Safari Tours and Holidays in East Africa

East Africa Safaris – The word safari is mainly used to refer to long travels by tourists touring around East and southern Africa. It is a Swahili word that originates from an Arabic verb “safar” which means “to make a journey”. The word has theories related to adventure in the jungles of Africa and also associated with the large scale trading operations, slave trade and colonial times colonial times among others. Later on, the word safari became widely used in East Africa (starting with Kenya and to other countries Tanzania and Uganda) even after the periods of events that led to birth of the word such as trading in the earlier days.

East Africa comprises of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. The word safari grew very fast in East Africa before it spread to other regions because East Africa has the most fascinating destinations in Africa which attract thousands of tourists. Still not sure about where to go for your vacation? East Africa has all you need to see and experience on an African safari and a safari to East Africa will be the best choice made.

East African countries Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda thought excellent to introduce the East African visa. The East African Visa is a single tourist visa which allows travelers to access all the three countries (Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda) without need to process other multiple visas when transferring from one destination to another. It saves time and makes East African safaris more convenient.

East Africa is made up different large landscapes, with unique kinds of beauty, special attractions and very friendly people that you will meet throughout your East African safari. the safari destinations in East Africa include;

Uganda

Uganda safaris take you to the most adventurous and interesting destinations in Uganda that cannot be compared to any other destinations in Africa. It has numerous destinations including the ten national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable national park, Kibale national park, Queen Elizabeth national park and Murchison falls national park among others. Other places to visit are the Ssese islands, Jinja at the source of the world’s longest river, the Nile, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and Kasubi tombs among others. Uganda is the Pearl of Africa and there are so many exciting things you can do on your safari to Uganda. some of them are gorilla trekking, Chimp trekking, boat cruises, Hot air balloon safaris, hiking to the mighty Murchison falls, cultural experiences such as Batwa and Karimajong cultural experiences, bird watching, white water rafting and relaxing and chilling at beaches. Mountain climbing tours are very exciting on Mount Rwenzori, Mount Elgon and the Virunga ranges in the southwestern part of Uganda.

Kenya

Kenya safaris have are talked about everywhere in the world because the country offers much more than you can expect. It has wondrous populations of wildlife in its national parks such as Masai Mara game reserve and Lake Nakuru national park where you can spot lots of lions, wildebeests and other mammals during game drives. Other national parks in Kenya include Amboseli national park, Tsavo East national park and Samburu national park among others. Kenya has some of the world’s most beautiful coastal lines with romantic beaches and these are the best for your honeymoon and relaxation. Remember not to miss out on the cultural experience with the Maasai people of Kenya.

Tanzania

Tanzania safaris have been made popular mostly because of the Great Wildebeest Migration. The migration takes place in a circular manner through different national parks and tourists have an opportunity to experience unique things at each stage of the migration. Popular wildlife areas to visit in Tanzania include Serengeti national park, Ngorongoro Conservation reserve, Tarangire national park, Ruaha game reserve and Lake Manyara national park. Besides wildebeests, other wildlife there are the lions which can easily be seen in large prides, leopards, zebras, elephants and antelopes. A safari to Tanzania comes with a great chance to climb Africa’s highest mountain which is also the highest free standing mountain. It offers spectacular views of distant areas.

Rwanda

Rwanda safaris are currently booming being sought by many people across the world. Rwanda sells herself as a luxury gorilla trekking destination with its gorilla permit at USD 1,500. Rwanda is the smallest country in East Africa but it is filled with lots of interesting things which make it good enough to compete with other African destinations. The entire country has a unique terrain from other east African countries, it has numerous hill and is referred to as “a land of a thousand hills”. Rwanda’s wildlife destinations are Volcanoes Nationl Park, Akagera national park and Nyungwe forest Nationl Park. It has a range of museums, genocide memorial sites, interesting culture and art galleries, craft shops and markets which will keep you occupied throughout your Rwanda safari.

