Kidepo valley game national park boasts of a great number of animal species than any other park in Uganda. The park’s Game viewing is far the best with lots of game like the bush duikers, leopards, cheetahs, striped hyenas, lesser kudus, buffaloes, jackals, lots of antelopes, bush babies and lots more Game.
Kidepo Valley boasts of great hiking adventures with beautiful sceneries of Lamoj Mountains with a short drive from the Headquarters, the Kanangorok Hot Springs located 11 km from Kidepo river valley are a fantastic spot to visit with great photographic views of lions on Ant Hills, others spots not to be missed, the Narus Valley in the south west of the park with great views of hyenas, leopards and a vast number of wildlife.
The Nature walks leading you to the Karamajong communities in their Manyatta huts, traditional Karamajong wears spears, arrows and bows from their home steads can be a captivating moment for all those looking for African Cultural safaris this is the place to be and you can much enjoy on self drive in Uganda using either SUV Rav4 4×4 or the safari Land Cruiser jeeps.
Narus Valley is rising and falling grassland plain surrounded by faraway mountains. This valley provides permanent water, and through most of the year its wildlife gathers here. Therefore, this area is properly supplied with game tracks, having 4 loop circuits that explore the valley close to Apoka as well as facilitating to photography. Several creatures for example lions, reed bucks, Jackson’s hartebeests, oribi, buffaloes and giraffes are visible within the valley. Cheetahs plus leopards are as well seen but in smaller numbers.
The Narus dam together with the water hole close to the Tourism Centre is ideal observation place for game, particularly throughout the dry season. At the far southern tip of the Katurum loop, there is the Katurum kopje (a site of an abandoned lodge) is an eye-catching destination with outstanding views north over the valley in the direction of the Morungole Mountain range giving the right gestures for photography.
Mount Morungole towers to 2,750 meters and it is crossed by River Kidepo and River Narus which nourish the wildlife plus the natural habitat of this park. The Morungole Range defines the southern boundary of this park and soars from these plains a couple of kilometres north-east of Apoka. This area may be visited on foot in the company of a ranger. The slopes of the mountain are habitat to the IK people, who are the tiniest ethnic group found in Uganda, and have their own special culture. All this enriches the photo gallery giving you a variety to choose about. Enjoy such safaris with the tour operator in Uganda at a relatively lower price.Read More
Iby’Iwacu cultural village is situated next to the car park at the trail head for the Sabyinyo Group and Group Thirteen, this award winning venture was founded in 2004 by Edwin to improve the livelihood of communities living around Volcanoes National Park, thereby reducing human pressure on the park’s resources. The cultural village is essentially the public flagship for an ambitious project that provides legitimate employment in fields such as vegetable and mushroom farming, beekeeping and tourism to about 1,000 former and potential poachers.
Best arranged a day or so in advance, Iby’Iwacu offers a busy Programme that lasts about hours and slots in ideally after a morning gorilla trekking tours. The setting is a fantastic wood and thatch replica of a traditional Rwandan palace, second only in size to the restored palace at Nyanza Museum, and an ideal stage for traditional Intore dancers to share their drumming and dance routines. Also on offer are short community walks, a church visit, a consultation with a traditional healer, shooting a bow and arrow with one of the local Batwa pygmies, and demonstrations of activities such as grinding millet and sorghum, making banana beer and harvesting potatoes and other crops.
Iby’Iwacu cultural village is owned by the local communities and the fee of US$20 per person and it is split so that 40% goes directly to community members who perform and do other activities, while 60% goes to a village fund managed by a committee that channels it into various charitable efforts, from buying seed for farmers to sponsoring schoolchildren and buying scholastic materials.
Activities carried out
The community you visit will genuinely welcome you as a special guest while they proudly present to you aspects of their traditions and beliefs. This will truly be an experience of a lifetime as you home stay with the community and become part of their family.
