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Explore East Africa with Riverine safaris
The Leading Ground Tour Operator for Adventure and Safari Holidays.

Riverine Safaris is an initiative company put in existence by Sebastian Bakamwegha, a young mountaineering guide of the mountains of the moon / Rwenzori Mountains with intentions to attract and improve on the numbers of Mountain climbers and all adventure seekers as well as focus on the quality of tour operation in Uganda and other East African countries. The agency has indeed stretched its wings to Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Care, professionalism, integrity and dedication are some of the core values that underpin the business approach of Riverine Safaris. The company has established itself as a strong and reliable company that guarantees quality, consistency and competitive prices. Other core values of the company are excellent customer service, innovation, flexibility, accessibility and eco-tourism. It is for this reason, that many satisfied customers have named us “the best tour and Travel Company in Uganda.”

Riverine Safaris works closely with the Ugandan Government, the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Association of Uganda Tour Operators in order to guarantee quality service, flexibility and consistency. In addition, the company is at the forefront of marketing Uganda and strives to expand its international collaborations.

Our Riverine Safaris team is made up of 15 capable and competent office staff and high qualified driver/guides and tour leaders, who all possess the requisite academic qualifications and years of valuable experience. Among us we speak a range of European and African languages, including English, Swahili, Luganda, Kinyarwanda and many other local dialects found all across East Africa, empowering us to manage and handle all of our guest’s tour requirements right from conception to operation to closing, for optimal satisfaction.

Aware of the critical role a guide plays in our guests’ holiday experience, we hire only the best. Of our highly experience full time guides, many used to be national parks rangers with Uganda Wildlife Authority and therefore have extensive local knowledge of the flora and fauna, history, culture, geography. Some avid ornithologists complete our pack.

They also attend regular courses with the accrediting local USAGA (Uganda Safari Guides Association), are members of the Uganda Bird Guides Club  and Conservation Societies. In addition, we provide German, Spanish and Japanese speaking Tour Leader/Guides, as well as accompanying translators in any of the other major international languages upon request.

The company owns Toyota Land Cruisers and Minibuses. All vehicles are 4WD, are well maintained and provide a pop up roof for game viewing. For clients’ convenience, we try to limit the number of people in one vehicle to 5-6 persons. This means that every guest can enjoy having a window seat and luggage can be stored comfortably.

The challenging condition of the roads means that safari vehicles are serviced by Riverine Safaris own company mechanics after every trip.

Riverine Safaris is highly conscious of the need to protect the natural environment and valuable cultural heritage. We have therefore initiated a number of projects, to maximize the benefits tourism can bring to local communities. One of these projects is the cooperation with a local family in Nshenyi Village, where guests can learn more about the culture of the different tribes and interact with the local people. A visit will support community based initiatives, varying from the construction of schools to the supply of clean drinking water and the making of traditional handicrafts.

POPULAR TOURS

MOUNTAIN GORILLA SAFARI UGANDA AND RWANDA

No African safari tour is complete without seeing the Mountain Gorillas. Go on gorilla safari in Uganda or Rwanda! Experience an unforgettable meeting with these gentle apes yourself! A gorilla safari is easy to book and we would be happy to provide you with a suitable itinerary. Please check our sample itineraries to obtain ideas for your safari or contact us to create a tailor-made tour.

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

Mountain climbing is one of the few things that people who are adrenaline hungry go for and what better way to do than grabbing a bag and traveling to East Africa to enjoy the exercise. East Africa is made up of six countries which include Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi and all these have various mountains that one can climb to kill stress.

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All the information you need about African Budget safaris and Affordable holidays in East Africa. We are one of the leading and experienced Uganda safaris tour operators based in Kampala-Uganda.

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Cultural tours in Uganda

Uganda features four major traditional and well established kingdoms: Buganda, Toro, Bunyoro and Busoga. Additionally, Uganda has many other different tribes-peoples practicing age old cultures, customs and traditions including the pygmy Batwa in Bwindi, the Banyakole famed for their magnificent long horned cattle, as well as the nomadic Karamojong living in the remote, semi-arid North East bordering Kenya and South Sudan. Historical relics including the Kasubi tombs (burial grounds of ancient Baganda kings), the Uganda Martyrs Shrine(a much more modern religious shrine), all amongst reputedly the world’s most hospitable people definitely makes Uganda one of the most ideal cultural tourism destinations in the world.

Our consultants stand ready to work with our guests to create the most fascinating and unforgettable cultural experiential tours.

Adventure tours in Uganda

When it comes to adventure, nothing beats a coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback, eight times the power of a grown man, in its natural habitat. Although an encounter with the over 100 strong family of chimpanzees in Kibale forest National Park must rank as the truest definition of ‘a walk on the wild side’- it could stop your heart! To partake the wildest white water rafting amongst the rapids of the magnificent river Nile, the world’s longest, is the true epitome of an adrenaline pumping river adventure and we think that a bungee jumping thrill over the river Nile must be what real ‘dare-devilism’ is about.

