Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla habituation is a process of making mountain gorillas to feel comfortable around human beings and not feel threatened by their Presence. Uganda Wildlife Authority introduced gorilla habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable National park in 2014 January. This means that travelers on a safari to Uganda can be part of the gorilla habituation experience in the park instead of doing the usual gorilla treks. Or more so can combine the two experiences together. It should be noted that in the whole world, the gorilla habituation experience can only be done in Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
There are only two gorilla families that offer the gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable Forest National park. They are Bushaho and Bukingi.

However, there about 14 habituated gorilla families in the park that are ready for the regular gorilla treks which are possible on our gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda.

What exactly is the Gorilla Habituation Experience?

With the gorilla habituation experience, visitors spend more time with the mountain gorillas compared to the normal gorilla trekking. Visitors spend about 4 hours following a gorilla family they are trying to habituate. For the normal gorilla trekking experience, clients are only allowed 1 hour with the gorillas, at a distance of 7 meters from where the gorillas are.

Visitors on a gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable wake up and have breakfast, at 7:00am they start the habituation process moving with researchers who habituate the gorillas. The gorillas being ‘followed’ for habituation are semi-habituated and are not yet comfortable with human presence, may hide or refuse to come out of the bushes. Sometimes the gorillas charge and the process may be stopped if the gorillas are much habituated. The process includes collecting data about the gorilla family being habituated, and this data is added to the data base and will always be available if you need updates on the family you habituated, even when you are back home.

Cost of the Gorilla Habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

As per Uganda Wildlife Authority, the conservation body for Uganda national parks and wildlife reserves, the cost is $1500 US dollars per person per gorilla habituation permit. The money is worth it and you spend more time with the mountain gorillas compared to the one hour for the normal gorilla trekking whose permit costs $600

Minimum age for The Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Like it is with the regular gorilla trekking, the minimum age to go for the Gorilla habituation experience is 15 years old.

Best time for the Gorilla Habituation Experience.

The gorilla Habituation Experience can be done throughout the year. But people prefer to go in June-October and December to March when the area receives less rainfall and it is drier. This is also the time people have summer holidays. However, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park is a rain forest, meaning it can rain anytime of the year and of the day. The forest is wet most of the time and that is why we recommend that you come with a rain jacket for gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation. During the wet months, mountain gorillas do not move very far to look for their favourite food.

How many people are allowed for the gorilla habituation experience?

Only 4 people are allowed to habituate a gorilla family per day. This means that a one needs to book their gorilla habituation permit as soon as they make a decision. We recommend that you book your gorilla habituation permits 4-6 months in advance so that you don’t miss one out.

How to book a gorilla habituation permit

The same procedure for booking normal gorilla trekking permits is used to book your gorilla habituation permit. You should book one through team Bird’s Nest Safaris. If you book the whole gorilla habituation safari through us on your Uganda safaris, we will not charge you for booking the permit. If you decide to book only the permit through us and not the whole safari package, we will only charge $ 50 US dollar as ground handling fees.

Fitness for the gorilla habituation experience.

Some level of fitness will make your gorilla habituation experience more enjoyable. When you decided on come for this activity, you should take some walks, hikes and go to the gym to prepare for the habituation.  We suggest that you hire services of the porters, who carry your back and give you moral support during the whole process

What to bring on your Gorilla Habituation Experience

  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good traction, suitable for climbing steep muddy slopes
  • Carry a packed lunch and plenty of drinking water (provided)
  • The weather can be unpredictable so carry rain gear, sunscreen lotion and a hat.
  • Wear or pack insect repellent.
  • Bring hand gloves.
  • Bring binoculars – or hire a pair from the Uganda Wildlife Authority office in the park
  • Bring spare batteries and an extra memory card for your digital camera. Using your camera flashlight is not permitted. If you are photographing using film, we recommend using 400-800 ASA film

Rules for Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
The new rules for gorilla trekking apply for gorilla habituation and include keeping a 7 meter distance from the gorillas, don’t go if you are sick since mountain gorillas are closely related to human beings and catch diseases from us.

Read more about the rules via Rules for Gorilla Tracking

If you are interested in a gorilla habituation experience, get in touch now and we will tailor make a perfect itinerary for you.Contact us

Bird watching in Uganda Where to go birding in Uganda

Bird watching in Uganda is one of the most popular activities in the country. Uganda is a popular birding destination in the whole of Africa, well known for its diversity of bird species, with a number of them that cannot easily be spotted in any other part of the African continent, and some are endemic to Uganda only.

Great Blue Turaco
There are many birding destinations in Uganda, making the country one of the best birding destinations, with more than 1010 bird species that can be seen even on a classic Uganda safari. The 10 national parks of Uganda are the largest homes for most bird species in the country. The best time for spotting most of these birds is early in the morning and late in the evening.

Best Bird Watching Destinations in Uganda:

Queen Elizabeth National park
Queen Elizabeth National park is a habitat for 550 bird species, making it one of the most popular birding destinations in Uganda. The park is located in Kasese district in the Southern part of the country, covering a total land area of 1978 sq km, on an altitude of 900 meter. It is up to 1845 meters at the peak of the Western Rift Valley’s Eastern Escarpment. It has most semi-deciduous forest, moist thicket and riparian forest and a river-line bush land, open woodlands, rivers, open grassland, seasonal and permanent lakes as well as lakes, which all male a perfect habitat for birds that call this park home.

Queen Elizabeth National park.  has many water birds such as African fish eagle, long tailed cormorants, white faced whistling ducks, pick and white backed pelicans, spur winged plovers, African Jacana, squacco heron, water thick knee, yellow backed weavers, the black crake, knob billed duck, yellow billed and spoon billed storks, different types of king fishers like the pied and grey headed king fishers, and so on. These birds are commonly spotted from the boat safari a long the Kazinga channel which connects lakes Edward and George.
Other species of birds here include black-ramped buttonquail, Collard Pranticles, papyrus canary, verreauv’s eagle-owl, black bee-eater, squacco heron, African fish eagle, swamp fly-catcher, long-tailed cormorants, Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, White winged terns, White-winged Warbler, shoebill, African skimmer, papyrus gonolek, and the thin-tailed Nightjars

