Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Why visit Murchison falls national park on the safari in Uganda?

murchison fallsTo the north west of Uganda, there lies a magical classic game park whose beauty and wonders are far beyond those of other ordinary Uganda safari destinations.
The Murchison Falls National Park accessed from different corners of Uganda including the country’s capital Kampala at 311km distance that lasts 5 hours of drive presents a typical wilderness encounter that matches that of Masaai Mara and the great Serengeti while beating them on other myriad of wonders that are typically absent in the listed destinations making it not only a must visit on safaris in Uganda but also at a regional level.
The Protected area stretches to 3,840km2 sheltering extensions of open savannah intercepted by patches of borassus palm, savannah thicket and savannah woodland, the extensions of riverine vegetation, dense forests not forgetting the sections of open water presenting an ideal habitat for diverse species.
The Park is bisected by the mighty Nile River which stands as the longest on the global scale and it is with in Murchison Falls National Park that the Victoria arm of the Nile empties into Lake Albert giving birth to the Albert Nile. The River amazingly leaves behind a magnificent waterfall that is notably the most significant natural feature to ever happen on the course of the Nile. Surprisingly, the Murchison Falls is recorded as the most powerful water fall in the world. It is a historical moment to encounter the Nile River squeezing itself to pass through a less than 7m ravine as it falls 43m below to the famous regarded Devils Cauldron generating a thunderous roar that is covered by a plume of spray and a trademark rainbow on your safari to Uganda.
Besides the falls, the river presents the magical River cruise ever in Uganda. The views of the globe’s second largest Reptile – the Nile crocodile, the Hippos along with prehistoric shoe-bill stork derive remarkable memories on safari in Uganda.
The extensive open savannah grassland and the savannah thicket in the northern section of the park presents magical wildlife views that can never disappoint. The four of the big five except the Rhinos which got extinct but now thrive in the adjacent Ziwa Sanctuary thrive in the park. The other sights of Rothschild Giraffe with Murchison Falls sheltering the greatest count of these species in the whole world, the stretched Jackson’s Hartebeest, the herds of Uganda Kobs, the views of the Oribi mark the exciting sights on your game drive in the park.
For birders, Murchison Falls National Park is a real Paradise. With 451 species of birds, Murchison Falls National Park is by no means an ordinary birding destination. The birders like it for its diversity of savannah birds and the swamp dwelling species including the Shoe-bill stork that is highly sought after on Uganda birding safaris.
The adjoining Kaniyo Pabidi Forest is magical. It presents the groups of habituated Chimpanzees making the only chimpanzee trekking site in the whole of the north. Travelers on Uganda safaris have found it ideal to combine an exciting moment with chimpanzees on their wildlife safari to Murchison Falls National Park.
All these combine to justify your visit to the Murchison Falls National Park while on safari in Uganda.

Monday, 28 September 2015

The duiker antelope

DuikerThe duiker is notably a small to medium size antelope that is indigenous to Africa’s Sub Sahara including Uganda where they are always explored on Uganda safaris. Belonging to the Cephalophinae Subfamily and Cephalophus Genus; the duikers are separated from the bush and forest duikers where the forest duikers thrive in the Sub Saharan rain forests while the only savannah duiker named common duiker thrives in the savannah.
The duikers are notably shy and elusive species that prefer to dwell in dense forest cover and for those that thrive in open areas always jump to the thicket for protection as always encountered on safari in Uganda. As a result of their scarce and scattered population, little is known about the duiker Species and the generalizations are majorly based on the generally studied red forest, the yellow-backed, blue and the grey duiker.
The Duikers range from 3kg for the case of blue duiker – 70kg for the yellow backed duiker. The duikers feature close to the ground body along with short horns. The Forest duikers - one of the common Uganda safari products has the capacity to navigate through the thick forests and easily dive into bushes while threatened. The grey duiker which is common in open areas including savannah features long legs, vertical horns that gives them the capacity to run faster for considerable distances. The horns are possessed by the males that are notably confrontational and territorial. The duikers feature fully grown preorbital glands that looks like slits under their eyes or the pedal glands in the hooves among the blue duikers which the males utilize to the territory marking.
Apart from reproduction, the duikers are greatly independent and like to thrive alone. This partly explains the limited sexual size dimorphism exhibited in a range of duiker species except the grey duiker where the females are considerably larger than the male duikers.
The duikers hide from the predators as the primary mechanism for defense taking advantage of their reserved nature and size. They first freeze at the initial threat sign and then dive to the closest bush. However, this differs to when they are marking the territories and fighting over females as they are more aggressive.
The duikers tend to thrive alone or in pairs minimizing competition that would occur while thriving in groups. The duikers are selective feeders as they consume particular plant parts. They are majorly browsers other than grazers and consume leaves, seeds, shoots, buds and fruit along with the bark. They are noted to follow the bird flocks or the monkey troops taking advantage of the fruits that these two drop. The duikers supplement the above with carrion, insects and at times capture small birds or rodents.
Food distribution contributed a lot to the distribution of the duikers as well. The duikers tend to like feeding on specific plant parts which are nutritious. They also derive most of the water from the fruits that they consume and thus they can thrive on waterless localities. The duikers are noted to be diurnal or nocturnal and can be both.
Regarding distribution, the duikers thrive in the tropical forests of Africa and the issues of habitat loss along with over exploitation are threatening the duiker continuity. The duikers are always targeted as a source of bush meat and even poached in protected areas including Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where the snares targeting the duikers have at times captured the mountain gorillas one of the main tourist products explored on Uganda tour.

