Rwanda Art Museum

The former Presidential Palace Meseum Rwanda which is now a museum is one of the memorial sites in Kigali that any traveler should not miss to visit on their Rwanda safari. The Presidential Palace museum Rwanda was the home to the former president of Rwanda before his death which led to the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

On 6th April 1994, the plane that was carrying the Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and the Burundian president Cyprian Ntaryamira was shot as it was trying to land in Kigali. By coincidence, the plane fell in the compound of president Habyarimana and the wreckage can still be seen there. Both presidents were Hutu and this initiated the most brutal massacre in Rwanda between the Hutu and the Tutsi. They shot and slaughtered each other leading to deaths of about 1,000,000 Rwandese.

Today, this home is a memorial site and Rwanda art museum that was set aside as a remembrance for the beginning of the Rwanda genocide. After about 26 years now, tourists who spare time and go there get a chance to see the remains of the plane that was carrying n the presidents.

The late Habyarimana wanted a beautiful foundation of his house and so he hired a French architect who drew an initial plan for the house. The house was constructed in 1976 and by 1980, it was complete and he started living there. The house was big and has several rooms where he carried out different things. There are secret routes in the house leading to where he used to keep disobedient people to be tortured and another room where he used to do witchcraft from among others.

You will be shocked at how strange the Rwanda presidential palace museum looks with some rooms looking very good while others looking totally bad yet under the same structure. It is said that it was as a result of the president’s worry and suspicion due to the extremely terrifying period during his leadership as the president of Rwanda.

There are several sensors in the house which made immediate alerts to the president in case of any movements in the restricted areas. A number of weapons were found in the house. The most inquisitive area in this housed was the upper floor which had a chapel and witchcraft room on opposite sides. It is said that the witchcraft room is where the late Habyarimana with the help of his watch doctor, consumed magic portions and made animal sacrifices.

The outside areas around the house are in good condition. There is a tennis court, a swimming pool, an outdoor bar and playground equipment. The gardens are well maintained with beautiful trees and flowers separated by stone walkways to keep them in good condition. There are the remains of the concrete pond near the center of the behind garden. The concrete pond stored a 300 pound python, a pet that the president treasured a lot. Its duty was to fend off evil spirits and also impart fear in any person who came to the palace yet they were not in favor of the president. After the president’s plane had been shot, it destroyed some things around his palace including the pond of the python creating way for it to escape and it is said that no one ever saw it again.

The wreckage from the plane sits near the palace yard. It involves the remains of Habyarimana and the 60 passenger jet.

Location of the presidential palace museum in Kigali / Rwanda Art Museum

It is located about 4 kilometers from Kanombe airstrip, in the eastern part of Kigali. From Kigali city, you drive through the airport road which will take you via Kanombe military hospital, then Kanombe primary school on the right on the dirt road. You’ll then get to a junction with various routes and you’ll turn to the left, a route that will lead you to the museum gate.

To access the Presidential Palace Museum Kigali, you are required to pay an entrance fee of Rwf 6,000 if you are not a resident of Rwanda and residents are required to pay Rwf 5,000 after showing their residency cards at the entrance. Photos are not allowed inside the palace building but you can take them from outside. You are required to pay extra Rwf 2,000 in order to take the photos. An exploration of the entire palace could last for about 2 hours or less. There are guides to take you around the palace and answer all your questions.

Consider checking out on where one of the bloodiest massacres in the world started, see the remains of the reasons to why the genocide started and have a story to tell about this sad memory of Rwanda.

Iron Donkey Guest House

The hotel is situated in Gulu district and it is about 200 meters away from Gulu main Market. Offers accommodation with free parking space, free WIFI internet all over the property, free private parking room service is available at the hotel and there is a 24 hour front service.

The hotel services full English breakfast as a complimentary for its guests every morning or American Breakfast. The hotel comprises of various types of accommodation which include; Single rooms, Budget Double Room, 4- bed Mixed Dormitory room, budget double rooms and standard rooms.

Red Chilli Rest Camp, Murchison Falls National Park

Red Chilli Rest Camp – A cool place to stay at in the southern part of Murchison falls national park for midrange and budget accommodation on your budget safari to the park is Red Chilli rest camp. It is located a few metres from the ferry crossing area/Paraa dock where people connect from by use of the ferry from one side to another (southern and northern side). Therefore guests staying at Red Chilli Rest Camp quickly connect to the northern side when heading out for game drives. This is the area where boats to the bottom of the falls and to the Albert delta start.

The lodge has comfortable safari tents and bandas that are well furnished with public and private bathrooms. The lodge offers camping services and those interested in camping carry their camping gears while the camp provides toiletries, the cooking area, modern bathrooms and security at the campsite.

The lodge has a comfortable open thatched shelter dining area which offers beautiful views of the river Nile. It serves delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On some days, the barbeque area is active. The bar is always fully stocked with a range of drinks.

