Game Viewing Tours

Game Viewing Tour in Murchison Falls National ParkJewel of the Nile
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. Notable visitors to the park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and several British royals.

Game viewing Tour  for the Big Game: The park has 4 of the “Big Five” but completes the big five by visitin the Rhino Sanctuary located about 150 Km away. Also well known for its giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs. Resident crocodiles and hippos as well as other, visiting wildlife are found along the river.

Primates: Olive baboons, Blue and red-tailed monkeys and black-and-white colobus, the savanna-dwelling patas monkey a nd chimpanzees to a population of 800 live in the Kaniyo Pabidi and Budongo Forests. 

Bird List:The rarest Shoebill Stork, the Goliath Heron – the largest heron in the world – and pairs of elegant Grey Crowned Cranes – Uganda’s national bird. Also seen along the banks of the Nile are the Blue-headed Coucal, Swamp Flycatcher, Squacco Heron, African Jacana, Sandpipers, Denham’s Bustard, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Black-billed Barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Piapiac, Silverbird, Weaver Birds, Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eater, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver and African Quail-Finch.

What to do in the Park

  • Birding Watching; during the game drives, the launch trips, and in Budogo forest. The park’s main birding attraction is the Shoebill, best sighted in the dry season from January-March.
  • Chimpanzee tracking that takes about 3-4 hours to watching the chimps eat, play and interact.
  • Full-day chimp habituation experiences are also available for those who want to learn more about the habituation process and the fascinating behavior of our closest relatives.
  • Game viewing safaris best time is morning, and evening.
  • The launch trips upstream the bottom of the falls with memorable frontal view of the Falls and viewing so many game and birds along the Nile.
  • Boat ride downstream to the Nile-Lake Albert Delta, providing the best chance in Africa of sighting the elusive Shoebill and many game. Other sunset, honeymoon boat cruises on the Nile.
  • Hike to the top of the Murchison Falls to view how the magnificent falls are formed though a narrow gorge.
  • Sport Fishing on the Nile. The regular fish is Nile perch, the massive catch – record is 108kg.
  • Nature walks around chobe area.
  • Cultural Encounters with the Mubako Cultural Campfire Performances

Duration: Minimum Days for the trip can  be done in 2 Days

Game Viewing Tour in Queen Elizabeth National ParkMedley of wonders
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.

Big Game Viewing Tour: big cats ie lions, tree climbing lions, leopards, civet, genal and serval cats. About 5000 hippos, 2500 elephants and over 10,000 buffalo thriving in its grasslands and shorelines, Queen guarantees sightings of some of Africa’s most iconic species. Hearing the elephants’ calls reverberate around Queen’s crater-filled valleys is a magical experience. Other common herbivores include warthogs, waterbuck, Uganda kob and topi, as well as the sitatunga antelope.

Primates: Ten species of primates enjoy i.e chimpanzees, Vervet and black-and-white colobus monkeys, baboons.

Bird List: Birding: over 600 bird species, the biggest of any protected area in East Africa. A majority of the birds found in this area are regarded as famous birds of East Africa and are a must see for birdwatchers in Africa!

What to do in the Park

  • Game viewing Tour through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains and the Ishasha Sector offer virtually guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with warthogs and baboons, tree climbing lions in ishasha.
  • The Launch Trip on Kazinga Channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward.
  • Birding Watching best sites include; Kazinga Channel, Kasenyi Area, Mweya Peninsula, Maramagambo Forest, Ishasha Sector, Lake Kikorongo, Katunguru Bridge area and Katwe Area.
  • Wildlife Research Tours: This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the exotic birds and mammals that fill the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. Experiential tours lasts between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night.
  • Chimp Tracking in Kyambura Gorge, this activity teaches visitors about the ecosystems of Kyambura Gorge’s.
  • Visit to the Caves tucked beneath the shady canopy of the Maramagambo Forest is the “Bat Cave”.
  • Hiking/Nature Walks in the Mweya Peninsula, along the Ishasha River. Hike to the craters for scenic viewing.

Duration: Minimum Days for the trip can  be done in 2 Days

Game viewing Tour in Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses.
During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location.

