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.

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.

Bwindi Uganda Gorilla Trekking – Bwindi impenetrable forest is situated in southwestern part of Uganda in the district of Kanungu. Lying at the edge of the east African rift valley, the park is located along the democratic republic of Congo next to the Virunga national park. Both countries have enabled gorilla trekking experience and are known to be the best parks harbouring a number of the words endangered mountain gorillas.

 Gorilla trekking Bwindi impenetrable national park is a highlight of most safaris done in Uganda, Rwanda and the democratic republic of Congo and the gorillas have turned out to be the major reason why visitors come to east Africa for gorilla trekking experience. Bwindi impenetrable forest, offers the best of the gorillas with over four sectors all having gorilla habituated families ready for tracking that is; Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors.

gorilla trekking Bwindi requirements

Gorilla trekking is only possible when you have a gorilla trekking permit, therefore for anyone willing to take part in gorilla trekking experience, will be required to have a valid card/ document issued by the Uganda wildlife authority a government body in charge of all the national parks in Uganda. The gorilla permit is a pass code to gorilla trekking in Bwindi or Mgahinga national parks. Visitors are required to book their gorilla permits early like 6 months in advance due to the high demand for the permits. you can do this through the registered tour company agents who will check for the availability of the permits and reserve them for you before they are out of stock.

Also note that; a limited number to trek the gorilla per day is 8 members for one hour but the exercise can last from 30 minutes to half hours of the day depending on the movement of the gorillas on that day since they are not stable in one place.  Also, the recommended age for gorilla trekking is 15 years and a above. Any one below that age is recommended as a child and will not be allowed to trek the gorillas since their behaviour is unpredictable when they encounter the gorillas.

What is the cost of the gorilla trekking permit?

Gorilla trekking permitsA gorilla trekking permit is document issued by the Uganda wildlife Authority to all the visitors taking part in gorilla trekking experience. The document indicates the location where you will be tracking from, accommodation option and the national park you are tracking from.

A gorilla permit for Uganda to trek the gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga national park cost $600 per person trekking and lasts for 1 hour from the time you meet the gorillas. also note that by July 2020, the price of the permit will increase to $700 per person. For the gorilla habituation experience, the price for the permit goes go $1500 per person to trek gorilla for 4 hours with the gorillas in their natural habitants as you interact, study and observe their behaviours this activity is much exciting as you get to spent a lot more time with the gorillas than the normal gorilla trekking.

How to get to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

By road, the park can be accessed from several directions from Kampala-Ntungamo-Rukungiri-Kihihi- Buhoma route and drive distance in kilometers is about 390km-82km on marram roads. Also, from Kampala to kabale through Kanungu to Buhoma then to Bwindi and takes about 5-6hours drive, also the park can be reached from queen Elizabeth national park which is a bout 160km an take roughly 3 hours’ drive to Bwindi.

The other alternative is the chartered flights from Entebbe international airport to Kisoro airstrip then the guide will pick you up for the start of your safari. We have the earolink, eagle air and many all providing quality services and quick services so you don’t have to be on the road for hours to get to your adventurous safari/ tour to any of the national parks in Uganda.

Activities besides gorilla trekking in Bwindi national park

The most popular activities in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is gorilla trekking, this is the highlight of all activities in Bwindi and many visitors come to Bwindi for gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience. Besides gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience, there area also other activities in Bwindi national park; like hiking, birding activities, Bwindi harbors a number of bird species, this park is suitable spot for bird watchers. Mountain biking, cultural encounters where you will meet the Batwa and the Bakiga local who once lived in the forest before they where evicted to create a national park, you will learn their cultures and different ways of life you can also join in the cultural dances, this a way they celebrate their traditional functions like the tradition marriages and good harvest and many more functions and the fee paid for this activities, helps in the development of the communities around Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.

