All You Need To Know About Mt Kilimanjaro

All You Need To Know About Mountain Kilimanjaro Tanzania

KIRIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

Kirimanjaro national park is an outstanding destination located in Tanzania. The northern safari circuit is the mostly visited area by travellers on a safari in Tanzania. The park is located near Moshi city in the northern side and south of the border heading to Kenya 300 kilometers south of Kirimanjaro region equator.

Kirimanjaro national park was established in 1973 and its famously known for the outstanding massif volcano which is the heart and the basis attraction of the park.it covers a wide range of over 75575 ha and its prominence of a large dormant volcano in the world which is snowcapped throughout the year. The Kirimanjaro Mountain is a super stunning highland surrounded with savannah and overlooking plains.

Mountain volcano is a composite volcano situated in the amazing country called Tanzania. Nature is full of surprises but it’s in Tanzania where the tallest mountain is located in the whole of Africa. The mountain is prominent for its highest peak of 5885 meters made up by the center cone known as Kibo.

The park is under the protection of the world heritages which oversees its management and conservation of the ecosystem. There was an extension of forest reserves consisting of montane forest to enlarge the park. The extension of the forest reserves to the park has greatly blessed the ecosystem and led to breeding of wildlife species hence promoting Tanzania’s tourism.

Mountain Kirimanjaro is gifted with three unique volcanic cones and this adds up to its beauty towards the eyes of travellers. These cones on the peak of mountain Kirimanjaro include Kibo which adds up the mountain’s altitude, Mawenzi and Shira.

The vegetation zones observed while ascending to the summit of mountain Kirimanjaro are eye catching and breath taking at the same time as travellers are caught up by beauty of the geological features and fauna at different zones. As you ascend from the lowest zone to the highest point, you get exposed to numerous forest vegetation zones such as montane forest, heath and moorland, alpine desert and the summit which is snowcapped.

The fascinating fact about Kirimanjaro Mountain is that it’s snowcapped year round. The higher you go the cooler it becomes and because of the height of mountain Kirimanjaro the temperatures decrease with an increase altitude. Put in mind that the mountain is near the equator dividing it into the north and southern part.

16 Gorilla Trekking Families in Rwanda

16 Gorilla Trekking Families in Rwanda

Sabyinyo Group – 16 members, including the biggest silverback (Guhonda) known in the entire jungle.the sabinyo group moves in close proximity to mountain sabinyo where treking begins from Ibiwachu side

Amahoro Group – 18 members including four silver backs but not the group has splinted its self

Susa Group – 17 members including three silverbacks

Sabyinyo Group – 14 members

Amahoro Group – 18 members including four silverbacks

Umubano Group – 12 members including four silverbacks

Agashya Group –18 members including one silverback

Hirwa Group – 18 members including one silverback

Kwitonda Group – 29 members including two silverbacks

Muhoza Group – 7 members including one silverback

Isabukuru Group – 14 members including one silverback

Mafunzo Group – 12 members including one silverback

Igisha Group – 25 members including three silverbacks

Karisimbi Group – 10 members including five silverbacks

Isimbi Group – 16 members including one silverback

Bonobo Tracking and Watching in DR Congo

Bonobo Tracking and Watching in DR Congo

Bonobos are primates prominently found in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the area around the Congo River, the Lomami River, the Kasai/Sankuru Rivers and Lake Tumba/Lac Ndombe region. These can stay in harmony with the humans without any inconveniences as long as everything remains peaceful.

A research camp called Wamba was founded in 1974 by a Japanese primatologist called Takayoshi in order study the bonobo, pan paniscus a species of simian. These are different from all the other primates like the chimpanzee for these prefer making peace/ living peacefully unlike the roughness of its relative the chimpanzee. These are more relaxed, easy and sexually persistent practicing cordial bonding.

Track Bonobos

The Bonobos are situated in the thick forest and are tracked just like the other primates i.e the chimpanzee, Gorillas etc. You will wake up early in the morning, take breakfast then transfer through the forest depending on where they had nested the previous day and when you get there, you will be amazed at how they make their chorus. If they nested about 4 kms away, you will be required to wake up earlier at 3:30 am to get to spot them at 5:00 am and if they nested just a km away, tracking them through the forest can be delayed by 1 hour.

