Great Adventures in Rwanda

If you are looking for the next exciting thing to try, then look no further than safaris in Rwanda. Enjoy an experience of a lifetime in this country also known as the land of a thousand hills. This is the ultimate destination to see various primates such as mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and chimpanzees.

There are great experiences that you will never forget while adventuring through this mountainous country. Embark on the popular gorilla trekking safaris within the Volcanoes National Park, go on a chimpanzee watching safari in Nyungwe Forest or create a custom made trip that will include different safari experiences.

There are lots of safari offers available from different tour operators. They are available in package deals including various tour elements such as hotels or lodge nights, transportation in 4×4 and all activity fees. The tour packages from local tour operators are very affordable and convenient for anyone to try. You only need to look for a reliable tour operator who can craft a perfect trip for you. Once you try it just one time am sure you will always want to go back because of the sheer excitement it offers.

Wondering about how long to spend on your safari in Rwanda? We just returned from our little Rwanda safari adventure and it was really fun. We did a week long safari through selected destinations and we got to see a lot of the animals up close. We never thought that would ever happen in our lifetime but a gorilla safari trek is worthy the value of this adventure that doesn’t come up cheaply. Currently a gorilla permit costs USd1500 per person per trek.

Well, at least I didn’t, my son has always been an animal kind of guy, so I thank him for introducing me to the wild and to nature. There are 4 of the eight Virunga volcanoes within the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda. These are the Bisoke, Karisimbi, Muhabura and Sabinyo Mountains. You can enjoy hiking within the park and hikes range from day trips to 2 days adventures.

I have a deeper appreciation for everything now. It really makes me want to recycle more, as lame as that sounds! I’m glad to be with someone who wants to introduce me to new things in life, things I haven’t been able to experience before. I wish that I could experience something new everyday, and by old age, I can have tons of stories to tell my grand kids. It’s a really nice feeling to have experienced something not a lot people can say they have done.

 

Why Uganda Should Be on Your Travel Bucket List

Wondering about the next destination to visit? Why not plan a safari to Uganda, an exotic destination in Eastern Africa. If you are lost in wanderlust, Uganda is the ultimate destination to visit for an ecotour in Africa. Locates astride the Equator, Uganda is an East African destination that is quite different from any other places you have ever heard of. In its forested parks, you will enjoy a primate safari while in the savanna parks, you will experience a true traditional game viewing adventure from the comfort of your open safari vehicle!

Make time for research

When deciding where to go and what to do, consult online resources and guidebooks to get a sense for what interests you most. Many African safari destinations have the Big Five — lions, elephants, rhino, leopard and buffalo — but more rare species like the endangered mountain gorilla are only found in a few countries, including Uganda. Uganda also offers some of the most diverse cultural experiences on the African continent, drawing visitors from around the world.

With 10 distinct national parks, Uganda gives visitors the chance to explore myriad landscapes and natural habitats, each with its own impressive characteristics and wild inhabitants. Most people only have time to visit three or four parks in Uganda, so it’s important to get a feel for which one may be right for you. Book a boat safari on the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park, or head out on a game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park to see elephants, giraffes, lions and more.

Prioritize activities

When you start your research, you’ll find there are countless things to see and do. There are lots of adventure activities for a Uganda Tourist that you can engage in while on holiday. That’s why it’s important to create a bucket list for your trip.

How about the thrill of encountering mountain gorillas in their natural habitat within the impenetrable jungles of Bwindi or the Virunga Mountains. If you love primates, why not go on a chimpanzee tracking safari through dense forest. Do you love cats? You can visit the Ishasha of Queen Elizabeth National Park and catch a glimpse of the powerful tree-climbing lions that roam through the wilderness area. If you are avid bird watcher, Uganda is the ultimate destination to visit. There are great birding opportunities awaiting you give that Uganda is the richest bird watching destination considering more than half of Africa’s bird species can be found in this small country.