Wildlife: greater and lesser kudu, eland and cheetah, the lion, leopard, spotted hyena and black-backed and side-striped jackals, elephant, Burchell’s zebra, bushpig, warthog, Rothschild’s giraffe, Cape buffalo, bushbuck, bushduiker, Defassa waterbuck, Bohor reedbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest and oribi.

Birds: List of About 475 species, second only in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park. A few species of note are the Ostrich, Kori Bustard and Karamoja Apalis. Birds of prey including Verreaux’s Eagle, Egyptian Vulture and Pygmy Falcon.

What to do in the Park

  • Birding Watching: done on the fringes of the Narus and Namamukweny Valleys. Among the birds seen are the Abyssinian Roller, Purple Heron, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and Clapperton’s Francolin.
  • Game drive mostly in Narus Valley and the Kidepo Valley Scenic Drive to Kanangorok Hot Springs,  Kidepo Valley, Kidepo Sand River.
  • Hiking walks to the Lomej Mountains and around Narus Valley extending.
  • Lorokul Cultural Group to discover the unique culture of the notorious, cattle-herding Karamojong occupy northeastern Uganda.

Duration: Minimum Days for the trip can  be done in 4 Days

Game viewing Tour in Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes lie within the park’s borders. Once covered by open savanna, Lake Mburo National Park now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. In the western part of the park, the savanna is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes.

What to do in the park

  • Birding Watching; The best the swampy valleys of Warukiri and Miriti, and the roadsides between Rwonyo camp and the jetty. There are also ideally-situated viewing platforms at the salt lick, in Miriti Valley, and in Rubanga Forest.
  • Launch Trips in Lake Mburo
  • Game Drives done in the vehicle or on foot.
  • Nature Walks, a guided walk to a salt lick where many animals are attracted to the salty rocks. Hikes through the woodland provide an opportunity to sight forest birds and mammals, while the walk to the top of the hill rewards visitors with a spectacular view of 9 of the region’s 14 lakes.
  • Horseback safaris, an exciting way to view wildlife, including eland and buffalo, warthog, topi, impala, duiker, bushbuck, waterbuck and zebra.
  • Lake Mburo contains around six species of fish, with tilapia being the most common. The designated fishing spot is at Mazinga.

Duration: Minimum Days for the trip can  be done in 2 Days

Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. It also contains over 375 species of birds. Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park.

Primates:chimpanzees our closest relative, the threatened red colobus and the rare I’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, bush baby and potto.

Other  Wildlife:ground-dwelling animals are difficult to see in dense forest like the elephants over 500, buffalos, leopards, warthogs, bush pigs, golden cats and duikers. A keen observer may spot reptiles and amphibians as well as a colorful variety of 250 species of butterflies.

Birding List:African Pitta, Green-breasted Pitta, Afep Pigeon, White-naped Pigeon, Crowned Eagle, Red-chested Owlet, Black Bee-eater, Western Nicator, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Little Greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, African Grey Parrot, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis ,Brown Illadopsis, Black-capped Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Dusky Crimsonwing, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Yellow Spotted Nicator, Little Green Bul, Black-eared Ground Thrush and the Abyssinian Ground-thrush.

What to do in the park

  • Bird watching at Kanyanchu and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, located just outside the park.
  • Chimpanzee tracking done in two shifts – in the morning and afternoon
  • Full day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience. This works with a chimp community which is undergoing habituation. Watch the chimps from the time they get out of their overnight nests between 6:00 – 6:30am before feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until it is time to build new nests around 7pm.

Duration: Minimum Days for the trip can  be done in 2 Days

Game Viewing Tour in Semuliki National Park
Semuliki National Park sprawls across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. The Semliki Valley contains numerous features associated with central rather than eastern Africa. Thatched huts are shaded by West African oil palms; the Semliki River (which forms the international boundary) is a miniature version of the Congo River, the forest is home to numerous Central African wildlife species, and the local population includes a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri. As a result, this park provides a taste of Central Africa without having to leave Uganda.

Birds List:Species to look out for here include the Nkulengu Rail, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Black-casqued Wattled Horbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, African Piculet, White-throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Crested Malimbe, Red-bellied Malimbe, Blue-billed malimbe, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch, Orange-cheeked Waxbill.