Red Chilli rest camp staff set a camp fire in the evening for its quests who wish to have a moment of sharing experiences and watching the sunset.

Red Chilli rest house has expertise and boasts in conducting game drives in their giraffe. It is an open game drive van that enables you to enjoy your game drive with clear views around the savannah plains of the park. the 4 hours game drive in the Giraffe costs $140.

Best travel insurance for African Safari

Best travel insurance for African Safari – find out why you need the African safari Travel insurance, its cots, how to get insured and so much more.

What to consider while choosing your African safari Travel insurance

There is a lot to enjoy when you choose to visit Africa on safari due to fact that every tourism destination delivers the best and incredible lifetime rewarding experiences. Some of the life time activities to enjoy include the great gorilla trekking experience, wildlife viewing, mountain climbing, and boat cruise safaris, white rafting, exploring the savannah landscape among other activities.

As you prepare for any safari activity, one of the first elements that will lead to the success of your safari is travel insurance. Travel insurance is an important thing that you should not forget on your Africa safari and the following are some of the reasons why you need African travel insurance.

Why you should consider African safari Travel insurance

Every time you are planning to move from continent to another it is important to have to travel insurance a sigh which shows that you care about yourself when you travel. It is important to note that safari destinations in Africa are safe but just the way anything  can happen at home even in Africa it can be possible but remember this is a different continent such as falling sick, accidents among other natural disasters.

If travelers have a travel insurance policy it becomes very easy to go about such challenges and it as well as give for you a peace of mind on yourself if you have a travel insurance policy thus if anything happens it becomes easy to cover it.

An insurance policy is some important for everyone, however we advise travelers to know which insurance they need to get if planning a safari to Africa.  For example, travelers should be inquisitive towards choosing a travel insurance that fits the journey plus the full coverage of your entire safari. Thus they should not choose any travel insurance due to the fact that the travels insurances are not equal some may not cater for the full coverage of your safari.

Must elements that your Africa safari travel insurance should cover

As earlier mentioned you need to get a traveler insurance that has full coverage of your journey as well as the entire safari. Six elements that travelers need to take into consideration while choosing travel insurance, they include:

  • Medical, this should be one of the considerations that must be included on the travel insurance however, this is not a guarantee that you going to fall sick or you are going to get injure, it is an essential element that shouldn’t miss out on your safari insurance. The medical coverage should not be for minor injuries only but as well as exclusive injuries, accidents and silliness.
  • Travel destinations, travelers need to carry out enough research of the destinations he/she is going to, so that he communicates to the insurance agent to include them among the travel destinations since is a common thing that standard travel insurances tend to leave out these destinations.
  • Medical repatriation, this is quite costly and it covers airlifts plus medical evictions back to your country and used in case of emergencies. We advise travelers to at least make a small deposit towards it that will be recognized to secure you in case of any emergences.
  • Activities, most of the insurance policies don’t cater for the adventure activities such as white water rafting, hot air balloon safaris, bungee jumping among others such it is important to communicate to your insurance agent in case you are to enjoy any of the adventure activity together with your family on any safari in Africa.
  • Game viewing, this activity is always on the safari list for a lot of travelers who come to Africa and majority are interested in viewing the African big five animals as well as other exciting wildlife in the African jungle. Therefore it is important to communicate to your agent which safari activity you are going to enjoy especially game drive activities, nature/ forest walks, among others.
  • Curtailment and cancellation, this is an important element to consider due to fact most of the African safaris are very costly although you are in Africa you may choose to cancel before you return home unexpectedly.
  • Person belongings, these may be part of the valuable equipment and luggage you are carrying on your African safari. It is normal and very possible that you can lose or forget your luggage on an aircraft or in any destination either in Africa or at any transit point. Thus you can include this in your travel insurance and it is important to know how much your belongings are worth of before you proceed to sigh the travel insurance agreement so that they are covered as you go for your safari.

In conclusion, it is also important to given in your correct age, as well as any healthy complications to the insurance agent due the fact that it may affect the recommended insurance policy as well as the cost. It also important to carefully read and analyze your insurance policy so that you don’t miss out including important elements necessary to cover your safari before you sigh the policy.

Best travel insurance for African Safari – find out why you need the African safari Travel insurance, its cots, how to get insured and so much more.

Savannah Resort Hotel, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Savannah Resort Hotel is located in Kihihi Town council, Kanungu district between the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi impenetrable national park. This is mainly a stopover when linking between the two parks. It is a mid range lodge with neat structures where the main building has DSTV and WiFi. There is a conference hall where visitors can hold their conferences, meetings and other formal gatherings.

It is an ideal lodging place for tourists interested in watching the tree climbing lions since it is located in the same area where these attractions are found, just a 20 minute drive to the famous site of Queen Elizabeth national park.

Savanna Resort Hotel has a swimming pool where visitors relax their bodies and minds after the tiresome travels and adventures.

The rooms at this lodge are self contained, nice and spacious. The lodge has professional chefs who are good at preparing all local and continental meals. The lodge bar is well stocked with both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.

