REASONS TO VISIT UGANDA

January 16th, 2019

There is no better place to consider for your safari than the pearl of Africa-Uganda. 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 plus 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.

What to wear on a Gorilla Safari

December 30th, 2018

Your visit to Uganda and/or Rwanda, Gorilla Tracking should never miss. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Volcanoes National park are the best places for this great activity of Gorilla Tracking. It quite tiresome because of the nature of the in which the Gorillas live(Forest) but manageable. Therefore, you will need to prepare for your journey and here are some of the requirements.

Gorilla Tracking Permit
To start with is the Gorilla Tracking permit issued to you by the Wild Life Authority. For anyone to be permitted to see mountain gorilla must have what we call Gorilla Tracking permit to be presented before going for briefing. Prior bookings are encouraged to avoid denial of the preferred time for your Gorilla Tracking. Contacting your travel agency helps in booking your ticket in advance to avoid any inconvenience of missing out on this great activity in the jungle.

Hiking boots
Light weight hiking boots are the most important item for the gorilla Tracking activity. Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and Volcanoes National Park involves hiking in search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Because of the nature of the forest plus the altitude and terrain. Hiking boots are must as you decide on what to pack for your Gorilla Tracking Adventure in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Rwanda’s volcanoes National Park.

Long sleeved sweater/shirts
You are required to have long trousers plus a long sleeved sweater/shirts/blouse for your gorilla Tracking safari. Please ensure that you tack in your trousers in your hiking boots to avoid insects such as safari ants entering your trousers. Jeans and Kachi trousers are the most recommended.

A well Charged Camera with Extra Batteries
Carry a well charged camera and extra batteries as you go for this activity. You will need to take as many photographs in the one hour you will have with the Gorillas. Please make sure that you switch off your flash while taking gorilla photographs to avoid interrupting the Gorillas.

Hat and Sun Glasses
The hut helps to save you from the hot sun and d the sun glasses help you on the sun rays.
Pair of Binoculars
Bwindi Impenetrable National park is home to over 350 birds, chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys among other primates, elephants and buffalos. Your pair of binoculars will help you have a close view of all these species during your trek in search for the rare mountain gorillas.

Snacks and Water
Gorilla trekking can take from 30 minutes to five or more hours and that’s why a certain level of fitness is required. You are required to carry some snacks as supplements. Before departing from your lodge, you need to carry your packed lunch and lots of drinking water as you never know when you will return. Energy giving foods can be bought in Uganda or Rwanda so contact or ask your guide to take you to a nearby super market.

Rain Jackets
Consider including a rain jacket on your gorilla tracking packing list. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a tropical rain forest and as such, rain is received throughout the whole year. You will never tell when it is going to rain so you need a rain jacket in order to be protected from rain. Many clients prefer traveling in drier months of June, July, August and beginning of September and try to avoid rainy seasons of March, April and May but being a tropical rain forest, it can rain any time. When deciding on what to pack for gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Volcanoes National Park, a rain jacket or Poncho is very important.

Garden Gloves
You are required gloves to protect your hands during your Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi forest National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Gloves help to protect you from germs and other items that may scratch your hands. Forests are sometimes slippery and somehow you need to hold onto something just in case such happens. If you happen to touch some itching plants, trees or even climbing trees, you may be hurt. Consider including Garden Gloves in your gorilla trekking packing list.

Local Currency
During your gorilla tracking holiday in Uganda and Rwanda you will need some local currency to enable you buy some of your personal things, your need currency to tip your porters, waiters, guides and many other things like crafts to take back home. Local currency is necessary to Packing List on your Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safari in both Uganda, Rwanda and in DR-Congo.

Insect repellant
We also recommend that you bring with you a good insect repellant to safe guard you from the biting mosquitoes and many other insects in the forest.
There may be other requirements for gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda but the listed requirements are basic for your trip to the Jungle to meet at a close range with these human-like creatures in their natural habitat.

The requirements are for gorilla Tracking in Rwanda and Uganda are the same because the mountain Gorillas live in the jungle and the state of the jungle is more/less the same in the Volcanoes national Park and Bwindi impenetrable national park.