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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuaryngamba island

This dazzling part of nature was gazetted back in October 1998 as a rescue center to provide refuge for the rescued and orphaned chimpanzees that would be discovered by the the ‘Uganda Wildlife Authority.’ Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary is situated 23km in the South East of Entebbe, in the interior of Lake Victoria- Bugombe. Ngamba island has been a support project of the ‘ Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust – NGO (CSWCT) which also had founded its establishment earlier in 1997, apparently the island provides a comfortable home and safe haven for over 40 chimpanzees, which thrive and multiply from here.

Ngamba Island is a vast piece of land covering up to 100 acres, also covered by a dense forest that grew on an island; most of the habituated chimps here are either juveniles, injured or orphaned. Ngamba is diverse in nature, as it possesses several species of trees, the forest mammals and water birds, amazing reptiles inclusive of lizard and snake varieties, a sparkling  lake view plus a splendid induced natural scenery, just to give every visitor an exquisite reminisce of a memorable holiday. There is a guaranteed opportunity for incredible closeness to view the chimpanzees while in their natural environment, a chance created by the supplementary feeding program; 11am to 3pm daily and thus you can take photographs excellently.

Take a one day tour to Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary, and enjoy a once-in-a lifetime event, spending a day with the chimpanzees. A visitor travels from Kampala covering a distance of only 35 kilometers to Entebbe, through the Uganda wildlife Education Center yet another home of habituated game. On reaching, you will be welcomed by the awesomely hospitable staff and shortly then, they shall usher you into a boat ride that lasts for approximately an hour after which eventually you arrive at the much anticipated Ngamba Island. At the island, a special arrangement that involves visitors in the experience of chimpanzee care taking is organized and the major activity is active participation in two phases; the first-preparation of the chimp’s food and second-is feeding them. There is also opportunity of assisting staff with other activities ranging from feeding chimps, medical, research and monitoring, and even administrative work which may include activities like writing chimp stories plus any other activity that may fit within one’s skills. Other popular tourist activities at Ngamba Island include; fishing, camping, forest walks, chimp trekking, sunset cruises, speed boats and overnight excursion.

The well spacious and serene Ngamba island camp provides quality and standard meals and accommodation facilities to both day and overnight visitors.

The lodge serves the best local and international cousins, gym and spur, steam bath and exceptional room services – all with a touch of excellence. The warm staff will serve you amicably and with a good sense of humor to ensure visitor satisfaction.

Gorilla trekking regions and gorilla families in Bwindi national parkGorilla families in Bwindi national park, gorilla safaris in Uganda, Uganda gorillas

With a population of about 400 mountain gorillas (2011 census), Bwindi Impenetrable National park is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas and it boasts to be a popular destination for gorilla safaris in Uganda. The park has a total of 12 fully habituated gorilla families that live within the four designated gorilla regions which are easily accessed by visitors looking for gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda.

Below are the different gorilla trekking regions and respective gorilla families in Bwindi national park.

  1. Buhoma region (north)

  • Mubare Gorilla Group

The smallest of all gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mubare is dominated by 6 members under the leadership of 1 Silverback. The group is conveniently situated near Buhoma, the park headquarters, making it the easiest group to be accessed by trekkers.

Mubare group is the pioneer gorilla family and first to be habituated in Bwindi and Uganda at large. It was discovered within the Mubare hills, in the interior of Bwindi forest. The habituation process of this was completed in 1998. Mubare group started with only 12 members, headed by the dominant silverback “Ruhondeza”. In the past few years, the family has expended to up to 18 individuals.

Since then, the group has lost most of its members including Ruhondeza itself, due to endless fights with other wild gorillas. The group remained with only 5 members for a great deal of years until March 2013 when four other members including a new dominant silverback joined and it’s now an interesting gorilla family to track.

