Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tips for a great gorilla trekking experience



Forest so thick you can’t see the person walking less than a meter in front of you, ground as slippery as ice and at a minimum angle of 30 degrees – our second mountain gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda had begun!
Even second time around it was as unforgettable an experience as the first time. There is something about staring into the eyes of so human a creature and seeing recognition and acknowledgement that makes it impossible to leave without a very different attitude to all our fellow inhabitants of earth. 


Our first trek was back in 2009 and we trekked from Buhoma in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda) but this time we trekked from the opposite side of Bwindi, at Rushaga.
I’ve read many pieces discussing whether it is better to do your gorilla adventure in Rwanda, Uganda or the Congo but these often miss the fact that not all gorilla trekking experiences in a particular country are the same. I don’t know much about gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Congo since I’ve never trekked in either country, but having trekked to gorillas twice in Uganda, in different locations, I can confirm that each experience was completely different. There are as many factors to consider in picking your location within one of these countries as between them.
However a large amount of your experience depends on luck. The gorilla families are not in a zoo but roaming free in a very large area of very dense forest and so many factors, such as the length of your trek or how open the area you end up encountering the gorillas in, cannot be planned for. There are, however, some things you can plan for.

Assess your fitness levels

At Buhoma we walked for almost 3 hours just to get to the forest, while the starting point at Rushaga was right in the forest, meaning a much shorter trek to our gorilla family. The longer trek is not necessarily a problem, just something to be prepared for. Our longer trek in 2009 allowed us to experience the village of Buhoma in a completely different way as we wandered through the tea plantations and as we got higher and higher we were rewarded with breath-taking views of endless bright green mountains quilted with even greener forests, just before we entered the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest itself. One of our group members had a knee injury and didn’t have nearly as much fun getting to the gorillas. So do an honest assessment of your physical condition and your priorities, then choose a site that best fits with your abilities and wishes. Porters are available to assist with carrying bags and in an emergency can carry you down and out of the forest – but if this is as a result of your lack of physical ability it’s going to cost you a rather large sum of money!
Plan for what you want to see

You can also plan for the gorilla families themselves, if you do your homework. These families are just like ours, made up of different personalities, ever-growing and changing, sometimes losing members to old age but also gaining members through births. Doing a little research on the exact status of each family, when births are expected, how large each family is and what each family’s behavioural characteristics are will ensure you know what to prepare for.
In Buhoma we were privileged to be with a gorilla family that had recently grown by one young, rather mischievous member, and watching this baby being breastfed by his mother as she gently stroked his face is a moment that will forever be imprinted in my memory. In Rushaga the gorilla family we met had a pregnant, very very hungry member who pulled a tree down on top of us, a much more outgoing (a complete showoff, in fact) silverback and they all loved to climb trees in search of fruit. Both our experiences were unforgettable, but very different from each other, and as a result there were people we encountered each time that left disappointed at not having seen what they wanted to see.
Schedule your time carefully

Some say that another factor you should consider is what else you’d like to do in addition to gorilla trekking, and while this doesn’t make sense if you’re short of time, their is lots of other things to do in this areas. The constantly improving roads mean that even getting between Rwanda and Uganda is a breeze. We self-drove each country from end to end and even the roads that were not up to par were being upgraded.
The best way to think about the five sites from which it is possible to track gorillas is to ignore the arbitrary map lines (which mean nothing to the gorillas), and recognise that regardless of the country you chose, each site and even each specific gorilla family offers very different experiences. Taking these into account will take an already unforgettable experience to the next level and ensure you make the best of this unique opportunity.  - See more at: http://africageographic.com/blog/tips-for-a-great-gorilla-treking-experience/#sthash.QpdGDCeB.dpuf

Monday, December 1, 2014

Why we are called the pearl of Africa

 
Why were are called " the ‪#‎pearl of ‪#‎Africa" When ‪#‎Winston ‪#‎Churchill came from Kenya to Uganda he was amazed with the ‪#‎beauty, #natural wonders and the #people ‪#‎Uganda was endowed with. #Features like ‪#‎flora and ‪#‎fauna,‪#‎climate, beautiful ‪#‎culture, ‪#‎mountains,‪#‎lake Victoria, the ‪#‎mighty ‪#‎Nile and the ‪#‎national ‪#‎parks plus many others sceneries entirely made this this ‪#‎English man to call #Uganda " the #pearl of #Africa". So as we celebrate this year's ‪#‎Christmas and New Year in blast, come and we make you ‪#‎explore these ‪#‎natural wonders at affordable prices. We have made some special ‪#‎tailored ‪#‎tour ‪#‎packages that will suit your ‪#‎budget and desires. Please visit us on www.travelexploreafrica.com









 

