Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the recognized Important Birding Areas by the Birding International and if you are looking for a place to enjoy numerous avian species, just add this Park to your bucket list and you will never regret it.

This National Park is located within western Uganda, stretches for approximately 1978 square kilometers across a number of districts that include Kasese, Bushenyi, Fortportal, Rukungiri and Kanungu, thus making it the second largest Park in the country and its confluence of forest and savannah link to the extensive forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo thus allowing tourists to sight numerous East and Central African bird species.

There are over 600 species of birds (more than half the country’s bird species) inform of forest, aquatic, woodland and various migratory species with different interesting birding spots such as the Kazinga Channel, Mweya Peninsula, Kyambura gorge, Ishasha sector, Maramagambo forest, Kasenyi Plains, the Explosion Crater Lakes and the Mweya Peninsula among others.

The Park sits at an elevation of 800 meters around Lake Edward until 1845 meters at the Peak of the western Rift Valley’s eastern Escarpment and characterized by different vegetation types and habitats including moist thickets, open grasslands, moist semi-deciduous forests, riverine bushland, permanent swamps, open woodlands and riparian forest that also offer haven to the birds species.

Therefore, the key species you are likely to spot while on Uganda tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park include the Pink backed Pelican, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Wattled Plovers, Shoebill, White-tailed Lark, Wood Sandpiper, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Red-chested sunbirds, Papyrus Gonolek, Martial Eagle, Egyptian Geese, Common Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Water Thick-knee, Water-Thick knee, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Red-capped Larks, Temminck’s courser, Papyrus Canary, African Fish Eagle, Goliath Heron, Knob-billed Ducks, Grey-headed kingfisher, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Black Crake, Corncrake, African Skimmer, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmers, Yellow-billed Oxpeckers, open-billed Stork, Papyrus Canary, African Skimmer, Saddle billed Stork, White-winged Warbler, Pin-tailed Whydah, Long tailed Cormorants, the African Broadbill, Collared Pranticole, Madagascar Bee-eaters, African Mourning Doves, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Blue Breasted Bee-eaters, Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars, Pink-backed Pelicans, Black Bee-eater, Spur-winged Plovers, Malachite Kingfisher, Greater and Lesser Flamingos Blue breasted Bee eater, Common Squacco Heron, African Spoonbill, Hammerkop, black-ramped buttonquail, African Jacana, papyrus gonolek, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Black- rumped Buttonquail, Pied Kingfishers, Marabou Storks, White-winged Terns, Great white Pelicans, Great White Egrets, Black headed Gonolek, Eagle Owls, Yellow backed Weavers, Pied kingfishers, White-winged Warbler, thin-tailed Nightjars,

Hiking down into the lush Kyambura gorge offers opportunity of spotting diversity of forest bird species including the speckled Tinker bird, Green Hylia, Broad-tailed Warbler, Grey Wood pecker, purple-headed starling, Hairy breasted Barbet as well as black and African Emeralds Cuckoos that can also be spotted within the Maramagambo Forest within the Park. Please note, Kyambura gorge is also famous for primates tracking with species like Chimpanzees, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Olive baboons, Black and white colobus monkeys among others.

When to go Birding in Queen Elizabeth National park?

The perfect time for bird watching within Queen Elizabeth National Park is the wet season (March to May and October to November) because it offers high chances of seeing the migrant bird species within the Explosion Crater Lakes such as within Lake Nyamunuka.

What to Carry?

This activity requires birder’s to carry pair of binoculars, camera, backpack, drinking water, long sleeved shirt and long trousers because it involves walking through different habitats and vegetation types.

Where to Stay?

  • Mweya Safari lodge
  • Katara Lodge
  • Mazike safari lodge
  • Kyambura Game Lodge
  • Ihamba safari lodge
  • Simba safari camp
  • Twin Lake Safari Lodge
  • Enganzi Lodge
  • Bush Lodge
  • Park View Safari Lodge

 

Bugungu Wildlife Reserve Uganda

Welcome to Bugungu Wildlife Reserve

Did you know that while on the safari to Murchison Falls National Park, you can also get the chance to visit other beautiful Protected Areas within the popular Murchison Falls Conservation Area, especially Bugungu Wildlife Reserve (MFCA)? Yes it is absolutely possible during Uganda safaris.

