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The Top Best Attractions of Uganda’s Most Visited National parks

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By Ellington safaris 

This article comes to introduce you to the best/ famous safari attractions of the pearl of Africa. It is not a sales advert; but rather a word from a friend who likes you and loves nature, and wishes you to have all the fun on your next safari trip to East Africa. Our attention today is directed to two of the country’s top national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable forest on the extreme border with Rwanda and DR. Congo and Murchison falls National park along the great river Nile. These parks are the crown of Uganda’s pride; and truly the magnificence of their attractions simply cannot be matched on the African continent. Murchison falls is the world’s most powerful waterfall located on the majestic river Nile, the world longest river and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Bwindi is the famous park that inhabits half of the world’s remaining population of Mountain gorillas.

Top Safari activities at Murchison Falls National park;

1. Waterfalls viewing

Nothing represents the majesty and power of the great river Nile better than the gush and tumble and roar of Murchison falls [https://ellingtonsafaris.com/national-parks/murchison-falls-national-park-3]. Of course, a waterfall viewing will always be a mesmerizing and bewildering spectacle. But Murchison falls is not just any ordinary waterfall. This is the most powerful waterfall in the world we are talking about. The waterfall occurs at a point where the youthful waters of the Nile force their way through a seven-meter gap between two powerful rocks. Waterfalls viewing is usually accomplished together with other activities in the park which include; Boat rides, game viewing, birding, sunset cruises, spot fishing, nature walks, and hiking. Powerful boats will lead you close to the calm pool at the bottom of the falls a few meters from the plunge. There is also an option of hiking to the top of the falls through well paved trails. Both options offer wonderful bird watching opportunities though the hike gives you the advantage of seeing Uhuru falls, a smaller waterfall close to the main Murchison falls.

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2. Game viewing

Game viewing at Murchison is done both at river and on land. Game drives are conducted early in the morning at 7:00am and in the evening at 4pm. Evening drives are the most rewarding. Sit on a boat and follow the White Nile northwards to the loveliest animal herds you will ever see in your life. If your boat sets off at 4pm, you will reach Buligi Delta on the southern shores of Lake Albert at round 4:30pm.  It is at Buligi that the White Nile joins Lake Albert to form the Albert Nile. Buligi is the park’s most excellent spot for game viewing. Its verdant pastures attract large animal populations, especially the grazers. Examples of gorgeous animals found here include; Giraffes, waterbucks, antelopes, Cape buffalo, Elephant, Uganda Kob, Hippo, bushbuck, reedbuck, Jackson’s heart beet, and Sitatunga.  You will also have a chance to spot a few predators such as lions, Leopards, Jackals, Hyenas, and African hunting dogs.

3.Rhino tracking and birding at Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary

The Rhino is the first of ‘the big five’ African mammals that you will see on your trip to Murchison. Uganda has 22 White Rhino are conserved and bred at the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary on your way to Murchison falls. The sanctuary also has more than 300 bird species. Ellington Safaris makes it a point to stop over at the Sanctuary each time there is a trip to Murchison. For 2018, the price of Rhino tracking is $45 for non-resident visitors. This price entitles you to three hours of Rhino tracking. East African residents are charged $35 for the same viewing time while Ugandan citizens will pay Shs.30, 000. After the activity, vistors will quickly embark on the lingering journey to Murchison falls to view the remaining four of the Big five which are; the Lion, Leopard, Cape buffalo and Elephant. The drive will take about an hour.

4. Spot Fishing

Angling is one of the activities that have earned Murchison Falls National Park its prestigious position in continental top safari rankings. Allow us introduce to you the Nile Perch, Africa’s largest fresh water angling fish species. This massive fish that can weigh up to 100Kg’s is endemic to the Nile basin, and is the biggest catch at Chobe angling grounds in Murchison Falls Nation Park. Other fish species found at this world-class angling zone include Yellow fish, cat fish and Tilapia. This immensely rewarding activity will cost you just $14 for two hours! A free fishing boat will be provided together with baits and other fishing equipment. None of the fish caught, however, will be yours to roast. Regulations require that all fish caught be returned to the water alive to avoid fish depletion. If this is one of your passions, sleep at a lodge in Chobe or Paraa. They are the closest to the angling spots.

