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.

The Source of the Nile, Source of River Nile in Jinja, Uganda

The Nile is Uganda’s longest river with its source starting from Jinja. The Nile River which starts flowing from  Jinja is the Longest River in Africa. The Nile comprises of two tributaries that is the white Nile that flows north of Khartoum and its one of the longest and the two lakes, converge with the blue Nile, which flows in to Sudan and they flow and meet in Khartoum , the river Nile starts its journey in Uganda flowing to Sudan and Egypt them pours its waters in to the 11 African countries that is Burundi, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Kenya, Eritrea, Rwanda, Uganda , Egypt, Ethiopia it flows and pours its waters in to the Mediterranean sea.

John Speke Hanning was the first explorer to come to Africa and discovered the source of the Nile in 1858, john Speke traveled with his friend Richard Francis Burton and the purpose of the journey, was to explore central Africa. When he discovered the source of the Nile, he named it after the queen of the United Kingdom who was known as Victoria therefore, he named the lake as Lake Victoria. The river Nile is longer and it passes through Murchison falls national park, bisecting the park in to two that is the southern region and northern regions of Murchison falls national park, the Nile has also favored the boat cruise activities down to the bottom of the falls which exposes visitors in the park to a lot of water animals and other animals seen roaming around the park.

The Nile has contributed to variety of modernization and the development of countries such as Uganda and Egypt. Its history has been the major source as why people have been in Uganda and how they carry out different activities around the Nile. The Nile has contributed a lot to Ugandan people and the country at large by provides power to Ugandans and is a source of energy, the dam gives electricity to countries to allow them to carry out their daily activities. The rivers of the Nile are too rich to support farming and still provide people with water. Egypt is recognized as a dry land, but has been able to cultivate it on irrigation and fertile soils near the Nile. The Nile has also been the source of life and habitat to some water animals that live in the water such as the crocodiles that occupy the river banks in Egypt. The detection of crocodiles in Egypt is also said to be longer and risky.

How to get to the source of the Nile

The source of the Nile is located in Jinja, in can be accessed from Kampala via Mabira forest and Jinja highway,during the journey , you will view some attractions along the road side i.e,sugar cane plantations,tea and the drive time takes about 2 hours drive to get to the Nile on a good road, but when the jam is much, it may take much longer time than that to get to the Nile.

its one of the great places you can don’t want to miss to visit during your Uganda Safari, you can visit the Nile after or even before any of your safaris in Uganda such as the popular gorilla trekking, in Bwindi national park, wildlife safari in different national parks in Uganda.

Activities found a long the source of the Nile

The River Nile has offered a variety of activities to the visitors and people visiting the Nile, Visitors visiting the park, will participate in a number of interesting activities offered at the Nile. The activities are full of fun and so adventurous thus offering you the best of your visit to the source of the Nile. The activities include;

White water rafting, white The Nile’s source is one of the world’s most spectacular white-water rafting destinations, white water rafting has become one of the popular and exciting activity to the visitors who come to visit the river Nile, the rafting trip has become the highlight of many activities offers at the Nile ,for many visitors to Uganda, they have always taken time to visit the source of the Nile and enjoy the white water rafting experience with beautiful views of scenery, sunshine among others

During water rafting, you can expect long, rolling strides but the activity is conducted between Grade IV and V rapids, with lots of thrills and spills. Despite the intensity of some rapids, most of the people who venture here are first-time rafters, it’s the perfect opportunity since there will be a guide training on how to paddle. White water rafting in the Nile, gives you a chance to explore the source of the Nile. Channels. Forested islands, as you bounce down in to the water rapids where you will experience the water spills, thrills hence giving the best of your adventure in the River Nile.

Horse riding in the river Nile, horse riding in jinja has become one of the adventurous and unique activity during the horse ride, you will be able to view a number of attractions situated within the shores of lake Victoria and the nearby neighbouring communities around the Nile, tea plantations, sugar farmlands, jinja town hills around the Nile and many other features of interest that will enable have the best of your safari trip to the source of the Nile. Horse riding activities can be done either in the morning or during evening or sunset ride that starts from the Nile, you will guided by an experienced professional guide wo  will lead you through out the activity to ensure that you do not encounter any challenges on your way as you explore the beautiful sceneries along the banks of the river Nile. Do not worry in case you do not know much about horse riding the horses are trained which means that they know what to do they are also equipped with mounting block, saddlebag, rain jacket to enable you have the best of your safari experience in horse riding in the river Nile. It also starts with the briefing where by you will be trained before the start of the activity. They also offer an opportunity for kids who would like to take horse ride trip in river Nile, and takes about 1-3hours depending on the interest of the travellers. In case you are interested in the activity, you are advised to book early in advance through the tour companies to void missing out on this exciting experience due to the fact that the horses and the guides are limited.

