The Shoebill Stocks are Solitary Birds in East Africa.

A Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) commonly known as Bulwe in Luganda, it’s a large stork bird found in undisturbed wetlands of Africa (endemic to Africa) like Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Rwanda once seen in Burundi. It’s long about 128cm weighing about 5-7kgs, both sexes are grey, pale grey eyes and long grey wading legs to enable them stand in wetlands to get their prey, i mmatures are brown in colour. The shoebill has a small raised crest and big shoelike hooked bill which helps it hook away its pray at the sides of its bill has a scizzer like which helps the bird squeeze and kill the prey, It holds Its wings in flight and can flap 150 times per minute Its the first African bird of sought( a bird one should see before he dies) because it didn’t go through revolution and its believed to still be a dinasal,

They are solitary birds feeding on lung fish, frogs, Nile monitors and baby crocodiles can stand still for about Five hours like a statue spotting for prey using its sharp vision with 60% success Shoebills are monogamous and breeds on ground flat nests made out of dry papyrus by both sexes hidden on floating vegetation, the female lays 1-3 eggs incubation is for 30 days done by female and looking after the chicks. The female keeps food in gullet and gives it directly to the young one.Chicks begin flying at 112days, they are so sensitive to human beings when on nest and can abandon if disturbed Maturity is gained about 2-3 years, there is intrespecific for food in young ones and most of the times one chick grows or the first hatch pushes out the young ones from the nest for its survival,

It’s vulnerable and have a population of about 5000 to 8000 individuals, in Uganda it’s seen in Mabamba, Semlik wildlife reserve, Katonga, Murchsion, currently sited in Kiryandongo

Lifespan is about 25-30 years

Fishermen believe this bird as a bad omen when they find this bird on there way to fishing they do never catch fish hence killing it however through s ensitizations to these people, there is reduction in killing the birds.

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

The Origins of the word Uganda

The Origins of the word Uganda.
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Today (22nd December 2010) I stumbled on a pile of papers that will expose & answer the myths and realities regarding the real origin of the word Uganda. We have been fed on a myth for so long that the country Uganda has its name from the word Buganda. However, declassified Colonial Office information in London shows that the British Colonial Office recommended to HM government that our beloved country be called “Uganda as a compromising name”. The British were cutely aware that Buganda, having been a stumbling block in the nation formation & building process, would find that name acceptable to them. The British used that name as a bait to the Kabaka of Buganda for his acceptance in the participation at meetings that led to the creation of a nation called Uganda. Right from the start, Buganda and its establishment at Mengo were totally against the creation of a nation called Uganda, a nation in which all citizens would enjoy equal rights.

Records now show that the British Colonial office had strategically picked that name because it embraced most of the major tribes in the country. They chose to put the letter “U” in front of the word “ganda” to denote the word United / Unity. Nearly most of the communities are believed to have been associated with the word “ganda” and hence with the name Uganda as follows:

1. To the Baganda, the British believed it would strike their nostalgia, to falsely mean that their beloved Buganda kingdom gave birth to the word Uganda, with hope that they eventually love the concept of an independent state called Uganda. The Baganda were known to have been the most anti the concept of an independent country called Uganda. The colonial office had to carefully handle this group using the right words.

2. To the Luo, it is believed it would make them proud to know that their word Oganda had finally been accepted as a new concept on which a nation is being built. Each Luo family belonged to clan and each clan was made up of families who were descended from one ancestor; they formed a lineage. Several clans living near each other were grouped into an oganda, the head of which was called a rwoth. Each oganda was like a miniature kingdom.

3. To the Banyankole / Bakiga and Banyoro / Batooro the word had roots to their word Oruganda. The word Uganda was far easier to sell to these people than any in Uganda because to them being of the same ruganda was far more important, special and respectable in society than anything else. They had endured years of barbarism at the hands of the baganda chiefs that operated in their areas as part of the British indirect rule in Uganda. These people resented anything associated with Buganda rule.

Ladies & Gentlemen, It goes to show how smart these bazungus were. They knew more about us than we knew about ourselves. They said different things to different groups of people in order to achieve what they wanted. Now that we know the real origin of the word Uganda, we should all stand united and be proud to be Ugandans. We should be Ugandans first, second and third before associating ourselves with our sectarian tribes. I am very surprised nobody since independence had ever tried to authentically & authoritatively explain the origins of the word Uganda. Where are all the researchers & professors Uganda has ever produced and what the hell have they been doing?

