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Come experience the splendour of Uganda, a unique destination that offers adventure travel like you have never experienced it before. Splash out on the rapids of the Nile waters and experience the worldâ€™s greatest rafting adventure; sample the vibrant nightlife in Kampala; experience a wild game safari and cultural experience of our people and retreat to our dense forests for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Come Discover Uganda - where adventure lives!
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n the inaugural year of our service on the Board, AUTO is unveiling the first AUTO Guidebook titled DISCOVER UGANDA dedicated to serving the interests of tour operators. This guidebook will take a pivotal step in showcasing Uganda’s tourism potential. It is launched to help our members to reach their clients, elevate the Uganda tourism industry and provide AUTO members with new marketing tools and information on new markets for our common good.
AUTO IS UGANDA’S LEADING TOURISM TRADE ASSOCIATION, REPRESENTING THE INTERESTS OF THE COUNTRY’S LEADING AND EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL TOUR OPERATORS
That said, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Members of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO), Executive Board and Staff, to salute you all and welcome you to this inaugural edition of the guide for the Association of Uganda Tour Operators.
SUPPLMENT EXISTING MEDIA This guidebook is launched to supplement the active and informative AUTO website (www.auto.or.ug), our social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter are active 24-7 all of which keep our tourism stakeholders informed about us. Copies of the guide will be distributed in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and the World Travel Market (UK) in November. I wish to appreciate the continuous efforts of our partners in developing the tourism industry in Uganda, the editorial team and the publishers for ensuring the successful launch of this must-read guidebook. I urge you all to get a copy and contribute to the continuity of this well meaning effort.
LEADING TOURISM TRADE ASSOCIATION AUTO is Uganda’s leading tourism trade association, representing the interests of the country’s leading and experienced professional tour operators. AUTO has membership of over 150 companies who offer a wide range of tourism products and services. Our vision is to uphold the good reputation of Uganda as a tourist destination by ensuring that Uganda tour operators maintain the highest standards of service and value, give agents and individual clients alike the confidence of knowing that Uganda has mechanisms designed to manage the operations of our registered members and provide standards of operation that the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities might consider in determining whether or not to grant or renew the license of an operator among others.
Babra A Vanhelleputte (ACIS) Board Chair, Association of Uganda Tour Operators
IN THIS ISSUE
CONTENTS DISCOVER UGANDA IS A PUBLICATION OF AUTO
List of tour operators in Uganda - P45
Bull-fighting, Page 37
Kidepo National Park, Page 20
Rafting on River Nile, Page 38
Bwindi National Park, Page 22 Queen Elizabeth National Park, Page 26 Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Page 28
White water rafting - P38
Bambuti People, Page 32 Tracking Gorillas, Page 24 Tracking Chimps, Page 40
Mountain Gorilla Tracking
Karamajong, Page 33 Acholi People, Page 34
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Kidepo Valley National Park- P20
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DISCLAIMER: The contents and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the editor, the publisher or any other organization associated with this publication. While the publishers have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of all information in this guide, they will not be held responsible for any errors and/or inaccuracies herein. All Rights Reserved. ÂŠ Copyright 2014-2015
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The rebirth of the
PEARL OF AFRICA
ganda, has a new spring in its stride. It today walks head held high as it sits amongst its peers having revived its tourism industry from the brink of near collapse that was occasioned by political upheaval in its formative years. Having done away with the reign of warlords of yesteryears, Uganda is fast rising. Its economy is humming again and its people are thriving in a peaceful land with rich harvests and today, Uganda is drawing regional and foreign tourists once again and it fast developing as the new kid on the block in the wildlife safari experience.
outdoor lovers, those keen on experiencing the urban lifestyle of Uganda will be at home in Kampala, which boasts, perhaps, one of the most vibrant nightlife cultures in the entire East African region. There are numerous entertainment venues in Kampala offering a wide range of entertainment activities that range from local music and entertainment to a mix of international urban vibes these include some of upscale jazz venues. Entebbe, on the shores of the Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest freshwater lake is a renowned weekend venue with popular beach clubs.
strongest rapids on the continent. This is quite an experience. Sport fishing on the Nile is also possible and is quite an adventure. The Nile Perch is one of the most-sought after fish in the river. This is a monstrous fish that can grow up to 200 kilogrammes in weight. PEARL OF AFRICA REBORN International arrivals into Uganda have continued to grow year-on-year buoyed by the increased connectivity of Uganda to the regional and international markets. Currently
INCREDIBLE WILDLIFE VARIETY Over the last few years, the Government of Uganda working in collaboration with local and regional tourism stakeholders has been on a consistent track of improving its tourism products. Key amongst these has been restocking and protecting the wildlife and the national parks to ensure that the wildlife that was killed or poached during the tumultuous period are restored. Today, Uganda has an incredible wildlife variety and this has earned the destination one of the best emerging safari destinations in the world. Moreover, Uganda boasts an incredible array of landscapes that range from the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountain range popularly known as the Mountains of the Moon to the majestic hills and valleys of the Kidepo Valley National Park, arguably Uganda’s ultimate wildlife safari destination. The Ugandan landscape is dotted with numerous lakes, mighty rivers and natural hot springs that widely contrast with the dense green forests of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Kibale Forest. UGANDA URBAN ATTRACTIONS While the parks offer the best for nature and
OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA WORKING IN COLLABORATION WITH LOCAL AND REGIONAL TOURISM STAKEHOLDERS HAS BEEN ON A CONSISTENT TRACK OF IMPROVING ITS TOURISM PRODUCTS ADVENTURE CAPITAL The town of Jinja located downstream from Entebbe is perhaps Uganda’s adventure capital. Thrill seekers will be at home at Jinja as it offers some of the best white water rafting experience anywhere in the world. The mighty waters of the White Nile that snake past the town and down to the Bujagali Falls are not only fun to navigate, but offer some of the best thrills ever. Downstream is the only bungee jumping site on the White Nile. The Nile High Bungee packs an adrenaline punch with a plunge of 44 metres down to the surface of the River Nile. The thrill on the River Nile is pushed higher with board surfing some of the fastest and
there are more than 17 international airlines that connect Entebbe International Airport, the country’s major international gateway to the outside world. It gives me the greatest pleasure to work with the team at the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) in their quest to showcase the very best of Uganda and announce that the re-birth of the “Pearl of Africa” is now here with us. I welcome you to come Discover Uganda and experience Africa’s Best Adventure Destination. Denis GATHANJU, PUBLISHER, DISCOVER UGANDA
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Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) is Uganda’s leading Tourism Trade Association, representing the interests of the country’s leading and experienced Professional Tour Operators. We recommend certain standards which the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities might consider in determining whether or not to grant or renew the license of an operator; we endeavour to instill a spirit of unity and loyalty to each other amongst members of the Association.
We uphold the good reputation of Uganda as a tourist destination by ensuring that the Uganda Tour Operators maintain the highest standards of service and value.
through its updates, member research and news releases; its lobbying and advocacy which works to move the industry forward and keeps the costs down.
A tour/ safari to Uganda should not only be an unforgettable experience, but offer solid peace of mind. That’s why AUTO created a consumer protection plan which protects consumers who book with our registered members.
Auto also engages in brand exposure by marketing and representing member companies. The Secretariat also offers tour and travel advice through its Phone and emailing system. AUTO mobilizes its membership to attend events, seminars, international exhibitions such as WTM, ITB, INDABA in order to grab trade opportunities.
This enables us discern honesty and professionalism in the tourism industry. AUTO plays a role of research and information
ASSOCIATION OF UGANDA TOUR OPERATORS
Plot 14 York Terrace Kololo, (near Kololo Airstrip), P.O. Box 73371, Kampala, Uganda Telephone: +256 (0)41 454 2599 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.auto.or.ug
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IN THE NEWS
AUTO ELECTS NEW BOARD The Association of Uganda Tour Operators, Uganda’s leading tourism trade association went to the polls in July 2014 to elect a new team to steer the organization to new heights. Mrs. Babra Vanhelleputte was voted Board Chair. Before assuming the new office, Babra served as Vice Chair with Mr. Bonifence Byamukama as Chairman. Seven other tour operators were elected to the board to serve for 2 years. These are Jackie Rubuubi of Platinum Tours and Travel Ltd as Vice Chair, Dennis Ntege of Adrift East Africa as Board Secretary, Costantino Tessarin of Destination Jungle Ltd as Treasurer and Felex Musinguzi of
Kazinga Tours Ltd, Rashid Kiyimba of Brovad Tours & Travel, Dona Tindyebwa of Jewel Safaris Ltd and Gary Segal of The Uganda Safari Company as committee members. AUTO brings together all tour operators in Uganda. While accepting her new position as Board Chair to the board of AUTO Mrs. Vanhelleputte promised transparency in her governance and vowed to “represent AUTO with distinction and continue to work with members and other tourism stakeholders to drive forward the tourism agenda of Uganda.”
AUTO MEMBERS TO EXCLUSIVELY SELL GORILLA PERMITS Ugandan registered tour operators have been granted exclusive rights to access, view and sell online gorilla permits. The new directive announced by Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism will go a long way in strengthening the bargaining power of Ugandan-registered tour operators who will further help promote and market other tourist attraction sites in Uganda. According to the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO), the new move will also ensure that Ugandan tour operators do not
lose out as would have been the case had access to the permits been made available to everyone as tour operators from abroad would have sold the gorilla packages without benefiting Ugandan tour operators. AUTO is Uganda’s leading tourism trade association, with membership of over 150 companies offering special interest safaris, air safaris, incentive travel group safaris, and custom safaris for individual and group travellers as welll as camping safaris both budget and luxury.