Why we are called pearl of Africa



Why were are called " the #‎pearl of #‎Africa" When #‎Winston #‎Churchill came from #Kenya to #Uganda he was amazed with the #‎beauty, #natural wonders and the people #‎Uganda was endowed with. Features like #‎flora and #‎fauna,#‎climate, beautiful #‎culture, #‎mountains,#‎lake Victoria, the #‎mighty #‎Nile and the #‎national #‎parks  not to forget the endangered mountain gorillas plus many others sceneries entirely made this this #‎English man to call #Uganda " the #pearl of #Africa". So as we celebrate this year's #‎Christmas and New Year in blast, come and we make you #‎explore these #‎natural wonders at affordable prices. We have made some special #‎tailored #‎tour #‎packages that will suit your #‎budget and desires. Please visit us on www.travelexploreafrica.com 

Playful gorilla

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

QUEEN ELIZABETH NP WINS TRIPADVISOR ACCOLADE YET AGAIN

#Queen #Elizabeth  #National #Park in Western #Uganda is this year’s proud winner of the #TripAdvisor certificate of Excellence for consistence in providing quality services to the visitors.
The #TripAdvisor would like to congratulate #Queen #Elizabeth #National #Park on being awarded a 2014 Certificate of Excellence, signifying that it has consistently earned outstanding feedback from #TripAdvisor travelers.
This prestigious award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions you have earned on #TripAdvisor over the past year. We hope you will showcase your certificate to guests and staff with pride, wrote Mac Charron, President TripAdvisor for Business.
He added “We also encourage you to promote your win to local media and past and future guests by using our free tools for award winners”.
Congratulations again on your accomplishment.
The park is winning the award for the second year in a row having won it alongside #Kibale and #Bwindi #Impenetrable #National Parks in 2013.This year, #Murchison Falls NP is another winner of the coveted accolade         
#TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel community boasting of More than 260 million monthly visitors,60 million members, Over 150 million reviews and opinions and 44 sites in 27 languages.
Mr. Nelson Guma the Conservation Area manager for #Queen #Elizabeth Conservation Area says
“I take this opportunity to break the good news of another award of certificate of excellence to #Queen #Elizabeth #National Park in 2004 for consistence in provision of quality services and good customer care
I thank each one of you for your contribution to this achievement. This has been possible partly due to our collaboration through the “Friends of Queen Forum" where we focus on promoting Queen #Elizabeth #National #Park as a destination, commit ourselves to provide best services and survey visitor satisfaction to ensure that visitors get the best experience. The recognition demonstrates that this forum is the right mechanism for collaboration to support the park management to conserve the spectacular landscape and unique biodiversity resources that offer unrivaled products we promote. As we end the year 2014, come and enjoy one our discounted safaris to #Queen #Elizabeth #national #park and shown below:
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MURCHISON FALLS NP WINS 2014 TRIP ADVISOR ACCOLADE

MURCHISON FALLS NP WINS 2014 TRIP ADVISOR ACCOLADE
The #TripAdvisor would like to congratulate #Murchison #Falls #National #Park on being awarded a 2014 Certificate of Excellence, signifying that it has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers.
This prestigious award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions you have earned on #TripAdvisor over the past year. We hope you will showcase your certificate to guests and staff with pride, wrote Mac Charron, President TripAdvisor for Business.
He added “We also encourage you to promote your win to local media and past and future guests by using our free tools for award winners”.
Congratulations again on your accomplishment.
This win comes on the heels of three #National #Parks namely #Queen #Elizabeth, # Kibale and #Bwindi #Impenetrable having won it last year        
TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel community boasting of More than 260 million monthly visitors,60 million members, Over 150 million reviews and opinions and 44 sites in 27 languages
Some of the reviews from Visitors to Murchison Falls National Park
•    The top of the Murchison falls is just the best. at a certain point, there is a rainbow that does not disappear. the journey is a long one but once you reach this place, it becomes worth it. the thunderous noise made by the water as it passes through the tiny hole is magnificent
•    “THE ANGER OF THE NILE”
When one reaches this massive savanna land then yes you will accept Uganda is the Pearl of Africa. Dominated by one of the world's strongest falls, Murchison Falls, this park brings all the wonders the Uganda can offer. Here at Murchison Falls the mighty River Nile cuts through a gorge that’s really makes it the angriest point seen on the Nile.

 Reviewed 21 August 2013
The visit is worth your time, your hard earned money and your time too. I and a group of friends visited the Falls in April and loved every minute of it. well, the rainy season had long set in and this added to the whole experience. Taking the sensational boat cruise and then hiking to the top of the falls... More
•    “Lots of animals!”

