Book a 1 Day Gorilla Trekking Tour in Uganda and visit the gentle jungle giants in their natural habitat in Mgahinga national Park. Secure a Gorilla permit at 600USD to trek the only Gorilla group in Mgahinga park. One Day Gorilla Safari Uganda is the cheapest and timely Gorilla Trekking and Gorilla Tracking Trip you can book in Africa
Reserve a 1 Day Gorilla Tour Uganda to Mgahinga National Park and visit the jungle giants in their natural habitats for only a day . Trekking Gorillas in Mgahinga park is the easiest and cheapest way to see them in Uganda. This Tour is carried out in Mgahinga Gorilla Park Uganda . The Gorilla Permits for the one Day Gorilla Safari Uganda and can be purchased at UWA’s Offices in Kampala or Kisoro districts Uganda at least a week in advance.
1 Day Gorilla Tour Uganda in Mgahinga Park
Initially our trained Safari Guide from African treasures home, will collect you from your Hotel in Kigali and drive to Ruhengeri then cross Cyanika border connecting to Kisoro Uganda.
He will drive to Mgahinga Gorilla National park Similar to Volcanoes National Park to Trek the jungle gentle giants in this Park.
1 Day GorillaTrekking in Mgahinga National Park
The Trekking activity starts at 8:00 am with a briefing from the UWA staff. Ensure to carry along with you rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, jungle boots, flash free camera, hiking stick. The game rangers will lead you inside the jungle to see the shy Primates of Nyakagezi gorilla group you have been booked for.
Trekkers can hire hiking sticks from the park’s Headquarters to give them support during the trekking process,. Along the way to the Gorillas, trekkers stand chances of encountering Golden monkeys.
After 1 – 5 hours of Trekking and seeing the Mountain gorillas, the Trekkers will return to Mgahinga Park Headquarters in Kisoro to be awarded certificates.
After the Gorilla trek, you will return to Kigali Rwanda via Cyanika border and connect to Ruhengeri and finally to Kigali arriving in the evening. Drop off will be at your preferred hotel or be dropped off at Kigali International airport for your late departure flight.
African Treasures Home offers the following for the 1 Day Gorilla Tour Uganda safari ;
– Transportation with a 4 x 4 wheel drive
– 1 Gorilla permit at 600USD for high season, 450USD low season (April, May & November)
– Full board Accommodation
– Park entrance fees
– An English speaking Safari Guide.
But excludes International Airfare, visas (where applicable), laundry, beverages, tips and other personal expenses.
The suggested Packing list for 1 Day Gorilla Trekking Uganda includes;
-Long sleeved shirts
-A rain coat
-A flash free camera
-Trekking stick (can be hired at the trekked point)
For the 1 Day Gorilla Tour Uganda, I advise trekkers to apply for East Africa Tourist Visa via Rwanda Immigration Website or on arrival at Kigali International Airport. This Visa will help you access Rwanda and Uganda
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Gorilla Habituation Experience Uganda is a new picking activity operated in Bwindi Forest Rushaga sector. The activity is similar to Gorilla Trekking but differs in away that GHEX is carried on Gorilla families that are not yet friendly to human beings in Bwindi Forest National Park
Gorilla Habituation Experience
is a process where wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to people. Gorilla Habituation Experience may take between two to three (2-3) years to be completed and during this time, researchers keep on visiting an identified Wild gorilla group on a daily basis. They get to learn more about individual gorillas and the way they behave.clients spend more time 4 hours or so with mountain gorillas compared to gorilla trekking which is restricted to only one hour.
With time, these gorillas get used to these researchers and in the long run, each individual gorilla is given a name. Once researchers are sure that these mountain gorillas can be trekked, they then introduce a mock exercise where some few people who may include scientists, journalists start visiting it. Once such a gorilla family has passed mock exercise, then it is opened for Gorilla Trekking Exercise.
Every day, 4 Gorilla permits are issued to Trekkers at 1500USD per Gorilla permit. You may secure your Gorilla Habituation Experience permits in advance with us
Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Forest during a Uganda Tour
Gorilla Habituation Experience call is carried out on Gorilla Families in Rushaga Sector of Bwindi Forest National Park Uganda. Some of the Gorilla Families for Habituation Experience adventure include Bikyingi Gorilla group. It is situated in Rushaga region in the southern Uganda Bwindi Forest was put a side for Gorilla Habituation Experience – GHE in Uganda, apparently Byikyingi group has 1 silver back, 9 adult females 2 sub adults and 9 infants. Another Gorilla group is Bushaho gorilla family.