Accommodation facilities for bwindi uganda gorilla trekking

Since this activities take more time, so there is no need to worry of where to spend the rest of the day from since Bwindi has got several lodges from each of the sectors in Bwindi, all offering quality and reliable services to all the visitors so you will have the best of your safari visit to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Therefore, when choosing accommodation, it depends from which sector of the park you are trekking gorillas from since the gorilla permit issued to you has the lodge option from where you will do the tracking from. So that it’s easy for you to start with the gorilla trekking exercise. The lodges are all conducive with lovely environment and good atmosphere. The lodges range from Budget, mid-range and luxury accommodation option to meet the interest of the clients.

Accommodation facilities in different sectors of Bwindi impenetrable forest.

At Buhoma

 Buhoma community, Buhoma haven lodge, mahogany springs

Rushaga

 Rushaga gorilla haven, chameleon hill lodge, Rushaga gorilla camp, Ichumbi gorilla lodge

Ruhija

Trakker’s Taverns, Ruhija gorilla safari lodge, gorilla mist camp

Nkuringo

 Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge. And many more other lodges.

Hotel Mount Kahuzi

Mount Kahuzi Hotel Bukavu, the lodge is a second star accommodation facility and one of the oldest hotels in Bukavu that travelers use when they visit Kahuzi Biega national park. For a period of time the lodge has been hosting celebrities and popular leaders. The hotel offers uniform and standard services to all travelers that use the accommodation facility on their safari.

How much are gorilla trekking permits in Uganda and Rwanda?

Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda is issued by the Uganda wild life Authority a government organisation set to managed and conserve the natural heritage of Uganda in all the national parks in Uganda. And for Rwanda, its issued by the Rwanda National Board managing Rwanda national parks. The gorilla trekking permit is issued per person taking part in gorilla trekking. The fees paid for the gorilla permit, includes the entry fees in to the park, the ranger guide fees that will take you through the forest and sharing with all the information concerning the gorillas. The fee also includes the one you will spend with the gorillas from the time you set eyes on them but the normal trekking may last for 30 min to half hours of day while in the forest searching for the gorillas depending on their current location from the previous day. After the gorilla trekking experience, travellers are issued a certificate of participation on gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest or Mgahinga national park.

 How much are Uganda gorilla trekking permits?

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of the prime activities in two of the national parks in Uganda that is; Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park bot located in the south western Uganda in the nearest districts of Kisoro and Kihihi. Currently, gorilla permit in Uganda is at $600 per permit and per person trekking the gorillas. For more information on the park entrance and activity fees, you can check on the fees tariff for 2018-2019 form the Uganda wildlife authority.

Uganda gorilla trekking permit increase?

Uganda Wildlife Authority has announced on the increase of the gorilla trekking in Uganda effective July 1, 2020 from $600 to $700 per permit and per person tracking the gorillas. The $100 increase came as a result of improvement on the conservation of the national park and also to improve on the community infrastructure and the projects to benefit the communities living near the gorilla parks which in turn will bring development and later improve on people’s standards of living

How much are Rwanda gorilla trekking permits?

Rwanda has become an upmarket tourist destination for gorilla trekking due to the cost of its gorilla trekking permit. for all categories, Rwanda gorilla trekking permit goes for $1500 per permit and per person trekking. Rwanda doesn’t offer discounted permits; the permit price remains standard throughout the year. The permit allows you to visit the gorillas in their natural habitat and you are given a period of one hour to spend with the gorillas.

How much are Congo gorilla permits?

Congo gorilla permits are much than for Uganda and Rwanda, Rwanda gorillas cost $400 per permit and per person trekking these permits cuts across all the different categories.

Different categories and different cost of the gorilla trekking permit

Prices                                                           Uganda               Rwanda                 DR. Congo

Non- residents                                          $600                    1,500                     $400

Foreign residents                                     $500                   $1,500                   $400

East African Community citizens         250,000 UGX    $1,500                  $400

Congolese citizens                                                                                               $150

How much does it cost for a gorilla safari in any of the three East African countries offering gorilla trekking safaris?

Gorilla safari in Uganda, are complete when you combine your gorilla trekking with a safari before or after their trip. Gorilla permits can be acquired directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority or through any of the trusted tour companies offering gorilla safaris. There you will know the worth of your money spent for the safari.