Best time to go for a safari to East Africa

December to March

From December to March, East Africa experiences warm temperatures and receives short rains. This is a dry season when many animals congregate around water bodies and can be seen in large numbers. It is also the best time to hike because land is not muddy and slippery. If you want to have a smooth hike through the forests in Uganda and Rwanda where gorillas live when trekking, then you can as well plan for your safari during this period. This period is perfect for staying at the beaches of Zanzibar.

June to November

This is also a dry season where most of the days are warm and there is little rainfall when it rains. It is a peak season around East Africa in that travelers are all over and if you plan to travel during this period, then you need to book early for you safari because accommodations are fully booked.

This is the best time to see the Wildebeests in Kenya and Tanzania, trek gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda and enjoy wildlife around the parks and game reserves.

April to May

This is a rainy season which is also called the low season. It is the best time to go for bird watching in East Africa. Most animals give birth during this period and you will get interested at how the mammals do the calving. You can as well watch the great wildebeest migration. Many other activities such as gorilla trekking can be done if you want to experience a slightly challenging hike when trekking for gorillas.

Low season is the best to travel to east Africa if you want enjoy discounted prices of accommodations.

Gorilla families in Rwanda

Gorilla Groups in Rwanda / Gorilla Families in Rwanda – Rwanda is one of the only three destinations where you can see the endangered mountain gorillas in the world. The other two destinations are Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are the largest species of primates and are fascinating to watch. Mountain gorillas are live in mountainous areas and cannot survive in captivity, but rather only in their natural habitat.

Mountain gorillas are one of the attractions that no one needs to miss on their African safari. Trekking them is very interesting and one of the adventurous activities that travelers enjoy most.  In Rwanda, mountain gorillas are found in Volcanoes national park in the northwest of Rwanda, at its border with Uganda and the DRC. They live in groups also known as families and these groups can undergo habituation to make them familiar to people. There has been 10 habituated gorilla groups in Rwanda but one of them shifted to Uganda, leaving her with 9 habituated gorilla groups. They include;

Susa group (Susa A)

Susa group has so far been the biggest mountain gorilla family in volcanoes national park. it comprised of 42 members before sit split and remained with 33 members. The group has two silverbacks. Susa A is the first group that Dain Fossey first studied when she was doing her studies on these primates in Volcanoes national aprk. This gorilla group lives on the slopes of Mount Karisimbi and is one of the most difficult groups to track. However, onec you find it, you will be impressed by its features. Susa group is lucky to have twins.

Sabinyo gorilla family

Sabinyo gorilla family got its name from Mount Sabinyo, one of the eight Virunga volcanoes in the region. It has 12 members and 2 silverbacks and inhabits the slopes of Mount Sabinyo and Mount Gahinga. It often roams around Mount Sabinyo and is one of the groups that are quite easy to trek.

Amahoro gorilla family

This gorilla family got its name as a result of its calmness and gentelness which indicates that it is a peaceful group. Amahoro means “peace” and it was named so to reflect its peaceful character. The group has 18 members and 2 silverbacks. It has lost a number of members because of its gentle character. Amahoro gorilla family lives around the slopes of Mount Bisoke. The mountain has a challenging terrain which makes the group quite hard to trek.

Agashya gorilla family

This group started with 13 members and was named group 13 but the name later on changed to “Agashya” which means “News”. It was headed by a silverback called Nyakarima which was later overthrown by silverback Agashya after whom the group was named. Currently, the group has grown to about 27 members. Agashya gorilla family lives on the slopes of Mount Sabinyo.

Umubano gorilla family

Umubano group broke off from Amahoro gorilla family. Two silverbacks Charles and Ubumwe in Amahoro group often had fights until Charles decided to break off with some members to start a new group which is known as “Umubano”. The group has 13 members comprising of 2 silverbacks.

