Kidepo valley National park is situated in the semi arid valleys between Uganda’s boarders with Sudan and Kenya. The park was gazetted in 1962 and it has quite a number of bird species over 475 birds, hosts over 77 mammal species and it is 700km from Kampala. Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a Savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.
Various activities that are done in Kidepo valley National park which include the following
Hiking and Sightseeing in Kidepo valley National park
Hike through the Savannah land scape at Kidepo valley National park, move around the Lamoj Mountains which are only a couple of kilometers from the Headquarters of the Park. Visitors may as well go to see the marvelous Kidepo River Valley covered with Borassus palm forest; its broad flat bed is dried out through the biggest part of the year. From the Kidepo Valley, also you can visit Kanangorok Hot Springs that are situated just 11 km from the Kidepo river valley.
Hike through the mountains as well as the Savannah landscape of this park and enjoy the fresh breath and an amazing view . The Narus valley that is found within the South West part of this park, the rocky Napore Nyagia mountain range which all together form the western boundary. Splitting it from Kidepo Valley in the north-east are the stunning Natira plus Lokayot Hills. Then to the north in South Sudan are Lotukei Mountains as well as the Morungole range which represents the southern border of this park.
Game viewing in Kidepo valley National park
Kidepo national park is also endowed with various wild animals that are worth a visit, Come and see different animal species ways of life, their habitants, hunting skills, mating among others. The various viewable species in Kidepo National Park include: The Hunting dog, Bat-eared Fox, Cheetah, Striped Hyena, Caracal, The aard Wolf, elephants, oribi, burchell’s Zebras, Jackson’s hartebeests, Bush pigs, Bohor reed buck, warthogs, Rothschild giraffes, Defassa water bucks, Cape buffaloes, Elands, Bush duskier, Bush bucks, Lions, Side-striped jackals, Leopards, Black-backed jackals, Various small cats as well as spotted hyenas.
Bird Watching in Kidepo valley National park
Birding as an activity is amazing, earing to bird songs,watching feathered creatures in their different habitats, The activity is more enticing especially with a recording gadget like cameras so as not to miss out any memory. The park is renowned for its exceptional variety of birds, Out of the Fifty eight recorded birds of prey, fourteen are thought to be specifically endemic to the Kidepo as well as the Karamoja region. Included in these are: the pygmy Falcon, Varreaux’s Eagle plus the Egyptian Vulture, in addition to many other species.
Cultural Performance at Kidepo valley National park
Not only will you enjoy performance but different people in communities will give you detailed information about cultural groups around kidepo national park,share different ideas among others. The nearby local communities possess teams of cultural entertainers that are normally accessible to offer performances on request. These performers have a wide range of traditional dances as well as songs for example the Emuya of the Nyangia as well as the Naporre ethnic groups along with Larakaraka plus Apiti dances performed by the native Acholi people.
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Trekking mountain gorillas in Gorilla Trekking Sectors is an amazing and a diversified activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park because unlike other national parks in Uganda Bwindi comprise of 4 sectors in the south, north and east. Never the less each sector is different from the other in terms of location, accessibility, altitude and the trekking experience.
These different gorilla families have been habituated in each Gorilla Trekking Sector in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and no gorilla group can be trekked in both sectors. However despite the different locations of these sectors, connecting from one sector to another is easy and quick.
Trekking gorillas in Bwindi can be done in any of the gorilla trekking sectors but the experience is undeniably memorable. Also enjoy the uniqueness of each sector some travelers have visited both sectors on different occasions hence providing them with in-depth understanding of each sector and its distinct features. Altogether Bwindi shelters over 480 mountain gorillas, which is half of the world’s total population.
The four Gorilla Trekking Sectors that make up Bwindi impenetrable forest national park include;
Buhoma Gorilla Trekking Sector
It is located in the northern part of Bwindi, Buhoma is currently the most visited sector of the national park compared to other sectors. The ease of access from kabala town and kihihi airstrip make Buhoma the best part of Bwindi to visit at all times.
Being the first sector where gorilla tourism was first done when Bwindi’s oldest gorilla family Mubare was habituated in 1992 just a year after the establishment of Bwindi forest into a national park. The sector is close to Queen Elizabeth national park via ishasa sector a home to the famous tree climbing lions hence an added advantage for travelers unlike other sectors in the Far East and south.
