THE BEST DESTINATION FOR THE BIG FIVE MAMMALS IN UGANDA

Surely no one can think about the big five and leave a side the pearl of Africa with its ziwa rhino sanctuary and the Murchison falls national park. The park holds the pride of the big four mammals and these are the leopard, lion, elephant and lastly the buffalo. On your safari to Uganda you can’t miss out Murchison falls national park on your check list so as to view the big five in the wild accessing the rhino at ziwa rhino sanctuary.
On your journey to Murchison falls national park you are firstly entertained by the rhinos at ziwa rhino sanctuary 176km north of Kampala on gulu high way in vicinity of Murchison falls national park having 32 southern white rhinos. Ziwa rhino sanctuary is more so a good destination for rhino trekking, shoebill trek, canoe ride, bird watching, nature walks, relaxation and night walk.
After clearing the rhinos on our big five list then let’s proceed to Murchison expecting to have the leopards, lions, elephants and the buffalos. Despite the fact that the park is comprised of 76 mammal species including four of the big five African mammals
On early morning game drive, you stand higher chances of catching up with the big cats which are leopards and lions as they are hunting before the sun is brazing hoot to force them into their hide outs.
On our boat cruise on the Victoria Nile at Murchison falls national park we expect to see buffaloes and elephants as they enjoy down the shores thus clearing our big five check list
Murchision falls national park offers a veriaty of activities and animals plus birds since it’s the largest national park in Uganda having the Uganda kobs , bushbucks, elephants, hartebeests, oribis, waterbucks, warthogs, hyenas to mention but a few.
Murchision falls national park has got some rain forested areas like the kaniyo pabidi forest which is part of the famous budongo forest which are homes of numerous endangered primates such as the patas monkeys, blue monkeys, chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys and many more.
Murchision falls contains 450 tree species, 250 butterflies and more than 500 bird species that include the water birds, savannah birds, forest birds, Albertine birds and many others.
The fascinating activities at murchision falls national park include the memorable boat cruise, night and day game drives, hiking to the top of the falls, sport fishing, bird watching and relaxation plus overnight stays at the present lodges and hotels that are categorized under 3 main cases that is to say; budget lodges ranging from 40$-120$, midrange facilities 150$-299$ and lastly the luxury accommodation facilities ranging from 300$ and beyond.

WHAT ELSE TO ADD ON YOUR BIG FIVE SAFARIS AT MURCHISION FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Bird watching


Murchision falls national park has got over 500 bird species that can be viewed both on boat cruise and also game drives expecting to see savannah forest birds, Albertine rift endemics and water birds with the park’s main bird attraction being the shoebill.
Sport fishing


The rewardable sport fishing at murchision fall national park offers you higher chances of grabbing your self a large nile perch or cat fish and other fish species as the lastly recorded largest nile perch was 113kg
Cultural encounters


The mubako cultural campfire performances and the mubako craft shop sells which include the handwoven items made by community members who also perform songs and cultural dances around the campfires of local accommodation facilities.
Hiking
Murchision falls national park and the neighboring conservation area can be explored by foot via the trails of kaniyo pabidi and rabongo forests offering a variety of birds and primate species. You can also hike to the top of the magical falls of murchision taking about 45minutes having a fascinating experience on the magnificent water falls as you see the waves of white water turmbling hypotonically through the 6 meters chasm.
Boat cruise
The boat cruise at murchision falls national park can be either the delta boat cruise or a boat cruise to the top of the falls. The most recommended boat cruise to the birders is the delta morning boat cruise providing you higher chances of seeing the shoebill and many more bird species

Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves

Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves | Cultural sites in Uganda

Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru is a cave located about 10 km from fort portal town which is also the cleanest town in Uganda. Fort Portal is in Kabarole district in the western part of Uganda and is a hub to other parks like Queen Elizabeth national park, Semuliki national park and Kibale national park. Amabere ga nyina Mwiru are actually stalagmites and stalactites which the Batoro who inhabit this region have interesting historical stories attached to their formation hence their local name which means “breasts of Nyina Mwiru”. This site is therefore one of the protected cultural sites by the Batoro.

It is locally believed by the Batooro that Bukuku who was the king of the Batembuzi dynasty that are also said to have been demi-gods, had a beautiful daughter called Nyinamwiru. The king proposed a man that his daughter would marry but she refused this and she left her home and settled at this place. This kind of disobedience infuriated the king and his subject and he ordered that her breasts be cut off and threw them in this cave. This was done so that she would never get married to any other man that she would choose for herself. So these “Amabere ga Nyinamwiiru” are believed to be her breasts and the white substance dripping is believed to be her breast milk. There are much more features around the area that you’ll visit after the cave. There is a waterfall nearby where you’ll enjoy the breeze of the flowing water and the hissing sound of the water. When you visit this place and listen to the myths, you’ll relate because of how these stalactites and stalagmites have shapes like female breasts.

The surrounding environment of this area has other amazing features such as the explosion crater lakes which were given names according to the myths attached, that is lake Kigere which is in the shape of a foot and is believed that the depression that is filled with water was formed by a foot of one of the members of the Batembuzi.  Other crater lakes there are Nyabikere meaning a place full of frogs and Saka. This place also has stunning green hills known as Nyakasura hills where you’ll hike to view the crater lakes and villages and towns around.