Kwitonda gorilla family

Kwitonda gorilla family is one of the largest groups in the park with 23 members including the 4 silverbacks. The group was named after a dominant silverback called Kwitonda who was well known for his humbleness. Kwitonda gorilla group in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Virunga national park before it migrated to Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. It lives around the slopes of Mount Muhabura.

Karisimbi gorilla family

This group broke off from Susa A gorilla family and for this reason it is sometimes called Susa B. it is made up of 16 members with one silverback. The group was named after Mount Karisimbi because that’s where they live. It is however the most difficult group to trek because it roams around the upper slopes of the mountain. It is said that the dominant silverback of the group chose to take the group that far in order to avoid trouble. Karisimbi gorilla family is the best option for trekkers who want to experience a hike that requires much energy.

Ugenda gorilla family

Ugenda means “mobile” and the group was named so because of its mobility. It is very nomadic, moving from one place to another more than other groups do. It has 11 members including 2 silverbacks. Ugenda group roams around the slopes of Mount Bisoke. It is one of the groups to opt for if you do not want to trek on a terrain that will require a lot of fitness.

Bwenge gorilla family

This group is made up of 11 members with one silverback. It inhabits the slopes of Mount Bisoke and this is also one of the groups recommended for people who want to trek on a relatively easy terrain. Bwenge means “wisdom”. Bwenge gorilla group started in 2007 by a silverback called Bwenge after leaving his former group with othwer females. Bwenge gorilla group has a bad memory of the death of its 6 infants.

Titus gorilla family

Titus gorilla family roams around the slopes of Karisimbi and Bisoke Mountains. It was named after a gorilla called Titus that was born during Dian Fossey’s times in Volcanoes national park as she was carrying out studies and research about Gorillas at Karisoke research centre. During Titus’ tender age, his family was murdered by poachers and he was the only survivor. Life was very difficult for him in the forest but he overcame.

Hirwa gorilla family

The name Hirwa was is a Kinyarwanda meaning “lucky one”. It is one of the lucky one because it is one of the few groups that have had twins in the family. The group was started by members from Sabinyo family and group 13 and was later joined by other members from other groups to make a family of 16 members. It is well known for roaming around Mount Sabinyo and Gahinga until recently when it settled in Mgahinga national park in Uganda. It is one of the most exciting groups to trek in the Virunga region. currently, if you want to trek it, contact us so that we can secure your gorilla permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Rwanda is a luxury gorilla trekking destination with its gorilla permit costing $1,500. Share your interests with us so that we shall book for your permit for trek in the appropriate area in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda.

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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Karisoke research centre is situated in Volcanoes national park in northwest of Rwanda. The research center is located in between Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke from which its name “Karisoke” was derived, a combination of the two names.

Karisoke research centre is one of the major attractions in Volcanoes national park because it is one of the living memories of Dian Fossey, an American primatologist and conservationist known fro undertaking studies and research about mountain gorillas and advocating for their protection. Karisoke Research centre was established on 24th September 1967 by Dain Fossey. It was started with two small tents which were headquarters for anti-poaching patrols. Today, it has grown into a world-class scientific and conservation institution where long-term studies about gorillas are conducted. It also educates about gorillas and plays part in the protection of the primates.

Karisoke research centre conducts patrols around Volcanoes national park to curb poaching and other illegal activities that threaten the life of mountain gorillas and interfere with their behavior. This has helped in protection of the gorillas and has largely contributed the increase in the population of the gorillas in the region.

People from communities near the Virunga region illegally access the parks and set traps targeting other mammals there but sometimes it’s the gorillas that fall into these traps. They also carry out other activities such as cutting down trees, encroaching on the land, entering the park to collect firewood and others which put the lives of the gorillas at risk.

In collaboration with the Dian Fossey fund international, Karisoke research centre combine effort with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, take on joint and independent patrols to protect the gorillas in the Virunga conservation area. Karisoke research centre collects relevant data around the area to help in conservation of the gorillas. Data collected includes health, demographic and behavioral data.

