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5 Reasons why you should trek Gorillas in Uganda

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

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The archeology of Walumbe pits ttanda

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.

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Visit the ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth safari park Uganda

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.

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

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.

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Conservationists Mourn the Death Ndahura-An Alpha Male Gorilla

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.   

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All is set for 2017 Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo

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.

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