Africa Tour – Honeymoons in Uganda and Rwanda

Choosing the perfect honeymoon destination can be difficult and time consuming, which is why it is important to speak to someone who has experience in planning honeymoons in Uganda and Rwanda. Our expert team at Africa Adventure Safaris can help you plan the perfect trip, we have years of experience and are used to creating dream holidays individually tailored to your exact requirements; we can offer you a vast array of options from tree top luxury hideaways to waterhole retreats.
The most popular combination is a safari twinned with a relaxing beach holiday. You can get a direct charter between national parks and beach locations. Rwanda and Uganda are great options offering magnificent and varied sightseeing. Many of the hotels and game lodges have honeymoon special offers and extra special touches to make your stay even more magical. You can then take some total relaxation and visit the beach resorts of Ssese islands Uganda or Lake Kivu so why not call our expert team here today and talk through the many options we have available for you.
If you are looking for an alternative wedding gift list and would like your wedding guests to contribute to your honeymoon, we can create a honeymoon gift list especially for you. Your friends and family can ring us up and contribute money or buy excursions and upgrades to enhance your trip full details available from our team here at Africa adventure safaris and we can arrange for gift cards also to be sent directly to your guests.

Family Safaris

There are number of safari lodges and beach hotels in Uganda that specifically cater for family safaris, offering child friendly activities, special meals and babysitting, ensuring that both the adults and children get the best from the holiday.
Some safari lodges in Uganda will not take children under 12 or have special rules about children on game drives, so it is best to check that the lodge does cater for children. Lodges which do will offer shorter game drives (a normal game drive for adults will last 3 hours) and keep small children away from predator sightings, focusing on smaller mammals instead. At the beach there are a number of family friendly hotels which offer Kid’s Clubs and supervised activities, as well as pool tables and the essential internet connectivity!
Our experts would be happy to discuss in more detail, the options available for a family friendly safari holidays, to ensure the most appropriate property and destination for your special family safari holiday or beach holiday.

Private Safari Tours in Uganda and Rwanda

Private Safari Tours are perfect if you are someone that enjoys the luxury of your own guide, travelling at your own pace and choosing specific hotels, lodges or guesthouses on your route, we have a wide variety of options to choose from and some luxury treetop camps that are the ultimate safari hideout.
Private touring offers you the same flexibility as if you were doing a self drive tour but with the expert knowledge of a highly qualified guide. A guide may also be specifically chosen based on your interests, be it a golf holiday in Uganda, bird spotting and gorilla tracking in Uganda or Rwanda and finally the fascinating landscapes of the Virunga region including the volcanic mountains of Gahinga, Sabinyo and Muhabura our expert team will take you through all the available options and help you create a truly memorable experiences and the holiday of a lifetime. Mountain gorilla trekking is the highlight of any safari in Uganda and Rwanda (Africa), at least add a 1 day gorilla tour in Rwanda to make your African Safari complete. In other words, an African safari is incomplete with visiting gorillas in Rwanda Volcanoes or Uganda Bwindi national park.
Private touring can be combined with many other aspects of travel in Rwanda/Uganda, such as luxury self-drive to Beach holidays in Lake Kivu. Alternatively you may wish to go on a beach in Ssese islands, it’s a private tour so it’s your call and our experts are on hand to tailor make the ultimate private safari tour for you, we have years of experience of making unique experiences and holiday dreams come true. Private touring can be arranged in Uganda and Rwanda as well as a number of twin centre tours so you can experience the delights of many countries on the same holiday.

Dahab: A paradise between the Red Sea and the Sinai desert

Dahab is one of those places where after spending a few days, you want to stay for many more. People feel sorry to leave Dahab to their home. I discovered last year looking for a place to go diving.

Dahab is a small town on the east coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. The Red Sea is a long, narrow sea, but if you look at the map you will see that this part is even closer. In fact from Dahab perfectly see the mountains of the coast of Saudi Arabia. Being so close the sea is generally calm, although often strong winds that create some waves and currents.

Red Sea and the Sinai desert

The Sinai Peninsula is a desert area, Rocky Mountains and almost no vegetation. Sharm el Sheikh is the main town in the area, right on the southern tip of the peninsula, famous for snorkeling areas and very popular with British tourists and other countries mainly in northern Europe as a destination for sun and beach. Dahab has a hippie style and although there are also some resorts in the suburbs, most visitors are backpackers or tourists who want to get away from mass tourism. Dahab is an hour drive from Sharm el Sheikh, going north on the east coast. Most hotels and Dahab dive centers offer the option to pick you up at the airport for a very reasonable price, which is quite convenient as public transport does not offer good connections.