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is Africa’s number one birding spot and has a record of 357 bird species that include 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics, making the forest a birder’s paradise. Bwindi is located in South Western Uganda, on the edge of the Western Rift, 1,160 – 2,607 meters above sea level. Among these endemics include the highly globally threaten species like the Shelley’s Crimsonwing and the African Green Broadbill.
Other Albertine Rift endemics inlcude strange weaver, Archer’s Robin chat, Regal sunbird, purple breasted Sunbird, Red faced woodland wabler, Rwenzori double collared Sunbird, Dusky Crimson-wing, Lagden’s Bush shrike, Yellow eyed black Flycatcher, Grauer’s Rush wabler, blue headed sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Neumann’s wabler, Montane Masked Apalis, Kivu Ground Thrush, Stripe breasted Tit, Red throated Alethe, Handsome Francolin, Yellow crested Helmet Shrike, Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori Night jar.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National park is Uganda’s smallest national park at a size of 33.7 sq km, located in South Western Uganda bordering Rwanda and Congo forming the Virunga ranges.
The park is a bird’s haven with a record of 115 bird species, with 14 of the 24 species of the Albertine Rift Endemics, and 39 of the 88 bird species of Afro tropical highlands in Uganda.

Mgahinga Gorilla National park is not only a birding paradise, but like Bwindi Impenetrable National park, is also home to endangered mountain Gorillas, with one habituated gorilla family open for gorilla tracking.
Other wildlife like Golden monkeys which can also be tracked, forest elephants, bush bucks, jackals, Egyptian mongoose, spotted hynas, buffaloes and different types of special cats call this park home.

For active travellers, three volcanic mountains are found here. These include Mt. Muhavura at 4127 meters above sea level, Mt. Sabinyo at 3645 meters above sea level and Mt Gahinga at 3475 meters above sea level

Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon National Parkis located on the Uganda Kenya border and is an important water catchment for Nzoia River which flows into Lake Victoria and for Turkwel River that flows into Lake Turkana. It is 4,200 meters above sea level. The mountain has unique features like flat topped basalt called the Koitobos and lava tube caves.

The mountain has over 240 recorded bird species, making it one of the best birding destinations. These bird species include 3 of the eight Kenya Mountains Endemic Bird Area species, five of the thirteen species of the Sudan-Guinea biome species, 19 of the 43 Guinea Congo Forests biome species, 47 of the 70 species of the Afro-tropical biome, and quiet a number of the Sudan-Guinea Savannah biome species that occur in Kenya have been recorded here. The park is also home to Sharpe’s longclaw, a globally threatened species along with some regionally threatened and range restricted species; Gypaetusbarbatus, Stephanoaetuscoronatus, Francolinusstreptophorus, Sarothruraaffinis, Bubocapensis, Glaucidiumtephronotum, Indicatorconirostris, Phyllastrephusbaumanni, Kakamegapoliothorax, Sheppardiapolioptera,Campephagaquiscalina and Cisticolahunteri, Francolinusjacksoni respectively.

Mount Elgon vegetation is characterized by wet montane forest dominated by Oleacapensis and Aningeriaadolfi-friedericii grading into Olea, Podocarpusfalcatus forest, a zone of mixed Podocarpus and bamboo Arundinariaalpina, and the Hageniaabyssinica zone with giant heath Erica arborea and Erica trimeraelgonensis. Afro-alpine moorlands occupy the highest parts of the mountain, with tussock grasses such as Festucapilgeri, bogs of Carexrunssoroensis, giant groundsels and giant lobelias. Open wooded grassland with Erythrina and Combretum covers part of the lower, drier north-eastern slopes.

Among other activities in Mount Elgon is sport fishing on River Suam, mountain hiking and game viewing of Elephants, Buffaloes, Water bucks, monkeys, and giant forest hog among others

Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National parkis the smallest savanna park of Uganda’s national park at 260 sq km at an altitude of 1,280 – 1,520 meters above sea level
313 bird species have been recorded in Lake Mburo National park. It is situated in swamp finged lakes which provide a perfect habitat for countless birds that include the African finfoot and the Red-faced Barbet.

It has Acacia woodland that favours great savannah bird species. Birds recorded here include the elusive Shoebill stork and White-winged Warbler; other species to lookout for are; the Crested, Coqui, and the Red-winged Francolins, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Harlequin and Blue Quails, Common Button Quail, White-headed and Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Blue-napped Mousebird, Blue-breasted and Shining-blue Kingfishers, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Hornbill, the Nubian, Buff-spotted, Brown-eared, and the Grey Woodpeckers, Trilling, Stout, and Wing-snapping Cisticolas, Red-necked spurfowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African-wattled Plover, Rufous napped and Flappet larks, Rufous-chested Swallow ,Yellow-throated Longclaw, Black-winged Bishop, Chubb’s, Carruther’s and a number of other Cisticolas, the Lesser and Great Swamp Warblers, etc

The lake itself also home to animals like crocodiles, Hippopotamuses and birds like Pelicans, Black Crake, Common Squacco, Striated, Goliath, Purple, Black-headed, Grey, and Black-headed Herons, Great White and Pink-backed Cormorants, the African Fish Eagle, Shoebill stork among others.

Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale National parkis 766 sq km at an altitude of 920 – 1,590 meters above sea level and is located in South Western Uganda. 37 bird species have been recorded here that include the Green Breasted Pitta, which is one of the 10 highly thought after birds of Uganda. Kibale National park is also a habitat to Chubb’s Cisticola, Black-capped Waxbill, Africa Shrike-flycatcher, African Black-headed Oriole, African Emerald Cuckoo, African Green-pigeon, Black-crowned Tchagra, African Wood Owl,African, Rwenzori, Abyssinian Hill-Babbler, Alpine Swift, Ashy Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Black Bee-eater, Black Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo-shrike, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Black-and-white Mannikin, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Black-billed Turaco, Black-billed Weaver, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, African Dusky Flycatcher, Black-headed Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, African Citril (Western Citril), Black-throated Apalis, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Blue-throated Roller, African Blue Flycatcher, Bocage’ Bush-shrike, Bronze Mannikin, Zebra Waxbill, Bronze Sunbird, Brown Illadopsis, Brown-capped Weaver, Brown-chested Alethe, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Brown-headed Tchagra, African-pied Wagtail, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Yellow-billed Barbet, Afep Pigeon, among others

Apart from bird watching, Kibale National park is popular for chimpanzee tracking and chimpanzee habituation. It is the primate capital of the world and apart from chimpanzees, it is also home to other primates that include GuerezaColobus, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest’s and Red-tailed Monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, among others.