Exploring the gorillas of buhoma in bwindi Uganda

lodgeThe Buhoma region forms the northern section of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where gorilla safaris in Uganda are greatly carried out.
Buhoma sector shelters three of the twelve habituated gorilla families that thrive in the entire habitat of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The habituated gorilla families are also a section of the greater 400 minimum that thrive in the area making Bwindi the single habitat in the world which has the great count of mountain gorillas.
The significance of Buhoma sector cannot be underestimated considering the fact that the mountain gorillas are world over critically endangered. The Mubare gorilla family the notable gorilla group to receive the first Uganda gorilla safari undertakers in October 1993 is found in Buhoma. The gorilla group still thrives and now features 9 members headed by the Silverback Kanyonyi and has a baby gorilla named Kashundwe.
Besides Mubare, Buhoma also features the Habinyanja gorilla group teeming with 18 members commenced the habituation process in 1997 and by 1999, it had already started receiving the visitors. The initial administration was carried out by Mugurusi who later handed over to Rwansigazi and eventually Makara. It derives the naming from the local word Nyanja which means a pool of water as the group was first sighted near the swamp.
The Buhoma region is indeed gifted. The third gorilla family Rushegura is noted to have disintegrated from Habinyanja under the administration of Mwirima Silverback in 2002 and got its name from the local Ebishegura flora. It features 19 members with the dominant Silverback named Kabukojo.
Exploring these gorillas of Buhoma is far beyond the ordinary. Considering the fact that Buhoma is the pioneer sector in Bwindi to handle the travelers on gorilla safari in Uganda, it features developed facilities most especially the accommodation. The upmarket / Luxury clientele have their expectations settled at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp and Buhoma Lodge not forgetting the Mahogany Springs. The midrange / standard clientele can have their dream settled at Silverback Lodge while the Buhoma Community Rest Camp that is owned and run by the community themselves present an ideal budget / basic accommodation in Buhoma for the Uganda gorilla trekking safari undertakers.
The road connection to Buhoma is considered better than other regions of Bwindi as the area’s terrain is not mountainous like the south that is marked by Kigezi Highlands. Additionally, the gorillas of Buhoma tend to dwell in close range thus relatively not hectic to trek.
The combination of the above makes the gorilla permits of Buhoma to sell highly and tracking Buhoma on your gorilla safari to Uganda requires a far advance booking.

Gorilla valley lodge in bwindi impenetrable national park Uganda

gorilla-valley-lodge-room viewGorilla Valley lodge is a perfect midrange accommodation that presents the Uganda gorilla safari undertakers with remarkable stay in the Impenetrable forest.
The lodge is located at the margin of the ancient forest boundary and the verandahs of the lodge cottages look straight into the forest. To the south Bwindi in the region of Rushaga, Gorilla Valley lodge finds its position and thus presenting an ideal starting point for trekking the southern gorilla families of Rushaga where the famous Nshongi group that is greatly admired to be tracked by travelers in gorilla safaris in Uganda is found. Besides Nshongi, other gorilla families exist including the Mishaya, Kahungye, Bweza and Busingye.
Crafted using local materials, the cottages at Gorilla Valley Lodge feature the traditional touch and put together using the local materials that enable them to blend well with the ecosystem. This makes the stay at Gorilla Valley Lodge a complete wilderness encounter.
The guests have 12 rooms that are en suite perched on a steep slope with the views of the Bwindi forest dubbed the Impenetrable because if it’s thick structure. The rooms at Gorilla Valley Lodge feature an exclusive terrace and are well decorated, fitted with solar water heater and magical beds.
Owned and run by Nature Lodges Uganda, the Gorilla Valley lodge taps into a complete expertise of this established body that runs a myriad of lodges all over Uganda including Fort Murchison, the Bush lodge, Airport Guesthouse, the Kibale Forest Camp and the Travelers Rest Kisoro. This chain of safari accommodation establishments have for long presented comfortable overnight stay to the travelers on safaris in Uganda.
Gorilla Valley Lodge can be accessed via the rough murram road that branches off from the main Kabale Kisoro road near Muko if coming from Kabale or the Ruhija side. But if coming from Rwanda, Kisoro or the Nkuringo, the lodge can be accessed from Rubuguri. The lodge is clearly signposted giving a clear direction to its guests most of which are on gorilla safari in Uganda