The best time to visit Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru

These caves and surrounding areas can be visited any time of the year. They are close to the main town of Fort Portal and can easily be accessed all year round.

You can consider visiting these caves on your safari to Kibale forest national park for chimp trekking, Semuliki national park where you’ll see the Sempaya male and female hot springs or combine it with a visit to other crater lakes in this region such as Kyaninga crater lake, Lake Nkuruba and other breathtaking places like Bigodi wetland near Kibale national park and city tours around Fort Portal town not forgetting to visit the palace of Toro Kingdom. The accommodation facilities around these crater lakes have serene environments for example Kyaninga lodge, Ndali lodge, CVK Lakeside resort and Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve where you can go for camping. Other hotels around fort portal where you can stay at on your visit are Mountains of the Moon hotel, Backpackers hostel, Chimpanzee forest guest house among others.

Visit the Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves, a historical and cultural site found in fortportal Uganda. Amabere ga nyina Mwiru are actually stalagmites and stalactites.

White Water Rafting On River Nile

White Water Rafting On River Nile -White water rafting is an adventurous activity that has become so popular among the tourist activities of Uganda. This should not miss on your bucket list when planning for a Uganda Safari. White water rafting takes place on river Nile in Jinja town which is also referred to as “the adventure Capital of East Africa”. Jinja town is the second busiest city in Uganda after the capital city-Kampala with some the best accommodation in the country, lots of tour activities and it’s were you’ll pass when connecting to other destinations such as Sipi falls and Mount Elgon national park.

White water rafting has been taking place at  this site for over 20 years where travelers move can transfer to Jinja in the morning, take on the activity and return to Kampala or spend the night in Jinja and get engaged in other activities around the area such as boat cruise to the source of the Nile, birding among others.

White water rafting on the Nile is conducted in paddle-rafts whereby people join the rafting team and are captained by a professional guide. Before getting on the rafts, you’ll be given instructions about safety and how bets you can enjoy the rafting. There is another team of well trained kayakers who ensure that they keep an eye an eye on the rafters so that in case they roll over into the water, the kayakers help them out immediately. The boat departs from a calm part of the water as the raft guides show those that are rafting how to raft and enjoy the activity. You’ll start experiencing the roughness of the river when the boat reaches Bujagali falls where you’ll run into fall after fall. This whole experiencing is so exciting and wonderful as you get to the part where you’ll choose to raft more either the hard way through the middle of the river or the easier way on the edge. Lunch is enjoyed at one of the islands located on River Nile. After the activity you can purchase a video of what you went through during the experience and this is the best way you’ll keep the memories of this great adventure.

You can stay around this place for two days and get engaged in more other activities around the Nile and the area.

Getting to Jinja

The driver guide will pick you from your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe and drive on Jinja road through Mukono to Mabira where you may stop for a forest walk if you have 2 days for you trip but this may be impossible if you are making a return journey. From Mabira, the next place is Lugazi where you’ll see large plantations of sugarcane on both sides. It takes about 2 hours to drive from Kampala to Jinja.

When to go for white water rafting

White water rafting takes place and remains safe throughout the year. There are several trips for different categories of people in terms of age. Different trips are done for people from the age of 2 to 72. There are different rates for full day rafting, half day rafting, extreme rafting and extreme rafting as well as 2 day rafting and you can choose to raft till extreme satisfaction.

White water rafting Jinja price

White water rafting Jinja price is $140, its however important that there may be other costs involved if you are doing an all round trip.

There are much more activities to combine on white water rafting. These include;

Nile high bungee jumping

Jumping over one of the high sites at the source of the Nile from about 40m high is an exciting activity to get adrenaline out of you. This activity gives opportunity to touch the water of the Nile from above the water. At this high point, you have spectacular views of the surrounding and some of the residents such as vervet monkeys and lots of birds.

Kayaking

This is one other way to explore the Nile and the areas around including farmlands, communities and the vegetation which is home to variety of birds and monkeys.

Jet boating

This one is done in a speed boat which also goes via rapids on river Nile. It is also exciting and adventurous.

Book for your white water rafting on the Nile with “Adventure in the wild safaris” for proper timing for your activity, booking for accommodation and transfers from Kampala to Jinja and have the best experience.

Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi

The Kasubi tombs are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built in 1882 as a palace for Kabaka Muteesa 1. Two years after construction as a palace, this king died and he was buried there hence converting the site into a burial place for kings and royal family members of Buganda. About 4 kings/Kabakas have been buried here. It is a symbol for history and culture of Uganda and east Africa at large.

This site is a very important spiritual site for the Baganda. It’s where traditional and cultural practices have been kept and this is the most active spiritual place in Buganda because it’s where the major rituals of the kingdom are regularly done. Its therefore a recommended place to visit while doing a Kampala city tour or Uganda Gorilla trekking Safari.

In March 2010, the main building of these grass thatched tombs was destroyed by fire which they didn’t confirm the cause and it was recorded as one of the World Heritage Sites in danger but was reconstructed and is now still being visited by many tourists. The tombs were rebuilt using similar natural elements.

Kasubi tombs occupy an area of about 27 hectares on Kasubi hill in Kampala. From the city centre, it is about 6km to the gate that lets you inside. Buganda Kingdom was founded in the 13th Century and the Kasubi tombs are one of the 31 royal tombs in Buganda Kingdom. Buganda kingdom is also one of the diverse cultures in Uganda that have preserved their cultural values and practices.