The park is also home to forest elephants, bush pigs, buffalos, Pigs and Buffaloes and on rare occasion Blue, Harvey’s and Peter’s Duickers may be spotted.

On guided night walks, you may come across Potto, Bush Babies- Spectacled Demidoff’s and Thomas’s Galagos, Lord Derby’s Anomalure, African Civet, Kibale African Golden Cat, and Common Genet cat.

Murchison Falls National park
Murchison Falls National Parkis the largest national of Uganda and is located in North Western Uganda. It is 3,840 sq km at an altitude of 650 – 1,292 meters above sea   level. 460 bird species have been recorded in Murchison Falls National Park and it ranks 9th of Africa’s birding sports. It is named after the famous Murchison Falls which are with the park and are a result of the Nile River forcing through a narrow gorge.

Wholly Necked Stork

The banks of the river are donned with wildlife and birdlife. Wildlife include elephants, giraffes, crocodiles, African Cape buffalo, water buck that come to the river to drink water, but these can also be seen on during game drives on the Savannah plains of the national park.
The river is also flocked by birds that include pied and giant king fisher, African fish eagle, snake dada, bee eaters, among others.

In the Southern part of the park, there is Budongo Forest which is home to some primates that include chimpanzees. The Park is a habitat to 20 species from three non-qualifying biomes, 11 species of the Guinea Congo Forests, 6 species of the Afro tropical Highlands and 3 of the Somali Masai biome. A boat safari to the Nile delta is highly recommended for bird watchers. You are likely to be rewarded with the shoe bill stork, African skimmer among others.

Other birds in the park include the Silver Bird, Blue-napped Mouse birds, Grey-crowned Crane, Bluff-bellied Warblers, Goliath Heron, Black-headed Batis, Black-headed Gonolek, Green-winged Ptyilia, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver, Long-toed Plover, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Saddle-billed Stork, Spotted Mourning Thrush, Spotted and Verreaux’s Owls, Long-tailed and Pennant-winged Nightjars, standard-winged Nightjar, White-backed Night Heron and Pel’s Fishing Owl.

Other activities in Murchison Falls National Park include sunrise and night game drives, sport fishing of Nile Perch and tiger fish, guided nature walks in Rabongo Forest, hike to the top of the falls and chimp tracking in Budongo forest

Budongo Forest Reserve
Budongo Forest Reserve was gazetted as a Central Forest Reserve in 1932. It is a semi-deciduous moist tropical forest and it is a habitant to over 335 bird species. It is Uganda’s biggest forest reserve and the scond most important forest after Semliki National park. The forest is home to 24 small mammal species of which 9 are primates, 46 tree and shrub species, 289 butterfly species and 130 month species.

The rare bird species found here include Pubel’sIlladopsis, Nahan’s Francolin, and the Chocolate–Backed Kingfisher, White-headed Saw-wing, White Wagtail, Black-eared Ground-Thrush, Little Crake, Yellow-billed Barbet, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Lemon-bellied Crombec, African Moustached Warbler, Green-backed Eremomela, Yellow-throated Greenbul, African Citril, African Golden-breasted Bunting, Black-crowned Waxbill, Bronze Mannikin, Black-billed Bluebill, Black-winged Red Bishop, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Spectacled Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Compact Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Red-headed Weaver, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Purple Starling, Purple-headed Starling, Splendid Starling, Northern Puffback, Black-headed Gonolek, Tropical Boubou, Isabelline Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Western Violet-backed Sunbird and many more.

Semuliki National park.

Semuliki or Semliki National park is 220 sq km, at an altitude of 800-900 meters above sea level, with a most semi-deciduous forest, mostly ironwood, with a swamp forest in some parts and forest streams and oxbow lakes
The park is a birder’s paradise with about 400 bird species recorded here.

Semuliki National park is located on the Uganda DRC border within the Western Rift Valley, covering the Eastern extension of Ituri forest, making it one of the richest parks for flora and Fauna in Africa, making it very favourable for birds found here that include some of Africa’s highly sought after birds such as the Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Black-wattled Hornbill, the Nkulengu Rail, etc. There is a single, unconfirmed report of the globally threatened Lesser Kestrel.

Other bird species to look out in Semuliki National Park include Blue Swallow, White-throated Blue Swallow, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Spotted Greenbul, White-starred Robin, Lowland Akalat, Red-throated Alethe, Fire-crested Alethe, Snowy-headed Robin-Chat, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Red-eyed Puffback, White-tailed Robin-Chat, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Capped Wheatear, Common Stonechat, Abyssinian Ground-Thrush, Oberlaender’s Ground-Thrush, Grey Ground-Thrush, Little Grey Greenbul, Toro Olive Greenbul, Mountain Greenbul, Yellow-throated Nicator, Western Nicator, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Black Saw-wing, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Long-tailed Hawk, Red-thighedSparrowhawk, Chestnut-flanked Goshawk, Grant’s Bluebill, Afep Pigeon, Blue-headed Coucal, Bates’s Nightjar, Swamp Nightjar, Cassin’ Spinetail, Sabine’s Spinetail, White-bellied Kingfisher, Shinning-blue Kingfisher, Gabon Woodpecker, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Black-billed Barbet, White-headed Barbet, among others.

Apart from birds, 53 mammals species have also been recorded here, many of which are shy, elusive and nocturnal. These include Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Vervet, Red-tailed monkeys, Olive Baboon and GuerezaColobus, rare De Brazza’s Monkeys and Chimpanzees which are more heard than seen. The park is also home to some of the Nocturnal primates that include Pottos and Galagos. With luck, there chances of seeing Elephants, Bush pig, Water Chevrotain, Buffalo, Sitatunga, White-bellied Duiker or Dwarf Antelope, Beecroft’sAnomalure or Zenker’s Flying Mouse. There are also squirrels such as Fire-footed Rope or Red-legged Sun Squirrel, the Little Collard Fruit Bat and the Target Rat living in this forest

A number of butterfly species has also been recored here and these include 46 species of forest Swallowtails and Charaxes (75% of Uganda’s total) and at least 235 species of moths have been classified as restricted. There are also 305 species of trees recorded, of which 125 species are restricted to this park alone.
Tribes of people found here are The Pygmies “Batwa” who settled near the Ntandi some years ago, the Bwamba, Bakonzo, Babwitsi, Batooro, and Babutoku.

Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Parkgazetted in 1962 to commemorate Uganda’s independence, is 1,442 sq km, at an altitude of 1,220 – 2,750 meters above sea level and has a record of 480 bird species. Kidepo Valley National park is in North Eastern Uganda, bordering Kenya and Sudan between the hills of Karamoja and Nageya Valley. Its vegetation consists of montane forest, grassy plains, open tree savannah, thick miombo-like woodlands and the rocky outcrops.

Kidepo Valley National parkis home to 28 bird species from the Somali-Masai and Sudan–Guinea Savanna biomes and these species are endemic to this area in the country. With a whooping record of 480 species in total, the park has the second-highest bird record of any Ugandan protected areas, after Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is also the only IBA located entirely within the Somali– Masai biome. It supports some of the rarest species in Uganda, such as Black-breasted Barbet and KaramojaApalis.

Birds to look out for include Silverbird and small bands of Yellow-billed Shrike, the Vinaceous Dove, Hoopoe, Nubian Woodpecker, Mosque Swallow, the Ruppell’s and Superb Starlings, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Little Weaver and Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, the Yellow-rumped Seedeater, Clapperton’s Francolin, Black Coucal, African Moustached and the Broad-tailed Warblers, Marsh Tchagra and Crimson-rumped Waxbill.

Other birds include the Common Ostrich, Secretary Bird, African Swallow-tailed Kite, Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Pygmy Falcon, Fox Kestrel, Stone Partridge, Clapperton’s and Heuglin’s Francolins, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Kori, White-bellied and Hartlaub’s Bustards, Violet-tipped Courser, Black-headed Plover, Four-banded Sand Grouse, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Rose-ringed Parakeet, White-crested Turaco, White-bellied Go-away bird, White-faced Scoops Owl, Long-tailed and Standard-winged Nightjars, Little Green Bee-eater, Abyssinian and Rufous-crowned Rollers, the Abyssinian Ground, Eastern Yellow and Jackson’s Hornbills, Red-fronted and Black-breasted Barbets, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Singing Bush lark, Red-winged Lark, Ethiopian Swallow, the Pied, Isabelline and Heuglin’sWheaters, African Grey Flycatcher, Foxy and Red pate Cisticolas, KaramojaApalis, White-bellied Tit, Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit, Northern White-crowned and Yellow-billed Shrikes, Slate-coloured Boubou, Fan-tailed Raven, Superb Starling, Red billed Oxpecker, Eastern Violet backed, Pygmy and Beautiful Sunbirds, Rufous and Chestnut Sparrow, Yellow-spotted Petronia, White-headed and White-billed Buffalo Weavers, White-browed and Chestnut- crowned Sparrow Weavers, Grey-capped Social and Speckle-fronted Weavers, the Green-winged, Orange-winged and Red-winged Pytilias, Black-bellied and Black-faded Waxbills, Steel-blue and Strawtailed Whydahs, and the Brown-rumped Bunting, are just a few of the 480 bird species in Kidepo Valley National Park.

Kidepo Vallay National park also has 80 mammal species 28 of which are not found else where in Uganda and include Bat-eared Fox, Carcal, Cheetah and Klipspringer. Other animals include Lesser Kudu, Grant’s gazelle and Beisa Oryx have not been seen at all in recent times and were presumed to be locally extinct. The larger animals include the Elephant, Common Zebra, Buffalo, Bohor Reedbuck, Waterbuck and Kongoni.

Predators include the Spotted Hyena, Leopard and Lion which are frequently seen during morning and evening game drives. The Oribis are abundant in the Narus Valley, whilst the dry thorn thickets in the north are home to Guenther’s DikDik. The Senegal Galago and Sidestriped Jackal may be found in the rest camp at night and White-tailed Mongoose is common but more likely to be see on a night drive.

Botanical Gardens in Entebbe
Birding watching can also be done in the botanical gardens in Entebbe, the only national botanical garden in Uganda. The gardens were established in 1901, located at the shores of Lake Victoria.
The garden is home to different types of water, open country and woodland bird species which include the Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow-billed Stork, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Yellow White-eye, Purple-banded Sunbird, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Yellow-billed Duck, Glossy Ibis, African Open-billed Stork, Malachite Kingfisher, Blue-checked Bee-eater, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Black Crake, Long-tailed Cormorant, Crowned Hornbill, Vieillot’ Black Weaver, Woodland Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, the Africa and Red-billed Firefich, Black-and-white-Casqued Hornbill, Senegal Coucal, Little Stint, Little Weaver, Striated Heron, Ruff, Gull-billed Tern, White-winged Tern, Klaas’s and Diederik Cuckoos, Northern Crombec, Tambourine Dove, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Little Grey Greenbul, Water Thick-knee, Madagascar Bee-eater, Egyptian Goose, Black-headed weaver, Slender-billed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Black-headed Gonolek, Ruppell’s Long-tailed Sterling, Grey-Headed Sparrow, the Spur-winged Lapwing, among others. The gardens are also a habitat to primates that include the black and white colobus monkeys, butterflies, and different plant species

Mabamba Wetland swamp.       
Mabamba wetland swamp is 2,424 ha at an altitude of 1,130 meters above sea level. It has a record of 260 bird species and no birder should miss birding here.  Mabamba swamp is the best place in Africa and in Uganda to see the elusive and bizarre looking shoebill stork which can be seen here any time of the day through out the year.  7 of the 12 Lake Victoria basin biome are also found here.

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Horseback safaris in Lake Mburo National park

Horseback safaris in Lake Mburo National park are without a doubt one of the most exciting and adventuresome on our Uganda safaris. They are run by Mihingo Lodge which has a concession to run horseback safaris inside the national park. The horseback rides offer an opportunity to travellers to see wildlife and interact with wild animals on beautiful horses. Animals that visitors see on the horse rides include zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, warthog, duikers, bush bucks, water buck, and different types of antelopes like the shy eland and the topi.

Some clients have been lucky to see leopards on a horse ride.

The number of different animals seen during the horseback rides depend on the time of year and the weather. Sometimes they move far in search of ‘greener’ pastures.

Watching wildlife from a horse is so peaceful and it is a totally different experience from being on a game drive in a safari vehicle.
Zebras, elands and other animals look on in a curious way at the horse without running away, but keeping a distance
beginners and inexperienced riders are only required to walk.

