Colline Hotel http://collinehotel.com The Tropical Paradise Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:13:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Pocket Friendly Meals http://collinehotel.com/pocket-friendly-meals/ http://collinehotel.com/pocket-friendly-meals/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:26:17 +0000 http://collinehotel.com/mukono/?p=3927 12107935_930200483682249_1133501447245862792_nLooking for a pocket friendly meal in a beautiful ambiance? Look no further….Colline hotel has got you!

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Queen Elizabeth National Park http://collinehotel.com/queen-elizabeth-national-park/ Sat, 02 Jan 2016 20:28:00 +0000 http://collinehotel.com/mukono/?p=3202 Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.

As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.

Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders!

]]> Semuliki National Park http://collinehotel.com/semuliki-national-park/ Sat, 02 Jan 2016 20:26:56 +0000 http://collinehotel.com/mukono/?p=3215 Distance from Kampala: 330km. Estimated transit time: 6 hours

Semliki National Park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda in Bundibugyo district along the Easter side of the River Semliki.

This park covers 220 sq km.The River Semiliki forms part of the international boundary between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire). This is the only place in Uganda where the Ituri Rain-Forest encroaches from Congo, and a visit here provides a taste of Central Africa wildlife, birds and culture.

As part of the Albertine Rift Valley, Semuliki National  park encompasses part of one of Africa’s most biodiverse forests and is particularly noted for its varied bird population. It is undoubtedly the highlight for many visiting birders.Semiliki Valley houses one of Africa’s ancient forests that survived the last ice age creating thick dense forests with temperatures rising to a humid 30C and doused by an annual 1240mm of rain.

The Sempaya Hot Springs and the nearby Rwenzori Mountains were among Uganda’s first tourist attractions. Currently the major tourist attractions The hot springs bubble up beneath Sempaya, demonstrating the powerful subterranean forces that have shaped the Rift Valley during the last 14 million years.

Two main springs are in a swampy clearing on the southeastern corner of the forest. The outer spring is dominated by a boiling geyser (103C) that spurts up to 2m from a white cake-like base. This spring is commonly referred to as the Female Spring. The inner spring is a broad steaming pool about 10m long and is reached by a 30 minute trail. This inner spring is commonly referred to as the Male Spring. Bring along an egg or two that you can boil in the many outlets of the spring!

The bird-life is especially spectacular and represents 40% of Uganda’s total bird species with 66% in the forest and the rest by the riverine habitat. 46 rare Guinea-Congo biome species are spotted here with 5 species endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley. Another 35 species found here can “only be seen in 2-3 other sites in Uganda.” Look out for the Shining Blue Kingfisher, Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, White-thighed Hornbill, Grant’s Bluebill, Blue-billed Malimbe, Orange-cheeked Waxbill, White-naped Pigeon, Grey-throated Roller, White-throated Blue Swallow, Olivacious Flycatcher and Black-billed Barbet to name but a few.

Semliki’s flora and fauna species have been evolving for over 250,000 years. They include 336 tree species, 442 recorded bird species, 53 mammals and unspecified butterfly species. Some unique insects found here include the massive but harmless Goliath Beetles and Rhinoceros Beetles, reaching up to 4 inches in length.

Twenty seven (27) large mammals reside, mostly hidden, in Semliki’s thick forests, including Forest Elephants and Forest Buffalo reside in the thick forests. The river banks are lined with scores of hippos and crocodiles.When you are in Semliki National Park, you are closer to more primate species than anywhere else in the world. Numerous primate species include the chimpanzee, black and white colobus, Central African red colobus, blue monkey, red-tailed monkey, de Brazza monkey, vervet monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, Olive baboon and Dent’s mona monkey. After dark, look out for the nocturnal primates including the bushbabies and pottos.

Other wildlife in Semliki National park include , 53 species of mammal have been recorded from the park, many of which are shy, rare and nocturnal. Conspicuous species include Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Vervet, Red-tailed and Mona, Gentle (Blue) Monkeys, Olive Baboon and Guereza Colobus, De Brazza’s Monkeys are rare and Chimpanzees may seldom be heard than seen. While nocturnal primates include Pottos and Galagos. You are also lucky if you glimpse Elephant, Bush pig, Water Chevrotain, Buffalo, Sitatunga, White-bellied Duiker or Dwarf Antelope, Beecroft’s Anomalure or Zenker’s Flying Mouse. You are far more likely to spot the lively and agile squirrels such as Fire-footed Rope or Red-legged Sun Squirrel. Little collard fruit Bat and Target Rat. 30 species of butterflies have been identified, including 46 species of forest Swallowtails and Charaxes (75% of Uganda’s total) and at least 235 species of moths have been classified as restricted.

