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Mabamba Swamp the best place for seeing Shoebill Storks
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Masai Mara National Wildlife Reserve
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Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda is the largest wildlife reserve in the country. Located in north-west Masindi, it is composed of woodland, wetland, Savannah as well as the tropical forest that is well known to be a habitant for….READ MORE
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1-Lake Mburo national park is a very special place where every part of it is alive with variety and colour. Located in the western region of Uganda, the park is an extensive area of wetland which do harbour several species [..]
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Explore the most ranking and visited tourist destinations in the East African region. Our tailor made trips discovers you to some of the ultimate wildlife encounters on your journey through Africa. Meet the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Forest, Mgahinga national park of Uganda, and Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda. Explore and track the Chimpanzees of Kibale Forest in Uganda or those of Nyungwe forest in Rwanda. East Africa has got the perfect destinations for experiencing a huge variety of natural and cultural wonders in the utmost comfort.
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Volcanoes national park
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Amboseli National Park
The Masai Amboseli game reserve currently know as Amboseli national park covers 392 square kilometres (151 square miles) and is commonly known for being…
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UGANDA NATIONAL PARKS
The Bwindi Impenetrable national park
The Bwindi Impenetrable national park is in the south-western Uganda which is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, situated along the Democratic Republic of the Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. It is one of the oldest Afro-Montane Forests with a rare vegetation complex, and biologically rich, it survived the platonic shift that created the Albertine Rift that is all around it It is habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds such as hornbills and turacos, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species. Floristically, the park is among the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and more than 100 species of ferns It is most notable for the 400 Bwindi gorillas, half of the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. And the only Park in Africa where Chimpanzees and gorillas coexist in the same place. also home to other Primates species which include the common chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s monkey, African green broadbill, black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys, vervets the giant forest hog, and small antelope species. There are also many carnivores, including the side striped jackal. African golden cat and African civet, Forest Elephants. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the number one destination best known for Gorilla Tracking, which provides an incredible backdrop on four different Gorilla groups, it is the reason why most visitors come to the park you can be with a Mountain Gorilla Family for 4 hours, since they are used to human contact and will not run away from visitors trekking them which makes it once in a lifetime adventure There are also other many activities that one can partake in like, Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is one of the prime birding destinations in Africa with over 347 species of forest birds recorded forest walks to explore the lush virgin rainforest Nature walks to view the amazing scenery plants wildlife primates, on five different traits like the Waterfall Trail leads to a magnificent 33m waterfall on the Muryaga River This is the best Trail for spotting bath orchids and primates.
Accommodation ranges from budget to exclusive luxury lodging, Bandas especially in the Buhoma Area of the Park. There are also campsites which are budget friendly. Accessibility of the park Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a 9 hour plus drive from Entebbe International Airport. You can also fly from Entebbe to Kihihi and stay in the Buhoma area of the Forest or fly to Kisoro and stay in the southern region of the Forest.
KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Located in the southern Part of Uganda, Kibale forest national park is one of the major Tropical Rainforest with patches of savanna grassland it is the Primate Capital in East Africa with the highest diversity and concentration of 13 species of Primates .It is home to a large number of endangered red colobus monkey as well as the rare vulnerable L’Hoest’s monkey, 14 species of snakes, 27 species of frogs and toads, at least 20 species of other reptiles and 200 species of butterflies, approximately 229 species of trees. Other terrestrial mammals that are found within Kibale forest National Park include the red and blue duikers, bushbucks, sitatungas, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, common warthogs, and African buffalo. The Park’s population of elephants travel between the park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, carnivores that are present include leopards, African golden cats, servals, different mongooses and, lions visit the park on The park boasts 325 sited species of birds, including the olive long-tailed cuckoo, the yellow spotted nicator, yellow rumped tinkerbird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the African pitta, the crowned eagle. two species of pittas (African and green-breasted) and the grey parrot where birders can explore what Kibale Forest has to offer them.. Chimpanzee Trekking is the park’s major attraction since its the major Primate Destination that is known for its delightful apes which are very fun to watch with their expressive deep brown eyes as they squabble In the early mornings, while on the way bird lovers are in for a treat with a variety of species beyond offers. other activities such as Hiking and guided nature walks to see the vaned habitats found in the forest, rivers, swamp, grassland are also included. In the dusk, when chimpanzees and other forest residents rest up, rarely seen night creatures becomes active, Night walks through the darkened forest using spotlights to seek nocturnal creatures like Bush Babies, Pottos. Tree Pangolins, the birds that rule the night which is a rewarding activity one ought not to miss.
Other activities include, a view of the Caves like Amabere known for its beauty, natural wonder and cultural legends not too far from Kibale Forest, The Nakayima Witch’s Tree that is a cultural and traditional worship site for the locals. Cultural encounter with the Batooro, the locals in Kibale to witness the daily life of the Batooro during village walks. Not to leave out the children, there are plenty of Kid-Friendly Things to do that is Bush craft where children can take Bush craft classes and other activities while exploring Kibale Forest. When the day finally comes to an end, there are best places for accommodation both within and outside the national park to spend the night, that fall in a budget which include luxury safari tents, spacious forest cottages, modern bandas, and a comfortable Sky Tree House. There are also lodges located in the middle of the forest where one can start chimp tracking from, spend the evenings pleasantly with comfort. Accessibility to the national park is 36 kms south of fort portal. The Kibale forest national park is an experience that is worth a try, one that is life changing.
KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK.
Located in the north east of Uganda, in the semi-arid region of Karamoja, Kidepo Valley national park is one of Uganda’s must a visit park for those that want to see the untouched wildlife that is the real deal The scenery is breath taking with two major valley with the Kidepo and Narus rivers which are seasonal in The park hosts over 75 species of mammals which include Lions in abundance-especially during the dry season of the year (even some tree climbing ones) – Elephant and Buffalo herds roaming Giraffes, leopard, cheetahs, ostriches, pangolins the bat eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, antelopes such as eland, bush buck, bush duskier, defassa water buck, bohor reed buck, Jackson’s hartebeest and oribi The Park provides great places for Nature and Bush Walks, hiking up the Morungole Mountains to visit Ik people one of the smallest ethnic groups in Uganda with guided rangers since the park is remote Game viewing where herds of different games are seen exploring the grasslands however there are also high chances of viewing the tree climbing lions which are always sited on rocks, or on sauces trees along the Narus valley The sand bed along Kidepo river especially during the dry season since river kidepo is seasonal and what makes it fascinating is it is lined up by borassus palms that makes it appear as an oasis Due to its notable birds of prey. The park offers around 475 species like theVerreaux’s Eagle, Egyptian Vulture and Pygmy Falcon, hoopoe, Kori, sparrow weavers, where yet more are to be discovered within the region where birders take a chance to.. Cultural visit to the Manyatta (Karamojong village) which is fascinating where the Karamojong people who are nomads live, which is relatable to their counterparts the Masai who consider cattle as their pride The lodging facilities are few, which include the UWA bandas and the upmarket Apoka Safari lodge. kidepo savannah lodge however more are being set up to provide accommodation Kidepo Valley national park is about 510 km from Kampala which is approximately 12-hour drive from Kampala, by air-chartered air crafts are available
LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Lake Mburo national park is a very special place where every part of it is alive with variety and colour Located in the western region of Uganda, the park is an extensive area of wetland which do harbour several species of mammals and birds. With its well sculptured landscape, rolling hills and idyllic lake shores varied with mosaics of habitats, seasonal and permanent swamps, rich acacia woodland and gassy valleys that do support lots of life. The park boasts a huge number of migrant and habitual species of birds, and the five lakes within the park attract hippos, huge crocodiles The green acacia woodland surrounding the lake harbours dense populations of zebra, warthog, buffalo, impala and various other grazers, including the last surviving Ugandan population of eland, the largest of African antelope plains, the rusty coloured topi, which always stand like a sentry ready to sound the alarm at any sign of approaching danger from camivores. Fringing swamps area perfect habitat for the rare and shy Sitatunga. The main activities in Lake Mburo National Park include; The game drives with in the rolling hills as well as the open grasslands, the boat cruise along the lake, the forest walks which is a bird lover’s dream with variety of colourful bird species like the endemic African finfoot, the rare shoebill, the papyrus yellow warbler, brown chested lapwing, carrother’s cisticola, Tabora cisticola, saddle billed stork. Other activities include; sport fishing, horseback riding and quad biking which is one of the most amazing experience ever with beautiful sights and sounds. There are available accommodation facilities like Mihingo lodge, Mantana tented camp, the Rwakobo Rock, Arcadia cottages and other comfortable facilities around Mburo is the closest park to Kampala along the masaka road which is about 4 hours and offers the perfect stopover for those travelling to or from western parks and reserves.
MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK
Mgahinga gorilla national park is located in the south western part of Uganda in Kisoro district established majorly to protect the mountain gorillas, the endangered Golden monkeys which are characterised by the golden body patches and crown on their heads found in the bamboo forests of the Virunga Volcanoes. Others creatures include; giant forest hogs, bush pigs, forest buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, golden cats, side striped jackals, black fronted duikers and African porcupines, leopards, spotted hyenas, black fronted duikers among others. It also has around 79 bird species, the list includes the Ibis, Pin-tailed Whydah, Speckled Mouse bird. Stone Chat, Grey-capped Warbler, Wax Bills, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Firefinch, White-naped Raven, Black Kite, Rwenzori Turaco, Blue-headed Coucal, Paradise Fly-catcher, Rwenzori Batis, Double-collared Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar. Mgahinga Gorilla Park is also home to 3 of the Virunga Volcanoes, known locally as the as the Mufumbiro Mountains, translated to “the Mountains that Cook.” Things to do in Mgahinga include; Gorilla tracking which is the most breath-taking activity done in the park, it starts in the morning to track the Nyakagezi gorilla group, this is an incredible activity with the movements through the forests and the sound of birds in the trees, monkeys, and other animals. Golden monkey tracking to locate the primate among the bamboo trees is amazing to watch. Cultural Encounters with the indigenous group, the Batwas, to see how they live, dress eat, dance which breath taking Mountain climbing on the 3 majestic Virunga Volcanoes which is thrilling and adventurous, birding through the bamboo forest of around 79 species of birds, hiking and Nature walks around the wild vegetation, bamboo forests, the Rugezi swamp, which gives a chance to have beautiful scenic views of agricultural areas, surrounding lakes.
There are various accommodation facilities ranging from Campsites, Budget, Midrange to Luxurious lodges outside of the park and one a bit of journey and hotels, there is a choice for almost every budget found in the area. The park is 510km away from Kampala the capital of Uganda and you can get there by Road or Air.
MOUNT ELGON NATIONAL PARK
Mountain Elgon National park has an excellent location on the border of eastern Uganda and western Kenya, a lively and cosmopolitan home to over 300 species of birds and dangerous animals. It is a mountainous regional landscape with cool heights for those living near it. The park also provides refuge for flora and fauna on its higher altitudes which are protected by national park in Uganda and Kenya. This creates an extensive trans-boundary conservation area known as a UNESCO man and Biosphere reserve. Mount Elgon part of the Mount Elgon national park is an extinct volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya and the 4 highest mountain in eastern Africa. The Mountain slopes has distinct forest types that is, the mixed bamboo belt, the fascinating heath and spectacular moorland hyrachs which contain stands of some of the rarest endemic plant species, like the giant lobelia elgonensis and dotted clusters of peculiar groundsels Animals found in this park include bushbucks, antelopes, civets, wildcats and the elusive leopards roam freely below the mountain Bush duiker, hyena, jackal, rock hyrax, buffalo and elephant rove between the forest and the moorland. The park is also home to forest monkeys such as the black and white colobus blue monkey Many of these animals visit Mount Elgon ‘s bat filled caves for their valuable minerai deposits, around 144 species of birds which include Jackson’s francolin, the tacazze sunbird the endangered lammergeier .
The park has magnificent water falls, caves, gorges and hot springs not to forget the magnificent Sipi falls which is a gem due roaring sounds of falling water on steep rock which are about 66 kms north of mbale with a couple of activities such as;
Hiking and Climbing Mount Elgon which is usually accomplished in 4-5 days where no technical skills are required and all the major peaks are accessible to hikers since the climate is not harsh and climbing can be enjoyed by even the medium climber.
Mountain Biking Trails opened up in Mount Elgon National Park.
Birders will enjoy the area spotting bird species such as Hartlaub’s Turaco, Eastern Bronze napped Pigeon, Lemon Dove, Dusky-Turtle Dove, African Hill Babbler, Alpine Chat, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Thick-billed Honey guide, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike. Trout Fishing on the Sipi river however it has to be in the morning for success which provides an exciting challenge Budadiri Community Walk which offers cultural dances, guided coffee tours also the visitors can discover the region’s famous delicacy malewa (bamboo shoots), Bagisu – Imbalu Circumcision where no Gisu male can be married without being circumcised which is usually done publicly once a year, around September. A trip to the Nyero Rock Painting Caves which were created by ancient cave dwellers who were the first inhabitants of the area and have remain in relative good shape for thousands of years For accommodation there are hotels of international standards within Mbale town, inside the park there are wooden camping bandas, lodges. The national Park can be reached by road which is about 4 hours from Kampala.
MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda is the largest wildlife reserve in the country. Located in north-west, Masindi, it is composed of woodland, wetland, Savannah as well as the tropical forest that is well known to be a habitant for different bird species and mammals. Among the mammals are the “big five”. Buffaloes, elephants, lions, leopards are best to be seen in the northern part (above the Nile) Rhinos are bred in the rhino sanctuary south of the park, others include the hippopotamuses, Rothschild’s giraffe, warthog, Uganda kob, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas though not seen as often, primates, and other rain- forest creatures.
Murchison Falls is the main attraction of the park with roaring sounds of the Nile which gives the best view on the top (Devil’s Cauldron) of the water fall with crocodiles and hippos at the river banks.
Game Drives through the park to spot different bird species and mammals which usually takes place in the morning. However, the best time for the game drive is in the dry seasons where plenty of game can be seen hot air ballooning activities are available within the park for those that want an aerial wildlife viewing experience.
Boat cruise which takes one to a point where the river Nile joins Lake Albert to the bottom of the falls. along the way different sights of water birds like Fish eagles, ducks, Kingfishers, bee-eaters, not to forget fishing is also available along for those interested.
Bird watching for different bird species like Vitelline Masked Weaver, Silver Bird, Bluff-bellied Warbler, Blue napped Mouse bird, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Black-headed Gonolek, Green-winged Ptylia, and Black-headed Batis, this is the best site for the localised, White-rumped Seed-eater, nocturnal Species in include, Verreaux’s owls, Nightjars such as long tailed and Pennat-winged nightjar.
Nature walks at the top of the falls to track chimpanzees, the Red-tailed monkeys, Black & white coloured monkeys.
Cultural experience Boomu Village is a great place for a family on safari where one can learn how to make traditional craft and even stay overnight in a traditional African Banda.
There are variety of lodges both inside and outside of the park – from budget to 5- star luxury lodging , camping is allowed in selected locations.
Murchison falls national park is located 305Kms north of kampala in Masindi and can be accessed by road where a 4WD is recommended or flights.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Queen Elizabeth National park is in the Western Region of Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi, and Rukungiri. It borders Lake Edward with Lake George connected by the Kazinga channel, the park prides a diverse ecosystem with savanna, humid forests with series of wildlife featuring the big game which include about 3000 elephants, tree climbing lions, leopards, antelopes, buffalo, 5000 hippopotamus, Ugandan kob as part of the 95 species of mammals.
It is also a habitat to a quarter of the total bird life in Africa more than 600 species of birds, reptiles including crocodiles and Monitor Lizards, volcanic features, including volcanic cones and deep, crater lakes, such as the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted.
