Nakasero Hill Kampala

Nakasero hill is one of the seven hills of Kampala. It is located in the city centre with Kampala’s central business district and many other government offices. It is bordered by other hills of Kampala which include Mulago sitting on the northern side, Makerere in the northwest, Old Kampala to the west, Mengo and Namirembe to the southwest, Nsambya is in the south, Kibuli to the southeast and Kololo is in the eastern direction.

Nakasero got its name from a Luganda word “ebisero” which refers to locally woven baskets. It is said that a group of ladies used to weave the local baskets form this hill and sell them to different parts of the country and the continent. People started calling this place “ewobusero” and later on modified to Nakasero.

There are two state houses in Uganda and one is located on this Nakasero hill Kampala while the other is located in Entebbe. Lower parts of the hill on the southern and western sides largely host commercial and ordinary business activities including shops, public transport stations, hospitals and restaurants. As you get close to the top of the hill, there are government buildings including the Parliament Buildings and Kampala Capital City Authority Buildings among others. It is an administrative centre with a variety of government offices such as the High Court of Uganda, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Headquarters of Bank of Uganda, Ministry of Health, ministry of Internal Affairs and Government Analytical Chemistry Laboratory among others.

The hill hosts many of the diplomatic missions to Uganda and a number of ambassadors residing on the northern and the eastern slopes of Nakasero. Embassies found at the hill include the Embassy of France, embassy of Finland, embassy of Spain, Embassy of Italy, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Kenya and many more.

Nakasero hill is home to the headquarters of several banks which include DFCU Bank, Centenary Bank, ABC Bank, Housing Finance Bank, Stanbic Bank Limited, Uganda Development Bank, Bank of Africa (Uganda), United Bank for Africa and East African Development Bank and Bank of Baroda.

Nakasero hill is known to be the home of many of the most luxurious hotels and restaurants in Kampala including Kampala Serena Hotel, Kampala Sheraton hotel, the Pearl of Africa Hotel, Grand Imperial hotel, Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala Intercontinental Hotel and Kampala Hilton Hotel among others. These hotels and restaurants serve a lot of people from the surrounding offices. There are clubs and casinos such as Kampala Club and Kampala Casino among others.

Besides the different kinds of work that is carried out at hill, people that live and work around Nakasero and the surrounding areas find time for worship. You may get surprised to see lots of people during the days and hours scheduled for prayer at places of worship such as All Saints Church for the Anglicans, Christ the King Church for the Roman Catholics, Nakasero mosque for the Muslims and Watoto Church for evangelists. These places of worship are some of the famous ones around Kampala.

Some of the great primary education institutions in Uganda are found on Nakasero hill. They include Nakasero Primary school and Buganda Road Primary School. Other important services and facilities around Nakasero hill are hospitals and clinics. A number of them including Case Clinic, St. Catherine hospital and Nakasero hospital have built trust because of the excellent medical care and services that they offer.

Locally, when you talk about Nakasero, the first thing that will cross the mind of most people around Kampala is Nakasero market. Also known as Nakasero Farmers Market, it is popularly known for fresh fruits, vegetables and many other foods. The market is surrounded by other shops selling different kinds of items such as dinnerware and other items to use in the house.

Nakasero is one of the places where a number of facilities, services and developments for Kampala city have been established and almost every service can be got here.

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe

Uganda Zoo – Uganda wildlife Education Centre is popularly known as Entebbe Zoo, it was established in the 1952 by the britsh colonial government of Uganda and it was intended to act as a reception Refugee Centre for the wildlife animals that were found injured and recovered from Poachers.

In 1994 the Entebbe Uganda wildlife education Centre full was formed to take care of the zoo purposely for the Education goals. Apparently it is one of the most respected and recognized conservation education institutions in the world. The Uganda Wildlife Centre holds the responsibility of educating the local people of Uganda about the significance of the biodiversity conservation. UWEC holds a responsibility of rescuing and rehabilitating the injured, confiscated and orphanage wildlife.