Consult a trusted travel professional

Especially if you’re traveling to a foreign country for the first time, a travel expert can provide customized insight you won’t find by doing searching solo. Plus, they can help craft the ideal itinerary by suggesting activities or VIP services you may not know about.

For example, maybe kayaking Uganda’s Lake Bunyonyi wasn’t on your radar. Travel agents and tour operators can tell you why it should be. Want to upgrade your gorilla tracking experience? Travel professionals can arrange educational sessions with organizations like the Gorilla Doctors and their jungle veterinarians. They can help you book a rafting trip on the White Nile in Jinja, Uganda’s adventure capital, or arrange a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Go beyond wildlife

From the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains to the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the lush banks of the Nile, Uganda’s beautiful landscapes differ dramatically throughout the country. Wildlife flourishes, but there is so much more to explore.

To make your trip complete, incorporate cultural activities into your itinerary. For example, hike to the top of a mountain near Kidepo Valley National Park and visit the Ik people, a centuries-old community maintaining their traditional way of life. Another opportunity is the Batwa Experience, where you can explore Uganda’s forest with its original inhabitants. Finally, don’t forget to spend a day in the capital city of Kampala.

Exploring Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Have you ever heard about Bwindi Impenetrable National Park? This less known national park is becoming a popular place to visit on the African continent. Located in South Western Uganda, Bwindi as often referred to in most guide books, is a very important conservation area protecting almost half of the world population of the endangered mountain gorillas.

The park is a UNESCO world heritage site and it is the best place for gorilla trekking in Africa. First gazetted as a forest reserve in 1932 by the British colonial masters, the park was elevated to a national park in 1991 together with the Mgahinga National Park, the Ugandan part of the Virunga protecting the endangered mountain gorillas. Please remember there are as few as about 900 mountain gorillas in the world surviving in only four national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Things to See in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Explore Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda

The Volcanoes National Park is an extraordinary park situated in Rwanda. The Park is blessed and crowded with impressive tropical rain forest, volcanic beauties and trekking adventures. The rare mountain Gorillas are seen in plenty here which makes it a best place in earth to make a visit.

The Park is exactly located in North-western part of Rwanda is bordered by Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo. The Park extends up to an area of 8090 square km. The National Park was converted into a battlefield during the Rwandan Civil War, when the park headquarters was attacked in 1992. But by 1999, everything was put back to normal and when the area was deemed to be safe and under control.

Things to See

Mountain Gorillas

Volcanoes National Park or Parc National Des Volcans (PNV) is renowned for hosting the endangered mountain gorillas, great apes that are only found in Africa. This known park is part of the Virunga Mountains hosting its six volcanoes. The Virunga Region and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the only habitat to the endangered mountain gorillas.

Wildlife

Though the park is best known for the Mountain Gorilla, hosts many mammals such as Golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti), Buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta), Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus) and Black-fronted duiker (Cephalophus niger) is also camps in this Park. Few Elephants are also reported to be residing in this Park. The bird species recorded here counts up to 178, with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and Ruwenzori Mountains.

Virunga Volcanoes

The Park is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo), which are covered in rainforest and bamboo. The high altitudinal range of the Park always influences the vegetation here. Neoboutonia forest is present within 2400 and 2500 m. Mounting 30 % of the Park area, Arundinaria alpina (bamboo) forest occurs from 2500 to 3200 m. Hagenia-Hypericum forest occurs in 2600 to 3600 m covering another 30% of the Park.

Park Management

The Volcanoes National Park is protected and managed by the Rwandan office fro tourism and National parks (ORTPN) and this conservation area has contributed to the main safaris to Rwanda.

Things to Do

The main tourist activities in the Park are gorilla trekking, Karisimbi and Bisoke volcano climbing, Golden monkey visits, Lake and Cave tours and visit to the tomb of Dian Fossey

Gorilla Trekking
Similar to chimpanzee tracking, tourists on a gorilla trekking activity are allowed to spend an hour watching these apes performing their daily activities, resting, playing, gathering food and feeding. It is your golden opportunity to shoot a picture of the amazing creatures in their natural habitat.

