Welcome to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the Uganda Gorilla trekking safari destinations but it also has several attractions that enable a number of several Uganda Safari activities in this amazing Mgahinga Gorilla Park. This portal willl let you know when to visit for Gorilla Safari in Uganda, where to stay in and around Mgahinga park during your Uganda Gorilla Safaris. This park attained its name Mgahinga from the local Bafumbira people who named this place “Gahinga” in their traditional dilect “Lufumbira” which means “piles of volcanic stones” that that piled up in the lowlands area where their farm lands were.

Mgahinga gorilla park is the smallest Uganda Safari park but greatly influencial in the tourism sector of Uganda since its the only park where both Moutain Gorillas and Golden Monkey duel hence the slogan “where Gold meets Silver” and this enables a unique gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and a golden monkey tracking tour during a memorable Uganda Tour.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in Uganda which is found in the east African region on the African continent, on the geographical co-ordinates of 01o22’10” S 290 33’25” E. It is located about 482 km or 9-10-hour drive from Kampala city the capital of Uganda in the south western district of Kisoro. Mgahinga Gorilla Park is bordered by Rwanda in the south, Democratic Republic of Congo in the west Kanungu district in the north and Kabale district in the east.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park lies at an altitude between 2227m-4127m above sea level on the Mgahinga volcano ranges of Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhavura hence making it part of the greater Virunga Conservation Area made up of the three countries:- Rwanda with her Volcanoes national Park known for Rwanda Gorilla safaris / Gorilla trekking trips in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo with her Virunga National Park & Kahuzi Biega National Park both known for Cong Gorilla safari tours and Uganda know for Uganda Gorilla safari tours in Bwindi.

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Mgahinga’s highest elevation is muhavura peak – locally named to mean “the point of direction” in Lufimbira dilect by the bafumbira people who together with nearby tribes used and still use to date as a compass in the region because of the altitude of 4127m above sea level while its lowest point is at 2227meters above sea level. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park experiences an equatorial tropical climate with an average temperature lying between 18-200C, minimum temperature ranges between 7-150C and maximum temperature lies between 22-280C. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park receives an average amount of rainfall of 60mm or 2.4 inches and the annual amount of rainfall received ranges between 1400-1900mm or 55-75 inches, this rainfall is received in two periods of maximum between the months of February – May and between September- December.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park contains one habituated family of the elusive mountain gorillas called Nyakigezi and other unhabituated gorillas roaming the jungles of Mgahinga as opposed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that has 18 gorilla families, the two parks giving joy to various travellers undertaking Uganda Gorilla tours / Uganda Gorilla safaris  This Park is a famous Uganda birding safari / Uganda birding tours/ bird watching safari in Uganda destination because she has various species of birds (180 bird species) including the Albertine rift endemics like the Rwenzori turaco other primates in Mgahinga include; chimpanzees, monkeys like the golden monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, the three famous extinct conical volcanoes of Muhavura, Sabinyo and Gahinga. The endangered tribe of Batwa people can also be found here.

The Conservation journey in Mgahinga ranges begun in the 1930s when the colonial imperial British government declared Mgahinga as an imperial crown reserve. But, in the 1950s the low lands of Mgahinga ranges were encroached on by the local communities and turned into farmlands. The post-independence period of the 1960s to early 1980s was followed by political instability in the young republic of Uganda, this, therefore, gave rise to acts of poaching, encroachment on the wildlife reserves.  Mgahinga reserve also saw a sharp decrease in its wildlife population just like all other game reserves in the country did.

After the end of the liberation war in 1986, peace prevailed again in Uganda and efforts were made to protect wildlife wherever it was, this, therefore, led to the recruitment and training of game rangers that were to protect these reserves. In 1989, all poaching wire traps that had been put in the mgahinga game reserve were dismantled and rangers were deployed to protect it. in 1991, the government designated Mgahinga as a game park with an area coverage of 33.9sqkm making Uganda’s smallest game park BUT a great Uganda safari / Uganda Tour destination making dreams come true for all travelers to Uganda pursuing various wildlife safaris in Uganda featuring a Gorilla Safari tours in Uganda a part of the Africa Safari tour of alife time .

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Attraction in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the Uganda Gorilla trekking safari destinations but it also has several attractions that enable a number of several Uganda Safari activities in this amazing Mgahinga Gorilla Park. This portal willl let you know when to visit for Gorilla Safari in Uganda, where to stay in and around Mgahinga park during your Uganda Gorilla Safaris. This park attained its name Mgahinga from the local Bafumbira people who named this place “Gahinga” in their traditional dilect “Lufumbira” which means “piles of volcanic stones” that that piled up in the lowlands area where their farm lands were.

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Mountain Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: Mgahinga is home to the habituated Nyakagezi gorilla group that can be visited while on a Uganda safari – a fairly nomadic bunch that has been known to cross the border into Rwanda and the Congo. The family includes the lead silverback. Read More

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Golden Monkey in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: This is a species of Old World monkey found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, including four national parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda; Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga and Kahuzi-Biéga, Read More

Virunga Volcanoes

Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: The Virungas are a chain of eight volcanoes that dot the borders of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Most of these volcanoes are dormant, except Mount Nyiragongo 3,462 meters (11,358 ft.) and Mount. Read More

Batwa Garama Cave in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Batwa Garama Cave in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: Some of the steep mountain slopes contain caves formed by lava tubes, one of them being the famous Garama Cave located near the park headquarters. This is a sacred place for the Batwa, and during the Batwa Trail you can discover. Read More

Birds in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Birds in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: Mgahinga national park has various species of the Albertine rift endemic birds and the common ones sited in this park include; Handsome francolin: This bird species has a dark reddish brown plumage, grey head, red legs and bills with a rufous grey under. Read More

wildlife

Wildlife at Mgahinga National Park Uganda: Other Wildlife, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has 76 identified mammal species, although they are difficult to glimpse in the wild forest vegetation. They include giant forest hogs, bush pigs, forest buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks. Read More