  • Rushegura Gorilla Family

The Rushegura gorilla family was formed early 2002, following disintegration of one of the silverbacks from the Habinyanja group. The family started with 12 members – including 5 females though recently they grew to a total of 19 members. The group acquired its new name “Rushegura” as derived from a word, “Ebishegura” which refers to specific tree species that were dominant in the area inhabited by this new gorilla family. They are commonly seen within the compound of Gorilla sanctuary Camp near Buhoma village.

  • Habinyanja Gorilla Family

Habinyanja family comprises of up to 18 members with 2 silverbacks. The group was officially opened in 1999 when tourists first visited it. The name was derived from a native phrase, “Nyanja” which literally means a “lake / water body”. This group was first seen in a wetland in Bwindi impenetrable forest.

Visitors trekking the Habinyanja group require about 3 – 8 hours and it becomes easier when one stays at a lodge within the Buhoma region of Bwindi. The adult female gorillas are headed by the ambitious alpha female known as Kisho.

  1. Ruhija region (east)

  • Oruzogo group
    Oruzogo family is made up of 16 members led by a dominant silverback, “Tibirikwata”. The Oruzogo group is among the latest habituated groups for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It’s the newest habituated gorilla family and it was opened for commercial tracking on 20th June 2011. This increased the opportunities for more visitors to track gorillas in Bwindi national park. Oruzogo is a popular family with tourists not just because of the size but the playful and energetic nature of the juveniles and young ones in the group.
  • Bitukura Group

 Bitukura group is one of the most attractive and well composed families in the region due to its uniqueness; including 4 silverbacks with Ndahura – the 2nd youngest silverback as the dominant.

Bitukura family is composed of 13 individuals: – Ndahura, which is the dominant silverback, Rukara- 4th silverback, Betina – the adult female, Ruhija the adult female, Kamuga the adult female,  Karamuzi the 2nd silverback, Rukumu the 3rd silverback, Obia the black back, Mugisha the black back, Twakire a juvenile, Kabandize a juvenile ( came from Kyaguliro), Kadogo an infant and Mubwindi an infant.

  • Kyaguriro group

Kyaguriro is a habituated gorilla family that is not open for trekking by tourists but a reserved section for research and other studies, related to primates and mountain gorillas. Keeping contact with this group helps conservationists to learn more about the mountain gorillas of Bwindi national park, including remarkable differences with the mountain gorillas that dwell in the neighboring Virunga region.

  1. Rushaga region (south)

  • Nshongi group

Nshongi group was the largest ever to be habituated with about 36 gorilla members and was officially launched in September 2009. It was named after river Nshongi, where this family dwells. Although most gorilla families consisting of up to 25 members usually have one or two Silverbacks, this was a strange one with 4 Silverbacks.

However, in July 2010 the group split and remained with only 25 members with the other split section forming the present Mishaya Gorilla Group. In 2013 the family further split and reduced to 18, with the new split forming the present Bweza Gorilla Group with 10 members.

  • Mishaya group

Silverback Mishaya in July 2010 decided to leave Nshongi Gorilla Group with some females and initiated his own family. Being a great fighter, he had the ability to gather more females from other non-habituated groups in the area, reaching a total group size of 12 gorillas, including three infants. Mishaya is the only adult in the group and is known for being a fighter who often starts interactions with other gorilla families.

  • Kahungye group

 The group size is 13 members with 3 silverbacks which are the only ones named. The dominant Silverback is called Rumansi followed by the other two old male gorillas named Rwigi and Ruhamuka respectively. The group was opened for visitors and gorilla tracking in 2011 but in less than a year the group split, creating the new Busingye Gorilla Family. Before the separation, the family consisted of 27 individuals including 3 silverbacks.

  • Bweza group

Bweza Gorilla Family is one of Nshongi Groups that used to be the largest ever habituated in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. However, due to the July 2010 Silverback Mishaya decision to leave the group and start his own family, he left with reasonable number of them including Silverback Bweza. Towards the end of 2012, Bweza walked away with about 6 other members from the Mishaya Gorilla Group and became independent.

Early in 2013, there were speculations by the UWA park management that the Bweza split would return and re-bond with Mishaya but this happened and was later introduced for tracking.

