Bagisu Male Circumcision – Imbalu a cultural norm in Uganda.

July 13th, 2017

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.

Imbalu- Bagisu Male Circumcision

The male circumcision is a very old practice that not even the Bagisu people know when, why and how it was started. Read the rest of this entry »

Budongo Forest Uganda – Murchison Falls

June 28th, 2017

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 the fact that it has the highest concentration of Mahogany trees compared to any other forest in the entire East African region and this is in additional to its incredible biodiversity. The forest is blessed with a number of different vegetation covers for instance, the most of this 825 km big forest is mainly covered by forest woodland, there are parts that are covered by the savanna grassland and other areas are swampy.

Significance of Budongo forest reserve. 

chimpanzees-kibale-uganda

It’s an amazing primate sanctuary.

This forest-Budongo is a good habitat to quite a big number of chimpanzees including the habituated ones which means this forest is one of the places one can visit for chimpanzee tracking and chimpanzee habituation although the habituation exercise is normally happens during the low season only. Primate watching is the main tourists’ activity done in this forest and it starts with a briefing done at Kaniyo Pabidi at the park head quarters and the trek is always a guided one with an armed ranger available to help you locate the chimpanzees. Chimpanzee trekking is done either in the morning or in the evening so whichever time you go tracking largely depends on your program. While tracking, you can expect to see more than the chimpanzees as this forest is a home to more than 9 different primate species and these include various species of monkeys, there are 24 or more species of mammals including the forest pigs, the duikers and many more.

You however need to obtain the chimpanzee permits before because you are not sold at entrance and this also an assurance that you will be able track on that day of your choice otherwise you might be disappointed if the day you wish to track is already full. A limited number of people are allowed track per day per session.

It’s a great birding site

Budongo forest is a home to more than 360 different bird species which makes it a great birding site worth being visited by any  bird watchers and will surely  be very amazed by what they will see. Budongo forest is a home to a number of birds like the Black kite, the Mountain greenbul, the crowned eagle, African pied wagtail, the Paradise flycatcher, the crested guinea fowl, Cassin’s hawk eagle, the yellow crested woodpecker among others. You will definitely have the best time and alongside the birds, you will get to see over 465 different tree species.

Birding is an entire day activity therefore it starts in the morning and it is usually more rewarding between February to April and again from June to September because around that time of the year, most of the trees are bearing fruits which attract birds as they act as food for the birds but also, it is because around that time, many of the birds are breeding. Then around November to April, there are so many migratory birds visiting this forest thereby increasing their numbers and making birding easier.

In relation to weather, birding is best from December to February because around that time is there is very little rain unlike during the months of April to May and September to October when the rain becomes heavier making the trails slippery and thereby making hiking as you search for the birds a bit more difficult.

It’s a butterfly and months’ sanctuary

Budongo forest is also a home to a big number of moths-over 130 species and then more than 290 different butterfly species.

Budongo supports other tourists’ sites

There are other tourists sites for example the Kaniyo Pabidi Eco-tourism site, there is also Busingiro Eco-tourism site located right at the boarder of Murchison Falls Park. While chimpanzees and other primates prefer to stay in the forest, there are the savannah animals that prefer to stay in the savannah areas and these wild animals include the Uganda kobs especially, the Lions, Leopards may also be seen, Buffaloes, among others.

Where to be spend the night while in Budongo

There are several accommodation facilities both in Masindi and inside in Murchison falls park with Budongo Eco lodge being the closest to the starting point, there are other hotels like Sambiya river lodge, among others and these may be the best choice especially if you will be visiting Murchison as well.  Often, Chimpanzee trekking or bird watching in Budongo is part of a wildlife safari to Murchison falls national park.

 

5 Reasons why you should trek Gorillas in Uganda

June 21st, 2017

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.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Uganda also offers gorilla habituation experience

Read the rest of this entry »

The archeology of Walumbe pits ttanda

June 15th, 2017

Ttanda Pits of death in Uganda

The story of Nambi, Kintu, Kayikuzi and Walumbe aka “god of Death” has been retold over the years in Uganda. Ttanda pits is one of the ancient traditional religious sites in Uganda. It is believed to be a spiritual place so as you approach the spiritual area, everyone irrespective of your social or political status is supposed to remove their shoes and walk bare footed.

How did Walumbe come to earth?

According to the legends, Kintu is believed to be the first man that lived on earth. Kintu got interested in Nambi who occasionally visited the earth from heaven. Kintu and Nambi went to heaven and he asked for her hand in marriage, Ggulu believed to be the father to Nambi according to the legends, blessed them and they got married. The creator of all heaven and earth Ggulu asked the two to leave heaven and go to the earth without letting Walumbe know since he was the source of death and suffering. On their way to the earth, Nambi being a poultry farmer, she remembered she had left her millet “Obuulo” (in our local Luganda language) which was going to feed her chicken. Kintu tried to convince her not to go back because Walumbe would see her but she insisted that he would not. On her way back to meet Kintu, she ran into Walumbe who asked her where she was going and she didn’t say. Read the rest of this entry »

Visit the ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth safari park Uganda

February 19th, 2017

Ishasha is in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park a distance away from the mweya peninsular and  offering an off the beaten track experience that will be interesting and worth visiting to many tourists. This is one of the most interesting tourists destinations covered with open savannah type of vegetation and the acacia as well as the fig trees and will offer you a memorable Uganda wildlife tour and safari experience.

