Monday, August 21, 2017

Low season Gorilla permits in Uganda - Lastever 2017

Greetings from The sounds of the Jungle Uganda and we hope you continue to live life to the fullest wherever you are reading this. 

The Tourist season kicked off with loads of travel enthusiasm this year in both Uganda and Rwanda. Babies in both Bwindi forest and Parc national de Volcano have been added onto the bidding gorilla families. We even had twins twice in the season! How cool can this get!

On the other side, on 05th May 2017 the whole Tourism fraternity wake up to the jaw-dropping news that in Rwanda the price of the gorilla permit had double and with immediate effect! While we were still digesting this news, Uganda came out to announce that 2017 was going to be the final year in the history of gorillas to offer the low season - discounted gorilla permit. 2 blows to the tourism fraternity, but we remain very adventurous amidst all these setbacks. 

Destination Jungle is running the final promotion with the discounted gorilla permit group tour November 2017 where 2 of our lodges, one in Ishasha and another one located on the outskirts of Bwindi forest at the beautiful lake Mulehe are offering discounted rates on accommodations during this promotion. 
Special tour price 9 days / 8 nights: 2240 USD per person
The dates:
October 29th 2017, 04th November & 17th November 2017
Trip summary
Day 1 - Entebbe airport - overnight in Kampala at Cassia Lodge
Day 2 - Kampala - Ziwa Rhino sanctuary walk - Murchison falls National Park overnight in Pakuba Lodge
Day 3 - Game drives in the park, water safari on the River Nile, overnight as previous night at Pakuba Lodge
Day 4 - Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest - local community interaction in the community of Boomu - overnight in Hoima Cultural Lodge
Day 5 - Hoima - Queen Elizabeth park, detour to Bugoma central forest reserve for the tree planting activity - overnight in Ihamba Lake Lodge
Day 6 - Game safari in Queen Elizabeth park - boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel - overnight in Ishasha Jungle Lodge
Day 7 - Ishasha - Bwindi Forest National park, overnight at Bwindi Jungle Lodge
Day 8 - Bwindi forest - gorilla tracking, mokoro trip on Lake Mulehe - overnight at Bwindi Jungle Lodge
Day 9 - Bwindi forest - equator stop and lunch break - drive to Entebbe.
You can book space on one of the 3 group set dates by writing directly to our email

As we wind down the Tourist season and begin to build momentum for 2018, and hope for a more adventurous tourist year. Stay well and Thank you
Sounds of the Jungle
 

Friday, May 12, 2017

PRESS RELEASE BY UGANDA JUNGLE LODGES ON INCREASE OF GORILLA PERMITS IN RWANDA

The increase of gorilla permits fees in Rwanda from $750 to $1,500 on the 6th May 2017 by the Rwanda Development Board has left a number of tourists and Tour Operators stranded. We believe that gorilla trekking should not be the privilege of already privileged rich people, but should be an activity accessible to many in the world, as the mountain gorillas are free on Earth for everyone and should not be utilized commercially.
Uganda Jungle Lodges (www.ugandajunglelodges.com ) is here to rescue the stranded tourists and Tour Operators.  We invite tour operators and tourists to trek gorillas in Uganda at only $600 per permit, which is a reasonable conservation fee.
Bwindi Jungle Lodge is a convenient location located about 7km from Kisoro town on Rubuguli road. This will favor tourists tracking from Bwindi National Park in Rushaga sector and from Mgahinga National Park which is the Uganda’s sector of Virunga Conservation Area. This will help especially those packages which are meant to track from Volcanoes National Park.
On top of providing gorilla permits and good accommodation, we can provide the service of transportation from the Cyanica border or from Kigali as well.
Payments can be done from our office in Kigali c/o Birding Rwanda, KG9 Street next to RDB, junction to KG13 Street.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Bakers Lodge in Murchison falls National park is just stunning

If you are still pondering how to maximize your stay while in Murchison falls national park, well this time round think about including some nights in your safari relaxing at this stunning beauty laying out at the banks of Victoria Nile. We took part in the site inspection trip organized by the management of Bakers Lodge to witness and discover a new gen overlooking the great River Nile.

