Best Places to see Lions in Uganda

Best Places to see Lions in Uganda

Kidepo valley national park lies between Uganda’s borders with Kenya and Southern Sudan, about 520 km from Kampala. Kidepo is arguably one of Africa’s most breathtaking wildernesses. Lions in Kidepo are bigger and heavier than lions at Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park because they feast on large herds of buffalos that roam in the Park.

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Wildlife Safaris @ Queen Elizabeth National Park-Western Uganda

Wildlife Safaris @ Queen Elizabeth National Park-Western Uganda

wildlife safari experience through Kasenyi Plains or the ishasha sector offers a good chance of seeing sitatuga antelopes, warthog, savannah elephants, lions, leopards, civet, water bucks, topis among others. Taking an experienced guided game drive in the morning or evening is the most successful way to track wide range of mammals in their natural habitat.

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Gorilla Safari Lodge @ Rushaga region-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla Safari Lodge @ Rushaga region-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

There are 8 cottages, two of which are double-roomed family units for families or for those traveling together.  The rooms are nicely furnished and one of the added pluses is that each cottage has a fireplace to take the chill out of the cold Bwindi Impenetrable Forest nights.  It does get chilly here due to the elevation of the area.  The cottages are solar-powered and there is plenty of hot water for a nice shower after gorilla tracking.

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Unforgettable Gorilla Safaris @ Rushaga Gorilla Sector from Kigali

Unforgettable Gorilla Safaris @ Rushaga Gorilla Sector from Kigali

Rushaga Gorilla Sector boasts six mountain gorilla families namely Mishaya, Busingye, Bweza, Nshongi, Kahungye and Rwigi. Rwigi Gorilla family is the newly habituated family - the family has six individuals headed by one silverback in the family called Rwigi. The introduction of Rwigi has led to an increment in the number of gorilla tracking permits issued per day. Each gorilla tracking permit in Uganda cost 600 USD for foreign non residents, 500 USD for foreign residents and 70 USD for East African Citizens. CNN ranks Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as the world’s top breathtaking, remarkable destination, with more than 320 bird species, 300 butterflies, 120 mammals, 12 primate species and 50 reptiles.

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Heritage Lodge @ Habuharo Island – Lake Bunyonyi

Heritage Lodge @ Habuharo Island – Lake Bunyonyi

The Lodge has 10 double / twin cottages and 1 family cottage, all rooms are self contained with flush toilets, hot and cold shower and a private balcony all having a great lake view and the nearby islands. During your stay at the lodge you will see different bird species as they are attracted by many flowering plants at the Island. A soothing and tranquil environment in which to get your best night’s sleep will do wonders for your physical and mental health.

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A Trip to Lake Bunyonyi

 A Trip to Lake Bunyonyi

The Lakes’ 30 islands dispersed over the second deepest lake in Africa, however last year the lake had 29 islands but of recent another island emerged at the lake totaling 30 islands, the Lake has a great number of islands some of them are historical namely Akampene, Bwama, Habuharo, Njuyeera Bushara, Kyahugye, Akabucuramuka among others . After your Mountain Gorilla Safari, Lake Bunyonyi is the ideal place to relax, swim, birding safaris, nature walks, Batwa cultural visit among others.

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Gorilla Tracking Safaris and Wild Adventures

Gorilla Tracking Safaris and Wild Adventures

Gorillas tend to live in groups known as troops with a Silverback Gorilla as the head of the troop and also tasked with security duties in case of attacks from any predators. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is ideal for Gorilla Trekking with up to 4 different Gorilla Trekking areas which include Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga.

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Discounted Gorilla Safaris this Easter @ Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Discounted Gorilla Safaris this Easter @ Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is best known for its Mountain Gorilla populations and gorilla tracking although, it also offers some of the finest montane forest birding in Africa and is a key destination for any birder doing a Safari to Uganda. With over 347 species of forest birds recorded in the Park, at least 70 out of 78 montane forest bird species occurring in the Albertine Rift region are found in the forest, and 22 of the 36 endemics.

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8 Days Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Tracking Safari

8 Days Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Tracking Safari

Our visitors had a wonderful encounter with Chimps at Kibale National Park and Gorilla tracking at the Ruhija Sector-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where they trekked the Oruzogo family, after their successful gorilla trek our visitors embarked on a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi where they enjoyed swimming and relaxing at the Lake.

