Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps. The park covers 5,700 sq miles, (14,763 sq km), it’s larger than Connecticut, with at most a couple hundred vehicles driving around.

The Park can be divided into 3 sections. The popular southern/central part (Seronera Valley), is what the Maasai called the “serengit”, the land of endless plains. It’s classic savannah, dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife. The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River, and has more forests and dense bush. The north, Lobo area, meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.

Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within the 30,000 km² region. It’s unique ecosystem has inspired writers from Ernest Hemingway to Peter Mattheissen, filmakers like Hugo von Lawick and Alan Root as well as numerous photographers and scientists – many of which have put their works at our disposal to create this website.

The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.

It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back.

The Wildebeest travel through a variety of parks, reserves and protected areas and through a variety of habitat. Join us to explore the different forms of vegetation and landscapes of the Serengeti ecosystem and meet some of their most fascinating inhabitants.

African Village Tours Uganda

Village Tours in Uganda
Most villages in Uganda still hold their traditional way of life and many still follow the way their ancestors lived; it is evidenced by the traditional rituals, music, dance and drama, traditional way of harvesting, food preparation and cooking, among other things. Some of these villages have been mentioned below to guide you on which to visit. The most amazing thing about it, is that all these villages are located in the famous tourist sites such as National Parks, Forests, and Lakes among others.

African village safaris

Boomu Cultural Village

Boomu Cultural village also known as Boomu Women’s Group is an African setting neighboring Murchison Falls National Park. It was formed in 1999 by subsistence farmers from villages of Kigaragara and Kihaguzi, in a time when the northern region of the country was dry, there was less produce to sell and consume hence poverty and malnutrition levels increased.
So these people resorted to making crafts and what began as a small group, today is a beautiful community with gardens, traditional accommodation facilities, exceptional guided tours and a restaurant. In fact to enjoy this village to the fullest, you could spend a night in a real African hut, before getting to bed, sitting at the fire and listening to stories about this place from the elders is unforgettable.
Visiting this village introduces you the way the locals live; how they grow crops, how children get education, how baskets are woven, their traditional dances and cultural performances, and also how food is harvested, prepared, cooked and served in the authentic African way.
At Boomu you truly experience what is termed as an African authentic village setting. There is no solar or hydroelectric lighting, food is harvested directly from the garden and put on a locally made stove, then to your plate, most of the locals eat with their hands, tourists are given forks if it is what they want. There is even no refrigeration since all foods are fresh.

The Batwa Cultural Trail

The Batwa are an indigenous group of people famously known as pygmies. They used to live in unity with other forest inhabitants about 500,000years ago in huts made out of leaves and branches hence were referred to as the “Keepers of the Forest”.
Their stay in the forest never destroyed the forest since even their shelters were eco-friendly. They entirely depended on the forest for shelter, food, firewood, and fruits among others. It is said of them that “the way they love their bodies is how they love the forest”.
The Batwa lived in Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks, these parks are homes to the remaining endangered Mountain Gorillas. Around 1991, the lives of the Batwa totally changed when these parks were permanently established to protect the Rain forest and wildlife especially the Mountain Gorillas hence by 1992 all people living in these National Parks were evicted and were not given any compensation either in form of money or land from the Government.
But in 2011, the Batwa Cultural Trail was started in Mgahinga National Park by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). The members of the Pygmy community guide the visitors through the jungle and expose them to their ancient way of living including their old way of gathering fruits, hunting, collecting honey, traditional healing, and also other traditional performances like rituals done in caves and dances.
Today this cultural trail is so famous and every visitor to the park shouldn’t miss out on this great experience, it has helped the Batwa keep their traditions and beliefs. The trails are two; both a long one and a short one, the visitor is at liberty to choose the trail they will go for.
All proceeds from the visit support the community of the Batwa; they help in the development and sustaining of the community projects such as the maize mill, microfinance and the secondary school.