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UGANDA LOCATION MAP Republic of South Sudan Moyo
Kabarega National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park
Rivers Roads International Border
National Parks Game & Nature Reserves
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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
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Bokora Corridor Nature Reserve
Bugungu Game Reserve Karuma Game Reserve
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Kibale Forest National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Katonga Game Reserve
Kapchorwa Mt Elgon National Park
Luwero Namasagali Kamuli
Toro Game Reserve
Rwenzori National Park
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Lake Kumi Bisina
Pian Upe Game Reserve
ENTEBBE SSESE ISLANDS
Lake Mbuno National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
UGANDA TRAVEL INFORMATION
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UGANDA TRAVEL INFORMATION
VISAS Ugandan visas are issued at Ugandan High Commissions and Embassies abroad and also at all Entry/Exit Points. The Uganda Visa Policy uses the principle of reciprocity, which means that all nations that require Ugandans to have visas are consequently visa prone in Uganda. Visa Fees: Single Entry for 3 months US$50; Multiple Entry for 6 months US$100; Inland Transit US$50; Uganda also issues the East African Borderless Visa which allows movement in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda unlike the Uganda visa that can only be used for travel in Uganda. GETTING TO UGANDA: BY PLANE Uganda is a landlocked country and access to the country is via the land borders or via the countryâ€™s principal airport at Entebbe International Airport. The airport is serviced by regional and international airlines that link Uganda to the region and the rest of the world. Major airlines that fly into Entebbe include Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, RwandAir, South African Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Brussels Airlines and Egypt Air. BY CAR It is possible to overland into Uganda from neighbouring countries. Entry into Uganda from Kenya is via the Busia and Malaba border crossings while from Rwanda is mainly the Gatuna border crossing. A Carnet du Passage is required for private
vehicles, including motorcycles. These border points are open 24 hours-a-day. BY BUS If using public transport, there are numerous buses and public taxis that connect to Kampala from Nairobi in Kenya, Juba in South Sudan, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Kigali in Rwanda, Bujumbura in Burundi and Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The buses range from luxury coaches to the basic with varying fares. GET AROUND If local travel has not been pre-arranged with a tour company based in Uganda, there are plenty of ways of moving around within the major towns and from one town to the next.
The actual buses run less frequently within the city of Kampala, but mainly shuttle people to other towns in the provinces. They usually leave Kampala early in the morning. There are many companies which almost all leave from the same general area. Some roads outside of Kampala, especially in the rural areas are not paved. Domestic bus travel within Uganda is reasonable and cheap between major towns and is a good choice for backpackers with time. However, there are no established bus schedules so proper planning needs to be done for traveling outside Kampala BY PLANE Domestic flights might be a good and fast alternative to dusty bus rides.
Boda bodas are motorcycle taxis. They are found in their hundreds in Kampala and other major tows. They are not only a cheap way of getting around, but also tend to be faster to get from one point of the town to the other.
The best way to get around Kampala and the neighbouring towns is by using minibus-type public taxis or matatus. This is the most efficient and cost-effective method of transportation in Kampala and other towns.
However, caution should be excised while taking these motorcycles as they are known to cause numerous accidents many of which have led to serious injury and even death. If you have to take one, better inform the rider to ride slowly.
The fares are normally written on the display boards placed on the roofs of the vans. Alternatively, it is recommended asking other passengers what the fare to your destination is to avoid being overcharged by the conductors.
BY BUS Uganda has a decent bus commuter system. There are two classes of buses. The public taxis which are also known as matatus just like in neighbouring Kenya. These are actually minibuses or commuter vans, which run fixed routes.
There are also private taxis, which are known to the locals as special hire taxis. They are also available within Kampala and other major towns. They do not have a fixed price and you have to negotiate the fare with the driver before embarking on the journey because private taxis in Uganda are not metered.
Single tourist visa: Things to note HOW WILL THE SINGLE TOURIST VISA BE ISSUED? It will be issued upon application at any of the diplomatic representations of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, at the Immigration offices of the respective countries or online, where applicable. WILL IT BE DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER VISAS KENYA, UGANDA, RWANDA ISSUE? The visas for specific countries cost $50 but allow the tourist entry into only that country. The EAC single tourist visa, however, works like the Schengen visa from European Union countries. The EAC single tourist visa therefore allows tourists to enter any of the three countries and move freely without having to apply or pay for another visa. The visa is a multiple-entry visa and costs $100 and is valid for 90 days and cannot be extended. Any gainful employment within East Africa on the EAC tourist visa is not allowed. WHAT PREVENTS ME FROM USING A VISA ISSUED BY ONE COUNTRY TO TRAVEL TO ANOTHER COUNTRY? Visas issued for a specific country are only used to travel to that country and not into any other EAC country. Should travel be required to a second or third country, then the traveller needs to apply for that countryâ€™s visa and pay the applicable fees. HOW WILL IT WORK WITHOUT STAMPING THEM? You will still be required to fill immigration forms where your length of stay in the neighbouring country will be indicated and it will be logged into the system. ARE THEY ALL NOW MACHINE-READABLE? Yes, the EAC visa is machine readable.
JINJA RESORT CITY
inja town sits some 80km east of Kampala and is regarded as the gateway to the Nile. Once an economic giant where Uganda’s manufacturing might was on the runway to take off, the town was turned into a pale shadow of its former self when economic disaster swept through under the reign of former strongman Idi Amin. But Jinja is rising and rising fast. The town is on track to implement a new tourism master plan that is set to place Jinja at the very heart of the tourism industry in Uganda. The town is one of the 10 tourism economic zones that have been identified by the Government of Uganda in its new tourism master plan. MARINE TOURISM Under the plan, Jinja will play a critical role in enhancing and developing a marine tourism sub-sector that will be around the River Nile. While Jinja does not enjoy white sandy beaches associated with other marine tourism destinations in East Africa such as Mombasa and Zanzibar, the town is gearing on maximizing on marine activities on the world’s longest river – the Nile. The plan is to also transform Jinja into a resort city that will welcome business travellers from the region and around the world for conferences on the banks of the Nile. The town will also attract high-end leisure tourists as there are plans of setting up a highend marina on the Lake Victoria. CONTROLLED DEVELOPMENT Physical planners for the project will control development of the new Jinja Resort City that will not have skyscrapers. All buildings in the town will be low-rise to not only enhance the aesthetic beauty of the resort city, but to also help provide clear views of the surrounding hills and landscape where
nature will not have to compete with a man-made concrete jungle of high-rise apartment and commercial buildings. The Jinja Sailing Club, once the best addresses to hang-out in while in Jinja, is also seeking to make a splash as there are plans to set up a new upmarket resort with world-class standards and services. The proposed resort is part of the Madhvani Group who intend of setting up a health club, a sailing or boating club, develop a golf course as well as start a sport-fishing venture at the proposed resort.
JINJA CITY RESORT
To drive marine tourism
WATER SPORTS Already there are some established water sports ventures on the Nile that include white-water rafting and bungee jumping. The 44-meter jump from above the Nile River is the only bungee jumping facility on the Nile. The white-water rafting experience on the Nile is considered as one of the best in the world. The Upper Nile, which includes sections from Jinja down to the Bujagali Falls are some of the raftable sections of the river. There are only two raftable river in Africa – the Nile and the Zanbezi in southern Africa. But the Nile has seven times the water volume found in the Zambezi and hence creates a much more thrilling rafting experience. Jinja offers some freshness and tranquillity that is hard to find in a bigger city like Kampala and with the setting up of the proposed Jinja Resort City under the master plan, Jinja will no doubt be a crowd puller for both business and leisure travellers coming to Uganda.
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NATIONAL PARKS Uganda has ten national parks that offer a mix of wildlife experiences, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. The parks offer the usual safari drives that afford one an encounter with members of the big five and tops this with what is regarded as a once-in-a-lifetime encounter tracking for the mountain gorillas. Uganda also offers, perhaps, of the most spectacular birding experience anywhere in the world. Moreover, the country plays host to more than 1,000 bird species, most of which are found within the bird-rich Albertine Rift which also boasts some endemic bird species that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.
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ganda’s remaining virgin wilderness has survived many threats. Conservationists have battled with poachers for decades but now the exploration for minerals by big companies is posing a danger. Sandwiched between a mountainous region where the borders of Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan intersect, lies what is today Uganda’s last remaining virgin wilderness. A safari paradise rated as amongst one of the best in Africa. A massive bowl of sun-kissed hills and valleys that open up into majestic wilderness of savannah, acacia, borassus palms and lots of sausage trees, whose alcoholic fruit is a delicacy for the large elephant herd that roams its plains. UGANDA’S BEST WILDLIFE SAFARI DESTINATION This is Kidepo Valley National Park - Uganda’s best wildlife safari destination. In 2013, the globally respected channel, CNN Travel voted the Kidepo Valley National Park Africa’s third best safari destination after Kenya’s Maasai Mara and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. This is a massive statement for the park which just about two decades ago had its wildlife population decimated by an endless civil war that had rocked Uganda.
IN 2013, THE GLOBALLY RESPECTED CHANNEL, CNN TRAVEL VOTED THE KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK AFRICA’S THIRD BEST SAFARI DESTINATION AFTER KENYA’S MAASAI MARA AND THE CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE IN BOTSWANA
Today, the park scores highly as a wildlife safari destination due to its spectacular landscape, serenity and wildlife population. Moreover, thanks to concerted conservation efforts of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the park’s elephant population is amongst the world’s fastest growing herd, this as massive poaching of the jumbos continues to be witnessed in other countries in Africa. The UWA, the agency mandated to protect and maintain Uganda’s national parks and game reserves is seeking to re-introduce other wildlife populations into the park that were killed or driven out of the park during the civil war. These include greater kudu, oryx and rhino. The park had healthy populations of the oryx and black rhino which were wiped out from the pack in the 1980s and early 1990s. LOCALS HELP IN CONSERVATION But what is also commendable in as far as wildlife conservation in Kidepo Valley National Park is concerned is that human-wildlife conflict is at the very minimum because the local people, mainly the Karamojong are known to zealously protect the wildlife in the park. The community even moved out of their villages so that the park’s boundaries could be extended.
Kidepo started off as a controlled hunting area for local communities in the early 1950s. The locals were careful not to kill female wild animals so as to allow reproduction. In the late 1950s, Kidepo was converted into a game reserve and in 1962, it became a national park. The park was expanded in 1963 when the local Karamojog people were asked to vacate their lands to make way for the park’s enlargement. The Karamojong were such avid wildlife conservationists that some were killed by poachers from the Toposa tribe from South Sudan and the Turkana from Kenya. The park honoured these gallant wildlife conservationists and defenders by erecting a cemetery in the park in honour of the brave Karamojong rangers who gave their lives to protect the wild game in the park. SPECTACULAR NATURAL BEAUTY While the park is situated more than 500km from Kampala, Uganda’s political and commercial capital, it offers a deeply rewarding experience for safari enthusiasts who make the journey north. Kidepo offers spectacular natural beauty due to its pristine wilderness and will impress anyone who ventures into its territory that has remained almost untouched for many years. The park is one of the most idyllic locations for anyone interested in experiencing a genuine wildlife safari in Uganda. This is because within the park’s boundaries are about 80 animal species 28 of whom are peculiar to Kidepo National Park only. Amongst some of the wildlife that can be seen in the park include a growing elephant population, a huge population of buffaloes and plain zebras and the kongoni. Predators in the park include the spotted hyenas, leopards, cheetahs and tree lions. The patas monkeys are the only primates found in the park. RICH BIRDLIFE The park has a recorded bird population of about 475 species and is only second to the Queen Elizabeth National Park in terms of bird species recorded. The park boasts some special bird species that cannot be found anywhere else in Uganda. These include some of the region’s rarest birds such as the black-breasted Barbet and the Karamoja Apallis. The park is composed of two valleys; Narus Valley and Kidepo Valley. However due to the varying amounts of rainfall received in these two locations, the vegetation and wildlife population in the park seems to vary between the two valleys.
