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Gorilla Trekking Vs Gorilla Habituation

Gorilla Trekking Vs Gorilla Habituation

  • Posted: Jul 17, 2017
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Choosing between gorilla trekking/tracking and gorilla habituation experience has become one of the confusing things for world travelers as they have failed to differentiate between the two. Mountain gorillas are the largest Apes in the world and the most remarkable species that you shouldn’t miss to see in life. There are nearly 900 mountain gorillas that are believed to be still living in the world and yet they are also the world’s critically endangered species. In the world, they are only found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. The fact is that gorilla tracking has proven to be one of the leading adventures that reward its visitors with life changing experiences across African continent. With introduction of a new tremendous adventure in gorilla experience especially in Uganda, there is need for travelers to understand the differences between the two experiences so that visitors are able to make perfect choices based on their budget and equally allows them to achieve their long time dreams in the pearl of Africa.

Below is comparison between gorilla tracking and gorilla habituation experience.

The cost of gorilla permits:

A gorilla is a must to have on gorilla trek in Africa and comparably Uganda offers relatively affordable gorilla permits for gorilla tracking. A safari to the misty valleys of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park comes with a gorilla permits at $600 for foreign nonresidents, $500 for foreign residents and shs.250000 for East African residents specifically for visitors traveling during the peak season whereas those who intend to track gorillas during the low season the permits cost $450, $400 and shs.150000 for foreign nonresidents, foreign residents and East African residents respectively. Despite the fact that Gorilla Habituation Experience is only done in Uganda and only in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the whole world, this experience comes at a cost of $1500 per tourists for foreign nonresidents, $1000 for foreign residents and shs.750000 for East African residents.

 

The magical hour:

During gorilla trekking, tourists are given only one magical hour to have a face to face interaction with mountain gorillas. For many, habituation experience is preferably the best given the fact it comes with a sum of 4 hours of magical face to face interaction with these tremendous species in the world and yet it also offers visitors a whole day trek habituating gorillas. Both hours equally offer magical experiences but habituation experience rewards with absolute wild experience as it gives more time for visitors to take photos of mountain gorillas, explore in depth the reality about daily behavior of these Apes in their natural habitat. It is also important to note that for gorilla tracking experiences, visitors are assigned to already habituated gorilla families and in Uganda there are 12 habituated gorilla families set for this unlike gorilla habituation experience which takes place in gorilla groups that are still undergoing habituation process and they are only 2 groups (Bushaho and Bikingi gorilla groups) that are set for habituation experience.

Maximum number of participants:

Usually, gorilla tracking accommodates only eight visitors per gorilla group unlike gorilla habituation experience where only four visitors are allowed which means more ultimate experiences for the visitors and they will be able to discover the daily life styles of the mountain gorillas in the wild with researchers and trackers. Visitors who choose gorilla habituation experiences enjoy fewer crowds as the gorilla groups receive fewer visitors, porters, guides, support staff which allows visitors to be focused on what brought to the wild. It is extremely the rarest experience that you must par take in life!

Location:

Gorilla habituation experience occurs only in the Rushaga (southern) sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. For gorilla tracking, it is done from Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as well as in any country where mountain gorillas are protected which isn’t a case with gorilla habituation experience. In Rwanda, gorilla trekking is done from only one place and yet in Uganda, visitors explore various locations of the park which total up to 5, with four inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the other is in located in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. For the case of Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors, visitors can access them even form Kigali Rwanda where they will spend nearly 3 hours to drive to southern sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

In conclusion, gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience are strenuous adventures that only those visitors who are physically fit can par take. Visitors who intend to participate in any of these adventures must be well prepared to hike through the steep slopes and dense jungles of Africa for authentic African experiences. Remember only those above 15 years are allowed to track gorillas!

Visit Kasubi Royal Tombs

Visit Kasubi Royal Tombs

  • Posted: Jun 10, 2017
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Located about 5 kilometers northwest of the city center (Kampala) -Uganda, Kasubi Tombs is a historical site where the last four (4) Kabakas of Buganda where buried. Not only has it been a burial ground for the Kabaka’s of Uganda, but also a place where the other members belonging to Buganda royal family have been buried. Up to present, the site has remained a very important spiritual and political site for the Ganda people. This site has also become an important example for latest architecture. It was also crowned as a UNESCO world Heritage Site.