Camping & Lodging
Volcanoes National Park has two drive-in campgrounds which are Namakani Paio (located off of Highway 11), and Kulanaokuaiki (located off of Hilina Pali Road). Important feature of these campgrounds are that they are free and the only fee you have to remit is the park entrance fee. Camping is provided on a first-come basis.
The Namakani Paio campground has restrooms, water, fireplace and pavilion facilities where as Kulanaokaiki has only restroom, fireplace and a vault-type toilet facilities only.

Getting There

When you travel to Rwanda, access to Parc National Des Volcans is via Ruhengeri town; a one and a half hours drive from Kigali city, the country’s capital. Gorilla trackers organize and hire cars for private transportation on their gorilla tour from Ruhengeri; the last stop over town adjacent to the park boundaries and proceed to the headquarters and follow the tracking trails on foot.

Following the well-maintained network of nature trails, we will take you through the forest, encountering creepers, hanging vines, colorful giant lobelia and misty bamboo. Regularly, golden monkeys among other mammals will be seen swinging from one branch to another whereas buffaloes and Duikers will cross your path at the time when you least expect it.

Fees/Permits
The pay per private non-commercial vehicle is $10.00 and $5.00 for pedestrians or bicyclists. Non-commercial groups entering the park in a bus or vehicle with a capacity of 15 persons or more will be charged $5.00 for each person on board.

Key Road Safety Tips for Traveling to Rwanda

Twenty years ago Rwanda had one of the worst road-safety records in the world. But once the government recognized that making roads safer could help with the rehabilitation of a nation traumatized by the 1994 genocide, its efforts have won international acclaim. After the genocide which plunged Rwanda into mourning in 1994, the country knew that one method of rehabilitation was improving its road infrastructure which was damaged during the genocide leading to many road traffic deaths. While traveling to Rwanda, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in developed countries like the United States. In Rwanda, as in the United States, traffic moves on the right-hand side of the road.

Tourists are prohibited from driving outside Kigali city limits after dark (6:00 p.m.), and are not permitted to use motorcycle-taxis or mini-bus taxis. Due to safety and security concerns, the use of motorcycle-taxis or mini-bus taxis for transportation is not recommended. Regulated orange-striped (along the base of the vehicle) sedan auto taxis are safer, but be sure to agree on a fare before beginning your trip. Public transportation can be dangerous due to overloading, inadequate maintenance, and careless drivers.

The main roads in Rwanda are in relatively good condition, but during the rainy season many side roads are passable only with four-wheel drive vehicles. Night time driving, particularly outside major cities, is hazardous and is discouraged. Often, roadways are not marked and lack streetlights and shoulders. Many sections have deteriorated surfaces. Due to possible language barriers and lack of roadside assistance, receiving help may be difficult. You may be stopped at police roadblocks throughout the country, where your vehicle and luggage may be searched. Service stations are available along main roads.

For those self driving in Rwanda, you should especially exercise caution at traffic circles and traffic lights, as drivers do not always respect the right-of-way. Excessive speed, careless driving, and the lack of basic safety equipment on many vehicles are hazards on Rwanda’s roads. Many vehicles are not well maintained, and headlights are either extremely dim or not used. Drivers tend to speed and pass other cars with little discretion. Some streets in Kigali have sidewalks or sufficient space for pedestrian traffic, while others do not, and pedestrians are forced to walk along the roadway. Street lighting is limited and drivers often have difficulty seeing pedestrians. Additional road hazards include cyclists, pedestrians, and livestock.

