Nile Cruise in Uganda

RIVER NILE

River Nile is famous to as the longest river in the entire world  with its source beginning in Jinja found in Uganda. Its name was derived from a Greek word ‘Nile’ for ‘valley’. The river begins from the North-eastern section of Africa and flows to the nearby areas adjacent to the equator continuing to the Safari desert until it finally pours into the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile is approximately 6696 km long flowing through 9 countries (Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Egypt,Kenya) although most concentration is focused on Uganda and Egypt.

This well-known river has 2 major twigs, the blue Nile which joins in Khartoum and forms the central part of the Nile that comprises of Cataract Nile and the Egyptian Nile, and the white Nile which is the longest and separates into 3 parts; the lake plateau area, The sudd and the central Sudan area.

hippos uganda

The Nile has played a great role in the modernization of several countries such as Uganda plus Egypt. Because of its fascinating history, many people have visited Uganda. The Nile offers power to Uganda as a form of hydro electricity (the Nile has the Owen Falls Dam where hydro electricity is generated plus another dam constructed almost to completion) which the people use to run their day to day activities as well as run the economy. The Nile’s banks are very fertile and suitable for agriculture as well as offer water for domestic use. The Nile in addition is a source of life to various animals that come to drink its waters like crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes among many others.

many tourist activities such as white water rafting, boat rides, bungee jumping, fishing and  Kayaking are done on the Nile. These have drawn big numbers of foreign tourists to visit Uganda hence enabling them explore Uganda – the peal of Africa.

The perfect way to get a closer feel of the great Nile is by joining in on a Nile cruise on a Murchison falls Uganda tour, which will help you unveil the hidden beauty of the country. As you organize a tour to Uganda, the Nile should be among the must-visit places before you return home.

Reserving a safari along the River Nile offers you the various activities such as Bungee jump. A small number of kilometers away, is Itanda and busowoko Falls, a capital for adventurers with Grade Five white-water rafting, mountain-biking, kayaking, as well as river boarding. These exciting activities present an exceptional opportunity to explore the banks of the river, going though farms, villages plus forests beside the River Nile.

Along the course of the Nile is Lake Kyoga which feeds the Nile with fresh water. From here it flows on through the stunning Murchison Falls National Park, and there it pours its millions of liters through a small 7 meter gorge dropping below to 43 meters hence forming the breathtaking Murchison falls. Activities like spot fishing, scenic viewing plus game drives can be enjoyed on a safari in this area to offer you a thrilling experience.
The Murchison Falls National Park derived its name from the Murchison falls and it offers boat trips to the bottom of the falls with en-route sights of hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles and various bird species. In addition this park organizes enjoyable nature walks to the peak of the falls which are also very rewarding.

From here, the Nile flows on through Lake Albert on through northern Uganda, to Sudan all the way through to Egypt where it pours it volumes into the Mediterranean Sea.

Kibiro Salt Gardens-Fishing Villages-Lake Albert

Kibiro is known as a small fishing village found at the base of the Western Rift valley along the Southeastern shores of Lake Albert in Uganda and majorly what people in this area do is fishing, produce and trade salt. In the fishing villages of Kibiro there are Hot springs situated also at the shores in Kigorobyo sub-county, hence can be reached after an hour of travel by road from Hoima town approximately 35 km.

The location of Kibiro has been one of the reasons why most tourists don’t reach there but visiting Kibiro salt gardens is an amazing and adventurous thing one can ever do while on a Uganda safari. The area is like any other fishing villages on Lake Albert but was distinguishes it is the Salt Gardens found here. You can access this area only by boat along L.Albert, on foot, using a monster 4X4 vehicle or having a hike to the base of the Escarpment.

Kibiro salt gardens are on the land controlled by the Bunyoro Kingdom, so for many years these gardens have provided salt to this kingdom. At the starting point of the gardens there are people selling salt along the road, which is a great eye opener to what you will see.

Locals don’t really earn much and yet they go through hardship to make salt, all they do is to carry salt and fish up the escarpment to sell and get money or do barter with those found at the top. Women mainly carry out salt production; it has been the case even in the past years.

