Things To Do At Aruu Falls in Uganda

The Spectacular Aruu Falls in northern Uganda

The Aruu Falls are located in northern Uganda within Pader District about 4 and half kilometers from the Pader-Kitgum highway. The waterfalls are located in the middle of a forested area and the encompassing area is inhabited by the Acholi and Langi people who are mainly peasant farmers.

The beautiful cascading Aruu waterfalls are among the hide treasures in the country that are worth seeing on your safari in Uganda. Despite their breathtaking beauty, they are not a commonly visited site; however make a perfect stopover or day trip site for anyone on Safari to Murchison Falls National Park from Kidepo National Park or vice versa.

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What to Do At and Around the Aruu Falls

Besides viewing these beautiful waterfalls, there are a number of activities you can enjoy at and around the waterfalls. Below we have highlighted some of the activities

Picnic Lunches: You may enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the large rocks at the bottom of the falls as you enjoy the cool breeze of Uganda – the Pearl of Africa

Nature Walks: there are interesting nature walks around the falls to even to the nearby communities and these are led by local guides. These walks will offer you an opportunity to meet and interact with some of the local people, visit their villages and see their traditional homesteads.

Visit the local Market: there is a local market supplied with fresh produces from the local’s farms. There you will be able to buy some fresh fruits like mangoes, passion fruits, watermelons plus so many others when in season. Also those interested in buying a souvenir like some pieces crafted art works, this will be the perfect place to visit.

Photography: the waterfalls offer a very beautiful background for photographs and video recording, so anyone interested in doing so, this is a unique and perfect.

Bird watching: being a source of water to this area, you will see several water birds and other bird species around these waterfalls and the most commonly species include: weaver birds, hornbills, African wagtail, red bishops, Egyptian goose, eastern grey plantain eater, stonechat and the Secretary Bird.

Swimming and Rock Climbing: this is also done at the falls however we should warn you that the rocks are very slippery to climb so climbing and swimming is done at your own risk
Primate watching: because the area is fairly forested, you may be lucky to see some of the primates especially the Vervet Monkeys.

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Top Things to do and see i Murchison Falls Game Park

There are many things to do and see in Murchison Falls National Park,  something for everyone, most of all you experience the African Wild, the African Bush, Forest, Wildlife, Birds, Primates and the River Nile. Murchison Falls is more than square miles, more than 76 species of mammals and 451 species of birds.

You will find large herds of buffaloes and elephants here, the endangered Rothschild Giraffes in great numbers, the stealthy leopard (usually alone except during mating season and of course of the king of the beasts – lions, there are many antelopes such as Jackson’s hartebeest, Bushbucks, Uganda Kob, Waterbucks, and Warthogs.

Along the River Nile you will see enormous Nile Crocodiles and a vast number of Hippos – advice – keep your camera ready.

As you drive through the park you will also come across a number of Olive Baboons, Patas Monkeys, while in the forests of the park you can often spot black and white Colobus Monkeys, even chimpanzees can be spotted on occasion while taking a guided nature walk in Rabongo Forest.

Murchison Falls Park has been declared one of the best birding locations in all of Africa with 451 recorded species such as the Shoebill Stork, the Goliath Heron – the largest heron in the world – and pairs of elegant Grey Crowned Cranes – Uganda’s national bird.

Seen along the Nile are the Blue-headed Coucal, Swamp Flycatcher, Squacco Heron, African Jacana, Sandpipers, Denham’s Bustard, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Black-billed Barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Eastern Grey Plantain-Eater, Piapiac, Silverbird, Weaver Birds, Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-Eater, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver and African Quail-Finch to name a few

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Track rhinos in Uganda

The next stopover before the park is Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – an effort to re-introduce rhinos back into the wild after they became regionally extinct some years back. The sanctuary is on 7,000 hectares of land located just south of Murchison Falls National Park. You can even encounter the younger rhinos on foot with a guide.

Nile boat cruise

Murchison Falls National Park is divided into two by the Nile River. Water flows all-year-round flowing into Lake Albert before proceeding into South Sudan. This is a great place to enjoy a boat safari and you can even visit the falls themselves via boat. Hippos, crocs, water monitors as well as other animals all gather along the river, making for some spectacular game viewing.

