How to organize a perfect safari to Serengeti National Park

safari-serengetiThis amazing destination is encompassed with game rich sanctuaries that make for an unparallel safari experience. In other words don’t rush your safari, take it step by step or you will miss out on out.

Serengeti National park is the kingdom of predators, while the colossal groups of the Migration thunder over the plain in various numbers. The park has a lot to offer that the worlds last continuing to be great migration. Be that as it may, this migration is so magnificent it is scarcely unexpected most guests to the Serengeti National Park try to time there itinerary to go with the migration.

It is a great idea to try to get all over the place when on Safari. While it ought to be said that it is not continually practical nor is a good idea to leave your vehicle on some events it motivated. Kayaking on Lake Manyara or nature walk around the Tarangire Wilderness Area are great ways to stretch the legs and see, odor and feel the African wilderness far from the boundaries of the 4×4.

This is the one time it is allowed to drive in the Serengeti National Park in the pre-down. At times, ascend to 1000 meters or more to see the enormity and breathtaking panorama of the Serengeti. From time to time the pilot ought to put more heat into the balloon with the intense whisper burners.

A critical thought for the majority of people is the expense. The Serengeti is not generally reasonable – with park charges alone multiplying in 2014 to US $60 per individual daily. There are some lodges that take care for budget safaris and in case you also travel in low season then lodge costs are lowered considerably.

How long should a safari to Serengeti be? The Serengeti alone is so big months could be spent exploring the park. A main guideline would be to spend 5 days in the main and southern Serengeti or the main and northern Serengeti depending on the season of year is the minimum time to acquire any genuine feel or pleasure for the area.

When the best time to visit Serengeti? The dry season is July to December and is the ideal time for a photographic tour. The short rains are in November and the long rains from March to mid June. Be that as it may, the weather does not always act naturally. A few years we have had more rain in January and February than the whole of the rainy season. It may be perfect to start the downpours are from November to June with a drier period from December to mid March. Keep in mind that low season is both much cheaper and receives fewer visitors.

What season to book a tour to this park depends on precisely what you need and to work carefully with your excursion operator will help you choose. I would aim to avoid late July to the end of September for the sole reason the parks and set number of lodges are just excessively hectic.

If you are an experienced voyager, there is no reason why you should not touch arrive in Arusha and organize your safari with a local travel company. I have worked as a tour operator in Arusha in northern Tanzania and planned itineraries for tourists who have really had up to three travel agents in a chain all including commission onto the rate of the safari.

A tour for one or two people is expensive. One method to reduce this expense is to join with a group. Joining a group tour will be less expensive; this being the only advantage if cost is an issue. To impart a safari vehicle to regularly requiring new people might case problem once the safari starts.

The more concerns you ask the more viable will be your safari. The quality of the answers you get to your worries will also show how interested your tour operator in Tanzania is on the success of your safari verses simply making a profit.

One final comment will be to unwind whilst on safari- remove you view as it simply won’t be required. There is not the very same reality on an Africa safari.

Egypt discusses plans to breathe life in fragile tourism industry

In the conference intended to talk about the different ways to restore the countries collapsing tourism sector, an Egyptian official remarked that an immediate plan should be implemented to enhance the fragile tourism sector in the North African countries.

The authority made the comments at the main Academic Tourist Conference which was held in Hurghada.

“After this plan arrangement, we ought to also actualize both short and long term plans to develop tourism,” said Ahmed Abdullah, governor of Egypt’s Red Sea Governorate.

The governor said that, the government, workers in the tourism industry, academics and specialists, ought to cooperate to find solutions to once again make Egypt a world well known vacationer destination.

The Russian air plane crash over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in October a year ago dealt a blow to Egypt’s now battered tourism industry.

It finally led some nations, including Britain and Russia, to suspend their flights to Egypt’s renowned Red Sea resort, Sharm el-Sheik and to evacuate their nationals there, over security concerns.

Egypt has been taking several measures recently to revive tourism.

Tourism sector, one of the main sources of the nation’s national income and foreign currency reserves, endured a setback since the 2011 uprising that toppled previous long-time leader, Hosni Mubarak.

Short Tours in Uganda – Weekend Gataways

1 Day Royal Heritage Trail Tour

Itinerary

Your drive driver/ guide will pick you from your hotel from where you will start the drive to Bulange, then to Twekobe before driving on to the Kabaka’s Lake.

Drive on to Kasubi Tombs which is a huge dome like structure that houses the remains of four former Buganda Kings: Mutesa I, Muwanga II, Daudi Chwa II and Edward Mutesa II.

