Car hire service is increasingly becoming the most sought after and significant sector when it comes to tourism development not only in Uganda but across the world compared to the rest of other means of transportation.
The 4×4 car rentals are designed in such a way that visitors are able to explore what Uganda holds for the world in the open especially when they are in one of the magnificent tourist site and the national parks to explore most the floral and faunal species and also to view most of the natives as they conduct their daily activities in the countryside.
Entirely, this is what makes up some ones safari in African continent. If you are planning to have your next vacation to Uganda and you are interested in self drive adventures, then you will need that perfect car rental that will make you realize your dreams in Africa. A self drive safari comes with amazing benefits that you shouldn’t miss to enjoy while on Uganda safari and most of which include;
Uganda self drive features among the most convenient means of exploring what this country offers to the world despite your budget and the destination of your choice. Compared to guided safaris where tourist site selected is dictated by other members in the group, the self drive safari in Uganda offers you opportunity to make your independent decisions. If you are traveling as a family, you enjoy absolute convenience when it comes to making a stopover especially in areas with the most amazing panoramic views, take photos as many as possible or even when you want to help yourself along the way. There is no need for you to be rushed say by the guide or driver like it is the case with guided safaris.
Embrace leisure time
One of the major reasons why a self drive safari has become the best option is to escape the busy schedules and chill while exploring all that they wish at their own wish. Undertaking a self drive in Uganda improves your vacation so that you can conduct all that you want at your own pace. Interestingly, you have a freedom to take another optional route so that you can view most of what Uganda holds in terms of its stunning landscapes or make a stopover to interact with the natives and explore what their culture holds. Ideally, you become a controller and a boss of your own.
Easy accessibility to tourist site
Uganda features various kinds of tourist attractions that are widely distributed to different parts which make it a paradise of tourist attractions. The notable tourist destinations that are worth visiting while on Uganda self drive safari include Murchison Falls National Park, Bwindi National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Mount Elgon National Park and the Sipi Falls, Kibale National Park and many more and most of these are situated in the remotest areas of Uganda offering that authentic African experience of a lifetime. A self drive car hire is perfect for you to access these areas as there are limited public modes of transportation for you to embark on a to and fro journey to most of these protected areas.
Privacy is ideally most crucial when it comes to any safari and if you value privacy, then a self drive safari is the best option that you should undertake in your next vacation in Uganda. This spectacular country feature numerous most remarkable destinations most of which are endowed with African cultures and history which is hardly experienced. You can hire a vehicle plus highly quality camping gadget to help you make a camp whenever you feel like making a stopover for a bit longer time and this guarantees you that total privacy while on Uganda vacation.
In conclusion, hiring a self drive car in Uganda is undeniably one of the most sought after means of transportation that allows visitors to explore what this country offers to the world in terms of attraction. For visitors who are planning for a self drive adventure you have to be equipped with driving skills given the nature of Uganda’s roads.
A trek to see a group of chimpanzees in the jungles of Kyambura Gorge is remarkably one of the most rewarding experiences that visitors on safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park shouldn’t miss out in life. These unique primates thrive mainly in the dense and old forested gorge which also stretches via the African savanna. Kyambura gorge is also popular as valley of apes. A trip to Kyambura gorge rewards visitors beyond chimpanzees as the reserve also features distinct vegetation, birds, monkeys and many more. Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge is entirely discovering the general behavior of these unique creatures as they play, swing, interact with one another and many more features that will display for you to catch a glimpse. The usual trek lasts for 1 to 3 hours and it begins at 8:00am and 8:00pm.
Chimpanzees share about 98.7 percent of their DNA with humans and this makes them our closest cousins in the wild. They thrive in communities of about 15 to 12o members and they communicate by vocalization, body gestures, facial expressions and gestures just like humans. Kyambura gorge is one of the most incredible sites in Uganda that offer visitors a chance to spot chimpanzees while in their natural habitat. This reserve is famous to be a home to 25 habituated chimpanzees and they can be tracked by visitors on Uganda safaris. Also popular as Kyambura game reserve, Kyambura gorge forms part of Queen Elizabeth National Park which is credited for its stunning biodiversity both savanna and forest species.
Kyambura reserve was established as buffer zone to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The dry spell usually left the biggest part of the protected area parched though this stunning gorge an oasis of wildlife that is worth exploring. The water flows from rocks and maintains the gorge green throughout. This reserve is situated on the northeastern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park about 30 kilometers away from the park headquarters. It extends up to 16 kilometers south of Lake George and connects to Kazinga channel that makes up the northern boundary of the reserve.