Chimpanzee trekking 

East African chimpanzees also call the park home, occurring in the Budongo forests. Chimpanzee trekking is available where you can spend a couple of hours with man’s closest living relative.

Game drive safaris

Elephants, buffalo, lions and leopards all reside in the northern parts of the park. Some other special sightings include the Ugandan kob, oribi, Jackson hartebeest and the Rothschild’s giraffe. Murchison Falls National Park, along with Kidepo Valley National Park, is the only place to see this magnificent subspecies of giraffe in the wild.

These are just some of the reasons why Murchison Falls is loved by many. But I am sure once you visit, you will have a few more reasons of your own to add to the list!

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Hiking Tour To The Top Of Murchison Falls in Uganda

Hiking to the top of Murchison falls in an activity that shouldn’t be skipped on your short tour in Murchison Falls National Park.

After an afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the Murchison falls, you can also hike 45 minutes through woodland to the top of the falls for a completely different experience of this magical waterfall.

This is an  experience that brings all the senses into play: watch waves of the white water tumble hypnotically through this 6m chasm, listen to the roar, taste the spray on your face and feel the rock shake beneath your feet. Sheer sensory overload!

If you do not fancy the trek to the top, stop off at the north bank during your game drive, and drive to the top of the falls and walk down to set of steps to stand with meters of the rapids.

A short Murchison falls tour offers a great window to experience the uniqueness Uganda on a short tour in Uganda. Contact us to arrange a short tour to Murchison Falls National Park by sending us an email via info@gulutours.com or call us on +256701367970.

A Boat Cruise on The Nile Delta in Murchison Falls National Park

On your short Murchison falls tour, you should not miss a boat cruise to the Nile Delta where the River Nile meets Lake Albert on its adventuresome route to the Mediterranean sea. A boat trip to the Nile Delta is worth a visit on your Uganda safari tour in Murchison Falls National Park.

The five hour Nile Delta boat trip heads downstream to the papyrus-filled delta where the Nile River empties into Lake Albert.

While the Nile Delta launch cruise is less popular than the upstream boat cruise to the base of Murchison Falls National Park, wildlife watching is still very awesomely good.

The Nile Delta boat trip offers an opportunity to various wildlife and many bird species. You may be able to spot Leopard lounging in trees and the rare yet most sought Shoebill is a resident and sightings are very common.

The Victoria Nile delta boat trip is a 20km voyage downstream from Paraa. The delta is home to rare wetland birds including shoebill and papyrus endemic species.

Your short Murchison Falls tour in Uganda will be an experience to remember with a Nile Delta cruise on the Nile. Contact us to assist you arrange a safari to Murchison Falls National Park. Send us an email via info@gulutours.com or call us on +256701367970.

 

5 Days Karamoja, Ik and Kidepo Wildlife Safari Tour

The 5 Days tour to Karamojong region enables you to explore the authentic tribes of the Karamoja also known as the Masaai of Uganda and Ik people who are referred to as the people of the mountains. The safari explores the vast and diverse magnificent Kidepo Valley National Park which borders South Sudan in the north and Kenya to the east.

Day 1: Drive to Karamoja via Mbale through Soroti

After and early breakfast, our driver will pick you then drive towards Jinja through Mabira forest, continue to Jinja passing the Owen Falls Dam on the Nile river proceeding to Mbale. We will have a short view of mountain Elgon, and then set off for noeth west of Mbale town to Moroto through Soroti. Arrive in the Moroto in the late Afternoon. Overnight and Dinner at your hotel/lodge.

Day 2: Whole day cultural tour to the Pastoralist Karimojong & Turkana

After breakfast, you embark on the whole day tour of the Pastoralist Karimojong who are re-known nomadic herdsmen that have lived a transhumance in the sub region of Karamoja for years past. They keep herds of Cattle, live in Manyatta and are now transforming from moving naked to dressing up. They have great heritage that surrounds the practice of cattle keeping. You learn to do traditional hand milking, learn how they use milk and its products to survive; the significance of cattle to them, how they are transiting from nomadism to settled farming, their entertainment modes among other aspects. Also visit the nearby Kraals and Kobebe Dam where the Turkana from Kenya settled. Overnight and Dinner at your hotel/lodge.

