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12 Game Reserves of Uganda

“Africa condensed in one country,” or “The Pearl of Africa” are some of the expressions used to describe Uganda because of nature’s gifts to her. Abundant wildlife is one of these gifts. Uganda’s wildlife population has continued to thrive because of her wildlife reserves. Each reserve is home to all forms of wildlife; from mammals like the African elephant and vast primate species to the smallest of rodents. Their views are picturesque with undulating terrains, diverse vegetation coupled with abundant …

Ndere Cultural Centre – Uganda’s Cultural Melting Pot

Uganda is home to over 56 different tribes belonging to different ethnic groups such as the Bantu, the Nilotics, and the Hamites. Each Ugandan tribe boasts a rich culture unique to its people, and these have been passed over from generation to generation in form of food, song, folklore, dress and dance among others. For centuries, Ugandan culture has thrived and been avidly celebrated. Religion for the most part classified the culture of most Ugandan tribes as evil resulting to …

Gorilla Families in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Of the entire world’s gorilla population, Uganda is home to about 600 mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable national park holds most of this population and has over the years seen the gorillas through the habituation process to ease trekkers’ encounters with the gorillas. There are 19 habituated families to look out for when on a gorilla safari in Bwindi. Here is a sneak peek at some of the families’ history, composition and location. Mubare The habituation of the Mubare family started …

Top 5 things to do at Nyungwe Forest National Park

A biodiversity spectacle; this is the best way to describe 1,015sq kilometers of land filled with over 85 mammal, 310 bird, 1,050 plant, 120 butterfly and 38 reptile species. Nyungwe Forest National Park is the place where this entire fauna and flora thrives and blooms. It takes a drive on roads winding through tea estates and a roadside parade of Rwenzori Colobus monkeys to get to the Southwestern end of Rwanda where the park is located. With all these sights …

5 Facts about Lions

At Queen Elizabeth National Park, they have been branded the Ishasha tree climbing lions, at Murchison Falls National Park, the three-limbed lion will be a must see and in the less-explored plains of Kidepo Valley National; they thrive in abundance undisturbed. In Uganda, these three are the best parks at which to see lions. After Mountain Gorillas, lions are the next most sought after animal by tourists on a Uganda safari. In the recent past, lions were re-introduced in Akagera …

5 Facts about Leopards

A golden spotted body and graceful yet ferocious hunting techniques paint a picture of a leopard. Its character on the other hand, can be summed up as solitary, stealthy, and elusive. Leopards are part of the vast wildlife found in Uganda. The best places to view them include Semiliki National Park and Wildlife Reserve down in the escarpment of the western Rift valley, Kidepo Valley national Park up north, Murchison Falls National Park along the famous River Nile, Queen Elizabeth …

Top Birding Destinations in Rwanda

Rwanda’s Albertine Rift, Afro-Montane forests, Savannah grassland plains, swamps, rivers, wetlands and lakes teem with a whopping 750 bird species. During the December to February period, Rwanda becomes a temporary home for the wintering and Palearctic migrant birds. This bird population in a country this small has rendered Rwanda the country with the highest concentration of birds per square kilometer in Africa. The even better news is that a birding safari in Rwanda can be done all year round anytime. …

Increase in Price of Ugandan Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking permits

Uganda wildlife Authority is mandated by the laws of Uganda to champion conservation of the national parks and some game reserves. Every 2 or so years, UWA revises their conservation rates either increasing, reducing or introducing new products and services. With the new financial year just a few months away the Uganda Wildlife Authority has revised their tariff to introduce new rates for the products that they offer in Uganda. Most of the people involved in this business have been …

Top 10 Things to Do in Rwanda

Rwanda is an East African country nestled between Uganda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. The country’s hilly terrain earned it the description of the “Land of a Thousand Hills”. There is more to Rwanda than its dark history of the 1994 genocide. A safari to Rwanda unpacks the warm culture, green city and all the gifts that nature has crammed up on the 10,169 square miles that Rwanda sits on. Here are the top 10 things to …

International Accolades to Uganda

Lonely Planet naming Uganda as best country to visit in 2012 National Geographic placing Uganda as one of the Best Trips 2013 National Geographic lists the Rwenzoris among the world’s best hikes – 15 classic trails The travel word in January 2012, this image was selected as a judges’ favorite in the travel word’s photo of the year 2011 CNN Travel; Africa’s 10 best national parks voted Kidepo Valley National park – 3rd best park in Africa. Virunga volcanoes in …