Uganda Museum is located along Kira road, from Kampala city, the distance covered on road from Kampala city to the Museum is approximately 4km via kitintale Hill. The museum is the biggest and oldest museum in Uganda which started way back in 1908, the Uganda Museum is a place that holds most of Uganda’s cultural heritage where one can have a view of historical cultures and treasures of Uganda under one roof. For an incredible journey, the impressive set covers more than two million years of human history, spanning from statues to portraits in deem light spaces.

A brief history about the Uganda Museum

 The British Protectorate Government founded the Uganda Museum in 1908 after Governor George Wilson called for the procurement of Uganda articles of interest. This was achieved on the former Kampala hill at Fort Lugard. Bishop J. Wilson, E.Lanning, Church Hill, and others performed the exploration and paleontologist studies plus archaeology. The place eventually was small to handle all the experimental works and discoveries, which prompted the museum’s transfer and relocated to Makerere University College’s Margret Trowel School of Fine Art in 1941. Upon raising funds, a permanent home was later built and the museum relocated to its current location on Kitante Hill in 1954.

 With a diverse and well-captioned ethnographic range spanning clothes, fishing, agriculture, pharmacy, faith and leisure, as well as archaeological and natural history exhibits, there is plenty to intrigue you here. Highlights include contemporary musical instruments, some of which you can perform, as well as the fossil remnants of a Napak rhino, a creature that died eight million years ago.

 The Uganda Museum does work and from the 1960s to the current there is a wide range of exhibits. Visitors can see the exhibitions shown in the Natural History or Palaeontology Gallery inside the museum building and open to the public. On the other side, the museum offers learning in the form of outreach programs, presentation lessons classes, during this event, tourists and students are presented with a museum guide that leads them to understand more and explore further insights into the place through and around the house. The tourists will have an opportunity to view the Museum side by side. The museum features areas such as the archaeology department featuring a number of different finds that are part of the old stone age, iron smelting, demonstrating the methods used over a million years ago.

The building also houses the traditional music portion featuring the first equipment to be made locally in the pearl of Africa. The cultural village of huts representing typical lives of citizens in Uganda is situated at the rear of the Uganda Museum building. For tourists wanting to observe the Ugandan people’s traditional practices, a range of traditional resources including wood-based dairy pots, cactus containers, flint knapping, jewellery making, horn work, ceramics, cutlery, leather works, weapons and musical instruments are displayed. The huts are constructed basing on the different tribes in Uganda, like Batooro house, Ankole house, Tooro house, Bahima, among others. The huts displayed are from different regions of the country, that is from the south, western, eastern and the Northern regions of Uganda.

Getting to Uganda Museum

There are several ways and means of transport to reach the Uganda Museum, one can either use the public means which is the taxis and the Motor bikes (boda-boda). These are highly used methods of transport in Kampala city, but also in case a person requires the use of private means, they are also available it all entirely depends on the choose of the client on how he/ she would like to get to the Uganda Museum.

 The museum of Uganda has now become renowned for organizing numerous celebrations and events in Kampala. The blankets and whine, for instance, and also the recently hosted the Rolex festival, ekyoto cultural shows, and many more enjoyable fun factories are being held in the Uganda Museum grounds.  The museum is available from Monday through Saturday, enabling tourists to travel in and out of the museum building in a versatile manner. With the number of guides ready to serve you at any time you will need them.

Accommodations nearer to the Uganda Museum

There are several accommodation facilities situated closer to the Uganda Museum from which visitors to the place can find a comfortable accommodation to stay in while on Kampala city tour and most especially to the Uganda Museum. The lodges include; Golf course Hotel, Fairway Hotel and Spa, Metropole hotel Kampala, Bush pig Backpackers, Arcadia Suites-Kampala among others.

The Uganda Museum in Kampala

The Uganda museum is the biggest and oldest museum in the country and is also one of the oldest in east Africa. It was established in 1908 on behalf of the British Protectorate government. It has different sections that display a variety of ethnographic materials.

It started in a small temple at Fort Lugard found on old Kampala Hill which became too small to accommodate the entire specimens. It was relocated to the Margret Trowel School of Fine Art in 1941 and later on funds were raised so that it would be expanded and situated in a permanent place hence shifting it to its current location in 1954. It is located on Kitante Hill about 5km from Kampala city on plot 5 Kira road towards Kamwokya town. The building of the museum was designed by a German Architect Ernst May and its beauty has been maintained.