 

Tourism has fallen sharply since the revolutions in Egypt 2011 and this has led to many hotels and businesses to close or fail to reach open. The first impression is quite shocking and it is hard to imagine that this will be the paradise you had described. After sleeping a while to get close to the promenade at a decent hour, you start to see the people of truth.

 

People living in the Sinai Peninsula are Bedouins, meaning “desert people” and have their customs and traditions and according to them, just like the rest of the Egyptians. The traditional dress is a long white tunic with a headscarf also white. Although today many typical dress in western clothes, you can still see several Bedouin traditional clothes. It is difficult to see Bedouin women in the street as they make life at home, only girls are selling bracelets to tourists. Although initially can be quite pushy for you to buy them bracelets, with a little grace you can get them to forget their business goals and play or start a conversation with them and they teach you some Arabic or explain a few things about their customs. The Bedouins are friendly people, and although they can be heavy trying to go tend to his or her restaurant really quite convincing yourself with grace.

 

In Dahab, as in many areas of the Red Sea diving is spectacular, clear waters, many colorful tropical fish, coral reefs and large almost always very good visibility. Furthermore, Dahab is well known among divers because less than 10 kilometers north of the town, is the Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is a huge hole in the sea of ​​over 100 meters deep, located right on the coast. A large wall of coral, which is becoming thicker until about 30 meters wide, forms a cylinder that separates the Blue Hole of the open sea. At about 65 feet deep there is what is known as the “bow”, which is like a tunnel connecting the Blue Hole with the rest of the sea and where you can go diving.

 

Because of its depth is a very dangerous dive and only experienced technical divers can do it. Although we can not see the famous arch, swim, snorkel or dive at shallow depths in the Blue Hole is an awesome experience. If you put yourself right in the middle endless deep blue sea and if you swim through the side you can see all the marine life on the coral reef. The Blue Hole also attracts many “free divers” (apnea) because it has a lot of depth to lower vertically.

 

Most dive centers and restaurants are concentrated in Dahab Bay town center. The beach promenade is full of bars and restaurants next to each other. There from the simplest to eat pizzas or sandwiches bars for about 5 or 6 euros, most with loungers beside the water ideal for sunbathing between dives, even a little more sophisticated restaurants offering Bedouin and international food. In these restaurants you eat well, you can dine fish or good fresh seafood by one 12 or 15 euros.

Things to Remember on Rwanda Gorilla Tour in Africa

Gorillas are the major tourist attraction in Rwanda and one of the most done activities among many tourist who make it to Rwanda and Rwanda is regarded the perfect destination for mountain gorilla tracking in Africa. Rwanda houses almost a half of the world’s population over 380 individuals live in the country. Rwanda gorilla tours take place only in Volcanoes national park (Parc Nationale Des Volcanoes) which is located in the north-western part of the country, a drive which takes about 90 to 120 minutes from Kigali International Airport or Kigali city Rwanda’s capital and its largest city.

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Bush Breakfast facing the Virunga Mountains

 

Many people leave their homes and come to Rwanda to spend at least one to two days in the wild to have a close encounter with these giant apes in their natural habitat. Mountain gorillas are more like human beings and are a prone to diseases such as cold and many others. You are kindly reminded not to go for a gorilla trek if you have any sickness that is infectious. This may be transmitted to the gorillas which may affect their health hence resulting into their decrease in number. Just in case you develop a cough or flue before your trek, it’s advised to talk to the ranger guide at the park headquarters as this may be good not only on gorillas but also on you as your money for the gorilla permit may be re-paid back to you. Failure to do so, you may lose the money and the chance to see the gorillas. Several Illnesses may hinder your gorilla trekking and these may include flu, diarrhea, cough as well as cold. So you are advised to treat yourself before embarking on your gorilla trekking safari to Rwanda and also in Uganda where gorilla tracking is done too.

The fact that climbing deep into the bambou forest is quiet strenuous, you are advised to be physically fit, there you can make it through. Porters are available for hire from US$10.

Why you should hire a porter while on a gorilla tour in Rwanda;

A porter is so important when you get stuck in the forest. The fact that you climb up and down on slippery ground especially in rainy seasons, a port will help to pull or push you whenever you get stuck during the trek.

Also since the trek is strenuous, you may not make it with your small bag that contains your drinking water and packed lunch. In this case, a porter can assist carry your handbag. Some tourists have big cameras, a porter can carefully and safely carry it to and from the gorillas.

Hiring a porter for your gorilla tour in Rwanda and Uganda is a direct way to create employment opportunities to gorilla neighbors (The Local Community). Therefore, the local public will understand the importance of mountain gorillas to them, thus reducing the risks of poaching. In other words, this is one way to sensitize the public about about the importance of gorilla tourism to their community.