Friday, 25 September 2015

The Murchison River lodge in Murchison falls national park

murchison lodgeThe Murchison River Lodge positioned on the southern bank of the famous Nile River presents itself as a perfect midrange accommodation facility that travelers on safaris in Uganda can rest for overnight while visiting the park.
Surrounded by a dense savannah thicket overlooking the Nile River as it approaches the delta, the Murchison River Lodge features accommodation in a range of categories that caters for varying preferences of travelers on Uganda safaris.
The top on the list of the accommodation options are the Thatched Cottages that count to four in number presenting a spacious, comfortable and attractive furnishing that make each cottage unique. The Thatched Cottages feature an open plan that has a double bed up stairs fixed on a mezzanine floor along with 2 single beds and an en suite on the down stairs. They feature extensive verandas that overlook the bush equipped with a sofa and a hammock that allows the guest including the one on wildlife safari in Uganda to enjoy the views of the wilderness. The families can utilize these cottages or a group of four adults traveling together. The impressive solar lighting, mosquito nets, the towels and bed linen along with solar hot water and the children’s stair gate are provided in the thatched cottage at Murchison River Lodge. The cottages do not feature Air conditioning or fan and are connected to main building by pathways which are lantern lit at night.
Another accommodation option is Thatched Safari Tent where tents are placed on the ground with a thatch roof and overlook the Nile. They are furnished featuring safari table and chairs outside presenting the wilderness views. These tents feature chemical toilets along with bush shower since they are close to the Nile River thus not ideal to have permanent flushing toilets. They feature wooden doors instead of zips, have solar power, mosquito nets, towels and bed linen along with permanent bathroom. The tents do not feature Air conditioning or fan. The 4 of the thatched safari tents feature twin bed arrangement while other two have provision for third bed.
The accommodation option is a Comfortable Camping which features five (5) simple tents fixed on the ground around an expanse camping area far from the river. They are not self-contained but feature a shared washroom facility with flushing toilet. The tents feature solar power, mosquito nets, towels and bed linen. They do not have Air conditioning and fans.
For more adventurous Uganda tour travelers that prefer camping in the wilderness, Murchison River Lodge has a Campsite and travelers are required to carry own camping material. It is surrounded by bush and is away from the Nile. The camp site features 2 simple Kitchen areas with seating, fire pit and cover. The site has a shared wash room with flushing toilet and water shower.
Murchison River Lodge features a well set restaurant overlooking the Nile River, a well-stocked bar, a secluded swimming pool with soothing waters under the tropical sun and a craft shop where travelers on safaris to Uganda can get themselves a memorabilia to mark the visit to the country.

Tracking golden monkeys as part of your gorilla safari in Rwanda

golden monkey -rwandaThe golden monkey tracking is among the prime activities in Volcanoes National Park that would flow smoothly if incorporated with Rwanda gorilla safari for any traveler visiting Rwanda.
The golden monkeys are considered world over as endangered and surprisingly they are limited in range to the Virunga massif and the Giswati forest in the destination Rwanda. The countries that share the Virunga massif have gone ahead to habituate groups of these species so as to increase their value to humanity and gain reverence for their continued existence including attracting world travelers on gorilla safaris in Rwanda to spend more time in the park as they track golden monkey as an additional activity.
Scientifically referred to as Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti, the golden monkeys are re-known sub species of the Blue Monkey and noted to be rare. They are interestingly playful and very inquisitive usually spending much of their time leaping from branches of Bamboo or doing the frolicking on the floor of the forest to the Volcano base and are noted to have overcome their natural shyness to withstand the regular visit of researchers and leisure travelers on gorilla safari in Rwanda
In Volcanoes National Park, there are two (2) notable golden monkey groups with one comprising of about 80 - 100 members settling on the foothill of Mount Sabyinyo. The golden monkey trek follows more less the similar procedure as that of gorilla trekking in Rwanda. You gather at the headquarters Kinigi and involves one hour of direct viewing session with the golden monkeys. However, the departure for golden monkeys is 7am while the permit is $100 which differs with the gorilla trekking whose departure time is 8am and the permit at $750. Additionally about the variance is that the numbers to track golden monkeys are not limited unlike the gorillas which are put at only eight (8).
The golden monkeys are notably active creatures that leap from tree to tree something that is really entertaining but also challenging to photograph. The visitors are usually recommended to set the cameras in a fast shutter speed that allows low light in the dense undergrowth and increase the chances of capturing the golden monkeys on the film.
Golden monkey tracking is acutely the ideal way to spend an additional night in Volcanoes National Park while on gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda.