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Kidepo Valley National Park http://collinehotel.com/kidepo-valley-national-park/ http://collinehotel.com/kidepo-valley-national-park/#respond Sat, 02 Jan 2016 20:24:27 +0000 http://collinehotel.com/mukono/?p=3213 Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses.

During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka.  While in Kidepo Valley National Park you will surely enjoy the beatiful features like

Narus Valley

Narus Valley is a rising and falling grassland plain surrounded by faraway mountains. This valley provides permanent water, and through most of the year its wildlife gathers here. Therefore, this area is properly supplied with game tracks, having 4 loop circuits that explore the valley close to Apoka. Several creatures for example lions, reedbucks, Jackson’s hartebeests, oribis, buffaloes and giraffes are visible within the valley.

 Kidepo Valley and Kanangorok Hot Springs

Through most of the year, shortage of surface water implies that less wildlife is seen within Kidepo Valley, although it is still definitely worth the drive to go to the dried out Kidepo River to walk along its 50 meter wide river bed comprised of white sand in between the banks blanketed with borassus palms. “Kidepo” means “to pick from below” and this valley was frequented by people traveling to collect fallen borassus fruits to use for fermenting when making palm beer. Kanangorok Hot Springs are located 11 kilometers past the Kidepo River along the Sudan border. It is a marvelous place to sit down and observe the mountains far past the frontier.

Mount Morungule

Mount Morungole towers to 2,750 meters and it is crossed by River Kidepo and River Narus which nourish the wildlife plus the natural habitat of this park. The Morungole Range defines the southern boundary of this park and soars from these plains a couple of kilometers north-east of Apoka. This area may be visited on foot in the company of a ranger. The slopes of the mountain are habitat to the IK people, who are the tiniest ethnic group found in Uganda, and have their own special culture.

Namamukweny Valley

“Namamukweny” is a native Napore word for “a place having no birds or perhaps a lonely place with very few people” – although concerning the birds, pretty the contrary is true! This valley is populated by a huge amount of bird species for example the Eastern Paradise Whydah, Green Wood Hoopoe, White-crested Turaco, Abyssinian Roller and the Common Bulbul, among others. It’s found in the northwest part of the park and may be accessed on foot or using a car.

Lomej Hills

The Lomej Hills are found just a brief drive from the park headquarters. These hills are a great viewing point to see wild animals and birds such as the mountain reedbucks.

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Murchison Falls National Park http://collinehotel.com/murchison-falls-national-park/ Sat, 02 Jan 2016 20:21:15 +0000 http://collinehotel.com/mukono/?p=3412

murchison falls

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park best for uganda safari tours and travelers. It measures approximately 3,840 square kilometres (1,480 sq mi). Together with the adjacent Bugungu Wildlife Reserve and the Karuma Wildlife Reserve, the park is part of the 5,308 square kilometres (2,049 sq mi) Murchison Falls Conservation Area (MFCA).

Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.

The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents which is very amazing for Uganda safari tours and traveler.

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Mgahinga National Park http://collinehotel.com/mgahinga-national-park-2/ Sat, 02 Jan 2016 20:21:15 +0000 http://collinehotel.com/mukono/?p=3391

Mgahinga National ParkMgahinga National Park

Mgahinga National Park provides the best gorilla Tracking in Uganda. Arrange your safari with Upper Nile Safaris to away distance in the South-Western corner of Uganda, Mgahinga is one of the newest national parks that also the best place for gorilla Tracking in Uganda . Found on the slopes of the Virunga ranges, Mgahinga is Uganda’s smallest national park and probably the most scenic. These ranges that start in Uganda and roll on into the DRC offer a breathtaking view. Three defunct volcanoes make up the part of the Virunga ranges that are found in Uganda. The tallest of the three is Mountain Muhavura which goes up to an altitude of 4127 metres above sea level. Muhavura, loosely translated from the local dialect, means the guide. It was aptly named so, in the olden days because it used to act as a guide to wary travelers as it could be seen from miles away.The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey. Other wildlife found in the National park includes primates like the Guereza colobus and golden (blue) monkey, Caruther’s mountain, Boehm’s and Rwenzori sun squirrels can be seen along for gorilla tracking safaris. Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in these countries. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.

