This is one of the long lasting volcanic mountains in Congo; its last eruption was in 2002 where magma flown towards Goma, this volcano is found in north Kivu province within the Virunga national park which manages and controls all the activities taking place on the isolated active volcano with its headquarters at Sekenkwe. The hike takes about 5 to 6 hours to climb the summit that begins at an altitude of about 1,997 meters to 3,470 meters above sea level
Nyiragongo lies 21km away from Goma town on the un paved highway to Beni and Kisangani, with its base camp at Kibati which is the starting point for tourists who wish to Hike this mountain i just visited Virunga National Park in december 2016, and this volcano hike was absolutely at the top of my amazing experiences in DRC
This mountain is in form of 3 sections for those who wish to spend some time on it, it has the Forest section and the hiking trails begins with this straight from kibalti until you join the 2002 volcanic
I’ll take a bit out of my general Virunga review I just wrote: rocks that stretch upto the rocky section which is the most challenging hiking trail. Ones advance preparedness would be needed to coup up with the best time to visit this mountain is during the dry season,which is May to October , you can as well visit in the rainy season , but the hiking trails are slippery thus becoming a bit of challenge.
The moment you get onto the top, there inn built wooden cabin from which you camp and begin to view the glowing active volcanoes and it inspiring to change This night almost has eclipsed your minds of how nature has wonders on planet Earth the hiking experiences in epic-ness but you can also be blown away by watching the potential of an eruptionthis kike is for sure It is 5 hours non-stop & does require a good level of fitness not to be overseen.
During the hike, porters perform their job if at all you ordered for one,, armed guards hike with you. food is actually really good on condition you ordered for it from mikeno lodge which is an extra $80 per person on top of $300 hiking ticket , and the gear you rent from Mikeno lodge are top notch (Patagonia down jacket, warm clean sleeping bag, etc.). It is at 11,400 ft (3500 m) so of course it is very cold at the top. Better for one to have an entire set of dry clothes extra jacket , and would be nice to have hiking gloves that keep you warm, as it partly gives you an extra hand / great on the way down to grab onto volcanic rock and sting nettles for stability and not rip my hands up. Much as there many un updated security concerns on various travel forums, but the Virunga staff are extremely professional & every detail to take care of seamlessly to every body on the trek. But you have to make sure the following are in proper arrangements to avoid any delays or inconveniences, At the border just make sure you have a printout of your tourist visa confirmation provided by Virunga.org, in addition to your yellow fever card is mandatory. transport has to be arranged from Goma boader best transport to use would be with Virunga park from Goma to Mikeno lodge/ Bukima (sekenkwe) Make sure to take good non-slippery shoes that will likely be soaking wet & very cold by the time you get to the summit. An extra pair or two of wool socks, extra shoes to change once you arrive so your feet don’t freeze.and also to change at the end of the hike at Kibati
Hiking Nyiragongo and experiencing it is a real magical volcano and Truly a world wonder that so few people like Billy Ssali have the opportunity to see.
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Botswana Safaris, not for the ordinary tourist but with many rewards. With a swath of the Kalahari Desert, absence of meaningful roads; skies with no end, flood plains, with corresponding salt pans, a total sense of remoteness turns Botswana Safari into a destination for the steel-hearted. Straddling 15,000 square kilometers, is the Okavango Delta, constitutes a desolate reserve of astounding beauty. Teeming with kudu, wildebeest, zebra, crocodile, giraffe, hippo, elephant and buffalo.
From Jorburg Airport to Maun Airport on light aircraft into the middle of the Okavango Delta. Explore silently the remote lagoons and waterways, nature walks and fishing. Proceed through the meandering streams to Moremi by motorized boat. Embark on a game drive after a rest. Extensive wildlife viewing by way of evening and morning game drives. Push on from there by light aircraft to Chobe National Park.
Take a slow cruise on the Chobe River and take in masses of crocodile and immense herds of elephants. Squeeze in a final game drive and hit the road towards Victoria Falls Airport for onward transfer to your home flight. All in all six days filled with awe through unique eco-systems and landscapes of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. Pre-booked accommodation in elaborate tents and lodges, game drives by four-wheel vehicles, light planes and power boats to execute transfers.
Botswana Vast, expansive wilderness and filled with wildlife and yet leaving more space to fill. Offering a unique experience, Botswana easily boasts the largest herds of Elephants. Forget about micro-buses stuck on the way in quagmire of mud. Botswana Safaris have become serious business and grown with bounds and leaps. The appearance of the 4×4 on the scene has changed the way visitors move about in the African bush. Proportionally accommodation has also improved to three to five star standards. Undisturbed wilderness, expansive reserves and camps that is comfortable as your home. Your budget will determine where you stay. You will not run out of choices. The unlimited space result into a feeling of exclusivity to the reserves.