According to the tradition of Buganda, the body of the Kabaka was buried in a certain place and then the jawbones also buried in a separate shrine believing that the jawbones contain the soul of the deceased.

Kasubi tombs contain the remains of the following Kabakas;

  1. Sir Edward Muteesa 11 of 1929-1969
  2. Daudi Chwa 11 of 1896-1939
  3. Mwanga 11 of 1867-1903
  4. Muteesa of 1835-1884

The main building also known as “Muzibu Azaala Mpanga” is circular and is overtopped by a dome. This reflects architectural achievement after using plant materials including spear grass, reeds, wooden poles and wattle. This is a stunning site which has attracted many not only to learn about the history and culture of Baganda but also to watch these architectural beautiful tombs. The tombs are one of the very few representations of the African culture which show that tradition still exists.

Descendants of the four kings are not laid on the same site. A ceremonial site was established in 1882 on Kasubi hill and on Ssekabaka’s tombs. The ceremonial area is located northwest of Kasubi tombs near Bujjabukula gatehouse where you pass to go to a court yard and the drum house known as Ndoga Obukaba. This is where the royal drums of the kingdom are kept.

The boundaries of Kasubi tombs are marked by traditional bark cloth tree which have kept the area free from land encroachment and city developments.

The tombs are maintained and renovated using grass for the roofs, which rests on structural rings of palm tree fronds, the materials inside and the finishing materials such as the wooden poles, reeds, wattle have all been maintained.

Kasubi tombs are found in a forest located in the main building. The forest is known as Kibira and it is also fenced with bark cloth. When entering this tomb, you will leave your shoes outside and sit on the mats on the floor.

Other houses at Kasubi tombs include the wives’ houses, the widows’ houses. The widows are the ones who take care of the graves of the kings.

When you visit this place, you’ll be able to see the houses that were rebuilt with matals and bricks and those are the home to the royal family members including the spiritual guardian known as Nalinya and the administrative assistant entitled Katikiro.

Kasubi tombs is managed by Buganda Kingdom and it has been further protected by different Tourism Policies. It has an approved GMP (2009-2015).

Visiting Kasubi tombs is one of the ways to learn about African tradition and you can consider going to this place after your Uganda safari to remote areas to national parks, just before going back home.

What to wear in Jinja Uganda, Kampala and Entebbe

What to wear in Kampala, Entebbe and Jinja Uganda – Expert Advice on the dresscode in Uganda’s urban towns. Learn about What to wear in Jinja Uganda, Kampala and Entebbe.

When you travel to Kampala you will be surprised how people dress well in town than in villages. Most Ugandans like looking smart all time and when it comes to places like Kampala it’s their pride. Most travelers that come to towns like Kampala, Entebbe or Jinja, they are dress in unfashionable way which may not be appropriate depending on the way Ugandans handle themselves in terms of dressing especially in town.

People who have grown up in Kampala dress and embraces trending fashion thus they are allows looking smart that the back packers who like wearing baggy shorts with a lot of pockets, not ironed shirts, sandals shoes which don’t shine. What most travelers wear while in Kampala is had to find them wearing such clothing to go places like an office or executive places in their home countries, most of them are always too causal.

It is very rare and hard to find most elites and Ugandan women wearing wrinkled clothing and not ironed. They are always dressed smart and descent and it is not common find them in see through clothing like mini skirts and dresses due to fact that they honor the African culture.  We therefore advise travelers to wear long dress or skirts and amen to put on long trousers and shirts especially if are going to visit a family to shows much respect and honor of the African culture.

Although women in Kampala like wearing trending fashion they are always descent and there are very few people that you will find putting a mini skirts and those that put on them you will meet in the night not during the day time. However all can be said but we advise travelers to wear according the way the local people in Jinja, Entebbe or Kampala a wear especially their fashion styles unless you are going f

We advise men to carry well ironed shirts and trousers that are easy to do Landry in a short time, so that by time you pull it out of your suite cases, they are neat, well folded and clean. There are a lot of laundry services that comes together with ironing which will help to keep your clothing clean.  It is good discipline to always mind about wearing clean and shining shoes.

What to wear in Kampala, Entebbe and Jinja Uganda – Expert Advice on the dresscode in Uganda’s urban towns. Learn about What to wear in Jinja Uganda, Kampala and Entebbe.

In conclusion, the type of wear in Kampala is determined by which place you are going such as if its church wear according to church respect, if its offices then wear official clothes, if part try to wear according to the party you are attending. For example if it’s a weddings or introduction try to wear the way the locals wear on the introduction functions. Unless a traveler is planning to go for his safari that’s when he can think of the jungle wears in Uganda.

