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Experience the Royal Mile Inside Budongo Forest

Are you looking for an authentic place to visit within Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom? Then add the Royal Mile Trail inside Budongo Forest reserve on your itinerary, especially if you are planning to visit Murchison Falls National Park and the Budongo Forest Reserve. The Royal Mile trail is one of the most spectacular trails you shouldn’t miss to explore while on a cultural Safari in Uganda.

It was constructed by one of the Kings of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom for exhilarating nature walks and leisure activities and believe it or not, it is one of the most interesting trails for tourists who visit Budongo Forest Reserve near the Nyabyeya Forestry College found in Budongo sub-county of Masindi district.

This trail is the most perfect place for birding safaris within this large tropical rainforest. It is said that Omukama (King) Kabalega Chwa II-born in 1853 and died in 1923 of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom used to often visit Budongo Forest, together with his Queen for recreational activities or to supervise the Abarusuura (his army) that were undergoing training and to perform rituals within the tropical rainforest.  All the activities he used to do were within a place known as the “Royal Mile”-a paradise for numerous wild animals and bird species that capture the attention of tourists. It is undeniable that this trail was named after the unforgettable activities of the historic Omukama Kabalega.

The terrain of this site is flat which is perfect for nature walks, taking care of all the travelling conditions for tourists. The Royal Mile is a magnificent and long trail in Budongo Forest, on the Southern side of the Forest. Budongo Forest Reserve, covering over 739 square kilometers lies at the border of the Albertine Rift Valley and is part of the Southern side Murchison Falls National Park.

Next to the edge of Budongo Forest is the spectacular Lake Kanyege, a home to numerous aquatic bird species and several butterfly species. Not only that, chimpanzees within habituated communities can be tracked during a primate safari in Uganda and the best time is to track them as early as possible hence overnight within the Forest is recommended.

There are several bird species within the Royal Mile. And 2 species are endemic to the trail-the Illadopsis puveli and the yellow-footed flycatcher and other numerous species endemic to the Albertine Rift region. Some of the notable bird species you will encounter within the Royal Mile Trail include the Hairy-breasted Barbet, the Blue-breasted Kingfisher, the Nahan’s Francolin, the Cassin’s Spinetail, the Fire-crested Alethe, the Dwarf Kingfisher, the Black-capped Apalis, the Blue-throated Roller, the Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, the Ituri Batis, the Lemon-bellied Crombec, the Rufous-crowned Eremomela, the Western-black Headed Oriole, the Piping Hornbill, the Spotted Greenbul, the Yellow-browed Camaroptera, the Sabine’s Spinetail, the Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, the Yellow-billed Barbet, the Grey-headed Sunbird, the Yellow-spotted Barbet, the Brown-eared Woodpecker, the Chestnut-caped Flycatcher, the Yellow-crested Woodpecker, the White-spotted Flufftail, the White-thighed Hornbill, the African Crowned Eagle and the Red-capped Robin-Chat, to mention but a few.

In conclusion, the Royal Mile Trail within Budongo Forest Reserve is one of the most interesting trails in western Uganda because it allows tourists walk through the same path used by the former King of Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom (Omukama Kabalega Chwa II) and explore numerous bird species including the Cassin’s Spinetail, the Fire-crested Alethe, the Dwarf Kingfisher, ituri batis and the Black-capped Apalis among others.

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Best 5 Uganda Safaris You Can Actually Afford

There is nothing good like heading out on an African safari holiday overseas in a place you have never visited but just read about like Uganda. Mornings and evening are too beautiful with the sun rise and sun set, diverse culture, wildlife, primates, landscape and peaceful environment. A lot is experience by tourists who happen to visit Uganda for tours and safaris.

Trip costs for Uganda Safaris range from $200 per person-$1000 per person for a duration of 1-3 days. The country might be small but excellent for holidays. It’s possible to do a safari in Uganda in your budget after finding cheap trip deals to the places of your interest.

A Lifetime Trip of Uganda

Visit Uganda on a life time trip to the famous land of gorillas in south western Uganda in the wildlife conservation areas of Bwindi Impenetrable national Park and Mgahinga national park. Spend 2nights in the wilderness known as one of the top gorilla trekking destination in the world. Get a close opportunity to be with gorillas and spend a full hour admiring there amazing life in the jungle. Juveniles play with elders; mothers comfort the little ones as the silver back protects every family member.