Fire burnt this historical building at Kasubi Tombs in March 2010. Ever since these tombs where burnt, they have been under reconstruction. Up to date, the cause of this fire is still under investigation. The other part of the land has been under agriculture and is farmed under using traditional techniques. In total, this piece of land lies on 26 hectares of land.

This site was first constructed in 1882 by Kabaka Muteesa 1 who was the 35th Kabaka of Buganda. This building by then was to replace the building by his father Ssunna 11 in 1820. After he had constructed  in 1882, it became his royal burial ground in the year 1884.Of all the 31 royal tombs across Buganda Kingdom ever since the kingdom was founded during the 13th century, Kasubi tombs stands as the biggest royal tomb. The Kabaka’s who have been buried in this site are; King Muteesa who lived from 1835 to 1884, King Mwanga from 1867 to 1903. You should note that Mwanga died in exile on the Seychelles Islands though his remains were brought back in 1910. Daudi Chwa 11 lived from 1896 to 1939 and the last king to be buried here was Sir Edward Muteesa 11 (1924-1969) though he died in London. His remains were returned in 1971.

Initially, the royal tombs were constructed of wooden poles and wattle which was topped by a thick thatched dome. However, modern building materials were introduced in the last major renovation in 1938 by Kabaka Mutesa 11 of Buganda. The modern structures included; concrete columns and bricks and largely concealed behind traditional materials. Within the tombs, the courtyard is also bordered by several building of traditional construction. They include several wives houses for deceased Kabaka’s widows. These houses have traditionally been constructed of wattle and daub with straw thatched roofs although overtime, some were rebuilt with bricks and metal roofs. Officials belonging the royal family have been buried here. Some of these officials include the Nalinya. She is referred to as the spiritual guardian. The deputy was  called Luganga and he was responsible for coordinating the farming on the site and her administrative assistant called the Katikkiro.

The kingdom of Buganda has been one of the ancient kingdoms in Uganda. Up to present, it is the largest Kingdom in Uganda. Unfortunately, during the year 1966, President Milton Obote abolished the idea of kingship in Uganda which included Buganda Kingdom. When the National movement came into power, it reinstated back kingdoms including Buganda kingdom. It then became a protected site under the Uganda law. This land was registered in the name of   Kabaka on behalf of the Buganda kingdom.

The site has been reconstructed with modern structures under the new katikiro called Peter Charles Mayiga who is working under the current kingship of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi. The Katikiro has been vigorous in soliciting for funds to reconstruct these tombs. Not only has he built these tombs but also many other places within the kingdom including the Masengere building. He has also initiated the building of a five star hotel on Kabaka’s lake in Mengo.  If you’re interested in visiting this historical site, just click here and book you visit to the place or a car to take your self their.

Tips Of Driving a Rental Car In Uganda’s National Parks

Tips Of Driving a Rental Car In Uganda’s National Parks

  • Posted: Nov 04, 2016
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Ranked among the best safari destinations in Africa, with  ten (10) national parks, Uganda is filled will the most iconic species the world over therefore a self drive trip  throughout the national parks offers you a chance to explore at their own pace and freedom. Apart from Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga National park, all other national parks in the country are very easy to explore on a self drive using a rented car from our company. They do posses well defined game tracks, entrance and exits points which will definitely make your road trip a safe and exciting adventure. Some of the tips you need to follow when driving through the park on a safari and park regulations include; driving slowly but surely
Driving slowly is one of the most important safety driving tips while in the park and this not only applies to the park but to all destinations and roads. In all Ugandan parks, you will be required to drive at a speed of 40 km per hour and this will avoid collisions with animals or car flips including other good things about driving slow is that you also get a chance to spot a variety of species which you could have missed when over speeding.

You are advised to travel early. In Africa, Uganda in particular, you are  required to get  up as early as 6am as this offers you a chance to spot  very early risers and other wildlife going to hibernate after a nights hunt. In Uganda, all the national parks open gets at 7 am and most lodges serve their breakfast as early as 6 am and this ensures that you get on the tracks by 7 am.  If you   on a road trip, forget about waking up very late and this calls upon you to wake up by 6 to spot the plenty of wildlife and if you very lucky you will see the sunrise from the beautiful park landscapes. You are advised to get a safari guide before your self drive trip might be a cheaper and private option but when you do not know the game tracks and the best route to take, you will always find problems of exploring any park. During this drive, you may not need any one to drive you to the park though it is always advisable to hire a guide once you reach the park.
Always avoid Night game drives .While in the park driving, you should always avoid driving through the night in the jungle since this might seem like a thrilling adventure and still one of the most dangerous venture. During the night game drives you may disturb the peace of the wild animals which are always resting in the night and also get chances of colliding with an animal is very high.

