Top Weekend Trips In Uganda

In Uganda, we consider weekends as period for relaxation after the weekly routine work. The two weekend days include Saturday and Sunday – This is the time when Ugandans and foreigners enjoy them selves to overcome stress and for refreshment. Others start from Friday up to Sunday.

On Saturday, Seventh day Adventists go to their respective churches for worshiping – such Christians can enjoy their weekend praising the Lord through songs and reading bible verses. Then on Sunday, majority of the Christians including cathartics, Protestants, Born again, Orthodox among others go to their churches for praise and worship.
While others go to praise on the weekend, other people plan to spend their time at the beaches, cinema halls, theatres, Gambling clubs, and night clubs among others. On the other hand, some people decide to leave Kampala City (the capita city of Uganda) to other areas like Jinja, Entebbe, Mukono, Masaka and so on.

With African jungle Adventures, we can make your week

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end even more enjoyable – our expert tour consultants can draft for you two or three days trips at pocket friendly costs to the following destinations:

Bulago Island – I stumbled across Bulago Island on the recommendation of a friend who had recently taken the entire cast of Mamma Mia (Kampala’s amateur theatre group) there as a post-show-wrap-party. Bulago Island is about 500-acre, found in Lake Victoria with a Villa providing 7 bedrooms, 4 in the villa & 3 in the adjacent guest house. The villa is run by the company One Minute South led by

Alison Portilus.

The Equator – Always dreamed of straddling the line between the northern and southern hemisphere? Well, now you’re in Uganda your dreams can come true! To reach the official equator line from Kampala you can take a mutatu down towards Masaka (about 1 – 1.30 hours outside of Kampala) and asked to be dropped off just before.

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Jinja – to the source of River Nile, you can take a boat trip to the origin of the River. Meeting the origin point of the longest River in Africa is memorable. From Kampala to Jinja, it’s approximately 1.5 hours drive via Mabira Forest. We can make stopover for simple birding exercise, study about different tree species, and breath in fresh Air among others.

Lagoon Island Resort – The closest island to Kampala is home to this luxury resort. It’s is probably a better option that Bulago Island if you’re only going with one or two people. You can get there from the Munyonyo – Speke resort marina.

Bwindi National Park Gorillas – This requires at to start on Friday and set off to the misty jungles of Bwindi Impenetable Forest national park, a home to the endangered mountain  gorillas, track gorillas in Saturday and return to Kampala on Sunday. The 3 day gorilla safari Uganda package is among the top selling, with 2 nights in any lodge on edges of the forest because, it is over 8 hours drive from Kampala to the park.

Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary – 45hours boat cruise from Entebbe to the Island situated on Lake Victoria. There, you can see chimps in cages not like in Kibale where you need to struggle looking for them in the tropical forest.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Perhaps not the most romantic way to experience your first rhinos but this is in fact the only place in Uganda where you can catch a sight of the beasts these days. The sanctuary is located just off the Gulu Highway at Nakitoma and is about a 2.5 hour drive up the highway from Kampala.

Ssezibwa falls – it is located en route to Jinja town. Many myth stories and associated to this waterfall but you explore every thing is you pay a weekend tour there.

Mabamba Shoebill Sanctuary – Located near Entebbe in Wakiso district – this is one of the best sites you can view shoebill stocks. While their, you can do boat birding.
Bujjagali falls, beaches, Landing centres like Kasenyi among others.

Buganda Kingdom Launches a New Tourism Board to Develop Tourism Industry

Buganda Heritage and Tourism Board was launched by the Katikkiro (Prime Minister) of Buganda Kingdom, Owekitiwa Charles Peter Mayiga. The board will be in charge of preserving, protecting and developing the heritage of Buganda’s culture. Buganda Kingdom has been considered as the one of the world’s richest cultural sites with various wonders including heritage sites, eco-tourism, Galleries, craft shops, bookshops, bookshops, entertainment centers and unique lifestyle.

The Buganda government has been given three roles towards the Buganda Heritage and Tourism Board. These incorporate; putting a policy on the management of all tombs within the Buganda area. This will include affirming people who take care against these tombs. Led by Dr. Gladys Nalubowa is all the cultural destinations in Buganda Kingdom incomes collected from voyagers will go to Buganda government and towards developing the Kingdom.

