Tuesday, May 09, 2017

UGANDA ONLY OFFERS CHEAPEST GORILLA PERMITS IN AFRICA



CHEAPEST GORILLA TRACKING ONLY OFFERED BY UGANDA



The demand for Uganda tourism is likely to shoot up, after Rwanda development board announced the increment in the price on gorilla tracking permits from $750 upto $1500 for all visitors.

The Ugandan tourism board executive director Mr. Steven Asimwe confirmed that there will be no change in the Ugandan costs, he said that the decision made by Rwanda as a country it does not anyway affect the volume of our trackers here in Uganda, that we have low rates during low season or high during high season, they will remain as they are.

Uganda charges $600 USD per permit and it’s not going to change. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) always offer discounts of up to 40% during low season,.


The tour operators operating in Bwindi Impenetrable forests and Mgahinga national park south western Uganda, challenged the minister for Tourism Mr. Kiwanda, to increase the number of permits available per day from existing eight.

Mountain Gorillas are an endangered species, with only around 880 remaining in the world, of those in Virunga massif, and this the biggest attraction in the region.




Monday, May 01, 2017

Tracking Gorillas in Bwindi national Park and Chimps Kibale National Park.



4 Days Gorilla and Chimp Trekking in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This 4-days gorilla trek tour and wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park is probably the best and most popular East African Safari package. You get to track the mountain gorillas in their natural sanctuary – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park also with 12 other primates in there, a possibility of seeing tree-climbing lions! in Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee tracking in kyambura gorge plus the other ‘BIG 5’ – Leopard, Elephant, Hippos, Buffalo, lots of antelopes, forest hogs, hyena, and lots of birds (over 600 bird species)! Great scenic views like the unmissable calderas and crater lakes, Rwenzori Mountains.




Day 1: Briefing on the safari, transfer to Bwindi impenetrable Forest, southwestern Uganda for your gorilla trek.

Meet and greet with our local guide over breakfast, and then after drive heading to southwestern Uganda. En route, there is a local community popular for making local drums and crafts and a fruit market. Stopover, admire and buy your self souvenirs. Proceed to the Equator line taken as one beautiful scenery in Africa – the pathway of the sun and take photographs.
Pass by mountains, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest during the nine hour journey.
Overnight at Up-market option: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge
Moderate option: Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp,Ruhija gorilla safari lodge
Low Budget option: Buhoma Community Rest camp or Ruhija Gorilla Friends / gorilla valley lodge /Travellers hotel
Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
Please see other accommodation options in Bwindi impenetrable national park 
(Driving time to Entebbe ± 9hrs on surfaced roads)
Day 2: Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), Tracking the Mountain Gorillas and other primates
Today enjoy gorilla tracking in Bwindi. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.
While most of today’s forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
 Overnight at
Up-market option: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge
Moderate option: Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp,Ruhija gorilla safari lodge
Low Budget option: Buhoma Community Restcamp or Ruhija Gorilla Friends / gorilla valley lodge /Travellers hotel
Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
Please see other accommodation options in Bwindi impenetrable national park
 Day 3: Depart from the Gorilla Tracking Park, Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha Sector (famous for tree-climbing lions)
After breakfast we drive through stunning savannah grasslands as we head to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha a much more remote and less-traveled part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, but one which has a sense of exclusivity and remoteness. The game densities here are high, and this region has reported some of the largest herds of Elephant anywhere in Uganda, as it’s their main migration corridor between Uganda and the DRC.
As we enter the park, we do a game drive in search of the wild game. We continue and drive to the northern circuit which is the area near the main road known for its tree climbing lions. But we also visit the Uganda kob mating ground which is their preferred hunting area.
In the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.
 Overnight at
Up-market option: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge or Jacana Lodge / Enganzi lodge (luxury)
Moderate option: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge or Simba Safari Camp
Low Budget option: Mweya Hostels or Kazinga Channel Lodge
Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.
Please see other accommodation options in Queen Elizabeth national park
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking in kyambura gorge and there after we return to Kampala/ Entebbe
We set out early in the morning after breakfast and head for Kyambura gorge for the chimpanzee walk in the gorge, but before you enter into the gorge take panoramic view of the gorge over the raised platform and amazing photographs can be shot. Thereafter we head to Kampala with a stopover in fort-portal for lunch, it’s about 5 hours driving via Mubende. This route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations, some of the best in Uganda. Depending on how much time we have on us we can tour around Kampala’s crafts and souvenirs markets before checking in at your hotel or being transferred to the airport.

