UGANDA GORILLA HABITUATION EXPERIENCE TAKING A NEW STAND
It’s no doubt that the mountain gorillas share 97% of their DNA with humans; however they are still regarded as wild animals. These great apes that can only be found in three nations worldwide, with a population of about 880 are critically endangered species. Half of the population can be found in Uganda and are the epitome of Uganda gorilla tours and safaris. This has instantiated need to know more about these animals. The government of Uganda through the Uganda Wildlife authority embarked on offering a new experience for tourists that lets them spend more quality time with the mountain gorillas.
Habituation primarily means process that leads to cease or decrease of an organism’s response to a certain stimuli. Hence Uganda gorilla habituation experience involves getting gorillas more accustomed to people and get used to human behaviors through more and longer interactions between them. Uganda Gorilla habituation experience is done by a team of experts and researchers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority to get these elusive apes more acquainted to human beings. This entire mechanism can take up to two years actively studying the great apes. The process also enables the researchers and rangers acquire more knowledge on better management of gorillas in case of emergencies. Upon completion, mock tests are done and if successful the family is opened up for gorilla tracking.
As opposed to the ordinary gorilla trekking encounter that offers only one hour to see the gorillas, the Uganda gorilla habituation experience offers not 1 but 4 hours of dedicated viewing and interacting with the mighty mountain gorillas. In this time you can invest a full day’s time amongst a gorilla family and watch them play, interact and tend to each other. If that is not enough you also have the opportunity to take perfect shots of and with the gorillas and take part in a particular task to habituating them.
To enjoy the Uganda gorilla habituation experience one has to take on a gorilla tour in Uganda with Love Uganda Safaris. We are renowned experts in gorilla tours and tailor made safaris in Africa. Gorilla Habituation permits came at a small investment fee of $1500 and nowhere in the world can you find such an affordable but breathtaking encounter. Gorilla habituation is currently done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park that plays host to most of the gorillas and numerous other wildlife. It occurs in the southern region of the park known as Rushaga where 2 gorilla families are being habituated. The Bushaho and Bikingi families are allowed a maximum of four tourists a day as compared to gorilla tracking that allows up to eight people per gorilla family.
However the guidelines and requirements for a Uganda gorilla habituation experience are not any different from the gorilla trekking tips. This encounter is believed to be taking Uganda tourism to the next level as it can only be done right in the pearl of Africa. It otips ffers a more intense, powerful, immerse and composite affair with the gorillas amidst the impenetrable jungles. Come take a Uganda tour and fall in love with various forms of nature and while in Africa, don’t ever leave out the Uganda gorilla habituation experience.
VISITING THE SOURCE OF RIVER NILE IN JINJA, UGANDA
The Nile River, vastly regarded as the world’s longest river is the not only the lifeline of Egypt but many other nations. Its rich history from the medieval times, biblical right up to today makes one wonder of its Genesis. Jinja in Uganda is the proud source of River Nile, notably the longest river in the world and the adventure capital of East Africa. Today it attracts various tourists from far and beyond.
Jinja is just a two hours’ drive from the Entebbe International Airport the main entry point into the country and a one hour drive from the capital Kampala. It boosts of rich history that continuously gets a new addition to its list. It’s the main town of the Busoga Region and seat of their traditional leader, the Kyabazinga of Busoga. The Basoga are among the most prominent tribes in the Pearl of Africa. The Kyabazinga’s palace is located in Bugembe the new state of art structure is fast growing as a landmark in the region meant to its tourism.
Due to the fact that at Jinja, The River Nile is in its upper course the waters are quite strong, it gave way for the construction of the Owen Falls Dam in 1954. Today it is known as the Nalubaale Power Station, Nalubaale being the name in the local dialect. The dam construction fostered industrialization of the area with factories like Kakira Sugar Works, Nile Breweries and Nytil Uganda setting up, and many other sugar & tea processing industries. It is also going to host East Africa’s first automobile plant; The Kira Motors Corporation.
