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Complete Guide to Visiting Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the most popular of all Uganda’s
national Parks. Located in southwestern Uganda, this UNESCO world
heritage site features among the most splendid protected areas in East
African Region. It lies at the border area between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
just along the Albertine rift valley. It covers an area of about 331
square kilometers comprising of mainly the montane and lowland forests.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park lies between
altitude 1160 and 2607 meters and it was gazetted mainly to offer
refuge to most of its incredible wildlife species. This park is one of
the most biodiverse areas in Africa. It offers refuge to about 120
mammal species, 350 bird species, 27 frogs, 220 butterflies, 1000
flowering plant species plus more than 163 tree species as well as 104
ferns. As you head to the northern sector, you will find numerous Guinea Congolian flora that include 2 endangered species, brown mahogany and brazzeia longipedicellata.

The weather and climate of Bwindi National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park receives rainfall amount of around
1500mm and given the kind of habitat, this park features as a
significant rainfall catchment area. This UNESCO World Heritage Site
also experiences two wet seasons and two dry seasons with a wet season
starting from March to May and from October to November then the dry
season begins from June to September and December to February.

The people

Like any protected area, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
is surrounded by the Bakiga and Batwa pygmies. This also means that a
visit to this park doesn’t only reward travel endeavors with magical
mountain gorilla encounters but also with thrilling cultural experiences
from the Batwa and Bakiga communities where you will be amazed by their
rare dances, music performances and also get a chance to learn more
about their life styles.

What to do in Bwindi National Park

 

Mountain gorilla trekking

The main activity in this park is mountain gorilla trekking and it takes
visitors through the thick forest and steep slopes to look out for the
rare mountain gorillas. To track gorillas in this park, there are four
main trailheads where treks usually start from and they include Buhoma,
Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga. Each of these regions feature habituated
gorilla families of which Bwindi National Park comprises of about 17
habituated groups which are readily available for this life changing
experience. To be part of this lifetime gorilla safari experience, you
need $600 to secure your permit.

Gorilla habituation experience

 

Unlike other destinations where gorilla trekking safaris
are conducted, Bwindi National Park offers both the usual gorilla treks
and gorilla habituation experiences. With gorilla habituation
experience, you get opportunity to enjoy incredible moments with these
great apes in the wild. Bwindi National Park is the only national park
in the world where gorilla habituation experience is conducted. With
this adventure, you have all the fours to be with gorillas, explore
their behavior, take photos as many as you can. It is a rare experience
the fact that it takes you through semi-habituated gorilla families.

Bird watching

 

For those of you who love birding, Bwindi National Park is one of a few
remarkable birding habitats you need to consider a must to explore.
About 350 bird species call this park a home and these include 23
species that are endemic to the Albertine rift. Among the many birds
that thrive within this park include the African green broadbill, short
tailed warbler, blue headed sunbird and others. Bird watching in this
forested protected area is conducted in four of its main trails-Buhoma
waterfall, bamboo zone, Mubwindi swamp trail in Ruhija.

Nature walks/hiking

This park comprises of 6 (six) nature trails most of which are found
within Buhoma sector and you can embark on guided nature walks which
take you through hidden treasures of this protected area. Among other
incredible sites for you to explore include the waterfalls, primates,
mountain views as well as bird species. The nature trails in this park
include the Muyanga waterfall walk, Ivy River walk, Rushura hill walk,
Muzubijiro loop, Habinyanja trail and many others.
Other safari activities for you to do while on safari in this park include cycling or mountain biking, cultural encounters.

Where to stay in Bwindi National Park

Bwindi National Park is known for its numerous accommodation facilities
where tourists spend a night before or after their strenuous adventures.
The available lodges for you choose for your overnight stay in Bwindi
include Chameleon Hill lodge, Buhoma lodge, Mahogany springs lodge,
Silverback lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Trackers safari lodge,
Buhoma gorilla resort, Gorilla safari lodge, Bwindi Jungle Lodge and
many more.

Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is reachable both by road and
by air. By road, most routes to this park converge to Butogota
approximately 108 kilometers away from Kabale to Buhoma through Ruhija.
If you are traveling from Kampala, you will head off to Buhoma via
Kabale to Ntungamo. There are also many other routes. Alternatively, you
can embark on direct flight from Entebbe International Airport or
Kajjansi airstrip to Kisoro or Kihihi airstrip where you can easily
connect up to the park within a shortest time.

