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Nyero Rock Paintings
December 22014

The Nyero Rock paintings are rock paintings which date to well before 1250 AD, located 8 km west of Kumi town on the Ngora Road in Eastern Uganda. They comprise a three-tiered rock-shelter with primitive paintings on their inner surfaces. Archaeologically, the site dates back to the Later Iron Age. The makers of the paintings cannot be identified, but the ingenuity with which they were painted demonstrates a high degree of appreciation of their aesthetic values.

Archaeologically, the rock art sites are rich in paintings, stone tools, iron works, and pottery; the last two attributes being good indicators of settled agricultural lifestyle. Radiocarbon dates, so far, indicate that people lived in this area between 1,000 and 5,000 years ago which also correlates with the hunter-gathering and early Iron Age. It is likely that Twa hunter-gatherer communities once lived in the area of these rock art sites, probably moving on due to the arrival of the present inhabitants (Nilotics, Luo, and Bantu groups).

According to Iteso oral legend, when the Iteso (Nilo-Hamitic people who originally migrated from the Sudans) moved to this area, they found hunter-gatherer people living there who appeared to fit the description of the Twa. It is likely that some of the Twa probably did opt to stay/live with the Iteso and would soon have learned their language. Similarly the Iteso probably took on some of the rituals and traditions of the Twa.

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Kyambura Game Reserve
November 152014

The stunning Kyambura (or Chambura) Gorge also called the “Valley of Apes” is located in the far eastern corner of the well- known Queen Elizabeth National Park in south western Uganda. Approximately 1 km across – at its broadest point and about 100 meters deep, this gorge is actually drained by River Kayambura. The landscape is among the most impressive you will find in Uganda and it is swarmed a rich wildlife bio-diversity that comprises of primates, wild animals as well as birds.

The Kyambura Gorge is a secton of the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park or the Mweya (as it is referred to locally) in the lower Western part of Uganda. The majority of visitors into the Queen Elizabeth National park are offered a tour of this amazing gorge as a supplementary bonus

However, basing on reports made by researchers, only sixteen chimpanzees are remaining within this distant yet very impressive valley.

Enter into this amazing Gorge and you will be marveled by the verdant, rich Tropical Rain-forest right close to the Equator crossing. The gorge is another world on its own. while the Savannah above has a reasonable amount of light, plus sun shine that offers brightness, the tree canopy within this under-ground forest comprised of rich blocks of plant life shut out most of the sun rays and unless you are standing within a clearing you certainly will not require sunglasses or sun- hats since you may actually need to have a clearly view so as not to miss out on the great assortment of Wonders within the Kyambura Gorge.

Top tourist attractions within Kyambura Gorge:

Chimpanzee tracking (some of the Chimpanzees in this gorge have been habituated, which process took close to 2 years meaning that these chimpanzees are familiar with humans and can carry on their day to day activities in the presence of humans. )

Guided nature walks and forest walks

Private and game viewing of Black and white colobus monkeys, giant forest hogs and the red-tailed monkeys, in addition to many others

Bird watching

However, reservations for Chimpanzee tacking are actually made at Mweya Visitor Information Centre within the spectacular Queen Elizabeth National Park. This office also offers information on game drives, and in addition sells postcards plus maps

Access to Kyambura Gorge

When traveling from the capital city Kampala past Mbarara it is 420 kilometers

When traveling from the capital city Kampala past Fort Portal it is 410 Kilometers

There are also Charter flights available from the International Airport in Entebbe to the Airstrip in southwestern Uganda at Mweya. This goes for less than 60 minutes before getting there.

Using road, generally it is about a six hours drive from the capital city Kampala.

Accommodation around Kyambura Gorge:

Within and on the outskirts of Queen Elizabeth National park is a diversity of accommodation facilities in which you can reside on your safari to explore this distant yet very impressive gorge. These vary between the high-class facilities and the budget lodges. Among the most prominent ones are: Katara lodge, Jacana Safari Lodge, Kingfisher camp as well as Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge.

Kyambura wildlife

The Kyambura Game Reserve, also commonly referred to as the Kyambura Gorge, is a section of the well visited Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) found in south western Uganda. The reserve is habitat to a diversity of wildlife, among which are the only primates living within Queen Elizabeth National Park. The gorge is a vital water source to quite a number of wild animals and is entirely surrounded by savanna, however is generally well-known for its big number of primates living with the gorge.

