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Semliki Safari Lodge

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Semliki Safari Lodge

Semliki Safari Lodge is located in Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve which is the oldest protected area in Uganda. It is unique, gifted with geographic barriers that have formed a natural haven for wildlife.It is an area containing riverine forest, woodland and Savannah, previously famous for its very high densities of wildlife including massive maned lions, buffalo, forest elephants ,leopard, giant forest hogs among others.
The Semliki area is conducive for guided walks to observe wildlife, bird-watch or track Chimpanzees, some of which are habituated for research. Bird life is still plentiful.

In this great Rift valley lies a luxury facility with eight well-developed tents each with a fireplace,and hot water. The lodge has a dining and relaxation area plus swimming pool. The food is simple, but well prepared and very tasty. Candle lit dinners are organised every night as you listen to the sounds of the rift valley. Semliki Safari lodge organises night tours for visitors to appreciate nocturnal wildlife species.

The facility has a reading area, souvenir shop for you to jog your memory and have a reason to spend willing in the Pearl of Africa. Semliki supports a local village close to the reserve through training in wood carving, weaving and bee keeping.In return the lodge management purchased the products and then sells them in the souvenir shop. The rich heritage of the area cannot go unnoticed at the lodge since the facility hosts dramas, plays and youth performances led by community members.

Semliki is 375Kms west of Ugandas capital Kampala. While in Fort Portal,take the road to Bundibugyo.

Apoka Safari Lodge

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Apoka Safari Lodge

Experience the comfort of the rooms at Apoka as you discover the African wilderness bounty. The luxurious accommodation, delicious cuisine and sophisticated options await your arrival. Take a wild ride to Apoka to capture the magnificence of destination Kidepo. Everything in the lodge is handmade by local craftsmen.

The 10 expansive rooms with natural canvass walls surround a rock with endless views across the Savannah. Apoka lodge lies in a land of lush verdant hills and valleys. The rooms have inside sitting rooms and private verandas. There are plenty of past times to occupy young and old alike. The Big hand sewn beds with soft duvets are draped with mosquito nets, hand-woven woolen carpets, extra large plush towels, over-sized dressing gowns to give a warm, relaxed feeling. At Apoka, you will be able to update your status to totally wilder than ever.

Apoka lies in the heart of the rugged, semi arid idyllic valleys of Kidepo between Ugandas borders with Sudan and Kenya. Kidepo is one of the most spectacular National Parks in Uganda.The park is situated in the far northeast of Uganda about 840km from the Capital Kampala. It is home to over 77 mammal species and about 470 bird species.

The animals include lion, buffalo, elephant, zebra, cheetah, leopard, Bush baby and a wide range of antelope including kudu and dik-dik. The ostrich bird is found in this park. The area adjacent to the National Park is inhabited by the Ik people, hunters and farmers. The vegetation in the Apoka area is typical Savannah with some acacia woodland.

Cultural visit to the Karamojong in Uganda

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Cultural visit to the Karamojong in Uganda

In the northeast of Uganda lie the vast open spaces of Karamoja. Here, rocky mountains interrupt the plains, making it an arid land of great scenic beauty. Mount Moroto, which reaches a height of about 3400 m above sea level, offers challenging climbing to the enthusiast. It is the traditional area of the pastoralist Karamojong people.

Nakipelemoru is the largest Manyatta or group of rural housing in East Africa. It brings you closer to the way of life of the Karimojong. The Karimojong are an ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders. They speak Nga Karamojong and are blessed with a rich heritage.

Their marriage system is polygamous, the number of wives being limited solely by financial circumstances. No boy is allowed to marry until he has been admitted by the elders to the status of manhood. When the time comes,his father gives him a bull, which the boy kills and shares with his male relatives. He smears himself with dung from the entrails and gives his mother the head, neck,hump,stomach and the ribs. Traditionally when the hair grows back he moulds it into two buns, one on top of the head and one at the back, with coloured clay. When a youth has attained manhood he may seek a wife. It is usual that he will already have at least one lover and, if his father approves, his lover may be taken as his wife.

When a woman is about to give birth she is assisted by her female relatives. The umblical cord is tied with fibre and cut near to the body. If the baby is a boy the cord is cut with the arrow used for bleeding cattle but if it is a girl a knife is used. The cord is buried in the cattle enclosure.
When someone dies the body is wrapped up in a hide and buried in a goat enclosure. If the person died poor without friends the body is simply thrown outside the kraal and left to the wild animals.

The rich cultural experience of the Karimojong is endless, but worthy the journey.