Ntebeko Visitors’ Centre

Ntebeko Visitors’ Centre Images: The Visitor Centre at Ntebeko is the starting point for nature walks, volcanoes hiking, golden monkey and gorilla tracking and the short (4km) Batwa Trail. The trailhead of the long Batwa trail is at the base of Mt Muhavura. Exhibits inside the building. Read More

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People and Culture in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: Within the confinements of Mgahinga National Park, are the Batwa or twa people or commonly referred to as pygmies because of their short sized heights, a fully grown Mutwa person has an average height of about 4 meters tall or even less. Read More

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Mountain Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Park: Mgahinga National Park has one (1) gorilla family that has been habituated for tracking purposes. This family is called Nyakigezi gorilla family consisting of 9 family members 2 silver backs, 3 adult females, 2 infants and 2 juveniles. Read More

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Golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Park: With the presence of this rare species of monkeys in abundance in this park, comes an opportunity to track and see these monkeys in their natural habitat. These monkeys are relatively easy to find since the habituate in lowland forests and hence. Read More

Birds in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Bird Watching in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: Trek to the Rugezi Swamp, the bamboo forest or the Sanbinyo George for the best bird watching opportunities. The three to four hour Gorge Trail between Gahinga and Sabinyo can provide a spectacular sightings of the Bronze Sunbird. Read More

Batwa Garama Cave in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Cave Exploration in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: The Garama cave is 342 meters long and 14 meters deep several years ago, this cave was inhabited by the pygmy Batwa people whose warriors attacked their neighboring communities, but in the present-day it is inhabited by bats. Read More

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Cultural Encounters in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: For generations, Mgahinga’s dense forests were home to the indigenous Batwa: hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine and the interesting Batwa Forest Trial is unique cultural trail. Read More

Hiking & Nature Walks in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Hiking & Nature Walks in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: A hike through the forest to the deep Sabinyo Gorge – a massive gash in the flank of Mount Sabinyo – provides good birding opportunities and the chance to find the Rwenzori Turaco. This walk takes four hours, and passes through the Rugezi Swamp. Read More

Mountain/ Volcano Climbing

Mountain/ Volcano Climbing in Mgahinga Gorilla Park: A tough day’s hike will take you to the peaks of Muhavura; Gahinga or Sabinyo. All three volcanoes in this park can be climbed. Mountain Sabinyo which is, 3,669m high can take roughly eight hours to cover a distance. Read More

Accessing Mgahinga national park.

This park can be accessed by both air and road transport.

Road transport

The park can be accessed using Kampala- Kabale- Kisoro roadThe Kampala –Kabale section covers 434 km of a well-tarmacked road. it takes you about an 8-hour drive to get to Kabale. From Kabale –Kisoro section covers 76km tarmac of the mountainous road with sharp turns and steep slopes. It takes about 2 hours to get to Kisoro. From Kisoro to Ntebeko park center it is a distance of 14km which takes less than an hour on a gravel road.

While using public transport in Uganda, you can book a bus to Kisoro from Kisenyi bus terminal at a fee of 35000shs and this will take you about 10 hours to get to Kisoro.

It’s also worth noting that the park can also be easily accessed from Rwanda with many daily commuter buses from Kigali to Kisoro via Cyanika or Katuna border posts. From Kigali to Cyanika border is 205 km and from Cyanika to Kisoro is 11 km

Accessing mgahinga national park using air transport.

There are various air companies that operate flights to nearby Kisoro airfield Aerolink. Aerolink has 1 daily flight from Entebbe international airport to Kisoro.  The flight departs Entebbe international airport at 0745hrs and lands in Kisoro at 08:55hrs, the return flight departs Kisoro at 09:10hrs and lands at Entebbe airport at 11:25hrs. Aerolink club uses the Caravan aircraft equipment that has a carrying capacity of 11 passengers and 2 flight crew members. Aerolink charges about 320$ for a one way to Kisoro.

Fly Uganda. Fly Uganda also has daily flights to Kabale airfield, these flights depart from Kajjansi airstrip at 08:00hrs at a cost of 290$ one way and a minimum number of 2 passengers.

Other private aircraft carriers to Mgahinga national park include- Air Serv- Limited, The Mission Aviation Africa(MAF).

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Information

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Information, Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris, Uganda Gorilla Safaris, Uganda Gorilla Safari, Uganda Gorilla Tour, Uganda Safaris Tours, Gorilla Trekking Permit, Rules for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda, Mountain gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks. The total number of the world endangered species of mountain gorillas has increased to 1004, this comes after a pain sticking work of undertaking a gorilla census in the Virunga massif indicated that the gorilla numbers in this region had reached a tally of 680 individuals. As of now the official gorilla count of these majestic creatures in the Bwindi sector remains at 400 individuals but all this is about to change as we patiently wait for new gorilla census results for the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park gorillas that have just been concluded. The critically endangered Apes live only in two locations, Bwindi Impenetrable and the Virunga Massif area, which covers the parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Virunga National Park, Uganda in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

What Are Mountain Gorillas?

Scientifically termed as Gorilla beringei beringei, mountain gorillas are typically gentle and amazingly shy and calm animals that have thick and long fur and this enables them to live in cooler temperature climatic zones, each gorilla can be identified basing on its nose print which is unique to each individual, adult males can weigh as much as 195 kg with a standing height of 168cm or 66 inches while their female counterpart can weigh 100kg with a height of 140 cm or 55inches. Mountain gorillas are diurnal animals as they are very active in the early morning and evening hours which they use for foraging or eating, they maintain an herbivorous diet which consists of leaves, fruits, tree branches, and bamboo shoots. these gentle mountain giants are Bwindi impenetrable national park’s tourism signature symbol and as well as Uganda’s. This park serves as a habitat to about 400 of these mountain giants and this number constitutes about half of the world’s mountain gorilla population.