You can book your gorilla permit by yourself through Uganda wildlife authority for the incase of Rwanda, you can book the permit through Rwanda National Board. Travelling by private or public means is also possible but the other side is there some challenges that may a raise and you end up incurring some costs. For example, incase the vehicle breaks down or for the case of public means, you miss bus. These might be challenging and you end up missing your gorilla trekking. Also remember; permits are non-refundable incase you arrive late or a day after, you will not be allowed to trek the gorillas you will have missed opportunity for that particular date. But in case you are still interested in gorilla trekking, arrangements can be made and you book another permit at fee of $600. Most visitors therefore usually travel on scheduled group or through a tour company that will arrange transport and the tour guide for the safari right from the start to the end of the safari.

The most important thing to always avoid when arranging gorilla trekking by your self is that booking accommodation far away from your gorilla trekking location since Bwindi comprise of four sectors for gorilla trekking, and gorilla trekking starts early by 7:00am in the morning with the briefing at the headquarters  so you will need to have knowledge of where each lodge is located and the distance to the tracking point.

Our tour packages are tailored to meet the interest of the client, we offer bot luxury, mid-range and budget tour packages for the travelers. Cost for the safari depends on the total number of people in the group. the low season is normally good for budget travelers. This is when the best deals are often found.

There is also a fly in options and five-star accommodation best for luxury travelers who are not comfortable in travelling for long distance by road. There are domesticated chattered flights from Entebbe or Kajjansi to kihihi or Kisoro then you transfer to the park. The flight is aprrox. I hour to Bwindi national park.

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.

10 Days of Virunga Safari

10 days of Virunga safari takes you to multiple corners in different forests of Virunga national park. You will spend the nights at different accommodation centers which will all give comfortable stay in the wild of Virunga. You will also have a great experience at Tchegera Island for relaxation after the adventure in the park.

Itinerary for 10 Days Congo Safari

Day 1: Grande Barriere to Virunga national park

You are required to arrive at Grande Barriere at 9:00am to check in at the Virunga tourist office and obtain your activity permits which will be used to access the park. You’ll thereafter be transferred to Mikeno lodge located in Rumangabo near the Pak headquartes, you’ll have lunch and relax. You may get involved in nature walks, a visit to the Congo Hounds or read books to occupy the evening. Dinner and the overnight will be at Mikeno lodge.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking

Wake up early and have breakfast, then set off to Bukima ranger post to start the trek. We are not sure of the time at which you’ll spot the gorillas but it may take from 30 minutes, an hour, 2 hours or 3. Once you spot them, you’ll have an hour to interact with them and thereafter get back to Bukima , have lunch and relax.

Day 3:  second Gorilla trekking

This day also starts with a trek to once again search for Gorillas. It will start at Bukima where you’ll still come back for lunch after the trek. Transfer to Mikeno lodge, relax and later on visit Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage. This is the only orphanage center in the whole world and you’ll have a great experience there. Dinner and the overnight will be had at Mikeno lodge.

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking/habituation experience

You’ll set out to Mahura forest with a team that habituates the Chimps in Virunga national park. The time you’ll spend to learn about the chimps, interact with them and take photos for memories of the experience is wonderful. Return to the lodge for breakfast and take a walk around the neighboring areas. You’ll have lunch and relax throughout the afternoon. Dinner and the overnight at the luxurious Mikeno lodge.

Day 5: Transfer to Lulimbi tented camp

After breakfast at Mikeno lodge, you’ll be transferred to another wonderfully located accommodation center in the savannah plains in the East of Virunga national park.  It is found near the shores of L. Edward and close to Ishasha River. You’ll have lunch in the afternoon and you may relax or have a walk around the surrounding areas later on when the weather is cool. Dinner and overnight will be had at Lulimbi tented camp.

Day 6: Nature walk and game drive

The weather in the morning is very friendly for a walk around the plains in Ishasha. You’ll have breakfast and move out on a walk where you’ll spot various birds, animals like antelopes, elephants, hippos and others. There will be an evening game drive in the plains of Ishasha where we might spot lions, buffaloes, elephants and more.