5. Chimpanzee tracking and Birding in the virgin woods of Pabidi

Are you older than 10? Good, because you have no other excuse for missing out on this enthralling activity. Murchison Falls National park also provides enjoyable Chimpanzee tracking trips at just USD85 for nonresidents and USD45 for Ugandans. The Chimpanzees are habituated at Kaniyo-Pabidi forest, an extension of the famous Budongo forest in the neighborhood of the Park. Kaniyo Pabidi is also popular for its large population of Mahogany and iron wood trees which are listed as Africa’s most endangered hard wood species. The chimpanzees thrive in the woods alongside 9 other primate species, 25 mammal species and 359 species of Birds. The number of Chimpanzees in the reserve is estimated at 800. The activity is done throughout the year, though May-August is the best season. The park conducts two tracking sessions per day; one at 7:00am and another at 4:00pm.

 

6. Bird Watching

You have probably noticed how frequently the word birding has been mentioned in the preceding paragraphs. The conservation area around Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s most rewarding destination for bird watching. The most wanted spots for bird watching around Murchison Falls are: Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary (300 species), Murchison-Nile Delta (450+ species), and Kaniyo-Pabidi reserve Budongo forest (360 species). These comprise mainly of savannah grassland species, Albertine rift endemics, Tropical forest species, Afro-tropical highland species, and Open water species. The Rare shoe bill stock is quite common at Buligi and at Zziwa Sanctuary. Boat rides and hiking are the most preferred means for bird watching at Murchison. There are more than 10 prominent trails for bird watching in the area.

7. Hot air balloon Safaris

We usually thought it takes an hour at least to enjoy a safari but that is not true, it turns out. Hot Air balloon safaris have completely revolutionized our idea of safari and fun. We are not satisfied with terrestrial game viewing anymore. Hot air balloons fly over the park for an average of 45 minutes per trip, offering picturesque aerial views of the Nile, Lake Albert, and Murchison falls. Dream Balloons, the parks’ distinguished hot air balloon operators, are licenced and monitored by Uganda Civil Aviation Authority. Safety is 100% guaranteed. This is one of the most fascinating activities for large groups of 7-8 people. Do not leave Murchison falls with a half picture. Sit in a hot air balloon with your best friend and get the full dose wilderness fun. Are you at Murchison for honey moon? Don’t miss this one. The flights happen twice a day. Sunrise flights from 5:30-9:30am and sunset flights from 4-6:30pm.

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8. River cruise/Boat ride

Wake up to a warm morning in the wild and join the Paraa jetty for the Delta Boat cruise, or the Fajao gorge glide (waterfalls cruise) for only USD35 per person. Explore the rich wildlife center of Murchison falls for 3 complete hours, or go the extra mile to hire your own boat for the day. What better way to search the true exquisiteness of Murchison Falls National Park than get on a boat with a life jacket, a simple first aid kit, a pair of binoculars and follow the Nile as it leads you to the hidden treasures ahead. Several animals – Nile Crocs, Hippos, Elephants, and more – will be seen feeding and playing on the river’s forested banks. This will be the dreamiest sail of your life.

Top Safari activities at Bwindi impenetrable National park;

1. Gorilla tracking

The Gorilla is an endangered large, tailless ape closely related to the human race (98% DNA). This fascinating and remarkably gentle animal thrives in the dense montane forest of Bwindi in south western Uganda where it feeds on succulent bamboo shoots, wild celery and stinging nettles. There are less than 1000 individuals left on the planet and Uganda has more than half of their remaining population. Tourists interested in Gorilla watching have to obtain a trekking permit from the Uganda wildlife authority. But you do not have to travel Uganda physically to process your permit. Ellington Safaris does the booking of permits for all interested clients upon payment of an initial deposit. The permit will later be handed to you at the start of your trip. Mountain gorillas can also be seen at volcanoes National Park in Rwanda though the cost of permits in Rwanda is 3 times more expensive. Offering more gorilla families, in a more breathtaking habitat at a significantly cheaper cost, Uganda remains the world’s top destination for gorilla tracking. Make your bookings now.

