Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Uganda is known as Primate Capital Africa, and the best for its Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys Trekkings and other primates of Uganda
Gorillas of Uganda are not to be missed, the location of Bwindi and Mghinga makes it easy to add on your tour other activities including Canoeing on Lake Mutanda, Hiking Mt Mhabura, Volcano Climbing,Walking Safaris, Lake Bunyonyi, Gorge Walk of Mt Sabinyo, the Batwa Forest Trail with the original people of the forest the pygmies, Golden Monkey Tracking, game viewing in Ishasha for Tree Climbing Lions and Chimpanzee Tracking at Karizu Foresta nd Kyambura Gorge or Kibale Forest National Park, 5 day Gorilla Chimpanzee Wildlife Tours that combines Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park with the Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha, Chimpanzees and Karinzu Forest or Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzees are closest relatives and there are about more than 5050 of them in Uganda and best known for Chimpanzees is Kibale Forest National Park jungle Opportunities to see chimpanzees combined with Mountain Gorillas of Uganda offers you more primate and wildlife safaris than any other East African country, you spending an hour with both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees of Uganda alone, are worth the trip to Africa; spend a day whole with Gorillas or chimpanzees by going for Habituation Experience. Golden Monkeys Trekking in Uganda golden monkey is rare and unique and like its great ape relatives-the mountain gorillas, golden monkeys can only be found Uganda, Rwanda and DR-Congo in the Virunga Volcanoes mountains, Golden Monkeys are sub-species of the blue monkey which are found in the bamboo forests of the Virunga Mountains. Golden Monkeys has never been established, yet researchers feel that they are in decline and in the protected areas are not on the increase like the Mountain Gorillas, tourists come to Uganda to see the region’s famous mountain gorillas and little is known about Golden Monkey Golden Monkey trekking permits costs |$100 but it offers a most enjoyable time to with these delightful creature, Like Chimpanzees and mountain gorillas
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
2 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari – Gorilla Safaris Congo 2 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari - Gorilla Safaris Congo. Go gorilla trekking in Congo on this safari 7 track the rare mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park.This Tour starts in Rwanda and it comes with different adventurous wonders. Below is the detailed itinerary of the tour;- Day 1: Transfer from Kigali Rwanda –Kisoro You will be picked up by our company safari driver/guide at the lodge after breakfast and then he transfer you to Kisoro at the Uganda-Rwanda boarder. You will pass through the rolling hills and beautiful scenery throughout passing via Ruhengeri Musanze district in the north western part of Rwanda and continue to Cyanika, after finalizing with the boarder arrangements we shall cross to Uganda then after continue to your accommodation, if you have energy you will go for adventurous activities like guided nature walk for opportunity y to view various species of birds, and plants, visit also Lake Mutanda the natural, beautiful-looking Lake surrounded by the volcanoes, walk around the shorelines to view various species of birds . Dinner and an overnight at Travelers Rest Hotel/Kisoro tourist hotel. Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park and departure This morning after breakfast, you will be driven to the Democratic Republic boarder (Bunagana) after clearing, cross to the park headquarters for a short briefing about the dos and don’ts while with gorillas. After a short briefing from the park wardens and being assigned to a gorilla family, you will follow the ranger guide to the Virunga forest to begin the activity possibly the most interesting activities done at the park. You are reminded to go with tracking gears like study pairs of walking shoes/boots, meeting these giants may go from 1-8 hours depending on their movement so a reasonable degree of fitness is needed. Tacking may be herd as it involve tracking through the forest, hills and swamps ,however ounce you come face to face with these giant apes is worth the effort and you are strictly allowed only one hour with these apes while studying and observing their behaviors as well as taking as many photos as you can. In the process of tracking mountain gorillas, you will come across several other primate species like the golden monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, giant forest hogs and many bird species among others. After the activity, return back to Kisoro and later continue to Kigali or at the airport to meet your departure flight back home. End of a safari
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Fishing on Lake Victoria With Kisoro Tours Uganda Uganda is also privileged to have Lake Victoria which is the largest flesh water lake in Africa. With this magnificent lake at our disposal, so many activities can be done on this lake. This include relaxing on several beaches, involving your self in half or full day fishing activities. You can as well go for sun set cruises, wine and cheese plus boat cruises to the Equator. You can as well take a boat or ferry to the nearby islands such as Ssese Islands, Bulago Island and Ngamba Island for chimpanzee viewing. Ngamba island is home to several orphaned chimps and your visit will be spiced up by chimpanzee viewing and informative talks from one of the care givers.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Gorillas and what to see in Uganda and Rwanda
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Save on Accommodation-Uganda-Rwanda. If you travel during low seasons of April, May and November, you stand to benefit from Low season accommodation rates offered by different lodges in and around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Most Lodges tend to reduce their prices by at least 10% off the normal high season prices. Thus by travelling in low season, you save on gorilla permits and accommodation. Besides the above, if you choose to travel in high season, make sure that instead of travelling alone, bring along your friend or partner so that you share a room. Sharing a room reduces on the cost of accommodation as you will not be subjected to single room supplement costs. In Bwindi still, you have Budget accommodation, Mid Range and upmarket Accommodation properties. Lodges like Buhoma Community Rest Camp in the Northern Part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Nkuringo Gorilla Camp can give you value for money if you book them. You need to do a lot of research on different types of accommodation and their service to know who charges how much etc. You can as well contact a tour operator who will advise you accordingly.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Save on gorilla permits in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Where are habituated gorilla and chimps found in Uganda himpanzees in Uganda are located in different places but habituated chimpanzees only exist in Kibale National Park located in western Uganda, Kyambura Gorge located in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kalinzu forest located closer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park located in Northern Uganda. We also have orphaned chimpanzees in Ngamba Island which is approximately 23 km in Lake Victoria and can be accessed by boats. On the other hand, habituated gorillas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. According to the 2013 mountain gorilla census,it ws discovered that Bwindi Impenetrable National park has almost have the number of mountain gorillas in the whole world while the other population of gorillas are in the virunga Ranges shared between Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic republic of Congo.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Gorilla permits cost USD600.00 in Uganda and USD750 in Rwanda. This price applies to high seasons of June, July, August, September, October, December, January and February. 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.