The sights and sounds of Jinja are breathtaking with tranquility and gush of the thrills. This part of the Nile is also symbolized by waterfalls, rapids, steep gradient and fast moving water. All this give surge to wild adventures like the grade 5 white water rafting that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The Nile High Bungee Jump allows you to take the leap of faith from the cliff and reach down to touch the waters. It’s a life time experience one should have while they are on safari in Uganda. It’s also good for team building adventures too while having the adrenaline rush.
Furthermore one can also enjoy other sporting activities like mountain biking, quad biking, jet skiing, kayaking, horse riding, sunrise and sunset boat cruises. The exquisite attractions of Jinja make it one of the best honeymoon safari destinations in Uganda. Be assured you will nourish love and enjoy more romance with your partner as nature inspires you.
A Uganda tour to the source of River Nile with your preferred tour operator in Uganda is one of the short trips you can choose to do while in the pearl of Africa. It is just a day’s trip that can be done at the start or end of your safari. Dream, explore and discover the adventure hub of Africa because the Jinja is where awesomeness starts.
THRILLING EXPERIENCE AT THE UGANDA EQUATOR
Conjoining the earth’s surface with a suspended plane to the rotation axis of the earth and holding its centre of mass is the Equator. Here however, the part that enshrouds this geographical covering is called the Uganda Equator, an eminent cum renowned land mark. Fact is, one cannot say; ‘I visited Uganda without having crossed the Uganda Equator’. Anyway, it’s globally known that the Equator is an imaginary line that crosses the world dividing her into two equal parts/hemispheres; the Northern and southern hemispheres. A little wonder and magic along this imaginary line is that a magnetic needle cannot dip in basin water and stabilizes in a perfect horizontal position when positioned astride the equator line. Better still, it’s only at this point, where individuals can put either foot to stand on both sides of the world (the North and South). For the record, we experience but only warm temperatures and tropical climate along the Equator. The challenge is; we barely tell the difference between seasons.
Visitors with the affinity for an experience at Uganda equator can access this destination by travelling from Kampala city – the capital covering a distance of 72 kilometers to Kayabwe, Mpigi district because at this point, besides the road from Kampala stands a poster held up on its stands vividly indicating the markers of the Equator, along the Kampala-Masaka Road/ high way. Visitors intending to use public means; a taxi or bus can pay Uganda shillings 10,000/= or 15,000/=, which is USD 4-5 considering the current exchange rates. Yet in the south western direction from Kampala, locator markers of the Uganda Equator are being evident, crystal clear in Kasese district hailing through another gallant and profound land mark, just outside the Queen Elizabeth National Park. We recommend all visitors to carry with them a sun screen for this over whelming experience while standing in the middle of the Equator.
When having an exceptional holiday safari in Uganda, do not forget to pass via the Uganda equator, one should carry with them a souvenir for memory and also for family and friends. Copious structures are already established exhibiting astonishing works of Art; craft pieces. Our visitors can collect different products whatsoever from the Antique galleries and the Aid Child gallery at Kayabwe. T-shirts expressing “crossed the Equator” are available at this point too; pick them for all family and friends. Come all, and have this memorable experience that lasts eternally from the Uganda Equator.
Uganda hot air balloon safaris – in Murchison falls national park
Amazingly in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park, hot air balloon safaris have become a fancy to many safari makers and visitors. At the top of the park’s plains and to the water falls, you can see the beautiful scenery of the national park.
Hot air balloon safaris in Uganda are being embraced at a firstly increasing note. Good adventure using hot air balloon usually begins before dawn.
The hot air balloon in Murchison falls national park can be seen flying up to a height of 10,000 ft. above the ground, though it can be lowered up to the tree top level to ease a more clear visibility of the park’s magnificent plains.
On a day for a balloon safari, the adventure begins early in the morning when you leave your camp / lodge to get to the starting point before embarking on this splendid experience. Basically, early drives in the dark provide a chance to see nocturnal animals that live in and around the park, and view the sun rising over the majestic savannah landscape of Murchison falls national park.
At the takeoff point, you will meet your pilot and be given a safety briefing and instructions for boarding the balloon as well as landing procedures. As the ground crew dismantles the balloon, passengers can sip on a steaming cup of coffee or tea and a surprise bush breakfast while watching the cold inflation of the balloon. This is done using two large petrol powered fans that fill the balloon with cold air.
