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WELCOME TO UGANDA-The Pearl of Africa

Tourism is returning the sheen to the ‘pearl of Africa’-Uganda remains one of the safest destinations in Africa

Uganda packs a lot into one small country. It’s home to Africa’s tallest mountain range (the Rwenzoris), the source of the Nile, the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake. Rafting the Nile offers a world-class adrenaline adventure, but the country’s most iconic experience is tracking mountain gorillas in their misty habitat.

WATER SPORTS

White Water Rafting

Uganda’s white-water rafting industry is comparatively new – the first drop of the river by a paddler was in 1996, and the grade 4 and 5 extend of rapids on the Nile have since been developed into a world-class rafting destination possessing some of the most prevailing and constant rapids on earth. The powerful volume of water creates horrible rapids that provide an unforgettable rafting experience equivalent to that of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Home of the white-water rafting industry is the city of Jinja, located at the source of the River Nile, the longest river in the world.

Sport Fishing

Uganda is an ideal fishing destination. With one third of the country covered by water; there is great opportunity for sport fishing. Sport fishing is carried out on Lake Victoriaand Murchison Falls National Park. Nile Perch Fishing in Lake Victoria Uganda is implausible! Over 108 kg have been trapped below the Falls in Murchison falls. Apart from Nile perch, other fish you can catch include catfish of over 50kg Tilapia, Tiger fish, Ngara (Genus alestes), ferocious fighter and barbel.

Jet Skiing

Rent a Boat Uganda is the place for jet ski rentals in Uganda. We  always offer  the latest in high performance Yamaha Jet Ski’s. Our fleet of jet skis ensures constant availability at even peak times, and brand new equipment guarantees you a terrific ride as well!. We guarantee the best rates for jet ski rentals in Uganda and are open 7 days a week, weather permitting. With us you have the largest jet ski riding area on Lake Victoria, with nearly 10km  miles of rideing area!

Rent a Jet Ski with us and enjoy an adventure like no other through Lake Victoria’s famous waters and therefore prepare to see Uganda and its beaches through a different lens.

Nile Cruising

The Nile offers a variety of cruises which start at bujagali falls and explore the start off the world’s longest river, a two pontoon boat is a great way for large groups to spent time together, a variety of special and advised moments for such cruise such as the Nile sunset cruise.

Boat Cruise

The Kazinga Channel is an oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park, and taking a boat tour along it gives visitors the chance to cruise just meters from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffalos while elephants linger on the shoreline.

Bungee Jumping

Adventurous travelers ought to visit Uganda because not only does the country have plenty of attractions but it also gives room to a variety of activities that can be done during your vacation to this mother land. When we talk about activities, what comes to most of the people’s minds are game drives, gorilla trekking, cultural visits and so much more but there is this exceptional activity called bungee jumping you should never miss out during your time of travel here because this is the only country in the whole of East Africa from where you can have this incredible experience.

Family Floating Trips

For the not so adventurous or the not so tall, why not spend your time drifting down the Nile. Beautiful islands, birdlife and flat, slow moving water make it the ideal short family outing for both young and old. This two hour family float is the perfect adventure for small kids. With a minimum age of 4, and plenty of opportunity to splash in the waters of the Nile, this trip provides a wonderful morning adventure for families.

This trip is a great experience for younger families and grandparents alike. For those who wish, there is plenty of places for the kids to swim, always under the watchful eyes of our safety kayakers.

Swimming

Having a day relaxing by a swimming pool is among the much-loved pastimes for any Kampala expat, and with its excellent location on the equator as well as ever increasing quantity of elegant hotels, Kampala doesn’t have lack of good weather and swimming pools available. These places usually are crowded over the weekends therefore in case you are organizing a pool day ensure that you arrive there early to get the best lounger spots

Canoeing

Explore the peaceful waterways of Uganda as well as the amazing wildlife living in and along its water waves. The country has several lakes, rivers and wetlands which cover approximately 18% of the country’s total surface area. Among the most outstanding is Lake Victoria one of the largest freshwater lakes on the continent and River Nile which is the longest river in the world.

You will be able to enjoy canoeing as well as Kayaking on the water sources in the different parts of the country on your Uganda Adventure Safari.

ADVENTURE TRAVEL

Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience is a lifetime experience that allows accompany Kibale’s researchers and habituation at chimpanzee during their daily activities, thereby getting used to human presence without changing their natural. During your tour, expect coming across the chimps de-nesting (in their nocturnal nests) between 05.30 to 06.30, before them throughout the day till they make new nests and the night around 19.00.