You can climb Claudius Ptolemy’s fabled ‘Mountains of the moons’, the Ruwenzori and marvel at their ice capped peaks astride the equator on a 7-days adventure with experienced guides; or hike the fringes of the famous Mount Elgon on the Uganda/Kenya border. If you take a launch boat on the Nile, in Murchison Falls National Park, come up close to the base of the glorious Murchison Falls itself where the mighty river forces its entire self through a narrow 7m cleft to tumble 43m down in a thunderous show of mighty power; without a doubt some of the most breathtaking sceneries imaginable. You could also take a hike up to the top of the falls and marvel at the falls from above, there just so many things you could do – Uganda must truly be the adventure capital of the world. Please contact us!

Recreation holidays in Uganda

Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake, provides numerous opportunities for beach tourism on its edge in Entebbe as well as at various islands including Ssese Islands and Bulago Island, where one can enjoy walks on the beach, boat rides, lazy bird walks, some water sports, visits to the local fishing villages etc

Relax on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, enjoy the peace, beauty and tranquility at the source of the Nile in Jinja, and visit the Mahatma Gandhi Shrine, the universal apostle of peace and non-violence; his ashes were immersed in the river Nile in 1948, as he requested. Enjoy launch cruises on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park or step out to mix and mingle with local Ugandans on a night outing in Kampala and feel the pulse of this buzzing capital city; Ugandans love to have a giant amount of fun – you’re more than welcome to join!

Special interest journeys in Uganda

Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake, provides numerous opportunities for beach tourism on its edge in Entebbe as well as at various islands including Ssese Islands and Bulago Island, where one can enjoy walks on the beach, boat rides, lazy bird walks, some water sports, visits to the local fishing villages etc

Relax on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, enjoy the peace, beauty and tranquility at the source of the Nile in Jinja, and visit the Mahatma Gandhi Shrine, the universal apostle of peace and non-violence; his ashes were immersed in the river Nile in 1948, as he requested. Enjoy launch cruises on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park or step out to mix and mingle with local Ugandans on a night outing in Kampala and feel the pulse of this buzzing capital city; Ugandans love to have a giant amount of fun – you’re more than welcome to join!

Tours in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania

Riverine Safaris has an own fully fledged tour operating office in Kenya and is in the process of establishing one in Rwanda, while in Burundi and Tanzania we use loyal partner operators making us an able and efficient one stop shop for all your Safari and Holiday requirements across East Africa.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Accomodation

Accommodation

Let Riverine recommend and book Uganda hotels, Uganda lodges and hotels in Kampala for you because we are on the ground.

Uganda has a wide range of accommodation, to suit all pockets and tastes, from five star hotels and first class luxury lodges and camps, to rustic bush camps, guesthouses, campsites and community homesteads. Uganda hotels and lodges all have something common – the hospitality and welcome that a visitor to Uganda is accorded. A smile and genuinely warm welcome runs deep in Uganda’s culture.

Travel to Africa and beyond with Safaria tours & travel while staying in Ugandan hotels that will offer you the ultimate Safari Experience while staying at our private lodges in Uganda: a combination of uniquely built facilities and an outstanding service.

Hotels in Kampala and Uganda do not have to be expensive. You can get a reasonably good room in Uganda hotels for as little as $50 a night.

Whatever your budget and taste, you will be able to find something that suits you, from 5-star city hotels in the heart of Kampala to 5-star hotel complexes on the shores of Lake Victoria, or on Muyenga Hill overlooking the city. A small number of ’boutique hotels’ offer a more intimate experience.

Central Kampala has a number of large hotels perfect for business trips and conferences – why not book a Safari after your business conference?

Alternatively ‘downtown’ Kampala has a number of cheaper options for backpackers and those on a budget.

There are hotels of varying standards in all the major towns. All the National Parks and major tourist sites have either hotels, camping sites or both. Although there are few camp sites as such, it’s usually possible to camp in the grounds of the majority of lodges (although it’s best to check before you start your trip). Camping charges are generally between $5 – $10 a night. You can bring your own tent, buy or hire one in Kampala.

Community Tourism

Community Tourism

TOURISM BEYOND WILDLIFE… a community-based tourism experience!

Safaria tours and travel with UCOTA have joined hands in order to promote community-based tourism and support community development, in partnership with tourists.

Where UCOTA develops the rural communities and creates projects, Safaria offers you the opportunity to actually visit the community of your choice and see how the project supports their way of living. Cultural tourism safaris in Uganda will not only give you an experience of a lifetime, but will make sure that the local people benefit from tourism as well!

AND YOU CAN HELP TOO!