Third-party insurance is required and will cover any damages from involvement in an accident resulting in injuries, if you are found not to have been at fault. The driver’s license of individuals determined to have caused an accident may be confiscated for three months. Causing a fatal accident could result in three to six months’ imprisonment. Drunk drivers are jailed for 24 hours and fined 20,000 Rwandan Francs (RWF)(approximately $35). Call 311 from any mobile phone to reach local police or any of these local police station numbers. Ambulance assistance is very limited but can be obtained in Kigali by dialing 912. Wear seat belts and drive with care and patience at all times.

Rwandan traffic laws prohibit the use of mobile phones while driving and, if apprehended, the driver will be fined 10,000 RWF (about $18). Hands-free devices may be used. As of August 2010, after-market tinted window treatments are prohibited on all vehicles; those apprehended will be required to remove them.

Experience the Astonishing Wild Beauty of Rwanda

They say beauty lies in the hands of the beholder but nature beauty is universal. In other word it appeals to all kinds of people let it be old, young, black, white, rich poor. Everyone would love to see nature in its wildness only that some people have not yet triggered and discovered their passion feelings for nature.

Many people are traveling worldwide to get a chance to see the beauty of nature. This is because nature can be an ambiance for relaxing, funs, therapy and medication. Some people may want to know how the world looked like before urbanization and modernity.

Countries have come up with ideas of extending nature near people’s proximity that is setting up zoos and botanical gardens. These zoos and botanical posses some wild flora and fauna but these are confined in cages and gardens where these creature cannot fully express their wildness and with also humans being exploring and adventurous, they always want to take an extra mile to see these exotic animals and plants in their natural environment or their originality. This has made authorities concerned to preserve, conserve and protect areas in the world that are endowed with wild beauty.

Although every continent has some areas that are nature gifted, Africa stands out most. Africa has vast of unhampered natural environment with special features and creatures. This makes it one of the most popular tourism destinations in the whole world.  Africa has vast of wildlife that cannot be easily be found elsewhere in the world in their natural setting  for example the impala, eland ,oribi, lions, giraffes, thousands of bird species and many other.

The primates in Africa are worth a reserved mention. Africa has 51 different types of primate species with the main primates having a chain of species. The main primates are gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, baboon and bonobos. These primates are normally found in western, central and eastern part of Africa. These primates are sought after because of their behavioral ways as some of them behave like humans and their DNA varies 96%-98% of that of human among them. Some of the primates that are closest relatives of man include the gorillas, chimpanzees and the bonobos.

All the primates are tracked by a millions of tourists in Africa but what ranks best are the mountain gorillas that are found in the Rwanda, Uganda and the democratic republic of Congo. The mountain gorillas are endangered species that are almost getting extinct. There are around 1000 mountain gorillas left in the world. Gorillas are the largest primates in the world as adult gorillas have an average of 140kgs in weight.

With taking a gorilla safari in Rwanda you can experience the beauty of the wild. Gorilla safaris in the Virunga region of Rwanda can give a life time experience and everlasting memories. Scores of tourists come to Rwanda to track these sensational animals. Many of them have had great reviews of tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda. These gorilla tours have made them fall in love with wildlife.

Come to Rwanda and witness the beauty of the wild in Africa. Explore the amazing national parks of Rwanda including the Volcanoes National Park home to the silver gorillas and golden monkeys, Nyungwe Forest the best place to see chimpanzees and Akagera National Park, a savanna national park where you will see lots of wild animals!

Exploring Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills

Rwanda is regarded as the lands of hills due to its mountainous nature of the landscapes. In Rwanda is where you find very many ranges interlocking each on one’s eyes he/she might say that they are rolling.

But most interesting about these hills they are covered by the lush green vegetation and which gives one an insight of how beautiful Rwanda is even before one explores the various tourist attractions in Rwanda.

Rwanda gives the tourist a natural environment experience as Rwanda is one of the few countries in the world with serene and unhampered flora and fauna in their natural settings. With Rwanda naturally being embraced with beautiful natural resources to look at the government of Rwanda in conjunction with the private sector of the tour operator set up promotion tools in order to sustain these natural beauties and this is done through promoting tourism.