There are many things to engage in at the park which include; Wildlife Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth prove to be a delight and the best attraction are the felines, where it is home to a number of feline cats that are often spotted on Night Game Drives such as tree-climbing lions, leopards, civet cats, genal, and serval cats where the predators are out on prowl, buffaloes, warthogs, waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi Antelopes and even the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga Antelopes that have webbed toes.
Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park is an incredible treat as it has a variety of habitats that range from savanna to wetlands to lowland forests. This diversity is reflected in the list of over 619 bird species, the largest amount of any protected area in East Africa Queen Elizabeth Park is a must for birders who are visiting Uganda.
Boat safari on Kazinga channel to see the water creatures like the hippos, crocodiles, monitor lizards where the hippos have one of the largest concentration in Africa.
Nature Walks and Hiking at the Maramagambo Forest buzzing with nature’s beauty, chimpanzee tracking at the Kyambura Gorge which is a valley that is fascinating and worth a know.
Cultural encounters with different communities like the Nyanz’ibiri Cave Community leopard village Kikorongo Women Community who perform dance and music which takes place at lodges around the park, where you can sit back and watch village life unfold in front of you, craft.
For accommodation, there are safari lodges, campsites at the Mweya peninsula and bandas, lodge on a crater near the maramagambo forests.
The park is accessible 438Kms from kampala.
RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Rwenzori Mountains national park “Mountains of the Moon” is situated in Western Uganda in the East African Rift Valley and straddles also to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mountain has its highest peaks, Margherita Peak which rise above the clouds and are permanently snow-capped, together with its twin peak, Mount Stanley.
The ranges are higher compared to the Alps with glaciers, snowfields, waterfalls and has been portrayed as one of the mainly attractive Alpine areas around the world. The Rwenzori Mountains are filled with seeming magical wonders as you hike up into the mountains with its various vegetation zones such as the rare Afro-Montane zone, which provide a spectacular backdrop to the national park.
Animals to be seen here include : golden cat, forest hog, rock hyrax, Sitatunga, elephant, genet, chimpanzee, Colobus monkey, Duiker.
Things to do in Rwenzori Mountains National Park include; Mountain climbing as the most popular attraction for those who love the snow-capped peaks of mount Rwenzori. With its scenery as one of the most beautiful that will leave one startled and breathless when reached at the top yet to be discovered by many. Bird watching: The Rwenzori Park is home to 217 species of birds and 17 of them can only be found in Rwenzori including the Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Long-eared Owl, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Strange Weaver, Archers’ Robin-chat, Rwenzori Batis, White-starred Robin, Montane Sooty Boubou, Slender-billed Starling. Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Blue-headed Sunbird Barbets, Golden-winged Sunbird, Greenbuls, Illadopsis, Apalises, Crimson wings and Flycatchers.
Hiking through the forests at the foothills as you enjoy unique activities like fishing with your hands from mountain streams, climbing to the top of a mountain for a great view of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Cultural exchange to have plenty of opportunities to witness the locals at the foothills of the mountain carrying out their cultural lifestyles and activities like cultural dances the ways of old from the keepers of mountains.
The park is about 5 hours and a half journey from Kampala to Kasese by public means, though a four- wheel drive vehicle is advisable since western Uganda is mountainous. However, one can take only about an hour and a half if you used a plane.
Accommodation in the Rwenzori comprise of luxurious hotels, on a budget lodges, guest houses.
SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK.
The Semuliki national park is located in Bundibugyo district, west of Uganda and is one of the country’s newest park which is rich in flora and fauna. Semuliki National Park has a number of activities which include; Chimpanzee Trekking where along the way other primates like black-and-white colobus, baboons, grey- cheeked mangabey, Central African red colobus, blue, red-tailed, de Brazza’s, vervet, and Dent’s Mona monkeys can also be seen. Game Drives through the Savannah with different kinds of mammals like forest elephants and buffaloes, lions and leopards, pygmy antelopes, flying squirrels, hopefully, you will also see the unique water chevron that has been named the fanged deer. The Hot springs of Sempaya which constitute the male hot-spring Bitende and the female hot spring called the Nyasimbi which is a boiling geyser that bubbles out hot water and steam where the people living near the hot-springs used to boil food. A cultural visit to Bambuti Pygmies who live on both sides of the Semuliki River believed to have lived in the forests for thousands of years, they are however small in number and have survived through hunting and gathering Birding in the Semuliki Valley with numerous species of birds like Tinkerbird, African Piculet Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hombill, Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, White-throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Lemon- bellied Crombec, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Crested Malimbe, Red-bellied Malimbe, Blue-billed Malimbe, Orange-cheeked Waxbill.
The scenery alone is worth a visit to the park where accommodation mainly includes camping Access: Kampala to Semuliki driving via Fort portal takes about 65 hours where a 4WD drive is recommended.
RWANDA NATIONAL PARKS
AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Akagera national park founded in 1934 mainly to protect both the wildlife species and the vegetation in 3 localities that is the Savannah region, mountainous region and the swampy area. The park obtained it name from the Akagera River that flows along its Eastern boundary spreading its waters to different lakes in the park including Lake Thema the largest lake in Rwanda.
The park is situated in the north eastern part of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania about 110km from Kigali the capital city of Rwanda. Akagera national park previously had a land expanse of 2,500 square kilometres, but later in 1997 part of the land was allocated as farms making it to its current extent of 1,122 square kilometres of land.
Of the fact that the park has exceptional levels, its forms the biggest part of protected wetland in the all of central Africa. The wildlife in park had reduce due to the reduction of size of the park, but with the introduction and implementation of rigorous law enforcement since 2010, poaching reduced, wildlife prospered and this is to date transforming the tourism industry in Rwanda
Being the largest park in the central Africa, it harbours a variety of wildlife and bird species and some of the animal species include the buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, vervets, secretive blue monkey, hippos, crocodiles, bush babies commonly see on night game drives and antelopes like the duikers, waterbucks, oribielands, bushbuck, Impala, and many more.
NB: You can now spot the big five form Akagera national park of the fact that black rhinos where recently introduced into the park from South Africa in 2017.
Activities in the Akagera national park
• Cultural tours
Fishing in Lake Shakani
Boat cruise on Lake Ihema
How to get there?
The most commonly used method of transport to the park is by vehicle. For this case a 4X4 safari vehicle is recommended more especially in the rainy season.
Drive out of Kigali city towards the park which is about 2 and a half hours. At about 100m from the city centre, turn left and head towards Rwamagana up to Kayonza. Continue with the journey until you get to a Discentre station. Continue on dirt road just after the petro station until you get to the park sign post, drive for about 13km from the sign post to the park gates.
Accommodation options include;
• Ruzizi Tented Lodge
Akagera Game Lodge
Karenge Bush Camp
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Volcanoes national park one of the oldest park in Africa was first gazetted in 1925 as a small region bordered by Mikeno, Karisimbi and Bisoke mainly to protect the world’s endangered mountain gorillas from poachers. The park has a variety of names, at it can also be called Parc National des Volcans in French and Pariki y’lgihugu y’lbirunga in Kinyarwanda
Parc National des Volcans lies in the North Western part of Rwanda bordering Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo comprising five volcanoes of the Virunga ranges. These five volcanoes include Mount Karisimbi, Mount Bisoke, Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga and Mount Sabyinyo.
Despite the fact that it is the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey – an American lady who turned out to be so passionate about gorilla conservation that her works still live on till today, it spans 160 km2- covered in rainforest and bamboo. Besides its large number of mountain gorillas it harbours, it is also a home to a variety of mammal, primate like golden monkeys, bird and plant species that offers the best diverse tourism activity in the park and the country at large.
Gorilla tracking being the main activity of the park, it has many habituated gorilla families like Umubano, Amahoro, Sabinyo, Agashya, Susa, Karisimbi, Kwitonda, Hirwa, Bwenge, Ugende, among others.