Tips on what to carry on a Rwanda gorilla tour;

  • Long pants
  • Long sleeved browse for laddies
  • Warm cloths because the area is so cold
  • Rainy jackets because it is expected to rain any time
  • Hiking boots/shoes, can be water proof
  • Insect repellent
  • A hat
  • Garden Glove
  • Sun Glasses

 

Top 5 Tourist Activities in Uganda

Uganda is blessed with very many exciting attractions making it a best safari destination not only in the east but also in whole of Africa. Uganda is a place that can be visited at any time of the year depending on traveler’s interest, things to do and why you’re travelling, although the best time to visit Uganda is between January and February, this is the time when the countryside is green after a rainy season in August. For the nature lovers and those in need of Adventure of a life time in Uganda, this best time to get all this. This is also the time when pasture in the park is in plenty and animals can be spotted in large number when grazing and chances of seeing big cats hunting are high like lion, leopard, and hyena among other animals. However the rainy season makes hiking and tracking gorillas very difficult as the trails are muddy making it very difficult to pass through and the gorillas tend to go higher, on top of that the roads also become impassable. Note: Uganda’s climate is subjected to change at any time of the year so come prepared for both seasons. Let us examine the most 5 must do things in Uganda.

Mountain Gorilla Tracking

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African Mountain Gorillas in the Wild Jungles of Uganda

You can’t talk about Uganda with out mentioning gorilla tracking, Uganda is one of the three countries in the world the other are Rwanda and the Democratic republic of Congo that host these rare mountain gorillas world wide and they can be tracked safely in their national habitat. Uganda houses a very big number of these species over 440 individuals out of 880 individuals that live in the world. Gorillas in Uganda can be tracked in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla forest national park. Most people do not know Gorillas in face to face, and if they have ever seen one its mostly likely they saw them in a zoo. And if it was in a zoo, that was not a mountain Gorilla for mountain Gorillas can only be found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo and only in the Wild. Gorilla tracking is regarded number one activity and a must do activity in case you make it to Uganda. It is rare for some one to plan a safari to Uganda with out including gorilla tracking; gorillas are fabulous fan to watch while playing in fruitful trees and on tree branches. A number of tour operators arrange both luxury and budget gorilla tours to Bwindi impenetrable forest in South Western Uganda. Many people leave their beautiful offices or residence to come in Uganda to spent at least one or two days in the wild tracking gorillas and Uganda is a considered the best gorilla safari destination in the world. Gorillas in Uganda is at a cost of USD $600 per person per tracking and gorilla permits are issued at the Uganda Wildlife Authority and there served on first come first served basis for it’s recommended to book your permit with a tour company in advance for at least 2-3 months prior to your safari. And you’re also advised to come with tracking gears such as strong shoes/boots, long sleeved shirts /blouses, cameras, cap, sun glasses.

White water rafting in Jinja on the Mighty Nile

Your experience in Uganda can never be the same if you choose to take on a challenge to raft on the source of the World’s Longest River “The Nile”. The Nile is located in the east of Uganda just about 150 kilometers from Kampala Uganda’s capital and largest city passing coffee, tea and sugar plantations up to the Nile. Discover Uganda’s best keep secret. More than four thousand miles in length, the mighty Nile is the longest on the planet. The Nile flows from Lake Victoria at what was Rippon Falls now submerged and flow through the Bujagali falls and continues into Lake Kyoga.

White Water Rafting in Jinja Uganda

White Water Rafting in Jinja Uganda

Rafting does not require a lot of skills what is needed is to know how to swim and must be in love of Adventure in life. In Uganda their experienced and professional companies that are expert in conducting your experience on the Nile and at the Nile their experienced rafters who can take you through the activity. Come and enjoy a full day or two days rafting at the Nile,

Bird Watching

Bird watching is one of the most done activities in Uganda and Uganda is considered one of the best safari destinations in the world. Uganda has a birding checklist of so far over 1000 bird species and in these are the Forest and Forest edge Birds, savannah grassland and savannah woodland Birds Fresh water and salt water birds all falling in either Resident or migratory Birds. Some of these birds are endemic to the country; mainly in the Albertine region these constitute 67% of Africa’s and 11.1% of the world’s total population hence this has made the country the must visit for bird lovers. shoebillUganda is one of the smallest countries not only in the east but also in the whole world but frankly believe me that when it comes to Birds this tiny Uganda transforms into a powerful giant it has very many birds some of which are rarely seen in other countries. Some species of birds include the crested crane (recently named ‘Gray crowned crane’), Shoebill, Wattled plorer, Africa Fish Eagle, African Jacana, Saddle Billed Stock, Pelican, African Pigmy Geese and Narina’s Trogon. The Shoebills are very difficult or very impossible to find elsewhere. Many lodges, hotels, access roads and forests trails have been established and establishment of bird guides training programmes through the Uganda Bird & Safari Guides Association to facilitate all bird watchers across the country. Uganda has experienced bird guides who are not only kin birders but also love the adventure so their very eager waiting you to take you through all the trials favorable for the activity, you’re expected to came with binoculars which can help you spot various species of birds in a far range. To mention some of the bird spotting areas include Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park, Kibale national park, Semulik Park, Bwindi impenetrable, Murchison falls national park, Kampala city in tall trees; Kidepo national falls the list is endless