For the Advanced Riders (4-5   hours)
The ride for advanced horse riders is absolutely beautiful, taking a rider to some of the most stunning spots in the park.

There are lovely stretches and routes that advanced riders can trot through in the beautiful national park. Rides for experienced riders go for 4-5 hours through the grassy Warukiri range of hills that are situated in the middle of the park. Warukiri ridge offers beautiful 360 degree views of the surrounding hills and valleys in the Park. On another furthest hill, there is a waterhole which normally attracts some animals that include herds of buffalo. Riders will also get a magnificent view of the 9 out of 12 lakes surrounding Lake Mburo National Park.

Required weight for riding horses in Lake Mburo National park

The maximum weight of each rider is 100 kg, but most of the horses cannot carry more than 85kg.

Before each ride begins, riders are required to be weighed to ensure that the horses are not damaged by carrying riders who are too heavy. If riders are too heavy for the horses, their backs can be damaged.

Riders should not be offended if asked to be weighed first. At the moment, only a maximum of 6 riders is taken at a time. All the rides are guided by at least one experience horse guide but most times, each ride has two horse guides

What to wear for horseback rides in Lake Mburo National Park

  • Helmets and riding chaps – These are provided are adjustable to fit all sizes and the saddles are English style only.
  • Long trousers and strong shoes if possible with a heel, but trainers are also fine.

Overnight Horseback Safari in Lake Mburo National Park
Overnight horseback safaris are exciting and riders either camp in pitched tents at the shores of Lake Mburo or on top of one of the many hills of the park, spending the night in the park, gazing at stars.

Dinner is a 3 course menu and a heavy breakfast is also prepared in the morning.

For inexperienced riders, you can walk or trot while the experienced riders can canter besides zebras through the grassy plains between the hills of Lake Mburo National park.

A maximum of 6 riders at a time can go for this overnight horseback safari

Stables and Stables Team
The stables at the moment accommodate 6 thoroughbreds, 1 warm blood, 3 ponies and 4 thoroughbred/pony cross. The warm blood, Vallas, is the strongest horse in the stables who is able to carry the maximum 100kg.

The stables themselves are very open aired with larges boxes for the horses. Numerous paddocks surround them and reach down in to the valley affording the horses a large space to run around in. Only in the evenings do the horses enter their stable boxes for dinner and protection from the hyenas otherwise spending their day out grazing on fresh grass often alongside zebra and impala.

The stable team lives down at the stables with the horses. This team is led by Joseph who brought the first ponies and horse over from Kenya with Ralph and he has stayed ever since. Joseph is also from Kenya and is fantastic with the horses, having worked in racing stables for 15 years.

About the Horses
Originally from Namibia, Ralph and Suni bought him from another horseback safari outfit in Tanzania. The thoroughbreds and ponies all originated from Kenya. One of the ponies, Bahari, is of the little stallion who has successfully sired four young ones from two of the thoroughbred mares, Elgon and Gabbra. He is also one of the best ponies for children to ride on their safari experience.

Contact us for a horseback safari in Lake Mburo National park

Visit Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

 The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre also known as UWEC was founded in 1994, to provide leadership in educating Ugandans about the benefits of conserving the country’s biodiversity. It is located along the shoreline in Entebbe and offers different activities to visitors.

UWEC undertakes several conservation initiatives in Uganda that wildlife rescuing and rehabilitating animals; fully fledged veterinary hospital services; and captive breeding of endangered species of the area. The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre also contributes to scientific research and is committed to develop education programmes for the general public, with particular emphasis on instilling a conversation ethic and engaging young people.

Internship and volunteer programmes run on and off-site for Ugandans and foreigners.

Below are some of the activities that visitors can participate in at UWEC

“Behind the Scenes” Tour for USD70 per person
With the behind the scenes tour, the visitors gets an opportunity to observe the animals’ behaviour and experience first-hand, learn how the keepers feed the lions, carry out health checks, or bring them back to their holding facilities. It also gives you a chance to visit the food preparation areas, the pharmacy, and the exhibits, among others.

Chimpanzee Close-Up at USD 290.00 per experience
The chimpanzee close up experience gives visitors a chance to embark on a highly moving and unique experience to come up close, have direct contact with these chimpanzees, most of which were rescued. One will join the younger chimpanzees for part of their daily exercise routine in a stretch of natural forest.

Chimpanzees are found only in the forests of Africa, and their habitat is slowly disappearing as human populations increase and encroach on the forests throughout the region. They are highly endangered species and Uganda’s chimpanzee population decreasing, mainly due to human actions.

UWEC believes that education is key to avoid extinction of Uganda’s chimpanzees, offering you the Watch with amazement as they interact, curious to explore their visitors. Always playful, they may cling to you, climb all over you, or even explore your face with their human-like hands. This is a rare and unique opportunity to bond with man’s closest relative, not only will this be an experience of a lifetime, but you will also learn about the dangers they face in the wild, whilst supporting UWEC’s ongoing conservation efforts.

For this activity, there are health terms and conditions. Below are the health requirements by Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in order for one to take park in this activity.

Keeper for a Day for USD 150 per person
With this activity, visitors get an opportunity to join the UWEC keepers in the kitchen to prepare the food, then jump on the tractor moving from one exhibit to another and help feed different animals that include giraffes, lions, rhinos, rare birds among others. You will get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes as you attend keeper briefings, participate in recording of animal behaviour, or maybe even get the chance to perform health checks or help feed and rehabilitate a rescued animal.

Please NOTE that this activity is subject to special inoculation clearance.

Keeper’s Guided Tour for USD 40 per person
The keeper’s guided tour offers one an opportunity to be guided by a keeper of Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, to give you a tour filled with exciting insight of the animals. With him or her, you get to learn about the different animals and their little quirks. Learn about the full story of the orphaned chimpanzee, and find out just why it is so difficult to feed a 4-month-old baby elephant. In just a few hours, you will learn facts and stories that will stay with you for life, and come away with a new appreciation of the intricacies of conservation work.

Health Requirements for Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
The following vaccinations and health checks are mandatory for an individual to participate in the following; the Chimpanzee Close up Experience and Keeper for a Day program. The vaccinations required executed at least two weeks before participation in the programmes are;

Vaccination/ boosters – please note the times noted in brackets denote the length of validity of each vaccination and to it is important to ensure validity is checked for each one.