Another Barcelona legend Edgar Davids set for Uganda safari

edgarIn the recent past, the famous soccer stars, Patrick Kluivert along with Luis Garcia have undertook Uganda safaris coming and promising to create an impact on the soccer of Uganda in the last quarter of the year the time that they will come back to feature for the FC Barcelona legends in the exhibition match against the Uganda Cranes.
It is amazing that Uganda now is in the joyous moods of hosting the football legend and the ex Barca player Edgar Davids. He is a re-known Holland international emanating from the region whose people have always planned safaris to Uganda to explore the beauty of the re-known Pearl of Africa.
Edgar Davids who is also greatly known as Pit-bull a nickname that was bestowed upon him by the current Manager of Manchester United Louis Van Gaal as a result of his aggressive tackling and marking is expected to take a safari in Uganda in the initial week of October to undertake the launching of the match between Barcelona-Uganda Cranes.
The architect of the match Rayco Garcia noted that Edgar is excited about traveling to Uganda. Garcia is apparently with Edgar in China for Lal Liga BBVA International Project Expansion. Edgar has learnt of what Luis Garcia and the Patrick Kluivert came for in Uganda and as a result, he is interested in becoming a component of the project.
Edgar Davids known for his long dreadlocks along with protective goggles that he used to put on as a result of the glaucoma eye condition and liking of club beer sharpened his talent at Ajax Amsterdam under the management of Van Gaal after which he joined AC Milan in the year 1996. He joined Juventus the season that followed and positioned himself a world best defensive mid fielder in the quality side featuring the Zinedine Zidane, Alessandro Del Piero, Didier Deschamps and Filippo Inzaghi.
Edgar Davids later joined Barcelona following seven years of active football at Juventus and he was credited as a catalyst for the Barcelona’s dominance in the Spanish and the entire football of Europe.
He represented his country Netherlands for 74 times at the International level and attained 6 goals among which included the famous injury time pile driver that he scored against the country of Yugoslavia at the World Cup of 1998 in France enabling the Dutch to advance to quarter finals.
Garcia continues to affirm that indeed Uganda has got a talent a reason that is scaling the heights of legends like Edgar. He noted that if he didn’t believe that the talent was there, he would not be intensifying the academy project through the RG (Rayco Garcia) Foundation.
Garcia who is a famous Barcelona trainee and the Leeds United Footballer who pardoned her Carrier as a result of injury intends to use the proceeds generated from the match between Barca Legends-Uganda Cranes to set up a complete football academy of contemporary standards in Uganda. He organized a fund raising dinner last week whose main guest was Luis Garcia and he managed to raise 27.6million.
The historic match that is set to take place in December has been pledged to be supported by a range of people and organizations including President Museveni, the Uganda Tourism Board, Nile Breweries and Insurance Company of East Africa.
The lineup of the game will feature Davids, Garcia, Kluivert Deco, Gaizaka Mendieta and Carlos Puyol while Johan Cruyff a legendary Dutchman will coach the team. The Cruyff is among the trustees of the RG Foundation along with Garcia, Kluivert and Christian Karembeu - the 1998 World Cup winner. It is a magical moment to imagine all these historicals taking a Uganda safari to play with the Uganda Cranes and visit a range of attractions around the country.
In the recent past, the famous soccer stars, Patrick Kluivert along with Luis Garcia have undertook Uganda safaris coming and promising to create an imprint on the soccer of Uganda in the last quarter of the year the time that they will come back to feature for the FC Barcelona legends in the exhibition match against the Uganda Cranes.
It is amazing that Uganda now is in the joyous moods of hosting the football legend and the ex Barca player Edgar Davids. He is a re-known Holland international emanating from the region whose people have always planned safaris to Uganda to explore the beauty of the re-known Pearl of Africa.
Edgar Davids who is also greatly known as Pitbull a nickname that was bestowed upon him by the current Manager of Manchester United Louis Van Gaal as a result of his aggressive tackling and marking is expected to take a safari in Uganda in the initial week of October to undertake the launching of the match between Barcelona-Uganda Cranes.
The architect of the match Rayco Garcia noted that Edgar is excited about travelling to Uganda. Garcia is apparently with Edgar in China for Lal Liga BBVA International Project Expansion. Edgar has learnt of what Luis Garcia and the Patrick Kluivert came for in Uganda and as a result, he is interested in becoming a component of the project.
Edgar Davids known for his long dreadlocks along with protective goggles that he used to put on as a result of the glaucoma eye condition and liking of club beer sharpened his talent at Ajax Amsterdam under the management of Van Gaal after which he joined AC Milan in the year 1996. He joined Juventus the season that followed and positioned himself a world best defensive mid fielder in the quality side featuring the Zinedine Zidane, Alessandro Del Piero, Didier Deschamps and Filippo Inzaghi.
Edgar Davids later joined Barcelona following seven years of active football at Juventus and he was credited as a catalyst for the Barcelona’s dominance in the Spanish and the entire football of Europe.
He represented his country Netherlands for 74 times at the International level and attained 6 goals among which included the famous injury time pile driver that he scored against the country of Yugoslavia at the World Cup of 1998 in France enabling the Dutch to advance to quarter finals.
Garcia continues to affirm that indeed Uganda has got a talent a reason that is scaling the heights of legends like Edgar. He noted that if he didn’t believe that the talent was there, he would not be intensifying the academy project through the RG (Rayco Garcia) Foundation.
Garcia who is a famous Barcelona trainee and the Leeds United Footballer who pardoned her Carrier as a result of injury intends to use the proceeds generated from the match between Barca Legends-Uganda Cranes to set up a complete football academy of contemporary standards in Uganda. He organized a fund raising dinner last week whose main guest was Luis Garcia and he managed to raise 27.6million.
The historic match that is set to take place in December has been pledged to be supported by a range of people and organizations including President Museveni, the Uganda Tourism Board, Nile Breweries and Insurance Company of East Africa.
The lineup of the game will feature Davids, Garcia, Kluivert Deco, Gaizaka Mendieta and Carlos Puyol while Johan Cruyff a legendary Dutchman will coach the team. The Cruyff is among the trustees of the RG Foundation along with Garcia, Kluivert and Christian Karembeu - the 1998 World Cup winner. It is a magical moment to imagine all these historicals taking a Uganda safari to play with the Uganda Cranes and visit a range of attractions around the country.