Extending for approximately 473 square kilometers (182 square miles), Bugungu Wildlife Reserve is small Protected Area that protects a seasonal wetland and grassland at the base of the magnificent Rift Valley Escarpment to the western side of the vast Murchison falls National Park. Established into a Wildlife Reserve in 1968, it is one of the oldest Reserves in the country and currently sits between Masindi and Buliisa Districts, thus making it one of the must-visit sites while on a safari from or to the Murchison Falls National Park.

A number of wildlife species call the Wildlife Reserve home and these include antelopes such as over 1200 Oribis, Dik-dik, bushbucks, over 600 Uganda Kobs, elands, Topis, Sitatunga, waterbucks, Reedbucks, primates such as Olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys and vervet monkeys as well as Warthogs, Oryx, Lions, Leopards, Hippos, Buffaloes, and Giraffes among others.

Additionally, there are over 250 species of birds recorded within the Wildlife Reserve but the common ones include the Saddle billed storks, Shoebill storks, Double-toothed barbets, Giant Kingfishers, Black-headed Batis, Abyssinian ground hornbills, black-headed Gonolek, Black-bellied Bustards, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Black-bellied Barbets, Swamp flycatcher, white-browed sparrow weavers, Speckle-breasted woodpecker, Eastern grey Plantain-eater, Yellow-throated greenbul and black-billed wood doves among others.

Activities You Can Enjoy Within Bugungu Wildlife Reserve

Some of the exhilarating tourist activities any enthusiastic tourist should expect to relish after visiting the small Bugungu Wildlife Reserve include game viewing through some of the well-maintained game tracks, bird watching, nature walks/hiking, picnics and camping as well as community visit to the villages surrounding the Wildlife Reserve.

Perfect Time to Visit the Wildlife Reserve

If you ask about what the perfect time is to visit Bugungu Wildlife Reserve, I would say anytime of the year because this destination is an all year round site thus you can choose to visit at whatever time you wish to. However, most tourists prefer visiting in the dry season (mid June to September and December to early March) because it offers higher chances to spot the animals that usually converge at water points due to limited access to water.

Besides Bugungu Wildlife Reserve, tourists have the chance to visit Ajai, Pian Upe, Bokora Corridor, Kigezi Mountain, Toro-Semliki, Kabwoya, Katonga, Karuma and Matheniko Wildlife Reserves during Uganda safaris. These offers wildlife species such as giraffes, Hippos, buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, antelopes (Uganda Kobs, Topis, bushbucks, waterbucks and elands), warthogs and many others that most tourists always think are only found within the 10 National Parks in the country.

Best Things To Do In Mount Elgon And Sipi Falls

While Uganda adventures mainly depend on mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest and Mgahinga National park, chimpanzee adventures and other wildlife, if you are planning your trip to this remarkable country, expect a lot more for you to make their dreams come true in Africa. If you are looking for the most outstanding African adventures then Mount Elgon and Sipi waterfalls are a few most exceptional tourist sites that you should consider in your travel plan. A trip to these remarkable destinations is one way for you to get out of the noisy Kampala capital city. Mount Elgon featured among Africa’s towering mountain range but given volcanic effects that occurred many years ago, its height reduced. It stands at altitude 4321 meters above sea level. This remarkable mountain today features the world’s biggest intact mountain caldera. It features as the 4th tallest mountain in East Africa

For adventure enthusiasts on Uganda safari, this is the best spot for you to get thrilled by the most exceptional mountaineering adventures of lifetime. It features among the very few easier mountains to climb even when you are not skilled enough and this means that even an average climber can realize his or her dreams. If you are a hiker, there is no need for you to be worried about hiking adventures given that Mount Elgon doesn’t require one to be experienced. Within this volcano, there are experienced guides and porters to take you through your adventure in and around this incredible mountain.