Through promoting tourism, tour operators organize Rwanda safari where people/visitors both local and international go to watch the wildlife in their natural setting. You can therefore go a guided tour within this amazing country.

Today there is a growing number of tourists who travel Rwanda on their own. You can go on a self drive tour in Rwanda using a rented car from one of the car rental agencies operating in the country. Please note that self drive is not recommended for first time visitors to Africa given that the road conditions are totally different from the usual ones in your home country.

Where to Go

These are three recognized national parks in Rwanda (Volcanoes national park, Nyungwe national park and Akagera national park) where the tourist can encounter the exotic animals, birds and the fascinating wild plants.

These three national parks have become households where it comes to the top interesting and exciting tourism destinations in Africa and it is only through a Rwanda safari where a tourist encounters these national parks. These national parks have different experiences for example the volcanoes national park is the home to mountain gorillas one of the most endangered species of primates in the world. Thousand people come to Rwanda to take a last glance of these wonderful animals since they will be history in the next generations as they are about to get extinct. It is not all about their extinction that many people come to see them, it is about their unique character as there are so intelligent in that if one observes them one might think their human beings in the jungle. Words cannot explain the moment of meeting mountain gorillas, all one has to do is to take a Rwanda gorilla safari and enjoy the everlasting experience of meeting a gorilla in its natural setting.

While on a Rwanda safari one cannot miss out Nyungwe national park the home of primates in the southwestern part of the country. This national park is a home of 13 different species of primates that is chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus, and grey cheeked mangabey among the special ones. Come enjoy the most forested national park in Rwanda and this also has a canopy walk experience where the visitor take a walk on an elevated trail of 50 meters above the ground having an aerial view of different  natural biodiversity in the park.

We cannot forget to mention the big five animals’ national park in Rwanda: Akagera national park. this is the national park where tourists encounter the big five exotic animals that is lion, elephants, leopards, buffaloes and the rhinos. However the rhinos are just in plans to be introduced in the park but the rest of the big five animals are already in existence.

The above explained national parks make up a Rwanda safari experience as other attractions in Rwanda like Lake Kivu, Kigali city tour and Iby’iwacu cultural village supplement them. It is from those national parks that tour operators base on to organize the various itineraries for Rwanda safari tours.

Experience the Traditional Ballet of Rwanda

Rwanda is magical and a destination filled with beauty beyond anyone’s imagination and comprehension. This small country is found in the heart of Africa and is undoubtedly a land of wonders with its wildlife, bird species and now rich cultural diversity. The rich cultural diversity in this country will leave you breathless and loving the country more. The traditional ballet is one of the most beautiful encounters in Rwanda, and actually one of the longest established yet least explored musical traditions in Africa. The use of the term “Ballet” originated from the Belgium Colonial Rule. As a matter of fact, the extraordinary Art from was not wanted over years in the Royal Courts of the Kings of Rwanda (locally known as Mwami).

There are three key elements (components) of the Traditional Ballet of Rwanda and the normal performance by the dance groups has to contain all the three elements. The components include music or songs that are the basic part of the Art form, and are usually referred as the Ballet, the Ingoma (drums) and the Intore (the dance of heroes). The Intore (dance of heroes) is performed by men who wear grass wigs around their heads and carry spears. The background of this Intore is a dance performed by returning triumphant warriors, who celebrate the victory in the battle. The energetic dancers move from side to side joining grace and a system of choreography with a raw aggression. At particular stages, the dancers of the group have to stop with arms stretched and make blood-curdling battle shouts (calls).

These shouts are distinctive and exceptional to each dancer and represents warriors uttering the details of how they had killed in the battle. Traditionally, battles were fought by the Hutu, twa and the Tutsi (as one) fighting alongside each other against a common enemy. Therefore, the invigorating Intore dance has often consisted of warriors of all groups dancing together.  When you visit Rwanda and don’t explore the interesting Intore dances, then you are about to miss what everyone describes as breathtaking.

