Queen Elizabeth NP
Like we explained before, Queen Elizabeth National Park is a park
with an enormous diversity in flora and fauna. Let
us guide you along the most amazing spots of the national park:
The northern sector of the national park is called Kasenyi, or better
known as the "Kobs Mating Ground". In this open savannah
area you will find hundreds of Uganda Kobs. The Kob is an elegant
antelope, similar to the impala, that lives in harems up to twenty
females, leaded by one dominant male. Consequently, it is not exceptional
to encounter a hungry lion in this area, waiting for his chance
to pounce on one of these unsuspecting animals. Big herds of buffaloes,
giant forest hogs, warthogs, monitor lizards and sometimes a lonely
elephant can be seen during a game drive in Kasenyi as well.
Maramagambo Forest ***
A part of Queen Elizabeth
National Park consists of tropical rain
forest, including the legendary Maramgambo Forest. It is one of
the largest forests in Uganda, with different walking trails traced
out. A guided nature walk will lead you through the lush primary
forest, home to a large number of primates, butterflies and bird
species. Baboons, vervet monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys
and even chimpanzees can be hiding high in the trees or down in
the bushes. Deeper in the forest you will find the Bat Cave, a large
cave which serves as a shelter for thousands of Egyptian Fruit Bats
and pythons that prey on these bats. Nearby is also the tranquil,
picturesque Blue Lake; as the name implicates, it is famous for
the intense blue colour of the water.
is not all! Make sure you don't miss the next edition when we reveal
even more natural wonders of Queen Elizabeth National Park...
2. Preparations CHOGM
As many of you probably know, Uganda will be the host
country of the Commonwealth Heads of Govenment Meeting (CHOGM).
This meeting is held every two years and brings together leaders
from all over the world to discuss global and commonwealth issues.
to take place in November of this year, Uganda has already been
in preparations for a long time. Roads are under repair and new
hotels are established in order to accommodate the expected guests.
Also hotel staff is being trained to increase their skills in customer
service. Moreover, the International Airport in Entebbe is being
fully renovated at the moment. The constructions include the expansion
of the arrivals hall, establishment of two passenger bridges, a
new domestic passenger terminal, refurbishment of the departure
lounge and a planned VIP terminal. Another initiative is the CHOGM
Cultural Village that will be opened
at the Uganda Museum. This cultural village will represent the modern
architectural heritage and remain as a tourist attraction after
Uganda is proud to host the highly important Commonwealth Meeting.
It is a unique opportunity to show the world of what Uganda is capable
3. Primate Lodge Kibale
is currently characterized by the ongoing activities, we haven't
been sitting still either! As announced in the Newsletter of October
2006, Great Lakes Safaris Ltd. will be expanded with her own luxury
safari lodge, situated at a unique location in Kibale National Park.
Since December last year we have been fully dedicated to the construction
and renovation work, and so far very positive comments are received.
Of course we would like to share the developments with you as well,
so take a look at some photos of the
tent interior, and
tent exterior. We hope you will be pleased with the progress!
the hard work of the last months is coming to an end and has already
been rewarded with the arrival of the first guests at the lodge.
We will keep you updated and are looking forward to welcome you
at Primate Lodge Kibale! Click here
for more details and photos...
4. Visa requirements
Please note that effective July 2007 Uganda increased the
costs for the visa, in order to harmonize it with her neighbouring
countries Kenya and Tanzania. A single entry visa is now US $50
per person, while a multiple entry visa for one year costs US $200
per person. Visas can be obtained upon arrival at Entebbe Airport
and at other border entry points.
to the required visa, you must also be in possession of a valid
passport and be able to show an international inoculation certificate
against Yellow Fever.
5. Permits available
2007 is only halfway but we can already define it as a
tumultuous year. There has been a great run on gorilla permits,
especially in the months of July and August, and inevitably many
people got dissapointed by the fully booked tracking dates.
need to worry! Great Lakes Safaris has already blocked some permits
for next year's season. Thus if you want to track the mountain gorillas
on any of the following dates, you are guaranteed of a permit!
9th July 2008
6 permits available
19th July 2008 6
August 2008 8 permits available
20th August 2008 8
Permits can be booked in combination with a tour to other national
parks, completely adjusted to your wishes. However, we advise you
to book early to avoid dissapointment in the future!
Jo-Anne Johnson is a member of the
Africa Within filming crew, who visited Uganda at the end of May
2007. In her following statement she reflects the impressive tour
that she made:
you so much for a great trip. I had so many misconceptions about
Uganda, but like one of the producers said "to truly know Africa
one must move away from the city and find out who the real people
of a country are". And thanks to Africa Within I am glad I
got the opportunity to do so.
It was an experience I will never forget. I learned that the quality
of ones life outweighs the quantity of ones wealth, and the beauty
that surrounds them makes the people of Uganda so much more beautiful.
Thank you Uganda and God bless!"
In the next edition we will continue with our revelation of the
most beautiful, hidden places of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Don't miss next edition for the latest news from Uganda!