A visit to Karisoke research centre is one of the best things you can do at Volcanoes national park. There is a museum with exhibits which have much more information regarding conservation, biology and videos about the customs of mountain gorillas.

Dian Fossey is said to have lived in the tents that the research centre started off with for a period of about one year and a half before a cabin was built for her by her European friends. After a period of ten years, eight more cabins tents were set up. Dian Fossey later on invited Dr. Leaky to send her students for assistance in 1969. This laid a platform for this place to be a ground for students all over the world to experience the field and opportunism for research.

During the time of the 1994 Rwanda genocide and other civil wars, a lot of things from the research centre were abandoned while others were destroyed and others stolen. It was later on reconstructed and destroyed again and finally relocated to Ruhengeri.

Dian Fossey had got involved in conservation of mountain gorillas because she was worried that they would be extinct by the 20th century. She was murdered in 1985 by unknown people who dropped her body near her cabin. Her conservation effort provoked conservation organizations to get involved in protection and conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas after her death and the work is still going on till date.

Today, Karisoke research centre uses modern technology in conducting a number of activities. it also partners with conservation organizations and local authorities to strengthen conservation work of the endangered mountain gorillas. it established started using GPS to monitor the movement of gorilla groups whereas the mapping of gorilla habitat in the park was undertaken using hyper spectral remote sensing imagery.

Karisoke research centre habituated golden monkeys in the park and works with university of Rwanda and provides filed research opportunities for research purposes.

Getting to Karisoke Research centre

Karisoke research centre is located in Volcanoes national park. It takes 2 hours to reach the research centre by road from Kigali international airport.

EXPLORE THE UNIQUE FASCINATING BIRDS OF UGANDA.

I present to you birding as one of the top safari activities one shouldn’t miss out on your Uganda safari. Uganda is one of the popular heavens of birders worldwide with over half of Africa’s’ bird species having birds that are complicated to find in the parts (countries) of Africa.

Uganda’s rain forests are the perfect crib of over 1000 recorded bird species and these birds can be seen at mabamba island, lake mburo national park, Murchison falls national park, semuliki national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park, queen Elizabeth national park, sese island to mention but a few.

The birdlife checklist of Uganda includes the following;

  • Abyssinian ground hornbill
  • African darter
  • African emerald cuckoo
  • African fish eagle
  • African green pigeon
  • African grey parrot
  • African jacana
  • African paradise flycatcher
  • African skimmer
  • African spoonbill
  • Black and white casqued hornbill
  • Black headed gonolek
  • Black winged red bishop
  • Broad billed roller
  • Cattle egret
  • Common moorhen
  • Common ostrich
  • Crowned lapwing
  • Eastern grey plantain eater
  • Egyptian goose
  • Giant kingfisher
  • Goliath heron
  • Great blue turaco
  • Great white pelican
  • Grey crowned crane
  • Hamerkop
  • Helmeted guineafowl
  • Hoopoe
  • Lappet faced vulture
  • Lesser flamingoes
  • Lilac breasted roller
  • Long crested eagle
  • Malachite kingfisher
  • Marabou stork
  • Northern carmire bee-eater
  • Palmnut vulture
  • Pied kingfisher
  • Pink backed pelican
  • Red billed oxpecker
  • Red cheeked cordon bleu
  • Red throated bee-eater
  • Ross’s turaco
  • Saddle billed stork
  • Scarlet chested sunbird
  • Secretary bird
  • Shoebill stork
  • Silvery cheeked hornbill
  • Speckled mousebird
  • Spur winged lapwing
  • Water thick knee
  • Woodland kingfisher

Uganda has also got a number of Albertine rift endemic species and these are as follows;

