Phenomenal is one of the many words that can be used to describe the beautiful, breath taking Murchison Falls National Park. Found in Uganda at the northern end of the Albertine rift valley and the largest national park in Uganda. Murchison Falls is one of the places one should go to have a wonderful time and experience the biggest connection with Mother Nature.

With its exotic beauty, Murchison Falls National Park has become one of Uganda’s biggest tourist attractions. There are so many different activities one can do here like; Nature walks, hiking, sport fishing on the Albert Nile where by you stand a chance of catching 20 kg big fish for yourself. A boat cruise at the Albert Nile is worthy a talk as here one get to enjoy the sea bliss as one breathes in the fresh Uganda air and also has a glance on the aquatic life that is hippos from the distance, the elephants at the bank of the river and also so many interesting birds at the shores.

While at Murchison national park, you can get to explore a lot of wildlife and see many different wild animals like; Giraffes, Buffaloes, white hippos and crocodiles on the banks of the longest river in the world, the Nile River when you take a half day game drive. You get to know why these animals are called wild as they hang out in an environment where the fittest and the most resilient survive.

Visiting Murchison Falls National Park would not be complete without getting to see its centre piece, the one thing that makes this place what it is, the Murchison falls. It’s white, rapid waters flowing from the River Nile, gushing down and drifting off into Lake Albert. The sight of this is simply amazing. At the top of the fall, you witness how the mighty Nile forces its way through a narrow stream of about 6 metres down the Lake Albert as it makes a devil like sound and sprouting water fountain as it is subdued in Lake Albert.

Murchison Falls National Park is a place that one should definitely go to, so grab your family or friends and take a trip here to have a fun and delightful time. Many people who have visited this park have had a good experience and the experience has given them a second reason to pay a visit one more time.However note that, some parts of the park are inaccessible during rain season, and you are advise to rent a 4x4 Toyota prado, Land rover, Land Cruiser Hardtop among others. Those are the most common safari vehicles used in Uganda especially in Murchison Falls National Park.

Similarities between Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Park:

Both Volcanoes and Nyunge forest National Parks are found in Rwanda – the country of a thousand hills.

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Water Channel in Nyungwe National park Rwanda

Both parks host primates. Volcanoes National Park hosts Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys while Nyungwe Forest protects 13 primate species including Chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, mona monkeys, olive baboon among others.

Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Parks are ranked among the world heritage sites. In other words, both parks are world heritage sites.

Both parks protect birds- therefore; birding can be conducted in Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Parks.
Both parks are accessed from Kigali city/ Airport.

Both Parks are known internationally.

The two parks are under control of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to ensure welfare of all wildlife.

Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks were officially opened for tourism activities.

Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Park are home for Rwanda’s major tourist attractions, Chimpanzees and Gorillas respectively.

Both Parks offer employment opportunities to people hence reducing unemployment rates.

Differences between Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Park:

Nyugwe National Park is dominated by rain forest while Volcanoes National park bamboo forests.

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Baby Gorilla in bambou forest Rwanda

Nyungwe National Park is Larger than Volcanoes National park – the park lies within the 2,040 square kilometres (790 sq mi) while Nyungwe forest Spreads over 1,020km².

Nyungwe became a National Park in 2004 as Rwanda sought to increase its tourism beyond the country’s mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park, and is certainly worthy of its status because of its spectacular biodiversity While Volcanoes National Park in 1929. There fore, Nyungwe is one of the newly officiated parks in Rwanda.

Nyungwe forest protects 13 primate species more than Volcanoes National Park’s two species (endangered mountain gorillas and rare golden Monkeys).

Nyungwe Forest National park is dominated by tall trees than Volcanoes National Park which is dominated by bamboo.

Volcanoes National Park is situated in Virunga Mountain a range which is not the case with Nyungwe Forest National park.