The village is fascinating with a variety of cultural experiences it can offer, and probably the best way to get to know the local people, their culture, and their ‘ways of living” is to take part in daily life activities. Agricultural tourism will be part of the wider experience where guests will join local people when they go to their agricultural fields to work and learn about their work, harvest and participate in food preparation and making processes like millet grinding using stones, carrying potatoes and water on their heads, and attend lessons and participate in preparing a local dish i.e. (Ubugari, Igikoma etc.).
Every evening the village members gather around a campfire and begin a session of storytelling and dancing. Most of the time after trekking gorillas, tourists don’t have what to do; this is the time for other activities to supplement tourism outside the park.
- There is a community walk, guided by a community member, to visit different sites within the community. This tour offers an unusual and unforgettable insight into the everyday lives of the village communities.
- Visiting the king’s house and listening to all the Kings stories, the meanings of different symbols within the palace guided by a local guide. In this place you can be a king for minutes, hours and days. You will be enthroned and can exercise king’s powers as bestowed to you by a village elder through a village ceremony.
- Eight different types of traditional dances by all community categories; men, women, youths and the children, and other local and traditional musical instruments (i.e. Intore dances, drumming, Ibyivugo, Umuduri, Ikembe, Iningiri, Inanga, Ingoma, Amakondera, Agakenke)
- The famous Songs of the Gorillas sang by the famous Ngayabatema, commonly referred to as Kayuku.
- Visiting a local traditional healer to hear about the different medicinal trees, shrubs, grass and their traditional medicinal uses and how they are administered to local patients.
- Visit traditional clinics and pharmacies, the elderly and hear their interesting stories of pre and post-colonial era.
- Visit local schools and if you are a teacher, you could offer and attend lessons and see how children are taught in schools.
- Prepare and have a local lunch or dinner with local people.
- Attend a local banana brewery process and have a taste of local banana beer.
- Exchange of flow of experiences and ideas between local people and visitors (sharing cultural experiences).
- Ex-poachers ways of hunting /techniques, methods and stories from ex-poachers in particular Batwa (pygmies).
- Batwa pottery making experience, lessons and engagement
- Artisans and craft making by women, men and children, etc.
- Local football matches with tourists, and many more activities.
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East Africa represents Africa’s beauty with a wide number of untamed wildlife reserves that attract many tourists all over the world. In Uganda and Rwanda, we find the only world’s last remaining population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas, inhabited in Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda), Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National park in Uganda. Among other areas of interest in Uganda include Murchison falls National Park, Kibale National park, Queen Elizabeth, Semliki Park, Lake Mburo, Mount Rwenzori, Mt. Elgon and Kidepo valley among others.
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The camping gorilla safaris in Uganda is so much incredible, we are budget travelers from Dutch and we have traveled to so many places in Africa-and this year we have been in Uganda visiting the mountain gorillas in the mist, and we were on a tight budget as we traveled budget using the small SUV rented car from one of the Ugandan, services provider 4×4 Car Hire Uganda and these fleets are so reliable for your self drive in Uganda. As we were traveling quite long period of time combing most of Uganda’s National Park our travel planner quoted us very competitive price of the car and the all requirements need for one to do camping safari in Uganda.
Firstly, our safari started with the visit to the mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and we tracked the Busigye family at the Rushaga section of Bwindi forest and as we were on camping option we stayed at the Nshongi Gorilla Resort, camping grounds and most of this was organized by our travel planner Moses, from the above mentioned company. After this experience we had to drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, via the Ishasha Southern Sector which is much known for the African tree climbing lions, and upon our arrival at this section of the park in the early evening we took the trails expected to spot these animals and after short drive here we come across these predators in the branches of the fig trees and we spent almost 2 hours taking image shoots and videos and by the time we came out the park it was almost dark but as were ready prepared with our mobile camping facilities, we had to drive the Ishasha Uganda Wildlife Authority camping ground and we pitched our tent for an overnight stay and camping fire was set for us!
Then, early morning the following day we had dawn game drive to spot some early riser animals and with our good luck we spotted the lions and leopards and we had this excitement for almost 2 hours taking photos and video for the 2 predators and also we spotted other wildlife species like the elephants, buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, oribi, topi, warthogs among others. After with our scenic drive transferred to the Mweya peninsula and upon our stay at this side we stayed at the Bush Lodge, which Moses advised us that none other than this camp can offer service quality in Queen Elizabeth National Park, then late evening we took an evening photographic game drive to take sun downer shoot as well as game viewing.
