Top of the Falls Tour

Murchison Falls Hike to the top of the falls – A visit to the top of the Murchison falls is an experience you ought not to miss on your Uganda safari. The top of the falls is the best spot to view how the Nile River showcases its true beauty as it penetrates through the 7m wide gorge forming the most beautiful and strongest falls in the world. The place can be reached by car or by hiking through the designed trail after the boat cruise along the Victoria Nile to the bottom of the falls. Driving from Kichumbanyobo gate to the top of the falls takes a maximum of ano hour and hiking from the point where the boat drops guests to the top of the falls takes about 45 minutes.

The falls were named Murchison by Sir Samuel Baker and his wife Florence Baker who came to thoroughly explore and confirm their presence and beauty after information had been taken by the first explorers to see them, those were John Speke and James Grant. Roderick Murchison was the then President of Royal Geographical Socitey.

When you arrive at the site before setting the eyes on the falls, you will hear the roars of water as it hits the rocks and flows down a height of about 43m. You’ll finally see these thrilling waterfalls like no other in the world.

Those who hike to the top of the falls go through the Winston Churchill trail which is believed to have been used by the explorer Churchill Winston when he was moving down from the top to the bottom of the falls before crossing the Nile to proceed to the northern side of Uganda. Putting together all this beauty including what he had seen at the falls and other areas in the country, Winston Churchill terms Uganda as the Pearl of Africa.

Murchison falls Conservation Area includes areas like Kaniyo Pabidi, Rabongo forest, the top of the falls trail and the Albert Nile where tourists go for a real wilderness experience of moving through the quiet corners of the area with an armed ranger guide of the park. hiking and nature walks in the park are quite tiresome as you move through the long trails but very breathtaking knowing that you are walking through the jungle and adventurous as you spot and learn about various birds, animals and plants.

Nature walks in Kaniyo Pabidi forest

Nature walks in Kaniyo Pabidi forest offer an opportunity of spotting a number of primates including chimps, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys and olives baboons among others. a variety of forest birds entertain the forest walk. This forest popular in the park for its trails for nature walks. It is located about 8km from Kichumbanyobo gate at Budongo forest in the southern part of the park. You can request for the activity in advance so that is planned for and included on the itinerary.

Nature walks in Rabongo forest

Rabongo forest is located within a savannah part of the conservation area in the southern area. Nature walks in this forest offer a great opportunity of seeing primates such as chimps, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet mokeys, baboons and other animals such as elephants, warthogs and several forest birds.

Hiking to the top of the falls

You can go for a hike to the top of the falls after your boat ride on the Nile river where you’ll pass through a trail which is believed to have been used by Winston Churchill after seeing the mighty Murchison waterfalls. This is one of the most impressive things to do in Murchison falls national park and is worth hiking for you will be captivated by the views of the wondrous Murchison falls when you arrive at the top.

Best time for hiking and nature walks

Hiking and Nature walks in Murchison falls national park is done any time of the year. It is however at its best during the dry season when you can move through the trails with ease because they are dry. The dry season is from December to February and June to July. During the wet season, the trails are slippery but some trails can still be accessed.

 

Victoria Nile Boat Cruise Murchison Falls

The boat cruise to the bottom of the Murchison falls is done daily starting from Paraa dock to the bottom of the falls. It is more popular because it takes you to a point where you’ll watch the waters of the Nile river flow down to about 43m after forcing itself through a 7m gorge. It also drops you at the trail through which you experience an adventurous tour of the park to the top of the falls.

The boat cruise to the bottom of the falls also offers an opportunity to spot a lot of birds such as pied kingfishers, malachite kingfishers, African fish eagle, spur-winged lapwing among others and hippos, giraffes, elephants, Jackson’s hartebeest and Uganda kobs alongside the stunning sceneries of the landscape.

Boat Cruise At Murchison Falls 

Murchison Falls Boat Cruise – It would be true to say that a safari to Murchison falls national park is incomplete if you miss out on a boat cruise. This is one of the most breathtaking activities in the park. The boat cruise takes place on the Victoria Nile either to the bottom of the falls or to the Albert delta. Either of the two is unique and interesting. They offer opportunities to spot a number of water birds such as Pied kingfishers, African Darter, Egyptian goose and many more, crocodiles and mammals that come along the shorses to drink and cool their bodies.

Fox’s Weaver, Endemic Bird in Uganda

Uganda has conducive conditions and habitats that harbor over 1,000 bird species. This brings Uganda among the top birding destinations in Africa with a number of endemic and endangered bird species including the Fox’s weaver. Scientifically known as Ploceus Spekeoides, the fox’s weaver belongs to the Ploceide family. It is among the globally near threatened species.

