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The Sipi Falls – Sipi Falls, Kapchorwa Uganda | Hiking Mount Elgon | Sipi River

The Sipi Falls – Sipi Falls, Kapchorwa Uganda | Hiking Mount Elgon | Sipi River

The Top 11 activities to do while on your Sipi Falls Safari

Found on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park near the Kenyan border in Eastern Uganda in the district of Kapchorwa, northeast of Sironko and Mbale, Sipi Falls (waterfalls) put on a exquist display of water falling from a rock down to the Sipi river.

The three waterfalls that make up the Sipi Falls set tumble down the cliff and flows off into the plains of eastern Uganda and Kenya.

This region offers fantastic hiking and coffee tours, whilst also leaving you time to relax with views of the mountains and plains.

The Sipi River is named after the ‘Sep’, a plant indigenous to the banks of the River. Resembling a type of wild banana, Sep is a medicinal plant.

Activities

Hiking

There are different starting points for the hike depending on which waterfall to you visit first.

Mount Elgon today is the fourth tallest mountain in East Africa and the best time of the year to climb it is during the dry seasons.

Abseiling & Rock climbing

Another activity around Sipi Falls is abseiling 100 meters down on one of the Sipi Falls. The activity is done from Rob’s Rock. Abseiling is fun and every adrenaline junkie would love it.

If you want to do abseiling, Sipi falls is the place to go. This activity is done at the main water fall and is most enjoyed by adventurous travelers.

You can do safe – guided Rock Climbing both inside of Mount Elgon National Park and in the Sipi Falls Area, even along the Falls themselves, which is quite exhilarating.

Visit to the Coffee plantation

Coffee plantation sipi fallsFound at the lower slopes of Mt. Elgon, visiting the coffee plantations add to your experience.

This Arabica coffee is grown within altitudes of 1600m and 1900m, it is the source of income to the Bagishu and Sebei.

This tour gives you an opportunity to learn about the harvest, processing and roast of coffee.

Cultural encounters

There is a lot to see culturally within this area like the Sebei who basically stay around Sipi area. This will give you the opportunity to discover there way of life, dress code and traditional dances.

Bird watching

Sipi falls area is an amazing place for birders, Mount Elgon national park has around 275 bird species which makes it the more interesting.

The birds found in Sipi Falls include Hartlaub’s Turaco, Eastern Bronze-napped Pigeon, Lemon Dove, Dusky-Turtle Dove, African Hill Babbler, Alpine Chat, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Thick-billed Honey guide, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike.

Trout Fishing

Trout Fishing is done past Sipi Falls on the Sipi River to catch and release basis which is the same as catching releasing Nile Perch in Murchison Falls Park. Fishing can also be done on mountain trout.An early start is recommended for maximum success.

Mountain Biking

This is the most adventurous and thrilling activity around the Sipi Falls as it gives you the opportunity to ride your bike on the Rocky Mountains.

Blaze down the trails on the fourth tallest mountain in Africa, add on top of that the trails nearby Sipi Falls and you will be most satisfied with a variety of trails that you can enjoy, especially during the dry seasons of the year.

Visit the Sipi River

Apart from visiting the 3 waterfalls you could also take a time and visit the Sipi River.

Enjoy a walk along this river with its beautiful scenery.

Visit the Nyero Rock Paintings and Caves

Nyero Rock Paintings and CavesThese are acient rock paintings and were created thosandas of years ago by ancient cave dwellers who were the first inhabitants of the area.

The Rock painting remain in relatively good shape having survived thousands of the year.  There are several other rock painting sites within the general area.

The Abayudaya Jews of Uganda

This community is 100 years old and located in eastern Uganda near Mount Elgon and Sipi Falls. To be part of this community is by choice and not by lineage.

They have Schools that teach a Jewish and Ugandan curriculum.  They also have a modern hospital and state of Arc Dental Department.

They partner with Christians and Muslims in a fair-trade coffee venture that has proven to be very successful.

Budadiri Community Walk

This community group, based in Budadiri, offers cultural dances, guided coffee tours and community nature walks.

Nature lovers can indulge in one of the three trails like Namugabwe Cave Trail, passing through BaMasaba community land and banana plantations to reach a historical cave filled with bones.

The Dirigana Loop Trail to the Dirigsana Falls and Gabushana Cave past local markets and the “Walls of Death.”