The Intore dance later took shape within the Royal Courts of the Kings (Mwami) of Rwanda and is generally a storytelling dance in which stories of war, love and challenging times are put together and shared in form of dances. This dance is more like a dramatic work than a Traditional Ballet as the Belgium used to call it because it involves a lot of skills and detail. Interestingly, it cannot be termed as only a battle dance mainly because it is performed in extraordinary and different occasions, although the dance was mainly performed after being victorious from a battle.

Intore is a Kinyarwanda word that means “the chosen ones” hence it was a dance for the chosen ones (only victorious warriors). The Intore dancers have gained popularity across the World and have become an important part of the Rwandan Culture and tradition.  These dancers participated in the World Expo in 1958 that was held in Brussels hence became very popular and sought-after by tourists on a Safari in Rwanda. Intore dancing also known as “Warrior dancing” is therefore one of the ancient and traditional form of dancing in Africa.

Interestingly, the Intore people were once known as part of the Traditional Rwanda army although they were not given military training but taught the skills of dancing and high jumping. It is for this reason that they were known for their exceptional ways of jumping up to 240 meters above the ground. Isn’t it remarkable?  Make sure you ask for this dance when you visit Rwanda for a safari.

Besides the wildlife activities such as gorilla trekking and Chimpanzee tracking that can be enjoyed in Rwanda, tourists who visit this country should not miss the invigorating Intore dance where men and women dance like they don’t carry any weight.

Top 5 Tourist Places to Visit in Uganda

On my holiday in Uganda, I had a lot of fun due to the several activities I performed on my own drive long stay tour. After several weeks of planning a holiday, i f traveled to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. The planning process involved a lot of research for Uganda travel information in order to put together all what i needed to make a trip a success.

On this tour, I observed the best five places to visit in Uganda and these included;

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: This is the ultimate destination for gorilla trekking holidays in Uganda. Located in South Western Uganda, this UNESCO world heritage site is a must visit for tourists looking for the very best of Uganda. Get a full hour in company of the mountain gorillas within this famous national park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is a medley of wonders! Located on the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, this savanna park is home to African tree climbing lions. Enjoy unrivaled game viewing in the savanna plains and the memorable boat cruise along the Kazinga channel, a water channel that connects Lake George and Lake Edward.

Rwenzori Mountain National Park: Go hiking to the ice covered Margerita Peak, the third highest peak in Africa.

Kibale Forest National Park is the ultimate destination for chimpanzee trekking and habituation.

Murchison Fall National Park for the wildlife, boat cruise along River Nile and sightseeing and landscapes.

Jinja

This is the adventure capital of Uganda, home to the Source of the Nile. Jinja is the place to go if you are looking to white water rafting, bungee jumping and kayaking holidays in Uganda.

Planning the Tour

But before coming to Uganda, I had to organize the tour with a local Uganda Car Rental company and I arranged it based on self-drive holiday and the company offered me with suitable 4wd vehicle to take me to all these places without any hassle.

The tour was to last for 14 days and on my arrival, I was taken to Fang Fang Hotel in Kampala where I slept and very early in the morning I was taken to the source of River Nile in Jinja approximately 80km from Kampala city. We used a well tarmac road through Mabira forests and acre after acre of sugar cane fields which are said to be for an Indian known as Mehta.

Basing on the true history I got from the guides was that this is one of the longest rivers in the world, the Nile flows from south to north and is believed to originate in Lake Victoria, Uganda. Since what brought me was to tour. I wasn’t contented, I told Moses to hire a Boat that took me to the middle of the lake where the Nile is said to originate. While the boat was sailing on waters, i indulged in bird watching along the banks of the river. Some of the other activities in and around the place  that I missed but also performed include a white water rafting run, a  visit to the hydro-electric power plant at Bujagali Falls, bungee jumping and visiting around the Jinja town.