  • Fox’s Weaver
  • Blue-headed Sunbird
  • Short-tailed Warbler
  • Ruwenzori Nightjar
  • Rwenzori Turaco
  • Red-throated Alethe
  • African Green Broadbill
  • Red-faced Woodland Warbler
  • Handsome Francolin
  • Collared Apalis
  • Mountain Masked Apalis
  • Archer’s Robin-Chat
  • Dwarf Honeyguide
  • Grauer’s Warbler
  • Dusky Crimson wing
  • Rwenzori Batis
  • Purple-breasted Sunbird
  • Regal Sunbird
  • Shelley’s Crimson-wing
  • Stripe-breasted Tit
  • Grauer’s Rush Warbler
  • Kivu Ground Thrush
  • Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher
  • Strange Weaver
  • Chapin’s Flycatcher

The top 10 bird species to enjoy on your birding safari in Uganda.

Shoebill (balaeniceps rex)

This is also known as the whale headed stork having the adults colored grey and the young ones appear browner. It’s a large bird which classified with the herons and the pelicans under pelecaniformes. Shoebills are aquatic preys and this makes them easily found in wetlands and swamp areas. the shoebill is large with sharp beak making it have a few potential predators a part from the crocodiles and the humans.

The standard winged nightjar (carprimulgus longipennis)

this is a nocturnal bird specie among the nightjar family and its mostly found in the dry savannahs with scrubs. The bird is variegated grey with a browner collar. The standard winged nightjar feeds on insects in flight and its mostly seen with the flying foxes.

The short-tailed warbler (urosphena neumanni)

The bird is mostly known as the neumann’s warbler and its found in tropical rain forests. This is a short tailed small bird with grey brown, dull greenish and white colored.

The Shelley’s crimson wing (cryptospiza shelleyi)

This bird is found at lower levels and its brightly colored and its about 13 centimeters long. The shelley’s crimson wing can be spotted near water, moist forests and in bamboo thickets.

The great blue turaco (corythaeola cristata)

This is the largest bird under the turaco species with a predominantly grey – blue plumage and an upright blue-black crest. This bird is mostly found in the African tropical rain forests.

The African green broadbill (pseudocalyptomena graueri)

This bird is also known as the grauer’s broadbill commemorating the German zoologist Rudolf grauer. The African green broadbill feeds on the fruits, flowers, seeds, flower buds and some a few invertebrates. Its mostly found in the moist rain forests though its endemic to the Albertine rift mountains.

The Doherty’s bush shrike (telophorus dohertyi)

This a skulking but colorful bird mostly found in the forest habitats. It’s mostly heard with its loud whistling territorial call than its seen as it moves quietly in the thick undergrowth as it feeds on arthropods mostly the grasshoppers and the beetles.

The green breasted pitta (pitta reichenowi)

Its found in the deep tropical forests and its one of the two pitta bird species found in Africa.

The black breasted barbet (lybius rolleti)

These feed on insects, fruits, and the tiny reptiles. This is a bird species from the lybiidae family having its female laying 2 – 4 eggs and they are incubated for aperiod of 13 – 15 days by both the female and the male.

The bar tailed trogon (apaloderma vittatum)

This birds primarily feeds on insects and fruits. This bird falls under the trogonidae family and it lives in forests.

The top hotspots of birding in Uganda

Bwindi impenetrable national park

With its bamboo areas, water falls at buhoma trail and the mubwindi swamp trail in ruhija hosting over 347 bird species including 76 of the 144 guinea congo forest biome species, 24 of the 25 albertine rift valley species, 4 of the 12 Lake Victoria biome species plus 68 of the 86-afro tropical highland biome bird species found in Uganda.

Murchison falls national park

This park has got the shoebill as the main bird attraction and a number of savannah forest birds, water birds and the Albertine rift valley bird species. Murchison falls national park is a sweet home of over 451 bird species.

Semuliki national park

The park is located western region of Uganda and it has got ntandi, sempaya and river kirumia areas as the best birding sections. Semuliki national park has got about 9 hornbill species among its present 400 bird species.

Kibale national park

Kibale national park is found in the southwestern part of Uganda with over 350 bird species in its areas of magombe swamp and bigodi wetlands.