From Kigali, reaching Volcanoes National park is 2 hours drive while Nyungwe is 6 hours. Therefore, Nyungwe Forest National Park is situated far away from Kigali capital than Volcanoes National Park.

Volcanoes national Park hosts the chief tourist attraction in Rwanda – which is Mountain Gorillas.

Statistically, Volcanoes National park receives more Visitors than Nyungwe Forest National Park. This is because tourists come to Rwanda mostly to see Gorillas – this is according to annual RDB statistical data. It should be noted that, Rwanda has a perfect destination for gorilla tracking in the world in its Volcanoes National park, regarded to be the leading Rwanda safari park, thus receiving a huge number of tourists than other parks.

Volcanoes National Park is situated in the northern part of Rwanda while Nyungwe National park the South West corner of Rwanda.

Volcanoes National park surrounded by volcanic peaks while Nyungwe National park is surrounded by tropical forests.
It is only in Nyungwe Forest National park where canopy walk is conducted.

3 Day Self Drive Tour to Kyaninga Lodge in Uganda

If you want to see chimpanzees in Uganda, Kibale National Park is the number 1 destination for this activity. It is located in the western part of Uganda, about 315km from Kampala capital.

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Kyaninga Lodge

Kibale National Park is a home to 13 primate species which include chimpanzees, Baboons, Colobus monkeys, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys, Galagoes and many others.

The major tourist activities include chimpanzee tracking, Chimpanzee habituation Experience, bird watching and nature walk among others. To explore Kibale National Park, one requires a minimum of 3 days / 2 nights. One of the best places to stay while on  a safari to Kibale National Park is Kyaninga lodge, a 5 star accommodation unit near Kibale forest.

About Kyaninga Lodge

Kyaninga Lodge is one of the luxury accommodations in Kibale forest national park in Uganda. Kyaninga is famous for offering the excellent services to the world standards. The Lodge is situated against a stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon.

The exceptional design and sheer scale of the main lodge is immediately apparent from the moment one crests the hill and Kyaninga Lodge comes into view. Kyaninga Lodge is a home away from home and once inside, the lodge offers comfortable seating areas set around an imposing double-sided open fireplace where one can enjoy a cosy evening over a good book, a board game or a drink from the bar.

Kyaninga Lodge also contains the restaurant where delicious meals compete with stunning views on both sides. Two raised galleries offer intimate spaces for those wishing to absorb the panorama in a more private setting. On the lake side, the main lodge leads to two decks furnished with comfortable loungers, while steps hewn from local volcanic rock lead down to the swimming pool and on to two lawned terraces overlooking the deep blue water and primeval forest of Lake Kyaninga itself.

Kyaninga Lodge has 8 luxury cottages built on platforms and set apart to offer privacy and tranquility. Access to the cottages from the main lodge is via a raised wooden walkway. Other facilities here include Airport Shuttle Service, Swimming Pool, and Fireplace among others.

Getting There

Kibale National Park / Kyaninga Lodge can be accessed by road via Mubende. Another route is via Mbarara and cross the Equator. By Air, you can flight to Kasese Airstrip. Aero Link Uganda has daily scheduled flights from Entebbe Airstrip. However, you should organize ground transportation from the airstrip to the lodge, or you can hire a car in Kampala or Kasese and drive your self. Car rental in Uganda is now very popular and this has led to rapid development of self drive adventures.

Proposed Itinerary for 3 day Uganda tour

Day 1: Leave Kampala in the morning, transfer to Kibale Forest, lunch in Fort Portal Town, check-in Kyaninga lodge, relax as you wait for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Half day chimpanzee tracking and afternoon nature walk (To Bigodi swamps, or nearby communities or Crater Lakes region), Or we go for chimpanzee habituation experience (Full day with chimps) all meals and overnight Kyaninga lodge.

Day3: Reserved for departure

The average cost for 2 persons is US$950 per person including 2 nights at Kyaninga lodge, private transportation in a 4wd safari vehicle, services of a professional English speaking driver / tour guide, all meals and bottled mineral water for refreshment, chimpanzee tracking permits for US$150 each.