The Uganda wildlife Education Centre has played a big role in successful breeding endangered wildlife species which are hand raised in captivity and later reintroduced back into their natural environment in the wild.

The Entebbe Uganda Wildlife education Centre is close to Entebbe international Airport and it is a 10 minutes’ drive on road. It is dominated by impressive ecosystems such as the savannah, wetland and Forest. UWEC is situated on 70 acres of land in Entebbe. It acts as the coordinating wildlife zoo for all the zoos found in East Africa, West Africa and central Africa as it was initiated by the Pan African Associations of zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA).

The Entebbe Uganda Wildlife Education Centre is one of the great tourism site situated in Entebbe Uganda. A tour to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre will offer you a chance to feel and taste the East African wildlife that is found in the various national parks and reserves. Visitors will get an insight to get a close sight at the wildlife animals, and participate in the feeding of the animals together with the animal keepers, engage in food preparation and explore the animal pharmacy. Entebbe Uganda wildlife Education Centre is home to a diversity of impressive animals which are always on the tourist list when they visit various national parks in Africa such as the lions, elephants, the endangered rhinos, leopards, giraffes, chimpanzees  among others.

The best experience at UWEC is when visit opt be care takers of the animals, here you will have a chance to get close to animals like the lion, southern white Rhinos, baby elephants, shoebill stork and give them breakfast. This will require you to wake up from your Bandas and move to the kitchen to prepare food for the animal, then jump on the tractor and keep moving from one animal section to another. You will feed both animals and birds. However for anyone to qualify feeding the animals in UWEC, you be required to get a vaccination from the health doctor found at UWEC.

The Entebbe wildlife Education Centre features a number of education programs, offers opportunity to internship as well as volunteers programs which is found on the site or off site and these favor both Ugandans and foreigners.

The Entebbe Uganda Wildlife education Centre is open throughout the year to all travelers who would like to explore this amazing Uganda zoo.

How to get to the Uganda Zoo

The Entebbe wildlife Education Centre can be accessed from both Kampala capital city and from Entebbe international airport on road using 4×4 wheel safari vehicles. From Kampala to Entebbe wildlife Education Centre, it is about 45.5 kilometers and it will take you a 55 minutes’ drive via Kampala – Entebbe Express highway. Whilst from Entebbe international airport, it will take you about 7 kilometers and it’s a 20minutes drive.

A tour to the Entebbe Uganda Wildlife Education Centre offers you an insight to explore other tourist attractions that are close to the Zoo such as Ngamba Island, Lake Victoria scenic beaches, and Entebbe international Airport and Entebbe botanical Gardens.

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.

11 Day Virunga Tour

11 Days Virunga Tour – This tour gives an expedition the oldest national park in Africa that boasts for housing 3 great ape species. It takes you through the park’s wide biodiversity that has not been visited by many. Prepare to for the long safari that comes with the most breathtaking moments; gorilla trekking, chimp habituation/trekking and hiking to Nyiragongo volcano among others.

Summary of the tour

  • Day 1: Grande Barriere to Mikano lodge in Virunga national park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking
  • Day 3: Gorilla trekking
  • Day 4: Chimp trekking/habituation
  • Day 5: Transfer to Lulimbi tented camp
  • Day 6: Nature walk and game drive
  • Day 7: Bird watching
  • Day 8: Hiking to Nyiragongo volcano
  • Day 9: Descend to Kibati and connect to Tchegera Island
  • Day 10: Activities at the Island
  • Day 11: transfer to Goma and Grande Barriere

Detailed itinerary of the 11 day Virunga tour

Day 1: Grande Barriere to Virunga national park

Be at Grande Barriere boreder post by 10:00am to be checked in at the Virunga tourist office, you’ll obtain two gorilla trekking permits and then be transferred to the park through Goma town. You’ll check in at Mikeno lodge in Rumangabo, have lunch and relax.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking

You’ll wake up early, have breakfast and go to Bukima ranger post to prepare of gorilla trekking. You’ll get guidelines, present your gorilla permits and start the trek. You may encounter other animals but when you spot the gorillas, you’ll have an hour with them for photos, interaction, viewing them play and feed and learning about their behavior. You’ll go head back to Bukima camp to relax, have lunch and later on, you may decide to go for other activities like visiting the park’s Bamboo projects birding, nature walk.