  • Busingye group

Busingye Gorilla family is another splitter gorilla family having broken away from Kahungye Family back in June 2012. It was Silverback Busingye who decided to split and create his own family. Busingye is one of the newest groups in the park found in the Rushaga region close to Nshongi and Mishaya gorilla groups.

In January 2014, the group had 9 members including 3 infants, 2 adult female and other were youths or young teens.

  1. Nkuringo region (south west)

  • Nkuringo group

Nkuringo is a local word meaning “round hill”; it’s a word from the Rukiga language, referring to the hill where the group was first sighted. Nkuringo group was launched in 2004 after 2 years of habituation.

The family was dominated by Silverback Nkuringo who died in April 2008, leaving behind 2 Silverbacks; Safari and Rafiki. Safari took over the leadership and the same year in November, newborn twins, Katungi and Muhozi arrived and expanded the family further. Unfortunately, Katungi died later at the age of 1½ years due to illness.

The Stylish Kansiime Backpackers in Lake BunyonyiKansiime Backpackers

The  Kansiime Backpackers is a newly constructed boutique accommodation facility owned by the prominent and currently the best female comedian in Africa, famously known as the queen of comedy in Africa, Anne Kansiime (the fun factory comedian).

The facility is located in the midst of Lake Bunyonyi on a beautiful island that overlooks inland shores of the 2nd deepest lake in Africa in south western Uganda. The lodge can be accessed by both private and public means of transport from Kampala and Entebbe airport and is an affordable option to visitors, especially the backpackers and budget travelers. It’s a convenient avenue perfect for relaxation, chilling and adventure for travelers, offering them an exquisite gate way spot where they can really appreciate nature and magnificent landscapes with native trees and a soothing environment with beautiful sounds of birds. Kansiime backpackers is a perfect place for vacationers, adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers, honeymooners, the place strives for maximum satisfaction of clients because of its endearing natural setup  and peaceful, cool breeze and an awesome scenery of Lake Bunyonyi surrounded by the terraced Kigezi hills that one would never want to miss while on an exploration safari in Uganda.

The  beauty of this place is that the facility has positioned itself as a best place to celebrate life and targets travelers Kansiime Backpackersinterested in eco-friendly activities, including swimming, village / community walks, hiking, interactive visits, birding on the island, island hopping, scenic viewing, or taking a magical boat cruise or canoeing on the lake using the African made dug-out canoes symbolizing the authenticity of Africa’s culture (Ancient fisher men), site viewing can’t be forgotten at Kansiime backpackers enabling a visitor to see the beautiful landscape, the spot is a hub for many bird species for up to 200 species which are unique to this place. Authentically, the Kansiime backpackers portrays the reality of Africa. The facility has an onsite craft shop well stocked with beautiful souvenirs made from local materials and the cool breeze favors tourists who are looking for a complete get away, and a lifetime exploration into the interior of Africa. Therefore, this can be the most recognized lodge to dwell in during an adventure tour in Uganda

The number of mountain gorillas in Uganda on the rise

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A silverback gorilla in Bwindi national park

Uganda is expecting a rise in the population of critically endangered mountain gorillas after a “baby boom” in the recent past with in the famous Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Covering a total area of 321 sq.km and an altitude of up to 2607 m above sea level, Bwindi national park which is set to be monitored during this gorilla census is home to almost 50% of the world’s mountain gorillas.

Conservation researchers and Mountain gorilla experts will survey and analyze the status of the population, assess the impact of threats, and evaluate the effectiveness of conservation strategies towards mountain gorillas. Unlike the last census in 2011, the researchers are expecting the number to have increased from the previous 400 gorillas.

A team of rangers, wardens and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) staff will be gathered to disentangle and smoothen the paths in the forest for evidence of mountain gorillas. The methodology of this survey will include teams moving systematically amidst the undergrowth recording gorilla nests, evidence of movement and feacal samples, which shall be collected for genetic analysis.