To avoid disappointment, it is advisable to book your permits for gorilla tracking in Uganda, three months in advance.  Bigger mammals such as buffaloes, Bushbuck and surprisingly Elephants are fairly common. Other animals that are mainly nocturnal include the Serval cat, Side-striped jackal, honey badger and striped weasel.

 

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Mt.Elgon National Park http://collinehotel.com/mt-elgon-national-park-2/ Sat, 02 Jan 2016 20:21:15 +0000 http://collinehotel.com/mukono/?p=3389

Mt.Elgon National ParkMt.Elgon National Park

Mount Elgon is a popular destination for nature lovers providing an exclusive domain for backpackers with numerous birding trails. The extinct volcanic mountain is an important watershed supporting a rich variety of vegetation zones ranging from montane forest to high open moorland studded with the other worldly giant lobelia and groundsel plants.

The recent development of the Forest Exploration Center at Kapchorwa allows birders access to extensive montane forest as well as the arid savanna around Moroto.

Mount Elgon is a popular destination for nature lovers providing an exclusive domain for backpackers with numerous birding trails. The extinct volcanic mountain is an important watershed supporting a rich variety of vegetation zones ranging from montane forest to high open moorland studded with the other worldly giant lobelia and groundsel plants.

The recent development of the Forest Exploration Center at Kapchorwa allows birders access to extensive montane forest as well as the arid savanna around Moroto.

 

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Queen Elizabeth National ParkQueen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.

As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.

Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders!

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Lake Mburo National Park http://collinehotel.com/lake-mburo-national-park/ http://collinehotel.com/lake-mburo-national-park/#respond Sat, 02 Jan 2016 20:21:15 +0000 http://collinehotel.com/mukono/?p=3211

Lake Mburo National ParkLake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo presents  a hug for activities   such as birding, forest walk, boat trips, nature walk and fishing. While at Lake Mburo, the climate, flora and fauna will fascinate you.

Lake Mburo National Park is located in Kiruhura District in Western Uganda. The park is situated about 30 kilometres (19 mi), by road, east of Mbarara, the largest city in the sub-region. This location is approximately 240 kilometres (150 mi), by road, west ofKampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. The coordinates of the park are:00 36S, 30 57E (Latitude:0.6000; Longitude:30.9500).

Lake Mburo though the smallest national park in Uganda is home to 350 bird species including the much sought for and also threatened bird. The Shoe-bill. Other bird species at Lake Mburo most of the major acacia and swamp associated bird species including:  the spectacular papyrus gonolek and the blue-headed coucal,  the black-collared barbel and southern ground hornbill.

A full list of the birds include:

Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Rednecked Spur, common Quails, Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Blue-napped Mousebird, Lilac-breasted Roller,African-grey Hornbill, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola.

Driving towards Rwonyo camp may reveal; Coqui Francolin, Rednecked spurfowl, Black Bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African-wattled Plover Rufous napped and Flappet larks, Rufuos chested Swallow ,Yellow-throated Long claw and Southern Red Bishop.

Mammal species like the buffaloes, zebras, and many others also reside at this park.

Lake Mburo is occupied by wetlands that constitute 20% of its 370 km sq. giving it a unique atmosphere for both the visitors and the reasons for the visit tourism. Her swamps in addition to the lake provides you with an unforgettable fishing experience.

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Mt.Elgon National Park http://collinehotel.com/mt-elgon-national-park/ Sat, 02 Jan 2016 20:19:54 +0000 http://collinehotel.com/mukono/?p=3210 Mount Elgon is a popular destination for nature lovers providing an exclusive domain for backpackers with numerous birding trails. The extinct volcanic mountain is an important watershed supporting a rich variety of vegetation zones ranging from montane forest to high open moorland studded with the other worldly giant lobelia and groundsel plants.

The recent development of the Forest Exploration Center at Kapchorwa allows birders access to extensive montane forest as well as the arid savanna around Moroto.

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