The hot springs

As earlier said there are hot springs in the area and the water boils at 100°C every time, most people visit this area for various reasons and one of them being healing. It is great to watch water form bubbles as it reaches its boiling point, you can place in Irish potatoes, green bananas, even eggs to experiment; and these foods get ready and can be served. This water forms a stream flowing to the west where it meanders to pour in L. Albert, the worst part of it is some animals die, especially when they enter water thinking its temperature is like that of Lake Albert.

Mining and Processing Salt 

Since the area is home to many salt gardens of course mining and processing salt is highly done and where this activity is done it is the salt garden. Water in this area is salty so it flows over salty soils, so the locals choose to use traditional ways of mining and processing salt for consumption.

They sprinkle dry soil on the moist soil in the water channel, after some time it dries up and salt can be easily picked, though with soil. So they go on to collect it and put in a big filter, place the filter on a container/a bucket. Later, water is poured in the salty soil and left to go through the filter to the bucket, after the salt solution got is burnt until what is got are salt crystals which turn into big cones after.

What to carry

Visitors are advised to carry enough drinking water, snacks, long sleeved shirts, long trousers, and hiking boots, also a walking stick will be given for support during the hike.

Beliefs and Myths

The locals that stay near hot springs have different beliefs and myths told to foreigners and other visitors. So while here local guides will take you around as they explain to you what you need to know. Some locals believe that the water in the hot springs completely cures many diseases like scabies, wounds, and measles among others. They also believe that hot springs can be visited up to 7pm because after that time spirits are in the springs and if you are there you can anger them among other myths.

Mgahinga gorilla national Park Uganda

Mgahinga gorilla national park is the smallest wildlife park in Uganda. It is found in the south western corner of the country in the Virunga Mountains. It covers the northern slopes of three of the Virunga volcanoes namely; Mt Muhavura, Mt Sabinyo and Mt Gahinga. It is famous for the mountain gorillas that inhabit the area, but the beautiful scenery is part of what makes Mgahinga a popular Uganda tour spot.

Wildlife in Mgahinga

The park has 9 habituated gorillas 2 silverbacks, 3 adult females, 2 juveniles and 2 infants which make gorilla trekking possible. This small park does not have as large a population of wildlife as the neighbouring Bwindi impenetrable park. It has about 39 species of mammals

ecorded, but the number could possibly be more than that. Some of the animals found in the park include, side stripped jackals, bush pigs, golden cat, serval cat, leopard, spotted hyena, side-striped jackal, black-fronted duiker forest buffalos, elephants, bushbucks, golden cats, , fronted duikers, giant forest hogs and the South African Porcupines.

Mgahinga has about 79 bird species including some that are endemic to the Eastern Congo montane.

Visiting Mgahinga

Mgahinga is open and a good place to visit all year round, but the best time to visit is in the drier season. The drier months include December to January and June to August. Because the park is located in perhaps the coldest area in Uganda, what counts as the drier season, is not as hot as it would be in other parts of the country, but there is less rain during those months. The trails are usually slippery and harder to navigate during the wet season, but it is a good time for bird watching.

Bird watching can also be done throughout the year.

What to do in Mgahinga

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is an interesting place to visit, you can of course go gorilla trekking, volcano hikes, because of it is located on the slopes of  3 extinct volcanoes Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhavura, and there are guided walks to the Garama cave. There is also bird watching; Sabinyo trail is very popular for birdwatcher. You can also go on a border trail, a 5 hour hike that covers about 10km and you do not need a visa to cross the border while on the hike.

This small park offers a unique experience of African wildlife. If you are planning  a Uganda safari trip, be sure to add Mhaginga to your itinerary.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is very popular gorillas tracking. In uganda its popularity is only exceeded by Bwindi Impenetrable National park. The park is open for gorilla tracking all year round although some seasons are a better time than others. The best time to visit for gorilla trekking and game viewing is during the drier season that runs from June – august, ans December – January.

Behold Uganda’s Tourism City, Fort Portal

Beautiful people, beautiful nature, unique environment and serenity are some of the descriptions that will spark you when you set foot in Fort Portal, the now famous Uganda’s Tourism City in the making.

