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10 Best Places To Visit In Uganda

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A trip to Uganda should take you to the best places to be visited and less exploited with striking beauty and authenticity; these would include national parks, Waterfalls, breathtaking forests and islands.

Described as the the pearl of Africa, Uganda has some of the most unforgettable destinations and safari activities to do like chimpanzee tours, Mountain gorilla safaris, bird watching, mountain climbing, water rafting and cultural trips.

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
    bwindi forest national parkBwindi Impenetrable National Park is found in southwestern Uganda at the edge of the Albertine rift valley and is neighbored by Democratic Republic of Congo on the western side and Rwanda in the south. This park is listed as UNESCO world heritage site because of its natural and ecological importance, and its dense forest is a popular habitat for the rare mountain gorillas and other special primate species including baboons, chimpanzees, monkeys and abundant bird life.
  2. Queen Elizabeth national park
    queen elizabeth national-parkQueen Elizabeth National Park, “a medley of wonders” is perched in mid-western Uganda and shared between districts of Kasese, Rubirizi, Kamwenge and Rukungiri. This park measures approximately 1,978 square kilometers in terms of size and it is famously known to be home for over 95 mammal and 612 bird species.Queen Elizabeth national park is remarkably Uganda’s most famous and biologically diverse national park, as it harbors striking beautiful crater lakes, extensive savannah, rolling hills and the panoramic display of Kazinga channel with stunning views of resident hippos, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and abundant bird species assembled on its banks.
  3. Murchison Falls National Park
    Murchison Falls National Park is where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos and crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, riverine forest and woodland.The park is a gem and wildlife hub for lions, leopards, elephants, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs and the gentle Rothschild giraffes.
  4. The Sipi falls
    sipi falls in ugandaSipi falls is found in the Eastern part of Uganda, approximately 5 hours’ drive from the capital, Kampala driving through to Kapchorwa. These falls are located on the foothills of Mountain Elgon just at the edge of Mount Elgon National park adjacent to the Uganda – Kenya border.Other than the striking views of the falls, Sipi is an adventure hot spot for travelers and while here visitors have the opportunity to engage in abseiling, rock climbing, cultural encounters with the Sabiny and Gishu communities, coffee plantation tours, bird watching and mountain birding through the lower slopes of Mt. Elgon.
  5. Ssese islands
    The Ssese Island came into existence about 12,000 years ago when a tectonic shift caused an elevated basin situated between two main arms of the Great Rift Valley to flood hence forming Lake Victoria as it is known today. Located in the north west of Lake Victoria, Ssese Islands form one of Uganda’s prime destinations for casual rambling and off-the-beaten-track exploration, as well as for game fishing in particular Nile perch, and a holiday destination for unwinding like nowhere else in Uganda.
  6. Ndere cultural Centre
    Ndere Centre is found in Kisasi, a small surbub of Kampala. It is a cultural site where you are able to have a great experience with a mixture for all the cultures of Uganda is one destination. The centre provides cooking lessons for local cuisines, traditional Ugandan dances and meals and amazing cultural performances. It’s a perfect place for an evening hung out after a very busy day in the bustling town of Kampala.
  7. Jinja city
    white water rafting jinjaConsidered to be the “adventure capital of East Africa”, Jinja has nothing less than super adventure. All ranging from water activities, hiking, biking / cycling, nature walks, community walks, among others, Jinja comes out as a one stop center for all your adventure options.Travel to Jinja and explore the point where the mighty Nile (world’s longest river) starts its maiden journey traversing 6 African countries before pouring its waters into the Mediterranean Sea in the horn of Africa. Some of the most sought after activities here include white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaing, cultural encounters and visiting the source of River Nile.
  8. Bahai temple
    Bahai temple in kampalaThe Bahai temple is nestled on Kikaya Hill another local suburb of Kampala; visible from most parts of Kampala, this is the only Bahai temple on the African continent. Enjoy the sight of the magnificent building and learn about the Bahai faith in Uganda. Apart from the religious aspect of the temple, it lies on a vast piece of land with beautiful gardens, enjoy sounds of resident bird species that are melodic throughout the day, and a cool breeze that sweeps through the trees to produce an awesome environment for relaxation.
  9. Mgahinga gorilla national park
    gorilla trekking in mgahingaSharing borders with neighboring Rwanda and Congo, Mgahinga is the country’s smallest national park and also one of the expensive destinations to visit. The park protects the Ugandan part of the ‘Virunga massif; a chain of 8 active and extinct Volcanic mountains that straddle the border. Mgahinga national park is a cozy destination that prides to shelter one of Uganda’s rarest and most after wildlife experiences including mountain gorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking and the Batwa trail encounters.
  10. Ziwa Rhino and wildlife sanctuary
    ziwa rhino trackingThe Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary protects Uganda’s only wild rhinos and is found in the north of Kampala near the famous Murchison Falls. In total, the sanctuary now is home to 18 rhinos but is also a fantastic place to see other wildlife including birds and engaging in variety of activities such as canoeing, nature walks and bird watching.