I and my 4 friends had a wonderful moment in Rwanda with African Jungle Adventures Limited! We booked a 5 day Rwanda gorilla tour package going to Nyungwe National Park for primates / birds and Volcanoes National Park for mountain gorilla tracking. We also visited some genocide memorial museums in Rwanda like Bisesero, Gisozi in Kigali and Murambi technical school along the highway from Nyungwe National Park to Kigali city. Baker was our tour guide and he made our safari experience unforgettable!!

Our gorilla trip started on 15th to 19th of April, 2015. Our flight from South Africa delayed and we arrived in Kigali a bit late at 11:20am, Baker our tour driver from African Jungle Adventures was already at Kigali International Airport waiting for us. He warmly greeted and welcomed us to this part of the world. Because we were a bit late for our drive to Nyungwe National Park, he got for us packed lunch in Kigali, then we set off in our comfortable 4×4 Land cruiser to Nyungwe National Park. We never wanted to drive late at night. This is about 5hours drive. We had brief stops at Nyanza King’s Palace and Murambi genocide memorial museum! We were so shocked with what we saw at Murambi genocide site, this was a technical school where many people gathered during the genocide, they were expecting to be safe in this school yet it was a trick to get them all killed. The Army with guns and machete came and massacred all children and adults who sought security in this area. We had to shade tears on what we saw (see photo below). Workers of this place / destination guides are genocide survivors and narrated to us all that happened before, during and after the genocide around Murambi.

rwanda-victimsYou can see blood on the walls of classes. people massacred included children, students, youths and old people and were all buried in mass graves. The top of mass graves were turned into volley ball pitch by French Soldiers and started playing volley ball from there as a way to hide evidence!! Genocide survivors reported. After the genocide, mass graves were dug and bodies preserved in classes for all people allover the world to witness what happened in Rwanda. My dear, it was terrible!!
We had to continue with our journey to Nyungwe Forest, the staff of Nyungwe Forest Lodge was already waiting for us, we arrived by 7:25pm, welcomed us, we had dinner and overnight. The lodge is very amazing, its the best lodge around Nyungwe National Park.

The next day we started early at 4:30am, we had breakfast and continued for Chimpanzee tracking adventure in Nyungwe Forest. The walk in the forest was quiet adventurous, the jungle grounds were so slippery, I went on falling down and all am friends were laughing at me! Chimps in Nyungwe forest are so fast and you must be also fast to see them. I have ever been in Kibale National park in Uganda and found chimps in big numbers. Kibale offers great views than Nyungwe forest. We returned to the lodge, relaxed as we waited for lunch.

I and my boy friend stayed behind for massage, we took a guided walk in the tea plantations and nearby communities. the other friends went for canopy walk adventure. The other activities you can do around Nyungwe National Park include bird watching with over 300 species, guided forest walk with different forest trails, not forgetting colobus monkey tracking. It was reported that Nyungwe National Park has about 13 primate species. This marks the end of our day 2 of our safari in Rwanda.

The next day we had a longer drive to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, a home to some of the world's remaining population of mountain gorillas. We checked-in Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge on the edges of Volcanoes National Park. We had a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight.

On Day 4, we start our day with mountain gorilla tracking. We had breakfast at Sabyinyo lodge, then we assembled at the park headquarters (with our packed water and scacks) at Kinigi for a briefing about gorilla trekking experience in Parc National des Volcans as well as group allocation. The park has 10 habituated gorilla groups, some are close, some are far. Because we had to return to Kigali after gorilla tracking, our tour guide requested the park warden to assign us to a nearby gorilla group so that we return early and drive back to Kigali. The drive to Kigali is between 90 and 120 minutes drive.

virungagorillasWe are assigned to Sabyinyo group and the trek was quiet easy. We had fun with the gorillas, we took fantastic photos and video. This was the highlight of our safari in Rwanda. After 1 hour with the gorillas, we had to descend to the base, boarded our vehicle, we returned to the lodge for lunch and hit the road back to Kigali. We were awarded certificated to surviving the trek. This is a must do when you visit Africa. On my next vacation, I will combine gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda, its such amazing experience.

