5 Tips for going on adventure Holidays

5 tips for going on adventure holidays

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One of the most exciting forms of travel these days is to take an adventure holiday. This gives you the perfect opportunity to get away from life for a while, as well as enjoying a fun and active experience. If you’re a thrill-seeker or adrenaline junkie, you’ve probably already considered taking an adventure holiday. However, if you want to make the most out of the experience then you’re going to want to follow these 5 tips.

1. Be sure to pack right

If you’re going on an adventure holiday, it is important that you do as much as possible to pack for every eventuality. This isn’t going to be like packing for a normal holiday, and you are going need to account for the fact that there are going to be a lot of different activities you are going to want to do. Make sure you are focused on packing the right stuff and ensuring that you have warm clothing just as much as lighter clothing.

2. Choose a unique destination

Make sure you do as much as possible to choose a unique destination for your adventure trip. You’re going to need to give this some thought before you actually commit to a travel adventure, and find the perfect destination for you. 1Cover’s blog, The Secret Traveller, reveals that Lost City in Colombia and Appi in Japan rank among the most unique choices, and they’re perfect for adventurers too. Make sure you do some research yourself and find a destination that ticks all of the right boxes for you.

3. Plan your trip

Make sure you do as much as you can to plan out your trip and have the adventure of your life. There are plenty of things to think about when it comes to adventure holidays – more than you would with an all-inclusive in the Bahamas. 

As well as what you’re going to pack, consider things like insurance cover for any activities, how reputable the activity companies are, and even where the nearest hospital is – just in case. The more planning you do, the more you’ll enjoy yourself in the long run.

4. Push yourself beyond your limits

The beauty of an adventure holiday is that you get the chance to push yourself and experience new things. This is the perfect occasion on which to get out of your comfort zone and explore new boundaries. Limits are there for your own personality and the sorts of things that you may or may not be comfortable with. That is why it is so important to make sure you push yourself a little more and try to explore new things when you are having an adventure.

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5. Try everything you can

One of the best things about taking an adventure holiday is that it gives you the opportunity to try new things and experience stuff you wouldn’t normally have experienced. This is why it is so important to be able to sample new things and go to far-flung places in the world. If you’re feeling anxious about something remember to take a step back and ask yourself, “What is the worst that could happen?” As long as you’ve done your research and planned ahead, you should be able to have the adventure of a lifetime if you just try new things.

Overall, don’t be afraid to cut loose, enjoy yourself, and explore the unique opportunities the world has to offer. These are some of the best ideas you can use to help you, and if you think we’ve missed any, please let us know in the comments below. 

HOW WELL CAN YOU PLAN YOUR GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI?

HOW WELL CAN YOU PLAN YOUR GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI?

One of the most imperative tours on this planet earth is a gorilla trekking tour, at least once in a lifetime bump into a rewarding and thrilling venture at the same time. That kind of experience that will make one wish they could go home with it so as to make other relatives and friends to see it as a deeply captivating activity, there is away I can’t look any further for this kind of experience than Gorilla trekking and habituation. This is still standing in first position of one of the few experiences that most people never wish to die before carrying out gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda.

 Some safari lovers go trekking for that beautiful memorable captivating activity experience of climbing, sloping and sweating, others want to take as much photos and videos as possible, others want to gaze directly into the gorilla’s eyes, foraging in the thickets, jumping on tree branches among other things, all these put in the same package, your preparation is vital for memorable experience like gorilla tracking.

There are these little things you need to do and they will make the entire Uganda Gorilla Trekking safari even more rewarding;

It is a must to obtain a gorilla trekking permit;

Advised to first remember book your own permit in time due to the high competition involved in accessing a permit, ensure to book as early as possible before you set off to the national parks in both Uganda and Rwanda due to the high demands of these permits, at least within 3- 5 months before the travel dates to guarantee your date of interest, more than 60 people travel to Bwindi Impenetrable on a daily basis for this amazing Gorilla experience and many more are put on hold. So you do not need to be among the ones put on the waiting list, avoid late payments to get rid of shortage.

Seasonal effects;

Arrange your trip during a favorable time; make sure you travel at the right time of the year; we therefore advise travelling during the dry season when the soils of the thick forest are not so muddy. The best times for trekking are from the months of June to September and the months of December to late February since they are always dry months.