Getting there

Savannah Resort Hotel is located about 8 km from Ishasha sector, 43km from Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and 3km away from the border of Uganda with DRC. It is therefore accessed from the road that connects Queen Elizabeth national park to Bwindi via Ishasha sector.

The lodge is located close to Kihihi airstrip where tourists that travel by flight land. It takes about 45 minutes by air from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi to Kihihi airfield and then connect to the lodge.

Kyanika / Cyanika Border between Rwanda and Uganda

Kyanika border / Cyanika Border is a border which divides Uganda from Rwanda, the border is situated in Kisoro town in Kigezi sub-region, the city is located next to Cyanika/Kyanika, across Uganda’s external Rwandan boundary. This is about 10.5 kilometers (7 mi) southeast of the town of Kisoro, where the headquarters of the district is located. The town has developed over time due to the fact that there are a lot of business activities taking place in both countries. The relation between Uganda and Rwanda is based on business terms and interrelationship basis, by road from Kampala, the border rests at about 488 kilometers south western direction of Uganda.

Cyanika border, has boosted the tourism industry because of its strategic location within the vicinity of different national parks in Uganda, Rwanda and the DR. Congo such as Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, lake Bunyonyi and the volcanoes national park in Rwanda. These border interconnect Uganda and Rwanda and its mainly used by the tourists visiting Uganda and Rwanda for gorilla trekking safaris. Gorilla trekking is one of the greatest adventure experiences that many tourist visiting east Africa come to take part in they either visit Uganda gorilla trekking safari, or Rwanda gorilla trekking safari depending on the interest of the tourists.

Travellers crossing the kyanika border with tourist cars transporting tourist, buses either from Uganda to Rwanda, or from Rwanda to Uganda, will be required to present their I identification ID from Uganda, for the case of tourists, you will be required to show the tourist visa as an identification key before you can cross to either of the countries. These exercises are normally done at the immigration office, its faster, secure and instant its mainly done to promote security in both countries.

Point of interest at the Kyanika border

The following specific points of interest are within or outside the city limits; these are the interesting tourist sites situated along the border of Uganda and Rwanda.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park; Mgahinga gorilla national park is one among the three parks that make up the Virunga conservation area as well as volcanoes national park and Virunga national park. Mgahinga national park, lies within the border of Uganda and Rwanda in southwestern part of Uganda in the district of Kisoro. Mgahinga national park, is widely known to be the home of the mountain gorillas the park inhabits one gorilla family that is opened for gorilla trekking in Uganda, tourist in Uganda, can also take part and visit Mgahinga national park for gorilla trekking experience. There also other activities offered at the park, besides gorilla trekking, that is monkey trekking, bird watching experience, the park harbours a number of different bird species, tourists in Rwanda and visiting Uganda, can use the kyanika border to cross in to Uganda then connect to Mgahinga gorilla national park for gorilla trekking experience. Mgahinga national park is one of Uganda’s smallest national park but it offers number of tourist attractions to visitors visiting the park.

Lake Bunyonyi; The following additional (Place of many small birds) is situated in southwestern Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale and is near to the Rwandan border. Between 2004 to 2009, the lake featured on the 5000 Uganda shilling note under the heading ‘ Lake Bunyonyi points of interest within or outside the city limits. The lake is one of the smallest lakes in Uganda visited by many tourists who come in to Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is purposely visited for boat cruise in the lake, during the boar cruise, you will be opened to a lot of water animals such as hippos, buffalos, crocodiles and many bird species seen around the shores of the lake. Lake Bunyonyi Lake Bunyonyi although it’s one of the smallest lakes, but it’s also the second deepest lake in Africa. The lake in length stretches about 25km and in width, it’s about 7km, a maximum depth of 40 m (130 ft) but some tourist guides and locals insist that it much deeper, about 900 m (3,000 ft) making it the second deepest lake in Africa.

Kyanika Central Market; every boarder has got a town located within the borders, the kyanika border / Cyanika Border has a central market that has prompted a lot of trading activities in the area, people from different towns and communities travel to this border purposely to trade their goods. this market has helped to boost the business activities of the local people since they are able to get income that can be used in the improvement of people’s standards of living thus bringing about development. Many travellers/ visitors crossing the border mainly make stop overs at kyanika central market to purchase some of the refreshments and items they need.

How to get to Kyanika border / Cyanika Border

By road, getting to kyanika border is about 9-10 hour from Kampala the capital city of Uganda. For the people taking public transport that is busses, like Gateway, horizon bus companies operate for about 4-5 busses a day transferring from Kampala to Kisoro town and also from Kisoro to Kampala. The bus in lives Kampala by 7:am in the morning and by 4:00pm it will have arrived at Kisoro town. And the busses living Rwanda, set of by 6:00 am and take about 5-6 hours’ drive from Kigali city to the kyanika border. The other alternative is air transport, for travellers taking air transport, there is domesticated chartered flights operating from Entebbe international airport and landing at the airstrip in Kisoro then you can connect to kyanika border in case you are entering in Rwanda.

