Why you should not miss Lake Kivu on your Rwanda safari

The fresh, clear water and yellow sand of Lake Kivu would give real South East Asia a run for its money, without the beach vendors and seedy red light regions and always delighted in on safari to Rwanda with African Jungle Adventures Ltd.

Lake Kivu is viewed as one of the considerable lakes in Africa, a perfect travel destination for local people and international tourists away from relatively busy capital, Kigali.

In case you drew a line straightforwardly through the center, a large portion of the lake is in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the other half is in Rwanda.

It is a sleepy destination encompassed by wonderful mountains, including active volcano Mount Nyiragongo, which last emitted in 2002. On a clear evening, a red dimness from lava is obvious from the volcano that is right over the Congo border.

Despite the fact that advertised as a place to unwind after mountain gorilla trekking in the north west of the nation, Lake Kivu has a variety to offer visitors wanting to explore. There are the obvious water ports of sailing and fly skiing but culturally there is a variety to see.

Sport fishing is also famous and fresh fish delicious at local eateries and lodgings. The border of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, between the towns of Gisenyi (Rwanda) and Goma (DR. Congo) gives an amazing view into trade between the two nations. A lot of people carrying filled sacks on their heads and backs make the daily trip between the towns, selling their products at markets.

The government has encouraged the people in Gisenyi to live around town so as to encourage the forest to re-growth and reproduce the diverse natural surroundings where once chimpanzees lived in abundance. There’s just a small group of chimpanzees in Cyamudongo forest a small section of Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Tea and espresso production is huge here with international companies setting up bases in the region. More than 20,000 tons of tea are produced a year, or 60 tons a day at its peak in wet season. Guided trips are available, beginning with the harvested leaves through to the finished product that is bagged and shipped to Mombasa in Kenya for further distribution around the globe.

Gorilla Tracking: A must Do in Rwanda

Many people would love to see gorillas in their natural habitats and Rwanda is among the few countries that can offer the opportunity of meeting the gorillas in their wildness. Gorillas are the hottest property when it comes to tourism. Rwanda is the only country that can give the best gorilla tour experience. One does not require traveling for long distances to see the gorillas in Rwanda as their habitats are not far from the capital city (Kigali). It is just 2 hour drive from Kigali International Airport (Rwanda main entry point) to Volcanoes National Park, the home to the endangered mountain gorillas.

African Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

The mountain gorillas in Rwanda can be tracked throughout the year with no difficulties as the gorillas in Volcanoes National Park do not live in very thick forests. This makes Rwanda the ideal destination for those with interest in going on gorilla safari in Africa. Gorilla tours in Rwanda are also less costly as the transport fares are cheap, the accommodation facilities are also relatively cheap and the gorilla permit is only at 750$ US dollars. A person with interest in taking a gorilla safari in Rwanda is most likely not to spend more than 1200 US dollar on his/her gorilla tour in Rwanda yet what he/she is going to experience is for lifetime, that is, starting from where he/she is going to stay as Rwanda has a wide range of classic accommodation facilities around the gorilla park and in Kigali capital, the food that is served  is delicious and suits all people from different ethnicities in the world.
The gorilla trekking activity is also a marvel as it leads the trackers to hike through the jungles of Virunga ranges. When searching the gorillas the trackers are able to see other wildlife like different bird and tree species and also the monkeys that over the forest canopies and the journey is commentated by a gorilla patron who narrates impressive stories about the national park and the mountain gorillas.

The epitome of the experience come when the mountain gorillas are found and here the tourists spend one hour with gorillas as they interact with them by watching them feed, play around and at times the young gorillas come towards the trackers to play with them. There is also a session of taking photos of the gorillas. This is really an unforgettable experience and many people who have tracked the gorillas have influenced their colleagues and families to visit Rwanda gorillas due to the stories they have narrated to them when the trackers go back home. A trip to visit Rwanda gorillas can never disappoint as one discover new things he/she has never seen before like the mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and beautiful mountains as well as the hospitable cultural people of Rwanda. Many people have made Rwanda their second home after visiting the mountain gorillas.