  • Hepatitis A (20 years)
  • Hepatitis B (5 years)
  • Measles (MMR) (10 – 15 years)
  • Meningococcal meningitis (ACWY strains) (3 years)
  • Polio (10 years)
  • Tetanus (10 years) vaccine
  • Negative TB test or x ray is also required.

All the chimpanzees at UWEC undergo annual health checks and have been tested /vaccinated on the diseases possible and have also tested negative to the HIV and SIV virus. Please inform our personnel in event of cold or flu incidences in the last 48 hours as this could affect your interaction allowed with the animals.

Please note that some people will have some of these health requirements when traveling to Africa BUT generally not all and so it is vital to check your health records and act accordingly to avoid disappointment.

If you are interested in any of the above activities at Uganda Wildlife Education centre, inquire now


Lake Bunyonyi safari – Canoe rides and other activities

A beautiful view of lake Bunyonyi

A Lake Bunyonyi safari is one of the highlights on a safari in Uganda is much needed after a traveller’s gorilla tracking safari in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga Gorilla National park. It is a perfect place for relaxing before your flight back home. This beautiful lake is located in south western Uganda between Kisoro and Kibale districts bordering Rwanda. Lake Bunyonyi, which means a lake is many small birds is 1,962 meters above the sea level.
The lake is the second deepest lakes in Africa after Lake Tanganyika and the deepest lake in Uganda plus it is one of the most beautiful lakes and is decorated with many islands that include the punishment Island, Bushara Island, Kyahungwe Island, Bwana, Nyuyeera and Bucaranuka Island.
Lake Bunyonyi is popular among both local and international tourists, photographers, film directors with some parts of Black Panther movie shot from here.

Below are some of the activities to do in and around Lake Bunyonyi
Motorised or non-motorised canoe boat to the different islands
Visitors around Lake Bunyonyi can go for guided motorised or non-motorised canoe boats to the different 29 islands that done the lake, learning about their history. These include the punishment island which stands out the most, Bwama Islands and many others. You will learn about a British missionary who founded a leper hospital in 1921 which is now converted into a school on the island

Lake Bunyonyi is a very cool place with cool weather and is perfect for a weekend getaway relaxation and it is also a perfect place after your gorilla tracking adventure or safari.

Bird watching
Lake Bunyonyi means a lake of many little birds. It is a bird watcher’s paradise and is home to about 200 bird species which can be seen on some of our bird watching safaris Some of the birds to look out for include grey-crowned cranes, red-chested sunbirds and many flycatchers.

Although Lake Bunyonyi is about 900 meters in depth, experienced swimmers can take a dip in this beautiful lake. The lake is bilharzia free and does not have crocodiles and hippos making it perfect for swimming.

Village Walks
Village walks in Lake Bunyonyi are a perfect opportunity to learn about the local people and their ways of life. Take a guided walk to one of the surrounding hills, taking in the beautiful terraced hills or even visit a local school and interact with children.

Delight in spectacular sunsets
Enjoy the beautiful sunsets in the evenings when the sun rays reflect beautiful on the lake, taking post card perfect photos of this stunning lake

Visit the traditional healer
Take a 20-minute boat trip to Sam Mulisa’s hut, a traditional healer. You will spend two hours with him, learning from him about traditional medicine practices. You will also learn about his home turned traditional clinic

Guided visit to the local market at Rutindo
Every Friday and Monday, there is a local open market at Rutindo land site that visitors in Lake Bunyonyi can visit. This is a great way to interact with the local people learning about how they ‘do’ business and farm their produce

There are interesting interactions to be had with the locals, and one such example is connecting with the people at a local market that happens every Friday and Monday at the Rutindo landing site.

Meet the Batwa – pygmy people
Visit the batwa people and learn about their history and cultures. They also perform their traditional dance which you can participate in.

Accommodations in Lake Bunyonyi
There are different accommodations for every budget in and around Lake Bunyonyi and below is the outline of some of them
Luxury – Bird nest Lake Bunyonyi
Mid-range – Arcadia cottages Lake Bunyonyi
Budget – Crater Bay cottages

How to get to Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi can easily be accessed from Entebbe and Kampala on a 7 and 6 hours road trip respectively to Kabale town and 8km from Kabale Town on a murrum road to Lake Bunyonyi.

The lake can also be easily accessible from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
It can also be accessed from Rwanda, and this takes about 3 hours

Tree Climbing Lions Safari in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Tree climbing lions safari in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National park Ishasha sector is one of the most fascinating safaris that should not be missed. In Ishasha sector, the Southern part of Queen Elizabeth National park is where these king of the jungle lions are seen lazying in fig trees and sometimes, visitors find them climbing up there. It is estimated that there about 3 prides of lions in Ishasha with approximately 40 lions.

In the whole world, lions can only be seen in trees in Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National park, Uganda and in Lake Manyara National park in Tanzania but with greater chance of seeing them in Uganda.

Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National park is easily accessed from the northern part of the park, Kibale National park, from Kampala, on your way to and from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and a safari to the tree climbing lions is easily to incorporate in the different itineraries.

Apart from tree climbing lions, visitors will also be able to see herds of elephants, African Cape Buffalo, Etopi among others.

Commonly Asked Questions about Tree Climbing Lions of Queen Elizabeth National park.      
Why do lions in Ishasha sector climb?          
Preferred Tree in Ishasha. It is believed that of the reasons why these lions climb is that they prefer a particular tree in Ishasha- They love resting in the sycamore fig tree which has big shades.

To avoid insects. It is also believed that these lions climb trees to run away from ground insects which pester them while on ground.

To escape from heat. It is also said that they actually climb into the branches to escape from the heat on the ground and enjoy the cool breeze from the trees

Is it easy to see Tree Climbing Lions in Ishasha Sector?
Yes it is easy to see these tree climbing lions in Ishasha on a morning or evening game drive and they are often seen in the fig trees.

Many of our safari packages that go through Queen Elizabeth National park include a game drive in search for the tree climbing lions.

Our 3 Days Tree climbing lions and wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth National park is one our popular safaris among others. The sight of these big kitties in the trees is very memorable. So if you are planning a safari tour to Uganda, consider including Queen Elizabeth national park, specifically the Ishasha sector on your itinerary since these tree climbing lions are a rare sight.