Tips to successfully enjoy a gorilla trek in Rwanda

Start with heavy breakfast because the trek is strenuous.

Carry enough water and snacks in your day pack

Hiring a porter is highly recommended. He will assist carry your day pack, pull and push you when you get stuck during the trek. Also this is direct creation of employment to local people, thus, reducing the problem of poaching.

Proper body protection wear is so important. Recommended are long sleeved shirts / blouse, long pants, hat, garden gloves, hiking boots up to ankle level and insect repellent.

Above all, you must follow instructions from the guide during the trek and when with gorillas.

Rwanda is famusly known as "A Country of A Thousand Hills", located in East Africa, and a home to one of the last groups of mountain gorillas in the world. The fact that mountain gorillas is a critically endangered specie, Volcanoes National Park Rwanda is one of the best places to go gorilla trekking in the World. A wide variety of Rwanda gorilla safari packages available online offered by over 100 travel agents found in Kigali capital city and in Ruhengeri town on the edges of Volcanoes National Park. and is renowned for its excellent tourist infrastructure and wide range of accommodation, from luxury game lodges and five-star hotels to friendly country houses, small hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and camping and self-catering establishments.

Luxury: Rwanda has some of the most luxurious lodges and hotels in the east Africa, with names such as Lake Kivu Serena hotel, mountain Gorilla view lodge, Akagera game lodge and hotel Mille Collines. You’ll also find that you often pay less in Rwanda for your luxury than elsewhere in the world. Safari lodges usually offer an all-inclusive package incorporating game drives, meals and drinks. Most up market establishments also have spa facilities on site.

Mid-range: To save a bit of money, consider checking into one of the numerous bed-and-breakfast establishments on offer in Rwanda, or even hire a self-catering unit. Self- catering accommodation in Rwanda ranges from apartments and holiday villas to lodges and farm cottages. Guest houses are generally slightly more expensive, but also worth considering if you want to experience a warm Rwanda welcome.

Budget: Rwanda has a well-developed network of backpacker accommodation options, some of which are surprisingly comfortable and luxurious. There is also an active camping community and you will find well- serviced campsites throughout the country, particularly in the national parks, including the popular volcanoes National Park. Pre-booking is generally advisable.

Special events: Rwanda offers a range of accommodation for special celebrations, including weddings. Plan an authentic African wedding, a ceremony in the bush with wildlife around you, a beach or mountain wedding, or a reception in the romantic landscapes.

Nip and tuck: Rwanda is among the most sought-after destinations to receive the best medical procedures and treatments at reasonable cost with, if time permits, a recuperative holiday in the sun and some spectacular sightseeing thrown in. Medical tourism includes medical procedures such as cosmetic surgery, dentistry, fertility or rehabilitation, for which there are many excellent private facilities in Rwanda.

TRAVEL TIP: Bear in mind that grading in Rwanda is voluntary and so there may be many guest houses and Bed and breakfast that do not have star-grading but are still quality establishments. Look for recommendations from fellow travelers. Also check for off-season specials as there are great bargains to be had, especially in the luxury sector.

When to visit

Rwanda is in the southern hemisphere, so it is dry here when it’s winter in Europe and North America (November to February), which makes it ideal for anyone wanting to escape the cold weather. If you’re planning a safari, wet season in Rwanda are very pleasant as it’s warm during the day and dry and cool at night. Late wet season is popular for game spotting game because the vegetation is sparse and animals visit the waterholes to drink.