Entanda Cultural Village

Entanda village is a unique cultural tourist village that is aimed at preserving arts and crafts, traditions, culture, and performances of Uganda hence described as a Community Based Tourism Organization. All tourists to this village can be assured to experience and also participate in the old way of life for the Ugandan culture and the natural beauty in the village.
Entanda is a small village situated in Mityana district among green rolling hills about 1 hour drive from Kampala. People in Entanda have also ensured to preserve their traditional ways of animal keeping, bee keeping, farming, food harvesting, preparation, serving and cooking, growing of vegetables and fruits plus the traditional playing of games.
Entanda has a great historical background; it is said to have existed thousands of years ago when Kintu “the first man” to live in Buganda met death spirits that wanted to kill Nambi his wife. The death spirits also locally known as Walumbe used to dig very deep pits to hide and kill people. This is proved by the existence of about 240 deep pits and the Nambi rocks which today are used for traditional worship.
Tourists while at Entanda can engage in activities such as traditional dances, hunting, walks through forests, banana and coffee plantations, fruit harvesting, food preparation and cooking, and lessons about the traditionally made musical instruments.

Katwe Village Tour

The village is situated in Kasese district at the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The village is close to Katwe Lake, it is a salt lake and one of the economic activities carried out in this area is salt mining. A day in Katwe village is exceptional since visitors get a chance to meet the local people and involve in their day-to-day lives.
Visitors are welcomed in a local homestead where they get to observe how the residents harvest salt from the lake, they can also observe how food is traditionally prepared, cooked and also be able to taste it.
During the village tour, visitors should always keep in mind that by visiting they are giving back to the people, they can also visit a primary school in this village and see how the children get education. All proceeds from the visit go towards improving the health sector of this area and provide income to those that can’t mine salt to earn a living especially the elderly.

Nshenyi Village Tour

Nshenyi Village exposes visitors to the Ankole culture and traditions. This cultural village is situated on a farm at the edge of Ntungamo district in Kitwe Town. It is an hour’s drive if someone is coming from Mbarara town and takes only 30minutes to drive to this village from Ntungamo Town.
Nshenyi is a beautiful areas characterized with acacia trees, savannah grass, and lush rolling hills. This environment favors cattle rearing. The people in Nshenyi are pastoralists with agriculture as the main economic activity carried out. This is evidenced by a number of commercial crops and large banana plantations owned by various residents.
This place has activities that are unique for visitors hence it is visited by a number of people on safari in the western part of Uganda.

Activities include; traditional cooking, nature walks, visiting primary schools and local markets, milking the Ankole long-horned cattle, visit local homesteads, engage in tree planting, observe the processing of milk, discover how the homesteads do food processing and cultivation of crops, birders are also sure to spot a number of beautiful bird species, among other activities.

Rubuguri Village Tour

Rubuguri Village is situated at the edges of Bwindi Impenetrable NP a natural habitat to the world’s remaining endangered Mountain Gorillas. So it is very easy for the tourist to track Gorillas and wrap up the trip with a walk in the Village of Rubuguri.
Rubuguri village is a small isolated village with friendly inhabitants and can be accessed by a rustic road along the steep hillsides. While here, you can engage in a village walk through small homesteads, where you are able to meet the locals and enjoy their day to day way of life in this area.
Tourists can visit the local schools in the area, and also have a remarkable time watching people perform the Kikiga dance and sing amazing joyful traditional songs.