Rwanda on the move to position herself to realize greater tourism returns

giraffe_akageraThe government of Rwanda is building on the vision of financing own budget and in the process minimize the dependence on donors. This will be reached if the government of Rwanda enhances its strategy to increase the local revenue generation among which includes Rwanda safaris.
The tourism sector can only generate great returns if invested in and nourished accordingly. Considering the fact that tourism is apparently the leading exchange earner generating $304.9million approximately Rwf 223 billion since the year 2014, the potential of the sector continues to expand with greater initiatives being fixed in place by the government through its agency the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) – the body that overlooks among others gorilla safaris in Rwanda.
Following the successful host of the 11th baby gorilla naming ceremony, there are a range of initiatives put in place by the tourism sector to ensure that the industry attains greater heights. Among these initiatives is the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events/Exhibitions (MICE) programme. Formed and created last year as a component of the 7 year government programme to continue capitalizing on the achievements in the aspects of good governance, the economy, justice along with the social being, the MICE initiative is one of the potential Rwanda safari products that can ably supplement the Rwanda gorilla safaris.
The Rwanda Convention Bureau has been put in place to the monitoring and handling of the matters regarding the MICE strategy. From the tourism report of 2014, the destination Rwanda hosted 19,085 conference visitors rising from the 2013 figure of 15,441 creating a 24% increment. From this visit, Rwanda managed to generate $29 million approximately Rwf21 billion from the MICE initiative. Though the bureau did not hit the target of $32 million, it has been inspired to work towards achieving the $207 million by the month of June 2018.
The effort to bid for hosting of events and conferences is in progress and some of the anticipated projects to reap from include the Transform Africa 2015, World Economic Forum and Interpol International Conference.
The Private sector contribution has been acknowledged and the government is apparently finalizing the training of event organizers and the Rwanda Association of Professional Conference Organizers (RWAPCO) along with an interim committee is already in place. It is believed that the association of about 20 companies will assist in solving the problem of ascertaining the qualified personnel for organizing events which has been a great challenge for the companies interested in hosting conferences.