Conclusively, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is not only
popular for mountain gorillas but also for a number of most significant
wildlife species for you to catch a glimpse at while on Uganda safari.

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Planning a Gorilla Trekking Safari

Did you know that there are only about 880 mountain gorillas left in the world? Do you know that meeting eye to eye with the mountain gorillas in the wild is one of the most unique wildlife encounters one can ever experience on the African continent. There are a few places where one can experience this lifetime thrilling moment. No wonder the cost of a mountain gorilla safari is far higher than other wildlife viewing experiences.

Here is practical information that you may need to plan a gorilla watching safari in Africa.

Where to trek gorillas

It is always very important to decide where to go and enjoy gorilla tracking. There are only three countries where mountain gorillas can be found in the world. Surprisingly there are unique features in each of these three countries that host these rare species in the world. Experience shows that most travelers looking for short trips opt for Rwanda while those looking for gorilla tracking combined with game viewing opt for Uganda.

A gorilla visit to many travelers in Africa is the single largest expenditure they make in the region. Not only having the best experience but it is also worth knowing the security side of it. For most of travelers it comes down to a choice between volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Bwindi national park in Uganda and as the Mgahinga gorillas always cross they boarder to Congo so before booking you need to confirm with your tour company the group is there and Djomba in democratic republic of Congo has been closed for years due to insecurity in the country which doesn’t favor safe gorilla tracking. So Rwanda and Uganda offers the best sighting areas for gorilla tracking, since Rwanda has about 10 gorilla habituated gorilla groups and Uganda has about 13 gorilla groups which are ready for tracking.

Bwindi impenetrable national park

This is the most visited Uganda national park. It is located in the South-western part of Uganda in just a drive of about 8-10 hours on the road from Kampala Uganda’s capital and largest city. Or by a plane it’s just about an hour from Kajansi air strip to kisoro air strip then from there to the park. The park covers an area of about 331 square kilometers. It borders the Republic of Congo border and the Virunga National park on the edge of the Albertine Rift. The park is most known because it hosts the rare species that’s the mountain gorillas almost a half of the world’s population about 400 individuals are estimated to live only in this park about of 880 individuals left worldwide making it the best safari destination for gorilla trekking in Africa. Bwindi impenetrable national park is a dense forest with steep slopes, so this sometimes makes gorilla trekking hard, due to it’s being dense, visibility is also some how tough, and a fast film or push-processing is necessary for good photographic results. Not being dense it’s also a tropical rainforest and in such a background it can rain at any time so you are advised to carry rain gears such as jackets, strong shoes/boots long sleeved shirts or blouses, gloves, other tracking gears include sticks these can be provided at the park headquarters, packed lunch and bottled water. Not only gorillas that are found in the park the is also a home to over 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of fern, it’s also the only park in the world where the chimps and gorillas co-exist in the same environment a very good experience at the park.

The park has 11 habituated gorilla ready for tracking including Mubale Gorilla Group Nshongi Gorilla Group, Mishaya Gorilla Group, Habinyanja Gorilla Group, The Rushegura Gorilla Group, Nkuringo Gorilla Group, The Oruzogo Gorilla Group, Bitukura Gorilla group, Busingye Gorilla Group, Bweza Gorilla Group, kyaguniro gorilla group, kahungye gorilla group. Only eight members are allowed to track in each group. Arranger guide is every time available to accompany the trackers in the forest and he is armed to guide the trackers in case of anything, he also help to give relative information to visitors to any forest flora and fauna they found on the way to make tracking more interesting. Porters are also available they are hired at a fee of about 10-15 USD they help in caring clients, bags and sometimes packed food in case a visitor gets tired during the tracking.

Mgahinga gorilla national park

This is another Uganda’s gorilla national park, it’s is located in the far south- western corner of the country it covers an area of about 434sqkm; it takes part of the Virunga volcanoes, which span the boarder of Uganda, Rwanda and democratic republic of Congo. The park was formed to protect the rare mountain that inhabit its dense forest and is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey. However gorillas to this park are not guaranteed as gorillas tend to migrate to the Virunga national park or Rwanda in search of different adventures although ever since they returned back in the park in 2012 they have stayed a while. However it’s advised to confirm with your tour company to know which side of the boarder the gorillas are on before you confirm your safari. There are only one gorilla group in Mgahinga gorilla national park and that’s Nyakagezi Gorilla Group. Gorilla permits are also at a cost of US$600 in the high seasons and 350 USD in the low seasons.

