Kampala City tour, A local Guide

A Kampala City tour in Uganda‘s biggest and main capital City is very ideal and a better way to start the pearl of Africa exploration. Kampala City is located in the central part of the country. The city was established In and its most famous for its vibrant life. Beyond that are very exciting and interesting places to explore. These range from cultural, historical, Religious, political and social aspects.

Much as the city is a bit congested, it can be explored and below are a Must Visit to a Kampala city expedition

Old Kampala Mosque. Kampala City tour
Old Kampala Mosque. Courtesy Photo

The Bahai Temple located in Kikaya Hill is the only temple of the Bahai Faith on the African continent. The Temple construction work was completed in 1961, 10 years after the Bahai Faith had been introduced in Uganda in 1951. The Bahai temple is very outstanding icon and a religious landmark best to visit to a Kampala City tour.

Named as the Mother Temple of Africa, the Bahai House of Worship in Uganda was designed by Mason Remey. Its green dome is made of mosaic tiles from Italy. The temple is seated on 50 hectares of land that also the over 600 seater temple, gardens, an administrative centre and a guesthouse. While on a Kampala City tour ensure to add the temple on the Must Visit places. You will get to know more about the Bahai faith and relax in the lavish green gardens if you like.

Kasubi Tombs

The Kasubi tombs are a burial ground for the Kings of Buganda Kingdom. The burial site has great cultural significance in the Buganda Kingdom. It has Four royal tombs in the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga the main building that is circular and was constructed using purely local and organic materials. The tombs were designated a United Nations Educational Scientific and cultural Organization (UNESCO) Heritage site because of its cultural significance.

The tombs sit on a 30 hectare piece of land. The site was formally a Palace of Kabakas’ (Kings) of Buganda having been built in 1882. Two years later it was turned into a royal burial ground. For those interested in African culture the Kasubi tombs a Must visit place. Its strategically located in the city centre and can be easily accessed by those on a Kampala City tour.

Uganda Museum

The Uganda Museum was founded in 1908 and is one stop centre for those exploring Kampala city. It is the oldest in East Africa when Uganda still a British Protectorate. It has a collection of archaeology, science, natural history and cultural facts of Uganda. The Museum is strategically located in Kampala just 5 kilometers from the city centre.

Uganda being one of the most diverse countries on the planet, it has a beautiful culture and heritage that are well exhibited at the Uganda Museum. There are musical instruments From all tribes of Uganda that one is free to play while at the Museum. The Museum has an open ground with traditional huts and enough space where one can relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the area.

The Uganda museum is open from 8 to 5 pm and a must visit while on a Kampala city tour.

Old Kampala Mosque

The Old Kampala Mosque is also known as the Uganda National Mosque located in Kampala City. With a sitting capacity of over 15,000 worshipers, its the largest mosque in East Africa. It is an iconic religious attraction and very symbolic to the muslim community.

The mosques’ construction works started as early as 1972 but was completed and officially opened in 2007. Constructions was first halted in 1976 and later restarted in 2001 to be completed 6 years later and was officially commissioned by Colonel Muamar Gaddafi the then President of Libya.

The Old Kampala mosque offers a 360 degree view of the City and its the best place to have a panoramic view of Kampala city. The Unique architectural design of the mosque is also an attraction with a beautiful dome and Minaret. If interested in religious tourism and best views of the city this is the place to be.

Craft Villages

These are located along Buganda Road in the city center with a collection of locally made crafts and paintings. All of the crafts here are made using local materials and the clothes and bags are made with local fabric. The craft villages are best places to get to know about the rich Ugandan and African heritage. They are the best places for shopping souvenirs and local items you will not find in any other places.

The craft villages are strategically located and are highly recommended for one exploring Kampala City. Many of the items here are very affordable ranging from $10 to $50. Purchasing items here is a direct support to the Ugandan local community enabling them to directly earn from tourism.

Nakasero Market

Nakasero market is a food market situated in the heart of Kampala. Uganda being the food basket of Africa, there is a variety of foodstuffs and vegetables grown around the country. Some of these include Avocados, tomatoes, watermelons, pawpaw, eggplants, mangoes among others. Many of these and much more are supplied daily to Nakasero market to meet the demand of the highly populated Kampala City.

The market is open daily from early morning and it’s a great place to visit while on a city tour. Here you get to meet vibrant and hard-working men and women who will serve you with a smiling face. While on a Kampala city tour do not miss tasting Ugandan fresh fruits and getting to know more about the ever-growing agricultural sector In Uganda.