The Sipi Falls area is particularly famous for locally grown Arabic coffee.

An interactive Cultural Community Walk like in the Bunduri Community no to far from Mount Elgon.

You can visit Sipi Falls anytime of the year though it is more fun in the dry season during Jarnuary, July and August.

It will be a privilege to see you in Uganda for your Sipi Falls Safari.

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The Source of The Nile – History, Facts and What to do on Safari

The Source of The Nile – History, Facts and What to do on Safari

The history, what to do and Facts you need to know before your Source of The Nile Safari

Located in Jinja, about 2 hours from Kampala, the Source of the Nile is one of the renowned attractions in the world. This is where it begins its journey to the Mediterranean Sea through Sudan and Egypt

Jinja is a hive of many other touristic activities, for anyone interested in a weekend gateway from the bustle of the city including all year white water rafting, Kayaking, Jet boating, bungee jumping, Squad biking and horse riding by the shores of the Nile.

JSource of the River Nileinja town is also known as the adventure capital of Uganda. Apart from the spectacular sights of the River Nile, that source of the Nile has a broad history backing it up from many years and perhaps, centuries ago.

The River Nile is known to be the longest river in the world although some sources suggest that Amazon River is slightly longer.

The Nile River flows through 11 countries of Africa, from Burundi to Egypt through DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan and Sudan. River Nile is the main water source for Sudan and Egypt mainly.

The River Nile passes through the protected area of the Murchison falls national park and Karuma falls which is inaccessible by boat because of the huge rocks and falls. Inside the Murchison falls national park, there are great boat trips offered both by the park on Victoria Nile to the bottom of Murchison falls.

The Nile covers about 6,650 Km with two main tributaries, that is, the White Nile and the Blue Nile.

Lake Victoria was first sighted by Europeans in 1858 when British explorer John Hanning Speke  reached its southern shore while traveling with Richard Francis Burton to explore central Africa and locate the great lakes.

He telegraphed back to the royal geographical society that he had found the source of the Nile, as Lake Victoria and he named it after  then Queen of the United Kingdom.

John Speke’s discovery did not please his opponent Burton, he opposed the findings of Speke that the source of the Nile was in Tanzania at Lake Tanganyika.

When burton failed to challenge the evidence from john’s findings he requested the England council to set up a debate between him and john.

Unfortunately, john died before the debate, and rumor circulated that John killed himself when scared of the challenge that would merge from the debate with captain Burton over the matters concerning the true Nile Source.

Things to do at the Source of the Nile

Water Rafting BujagaliWater rafting along the rapids at Bujagali Falls is a truly adventurous activity.

Boat cruise along the River Nile is another interesting activity where you get a chance to learn about the history of the source and the bujagali fall.

Need to Know facts about the River Nile

The Ancient Egyptians Were Dependent on the River for Drinking Water, Food Trade and Transportation

The River Played a Vital Role in the Building of the Pyramids

The Southern Stretches of the River are Home to Nile Crocodiles

The Aswan High Dam built to Control the Flooding of the River Nile

Aswan High Dam, was built across the Nile in AswanEgypt, between 1960 and 1970.

Around Half of Egypt’s Population of 80 million People Live in the Nile Delta Area

As you plan for a tour to Africa, the Source of the Nile must be one of the places to visit before you go back home.

There is a golf course unwinding along the banks and the source of the Nile provides a pretty focal point to the flow of water from Lake Victoria’s only outlet as the Nile rive starts its journey from its source.

While at the Source, you can see the Samuka Island which is a wildlife sanctuary.

We at Friendly Gorillas Safaris take delight in providing you with the best safari information, if you have any questions or inquiry please click here.

9 Top Facts about Bwindi Impenetrable National park

9 Top Facts about Bwindi Impenetrable National park

9 Top Facts about Bwindi Impenetrable National park

Located in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of Uganda’s most spectacular conservation areas and it is about 530km from Kampala by road.

Bwindi was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO Natural world heritage site in 1994. Its size is approximately 321km2.

The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park. It is on the edge of the western Great Rift Valley.

Bwindi in the local language means impenetrable, named so to best explain the impenetrable nature. This forest is best known for gorilla trekking, and within this verdant forest you will also find a deep swamp.

On the lighter side, this forest is not very impassable but you can track through to see the endangered mountain gorillas which live here.  Other wildlife living within this forest include: chimpanzees and this is the only place where you will find the chimpanzees happily co-existing with the mountain gorillas.