The museum displays and exhibits ethnological natural historical and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage. It is rare to see traditional African culture tools that were used by the ancient Africans hundreds of years back but this is one of the few areas where you can see them. There are over 3,000 editions of historical maps, periodicals and photographs and about 100,000 objects of historical and cultural values.

Uganda museum collaborates with a number of national and international institutions of higher learning like Makerere University, Mbarara University, Natural History Museum in Paris, College de Franca among others to conduct research across the country in areas like Karamoja region, parts of Eastern Uganda on the foothills of Mt. Elgon and in the western rift to Dellu where fossils of interest in relation to human evolution have been identified by Paleontological research unit.

By visiting the Uganda museum, you are able to see the materials that were used by Africans many years back.

Things found in the Uganda museum

Music galley

The traditional music section displays traditional music instruments from all parts of Uganda. They are organized in different groups. Some of them are xylophones, drums, percussion, flutes among others.

Early history

This is the archeological section that has elements of the Stone Age and Iron Age and this is where you’ll find stone tools that were used about 1,000,000 years ago. There are tools such as spears, horns, arrows among others. It also displays the evolution of man till date.

Science industry sector

This section displays stones, mineral samples such as tin, limestone, phosphate, wolfram and rocks found in different parts of the country.

Cultural village

There is a cultural village just outside the main building of the museum represented by grass thatched huts. These huts display the tradition al lifestyle of the people of Uganda. they contain items that were used by those people including baskets, musical instruments, artwork, pots, vessels and many others. Huts at the museum are Bamba house, Batooro house, Hima house, Ankole house, Kigezi house representing the western region tribes. The eastern part of Uganda is represented by Karamojong house, Jopadhole house, Teso house and Bugisu House. Among the items in the Bugisu house are the circumcision tolls, knives and headgear.

There is a hose representing the central region where you’ll find backcloth, baskets for keeping food in a local way, hunting nets, and drums among others. The Alur house, Acholi house and Madi house representing the northern part of Uganda have bows, arrows among others. This village summarizes the diverse cultures in Uganda and this is how you can get to learn about their differences.

On the ground floor to the back part of the museum are cars that have been driven by former presidents.

There is a large space at the museum where events are organized such as entertainment concerts, cultural events, and culinary events among others.

Lake Mutanda, formation of lake mutanda,  Lake mutanda activities

Lake Mutanda is one of the most beautiful lakes in Uganda. Find out about the formation of lake mutanda,  Lake mutanda activities

There are so many beautiful things in Uganda, a reason to why it is called the Pearl of Africa and Lake Mutanda is one of them. The lake is found in the southwestern part of Uganda surrounded by the numerous hills of the region. Everything about this lake is simply wondrous; its location, cool breeze, islands, the stunning reflection of the bright light and the calmness of the water.

Anyone that advises you to visit Lake Mutanda truly wants you to see one of the most scenic and beautiful lakes in Africa. It is dotted with a number of stunning islands, a backdrop of the Virunga volcanoes at a distance and many other hills surrounding the lake.

Lake Mutanda is located in the southern region of Uganda close to the habitats of the endangered mountain gorillas Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga national parks. A visit to Lake Mutanda is one of the things you ought not to miss out on your Uganda gorilla safari. There are a number of things you can do when you visit this beautiful lake and they include;

Canoeing at Lake Mutanda, it is done in dugout canoes which are sailed on the water by well experienced locals from the area. This activity offers an opportunity to tourist to have an experience that takes you back to the ancient times where these were the only means of transport on water.