Queen Elizabeth national parkIt is a remote place but despite the remoteness, ishasha is still one of the favorite therefore frequently visited section of Queen Elizabeth compared to any other part of this national park. This section of the park has got that undulating kind of landscape with a very clear view of both the wildlife, the vegetation across a vast area of this park.  There are a number of tourists’ attractions that you find in the place and make the place worth visiting.

Watch the tree climbing lions

These are the major attractions in ishasha and it’s the tree climbing lions that have made this sector so popular to so many people across the globe. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa’s most sought after animals in the world found in Uganda

February 8th, 2017

Rothschild-giraffesWildlife is one of Uganda main tourists’ attractions as they attract thousands of people from all over the world. Wildlife watching comes second after primates watching on any  wildlife safari in Uganda and the success is possibly as a result of the fact that there is a huge population and variety of wildlife species. The list includes animals like the various types of antelopes, cheetahs, warthogs, even the famous big fives which are found in various national parks around the country. Expect to see at least four if not all the big fives during your Uganda wildlife safari. Such animals include;

The Lion – the King of the Jungle

This is also known as the king of beasts, they belong to the cat family and they are among the first animals that one will think of once you mention wildlife in Africa. These are amazing animals and they almost on everyone’s list of must see animals, probably because of their power, and also their skillful hunting abilities. Read the rest of this entry »

Busoga region the best destination for adventure holidays in Uganda

January 25th, 2017

Busoga region found in the eastern part of Uganda, with the source of the river Nile – the longest river in the world is a great Nile, is inhabited by the people of the Busoga Kingdom. It’s a great place to visit while on safari or tour in Uganda due to its great significance to Uganda’s Tourism Industry and overall economy. In this article we look at the significance of Busoga region and how it has benefited not only the Ugandan people but also the tourist that come to spend their holiday within this part of the country.

Source of the Nile Busoga tourism attractions

Because the source of river Nile – the longest river in the world is located within Jinja, there are a variety of water adventures holidays or trips that you can enjoy on your visit to Uganda. Besides exploring the source of the Nile, you can enjoy white water rafting, swimming, bungee jumping, canoeing, bird watching tours, nature walks, biking tours and so many others.

Busoga tourism cultural sites

The Mpumwiire Coronation site

– Its here that the Kyabazinga’s (king) Palace is located. It derived its name from the scenario that the sickly king of Bunyoro kingdom – Omukama Kabalega during on his return journey from Seychelles where he had gone to exile was the passing through the Busoga region and died (rested) at this place.

The World War Cemetery

– it’s here that the East African Infantry battalion of the British Commonwealth buried its soldiers.

The Buswiikira Site

– found in Mayuge, it’s here that the legendary icons Kintu and his wife Nambi the ‘ancestors’ of the Baganda are believed to be buried.

The Budhumbula Mausoleum

– it’s here that Sir. Wilberforce Nadiope who served as the first post-independence Vice President of Uganda as well as twice as king (Kyabazinga) of Busoga was buried.

Nsono -Namakoko

Fort – found in Bugiri is said to be the very first British City in this country.

Other sites include: Nnhenda Hill found in Iganga and Imaali Coronation site found in Kaliro District at Madibira

Dolwe Island a Treasure in Busoga – Uganda

Dolwe Island which is the largest of the numerous rocky Islands found on the eastern side on Lake Victoria in Uganda covers an area of approximately 12 kilometers, and it has two major settlements: the Golofa and the Singla. This island has very beautiful rock formations that were naturally piled like storied building and it’s from this that the name Golofa was derived. The people, who have had an opportunity to visit this island on during their holiday in Uganda , will testify to the beautiful scenery and the serenity that lingers around this hidden beauty in Eastern Uganda.

Promoting Busoga Tourism Attraction

From 17th to 19th February the Uganda tourism board is going to host the yearly pearl of Africa travel expo in the capital Kampala and the different attractions on the upper Nile-valley and within the Busoga Kingdom are going to be showcased to almost 100 hosted-buyers plus representatives of international travel media-agencies as well as professionals within the travel trade industry from the East African region.

Busoga once the food basket of Uganda

Busoga one of the cultural areas found in the eastern part of Uganda is among the best places to enjoy and experience a true cultural experience while on a Uganda cultural tour.

This area which is inhabited by the Lusoga speaking people belonging to the Bantu ethnic group was once the food basket of Uganda. Because the country is currently experiencing a massive drought and a wave of food scarcity, to some people the memory of Busoga land being one of the leading sources of food for this country might be vivid

Coffee: The people of Busoga grew a lot of coffee (which is the leading cash crop of Uganda), and his was one of predominantly grown crops across the various districts that make up this region. In fact majority of the families earned a living from coffee growing and it sustained the domestic economy of the locals. Unfortunately the farms were attacked by Coffee wilt which diminished nearly all of them.