Community walks

Explore the culture of the local Bakiga and Batwa communities with village walks, blacksmith visits, craft shops and vibrant dances – all against the astounding backdrop of the forest-covered hills of Bwindi.

Nature Walks

Mabira Forest can be discovered via an extensive trails. The whole park is open to walkers as long as they are accompanied by a ranger guide. There is a around 25km bike trail that links the forest to the nearby sugar and tea plantations. Several activities are carried out in the forest and these include; Forest/nature walks, birding, cycle trails, mountain biking, or even relaxing and have a picnic lunch at the forest centre.

Zip lining

You are led to pass through ancient trees by experienced Sky Captains / Sky guides across a network of 5 zip-lines that stretches 250 metres across. Using strict International safety standards with imported climbing gears and art high ropes from America, participants are belayed up the first tree, brought through the whole system and repelled on a 78m diagonal zip. High up in the canopy one is able to enjoy a view of the forest layers, mammals like grey cheeked mangabeys and red tailed monkeys, birds like palm nut vultures, African fish eagles, great blue turacos and the roaring griffin falls, making your zip a memorable day!

Abseiling

Adventure lovers looking for a rush of adrenaline on their visit can abseil/rappel from the top of the 100metre high Sipi Falls, or try climbing on the numerous high cliffs. The close proximity of the falling water and panoramic views provide a once in a lifetime experience.

The professionally trained guides at Mulima Mountain Adventures use CE approved equipment and conduct regular safety audits with the help of the Mountain Club of Uganda.

Game Drives

For a classic African safari experience, the tracks through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains and the Ishasha Sector offer virtually guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with warthogs and baboons. Taking an experienced guide in the early morning or at dusk is the most successful way to track down a pride of lions, and maybe even the odd leopard.

The Batwa Experience

The Batwa Experience is a living history encounter unlike any other. Enjoy your journey through this site as you learn more about what it takes to volunteer with us in Uganda, and how you can embark on the trip of a lifetime to meet these incredible people. If you have any questions you will be given time to ask and interact as you get to know the history of the Batwa.

Bird Watching

Uganda is arguably the most attractive country in Africa to bird watchers ( tour), not only to because of the unusually number of species recorded within its borders, but also because it offers easy access to several bird-rich habitats that are difficult to reach else where. Uganda’s remarkable avian diversity-1,008 species recorded in an area similar to that of Great Britain can be attributed to its location at a transitional point between the East African savanna, the West African rainforest and the semi-desert of the north.

Gorilla Trekking

Nicknamed the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda shines with stunning greenery, and perhaps the greatest natural treasure of all – half of the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population. Travel deep into the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and see these incredible, endangered creatures from closer than you ever thought possible.

TOURS

Kampala City Tour

Make the most out of your trip to Kampala , the capital city of Uganda, by taking a guided tour to enjoy the rich cultural history and tourist attractions of this beautiful city built across seven famous hills. Experience a wide range of Kampala sightseeing Tours for independent travelers and private groups. We also offer airport transfers, guide and hotel accommodation services. For every tour we organize, we carefully craft an itinerary with the client advising them on the most suitable accommodation and assigning an experienced local tour guide that knows his way around the city along with a comfortable air-conditioned safari vehicle to make sure you get the most memorable tour holiday. Visit popular historic cultural and religious sites that include Kasubi tombs, Kabaka’s palace, Martyrs shrine, Uganda National Museum , Arts & Craft shops, Uganda National Mosque, Namirembe cathedral, Parliament etc.

4 Days Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge ofthe Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest”also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked

6 Days Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is an underrated gem of a park, dominated by the impressive Lake Mburo, from which it receives its name, with forest-fringed shores hemmed in by rolling green hills. Although Lake Mburo National Park is small, only 370km², in comparison to other parks in Uganda, it has a total of five lakes within its boundaries. These lakes along with another nine form part of an important wetland system for the area.

4 Days Queen Elizabeth National Park

QENP is in western Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi, and Rukungiri. It is approximately 376 kilometres (234 mi), by road, south-west ofKampala, Uganda’s capital and largest The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park. It was renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth QENP is known for its wildlife, including Cape buffaloes,hippopotami, crocodiles, elephants, leopards, Congo lions, andchimpanzees. It is home to 95 species of mammaland over 500 species of birds. The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes. Poachers killed five or six elephants in the park in 2015, triggering both anger and frustration within the Ugandan conservation community.