Bwindi Forest national park has about eleven habituated gorilla families which include Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura in the Northern section of the park called Buhoma, then Bitukura, Oruzogo and Kyaguriro in the Eastern Part of Bwindi in Ruhija, Nshongi, Mishaya, Busingye, Bweza, Kahungye in Rushaga and then Nkuringo Gorilla Family all in the Southern sector.
Two gorilla families have been put aside for gorilla habituation experience and are located in the Nkuringo and Rushaga side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Its for this reason that gorilla habituation safaris can only be done in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Gorilla Habituation Experience costs USD1500 per permit and guests are allowed to stay with the gorillas for 4 hours and If you book a permit for gorilla habituation, you will be allowed to spend four hours with mountain gorillas under habituation. These four hours excludes the time you spend to reach the gorillas.
The activity starts at 7:30am and briefing is done much earlier unlik gorilla trekiing which starts at 8:30am
Currently gorilla habituation experience can be possible in Rushaga located on the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It is thus not possible in Bwindi Buhoma or Ruhija side of the forest. This is because currently, it is only in Rushaga that we have two mountain gorilla families being habituated as compared to other regions which do not have gorilla families under habituation. For those interested in this experience should be ready to go to the south and book accommodation closer to Rushaga since this activity requires an early start.
What is inclusive in Gorilla Habituation Experience permit
This includes rangers, researchers and spending four hours with mountain gorillas under habituation. It also includes park entrance fees for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
For an exciting experience one should carry the following
Boots,Trousers, Long sleeved shirts, A rain coat, A jacket, A flash free camera, Insect repellents, Trekking stick (can be hired at the trekked point)
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Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park is an amazing rewarding venture for your self to tour, come see how graceful and peaceful these creatures are in there natural habitats in Volcanoes National Park. Especially considering their incredible size You’ll be amazed and live to tell about nature of the gentle giants of the jungle in their different families in Rwanda.
Volcanoes National Park
is located in a small village called Musanze previously well-known as Ruhengeri, which is very accessible by public transport from Gisenyi or Kigali or from the airport. The drive to Volcanoes national park is 2 hrs and hence one can do gorilla trekking on the same day and drive back to Kigali after the trek. You will be required to arrive at the headquarters of ORTPN in Kinigi at the park entrance by 7:00am therefore if you hope to trek gorillas for one day, you have to wake up very early for your journey so that you are on time. However, there isn’t any public transport from Musanze to the headquarters of the park at Kinigi.
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda has an easy procedure to be conducted
Initially contact us for all clearances preparations like permits,then after the arrival from your destinations to Volcanoes National Park A cup of tea/ coffee is served as you are being entertained by the local traditional Kinyarwanda dancers to give you a good start of a strenuous yet exciting day. Before the ranger guide gives you tips on how to conduct yourself on this trek.
Quick briefing on safety measures and what to expect during the day, you will be grouped in groups of 8 people maximum and each group is assigned one gorilla family to trek. Rwanda has 10 gorilla families, hence 10 groups of 8 people each are the ones allowed to track on a particular day.
Assigning the groups highly depends on the fitness and age of the guests. For example, those above 45 years and the ones with less fitness are assigned the ‘easy to find’ gorilla families which do not wander far away from the trail heads. However, even those with special interests about specific groups may inform their guides to help them negotiate with rangers before assigning the groups such that they may be assigned those specific groups too.
Each gorilla tracking group consists of a main guide and two scouts who carry AK-47 guns, one walking in front and another behind the group. The reason for armed scouts is for protection in the forest against wild elephants or angry, wild gorillas. The scouts are trained to fire shots into the air first in order to scare away the animals but this is only done on rarest occasions when all other options like hiding away from such dangerous animals have been We’ve never heard of any case where such animals attacked the tourists and the scouts had to fire bullets though on many occasions, they advise to hide or remain still until the animals go away. However the policy of the National Park is to be safe rather than sorry.