Top Vacation Spots in Rwanda

Vacation is always about excitement enjoyment, discoveries and masking off all the stress away. There are very many places in the world where you can take up a vacation but Rwanda is one of a kind vacation spot. Rwanda is an African country located in the east of the continent. It is a very small landlocked country but with high concentration of natural attractions and this is one of the main reason as to why Rwanda has become a very popular tourist destination in the world. Rwanda is known as the land of a thousand hills due to its possession of rolling ranges enchanted with beautiful vegetation cover across all its parts.

Biking Safaris in Rwanda

What welcomes a visitor in Rwanda is its unique mountainous topography and cool climate and this will bring an excitement to him/her even before he/she encounters other attractions that include unique cultures, historical sites, architectural marvels, wildlife, Lakes and the beaches among the special ones.

If a visitor would love to enjoy a safari in Rwanda and fully explore the country’s attractions, he/she should have to get a well tailor made planned trip with assistance from the many travel Agencies and tour operators in the destination.

Here we, bring you some of the great vacation spots for your safari in Rwanda;

Silverback Gorilla in Rwanda

The number spot for Rwanda vacation is volcanoes national park in the Virunga region which is the home to the mountain gorillas, the most sought after animals in the world. What makes mountain gorillas in Rwanda so special is that, there are the few mountain gorillas left in the world the others are found in Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Volcanoes National Park Rwanda has the third of the world’s population of mountain gorillas which is 320 out of 880. These mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park are a beauty to watch as these have very special social characters they display in their natural environment that can make one wonder if they aren’t real human beings.

The experience of the mountain gorillas has left very many visitors an everlasting smile on their cheeks. While still at the volcanoes national park there is also the Diana Fossey tomb and research centre as the visitors encounter these places get to know about the woman who is behind the conservation of these great animals and the stories and researches are very interesting and emotional. Also at the basement of the volcanoes national park, there are golden monkeys/ very interesting and beautiful species of monkey to watch in their natural environment.

Apart from mountain gorilla tracking, the Virunga region of Rwanda has the Iby’iwacu cultural village which is a spectacular marvel to encounter. This village is an amalgamation of all the cultural tribes of Rwanda as they portray the universal traditional cultural of Rwanda as a whole. Here the visitors intermingle with the local people as they watch traditional performance and also get involved in the social works of the traditional people of Rwanda. While at Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, the visitor cannot fail to hit at Lake Kivu for relaxation around the beaches, visit local communities and orphanages around Gisenyi such as Imbabazi Orphanage and Local Fishing Village. Further more, while in Gisenyi, take a boat ride to the Hot springs and coffee Island, experience what we call “from crop to cup” process of making coffee.

Lake Kivu – Rwanda

Another vacation spot in Rwanda is Nyungwe forest national park the home of 13 different species of primates and also the largest montane forest in the Eastafrican region. At Nyungwe national park the visitors engages in activities like chimpanzee tracking which another experience that comes close to gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

Chimpanzees are also the closest cousins of man so they also exhibit special antics in the jungle which can make a visitor go bonkers. Nyungwe Forest National Park has different monkey species like the vervet monkeys, black and white colobus, Angolan colobus, grey cheeked mangabey, olive baboon and the red tailed monkeys among the special ones. There is also a great experience at Nyungwe; the canopy walk, one of its kind in East Africa as here the visitor takes a walk above the montane forest having magnificent aerial view of Nyungwe national park.

Nyungwe National Park

On a safari in Rwanda, the visitor can also go to Akagera national park located in the south eastern part of the country. This park has the 80 different kinds of mammals and this is the park where the visitor enjoys the most common game in the wild. It has the elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, hippos, antelopes, elands and the lions were recently introduced and they are planning to bring the rhinos to make it a big five park. The visitors normally embark on a game drive to see some of these animals and it is always fun to drive around as they see these animals marauding in the park looking for survival. In this park, there is Lake Ihema where one can enjoy a boat ride and feel the sea bliss as he/she watches the different aquatic lives.

Giraffes in Akagera National Park Rwanda

We cannot fail to talk about the city of Kigali as a vacation spot on a safari in Rwanda. Kigali city is a very interesting city full of life and fun. It has wonderful historical, cultural and religion sites like the genocide museums, parliament, presidential palace, first house, the market place, the powerful Nyamata church to mention but a few. These take a visitor through Rwanda’s past political, cultural and economical history.