9 Days Kidepo National Park

With great savanna landscapes and mountains rising up in the background, the remote Kidepo Valley NP is a true gem of Uganda’s nature.The park spans 1,442 km2 and ranges from 900 to 2.750 m in altitude. Because of its remote location on the border with South Sudan, Kidepo Valley is possibly the only national park left on the whole continent where you can almost have the park to yourself (average of six visitors per day). Kidepo is also home to almost all of the animal species present in the Uganda National Parks system, including lion, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, leopard, ostrich and cheetah.This Park was recently named the 3rd Best national park in Africa by CNN.

ENTERTAINMENT & NIGHTLIFE

Bars & Night Clubs

Kampala is a very lively city both in the day and at night. Kampala is one of the safest places to move in the night. Almost every corner of the street is a club, pub or an entertainment center to enjoy. Blurring music is part of the nights in Kampala-western, Uganda and contemporary music.

Drinking is part of the culture of Kampala night life. Beers, wines and whisky are available at every bar and pub in Kampala. Locally brewed lagers and beers such as Nile Special, Bell Lager, Club Pilsner, Tusker, Moonberg Lager and Club among others define Uganda’s best beer industry. Remember that some beers have scooped German Awards on mode selection-you have to try one of these.

Casinos

Uganda is definitely an entertaining place to stay. it offers almost an infinite list of nightclubs plus bars, poetry nights, parties, dancehalls, restaurants, art openings as well as live music. However despite all this, there is always room for some vice. Go into the casino: an all-in-one grown-ups thunder dome which will offer you all the pleasure you will ever desire.

Therefore Residing in the capital has wandered around, throwing down our shillings at the most well-known 3 to offer you, esteemed reader, the inner details on what to anticipate, things to demand, as well as the things to think about before you fork out. so when sports betting and different machine houses can be found everywhere you go, the top 3 appropriate casinos are Simba Casino, Mayfair Casino plus Kampala Casino.

CULTURE AND HERITAGE

Buganda Kingdom

There are several inspiration unique attractions and tourism sites you can visit in Buganda. Find unique, traditional, cutting edge, refreshing, imaginative and surprising things to do see in Buganda Kingdom… Whatever you’re looking for there are so many places with interesting history, natural beauty and things to learn. Here are some of the best tourist attractions, from cultural sightseeing highlights to expert recommendations. Find out the best historical tourist sites, ecotourism sites and cultural heritage sites.

Rwenzururu Kingdom

The Rwenzururu region is inhabited by the Konjo and Amba peoples. In the early 20th century, these two tribes were integrated into the Kingdom of Toro as a political maneuver by the British colonialists: the neighboring Bunyoro monarchy was anti-colonialist (see 1907 Nyangire rebellion) and the British wished to strengthen the pro-British Toro. The Bakonjo and Baamba initially accepted being arbitrarily made subjects of the Toro monarch with resignation, but asked the Uganda Protectorate to provide them their own district in the 1950s, separate from Toro District.The movement declared that they were not part of the Toro Kingdom on 30 June 1962, three months before national independence.

Bunyoro Kingdom

Bunyoro kingdom has nice cultural sites which need to be renovated so as to promote more tours in Uganda. The rehabilitation should therefore be put in consideration so as to make thecultural sites very attractive to the tourists so as to have more safaris in Uganda and also boost the tourism sector.The organizers say they will get money by all means so as to make the cultural sites the more attractive in Uganda. They need to be rehabilitated, maintained  with the high quality services so as to make tourists happy and find it interesting as they come for Uganda visits.

Toro Kingdom

Visit a tribal community at the foothills of the Rwenzoris, where the locals look forward to welcoming and entertaining us. From here we will tour the area and then have lunch. Where we will enjoy a small entertainment show, provided by the Bakonjo and Batoro people. This event will be followed by a visit to the local women’s group to observe the process of making artifacts for their community.

A memorable visit will be to the Burungu community, which is rooted in the traditional Toro Culture, and where they will entertain you with music, dancing and storytelling. We’ll spend the whole day within these local communities and walk & tour these villages, experiencing and observing their life-style, their rituals, habits and customs, later we drive back to the Hotel for dinner and Overnight in Fortportal.

Busoga Kingdom

Busoga is a cultural institution that promotes popular participation ‎and unity among the people of Busoga, through cultural and developmental programs ‎for the improved livelihood of the people of Busoga. It strives for a united people of ‎Busoga, who enjoy economic, social and cultural prosperity. It also continues to ‎enhance, revamp and pave the way for an efficient institutional and management ‎system for the Kyabazinga kingship.

