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Golden monkey trekking in Virunga Mountains

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golden-monkeysGolden monkeys are one fantastic primate to see in the wild, they can be easily spotted by guided treks through the forest. There are certain forests where these golden monkeys can be spotted and the best spots in Uganda are Virunga Mountains and Mgahinga National Park.
The monkeys love inhabiting in the stands of Bamboo forests with the secured areas and they are used to human meaning they are easily seen and without hiding.
Keep in mind these monkeys move so fast so you have to be so attentive and fast in taking pictures or when spotting with binoculars. The golden monkeys make the perfect supplementary safari experience of the Mountain Gorillas trek or chimpanzee trekking safaris.
The safari to Virunga Mountains short stay viewing a few remaining thousands of the remaining monkeys and you may opt for habituated collections for about an hour.
Golden monkeys are comparatively smaller primates covered in long golden hair and classified as endangered species found in Virunga Mountains in the bamboo forests.
Though they are in a protected areas the number keeps on decreasing because there are being habituated by researchers.

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Birding In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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untitled-2Except for the mountain gorillas, Bwindi impenetrable national park has incredible, charming colored birds inhabiting in the forest counting to over 350 recorded different species of birds with 23 birds found in this region which means this forest is a habitat of 90% Albertine Rift endemics, this forest is at a rank of one of East Africa’s site for birding. Bwindi has some perfect bird watching spots in some lodges like Mahogany Safari Lodge and Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, at these lodges bird watching is so breathtaking. Grad your guide and get to adventure the most amazing colored singing birds of Bwindi. And these species include Chapin’s flycatchers, African green broadbill, Turners eremomela, Shelley’s crimson-wings, Grauer’s swamp warbler, Bee-eaters and plenty of butterfly species.
Bwindi is better to visit in drier months OF June, July, and August. However, birders prefer visiting in wet months of December to February for better chances of viewing more birds. And other wetter months are March to April and September to November.
There way too many birds to watch in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and these include black-billed turaco, black bee-eater, blue-headed sunbird, short-tailed warbler, bar-tailed blue trogon, and Kivu ground thrush, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Garner’s warbler, Africa blue and white-tailed blue flycatchers and red-headed bluebill.
The favorite birding trails and these include Buhma waterfall trails, Mubwindi swamp trail in Ruhija Birders on approaching Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Ivy river trail and Kashasha river valley. And you can also visit Nombe the pocket forest. There birding guides in Nkuringo Gorilla Camp and we can organize you specific birding itineraries.

Amazing Savannah Wildlife Safaris of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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queen-elizabeth-npThis National park is situated in the western part of Uganda which is a few kilometers from Kampala the capital and the largest city of Uganda, there a few towns surrounding it and these include Bushenyi and Kasese towns, and this national park is the most famous tourist destination in Uganda linked with Diversity of areas and this area is covered with different habitats such as Wetlands, Forests, a number of lakes and savannah grasslands.and these areas contain plenty of wildlife inhabiting in them such as the ionic African Safari animals but is also fortunate to contain and protect a population of our closest relatives, the chimpanzees. And these chimps are habitats of Kibale Forest National Park located in the northern part of Lake George.
Enjoy guided game drives of in Queen Elizabeth National Park over 200 km and spot the most amazing wildlife of Africa such as Buffalos, Elephants, Warthogs, Lions, Antelopes, impalas, Zebras and Kobs, this the only wildlife where exploration is at its best.
Enjoy boat cruise on the waters of the African Great Lakes and spot wildlife coming to quench their thirst on the shores including crocodile, hippos and a diversity of birdlife.
You can also explore the wildlife by hot air balloons and chatter flights plus nature walks and boat cruise.

Significant Things to do in Kidepo Valley National Park.