7 African Safari Tips You Will not Find in Guidebooks

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There are important things on an African safari that are not included in the guidebooks, that you actually be worried about yet most tourists usually worry about how to capture perfect pictures of the wildlife or where to but beautiful and authentic souvenirs. Surprisingly a lot of information is provided in guidebooks but never will you find information pertaining good advises or tips on how to deal with aching feet or wrong colors of clothes and not the wrong fabric as well as how to handle dusty lenses.

The strangest but true advise is that the best tips or advises for Uganda safaris usually come from tourists who have learnt the hard way thus the following are the main African safari tips you will not come across in the guidebooks yet are very important;

Pack a shower cap

Where in a website or guidebooks will you see an advice on packing a shower cap? Not only should you bring a shower cap for your head but also to ensure additional camera protection, and this should be put in the camera bad along with a spare T-shirt. Therefore, the shower cap is ideal for protecting your camera in the rain and the T-shirt will help keep the dust off your camera when you are also driving.

Bring the right shoes

Sometimes no one will tell you to carry hard rubber shoes and yet they are very important for bush trekking thus you are advised to wear the shoes for about one month or more before undertaking the safari so as to be sure they are very comfortable.

Rethink your wardrobe

Dark colors (especially brown and green) are preferred to the bright ones because the former can help you remain unnoticed thus offer wonderful chances of sighting the wild animals and their natural behavior. White is also not a good color to wear in the wilderness because they stand out the most to animals.

Carry floss

Whichever country or destination you are traveling to in Africa, don’t forget to travel without a dental floss to use for your teeth as well as strong thread and needle for stitching on buttons, mending shoes and repairing your daypack.

Treat blisters the right way

Nowhere in the guidebooks will you find something written on how to treat blisters but with this information, you will know the right way to treat blisters, which are considered silent destroyers of your walking trip. Therefore when you get them, don’t prick or pop them because that causes the top layer of the skin to rub off thus leaving extremely sensitive new skin exposed thus causing you a lot of pain. You can therefore prick a needle through one side of the blister and out the other thus this makes the thread to remain in the blister, then cut the thread so that there is a thread whisker on either side of the blister.

Travel solo for the sake of good photography

Much as most tourists don’t see it as an advantage, traveling solo is perfect for tourists who desire to take nice pictures during the safari. No one would wish to take pictures when being hurried along by people who don’t appreciate what you actually wish to achieve with your camera. However when you travel solo, you will be able to meet or travel with the same kinds of people who share the same passion as you.

Don’t carry your black camera bag

Remember that color is important when packing some things for a safari thus choose a light but not black color for a camera bag because this heats up your equipment.

Other vital information you won’t find in the guidebooks yet are important includes leaving behind your cotton clothing and thinking about going with children to the bush. Much as most tourists are not informed of such things, they are very crucial when undertaking a safari.