Wildlife in the Kyambura Gorge

Kyambura is actually the only area within Queen Elizabeth National Park where one can see the habituated chimpanzees on any of the chimpanzee trekking tours, (However, reservations for Chimpanzee tacking are actually made at Mweya Visitor Information Centre within the spectacular Queen Elizabeth National Park. This office also offers information on game drives, and in addition sells postcards plus maps) in addition to other species of primates such as the red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons as well as vervet monkeys. The Chimpanzee habituation process took close to 2 years and habituation simply meaning that these chimpanzees are familiar with humans and can carry on with their day to day activities in the presence of humans.

The area also supports a diversity of avian species such as African Finfoot, the blue-headed bee-eater as well as the different falcons.

Large game such as the huge forest hogs can also be seen from time to time within this area.

There are 3 salty crater lakes, that attract a huge numbers of the beautiful flamingos which numbers are not seen elsewhere in the whole of Uganda.

The steep slopes of the Kyambura Gorge, which actually was formed by the disorderly waters of the thunderous River Kyambura, are sheltered by a verdant riverine forest, which is habitat a diversity of primates among which are the renowned chimpanzees, the black & white Colobus monkeys, olive baboons as well as the red tailed monkeys, among many other species of primates. In addition, this green riverine forest also offers shelter to several forest birds in addition to other species among which the Martial Eagle, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Shoebill, African Skimmer, Lesser plus Greater Flamingo, Chapin’s Flycatcher, White-tailed Lark, Corncrake, Pinkbacked Pelican, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Papyrus Canary, White-winged Warbler, African Broadbill, Papyrus Gonolek and the Black Bee-eater are commonly seen

This gorge can best be explored on foot so taking a nature walk guided by any of the well trained and highly knowledgeable tour guides will unveil to visitors the natural beauty of the gorge as well as the flora and fauna within the depths of the gorge. You will actually be able to have a close experience of the remarkable wildlife within this area as you take on the very exciting chimpanzee trekking experience. The chimp trekking experience can actually be combined with any tourist activity within Queen Elizabeth National Park. Fortunately there are various nature walk trails within this area which are well maintained so basing on your fitness anything can be arranged for you so that you don’t miss out on this great wildlife here.

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Jinja
November 32014

East Africa’s Adventure Capital, Jinja is located in south eastern Uganda, approximately 54 miles (87 km), by road, east of Kampala. The town is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, near to the source of the Nile River. It is possible to get matatus from Kampala to Jinja for around Uhs 6000 per person. Coaster Kampala to Jinja – 5,000 USh Coaster Jinja to Kampala – 4,000 USh.

White-Water Rafting
The upper stretch of the Nile, a long, rollicking string of grade IV and V rapids, is one of the world’s most spectacular white-water rafting destinations, and for many people rafting here is the highlight of their visit to Uganda. Despite the intensity of some of the rapids, most people who venture here are first-time rafters; it’s the perfect opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and give something different a go.

Boat Cruises
Those who prefer to take in the river at a more leisurely pace have plenty of options. The most popular choices are sunset canoe cruises with Kayak the Nile, or a booze cruise (per person incl snacks & drinks $US45; 5-7pm) that can be arranged. One of the newest activities is a two-hour cruise on the steam-powered African Queen , which is supposedly the restored vessel that appeared in the film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. Based at Wildwaters Lodge, trips go along the Kalagala Falls stretch of the Nile and include champagne and snacks. Another option is to arrange a boat at Ripon Landing Boat Hire , next to the defunct Jinja Sailing Club, where you’ll find several guys hanging about the leisure centre offering rides. From here, a half-hour ride to the source of the Nile and back costs USh40,000 while longer trips, which could include visiting Samuka Island for birdwatching, or a fishing village or seeing hippos and crocodiles, are also available.

All Terrain Adventures
Quad biking along the beautiful banks of the Victoria Nile is a real blast. After a little spin on the practice circuit, it’s time to explore the paths and trails criss-crossing the nearby countryside; kid-sized rides are available. There are several possible circuits, including a one-hour safari (US$45) and the 3½-hour twilight safari (US$80) that includes dinner in a village. It also offers overnight trips. All Terrain Adventures also makes contributions to local communities in the area, ensuring a warm welcome on the way.