  • Canoeing on Lake Mutanda exposes you to the magnificent isles all over the lake, lovely views of the Virunga volcanoes and hills in the region and different bird species on the islands. These canoes here are also used for transportation of people and goods between the mainland and the islands and they are also used for fishing on the lake. Another place where you can have an experience related to this is on Lake Bunyonyi which is also found in the same region.
  • Hiking, the far southwestern region is also known as the region of hills because of the numerous beautiful hills all over. Lake Mutanda has very many hills around it. A blend of these forms magnificent sites in the area. There are many trails on the hills that can take you through the most thrilling nature walk and hiking experiences in this place. You can take on the two days hike from Buhoma to Nkuringo which is combined with canoeing on Lake Mutanda.
  • Fishing is one of the most thrilling activities that will make your Lake Mutanda visit complete. You will move on the canoe with a local fisherman, through the beautiful islands to areas where they expect to get the fish. Deep the line into the water and try your luck, some tourists have been able to catch one and others didn’t and the trip still remains impressive because of the beauty and wild whispers all over the area.
  • Mountain biking, the place is hilly and you therefore require mountain bikes to manage this experience. The activity is adventurous, it takes you through trails in the area to different lovely areas and takes you closer to different hills where you’ll have clear views and perfect photos. If you do not have a mountain bike, you can rent it from Kisoro town.
  • Chilling at the lake, Lake Mutanda is the best place that will stress out the fatigue and exhausted mind after trekking for gorillas the whole morning or day in the hilly Bwindi forest. It has the best sites where you can sit, relax and have your mind rejuvenated. Enjoy the cool breeze, soothing sounds of the birds, scenic views as you sip a glass of wine and have a taste of the delicious fish from the lake.

Major and exciting activities to do in areas surrounding Lake Mutanda, that is Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national park include; Gorilla trekking, Batwa trail experience, Batwa visit and hiking the Virunga volcanoes.

 

Lake Mutanda is one of the most beautiful lakes in Uganda. Find out about the formation of lake mutanda,  Lake mutanda activities

Murchison falls national park, is the biggest national park in Uganda. The park is situated in the northern region of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.  Murchison falls is among Uganda’s best national park to visit. The park harbors abundant wildlife species, different vegetation types, 76 mammal species and also, the park is a home the big five wild game including, the lion, the elephant, buffaloes, leopard and the Rhinos currently gazetted at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary a home for the only reaming Rhinos after they were in extinction due to poaching. Murchison fall has more than just the big five , there are variety of animals spotted around the park besides the big five game that is the giraffe, water-bucks, warthogs, Jacksons, hartebeest, Oribi among others, birding spots with over 451 bird species which include; Albertine rift endemic birds, water birds, and savannah birds. Viewing birds in the scenic landscape and amazing wildlife of Murchison is among the most interesting experiences while on a Ugandan safari. Primates include; chimpanzee in Budongo forest, others include; olive baboon, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys among others. The park is located in the North-western part of the country and covers about 305 km from Kampala hence approximately 5-6 hours’ drive on a good road.

There are several bird species seen around the park, some of which rare, common, and occasional such as the Grey crowned crane (Uganda’s National bird), Giant Kingfisher, Giant Heron, Shoebill stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Nightjars, Marabou stork, Black headed lapwing, Back-bellied Bustard among others.

Birding in Murchison falls national park Uganda

The easiest way to spot birds in Murchison is on a game drive, nature walks through the savannah grasslands, and a boat cruise along the Nile and Albert Delta River. Birds such as the blue napped mouse birds, silver birds, weavers and others can be seen through the dry thorn-shrubs between Paraa and Red chilli. It is possible to see nocturnal birds such as the nightjars along the Paraa road and during the boat on the Nile, while on the boat, you will an opportunity to spot very many birds such as the shoebill, grey crowned cranes, Goliath herons, black headed lapwings among others can be spotted. The birds can be spotted during any of the following activities,

Boat cruise, Murchison falls national park, visitors taking part in the boat cruise will have an opportunity to sight a number of birds. The park offers two boat trips one is the boat trip downstream to the Victoria Nile delta and the boat upstream to the bottom of the falls. The boat trip, will offer you clear views of bird species along the shores of the lake and in the vegetation including, shoebill stork, lapwing, great blue turaco, African jacana, African skimmer, malachite kingfisher, saddle billed stork, fish eagle, Blue headed Coucal among others.

Game drive, game drives in Murchison falls are done either in the morning or evening around the park through the savannah woodland following different tracks. Such as the albert track, Buligi game track and queen’s track where you will be able to view bird species like, Abyssinian ground hornbill, black bellied bustard, marabou stork, weaver birds among others.