Day 3: Explore the Indigenous Ik people in the Morungole Mountains

Embark on the hike to the Mountains of Morungole where the ancient indigenous Ik thrive is a rewarding day that incorporates culture and sightseeing experience. The impressive flat landscapes of Kidepo plains are pardoned by series of hills and mountains that also mark the area among which include Mount Morungole presenting an impressive landscape that offers magical scenic views. The indigenous Ik people have maintained their traditions and their remote living have sheltered them from the wind of globalization thus presenting an authentic touch of an African culture. Explore their way of life, their religions, family bonds, marriage practices, architecture and other cultural aspects that are worth understanding. Do remember that this is an 8 hour hike up and down the Mountain, not an easy feat for most. You retreat from the encounter and transfer back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight at your hotel/lodge.

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Day 4: Morning Game Drive and Evening Game Drive

This morning you’ll meet up with your guide and head off to the Kidepo Valley National Park. The drive will be about 2 to 3 hours. Accompanied by an experience tracker-guide, on an exciting game viewing adventure, you will search for lions, cheetahs and leopards.  Return to the lodge relax at Apoka Lodge. After lunch proceed for an afternoon game drive. About 77 different kinds of mammals are found here, 28 of which are found nowhere else in Uganda.  Tree Climbing lions are found here during the day as they tend to roam at night, Herds of Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, 5 kinds of primates, bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, cheetah and hunting dog, eland, bush buck, bush duskier, defassa water buck, bohor reed buck, Jackson’s hartebeest and oribi. Dinner and overnight at your hotel/lodge.

Day 5: Depart for Entebbe

Early morning breakfast, depart in the morning after having breakfast to Kampala with stopover for lunch break on route arriving in Kampala in the evening.

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The Guruguru Hills and Caves in Gulu

The Guruguru Hills in Gulu, Uganda the famous area of the Lamogi Rebellion against the Colonial Rulers is a steep and must climb rocky hills. The Lamogi fresh water flows from the rocks downhill.

The area is home to various reptiles, butterflies and monkeys who enjoy an uninterrupted freedom. On the top of the hill, enjoy the beautiful scenery of undulating farmland of the entire Amuru district. The hill is steep but when you finally drag yourself to the top of the hills, you can say to your soul ‘take your peace’.

Guruguru Caves located about 25 kilometres north of Gulu town are said to have been used as a safe haven during the Lamogi Rebellion.

The Caves inside are the granite stone boulders, residents say the large dark caves have partions that accommodated members of up to ten sub-clans making up Lamogi Chiefdom.

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Visit The Acholi People And Their Culture on Uganda Cultural Tours And Safaris

The Acholi people in the central north part of Uganda are part of the Nilotic luo people speaking the Acholi language who entered Uganda from the north from Bar-el-Gazel in South-Sudan. The name Acholi comes from an Arabic word they always used to refer to the Acholi as they called them the Chooli. They are settled in five districts of the north among them is Amudat and Gulu. The Acholi are one Uganda’s most interesting tribe to explore on your Uganda cultural tour in northern Uganda.

The Acholi highly have a rich culture. Their god is known as Rwo. They are known for their famous dances such as the Lakaraka dance that was performed during their wedding ceremonies and the Etole dance that was sang during raids to give moral to the fighters. They have an amazing traditional dress code of skins and hides of leopards, cheaters with head bandages with ostrich feather and the calabash they always use as a music box during their dances.

The Acholi women, children and men are great agriculturists and hardworking people in terms of hunting and their participation in trade during the Arab regime in Uganda is also recalled as significant for their development. The Acholi live in huts molded and decorated with mud.

Visit the Acholi-land for an amazing and lifetime cultural experience in Uganda on your cultural trip in Africa. Contact us via info@gulutours.com or call us on +256701367970 to assist you customize your Uganda cultural tour in Acholi.

Hiking Mount Napak in the Karamoja Region Northern Uganda

Mount Napak is the third highest mountain in  the Karamoja region northern Uganda. Due to its unique location within the Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, you’re up for breathtaking panoramic views of the Karamoja planes and distant mountain ranges. But it is also the toughest mountain to climb due to its steep cliffs and wild vegetation.

On a Uganda hiking tour, you find out that the steepness of the mountain makes it unfavorable for people to live on. Therefore the Karamojong and Iteso people live at the foot of the mountain. The mountain provides them food by hunting for small wild animals and having their gardens at the fertile foothills.