Sugar: Despite the fact that this area lost the great glory of being among the leading coffee growing areas in Uganda, today it’s the number one producer of sugar-cane a raw material in the sugar making process, and therefore us holds the largest sugar manufacturing industries. Currently nearly each of the districts within Busoga region has a sugar factory and among these are: Kakira Sugar Works found in Jinja District, Kamuli Sugar found in Kamuli District, Mayuge Sugar found in Mayuge District as well as Kaliro Sugar found in Kaliro District among several others.

Rice: Busoga region is in addition the largest rice producer and has the largest rice plantation across Uganda known as Kibimba Rice Scheme found within Bugiri District. Take a tour or Uganda’s Busoga region to learn about how the coffee you drink back home is processed how rice is grown and how sugarcane’s are turned into sugar.

For more information about Busoga region and sites to visit in eastern Uganda fill in the contact form

What to visit and see in Gulu-Gulu tours

January 23rd, 2017

What to Do in Gulu town on your Uganda safari

Because of the former unrest that existed in Gulu a couple of years back, a mere mention of this word ‘Gulu’ brings to mind fear and bloodshed to people. For more than twenty years, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels terrorized this part of the country located in northern Uganda approximately four hours’ drive from the capital Kampala. However today this beautiful town has become one of the ‘must-visit’ places especially for holidaymakers on a trip in Uganda visiting Kidepo National Park or Murchison Falls National Park

The People of Gulu Town

Today peace has been restored and infrastructure refurbished to this part of the country and currently this town is not only the administrative headquarter but also the commercial headquarter for northern Uganda. Fortunately the locals living in his town have fast picked-up and today have transformed Gulu into a vibrant busy town. The highest number of people living here are Acholis while the commonly spoken languages include: Acholi, Luo, Luganda, Swahili as well as English

What to Do in Gulu?

Gulu tours

Visit the Ajai Game Reserve

Initially established as a safe refuge for White Rhinos within northern Uganda, this reserve was being managed by Chief Ajai (after whom it was named). The reserve is located on the shores of the Albert Nile- just one to two hours’ drive from the town center. Some of the animals to see here include: the Uganda Kobs, leopards, warthogs as well as zebras, if lucky you may see a crocodile as well as python snakes. Sadly, the rhinos became completely extinct in this area, however in addition to the above stated animals; there are a couple of birds you can see including Karamoja apalis, various weaver birds and the breasted barbet

Visit St Joseph’s Cathedral

This is perhaps among the oldest but well-maintained landmarks within Gulu, and it’s worth a stopover during your tour. It was constructed by the Comboni Brothers back in 1914. This cathedral belonging to the catholic faith was in 1947 consecrated and since that time has been standing strong. Interesting about it is the beautiful architecture and how it majestically stands out in a distance.

Visit Fort Patiko

Also commonly referred to as Baker’s Fort, this place was established by Sir Samuel Baker back in 1872 and the Queen of England commissioned it as a military base back in the colonial administrative era. Because of its strategic location along the trade route to Egypt through Nimule  (present day South Sudan), before that, this fort served as a resting place as well as an area for sorting slaves by the Indians and the Arabs.

A visit to this place will give you an opportunity to learn about the saddening slave trade that was conducted in this area as well as give you an insight of what happened during the colonial era.

Visit the Craft markets

You will have a chance to visit the lively craft markets were you will see and even purchase some beautiful traditionally made crafts idea as a souvenir for your tour .  The colored clothing, wood carvings as well as the painting will certainly impress you.

Taste the Acholi Delicacies

Uganda’s is internationally known as a food-basket thanks to its rich diversity of cultures and tribes each with its own food of preference and unique method of cooking. Visiting this part of the country will give you a chance to taste the foods most loved by the people of Acholi including malakwang, odii, ngwen as well as millet bread.

For more on the best places to visit in Uganda or Gulu tours, contact us on adventureugandasafari.com

Conservationists Mourn the Death Ndahura-An Alpha Male Gorilla

December 19th, 2016

ndahura-silverback-died-bwindiNdahura has been Bitukura gorilla family’s current silver back and this family is found in Ruhija section of Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park found in the south western part of the country. He died yesterday- 18th December 2016 during the morning hours and his death was entirely an accident as it fell from a tree branch after it broke.    Read the rest of this entry »

All is set for 2017 Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo

December 19th, 2016

pearl-of-africa-tourism-expoThe Uganda Tourism Board – UTB is to host the 2017 Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) at the Kololo Independence grounds within the capital city of Uganda – Kampala starting February 17th to February 19th 2017 in Kampala, Uganda.

The theme for the 2017 POATE is going to be ‘Tourism is Everybody’s Business’ and the primary objective of hosting this POATE is to establish a common platform for networking among the players of the industry within the region and across the globe. Read the rest of this entry »

MEMBERSHIP & AFFILIATION: membership travel agents association

 

AA Safaris and Tours Ltd. | Suite F4 Sarah Mall, Old Kampala Road, P.O, Box 28921 Kampala Uganda.
Tel: +256393293534. Mobile: +447951432692 / +256392883831 , www.adventureugandasafari.com
Contact Us | Terms and Conditions