Lunch break at Ekitobero Restaurant where you will be treated to an African Buffet

Visit Namasoles place in Kanyanya before transferring to the National Museum where you will be able to see a unique collection of ethnological exhibits as well as a great collection of traditional musical instruments.

Head back to town. End of Excursion

The above Includes:

All Entry fees

Ground transportation

Services of a professional English Speaking driver / guide and his allowances

Fuel (Gas)

The above excludes:

Local & International Flights

Airport transfers

Drinks

Tips

Accommodation in Kampala (day prior & on completion of the excursion)

Souvenirs

Plus any other items of personal nature

Please note: This excursion starts and ends in Kampala. Also note that pick up from any other place can always be arranged on request.

 

Kabaka's Lake in Kampala

Kabaka’s Lake in Kampala

 

ENTEBBE CITY TOUR

Itinerary

Your driver/ guide will pick you from your hotel from where you will start the drive to

Kigungu which also happens to be the first landing spot for the church missionary fathers to Uganda

Proceed to Entebbe International Airport, then to the lake side Botanical Gardens.

Lunch break at Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel where you will have a continental or traditional Uganda style buffet

Transfer to Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). UWEC originally started as an animal orphanage in the 1920s has gradually grown to be a show place of various flora and fauna. Flora and fauna to look out for include the lion, buffalo, rhinos, primates like colobus monkeys, baboons, chimps and many bird species.

Later head back to Kampala. End of Excursion

The above Includes:

All Entry Fees

Private Transportation as per the itinerary.

Services of a professional English Speaking driver / guide and his allowances

Fuel (Gas)

The above excludes:

Local & International Flights

Airport transfers

Drinks

Tips

Accommodation in Kampala (day prior & on completion of the excursion)

Souvenirs

Plus any other items of personal nature

Please note: This excursion starts and ends in Kampala. Also note that pick up from any other place can always be arranged on request.

uwec

 

1 Day White Water Rafting,Bungee Jumping, Kayaking, horse riding and Quad biking

This one day water rafting trip is ideal for those with a day to spare when visiting Kampala – Uganda

Early in the morning meet & greet with your driver /guide – Sheraton Hotel parking yard at 7:30 am from where you will be transferred to Jinja. You will then be given a briefing on your safety which will be followed by a practical training prior to the start of the raft. You will raft for close to 31kms.

Other activities in Jinja include Bungee Jumping, Kayaking, horse riding and Quad biking among others.

You will be dropped off at Sheraton parking yard in Kampala.

The above Includes:

1 meal (Lunch)

Rafting Fees

Transport in a Coaster bus (To & fro Kampala)

An English Speaking driver / Guide

Fuel (Gas)

The above excludes:

Local & International Flights

Airport transfers

Drinks

Tips

Accommodation in Kampala (day prior & on completion of the excursion)

Souvenirs

Plus any other items of personal nature

Please note: This excursion starts and ends in Kampala. Also note that pick up from any other place can always be arranged on request.

Hot-air ballooning Trip in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Peaceful and serene, hot-air ballooning is a wonderful adventure in Uganda. From the thrill of watching the balloon inflate, and the imperceptible lift-off, to the gentle descents with the pilot skimming the treetops one moment then sending you soaring heavenwards the next. And the sensational views are unforgettable!

Recently introduced Hot-air balloon rides in Queen Elizabeth national park offer safe adventures. Commercial hot-air ballooning in Uganda is controlled by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, and each operator must be registered as a non-scheduled airline, have a valid pilot’s license, operating certificate and public liability insurance and is held to regular airworthiness checks. As a passenger, you need to be fit enough to stand for the duration of the flight (at least 50 minutes), climb in and out of the basket and be at least 1.2m (4 ft) tall so you can see over the rim. Air temperature and stability dictate that almost all balloon flights start before sunrise, and the flight path of every excursion depends on the direction of the wind and the weather.

In Queen Elizabeth National park, take a flight over the crater lakes, or over Kazinga channel, with views of the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. In the park, a mix of savannah grassland and woodland offer a rare and exquisite sight. In the Katwe crater region, drift over the salt pans and spectacular landscapes—spot the game from air.

Bungee jump on World’s longest River Nile

The Nile river bungee jumping adds a whole new dimension to sightseeing on this famous river. Bridging the gap between adventure and sightseeing tourism, it allows visitors to enjoy one of its most famous landmarks like never before. River Nile bungee jumping will have you falling heads over heels for this river in no time. Leap over the source of the Nile from one of the most spectacular bungee jumping sites in the world. We specialize in tandem jumps, water touches and full-moon jumps

The Nile bungee jump is one of several adventure activities now on offer and is one of the most exciting ways to see world’s biggest river. Based on River Nile cliff and a major Jinja attraction – the new activities are fast changing the way visitors experience the River. For a start, you now have the most awesome view of the Nile from the top of the cliff. Other Nile adventure experience includes the white water rafting, Kayaking and jetting.