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BWINDI IS SAID TO HOST ABOUT 400 MOUNTAIN GORILLAS, ALMOST HALF THE ENTIRE MOUNTAIN GORILLA POPULATION LIVING IN THE WILD TODAY
BWINDI PARK FACTS
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Size: 321km2 Altitude: 1,160m - 2,607m above sea level. Bwindi was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994.
The Mubare gorilla group was the first gorilla family to be habituated in April 1993. Spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys, Bwindi is the source of five major rivers, which flow into Lake Edward.
BWINDI & MGAHINGA
Gorilla Tracking in Uganda
racking the mountain gorillas in Uganda can be done in two national parks. These include the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the south-western part of Uganda on the rim of the Great Rift Valley. RAINFOREST The hillsides within the park covered in mist and have for thousands of years sheltered one of the most ancient and biologically varied rainforest of south-western Uganda. The Bwindi Forest is said to be more than 25,000 years old. Bwindi means darkness is the local language in reference to the dense rainforest which hosts more than 400 different plant species. Bwindi is said to host about 300 mountain gorillas, almost half the entire mountain gorilla population living in the wild today. UNIQUE PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIES The forest also plays host to more than 350 bird species, 23 of which are endemic Albertine Rift bird species and more than 200 butterfly species, about 324 species of trees, ten of which are unique to Bwindi Forest. Visits to this part of Uganda can also include a cultural experience visiting the neighbouring Bakiga and Batwa Pygmies through
guided village walks. MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. The park was created in 1991 with the main purpose of protecting the mountain gorillas. The park is also an important habitat of the golden monkeys. Mgahingaâ€™s most striking land features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes that are part of the spectacular Virunga Massif, a mountain range that straddles the borders of Rwanda to the South, Uganda to the north and the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west. BATWA PYGMIES The area forms the Virunga Trans-boundary Conservation Area of which Mgahinga forms a sizeable portion. Aside from being a critical wildlife conservation area, the park is of huge cultural significance, especially for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. Measuring 33.7 square kilometres, the park is the smallest national parks in Uganda in size. Mgahinga in the local language refers to the small volcanic stones cleared from the farmlands of the local communities living at the foothills of the volcanoes mountains in southern Uganda.
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IT IS RECOMMENDED TO USE ONLY DULY REGISTERED AND RECOGNIZED TOUR COMPANIES IN UGANDA TO ARRANGE GORILLA TRACKING AND OTHER SAFARI ACTIVITIES IN UGANDA A Gorilla Trek within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is, without a doubt, a highlight of all a remarkable wildlife safari in Uganda. We give you some facts and information that would make your gorilla safari experience in Uganda much easier to plan. WHEN TO GO? Tracking for mountain gorillas is Uganda is possible throughout the year due to the favourable weather. However, most people prefer to track for the gorillas in Uganda between the months of June and September and between December and February. These are the high seasons. However, tracking for the mountain gorillas over the low season is also possible and the gorilla permits are cheaper over the low season. A high season gorilla permit costs $600 per person and $350 per person over the low season in the months April and May. WHICH TOUR COMPANY TO USE TO ARRANGE FOR GORILLA TRACKING There are many tour companies in Uganda that offer gorilla tracking services. Most of these companies are members of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) and have been listed in this guidebook. It is recommended to use only duly registered and recognized tour companies in Uganda to arrange gorilla tracking and other safari activities in Uganda. WHERE TO TRACK THE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS Gorilla tracking in Uganda can be done in two national parks. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. These two parks have two different species of the mountain gorillas. However, most people prefer
to track the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park because the gorillas are not too far. HOW TO GET A GORILLA TREKKING PERMIT IN UGANDA Gorilla permits are limited to only 72 per day. A maximum of eight people are allowed to visit one gorilla family for about one hour. The process of securing your gorilla tracking permits is straightforward. It starts by first identifying a tour company that you intend to use for your travels in Uganda. Then informing them of the desired travel dates and the number of people coming on the trip. The tour company will then confirm the availability of the permits and accommodation options within the park. The guests are then required to send copies of their passports to secure the permits under their names and also make payment for the permits either through wire transfers or via credit cards to the tour company. It is also important to note that only Ugandan-registered tour companies can access information regarding gorilla permits availability. HOW MANY GORILLA FAMILIES ARE IN BWINDI AND MGAHINGA? Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has 12 gorilla families. Most of these are located in the northern part and southern parts of the park which have a tropical rain forest. In the northern part of Buhoma and Ruhija the gorilla families that live here include Mubare, Rushegura, Habinyanja, Bitukura, Oruzogo and Kyaguriro which is mainly used for research purposes. In the southern part of the park live the Kahungye, Nshongi, Mishaya, Businye, Bweza and Nkuringo families.
Mgahinga National Park has one gorilla family called Nyakagezi. However, this gorilla group is always on the move and hence difficult to track within Mgahinga. WHAT TO WEAR? It is recommended to wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes for the trek. Long pants are also recommended as the trekking happens within the forest that is covered in long grass and thick bushes. A long-sleeved shirt or blouse is also recommended. Warm clothing and jackets are also recommended because the forest gets cold and wet due to its high altitude. WHERE TO STAY? There are a host of accommodation options that range from budget to high end accommodation and are scattered within the park. It is best to book your accommodation through a Ugandanbased tour operator who would also be in charge of arranging your gorilla tracking permits and ground movement. HOW TO GET TO BWINDI Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located on the south-western bottom of Uganda close to the Rwanda border and about 540km from Kampala. The park is about 7 hours by road from Kampala. The park is also easily accessible by road from Kigali in Rwanda. The road trip from Kigali to Bwindi takes about three hours. However, charted flights from Kampala or Entebbe can be arranged. Bwindi is accessible from three airfields at Kihiihi, Kayonza in the northern region in addition to Nyakabande found in Kisoro.
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QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
ueen Elizabeth National Park is undoubtedly the most popular destinations in Uganda. This is mainly so because of the parkâ€™s diverse ecosystems that include wide open savannah grasslands that contrast sharply to the humid forests in the park.
antelope, a semi-aquatic antelope.
Such diverse ecosystems have made the park attract and retain some big game and at least about 600 bird species. The park also plays host to about ten primate species. The park sits in a sprawling location with a magnificent backdrop of the jagged mountain ranges of the Rwenzori Mountains.
WILDLIFE DIVERSITY The landscape is dotted with craters that have
The star primates found in the park include the cheeky chimpanzees as well as the Ververt and the black-and-white colobus monkeys. There is also a sizeable baboon population in the park.
While the big game and primate population found in the park is no doubt a crowd puller, the biggest attraction to the Queen Elizabeth National Park is without a doubt its tree-climbing lions. The tree-climbing lions are mostly to be found in the southern sections of the park near the Ishasha area that is dotted with fig trees. The lions climb
WHILE THE BIG GAME AND PRIMATE POPULATION FOUND IN THE PARK IS NO DOUBT A CROWD PULLER, THE BIGGEST ATTRACTION TO THE QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK IS WITHOUT A DOUBT ITS TREE-CLIMBING LIONS
been dramatically carved into the rolling green hills of the park. While in the park, a drive to higher ground offers panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel which hosts a huge hippo, buffalo and elephant population. The wildlife diversity and density found in the park is incredible. Currently, the park boasts a hippo population of about 5,000, an elephant population of about 2,500 and a buffalo population of about 10,000. With such numbers, visitors to the park are guaranteed a treat to a spectacular wildlife safari. Other common wildlife found in the park include warthogs, waterbuck, Uganda kob and topi, as well as the sitatunga
the fig trees and while away their time here. Aside from the lions, the park also boasts other big cats that include the elusive leopard, civet and serval cats. Solitary leopards are nocturnal and are well camouflaged, thus spotting them is all the more rewarding! The smaller cats are also predominantly nocturnal and are best spotted on night game drives within the park. BIRDLIFE Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park offers an incredible treat as it contains a variety of habitats that range from savannah grasslands to wetlands to lowland forests. This diversity in ecosystems attracts a huge variety of birds which currently number at more than 600 species. This is by far the biggest birdlife population found in any protected area in East Africa. A majority of the birds found in this area are regarded as famous birds of East Africa and are a must see for birdwatchers coming to Uganda.
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THE RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK IS KNOWN MORE FOR ITS DISTINCTIVE FLORA RATHER THAN ITS FAUNA AS THERE ARE FEW WILDLIFE THAT CAN BE SPOTTED IN THE PARK
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Size: 996km2 The park was gazetted in 1991 and was recognized as a World Heritage site in 1994 and Ramsar site in 2008. The Rwenzori is not volcanic, but is a block of rock upfaulted through the floor of the Western Rift Valley.
The Rwenzoris were christened the “Mountains of the Moon” by the Alexandrine geographer Ptolemy in AD 150. ‘Rwenzori’, is a local name which means “Rain-Maker” or “CloudKing.”
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he Rwenzoris, also known as the Mountains of the Moon, lie in western Uganda along the border of Uganda with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The snow-peaked Rwenzori mountain range are the third highest point in Africa after the Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Kenya in Kenya. Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects mainly the mountain range and its fragile ecosystem which stretches some 120km in length and some 65km wide. Within the park are more than 70 mammal species and about 220 bird species, 19 of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift. Due to its seclusion and cold weather, the park also hosts some of the world’s rarest plant species. RARE PLANT SPECIES The Rwenzori Mountains National Park is known more for its distinctive flora rather than its fauna as there are few wildlife that can be spotted in the park. On the upward route to the summits of the Rwenzori, hikers climb through a series of distinct altitudinal vegetation zones that include montane forest, bamboo, tree heathers and afro-alpine. The afro-alpine on the Rwenzoris is one of the world’s rarest botanical communities. It is mainly limited to East African Mountains at altitudes above 3800 meters.
MOUNTAINEERING The terrain within the Rwenzoris offer some world-class hiking and mountaineering opportunities in Uganda. For mountain climbing enthusiasts, the challenging steep slopes of the Rwenzori Mountain range would be ideal to tackle. Mountain climbing expeditions to the Rwenzoris can range between nine to twelve days to get to the Margherita Point on Mount Stanley, the mountain range’s summit. It is advisable to bring your own mountain climbing gear for mountain climbing expeditions to the Rwenzoris. The Rwenzori mountain range comprises six distinct mountains. Mounts Stanley (5,109m), Speke (4,890m) and Baker (4,843m) are the highest peaks of the mountain range and all bear permanent snow and glaciers. The snow peaks can be reached by hiking through the Central Circuit and via the Kilembe Trails. LOCAL CUISINE Aside from tackling the mountain peaks, cultural traditions in the nearby village of the Bakonzo people can be arranged. The visits include nature walks within and around the Rwenzori Mountains National Park as well as cultural experiences such as living with the local community and sampling local cuisine.