Bungee Jumping, a sport that is certainly not a fainthearted activity. But surprisingly, for the express purpose of Bungee Jumping into the ancient Nile River, they make their way to Jinja on the Nile. you can do bungee jumping both during the day and the night hours.  Bungee-Jumping can be done anywhere in the world, but Bungee-Jumping into the longest River on Earth, the historic River Nile is another thing you don’t want to miss, bungee jumping is a newly introduced activity at the source of the Nile and its among one of the few Uganda tourism destinations that offers an opportunity to travellers who want to participate in Bungee jumping.

Mountain Biking, this is one of the activities that has gained a lot of popularity along the Nile at Jinja Biking along the River Nile and beyond and it’s done by more visitors to the Jinja area.  It is a safe and scary activity which in most times you are scared of doing but you will led by an experienced tour guide following trails through the communities, Nile banks, Bujagali falls, Bugembe trail and you will have an opportunity to view the lake Victoria Nile and pass through the Mabira forest where you will view a lot of birds, monkeys, baboons, plants and many more , the best part of these activity is that it can be done by families with children and people of all ages. Biking Trips beyond the River Nile are even offered with experienced guides who also know how to fix a bike should you have a rare break-down.

Quad Biking After white water rafting, quad biking has become one of the most popular activities offered in the Nile. and can be done by the whole family, it comes with a lot of fun and full of excitement. it has offered an opportunity for visitors who would want to take more days doing some of the different activities offered here in Jinja on the river Nile. This region is on an all-day journey along the Nile River from a few hours. This is also a cultural trip as you go on a quad bike along the Nile to visit villages during your time. Quad-biking should be arranged before arrival in your safari, if you have interest in participating in these activities, just let us know you’d like to include this in your safari time in Uganda and especially in Jinja in the source of the Nile.

Jet boating, these involves a boat cruise on the Nile, where you will have an experienced guide captain leading you through out the activity, during jet boating, you will enjoy the water rapids, jumps, spins and others giving you a great experience on the river Nile.

Swimming, you can also participate in swimming in the river Nile, the Nile is free from diseases like Bilharzia, infectious diseases, and free from dangerous animals that can cause harm to people. These has made the Nile one of the safe water bodies to take part in swimming exercises.

Sport-fishing, visitors can also participate in sports fishing in the River Nile, during the activity, you will be able to catch fish species like Nile perch, Catfish, Tiger fish, Tilapia and others, you can therefore book your fishing activity in advance and can be done both morning and during the afternoon hours. A professional guide is offered to help you during the activity, fishing equipment are provided but you can also come along with your own fishing gadgets in case you will need to use them.

The source of the Nile, Africa’s longest River

Cycling in lake Mburo national park, is one of the famous and top tour destination visited by many travellers as en route stop overs in lake Mburo national park, the park offers a variety of activities for the travellers like game drives, horse ride, nature walks and others , but we will closely look at the cycling experience in lake Mburo national park. cycling has become one of the top activities done by many visitors who come to the park. during these activities, the travellers get to explore the park on bicycles, cycling is one of the activities one can do to enhance the wildlife safari. Lake Mburo is small in size, but never the less, the park offers a lot more you can do and see during your visit to the park. the park offers other activities besides game drives and bird watching, the park offers activities like cycling which is not done in other national parks, this is another interesting way of exploring Lake Mburo national park and the surrounding areas.

The park is small in size and covers an area of 370sq km and its popular and famous for wildlife safaris, and it has acted as stop over for many travellers on Uganda safaris, for ant traveller interested in wild safaris, lake Mburo national park is the only park in Uganda where you can have an opportunity to spot the Zebras, and also harbours Impalas, Slender Mongoose, giant Rats. There are other animals that can be spotted in this park they include; hyenas, leopards, topis, elands, and also the Rothschild’s giraffe was recently introduced in to the park. there are also several bird species that can be spotted in this park, the park harbours a bout 325-bird species such as the red-faced barbet seen along the Savannah grass land., papyrus yellow Warblers, and African fin foots seen around the wetlands and others.

The best and the most exciting way to explore these creatures is by the use of the two wheel that is the cycling activities, during the activity you will have a close encounter with the animals in the park. lake Mburo national park is open and it’s the only park where you can explore on foot or cycling activity which will enable the visitors to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the park.

