Thursday, December 24, 2015
Comparing Gorilla Trekking Tours In 2016/2017 Uganda Vs Rwanda Compare prices and Tracking Experience in 2016-2017 Comparison of 2016-2017 Gorilla Tracking in Uganda and Rwanda – Which is the best place to do a gorilla trek – Uganda or Rwanda? Which is more viable or cheaper: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mghinga Gorilla National Park or Volcanoes National Park, Which is more easy to access, Is tracking Rwanda better than Uganda in 2016-2017?
Comparing Gorilla Trekking Tours In 2016/2017 Uganda Vs Rwanda Compare prices and Tracking Experience in 2016-2017 Comparison of 2016-2017 Gorilla Tracking in Uganda and Rwanda – Which is the best place to do a gorilla trek – Uganda or Rwanda? Which is more viable or cheaper: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mghinga Gorilla National Park or Volcanoes National Park, Which is more easy to access, Is tracking Rwanda better than Uganda 2016-2017? Call it gorilla trekking or tracking or whatever, but it’s one of those really thrilling, lifetime experiences you should take time for before you leave planet earth The exhilaration attached to the first setting eyes on a wild mountain gorilla is difficult to describe. Yet in the same sense, that magical one hour spent with the gorillas does not come cheaply considering that a permit goes for US$750 in Rwanda and $600 in Uganda However, Uganda has effectively introduced discounted gorilla permits/low season gorilla permits for 2016 at USD450.00 per person per trek in months of April, May and November every year. You can therefore take advantage of this discount on gorilla permit to plan an affordable gorilla trekking tour by seeing gorillas during the above mentioned months. By doing so, you stand to save USD150.00 per permit. but it is unusual to find someone who regretted the financial outlay. Mountain gorillas live in families similar to those of humans. Although the current mountain gorilla population is about 840, gorilla tracking can only be done on the habituated mountain gorilla families. 10 of the habituated families live in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, another 1 on in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 1 in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and 1 in D.R.Congo’s Virunga National Park. A maximum of 8 persons can visit a given gorilla family per day. All else being equal, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park has a slight edge over the rest because its gorillas are the most wholly habituated, and they are often found in bamboo than the dense forest which makes photographing easier. The major challenge with tracking gorillas in Rwanda is certainly the price of the gorilla permit at US$750 compared to Uganda’s US$600 per permit and discounted gorilla permits/low season gorilla permits for 2016 at USD450.00 per person per trek in months of April, May and November every year.. However, Rwanda’s pride is in the ability for one to do the gorilla trek even in one day and fly back home which is impossible for Uganda. Volcanoes National Park is located 116 km from Kigali and can be driven in just 2 hours. On the other hand, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located 500 km from Kampala/ Entebbe Airport and a drive can take 8 hours plus. In that sense, you will spend at least 3 days for your gorilla trek tour – one travelling to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, another doing the gorilla trek, and the other driving back to Kampala/Entebbe. If a tour operator is making you a tour package, they shall definitely have to consider this cost and include it in your tour cost. With the on coming of daily scheduled flights to Bwindi, operators now can have 3 days flying packages to Bwindi. In real practice though, the one-day gorilla trek tour is not recommended because of the pressure it exerts on the trekker. For those limited on time, we would suggest the 2-days gorillas package.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris and Tours with Kisoro Tours Uganda 2016-2017 Looking for gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda and Uganda, We offer the best price for gorilla safaris in Rwanda and Uganda, a country of a thousand hills! Our trips range from day tours to multi-day adventures highlighting the best things to see in both Uganda and Rwanda. We are the No.1 gorilla tracking company in Rwanda and Uganda with reputable staff and experienced tour guides who will assist you throughout your trip. Join us on our exciting Rwanda and Uganda safaris to see some of the few remaining endangered mountain gorillas on the planet. Our experienced tour guides will guide you on every trip as we search for the awe-inspiring primates in Volcanoes National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mugahinga Gorilla National Park and the Virunga region. You can also combine your gorilla safari with other adventures that include wildlife safaris, chimpanzee tracking, mountain hiking, bird watching, filming crews in Uganda White water rafting on the Nile, fishing on the Lake Victoria, community tours and fantastic boat cruises among others.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) Queen Elizabeth National Park 2.056km is situated south of the Rwenzori Mountains, bordering with DR Congo and including two lakes, George and Edward, which are connected through the natural Kazinga Channel. It is an Eco System made of Wetland and open Savannah areas, on an altitude of 910 meters at the location of Lake Edward. Queen Elizabeth National Park Species: Queen Elizabeth records a large number of animals, including 95 mammal species (among them Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Uganda Kobs, Buffaloes, Jackals, Spotted Hyenas) and 10 Primate species, like Chimpanzees, Vervet monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Red‐tailed Monkeys, Black and White Colobus, Olive Baboons. The list of Birds is of 606 species recorded, possibly the highest in any of the African National Parks and indeed in the world Queen Elizabeth National Park Activities and Attractions: Launch trip from Mweya along Kazinga Channel for a wonderful Wildlife experience, Game Drives in Kasenyi Planes (Northern Sector) and in Ishasha (Southern sector, searching for the typical Tree Climbing Lions in the Fig’s trees). Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge, Bird Watching and Nature Walk in Maramagambo Forest.
Friday, December 11, 2015
COFFEE & TEA UGANDA AND RWANDA The world's favourite drinks have their roots right here in Rwanda and Uganda.
COFFEE & TEA UGANDA AND RWANDA The world's favourite drinks have their roots right here in Rwanda and Uganda. Coffee and Tea is Uganda and Rwanda's largest export. The fertile volcanic soil and temperate climate are perfect for growing the plants that create this popular drink. Tea leaves can be seen covering the mountains – creating a stunning contrast to the blue skies, dirt roads and sunshine. Visitors can discover how tea is harvested, processed, and even get to taste the results. Tea plantation tours take place in a variety of locations across Rwanda and Uganda This is a great family trip and travelers of all ages are welcome. Tea may be Rwanda’s number one export, but the lush, rolling hills of the Rwandan countryside are equally suited to coffee production, and the beans coming out of Rwanda today are in serious demand all around the world. The coffee-covered hillsides shimmer bright green all throughout the year, but when the harvest is ready (usually between February and May), the coffee cherries themselves blush a deep cranberry red to say they’re ready to be plucked. A patchwork of hundreds of thousands of small growers produce coffee all across Rwanda, but visits are primarily centred around Gisenyi, and a number of farmer’s cooperatives and washing stations near here offer tours explaining the coffee process throughout the year, and each one naturally comes with a generous tasting. The plantations themselves don’t liaise with tourists directly, so set up your visit with Kisoro Tours Uganda
Thursday, November 19, 2015
GORILLA TRACKING RWANDA AND UGANDA Rwanda and Uganda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live.
GORILLA TRACKING RWANDA AND UGANDA Rwanda and Uganda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live. Gorilla tracking in Rwanda and Uganda is often described as “life changing” and with good reason. With only an estimated 880 Gorillas left in the world, to see these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is a truly unique moment. Gorillas make their homes in and amongst the bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda, Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mugahinga Gorilla National Park. Trek to see them and you’ll be introduced by your expert trackers and guides to one of the fully-habituated families of mountain gorillas and you can stay with them for an awe-inspiring hour, often crouching just a few feet away, whilst the gorillas go about their daily lives. Hikes in the mountains can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours + depending on the family allocated to your group and their location. The journey back can take just as long, but you are often carried along by the euphoria you feel at seeing the gorillas! Expert guides give a pre-trek briefing on specific protocols and rules for visiting the gorillas that live within an altitude of 2500 and 4000m. Porters are available to help carry backpacks and cameras, as well as helping you with your footing along your hike which can be hard work, but well worth it.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Rwanda tours Gorilla+ tracking with Kisoro Tours Uganda Gorilla tracking in Rwanda: Whatever your timeline and budget is, Kisoro Tours Uganda offers Rwanda tours to fit your needs. Whether you are looking for an adventure gorillatracking tour in Rwanda or a beach stay at Lake Kivu, you will be sure you have the trip of a lifetime here in Rwanda with Kisoro Tours Uganda. Kisoro Tours Uganda was set up in 2007 and is now recognized as one of Rwanda's leading tour operators. We offer group tours and private (tracking) tours to many of Rwanda's highlights, including: Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu and Akagera National Park.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Discounted gorilla permits in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo gorilla permits, Uganda gorilla tours, Rwanda Congo and Uganda combined gorilla trekking tour, cheap gorilla permits, Uganda gorilla permits for both Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, gorilla trekking permits in the Virunga National Park
Discounted gorilla permits in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo gorilla permits, Uganda gorilla tours, Rwanda Congo and Uganda combined gorilla trekking tour, cheap gorilla permits, Uganda gorilla permits for both Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, gorilla trekking permits in the Virunga National Park. Book your Uganda, Rwanda and Congo gorilla permits online with kisorotoursuganda.com a reliable and trusted site that secures and reserves your gorilla permits at the most competitive prices/rates. Please contact us to confirm gorilla permits availability. Book your Uganda, Rwanda and Congo gorilla permits at least 4months in advance as they tend to sell out fast especially in the peak and high season months of June, July, August-September and also December, January and February. In Uganda the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) issues out a limited number of gorilla permits totaling to 80 permits per day. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done either in Bwindi Mountain Gorilla National Park or Mgahinga National Park but due to the unreliability of the Mgahinga mountain gorillas most of the gorilla tour packages and gorilla permits booked are for Bwindi. Instantly reserve your gorilla permits for as low as US$750 per person in Rwanda and US$600 per person in Uganda. We charge an administration fee of US$45 for each permit that we book for you, though the fee can be waivered if you book one our gorilla trekking tour packages. Contact us for Uganda discounted gorilla permits available only in November 2015 offered at US$350 per person giving you a discount of US$250. For eligibility of the discounted US$250 gorilla permits your gorilla trekking date must fall within the month of November. The Uganda Wildlife Authority also offers discounted gorilla permit prices in the low and off season months of April, May and November but the rates for 2016 and 2017 have been revised from US$350 to US$450 per gorilla permit in Bwindi Mountain Gorilla National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park It’s important to note that there are no gorilla permit discounts in Rwanda. To reliably secure your Rwanda, Uganda Congo gorilla permits, give us your gorilla trekking dates and we confirm availability for you and if the gorilla permits are available for those dates we then go ahead and book your gorilla tour and gorilla permits for you. You would then send the money for the gorilla permits into our bank account, we send you a UWA receipt to acknowledge your payment and then we would proceed to pay for your permits. Give us your passport details comprising of Name, Passport number and Nationality to successfully register and purchase for you the gorilla permits. We then send scanned copies of your gorilla permit and the original copies handed to you at your arrival at the Airport. Reserve your gorilla permits to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans and DR Congo’s Virunga Gorilla National park for a unique and exceptional gorilla trekking safari experience in both Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Discounted gorilla permits in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo gorilla permits, Uganda gorilla tours, Rwanda, Uganda and Congo combined gorilla trekking safari, cheap gorilla permits, Uganda gorilla permits for both Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, gorilla trekking permits in the Virunga National Park. Call or email us on +256 701479039 OR +56 712746118OR +256 785790925 email: firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a booking for your Uganda, Rwanda and Congo gorilla tours and gorilla permits offered at surprisingly very affordable and competitive prices/rates.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
