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Kidepo National Park Uganda

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Cheetah in Kidepo park
Kidepo Valley National Park’s lush landscapes offer “the best of Uganda” hence making it Uganda’s wildest park. The word “Kidepo” is a Karamojong word meaning to pick from down.
Kidepo has been ranked as the third best national park in Africa hence won an international accolade from the CNN Travel site. The awarding was based on the uniquely huge herds of wildlife like the True African king of the Jungle “The African Lion”, African Buffaloes, Cheetahs, Ostriches and Giraffes.

Kidepo Valley National Park is located in the extreme North East of Uganda covering an area of 1442Km² bordering South Sudan in the North West and Kenya in the North East. Kidepo National Park habitats the great Karamojong warriors and one of Africa’s smallest ethnic tribe the IK, that are believed to have wandered through much of East Africa and came from Ethiopia hundreds of years ago praying to ancient gods.

IK tribe bares a culture like that of some tribe from as far as southern Egypt so it’s believed to be like a museum with great historical information, cultural information and ecological information that anyone would like to discover as part of the tour package from the Kidepo region.
Kidepo Valley National Park bares up to 500 bird species and over 77 different mammals that roam the Savannah and it’s impressive collection of fauna. It’s the only park where you stand a chance of encountering all these species. Hence making the best of Uganda.

Kidepo Valley National Park bares the Kanangorok Hot Springs, the unexpected attraction that are located in a walk able distance away from the Uganda – South Sudan border. Kidepo valley national park contains a seasonal river that runs through it during heavy rains and flashes floods through out the park. Which later disappears leaving water marks of sand that harbor some water beneath it, hence being dug out by some animals like the baboons for drinking. Hence attracting several animals to stay around Kidepo Valley which has led to an increase in numbers of tourists visiting the area hence making it up to 7000 from 2000.

How much does it cost to see gorillas in Africa

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda
Currently Gorillas are believed to be over 880 individuals in number, the conservation efforts have increased the population of mountain gorillas in both Virunga Volcano forests across Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda more so to Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest.

According to research, for both studies conducted in Bwindi impenetrable forest and the Virunga volcanoes forests state that groups that were habituated for research have higher growth rates than the free range gorillas growing from the forests, Habituation leads to repeated neutral contact with humans the gorillas exhibit normal behavior when people are in proximity. Habituated gorillas receive protection and medication from game rangers and some good Samaritans from the neighbouring communities.

Where mountain gorillas are found

Trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is a two hour’s drive north west of Kigali the capital city of Rwanda. A trek can be done over a stay of just two nights since trekking in Rwanda doesn’t involve a lot of fitness as their are a few slopes to encounter while trekking unlike in Uganda’s Bwindi. All trekking activities start from the park Head quarters in the village of Kinigi.

Trekking gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is quite experiential as the trek involves trailing across slopes of the impenetrable forest that happen to be longer and steeper but quite interesting, it’s full day drive full of interesting scenery along the way from Kampala city to the far west the home of mountain gorillas. It’s always a three days trekking trip but full of great encounters.

Gorilla trekking permit costs in Uganda($600) are cheaper compared to gorilla trekking permit costs in Rwanda($1500). Revenue from these permits in the process of conserving nature by helping the community members so as to keep the ecosystem.

Best time to go gorilla trekking

Gorilla trekking encounter in Uganda is a year round experience where by treks are conducted through out the year right away from the long rains that are commonly received from late march to early May here trekking is done at it’s wettest and trekking in November during a short rainy season. These happen to be the toughest times for trekking the endangered mountain gorillas in the whole year, peak season is in July and August during this time it’s more interesting.

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Birding spots in Uganda the pearl of Africa

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Birding spots in Uganda
Uganda being the pearl of Africa this gives her higher chances of habituating different bird species, Uganda habitats up to 1,061 species of birds as you discover her right away from the source of the white Nile on lake Victoria, the montane forests of virunga volcanoes, the snow-capped Rwenzori range, Africa’s largest volcano caldera on Mount Elgon and the desert plains of Karamoja region hence this makes Uganda an Equatorial country with astonishing contrasts.

No other area in Africa can match her amazing diversity of habitats and this richness ranges from over 1,061 Bird species, Amongst these you encounter birds such as shoebill and the numerous spectacular endemics of the albertine rift valley that are not found anywhere else hence making Uganda the richest African Birding destination.
Uganda is enjoying a stable economic growth that is based on improving the tourism industry. This has played a great role towards development of Lodges, Hotels, Access of good quality roads and secure forest trails, the establishment of bird guide training programmes through the Uganda Bird and Safari Guides Association supported by the Uganda Sustainable Tourism Development Programme “UGSTDP” funded by the European Union.