Accommodation facilities around the border

For all accommodation facilities located near to kyanica border are found in Kisoro district in Uganda before you cross the border to Rwanda. Therefore, for all travellers who may not be used to long drives for example from Kampala to Kisoro which takes about 9-10 hours, this is a bit tiresome and you may need to take arrest and relax so that you can continue with your journey the next day. Kisoro has a number of lodges that you can choose from. The accommodation facilities are in different categories that is midrange, budget and luxury lodges. Some of the lodges include;

Nkuringo safari Lodge; the lodge is situated just 14km from Kisoro town. The lodge borders lake mutanda, the accommodation facilities are designed in tented camps with self-contained rooms with bathrooms and toilets with a bar and lodge the restaurant serves both local and international dishes for the best interest of the clients.

Kisoro tourist hotel; the hotel features good self-contained rooms, the lodge provides good and quality service to the customers, meals both local and international dishes are served at the hotel. The lodge too offers ample parking space for cars in case you are driving your own vehicle. The environment features good gardens used for guest’s relaxation at the hotel.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge; the lodge provides luxurious accommodation for the clients the lodge offers services like a fire place for clients’ relaxation and consists of 8 cottages with great interior view form the lodge. The lodge provides accommodation and meals for the guests sleeping at the lodge. Clouds mountain gorilla lodge is situated in Kisoro town closest to Mgahinga national park which is the lodge for travellers trekking gorillas in Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Golden Monkey Guesthouse; the lodge provides quality accommodation for the guests, the lodge has profession staff that provides quality service to the visitors ranging from housekeeping, security, bar and restaurant serving both local and international dishes for the guests’ interest. The lodge has in total 16 rooms with wireless internet connection, ample free parking space among others. Clouds monkey guesthouse is situated in Kisoro town and takes about 22 minutes’ drive to Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Muhavura Motel; Motel Muhabura is located in Kisoro near St. Francis Mutolere Hospital. There are a range of services at Muhabura Motel including a garden and a restaurant. It is located 1.5 km from a small crater and has a 24-hour front desk that offers a restaurant for guests. Motel Muhabura offers 4 types of accommodation His house has separate living rooms. Microwaves and dedicated dining areas were required in the kitchens. There is a separate tub and shower in the toilets. Guests can use free wireless Internet access to surf the web. Cable TVs are supported Every space comes with a computer and a TV at the motel. A tub and free toiletries are given in the private bathroom.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Volcanoes National Park are also national attractions. The lunch is offered free of charge. There is free Wi-Fi in public spaces and free self-parking is also available. Smoking is allowed at the hotel in designated areas.

children are welcome, but additional beds are not provided, an extra person, may be required to pay some small charge depending on the property policy.

Best Binoculars for Safari – Essential Guide

Best Binoculars for Safari, Best binoculars for wildlife viewing – Binocular is necessary for An African safari. As you prepare to visit Africa, please do remember to carry a binoculars with you, you will need it although its best used for bird watching activities since they help you to view the distant birds and those that may be up on the trees. it also helps in game viewing mainly for the animals that are normally not seen in the open such as big five game like the lions, the leopards, the Binoculars can help to view them as they have camouflaged within the surrounding bushes or tees.

For the memorable and an exciting safari, you may not only need a binoculars but also carry a camera with you for the safari in Africa, the camera helps you to capture the best photos of the different animals, create video coverage for your safari, the birds and any other interesting attraction you may prefer. You will need to carry the best camera since animals always keep moving, they are not in one place, therefore, it may be a bit hard to take clear photos, you will need a best camera so that you will be able to capture these exciting moments.

10 Best Binoculars for Safari

Listed above are the best qualities of the binoculars recommended in case you will need to purchase the Binoculars, listed below are the one of the best and preferred Binoculars you should consider while travelling in Uganda for Safari for clear views during the bird watching activities to enable you view the distant birds, game viewing . the Binoculars include;

The Celestron 72347 Outlandx 10×25

 These are water and fog-resistant pocket-friendly interchangeable lens binoculars. The prism isBak-4 and has a length of 25 mm. They are also covered by a rubber Armor which protects them from any damage such as dropping down, water, dust among others. It is easy to carry and very compact to bring in your bag and also facilitated mobility because they are light and easy to carry around.

The Prostaff 3S Binoculars 8×42

Once it comes to low-light areas such as the dense forest beneath the lake, also during the dusk hours, Prostaff 3s binoculars are excellent. These have a 42 mm lens, which allows in plenty of light and doesn’t let any haze or blur when used, due to its multi-coated optics. They are lightweight and portable and can be worn comfortably around the necks while you’re on your safari. Discover the wilderness with your magnificent Prostaff Binoculars.