No. of Persons on tour
Lowest Price per person

in US Dollars
Mid-range Price per person
in US Dollars
Luxury Price per person
in US Dollars
1 person
$1,957
$2,224
$2,689
2 persons
$1,431
$1,604
$2,032
3 persons
$1,280
$1,478
$1,898
single room supplement
$68
$224
$236
Tour cost includes:

Gorillas and chimp tracking permit, all park entrance and related fees, boat fees, Full board accommodation with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), bottled drinking water on safari, private 4×4 ground transportation with an English speaking driver guide, guides in national parks.
Excluded:Flight tickets and departure taxes, travel documentation (visas), travel and medical insurance, optional excursions, tips and gratuities for your guides and accommodation staff, Laundry, beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle and at meal times with meals, -Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, postage fees and so on.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

1 Day Lake Mburo National Game Park Safari Tour.

1 Day Lake Mburo National Game Park Tour ,wildlife safari Holiday tour

Lake Mburo national park (LMNP)is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and is located in kiruhura district in the western Uganda, the park is situated about 30 kilometers by road, east of Mbarara, the largest city in the sub-region,Lake Mburo National game Park harbors several wildlife species not observed else where in Uganda. It is the only place in Uganda to support a population of impala (from which Kampala city derives its name), and only one of the three protected areas countrywide where Burchell’s zebra occurs, the other two being the far less accessible Kidepo and Pian-Upe.

Other antelopes easily seen are topi, bush buck, common duiker, oribi, Defassa water buck and Bofor reed buck, while the lake and lush fringing vegetation support healthy populations of buffalo, warthog, bush-pig and hippopotamus. Large herds of the majestic eland keep roaming the park. The sitatunga confines itself to the swampy areas of the park. Only two diurnal primates occur in Lake Mburo: the vervet monkey and olive baboon. Nocturnal calls of the spotted hyena can be heard through the night. Leopard,side-striped jackal and various smaller predators are also present, most visibly the white-tailed mongoose and three otter species resident in the lakes.Lake Mburo National Park is a home to the Ankole cattle cared for by the traditional Bahima pastoralists, magnificent herds graze peacefully alongside the wildlife. this is determined dry and wet seasons that controls animal movements.


Day 1: Begin Kampala from your Hotel or hostel  at 6 am, drive to Lake Mburo, water provided by
us along the way. Check into Park and go on a Drive of the Park viewing the animals like zebras,antelopes,  birds along the 3 hour drive with Uganda Wildlife Authority Guide. Fabulous views of Buffaloes, Zebras, Leopards, a variety of antelopes, warthogs, and one of the few places to view zebras in Uganda. Lunch is not included on tour cost  along the Lake (there are 5 lakes within the Park) and then a boat ride along the shore. View crocodiles and lots of hippos with a variety of birds to see. This is the highlight of your trip there today. Afterwards, we bid farewell to the park’s friendly staff as we depart for Kampala. We drive through a magnificent hilly country and lush cultivation on an approximately four-hour journey.En route we will stop at the Equator for photographs and ‘polar-water experiment’, then a local community popular for making local drums (Mpabire Village), gardens, crafts shops and fruit markets.We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home.

Tour Price for 1 Day Lake Mburo Tour, inquiry for the updated price

Persons 1 2 3 4 5 6
USD 325$ 226$ 178$ 149$ 129$ 105$
Private 1 Day Safari Price-includes:  Private Safari Vehicle and Driver, Fuel, Bottled Water for the journey, Entrance to Park including Vehicle, Wildlife Game Drive with Wildlife Expert, Lake Mburo Boat Ride,  Equator Visit
For Bookings or more inquiries kindly send us an email:info@gorillasafaris-uganda.com or call us on 0782744920

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

DISCOUNTED GORILLA PERMITS 2017

Gorilla permits @450 Usd for Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mugahinga national parks in Uganda




