Kasanje Town Council in Wakiso District levied a ‘special tax’ against every tourist visiting Mabamba Wetland Bay for bird watching which the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has protested. The town council leaders recently introduced a fee of $15 (Shs57, 405)…
President Museveni said that Uganda has the potential to earn more from the tourism sector if more effort is put into marketing and promotion of the country’s tourism potential. In Nwoya district, the president spoke about the passing out ceremony for game rangers who included 393 men and 97 women at Murchison Falls Training ground and also restated the need to have clear rules of engagement when dealing with poachers if the country’s precious wildlife was to be protected.
These rangers are mainly aged between 22 – 30 and will be deployed in different conservation areas to beef up the already existing force in the field. President Museveni also congratulated the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) for building manpower to protect the parks and also congratulated the graduates.
The Uganda Tourism Board, Wildlife and Antiquities and Ministry of Tourism have organised the World Tourism Day (WTD) 2018 celebrations activities in Jinja (the adventure capital of Uganda) at Jinja Rugby Grounds above the Golf Course scheduled on the 27th of September 2018 under the theme “Tourism and Digital Transformation“.
The World Tourism Day 2018 celebration activities have been scheduled as follows;
The King of Toro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV expressed his gratitude to the Government of Uganda for earmarking Fort Portal as a Tourism City. The national vision 2040 projects Fort Portal municipality as the tourism city. This western Uganda town has over the years earned the name of the cleanest town in the country. It is also a route to many national parks that include Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains, Kibale Forest, Semliki Wildlife reserve and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Previously King Oyo was credited for setting a good pace in the promotion of natural attractions and culture within the region. During his speech at the celebration to mark his 23rd coronation anniversary, King Oyo praised the government for earmarking Fort Portal as a tourism town in its vision 2040. This will add on other government innovations to economically empower the people of Toro he said.
The QUANTITY of mountain gorilla permits has increased in Uganda making them available each day in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, whilst the gorilla permit PRICE stays the same. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has been overwhelmed with permit requests as a result…
AA Safaris and tours offer you an opportunity to perfect you skills and be next Ninja warrior with trip to Busika Extreme Adventure one of the only two adventure parks found in Uganda. This is a very nice place to visit for day trips or as an en-route activity especially when heading East through mukono to explore, Mabira Forest, Jinja – the Source of River Nile, Mbale town – home of the Imbalu, or visit the cascading Sipi Waterfalls during your Uganda Adventure Safari.
The best time to visit Uganda is now
If you are planning and hoping for an exceptional tour in Africa, Uganda is the country to visit because we have it all unlike other East African countries. And the best time to visit Uganda is now There is no need to wait. Uganda has almost all kinds of wildlife species, so many different primate species, bird species for the birders, cultural diversity given the fact that we have so many different tribes and all of them have their different cultures, among other tourists’ attractions.
So for those that are interested in visiting Uganda, the best time is now. You can expect to have the most amazing experience regardless of what you are interested and when you planning to travel.
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The wildlife and the bird life
Uganda has so many different wildlife species found in the different national parks, game reserves and other protected areas across the country. Such species include thousands of zebras found in both Kidepo and Lake Mburo national parks, large herds of buffaloes and elephants in Kidepo, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison falls and Semilki national park, there are the Rothschild giraffes in Murchison, Kidepo and recently introduced a few in Lake Mburo national park. There are also several types of antelopes in all parks, there are warthogs, Hyenas, aquatic animals like the hippos, the crocodiles, among so other wild animals. This means, a Uganda wildlife safari is worthwhile.
The bird watchers will be amazed by the variety of bird species which include the rare and most sought birds like the shoebill stork that is commonly found in wetlands. The most common species may be found in most of the parks and these include birds like the crested crane, the wagtails, the great blue turaco, among so many others. There are so many other different birds therefore whichever park you choose to visit, you can expect variety of birds.
Imbalu is a local Gishu word which means the Bagisu traditional male circumcision ritual that happens every even year. This is the time during which the boys are introduced to man hood. Just like all the other tribes in Uganda, the Bagishu people from Masaba land around the lower areas of Mount Elgon also have got different a unique culture, norms and beliefs but the most prominent one is the Imbalu. This entire ritual of baptizing boys to turn them into men is very deeply embedded in all the Bagisu people and they all strongly believe and support this act. This is believed to be a sign of strength ad bravery.
The male circumcision is a very old practice that not even the Bagisu people know when, why and how it was started.
Budongo Forest is located in Masindi just about 3 hours away from Kampala and very close to boundaries of Murchison falls national park covering a distance of about 825kms along the escarpments of Lake Albert. The Budongo forest is for…
Across the world, the total number of mountain gorillas is estimated to be about 880 or so. Mountain gorilla is one of the eastern gorilla species and they are commonly seen in either the in central Africa’s Virunga volcanic mountains therefore are shared by Uganda in Mgahinga national park, Rwanda in volcanoes national park and DR. Congo in Virunga national park. Or, you can find them in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park. Much as Uganda, Rwanda and Congo have the same product, Uganda is a better choice because;
Uganda has the highest population of mountain gorillas
Uganda’s national parks have more than half of the entire world’s mountain gorilla population and this is because it has such a big number of them in Mgahinga but mostly in Bwindi forest. This means there are options to choose from and there is no traffic as there are 12 different families each with a big number of members accessible to tourists per day thus an advantage over the other 2 countries. You can go tracking in Mgahinga national park or go for any of the families in the southern and eastern part of Bwindi. Every day, a little over 100 tourists have the opportunity to go for a real trek to search for these mountain gorillas and get to see them in families of not less than 8 individuals.
Gorilla tracking is cheaper
It is true that gorilla tracking Uganda, Rwanda and Congo offers you the same satisfaction in the end. Uganda is however a better destination because we sell this experience at a cheaper price of only $600 per person compared to Rwanda that has over priced it to $1500 per person. In Uganda, we also offer discounted permits at $450 per person during the low seasons of April, May and November which are considered the low season and this is something that Rwanda does not offer thus making Uganda the ideal destination for those are on a tight budget. Congo offers the cheapest rates throughout the year but it is not that safe for tourists considering the ongoing instability in various parts of Congo. Safety is among the key factors to consider when your destinations. Please do not forget the when it comes to lodges all accommodations ranges are available and they tend to determine the final price.
Uganda is a very safe country for all travelers.
There are so many people that travel to Uganda every year for different purposes for example for business, leisure, tourism, among others and many of them arrive, stay and leave safely at the end of their trips. You can travel to Uganda any time of the year and you will always be safe in any part of the country you travel to. Ugandan are among the friendliest people in the whole world, they are so welcoming, the adults will offer you help whenever you need it and the kids will never miss waving as you pass by.