The Uganda hot air balloon safaris in Murchison falls national park are special, with magical chances of viewing large herds of buffaloes, prides of lions, and elephants graze early in the morning. Rising over the delta offers optimal opportunities to enjoy the morning sun rays shinning over the legendary Lake Albert, and giving a full view of the park’s panorama.
Uganda hot air balloon safaris can be done in different ways; namely
And many other categories that can be tailor made according to clients’ needs and budget.
Uganda hot air balloon safaris in Murchison falls national park is a new genre though it’s an old tradition. Its experience is so unique and amazing because it enables you to float in the air and do your safari from the unusual angle, offering extremely spectacular glimpse of the park.
From the familiar safaris, once you make a choice of visiting Murchison falls national park, think other-wise to take a hot air balloon safari and appreciate nature’s beauty, splendid herds of wildlife from the high skies above the grounds.
Sipi Falls is one of Uganda’s most popular destinations with the most stunning water falls located in the Eastern part of Uganda particularly in Kapchorwa district North East of Sironko and Mbale districts. The water falls lying on the edge of Mountain Elgon National park a few kilo meters away from the Kenyan boarder are believed to have three, the main fall and two others on the upper side that are relatively smaller than the main waterfall.
The Uganda Sipi Falls area acts as an initial point that favors hikes to Mt. Elgon for adventurists on hiking safaris in Uganda. With the most popular trails starting in Budadiri following to Sasa trail to the summit and then descends down the Sipi trail back into the Uganda Sipi Falls. Hiking around the water falls enables one to have a wonderful glance of the Karamoja plains, Lake Kyoga, and the slopes of Mt. Elgon. Through a local private operator, one can organize their trips to explore the magnificent falls in the heart of eastern Uganda.
Sipi originated from a popular indigenous plant species called “Sep” i.e. an indigenous medicinal plant found at the bank of River Sipi. The plant treats diseases like Measles, Fever etc. The area around the Sipi River and Sipi Falls is known for the growth of Bagishu’s Arabica coffee. Arabica coffee only grows at an altitude of between 1,600 and 1,900 metres. Coffee tours are organized through guides with knowledge of coffee farming, processing and roasting. Proceeds from this project go towards community initiatives.
There is a variety of accommodation around the Uganda Sipi falls ranging from budget to luxury where you can relax and enjoy the cool breeze from the temperate climate conditions away from the noise of town.
Other activities that you can involve in while at Sipi Falls include engaging in an agro tour through the coffee farms, you can also enjoy Abseiling at the Rob’s Rock in Jinja while walking around the neighboring villages to interact with the “Imbalu” experts to learn more about cultural tours in Uganda.
The shoebill stork in Uganda is one of the world’s most sought after bird. Also known as (Balaeniceps rex) is one of the great bird species in East Africa and Africa.
The shoebill stork is an amazing and impressive bird on a gaze at it. Indeed it gets its generous name “the most sought-after” after quite a good analysis of the different bird species in Africa.
People are so delighted whenever they see this bird because of its structure .The bill takes up a look alike of a human foot and ends in a ferocious nail-like hook. With heavy broad wings clustered with a covering of feathers, the shoebill stork has long legs.
This enables it to stand tall and confident at most twenty meters high dressed in blue-grey. Yellow eyes describe the bird with also violent appearance which usually attracts tourists and lovers of Uganda Birding safari tours.
Though Uganda is known for its exciting Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, beautiful scenery and Wildlife, a birding tour to explore the elusive shoebill stork is another great experience in the “Pearl of Africa”. The wonderful bird with prehistoric looks at a height of up to 150 centimeters (5 feet) and weighs up to 14 pounds making it outstanding from the other bird species.
The Shoebill Stork in Uganda lives in the swamps while it feeds on lungfish, puddle fish, tadpoles, water snakes and many more of the water swimming creatures. Being nocturnal and do not have webbed feet gives them a stealth like ability as they are on the hunt for lungfish so as to feed all through their lives.
In Uganda, a Shoebill birding trip experience is evident at a variety of places to catch sight of this marvelous and astonishing bill on the African continent and around these places people come time to time to learn, appreciate and believe nature.