Karamoja Village Tour

Apart from sightseeing, a tour to a Karamojong community is defined as a participatory experience, because the tourist gets an opportunity to engage with the locals and learn more about their culture. One can also plan to have an overnight stay in a traditional hut.
A Karamojong Village is also locally called a “Manyatta”. Karamoja Manyattas are traditional homesteads for the Karamojong located near Kidepo National Park. It is where they live in harmony just like their ancestors lived and their culture and traditions have been preserved, so visiting a manyatta you get exposed to this amazing group of people.
The Karamojong live in an unspoiled part of the country; in the North Eastern part of Uganda. They are described as a tribe of fierce warriors, they are pastoralists who even feed on mainly animal products like milk, meat, blood among others. The women have tried to develop themselves by involving in the making of beads and crafts.
Therefore if one is on safari to Kidepo National Park, you could include visit a Manyatta on your itinerary.

sports tourism

Sports tourism is one of the fastest growing form of tourism world wide where a number of adventurous people move from one place to another to view or be part of a given sports activity. Many countries worldwide have embraced the idea of sports tourism and usually benefit a lot from it especially during extensive sports events like the Olympics, soccer and many other international sports.

When you look at Uganda, it is not just a place for unique wildlife experiences especially with gorilla trekking and wildlife safaris viewing unique wild animals like, the big five in Murchison falls national park or mountain gorillas in their natural homes – the forested mountains. The pearl of Africa has also proven to be a number one sport tourism destination because of the different exciting sports tourists engage in while on their visit. There are a number of tourism sports held in Uganda some of which including the following

Horse Back Riding

This is one of the most enjoyable sports activities in Uganda especially if done while in the national park. Today, lake Mburo national park has taken the initiative to enable tourist’s get up close to the wildlife while on horses. It may sound a little scary but its very safe because the horses used in this sport are very familiar with the major wild animals in the national park and are not usually afraid to take tourists for rides depending on ones preferred time period ranging from 30 minutes to several hours. The horses are managed by Mihingo lodge one of the luxurious lodges offering the best hospitality services in lake Mburo national park. The horse back ride does not require experiences as many first timers usually head for the adventure with the help of horse guides who are very skilled and take photographs of you while in the wild to capture memorable moments. Horse back riding is surely a tourism sports activity you must not miss while in Uganda.

Basketball

This is the most practiced sport today in a number of high schools and universities in Uganda. Every Friday, a number of local Ugandans gather at YMCA comprehensive institute in Wandegeya to cheer and have fun as they watch a number of players compete in what is commonly known as Friday night-lights. Some times bigger basketball competitions are held at the Lugogo indoor stadium that also attracts a number of domestic tourists. Do not hesitate to visit any of the two events to discover the sports skills the Ugandans have and also to have fun as you cheer out some of your best players.

Golf

Usually prepared by the Uganda golf tournament, golf is another sport that can be greatly enjoyed while in the pearl of Africa. Uganda has a number of golf courses for example those around the golf course hotel in Kampala city just near the Uganda golf club while other golf courses are in Jinja and Entebbe. Golf is a very relaxing sport and playing it in Uganda is very unique as it gives one a chance to feel and enjoy the cool climate of the pearl of Africa.

Sport Fishing

This is usually enjoyed by a number of tourists on different water bodies in the country even along the great river Nile – the longest river on the planet. Sport fishing in Uganda introduces tourists to the Ugandan fish species, which include the Nile perch, Tilapia, lungfish and many others. The major sport fishing grounds in Uganda include the Nile in Murchison falls national park which gives tourists a chance to fish as they view a number of unique wild animals along the river banks like the hippopotamus. Sport fishing activities are also done around Lake Victoria the third largest water body on earth and the source of the great river Nile as well as in other lakes like lake Mburo also located in a national park and therefore giving one a double experience of the wildlife and the sport itself. Do not miss to be part of this adventurous sport while in Uganda as you may likely come out with a big catch.

Tourism sports in Uganda can not be fully exploited because they are many most of which are very adventurous like bungee jumping in Jinja, white water rafting along the Nile in Jinja, squad biking, local football usually held at Mandela international stadium or Nakivubo stadium, beach volley ball held at the different beaches along Lake Victoria especially Lido and Speenah beaches and so many others.

Involving in tourism sports is very exciting and is a way of physical exercise and enables tourists to easily connect and interact with the local people therefore while in Uganda, ensure to participate in one sport of your choice.