Birding in Mabamba swamp


Mabamba swamp is a birding spot in Uganda that is about 50km drive west of Kampala city, Mabamba wetland is a home for the most sought after bird the shoebill. Birding in Mabamba is done on the canoes as you sail in marsh channels. Bird species to spot out include: White-winged warbler, Papyrus gonolek, Yellow-backed weaver, Northern Brown-throated weaver, Blue-headed coucal, the swamp flycatcher, African purple swamp-hen, African water rail, Common moorhen, Lesser jacana, African pygmy goose, White faced whistling duck, Squacco heron, Blue-breasted bee-eater, Winding cisticola, Goliath heron and black crake.

Birding in Murchison Falls Park


Murchison falls park is Uganda’s largest national park, it’s bisected by the mighty River Nile that protects a chunk of unmatched African Savannah. It is named after the dramatic Murchison falls, where the world’s second longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the rift valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below, As you take a boat along the Victoria Nile to the delta at Lake Albert which habitats Hippos and many Nile Crocodiles as well as special bird species that include: Shoe-bill, Secretary Bird, Abyssinian roller and ground horn-bill, Pied kingfishers, Red-throated bee-eaters lining the banks, Goliath heron, Saddle-billed stork, Scared ibis, Fulvous whistling-duck, Senegal and water thick-knees, Black-headed and long-toed Lapwing, Little bittern, Osprey, Red necked falcon, Blue-breasted bee-eater, Vinaceous dove and grosbeak weaver hence making a birding spot in Uganda.
Birding to the top of the falls you will spot out White fronted black chat, Rock prantincoles, White-crested turaco, Grey woodpecker, Darter and Gaint kingfisher, Red throated bee-eater, Red-shouldered cuckoo-shrike, Western violet-backed sun-bird, Black-headed Gonolek, Chestnut-crowned sparrow-weaver, Brown Twin-spot, Bar-breasted fire-finch, Red-winged pytilia and Red-winged grey warbler, Bruce’s Pigeon and Osprey.
Birding on the bank of Victoria Nile, birds to spot out include Egyptian plover, Shoe bill, Red winged grey warbler, Rock pranticole, Secretary bird, Bat hawk, Den-ham’s bustard, Pels fishing owl, White crested turaco, Vinaceos dove, Senegal thick-nee, Chestnut cowned sparrow weaver, Carmine bee eater, Night jars(pennant winged and standard winged), White rumped canary.

Birding in Bundogo Forest


Bundogo forest is a birding spot in Uganda, birds to spot out include: African dwarf, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Chestnut-crowned eremomera, White spotted fluftail, Yellow and grey long-bills, Olive-bellied crombec, Brown-eared woodpecker, Dusky long tailed cuckoo, Blue-breasted kingfisher, Crowned eagle, Forest flycatcher, Yellow-browed camaroptera and cabanis bunting, Brown-backed scrub-robin, Narina trogon, Golden crowned woodpecker, Rufous flycatcher-thrush, Chestnut-capped flycatcher, Black-headed paradise flycatcher, Little green sun-bird, Green sun-bird, Both negro-finches, Western black-headed oriole, Dusky long tailed cuckoo, African Emerald cuckoo, Red-tailed ant-thrush, Yellow-mantled weaver, Yellow-browed camaroptera, Green crombec, Crested malimbe and Red-headed blue bill.

Birding in Kibale Forest


kibale forest national park is well know for chimpanzee trekking safaris since it happens to habitat the largest population of chimps in Africa and a birding spot in Uganda. It’s a longer drive from Kampala city, birds to spot out in Kibale forest include: Grey-winged robin, Blue shouldered robin chat, Yellow spotted barbet, Black billed turaco, White-napped pigeon, Green-breasted pitta, Red-chested fluftail, African pitta, Joyful greenbul, Cabanis greenbul, Grey-throated flycatcher, White-bellied crested flycatcher, Masked apalis, Nahan’s franclolin, Tiny sun-bird, White collard olive back, White-tailed ant-thrushes, Purple-headed glossy-starling, Brown illadopsis, Masked apalis, Toro olive-greenbul, Black-billed turaco, Buff-spotted woodpecker and green crombec, more to birding kibale forest habitats up to 13 primate species. Other species include dinner and overnight stay.