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ikKidepo Valley National park is situated in the rugged semi-arid valleys between Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda in the Karamoja region, it about 700 km from Uganda the capital and the largest city of Uganda. This National park was gazette way back in 1962 and it has the abundance of wildlife including over 475 species of bird and 77 species of mammal. Kidepo is ranked as one of Africa’s supreme wildernesses and Apoka being the heart of it. The savannah in this park extends even beyond the gazetted areas to the horizons of the faraway mountain ranges.
In the dry season, the only permanent water source is situated in the wetlands plus remnant pools in the borders of Narus valley next to Apoka. The combination of these seasonal oasis credits Narus Valley as the chief game viewing spot.
You can do plenty of activities in Kidepo Valley National Park such as:
Game drives.
The game drive in Kidepo gives a chance to view the Africa’s big five wildlife without interferences. A game drive in is worth it, giving you the best of Africa’s wilderness.
Game drives in Kidepo depends on your place of accommodation if you’re staying in Apoka game drive will be part of accommodation “meaning you will not have to pay extra costs for game drive”. While as other accommodation places such as Uganda Wildlife Authority Bandas and Nga Mmoru Wildlife Camp game drives are paid separately.
There is a lot more to expect in the game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park such as Zebras, buffalos, elephants, antelopes among others.
Birding in the valleys of Kidepo.
Birders enjoy spotting beautiful colored singing birds of Kidepo, there are over 56 recorded species of birds. Among these 56 bird species there 14 – including Verreaux’s Eagle, Egyptian Vulture and Pygmy Falcon – are believed to be prevalent in the Kidepo and Karamoja region.
There hasn’t been a comprehensive survey in the park so you might be one of the lucky ones to add on the existing of birds in Kidepo National Park. Take a glance on Ostrich eggs that have been collected by Uganda Wildlife Authority for incubating to increase the existence of Ostriches in Kidepo Valley National park.
Nature, hiking and bush walks.
Kidepo has got one of the best places for nature; hiking and bush walk in Uganda, there is also beautiful mountain outside the park for a perfect hiking experience (Mount Morungole) where Uganda’s smallest ethnic group Ik community inhabits.

There are other places to visit in the park such as Amin’s dream lodge which was not completed while he was a president.
Manyatta Visit/Karamoja Village.
Karamojong community is known Nomadic warriors, their region has often been called the wild west of Uganda. Since Uganda was being led by Uganda protectorate government the cattle riding was the order of the day and they started changing in the recent years by disarming them, and they have become so passive in nature. They have started carrying out subsistence farming though cattle keeping is still their significant activity.
Karamoja region faces the biggest problem of lack of water since it is a semi-arid area, the community quite a long distance to find water, on the other hand at times there have been floods here wreaking havoc among the people who live here.
Karamojong is cultural people, you find the topmost interesting culture giving you insights into authentic Africa. Karamojong people resemble the Masai in their culture.
Visting the Ik community:
Break the dawn on climbing the Monrungole Mountain where the Ik tribe live, one of the northeastern Uganda tribes. And the Ik community is the owner of Karamoja, they were here before the Karamojong entered their land. Today the enrollment of the Ik people counts to around 10,000 people and their first and highly ranked educated personnel were enrolled at Kampala International University.
Colin Turnbull wrote a book “The Mountain People” and it was about the Ik people disproving the Ik’s capability to love, but it’s not proven yet.
One of the supplementary activities you can do In Kidepo Valley National Park, you get to learn and know their culture and interrupt with them.

Tips for viewing Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National park.

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Uganda trip 2008Queen Elizabeth National Park is the perfect place the first timers in Uganda, they get a chance to see the pride of Uganda, the place where the beauty of the wild is displayed at its best.
Most prefer visiting the tree climbing lions of Ishasha in the southern part of the park plus other predators like lions, hyenas, and leopards with so many other wildlife including buffalos, zebras, antelopes, warthogs, impala, kob, giraffes, elephants among others. There is quite a number of Birdlife in this National Park over 600 recorded bird species inhabiting in the beautiful landscape and alongside the water bodies of this park.
The viewing if the wildlife here is overwhelming spotting tree climbing lions in Ishasha, Kasenyi game tracks where you get 95% of wildlife viewing and leopard loop tracks.
There different activities one can do such as;
1. Game drive and get to view the topmost beautiful wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National park, beautiful colored singing birds and beautiful fauna and flora plus enchanting sceneries
2. Balloon safaris, get to fly over the National Park with the perfect view of the wildlife in the park in the hot air balloon. How enchanting can that be! And later after the safari and then have meals in the bush.
3. Boat safaris, have you tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park a memorable one with a boat cruise on Kazinga channel where you can spot most wildlife and water birds wandering around the shores of Kazinga channel and these include Hippos, Crocodiles, buffalos, antelopes, warthogs and birds like rare shoebills among others.
You can choose to visit the museum at Mweya peninsula and get to learn and see skeletons and different parts of the wildlife that is inhabiting and that inhabited in Queen Elizabeth National, there is also weather stations giving information about climate changes throughout the year.
And Queen Elizabeth National park has accommodation facilities ranging from budget to luxury.