The 2015 Uganda ’s world tourism day to be hosted in lira


????????The destination Uganda is among the prime locations in the world that travelers have found ideal to explore their lifetime adventures and as a result a range of Uganda safaris have been undertaken to fulfill this desire.
As the world set out to celebrate the tourism day, Uganda has also positioned herself to jubilate the day that represents one of the major sectors nourishing her economy. The tourism day in Uganda for the year 2015 is set to be hosted in Lira in the north of Uganda which is one of sub regional Uganda safari destinations.
To mark the beginning of the event, the tourism sector and government officials have already commenced their journeys to the to the town of Lira in the north of Uganda in the process of preparing for the World Tourism Day event that will take place over the weekend.
The festivity that will run for the whole week commenced on Monday with the outreach activities to local schools. The Uganda Tourism Board Officials are visiting the local schools to invigorate the wildlife and tourism clubs in the district of Lira which intends to build the spirit of tourism and conservation to the young generation that will in turn ensure sustainable tourism development and the continuity of safaris in Uganda.
Considering the fact that the tourism clusters have been formed in the areas of Buganda, Busoga, Rwenzori, Ankole and Kigezi, it is now high time for the sub region of Lango to bring out their history, culture, lifestyle along with other tourist attractions for the world to appreciate its tourism potential.
The Uganda tour to Murchison Falls National Park has been organized by the Uganda Wildlife Authority at a very subsidized price where the people would be picked from the town of Lira at 65,000/= and transferred to Murchison, spend a night with meals and accommodation along with a game drive and the Nile launch cruise. This impressive offer is ending today and has been running for a week long connecting Lira and Murchison which are 150km apart.

The Uganda Wildlife Education Center is estimated to take 200 species of wildlife to Lira with intention of showcasing to people the range of animals that thrive in various parts of Uganda on top of enabling the locals and the region at large to demonstrate their culture. A cultural gala has been organized at Lira Hotel tomorrow Saturday by the Uganda Tourism Board in conjunction with the private sector. The people will enjoy a range of cultural performances and then the contemporary artistes thereafter.
Lango is noted to be a great place with great history, beauty and location and the hosting of the world tourism day in Lira is a perfect move to demonstrate a range of tourism and investment opportunities in the district of Lira and Lango region at large. A range of people from other tourism clusters of Uganda and beyond are expected to be in attendance.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Trekking the oruzogo gorilla family in bwindi Uganda

oruzogo groupThe gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of the prime safari activities that the country is proud to have in possession along with magical Uganda Wildlife safaris, the birding safaris in Uganda, Mountaineering, Chimpanzee trekking, fishing safaris and Cultural tours. In her protected area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there lies a minimum of 400 of the critically endangered apes – the mountain gorillas and it is from this group that several groups have been tamed / habituated to accommodate humans.
Apparently, there are 12 gorilla families that are free to people and willing to interact with them with no wild characters unless provoked. The Oruzogo Gorilla family is among the three gorilla families that have a habitat in the eastern sector of Bwindi named Ruhija. The sector shelters other two families named the Kyaguliro which previously was a research group and Bitukura gorilla group. All these are fully habituated and well explored by travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda.
The Oruzogo gorilla group features a count of 23 members including one Silverback and is noted to be among the recent introduced groups for gorilla trekking in Uganda having been opened up on June 20th 2011. The Oruzogo Gorilla Family is led by the dominant Silverback called Tibirikwata.
Tracking the Oruzogo Gorilla Family involves purchasing the gorilla permit of the Ruhija region which goes for $600 for the foreigner staying outside the East African partner states, $500 for the foreigner with valid work permit in the partner states of the East African Community and then 250,000/= for the natives of the partner states. Though the Uganda Wildlife Authority tends to offer discounted gorilla permits in the months of April through May and the month of November, it is always publicized at the beginning of the year and if offered, the gorilla permit reduce to $350, $300 and 150,000/= respectively making it cheaper and cost effective for those interested in undertaking low cost gorilla safari in Uganda.
The encounter involves driving through magical countryside landscapes of Uganda including the traditional rangelands of the Banyankole pastoralists before being fronted by the scenic Kigezi Highlands and Virunga Mountains beyond. You branch off from the main Kabale – Kisoro road at 10km from Kabale town taking the north direction where you drive through fascinating highlands of Kigezi with sharp corners steep slopes up and down before entering through Ndego gate to the Ruhija section of the park. The accommodation of your choice is booked in advance and can be either Broadbill Forest Camp if interested in budget stay or Gorilla Mist Camp which suites both Midrange and Luxury.
The morning would see you gather at the Ruhija park headquarters and a special request is passed on to the rangers allocating the gorilla families by your safari guide and you get yourself allocated Oruzogo Gorilla family and though it’s not guaranteed as it is not provided for in the arrangement, a humble request might grant you triumph.
The Oruzogo features young gorillas which are playful thus making it vibrant and interesting to encounter in Uganda gorilla safaris. Following the day long hike traversing the dense jungle of Bwindi, exploring magical flora and birds along with gathering great pictures and memories, you are rewarded with a gorilla certificate indicating that you have indeed tracked the Oruzogo gorilla family. You can opt to spend your evening down at Lake Bunyonyi, chilling at the lodge or taking a community tour to the Batwa People.