Visitors on safaris in Uganda can help support the communities by visiting one of the projects directly, by volunteering or by making a donation. To ensure that the money is well spent, donations should be made at one of the offices.

Don’t watch the world from a distance, but get involved and experience the real Africa!

UCOTA Uganda Community Tourism Association

UCOTA exists to help local communities improve their lives through: the sale of handcrafts, the provision of accommodation, cultural performances and tour guiding. This form of community-based tourism assures that the benefits stay as much as possible in the community. The community projects operate small enterprises such as craft making, music, dance and drama. Thanks to the revenues from these activities, many important rural communities are supported. Community projects include clinics, schools, water supply and literacy programs.

And every time you buy a UCOTA product, you help the community to help themselves.

Culture and Language

Culture & Languages

The culture of Uganda is made up of a diverse range of ethnic groups. Lake Kyoga forms the northern boundary for the Bantu-speaking peoples, who dominate much of east, central and southern Africa. In Uganda, they include the Baganda and several other tribes. In the north live the Lango and the Acholi, who speak Nilotic languages. To the east are the Iteso and Karamojong, who speak a Nilotic language, the Gishu are part of the Bantu and they live mainly on the slops of Mt Elgon speaking Lumasaba, closely related to the Luhya of Kenya. A few Pygmies live isolated in the rainforests of western Uganda.

Uganda is home to many different ethnic groups, none of whom forms a majority of the population. Around forty different languages are regularly and currently in use in the country. English became the official language of Uganda after independence. Ugandan English is a local variant dialect.
The most widely spoken local language in Uganda is Luganda, spoken predominantly by the Ganda people (Baganda) in the urban concentrations of Kampala, the capital city and in towns and localities in the Buganda region of Uganda which encompasses Kampala. The Lusoga and Runyankore-Rukiga languages follow, spoken predominantly in the southeastern and southwestern parts of Uganda respectively.
Swahili, a widely used language throughout eastern and central East Africa, was approved as the country’s second official national language in 2005.

Religion

According to the census of 2002, Christians made up about 84% of Uganda’s population. The Roman Catholic Church has the largest number of adherents (41.9%), followed by the Anglican Church of Uganda (35.9%). Evangelical and Pentecostal churches claim the rest of the Christian population. The next most reported religion of Uganda is Islam, with Muslims representing 12% of the population. The Muslim population is primarily Sunni; there is also a minority belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The remainder of the population follow traditional religions (1%), Bahai (0.1%), or other non-Christian religions (0.7%), or have no religious affiliation (0.9%).

Language

Uganda is a home to many tribes that speak different languages. Uganda has 56 tribes and about nine indigenous communities that formally came to be recognized in the 1995 constitution amendment of 2005. English is the official language of Uganda. Luganda and Swahili are also widely spoken in most parts of the country. There is also French, Arabic and Germany mainly in institutions where they are taught and at embassies. The following are the indigenous communities in Uganda

 

Flights international and domestic

Flights

Flying to Uganda is simple and affordable. With many direct flights to Entebbe from Europe, Asia and Africa, Uganda can now be easily accessed from any part of the world. Below are the major international airlines that fly to Entebbe International Airport, Uganda:

  • KLM / Amsterdam – flights to and from Entebbe 5 times a week.
    Website: www.klm.com
  • Brussels Airlines / Brussels – flights to and from Entebbe 3 times a week.
    Website: www.brusselsairlines.com
  • British Airways / London – flights to and from Entebbe 3 times a week.
    Website: www.britishairways.com
  • Emirates / Dubai – flights to and from Entebbe daily.
    Website: www.emirates.com
  • South African Airways / Johannesburg – flights to and from Entebbe daily.
    Website: www.flysaa.com
  • Kenya Airways / Nairobi – flights to and from Entebbe 5 times a week.
    Website: www.kenya-airways.com
  • Ethiopian Airways / Addis Ababa – flights to and from Entebbe daily.
    Website: www.ethiopianairlines.com
  • Qatar Airways / Doha – flights to and from Entebbe daily.
    Website: www.qatarairways.com

 

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

Safaria tours and travel would be delighted to book your scheduled domestic flights or private charters, providing excellent access to most of the national parks within Uganda. Daily domestic flights are available at affordable rates from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip, flying to Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Kidepo National Park among others.

Contact Safaria for more information and prices on charter and scheduled flights to Uganda’s national parks or regional flights within East Africa.

 

FLYING DOCTOR SERVICES

In addition to international, domestic and regional flights, Safaria tours can also provide insurance for emergency air evacuation to supplement your standard travel insurance.
Read more about the AMREF Flying Doctors Tourist Evacuation Scheme and how to register.

National and wildlife

NATURE AND WILDLIFE

Nature and Wildlife in Uganda

Uganda’s equatorial climate is tempered by its elevated altitude.