Kasubi Tombs Cultural & Historical Tour

Kasubi Tombs before they were burnt

Kasubi Tombs before they were burnt

Uganda is a country with very many tribes each with different traditional customs and norms, so given the fact that you may not have ample time to visit all the cultural places in Uganda, the only cultural site you may visit is the kasubi tombs which is located just about 10kms from the capital Kampala, see how it was back in the day before modern civilization took over Uganda, learn at least something about African tradition in Uganda and the great role it placed in people’s lives back then .The Kasubi tombs is where the dead kings (Bassekabaka) of Buganda kingdom are buried including Mutesa1 (1865-1884), Daniel Mwanga11 (1884-1897), Daudi Cwa11 (1897-1939) and Frederick Mutesa11 (1939-1966).

Rwenzori Mountain Climbing

Really this is a great experience every one wish to enjoy in life, indeed finding your self at the top of the mountain is a spectacular moment. You may have taken on greater challenges than climbing Mountain peaks but I bet you on this you have never done a two in one Adventure in Africa as this one (It is both Adventurous and a natural wonder.

Rwenzori Mountain Hiking

Rwenzori Mountain Hiking

Mountain Rwenzori is the highest mountain range located in African region. It borders Uganda in the west with Democratic Republic of Congo; they are at times called the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Rwenzori Mountains National Park was declared a World Heritage Site to protect and preserve the fauna and flora, natural beauty of the area. Rwenzori is the highest mountain range in Africa with the highest peaks; Margherita (5,109m) and Alexandra (5083m) on Mount Stanley. The highest peaks of these ranges are covered in snow all year round even though they lie on the equator. Not only climbing as the major activity, you won’t miss seeing various species of mammals on the slopes like several species of antelopes, buffaloes, elephants warthogs among others and over 170 bird species, several of the latter being Albertine Rift endemics. Click here for more information about Traveling to Africa.

Outstanding Birding Hotspots in Uganda – Africa

Are you a bird lover planning a safari in Africa to see birds? Look no farther, Uganda boosts a wide variety of bird species some of which can not be found any where in Africa. There are about 1012 bird species recorded, found in different national parks and Important bird areas some of which are descirbed below. Over 200 tour operators and travel agencies in Kampala organize fantastic private birding trips in Uganda. If you are on tight budget, these companies also offer car hire in Uganda without driver to enable you do a self drive birding safari and explore all destinations of your interest.

Nyamuriro swamp

Nyamuriro is a widespread natural swamp in Kageyo valley dominated by papyrus and herbaceous plants in which a river from Lake Bunyonyi flows and the drainage connects to Lakes Mutanda and Murehe in Kisoro District. Remarkable birds found here include Papyrus Gonolek, Sharpe’s Pied-babbler, Carruthers’s Cisticola, White-winged Scrub-warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Red-chested Sunbird, Papyrus Canary, White-collared Olive back and Northern Brown-throated Weaver.

Mabira Forest Reserve

The list for Mabira Forest Reserve contains almost 300 species. Many species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome are not well-represented in other protected areas in Uganda. Mabira Forest was heavily encroached in the 1970s and 1980s, which may have had adverse effects on the forest birds, particularly on the habitat specialists. Three species of the Lake Victoria Basin biome are known, but further surveys in the valley papyrus swamps could reveal more. The site also holds one species of the Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome and four of the Afro tropical Highlands biome.

Populations of Important Bird Area Trigger Species include; Birds include Nahan’s Partridge, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow White-eye, African Dusky Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Yellow-billed Kite, Grey-green Bush-shrike, Hooded Vulture, Red-capped Robin Chat, African Shrike Flycatcher, Red-billed Paradise Flycatcher, Great Blue Turaco, Black-and-white Mannkin, Wheyn’s Weaver and Palm Swift.