Mountain Gorillas in Numbers

A total of 400 mountain gorillas have been confirmed to be living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and many mountain gorilla groups have been habituated for tourism and research purposes. Currently, Mountain Gorilla Trekking within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga is a highlight of all visits done in Uganda and mountain gorillas are the unique tourism product attracting many travelers from different parts of the world to undertake safaris to Uganda.  On the other hand, Uganda is recognized as a very safe and more so secure country in which tourists from all over the world can see these Gorillas in serene surroundings. Find information about gorilla trekking, how to acquire a permit, as well as other relevant information on how gorilla trekking is done is very important to any traveler planning to have an encounter with the mountain gorillas in Africa.

How Do Mountain Gorillas Feed?

How Do Mountain Gorillas Feed?

Typically, the daily meal of Mountain Gorillas mainly consists of large quantities of flowers, leaves, fruit, and bamboo roots, shoots vines, shrub. Adults can consume up to 75 pounds each day and due to the fact that gorillas receive a large quantity of water from its diet, they rarely take water.

When Are Gorillas Active?

Mountain gorillas are diurnal primates hence their normal day starts at 6:00 am local time up to 6:00 pm with a snooze around lunch time. Uganda receives Light just past 6:00 am and darkness falls around 7:00 pm.

Most of the time mountain gorilla spend an estimated 30% of the day while looking for food and 30% traveling and 40% resting. Mountain gorillas move every day to different locations looking for food and where they make nests using twigs plus leaves and spend their night.

Reproduction among mountain gorillas

Reproduction among mountain gorillas

There is no specific mating season while babies are born through the year. The Males begin breeding at around 15 years while the females start giving birth between 10 and 12 years. Females can give birth after every 2 to 3 years giving birth to 4 – 6 offspring through their lifetime.

Males leave their group at about 11 years of age, while a little over half of the females will leave their group.

Mountain gorillas communicate through sounds like roars, grunts and shouts, and 25 sounds currently have been documented by researchers

What Is the Best Time to Track Gorillas in Uganda?

What Is the Best Time to Track Gorillas in Uganda?

In order to experience the thrill of tracking this adorable giant but shy mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda, visit during the dry season months June- October and January – February. The dry season is the best time to track gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda because accessibility is quite easy during this time of the year and the trails for gorilla tracking are also navigable. During these dry months, the weather is very fine with temperatures ranging in the mid-20s and there are low chances of rain though it may occasionally rain especially in the afternoon hours. You can also track gorillas during the wet months, as gorilla families tend to stay nearer in the lower slopes of these ranges due to the abundance of food in these lower slopes of the ranges hence making the trekking time shorter and quite easy for you but still loaded with a multitude of unimaginable experience. During the rainy season, you should come with some rain gear as it can shower any time of the day but it doesn’t rain for the whole day. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is at its pick during the months of June to September as well as February- march hence if you would like to do your gorilla trek when the crowds are less take advantage of Uganda’s low tourism season which comes around in the months of April- May and November and January. This comes with a lot of advantages to anyone wishes to use this opportunity as gorilla trekking permits are quite easy to get hold of accommodation facilities are similarly not so busy during this time as well hence you can easily find a lodge to spend your nights at while enjoying the thrill of a spectacular gorilla trekking session.

How and Where to Get Gorilla Permits in Uganda?

How and Where to Get Gorilla Permits in Uganda?

Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda can be gotten only and only from one place and that is Uganda wildlife authority. Uganda Wildlife Authority is the only mandated agency to issue out gorilla trekking permits in Uganda. You can access these permits by visiting the offices of Uganda wildlife authority located in Kampala city in Kamwokya suburb. You can also contact any tour operator in Uganda and any of these tour operators can easily get for you gorilla tracking permits hence saving you the hustle of looking for Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in order to get the gorilla tracking permits.

When Should I Book A Gorilla Trekking Permit In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda?

A gorilla trekking permit in National Park should be booked at least 3 months, this is because Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are only 17 gorilla families that can be visited each day hence there is a lot of competition for gorilla trekking permits to track any of these families in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Cost Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?

Gorilla trekking activities in Uganda are conducted in the two protected parks of Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. In Uganda, each and every gorilla permit is sold at US$600. However, its equally important to note that Uganda no longer has discounted gorilla permits hence the standard price of 600USD is charged on each gorilla trekking permit throughout the year in Uganda. As of today, Uganda is home to 18 gorilla families in both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is has 17 gorilla families and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has 1 gorilla family.  This means Uganda has the capacity to issue out 144 gorilla permits on a particular day.

Booking Gorilla permit through tour operator is best option and usually tour operators charge an extra fee on top of US$600 and this happens when you only need a permit from them. The fee charged on your gorilla permit is attached to help the tour operator with offsetting the administrative costs like make calls to UWA, picking the gorilla permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority where the permits are sold officially and then deliver it to you.

What Is Included in A Gorilla Trekking Permit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park?

A gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park comes along with services which include entry fees to the park, services of a guide/ranger that will accompany you as track a gorilla family and it also gets you an hour with the gorilla family after successfully tracking and finding its current location.

How many people can track a gorilla family?

How many people can track a gorilla family?

Each gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be tracked by a group of people between 1-8 individuals. This means that if you come in a group of more than 8 people you will be divided into groups of not more than 8 individuals and each group will track a different gorilla family at the same time. However there are times when adjustments can be made so as to create for you a smooth and spectacular gorilla trekking experience for example if you are in a group of 9 or 10 people and visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking, the park warden reserves the right to allow all of you to track the same gorilla family if he believes that you won’t pose a risk to the gorillas as a result of the increased number of people visiting this particular gorilla family.

What Is the Minimum Age of Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda?

All people of all ages are welcome to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. However, the gorilla tracking experience is only available to visitors who are aged 15 years and above. This so because of the greater challenges that might be involved like tracking gorillas for a long time or getting scared on seeing the gorillas themselves as they are huge animals. Children below 15 years shouldn’t be left behind on a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as there are other activities they engage in such as birding.

