Uk And USA Uganda Travel Advisories
If you are travelling to Uganda for whatever purpose, we request you to read Uk ans USA Uganda travel Advisories. This enables you understand what you have to do in order to fulfil your purpose for visiting Uganda.
If you are interested in booking a Uganda safari, you need to be in the know about Uganda and some of the destinations that you would like to include in your itinerary. Although Uganda has a lot of activity you can be part of , knowing the minimum number of days to be in that destinations helps your decision making. You must also base on the number of days you wish to be on holiday in Africa to select your itinerary.
Using a credible tour company like Encounter Africa Safaris which has been in active existence for over 10 years contribute a lot to a perfect tailor made Africa Safari Itinerary. Our expertise in Uganda tourism industry has been accumulated overtime of experience.
What To Do On Uganda Safari
Uganda is a country gifted by nature and most of its attractions are nature based. The country has national parks endowed with a wide range of wildlife including the big five. The country has a rich culture because of a variety of ethnic groups that make up its population, religious diversity and so much more.
Game Drives in Uganda
Taking early morning game drives in one of Uganda’s national parks is exciting although some animals are common to almost all game parks, there those specific to a certain park
Enjoy an early morning game drive you may have the chance to spot animals like lions, leopards, Rothschild giraffes, cape buffaloes, elephants, cheetahs, water bucks, bush bucks, zebras, Okapi, giant forest hogs, Uganda Kobs aardwolf, and others.
To enjoy game drives in Uganda, you must hire a knowledgeable driver guide with great information about the parks and beyond which widens your information about the country.
When hiring a car for game drives in Uganda, it must be at least 4×4 wheel drive with enough window seats for every tourists and a porch or pop-up roof. No off track, driving is allowed in the park because you may kill the unseen wild animals or trample over the grass where animals feed. In case you intend to go off track, you must seek permission from the Authorities at an additional fee.
Launch cruise during Uganda Safari
Within some National Parks in Uganda, you can do the launch trip and it is the highlight of the adventure experience in these parks.
In Murchison Falls National park, the launch trip takes you to the most powerful falls in the world the Murchison falls. Here Victoria Nile stumbles over embedded rocks then channels through a narrow bend of 6 meters wide to thunderously burst out foaming a cloudy appearance. The furious Nile water cascades a 43 meters high cliff to continue with the course. While in the boat, you feel a change in the water turbulence as cascading water touches the bottom.
The shores of River Nile are regularly graced by variety of birds and thirsty wild animals that walk down to quench thirst. From the boat, you can see hippopotami, huge Nile crocodiles and others.
Hiking to the top of the falls gives you insight into the actual drama that creates a thundering sound of River Nile. This thrilling point creates unforgettable assault on the senses.
In Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most enduring 3 hours launch trip on Kazinga channel from Mweya peninsular to Lake Edward. The shoreline of this channel is regularly graced by variety of wild animals, a rich avian life including foreign migrants.
Watching the rolling hills of mountain Rwenzori is exciting, as they appear short enough to be touched by arm stretch. This view of the rift valley floor is exceptionally beautiful.
A launch trip on Kazinga channel bring out an extra ordinary view of Rwenzori mountains. On a clearer day, you may see the snowcapped summit of the mountain.
Chimpanzee trekking on Uganda Safari
Chimpanzees are the closet human cousins amongst the animals and display some similarities with human behavior. They have DNA of about 98% that of humans and live in communities under an alpha male. Each day, the community splits into small troupes of chimpanzees to enable them feed enough from different area. They come together during nesting time. Chimpanzees operate spy network that informs others about intruders through beating tree trunks or hooting.
In Uganda chimpanzee, trekking is done in Kibale National Park, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kaniyo Pabidi forest in Murchison Falls national Park and others.
You must obtain a chimpanzee trekking permit in order to be part of this experience. Each chimpanzee trekking park offers different cost of chimpanzee permit like in Kibale National Park as of today the permit costs is $200 per person.
Birding In Uganda
Uganda is one of the best destinations for birders in Africa. The country hosts over 1000 bird species including some of those on the red list of IUCN. This array of birds is awed to numerous habitats like deciduous forest, riverine bush land, open woodland, open grassland, swamps, rivers, lakes, semi dessert environment to mention but a few.
We invite you to Uganda to enjoy the beauties m of the country. We offer tailor made safaris and small group tours fitting in your budget, interest and time. We are one of the few companies that offer affordable safaris with a high level of professionalism and we are committed to community development and environmental conservation.
A few of uganda birds include shoe bill, grey-headed kingfisher, swamp flycatcher, red-chested sunbird, black-rumped buttonquail, African skimmer, martial eagel, red-capped lark to mention but a few.
Some of the renowned birding destination in Uganda include Bwindi impenetrable Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mabamba swamp, botanical beach Entebbe, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mpanga Forest, Mabira forest, Murchison Falls National Park and others. A well-tailored Uganda birding itinerary gives you chance to visit majority of these destinations.
Sport Fishing on Uganda Safari
Uganda is a country endowed with a number of fresh water bodies where you may get to do fishing. Majority do not offer fishing equipment so carry your own and do advance booking in case you need to hire a fishing boat like in Murchison Falls National Park.