Others animals include Vervet Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Red-Tailed Monkeys, the Pottos, Duiker Antelopes, Black & White Colobus Monkeys, Civets, L Hoests Monkeys, Blue, Bush babies, Bushpigs, Forest Hogs, Side-Striped Jackals, Clawless Otter, Golden Cats, Genets, bats to mention but a few.

There are an estimated 350 bird species and 310 species of trees several butterflies and the ferns. Among the wide variety of vegetation types including bamboo have made this habitat the best place to trekking gorillas.

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

The major activity in Bwindi is Gorilla tracking limited to a maximum of 8 people per particular gorilla group per day.

Gorillas have unique features and here are some of them;

Gorillas each have a unique nose print (humans too have unique fingerprints).

Gorillas have senses very similar to humans, including hearing, sight (they seem to be slightly nearsighted and to have color vision), smell, taste, and touch.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Gorilla trekkingGorillas’ hands are very much like ours; they have five fingers, including an opposable thumb. Their feet have five toes, including an opposable big toe. Gorillas can grasp things with both their hands and their feet.

The national park is a home to the highest population of mountain gorillas approximately 500, which is half of the world’s mountain gorillas. In total, there are thirty-six gorilla families thirteen of which have been habituated for trekking.

The habituated families include Mubare, Rushegura, and Habinyanja in Buhoma sector, Bitukura and Oruzogo in Ruhija sector, Mishaya, Nshongi, Bweza, Busingye and Kahungye families in Rushaga sector and Nkuringo in Nkuringo sector.

Permits must be booked before since they are on a very high demand all year round. Friendly Gorillas Safaris can help you secure yours before your safari.

Buhoma sector

Located in the northern part of the park, it is the most visited sector of the national park compared to other sectors.

The ease of access from kabala town and kihihi airstrip make it the best part of Bwindi to visit. Buhoma is the first sector where gorilla tourism was first done when Mubare family (Bwindi’s oldest gorilla family) was habituated in 1992 just a year after the establishment of Bwindi forest into a national park.

Besides gorilla trekking, travelers to Buhoma can also enjoy community visits to Batwa pygmies and Bakiga communities at the edge of the forest, hiking trails which include Munyaga trail, Waterfall trail, Rushura trail, River lvi trail and Muzabajiro loop trail among others.

Buhoma is also good for bird watching being a shelter for several bird species.

manage strenuous hikes.

Ruhija sector

Located in Eastern part of Bwindi forest national park, Ruhija is home to Kyaguriro family, Bitukura family, and Oruzogo family all available for trekking.

You will be able to see other primates such as elephants and several monkey species on the trail.

Nkuringo sector

Located in southern Bwindi, Nkuringo is a home to Nkuringo family. Sometimes the Bushaho gorilla family crosses from Rushaga to Nkuringo Nkuringo sector which is located on higher altitudes.

This sector is therefore recommended for the young travelers and the physically fit that can.

Rushaga sector

Located in southern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Rushaga is a home to 5 gorilla families.

The habituated gorilla families include Busingye, Bweza, Nshongi, Mishaya and kahungye all available for trekking.

Rushaga also offers gorilla habituation and two families named Bushaho and Bikyingi.

Rushaga is also a home to Lake Mutanda presenting an opportunity for travelers to have a boat cruise at the lake.

Trekking time
There is no specific time for trekking but it varies depending on the location and movement of the mountain gorillas. It can take from 30 minutes to six hours but it’s a great experience despite the time spent.

After reaching the mountain gorillas, travelers are allowed to spend an hour with the mountain gorillas after which they descend back to the starting point.

A distance of seven meters recommended between the mountain gorillas and the travelers to avoid the spread of spread of human wildlife diseases.

Dressing code
It is recommended to put on long sleeved shirts, a heavy pair of trousers , jackets, rain jeers, hiking boots and hand gloves.

The reason for such kind of dressing is due to the unpredictable weather conditions in the national park.

It is a tropical rain forest meaning that rain can shower at any time of the day despite the season. More still, the grounds can be slippery especially when it rains and in the early mornings, hence an advantage for those trekkers with hiking boots and hand gloves.

Birding

The park is home to many bird species including the short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park birdingThe most easily seen include the African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Bluebill.