Things to do in the park
• Gorilla tracking
• Golden monkey tracking
Visiting to Dian Fossey Tombs
• Mountain Hiking Adventures
• Guided walks and Mountain Bikes excursions
Where to stay
There is no accommodation within the park and overnight camping is forbidden. However, several l ranging from budgetmid-range and luxuriously are accessed a few kilometres and some of these includes
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Le Bambou Gorilla Village
. Virunga Lodge
Mountain Gorillas Nest
Jack Hanna’s Guesthouse
Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
• Kwitonda Lodge
How to get there?
Volcanoes National Park is situated in a small village called Ruhengeri present day known as Musanze which is easily accessible by public transport means from Gisenyi, Kigali town or even from the airport. It is approximately 2 hours’ drive from the city of Kigali.
NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK.
Nyungwe forest national park commonly known for its bird and primate species is the largest and most ancient preserved afro-montane forest remaining in the East and Central Africa. The park is found in the south western region of the Republic of Rwanda (the land of a 1000 hills) at the border with the Republic of Burundi to the south and with Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, occupying an area of over 1000 square metre (600 sqm) of rainforest, grassland, bamboo, swamps and bogs and has an elevation of 1600-2950m above sea level.
Nyungwe forest national park was established in 2004, as the country was decidedly looking to expand its tourism sector and later in 2005 it was declared as a national park and officially a protected area
Nyungwe forest national park harbours a variety of creatures including the habituated chimpanzees and other 12 primate species, 300 different bird species of which 16 are endemic, 75 different mammal or animal species, an astounding 120 species of butterflies and a variety of plant species
Things to do and see in the park
The park is blessed with Nyungwe forest that is filled with nature and wildlife experiences for one to
engage in. Some of these include;
Hiking along well-maintained trails: Being hiker’s paradise, there are 13 hiking trails with over 130 kilometres of the trails through the forest.
• Chimpanzee tracking: Spots you to the habituated chimps.
•Canopy walk: Takes you through the first tree top forest walk in East Africa and the third in the all of
•Bird watching :The park being a birdersparadise, spots to both endemics and non-endemics
•Visiting the Isumo waterfalls: This is also a centre for some primates and bird species.
How to get to the park
The park’s main entrance is at Uwinka on the main Cyangugu – Butare road approximately 55km from Cyangugu and 90km from Butare. If traveling from Cyangugu ignore the sign in town that says its 20km and further ignore the sign 15km from Cyangugu directing you right up a dirt track. These refer to a small off shoot of the park, not the park proper.
There are buses along the route, and those interested at using motorbikes can do so of the fact that the road is in good condition. Those opting for buses are advised to book your tickets in advance.
GISHWATI MUKURA NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA’S 4th AND NEWEST NATIONAL PARK.
Gishwati Mukura National Park is Rwanda’s new and forth national park situated in Ngororero, Rutsiro, Rubavu and Nyabihu districts in the country’s Western province covering an area of about 3,558 hectares. The park has just been recently saved from the destruction following many years of continuous acts of deforestation, farming and illegal mining by a number of people who occupied the Gishwati and Mukura areas during the tragic events of the 1994 genocide.
In February 2016 Gishwati Mukura National Park was established after the September 2015 law that was passed by the Rwandan government to have a larger Gishwati forest and a small Mukura forest as a joint national parkThis was with the aim of contributing towards Rwanda’s tourism industry and protecting animals from getting extinct and wondering off.
The Gishwati Mukura National Park is home to a number of primate species including chimpanzees, blue monkeys, golden monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, and black and white colobus. Other small mammals include red river hog, black-fronted duiker, Great Lake bush viper, southern tree hyrax among others.
The park is also known for over 60 species of trees like the bamboo and wood and also gifted with avariety of bird species like the Red-throated Alethe, Ruwenzori Turaco, Strange Weaver, Ruwenzori Batis, Regal Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, the Grey Crowned Crane, Stripe-breasted Tit and Martial Eagle among others.
*Things to do and see in the park
• Bird watching
• Cultural Experiences
•Nature walks and Hikes
Gishwati Mukura national park is easily accessible. Gishwati Forest is located on a newly surfaced road 85km from Kigali40km from Rubavu and 55km from Musanze. The park can easily be visited on a drive around tour of the country. The undeveloped Mukura sector of the park is some 35km east of Karongi, reached along dirt roads.
One can also fly to the park.
Best Times to Visit Gishwati Mukuru national park
Gishwati Mukura national park can always be visited throughout the year. Those interested in nature walks and hikes should opt for the long dry seasons more so from June to September. Not only advising you to opt for this period but its best for memorable experiences and at the same time corresponds with the summer months in some countries.
But the wet months from October to May are the best for chimpanzee trekking and an adventurous forest birding encounter especially the primates that always nearer looking for food and shelter. During this period the vegetation is lush so amazing to view.
Where to stay in the park
Being a newly established conservation park, a few facilities have been setup within and near the park. Gishwati lodgeis a perfect base for travelers targeting Gishwati Mukura national park and it’s a luxurious lodge with great views of the beautiful landscape of the park. The park also has campsites which are in favour also for the budget travelers in for campRWANDA LONG SAFARIS
9 Days Rwanda safari, gorilla, chimpanzee and wildlife safari
7 Days Rwanda Primates Safari
5 Days Rwanda gorilla and wildlife safari
5 Days Rwanda gorilla and Mount Bisoke hike
5 Days Rwanda Primates safari
RWANDA SHORT SAFARIS
4 Days Rwanda Double Gorilla trekking safari
3 Days Akagera wildlife safari
3 Days Rwanda Chimpanzee safari
3 Days Rwanda Gorilla safari
2 Days Gorilla Trekking safari Rwanda 1 Day Kigali City Tour.
ACTIVITIES IN RWANDA
•Gorilla Trekking Rwanda
•Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda
•Nyungwe Canopy walk
•Boat trips in Akagera national park
•Game drives in Akagera national park
•Golden Monkey trekking in Rwanda
UGANDA LONG SAFARIS
•12 Days Uganda wildlife safari
•8 Days Uganda Safari
•7 Days Uganda safari with gorillas
•7 Days Uganda Primates tour
•5 Days Uganda wildlife safari
•5 Days Uganda primates safari
•5 Days Chimpanzee tracking and Wildlife safari
•4 Days Uganda Gorilla Flying Safari
UGANDA SHORT SAFARIS
3 Days gorilla tracking Bwindi forest tour
3 Days Murchison falls safari
3 Days Kibale Chimpanzee tracking tour
3 Days Murchison Falls with rhino tracking tour
3 Days Semuliki National Park safari
3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking safari from Rwanda
3 Days Queen Elizabeth national park safari
3 Days Gorilla habituation experience
2 Days Chimpanzee Tracking Tour
2Days Uganda gorilla safari from Rwanda
2 Days Jinja Tour with white water rafting
2 Days Lake Mburo safari
2 Days Murchison Falls safari
3 Days Uganda Fishing Tour
1 Day Jinja City Tour Adventure
1 Day Lake Mburo safari
1 day mabamba birding tour
1 Day Ngamba Island chimpanzee tour
1 Day Rhino Tracking Tour to Ziwa
ACTIVITIES IN UGANDA
Gorilla Trekking Uganda
Gorilla habituation experience
White water rafting on the Nile River
Hiking Rwenzori Mountain
1 Day Sipi falls tour
PARAA SAFARI LODGE
Paraa Safari Lodge was established in 1954 and it’s located in the Murchison Falls National Park, North west of Uganda. This Lodge is set in an area of landscape gardens, overlooking the River Nile direct from its source at Lake Victoria and joins Lake Albert. In 1864, when the famous explorer Sir Samuel Baker first glimpsed the power of Murchison Falls, at best, he would have been stunned by Paraa Safari Lodge today.
Paraa Safari Lodge has got 54 complete styled rooms each with a balcony, en-suites and private bathrooms. The choice of Accommodation at the Lodge varies. It has got standard rooms, double, twin and single rooms. It as well got Queen Cottages, suites as well as Safari Tents all with style and serenity.