Guided nature walks, the guided nature walk involves walking in the forest on foot, during nature walk, you will get off the car and walk through the forest as you view the beautiful scenic features, vegetation, where you will be able to spot different bird types around the forest. The nature in Murchison falls, is done following the trails such as the swamp trails, Budongo forest, top of the falls, Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo forest. During the nature walk, you will be able to view the birds at a close range. birds spotted here include; Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Black-billed Barbet, Long-tailed Nightjar bird, Weaver Birds, Yellow-billed Stork, Martial Eagle, Silver bird among others.

Best time for birding

Bird watching is conducted all through the year although the best time is in January-March months during the dry season, this time in Uganda is a low tourist season, but birding is still plentiful. The rains commence from December-February and birding is still possible There are heavy rains from April-May and from August-October, which makes it difficult for bird watching as the hiking trails are muddy and the park’s roads are impassable. The shoebill is the most outstanding attraction of the park, though uncommon, but it can be seen during the dry season from January to M arch. Around November and May, migratory birds can be seen a round the park, best time for bird watching activities.

List of some of the birds found in Murchison falls

Shoe bill

African Darter

Giant Kingfisher

Osprey

Long-toed Plover

Grey-headed Kingfisher

Veracious Dove

Black-headed Lapwing

Abyssinian Ground Hornbill

Rock Pratincole

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird

Black-billed Barbet

Long-tailed Nightjar bird

Weaver Birds

Yellow-billed Stork

Martial Eagle

Silver bird

Gray crowned crested crane

Sandpipers

Pied Kingfishers

Standard-winged Nightjar

Malachite Kingfishers

Blue-headed Coucal

Denham’s Bustard

Birding Swamp Flycatcher

Giant Heron

African Jacana

Secretary Bird

Read-throated Bee eater

Saddle-billed stork

Senegal Thick-Knee

Red winged Grey Warbler

What to carry

What to carry on your Murchison falls national park birding safari

  • Backpack, this is very essential as it helps you carry all the necessary equipment you will need for your birding safari in Uganda.
  • Binoculars, this will help you to view the distant birds
  • Camera and extra batteries, the camera is useful as it helps you take photos of birds for memories during your birding safari in Uganda’s Murchison falls national park.
  • A bird guide book, the guide book, will help you to identify different bird species and the actual destination in the park where the birds can be spotted. The guide book can be purchased at the park while you are going for the bird watching activity.
  • Light clothes and shoes, mostly during the dry season to enable you move you freely and comfortably during the trek in the forest, but also remember to carry a warm jacket since the rains are un predictable.
  • Hat and sunglasses, these will protect you from the sun’s rays
  • Energy giving snacks and enough drinking water to boost the energy and to keep you hydrated.
  • Also remember to carry items like insect repellent, malaria drugs so as to help you in case you get ill during the safari.

Murchison falls national park birding safaris, offer you great memories and enjoyable trip, you can also combine your birding safari with some out stunning activities like , hot air balloons game drives where you will view many animals in the park such as elephants, buffaloes, water bucks, warthogs, lions, leopards, Uganda kob, giraffe, among others, also chimpanzee trekking , in Budongo forest, boat cruse where you will spot water animals like the hippos, crocodiles, and some animals along the water banks feeding and drinking water.

Uganda Visa Cost – Anyone entering Uganda is required to present or obtain a Uganda visa before they are allowed to proceed beyond the entry points and borders. You can obtain it on arrival at Entebbe international airport or apply for it at the Uganda embassy or a trusted consulate in your country though this can be very tedious. You can as well apply for it online before departing from your home country by completing the e-Visa application form. The cost of a Uganda visa therefore depends on the method one uses to obtain it. All these methods have different prices, applying online can be convenient but you will still be asked to wait in the queue to get to the immigration office so that you are verified that you have the actual visa and also get your passport stamped.

Acquiring the Uganda visa at Entebbe international airport on arrival is the easiest and convenient because it doesn’t require a lot of hustle as well as much processes like it is when filling online forms.

Requirements for applying for Uganda e-Visa

  • Passport personal details scan
  • Last page of passport (if applicable)
  • Yellow fever vaccination card
  • Invitation letter (if applicable)
  • Applicant photo

Cost of a Uganda visa

When planning for your Uganda visa, get informed that there are two options; the uganda Tourist Visa and the East African Visa which cost different prices.