In the evening, you’ll be served with a delicious dinner and you’ll thereafter rest.

Day 3: Second gorilla trekking

Have your breakfast and head to the starting point at Bukima ranger post. Meet with the ranger guide, and start the trek. After an hour with the gorillas, you’ll head back to Bukima camp, have lunch and be transferred to Mikeno lodge where you’ll relax and later on may visit Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage center which is a few metres from the Mikeno lodge. You’ll get back to the lodge, have dinner and rest.

Day 4: chimpanzee habituation/trekking  

Chimpanzee trekking in Virunga national park is more less a habituation experience. The local guides will lead you to the area where they had earlier spotted the chimps so that you can view them, interact, learn about their behaviors and watch them feed and play. The trek starts at 6:00am. After this experience, you head back to the lodge for breakfast and then relax. Later on, you may walk around the park headquarters or rest till evening. You’ll have your dinner and overnight at Mikeno lodge.

Day 5: Transfer to Lulimbi tented camp in the Ishasha plains

You’ll have breakfast at Mikeno lodge at pack your stuff to leave for Lulimbi tented camp which is located in the east of the park close to River Ishasha. You’ll check in and have lunch, and later on go for a nature walk with a guide. In the evening, you may relax around the camp and watch the calm water of the river and the beautiful scenery around alongside the residents of the river that is the hippos. You’ll be served with dinner and thereafter rest.   

 

Day 6: nature walk and game drive

After breakfast, you’ll have yet another nature/safari walk through the savannah plains around Lulimbi, expect to spot animals like warthogs, antelopes, elephants and birds. You may also get involved in monitoring elephants with the rangers. You’ll get back to the lodge, relax and have lunch. Common sightings while at the camp are elephants, hippos and a variety of birds.

There will be an evening game drive to the plains of Ishasha for where you may spot lions, elephants and more. When you arrive at the camp, you’ll prepare yourselves for dinner and thereafter rest.

Day 7: Birding and walking along Lkae Edward

After breakfast, head out for birding along Lake Edward, you’ll spot a avarity of birds, hippos and have views of beautiful scenery of the surrounding area and the mountains like the Rwenzori ranges. Get back to the camp, have lunch and relax.

Day 8: Hiking to Nyiragongo volcano

After having breakfast, you’ll leave Lulimbi camp and be transferred to Kibati post to go for hiking. Wear your hiking boots, carry a rain jacket, torch and other thick clothe, pack drinking water and ensure that your camera is well charged. Present your hiking permits and start the hike that will take up to 6 hours to arrive at the summit. Great views of the Volcanioc Lake and thereafter check in at Nyiragongo shelters where you’ll have your meals and rest.

Day 9: Descend to Kibati and connect to Tchegera Island

After having breakfast, start descending to Kibati and be transferred to Goma town to one of the ports where you’ll get on the boat and ride to Tchegera Island where you’ll have lunch and relax. The area has a very perfect relaxing environment which rewards you with beautiful sceneries and a cool Breeze form Lake Kivu. After dinner, you’ll be free to rest.

Day 10: Tour around the Island

This day will be spent enjoying the exciting activities at the island; kayaking, snorkeling and walking around the island.

Day 11: transfer to Goma- Grande Barriere

After having breakfast, transfer the guests back to Goma and drive them to Grande Barriere where they will head to their hotels, residence or to Kigali.