How Long Is Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda?

Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can take anywhere between 1 hour to possibly 8 hours before finding the gorilla family you have tracked. The tracking time will majorly depend on the location of gorilla family whether it is near or very far away, it will also depend on the moods of the gorillas you have tracked, if they seem to be agitated, your ranger guide will cut short your time with the gorillas so as to ensure that you are safe because these animals are wild and can sometimes be aggressive though this is a rare occurrence because before gorilla families are open for tourism purposes, they go through a rigorous habituation process in which they get to acclimatize to human presence near them so rest assured that you will be safe.

What Are the Chances of Seeing a Gorilla Family in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda?

Your chances of seeing a gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are high definitely over 95% because before you track a gorilla family, park rangers track it very early in the morning and will radio to your ranger guide about the current location of the gorilla family you are to track so that you have prior knowledge of their location before you set out to track that family. The only challenge that might raise is that of the gorilla family to keep changing its location hence making it somewhat hard to locate this particular gorilla family.

Where to Stay While On Gorilla Safari in Uganda.

Where to Stay While On Gorilla Safari in Uganda.

Choosing the best safari lodge or accommodation to stay while on your Uganda Safari will entire depend on how much you can afford or the cost of your Uganda gorilla trekking safari package. Some luxury lodges charge as high as, $900 while the budget ones can pocket as low as $ 70 for a double room. The choice of the lodge will also depend on the tourist facilities, location, food, services and so much more.

Among the luxury include Clouds Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp and Mahogany Springs. For the budget traveler, Nshongi Gorilla Resort, Bwindi View Bands, Buhoma Community Rest Camp. The most Common blunder which travelers make is booking a Habituated gorilla family which is located far distance from their choice of lodging facility. What you should note is that the road network to Bwindi Impenetrable and its different gorilla trekking regions is mostly on bumpy murram road since this is a remote area hilly area and hence if you book a lodge located far away from the gorilla family you are going to trek, it becomes hard to catch up with trekking activity which starts very early in the morning. For travelers who would wish to plan and do gorilla trekking safari to Uganda on their own in order to save costs, they might end up spending more on their safari compared to if they used Ugandan based safari tour operators.

What to Wear On Gorilla Trekking

What to Wear On Gorilla Trekking, Gear, And Clothes for Gorilla Safari in Uganda

Knowing the right clothes suitable for gorilla trekking safari in Uganda is equally very important. What you should put in mind is that gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and hilly Mgahinga gorilla national park where the weather is very unforeseeable and this implies it can rain any time. When it rains, the trekking trails become very slippery, muddy and hence require travellers on Uganda trekking safaris to be aware of the what to wear on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.

The following are the recommended clothes to carry for gorilla trekking in Uganda.

  • Long sleeved shirt or T-shirt on gorilla trekking is quite handy as it can quickly dry up just in case of rain, it can cover your arms from wild plants, anticipated bush thorns.
  • A light Rain Jacket or fleece or cheap poncho should be carried on your gorilla safaris just in case the skies decide to open up and let it rain while you undertake this gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi and Mgahinga where mountain gorilla trekking is done.
  • The Long Pants or Trousers on your Uganda Gorilla Trek are the best because in case it rains, they quickly dry up and they also offer an assured protection from the thorns, nettles and branches.
  • Hand gloves. Since gorilla trekking is done in the slippery trails, travellers are highly argued to use building gloves to cover their hands when trekking the mountain gorillas. These can help you to protect your hands from the injuries in case you slide in the muddy and slippery trails. Trekker can as well bring gardening gloves particularly the ones made out of cotton. Tourists should note that the gloves must be padded on the fingers and palms.

What Shoes to Put On While On a Gorilla Trek in Uganda.

We strongly recommend travellers on their gorilla trekking safaris to come with a good pair of jungle/ankle boots with good grooves or threads for foot wear, because you can easily find yourself in a muddy hole so this nice long pair of boots will keep your feet nice and dry regardless of what you find yourself stepping in as you walk along the gorilla trekking trails in the Impenetrable forest.as earlier said, Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in a hilly area so you need this well grooved boot to keep you from back sliding as you hike high up in the Bwindi hills. While in Uganda, you can look for knee-high rubber wellies, famously called gum boots. Hiking boots are best for the steep terrain of Bwindi Impentrable and Mgahinga National Parks. Potential travellers planning for an ultimate gorilla trekking experience in Uganda should not think about wearing sandals or cool white sneakers because these will automatically not survive the slippery and muddy trails in the dark Impenetrable forest and the mountainous areas of Mgahinga park. Most importantly to note is that, the boots should be light weight boots which can offer support and traction in the steep hills and slipper trails.

Packing List Summary for Gorilla Tracking

  • Long Sleeved Shirts/Blouses
  • Trousers
  • Pair of Well Grooved Ankle Boots
  • Insect Repellent
  • Lightweight Raincoat
  • Hiking Boots
  • Cap/Hat
  • Sweater (Chilly Evenings)
  • Camera (No Flash)
  • Back Pack/Waterproof Plastic Bag (To Wrap Your Camera and Film In)
  • Snacks or Bites and fluids like bottled mineral water

Gorilla Trekking Rules in Uganda

Gorilla Trekking Rules in Uganda

For travellers who are planning to have a memorable gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, there are number of etiquettes one is supposed to follow when starting to trek, when spending the one magical hour with the stunning mountain gorillas in the ancient forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Rules Observed Before Starting Gorilla Trekking in Uganda:

  • Always wash your hands before you head out to the gorillas on the way to the gorillas:
  • Please always keep your voices low. you will also be able to observe the great bird life and other wildlife in the forest.
  • Do not leave rubbish in the park. whatever you bring into the forest should be carried back out with you.
  • You will be taken to where the guides observed the gorillas the day before. from there you will follow the gorilla’s trail to find them. Look out for the gorilla’s nesting sites along the way!
  • When you approach the mountain gorillas, the guides will inform you to get ready.