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Gorilla trekking is done in Bwindi Impentrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and they are approximately 8-10 hours from Kampal or Entebbe Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 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.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Chimpanzees in Uganda are located in different places but habituated chimpanzees only exist in Kibale National Park located in western Uganda, Kyambura Gorge located in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kalinzu forest located closer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park located in Northern Uganda. We also have orphaned chimpanzees in Ngamba Island which is approximately 23 km in Lake Victoria and can be accessed by boats. On the other hand, habituated gorillas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. According to the 2013 mountain gorilla census,it ws discovered that Bwindi Impenetrable National park has almost have the number of mountain gorillas in the whole world while the other population of gorillas are in the virunga Ranges shared between Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic republic of Congo.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Cost of Gorilla and Chimp permits in Uganda In Uganda, you require a permit to either trek gorillas or chimpanzees. Gorilla tracking permit for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mugahinga Gorilla National Park costs USD600.00, This price applies to high seasons of June, July, August, September, October, December, January and February. Uganda Wildlife Authority is offering low season discounted gorilla permits in the months of April, May and November 2014 at USD450.00 enabling you to save USD150.00 The above includes trekking gorillas, a guide for the trek and park entrance fees. Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda vary according to where you will be trekking them. In Kibale, a permit is USD150 while in Kyambura is at USD50.00 per person and includes guide, park entrance and viewing chimps.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Preparing for gorilla tracking in Rwanda and Uganda First of all you must possess a gorilla permit that acts as permission for one to track gorillas. Rwanda gorilla trekking permits can be booked through Travel Agents / Tour operators, or book direct through Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in Kigali. Each gorilla permit costs US$750 for Foreign Non Residents and US$450 for foreign residents living in East Africa, Uganda Gorilla Permits can be booked also through Travel Agents or Tours Operator at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Costs USD600.00. Uganda Wildlife Authority is offering low season discounted gorilla permits in the months of April, May and November 2016 at
Friday, May 13, 2016
Climbing Mount Nyiragongo, mountain gorilla tracking and Lake Kivu combination of Rwanda and DR Congo
5 days Climbing Mount Nyiragongo, mountain gorilla tracking and Lake Kivu combination of Rwanda and DR Congo In 2014 Virungas National Park authorities announced that the route to climb Mount Nyiragongo has been re-opened for tourism. Mount Nyiragongo is a spectacular stratovolcano that hosts one of the worlds largest and rarest lava lakes, making it one of Africa’s most exciting and rewarding hiking experiences. Lava lakes are without a doubt one of the most impressive forms of volcanic activity that any outdoors enthusiast could hope to witness. Once you have reached the summit on your Mount Nyiragongo climb, you will be able to observe its bubbling lava cauldron (from a safe distance) and feel this volcano’s energy, as it heaves and breathes. An overnight stay at Mount Nyiragongo’s crater edge will allow you to enjoy this spectacle in the dark, but also at dawn and dusk when its alluring beauty is enhanced. Mount Nyiragongo, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo rises majestically to an altitude of 3470m overlooking the Virungas National Park and associated Albertine Rift valley. The climb up Mount Nyiragongo is not technically difficult and reaching the top should not take longer than 5 hours. To further ensure an unforgettable experience this tour includes a mountain gorilla trekking experience in the neighbouring Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Coming face to face with mountain gorillas is a hugely primal and humbling experience, if not life-changing. Between these two walking adventures you will also enjoy a short and relaxing visit to the idyllic shores of Lake Kivu. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Arrival in Kigali and transfer to Volcanoes National Park On arrival at Kigali International Airport, met our representative and whisked off to enjoy some of Kigali’s main attractions. Depending on your arrival time the following sites may be incorporated into your visit: The Caplaki Handicrafts Market (the perfect place to browse for Rwandan souvenirs), the Kimironko City Market where all types of colourful and tasty food is sold, or the Gisozi Genocide Memorial & Education Centre, the site that houses over 250 000 victims of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide and stands as a vivid testimony to the courage and reconciliatory efforts of the Rwandan people. After a light lunch in Kigali restaurant you will drive north towards Ruhengeri and on arrival at Volcanoes National Park you will settle in at Hotel Muhabura. Here you will have the chance to freshen up, explore your surroundings and later indulge in a delicious home-cooked dinner at the lodge’s restaurant before your gorilla trekking experience the following day. Overnight at Hotel Muhabura Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park After breakfast we take a short drive to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters and meet with the local rangers that shall lead your mountain gorilla trekking experience. An informative talk on etiquette required for gorilla trekking will precede the actual walk, Once the gorilla trekking groups/family are formed you will start your climb towards the different territories and areas in the mountains where your allocated mountain gorilla family/group resides. Gorilla trekking can take between 2 and 7 hours and you could climb to altitudes in excess of 2 350m (7 500 feet). Although the climb can be physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery always makes the trekking a worthwhile experience. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of mountain gorillas is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo and Africa has on offer – and arguably one of the most profound natural history experiences in the world. When the group returns from the hills a transfer will take you to the mellow lakeside town of Gisenyi where you will check into the Paradis Malahide Hotel for a delicious lunch, well-earned shower and rest. No activities have been planned for this afternoon, in order to allow all participants to decide whether they want to rest before tomorrow’s assault on Mount Nyiragongo, or enjoy a leisurely swim in Lake Kivu. Dinner and overnight at Paradis Malahide Hotel Day 3: Climbing Mount Nyiragongo After an early wake-up call, breakfast and a swift transfer to the Rwanda/Congo border post, you will cross into the Democratic Republic of Congo and drive on towards the Kibati patrol post at the base of Mount Nyiragongo, a mere 50km outside Goma. After a safety debrief and final check of everyone’s packs and equipment you begin the climb towards Mount Nyiragongo’s summit. The party will be lead and escorted by a set of rangers/guides and a small contingent of porters. For the first two hours of the walk you will traverse a lush pristine forest, where towering trees offer a welcome shelter from the sun until you emerge from the forest onto a small plateau with commanding views that stretch towards the infinite horizon, with Lake Kivu, Bukavu, Rwanda and Burundi at your feet. You are now standing on the lava flow remnants of Mount Nyiragongo’s 2002 eruption.
Monday, May 9, 2016
12 days Uganda & Rwanda Safari, Gorilla tours Uganda, tour Rwanda, Rwanda gorilla safaris, Uganda chimpanzee & gorilla’s safari vacations.