The package includes;

  • Accommodation
  • Gorilla permits
  • Hiking permit
  • Transpoirt from Grande Barrirere throughout the trip and back to Gradne Barriere

 

 

 

Bwindi impenetrable forest gorilla trekking has become one of the main activities, which is famously known to be mountain Gorilla tracking. With half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas occupying the whole of the forest, gives you an exceptional trekking experience while on your Uganda safari  tour all together with our experience team ranging from staff at office and qualified English speaking guides offering quality services at all times registered by our  excellent reviews on trip adviser we also pride in organising gorilla permits to all clients willing to take part in this exercise making them available for gorilla trekking experience , we offer pre advice to all clients planning to have a safari to Uganda national parks both in gorilla trekking and wildlife safari experience.

Uganda has as country is endowed with several attractions including; the wild game, vegetation, climate, the different tradition cultures of people and the way of the life, the physical features and many more to give you the best of your safari in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda along the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient tropical rainforest has become one of the best in Africa to have flourished and a home to half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. Not only that, the park is a home to other primates like the white and black colobus monkeys, baboons, and other animals like African forest Elephant, Duiker, bush buck antelopes and many more. For bird lovers, Bwindi is best place to go the park, is a home to over 360 recorded bird species which can be viewed on the swamps and along the trails in the forest, this area is suitable for bird watchers while at Bwindi , notable birds here include; the Grauer’s broadbill, African green pigeon , African harrier hawk, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Crowned hornbill, Giant kingfisher and many more all these are commonly found at Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.

Gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable forest.

Bwindi impenetrable forest gorilla trekking

Gorilla tracking is an interesting activity with a lot of unforgettable experience, the difficult part is getting there, the drive time is long and quite tiresome but when finally, there, the gorilla trekking experience repays more than the effort needed to reach Bwindi national park and to trek through the forest in search for the gorillas. Bwindi comprise of seven habituated gorilla groups that are allowed to be tracked by the tourists it’s so exciting since you get to have an encounter with the gorillas, studying and learning their different behaviours. The three of these groups are found in Buhoma and one at Nkuringo sector of Bwindi. Gorilla tracking is the most sought-after tourism activity and the famous tourist destination in Uganda.

For one to participate in gorilla trekking experience, he/ she must have a gorilla trekking permit, these permits are issued by the Uganda wildlife authority a government organisation managing all national parks in Uganda. The total number issued per day is 8 permits and four people per group are allowed to track a given habituated gorilla family. Therefore, all visitors are advised to book their gorilla trekking permit earlier before they are out of stock. We will help check for the availability for your requested dates and secure the permits for you in advance prior to the gorilla tracking date.

Gorilla tracking can be a little difficult and challenging to trek through the thick forest, it requires you to have physical fitness and energy to trek the forest. the exercise commences at 07:45 hours with a briefing at Buhoma the parks headquarters where you will be taught the does and the don’ts of the gorillas, then the exercise begins. The exercise starts at 8:30am and can last from a few hours to the whole day depending on the current location of gorillas on that particular day. For more information, reach us at adventure in the wild safari, we will offer you all the necessary information required for you to plan your unforgettable safari to Uganda.

Bwindi impenetrable forest Gorilla trekking permit

Gorilla trekking permit is a card issued by Uganda wildlife authority to persons taking part in gorilla tracking experience. The gorilla trekking permit indicates the location of your gorilla trekking since Bwindi has several sectors, price of the permit and the lodges from the different locations. The gorilla permits go for $600 per permit, per person tracking gorillas, but by July 2020, the gorilla permit will increase to $700 per permit. Gorilla tracking last for one hour from the time you meet the gorillas and the permit is valid for one day. There is also gorilla habituation experience this allows you four hours with the gorillas from the time you meet the gorillas this is quite interesting since you get to spend much time with the gorillas. The gorilla habituation permit costs $1500 per person caring out the activity.

Getting around Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

The parks location in the south-western corner of Uganda, makes it easily accessed from Kampala the capital city of Uganda. The distance covers 540km from Kampala. The journey takes 8-9hours, excluding the enroute stops overs. passing via Kabale and Kisoro, the distance covered is approximately 80km to Bwindi, mountainous drive on marram road can take about 2 hours, while the park gate at Ntebeko lies a bumpy 14km (30 minutes) south of Kisoro town and you access the park.