Stay healthy

Rwanda has a well-developed healthcare system. There are public hospitals throughout Rwanda, but as in many other countries, you’ll probably get quicker care at a private hospital. Be sure to top up on medical insurance before leaving home. Well-qualified doctors, dentists and other specialists can be found in the main centres but you will have to make an appointment to see one, unless it’s an emergency.

Consult a healthcare professional in Rwanda about a suitable prophylactic. Your choice of drug will depend on how long you are visiting the malarial area, the time of year and your personal health. The old adage ‘prevention is the best cure’ also holds true. Use repellent and cover up at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes are most active by wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and shoes and socks, if possible.

TRAVEL TIP: If you develop a bad headache, have aching joints and recurring fevers and chills after your trip, advice your doctor that you have been in a malarial area. Malaria symptoms can sometimes be confused with flu symptoms.

HIV/Aids: While Rwanda has a high prevalence of HIV/Aids, your only real risk of contracting this syndrome is if you have unprotected sex with an infected individual. There should be no reason for unprotected sex as condoms are freely available in pharmacies and convenience stores. Antiretroviral are issued free to rape victims at Rwanda hospitals. Should you be the victim of a sexual assault, it’s essential that you get prophylactic treatment for HIV/Aids within 72 hours.

Personal medication: There are pharmacies throughout Rwanda and many everyday medications, such as painkillers, are available over the counter. Some large chain stores, like Clicks, also have in-store pharmacies that offer good value for money.

If you have a specific medical condition, it’s wise to carry the relevant doctor’s prescription with you. In the event of you losing your medication, a qualified pharmacist should be able to source a replacement, even if the trade name differs in Rwanda.

After many hours of travel from Botswana, I got to get to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Laurence, the truck driver left me at the doorstep, the Chameleon Backpackers. It was quite late and there was booked. My intention was camping with my tent/store, but there was no room, as they have a very small camping area, only two or three stores. But there was available a store that have permanently mounted the hostel. It is a safari-style tent, these having the square base and are shaped igloo. In the central part is high enough to stand up. It was a little more expensive than camping with my store, but quite comfortable, because inside is a normal and even a nightstand bed. It's actually a small room, I took a week sleeping there and love it. The hostel is very good, a very relaxed atmosphere, with garden and pool, and a huge kitchen that have impeccable. It is very nice.

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Windhoek City - Namibia

 

Namibia is a big country and most of it is desert. The cities are far apart from each other. There are few inhabitants, mostly concentrated in the north, so there is huge almost uninhabited areas. It is a very impractical country to visit by public transport, since you can only get to the four main points. But the most beautiful parts of Namibia are more remote. The only way to visit is with an organized or renting your own car tour. In general the roads are good and there is little traffic, so it's relatively easy to drive around. Renting a car is very common among tourists. But renting myself was not viable because I would have gone very expensive, and it's a bit dangerous as driving alone by which remote areas.

Ivan, a friend from college wanted to come visit to Africa but as it was at the end of my trip had left open to wait to see how it was progressing plan. After the summer we were talking to see if we could reconcile some plan out well for us both and we saw that renting a car and make Namibia route for a couple of weeks could be a very good idea. After a few days Judith, another friend of Barcelona is also noted. I had planned to do some traveling around this time and when we explained our plan decided to join.

The first difficulty arises when choosing the type of car and the credible car hire company. The second difficulty comes in defining the route. After searching a lot of information online, read blogs, and send several emails, I decided to rent a jeep with the company Savanna Car Hire. They were offering me the best price and were also very quick to answer emails and answer all my questions. Is a Toyota Hilux, the most popular model in this area, and is equipped with everything needed for camping. There are two folding tents installed on the roof of the car and on the back it is loaded with chairs and folding tables, cooking utensils and refrigerator. That's incredible. Also, I come prepared with a deposit of 160 liters, as sometimes must travel long distances and no gas stations. Define the path was not easy. I spent several hours turning, but I think in the end we have a good plan.

