Visit us at Destinations Travel Show, Manchester, 15-18th January 2015

Venture Uganda will be exhibiting – stand AF21 – at the Destinations travel show at Event City in Manchester, UK in 15-18 January 2015. Staff will be available to provide information about holidays to Uganda and to answer any questions. You can read more about the show and obtain complimentary tickets from theDestinations website. We look forward to seeing you there and hopefully in Uganda later – where it is a bit warmer!

Amazing Student Work Placements in Uganda

To help you excel in your studies and enhance your employability, Venture Uganda is offering a range of exciting work experience placements in Ugandan organisations and projects. Apply your skills in the field, learn how to work in another culture and make a contribution in your host community. Uganda is famous for her warm and friendly people, so you’ll soon feel at home, settle in at work and have lots of fun with optional weekend activities and a final safari.

Gorillas – a movie classic

If this video clip. doesn’t tempt you to come gorilla tracking in Uganda, nothing will. A few lucky tourists were able to get ‘up close and personal ‘when the gorillas visited their lodge.

This may be a rare occurrence but can also experience these enchanting creatures during your safari. Trek through the forest to find them in their natural habitat and then watch as they eat, play, groom and even take a nap, right before your eyes. Visit Uganda: enjoy the trip of a lifetime and let us help you make unforgettable memories.

Big Birding Day 2011

BBD is an annual festival promoting birding in Uganda. It consists of 3 events: the launch at the Uganda Museum with speakers from Ministry of Tourism, Nature Uganda, Uganda Tourism Board and USAID – STAR followed the next day by the main event, the bird counts throughout the country and finally, a day of fun and celebration where the results of the counts are announced.

Venture Uganda staff again participated in BBD and, this year, had a fantastic day birding from small boats in the Mabamba swamp, meandering through the channels of the swamp and out into the more open water towards Lake Victoria.

Our group counted over 100 species including the much sought after Shoebill. Other species included: Winding Cisticola, Cattle Egret, Woodland Kingfisher, Great Blue Turaco, Jacana, Lizard Buzzard, Whinchat, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Black-headed Heron, African Marsh Harrier, Red-eyed Dove, Hamerkop, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Stout Cisticola, Common Drongo, Red-headed Lovebird, Black Kite, Ibis Hadada, Papyrus Gonolek, Helmeted Guineafowl, Flappet Lark, Grassland Pipit, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Common  Waxbill, Ruppell’s Weaverbird

More details about the festival and the results of the counts will be published on the Nature Uganda website.

 

Discounted air tickets for tourists tracking gorillas

Brussels Airlines is offering a fantastic 10% discount on their flights to Uganda for tourists intending to track gorillas during their visit. Venture Uganda offers a number of safari packages which include gorilla tracking or we can design a tailor-made safari just for you. We will obtain the necessary gorilla tracking permits for you and book your flights using the permits to secure the flight discount.  Please contact us for more details or visit the Brussels Airlines website.

Welcome to our new website

Venture Uganda is pleased to welcome you to our new website. Although we are still adding some content, you will already find it packed with information about the amazing things you can see and do in Uganda from gorilla tracking and bird watching to white water rafting and cruising the River Nile. There is also information for those wishing to bring groups on educational visits. We will keep you updated with news from Uganda such as the birth of a baby rhino or the opening of new bird watching trails and hopefully tempt you with some of our featured safaris, activities and places to stay. We hope you’ll agree that the site also contains some stunning photography, mostly taken by our staff, showing what you too could capture during a visit to Uganda. The website will always be a work in progress and we welcome feedback on it and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook too. Finally, please feel free to contact us if you would like help in planning a trip to Uganda. It’s a beautiful, safe country. Come and enjoy it!

Mahogany Springs: a new lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Mahogany Springs is a fantastic new lodge nestling in the Buhoma hills, one of the starting points for gorilla tracking in Bwindi. The lodge sits almost unnoticed on the lower slopes of the hillside and overlooks the Munyanga River. The lodge owners are supporting a community project to generate power from this river in the near future.

Mahogany Springs consists of 6 beautifully finished private bandas as well as a stunning 2 bedroom Presidential suite, and a main lodge housing bar, restaurant and lounge areas with spectacular views across the river to the tea and matooke gardens of the local villagers and the edge of the forest. The kitchen, run by top Indian chef Subedi has its own kitchen garden with many vegetables, fruit and herbs grown organically on site.

The lodge is a superb base not only for gorilla tracking but also for birding (Bwindi is one of the top birding sites in Uganda) and there are many enjoyable local walks and community activities. What really makes Mahogany Springs special though is the superb service and attention to detail – on chilly nights you even get a hot water bottle! In fact, things are so good the gorillas have even been known to wander out of the forest and into the gardens for a few nights free accommodation! Luckily, for those who have to pay, Mahogany Springs represents excellent value for money.

Nature Uganda member’s walk

Nature Uganda – the Birdlife International partner in Uganda – regularly organises members’ nature walks and last month we had a chance to visit the Entebbe Reptile Centre.

The Centre is a fairly new project, set up by Ugandan herpatologists to provide education about reptiles, to include them in the many wildlife attractions Uganda has to offer and to rescue those under threat from local people. The Centre is still quite small but leads on to the swamps around the shores of Lake Victoria where you can enjoy a walk and maybe spot a few water birds as well.

The Nature Uganda gang is a friendly, relaxed group of enthusiasts who regularly come together to enjoy a nature walk and learn more about a particular conservation project or activity. Many also bring their children – the future stewards of the environment.