After tracking and watching these, you will transfer back to your campsite at 8:00 am or 9:00 am to have breakfast then relax till 3:00 pm/ 4:00 pm where you will transfer with an experienced guide/ ranger who will go with you through the forest to spot where the bonobos will be nesting and interact with them until they go to sleep then after on, you will return back to your camp for dinner and overnight.

According to how many people are going to track, you will be divided into two or three candid groups so as to reduce interruption to the bonobos. Carry a mobile camp to make it easy for you to rest.

Physical characteristics

  • They are close cousins to humans i.e 98.4% of the genetic makeup
  • They have black faces, red lips, two or three webbed toes, a tail clump and parted long hair
  • They whine when they fail just like humans
  • They move quadrupedally in a special position called knuckle-walking
  • They tend to suspend themselves from their arms to move around easier. And on the ground, the bonobo can walk bipedally as well, making it the most human-like of all apes
  • They live in a fission-fusion society i.e dividing and getting together again daily
  • They stay in groups of 50-100 although, during the day they break up forming candid hunting groups. At night, these unite making sub groups hence building sleeping nests from branches to leaves
  • They control their emotions during times of happiness, sorrow, excitement and anger just like the humans.
  • They also do human like gestures when communicating non verbally e.g they beg by stretching out an open hand and sob when they fail accomplishing something
  • They love to feast on fruit however; they also feed on leaves, flowers, seeds, bark, invertebrates, candid vertebrates and more than 113 types of plants.

Threats

  • These are a globally threatened species for many are illegally hunted for bush meat to sell on the black market.
  • Habitat destruction where there forest areas are usually encroached on by humans for settlement as well as agriculture which has led to massive relocation of the bonobos.

Rwanda and Kenya Make a Deal to Promote Regional Tourism

Rwanda and Kenya Make a Deal to Promote Regional Tourism

Anew deal between Rwanda and Kenya has been signed to promote tourism in both countries in a joint manner. YES, Rwanda Development Board(RDB), Rwanda Chamber of Tourism (RCT) and Kenya Association of Travel Agents(KTA) and the East African Tourism Platform signed a deal together to do market Kenya and Rwanda in a combined package.

This is aimed at encouraging more travelers to do Kenya Rwanda safaris on the same trip. Over years, connecting safaris cutting across different countries have become common. Travelers want to use the limited time t they have to explore and enjoy different attractions and experiences where possible.

Combining Rwanda and Kenya is undeniably a best deal for travelers who want enjoy game viewing and primates at the same time. Magical Kenya is famous for its game safaris while Rwanda is popular for primate safaris especially gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and Chimpanzee tours to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

How will it work?

The new agreement will see Kenya and Rwanda work together in implementing tourism marketing in a joint manner. Also, various promotional programs in Rwanda and Kenya will be conducted to attract and bring new travelers to visit attractions and take part in experiences in both countries.

More so, familiarization trips and educational webinars to Kenya and Rwanda will be arranged to enable private sectors explore the beauties in both countries. In the agreement still, the two parties agreed to work together to address challenges in the regions travel industry and d find solutions for sustainable tourism business.

What to expect

Travelers coming to visit Rwanda and Kenya in a combined trip should expect exceptional experiences. There are lots of wonderful things to see and do in Kenya and Rwanda. Among the things to expect include:

  • Game viewing

You will explore the magical Kenya for game viewing in the savannah parks of this country. Masai Mara National Park, Aberdare, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli National Park are among the top game viewing destinations in Kenya. Guided day and night game drives give you chance to see and interact with wild animals feeding and resting in the park.

  • Mountain Gorilla Trekking

: Visit Rwanda gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. The small country is home to the highest number of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Conservation Area. Gorillas in Rwanda are habituated into 10 gorilla families, which guarantee 80 gorilla permits each day.

  • Cultural tours

Combined Kenya and Rwanda safaris will help you explore different cultural group to learn the traditions, norms and beliefs of local people. The most visited cultural groups are batwa pygmies in Rwanda and Masai pastoralists in Kenya. You will enjoy traditional dances and songs performed for entertainment.

UWA Gives Discounted Offers to National Parks

UWA Gives Discounted Offers to National Parks

Do you know that you still have a chance to visit Uganda on discounted offers? YES, Uganda Wildlife Authority has further extended discounted offers to all National Parks across

Uganda. Discounts on park entrance fees, Mountain gorilla permits and chimpanzee permits will run till end of June 2021. This cancels the initial offer, which ran from December 2020 to March 2021. The extended discounts in Uganda are aimed at promoting visits to National Parks and all other tourism destinations in the Pearl of Africa. Since March 2020, Uganda tourism has faced a big blow with no visits to National Parks.