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SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK
Semuliki National Park S
emuliki National Park sprawls across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori Mountain range. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and biodiverse forests. The forest is one of the few that survived the last ice age. A TASTE OF CENTRAL AFRICA The Semliki Valley contains numerous features that are widely associated with central rather than eastern Africa. These include thatched huts that are shaded by West African oil palms while the Semliki River, which forms the international boundary between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is a sort of miniature version of the Congo River. The Ituri Forest also plays host to numerous Central African wildlife species, and the local population includes a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri. As a result, this park provides a taste of Central Africa without having to leave Uganda. While Semuliki’s species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, the park contains evidence of even older processes. Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.
SEMPAYA HOT SPRINGS
The Sempaya Hot Sp rings are Semuliki’s most famous attraction.
The “male” spring, kn own as Bintente, ha s a diameter of about 12 metres and is set in a lush sw ampy clearing while the “female” spr ing, known as Nyasi mbi, meaning “the female ancestor s”, is a boiling geyser which spurts bubbling water and steam up to two me ters high. The hot spring has a temperature of upto 103° Celsius and the steam cloud that rises from it can be seen from a distance of up to 2 kil ometres away.
MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Murchison Falls M
urchison Falls National Park sits on the northern edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. The park was first gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, making it Uganda’s oldest conservation area. Boasting a surface area of about 2,840 square kilometers, the park is also Uganda’s largest in terms of size. Murchison Falls plays host to a wide range of wildlife that include about 76 species of mammals and a recorded bird population of more than 450 species. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, that flows from the Lake Victoria that plunges from a height of about 45 metres through a rocky opening on the surface of the Rift Valley. The huge water volume creates a magnificent waterfall known as the Murchison Falls. These falls form the centerpiece of the park’s attraction sites. BULIGI GAME TRACKS The river meanders in a slow stream down the floor of the Rift Valley before it empties into the Lake Albert. It is as this stage that the river combines with the ecosystem around it to attract wildgame and hence forming one of the most remarkable wildlife spectacles. The Buligi Game Tracks, that stretch between the Victoria and Albert Niles, provide the park’s most remarkable game viewing locations. Along the banks of the rivers are such wildgame as elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
PARRA HIPPO POINT
Paraa, meaning home of the hippo in the loc al Luo language, is the best spot to watch the ma ssive hippos in the river. All the park’s access roads lead to this po int in the park. the park’s tourism hu b. There is also a sm all museum and gift shop found on the northern banks of the river. This is the point where mo st game drives, launch trips and nature walks comme nce. Also within the park is the Kaniyo Pabid i Forest, a forest ecosystem that hosts the black-and-whit e colobus and blue monkeys, olive baboons, and a habit uated chimp group which can be tracked. Many forest birds are also found in this are a. These include the chocolate -backed kingfisher, white-thighed hornbill and Puvel’s illadopsis which can only be found here.
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The Bambuti are a hunter-gatherer community found in the western side of Uganda. They are closely related to the Batwa pygmies found in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They are also ethnically related to the pygmies of the Congo, the Ndorobo of Kenya and the Koikoi and San (Bushmen and Hottentots) of Southern Africa. Their average height is about 1.5 meters. In Uganda, the Bambuti can be traced in the present districts of Bundibujo and Kasese. They also inhabit the tropical forests of the Congo River Basin along the Ugandan border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They are believed to be the original inhabitants of the Rwenzori Mountain areas before the arrival of other Bantu tribes. They are believed to have come from the Congo Forest. Their language is called Kumbuti which is a very complex dialect that is also very difficult to learn. DWELLINGS As hunters and gatherers, the Bambuti are constantly on the move. They move from place to place in search of food and secure places to live. They have a light bronze colour and a beautiful skin complexion. They have the same curly, woolly hair as their Bantu neighbours. They
spot broad faces with wide nostrils and extraordinarily thick lips. The Bambuti build their huts in the same model as other Bantu tribes build their huts. However, the roofs of their huts are made of leaves not thatch. The huts are round and built very short with so small an entrance that they have to crawl on their hands and knees when entering and or leaving the hut. Since they are constantly on the move, their huts are temporary. FOOD Their diet is basically composed of meat that is often supplemented with bananas and sweet potatoes which they obtain by bartering meat for them with other nearby tribes. The Bambuti are known to be a very fierce and aggressive tribe. They are skilled hunters who get their meat from mainly hunting wild game in the forest. They carry an array of weaponry that includes spears, bows and poisoned arrows. They are known to ambush wild game at water points in the forest. It is the task of the Bambuti men to hunt and bring food for their families. The women do normal house chores that also include carrying the familyâ€™s possessions when moving from one location to another. DRESSING Their dress is composed of a belt wound round the waist, with a piece if bark cloth attached to the belt in the middle of the back, brought down between the legs and fixed against the belt front. This type of dress suits both men and women but it is not very common for the Bambuti to put on clothes. They usually go stark naked though, occasionally, some of them may be found with a brass-wire bangle.
Karamojong ong The Karamojong is a tribe that lives within the Karamoja region in northern Uganda. This tribal outfit has a striking semblance to the popular Maasai community in Kenya and northern Tanzania. Like the Maasai, the Karamojong are pastoralists, they move with their cattle from one location to another in search of grazing pasture for their prized cattle. The Karamoja region has a cattle culture and the Karamojong are famous for cattle-raiding escapades, especially of neighbouring tribal communities. RETAIN CULTURE Like the Kenyan Maasai people, the Karamojong have managed to retain their traditional culture and practices such as traditional clothing. Again, their traditional dressing mirrors that of the Kenyan Maasai as they don a shawl-like garment that is often in red and black while the Karamojong women proudly wear elaborate beadwork on their hands and around their necks. AGE-SET SYSTEM The Karamojong live in one central settlement called a manyatta or ere. Theirs is a society weaved in traditional practices that are based on a patriarchal age-set system that is led by the warriors, also known as the Gazelles or ngigetei. The young warriors and the general population is advised and headed by a council of elders known as the Mountains or ngimoru. Karamojong men are allowed to marry more than one wife as long as the man is able to meet the bride price of a new bride which is paid for by heads of cattle. The Karamojong are divided into both clan and territorial groupings. There are three main sub-groups which consist of the Bokora, Pian and Matheniko.
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he Acholi people of northern Uganda are said to be a product of intermarriage between the Luo and the Madi of Southern Sudan. Their language and culture is similar to that of the Luo and they are closely related to the Alur of West Nile, the Jaluos of Kenya and the Japadhola of eastern Uganda. The Acholi are mainly found in Uganda and number over 1.5 million. There are about 500,000 Acholi in South Sudan. Like other Luo sub-tribes, the Acholi trace their origins in Rumbek, South Sudan and are said to have migrated southwards. Currently, the Acholi inhabit the districts of Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, Nwoya, Lamwo and Pader in northern Uganda. This region is also commonly known as Acholiland. The Acholi also found in Magwe County in South Sudan. TRADITIONS The Acholi speak Acholi, a language that is closely related to Luo. The Song of Lawino, one of the most famous and most successful African literary works was written in Acholi by Okot p’Bitek before it was translated into English. The traditional dwelling-places for the Acholi were mainly circular huts with a high peak. The circular mud hits were furnished with a mud sleepingplatform, jars of grain and a sunken fireplace. The walls of the mud huts were decorated with geometrical or conventional designs in red, white or grey. The Acholi were skilled hunters. They used nets and spears for hunting wild game. They also kept goats, sheep and cattle. And when they went to war with other communities, they used spears and long but narrow shields made from giraffe or ox hide. HUNTERS The Acholi practiced various types of hunting. One type of hunting was known as dwar arum, which took place during the dry season when there was no grass. This type of hunting involved a lot of hunters. Another type of hunting was known as dwar obwo. It was an ordinary type of hunting that involved the use of spears and nets. Another type of hunting was known as
kirange. It was mainly practiced during the early rainy season when the rivers would be slightly flooded. The Acholi would drive the game into the rivers and go for the kill in the water. During the rainy season, it was very difficult for the Acholi to go hunting since no form of organized hunting could take place due to the cold and wet conditions. During such seasons, only the okai (trappers) could go out after the animals. The work of the okai was incredibly difficult because they only worked alone. They would use different kinds of traps according to the type of animal they intended to trap. The common traps included okol – which ran a noose attached to a log of wood; tekke - a circular foot trap; twok - the falling spear trap used to kill an elephant and other big game. The trap was passed under the tree from which the spear would be suspended; Bur - a pit trap whereby a pit was dug in the game’s path. SUPREME BEING The Acholi believed in a supreme being called jok. They had shrine for jok was known as abila from where all sacrifices, private and public were offered. The Acholi believed that the spirits of their ancestors would appear near the abila. The Acholi would worship the spirits of the dead so that they could assist the bereaved ones or exercise their power to make hunting successful or scare away evil spirits from the village. To appease the spirits of the dead, the Acholi would offer them meat sacrifices. They also offered simsim and beer during the appropriate times of the sacrifices at the abila. CULTURAL DANCES Like in any other African culture, dance was at the central root of the Acholi culture. They usually sang about everyday incidences while other songs referred to past occurrences within their community. The Acholi had eight different types of dances namely; lalobaloba, otiti, bwola, myel awal (winyela), apiti, ladongo, myel wanga and atira. The lalobaloba dance did not use any drum beats. The people danced in circles whereby the men would form an outer ring and they would hold a girl’s
hand high above their heads. There was no special occasion for this dance, which was mainly performed using sticks. The otiti dance involved all the male dancers carrying shields and spears. The dancers would encircle drums that were mainly attached to a post in the middle of the dancing arena. The bwola dance is the most important dance of the Acholi. It is also known as the chief’s dance and can only be performed on his orders. The men form a large circle and each of them carries a drum. Their dance and movement of the feet matches rhythmically with the drum beats. The girls, on the other hand, dance separately inside the circle. The otiti dance had a definite leader who would move within and without the circle. He would also set the time and led the singing. The otiti dance leader was considered an important person in the community and was traditionally among the very few people in the community that was allowed to wear a leopard skin. The myel awal dance was a funeral dance. The women wail around the grave when the men armed with spears and shields dance lalobaloba. Apiti was a dance for the girls. Men were not supposed to participate. The girls danced in a line and sang. It was usually held in the middle of the year when the rains were good. Ladongo was danced following a successful hunt when the hunters were still away from their homes. In this dance, men and women faced each other in two lines and jumped up and down clapping their hands. In the myel wanga dance, men sat down and played their nanga (harps) while in front of them the women danced apiti. This dance was usually held after marriages or at beer parties. Then there was atira dance. It is now completely outdated. It was held on the eve of a battle. All the dancers were armed and they went through the motions of spear fighting and thrusting.
