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Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Tour Activities

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Tour Activities
Ziwa Sanctuary is the only breeding place for the rhinos in Uganda. The 19 endangered species are located off the Kampala – Gulu highway in Nakasongola district about 180 kilometers north of Kampala. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary creates opportunities for tourism while upholding best conservation practices and this has become a fast growing destination for tourists majority en route to Murchison Falls National Park.

Rhino Trekking through the Savannah vegetation brings visitors closer to the horned animals. The rhino is among the Big-5 which include; Leopard, Lion, Buffalo and Elephant. Through the main gate, visitors are expected to report to the headquarters for registration and a briefing from the guide. The well trained and informed guide takes the visitors through the safety precautions on the 70 acres of land; Camera flashes are supposed to be turned off, clicking sounds muted. If rhinos charge at the visitors, they are advised to hide in the thickets or climb trees.

After the briefing, the African Pearl Safaris guide driver will drive the visitor to the starting point and the Sanctuary guide takes charge of the tour. The experience is enriching and chances of spotting the animals are high since rangers keep track of the mammals and communicate with the visitor guide on a Walkie talkie. Tourists spend about 1 to 2 hours with the endangered species and are advised to trek rhinos between 8am and 10am or 4pm to 6pm because the animals are lazy while it is hot.

It is a refreshing walk through the Savannah for a guided nature walk. The sights and sounds of the sanctuary, a home of mammals, birds and reptiles are enriching. The guide shares knowledge about flora and fauna on the 70 acres. The average time for a guided walk is 2 hours.

Uganda has over 1,062 recorded bird species. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary has over 300 bird species. The bird trails in the sanctuary cover the swamps, savannah and woodlands. Bird watching is ideal if tourists spend at least 2 nights at Amuka lodge. The bird guides are excellent in ticking off the bird list. The activity on a day requires 2 hours.
While birding, tourists opt for the Shoebill Canoe Safari. During this safari, visitors spot the most sought after bird in Uganda, the Shoebill stork. The shoebills are haboured in the swamp. The boat safari starts at 6am and takes 3-4 hours. Water birds are plentiful and this activity is a must for anyone who loves nature or is interested in birding is a must.

We hope you book your visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary with African Pearl Safaris. Kindly carry closed shoes, long pants and insect repellents.

Eagle’s Nest Lodge Lake Mburo National Park

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Eagle's Nest Lodge Lake Mburo National Park
Eagle’s Nest Lodge Lake Mburo National Park is situated on top of a hill overlooking Lake Mburo, a gem of a park, conveniently located close to the Western high way that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda.

The mid-range and budget campsite, constructed using eco-friendly wood and stones, is designed to give guests a spectacular outlook across the medley of habitats ranging from dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded Savannah to forest,lakes and swamps.

The en-suite stylish safari tents are decorated to give an wild feel and are equipped with all the accessories of a modern tourist. Tempt yourself with the three course meal at the Eagles Nest restaurant where intercontinental influences will thrill your taste buds. The Chef at the restaurant is the winner Silver chef culinary competition 2015.The Eagles Nest restaurant offers a superior panoramic view.

It is a magnet to guests with an eye for scenic beauty. The young staff at the facility are trained to pamper you at the camp. A gym is not necessary, an uphill hike from the valley is enough test of stamina. Visitors prefer an evening walk to the Lake Mburo National Park community.

The Eagles Nest Camp has a professional team that ensures visitors have an unforgettable experience.The tranquil serenity of Lake Mburo National Parks landscapes make an irresistible combination of those in search of gigantic eland, impala, zebras, Rothschild giraffes and acacia associated birds.

Eagles Nest is located on the edge of the 371sq km Lake Mburo in size. The park has a varied landscape full of interest and color. The park is refreshing and full of life given its strategic location near the Kampala – Mbarara highway.

Hiking to Sipi Falls on Mount Elgon in Uganda

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Hiking to Sipi Falls on Mount Elgon in Uganda

Sipi Falls offers stunning views of Mount Elgon and the plains of Eastern and Northern Uganda. The falls themselves are described as perhaps the most romantic in Africa.