The Fox’s weaver Uganda’s only endemic and it lives in moist savannah, swamps, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland. It can be seen in Lira and Soroti districts and mostly around Lake Bisina and Lake Opeta. Lakes Bisina and Opeta are found in eastern Uganda and are connected by a wetland stretching and they drain in Lake Kyoga. The area is a good breeding place for the bird because the lakes have papyrus along the borders and the region is characterized with wooded grasslands. The Fox’s weaver is threatened because of loss of its habitat. Most of its habitat has been destroyed because of need for land for farming and settlement among other reasons which has led to a huge reduction in their number and today they are only sighted.

Physical description of a Fox’s weaver

It is a medium sized weaver of about 14-15 centimeters. Their bill is thick and shorter compared to other weavers such as the Heuglin’s masked weaver and the Speke’s weaver. The Fox’s weaver looks more like the Speke’s weaver with a difference of darker upper parts and narrower yellow feather edges. The male Fox’s weaver has a darker facial mask washing into the brown down the throat with a crown and nape golden-yellow dark back to the upper back. The outer feathers have narrow yellow margins, rump yellow tail light brown to black and a shorter tail and yellow underbodies. The underbodies of a female Fox’s weaver are lighter while the upperparts are yellow-green. It also has a short tail.

Food and feeding

As most weavers are seed-eaters, the fox’s weaver has a well developed bill that enables it to feed on seeds. The specie has is said to be occurring in Whistling acacia and has been observed feeding on Acacia ants.

Breeding

The peak season for breeding is from April to September though some few breed in November. Most of the rest of the weavers are polygamous but this specie is monogamous and it will stay with its female throughout the breeding season. The male weavers construct nests and display them to attract females. The nests are in an oval shape, roughly woven without and entrance tunnel. Once the female likes the nest, it will enter.

Vocalization

The sound is a typical weaver screeching note.

There is very little research about the Fox’s weaver. It is confirmed that their numbers are continuously dropping because the sightings are very low in the areas where they are expected. Putting aside the status that the specie is globally near threatened, the Uganda bird atlas says that it is near threatened. This could be probably being a result of limited knowledge about the bird.

It is great to know that Nature Uganda is putting effort in raising the numbers of this specie. It has secured a grant from the African birding club to carry out inspection of the habitat where the bird is commonly seen. This will help Nature Uganda to have a hint about its population, the breeding density, distribution and threats as a starting point of saving and raising the number of the Fox’s weaver. There are high hopes that the work of Nature Uganda will be a success.

Bird enthusiasts get remarkable experiences on their birding safaris in Uganda, not only because of the variety of birds but also the rare and endemic species of birds.

Best Uganda Fishing Tours

Fishing takes place at a large scale in Uganda and is undertaken for both spot and economical fishing. Uganda’s fishing is carried out on two major sources of fish in Uganda; one is done from aquaculture, the other id from lakes and rivers in Uganda such as lake Kyoga, Lake Victoria, River Nile and other water bodies in Uganda such as the fish ponds dams among others. Fish ponds have also been built to add to the fish currently on the market in the region. Lake Victoria, has contributed to higher supply of fish in the markets in Uganda because of its water volumes and also the highest concentration of fish in the lake followed by lake Albert and Lake Kyoga.

Spot Fishing in Uganda

Spot fishing has become one of the best activities done by many visitors in Uganda, spot fishing, spot fishing, offers you an opportunity to engage in the fishing of the different fish species in the lakes and the rivers in Uganda. The main fish species caught here include; Tilapia, Nile Perch, Catfish, Tiger fish among others. There are also several places where spot fishing can be carried out from such as; Lake Victoria, lake Mburo national park, Ssese Islands, Murchison falls national park and the River Nile among others. Spot fishing involves the use of better fishing equipment and proper methods of fishing which does not exploit the fish in the lake and also for easy preservation in case the less number is caught each day in order for the preservation of Aqua life also the waters themselves.

Spot fishing in Uganda, is mainly carried out by the visitors who come in for tourism purposes and take this as part of their refreshments, also it done by some locals living around or near these water bodies. The following area the main areas where visitors having interest in spot fishing can take part in this activity in Uganda.

The Lake Victoria fishing communities in Uganda

During your visit in Lake Victoria, you will discover the various fishing villages but the largest one is on the landing site of Lutoboka where you will meet different people on the shores of Lake Victoria fishing here as they chip nets with bait and cart a few trout. The fishing village consists of various ethnic groups, but the main residents of the fishing village are male individuals and most of them are involved in young marriages since they dropped out of school at an early age, and now resort to fishing in the lakes in order to fight for survival and as income generation activity in order to look after the family left behind.

The fishing village is quite busy with a lot of people carrying out different activities, others be selling, others, smoking the fish, some are sun drying among others and if you need to buy the fish, it is the cheapest place to buy and you can keep it fresh from the river if you want to get fish easily. The main population here are, children, women and men fish because most of them survive on the sale of fish they have caught. The different fish types caught here include; Tilapia, Nile perch both fresh and dry fish can be found here, there is also Silver Fish locally known as Mukene.