The Lodge offers very great facilities with a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and Adventure. It has got an amazing swimming pool with a bar where clients can pricelessly come and sip a cocktail in the water while overlooking the Nile below the sunset. So if at all you are looking for a place where you can relieve your stress from and have a peace of mind, look no further than Paraa Safari Lodge. We lead, then others follow.
For corporate occasions or for those who would like to mix business with pleasure, Paraa Safari Lodge provides a conference Room and facilities to cater for your conference/meeting.
Accompany your Travel in style with our Unique Restaurant and Cuisine with a mouthwatering menu of both Local and International Specialists produced by our experienced chefs. Servings are done according to the clients’ order or preference. With this, you can choose to eat from either inside or outside of the balcony.
Paraa Safari Lodge has got a very beautiful Explores Bar which is located on the upper floor of the Lodge, where you can be invited over for a drink after a long day out and get your mind relaxed. Our bar has got a variety of refreshing drinks served according to our client’s order of preference. A Gift Shop is another amazing facility that u should expect to find at Paraa Safari Lodge. It sells Local East African crafts and Souvenirs such as Guidebooks, clothing. Safari essentials and many more items. All these present in the Pearl of Africa at Paraa Safari Lodge.
On addition to all the above, expect activities like Chimpanzee Trekking. Safari Driving. Birding, visiting Murchison falls Nature walks, Fishing Boat Trip to the Delta. Having Bush breakfast and Hot Air Balloon Safaris should be surely expected.
Look no further than paraa Safari Lodge and please enjoy your stay.!!!
PAKUBA SAFARI LODGE
Pakuba Safari Lodge is located in North West of Uganda on the Eastern Bank of the Albert Nile Our tastefully furnished rooms offer comfort, style and serenity, a wide lease to life. Amidst Vast Savannah grasslands dotted with herbs of buffalos, elephants, and draped with the graceful towers of giraffes lies this gem, Pakuba Safari Lodge.
The Safari Lodge is a home to a wonderful selection of birds, all the general plains game from Giraffe to impala and innumerable species of reptiles and insects. The area is blessed with a temperate climate all year round. Leave all the city stress behind you and come and enjoy true peace and tranquility.
Book your stay at the lodge to enjoy a variety of excursions and activities; from exhilarating safari drives to boat trips along River Nile, ending at the breathtaking foot of Murchison Falls. For the more adventurous, one can trek up to the top of the falls and marvel at its view through the mist, a yearly fishing contest and a chance to trek the Chimpanzees in Budongo.
Pakuba Safari Lodge is a well-known Lodge for its precious Accommodation and Facilities. The Loge has been refurbished with a touch of class and nature designed to meet the requirements of the most discerning visitors. Guest rooms are all en-suite, fitted with Air Conditioning and hot running Showers Each room is comfortably furnished with ample charging points, a reading comer, mosquito nets and a closet.
The private verandah outside the room provides an exceptional experience for guests to relax and unwind as they take in the sights and sounds of the wilderness.
The Lodge also has an infinite swimming pool, WIFI in the main areas, conference facilities, Laundry and Massage services.
There are several activities that take place at Pakuba Satan Lodge Murchison Falls National Park is a home to astonishing biodiversity of wildlife species, with River Nile coming down to Murchison falls on its way to Lake Albert, it attracts different species of wildlife and rare aquatic animals including the crocodiles, Hippos, Elephants Giraffes, Warthogs, Buffalos, giant Forest Hogs and many more The park offers unique attractions and Adventures.
Game Drives. The most rewarding times for game drives are the early mornings and late afternoon/early evening. A drive through the scenic Buligi area to the Delta points(where the Victoria Nile passes through the Northern tip of Lake Albert to become the Albert Nile), takes around three hours. Expect to see a variety of Wildlife Morning game drives start at at 7am Brea fast can be taken beforehand at 6.30am or later at around 10am Evening game drives start at 4pm.
There are so many other game activities carried out at Pakuba Safari Lodge. These include Birding. Chimpanzee Tracking Activity, Murchison Falls Boat Cruise, Launch Trips On The Nile, Hike to the top of the Falls, Boat trip to the Delta, Drive to the top of the Falls, Nature Walks.
Your welcome to the beautiful Lodge and we invite you to enjoy every bit of the magical wilderness ENJOY YOUR STAY AT PAKUBA SAFARI LODGE
RED CHILLI REST CAMP
Red Chill Rest Camp is an exclusive safari Lodge located in the heart of Paraa, the Southern section of Murchison falls National Park in North West Uganda. It is 500m from the ferry where all vehicles cross for Nile Delta game drives and from where boats depart for falls and Delta Trips. It is about a 4hr drive from Uganda’s capital city, Kampala.
The accommodation at Red Chilli Rest Camp is very good with a range of options where our visitors can choose from. From DIY camping, en suites well-furnished Tents to superior family bandas(small individual houses) each with private bathroom, solar hot water systems, power points fans and modern toilets with provision for disabled visitors.
Red Chilli Rest Camp is a very attractive place where you can sit and watch hippopotamuses and warthogs as they are constant visitors to the Camp. Interestingly, there is also a camp fire that is made every evening where our visitors can sit, chat and relax around the fire.
Expect to find a fully stocked bar with a range of drinks including spirits and wines which our visitors can take to relax their minds and bodies after a long day. You can take them from either the bar, around the fire or any other place of your preference.
Our 24/7 serving Restaurant is an amazing facility with an a la carte breakfast and lunch menu of continental daily meals served at our clients’ order and food type preference. Expect to be served by our welcoming and hospitable staff.
Bird watching is an interesting activity done at Red Chilli Rest Camp. Uganda is a top tourists destination for birds in Africa with a thousand species of birds. Murchison falls boasts with over 450 bird species. The common birds are rare shoebill, African jacana kingfisher and so many more. Other activities our visitors should expect include boat cruising as you enjoy the lakes flora and fauna Nature guided walks, Chimpanzee trekking. Community visits, White water rafting and so much more exciting activities.
Find no other hottest place to chill in, in Murchison than Red Chill Rest Camp!
CHOBE SAFARI LODGE.
Chobe Safari Lodge is a five star Lodge located in the Murchison Falls National Park. The Park is ideal for fishing This Lodge is a very nice place having breathtaking panoramic views, coupled with great sounds of the River Nile’s magnificent rapids. It sets a very good scene for an Adventure that will impress even the most discerning of visitors.
Its location in the Murchison National Park, Chobe Safari Lodge offers a unique opportunity to sample the wildlife birds, flora and fauna.
The facilities and amenities at Chobe Safari Lodge are just so amazing in the eyes of the viewers. These and more include;
Restaurant and Karama Cuisine. Both local and International mouthwatering dishes are prepared by experienced chefs. Barbecues and Traditional dancers make dinning outdoors an unforgettable experience, sitting and having fun around the fire in the evenings makes it all extremely beautiful. The Terrace is a scenic setting with spectacular panoramic views across the River Nile for outdoor dining lovers. Flowing streams.
Swimming pool. Relax your body by cooling off the heat after having a long day in the park. Do the swimming while watching the beautiful sunset. The swimming pool at Chobe Safari Lodge is a unique one of its kind. It features 3 separate tiers giving you the choice of more privacy and convenience when swimming. Each Tier boasts the same magnificent panoramic views of the River Nile on its journey from Karuma Falls to Murchison Falls. Sip a cocktail in the water or on one loungers while overlooking the River Nile below at sunset from the pool bar.
Gift Shop. It looks amazing getting your loved ones a present from the Pearl of Africa. The Gift Shop at Chobe Safari Lodge sells local East African crafts and souvenirs like safari essentials, guide books, clothes and so much more
Business Center. This business center meets all the needs of the Travelling business executive Expect to find printing facilities in all the rooms as well 24hr Internet access The Center is always open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
Karama Bar and Terrace. This gives a very nice view of the terrace and the River below from the large glass window because of its good location in the central part of the Lodge. The Bar is a perfect place to chill from before and after dining. It comprises of ample space to relax and unwind. Its furniture and Interior reflects a unique fusion of modern and safari style.