While you are on safari to Mount Elgon, expect to catch a glimpse at its incredible vegetation cover especially as you climb to the top. Around Mount Elgon’s foothills, you come across thick forests and given that the area experiences heavy amount of rainfall the tree species are in most cases covered by lichen, vine like lianas and epiphytes and the forest floor seemingly looks to be carpeted with ferns and flowering plants like wild orchids. About 2000 meters, bamboo forest thrives and as you climb you will find vast woodland and giant heathers come with incredible grass and flowers. Afro montane zone also comes with its unique lobelias and groundsel. Mount Elgon offers the most exhilarating mountaineering adventures.

As you get down Mount Elgon base, you will come across the most powerful and spectacular Sipi falls which feature among the few most remarkable tourist attractions that Eastern Uganda offers to the world travelers.

Spending your vacation around Mount Elgon National Park rewards you with not only climbing adventures but also exceptional wildlife encounters, birdlife, nature walks, cave exploration and cultural experiences of Bamasaba people who call this area their home. Alternatively, you can also engage in mountain biking. Travelers can pay a visit to forest exploration center and several trails that are found around the baseline of Mount Elgon. The forest center lies next to Sipi town and first acted as educational center and later it turned to be a trail head for travelers who come for mountaineering in the park.

The site is the best for one to kick start cave exploration and it comes with incredible waterfalls, valleys and escarpments. For bird lovers, this is the best area for you to spot out unique birds like Hartlaub’s Turaco; Eastern Bronze napped pigeon, Lemon Dove, African hill babbler, black throated wattle eye, thick billed honey guide, mountain yellow warbler, Grey cuckoo shrike, Alpine chat, Dusky Turtle Dove and many more.

You will find several trails for visitors who love nature walks. You can embark on a half day nature walk with a tour guide from Uganda Wildlife Authority and spot out most of the park’s incredible floral and faunal species as well as explore more about the Sipi falls. The waterfalls come with its unique sceneries and amazing roar. A visit to Sipi falls will amaze you with its outstanding aerial views. For unforgettable adventures in Mount Elgon and Sipi falls, you will need to come along with good hiking books but should be light weight and waterproof, jeans, long sleeved shirts/t-shirt, light rain jacket, bottle water, wide brimmed hat, back pack, packed lunch and many more.

Other things to do in Mount Elgon and Sipi fall Area include rock climbing which takes you through the park and the Sipi falls. This adventure is safe and it is mainly guided and supervised and it can equally be enjoyed by visitors on safari to Murchison Falls National Park, Sipi Falls, Kidepo Valley National Park and many more.

Trout fishing

Mount Elgon and Sipi falls feature as the only area in the pearl of Africa where visitors can catch Mountain Trout. This is conducted in the Sipi falls on River Sipi. This adventure is a catch and release experience.

Cultural experiences

You can also explore Abayudaya Jews of Uganda while on safari to Mount Elgon and Sipi Falls. This community has thrived in the area for over 100 years. There is also Budadiri community walk and Imbalu circumcision.

In conclusion, Mount Elgon and the Sipi falls feature among the very few amazing tourist sites that are worth visiting while on safari to Eastern side of Uganda. Besides hiking adventures, this features numerous tourist activities that are worth adding in bucket list.

Explore The Lutembe Bay Wetland

When Lutembe Bay wetland is mentioned, what comes in the minds of any regular tourist to Uganda is bird watching because this site is a real Paradise when it comes to bird species.

Extending for only 3.1 square miles (8 square kilometers/800 hectares), this Important Bird Area and Ramsar wetland of International Importance (since 2006) is found on the Northern shores of Lake Victoria, the Africa’s largest Lake by area and World’s largest Tropical Lake.

If you ever visit Uganda and wish to participate in birding, the Lutembe Bay wetland (one of the 33 Important Birding Areas in Uganda) should not miss on your Itinerary because as rare as it seems, it is popular for offering shelter to over 200 species of birds including 26 migrants, making it the main migration stop for many Palearctic migrants from North Africa, Russia, Scandinavia as well as the main land of Europe and these birds include more than 1.5 million (52%) white-winged terns encountered during birding tours in Uganda, gull-billed terns, black-headed gulls, Holub’s golden weaver as well as several Grey-headed Gulls. Majority of the Migratory species of birds normally begin arriving within the Lutembe Bay wetland in the rainy season especially September to November and leave in the middle of February of early March.