Rules observed when you encounter the gorillas in Uganda:

  • A 7-meter (21 feet) distance should tried to be observed at all times from the gorillas. the further back you are, the more relaxed the group will be.
  • You must stay in tight group whey you are near the gorillas.
  • Keep your voices down at all times. however, it is okay to ask the guide questions.
  • Do not smoke, drink or eat when you are near the gorillas. eating or drinking inevitably will increase the risk of food/drink morsels/droplets falling, which could increase the risk of transmission of diseases.
  • Sometimes the gorillas charge. Follow the guides example (crouch down slowly, do not look the gorillas directly in the eyes and wait for the animals to pass). Do not attempt to run away because that will increase the risk.
  • Flash photography is not permitted! when taking pictures move slowly and carefully.
  • Do not touch the gorillas. They are wild animals.
  • The maximum time you can spend with the gorillas is one hour. however, if the gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will finish the visit early.
  • After the visit keep your voices down until you are 200 meters away from the gorillas.

General Health Rules to Be Observed During the Gorilla Trekking Process in Uganda

General Health Rules to Be Observed During the Gorilla Trekking Process in Uganda

  • Remember that mountain gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. the following rules are ways to minimize the risk your visit might poses to them:
  • Respect the limits imposed on the number of visitors allowed with the gorillas each day. this minimizes the risk of disease transmission and stress to the group.
  • If you are feeling ill, or you are carrying a contagious disease, volunteer to stay behind. an alternate visit will be arranged for you, or you will be refunded your money.
  • If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when you are near the gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth in order to minimize the spread of bacteria or viruses.
  • Always stay 7 meters (21 feet) away from the gorillas. this is to protect them from catching human diseases.
  • Do not leave any rubbish (eg. food wrappers) in the park; foreign items can harbor diseases or other contaminants.
  • If you need to go to the toilet while in the forest, please ask the guide to dig you a hole with his panga. Make sure the hole is 30 cm deep and fill it in when you are finished.

Planning for A Gorilla Trekking Trip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Before you embark on a gorilla trekking safari you need to ensure that the following things are well taken care of.

Gorilla trekking permit costs

Gorilla trekking activities in Uganda are conducted in the two protected parks of Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National park Uganda Wildlife Authority are for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. In Uganda, each and every gorilla permit is sold at US$600. However, it’s equally important to note that Uganda no longer has discounted gorilla permits hence the standard price of 600USD is charged on each gorilla trekking permit throughout the year in Uganda.

Transport to The Trekking Destination

You need to budget and plan for transport from Kampala/Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where gorilla trekking is done. The minimum days to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by road are three days. Therefore, you need to budget for three days. The first day is for transferring from Entebbe/Kampala to Bwindi and the next day is for moving around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You need Vehicle to transfer you to and from the starting head trails of your gorilla trek in Bwindi and the third day is to drive back to Entebbe/Kampala. Hence if you intend on visiting Bwindi impenetrable national park, you need to budget for a tourist vehicle with guide per day and then fuel to cater for the long drive distance from of 527kilometres from Kampala to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Please kindly contact prime Uganda Safaris and Tours for the best rates of Tourist vehicles for hire. Travelers can as well opt to fly to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. this has been made possible by the presence of quite a number of chartered flight companies that operate chartered flights to Bwindi impenetrable national park such as Aerolink Uganda operates scheduled flights to and from Kihihi which is the nearest Air Field and as such, you need drive transfers from the Airstrip to your chosen lodge. Fly Uganda is another chartered flight company that organize for you a flight to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Cost of Accommodation

You need to budget and plan for your accommodation for at least two nights. The first night is when you arrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the second night is after your gorilla trekking experience. It is possible to trek mountain gorillas and depart Bwindi to Kampala on the same day but it is highly recommended that tourists on Uganda Gorilla trekking safaris to the Bwindi budget for the additional night after trekking the gorillas as they will never tell whether they will encounter the gorillas after what period of time. The price of the accommodation will depend on the type of lodging facility because all the four gorilla trekking regions of Bwindi Impenetrable National have Luxury lodges, Mid-Range, and budget. Hence the choice of the lodge to stay will depend on you.

Tipping costs

Tips is an appreciation of good service rendered to you by your safari guide, gorilla trekking guide, waiters. It’s not a must that you have to do this. But as a sign of a good will and appreciation of the service that has been rendered, you can decide to tip that person who has helped in making your entire stay in this tropical paradise a perfect blissful moment.

In nut shell, total gorilla safari cost will require you to budget and plan for gorilla permit, book and pay for you choice accommodation, pay for your transport to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, among other requirements. In order to make your Uganda gorilla trekking safaris success, you need to contact us the number one gorilla trekking safari planners in Uganda the pearl of Africa.

The procedure is almost similar as above, except that the tour agencies tend to speed-up the process and most likely you will get you gorilla permit confirmation faster.