Travel tips & planning info

Who to contact

ADRIFT Adventure Co.
Plot 14, York Terrace,
Kololo, Kampala-Uganda

E-mail:     raft [at] adrift [dot] ug
Telephone:     +256-(0) 312 237 438
Mobile:     +256 (0) 772 237 438

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 7681
Kampala

How to get here

If you’re driving, from Kampala take the Jinja highway to Jinja town that is approximately 80km from Uganda’s capital city-Kampala.

Tours to do

Evening source of the River Nile tours

What will it cost?

  • Bungee Jump  –  $ 115
  • Raft / Bungee Combo
    • $ 195 – Full day rafting – can only be done over 2 days!
    • $ 185 – Half day rafting

 

Length of stay

Half-day to full day

What to pack

Plenty of sunscreen, a hat and lots of courage!

Where to stay

For something a little different, try and book in to one of the many charming Bed and Breakfast in the area.

What to eat

Try traditional African cuisine at venues across Jinja town or international cuisine from up market restaurants.

 

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.

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Who will save the African Endangered species

African elephants roaming, TanzaniaA recent report published in the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal showed that around 100,000 elephants were killed in the last four years internationally.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimated that the elephant population over the African continent had dropped from 550,000 in 2006 to 470,000 in 2013. It had been caused by mainly poaching and environmental degradation.

Luckily, statistics from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) shows that elephant population for Queen Elizabeth Protected Area has continuously increased from 400 in 1988 to 2,959 in 2010, while in the same period in Murchison Falls Protected Area, the large mammals have too increased from 201 in 1995, to 904 in the same period.

In the same period, the number Buffaloes has increased from 2,477 to 9,192, that of giraffes from 153 to 930 and Hartebeests from 2,431 to 3,589 because of several factors, incorporating stability in the nation, strict conservation measures and general awareness among the population.

These wildlife crimes not only threaten the presence of different species and the tourism industry, additionally national security as gangs and other terrorist organizations use this as an avenue to get funding to facilitate their activities.
And indeed expected illicit wildlife products worth more than Shs5 billion was seized a year ago, according to the Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities minister, Ms Maria Mutagamba.

Speaking at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in Botswana’s northeastern town of Kasane, Ms Mutagamba said illicit killing of elephants and its trade has derailed the continent’s tourism industry, which of later, is ending up being a backbone of foreign exchange earnings for most African countries.

Uganda’s tourism industry contributed 7.9% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product in 2013 translating into Sh5.5 trillion and created over 500,000 employments. In spite of this contribution, the industry got just near to Sh800 million as its investment in the same Financial Year.

“In only one year, we have seized more than two tons of Ivory [estimated to be worth about Shs2.2 billion], 30 Rhino horns and around two tons of Pangolin scales [worth over Shs2.9 billion] at Entebbe International Airport. We are resolved to make it increasingly hard for wildlife traffickers to use Uganda as a transit nation,” Ms Mutagamba said.

Uganda is not just a transit area for the valuable wildlife products however it has excessively encountered the same crimes.

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) executive director Andrew Seguya, who was part of Minister Mutagamba’s contingent, said Uganda has been successful in capturing consignments of wildlife contraband because of surveillance.

“We have created intelligence service of over 80 officers and a plenty of informers” across border points and around game reserves and national parks

However, there is more that needs to be done to stamp out the vice, he said. As indicated by Ms Mutagamba, Uganda has encountered several difficulties in the management of the national ivory stockpile to the extent that around 1.2 tons of ivory was lost in 2014.

A year ago, a review by UWA found that 1,300 kilograms of ivory worth $1.1m (about Shs3b) was missing, hence attracting the attention of President Museveni, who asked the Inspector General of Government to investigate the matter. The IGG’s report is yet to be released.

Early this month, China, the world’s biggest ivory importer, forced a one-year ban on ivory carving imports. Ivory is a highly prized item in markets, for example, Malaysia and China as it is an indication of prestige and riches. From ivory, magnificent sculptures are made. With the increase in incomes by the Chinese, the demand for ivory has increased in the previous years, leading to the killing of many African elephants.

Ms. Mutagambwa said Uganda will keep on using the accredited forensic laboratories in USA and South Africa to focus in ascertaining the origin of seized ivory and rhino horns. She however said “Uganda welcomes the foundation of the new forensic laboratory in Nairobi and we will certainly make use of it,”

At the same meeting, Minister Mutagambwa accepted to join the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI), however asked subsidizing that will empower the impllementation of the African Elephant Action Plan. Botswana President, Lt Gen Khama Ian Khama, said wildlife poaching and trafficking had indeed reached unmatched levels all through the world, particularly with endangered species.