12 days Uganda & Rwanda Safari, Gorilla tours Uganda, tour Rwanda, Rwanda gorilla safaris, Uganda chimpanzee & gorilla’s safari vacations. This 12 day safari package combines of the best places to visit while on tour to Uganda and Rwanda. The safari holiday allows one to experience the best of both worlds in Uganda and Rwanda. Trek the gorillas twice, 1st in Bwindi and then have a second gorilla trekking serving in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. In Uganda the safari package takes us to the most game rich national parks, including chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park. Enjoy a boat cruise along Kazinga channel, spot the tree climbing lions of Ishasha, meet local people, try local food and buy local crafts. This is a must join safari package for folks wishing to explore authentic Africa while on a dream safari. Day 1: Arrival Entebbe Meet and greet at Entebbe airport by your safari guide. Transfer Boma Guest House Entebbe. Entebbe is a quiet and relaxed old colonial town. Entebbe is located on the shores of Lake Victoria only 45 kms from Kampala the capital city. There is plenty to see and do in Entebbe including visits to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and various beaches dotted all over Entebbe. Birders can go birding at Entebbe botanical gardens. Golf enthusiasts can play a round of gold at Entebbe Golf Club. or go for swimming in the cool fresh waters of Lake Victoria. Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park, evening Bigodi swamp walk. After breakfast, the tour package sets off from Entebbe, avoiding the chaotic Kampala rush hour traffic. We hit Mityana road very early and head towards Fort Portal in Western Uganda. This is a fairly long drive through beautiful scenic places, pine plantations and villages along the way. We anticipate a stop-over for lunch in Fort Portal town. After lunch in the late afternoon, proceed through long swathes of beautiful tea plantations enroute to Kibale Forest National Park. We arrive and proceed to do a guided Bigodi swamp walk in the Bigodi wetland sanctuary. On the guided tour expect to see many types of primates including the colobus monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, red tail monkeys, vervet monkeys, L'Hoest monkeys and mangabeys. For avid birders, there is massive birding opportunities in Bigodi. You will be snapping away at papyrus gonoleks, great blue turacos, hornbills, weavers, cuckoos, kingfishers, flycatchers and lots of other bird species that call Kibale their home. Diner and overnight at: Kibale Forest Cottage /Kibale Primate Lodge/Papay Lodge. Day 3: Full day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience or Chimp tracking 4hours. The full-day Kibale Chimpanzee Habituation Experience gives visitors a chance to work with a chimp community which is undergoing habituation. If you arrive early you will get a chance to witness the chimpanzees waking up from their overnight nests between 6:00 - 6:30am before they go about their daily business, mating feeding, looking for food, breast feeding, playing, resting, patrolling and cheekily jumping from tree to tree until about 7pm when they return to build new nests for the night. When you join the chimp habituation expedition, you will participate in the Wildlife Authority initiative to habituate chimps to the presence of human beings while conserving their natural environment. This will arguably be one of the highlights of your Uganda safari package. Diner and overnight at: Kibale Forest Cottage /Kibale Primate Lodge/Papay Lodge. >/p>Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel After breakfast, leaves Kibale Forest National Park and the playful chimps and heads to Queen Elizabeth National Park another wildlife gems in Uganda's tourism arsenal with plenty of cats, buffalos, warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck ,elephants, tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of the park, chimps in Kyambura Gorge and plenty of other exciting game watching and birding opportunities.. You will get beautiful views of the legendary mountains of the moons-The Rwenzoris as you drive up to Kasese, a former mining town. There will be plenty of game viewing opportunities along the route the moment you enter into the park as wildlife and animals freely cross the road. Lunch is anticipated at Mweya Safari Lodge your accommodation for the next 2 days. After a brief relaxation at Katara Lodge you will join a lunch trip on the Kazinga channel in the afternoon. The launch trip takes on average 2 hours and is a great opportunity to see wildlife and game as it comes out to the banks of Lake Albert to drink in the beautiful Ugandan afternoon sun. The amount of animals and birds you will see on the cruise, will surely go down as another one of the highlights of your Uganda safari. The launch trip will later be topped up with an evening game drive through the park before retiring to Mweya Safari Lodge for the night. Diner and overnight at: Katara Lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge/ Kyambura Game Lodge. The Kazinga Channel is 36 km long and situated between lakes Edward and George. While on the afternoon boat cruise you will see plenty of elephants, hippos, crocodiles and lots of bird species.Among the birds to be seen are the pelicans, fish eagles, cormorants African skimmers, saddlebilled storks, and many other birds only unique to Uganda. The Kazinga channel separates Queen Elizabeth National Park into the Mweya Northern sector and the Maramagambo Kyambura and Ishasha southern sector. Day 5: Morning game drive, afternoon transfer to Ishasha southern sector. In the morning after breakfast, we go for another game drive this time focusing on the game tracks near the Kasenyi fishing village area. We are sure to see a number of kobs and hippos that concentrate in the fishing village of Kasenyi on the shores of Lake George. We also get the chance to interact with locals who live in these villages and get to understand how the co-exist with the game and wildlife around them. We return to the lodge for lunch before proceeds for 3 hours drive to Ishasha on game drives in search of the famous tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Diner and overnight: at Jungle Lodge OR Savannah Resort Hotel Day 6: Morning Game drive and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. In the morning we go for another game drive in a search of the tree climbing lions. We also get to see herds of buffalo, elephants, kobs, oribis, and if we are lucky leopards and the lions. Hippos also live here on the banks of the Ishasha river in large numbers plus a number of birds species. The tour go’s through beautiful terrains in the beautiful Kigezi region before arriving in Buhoma for our gorilla trekking expedition the following morning. Diner and overnight at: Mahogane Springs Lodge/ Silverback Lodge or Buhoma Community Camp. Day 7: Mountain Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is popular for gorilla trekking expeditions as it hosts the rare endangered Mountain Gorillas, a privilege it shares with the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and Virunga National Park of the DRC. Over 440 mountain gorillas which is 1/2 of the world's mountain gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park including a high number, currently14 habituated gorilla families/grougs which can be tracked by tourists. The Buhoma sector of Bwindi National Park is situated on the North Western corner of Bwindi. Buhoma is popular for gorilla trekking given that it is home to 3 gorilla families which can be trekked from Buhoma as the base. Buhoma has a fair number of very well organised communities run projects which explore the Bakiga and Batwa Pygmies, including their cultural lifestyles, way of life, tribal dances and performances. Same can be experienced through homestay arrangements and natural walks through the local villages. Buhoma offer enriching bird watching opportunities to bird lovers including the chance to see various Albertine Rift endemics e.g the Short-tailed Warbler .Visitors are also able to explore the Buhoma area through mountain biking, hiking through the forest, hikes to the waterfalls and village walks. Diner and overnight at: Mahogane Springs Lodge/ Silverback Lodge or Buhoma Community Camp. Day 8: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. In the morning we depart from the fantastic Bwindi Impenetrable forest and proceed to our next magical location Lake Bunyonyi, land of the birds. Our journey takes us through beautiful Kigezi undulating hills with the most awesome scenery. We arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the early afternoon and embark on a boat ride on this most beautiful and picturesque lake Bunyonyi, the 2nd deepest lake in Africa and 3rd deepest in the world. The lake is ideal for swimming for those who want to take a cool dip after a gorilla trek the previous day. Diner and overnight at: Bird's Nest or Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort. Day 9: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. After breakfast, we depart from Lake Bunyonyi and proceed to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, via the border crossing of Cyanika. We anticipate arriving at lunch time, and checking into our lodge for lunch. After lunch we spend time exploring the greater Virunga area, visit the twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo, visit a local school, local market in Ruhengeri or a cultural Ibi'wacu village to discover local Rwanda culture, norms, practices and entertainment. We may alternatively explore the newly launched caves in Musanze. Diner and overnight at: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Gorillas Nest Lodge. Day 10: Morning gorilla trekking or Golden Monkey tracking. Transfer to Gisenyi. After a very early breakfast you may go for gorilla trekking again, this time in Volcanoes National Park. For clients who do not wish to trek twice, we embark on golden monkey tracking through the forest or visit the Dian Fossey grave. We later return to the lodge for lunch and afterwards transfer to the lakeside town of Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu. Diner and overnight Lake Kivu Serena Hotel or Paradis Malahide Resort. >/p>Day 11: Lake Kivu Gisenyi-Congo Nile Trail & Boat Ride. We wake up very early and participate in the Congo Nile Trail and visit local villages in the Gisenyi area close to the DRC border town of Goma. We later return to the hotel for breakfast and later have a boat ride on the lake or other water sports activities on Lake Kivu including swimming, jet skiing, kayaking, beach volleyball etc. Diner and overnight Lake Kivu Serena Hotel or Paradis Malahide Resort. Day 12: Transfer to Kigali. After breakfast, we transfer to Kigali. Arrival to Kigali and then we embark on 3 hrs Kigali city tour which includes a genocide memorial visit, shopping for crafts at Kimironko market and later connect to the airport for your outbound departure flight.