With 10 magnificently set out and environmentally friendly luxurious suites each facing a dramatic display of bush, the Nile and splendid scenic views, one is quickly brought to the realization of sincere serenity and a sharp sense of being at home in the wilderness.

Each Cottage has been set apart from the other but still a sharp sense of oneness dwells and envelopes the whole scenery whether it is in the rainy season or in the dry months.  Water cruise safaris, up the Nile to the bottom of the magnificent water falls and down the Nile delta to try and spot the bizarre and dramatic shoe bill combined with a breathtaking sun downer cruise will give you more than value for your
money. 


The memory is unforgettable and so will your entire safari in Uganda spotting much more wildlife which is usually basking or playing by the water banks. There is so much than you can expected to find.  Don't be lost in the beauty of it all and forget to book a bush breakfast which will be organized by the lodge and later the safari driver will receive you on the other end of the river to continue with you on a scenic viewing game drive. Don't forget to include Bakers Lodge in your Itinerary for a splendid wildlife safari in Uganda.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda in June 2015

Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda is a “must see” national park which we always include in our program itineraries. Located within the Albertine Rift Valley between Lake Edward and Lake George, just south of the Rwenzori Mountains, it is one of the most amazing areas to explore for its variety of landscapes (savannah, forests, crater lakes, lakes, hills and valleys).
Crater lakes in the North of Queen Elizabeth
Therefore returning to Queen Elizabeth National Park is always interesting. However, from our last visits in this year 2015, we must acknowledge that some changes are taking place in the Northern sector of the park and, in general, are affecting the beauty and the conservation of the area. The Northern sector of the park, between Kasese, Katunguru and Kyambura, is traversed by a public tarmac road. With time, we noticed that more and more buildings, trading centers and infrastructures are developing in this area of the park, clearly affecting and encroaching on the nature and the wildlife. We used to stop over during the safari for a rest at Lake Bunyanpaka, a salt lake near Kasenyi; now all the lake is surrounded by shops, new lodges and many people are moving around, in what is or was the natural habitat of the lions. Along the main road they have been placed huge, monstrous electricity poles, not those a bit nice, but really those huge metallic poles which damage all the beauty of the landscape. Along Kazinga channel you will find fishermen and boats all over, wondering if this is still a protected area. 
There is nothing of the feeling of “remoteness” and “wilderness” in this area. Moreover, viewing wildlife is a becoming a frustrating experience: basically very few animals can be seen, like few Ugandan kobs or buffaloes or elephants. Sometimes you might find the elephants trying to cross from one side to the other of the main tarmac road while trucks and big buses are along their way. On top of this, it is becoming evident the widespread of infesting grass, like the lanterna camara, which is taking over much space, causing a challenge to the survival of animals which cannot live in that habitat. This lanterna camara is so spread that it is the common grass you will find in the gardens of majority of lodges around the Northern sector of Queen Elizabeth.
Ntungwe River Plains in Ishasha
In conclusion, this area of the park is losing fast its appeal and there are many challenges in the conservation which should be addressed if this park has to remain a tourist destination for which tourists pay a certain fee in exchange of services. We hope that the Uganda Wildlife Authority will be able to coordinate efforts with the Local Government and the Uganda Road Authority to reduce the impact of what is happening.
            Fortunately, there is another side of the story. As you proceed South along the so called Ishasha Road, passing through Maramagambo Forest, you will reach a very different region, the Southern Sector, which is still intact in its beauty. Here you will find amazing sceneries of savannah plains near the course of the rivers Ntungwe and Ishasha. Here you can have a real sense of the “african experience”. You can find in this area many animals and birds. The presence of the so called “tree climbing lions” is not a legend, but a reality, as long as you are a bit lucky and patient in looking around the different figs trees along the trails of the sector. There are two main trails in this area, the Southern and Northern or Ntungwe trails. Any of them can be a real surprise and bring you closer to elephants, buffaloes, antelope topis.
Tree climbing lions spotted in June 2015
Even the area just outside the protected reserve is actually becoming a natural continuation of the savannah. In this side, farmers and villages are moving a bit farer from the park and some of the lodges, initially surrounded by farms, are more and more surrounded by natural habitat. This is the case of our Ishasha Jungle Lodge, which is today found in a tract of natural riparian forest and surrounded by natural savannah, becoming more and more area and refuge to wildlife.