The Okavango Delta: Substitute the obvious picture of a swamp with lagoons and navigable streams zigzagging through the plains. This is home to myriad flocks of birds, uncountable schools of fish and other wildlife. Nothing has changed since the early western explorers in the middle of the 19th.Century. You will see and share their experience, but in style. It’s up to you to use regions’ famous dugout canoe, the Mokoro. Without as much as causing a whisper, glide among the animals on the river banks.
Do not let the Delta put you on the leash while on Botswana Safari, spread your wings, uncurl your legs step off the mokoro and into the Kalahari Desert salt pans. The Chobe and Linyati waterways attract enormous game congregations.
Highlights of Botswana Safaris :
While on your Botswana Safaris, through the Kalahari Desert, you will come across the home of one of the last untouched human cultures in the world; still using Stone Age implements. Welcome to Botswana, home of the Bushmen. The line between their ancient and present day will not be very obvious, a people with no civilization baggage and the experience will have an everlasting impression on you.
Moremi Game Reserve The main stay or prototype of Botswana reserves; renown for teeming wildlife. Recline in your mokoro, in the shallow waters of the Jao Flats, still part of the famous Okavango Delta. While at it, and the budget allowing, pay a visit to Mombo for excellent game viewing. All the above are next to each other. The Marshes of Savuti:, which regularly disappear in the dry season, but all the same frequented by wildlife on the move.Chobe Riverfront, dare and step into a mokoro and row off the banks and experience a superb way to view game at close proximity. Chobe National Park, most toured part of Botswana, together with it’s proximity to , it is a frequented transfer point. Linyati Marshes, for peace of mind and away from the crowds, the marshes of Linyati rival the Chobe Riverfront and mirror the Okavango Delta on a small scale; game?, no problem, come tomorrow, in the dry season! Salomon Shoes
Botswana Safaris, What To Do
4×4 self-drive, enjoy the unhurried African freedom of living and listen to the heartbeat of the wildlife.
Walking Safaris Distinguish smells and sounds of Africa, discern the lie of the land by planting your feet firmly on the Oldest Continent. Feel the pulse of your African Safari vacation by walking in the wild jungles of Africa.
Horseback Riding On one horse power you can go far, yet be in spitting distance of wildlife.
Night Game Drives As the night falls, nature hurries to rest, while it is time for predators to hunt. Be part of the equation of the fittest, and experience the accompanying rush of adrenalin, the abrupt dousing of the fierce African sun turns every thing ethereal. The night symphony begins in earnest.
Mokoro Safaris Float like a feather in the local dugout canoes on the still waters of the Okavango River, one of the few rivers which never finish its journey.
Best Time to Set Off on your Botswana Safaris
Depending on your particular destination and what you want to see. It is far easier to see animals in the dry season than in the wet season, unless you are a staunch birder; the flocks are thicker in the rainy season. If you are a birder, the wet season is for you, December to March. For those interested in the big five, May to October is the perfect time. Vehicle movement is not unduly hampered, although you would not try anything other than 4WD on the roads. From May to June is the best time for Mokoro Rides, the peak of floodwater from Angola. Big game begins congregating in the month of September to October. Expect spectacular herds of buffalo and elephants at this time of the year. It follows that whenever grazers come together, the predators like King Lion, Cheetah and Leopard are lurking nearby ready to execute deadly ambushes. Requirements: You might need a visa, so it will be best to consult with your travel consultant, for applications and extensions. Health Concerns: Botswana is country of low population density; there is no undue cause for worry. On the other hand, take precautions for Malaria, typhoid and tetanus.
Botswana Safaris:- Is it Affordable?
On a controlled budget, you can fly to Maun, negotiate a three night self-catering Mokoro. This can work well in combination with Mobile Safaris for budget conscious travellers, moving together in small groups to hire services of professional guides together with equipment and tents. Your camp moves with you. You pitch it where it is convenient and safe. All levels are catered for to experience a memorable Botswana Safaris. On the average, most camps are geared for the upper market clientele. Frequent use of light aircraft, luxurious lodges, camps, superb cuisine, wide range of activities and the attendant professional guides bring about the rise in charges. To keep up such standards in the African jungles is a deer undertaking. It is not easy to run out of options, you can opt for a self-drive in a 4×4. This option is for determined, well-prepared travellers, conversant with more than basic 4x4WD vehicle mechanical knowledge. Accommodation can be pre-arranged or increase your adventurism and try the rooftop tent. As I was saying, options abound if you set your heart for an African adventure. Do not be phased out by participatory expedition, popularly known as overland trucking. It is an exhilarating experience of a lifetime. You learn to work in a group, improve on how to handle relationships and responsibilities. It will give you time to discover your inner self as you discover that most wonderful Safari land, Africa!