Semuliki National Park

Semliki Forest represents the only significant example of Congo-Basin vegetation in Uganda. A large number of species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome reach their eastern limits here, in one of the richest localities for forest birds in Africa. The site contains half as many species of bird as the entire Congo and nearly two-thirds as many as in the 181,000 km² of the whole Upper Guinea Forests. No less than 70 species are only known within Uganda from Semliki Forest, including 31 of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome. Semliki forest is close to the Mount Rwenzori ranges, and the River Semliki meanders along the western border down to Lake Albert and is surrounded by swamp, where four species of the Lake Victoria Basin biome occur. The site also has, surprisingly, six species of the Afro tropical Highlands biome, all widespread elsewhere in the country.

Populations of Important Bird Area Trigger Species include; Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Nahan’s Partridge, Forest Francolin, Spot-breasted Ibis, Chestnut-flanked Sparrowhawk, White-spotted Flufftail, Great Snipe, White-naped Pigeon, Black-collared Lovebird, Red-chested Owlet, Bates’s Nightjar, Black Bee-eater, Forest Scimitarbill, Dwarf Hornbill, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Green-breasted Pitta, Papyrus Gonolek, Chestnut-bellied Helmet-shrike, Red-eyed Puffback, White-throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-spotted Nicator, Yellow-throated Nicator, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Brown Illadopsis, Capuchin Babbler, Forest Scrub-robin, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch and Grant’s Bluebill.

Kibale Forest National Park

So far, 339 species of birds have been recorded, but more species are likely to be added. Among the scarcer species are Papyrus Gonolek, Forest Ground-thrush and Brown-cheeked Hornbill each found in only two other highland Important Bird Areas. The forest of this park lies close to the site of a postulated Pleistocene forest refugium in the Albertine Rift area. This has resulted in a diverse community of forest species, which also includes many Congo-Basin species at the eastern limits of their ranges.

Populations of Important Bird Area Trigger Species include; Speckled Tinkerbird, Western Green Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Nahan’s Partridge, White-spotted Flufftail, White-naped Pigeon, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Bar-tailed Trogon, Blue-throated Roller, Brown-cheeked Hornbill, green-breasted Pitta, African Shrike-flycatcher, Papyrus Gonolek, Grey-green Bush-shrike, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Western Black-headed Oriole, Black-tailed Oriole Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher, Chubb’s Cisticola, Collared Apalis, Eastern Mountain Greenbul, White-throated Greenbul, Yellow-spotted Nicator, White-winged Scrub-warbler, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, African Hill Babbler, Purple-headed Glossy-starling and Yellow-browed Citril.

 

Maputo, acacias and smiles – Mozambique

maputo-townMaputo, the Mozambican capital, is a surprisingly lively, with a multitude of attractions, from a cultural life increasingly lively in the bustle of street markets, where contact with the people of Mozambique provides a valuable show local hospitality.

The capital Maputo
The blue boat leaves the Catembe, across the bay, filled with some passengers huddled against each other. There is barely room to rest your feet, but everybody does for settling better to open clearings allowing it to another travel partner. In the middle of the small crowd a few South African tourists to the mix with cloth bundles where passengers carrying their belongings. With an old flag of Mozambique hoisted the mast and the flutter in the wind, the boat starts to cross the bay of Maputo and in twenty minutes has to cross in the bag.

The scene simultaneously symbolizes the extended atmosphere of the city and the rhythmic and measured bustle that marks the life of its people. The Mozambican capital currently has over one million inhabitants, nearly two if you count the suburbs, but throughout the downtown area you can feel the course of life without the pressure and the characteristic abuses of a big city.

For, of course, since it is necessary to take into account the point of view of the speaker, or that viewpoint observes life. The daily life of the streets is an exemplary witness to the struggle for survival of the Mozambican people: a crowd of street vendors – everywhere, but especially there for the bands of the People’s War of the Avenue, or the Eduardo Mondlane in the Alto Maé area – provides for walks or carries an astounding array of goods that respond to almost every need – Chinese hardware, tropical fruit, clothes, mobile phone chargers, handicrafts, watches of famous brands in counterfeiting, roasted cashew, etc. It is an atmosphere that reveals the vitality of the informal economy, supporting large number of Mozambican families, and which gives the daily life of the big city a permanent animation.

Striking is also the immense hospitality space and people, almost always with a smile to the lips of the flower, which contributes to Maputo one of the nicest capitals in Africa. A visit to the Grand Bazaar of Av. September 25 or immersion in the large craft market that takes place every Saturday in the Plaza June 25, help us to complete this portrait of an open heart and wide smile people. “Hey boss, look at preciar, just to give glance …” Neither tourist indifference can extinguish hope and persistence of the seller.