CULTURAL EXPERIENCES IN RWANDA Centuries of music, dance, history and hospitality are waiting for you in Rwanda While it might have been the gorillas that entice you to Rwanda, it’s the people of Rwanda who will keep you coming back. Ancient traditions of honour and hospitality run strong here, and anybody who takes the time to discover Rwandan culture for themselves will find a proud and unique people, happy to welcome you into their lives and introduce you to their traditions. Music and dance play an indispensable role in everyday life here, and performances range from dashing demonstrations of bravery and prowess to humorous songs, light-hearted dances, and rural artistry with roots in traditional agriculture. Traditional songs are often accompanied by a solitary lulunga—a harp-like instrument with eight strings—while more celebratory dances are backed by a drum orchestra, which typically comprises seven to nine members who collectively produce a hypnotic and exciting explosion set of intertwining rhythms. Below we list different cultural experiences that you can easily incorporate into your trip to Rwanda.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
7 Days Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda+Mt Nyiragongo in Dr Congo Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park You will be met by our driver/guide upon arrival at Kigali International Airport and be transferred to Kigali for a city tour including a genocide memorial site, shopping of African art and craft. Later, proceed to Ruhengeri to enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is famous for. Dinner and overnight at Muhabura Hotel Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Have an early breakfast and be transferred to Kinigi Park Headquarter for briefing before you start the trekking activity in the park. Trekking through the forest, hills and swamps can be tough, strenuous and tiring, sometimes taking up to 8 hours in the forest. But coming in contact with the great primates is well worth the effort. You spend one hour with the gorillas which is a truly amazing experience. Dinner and overnight at Muhabura Hotel Day 3: Rwanda – Dr Congo This morning, Enjoy a beautiful drive through the land of a thousand hills to reach Gisenyi the largest port on Lake Kivu. After lunch clear customs at the boarder crossing and enter the Democratic Republic of Congo. Overnight: in Goma Day 4 Hike Nyiragongo Today is the real adventure when you spend a day hiking the live volcano Nyiragongo. The 4-5 hour hike through lush rainforest takes you to the spot where the volcano erupted in 2002. Diner and overnight at: Cabanas at the top of the volcano (camping). Day 5 Returning back to Rwanda Breakfast followed by a city tour of Goma town which gives you an insight in to the impact of the 2002 eruption that left Goma resembling a modern day Pompeii with cars and houses trapped in the lava flow. Return to Rwanda in the afternoon. Diner and Overnight: at Muhabura Hotel Day 6 Explore Rwanda Culture Visit Ibyiwatu Cultural group performance, where you will be entertained, and lean more about Rwanda culture, music, dance and drama. We will also visit the twin lakes before going for Cultural performance. Diner and overnight at Muhabura Hotel Day 7: Departure Transfer to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight back home. End of Safari COST PER PERSON SHARING TWIN/DOUBLE ROOMS Cost per person sharing Price(USD) 1 person 2580 2 people 2180 3 people 2055 4 people 1980 5 people 1940 6 people 1910 Includes: one Gorilla permit per person Meet & greet services, airport transfers, accommodation and meals on safari as above, bottled water on safari vehicle, services of driver/guide, One porters per person when going for hiking Nyiragongo, Cook when on the top of Nyiragongo, Fuel all park entry fees and set activities on the itinerary. Excludes: Visas, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature, Plus all expenses of personal nature like tips, drinks etc. Important: Gorilla tracking is depending on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book as early as possible. Please note that this is a guideline program that maybe customized according to travelers’ needs and preferences. The variations are normally made to improve the tour and your experience.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Lake Mburo National Park (LMNP) Lake Mburo Park 260km is located in Mbarara District, with an altitude range from of 1220 meters to 1828 meters above sea level, The Park is named after the lake, which lies in this chartered territory. Lake Mburo National Park Species: This little park hosts a variety of animals, 68 mammal species, including a large number of Impalas the Antelope from which "Kampala” is named after, Uganda Kobs, Zebras, Ankole Cattle, Buffaloes, Topis, Leopards, Spotted Hyenas, Waterbucks, Warthogs, Oribi, Bushbucks, Duikers. There are 315 Bird species, including Red‐faced Barbet, Crested Crane, Shoebill Stork, and Papyrus Yellow Warbler. An open Savannah of Acacia trees, Olea and Boscia, dominate the vegetation. Lake Mburo National Park Activities and Attractions: Boat trip on Lake Mburo to see Crocodiles, Hippos, Cormorants, African Fish eagle, Pelicans, Herons and many more Bird species. Game Drives along the Park to see the animals following the Impala, Zebra, Kazuma or Lakeside tracks. Nature Walk and Bird watching experiences are plentiful.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
7 days tour visit Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Lake Bunyoyi and Lake Mmburo National Park
7 days tour visit Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Lake Bunyoyi and Lake Mmburo National Park DAY 1: KAMPALA - QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK Drive early morning towards the west and have a stopover at the equator for photographs, Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Have lunch en route. A game drive En route may be rewarded with views of Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and thousands of Antelope species. Budget Safari :Over night at Marafiki safari lodge or Bush Lodge (BF) DAY 2: GAME VIEWING SAFARI - QUEEN ELIZABETH N.P An early morning game drive in this park, provides excellent opportunities to see Lions, Leopards, Giant Forest Hogs, Cape Buffaloes, Elephants, Defassa Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Topi and Bush bucks and many more. After lunch, Enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Budget Safari: Over night at Marafiki safari lodge or Bush Lodge (BF) DAY 3: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING - KYAMBURA GORGE+ Bwindi Impenetrable park After a very early breakfast we head for the Kyambura gorge for chimpanzee tracking and a variety of primates, after the tracking continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is best known for its Mountain Gorillas, primate presence and spectacular bird population. Budget Safari: Over night Buhoma Community Rest Camp (BF) Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park After breakfast you will transfer to the park headquarters for the briefing before you set off at 9:00 am through the tracks to search for the humble giants. You will go with packed lunch because it’s hard to determine how long it will take you to meet these great apes. However the time ranges between 2-9 hours depending on the movement of the giant primates. The activity is tedious, it entails walking along steep hilly tracks however encountering these great relatives of man erases all the poor memories/ hardships you went through in trying to find them. After the Gorilla Tracking activity, go back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. Budget Safari: Over night Buhoma Community Rest Camp (BF) Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Lake Bunyonyi Late breakfast and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi with a brief stops at viewing points, This has a rich cultural heritage of western Uganda. Drive past local communities and the winding hills of Kigezi to Lake Bunyonyi. This is popularly known as the place for many birds. Budget Safari: Creater bay lodge (BF) Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo Have an early morning nature walk on the Island (This is good for birders) or embark on an early boat ride around the islands on the lake, continue to Lake Mburo National Park through the small towns of Uganda. Lunch will be served enroute. Enjoy an enroute game drive as you drive to your lodge\hotel for check in.After checking in you will drive to the lake for a boat cruise in search for hippos, Crocodiles and water birds among others. Budget Safari: Over night at Eagle’s Nest lodge (BF) Day 7 Kampala / Entebbe Early in the morning after breakfast you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Masaka after there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee. We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe – or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight. End of the Safari. COST PER PERSON SHARING TWIN/DOUBLE ROOMS Cost per person sharing Price(USD) 1 person 2800 2 people 1910 3 people 1615 4 people 1465 5 people 1375 6 people 1315 Includes: Meet & greet services, airport transfers to/from Entebbe airport, accommodation and meals on safari as mentioned above, bottled water on safari vehicle, Fuel, services of driver/guide and all park entry fees and set activities on the itinerary. Excludes: Visas, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature. Gorilla permits USD600.00 each. Charter/Scheduled flights also optional extra. Plus all expenses of personal nature like tips, drinks etc.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Kidepo Valley National Park Kidepo 1.442kms in size is among the most spectacular Parks in Uganda, located in the Northeast of the country, bordering Sudan and Kenya, in the Karamoja region. It lies at an altitude ranging between 914 meters and 2.750 meters above sea level. Charter flights can be booked to reach Kidepo from Regional Airlines Airports. Kidepo Valley National Park Species. The vegetation is dominated by an open Savannah, with dry Mountain Forest and Acacia Forest. The park hosts at least 86 mammal species (Elephants, Zebras, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Bush Pig), including many predators like Black Backed Jackal, African Hunting Dog, Bat‐eared Fox, Cheetah, Caracal, Lions, Leopards. There are 17 Antelope species. The Bird checklist is of 463 species recorded, including 56 Raptors, like Pygmy Falcon, Tawny Eagle, Secretary Bird, Vultures. Etc Kidepo Valley National Park Activities Attractions: A number of Game Drive loops direct visitors to Wildlife viewing locations in the Narus Valley in the South West of the Park, Karamajong cultural visits, hill climbing and nature walks.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Kibale National Park (KNP) Located about 350km west of Kampala (about 4.5hour drive). Kibale National Park 766km forms a contiguous block with Queen Elizabeth National Park, on an altitude of 1.100 to 1.590 meters above sea level. The Tropical Rainforest dominates the vegetation. Kibale National Park Species. At least 60 mammal species are present, including Elephants, Buffaloes, Hippos, Warthog, and Bush pigs, Kibale is well known for Primates, with 13 different species. Particularly, it hosts a large population of Chimpanzees, also there are Vervet, Red‐tailed, Honest and Blue Monkeys, Red Colobus, Black and White Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, olive Baboons. The Bird list records 335 species, of which four are only found here (Nahan's Francolin, Cassin's Spinetail, Blue‐headed Bee Eater and Masked Apalis). Furthermore, more than 250 species of tree have been recorded. Kibale National Park Activities and Attractions: The main attraction of the Park is the "Chimpanzee Trekking" from Kanyanchu gate. The second main activity is Bird Watching at Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, at Bigodi, a trading centre just outside the Park's boundary; the activity consists of a Guided Walk through the Magombe Swamp, with the possibility of seeing among others the great Blue Turaco and the Papyrus Gonolek. Nature Walks are open in the Park, to see Primates, Birds, and Reptiles, Medicinal plants.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Jinja ‘the adventure capital of Uganda’ Jinja is the industrial and tourist heart beat of Uganda with an attractively lush location on the northern shores of lake Victoria above the Ripon falls identified by Speke in 1862 as the source of the Nile but submerged following the construction of the Owen falls dam. The adventure capital is known for the source of the Nile Africa’s longest river, the seat of the Busoga Kingdom, numerous hotels and resorts, the Nile high bang jumping, white water rafting, Bujagali falls, Bujagali shrine, art centres, plantations and industries. Activities during the tour expect to visit Mabira forest for forest walk, Ssezibwa Falls and plantations for those interested in agritourism as stopovers. In Jinja you will visit Endowoza Art center, scenic view of Bujagali falls and the source of the Nile, Nile riverboat ride, birding. Other option activities will include horse riding, Kayaking, Bungee jumping, white water rafting, quad biking, cycling and mountain biking.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Wellcome to The Pearl of Africa Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo +Tailor made and flexible tours across the Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo with a dedicated guides drivers who knows the best places to visit and stay
