Friday, July 12, 2019
Banner Top

Uganda

In the heart of Africa lies a country that is untouched and pure. It is a country that hides an unparalleled variety of scenery. From list tropical rain forests, home to the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, to mountain peaks covered in snow. From endless Savannah plains teemed with wild animals, to crater lakes and the challenging rapids of the mighty river Nile. However, Uganda offers a rich cultural heritage with over 40 different tribes, each with their own language and traditions.

Uganda is still undiscovered by many tourists, yet the combination of beautiful scenery, spectacular wildlife, comfortable weather year around and above all friendly people make it one of Africa’s most rewarding safari destination.

Wildlife Tourism Guide works in line with Nature adventure Africa safaris to show you a world of opportunities. We are passionate about Uganda and it is our privilege to introduce you to the Pearl of Africa. Whether you prefer gorilla tracking, explore the country by a complete round trip or combine Uganda with one of the other East African countries. We shall tailor your safari to your individual needs, taking into account your special, wishes and never lose sight of the smallest details.

Nature Adventure Africa Safaris is a specialized in customized safari packages, both individuals and group. Our trips vary from mountain gorilla trekking tours in Uganda and Rwanda, primate walks and wildlife safaris, to birding tours, mountaineering and cultural experiences. Nature Adventure Africa Safaris is more than just a tour company, we are deeply involved in the interests of the local communities and protection of the nature environment. Therefore we support sustainable tourism in every way we can, like including Eco- friendly accommodations in our itineraries, offering community based activities and providing employment for local people.

Uganda is where the East African meets the West African jungle. Thanks to this unique location, it offers an incredible diversity in flora and fauna. Uganda is the only country in Africa where you can observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning and track the chimpanzees the same afternoon. The next day navigate the famous river Nile before setting off into the misty mountains, to stare deep into the eyes of the mountain gorillas.

With 10 national parks and 30 game reserves, Uganda has some unique wilderness areas in Africa. It is not only home to half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, but also a true birders paradise including more than 1000 bird species. The country has so much more to offer;

  • Amazing game viewing of the Savannah parks including large herds of Uganda Kobs, elephant, buffaloes and even lions and leopards.
  • Exciting chimpanzee tracking or habituation of the wild chimpanzees in the dense tropical rain forests.
  • Boat safaris on the river Nile or one of the many lakes in Uganda, a perfect chance to view the wildlife from a different angle.
  • Unforgettable encounters with the endangered mountain gorillas in the impenetrable forest of Bwindi national park and Mgahinga gorilla forest.
  • Super birding opportunities in the Albertine Rift Valley including many endemic species and the rare shoe bill stork.
  • Spectacular hiking at the Rwenzori mountain, known as the Legendary ‘’mountain of the Moon’’ with snow- crapped peaks up to 5,109 meters high.
  • Fascinating meeting with different indigenous tribes and ancient kingdoms of Uganda.
  • Relaxing at one of the island in Lake Victoria with sandy beaches and un-spoilt tranquillity.
  • Adventuring the wild rapids at the source of the Nile, the world’s best place for white water rafting.

Uganda is still free from mass tourism, so this allows you to freely witness the animals in their nature habitat and enjoy an authentic, private wilderness experience.

UGANDA NATIONAL PARKS

The stunning lushness of Uganda’s national parks combined with spectacular landscapes provides the setting for some of the Africa’s most memorable visitor experiences. Mountain gorilla tracking in the Bwindi impenetrable national park offers the best viewing opportunity in the world for these rare primates, and is the highlight of any trip to Uganda. Unforgettable encounters with chimpanzees during walks in the tranquil forests in and around Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth and Kibale national parks are part of the reason why visitor numbers to Uganda’s protected areas are once again on the rise. Kidepo’s breathe taking sceneries with huge buffalo herds and its unique, beautiful and virgin angulated hills offer a wonderful experience while the Rwenzori with their chain canopy of striking glacier offers a mystical challenge littered with majestic sceneries across the entire mountain spectrum.

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Lies at the northern end of the Albertine rift valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm- dotted Savannah. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.

The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison falls, the centre piece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. At Murchison falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the ‘’Devil’s Cauldron’’, creating a trademark rainbow.

This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.