Suggested itineraries that include a safari to the Tree Climbing Lions

3 Days Tree climbing lions and wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth National park

9 days Gorilla a wildlife expedition

Lion Tracking Experiential Activity in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

Lion Tracking research experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park is a unique one and a way of actively learning about lions in this beautiful national park and should not be missed on any of the Uganda Safaris. Lion tracking is purely a research program

Lion Tracking Experiential Activity in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

Lion Tracking research experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park is a unique one and a way of actively learning about lions in this beautiful national park and should not be missed on any of the Uganda Safaris. Lion tracking is purely a research program under the Uganda Carnivore Program (UCP) which is committed to the research and conservation of lions, leopards and hyenas in Uganda.

Visitors will actively monitor some of the lions using locator devices under the supervision of a Senior Research Assistant James who has been involved in numerous wildlife interventions, including rescuing and relocating lions and leopards, and removing snares from elephants, buffaloes, and warthogs. You will learn habituation calls of lions, monitor the weather, and learn about the environment that these lions call home, and their behaviours.

This lion tracking research trip gives visitors a great chance, about 95% to see the king of the jungles, the lions.

The results from this monitoring and tracking experience will be added to the data base and thus helping in conservation and better understanding of wildlife.

How many people per Lion tracking   Experience
Only a limited number of people is allowed to go for this activity to avoid stressing animals and for visitors to have a great quality experience.

How long is Lion    Tracking?
Lion tracking takes about 3 hours and takes place early in the morning and or in the evening and sometimes in the evening and must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre at Mweya peninsular and must be booked with in 24 hours in advance.

Other Experiential research Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park
There are other experiential tourism activities currently available in Queen Elizabeth National Park and these include Mongoose Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts.

Cost of Lion Tracking  2018
The cost is 50 USD per person paid to Uganda Wildlife Authority at their Information Centre in Mweya in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and 10 USD per person is paid to the Uganda Carnivore program for the communities. The rates exclude park entry fees.

Bird’s Nest Safaris  can organize Lion Tracking Experiential activity that can be combined by with a wildlife safari and boat safari on Kazinga channel.

Walking Safaris – Best Places for walking safaris in Uganda

Walking safaris on a Uganda safari offer a better way to get up close and personal with the African savannah bush and its wildlife. A walking safari is such an adventure and it really is one way to get to know your friends and family better as you walk through the different national parks.

The best places for walking safaris in Uganda are Kidepo Valley National park and Lake Mburo National park.

The other place for a guided walking safari is the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for a guided rhino tracking safari

Walking safaris are very special in a way that you walk in silence, enjoying nature’s rhythm. The Savannah land scape in these two national parks is exquisite. You get to see different types of trees – The acacia trees as well as the grassy plains and lots of animals that include zebras, buffaloes, different types of antelopes, elephants, and countless bird-life. The ranger guide points out to the different animals, their droppings and foot prints.

All walking safaris in Uganda are guided by an expert ranger guide who leads you every step and ensure that your safety is number. The ranger guides have so much experience, and always make the walking safari a truly enjoyable experience. They do teach you ways of the jungle and savannah plains, how to judge how big an elephant is from its prints, how to tell how fast a lion is walking, and how to tell the difference between different bird calls. You will learn so much and this makes walking safaris the best way to learn about the bush.

For the bird watching enthusiasts, a walking safari is a must. There are so many birds to be seen that include bateleurs, fish eagles, African hawk eagles, hornbills, barbets, rollers, sunbirds, bee-eaters, kingfishers, vultures, and many more. A walking safari allows you to get much better sightings of the countless birds in Uganda than you would from a safari vehicle.

For any questions about walking safaris on offer and itineraries that include them please contact us. We can design great combination of luxury and adventure in a heartbeat.

Golden Monkey Tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Golden Monkey Tracking is one of the unique activities in Uganda which takes place only in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Mgahinga Gorilla National park is also home to mountain gorillas and travelers can combine both a golden monkey tracking opportunity with a gorilla tracking adventure.

Golden monkeys are highly endangered and listed on the IUCN Red list due to the destruction of their habitat. There are two golden monkey families habituated for visitors to see. For visitors who yearn for a longer period of time enjoying the golden monkey opportunity, they can go for Golden Monkey habituation which gives one a deeper insight on the lives of these endangered monkey species.

Golden monkeys can only be found in the Virunga mountain range of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The golden monkeys were previously thought to be a subspecies of the blue monkey, they are similar but the golden monkey has golden orange fur on the upper flanks and back. They mainly feed on bamboo, leaves, and fruits and sometimes they also eat insects.

Golden monkey tracking starts at 8 am and one needs a permit that includes the park entry fees. Bird’s Nest Safaris can purchase them from Uganda Wildlife Authority on behalf of the clients, we would email you a pre-departure guide of what to pack for Golden Monkey tracking which is the same for gorilla tracking.

Other activities
There are other activities that can be added on to the golden monkey tracking experience. These include Gorilla tracking and gorilla habituation that can be done in both Mgahinga Gorilla National park and Bwindi ImpenetrableNational park, Batwa pygmy trail experience, guided nature walks and bird watching of the unique bird species here.

Accommodations in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for the Golden Monkey tracking

Suggested Golden Monkey tracking itineraries

7 Days Gorilla And Golden Monkeys
6 Days Gorilla And Golden Monkeys Uganda, Rwanda


Hike Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Rwenzori mountains National Park, 386 sq. meters was declared a World heritage UNESCO site in 1994 and is one of the best adventurous activities in Africa, making these mountains of the moon the best hiking and mountaineering destinations.   Rwenzori Mountains national park is located in the South Western region of Uganda, on the East side of the Western Rift Valley, lying along the Uganda’s land borders with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and it’s Virunga National Park.

Rwenzori Mountains is the third highest mountain range is Africa after Mount Kenya and Mountain Kilimanjaro respectively, standing at 5,109 meters above sea level with 6 mountain peaks that include Mt Stanley which stands at 5,109 meters above sea level, Mt Speke at 4,890 meters above sea level, Mt Speke at 4,890m, Mt Emin at 4,715, Mt Savoia at 4,627m and last but not least Margherita peak which stands 5109 meters above sea level; Margarita is the 3rd highest mountain range in Africa. The whole mountain endowed with glaciers, snowfields, waterfalls, and lakes making it one of Africa’s most beautiful mountains

Rwenzori Mountain national park is a habitat to 70 mammals that include forest elephants, forest buffalo, duikers among others and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation and beautiful plants that Montane forest with bamboo ( Arundinaria ) on lower slopes, heath and Afro-alpine moorland on higher slopes.