The other alternative and most convenient are the Charter flights can be arranged from Entebbe or Kampala (Kajjansi) to Kisoro or kihihi airstrip. Read More

Bwindi impenetrable forest gorilla trekking best time of the year

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is carried out all year round, Uganda experiences two seasons in the year the dry season also known as the peak season in Uganda is when the gorilla tracking activity is popular and wildlife safaris in all national parks. Although the activity is possible all year round, the most convenient seasons would be the dry season when the park is dry and free from mud which makes it slippery. The dry season starts from the month of June to August and from December to January by this time there is little or no rainfall this is the best time to trek gorillas and wildlife viewing is at its best.

The wet season of the year known as the low seasons comes in with a lot of rainfall experience and very cold, by this time, the forest is muddy and the trails are slippery different to pass through. The wet season starts from march to May and from September to November by this time there is a lot of rainfall and the parks are less populated, but gorilla does not stop its also possible to do gorilla trekking .the season comes with discounted prices on lodges and you can get the lodges of your choice, the park is free with people making is convenient to do the activities, this season is best for budget travellers who do not want to spend much on their safari to Uganda. During this season, visitors are recommended to wear good attire for this activity like the hiking boots, garden gloves, long sleeved shirt/ blouse, long pair of trousers, hut, rain jacket and many more to keep you warm in case it rains. Read more

There are also other alternative activities besides gorilla trekking in Bwindi including;

Bird watching

Bwindi is home to over 360 bird species. For bird lovers, Bwindi is the place to be with a lot of bird species to view. Some can be spotted in the forest while on gorilla trekking others along the swamps and on the trails. The common birds spotted here include; the Grauer’s broadbill, African green pigeon, African harrier hawk, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Crowned hornbill, Giant kingfisher and many more a found at Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Read more

Hiking and Nature walks

This is mostly done and guided by the tour guide or the rangers walking through the forest and the plantations around the local communities in Bwindi national park. During this activity, you will spot a number of wild games at close range this offers clear views of the animals and suitable time for bird watching activities a long the trails of the forest. Read more

Cultural encounters

The visitors go around the local villages of the Batwa and the pygmy families, they learn different cultures and way of life, through traditional dances, art a craft and many more as they interact with the locals you get to know the history of the first inhabitants of the forest. The fees paid for this activity helps in the development of their communities. Read more

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.

In Uganda, gorilla trekking is carried out only in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national park, western Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable national park currently has over 13 habituated gorilla groups which are visited regularly by 8 visitors per group per day for one hour. Therefore Bwindi Impenetrable national park gives out about 104 gorilla trekking permits per day to visitors.

Gorilla permits tend to sell out quickly due to excessive demand. The permits in Uganda are affordable compared to Rwanda’s permits hence creating high competition for the permits every year. Uganda’s gorilla permits are sold at USD 600 while Rwanda’s is at USD 1500 both for staying with the shy spicies for one hour therefore making Uganda’s gorilla permits having high demand and pressure.This explains further why you should book your gorilla permits in advance to avoid inconveniences and disappointments when already in Uganda.

Adventure in the wild safaris is there to solve your problem concerning all the bookings, we encourage clients to book gorilla permits at least 3 months before the actual travelling date. We reserve your trekking permits, accommodation as well as transport to and fro Kampala.

Usually there is a lot of congestion and high competition during the months of January, february, July, August September and December so please send us an email for those interested in advance booking. The email should contain the exact dates of trekking gorillas in either Uganda or Rwanda. We shall reserve your permit for that date and advice you accordingly. We not only look at gorilla trekking but also participate in other activities like community walk.

We also recommend you to book our 3 day gorilla tour from Entebbe or 3 day gorilla trekking from Kigali, Rwanda. In case of more information, please contact Adventure in the Wild Safaris.

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.

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