The cycling experience helps you relieve the long and tiresome riding in the car and for the travellers who are not comfortable in horse riding, can opt for bicycle ride since they are no dangerous animals in this park which may harm you. You will also be guided by the rangers who will keep an eye on the potentially dangerous buffalos which may destruct the activity.

Lake Mburo national park, has got a number of well-established cycling route that go through the plain and flat Savannah grass lands, swampy valleys, and the forested hills. Cycling in lake Mburo national park is arranged depending on the interest of the clients, some visitors would like to ride along the savannah flat grass land while others would prefer the hilly routes it entirely depends on the visitor’s ability and the strength to ride around the park.

Cycling safaris in lake Mburo national park

Cycling tours in lake Mburo national is one of the activities that offers you a chance to ride along the Zebras in an open savannah around the park. And also, you will have a great chance to spot other animal species around the park. the ride normally lasts for 1-2 hours or also can extended depending on the interest of the travellers. Bicycle ride is guided by the game rangers from Uganda Wildlife Authority who will guide you along the safer routes you will be passing during this activity. Others can take on mountain climbing these requires much energetic cyclists since it can be a bit challenging but also its so adventurous and full of fun during these exciting experiences.

Visitors taking part in this activity, you are required to carry light clothes for this trip, the helmet which will be given with the bikes, also carry some snacks and water, binoculars and cameras to photos and also viewing of the distant features of interest, insect repellent to avoid insect bites , remember this is a bush that harbour a lot of insects, camera is good for photos that can be used for memorise when you go back home and also you may need to share the same experience with others.

 

Other activities in lake Mburo national park

The park offers game drives around the park, despite the size of the park, but lake Mburo national park is much more than that, the game drives offer you a chance to view a lot of animals roaming in the park, such as; lions, impala, Uganda Kob, elephants, Zebras, buffalos, slender Mongoose and bird species around the park. lake Mburo national park, offers a chance for you to explore the park on foot, the guided nature walks are fantastic around the park where to can visit the Rubaga forest, visit the salt links, the igongo cultural centre, and you can also take time a visit the nearby villages in lake Mburo national park.

The park offers a lot more activities you can do beside cycling experience, there activities like horse riding through the park where you will enjoy a lot of attractions that the park has to offer, fishing in lake Mburo, bird watching experience this site is good for birders, the park harbours 350 recorded bird species that can be spotted in this area. While in lake Mburo national park, do not miss a boat cruise on lake Mburo the boat trip is something you will not miss to spice up your trip to lake Mburo national park. it will expose to number of waters animals in the lake such as; buffaloes and others. Lake Mburo national park can be visited at any time of the year, the park is free to visitors through out the year with a lot and an abundant wildlife to make tour safari to lake Mburo a memorable one of your life time experience. Having interest in visiting Uganda and most especially the national parks in Uganda, reach to us at adventure in the wild safaris, and we will be glad to organise this tour safari for you.

Accommodation in lake Mburo national park

Lake Mburo national park, offers a wide range of accommodation facilities ranging from luxury and budget camping sites, budget tents and bandas, luxury cottages, and forest cabins situated within lake Mburo national park. during the cycling or any other activities in lake Mburo national park, you have a wide range of beautiful accommodation facilities to choose from around the park.

The lodges here include; Mpogo lodge, Eagle nest lodge, Rwakobo lodge, Mihingo lodge, Arcadia cottages, Mantana tented camp and others. The lodges are situated in an area with clear views of terrain, and verdant surrounding such as shrubs where you will be opened to the true test of nature, you will view a lot of animal’s species and lot more other creatures found and seen around lake Mburo national park.

Cycling in lake Mburo national park, Cycling safaris in lake Mburo national park

Hot Air Balloon Uganda

Hot air balloon tours in Uganda: this is on of the activities which are not done in many areas and is not common in Uganda. it was previously taking place in Murchison falls national park and Queen Elizabeth national park but is now done only in Murchison falls national park. These Balloon safaris in Uganda are handled by dream Balloons limited which introduced the activity to the parks after registering and being fully certified by Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, Uganda Wildlife Authority, National Environment management Authority and Uganda Communications Commission. It is important to be certified by all these organizations to ensure that the activity is safe for tourists and not dangerous to the environment including the animals of the park.

Staffs operating the balloons must be well trained. That’s why the pilots working with Balloon safaris in Murchison are allowed to fly these balloons after going through the Uganda and Egyptian Aviation Authorities. Hot air balloon in Uganda is one of the best ways you can explore Uganda’s beauty in Murchison. It is a thrilling experience flying up in the air to watch lions, elephants, buffalos and antelopes right from above them. It offers beautiful aerial views of the open grasslands of Murchison.