Birding usually takes place along the main trail, the Buhoma Waterfall Trail and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija.

The best time to visit
The weather in this park is unpredictable since it is a tropical rain forest. Therefore, the dry season is best to trek the gorillas since the grounds is not slippery.

However, trekking can also be done in the wet season

In conclusion, a visit to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is a lifetime experience. Travelers should therefore visit the park with a great assurance of a life time experience.

It is good practice to know enough about a destination before travelling to it, this is why Friendly Gorillas Safaris has taken the time to avail to you the information about Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

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Adventure Uganda – 8 top activities you must explore

Adventure Uganda – 8 top activities you must explore

Top 8 Uganda Safari activities you must explore 

Today, Uganda welcomes visitors from all over the world who stirred by their imagination, come to explore this enchanting country with its shimmering lakes and lofty mountains, our mysterious forests and game parks teeming with birds and increasing concentrations of all kinds of wildlife.

In this article I am going to describe the 8 top activities to you can do in Uganda. Getting to Uganda is so easy.

Uganda is ideal for a voyage of discovery into the most enthralling Continents in the world. CNNNational Geographic TravelJovago and Lonely Planet and other online travel giants have all over the decade listed Uganda as among the top 20 destinations in the world. Our country presents a captivating combination of the wonders of nature, traditional customs and modern attractions. But above all other attractions is the welcome that comes from the heart of the Ugandan people.

Get up close and personal with mountain gorillas

Spend an hour with gorillas after a trek through thick rain forest

Along with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda is home to the last remaining population of mountain gorillas on Earth. Families are found in Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in the country’s far southwest.

Bwindi is home to 14 habituated groups of gorillas, with a total population of 400 according to the last regional census in 2012. Groups of eight people, led by armed rangers and qualified trackers, can spend an hour with these beguiling primates, usually after an arduous trek through thick rain forest.

Spend time with the Batwa pygmies

Visit a traditional Batwa villageThe Batwa, once known as pygmies, are conservation refugees. Traditional hunter-gatherers, they were thrown out of Mgahinga and Bwindi when both became national parks in 1991.

Since then, they have been marginalised, forced to eke out a living working on others’ land and losing their traditional skills.

Through its Partnership Trust, tour operator Volcanoes Safaris purchased and gifted 10 acres of land near its Mount Gahinga lodge on the edge of the national park for local Batwa people in 2018, helping them build 18 homes and a community centre, with access to medical care.

Tribe elder Safari Monday holds special sessions for guests at the lodge, teaching them about traditional hunting and herbal medicine, with the chance to visit the village and learn more about their plight.

 

Cruise the Kazinga

Take your binoculars on the fishing boats of Lake George

Connecting Lake Edward and Lake George in western Uganda, this 40km channel is home to the largest concentration of hippopotami in Africa.

Cruise the KazingaAt only 8m deep, the channel makes for the perfect resting place for these hulking mammals, which spend most of the day bathing in the shallows along its banks.

It’s also possible to see large groups of elephants, as well as African fish eagles and pied kingfishers. Be sure to pack binoculars and charter a smaller boat in order to get first-hand information from the pilots who are also naturalists.

 

Uganda Cultural encounter; Understand Uganda’s past in Kampala

Learn about the country’s brutal history in the capital (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Uganda’s capital offers the ideal window into the country’s past. The most chilling but essential stop off is Mengo Palace.

The former home of Kabaka Mutesa II, ousted as king in 1966 by prime minister Milton Obote and the then army chief Idi Amin, it’s perhaps more famous for its underground prison.

The prison was used by Amin when he took control of Uganda and is a stark reminder of the brutality of what people here had to suffer throughout the late 20th century.

Catch a glimpse of tree-climbing lions

Elephants by the roadside in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Found only in Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park and the Ishasha plains of Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, these rare big cats spend most of the day lounging in acacia trees, rather than sleeping on the ground like their regular cousins.

There’s a small population of around 50 such lions in this part of Uganda, meaning it pays to go with a qualified guide who can get intel from park rangers on their location.

 

Track endangered golden monkeys

Golden Monkey

Found only in the Virunga Volcanoes forests that stretch across the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo, golden monkeys number just 4,000.

Unlike mountain gorillas, however, they tend to stay put, meaning treks to find them within Mgahinga National Park’s swathes of bamboo are relatively straightforward, if somewhat strenuous on the thighs.