Since this is a rain forest, rain is highly unpredictable, so visitors are supposed to pack water proof rain jackets or coats, jungle boats, long socks, umbrellas , sun cream or lotions, long sleeved shirts is also essential to carry,  insect repellant since the area is covered with various notorious  Stinging nettles, well charged water proof cameras preferably with extra films for photography with absolutely no flash lights, first AID box just in case of any accidents.

All the people on this trekking trip need to be healthy and fit enough since most of Uganda’s gorilla trekking trails are traverse on foot, some of the hiking can go on and last for about 8 hours. Remember “Bwindi” means “darkness” and so the darkness may continue to work as hiding places for these rare apes and you end up hiking further to find them. For them they are at peace, at home in their natural environment.

Please do not travel for gorilla trekking activity if at all you are sick or ill, you have to put in mind that these endangered apes are human race relatives and any illness we bear can affect them as well. 

The main thing to mind about is the right tour operator or travel agent; your gorilla trek travel will stand adventurous if you choose the right tour operators. Uganda has many tour operators and choosing a good company with nice customer reputation would do you good since you will not need to worry about the accommodation choices, you will sleep comfortably and arrive to the park in time for your memorable jungle safari.

Once the above is put in practice well, your holiday trip will stand to be even more thrilling than one you ever had before.

Never forget accommodation;

Gorilla trekking cannot be accomplished with in single day, Since all gorilla trekking destination are far distant , it is advisable to always book for accommodation of minimally  2 nights, one night for arrival date, then the second is after tracking, accommodation ranges from luxury to budget  backpackers but all comfortable

Katereke prison the ditch of torture in Buganda

Katereke prison the ditch of torture

This Katereke prison ditch was introduced in 1888 by kabaka (king) kalema who was the next king after kiweewa and his palace was at nakatema Buganda kingdom specifically to imprison the princes and princesses of Buganda kingdom whom kalema killed later on because of his poor leadership.

The burning of princes and princesses in katereke prison ditch, Kalema sent for all the princes and princesses from mengo palace to enter the ditch, there after one of the prince called bamweyana managed to escape from the ditch but he was later on arrested, the same prince managed to escape again and re-arrested, this annoyed the king and he ordered for his death through burning him.

The death of bamweyana annoyed the rest and they started expressing their anger through various ways, when the news reached kalema , he ordered for the death of all prisoners by burning them from the prison.

Why katereke prison ditch is visited by cultural practioners like witchdoctors and traditional worshipers as a Source of blessing.

At the place where bamweyana was killed, there germinated a big tree and later the spirit of bamweyana rose from this point and informed the people of this kingdom about the presence of this place, after sometime an old man from Buganda moved to this area and climbed the tree with power Manifesting spirits; So many times the spirit of bamweyana gets onto the body and mind of people and his followers and it speaks on to people, there voice changes and the spirit speaks giving needs of the people plus other powers of various aspects in a cultural manner.

Tourist attraction at katereke prison ditch of torture

The ditch/ kalema’s prison is the main attraction at katereke that the tourists are attracted to see the ditch in which the king of Buganda kalema killed the sisters and brothers. The tree at bamweyana’s death point; this is a gaint tree that germinated on its own at point where one of the princes bamweyana was killed ‘burnt’. This tree works as a centre for traditional worshipers of bamweyana’s spirit and its stem is wrapped with backcloth downwards.

The spirit of bamweyana; some people are attracted by the way the spirit posses people and speaks on them, so people come to worship bamweyana’s spirit those who believe in traditional worship. The traditional worshiping culture; many traditional believers worship and believe that their prayers are answered by the spirit of bamweyana, the place designed with traditional spears and various traditional tools like backcloth.

For a famous Cultural venture in Uganda, just email us on info@duikersafaris.com

All About the Duiker Antelope of Uganda

duiker is a small to medium-sized brown in colour antelope native to Sub-Saharan Africa. They are found in heavily wooded areas. The 22 extant species, including three sometimes considered to be subspecies of the other species, from the subfamily

the duiker antelope ugandaDuikers are split into two groups based on their habitat: forest and bush duikers. All forest species inhabit the rainforests of Sub-Saharan Africa, while the only known bush duiker, grey common duiker occupies savannas. Duikers are very shy, elusive creatures with a fondness for dense cover; those that tend to live in more open areas, for example, are quick to disappear into thickets for protection.