Volcanoes national park (Parc Nationale des Volcas, Rwanda

It’s just a 2-3 hours drive to the park (volcanoes national park) from Kigali Rwanda’s capital and its largest city. The park covers an area of about 160km2. It is located at the border with Uganda in the North and in the west by Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The park is known for its rare species mountain gorillas and it is refers to as the best gorilla tracking destination owning almost a half of the world mountain gorillas over 380 individuals are found at the park. The park was made famous through the works of Diane Fossy who studied the behaviors of these giant species for a period of over 20 years and it was a base where the film about her works was made (gorillas in the mist).

Due to her works of habituating gorillas, gorillas become the major tourist attraction in Rwanda and one of the major sources of revenue to the country. Not only gorillas but the forest is a home to golden monkeys, various species of birds, plants, butterflies among others. If you want the most real experience; this may be the place to come as the towering volcanoes form a breathtaking background.

Mountain gorilla tracking in Rwanda can be accessed easily as when you compare gorilla tracking in Uganda. Rwanda gorilla permits are at a fee of US$1500 per person per tracking, gorilla permit is a guarantee for tracking however it’s not a guarantee for seeing gorillas although chances of seeing them is at 95% and the park has well experience guides good at sighting them and there most of the time know where they allocate them.

The Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda has about 10 habituated gorilla group and only 8 members are allowed to track in each group. Rwanda gorilla groups include Susa Group (Susa A Family), Karisimbi FamilySabyinyo Gorilla Group, Amahoro Gorilla Group, Umubano Group, 13 Group (aka Agasha Group), Kwitonda Family, Hirwa Group, Bwenge Family, Ugenda Family. Like its counterpart Uganda, tracking gorillas lasts for only one hour and people below the age of 15 years are not allowed to track.

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Visit Suzhou Underwater World

Located in Suzhou national tourism resort, with a total investment of 25 million dollars, is the first large-scale comprehensive ocean world in the south of Jiangsu province, China.
The first domestic underwater world possesses some unique national-level animals, such as Chinese sturgeon, Chinese alligator, Taihu white fish, whitebait, breams as well as other native fish. In addition, there are a large number of foreign fish.

Along the escalator down to a small slope, you will feel a sudden drop in temperature, with light becoming dark blue, just like in the sea. Accompanied by marine organisms and music, the transparent cover through the arch, you can see colorful fish merrily swimming around.

The turtles slowly swim around in water, some of which motionless in the corner. Dont you think they are docile yeanling, once angry but very aggressive.
Coral reef gallery is full of lovely creatures, such as beautiful jellyfish floating in the water, gorgeous acanthurus japonicus, as well as the stone fish which is the master of camouflage.
The well-trained sea lions give an irregular show, winning thunderous applause.

In addition, we can also see the Antarctic penguin here, as well as the Arctic wolves.
The Science Museum, a magnificent hall of learning, is composed of popular science classroom, evolutionary biology exhibition hall, marine animal specimen exhibition hall, as well as an exhibition hall of marine shellfish samples. It vividly imparts knowledge of ocean to every visitor, in form of modern high technology, with biological entity specimens, texts, as well as pictures.
Some bottle-nose dolphins in Japan and seals in South America bring brilliant shows in the marine theater for visitors. In addition to animal performance, there are various performances like water ballet, acrobatics, singing and dancing activities, etc.

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Enjoy a Safari in Magical Kenya

Kenya the homeland of the big five offers exceptional wildlife viewing year round the reason as to why many Royalty, politicians, aristocracy, and Move stars visited the country in 1900 to hunt for Rhinos, Buffaloes, elephants, leopards and lions. As the countries favorite Masai Mara is one of the best places in Africa to see big cats, Lake Nakuru for White rhinos and Flamingos which attract thousands to watch them as they feed in the shallow waters. Lake Bogoria is another spot for flamingos in Kenya so if you love birds its worthy to be included among your birding travel destinations in Africa.