Tanzania to deploy army to save African wildlife

President Jakaya Kikwete has announced stern measure, including deployment of the army, to redress the killing of elephants and rhino coupled with illegal export of logs which have now reached an alarming level.

Speaking at a sideline meeting for Heads of State and Government organized by President Ondimba Omar Bongo of Gabon and the Government of Germany at the UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday evening, President Kikwete said the army will have to be deployed to spearhead control measures to save the wildlife and forests.

Among other issues on the agenda, the meeting focused on ways to stop serious interference with the wildlife and control the destruction of forests for conservation of the environment.

“The Tourism sector which contributes 17 per cent to the National Gross Product (NGP) hiring more than 300,000 people has been targeted by ill-intentioned people. Additional protective measures must be put in place to avert the threat,” the president said.

Clarifying on the seriousness of the matter, President Kikwete said in 1960, for example, Tanzania had 350,000 elephants but the number decreased to 110,000 by 2009.

According to the statement issued by the Directorate of Communication at the State House, the country registered about 700 rhinos in 1974 but the number has declined to below 100 due to poaching.

“Between 1980 and 1990 we (Tanzania) had deployed the army to help stop poaching along the animal corridors. The situation improved dramatically but in the last four years the situation has worsened. For example, between 2010 and July 2013, more than 1,386 elephants were killed in Tanzania,” he explained.

Additional measures taken to control poaching, said the president, included review of policies, legislations and regulations guiding the wildlife. Also the country ratified various international treaties related to protection of the wildlife and natural vegetation.

Commenting on confiscation of weapons from poachers, Mr. Kikwete said some arrests had also been made such that between 2010 and 2013, a total of 5,189 poachers were arrested in addition to 1,952 guns impounded.

“A total of 3,788 tusks weighing at 10,756 kilogrammes were impounded. I have issued instructions to the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) to take action and we will see the difference soon,” he said.

It was explained that the sector required more labour force at least 4,800 new employees at the moment to help intensify control measures, even if it means hiring 500 people annually. More funds will also be secured for the purpose.

At least more than US Dollar 19.4 million will be needed for the purpose, in addition to US Dollar 30 million for purchase of the necessary work equipment and construction of headquarters.

The Uhuru falls overshadowed the mighty Murchison Falls

Uhuru falls were formed due to heavy rainfall received in 1962 which flooded the Murchison falls forcing it to form attributary known as Uhuru Falls.

Since then, the falls has created a spectacular view and are often are referred to as twin falls. Henry Buzu, a guide within the park, says the falls have been an attraction since they were formed and maintained their water volume.

Buzu says he cannot explain why the falls were formed in the same year the country gained its independence from Great Britain and little research has been conducted on them. Buzu, however, says the falls is facing destruction because of the power dams being constructed along the Nile.

The guide says four years ago, the Uhuru Falls disappeared during the construction of Bujagali dam.  Unfortunately, the Uhuru falls has been destructed by karuma dam construction, aimed at increase the level of electricity produced in Uganda.

Discover why International Tourists go on Uganda Safaris

uganda gorilla safari
You should go on Uganda safari and see the great things this country has for you. Uganda offers astonishing sights which are available for you to see and experience. What’s more you don’t just see and experience, you can additionally bring them with you in form of film and photographs or picture.

You have the chance to take many photos as you like for purposes of souvenirs in future. You see, you will have such a gorgeous experience, to the point that you will like this chance of keeping such vital proof of your safari.

You will have the opportunity to go out into the wild and see places untouched by human activities and emerging technology. This will unquestionably ensure you learn things you never could have known. You will get an opportunity to see many different wild animals, creatures you’ve just seen in travel magazines and TV. Once you’re down in Uganda, you won’t have enough of the country that you will keep coming and coming!
Take an extraordinary Adventure vacation to Uganda

Is it accurate to say that you are searching for an extraordinary experience that will give you the opportunity to see stunning animals up close and personal? At that point quit searching and book a Uganda safari! With a Uganda safari, you get to go into the jungle and savanna plains to observe and study wild animals.

There are some safari packages you can choose from all of which are exciting and will give you a decent experience, one that is truly extraordinary! You can go for gorillas and chimpanzees tracking, mountain climbing, caving, bird watching, white water rafting, in addition to boat cruise.