Wellcome to Uganda , The Pearl of Africa Tailor made and flexible tours across the Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo with a dedicated guides drivers who knows the best places to visit and stay. Visit Uganda and Rwanda top tourist attractions with the comfort and experience of Kisoro Tours Uganda dedicated team of experts, always ready and willing to take you an extra mile. Guaranteed Flexible Group Departure tours In order for us to be competitive in the market given the current status of the economy, we came up with special group programs with the best low rates ever, These trips will still run at the same price even if there are only 2 people on safari and clients can also have the luxury of their own dates of travel. Choose from either saloon cars, 4x4’s Mini buses and Landcruisers depending on you destination or size of group. GORILLA TRACKING: BWINDI IMPENTRABLE NATIONAL PARK 3days 2nights A day to remember in life time: trekking the Mountain Gorillas Day 1 cross the Equator, pass villages bananas and tea plantations to Bwindi (9 hours) Day 2 The day has come: briefing early morning then trek the Gorillas Day 3 Say bye to the spectacular rainforest head back Kampala Tariffs: $ 1350pp for 3days, $1540pp for 4days $1790pp for 5days (minimum 2people) QUEEN ELIZABETH NATION PARK 3days/2nights A great weekend popular safari Day 1 Cross the Equator, lunch en route, great rift valley, enjoy on evening game drive Day 2 Early morning game drive and afternoon fabulous boat cruise to see hippos, birds, sundowner Day 3 Track Chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge. Drive back to Kampala Tariffs: $630pp for 3days, 995 for 4days (minimum 2people) MURCHISION FALLS NATIONAL PARK Ugandan most popular safari Day 1 Scenic drive to Murchison Falls with a visit to Zziwa Rhino sanctuary, lunch break in Masindi Town Day 2 Scenic game drive in morning, Enjoy a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile, up stream to the base of the Falls, hike to the top of the Falls to see the rainbow created by water plunging 40meters through a 7-meterconyon Day 3 Return to Kampala with excellent bird watching and primates galore at pabidi forest Tariffs,$493pp for 2days $765pp for 3day $985pp for 4days (minimum 2people) KIBALE NATIONAL PARK A home to 13 types of primates: Chimpanzee Tracking Day 1 Start from Kampala, the landscape is packed with beautiful crater lakes with tea plantation and tropic forest of Kibale National park. Day 2 Early morning briefing then track Chips, Kibale forest is a home to 13 types primates including Chimpanzee and Red Colobus and 355 bird species. Day 3 Drive back to Kampala through beautiful landscape with stopover for lunch in Mubende Town Tariffs: $497pp for 2day, $782pp for 3day (minimum 2people) LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK Game Viewing and Horseback safaris Day 1 Depart by road to Lake Mburo National Park (the drive will take approximately 3-4 hours). You will have a stopover to look at and stand at the Equator for a photographic opportunity and also listen to some few interesting facts. Continue to Lake Mburo National Park, After checking in at your accommodation and having lunch, you will take a late afternoon boat trip or a dugout canoe. Day 2 Take an early morning game drive through the park in search of plain game like zebra, hippos, crocodiles, eland, antelope, impala and a variety of birds. You will return to your accommodation for breakfast after go for Horseback safari Day 3 In the morning after breakfast it’s the park exploration there after we will travel back to Kampala and have lunch there. Meet The Local People Meet the local people and spend days with them, have a meal together, visit a schools or a typical African Church Ceremony, or visit one of the projects. Kisoro Tours Uganda supports the local people and we encourage our clients to visit some of our community programs and give them support. Kisoro Tours Uganda donates $5per client to our community Programs Kisoro Tours Uganda Community Best Tourism Kisoro Tours Uganda is working together with Beekeeping projects, coffee farmers, Community local primary schools, Vocational Training Project and Community Based Tourism. This unique combination gives the opportunity to meet the local people of Uganda and visit local tribes. It’s not a treasure to see Uganda without meeting the local people, so shape your safari with local people! ASK ABOUT OTHER DAY TRIPS Kampala city tour Entebbe full day tour Jinja/Source of the Nile full day tour Fishing, Birding and Horse Riding full day Golfing and Tennis White Water Rafting full day tour Ssesse Island tour Bungee Jumping Equator with Mabamba full day tour Ngamba Island full day tour Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary full day tour LONGER TOUR SUGGESTIONS 3 days Ssesse Island Explore 4 days Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National park 4 days Gorilla and Chimp Tracking in Rwanda 5 days Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari 7 days Uganda wildlife and Chimp Tracking Safari 10 Days Ruwenzori Mountain hiking 10 Day Uganda Birding Safari Bird Watching in Uganda 12 Day Uganda Primate and Wildlife Safari 14 Days Bird Watching and Primate Safari in Uganda 14 Days Uganda Purely Primate and Gorilla Tracking in Uganda 17 Days Discover Uganda RWANDA Safaris Rwanda is landlocked Country in Central Africa also known as the land of a thousand hills. 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 Capricon , 880 miles as the crow flies west of the Indian Ocean and 1,250 miles east of the Atlantic Ocean literally in the heat of Africa Rwanda with a land area of 26,33km2,is bordered by Uganda to the North, Tanzania to the East Burundi to the South and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West. TOUR SUGGESTIONS IN RWANDA 3 days Gorilla Tracking tour 3 Days Rwanda Chimp Tracking Safaris 4 Days Gorilla and Chimp Tracking in Rwanda 4 Days Gorillas and Golden Monkey Tracking in Rwanda 7 Days Rwanda Chimps and Gorillas 10 Day Experience in Rwanda Tour
Friday, July 17, 2015
3 Day Gorilla Safari +Golden Monkey Tracking Rwanda, Price Budget, Mind Range and Luxury 3 Days Rwanda Safari, Gorilla Tracking On your 3 day Gorilla safari in Rwanda, you will be delighted to visit Volcanoes National Park. Parc National des Volcans has an amazing tourism view; you actually enjoy nature at its best. As you adventure with the gorillas, trekking will be done in the volcanoes adjacent to the border of Rwanda along with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hiking through the lush rainforest in search for gorillas will be existing. Visit Rwanda for an adventurous safari. Day 1: Kigali City tour and transfer to Volcanoes National park. From Kanombe airport in Kigali, you will be welcomed by our own guide who will gladly take you for a city tour. On arrival, you will be mesmerized by the natural beauty of Rwanda the land of thousands hills. It’s such a clean city with hospitable people who will be warmly happy to receive you. The first spot that tourists visit when on a city tour in Rwanda is the genocide memorial museum; it has information about how this war started. You continue visiting the national museum and other attractive sites in the city. You will enjoy an adventurous drive through the terraced hills as you access the Volcanoes National Park. It’s a famous home for the great mountain gorillas. Our Accommodation ranges from luxury, moderate as well as budget, whichever you decide to choose, you will enjoy a comfortable stay in the wilderness. Dinner and overnight. Luxury Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Moderate Accommodation: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge Budget Accommodation: Muhabura Hotel/Kinigi Guest House Day 2: Gorilla tracking and afternoon Nature walk/Cultural walk. Have a lovely breakfast in the morning and proceed to the headquarters for briefing about the gorillas and meeting the park rangers. The experience is exhilarating as you get ready to hike through the jungle in search for the gorillas. Some level of physical fitness is required as you head out to track the gorillas; this is because you ought climb the hills in order to catch a glance at them. The experience is tiresome but amazing when you confront the great mountain gorillas. You will see them in groups as they do their daily routine work, mothers feeding their young ones, playing, feeding and some resting. The local people will be happy to entertain you and get more information about their lives. After a wonderful evening, you return to your lodge for dinner and rest. Luxury Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Moderate Accommodation: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge Budget Accommodation: Muhabura Hotel/Kinigi Guest House Day 3: Golden Monkey tracking and transfer back to Kigali. Have breakfast early morning and proceed for golden monkey tracking, this is another existing moment. Prior to meeting the golden monkeys, you will see other primates, fauna and flora. Finally get face to face with the beautiful golden monkeys. You will see them play as they jump from one branch of tree to the other; all this will be amazing and memorable for your safari. Drive back to Kigali and if you still have time, you can visit some craft shops and buy for yourself a souvenir. Continue to the airport for your flight and say farewell to Rwanda. COST PER PERSON SHARING Budget USD, 1345 per person Midrange USD, 1455 per person Luxury USD, 1571 per person
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Exploring DR Congo with Kisoro Tours Uganda Rich in natural resources and staggering beauty, the Congo’s recent history has been a long and tragic struggle that in many ways can be traced back to that first exploratory river journey made by Stanley back in 1874. Known as Zaire until 1997, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is Africa’s third largest country. The country had been the private kingdom of the Belgium King Leopold II for over 20 years, before pressure from other European powers, in particular Great Britain, forced the Belgian parliament to declare the territory a Belgium colony in 1908. European involvement in the Congo was largely one of brutality and exploitation and in 1960 a growing nationalist movement under Patrice Lumumba gained independence, paving the way for what many hoped would be a democratic future for the old Belgian colony. Independence however was followed by internal struggle and civil unrest, until a 1965 coup saw Mobuto Sese Seko seize power. Decades of corruption and political repression then saw Mobuto himself overthrown in 1997, but only for the Congolese to see their country enter a protracted conflict involving neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda. Today the Congo still has plenty of problems. However there are areas, particularly running along the banks and tributaries of the mighty Mountain Gorillas, Lowland Gorillas, face the active lava of Nyiragongo, Congo River to mention few that offer the adventurous traveller some true off-the-beaten-track encounters. As usual Kisoro Tours Uganda are trail-blazing hot these new routes.