For a safe and disrupted gorilla trekking in Rwanda the following are essential
Trekking boots; foot wears are essential to guard your foot from the sharp grasses thorns sticks in the gorilla habitats
walking sticks; these are mainly to be used as a third hand and avoid contamination to forests, and also support to the weak
Trousers and a long-sleeved shirt: You’ll be ‘bushwhacking’ into a misty rain forest, so wear trousers and a long-sleeved shirt to protect yourself from the thick undergrowth and nettles.
Gloves: A pair of gloves will protect your hands when grabbing branches and vines, particularly a tough pair of gardening gloves.
Light rain jacket: Even if you’re visiting during the dry season, it’s a good idea to pack a light rain jacket. These forests can be damp and there can still be rainfall.
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park is rewarding in the following ways
Entertaining: It amuses and incredible how graceful and peaceful these animals are, especially considering their incredible size. You’ll be amazed when you see the silver backs (mature males) get up and move around showing control over the territory.
Time with gorillas: spend some time with Gorillas, take photos, videos as long as no flashes and sounds are made when taking photos, this is because the animals are not used to them
For all gorilla tours, trackers guide you through the jungle clearing the brush with their machete so you can get a clearer and closer look at the gorillas.
8 Days primate safari is an amazing and well packaged tour in Uganda. This tour involves activities like viewing the magnificent scenic view of the Murchison falls and wildlife viewing, tracking chimpanzee in Kibale national park, white rhino tracking in Zziwa, launch cruise and game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park and the memorable mountain gorilla safari of Bwindi national park.
Tour Itinerary for 8 Days Primate Safaris
Day one: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
African treasure staff will pick you from your hotel in Kampala or from the place of destination and set off to Murchison Falls National park, reaching Ziwa Rhino sanctuary late morning for Optional Rhino Tracking. After tracking the Rhinos for 1 hour, you will continue to Murchison Falls National Park , reaching by 3:00pm. After you will visit the top of the falls and later drive to Pakuba Lodge/Paraa Safari Lodge/Red Chilli Hotel.
Day two: Game drive and Boat cruise.
Early morning, you will have morning game drives to catch up with early risers like lion, leopard, hyenas, bush bucks, among others before they return to their hiding places. Return to the hotel for late breakfast, relaxation as you wait for lunch. After lunch, you will enjoy a agreat experience at the boat cruise to the bottom of the Murchison falls, which will reward you with view of game as hippos, crocodiles, buffalos, elephants as well as a variety of bird species.
Day three: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park.
Very early in the morning after a cup of coffee, you will embark on a scenic journey to Fort Portal; a beautiful town overlooking the mountains of the moon. Taking the Western scenic route to Kibale National Park, this journey will take you through the Albertine rift valley found in the Western arm of Great East African rift valley. Reaching Fort Portal early evening, relax and refresh at the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Guest house/ Kibale Primates Lodge/Ndali Lodge.
Day four: Chimpanzee tracking, and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Drive to the park headquarters after your early breakfast for the chimpanzee briefing by the forest guide. You will locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. You will see more other primates such as the red colobus, black and white colobus and the red-tailed monkey. After lunch, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park reaching in the evening. Dinner and Overnight at Enganzi Lodge/Kyambura game Lodge/Mweya safari Lodge.
Day five: Game drives and Boat cruise.
After a cup of coffee, go for an early morning game drive along Kasenyi tracks and Queens mile in the park. You will see lions, elephants, cape buffaloes, warthogs, spotted hyenas, mongoose, water bucks, Kobs and many more. Drive back to the lodge for late breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon, after lunch and proceed for the launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Different animals that come to drink water at the channel and water birds will be viewed along the shores such buffalos, elephants, school of hippos, crocodiles as well as a variety of bird species. Dinner and Overnight stay (Day 4)
Day six: Trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After breakfast, transfer to Bwindi National Park via Ishasha sector with game drives search of the famous tree climbing lions which are always spotted clinging on old fig trees. Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest found in the southern part of the country. On your arrival, you will relax at the lodge while preparing for the gorillas the next day. Dinner and overnight at Bakiga Lodge/Gorilla Mist Camp/Ruhiija Lodge.
