Collected by Kelly Thomas
“You are very lucky!” my guide told me. “You will have the gorillas all to yourself!” He seemed pleased for me in my rare situation of being the lone tracker to see one of the habituated gorilla families in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest....
Chimpanzee Island, Uganda
Ngamba Island Sanctuary in Uganda is one of the only places in the world where you can have an up close experience with almost-wild chimpanzees. I’ve taken an hour-long boat ride from Entebbe to the island, for the opportunity to walk and play...
The best experiences are those that need no words. At the top of Murchison Falls in Uganda, even if you wanted to throw words into the misty air, you’d need to be very determined to yell them loud enough for anyone to hear over the roaring of the...
In February 2013, my husband Michael and I set off on an 8-month trip around the world. Here’s one of the many highlights of our adventure… After going on a safari and gorilla trek where we observed wildlife at a distance, we met animals up close...
amuru, Lolim, Uganda
My favorite part of experiencing Murchison Falls National Park is the boat ride up the Nile from the dock near Paraa Lodge to the Falls. Along with a variety of birds, views of elephants, wildebeest, antelope and other animals along the shore,...
Gorilla treks take at least 3 days because it takes 9 hours to drive from Kampala. Stay at a community run ecolodge, like Buhoma Lodge, on the edge of the forest the night before your trek. Buhoma includes a good breakfast & dinner & a packed...
7041 Ternan Ave street, Kampala, Uganda
I just couldn't stop staring at these enormous birds with their bald heads, long beaks, long, thin legs and magnificent flights.The Marabou Stork is gigantic with a wingspang of 2.87 m making it one of the largest flying birds in the world. As you...
4505 Kisaasi - Kyanja Rd, Kampala, Uganda
Make sure you visit the Ndere Centre on a Wednesday, Friday or Sunday night to see one of the nations most impressive display of Ugandan music and dance. The Ndere troupe has a group of 70+ young dancers who sing and dance showcasing their...
In Jinja, we hired a boat from Lake Victoria and "sailed" to the source of the Nile. The source is still under speculation, perhaps it originates in Burundi, perhaps it's Lake Victoria. Regardless, the captain took us to a minute island of rocks...
Mgahinga is an inspiring location and a great base if you’re a hiker or walker. On day one, we hiked across cool, undulating countryside between fields of potatoes in delicate purple flower. As we walked, we were told about the traditional life of...
Plot 30, Wilson Ave, Jinja, Uganda
Next time you are in Jinja, make sure you drop by and order a fresh chapati from Safa and his brother. Located just outside the gates of Nile River Explorers camp. After working casually as a rafting guide for some of the local tour operators,...
Many package tours include a visit to Kibale National Park for tourists to see the chimpanzee. Ask your operator about the Chimpanzee Habituation experience – a half or full day in the national park following a family of habituated chimpanzee....
Kira Road, Kampala, Uganda
If visiting Uganda during November, you will no doubt see people on the streets with big plastic tubs full of grasshoppers. I was lucky enough to see the "harvesting" of the swarms of insects at night, and the numerous salesmen offering their...
If you are planning to see the gorillas in Rwanda, Congo or Uganda, make time to visit Kisoro and experience the Batwa trail a US Aid & Ugandan Wildlife Authority project that supports the hunter gatherer pygmies known as the Batwa. To protect the...
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