Monday, 23 October 2017

THE 50 YEARS OF SHERATON KAMPALA HOTEL; A JOURNEY WORTH THE STORY - UGANDA SAFARI NEWS

Initially named Apollo Hotel, Sheraton Kampala Hotel is one of the high end facilities offering accommodation for the range of visitors in Kampala including those arriving for UgandaSafaris and tours.
Sheraton Kampala Hotel was officially opened on October 8th 1967 and has since gone through the test of time including the unstable political climate that the country experienced after independence. Its names were changed severely with almost the fall of each regime. For example, when Amin took power in 1971, its name was changed to Kampala International Hotel and after his overthrow; it reverted to its former name Apollo Hotel which was later dropped for the present one.
Following the government liberalization policy, the Investors from Middle East secured the lease to run the facility in 1991 for the next 25 years. They acquired franchise of Sheraton Hotels and Resorts and hence the Sheraton name.  Of course, the series of renovations have been undertaken with time to keep the facility at International standards serving world class travelers including the high end travelers on holiday Safaris in Uganda.
The fifty years of Sheraton Kampala Hotel is indeed a remarkable journey with broad history that is itself a special feature to associate with. This is a common characteristic especially for travelers that prefer to experience the heritage of the destinations that they visit.  Moreover, Sheraton Kampala Hotel is at heart of Kampala city where Uganda tour undertakers can explore a range of religious, cultural, historical, educational and other sites of significance.
The event to commemorate the fifty (50) years was officiated by H.E Yoweri Museveni the President of the Republic of Uganda who appreciated the efforts of the Hotel proprietors along with other investors in the country’s hospitality sector as regards to the development initiatives that they have undertaken. The Gala Dinner to mark this event was attended by a range of historical personalities including the wife of the former President Dr. Apollo Milton Obote whom the Hotel had initially been named after.
Sheraton Kampala Hotel now sits on 7 acres with lush gardens, swimming pool, modern restaurants and bars, various room categories including executive and club rooms along with Suites which include the Presidential Suite.  The Hotel is now under the management of Constellation Hotels & Resorts and earns $1.25 million per month.

Because of its convenient location, the luxury guests on safari in Uganda tend to use as base to start their respective trips in the country. 

Saturday, 14 October 2017

EXPLORE THE POPULAR 3 DAYS UGANDA SAFARI TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK





A 3 day Uganda safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park will be so exciting for any traveller just because in only three days, one will be able to explore the beauty and serenity of this amazing national park which has kept on attracting a big number people to come in for safaris to Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth national park has got many safari activities and attractions which are enticing to the eyes of any guest hoping to visit it. Some of the safari attractions include; wildlife species, birds, chimpanzees, the Kazinga channel, salt and crater lakes and its vegetation cover.

The Lions of Kasenyi plains as your day one of this Uganda safari will be rewarding in this beautiful national park, on arrival, check in to the lodge of your choice since this national park has got many different safari lodges ranging from luxury, mid-range to budget, so your budget will decide on what type of safari accommodation you will prefer.

On this first day at the safari lodge will provide an opportunity to enjoy an evening African safari tour evening game drive within the park and also get a chance to spot wildlife including; the lions, elephants, kobs, monkeys, buffalos and many more. A traveller can as well have an optional night safari game drive where you will be able to feed your with the nocturnal life of Queen Elizabeth national park.

The second day is a special day since you get a chance to track the chimpanzees of Kyambura Gorge. These Uganda primates are so exciting to watch in their habitats. Visitors are given time to watch the chimps and take exclusive photos and in the afternoon, enjoy a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel were you get a chance to have that water based experience of the basking crocodiles and yawning hippos.

The last day in this national park will be one of its kind in a way that visitors will enjoy an early morning safari game drive to track down the early risers of queen Elizabeth national park. Proceed to the salt lakes in Katwe and munyampaka and then start your journey back to final Kampala. Enjoy the vegetation cover as you travel back to Kampala capital city and this makes the end of our 3 day Uganda tour to Queen ElizabethNational park.

Friday, 13 October 2017

BIRDS OF UGANDA - THE BLACK HEADED GONOLEK - UGANDA BIRDING SAFARI NEWS

birding , uganda birding safarisAlso referred to as Laniarius erythrogaster, the black-headed gonolek is among the exciting bird species explored by travelers on Uganda birding safaris.
The black-headed gonolek is a species of bird in the family Malaconotidae. It is found in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda
Belonging to the Malaconotidae family, the black-headed gonolek thrives in the countries of Cameroon, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda where it is encountered while on birding safaris in Uganda.
The habitats of black-headed gonolek include; dry savanna, tropical or sub tropical shrubland along with flooded or wet grassland. It is marked by distinct colours with red under parts and black upper parts and can be easily spotted at a distance while on bird watching safari in Uganda.
The black-headed gonolek feature a distinctive call and communicates simultaneously with the partner. The call of a male gonolek is loud and clear like a bell sound and the female would immediately respond the male’s call with a harsh grating response as at times heard of Uganda birding tours.
Regarding conservation, the black-headed gonolek is listed as species of Least Concern on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.