Nile Horseback Safaris
Yet another way to explore the area is on horseback, taking you along the hills above the Nile River and through local villages. There are longer rides for experienced riders. Reservations are a good idea because it’s often booked days in advance. Riders need to wear long trousers, closed shoes and there’s a 90kg weight limit. Trips depart at 10am and 2pm daily. To get here, cross the bridge over Owen Falls dam and take a right at Kayunga Rd, from where it’s 5km; a boda-boda from Jinga will cost around Ush8000.

Kayak the Nile
An alternative to rafting is to go solo and kayak through the raging river with a variety of paddling courses, starting with a one-day introduction at US$115. Tandem trips (US$140) give you all the fun without the effort. Several locals it has trained as staff have gone on to compete on the world stage. It also offers some quieter trips in sit-on-top kayaks.

Explorers Mountain Biking
Offers a range of guided rides including through the villages between Bujagali Falls and Jinja, which finishes off with a boat ride to the source of the Nile River. There’s also more hardcore trips through Mabira Forest Reserve, and it can tailor-make other trips. Also rents mountain bikes: $15 (half day) or $25 (full day).

Jet Boating
Bringing a high octane thrill to the Nile, Wild Nile Jet is an exhilarating 90km/h speedboat trip over the rapids with plenty of thrills, 360-degree spins, jumps and near misses.

Jinja Club
Part of Jinja Golf Club, the club offers the only public swimming pool in Jinja, tennis and squash, and a nine-hole golf course. There is also a bar and a small restaurant with reasonably priced meals. Golfers need to pay an extra for the clubs, unless you are crazy enough to be lugging your own around Uganda!

Community Walks
Offers walks that help fund projects in area villages. You’ll visit farms and a health clinic, eat local food and sample village beers on the three-hour tour.

Zen Tubing
Yet another alternative to navigating the rapids, this involves being hurled around in a rubber tube. You don’t take on any grade V rapids, but you’ll still get thrown about.

Bungee Jumping
Nearer to Jinja, but more in tune with Bujagali’s vibe, Uganda’s only bungee jump is a 44m plunge to the Nile River.

Big Game Mini Golf
Take an African safari themed ‘golf-drive’ around the Big Game Mini Golf Circuit.Enjoy a fun game of mini golf time out on the banks of the Nile at Bujagali in the warm heart of Uganda. Affordable fun for everyone. UGX 5,000/= pp for Ugandan citizens and for all families. School groups, picnics (facilities provided onsite), a get-outa-Kampala day. Non-Ugandans US$ 5.The ten hole course provides a variety of challenges and is designed to be playable by children and adults. Putt the ball betwen the rhino’s legs, under the snake’s fangs, past the only African tiger and make the elephant roar when you sink the ball on the last hole.

Nile River Fishing
Those wanting to land a Nile River perch can arrange it…

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Described by hikers as the most challenging of all African mountains.

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Entebbe International Airport is the principal international airport of Uganda. It is near the town of Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria, and about 41 km, by road, southwest of the central business district of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country. It has often been described as the “Airport on the Equator”.

Entebbe has a tropical climate all year round, ranging from between temperature of 17 0c and max of 27 0c in January and a min 16 0c, max 25 0c in July.

Facilities:
Passenger facilities include a left-luggage office, banks, ATMs, foreign exchange bureaux, restaurants and duty-free shops. Entebbe International Airport uses the jetway boarding bridge system. The head office of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority is on the airport property.

Contacts:
Entebbe International Airport
Telephone: +256 312/414 352000
Email: aviation@caa.co.ug
Web: www.caa.co.ug

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Surrounded by the peaceful waters of Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to 48 orphaned chimps rescued from throughout Uganda. Island facilities offer day and overnight visitors an exceptional opportunity to closely observe and interact with these fascinating great apes in this unique setting. Many of the chimpanzees were rescued from poachers and are unlikely to survive reintroduction to the wild.

Ngamba Island is 100 acres (approximately 40 hectares) of rainforest situated a short boat ride (23 km) away from Entebbe, near the Equator in Lake Victoria, Uganda. It supports a rich diversity of natural wildlife and provides a variety of natural foods for the chimpanzees.

Visits offer a unique opportunity for close viewing of chimpanzees in their natural forested environment. Pre-arranged supplementary feeding times bring the chimpanzees to within metres of the raised walkway specially designed for easy viewing. Excellent photographic opportunities are available as well as just enjoying being near to one of our closest animal relatives with much behaviour similar to ours!

The island is set up as an eco-friendly project with compost toilets, rainwater collection, proper waste management practices and solar energy for electricity and hot water.