You can additionally go into the wilderness and see different games only just of metres away. See animals like; buffalos, gorillas, chimps, white and black colobus monkey, golden monkey, lions, elephants, rhinos, entraps, Zebras, Leopards in the wild and experience something you’ve never imagined. To have an experience that will give you memories to last a lifetime, book yourself a Uganda safari promptly! By Jean

Flying into the Butterfly World – Uganda Safaris

Flying into the Butterfly World

Really shuddering butterflies with their stunning move are part of the menu for nature lovers. With swaggering grace and jerky flights, they decorate the forested Serenade Eco Resort Beach on Lake Victoria. Butterflies are part of the long record that makes Uganda the Pearl of Africa. With 518 recorded species, Uganda is home to about 75% of the African butterfly species.

With testing kisses, they suck nectar from the wild blossoms. Their vibrating wings create merry tunes as their predators slinking in the thick jungle salivate.

In spite of the fact that ravishing and harmless, butterflies have numerous nature foes. They are preyed by birds, reptiles, insects and ants while their eggs are consumed by bugs, hover flies and birds like songbirds. Their hatchlings are gobbled by fowls. Butterflies which make it to adulthood are killed by predators, disease and bad climate. Small butterflies live for three weeks while the life span of bigger ones is double that of small ones.
Feeding habits

Interestingly, butterflies never consume all their lives. Those which don’t need sustenance incubate from pupa, which has a good amount of energy reserves in form of fat. They use the fat all their grown-up lives.

On the other hand, most butterflies do take some salts, sugars and liquids. Some, such as the swallowtails, usually visit blooms to get nectar and others look for urea from animal waste. Some males are sometimes seen on dump grounds near streams extracting salts, particularly, sodium from the drying mud. This sort of conduct is called mud.

With rainbow colours, they reduce a figure of small angle from paradise, however don’t be tooled: some butterflies are natural drunkards. The drunkard family of butterflies hails from the charaxes genus. They like the juice from rotting fruits that is alcoholic. Most times, they take excessively, get smashed and fail to fly and get vulnerable to predators. Luckily, some of them are harmful, while others generate horrible chemicals that keep predators at inlet.

Most toxic butterflies fly gradually with confidence, while those which are not mimic the poisonous ones in their movement. The impostors are usually black and white and orange.

Butterflies, together with moths, are insects that belong to the Lepidoptera order. Butterflies have substantial wings covered by small scales. They are a paramount link in the natural way of life. Some butterfly species are specific in their eating regimen, consuming particular plants. This makes them vital for research and protection studies. Subsequently they are progressively drawing in special voyagers to Uganda, with a big number of them doing research on these beautiful insects.

Butterflies help researchers to study what happens in their territory. The presence of a specific butterfly indicates that their nourishment plant is available.

In Uganda, Mabira Forest has the most astounding number of butterflies with 250 species, 45 charaxes and 55% of the nation’s swallowtails. Most African butterfly species are forest dwellers and Mabira is an old tropical forest, therefore the enormous amounts of these insects. Other protected zones rich in butterflies are Kibale Forest and Bwindi National Parks, which are additionally extraordinarily forested. Outside of national parks, Serenade Eco Resort, with its old forest and exotic flowers, abounds with numerous types of butterflies 12 hours a day.

Ambassador Ibrahim Mukiibi, the proprietor of Serenade, says he has been rationing his 18 acre forest for about 30 years. It is only 35 minutes by boat from Ggaba landing site and is home to primates, giant lizards, medicinal plants and over 130 species of both water and forest birds. The sheer number of butterflies is an indicator of the rich biodiversity in the private forest.

Butterflies are colourful insects and are not bugs to farmers. Their colours and designs contrast relying upon the season. They are darker throughout cool times and lighter throughout hot seasons.

They are cold blooded insects. They have to warm themselves in the sun with wings open before they can fly. Around night time, they sleep underneath leaves frequently in big communities to avoid predators. Some butterflies are transitory and move in substantial numbers over long distances to colonize new territories while abandoning ineffective habitats.

Confronted with such a variety of dangers to their lives, butterflies have acclimates some survival tricks. They fly in jerky patterns, making it hard for predators to hit the target. Some disguise with the encompassing vegetation.

Some butterflies have false eyes on their wings to befuddle birds, giving them a chance to ambush from the wrong end to enable escape, yet with broken wings. Butterflies with punctured or broken wings are survivors of these attacks.

How to have a Successful and an Interesting Uganda Safari

Gorilla Expedition Ltd and African Jungle Adventures Ltd are the leading tour companies in Uganda ready to offers travel services to you. They offers different tour activities like Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris, Wildlife tours, cultural safaris and many other activities to all national parks, game reserves and other safari destinations in the country.