Then the following day we took game drive at the Kasenyi mating ground and variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, buffaloes, leopards, and water and bush bucks, warthogs among others we spotted. This experience took us 3-4 hours and after this unforgettable game drive we transferred to Kazinga Channel for the boat cruise which connects the Ramsar Lake George to Lake Edward and on this boat launch much more wildlife and birds can be experienced along the shores of the channel. After this cruise and on our way drive back to the camp we met a big number of elephants crossing the road from the channel to take water and back to the stay buffers!
We later concluded our trip with the visit to the Kibale Forest National Park where we experienced the chimpanzee trekking and the walk into the Bigodi Wetland and at this park we stayed at the Kibale Forest Camp! And later on we had to return Entebbe for our return flight back home!Read More
Adventure tourism is a type of niche tourism involving exploration or travel to remote areas where the traveler should expect the unexpected. In Uganda, adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity as tourists seek unusual holidays, different from other vacations and at Terrain Safaris we can help you arrange a safari of your choice. Uganda is a classic adventure tourism destination indeed.
White water rafting on river Nile;
You might be aware that river Nile is one of the world’s greatest and longest rivers but you may not know that its main source is in Uganda. River Nile doesn’t only meanders in other parts of the country but also pulses with surprising forces. The Source of the Nile which is about 2hr drive(84.0km) from Kampala.
Rafting depends on your choice (safe or exciting), rafting on the White Nile is as spectacular as it is a bit scary. White Nile provides the scenery of beautiful green jungle while paddling slowly along, which makes you feel like you are alone in the wilderness on some far flung expedition. During rafting, you can’t miss glancing the beautiful colored birds, as you peddle through the rapids.
At the Nile, rafting is as safe as any grade v (five) rafting can be, you are entitled to protective gears to ensure your safety for example the helmet and life jacket which are put through your paces before you meet any rapids.
Since Uganda is on the equator, the weather is warm and the flow of the Nile is controlled by the dam so it’s not easily affected by the rains. So in December – February and June to August is the best time to carry out white water rafting.
- Hiking and climbing
Uganda also offers some of Africa’s top hiking and climbing possibilities where serious mountaineers need to look no further than the majestic Mountain Rwenzori in Kasese, which offers a genuine challenge to experienced alpine climbers due to its trio of craggy 5109m glacial peaks. Whereas the fit hikers will meet the six-day loop trail through the Rwenzori’s forest and moonland zones to be as paying as it is demanding.
- Cycling in the shadows of the Rwenzoris with Terrain Safaris.
Some people don’t think of cycling as an adventure because it is seen as a way of life by Uganda’s rural poor folk but if you haven’t cycled around the Rwenzoris in western Uganda. Sauntering through the wilderness with a bike below you and the world all around the scenic views give you second thoughts about a bicycle. It gives chance to explore at your own speed, far from the dusty and heavy traffic highways.
As the morning birds are chirping and the sun struggling to rise above a calm forested hill, surrounded by an extensive green tea estate. Accommodation can be got at Jacaranda hilltop guest house for a night to enable you have early setoff.
Mountain biking can also be carried out in Mountain Elgon National Park where trails run from Sipi trading Centre to Chema hill in Kapchorwa town and this provides best views of the various falls.Read More
Rwanda is a landlocked country located in east-central Africa. The country is covered most by steep hills and deep valleys with its highest point being Karisimbi in the Virunga Mountains. Despite their history of the genocide, Rwanda is a hospitable country, with magnificent people, amazing lakes, mountains, a great climate, good roads, and nice standard of living.
Rwanda is a small country and almost all its attractions of nice places are next to each other. Join us on one of our Rwanda Safaris to explore Rwanda’s top attractions found in the following places.