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These are located in Ntusi village 56kms West of Masaka Town in Central Uganda. The sites dates to the 11th century and is the oldest of the sites associated with the Bachwezi.

There are three archaeological features which it is famous for; two man made mounds, a female and male mounds and a basin locally known as Bwogero. The archaeological excavations which were carried out on the two mounds found that they are made of pile-ups of ash, pottery and bone which date between the 11th and 16th centuries.

The excavation at the base of the basin realized no cultural remains but further research suggests that the archaeological site was a ritual Centre.

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Ssese Islands
August 22014

The Ssese Islands are an archipelago of eighty-four (84) islands that occupy the northwestern corner of Lake Victoria, the second-largest freshwater lake in the world. The largest island in the archipelago is called Bugala Island. Its largest town, called Kalangala serves as the headquarters of the district that carries the same name (Kalangala District). Kalangala is located approximately 51 kilometres (32 mi), across water, southwest of Entebbe, in Wakiso District, on the Ugandan mainland.

The islands lie in two main groups. The south west can be referred to as the Bugala Group group, after Bugala Island. The northeastern group can be referred to as the Koome Group, after Koome Island, the largest in that group. The two groups are separated by the Koome Channel.

Buggala Island is large enough to have diverse terrains. It is hilly. From the tops of the hills, though, the views are stunning. Most of the southern stem of the Lake is dominated by palm oil plantations, which dominate the landscape somewhat repetitively. Along the southern end near Mulabana, there is a swamp that contains hippos. Along the western end of the island, not far from Luku, is the Mutumbula swimming beach.

Other islands in the Bugala Group include: Bubeke, Bufumira, Bugaba, Bukasa, Buyova, Funve and Serinya while the main islands in the Koome Group include: Damba, Koome and Luwaji. The islands are teeming with birds, and vervet monkeys are common. There are occasional large snakes.

The islands get their names from the enormous swarms of lakeflies that breed in giant clouds near the shores. Although this sounds irritating, the enormity of the swarms is quite a sight. If one is caught near a breeding swarm, it can be quite a nuisance, though it disperses after a couple of hours. Otherwise, the lake flies are little noticeable, and they do not bite.

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Lake Nabugabo
August 22014

Lake Nabugabo is located in Masaka District, Central Uganda, approximately 23 kilometers (14 miles), by road, East of Masaka town. Lake Nabugabo is a satellite lake of Lake Victoria special for its beaches, coastlines and many rare bird species.

It was formed as a result of sand dunes resulting from strong winds. It is separated from Lake Victoria by a sand bar. The Lake covers an area of 22,000 hectares. It is a shallow freshwater lake 8.2 km long by 5 km wide. This lake is surrounded by Loudetia swamp, especially to the north and has miscanthidium papyrus and sphagnum swamps.

Lake Nabugabo has a unique biodiversity.

  • Almost 300 plant species have been recorded, the catchment area is home to two endemic flowering plants not found elsewhere, and 14 species in Uganda known only in this area. The most striking character of the rare Nabugabo plants is the relative dominance of carnivorous plants.
  • Indigenous fish (Cichlidae) is recorded, three other species were introduced into the lake in the 1950’s, namely Oreochromis niloticus, O. leucosticus and Tilapia Zillii.
  • The fauna ecosystem consists of a wide variety of key animal communities; Hippopotamus and Sitatunga, among the birds King Fisher and Crested Crane are found.
  • Nabugabo is an important migratory stopover-destination for Migratory bird species – at times during the year, the site (listed as an Important Bird Area) holds more than 15% of the world’s population of the Blue Swallow and support five globally threatened and nearly threatened birds.
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Budongo Forest
August 22014

Budongo Forest is situated approximately 3 hours drive northwest of the capital city Kampala on the way to the prominent Murchison Falls National Park. This is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa as well as habitat to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. The major tourist sites within this forest are: the Busingiro Ecotourism site and Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site which are located at boundaries to Murchison Falls National Park and dominated by Mahogany and Iron-wood trees.

The 115 kilometer expanse is a remote chunck of the Budongo forest. Its isolation once in a while offers a safe haven for the Lions, Leopards as well as Buffaloes. Early in the morning is the ideal time to set out touring because then you will have an opportunity to find a number of the forest inhabitants licking salt by the forest glades. River Waiga offers refreshment to the various wildlife species within this forest.

Birding; the forest is among the most ideal places in Uganda to have a guided bird watching tour by the Royal Mile that extends from Nyabyeya Forestry College to the research station. Among the various bird species that have been recorded in this forest are more than 360 species that will certainly reward you with a very amazing birding safari experience in this great forest in Uganda.