The Hot air balloon in Murchison falls national park carries a maximum of eight (8) people. However, these balloons are capable of carrying more than eight people as long as they have are filled with more air because the more the air filled in the balloon, the more the people it can carry. The minimum age for participation in the activity is six (6) because of the height at which the balloon raises to. Flying up to about 10,000 feet above the sea level in an open space may trouble kids below the age of 6. The Hot air balloon permit in Uganda costs US$380 for adults and US$180 for children. The experience of the hot air balloon in Uganda is offers value for money as it gets you to the best location of viewing wildlife in Uganda’s largest national park which is also well known for its dense population of mammals.

Hot air balloon tour is done in the morning and evening hours, just like the time for game drives when the weather is favorable for animals to wander around the savannah grasslands. It therefore offers an opportunity to spot a lot of animals. The driver guide transfers the tourists to the starting point near Paraa lodge on the Paraa side of Murchison falls national park. You have the chance to see the staffs in charge of this tour do some of the things done to prepare for the experience. For example you could have an opportunity to see how they pump air into the balloon and other things.

Before getting on the balloon, tourists are given a briefing about safety precautions and the rules and regulations. This helps to stay safe on the safari and also keeps the name of the company clean. The hot air balloon makes it easy to spot a number of animals that rarely roam in open areas such as lions. You just have to carefully look around till you spot your favorite spot or sightings.

At the end of the flight, you are served breakfast in the bush. Breakfast is well prepared and set by the restaurant staffs of your lodge. It also includes Champagne and this is one of the most wonderful moments you can have on your Uganda safari. However, the evening hot air balloon is not accompanied with a meal.

You can book for a Hot air balloon safari in Murchison falls national park together with other activities such as boat cruise, hiking to the top of the falls and chimp trekking among others.

Vist Mabira Forest, Activities in Mabira forest in Uganda

The Mabira forest, is one of the old and popular rain forests in Uganda, although it doesn’t host many tourists, but still remains one of the famous forests in Uganda. Mabira forest is located in south western region of the country in Buikwe District along Lugazi and Jinja highway, which covers a short distance from both Jinja and Kampala to Mabira forest. Mabira forest is a rain forest which covers an area of approximately 300 sq. km in its size, the forest is protected by the government of Uganda as a forest reserve and by the citizens of Ugandan since 1932.although the government has been trying to sell of the forest to the Indian investor, the citizens of Uganda have protected the forest, they have fought hard to see that the forest is not sold off and up to date, the forest is still standing.

Despite the fact that Mabira forest is one of the few remaining forests in Ugandan, it is home to a wide range of wildlife species and also harbors other endangered species such as monkeys, 200 tree species, open patches of savannah grasslands, papyrus swamps that shelter a lot of birds, waterfalls, softly flowing rivers, Mabira Forest provides a perfect location for outdoor activities such as camping, biking, nature walking, the forest is simpler and easier to see along the Kampala Jinja highway, but the deeper section of the Mabira Forest is where the whole mystical natural world takes place.

Mabira Forest is the nearest and only Rain forest in Central Uganda , the forest is situated just 50 kilometers away from Kampala capital city, the spot has attracted many visitors in to the forest, school children often come to the forest on nature trips, Ugandans have a barbecue, an oasis of natural beauty and surprises, a refuge of birders the forest harbors a lot of bird species which has made the forest a suitable location for bird watching experience. The spectacular trees, herbs, flowers, birds, insects, monkeys and small mammals make this a great spot to get away from Kampala and enjoy a few hours a day or a peaceful overnight stay at the Mabira Rain forest Lodge a stunning eco-lodge in the ancient rain forest that was first settled in the Buganda region by the original inhabitants of the forest known as the pygmies, Many Uganda’s, early settlers and even today some are heading to Mabira Rainforest to remember Nakalanga’s spirits.

Mabira forest is  a life changer as it offers you whole lot of things to do wen you visit the forest, the game drives in the open savannah will expose you to a lot of beautiful sceneries around the forest, the visit to Mabira forest, will also enable you, expose the beauty of the pearl of Africa on foot. Mabira forest is a natural environment where you can relax as you reach the woods and chat to the visitors Centre, the sound of the swash tree branches when the breeze combines with the tweets of the different birds make up the rhythm of the a jungle when you head to the visitors center in Mabira forest.

The benefits of mabira forest reserve

On the shores of Lake Victoria, the Mabira Forest Reserve hosts valuable wildlife, serves as a timber resource, provides water balance ecosystem services, and the rainforests are a tourist destination. Local researchers calculated the forest values after a proposed plan to clear a quarter of the farm reserve. This forest economic assessment, the researchers calculated the forest ranking. This forest economic analysis reveals that from a short-term viewpoint.