4×4 Uganda car hire offers self-drive to clients to drive for themselves depending on your destinations, what to do and what you want see without any restriction unless the clients is crossing boarder. The client has to inform us earlier so that we can write to him/her an authorization letter that allows vehicle crossing. It’s very possible to do a city tour on a self –drive safari. Kampala is Uganda’s capital and largest city and it’s known as the busiest and most entertaining places for tourists and urban dwellers, few tourists to Uganda find it hard to leave minus going for a city tour. The city hosts very many entertaining places including night clubs, historic sites, luxury hotels, cultural sites, road site bars among many other interesting sites. All these places are interesting to visit; you can hang out with your friend in the ever raging night clubs if interested. You will be astonished by what you will find in the city. Below are some of the interesting places you will explore on a city tour with a self-drive car.
Kasubi Tombs: this is one of the heritage Buganda sites which are located just about 10kms from Kampala city. So if you want to learn more about the background and history of Buganda, this is one of the most easiest cultural site to visit when on a city tour, it’s a burial site for over four kings of Buganda. The kasubi Tombs was burnt in 2010 but this does not limit visitors from visiting the place, its reconstruction is almost through and reopening of the tombs might take place this year.
Kabaka’s Palace: you can also take a visit to the Buganda palace which is located a few kilometers from the capital city. Uganda is a home to over 50 tribal groups and it’s known as a cultural melting spot. The Buganda kingdom is the largest among many other tribes with a pleasant history and language used everywhere not only in Kampala but also in the whole country. Kampala is highly dominated by baganda tribe, so a visit to the kabaks’s palace will give you opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of the people Buganda.
Night-clubs: if you want to night club around the city, Uganda is a place to very many night clubs including Angenoir, Ambiance, comrades, Gavnor, Amnesia among many others. A visit to one of these disco clubs will give you a memorable experience on a city tour. You will see how Ugandans dance to the African beats and vibes. Enjoy with your friend, it’s always good to finalize your safari or day in the night club and have fun from there, you can meet new friends and just enjoy the night.
Christian churches: you can also visit the religious places once on a city tour, visit the Namirembe and Lubaga cathedrals biggest Anglican churches among the catholic and Anglicans. The Anglican and catholic are the largest religions in Uganda consisting over 70% of the total population. The care takers of the places will feed you with more informative information about how religion was brought in the country. The cathedrals are well built and designed by the Europeans in the late colonial era and still stand to this day. Visit these holy places for a great experience.
Namugongo shrine: this is another interesting place to visit on a city tour in Kampala; it’s located just about 12-15 kilometers from the capital Kampala. It’s where the Uganda martyrs where killed for failure to renounce their faith on the orders of kabaka Mwaga. You will learn more about the Uganda martyrs and the braveness they showered to die for their faith.
Visit the Uganda museum; visit the Uganda national museum to learn more about the history of Uganda and the people, with you r self -drive car you can easily visit this places its located just a few kilometers from the capital Kampala.
You can also visit an exciting entertainment places like the Ndere center in Kampala, see how amazing dancers jiggle their bodies to the cultural beats of the traditional instruments.
Other places to visit include the cultural sites, market places, the Bahai temple and many other places depending on the time availability. However with the curtesy of our well-maintained car you can explore all these places. If you need a driver they are available and very knowledgeable with each and every corner of the city so they can drive you with a lot of easy if you are not well conversant with some of the places.
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Known as the pearl of Africa, it is one of the most beautiful countries to visit on planet earth. Uganda is gifted by many things but the most attractive thing that one shouldn’t miss before living planet earth is to go gorilla trekking in Uganda’s national parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks. Not only gorillas, the country is well-known for a wide range of bird species, wild animals and in them it harbor’s the rear type of lions that do climb trees found in the ishasah sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The country is also good for cultural tours, good scenic grounds, beaches and a city where people never sleep with night clubs.
With all those gifts she owes, many people all over the world would like to have a visit to this beautiful country but many people find it hard to decide whether to go on a guide or self drive Uganda tour. Would I like to travel with a guide or by our self? It is important to make an informed decision. Here are the differences between guided and self-drive trips, making it easier for you to decide what to choose. Please bear in mind, however, that choosing a self-drive trip doesn’t mean that you are completely on your own. Our office in Uganda is available to assist you at all times and, even on self-drive trips, a lot of the activities recommend by us such as game drives in parks are guided, in order to give you the best possible experience.
