environment before their extinction. A gorilla permit goes from 600 us dollars in Uganda, Rwanda 750 us dollars and DR. Congo 400 us dollars.

Thinking of a self drive trip to Uganda is the best choice every adventure lover should make, due to the variety of attractions in the country like the 13 wildlife parks all filled with amazing and unique wildlife, diverse culture among others. But before you think of getting online to looking for a car rental company from where you will hire the car to use on your self-drive trip, we recommend that you read through our safety driving tips to have a safe and interesting self drive trip in Uganda. Read about the traffic rules and personal measures to take after as you are driving on Ugandan roads.

Don't drink and drive
In Uganda driving under the influence of alcohol is a big crime and it’s punishable, this was made serious and strict like 2 years back after the increasing accidents which were mostly caused by drunken drivers and the Uganda Traffic Police introduced the breath tasting machines locally known as Kawuntemu. DUI does not only make the driver lose concentration but also reduces driver’s vision and steering stability the thing which causes accidents. Death caused by DUI can easily be avoided if a driver is smart enough to not get behind the wheel when his drunk.

Always wear a safety belt
Driving without a safety belt on is a traffic offense everywhere throughout the world and rightly so since this could be a life saver in case of any collision. Try not to not get caught by highway traffic police just because of a simple action which can also save your life. You should not forget to strap on the belt before you start car or after a stop, in case of any accident the seat belt will be only main thing that can save you from being hurled around or outside through the wind screen. The odds of surviving a crash with the belt on are high plus you will avoid tickets and some money.

Avoid all kinds of distractions
It’s advisable to avoid all the distractions while you’re driving, things like phones and other electronic devices should be avoided. The most known vice that causes distraction and accidents are phone and texting these may appear like simple things but will make you lose concentration and in case of any mistake it may lead to a fatal accident. Thinks like eating, chatting with passengers, applying makeup, adjusting music volume, changing radio channels and even trying to plug in the phone into the charger while driving can also distract that thing which may cause accident. Always keep your eyes on the road not forgetting that a single a single mistake can cause death.

Avoid Over speeding & over taking
More than 70% of the road accidents everywhere throughout the world are brought on by high speeding drivers in a rush or on showoff. Regardless of whether you are in race to get some place in time or simply speeding to awe somebody, you ought to always remember that SPEED KILLS, try to keep the average speed of 80km/hr and just over take when you have a perfect view of the coming vehicles passing by. Take as much time as is needed and spare an existence today.

Don't drive when tired
When organizing a to travel a long trip, it’s advisable to have enough rest and also pack some water and snacks to keep you awake on the drive. Getting in the driver’s seat when feeling tired is huge mistake as you can doze off and you get to realize it when you already knocked another vehicle on the road or when you have lost control of the car. Its advisable that in case you feel sleepy, you can just stop over somewhere and take a short break, stretch your muscles, take an energy drink or eat something and then hit the road again and continue with trip after refreshment.

Look out for bad weather
When going to remote destinations like village or wildlife parks, never forget that the weather can change un-expectedly. Heavy rain and fog are bad conditions to drive in thus you ought to consider reducing the speed to around 30km/hr or even getting somewhere to park and wait for the rain to stop to avoid accident and even getting the vehicle stuck in muddy road.

Travelling and exploring new destinations helps us to leave our boring routine and everyone love to visit news and beautiful places! No matter where you’re travelling to, where you’re coming from whom you’re travelling with and why you’re travelling; there is one thing in common to all voyagers and that is the Luggage. Excursions could either be arranged as well as may appear suddenly and you would prefer not to fret over what you have to pack for your vacation or wind up missing on essential stuff!

So here are a couple of things that as a traveler you can't bear to miss:

Important stuff:
Get your itinerary, tickets, travel maps, camera and it's charger, mobile phone, pair of shades, torchlight, Swiss blade, scissor, watch, bag locks, carry bags, novel (if you are an ardent reader), small journal and a pen, water bottle, candles and match box (to be safe).

Travel bag:
In any which way don't make your vacation irritating by carrying the load of your luggage. What you have to do is to calculate the number of days you’re going to spend on the trip and then carry clothes which are only enough for you thus be sure to have a wheeled bag, duffel bag with wheels and backpack which are easy to carry around. It wouldn't strain your muscles and tire you out. If you’re hiking in the jungle then a backpack would be useful.