The Chimpanzee Tracking experience: is the number one priority here. Starting in October up to January, the time when the fruits are shorter in supply, the chimps move a lot covering a wider area so the success of seeing them drops to about 50% rate. Fortunately there is a diversity of Accommodation facilities available from where you can base to enjoy the Chimpanzee trekking as well as the exciting forest walks.

In addition there are 290 butterflies species, 130 Moths species, 465 tree species, as well as 24 mammals nine of which are actually primates.

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Lake Kyoga
August 22014

Lake Kyoga is a large shallow lake and is located in central Uganda north of Lake Victoria; 914 m above sea level. The lake has fingerlike extensions with a surface of 1,720 sq. km. Its average depth reaches 3 m, its maximum depth is 5.7 m. The Victoria Nile flows through Lake Kyoga on its way from Lake Victoria to Lake Albert.

Extensions of Lake Kyoga include Lake Kwania, Lake Bisina and Lake Opeta. These “finger lakes” are surrounded by swampland during rainy seasons. All lakes in the Lake Kyoga basin are shallow, usually reaching a depth of only eight or nine meters, and Lake Opeta forms a separate lake during dry seasons.

Lake Kyoga has three different environmental zones: the open water deeper than 3 m; the water less than 3 m, which is covered completely with water lilies and water hyacinth; and the swamps mainly papyrus, which fringe the shoreline. Lake Kyoga has a rich biodiversity. These include flora and fauna such as Cyperus Papyrus, Hyppo Grass (Vossia Cuspidate), Cattail (Typha spp.), Water Lily (Nymphea spp.), Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiodes). Large crocodile populations are also found in the lake.

46 different fish species live in Lake Kyoga, some of them are endemic. The Nile Perch (Lates niloticus) was introduced into Lake Kyoga in the late 1950s to increase the fish production. The Nile Perch profileration led to the almost complete elimination of many domestic fish species, such as Synodontis victoriae, Engraulicypris argentus, Barbus kiogae, Tilapia esculenta, Tilapia variabilis, Mormyrus kanumme, Clarias mossambicus, Schilbe mystus and Haplochromis macrodon.

Lake Kyoga has enough water, because of two rainy seasons, the first from the months October to December and the second between March and May. In the dry period from December to February, the temperatures in the North of Uganda are higher than in the South. All in all, Lake Kyoga and Uganda have a tropical climate, tempered by the altitude.

The lake has a catchment area of about 75,000 sq. km. The main human activities in the Lake Kyoga basin are fishing, cultivation and livestock keeping. There are no industrial enterprises in the area, due to lack of grid or any other power connectivity.

The lake is dotted with large islands of papyrus and water hyacinth mats (sudds). As a result of poor agronomic practices in the catchment area and siltation caused by the Victoria Nile, the sudds became habitable to fishermen around 1997-1998, thus continuously reducing the quality and quantity of the lake.

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Mabira Forest Reserve
August 22014

The Mabira Forest is a rainforest area covering about 300 square kilometres (120 sq mi) (30,000 hectares (74,000 acres)) in Uganda, located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. It has been protected as Mabira Forest Reserve since 1932. It is home for many endangered species like the primate Lophocebus ugandae.

The forest is one of the few major forests that form a ring of protection for Lake Victoria and big water catchment for Lake Kyoga and River Nile through Musamya and the Sezibwa rivers. The forest is the only block of medium altitude moist semi-deciduous forest in Uganda’s protected areas systems and Uganda.

Bird watching
Mabira is an Important Bird Area (IBA) containing 30% (over 300 species) of total birds found in Uganda. Endangered species include; Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, White-spotted Flufftail, Afep Pigeon, Grey Parrot, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Sabine’s Spinetail, Cassin’s Spinetail, Blue-throated Roller, African Dwarf-kingfisher, White-bellied mabira forest birdsKingfisher, Forest Woodhoopoe, African Pied Hornbill, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Speckled Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Green-breasted Pitta, African Shrike-flycatcher, Jameson’s and Chestnut Wattle-eyes, the Forest Robin, Fire-crested Alethe, Red-capped Robin-Chat, the Speckle-breasted, Yellow-crested, Brown-eared, Grey and the Buff-spotted Woodpeckers, Cassin’s Honeyguide, Red-tailed Bristlebil, Little Greenbul, Honeyguide Greenbul, Sooty Boubou, Grey-green Bush-shrike, just to mention but a few.