Maramagambo Forest Walk & Bat Cave Visit in Queen Elizabeth

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Maramagambo Forest Walk

Predators and Prey co-exist in the Batcave of Maramagambo forest. Snakes live with bats, a rare sight in any ecosystem. Nevertheless, the forest is ideal for hikes, nature walks that extend from 90 minutes to half a day. During this moment, visitors can explore the scenic beauty of Crater lakes.

Located in Bushenyi, Uganda, Maramagambo is in the southern part of the medley of wonders-Queen Elizabeth National Park. The tree canopy trails through this amazing forest offer our visitors a unique experience greater than our imaginations.

A visit to the forest without sighting a Bat cave is not an experience enough! The Bat cave is where a Dutch woman contracted the Marburg virus found in the bats. Following the incident, the cave was closed until the American Centre for Disease Control invested in a viewing platform.

The Maramagambo has a cultural perspective from the natives of the area.They believe the name was derived from a legend of young people who wandered off in the forest, and never returned after a number of days. It is believed that when they came back, they were worn out and could hardly speak, hence the name Maramagambo which is literally translated as end of words.
Another cultural encounter is brought to life by the historic cave at Nyanzi Ibiri community. This place is believed to have been a sacrificial and cleansing ground for misfortunes which was also used as a hideout during the dictatorial regime of past Ugandan Presidents. The area has a perfectly preserved Bunyaruguru hut, filled with valued local artifacts that were once the tools of everyday life.

The forest which is bordered by two crater lakes: Kyadanduka and Nyamasingiri is a habitat for primates such as Chimpanzees, Black and white Colobus Monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Baboons, Red-tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys and Vervets. Other mammals include the Pygmy antelopes, Pottos and Bushbabies. This area is home to uncommon species of birds like the Forest Flycatcher, Rwenzori Turaco and White -Naped Pigeons.

The closest route to Maramagambo is the Kampala to Mbarara and Bushenyi. Meanwhile, Charter flights can be privately arranged from Entebbe International Airport.

Mountain Gorilla Families in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Habituated Mountain Gorilla Families in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

One of Uganda’s major tourist attractions are the Mountain Gorilla Families in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the western Rift Valley. The forest has had a number of names in the past including Bwindi, and Kayonza. In the local language Bwindi means a place of darkness and the name refers to the thick vegetation. The other popular name is the Impenetrable Forest-living a perfect description. It lies along the Uganda-RD Congo border in Kabale. Bwindi was first gazetted to the status of a forest reserve in 1932, then in 1961 as an animal sanctuary. From 1961 it was under the joint management of the Forest and the Game Departments, until 1991, when it became a national park and was taken over by Uganda National Parks.

In Bwindi, there are four Gorilla Tracking Families and among these are the habituated groups; those currently available for Gorilla Tracking. The Mountain Gorilla Families of Bwindi are Buhoma, Rushaga, Nkuringo and Ruhija

Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is composed of 3 groups; Mubare, Rushegura and Habinyanja.
Mubare Group also called the M-Group is named after Mubare hills, the place or craddle for this group of gorillas.It is the first group to be habituated for gorilla tracking. The habituation was done in 1991, and two years later the group received its first visitors.
In 1997, the Habinyanja Group was habituated and in 1999, it received its tourists. Previously it was a large group, but thereafter it was split and a new group called Rushegura emmerged. However, there is a co-existence between the latter and the former.
In 2000, the largest group in Buhoma section was habituated. Two years later, it received its first visitors.

Rushaga region of Bwindi Forest in Southern Bwindi Forest is home to Nshongi, Mishaya. It lies between Kabale and Nkuringo coming from either Ruhija or Kampala.
Nshongi Group is arguably the biggest habituated gorilla family in Uganda with over 25 members. During the unveiling of this group for Visitor Experience after habituation, it had 25 persons. Following a standoff in Nshongi group, 10 gorillas moved to form the Mishaya Group.
Mishaya Group is a breakaway from Nshongi. However, the two groups still live in Rushaga.

Nkuringo Region is among the strenuous and challenging, but most rewarding places ideal for Gorilla tracking. The Group comprises of 19 members and is a favorite to people who have tracked over one group. Nkuringo has the latest additions of Bikingi and Bushaho which are undergoing habituation for research and tourism purporses. These two new groups are under the headship of the silverbacks known as Bikingi and Bahati from the Nkuringo group.

Ruhija is considered to be the remotest among the four sections. It the habitat of the Bitukura Gorilla Group.

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