Source:By: Sunday Geoffrey
A London based Ugandan freelance journalist

10 Things of Notice and Foods of Thougts

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  1. Arguing with customs officials, money changers, mosquitoes, and birders (twitchers)!
  2. Becoming dehydrated. Drink filtered/bottled water whenever and wherever possible.
  3. Photographing anything relating to the government or military, including personnel (soldiers and police) and buildings (post offices, banks, airports, border posts, railway stations and bridges). Most African countries have disproportionate security paranoia.
  4. Missing a single game-drive, walk or excursion into the bush – the day you decide to sleep in will be the day that your group finds that elusive leopard that you have been dying to see. Remember, like everything else in life, the more you put in – the more you are likely to get out. That means early mornings, long drives, sitting in a hide, walking with your guide, taking that evening game drive and keeping your binoculars and camera at the ready at all times – even when in camp. You can rest when you get home!
  5. Stepping out of your tent, chalet or lodge at night without either a good torch (flashlight), an escort or at the very least – good walkway lighting. If you do ‘bump’ into something – don’t panic! Try to remember that whatever is there is likely to be more scared of you than you are of it (well perhaps!). If it hasn’t seen you, back off slowly and return to your room. Don’t throw something at it to get it to move, and don’t do anything to startle it – like scream!? If it has seen you, and hasn’t already bolted into the bushes, do not scream, bolt for the bar or run in any direction – stand still and begin to move back very slowly until you can put some distance between you – then bolt for your room! This is going to be fun…yes?
  6. Rushing about from one sighting to the next. Take the time to savour each animal interaction, unfolding scene or wildlife sighting. I guarantee that if you spend just that little extra time at a sighting (after you’re ready to move on) that something will happen to make you glad that you stuck it out. Trust me on this.
  7. Picking up or attempting to ‘collect’ anything you might come across on safari including skulls, ivory, horns, bird’s eggs and the like. This is strictly against National Parks rules and is extremely frowned upon. If in doubt, check with your guide. Remember, your guide is responsible for your actions and can get into hot water with the authorities if you are found with anything untoward.
  8. The temptation to feed the animals. Do not EVER feed ANY animal or bird on safari. I don’t mean the elephants and lions – I think most people understand that this would be foolish. I’m talking about the monkeys or baboons that you may come across at various designated picnic spots or camp sites, or even the birds that appear when you take out your sandwiches. Over time this dependence on people for food will invariably result in an unprovoked attack from an animal that does not understand why the next visitor hasn’t got something edible at the ready.
  9. Boldly taking endless photographs of the locals. Not all African cultures are accepting of cameras or having their photograph taken. Many rural Africans will shy away from having their picture taken. Please be sensitive. However, many may merely want a fee for having their photograph taken, while others will gladly pose for you if you ask courteously. It is always advisable to strike up a conversation, exchange greetings and ask about their lives and families before you start to snap off pictures – and if you have a digital camera they will always enjoy seeing their image on the small screen.
  10. Purchasing goods made from endangered resources, including ivory, coral, or skins.

When is the Best time year for gorilla trekking in uganda and Rwanda

Best time year for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda – What Time Season is Best For Gorilla Trekking – Where to go for Gorilla Trekking – Best time for Trekking – Encounter the Lifetime Memories

Best time year for gorilla trekking in uganda and Rwanda

While you’re choosing to go gorilla trekking, your options lie Among the Most Famous Virunga Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Between Bwindi Impenetrable Forests and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. But for those hoping to trek mountain gorillas, deciding what time of year to visit these majestic creatures can have a big impact on both your experience and your wallet. 

 

Uganda is Located astride the equator line and home to the beautiful Lakes, Rivers and Mountains with diverse wildlife reserves and conservation. Firstly it’s becoming the most unique and sought-after travel destinations in all of Africa and East Africa as well. This country has two rainy seasons; the Short Rainy Season is from October to November and the Long rainy season is from mid-March to the end of May. The rest of the year is considered Uganda’s ‘dry season’. This said climate change in recent years has brought about changes in weather patterns, making it harder than ever to predict the seasons Currently 

Best time year for gorilla trekking in uganda and Rwanda

When is the best time to take a gorilla safari in Rwanda and Uganda?

In Uganda and Rwanda, temperatures average around 22C° and can drop at night to around 12C°. The level of rainfall in Uganda is between 1,000-2,000mm per annum. However, the region generally offers clear skies throughout the year, making gorilla trekking available year-round.

High season

Many visitors choose to travel to Uganda and Rwanda between June and September and between December and February as there is generally less rain and more sun during these months.