Over 56 National parks and reserves are found in Kenya which makes it the world safari capital of Africa. The most visited parks include Masai Mara National Reserve (a recreational area of big cats, wildebeest migration & the big five), Lake Nakuru National Park (the school of flamingoes & the big five), Amboseli National Park (well-known for the awesome views of Mount Kilimanjaro plus the big five), Samburu National Reserve ( a park which connects to Buffalo springs without limit & a residence to the big five), Tsavo west National Park (famed for its location and the big five), Buffallo springs National reserve (hosts the big five plus open connectivity to samburu, Tsavo East National park (the comfort zone of the big five), and Aberdares National park (Nice spot of the big five though lions are hard to find).

A safari in Kenya is one of the most rewarding journey to the African continent. Thousands of travelers visit Kenya to enjoy a safari in its best national parks such as Amboseli National Park, Masai Mara national park and more.

When to Visit Kenya

Visit Kenya any time of the year but for best game viewing make it during the dry season from late June to October since the wildebeest migrations arrives in Masai Mara in July and it goes back to Serengeti plains in Tanzania in October. This makes Masai Mara more busy and exceptional from the other parks. Access this wildlife haven in Africa by air through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi Kenya’s capital and biggest transport hub. Both domestic and international flights are conducted in Nairobi from and too different corners of the world. Say Jambo to the warmth, ethnic group of the Masai tribe as you watch them dance, sing in appreciation of their Gifted land in the wild.

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The Best Miami Tours, Excursions & Activities

Since the high temperature for the Tours in Miami Beach began about 10 years ago, actions,  Tours, accommodations and resort reservation has become more and more well-known for these days.
After the large USA economic system problems, re-sellers have had decreased their income and for the more intense aspect visitors client support quality has decreased in big aspect too. Any how, an incredible amount tourist comes to Miami Beach , FL every year anticipating to have a memorable holidays, and they will for sure!

At Miami Beach we got no more than 10 travel agency organizations, and more than 400 re-sellers on the roads and authorized places where they can guide the same Tours for an extra fee which is compensated by the client.
We suggest reservation straight with the owner so you leap the center man deal and charges.

Recent research revealed that from more than 100 actions such as bahamas, keywest, everglades, accommodations, and others, the most well-known trip available, that nobody can skip, is the well-known Miami Beach town trip plus Miami Beach vessel Tours, which goes everywhere in Miami Beach while being read in different ‘languages’. You can find more information at MIAMI TOURS OPERATORS or continue studying bellow:
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Join us on a trip through the Miami’s most exciting communities. Learn about the town’s record and see houses of the affluent and celebrities.
Here’s a list of what you’ll see: Southern Beach; Town center Miami; Brickell; Grape Grove; Reefs Gables, Little Havana; and Sea Generate. Along with some lesser-known places like the Gianni Versace House, Holocaust Funeral, Venetian Causeway; Madonna’s Home, Sylvester Stallone’s Home, Vizcaya, Watson Isle, Cartagena Plaza, Reefs Gables Rivers, School of Miami Beach, Biltmore Hotel, Venetian Share, Magic Miami Beach, Calle Ocho, Old Cutler Street, and the key find where Eileen Fitzgibbons shot his “Thriller” songs movie, plus thousands of other exciting attractions, well-known film places and strange experiences not seen with other trip organizations.

Following the City Tour, you’ll take a 90-minute read touring vessel vacation around Biscayne Bay, where you will see Miami’s amazing river, such as the downtown Miami Beach sky line, Miami Beach Seaside, Slot of Miami Beach, Fisher Island, and houses of the affluent and celebrities. Drinks and light treats are available for purchase on board.

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Have you relished a vacation to Egypt?

Since time memorial Egypt is deemed to be the land of mysteries and myths. Surprisingly Egypt is not blessed with the charismatic aspect of Mother Nature but it is paradigm of manual work at its excellence.

The Egyptian pyramids and other monuments, their ambience, art and architecture have notched a distinguished place on earth. Egypt is also known for its archaic civilization, the unique Egyptian culture and heritage and for the simplicity of Egyptians.

This hot land of deserts has always been wooing countless visitors every year. It has nestled something for people of all age group and from any profession. While almost every historian is intrigued by the Egyptian history and civilization that is one of the greatest ancient civilizations in the world today, for the engineers to it is no less thrilling to explore the wonders of the world here. A trip to Egypt is quite informative for the kids too. This is because Egypt best instantiates or is a perfect mirror to its past. A stroll in the streets of Egyptian cities will acquaint you with the work and other remains of different dynasties that reigned here. It is a lifetime experience to visit the land that was the pride of eminent rulers such as Alexander, Napoleon and Mohammed Ali Pasha.