Sightseeing Tours In Uganda

Just as described by Sir Winston Church hill in his book “My African Journey”, indeed Uganda is the Pearl of Africa. Its moderate climate, bird species, hospitable people, landscapes ranging from Mountains, to the rolling hills, valleys, forests, and the savannah grasslands. Wildlife including the Big 5 is another thing that catches the attention of most travelers, not forgetting half of the world’s remaining number of Magnificent Gorillas that live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and some in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks.

The country hosts over 1,061 bird species found in different areas. The lakes, rivers, water falls are spectacular and Uganda has the source of the second longest river in the world known as the River Nile, also the country shares part of Lake Victoria the third largest lake in the world. Most tourists enjoy sunset cruises, canoeing, and sport fishing on this lake.

Uganda has 10 National Parks, a number of game reserves, wildlife sanctuaries among others where a number of wildlife have found habitation. So these places offer the best to sightseers. In Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth, and Lake Mburo National Parks tourists can enjoy game drives, boat cruises, sport fishing, nature walks, birding, and in some of these parks you can spot the Big 4 if you are lucky. Queen Elizabeth National Park even offers an opportunity to spot the climbing lions in the Ishasha sector.

Another Park is Semuliki, it is a great spot for bird watching. It also has beautiful hot springs and an ancient rain forest. Kidepo Valley National Park is found in the north eastern part of Uganda and amongst all parks has a unique kind of landscape, wildlife, culture and also one can spot a cheetah while there.

Travellers that want to see Chimpanzees also known as closest relatives to human beings can visit Kibale Forest National Park to trek chimps in their natural habitat or take a boat to Ngamaba Island to see some these orphaned gentle creatures in sanctuary where they are being taken care of.

Hikers are also catered, there are a number of Mountains that can be hiked to the top such as the Rwenzori Mountains, Mount Elgon, and Mount Sabinyo, Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga which are part of the mighty Virungas and many more.

Indeed Uganda has a lot to offer and tourists can only be sure to have a remarkable time, the choice is with the traveler who also has to plan his or her trip accordingly and make all the inquiries needed. Below we have also indicated some of the major towns in Uganda where you can enjoy sightseeing.

Sightseeing in Entebbe

It’s inevitable to fly into Uganda and your first town is not Entebbe. Entebbe is found is in Wakiso District on a Lake Victoria peninsular and hosts the country’s International Airport. Entebbe is currently proving to be a great tourism town of Uganda. A sightseeing tour in Entebbe is an unforgettable experience mainly to those tourists that plan to spend a day or two in Entebbe before or after their wildlife safari.

Entebbe town offers many opportunities for half day and full day sightseeing tours, it being a small town, a number of attractions are within hence some can be accessed on foot, by boat or driving there.

There is a popular spot for both international and local tourists called the Uganda Wildlife Education Center or UWEC ZOO as many prefer calling it. It is home to different wild animals kept in a semi-natural environment, there are a number of activities tourists can engage in; Viewing chimpanzees at a closer range, keeper of the day, behind the scenes programs, general wildlife viewing.

A visit to Ngamba Island is remarkable, this Island is a sanctuary to orphaned chimpanzees. It is situated about 23km from the mainland in Entebbe hence it is accessed on either a speed boat or a motorized canoe. You can engage in any of the sessions either morning or afternoon which include being transferred to the island, listening to the care givers, viewing chimpanzees, community visits, nature walks and also birding.

Travellers interested in botanical gardens cannot miss out on the Entebbe Botanical Gardens, which are located 19 minutes away from the International Aiprot. The gardens were founded in 1898 and host over 320 exotic plant species, 115 bird species and abundant mammals. Also since Entebbe is on a peninsular there are a number of sand beaches on the Lake, you can visit any of them to relax from the long safari, be sure of the delicious fish. These beaches include; Spennah beach, Anderita Beach, Imperial Beaches, Lido Beach, Aero Beach and many more.