Kampala city is known as the city that never sleeps with very vibrant night clubs. Often times there are musical performances by Ugandan and international artistes celebrating African culture and heritage.

During the day because of traffic, it might be a little hard to access some parts of city. You can however explore the city on a boda boda another unique and adventurous experience. Beyond the city Uganda has a lot to offer ranging from the rare mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, Big Five mammas and much more. Visit Uganda today and be part of the never-ending adventures in the city and beyond.

Kigali Hosts CHOGM 2022

Rwanda Commonwealth Day. CHOGM 2022
Commonwealth Day Celebrations. Courtesy Photo

Rwanda is the host of the commonwealth heads of government meeting CHOGM scheduled from 20th to 25th June this year. Commonwealth is an association of 54 countries most of which are former colonies of Britain. The commonwealth was instituted in the mid 1900’s when a number of British empires started gaining independence from British Rule. It was formally established in 1949 by the CommonWealth foundation that established the member states free and Equal.

Since 1971, leaders from commonwealth countries meet every two years for CHOGM. Each meeting is held by a different member country on a rotational basis with the last one held in the United Kingdom in 2018.  The one happening in Rwanda was supposed to happen in 2020 but was postponed because of the COVID pandemic.

Various leaders from all the Commonwealth countries are expected to be in Kigali for CHOGM. They will hold a series of meetings to discuss policy and how to improve the lives of their citizens.

This years theme is ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’. This years’ CHOGM was kick started by the Commonwealth Youth Forum that started today and will end on 21st June. This will be followed by the Commonwealth Women’s Forum from 20th to 21st at Kigali Serena Hotel. On Wednesday 22nd June and Thursday there will be ministerial meetings. It will be officially opened on 25th June then followed by executive sessions and the closed on Saturday 26th.

What to do in Rwanda During the CHOGM week

Kigali City tour

Kigali Rwanda’s capital city is very vibrant and the cleanest city on the African continent. The city has a number of attractions ranging from the Art centers, local markets, genocide memorials, Restaurants, craft shops and others. The city can be explored on foot giving one an opportunity to interact with the very hospitable Rwandan citizens.

Kigali city is very green and organized and very safe for a guided walking tour. For those who would like to explore more destinations outside the city center can still do so as there is a lot to see in the land of a thousand hills.

This will be showcasing local Rwandan and international commonwealth fashion. It will feature a number of designers showcasing their works. The fashion week will have a series of activities all aimed at uplifting designers worldwide.

The fashion week will be taking place at different venues and will also feature shop tours plus visiting artisans in the city. This will be one stop center to be as you will get an opportunity to learn about diverse African art and craft industry. With the different art works on display, one will be able to buy some souvenirs.

A visit to Rwanda is not complete without a mountain gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park. The park is located in Northwestern Rwanda just a 3 hours drive from Kigali Rwanda’s capital city. Volcanoes national park is home to half of the mountain gorilla population in the Virunga massif. It has 20 habituated gorilla families that are open for tourism.

Each mountain gorilla family is tracked by 8 tourists a day in an awesome primate once in a lifetime experience. Mountain gorillas are special primates with over 95% DNA similar to humans. Just like humans they live in families headed by a dominant male called silverback. They are predominately vegetarian and feed on plant leaves and bamboo shoots and occasionally on small insects.

The gorilla trekking experience starts with a briefing at the park headquarters where you are briefed about the do’s and don’ts of gorilla trekking. You are then guided in the light bamboo forest amidst sighting of a number of wildlife including birds. You are allowed to stay in the presence of the mountain gorillas for an hour taking photos and getting to know more about them. From here you are led back to the park headquarters for your certificates of participation.

Even if you don’t have a lot of time in Kigali a gorilla trekking tour is doable. You can do a 1 day tour with an early morning (4:30 am) pick up from Kigali. You will then take a 3 hours drive to the park arriving in time for the gorilla trek and later be transferred back to Kigali. For those with more time you can do a 2 or 3 days tour that can include golden monkey trekking.

A safari to Akagera national park is another activity you should not miss while attending GHOGM 2022 in Kigali. Akagera national park is located in eastern Rwanda and its the only savanna national park in Rwanda. It is home to the big five mammals that include Elephants, lions, buffaloes, Rhinos and Leopards. Most of these had been extinct but were recently restored in the park all thanks to the great conservation works.