All in all Rwanda has wonderful great vacation spots that are explorative, educative and exciting. There are all up for grabs for visitors willing to embark on a safari to Rwanda – Africa.

Safety Tips When Traveling for Outback Safaris

Going out for an outdoor tour often has several aspects to it where most people prefer planning beforehand. The planning includes hotel accommodations, passes to local attractions, booking for local transportation and many others. Apart from that, it involves carrying along necessary requirements such as clothing, medication, guide maps and several other things that may come to use while outdoors. Outback tours are one such outdoor tour that most of us dream of. You not only get to relish delicacies but also get glimpses of the flora and fauna along with the scenic beauty.
If you are being a part of the tours for the first time, it is essential for you to follow a few rules that would help you to have the best experience and thus making you look at things differently.

Loosen up your schedule

While you move out for such tours, keep your schedule flexible where you may get stranded due to heavy rains or long distance travels from one place to the other. This actually allows you to not panic and thus enjoying all that you come across to give you pleasurable surprises with every step that you take.

Own helpful maps of the places you intend to visit

If it is a land that you have never visited before, the only saviour to help you through would be these route maps. They not only help you with the routes to your destination but often have other details such as the local attractions and how you can get the most out of them. Several tour operators allow you to have a planned itinerary and thus helping you to make the most out of the outback tours.

Avoid travelling at night

If you have a schedule fixed for the next destination in your outback tour, avoid night travels. The local people would also suggest you the same. Animals like kangaroos and others are often on the prowl at night and often come out on the road. It would be a distraction to both with at times may lead to a damage to the car and also be fatal for the animal. You could consider an early morning travel which would allow you to have glimpses of the scenic beauty along with reaching the next destination with ease.

Take help from a guide

If you have planned your outback tour through a tour operator, you wouldn’t have to search for a tour guide. They would come along as a part of your itinerary. If you plan to travel individually, it is always safe to hire a tour guide who would not only help you accomplish the motto behind your tour and also help you find the choicest places to visit and also the best food that you could relish on. The guides ensure that you are safe and get the most of what you see around you.

How to find car rental discounts in Uganda

With today’s economy there is no compelling reason to spend much money on hiring a car; you need to first know why you need the car so that you choose the right vehicle to save money on your car rental.

If you want a vehicle to drive around the city like for weekend gateways for beach trips, city tours and other city activist you don’t need hire a very huge and strong vehicle, you can hire a simple economical vehicle like Toyota Rav4, Premio, and many other cars in the same range.

If you’re planning a trip to different national parks in the country (wildlife tour) then you will need to hire a strong 4×4 safari vehicle because roads in most national parks in Uganda are in bad conditions they can only be accessible by a strong vehicle. But still you can get it at a cheap price because many car rental companies are offering good discounts on safari vehicle hiring.

Still you can look for discounts available on the market. Since the tourism industry in Uganda is developing rapidly, many tour companies and car rental companies are opening daily and this had lead to high competition in the business. These companies are now offering different discounts and so it’s better to inquire from different companies so that you can compare the prices. You ought to choose the cheapest rates so that your finances can go to other places, for example, accommodation and other tourist activities like; game drive, chimpanzee tracking and other activities. Still you can try and compare of our rates at Rental Cars Uganda Ltd with other car rental companies, you will find that we have the best rates and quality vehicles for hire in the market.

When searching a cheap and affordable car for hire in Uganda, it’s a perfect idea to consider which company to contact that will offers you services are affordable rates, and you have to think of the season you hiring the car for example, if you’re planning to travel during the pick season of the year, you expect to hire a vehicle at a relatively high price and vehicles are always on high demand during these periods. For budget travellers, the best time to travel it’s during the low season where there is less tourists in the country. During these months, you will not experience congestion in the park where you will find like 5 cars in the same route struggling to watch the same animals and even during these months most companies offer great discounts on car rental.

Still when you’re looking to a cheap car for hire in Uganda, consider to at least book in advance because there you will get enough time to bargain on the rates and most rental companies offer special discounts on those booking in advance and online because when you book online you will have to at least send them a commitment fee this can make them sure that your booking is confirmed.