We will be most of the time visiting the northwest of the country. First let's climb north of Windhoek, to visit Etosha Park, Namibia's most famous. There spend a few days on a self drive tour with our car hired and without a guide, something I have not done yet before and I really want to do it again. Then go up to the north of all, playing with the Angolan border, an area known as Kaokoland. This is one of the most remote areas and is where the Himba tribe lives. There will also visit the Epupa Falls, a waterfall in the Kunene River, which are like an oasis in the desert. Then we will be a couple of days down Damaraland desert areas where it is possible you come across with various wild animals. From there we will approach the coast and travel along a piece of the Skeleton Coast (Skeleton Coast).

It is known by this name since there have sunk many ships, some still can be seen from the coast. Pass by the city of Swakopmund, most touristy area, and finally descend to Sesriem to visit the famous dunes of Sossusvlei. Although I had been planning almost everything online, once in Windhoek I finished defining all.

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Windhoek Car Hire

I had to spend a week here to wait for my friends to arrive. I've done well to finish organizing everything and to take a week of rest and take some time to work on different things from the blog. The first day I went for a walk around the center, to buy food and get a guide and a good map. This city is completely different from those I have seen so far. There is plenty. The buildings are low and separated from them. There are great avenues with more than one lane in each direction. Even the side streets are overly broad. The crossings are well marked and there is very little traffic. It is rare to see more than 4 or 5 cars waiting at traffic lights. Many new cars and many SUVs are. In general there are very few people on the street. No paraditas or persons selling. Nothing to do with all the cities he had seen in East Africa. Namibia was a German colony for a long time and there are many German tourists and expatriates. There are also several whites born here, and some coming from South Africa. I've hardly seen anything of the city, because there are few things to see and also very hot and not feel like walking. I went a few times to the main shopping center.

It is a very large building with modern shops and also has an outdoor street with shops and restaurants, the most famous street in the city. This shopping center is a giant supermarket where you can find everything. It is the first supermarket that actually has the same things to be found in Europe. The first day happens to me like two hours wandering the halls and looking at what he had. The other day we were laughing us with another traveler's hostel because he said he did the same. Although not buy anything, as long you do not see these things, you stay out there walking, just makes you feel at home. That's funny.

One day I went to visit the slum of Winhoek, the neighborhood of Katutura. It is the poorest neighborhood. Clare, an Australian girl who works at the hostel and spent years living here usually go once a week there to work with a small organization, the Home of Good Hope. We also accompanied Zandie, a South African girl. Working in a hostel in Cape Town and you see occasionally exchanged some workers from hostel to learn from each other. Zandie is spending a few days here for the hostel Windhoek and see the city. Interestingly works in Cape Town guesthouse where I have booked for the days you are there, so I'll see it. Along the way we pick Monica, a woman here who is leading the organization and preparing food for the children every day.

In this center they do is basically accommodate small children not yet attending school for a few hours. Do some activities and give them food. Spent a couple of hours helping to feed children and playing with them. Children are always lovely. It's great to see older siblings, who sometimes have neither five years, look after the children. There was a very cute girl who fell asleep in my arms. It was a good experience. The neighborhood of Katutura is the poorest, the houses are very simple and have few things, but conditions are much better than those I saw in Kibera, Nairobi. There is much more space and far less dirt. I guess the good part is that they are less inhabitants. When you're on the road with the car you realize that you really Windhoek is a city in the desert. When houses everything is dry and yellowish run out. I really want to take the car and head out to discover this country.

Botswana: Surrounded by funny monkeys and other animals in Chobe National Park

After spending a week in Victoria Falls Botswana was my next destination. As I mentioned, the falls are very close to the border with Turkey so had little piece of books. From Livingstone wanted to take a share to reach the border taxi but there was no one out there so I finally had to take a private one, but I went for a fairly reasonable price. Within an hour I was already there. In fact, Zambia and Botswana are played only a small dot on the map, known as Kazungula, next are Namibia and Zimbabwe. At this point you have to cross the river with a small floating platform that continuously transports vehicles forth.