In most parts of the country, the average maximum temperature is between 20°C and 27°C during the day, and the minimum between 12° C and 18° C. This makes the country a true nature and wildlife paradise, as it guarantees the best conditions for the thriving of both the flora and the fauna that are typical of this region.

Most parts of Uganda receive an annual rainfall between 1000 and 2000 mm (except in the drier north, where in some areas the average annual rainfall is as low as 100 mm), with a wide regional variation in rainfall patterns. As a rough guide, however, the wet seasons are from September to October and April to May. That said, it is possible to travel the whole year round: rain usually means a heavy shower for 1 hour and then the sun takes over again!

Rwanda has a similar climate and is part of the great Rift Valley: its lakes and hills are a result of this geological phenomenon. Rwanda used to be covered with tropical rainforest, but in the last hundred years forest coverage has decreased due to population growth. However, it is still possible to visit the amazing Nyungwe Forest, and the beautiful valley where the Akagera meanders. Here you can still explore and admire the original beauty of the nature of Africa.

Mountain Gorillas

African people have long known that gorillas lived in the forests. To the rest of the world, however, gorillas have been mysterious and largely unknown for centuries. All that changed in the early fifties of the previous century.

In 1951, the American zoologist George Schaller was the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes. His pioneering work revealed for the first time the true nature of the gorilla to the world; a shy, gentle, peace-loving vegetarian. Schaller is the author of the book ‘The Mountain Gorilla: Ecology and Behavior’, published in 1963. In 1988 he wrote ‘The Year of the Gorilla’.

In later years Dr. Dian Fossey and her assistants achieved some amazing results in their studies. Fossey lived among the gorillas from 1963 until her death in 1985. She followed Schaller’s methods of research. Her book ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ was eventually turned into a movie. After she spent some time in Congo she moved to Rwanda, where she started the Karisoke Research Center. She lived there for almost 18 years among the gorillas. She was the first person ever to have voluntary contact with a gorilla, one of them even touching her hand. During her visits to the region, Fossey would often stay at traveler’s Rest Hotel in Kisoro (now under Gorilla Tours’ direct management), which she once defined as her “second home”.

Fossey was killed in 1985 and was buried on the Rwanda side of the Virungas among the 17 gorillas that had been killed by poachers during her studies. Today, her Gorilla Fund continues to prevent the ongoing threats. Fossey’s work has raised the world’s awareness to the dangers that the mountain gorillas face. These animals are now protected by the governments of Rwanda and Uganda and by other international organizations.

Another way of preserving them is spreading the word about what you saw in the parks. It is a great service to the preservation of the endangered mountain gorilla. Therefore, come and visit the gorillas in South West Uganda with Gorilla Tours! It will be an unforgettable experience.

The Pearls of Africa

Uganda and Rwanda have much more to offer besides mountain gorillas!

The region’s national parks are home to an enormous variety of rare wild animals, such as antelopes, elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, zebras and many more. The many lakes and the river Nile are also home to hippos and crocodiles.

Uganda and Rwanda are also a birdwatcher’s paradise. The region is home to more than 1000 species of birds, and on any of our safaris you may easily get to see more than 350 of them.

Depending on your interests in wildlife and nature in the region we can organize any tour to satisfy your curiosity. See our example tours for more information, or create your own tour in collaboration with us!

AMREF Flying Doctors medevac insurance

AMREF Flying Doctors medevac insurance

Your safari in Uganda is without a doubt an experience of a lifetime, a journey that you may have been looking forward to and planning for years.

Understandably you don’t want to think of anything that can go wrong, but very occasionally it does, which is why we always recommend our clients take out travel insurance.

In the unfortunate case that you require urgent medical assistance during your Uganda safari, you need to make sure that your medical care is well arranged and fully covered.

In conjunction with AMREF Flying Doctors, Safaria offers you the opportunity to register for the medevac insurance Tourist Evacuation Scheme. This emergency medical insurance gives you access to emergency air evacuation, whenever it’s required and wherever you are, with all emergency evacuation costs completely covered.

 

Why register with the Flying Doctor Services?

  • 24 hour access to medical care:
    Signing up for the Flying Doctor Services guarantees you access to medevac medical assistance 24 hours a day, no matter how remote your location in Uganda.
  • Full coverage:
    A medevac emergency air evacuation is very costly and your expenses can easily cost thousands of dollars. Registration with the medevac insurance AMREF Tourist Evacuation Scheme gives you full coverage of costs of the air ambulance, transport from the airstrip to the hospital and the first 24 hours in hospital.
  • Easy and hassle-free:
    No dealing with third parties. All you need to do is contact Safaria to sign you up to AMREF’s Flying Doctor Services and you will receive proof of your registration. In case of any emergency, AMREF will deal with the paperwork and your insurance company directly.
  • Minimal costs:
    The cost for the insurance is minimal – only USD $15 per person for your entire safari (max. 30 days), whether you are travelling in Uganda, Rwanda or any other East African country.
  • Supporting a Charity:
    If you have been registered for the Tourist Evacuation Scheme but do not need any evacuation after all, your money will automatically fund the AMREF Outreach Program and Charity Evacuation Flights.