Friday, May 6, 2016
6 days Rwanda Gorillas, Chimps, Golden Monkey Tour and Lake Kivu Safari This Rwanda vacation package explores the Lake Kivu, Gisenyi where one is able to participate in the Congo Nile Trail, have a boat ride on the lake and relax by the beach for a perfect Rwanda beach holiday. The tour package starts with many lifelong dream of trekking gorillas in Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda. This is a luxury gorilla and lakes tour staying at the luxurious lodges like Mountain Gorilla view Lodge and the 5 star Serena Hotels in Kigali and Lake Kivu. This Rwanda gorillas and Rwanda Chimps tour is primarily for visitors making trips to Rwanda and wish to exclusive trek Rwanda's primates in Nyungwe and Rwanda's mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. What a better way to enjoy the best of both worlds. Very few holiday tours focus on just Rwanda Chimps and Rwanda gorillas. You will find that most journeys combine either gorillas with the lakes or Akagera with the gorillas or simply Nyungwe chimps alone with a night's stay on the shores of lake Kivu in Kibuye. The Rwanda tour starts with a tour of Kigali city on day one of your holiday safari. We visit a genocide memorial site in Gisozi, shop for some crafts and visit the Kigali museum, before travelling to Nyungwe Forest with a stop-over in Butare to visit the King's Palace at Nyanza and a museum. We later arrive at Nyungwe Forest where the tour package allows you to track the chimpanzees, do a canopy walk and the Colobus Monkeys. The safari then takes us to Kibuye for a relaxing day on the shores of Lake Kivu. It is from here that the tour then takes us to Volcanoes National Park via the lakeside town of Gisenyi. The tour saves the best for last. The ultimate dream of trekking the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Armed with your gorilla permits as souvenirs, the tour returns us to Kigali for your flight back home. This package is all about Rwanda's chimps in Nyungwe, Rwanda's mountain gorillas, with Rwanda's lakes, history, culture and nature walks sprinkled in between. Day 1: Arrival at Kigali Airport Rwanda , do a Kigali city tour(depending on arrival time to Kigali) You will be met on arrival at Kigali airport by our tour driver/guide for the tour while in Kigali. You will be briefed about your holiday safari with details of the trip flow, activity schedule, accommodations etc. Any questions you may have will be addressed. We will then conduct a tour of Kigali city where the history and current developments of Kigali will be explored. Kigali is the economic and financial hub of Rwanda. Kigali has a rich history and is surrounded by beautiful hills and perhaps one of the cleanest city environs in Africa. You will simply be amazed. Perfect gateway for what we hope will be an amazing 6 days with us on the chimps and gorillas tour of Rwanda. While on the Kigali city tour we shall visit the genocide memorial in Kigali, a very moving testimony of Rwanda's un-flattering past. After lunch, the road leads South of Rwanda to Butare the former capital city of Rwanda and educational hub that hosts Rwanda's leading intellectual institutions of higher learning. The tour holiday is scheduled to stop over enroute to visit the King's Palace in Nyanza, an art museum before we proceed to Nyungwe Forest National Park for our chimpanzee trekking expeditions. Nyungwe Forest is famed as the only travel destination in the world where one is able to see up to 13 primates species in a solitary location. The primates species to be found here include, angolan colobus monkeys, white colobus monkeys, the chimpanzees, the blue monkeys and the L'hoest's monkeys. The populations and concentrations of the habituated primates stands at a staggering number of over 500 primates in some troops of chimps and monkeys. We check into your lodge and later in the afternoon go for canopy walk. You will hike through thick rain forests, expansive green tea plantations and enjoy magnificent views of this pretty part of Africa . Diner and overnight at: Nyungwe Forest Lodge or Gisakura Guest House. Day 2: chimpanzees tracking in Nyungwe Forest. After breakfast you report to Nyungwe park head quarters for pre chimp trekking briefing. You will proceed to the forest in search of the chimpanzees. You later return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon immerse yourself in either of the options activities like canopy walk, tea plantation expedition learn hoe tea is harvested and visit local factory, you will be able to taste some of the best freshly prepared tea. Diner and overnight at: Nyungwe Forest Lodge or Gisakura Guest House. Day 3: Morning transfer to the shores of Lake Kivu- Kibuye. in morning, we depart Nyungwe Forest National Park for the equally exciting destinations ahead of us on this tour of Rwanda. We depart Nyungwe and head to Kibuye a beautiful rather calming town bang on the shores of Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is regarded as one of Africa's great lakes and the 6th largest lake in Africa. Rwanda is currently prospecting for commercial natural gas in Lake Kivu. There is plenty of activities on the lake including boat rides, dug- out canoe cruises etc. Diner and overnight at: Moriah Hills Resort. Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park. we transfer to Volcanoes National Park via another beautiful lake side town of Gisenyi. We drive through beautiful lush green countryside and expansive tea and sometime coffee plantations. You will meet local Rwandans on the way going about their daily economic activities. We anticipate to stop in Gisenyi for lunch, where you may spend a few hours relaxing on the tropical beach on the shores of Lake Kivu. In the afternoon we embark on a 1.5hrs transfer to Volcanoes National Park. Diner and overnight at: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Day 5: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. After a very early breakfast your driver guide will transfer you to the park headquarters for gorilla trekking briefing. You will be assigned into groups of 8 and allocated a gorilla family/group to trek. Once the trek is completed and you have met the gorillas, you will return to the base of the mountains. Your tour guide will return you to the lodge for lunch. Afterwards you may choose to relax at the lodge, take a guided walk to Ruhengeri local market where you get an opportunity to purchase local artcrafts, Rwandan fabrics, local foods, Rwandan coffee, and souvenirs. Alternatively, we shall visit the spectacular twin Lakes, of Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo and enjoy the great views of the Virunga mountains and volcanoes chain. Diner and overnight at: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge FB Tour Day 6: Transfer to Kigali and departure.>/p> After breakfast, we embark on a leisurely 2.5hrs transfer back to Kigali. If we did not have the chance of doing the Kigali city tour on day of arrival, same will be conducted on this day including a visit to the genocide memorial at Gisozi. We later transfer to the airport for your outbound departure flight.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Nyungwe National Park, Canopy walk and Chimpanzee tracking Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in the south west of Rwanda Covering over 1000 square kilomtres, Nyungwe is surely one of the worlds most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests and It’s believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests. Nyungwe Forest is a home to habituated chimpanzees and 12 other primates species (including over 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus Monkey) it’s also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species, including 16 endemics, and is home to 75 different species of mammal. Nyungwe is filled with nature and wildlife experiences for you to emerge yourself in, Hiking and tracking the famous chimpanzees, experiencing the canopy walk, witnessing beautiful birds, relaxing by waterfalls are just a glimpse of activities that Nyungwem Forest has to offer. Tourists and other Visitors who visits Nyungwe National Park can now experience the rainforest from this new perspective Canopy Walkway, The East Africa's only Canopy Walkway provides a stunning view of the park's amazing wildlife and nature The Walkway is accessible as part of a specialized guided tour along the Igishigishigi, hiking the Imbaraga or Umuyove trails. The Canopy Walkway Tour costs $60 U.S. per person. All participants must be at least six years of age and children must be accompanied by adults. It is not surprising that chimpanzee tracking is a popular activity in Nyungwe (especially when the park's trees are in full bloom during the summer) as well-trained guides often lead visitors through the park's forests and while actually viewing chimpanzees is not guaranteed, you'll enjoy learning about these creatures and their natural habitats from your guides.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
5-day Uganda Rwanda Gorillas Tracking Tour/Safari in Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
