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Friends of friends stayed on Banda island this year, so it's still up and running. I was told they liked it. Did you consider going up to Jinja? I personally like Eden Rock; it's affordable and right next to the party venue that is Nile River Explorers, meaning you can choose to party and choose to take it easy without having to go far. Alternatively, I ...


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The Nile post the Bujagali dam: Since the completion of the Bujagali dam the rafting has moved downstream. Bujagali Falls itself and a few surrounding rapids were lost to the reservoir but the rafts now start at Overtime and now continue all the way to the Hairy Lemon island. This is around 25kms. Previously this section was done as part of a two day ...


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I am Billy Ssali (freelance local Tour guide in Uganda). I would say that Rwanda has an added advantage over Uganda compared to the distance to be driven in the car, in Rwanda it takes 2 hours drive from Kanombe International Airport to get to Kinigi (Parc De National) while in Uganda it needs a minimum of 11 hours to drive from Entebbe International ...


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If you want to do it cheaply than you would be best off if travelling on your own (with a Lonely Planet guide, probably optimal group size is 4). I found public transport in Uganda reasonably usable between major cities (not very comfortable though), and in national parks you can always hire a guy with a 4x4 (to get around and do a game drive). Regarding ...


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When I did my research a few years ago I read that the biggest likelihood of seeing gorillas is in Uganda, I haven't tried it myself though. I was traveling around other parts of Uganda and it felt reasonably safe - we were using public transport and cheap accommodation. It was a few years ago though, you should check the current situation (usually foreign ...


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Mountain Gorillas, which are said to be man's closest relatives are living in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, Parc Nationale Des Volcans in Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in Eastern DR Congo. But Uganda has the biggest numbers and Rwanda is also good. I advise you to visit: www.visitgorillas.com ...


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I'm not aware of any official statistics but as far as I remember it took me about 30 minutes. The airport is small and didn't look very busy but I arrived at 2:00 am so I'm not quite sure if it's going to be more crowded during daytime. You need to compile a an entry paper and pay a fee (about $50 now for a single entry).


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Gorilla Tracking is an exhausting activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy gorilla trekking. Skilled guides will accompany groups but no porters are available to carry personal belongings and the minimum age is fifteen years. Anyone with signs of communicable disease like cough or runny nose will not be allowed to trek. While ownership of a ...


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I can't advise you to go to Congo since their security is unreliable, anything can happen at any time! Not only that but even getting a Congo visa is not easy whether online or at any of their border checkpoint. Roads are impassable, visa goes up to $135 single entry for Congo, Rwanda visa fee was reduced to $30 (but you need to apply online in advance). ...


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There is no international ferry operating on lake Victoria, scheduled or otherwise. There is a scheduled ferry between Mwanza and Bukoba, both in Tanzania. It is possible, however, to travel from, specifically, Kampala to Mwanza, by boat. But, this basically requires going to the port and asking around for a berth on one of the cargo ships. I've not heard ...


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I have no reliable information, but I'll post this anyway as an answer until someone finds reliable sources. The traditional Lake Victoria ferries were discontinued in the mid-2000s after a series of accidents. The Ugandan government announced that it would bring in a replacement service but nothing came of that. Earthwise operates one ferry out of Uganda ...


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Eastern Congo is affected by the rebel activities. Recent reports of rebels fighting with the army have been reported. Even gorilla tourism (in this region) have been affected and tourists can only for gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda. Will update you when the security situation has improved in the region.



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