Book Your Gorilla Trekking Adventure to Bwindi with Prime Safaris

Follow the Few Steps Below for A Unique, Smooth and Memorable Gorilla Adventure

  • Contact us and let us know of the dates you want to tour Uganda with the days you want to see the gorilla permits.
  • Afterwards we shall let you know if the days you want for your gorilla tour are available for gorilla tracking and tentatively book them for you (but with no guarantee).
  • We send you our bank details for you to send the money for gorilla permits.
  • It takes about 16 hours for us to receive the money from your bank and pay for your permits. We shall send you acknowledgement for the money and the official Uganda Wildlife Authority Receipt (by scan and email). Please ensure you pay the bank charges when authorizing the transaction.
  • We do not charge any fee for gorilla permits buying/booking if you are booking the rest of the tour (or a part of it) with us. In case we do charge, this is to cater for any costs like telephony, transport, etc. we incur to get you the permit.
  • Send us your passport details to register your gorilla permits. Usually, we only need the Full names, passport number, and nationality.
  • Let us help you book you Gorilla Permit and Safari (no fees on permits)
  • We register your names and get the gorilla permits. We send you scanned copies of your gorilla permit.
  • As soon as the payment has been received, the permits for gorilla tracking will be purchased. Getting a gorilla permit is not a guarantee of seeing a gorilla. However, the chances of seeing them are 98%.
  • Please ensure you pay the bank charges when authorizing the transaction.
  • We do not charge any fee for gorilla permits buying/booking if you are booking the rest of the tour (or a part of it) with us. In case we do charge, this is to cater for any costs like telephony, transport, etc. we incur to get you the permit.
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From Entebbe zoo to Ssese islands a World for marine wildlife or up north to Kidepo national park with its nearby endangered Ik culture, a host of smaller game reserves and Sipi falls in northeastern Uganda, or down south to wildlife and striking landscapes or inland fresh lakes with stunning islands or gorge – there’s wildlife aplenty not far from Kampala. While Kampala is a busy urban center, a few hours’ drives from the city lounge a number of phenomenal wildlife destinations.

Uganda travel Entry requirements and Health Advice

Entry Requirements

All travelers to Uganda are required to strictly conform to the following requirements.

You must be in possession of a valid passport issued and recognized by your government.

You must have an International immunization Certificate against Yellow Fever.

You must obtain a visa if you are an American, British National or European National.

Countries exempted from Visa requirements to Uganda include; COMESA countries:

Kenya, Angola, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Eritrea, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zambia, Antigua, Jamaica, Cyprus, Bahamas, Barbados, Sierra Leone, Belize, Fiji, Gambia,Grenada, Malta, Tonga, Singapore, Lesotho, Solomon Islands, St.Vincent & The Grenadines,

Vanuatu, Italy (Only Diplomatic Passports).

Uganda visas are available at entry points including Entebbe International airport. The cost for a single entry visa is $50.

For those visiting Rwanda, nationals from the USA and Germany are not required to have visas. British and South African citizens do require a visa for Rwanda, however, is issued free of charge at the border. Other nationals have to get their visas before proceeding to the border.

Uganda travel health Advice

Uganda travel health Advice – Uganda Travel Information

Vaccinations and Immunizations

Vaccine recommendations are based on the best available risk information. Please note that the level of risk for vaccine-preventable diseases can change at any time. The following information was obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Uganda.

Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to East Africa. Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.

Routine- Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.

Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)- Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection (see map) where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with “standard” tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.

Hepatitis B-Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission (see map), especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).

Malaria: your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. See your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug.

Meningococcal (meningitis)- Recommended if you plan to visit countries that experience epidemics of meningococcal disease during December through June.

Typhoid- Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in East Africa, especially if staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.

Polio- Recommended for adult travelers who have received a primary series with either inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) or oral polio vaccine (OPV). They should receive another dose of IPV before departure. For adults, available data do not indicate the need for more than a single lifetime booster dose with IPV.

Rabies – Recommended for travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas, involved in activities such as bicycling, camping, or hiking. Also recommended for travelers with significant occupational risks (such as veterinarians), for long-term travelers and expatriates living in areas with a significant risk of exposure, and for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats, carnivores, and other mammals. Children are considered at higher risk because they tend to play with animals, may receive more severe bites, or may not report bites

Yellow Fever- Recommended for all travelers from 9 months of age. Uganda requires travelers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever virus transmission to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. Vaccination should be given 10 days before travel and at 10-year intervals if there is ongoing risk. Find an authorized U.S. yellow fever vaccination clinic.

How to stay healthy while on Uganda Safari

How to stay healthy while on Uganda Safari, Uganda Travel Information

Wash your hands often with soap and water or, if hands are not visibly soiled, use a waterless, alcohol-based hand rub to remove potentially infectious materials from your skin and help prevent disease transmission.

In developing countries like Uganda, drink only bottled or boiled water or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. If this is not possible, learn how to make water safer to drink.

Take your malaria prevention medication before, during, and after travel, as directed. (See your health care provider for a prescription.)

To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot, even on beaches.

Always use latex condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Protect yourself from mosquito insect bites: Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats when outdoors. Use insect repellents that contain DEET (N, N-diethylmethyltoluamide). If no screening or air conditioning is available: use a pyrethroid-containing spray in living and sleeping areas during evening and night-time hours; sleep under bed nets, preferably insecticide-treated ones.

What you are supposed to do while on your Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.

Do not eat food purchased from street vendors or food that is not well cooked to reduce risk of infection (i.e., hepatitis A and typhoid fever).

Do not drink beverages with ice

Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.

Do not swim in fresh water to avoid exposure to certain water-borne diseases such as schistosomiasis.

Do not handle animals, especially monkeys, dogs, and cats, to avoid bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague). Consider pre-exposure rabies vaccination if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas.

Do not share needles for tattoos, body piercing or injections to prevent infections such as HIV and hepatitis B.

Avoid poultry farms, bird markets, and other places where live poultry is raised or kept.

Getting There and Around Uganda

Getting There and Around Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

There are both international and regional flights to Uganda being offered by various airbuses including British Airways, Kenya Airways, Brussels and so much more. You can as well charter a flight but this can be damn expensive. Uganda has all means of transport although the most accessible is by bus; it’s cost-effective and safe when it comes to traveling. Bus companies, for instance, Regional Coach, Link, and Scandinavian Express and Akamba have strict departure time if travelers can’t adhere to this, they are often left behind.

Min buses usually go for shorter journeys. Transport in Uganda has been improved with well-maintained roads, speed governors as well as seat belts to ensure the safety of all passengers. The buses assemble in the new taxis park and some may be got along the public roads. The bus fares are fixed but cheaper to all the passengers. In the villages, there are motorcycles, bicycles, taxis for hire that can take you to your destination and remember to get small denominations of money to ease on transport. Ugandans are friendly people and are so willing to give directions when required. A visa to Uganda guide has also been put here.