The board however has been tasked to create management policies on running the royal tombs of Buganda. Most attention however has been put on the Kasubi and Wamala Royal tombs because of their significance as the home of the ancestral fathers.

Buganda Heritage and Tourism Board needs to administer and develop tourism in Buganda whereby they need to find all the historical sites of Buganda protected and preserved for future. The need to establish and actualize policies of staffing and change the Buganda museum and other cultural sites apart from the royal palaces has been seen in this Buganda heritage.

Remarkably, the Prime Minister highlighted much on protecting, preserving and conserving the heritage destinations. Nevertheless, he showed concern over the increased deforestation methods that this will cause desert climate conditions in Uganda. The Katikiro however advised general public that in order to protect and preserve our cultural sites we have to protect the wildlife in the country.

He again reminded the public about Kabaka’s discourse of taking at least two trees at the introduction functions and it will help to protect our environment in future.

Some of the Unique Intangible cultural in Buganda Kingdom includes, the King and Royal lineage, a different language, music, dance and amazing dress code. These can easily be experience by taking a cultural Uganda tour at any time of the year.

Despite of amazing and unique culture in Uganda, there are also other interesting tourist attractions in the country like; the rare and endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Chimpanzee in Kibale Forest National Park and other attractions in the 10 national parks and 13 wildlife reserves.

Gorilla trekking tips in Africa

gorilla trekking tipsOn my first gorilla trekking in Africa in 2013, I felt as if I had been invited to a reunion of distant, hairy relatives. When I first saw the gorillas I took photos for a while, but then put my camera away so I could just watch. I stood mere feet from these powerful animals and they calmly let me be a part of their world. No glass, no bars, no rumbling safari car engine, no squinting through binoculars. Just humans and gorillas together in the forest.

Anyone going on safari in East Africa should consider adding on a few days to see the mountain gorillas in nearby Rwanda, Uganda, or the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mountain gorilla tracking is the main feature in all Rwanda and Uganda safaris. Gorilla trekking requires more active participation than traditional safaris, so it’s important to plan ahead so you are prepared for the challenge. Once you book a tour (I recommend Volcanoes Safaris for trekking in Rwanda and Uganda) here are some important points to keep in mind:

Dress for success

I have seen gorilla trackers tourists dressed in all kinds of outfits, from young women in skinny jeans and tennis shoes to well-heeled adventurers decked out in North Face gear that would rival anything you’d see at Mt. Everest base camp. Personally, I think you need to be prepared for muddy trails and changeable weather, but it’s not necessary to spend a fortune to be prepared.

Here’s what I recommend. On top, wear layers. Start with a shirt made of a synthetic material that dries quickly. I usually spend most of the trek up the mountain in a t-shirt as it can get quite warm and muggy in the forest. I usually add a fleece layer when the group stops and I start cooling down. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a third rain layer. Rainstorms can happen at any time in the forest, and it’s no fun, not to mention dangerous, to be cold and wet for hours. You can bring a waterproof rain jacket, but a cheap poncho will also work.

On the bottom I wear long pants, also made of a synthetic material. Between the potential for cold weather and the stinging nettle plants of the forest, wearing shorts is an invitation for misery. Some trekkers also bring waterproof pants to wear on top of regular pants, but I usually don’t unless it’s the peak of the rainy season in April and May.

Wear proper footwear

Boots that fit above the ankle are a must. You’ll probably walk through ankle-deep mud at certain points, and sometimes even knee-deep mud that threatens to suck the boots right off your feet. Because of this, you should wear gators over your boots that go up to the knee. When I trek, I go like the locals and wear knee-high rubber willies with treads on the bottom. I’m guaranteed to stay dry up to knees and the boots can be quickly cleaned and dried out for the next day. I wear SmartWool socks underneath.

Pack enough food and water

There’s no place to buy food and water once you get to the national parks so make sure you have at least a liter of water and some snacks to pack with you. Some treks last well into the afternoon, so I try to bring some energy bars and fruit to keep me going. Volcanoes Safaris’ lodges provide packed lunches for trekkers but it’s always nice to have a few favorite snacks from home in case you’re a picky eater.