Also the number of people you’re travelling with can contribute on your car rental price, for example; different car rental companies in Uganda offers discount to travelling booking for cars more than one and these travelling for many days like 5 days.

Why Children Not Allowed on Gorilla Safari?

There are few remaining mountain Gorillas in the world. To that note therefore, all possible measures aiming at protecting them (Gorillas) have been set up. Among them is the restriction of children below the age of 15 years, below are some of the reasons why children below is years not allowed to meet Gorillas.

Children are very prone to communicable diseases and can easily spread them to mountain gorillas while on their trek. Disease like Tuber closes, Cold, Ebola among others can easily be transmitted from human to primates and the reverse is true.

You can not predict how the children will react at the meeting with the Gorillas – some of them can cry loud, run, shout among others which can force the gorillas to charge/ upset.

The process is strenuous/ tiresome – children can not endure moving long distance for long hours. Therefore, to enable elders enjoy their trek, children are restricted to go gorilla trekking.

In case of danger, children can not defend them selves- if attached by an animal; children can not run so fast for their lives.

Gorilla trekking trails are slipper – on which children can fall before meeting gorillas.

Grasping gorilla trekking rules and regulation may turn to be hard for children. They can violet them and then make trekking disorganized or incomplete. For example a child may urinate or defecate any where, any how.

Forest pests/ insect bites – some tropical forest harbors mosquitoes, tsetse flies among others. Mosquitoes cause malaria and tsetse flies cause sleeping sickness yet children are highly susceptible to diseases.

Funds paid for gorilla permits are non refundable – in case a visitor doesn’t appear, failure to meet Gorillas, and so on. It is uncertain for the children to meet gorillas. Therefore, buying gorilla permits for the children you are not sure of meeting gorillas is bad.

Challenges to African Gorilla Population

Gorilla trekking is the major tourist activity in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The activity earns a lot of foreign exchanges to the mentioned nations especially Uganda and Rwanda. DR Congo’s political instabilities hinder smooth running of gorilla tourism in the country but the destination has big gorilla groups in Virunga National Park. However, mountain gorillas are endangered and their population is highly affected b the following;

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Political unrest in Democratic Republic of Congo has greatly reduced the number of Mountain Gorillas – seasonal rebel attacks in the order of the day and in the process of chasing them, the DR. Congo army exchange fire bullets with the rebels which some times kill Gorillas in Virunga national Park. Some times rebels do malicious killing of Gorillas to disorganize the country’s economy – that is why tourism in Democratic Republic of Congo is ragging behind among the three countries.

Malicious killing of Gorillas by the local people – some people claim that Gorillas are a threat to the people in the nearby communities – thinking they will kill people, destroy their crops among others so, they find it better to isolate them by killing.

Ignorance of the local people – In the past, responsible bodies in Uganda, Rwanda and DR. Congo did little in sensitizing people about the importance of Gorillas to the economies of their countries. The good news today is that, there are local sensitization campaigns going on in all destinations, aiming at informing the local communities about how they benefit from Rwanda tours especially gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park. In this way, the will join the struggle to conserve the gorillas and their natural habitat.
Rampant poaching also reduced the number of Gorillas in their natural habitat. Some people set traps to catch Gorillas and other animals.

Hunting of Gorillas for food – it is believed that some tribe in Democratic Republic of Congo do eat Gorillas. In the process, the number of Gorillas reduces.

Catastrophes or natural calamities like volcanic eruption, floods, and strong winds among others – the 2002 volcanic eruption in Democratic Republic of Congo contributed to the decline of Gorilla population in Virunga region. The eruption of Nyiragongo did not only kill Gorillas but even some few people and their properties perished.

Weak government laws towards the protection of wildlife – some government laws are weak to protect the lives of wild animals and birds where by some poachers are not given serious punishments to curb the habit.

Diseases like Ebola, Cough among others have greatly killed Gorillas while in their natural habitats. In the past, some people go trek gorillas with out advance medical check ups which increased the transmission of diseases from man to Gorillas.