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Bull-fighting Set to promote community tourism THE LOCALS LOOK FORWARD TO THE BULL-FIGHTING DAYS AS IT IS NOT ONLY A FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR THEM, BUT IS SEEN AS A CULTURAL TRADITION THAT BRINGS TOGETHER PEOPLE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY
ull-fighting is a new sport that is gaining popularity in Uganda and is seen as a way of entertaining domestic, regional and foreign tourists coming to Uganda with a view to witnessing the mighty bulls take on each other. Bull-fighting is an important sport and tourist attraction in countries such as Spain and all across Latin America. In Uganda, bull-fighting takes place in the Namasho grounds in Bududa District. The show starts as early as 9am every Saturday. Excited crowds gather around the grounds and some people stake out bets on which bull will carry the day. The locals look forward to the bull-fighting days as it is not only a form of entertainment for them, but is seen as a cultural tradition that brings together people within the community. BULL-FIGHTING TRADITION The bull-fighting tradition has over the time gained a lot of prominence and has continued to draw crowds from as far as Kampala. The bull-fighting tradition dates back to the 1950s when locals would bring out their bulls to square off against each other and in the process burn out excess energy in them so they could be calm when in the shed during the rest of the week. The tradition is also believed to have gained prominence in the 190s around the Namasho area after the local people
got entangled in ceaseless physical fights over a salty water source in the area. The fights were so intense and the community called for peace and it was decided that they would equally share the resource. However, they started the bull-fighting as a form of entertainment and a reminder of the importance of enhancing peace amongst themselves. SOCIAL EVENT Before the bull-fights start, the village umpires assess the health and size of the bulls and once given a clean bill of health, the duel starts. The crowds watching the fights average about 1,000 people who not only make bets, but also find time to socialize and catch up. Village elders also come to spectate and also offer traditional prayers for both the bulls and the people watching the fights. The mood around the fights is normally festive as locally brewed beer is plentiful. Up to three rounds of bull-fights takes place and when finally a victor is declared, the owner of the bull gets a small cash prize from the bets made by the people. Access to Namasho is through the town of Mbale from where one can connect to Bududa. As the sport is gaining popularity, there are plans of expanding the sport so it features prominently as a community tourism venture that benefits the local communities.
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WHITE WATER RAFTING
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he eastern city of Jinja is quickly gaining a name as the adventure capital of Uganda. The city sits at the very outlet of the White Nile, the world’s longest river, as it pours out of the Lake Victoria for the long journey north to the Mediterranean Sea. And it is at this very river that the adventure of a lifetime awaits. White water rafting is not only an adrenaline pumping adventure sport, but it acquires a whole new dimension when experienced on the Nile. Those who have taken on the challenge, swear by the river as it offers some of the best, heart-stopping white water experience anywhere in the world. SOAK-IN SPECTACULAR VIEWS While white water rafting is relatively new in Uganda, the sport has quickly gained a following and is a must-visit and do action sport for thrill seekers coming to Uganda. The rapids on the Nile offer a 4th and 5th grade rafting
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Having a water volume that is seven times more than its closest rival, the River Zambezi in southern Africa, the White Nile offers a higher thrill and pushes the adrenalin pump a notch higher as the pace is also quicker. SAFETY IS A PRIORITY However, no previous rafting experience is required to have a go at it. The rafting companies in Uganda have highly trained and experienced instructors and personnel whose ultimate goal is a safe rafting experience. FAMILIES ON THE NILE They also use high quality rafting equipment. Rafting on the Nile has a remarkable safety record with more than 35,000 people having successfully manoeuvred through the waters of the Nile for a memorable rafting experience. There are several rafting companies that offer a series of rafting experiences that include day trips and even
THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN ON THE CHALLENGE, SWEAR BY THE RIVER AS IT OFFERS SOME OF THE BEST, HEARTSTOPPING WHITE WATER EXPERIENCE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD experience. The rapids on the Nile are not only powerful, but have a higher water volume. The beauty of rafting on the mighty Nile in Uganda is that there are a series of interludes that break the rapids and offer calm waters that allows rafters not only a much needed breather, but also get to soak-in the spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
two-day rafting trips that include overnight camping. These companies include Adrift Adventure Company, Nile River Explorers, Equator Rafts and Nalubale Rafting. Those travelling with children also get a chance to splash out in the Nile as these companies also offer family float trips in the Nile between the Owens Falls Dam and the Bujagali Falls.
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TRACKING CHIMPS in Kibale Forest T
he chimpanzees are, without a doubt, the star attraction in the Kibale Forest National Park. Here, they roam free and number in their hundreds. Kibale is also home to other primates and is said to host the world’s highest population densities of primates. And this makes Kibale a must-visit destination for primate trackers. With the large chimpanzee population in the park, most trackers are drawn to the park to catch a glimpse of these cheeky primates. However, unlike the big, bulky mountain gorillas, that in spite of their sheer size seem shy and timid, the chimps are the direct opposite. They are not only agile on their feet, but it is difficult to get close to them.
mountain gorillas are habituated. But unlike the mountain gorillas which almost sit still and mind their own business, the chimpanzees are somewhat unpredictable in their mannerisms and a little less approachable. A DAY WITH THE CHIMPS However, the thrill of getting so close and personal with these primates is truly one of those life’s great experiences. The chimps are fun to hang around. There are daily chimpanzee tracking expeditions at the Kibale Forest National Park. The treks start at the park’s headquarters at Kanyanchu and take approximately two to four hours covering a distance of between 3km to 5km. These are mostly guided tours into the forest.
KIBALE IS ALSO HOME TO OTHER PRIMATES AND IS SAID TO HOST THE WORLD’S HIGHEST POPULATION DENSITIES OF PRIMATES PANDEMONIUM They create a pandemonium at the mere sight or sound of approaching humans, even though they are the closest primates to human beings. From the safety of the forest canopy, these mischievous primates tear the silence of the forest with loud screams, laughs and sometimes have the time to make faces as they jump from one tree to the other. However, there are groups of chimpanzees have been habituated to human contact, just in the same manner as some
For trackers keen on getting up close and personal, tracking the habituated chimps is an experience unlike any other. However, the number of people visiting the habituated chimps is limited and are allowed to spend only one hour with the primates. One can also spend an entire day with the habituated chimps in Kibale, but this is limited to only one or two persons per day. Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale costs $70 per person over and above the park entrance fees.
Where else to track
While Kibale Forest National Park is by far one of the most popular locations in Uganda to track the chimpanzees, it is not the only place to watch these amazing primates. Other locations within Uganda include: BUDONGO FOREST RESERVE: The Budongo Forest Reserve is located in the north-western part of Uganda. The forest reserve has dark, dense forests that play host to some chimp families. Here, tracking takes about two hours and trackers are allowed one
that found in Kibale, the chimps here are known to hang around a little bit longer. They are found within the Kyambura Gorge in the park. TORO-SEMLIKI WILDLIFE RESERVE: Like the Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve does not boast large chimpanzee populations, however, this park stands out for watching the primates because the forest cover is lighter and therefore makes it easier to spot and watch the chimps. And what’s more, the chimps in
AND WHAT’S MORE, THE CHIMPS IN THIS WILDLIFE RESERVE ARE KNOWN TO PUT ON A SHOW FOR THEIR HUMAN VISITORS AS THEY ARE KNOWN TO ROAM INTO THE WIDE OPEN SAVANNAH PLAINS AND STAND ON THEIR HIND LEGS AND WALK UPRIGHT hour around the chimps. But just like at Kibale, some chimps are habituated and one can spend an entire day with the chimps. Tracking the chimps at Budongo Forest Reserve is daily between October and June. QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK: This park is known more for its wide open savannah grasslands where wild game roam free and its tree climbing lions than for its chimpanzee population. However, while the chimpanzee population in the park is not as huge as
this wildlife reserve are known to put on a show for their human visitors as they are known to roam into the wide open savannah plains and stand on their hind legs and walk upright! NGAMBA ISLAND CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY: Okay, so it’s hardly a genuine wilderness encounter, but if time is limited and you’re confined to the Kampala region then this Lake Victoria island a short way south of the capital, is home to around 40 orphaned or rescued chimps.
