excursions

LAKE NABUGABO SAND BEACH

17Jul

Lake Nabugabo situated next to Lake Victoria is special for its beaches, coastlines and many rare species. It is one of the few lakes where you can swim. It is free of Bilharzia or any other organisms that can cause diseases..

Lake Nabugabo area is chosen as a Ramsar Site (protected area) because of its importance for people and animals.

It was formed as a result of sand dunes resulting from strong winds. It is separated from Lake Victoria by a sand bar. The Lake covers an area of 22,000 hectares and lies 00°24’S  031°54’E. It is a shallow freshwater lake 8.2 km long by 5 km wide. This lake is surrounded by Loudetia swamp, especially to the north and has Miscanthidium papyrus and Sphagnum swamps

NABUGABO HAS A UNIQUE BIODIVERSITY

  1. Almost 300 plant species have been recorded. Lake Nabugabo catchment’s area has two flowering plants not found elsewhere and 14 species of birds and fish in Uganda are known only in this area. The most striking character of the rare Nabugabo plant is the relative dominance of carnivorous plants and members of the family Xyridacea.
  2. Many species of indigenous fish (Cichlidae) have been recorded. Three fish species were introduced into Lake Nabugabo in the 1950’s, namely Oreochromis niloticus, O.leucosticus and Tilapia Zillii.
  3. The fauna ecosystem consists of a wide variety of key animal Communities, Hippopotamus and Sitatunga. While birds like king fishers, crested crane and some important migratory birds can be sighted.
  4. Nabugabo is an important migratory stopover-destination for Migratory bird species – at times during the year, the site (listed as an Important Bird Area) holds more than 15% of the world’s population of the Blue Swallow and support five globally threatened and nearly threatened birds.

LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

17Jul

This is one of the largest five lakes that are near by the wetlands, and it accounts for only 20% of this unique lake found in western Uganda. The park covers only 370km² yet it has 5 lakes within. It’s situated between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara taking you about  1 hours to get there from Garden Courts Hotel . Lake Mburo National Park is  the only place where you can spot the Impalas in Uganda, Antelopes as well as the Elands. There are also many herds of  Buffalos and Zebras within this national park.

More so, the main story of how Lake Mburo came about is an Ankole myth. The two brothers known as Kigarama and Mburo used to live in a big valley. One day Kigarama had a dream and he decides to tell his brother that they had to move. Mburo just ignored his brother and Kigarama decide to move up into the hills.

The Valley down flooded with water and a lake was formed which drowned Mburo. And to the present, the lake is named after him and the nearby hills are called Kigarama after his own brother. The area is also related with the Cassine tree that has got powerful aphrodisiac effects. On these trees, you can see signs of bark as well as the branch removal and may be seen near the Kigambira loop crossroads. The other part of the park is well covered in acacia savannah as well as famous for associating many antelopes.

There are also five lakes in the park that always attract crocodiles, hippos, water birds as well as the swamps that harbor secretive papyrus specialists like the sitatunga antelopes, black and yellow papyrus ganalex etc.

TOP ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

  • Birding In Lake Mburo
  • Cultural Experience
  • Nature Guided Walks
  • Fishing In Lake Mburo
  • Boat Cruise
  • Bicycle Tours

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

17Jul

Located in western Uganda, shared by districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Bushenyi, Queen Elizabeth park is 1978km2 in size. The park lies 5-6 hours from Kampala on a surfaced road via masaka

It includes parts of Lakes Edward and George which are linked by Kazinga channel and other attractions. Accessing the park from Kampala is either on tarmac through Masaka (420 kms) or Fort Portal via Kasese (410kms). from Garden courts Hotel its about 280 kms. This Uganda safari park can also be reached via Ishasha sector, which is south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. 

ATTRACTIONS IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK UGANDA

The park has a variety of Flora and Fauna and it’s acknowledged to be a habitat for over 95 mammal species with about 612 species of birds. The various species in this park, has made it a unique park most liked by tourists. Geographers will say that the park has around 57 vegetation but in actual sense, it has five levels of vegetation. Namely bushy grassland, Acacia woodland, Lakeshore or swamp vegetation along with forest grassland

The grasslands of the park settles wildlife such as Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, Waterbuck, Warthlog, Lion, Leopard, Hyena, Giant forest hog as well as Elephants. Topis can only be discovered in Ishasha and forest primate found in Kyambura gorge in addition to Maramagambo forest.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

  • Mweya Peninsula
  • Kazinga Channel.
  • Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions

MASAKA VILLAGE WALK

17Jul

The Village Walk gives you a great opportunity to see how the people surrounding Masaka leave.  It’s also a great way to support the local community in a direct way. The Village Walk with your guide begins at Masaka town, it’s informative, rewarding to the average visitor. It will amaze you how resourceful the local people are as you see and learn their ways. You will observe women create handicrafts at the craft centers and if you can buy some of them those creating the baskets and other crafts will be most appreciative. There will be more interesting things to see and find during the village walk: Poultry keeping, Pig rearing, Cows, Goats, Crop cultivation e.g Banana and Coffee. Also to see: Cultural heritage, Traditional healers, Traditional dances etc.