  • Single entry                                         US$50 per person
  • Multiple entry visa 6-12 months     US$100
  • East African tourist visa                    US$100

The East African visa is a single visa that allows you to access three countries Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. It saves you from processing multiple visas to each country. You are reminded that the country through which you apply for the East African visa limits you to visit it first before you proceed to the other two countries. Therefore, when you apply for your visa through the Uganda authority, then you will visit Uganda then to Rwanda or Kenya.

Applying for a Uganda visa online requires you to pay an extra amountof USD 50 which is paid using a credit card.

muhabura

Climbing & Hiking Mount Muhabura

Mount Muhabura also called Mount Muhavura is an extinct volcano situated at the border of two East African countries, Uganda and Rwanda. It is one of the eight Virunga volcanoes and is the third highest among them, standing at a height of 4,127 meters above the sea level. Part of Mount Muhabura sits in Mgahinga national park in the far southwest of Uganda and the other part in Volcanoes national park in the northeast of Rwanda. The two national parks are gorilla trekking destinations.

The mountain was named Muhabura, a local Rufumbira/Kinyarwanda word which means “the guide” in Rufumbira and “sentinel” in Kinyarwanda. Mount Muhabura is the steepest of the eight volcanoes and it provides a challenging ascent to hikers. Its first resting point is at an elevation of 3,116 meters above the sea level, the second is at 3,855 meters above the sea level and the you then get to the top which is 4,127 meters above the sea level.

Hikers on Mount Muhabura go through different kinds of vegetation starting with the montane forest at the lower slopes where mountain gorillas live. Unlike Mount Sabinyo which can only be climbed from Uganda, Mount Muhabura can be hiked from both Uganda and Rwanda sides. As you ascend on the mountain, you will have spectacular views of the surrounding including other volcanoes and when you arrive at the top, you will be thrilled to see the beautiful Crater Lake. The mountain offers stunning views of Rwanda’s twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo and many other areas around Rwanda. Hiking to the top of mountain Muhabura takes 6-8 hours, meaning that if you start your hike very early, you are able to ascend to the top and descend back. The hiking time will however depend on your fitness.

In Uganda, Mount Muhabura is the highest among the three Virunga volcanoes which the country shares. The other two are mount Gahinga which stands at 3,474 meters above sea level and Mount Sabinyo at 3,645 meters above the sea level. Mount Muhabura is cone-shaped and this hsape can be clearly seen even from a far.

The steep slopes of the mountain are covered with vast vegetation including shrub and thickets. Regardless, they become muddy and slippery during the wet season when rainfall is often received. Hikers are therefore advised to carry strong waterproof hiking boots. Hiking on mount Muhabura offers opportunities of spotting some of that live around this place such as buffaloes, elephants, different birds and others.

Hiking on Mount Muhabura from Uganda

Hiking Mount Muhabura -Most tourists hike Mount Muhabura after trekking for mountain gorillas in Mgahinga national park. You are required to be at the park headquarters at Ntebeko by 7:00am. You will meet the guide here and get a briefing about the hike and the experience. You can hire a porter in case you need one. At exactly 7:00am, you will start the hike with your armed ranger guide leading you through the trails. The armed ranger guides and also protects you from dangerous animals that you may come across.  The guide will give information about each and everything that you will see including identifying other volcanoes that you will be able to see when you arrive at top.

Hiking on Mount Muhabura from Rwanda

Travelers on a gorilla safari in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda can as well go for mountain climbing on Muhabura after other activities such as gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking and hiking to Dian Fossey tomb. Hikers meet their ranger guide at the headquarters located at Kinigi. Before the hike starts, they are briefed about things they should expect on the way.

Getting there

In Uganda, you can get to Kisoro by road transport or by air and then connect to the park by road. From Kampala, it takes about 9-10 hours to reach the park and 3-4 hours by air and connecting to the park by road.

In Rwanda, after arriving at Kigali international airport, the driver guide transfers you to Volcanoes national park by road. It is a 3 hours drive from Kigali to Volcanoes national park.

Mahogany Springs Lodge in Buhoma Bwindi

Mahogany Springs lodge is no doubt the best luxurious accommodation facility located close to a national park in East Africa. The lodge opened in April 2011 and is situated in Buhoma sector in the northern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park which is the world’s prominent gorilla trekking destination. It is on an elevation that offers spectacular views of most areas around the area including Munyanga River.