Fishing experience in Uganda

fishing in uganda ----Uganda is noted among the beautiful nations of Africa with her beauty embedded in a range of aspects including the amazing scenery, the hospitable people, the famous mountain gorillas and great water masses and flowing rivers and streams that have attracted the world travelers to undertake safaris to Uganda.
Located on a raised plateau that is positioned in between the western and the eastern arms of the Great East African Rift Valley, Uganda features the potential to develop great water Uganda safaris including fishing safaris. Holding the semi desert section of the country aside, it can be noted that a considerable section of Uganda features adequate water and fertile soils. Uganda features close to 25% of her total surface under water. Lake Victoria stands as the largest lake and is shared by the neighboring Tanzania and Kenya. Other major water bodies include; Lake Albert to the Congo border, Lake Edward also to the Congo border, Lake George and the swampy Lake Kyoga all offering the magical fishing safaris in Uganda. The Nile River which stands as the world’s longest arises from the Lake Victoria starting from Jinja following the northern direction until it flows out the country at Nimule also presents magical opportunities for fishing.
Since the year 1997 when the launching of the initial boat occurred, a range of months are greatly spent on Lake Victoria with world’s fishermen connecting from all over the globe to undertake magical Nile Perch and along the river Nile in the Uganda safari protected area of Murchison Falls National Park with the fishermen exploring the best spots to undertake their adventure and have found them.
The Nile Perch which weighs between 20 – 180 pounds in terms of size is noted to be largest fresh water game fish in the continental lands of Africa and notably the main catch on Victoria Lake. The commonly used method is trolling with lures. The required fishing gear is always provided though the travelers are free to carry their  own equipment if they so wish.
The Fishing trips in Uganda especially on Lake Victoria can be enjoyed by all the participants including those that are venturing in it for the first time and those in quest of new destinations. The trips are organized on half day arrangement where the fishermen can opt for either morning or the afternoon and then the full day experience is not spared either for those looking for total immersion in the Uganda safari tour wonder.
The Murchison Falls National Park fishing experience involves fishing using the live bait or lure casting and the Nile perch along the Cat fish species are among the day rewards. The encounter is undertaken on the River banks and on the boat to the bottom of the falls. In Murchison, some level of experience and the physical fitness is considered as an advantage as a result of the terrain.
Besides along the River Nile in Murchison and Jinja and Lake Victoria in Entebbe and Ssese, Uganda also offers fishing experience in Lake Mburo National Park at the Mazinga landing site on Lake Mburo offering the Tilapia rewards.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Banks threaten to auction hotels in rwanda

The Rwanda Hotel Group Members are begging the financial institutions to extend a grace period of about one year to the members that acquire loans before they commence the repayment process. The Rwanda Hotel Group is an association that unites the medium sized hotels in Rwanda some of which offer accommodation to the Rwanda gorilla safari undertakers.
Unfortunately, this sounds like impossibility since the banks have already issued notices for auctioning of the properties of the defaulting members out to the Medias for the property to be sold. A range of the members of Rwanda Hotel Group are working tooth and nail to ensure that their investments are not taken off cheaply like that to the highest bidders while the Banks are trying hard to recover their range of billions of francs that are caught up in the non-performing loans in possession of these hotel establishments among which are overnight spots for the travelers on gorilla safaris in Rwanda
The Private Sector Foundation is in between the two parties all of which are its members and intends to bring them to table and discuss the perfect way forward putting in consideration of its interest in seeing the business succeed and not fail. Mr. Ruzibiza Stephen who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Private Sector Foundation affirmed the arrangement and noted that there are 20 hotels appealing to be spared from auctioning.
Among the Hotels being auctioned includes the Eldorado whose owner is also the leader of the Rwanda Hotel Group Mr. Mupenda. The Hotel is positioned at 27 KG Street along 8th Avenue behind the Rwanda Development Board – the body that overlooks Rwanda safaris including gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda. The Eldorado Hotel features 17 workers whose jobs are now at stake as they are not assured of being retained when the new management comes in. The Hotel that is estimated to be valued at Rwf350 million including the land and building is being auctioned off at Rwf200m to get back the loan amount of Rwf260 million which was acquired from GroFin about ten years back when the proprietor was upgrading the facility from an apartment to a hotel to accommodate the range of guests including those on gorilla safari in Rwanda.
Another facility is the Alpha – Palace which is a three star hotel featuring a considerable level of comfort and design. Though the facility is valued at Rwf2 billion but is apparently troubled with the Rwf500 million credit facility that was acquired from the Bank of Kigali to upgrade the facility ahead of Rwanda Development’s Board Hotel Classification exercise. Though the Hotel managed to secure the stars they have not yet transformed in to the business to bail the facility from the credit scandal. The failure of the hotel is blamed on the reduced clientele arising from the stiff competition in the neighborhood.
This move is seen as an unfortunate encounter for the home owned enterprises that are starting to develop in the still young tourism and hospital industry of Rwanda

