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The fascinating Itanda Falls of Uganda

The fascinating Itanda Falls of Uganda

Located just about 27km from Jinja town, Itanda Falls is one of the magnificent-breathtaking attractions that Uganda has to offer. It only takes 45 minute from Jinja town to reach at these wonderful falls found on the longest River (River Nile).Strategically located along the River Nile, the Falls are near other great views of hills ,green grasslands, water birds and many more eye-catching features.

Itanda falls has a thread-like line between 4 large holes namely; the Cuban, the badplace, the ashtray and the pencil sharpener. These trashy holes are large and lead to changes in the water levels. While at Itanda falls, a visitor can experience an adventurous boat cruising that is accompanied by great nature views.

Today, Itanda Falls is one of the leading attractions in the Eastern Uganda, and many tourists from different countries can’t leave the country without having a glance at them. A visitor is exposed to wonderful views while at Itanda Falls followed by different activities like; kayaking, swimming, white water rafting, and many other adventurous activities. These activities are organized on request and are guided by trained people.

This magnificent Falls (Itanda Falls) have 3 levels of rapids along with grade 6 to 4.This has offered a wonderful experience to rafters, kayakers and many other visitors. The biggest problem facing the place is poor marketing, in that many visitors don’t know about this wonderful site and if not told, one finds himself/herself leaving Jinja without having a glance at the Falls. However, there are new plans set up by the ministry of Tourism that will see this place marketed and improved on both local and international levels.

The major cause for Itanda Falls conservation is the under exploitation of the area. The place makes a visitor relaxed and experience the River Nile to its fullest hence making a Safari in Uganda more colorful and adventurous.

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Road construction in Bwindi to improve accessibility

Road construction in Bwindi to improve accessibility

There is a new innovation that is going on in the parts of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest due to the construction of a 9km Kisoro-Kanungu road. On top of improving the transportation of goods, movement of people and communication, the road will ease the access to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Though the people are in support of the road construction, there is a risk of destroying the bio diversity of the park. Destroying some of the trees in the process will lead to a change in the climatic conditions. These tree aid in rainfall formation through evaporation and once they are reduced, the climatic conditions are to be affected. Apart from rainfall formation, the trees are used by the local people as firewood and are also used as grazing grounds for animals. Therefore, a road map should favor the animals and tree existence in the forest, especially the endangered species.

There are plans laid down by the government to promote conservation in-situ and ex-situlike retaining the endangered species in their ecological setup. Tree species are to be gazetted and protected from any mass destruction. Ex-situ conservation is the removing of tree species from their ecological habitat and taking them to conservation sites like seed banks, botanical gardens and tissue culture labs. This move will increase the trees’ protection and survival.

There is need to teach the local people near Bwindi about the advantages of protecting nature. This will instill a sense of belonging amongst them as they construct the road. During the construction of the infrastructure, maximum conservation of the species has to be maintained.

There is a new innovation that is going on in the parts of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest due to the construction of a 9km Kisoro-Kanungu road. On top of improving the transportation of goods, movement of people and communication, the road will ease the access to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Though the people are in support of the road construction, there is a risk of destroying the bio diversity of the park. Destroying some of the trees in the process will lead to a change in the climatic conditions. These tree aid in rainfall formation through evaporation and once they are reduced, the climatic conditions are to be affected. Apart from rainfall formation, the trees are used by the local people as firewood and are also used as grazing grounds for animals. Therefore, a road map should favour the animals and tree existence in the forest, especially the endangered species.

There are plans laid down by the government to promote conservation in-situ and ex-situlike retaining the endangered species in their ecological setup. Tree species are to be gazetted and protected from any mass destruction. Ex-situ conservation is the removing of tree species from their ecological habitat and taking them to conservation sites like seed banks, botanical gardens and tissue culture labs. This move will increase the trees’ protection and survival.

There is need to teach the local people near Bwindi about the advantages of protecting nature. This will instill a sense of belonging amongst them as they construct the road. During the construction of the infrastructure, maximum conservation of the species has to be maintained.

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A new Monkey specie in Uganda

A new Monkey specie in Uganda

Ugandans and Tourists from different parts of the world are to experience a new form of tourism activity which will involve tracking the rear Mangabey monkeys.Mangabey Monkeys have been missing on the primate packages in Uganda’s parks and tourists were exposed to other primates like the grey cheeked monkeys. These monkeys’ existence is largely limited to Uganda and to a small extent, they can also be found in Tanzania.

The government of Uganda has embarked on the move of promoting these rear species and they are regarded as the country’s newest tourism product. To do this, the government commissioned the monkeys’ habituation recently so as to protect and keep a close look at them. This is mainly done by the Ministry of Environment, The National Forestry Authority and Nature and Livelihood (an NGO in Uganda).

The monkeys are rare to find and Uganda is the only country where a visitor can be assured of having a glance at these elegant primate species.A few of the Mangabey monkeyscan be found on in Tanzania on Uganda-Tanzania boarder but here, a visitor is less assured to see these primates. In Uganda, they are mainly found in Lwamunda,Sango bay and Bugoma forests in Kibale National Park and some are found in Mabira Forest Reserve (Buikwe District).According to the recent research hat was carried out, Mangabey monkeys prefer living in undisturbed natural forests and this has prompted the authorities to start the habituation process.The whole habituation process is expected to take about 2 years and at the end of it all,humans are to be introduced to the monkeys.In future, Authorities believe that tourists will be attracted to Uganda simply to track these rear monkeys just like other primates like the mountain Gorillas.

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Great offers by Murchison Falls National Park

Great offers by Murchison Falls National Park

After a rapid attraction of tourists from different corners of the world in 2013 by the park, Murchison Falls National park has decided to modify their charges for the different activities offered. The developments that were carried out at and near the park, just before the event have led to a magnificent change and these include, servicing of the ferry that links Southern and Northern banks of the Victoria Nile. The boats too such as the Kiboko,Mamba and Shoebill were serviced and now they are in sound condition.

A boat ride at Murchison is one of those adventures that one can’t forget because of the wonderful views of mammals, reptiles and a wide variety of birds.

The fee for different activities at the Park have been changed because of the increased number of visitors and the positive change in the services offered.Curently The fee for Hippo watching is $25 (shs.60,000) per head, for foreigner while residents pay shs.20,000 per head.

Other packages at Murchison Falls National Park are; hiking from top to the bottom of the falls, Nature walks, Birding expeditions and cultural walks.Chimp tracking is another special activity that visitors enjoy while at Murchison because of the exposure to a wide variety of wild animals and different species of birds.

Consequently, visitors can make a visit to the neighboring Gulu and meet the local people with a unique culture. Have a chance to visit Fort Patiko which used to act as a slave trade holding center in the old days.

These offers will continue throughout 2014 unless if changes are made.

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