There are large numbers of falls, not just the one featured in most of the promotional materials. These are accessible via a network of well maintained local trails, but the walking is not easy and a reasonable level of fitness is required. The resorts guides tend to offer only the short walk around the falls beneath the village, but can arrange longer walks if requested.

It takes about 2 hours hiking around the Sipi falls and it is preferable during the morning. The scenery is breathtaking. It offers an opportunity to view birds amidst the cool weather. The trails are steep and slippery, but more adventurous as you go through the caves as the waters hit the gigantic rocks.

Along the way, visitors appreciate the native dwellers and their source of livelihood. The natives grow Arabica coffee, and they offer agricultural tours of their plantations, coffee processing and tasting.

Sipi Falls are situated on the lower slopes of Mount Elgon at an altitude of 1,750m, close to the village of Sipi, 60 km and a drive of about two and half to three hours from Mbale on the Kapchorwa road depending on the weather conditions. The waterfall and the surrounding area are very pretty and it is pleasant place to spend a few days unwinding.

Mburo Safari Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Mburo Safari Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park
Mburo Safari Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park has a high class restaurant that serves a variety of local and International cuisines. The restaurant boasts of scenic views of Lake Mburo National Park, a gift shop and free WiFi. On the Mburo rocks, at the back of the restaurant, bush fires are made and it is an ideal place to witness the sunrise. Mburo Safari lodge has a swimming pool and well stocked bar.

The facility has a main lodge, cottages and honeymoon house for those hoping to rekindle their romance. All structures are raised on a wooden platform and covered by grass thatched roof which offers as blend with the environment. Each room has private bathroom with hot showers and toilets, wooden furniture and comfortable king size beds. Among the 10 luxury spacious cottages, African style and luxurious en suite bathrooms are paramount.

Mburo Safari Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park offers adventure opportunities such as walking safari to get close to the animals, boat trip and birding in lake Mburo National Park, community walks, sport fishing and picnics.

The lodge supports local people around with jobs and purchase of their materials. It also enables guests appreciate the lifestyles of the local people such as grazing and milking the long horned cattle, and how they grow crops.

Mburo Safari Lodge is situated in Lake Mburo National Park found in Kiruhura district. The lodge is a second home of Zebras and impalas. The lodge has a resident Bushbuck and a resident troop of Vervet Monkeys. The facility reflects the richness and diversity of Lake Mburo National Park which has an impressive bird list with over 330 species recorded.

Mihingo Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Mihingo Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park

Mihingo Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park is the only place in Uganda where visitors are granted an opportunity to enjoy horseback riding safaris in Lake Mburo National Park. Besides the horses, visitors also hire a top of the range bike for an adventurous view of the wild.

Adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park is a luxurious, family owned lodge on a rocky edge. A unique park-view and extensive facilities await visitors to the unique facility. The lodge has a swimming pool overlooking the valley where residents get a chance to admire the zebra, warthogs and Impala. At the waterhole, the Oribi, topi are commonly sighted while at Mihingo Lodge.

The lodge was designed to blend into the environment with a touch of class, comfort and sensation. Mihingo has 12 luxury, tented camps with each room filled with its special charm. The rooms has special views with some placed in the forest, others overlooking the lake and others providing views of the waterhole. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with hot and cold water, showers and flush toilets. The doorways are framed by stunning pieces of dead olive wood found in the area. The lodge uses solar energy.

Warm and friendly staff waits to welcome you to the magnificent jewel of the tropical setting. The staff makes sure you enjoy your breakfast, or early morning tea before you set out for a game drive.

Mihingo Lodge’s dining area enjoys a cool breeze from Lake Kacheera. It overlooks a waterhole hence offering stunning views of the wildlife. The bar boasts a wine list from South Africa, Australia. It is a must visit while at the lodge.

Mihingo complements Lake Mburo National Park, a very special place with sculptured landscape, rolling hills and idyllic lake shores, forest galleries ,seasonal and permanent swamps.

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