RWANDA IS ENHANCING UGANDA GORILLA TOURISM INDIRECTLY

RWANDA IS ENHANCING UGANDA GORILLA TOURISM INDIRECTLY

Mountain gorillas are one of the rarest large mammal species in the world, their small and fragile population are found in a truly remarkable region of Arica – the western rim of the Great Rift Valley, where the watershed of the mighty Nile is separated from the Congo River, the two largest rivers of the continent, and the first and third largest rivers in the whole world. This highland region is characterized by both active and dormant volcanoes, some of which are capped with snow, the aptly named “impenetrable forest” in Uganda and misty Hagenia forests draped with dangling moss and twisted vines and orchids of the Virungas.  

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WHY GORILLA PERMITS IN UGANDA ARE SCARCE

  WHY GORILLA PERMITS IN UGANDA ARE SCARCE

 In Uganda, 96 permits are sold daily to tour companies, at least 88 gorilla permits of which are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 8 permits are in Mgahinga National park both in southwestern Uganda. Uganda Wildlife Authority allows a maximum of 8 tourists to visit each gorilla group at a time, allowing a total of 96 tourists to trek mountain gorillas per day. Most tourists who visit Uganda come to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat - see how they feed, play among other activities.

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BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO TRACK MOUNTAIN GORILLAS

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO TRACK MOUNTAIN GORILLAS

The best time to track mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC is June, July, August and September, and December, January and February. In the months of June to September gorilla permits should be booked in advance – this period is called the pick/high season. Mountain Gorillas can be tracked in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda, volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda and Virunga National Park in eastern DRC. In all the three countries, the wet season starts in March, April to May, and October to November, it’s during this period the roads become slippery, tracking trail become so thick and bushy hence poor visibility and photography of the giant cousins.

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SOURCE OF THE NILE

SOURCE OF THE NILE

The mighty Nile is arguably the longest and most important river in the whole world, the source of the Nile is in Jinja where the river starts off its journey northwards to the Mediterranean Sea, and the Nile is an international river as its drainage basin covers many countries namely Uganda, South Sudan, Republic of Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Egypt.

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BUDGET GORILLA SAFARIS IN UGANDA

BUDGET GORILLA SAFARIS IN UGANDA

Gorilla tracking is superb experience, providing a close encounter with the giant Apes of the forests, in their natural habitat. Tracking these giant cousins can take place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. Adyeri Creations is the leader in planning budget gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.

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TRACKING MOUNTAIN GORILLAS AT MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK

TRACKING MOUNTAIN GORILLAS AT MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK

In Mgahinga National Park there is one gorilla family called Nyakagezi gorilla group, the group has 9 individuals, 4 silverbacks, 2 female adults, 1 juvenile and 2 infant. Mountain gorillas are mobile animals, usually tracking them is quite tiresome –trekking these giant cousins requires someone who is physically fit. This group has the biggest home range within the landscape, the group moves from mountain ranges of Muhavura to Sabinyo and crosses the border up to volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Trekking mountain gorillas at Mgahinga National Park is one hour you are allowed to stay with the habituated gorilla family for only one hour.

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CHIMPANZEE HABITUATION AT KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

CHIMPANZEE HABITUATION AT KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

Kibale National Park is awfully rich in primates, with 13 species recorded, the highest total for any Ugandan national park. Kibale forest is the most salient strong hold for of Ugandan red colobus, but it support eight other diurnal primate species: vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest’s and blue monkey, Ugandan mangabey, black and white colobus, olive baboon and chimpanzee, there are 4590 chimpanzees in Uganda, Kibale National is a habitat to approximately 1400 chimpanzees.

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We Killin it!

We Killin it!

Big game (short) drive: The amazing luxury safari experience for Kate and Ann Wroblewski.
It was a fun filled moment for Kate and her grandmother Ann as they ventured out to explore the magnificent wildlife on a game drive and boat cruise in Murchison Falls National Park.

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Memorable Bucketlist Experiences

Memorable Bucketlist Experiences

A fantastic capture & rare bucketlist moment for David Cole and his mum on a recent safari with Adyeri Creations @treeclimbinglions. Its not an everyday affair that travelers to Queen Elizabeth National Park get to see a full pride of tree climbing lions up in the trees.