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2. Hiking and Birding in the area

Bwindi has enough beauty to mesmerize you for days. After you have visited the gorilla, which is only the starting point of a Bwindi visit, put on your boots once again and get into the woods for a more immersing experience. There are well-paved trails that lead southwards from Buhoma to Nkuringo; crossing the five rivers of the forest, and taking you up to the peaks of its highest hills. Hiking is the perfect time to discover the inimitably stunning bird species of the Park which number 350 and more. Compliment your bird watching experience with game viewing along the trails to Rushura range in Buhoma. Meet beautiful antelopes along the trails, duiker, elephants, bush pigs, and more primates. Follow the trails to Rushura range, the highest hill within the park, for the most magical views. Short hikes range from 1 hour to 3. The longer hikes go up to 9 hours or an entire day. Marvel at spectacular sights of ridges, valleys, rivers, waterfalls, and the distant forests of Rwanda, all viewed at a single thrilling moment!  You don’t want to miss this!  

3. Canoeing; Swimming, and more birding Lake Mutanda

Extend your bird-watching pleasure to Lake Mutanda, Uganda’s most popular destination for canoe trekking located on the fringes of Bwindi Impenetrable national park, about 6Km from Kisoro town. Arrive in time for the sunrise canoe cruise at 9:00am for only USD10. Dugout canoe cruises are also offered at sunset for the same price (5:30 pm). Add even more zest to your trip by embarking on a 4-hour tour of the two islands at the lake. Enjoy, among other things; spectacular views of the Virunga ranges of Congo, memorable nature walks, and cultural encounters at the fishing villages. Highlights on this trip include caves, African rock pythons, otters, and an unforgettable fishing experience. I bet you will ask for more!  

4. Nature walks, community tours and monkey watching

There is a lot to see at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, but the most lasting memories will be your encounter with the pygmies of Buhoma village. Spare some time and hike to the villages deep in the forest for an insightful interaction with the charming jungle people. You will have to cross a few ridges and really tough slippery inclines before reaching the villages, but this will pay off in the end. Free primate watching awaits you along the way to Buhoma. The forest connecting to the village shelters beautiful large families of Blue monkey, Black and white colobus, baboons, and red-tailed monkeys.

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Subaru Officially Uganda’s Fastest Growing Car Brand

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Subaru is unofficially the fastest growing car brand in Uganda at the moment. You could call it the car for the baby class of 1986 to 1994. It is basically the car for the M7 Bazzukulu. Thanks to the growing mechanics confidence in repairing the car, and the increased availability of spares.

Away from that, Subaru is a car that was surely designed for speed. The accelerator will always tempt one seated behind the wheels of a subaru. Not many cars have that fast acceleration from zero to a hundred. You understand why many subarus are flying.

One brand to watch in particular is the Subaru Outback, probably one that was designed to give you a taste of every good thing Subaru has to offer. It was designed with the functionalities of an SUV, pimped up with the speed of a Legacy. It is as solid as they come. Basically hits many birds with one stone. For those in love of road trips, this is the car. They tend to come with an Economic and Sport functionality. On a normal day, you can choose to drive in the economical version, you would probably want to test the sport on a great road.

For now, any clever mechanic should be preparing a customized package for Subaru clients. The brand has taken the young male and females by storm. It is going to keep taking share of market and growing brand affinity. Any mechanic that sells a Subaru package is going to enjoy the coming years so does any person selling subaru spares.

Of course Subaru will have to compete for this share of market with growing entrants such as Wishes, Runx and Fielders, not forgetting the famous bread car aka Passo.