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The Ankole Long-Horned Cattle In Uganda

Wildlife and adventure safaris in Uganda that expose tourists to prominent attractions like lions, mountain gorillas, chimps and breathtaking landscapes including waterfalls are priority for the majority. Uganda is however endowed with much more than wild, the domesticated long horned cattle in the western parts of the country. The Ankole long horned cattle are called so because of their long horns that can be long up to 8ft. it is said that the long horns are mainly for defense purpose in case enemies attacks the cows- for example predators such as lions, hyenas and leopards. Also referred to as “the cattle of Kings”, this breed of cattle is also found in Rwanda and Burundi. In Uganda, they are reared by Bahima and Banyankole. You can visit some of the nearest areas when on your trip to the western region such as wildlife safaris to Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park, Bwindi national park and Lake Bunyonyi. Specific districts where the Ankole long-horned cattle are reared are Mbarara, Kiruhura, Isingiro, Ntunagamo and Bushenyi. You will find the cattle keepers with their animals in the pasture plains always holding strong sticks known as “enkoni”. Every cattle keeper has “enkoni”.

History of long horned cattle / Ankole cows

The Ankole long horned cattle in Uganda are a type of the Sanga cattle breed. Among the different types of Sanga cattle breeds, the Bahima in Uganda decided to rear the Ankole long horned cattle which are also known as Watusi cattle, a word that is named after the Tutsi tribe in Rwanda. Traditionally, these cows in Uganda were and are still considered as a symbol of wealth and status. They are respected and are not used for meat in the western region but people from other regions do have them for meat. Among the Bahima, Ankole long horned cows were and are rather used for paying bride price and dairy products like butter, ghee and bongo.

It is believed that the Ankole long horned cattle were reared by herds men that were originating from Egypt. They had Zebu cattle which originate from India and cross breed resulted into Sanga cattle. Apart from Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, Sanga cattle are still being reared in Ghana and Zambezi. Besides the long horns, these cattle are unique from other breeds for their loose sheath and a shorter neck.

Ankole long horned cattle were/are respected and the original keepers of this breed of cattle do not use if for meat. Slaughtering a healthy cow for meat was considered as cannibalism. They were used for measuring wealth and status, paying bride price and for dairy products. When the keepers had wrangles or misunderstandings between each other, they would compare themselves with the size of the herd of cattle they have. Slaughtering cows was done on special occasions and all the parts of the cow were of importance; hides were used as clothes, mats and for making drums and stools. The dung of these cows was a great building material for plastering houses.

Ankole cows were termed as “the cattle of Kings” because of the strong ties and importance to the royalty of the people in the region. These stunning animals attended special ceremonies of Kings, were decorated and smartened up and involved in the dancing by listening to music. Uganda cows with long horns.

Uganda cows with long horns

Types of Ankole cattle

The magnificent Ankole long horned cattle are divided into three main breeds.

The Bahema strain

This is the breed that is reared in Uganda. They are treated with respect by the keepers. They are mainly for wealth and status purposes, for paying dowry and for dairy products. In comparison to other strain cattle, Bahema has relatively smaller horns. Today, it is also reared for meat. This breed of the Ankole cattle is also found in north Kivu.

The Bashi strain

This breed is found in the southern part of Kivu close to Lake Kivu.

The Tutsi strain

Tutsi strain is a major breed in Burundi. It is reared around the areas close to Lake Tanganyika. They are characterized by very long horns and red color.

The Kigezi strain

This breed is found in Kigezi region. It is rare and relatively alike with Bahema strain.

How to treat Ankole cattle to ensure they are healthy

Ankole long horned cattle can survive with little food and water. They have a good digestive system that perfectly regulates moisture in the body of the cow. They feed on grass in the pasture lands and keepers add them a little supplement. They need sheds where dodge heavy rains from. These sheds need to be spacious enough to accommodate them since their long horns require them not to be congested.

Selling the Ankole Watusi cattle

Ankole Watusi cows are sold generally like any other domestic animals. The difference in selling these cows from other cattle breeds is that their prices are higher because they are lager in size. Most people sell their cows from the ranches. They are mostly sold to abattoirs for business and also to individuals for rearing or for meat on functions. If you need to buy the cow, you find out about those who rear and can sell, find out the price and you could negotiate.

Horns of the Ankole cattle

Horns of Ankole cattle are too long and wide that they always need enough space from one another. They have to be tied in one position during transportation. When an Ankole cow has been slaughtered, out of the many important items that remain from the cow, the horns are very beautiful items for decoration.

Importance of Ankole cattle

Ankole cows in Uganda are useful in the following ways

Up to date, Ankole cows are used for wealth and status in the western region.

They provide good quality fatty milk which for drinking and making other dairy products especially ghee and butter. In manufacturing industries, milk is processed into yoghurt and chhese.

Ankole long horned cattle are used for paying dowry among the Bahima and Banyankole.

Besides milk, they also collect blood from the veins of the cows or when they slaughter which is cooked to make a great local meal.

Pastoralists earn from these cows when they sell some of them

Ankole long horned cattle are used for reinforcing social relationships among the cattle keepers. It happens when grazers meet in the field and exchange stories, also the cattle ranchers meet to share issues concerning their cattle.

Wastes especially dung is used for plastering local houses in villages and also a great fertilizer for farm plants.

These long horned cattle are considered to be the best gift you can present to someone.

Some people use urine of cows as medicine

Horns of long horned cattle are very good for decoration and making beautiful jewelry.

