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NEW: Mestil Hotel & Residences, Kampala
Located at the edge of Kampala town overlooking Kampala’s famous hills, Mestil Hotel & Residences offers a mix of spacious executive rooms and suites. Meals are served at the Amber Restaurant while the Blend Coffee Shop serves an array of signature coffees, teas. Other amenities include a bar, pool, gym and spa services. Located one and a half hour drive from Entebbe Airport. Recommended for guests looking for longer stays in the city, not for overnight stays.
Newly refurbished Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge
Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest carried out a complete overhaul of its interiors including its eight timber glass-fronted guest bandas which were restyled with four poster beds and locally-inspired furniture. The guest lounge and dining areas have been furnished with stylish new interiors. A newly designed outdoor terrace gives breathtaking views of the forest. In April, the lodged opened The Forest Spa Humula mw’Ishamba which offers guests a complimentary 30-minute massage during their stay.
NEW: Hotel No.5, Entebbe
Hotel No. 5 is a small boutique hotel opened on 1 July 2018 in Entebbe. Located ten minutes away from Entebbe Airport, the property features 10 guest-rooms, five luxury apartments and one luxury residence opening onto the garden and swimming pool areas. Excursions include day trips to the Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and the Uganda Wildlife Education Center.
A new look Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp in Bwindi National Park has been re-launched after an extensive upgrade and refurbishment.
The newly upgraded camp boasts refurbishment and redecoration of the eight private luxury tents, including new tiled roofs and soft furnishings. Each tent has a large stone-walled bathroom with private sections and a freestanding bathtub. There are also yoga kits in all the tents. The main area received a new thatched roof, wooden floors, furniture made from natural materials and local artefacts in the communal areas. A new reception area was created, as well as a camp boutique and office. There’s a new kitchen and serving area and additional improvements have been made to facilitate back-of-house. The communal area consists of a comfortable lounge with a well-stocked bar and dining area, with views over the verdant rainforest.
The spa features treatments by a specialist therapist that include herbal massages, hydrating facials, foot massages and manicures. Only luxury, eco-friendly products, created with natural ingredients are used. Over and above gorilla tracking guests are able to enjoy a Batwa Tribe experience, birding walks, forest and community walks and game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
GREAT NEWS! Mountain Gorilla population grows
A recent survey conducted by a Greater Virunga Trans-boundary Collaboration recorded 604 mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif which includes Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the largest number of the subspecies ever recorded in the area. It is estimated that more than 1,000 mountain gorillas are now living in the wild between these areas and Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, an increase of more than 100 in less than a decade. A formal census is currently underway in Bwindi.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary turns 20
In 1998, Dr Jane Goodall and her associates rescued 13 chimpanzees and started the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. 20 years on, the sanctuary today hosts 49 chimps orphaned by illegal wildlife trade. An excursion/day trip to the island will provide an opportunity to have a close encounter with this fascinating apes. Contact us to include a visit to Ngamba Island to your client's itinerary.
Gorilla permit fees to remain unchanged until 2019
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has confirmed that it has not increased the gorilla permit fee in the country and that the rate will remain unchanged at $600 until 2019. The authority has also informed that it continues to take bookings for a period of up to two years in advance.
Wildlife lovers can go gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Contact us to book your clients a gorilla tracking experience today.afargtahhahahahha
Safari Secret: Kidepo National Park
Considered a hidden gem in Uganda by CNN, Kidepo Valley National Park is raw, wild and untouched Africa. Its remote location in Northern Uganda makes it the least visited park in Uganda but for those who choose to make the trip, Kidepo offers a rich array of wildlife that includes lions, elephants, buffalo and zebra as well as spectacular birdlife that features many bird species not found anywhere else in Africa.
The park has a diverse landscape with hills, valleys and lush plains. The park consists of two major valleys – Kidepo and Narus – with rivers with corresponding names which nourish the wildlife. At the extreme north are the Kanangarok Springs which are a permanent water source in the park and home to the elusive Shoebill stork.
The original inhabitants of the park are the lk community, a small hunter-gatherer ethnic group that has closely guarded its unique culture and language so much so, that neighbouring communities don’t understand it too! Also found at the outskirts of the park are the Karamoja people, a pastoralist community similar to the Maasai in Kenya. Kidepo offers a perfect serving of an exclusive safari experience with amazing wildlife and fantastic cultural interaction.
Game drives, birdwatching, guided bush walks, Karamojong Village visit, Hike up Mt Morungole and a visit to the lk people, sundowner
How to get there:
By road: A minimum 12 hour drive from Kampala via Gulu and Kitgum
By Flight: A 1hr 30 minute scheduled flight by Aerolink from Entebbe to Pakuba
Where to stay:
Apoka Safari Lodge: The only lodge found within this pristine park and offers an exclusive experience second to none. Overlooking the Narus river, this luxury lodge comprises ten expansive rooms with sitting areas, private balconies and even outdoor baths from where guests can view game at a distance. The swimming pool has been carved out of a big rock and is a great place to relax after a day in the bush.
Email us to include Kidepo National Park to your clients' itinerary.
The Pearl of Africa introduces E-visa
The Ugandan government has introduced online application of visas effective 01st July 2016. All visa applications need to be made online at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/. Please see below for more information or visit the website: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/#/help/visa. For the month of July travellers can still apply for a visa on arrival but they would need to use the same online application process, which would include payment by debit or credit card. Please note that all visitors coming to Uganda need a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
VISA APPLICATION PROCESS
Step 1: Click on the application link https://visas.immigration.go.ug/#/apply
Step 2: Under visa or permit type select VisaUnder category select the visa that you need (Ordinary is a normal single entry tourist visa)
Step 3: Upload the following documents: a copy of the bio data page of your passport, your yellow fever vaccination certificate, a recent passport size photograph
Step 4: Fill in your personal details &details of your stay in Uganda
Step 5: Enter your credit card details - visa fees are USD 50 per person
Step 6: If you do not receive your visa via email please check your application on this link: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/#/check
Step 7: Print out your visa before departure and present it to immigration on arrival along with your yellow fever vaccination certificate.
Step 8: Enjoy your holiday!
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