December is one of the busiest months of the year, so it’s advisable to book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

If you are looking for the best conditions for gorilla trekking and aren’t worried about pricing, the dry seasons are ideal. The countries also have a raised topography which means that the climate is fairly cool all year round so despite some serious leg-work you aren’t likely to ever overheat.

Low season

Often travellers prefer going on a gorilla safari in low season as the prices for gorilla trekking permits are lowered in Uganda from $600 to $450 for non-residents.

Visiting in this season also means that you can enjoy the jungle with relatively few people. It’s also said that February and September are good months for a holiday in Uganda as there are fewer tourists visiting so the lodges are not as full as they are in high season. It also means you can also often get discounted lodge and hotel prices.Best time year for gorilla trekking in uganda and Rwanda

While the rainy season, can have an effect on travels in Rwanda and Uganda, a day is almost never lost to the rain. Most days will have both rain and sunshine, meaning that despite some wetness, it is usually not long before you can continue with your activities as planned. Whether it rains or not, gorilla tracking is conducted every day and is almost never cancelled because of bad weather.

All in all, gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda in the low seasons are more pocket-friendly. One thing to note though, while you might find some great specials on accommodation, in Rwanda gorilla permits is never discounted, even in the low season, with the current price of a gorilla permit in Rwanda at US$1500 per person.

No matter what time of year you decide to go gorilla trekking in the region, a visit with the gorillas will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable experiences of any tourist’s travels. Best time year for gorilla trekking in uganda and Rwanda

Considerable Interesting Fun Facts About Uganda

Considerable Interesting Fun Facts About Uganda – You’ve Never Heard Before

Uganda is an Eastern African country. The country has a very rich wildlife. The tourist infrastructure in the country is well developed. Wildlife in Uganda has nearly 1061 different species of birds and has mountain gorillas, chimpanzee etc. Uganda can be a perfect holiday spot for those who like to travel in a tropical climate. Apart from various wildlife species, there are some interesting facts about Uganda as a country that is worth noting.

The official national language of Uganda is English, but languages like Arabic, Swahili, Ganda are also used. It has nearly 1/3rd Christian population and the same number of Protestants. The other major religions in Uganda are Muslim and indigenous beliefs. Some more interesting Uganda facts are listed below:

Interesting Uganda Facts You Need To Know

  1. Best Tourist Location of 2016: The lonely plan selected Uganda as the best tourist attraction country in 2012. The reports stated that nearly 1 million tourists across the world visit Uganda every year.
  2. Very Good Hospitality:– Ugandans are known for their hospitality and style of welcoming guests. You should go to the village area of Uganda to see how warmly they welcome you. The people and especially the children will start screaming with joy when they see the guests, they will hug you and give you a handshake.
  3. Tree Loving Nation: –There is a rule in Uganda regarding cutting of trees. The rule is, if you cut one tree, then you will need to plant three trees. Well, you may find this rule quite weird but this rule is really present in Uganda.
  4. One of The Best Bananas, Pineapples And Avocados Producing Country: –Banana is a very famous fruit in Uganda. People make various types of recipes from the banana. You can even get wine produced from the banana.
  5. Home of Gorillas: –The study stated that there are just 750 mountain gorillas in the world. Being a home of these gorillas, you can see gorillas in Bwindi and Mhahinga National parks in Uganda. And these gorillas are present only in a few national parks in Uganda and some other African countries. These gorillas will not be found in any other zoo in the world.
  6. Pearl of Africa: – Uganda was referred as a pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill because of its magnificence.
  7. Low GDP: – As Uganda is one of the poorest countries, the economic condition of many people in the country is not stable. A study has stated that nearly half of the population in the country survives on less than a dollar every day but the people are very happy and cheerful.
  8. People Love Bicycle: – Ugandan people love using bicycles.
  9. Huge Amount of Alcohol Consumption: – Uganda has been ranked as one of the biggest alcohol consuming nation in the world. Despite poverty, people consume alcohol a lot.
  10. The Youngest Country In The World: – An Astonishing fact is that nearly 50% population in Uganda is under the age of 14. With such low age, it is world’s youngest country. The average age of Ugandan’s is just 50 to 60 years.
  1. In terms of size, Uganda has the same size as Oregon State but comparatively, there is a very wide difference in the population with Uganda having a population of 34.5 million and Oregon having a population of mere 3,871,859
  2. There are 2 different dry seasons in Uganda: between December and February and between June and August every year. The average temperature is about 26 degrees centigrade, with a maximum of 18-35 degrees and a minimum of 8-23 degrees depending on the part of the country. Rainfall ranges between 500mm to 2500 mm and the relative humidity is 70% -100%
  3. If you are presented with a meal of pan fried grasshoppers in Uganda, consider yourself a special guest because it is one of the favourite treats in the country
  4. “I need to make a short call” is a sentence that is usually used to mean going to rest room in Uganda
  5. Uganda is the place to visit if you want to find the endangered mountain gorillas which are currently less than 750 in population in the world. They are found in these locations: the Bwindi National Park, Parc de Volcanoes National park in Rwanda, and the Virunga in Congo.
  6. About 10 million people in Uganda have mobile phones (approximately one-third of the population)
  7. Matooke is a very popular food in Uganda and a favourite food for most people in the country. It is a plantain type of banana that is prepared by cooking in banana leaves.
  8. Women are the civil engineers and contractors in Uganda because women do most of the work needed in building a mud house while the men only install the roof.
  9. The favourite sport in Uganda is Soccer in which the country ranks number 24 in Africa and 93 in the world.
  10. The Daily Monitor is a Ugandan newspaper that is published in English. It is one of the few newspapers in Uganda that publishes unbiased news report for latest news events in Uganda.
  11. Boda-bodas is the name given to Ugandan motorcycle transport because they were formerly used to transport people across the “no-mans-land” ( a patch of land between the Kenya/Ugandan border posts.