You should keep on the track. You are advised always to keep on the available track when you are driving through the park so as to avoid any accidents and any un wanted fines. All the tracks in the park will offer you nice views of the wildlife and the landscapes. There is no need to get off the road and enter the virgin territories and one of the most important park rules should be followed with extreme caution to avoid any problems.
While in the park, you are not allowed to blow the car horn .You should always avoid blowing the horn when you are inside the park since this can scare away animals which will eventually kill your chance of seeing wildlife animals. You should always try to shout out them instead of blowing the horn.
Do not hastate to rent a self drive car in Uganda of your choice either on line or by directly visiting our offices. All our rates are fully inclusive of insurance, local taxes on unlimited mileage basis. Our company considers value for money and also covers great rates and outstanding customer service..

The Oruzogo Gorilla Family Of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The Oruzogo Gorilla Family Of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • Posted: Apr 28, 2016
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Uganda is one of the few countries in the world to inhabit the endangered mountain gorillas, the other two are Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bwindi Impenetrable national park is located in the south western part of Uganda and can be reached in a drive of about 7-9 hours. The park has 12 habituated gorilla families and 2 gorilla families for research purpose, the groups are habituated and ready to receive visitors every day. Gorilla tracking is the most done tourist activity at the park and over 90% of travelers to this park go gorilla tracking. The park protects over 400 critically endangered apes out of an estimated 900 individuals left in the world. One of the most visited and interesting gorilla family is the Oruzogo and it’s from this group that several groups have been controlled/habituated to human standards. The Oruzogo Gorilla family is among the 3 gorilla families that live in the eastern sector of Bwindi national park known as Ruhija sector of the park. Other gorilla families in Ruhija sector of the park include the Kyaguliro which was formerly a research group and Bitukura gorilla group. All these gorilla families receive visitors a daily basis

The Oruzogo gorilla family is one of the largest gorilla families with account of 25 members including 2 Silverback, however the leader is called Tibirikwata, and other members include females, black bucks, adult females, juvenile and infants. The group is known to be among the newly created gorilla family for trekking and it was opened for tourism in mid-2011and since then its experiencing growth due to very many births. In order to be allowed to trek in this sector of the park you must purchase the gorilla permit of the Ruhija region which costs USD$600 for foreigners, USD$ 500 for foreign resident, and 250,000 Uganda shillings for natives  and this price apply during the high seasons. However during the low seasons, the Uganda Wildlife Authority tend to offer a discount on gorilla permits in the months of April, May and November to usd$400, $350 and 150,000 respectively and all the price is per person per tracking permit, making it cheaper and cost effective for those interested in undertaking low cost gorilla safari in Uganda.

The drive to this sector of the park will take you through the country side landscapes of Uganda including the traditional Banyankole pastoralists with their incredible long horned cattle, then pass through the Kigezi highlands and the Virunga Mountains beyond.  You branch from the main Kibale-Kisoro road about 11 km. From Kabale town drive with a fantastic view through various sharp corners steep slopes and finally to Ndego gate to the Ruhija sector of the park. There are very many accommodations at this side ranging from budget to up-market accommodation. One can also sleep in Buhoma and drive one and half hour to trek in Ruhija however it involve an early drive.

Like in other gorilla families, trekking in the oruzogo begins very early in the morning by reporting to the Ruhija park headquarters where you are briefed and gets you assigned to the gorilla family to trek and the ranger guide will will take you through the forest, then after you set into the tropical rain forest to begin the activity. The Oruzogo features young gorillas which are frisky thus making it exciting and fascinating to encounter on a Uganda gorilla safari. Ounce gorillas are met, you are strictly allowed only one hour with the group, after the activity, you are rewarded with a gorilla certificate signifying that you have indeed tracked the Oruzogo gorilla family. There are very many other optional activities at the park like visiting the Lake Bunyonyi, or take a community walk to the Batwa pygmy or you can decide to relax at the lodge.

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