 

5 Things To Avoid On A Self Drive Safari In Uganda

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Whereas self drive safaris have become the most sought after and exciting adventures for most travelers today, there are crucial things that are worth knowing and need to be avoided if you are to have the most enjoyable experiences during your vacation in Africa. Based on our experience in car hire services, our clients do not regret using our car rentals while on Uganda self drive adventures or even in Rwanda. We pay maximum attention whether you are interested in guided, self drive tours or you are traveling for corporate conference meeting or any business tour in Uganda or Rwanda. To have the most exciting self drive adventure in life, we have listed some of the top five things that you must pay attention while on Uganda self drive safari.

1.  Do not drive for longer hours; while self drive tours are very exciting and enjoyable, most visitors tend to plan to drive for longer distances for just a day. On other hand they undertake strenuous safaris that demand them to drive for longer distances. Well, while this is physically possible to some travelers, to some extent it turns not to be more enjoyable or rather interesting and hence a factor that needs to be avoided while on self drive vacation. It is advisable that you always have stopovers in bigger towns as this also gives you more knowledge about the area besides relaxing your muscles before embarking for that longer trip.

2. Dealing with non reputable Car Rental Company simply because of its cheapness; what you may look at as cheap may turn to be a big cost to your life. Try as much as possible to deal with a Car Rental Company with extra standards, reliable and with reputation. For the most excellent Uganda self drive adventures, the best option for you to rent should be a 4 by 4 wheel drive car especially the Toyota Rav4, Safari Land Cruiser and Toyota Land Cruiser. All these categories are capable of taking you through all kinds of terrain and rugged roads while you are on vacation in Africa. If you have planned your vacation around the wet season, the 4 by 4 safari cars are the best for you to enjoy the most comfortable and smooth ride in the remotest routes where most of the tourist attractions are located. However, we also offer more car hire for you to choose to make your dreams come true while you are on vacation in Africa.

3. Being more adventurous than you should be or are excited with; while some routes may have tarmac this shouldn’t excite you more and you forget that most of the remotest areas where moat of Uganda or Rwanda tourist attractions are found are murram roads and given the high gear that you will put on, you will end up being disappointed landing into rugged areas. Driving on these roads can be tiresome and very challenging compared to those in your home country. In case you have never experienced this while driving, then never become too ambitious. Make sure you are comfortable while driving in remotest areas during your self drive adventures. Take note that even when you get a break down in a remote area, getting assistance will also be that challenging to find. There will be need to replace the car at a nearest area but this will also take sometime. At this point, you have to be comfortable driving another new ride. You may also need to have food for yourself plus enough drinking water just in case you get stranded for long.

4. Avoid driving at night; our self drive adventures are always planned in that clients reach to their respective destination when it is still at day time. Driving at night isn’t safe and risky for you. As well, driving at night takes longer time as you will be driving slowly in areas where you are not familiar with. And to make matters worse, finding a hotel sign post along the road also becomes very challenging unless you made a call before then you will be at a safer hand as the hotel management can be in position to direct you if you informed them about the time you expect to arrive.

5. Driving without any guided help or planned route; for visitors who may prefer more self drive adventures, it means that you have to be also more prepared. Hiring a GPS tracking system for these kinds of safaris becomes the best option though they may not work in certain remotest areas and this also calls for an addition of the road atlas or directions and you need prior knowledge of where you are heading to. We can help you with distances and specific directions plus other travel tips for your vacation.

When in the national parks, please never ever go to close to the animals for example elephants, buffaloes, rhinos and a like.w3

Other areas that you must keenly pay attention to include; not crowding wildlife or even feeding them, avoid roaming out the car or even over speed at the park.

In conclusion, self drive adventures have today become the most sought after experiences. For the most enjoyable and exciting self drive safari in Uganda or Rwanda or even any part of Africa, take note of the above tips and you won’t regret spending a vacation with one of our classic self drive car hire.