The Bunshell H20 Waterproof 10×42

This Binoculars, ranks as the first and most reliable binoculars for an African safari, they are considered to be high quality waterproof Binoculars and cannot get damaged in case of the rain or if it drops in water. They have aBak-4 prism to guarantee that you see simply and easily the distant and tiny objects. They are very suitable for birding activity and due to their 42 mm diameter, particularly when the light is small, they also have a smooth grip feel that can allow you to keep them even when damp and light in your palms. It’s one that’s recommended for an African safari since it’s considered one of the best binoculars on the market for almost 100 bucks.

The BRY AND BVL Bingo 8X22

These Binocular is perfect for the visitors who are coming along with their children for the safari in Africa. They are built to fit into small children’s hands and with a magnification of 8 1/22 children will see third favourite animals from a distance, but have a sense that they’re right alongside. These are also not as pricey as the rest of the binoculars so take them with you and the safari for good family relations for your children. Enjoy the family safari trip in Africa.

The Wingspan Optics Spectators 8×32

These are very good and suites travellers taking part in Bird watching activity though tiny, they are renowned to be strong and resilient when it comes to viewing the distant birds and camouflaged animals. Due to the following factors, they have been considered the best Binoculars for a Ugandan safari trip.

  • These are good for watching from a distance and very compact for taking on a safari with just 15.2 ounces.
  • I have a non-slinging hand, which makes it easy to see the game suddenly and unexpectedly
  • It has a 14,8 mm that improves pressure for the eyes, because you don’t struggle when you use it. It keeps them ideal for a safari in Africa.

Nikon Monarch 5 8×42

Steiner AZ830

Leupold Bx-1 McKenzie 12×50

Snypex Knight D-ED 8×32

Avalon 8×32 Mini HD

What to consider when  choosing the best binoculars for safari

Below is some of the information you will consider when purchasing a binocular, the different parts of the binoculars and how best it works during the African Safari / safari in Uganda.

A prism

This operates for the same reasons as the lens, allows to expand the images so that you can easily view them from the distance or when capturing the photos, instead of moving with the different types of lens for a single camera, this helps to reduce the binocular weight and encourages mobility during the safari since you will find it easy to carrying it around with any difficulty.

A prism is made up in two types, the porro prism and the roof prism. It is said that the more fitting prism is the porro prism as the prism of the roof is compact which makes it easy to hold the binoculars though they are a little bit costly. But in case you have less to spend on your binoculars budget, you can still bring a porro prism although you may still find challenges carrying it around.

What do the numbers printed on the Binoculars mean?

The figures printed in the Binoculars, indicate the length and the measurements of the lens of those binoculars you would like to purchase, for example, a ratio of 10/50 indicates that with your binoculars the species you see is ten times bigger and the lens scale is 50 mm. And you should also remember that when you use a wider lens, more light will be let in.

What do you need to consider when Purchasing binoculars for your Safari?

The Size and the Weight of the Binoculars

Considering the size of the Binoculars, since you will need it everywhere be carrying it around, therefore, we recommend you carry a lighter binocular for easy mobility during the safari because the slightly heavy one may become a bit challenging and tiresome to move a round with.

Fog proof and Water proof

Fog and waterproof binoculars are the ultimate adversary of anyone who is prone to bad weather conditions, temperature changes and wet conditions like the forest, the ocean, lakes and river. In almost all-weather conditions, Water resistant binoculars promise durability in times of rains if by any means the rains fall while you are far away from any nearby building for shelter. It also protects from any kind of weather conditions.

The lens Coating

A’ lens coating’ is a mask that is added to the surface of the lens product to minimize the glare of light and improve light transfer within the lens while speaking about images and optical lenses. The lens makers use lens coatings to create lenses that can generate the image with the least unwanted optical degradation. Glass coatings can be very difficult and costly to add but it’s worth it if you would purchase one, but complicated multi-layer coatings are typically only used on expensive lenses. One example is the Zeiss T* coating, an anti-reflective multi-coat technology that significantly reduces the amount of inter-element reflection in a target, which can contribute to a significant drop in light transmission and increase in lens performance.

Magnification

Larger magnification depends on the size of the lens and vice versa, but this does not imply that perhaps the bigger the aperture, the stronger you get the vision. The better 10 or 8 magnifications, because you have to narrow the field of vision if the magnification is high usually 12 and above, therefore, you will need to narrow down the field of viewing so that you can capture clear images and also to affect affecting your vision.

The eye relief factor

The relief of the eyes refers to the gap between the eye piece and the eye If you wear the spectacles, for the images shown, the best is 16 mm and if you don’t, the images it displays best is 12 mm, then note that the more the eye relaxation, the less pain. Therefor, 12 mm is perfect for you.

The Size of the Lens

It is critical that light is always best in the binoculars and for small light binoculars large lens sizes are important so that it allows some light inside for clear vision. Some game is best seen during the daylight and the dusk, but you can’t see the animals properly if you get lenses with small size lenses and you therefore require large lens magnification binoculars.