Buhoma is a home to different families that is mubare family habituated in 1992, Habinyanja habituated in 1997 and Rushegura habituated in 2000 all available for trekking. Buhoma has an interesting history being a forest sector where first group of travelers toured in 1993 when gorilla tourism had just been introduced.
Further more Buhoma is known for the most luxury lodges, which provide excellent food and sleeping services to travelers. These loges include Mahogany springs, Bwindi forest lodge and Buhoma lodge among others. The First-class lodges are one of the reasons for the popularity of Buhoma sector compared to other sectors of the park.
Besides gorilla trekking, travelers to the sector enjoy memorable time with the community like the Batwa and Bakiga communities who reside at the edge of the forest, hiking trails which include Munyaga trail, Waterfall trail, Rushura trail, River lvi trail and Muzabajiro loop trail among others. Also, Buhoma is good for bird watching being a shelter for several bird species that can be is a home to rare bird species such as Blue Turaco and many others.
Nkuringo Gorilla Trekking Sector
Also in southern Bwindi, Nkuringo is a home to Nkuringo family available for trekking. At times, Bushaho Gorilla family crosses from Rushaga to Nkuringo sector is located on higher altitudes which make it strenuous to hike to see the gorillas. The sector is therefore recommended for the young travelers and the physically fit that can manage strenuous hikes. Interestingly the summit of the sector provide travelers with clear and close views of the Virunga volcanoes in Uganda and Rwanda which make it district and worth visiting. Accommodation in Nkuringo sector include clouds mountain gorilla lodge for luxury, Nkuringo safari lode for budget and Nkuringo gorilla camp for mid-range. Cultural visits to Bakiga communities is also a not miss for travelers in Nkuringo sector.
Rushaga Gorilla Trekking Sector
The sector is located in southern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Rushaga is a home to 5 gorilla families which make it best for gorilla trekking. Rushaga is easily accessed from kisoro hence the nearest to connect from Kigali via Chanika border. The habituated gorilla families include Busingye, Bweza, Nshongi, Mishaya and kahungye all available for trekking. Also, Rushaga offers gorilla habituation and two families named Bushaho and Bikyingi are currently going through training. More still, Rushaga offers cultural visits to Batwa communities, forest walks and bird watching among other activities. Accommodation in Rushaga includes gorilla safari lodge, gorilla valley lodge, Ichumbi lodge, Bwindi jungle lodge, Chameleon hill lodge and gorilla safari camp among others. These provide luxury, mid-range and budget accommodation services to travelers at affordable prices. Additionally, Rushaga is a home to lake Mutanda hence an opportunity for travelers to a boat cruise at the lake hence an added advantage.
Ruhija Gorilla Trekking Sector
Ruhija sector is located in Eastern part of Bwindi forest national park and is a home to Kyaguriro family, Bitukura family, and Oruzogo family all available for trekking. Ruhija stands at 2,350 meters above the sea level hence one of the coldest areas in Bwindi. For those interested in hiking, Ruhija offers the most strenuous and adventurous hiking trail to Rwamunyonyi peak hence a not miss. While in Ruhija expect to meet other primates such as elephants and several monkey species, which make your stay in the area interesting. Lodges in Ruhija include Bakiga lodge, gorilla mist lodge, Ruhija gorilla resort and Ruhija gorilla safari lodge, which all provide luxury and budget accommodation services to travelers at fair prices.
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Musanze Cave Safari Rwanda is totally unavoidable venture for now to tour or visit Rwanda and hesitate to leave it out. Musanze caves were officially recognized as Tourism ASSET in Rwanda in 2013 and have since then become a must visit in Rwanda for a complete safari package.
are located in Ruhengeri Northern Province of Rwanda in Musanze town. The cave is 2 kilometers long and was formed as a result of Cenozoic volcanic rocks. The caves were formed from lava basaltic layers from mount Bisoke and Mount Sabinyo. Musanze cave lies on the volcanic region where layers flows dating from 60 million years ago have created the great western arm of the East African rift valley which is one of the largest geographical features on earth.