Zip-lining
A canopy zip-line system that sends you soaring between the tallest trees in the forest and passing ancient trees as the Sky Captain, canopy guides takes you across the 5 zip-lines. With the final zip-line stretching 65M across the River Musamya between two 40M trees. Using strict, American safety standards, participants are belayed up the first tree, brought through the Skyway system and repelled 40M down from the final tree.

Trailing
A huge and beautiful forest with an extensive visitors trail network. There are 10 forest trails catering for people of all time schedules and abilities. Both guided and unguided trails are available. If you are not rushing to the west of Uganda or needing to get to Kampala in a hurry then Mabira Forest is a pleasant backwater and stop over to consider.

Mabira Forest straggles the main Jinja to Kampala highway; it is 54 km from Kampala and 20 km from Jinja. The forest center is on the edge of Najjembe village approximately 500m north of the main road. Coming from Kampala it is signposted to your left just before you reach the roadside market at Najjembe. A short walk or drive down this marrum road will bring you to the forest center where parking is available and the Visitors center.

Entry Permit
Foreign Resident: Ushs20,000-, Non Resident: Ushs17,000-, Ugandan citizen Ushs5,000-
Children are half price and the under 6’s free.

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The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Wildlife Ranch located in Nakasongola district is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The Rhino re-introduction project is a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority.

It is conveniently located 176km (100 miles) north of Kampala on the Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls (branch off at Nakitoma trading centre). Ziwa is the only place where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild.

Presently the sanctuary is home to fifteen (15) southern white rhinos. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks and relaxation.

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The Uganda Wildlife Education Center is a fun and exciting place to see and learn about the animals of Uganda and the ecosystems in which they live. Take some time to learn how they live, eat, play, and talk.

Originally founded in the 1950s to accommodate confiscated and injured wildlife and to look after orphan animals which have been taken away from smugglers it has grown considerably in recent years. Many say its destined to become the most important showcase for wildlife on the African continent.

Created by the government of Uganda with the help of the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York and managed by a Wildlife Trust, it never fails to delight. At UWEC you will come across free ranging Vervet monkeys and a family troop of DeBraza monkeys in the jungle of our hillside forest. Over 120 bird species can be watched ranging from the famous African fish eagle, over the Great Blue Turaco to Hammerkops, Giant Kingfisher and even the smallest sun birds.

UWEC is not a zoo in a conventional sense and neither is it a Safari Park but it is a center where wildlife education is combined with leisure. Our main aim is to model the main ecosystem of this country in open range exhibits. Not only can you observe many of our most exciting indigenous species here, but comprehensive interactive interpretation and briefings on them are also given.

If you are interested in botany you will also find live collections of traditional medicinal plants.

Activities
A 1000m forest walk encountering over 50 different animal species represented by over 200 animals. All housed in large open air enclosures to simulate their natural habitat in the wild. It also a bird watchers paradise where 250 bird species can be seen. There are also opportunities of visiting the medicinal plant gardens with over 500 herbs with information about diseases they cure.

Contacts:
Tel: +256 414 320 520, +256 718 329 299
Email: marketing@uwec.ug
Web: www.uwec.org

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Maramagambo Forest
August 12014

The word “Maramagambo” was derived from a traditional tale in which a team of young people got lost within the forest, and it actually took them a number of days to trace their path back to the local village from which these had come from. A kind of African-Hansel as well as Gretel Story; however on returning back to the village these young people couldn’t speak for long since they were extremely worn out – hence the word “Maramagambo” for ‘the end of words’.region of Queen Elizabeth Park from the escarpment of Kichwamba all through to Lake Edward. The forest is the ideal destination for hiking as well as nature walk which can take anything from one and a half hours to as long as half the day – the half day trekking offers a chance to explore some of the stunning crater lakes. The majorly tree canopy shaded trails through this glorious verdant forest offers you a rather different experience compared to that you get when exploring the open savannah. The forest has seven different primate species which you may spot during your guided nature walk among which are Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, Baboons, Red Tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, as well as the Vervet Monkeys. The forest is in addition habitat to 2 nocturnal species which are: the Pottos plus the Bushbabies.

There are various Forest Bird species found here in great quantity and certainly birders will find this forest to be the ideal destination to see a diversity of species among which are some uncommon species like the Rwenzori Turaco, the White Naped Pigeons plus the Forest Flycatchers among many others.