Akagera National park stands out because of its diverse ecosystem and wildlife species. The big five safari experience here is complemented by sighting of other savanna favorites like the giraffes, Topi’s while on game drives. Rhino tracking is among the newly established activities in Akagera National Park giving one an opportunity of a close encounter of one of the big Five.

A tour to Akagera is doable in 1 day with enough time to explore the park. For more chances of wildlife viewing though it is good to visit for 2 or 3 days. A boat cruise a long Lake Ihema is a must do as you will get to see Nile Crocodiles, hippos and a number of bird species. 

As you attend the CHOGM 2022 let’s celebrate our culture, wildlife and heritage and you can a part of the above mentioned experiences. There are many more experiences that Rwanda has to offer. You can also check out Nyungwe forest National park located in the southwestern part. It is home to chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and many other primates. 

Remember June is the start of the peak tourist season. You will therefore have to book your accommodation and activities in advance to avoid missing out. For any other information about your other favorite destination in East Africa, you can check on our blog page. 

East Africa’s Outstanding Top City Hotels

East Africa is a vibrant tourist region with exciting urban destinations to explore and beautiful city hotels offering great hospitality services. The region though most famous for wildlife safaris, cities bring the tourist experiences to a new perspective.

The major East African cities include Kampala Uganda’s capital, Nairobi Kenya’s capital, Kigali Rwanda’s Capital and Dodoma Tanzania’s capital. Since we feature eastern Democratic Republic of Congo a lot, we will consider Goma the eastern city of DRC. There also important and historical cities in East Africa like Mombasa in Kenya and Dar-es-salaam in Tanzania.

While in East African Cities you can visit museums, local markets, attend festivals or local concerts among others. All these are supplemented with Meals and relaxation at the unmissable city hotels. Lets explore some of the outstanding hotels in the different cities in East Africa.

Raddison Blue Hotel is located in the Heart of Kigali a few minutes drive from Kigali International Airport. The Hotel has a total of 291 rooms that are spacious and fully furnished with all what can need.

The Hotel has 6 floors with 18 meeting rooms having a capacity of Holding 3,677 people. Each meeting room has all the necessary facilities including A-V Equipment, Internet Access among others.

Other general outstanding services offered include currency exchange, room service, hair stylist, Wireless internet, Child care, rollaway beds among others. The area is very safe with ample onsite parking space and tight security.

The restaurants at the Hotel prepare both local and international cuisines that you can enjoy with great views of Kigali. You can as well relax in the indoor or outdoor pool or head to the gym for working out. The hotel also offers massage with an outdoor tennis court and golf course where you can play some games. This is no doubt among the best East African city hotels and a great place to visit while in Rwanda.

Raddison Blue & Convention Center Kigali City Hotels
Raddison Blue & Convention Center Kigali. Courtesy Photo

Kampala Serena hotel is fully immersed in nature surrounded by beautiful green water gardens. This is Kampala’s 5 star luxury Hotel strategically located in the city center the providing the best stop over.

The Hotel has different luxury room categories from Deluxe and executive rooms to Suites. These are all very spacious with Balconies some directly overlooking part of Kampala and with clean en-suite bathrooms and toilets.

The Royal suite is most outstanding with Two bed rooms, a walk in closet in the master bedroom, Private balcony, work desk, a beautiful living room, dining, Kitchenette and a visitors bathroom. The walls are decorated with paintings from one of Africa’s pieces showing the Ugandan Culture.

Kampala Serena has over 4 restaurants where you can enjoy all your meals with beautiful scenic views of the gardens. They also offer room service incase you prefer to have you meals at the comfort of your bed. The Hotel has a swimming pool where you can swim and sun bathe the sun of the Pearl of Africa. Kampala Serena is the finest of all Kampala city hotels and a Must Visit.

Kampala Serena Hotel. City Hotels
Kampala Serena Hotel Uganda. Photo by Kampala Serena

This Five star Hotel is the oldest having been started in 1902 as the first luxury Hotel in Nairobi city. This Hotel is very historic and the best place to be if you are interested in Magical Kenya’s History.

Sarova Stanley Hotel has hosted Kenya’s and world’s re-known leaders, celebrities and all kinds of VVIP’s. It has well spacious rooms with Large windows offering great views of the surrounding environment.

The hotel hosts conference and events on the major conference rooms most which having been named Historical figures like Sir Winston Churchill, Baden Powel, Patterson among others. At Sarova Stanley Hotel you can also a perfect honeymoon as you relax at the hotel or visit Nairobi one of the most vibrant cities in East Africa.