Conference Facilities. Chobe Safari Lodge offers conference efacilities guaranteed to meet your meeting experience and expectations. It’s a very, peaceful, pleasurable and comfortable meeting place that can cater for both large cooperate and small groups.
A Chobe Safari Lodge, there are quite a number of exciting activities to be done and trust me, these won’t leave you the same. Some of them include;
Fishing. The mostly caught fish include the Tilapia, Nile perch, yellow fish (barbel), cat fish and so many more fish species. Fishing is mostly done from the Riverbank or from the boat at the base of the falls area. The Lodge has boats solely designed for fishing and Travelers are shown the best fishing spots and a catch is a quarantee.
Safari drives is another activity that Travelers should expect to experience at Chobe Safari Lodge.
Nature Walks at Chobe Safari Lodge is an unforgettable experience in case you get there. The fact that the Lodge is located in Murchison Falls National Park, it supports a remarkable 451 bird species. Take a walk over while listening to different birds chopping, some of these include, the shoebill stalk, martial Eagle, the African fish Eagle, Greater flamingo, white tailed lark and verraux eagle owl and so much more Have ever imagined having a Bush breakfast? Like it or not, this is a very amazing and unforgettable experience. The Lodge moves with all the necessities for a unique mouthwatering breakfast to have in the bush. These and more include needed cutlery, crockery, chairs umbrella canopy and not forgetting the “Bush Kitchette plus the campfire.
We remind our dear Travelers that at Chobe Safari Lodge, all forms of payments are accepted.
Enjoy your stay at the Lodge!!!
Protea Hotel is located in Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria with an exciting view of the luxurious atmosphere. It’s situated 1km away from Entebbe National Airport. Protea Hotel is a very big hotel on 4 floors with over 73 well-furnished comfortable rooms including big meeting rooms equipped with modern amenities as well as 17 executive suites where u can relax on the terrace and bar and fully enjoy your stay.
The green natural vegetation around Protea Hotel is very attractive in the sight of the viewers complemented by the fresh air from this natural green cover. The natural sound and that of the little birds that comes from it, is quite amazing.
The weather around this Hotel is very favorable Outside u can feel and enjoy the breeze from the biggest lake in Uganda(Lake Victoria) since its situated on its shores as inside its comfortably warm. So look no further than Protea Hotel.
Protea Hotel has got a very good Restaurant which operates 24/7 throughout the year with very delicious meals and served according to your order. Buffets are verily available with Jocal dishes inclusive. Come have a taste of all these deliciously prepared meals made by extremely experienced staff.
This is a hotel you can visit and enjoy all types of fish including Tilapia, Nile Perch and other delicious types according to your taste of preference. Enjoy it deep fried or smoked and it’s served hot. Dine with us and enjoy all your preferred buffets!!!
The parking is very ample with tight security running 24/7 throughout the year for the safety of the client’s vehicles and other personal properties
Allow us complement your travel style with our freely offered services like complimentary wireless internet access in all the rooms and the lobby and public areas around the Hotel as well as other services and amenities to our clients.
We are pleased to inform our dear clients that we as well accept master cards, visa cards as well as cash.
Kyaninga Lodge is located in Fortportal, Western Uganda overlooking Lake Kyaninga which is the Country’s deepest Crater Lake. The Lodge is in Kibale Forest National Park well known for Chimpanzee Tracking. It has got an easy access to spectacular hiking trails with views of the Great Rift Valley and the Rwenzori Mountains commonly known as the Mountains of the Moon.
The Lodge has over 10,000 indigenous trees planted as part of conservation work to preserve the surrounding ecosystem.
Kyaninga Lodge is built on nine well-spaced log Cabins to ensure privacy and uninterrupted panoramas. Each of these Cabins is self-contained with either twin or double beds. There is high speed WI-FI in each Cabin, private balcony overlooking Lake Kyaninga and the Rwenzori Mountains. Equally comfortable with a design clearly influenced by Traditional Alpine-meets. To avoid power problems, the Lodge is connected with solar energy. The facilities at Kyaninga Safari Lodge are so adorable that once you set your eyes on any of them, you will develop a feeling of staying/extending your visit much longer. Among them is;
Amazingly, Breakfast at Kyaninga Safari Lodge is free. And this is served throughout your stay at the Lodge. Lunch and dinner are as well served. Both International and Local dishes are prepared by highly qualified chefs. The Menue is based on Classical European cuisine and it is tweaked to make use of the local fresh ingredients picked from the Kyaninga Lodge’s own Kitchen gardens and orchards and the neighboring markets. You can chose to enjoy your meal either, the Lodge’s main Dining Room, your private cabin or outside at the balcony.
Kyaninga Safari Lodge has got a well-stocked bar. After having a long day or a meal, relax yourself with a soft drink or any other drink of your choice. The bar has got both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks which you can enjoy from the Lodge’s bar, at the balcony, raised gallery while birding or reading or around the fire place while enjoying the board games.
Sauna and Swimming Pool
The Sauna at Kyaninga Safari Lodge is an amazing experience and after that, cool off your body in the Lodge’s beautiful swimming pool. It is surrounded by grassy terraces that overlook the lake and the mountains of the moon. Expect well versed therapists in Chinese, Swedish deep-tissue and aromatherapy massage technics as well as facials, reflexology and nail care. All this can be done while sunbathing after the swimming.
Involve yourself in body and mind refreshing games like lawn tennis, Croquet, badminton and boules. This is more suitable for outdoor. This is a good proximity to Queen Elizabeth national park and Kibale National Park.
Fire place. This is made in the evenings where you sit around to enjoy a sip of your drink from the bar enjoying Board games, reading books
Spice up your travel trip by visiting Kyaninga Safari Lodge, Enjoy your stay!!
RUSHAGA GORILLA CAMP
Rushaga Gorilla Camp is situated in Bugambira near Rushaga Gorilla Tracking. It’s on top of a hill right at the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in South Western Uganda. Rushaga Gorilla Camp is a perfect starting point for a unique Gorilla Tracking Adventure and the edge of the Rift Valley. It being located on a slope of a mountain slope, nice views of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are a guarantee.
Rushaga Gorilla Camp has got very nice looking infrastructures with its main building sited on the top of the hill overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and facilitates the Restaurant, a bar, a small terrace and a craft shop. The main area is characterized by wooden furniture. Each room has got a seating area. shower/bathroom, a wake-up service/alarm clock, clothes rack and so many more Good and comfortable accommodation at Rushaga Gorilla Camp is a guarantee where Travelers have the choice to choose between the comfortable Safari Tents (midrange) or the cabins and at an affordable budget. The Safari Tents are built with furnished wooden furniture on the slope below the main building offering a great view of the forest with absolute privacy. Each of these Tents sit on a raised platform with a private balcony, a private bathroom with a shower, Sink, toilet and running hot and cold water. The cabins too are basic rooms which are self-contained.
The Restaurant at Rushaga Gorilla Camp is another salivating place due to its nice and delicious meals it prepares free Continental breakfast from a buffet as well as full English breakfast, Lunch and Dinner all with 3 courses For Lunch, the Lodge offers a Menue with several dishes to choose from. For Dinner, a variety of dishes are prepared to choose from. This is included with International dishes having both vegetarian and non vegetarian foods to choose from. Hot Tea and Coffee are as well ever available in the afternoon Please inform us in advance in case of any special dietary request such that the Lodge is informed and worked on accordingly.
Parking at Rushaga Gonila Camp is totally free with tight security which operates 27/7 Therefore no need to worry about your vehicle’s security no matter how long you stay at the Lodge.
Rushaga Gorilla Camp has also got a 24hr front desk for all your inquiries, free High speed internet (WIFO. gift shop. Currency Exchange and so much more.
Expect free evening entertainment as well as having fun around the outdoor fire place.
At Rushaga Gorilla Camp, expect more exciting activities like Gorilla Trekking, Gorilla habituation experience, Forest walks, Birds tours and Cultural experiences, Bicycle rental services where people can also take part in cycling around the area. And many other activities.