Mountain Napak is in dowered and carved by a number of cliffs, summits and ridges. Among all the hiking destinations in the Karamoja region, it has been ranked more beautiful and more experiential as you bend down very low only to meander around with the swerving rocks encountered every step of your Mountain hiking experience in Uganda.

The vegetation patterns in the middle of the hike are bite greener compared to those seen at the start of the hiking dream if you are to reach the summit. In fact, in there, happens to be baboon in this vegetation which all looks amazing during your breathless sights spots. The rocks in there are blessed with water and along are black frogs.

At the top of this miraculous adventurous hike, you are set to watch the sun fall and come back again in the next day which all looks spectacular in your Uganda hiking safari experience.

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The Unique Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda & Where To Find Them

Lions are among Africa’s big 5 and Uganda’s big 7 found Uganda’s National Parks and wildlife reserves. Lions are among the most sought wild animals on game drive. Majority of the clients wish to track lions on a wildlife game drive and their desires are always satisfied on the Uganda tours to the different protected areas which are home to the King of the Jungle.A grown lion weighs about 150-250kgs for males and the lioness (female lion) weighs about 120-180kgs, and they can live in the wild for up-to 14 years. Lions kept in zoos can live up-to 20 years. Not as humans where a man is responsible to provide food for the family, the lionesses do most of the hunting yet the male lions need at least 7kgs of meat per day and 5kgs of meat per day for the females. In the open wildernesses like in Murchison falls National Park over looking the Albert Nile, there are many thickets where lions hide their catch such as Uganda Kobs so that they don’t get any disturbance from hyenas and moving Safari vehicles.

Lionesses normally starts producing at the age of 4 years, and can mate with any male before it conceives and the mating can take several days. The gestation period is 110 days and can give birth to up-to 4 cubs. The cubs are hid under thick thickets where hyenas and buffaloes can not easily kill them. The cubs are born blind and weigh about 1.2 to 2.1 kg.

Uganda Tree Climbing Lions

Lions among the cat family though they are not known for climbing trees, Uganda lions being found up in the tree branch is a unique adventure moment. Lions are often found in the open savannah grasslands roaming around, sleeping, resting or hunting but in Uganda – lions normally climb and rest in these fig trees when noon approaches. It is hard some times to find them up in the trees when it is raining, or when it is still slippery in the morning. These tree climbing lions of Uganda are found in Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Southern section near the Congo boarder and the Kidepo Valley National Park in north-eastern Uganda .

Uganda’s tree climbing lions climb and rest in the umbrella-shaped fig trees to hide-away from the sun, spy on their prey, and some times run away from the mosquitoes or tsetse flies. The Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth id the famous destination to sight these tree lions. However, other tree lions have been sighted in Kidepo Valley National Park hanging in the sausage trees.

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Uganda Ministry of Tourism should Promote Local Tourism To Boost Revenue

Local leaders in Gulu District have called on the ministry of Tourism to speed up the promotion of local tourism and documentation so that the district can benefit from the initiative.

Since peace returned to the region a decade now, tourists visiting Fort Patiko rose from less than ten to more than 100 according to a register book kept at the entrance of the famous fort.

The highest in the last 10 years was in 2015 when 150 foreign visitors were received at Fort Patiko and in 2016, mostly Americans and Europeans who brought Shs2 million in revenue.
One of the attendants at Fort Patiko, Mr Ronald Okello Onen, told Daily Monitor in Gulu on Tuesday that visitors are those involved in making documentations, researchers and individual tourists.

“The number of the visitors at Fort Patiko is attributed to political stability and good weather,” he said.
On his part, the area LIII Councilor for Anywadwe Parish where the Fort Patiko is located, Mr Benson Komakech, asked government to build the necessary infrastructure that will spur development in the area.

“There is need to have better facilities in area for accommodation so that better revenue is also realised when the visitors camp at the site for socialisation, work and education purposes,” he said.

The ministry of Tourism has currently embarked on the promotion of local tourism which earns the country around Shs300 billion in foreign earning annually.

Other tourists’ sites in Acholi sub-region are the Lamogi hills, where the Lamogi people resisted British Colonial rule in 1911 and Aruu Falls in Pader District.

By DailyMonitor.

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