What to see in Lake Mburo National Park

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Lake Mburo National Park is the favorite park for visitors visiting Uganda for few days, it is the closest park from Kampala the capital and the largest city of Uganda and Entebbe International Airport with the true taste of African wilderness.
It has got quite a number of wildlife, sceneries and bird life. Their accommodation range from budget to luxury. And it is the only park you can hike throughout, horse riding and mountain bike racing. It is also one perfect park for one coming from a long tour in Western Uganda (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mghahinga National Park) where you can relieve long tour.

Lake Mburo National Park is a whisper of the African Wild just a short distance off one of the main roads of Kampala Mbarara in Uganda – this peaceful, calm park is easy to access and provides a genuine feel of the African Wild. 20 % of Lake Mburo National Park is exposed by lakes and wetlands which is part of a greater wetland system that extends beyond the National Park (13 lakes in all). it is not only lakes and wetlands but also rocky ridges, savanna grasslands that are dotted with acacia trees and forested ravines.

Wildlife:
elandsLake Mburo National park has over 69 mammal species and these species include Rothschild Giraffes, Impala, Eland, Burchell Zebras, Reedbucks, Leopards, Hyenas, Lions, Buffaloes, Hippos, Defassa Waterbucks, Crocodiles, and Warthogs.

Birding:
brown-chested-lapwing-1_0Lake Mburo National Park is a habitat of recorded delightful colored 350 species of birds such as rare Shoebill, Brown-chested Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola, Tabora (Long-tailed) Cisticola, African Scops Owl, African-wattled Lapwing, endemic African Finfoot, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Saddle-billed Stork, White-winged Warbler and the Red-faced Barbet.
Landscape: this is the perfect place for beautiful sceneries with lakes, swamps, hills, and valleys.

What to do in Lake Mburo National Park.

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Wildlife Game Drive:
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Throughout the game drive you will see a wide range of wildlife and birdlife, always be certain the Uganda wildlife Authority Rangers are on board to avoid interruptions and offer you protection and suggest the perfect spots for viewing animals and birds.
The game drive is suitable for with a 4X4 car for the swampy and hilly Park it is, the sense of rolling hills, swamps and lakes gives it a true feel of the African wild.
Through the game drive, you get a chance to view animals like Giraffes, Lions, Elands, Impalas, Burchell Zebras, and Leopards.

Boat safaris on Lake Mburo:

lake-mburo-boat-cruiseThe feel of riding above Lake Mburo gives a perfect sense of African fauna and flora along the shores and marine life in the lake, plus wildlife coming to drink on the fresh waters after a long day of foraging and hunting especially in dry seasons. And you can also get a chance to see the following animals living on the lake and coming to drink on Lake Mburo’s fresh waters and these animals include Hippos, Crocodiles, antelopes, elephants, buffalos, zebras and much more.

Night game drives:

nightThis is one of the memorable activities you can ever do in Lake Mburo. Spotting nocturnal birds and other animals such as Lions and Leopards hunting for prey.
You can get a chance to spot Porcupines, Bush Babies and other wildlife that move at night.
Usually, the game drive goes for two and a half hours (2 hours and 30 minutes before you get back to your place of accommodation for dinner. The game drive activity requires spotlights to enable point out certain animals you’re like to miss out.