Birding in Semliki Valley National Park


Semliki National Park is settled in the far west as you approach the Congo boarder, it’s a whole day drive from Kampala city. Spending the whole day birding in Semliki forest will enable you spot out several bird species that include: Congo serpent eagle, Black-throated coucal, Grey-throated rail, Nkulengu Rail, Long-tailed hawk, Spot-breasted Ibis, Capuchin babbler, Yellow-throated nicator, Northern bearded scrub robin, Red chested owlet, Western bronze napped pigeon, Black-collared lovebird, White-bellied kingfisher, Red-rumped tinker-bird, Lyre-tailed honey-guide, Zenker’s honey guide, White-throated blue swallow, Bate’s night-jar, Yellow-throated cuckoo, Orange-tufted sun-bird, Black-winged Oriole, Red-billed Helmet shrike, Lemon bellied crombec, Rufous-sided broad-bill, Icterine Green bul, Swamp palm bulbul, Crested malimbe and Blue-billed malimbe, Fiery-breasted bush shrike, Pale-fronted negro-finch and piping, Red-billed dwarf, Black Dwarf white crested, Black-casqued wattled and white-thighed horn-bills hence a birding spot in Uganda.

Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park


Queen Elizabeth National Park happens to be the second largest park after Murchison Falls National Park Uganda’s largest park, a birding tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park could be an interesting one to serious birders since the park habitats over 610 bird species hence making it a great birding spot in Uganda, spotted bird species include: Pelicans, Skimmers, Kingfishers, Thick-knees, Storks, Martins, Swallows, Weavers, Canaries, Kites and many other grassland specialties. An early game drive in the open Savannah makes very ideal for Savannah Birds. The afternoon Launch cruise on the Kazinga channel that connects Lake George and Edward, here you spot out birds like African skimmer, Green backed heron, African spoon-hill, African crake, Water thick-knee, Three-banded plover, Marsh, Green, Wood and common Sand piper, Gray-headed gull, Plain martin lesser swamp-warbler and Yellow-billed ox-pecker.

Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest “Buhoma section”


Bwindi impenetrable forest is well known for habituating the endangered mountain gorillas but due to its impenetrable plants, several bird species have been attracted to seek shelters in the forest, birds to spot out include: Black-faced rufous warbler, Grauer’s warbler, Banded prinia, Black-faced Apalis, Black-throated Apalias, Mountain masked apalis, Red-throated alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-flycatcher, Ashy flycatcher, Dusky-blue flycatcher, Chapin’s flycatcher, Chin-spot batis, Cassins grey flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, Black and White shrike flycatcher, White bellied crested flycatcher, Pale breasted illadopsis, Mountain illadopsis, African hill babbler, Dusky tit, Blue-throated brown sun-bird, Blue headed sun-bird, Northern double-collared sun-bird, Grey headed sun-bird, Mackinnon’s fiscal, Sooty boubou, Pink-footed puff-back, Doherty’s bush-shrike, White-napped raven, Montane oriole, African Golden olriole, Stuhlmann’s starling, Narrow-tailed starling, Wallers starling, Strange weaver, Brown-capped weaver, Black–billed weaver, Dusky crimsonwing, Yellow-bellied wax-bill, Magpie mannikin, Yellow-crowned canary, Thick-billed seed eater, Streaky seed eater, African green broad-bill, Shelly’s crimsonwing, Oriole finch, Mountain Buzzard, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, Handsome francolin, Black-billed turaco, Barred long tailed cuckoo, African wood owl, Rwenzori night-jar, Scarce swift, Bar-tailed trogon, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Black bee-eater, Bronze naped pigeon, Red-chested owlet, Tull-berg’s woodpecker, Elliot’s woodpecker, African Broad-bill, western Green tinker-bird, African green broad-bill, Lag-dens bush shrike, Petit’s cuckoo-shrike, Grey cuckoo-shrike, Archer’s ground robin, Toro olive-greenbul, Ansorge’s greenbul, Equatorial Akalat, White-bellied Robin-chat, Olive Thrush, White-Tailed Ant-thrush, Grauer’s Rush-warbler, Short-tailed warbler, Neumann’s Warbler and Red faced woodland-warbler, with the availability of all these bird species bwindi becomes a birding spot in Uganda.

Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest “Ruhiija Section”


Ruhiija section in Bwindi forest will see you encounter a 4km trail to Mubwindi swamp that drops from 2,350m to 2,050m this happens to be a best spot of rift-endemics including grauers(African Green) Broad-bill the beautiful regal sun-bird and Archer’s Robin-chat. Mubwindi swamp habituates Dwarf honey guide, Stripe-breasted tit, Ruwenzori apalis and African hill babbler that is sometimes treated as separate species Ruwenzori hill babbler, the rare and difficult to see species Fraser’s eagle-owl and Ruwenzori, Double-collared sun-bird. We should also come across green broad-bill, Grauer’s Rush warbler, Purple-breasted, Blue headed and Regal sun-birds, Grauer’s broad-bills, Archer’s Robin-chat, Eastern Mountain-Greenbul, strange weaver, Black-headed wax bill, Bertelsmann’s starling and luehder’s Bush shrike and handsome francolin and Montane nightjar

Birding in Lake Mburo National Park


Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s small and next to Kampala city game park, it happens to be a very special place where by every part of it is live with variety of interests and color. Lake Mburo National Park habitats several species of mammals that include: Topis, Impalas, Zebras, Elands and Buffaloes. The park’s wetland harbors several bird species that include: Green backed woodpecker, African Fin-foot, Brown-chested plover, Southern, Ground Horn-bill, Spot-flanked, Red-faced and Black-collared Barbets, White-winged warbler, Papyrus yellow warbler, Carruthers, Cisticola, Papyrus Gonoleka, Yellow-billed ox-pecker and Northern brown-throated weaver.

According to the above listed birding spots in Uganda, Birding safaris in Uganda have been made more interesting as over 1,061 Bird species are available for viewing, however we hope that this blog post increased your awareness towards contributing to the conservation of natural areas in Uganda through confirming the need for their protection and positively supporting avitourism.
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Hot Air Balloon Safaris in Uganda

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Hot air balloon safaris in Uganda
Having visited Uganda, hot air balloon safaris in Uganda is one interesting adventure that one has to experience out while in Uganda’s parks as it let’s you have great views of the park from the sky. This is commonly done in Uganda’s first and second large National Parks. It can either take place in Queen Elizabeth National Park or Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda.

Hot Air Balloon Safaris in Murchison Falls National Park
Though it’s very existence is determined by the famous Murchison falls that provide you with a magical scenery of the rushing waters of the Nile river as it forces it’s self through the through an 8M wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the “Devils cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow.
This narrow gorge has fascinated the world for centuries, on the way to Murchison falls national park you make a stop over at the ziwa rhino sanctuary do Rhino trekking then proceed to Murchison Falls National Park as you gaze into the majestic herds of giraffe’s, Buffaloes, Elephants and Kobs as you drive through the park. Therefore a combination of game drives and Boat cruise in Murchison falls national park can be put to summary by booking your self a hot air balloon safari in Murchison falls national park which enables you have great views of the park from above as you can fly up to 1000ft high for better scenery hence making hot air balloon safari in Uganda great. Inquiring on how to add hot air balloon safaris in Murchison Falls National Park on your itinerary.

Hot Air Balloon Safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National park happens to be Uganda’s second largest national park after Murchison falls national park it also conducts hot air balloon safaris in Uganda, therefore it offers a lot of enticing scenerys like the tree climbing lions in ishasha sector, game drives as a are able to see African lions, African buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, Hippos, Leopards, Birds and Chimpanzee from the kyambura gorge. The park is bisected by two great lakes that is Lake Edward and Lake George that are also being separated by the Kazinga channel that offers a spectacular boat cruise. Hot air balloon safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park enable you to spot out different scenerys from the sky as you will fly up to 1000ft high. Inquiries about Hot air balloon safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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Semliki National Park Accommodation

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Semliki Safari Lodge
Semliki Safari Lodge is run by a private concessionaire the Uganda Safari company that offers upmarket tented camp. Semliki National Park covers 220 km2 with an altitude of 670-760m above sea level, Semliki forest reserve was created in 1932 and upgraded to National Park status in 1993. It is the only tract of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa hosting 441 recorded bird species and 53 mammal species. Four distinct ethnic groups live near Semliki National Park Bwamba farmers live along the base of the Rwenzori Mountains while the Bakonjo cultivate on the mountain slopes, Batuku are cattle keepers that inhabit the open plains and Batwa pygmies traditionally are meant to be hunter and fruit gatherers these live on the edge of the forest.

Semliki Safari Lodge is situated in the Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve, formerly called the Toro Game Reserve, in the Western Rift Valley. It is the only accommodation in over 500 square kilometers of wilderness, offering a truly private experience.

Semliki Safari Lodge is built out of local materials, the lodge has a traditional rustic quality without losing all important comfort. Guests stay in large canvas tents with permanent thatched roofs. Each tent includes an en-suite bathroom with running water and a private veranda with stunning panoramic views.

The food at the lodge has often been referred to as the ‘best food in Uganda’ and everything is freshly made, from the bread baked daily, to the soups, the relishes and chutneys. While at the lodge you may choose to do nothing more than relax by the pool which overlooks the mountains, or partake in a number of activities that we offers.

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