The Busoga area is bounded on the ‎north by the swampy Lake Kyoga, on the west ‎by the Victoria Nile, on the south by Lake Victoria, and on the east by the ‎‎Mpologoma River, Busoga also includes some islands in ‎‎Lake Victoria, such as Buvuma Island.‎

PLAY GOLF

Uganda Golf Club, Kampala

Located in the heart of Kampala City, Uganda Golf Club offers a fair test of skill and patience. Standing on the first tee, one feels removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Set in a valley, the course follows the contours of the land with the Kitante stream running through the middle. Uganda Golf Club is a traditional, tree lined, parkland course, with its signature undulating fairways.

The course offers a wonderful experience to members and visitors alike. The Club is supported by a Professionals Shop, a delightful restaurant and friendly bar. The establishment is managed by a well organised team of employees and committee members. The friendly atmosphere at Uganda Golf Club bonds everyone together.

Mehta Golf Club, Lugazi

Having developed from a family ‘garden golf’ background, from the original 9 into a fairly concentrated 18-holes, the owners of this popular course have decided to look at upgrading the golf to a full, top-level 18-holes, reverting back to 9 for the original land area; the garden of a historic old house. The course is frequented by all; from the inveterate travelling golfing Scotsman, to the local natural raw talent, the great and the good of the country, the best Pro’s of the region, the beginners and improvers.

Steeped in history, of a determination to survive and make good in this country blessed with the best nature can offer, blighted with the worst that man can contrive, this is not just golf, it is an experience, for those who care to delve.

Jinja Golf Club

Jinja GC has probably one of the most romantic, certainly geographically unique, locations in the world. It borders the source of the great River Nile. When one thinks of the Nile it’s Egypt that usually springs to mind. But the Nile starts in Uganda, flowing north out of Lake Victoria. At that very point stands the Jinja Golf Club overlooking the river and the lake with some great views from an elevated position. It’s a 9-hole course, but different tees for the second nine offer you only a slightly different experience from the outward half. I’ve played the course on several occasions in the last year (since September 2010) and it’s an enjoyable test for me (a 13 handicapper). The tees are a bit scruffy, and the fairways, bunkers and greens are certainly not ‘immaculate’ or ‘manicured’ – but they’re good enough for addicted gowfers far from Scotland suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

Kilembe Mines Golf Club, Basecamp

At that very point stands the Kirembe Mines Golf Club overlooking the river and the lake with some great views from an elevated position. It’s a 9-hole course, but different tees for the second nine offer you only a slightly different experience from the outward half. I’ve played the course on several occasions in the last year (since September 2010) and it’s an enjoyable test for me (a 13 handicapper). The tees are a bit scruffy, and the fairways, bunkers and greens are certainly not ‘immaculate’ or ‘manicured’ – but they’re good enough for addicted gowfers far from Scotland suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

Lake Victoria Serena Golf Club & Spa

Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa is a vision of charming Mediterranean architecture, pastel colour palettes and lush, green fairways overlooking the sparkling waters of Africa’s largest lake. With its terraced rose gardens, rustic bridges, arched pool terrace and shaded colonnades, this privileged enclave feels more like a Tuscan hillside village than a five-star golf resort and spa on the outskirts of Kampala.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Filming

Uganda is endowed with lots of attractions and as such a great filming location. In terms of wildlife, Most of the National Parks have lions, buffaloes, Elephants, leopards, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, several antelopes and so much more. Uganda is therefore one of the best locations to film wildlife. You can do this on land using a vehicle or take a boat cruise to the base of the falls or to the delta region. For those interested in filming chimpanzees, the Budongo forest is the place to go to. Those interested in scenery, top and bottom of the falls are highlights. Filming in National parks can be done throughout the whole year.

Agro Tourism

Another exciting  tourism potential in Uganda is agri-tourism. Agro- tourism is one of the major tourism potentials in Uganda and increasingly gaining ground as an alternative form of tourism. It emphasizes responsible travel emphasizing protecting of the environment. Agri-tourism activities in Uganda are not only limited   to international tourists but also local tourists. It involves visiting active farms and actively participating in the activities on the farm.

This form of tourism also works well not only for international tourists, but also for the locals. With increased urbanization and its associated features where families are being raised in secluded and nuclear homes with high-perimeter wall fences, members of such families don’t have the chance to be close to nature and rural activities in which they can participate, be entertained or tour.If you are planning your trip to Uganda plan to visit some of the active farms in Uganda.

Shopping

As one way of enjoying leisure, shopping has presently become an interest of many people in on Uganda safaris whether locals of internationals. Shopping is done both online or in person with quick and immediate delivery of all products a buyer is interested in. shopping involves buying different products including utensils, dresses, foods, sacks, machinery and any other thing an individual can use in any way. Kampala is the center for shopping in Uganda and various shopping malls, shopping Arcades, and super markets have been established in all corners of the city to ease shopping everywhere at and any time within and out of Kampala.

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