5-day Uganda Rwanda Gorillas Tracking Tour/Safari with gorilla treks in Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The tour starts in Uganda and ends in Rwanda. You can choose to track golden monkeys instead of doing a second gorilla trek in Rwanda. Detailed Itinerary for 5 days Uganda and Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trek Tour/Safari Day 1 –Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Our tour guide will meet you at your hotel in Kampala and drive west to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Have a journey break at the Equator and take some photos. Then continue to Mbarara town where you will stop for lunch prior to heading through the grasslands of Ankole, Along the road you will enjoy the beauty of the wonderful long horned cattle before going on to the highlands of Kigezi referred to as the 'Switzerland of Africa! You will arrive in Bwindi in the evening; freshen up as you wait for dinner and over night. Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) Up-market: Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Forest Camp Moderate: Engagi Lodge or Gorilla Resort Low Budget: Buhoma Community Camp(self-contained cottages) Day 2 –Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park Take a hearty breakfast after which a ranger then move to the ranger station for briefing from ranger guides who will guide you through the impenetrable forest. Tracking the Gorillas through the thick forest is awe-Inspiring experience, spend 1 hour with them, and be back at the lodge in time for dinner. Remember to carry packed lunch, enough water as this activity is so tiring, it's also important to wear good hiking boots of an ankle level and long trousers for protection against stinging nettles. Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) Up-market: Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Forest Camp Moderate: Engagi Lodge or Gorilla Resort Low Budget: Buhoma Community Camp(self-contained cottages) Day 3 –Transfer to Rwanda- Parc des Volcans Take breakfast and depart for Rwanda. You will cross the border via Kisoro or Kabale then clear at the boarder - Rwanda is 1 hour behind Uganda . Located in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Parc des Volcans is home to the steep slopes of this wonderful mountain range home of the rare mountain gorilla and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which cuddles evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) Up-market: Gorillas Nest Lodge or Mountian Gorilla Vew Lodge Moderate: La Palme Hotel or Volcanoes Gorillas Hotel Low Budget: Muhabura Hotel or Kinigi Guest House. Day 4 – Gorilla trekking in Pac des Volcanoes Have breakfast and go to park head offices for briefing after that set off in the forest for Gorilla trekking. A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvelous peaks are sighted, easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent. Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display. Day 5- Transfer to Kigali airport Take early breakfast and drive to Kigali. Lunch en route reaching in the early evening to go to the airport.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Cost of Gorilla and Chimp permits in Uganda In Uganda, you require a permit to either trek gorillas or chimpanzees. Gorilla tracking permit for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mugahinga Gorilla National Park costs USD600.00, This price applies to high seasons of June, July, August, September, October, December, January and February. Uganda Wildlife Authority is offering low season discounted gorilla permits in the months of April, May and November 2014 at USD450.00 enabling you to save USD150.00. The above includes trekking gorillas, a guide for the trek and park entrance fees. Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda vary according to where you will be trekking them. In Kibale, a permit is USD150 while in Kyambura is at USD50.00 per person and includes guide, park entrance and viewing chimps.
Monday, March 7, 2016
Chimpanzee Tracking and Habituation in Kibale National Park in Queen Elizabeth National Park -Kyambura Gorge -Uganda
Chimpanzee Tracking and Habituation in Kibale National Park in Queen Elizabeth National Park -Kyambura Gorge -Uganda Most visitors to Kibale National Park are here for a range of activities including, chimpanzee tracking, the Bigodi swamp walk and the primate walk through the forest. Primate lovers will have a memorable experience visiting Kibale National Park as 13 primates species can be seen, as well as different types of monkeys. The star and biggest attraction to the Kibale Forest Nature walk however is undoubtedly the chimpanzees. The chance of locating chimps at Kibale National Park is 90% high when compared to other places including Kyambura Gorge or Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda. The success rate is extremely high as there is a very high concentration and high population density of chimps in Kibale National Park with large chimp numbers in each troop. Guided chimp tracking walks start at 8am and 2pm and last an average of two to three hours. The full-day Kibale National Park Chimpanzee Habituation Experience gives visitors a chance to work with a chimp community which is undergoing habituation. If you arrive early you will get a chance to witness the chimpanzees waking up from their overnight nests between 6:00 - 6:30am before they go about their daily business, mating feeding, looking for food, breast feeding, playing, resting, patrolling and cheekily jumping from tree to tree until about 7pm when they return to build new nests for the night. Chimpanzee Tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park -Kyambura Gorge-Uganda In addition to tracking chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, visitors are able to see chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The chances of seeing the chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge are much less than in Kibale National Park. The Kyambura Gorge chimpanzee experience is more geared towards meeting the chimpanzees in their natural habitat and surroundings. Kyambura Gorge also offers visitors the experience to watch birds, see monkeys and participate in a chimpanzee habituation experience. Like in Kibale, chimp tracking tours last between 1-3hours and commence at both 8 am and 14:00hrs daily all year round. To buy you Kibale National Park or Kyambura Gorge chimpanzee permits, to book your Kibale National Park or Kyambura Gorge accommodation, for assistance with your Uganda chimpanzee tours, and for car hire to visit the chimps, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Planning a Gorilla Trekking/tracking in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo what to consider, How to plan your 2016/2017 gorilla tracking program, transport to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mghinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and DR Congo’s Virunga National Park, accommodation, how to book the gorilla permits, cost of the gorilla tour for 2016/2017
Planning a Gorilla Trekking/tracking in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo what to consider, How to plan your 2016/2017 gorilla tracking program, transport to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mghinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and DR Congo’s Virunga National Park, accommodation, how to book the gorilla permits, cost of the gorilla tour for 2016/2017 In Uganda Gorilla tracking can only either be done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, in Rwanda Gorilla trekking can be done only in Volcanoes National Park and in DR Congo its done in Virunga National Park. However those the only National Parks where you can find the few remaining mountain gorillas in the world To trek gorillas you must have a pre-booked gorilla trekking permit in Uganda each costs USD$600 in Rwanda each cost USD750 and DR Congo but Uganda has introduces specially discounted gorilla permits in the month of March April, May and November 2016/2017 to $450 . Since the gorilla parks are located far away from the airport you arrive from you will need transport (4x4 advisable) to reach the park. The drive from Kampala/ Entebbe to Bwindi takes about 8-9 hours. This means that if you are tracking gorillas in Uganda you will need at least 3 days to the gorilla trek: One day travelling to the park, another day tracking the gorilla, and the third day driving back to Kampala or Entebbe. How to book your gorilla permit, you will need to either contact the relevant travel agency to book the gorilla permit Uganda Wildlife Authority for Uganda, RDB for Rwanda and UNESCO for DR Congo or book your permits through a local tour Company like us www.kisorotoursuganda.com or www.gorilla-tracking-uganda-rwanda.com Please note that gorilla permits are only confirmed by paying for them in full. You will need to send money for the permits in full to get your confirmation ad ensure that you take care of the bank charges involved to avoid disappointment. If you intend to travel in high season like June, July August and December 2016/2017, be aware that most days are sold out and you may not be able to get the gorilla permit for the days you wish to travel. There are however some gorilla permits cancellations. These permits are not at the Uganda Wildlife Authority but with local tour agents. Which we can assist our clients to get such permits when contacted. However, for the rest of 2016-2017, there are still plenty of spaces so you can confidently contact us now to book your space there. If you arrange the gorilla