Monday, July 13, 2015
MOUNTIAN GORILLA GUIDELINES WHILE TRACKING GORILLAS IN UGANDA Rules and guidelines while tracking mountain gorillas have been carefully developed to try to protect the mountain gorillas’ health and safety. As mentioned previous, Gorillas are extremely susceptible to human diseases and infections, and become stressed if too many visitors arrive or approach too closely. Remember that they are wild individuals, and very protective of their young. To remain healthy and survive these apes need to be undisturbed by visitors, and allowed to eat, rest and socialize with their own species. If a tourist is ill, the park Staff have the right to refuse a visit to gorillas. WHY: To protect the great Apes from contracting an illness or disease. Only one visit is allowed per day and the number of tourists is limited to eight per group. WHY: To minimize behavioural disturbance, stress and possible risk of infection,Visitors must be at least fifteen years old. WHY: To minimize risk of exposing Gorillas to childhood diseases (e.g. Mumps, Chickenpox Measles) and cold or Flu viruses. The time spent with great Apes is limited to one hour. WHY: To minimize behavioural disturbance, stress and possible risk of infection,Flash photographic is not permitted. WHY: It can upset or frighten Gorillas and may provoke an aggressive reaction or charge. All visitors must remain at least seven meters away from Gorillas at times. If the great apes approach to two or three meters (as curious juveniles sometimes do), then visitors should slowly retreat back to five meters. If this is not possible, then the visitors will be asked to remain where they are. The guide’s instructions should be followed at all times. Keep your backpack and other items in places where young Gorillas can’t approach and investigate them. WHY: To minimize disease transmission, stress and behavioural disturbance, to reduce the chance of possible future aggression towards tourists; and to prevent the Gorillas becoming too habituated to humans. Tourists should remain in a tight group, without spreading out or surrounding the great apes. WHY: This allows the apes plenty of room to move where they want to, without felling threatened (which may provoke a charge). Where possible, visitors should sit or crouch whilst watching the Gorillas. WHY: It can be very intimidating or threatening to Gorillas if you stand taller than they are, and stare. Standing biped ally is part of the great apes’ threat or aggressive displays. Body language is important , and visitors should not raise hands or arms, or point, nor stare at them. WHY: To gorillas there behaviours are signs of threat or aggression. Visitors should not clear vegetation close to Gorillas so that they get a better view. WHY: This can disturb or frighten the Gorillas. The guides will clear away vegetation, if it is possible and necessary If a silverback gorilla beat his chest, displays or charges at you, do not run away. Tourist guides are asked to stop tourists from moving or running. WHY: Although a charge may be frightening, the safest thing to do is remain quietly where you are. Eating, drinking and smoking are not permitted near the Gorillas, nor within 200 meters of them. WHY: The behaviours could distract them and cause problems if they approach out of curiosity. Food and other remains can be a source of infection. Visitors should be as quiet as possible, and whisper. If bitten by Safari ants or struck by stinging nettle, do not scream. WHY: To minimize behavioural disturbance and avoid frightening and avoid frightening gorillas. Newly habituated gorillas may be afraid to come anywhere near noisy tourists, and if gorillas are already present, they may leave. If you, the tourist, need to sneeze or cough, turn away from the great apes and try to cover your nose and mouth. WHY: To minimize the spread of airborne bacteria or viruses that you might unknowingly be carrying. All faucal materials must be buried. A machete may be borrowed from guides, a thirty centimetre (ten inch) hole dug and then the hole filled. WHY: Fasces can be highly infectious to great apes and other animals.All rubbish must be removed from the park, and visitors are asked to be particularly careful not to drop small items, such as, film boxes / canisters, tissues or handkerchiefs. WHY: Apart from being unsightly, rubbish can interest animals, can cause problems if swallowed, and can be a source of germ or disease transmission.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Face the active lava of Nyiragongo (3 days / 2 nights) Day 1 Arrival at Kigali International Airport and transfer to Goma –Congo on a smooth road through the beautiful hilly Rwanda’s countryside. Overnight: Goma. Day 2 Breakfast followed by the transfer to Virunga national park office for the briefing and start ascending the active volcano. Hiking will take 3 or 4 hours depending on your fitness. Overnight: Tents on the top of the volcano. Day 3 Descend the volcano after your morning tea and arrive Goma town for lunch, Afternoon transfer to Kigali-Rwanda for your onward flight.
Friday, July 10, 2015
5 DAY UGANDA GORILLA AND WHITE WATER RAFTING. (BUDGET SAFARI) Day 1:Entebbe\Kampala to Jinja. You will be picked up by our guide who will drive you to Jinja for the magnificent Uganda adventure experience. On your way have a stopover at the Sezibwa falls-the cultural site well known for its spectacular falls. According to the local beliefs the river is known to have been born by humans. Visit the Mabira Forest, the largest remaining tropical rain forest in Central Uganda and then proceed to Jinja. After lunch , you will have a brief drive through the historical Jinja town, explore the source of the Nile by taking a boat ride to the source of the Nile, go for souvenir shopping from the gift shops. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lodges: 2 friends Guesthouse\Sunset Guesthouse. Drive time: 2hours. Day 2: Rafting and Transfer back to Kampala. After breakfast, go for a full day adventure of white water rafting. Enjoy the most thrilling white water rafting at different grade stages in the morning. The white water rafting begins at the Source of the Nile with a comprehensive briefing and the fitting of lifejackets and helmets. The rafting is done on an 18 kilometer stretch of the Nile River. The first few rapids are low grade (1,2) and gives you a sense of confidence. As the river meanders through beautiful scenery, the rafts are guided into the mighty challenges of the best “grade 5” rapids on the Nile. Eight major rapids are rafted plus lower graded runs to maximize the adrenaline rush of this adventure. Return to Kampala\ Entebbe reaching late evening for overnight. Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch. Lodge: Airport Guest House\African Roots Guest House. Drive time: 2hours. Day3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. After early breakfast, you will depart from Entebbe\Kampala by road and head south-West to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Have a stopover for some informative talk and photographic opportunity and some experiment at the Equator and then continue to Mbarara for Lunch. Travel through the rolling green hills of Banana and Tea plantations and head to the National Park. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodge: Buhoma community Rest camp Drive time: 9-10 hours. Day 04: Gorilla Trekking Early morning, breakfast with your packed lunch, you will report to the Park headquarters for registration and join other trackers in a briefing about the dos and the don’ts during your Gorilla Tracking at 7:45 am. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you half an hour to three quarters of the day. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. It is an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered Creatures. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodge: Buhoma community Rest camp Day 05: Transfer back to Kampala\Entebbe. After an early morning breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala\ Entebbe International Airport for your flight out late in the evening. Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch. Lodge: Airport Guest House\African Roots Guest House. Drive time 9-10hours.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
BWINDI GORILLA TREK 9DAYS GORILLA AND WILDLIFE GROUP TOUR Day one: Arrivel for your gorilla trekking tour We pick you up from Entebbe International Airport upon arrival, meet and greet with your guide who will advise you on changing some money as you need some local currency. He will help you carry your luggage to the vehicle and then drive for approximately 30 minutes to your accommodation at Central Inn Entebbe. This night is booked on bed and breakfast due arrival time. Should you arrive early, take an optional visit to Botanical Gardens, Uganda Wildlife Education Center or Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary located approximately 23 km in Lake Victoria. This Island is home to orphaned chimpanzee that have been rescued from animal traffickers and are un able go back to their natural habitats and are thus kept on this Island. You visit will help save these close cousins of ours. Overnight at Entebbe Central Inn on Bed and Breakfast. Day Two: Kibale Forest National Park Our journeys starts with an early breakfast at the guest house. We drive through Entebbe to Kampala, sometimes you might encounter traffic jam as this is rush rush hour. From Entebbe to Kampala, the journey takes you through suburbs of Uganda and you get to see the real lifestyle of Ugandans. After you have beaten this traffic jam, you will drive to western Uganda through Mityana, Masindi and some other several small towns to reach Fort Portal town. The journey is punctuated with great sightseeing, tea plantations, changes in vegetation, and rolling hills. This drive is approximately 5-6 hours and you may take with you packed lunch or have it in Fortportal town. This night will be spent at Mountain of the Moon and all meals are included-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Day Three: Chimpanze Trekking and Wetland Walk This day is for exploring one of the best places to view primates in Uganda. After breakfast, we will drive for approximately 30 km to Kibale Forest National Park headquarters in time for briefing. You will join other trekkers for briefing conducted by Uganda Wildlife Authority guide. He/she will take you through a session that will introduce you to types and species of birds, primates, insects, plants and other attractions in this forest that harbors over 1000 chimpanzees, and other 11 species of primates. He will also take you through the dos and don’ts while with chimpanzees. With your walking stick, you will start your walk to the forest and once you encounter chimpanzee, you will be allowed one hour of viewing and photography. Chimpanzees live in communities of about 150 individuals which then separate into parties during day. Each party is trekked by a maximum of 6 people. After your chimpanzee tracking, we will go for a lunch break and then proceed to Bigodi wetland for a walk. All our itineraries emphasize walking and visiting community projects around protected areas. This walk not only enables you contribute to community development but it also enables you view several bird species and other primate species that you could have missed in Kibale forest Nationap Park. We will then drive back to mountains of the moon for Dinner and overnight. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. Day Four: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park We will have break at leisure and then drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This drive is punctuated with great site seeing as from Fort Port to Kasese, you enjoy great views of Mountain Rwenzori ranges all the way through. Chances of viewing the snow capes are slim but you will view the ranges. This drive takes you through small towns, farms located on the rift valley floor, crossing several rivers that originate from the melting snow on top of mountain Rwenzori. After Kasese, you drive past the Equator and then to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This distance of approximately 140 km is driven in 3-4 hours. As part of our community campaign, this day will be spent in Katwe where you will visit Katwe salt lake and mines to observe how the local communities are exploiting resources within the National Park for their survival. This community visit is conducted by one of the resident community guide who explains how salt is mined how all proceeds are geared towards community development. Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the few conservation areas where wildlife and human beings are co-existing in harmony. We will then drive to Bush Lodge or Similar for Dinner and overnight as lunch will be served en route. Day Five: Morning Game drive and evening boat cruise on Kazinga Channel Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second largest conservation area after Murchison Falls National Park and thus a game drive to the grasslands of Kasenyi is rewarding. Depending on the luck of the day, you may have an opportunity to view cats hunting, buffaloes, elephants, hippos, among others. After your game drive, you will drive back to your lodge for breakfast and some relaxation. After lunch, you will drive to Mweya Peninsula which is the starting point for a two hour boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. Kazinga channel boat is the highlight of all activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park and boasts of over 600 species of birds and has the highest concentration of hippos in the whole world. An informative talk from your guide is truly rewarding. Photography of wildlife is excellent as chances of viewing wildlife on this channel is more higher compared to game drives in this part of the National Park. Drive back to Bush Lodge or similar for Dinner and overnight. Day six: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park You may go for an optional chambura gorge walk this morning. Chimpanzee permits for Chambura are at USD50.00 per trek. We advice that this activity is organized on ground as this is a group tour. If there is no body interested in Chambura Gorge walk, then you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a journey that takes approximately 4-5 hours drive. Enjoy your lunch en route or at the Silver Back Lodge. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you prepare for your gorilla trekking exercise the next day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. Day Seven: Gorilla Trekking and community walk Today is the time for the long awaited gorilla trekking exercise. After breakfast and with your packed lunch, you will walk to the park headquarters of Bwindi. Approximately 720 mountain gorillas are remaining on this planet earth and half of these are resident in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park while the rest are in the Virunga Ranges which are shared between Uganda, Rwanda and the Republic of Congo so conservation of these endangered primates species is a responsibility of all of us. The Uganda Wildlife Authority guide will brief you on how to behave while you are with the gorillas. After briefing, you will head to your trail head depending on the gorilla permit you will be holding to start your trek into the forest. Gorilla trekking can be strenuous and thus requires a certain degree of fitness for you to enjoy this dream activity in the jungles of Africa. Once you encounter these rare species, you will spend one hour with them and there after you will walk or drive back to your lodge for dinner and overnight. Time allowing and if you return early from gorilla trekking, you will go for the famous Buhoma Village walk that starts from Buhoma Community Rest Bandas. This two hour walk takes you through the village of Buhoma where communitymembers are always glad to show case their way of Living, to take you to their medicinal man, banana and tea plantation and you will have a chance to visit the Batwa who once upon a time used to live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest before it was gazatted as a National Park. They will dance for you and tell you their forest stories and how they used to survive in the forest. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Silver Back Lodge. All meals included Day Eight: Transfer to lake Mburo National Park After your breakfast, we drive through the hilly Kigezi region to Mbarara town for a lunch and then to Mburo National Park. It is approximately 6-7 hours drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This small National Park is popularly known for having the only population of impalas in Uganda, and other wildlife which include Zebras, buffaloes, Uganda Kobs among others. We utilize Lake Mburo National Park not as a wildlife germ but as a stopover from the gorillas to break the long drive. You will enjoy an evening boat cruise on lake mburo which is a one of the very few down warped lakes in Uganda. You will then retire to Mantana Tented Camp for Dinner and overnight with all meals included. Day Nine: Drive to Entebbe International Airport After an en route morning game drive, we will drive back to Entebbe with stops at the Equator and then proceed to the Airport for check in depending on your flight out details. Breakfast and Lunch is included. The drive time is approximately 5-6 hours. End of service PRICE PER PERSON IN A GIVEN GROUP PRICE PER PERSON IN A GROUP OF 2 PEOPLE USD2890.00 PRICE PER PERSON IN A GROUP OF 3 PEOPLE USD2520.00 PRICE PER PERSON IN A GROUP OF 4 PEOPLE USD2335.00 SINGLE ROOM SUPPLIMENT USD450.00 PRICE INCLUDES: Airport pick up and transfer on arrival and departure, transport in a 4x4 vehicle, Services of an English Speaking driver guide, Park Entry fees to Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Lake Mburo National Park, Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park, Two Game drives in Queen Eliazbeth National Park, Bigodi wetland walk and Buhoma Village walk, Drinking water in the vehicle. PRICE EXCLUDES: Air Tickets, Drinks outside the vehicle, tips and any expenses of personal nature, gorilla permits for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park each at USD600.00 per person per trek, Chimpanzee permit at Kibale National Park each at USD150.00 per person and Chambura Chimp and Gorge walk at USD50.00 per person, visits to UWEC and Ngamba Island.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
8 Days Uganda Wildlife & Chimp Trekking Safari Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Kampala One of our company representatives will pick you from the airport. Transfer to Kampala at a hotel of your choice for dinner and overnight. Day 2: Kampala –Murchison Falls National Park Depart Kampala early morning taking a panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle. Stop over at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Opened up in 1998, the Rhino fund aims at re introducing black and white Rhinos in to Uganda’s protected areas as well as educating the local communities on endangered Rhinos, poaching and environmental conservation. The Rhino trek takes 1-2 hours and you will get an opportunity of viewing them at close quarters. Have a lunch stop in Masindi and continue on to the top of the falls. Proceed to accommodation of your choice for dinner and overnight. Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park Early morning game drive to search for giraffes, lions, hart beasts, elephants, cape buffalo and many other mammals. Birds include the Black Chested Snake Eagle, Blue Napped Mousebirds, the Secretary bird, Swallow Tailed Bee-eaters and the Silver Headed Agama. After lunch, enjoy a boat ride on the placid Victoria Nile to the foot of the magnificent Murchison Falls where the Nile plunges through a narrow crevice . Disembark from your boat and take a 45 minutes hike to the gorge where the river explodes in to several cascades to form the falls. Dinner and overnight stay . Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park– Kibale Forest National park Take a scenic drive on to fort portal town, proceed to accommodation of your choice for dinner and overnight. Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National park This is a day of great expereince ; chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest. Early morning walk in Kibale Forest to track the habituated chimps. Watch the delightful apes as they squabble and play in trees. Have an early lunch at the lodge and drive through the foot hills of Rwenzori ranges on to Queen Elizabeth National park. Dinner and overnight stay at accommodation of your choice. Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National park Get up ready 6.30 for a morning game drive. The park’s diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Look out for buffaloes, lions, elephants and other wild life in their natural habitat. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast. After lunch go for the afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This is a home of a variety of water birds and on a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes and waterbucks can be sighted as they bathe and drink water at the water edge. Crocodiles are occasionally sighted along the channel banks. Dinner and overnight stay. Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Lake Mburo National Park Have an optional visit to Katwe salt lake. Take note of how salt is mined using traditional methods. Continue to Lake Mburo National Park with a stop over for lunch in Mbarara town and game driver in the evening game drive, diner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock Day 8 Lak Mburo National Park Early morning go for game drive and enjoy the rich biodiversity including large herds of zebra, impala, gigantic eland, topis and a variety of bird species. Return to your accommodation for breakfast after transfer to Kampala/Entebbe with an opportunity to a stop at Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee, End of Safari TYPE: Mid range Safari Ground price: $ 1439USD per person Price includes: • Accommodations and meals on Fullboard • All Ground Transport and Fuel • English speaking Driver Guide and his associated Expenses • Forest walk fees • Park entrance fees and ranger guides in National Parks • one Chimp permits per person based on availability • All government Taxes • Picnic Lunches in the Field • 4 bottles mineral water pp./day The price excludes: • International flights • Visa • Tips • Drinks • Personal travel insurance • Other activities of personal request e.g. laundry, phone calls, beverages, etc. • Money exchange loss
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) Bwindi Impenetrable 331kms is located in South Western Uganda, on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, on an altitude range from 1.160 meters to 2.607 meters. This is a real Tropical Rainforest, which is spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys. It is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse Forest in Africa. In the local language "bwindi" from "mubwindi" means "dark place", referring to the impenetrable nature for human beings of the Swamp located into the South East of the actual Park, that is according to the people’s local legends. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Species. There are about 11 species of Primates, including Chimpanzee, La-Honest, Red‐tailed and Blue Monkey, Black and White Colobus, Olive Baboon. Bwindi particularly is home to 360 Mountain Gorillas, approximately more than half of the total remaining world population of 700. There are 346 species of Birds recorded (Bwindi contains 90% of all Albertine Rift Endemics, difficult to see in any other place in East Africa) and 200 of Butterflies. Mammals count only 30(Buffaloes, Leopards, Elephants). There are 324-recorded species of trees. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Activities and Attractions: The main activity is "Gorilla Tracking” to the habituated families of Mountain Gorillas. Hiking trials are open to people to view Birds, Butterflies, Primates and Tree species along the Munyaga Waterfall, Rushura, River Ivi and Bamboo zone trials. Specially recommended for Bird watchers and enthusiast are the River Ivi and Mubwindi Swamp Nature Walks. Cultural walk to Buhoma community Village, traditional homesteads, the local healer, the banana brewing, handicrafts and a cultural performance.