Day 7: Birding

This is an awesome day for bird lovers. The area has beautiful bird species which will be spotted when you go out for birding in the plains and along the water bodies. Have lunch and relax at the camp as you enjoy the scenery, water flowing in the river and some of the animals that may cross.

Day 8: Transfer to Tchegera Island

After breakfast, you’ll drive to Goma at one of the ports where we shall get on the boat and ride to Tchegera Island. This is where we shall have lunch and then relax. It gives good views of the surrounding areas and of volcanoes across. Dinner and the overnight at Tchegera island camp.

Day 9: Tchegera Island

A beautiful morning at the Island starts with a yummy breakfast and them you may choose to go for Kayaking, snorkeling, birding or a nature walk around the Island. Night comes with views of the red sky above Nyiragongo volcano.  You’ll have a good time of relaxation at this island as you come close to the end of the tour.

Day 10: From Tchegera – Goma – Grande Barriere

  • After breakfast at the camp, you;ll leave for Goma and connect to Grande Barriere to end the tour.
  • The package includes;
  • Transportation from and back to Grande Barriere, and throughout the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Gorilla permits

birdwatching destinations Uganda

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.

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

Visit African Villages while on your Safari in Uganda and Rwanda

Enjoy African Life and Cultural Traditions in African Villages in Uganda or Rwanda

Do you want to Experience the Real African Villages?  An African Village Stay is a Cultural Experience like no other in which you stay in one of the African Villages and learn more about the culture of the community in the African Village as well as participate in the daily activities of the villagers. The villages are in the traditional / African Cultural set up in most cases without running water and or electricity. An African village stay allows you experience the real African life so much different from that in the western world. 

While visiting the African Villages with Adventure in The Wild Safaris, you will enjoy the real experience not the staged experience. You will learn more about the culture, try some of the local foods, understand the way of life of the community you visit, enjoy nature, the weather and also understand the simple communal way of living that the members of the African Villages lead.    

Why chose to Experience the Real African Villages through the African Village Stay.

It should be noted that while visiting Africa, many atimes the tourists do not get to see the real traditional Africans nor get to understand the way of life in the people in Rural Africa. This is because most safaris take you to destinations that have already been developed, you stay in lodges with all the basic necessities, and meet people who have adopted to the western culture. Therefore, the African Village stay allows you visit the uncivilized communities in Africa, Uganda and Rwanda specifically in our case such that you are able to appreciate the real lifestyle of the natives.

Incorporating an African Village stay in Your safari.

Normally as part of the broader safari, we can arrange a night who two where you stay in one of the African Villages and experience the real Africa Village stay. In Uganda and Rwanda, there are several cultures, and we normally offer the authentic village stay experience in one of the following Communities

Boomu Village Stay near Murchison Falls Park in Uganda:

This is part of the Boomu Women’s Self-Help Group and we can take you here to experience the authentic village stay life.  You will be able to stay in  traditional African huts, outside toilet, hot water is brought to you for bathing, and lighting is done with Oil-Lamps.

Meal time is a communal bonding opportunity, and therefore while in this community you will be able to gather in the garden, help in the preparations of the meals then eat with the rest of the community.

Some of the things you will learn include, Making hand crafts, weaving baskets, dye making using flowers, milking cows, visiting a school, and talking to the elders.

Note: There is no electricity of Wifi, and you will therefore be off the grid while here experiencing the authentic African Village experience.

Karimojong Manyatta Village stay near Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda:

If you have Kidepo Valley national Park on your programme, we can arrange for you a night to stay with a Karimojong community. Karamoja is one of the most remote areas in Uganda, and you will therefore experience the real Karimojong Culture. You will stay in an enclosed Karimojong community and stay in a Manyatta house.

Some of the things you will do include Participating in Milking of cows, you can taste raw blood like the Karimojong, you will experience the dances and cultural performances, as well dress like the Karimojong or experience the Karimojong marriage.

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