Spot fishing on Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the main water source in Uganda and the second largest freshwater lake in the world and is found in the Great Lakes Region in East Africa. Lake Victoria is one of the great water bodies that its waters have supported the number of African countries, the water is shared by the three east African countries that is Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya with its source in Jinja the source of the Nile. Lake Victoria, has supported number of people living around the lake, they have carried out fishing activities that has helped in supporting people way of living from the income got after the sale of the fish and the fish products.

The Victoria Lake offers a wide range of activities, one of which is spot fishing. From October to March, the best time to go to Lake Victoria, reason being that there is a large number of fish found in the lake and it much rewarding for the visitors taking part in this activity. Despite this month being the best time of the year, Lake Victoria is still visited all year around and all activities are carried out. Spot fishing can be done both by boat or canoes the different fish species that can be caught in Lake Victoria. The common fish caught here is Tilapia, Nile perch, silver fish, cat fish among others using the different methods and techniques such as the bait Method and lure method.

Spot fishing in Lake Victoria, is offered in two shifts that is the morning and the afternoon shift, the morning shift begins at 9:00am to 12:00pm and the afternoon commences at 1:00pm to 5:00pm, by this time, the sun is hot therefore, you will need a boat with an overhead protection from the sun, you will also be advised to wear life jacket, insect repellent to protect you from the insect bites that may cause infections. People taking part in this activity, are also recommended to carry the fishing gear. You will be led by an experienced guide who will direct you on the proper ways and best spots for fishing, depending on the weather conditions. Visit Lake Victoria and enjoy this adventure.

Ggaba landing site

The landing site, is located in Kampala on Lake Victoria and it famous as the commercial fishing centre in Kampala. The most common fish type caught include; Tilapia, silverfish, Nile perch, catfish and pulp fish are the most common fish. Fishermen prefer wet fishing boats and have since given up canoeing. Upon harvesting, some of them are instantly auctioned off, while others are shipped into different parts of the country via frozen trucks and others to another region to the neighbouring countries.

The restrictions that the government place on the fishing of lakes has helped to keep the fish market active, which has encouraged many citizens in Uganda to embrace aquaculture. Visit Uganda to witness both the commercial and the local fishing magnificence in the country’s many waterbodies.

Spot fishing on Lake Mburo

Lake Mburo is in Lake Mburo National Park in the western part of Uganda. This is known to be one of the best places to for spot fishing lovers, besides spot fishing, Lake Mburo offers a wide range of attraction ranging from wildlife and also offers number of activities ranging from game viewing, horse ride, mountain biking, and also spot fishing among others. To participate in spot fishing, the Uganda Wildlife Authority must first procure the authorization and only for $5. The spot fishing is practiced around Mazinga on Lake Mburo and Tilapia is the most frequently caught fish.

Murchison falls National Park Fishing trips

Murchison falls national park, is Uganda’s largest and oldest National park in Uganda, it famous for its magnificent waterfalls and abundant wildlife species inhabiting the forest, the park is situated in North western Uganda in Masindi district. from Kampala to Murchison falls, the distance covered is about 305km and takes about 5-6 drives to get to Murchison falls. Not only does the park offer game viewing, boat safaris among others, there is also an opportunity to take part in spot fishing, in Murchison falls, spot fishing is currently done at the base of the Murchison falls, Karuma falls, Chobe lodge.

Spot fishing in Murchison falls, can be done throughout the year but the best month of the year to do spot fishing is from January to April when the water levels are stable and there is no strong wind. The common fish caught here include; Nile perch, Tilapia and Cat fish, besides this, the other fish caught include; tiger fish and silver fish. Having interest in spot fishing in Murchison falls, remember to carry your best fishing equipment or gear in order to enjoy the best fishing experience in Murchison falls national park.

There are several methods used in catching fish around this place, many fisheries use several methods and the common once used here include; Casting lites, spinning and the Fish live nets. You will be led b an experienced guide who will assist you through out the activity so that you will enjoy the best out of it. You area also recommended carry insect repellent to avoid bites from dangerous insects that may cause infections to you, carry enough sunscreen that you will wear during the fishing to prevent the strong rays from the sun, also you area advised to put on long sleeved clothes to avoid insect bites.

Spot fishing at Sipi Falls and Mountain Elgon

Sipi falls, is located adjacent to mountain Elgon in the Eastern part of Uganda, Sipi falls, offers several activities for the visitors to engage in one of the activities here is spot fishing, spot fishing has become one of the dominant activities in Sipi falls. Spot fishing is carried out in three famous water falls. Visitors taking part in this activity, are required to have a permit, the permit can be got from Sipi River lodge which allows you to participate in this activity.

You will be led by a trained tour guide who has experience in this field, visitors are recommended to carry their own fishing gear in order to participate in this activity, the guide will lead you all through the experience so that you have the best of this activity at Sipi water falls. The common fish type caught here is Rainbow fish the rare fish type. During your safari visit to Mt. Elgon, do not forget to include spot fishing in your agenda it’s worth it.