During a Uganda tour expect to see more of shoebill storks from gazetted places to catch chance of them. At the shores of Lake Victoria is Mabamba swamp traditionally one of the few places to spot the rare and elusive shoebill stork in central Uganda with a touch of green vegetation, cool atmosphere, how it feeds among others.
Uganda Wildlife Education Center in Entebbe is another area to see the shoebill stork in Uganda, and also in Semuliki valley national park. In addition to presence of Africa’s most sought after bird, Uganda is so rich with great nature, wildlife, and flora and fauna.
Visit Uganda today to catch this once in a lifetime birding adventure tour and explore Africa’s most sought after shoe bill stork experience.
LOVE UGANDA SAFARIS – ONE OF THE BEST TOUR COMPANIES IN UGANDA
With experience sought over the years in the Uganda safari business, Love Uganda Safaris & Tours climaxes the Safari domain; organizing tailor- made safari trips to Uganda and the rest of East Africa but based on her esteemed clients’ budgets, interests and excellence in exceptional service delivery. Operations with a touch of safety, efficiency, passion and reliability, are the values for which the company is referred to with high repute for being one of the most-valued and reliable ‘outfit’ tour companies in Uganda and the rest of East Africa
Our main objectives include all but; managing all the travel requirements of the company while providing ease and sort of convenience to the customers, to add value to the travel sector of different companies and to offer the travelling services at very reasonable prices.
At Love Uganda Safaris, we maintain an outstanding client care built on great efforts to ensure that every aspect of the guests’ trip is an enjoyable one. Our highly skilled professional guides and so zealous for nature, and with a highly profiled academic back ground, the guides will yield great enrichment to your Safari in Uganda as well as Rwanda. Our fully customized Uganda tour packages will leave you feeling satisfied, custom designing a trip to meet your interests is priority, for instance, if you have an extension to an existing trip in mind, would like to travel with a private group. If your schedule requires dates that we presently do not offer, whatsoever, we will find it glad to make it happen for those esteemed guests. Not like most other tour companies in Uganda, we are committed to keeping the safety of eco systems, to receiving our clients in regard and respect as we would prefer to be received in a similar manner.
We accompany such intensive customer care with great and high quality products and services for example tours and travel services, popularly known as safaris in Africa, since we have emerged as one of the best tour companies in Uganda because of the great tour and safari services offered to our esteemed clients. Consistency, efficiency, timeliness, and effectiveness aka (C.E.T.E); are some of the values we treasure at Love Uganda Safaris. We offer both unbeatable and extremely unrivaled tour safaris in Uganda.
Hotel Bookings and reservations; we offer very affordable, convenient and friendly hotel bookings in Uganda, guaranteed to reserve for you a room in any hotel/lodge in whichever part of the country. Options range from luxury, deluxe, standard and good budget rooms.
Cargo Transportation; having grown from strength to strength, the business has expanded to offer our clients total solutions tailor made for their unique cargo from wherever in the world to Kampala and the whole East Africa.
Air ticketing; seems easy with love Uganda Safari, she offers air ticketing to all famous destinations around the country. In any way Love Uganda Safari is Uganda’s specialist, knowledgeable and professional concerning air ticketing and flight booking.
Car Hire/rental services; luxurious, comfort, convenient and mechanically good condition cars are offered for hire at Loved Uganda Safari, they include all cars but; the famous Benz, Buses, Prado Tx/ Land cruiser, Limousine Services and Vans and Super customs. We also offer the best Uganda tour packages noticeably.
Love Uganda Safaris has another solemn goal of supporting her nonprofit making Organization, and 40% of proceeds made from the safaris are extended to support the Love Uganda Foundation (LUF). This is a charity foundation; community based nongovernmental organization that commenced operations in 2008 with 10 helpless children residing from remote families and was legalized and transformed into a National Center in 2012 with children coming from the country over. Its Motto; “Empowering the Next generation.” And vision; Promoting and advancing the life of disadvantaged children through empowering lives and transforming communities with Holistic Education, Spiritual growth and Development.