permit on your own, please ensure that you pick it from the booking office in Kampala before travelling to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mghinga Gorilla National Park. You must present your gorilla permit and passport on the gorilla tracking day to be allowed on the gorilla trek. In case your permit is booked through a tour agent and you are taking the tour with them you may not necessarily need to think about getting the permit from them but if you are not taking the full gorilla tour with them, consider getting your permit before travelling to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mghinga Gorilla National Park. Planning your Transport to the Gorilla Trek in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo: You will require a 4x4 vehicle to go to the gorilla in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mghinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and DR Congo’s Virunga National Park . You need a 4x4 vehicle to navigate the rough pot-holed roads which often get tourists stuck for hours during rainy seasons. You may be able to hire a vehicle for US$150 per day including vehicle, fuel, guide/driver and allowances costs for the guide/driver. Alternatively you may take public buses to a nearby town but you will have to find a cab (preferably 4x4 and which will costs you $100 a day without gas fuel) to ferry you to the Park and to the hotel. You have to report to the park for registration office at 7:30AM. So whatever method you choose, make sure that it is reliable, if you don’t turn up at the appointed time you risk invalidating your gorilla tracking permit and having to pay again. The gorilla tracking time is very unpredictable and you may as well take from 2-9 hours. So have your accommodation booked for the night after your trek as well. For this same reason also have with you a packed lunch for the day, plenty of drinking water, rainproof clothing (you are trekking through a rainforest and any time it can rain). Planning Your Accommodation during your Gorilla Trek tour In Uganda, the accommodation you choose will depend on the gorilla permit you book being that the available 15 gorilla families that tourists visit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mghinga Gorilla National Park range over a wide area. Please contact us for more details about which accommodation you will need to book for each different gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Hiring Porters and Walking Sticks for the Gorilla Trekking There are porters for hire (at $15 each) at the park offices and a walking stick is free. Do not overestimate your strength; you may certainly need either or both of these. So consideration to hire one. It’s another way of giving back to the communities. Can I book a gorilla permit without booking a tour? Yes, Kisoro Tours Uganda offers the service to book a gorilla permit for you, even if you don't book a tour with us, We charge a handling fee of $45 per person to arrange this for you We will make sure all the paperwork is done and the permit(s) are at our office to be collected by you easily or send it to you at the hotel you will be staying at
Saturday, February 6, 2016
What can I see after Gorilla Tracking/Trekking in Uganda Uganda is known as the pearl of Africa which is gifted by nature and her attractions its beyond gorillas and chimpanzee tracking, From north to south, east to west, Uganda is endowed with cultural and natural attractions that you should include when you are here for your Uganda safari. Hotel and Lodge Bookings We carry out accommodation bookings on the behalf of our clients based on preference and budget. Wildlife Safaris We organize wildlife safaris that involve game drives, nature walks, boat trips and more, depending on your interests. In Uganda, safaris can be carried out in Murchison Falls NP; Queen Elizabeth NP; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; Lake Mburo NP; Kidepo NP; Kibale, and the Semliki Reserve Mgahinga national park and other parks that are part of the virunga ranges in Rwanda and Congo neighbouring countries. Spot Fishing Safaris We would like to take you fishing! Fishing safaris are a leisurely way to enjoy the sights and sounds of Uganda- not to mention its tasty fish! Fishing safaris are carried out in Murchison Falls NP, lake Mutanda, and murehe and on Lake Victoria. Cultural Tourism We create memorable cultural tours for clients interested in learning about different cultures and customs in Uganda including the threatened Batwa culture commonly known as “the first forest people”. There are several heritage sites in Uganda not to be missed! Study Tours We carry out study tours for students wishing to learn more about Uganda. These tours can target specific interests such as flora, fauna, or culture. Gorilla ,Chimpanzee & Golden monkey Tracking We take care of bookings for gorilla and chimp permits. Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking are amazing activities, but they require advance planning, since permits are required. Gorilla permits are especially in high demand and should be booked early to avoid disappointment. Permits are obtained from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and only guaranteed upon full payment. Gorillas are tracked in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park (depending on the movement of the gorillas). Chimps can be tracked in Kibale, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Semliki. Bird Watching Our expert guides will take you to the best birding sites in Uganda. Bird watching is a popular activity in Uganda because of the numerous species and high number of birds. Bird watching is possible in all national parks and other sites throughout the country. White Water Rafting & Bungee Jumping We organize trips that will get your adrenaline flowing! White water rafting and bungee jumping are not for the faint hearted! Opt for half or full day rafting, or a package including both bungee jumping and a half-day’s rafting. Both activities take place on the Nile, at Bujagali Falls in Jinja. Camping We can assist you in planning a camping safari. Camping is an economical and adventurous way to enjoy nature. Several campsites are available throughout the country, including in national parks. Camp facilities vary depending on location; it is important to inquire early as to the equipment required for this activity. We can assist in securing tents and other equipment. Boat Trips We book boat trips for safaris, as well as for trips on Lake Victoria and Bunyonyi. Boats include canoes, kayaks, and motorized boats. Boat trips are offered in Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, and Lake Bunyonyi. Biking experience Along the Banks of River Nile & in Lake Mburo Looking for a little adventure? (Mountain biking experience). Biking is now available along the banks of the River Nile as well as in Lake Mburo National Park. This activity is a great way to enjoy a thrilling ride with beautiful scenery. Safety and fun guaranteed! Biking We can assist you in booking mountain bikes for your biking tour. Mountain biking is available in some national parks, as well as in and around Kampala. Contact us for more details. City Tours of Kampala, Jinja & Entebbe We will take you on exciting and informative tours throughout Kampala, Jinja and Entebbe. In Kampala, you may be interested in visiting the national museum, the local markets, cultural heritage sites, and different religious establishments. In Jinja, you can walk around the town; have a visit of the Nile Breweries, the Uganda Museum, the Source of the Nile, and Bujagali Falls. In Entebbe, you can visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, the Botanical Gardens, and the beach. There is much to see! Car Hire and Leases 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) Rav 4 80 per day Four-Wheel Drive Double Cabin Station Wagons Pajeros 130 per day Omni Buses (7 seater, 10 seater, & 12 seater) 140 per day Coaster bus (25 seater & 28 seater) 200 per day Safari Land Cruisers 5 seater 200 per day Safari land Cruisers 7 seater 250 per day Four Wheel Drive Super Custom 130 per day Airport Transfers 100 per day www.kisorotoursuganda.com
Monday, January 25, 2016
What is Mountain Gorilla Trekking Around the world only 800 mountain gorilla still exist today. Although our closest living relatives, ironically, it is man that poses the greatest threat to their survival. For years gorillas have been ruthlessly hunted for their hands and heads, which are sold on as macabre souvenir ashtrays and lamp shades. Additionally, large numbers have been killed whilst trying to stop poachers stealing babies which are illegally sold on to zoos, where their survival rate is low. Gorilla trekking is a wonderful experience, allowing you the opportunity to have a close encounter with these gentle giants of the jungle in their natural habitat. The trekking will take place either in Uganda, Rwanda or Democratic Republic of Congo - depending on local conditions and the availability of the gorilla permits. You need not feel that you are exploiting these animals by paying good money to go trek to see them in their natural habitat. In fact the ever-growing number of tourists keen to see the gorilla proves to be an important factor in their survival. The gorilla permit fees help to set up and finance that are instrumental in protecting the gorillas from poachers and their lethal snares. How Much Gorilla Permit Costs The cost and availability of gorilla permits varies and depends on which country and park and currently in Uganda it cost USD600, in Rwanda USD750 and DR Congo USD500 You will also need to budget for visa fees costs, transfer and a local service fee approx USD 40-50 and to renew your Ugandan and Rwanda visa upon re-entry should we have to go t DR Congo. The government often increases the permit and transfer costs without notice, so we ask that you budget for the highest amount, so that you don't suddenly have to find additional money to partake in this wonderful experience. The reason that the permits are so costly is because each park only issues limited permits per gorilla family per day, to ensure that the gorilla’s exposure to humans is limited. 100% of the gorilla permit cost is used by the government to continue in the excellent work they do in protecting and promoting these wonderful animals. www.kisorotoursuganda.com www.gorilla-tracking-uganda-rwanda.com