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Mountain Gorillas Information -Rwanda The most celebrated resident of Virunga Mountains is the Mountain gorilla, distinguished from other forms of gorilla by several adaptations to its high altitude home, most visibly a longer and more luxuriant coat. Approximately 300 mountain gorillas live in the Virungas, with their total range of 420km spread across three countries: Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC. Current estimates place Rwanda’s & DRC’s gorilla population at around 300 plus (being approximately 50%), about half of which move in two large groups of between 30 and 40 individuals, and the remainder in smaller groups of between five and 15 animals. While European biologists first described the lowland species of gorilla in the mid-18th century, the mountain gorilla was unknown to Western science until 1902, when two individuals were shot in the Virunga Mountains by Oscar van Beringe. The first detailed study of wild mountain gorilla behaviour was undertaken in the 1950s by George Schaller, whose pioneering work formed the starting point for the most recent and better-publicised study done by late Dian Fossey in Rwanda. Mountain gorillas are on the average bulkier than other species of gorilla, weighing up to 200kg, though the heaviest individual gorilla recorded is a 210kg Eastern Lowland gorilla measure in DRC (Zaire). Like other gorillas, they are highly sociable, moving in defined troops of anything from five to 50 animals. A troop typically consists of a silverback male [males back turns silver when he reaches sexual maturity at about 13 years old], his three or four “wives” and several young animals. Unusually for mammals, it is the male who forms the focal point of a troop; when he dies, the troop disintegrates. A silverback will start to acquire his harem at about 15 years of age, normally by attracting a young sexually mature female from another troop. He may continue to lead a troop well into his forties. Female gorillas reach sexual maturity at the age of eight, after which they often move between troops several times. However, once a female has successfully given birth, she will normally stay with the same silverback until he dies, and she will even help defend him against other males [if a male takes over a troop, he will kill any nursing infants which are not his, a strong motive for a female to help preserve the status quo]. A female gorilla has a gestation period similar to that of a human, and if she reaches old age she will typically have raised up to six of her offspring to sexual maturity. A female status within a troop is based on the length of time she has been with a silverback; the longest serving member of the harem is normally the alpha female. Mountain gorillas have a primary vegetation diet, and are known to eat 58different plant species. Gorillas also eat insects, with ants being a particularly popular protein supplement. A gorilla troop will spend most of its waking hours on the ground, but it will generally move into the trees at night, when each member of the troop builds itself a temporary nest. Gorillas are surprisingly sedentary creatures. Typically moving less then 1km in a day, which makes tracking them on a day-to-day basis relatively easy for experienced guides. A troop will generally move a long distance only after a stressful incident, for instance an aggressive encounter with another troop. Gorillas have few natural enemies and they often live for up to 50 years in the wild, but their long-term survival is critically threatened by poaching, deforestation and increased exposure to human-borne diseases. Unlike their lowland cousins, mountain gorillas have never been reared successfully in captivity. Dian Fossey’s “Gorillas in the Mist” is a good [see Further Reading] is a good starting point for anybody who wants to know more about mountain gorilla behaviour. Visiting the gorillas in Rwanda Mountain gorilla tracking in the Virungas is a peerless wildlife experience, and one of Africa’s indisputable travel highlights. It is difficult to describe the simple exhilaration attached to first setting eyes on a wild mountain gorilla. These are enormous animals: the silverbacks weigh about three times as much as the average man, and their bulk is exaggerated by a shaggily luxuriant coat. And yet despite their fearsome size and appearance, gorillas are remarkably peaceful creatures, certainly by comparison with most primates – gorilla tracking would be a considerably more dangerous pursuit if these gentle giants had the temperament of vervet monkeys, say, baboons [or for that matter, humans]. More impressive even then the gorilla’s size and bearing is their unfathomable attitude to their daily human visitors, which differs greatly from that of any other wild animal. Anthropomorphic as it might sound, almost everybody who visits the gorillas experience an almost mystical sense of recognition: we regularly had one of the gorillas break off from chomping on bamboo to study us, its soft brown eyes staring deeply into ours, as is seeking out some sort of connection. Equally fascinating is the extent to which the gorillas try to interact with their visitors, often approaching them, and occasionally touching one of the guides in apparent greeting as they walk past. A photographic tripod raised considerable curiosity with several of the youngsters and a couple of the adults – one large female walked up to the tripod, stared ponderously into the lens, then wondered back off evidently satisfied. It is almost as if the gorilla recognise their daily visitors as a troop of fellow mates, but one too passive to pose any threat – often a youngster would put on a chest- beating display as it walked past us, safe in the knowledge that we’d accept its dominance, something it would never do to an adult gorilla. It should be here that close contact humans can expose gorillas to fatal diseases, for which reason the guides try to keep the tourists at least five meters away – but the reality is that there is little anybody can do can stop the gorillas from flouting rules of which they are unaware.] The magical hour with the gorillas is relatively expensive and getting there – have no illusions – can be hard work. The hike up to the mountain gorillas’ preferred habitat of bamboo forest involves a combination of steep slopes, dense vegetation, slippery underfoot conditions after rain and high altitude. For all that, the more accessible gorilla groups can be visited by reasonable fit adults of any age, and in 15 years of African travel we have yet to meet anybody who has gone gorilla tracking and regretted the financial or physical expenses.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
3 DAY UGANDA GORILLA TRACKING-BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIANTION PARK This three day gorilla tour is ideal for those that have limited time but want to spend some time with the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. With this tour, you can as well fly to and from so as to reduce the drive time between Entebbe and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Day ONE: Bwindi Impenetrable National. Our guide will pick you at your doorstep after breakfast, then depart from Entebbe\Kampala by road and head south-West to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Have a stopover for some informative talk and photographic opportunity and some experiment at the Equator and then continue to Mbarara for Lunch. Travel through the rolling green hills of Banana and Tea plantations and head to the National Park. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodge:Buhoma community rest camp Drive time: 9-10 hours. Day Two: Gorilla Trekking Early morning, breakfast with your packed lunch, you will report to the Park headquarters for registration and join other trackers in a briefing about the dos and the don’ts during your Gorilla Tracking at 7:45 am. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you half an hour to three quarters of the day. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. It is an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered Creatures. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodge: Buhoma community rest camp Day Three: Departure After an early morning breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala\ Entebbe International Airport for your flight out late in the evening. End of your Safari. Includes: Meet & greet services, airport transfers to/from Entebbe airport, accommodation and meals on safari as above, bottled water on safari vehicle, services of driver/guide, all park entry fees and set activities on the itinerary. Excludes: Visas, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature. Gorilla permits USD600.00 each. Charter/Scheduled flights also optional extra. Plus all expenses of personal nature like tips, drinks etc.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS Parc National Des Volcans is one of the most fascinating parks in Rwanda; it’s often visited to track the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Apart from primates, PNV is a home to over 180 different bird species. Among these include Archer’s ground robin, red-faced woodland warbler, collared apalis, dusky crimson-wing, strange weaver, Ruwenzori batis, handsome francolin and Rwenzori turaco. PNV is situated in the north western part of Rwanda and it’s adjacent to Virunga Mountains in Congo as well as Mgahinga National Park. The park is surrounded by mosaic of montane ecosystems that involves the bamboo forest, open grassland, heath and swamps. The size of the park is approximately 130 sq km and altitude 2400m-4507m. Geologically, the park holds about five of the eight Virunga Mountains and these include Mt karisimbe being the highest peak at 4507, Mt Sabinyo, Gahinga, Muhabura and Bisoke .In 1925, It was occupied as the first national park in Africa. Apart from the mountain gorillas, the park is gifted with flora and fauna because of its diverse altitude ranges. The vegetation varies from hagenia woodland, Afro-Alpine moorland to grassland, marshy and bamboo forest. For gorilla tracking, it’s the best park to visit in Rwanda. It has 8 habituated gorilla groups and so the opportunity of seeing them is so high. Other activities done include golden monkey tracking, climbing Mt Bisoke and Karisimbi volcano, visit the twin lakes and caves, tour diane fossey grave and forest walks.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
WHAT TO WEAR AND TAKE WHILE TRACKING GORILLAS Whichever family group you visit, you may have to walk a long distance in steep, muddy conditions, possibly with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. Put on your sturdiest shoes. Ideally, wear thick trousers ad long sleeved top as to protect against vicious stinging nettles. It’s often cold when you set out, so start out with a sweatshirt or jersey [which also help protect against nettles]. The gorillas are thoroughly used to people, so it makes little difference whether you wear bright or muted colours. Whatever clothes you wear to go tracking are likely to get very dirty you slip and slither in the mud, so if you have pre- muddied clothes you might as well wear them. When you are grabbing for handholds in thorny vegetation, a pair of old gardening gloves are helpful. Carry as little as possible, ideally in a waterproof daypack of some sort. During the rainy season, a poncho or raincoat might be a worthy addition to you daypack, while sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a good idea at any time of year. You may well feel like a snack during a long hike, and should certainly carry enough drinking water – at least two litres. Bottled water is sold in locally at the accommodation facilities. Especially during the rainy season, make sure your camera gear is well protected – is your bag isn’t waterproof, seal your camera and films in a plastic bag. Binoculars are not necessary to see the gorillas. In the theory, bird watchers might like to carry binoculars, though in practice only the most dedicated are likely to make use of them – the trek up to the gorillas is normally very directed, and walking up the steep slopes and the thick vegetation tends to occupy one’s eye and mind. REGULATION AND PROTOCOL WHILE TRACKING GORILLAS Tourists are permitted to spend no longer than an hour with the gorilla, and it is forbidden to eat or smoke in their presence. It is also forbidden to approach within less then 5m of the gorillas, a rule that is difficult to enforce with curious youngsters [and some adults] who often approach human visitors. Gorillas are susceptible to many human diseases, and it has long been feared by researchers that one ill tourist might infect a gorilla, resulting in the possible death of the whole troop should they have no immunity to that disease. For this reason, you should not go gorilla tracking with a potentially airborne infection such as flu or a cold, and are asked to turn away from the gorillas should you need to sneeze in the presence. To the best of our knowledge, no tourist has ever been seriously hurt by habituated gorillas. An adult gorilla is much stronger than a person, and will act in accordance with is own social codes. Therefore it is vital that you listen to the your guide at all times regarding correct protocol in the presence of gorillas.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Chimpanzee Tour in Ngamba Island 1 DAY EXCURSION TO NGAMBA ISLAND Early morning breakfast we shall drive to Entebbe and take a boat ride 23km from Entebbe to Ngamba Islands and spend time with orphaned Chimps which were rescued from captivity and offered protection on the Island. We shall watch Chimps being fed. After lunch in the afternoon we shall proceed to Botanical gardens to see a variety of trees, plants and birds.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
There are two National Parks in Uganda where you can visit Mountain Gorillas – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mugahinga National Park.