You are assured to go home from your Uganda or Rwanda Safari with a totally different perspective, perhaps to consider “a come again.” As one of the best inbound tour companies in Uganda and Africa, Love Uganda Safaris says; ‘come safari with us, and feel the authentic touch of a true African experience.’
CNN NAMES BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK AMONG TOP WORLD NATIONAL PARKS
Yet again Uganda has gained international acclamation for its bio-diversity this time towards Bwindi Impenetrable National park. The UNESCO world Heritage site made it to the list of top national parks as compiled by renowned news agency Cable News Network (CNN). As we are still recovering from Uganda’s rank of top travel destinations 2017 by UK based blog Rough guides and wanderlust ( a south African blog) testifying to Karamoja’s beauty, we welcome the appraisal.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park is an epicenter of Uganda’s Tourism sector with highest revenue gained from travelers who undertake a tour to Uganda. The park has rich bio-diversity with over 350 bird species and a wide range of butterflies. Bwindi also shelter the world’s endangered mountain gorillas with over 300 that find habitat in the park. This makes gorilla trekking tour among the exceptional activities to experience while in Uganda. Of the remaining 800 gorillas that survive, more than half are found in Uganda and the thrill of seeing these apes comes with a Uganda Safari.
It is good to note that the park also was listed in top destinations for couple by the business insider during the Valentine Season.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in South West and is characterized by think vegetation cover. This trait explains why it is called impenetrable. The thick forest that also lies on a high altitude that gets foggy. However, this experience is what makes gorilla trekking in Uganda worth it.
Apart from the mountain gorillas, Bwindi impenetrable national park is also home to the Batwa community. The Batwa are a group of pygmies that thrive in Bwindi and have been able to amicably live the Mountain gorillas without much interruption and clashes.
So if out there and looking for a nice way to spend your upcoming summer holiday, the pearl of Africa is just the place to be. While in this jewel, you will experience beautiful sceneries, mouthwatering delicacies and variety of flora and fauna. Whatever you may be yearning for, Uganda has it in all forms and colours.
MABIRA FOREST UGANDA
Uganda’s Mabira Forest is one of the last remaining rain forests and biggest in central Uganda located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. Mabira is a rainforest area covering about 300 square kilo metres (about 30,000 hectares) in Uganda, located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. It has been protected as Mabira Forest Reserve since 1932.
The natural rain forest has continued to be preserved, protected and conserved in support of keeping Flora flourishing in Uganda since it was gazetted as a forest reserve in 1932.
Mabira forest has a massive biodiversity comprising of 315 bird species, 312 tree species, 218 species of butterflies, 97 species of moths, 40 species of small mammals including the red – tailed monkeys, vervets, grey-cheeked mangabeys and many nocturnal animals.
The beautiful green vegetation of Mabira Forest gives an impression to a traveler that the beautiful jungle is impenetrable but it is a go through when guided. Her amazing and refreshing cool breeze that permeates Mabira allows the nature lover to tap into the fresh oxygen that exudes from the leafy environment. An experience during a Uganda tour in Mabira forest is equally an unforgettable appreciation of nature and Uganda’s flora.
Tourist activities in Mabira Forest
Finding yourself nearly next or a step into the forest from the main entrance, the forest embraces activities you can get involved into to make your Mabira tour in Uganda a prestigious one. In brief, forest walks (Day and Night), Specialty bird watching, Mountain biking, zip lining, Environmental education (Study tours), forest camping, sightseeing, picnic trail, grass trail among others are activities you can zero to choice.
Forest hikes/Nature walk
Discover many types of trees in this forest with vast uses from local herbs and other purposes especially for the local natives. The herbs from tree stems, leaves and a vast lower cover work as that collect medicines to herbalists. Mabira forest is speculated to be having about 312 tree species some of which include the Warbughia, Mililia Exclesa, Cordia Millenii and the Ugandanesis. Their presence has provided jobs to herbalists and ecological and botany researchers. Therefore, taking a hiking tour in Uganda’s Mabira forest will expose you to a myriad of green tree species.