Economic fishing in Uganda

The Lake Victoria is host to many fishing villages, but Lutoboka is the big one. There are different people on the shores of Lake Victoria living here, tossing nets of bait for fishing. The fishing village is full of different ethnic groups, but the largest population belongs to the male species, with the majority of people married to girls who mainly carry out this activity for their survival.

The fishing village is quite busy but it’s the cheapest place to buy and to get it new from the waters if you want to get fish cheaply. Kids, women and men fish because the bulk of them earn a living from the selling of seafood.

Practical steps to take to avoid being scammed when booking for your safari to Uganda

just like any other business and fields, there are always a few individuals who come out acting like the majority that operate not only to utilize available resources and gain from them but also to provide the best services even beyond the expectations of clients. Today, one of the fastest growing industries is tourism and it has picked up and is attracting a lot of operators in different departments. Most of them have come up as tours and travel operators. There are about 1,000 tour operators in the country today.

On rare occasions have there been reports of tour operators in Uganda that are involved in scamming tourists. The most recent one happened when tourists were left in Queen Elizabeth national park by their driver guide before completing their 15-day safari but the owner and director of the company (Mustra Travel Agency) was arrested by Uganda Tourism Police and he is facing charges.

It is advisable to book for you safaris with tour operators that are members of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Not all operators with the logo for the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) are members of the association, others will just use it yet they are not members. You can get to know the members when you visit the page of the association where “Adventure in the Wild safaris is a member”. We are based in Uganda, do safaris in and beyond Uganda, we always aim at providing the best experience on safaris and we have achieved this over the years. This is seen from the reviews on trip advisor from our previous clients.

How to avoid being scammed when booking for your safari

The biggest percentage of travelers that come to Uganda for safaris get in touch for the first time with tour companies through searching on the internet and they finally travel with them. There are a lot of websites of different tour companies that do safaris. They show a lot of information and variety of tours that they conduct. It may be quite challenging to make a decision on which company to choose and trust for your safari especially people who are far away from the country and continent without any one to give reference.

It is very important to make a good and right choice of a company that you can trust with your money and that that will provide the best of your expected experience. No one wants to be disappointed and have their holiday ruined due to the unpleasant and selfish behavior of some operators, therefore, here are some of the things you need to follow to avoid the risk of being scammed.

Book for your safari with a company that is a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) and the Uganda Tourism board.

It is through AUTO that you can get to know the genuine and trust worthy tours and travel companies in Uganda to use for your safaris. It comprises of the leading and experienced professional tour operators and it ensures that they maintain the highest standards of services and value. There are those that claim to be members yet they are not, but you can find them out on the membership page of the association. There are about 1,000 members in the association and our company, “Adventure in the wild safaris” is one of them.

The culprit of the saga that happened recently at Queen Elizabeth national park- Mushra Travel agent had been claiming that they are members of AUTO yet this wasn’t true. You therefore need to always confirm if the company you are dealing with is a member by checking on the list on the membership page of the association.

The company should also be licenses by the Uganda Tourism Board.

Trust but verify

There is no business that will open up to you that they are not sure about their services and they will always assure you that they are registered by the bodies in charge of the fields. Do not trust them by merely reading about them, rather go ahead and search more for verification about what they claim to be. There is a good and famous quote by Ronald Reagan that you should remember- “Trust but Verify.”Companies will have statements only to steal your trust so that you’ll think that they are genuine yet not. Always research for some history to find out more about the past of an operator.

Reviews

What previous clients of a company say about it helps to know how good their services are. The internet has helped us a lot to connect with different platforms and know what people have experienced and think about different operators. You can find this information on trip advisor, reviews on social media including Facebook, twitter and Instagram and their Google business listings.

Sometimes some reviews can be faked and manipulated to attract people to the pages of the company and build a fake reputation for the company. It is important however that when you are reading reviews about the companies, remember that there are some things that acan not be controlled by human beings and if they are complaints in the reviews, then they are not supposed to be put in consideration. For example, weather, the behavior of animals like spotting a leopard and it keeps hiding up in the tree. This is different from disappointments such as failure to secure gorilla and chimp permits, failure to pay for lodges which are done intentionally which companies like Mushra tours did and spoil the image of people in the same business. As you read the reviews of companies also, compare the good and bad reviews, it the bad ones are more, then be careful about the company.

Don’t go with the jack of all trades yet a master of none

Most operators are fond of targeting more clients and want to provide more of almost every category of travel services. For example, a beginner company may want to provide from budget to luxury tours. It is good to specialize and be perfect at some services rather than providing multiple that are not satisfying. Tour operators forget that there is specialization in tourism too. A case in point where “Adventure in the wild safaris” does various tours but with the major area being gorilla and chimp trekking safaris.

