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The Pearl of Africa

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Uganda – The Pearl of Africa

It has been brought to our attention that the Ugandan Tourist Board are currently changing their tourism focus. This is an effort to highlight the diversity of their beautiful country, and we thought we’d give them a hand.  Many of you will know Uganda as home to some extraordinary primates, however there is an array of other tourist attractions across the country that definitely deserve a mention. To quote Winston Churchill “The kingdom of Uganda is a fairy-tale. … For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life – bird, insect, reptile, beast – for vast scale — Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.”

Wildlife certainly is a big draw for many visitors, and along with primates, Uganda is home to 1061 bird species including the Crested Crane, the Turaco, and the elusive Shoebill.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

This prehistoric looking bird stands five feet tall with its huge distinctive bill.

Along with Africa’s ‘big five’ there is a host of other wildlife, some of which are endemic to Uganda, so a safari is a must!

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Another opportunity for a animal encounter of a different kind would be to help herd, feed and even milk Uganda’s Ankole Cattle.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

And if you are partial to ‘having a go’ take time to visit the fair-trade tea and coffee plantations and experience the production process first hand.

If prehistoric plants are of interest, Mpanga Gorge in the west is believed to be the largest Cycad colony in the world.  This palm like plant species is believed to have existed before prehistoric times, remaining largely unchanged for 200-300 million years!

We must next draw your attention to Uganda’s water orientated attractions. Uganda is home to ‘Lake Victoria’ the World’s second largest lake, and the source of the magnificent river Nile!  Here there are many activities to embark on such as kayaking, white – water rafting, fishing or take a boat trip.

Finally an interesting fact: Did you know that Uganda provides the opportunity to have one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and the other in the Southern Hemisphere? Visit the landmark showing where the equator passes through the country. You will be fascinated to watch a demonstration of how the water drains in opposite directions, depending on which side of the equator you stand!

In order to incorporate all of your preferred activities, you would certainly benefit from a tailor made itinerary. This is where we come in. Africa is one of our specialist countries and our team of experts with first-hand experience can guide you every step of the way.

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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

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Since the steep increase in price of gorilla permits in Rwanda last year, speculation has been ongoing to see if Uganda would follow suit. So, it’s great news for visitors that the increase is only by $100 and a brilliant move to keep demand for gorilla tracking in Uganda.
In addition, Aerolink recently announced that they are now flying from Entebbe to Kihihi (Bwindi’s closest airstrip) three times daily, allowing tourists more accessible routes into the tracking areas. Uganda is working tirelessly to give the tourists a better experience and easier access.

Mountain Gorillas are an endangered species so, for this reason, it’s crucial permits are in place to protect and preserve their privacy. Permits also help to save mountain gorillas from human diseases that can be caused by too many visitors or crowds. Money from permits also contributes to the conservation of both wildlife as well as the local community.

photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

There has never been a better time to visit Uganda to see these amazing animals. But there is so much more to do while here. Uganda has to be one of the World’s best birding spots and it is a wonderful place to see the plains animals, crocodiles and hippos on the Nile and a chance to track chimpanzees as well.

photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

photo courtesy of Peter Ellis

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Gorgeous Gorillas of Uganda

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Peter has been off on his travels again, this time he visited Uganda. Our local agents in Uganda, Great Lakes Safaris, are currently celebrating as the Mountain Gorilla’s status has now been moved from Critically Endangered to Endangered. This is thanks to conservation efforts from the wildlife authorities of Uganda and its neighboring countries Rwanda and Republic of Congo.

In 2008 the Mountain Gorilla population was about 680 individuals and now, as of November 2018, this has increased to over 1000 the highest ever recorded. So now is a better time than ever to visit Uganda and their Mountain Gorillas. Uganda is an amazing place and a wonderful holiday destination with so much to see, why not contact us and start your safari amongst the Gorillas? Peter will be sure to write up about the great tails from his trip and we look forward to sharing them with you all very soon.

Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans
Picture courtesy of Uganda Tourism UK

Uganda, new destination video

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Here is a short clip featuring a number of Uganda’s unique attractions including Murchison Falls, Kibale, Bwindi, Lake Mburo, Lake Albert and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Uganda itinerary

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This itinerary ensures that you will see all the best that Uganda has to offer, both in wildlife and scenery.  It also gives you the chance to see the endangered and rare mountain gorillas.

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Uganda

Day 1:     Kampala

Day 3:     Murchison Falls National Park

Day 5:     Kibale

Day 6:     Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 9:     Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 11:    Lake Bunyonyi

Day 13:    Lake Victoria

Day 15:    Depart Uganda

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The lesser known of East Africa’s countries, Uganda has a diverse offering in wildlife, scenery and experiences. Where else can you plan to see gorillas in their mountain homelands, watch chimpanzees range through the trees in search of fruit and anything else, see the Big 5 in classic African panorama and finish with a few days on a beach on Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria.

Day 1: Kampala

Take time to explore this lake side city and perhaps take a trip out to Mabamba Swamp for some seriously good bird watching. Amongst the highlights would be a good sighting of the incredible shoebill bird with its large flattened beak.

Two nights Kampala

Day 3: Murchison Falls

Next stop is Murchison Falls National Park where the River Nile is compressed from 47 metres wide to squeeze through 6 metre canyon and drop 40 metres making for a powerful view. This Park has all of the main plains animals and some unusual ones such as oribi and Rothschild giraffe. Join traditional game drives and then take a boat cruise to the foot of the Falls known as the Devil’s Cauldron. Going in the late afternoon ensures you will see all the wildlife coming down for their evening drink. Plenty of crocs and hippo to see along the way and over 450 species of bird are found here.

Two nights Murchison Falls National Park

Day 5: Kibale

Your drive takes you along the western rim of the Rift Valley and then to the Kibale Forest National Park. Here you will be guided by the expert trackers/rangers of the Park through the forest looking for the troops of chimps hunting through the trees. There are plenty of other monkeys to be found here, such as the red tailed monkey and grey cheeked Mangabey.

One night Kibale

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive on into the Queen Elizabeth National Park and have a game drive looking for giant Forest Hogs on your way to camp. Here you have the conventional game drives looking for the usual plains game and their predators, most notably lion that climb in to the trees. Then take to a boat on the Kazinga Channel home to what is considered the largest number of hippo in Africa. Take a guided walk to the Blue Lake and the caves nearby which is home to millions of bats which in turn feed many python.

Three nights Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Enjoy a game drive as you leave the Park and head to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you will meet the Batwa people who live here. Here you will receive briefing from the Park staff before your guide takes you through the forest to seek out the gorilla family that live here. You will have an hour with these gentle giants before returning to the lodge.

Two nights Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi

Last tour through the forest before heading to Lake Bunyonyi where you can cruise out to Punishment Island where in past days unmarried pregnant girls where abandoned as punishment for conceiving before marriage. Relax in this beautiful location.

Two nights Lake Bunyonyi

 

Day 13: Lake Victoria

Back to Lake Victoria and a boat transfer to one of the islands on the Lake for some time to relax on a beach.

Two nights Lake Victoria

 

Day 15: Depart Uganda

Leave Uganda today for the onward or homeward journey.

Uganda

Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans

Uganda

Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans

Uganda

Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans

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Being so close to a family of gorillas, who have accepted you as part of the day, and watching their family interactions. Magical, and worth the climb through the forest even in the wet.

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Country: Uganda

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Uganda, East Africa

The less well known and visited East African country but one with so much to offer. Lake Victoria dominates part of the country and the capital area and the River Nile is an amazing spectacle as it squeezes through the Murchison Falls – one of the many sites to see. It is also home to forest gorillas and visiting them is at a price well under half of the fee charged in Rwanda. Add in the chance to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat along with National Parks of Uganda filled with usual, and endemic, plains and forest birds and animals, giving you a truly exceptional wildlife experience. Fewer tourists than the other East African countries, Uganda should appeal to those that like their safaris to be more traditional in flavour but still very welcoming and comfortable. You could even finish with a beach stay on one of the islands in Lake Victoria.

 

 

Gorillas - Uganda

Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans

Lion - Uganda

Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans

 

 

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