Mountain Gorillas Information -Uganda There are two National Parks in Uganda where you can visit Mountain Gorillas – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mugahinga National Park. MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK Mgahinga Gorillas There is one family of habituated gorillas here the - Nyakagezi group. This group which was made up of 7 members fled to Rwanda but returned to Uganda in November 2012 with 2 additional members making a total of 9 members:4 Silver back, 2 Adult Females, 1 Juveniles,2 Infants / babies. After the return of the group, it is now open for tracking but confirmation about the presence of the gorillas has to be done with the UWA Kisoro office at least a night before tracking. This is because there territory includes DR Congo and Rwanda and at times move there for feeding. BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST The park is located in South-western Uganda, covering parts of Kanugu, Kisoro, and Kabale Districts. It is situated in a mountainous countryside, which, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary, constitutes an important water catchments area for many rivers, supplying the agricultural land of the surrounding region. This is the richest forest in Uganda, in terms of the number of plant species, as the area is one of the few large expanses of forest in East Africa where lowland and montane communities merge. The valley bottoms contain a dense ground cover of herbs, vines, and shrubs with only a few trees hence its name, the impenetrable forest. This is one of the richest faunal communities in East Africa. There exists about one half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. There are also several endangered species of birds with limited ranges. Gorilla tracking began on 1st April 1993. It is advisable to make reservations at least 3-6 months before your intended date of visit. There are three areas of gorilla trekking – Buhoma which is the most popular and frequently used site and has access to three habituated groups. Nkuringo which is at the far western end of the park and accessed from Kisoro side. Access for trekking here is more difficult with a long steep hill that can only be walked, not driven, for access. Ruhija which is about 1.5 - 2 hours drive from Buhoma area and in one of the highest altitude areas of the park. The groups are allowed 8 visitors per day for a period of up to one hour. NKURINGO GORILLAS Nkuringo Gorilla Family Family size 14 members The Nkuringo group was named after the Rukiga word for "round hill" and was launched in 2004. One of the most important reasons for their habituation were problems they created for the local communities by destroying crops and other products. By opening up the gorilla family for visitors, the community could directly benefit from tourism and it formed a protection for the gorillas as well. The family was led by the silverback Nkuringo who died in 2008, leaving behind 2 silverbacks in the group. In November 2008, the Nkuringo family expanded thanks to the special birth of a twin - Katungi and Muhozi - though Katungi unfortunately died at the age of 1.5 years. Currently, the group has 4 silverbacks, 2 black backs, 3 Adult females and 3 infants. RUSHAGA GORILLAS Nshongi Gorilla Family- Family size 7 Individuals. Located in Rushaga area on the Nkuringo side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Nshongi was the largest group ever habituated and was officially launched in September 2009. It was named after the river Nshongi, close to the place where the gorilla family was first seen. One remarkable fact is that the group is led by Nshongi, who is not even the oldest silverback in the family. Because of its huge size and the increasing number of silver backs, around mid 2012 the group which consisted of 18 members broke to form the Bweza group. The original Nshongi remained with 7 members only- 1 silver back, 4 black backs and 2 Adult females. Mishaya Gorilla Family- Family size 7 Individuals including 1 Silverback In July 2010, silverback Mishaya decided to leave the Nshongi group with some females and start his own family. He was able to gather more females from other groups in the area, reaching a total group size of 7 gorillas, including 1 silver back, 3 Adult females, 2 infants and 1 sub adult. Mishaya is the only adult in the group and is known for being a fighter who often starts interactions with other gorilla families. Kahungye Gorilla Family- Family size 18 individuals including 2 silverbacks Kahungye is named after the hill with the same name which is in the home range of this gorilla family. Since October 2011 the group became available for tourism. With 26 members that are very active and full of life, the family is lead by Silverback Gwigi, which means "door" in the local language. The whole group has 2 silver backs, 3 black backs, 4 Adult females, 1 sub adult, 3 Juveniles and 5 Infants. Busingye Gorilla Family. This is a break way family from Kahungye Gorilla Family. In early 2012, this family formed its own group. It is made up of 1 silverback, 4 Adult females, 1 Sub adult and 3 infants. Bweza gorilla Family. Around mid 2012, Bweza gorilla family broke way from the Nshongi gorilla family. It was easy for the UWA rangers to habituate the group since it broke away from a formerly habituated family. This was because of the huge size of the Nshongi group and the increasing number of silverbacks that were trying to struggle for power. It is made up of 1 silver back, 3 Adult females, 1 juvenile and 2 infants. BUHOMA GORILLAS At Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, there are three family groups – Habinyanja, Mubare and Rushegura groups. Mubare Gorilla Family This group consists of 7 individuals. The group has been the longest habituated at Bwindi and traditionally has been the favoured group to trek for viewing. However, in the last couple of years this group has quite often been quite far away from the start of the trekking point with many visitors walking up to 8 hours in order to view these magnificent animals. The group started with 12 family members, led by the dominant silverback Ruhondeza who unfortunately passed away in July 2012 after a vigorous fight with an unhabituated group of wild mountain Gorillas. Ruhondeza had the zeal of building a big family in that at one time, the group totalled to 18 individuals. Unluckily, due to fights with wild gorilla groups and loss of members, Mubare reduced to a family of 5 individuals and after the death of Ruhondeza, only 4 members remained. Fortunately, his successor has managed to grab more 3 members from a wild Gorilla family to make 7 members. Apparently, the group has 1 silverback, 1 black back, 1 adult female, 1 sub-adult, 3 infants. Habinyanja Gorilla Family This group consists of 19 individuals - 1Silverbacks, 5 Adult females, 4 sub- Adult, 3 Juveniles and 6 infants. This group is headed by a silverback named Rwatsigazi who was a dominant male in the original group and the adult females are led by the shrewd alpha female called Kisho. In history, the original Habinyanja group before separation had never ranged outside the Park. But after separation, Habinyanja A went outside the Park in Kasarabandwa DRC and was chased. This group derives its name from "Nyanja" which is the local word for 'body of water'. It refers to the swamp in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where the group was first sighted. Habinyanja is a fascinating family with a lot of drama and commotion. Rushegura Gorilla Family This group consists of 16 individuals - 1 Silverback, 3 Adult Females, 2 Blackback, 4 Juveniles, 5 Infants and 1 Sub adult. This group is headed by the silverback named Mwirima, who was not a dominant male in the original Habinyanja group. Two of the juveniles have just turned into Black backs. This group has good reproductive potential, with five adult females been observed mating several times. RUHIJA GORILLAS Bitukura Gorilla Family This group consists of 11 individuals, 4 silverbacks, 1 sub-adult, 3 females, 1 Black-backs, 2 juveniles and 1 infant. The Bitukura group was named after a river where the family members were first sighted. The habituation that started in July 2007 was a relatively easy process as the gorillas were already frequently encountered by the UWA rangers. Although the habituation process normally takes a minimum of two years, this group could already be visited by tourists within 15 months after the start. Bitukura is a peaceful family including 4 silverbacks and some playful juveniles. They share a close bond and often have 'group meetings' or get-togethers. The family can be found in the Ruhija area which is about a one and a half hours drive from Buhoma. Oruzogo Gorilla Family This group consists of 22 individuals with 1 dominant silverback The Oruzogo group is one of the newest gorilla families that opened up for tourism in Bwindi National Park. This family is situated between Buhoma and Ruhija and is lead by the dominant Silverback Tibirikwata. The group consists of 22 individuals including two babies that were recently born. This family is located in Ruhija which approximately two and half hours drive from Buhoma.The entire group is made up of 1 silverback, 6 black backs, 5 Adult females, 6 juveniles and 4 infants visit us on www.kisorotouruganda.com for details
Sunday, June 7, 2015