Birding in the park:

Donbass Arena stadium - aerial view.Birding is one of the breathtaking activities one can do in Lake Mburo National park, having a glance to over 350 bird species found in Lake Mburo.
Birders find a perfect adventure in the swampy valleys of Miriti and Warukiri, plus by the roadside of Rwonyo camp and the Jetty which is their favorite birding spots where you may spot rare shoebill stork. And there chances of viewing salt lick in the Rubanga forest and Miriti valley.
The bird species spotted here include Brown-chested Lapwing, Grey Crowned Crane, Rufous-bellied Heron, Red-headed Lovebird, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Brown Parrot, Bateleur, Black-bellied Bustard, Coqui Francolin, Common Scimitarbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Red-faced Barbet, Finfoot, Ross’s Turaco, White-winged Tit, Green Wood-hoopoe, Long-tailed Cisticola and Long-tailed Cisticola among others.

Rubanga Forest:

forestA number of tree species in Rubanga forest have been noticed by specialists and over 40 bird species have been spotted in the forest with 5 five forest species of birds. And the trees found in Rubanga forest include fig tree, palm tree, Markhamia tree, platycaluz acacia among others.
The forest is a habitat for birds such as Harrier hawk, double-toothed barbet, green pigeon, Shoebill Stork, Grey-backed cameroptera and narina trogon.
Nature Walks – Lake Mburo National Park:
What makes Lake Mburo Park a different park from others is that Nature walks is their nature walks can be taken anywhere within the park with an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger by your side.
Early morning guided walks give you a chance to spot hyenas returning to their dens going to hunt and at the same time you can also see hippos returning from foraging and topi, Zebras, Elands, antelopes, Giraffes, Buffalos, Butterflies and different species of birds.

Salt Lick:
salt-lick-lake-mburoHere you go spot animals licking salt in the soil, you can have a perfect view from a platform reserved by Uganda Wildlife Authority where visitors hide and view wildlife licking salt.
On this platform, you can get a chance of spotting animals like Giraffes, Zebras, Buffalos among others. As well as having a better spot for photography. And this activity takes about 1 hour or 1hr and 30 minutes.

Fishing (on Lake Mburo):

fidhing-tours-in-uThis National Park has twelve (12) lakes allocated within and Lake Mburo is the largest among them. Visitors can fish on Lake Mburo and the fish can be prepared for them at their place of accommodation.
Lake Mburo has over six (6) fish species and tilapia takes the biggest population in the lake. Visitors can do sport fishing and we can get you the license as well as getting you the fishing equipment with experienced guides to make your fishing experience the memorable one. Mazinga is the designated and safe fishing spot in Lake Mburo where you worry not about Crocodiles and Hippos.

Horseback riding Safaris:

mburo-horseback-safaris-2Go back to 18 century on a horseback running in the wilderness of Lake Mburo National Park, this is the only National Park in Uganda where one can do Horseback riding.
The horseback riding takes about two to three (2-3) hours, and overnight horseback riding can be arranged with tents and meals in the bush.
On horseback riding, you get to feel the true breeze of African wild and the sound of the singing birds of African.

Mountain Bike (Bicycle) Safaris:

bicycle-riding-1024x561With a mountain bike, safari gives a fun of riding through areas where you get to ride among wildlife like Buffalos, zebras, antelopes among others.
Accommodation in Lake Mburo NP: Lake Mburo national park has very few accommodation facilities and some of them were added a few years back. The topmost luxury and the best accommodations remain Mihingo Safari Lodge. It has luxurious tented lodges plus Mantana tented camp but different from Mihingo safari lodge.
You can get budget accommodation at Eagle’s Nest which has tented cottages with en-suite bath plus shoestring lodging found in Rwonyo Rest Camp a facility of Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Igongo Cultural Center:

downloadGet to visit the historical showplace for Banyakitara cultures. This historical place showcase equipments and teaches about Banyakitara cultures and these include Banyankore, Bakiga, Banyoro and Batoro who inhabit in the western Uganda. This historical cultural center is located 4 km away Sanga gate. With Banyankore the known cattle keepers (Ankore Cow) considered the cow of kings both in the western Uganda Rwanda.
The cultural center has got quite a number of tradition grass thatched huts with different displays of different tribes of Uganda with their way of living. Plus a museum where you can read about the cultures of these tribes. With local/cultural foods of different tribes in the restaurant and roasted goat is offered.