Nile River from source to mouth

Nile River from source to mouth | With an estimated length of almost 6.700 km the Nile is the longest river in the world.

The White Nile rises in Lake Victoria in Uganda. Until today the discussion about the real source is still going on. Since 2006 the British discoverer Neil McGregor claims having found the most distant source in Rwanda, at the beginning of the Kagera River with its mouth in the western part of Lake Victoria.

The Nile leaves this largest lake of Africa at Ripon Falls near Jinja in Uganda. For 500 kilometres the so called Victoria Nile flows in northern direction.

After the passing of the famous Murchison Falls, the river flows into Lake Albert. From here the river is known as the Albert Nile and is the last part of the river on Ugandan territory. Via South Sudan, the White Nile enters Sudan. Read More…

New Gorilla habituation Experience in Bwindi

New Gorilla habituation Experience in BwindiNew Gorilla habituation Experience in Bwindi – Rushaga Section

Gorilla Habituation Permits are readily available at US$ 1,500 and the number of permits is very limited to 4 permits for a group of gorillas being habituated in the Rushaga section. Have a joyful experience in just 3 days. At Duiker Safaris, we bring you the rarest experiences in the Jungles of Africa and this time meet, mingle, laugh and cheer with the habituated Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi –Rushaga region. Tourists join the research team and have maximum up to 4 hours with the gentle giants. Consider creating a life time memory that will last forever. Read More….

Why You Should Spend Your Holiday In The Country? Discover Uganda

Discover Uganda: Why You Should Spend Your Holiday In The Country Discover Uganda

super-deluxe-tent-balcony-at-sunset6-jl Discover UgandaSuper deluxe tent balcony at sunset | Uganda recorded over 1.3million tourist arrivals in 2014. Kindly tell us about the country’s unique tourism products and services.

Discover Uganda | Uganda is a country of diversity in its people, natural inheritance, lands, foods, weather—name it. It is pretty tough getting what is unique to Uganda because there are many products and services to fit that profile.

Uganda has 54% of all the mountain gorillas in the world. Considering that there are only 880 or so mountain gorillas, this is a significant contribution to world heritage. The mountain gorillas are found in the world heritage site of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (50% of world mountain gorillas) and Mgahinga National Park. Read More….. 

Why go on a Mountain Gorilla tracking in Uganda

Why Uganda is the best place to go on an African Mountain Gorilla tracking (trekking) Safari Tour

Why Uganda is the best place to go on an African Mountain Gorilla tracking (trekking)The question one is asked often – “Why should I go on a Mountain Gorilla tracking (trekking) Safari Tour in Uganda?” Why not Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of Congo?

The answer to that is very simple and there are many reasons why Uganda is the best choice to go Mountain Gorilla tracking (trekking) and in Uganda, you can easily combine Mountain Gorilla Viewing with the fabulous Ugandan Wildlife and or go Birding.

This is Because; Uganda is safe and secure, Uganda has over half the population of Mountain Gorillas in the World, Combine Mountain Gorilla tracking (trekking) with a Uganda Wildlife Safari, Combine Mountain Gorilla tracking (trekking) with the most fabulous Birding in Africa. Read More……

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.