- A self-drive trip is cheaper because you don’t pay a daily rate for the guide or for his/her accommodation and food. Your choice of vehicle will also make a difference in the overall cost of a self-drive trip. While guided trips can be more expensive as you will have to pay for the guide but the overall cost per person depends on the number of people included in your party. For example, a guided trip will be more expensive for a one to two persons than for a group of six people and above.
- On a self-drive trip you drive yourself. This might sound appealing but remember that the one who drives has to keep his/her eyes on the road and can’t enjoy the scenery and he will get more tired than the rest. While on a guided trip, everyone in your group is free to relax and enjoy the scenery as your guide drives you around
- On a self-drive trip you don’t have the luxury of asking a guide to explain certain things, animals or birds, leaving a lot of questions unanswered. While the main advantage of a guided trip may be the fact that you can, at any time, ask your guide questions, allowing you to learn a lot about this amazing country, its beautiful nature and interesting culture here in Uganda.
- You may think you’ll have a lot more privacy or ‘together time’ on a self-drive trip. This will undoubtedly be the case, however, even on a guided tour we can schedule enough ‘alone time’. While it is a misconception that guided tours grant you no privacy. Our guide also needs this! Therefore, we always try to strike a balance. Basically, the guide is at your disposal when required but he will at regular occasions allow you to enjoy an evening of private dining at a restaurant or an afternoon to yourselves.
- It is equally a mistake to think that you have no guide during your self-drive trip. Most of the activities we recommend and book for you are led by a guide. In your quote, we will clearly indicate which activities are guided and which are not. Remember, however, that we cannot guarantee the quality of these guides. Some of these guides are very good but some, unfortunately, are disinterested, unintelligible, don’t speak proper English or simply do not know very much. While on a guided tour, even if you undertake guided activities organised by the accommodation establishment and with a local guide, our guide is available to offer additional explanations, which with no doubt guarantee the quality of your experience. Hence once again you will be in the perfect position to enjoy and learn optimally about the culture and nature.
- On a self-drive trip you are at some destinations responsible for your own game drives. This means relying on your own skill, as well as luck. This could result in either not seeing many animals or seeing an animal but not knowing what it is or what it’s doing. You can arm yourself with books for your self-drive trip, this increases the cost as well as your luggage. While another major advantage of a guided trip, particularly on game drives, it is his expertise when it comes to wildlife. You simply have a much greater chance of seeing more animals with a guide than driving through the park by yourself. Our guides know where to find certain animals, what to look out for, are able to recognise and follow tracks, detect sounds, and so on. And when the guide has found an animal, he can tell you a lot about it. But this should be put in mind that national parks are not like Zoos were you will just find the animal I the cadge. So if you miss out seeing some animals do not complain..
- Finding your way around while on a self-drive trip is not a problem because with Tailor Made Safaris you not only get a detailed itinerary but we also supply you with a TomTom satellite navigation system at an additional cost for the duration of your trip. All destinations on your trip are pre-programmed into the system, making driving around by yourself easy and hassle-free. This service puts Tailor Made Safaris head and shoulders above its competitors! While it goes without saying that on a guided trip you do not have to worry about finding your way around. Your private guide ensures that you always arrive at your destination on time and without rushing, taking into account your wishes along the way. If you want to stop and take a picture of the scenery on the way, that is possible too! After all, this is your tailor made safari!
- On your Uganda self drive trip there’s no need to worry about keeping in touch. Tailor Made Safaris includes a Ugandan SIM card for the duration of your trip, allowing you to easily make cheap phone calls as and when you need to. As part of our service to self-drive guests, we regularly send you text messages with advice, or to make sure everything is to your liking. All part of the Tailor Made Safaris service… For the guided, our guides take care of your safety during a guided trip. There is always a very small chance of something going wrong; a double booking on site, a defect in the car, or you ate something bad; anything is possible. In the unfortunate event of something like this happening, you can always rely on the expertise and responsibility of your guide who will take care of the problem.
With this information or differences, one will be able to decide whether to take a self drive or guided tour in Uganda.Read More
When you live in foreign African country for long, you really have to learn to survive the set duration either on holiday, work or business. In East African countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania, spending a few days expose you to the great warm weather each day, friendly people, and meeting up with foreign nationals on business and holidays. People are always outdoor working and moving from one direction to the other especially in business centers. Internet cafes, restaurants and bars become active in the evening hours as many leave work for home. Public transport works 24 hours though not highly recommended for foreign tourists at night. The weekends become long and boring if you don’t embark on short trips to see the other beautiful side of the country.