The forth coming gorilla census in Uganda shall be divided into two phases – the first will begin in March (2018), and the second will be carried out later in October 2018. The genetic analysis will provide an accurate population figure soon after the data capture is completed. This is aimed at setting better strategies for the development of mountain gorilla conservation and protection in a near future. Whilst the official global population was since recorded as 900 individuals, this is significantly up on the 600 low-point registered in mid-1990s.

Mountain gorillas have survived in Uganda and other neighboring countries mainly because of strong efforts dedicated to conservation. Protection of their habitat has been maintained and managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to increase revenue got from gorilla safaris in Uganda, hence supporting indigenous communities dwelling in the neighborhood through providing better education, healthcare and sanitation and employment opportunities for the youth through tourism and conservation.

Kigali Genocide Memorial centreThe Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

When we talk of the remarkable Rwanda destination, we can’t help but mention the Rwandan genocide and the way the young nation has coped and turned over a new leaf. The Rwandan genocide can be described as the preposterous organized slaughter of about 800,000 Rwandans mostly Tutsi’s in a period of just 100 days. At the epicenter of this, is the Kigali Genocide Memorial site that stands tall to commemorate the 1994 great ordeal that befell this young nation.

The Kigali Genocide Memorial was opened on 7th April 2004 during the commemoration of a decade of Rwandan Genocide. It serves as a spot to turn back time and remember the lost loved ones as well as the resting place for over 250,000 victims of the genocide. The centre was established with funding from the Aegis Trust that raised over $2 million in conjunction with the Rwanda national Commission for the fight against Genocide. The memorial is just ten minutes away from the main centre of capital Kigali and 20 km from the Kigali International Airport by road.

The centre is a deeply compelling and gripping experience that induces tears to anyone that embarks on a Rwanda safari at the solemn museum. The Kigali memorial includes three exhibitions with the largest exhibiting the 1994 genocide.  The other two feature a children’s room dedicated to the little ones killed and the “wasted lives” exhibition that shows genocidal violence around the world. It has examined atrocities like in Namibia, Armenia, Cambodia, among other holocausts around the world. The huge walls of the centre display archives, photos, video footage and weapons used in the genocide and its origins right from the pre-colonial era. The room filed with skulls will give you the chills but it’s not as daunting as the children’s room as it tells you all about their life including their favorite food and activities.

After the indoor encounter of the Kigali Genocide memorial site one needs the clear daylight and fresh air.  The memorial has serene and peaceful gardens for hushed reflections to recoup after a bewildering encounter. The tombs covered by concrete are a spot to honour the over 250,000 Rwandese who lost their lives on this same spot. Last on your Rwanda tour to the memorial, the black marble wall that is etched with the names of all those that succumbed to death as you try to understand what really went wrong.

Whoever plans or wants to visit the Rwanda in the heart of Africa needs to include the Kigali Genocide Memorial site to their itinerary. This place matters, it’s a reminder on the international community to keep a keen eye so as to stop such atrocities. It a destination to definitely leave you humbled and enlighten the need for love and peace in the world.

Uganda martyrs shrine Namugongo Uganda martyrs shrine namugongo

For their refusal to renounce Christianity, 45 young converts of the Catholic and Anglican faiths were on the fateful day of June 3, 1886 burned to death by Kabaka Mwanga II’s orders, the then king of Buganda –at Namugongo. As a tribute to them, a shrine designed by Swiss architect Justus Dahinden was built in 1973 at the site the martyrs were murdered.

The Uganda Martyrs shrine Namugongo is situated about 14km from the city centre of Kampala, and it has hosted prominent people like the catholic top leaders and many significant political leaders. Before his visit to Uganda in 1993, Pope Paul VI had canonized the 22 catholic martyrs and considered them as saints in the Catholic Church. The current Pope, Pope Francis visited Uganda recently and as well paid a visit to this popular site, Namugongo shrine. According to the written history, only 45 people are known to have been persecuted but it is possible that many other Christians were killed by Mwanga II for the same reason but not much data is available concerning their deaths.