During a Uganda safari to Murchison Falls National park, you may get to do angling where you have high chances of catching a huge Nile perch, tilapia, mudfish, catfish and other species. This is dome in designated spots on River Nile. On Lake Victoria, you can catch a number of fish species but you need to hire a boat.
Cultural Tour in Uganda
Uganda’s ancient political leadership were the kingdoms and chiefdoms. These were respected by a number of there subjects before colonial rule. Some of the Uganda kingdoms still exists and you can pay a visit to some of them during Uganda safari.
In Kampala you can visit Buganda kingdom in Mengo. Bulange palace in mengo is one of the representatives of past kingdoms. Here are royal regalia, the gun used by Sir Edward Mutesa during the attack by the then prevailing president of Uganda Apollo Milton Obote.
The manmade Kabaka’s lake in Ndeeba, which was excavated by the subjects of Kabaka by hand. The torcher chambers where innocent Ugandans were brutally murdered during the Obote reign. The kingdom has a lot to show in case you are interested in cultural tourism of Uganda
The Tooro Kingdom is another of the most prominent kingdoms in Uganda. The reigning King is Called Omukama. He was enthroned at the age of three and by then he was the youngest king in the world. The ceremony of enthroning him is locally called “Empango.”
When you book a chimpanzee trekking trip to Kibale National Park, you can do an excursion to this kingdom. Its beautiful location offer a superb panoramic view of Fort portal town. The Karambi tombs are the burial ground for the fallen royals of the kingdom and you can pay a visit here too.
When you visit the Busoga Kingdom in Jinja you can visit the source of River Nile, do white water rafting, quad biking, and so much more. This Busoga kingdom in Bugembe, Jinja is one of the amazing ancient kingdom in uganda. Although nit much is in the public about the kingdom, they believe in spirits of Bujjagali falls, a huge rock in Bugembe and so much more.
White Water Rafting In Jinja and Visit Source of River Nile
On River Nile, you can be part of the white water rafting team, you do not need much experience because instructors are in place to take you through the entire training. You may join other tourists to peddle through the tides of River Nile at Itanda Falls.
Ensure you securely buckle the safety gears provided so as to protect yourself from drowning. Participate in beating the tides so that you can enjoy the entire experience. Different levels of tides are located along the Itanda falls but you do not need to go through all of them in case you are not interested.
Visit the source of River Nile in Jinja where the river starts its course. The drama at this point is mesmerizing as River Nile water separates from calm Lake Victoria water. That look of dazzling water leaves you wondering what is happening beneath the water.
Uganda remains peaceful and our friends should be careful when spread such information.
Uganda Wildlife Education Center ( UWEC)
Taking an excursion to the Uganda Wildlife Education center former Entebbe Zoo is fantastic. You get to see a summary of almost all the content of Uganda National parks. They are kept in exhibits with environment similar to that in the wilderness.
You may do a self-guided tour because the center has demarcated posts on each exhibit with details of where the animal is found or a guided tour in the center. You can take part in keeper for the day where you take part in preparing and distributing food to the wild animals or chimpanzee up close and much more.
Visit Ngamba Chimpanzee Island
This chimpanzee rescue sanctuary is home to orphaned, abandoned and homeless chimpanzees that cannot return to there communities in the wild. The sanctuary started in 1998. This is home to over 40 chimpanzees which have been given home by Chimpanzee Sanctuary and wildlife conservation trust (cswct). This project aims at giving visitors more information about chimpanzees and encouraging them to conserve the forests where they live.
While at the Island, you can take part in feeding from the visitor platform, caregiving, chimpanzee up close, sunset cruise and others.
Mountaineering in Uganda
Uganda is one of the countries in Africa with varying topography. it has some of the high mountains in Africa like mountain Rwenzori. This snowcapped mountain lies at the western border of Uganda and D.R.Congo. to hike the Rwenzori mountains of the moon, you need about 7 days of return trip to get to Magheritah the snowcapped peak,
You follow the trail that meanders along the Mobuku and Bujuku valleys beneath the highest peaks. You pass through amazing vegetation, challenging terrain, altitude, and weather.
Hiking mountain Elgon is amazing as you start the trek from different trails like Sasa trail, Sipi trail, Piswa trail, Saum trail. Some of these descend into the Kenyan side of the mountain. At one point, mountain Elgon was higher than mountain Kilimanjaro but because of eruption and erosion, the highest of the mountain has constantly reduced.
OTHERS MOUNTAINS ONE CAN CLIMB IN A DAY INCLUDE
Locally the word Muhabura means the guide and it’s because of the mountain’s towering cone that makes a prominent landmark. Its peak is has a crater lake by along the way you can see beautiful alpine vegetation coupled by superb panoramas.
Sabyinyo locally means old man’s teeth, this is because of the weathered rim of the initial mountain Sabyinyo that created a ring of stubby peaks. The corners of the three neighboring countries that is Uganda, Rwanda and D.R.Congo converge at the summit of this mountain.
In local terms, Gahinga means small piles of stones. This was because of the scattered stones that used to come from the mountain and cover local people’s gardens. You go through bamboo forest into lush swamp in the crater summit.
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