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Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safari @ Rushaga - Bwindi from Kigali International Airport

Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safari @ Rushaga - Bwindi from Kigali International Airport

Uganda is one of the three countries where you can have a close encounter with the mountain gorillas in southwestern Uganda’s dense forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Come face to face with humanity giant cousins, the mountain gorillas. Most tourists who visit the Rushaga area - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park come to see the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat; there are 900 mountain gorillas in the wild, about half of the remaining population of mountain gorilla lives in Uganda in two national parks namely Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

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Chameleon hill lodge

Chameleon hill lodge

Chameleon hill lodge is an exclusive and elegant luxurious lodge where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Virunga massif and Lake Mutanda. Each chalet vaunts its identity and color scheme along with quality, handsome furnishings that boast a unique Luxury- Afro style. Chameleon Hill Lodge offers an extraordinary blend of comfort and relaxation, where attention to detail and personalized service are paramount, as well as being the perfect place to visit the mountain gorillas.

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Nyakagezi Gorilla Trek from Kigali to Mgahinga in Uganda

Nyakagezi Gorilla Trek from Kigali to Mgahinga in Uganda

Nyakagezi is the only habituated Mountain Gorilla group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and comprises of 10 individuals which can been seen while on a mountain Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. About 39 mammal species have been recorded - large mammals include the mountain gorilla, elephant and buffalo. There is also the rare golden monkey, the blue monkey, and other mammals include the golden cat, leopard, serval cat, spotted hyena, side –striped jackal, bushbuck, black–fronted duiker and giant forest hog. About 75 bird species have been recorded in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.  A maximum of 8 visitors are allowed to track mountain gorillas daily.

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Mutanda Lake Resort

Mutanda Lake Resort

Situated on the edge of Lake Mutanda overlooking the Virunga Mountains in Kisoro District southwestern Uganda, the resort offers comfortable accommodation combined with the most beautiful views of western Uganda. Mutanda Lake Resort is the ideal place for volcano treks, gorilla tracking, birding safaris, boat and dugout canoe trips, swimming at the lake and relaxation.

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Golden Monkey Habituation Safaris from Kigali

Golden Monkey Habituation Safaris from Kigali

Uganda is one of the best safari destination in the whole world, with abundant wildlife, many habituated gorilla families, habituated chimpanzee, birding safaris and tree climbing lions among other safari expeditions. Getting to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park from Kigali International Airport is a popular travel style adopted by many tour operators selling Uganda Gorilla Safaris and golden monkey safaris through Kigali International Airport.

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Primate Safaris in Uganda

Primate Safaris in Uganda

Uganda the Pearl of Africa is well known for its great primates, it’s believed that these primates have almost the same DNA with humans. They have features that are more like humans for instance they have large brains, stretchy legs and arms, fingers and toes. Among these primates include the Mountain Gorillas, Golden monkey, Chimpanzee, Patas monkey, Olive Baboons, L’Hoest’s monkey, Black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, Grey-cheeked mangabey among others.

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Mid-Range Gorilla Habituation Safari @ Rushaga-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Mid-Range Gorilla Habituation Safari @ Rushaga-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla habituation is currently the biggest tourism activity in Uganda. The strong demand for Gorilla habituation therefore offers the possibility of sustained wealth generation from wildlife for Uganda. In Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you can now opt for a gorilla habituation encounter. Each day under this program will cost you USD 1,500 for foreign non residents, USD 1000 for foreign residents and USD 205 for East African Citizens per person per day, two groups of four shadow primatologists and rangers habituating wild mountain Gorilla troops  will lead you to the forest to see the great African Giant Apes.

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Ruzizi Tented Camp @ Akagera National Park

Ruzizi Tented Camp @ Akagera National Park

The lodge was designed to blend into eco-environment, natural materials where used to construct the lodge. The lodge is eco-friendly solar powered with a solar hot water system and lighting throughout at night. The park has been rescued from oblivion, game is increasing – thanks to African Park a non-profit charity supporting the rehabilitation of the continent’s most vulnerable wildlife, has successfully translocated lions and black rhinos from South Africa and reintroduced them to Akagera National Park.

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Akagera National Park – Rwanda

Akagera National Park – Rwanda

 Akagera National Park covers an area of 112,000 hectare and is situated in the eastern part of Rwanda on the border with Tanzania; Akagera is rich in biodiversity including forest fringed lakes, swamps and savannah plains.  The Park is endowed with different species of fauna and fauna, inhabiting its different ecological zones which include mountainous terrains, woody and savannah areas, the Park is named after river Kagera which runs through the park.

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge @Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge @Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda

Sabyinyo Silverback lodge stands in an elevated position with fabulous mountain views. At the heart of the property are a comfortable lounge with roaring fire and dining room, the 6 cottages, 1 family suite and 2 suites being strategically situated in the folds of the hills, the lodge is conveniently located for gorilla trekking expeditions which leave from the nearby headquarters of Volcanoes National Park, one of the most exciting encounters in the whole of Africa.

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