Namugongo martyrs shrine is a worthy tribute, an architectural land mark, with rich historical touch and a sound religious monument. The shrine has become a popular tourist attract as it pulls thousands of visitors to tour Kampala city and short Uganda safaris from all over the world, to come and pay tribute to the youthful men who died for faith. A multitude of  pilgrims throng this place from all walks of life on 3rd June every year to memorize and pray for the martyrs, and this is a day to pray, repent and memorize the benevolence from the almighty.

Kalinzu forest UgandaKalinzu forest uganda

Kalinzu forest avails visitors with endless options to enjoy guided nature walks along the rugged valleys and ridges of the Albertine rift escarpment. From the jungle forest trails, magnificent views open up over the back drop of Rwenzori Mountain ranges, the Kazinga Channel, Lake Edward and Congo’s Virunga national park.

This forest reserve is situated in the western district of Bushenyi, perched amidst the popular Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Maramagambo forest. It is approximately 75 kilometers from the Mweya park headquarters, taking about 1 and half hours’ drive to reach the forest reserve and only 10 kms from Ishasha gate, Queen Elizabeth national park’s southern sector.

Kalinzu Forest plays host to up to 414 tree species, shrubs and in this forest reserve, one can find over 379 bird species offering amazing adventure experience for birding enthusiasts and a better destination for birding tours in Uganda.

Tour the “old man of the hills”. Kalinzu is a forest of mysteries and rich with legendary stories. Get to know about the folk lore and local functions of the forest from a site guide.

The forest is home to six distinguished species of primates thriving here, including the Vervet Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, red-tailed monkey and famous Chimpanzees. The reserve has over 220 Chimpanzees and up to 70 chimpanzees have been habituated and open for tracking by visitors any time of the year.

The forest reserve is also home to a myriad of bird species including the Great Blue Turaco, Cuckoos and Sunbirds, Black and White Cascket. Other mammal species in Kalinzu forest reserve include baboon, L’hoest guenon, blue and red duiker, waterbuck, bushbuck, giant forest hog, buffaloes and forest elephants.

Chimpanzees here have been carefully habituated by Japanese researchers to allow visitors allow encounter man’s closest relatives in their natural habitats during epic primate safaris in Uganda.

River Kafu in UgandaRiver Kafu uganda

River Kafu is one of the soft spoken rivers in the Pearl of Africa that is so magnificent to visit for travelers on safaris in Uganda.

Occupying the length of about 180km (112 miles), this river originates from western Uganda, in a swamp which is situated 12km north east of Kitooma village in Kibaale district. River Kafu traverses numerous districts before reaching its destination, where it supports a thousands of livelihoods for the communities in districts of Luwero, Nakasongola, Masindi, Nakaseke, Hoima and Kyankwanzi.

Besides it beauty and uniqueness, River Kafu is not fully exploited as one of the most iconic rivers to visit while on a Uganda safari. The river is a home to several wildlife species, including Bush duikers, Oribis, Bohor Reedbucks, Uganda Kobs, common elands, Bush pigs, Leopards, Sitatungas, Defassa waterbucks and many others which you must include on your bucket list during your adventure vacation in Uganda.

River Mayanja and River Lugogo are the 2 main tributaries flowing through the vast permanent papyrus swamps before finally emptying their waters into River Kafu. It is interesting to note that the spectacular landscape of River Kafu Basin is mainly made up of thick bush thicket and verdant papyrus swamps.

The source of River Kafu in Kibaale district and its mouth on Victoria Nile stand at an altitude of approximately 1100 meters and 1040 meters above sea level respectively.

CAR HIRE SERVICES IN UGANDA

While in Uganda and desire to hire a car, could be you do not own one or perhaps had a mechanical breakdown and repairs cost valuable time to reach your all time-dream destination being headed for, we flashily come to your rescue instantly.