Day seven: Gorilla tracking and cultural walk.
The second last day starts with a good breakfast tthen briefing by a ranger guide, enter the forest for your gorilla tracking adventure. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but criss-crossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. Tracking may take 3-9 hours depending on the movements of the gorillas in their natural wild. You will stay with the gorillas for a maximum of one hour once you encounter them, and then transfer back to your lodge for relaxation. If still early, you may go for community walk in the evening.
Day Eight: Return trip to Kampala.
This is the last day of this amazing tour , you are given your break fast early morning and then set off for Kampala. On your way to Kampala, you will have scenic view of mountains, plain fields and plantations. You will make several stopovers to do shopping and photography, reaching Kampala in the afternoon. Transfer to your hotel for overnight or airport for departure.
This will mark the end of this tour, contact us and we spend these 8 days diligently together
5 days Rwanda-Congo Gorilla Tour is a wonderful life time experience to adventuresome beings.It involves tracking Gorillas families in mountainous areas of Rwanda and in lowlands of DR Congo in their natural habitats.
Each Day of the 5 days Rwanda Congo Gorilla Tour is totally amazing and differently spiced like below
Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
Our guide from African treasures will meet you at your place of destination or hotel in Kigali and brief you about what exactly you are going to do and what will be necessary during the tour . This is basically to make you ignorant about the tour you are to go for
Day 2:First Gorilla Trekking
Early morning after your breakfast, you will take a short drive to the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park where you will be briefed by the park warden about your gorilla trekking activity. the activity lasts between 2-3 hours with the gentle giants. The terrain is rough and at times muddy therefore the hikers have to be physically fit and equipped. Upon meeting the gorillas, you will stay with them for 1 hour before heading back to your accommodation facility for lunch. In the afternoon you will take a community walk around neighboring communities of the forest, interact with the local people and learn about their way of life.
Day 3: Travel to Bukavu – DR Congo
Wake up early, have breakfast at your hotel and hit the road with your tour guide driving towards the Cyangugu border to cross to DR Congo. You will visit the national museum in Butare, the king’s palace in Nyanza and the genocide site and en-route lunch in Butare, the second largest city after Kigali. You will have clear views of Rwanda’s largest fresh water lake ‘lake Kivu’. Arrive in the evening for dinner and overnight at Coco lodge (luxury), Orchid safari lodge(Mid range), Horizon Hotel (Budget).
Day 4: Lowland Gorilla Tracking
Start the second gorilla trekking activity in the low lands of . This day you trek the lowland gorillas of the DR Congo which are found in Kahuzi Biega National Park. You will also go for the routine briefing and thereafter proceed for the memorable adventure of trekking the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park. The lowland Gorillas stay in bigger families as compared to mountain gorillas. After tracking, you will go for a nature walk in the Kahuzi Biega National Park and visit Tshibati waterfalls, Bukavu town, Mbayo tea plantations, the research center and the surrounding traditional homes. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5:Transfer back to Kigali
On the last day of this tour our guide drive you back through DR Congo to Rwanda and to the destination of your choice, you will be driven back to Kigali crossing through Cyangugu border. Reach Kigali late in the afternoon for drop off at hotel or airport.
Amazing venture indeed contact us for this wonderful tour
8 Days Fishing Safaris Uganda takes place along Uganda’s en-dowered water bodies like Lake Victoria, Ssese Islands & Murchison Falls National Park
8 Days Fishing Safaris Uganda is conducted on day to day interval(day by day)
Day 1 of the 8 Days Fishing Safaris Uganda
The trip starts with your arrival at the airport where our representative from African Treasures Home warmly welcomes. you. He then briefs you about the trip and then directs or takes you to the place of accommodation where you take your dinner and spend a night there
Luxury: Lake Victoria Serena Resort
Mid range: Hotel Africana/cassia lodge
Budget: African Treasures Home
Day 2 of the 8 Days Fishing Safaris Uganda
On the second day of the trip our guide picks you from your hotel, he then connects to the Entebbe dock close to the Uganda Wildlife Education Center and then get to the boats to embark on the fishing experience. The period spent during this activity is either full day or half day, You can opt to take a half day fishing encounter commencing both in the morning at 9am returning at 12:30pm and in the afternoon at 1pm returning at 5pm. However, travellers can embark on the full day experience starting at 9am and ending at 5pm.