Flights in Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

On Arrival.

There are 12 airports in Uganda and the 4 biggest are

Entebbe Airport (Entebbe, Uganda)

Right now, 31 airlines operate out of Entebbe Airport.

Entebbe Airport offers nonstop flights to 22 cities.

Every week, at least 49 domestic flights and 490 international flights depart from Entebbe Airport.

Arua Airport (Arua, Uganda)

Arua Airport offers nonstop flights to 2 cities.

Every week, at least 28 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Arua Airport.

Gulu Airport (Gulu, Uganda)

Gulu Airport offers nonstop flights to 2 cities.

Every week, at least 14 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Gulu Airport.

Kasese Airport (Kasese, Uganda)

Every week, at least 14 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Kasese Airport.

Uganda language

English is the national language. There are other local languages like Luganda, Runyankore, Lusoga, Luo, runyakitara, lugisu, lugbara and many more spoken by different tribes in Uganda. For those who can only communicate using languages like Chinese, Germany, French, Arabic, and others, we can organize special interpreters for them while taking their tours in Uganda.

Uganda’s Climate

Uganda’s Climate

Uganda’s climate is humid; it combines hotness and coldness in some parts. Uganda has dry spells from June-September and rains from November to mid-January and many spots of rain from March-June but at times such seasons change unexpectedly.

Uganda travel clothing/dress

Carry along with lightweight, washable clothes plus a coat, jacket or sweater for morning wildlife game drives or any cold as a result of any weather changes. Items like sunhat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, etc. are also important. Trousers or long sleeved shirts save you from the dangers of insect bites. Any other form of dressing by one’s preference is good as long as it isn’t offensive for public displeasure. Women travelers need to carry a wrap to cover legs in the village and towns. At Lodges and hotels with swimming pools, better to carry a swimsuit along with you.

Baggage on safaris

Baggage on safari is limited to one bag, plus one small piece of hand baggage per person (excluding a camera bag). In total this should not weight more than 20kg. Suitcases and other heavier items can be stored in town hotels whilst clients are on safari.

Uganda tour and travel photo shots

To make your tour unforgettable, its better you carry along with you a video and a digital camera with enough charged batteries for shooting anything that interests you throughout your trip. Keep cameras from dust, sunshine or rain. It is advisable to seek permission first before photographing anyone or anything.

Uganda travel security

Uganda is a very safe and sound country in the African continent.T he country presently has no rebel activity going on inside of Uganda. Even the north of Uganda is enjoying a state of peace and rebuilding since the LRA has signed a cease-fire in the summer of 2006.

Hence Uganda is a very safe country to visit, work and stay, but still, precautionary measures have to be ensured while traveling. Below are some guides on how to be cautious so as to keep safe.

Money should be hidden:

The best way to carry your money is when you keep it at your front pocket where you can put your hand over it rather than a back pocket where it can easily be stolen. Do not flash money or count it in public, pull out what you need and pay, never carry large amounts with you. Keep money and any other valuables in your hotel safe.

Carrying Passports and Return Tickets:

It’s very risky carrying your passport on you, it’s best to make a copy of your travel documents and leave the originals at your hotel safe. If you are traveling on a safari, keep it all such things in a small backpack that you can easily carry with you. It is best to carry that small Backpack even if you go on a game drive while on safari. It is always best to be on the safe side of life instead of having later sorrow.

Keep your Jewelry at home or hotel safe:

Take inexpensive jewelry with you (you can buy some lovely items here in Uganda at a low price). Gold chains and jewelry can be torn off you. Avoid expensive watches and if you are wearing one, have one preferably with a leather strap that can be tightened and safely worn.

Buy some local Ugandan crafted jewelry and support a local artisan and their families and you will safe-keep your expensive items at home and at the same time make a difference in Uganda through your purchase of local hand-crafted items.

Cell Phone:

Keep your Mobile Cell-Phone in your pocket and do not carry it in your hands. If you carry it in your hands, someone may take a cigarette burn your hand and you drop the phone when pain strikes and it is gone.

Do not put in on a table in a restaurant or bar since again someone might just come and grab it – Stay on the safe side. Mobile phones are stolen daily in Uganda – hold on to it tightly.

Walking at night:

Do not walk alone on your own in most neighborhoods to be on the safe side – what you would do at home, do here while visiting Uganda. You do not hear of many cases where Visitors to Uganda are robbed or harmed but it is best to be wise and smart.

Visits to Slums:

Slums in Kampala happen to be a place of misery and where you can find quite a few people who would not have the best intentions in mind when it comes to dealing with you. Most slum-dwellers are there not because of choice but because of circumstances in life.

Visiting a slum unless you are visiting a school, an NGO, a charitable work such as an orphanage is ill-advised. We do not offer slum tours as is the fashion in Kenya in order to make money and once the company does here in Kampala. We believe in the dignity of all human beings and do not want to benefit from another person’s misery.

Gay Travelers Safety:

In February of 2014, President Museveni signed the stronger anti-gay bill into law. 97% of Ugandans concurred with his decision. Uganda had been in the news for five years regarding the anti-gay bill and it had an effect on Uganda’s image in the world even though it is one of 38 African Countries and over 80 worldwide with strong anti-gay laws.

What does it mean to a gay traveler wanting to come to Uganda? In Uganda, there is no public affection between any gender. No promotion of homosexuality and simply discreet behavior that does not draw attention to a visitor to Uganda. The traditions of held values of Uganda and most African Nations are simply different.

The law is there – the choice is up to the gay visitor to Uganda whether to come or whether to stay away – the previous anti-gay law was hardly enforced since in Uganda personal relationships are kept private.

Statement from Stephen Asiimwe -Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Tourism Board “no gay visitor to our country will be harassed or not welcome for the only reason that he or she may be gay. Cultural policies are important in Uganda. We ask visitors to respect them. They include touching in public for example or engaging in sex with children.”