If we navigate through the Egyptian cities we find that Egypt’s capital Cairo is the largest metropolitan in Africa. It is an ideal amalgam of ethnicity and modernity. From the age-old cupolas and minarets, vibrant markets to skyscraping buildings and pulsating nightlife, Cairo has it all. A wonderful feature of Cairo is that the luxury as well as the budget travelers can have a great vacation here. For while on the one hand there are simple and inexpensive accommodations on the other Cairo has quite a few excellent luxury resorts and hotels.The temple city of Amen-Ra is also a place worth visiting in Egypt. It lies near the village of Karnak and is home to the great Luxor Museum. People also come to see the magnificent Temple Complex of Amen-Ra and the Temple of the Goddess Mut, the wife of Amen-Ra. If you desire to see the coveted 13.5 meters tall well-dressed limestone statue of Pharaoh wearing a weatherworn crown, make a visit to the ancient city of Memphis. Besides this statue of Colossus of Ramses II the other lures of Memphis include a small Open-air Museum, the beautiful Alabaster Sphinx and the Embalming Site of Apis. The Site of Apis is famous for the sacred animal of god Ptah, the Apis bull that was mummified here prior to its being buried.

Not to forget are the globally acclaimed spectacular pyramids of Giza. The pyramids lie to the west of Cairo and their construction can be traced back to middle of third millennium B.C.  You can observe these pyramids on foot or via camel ride. Visitors can also delight in the swimming, coral reefs and other underwater wonders at the popular Sinai Peninsula. Aqua adventures can also be enjoyed at Hurghada that lies on the south of Suez Canal. Hurghada is famous for swimming and scuba diving.

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Las Vegas Tours

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Tracking Gorillas Twice in Rwanda

Rwanda is a home to over 380 mountain gorillas in the world without including the half of the entire population which is found in Uganda at both Bwindi forest and Mgahinga national park a place where silver meets gold. Of Late the country’s gorilla park Volcanoes National Park has 10 habituated gorilla families and only eight people are allowed to track each gorilla family per day. This makes the demand for the gorilla safaris in Rwanda high year round though thousands travel from the globe to get chance to meet face to face with the large silverback Gorilla, mother gorillas and their young babies as they play and enjoy the wild in their locality. Among the few who manage to make their dream come always say the trek is very expensive but the effort and moments with the great apes is worthy it.

Gorilla tracking is magnificent any time of year so long as you ready to make your dream come true and hiking is not as hard as you may think. Some times it’s hectic for those who don’t hire locals to help them carry the trek luggage (bottled drinking water, packed lunch insect repellant, camera etc) I think its fare walk for everyone. Most gorilla tracking visitors storm Rwanda during the dry season of December to February, and from about June to mid-September which is regarded as the best period to track the Gorillas in volcanoes national park but if you planning your trek during this period its advisable to secure or book your gorilla tracking permit at least three months in advance in order not to miss out. Same applies if you want to track in April – May and November. Its good timing though it can rain any time of the day which makes hiking a little bit hard but still the gorilla trek experience is the same like for those who visit the Gorillas in the dry season.

Rwanda Gorilla Permits

Gorilla permits for Rwanda cost $750 while securing a permit at last minute during both seasons is not simple. People who plan earlier don’t face any problem in securing their Gorilla permits since all gorilla permit arrangements are done prior to their travel date. Always 80 gorilla tracking permits are available per day for trackers though some times the number of trackers go beyond the maximum permits available. If you luck you can get a permit at last minute that is if someone cancels or fails to show up for the trek which is not a common thing at the park headquarters. Just plan well and avoid being left at the park headquarters in a very sad mood as others enter the forest for the day’s gorilla trekking expedition. The park management has a plan of reducing Gorilla permit prices during the low season of April, May and November like that of Uganda so just inquire with your travel agent for updates.

Gorilla tracking experience

I wonder why holiday expectations don’t match with our holiday experience like some adventure seen too hard but become the easiest when you take them on and you even enjoy to the fullest something unusual to many. Someone will tell you Bung jumping & white water rafting in Uganda is a scary venture but when you experience them oh they are Magical. The same applies to the gorilla trek experience but it’s a rare magical experience in the bamboo forest which you just experience in either the easiest way or go through some hassle.