They lodge has well trained staff who will receive you on arrival at the lodge and continue to take care of every other need while there. The staffs are very friendly and will ensure that your stay is comfortable and perfect with customer care at its peak.

Mahogany Springs lodge has eight beautiful cottages made out of local materials. They are modernized cottages with a touch of the African traditional style and the blend perfectly with the environment. The lodge has spacious suites (superior suites, Honeymoon suite and Presidential suite) with large and wide windows which enable you to clearly look out to the surrounding including Bwindi forest. The rooms are self contained with bathrooms and flushing toilets. There is an option of using smoking or non smoking rooms.

The restaurant has some of the best chefs in Uganda and this will be well admitted after tasting their meals. They have a la carte menus with all international dishes. Whether you prefer non-alcoholic or alcoholic drinks, the bar shall have you sorted. Drinking water is provided in the rooms and you will not need to keep moving to the bar or restaurant frequently.

It is a short drive from the lodge to the park gate of Buhoma but you can also choose to stay at Mahogany springs and do gorilla trekking activities in Ruhija sector which is also in the northern part of the park. Apart from the gorilla trekking, guests can also go for the Batwa experience, Buhoma village walk or forest walks.

The mountain gorillas are one of the regular visitors to the lodge and other animals living in the forest including the various birds.

Staying at Mahogany Springs lodge is one way of creating great memories.

Room rates

Single                 $408

Double/twin   $630

Kazinga Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kazinga Boat cruise – Queen Elizabeth national park is known famously for harboring a large number of animal species in the park, the boat cruise is one of the perfect ways to explore the while life at a glance as you sail along the Kazinga channel. The Kazinga Channel in Uganda is one of Queen Elizabeth National Park’s most spectacular sites. A shallow waterway ties the tiny George Lake with the wider Edward Lake. Streams from the Rwenzori Mountains give rise to the water in the stream. Such rivers fill the smaller Lake George and then pass through the canal of Kazinga and into the far larger Lake Albert in Kazinga Channel Queen Elizabeth National Park.

 The 32 km wide Kazinga Channel has a large concentration of bats, crocodiles and hippopotamus. Most of the large mammals in Queen Elizabeth National Park are gathered for swimming, eating and grazing on the shores of the river, making it a great spot for watching wildlife. In Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Kazinga River, the hippo community is one of the world’s three highest in the world. Regardless of how many you’ve seen elsewhere, the great numbers here are going to surprise you greatly. Including hippos, it is convenient to see Nile crocodiles, buffaloes, lions, monitor lizards and many antelope species along the Channel shores. During an Africa safari, the Kazinga Channel attracts almost every kind of animal you’d think about. If you’re good, you might even spot lions and leopards drinking by the channel.

The Kazinga Boat Cruise in queen Elizabeth national park is one of the highlights of all the activities in the park and it’s the most booked activity by the travelers visiting the park. The boat trip in the Kazinga channel is conducted in two session, the morning session starts at 8:00 am and for lasts for a period of 3 hours and the afternoon boat starts at 2:00pm and lasts for 3 hours up to 5:00pm in the evening.

 Queen Elizabeth National Park, is located in western Uganda and is primarily inhabited by the open savannah grasslands which host an array of animal species, as one of the most popular wildlife safaris parks in Uganda, due mainly to the broad biodiversity surrounding Queen Elizabeth National Park. The attractions here include; here you can find 95 species of mammals, 600 species of birds, primates, reptiles and other species of insects. The park received its title as Queen Elizabeth National Park in 1952, after England’s Empress, Victoria the Second, visited the park to celebrate her trip to Africa.