Many vacation safaris are run across the region for groups and sole individuals depending on one’s interest. Those in love with wildlife Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are the most visited for Africa wildlife holidays. While exclusive primate trips take place in Rwanda and Uganda especially those interested in seeing mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Make your Africa visit special and wonderful by signing up for a short trip to any place or park of your interest. Backpacking is open if you want to cut costs as well as budget holidays or group safaris.
First thing first if you have a day off in any capital city is to have a look at the city’s best known attractions which are always in close distance. Some are walk-able and don’t need any transport expenses. For Example if one wanted to visit Kampala city, the business center only can fill up your day because there is really a lot to see, learn and explorer. Kigali same as well as Nairobi but would recommend foreigners to move with local guides that live within the city for easy identification of places and attractions.
If religion is your hobby a number of churches welcome you in without hesitation and here peace and joy reigns.Checking out different retail and wholesale shops on different city buildings and streets is free of charge in all East Africa cities. Find out the city trendy latest designs in clothes and goods. If you have plans of becoming a country’s inventor use the opportunity to identify the best field for investment. You seriously can’t walk more than a few blocks without spotting a bank or ATM machine in case you run out of petty cash. Don’t forget to pick up something that will remind you of your cool day city tour in one in Africa. Also go on nightlife adventures as one of most Africa city highlights. Nightlife in Africa is fun and sets out as soon as darkness pops in and road security lights start lighting up the city.
After about hours, you will find every night club, bars and restaurants busy and you will be surprised. Many spend hours eating, chatting and drinking until time to go back to their residing locations. The whole experience is one of those fantastic moments where you just have to pinch yourself deep inside whispering that am really here in Africa.
Why not go and relax at one of the best beach close to the city and get your mind set by the lake cool winds. Beaches are very popular spots for all week days due to favorable conducive warm weather that feels up the most Africa countries. There is a lot to engage in while there and boredom is one of misplaced moments of Africa beaches.
Islands are located close with nice dinning and affordable accommodation for all year guests to the countries. Are you tired of the city noise? A number of Africa beautiful islands like Ssese need only ferry crossing to your next relaxing ambience in Uganda. You can plan this treat with friends for a delicious meal at restaurant set close to sand and water. The island also has great nature walks, perfect beach setting plus the lovely foods. The ferry sets off every day from Entebbe at 2.00pm one of Uganda cities and leaves the island next day in the morning at 8.00am.Therefore, you should catch up with its schedules’ if you to travel.Read More
Considered the second largest continent in the world, Africa is the dream continent for every traveler surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Africa is home to some of the fastest-growing economies, and revenues from tourism and tremendous opportunities exist to further expand tourism across the African continent
The continent has 54 countries all which have developed tourism but the rate of growth and development depends on the unique natural, cultural, historical and man-made features in these countries. Marketing, and transport infrastructures such as airline connections, roads and railways in addition to open borders, and improved marketing to niche sectors such as adventure and eco-travelers determine the level of tourism development in each African country. The top African family vacation trips among others include:
Not only having the natural attraction, South Africa has it all that a family on a holiday would want. The country is blessed with lots of city fun, Trip packed resorts, beautiful beaches and Big 5 safari parks. South Africa is home to legendary wildlife preserves and national parks among which include the Kruger National Park and a range of malaria-free game reserves. The safari lodges in South Africa offer interactive children’s programs some of which include animal encounters mostly liked by children to remember for decades. A lot of adventure sorts like cycling, hiking and horse-riding plus widely available Wi-Fi to keep teens in touch with their friends back home as well as adults in touch with their business partners and family friends and relatives.
The Cape Town and the coast in South Africa provide the family with the chance to see favorites such as Mountain, the Cape Wine lands and the penguins of Boulders Beach. If you take a road trip along the Garden Route, families also explore a very scenic stretch of coast, dotted with quaint villages and exciting activities that range from whale watching to bungee jumping. Sun City is Africa’s top family resort with plenty of entertainment for grown-ups and children alike. All these fantastic features make south Africa a tourism destination in Africa for every family to visit.
Drifting down a papyrus-lined waterway, passing bathing elephants and shy antelope, is an absolutely unforgettable safari experience for families of a holiday in Botswana.
The game viewing is superb and activities include game drives, nature walks, and canoeing, boating and even elephant back safaris. The true wilderness enables the family to learn bush-tracking and survival skills and camp out wild in the bush – the best way to travel across the African plains.