Besides having 31 entries Musanze caves provide striking views of green vegetation and an ideal place for photo , Various breeds of bats found inside the caves and the caves illustrates a picture of a house with several rooms and corridors which is very thrilling to explore. Musanze caves entrance exceeds ten kilometers wide with the inside having several side passages, its located at the mountain slopes of volcanoes national park therefore an appropriate place to visit after gorilla trekking in the park
The Musanze caves not only acts as an asset but also very important to the local people in this area because they use it as a hiding place during the political chaos or war times in Rwanda, the cave floors are paved with stairs to make it easier for tourists to walk in the caves.The Musanze caves are also an important historical site to the geographers and geologists as they give understanding of the geological and geographical formation of the planet.
There are guides who will lead your tour to the caves, giving you information on how the rocks were formed upto the present day. The caves have got well established tourists walkways and trails leading you through the 2 kilometer cave.
Musanze Cave Safari can be supplemented with further tours like visiting the Buhanga Eco Park which was the coronation place for the Rwandan kings and also visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, Tourists can decide to do gorilla trekking and have an unforgettable encounter with the gentle giants of the jungle.
Musanze caves can be accessed in 90 minutes drive from Kigali the capital of Rwanda and can be visited all year round but the best time is during the dry season of Jun to September and December to February.
Game Drive Safaris
are ventures that involve driving through the park while viewing various animals species under the supervision of a game ranger who gives detailed information of any animal of your request. It is basically done in game tracks that are very suitable and well maintained for tourists or visitors to have a wonderful and amazing venture in game parks
The best timing for game drives is in the morning hours where more high chances of viewing most animals while leaving their habitats.Game drives can also be carried out in the late afternoon as the animals are constructing their homes and here you can also see many animals. This is an interesting activity that tourists enjoy as they take photographs of different animals that are unique and some that are only found in Uganda.
various wild animals that can be viewed include the elephants, leopards, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, buffaloes, lions, cheetahs, baboons, birds, Uganda Kob and so many other animals. This is done in different National Parks like Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo, and Semuliki among others. uganda being endowered with wild animals in abundancy makes game drive safari a beautiful amazing and wonderful experience one has to see
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Mount Bisoke is one of the peaks of virunga mountain ranges among the 8 volcanoes of the Virunga conservation region of East and Central Africa. The mountain stands at 3,711 meters high with a crater lake and beautiful vegetation that give beautiful scenery at the top. Hiking mount Bisoke is basically a 1 day tour or hike that requires good fitness and good health
is among the peaks of the Virunga mountain ranges found along the border of Democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda located besides the Parc National de Vulcans in Ruhengeri Northern Province of Rwanda. The hike in mount Bisoke necessitates one to move along steep slopes that are densely closed with the equatorial rain forest and some alpine meadows for around 4 hours to conquer the peak and 2 hours to slope down, however the experienced hikers take only 3hours to reach the top and 1 hour to slope down and this means hiking to the top of this mountain bisoke and back is a one day activity.
The hikes starts with a briefing followed by the hiking activity itself that starts at 8:00am, A porter can be taken or hired along if you like one and the hiking gears are provided at the park.
A hike on mount Bisoke is not that tough but may be very hectic for the inexperienced hikers since the mountain is on a high elevation that necessitates climbers to have a lot of energy to climb and to walk through the whole excursion. Climbing to the top of this mountain can be a whole day adventure depending on your speed and the stops you make to the top but at the end of the day you will realize that the hike is worth the efforts.
Hiking mount Bisoke is among the exciting hiking adventures one can engage in on their next safari to Rwanda because it is not so tough though it requires some average level of fitness and good health. At the top of mountain Bisoke it really rewards with an incredible scenery over the vegetation and stunning views of Virunga massif.
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Gorilla Trekking in Democratic Republic of Congo is an exiting activity that can be both carried out in mountainous areas of Virunga and lowlands of Kahuzi Biega National Park.This makes it only country that has both low and high land gorillas.
Gorilla Trekking in Democratic Republic of Congo mainly takes place in Virunga National Park which is a habitat to over 250 habituated mountain gorillas and is home to 8 habituated gorilla families available for tracking all year round. It also shares with Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. All 3 countries are directly inter joined by the Virunga massif. Congo today is a very safe and secure compared to its past events and the destination is currently taking visitors to visit Eastern part of Congo rich with some of the best spots to visit in Africa.
Gorilla Permits for Gorilla trekking in Democratic Republic of Congo are very low and affordable compared to others it costs $400 Per Person which today stands as the cheapest option to see gorillas in their natural habitant. Uganda’s gorilla permits goes for $600 while Rwandas gorilla permits goes for $1500 Per Person. Congo gorilla trekking offers a cheaper alternative for tourists to meet the rare mountain gorillas and fulfill a life time adventure. Its possible for a visitor to visit gorillas in Congo on just a 2 day itinerary program from Gisenyi crossing through Goma city.