All countries across the world put restrictions on travel in a bid to contain the spread of the deadly corona virus across countries. International airports and land borders were closed. Fortunately, towards the end of 2020, there was some relaxation on travels which has seen some few clients come through to refresh and take part in post covid Uganda safaris.

The slow but steady pick up of tourism in Uganda has therefore encouraged Uganda Wildlife Authority to extend discounted offers so as to enable travelers visit Uganda at budget prices. Promotion of domestic tourism is another reason for the extension of discounted rates in Uganda. Check all the details with Gorilla Trek Africa Limited, your number one Uganda safari company

Promotional Rates to Uganda

The discounted rates in Uganda covers 50% on park entrance fees to savannah parks of Uganda. These are Murchison falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Semliki Valley National Park. The discount also covers birding fees and wildlife reserves to all national Parks all over the country. The discounted rates for gorilla safaris in Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks are $400 for foreign non-residents, $300 for foreign residents and 150,000 for East Africans. Promotional chimpanzee permits are $150 for foreign non-residents, $100 for foreign residents and Shs 100,000 for Ugandans and East African citizens.

Initial Park entrance fees to Uganda

The initial park entrance fees to Uganda National Parks was $40 for foreign non residents, $30 for foreign residents and 20,000UGX for Ugandans and Eat African residents. This money was valid for 24 hours after which a traveler is expected to leave the Park or pay again. School children to Uganda savannah parks pay UGX 3000 for adults while the young ones pay 2,000UGX. More so, the initial costs of gorilla trekking in Uganda was $700 for foreign residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African citizens. For chimpanzees, the initial cost was $200 for foreign non-residents, $150 for foreign residents and UGX 100,000 East African citizens.

Why Visit Uganda

There are lots of interesting tourism attractions and activities for travelers visiting Uganda. The top things to see and do in Uganda include:

  1. Mountain gorilla trekking: Uganda gorilla safaris to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the top done travel activity for most travelers in Uganda. The Pearl of Africa is home to the highest number of mountain gorillas in the world counting to over 450 gorillas, which make half of the total world’s gorilla population. Bwindi Forest shelters 17 gorilla permits while Mgahinga Park has 1 Nyakagyezi Gorilla Family. Interestingly, Uganda is offering discounted gorilla permits to encourage more travelers to visit gorillas. The introduction of Kigali to Bwindi gorilla trekking to do a 1 Day Uganda gorilla trek has made it possible for short time travelers to also trek the endangered gorillas. Gorilla Trek Africa is your trusted gorilla safari company to book permits and arrange a tailor-made gorilla tour to Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National parks. If you want to spend more time (4 hours) with the gorillas, take part in our guided gorilla habituation experience done in Rushaga sector, south of Bwindi Forest Park.
  2. Chimpanzee trekking: Go to trek chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, the primate’s capital of Africa. Chimpanzees are close relatives of man sharing over 99% of human genes. The human like behaviors of chimpanzees makes an encounter with them magical. Other places to see chimpanzees in Uganda include Cyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth Park, Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls Park and Kalinzu Forest. Besides chimpanzees, Kibale Forest National park is also home to several other primates including red tailed monkeys, black and white colubus, Blue monkeys, Vervet monkeys and baboons among others.
  3. Game Viewing: Enjoy guided game viewing safaris in the savannah parks of Uganda. The top places for game viewing in Uganda include Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley, Pian Upe game Reserve and Lake Mburo National parks. Morning, evening and night game drives offer you great views of wild animals such as buffalos, Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Hynes, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Topis, Elands, Uganda kobs, Waterbucks, Hippos and Bushbucks among others.
  4. Mountain Climbing: Join a Uganda mountaineering safari to the summit of any volcano. The most hiked mountains in Uganda are the snow caped Mt Rwenzori which is the third highest in Africa. Other volcanoes to hike in Uganda are the Mt Gahinga, Mt Sabinyo and Mt Muhabura both located in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
  5. Golden Monkey Trekking: Do not miss an encounter with the endangered golden monkeys on your Uganda tour to Mgahinga gorilla National park with Gorilla Trek Africa. Fortunately, golden monkey trekking costs $100, which is much lower compared, to other primates in Uganda.