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Elephant at Kidepo National Park
Hot Springs at Semliki National Park
Pelicans at Queen Elizabeth National Park
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1000 SHADES OF GREEN TOUR & SAFARIS CO. LTD Plot 11 Portal Ave, Adam House P.O. BOX 21142 Kampala Tel: +256 788761007 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.gogreensafari.com
AA SAFARIS & TOURS LTD
Rm 4,Sarah Mall Martin rd, Old Kla P.O.. BOX 28921 Kampala Tel: +256 752827492, 256 392883831 +256 414250018 Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.gorillas-safaris.com www.adventureugandasafari.com
AAB TOURS AND TRAVEL(U) LTD
Zana Entebbe highway Nyanama RD behind Family Supermarket P.O. BOX 37400 Kampala Tel: +256 755700700, +256 414201299 Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.aabtoursandtravel.com
ABA GLOBAL TOURS & TRAVEL LTD Plot 16B,George Street P.O. BOX 955, Kampala Tel: +256 712316101, +256 702246175 +256 312372885 Email: email@example.com Website: www.abaglobaltours.com
ABABA UGANDA SAFARIS
Plot 711Nambi Irene Hse, Najjanakumbi, Ebb Highway P.O. BOX 27707, Kampala Tel: +256 772502713, +256779872166 +256 486 660 228 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ababaugandasafaris.com
ABACUS AFRICAN VACATION
Plot 194, Mobutu road (next to American club) Makindye P.O. BOX 34944 Kampala Tel: +256 772 331332,+256 414232657 +256 312261930 Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Website: www.abacusvacations.com
ABERCROMBIE & KENT TOURS AND TRAVEL LTD Plot 46A Victoria Loop, 108 Lubowa P.O. BOX 7799 Kampala Tel: +256 414201321 firstname.lastname@example.org www.abercrombiekent.com
Plot 351B, Balintuma Rd, Nankulabye P.O. BOX 29493 Kampala Tel: +256 712800004,+256414253597 +256 414532742 Email: email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.acaciasafari.co.ug
ACROSS AFRICA HOLIDAYS LTD Plot 137,block 261, Kizungu, Luthuli, Makindye, Kampala Tel: +256 701 630 684 Email: email@example.com Website: www.gorillareisen.de
ADRIFT EAST AFRICA LTD
Plot 14, York Terrace Kololo P.O. BOX 7681 Kampala Tel: +256 772454206,+256 414252720, +256 312237438+256 414252720 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.adrift.ug
ADVENTURE NATURAL AFRICAN SAFARIS (U) LTD 72,Mutesa 2 Rd Ntinda P.O. BOX 21611 Kampala Tel: +256772863446,+256 392949157 +256312294782 Email: email@example.com Website: www.africasafarisug.com
ADVENTURE VACATION SAFARIS LTD Plot 1285 Ndeeba Kabowa Rd. P.O. BOX 4123 Kampala Tel: +256 414 663 051,+256 392 813 391 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.adventurevacationsafaris.com
AFRI TOURS & TRAVEL LTD
Plot1 Kafu Rd Fairway Hotel, Pool Side P.O. BOX 5187 Kampala Tel: +256 776233596 +256 414233596 Email: email@example.com Website: www.afritourstravel.com
AFRICA ADVENTURE SAFARIS
Seven Sisters House Plot 64, Hoima RD, 1st Floor, appt 3. P.O. BOX 22754 Kampala Tel: +256 701106004, +256 784445444 +256 392834606 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.safarisgorilla.com www.tour-uganda.com
AFRICA RUNNERS CO LTD
Plot 4 Pilkington Rd P.O. BOX 27751 Kampala Tel: +256 772400701,+256 312250014 Email: email@example.com Website: www.africarunners.co.ug
AFRICAN ADVENTURE TRAVELLERS
Annex4Nsambya Sharing Centre Gaba RD, P.O. BOX 26784 Kampala
Tel: +256 782118037,+256 414597257 +256 414597257 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.adventure-travellers.com
AFRICAN BIG FIVE SAFARIS
Plot 4,Pilkington Road,Fami House (Formerly Colline House) 3rd Floor Suite 58 P.O. BOX 27250 Kampala Tel: +256 751901801, +256 714901801 +256 414259172 Email: email@example.com Website: www.africanbigfivesafaris.com
AFRICAN PEARL SAFARIS
Station House, Plot 3, Kla Rd 2nd Floor Rm 8 P.O. BOX 4562 Kampala Tel: +256 772718121,+256 414233566 /7 +256 414235770 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.africanpearlsafaris.com
AFRICAN WHITE RHINO SAFARIS (U) LTD Block 4 Butikiro Rd P.O. BOX 843 Kampala Tel: +256 772403766,+256 414370912 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.afriwhiterhinos.com
AFRICAâ€™S GREAT EXPLORATION (AGE)
Unit F.1.12, First Floor, Acacia Mall, Plot 8a - 12a Cooper Road, Kampala P.O. BOX 9021 Kampala Tel: +256 772509600, +256 776723274 +256 414662300,+256 392085535 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.agesafaris.com
AFRIKA TUR LTD
Plot 349, Katale,Seguku, Entebbe Rd P.O. BOX 33285 Kampala Tel: +256 772464619 +256312237452 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.afrikatur.org
ALBRIEUX AFRICA TOURS (U) LTD
Plot 23A Kimera Rd-Ntinda P.O. BOX 7166 Kampala Tel: +256414693107,+256787915650 Email: email@example.com Website: www.albrieuxafricatours.com
ALPHA AND OMEGA TOURS & TRAVEL
DISCOVER UGANDA: A SAFARI GUIDE TO UGANDA
Lower Muyenga, K’la P.O. BOX 886 Kampala Tel: +256 772509798,+256 777201697 +256 414266858 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.adonaiguesthouse.com
AMA’DI TOURS AND TRAVEL
Raja Chambers, 2nd floor, room 50 Parliamentary Avenue P.O. BOX 35641 Kampala Tel: +256 752 600 874 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.amadi.co.nf
AR SAFARIS (AFRICAN ROOTS SAFARIS LTD) Plot 8,left lane Manyago P.O. BOX 835 Entebbe Tel: +256 414695 479 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.africanrootsltd.com
ARIRANG TOUR SERVICES LTD Plot 15 Kyadondo Road- Nakasero P.O. BOX 33487 Kampala Tel: +256 772778888 Email: email@example.com
AROUND AFRICA SAFARIS ANSIMA SAFARIS LIMITED
Uganda House TEL: + 256 414 695 341 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.ansimasafaris.com
Plot 273 Deo Lane, Kyeyagalire road Zzana Makindye Division P.O. BOX 35412 Kampala Tel: +256 782074238, +256 773599507 +256 414693576 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.aroundafricasafari.com
ASYANUT SAFARIS & INCENTIVES
Lubowa Estate, (Next to International School of Uganda); Entebbe Road P.O. BOX 3456 Kampala Tel: +256 712187411;+256 756000598 +256 414503065;+256 312503065 +256414503064 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; babra@asyanuttours-safaris. com; angela@asyanuttours-safaris. com Website: www.asyanuttours-safaris. com
ATLAS AFRICAN SAFARIS LTD
Plot 13B Kampala Road, Amadinda House (1st Floor) P.O. BOX 12719 Kampala Tel: +256 772749858, +256 703030549 +256 312516761, +256 312374008 Email: email@example.com Website: www.atlassafaris.com
B & L SAFARI CENTRE LTD.,
Plot 665 B, Buganda Road NHCC, P.O. BOX 70257 Kampala Tel: +256 714398321,+256712126020 +256 414 235 968, +256 312 112 969 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org www.blsafaricentre.com
BEYOND THE SKY TOURS & TRAVEL BUREAU LTD
Metropole House plot 8-10 Entebbe Road, Office No. G9 P.O. BOX 36671 Kampala Tel: +256 752645005,+256 414250359, +256 312108052,+256 414250358 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.beyondtheskytours.com
BIC TOURS LTD
Mazima/Uchumi Mall opp Quality hill 1st Floor Offices Suite No 110-111 Nsambya. P.O. BOX 29878 Kampala Tel: +256 483 660 347 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.bic-tours.com
BROVAD TOURS & TRAVEL
Communications Hse, Ground Floor P.O. BOX 9174 Kampala Tel: +256 774334655,+256 414237477 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.brovadsafaris.com
BUFFALO SAFARI CAMPS (BUFFALO ROCKS LIMITED) Plot 1 Kijujunbwa Rd, Next to
Travellers Corner, Masindi Town. P.O. BOX 90, Masindi Tel: +256 782805639/758098428 +256 465420244 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.buffalosafaricamps.com
BUNYONYI OVERLAND RESORT LTD
Plot 1,Kazooba road P.O. BOX 710 Kabale Tel: +256 772 409 510,+256 792 409 510 +256 486 423 075 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.bunyonyioverland.com
Crusader House, Ground Floor 7, Portal Avenue P.O. BOX 26905 Kampala Tel: +256 772707311+256 312261001/2, +256414347460,+256 414 345605 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.bunyonyisafaris.com
CHURCHILL SAFARIS & TRAVEL Block 928 B Sir Albert Cook Natete P.O. BOX 28170 Kampala Tel: +256 772671285,+256 704671285, +256 704671283,+256 414341815, +256 414253976 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.churchillsafaris.com
CLASSIC AFRICA SAFARIS
77 Eric Magala Road Entebbe, P.O. BOX 524 Entebbe Tel: +256 772642185, +256 414320121 +256 414320121 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.classicafricasafaris.travel
CONCORD INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL BUREAU (MAGIC SAFARIS)
Parliament Avenue Tel: +256 752742908,+256 414342926 +256 414342926 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.magic-safaris.com
CRYSTAL TRAVEL SERVICES LTD Off - Barnabus road, Plot 433, Block 244, Kisugu , Muyenga
P.O. BOX 9698 Kampala Tel: +256 772470260,+256 414345742 +256 414235798 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.crystalsafaris.com
CYCADS AFRICAN SAFARIS LTD Plot 683 Willis Rd, Namirembe, Near Cathedral P.O. BOX 22460 Kampala Tel: +256 772507241,+256 414573775 Email: email@example.com Website: www.cycadssafaris.com
DAVIDE & FRANCESCO EAST AFRICA LTD
P.O. BOX 7214 Kampala Tel: +256 772957850,+256791217028 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.davidefrancescotours.com
DESTINATION JUNGLE LTD
P.O. BOX 2874 Kampala Tel: +256 712385446,+256 414232754 +256 312113863 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.safaritoeastafrica.com Pan African Hse, 5th Floor
EAST AFRICAN EXPLORERS SAFARIS
Nsamizi Rd plot 86 P.O. BOX 687 Entebbe Tel: +256 772873106,+256 414322789 +256 414322789 Email: email@example.com
ENCOUNTER AFRICA SAFARIS LTD
ESCAPE TOURS & SAFARIS
Cynthia H’se 22kms to Entebbe P.O. BOX 25543 Kampala Tel: +256 772 407816,+256 312280584, +256 312280584 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.escapeuganda.com
EXCLUSIVE AFRICAN SAFARIS LTD Plot 21 Namugongo rd,K’la P.O. BOX 11887 Kampala Tel: +256 772887484,+256 414286415, +256 414286415 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.exclusiveafricansafaris.com
FABULOUS AFRICA HOLIDAYS AND ADVENTURES -TRADING AS GORILLAS & WILDLIFE SAFARIS
P.O. BOX 5057 Kampala Tel: +256 414580712 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.gracioustours.co.ug
GREAT LAKES SAFARIS
Unit 8 plot 1-3 coral crescent, lower Kololo terrrace K’LA P.O. BOX 2288 Kampala Tel: +256 752712712 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.geolodgesafrica.com
GLOBAL INTERLINK TRAVEL SERVICES
52,Grand Imperial Hotel - Mall, 6 Nile Ave. P.O. BOX 21600 Kampala Tel: +256 772227722, +256 414235233 +256 414231858 Email: email@example.com Website: www.global-interlink.org
Suite 15 Hotel Areba Building, Plot 488 Entebbe-Kampala Rd 12 Kms fron Ebb Airport P.O. BOX 10089 Kampala Tel: +256 392 080 994, +256 772 979 425 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.gorillasandwildlifesafaris.com
GO UGANDA SAFARIS (CREDIT UGANDA SAFARIS)
FLY UGANDA KAMPALA AEROCLUB
Plot188 Entebbe-Kampala Road (Katabi-Kituburu) P.O. BOX 44 Entebbe Tel: +256 782738462,+256 793834062 +256 414 323 711,+256 414 323 711 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.gorettistoursandtravel.com
KAFTC, Kajjansi Airfield, Gate 1 P.O. BOX 24305 Kampala Tel: +256 772 712557,+256 776 236699 +256 772 706107 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.flyuganda.com
G & C TOURS LTD (WILD FRONTIERS)
Lugard Avenue Ebb P.O. BOX 10121 Kamapala Tel: +256 712 741 015,+256 414 693 085 Email: email@example.com Website: www.gorilla-tracking-uganda.com; www.gorilla-trecking-uganda.com.