Furthermore you may come across extended columns of matching Soldier Ants which columns have been at times spotted 100 meters long and 6 meters side by side. However it is advised to avoid these soldier ants since their bite is stinging but the good news is that their bite has no lasting effect on people other than the painful sting.

The most well-liked destination here are the impressive Bat Caves which in 2008 were closed because a woman contracted the Marburg Virus however in collaboration with the American – Center of Disease Control a secure viewing center has recently been established just outside of these cave and there you can actually view the numerous of bats that reside there and as well the pythons that feed on bats; quite the view and today all enjoyed safely without any threats of contracting the odd Marburg Virus.

In case you are exhausted from sitting within the safari vehicle, the Maramagambo Forest is the ideal place for enjoy a leisure forest walk although you should always watch out for the biting soldier ants.

Activities:

Kayaking at the gorgeous Kyasanduka Crater Lake

Bird watching

Guide nature walks

Chimpanzee trekking

Getting there:

There are Buses at the Baganda bus-park as well as at the new established bus station found near Nakivubo stadium within Kampala. These Buses travel in to and fro. The closest route is that from Kampala through Mbarara and Bushenyi route. On the other hand, you can decide to take that from Kampala via Fort-Portal, Kasese and Bushenyi route. There is an airstrip at Mweya found in Queen Elizabeth National Park served by charter flights privately arranged from Entebbe international airport.

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Welcome to the Entebbe Botanic Gardens, located at Entebbe, Uganda, East African Region. Entebbe Botanic Gardens endavours to promote the knowledge and appreciation of plants for scientific research, education, awareness and recreation purposes.

Entebbe Botanic Gardens, the oldest national Botanic Garden in Uganda is strategically located at the ‘entrace’ into this country, that is the Entebbe International Airport. Three minutes drive form the airport and you are already in a welcome environment that will take away all your jetlag and initiate you into Uganda’s well known hospitability.

On your way back, the extra time before you catch your flight can best be spent in the gardens and you can be sure of carrying with you that everlasting impression which you will share with your pals back home. And just 34km away from Kampala, the Botanic Gardens is the place for the city dweller where you can spend your weekend away from the routine noises and hectic daily chores of the city.

At the end of the day, you will be feeling better than your anticipation in additional to learning about how you can make the living environment better for yourself and the generation to come.

What makes Entebbe Botanic Gardens so pleasantly special?

  • Entebbe Botanic Gardens has a total land area of 40 hectares.
  • 1.5 km along lake Victoria shore line; all of which present a breathtaking scenery.
  • A walk along the beach into the haunting forest.
  • A rock garden in the Entebbe Botanic Gardens.
  • A medicinal garden which sustains a big proportion of the Uganda rural peasant.
  • The Gardens have a collection of 389 species of higher plants.

In addition to offered leisure, the garden also offers opportunities to learn to care for the environment, taking care and conserving useful plants and real life experiences for students of tourism. By this time all you need is a cool shade and cool refreshment both of which are never in short supply.

Contacts:
Tel:+256 0414320638
E-Mail: curator@infocom.org

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Uganda National Museum

Uganda National Museum

The center of history in Uganda initially referred to as House of Fetishes.

July 12014

Displays and exhibits ethnological, natural-historical and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage.

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Lake Bunyonyi
June 302014

Lake Bunyonyi (“Place of many little birds”) lies in south western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale close to the border with Rwanda. Located at 1,962 m (6,437 ft) above sea level, it is about 25 km (15.5 mi) long and 7 km (1.35 mi) wide. The depth of the lake is rumored to vary between 44 m (144 ft) and 900 m (2,952 ft), which if true would make the lake the second deepest in Africa. It is one of the few lakes in the region that is rumored to be free of bilharzia and safe for swimming, however, this claim is not verifiable and patrons of the lake have tested positive as recently as 2012. The lake appears on the 5,000 Ugandan shilling note under the title “Lake Bunyonyi and terraces”.

It is a popular location for watersports and is known for the surrounding terraced hillsides. It is popular with both foreign and domestic tourists and there is a wide variety of tourist accommodation. Towns on its shores include Kyevu and Muko, while its 29 islands are concentrated in the central part. These islands have few settlements, they are mostly used for tourist facilities and for a secondary and a primary school.