Read More

MT. ELGON NATIONAL PARK

Mount Elgon at4000km has the largest volcanic base in the world and is a massive solitary volcanic mountain on the border of eastern Uganda and western Kenya. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises 3000m above the surrounding plains. Its mountainous regional landscape and cool heights offer respite for humans from the hot plains below and its higher altitudes provide refuge for flora and fauna.

The park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammer geyer. Small antelopes, forest monkeys, elephants and buffaloes also live on the mountainside. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive trans- boundary conservation area which has been declared a UNESCO man and Biosphere Reserve. Read More

KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

A wilderness park; dry, hot and isolated, yet spectacular, magnificent and virgin, waiting to be discovered, traversed by large sand rivers, the park is renowned for its distinctive composition of wild game co- existing with the dry mountain forests, open Savannah and hilltops capped by rock Kopies. Enjoy the isolated wilderness dominated by the 2,750m Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and great Narus rivers.

Perennial rains may make Kidepo an oasis in the semi- desert, but its tract of rugged Savannah is home to 77 mammal species and almost 500 birds. Game viewing exciting all year round and so is bird watching, foot safaris and mountain climbing. And even in the dry season, it is worth the drive just to visit the seasonal Kidepo River and stroll along its 50m wide bed of white sand between banks covered with Borassus palm trees.

The 1442km is located in the Karamoja region of northern Uganda and borders the Sudan in the North West and Kenya in the north east. Read More

KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Kibale national park is the most magnificent of Uganda’s tropical rain forests and one of the most rewarding areas to explore. Established at the end of the 18th century, Kibale boasts of 13 species of primates including the localized red colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys and the endemic Uganda manageable.

Kibale‘s major attraction is the chimpanzees, the delightful apes, most closest to humans than to any other living creature. These can be seen swinging in tree branches as one trek through the forest trails. While you enjoy your tour in this sunny side of nature, you have a life opportunity to sight over 300 bird species. The 180km long migration corridor for wildlife also habits mammals like the elusive forest elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs and half a dozen antelope species; thereby making it one of the most stunning parks in Uganda.

Situated ideally in the heart of the Toro Kingdom in western Uganda, near Fort portal, the park lies close to the tranquil Ndali- Kasenda crater area and is within a half days’ drive of Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori mountains and Semliki national parks. The park became a government forest reserve in the early 1940s. Read More

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Queen Elizabeth national park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling Savannah, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous of craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffaloes and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda Kobs.

As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth national park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga national park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II. Read More

RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

As early as 150 AD, Alexandrine photographer, Ptolemy wrote of a snow capped mountain range deep in the world’s longest river. The Nile he called it “Mountains of the Moon”. Indeed, over the centuries, mountaineers who  later explored Ptolemy’s mountains found the high Rwenzori glaciers and show peaks whose melt waters certainly represent the highest springs of the Nile, the alpine highland of glaciers, snowfields, hot springs and blue cirque lakes make Rwenzori one of Africa’s most beautiful mountain parks. Reaching an elevation of 5,109m, Rwenzori is Africa’s tallest mountain range exceeded in altitude by Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya, carrying Africa’s third, fourth and fifth highest peaks that are visible for miles around. Some of its peaks incomparable, beautiful and mist shrouded carry permanent snow and glaciers, while the lower slopes are covered with dense forest.

The mountain’s slopes above 1,600m are the preserve of hikers who rate the Rwenzori to be the most challenging of all African mountains. A variety of large mammals inhibit the lower slopes but the Rwenzori are notable more for their majestic scenery and varied vegetation. Its five distinct vegetation zones montane forest, bamboo forest, tree health- bog, Hagenia – Rapanea scrub and afro- alpine moorland provide a unique backdrop to one of the most magnificent national parks in the world. Several endangered species and very unusual cloud forest flora like giant heathers, groundsels and lobelias, characterize the ranges as ‘Africa’s botanic big game’. In 1991, Rwenzori Mountains were gazetted as a national park and is both a world heritage and Ramsar site. Read More

SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK

Semliki national park sprawls across the floor of the Semliki valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio- diverse forests; one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago.

The Semliki valley contains numerous features associated with central rather than eastern Africa. Thatched huts are shaded by West African oil palms; the Semliki River (which forms the international boundary) is a miniature version of the Congo River, the forest is home to numerous Central African wildlife species, and the local population includes a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri. As a result, this park provides a taste of central Africa without having to leave Uganda.