There are many tour operators, everyone wants to sell

Just like you would go to shopping malls or markets in Africa where there are many sellers having the same commodities, all sellers want you to buy from them. You are called upon from all corners to buy from them and this is where you get confused of where to actually buy from. There are some tour operators that sell their services this way. A number of tour safaris use a relational selling approach and they are calm.

Go slow when operators put pressure that you should book and pay very fast yet they do not have strong reasons for that. Otherwise, clients have a right to take their time and make right and convenient decisions for their safaris, besides there is plenty of tour operators doing the same tours. The only reason why you may require to book and make payments very early enough is the need to book for gorilla and chimp habituation.

Consider transparency

Adventure in the wild safaris, a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators, provides exactly and all the items agreed upon and listed on our itinerary that you chose. We provide all that is worthy your money without compromise. We make our bookings for lodges that clients want to you use and buy their permits for gorilla and chimp trekking early enough to avoid last moment disappointments. In case some services are not available, we shall communicate so that you could choose something to replace with them. We avoid shocks that will ruin your entire safaris

Our itineraries include the items covered on the package and those that are excluded are excluded are showed. Any more inquiries about our tours and packages will be answered with honesty via email.

Don’t make payments to an individual or via western union

For a tour company to consider you a potential client and start to make bookings for you, you need to make a deposit before you leave your home country. This helps them to confirm that the person they are dealing with is sure about their decision and will not disappoint them.

On the other hand, be cautious how you are making this payment. Authentic tour operators have company bank accounts where potential clients transfer money to that the company will use to cater for their services when they arrive for their safari. You are free to request for receipts if there are some things that require booking for and making payments before your arrival. For example, gorilla permits. When you pay using credit cards, remember that you are charged a fee which you should also add when making the payment. It is not good to make payments directly to individual accounts and also to pay via western union. This is risking with your money.

Beware of tour operators with much lower quotes than others

Some tour operators that want to easily attract and scam tourists will come with similar activities as other operators have, same lodges and others yet with much lower quotes. If the itineraries of different operators are the same, there could be a little difference in the quotes due to varying meal plans. Therefore, if the quotes are much lower, then be careful about the people you are dealing with. The rates of activities in national parks are always constant and tariffs are clear. Let no one tell you that gorilla permits in Uganda have been discounted, yet even with a big discount. Mostly, in Uganda, facilities that are discounted are the accommodation around these destinations.

Reports of scamming in Uganda are still rare

Scamming of tourists is rarely heard of in Uganda. The biggest number of tour operators, in fact 99% operate not only for their own benefit but mainly to offer the best of what the most gifted country has. In case some tourists have been scammed, there are a number of agencies and bodies including Tourism police and Uganda Tourism Board that intervene and arrest the scammers but remember this will have still ruined your tour. You are therefore advised to use tour operators that are members of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators because it becomes easier and quicker to assist you in case of any problem faced with the tour operator.

Tourism in Uganda continues to grow and since it is delicate and requires honesty, the Uganda Tourism Act is soon being revised to protect tourists that come to Uganda. This will be helpful to the travelers and will also help to keep the image of the entire destination.

How Many National Parks Are in Uganda?  There are 10 national parks in Uganda and several other smaller game reserves.

Uganda is a relatively small country covering a total area of 241,551 square kilometers with land covering 200,523sq km and water bodies occupying 41,028sq kilometers. Uganda is a home to a variety of wildlife which is protected through conservation. Wildlife is one of Uganda’s rich natural resources and are protected in different Uganda national parks.

List of National Parks in Uganda

Uganda has ten (10) national game parks. Each of these national parks covers a reasonable area with a variety of wildlife and a special thing to see there that gives a unique experience from other parks. Uganda national parks and their famous attractions include:

  • Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park famous for Mountain gorillas. Mgahinga national park is also home to golden monkeys
  • Kibale forest national park with the main attraction being Chimpanzees
  • Queen Elizabeth national park famously known for tree climbing lions
  • Murchison falls national park boasts for the mighty Murchison falls and a variety of wildlife in big numbers
  • Semuliki national park hosts the Sempaya hot springs
  • Kidepo Valley national park is a home to ostriches and cheetahs
  • Rwenzori Mountains national park is the third highest mountain in Africa and its hidghjesty peak is covered with snow throughout the year
  • Mount Elgon national park has the world’s largest caldera width of 8km
  • Lake Mburo national park has a dense population of a range of mammals including zebras and antelopes

Besides the main attractions in the above national game parks in Uganda, each of the parks has much more attractions to see during the various activities at every destination. More of the attractions include African elephants, buffaloes, leopards, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, beautiful landscapes, historical caves and lots of bird species.

Adventure in the wild safaris organizes the best Uganda safaris to any of these Uganda national game parks at affordable prices. You can make the best choice from our packages and more information is given once you contact us for your Uganda trip of interest.