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Birdwatching destinations Uganda

Here is a list of the 10 Best Birding destinations in Uganda – Explore the best birdwatching destinations Uganda and find out the top birds to see in Uganda.

This is the best destinations for bird watching and it is a habitat to about 350 bird species with about 23 that endemic, while as the remaining 90% are Albertine endemic birds such as the blue headed sunbird, as well as short-tailed warbler among others.

Bird watching in Bwindi forest is done around the main trails like Buhoma waterfall trail, bamboo-zone, Mubwindi swamp which is found in Ruhija.

  • Echuya forest reserve

The forest is located in the western region of Uganda and it is adjacent to the border of Rwanda. The reserve harbors over 150 bird species and among these 18 bird species have been found endemic to the forest reserve. Echuya forest reserve is home to unique rare fauna and flora and bird species found here include; grauer’s warbler, Archer’s Robin chat, Doherty’s bush-shrike, collared Apalis, regal sunbird, montane Oriole, mountain Masked Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, White- Eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Chapin’s flycatcher, African green broadbill among other bird species.

These are wonderful prime bird watching spots situated in the western region of Uganda. Kibale forest national park is home to over 350 species whereas about 138 will be found in Bigodi wetland. While on a guided nature walk through the forest and in Bigodi wetland you will get an insight to spot a variety of bird species black bee-eater, Abyssinian ground thrush, black eared ground thrush, black-capped apalis, crowed yellow Eagle, African pitta, yellow spotted nicator, brown chested alethe, yellow-rumped tinker bird, purple-breasted sunbird, dusky crimson wing among others. Travelers can as well as enjoy activities like chimpanzee trekking in kibale golden monkey tracking and during these activities you will get chance to encounter with other primate species such as black and white monkeys, grey checked mangabey, and red tailed monkeys among others.

The park is situated in the south western region of the Pearl of Africa and it is close to border of Uganda, Rwanda and the democratic republic of Congo. The park is one of the gorilla trekking destinations in Uganda although it harbors other mammals such as the primates like monkeys.

Mgahinga national park is home to over 115 bird species which will be spotted on guided nature walks as well as hiking adventure. Birds that can be spotted in the park include white stared Robin, montane Oriole, and yellow-eyed black flycatcher, kivu Ground thrush, red-throated Alethe, dusky long-tailed Cuckoo, Regal Sunbird, handsome Francolin, equatorial Akalat, blue headed sunbird, grauer’s warbler, turtle Dove, barred long-tailed cuckoo, strip-breasted Tit, dusky Crimson wing among others.

  • Murchison Falls national park birding tours

Murchison falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda and it covers 4000 square kilometers and it is home to 76 mammals plus over 451 bird species. The park is situated in the north western region of the country and birds that will be spotted in the park include double-toothed barbet, saddle-billed stork, grey crowned crane, Vaseline masked weaver, grey-crowned crane, red-tailed bee-eater, giant king fisher, white-rumped seed eater, Abyssinian ground hornbill, winger geese, northern Carmine bee-eater, African Darter, Piapiac, blue napped moosebird, beautiful sunbird, long tailed Nightjar, Spur-winger Geese, black headed Gondola, white-browed Sparrow, speckle- fronted weaver, black-billed wood-dove, bar-breasted fire finch, Malachite kingfisher, secretary bird among others.

  • Nile River birding Jinja

River Nile is the longest river in the world and it is one of the great bird watching destinations in Uganda. Besides bird watching in Jinja, three are other sport water activities that travelers can engage such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, and quad biking among others. Bird species that you will spot at the Nile include; Giant kingfisher, the great blue turaco, open-billed stork, green-backed herons, and Rock pratencols

  • Queen Elizabeth national park

Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest national park in park after Murchison falls rand it is one of the great bird watching destinations. Bird watching in the park is done in various regions such as Kasenyi region which is home to over 60 bird species, Katunguru bridge area, the Ishasha sector, Mweya peninsular that is home to over 70 species of birds, katwe area, lake Kikorongo, maramagambo forest and kyambura gorge. Queen Elizabeth national park harbors over 600 bird species and some of them include; hood vulture , African wattled plover, blue–shouldered Robin, pygmy kingfisher, croaking cristicola, broad –tailed Warbler, Montagu’s harrier, little stint, grey Kestrel, scarlet-chested sunbird, chestnut wattle-eyed, black-headed Gonolek, slender tailed nightjar, black billed bustard, white-tailed lark, African Wattled plover, scarlet-chested sunbird, black-lored babbler, Slender-billed weaver, Montagu’s Harrier, Red-throated wryneck, little stint, red-capped lark, lesser black-backed Gull, common Greenshank, Avocet, African Emerald Cuckoo, slender billed weaver among others.