The gorge lies within elevation of 1100 meters above sea level and it covers an area of around 156 square kilometers. Its visitor center is situated at the popular Fig tree camp just at the edge of the Kyambura gorge approximately 2.5 kilometers east of the main route via the turn off which is clearly marked, some 9 kilometers south of the bridge and this route isn’t in better conditions but hiring one of our best 4 by 4 safari cars you will certainly have a chance to realize your dreams. The gorge itself offers the most remarkable views in Uganda as it comes with amazing viewpoint platform where you will have a chance to take most of the outstanding photos of the gorge and surrounding savanna as well as the dense tropical forest. Besides chimpanzees, visitors also have a chance to spot other 12 more primates which include the vervet monkeys, giant forest hogs, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, red tailed monkeys and many mammal species. This remarkable game reserve isn’t only for primate watching but also a birder watchers paradise and the notable avian species for you to spot include the African fin foot, blue headed bee eater and several falcons as well as butterflies. Other birds to spot in this reserve include the flamingos especially at the 3 salty crater lakes. Its green riverine forest features birds like martial eagle, black rumped buttonquail, shoebill, bar tailed godwit, African skimmer, lesser and greater flamingo, Chapin’s flycatcher, white winged warbler, verreaux’s eagle owl, papyrus canary, papyrus gonolek, corncrake, pink backed pelicans and many more.
Chimpanzee trekking is the leading adventure which is conducted in Kyambura gorge and trekking permits cost $50 per visitor. You can book for one at Uganda Wildlife Authority and you will have a chance to strike your imaginations with these dramatic creatures. Like mountain gorilla trekking, trekking for chimpanzees also gives visitors only an hour of face to face encounter with these primates. The trek is breathtaking and visitors have to be physically well as it entirely involves hiking up and down the slopes of Kyambura gorge. Interested visitors for this lifetime experience should be above 15 years.
Kyambura gorge is reachable from Kampala city center via Mbarara for about 420 kilometers. Through Fort portal, it is 410 kilometers. You can also take chartered flights from Entebbe International Airport where you will land in one of the airstrips in southwestern Uganda at Mweya. The flight can take you not more than an hour compared to traveling by road which takes 6 hours’ drive from Kampala.
For night stays, the key accommodation facilities include Kingfisher Camp, Kyambura Gorge Safari Lodge, Jacana Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge and many more.
In conclusion, Kyambura gorge is more than chimpanzee trekking. Visitors have wide range of attractions and activities to enjoy which will make their stays very memorable while they are on safari in Uganda. You can incorporate your Kyambura gorge safaris with other exciting activities at Queen Elizabeth National Park.
It’s only Uganda in Africa with the most charming culture, entertainment and Natural beauty which make it the only perfect destination for foreign honey moon holiday. Apart from the amazing islands, Uganda has a wide range of beautiful attractions including wildlife parks, lakes & rivers, mountains, stunning landscape and the most well facilitated luxury lodges just in line with the honeymoon rations. Are you planning to wed soon and Africa is your honey moon choice destination?
The Gifted land of nature “Uganda” has enough attractions to put together and make your stay very exceptional and memorable following its best cool weather in every corner of the country. Besides all the Islands and beaches are open year round with a lot of relaxing activities and water sports. Bunyonyi is one of the most desired a place you shouldn’t miss out on your honeymoon holiday in Africa. Also visiting some of the beautiful parks –Queen Elizabeth, Murchison falls, Bwindi etc are one of the most recommended honeymoon destinations in the pearl of Africa since all tour activities are full of fun and relaxation. Other fun things to do include gorilla tracking, boat rides at the first-rate Kazinga channel and game viewing keep travelllers busy and happy in the wild as they explore the country’s beauty.
Make your honeymoon an event of a life time with a visit to Uganda’s top lesiurely destination Ssese Island found in a 2 hour distance from Entebbe international airport, Murchison falls, Kibale forest, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, and Lake Mburo & lake Bunyonyi. The island is accessed by a ferry which leaves Entebbe daily at 3.00pm arriving at the island at around 5.00pm but you have to be at the ferry stage or start point by 2.00pm-Nakiwogo Entebbe.
Spend two days around the island playing in sand and enjoying all the available water activities before travelling to Bwindi forest the land of Uganda’s prime attraction the Mountain Gorillas. Enjoy private walks around the lake, boat ride, sun bathing, have a fish meal together at pineapple bay a lodge which attends to detail. Swimming is a must either at the pool or lake followed the delicious meals meals served at the lodge in time. The lake side gardens offer the best relaxing environment to couples as they look at the island lake waters and beautiful landscape. The lodge rooms facing parade the island beauty to couples something you will also like through your stay at the island. No need to strain yourself walking distances in search of a perfect relaxing environment since your overnight lodge has it all.