Speak up about your trekking preferences

When you arrive at park headquarters on the morning of your trek, the national park guides will assign you to a gorilla group. Technically, it’s not possible to book permits for a specific gorilla group. However, it is important to let your tour company representative know your fitness level, so they can work with the guides to assign you to group that will be within your ability to reach. Some groups are known for ranging far afield while others stay closer to the park boundaries or even go outside of the park. However, all groups move in search of food so there’s no guarantee that one group will be easier to reach than another. On certain days when fewer tourists are trekking than usual, you may be able to request specific groups. Closer groups with new babies tend to be the most popular. It’s hard to pick which groups are the “best” because they are all different and group size and composition changes from one year to the next. Every gorilla trek I’ve been on has been unique and revealed a new facet of mountain gorilla behavior.

Make sure your camera is forest ready

I’ll offer more specific photography tips in a later blog, but here are the basics: Flash photography is not allowed as it disturbs the gorillas so make sure you have your camera manual with you so you know how to disable the automatic flash and automatic focus light functions. Photographs of gorillas in the low forest light often turn out dark due to underexposure. To avoid this, I tend to shoot at ISO 1250 or higher when in the forest. These days, newer models of both point-and-shoot and DSLR camera can handle relatively high ISOs without adding too much noise. No matter what kind of camera you bring, make sure you keep it in a waterproof bag (a large Ziploc will do) to avoid getting the camera wet. I’ve seen way too many nice cameras destroyed by African rainstorms.

The price for a Rwandan mountain gorilla trekking permit is $750, $ 500 dollars for Uganda and $ 400 dollars for the Democratic republic of Congo, so book your gorilla safari with travel specialists for an agent to handle the paperwork for you.) For more information about Uganda Rwanda gorilla safaris, primates and wildlife trips as well as travel tips, contact African Jungle adventures on Email: info@rwandagorillasafaris.com / Tel: +256772561508

Travel to Africa and meet the mountain Gorillas in the Mist

When you are planning to travel to Africa for your safari or business issue, Uganda, Rwanda and Congo are the best destinations that you would not to miss on your travel in Africa. These 3 regions have got the great apes of the world and these mountain gorillas. Uganda and Rwanda gorilla tours can be booked through African Jungle Adventures Limited, the No.1 gorilla tour company in Africa.

During my travel to Africa last year 2013 in July, I went to Kenya for 3 days in Masai Mara National Park for wildlife safari to mainly spot the 5 big cats of Africa and other wildlife species, and this one I contacted African Jungle Adventures who recommended me to the Kenyan tour operator partner and my safari was luxury but the price I got from the operator I was not sure whether I will get what expect but when I arrived in Kenya they picked from the airport but the comfortable safari jeep which gave an impression of the lodges that I was going to stay and thereafter we drove to the lodge and it was 5 star lodge.

gorilla-tours-rwandaThen, the following my professional English speaking guide, Makau early in the morning arrived at the lodge to pick me and already I was done with my breakfast and then I had to board the jeep and transfer to the park and as we traveling Makau was not guiding but extremely educating me more about Kenya which was much amazing. Then, upon arrival at this park I started spotting various wildlife species and the big cats of Africa were close to our jeep and I took unforgettable photos.

As soon, as finished this unforgettable wildlife safari in Kenya my experienced guide Makau transferred me to the Jomo Kenyatta airport to embark Kenya Airways to Uganda and upon arrival at Entebbe international airport our guide Paul was at arrival point to pick us and dropped us at hotel in Kampala.

Then, early in the morning Steve and my guide Paul came to hotel and meet me for orientation before my safari, thereafter my guide Paul drove me to Kibale Forest National Park where I had my chimpanzee trekking and the spotting of other primates, during my stay at this forest I stayed at Kyaninga lodge with the spacious view of the nearby Crater Lakes and this can be viewed while in your room or at the verdant trail of the lodge.