 For many reasons, the Mabira forest is also very important for the Buganda. The Buganda claim the woods of Mabira is host to the deities of rain and food of the Buganda. Traditionally, the Buganda also claims that if a powerful hurricane comes from the North, this forest would help block it and not make it to Mengo aplace where the Kabaka house/ palace is situated. In contrast, the woodland thousands of small and large species of trees.

Mabira forest is a source of food in form of honey, and fruits like guavas for the people living in the surrounding areas of mabira forest.

Mabira forest is a source of fuel in form of fire word, charcoal to the villages surrounding the forest such as Lugazi, Buikwe among others.

Mabira forest is a source of income to the peoples of Uganda especially to those working within the forest such as waitresses working in the bars within the forest. Other groups of people that benefit are the market vendors along the entrance of Mabira forest.

While it may be understandable that by offering SCOUL part of the Mabira forest, the Ugandan government is trying to ensure an adequate supply of sugar as well as the country’s economic growth, but other stakeholders have already dedicated money to the forest targeting its tourism potential.

Although many of the actions carried out in the forest of Mabira contribute to the degradation of the environment and many people are aware that deforestation and other practices are triggering the worst drought and climate change and that trees are helping to prevent global warming, many are also aware that the loss of forests would ultimately result in less precipitation, fewer water in rivers and lakes, and that there will a great effect n agriculture and cattle keeping since the forest help in rainfall formation, but in case they are destroyed, there will be to much effect on land which in along run will affect the growth of plants and the vegetation in which the animals, cattle feeds on.

Things to do and see during your visit in mabira forest

Mabira forest, provides a wide range of activities to travelers who take time to visit Mabira forest, there are many events that have drawn tourists to Mabira forest to experience their wild adventure. So exciting and adrenaline rising are the attractions with in the mabira forest plus the sights and sounds of the surrounding forest.

Hiking/ Nature walks; Mabira forest has got several access roads and hiking trails which you will enjoy, the trails lead to different interesting features in mabira forest like the picnic grounds, the radio hill, the water fall. During the walk you will also encounter the local people known to be the traditional healers collecting medicine herbs and others. This is one of the common and popular safari activities for the clients who have visited the forest.

Birding activities; Mabira forest shelters a number of different species of birds living in the habitat, the forest is home to more than 315 species of birds including endangered species and bird species including; blue crested mornac, Cassin hawk-eagle, Blake bellied seed cracker among others. The best viewing places for birds are in mabira along the open woodland fields, valleys, swampy areas, and shrubs.

The Zip-line in Mabira is one of the top most activities for tourist visits in mabira forest, the zip- lining activity in the forest extends for about 250 meters, and the out most zip-lining is done at griffin falls camp. During this activity, you will have a great opportunity to view mabira forest with all the creatures that dwell in it, you will be able to spot animals like the baboons, Mangabeys, Monkeys, and many

Mountain biking; It’s also one of the best things you can enjoy during your trip to the Mabira park, the forest has been well preserved bike paths that pass through the woods to nearby communities. Griffin falls camp is the forest’s best mountain bike provider. Mountain biking in the forest of Mabira is one of the great opportunities to explore the forest and see some of the great creatures. Like the monkey, birds, trees, falls and sparkling streams and others.

 The activity is conducted in two sessions that is the morning session and the afternoon session. the morning shift starts at 8:00 am in the morning and lasts for 4 hours while the afternoon session kicks off at 2:00pm to 6:00 pm when the sun is setting down. During the zip-lining exercise, you will be guided by the professional sky guide so that you are assured of the best and full enjoyment of the experience.

The other most interesting activity in the forest is primate walks in the forest. Visitors taking part in primate walks, will have an opportunity to trek the Magabey which is one of the popular activities offered in the forest. And mabira forest, is the only place in Uganda where you  have an opportunity to trek the unique creatures the Mangabey, trekking of these creatures is only done in mabira forest therefore a visit to mabira forest, will offer you a great opportunity to have an encounter with the grey-cheeked Mangabeys in their natural habitat.