Daypacks:
Get a simple day bag so you can have a handy bag to carry on your across your shoulders where you will put your important stuffs to use in the day for example, travel map, snacks, sunglasses, water bottle and leave the big heavy bag in your hotel room.

Money Belt:
Most is most vital! Try not to give yourself to be ransacked a chance to out of your money and ruin your vacation. So don't use your day bags, handbags to stash in your money but use a money belt for the reason.

Shoes:
Exceptionally important part of voyaging - shoes! Wear comfortable shoes and suit yourself to stroll around and explore all places freely. You may, if fundamental, pack a pair of your heels or different shoes in the event that you happen to go to any events that oblige you to wear them generally jettison them with no doubt!

Toiletries/ Medicines/ Misc:
Keep in mind to pack along fundamental toiletries like tooth paste, tooth brush, tissue papers, shaving kit (if required), sunscreen lotion, female hygiene stuff, antiperspirant, lip balm and comb. Travel with medications as per your prescription, glasses, and appropriate clothes – don't convey an excessive clothes, superfluously, towels, one jacket, socks, handkerchief, and so on. Additionally pack some eateries dry fruits, chocolates and snacks. In the event that you are going by air, pack your toiletries in your carryon bag.

Travel Map & Guide Book
In the event that you’re going on a planned trip – purchase the travel maps, guide books in local store at your place and chalk out an itinerary and carry along the itinerary printout with you. In the event that it's out of blue trip purchase a guide, as you can't depend on technology (Google maps and so forth), dependably. Stack in the maps in your daypack alongside camera, phone and other stuff.

Back-up documents
Always remember to get photocopies of passport, personal IDs, tickets and different documents, for example, your Mastercard's car rental insurance coverage information, depending on where you’re travelling to. Carry phone numbers of your bank, Credit Card Company or possibly travel agency in like manner. Leave a photocopy of your passport ID back at home with the destination that it accelerates the replacement procedure in the event that you lose your passport on the excursion.

I am certain the above would come convenient while arranging and packing your next vacation.

There are very many people out there who would like to see the gorillas in their natural environment. I guess you have seen gorilla caged in the zoo and they are normally two or three in the cage. All I can tell you is that these gorillas do not interact as they are supposed to.

Gorillas are nomadic animals which move from one place to the other looking for feeding areas in the jungles and are social animals which enjoy company of very many gorillas that is around 8-10 gorillas in the group. In the jungle is where they feel more comfortable as they independently do their own things other than being restricted like the way they are kept in the zoos.

The life span of a gorilla is normally 45 year in their natural habitat but a gorilla in captivity only spends 35 years on earth according to by the World Wildlife fund (WWF). This means that gorillas have more life when they are in the jungle where they feed on more organic and nutritious foods of the wild fruits, tree shoots, stems, leaves, flowers, vines and the small vertebrates.

In the jungle is where these gorillas normally express their natural intelligence in the way they lead their lives. This is why they are among the closest cousins of man. Due to their intelligence, many people have traveled to their natural habitats to see the gorillas.

There are many kinds of gorillas in the world from the western and eastern lowland gorillas, the cross river gorillas to the mountain gorillas. Gorillas are found in ten African countries; that is, the countries in the western, the central and eastern parts of Africa.

But for our case we shall enlighten you on the mountain gorillas that are found in Uganda, Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of Congo. Here we find over 20 habituated gorilla families available for tourism purposes, mountain gorilla trekking is one of the main foreign exchange earner for those countries.

Rwanda has seven habituated gorilla families found in volcanoes national park in the Virunga region which is straddles Rwanda, Uganda and the DR.Congo and Uganda has ten habituated gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable national park in the southwestern part of the country and one habituated family at Mgahinga national park in the Virunga region. A 5 day African gorilla safari can combine Bwindi and Volcanoes National parks with 2 gorilla treks in both gorilla destinations.

The only way to see these amazing animals is by taking a gorilla safari that are normally organized by various tour companies and these have affordable tour packages and this can be proofed by going to the internet.

The other way to trek the gorillas, one may get in the Rwanda and Uganda, hire a car in Uganda and take a gorilla tour safari on your own. In other words, it is a self drive gorilla safari.. This is the most adventurous experience one can ever encounter.

Gorilla tours are truly awesome as one get in touch with nature and one of man’s closest cousins in their natural environment.

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.