Birding in Mabira forest
Without most 315 birds that Uganda boasts of in this forest, it speaks of Uganda being a paradise for birds in general. The bird species in Mabira include the Blue Headed Crested Mornarc, the Black Bellied Seed Cracker, Cassin Hawk Eagle, the crested crane among others. You can move with cameras to take photos of the beautiful scenery with endless birds flying in the forests, and have the touch of their noise and wonderful echoes if you to stay around.
Butterfly watching is yet another activity to get acquainted to with over 218 butterfly species found in Mabira forest. With the presence of great temperatures to nurture all processes of butterfly formation in addition to the existing moth species and 23 mammal species too, you will come to believe Uganda is blessed with nature. Butterflies with amazing different colors will be seen around tree trunks, leaves flying all through.
Mangabey tracking in Mabira forest
This is one of those exclusive great primate trace in the forest. The support of existence of the Mangabey, a grey cheeked primate that is unique to Uganda and also known as the Lophocebus Ugandae brings forth many tourists and people that love discoveries. The mangabey is endemic to Uganda and so it’s highly preserved and can only be seen in Mabira forest.
Activities like degradation and poaching threaten nature a reason to why strict laws are set to secure the remaining parts of Mabira forest stay since it is home to immense biodiversity, including rare bird species, insects, and medicinal plants which are all useful to society, natives and then to the economy which reaps from continuous Uganda safaris to Mabira central forest reserve.
Mabira forest can be accessed form Kampala, Uganda’s capital along Jinja highway, only 45 minutes’ drive from the city centre, and 42 minutes form the eastern city of Jinja.
RWENZORI MOUNTAINS TREKKING IN UGANDA: HIKING THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON
Mountain Rwenzori is one of those outstanding mountains in Uganda the reason to why many people make endless hiking tours to Uganda. Mountain Rwenzori also known as Mount Stanley (the highest range) takes up the third position as the highest mountain in Africa after a compared statistics with Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya in Tanzania and Kenya respectively.
In Uganda, mountain Rwenzori is proved to be stretching 120km along Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The range was called the “Mountains of the Moon” by Ptolemy and it still takes it up as its trade mark name.
Its highest peak being Margherita which makes 5,109 Meters high is covered by snow at the top, exposing its majestic beauty as you climb higher and higher. The natural beauty is supported is in green nature, the forests and valleys, making its flora diverse and stand out from the usual mountains.
The mountain holds heather trees and valleys of ferns which makes trekking mountain Rwenzori difficult to have a general gaze at the outside beauty of Uganda on top of a high peak.
Being snow capped attracts avid mountain trekkers and Uganda Safari visitors on the land hence hailing the mightiness of this historical mountain.
Rwenzori Mountains trekking; a great hiking adventure in Uganda
Rwenzori Mountains trekking has become one of those few amazing activities that most people on hiking tours in Uganda will enjoy to the fullest. If a person had never climbed a mountain before, the Rwenzori hiking adventure will give you a feel and touch of experience; will you climb through thick, grasslands, bamboo forests among others?
Expect to make a series of jumping especially when you meet between tussocks peeping from muddy waters, or balancing on the occasional boardwalk ways that may seem slippery. Ropes are tight on people and are safe from slides to keep intact around landscape.
You cannot separate hikes from an experience of nature walks. As you hike the Rwenzori, you will have extra-ordinarily amazing nature walks with you from one end to the other. From the view of some animals during your time at the hike to appreciating nature and the Ugandan gifts.
A typical Uganda hiking safari usually starts in the morning with guidance from mountain tour guides that take different tourists through the hard task of trekking Rwenzori Mountain to the top most peak. Through the trekking adventure safari, meals will not be escaped and will be prepared by the assigned experienced chef who will be with you throughout the hiking experience.
Back in the community, tourists get a feel of the surrounding as they engage with natives of the land with cultural encounters, including cultural dances, storytelling among others, thus this brings a mixture of both hiking experience and a classic savor of Uganda cultural tours.
Trekking the Rwenzori Mountain ranges can be done within duration of 1 day excursion up to 9 day hiking tour where you can access the highest peak on the mountain, the Margherita point, and bookings can be made and settled for by your favorite hiking safari operator, Love Uganda Safaris.