While here taste food from best chefs who are masters in preparing both local, regional and international dishes. From the touristic perspective, Sarova Stanley is the best of Nairobi city hotels as the travel experiences start as soon are you arrive at the Hotel.

Sarova Stanley Nairobi city Hotels
Luxury Room at Sarova Stanley Nairobi. Courtesy Photo

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam is a 5 star Hotel situated in Dar es Salaam Tanzania’s largest city. With an added advantage of the great Indian Ocean, Hyatt Regency is spectacular with incredible views of the ocean.

Dar es salaam being East Africa’s hub for trade, tourism, with beautiful beaches, great history and culture, Hyatt Regency becomes a prime place to base when visiting Tanzania. The Hotel is also a few minutes drive from the airport and can therefore be easily accessed.

The Hotels amenities include wireless internet, spa services, meeting and conferencing, and so much more. All these are enjoyed with a cool breeze from the Indian Ocean, a moment everyone would like to be a part of. The rooms at the Hotel are very spacious with balconies offering views of the City or the Ocean.

At the Hotels restaurant you can taste Tanzania’s and Asians best cuisines as well as western cuisines depending on your preference. You can have a great time even with your whole family as they play live music and feature children’s activities. The Hotel is great for weddings and honeymoons. It has capacity to host over 400 guests and the beautiful reception sites.

Hyatt Regency Kilimanjaro. City Hotels
Luxury Room at Hyatt Regency Kilimanjaro. Courtesy Photo

This beautiful Hotel is located in Dodoma Tanzania’s capital city and its among the newly constructed Hotels. Morena hotel is strategically located in city center of Dodoma making it among the perfect places to stay when exploring the city.

Morena Hotel has over 20 self contained and affordable spacious rooms overlooking the city where you can comfortably stay. These are well air conditioned with cable televisions, King size beds and wireless internet.

While at the Hotel’s restaurant you get to taste the chefs well tailored and creative cuisine. All menus are customized giving one a wide range of options to choose from which ranges from local to international dishes. At the cocktail bar you can get a variety of drinks with a number of cocktails and brands.

Moreno also has an immense swimming pool where you can have a swim especially on hot days. There is also a children pool where little ones can relax and play making family visits at the Hotel enjoyable. Among the many Dodoma city Hotels, Morena Hotel has class and its very affordable, ensure to visit it.

Morena Hotel Dodoma
Morena Hotel Dodoma. Courtesy Photo

Near the shores of Lake Kivu in Goma town eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is Goma Serena Hotel. This beautiful hotels location enables you explore the less traveled paths in the diverse greater Congo.

Goma Serena Hotel has different room categories from deluxe rooms to suites that are self contained and very spacious. The rooms offer uninterrupted views of Lake Kivu quite a sight to see perfect for relaxation.

The Hotel has two iconic restaurants and a bar where you get to enjoy all your meals while at the hotel. Goma Serena offer meetings, wedding facilities, an onsite spa and gym and most importantly a persons with disability friendly room.

While taking on the Eastern DRC adventures like mountain gorilla tracking in Virunga National Park, a stay here is worthwhile.

Goma Serena Hotel
Presidential Suite at Goma Serena Hotel. Photo by Goma Serena

Tips for an affordable East African Tour

For many, an East African tour is usually among their bucket list as it offers unique and lifetime safari encounters. Many travelers wish to be part of these tours to meet some of world’s rare wildlife species and encounters.

Many of East African tour destinations are however located in remote areas making transportation there a bit expensive. There is usually need for proper accommodation facilities while in these wild places thus making tour packages a bit expensive. Not all travelers have a lot of money to spend and we will therefore explore tips for an affordable East African tour.

1. Choosing Wildlife Activities to Engage in.

The main reason for an East African Tour is to explore leading and outstanding safari destinations. This is often done by engaging in activities like game drives, hiking, primate tracking, boat cruises among others.

Each of these activities are charged differently so there is need to select what you are most interested. The most expensive so far is gorilla tracking with Rwanda charging USD 1500 per person for a gorilla permit. Its very important to know which activities you will be doing and know how much you will spend on each.

This helps a big deal in planning and can help you choose an affordable east African tour package. You can get information of tariffs charged for each activities from local tour operators or government organizations that manage these destinations.

Mountain gorilla Virunga National Park. East African Tour
Mountain gorilla Virunga National Park. Courtesy Photo
2. Choosing Lodging or accommodation option.