Enjoy your visit in Uganda, enjoy your stay at Rushaga Gorilla Camp!!!!
MOUNTAIN OF THE MOON HOTEL.
Mountains of the Moon Hotel is one of the best mid-range accommodations in Kibale National Park situated on a 5 acres landscape in Fort Portal town in the Western part of Uganda. It derived its name from the beautiful Rwenzori Mountains famously known as the Mountains of the Moon in Western Uganda. The location of this hotel gives you scenic views of the Kibale National Park (13.5km from the Hotel) and the Semiliki Game Reserve in Western Uganda. Also staying at Mountains of the Moon Hotel offers you an opportunity to sit a number of tourists centers like the Lugard Monument (29min walk from the Hotel). Rwenzori mountains National Park (18.4km) and the New Tooro kingdom palace(42min walk) You can as well go and enjoy golf at the Fort Portal Golf course (12m walk). Still base here and visit the Kibale National Park Visitor Information Center (34.4km) and L. Nyabikere which is only 23km from the Hotel Mountains of the Moon Hotel has got over 33 well-furnished, soundproofed and premium bedded rooms Some of the rooms are single, Deluxe Double, Twin and Superior Double rooms. There are also Family rooms suitable for those that go as a family group or friends. Each room is equipped with a television, en- suite bathroom, separate sitting room, free toiletries and much more. Facilities/amenities at the Mountains of the Moon Hotel Restaurant The Hotel has got an outstanding Restaurant which prepares mouthwatering local and international dishes. The meals are prepared by experienced chefs in the country and served by smiling walters/wattresses Special dietary orders are also welcomed. The Hotel offers free daily English breakfast to its visitors Barbecue grills are also made at the hotel.
-Bar/lounge The Bar is a great one fully stocked with all kinds of soft and hard drinks. Feel free to enjoy a sip of your favorite cocktail from the outstanding bar.
-Garden The garden is a great place where you can go and have breathtaking moments as you enjoy fresh fruits grown from the African black soils
-Terrace Reach out to the Hotel terrace and enjoy scenic views of the surrounding landscape and the nearby human settlements.
-Outdoor swimming pool Cool off yoursit in the sparking clear and clean water in the swimming pool Fest relaxed as you enjoy your favorite drink at well as having scenic views of the surrounding landscape.
– Fireplace. Sit around the evening made fire in lobby and get to share your adventure stories with others
-Designated smoking area
-Wheelchair accessible .
-Laundry/Dry cleaning services
-Housekeeping services -Luggage storage
-24hr front desk services -Concierge services -Tours Ticket assistance -Meeting center Free -Newspapers in lobby -Airport transfer services -Spa services
– Free ample parking space
Activities at Mountains of the Moon Hotel -Chimpanzee Trekking.
Chimpanzee Trekking is one of the major activities carried out here since the Hotel is situated in Kibale National Park which is famously know for harboring the biggest percentage of Chimpanzees in Uganda and East Africa as a whole. However, the park has also got a number of other primates and the people who go to carry out this activity base at the Mountains of the Moon Hotel in Fort Portal town.
Chimpanzee Habituation .
This is an interesting experience done at Kibale National Park where Chimpanzees are trained to interact with human beings and consider them as their friends but not their enemies. This is done by the help of trained game park guides and armed tourism police staff.
Bird watching . Since the Hotel is situated in Kibale National Park, there are a lot of different bird species in the park. Some of them even go ahead cross park boundaries and are usually spotted in the Hotel premises. Some of these include the Eagles, shoebills, Uganda Kobs and many more. Bird lovers, Mountains of the Moon Hotel is the place to stay.
• Nature/Community walks . Get a chance to Tour the surrounding local community and interact with them Get entertained by the locals through African Traditional music, Dance and Drama. Tour around Fort Portal town and get to know local people’s life style. Have you ever been ridden on a bicycle or a motorcycle? Use this chance to get this amazing experience.
For further inquiries about the Mountains of the Moon Hotel in Fort Portal or booking a Trip with Village Gorilla Safaris, please feel free to contact us any time as we can’t wait to hear from you.
The Mabamba swamp also known as Mabamba wetland and sometimes refered to an Island is the convenient destination in Uganda that harbours the rare shoebills and a variety of bird species. The Mabamba Swamp is found in the western part of Entebbe on Lake Victoria the biggest and fresh water lake in Africa.
The bird watching activity on this wetland is mostly done in a canoe, where you navigate waterways comprising papyrus grass and lily pads along the swamp. The swamp is a habitat to many bird species among which include notable birds like the rare shoebills, papyrus yellow warbler, pallid harrier, blue swallow to mention but a few.
The shoebills are easily spotted very early in the morning when they stalk their main prey, the fish and small aquatic animals but still they can be spotted all day. They usually hide in the water weeds and stand absolutely still for long periods awaiting the movements of their prey.
*How to get to Mabamba swamp?
By boat : You can reach Mabamba by boat across Lake Victoria. This increases your spots on different bird species on Lake Victoria that you have missed and also gives you an opportunity to see other activities on Lake Victoria that is to say fishing activities and the fresh breath on the lake.
By road: You can also drive either via Entebbe road or Masaka road This takes you about the and 20minutes.
At the Island
A canoe ride through papyrus swamp will take you at the best view of spotting the Shoebills which usually hide in the water weeds to feed on the fish A variety of other bird species to be spotteed include the African Jacana, Lesse Jacana Blue reasted Bee eater Common Moorhen, African Purple Swamphen Swamp Flycatchers. African Water Rail Saddle billed Stork Squacco heron, African Pygime Goose Malachite Kingfisher and White faced whistling duck and many more.
The Kazinga Channel is a natural channel that is situated between two water body sources in Uganda that is Lake George on the Eastern side and Lake Edward on the Western side. The Kazinga channel is a wide, 32km (20mi) long intermediate channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward and attracts a varied range of bird and animal species.
Lake George is a small lake with an average depth of only 2.4 metres (7.9 ft) and which is fed by streams from the Rwenzori Mountains. Its outflow is through the Kazinga Channel which drains into Lake Edward, water levels fluctuating very little.
The channel is one of the most common and important feature in Queen Elizabeth national park since it’s one of the world’s concentration of the hippos and the Nile crocodiles. Boat cruises that last for 2 to 3 hours are operated from 9:00am, 2:00pm and 3:00pm to offer visitors a closer view of the different bird and wildlife species.
The boat rides set from the grounds of Mweya safari lodge and always accompanied with trained and knowledgeable guides to give you relative information on any species of wildlife you come across so as to make your safari informative and educative.
Getting to the channel The Kazinga channel is located a few meters from the grounds of Mweya safari lodge and it’s a 1 hour drive throughout Queen Elizabeth national park from most lodges within and outside the park.
What to see at the channel?
Some of the species of animals a must see at the Kazinga channel include schools of hippos and crocodiles while buffaloes, elephant and a variety of antelope species can be spotted along the shoreline.
Not only animals but the channel also harbours a variety of bird species, so birders are gifted a lot once they take a visit to the Kazinga channel Over 70 bird species can be seen during a launch cruise at the Kazinga channel, some of the birds that can be spotted include the African fish eagle, white-faced whistling, King fisher, pelicans, great and long-tailed cormorants and if caught lucky you can see the rare shoebill stork.
Note : if you miss a boat ride to the Kazinga channel, your safari will be considered incomplete of the fact that you will have missed an interesting and memorable activity.
ZZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary the home to the wild rhinos at Nakitoma trading centre in Nakasongola district is situated 176km (100 miles) north of Kampala the capital city of Uganda on Kampala-Gulu highway short way to Murchison Falls National Park. This is the best destination for rhino tracking of the fact that it’s always done on foot for clear, memorable and adventurous spots.
By the end of 1982, rhinos were pretty much extinct in Uganda because they had been endlessly poached and killed. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is not a zoo, it is a sanctuary where these white type of Rhinos can move around in safety. They are protected all day and night from poachers by an electrical fence and security personnel.