Other bird species of interest found within the area include the African green Pigeon, Great knot, Sooty Chat, Hottentot Teal, Brown-backed scrub robins, Tropical Boubou, Broad-billed Sandpiper, African pygmy kingfishers, Whiskered Terns, the Caspian Tern, road-billed rollers, Lead-colored flycatcher and Temminck’s Stint among others. Additionally, there are also about 7 globally threatened species of birds like the Pallid Harrier (Circus macrouros), African skimmer (Rhynchops flavirostris), Papyrus Yellow warbler (Chloropeta gracilirostris), the Madagascar Squacco Heron (Ardeola idea), the Shoebill stork (Balaeniceps rex), Papyrus Gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri) and the Great Snipe.

This wetland is part of the extensive Murchison bay that is known for abundant counts of flora and fauna species but this area offers materials for building as well as craft products to the local community members, fresh drinking water, fish, energy products and medicine among others. It is also a wonderful breeding ground for several fish species and several species can be found in the wetland. For instance, the endangered Cichlid fish, Clarius fish and Lung Fish are found within this wetland area.

This site is also a haven to a wide range of butterfly species (over 100 species have been recorded) including three extraordinary species that are not found in any other Important Bird Area of Uganda and they include Cacyreus virilis, Acraea Pharsalus and Belenois solilucis thus making it an ideal butterfly watching destination in Uganda.

Lutembe Bay wetland is also a haven to the rare Sitatunga antelopes, Otters (especially the African-Clawless otter and African spot-necked otters), Rodents and Shrews. Therefore, bird watching, nature walks and butterfly watching are some of the important tourist activities that can be enjoyed within this endowed tourist destination. This site is close to Kampala City and Entebbe International Airport hence making it easier accessible by tourists on Uganda tours.

Besides being a home to the wildlife, birds and butterflies, Lutembe Bay wetland naturally plays a role of filtering water that goes through it. Normally, it filters things like sediments, silt and excess nutrients in the running water as well as the dirty wastewater that comes from the nearby factories in addition to the sewage from all over Kampala.

List Important Bird Areas in Uganda

1) Echuya Forest Reserve
2) Mgahinga Gorilla national park
3) Bwindi Impenetrable national park
4) Nyamuriro Swamp
5) Queen Elizabeth National Park
6) Rwenzori Mountains National Park
7) Semliki Reserves
8) Lake Mburo National Park
9) Semliki National park
10) Kibale National Park
11) Kyambura wildlife reserve
12) Sango Bay Area
13) Mabira Forest
14) Bugoma Forest Reserve
15) Nabajjuzi wetland
16) Kidepo valley National Park
17) Kasyoha – Kitomi Forest reserve
18) Mount Moroto forest reserve
19) Lake Bisina
20) Mount Elgon National Park
21) Lake Opeta
22) Lake Nakuwa
23) Mount Otzi Forest Reserve
24) Doho Rice scheme
25) Mount Kei Forest reserve
26) Murchison Falls National Park
27) Lutembe Bay
28) Ajai wildlife reserve
29) Budongo Forest Reserve
30) Musambwa Island
31) Mabamba Bay
32) Lutoboka Paint
33) Nabugabo Wetland

Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru Caves

Situated in Fort Portal-Toro Kingdom western Uganda, Amabere Caves and Fort Portal Crater Lake fields feature among the most incredible tourist attractions that are worth exploring while on cultural safari in Uganda. Amabere G’Nyinamwiru caves come with the old breast like features which also have cultural and geographical attachment depending which direction you will view them.

The word Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru traditionally denotes breasts of Nyinamwiru-the breasts of the legendary daughter of the self enthroned king of the Bachwezi (King Bukuku) who succeeded the throne after the disappearance of Ishaza to underground world while following the beautiful cows which were sent as traps by Nyamiyonga the king of underground.