9 Days Uganda Gorillas, Chimpanzees & Wildlife Safari Day 1: Arriving in Entebbe Arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by your guide Dan and transferred to Protea hotel in Entebbe Day 2: Entebbe to Lake Mburo National park Drive south westwards and stop at the equator for photographs and souvenirs, Drive by local communities and the rolling plains of Ankole, Continue on to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in time for Lunch and an afternoon boat ride. Overnight stay at accommodation at Rwakobo Rock Lodge. Day 3 Lake Mburo - Queen Elizabeth National Park Get up ready for an early morning game drive. The park’s diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Look out for buffaloes, lions, elephants and other wild life in their natural habitat. Return to the lodge and relax, lunch, diner and overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge Day 4 Chimpanzee Tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park This is a day of great expereince ; chimpanzee trekking in kyambura gorge Forest. Early morning walk in Kyambura Forest to track the habituated chimps. Watch the delightful apes as they squabble and play in trees. Have lunch at Mweya safari lodge, After lunch go for the afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This is a home of a variety of water birds and on a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes and waterbucks can be sighted as they bathe and drink water at the water edge. Crocodiles are occasionally sighted along the channel banks. Dinner and overnight stay at Kyambura gorge lodge. Day 5: Ishasha sector Queen Elizabeth National Park Drive to Ishisha, afternoon game drive for tree climbing lions of Ishasha. Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Lodge Day 6 Ishasha - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park We shall drive through the country side passing through traditional home stead and farms, in the afternoon we shall go for a 3 hour village walk. Take note of the livelihoods of the local communities, visit a traditional herbalist, black smith and a local brewery to see how beer is brewed using local methods. Enjoy the traditional dances offered by the community. If we have time, we can visit Bwindi hospital and see how we can help the local community. Dinner and Overnight at Gorilla Safari Camp. Day 7 - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Enter the forest at dawn and enjoy the beauty and freshness of the forest, home to more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas. After a short briefing by the guides, proceed through the dense bush to trek for these endangered animals depending on where they built their nest the previous night. For conservation purposes, time allowed with the Gorillas is 1 hour. Observe the gentle giants as they feed and play. Day 8 Bwindi to Entebbe, Entebbe – Jinja Flight to Entebbe, lunch in Entebbe, transfer to Jinja diner and overnight at Jinja Nile Resort. Day 9 Jinja ‘the adventure capital of Uganda’ Take a boat ride on the Source of the Nile Jinja is the industrial and tourist heart beat of Uganda with an attractively lush location on the northern shores of lake Victoria above the Ripon falls identified by Speke in 1862 as the source of the Nile but submerged following the construction of the Owen falls dam. The adventure capital is known for the source of the Nile Africa’s longest river, the seat of the Busoga Kingdom, numerous hotels and resorts, the Nile high bang jumping, white water rafting, Bujagali falls, Bujagali shrine, art centres, plantations and industries End of the Safari Please note that this is a guideline program that maybe customized according to travellers’ needs and preferences. The variations are normally made to improve the tour and your experience. 9days Uganda safari quotations Tour price USD 4066$ per person What is Included in tour price Ground transportation an exclusive 4x4 safari Land cruiser One way flight to Bwindi (landing in Kihihi town) Services of full time an experienced English speaking driver / guide Bottled water through the safari 01 nature walk per person Fuel for the hole trip 01 Gorilla permit per person 01 Chimps permit per person in kyambura gorge All Park entry fees 01 Boat trip on Kazinga channel, lake Mburo and on source of Nile Meals as indicated (full Board) Accommodations as mentioned in the itinerary. What is Excluded Airfare to and from Uganda Visa to and from Uganda All optional Activities Porters when going for Gorilla tracking All personal interest NOT mentioned in the itinerary Airport tax Travel / Medical / Baggage insurance All beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) Any activity, meal or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary Tips to your guide and porters Telephone bills Souvenirs, items of a personal nature Notes on Gorilla tracking - Gorilla trekking is a strenuous activity and one should be fit to enjoy this tour. - Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years. - Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track. - While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed. - Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour. We strongly recommend the following: - Rain poncho (lightweight) - Long-sleeved shirt - Waterproof trousers - Sturdy hiking boots - Leather gardening -type gloves - Sunscreen, - Insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by you either from your home town or Kampala. - Still Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring batteries and film from your home town visit us on WWW.kisorotoursuganda.com for more details
Friday, June 5, 2015
MOUNTIAN GORILLA HABITUATION IN UGANDA Uganda and Rwanda in particular have several mountain gorilla families habituated for purposes of tourism and research. The process of mountain gorilla habituation can take from two to three years to be completed. Habituation in Uganda is done by a group of researchers, who operated under the department of Research and monitoring which is under Uganda Wildlife Authority The exercise involves visiting a selected family of wild gorillas every day until it gets used to these researchers. With time, all gorilla individuals are identified in terms of their sex, age and later given names. Once researchers are confident enough that these gorillas can be visited by tourists, they conduct a mock exercise/trips for six to eight months. Once this is successful, then the habituated family is opened for tourism. Since 1993, about 12 gorilla groups and families have been habituated for tourism and research and of these are Mubare Gorilla group which was habituated and opened for tourism in the same year. Mubare became the first gorilla group to be trekked by tourists which later paved way to other families for habituation. In Buhoma region, two more families were added on to Mubare and these are Rushegura which in most cases is closer to the Park head Quarters and then Habinyanja gorillas group. In the nearby eastern region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, three gorilla families are now habituated and they include Bitukura group, Oruzogo and then Kyaguriro which is meant for research. In the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there has been lots of dynamics where the few habituated gorilla families have split up to give to new families. In total, Rushaga region has Nshongi, Mishaya, Busingye, Kahungye and Bweza while in Nkuringo, we do have One habituated gorilla family in the names of Nkuringo group. In the Virunga Ranges that are shared between Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo, over 14 gorillas families have been habituated with one gorilla family called Nyakagezi located in Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park, about 10 or so gorilla groups located in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda where most of these gorillas are spread in popular volcanic mountains which include Mgahinga, Muhavura, Sabimyo, Karusimbi and Bisoke among others. The other families habituated for tourism are in Democratic republic of Congo in the extensive Virunga National Park. Gorilla trekking in Virunga National park is on and off because of the political instabilities that are a characteristic of the eastern part of this vast country.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Safari Car Hire and Leases in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo We offer car hire for both corporate and personal needs. We also provide on time airport transport, long distance drives, co-operate services for staff and school picks and drops. Our vehicles range from saloon cars, four-wheel drive such as Land Rovers, minibuses, and vans. Our fleets are in good mechanical condition, highly experienced drivers and comprehensively insured. Below is our competitive Car hire rates and their specification and kindly note that these rates are friendly and negotiable depending on the length of the contract whether it’s a town service or upcountry:> Vehicle Make /Type $ (USD) Saloon Cars Toyota Corona /Corolla $60 per day Saloon (4×4) Rav4 $80 per day Four-Wheel Drive Double Cabin Station Wagons Pajeros $130 per day Safari Omni Buses (7 seater, 10 seater, & 12 seater) $140 per day Safari Coaster bus (25 seater & 28 seater) $200 per day Safari Land Cruisers 5 seater $180 per day Safari land Cruisers 7 seater $220 per day Safari Four Wheel Drive Super Custom $100 per day Airport Transfers $100 per day for more details please visit us on www.kisorotoursuganda.com
Monday, June 1, 2015
3 days Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari DAY 1: KAMPALA – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK Drive early morning towards the west and have a stopover at the equator for photographs, Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Have lunch en route. A game drive En route may be rewarded with views of Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and thousands of Antelope species. Budget Safari :Over night at Mweya hostel or Bush Lodge (BB) Luxury Safari: Over night at Mweya Safari Lodge or King Fisher lodge DAY 2: GAME VIEWING SAFARI – QUEEN ELIZABETH NP An early morning game drive in this park, provides excellent opportunities to see Lions, Leopards, Giant Forest Hogs, Cape Buffaloes, Elephants, Defassa Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Topi and Bush bucks and many more. After lunch, Enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Budget Safari: Over night at Mweya hostel or Bush Lodge (BB) Luxury Safari: Over night at Mweya Safari Lodge or King Fisher lodge DAY 3: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING – KYAMBURA GORGE After a very early breakfast we head for the Kyambura gorge for chimpanzee tracking and a variety of primates. Return to Kampala after the tracking. have lunch in mbarara, stopover at the equator for photographs and arrive in the city late evening. TYPE :Budget Safari USD $1210 per person if 2 people USD $1160 per person if 3 people USD $1110 per person if 4 people USD $1060 per person if 5 people USD $1010 per person if 6 people USD $960 per person if 7 people TYPE: Luxury Safari PRICE PER PERSON: USD $1938 per person if 2 people USD $1888 per person if 3 people USD $1838 per person if 4 people USD $1788 per person if 5 people USD $1738 per person if 6 people USD $1688 per person if 7 people Included in price: Park entrance 2 game drive Car (open roof,4wD) Fuel Full time English speaking Driver/guide Boat rides Chimp walk Game drives Accommodation mentioned above Bottled water If Luxury food is included Not included in tour: Drinks Gorilla permit (USD $600per person in Uganda If tracking in in Rwanda 750 per person Tips to the guides, porters All optional activities All personal interest Insurance : Clients should take care of the medical and travel insurance for more details please visit us on www.kisorotoursuganda.com