Hiking Mount Karisimbi: Important Things to Know

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Mount Karisimbi derives its name from the Kinyarwanda word “amasimbi” that means white shell referring to the white snow capped summit that is usually sighted from June to August. This mountain ranks the 5th tallest in African continent and offers the most breathtaking adventures that take at least 2 days. The hikes usually begin early in the morning and last for six hours. Visitors can as well hike through Mount Bisoke where they will trek through a dense forest which is surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Hiking through this mountain means you have to be in a better body shape with first aid kit and you camp at 3700 meters prior reaching the last summit. You will set up a tent for a night stay and in the following day, you will return to the starting point. At about 4000 meters, you will begin to experience the altitude. Karisimbi Mountain stands at 4506 meters between the border areas with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It features as the tallest mountain of all the volcanoes that make up the Great Virunga Massifs. A hike through this volcano is strenuous but rewards visitors on safari in Rwanda with the most remarkable views of its natural surroundings.

This volcano is also surrounded by other Virunga Mountains like Mikeno which is situated on the northern side and Mount Bisoke on the eastern part, Nyiragongo Mountain on the western part.

Hiking adventures to the mountain summits of Karisimbi for visitors on Rwanda safari lasts for 2 days and the hike begins at 6:00am. The hike comes with other remarkable views of other distinct attractions like birds, primates and many more. If you are interested in hiking through this mountain, you have to be physically well as the trail sometimes can be slippery and muddy making it challenging for unfit hikers. You will need to hire a porter to help you carry your luggage and other equipment as you enjoy your breathtaking adventure with no heavy load.

In conclusion, mount Karisimbi provides the most breathtaking experiences for adventure enthusiasts on safari to Rwanda. This life changing experience can be combined with mountain gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking as well as cultural safaris in Rwanda.

 

Planning a Gorilla Safari for your Family

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Are you planning to travel with your family for mountain gorilla trekking to Africa but you do not know what your children will participate in? Whereas mountain gorilla trekking has become one of the most sought after and thrilling adventures in the world today, it is only limited to persons above 15 years. The same rule applies to chimpanzee trekking however, if you are planning family trip to Africa and you are worried about which activity your children will engage while on you in gorilla trek, with variety of activities that are in offer, children on family safari also have their travel interests also covered. Children below 15 years have several alternatives while parents are in the jungles trekking the Great apes. Mountain gorillas are only found in three countries in the entire world and they include Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Below are some of the enjoyable and safe tourist activities that children can participate in while parents are trekking mountain gorillas

Buhoma community village walk

A walk to Buhoma Community is an exceptional experience for children under 15 years. A guide can adjust to the stamina of the children to allow them cope up with the overall speed. The tour guide who will accompany them and he or she will be explaining in details more about the village, interpret where need be and direct children with the help of a local guide in the community. This will give a chance to learn new ways and traditions in the community setting especially craft making, visit the one of the village schools and encounter a traditional healer and many more things. The length of this experience entirely depends on the strength of children but usually it can take about 3 hours and they finalize with a dance by the Batwa pygmies who are the renowned forest dwellers.

The Batwa encounter

The Batwa experience with the first forest dwellers is remarkably one of the most thrilling experiences that your children shouldn’t miss while family trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda. This experience gives them opportunity to explore the old and traditional ways of hunting and gathering that these unique people used to do at a time. The Batwa mainly gathered plants, roots, fruits and many more. They lived harmoniously with the forest and they left without any impact. Children will be accompanied by the tour guide. After this life changing experience, they will come back to the lodge to meet up with parents when they return from gorilla trekking. The Batwa experience is mainly funded and supported by the Kellermann Foundation which has invested more money and time in enhancing the social welfare of these marginalized creatures around Bwindi and Mgahinga National Park.

Explore more about the forest

This is one of the perfect alternatives that your children shouldn’t miss out while on family safari in Uganda whether for mountain gorilla trekking or chimpanzee adventures. In Kibale Forest National Park the best option for children can be Bigodi swamp where they can participate in guided walks and have opportunity to catch a glimpse of its distinct primates, birds, butterflies and many more. Children can also embark on village walk in Bigodi along with a tour guide and a local community member who will take them to visit a community school which gives them a chance to interact with other children in Uganda. In Rwanda, they can explore the Nyungwe Forest National Park.