I visited Rwanda on a tailor made trip organized by a travel agency who arranged all my adventures both in Rwanda and Uganda. They booked my gorilla trekking permits together with all the other tour essentials transport accommodation in time. I was a sole traveler which somehow made me part with some good amount of dollars since I slept in Luxury Accommodation throughout my stay. It was my dream to encounter the mountain gorillas twice so that I can spend at least two hrs with them which came true early this year. I was at the park headquarter in Kinigi by 7.00am the best time at which tourists arrive at the headquarter for briefing, joined others later embarked on the way up the mountain to meet the giant apes.

After one hour, we met up with a ranger guide who led us to where the gorillas spent a night before our trek. I was already worried but when I meet gorillas all the worries vanished in joy and happiness. My local potter carried by bag as enjoyed my 1 hr of photography in full comfort. We found the Gorilla family in a cleared place but really organized from father, mother and babies as the youngsters where playing and fitting around the other. Besides your safari guide can help you to explain to the park rangers in case you have interest in a specific gorilla group since normally allocation of the gorilla family is done at random at the time of the briefing. We finished the gorilla trek by mid-day, spent over 2hour relaxing & eating lunch before heading to Lake Ruhondo and burera for a boat ride to the islands.

With fresh memories of my first trek, still had imaginations of how my next trek will be encountering with a new gorilla family. When morning came the process was same like for my first trek but the difference was that I tracked a different gorilla family and my encounter with the silver back was thrilling some thing I will never forget .After tracking, I returned back to my residential lodge for lunch while the other rest of the day with locals. The local people performance of the Kinyarwanda dance is too entertaining an activity which makes you feel the love which the people of Rwanda have for their guests. Wow wow Rwanda a land full of unique adventures for everyone.

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Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

During my leave I decided to go for a gorilla tour in Africa together with my family we decided to travel with a group we worked with at an orphanage in the capital Kigali City, to visit the rare mountain gorillas that live in the Virunga Region, which borders The Congo and Uganda in central and East Africa.

The sceneries along this two-hour drive northwards to volcanoes national park in Ruhengeri are spectacular, the two lanes Road (built by the Chinese) kept on going higher with the abundance of green foliage that simmered before our eyes. Perhaps this gives Rwanda its name “Land of a thousand Hills” But even that lovely assault on the senses didn’t prepare us for what was to come.

We were stunned to sleep in Gorilla Nest Lodge, just outside the Volcanoes National Park. Imagine a luxury hotel, superbly crafted from local stone, wood and bamboo, tucked into the jungle at the bottom of a blue-green volcanic range.

Top that off with beautiful spacious rooms, fine dining and friendly service from people that speak English, French, Swahili and Kinyarwanda (the national language) and you have a virtual Shangri-la in the middle of Africa.

Finding the Family

Following such a peaceful night stay we were driven to the Volcanoes Park entrance by 7:00am local time and met our guide, Fidel, who has worked as a park ranger-guide for a period of fourteen years. He briefed us about how a gorilla safari in in Rwanda is conducted and informed us that we would be walking for about three hours to find the family group we were assigned to observe.

We set out for our Rwanda gorilla trek, eight in all and made our way into the thick forest up the hillside past planted fields and traditional mud huts; over the stone wall, which was built by villagers (who were paid by the government) to keep out elephants and buffalo and to delineate the park boundary.

We were well prepared for what is usually a muddy and wet misty experience into the Jungle (with our boots, raincoats and packed Lunch), but were lucky and blessed with sunny weather and Climate and above all a clear trail.

Our guide

We were lucky to have such a resourceful guide, as we continued with this Gorilla Safari into the forest, Fidel told us that the dominant male in that family group (the Silverback) is called “The President”. He said if there is no dominant male in the group, then a female takes up the responsibility as the leader.

Just Like Us

Male gorillas turn adults and attain silverbacks at the age of 10years,” Fidel said quietly. “From eight years on females are called adults because they can have babies. Gorillas can live up to forty years. Gestation period for pregnancy is about eight to nine months.

“Female Gorillas usually live longer than males. They are vegetarians. They sleep, play, socialize and eat just like us. Perhaps this is why they are termed as our closest cousins. Their DNA is ninety-seven percent the same as humans.”

He suddenly held up his hand and whispered, “straight ahead.” We heard the sound of twigs breaking and grunting noises before we could see anything.

