Everything on a Uganda Tour is Unique and Amazing

Have you ever thought of traveling top a destination where everything that comes to your eyes is totally amazing and new? Well, a visit to Uganda is a sure deal of this astounding experience particularly for first time visitors. This may sound crazy to you however the truth of the matter is that the nature which waits to be explored by you in this “Pearl of Africa” is magnificent.

The fact is that Uganda is among the leading tourism destination in Africa and its amazing nature is the main reasons as to why the nation has constantly attracted many tourists from different parts of the world.

Among the nature wonders you will see while visiting Uganda is the variety of wildlife including even those which can only be found in Uganda. A drive through some national parks in the country is an exciting experience as you see a group of different animals as they roam about the whole national park searching and water. Your safari to Uganda will also become more interesting when you move on foot through some of the thick tropical rainforests and encountering some animals and other nature wonders.

Gorilla tracking is another stunning tour activity you should not miss on your excursion to Uganda just because it’s among the memorable activity you will enjoy in Uganda. Spending some quality time with the rare and endangered mountain gorillas is a memorable experience as you get the chance to discover how they spend their lives and how they associate with humans. Take clear photographs with them and also play with some friendly primates. A gorilla safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is enough particularly for those interested on watching these rare primates. The national park has 12 gorilla families which can be visit and these are all around gazetted for easy access.

Apart from mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, there are also other primates a tourist can track like the chimpanzees, barbet monkeys and others. In the mean time as you track the primates, you may encounter some people in the impenetrable forest of Bwindi called the Batwa. These are cultured people who live in the forest. One fascinating thing about them is that regardless of their pygmie-nature, they are able to hunt for food in the forests and also find shelter. Get an opportunity of meeting them in the forests and sharing some memorial moments together.

Other exciting activities one can enjoy on a Uganda safari incorporate, bird watching, mountain climbing, city visits, nature strolls, sport angling, boat cruise, wildlife watching, guided nature walks and many others.

Rwanda the Home Of Mighty African Mountain Gorillas

Rwanda is blessed with many wildlife diversity and bird species which form its core products. The country has beautiful scenery making it known as the country of a thousand hills and with hospitable people which has attracted a lot of safaris to Rwanda. The glory of this country is seen in her mountain gorillas. Rwanda is a home for one of the unique group of primates (the endangered mountain gorillas) found in only three countries (Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo) in the world and as a result as led to many safari visits in Rwanda.

Mountain gorillas are critically endangered animals out listed by IUCN. The primates live in the rainforest Volcanoes National Park, located 90 minutes drive from Kigali the capital city of Rwanda. Volcanoes National park is shared by Mgahinga national park in Uganda and Virunga National park in Democratic Republic of Congo. Mountain gorillas mostly feed on fresh leaves, shoots, fruits, and piths but they do not take water on daily basis because of the food they eat which contains a lot water and moisture.

These Apes are the largest primate species having about 98% of Human DNA making them the closest relatives of Humans and the Chimpanzees. Thus making them one of the tourism attractions you don’t want to miss seeing while on your safari in Rwanda. This specie of critically endangered Mountain gorillas live in groups headed by one leader called silverback. Silver back guards the group against any danger and threats from other animals. He protects the group even with his own life which reflects the nature of man. Mountain gorillas offer the best safaris experiences while on your safaris to Rwanda and Uganda as well as other East African Countries. Many writers contend that, a safari in Africa is only complete when you visit mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, in the true African wilderness, deep in the heart of Africa.

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Gorilla safaris in Rwanda are best conducted in Volcanoes national park and for Uganda is best done in Bwindi impenetrable national park. Uganda also has another group of mountain gorillas known as “Nyakagezi gorilla group” found in Mgahinga National Park. However, this group is not yet stable as it sometimes crosses the boarder to Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, simply because they do not need visas. Gorilla trekking safaris also offer tourists with the additional opportunity to spot different bird species, other animals and other primates like the golden monkeys and the silver monkeys.

To enjoy gorilla trekking, you are required to assemble at the park headquarters in Kinigi before 7:30am for a briefing about this activity. This means you should sleep in lodges around the park a night before the trek. Among the accommodation options around Volcanoes National Park include Sabyinyo Silverback lodge, Virunga lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Hotel La Palme and Kinigi Guest House among others.

However, if you stay in Kigali and interested in tracking gorillas the same day, you need to leave Kigali in the morning at 4:30am, it takes 2 hours drive. However, this is high risk because there is one route  to the park and in case you find it blocked by mud slides or fallen trees, you won’t have any other option and you are likely to miss the trek, yet, no refund for gorilla permits that costs US$750. At the end of the trek, each tourist who participated is rewarded with a certificate to confirm that he / she successfully participated in this life time adventure activity.

The main Challenges of Uganda Tourism Industry

Broken but rapidly improving road system, the other is the absence of a grading system for accommodation facilities, which leaves little room for decision for the sophisticated tourists. Likewise, an absence of a functional training facility for tour and travel industry has hampered interest. There is additionally absence of basic maps and legitimate signage.

What is the Biggest Missing Link?
The biggest missing connection is absence of marketing of the tourism richness. “Sadly we have not positioned ourselves well,” says Wekesa.

A Kenyan editor with the Standard newspaper described as of late the days when Uhuru Kenyatta (now Kenyan president) was a senior official in the Kenyan tourism industry.
Kenyatta left nothing to risk in guaranteeing there is a wholesome marketing package to such an extent that the entire group of media from Kenya might go with the marketing team to top tourism exhibitions, for example the World Tourism Market in London. In these meetings, tourism Kenya officials might have a marketing budget, however year on, the arrival figures continue to swell.

Uganda receives in the over of 300,000 tourists yearly going by national parks and game reserves, of which 80,000 are foreigners. The figures might be bigger, as per analysts, if there is marketing and investment in the line facilities. “We have not marketed adventure tourism, which is the where the money really is,” said Wekesa.

Local Tourism
Until later endeavors by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the development of local tourism has been wanting with packages mainly focused to foreign tourists.

Tony Ofungi, a private tour and travel operator, affirms that even private tour operators have not kept tabs on making domestic tourism handlers.

Wekesa advises that the worth chain must likewise be generally considered by the Government. “Between Entebbe and Kampala, there is nowhere to stop and purchase crafts for instance, yet when people travel, their capability to use is much higher.

Uganda Safaris: You can book memorable short safaris in Uganda like a 3 days gorilla safari, 3 days chimps tracking and many others with African Jungle Adventures Ltd and Gorilla Expeditions Ltd the heading tour companies operating in Uganda and Rwanda.