REASONS TO VISIT UGANDA

January 31st, 2019

Being the pearl of Africa, Uganda is one of the leading destinations on East Africa blessed with a variety of flora and fauna. Despite the social-political challenges, this beautiful country has been identified as one of the relatively stable and prosperous African nations. There are a million reasons for you to visit Uganda starting from the good weather thought the year and the green vegetation and wildlife. A number of things make Uganda the most desired destinations for travelers and this is a highlight of the top tourist attractions in Uganda.

Mountain Gorillas
Uganda shelters over half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas in the world in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, making it the largest concentration of mountain gorillas in the world. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park shelters the highest habituated mountain gorilla groups while Mgahinga National Park has only one mountain gorilla group. 17 gorilla families have been habituated for trekking after the introduction of two new Gorilla Families-Christmas and Katwe. Bwindi national Park is located in the southwestern parts of Uganda in Kabale District.

Wild life
Uganda has a rich plenty of flora and fauna throughout its national parks. About seven of these parks have a very high concentration of wildlife for example Kidepo Valley national park which boasts the highest concentration of wildlife.
These national parks include;
• Queen Elizabeth national park was named after the royal Queen Elizabeth II of England.
• Rwenzori mountains national park.
• Lake Mburo national park.
• The famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
• Semiliki National Park.
• Murchison Falls National Park.
• Kibale national park.
• Kidepo Valley national park.
• Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
• And Mount Elgon National Park.

Each of these national park has its own unique eye-catching features ranging from lions, leopards, elephant, antelopes, giraffes, monkeys, chimpanzees and the human-like mountain Gorillas, these national parks also have a wide variety of birds that that any good birder wishes to see. You can’t afford to miss.

Uganda’s Cultural Tourism
Being a multi-ethnic nation there are multiple cultures and traditions in Uganda. Over 50 tribes are all dispersed in their respective regions with different customs, beliefs, cooking, traditional dress and dances. There are four traditional kingdoms in Uganda each with its own beliefs and conduct. The kingdoms include Tooro, Buganda, Busoga and Bunyoro-kitara kingdoms. There is no better place to experience a wide range of cultures than Uganda. Consider visiting cultural centers like Igongo Cultural Center in the western part of Uganda, Ndere Troupe Cultural Center in Kampala, Batwa Trail experience in southwestern Uganda around Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, then Acholis and Karamojong in the northern and eastern parts of Uganda respectively are the best places to go.

Source of River Nile
The longest river in the world starts from the pearl of Africa Uganda with its source starting right from Jinja in Uganda. The “Nile” word is a Greek word that means valley. River Nile starts from the Northeastern part of Africa and flows from the surrounding areas close to the equator line to the outrageous safari desert and then straight to the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The river is estimated to be about 6600 kilometers long and passes through nine countries but is most centered to Uganda and Egypt. Some of these countries include Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
So many activities are done on the Nile for instance water rafting, bungee jumping, Kayaking, boat rides as well as fishing.
The river starts its 6,500km journey to the Mediterranean Sea (Egypt) beside Jinja town (Uganda) and the source. Don’t miss to see Owen falls dam where hydroelectricity is generated.

Uganda’s Climate
Uganda’s weather conditions are ideal, ranging from the warmth of the lowland areas to the coolness of the highlands in the South West Kigezi where Uganda’s endangered creatures-the mountain Gorillas live. This can be proved from the travelers that have been in Uganda for their holidays before. Uganda is mostly sunny thought the year with temperatures rarely rising above 29 degrees.
The average temperature is about 26 degrees C, with a maximum of 18-31 degrees and minimum of 15-23 degrees depending on the part of the country.
The rain season is march-may then light rain season is November and December. Wet seasons are March –May & October-November; dry seasons are December to February & June to August. The rainfall regime allows two planting and harvesting seasons a year in most parts of the country, without the use of irrigation.

conclusion The beauty of such an amazing country with all the beautiful scenery with animals, birds and the green vegetation thought the year makes Uganda the number one choice for all your travel needs.

GORILLA HABITUATION EXPERIENCE IN UGANDA

January 18th, 2019


Mountain Gorilla Habituation involves making them familiar around human beings. The habituation experience takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park gives you more than just a glimpse at the mountain Gorillas but a whole different story with these endangered creatures. The Habituation Experience is only offered in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda which shelters over 500 mountain Gorillas. And this has made Uganda one of the Top Tour Destinations in Africa.

Time spent with the gorillas
Habituation experience gives you a lot more time than just trekking since you have to involve in the Gorilla Habituation itself. You will observe researchers from Uganda Wildlife Authority as they go about their daily duties around the Gorillas; monitoring and recording their behavior.
Gorilla Habituation Experience normally takes two to three (2-3) years to be completed and during this time, researchers keep on visiting an identified Wild gorilla group on a daily basis. They get to learn more about individual gorillas and the way they behave.
This process allows you to be with Mountain Gorillas for up to 4hours as compared to the 1Hour of Gorilla Trekking making it so rewarding.
Gorilla habituation experience also give you a chance to learn about the naming of these endangered creatures and to take more pictures as long as your camera Flash is turned off to avoid upsetting the Gorillas.

Gorilla Habituation Experience Rules
Gorilla Habituation rules are much/less similar to those of Gorilla tracking with a few exceptions. Here are some of the rules to follow;
• The number of visitors per group is 6 members, prior booking (6months to your trip) is advised to avoid any inconveniences on your safari to Uganda
• camera flash is kept off to avoid upsetting the Gorillas
• Avoid touching the Gorillas as they could easily get startled and charge at you
• Make sure that you are in good health to avoid spreading the disease to the Gorillas. For example, they can easily catch a cold if you have it.
• Cary enough packed food and water to avoid starving while in the jungle.
Cost of a Habituation Experience Permit
Gorilla Habituation Experience Permit is currently at USD1500 per permit in Uganda and tourists are allowed to stay with the gorillas for 4 hours. The cost is different from the Gorilla Trekking Permit which costs USD600 and the time to spend with Gorillas is strictly 1 hour. It is advised to book in time have your permit secured in about Six months to your trip to avoid any inconveniences. The permit includes rangers, researchers and spending four hours with mountain gorillas under habituation. It also includes park entrance fees for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Habituated Gorilla families
17 Gorilla Families have been habituated and are open for Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, these Families are;
Habinyanja, Rushegura and Mubare which are found in the North of the park, Mishaya, Bweza, Nshongi, Kahungye, Busingye and Nkuringo gorilla group are found in the south of the park. Far off in the East of the park are the Oruzogo, Kyaguriro and Bitukura Gorilla groups.
In Conclusion, as you plan your safari to Uganda, consider having an amazing trip with the closest contact with Mountain Gorillas in the jungle. Gorilla habituation Experience is a rare activity in Rwanda and Congo and can therefore be only experienced in Uganda. And please note that not all gorilla families are available for the habituation experience.