You realize that the Ankole Cows are some of the most wonderful breeds of cattle to keep on a ranch. You may choose to rear them as original breeds or cross breed them for better output of other breeds. Products from Ankole long horned cattle are of a classic quality, from milk, meat, hides and skin and more. You can find out more interesting facts about these cattle when you visit one of the ranches on your safari to one of the parks in western Uganda.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Uganda

Uganda became a home of the “big five” again after reintroducing the rhinos in Ziwa rhino sanctuary. Ziwa rhino sanctuary and Uganda Wildlife Education Centre are the only places in Uganda where we find rhinos after they got extinct from their natural habitats in Murchison and Kidepo valley national parks in the 1980s due to poaching. In 2005, The Rhino Fund Uganda was formed and worked hand in hand with Uganda Wildlife Authority with a goal of reintroducing these animals in the park hence the idea of fisrt setting up a sanctuary where they would breed, increase in number and later on be reintroduced in national parks where they earlier existed. The sanctuary started with 6 rhinos where 4 were bought from Kenya and 2 donated from Disney Animal Kingdom in America and today there are about 22 rhinos.

Rhinos in Ziwa sanctuary are enclosed by an electrified fence on an area of about 70 square kilometers where they move freely and are tracked by visitors who move around under guidance of a ranger.

Ziwa rhino sanctuary is now one of the most incredible wildlife reserves you ought not to miss visiting on your Uganda safari. This is the only place in Uganda where you can track rhinos on foot and watch them closely. The sanctuary is a home to other wildlife such as antelopes, monkeys, hippos and reptiles as well as birds among others.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary rates 2020/21

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary rates are as follows:

AdultsChildren
Adult (Non Resident) $50Child (Non Resident) $25
Adult (East African Resident) $40Child (East African Resident) $20
Adult (Ugandan Citizen) 30,000 shillingsChild (Ugandan Citizen) 10,000 shillings

Getting to Ziwa rhino sanctuary

The sanctuarri is located about 180 km north of Kampala the capital city of Uganda. It is found in Nakasongola district off Kampala-Gulu highway where you branch off at Nakitoma trading centre. You can include the visit to Ziwa rhino sanctuary on your trip to Murchison falls national park. it takes about 3-4 hours  driving from Kampala to reach Ziwa.

Things to do at Ziwa rhino sanctuary

Rhino tracking

The highlight for visiting Ziwa rhino sanctuary is to track the white rhinos. Visiting this place is a good way to start your Murchison falls national park safari and breaking the journey. You’ll arrive there and be guided by a ranger to rack the rhinos and when you spot them, you’ll have an opportunity to close to them on foot. The rangers at the sanctuary are well knowledgeable about the behaviors of the rhinos and will give you instructions to follow to get close to these animals which will not cause any harm. The activity takes maximum of 2 hours and you’ll enjoy the experience.

Birding

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is home to about 350 bird species and bird watching can be done half or full day. There are 4 birding trails where you can do it on guided walks, on a boat or by driving. Various species will be sighted in the savannah plains, around swamps and in the woodlands. The rare shoebill stork is one of the bird species that are sought around this area. Other bird species include African black headed oriole, African fish eagle, Blue spotted dove, African black crake, African darter, Bronze Manikini, African Golden Breasted bunting, Brown Crowned Tchagra and many others.

Nature walk/game viewing

Take a walk through the vegetation of the sanctuary and see more than the rhinos.  Walking through the trails in the sanctuary offers an opportunity to see some of the wild animals that is mammals, reptiles, and primates such as waterbucks, duiker, bush buck, reedbuck, hartebeest, mangoose, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, monitor lizards, pythons and much more. You’ll also see a variety of butterflies in some areas.

Night walks

Ziwa rhino sanctuary has activities that will make your night busy by walking with a ranger around the area. You will be welcomed by the sounds from the wild and during the days when the moon is up, you’ll be able to watch sightings of birds, bats and other animals like hippos clearly.

Accommodation at Ziwa rhino sanctuary

There is a high quality safari lodge located within the sanctuary known as Amuka safari lodge. It provides all accommodation facilities and is a comfortable and beautiful place built with natural stones, timbers and canvas finishing. Its menu comprises of a variety of dishes including local dishes, continental dishes and different drinks.

Ziwa Rhino sanctuary can be visited at any time of the year and those that are planning to visit Murchison falls national park for wildlife viewing and to watch the falls and Budongo forest for chimp tracking can include Ziwa rhino sanctuary as one of the areas to break the journey from.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary rates 2020/21  and Activities

 

What you should expect to see on your Uganda safari

Uganda has got the best and impressive number of wild animals and these are safely protected in the vast tree species, savannah woodlands, swamp areas, forests, and many more destinations.

Uganda has got the perfect climate and weather conditions throughout the year which not only favors the presence of the wildlife but also the well-being of the tourists making it safe for tourists throughout the year.

Uganda has got over 350 mammal species in different sizes, down from bats, bush babies, and the shrews to the big elephants, gorillas, rhinos, buffalos, and lions.

Uganda’s wild animals can be grouped in different categories that include primates, carnivores, herbivores, reptiles, and lastly the birds.

Uganda’s carnivores

Uganda has got 38 species of carnivores and these include the following

Lions; lions in Uganda are of a height of 165cm high and a weight of 680kgs and they are known for preying on the vast buffalos and antelopes. Lions are also known as the king of the jungle and the female ones are the hunters. In Uganda lions can be watched at Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park

Queen Elizabeth national park is famous for the climbing lions and these are found in the ishasha sector.