Your Tourist Evacuation Scheme insurance helps AMREF give medical assistance to local communities in East Africa

These special programs support the local communities in East Africa that require urgent and immediate care, but do not have access to medical assistance, nor have the money to pay for such expenses. AMREF’s planes take specialist surgeons to areas where there are no communications, limited medical services and little or no surgical services. They travel to inaccessible areas that can only be reached by plane, where health clinics and hospitals try to support hundreds of people staying in outlying villages, and where the only health facility may be a man selling paracetamol in a roadside kiosk.

Thanks to your contribution, people can be safely delivered into expert medical care and more lives can be saved.

Amazing Facts about Africas Big Five

Overview   

 

Amazing Facts about Africa’s Big Five

 

The Big Five of Africa – the often mentioned, relentlessly searched for and much-loved five large African mammals.

These five wild animals were originally termed ‘the Big Five’ by big game hunters who found them to be the most difficult and dangerous African animals to hunt on foot. These days the term ‘Big Five’ is frequently (if not excessively) used in the African safari industry, where sightings, encounters and photo opportunities of these heavyweights are highly sought-after.

What are Africa’s Big Five animals?

You’ve probably heard the term, but do you know who the Big Five are? In no particular order of importance, the Big Five are: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

Big Five game reserves have an edge over the wildlife areas missing one or more of these iconic species, because safari-goers from across the planet are eager to spot the famous rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo and elephant combination. Given that these formidable five are constantly in the spotlight, here are some interesting facts about each of Africa’s Big Five stars.

  1. African Lions (Panthera Leo)

Africa’s apex predator and the second largest big cat in the world. Lions are found roaming in grasslands and open plains, not in jungles.

Seven Interesting Facts about Lions:

They are the most social felines on earth. Lions are the only cats that live in groups (prides) and need a lot of contact with each other. Females share particularly strong bonds as they remain in the same pride for life and raise their cubs together, with cubs suckling from any of the lactating females.

  1. These cats are loud: a lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles (8km) away enabling them to communicate with each other over large distances. The males roar more loudly and frequently, usually to declare territory, call stray members of the pride and ward off rivals. Females call their cubs with quiet roars and also roar for backup when under threat.
  2. Lions greet each other by rubbing their heads against each other, exchanging scents that convey information about their intentions, moods and recent activities. This tactile form of greeting also serves to form and strengthen the bonds between lions.
  3. African lions are now only found in 8% of their historic range. Wild lions are still found in some areas of sub-Saharan Africa, in parts of southern and eastern Africa. Lions once inhabited Northern Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe and India, but of these areas they are now only found in the Gir Forest National Park in of northwestern India.
  4. The females do the hunting, yet the males get the first helping, even when there are cubs in the pride.
  5. They can see in the dark and most of the hunting is done at night, but they are not completely nocturnal. Lions are said to be crepuscular, which means that they are most active at twilight (just before sunrise or just after sunset). They are however opportunistic feeders that will hunt at any time.
  6. Lions spend most of their time sleeping – these big cats sleep up to 20 hours a day!

 

  1. African Leopards (Panthera pardus)

 

The leopard may not be the biggest, but it is the strongest climber of the big cats in Africa. Known for their power and grace leopards are stealthy nocturnal predators with excellent night vision.

Interesting Leopard Facts:

  1. Unlike lions, leopards are anti-social loners. These solitary cats avoid interacting with each other beyond mating and raising young cubs.
  2. The largest cat species to climb trees regularly. Leopards can drag prey weighing up to three times their own body weight up into trees over 20 feet (6 meters) tall and they can hunt from trees. Leopards even nap in trees!
  3. These adaptable felines are found in the most diverse habitats of all the big cats, inhabiting both deserts and forests. Their ability to survive across a range of habitats has enabled leopard populations to survive in far flung parts of the world, including India, China, Central Asia and Africa.
  4. Leopards don’t roar, they bark and snarl. When happy they even purr.
  5. The leopard preys on a wide variety of species, from insects, rodents and reptiles, to birds and mammals, including antelopes as large as elands, and even giraffes.
  6. Leopards are not only comfortable in water, they are in fact strong swimmers that sometimes eat fish and even crabs.

A leopard’s spots are called rosettes as the clusters of dark spots resemble roses. Their light coats pathed with dark rosettes provide excellent camouflage for these elusive hunters, especially in the dappled shade of trees

  1. African Elephants (Loxodonta africana)

The largest terrestrial animal on the planet and a vegetarian to boot, elephants are known for their intelligence.