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Rules You Must Follow regularly for a healthy skin

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You must have a healthy skin care routine in order to have a glowy skin inside out. Having perfect skin is important to keep yourself confident and happy with your appearance. You can follow certain tips in the form of rules in order to make your skin gentle and rejuvenated. If you are having any special skin disease then you must visit a dermatologist before using any of the suggested solutions to keep your skin secure from any sorts of allergies. The type of environment that we live in contains many free radicals that are quite harmful to your skin. There are many skin sensitive issues that can change your complete look and you might feel the need for a regimen that can steadily restore your skin back to normal. 

Diet

You must choose a healthy diet because what goes inside your stomach gets reflected on your face and tummy. You must drink eight glasses of water every day in order to keep your body hydrated in the required amount. Your skin needs water to restore the glow and these are some of the skin regimens that are not hard but necessary to follow. We generally fail to acknowledge their importance in our everyday lives. Talking in terms of diet, you must follow a clean and nutritional dietary routine in order to look healthy in every manner.

  • Try to eat healthy, whole food items and assortments and avoid junk food, especially the ones that contain a lot of oil and are at high temperature(avoid too hot food).
  • Eat fruits and leafy vegetables that facilitate the production of collagen. Spinach, carrot, and beetroot are really good for maintaining healthy skin. You can consume them in the form of juices if not in vegetables.

By following these simple dietary rules you can convert them into your habits and they will protect your skin from sagging and wrinkles for a long span. 
Food items and Beverages 

There are some food items and drinks that can have a toll on your skin in the short or long term. You must be aware of the food items and alcoholic beverages that you might take in the future but you should avoid them to prevent your skin health. Avoid all kinds of salty food and alcoholic drinks. We all are aware of the fact that alcohol and salty food items are not great for our overall body health as well. This gives us a valid reason to avoid them. Alcohol contains such toxins that can make your skin complexion dull without you knowing that. Extra salt triggers a breakout.

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Be gentle to your Skin

You might be really careful towards your skincare but that does not suggest that what you are following as a daily skin regimen is healthy for your skin type. Your skin should not be treated with burning hot water. Especially your face and scalp must not come in contact with hot water. Your face contains oil that should not depart your skin. Hot water strips off the essential oil from your skin. 

Lukewarm Water

Use warm water whenever you are bathing and stop bathing for long hours because that is something not refreshing for your skin and has drawbacks. Hot water causes dandruff which can be really frustrating and can cause itching and facial diseases. Use natural products for bathing and washing your skin. The chemical friendly products reduce the probability of allergy. Choose organic cleansers and shaving products that do not provide bumps and ingrown hair. If you are further interested to learn how to avoid ingrown hairs then check out the razors that do not lead to razor bumps and you do not get any ingrown hair. There are such shaving kits that contain such good quality razors.

After Bathing Essentials

Do not be harsh while drying your skin after having a bath. Pat your dry skin with soft hands such that you are not rubbing the water off harshly and with patting your skin surface is able to absorb the moisture. Buy the moisturizer that is rich in SPF and natural extracts. Try to use the moisturizer on your face and body as soon as you get done with your bath.

Visit a Dermatologist

It is best to take the advice of a professional. Rather than our beauty salon, a dermatologist can look at your skin diseases better. You should visit a dermatologist at regular intervals because under his/her assistance you can keep a track of your skin health. There are many such diseases related to our skin that can stay for long and can give you an unnatural look. Avoid self-medication and do not undermine your skin impairments for long.

Last Few Words

Throughout we have paid emphasis on following a skin regimen that compliments your skin health. You can pay close attention to your habits that are a part of your daily routine and affect your skin. You can choose to sustain a beautiful connection between your mind and body with this rulebook in your actions.

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Exponential Growth of a Newly Rising Denomination ‘Shincheonji Church of Jesus’ in the Republic of Korea

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In just over a year, 103764, people graduated after completing a Bible study in Shincheonji…this is an unprecedented phenomenon that is taking place globally.  