Botswana is a home for more elephants than any other country in Africa; Botswana is one of the greatest safari destinations. In the north lies the world famous Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s most iconic landscapes which attracts a myriad of birds and large concentrations of wildlife, and Chobe National Park, famed for its enormous elephant population. Families should not miss out Botswana for the greatest travel experience.
Located in East Africa, the magical Kenya delivers safe and rewarding family safaris in world-renowned Big 5 game reserves, beach holidays on the country’s dazzling coastline and Indian Ocean islands and the greatest wild life spectacle which is the Masai Mara wildebeest migration.
Families spend an unforgettable safari in Kenya tracking big cats on game drives on a Masai Mara safari; drifting over vast plains on a scenic hot air balloon flight; going on guided bush walks led by red-robed Maasai warriors and hand feeding giraffe at the well-known Giraffe Manor.
Kids normally join the junior ranger programs packed with unforgettable experiences such as learning to shoot a bow and arrow, making fire with sticks or casting animal tracks in plaster. Wildlife-rich game reserves, white sand beaches, Maasai warriors, once-in-a-lifetime activities and all the atmosphere of big game Africa are so interesting. Therefore, each family should endvour to visit Kenya for a greater memorable experience.
Tanzania is a well established safari destination delivering great wildlife watching holidays for families, the game viewing at Serengeti and Ngorongoro craters give a family a clear view of the big five along with cheetahs, African wild dogs, lovebirds and vultures. A family can also witness the incredible annual wildebeest migrating.
The Ngorongoro Crater known as ‘Africa’s Eden’ offers amazing wildlife viewing with over 90 lions along with leopards, rhinos and a lake at the centre inhabited by hundreds of flamingos. Also, being located at the coast, a relaxing stay by the sea enjoying the beautiful sandy beaches and beach activities such as swimming, boat cruising, sunbathing among others enjoyed by the family is of great experience.
Though Uganda is most known for gorilla safaris, it offers great opportunities to travelers with families. The wildlife parks such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo National Park offers urivalled game viewing to travelers. You can also enjoy horseriding in Lake Mburo National Park, and Jinja, the adrenaline capital of Uganda has much to offer for those seeking adventures in Uganda.
In conclusion, Africa is a beautiful and diverse continent where travel choices abound when it comes to game-viewing for families with kids of all ages. Many destinations in Africa offer kids’ programs with age appropriate activities so that little ones in the family get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience and adults as well. Families planning a trip should choose Africa for greater and memorable experience.Read More
Mountain gorilla tracking in the areas of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo has gradually improved the lives of the local people. It doesn’t matter whether someone is near the national park where gorilla trekking takes place but what matters is that the whole country as a whole gains from the activity. Since there are only 900 estimated gorillas left in the world, these three countries which happen to harbor them have gained a competitive advantage over the others and this is because tourists especially primate lovers go there to have a glance at the gorillas. Uganda and Rwanda are the best destinations for tracking the primates and this is why some people prefer going for a combined Uganda and Rwanda gorilla trekking experience.
But the big question here is; – how do the local people gain from gorilla tracking yet they don’t go and view the primates? Well, there are numerous ways through which both the government and the local people can gain from this wonderful activity and below is a list of them;-
- Gorilla trekking creates employment opportunities to the local people. As you may well know that while moving through the thick forests searching for these primates you always move with a guide, these are mainly local people who are trained to be guides and they earn from doing this. Some nationals go for training to become guides in the various national parks where gorillas can be found and from this they can earn a living and also support their families. Also the various tour companies which are setup to offer gorilla tracking packages to tourists create jobs for the local people. The lodges where tourists sleep on their tour also have workers who benefit from the activity by earning money. Not forgetting the drivers who drive tourists to the various destinations on their safari. These also earn money from this and it’s because of gorilla trekking that they are able to get people to drive. In the longrun, the whole process leads to creating jobs for the unemployed people in the countries where these rear primates are found.
- Through attracting people from different parts of the world, gorilla trekking has also built a link between the local people and the foreigners. Amongst these foreigners are those interested in helping the needy especially the children. On their safari to where these primates are found they end up meeting the local people including those needy local people. Therefore the needy nationals get that opportunity of getting help from these tourists. Also various charity organizations get funding from the visitors and this money is used to improve the lives of the local people.
- The government taxes the various institutions or companies which deal in tourism and this money is channeled to improving the lives of the nationals. This means that tourists who come for gorilla trekking contribute to these taxes and indirectly improve the wellbeing of the people in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC where mountain gorillas are found.