African Wildlife safari

Uganda has many wildlife parks best for Africa wildlife safaris but Queen Elizabeth national park offers exciting wildlife adventures for both budget and luxury with style of elegance expected of in any Africa safari. Travelers always continue from Bwindi forest for either 1-2 nights in the park enjoying the main park highlights if tree climbing lions of Ishasha, boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, game drives in Kasenyi and ishasha, chimpanzee treks in Kyambura and Kalinzu among others. Queen Elizabeth isn’t far from Bwindi forest if you do want to explore at least two parks on your safari in Uganda.

Big five Safari in Murchison falls

Explore the special park of Uganda and a home to the roaring might falls combined with wonderful wildlife and primates. I think Murchison falls is seriously the finest wildlife safari park with many incredible adventures that need no level of fitness and particular age bucket. On the drive to the park make it appoint to stop at the Rhino sanctuary and meet the first big five before exploring the vast land of wildlife for either family holidays, sole or group depending on your travel arrangement. The park offers great comfort for all kinds of visitors and its one of the top unforgettable safari in Uganda.

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Experience Wildlife Safaris in Semuliki National Park

Visit the Semliki National Park located in the western part of Uganda and has a great experience about its wildlife. Semliki National Park is hosting many different species accumulating over years and is dominated by the eastern extension of the great ituri forest of the Congo basin. While planning for your tours in Uganda with the visit to Semliki National Park you will acquire a great experience about the tourist attraction activities which take place in park like birding, game drives, nature walks, hot springs, cultural encounter and trails.

Day one for your safari upon your arrival at the Entebbe national airport you will be welcomed by our guide and company representative and thereafter the journey is from Kampala to Fort Portal via Mubende highway or Kampala to Fort Portal via Masaka highway but this route is longer than Fort Portal – Mubende highway. Lunch is provided en-route and there is also some stop over at the equator for some photographs, adventure and snacks. Thereafter proceed with the journey up to the park and you will have your dinner and overnight either in Ndali or Kyaninga or Kibale Forest Camp.

Day two in Semliki National Park you can go for birding as your first adventure and this is where you obtain a great experience in bird species contained in Semliki through spotting and sighting of different species and birding here cost $ 100 USD per person per day. Sempaya and Ntandi provide excellent viewing of bird species like the white-crested horn bill, red-billed dwarf horn bill, piping horn bill, yellow – throated nicator, great blue and Ross Turaco. There is also shoe bill stock which is regularly seen at the close quarters on Lake Albert.

Day three you will go for game drives in the three trucks which cross the Savannah grasslands of Toro Semliki wildlife reserve. Smaller forest and larger Savannah elephants are regularly seen, along with buffalo, water buck, crocodile, warthog and Uganda Kob. If luck is with you, you may even see pygmy hippopotami, leopards and bush babies.

Day four you will go for nature walks and this 13km Kirumia trail runs through the heart of the forest to the Semliki River and this trail is good for birders because there are able to sight different species of birds and other creatures. On top of nature walks there is also interesting feature known as the hot springs and the long trail to the outer male spring leads through a patch of forest where red-tailed monkeys, grey – checked  manageable and black-and – white Colobus monkeys are common. There is also a tree house en-route which provides an aerial view and a 30 minute hike through the palm forest leads to the inner female spring with a boiling geyser where eggs and Matoke can be cooked by the boiling water and enjoyed by hungry hikers come and witness.

Next day you can end the safari with cultural encounters where you visit the Batwa hunters and experience their cultures, behaviours, lifestyles and way of living. After you safari it will be your journey back to Kampala where you will board from Entebbe airport back home with a great experience of the wildlife of Semliki National Park.

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Go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Uganda is one of the few places where travelers have a chance to see the endangered mountain gorillas. These great apes are found in two national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. For two decades now, several travelers have gone gorilla trekking within these two forests to see the mountain gorillas.

Gorilla trekking is a very captivating activity; it involves walking in the wilderness in search of these great apes.

Gorilla trekking can be a challenging activity, therefore for those looking to taking this adventure, they should ensure good physical fitness.

Eight people are permitted per group per day and a total of twenty four(24) people is taken in Bwindi, while eight (8) people are allowed for Mgahinga. So far, we have five groups for viewing. There are four groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, (Mubare,Habinyanja, Rushegura, and Nkuringo) and one (Nyakagezi) in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

How to Book a Gorilla Trekking Tour

There are various tour operators offering gorilla tours in Uganda. If you are looking for a packaged tour, you should consider contacting one of these operators atleast a month before the actual date you wish to start a trip.

For those looking to indepenedent travel, you can book gorilla permits for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Headquarters in Kampala or through a local tour operator or gorilla safari lodge. For permit fee information please check on the tariffs from UWA.