Due of the corruption and the secularization of today’s religious world, a great number of people are coming to Shincheonji to study the Bible and to fill their spiritual needs. Although there is a decrease in the number of people who identify themselves with a religion worldwide, there also was a rare phenomenon of 103764 people streaming into a church called Shincheonji, church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (a newly rising denomination in the Republic of Korea) in a short time of a year.   

On November 10th 2019, Shincheonji held a graduation with 103764 graduates that completed a Bible study offered in Shincheonji. Shincheonji offers a free 6-month Bible study course that one must complete in order to be registered as a church member.    

The graduation took place in the province of Gyeonggi-do with a total of 101,286 people who passed their graduation exam after studying the Bible in its entirety. Approximately 50,000 were present in the audience and the graduation was broadcasted in other major cities of Korea. International graduates overseas also participated through live stream broadcast. 

Having 103764 graduates is equivalent to having 100 churches of 1,000 congregation members, which is greatly different from the drastic fall of the number of congregation members seen globally in the world of religion. Shincheonji is the only place in the world where 103764 people come after completing an in-depth Bible study.   

A survey conducted on the 103764, graduates showed that 41.7% were believers practicing their faith under pre-existing denominations such as Protestantism, Catholicism, and others. Additionally, the reason why they decided to go to Shincheonji was because of its “sublime teaching of the Word.” A graduate said, “In a traditional church, I was not able to fill my spiritual hunger; however, in Shincheonji I was able to fill it with the words of the Bible and understand a clear purpose of my life as a Christian,” and he continued on to say, “numerous people are leaving their churches due to the corruption and secularization that is prevalent in many churches today, but Shincheonji helps believers to have a logical and a clear understanding of what it means to be reborn with the Word. Therefore, I chose to go Shincheonji.”  

It is incredible to see a 103764, person graduation; however, what is more shocking is that Shincheonji – which is teaching the fulfillment of Revelation and has been growing at an incredibly rapid pace since 1984— is labeled as a “cult” by the Christian world of the Republic of Korea.  

To the major allegations made against Shincheonji such as “Shincheonji claims that the founder of Shincheonji is the One Who Overcomes,” and “Shincheonji hides their true identity when evangelizing and brainwashes the people with their teaching,” the graduates reported that those are all false accusations.   

A graduate stated, “For the past 6 months of Bible study, I saw if it’s true that Shincheonji makes people quit jobs, divorce, and leave their homes, and I realized that those were false rumors and far from the truth. I am thankful that I had a chance to study the Bible for the past 6 months and to see for myself that Shincheonji’s teaching of the Bible is biblical and logical.”

Another graduate stated that there are times when Shincheonji does not reveal their church when evangelizing; however, this is because traditional churches spread false rumors about Shincheonji that people do not want to study the life giving words of the Bible due to the fear of such accusations being true. The reason why evangelism is done in such way is to be fair and give a chance for everyone to judge using the standard of the words of the Bible.

The people of Christianity in the Republic of Korea responded to the rapid growth of Shincheonji by saying, “Everyone in the world of religion must repent for becoming entangled with the world, interfering with politics, and losing trust of believers. It seems that those who want to carry out a genuine life of faith wandered off and ended up in Shincheonji.” 

However, Shincheonji states that 95% of those who chose to come to Shincheonji (according to the survey done on graduates) is because of the excellent teaching of Bible. Shincheonji teaches the Bible in its entirety from the book of Genesis to Revelation in half a year, and the greatest difference between traditional churches and Shincheonji is the only place that teaches the fulfillment of the prophecies of Revelation. 

The graduation will be the starting point of Shincheonji’s continuous growth. Because the 103764 graduates have fulfilled a 100% evangelism rate, there are currently there are 200,000 people (will change) that are studying the Bible in Shincheonji. If Shincheonji continues to grow at this pace, then within 3 years Shincheonji will reach a million congregation members, and the status quo of the religious world will change. 

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