Interesting Elephant Facts

  1. Elephants can get sunburnt! Elephants throw sand on their backs and heads to prevent sunburn and keep insects off their skin.
  2. They have the longest gestation period of all land mammals at 22 months!
  3. Elephant cows give birth standing up with members of the herd forming a protective circle around her as her calf is born.
  4. Elephants have very sensitive pads under their feet, making it possible for them to walk quietly despite their enormous weight.
  5. Baby elephants are born almost blind and some individuals suck their trunks for comfort, similar to the way young humans suck their thumbs.

 

  1. African Rhinos (black rhino – Diceros bicornis& white rhino – Ceratotherium simum)

 

Interesting Rhino Facts

  • All rhinos have three toes per foot making them “three-toed ungulates” and black rhinos run on their toes.
  • Black rhinos can pick up small objects and even open gates and vehicle doors with their prehensile upper lips.

 

  1. African Buffalos or Cape Buffalos (Syncerus caffer)

 

            Interesting Buffalo Facts

 

  • Buffalo are said to have killed more hunters in Africa than any other wild animal. Buffalos have good memories and are known to ambush hunters that have harmed them in the past.
  • The only wild cattle species, female’s buffalos have strong bonds and if one individual is attacked the entire herd will defend the victim.
Attractions in Kampala

KAMPALA CITY TOUR

The city tour includes excursions to Uganda Museum, Kasubi Tombs, Local markets – Owino   Market & Nakasero Market, Rubaga Hill, Namirembe Hill, the Kings Lake to mention but a few.  After breakfast we will pick you up from a hotel of your choice in either Kampala or Entebbe,   explore the seven hills of Kampala (popularly known as Rome of Uganda) plus the rest of Kampala.

Here below is a brief information on some of the places we will be visiting:

The Uganda Museum

A display of Uganda’s cultural heritage where one can see ethnological and natural-historical   exhibitions. It is a vivid reminder of the country’s colorful past. The Uganda Museum (founded   in 1908) in Kampala has exhibits of traditional culture, archeology, history, science, and natural   history. It regularly presents performances of traditional music.

Kasubi Tombs

The place where fallen kings of Buganda Kingdom are buried. The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 hectares of hillside within Kampala district. At its core on   the hilltop is the former palace of the Kabakas of Buganda, built in 1882 and converted into the   royal burial ground in 1884. Four royal tombs now lie within the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the   main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome. It is a major example of an   architectural achievement in organic materials, principally wood, thatch, reed, wattle and daub.   The site’s main significance lies, however, in its intangible values of belief, spirituality, continuity and identity.

Nakasero Market

At the noon of Saturday, January, 1895, the right Reverand Mckay advised the then Kabaka of   Buganda to establish the first market in the Lubiri (palace). In 1905 the market moved to   Kabugube and this was a temporary structure. Here you can find a variety of huge variety of fresh   fruits and vegetables, mostly indigenous to Uganda. Across the street is a lower market, full of   spices, legumes, grains, and hand-made house hold items. This market is surrounded by a number of shops or dukas, where you find everything for the home. Hardware, sanitary ware and electrical shops surround the area.

Owino Market

One of the largest markets in this region of Africa. The endless booths that line the chaotic alleys   of Owino offer a mind-boggling array everything from homemade irons, to American hand-me- down-clothes with the goodwill price tags still on then, to an amazing array of African foods, to   any and everything else under the sun. Everything at Owinio starts cheap and gets cheaper with bargaining.

Another market option is the craft market on Buganda Road or the slightly larger crafts market behind the national theatre near the Garden City complex. Also on Buganda Rd.

Rubaga Hill taken-up by the Roman Catholics (and the first Roman Catholic church here); Rubaga Hill was the location of the main palace of Kabaka Muteesa I who ruled Buganda between   1856 and 1884. The palace was struck by lightning and was rebuilt on neighboring Mengo Hill.   The first Roman Catholic missionaries to arrive in Buganda were Frenchmen, Father Pierre   Lourdel Monpel and Brother Amans, who settled near the hill in 1879.

As the Catholic Church took root in the country, the missionaries were allocated land on Lubaga Hill. The construction of St. Mary’s Cathedral on Lubaga Hill took place between 1914 and 1925,   with the assistance of monetary contributions from Roman Catholic congregations abroad. Later,   the missionaries also built a hospital and a nursing school on the hill.

Today, Lubaga remains the seat of the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Uganda. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala. The remains of the first African Catholic   bishop in Uganda, Bishop Joseph Nakabaale Kiwanuka and those of the first African Catholic   Cardinal, Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga are kept in the Catholic Mission on the hill.