You connect to the second largest fresh water lake on the African continent enjoying the soothing water and the moist air before you start the hunt for fish. The fishing is conducted around the local Islands which are approximately 45minutes from Entebbe. The selection of fishing areas depends on how the fish are biting and the weather.During the fishing experience, you are served picnic lunch along with drinks, coffee and tea. However one can carry along extra drinks if they so wish.
Upmarket : Lake Victoria Serena Resort
Mid-range : Hotel African
Budget:African Treasure Home
Day 3 of the 8 Days Fishing Safaris Uganda
The third day begins with a breakfast and a moment of relaxation at the hotel. After you will drive to Nakiwogo to board the ferry to Ssese Islands. You will enjoy a cruise on Lake Victoria until the evening then the guide takes you back to the hotel for your dinner and overnight
Luxury: Ssese Island Beach Hotel
Standard: Brovad Sands Lodge
Budget : Mirembe Resort Hotel (Dorah Block Houses)
Day 4 of the 8 Days Fishing Safaris Uganda
After breakfast, you embark on the fishing encounter in the Ssese Islands exploring the magical fish. You get to the boat and go along with the experienced guides offering you a whole day experience that can be explored both in the morning and in the afternoon. It is magical to get the big catch and relax on the endless sandy beaches or take a swim in the soothing fresh waters that are endless in views being the second on the entire globe. The Nile Perch remains your aquatic fish giant. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Luxury: Ssese Island Beach Hotel
Mid-range : Brovad Sands Lodge
Budget : Mirembe Resort Hotel (Dorah Block Houses)
Day 5 of the 8 Days Fishing Safaris Uganda
After breakfast at your place of accommodation, you turn back to the ferry then to the main land connecting to Nakiwogo in Entebbe. when you arrive early you drive round Kampala for sight-seeing. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Luxury: Sheraton Kampala Hotel
Mid-range : Hotel Africana
Budget : African treasures
Day 6 of the 8 Days Fishing Safaris Uganda
After breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, you depart Kampala for 5 hour journey to Murchison falls National Park in the north west of Uganda ,exploring the impressive landscapes of central Uganda including the most flat road section in the country. You arrive at Paraa jetty cross the Nile River with the ferry and connect to Paraa Safari Lodge for a thrilling lunch overlooking the Nile and relax. In the afternoon like 4pm, you embark on an evening game drive in the northern section of the park that offers you rewarding encounters of the wildlife including the four of the Big five such as Elephants, lions, the leopards and the Buffaloes. Other sights of Rothschild Giraffes, the Jackson’s Hartebeest, the Uganda Kobs and the Oribis among others are impressive to encounter. The extensive Savannah landscape of northern Murchison intercepted by the scattered Borassus Palm trees is an attraction in itself. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge
Mid-range: Pakuba Safari Lodge
Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge
Day 7 of the 8 Days Fishing Safaris Uganda
You set off to the Nile River after breakfast to embark on the whole day fishing experience. It’s magical to explore the fish Species along the Nile including the famous Nile Perch that even weighs 80kg on this point. You have the best boats and the expert guides that will be your good companions during the fishing exercise. The other fish types like the Cat fish species and the Tiger fish make your day exciting. You retreat to Paraa Safari Lodge for lunch and then get back to the Nile stretching to the bottom of the falls where you have chances of catching the powerful Nile perch as they drop from the 43m high water fall still unsteady after being crushed along with the waters of the Nile as they pass through a less than 7m gorge. The sights of the Nile crocodiles and the Hippos may not be missed. You can undertake a hike to the top of the falls following a narrow path and you enjoy the beautiful views of the Nile River after which you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge
Mid-range: Pakuba Safari Lodge
Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge
Day 8:Do game drive in Murchison Falls National Park,track white Rhinos en route in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and then travel back to Kampala
The day begins with the game drive in the northern section of the park, a myriad of wild game is found grazing on the open Savannah grass land including the elephants, the Buffaloes, the Giraffes, the lions, the leopards, Jackson’s Hartebeests, the Water buck among others. You return to the lodge for breakfast and then cross with the ferry at 11am transferring to Kampala. You make a stop en route at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary branching 7km to the its headquarters from the main road to track white Rhinos. The encounter with the southern white Rhinos marks your full encounter with the Big five land animals.