Plot 3 Nsamizi Close, Entebbe P.O. BOX 619 Entebbe Tel: +256 772502155,+256 414321479 +256 414321479 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.wildfrontiers.co.ug
EQUATORIAL WILD SAFARIS
GATE 1 TOURS & TRAVEL LTD
Voyager Suite, Mutungo Bina Rd, P.O. BOX 582 Kampala Tel: +256 772827310,+256 312111312 +256 312273698 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website:
Plot 147/149, Katimbo Rd Kabale P.O. BOX 987 Kabale Tel: +256 751028542,+256 392 576 590 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.gatatusafaris.com
Plot 3, Parliament Ave, Raja Chambers Floor 2 room 034 P.O. BOX 28148 Kampala Tel: +256 772870750, +256 414258817 Email: email@example.com Website: www.gate1tours.net
GATATU SAFARIS (U) LTD
Nsambya Babies Home P.O. BOX 307888 Kampala Tel: +256 772663066,+256 31281547 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.gougandasafaris.com
GORETTI’S TOURS AND TRAVEL
GORILLA TOURS LTD
Plot 22/23 Quality Shopping Village, Lubowa. Room Q20 P.O. BOX 29333 Kampala Tel: +256 772370263,+256 414200221 +256 414200221 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.gorilltours.com
GORILLA TREK AFRICA LTD
Bukomero Seven Sisters Building, Nansna Wakiso District P.O. BOX 22754 Kampala Tel: +256 776 107004 Email: email@example.com Website: www.gorillatrekafrica.com
GRACIOUS TOURS AND TRAVEL LTD Plot 410 Freedon city, office no. FC 50, Namasuba, Ebb road
Mutungo Hill plot 1001 Block 243, Biina Road P.O. BOX 33024 Kampala Tel: +256 772426368,+256 782282791, +256 702426368,+256 414267153, +256 782260948 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.safari-uganda.com
GREAT VALUE SAFARIS LTD
Span House No 108 Plot 1 Portal Ave Behind Tropical Africa Bank Tel: +256 772919818,+256 752 692286 +256 413 47501,+256 312272236, +256 414347520 Email: email@example.com Website: www.gvsafaris.com
GREEN BREAKS UGANDA LTD
Topher Road Mbuya P.O. BOX 548 Kampala Tel: +256 772200337,+256712330257 +256 312277128, +256414122363 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.greenbreaks.co.ug
GREENLEAF TOURIST CLUB
Shop No. FF55, 1st Floor, Forest Mall (next to shoprite-Lugogo), Plot 3A2/3A3, Sports Lane, Kampala. P.O. BOX 27139 Kampala Tel: +256 772230461,+256 414230460/1 +256 414230464 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.green.co.ug
Plot 268 Willis Rd Namirembe - Hill P.O. BOX 8084 Kampala Tel: +256782711903,+256752656142 +256 312514404,+256 414534134 Email: email@example.com Website: www.hogsafaris.co.ug
INSIGHT SAFARI HOLIDAYS
Plot 19 Bukoto Street P.O. BOX 34639 Kampala Tel: +256 392613687,+256 414580794 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ugandasafari.co.uk
INSTINCT SAFARIS LIMITED
DISCOVER UGANDA: A SAFARI GUIDE TO UGANDA
Plot 472 Nsambya Babies home Millennium house Rm 14 upper Floor P.O. BOX 36902 Kampala Tel: +256 774785852+256 772978292 Email: email@example.com Website: www.kabiza.com
KASENYI GAME SAFARIS LTD
Akright Road, Namugongo, Janda Muwunda Hse B P.O. BOX 73673 Clocktower Kampala Tel: +256 776 301902 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.kasenyigamesafaris.com
KAZINGA TOURS LTD
Kezironi House, Nawova Close, 406 Makamba Road, Lungujja P.O. BOX 72370 Kampala Tel: +256 772552819,+256 702469730 +256 414 274 457 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.kazingatours.com
KIBIRA SAFARIS TOURS & TRAVEL LTD Kisoro Rubuguri Town Board Tel: +256756712844,+256776101964 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.insitinctsafaris.com
JET TOURS & TRAVEL LTD
Plot 3 Lumum Street P.O. BOX 5710 Kampala Tel: +256 414345158,+256 414343872 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.jettoursuganda.com
JEWEL SAFARIS LTD
Plot 4 Kimathi Avenue P.O. BOX 26029 Kampala Tel: +256 772867943,+256 414344577 Email: email@example.com Website: www.jewelsafaris.com, www.ugandagorillatours.com
JIREH TOURS AND TRAVEL LTD
Plot 33D, Main Street, Jinja P.O. BOX 820 Jinja Tel: +256758725094,+256 434124 614 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.jirehtoursandtravel.com
KABIZA WILDERNESS SAFARIS
Plot 87, Kira Rd, Kamwokya P.O. BOX 20058, Kampala Tel: +256 706 911 512,+256 777 025 826 +256 414695501, +256 312517544 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.kibirasafaris.co.ug
KJONG SAFARIS LTD
Plot 110 Bukoto Street kamwokya P.O. BOX 40289 Kampala Tel: +256 772370233,+256 751646578, +256 776660918, +256 312111304 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.kjongsafarisuganda.com
LAKE BASIN TOURS AND TRAVEL LTD
Plot 2 Rotary avenue Lugogo by pass P.O. BOX 5991 Kampala Tel: +256 752628757, +256 414253633 +256 414253633 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.lakebasintours.co.ug
LAKE KITANDARA TOURS AND TRAVEL Nakawa Division St Bruno Rd- Luzira Port Bell Plot 102 P.O. BOX 40360 Kampala Tel: +256 772 515672,+256 782399235,
+256 772504621,+256 312287250, +256 312287250 Email: email@example.com Website: www.kitandarasafariholidays.com; www.kitandaratrekkingsafaris.com
Tel: +256 782374667,+256 751057863, +256 312202907 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.travel-uganda.net
LETS GO TRAVEL LTD
Garden City P.O. BOX 22851 Kampala Tel: +256 772614193, +256 414252711, +256 414346666 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Irene@letsgosafari-ug.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Charles@letsgosafari-ug.com; email@example.com Wesite: www.letsgosafari.com
LIFETIME EXPERIENCE SAFARIS
Nsambya Rd, Plot 472 Kampala P.O. BOX 22989 Kampala Tel: +256 777201697, +256 701601697 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.lifetimesafaris.com
LIVINGSTONE AFRICAN SAFARIS
Plot No.3692 Kabanda Road, Kirinya Kla P.O. BOX 29023 Kampala Tel: +256 772459379,+256 312292947 Email: email@example.com Website: www.tours-uganda.com
M & M LINERS LTD
Impala House 6th Floor RM R01 P.O. BOX 11370 Kampala Tel: +256 392 960 018,+25671419 548 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.m&mliners.com
Namirembe - Mengo Hill P.O. BOX 26555 Kampala Tel: +256 718506645,+256 702925601, +256 414256690,+256 414256689 Email: email@example.com Website: www.meritsafaris.com
MILES SAFARIS AND ADVENTURE
4th Floor, Rofra Hse, Gaba Rd Kansnga P.O. BOX 27228-Kampala Tel: +256 312518035 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.milessafaris.com
MOGAMBO, PASIÓN POR ÁFRICA, LTD
Plot 93, Nawiro Swamp Rd, Lugonjo, Entebbe P.O. BOX 232 Entebbe +256 775491492,+256 414692789 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mogambo.ug
KRSNA Building, Third Floor Room 55, Kisementi-Kamwokya P.O. BOX 25395 Kampala Tel: +256 790915453;+256 777851283 +448006125106 Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.msafiritours.com
MURO TOURS AND TRAVEL LTD MAMALAND SAFARIS
Gaba Road, Kansanga Kiwafu P.O. BOX 28645, Kampala Tel: +256 772 482462,+256 703 514218 Email: email@example.com Website: www.mamalandsafaris.com
MANTANA AFRICAN SAFARIS
Plot 39A, Berkeley Road, Entebbe P.O. BOX 11060 Kampala Tel: +256 772 401391,+256 772525736 000520891288, +256 414321552, +256 414320152 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.kimbla-mantana.co.ug
Senfuka Road 1, Muyenga Kampala P.O. BOX 1881 Kampala
Kisasi-Bukoto Rd Opposite Sunrise Sunrise Supermarket P.O. BOX 36625 Kampala Kisaka Samuel Robinson Tel: +256 774 513 436 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.murotoursandtravel.com
NATURETRACK EXPEDITIONS (U) LTD
Jane Ojaale D Tel: +256 392896754,+256 774132967 Email: email@example.com Website: www.naturetrack-expeditions.com Plot 9, Berkeley Road, Entebbe 727 Entebbe
NERIMA TOURS LMITED.