Cheetah; are the least powerful in the large predators but very fast. Cheetah is spotted with a greyhound-like build plus distinctive black tear marks. They are found in grasslands and savannahs. they can be accessed at kidepo valley national park.

Spotted hyenas; are usually found in savannah areas and they are well known for their exceptional hunting skills as they can hunt down large animals. Hyenas have got slopy backs, dark brown spots, and the strong jaws that are capable of cracking through skins and tough bones. In Uganda, hyenas can be found at

Leopard; Leopards have got rosette-shaped spots and they are easily found in woodlands and rocky areas. Leopard is present in almost all national parks of the pearl of Africa but when it comes to queen Elizabeth national park, they have easily seen alongside the kazinga channel.

The African civets; are also found in all national parks of Uganda. the civets are nocturnal mammals, bulky, long-haired with cat-like faces.

Mongooses; the mongooses are further divided into different species which include the banded mongoose, the white-tailed mongoose, the slender mongoose, the marsh mongoose, and lastly the Egyptian mongoose. They are found in queen Elizabeth national park but specifically around the mweya peninsular.

Genets; are somehow similar to cats but they are related to civets. These are nocturnes with small spot genes and are present at the Maliki wildlife reserve. They are attracted to human wastes and they are seen during the night drives.

Otters; are aquatic predators mainly found at lake Mburo national park. the otters have got various species that include the darker spotted necked otter, the Cape clawless otter, and the Congo clawless otter.  The Congo clawless otter is the largest species in African otters, the darker spotted necked otter is very active between dusk and dawn, and its smaller in size.

Bat-eared fox; this mammal can only be found at kidepo valley national park since it’s more connected to dry open areas. These are small-sized with striking silver-grey color, black eye mask, and huge ears. During the cool hours of the day, the bat-eared fox is seen moving in pairs and small family groups.

Jackals; feed on bulbs, fruits, mammals, and birds. Uganda has got only the black-backed and the side-striped jackals and these can be found at Murchison falls national park, kidepo valley national park, mgahinga gorilla national park, and Bwindi impenetrable national park.

 

Uganda’s smaller cats include;

Serval; these can be easily seen in forest and woodland areas of Uganda. Servals are very similar to the pale cat.

The African wild cat; is seen in many savannah areas of Uganda

Caracal; this is a reddish-brown cat with tufted ears and they enjoy open areas. The caracals are present in the western part of Uganda, forested parks excluding the stemlike national park. They are also seen at kidepo valley national park.

 

Herbivores in Uganda

 

Rhinoceros;  rhinos had extinction in Uganda not until 2005 that the zziwa rhino sanctuary embarked on reintroducing them.  Rhinos are present in two kinds that including the black rhino and the white rhino.

Buffalo; is one of the big five and one of the most endangered mammals because of there unpredictable and defensive nature. Buffalos live in large herds in savannah areas but it comes in forested areas, they live in smaller herds. Buffalos are found in all national parks of Uganda.

Giraffes; are only found at kidepo valley national park, Murchison falls national park, and Lake Mburo national park. the present species is the Rothschild’s giraffe and it’s the tallest land mammal

The hippopotamus; is the largest aquatic mammal at the same time the third largest land mammal weighing 1,500-1,800kgs. Hippos spend most of their time submerged in water just because they don’t have sweat glands. Hippos are mostly found at Murchison falls national park, Lake Mburo national park, and Queen Elizabeth national park.

Burchell’s zebra; is a beautiful mammal with black and white stripes found only at Murchison falls national park, Lake Mburo national park, and kidepo valley national park.

The African elephant; is the largest mammal worldwide weighing up to 6,000kgs found in almost all national parks in Uganda except lake Mburo national park.

Antelopes; are categorized between large, medium, and small antelopes. Large ones hold a shoulder weight of 120cm, medium ones 75-90cm shoulder height,t and small ones between 30-60cm shoulder height.

 

Uganda’s large antelopes

Eland;  this is the largest antelope having fawn brown and large dewlaps,  short spiraled horns, and sometimes light white stripes on sides

Greater kudu;  this one has got long elegant spiral horns, white stripes on the sides, and a grey-brown coat.

Hartebeest;  its has a flat face and it loves lightly wooded and open savannah habitats. It is found at lake Mburo national park, kidepo valley national park, Murchison falls national park, and mostly at the ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park.

Oryx; is commonly found at kidep valley national park. It has got scimitar-shaped horns and ash grey with spots.

Defassa waterbuck; is a grey-brown antelope with white-rumped and large curved horns. They are found near water.

 

Uganda’s medium-sized antelopes include;

  • Sitatunga
  • Lesser kudu
  • Grant’s gazelle
  • Reedbuck
  • Uganda kob
  • Impala
  • Forest duiker
  • Harvey’s red duiker
  • Blue duiker
  • Peter’s duiker
  • Black-fronted duiker
  • Grey duiker
  • Oribi
  • Klipspringer
  • Guenther’s dik-dik
  • Bates’ pygmy antelope
  • Swine
  • Warthog
  • Bush pig
  • The giant forest hog

 

 

The primates in Uganda include;

  • Gorilla
  • Chimpanzee
  • Vervet monkey
  • De brazza’s monkey
  • Black and white colobus monkeys
  • Baboons
  • Blue monkeys
  • L’hoest’s monkey
  • Red-tailed monkey
  • Red colobus
  • Patas monkey
  • Potto
  • Bushbabies
  • Lesser bushbaby
  • The golden monkey
  • Gray cheeked mangabeys

 

Uganda’s reptiles include;

  • Nile crocodile
  • Python
  • Snakes
When is the best time for wild animals viewing in Uganda?