In conclusion, the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in 2015 is still a “must go” tourist attraction of Uganda.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Group Tour for Gorilla and Wildlife Safari in Uganda




It gets really upsetting when one is looking for an interesting, well planned and good value for money still yet at an affordable trip in Uganda these months, considering the appreciation of the dollar rate. 

Joining our grouptour with Destination Jungle safaris is a perfect thumbs up to beat the price and yet enjoy so much. Not only do you meet and make new friends while on this trip, you have the perfect opportunity to be at peace with nature since and explore the beauty Uganda's national parks bear


Our friends who took on this amazing adventure last month were very excited to share their experience. According to them, what was most exciting was the friendliness of their guides / drivers, Charles and Kasule both in Green shirts in the top most photo. 

From the hike to the top of the world's most powerful water fall in Murchison falls park west of Uagnda, to the much breathtaking water cruise along the Nile and later the Kazinga channel beholding a sight of some of the inhabitants' of this side of the park in both Murchison and Queen Elizabeth park. 

The Elephants, the Buffalos and the Nile crocodile do not disappoint in their magnificent beautiful displays sipping by the river bank while the playful Pied King fisher dramatically dives in and out of the waters trying to put its hunger pangs to rest. The trip proceeds down south of Uganda into the dramatic display of the folds of the Rwenzori mountain ranges and further down south into the home of the mountain gorillas.

It is fascinating how gorillas relate so closely to man and as you shall remain one hour long with these gentle primates, it shall be a striking imagination to think how close the closeness is. So with two nights spend in the forest sanctuary, get ready along with your trekking boots and back pack to enter the forest and discover the amazing lifestyle of the gorillas. 

After the gorilla trek, your journey now takes a twist and continues up and back to the central region through the fantastic views of Lake Bunyonyi, famed for her striking familiarity with Switzerland because of her many dramatic islands with impeaching stories for each of the islands. You need to see it to believe it.

Finally, you are back to Kampala and back to Entebbe international airport from where we bid you farewell. All in but 9 days group safari Uganda which is not just price friendly but also fun and exciting.  




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Destination Jungle organizes Run for Nature 2014

Sunday 7th September 2014 is a very important day for Destination Jungle. After months of preparation, the day of the RUN for Nature has come. We have used all our resources to sensitize the general public about this event: we have organized promotional materials, registration tables; we have disseminated information and invitation letters. Now the day is coming soon and all our staff is finalizing the preparation.
           
Press Conference Run for Nature 19th August 2014
The idea to organize Run for Nature2014 came in April 2014 when we were discussing about the situation of one of the important but neglected forest of Uganda, Bugoma Forest. Our company Destination Jungle is part of the consortium of Bugoma Forest Conservation Campaign, group which we have launched in April 2014. In this group we share the same passion and interest to make positive and tangible steps in favour of forest conservation, particularly after we spent one year observing the deforestation and illegal logging that was taking place in Bugoma Central Forest Reserve (Hoima District). In our company Mission and core values conservation and engagement in conservation is the priority, therefore we decided to act directly as a responsible civil society actor in regards of Bugoma Forest.
            The idea of organizing the Run for Nature came with the intention to sensitive and to give public visibility to the plague of Bugoma Forest, the destruction of the environment which is taking place there and the suffering of the endangered chimpanzees and other animals living in the forest. The run is a run for fun, open to all public and people can register for 5 or 10 km only. The final objective of the run is to fund raise for an assisted reforestation project of degraded areas of Bugoma Forest. In recent history, according to sources from the National Forestry Authority, no any reforestation – enrichment planting was carried out in Bugoma forest, despite the fact that many acres of forested land was lost due to encroachment and deforestation.
Illegal logging devastates Bugoma Forest
Finally we had our press conference for the launch on 19th August 2014 at the Uganda Society Library. In the occasion, the National Forestry Authority was represented by the Public Relation Manager Mr. Gilbert Kadillo, who explained very well about what the government is doing to improve the central forest reserved managed by the authority. Particularly he also said that Bugoma Forest will be one of the forests receiving the official demarcation exercise to open the boundaries. He also appreciated the idea of the enrichment planting, which is an assisted reforestation, which is needed in a degraded areas, in order to concentrate the recovery of trees species important to the habitat, for example the food to the chimpanzees.