Murchison Falls National Park

Spreading North-East from Lake Albert, Murchison Falls National Park is another adventure for wildlife lovers.

As well as the largest population of Nile crocodiles in Uganda, there are also elephants and Rothschild’s giraffes.

It’s also possible to fish for Nile perch in the raging white waters of the world’s longest river as it crashes into a waterfall. With over 450 different birds, including the rare shoebill stork, it’s a paradise for birdwatchers too.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Uganda is known for its Gorilla trekking and a big number of people who visit this country do so to get close to these giant animals, yet a safari to Uganda can be a lot more memorable as i have discussed above.

If you happen to find yourself in Uganda, the activities I have mentioned will make your Ugandan safari memorable. However, I have only given 8 activities but Uganda has got a lot more to offer.

As a safari expert with Friendly Gorillas Safaris, I can not only help you with your itinerary, but I can also get you great discounts on hotels and activities. Click here and choose an appropriate package for you. To inquire click here.

 

 

 

 

Best 10 Kampala Hotels you will love

Best 10 Kampala Hotels you will love

Best 10 Kampala Hotels you will love

In most cases it is a hustle getting the right accommodation in a city like Kampala most especially when you are new in the city. This is why Friendly Gorillas Safaris has taken time to compiled a list of the best top 10 Kampala hotels as per the year 2019 according to customer preferences.

In the article I talk about the hotels’ location in the city of Kampala, what the Hotel offers and a few more things you will need to know before embarking on your trip.

  1. Kampala Serena Hotel

With 188 elegant and beautifully furnished rooms and suites, Kampala Serena is one of the best top 10 Kampala hotels and its a 5-star Hotel located at the heart of Kampala. This hotel provides 5 room types for you to choose from as follows: Deluxe rooms, Executive rooms, Executive suites, Businessman Suites and Royal suites.

It offers an outdoor pool and a restaurant and among its room amenities depending on the type of room are:

Room Type Amenities
Deluxe Rooms ·         506 square feet/47 square meters

·         One king or two twin beds

·         Work space

·         Dressing table

·         Complimentary wired and wireless Internet

·         Minibar

·         Complimentary newspaper

 

·         Turn down service

·          Bathrobe and slippers

·         Air conditioning

·         Flat-screen IPTV with cable and satellite channels

·         Tea/coffee making facilities

·         24-Hour room service

·         Safe

 

Executive rooms ·         506 square feet/47 square meters

·         One king or two twin beds

·         Workspace

·         Dressing table

·         Complimentary wired and wireless Internet

·         Minibar

 

Complimentary newspaper

·         Turndown service

·          Bathrobe and slippers

·         Air conditioning

·         Flat-screen IPTV with cable and satellite channels

·         Tea/coffee making facilities

·         24-Hour room service

 

Executive suites ·         1,023 square feet/95 square meters

·         One king bed

·         Living area with sofas and a coffee table

·         Two flat-screen IPTVs with cable and satellite channels

·         Spacious bathroom with a double sink, vanity table, walk-in shower and separate bath and toilet

·         Dressing table

·         Complimentary wired and wireless Internet

·         Minibar

·         Complimentary newspaper

·         Turndown service

·         Bathrobe and slippers

·         Air conditioning

·         Tea/coffee making facilities

·         24-Hour room service

·         Work desk and chair

·         Safe

 

Businessman Suites · 871 square feet/81 square meters

· One king bed

· Separate living area with sofas

· Two flat-screen IPTVs with cable and satellite channels

· Spacious bathroom with a double sink, vanity table, walk-in shower and separate bath and toilet

· Workstation with executive desk

· Guest bathroom

·Dressing table

· Complimentary wired and wireless Internet

· Minibar

· Complimentary newspaper

· Turndown service

· Bathrobe and slippers

· Air conditioning

· Tea/coffee making facilities

· 24-Hour room service

· Safe

Royal suites · 2,411 square feet/224 square meters

· One bedroom with king bed

· Master bedroom with large walk-in closet, work desk and private balcony

· Living room with work desk, visitor’s bathroom, dining room and kitchenette

· Lounge with separate entrances to the bedroom and living room

· Spacious bathroom with a separate walk-in shower and WC units with bidet

· Dressing table

· Complimentary wired and wireless Internet

· Minibar

· Flat-screen IPTV with cable and satellite channels

· Complimentary newspaper

· Turndown service

· Bathrobe and slippers

· Air conditioning

· Flat-screen IPTV with cable and satellite channels

· 24-Hour room service

· Safe

 

From business  men to those looking for a luxurious get-away, Kampala Serena hotel covers it all without considering the amount you are to spend.