If you are planning a family trip to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, children can pay a visit to Iby’Iwacu cultural village to explore more about Rwandan traditions and cultural practices. Travelers can even stay around this place with their children and as you embark on your strenuous gorilla trek, children can stay back and pay a visit to nearby community school, learn their dancing and drumming skills, how to prepare food and many more. Parents can therefore embark on mountain gorilla trek or chimpanzee in harmony while children also leave when they are thrilled with lifetime experiences.

In conclusion, mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda provide several options for children that also keeps thrilled as parents embark on breathtaking adventures.

8 Best Uganda Gorilla Tours Starting in Kigali

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Flying to Rwanda and tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda is the in-thing for many tourists who cannot manage to pay US$1500 for the hiked gorilla permits. When the Rwanda development Board increased the price of a gorilla permit from US$750 to US$1500, many travelers who initially had plans of tracking gorillas in Rwanda were left with the only option of tracking the gorillas in either Uganda or DR Congo. Others just feel it worth to fly to Rwanda at Kigali international Airport and cross to Uganda for gorilla trekking a scenic short ride that is fare compared to that from Kampala to Bwindi forest or Mgahinga National Park. Despite the change in travel plans, Rwanda and Uganda are two great gorilla trekking safari destinations in Africa. No matter how many times you track gorillas in either Uganda or Rwanda, the experience still remains exceptional.

Top 5 Most Gorilla Tours

  • 2 Days Gorilla Trek in Southern Bwindi
  • 2 Days Mgahinga Gorilla Trek
  • 3 Days Gorilla Trek in Bwindi
  • 3 Days Mgahinga + Golden Monkey Tracking
  • 5 Days Bwindi Gorillas + Lake Bunyonyi
  • 5 Days Bwindi Gorillas & Mgahinga Golden Monkeys
  • 5 Days Bwindi Gorillas + Queen Elizabeth Wildlife
  • 7 Days Uganda Gorillas, Wildlife + Chimpanzees

See below the things tourists who fly to Rwanda and track gorillas in Uganda enjoy.

Short Scenic Drive Distance

Initially, tourists interested in tracking gorillas in Uganda used to embark on a 9hour scenic drive from Kampala to either Bwindi forest National Park or Mgahinga National Park the two gorilla safari parks and the drive required a full day of transit and back. Therefore the shortest Uganda gorilla safari tour was the 3 days gorilla trek to Bwindi forest or Mgahinga forest.

But flying to Rwanda and track gorillas in Uganda changed the gorilla trekking trend of tourists making it more affordable and convenient even to those with limited travel time. You need only 2 days to track gorillas in Uganda once you fly to Rwanda. The safari is very flexible and not fun because from Kigali to Uganda its only and half hours’ drive a short drive distance that is recommended for holiday vacations.

Affordable Gorilla Tours

Tracking gorillas in Uganda is very cheap and affordable compared to that of Rwanda. This is because Rwanda permit price of $1500 is a price of a private gorilla safari tour in Uganda. Don’t miss a chance of trekking gorillas on budget and save big for your upcoming vacations and life necessities. If you looking for budget gorilla safari tours in Africa track gorillas in Uganda than in Rwanda.

Cheap Gorilla Permits

Just like in any gorilla trekking destinations, gorilla permits are gate passes for every tourist on a gorilla safari holiday. Therefore those who fly to Rwanda and track gorillas in Uganda get a chance to reserve cheap gorilla permits at only $600 dollars per a trek hence making it very friendly for those planning to see gorillas twice in the jungle.

Multicultural Experience

Exploring some bit of Rwanda and Uganda takes you direct to experience multiple cultures and traditions of people living in different parks and communities. of course the culture and traditions of the people is different though they look same in colour .Don’t miss a chance to experience the interesting cultural traditions of both Ugandans and Rwandese on your Uganda Rwanda gorilla safari tour.