Namirembe Cathedral

The Anglican Christians’ oldest church here; Mengo Hill which has the headquarters of the traditional (the largest of Uganda’s traditional monarchies). The hill rises 4,134 feet (1,260 m)   above sea level. It stands adjacent to Mengo Hill, the seat of the Buganda Government. The   history of the two hills is intertwined, geographically, politically and religiously. Namirembe is   the location of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the main place of worship of the Anglican Church in Uganda,   from the time of its construction (1915 to 1919), until the 1960’s when the Cathedral became the   seat of the Diocese of Namirembe.

Kabaka’s Lake

Visit the Kabaka’s Lake (Kayanja Ka Kabaka), the largest man-made lake here, dug up on orders   of the tyrant Sekkabaka Mwanga (also a former King), who needed it as an escape route besides   being a place for water sport just adjacent to his kingdom headquarters – Mengo.

After drive to Kampala central visiting Nakasero Market and a curio shop for some craft shops.  This tour can be done any time of the year. It can also be done at the start or at the end of any of our other safari packages.

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

Please take time to read the terms and conditions of Safaria tours and travel’ services. Confirming a safari with Safaria Tours and Travel assumes that you have read, fully understand and accept the terms and conditions described below.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through our website www.safariatours.co.ug

  1. BOOKINGS

1.1 Safaria Tours & Travel will provides transportation, accommodation bookings, restaurant meals, excursions and other services in cooperation with independent suppliers.

1.2 All information detailed in client itineraries is given to the best of Safaria tours’ knowledge and based on the latest information available. Safaria tours cannot be liable for modified information from third parties, nor for any obvious typing errors.

1.3 To reserve flights and gorilla permits we need: your full names as they appear in passport, your nationality and passport number.

1.4 Before confirming a safari with us, the client must inform Safaria tours of any preferences and special requests of the participants; e.g. medical needs, diet, requirements relating to disabilities and any other requirements. Safaria will meet the requests if possible and feedback will be given in advance prior your arrival.

1.5 All packages are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed. Many lodges and hotels offered by Safaria tours have limited capacity and therefore it is essential to make reservations well in advance of your planned trip.

1.6 In the event that you wish to amend your reservation in any way, Safaria will make the preferred adjustment where practicable and possible confirm accordingly.  Safaria Tours and Travel reserves the right to charge an amendment fee relative to the actual costs, which will be added to the total invoice.

1.7 Safaria tours reserves the right to change and re-adjust the tour schedule, transportation, accommodation and services indicated in the itinerary in the event of unforeseen circumstances before arrival. Any changes to the itinerary will be communicated to the client as soon as possible.

  1. PRICES

2.1 The prices quoted for the various safaris are as per the itinerary and include the following services, unless stated otherwise: overnight in hotels, guesthouses, tents or lodges, all meals as indicated, sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary, park entrance fees and ranger fees, airport transfers where applicable, ground transportation, English speaking driver/guides and bottled mineral water in the vehicle.

2.2 Expenses that are not covered: international and domestic air fares, visa and passports, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, drinks other than the mineral water provided in the vehicle, tips and gratuities for the guides and accommodation staff, laundry, travel insurance and other items of a personal nature, are not part of the mentioned set Itinerary cost.

2.3 Prices on the website or quoted to our clients are subject to change without notice and are not guaranteed until confirmed by inquiries either by call or email.

2.4 Safaria reserves the right to adjust prices at any time should there be any fluctuation in the exchange rate or increase in the cost of any element of the tour like fuel, park fees, accommodation, government taxes and more. The company will however make every effort to minimize any increases.

  1. EXECUTION OF THE TOUR

3.1 It is a privilege to see animals in their natural habitat and as such, we cannot guarantee wildlife or game viewing. You must take caution when viewing the animals and carefully follow the instructions given by either the tour guide or wildlife rangers.

3.2 A gorilla or chimpanzee permit guarantees clients will be able to track the primates in question but does not guarantee that the animals will be in plain sight.

3.3 Accommodation is based on a twin or double bedded room, tent or Banda, with private bathroom where possible. Single rooms may be available with the payment of a supplement fee but availability cannot always be guaranteed.

3.4 Safaria reserves the right to substitute equivalent or superior hotels. If a hotel of equivalent standard is not available Safaria may substitute the next best quality hotel or suggest superior standard accommodation (extra charges may apply and a notice will be send prior your arrival)

3.5 The mode of transport used will be dependent on the number of clients and the route taken, based on the specifications of the chosen itinerary. Every effort is made to ensure that vehicles are provided in a roadworthy condition but no liability can be accepted for a puncture, breakdown, damage, or any delay as a result of the poor road conditions.

3.6 Experienced English speaking driver/guides are a key part of your tour. They are the only person(s) allowed to drive Safaria’ vehicles. The driver’s decision on all matters, such as the route taken, is final due the expertise and familiarization of the trails.