Luzira Stage Six P.O. BOX 8810 Kampala Tel: +256 712 700 950 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Equatorial Hotel Shop No 42 P.O. BOX 10532 Kampala Tel: +256 772704326,+256 414348766 +256 414348766 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NILE RIVER EXPLORERS
Plot 41 Wilson Ave Jinja P.O. BOX 2155 Jinja Tel: +256 772422373,+256 434120236 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.raftafrica.com
NKURINGO WALKING SAFARIS (U) LTD
Plot 34 Kitinda, SOS Zone - Entebbe P.O. BOX 10152 Kampala Tel: +256 774805580 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.nkuringowalkingsafaris.com
NSHONGI SAFARI TOURS & TRAVEL LTD
Plot 7 Market Street P.O. BOX 23119 Kampala Tel: +256 772349 040, +256 701 349 040 +256 414 237 775 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.nshongitours.com
OSTRICH INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SERVICES AND SUPPLY
Raja Chambers, Floor 2 Rm 33, Plot 3 Parliamentary Avenue. P.O. BOX 4693 Kampala Tel: +256 414 259 370, +256 782 519 111 Email: email@example.com Website: www.ostrichtravel.net
Shri Ganesh Plaza, Plot 24/26 P.O. BOX 1369 Kampala Tel: +256 714668307,+256 754668307 +256 414 668 869,+256 414252099 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.panarisafaris.com
PEARL AFRIC TRAVEL BUREAU
Plot 3 Pilkington Rd Nic Building Phase 3 Annex P.O. BOX 24443 Kampala Tel: +256 752504301,+256 414232730,
+256 414346168 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.pearlafric.com
PEARL OF AFRICA TOURS
Nakumat Oasis - Mall, B2, Lower Grd Floor P.O. BOX 24254 Kampala Tel: +256 772403614, +256 414340533 +256 414236255 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.pearlofafricatours.com
PICNIC SAFARIS LTD
Plot 2-4, Kiwana road, Nakumatt Store Bukoto P.O. BOX 40379 Kampala Tel: +256 312515402, +256 414256963 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.picnicsafaris.com
PINNACLE AFRICA SAFARIS
Plot 4,Stensera Rd off Nabunya Rd, Rubaga Kampala P.O. BOX 27903, Kampala Tel: +256 414 272 711,+256 414272 761 Email: email@example.com Website: www.pinnaclesafaris.com
PLATINUM TOURS AND TRAVEL LTD
A.K. Building, Gayaza Road off Kubili Round About Plot 191,Mobutu Rd P.O. BOX 16373 Wandegeya Tel: +256773912891 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.primeugandasafaris.com
RAFT SUPREME (NALUBALE RAFTING)
Plot 17 Kissinja Rd -Jinja Tel: +256 782638938,+256 772812065 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.nalubalerafting.com
RED CHILLI HIDE AWAY LTD
Plot 17 Gangram rd Mbuya P.O. BOX 40288 Kampala Tel: +256 312202903 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.redchillihideaway.com
RUNGU TOURS LTD
326 Mbarara Nansana-Kampala Tel: +256 782310706 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.rungutours.com
SAFARI 2 GORILLA TOURS
Parliament Avenue Amadinda House 1st floor Rm 19 P.O. BOX 8102 Kampala Tel: +256 712841143,+256 414349158 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.platinumsafarisug.com
Plot 2,Cohen A Rd, Tumushabe Amos House, BTN Jopfam Hotel and Kabale Golf Course P.O. BOX 568, Kabale Tel: +256 774608916 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.safari2gorilla.com www.primatestours.com
PREMIER SAFARIS LTD
96-98 5th Street industrial area P.O. BOX 22827 Kampala Tel: +256 772657767,+256 312260260/1, +256 414255992,+256 414255277 Email: email@example.com Website: www.premiersafaris.com
PRIMATE WATCH SAFARIS
Plot 4277 Namasuba-NdejjeRD,off Ebb P.O. BOX 671 Kampala Tel: +256 772616107,+256 414226824 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.primatewatchsafaris.com
PRIME SAFARIS & TOURS LTD
Lake View Drive, Lubowa and Office Kajjansi Air Field P.O. BOX 63 Kisubi Tel: +256 782 209 186 Email: email@example.com Website: www.safariskies.com
Plot 6, Nsajja Rd, Jinja, Uganda P.O. BOX 1317 Jinja Tel: +256794201119, +256 775 201 119 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.safariwildz.com
SENSE OF AFRICAUGANDA
Plot 14 York Terrace Kololo
P.O. BOX 7681, Kampala Tel: +256 312 237 348 Email: email@example.com Website: www.tourvestafrica.com
SIMBA AFRICA EXPEDITIONS
Lubowa, off Twins Motel off Entebbe Road P.O. BOX 26784 Kampala Tel: +256 772 354 691,+256 414 581 109 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.africa-expeditions.com
SITATUNGA SAFARIS & TRAVEL LTD Mutesa 1 Close Buziga P.O. BOX 12838 Kampala Tel: +256 772667246,+256 414267790 +256 414268620 Email: email@example.com Website: www.safaris-in-uganda.com
S & N TRANSPORTERS, TOUR & TRAVEL
Plot 194 Mobutu Rd, Next to Makindye Country Club P.O. BOX 26629 Kampala Tel: +256 750 809 259 +256 781 968 345 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.sntourtravels.com
SPEEDWAY SAFARIS LTD
Plot 24 Suna/Nyanama Road off Kampala-Entebbe Airport Highway P.O. BOX 37400 Kampala Tel: +256 715700700 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.speedwaysafaris.com
SPEKE UGANDA HOLIDAYS
Plot 97Bukoto Street P.O. BOX 809 Kampala Tel: +256 782207009 Email: email@example.com Website: ww.spekeugandaholidays.com
STEADY SAFARIS LTD
Plot 1760 Kiira Rd P.O. BOX 22816 Kampala Tel: +256782471149,+256 312286495, +256 414288374 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.steadysafaris.com
STEBAR SAFARIS LTD
Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe P.O. BOX 72579 Kampala Tel: +256 701 396564,+256 414 323123 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.stebar-safaris.com
SWAN AIR TRAVEL & SAFARI
DISCOVER UGANDA: A SAFARI GUIDE TO UGANDA
Plot 4 Kimathi Avenue P.O. BOX 11206 Kampala Tel: +256 772750965,+256 414250966 +256 414235608,+256 414250965 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Webite: www.swanairtravel.biz
George Street, Simbamanyo House, Nakasero P.O. BOX 7393 Kampala Tel: +256 772682431,+256 392898074 Email: email@example.com Website: www.sungreenuganda.com
TERP TRAVEL LTD
Plot 37/41 Portbell P.O. BOX 12339 Kampala Tel: +256 414220702,+256 414220929 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FAR HORIZONS U LTD (DATA POINT)
Block 244 Plot 2409, Kiwafu, Kansanga P.O. BOX 37789 Kampala Tel: +256 772786999,+256 783583923 +256 312264894/5 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.thefarhorizons.com
THE TOURIST CENTRE
Plot 2 Main StreetPost Office Building Jinja P.O. BOX 1666 Jinja Tel: +256 434122758 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.jinjatouristcentre.co.ug
THE UGANDA SAFARI COMPANY
Tel: +256 787433710, +256 414251182 +256 414344653 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.safariuganda.com
TORO’S PRIDE TOURS AND SAFARIS LTD
Rm 025, Ground Floor, Lugogo Forest Mall, Kampala P.O. BOX 23689 Kampala Tel: +256 392080999
Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.toropridetours.co.ug
TOUR AND TRAVEL CENTER
Plot 35-Lumumba Ave-Nakasero P.O. BOX 2890 Kampala Tel: +256 414343525, +256 414346555 Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.tourandtravelcentre. com
TRAVEL HEMISPHERES LTD NYANAMA RD
P.O. BOX 12112 Kampala Tel: +256 772571698,+256 414382357 Email: email@example.com Website: www.travelhemispheres.com
UGANDA TRAVEL BUREAU 2004 LTD Plot 3 Kimathi Ave, Pan Africa House P.O. BOX 5619 Kampala Tel: +256 712890369,+256772232555 +256 414335335, +256 312232555 +256 414236998 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.travelUTB.com
UGANDA WILDLIFE SAFARIS LTD
1098 Buziga Rise P.O. BOX 70513 Clock Tower Kampala, Tel: +256414501018,+256 414501019 Email:
Kansanga,Gaba Road P.O. BOX 72702 Kampala Tel: +256786292880 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.travel2uganda.com
TRAVELUST AFRICAN SAFARIS
Buziga Hill P.O. BOX 27943 Kampala Tel: +256 752626908,+256 772419238 +256 414578209,+256 312288667 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.travelust.com
TREK EAST AFRICA SAFARIS
Bukoto Off Kisasi road Kampala P.O. BOX 16322 Kampala Tel: +256 752975961,+256 702975961 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Website: www.trekeastafricasafaris. com
UGANDA EXPERIENCE SAFARIS
Unit 5, Trust House 20 Airport Road Entebbe P.O. BOX 534 Entebbe Tel: +256 774040170,+256 414320569, +256 414321583 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ugandaexperience.co.uk
UGANDA HOLIDAY & BUSINESS SOLUTIONS Amber Hse, Grnd Floor P.O. BOX 8329 Kampala Tel: +256 772480931,+256 312292448 +256 41237181 Email: email@example.com Website: www.holidayinuganda.com
VENTURE UGANDA LTD
Plot 19,off Martyrsway Ntinda rd P.O. BOX 40244 Nakawa Tel: +256 772440899,+256 312202033 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ventureuganda.org
VIEW AFRICA TOUR SPECIALISTS LTD
Wilson Ntinda, Nob View Hotel P.O. BOX 33273, Kampala Tel: +256 712 387 996 Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.viewafricasafari.com
VINCE TOURS & TRAVEL LTD
Teachers H’se,Bombo Rd,Rm 208 P.O. BOX 37053 Kampala Tel: +256 712810666,+256 414341470, +256 414341470 Email: email@example.com Website: www.vincetours.co.ug
VIRUNGA ADVENTURE TOURS
Plot 6 Colville Street P.O. BOX 2549 Kampala Tel: +256772435148 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.virungaadventuretours.com
+256 755465020 email@example.com www.vivasafaris.net
27 Lumumba Avenue, Nakasero Kampala P.O. BOX 22818 Kampala Tel: +256 772741718,+256 414346464 +256 312263823,+256 414341718 ‘+256 312265248 salesug@ volcanoessafaris.com; kevin@ volcanoessafaris.com Website: www.volcanoessafaris.com
VOYAGER AFRICAN SAFARIS LTD
Hotel Africana (Office Annex) Voyager Suite Plot 2 – 4 Wampewo Avenue, Kololo P.O. BOX 36453 Kampala Tel: +256712441832,+256 414 268675, +256 312 283987,+256 414 286269 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.discoverafrica.co.ug
WHISTLING DUCK TOURS & TRAVEL LTD
Kisinja Road Plot 16 Jinja P.O. BOX 53 Jinja Tel: +256 751767 605,+256 43122168, +256 434122168 Email: email@example.com Website: www.whistlingduckuganda.com
WIJEMA TOURS & TRAVEL LTD
Plot 13/15 Kamwokya Branch, First Floor opp Acacia Mall. Hqtrs in Mbalwa. P.O. BOX 7684 Kampala Tel: +256 312270860 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.wijemagroup.co.ug
WILD WHISPERS AFRICA
Plot 19 Bukoto Street, P.O. BOX 36566 Kampala Tel: +256 793503426,+256 312 107 945 Email: email@example.com Website: www.wildwhispersafrica.com
D I S C O V E R
UGANDA ASSOCIATION OF UGANDA TOUR OPERATORS Plot 14 York Terrace Kololo, (near Kololo Airstrip), P.O. Box 73371, Kampala, Uganda Telephone: +256 (0)41 454 2599 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.auto.or.ug
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