National parks in Uganda are free to visit any time throughout the year through it’s better to view the wild animals during the dry season because at this time the animals congregate on nearby water bodies. And it’s also safe not to struggle with the slippery trails and roads during the rainy seasons.

I advise you to schedule your wildlife viewing safari to Uganda with the local tour operators and when it comes to this point, ADVENTURE IN THE WILD SAFARIS is the best with skilled tour guides ready to take you through your wildlife viewing safari safe and enjoyably.

 

The best Africa safari activities to do in Uganda

Are you adventurous? Is your wild craze burning? Come with me, it’s time to face your fears throughout the fantastic and exhilarating African safari adventure activities right from the east African adventure capital (the source of the Nile) to Lake Mburo national park and Murchison falls national park.

It is easy to find out what’s suitable for you and your family out of the different activities and restrictions that can include age and weight. One would go in for gentle scenic float trips, fun family voyages, white water rafting, golfing, multiple sport quests, and exhilarating the beautiful scenery.

The following are the top adventurous activities you can go in for on your Uganda safari;

  • Sportfishing
  • Ziplining
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot air balloon safari
  • White water rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Quad biking
  • Cycling and mountain biking
  • Bungee jumping
  • Mountaineering and hiking
  • Stand up paddle
  • Riverboarding/surfing
  • Boat cruise
  • Family float
  • Jet boating
  • Golf safari

 

White water rafting in Uganda

Having the safest and wildest grade 5 rapids worldwide, the Nile is considered perfect for people with a compulsive desire for excitement and adventure to hook up with the might rapids. Compiled with the irresistible beautiful scenery, relaxation moments, swimming on calm stretches, and hitting the huge rapids.

Behold the always challenging grade 4 and grade 5 rapids. The guides briefly explain to you about the planned route and it’s about you to decide whether you are ready to face the rapids or you prefer joining the safety boat that will be dodging the rapids or you walk around and then rejoin the raft.

The activity starts at 9 am where you get safety briefings, helmets, breakfast, life jackets, rafting equipment, plenty of drinking water, spray jackets, and midstream lunch. The age limit is eight years and the children must fit into the adult life jacket, compulsorily walk around two rapids and then rejoin during the grade 3 rapids.

Have a professional guide, kayakers, and a professional photographer ready to capture all the moments on every trip. You are advised to carry a towel, changing clothes, loose clothing, shorts, t-shirts, hats, and sunscreen.

Bungee jumping in Uganda

Now it’s time to kick out your fear of heights as you fall from 44m far and then touch the Nile surely this is not for a faint of the heart. Use either the full-body harness or the ankle tie to jump from 3km upstream from the bujagali falls. The age limit here is 13years and the limit weight is 235kg making it possible to dive with your friend.

Hot air balloon safari

This activity is only found at Queen Elizabeth national park and Murchison falls national park handled by dream balloons. This is one of the best activities for honeymoon safaris, one a lifetime adventure, and adrenaline junkies. Giving you a spectacular aerial view, fresh air, and soothing. The hot air balloon safari come in different packages as shown below;

  • The sunrise/post sunrise hot air balloon safari with or without bush breakfast
  • The sunset hot air balloon safari. This starts at 4 pm and it has no special offer e.g. meals after the ride. these are mainly short rides for many people and students.

Currently, only eight people are permitted to enjoy the hot air balloon.

Children under the age of 6 are restricted from boarding the hot air balloon.

Horseback riding in Uganda

Here you are to enjoy nature, wildlife, and the different bird species as your ride the horse. This activity can be accessed either at jinja or lake Mburo national park. This activity is suitable for all ages. There is no need to worry as this activity caters to all kinds of people including the skilled, beginners, and advanced horse riders. Take with you a professional guide who is ready to take you at a favorable pace.

The horseback riding safari comes in different packages that usually take 1-3hours. These packages include the pony ride, mixed group safaris, advanced rider safari, and the overnight horse safari.

Safety-wise there is a weight limit which is 90kgs.

Kayaking in Uganda

This can be a clear alternative to rafting as you go solo and kayak through the raging river or take it to another level and leisurely paddle on flat water.

This includes an experienced guide, a high flotation life jacket, helmets, spray jackets, drinks, and light snacks.

Stand up paddle

Here you learn from calm water introduction and then move forward to a river trip. Starting from the Owen falls dam and cruising down to bujagali. Here you get a few skills such as basic strokes and rescue techniques and after here the guide leads you through the first rapids.

Are these activities safe?

The companies in charge of these activities aim to provide you with a quality experience full-of fun but in the safest way. They have professional guides and staff who are well trained to ensure safe service provision.

All visitors are well briefed before the activities to ensure safety precautions.

 

In conclusion, the capital for adventure is surely jinja filled with a variety of activities, and many other different destinations like lake Mburo national park, Murchison falls national park, and Queen Elizabeth national park is verily read to quench your adventurous thirsty.