Lying in mid-western Uganda, Fort Portal also Tooro kingdom’s capital is a gateway to some of the most beautiful sceneries and unique environment nature has to offer on earth giving you access to numerous crater lakes, hills, mountains, endemic fauna and flora and one of the most beautiful, serene and hospitable people you can find, the Batooro that comprise the majority of the population.

Fort Portal has in the last couple of years been sought as Uganda’s pearl of Tourism since it’s strategically located in the heart of most of the major tourism sites and activities in Uganda found in the Albertine region prompting the government to consider it in the National Development Plan. Fort Portal is now referred to as a tourism or tourist city.

In simple terms, a city is a place where people live that is larger or more important than a town or an area where many people live and work.

The true definition of Fort Portal as a city entirely lies in “Tourism” thus the Tourism City title. By nature, location, environment and people, Fort Portal is unrivaled as being the heart of most of Uganda’s tourism sites and activities. Fort Portal is in other words the Tourism Capital of Uganda due to its natural in-statement.

Fort Portal is strategically located in the heart of major tourism sites including the snowcapped mountains of the moon, commonly known as RwenzoriMountains,Semuliki national park Uganda’s largest Queen Elizabeth National Park, is home to gorillas and chimpanzees and a host of other primates,is a centre of over incredible crater lakes, theMwenge and Kibaale natural forests featuring over 400species of birds, other animals and 1000s of flora species.

Fort Portal beholds of the most complete and all inclusive climate with balanced weather throughout the year favoring stable farming and human settlement all year round.

Serenity and hospitability are the phenomena that make up tourism; all these are completely by nature found in Fort Portal on top of the Batooro who are naturally hospitable, beautiful and the most peaceful ethnic group in Uganda creating a whole exciting welcoming tourism environment capped by the endless and numerous tourist activities and sites.

Amenities that make Fort Portal special tourism applause

All major Roads to from Fort Portal to other major town and tourism sites are tarmacked namely; Fort portal-Kasese, Fort Portal-Ntoroko, Fort Portal-Bundibugyo, Fort Portal-Kampala, Fort Portal-Mbarara and Fort Portal-Kamwenge road that is under completion making those places easily accessible from Fort Portal

  • Located in the centre; all the major tourism sites are not more than an hour away from Fort Portal at an average of 80KM/hr making it possible for to and fro journeys daily from Fort Portal
  • Serene, peaceful and tranquil; Fort Portal has not experienced any form of violence and threats in many years making it the most secure place to settle for any tourist in Uganda.
  • The welcoming and hospitable nature of the Batooro keeps any visitor comfortable giving a home away from home feel to tourists
  • With Fort Portal’s nature and environment, lots of fun activities can be created in different places in addition to the usual clubbing, bar going, ball games and athletics.
  • Fort Portal is geographically located in the windward side of Rwenzori mountains hence the most favorable weather there is
  • Fort Portal is also located on a high rise making it a no flood zone despite heavy rains evenly distributed throughout the year making it even safer.

Fort Portal due to its tourism city phenomenon will over the years be a unique metropolitan area with a blossoming hotel and hospitality industry holding hundreds of thousands of tourists at any single time from across the world boosting lots of other local businesses including majorly the transport and agriculture/food sectors.

Fort Portal is expected to be a fully fledged tourism city by 2040 according to the government’s national development plan will be easily attained with increased government financing and focus on infrastructure development and providing incentives to intending tourism investors both local and international.

Fort Portal stands out to be unrivaled as the tourism destination in Uganda which provides huge potential for employment of the young workforce hence increasing the per capita income of the local households. Let us unite to build a more environmemetally friendly Tourism City with the century old botanical gardens in the surroundings.Book your trip to the tourism city with verdoro safaris uganda.

Tooro Royal Palace.

Tooro Kingdom in western Uganda is one of the most interesting Kingdoms with some of the most breathtaking natural and cultural attractions worth exploring while on a safari. When it comes to culture, this Kingdom is a true African boiling pot with so much to explore than you can ever imagine. To remove your curiosity, the mind-blowing Amabere Caves and the Karambi Royal Tombs are all found within Tooro Kingdom in Western Uganda. Another mind-blowing cultural site within this region is the Tooro Royal Palace.