In the evening I was taken back to Fung Fung Hotel again in Kampala to prepare for our journey to Bwindi impenetrable national park. We did this very early in the morning, we used Kampala-Masaka road to south western Uganda. This took us 7hours on the way. We couldn’t tour the park on that day and here I slept Trekkers Tavern cottages but on the next day, I tracked the endangered mountain gorillas along the Ruhija sector and here we tracked the Ruhija gorilla group, gorilla permits costs $600.

In the evening I was taken back to Trekkers Tavern cottages, breakfast, lunch and supper were all included on my budget here for three days. On another day I was taken back to the forest to do cultural encounters with the Batwa community who are the permanent residents in this forest. These performed to us some of their traditional songs, we visited their handcraft shops, I also learned how bananas can be used to make juice and local beers. Other activities that I missed included but can be done in the park included, Nature walks, Birding and mountain biking.

On that day evening, I was taken to Ishasha Jungle Lodge near Queen Elizabeth national park where I slept. Early in the morning on the next day, I was taken to the park where I did launch trips which gave me a chance to see herds of hippos, buffaloes and the elephants plus birds along the Kazinga channel. This activity lasted for 2hours and in the evening, I was taken to Ishasha sector within the park, this is where I observed tree climbing lions up on the fig trees within the park.

Other areas of interests that are within the park include the Kyambura gorge, Maramagambo forest, Mweya peninsula and Lake Katwe where local mining of salt is done by the local community among others. On my seventh day while experiencing these better places, I was taken to Rwenzori mountain national park and due to the fact that we reached in the evening, I slept at Geo Lodge Equator Snow with full board. In the morning of the visited most of the interesting areas within the park and these included, Lakes such as Bukuju and Mahoma, Bulemba houses where the remains of the earlier Rwenzururu king was laid, Equatorial snow peaks such as Mount Stanley and Speke.

I did not perform any activity here but some of the colleagues I found there were doing Birding in the montane forest, culture encounters with the Bakonzo. Others were doing mountain climbing on the Rwenzori Mountains up to the snow peak of Margherita, hiking and nature walks. We went to Murchison falls national park that   evening and we slept at Paraa Safari Lodge. Murchison Falls National Park gets its name from the magnificent Murchison’s fall.

The truth is that this is one of the best places to head for a game drive. The Nile explodes out of a narrow gorge and falls down in a thundering cascade to form the waterfall. I observed crocodiles and hippos which fill the river lines of the Nile and a wide variety of water bucks, buffaloes and birds. One of the highlights of this area is taking a launch boat through some beautiful papyrus swamps.

This took us 3hours on the boat in afternoon since it’s the excellent time for game sightings as the animals tend to head from the bush to the shores of the River as the day gets hotter. Other wildlife found in these areas includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribi, and Uganda Kobs.

On the last day with en-route visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking I was taken back to Kampala via Gulu-Bombo-Kampala road to prepare for my departure and very early in the morning, I was taken to the airport but as I was going back while in the plane, I was wondering the beauty that is possessed by Uganda in terms of tourism.

Enjoy Wildlife Safari in East Africa

One of our best African tours the crossing safari kicks off in Kenya’s Maasai Mara before heading south into Tanzania for the Serengeti, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater and flying into Uganda for mountain gorilla trekking tours in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Focused on wildlife, this is a great opportunity to witness the wildebeest migration so ask us about getting your timing right. Wildlife of East Africa takes us on an exquisite one volume tour through the living splendor of the main national parks and game reserve s of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Kenya and Tanzania are famous for the migration often described as a set circuit that occurs between Tanzania’s Serengeti plains in the south and Kenya’s Maasai Mara in the north between July to September each year but the reality of the migration is much more complex. These animals move in Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems in search of green pastures and water. While Uganda is famous to home of mountain gorillas that live in Bwindi forest and Mgahinga National Parks and many birds that live in the forest and most visitors seek out one of above.