Fish River Canyon, Giant’s Playground & Quiver Tree Forest

Namibia: The impressive Fish River Canyon, the Giant’s Playground and the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop

The Fish River Canyon is the world’s second largest after the Grand Canyon. It is located south of Namibia, near the border with South Africa. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Namibia, but was too far to go visit with the car. Our next stop was Cape Town, so before crossing the border decided to stop a couple of days in Keetmanshoop, a town in southern Namibia, to visit the canyon. As I said several times, is almost impossible to move by public transport and the only way to visit the canyon is with an organized tour  through travel agents or on self drive tour with own car as we did during our safari in East Africa where we had to rent a car in Uganda and drove on our own through Kenya and Rwanda But renting a car from this city was not easy and finding a one day tour of the canyon either. In the end, after sending a few emails, I got contact Ruddy, a man living in Keetmanshoop and is dedicated to make tours to tourists. He told me that we could take a day to the canyon for a fairly reasonable price.

Fish River Canyon

On Friday morning, a little hungover after the party the previous day, said goodbye to Ivan. In the afternoon, Judith and I took a bus that took us from Windhoek to Keetmanshoop in about 5 hours. This time it was a modern and very comfortable bus, with wide, reclining seats. It is Intercape Company, a South African company that makes long journeys between South Africa and some countries of southern Africa. The bus dropped us off at a petrol station on the outskirts of the city at midnight. We were confident that there would be some taxi. Until then every time I come by bus somewhere’ve had several taxi drivers offering to take when there was still not left the bus. Namibia is different. But the girl’s hostel where we wanted to stay on the phone assured me that there would be taxis. We asked the girls in the store at the gas station if they had the number of a taxi driver, but nobody knew anything. I called the girl a little pissed hostel waiting to give me some solution to get to your hostel, but the girl did not know where to start.

At the end call Ruddy, who was obviously asleep, and we came for. The truth is that when he talked with him by email had offered (charging, of course) to pick us up, but I told him I already espabilaríamos us. After months traveling you think you know all the tricks, but really each site is different, and when you think you’ve seen all you get to a place where things are different. But as always, it all just solucionándose. We arrived at Rachel’s Backpackers almost one in the morning. The girl got up from the bed and half asleep we opened the door. That was not a backpackers hostel, it was rather a small guesthouse, where several local accommodated.

The Saturday morning to pick Ruddy came to the hostel. We were a couple of hours in the carreteraa before reaching the park entrance Fish River Canyon. After having spent two weeks pending the road map, is grateful to have a driver. We spent most of the way sleeping. As expected, the Fish River Canyon is awesome. It is 160 km long, 27 km wide and 550 meters deep in the higher areas. It was formed millions of years ago by the force of the water Fisher River and the movement of tectonic plates. Throughout the morning we were watching the immensity of the place from different viewpoints. As usual in Namibia, we were practically alone, making it even more enjoyable experience. You can do some multi-day excursions inside the canyon, but only made during certain times of the year, now it was too hot.

So we were quietly enjoying the scenery and the silence of the area. At noon we left the park and stopped for lunch at a small farmhouse had nearby. It was decorated with several antique cars, a curious place. We arrived at the hostel in the afternoon and before saying goodbye to Ruddy, convinced us to go with him the next day to visit a couple of interesting things that were in the area. We had nothing planned so we accepted.

The Sunday morning Ruddy again wait for us at the doorstep. This time it was later and everything was pretty close and it did not early. We went to the Quiver Tree Forest Rest Camp, a farm located a few kilometers from Keetmanshoop, where we had to pay a small entrance fee to visit the surroundings. One of the areas to visit is the Giant’s Playground, a large area full of huge rocks piled on top of each other very curious forms.

Ruddy When we explained yesterday thought it would be something very interesting, but we were surprised positively. They’re huge volcanic rocks that were formed millions of years ago when the magma cooled very close to the surface. Over the years the softer areas of land were eroded and left magma rocks exposed. At first it feels someone has gone there to put them on top of each other, and it seems impossible that this is its natural position. But when you climb up a stone and see the amount of hillocks of rocks there you realize that it has not done anyone. We were playing to get on some stones. The climbing is not my strong point and I was trying to make my head down a rock that had risen me. I hit a good shot but miraculously fell so I did not hurt me, and everything was a shock and laughter.

In this farm have three cheetahs in captivity. In fact, there are several farms in Namibia where they have some wild animals in captivity. These situations generate several controversial. In this case the man explained that many farmers are “angry” with why cheetahs eat their goats and cows and sometimes killed. This man gave these cheetahs when they were small babies, because they had killed his mother. He looked as if they were like cats and have never lived in freedom not be left free because not survive. It seems that man cares quite well. They have a fairly large living area. Males and females must be separated because the government does not allow to breed in captivity. In the area where the two males are you can go with the car, and the man of the farm gave us permission to enter. It took a while you find them, but eventually they saw the two, sleeping under the shade of a bush. Here was much easier to see them in the safaris and even could lower the car to get us some pictures.