This beautiful Place was constructed in 1963, fell into destruction after the abolition of Kingdoms by Obote I government in 1966 but was newly refurbished in 2001 with the assistance of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi (former leader of Libya). The beautiful structure is the Royal Palace of the King (Omukama) of Tooro Kingdom and is found on Kabarole Hill near the serene Fortportal Town hence offers a 360-degree Panoramic Views of the surrounding areas. This Kingdom has one of the most interesting things and is where you will get to learn about the rich history of the Kingdom including how the reigning King took over power and at what age and the relations of the Kingdom with the fallen leader of Libya-Colonel Gadhafi among others riveting facts.

The current King of this exceptional Kingdom is Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV. Omukama Oyo took succeeded his father Omukama Rukirabasaija Patrick David Mathew Kaboyo Olimi III (12th King of Toro Kingdom) in 1995 at the tender age of three years after the sudden death of the former King.  However, the Kingdom was ruled by Traditional elders until Oyo was of age (18 years). The word “Kabarole” means “let them see” and derived the name from the terrain of the place. The fact that Kabarole is found on a hilly place, it offers picturesque views of the areas surrounding the Kingdom (Royal Palace).

Outside the Palace is where you will see other temporary structures (grass thatched houses) in which the Omukama performs the annual Coronation anniversaries, locally known as “Empango” (just as it is called in Bunyoro Kingdom).If you are conversant with Bunyoro Kingdom, you will concur that most of the cultural practices are the same. For instance a King in Bunyoro is also known as Omukama. When you visit this Palace, you will get to learn more about how these two Kingdoms came to be what they are today.

Kabarole Royal Palace is a very significant site to the entire Tooro Kingdom, mostly because it is where the Empango (Annual Coronation Ceremonies) are conducted and is also the residence or palace for the King. When you visit the Site while on a Safari, you will meet the caretaker who will also be the guide and he will take you around the palace while sharing the stories about the Kingship and history of Tooro Kingdom that makes the Palace a perfect Cultural Site for tourists within and outside of Tooro Kingdom. You will also learn about some of the Ceremonies that take place around the Palace, although you will not be allowed to enter inside the Palace.

In conclusion, the Tooro Royal Place is one of the must-visit Cultural Sites to visit while on a safari in Uganda, especially in western Uganda. Don’t visit Kibale Forest National Park and leave without visiting the site that brings history of Tooro Kingdom back to life.

Zebra

Zebras stick together in herds. Within a herd, zebras tend to stay together in smaller family groups. Families are generally made up of a male, several females, and their young.

As a zebra grazes, it uses its sharper front teeth to bite the grass, and then uses its duller back teeth to crush and grind. A zebra’s teeth keep growing for its entire life, because constant grazing and chewing wears them down.

Zebras are constantly on the move to find fresh grass and water. Sometimes they gather in huge herds of thousands as they migrate to better feeding grounds. They often travel in mixed herds with other grazers and browsers, such as wildebeest.

Brovad sands lodge-Ssese Islands

Brovad Sands Lodge -Tucked away in the charming island of Bugala in Ssese Islands on lake Victoria is the tropical hideaway of Uganda, a blissful holiday beach resort that is inviting, cozy, relaxing with direct Water access. A beautiful property embraced by a private natural white sand beach and shaded by soaring natural vegetation, trees, Brovad Sands Lodge is a fascinating treasure immersed in history and tradition.

Brovad sands lodge has exclusive offers for the spa, massage, and sauna. contact us for more details about these offers.