3.7 Safaria reserves the right to alter any route or arrangement, to cancel the operation of any scheduled tour or vary the safari services in any way in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as road closures, bad weather, problems with national parks or hotels and security considerations. In such cases, alternative arrangements will be made as circumstances permit in the field.

3.8 Safaria Tours & Travel reserves the right to employ subcontractors to carry out all or part of the services agreed to be supplied.

3.9 Safaria reserves the right to refuse any person from participating or continuing any tour if, in Safaria’ opinion or in the opinion of any other person in authority, the person concerned behaves in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause danger, hazard or inconvenience to any third party, damage to property or to the environment and ecosystems. No refunds will be made and Safaria shall not be liable for expenses incurred as a result of the termination.

  1. PAYMENT

4.1 All tours will be booked and confirmed only upon receipt of a 40% deposit of the basic program rate. For gorilla permits, a full advance payment of the permit fee is required in order to make the reservation processes easier

4.2 The payment balance is due not later than 42 days prior to the safari, unless agreed otherwise.

4.3 Bookings made within 42 days before arrival must be paid in full at the time of confirmation.

4.4 If payment is not received in accordance with the above, Safaria tours & travel has the right to cancel the booking.

4.5 Payment can be made by VISA credit card, bank transfer or cash, before the start of the safari. Note that payments by VISA credit card attract a 5% service charge. Credit card transactions must be made at least two months prior to the start of your safari. Regretfully, traveler cheques are no longer accepted in East Africa.

4.6 The costs of international transactions (or 5% service charge in case of credit card payments) are to be fully paid by the client.

  1. CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

5.1 All cancellation requests must be made in writing and shall be effective on the date of actual receipt by Safaria.

5.2 The following cancellation charges apply to the basic program rate:

Individual Tours and Group Tours
90-45 days before starting 70% refund (30% will be charged)
45-10 days before starting 60% refund (40% will be charged)
10-1 days before starting 0% refund (100% will be charged)

Luxury Tours
45 days before starting 70% refund (of the advance payment)
45- 10 days before starting 50% refund (of the advance payment)
10-1 days before starting
0% refund

Kindly Note: Please note that permits for Chimp walk in Kibale Forest National park, Gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable National park and Gorilla’s in Rwanda can only be secured in advance by paying to the park authorities in either country as mentioned above. We will arrange for your tracking permits as soon as we receive payments and share copies before your arrival.

Safaria reserves the right to deduct all expenses incurred from money paid on cancellation.

5.3 Gorilla permits and air tickets are 100% non-refundable.

5.4 No refunds will be made for any unused services or reservation already made on your behalf, late arrival or no-show of any of the members of the tour.

  1. COMPLAINTS

6.1 Safaria shall try to ensure that the company exceeds the expectations in every area of the tour arrangements. However, suggestions are very much appreciated in order to keep improving the quality of the service.

6.2 Complaints must be reported immediately to the Safaria representative in the field and to the supplier of the service in question, who will do their best to resolve the matter. If the problem is not solved to the client’s satisfaction, the complaint should be reported in writing and not later than 30 days after completion of the tour as our legal team will be there to address it if it’s beyond management level.

6.3 Liability for any complaints not notified in accordance with the above described procedure cannot be accepted.

  1. LIABILITY

7.1 Safaria will make every effort to ensure that all arrangements and services offered as part of the safari are carried out as specified in the most efficient way possible. However, the company does not have direct control of the provision of services by suppliers and, whilst every supplier is chosen with the utmost care, Safaria Tours & Travel does not accept liability for errors or omissions of such suppliers such as hotels.

7.2 Safaria tours shall not be liable for any loss, damage or injury of any nature whatsoever whether to person or property.

7.3 Whilst every care is taken, Safaria cannot be held responsible for the direct or indirect costs of loss or damage to baggage or personal possessions.

7.4 Safaria cannot accept liability or pay compensation for unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the company or its staff, including flight delays/cancellations or force majeure such as war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist acts, border closure, acts of government or other authorities, strikes, thefts, epidemics, road closures, industrial disputes, natural or nuclear disaster, extreme weather conditions, fire, technical and/or mechanical problems to transport and all similar events beyond the company’s control.

7.5 It is the responsibility of the travel agency/wholesaler to ensure that all members of the tour have the appropriate passports, visas, insurance, travel permits, health certificates and other documentation required for the safari.

7.6 It is the responsibility of the clients to take proper medical and practical precautions in regard to health and safety. Medical advice should be sought well before travelling.

7.7 Clients are strongly advised to obtain comprehensive travel insurance before visiting East Africa. Local evacuation coverage is available in the unlikely event of a medical emergency while on safari with Safaria tours and travel.

7.8 The respective laws of the country govern Safaria’ liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles. All claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the country in which the cause of action arises.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME TO READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! With www.safariatours.co.ug  your enjoyment, comfort and safety are our priority.

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