Bukuku was previously a gate keeper and who was left as the care taker of the palace at a time Ishaza succeeded as he delayed and a fact that he knew that he wasn’t from the royal lineage and hence not supposed to take over any kingship, he became suspicious and he knew that at one point he would be overthrown.

The fortune tellers foretold him that he would be overthrown by his own grand child whom his daughter Nyinamwiru gave birth to. Due to this, he became bitter with his daughter and decided to remove one eye in that men couldn’t get attracted to her.

He also constructed a strong enclosure whose only entrance was via the house of Bukuku and this meant that no one could pass via his house to access the enclosure where Nyinamwiru was put. However, regardless of all the efforts invested, the son of Ishaza called Isimbwa came back from the foreign land where his father had disappeared from and fell in love and hence lived there to abandon his Kingship.

Isimbwa later came while looking for his father’s kingship and later arrived at the palace. He was informed about Bukuku daughter and together with his aide; they constructed a long ladder that they used to climbing over the enclosure of Nyinamwiru.

He later got into the enclosure, slept with Nyinamwiru for some days and later left her when she was pregnant. She gave birth to Ndahura although her father vowed not to allow the child to live. After some time to let the child to have milk teeth as it was abominable to kill a child who hasn’t yet grown teeth, he was put on the banks of the nearby stream to roll himself into it though fortunately the child was saved by the local porter known Rubimbwa who took care of the abandoned child up to the time when he became old and led the death of his grandfather Bukuku which made him regain his ancestral drum. Ndahura established a strong Chwezi empire which covered larger areas of the Great Lakes Africa whose archeological remains are best explored by travelers till now while on safari in Uganda.

Locals were also allowed to explore more about the Nyinamwiru’s breast like features with its milky substance dripping as she didn’t have any baby to breastfeed. This cultural treasure comes with rich history that is worth adding in your bucket list.

Geographically, Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru feature among the most remarkable natural wonders that come with stalagmites and stalactites as well as calcium carbonate dripping on the ground to make the breast like pillars that most locals regard as breasts. Apart from Amabere caves, you can as well, pay a visit to the popular Fort Portal Crater Lake field that features numerous Crater hollows most of which are covered by water to make up the Crater Lakes like Lake Bikere, Kigere and Saaka that also come with stunning sceneries. While at this area, never miss to pay a visit to the Kyegangwa hill that offers exceptional panoramic views of the Lakes and the empty hollows in and around the area as well as the legendary mountains of the moon.

For the most enjoyable hiking safaris to these caves, you will need to have long trousers, better hiking boots, long sleeved shirts/T-shirt, rain jacket, backpack, bottled water, hat, snacks and many others. The Amabere caves are situated about seven kilometers off Fort Portal town next to Kibale Forest National Park.

In conclusion, Amabere caves feature among the very few most culturally endowed sites in Uganda for visitors to explore a lot about the local cultures and legends and pay a visit to its magnificent crater Lakes. For visitors on primate safaris to Kibale Forest National Park, Amabere caves should be a must to include in your travel itinerary.

Tips for Planning a Family Trip in Uganda

Family trips in Uganda have become the most sought after experience today. It is one way of enjoying your outdoor activities with your dear ones and children. Most visitors tend to opt for solo travel or simply go when they are two as a couple. Taking a family vacation binds you and your family members.

Uganda is the best and perfect area for you to travel to with your family. There is a lot more to enjoy including the vast savanna national parks which inhabit a number of wildlife species amazing rolling hills, mountains especially the snow capped Rwenzori Mountain ranges, people and culture and many more. Not to forget adrenaline adventures in Jinja especially the zip lining, quad biking, white water rafting, Nile jet, horse back riding, bungee jumping and many others. To have the most successful family trip in Uganda is challenging. But below are some of the tips to guide you through the entire planning process for your family trip in Uganda.

Base on the experience guide and prominent tour company

If you are looking for the trusted and reliable tour companies in Uganda, simply contact the agency offices and you will make your dreams to come true in Africa. They must be registered with the Ministry of tourism and heritage as well as full members of Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Make sure that the tour company you choose has experienced guides to offer you that long awaited experience of lifetime. They must be well versed with the rules of the national parks and they are able to explain in details about various wildlife species while on game drive in any of the savanna protected areas.