   2. Protea Hotel Kampala

Offering 5-star services, Protea is a 4-star hotel also located within the heart of Kampala, it also best top 10 Kampala hotels and it offers opulent guest rooms and suites. If you are business traveler or traveling for leisure, Protea Hotel Kampala’s amenities provide Kampala visitors with exciting dining options, an air-conditioned fitness center as well as conference and event facilities where you can host as many as 350 guests.

With 59 hotel rooms and 11 suites all ideal for business or leisure, Protea Hotel Kampala also offers a 25% off your first breakfast. Among its amenities include complimentary water as well as tea/coffee service

   3. Pearl Of Africa Hotel

Being considered one of the best hotels in Kampala, Pearl Of Africa Hotel is located at one of Kampala’s hills which makes it be seen from any point of Kampala. It features a fitness center, sauna, garden, a terrace and bar. The hotel rooms are well air-conditioned with a private bathroom and it also has a restaurant.

All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a coffee machine, the hotel provides a 24-hour reception. Pearl of Africa Hotel also made it’s way up the best top 10 Kampala hotels when it opened in 2017.

    4. Golden Tulip Canaan Kampala

With 122 guest rooms and suites Golden Tulip Canaan Kampala is a 4-star elegant, refined and redesigned hotel for business and leisure travelers. It is also one of the best top 10 Kampala hotels which offers whose experience you will never forget.

The hotel offers a wide variety of room and suite types which standard rooms, deluxe rooms, superior rooms, standard suites, Executive suites and presidential suites.

Among the rooms and suite amenities for standard rooms include average room size 18 square meters, modern rooms with premium bedding, flat screen TV, free WIFI and 24 hour room service. The amenities for the hotel suites include 52 square meter suite rooms with king beds, modern design with premium bedding, large balcony, executive boardroom, high floor, golf course view, shower and bath tub, personal Gym and Jacuzzi, walk in wardrobe, flat screen TV, free WIFI, 24 hour room service and a butler service.

    5. CityBlue Hotel Kampala

Having its origin in Rwanda, CityBlue Hotels is one of Africa’s fastest growing hotels. CityBlue Hotel Kampala is set in Kampala City and has well air-conditioned rooms and suite and free private parking.

Set in Kampala, Urban by CityBlue Kampala features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.

    6. Villa Kololo

Villa Kololo hotel is another hotel in the heart of the city Kampala offering a restaurant and an antique shop. The hotel mostly favors business travelers offering fine dining at a Mediterraneo restaurant, WIFI internet connection, Kampala Hotelsin-suite desks and comfortable beds to relax in after a day’s work. Every room is designed with bespoke pieces of furniture and cotton rich fabrics which is meant to give the guest maximum comfort.

It has a combination of modern designer decorations which gives the space a heady ambiance

7. Golf Course Hotel

Golf Course Hotel is a World class luxurious Hotel offering you a true definition of comfort, hospitality and serving you right from our hearts.
With our location in the most serene environment; adjacent to the Uganda Golf Club, you are assured of an ever-green environment and freshness and ambiance. Golf Course Hotel is designed to offer you the best of comfort with our spacious rooms, making Golf Course Hotel an ideal destination for discerning travelers from all over the world

The Hotel is conveniently located within a 45 minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport and only 5 minutes from the Kampala city center.
Its location is perfect and convenient for honeymooners, business travelers, tourists, and those who wish to have a memorable visit to the ‘Pearl of Africa’, Uganda. It has Eight (8) Categories of Rooms for you to choose from: Deluxe, Executive, Family Suite, Business Suite, Honeymoon Suite, 6 Holiday Apartments and 3 Executive Villas.

    8. Speke Hotel

Speke Hotel is located in the heart of Kampala opposite the Sheraton Gardens. It is one of the oldest hotels in Kampala Uganda, named after the famous British explorer, John Hannington Speke who discovered the source of River. Nile. The historic hotel features 3 specialty restaurants, conference facilities and is 0.6 miles away from Uganda Golf Club. Due to the client rankings this hotel is also considered one of the best top 10 Kampala hotels.