What to expect during the Kazinga channel boat cruise in queen Elizabeth national park

 Kazinga Channel is one of the best birding locations in Uganda with over 58 species such as African Shoebill, African Skimmers, Black Bee Eaters, Black Crake, Crested Crane, Darters, Great and Long Tailed Cormorants, Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Jacana, Marabou Stork, Open-Billed Stork, Pink-Backed Pelicans, Saddle Bill Stork and Yellow Billed Stork. The wide range of animals and the Kazinga Channel’s birds made a boat cruise along the channel one of Queen Elizabeth National Park’s top activities. It has also helped to become the most visited Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

One of those fantastic nature opportunities on a safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park is a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel which helps visitors to fully explore all the best things the channel has to bring. Tourists have been planning a slow boat cruise since 1952 to see many large mammals that come to the shores to drink, eat and bathe. The cruise cost $30 and takes place in two sessions between 9 a.m in the morning and lasts for 3 hours while the afternoon starts at 2:00pm and lasts for 3 hours up to 5 p.m. respectively. Each cruise starts from a landing site near Mweya Safari Lodge and lasts for 3 hours. Visitors can choose from two boat choices–one can use the smaller but more luxurious vessel operated by Mweya Safari Lodge or the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s double-decker boat. The vessel belonging to Mweya Safari Lodge is more relaxed and suitable for the boat cruise in the water. The chance to travel through the local fishing communities is one of the interesting things about the slow boat cruise apart from the pets. In the late afternoon, as they get ready to head for the waters at night, the fishermen can be seen packing their fishing gear. Thanks to the unpredictable hippos, there are no fishermen boats in the seas in the early afternoon. The hippos, though, during the night, they go to grazing on land allowing fishermen to catch fish without any fear that they will be attacked by the dangerous hippos. During the dry season, the perfect time to visit the Kazinga River. During this time, the channel becomes an oasis gathering even more parks and domestic animals–all depending on the water to drink, cool off their bodies from the heat of the sun and feed around the water body in the park. It is important to take good pictures of the animals and water for the boat cruise with a good camera. In the late afternoon, would be the best time to take pictures.

Adventure in the wild safaris, is a registered tour operator company we organize a 3 -Days Queen Elizabeth Tour that combines a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel with game drives to the other sectors of the park. We also have 2-days queen Elizabeth national park for the travelers who do not have a lot of time to spend in Uganda, the boat operates in two sessions that is morning and the afternoon boat, its entirely depends on the interest of the client. visitors can take both the launch cruise and morning/afternoon game drives along the Kasenyi plains and Ishasha sectors of the park. The plains of Kasenyi deliver incredible opportunities in picturesque natural fields and habitats to find wildlife. Buffaloes and elephants are among the large animals. The eastern part of the Kasenyi plains offers the best place to spot the ordinary African lion as they feed on the Uganda Kobs roaming the region .The Ishasha sector is better known for the lions scaling the tower (tree climbing lions) you will love it when you have an encounter with the king of the jungle.

What to carry for a Kazinga Boat Cruise

 The Kazinga channel boat cruise is something you need to relax your mind and enjoy the cool breeze of waters fresh air from the lakes, the boat cruise in Kazinga channel, unwind the wildlife safari in Uganda national parks. During the boat cruise, the guide will be with you and you are free to ask and learn about all the wildlife living in queen Elizabeth national park. The guides are professional and well equipped with the information and they will serve you to your best. During the boat cruise, you will be required to carry some few things that will enhance the boat cruise in the Kazinga channel.

Camera, this is essential since it will help you take photos of animals, and the birds and any features of interest during the boat cruise.

A hat, these will help with shelter from the heat of the sun that may affect your activity

Binoculars will help you view the distant birds

Kazinga channel boat, can be booked from Mweya in queen Elizabeth national park, or through Uganda wildlife authority offices or any of the registered tour companies who will help book the boat for you in advance before the actual day for the trip. The boat cruise, in Kazinga channel are best done after the game drives in the park to some up all the activities in the park. However, when visiting queen Elizabeth national park, remember to take a boat cruise in the Kazinga channel with lot of stunning views of wildlife in the water bodies and the birds seen around the shores of the lake, you will absolutely love your safari trip in queen Elizabeth national park.