Wildlife:forest elephants and buffaloes which are smaller versions of their savannah-dwelling relatives, primates including the chimpanzee, baboon,grey-cheeked mangabey, black-and-white colobus, Central African red colobus, blue, red-tailed, de Brazza’s, vervet, and Dent’s mona monkeys. Nocturnal primates include the potto and bushbaby. Hippos and crocodiles are common along the Semliki River.

What to do in the Park

  • Birding at Sempaya, Ntandi , Kirumia River, and Lake Albert where shoebill stork is regularly seen. The Forest walks are also good for tracking water birds.
  • Sightseeing; the outer “male” and the inner, “female” hot springs, dominated by a boiling geyser. Eggs and (green plantain) can be cooked in these boiling.
  • Visit to the Batwa Community
  • Game drives done in the morning, afternoon and at night.
  • Hiking and Nature Walks in Semuliki.  The 13km Kirumia Trail runs through the heart of the forest to the Semuliki River. This 8 hour round trip starts at 8am and is perfect for birders. The 11km Red Monkey Track follows the park’s eastern border – a stronghold of the rare deBrazza’s monkey – to the Semliki River. Along the 8km Sempaya Nature Trail, you can view the hot springs and primates. This 2-4 hour hike can take place in the morning or afternoon.

Duration: Minimum Days for the trip can  be done in 2 Days

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Located southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.

Wildlife: Gorillas of about 340 in population and about 116 gorillas habituated. Gorillas are intelligent, majestic, gentle giants that share over 90% of their genetic material with humans. All of Bwindi’s habituated gorillas are known individually by the rangers and have been given names in order to identify them. The males can weigh more than 500lb and some silverbacks exceed 6ft!.

Other wildlife: The eleven primate species that include black-and-white colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys, baboons and chimps. There are also forest elephants and several species of antelopes. Of Bwindi’s 200 butterfly species, 42 are endemic to the Albertine Rift.

Birds List: Bwindi offers some of the finest montane forest bird watching in Africa, bird include; Globally threatened species such as African Green Broadbill and Shelley’s Crimsonwing, the Handsome Francolin; Black-billed Turaco; African Broadbill; Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters; Western Green Tinkerbird; Purple-breasted, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds; Short-tailed and Black-faced Rufous Warblers; Mountain-masked and Collared Apalis; Mountain and Yellow-streaked Greenbuls; and Many-colored Bush-Shrike.

What to do in the Park

  • Gorilla Tracking:  It is a humbling experience to the close to humans as they eat, rest, play and bond with their young. The tracking starts at 8:30am daily. Tours are limited to a maximum of eight people and visitors spend a maximum of one hour in the company of the gorillas in order to minimize behavioral disturbance and risk of disease transmission.
  • Birding Watching, along the main trail, the Buhoma Waterfall Trail and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija.
  • Batwa Trail Experience
  • Nature & Hiking guided walks. Diiferent trails include; Muyanga 33 meter Waterfall Walk,  Rushura Hill Walk, Muzubijiro Loop 6km walk around a hill, where you will encounter primates and birds and enjoy a view of the Virungas, The 14km Ivi River Walk , The Buhoma-Nkuringo Trail, The 4-6 hours Habinyanja (Railegh) Trail thorugh Munyaga River, Habigorogoro and Riyovi Ridge overlooking Buhoma River, “African Corner” named after a rock piece depicting a map of Africa. Following the steep ascent, keen hikers can enkoy a more relaxed gentle slope to the mighty Habinyanja swamp. Birders on this trail should watch out for the Pel’s Fishing Owl, African Black Duck and Black Bee Eaters, among others.
  • Cycling/Mountain Biking: through well-maintained 13km trail via Ivi River. You may bushbucks, black-and-white colobus and red-tailed monkeys.

Duration: Minimum Days for the trip can  be done in 3 Days

Mount Elgon National Park
Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. Located on the Uganda-Kenya border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna. The Park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer. Small antelopes, forest monkeys, elephants and buffalos also live on the mountainside. A climb on Mt. Elgon’s deserted moorlands unveils a magnificent and uncluttered wilderness without the summit-oriented approach common to many mountains: the ultimate goal on reaching the top of Mt. Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4321m Wagagai Peak, but the descent into the vast 40km² caldera.