The Equator:

equatorVisit the equator on your way back to Kampala and have a memorable experience underneath the equator and which is in the middle of the world, what an amazing experience being in the middle of the world! There are so-called scientific experiments, most of them are manipulated illusions and not authentic, but fun to watch.
There plenty of restaurants around the equator where you can have a buffet or a snack, coffee, soft drinks and all sorts of drinks. And there are gift shops one can visit to buy souvenirs such bracelets, T-shirts, Huts, African costumes and many others.

What to pack for chimp tracking in Kibale National Park.

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chimpanzee-tracking-in-kibale-4Chimp tracking in Kibale national park is one of the most enchanting significant activities you can do in the tropical forests of Kibale national park in the western Uganda. But before going for tracking there some important things you need to consider and these include packing yourself waterproof hiking boots, light raincoat or jacket, long sleeved shirt, insect repellent, long trousers, binoculars, a hat, packed lunch, one or two liters water, granola bars or some snacks and anything else you may need.
Chimp tracking is one unforgettable experience one can experience, and the tracking can include other activities like birding along the tracking process in the forest, visiting Budongo forest limited to 15 years and above and Kibale forest.
And chimp habituation can be done all day long within Budongo forest and Kibale forest and these chimps are used to human. Because they have been interacting with the human for quite a long time.
You can either choose chimp habituation or tracking, however, there are other primates in the park including black and white colobus monkey, bush babies etc. Kibale National park has over 1550 chimpanzees and in the whole of Uganda, they’re about 4960 chimpanzees.
There is an option of spending the whole day with the chimps habituating in both Kibale and Budongo forest, the habituation experience tour is in the natural setting.

Birding in Queen Elizabeth in National Park

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fcaa6f4e78061a9b69eb5e3369b97786-queen-elizabeth-ugandaQueen Elizabeth National Park was classified by Birding International as the Important Birding Area (IBA), Queen Elizabeth National has over 600 species of birds which is the greatest birding spot in the whole of East Africas National Parks.Which is an extraordinary number for such a small area. The park’s flowing together with forest and savanna, connecting to the expansive forests of the DR Congo allows visitors to spot East as well as Central African species.
The park has got a wide range of water birds inhabiting along the water bodies in the park and these include Lake Kyoga, Lake Edward, Lake George and Kazinga channel. Plus forest inhabitants of Maramgambo and woodland, a variety of migratory species and 54 raptors. The significant species include Black-rumped Buttonquail, Chapin’s Flycatcher, African Skimmer, Martial Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Pink-backed Pelican, White-tailed Lark, , African Broadbill, Black Bee-eater, , Shoebill, Bar-tailed Godwit, Corncrake, Papyrus Canary, Greater Flamingo, White-winged Warble, Lesser and, Papyrus Gonolek.
And the best birding spots include Kasenyi area, Ishasha sector, Lake Kikorongo, Mweya Peninsula, Katunguru Bridge, Katwe Area Tours and Kazinga channel.

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WILDLIFE IN KIDEPO NATIONAL PARK.

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kidepo-valley-photo-credit-alberto-loyo-1024x686Kidepo national park is Uganda’s isolated national park situated in the rugged semi-arid valleys lying amidst the Northern Uganda on the boarders of Sudan in the south and Kenya about 700 km from Kampala the capital and the largest city of Uganda established way back in 1962 with abundance of big game hosting around 475 species of birds and 77 species of mammals.
Kidepo sits on about 1,442km² and with an altitude of about 914m and 2750m above the sea level with two rivers inside the park (river Narus and river Kidepo) Where most of her wildlife gather to refresh with the soothing fresh waters after a long day of foraging and hunting more especially in dry seasons.
Kidepo hosts communities of the IK gathered hunters whose survival is endangered and the pastoral Karamojong people who have similar characters like the Kenya’s Masai.
Although Kidepo National Park is isolated the long journey lovers admits that it one of Uganda’s magnificent National Parks, with the premium wilderness. The landscape from Apoka which is situated in the heart of the park even goes beyond the protected area towards the horizon distant mountain ranges.
In dry seasons, the only water sources you find are the permanent wetlands in the park with the remnant pools of river kidepo and Narus valley next to Apoka which is the parks prime game viewing spot.
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