The gorillas in the Virunga Mountains: Tourists frequent Parc National Des Volcans to track these humble giants that have endured civil and world wars. These gorillas are also shared in countries like Uganda. Other attractions include, Akegera national park, Nyungwe forest, Musanze cave, Rusumo falls and the source of the Nile. Rwanda has 1 genocide memorial in the capital city Kigali known as Gisozi Genocide memorial and 2 main genocide memorials outside Kigali. One is Ntarama church that is about 5 km down a right-hand fork that branches off the Nyamata road roughly 20 km outside Kigali. Next to this church is a building where other people seeking safety where massacred. The other church is just is at Nyamata 30 km from Kigali which was a site of horrible massacre. The bodies were also removed although blood stains remain on the walls. A courtyard was dug outside the underground chamber and that’s where the skulls of many victims are being displayed. These and many others act as tourist magnet to this country.Read More
If you have a car and you are sick and tired of paying too much money for your gas then you need to find some effective gas saving tips. Gas prices have gone up significantly due to the latest storm and there is no sign of relief in sight so it is that much more important for you to learn some of these gas saving tips.
One of the best gas saving tips while self driving in Kenya is to purchase your gas in the morning on in the evening. Since gas is denser in the colder temperatures you will actually be getting more gas for your money when you do this. This is also a good ideas because there is more chance of you missing the rush.
Another of the great gas saving tips is to check out the prices at the pump before you go to the gas station. The internet is a wonderful and easy way for you to do this. This way you will not have to be driving around wasting gas and money in order to find the best price. This is one of the best gas saving tips because of the money saving aspects of it.
Gas saving tips are great to have at your fingertips and you can have tons of them right now by visiting SelfDriveEastAfrica.com. At this site you will be able to learn all of the gas saving tips that you will ever need to know.Read More
Rwanda, the Land of a thousand hills is one of the world’s primate home in Africa. This country located in Central Africa provides a unique scenic beauty of the plains .The must see primates include famous mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park, Africa’s First Park which protects steep slopes of the Virunga Mountains, Chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest one of the oldest on earth dating back before the last ice Age, Golden monkeys, white and black monkeys, Colobus monkeys which are found in bamboo forest areas of Rwanda since they spend most of the time eating bamboo shoots though much less researched.
Coupled with many species Rwanda offers the most thrilling primate tour in Africa which has made it one of the desired destinations of travellers. You can discover the land of Gorillas on a primate safari which will cover the main Rwanda attractions. Are you a fun of primates? If yes Rwanda is the answer for people of primate passion and adventure. Start the trip by taking on a city tour around Kigali this will open your eyes to the beautiful African country. Followed by a visit to Nyungwe montane forest a base of many primates though chimpanzee is the main species and later to volcanoes National park for gorilla tracking an activity with a world heritage status. The drive to the park is 2-3 hours from Kigali ,visit Golden monkeys, Diany fossey tomb, Hike Muhabura and Bisoke, take a nature walk and you should be at the park office by 7.00am local time if you are to trek Gorillas.
Before Embarking on a Rwanda safari ensure that you booked all the trip essentials that is gorilla permits, chimpanzee permits, golden monkey permits, accommodation, transport and all other activities of the tour. Also check and confirm if you have packed the right check list but don’t forget the camera and insect repellant since you going to pass through the bamboo forest during the trek. Ask your travel expert if something is missing or just to confirm. If all are well then Explore Rwanda’s forests in search of the rare primates and for the most awesome experience.Read More
The advent of computers and internet is fast changing the world providing easy solutions all around with respect to a number of products and services. Car rental service is no exception. Car rental in Rwanda is much easier and quicker as compared to earlier days. Now you can rent a car on self drive in Rwanda and adventure on your own in comfort! Online you can find numerous players in the field of car rental services in Rwanda who will help you travel with ease, thousands of miles away from your home. You can browse through a large number of websites, compare prices and services and select the best deal for you from Rwanda.
Car rental in Rwanda through online services gives you the pleasure of being pampered right from the airport. Feel the comfort of someone waiting for you with your name tag at the airport and providing you with car facility right-away and taking you directly to your desired spot.