When a tourist is a birder, his/her trip is not complete without seeing the Shoebill, and Mabamba swamp is home to this bird. There also other bird species like the pallid harrier, papyrus yellow warbler, and the blue swallow. Birding is mainly done on a canoe as you navigate through the waterways to spot various birds. Also a sightseeing city tour in Entebbe can take you to different roadside markets where you can buy some souvenirs or just see how Ugandans conduct trade.

Sightseeing in Kampala 

For a long time now, most tourists have been engaging in city tours in Kampala and its outskirts. Kampala is the capital of Uganda and it is the first city to reach when you are coming from Entebbe. It has the busiest markets, shopping mall, arcades among others. Don’t be surprised with the much traffic and roadside vendors who are trying to earn a living by seeing their products to the people in their cars parked in traffic.

Some travellers prefer to walk around Kampala to its popular attractions, others drive along with a tour guide, but many both local and international use the Kampala sightseeing bus. It is a double decker open-roof bus that started to operate in December 2017. Using this bus gives you a unique road tour to visit different attractions while in Kampala. This bus has two daily tips with the first one starting at 9:00am, the journey can take 4 hours depending on the traffic.

This bus accommodates 64 passengers, basing on how much is paid drinks and snacks are inclusive. It begins the journey from BMK House near Hotel Africana. The choice is in your hands to go by the sightseeing bus or walk or by a hired private vehicle with a guide.

Whichever means you use you can visit the best spots in Kampala such as the Kabaka’s Lake, Uganda Museum, Rubaga Cathedral, Nakaseero Market, Namirembe Cathedral, Baha’i Temple, Kabaka (King’s) Royal Palace, the Gadhafi Mosque, Uganda National Theatre, Uganda martyr’s shrine Namugongo the Independence grounds, the Hindu Tempel, Kasubi Tombs, different craft shops and many more other places.

Kampala offers almost everything one would expect to find in a city, above all spending a night in one of Kampala’s hide outs is unforgettable since like many say, “Kampala offers the best night life”. You can’t worry of where to spend a night since hotels are easily accessible such as the high end hotels like Sheraton Hotel, the Kampala Serena Hotel, Hotel Africana and mid-range hotels like the Fat cat backpackers in Kamwokya, SS Hotel Kampala and many more.

Sightseeing in Jinja 

Jinja is located in Eastern Uganda about 81km from Kampala. It is a famous Adventure Capital in East Africa for adventurous tourists, it lies on Lake Victoria and the White Nile.

Firstly visit the source of River Nile, the world’s second longest River. It was discovered in 1858 by John Hanning Speke, he was the first European explorer to discover it. Near the river is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi and some of his ashes were scattered in the Nile. There are also various craft shops as you slope to the river. In order to experience this fully you can take a boat-ride along the Nile to its source and continue to Lake Victoria. Today this site is one of the most visited in Uganda.

The Itanda falls are found on River Nile and are situated about 27km northwest of Jinja town. These falls define what is called the Whitewater Nile, the sights and sounds in this area just mesmerize you. It is a perfect place for picnic outings, camping and birding. Most tourists prefer visiting it in order to relax and unwind before driving out of Jinja.

Other attractions include; Kyabirwa falls located about 8km form Jinja,  beaches on Lake Victoria such as the Tilapia club, Sailing club, islands in Lake Victoria like Samuka, Lwabitooke I & II, Ndaiga. More about these beaches is that apart from Samuka Island the other islands have not been fully exploited for tourism purposes.

Activities that can be done in Jinja include; Bungee jumping, Kayaking, Horseback riding, Whitewater rafting, camping, boat rides, sunset cruises, Quad biking, birding, standup paddling, community market visits and many more.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, there is something to do for every person in Jinja even many activities for the adventurous traveler, that is why Jinja cannot miss on your safari itinerary to Uganda.