Amazing park if you are interested in quantity more than variety. It is worth to take the boat trip to the Falls, as you can see many animals on the shore of the river. It is worth to have game drives at the earliest time in the morning (06h15) to find more animals.
•    “sport fishing on river nile”
 Reviewed 10 June 2013
Sport fishing in Murchison falls National Park is one of the most adventurous activities on River Nile. Imagine yourself surrounded by hippos, crocodiles and elephants the whole day.this magnificent experience is the best activity one can have besides the game drive in the park. I advise everyone that its safe and interesting. book for it.
•    From the start of the whole trip, I could not help getting nervous and all. The beauty and the spectacular falls however were something else. suddenly, I was not nervous any more, it is really a moment to behold specially when you hear so many remarks and wonderful comments about the falls. Hiking to the top of the falls, was... More
•    My first time at Murchison Falls gave me a beautiful experience in the life-time. The game-drives we had with the Rangers, viewing the different spices of animals.
Huge herds of elephants, giraffe and antelope. Falls & boat trip a don't miss. Most wildlife of any park we visited. Even saw a giant python. Birding excellent.
•    “The Magical Holiday Centre.”
 Reviewed 12 July 2012
This is the oldest National Park gazetted in 1952 covering about 3,893 square kilometers. However, it is jointly manged as one conservation block with the Bugungu and Karuma wildlife reserves under the name of Murchison Falls Protected Area making this the largest and most magical place to visit in Uganda with a total coverage of about 5,072 square kilometers.
 Reviews in 4 cities
•    This is one of the experiences one will term as magical. Aboat ride to the top of the falls in the largest national park in Uganda will provide you satisfaction. Getting there from Kampala will take you about 5-6 hours, the temperature is is quiet warm. short sleeved tops are recommended. Girrafes, buffaloes, crocodiles and lots of wild will welcome... More
 Reviewed 11 August 2014 NEW
•    In MFNP we took the boat trip on the Victoria Nile to the base of Murchison Falls. The launch trip takes about three hours return. You can also take it 1.45hrs then get off and climb to the top of the falls. You need to pre-arrange this option and have your driver wait for you at the top of the... More
“Murchison Falls”
 Reviewed 5 August 2014
•    Brilliant National park, we saw so many animals , Elephants. Giraffe, Jackson Heart Beast, Wart Hogs, Baboons. Oribi. Water Buffalo, African Wildogs, Tawny Eagle and a Lioness!!!. Baboons stole some French bread when we stopped for lunch. Boat trip up to see the falls was fantastic where we saw Crocodiles and loads of Hippos

“Safari of a lifetime”
 Reviewed 3 August 2014
•    Fabulous game park, stayed here for 3 nights and did a game drive daily. Saw lions, giraffes, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, chimps, crocodiles. The park is full of kobs too. The weather was perfect and our guide was knowledgeable. The falls are majestic. Definitely worth every penny.
•    “Beautiful park”
 Reviewed 1 August 2014
The park is beautiful, we were on a sunset safari, so we didnt see the "falls", the only complaint I had was that our drivers spent little time when we saw animals we wanted to take pictures of.
•    “Trip of a lifetime!”
Our trip to #Murchison #Falls #National #Park was beyond description. It was through Mifik Missions and Safari's and could not have been more perfect! We saw, lions, elephants, giraffe's, crocs, hippo's, birds, antelope, baboons, wild bore, had a wonderful boat trip on the Nile and hiked up to the amazing mountain top. Even our travel there was made special with... More
•    Murchison falls are the best place to visit while in Uganda. The falls are superb both from top and bottom including a boat ride on 17km. There are hippos, birds, elephants, crocodiles along the way. The guides on the boat are also knowledgeable
•    Murchison Falls  national park is spread across vast area. This park is full of baboons, giraffes, elephants, buffalo, Columbus monkey, wild bore. Though we could not see lions and leopard, but we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We went in our own vehicle, which is advisable and spend quality time inside park. Also #Murchison fall is also a place inside this... More
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As we end this year 2014, please don't forget to visit Murchison falls national park with us, we have reduced tour prices for you.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

some of activities along lake mutanda and its islands






I have just completed my 2 nights stay at Chameleon Hill Lodge from 18th to 20th October 2014. The bedding, meals and bathroom were so amazing. I enjoyed sleeping in the comfortable well laid bed, all time warm water in the bathroom and the beautiful spectacular view of Lake Mutanda overlooking the Sabinyo,Muhavura and virunga mountains.   



we started our day with the best breakfast at the lodge and there after we went by engine boat to explore Lake Mutanda, It took us like 17 minutes to reach the 1st ‘Punishment’ island. These islands acted as the prison for the wrongdoers such as the girls who got pregnant before marriage, rapists, people who practiced incest and the old aged because they could not burry them. And these actions are estimated to have happened about 100 years ag
o among the Bafumbira tribe and these 2 caves are still regarded as the sacred islands which are not inhabited to date among the Bafumbiras and they go to these islands to ask for blessings from their ancestors.

From here we visited another island which has a total of 150 people on it and we attended a local church service which showed me the faithfulness and love these people have to God. While at the church, the priest requested if there is anything to be donated to the church, children and the elderly. So if there is anyone there of good heart and love to God, Please you can contact Chameleon Hill Load or travel explore Africa for any donation because we left them planning to build a bigger house for God. For those of you who haven’t seen people with faith to God, for me I want to tell you that I saw people with faith and you need to explore it yourself. After the church service we bought sugar canes and headed back to the lodge for lunch but on the way back we found strong waves but managed to reach our lodge safely and I thank the almighty God for saving our lives.
In the evening we were crowned with cultural performances from the local dances and their performance was superb and unforgettable