While renting a car in Rwanda just remember to follow the tips listed below:
- With the help of a search engine like “Google” compare the prices with respect to products and services of at-least five different car rental sites.
- Do take care in deciding and mentioning correct renting dates with respect to the car rental. Many companies do not refund your deposits under any circumstances, so it is advisable to keep this in mind before moving ahead with your car rental in Rwanda.However, some genuine car renting houses like Rwanda self drive do not take in money from you in the name of deposit until the last day when you come to collect the vehicle.
- Do make a point to obtain the concessions for a longer car rental. Longer the duration of rental more you save.
- Many car rental services offer special discounts to their regular customers, so you can use this option to get concessions for you. For this you have to stick to one or two car rental in Rwanda.
- If you are planning to rent a car in Rwanda on public holidays, then you have to do this well in advance, as this reverberating tourist location can leave you disappointed with no deals left in peak periods.
- Be careful while driving the rented car and obey the traffic rules. It will be better option to keep you away from any catastrophe that would befall you and consume some of your precious time.
- Check out for the penalties and expenditures, if by chance you get into any sort of accident or mishap. A good car rental company will give you insurance cover in this regard.
- If you wish to share driving with some family member or friend, verify whether multiple drivers are allowed or not, some car rental companies charge extra fees for this facility.
Renting a car involves taking responsibility of the car to some extent and you should read the terms and conditions page carefully before going ahead with your deal to rent a car at Rwanda Overlooking the terms and conditions page may cost you dearly at a later stage.
Before getting into the car have a nice look at the pre-marked scratches if any and check the petrol level and milometer reading.
Adhering to the above mentioned tips will get you towards the positive prospects of car rental in Rwanda. Now you are left with only one thing, drive carefully and have a joyful ride.Read More
The Pearl of Africa, Uganda is a home to eight of the world’s official heritage sites, as determined by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. The committee seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of “outstanding value to humanity”. Internationally, there are 851 World Heritage sites in 141 countries (as of April 2008). Uganda has a total of three – one cultural and two natural sites. Starting with the first site added to the list, ending with the latest, these are:
- Rwenzori Mountain National Park(1994)
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park(1994)
- Tombs Of Buganda Kings At Kasubi (2001)
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Just two hours’ drive from Kasese town-Uganda, the Rwenzori National Park is a slice of heaven here on earth. It boasts Africa’s highest mountain range north of Kilimanjaro. With endless, rolling grasslands, snow-capped peaks, river valleys and gorges, and a wealth of flora and fauna make this site perfect for nature lovers. Giant heathers, ground-sells, Ericas and lobelias of the tree heath and alpine zones also make it one of the beautiful places in the world. Bird watchers can look out for some of the 89-plus species of birds that live in this Eden including Francolins, Purple-Breasted Sunbirds, Olive Pigeons and Rwenzori Turacos while game seekers can keep an eye open for the many primate species like Rwenzori Colobus monkey, common Chimpanzee and L’hoest monkey, Tree hyraxes, duikers, Leopard and Elephants.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The Bwindi impenetrable National Park has a rich biodiversity and boasts more species than the any other park in Africa. These include world’s largest concentration of mountain gorillas (over a half of the world’s population), 400 species of plants, 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes and 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi covers an area of 321km2 and was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994. Bwindi is one of the most popular parks for gorilla tours and it receives a good number of tourists interested in watching the endangered mountain gorillas from the wild.
Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi
Kasubi Tombs (burial place of Buganda kings and royal family) is located on Kasubi hill in Kampala capital city. Four royal tombs now lie within the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome. The tombs are regarded as an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom– the largest of the traditional kingdoms in present-day Uganda. The Kingdom of Buganda is situated in the Central region of the country known today as Uganda. The huge thatched-roof palace was originally built in 1882 as the palace of Kabaka Mutesa I, before being converted into his tomb following his death two years later.
Looking to visiting the above tourist sites, there are several Uganda tours available from various tour operators. These trips are available all year round and can be tailormade to fit your needs and interests.Read More