Akampene ‘Punishment’ island: The Bakiga used to leave unmarried pregnant girls on this small island with a lone tree – to die of hunger or while trying to swim to the mainland (swimming skills were rare). This was to educate the rest, to show them not to do the same. A man without cows to pay the bridewealth could go to the island and pick up a girl. The practice got abandoned in the first half of the 20th century. Although this practice has been abandoned, it is still possible to find women who were picked up from punishment island today.

Bushara island: The striking feature of the island is its forest, a demonstration of the most appealing attribute of the eucalyptus tree: an exceptionally fast growth rate. The hills around Bunyonyi used to feature many forests but overpopulation led to them being cut down to create land for agriculture needs. Eucalypti have been imported to improve the situation. But eucalyptus plants may also have a negative effect: they can soak everything useful in the soil, leaving it more or less barren.

Kyahugye island: Approximately 30ha (74 acres) in size and also the nearest to the mainland – a mere 5-minute boat ride away. It is surrounded by a 1-2m (3-6.5 ft) wide strip of reeds interspersed with papyrus. The Island has many tree species including Eucalyptus sp., Pinus sp., Alnus sp., and Cuprssus sp., these forming a wide perimeter around it. The vegetation on the Island falls into four categories namely bush, open fallows, tree plantations and natural vegetation. The hilltop is flat and has been developed for tourists. From the top of the Island, there are spectacular views of the surrounding terraced hillsides, the calm waters of Lake Bunyonyi, and the neighboring Islands. On a clear day, Mt. Muhabura can be seen in the distance. Tourist activities like Nature walks, Birding walks, Dugout Canoe Treks, Community visits, Mountain Climbing, etc. can be organized. It is the only Island with wild animals which include the Impalas, Zebra, Water bucks, the Kobs and the only Debrasa Monkey.

Bwama and Njuyeera (Sharp’s Island): In 1921, an English missionary called Dr Leonard Sharp came to this part of Uganda and in 1931 established a leprosy treatment centre on the then uninhabited Bwama island. A church, patient quarters (model villages) and a medical facility were built, while Sharp settled on Njuyeera Island (probably meaning ‘white cottage’, after the similarity of the doctor’s small white house to Sharp’s father’s house in Shanklin, now The White House Hotel). The rationale of the leprosy colony was that of ‘voluntary segregation’, where the provision of a happy community to live in would attract leprosy sufferers, so removing them from the communities where they might infect others. The buildings of the hospital are now used by a boarding secondary school which attracts students from the entire region. There is also a primary school but no village on the island.

Bucuranuka island: The legend says that this island killed many people. About twenty were once brewing local sorghum beer there. An old woman was passing by and she said: “Can you give me some local beer?” They wrongly thought that she was a beggar they knew. They refused her: “Get lost, beggar! Get lost!!!” The old woman asked: “So you will not even give me a sip? Can I at least get somebody to take me to the mainland?” They answered: “Yes, because we are fed up with you!” They chose a young guy to take her over. When they reached the shore and the guy was just beginning to return, the island turned upside down. All died, only a chicken flew away and survived.

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Murchison Falls is the largest national park in Uganda; Measuring 3,893 sq km.

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Some of the attractions include but are not limited to ancient cave paintings, spectacular caves and hot springs within the crater

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This is one of the best places in Africa to look for the elusive Sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope with webbed hooves that hunts in swamps.

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Home of mountain gorillas.

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Bahai Temple
June 52014

A Bahá’í House of Worship, sometimes referred to by its Arabic name of mašriqu-l-‘aḏkār (Arabic: مشرق اﻻذكار‎, “Dawning-place of the remembrances of God”), is the designation of a place of worship, or temple, of the Bahá’í Faith.

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Kasubi Royal Tombs

Kasubi Royal Tombs

A World Heritage Site located in Uganda

June 52014

The Kasubi Tombs in Kampala, is the site of the burial grounds for four kings (Kabakas) of Buganda, and a highly regarded UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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This national park boasts of one of the highest bio-diversity ratings of any game park in the world.

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The park has approximately 313 different bird species, including Uganda’s national emblem, the Crested Crane.

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One of the homes for the rare mountain gorillas.

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Considered an oasis in the semi-desert region.

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A place for chimps.

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The park harbours many mammals, ranging from widespread forest dwellers such as elephants and chimps.

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The Nakiwogo Pier is located on the Entebbe side of Lake Victoria. It is an access route to Kalangala District. The Pier is home to the MV Kalangala a government owned ferry that plies a daily route between Kalangala (Lutaboka pier) and Entebbe Nakiwogo Pier.

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