Fitting into Ugandan Culture as a West tourist

The Top Cultural Mistakes to Avoid in Uganda, The pearl of Africa

Tips and advice about Uganda culture, many travellers in Uganda often do not know the Uganda culture and how to behave while in Uganda. the cultural mistakes are often made westerners who come to Uganda and have know clear knowledge a bout the cultural norms and also the cultural mistakes, are also committed by the Ugandans who know not how to deal with the westerners. Therefore, the cultural mistakes, are often experience because of the difference in culture and people’s way of life in various countries in the world.

Looking at Uganda, Culture is a key factor for many tribes in Uganda, culture teaches people good moral on how to communicate with one another, most especially in offices, business among other places, where by, culture comprises the beliefs and the behaviour that influences how one interacts with one another and to handle communication effectively.

However, for the travellers who have never been or it’s the first time in Uganda, you could be having a wrong perception about Uganda, the best thing you can do is to stop believing in what you haven’t proved a bout Uganda. ‘’travel and discover that everything everyone said is wrong about the country you are visiting. Leave your prejudice and pigeonhole thoughts and what other nations say about Uganda.

For many travellers who have actually visited the country, will definitely have a different idea about Uganda from what they thought it was before visiting the country. At the end of the day, they are grateful and delighted by what they discovered.

How Ugandans see you, visitor to their country

Just like how a Ugandan may have a wrong sentiment a bout the visitors mostly the westerners in Uganda, the same way some visitors in Uganda too have the wrong information. There many perceptions Ugandans have about the visitors in Uganda, one of them is that they believe visitors coming from the western countries are all wealthy they see them like people living next to God and have everything plus all the luxury.

Most of ideas come from the movies people watch, stories in books and what they might have heard about people a broad makes them believe that everything abroad is Unique including the people themselves. These ideas have lived in the minds of the Ugandans right from the time of colonial when the Europeans came to Uganda. although Uganda is no longer under colonial rule the spirit of colonialism lives them.

Ugandan people are so different right from the way they treat the visitors, they are one of the friendliest group of people in Africa. They are well mannered and courteous people, some of the best characters you will discover about Ugandan people, despite the different cultures, they have been natured with different values and norms by the different cultural beliefs. The best way to find all these and see the difference and also see what you could have in common is to meet a Ugandan, you will ask some questions, listening as a visitor in Uganda, not knowing the Ugandan culture, you probably make cultural mistake, not knowing you even made that, but the well-mannered and gracious Ugandan person, will not even let you know about the mistake.

There are some practises westerners may do and totally, its against the cultural norms and belief in Uganda. and are not tolerated in Uganda. Africa is quiet conservative; the values and principles are based on faith and those cultures and beliefs are held as sacred.

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Understand the Concept of African Hospitality as practiced in Uganda

Uganda is hospitable country; Hospitality is deeply rooted in the cultural tradition and belief in most Uganda’s.

the concept of Hospitality in Uganda means that you are welcomed in the family, the hospitality People in Uganda, is based on relationships, visitors in Ugandan homes, may be even referred to us Uncle or Aunty as a way of showing respect and harmony in the family.

You find there are some common mistakes made in the family and the members of the family, can tolerate that, in many occasions, when married people or family members quarreled with, he other, such issues stays within the family and third parties are not welcomed.

Hospitality in Uganda, is not just a greeting or sharing the meal, but the host takes full responsibility of the visitor until when he or she departs from the family. You will have all the full attention and care from the family.

Know how to Greet Ugandan style

In Uganda, you can never meet a person and a pass by without greeting them, Ugandan is required to greet any person you meet as assign of respect and being a well-mannered person. Greeting in Uganda, is best done by shaking hands when meeting someone, even a stranger will shake hands with you.

Greeting in Uganda, is also at times as a way of inquiring for direction in case your lost, also to know how the family is doing, business is running, life. Health among other things. You can not meet some here without greeting them even a stranger or not.

Both men and women shake hands you will learn this when you come to Uganda. its one of the cultural norms in Ugandan.

But the other cultural difference is that, the difference when it comes to holding hands, men and women and women and women are expressed by lightly holding hands. Another cultural difference is mostly in central regions of Uganda, when the visitor arrives, children and women kneel down to greet this is shown as respect and its accepted.

Try to Learn to speak like a local:

Although many may not be able to learn the local language, or speak like the local, learning a few phrases may not be of bad advantage, when you meet with the local Uganda and you speak some of the few words, it excites them and make them feel you care and took time to learn some words, they will feel you are part of them.

English is an official language in Uganda and its widely spoken by many people in Uganda, Uganda is considered one of the best English-speaking Nation in Africa. Despite, this, some of the Phases may not sound the same as for the westerners, since some words are the version of the local Ugandan version. Ugandans English is called Uglish. Some of the words may not mean the same as you may understand them for example; a Ugandan may say extend here, asking you to move over, or some one tells you slope down , meaning to follow the road down the hill, there is also short call it doesn’t mean making a phone call, but rather he means to pee or visiting the toilet.