Because of their rarity and interspersed population, not much is known about duikers; thus, further generalizations are widely based on the most commonly studied red forest, blue, yellow-backed and the common grey duiker. In tropical rainforest zones of Africa, people non-selectively hunt duikers for their fur, meat, and horns at highly unsustainable rates. Population trends for all species of duikers, excluding the common duiker and the smallest blue duiker, are significantly decreasing; Aders’ and particularly the larger duiker species such as the Jentink’s and Abbott’s duikers, are now considered endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species .

Would you like to see and learn about duikers in Uganda? Why not book a Uganda safari with us and travel with us in the very best savanna national parks of Uganda.

 

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary | Feed Chimpanzee Experience – Day Trips

The Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary – Lake Victoria Islands – Chimpanzee Experience – Day Trips, Caregiving & Over Night Stay – Chimps Feeding Experience -Island Beach – Equator Line Views – Welfare of Wildlife

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee SanctuaryNgamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is a place to spend time watching chimpanzees as they play, interact with each other and even watch what you are doing, is undoubtedly one of the many fascinating experiences you can enjoy in Uganda. The thrill of knowing that by visiting them on Ngamba Island you are directly contributing to their well-being, overall conservation of the species and supporting the local community giving additional meaning to your safari

The Ngamba Island is part of the Koome group of islands located in Lake Victoria, 23km south-west of Entebbe Uganda. It consists of Approximately 100 acres, 95 of which are forests and for use by the Chimpanzees. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is established in October 1998 to re-home orphaned chimpanzees rescued from poachers and traders; the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary has grown to include a rich diversity of animal species; including birds, hippos and crocodiles apart from the chimpanzees; birders can also have their take in the woodland and the forested areas at the Island. The shoreline, obviously, provides an excellent opportunity for watching shorebirds and is currently home to 49 Orphaned rescued chimpanzees.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Experience in Uganda

This Ngamba Island has no age limit; it’s accountable for every person. And mainly the children only experience the feeding so they don’t allow them to be caregivers.

Day trips to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Feeding times from the visitors viewing platform are at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm. You can view either of them. You have to arrive at the Island at least 1hour before the Feeding; so that you listen to an informative talk by the sanctuary staff; enjoy the Island’s beautiful views, natural wildlife, bird life and activities like; Volleyball, Swimming in the Lake, Kayaking and Island Shopping.

Overnight trips on Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

An excursion over two or more days while staying in the exclusive permanent tent camp on the island; is worth your time. Each of the four tents overlooks the lake from its raised, private wooden deck; and accommodates two persons in comfort with full sized twin beds, en-suite bathroom and solar lighting. Freshly prepared sumptuous meals are provided in either our covered or open dining areas beside the lake. Meals vary but we try to cater for all tastes. Drinks are available on a cash sale basis including water, sodas, beers wines and a selection of Spirits.

As well as viewing the chimpanzees from the viewing platform. Visitors have a lot of time to enjoy the island’s other facilities. The early mornings are particularly memorable as the chimpanzees noisily wake up at sunrise. Calling loudly to anyone who is listening. At sunset, you can see huge numbers of Bats often as they fly out of the forests into the sunset.

Care Giving Experience at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

The unique experience still offers you an amazing opportunity to spend time with the Chimpanzee. The caregiver experience is 24-hour opportunity Moreover behind the senses of the sanctuary. That is to say participate in the daily routine of preparing food, cleaning facilities, health checks. And generally learning more about the efforts needed to take care of the chimpanzees.

As a matter of fact, the caregiver and Ngamba trail activities are inclusive if you have the overnight excursion; to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary as they require advance booking. Caregiving also requires specific vaccinations and health requirements. (more than the ones required for travel to Africa) that are fulfilling well in advance.