            So here we are to explain to everyone the importance to join our little efforts to make a huge impact. The message is clear: in Bugoma forest and other forests of Uganda is no longer time for illegal deforestation, but for protecting the resources and possibly to create new eco-tourist sites where visitors can enjoy the beauty of the tropical forests. Please you can also join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bugomaforest/

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Trekking of Mount Muhavura in Mgahinga National Park, 4127 meters

There are moments in which you feel it is important regaining a bit of freedom from the congestion of the daily routine, something that can fresh up your mind. Of course it is not easy working in office then spending time in the traffic jam of Kampala and breathing all air pollution every single day. However there are those things which everyone knows can give you freedom: in my case, those things are going cycling, trekking in the mountain and, to a different extend, lying down in front of a beautiful sea. Well, I got my new bicycle ready for new adventures; meantime, there was a trekking I postponed over the years, waiting for the right time to come, the trekking of Muhavura Volcano.
On 15th November I travelled all the way from Kampala to Kisoro, at the foothills of Virunga Volcanoes. The following day, early morning, the check in time for the Muhavura trekking was at 8 am from the gate of Muhavura of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. I climbed the rocky mountain roads which take up to the national park boundary, which is visible because it is built with a wall made of volcanic stones all along. The weather was not easily predictable for the day, with some fog in the air but also some promise of sun. With a guide from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and a porter which was carrying my small bag, I started walking through the mountain forest. I felt like when I was in the Italian Alpes, doing the day excursion with the group of the scouts, with the difference that I was not carrying the rucksack by myself this time. I immediately appreciated the good, fresh air as the route was not proceeding steep but zig zagging up. The starting altitude of the trekking is at about 2500 meters. After one hour we reached the limit of the ericaceus zone, at 3.116 meters where a small shelter allows you a stop over and to take some photographs. From this point on the mountain forest leaves the ground to an alpine vegetation of ericacia plants, senecios and lobelias, something like a heather zone, where the vegetation is basically shorter and, with good weather, you can see the panorama far distant to Lake Mutanda and Lake Bunyonyi behond Kisoro and even up to Bwindi. The second stop over was at 3.855 meters, where another small shelter indicated that we are in the giant lobelia and senecios area. The trekking was becoming more steep and we were now climbing the upper part of the volcano. I found a bit distressing the presence of a lot of wooden ladders which were supposed to help the walk, but in fact for what concerns me it was actually causing more delay and fear of sliding as these ladders are not much sophisticated and not straight.
We arrived at the peak, at 4127 meters, when an icy rain started to beat our heads and we could not enjoy the crater lake in the caldera. Of course even the temperature went down with the rain at that altitude and a good warm jacked was necessary. On the other side, it was very difficult to prevent the rain from entering our shoes and from making us wet, however even this experience reminded me of some torrential rain beating me while walking along an alpine route and the rain coat was never enough. It took us basically four hours to arrive at the peak, keeping a moderately slow speed allowing the body to breathe and also to enjoy the environment. The descent was much faster, though a bit complicated by the wooden ladders which I was trying to avoid all the time (but some acrobatic fall here and there was inevitable). I was comforted by the fact that I did not feel to be unprepared for the trekking; indeed I had a minimum training in the last period, though not so much preparation. I was also comforted by the fact that the guide was falling down much more often than I did, poor guy, I guess it was the shoes and I felt sorry for him. During the descent, actually we had good panoramic views of the valley in front of the Muhavura, we could see Lake Mutanda and Lake Mulehe. By 4 in the afternoon we were back to the gate, I imagine this can be an average time for completing the trekking. Walking in the mountain is something that takes away my fears, which brings my mind back to the ground, a kind of natural therapy.  
Costantino Tessarin