  • Semiliki national park

Semiliki National Park is a home to over 400 species of birds with the common horn bill thus it is one of the best bird watching destinations and it is situated on the border of Democratic Republic of Congo. Some of the bird species found in the park include blue headed crested-flycatcher, western bronze-napped pigeon, black-casqued wattled hornbill, fire-crested Alethe, Leaf-love, white-crested hornbill, Red-bellied Malimbe, red-rumped Tinker bird, spot breasted Ibis, Xavier’s Greenbul, white-crested hornbill, black Dwarf hornbill, fire Crested Alethe, Maxwell’s black weaver among others.

  • The Royal Mile

The royal mile is found in budongo forest close to Murchison Falls national park, the place is home to over 250 bird species. some of the bird species found in this place include; hairy-breasted barbet, lemon-bellied Crombec, yellow-crested woodpecker, grey-headed sunbird, Elemomela, yellow-billed barbet, African crowned Eagle, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, piping hornbill, rufous-crowned, white-thighed hornbill, Sabine’s Spinetail, Black-capped Apalis, Sabine’s spinetail, blue-throated roller among others.

This is the only place where you will find the rhinos in Uganda and it is home to a variety of bird species which include; African golden Oriole, African golden-breasted bunting, African marsh harrier, African pied wagtail, African hornbill, African black crake, African pygmy kingfisher, manikin, black-headed Gonolek, African morning Dove, black-crowed waxbill among others.

Bird watching is one of the most rewarding activities in Uganda and we advise travelers who are bird lovers to organize their birding safaris with a trusted tour company that has experienced guides in birding. Some of the necessary equipment that are required by birders include long sleeved trousers and shirts, binoculars, maps for the location, enough drinking water, among many others.

Mabamba Bay wetland – Home to the Shoebill and other bird species

Uganda is one of the African safari countries where you’ll find varieties of exciting tourist activities in different parts of the country. This is where you have a long bucket list including gorilla trekking, chimp trekking, game drives, white water rafting and bird watching. There are many different areas in Uganda where bird lovers will have incredible birding experiences and one of them is at Mabamba bay. Mabamba has wondrous species of birds and the most popular one is the shoebill stork.

Mabamba bay wetland is one of the swamps on the edges of L. Victoria. It is an International Ramsar Site situated in Kasanje village close to Entebbe about 45km from Kampala city. Besides the shoebill stork, there are more beautiful species of birds at this swamp. This is one of the destinations that you ought not to miss when you are in Kampala or Entebbe.

Birding on Mabamba bay is conducted on an engine-powered boat which takes you to areas where you’ll watch lots of species of birds including shoebill storks. As you go for birding, you’ll also see the neighboring villages whose main economic activities are fishing and mining. It is easy to get there without having to drive to distant areas like the rest of the popular destinations such as Bwindi national park, Bigodi swamp and others.

Mabamba swamp is a great site for birding and is internationally recognized as an Important Bird Area. Another place to visit for the shoebill stork is Murchison Falls national park but Mabamba remains the best for this elusive specie. The chances of spotting the shoebill stork throughout the day at the bay are higher than at any other place in Uganda.

Bird species at Mabamba bay Wetland

Mabamba bay wetland is a home to over 250 species and you can be able to record a sighting of about 150 bird species on your excursion on the wetland. There are 4 threatened species namely the Blue swallow, Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler and the Pallid Harrier.

Other species at the wetland include the yellow-billed tinkerbird, yellow warbler, wood sandpiper, white-thraoted bee-eater, white-shouldered Tit, Goliath Herons, Winding Cisticola, Pygmy geese, Blue swallow, Brown Parrot, Common greenshank, Black-faced Rufous, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Yellow billed kite, Lesser Jacana, Long toed Lapwings, Papyrus Canary, water thicknees, Tambourine dove, swamp fly catcher, Village weaver and many more.

Getting to Mabamba Swamp

This wetland is located on the edges of Lake Victoria on the border of Kamengo and Kasanje sub-counties in Wakiso and Mpigi districts. It can be accessed from both Kampala and Entebbe. Using Entebbe road, you drive off from Kisubi and drive towards Nakawuku, Kasanje to Mabamba. And from Kampala, you’ll drive along Masaka road a distance of about 30km and branch off to the road that heads to Buyege. You’ll drive a distance of about 22km and reach Mabamba.

Apart from Mabamba bay wetland and Murchison falls national park that are famous for the shoebill stock, this bird species is also sighted at Nabajuzi swamp in Masaka, at Ziwa rhino sanctuary, lake mburo national park, lake Kyoga, in the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth and at Semliki wildlife reserve.

Alternatively, you can use a speed boat from Entebbe that will take you on Lake Victoria to Mabamba. You will use bigger speed boats which will transfer you to the starting point at Mabamba and then shift to the smaller one which you use to move to different parts of the wetland.

The birds at Mabamba Swamp are featured by butterflies and mammal common sightings of sitatunga and the spectacular landscape in the surrounding. Other activities to do at Mabamba are spot fishing, village walks and you could also pass by Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe.

Best location for honeymoon in Africa

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Best Honeymoon Destinations in Africa

So, when you eventually bind a knot with such a unique person to share your entire life with, how to celebrate your love better than to go for a safari honeymoon in Africa? for the perfect and forever lasting memories will be made here during your honey moon safari in Africa.