Luganda in Uganda, has also covered many parts of the country and many people have learnt the language despite English being the official language, many people coming to Uganda, have always made efforts to learn Luganda and now its spoken more than even the official language.

You can as well learn some of the few phrases you can use while in Uganda, the common ones you can learn quickly is the greeting. That is; oli otya means, ‘’ how are you’’ and you can respond by sating Gyendi – meaning ‘’am fine’’,  there is Geybale Ko Nyabo (woman), Sebbo (man), webale means thank you  and when you meet or find something shocking, the expressions you show, you can say ‘’bananga’’ this is fun and you will even see laughing joyfully.

Despite your acescent, you may not speak the local but the words can be heard and understood, the few phrases will delightfully draw attention to some Ugandans you will greet.

Dress smart but keeping it Modest

Despite the fact that the majority of Ugandans, wear second hand clothing, but the like to dress smart and neat every where they go to. Most especially in Kampala, people always dress smart but conservatively, in that women do not wear short clothes in public and in case one wears the short skirt or dress, there is always legging, jeans or other slacks inside. Most women who dress indecent here are the girls going top bars or Night clubs.

In Kampala city, dressing smartly gains you respect and every person tries to do, Ugandans find it as insult to wear dirty, clothes that are not neatly pressed, cleaned and torn, is bad and people see you as some one insane. Women wearing short skirts, mini skirts are seen as prostitutes and are not respected but for the women who dress decently and men, are respected in the society and their opinions are always heard by people.

Although many men are seen with suits, but also neatly pressed and clean clothing is appropriate too. Women in village areas, wear traditional clothing such as the Butuusi known as Gomesi and the men wear Kanzu, these clothing are worn most especially in events like weddings, tradition ceremonies or when visiting an In-law.

Show respect for the elderly

In Uganda, the young people and anyone else, are always encouraged to respect the elderly, you are supposed to listen to the advice given by the elder person and follow closely, if one needed to achieve great opportunities in life and to get blessings.

Also, when you meet an elder person, you are supposed to greet them appropriately, you can engage in conversations with them, they have all the information about the Ugandan History and very interesting stories you will love them.

The elderly, most especially the grandmothers and fathers in village areas, are the backbone of Uganda. they believe much in culture and tradition and have always encourage the young generation to embrace and respect their cultures regardless of the different values and norms in different regions of the country.

Engage in Meaning and respectful Conversations:

While in Uganda, you can get involved with people, meet the locals, engage in significant conversations, listen to the stories about Uganda, the tough times people went through and how they make ends meet, Tell your story too of where you come from, this way of interacting helps draw a picture of the Ugandan life of people also what you don’t understand, ask and you might just get the answer that will shed light on the burning issue you may be having.

Many people who have not heard time to spend with the people in Uganda may draw wrong perceptions, write stories and hateful things among others that do not reflect the nature of people and Uganda as a country.

Listening is one of the key aspects of a meaning conversation in Uganda, the conversations with the Ugandan, will help you get to understand the mindset, the principles and the values and the true lives of Ugandans and also you can tell them yours. It makes the conservation feel better and you will love it. The one and the most hateful things Ugandans do not condone is to be lectured, listening is the most key aspect of the conversation.

Uganda is relational:

In Uganda, it takes the village to raise a child, the village is where life starts from, teaching of the child, adopting to culture and its also where relations are formed from. The children will go to schools in the city during the school times, and when its holidays, they all return to the village to help their parents and also do some work inform of raising money for the coming terms school fees.

Ugandans live together and do most of the things together, westerners are seen in most times as being alone whereas for the Ugandans, that are related to one another, they follow ties, families, church, mosque brings them together and have the common goal.

While planning to visit Uganda, do have some family photos with and show them to the Ugandans you will have an opportunity to interact with they will love it. Family relationships here in Uganda, is strong and binds people together.

Do not show Emotions to Ugandan- such as Anger or Frustration:

Whereas many things may not go as you would expect it, also remember, while in Uganda, things may not be as you would have expected to find it. The last thing in life and in Uganda or any part of the nation, is explore a huge cultural mistake and bear it for the rest of life. When some thing is not going according to plan. The best way to solve it, is to ‘’keep quite’’ having a confrontation, with the Ugandan will lead you nowhere but instead, create more problems.

 In Ugandan culture, for a person to admit a mistake, is rare they keep saying’’ I don’t know’’ and you can not extract any truth from them but you insist, you create hatred that will last for a very long time, therefore, it best to keep quite and keep the relationship rather than pouring out your emotions.

No affection in Public

Ugandans look at kissing in public as a western culture and its not acceptable in Uganda, Ugandans do not show affection either to your spouse in Public they often see as the Muzungu thing but here its assign of bird manners and lack of respect for your selves. However, you will see men holding hands, women holding the fellow woman shoulder while walking, that is assign of friendship.