Car hire services in Uganda are among the services that we expertise in and emerge among the best. We often present a range of the best vehicles of different sizes, shape and price to salvage the desperate situation of our highly favoured clients.

You want to drive yourself during your exploration in East African countries, but you are stuck because you don’t know how and where to hire the car of your choice to embark safely on your journey or tour while in Uganda. Here is the answer. Love Uganda safaris rents out vehicles of different sizes, shapes and models depending on your choice to ease your mobility. These include vans and trucks which are good for cargo transportation and include desirable services like portable Wi-Fi, Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation system, music and entertainment to soothe your journey for those who need it. Since safety of our client is our guarantee, we even go an extra mile by availing safety gadgets, like tool box and a first aid kit.

We also provide the most professional drivers well conversant with the rough terrain of Africa and can at the same time act as tour guides as you travel through the pearl of Africa.

For our clients who would love to go for a tour in Uganda and Rwanda, Love Uganda Safaris always ensures the travellers’ safety, flexibility and comfort during the journey by renting to you safaris/tour vans with a pop-up sometimes referred to as open roof for our clients to stretch while tired of sitting, have a clear view of each and every attractions (landscape) along the travel way and while at the travel destination.

Love Uganda safaris has got a variety of vehicles to deliver to the client in need not to restrict the customer from only a particular type of vehicle, there for we always respect the choice of a client by giving them a wide variety of vehicles to choose from while in need of a care for hire in Uganda, such as a luxury Benz car of guaranteed comfort best for your journey at pocket friendly prices together with a professional driver. Our company also rents out to the client buses with a carriage capacity of 29-35 travellers best suitable for group trip/tours in Uganda and Rwanda at a fair price with an experienced driver.

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Since we are there for every type of clients, we also hire to our luxury clients a superior Limousine vehicle to different parts of the country and other important events like weddings, night outs, and airport pick up and drop offs. Contact us now and we deliver promptly to you the favourite car for hire in Uganda that you exactly ordered.

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THE PEARL OF AFRICA HOTEL KAMPALAPearl of Africa hotel

Pearl of Africa Hotel Kampala is perched in the heart of Kampala on Nakasero hill, one of the major 7 hills of Kampala city, Uganda’s capital. Standing high at an elevation of approximately 90 meters (300 ft.) above sea level, the pearl of Africa hotel is arguably the tallest building in the Uganda’s capital city.

The 20 storied mega building has been under construction since 2006, taking over 11 solid years until its completion and grand opening on 1st October 2017. The colorful grand opening ceremony was blessed by a multitude of local and international guests, with a chief guest being His Excellence the president of Uganda, Rtd. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and other Very Important Persons including; the AYA brothers, the very proprietors of this hotel.

The chief guest thanked the proprietors and the entire management of the AYA investments Ltd for setting up such an incredible facility that will create thousands of direct and indirect job opportunities for Ugandans as well as boosting the hospitality and tourism industry, and promised to deal with government officials who always want to frustrate the good work of investors by requesting for bribes.

“I thank the AYA brothers for always reporting those who want bribes from them, that’s very good,” president Museveni said during the speech.

The pearl of Africa hotel Kampala is a 20-storey luxury facility, nestled on a spectacular hill in Uganda’s busiest capital city, Kampala. The hotel offers suitable facilities for local and international business and leisure travellers the very best of East African hospitality.

The hotel is a classic five star accommodation with a total of 253 rooms and 42 suites, ranging between 31 and 164 square meters in size. All rooms and suites are elegantly appointed – drawing inspiration from the pearl of Africa’s authentic natural beauty. The hotel is well furnished with world’s top class amenities that any traveller would expect, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, large flat screen TVs, luxury spa and gym, conference halls, 3 spacious swimming pools, a well-equipped wellness centre, board rooms and meeting centres, mini bars, ensuite walk-in showers and a total of 7 restaurants.

Thinking of undertaking a tour in Uganda? The pearl of Africa Hotel is a one stop luxury centre in Kampala for your overnight stay to relax after a long flight. pearl of africa hotel kampala