The increasing numbers of predators like Leopard and Python among others. Such predators kill Gorillas leading to the decline in the number of Gorillas.

Fights amongst Gorillas in their natural habitat – during power struggle, male gorillas fight to overthrow others in order to take control of a given Gorilla family. In the fighting process, some weak Gorillas die leading the reduction in the number of Gorillas.

Must see tourist attractions in Rwanda

Must visit places in Rwanda – Things to see in Rwanda

Rwanda is the land of a thousand hills and a hundred mountains – therefore, it is inevitable to visit Rwanda minus viewing the series of Virunga ranges which include Sabyinyo Volcano, Karisoke Volcano, Karisimbi Volcano. Bisoke and Mountain Gahinga.

Mountain Gorillas: A holiday to Africa is incomplete with visiting the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat of Volcanoes National Park Rwanda.  This is the chief tourist attraction in Rwanda and should not be missed too. Volcanoes national Park hosts ten habituated gorilla groups and more are to be habituated. Among the currently habituated groups include Susa, Karisimbi, Umubano, Ugenda, Hirwa, Group 13, Sabyinyo and many more. Gorilla trekking trips are conducted daily in Volcanoes National Park.

Golden Monkeys: These are second to Mountain Gorillas – both co-exist in Volcanoes National Park though trekking prices differ. Currently, the cost of gorilla trekking permit is US$ 750 and US$ 100 per person for golden monkey permit.

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Lake Kivu: It is situated in western Rwanda – the nearby towns include Kibuye and Gisenyi these are basking towns for leisure. Visitors can spend overnights at the shores of Lake Kivu and day time swimming, boat cruise, sun bathing, sports fishing among others.

More than 13 primates are found in Nyungwe forest national park. Primates include Chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, mona Monkeys, owl- faced monkeys among other. The amazing tree canopies leave a lot to be desired! The amazing canopy walk aimed at seeing birds and so on.

Akagera National Park is also a must visit destination in Rwanda- the park hosts animals including antelopes, Lions, elephants and buffaloes. There are also a number of bird species like Ring-necked Francolin, Madagascar Pond-heron, Shoebill, Pallid Harrier, White-spotted Flufftail, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Red-faced Barbet, Papyrus Gonolek, Carruthers’s Cisticola, Leaf-love, White-winged Scrub-warbler, Sharpe’s Pied-babbler, Green-throated Sunbird, Bronze Sunbird, Red-chested Sunbird, Baglafecht Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, White-collared Oliveback, Swee Waxbill, Western Citril, Thick-billed Seedeater among others.

The twin Lakes: – these are Burera and Buhondo – the view of the beautiful sceneries of the twin Lakes leaves a lot to be desired. You can visit the twin lakes after or before Gorilla trekking but should not be missed when you visit Rwanda.

The genocide memorial museums: – The mass killing of 1994 ended with the creation of Genocide memorial sites in Rwanda. Genocide memorial sites are places where bones of the killed people are kept for future generation to see. Genocide memorial site include Gisozi, Nyamata, Murambi, Bisesero, Ntarama among others.

Butare (Huye): This is the cultural hub for the country and was once the most important city before 1965. Here you will find a great national museum that will show the great history of Rwanda and also it’s entrance into the modern world. Visit the nearby Nyabisindu (Nayanza) where you can find the impressive royal palace of Rwanda’s feudal monarchy.

Who to Travel With?

Explore Rwanda and all her hidden treasures through credible tour and travel companies such as Gorilla Expeditions Limited, Africa Adventure Safaris, Abacus Africa Vacations, African Jungle Adventures, Lets Go Tours Rwanda, Volcanoes Safaris, Primate safaris and Virunga Expeditions among others.

A wide variety of Rwanda holiday packages packages available online offered by the tour companies above. Feel free to contact any of them for best quote at excellent services.

Getting Around

Rwanda is located in East Africa, currently with one airport known as Kigali International Airport (KGL) on the edges of Kigali Capital. Many International Airlines operate on Kigali Airport and these include Ethiopian Airlines (EAL), Rwanda Air, Kenya air Ways (KQ), KLM, South Africa Airways (SAA), British Airways, Emirates and Brussuels Airlines among others.