Mabira Forest in Uganda

Birding safari in Bwindi forest national park

Birding in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, complete guide to Birding safari in Bwindi forest national park, Birdwatching Bwindi

Although Bwindi forest is a famous destination for the gorilla trekking experience and it is home to the remaining endangered mountain gorilla population, Bwindi forest is a great destination for bird watching experiences. It is situated in the south western region of Uganda covering an area of about 321 square kilometers. The park is home to over 320 bird species and about 23 species are Albertine endemic. Some of the bird species that you will spot include Archer’s Robin-chat, western green tinker bird, grauer’s rush warbler, fine banded woodpecker, handsome falcon, chestnut-throated Apalis, African wood owl, red throated alethe, chestnut-throated Apalis, ground-Thrush, short tailed warbler, African green bill, kivu ground-thrush, collared Apalis, Chapin’s Flycatcher, montane Oriole among others. While search for the various bird species in the forest you will encounter other primate animals besides the chimpanzees such as the monkeys, the chimpanzees, wildlife animals like the forest elephants, warthogs among others.

Uganda birding tour packages

Bwindi is famous birders paradise with over 347 bird species and most of these are Albertine endemic while others are distributed in other places such as the African green broadbill, Chapin’s flycatcher, and Shelley’s crimson wing among others.  Bwindi forest is home to over 144 guinea-forest biome bird species; it has about 4 bird species of the Lake Victoria biome species.

Birding in Ruhija sector.

This is  a sector in Bwindi forest that has outstanding bird species that can be spotted in big numbers at any time of the day included assorted flocks which are active during the day. Some of the bird species found in this area include handsome francolin, white tailed crested flycatcher, red-faced woodland warbler, cinnamon chested bee eater, western green tinker birds, yellow-streaked greenbuls, Rwenzori batis among others.

Birding in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, is famous for harbouring a large number of gorillas and it’s a popular tourist destination for gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience. Not only that, Bwindi is also a prime destination for birding activities, the park has over 350 recorded bird species which can be spotted during bird watch excursions in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Bwindi is thick tropical rain forest located in south western Uganda in the district of Rukungiri, Kisoro and kabale. The park derived its name from the local word to mean ‘’darkness’’ the forest is thick with a lot of canopies and under growth trees which can not be accessed on vehicle but only on foot. Therefore, travellers visiting Bwindi, will explore the forest on foot, hiking on steep slopes.

Bwindi is a paradise of different bird species spotted during bird watching activity and also during any other activity offered in Bwindi impenetrable forest. The forest harbour different birds including 23 endemics which include; African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Bluebill, yellow eyed black fly catcher, Rusty faced woodland, crimson wing, francolin, Francolin, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Western Green Tinkerbird, Mountain and Yellow-streaked Greenbuls, Mountain Masked and Chestnut-throated Apalises, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Rwenzori Batis, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher and many more.

Birding safaris takes place during from morning at 8:00am to 5:00pm in the evening. You will be able to spot variety of animals, primates, tree species and many others birding is so exciting and this site is best for bird lovers since Bwindi will open you to world of birds with different bird species which are commonly spotted and those that are migratory during the month of April to November.

Birding activities take place along the main trails of Buhoma water fall trails and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi swamp trail in Ruhija.

Best time for bird watching

The birdlife in Bwindi is an all year-round experience, but at its best in the month March and September. June and July have the least rain while March to mid-May has the Heaviest rains which may interfere with your bird-watching time. The main nesting season is in May and June, with food being abundant from late May through September. This time you will get to spot a lot of birds along the trails , the swamps, savanna vegetation and in the forest.

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 Ishasha sector is situated in queen Elizabeth national park, and its one of the top visited destinations in queen Elizabeth national park, queen Elizabeth national park, is the second largest national park in Uganda after Murchison falls national park, the park is situated in western Uganda and its one the most visited area because of its unique attractions such as the Ishasha sector is famous for the tree climbing lions as well as Savannah grassland with acacia and fig tree species, the riverine forest, with magnificent landscape that will offer you clear views of the wildlife roaming around the Savannah grasslands, which makes Ishasha one of the unique destinations compared to other regions in Uganda. The Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park, is famous due to the following attractions.

The tree climbing lions of Ishasha sector

Queen Elizabeth’s tree-climbing lions are one of the main sights and are the star of all the safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lions are often seen sitting on the acacia and the fig trees, looking down on the antelopes feeding on the savannah grasslands. The presence of these animals such as the kobs, have attracted the lions and the leopards in to the area as away of looking for food.

The other main reason as to why the lions of the Ishasha sector in queen Elizabeth national park, climb and stay up on the trees is that, during the dry season, the ground gets hotter which is reason enough why the lions climb on trees trying to escape the heat on the ground. They also climb trees as away of relaxation after the days hunt. They also hang on trees as they look down on the antelopes roaming around the forest, the big trees have since been used as a spying area for lions waiting to catch the animals for food.

Other animals

Besides the tree climbing lions, the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park, also harbours other animal species like the forest elephants, buffalos, Topi, Uganda Kob, Warthogs, Waterbucks, Hippos mainly sighted during the game drives along the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park.