Accommodation is one variable that makes tours a bit expensive. Its an important part of a tour as with this you can determine and plan your itinerary. There are various accommodation options in East African tour destinations from budget to high end luxury facilities.

Depending on your budget, its important to choose what accommodation budget option you prefer. With this you are able to choose the best East African tour and the most affordable budget.

These accommodation options are located within safari destinations especially national parks and helps a big deal in accessing the park. Ensure to choose the right lodging option to avoid over spending while on your East African Tour

Elephant Plains Lodge. East African Tour
Elephant Plains Lodge. Photo by Uganda Lodges
3. Choosing when to go

The East African region has two major seasons that have an impact of East African tour package pricing. The busiest is the peak season from June to September and from December to March. The low season is from April to May and from October to November and here there are usually discounts.

The low season usually has rainfall but tourist activities are doable and its also the best time for birding. Many lodges discount their rates and if you are looking for affordable East African tour packages this is the best time.

Apart from discounts, the other best option for traveling in the low season is that you enjoy exclusivity. There are few people traveling and therefore major destinations are not as crowded as it is in the peak season.

Lilac Breasted Roller in Ngorongoro Tanzania. East African Tour
Lilac Breasted Roller in Ngorongoro Crater. Photo by Murali Nature Photography
4. Choosing A Local Tour Operator

Local operators help a big deal in planning for tours and these charge differently for the packages they offer. There are local operators that specialize in high-end safari packages where as there are those that organize budget and mid range packages.

You can always check or inquire on the different East African tour packages and choose the most affordable option. Local tour operators have many tailor made tour packages whose prices differ depending on what is included or excluded.

Local tour operators have a lot of information on the different transportation and accommodation options. With this, they can advise on the most affordable options thus enabling you to save some money.

Moroto Uganda
5. Having Travel Companions

This is a very important aspect as solo tours tend to be a bit more expensive. This is is because with solo travel you bear the all the costs alone especially transportation. Having travel companions like traveling in a group helps bring the tour costs down with shared transport and accommodation fees.

Having travel companions also gives you company on your tour enjoying with friends and family. In case you choose to travel solo it’s also okay but to keep the costs down by choosing budget or mid range packages.

There are budget and mid range packages that are affordable and equally great. You can always check for lodge options online to be sure where you will be staying.

Best All Inclusive Safari Lodges In Uganda

Safari Lodges form a great part of travel and are places to be keen to book ahead of a safari. This December is a great time to travel and Uganda is one of those places many yearn to be.

Being one of East Africa’s finest safari destinations, Uganda has many safari lodges in the different national parks the country has. Lets explore some of the all inclusive safari lodges in Uganda for families, couples and single travelers.

This beautiful lodge is located at the edge of Kyambura gorge overlooking the endless plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge has rustic bandas each offering a great view of the open savanna plains or Kyambura gorge.

There are 4 deluxe bandas at Kyambura gorge lodge, a swimming pool and all the essential lodge amenities. The lodge is ideal when going for chimpanzee tracking, game drives, boat cruise and other activities in the park.

Kyambura gorge lodge is among the all inclusive safari lodges in Uganda and a great for a getaway. The lodge provides wireless internet at the main building and also offer a personal butler for all guests.

Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Uganda safari Lodges
Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Courtesy Photo

Buhoma lodge is among the best safari lodges to stay at while going for gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable national park. The lodge is located in Buhoma the first sector that opened up for gorilla tracking in Bwindi in the early 1990’s.

The lodge directly overlooks the impenetrable forest and was constructed in an Eco-friendly manner minimizing impacts on the ecosystem. Each cottage here has a private verandah and large windows which enables clients to have incredible forest views at the comfort of their rooms.

There are a total of 8 cottages here self contained each with a flush toilet, hot showers and some with bath tubs. Buhoma lodge is ideal when going for gorilla tracking, birding, nature walks and community visits in the Buhoma sector.

Buhoma Lodge Bwindi Uganda
Buhoma Lodge Bwindi Uganda. Courtesy Photo

Elephant plains lodge is located in Queen Elizabeth National Park with a spectacular view of the park. The lodge is strategically located and its only a 2 minutes drive to the national park gate.

The lodge is very close to Kasenyi sector where most game drives are done. While here look out for animals like lions, antelope species and many birds. You can also go for a crater drive enjoying beautiful views of some of the unfilled craters in the park. From these adventure activities you can dive in the pool and relax enjoying Ugandan weather.