Through the above ways, the local people have been touched by the hands of tourist indirectly and they have managed to survive as a result of improved standards of living.Read More
Track mighty mountain gorillas on an exclusive private guided safari to Rwanda, taking you to the misty Virungas Volcano rain forest. Rwanda has five volcanoes, twenty- three lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the river Nile. The country lies 75 miles south of the equator in the tropic of Capricorn.
Rwanda with a land area of 26,338km and is bordered by Uganda to the north, Tanzania to east, Burundi to the south, and the democratic republic of Congo to the west. One of the largest cities in Rwanda, Musanze is a bustling city hosting almost all tourists visiting the world famous mountain gorillas.
Musanze has been the base point for gorilla visit and is cradled against a stunning backdrop of Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes. The city is rich with cultural tourism opportunities, caving, birding and fishing on the nearby lakes. The city is also only a 45- minute drive away from Gisenyi and the stunning Lake Kivu.
Price of a Rwanda Gorilla Permit
Non Residents – $750
East African Residents – $450
East African Citizens – $300
Rwandan Residents – &375
Rwandan Citizens – 30,000
Proper preparation is important in terms of dressing and equipment’s. Please bring the following items with you,
- Long trousers/ pants- to avoid stinging nettles the trousers must be strong enough to withstand occasional pulls from thorns.
- Long sleeved shirts/ t-shirts. To avoid stinging nettles
- Gloves- These are required to avoid injury to your hands. Remember the grounds are wet and slippery.
- Hiking boots- Please bring average waterproof sturdy walking boots reaching ankle level not mountain climbing boots. Something light and hardy will do.
- Warm cardigan- Volcanoes can get extremely cold. A warm cardigan is required to keep off cold.
- Long sleeved Rain Coat or anorak -it can rain anytime in Volcanoes National Park even on hot days, its among the reasons why Volcano Gorilla safaris rank high in Africa. The downpours are heavy and extremely cold.
- Water proof container for your cameras. Yes I know there are waterproof cameras but even they to be sure just put them in a waterproof container. When you are slipping and falling in muddy grounds you do not want your precious photos damaged.
- If you desire headgear (hats), a baseball cap is recommended as gorillas are familiar to them.
- Enough water- minimum of 2 liters of drinking water to avoid dehydration. Carry four just in case the hike proofs longer than expected. Sometimes it can be 8 hours.
- Film Camera- A film camera for domestic use is recommended.
- A camera
- If you are interested in birds, you can bring Field guide to birds of East Africa and a pair of binoculars.
On the day of your gorilla trek
On the day of your gorilla trek, you’ll set off very early in the morning after your breakfast to track to the gorillas from the edge of the forest. Your driver/guide will pick you from your lodge and will drive you to the park headquarters. The guides here speak excellent English and are very good. They will be taking you to a specific group of ‘habituated’ mountain gorillas, which they know well and are used to human visitors. You’ll be divided into 8 people and after a briefing on safety and gorilla trekking etiquette; you’ll be driven to the start of the trail to reach your mountain gorilla group. Your guide will then lead you along generally clear paths up into the forest, in radio communication with the trackers that stay with the group so that they can be located. Often the gorillas will be spread around a small area of dense vegetation. They’ll continue with their feeding and interactions, nonchalant about their visitors, though watching you with interest. Occasionally one, often a playful youngster, will approach you with curiosity sometimes coming so close that you’ll have to move away. The various groups and their locations will obviously change from time to time: mountain gorillas often climb higher in the dry season and descend during the rains, they might move on due to pressure from wild gorillas and individuals will often join other groups. When tracking gorillas, it’s possible to request to visit a specific group once you are at the park headquarters, but this can never be guaranteed.