Check out the beauty of the safari car

Family Safari Vehicle

Getting on a family trip in Uganda goes beyond the large number of travelers. The happiness is based on who plans it. This means that you need to hire a 4×4 safari car that is comfortable for your family members while on a road trip in Uganda. We have a wide range of safari cars for you to select including Safari Land Cruisers, Safari Vans, Nissan Patrol and many more. Book a car depending on the size of travelers and which one makes you comfortable. For instance, if you have game drives in your safari, then you need a safari car with pop-up roof for excellent game viewing and photographing and this must be a 4×4 car because the roads to parks are not in good condition.

Choose the area you want to visit

Choosing the best site for your trip depends on what other members of the family are interested in. In case you are taking a trip with children 12 years and they are more than the adults, traveling for primate experience may not be allowed. You have to be keen and choose areas that cover all interests of travelers.

Plan in advance

Given the fact that your interest lies in family trips, planning should be conducted as early as possible. You need to make sure that each person on the trip qualifies for the trip in the destination. Check through the travel documents and find out the details of their validity. This also allows you have proper calculated.

Get to know weather condition

Google search and find out the state of weather in Uganda before traveling. At times rainy season is not that convenient for one to navigate especially for the muddy roads where most of the tourist attractions in Uganda are located. Contact a local car rental agency or tour operator and find out the suitable season of the year to plan your safari. Uganda’s tourism is largely conducted around the dry season which is the best time to go primate and game drive safaris in tropical rain forests and savanna grasslands respectively.

Following the above tips, to your family trip in Uganda successful, you need to consider various tips to guide you some of which have been listed above. To rent a reliable, comfortable and perfect safari vehicle for family trips in Uganda, simply contact our head offices and we shall be of great help to you.

Get Fast, Cheap Car hire in Uganda with 4×4 Uganda Ltd

4×4 Uganda Ltd offers you access to a stunning number of car rental options and gives the ability to book a self drive car for you and your fellow travelers with only a couple of clicks of your mouse or taps of your cell phone. It’s simple, it’s cheap, and it’s maybe the best way to get a car to get around so you can get vacation experiences that will last forever.

Possibly you’ve decided it’s about time you and your family or mates hit the Ugandan highway to explore bit a bit more of what this stunning east African country has to offer. Or on the other hand maybe it’s the ideal opportunity for you to explore the country’s interesting attractions and even the neighboring countries like Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and others. You can get a car that will open up the map to your travelling impulses in all the east African countries.

4×4 Uganda Ltd has you covered when you need to extend your vacation legs and hire a vehicle outside of Uganda, as well. Heading for an African safari where you can visit most of the African countries with the car hired from 4×4 Uganda Ltd. Transform the whole of the African continent into your own personal playground with a rental vehicle that fits all your needs, travelling party, and budget. With cheap car rental outlets in most famous travel destinations in East Africa, including, however not restricted to, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda, you can see fantastic notable attractions without worrying about how you will get around.

Regardless of whether you’re searching for a car, SUV or truck to get you from one destination to another, or need to go for camping trip we can also provide camping gears at affordable price. We can help you to get the keys to the car you need to make a memorable vacation in Africa.

We can’t ensure your flight will be on time. Or then again that your luggage will make it to your destination. What’s more, there’s nothing we can do about guaranteeing your accommodation appears as though it does in the photographs and is free of bed bugs. Be that as it may, we beyond any doubt ensure you to get a well serviced and cheap car rental in Uganda. With 4×4 Uganda Ltd, getting a car for hire is just one less thing you need to worry about, giving you a bit more peace of mind and giving you a chance to focus on other vital parts of your excursion.

More Luxury Hotels Constructed in Kampala

The 2016 survey conducted by W Hospitality Group on hotel chains development in Africa revealed that there are around 1,200 more hotels rooms set to be built in the country and agreements had just been signed with prominent global hotel chains, for example, Hilton Garden Inn, Radisson Blu and InterContinental to manage most of these new hotels. These hotels would start working between 2017 and 2020, said W Hospitality Group.