The safari starts from Maasai Mara National Reserve also known as Masai Mara and by the locals as The Mara is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya; contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. The Maasai Mara is about 280 Km west from Nairobi City. There are two ways to get to the Maasai Mara. You can choose to drive or to fly to the Mara. Driving will take you about 5-6 hours while flying takes about 40-45 minutes.

Kenya is famous for its wildlife that is why visitors on a safari flock into the country to see Africa’s Big Five. But lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffaloes are just a handful of the treasured species in this nation. Baboons and zebras, giraffes, flamingoes, and more are enjoyed by tourists, thanks to strong national parks system and a network of wildlife reserves. There are also over 1,000 kinds of birds in Kenya. That is why safari tours are very important to Kenya’s tourism industry.

After experiencing the Masai Mara National Reserve the visitors fly from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro Airport meet and greet with the company representative before being transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Visit Lake Manyara National Park is located 126 km south west of Arusha and can be reached by car in an hour and a half. The park can also be reached easily from Babati the capital of Manyara Region.

Take a game drive in search for animals like Leopards, Masai lions, cheetahs, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelles, hippopotami, Masai giraffe, impala, zebras and many more wild animals inhabit this park and many can be seen throughout the year. There is a hippo pond at one end of the park where visitors can get out of their cars and observe from a safe distance. The leopards and lions are both known to lounge in the trees while not hunting for prey.

After experiencing Lake Manyara National Park, the following day you can explore Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park Serengeti, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder. The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu regions. It is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white bearded wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and for its numerous Nile crocodile.

Take a game drive in the best known predator of the Serengeti plains, African lions hunt animals such as zebras, antelope and wildebeest. Wildebeest typically inhabit the Serengeti plains of southeastern Africa. For most of their lives, wildebeest graze in the grassy savannas and open woodlands of the plains, which straddle the nations of Tanzania and Kenya. More than 1.5 million wildebeest migrate in an enormous loop every year.

Rise up early in the morning and take a second game drive in Serengeti National Park, after lunch depart for Ngorongoro Crater Rim with a stopover for a game en-route. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania.

After breakfast you descend to the carter floor for full day game drive in search for wildlife like elephants, giraffes, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeest, white rhino and black rhino among others. After the game drive you return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

The next day you depart Arusha for Entebbe international Airport, upon arrival meet and greet by the company representative before you transfer to Kampala at Serena Hotel.

Leave Kampala for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a bio- diverse, mountainous area in southwest Uganda. Bwindi is home to the world’s remaining mountain gorillas,   who feed on roots, leaves and a fruit from the park’s many tree and fern species. Restricted numbers of viewing permits help protect the endangered gorilla families. In the park, rough paths weave amid dense forests, which are home to many butterflies and birds.

Currently Rwanda gorilla permit costs USD1500.00 for all tourists. Uganda gorilla permits to visit mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga cost USD 600.00 (Non residents) USD 500.00 for Foreign Residents and in Virunga National Park in Congo costs USD 400.00 per person.

Begin the day with heavy breakfast and after head to UWA headquarters for gorilla trekking. Ensure to carry along with hiking boots, skin repellent, sun glasses, rain gears, a hut, a camera, snacks and drinking water. The guides will lead you inside the jungle to search for the shy primates for the group you have been booked for. Don’t forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gears to track the gorillas. The trekking may take 2 to 8 hours depending on the movements of these gentle apes but it is well worth the effort. One you spot them, you are allowed only hour to watch and observe them as you take pictures and videos of them interacting with each other. This is one of the lifetime experiences in Bwindi forest National Park.

The afternoon is spent on a village community walk which gives a great opportunity to see how the people surrounding Bwindi forest spend their way of life. It is also a great way to support the local community; the walk begins with a local guide from Buhoma Community Rest Camp.