Monday, January 18, 2016
Mountain Gorilla Trekking FAQ Uganda Rwanda and DR Congo? Questions and answers about trekking/tracking and photographing, viewing Mountain Gorillas of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. Best Times to trek/Track Gorillas, Getting Permits and Planning for Mountain Gorilla tour/safaris. Trekking/tracking and photographing Mountain Gorillas is one of the world's greatest natural history travel experiences, Mountain Gorilla tours/safaris can be expensive, but also incomparably inspiring and emotional and always uniquely memorable. If you are able to get a tracking permit, now days you have a 100% chance of viewing/seeing a group/family of Mountain Gorillas in the wild, provided you are fit enough to do the necessary gorilla tracking. Mountain gorillas range through thick forests on steep hillsides, Mountain Gorilla Park Rangers and trackers always know generally where they can be found. Reaching them sometimes requires long hours of hiking in steep terrain forest, but sometimes Mountain Gorilla Park Rangers, trackers and tourists reach their target group in just a few minutes of walking. Our guides consider the interests, ages and abilities of our clients, and then do their best to get our clients assigned to habituated gorilla family/groups which are most rewarding, easiest to reach, and offer the best tracking experience. In Uganda, you will improve your chance of having your choice of family/group by getting your gorilla permit early up to 9 months before your visit, In Rwanda and DR Congo there is less emphasis on early gorilla permit reservations and more on early arrival for the day of tracking and the influence of your tour guide with park authorities. Where and when is it possible to trek/track Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo? Mountain Gorilla tracking in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo is done every day of the year. The habituated Mountain Gorilla families/groups for tourist tracking tours/safaris varies through the year depending on the location of the Mountain Gorilla families/groups, Other habituated Mountain Gorilla families/groups are dedicated to research and not open to tourist tracking. How can one visit Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo? Anyone over 15 years of age can buy a permit to visit or trekking/tracking Mountain Gorillas. All of the remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild reside in the Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and volcano’s mountain ranges along the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. Most tourists visit the Mountain Gorillas with the assistance of tour operators like Kisoro Tours Uganda. Kisoro tours arranges the necessary trekking/tracking permits in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo, others things like guides and lodging required for Mountain Gorilla tracking Kisoro Tours Uganda will do all the bookings for you. How many Mountain Gorillas are there in Uganda, Rwanda and Rwanda? Mountain gorillas, a subspecies of the eastern lowland gorilla, live in mountain forests in only two locations in the world – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in south-western Uganda and the Virunga Mountain range of extinct volcanoes that border the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. According to the census report, there are more than 400 mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, living in 38 distinct social groups/families, 15 of these social groups are accustomed to human presence for either tourism or research. A 2010 survey counted 480 individuals in Virunga Mountain Range this brings the total to 880 habituated groups/families accessible to tourists. Does everyone have to buy a gorilla trekking/tracking permit, How much do gorilla tracking permits cost? You must purchase gorilla tracking permits in advance. Current cost of gorilla tracking permits in Rwanda is $750, in Uganda is $600 and in DR Congo is 450 per person for a one hour viewing in a group of eight visitors. However Uganda has introduces specially discounted gorilla permits in the month of March April, May and November 2016/2017 to $450 . This does not include the transportation from the registration and orientation site to the hiking departure point or trailhead. This point may be up to 25 miles away. Kisoro Tours Uganda takes care of this. You will also want to tip your park guide and trackers about $10 each. We recommend you also hire a porter at an additional cost of $15 per trek, as they will help carry your daypack, assist you trekking when necessary, and it provides additional income to the local community. Is gorilla tracking easier in Rwanda, Uganda or DR Congo, How does gorilla tracking compare in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo, Where is the best place to track gorillas? Mountain Gorillas tracking and trekking is conducted similarly in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo. Very few tourists choose to track Mountain Gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo these days due to security concerns and services there are not as well organized. The mountain gorillas of all in only three countries inhabit similar rugged terrain and have similar habits. Individual mountain gorilla groups/families vary in their accessibility. The regulations and quality of local gorilla guides/trackers is similar in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. How difficult is Gorilla Trekking, How fit one have must be to track Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo? You must be able and willing to hike in rough terrain and in any weather to see Mountain Gorillas in the wild. However, many older people who don't think of themselves as hikers or adventurers can successfully visit the gorillas. Porters/Personal assistants can be hired to carry your daypack and assist you in difficult areas. The local guides will work to make it as easy as possible for you to track and photograph the Mountain Gorillas. We have had numerous clients in their 75's succeed in reaching their target Mountain Gorilla groups/famlies. But many people return very exhausted, muddy and sore if they are not used to vigorous hiking. Altitude sickness is not usually a problem. You will want a pair of gloves and clothing that protects your arms and legs from thorns and nettles. Good balance is helpful in Gorilla trekking as trails may be slippery. How much time can I spend with the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo? Your Mountain Gorilla tracking/viewing permit allows you to spend one hour with a habituated group/family of Mountain Gorillas. Sometimes your guide may allow you a few more minutes, especially if you have had a long trek to reach them and the tourist group is not disturbing to the gorillas. Kisoro Tours Uganda clients who reach the Mountain Gorillas are thrilled with the experience. Even with the one-hour limit, all Kisoro Tours Uganda clients are thrilled and report that the effort was worth it. How close can I get to the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo? Officially you are required to keep a 10mts distance from the gorillas. In practice, the Mountain Gorillas often violate this rule by coming closer to you as you stand quietly observing or photographing them. It is still helpful to have a telephoto capability on your camera since some animals are shy, and the Silverback may be very protective of the young one. You are not allowed to touch the gorillas. Are the Mountain Gorillas dangerous Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo? All wild animals are best considered potentially dangerous and treated as wild animal, but Mountain Gorillas are not aggressive or prone to be angered by tourists. Many people are surprised that the Mountain Gorillas seem to ignore the tourists in their midst completely. You should not get between a mother and a baby. How old must you be to track Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo? There is a minimum age of 15 years for anyone buy a tracking permit to track Mountian Gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo . Park Authorities will check the age of all tracking permit holders against the birthdate in your passport. Where can I stay near the gorillas during my tour/safari in Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo? There