Birds. Ishasha sector, offers one of the best bird watching destination in queen Elizabeth national park, the park harbours different bird species that can be spotted along Lake Edward among other, tourist on bird watching activities, will be able to sight bird species such as; 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, wood pecker, Vulture, African green pigeon, white headed barbet, Grey-backed, fiscal among others. Visit the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth, and you will absolutely love the birding safaris in Uganda.

When to visit Ishasha sector

The park is open to travellers through out the year, and the activities in the park do not stop ,its done at any time of the year, although the best time for bird watching is during the dry season from the month of June, July, September, August , December and February ,these month are recorded to be having low or rainfall received at all. These allows clear viewing of the birds in the open Savannah vegetation, during the dry season, the vegetation is short, enabling you to view the birds. Also, it’s the best time for game drives around the park where you will be spot several animals roaming in the park. During the dry season, the trails are dry and less muddy making the park easily passable.

Accommodation in Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park

The park offers comfortable accommodation, ranging from luxury, midrange, and budget accommodation for the clients, the lodges include; Marafiki safari lodge, Enganzi Game lodge, Mweya safari lodge, Engazi lodge, queen Elizabeth bush lodge among others. The lodges offer quality accommodation and specious rooms for the guests who come to the lodge, they offer quality services ranging from bar and restaurants serving both local and international dishes, fire place , internet services, craft shops in case you will need to purchase some craft items among others.to give you the best of your stay during your safari visit at the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park.

How to get to Ishasha sector

The Ishasha sector can be reached by either the means of road transport or air transport, if you decide to use road transport, the drive time will take approximately 8-9 hours on a good road, from Kampala the capital city of Uganda, via Mubende, fort portal to queen Elizabeth national park then you will connect to Ishasha sector .from lake Mburo national park, the drive time takes about 6 hours, form Bwindi impenetrable forest national park to Ishasha sector, the drive time takes about 2 hours, you can also reach Ishasha sector, through Mweya peninsula in queen Elizabeth national park and drive time takes about 2 hours to reach the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park.

By air, there are domesticated chartered flights offering flights to queen Elizabeth national park, you can book a scheduled flight from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip to Mweya airstrip in queen Elizabeth national airport then you will transfer to the Ishasha sector.

Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park, is the best place to be that you don’t want to miss during your safari visit in Uganda. During your visit in Ishasha sector, you can as well combine your safari with other exciting activities offered at Queen Elizabeth national park, such as lion trekking at Kasenyi plains, boat cruise on Kazinga channel, game drives, nature walks, community visits, and mongoose trekking at Mweya peninsular among others. These all will make your safari more interesting and fuller of fun which will give an exciting experience and unforgettable safari visit in Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park.

Bwindi Gorilla Groups

Bwindi Gorilla Families / Bwindi Gorilla GroupsBwindi impenetrable forest national park is a home to the largest population of mountain gorillas in the whole world and has the highest number of gorilla families. The park has about a half of the world’s remaining total population of mountain gorillas. Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda, about 470km form the capital Kampala. It is situated close to the only other four national parks where you can see the endangered mountain gorillas which are Mgahinga national park also in southwestern Uganda with one habituated gorilla family, Volcanoes national park with 10 habituated gorilla families and Virunga national park in the DRC with eight habituated gorilla families.

Bwindi impenetrable national park covers a total land area of about 321 sq kilometers which is divided into four sectors; Rushaga, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Buhoma. There is a total of about 36 gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable national park and among them, only 19 families of gorillas have been habituated. These Bwindi gorilla families are available for trekking throughout the whole year. Visitors who choose to and go for gorilla trekking in Bwindi have 98% chances to see the gorillas hence the top gorilla trekking destination in the world.

Bwindi gorilla families include the following;

Bitukura gorilla family

Bitukura gorilla family was first sighted in 2007 near a river. It initially had 24 members and today it has 14 members. The family is located in Ruhija sector with peaceful members who are close and friendly to Kyaguriro gorilla family. The family is led by a silverback named Ndahura who took over power from Karumazi because he could no longer fight for his members due to old age.

Kyaguriro gorilla family

Kyaguriro gorilla family was established in 1999 after habituation. It is situation in Ruhija sector and comprises 15 family members including 2 silverbacks. It was initially being led by Zeus before he was banished by a silverback known as Rukina and later on died at the age of 31 in 2015. The group is now being led by another silverback called Rukara.

Rushegura Gorilla family

This family has about 19 members and is led by a silverback named Mwirima. Rushegura is the place where silverback Mwirima separated from his former group called Habinyanja which was being led by his brother Rwansigazi before he formed his own group. The silverback started Rushegura family in 2002 with 12 members and the group has grown to 19 members today. It is located in Buhoma sector in the northern part of the park.