Each room here is equipped with a TV, air conditioning and a seating area,  a DVD player and satellite channels.

 

    9. Speke Apartments

Speke Apartments is located in Kampala, just 200 m from Centenary Park. The property offers an outdoor pool and BBQ area. Free WiFi and parking is offered to guests.

Accommodation at Speke Apartments define the new face of luxury and decadence in the apartment world with stunning living-rooms, arresting furniture fitted with soft padded upholstery, high quality fixtures, furnishing, appliances and ready to move in.

Speke Apartments offers room service and also includes a spa center offering massage treatments. It has a sauna and laundry facilities.

    10. Kabira Country Club

Set among a foray of palm tress in an idyllic suburb and less than a 15-minute drive from the hub of Kampala city, kabira country club is the premier boutique hotel in the city. Trough gates and up into a lush and courtyard, the club is cut-off from the clamor and hustle that surrounds it.

The hotel provides unrivalled luxury and is the perfect setting and business and conference center. Along with fully equipped Gym, the Hotel has world class sporting and recreational facilities which cater for a wide range of fitness and wellness needs. It has two heated swimming pools, three squash courts, a sports field, four clay floodlit tennis court and floodlit basketball court and spa this makes it one of the best top 10 Kampala hotels.

    11. Hotel Africana

With 233 rooms comprising of 5 suites, 103 deluxe rooms and 117 twin bed rooms and 8 Apartments, offering splendid views, Hotel Africana is conveniently located at just 2 minutes from the city center and featuring panoramic views of the city skyline and surrounding hilltops. The hotel has over the years become a symbol of excellence, Hotel Gymsophistication and high quality services. All rooms are fully equipped with an individually controlled air condition system, attached with a full private bathroom, a balcony overseeing the spectacular view, satellite television, Radio, fridge, wire and wireless internet access. It also has 8 Apartments with two Bedrooms each, Music/Radio System in all rooms and 24 hour satellite Television

It has a restaurant serves African and international cuisine and there is also a cafe and a bar. Room service is available. Evening entertainment and karaoke is offered on selected days. The rooms at Hotel Africana come with a balcony and city views. Each has air conditioning and satellite TV and the apartments offer kitchen facilities. Free WIFI is available.

Conclusion:

Due to the increasingly growing internet activity and tourism in Uganda, the hospitality sector has also greatly improved over the years. Hotels are now using online platforms for bookings. It is now easy to know about a hotel in Kampala before getting to the hotel and even get a list of options.

I hope I have given you an in site of the hotels in Kampala and helped in making a choice before you come to Kampala city.

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Top 10 Destinations in Uganda you must visit

Top 10 Destinations in Uganda you must visit

Top 10 Uganda Attractions you must visit

Uganda also known as the “Pearl of Africa” is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. With its dense misty forests, snow-peaked mountains, glassy lakes and sprawling savannas, it’s no wonder Winston Churchill dubbed this wonderful country the “pearl of Africa”. While mountain gorillas are the allure for many visitors, there’s an astounding variety of attractions for tourists. In this article i am going to full discuss 10 top attractions that make Uganda on of the top ten African destinations. And on this list i begin with:

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable Forests National Park

Home to almost half the world’s surviving mountain gorillas, the World Heritage–listed Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of East Africa’s most famous national parks. Set over 331 sq km of improbably steep mountain rain-forest, the park is home to an estimated 340 gorillas: undoubtedly Uganda’s biggest tourist draw-card.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, which dates back over 25,000 years. The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, contains almost 400 species of plants. An estimated 320 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, 350 species of birds, 120 mammals and a lot

As well as its famous primates, the park contains 120 other species of mammal – more than any of Uganda’s other national parks – though sightings are less common due to the dense forest. Lucky visitors might see forest elephants, 11 species of primate (including chimpanzees and L’Hoest’s monkeys), duikers, bush-bucks, African golden cats and the rare giant forest hog, as well as a host of bird and insect species. For birdwatchers it’s one of the most exciting destinations in the country, with over 350 species, including 23 of the 24 endemic to the Albertine Rift and several endangered species, such as the African green broadbill. With a good guide, sighting daily totals of more than 150 species is possible. On the greener side of the aisle, Bwindi harbors eight endemic plants.