are many lodges in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo offering a range of accommodations, airport transfers and other safari services. Journeys uses a variety of accommodations in the higher comfort ranges. When is the best time to see and track Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo? Gorilla tracking can be done any day any time of the year but some people are comfortable doing it in the dry seasons June-July- August-September and December-January-February. It can and does rain in every month and the effects of climate change are quite evident in this area of East Africa with seasonal rains being much less predictable and sometimes more intense. All gorilla tracking parties leave around 8am when there is least likelihood of heavy rain. If you happen to be assigned a distant gorilla group/families requiring four or more hours of tracking your chances of returning in the rain increase. What else is there to see in Rwanda besides Mountain Gorillas? Rwanda is a beautiful, green, thriving country, known as the land of a Thousand Hills. The volcanic soil is very rich and subsistence agriculture produces food year around. The genocide of 1994 is powerfully memorialized in a museum in Kigali and at other sites around the country. Visitors are encouraged to partake in these experiences and learn from them. Currently there is no apparent ethnic conflict or significant insurgent or militant activity. There is a dynamic re-building of the social fabric and a commitment to the youth of the country. You might wish to hike to Karisoke where Diane Fossey conducted her pioneering research, or take a trek to see Golden Monkeys of Parc des Volcanes. This park has the greatest diversity. Other wildlife parks of Rwanda generally do not compare in diversity of species or quality of management with the parks and reserves of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. What else is there to see in Uganda besides Mountain Gorillas? Travel to Uganda for wonderful cultures, large wildlife parks with few other tourists, and spectacular birding. Uganda may be the best tour/safari country in Africa for a large variety of bird species and great birding tour/safari habitats. Determined birders often see more than 400 species on a 10-12 day Uganda birding tour/safari. There are also many other species of primates you are likely to see on a Mountain Gorilla tour/safari or a pure birding tour/safari trip. The Ruhenzori Mountains, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park,Kidepo National Park Kibale National Park, Lake MburoNational Park invite more extended primates game viewing natural walks and hiking. Wetland habitats and Lake Victoria also hold cultural and natural history tour/safari attractions. What about Chimpanzee tracking in Uganda and Rwanda? How does Chimpanzee Tracking work? There are more Chimpanzees than Mountain Gorillas left in the wild and they survive over a much broader range. The parks authorities of Uganda and Rwanda also monitor Chimpanzee populations and the groups which have been habituated for tourist visitors also require advance purchased tracking permits to visit. Two main sites for tracking/viewing chimpanzees in Uganda are Kibale Forest and Kyambura Gorge. You will hike in groups of 8-12 visitors accompanied by a park guide. Close encounters with Chimpanzees seem to be less predictable than with Mountain Gorillas, though less hiking may be involved. In the experience of Kisoro Tours Uganda groups, visits to the Chimps of Kibale Forest have been more successful than visits to Kyambura Gorge. 9 Other Tips for a successful Mountain Gorilla Tracking Safari and Chimpanzee tour 1. Purchase your Gorilla tracking permits as far in advance as possible for you to be sure and a avoid disappointment 2. You will be with a group of 8 people and guide/trackers . Also, consider hiring a local person as a porter assistant, even if you are very fit. This adds a great cultural dimension to the experience and is not really expensive its only $15. 3. Prepare for the possibility of rain at any time of year because tracking is done in forests . 4. Wear long sleeves and slacks and bring glove to protect against thistles nettles and thorns. 5. Wear durable hiking shoes, you will be off trail in rough terrain. 6. Expect you might have a long hike. Be in the best physical shape you can be. 7. Understand your camera well, Cameras with built-in video are very good. Telephoto ability helps. 8. Consider traveling with a companion or friend with whom you will share the lifelong memory of the encounter. 9. Listen to the advice of your guide. Trust that he or she really wants you to get great photos and have the best possible experience.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
>/p>Which gorilla group to visit in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo 2016-2017? Most of our Clients/travelers ask us about the different gorilla groups and which of the gorilla groups are bigger; Others base their decision on the distance of the hike to reach the groups. In Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo, it's quite difficult to say which gorilla families are easier or harder to find. Gorillas, as we are all aware, gorillas are wild animals whose actions are unpredictable, The ease of seeing the gorillas depends on the movements of the gorilla family on that particular day.>/p> In Uganda and DR Congo you can find four different areas from which to begin the gorilla tracking, They are each between 2 and 4 hours driving from the other. Therefore, your choice of accommodation also makes a big difference the options of the gorilla group you can visit and vice versa. When you book your tour well in advance, you can give us your preference of Ugandan gorilla group you wish to visit. Gorilla permits are sold out far in advance, so it might be that Kisoro Tours Uganda has to choose from the few remaining permits for your dates. When you are not that fit and you can't walk long for about 4-6hours distances going up and down, we advise you to go tracking in Rwanda, In Rwanda all trackings leave from the same point, where rangers will select easier and more difficult trackings according to your fitness leveling Kinigi park head offices. Tracking in Rwanda, is more expensive it cost USD750 per person while in Uganda it cost USD600 per person for high season in month of Jun, July, August September and December, Uganda offers a Laow Season Discounted Permits at USD450 per person in the month of March, April, May and November. For more information please contact Kisoro Tours Uganda for more details
Monday, January 11, 2016
When is the Best time for gorilla trekking/ tracking in Rwanda Uganda and DR Congo2016-2017? When is the best time to visit/ track or trek the gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo, Which months should one vist/tracking gorilla in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo, which months are the best for gorilla trekking? When tracking or trekking mountain gorillas can be done any day any time of the year in either countries where Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo because of the relatively wetter/ rainy seasons in the mountain gorilla inhabited national parks, many tourists often prefer the months from June to September and then December, January and February. In Rwanda and DR Congo, the first rains start coming in late February through March, April and May and so many tourists try to avoid these months for fear of getting muddy and all wet while tracking the gorillas. However, during these months, because of the rains there's plenty of gorilla food down slope and it's much colder on the upper slopes. So the mountain gorillas keep on the lower slopes where they find it warmer and get food easily. So if you track the gorillas during these months, most likely your trek won't be a long one - many trackers find the gorillas after 2 hours hike and by 12PM are back. The same applies to Uganda although the rains there come in March, April and May. Of course the Undeniably the rains (not always heavy though) make it rather harder to trek the steep terrains. Even then, the rain only comes for like 1-2 hours in like every 2-3 days and the sun comes out. We have noticed that even in the so-called drier months, the rain will often come in. This seasonality of gorilla trackers can also be attributed to the weather seasons in the visitors’ home country and the nature of their jobs. When it is summer for example in Europe, numbers of gorilla trek visitors increase and the gorilla trackers numbers dip when it’s winter. However, there are other gorilla trekkers who often take advantage of the seasonal discounts on mountain gorilla tracking permits. Recently for example, the Uganda Wildlife Authority discounted gorilla permits by 30% for non-resident foreigners. A gorilla permit in Uganda costs $450 for the months of November, March, April and May 2016-2017. The rest of time it is at 600$ . Some Lodges and Hotels facilities in mountain gorilla inhabited areas will also make discounts on their rates during these same months of discounted gorills permits. The explanation will be the experience shows that mountain gorilla trekking can be done any day any time of the year and you will most likely get the same experience. www.kisorotoursuganda.com www.gorilla-tracking-uganda-rwanda.com