Landscape and attractions

When you fly to Rwanda , have a city tour and later cross to Uganda, you will witness that the two countries are totally different in natural beauty and landscape. Rwanda will be filled with rolling hills and hilly landscape and Uganda is slightly different. No wonder it’s also called the Land of Thousand Hills. Be one of the lucky few travelers to Africa to experience the natural beauty and landscape of the two most beautiful countries in Africa.

Bwindi Gorilla Trekking – Tips To Consider

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the southern Western part of Uganda and it’s also on the rim of the western rift valley. It has two hillsides which are permanently covered with mist and also sheltered by one of the known ancient and biologically varied with rainforests in Uganda dating back to more than 25000 years hence comprising of 400 varied different plant species.

This “impenetrable forest” too protects a predictable population of up to 400 mountain gorillas which is approximately half of the world’s population and Bwindi currently has 12 groups which have been habituated and can be tracked by visitors any time of the year.

“Bwindi” as a word means “darkness” and therefore taking a hike here so shows or magnificent forest will so unveil the reason what the forest is too regarded as impenetrable since one requires to be realistically and physically fit to taking part in the gorilla trekking adventure cause it needs climbing of the steep terrain. Within Bwindi Impenetrable, they are 4 different areas where tracking of mountain gorillas can be seen and these include Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and finally Nkuringo and these areas are specialized with different accommodation close to tracking area of the gorillas and also Bwindi Forest National Park has a lot of different various gorilla families in different locations therefore you can visit gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and also in Congo.

Mountain gorilla trekking terms and conditions

  • For a gorilla safari, one has to be fairly fit, equipped (carry walking boots, sweaters, scurf, gloves, etc.) for the humid, muddy conditions of a rainforest hike.
  • Anyone with a cold, cough, flu or similar illness is not allowed to go for trekking as gorillas are susceptible to attract human infections.
  • The region’s mid-December to February and June to September dry seasons are the best time to go gorilla trekking but one can still expect a tough day on foot: it’s sometimes humid, wet and muddy with steep slopes and tangled vegetation. Nevertheless, the chances of finding a gorilla family are often around 95%.
  • Gorilla tracking is limited to a maximum of 8 people per particular gorilla family/group per day, starting 8am every day; visitors are allowed one hour of direct interaction with the gorillas and may last for 2-8 hours.
  • Warm layers of clothes because of cold evenings and also another cloth incase for bitter (wet) weather since there are different or various altitude of both cold and wet through the day.   Though during day the sun is always strong or favorable even when it’s a cloudy day. This is a call for one to carry and wear sunscreen shades as well as a hat in case one is fine with it.
  • Carrying a water proof jacket for safe guarding the photographing cameras plus other equipments or items for the hiking process, water and sucks are too accepted plus packed lunch as the activity can last for an entire day.

Health tips:

  • Since Mountain Gorillas are closely related to man, they are susceptible to diseases carried by humans, like cough, flu, etc.
  • No smoking, eating of food or drinking of beverages is allowed in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas.

In addition to the famous impressive mountain gorillas, it’s said that there are about 360 bird species, 23 endemics and more than 200 butterfly species, 324 tree species, ten of which are found nowhere else in Uganda, making it magical tourist destination to explore.

Biologically Bwindi Forest is a region of itself, offering shelter to more 120 mammals and among these are various primate different species such as baboons, monkeys and mammals such as forest elephants, as well as antelopes. There are also over 350 bird species that are found within the forest and among these are 23 Albertine Rift endemics.

Nature walks too in Bwindi national park can be done on the trail to Munyangwa River, and also undertake birding tours since this Uganda’s ancient forest shows that it’s the perfect habitat for birds.

Bwindi national park could be especially cold both in the morning and evening since the annual temperatures always range from 70C to 200 C with June and July being the coldest months of the year and the two wet seasons with short rains in the months of March and May and heavy rainfall experienced in September to November though its known that in Bwindi rain often falls for long hours of soft drizzle instead of the short tropical deluge.