Lake mburo national park

The park has got 300 and more bird species and they easily seen in the areas of rwoyo camp, salt lick area at miriti, in the forests of warukiri and rubanga plus the landing stage waysides.

The other birders destinations include queen Elizabeth national park with over 500 bird species,  mgahinga gorilla national park with over 180 bird species, Rwenzori mountains national park with almost 217 bird species, nile river birding in jinja  were you expect over 60 bird species,  echuya forest reserve  with its 150 and more bird species, the royal mile at budongo forest  holding over 250 bird species, zziwa rhino sanctuary  having the shoebill and many more bird species, mabamba island to mention but a few.

 

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.

Things to Do in Queen Elizabeth National Park

There are several things to do in queen Elizabeth National Park, here are some of the top activities to do in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

12 Days Family Kenya Safari and Beach Holiday

The 12 Days Family Kenya Safari and Beach Holiday offers you an opportunity to explore three great safari destinations that will give you unforgettable family life time holiday experiences. The tour will take you to the highs of Mount Kenya, you will explore Lake Nakuru as well experience impressive densities of wildlife in Maasai Mara. You will take a break from your safari by visiting the beautiful scenic Diani beaches that has a bountiful of watersports activities that favor family travelers.

One our 12 days family holiday safari you experience something special which will offer you a life time memories with your family. You will get an insight to explore the golden endless plains of the Mara landscape that is rich in abundant wildlife which will be spotted in high densities such as impressive numbers of lions, leopards, and herds of zebras, herds of elephants, African buffaloes, antelopes, Thomas gazelles, warthogs, and Rothschild giraffes among others. You will get an insight to encounter with Maasai warriors taking care of their herds of cattle as they graze. You will explore the forested areas that harbor a diverse range of birds and unique endangered and rare wildlife.

The safari itinerary allows you to take a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Langatta Giraffes Centre situated in Nairobi where you will have an insight to admire the endangered and rare Rothschild’s giraffes. The tour will take you to visit the rhino sanctuary in the Ol Pejeta conservancy, will have a chance to explore the rift valley lakes such as lake Nakuru and Naivasha where you will encounter with thousands of beautiful pink flamingos. The tour will offer you an opportunity to follow the footsteps of joy Adamson’s who raised lion Elsa a born free from fame.

You will get a chance to visit the Mara River where you will experience the wildebeest migration event that takes place every year in the dry season where millions of wildebeest from Serengeti national park struggle to cross the Mara River looking for water and fresh pastures. You will be guided to the Maasai community villages to experience the Maasai traditional culture that will be expressed in their cultural dance performances. You will take a break at the Diani coast beaches and have enough time to relax and enjoy bountiful leisure activities at the white sandy beaches of Mombasa.

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi

Upon Arrival at Nairobi international airport, you will be welcomed by our company driver guide who will transfer you to your hotel of residence in Nairobi.  If you arrive in time, you will have an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and explore a local market, explore the old ancient Archectural buildings. In the evening hours you will take an epic safari with your safari guide who will take to you the national museum where you will learn about the history of the Leakey Family in East Africa. You learn more about the authentic Kenya tribes plus the interesting traditional dances.

Day 2: Transfer to mountain Kenya/ sweet waters wildlife reserve.

After an early morning breakfast you will set off for a game drive experience in the Sweetwater’s reserve where you will have a stopover the rhino sanctuary that is situated in Ol Pejeta conservancy which rich in impressive numbers of the black rhinos.

You will enjoy a picnic lunch and proceed to visit the chimpanzee sanctuary where you will learn about the amazing creatures. You will return to lodge and meet the Maasai warriors who will expose to the nomadic lifestyle and customs thus giving you an opportunity to learn more about cultures be entertained by the their extremely interesting traditional dances.