Other activities in the park
Other activities in the park are Golden monkey tracking, hike to the Dian Fossey grave site, tour to the twin lakes of Burera & Ruhondo, mount Karisimbi volcano hike, hike of Bisoke volcano, Cave tours in Musanze, bird watching and community ecotourism in Iby’Iwacu cultural village.Read More
Do you know that driving yourself on a safari to Uganda is one of the easiest ways to explore Uganda’s secrets, most of Uganda’s natural wonders are hosted in very remote areas deep in the village and they can be easily reached when driving your self-car. Uganda is also known as a pearl of Africa due to very many incredible wonders the country houses. Uganda has very many car hire companies renting cars of different types and many has been in operation for over 10 years with experienced staff and well experienced driver who are knowledgeable with each and every part of the country. You can hire a car in Uganda either for self-drive or with a driver depending on your interest. if you are okay with driving in a strange country and having the requirements like a driving permit you are okay to book a self-drive, however if its okay with you to set at the back and leave it to the driver to navigate you through the all safari. However, many of the travelers according to the TripAdvisor prefer using self-drive, as it gives you the freedom to drive on your own pace and you are free to go whenever you feel like and stop at any interesting place. If you book a self-drive with our company Uganda self drive, you are assured of a good and comfortable vehicle that meets your dreams and not only that we go ahead to advise our clients on some of the best places to visit if a client is renting a car for a safari, we hire our cars according to the destination the client is going whether business, safari, function or any other. We create good relationship with our clients before and even after their safaris that’s why we have very many return clients. We offer personal help and fast response to all our clients’ needs. Whether you contact us via email or phone, our reservations team is always ready to help you in any way possible answering to all your inquiries as soon as possible to make sure you get what you want when you want it. If you want to hire a Toyota Rav4 we offer it at usd 45 per day without a driver and usd65 with a driver. It carries up to 4 members and it can navigate the marram road of Uganda with a lot of easy stopping at any interesting places around. However don’t get surprised to hear the local people on the way calling ‘’Muzungu’’, it’s a local word people use to refer to foreigners, and remember that Ugandan people are hospital so you will find many waving at you.
Depending on your safari destination we also have Toyota land cruiser short and long which can carry from 5 to 7 people, for big groups from 7-9 we have a supper custom and a Van and from 20-30 people we do have a coaster for hire with a driver. All our cars are well maintained and can navigate each and every part of the country. Some of Uganda’s incredible attraction include, mountain gorilla safaris in Bwindi national park and Mgahinga forest national park both located in the south western part of Uganda, chimp tracking in kibale national park, wildlife safaris in kidepo valley national park in the north, Queen Elizabeth national park in the south of Uganda, Murchison falls national park in the northeastern, lake Mburo among many others, mountaineering safari to hike Mt. Elgon and Rwenzori , Jinja for white water rafting, visiting the local communities among others all these places can make your safari to Uganda a memorable one and you can visit each of these places on one safari with the curtsey of our vehicles, a guide is always available to drive you around in case you are not ok with driving in Uganda. Just book your self-drive tip with us everything will be kawa for you and you will have a most breathtaking safari ever since before. Don’t forget to send us an inquiry on firstname.lastname@example.org we will get back to you swiftlyRead More
When going for a safari to either Uganda or Rwanda, one needs to decide which type of car he/she wants to use. In most cases tourists ask us this question when they inquire for their safaris to either Uganda or Rwanda or even both and we go on and advice. But it’s always a good practice to make your own choice so that you can have the best experience on the safari without any inconveniences related to the car used. Choosing the type of car to hire depends on what type tourism activity you are going to do and the number of people you are travelling with. Sometimes clients inquire with us and they want small cars yet they are many in number. We always advise them to go for bigger cars like vans which can accommodate their number. It’s always good to travel with a classic touch and freedom other than travelling while congested in a small car. Small cars like saloons and small Benz’s are suitable to use if clients are 2 or 3 but not more than that as it would mean to squeeze yourself which is not good.
The distance to be travelled and the destination that you want to go to is also important while selecting the type 0f car to hire in Uganda. If you know that you are travelling for longer distances and to places which are challenging with undulating topologies and hills, then the best type of car to hire is that with a 4×4 wheel drive system. This is because 4×4 cars can penetrate through muddy roads and hills without any problem and without getting stuck. Sometimes people make wrong choices and they go with cars which are not full time 4×4 and they end up getting stuck in muddy roads forcing them to hire another towing car to remove them from the mud. This is bad as it leads to increase in the expenses. The only way to avoid this is by hiring a 4×4 wheel drive car which cannot easily get stuck in such conditions.
It should be noted that both Uganda and Rwanda have some places with bad roads and this is common in national parks especially in Uganda where there are animals to be viewed. Such parks require 4×4 cars for a game drive experience .safari vehicles like 4×4 land cruisers with a popup roof are the best cars to use for a successful game drive. In case one needs to go for a town-running (driving around the town) then he/she can book these other cars which have no 4×4 system because roads in all urban places kin both Uganda and Rwanda are in good conditions and no threat is imposed to the user.
When you book with us we always ask you what you intend to use the car for and we give advice when it comes to choosing the type of car to use. Some clients seem to be complicated and ignore our advise because they think roads in Uganda and Rwanda are like those in their home countries and they end up making mistakes which are regrettable. And at the end of their safari they regret why they ignored our advice.
In conclusion, you should always put in mind two factor before selecting which type of car to use and that is;- the destination you are going to and the number of people you are travelling with.Read More