Rwenzori   Mountains National Park safaris in Uganda

Rwenzori Mountains were nominated as one of the World’s Best Hikes by National Geographic and every hiking adventure should not miss out an opportunity to hike through the safe mountains. All Mountain hiking safaris in the mountain are guided by experiences guides and hikers have so much support from the porters too, most of whom are local people of the Mountains.

There are different hiking options that can be organized through Bird’s Nest Safaris which include 3 days for the shorter foothill hike and 6-7 days for the usual mountain circuit. It normally takes about 9 days to get to the Margarita, the highest peak

Best Time To Hike Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
The best time to hike Rwenzori Mountains national park is January to February and the July to August which are the driest months, although rain is possible year round.

Bird Watching in Rwenzori Mountains national park.
Rwenzori Mountains is rich for bird watching and is well known for the special Albertine Rift endemics that survived ice age. It has a record of 195 bird species making it one of the best birding destinations in Uganda and Africa. These bird species include Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Montane (Rwenzori) Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyguide, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Kivu Ground Thrush, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Montane Masked and Collared Apalises, Stripe-breast Tit, Rwenzori Batis, (Grauer’s Cuckoo-shrike ), Blue-headed, Regal and Purple-breasted Sunbirds, Strange Weaver, Dusky and Shelley’s Crimson wings, Lammergeiger, Red-thighed Sparrow hawk, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, African Long-eared Owl, Western Green Tinkerbird, Olive Woodpecker, Grey-chested Illadopsis, Grey-winged Robin, Evergreen Forest and Bamboo Warblers, Lagden’s Bush-Shrike, Montane Sooty Boubou, Golden-winged and Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbirds, White-collared Olive-back, Red-faced Crimson wing, Oriole-Finch among others

Combo safaris
A hike to the Rwenzori Mountains national park,  also known as the Mountains of the moon can be combined with Gorilla tracking and gorilla habituation safaris in  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, chimpanzee tracking and chimpanzee habitation in Kibale Forest National Park, and wildlife safaris in Queen Elizabeth national parkand Lake Mburo National park.

How to get Rwenzori National Park.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park is easily accessible from Entebbe and Kampala and from other parts of Uganda. It can be accessible by air transport through our partners Aerolink Uganda and or by road transport using our fleet of 4 x 4 WD customized safari land cruisers and safari vans

White Water Rafting, Jinja Uganda

White water rafting in Uganda takes place Jinja, which is East Africa’s Adventure Capital and home to some of the world’s finest grade 5 white water rafting and other adventure activities. There are different white water rafting adventures for even first timers, family and hard core adventurers. It is a very safe guided activity.

River Nile is the world’s longest river and it has its source in Uganda. There are different rafting options from half to 3 days rafting opportunities as mentioned below.

Grade 5 Full Day Rafting – USD $140
With this package, you will have all the fun. You will get wet, get wild and you will have no idea how much fun you will experience.

This full day white water rafting adventure is considered one of the finest and should not be missed while on any safari in Uganda. You don’t want to miss to experience the Nile from its source.

There are expert photographers who will capture all rafting moments to always look up to in the years to come.

Below is a suggested itinerary for the full day white Water rafting
On the day of rafting, you will be picked up from the central of Kampala or Jinja and transferred to the rafting base for some light breakfast.

At the base, upon arrival, you will meet with your fellow rafters and guides while enjoying a tea or coffee and breakfast since rafting is a physical activity. Pineapples, yellow bananas and biscuits are also provided to help keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Lunch is always light.

Before you head out for rafting, you will be briefed, and fitted with your life jacket and helmets. At the river point, you will be given a detailed safety briefing before getting into the river for practical instructions.

You will be guided through the rapids including the big challenging ones by your team leader as the river meanders through. You will raft through 8 major rapids plus several lower graded runs; all for your safety and fun.

You will then stop before all grade 4 and 5 rapids to brief you about the planned route through and at this time, if you feel you would prefer to join the safety boat or where possible, walk around and then re-join the raft, it is absolutely fine. Calm stretches of water separate the rapids; perfect for getting your breath back, taking a swim and enjoying the scenery.

At the end of the rafting day, you will go to a Riverside Restaurant for a delicious BBQ buffet with cold beers and sodas. Once done with your meal, you will be transported by a shuttle bus back to Kampala or Jinja.

Grade 5 Extreme Rafting – USD $160
This grade is for a traveler who is interested in challenging River Nile in a two man raft. If you prefer to spend more of your time out of the raft than in it, then this is the trip for you. It is more exciting and more challenging.

It will only be you and your guide in a small inflatable raft against the mighty rapids of the White Nile. As long as you have a good sense of adventure, and the ability to hold your breath, you can go for this trip. No experience is needed.

Raft River Board – USD  $160
Are you looking for the adrenaline rush? This is a perfect trip for you that is interested in an extreme adventure challenge

The raft river board combines rafting and river boarding so that you can rest the flat water sections and safely raft the few rapids that are considered unsafe for river boarding. If you’re up to it, try your hand at river surfing on a standing wave. River boarding is extreme boogie boarding and a great way to experience the Nile from an adventurous angle

Grade 3 Full Day Rafting – USD $140
This 1 day white water rafting trip is perfect for families with children as young as 8 years and people who are interested in experiencing the white water rafting without the intensity of grade 5 rapids

The grade 3 rapids are fun without being overwhelming so there’s plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy your surrounds and have the occasional water fight.

The photographers will be capturing your memories.

Important to note

  • Duration: 25 kms  4 – 5 hours on the river
  • Dress: Light clothing, shorts & t-shirt are ideal.
  • Lots of suntan lotion & a cap.
  • Fitness Level: 8 years Minimum weight 30 kg.
  • Under 18’s – guardian conditions apply.
  • Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • No rafting experience necessary, however clients should be water confident & reasonably fit.
  • Pack: Towel & a change of clothes for the end of the day.
  • Any medication you require.
  • Money for optional extra’s

Grade 5 Two Day Rafting – USD $250 per adult, $230 per child under 16 years
This trip is the ultimate white water rafting adventure on the Nile.

You will go for white water rafting for two days with enough time to time to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, admire the abundant bird-life, watch the fisherman cast their nets from dugout canoes, wave at children collecting water and smile at the ladies doing their washing. This is wrapped up by sitting by a fire on the banks of the River Nile at night.