Day 4: Transfer to Lake Nakuru

After your morning breakfast, you will set off Lake Nakuru, on your way. You will have a stopover at various Great Rift Valley points. You proceed with the journey and upon arrival, you will have lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a game drive experience with in Lake Nakuru national park.  While on a game drive, you will have a chance to explore Lake Nakuru that is home to about 460 bird species including thousands of pink flamingos.

Your booked lodge is well stocked with a variety of children special activities such as the table tennis, movies, archery, and darts among others which will offer you a memorable family tour experience. Children can alternatively enjoy activities such as swimming, bird watching experiences with in the premises of the lodge, guided walking safari among others. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Transfer Lake Naivasha

After your morning breakfast, you will be set off your journey to Lake Naivasha. Upon arrival you will follow Joy Adamson’s Famous Elsamere farm a British naturalist and author of a “born free” fame movie. The farm house was conserved to focus on the lake ecology and also create an environmental awareness. After exploring the museum and Elsamere farm, you will return to lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6: Exploring Lake Naivasha

After your morning breakfast, you will head out for a boat cruise experience on the shimmering surface of Lake Naivasha as you search for the hippos plus other wildlife on the shores of the lake. You will have lunch and in the afternoon you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the swampy savannah landscape of the lake where you have an opportunity to enjoy bird watching experience. You will later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: Maasai Mara National Reserve

After an early breakfast, you will set off your journey to the might Mara reserve. Upon arrival ,you will check in and have lunch and in the afternoon, you will go for a short game drive to explore the Mara plains where you will get a chance to spot some wildlife such as grazing herds of Zebras, Rothschild giraffes, gazelles, herds  of elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs among others.  You will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8: Exploring Maasai Mara National park.

After your early breakfast, you will drive out for a full day a game drive experience in the Mara landscape where you will have an opportunity to encounter with abundant wildlife such as the herds of zebras, impressive numbers of lions, herds of elephants, the Rothschild giraffes, warthogs, leopards, cheetahs, antelopes, hippos among others. You will have a picnic lunch and proceed with a game drive to the Mara River where you will get an opportunity to experience the wildebeest migration event. You drive back to the lodge while trucking the large predators in the park such as   lions, leopards, cheetahs among others. Enjoy you dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 9: Transfer to Mombasa.

After your early morning breakfast, you will set off your journey to Nairobi where you go through the community farmland of coffee plantations plus the bustling villages. You be transferred to Wilson airport where you will board a region flight to Mombasa Diani beaches. Upon arrival, you be welcomed the beach lodge staff check in and enjoy a delicious sea food cuisine for lunch. You will encounter a conflation of diverse cultures such as the Arabs, Portuguese, British and Swahili among others. Spend enough time relaxing at the beach with your family. And alternatively, there is a wide range of water sports activity that you can enjoy in the evening hours such as volley ball, tennis, golfing, scuba diving, snorkeling among others.

Day 10: Exploring Mombasa

After breakfast, you will take a visit to Mombasa old town where you will have a chance to visit fort Jesus, admire the Archectural ancient buildings which was influence by the conflation of diverse cultures such as the Arabs, the British, the Portuguese and Islamic.  You return to lodge to have lunch. You can choose to spend your evening while relaxing, enjoying a life band music entertainment or have a romantic atmosphere of leisure in the Mombasa Old Harbor as you enjoy a perfect combination of a wide selection of sea food items.

Day 11: double experience of Mombasa

After your morning breakfast, you will have enough time relaxing at scenic beautiful beaches while soaking up the sun in the Indian Ocean. You can enjoy bountiful water sports adventure activities such as canoeing, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing with in the multi-colored coral reefs. Alter after lunch you can enjoy other activities such as guided nature walk in Bamburi community and Ngomongo where you will get an insight to learn more about their cultures. You will return to the beach lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 12 return to Nairobi

On your final day of your safari you will have breakfast and board your scheduled flight back to Nairobi where you will be transferred to the airport so that you can catch up with your scheduled flight back home or another arrangement of an African safari.