Other Activities at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary: –

  • Sunset Cruises
  • Volunteering Packages
  • Students Camping
  • Retreats
  • Boat Rides
  • Photography
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Community cultural experience.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary


The Trips the Lead to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Experience in Uganda are;

cocoa with stickNgamba Island Chimpanzees

Mabamba Swamp Wetland Bay home of Shoebill Storks

Mabamba Swamp Wetland Bay home of Shoebill Storks

Mabamba Swamp Wetland Bay is one of the Bird spotting areas in Uganda and commonly has bird watching safaris; Compared to other tourist destinations in Uganda which are somehow distant from the City. Mabamba Swamp is also famous for its habitat of the Shoebill Stork. Is just a short drive from Entebbe or Kampala, the Capital City of Uganda. Mabamba Bay is in Kasanje Sub-county in Wakiso District, about 50 kilometres south-west of Kampala.

This large Mabamba Swamp wetland is a home to so many units of birds, animals, bugs, fish; and also you can not see them anywhere else. The Shoebill Stork is part of that ecosystem, desiring the lonesomeness in these large marshes. Furthermore, there are gazelles specifically to adapt the hovering flora.

Adult African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus) walking on leaves, Lake Baringo, KenyaTo visit the Mabamba Swamp wetland bay for a Birding Tour

After Breakfast in the Morning, you are picked up from Kampala or Entebbe by our representative. He briefs you about the 1 Day Mabamba Swamp Birding Tour and also transfers you to the swamp. The site is the most reachable for spotting the wild species of Shoebill Stork in the whole world. The Birding expedition tour is on the canoes in swampland channels.

Mabamba Swamp Wetland BayA canoe voyage through the papyrus swamp

A canoe voyage through the papyrus swamp in Mabamba Bay will take you in the undamaged wetland swamp attractions. Where you will have the uppermost chances of seeing Shoebill and other wetland specialist birds. Including the Saddle-billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite Kingfisher and other swamp subjects or dwellers. Mabamba journey will offer you a chance to make your 1 Day Mabamba Swamp Birding Tour accustomed to one of Uganda’s stunning swamps.

Mabamba Swamp Wetland BayMabamba Bay Home for Needed Birds

The Mabamba Bay is a recent discovery and home to the most Birds. So as to see the shoebill that you look out for in the atmospheres and down on the wetland. However, other bird species at the bay are Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged-Warbler, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, yellow-backed weaver, Blue-headed Coucal and other swamp inhabitants.

Mabamba a Ramsar Site Wetland

In addition, Mabamba Bay Marshland has selected a Ramsar Site as a wetland of international importance in 2006. The wetland because it is home to rare and universally susceptible bird species. That is to say, the Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Papyrus Yellow Warbler, and the Blue Swallow (Hirundo atrocaerulea). The Sitatunga as well as other birds of global conservancy apprehension. Besides Murchison Falls National Park, Mabamba is the only site for the elusive Shoebill and you can see it anytime.

Afterwards, that afternoon after your bird watching adventure. Use a canoe to ride back on the land then transfer back to either Kampala or Entebbe.

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How to choose the African Safari Tour Operator

How to choose the African Safari Tour Operator, Every day, there are many tour companies coming up here in Uganda and we now have a total of over 700 tour companies both registered and not registered by the company of registrar of Uganda. Searching for the right tour company in Uganda for your safari is some work and you have got to compare all the different companies basing on different views, however, here is somewhat practical advice that will help you in choosing the right tour operator for your safari in Uganda; the pearl of Africa.

Member of Association of Uganda Tour operators Association (AUTO)

There are many tour companies that come out with websites and they are not licensed by the government of Uganda nor are even members of AUTO. Many of these have continued to steal tourist’s money mainly because they put themselves in the picture of being the best tour operators in Uganda, or being the best-renowned tour company in the country. The government has however started looking out for those companies that are not registered and has also put penalties in place to control their increasing number.

Some companies have copied the AUTO log and placed it on their websites when they are actually not members of the Association, once you see this on any website, don’t stop from there, proceed and visit the AUTO website which is  to check if that company was listed as a partial or full member of the association.

Reputability of the safari company

Before making your final decision with the tour company in Uganda, check if the company has a reputation in carrying out tours within the country. This can be determined by checking out some reviews on trip advisor or on safari bookings from the past clients who received services from the company. From this, you will be able to determine if the company is trustworthy, reliable and ready to provide the best services to you.