After the chimpanzee trekking we transferred to Bwindi impenetrable national park where I had the gorilla trekking and when we entered the forest and show the mountain gorillas on their turf and their conditions? It was simply an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. The trek was hard though. The family that we visited was the Rushegura group and our information said, “to reach the Rushegura one must endure a fairly steep climb” and they weren’t kidding. However, turning that last corner and seeing a gorilla sitting right in front of us, banished all the difficulties of the climb. There was one baby in the group and multiple silverbacks so we saw all sizes. This group is known as a gentle, peaceful group and they were that. Such a beautiful sight for my visit to Africa!

British tourists organize sit-in after locals ruin luxury beach hotel

ClubHotel-Riu-Mere_2612508bHolidaymakers said their £12,000 Thomson vacation to the Dominican Republic was destroyed by locals who touched base on a shoddy package deal and caused chaos at the Club hotel Riu Merengue.

Visitors said the pool must be shut after the “tanked and rowdy” Dominicans used it as a lavatory, and said they even urinated on sun-loungers while people were lying on them.

Tony Walton, a sales manager from Doncaster, was on vacation with his wife Cheryl, 46, a registrar, their girl and boy aged 20 and 15, and four members of their extended family on a two-week break from June 30 to celebrate family birthdays and anniversaries.

He told the Mailonline: “People were peeing on the sun-loungers with people on them. These people had no respect for anything. They peed up against my sun lounger while I was lying on it.

“They were washing themselves down completely in the shower by the pool. What’s more there was no sustenance – they took at all.”

At the time they whined to staff about the disruption of their vacation, they say they were advised to take journeys -which they might need to pay for – to get away from the hotel.

Furthermore when Mr. Walton wanted his family to be moved to a different hotel, he says he was at first rejected assistance then afterward told if he moved he would have to pay an extra £1,800.

By July 4, Mr. Walton was angry to the point that he organized the sit-in at the Thompson desk in reception.

He says more than 160 complaining visitors went along with him and stayed camped at the desk for a day and a half, throughout which time he claims he was threatened by the manager.

Mr. Walton said in the end up to 100 people, incorporating his group, was moved to another hotel close-by with fewer facilities, but says he was offered just £30 remuneration.

“It has demolished our occasion and my wife’s birthday.

“I paid a lot of money and I have wasted it. Thomson have been totally pointless and Riu (the hotel chain) much worse.”

A spokesman for Thomson told Mailonline: “Thomson is sad to catch that Mr. Walton was disappointed with his stay at the Riu Merengue in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

“We are conscious that some clients expressed a disappointment with the levels of service throughout high occupancy and, as a gesture of goodwill, have moved them to a hotel nearby, and incorporating Mr. Walton’s party.

“Thomson takes client fulfillment quite important and is right now working with the hotelier to completely examine Mr. Walton’s grumbling.”

Tourism industry offers the best jobs in west Australia

The Australian tourism industry is providing more jobs than any other sector. A recent study reveals that Tourism will overtake mining and construction as one of the biggest employers in West Australia (WA).

The annual “report card” compiled by Tourism Research Australia showed tourism jobs in WA grew 11.25 per cent to 89,000 in the past financial year, the biggest increase of any State.

Tourism accounts for 7 per cent of all jobs in the State, just behind mining with 8 per cent, construction 10 per cent and health care and social assistance, the top employer with 11 per cent.

Tourism Council chief executive Evan Hall said tourism would become more important to the WA economy as the resources boom slowed.

“The trend is for tourism jobs to grow as mining jobs decline,” he said. “With the lower Australian dollar, cheaper hotel rates and more flights to Perth, WA can win back the leisure tourists we lost over the last few years.”

Mr. Hall said in all other States tourism employed more people than mining.

“Tourism would create more jobs than mining in WA, too, if it got the same backing from government,” he said. “Over the next few years, tourism can replace the lost mining jobs, so long as WA doesn’t keep putting all its eggs in the resources basket.”

Owen Williams, director of Segway Tours WA, said it was time for WA’s tourism industry to blossom.

Mr. Williams, who expects to start Segway tours of Perth city next month, said there was big demand for innovative tourism businesses.