Last year 2017 the country witnessed the opening of two new 5-star and 4-star hotel in Kampala, making a total number of 8 5-star hotels in the capital. The recently established 4-Star Hotel Golden Tulip Canaan Kampala, which works under the management of an international hotel chain – Golden Tulip, opened in Kampala in May, adding a total of “124 elegantly appointed suites and rooms, several of which incorporate private balconies offering an amazing view of the adjoining golf course.”

The new lodging, situated in Nakasero in the city’s central business area, offers luxury services: smooth conference rooms, a rooftop eatery and parlor “where you can enjoy a clear view over Lake Victoria”, a health centre and gym.

In October 2017 still there was opening of the 5-Star Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala, additionally situated in the swanky Nakasero neighborhood. This facility has 23 floors, offers visitors a 360 degrees view of Kampala city, has pleasantries, for example, “a 740 square-meter dance hall, 9 conference rooms, 2 boardrooms, a business center, 3 swimming pools and a modern wellness centre with luxury spa and a fully equipped gym.”

The initial arrangement was to make it a Hilton Hotels’ Ugandan arm however it’s as of now managed by South Africa’s Sovereign Hotels.

Such impressive hotels, industry players say, have made Uganda a competitive Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) spot in the area. Uganda now gloats up to 90 reviewed hotels and lodges – up from less than 30 only two years prior when the tourism ministry first classified the country’s hotel.

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.

Save Big on Car Hire and Mihingo Lodge in Uganda

There are so many car rental companies in Uganda willing to offer you car hire services at the best prices on the market. Car hire Uganda today is the leading car hire company with the biggest of fleet of car rental vehicles such as 4×4 Prados, Rav 4, Land cruiser hardtop with pop-up roof for excellent game viewing and photographing, Toyota Hilux double cabin, Land Rover Defender, Super customs for families, all comprehensively insured, well maintained and regularly serviced.

Save big on a self drive wildlife safari in Uganda by booking a 4×4 vehicle from Car Hire Uganda Limited,and then book your accommodation through this company. You will enjoy up to 20% discount if you book through car hire company other than booking as an individual. For instance, we have a group / family of 6 pax, booked a super custom for 3 days from Car Hire Uganda Limited and got a huge discount on 2 night accommodation in Mihingo lodge.

Mihingo Lodge – Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda

Mihingo Lodge is strategically situated adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park – Lake Mburo is one of the smallest National parks in Uganda and famous for hosting stocks of Zebras. Mihingo Lodge is the first priority for high end visitors – The six guests’ rooms take the form of luxury tents under thatch and with private bathrooms.

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Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful and exclusive retreat adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park – the major lake in the park and from it is the name Lake Mburo National Park. It features ten rooms which are built on wooden platforms with stilts, covered by a thatched roof. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent equipped with en-suite bathrooms with stunning views, including hot and cold running water, showers, and flush loose.

Each luxury tented room at Mihingo Lodge provides a wonderful view of the amazing attractions found in Lake Mburo National Park. Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops.

From the dining and pool area, guests can enjoy the view of a westward oriented valley and its stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park. Animals gathering in the valley provide guests with fantastic game viewing opportunities or a chance to relax and watch wildlife at water hole below the pool.

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Lake Mburo is home to many different animal species, including zebra, eland, and impala, who are not found in most other National Parks in Uganda. Additionally Lake Mburo has big numbers of waterbuck, topi, buffalo, hippo, duiker, bushbuck, and klipspringer and if you are lucky you will see oribi, reedbuck, leopard and crocodiles.

In appreciation of its fragile surroundings, Mihingo Lodge is an environmentally friendly accommodation. The buildings are constructed in such a way as to melt into the rocky outcrops and savannah landscape around them. Electricity, hot water, and water pumps are powered by solar energy and there is a natural water catchment system to take advantage of the rains.

Tourist activities at Mihingo Lodge include: Game drives, Horse back safaris, cultural walk, boat cruise on Lake Mburo, community walk, Biking trips, among others.

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