Are you ready to visit Uganda and go in for the awesome activities mentioned above? Hmmm, contact us today! ADVENTURE IN THE WILD SAFARIS

 

 

 

Boat cruise, getting close to queen Elizabeth national park’s wildlife

 

Queen Elizabeth national park is located about 389 kilometers from Kampala which is Uganda’s capital located in the southwestern part of Uganda near kasese district stretching from the Rwenzori ranges crater foothills in north along lake Edwards’ shores to the remote ishasha river in the south. This is the famous park of Uganda with its lush savannah holding the pride of climbing lions, buffaloes, elephants, numerous antelopes and over 600 bird species to explorer on your adventurous safari to Uganda

THE QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK BOAT CRUISE

Enjoying a 3 – 4-hour boat cruise on the kazinga channel which is a water channel about 40km long beneath the well-known mweya peninsular linking lake Edward to George. The boat cruise is always done in the morning and the evening getting you closer to wildlife of queen Elizabeth national park that include the variety of water birds, reptiles, plus many more

The boat cruise at the kazinga channel starts at 11:00am and ends at 1:00pm that is to say the morning shift and the evening cruise start at 2:00pm ending at 5:00pm. get ready to enjoy your boat ride just a few meters from the fascinating wildlife that include the hippos which spend the night grazing and find there way back to the water before sun rise where they spend the all day. not missing out the crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, waterbucks, sitatungas, bushbucks, antelopes and further more.

The kazinga channel is categorized as an important birding area by birding international as it attracts over 612 bird species and during your boat cruise you stand a high chance to see birds like the African spoonbills, the African fish eagle, African skimmers, the great cormorants, pelicans, king fishers, shoebills, the goliath heron and many more. Not forgetting the role of the binoculars that will help you in seeing the distant birds.

On your boat cruise there are some essential things that you have to carry with you to make the ride memorable and firstly is the camera which you will you to take pictures of your desired wildlife, bird species and any other features. The hat that will shelter you from the sun. after securing your ride with those then leave the rest to the professional guides that will take you through the boat cruise with safe and reliable information offering you the best plus giving you a chance to ask questions.

THE BOAT CRUISE AT QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK IS AFFORDABLE

The boat cruise is just 30$ per person for foreigners and 30,000 Ugandan shillings per person for nationals and east African citizens.

ADDITIVES ON YOUR BOAT CRUISE

In addition to your boat cruise at queen Elizabeth national park, you can go in for the exploration of the park’s expanse on game drives where you are to enjoy the super climbing lions, buffaloes, topis, elephants and many more in the ishasha sector which is in the southern part of the park. Queen Elizabeth national park has also got the grasslands of the kasenyi plains with the present Uganda kobs and lions that prey on them.

 

 

Chimp trekking

The activity takes about 3-4 hours in the kyambura gorge which is located in the eastern part of the park. chimp trekking can be done in the morning and the evening hours where you will be able to spend a full hour with the chimpanzees. On your trekking you stand a chance of seeing many more primates that include the blue monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and more.

Bird watching

Queen Elizabeth national park offers the best memories to the birders has it has got a number of birding hotspots like the kasenyi area, mweya peninsula, the maramagambo forest, the kikorongo lake, ishasha sector, the katunguru bridge area plus the katwe area were you expect to see over 612 bird species that include the martial eagle, chapin’s flycatcher, black-rumped buttonquail, the African skimmer, pink-backed pelican, the verreaux’s eagle owl, African broadbill, the black bee eater, white tailed lark, white winged warbler, papyrus gonolek, papyrus canary, corncrake, lesser and beater flamingo, shoebill, bar-tailed godwit to mention but a few.

Hiking and nature walks

The mweya peninsula, maramagambo forest and the ishasha river of queen Elizabeth national park offer savannah, woodlands and beautiful rain forests sutable for nature treks where you are likely to see the different mammal species and birds. hippos, bold warthogs and many more wildlife can be spoted on your nature walks at queen Elizabeth national park

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR BOAT CRUISE?

No one is ready for a boat cruise as the rain is pelting down in the wet seasons, the best time for the boat cruise at queen Elizabeth national park’s kazinga channel is in the rainlesness months of December to January and June to august.

No matter how wet it is in the rainy seasons, the boat cruise can be fascinating as you grab a chance to see the wild animals in multiplicity. This gets me to a conclusion of assuring you that the boat cruise at queen Elizabeth national park is comfortable throughout the year

WHERE TO STAY

To the budget travelers we have simba safari camp, the luxurious travelers having the mweya safari lodge, and lastly the mid-range traveler having enjojo lodge, elephant hab lodge, marafiki safari lodge and park view safari lodge.

Not forgetting that the budget lodges are ranging from 40$ – 120$ and the mid-range lodges ranging from 150$ to 299$ and lastly the luxurious lodges range from 300 us dollars and above.

INCLUDE THE BOAT CRUISE ON YOUR SAFRI ITINERARY

Adventure in the wild safaris usually adds the boat cruise to your queen Elizabeth national park safari to give you best relaxation and fascinating visit in Uganda, taking nature walks, game drives, watching the different birds plus chimpanzee trekking.

In which ever way you would like to explore Uganda our local safari experts are ready to take you through memorable holidays and triggering your wildlife imaginations of Africa.