After meeting with the cheetahs we went to eat our picnic in the Quiver Tree Forest. The Quiver is a type of tree that is in the southern part of Namibia and northern South Africa. “Quiver” means a container for arrows. Men of the Desert (bushmen), emptied the tubular branches of this tree and used to store and colgárselas arrows on the back when they went hunting. The tree has a peculiar way, with cortitas branches and bark of the trunk with a very nice texture.

To finish our visit we revisited the cheetahs. At Five in the Afternoon is the mealtime. The man on the farm gives you a good piece of meat each and while they are eating can approach them and to touch them! As they are distracted with food are not dangerous at that time. It was a good experience, it is exciting to play these wild animals. It was also amazing how the man knew them each well, and knew what nature had and how to behave in front of everyone. Some were left to play and not others.

In the afternoon we were waiting at the hostel until ten at night. Ruddy took us to the bus station where we caught this time we leave Cape Town. It was a journey of 14 hours, slept on the bus, but it was comfy and passed quickly. Now a couple of weeks I’m in South Africa.

Solo Women Traveler Safety Tips in Uganda Africa

Uganda is famously known as the True Pearl of Africa and attracts thousands of visitors from different parts of the world, mainly coming for gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi National Park because, the country is a home to half of the world’s last remaining population of mountain gorillas. Visitors come in groups, couples, families and solo travelers.

Is Uganda safe for a woman traveling on her own?

solo-travelerThere are a thousand questions often asked? Don’t doze off before you read your answers here. Let me add my worth voice to this eye-catching issue: yes, you can safely travel in Uganda as a woman however; you just need to take a few extra precautions.
Uganda is not that different from anywhere else in the world. Behave as you would in any unknown city in the developing world and you should be just fine. Uganda has a clear reputation when it comes to crime, taxi wars and strikes. It is true though a few cases have been reported. But that does not mean you are constantly exposed to danger. Most violent crime in Uganda tends to happen in low-income areas, and between people who know each other and live in the same neighborhood. Tourists are usually only subject to petty crime. Here are a series of tips especially for women traveling alone in Uganda. You’ll like it so much; you might find yourself extending your stay.

1. Look up friends of friends
Your friends back home are very likely to know someone living in Uganda. At very worst this will provide you with a quick chat and a cup of coffee. But chances are (if they are Ugandans) that you will be welcomed into their home and granted family friend status almost immediately. Ugandans are big on hospitality.

2. Eat with some at restaurants
You can share a table at one of the local restaurants in Uganda. It’s a great way to eat out without feeling like a spare part, and it promotes conversation with someone next to you – great way to meet locals or other travelers.

3. Attend a local activity that you enjoy
Join a local gym in Kampala-Uganda, a local yoga class, reading at the local library, exercise classes at the church hall down the road from your accommodation, better still, attend a book club with your friend-of-a-friend.

4. Shamelessly abuse Face book
Advertising the fact that you are in Uganda and need a couch on which to crash, or a spare bedroom, to all your facebook friends is a sure-fire way of finding yourself staying with a local. Even if it’s only for a night or two – you are more likely to understand how Uganda works in this way, than by asking the tourist information office.

5. Be sensible
As the word implies, use your senses (something women are particularly good at) to stay out of trouble in Uganda. Going alone in isolated places or heading off in the very direction in which your tour guide has specifically suggested you shouldn’t, are not sensible.

6. Don’t stop for red lights, after dark
A general rule of thumb amongst drivers in Uganda is that, after dark, red lights are treated as yield signs to prevent any possible carjacking or smash and grab incident.

7. Use the inter-city buses or taxes
Public transport connecting Uganda’s towns is not bad at all. The bus is good for backpackers and good value for money, whilst other inter-city division taxes are a comfortable alternative for longer trips.

8. Be aware that tourists are targets
Advertising that you are a tourist in Uganda–pack on your back, and socks with sandals (we don’t do socks and sandals in Uganda!) – They are going to get you a fair amount of attention. Rather use a taxi to get from A to B, and walk the streets without your backpack.

9. Avoid crime hotspots
Find out from locals in Uganda (friends or your accommodation) where you can and shouldn’t go in the city. Be careful not to feed on others’ fear – some people really do present a worst case scenario than the reality. And if you want to go somewhere dodgy, do so as part of a tour group.

10. Know how to say ‘no’
Know how to say ‘no’ very firmly in English and Luganda (the two major languages – there are also several others, but these two should easily serve you). Also know how to say it and mean it. Women generally struggle with saying ‘no’, but travelling solo can mean quite a bit more attention. A firm ‘no, thanks’ or ‘absolutely not’ (Neda in Luganda) should do it. If not, have a local help number programmed into your phone (ask your accommodation for suggestions).