“With the devaluation of the Australian dollar, mining slowing and increased interest from the Chinese market, I think this demand for new tourism experiences will only go up,” he said.

Brussels Airlines introduces free digital newspapers for passengers

Brussels-AirlineIntroducing some compelling features, Brussels Airlines passengers who check in online receive a free digital copy of their newspaper thanks to a unique collaboration with publishers De Persgroep and Rossel. Passengers can choose from a wide selection of newspapers on the day of their flight on any route of the Brussels Airlines network.

E-newspapers have gained popularity over the last years, and news sites get more and more visits. Thanks to a collaboration between Brussels Airlines and the Belgian publishers De Persgroep and Rossel, Brussels Airlines’ 6 million passengers can now enjoy a free newspaper on their laptop, tablet or smart phone while they travel.

The growing number of passengers that check in online for a Brussels Airlines flight can now not only select their plane seat and save time at the airport, but they are also invited to select a newspaper, for which they will receive an access code.

Free for all passengers
This new service is free for b.light economy, b.flex economy+ and b.business passengers on European flights, as well as for Economy- and Business Class passengers on intercontinental flights to the United States and Africa. Passengers can choose from a selection of popular Belgian and Dutch newspapers: Het Laatste Nieuws, De Morgen, De Tijd, Le Soir, l’Echo, La Meuse, La Capitale, Nord Eclair, La Province, De Volkskrant, AD, Het Parool and Trouw. The aim is to expand the offer with more foreign newspapers as well as magazines soon. Negotiations are ongoing.

“This is a good example of how Brussels Airlines responds to the rapidly changing consumer needs”, says Anne Tricot, VP Customer Experience at Brussels Airlines. “A lot of passengers consult news sources on their computer or tablet. With the e-paper service we are the first airline to respond to this digitization trend. We expect that the service will be a success and that it will motivate more people to check in online for their flight.”

At this stage, the free e-paper service does not entail that Brussels Airlines will not distribute newspapers to b.business or b.flex economy+ passengers anymore, although it is expected that the number of paper newspapers on board the nearly 300 daily Brussels Airlines flights, will drop significantly. That’s a good thing for the environment thanks to both the paper saving and the weight reduction of the planes.

Tourism Ministry of India proposes Visa on Arrival for 30 nations!

visa-on-arrival-counterTo push and boost the tourism business in India, the tourism minister K Chiranjeevi proposed another list of nations to the home ministry, who will be served with an inventive facility of visa-on arrival (VoA). China additionally offers in the list as it has ended up being one of the potential markets for all tourism co-operations and tour operators of the world.

“We have proposed Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) office for 30 nations incorporating Germany, France, Korea, Russia and China,” Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi told in a meeting. Implying China, he said there is “exceptionally great potential” the extent that tourism is concerned.

The proposal must be cleared by Home Ministry, he said. Under the VoA office, a traveler can head off straight to the planned country and get visa at the airport itself. The countries for which this office has been proposed incorporate US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Russia, Spain, Italy and Korea. As per sources, China is additionally on the list of countries. China sends around 1.5 lakh vacationers to India each year incorporating numerous travelers to the Buddhist circuit.

Asked if the VoA office might be on proportional foundation, the actor-turned-minister said, “We need proportional also, however that is the next step. First and foremost, we need to welcome them.”

Right now, India has developed VoA offices to 11 countries incorporating Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, Vietnam and Philippines. The approval of the home ministry might mean the list will feature 41 countries now.

“We have had two sets of productive discourses with the home minister and he has guaranteed to acknowledge our list,” tourism minister K Chiranjeevi told news people. Provided that the current proposal is approved, the number of nations with VoA offices will increase to 41.

As of late, India marked a settlement with France for quick issuance of visa for diplomats. Chiranjeevi said easing of visa administration might assist support foreign tourists landings. The point is to guarantee that India has no less than 1% impart in international tourist arrivals, he said. India’s offer in world tourist arrivals, at present, is about of 0.64%.

Tourism had prompted earnings to the tune of Rs 94,487 crore as foreign exchange last fiscal as the sector witnessed development of 4.3% last year with 65,77,745 foreigners visiting India against 63,09,222 vacationers the past year.