The Introduction of the zziwa sanctuary is a project of the Rhino Fund Uganda that fostered the restoration of the rhinos in Uganda. There are 21 white rhinos as of 2017 and these highly attract tourists from different countries for the rhino tracking activity.
Of the fact that rhino tracking is done on foot, tourists are briefed and given guideline by a sanctuary ranger since they will be allowed to move close to the rhinos for a memorable experience and an unusual photo moments as you encounter with different rhinos. Other activities at the sanctuary:
1. Shoebill canoe ride and bird watching
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is home to over 350 bird species and is a great destination for avid birders interested in finding those rare African species.
2. Guided nature walks
The guided nature walks will enable you to experience the geography, fauna and flora of this beautiful part of Uganda.
3. Night walk adventure
The guided night walk is the perfect opportunity for bird enthusiasts to tick off any nocturnal birds as well as for those just looking to find the elusive Leopard or Aardvark.
Accommodation at the sanctuary
Amuka lodge the hearth of the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary offers excellent accommodation and safe overnight stays The lodge brings you breath-taking encounters with Uganda’s only wild rhinoceros as well a wide array of birds and wildlife.
Budongo Forest is one of Uganda’s forests commonly known for being the largest Mahogany forest in the whole of East Africa and a natural home to a number of different species like the chimpanzees. It is situated at the top of the Albertine rift in the north western part of Uganda bordering the great Murchison Falls national park and covering a total surface area of 430 square kilometres. This forest managed to get its name from a local Bunyoro word “Fertile soil”. Historically, this forest was under the control of the King of Bunyoro who always issued strict policies to its flora and fauna and whoever wanted to go hunting into this beautiful forest could first seek permission from him Budongo forest offers an extremely rich biodiversity of more than 360 species of birds, some 290 butterflies, 130 moths, 465 tree species and 24 species of mammals of which 9 are primates. It is also a natural home of more than 600 chimpanzees, of which a small community has been habituated for eco- tourism purposes. The forest has different major tourist sites which include the Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site and the Busingiro Ecotourism site of which the Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site is dominated by Mahogany and Iron- wood trees A well developed and extensive 115km trail in length is found throughout the forest to enable visitors have great experience during their day activities like chimpanzee tracking, forest walks, bird watching among other. A great memorable safari to Budongo forest is best combined with Ziwa Rhino sanctuary known for rhino tracking experience and Murchison Falls national park for game viewing and a boat cruise along the Nile River: Top Things to do and see in Budongo Forest Chimpanzee tracking. There are always different sessions for tracking that is the morning and evening chimpanzee tracking times. The success rate of seeing chimpanzees in this forest is very high.
Chimpanzee habituation .
This gives you an all-day activity experience of seeing these primates This experience is done with researchers.
Birding watching .
The forest is one of the top birding destinations in Uganda and literally a paradise to over 360 species of birds including Sabine’s spine tail, Pulvus illadoposis Cassins spine Tall (rare) Brown twin Spot, Cameroon Somber Castins newk Eagle Crowned Eagle Yellow crested Woodpecker Forest Robin, Little green Sunbird Grey headed Sunbird among others.
Nature walks . These are taken through woodland and savanna terrain. This also chances you to seeing some wildlife species in the forest.
Game viewing : This spots you to some other primates like the Black and White Colobus Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Olive Baboons, Blue Monkeys, Grey cheeked Mangabeys among others .
Accommodation option in the Forest
There is one Budbroo Eco Lodge inside of the forest consisting of camfonicle end-cabins with private verande four spacious dorm rooms visitor Certe and restaurent.
MABIRA FOREST RESERVE.
Mabira forest one of the commonly known birders’ destination is situated between two major urban centres along Kampala-Jinja highway approximately about 54km Kampala the capital city of Uganda and approximately about 20km from Jinja town the adventure capital of Uganda. The forest is one of the Uganda’s largest surviving natural forests on a land expanse of about 300 square kilometres (120 square miles) in Buikwe district.
Biodiversity of Mabira forest
Since 1932, the Mabira forest has been protected a reserve with a number species including 315 bird species like Blue-throated Roller, African Dwarf-kingfisher, White-bellied Kingfisher, Forest Woodhoopoe, African Pied Hornbill, Jameson’s and Chestnut Wattle-eyes, the Forest Robin, Fire-crested Alethe, Red- capped Robin-Chat, the Speckle-breasted, Yellow-crested, Brown-eared, Grey and the Buff-spotted Woodpeckers, Cassin’s Honeyguide, Red-tailed Bristlebil, Little Greenbul, Honeyguide Greenbul, Sooty Boubou, Grey-green Bush-shrike, Nahan’s Francolin, Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, White-spotted Flufftail, Afep Pigeon, Grey Parrot, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Sabine’s Spinetail, Cassin’s Spinetail, among others. The forest also has 312 tree species like the Francolinus nahani, Phyllanthus atripennis, Macrosphenus concolor, Caprimulgus nigriscapularis, and Trochocercus niten among many others, 218 species of butterflies, 97 species of moths, 40 species of small mammals like the red-tailed monkeys, vervets, grey- cheeked mangabeys, short tailed fruit bat, baboons, colobus monkeys and many nocturnal animals.
Getting to Mabira forest.
No panic is required for anyone planning a visit to this lush forest as it is a 1 hours’ drive from Kampala. From Kampala drive through Bweyogerere commonly known for the Mandela national stadium a multi- purpose stadium in Uganda named after the late South African President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. Proceed with the journey through Lugazi the common sugar and tea plantation areas in Uganda.
The forest centre is on the edge of Najjembe Trading Centre, whose roadside market is famous for roast chicken and gonja (plantain). A short walk or drive down this marrum road will bring you to the forest center where parking is available and the Visitors center. Those setting of from Jinja town, its half an hour to get to the forest centre.
What to do and see in Mabira forest?
Travellers to Mabira forest are chanced to a number activities and some of these include guided forest walks, nature treks, mountain biking, bird watching, sightseeing, camping, picnics, zip lining activities at Griffin Falls, among others.
Accommodation choices in Mabira forest. There is always availability of excellent accommodating facilities in the forest with some few lodges and cottages built to match the serenity of the forest reserve. The Rain Forest Eco-Lodge has seven double rooms and five twin suite with furniture, private balconies with view of the forest, swimming pool, health, spa, restaurant and a well-stocked bar. The ambiance at the forest lodges is great for a weekend gateway A public campsite is available for outdoor camping and educational tours with 12 tents and water.
NGAMBA ISLAND CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY.
Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary also known as the Chimp Island on Lake Victoria is situated 23km south east of Entebbe. The Island is seated on a land of 100 acres, 95 acres of the land is forested and enclosed with an electric fence where the chimpanzees roam through the day
Ngamba Island is a project of an NGO known as Chimpanzees Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust that was founded in 1997 to protect the orphaned chimpanzees. The Island is a home to 49 chimpanzees as of 2016 that have been rescued from poachers and were unable to return to the wild plus a few that have recently been born on this island.
Ngamba Island provides an excellent secondary forest habitat for the chimpanzees and other wildlife species like the fruit bats, spiders, fish eagles, otters, and monitor lizards.
While the Island can’t compare to the experience of seeing chimps in the wild, especially due to the large electrified fence that separates chimp from human, it still makes for a worthwhile excursion to observe the animals remarkable human like behaviours. Guides here are informative, and there are individual profiles for each chimp, detailing both their distinct personalities and history. There are also big monitor lizards in residence and a variety of bird species.
Objectives of this chimpanzee sanctuary
-To provide a safe home for orphaned and confiscated chimpanzees
-To care for the environment on Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary •
-To provide a high quality educational experience for visitors.
-To benefit local communities
How to get to the Island.
There is always availability of different types of boats catering to various groups and budgets Arrive to the island via speed boats that travel from the dock in Entebbe and take approximately 45-50 minutes depending on the weather conditions.
Also travel by traditional motorized canoes that take approximately 90 minutes or 1 hour depending on the weather conditions
Activities on the Island
-Visiting nearby villages