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Chobe Safari Lodge Botswana

Before climb I asked a guy who was there what to do once he had crossed and told me to ask another guy who was with a car to take me. At first I did not feel very good idea to get in the car, but the guy was working for a company rents and was carrying a jeep that had left some customers did another point. It was nice, I was working and i got a free ride, so I felt safe and we continued. I crossed on the ferry with the guy from the car and once on the other side went through the immigration offices of Botswana.

The truth is that I was lucky that this guy gave me a lift, there was no one and would have had to wait for  a while. He left me in the town of Kasane, which is just a few kilometers from the border and is the main gateway to visit Chobe National Park, one of the most famous of Botswana. The main problem of this city is no cheap backpacker accommodation. But as I was with the tent could settle in any campground of any lodge. He planned to settle on one that had seen in the directory but it was far from the center and the guy told me to go somewhere that was next to the supermarket and so could save on meals, it was good advice.

I stayed at Chobe Safari Lodge, very large and quite luxurious, very different from other places I usually stay. But Botswana is a very popular country for luxury and organized safaris and is not intended for independent travelers. Luckily this lodge has a camping area and there planted my tent. It is also very popular among travelers adventurous rides on 4 × 4 through southern Africa, so the camping areas are full of jeeps with shops on the roof. The issue is that people traveling in these jeeps carrying things to cook and then be saved. But if you can not cook, as I do, or eat in the hotel restaurant which is quite expensive or strips of food from the supermarket, but the options are very limited. The lodge was fine but it was not at all my style, not lower mean age of 60 and most were with organized trips, such that they have absolutely everything programmed. I fully understand that there are people who prefer to travel this way, but I do not feel identified.

lions-botswanaWhat I loved at the site is that it was surrounded by animals. His shop a few meters from the river with beautiful views. Around the camping area, there were several signs indicating that it could find hippos and crocodiles. In addition, throughout the grounds of the lodge there were many monkeys, wild boar and some gazelle. I realized that in Botswana, you are really close to the animals, in fact, on the way to the lodge I had seen some elephants in the distance.

After planting the tent, I had a good time watching and photographing monkeys around him. There were so many monkeys playing around and jumping through the trees, ran and played with each other. It's amazing how much they resemble humans. These are already very used to see people so let get close enough to them.

It's also very funny to see mothers with babies. When are newborns do not leave them alone for a moment and if they walk they gather and hang them on the belly. There was a female with a dead baby, but had not realized he was dead and it was awesome because it was carrying from one place to another and caressed as if it were alive. I wondered at what point it stopped! Males have a super eggs gaudy blue, something rather curious. Then I went to the central area of the lodge, where the restaurant and pool with several tables around. Also monkeys scampering around in search of food. The Liab enough and broke more than a glass jumping between tables. We must be careful because as dawdle a moment you run out of food. At night we heard the sounds of hippos so strong that it seemed was next door, but actually were in the river. In the morning when I got up there was a group of more than fifty baboons, other monkey a little bigger, jumping and playing around. It was great to sleep surrounded by many animals. Its such a lifetime adventure experience in Africa.

The next day, I went to visit Chobe National Park organized by the lodge were I slept, and joined a route three hour drive through the park. We left at 6am because it makes less heat and is best time to see the animals. We were 6 people in a group. We were in an open three rows of three seats each jeep. It is curious why in every country I made safaris have a different standard vehicle. In Kenya are minivans, jeeps Tanzania with the roof closed rising, and Botswana open jeeps. In Uganda they use 4x4 Land cruiser Prado or hard top and all with enclosed roof but with a pop-up for excellent game viewing and photographing. Everyone was on the same type of car. Within minutes of leaving the lodge and before passing the park gate we came across a family of elephants on the road. Once inside we were circulating paths very soft sand, sometimes we were gliding. We were quite awhile circulating in parallel to the Chobe River, which crosses the park and attracts all the animals that come to drink. We saw a couple of lions resting in the distance, several groups of buffalo, antelope and some giraffes. The scenery was very nice.