Habinyanja Gorilla family

Habinyanja gorilla family is one of the oldest habituated gorilla groups in the park. it started in 1997 and was first visited in 1999. It consists of 17 members and by the time it started, it was under the leadership of a silverback who was named “Munguris” which means “old man” who later on died and his brothers Mwirima and Rwansigazi took over. These two silverbacks had different personalities which later on forced them to separate and stay in different groups.

Mubare gorilla family

Mubare locally means “stones”. The family was named so because of it was found in the forest in Mubare hills which are stony. The family started in 1993 with 8 members. it was then habituated and by the time if was opened for tourism, there were 18 members. it later on suffered kidnap of its members and as the old aged leader of the group Ruhondenza tried to fight this problem, he developed a lot of sadness in his heart until he died while sleeping. After his death, there were only 5 members left and they have increased to 8 members being led by Kanyonyi. Mubare gorilla family is located in Buhoma sector.

Orugonza gorilla family

This group is situated in Ruhija sector consisting of 25 members who are led by Tebirikwata. It is one of the groups with many members which has been highly contributed to by higher child births compared to other groups. It is also proud to have a pair of twins. Orugonza gorilla family was put in place in 2011.

Kahungye gorilla family

Kahungye gorilla family was launched in 2011 with 27 gorilla members with 3 silverbacks. Later on, one of the members broke off with a number that left the initial gropu with only 13 members. This group is located in Rushaga sector.

Nkuringo gorilla family

The group was named after the location in Nkuringo sector. It is found in the western part of the park and it also got its name from the word “round hills” which will be seen all around the southwestern parts of Uganda where Bwindi impenetrable national park is located. Nkuringo gorilla family was the first group to be established in Nkuringo sector.

When Nkuringo gorilla family was established in 2004 for tourism, it was led by Alpha who later on died in the same year 2004. He left 2 sons Rafiki and Safari. Safari took over power and they have so far welcomed two gorilla babies since then making a family of 19 members. Nkuringo gorilla family stays in one of the places with trailheads that are quite challenging but the experience is always worth the hike when you come across this amazing family.

Mishaya gorilla family

The group was named after one of the former silverbacks who was known for fighting and frequent interactions with other groups. Mishaya broke away for Nshogi family group to form his own group. He once got involved into a severe fight in 2010 which led to loss of one of his infants. He also got a lot of injuries but was taken care of by the in charge vet and he later on died in 2014.

Mishaya is located in Rushaga sector with 12 members and is led by a silverback known as Mwine.

Nshogi gorilla family

This group was first sighted near river Nshogi hence its name Nshogi family group. It is located in Rushaga sector with 26 members. Nshongi gorilla group was put in place for tourism in 2009. It started with 36 members who were led by a silverback who was named Nsongi. The group declined to 26 members after the break off of 10 members by Mishaya who was known for fighting.

Bweza gorilla family

Bweza gorilla family has 9 members including one silverback. It is known to have been the largest group before it got split. It is located in Rushaga sector and is one of the most wonderful groups to visit.

Chritmas gorilla family

Christmas gorilla family is a new group that was established in Nkuringo sector in Bwindi impenetrable national park with 9 members and a dominant silverback called Christmas.

Busingye gorilla family

Busingye locally means “peace” and the gorilla family was named after the silverback Busingye who was a member of Kahungye group before he broke off to form his group in 2012. The group started with 7 members and is located in Rushaga sector. The family now consists of 9 members.

Bikyingi gorilla family

This gorilla family is led by Bikyingi the only silverback in the group. The family is located in Rushaga sector in the southern part of the park. it consists of 21 members including the silverback.

Mucunguzi gorilla family

Mucunguzi gorilla family broke off from Bweza group and is located in Rushaga sector. It has 8 members. Just like most gorillas that break off to form new groups, the silverback got into a fight before breaking off from Bweza. The group is led by Mucunguzi.

Kutu gorilla family

This group is also located in Rushaga sector. It is has 8 members and a silverback that leads the group.

Mukiza gorilla family

Mukiza gorilla family is located in Ruhija sector. The group was named after the silverback known as Mukiza who initiated a fight in 2016 and grabbed 10 members from Kyaguriro gorilla family to start his new family. This group is available for trekking anytime of the year.

The more the gorillas separate, the more families available in the forest for trekking and the more the permits availed for tourists to come and encounter these amazing cousins. Bwindi impenetrable national park is the world’s top mountain gorilla trekking destination.