Rwanda can be accessed by road from neighbouring countries like Burundi (Kanyaru boarder), Uganda (Katuna and Cyanika boarders), DR Congo (Goma Boarder) and Tanzania. There are buses operating along these routes.

African Jungle Adventures to protect Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

The main International Non-Government Organization involved in conservation of mountain gorillas is the International Gorilla Conservation Programme, which was established in 1991 as a joint effort of the African Wildlife Foundation, Fauna & Flora International and the World Wide Fund for Nature. Conservation requires work at many levels, from local to international, and involves protection and law enforcement as well as research and education. Dian Fossey broke down conservation efforts into the following three categories:

Active conservation includes frequent patrols in wildlife areas to destroy poacher equipment and weapons, firm and prompt law enforcement, census counts in regions of breeding and ranging concentration, and strong safeguards for the limited habitat the animals occupy.”

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African Mountain Gorillas

Theoretical conservation seeks to encourage growth in tourism by improving existing roads that circle the mountains, by renovating the park headquarters and tourists’ lodging, and by the habituation of gorillas near the park boundaries for tourists to visit and photograph.”

Community-based conservation management involves biodiversity protection by, for, and with the local community in practice this is applied in varying degrees. The process seeks equity between meeting the needs of the local population and preserving the protected areas and involves local people in decision making processes.

A collaborative management process has had some success in the Bwindi National Park. The forest was gazetted to National Park in 1991; this occurred with little community consultation and the new status prohibited local people from accessing resources within the park as well as reduced economic opportunities and the number of forest fire was deliberately lit and threats were made to the mountain gorillas.

To achieve this, three strategies were implemented to provide benefits from existence of the forest communities and involve the local community in park management. They included agreements allowing the controlled harvesting of resources in the park, receipt of some revenue from tourism and establishment of a trust fund partly for community development. Tensions between people and park have been reduced and now there is more willingness to take part in gorilla protection.

Surveys of community attitudes conducted by CARE show a steadily increasing proportion of the people in favour of the park. More than that there have been no cases of deliberate burning and the problem of snares in these areas has been reduced. The introduction of ceremonies such as KwitaIzina (in 2005) has also had some impact in drawing attention to gorilla preservation and its importance to local communities.

While community-based conservation bears out individual analysis, there are significant overlaps between active and theoretical conservation and a discussion of the two as halves of a whole seems more constructive. For example, in 2002 Rwanda’s national parks went through a restructuring process. The director of the IGCP, Eugene Rutagarama stated that “They got more rangers on better salaries, more radios, more patrol cars and better training in wildlife conservation. They also built more shelters in the park, from which rangers could protect the gorillas”.

The funding for these types of improvements usually comes from tourism – in 2008, approximately 20 000 tourists visited gorilla populations in Rwanda, generating around $8 million in revenue for the parks. In Uganda too, tourism is seen as a “high value activity that brings enough profits to cover the costs of park management and contribute to the national budget of UWA.“ In addition, the number of visitor arrivals conducted by park rangers also allow censuses of gorilla sub-populations to be undertaken concurrently. Contact African Jungle Adventures for more information / guideline to book a gorilla tour, they are specialists in Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking adventures, also offer other wildlife safaris, cultural trips, primates tracking and beach holidays around East Africa.

Additionally, other strategies for sub-population conservation can be applied and these include ensuring connecting corridors between isolated territories to ensure movement between them easier and safer.

Amazing safari experience in South & East Africa

Our safari in Southern African combined with Eastern Africa went through countries like South Africa where we visited Cape Town and Kruger National Park, and then to Botswana  where we visited Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. In East Africa, we Masaimara National Park in Kenya, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro crater / conservation area through Olduvai gorge in Tanzania. Our trip ended with mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. In fact, this was the highlight of our safari in Africa, it was a great privilege for us to see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. This is the only place in the world where once can come and see the last remaining population of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat?