The only other national park in Uganda where gorilla trekking takes place is; Mgahinga National Park that is located in the South western Uganda on the boarder of Congo and Rwanda, and its known to be the smallest forest park in Uganda and her main attraction too is gorillas and the impressive golden monkeys though it has got other activities as well, which include; birding, hiking, nature walks with cultural encounters with the local Batwa.

Climbing the Rwenzori Mountains

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Trekking the mystic Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda is a truly fantastic and unique experience, the wonder of the high glaciers, the beauty of the valley of nine lakes, the bearded lichen hanging from giant heathers with a backdrop of rocky cliffs, crags and snow capped peaks.

The wide variety of flora and fauna with several biospheres as you ascend through different vegetation zones creates the ultimate experience for trekking. Never before has this unique and beautiful trek been available, totally untouched and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks in the world.

The Rwenzori Mountains is a World Heritage Site and offers the opportunity to see nature at its best. The plant life varies from heavy tropical rainforest, bamboo forests, montane cloud forests to alpine vegetation and the scenery is truly spectacular.

Above 4,500 metres the snow and glaciers add that special dimension to the wondrous views throughout this pristine mountain range.

The Rwenzori range is a true mountain range with many climbs and descents and making it a tough climb however the scenery and beautiful vegetation are incredible.

The high rainfall of more than three metres per year, the moss covered rocks, the dense vegetation, the tall peaks and cliffs towering above to the moss covered valleys and meandering streams create a ‘Alice in Wonderland atmosphere’ which changes through several biospheres as you climb making the “Rwenzori Mountains” a truly unique experience.

Above is a view of the main peaks from Bamwanjara Pass which is between Camp 3 and Camp 4 on the Kilembe Route. On the left is Mt Stanley with Savoia, Great Tooth, Elena Peaks and just seen poking over the top is Margherita Peak.

In the centre is Mt. Speke and on the left you look over the ridge climbing to Wiesmanns Peak to see Mt Baker. The small prong or finger like rock on the ridge is McConnells Prong.

Behind the prong you can see the valley between Mt Stanley and Mt Baker. From where the photo is taken the trail continues down the valley or pass in the foreground past Kacholpe Lakes and Camp 4 before crossing the valley to Kitandra Lakes and Scott Elliott Pass.

You then climb to Camp 5 at 4,460 metres which is the top hut before climbing Margherita Peak.

The Rwenzori Mountains are located on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although the isolated volcanoes of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya are taller, they are the highest range of mountains in Africa with the highest summit of Mt. Stanley reaching 5109 meters.

When the peaks were first explored at the end of the 19th century, there were six separate massifs that held glaciers on their flanks. At this point, the number has dwindled down to just three, with one of those holding only tattered remnants of its earlier glaciation.

Dhow Trip in Kenya

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Dhow (Arabic داو dāw) is the generic name of a number of traditional sailing vessels with one or more masts with lateen sails used in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region. Some historians claim the dhow was invented by Arabs or Indians, but the majority give the credit to the Chinese.

Typically sporting long thin hulls, dhows are trading vessels primarily used to carry heavy items, like fruit, fresh water or merchandise, along the coasts of the Eastern Arabia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and East Africa. Larger dhows have crews of approximately thirty, smaller ones typically around twelve.

Guests can explore the archipelago under sail in a traditional Lamu or Mozambique style dhow. Visit the ruins at Takwa, raise a glass at sunset or sail under a full moon. Experience the spectacle or even help crew the biannual dhow race, held in August and on New Year’s Day.

Kenya on the shores of the Indian Ocean has a long association with Dhows that have sailed for centuries between Arabia India and East Africa using monsoon winds in one of the oldest established trade in the world.

Traditional dhows are built without metal using local materials and this ancient craft is still practiced in such places as Lamu today.

A number of Dhows have been converted with modern techniques and given diesel engines for safe cruising with tourists.

In Lamu you may sail around the islands or take a sunset cruise or a moonlight cruise.