Africa has it all, its spectacular countryside, its wildlife, its unbelievable cultures and of course the wonders of the ancient world Imagine you relaxing on the beaches of Mauritius, meeting the fauna in Sierra Leone, enjoying a rich breakfast with giraffes in Kenya, having a great time with lemurs from Madagascar, visiting South African Cape Wine lands  what are experience full of fun and forever lasting memories of your life time.

With everything and the richness in biodiversity in Africa, the Honeymoon is a lifetime experience once in a while and why not make it memorable in one of the best Honeymoon destinations in Africa listed below;

Kenya Honeymoon Safari

Kenya, is known for its unique safaris, particularly Honeymoon Safaris, in East Africa. Everything you could do and experience in Kenya while you spend honeymoons is a wonderful and unforgettable experience in Masai-Mara National Park, one of the most popular parks of Kenya.

The Masai-Mara is also the location for the annual migration of wildebeest, in addition to the unique culture and fauna found here, the couple can also book their stay at some of the luxurious bush camps and take an al-fresco shower over as they watch the sun setting and spend their romantic nights. while in your safari visits in Kenya, there are other things to do;

  • Breakfast with the giraffe at the Giraffe Manor
  • White water rafting at Sagana
  • Soar above the Masai-Mara in a hot -air balloon
  • Wildlife adventure in other National parks
  • Relax at the beach in Mombasa

Mauritius

Mauritius is one of the world’s most important destinations to wake up every morning to a cool, soothing paradise. It can only be identified as “a celestial on earth.” You can relax on the lovely sandy beaches with an amazing landscape and stay for a night in luxury hotels, without having annoying, loud noises. This is basically the best location for newlyweds to visit once in a lifetime.

Things to do;

  • Romantic walk along the beach
  • Get pampered in a spa
  • Visit the Poudre d’Or’ village where you can listen to the love story
  • Paul and Virginia
  • Kayaking, Scuba diving and Snorkelling
  • Island hopping
  • Enjoy a Romantic cruise via Port Louis

For the travelling visiting Mauritius, the best time of the year to visit the country id from April to December.

Madagascar

Madagascar is a pace for you to have the beautiful memories of your honeymoon as one of these lovely Islands on planet Earth. It has unique wildlife, and it is a spectacular scenery in which it is fulfilled when you have visited the country for the full-time adventure. There are several activities offered to the visitors both outside and indoors activities, where by, you will have an opportunity to visit the variety of national parks in the country although they may have the same wildlife, the experience is quite different from one national park to another. You can feel the pleasures of your honeymoon, thereby consolidating your love connection.

Things to do in Madagascar

  • Taste Madagascar’s tasty beverages and cuisine
  • Swim in the blue waters of the ocean.
  • Visit the cultural communities of Malagasy to show the culture of that country a
  • Do not ignore the interesting nightlife.
  • Visit the cultural communities of the Lemurs
  • Discover Tsingy de Bemaraha, an attractive National Park, where you can walk through the forest
  • GO hiking through the calcareous sandy shores.
  • Pick up beautiful photos from Visit the Baobab Alley
  • Discover the date in the National park, with the Lemurs

For the travelling visiting Mauritius, the best time of the year to visit the country id from April to November.

Comoros Island

Comoros is a beautiful island on the south-eastern coast of Africa and a popular place for couples. It offers breath-taking landscapes; turquoise beaches, luxurious resorts, stunning sunsets, amazing palm-fingered beaches, nightlife and delicious cuisine. Truth is that the honeymoon you spend on this island with time and money is unforgettable. Comoro’s best time is between April and December.

Things to do;

  • Go for diving, sailing and snorkelling with your partner
  • Visit Maroni Island – “Sweet Island”
  • T Explore the pristine Islands
  • Go for a spa session for pampering

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is only decent place to spend your experience as newlyweds once in a lifetime. The magnificent sight and the tropical forests leading to the sandy coast near the waters are stunning. It is surrounded by some of the best coral beaches in Africa. In any event, you will never regret arranging your honeymoon in Zanzibar, as well as safari is inexpensive. Zanzibar is the best time to visit from June to October.

Things to do;

  • Go shopping along the street Kiponda.
  • Go for fun along the sandy beaches
  • Visit Spice Island
  • Visit Peace Memorial Museum or Zanzibar Gallery and know more about the culture and history of Zanzibar
  • Go swimming at the beach shore.
  • See the sunsets of Zanzibar with your spouse

The Cape Winelands

It is an all-yearlong destination with spectacular nature in South Africa, with magnificent and scenic vineyards and surrounding towns. On a honeymoon safari you can combine it with a visit of the Garden, Cape and Sabi Sand routes to the Cape Winelands.

Things to do;

  • Go to the leafy Constantia suburb
  • Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Visit the renowned wine- making towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek

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