Rooms at Elephant plains lodge are very spacious, self contained with large windows offering views of lake Kikorongo. All rooms here have bath tubs and showers with flowing hot water incase you need a hot bath. The bar at lodge is fully stocked with wines and also offers great views of the park.

Elephant Plains Lodge. Uganda Safari lodges
Elephant Plains Lodge. Photo by Uganda Lodges

This lodge is located near Kibale forest national park in western Uganda. Ndali lodge is situated in the Crater lakes area and directly overlooks one beautiful crater lake. The lodge has a calm serenity and of the best places to relax and escape the noise from the city.

Ndali lodge is ideal for those interested in chimpanzee tracking, nature walks, birding and community visit in Kibale national park. It lies in between Kibale and Queen Elizabeth National park a strategic location for adventure lovers.

Cottages at Ndali lodge are spacious, self contained with views of the lake and the beautiful landscapes of the area. The lodge can be easily accessed by road and a highly recommended place for adventure lovers.

Ndali Lodge Uganda Safari Lodges. Destination Uganda
Ndali Lodge Uganda. Photo By Jonathan Benaiah

East African Safari Destinations that are great to Explore off-season

Tourists visit various safari destinations on East Africa but often do this in the peak season. East Africa’s peak season ranges from June to October and December to March with highest tourist numbers recorded in safari destinations.

The off season from April to May and Late October to November is equally a good time to travel. This however gets low tourists numbers because of some rainfall disturbances. Rainfall in the tourists low season doesn’t prevent tourist activities and many tourists actually prefer to travel during this time.

During this time, one greatest advantage is safari destinations are usually less crowded. This enables tourists to have intimate and exclusive safari experiences and knowing destinations in details. Lets look at some of the leading safari destinations in East Africa that great to explore off season.

This famous primates national park is situated in northwestern Rwanda and its among the most visited safari destinations in Rwanda. The park is home to various primates species including mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.

During the peak season, volcanoes national park receives many tourists and some miss as gorilla permits get fully booked. In the off season however there is usually less chances of missing on the permits and the park is not very busy.

If you are therefore much into exclusive and less crowded primates safari experiences in Rwanda you can visit in the off season. The parks major activities can be done throughout the year so you will definitely have a great time.

Golden Monkey Rwanda. Safari Destinations
Golden Monkey in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. Photo by Steve Woods

This savanna national park is most famous for the wildebeest migration, big five mammals, big cats and diverse wildlife. The park is one of the most busiest safari destinations in East Africa in the peak season.

Much as you get to enjoy most of the wildlife species, there is need to have a more intimate safari experience. This usually happens off season when tourist numbers reduce. Given that there is usually rainfall, the grass regains a lush green providing an impressive scenic view.

The migratory birds are another reason to visit Serengeti off season if interested in birding. The rates for major lodges are also discounted enabling to travel at an affordable rate but still enjoy.

Leopard in Serengeti National Park. Safari Destinations
Leopard in Serengeti National Park Tanzania. Photo by George Benjamin

Famous for mountain gorillas, this tropical rain forested national park is a UNESCO world heritage site located in Southwestern Uganda. The park is among the most diverse primates park with mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and many monkey species.

Bwindi Impenetrable national park has half of the remaining mountain gorillas making it an ultimate gorilla tracking destination. The park has four major sectors each with habituated gorilla families but permits get fully booked in peak seasons.

In-case you miss visiting Bwindi in the peak season you can as well to the gorilla trek off season. This time is not as busy as the peak season and you can get to track gorillas few in number. The total number allowed per day is 8 which is fair but off season you could be only 4. Despite the season, always ensure to book your gorilla permits in advance to avoid missing out.

Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi. Wildlife Conservation
Baby Mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP. Photo by Jonathan Benaiah

This is among Kenya’s ultimate safari destinations and no doubt the most visited of all. The park is famous for its wildlife and the wildebeest migration wonder between here and Serengeti makes visits here remarkable.

A visit to Masai Mara anytime of the year is very rewarding. A visit off season is not only exclusive but also enables you to enjoy the parks green vegetation and flowers. During this time, there are births enabling one to have safaris featuring newly borns of the reserve.

Rare Migratory birds species can also be seen during this time as well as Masai Mara’s major native and resident species. Wildlife viewing in Masai Mara off season is very enjoyable and you can never regret visiting the reserve.

Ostriches Maasai Mara National Reserve. Safari destinations
Ostriches in Maasai Mara. Courtesy Photo