In Shimoni you may sail to the marine park in a Dhow and if you are lucky see dolphins swim close by.

From Mombasa a number of dhow cruises with activities are available for night and day cruises.

The Tamarind Dhow operated by a leading restaurant company offers night cruises in calm inland waters with superb meals cooked on board with live music and dancing.

The evening cruise is the most renown of all the coastal trips. An enchanting evening of exotic seafood blended with a romantic cruise aboard an authentic Arab Dhow around the old port of Mombasa Town.

The dhow, Nawalilkher, was built in 1977 for trading. At 23 meters, she is the largest dhow on the coast. Purchased in 1986, she was converted for restaurant use by her original builder Fundi Bini on Lamu Island, under the watchful eye of Mohammed Shalle, who is still her captain today.

Your evening begins once you are picked up from your hotel and driven to the pier. As soon as you step off the gangplank, you are met by a traditionally-dressed waiter who shows you to your table, and serves you with a house cocktail made with vodka, lime, honey, sugar and crushed ice.

Non-alcoholic drinkers are offered soft drinks or fruit juices.

Once the dhow departs from the jetty, the live band starts playing beautiful rhythms, and soon the swing has majority of guests dancing on the main deck.

After a cruise round Tudor Creek with fine view of Mombasa’s Old Town and Fort Jesus, your dhow moors in a sheltered bay at the head of the creek.
Here the fine aroma of grilled lobster and steak starts to fill the air as the chefs pull out the charcoal grills and prepare a four-course gourmet meal.

As your meal draws to a close, the waiters serve aromatic Arabica coffee from a traditional Arab brass pot –the Kahawa Pot. The evening trip on the dhow is an excellent romantic spot for newly weds, and those wishing to propose.

Online Car Hire Services In Uganda

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Online Car booking is the service solution for travelers as well as service providers available at hot deals and discounted rates. Uganda / Kampala car hire services for saloon cars, coaches, mini buses, safari / tour vehicles, suited to individuals, groups, delegates, families, corporate, event management, etc. We offer chauffeur driven and self-drive car hire services in Uganda at extremely affordable rates.

For Non-Governmental Organizations, Researchers, corporate bodies, expatriates, executives, church organizations, embassies and a wide range of other organizations. We offer long-term hire / rental services at very competitive rates in the region and unlimited mileage coverage at very low prices.

Look out for any preferred type of vehicle, whether manual or automatic transmission vehicles are readily available 24/7. We deliver vehicles at our clients’ doorstep or upon arrival at the airport.

For group travel, meetings, incentives and conference transportation and airport transfers, we provide 25 seater shuttle buses or 45 seater, according to the number of people.

Quick and convenient taxi services for town / urban centre operations are also readily available. Hire a comfortable vehicle with us today, and enjoy our wide range of vehicles, all properly designed to meet our clients’ diverse needs & budget.

Our fleet consists of 4*4 Toyota Prado, 4WD Land cruiser & Rav4, Toyota double cabins, Safari / Tour Vans and Land cruiser Jeeps, Mercedes Benz, Jaguars, Mitsubishi Pajeros, Saloon cars, Custom made safari vehicles, most of these with pop up roofs, 25, 29, and 33 seater buses among others.

We offer both short term and long term car hire services to all regions of Uganda, offering significant deals on 3-12 month car leasing across a wide range of our rental vehicles. In this category, you will find the cheapest car deals based on long term contracts, and if many vehicles are being hired.

AIRPORT / SHUTTLE TRANSFERS

Our international and domestic arrival of clients at Entebbe international airport and other local airstrips in the country are conveniently met by our airport representatives who offer transfers to the hotels and other final destinations, like to the national parks, mountains, communities, among others.

If you prefer a more personalized service that will better suit your arrival times at Entebbe airport, book a private taxi service with us in advance to transfer you to your pre booked hotel in Kampala or any other destination in the country. We can manage all transport services for conferences, meetings, and event, and we offer competitive prices to suit your conference or events chauffeur transport requirements.

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