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That afternoon I did a safari boat cruise on the Chobe River, also organized by the lodge. It was a huge boat with about 50 people, too many for my taste. We were about three hours on the river slowly. We saw huge crocodiles, buffalo and hippos. But the best were the elephants. There was a huge group on the riverbank and we could see them for a long time at close range. It was late afternoon and the light was beautiful.

The next day happens to me the lodge, sunbathing and bathing in the pool. It was really hot, about 40 degrees, it was quite stifling. The town of Kasane has almost nothing, in fact I think it can not be considered as a city. There is a gas station, a supermarket and a restaurant, nothing interesting to see. The next day as I went into northwestern Botswana to see the beautiful Okavango Delta, but this and I tell you in the next post.

Uganda is one of the most unique adventure safari destinations in East Africa. This country is very accessible from Tanzania and Kenya. The country is very safe for tourists and received thousands of visitors every year from different parts of the world such as Australia, South Africa, United States of America, Canada and UAE among others. The Western part of Uganda is not only famous for its numerous majestic hills and deep valleys but also very abundant in fauna and flora as well as natural beauty that cannot be compared to other nations in Africa.

uganda-gorilla-safariUganda is also gifted by wide variety of unique insects and over 1000 bird species. Despite the presence of all the attractions above, Uganda is a home to 440 mountain gorillas, which is almost half of the ONLY world’s last remaining population, found in the impenetrable forests of Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park, both located in south western Uganda. Uganda is the habitat of silverback mountain gorillas, which is very popular species of gorilla in Africa.

Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park and Volcanoes National Park Rwanda is considered as one of the best tourism activities in Africa that attracts thousands of visitors into these countries every year. This is an astonishing tourist activity that no one should miss while on a safari in Africa. Tracking gorillas while on your Uganda gorilla safari in Africa an integral activity, wherein you will have a great opportunity to enjoy and stay in presence of the mountain gorillas in the wild misty jungles of Africa.
A Uganda gorilla safari will give you a chance to watch gorilla families in the wild which include the Silverbacks (Head of the group), twins, Babies and Juveniles feeding, playing and swinging on tree. This is a life time adventure experience in the Misty jungles in the heart of Africa. This is an imperative chance for you to see how gorillas live and enjoy their daily life. The only world’s last remaining population of mountain gorillas is found in the 3 countries of Africa namely, Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The fact being that Uganda has half of the remaining population in the world (Gorilla census 2011), Uganda is considered as one of the best spots for mountain gorilla trekking experience. Jungle Safaris Uganda is one of the credible tour and travel companies that offer memorable safaris in Uganda to see gorillas and other wildlife at the best prices on the market. This can be an enjoying, tiring but worthy adventure that everyone will certainly enjoy.

Tips to enjoy gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park in Uganda

Before taking a Uganda gorilla safari, you should be aware of some hints to enjoy the trek. First of all the trek is very strenuous, a certain degree of body fitness is required. One must be physically fit to successfully complete the trek. Secondly, you must possess a gorilla permit that costs US$600. This must be booked in advance because the demand is very high and few permits available per day. Gorilla permits can be booked direct through Uganda Wildlife Authority or through your travel agent.

There is age limit for gorilla trekking; Children below 15 years are NOT allowed to go gorilla trekking in Uganda. While with gorillas in the forest, you are advised to keep distance of about 30 feet from gorillas to avoid transmitting human diseases to them.

Avoid using flashes when taking photos. Carry rainy jackets, a hut, Sun glasses, insect repellent, put on long pants and long sleeved shirts / blouse for ladies and cover your hands with garden gloves. To get more information about Uganda gorilla safaris and travel tips, please visit the website http://www.junglesafarisuganda.com