Is it safe for single travelers?

It’s very safe for tourists to travel solo on safari in Uganda. It’s always best to travel with a reliable tour company like Africa Adventure Safaris Ltd to run your safari in Uganda.

Uganda Currency, Uganda Travel Information

Uganda Currency, Uganda Travel Information

Major foreign currencies – like the US$, Pound Sterling and Euros, South African Rand and currencies for Uganda’s neighboring countries can be exchanged in the local forex bureaus and banks. Travelers’ cheques are accepted in Uganda and are exchangeable at banks and forex bureau in Kampala City and other major towns and hotels. Credit cards are getting common and are acknowledged in some shopping and banks. The majority of banks have ATM facilities. In some national parks or tourist center, visitors can pay using foreign currencies if they didn’t get time to convert into local money. It is not suitable to exchange money on the streets from individuals as you may be given fake notes of Uganda shillings.

Bank and money transactions in Kampala Uganda; Where to get and how to make money transactions in Kampala.

Uganda Banks, Money exchange, Forex rates, in Uganda

The simplest way to acquire money on your initial arrival is using a Visa ATM card (MasterCard is more challenging; do not bother using anything else). The ATMs are scattered across Uganda, beginning at the airport, and nearly all of them offer the favorable Visa logo. It is a good idea to talk to your bankers back at home and inquire about any kind of deals they offer within Ugandan banks – for example, as I write this, in case you use your Bank of America ATM card in any of Uganda’s Barclays ATMs, you will not be charged that annoying ATM fee. Western Union is as well an alternative for quick cash from foreign countries, although the fees are somewhat large. On the other hand, if it is a better option for you, there are several Western Union places throughout Kampala.

Do I need my International Banking card While in Kampala Uganda?

The majority of properly-ATMed banks are Barclays plus Stanbic that appear to have ATMs almost anyplace you would require one. A properly-informed friend informed me that Barclays, regardless of its international name, is pretty short on service and that its competitor Stanbic could be a better choice. Additional alternatives include Centenary bank whose ATMs and branches can be accessed in most of the rural parts of the country plus Standard Chartered, which has fewer branches as well as ATMs although fairly good service.

How do I make mobile money transactions with my cell phone in Kampala Uganda?

One new and expanding approach to handle money within Uganda is using cell phones commonly known as Mobile Money. You can Sign up with any of the local carriers and then send and also receive money directly on your phone, obtainable almost any place across the country. But of course, you need to have some money deposited on it.

Shopping in Uganda

From jammed but fascinating markets filled with collectible handicrafts to glitzy malls in our big city with the latest must-have name brands, more so because our favorable exchange rate makes your retail therapy last longer too. Uganda’s shopping centers provide world-class shopping, plenty of entertainment, the latest movies and delicious food inconveniently situated and safe surroundings. Whether you are looking for something specific, have time on your hands to browse around or just love to shop, the boutiques, chain stores and specialist shops in the country’s malls have it all. The quality, cost, and variety of goods on offer along with the safe, sophisticated environment provided by Uganda’s shopping centers should not take visiting international holidaymakers and business people by surprise.

Uganda’s malls are famous for its excellent shopping and entertainment facilities. When you leave the country after your holiday or business trip, you will lament the baggage restrictions of the international airlines and wish that you could take more of Uganda home with you! Vacationers can choose from dining and enjoying a drink at local or hotel bars and restaurants, seeing a movie at the cinema, attending a theatrical production at the cultural center or gambling at one of the two casinos in town. Some bars host live music sessions at weekends. Uganda is known for its woodcarvings, handcrafted jewelry, textiles, and attractive basketry – all make a memorable souvenir of your trip.

Nightlife in Kampala

From a night of fine dining to raucous all-night party in Kampala city, Ugandans love to have a good time. Let your hair down and live it up in our clubs, pubs, late-night bars, theatres, and live music venues. You won’t just find the best wildlife in our game parks…come on, the party’s starting! Experience a sundowner. Sip a cool drink and enjoy a glorious sunset at the end of a satisfying afternoon game drive. In the tourist towns of Kampala, there are a handful of restaurants, cinema and a clutch of places to grab a cold beer with fellow travelers and the friendly locals.

Casinos in Uganda

Bet on having a good time around Uganda. From our most famous Kampala casino for high-rollers to family entertainment venues– we’ve myriad casinos where you can take chance with Lady Luck. Ugandan casinos, including several large entertainment complexes, can be found countrywide. These entertainment destinations are typically designed around a specific theme and include a large range of activities for the whole family. Many are also geared towards business tourism, providing hotels and conferencing facilities as well.

Uganda’s casinos can be found on the fringes of most major centers. The emphasis is on being a one-stop leisure destination, with access to both indoor and outdoor entertainment. In Uganda, casinos are designed around a specific theme, offering a vision of life somewhat different from the run of the mill expectation of Africa. Nor are they typical casinos, most offering entertainment that goes beyond the usual slots and gaming tables. Among the most popular casinos in Uganda is the famed Kampala casino, in the city center. Garden city is as famous for its golf course, game drives and outdoor activities as it is for gambling.

Uganda Accommodation

Uganda offers a wide variety of hotels lodge’s guesthouses, safari lodges available for travellers ranging from budget, midrange and high-end accommodation that are distributed in all parts of the country. For any destination you want to travel to, there accommodations that you can book at. Feel free to contact us for any of your travel accommodation plans and you will find all answers for Uganda accommodation.

Uganda Public Holidays

Below is the list of Uganda’s public holidays that are officially noticed by all citizens: Liberation day(26 Jan),Women’s Day (8 March),New Years’ Day (1 Jan),Independence Day (9 Oct),Labor Day(1 May),Heroes Day(9 June),Martyrs Day(3June),World Aids Day (1 Dec),Boxing Day (26 Dec),Christmas Day (25 Dec),Human Rights’ Day (10 Dec),Africa Day (25 May)

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