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  1. Murchison Falls National Park

Once described as the most spectacular thing to happen to the Nile along its 6700 km length, the 50.m wide Victoria Nile is squeezed here through a 6.m gap in the rock and crashes through this narrow gorge with unbelievable power. The 45.m waterfall was featured in the Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart film The African Queen. Murchison was even stronger back then, but in 1962 massive floods cut a second channel creating the smaller Uhuru Falls 200.m to the north.

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park. It measures approximately 3,840 square kilometers (1,480 sq. mi)

There’s a beautiful walking trail from the top down to the river, and the upper stretch of this path offers views of Uhuru Falls, which a boat trip will not bring you close enough to to appreciate. Though it’s straightforward, a ranger guide is required. If you take the launch trip, the captain will let you off at the trailhead and a ranger will meet you there. The boat can then pick you up later if there’s an afternoon launch, or you can prearrange a car to take you out. This is also a good way for campers to get to the campsite at the top of the falls before returning to Paraa the next morning. The hike takes about 45 minutes from the bottom.

  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park

This fabulous national park is on nearly all itineraries, and while you’ll never be far from other safari groups, you’re guaranteed to see a large range of wildlife, potentially including giraffes, lions, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and elephants. The famous tree-climbing lions in the remote Ishasha sector of the park are a fascinating highlight, but many people also come specifically to see some of the amazing 611 bird species that can be found here.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in western Uganda, and is Uganda’s most-visited National Park. Named after Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1954.  The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Back in the 1970s, with its great herds of elephants, buffaloes, kobs, waterbucks and hippos Queen Elizabeth was one of the premier safari parks in Africa. But during the troubled 1980s, Ugandan and Tanzanian troops (which occupied the country after Amin’s demise) did their ivory-grabbing, trophy-hunting best. Thankfully, animal populations have recovered since then with thanks to improved park security and an emphasis on antipoaching patrols.

Besides the usual wildlife drives, the park is well worth a visit for the wonderful boat trip on the Kazinga Channel and a walk through beautiful Kyambura (Chambura) Gorge, a little Eden brimming with chimpanzees and other primates.

  1. Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale National Park is a national park in South Uganda protecting moist evergreen rain forest. It is 766 km^2 in size and is located between 1100 and 1600 meters in elevation. Despite encompassing primarily moist evergreen forest, it contains a diverse array of landscapes.  Kibale is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests.  In East Africa, it sustains the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee, contains over 375 species of birds.

  1. Kidepo Valley National Park

Offering some of the most stunning scenery of any protected area in Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park is hidden away in a lost valley in the extreme northeast of Uganda. The rolling, short-grass savannah of the 1442-sq-km national park is ringed by mountains and cut by rocky ridges. Kidepo is most notable for harboring a number of animals found nowhere else in Uganda, including cheetahs, bat-eared foxes, aardwolves, caracals and greater and lesser kudus.

Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with South Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. It has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

  1. The source of the Nile

There is something magical about the Nile, the longest river in the world and the source of life for many great civilizations throughout the ages. The source of the Nile, alluded to hazily in the ancient writings of Ptolemy, stood as one of the great geographical mysteries of the Victorian Age. Closer to home, the Nile downriver from Jinja, Uganda, offers some superb white water rafting and game fishing.

  1. Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena and reedbuck.Lion Queen Elizabeth

  1. Rwenzori Mountain National Park

The Rwenzori Mountain also known as “Mountains of the Moon” a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lie in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist montane forest. The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation.

  1. Elgon National Park

Spread out over the slopes of a massive extinct volcano, Mt Elgon National Park is a good place to spot various primates and lots of birds, including the rare Jackson’s francolin, alpine chat and white-starred forest robin. Larger fauna, including leopard, hyena, buffalo and elephant are far harder to spot, but most visitors come for the hiking and impressive landscapes that are peppered with cliffs, caves, gorges and waterfalls.

At 4,000km² Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. Located on the Uganda-Kenya border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna. Mount Elgon National Park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer. Small antelopes, forest monkeys, elephants and buffalos also live on the mountainside.

  1. Semliki National Park

Semuliki National Park sprawls across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests; one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago. While Semuliki’s species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, the park contains evidence of even older processes. Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Uganda has a lot of fun and mesmerizing places to explore, many of which are not fully known by the world. Friendly Gorillas Safaris is your friendly tour operator. We organize tours to all these destinations.

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