Despite being a gorilla attraction center, Democratic Republic of Congo is also a land of diversity with various attractions like the world’s largest active lava lake of the Nyiragongo volcano where Hiking tours to the top of mount Nyiragongo are done daily with overnight at the top of the Volcano.
For an amazing tour the following are necessary
Virunga offers moderate hikes when trekking in the jungle forest with through bushes, trees and vines You need a walking stick (s) available at the part offices, good hiking boots, plan for rain, long sleeve shirt is useful when walking in the forest parts, park at least 3 L of water, a snack, long pants, long socks which you tuck in your pants to prevent insect bites), gloves because if lots of thorns in the forest, hire a porter (available at starting point), take cash to tip the guides.
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2 Days Gorilla Trekking Tours in Mgahinga National Park is an amazing opportunity to meet the mountain Gorillas in the wild in just two days.Venture the most scenic places in Eastern Africa and view the gentle giants.This 2 days trip takes you to Mgahinga National Park, the Ugandan part of the Virunga
Mgahinga is one of the most scenic places in Eastern Africa for a 2 Days Gorilla Trekking Tour . This 33sq km park is located in the Virunga hosting 3 volcanoes; Gahinga, Muhavura and Sabinyo. This trip starts from Kigali and ends with touring back to Kigali for departures.
Trip Itinerary for the 2 Days Gorilla Trekking Tours
Day 1: Kigali Mgahinga National
You will be picked up from the airport or your hotel by our company guide. If you arrive in the morning hours, possibly you can take a Kigali city tour including a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial site located within Kigali city, built in commemoration of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, Presidential Palace and Caplaki. After a brief Kigali Tour, embark on your journey to Mgahinga National Park located in the south western part of Uganda. Traveling via Volcanoes National Park in Northern Rwanda, enter Uganda via the Cyanika Border.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking 2 Days Gorilla Trekking Tours in Mgahinga National Park
Wake up early in the morning, and get prepared for the most thrilling activity of gorilla tracking within Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Our guide will drive you to the ranger station before 8:00am with your lunch box . After getting briefed, the guides will lead you to track the mountain gorillas, possibly one of the most exhilarating wildlife experiences on earth. After the trek, embark on a return trip to Kigali with a drop off at the airport or a hotel in Kigali.
The safari includes
– Transportation with a 4 x 4 wheel drive
– Gorilla permit at 600USD
– 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.
What to Pack for Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safari
-Long sleeved shirts
-A rain coat
-A flash free camera
-Trekking stick (can be hired at the trekked point)
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Boat cruise safari is one of the most amazing and unpredictable tours along the Nile in Murchison falls national park.Getting on a boat cruise to the bottom of Murchison Falls National Park is such a remarkable activity, It guarantees you sights of various bird species, hippos, feeding elephants, crocodiles, the mighty Murchison falls itself.
Before the Boat cruise safari kicks off , some briefings are given to you plus life jacket as an emergency protection on the boat and a guide is on board in case of any inquiry or problem .There has never been any recorded tragedy during the so many cruises that have been done before, But has always been a good practice to make sure that tourists like you are safe during the boat cruise and therefore, great caution is always taken right before tourists get on board.
Boat Cruise Safari in Murchison falls national park has two shifts one starting from 9:00 am and another starts at 2:00 pm. The cruise takes around 2-3 hours depending calmness of the waters of the Nile
The cruise is best in dry season because wild animals feed from shores of the falls giving good views of these wild animals like antelopes, elephants, among others
The Boat Cruise Safari is not a costly tour, the tour costs 30 dollars per person and low affordable costs for refreshment sold on the board
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS TOUR
Great wildlife viewing moments, wildlife animal are a must see as they feed on water especially in the dry season when there is no water in their habitats. This makes it a double chance of viewing animals and enjoying the cruise. View animals like antelopes hippos crocodiles elephants among others how ever not exactly that all no these will be there at the same time., A tour guide will be explaining the various animal habits of those that you see, how they feed, their weight, gestation period and so much more
Another interesting part of this cruise is it takes you to the area where Ernest Hemingway’s planes crushed. Hemingway and his wife visited Murchison Falls National Park for photography but their plane crushed. Another plan that came to their rescue barely took off and crushed too. Your safari guide will narrate this to you when you close in to this spot.