In addition the stunning road drive journey to Uganda beautiful National park-Bwindi forest takes you to the Uganda Equator, opens a wide door for cultural displays and also a road side few minutes of wildlife viewing at Lake Mburo National park. Lunch pops in at a right time when you ready to break off for a journey chat with your spouse or driver and Igongo cultural Museum is a place to be in Mbarara. This quiet wildlife paradise has some of the most beautiful world class animals and the ever green forested landscape which extends to both Congo and Rwanda Boarder.
Staying in one of the most beautiful luxury lodges, Gorilla lodges-Mahogany springs, Gorilla forest camp, and Buhoma lodge sited just at the park entrance has always been the best option for couples to the park giving them ample time to wake up and prepare for the day’s main activity Gorilla tracking. The most exciting moment comes next morning which starts with a briefing from the park rangers and indeed it’s a moment to do and listen to what you truly waited for awhile, how to behave with Gorillas, what to do when you see them, how to marvel through the Jungle forest, who to go with, how long the trek takes, what you shouldn’t miss out during the trek etc. Next will be time for you to hit the jungle forest to search for the unique world class primates which are always found depending on their previous day movements, where they had their dinner & overnight. After the Gorilla encounter and photography couples prefer relaxing at the lodge and memorize the forest Magical beauty which they witnessed during the trek than taking on another afternoon forest walk.
Bunyonyi Island has always been the next couple choice after Bwindi forest sited in a one hour road distance and known for its unique environmental setting in the cool towns of Kabale. The island is another leisure top honeymoon spot in Uganda which give couples superb moments to cherish for a life time as they enjoy attractive views of different Islands, cool weather and relaxing environment. The sunrise in the morning can make every tree, grass, water look dazzling and amazing, changing the weather from cool to warm and breakfast in gardens becomes very tasty under the right setting. The Boat ride to visit different islands and short hikes keep couples busy and happy all day as the explore the island and nearby communities. Get a chance to visit the people of the forest the ‘Batwa’ during your stay and discover how true Africans still live in the ancient. Their grass thatched houses welcome you but the time spent with them is worthy looking at their way of life, culture and different family members.
Above all it’s more fun to combine island beach setting with Wildlife and water adventure activities in either Queen Elizabeth or Murchison falls National Park. You can choose to visit both or one and end your Africa honeymoon holiday in a romantic wildlife setting. People say both parks have similar activities but the experience isn’t the same. If time permits would recommend travellers to check out both parks and tell the difference .Morning & Evening game drives, Afternoon boat cruise, Chimpanzee tracking are the main park activities but a visit to the top of the falls and a forest walk excursion at Rhino sanctuary can only be experienced while in Murchison falls while viewing trees up close in trees is only possible at ishasha sector the reason to visit both parks. Spare some time and also enjoy some Uganda cultural treasures at Kampala National theatre, Ndere cultural centre, Kasubi Tombs, Sezibwa falls, Namugongo shrines and the Kabaka’s lake.
Uganda a block of East Africa hosts an incredible variety of habitats and wildlife. The conservation of these habitats into National Parks and Wildlife Reserves is the cornerstone for wildlife viewing. One of the most important geographical features of the region is the Great Rift Valley. The large depressions within the Rift Valley fed by streams have become great Lakes, around which many species of wildlife can be found.
They include several National Parks and Wildlife Reserves and concentrate on different aspects of wildlife observation. Some Uganda safari packages focus on a particular interest or activity like bird watching, primate viewing. Some safari guidelines bases on national Parks are too often selected for quantity of animals, certainty and ease of viewing on the game drives. Some National Parks became so popular that they are overcrowded with too many minibuses and jeeps getting careless and scaring animals. Animals move around, seasons change weather varies. There is no way of knowing what each day will bring and there is no guarantee that you’ll see absolutely everything you are after, but most safaris give an amazing wildlife experience!
The long stay is an important aspect, the more time you have to go on safari the more you will see! The chosen travel style will also greatly enhance your wildlife experience; Camping safari will offer you a different experience than lodge safari a part from Katara lodge in queen which provide wildlife view verandah. The game drives are the most common way to observe African wildlife and for most visitors the backbone of their safari. Game drives should be undertaken in a customized 4 x 4 drive vehicle with a driver-guide who has experience and knowledge of the area.
The game drives can be organized at any time of the day but you will have the best chances to encounter wildlife in the early morning and late afternoon. It is cooler and animals are then most active. A first-time visitor will want to see plenty of game, mainly large animals. Although the major animals are important, we advise not to get too caught up with ‘Big Five’ fever, the African wilderness has so much more to offer, especially its incredible bird-life, smaller mammals, primates, reptiles, trees and other plants… If you are receptive to learn about the different aspects of nature and conservation your trip will be much more meaningful and pleasurable.