Kruger National Park Tour

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Cheetahs in Kruger National Park – South Africa

We started with Kruger National Park the largest in South Africa. Kruger Game Reserve is basically a synonym for the word “safari.” Bird life is prolific with over 500 species recorded, 100 reptiles, about 150 mammals, multiple archaeological sites, and a stunningly diversity of trees and flowers, Kruger is South Africa’s flagship national park. Adventurers can explore Kruger National park in a 4×4 Jeep, take a bush walk or fly above in a hot-air balloon. It is such a life time adventure experience in southern part of Africa. There are over 20 National Parks in South Africa but your venture to any of the South African National Parks will transfer you into another world.

Our South African Experience in Kruger National Park was enhanced by our fantastic choice of staying at Lukimbi Safari Lodge. This is 5 star family-friendly lodge in Kruger game reserve. It is all about African-inspired dreams come true in this Park. We experienced magnificent game viewing, ultra-luxurious accommodation and thematic décor inspired by the country’s rich and diverse cultures, puts this lodge on top of the list for any visitor to the park.

Chobe National Park (Botswana)

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Chobe National Park Animals – Botswana

 

From Kruger National Park in South Africa, we connected to Chobe National park in Botswana, still in southern Africa. Even with the start of the rain season, Chobe river front area of the Chobe National Park offer an amazing array of wildlife. Buffalo and Elephant herds are numerous, with zebras, giraffes and antelope herds to be seen daily. We had a fantastic river cruise and big game drive in Chobe National Park that was so rewarding.

The Park’s riverfront is one of the most impressive safari experiences on African Continent. We stayed at Chobe Game Lodge that boasts the best location from which to explore this incredible wildlife spectacle.

Chobe is a five-star lodge, a fantastic luxury tour option for clients whose interest is to visit and explore Chobe National Park, the Victoria Falls and the other surrounding areas. While at Chobe Game Lodge, we felt more like joining a family rather than simply being a guest in Botswana. The lodge has a dedicated team of professionals who welcomed us through the doors and were there with a smile to ensure that every moment of our stay is a special one.

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls in Africa

Victoria Falls in Africa

Victoria Falls offers no shortage of interesting and exciting activities to make any visit to this spectacular destination worthwhile. If you feel the need for adventure, bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge before walking with lions or riding on the elephant back through the wilderness. It was such amazing experience with my Family. Then we continued to East Africa, arrived at Jomo Kenyatta National Park in Kenya.

Masai mara and Serengeti National Parks Exploration (Kenya and Tanzania)

masai-maraThis is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves, and Kenya’s most popular national parks famous for the wildebeests migration. Masai Mara Park is located in south-west Kenya. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system. We had fantastic big game drive in Masai Mara park and Serengeti national Park in Tanzania where saw lots of animals. We also had community tours with local people like the Masai people, and we got involved in local activities like digging, Milking, singing and Dancing among others. It was such unforgettable experience.

In Masaimara National park we stayed at Mara Serena Hotel, Set high on a bush-cloaked hill with fantastic views over the savannah and down to the winding coils of the hippo-filled Mara River, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa’s most dramatic wildlife arenas, with a ringside seat for the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’, the legendary migration of the wildebeest. In Serengeti we stayed at Kirawira Serena Camp, all were so amazing.

Volcanoes National Park – Home of Mountain Gorillas

Rwanda Mountain Gorillas in Africa

Rwanda Mountain Gorillas

From Tanzania we connected to Rwanda by RwandAir through Kanombe International Airport. This was the last destination on our African trip to Southern and Eastern Africa. Here we had fantastic gorilla trekking experience and golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. The trek in search for mountain gorillas is quiet strenuous and you must be physically fit. However, we managed to successfully do the trek and each of us was awarded a certificate for surviving the trek. We ended with a visit to Gisozi genocide memorial museum in Kigali, Nyamata and Ntarama churches that were gazetted into genocide museums.

We stayed at the Magnificent Virunga lodge, perched high on a ridge, with stunning views of the magnificent Virunga Volcanic mountains and the beautiful twin lakes Bulera and Ruhonda. After such a long safari in Africa, mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda was the high, and I advise anyone taking a safari into Eastern Africa not to miss this adventurous activity. We traveled with African Jungle Adventures and we booked two gorilla permits for different days and we therefore had 2 gorilla treks with different gorilla families. Special thanks to African Jungle Adventures Limited for organizing such a fantastic trip through Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

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