Kazinga Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

The Gaddafi Mosque, also known as the National Mosque of Uganda, is the biggest mosque in East Africa, situated about 2 km from the middle of the old Kampala Hill, one of the seven hills in Kampala, Uganda’s capital. The building of the Gaddafi Mosque started in 1972 after the establishment of the Muslim Supreme Council by Uganda’s state, and the Mosque was then renamed as the Old Kampala National Mosque. However, in 1976, the building of the Mosque halted until in 2001, when Ugandan Sheik Mufti Shaban Ramadhan Mubuye extended his earnest request to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the late former president of Libya, during his trip to Uganda to help in the construction of the Mosque, and his request was approved and hence the reconstruction of the Mosque resumed and was completed in 2006. The completed mosque was officially opened in June 2007 under the name Gaddafi National Mosque, and hosted the head offices of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. In 2013, after Colonel Gaddafi’s assassination, it was dubbed “Uganda National Mosque,” as the current Libyan government was un willing to rehabilitate the mosque under the old name.

The Gaddafi Mosque seats up to 15,000 worshipers and can hold another 1,100 in the gallery, while the terrace will cater for another 3,500. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya commissioned the mosque as a gift to Uganda, and for the benefit of the Muslim population. Uganda has many mosques but the Gaddafi mosque is the biggest in East, Central, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The Mosque consists of a conference hall, library, hospital, University and a radio station.

 Particularly in comparison to other mosques in Uganda, Gaddafi Mosque is a skyscraper and hosts the headquarters of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council on the ground level, the national religious advocacy organization for all Muslims in Uganda .And its main objective is to reach out to all people despite their different levels, as well as taking care of  Islamic matters in Uganda and on the upper floor, is where the Muslim congregation seats during prayers ,the mosque is situated there.  The Gaddafi mosque houses the Uganda Mosque head’s residence and office, Mufti is a religious scholar who determines legal avenues and perceives the Sharia or Islamic principles.

The Gaddafi Mosque, sits on 12 acres of land merging as one of the biggest Mosque in Africa with the tallest Muezzin from where Muslims call their fellow religious affiliation for prayers. The mosque was built in a contemporary vibrant form with a beautiful element of interior art and has been designed focused on Western, Arab and African contact cultures. The mosque serves as one of Kampala City’s distinctive tourist destinations. It is open to all visitors, irrespective of once perspective, political allegiances, cultural identity, ethnicity, colour among others. During any of your safari tours around Kampala city, do not miss pay a visit to the Gaddafi Mosque its one of best places with a magical experience.

There is a high number of visitors received at the Gaddafi mosque every year from different countries, background, religions among others to explore the beautiful interior and minaret of the Mosque. The fact that it was commissioned as a gift to Muslim fraternity in Uganda, visitors have the interest to visit this place and prove if what is written about the mosque truly defined the structure its self. Visitors who come to the Mosque, will asked first to go to the front desk to pay for the entrance fees before accessing the mosque. You will then be provided with professional guide who knows everything containing the mosque and will take you around. Women visitors will be advised to ware loose-fiiting clothes covering your waits and the ankles and veils for veiling their heads in case you do not have one, you will be provided and thereafter return it back. For the men, they will ware log sleeved shirts and trousers. The guide will take you around the mosque where you will be able to view the beautiful art and architectural design in the main hall which will offer you great scenic views of the seven hills in Kampala city.

The best time to visit the Gaddafi Mosque

The Gaddafi Mosque is open to visitors throughout the year, meaning that the beautiful Gaddafi Mosque can be visited any time and any day through out the year. But the most appropriate time to visit is during the dry season when there is little or no rain fall in Kampala because it will require one to walk around on foot in order to explore the depth of the Gaddafi mosque. The dry season is from the month of June, July, august, December, January and February, these months are recorded to be having light drizzles or no rainfall received at all.

Accommodation in Kampala

Kampala city, offers a wide range of accommodation facilities from luxury, mid-range to budget accommodation for the visitors, the visitors taking part in Kampala tours can find accommodation in the following lodges, Hotel Africana, Arcadia suites, Golf Corse hotel, Kampala Serena hotel, fairway Hotel, Tristar Hotel, forest cottages. Red chilli hideaway, Ravens Hotel among others. The hotels offer comfortable accommodation facilities, free WI-FI internet service, restaurant serving both local and international dishes with conducive environment for relaxation, the Kampala city is cool with good security provided so you are assured of safety while on your Kampala city tour.

 Gaddafi Mosque is a massive tourist vacation spot, strategically positioned, providing stunning views of Kampala City. The mosque is designed in majestic architectural systems, rendering it a must-see location for tourists to enjoy the best experiences while on a safari tour in Kampala City.