Meet the spectacular Murchison falls, this is pivot of this venture feel the splashing waters of the falls , take memorable photos with the falls as the background take a brief hike along the top hills of Murchison falls, get fresh breath from the cool falling waters rainbow views among others. The whole activity is just enjoying nature, interacting with other people from different parts of the wold
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Africa Treasures apartments offers the best accommodation services in this New year 2019, book with us at low and affordable rates. We offer luxury double Deluxe Bedrooms , twin bedrooms, single Bedrooms, Double rooms, triplets with inclusive like free break fast every early morning, free WiFi, 24 hours customer service available, among others
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are well located in Kampala district along bukoto hill giving a beautiful scenic view and it is surrounded by trading centers and shopping malls like Acacia mall making the costs of living to be low , good road network connecting to Kampala-Entebbe route Kampala-jinja route and many more
Africa Treasures Apartments have big clean space to offer accommodation to solo travelers, volunteers, researchers, couch surfers among others in Kampala. The home is Under the management of katona tours and travel Company which you can book your gorilla tours, game viewing safaris hiking mountains in Uganda,Rwanda and Congo like Rwenzori, Bisoke among others at low and affordable rates . In DR Congo visit Virunga gorilla park, view Nyiragongo active volcano with us.
Gorilla Permit for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park grants permission to trekkers to trek mountain gorillas in their natural habitats which is among the most amazing and health rewarding venture in Uganda and Rwanda national parks.
Meet the gentle giants of the jungle see their different families, their ways of life in their habitats. Reserve a permit to AVOID any resistance at national parks since it is a MUST requirement at national parks to trek mountain gorillas. Africa Treasures as one of its best fields will provide relevant gorilla permit booking information for Bwindi national park in Uganda and volcanoe national park in Rwanda so as to enable you plan your gorilla safari very well.
If one is to talk about gorilla trekking in Uganda, Bwindi gorilla permits come directly in the picture. Africa treasures brings you detailed information about Bwindi gorilla permits in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an expansive tropical rain forest located in south western Uganda. It is shared between three districts of Kisoro, Kabale and Kanungu. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to many forest animals including the jungle giants mountain gorillas. According to the current census, Bwindi impenetrable National Park has half of worlds mountain gorillas. The rest of the mountain gorillas are found in Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park in Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo
Gorilla permit for trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park are reserved depending on the sections or regions in the park. These regions have different gorilla families and accommodation properties and they include Buhoma in the North,Ruhija in the East,Rushaga and Nkuring in the South.thus one trekks afamily of his or her choice.
It is highly advisable to reserve or book a gorilla permit in advance that is some months earlier like 3-5 months. This is to avoid inconveniences like late reservations especially during peak seasons when more gorillas are trekked in Bwindi and volcanoe national parks.Peak seasons are majorly in months of June, July, August, September, December and January, there fore African treasure books for these gorilla permits for you until your arrival for the trekking.
Prices for Gorilla Trekking Permit
We reserve your permit for trekking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park and volcanoe national park at a cost USD $600 and USD1500 per permit respectively . The permit if paid includes park entry fees as well as services of a ranger guide who will trek with you in the forest in search of mountain gorillas. A gorilla permit is used once depending on the period specified on it, other services like accommodation, car hiring are customized according to clients needs.
Note that gorilla family allocation happens on the day of trekking where tourists are grouped depending on their physical abilities and interest. You will need to express your interest so that they allocate you a gorilla group that will help you achieve it. For more information and gorilla permit booking and allocation, do contact us at Encounter Africa safaris.
How to acquire a gorilla permit
You(client) contact Africa treasures with date or period of trekking and location of trekking. we will check availability of gorilla permits and inform you. We will send you an invoice and once you have transferred your funds on to our account, we will purchase your permits and send you scanned copies.
When to book Bwindi gorilla permits
Gorilla permits should always be booked well in advance to avoid shortage. Avoid trying to book gorilla permits on ground as you may be frustrated once they are out of stock. Everyone interested in tracking mountain gorillas should contact Africa Treasures at least 3-5 months in advance to check whether gorilla permits are still available. We will then contact Uganda Wildlife Authority and advise you accordingly.
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