Our guide gently pushed aside some bamboo sticks and my wife was staring face to face with a 500-pound silverback ten feet in front of her who was contently sitting down to lunch on some freshly stripped morsels of bamboo leaves. She froze, as we lined up alongside her; our mouths agape at the spectacle.

The thriller

Shortly a number of females alongside their toddlers and a newborn joined the silverback. We enjoyed as we watched the children play, climb tree branches and being pulled back to their mothers when they got too far away or too close to the spectators.

We were deep in thought. Imagine we were the ones with the camera equipment, but if the gorillas could take our picture, they would probably be laughing hysterically at images of our grinning stupefied faces.

As required, we left the gorilla family after an hour’s viewing and made our way back down the mountain. We were in such awe that there was little conversation probably meditating how thrilling the Rwanda gorilla tour is.

Everyone come to understand that the $750.00 per person we had paid for permits to see the gorillas were the best money we had ever spent. The funds from the Rwanda gorilla trips permits help the rangers protect the gorillas, continue research like Dian fossey research Centre which located in this park, also provide funds for the surrounding communities to build schools, health clinics and crafts centers.

Positive Support

Rwanda is becoming increasingly noticed worldwide for its environmental policies, gender equality, stable government, family life and breathtaking beauty. Positive internal and international support for infrastructure, education, investment, security and eco-tourism have made it assessable, affordable and one of the safest destinations for adults and children in Africa as well as travelers who enjoy Rwanda safari trips to see the beauty of this central and East African tiny Nation.

After the breathtaking moment with the mountain Gorillas you can spice up your Rwanda safari with Kigali City tour which enables you see the National Museum to learn about the cultural history of Rwanda. Pay tribute to Rwanda Genocide victims by visiting Kigali Genocide memorial centre or other Genocide memorial sites in other districts. For other stunning wildlife arrange with your tour company to visit Nyungwe forest national park and Akagera National park as well.

Quck Tips to Traveling Rwanda

  • The cheaper flights from London to Rwanda are via Kenya or via Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Their largely spoken national language is Kinyarwanda, but many people also speak English, Swahili or French and there is a big push for everyone to learn English language.
  • Immunization certificate or immunization cards are required.
  • Currency is the Rwandan franc which equals about 550 francs to every US dollar.
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Unleash the Experience of an African Safari

In today’s busy life and hectic schedule, vacations with family are one of the best ways to refresh one’s mind and body. Spending some time close to the nature is the best option for a perfect vacation as well as to rejuvenate the soul. This is because the splendid beauty of nature acts as the soothing healer and a getaway from all the worries of today’s urban life. Connecting to the nature can provide one with pleasure and comfort, making the vacations memorable.

Several destinations are available around the world that takes the travelers close to mother nature. People these days plan holidays where they can explore new locations and have fun with their loved ones. Availability of so many safari packages in Africa makes it a preferred holiday destination as it offers something for everyone. From taking a big five safari in Kruger National Park to taking a less known Uganda safari to the mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a safari in Africa is as memorable as it sounds! You will enjoy game viewing in well protected and conserved national parks, have fun and interact with the hospitable African people.

Africa is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, offering a lot to its travelers. Facilitating the travelers with a mesmerizing and magnificent experience, the country offers a perfect blend of beauty of pristine forest and the extensive wildlife. This is the reason that every year innumerable travelers head towards Africa to enjoy this joyful and adventurous experience. An African safari adventure gives travelers an opportunity to see the uninhibited and unhindered wildlife in their natural habitats, thus getting a closer glimpse of nature.

Safari adventure in Africa is designed in such a way that, along with the wildlife, one can also enjoy the rich flora and fauna present in the country. A safari adventure is one of the traditional ways of spending holidays, where an overland journey is undertaken to the places that are close to nature. In Africa, safari adventure is one of the most popular and preferred means to explore the country. These safaris offer travelers unleashed experience full of joy, excitement and fun to keep coming back for more.

Different safari packages options are available these days that vary in number of days. Extensions in safari packages are also now possible in which one can club one package with other safaris, if one wishes to spend more time and explore more. These safari packages offer the travelers a well organized and planned trip, ensuring complete security to the family. Several travel agencies provide different safari packages depending on the preferred budget, thus providing a hassle free experience.

Visiting Africa once is a must for everyone as the country offers innumerable attractions and an experience that is unforgettable and can be cherished forever.