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Uganda Safari

Uganda Safari

Popularly known as Masaba by the local people, Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano that last erupted over 24 million years ago. The mountain’s volcanic past is evident in the hot springs that still bubble out of the caldera floor.Some scientists judging from Mount Elgon’s 50 kilometer diameter reckon it may have been higher than Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Elgon’s highest peak Wagagai, reaches 4,321 meters above sea level.

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Uganda Safari

Uganda Safari

Gazetted in 1993, Semuliki National Park lies in the Semuliki Valley northwest of Fort Portal.  Formerly a forest reserve, the 220 square kilometer park is virtually untouched by development of any sort making it a great place to spend a few days just relaxing and exploring. The park shares its unique ecosystem with the Ituri Forest, across the Semuliki River in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Uganda Safari

Uganda Safari

At the extreme south western tip of Uganda on the borders with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo lies Uganda’s smallest national park covering 33.7 square kilometers.The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park established in 1991 is also one of Uganda’s newest national parks. It is an integral part of the Virunga Conservation Area and is contiguous with Parc National Des Volcans in Rwanda and Parc National Des Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

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THE SCENIC NKURINGO GORILLA CAMP @ BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

THE SCENIC NKURINGO GORILLA CAMP @ BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Bwindi’ second Gorilla tracking trailhead, which opened in 2004 after habituation of the group that started in 1996, lies at an altitude of 2,100m on the park’s southwestern border north of Kisoro. The surrounding hills are densely settled by farmers. It is a very scenic area, set along the Nteko Ridge, which provides grandstand views across the Kashasha River Valley into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the forest which cloaks the valley’s northern slopes. Nkuringo means ‘round stone’ and refers to knoll-like forested hill that’s set beside the river, but is dwarfed by loftier ridges above it. To the south and west superb panoramas include the entire length of the Virunga volcanic range. The International Gorilla Conservation Programme has purchased 10km-long by 400m-wide strip of public land along the river as a buffer zone for the growth of crops that are not appealing to Gorillas.

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Uganda Safari

Uganda Safari

Gazetted in 1982, this park not only encompasses Lake Mburo but also four other smaller parks. It’s easy accessibility from Kampala makes it a favorite destination for short trips. Mainly Savannah with scattered acacia trees, the park features rolling hills, open grass valleys, thickets, woodlands, and rich wetlands. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife and bird life; it is also outstanding in that it has a strong community extension component, trying to work closely with the local people to conserve the wildlife and other natural resources both inside and outside the park.

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TORO-SEMLIKI WILDLIFE RESERVE

TORO-SEMLIKI WILDLIFE RESERVE

The Semliki valley is set at the base of the Albertine Rift west of Fort Portal, the spectacular valley is hemmed in by Lake Albert to the north and by the Semliki River along the Congolese border, while the Rwenzori foothills protrude into it from the south to create two geographically discrete and ecologically divergent sectors. Northwest of the Rwenzori, the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve protects a tract of moist woodlands running towards the marshy southern shores of Lake Albert. The National Park, whose affinities with the contagious Congolese rainforest are reflected by the presence of dozens of birds and other creatures found nowhere else in Uganda.

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RWENZORI MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

RWENZORI MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Rwenzori Mountains are protected in a 996km2 that runs along the Congolese border between Semliki valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The ranger’s upper slope constitute an aptly lunar landscape of bare black roots and tussock moorland studied with surreal giant lobelias and groundsels, while the lower contours are swathed in a tangled jungle inhabited by shy forest elephants and chimpanzees. Above all this, towering to a maximum altitude of 5,109m, a series of craggy black peaks is coated in permanent equatorial snow and ice.

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KYAMBURA GORGE LODGE @ QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

KYAMBURA GORGE LODGE @ QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

On the floor of the great African western Rift Valley, the Kyambura river flowing into the valley over millions of years has carved a deep gorge between the valley walls and the Kazinga channel. An underground riverine forest here is home to a wide range of wildlife including chimpanzees. A nature walk into the gorge is an experience of dramatic change from the savanna grassland to lush forest.

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