You then finally retreat from the activity and transfer to Kampala and our guide drives you to the destination of your choice .contact us for this amazing venture.
8 Days Fishing Safaris Uganda includes
- A 4 by 4 wheel Drive
- Trained guide
- Full board accommodation
- Park entrance fees
- Ferry entrance fees and boat fees
Explore Virunga National Parks mountain Gorillas in only 1 Day in Congo with both tour and destination expert. Signup a one day budget gorilla tour to virunga national park in Congo,the tour can be kicked off from both when coming from Uganda and Rwanda.
In Uganda the tour starts early in the morning from Bunagana at the boarder of Uganda and Congo, 10 kms from kisoro town when coming from Rwanda the tour starts in Goma in north kivu province and heads to virunga park in Bukima, At the end the end of the tour you will be dropped off at a place of your interest either in Buganana at the boarder at Uganda or Gisenyi at Rwanda boarder.
A 1 DAY GORILLA TREKKING
The venture will start with pick up from the place of destination by our safari guide early in the morning at 6:00 am at your place of destination in kisoro or Goma and drive you to Virunga National Park, Arrival will be at 7:30 am followed by both registration and briefing about gorilla trekking adventure then it will be followed by a drive to the trekking start point at Virunga National Park, you will be accompanied by game rangers to the jungle in the search of the jungle giants in their natural habitats in a group of 8 maximum.
The trek will take around 2-6 hours depending on your trekking and health abilities plus the distance at which the gorilla family you are trekking has distanced it self,our guide will wait for you at the base of virunga volcanic mountain ranges until you finish your trekking then you will be driven back to either kisoro are Gisenyi hotels depending on your choice.
Mountain Gorilla Permits.
English Speaking Guide
Flight to Congo
Porters during the gorilla trekking.
All personal expenses not listed in the itinerary above
Enjoy the 1 Day gorilla trek in Rwanda which comes at discounted Gorilla permit . This one day gorilla trek is one day safari activity CONTACT US
Since June 2018 one of worlds oldest, largest and most biologically diverse national park was closed in Democratic Republic Of Congo.This arose after the insecurity saga that happened in Virunga national park that rose great fears among tourists especially in the Eastern Province.
The incident led to the death of Mrs Rachel Masika Baraka a female park ranger and kidnapping two British tourists, Bethan Davies and Robert Jesty, plus the Congolese driver of their vehicle during their tour of the 3,000 square mile park, where they hoped to spot Virunga’s famous mountain gorillas amidst dense jungle vegetation.
This was a great disappointment not only to virunga National park staff but also Tourists in Congo ,tour companies among others, because this park has 8 gorilla groups for trekking and other activities like Nyiragongo volcano climbing, nature walks, scenic viewing, chimpanzee trekking and bird watching among others which were done there and But to a great disappointment there was need to revise the old and implement the new strategies to promote security in the park as the major reason why Virunga park was closed
BUT how ever to a great surprise Virunga national park has been RE-OPENED, The park was opened in February to resume its normal operations and activities this is indeed a great chance to those that have been waiting to tour Democratic Republic OF Congo’s oldest national park Virunga National Park
Activities and attractions in Virunga national park
For potential travelers planning safaris to Congo, Virunga national park offers a variety of tourism activities and attractions. Gorilla watching is the most done activity in the park followed by Nyiragongo volcano climbing. Other activities in Virunga national park include nature walks, scenic viewing, chimpanzee trekking and bird watching among others. A single gorilla permit in Congo costs $450, which is fairly cheap compared to $600 in Uganda and $1500 in Rwanda. Virunga national park is therefore a best gorilla destination for budget gorilla safaris.
gorilla families in virunga
As said already, Virunga national park is a home to all these families and have gone through the training process and are familiar with human presence. The Congo gorilla families are Rugendo family, Munyaga gorilla family, Kabirizi gorilla family, Humba gorilla family, Lulengo family, Mapuwa gorilla family, Nyakamwe gorilla family and Bageni gorilla family. Each family is visited by a group of eight people a day for an hour.