  • Nature hike to the Mudange cliffs, known as the Walls of Death, with chances of seeing blue monkeys, black-and-white colobus and baboons are likely to cross your tracks.
  • Sipi Falls Nature
  • Rock climbing of about14. The toughest is a 35m climb while the easiest is 15m.
  • Hiking/Nature Walks to Kapkwai Cave passes through tropical and bamboo forest, then 11km hike to the Tutum Cave, with the option of camping overnight beside the cave. Visit to Khauka Cave Alternatively you can go to the viewpoint through Nabuyoga loop where you can see Jackson’s Summit and Wagagai peak.
  • Cultural Encounters in Mt. Elgon
  • A mountain biking to Chema Hill in Kapchorwa town with views of various waterfalls and the Karamoja plains.
  • Sport fishing is done above the highest of the three waterfalls at Sipi. The largest can weigh 3kgs.
  • Bird Watching around Kapkwai Forest , Cheptui Falls.

Duration: Minimum Days for the trip can  be done in 3 Days

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey. The park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. This tribe of hunter-gatherers was the forest’s “first people”. Mgahinga’s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in these countries. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.

Wildlife
Gorillas
: The Park is home to the habituated Nyakagezi gorilla group – a fairly nomadic bunch that have been known to cross the border into Rwanda and the Congo. The family includes the lead silverback Bugingo who is around 50 years old and father to most of the group; his silverback sons, Mark and Marfia; and two blackbacks, Rukundo and Ndungutse, who love to pose and play in the trees. The two females, Nshuti and Nyiramwiza, both have babies Furraha and Nkanda respectively.
Birds List:
The list includes the Ibis, Pin-tailed Whydah, Speckled Mousebird, Stone Chat, Grey-capped Warbler, Wax Bills, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Firefinch, White-naped Raven, Black Kite, Rwenzori Turaco, Blue-headed Coucal, Paradise Fly-catcher, Rwenzori Batis, Double-collared Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar.
Golden Monkeys: The endangered golden monkey is endemic to the Albertine Rift, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers a rare chance to track these striking creatures, high in the dense bamboo forests on the Gahinga trail. There is an estimated 3000-4000 individuals in the Virunga area which 42-60 are habituated in Mgahinga.
Other Wildlife: Mgahinga is home to 76 species of mammals, although they are difficult to glimpse in the wild forest vegetation. They include giant forest hogs, bush pigs, forest buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks, golden cats, side striped jackals, black fronted duikers and South African porcupines.

What to do in the Park
Birding in Mgahinga Gorilla: The three to four hour Gorge Trail between Gahinga and Sabinyo, the bamboo belt at about 2,500m above sea level, and the tall montane forest at 2,660m, Along the Uganda-Congo border.
Volcano Hiking:
The 8 hour summit to Mt. Sabinyo, at 3,669m, covers about 14km round trip.
The 6 hours hiking trip to Mt. Gahinga (3,474m), get to view the swamp-filled crater and giant lobelia and may spot golden monkeys.
Hike to Mt. Muhavura
is the highest peak at 4,127m, the trip is 12km for about 8 hours. At the top, Virunga Volcanoes, Lake Edward, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the peaks of the Rwenzori Can Be viewed.
Hiking Walks:
A 4 hours hike walk to the deep Sabinyo Gorge – a massive gash in the flank of Mount Sabinyo  very suitable for  bird watchers.
Nature Walks:
The walk to the Congo border with chances of sighting the calderas on top of the Gisozi hill, and Lake Mutanda.
The golden monkey
track, a 2 hours trek through former farmland to the bamboo forest. You may view the Virunga Volcano range and come across buffalo and duiker.
The Batwa Trail
: For generations, Mgahinga’s dense forests were home to the indigenous Batwa: hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine. When the national park was established the Batwa were evicted from the forest and abandoned their low-impact, nomadic lifestyle. The only time they are permitted to re-enter their cherished forest is as tour guides on the Batwa Trail, on which visitors will discover the magic of the Batwa’s ancient home while enjoying nature walks and learning about the cultural heritage. The Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques, gather honey, point out medicinal plants and demonstrate how to make bamboo cups. Guests are invited to the sacred Garama Cave, once a refuge for the Batwa, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes eerily around the depths of the dark cave, and leaves guests with a moving sense of the richness of this fading culture.
Duration: Minimum Days for the trip can  be done in 4 Days

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