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  • Accommodation on full board basis
  • Transport from Kampala to Ssese and back to Kampala
  • Guided Forest Walk
  • Boat ride
  • Private dinner at the beach with a complimentary cocktail juice
  • Congratulatory Bottle of wine and fruit basket
  • Breakfast in bed on a morning of your choice
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Uganda culinary tour

We at Verdoro safaris Uganda will help you uncover a world of authentic, mouth-watering Uganda food tours designed to suit any budget, appetite and time frame. Chop, slice and eat your way through Uganda, experiencing one of the freshest and most fragrant cuisines on the African continent

By pairing the classic Verdoro safais travel style with a special food focus, our Uganda itineraries aim to really get you under the skin of Uganda’s most exciting food cultures. It might be spoiling your tastebuds with flavour-filled curries in, making your own wine, making a rolex in Jinja, making luwombo in a cooking class in Kampala, malewa, katogo or tucking into home cooking on an overnight homestay in a village.

Discover the stories behind these foods and the reason why Uganda is fast becoming a food destination. we organizes an exciting monthly tour that scopes out food experiences around the country.

These are real-Africa experiences with a foodie twist: one part culture, one part adventure and three parts delicious. From bite-sized trips to gastronomic odysseys, we’ll get you munching, crunching, sipping and slurping just like the Ugandan locals.

Are these Uganda culinary tours right for you?

  • This Uganda trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of Uganda’s cuisine.
  • The Ugandan people are some of the most welcoming in the world. A homestay in Uganda allows you to experience this African hospitality, learn the kitchen secrets and get an insight into rural life.
  • While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust.
  • In Uganda, dietary restrictions are not common or well understood. If you have dietary requirements, please advise us at time of booking to receive information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed.
  • Uganda’s climate is sultry and tropical, so can get really hot and humid. Wear loose clothing and make sure you stay hydrated, especially while out on walking tours.
  • You might be covering a fair amount of ground on this trip, so be prepared for some driving.

What is included in the Uganda culinary tours;

  • Meals- breakfasts, lunches, dinners
  • Transport- Van with a tour guide/ driver
  • Accommodation- Hotel, Lodge, Homestay

Everything we do is tailor-made; our Uganda culinary tours itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect Uganda cultural exclusively for you.

Nile Crocodile

The Nile crocodile has a somewhat deserved reputation as a vicious man-eater.

Attacks on Humans

The proximity of much of its habitat to people means run-ins are frequent. And its virtually indiscriminate diet means a villager washing clothes by a riverbank might look just as tasty as a migrating wildebeest. Firm numbers are sketchy, but estimates are that up to 200 people may die each year in the jaws of a Nile croc.

Size and Habitat

Africa’s largest crocodilian can reach a maximum size of about 20 feet and can weigh up to 1,650 pounds. Average sizes, though, are more in the range of 16 feet and 500 pounds. They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Nile Basin, and Madagascar in rivers, freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps.

Diet

The diet of the Nile crocodile is mainly fish, but it will attack almost anything unfortunate enough to cross its path, including zebras, small hippos, porcupines, birds, and other crocodiles. It will also scavenge carrion, and can eat up to half its body weight at a feeding.

Reproduction

One unusual characteristic of this fearsome predator is its caring nature as a parent. Where most reptiles lay their eggs and move on, mother and father Nile crocs ferociously guard their nests until the eggs hatch, and they will often roll the eggs gently in their mouths to help hatching babies emerge.

Threats to Survival

Hunted close to extinction in the 1940s through the 1960s, local and international protections have helped them rebound in most areas. In some regions, though, pollution, hunting, and habitat loss have severely depleted their numbers.

Kampala City Tour

Kampala is a vibrant city of approximately three million people by day and 1 million people by night. The city is on twenty-seven hills but was originally built on seven hills just like Rome. The hills were of historical, colonial, and religious importance. Kampala is a generally safe city with no hassle directed to tourists but like any major city, you are advised to take care of your belongings. The city tour takes you to the historical, religious, and cultural sites as well as meeting with everyday Ugandans as they go about the daily errands of running all kinds of micro business to support their families. The Original seven hills’ of Kampala are Makerere hill – where Makerere University is located, Kololo Hill – the colonial administrative hill, Rubaga Hill – the home to Catholic church Cathedral, Namirembe Hill – home to Anglican church Cathedral; Mengo Hill – Kabaka’s administration center, Mbuya Hill- location of the biggest army barracks and Kibuli Hill- the Islam center.