In situations where the company’s reviews from clients are negative, think twice before making the final decision about that company. Checking about reputation can also be based on social media platforms like Twitter, Google plus, Facebook, linked in, Delicious, pin interest and much more. More so the continuous updating of social media platforms indicates well that the offices of such company are in place and open.

Clients should also be able to study the websites of different tour operators to find out if they have about us page that talks about the location of the company offices, physical address, phone contacts, email address as well as the company profile.

Is there constant communication with the tour operator?

It’s the duty of the tour operator to provide all the necessary information needed to its clients, however, if communication is limited or nor existing at all, then that’s not a good thing. The tour operator should be in a position to answer all the questions asked by the clients and they should be correct answers. This also means that a good tour operator should be in place to provide all the attention to its clients. By keeping in touch with your tour operator through constant emails, phone calls, social media will help you create more confidence, trust worth as well as feeling comfortable and at ease.

Considering a private of a group tour

Clients have different tastes and preferences and when it comes to choosing which type of tour to take, the tour operator should be in a position to explain the two types of tours for the clients to make their final decision. About group tours in Uganda, they usually involve many people were you all share costs in transport, fuel accommodation and decide as one on the type of itinerary to take, it’s enjoyable since you get to meet new people and gain great experience. For the private safaris, these are usually taken as a family or an individual who want to experience their own designed itinerary to the fullest. Many tourists who come to Uganda prefer private tours since they get to visit places of their interest without disturbance from the group.

Comparison of safari quotes or Prices online

Most of the clients want to compare the prices mainly because they have a budget they are considering for a particular vacation. This can be done by considering the type of hotels offered to you by different operators, type of vehicle to be used, the safari activities included in the itinerary and much more. Clients are advised to compare many tour companies before choosing the best.

Form of payment used by the tour operator

Here, all the clients planning safaris to Uganda should be very curious about this, always send money to a company account and not a personal account. Don’t be deceived to send money through money gram or the Western Union. The main form of payment used by most reputable tour companies includes; PayPal, bank transfers, pesa pal, paying at the offices of the tour operator. The clients will decide on their own which choicely is convenient for them to use.

The above few points not only apply to Uganda but also to other countries offering safari services, always take time to check if the company you are dealing with is the right one by considering all the points above. If not, you will be surprised not to get the services you have paid for or getting equally poor services form the chosen tour operator.

What can you do to help the Wildlife?

What can you do to help the Wildlife?

Use the forest and its resources wisely today, and it will be your legacy to the children tomorrow.

  1. Respect wildlife and the environment by taking only pictures and leaving only footprints!
  2. Purchase crafts made from rescources that are harvested sustainably in Uganda and East Africa and benefit local communities and the wildlife.
  3. Visit Forest reserves and National parks often. Your admission fee helps a lot to support wildlife and local communities.
  4. Support Organizations that take an ethical stand on sustainable development.
  5. Share your Ugandan as well as the African Wildlife Experience with friends and Families.
  6. Choose Your Pets wisely and be sure they are not taken from wild. Chimpanzees don’t make good pets!
  7. Learn more about Uganda’s conservation efforts online at:
  •  www.nfa.org.ug ,
  • www.budongo.org ,
  • www.janegoodall.org/africaprograms ,
  • www.wcs.org/international/africa/uganda

Is it safe to travel in Uganda?

Is it safe to travel in Uganda?Is it safe to travel in Uganda?

So, Is it safe to travel in Uganda?; Uganda is generally still a very safe country for travellers. And so Ugandans are always among the friendliest and most welcoming people on planet Earth. Then Feel free to meet and talk to Ugandans, as they will be the most honour.

Kampala is as well known to be one of the safest capital cities in Africa, but also you should use common sense when travelling in any big city. Be responsible and cautious during your tour; and also use taxis when you are going out at night and always keep a close watch over your belongings. Traffic in Kampala can be rather hectic and sometimes even dangerous if you use the otherwise convenient boda-bodas(motorbike taxis).

So always Contact your local embassy for safer to travel in Uganda, instructions during your tour.

Air Ambulance Evacuation Insurance Available

Medical facilities in East Africa are still on a limit. This is especially true for some of the remote places where your safari may take you. In a case of a serious medical emergency; to also get to the nearest full-service hospital may mean a long ground transfer over poor roads.