Kissing in Public, is against the cultural norms and belief and it’s not accepted here, although some times people hug but most especially done by the middle, class and people who have been in school.

President of Uganda, President Museveni, stated this in his interview, that he has not kissed his wife in public and does not encourage this kind of act in Public.

Avoid Western Savior Selfies 

We suggest that visitors in Uganda, do not take exploitative Poverty Tourism pictures , the best you can do, is to visit the homes of these poor people or instead mobilize fundraise for the poor children and help to provide some basic needs to the families like constructing water projects, dressing the children, feeding the hungry among others. Some people take these photos and use them wrongly to get funds from many fund-raising companies across the world. Therefore, we recommend you do not do this kind of act while in Uganda, Ugandans are powerless victims they can not help themselves but instead wait and expect some one to rescue them.

Our Final Advice on Cultural Mistakes to Avoid in Uganda

Its good to know about Uganda when visiting the country, The above is just a few of the cultural mistakes you ought to know and avoid making them in Uganda, it’s a sign of respect of cultures in Uganda when they see you a voiding such mistakes they will be pleased that you have made efforts to embrace and learn their culture.

There may be difficulties faced to adopt to the different cultures and the ways of life of the Uganda and the westerners but when you engage your self with the local people, having meaningful conversations, you will begin to understand how grateful and interacting to live with the people in Uganda.

Uganda is one the best and safe countries in Africa and safe for the visitors. Uganda is a stable country and secure for the tourism purposes. All you need is to embrace the Culture of Uganda while here and avoid the common cultural mistakes, you will love and enjoy your visit in Uganda ‘’ The Pearl of Africa’’.

An African Safari Journal About Your Experience In Uganda

Keeping memories of an African safari beyond pictures and videos

The ancient way of recording memories and experiences during long travels in Africa was by writing down everything that was encountered and writing journals about the entire trip on paper. As a result, books were written after compiling all the experiences and the same books have inspired many to travel to parts that they have read about. We see this in popular books like “African Journey” by Churchill Winston among others. Today, memories and description of the experience are noted down on social media like twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

There is much more than you expect on your African safari. If you are travelling to Africa for your first time, the experience will most probably be totally different from what you think. And if you have been to Africa and Uganda before, I assure you the experience will never be the same. It would be interesting to read about how you sighted leopards or lions, the experience of hiking rugged trails to find mountain gorillas, elephants that block the road as they cross from one side to the other but also how you felt when you encountered all this. As you get eager to see different wildlife in Uganda, you’ll not avoid meeting and watching Ugandans going on with what they are good at for example women in the northern part riding bikes with their babies on the back and more.

 

 

How to keep an African safari journal of your time in Uganda

  1. Reason for traveling to Uganda

This looks at what inspired you to think that you should travel to Uganda. What’s that that led to the plan of traveling to Uganda? What makes Uganda the Pearl of Africa includes the diverse fauna, the stunning flora, spectacular sites of different landscape, the friendly weather and more. Among the wildlife, primates are today the main attractions of travelers to Uganda. These include mountain gorillas, chimps and monkeys like the golden monkeys. Other game that attract many are the tree climbing lions, elephants and birds among others.  Uganda also prides in the strongest waterfalls in the world- the Murchison falls.

Note down the reason why you developed the plan to travel to Uganda.

Uganda has 10 national parks and touring around them each offers different great experiences which will need to be recorded down.

  1. Write about the experience on your flight from home

There’s that excitement or anxiousness that comes when traveling to a new place, or even a place you’ve been to before but not often. You have images of what you expect, what to see, what to do and many more. Jot all this down in your travel journal, including the experience on the plane.

  1. Note every experience of each day in your journal

Don’t wait for the end of the tour to write all the experiences at once for that will not bring out the exact description of the feeling you got that very day. After each activity, as you relax, pull out your journal and put down the feeling you got after meeting the mountain gorillas, after moving with the Batwa in the forest, after canoeing on the second deepest lake in Africa lake Bunyonyi, when you sighted the lion in the tree and watching the huge African elephant.

  1. Include pictures in your safari journal

For every encounter, take a picture and as you write about the experience, leave a space where you’ll add the picture. Pictures/photos communicate much more than words and make the journal more impressive.

  1. when you get back home, write about the experience of the safari

Write about the experience of the safari, how you thought it would be and how exactly it went, what you liked most about the trip and if there’s was anything amusing or shocking, write about it.

Writing a safari journal is an old fashioned way of keeping memories but reading through it actually brings back close to the exact impressions that you got during the tour. When we read about what the explorers and other travelers wrote about on their journeys, there’s picture you’ll put yourself into to feel like you were at that place. Keeping written memories takes you back to the experience and every time you read through your journal, it will take you back to Uganda.