While Semliki species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, the park contains evidence of even older processes. Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years. Semliki forest reserve was created in 1932 and upgraded to national park status in 1993. Read More

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

At 3315km it is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas, whose encounter and consequent eye contact is the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter in the whole of Africa. With mist covered hillsides, this impenetrable forest is the oldest and most biologically diverse rain forest, with over 400 species of plants. It lies on the edge of the rift valley in south-western Uganda, and protects at least 120 species of mammals, 346 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, among many endangered species. It is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site popular for mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, the two great African apes listed as endangered animals in the IUCN Red Data Book.

Bwindi national park has gorillas tracking as the major tourist attraction with 4 gorilla tracking trail heads. Also 9 groups of mountain gorilla families have been habituated and only 8 tourists booked per group per day. Forest trails in the Park lead to various attractions including rivers, waterfalls, swamps and high level of wildlife concentration.

Birding is another attraction that provides great opportunities to see various Albertine rift endemics such as the short- tailed warbler. A 6 hour bamboo trail leads to Rwamunyonyi peak, at 2607m, is the highest peak and notable spot for birding. While a 3hr descend to Mubwindi swamp could lead a visitor to endemic and localized African green broad bill.

Other rewarding activities are mountain biking and nature walks to waterfalls and parts of the forest. A short drive north to Buhoma, which sits on the Congo border, offers wonderful hikes along the hill crests and rivers to discover waterfalls, glorious views and the traditional lifestyle and folklore of the kigezi people. Read More

MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK

Mgahinga is park of a larger ecosystem, the Virunga Conservation Area (434sq km) which includes two adjacent parks in Rwanda and Congo. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. It was formed to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey. It is almost striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga conservation area which includes adjacent parks in these countries.

The park offers a soothing aura of majesty with cool temperatures owing to the mountainous nature of the park. Its home to part of the 300 gorillas located in the Virunga massif. It is indeed where gold meets silver where gorillas are house with the same habitat of the golden monkeys. The cultural heritage featuring folklore and traditional healing practices for local people covers the north slopes of the three northern Virunga volcanoes- Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo.

The park derives its name from “Gahinga” a Kinyarwanda word for a pile of volcanic lava stone heaps around which cultivation is carried out. On the other hand, Muhavura means guide and Sabyinyo means the old man’s teeth. It borded to the south by Rwanda and to the west by DRC.

While Sabyinyo is deep gorges and ravines, gahinga has a swamp filled- crater about 180km wide and Muhavura has a small crater lake about 36m wide at its summit. While at the top of the Sabyinyo, you get to be set foot in all the three countries of Uganda, DRC and Rwanda at the same time. Its view of the volcanoes and gorges with the cool breeze of freshness is unrivalled. On some of the steep mountain slopes are caves formed by lava tubes, one of them being the famous Garama cave located near Ntebeko, the park headquarters. Read More

LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

In the middle of an extensive rich acacia woodland lies one of Uganda’s most spectacular and breath-taking game parks in Uganda; lake Mburo national park. Lake Mburo is a gem of a park, conveniently located close to the western high way that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is a very special place with a medley of habitats ranging from dry hillsides, rocky outcrop, and bushy thickets, open and wooded Savannah to forest, lakes and swamps. Its sculptured landscape, rolling hills and idyllic lake shoes, forest galleries, seasonal and permanent swamps and grassy valley all support a wealth of wildlife in a tropical setting.

The park is remarkable different from other parks. It’s the beat park to view the gigantic eland, impala, zebras and acacia associated birds. Common mammal species include warthogs, buffaloes, Oribi, Defassa, water bucks, reed bucks and the eland antelopes. Leopards and hyenas are also present and lions have also returned to the park after years of poaching and near extinction.

The five lakes within the park attract hippos and crocodiles while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the Sitatunga antelope and red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek. The park also has an impressive bird list with 332 species recorded including shoe bill, papyrus, yellow warbler, African fin foot, saddle billed stork, brown chested wattled plover, carrutter’s Cisticola, tabora Cisticola, great snipe, Abyssinian ground horn bill and white winged warbler. Acacia woodland bird species are especially well represented.

Though just 317sqkm in size, Lake Mburo has a varied land scape full of interest and colour, the park is refreshing and full of life given its strategic location near the Kampala- Mbarara highway. Read More