11. Make use of free WiFi areas to connect with friends and family
Going alone can get lonely in Uganda. A lot of coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and local bed and breakfasts in Uganda now provide free internet access for travelers to connect easily with home.

12. People are friendly – don’t be scared to ask
If you are even slightly concerned, or are not sure where to turn, stop a Ugandan and ask them. We don’t bite. Actually, we’re rated as one of the friendliest people on the planet.

13. Embrace uncomfortable
You didn’t come half way across the world to sit in your hotel room here in Uganda. Get out there and experience Uganda. Sometimes a little discomfort is all you need to have the experience of a lifetime.

Limpopo Tourism, parks region in South Africa

Limpopo is a province of South Africa and is bordered by Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The name was given because of the Limpopo River that flows along its northern border. This province is rich in spectacular wild landscapes and has many historic and cultural treasures.

limpopoAs the province is a great area to be known, it is advisable to do a survey of some travel agencies to stay on top of packages to Limpopo. You can get discounts on hotels and tours of the area and does not need to worry about discover for yourself, the scripts in this wild and fantastic part of South Africa.

If you like nature, some tours can not miss on your package. The Manyeleti Game Reserve is situated between the Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve the and you can watch the big animals of Africa and many other species of wildlife. The reserve is away from the traditional tourist areas and guests can experience the tranquility of the African bush.

The Kruger National Park is the largest national park in South Africa, with 19,000 km² and a sanctuary of African wildlife. Established in 1898, today has excellent infrastructure. Hippos, giraffes, zebras, lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and cheetahs can be observed in their natural habitat.

The Mapungubwe National Park, formerly known as Vhembe Dongola National Park, is situated in Musina, northeast of Polokwane, capital of Limpopo. It sits at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. The park covers an area of over 28,000 hectares. The archaeological treasures discovered in Mapungubwe are among the most important found in sub-Saharan Africa and they also document the rise of Zimbabwe culture.

An activity that can not also be missing in your package is bird watching. The Limpopo Province, with its diverse habitats and unexplored areas, offers one of the most exciting destinations for bird watching in Africa. The habitats range from vast grazing areas to forested mountains.

With a range of wild places to choose from, it is difficult to decide the best ride. It is important to know how much you have available days in order to make the most of this beautiful region of South Africa.

African Gorillas Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Experiencing gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda became the main reasons of people why they always wanted to visit Uganda. The country is recognized to as a secure and safe place where you can see gorillas within a serene surrounding. This is located in the south western part of Uganda in South Africa.

african-gorillasBwindi Impenetrable Forest supports one of the largest “Population of Mountain Gorillas”in the world. This is an ancient forest that is also called as “Place of Darkness”. The tree that covers makes the place so dark. Gorillas in this forest are very strong and dominant yet very shy and at the same time gentle. These gorillas are habituated with people. That is why they are use of seeing and interacting with visitors. Though they have that kind of attitude you still need to be very careful dealing with them. Do not give anything to them especially things that may harm or hurt them. Make sure that you are doing just as instructed.

There are only 8 visitors who are allowed to visit each gorilla family each day. That is because they wanted to minimize the behavioural disturbance in the gorillas and also the risk of exposure of human borne diseases. It is also a strict compliance to wash hands before leaving the trek. The personnel would like to ensure the safety and health of their visitors. Low voice must always be a practice to avoid distracting the gorillas. As you go along with the trekking adventure you will be seeing a wide range of gorillas and their nesting sites. If you are nearly approaching the mountain gorillas, the guide will allow you to get ready so that you will not be shocked with their presence.
A wide variety of gorilla safaris available on line offered by different travel agents in Uganda. There are certain rules that you need to follow while you are in this forest. Take a long at the following for you to be equipped with the rules:
1. 7 meter distance from the gorillas must be observed. The further you are the more relax your other group is.

2. Stay tight among your group especially if you are getting near the gorillas.

3. Always keep your voice in a low tone.

4. It is prohibited to drink, eat and smoke while inside the forest. Doing that may increase the risk of transmitting the diseases.

5. There are times that gorillas charge. You need to slowly crouch down, avoid looking straight in the eyes of the gorilla and until they pass.

6. You need to be very careful when you take pictures with the gorillas. The use of camera with flash is strictly prohibited.

7. Never attempt of touching the gorillas because they are wild animals.

8. The maximum time you will be spending with gorillas is only about 1 hour. Thus if the gorillas become nervous and agitated the visiting hours will be shorten.

9. After your interactions with the gorillas keep your voice down until you are 200 meters away the gorillas.

10. Always follow the rules given to you.
Your gorilla trekking adventure will be safe if you obediently follow the rules. This will be a great way of experiencing new things in this place.