Saturday, December 31, 2016

TRAVEL TIPS TO UGANDA



Travel vaccines and malaria updates
Advisable to visit your doctor 4-6 months before your travel, to get some medicines you may need and also during your travel. Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country.
Routine Vaccines
These are recommended for all travellers and these vaccines include, age specific routine vaccines, like measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) tetanus diphtheria-pertussis (td/tdap), poliovirius, varicella, and seasonal influenza.
Yellow Fever,
Yellow fever certification is essential prior to your arrival in Uganda; it’s also recommended to administer for hepatitis A and B, Mengitis, tetanus, polio and typhoid vaccines.
Malaria
You’re advised to visit your doctor for recommendations before, during and after your tour to Uganda or tropical countries.
Visas:
Uganda immigration policies are not always consistently applied and may change without notice, travellers should pay close attention to the validity on their Visa and special pass, to avoid fines or interruptions during their travel.
A passport Valid for 6 months and beyond the date of entry is required; Visas are available at Entebbe airport upon arrival and may also be obtained at the embassy of Uganda in your country.
It’s recommended for travellers to obtain their visas to Uganda in advance especially travellers, who arrive via Land.
Fees:
The current fee for a three- month tourist visa obtained upon arrival at Entebbe International airport is us$50 per individual and for a 6-12 month multiple entry visa the cost is $100, cheques are not accepted, please note that the visa fee is none refundable, travellers entering Uganda via   land border crossings may face various entry procedures. Travellers should be aware that a visa does  not determines how long a person may remain in Uganda, this is  Ugandan immigration officer at the port entry who will determine the length  of your stay and it’s normally one to three months, as a tourist,  please note Uganda Immigration  imposes a fine of up to $30 per day for visa overstays and sometimes detains individuals who overstay their visa until the fine is paid. Extensions of duration of stay may be requested at Ugandan immigration headquarters on jinja road in Kampala. Airline companies may also require travelers to have a visa before boarding. For more information log onto the immigration website:www.mia.go.ug
Money
Cash can be changed easily at major banks and foreign exchange (forex) bureaus offer slightly better exchange rates than the banks; at most of the banks and forex bureaus, small denominations below $50 Usd, attracts a lower exchange rate and the rate for traveller’s cheque is about 2% lower than the cash. Exchange rates in Kampala are upto 15% better than is the case elsewhere in the country, so stock up on shillings in the  Kampala city. Credit cards are not widely accepted; however they can be used at most of the major hotels in Kampala.
Airport taxis
When you land at Entebbe international airport is possible to hire airport tax that will take you to your destination. Airport taxis charges around $30-40USD, from the airport to kampala.it is about 45kms from the airport to Kampala and it can take anywhere for an hour  to two hours to travel the distance-this all depends on the traffic.
Either you can contact our company by sending an email or whats app massage or  sms on tel nos: +256(0)782744920
Bringing your pets to Uganda
Regulations governing importation of Dogs and Cats into Uganda
Movement permit
An official movement permit should be obtained from the veterinary authority for the area of origin.
Certificates
        I.            A bill of health certifying the pet is free from diseases.it should be issued by a registered veterinary surgeon or official and should be properly signed and stamped within ten days of shipment.
      II.            A certificate or letter from the local veterinary  authorities indicating that the area of origin of the pet is free from rabies.
Vaccinations
        I.            Dogs require vaccination against distemper, hepatitis,leptospirosis,parov-virus and rabies.it should have been  done not less than 30 days prior to arrival at any point of entry into Uganda
      II.            Cats require vaccination against feline enteritis and rabies. It should have been done not less than 30days prior to arrival at any entry into Uganda.
Transportation
While in transit, dogs and cats must not come into contact with other animals.to ensure this, each pet should be appropriately crated
For more information log onto the Uganda embassy website:http://www.ugandaembassy.com
Driving in Uganda
You can drive in Uganda using a foreign driving license for 3 months. After which you will need to get a Ugandan driving license from the Uganda revenue authority or and international driving permit; you will be given a temporary paper driving license which will be valid for one month after which you will take it back so as to get a driving license. The driving license is valid for 3 years, after which they need to be renewed.
Vehicles are driven on the left hand side of the road in Uganda. The speed limit on highways in Uganda is 80km/hrs. and in built up areas. You might not see the speed limit signs frequently in some places but take extra care because police strictly enforces this law and breaking speed limits can result in a fine, imprisonment or even both. While driving on the road in Uganda be aware of animal’s crossings, boda boda crossing, children and any other live stocks.
For more information please log onto the Uganda revenue authority website;www.ura.go.ug and the Uganda national roads authority website:www.unra.go.ug.
Drinking the water
It is advisable to drink bottled (mineral water) during your stay in Uganda as the water flowing from the taps is not treated.it is safe to brush your teeth using the tap water as long as you don’t swallow any of it .if you are not comfortable with this idea, use bottled water instead.