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Lake Bunyonyi is one of the endowed water body with fresh waters, moderate temperatures and ever changing climate from cool temperatures in mornings to warm in the evening, the beautiful scenery that is characterized by the flourishing green terraced hills and the breathtaking 29 Islands that are scattered transversely in the central part of the water
The name Bunyonyi means “little birds” and the lake is found in the South Western part of Uganda lying between Kisoro and Kabale and is close to the Rwandan border. It is Uganda’s deepest lake with a varying depth between 44m and 900m, a width of 7km and 25km long. With this Lake Bunyonyi is also said to be the second deepest lake in Africa lying on an altitude of about 1962meters above sea level.
Activities that can be done at lake Bunyonyi include;
Bird watching in Lake Bunyonyi
In accordance to its very name birds are a must watch. It has an enormous assemblage of bird species which makes bird watching a key activity. This lake is home to over 200 species of birds that have been recorded. Cruising into the Nyombi swamp will enable you to see a collection of assorted bird species. These comprise of the home based species as well as those that have crossed over from International borders particularly during winter seasons in those countries. Some of the birds you get to see include; the herons, weaver birds, the grey crowned cranes, egrets, levillant cuckoo and the slender-billed baglafetch among countless others.
Canoeing and boat rides in Lake Bunyonyi
Canoe is a mean used on water to move around the several islands along Lake Bunyonyi ,along the Canoe you get to know the story behind each of them take for example the Akampene (Punishment Island) where the Kiga brought their unmarried girls whom they found pregnant, these would be forsaken and left for dead. You can make a selection of renting your own canoe or opting for a guided tour on a motorized and or non-motorized canoe. The choice is yours! Alternatively, the night rides are said to be more spectacular and fascinating for the reason that the waving waters, the alluring sound of the crickets and singing night-time birds make the journey nonetheless electrifying.
Swimming in Lake Bunyonyi
Being a free lake from Bilharzia Bunyonyi is in good condition for this health rewarding activity, Putting aside the fact that Bunyonyi has fresh waters that are serene and lucid, Another assuring advantage for the swimmers out there is that it is free of any kind of dangerous wildlife like the man eating crocodiles and hippopotamus. However, all good things come with a caution or even still, a price to pay especially to the inexperienced swimmers out there, beware of the depth lest you be trapped under.
Hiking and Nature walks in Lake Bunyonyi
Hike around Lake Bunyonyi on foot with orwithout local guideswho can be hired to lead you to explore through the highlands of Kigezi or even on the islands while on foot where you are sure to have yourself a stunning sight of the landscapes and a variety of wildlife like the zebras, monkeys, forest tree plantations and otters that can be spotted in the waters among others. You can also go hiking through the ancient Echuya Forest with an expert tour guide.
Community walks in Lake Bunyonyi
There is beauty in knowing about a place but the true beauty is in getting to know about the people living there because these are the heartbeat of that place and who knows how life without them would be like. Check out the many settlements and get insights about the lifestyle and cultures of the locals who will probably be easy to identify by their kangas (multi-colored wear). What’s more, you can visit the Batwa, a tribe of pygmies who are the original inhabitants of the country. These survive on inviting tourists into their community because they are facing the consequences of dispossession of their land by the government to build the Echuya Forest Reserve. Here they get to perform traditional folk songs and dances for their guests.
Cultural Heritage and Historical beliefs in Lake Bunyonyi
You cannot say you have been to Bunyonyi if you haven’t found your way to any of the black smith sites. Here, you can have souvenirs made for you by the gifted locals who use it as a way to earn a living. Also get a chance to see the way the locals make their farm equipment from the hoes to the machetes and many more. In addition, you can get to stopover at the Bakiga Cultural Museum, a replica of a complete Bakiga homestead built in 2002 by Festo Karwemera a known elder of Kabale and a famous fighter for the language and culture of the Bakiga. There is also a village called Bufuka where tourists are welcome to experience the cultures of the Bakiga and the Batwa. While there, they can get to join in on the proceedings of the locals like weaving, dancing and singing. There are also some shrines and local medicine men on the hills of Kagalama that will further reveal to detail more about the historical beliefs of the local people.
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