The new taxiway being built at Kigali international airport

kigali airportThe setup of a new taxi way at the main Airport of Rwanda used by a range of people that fly to and from Rwanda including the Rwanda Gorilla Safari undertakers has commenced. The taxi way construction is estimated to last 12 months as noted by the State Minister for Transport Dr. Nzahabwanimana Alexis and is anticipated to enable the easy movement of the Equipment and increase the Airport efficiency.
The establishment of a parallel taxiway improves accelerated U-turn of the air carriers which in turn saves time, leads to less fuel burning thus saving money which may in turn affect the Kigali route fare positively making travel to Rwanda including gorilla safaris to Rwanda cheaper and affordable.
The new taxiway is anticipated to be functioning by April 2016 according to the Director General of Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority Mr. Udahemuka Silas. The project of the taxiway construction has been taken up the Mota-Engil Africa which is among the leading providers of the integrated engineering and construction services in the Sub Sahara of Africa.
It can be noted that the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority is aiming at implementing the recommendations reached upon during the 37th East African consultative meeting that was hosted in Kigali at the start of this year along with the audit findings of the International Civil Aviation 2007. The two reports recommended increased infrastructure investment with the intention of increasing the safety and the efficiency of the passengers and the equipment
The above background compels the Civil Aviation of Rwanda to look forward to developing the new VIP terminal, air traffic tower, expand the apron, improved airfield lighting ground among other aspects before the dusk of 2016. This in turn makes Rwanda feature global standards making the travel safer for world travelers including those on gorilla safaris in Rwanda. This comes in addition to the thermal imaging technology which costed Rwf36 million capable of detecting the Ebola cases among others.
The Senior Manager Ground Operations for Rwanda Air Mr. Buterere Alex acknowledges that such developments will greatly increase the Rwanda Civil Aviation Capacity to handle the ever rising passenger traffic at the Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport while reducing the business costs. This will in turn position Rwanda to be among the major regional aviation hubs.
Kigali International Airport features increased growth in domestic and International arrivals from the 2008 figure of 263,264 in 2008 to the apparent 600,000 passengers. The expansion exercise that was concluded last year costing $17.8 million improved the interior of the terminal building giving it more appealing outlook and increased in size to handle 1.5 million passengers every year including those of gorilla safari in Rwanda. It has been ranked as the 7th on the continent of Africa and the best in East Africa in the year 2014 by the Sky trax which is a United Kingdom based consultancy firm.
Rwanda also is working on the expansion of Gisenyi Airport along with the Bugesera International Airport

Monday, 21 September 2015

The road to king Rwenzururu burial site opened by Uganda wildlife authority

rwezururu kingdomThe Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) a public body that undertakes the management of Wildlife and their dwelling areas including National Parks and Wildlife Reserves always explored by travelers on Uganda safaris is embarking on the move to open up the road to the burial ground of the Rwenzururu Kingdom  up in the legendary Rwenzori Mountains.
The Late Isaya Mukirania Kyibanzanga I who is famously known to have launched the Bakonzo and Bamba rebellion in the year in 1961 against the then Kingdom of Toro that was controlling the territory where they thrived lost his life in the year 1966 and was put to rest at the summit of the Bulemba hill in the Sub county of Ihandiro, district of Kasese in the steep ridges of the Rwenzori Mountains a famous site that attracts world travelers to plan safaris to Uganda
The Chief Warden of Rwenzori Mountains National Park Mr. Kiiza Fredrick noted that the Authority is working with the local community which comprise of the Bakonzo and the Bamba to set up a road that will connect the Uganda tour undertakers to the Bulemba summit to explore the burial site of the first Bakonzo King.
The initiative is being taken on a serious pace and Uganda Wildlife Authority has already built the modern hut at Bulemba approximately 500m below the burial site of Isaya Mukirania Kyibanzanga's grave along with a rest camp on the foot path to the King’s tomb.
The Chairperson of Ihandiro Sub County Mr. Baluku Fenhasi affirmed that Uganda Wildlife Authority has already emitted the funds that will be used in clearing the bush which had covered the Murushenga-Kibigha road which initially led to Bulemba where the historical site is located.
The Murushenga-Kibigha road was initially constructed between 1959 and the year 1960 by the foreigners from Canada that owned the Copper Mines with the interest of extending the mining encounter to Kigombya in the Rwenzori Mountains. The bush clearing will be followed by the road excavation thus enabling the accessibility to the site which will form one of the magical historical and cultural products encountered on safari in Uganda.
An official hike to the site has already been conducted with the officials and the local people trekking 30km from Bwera town to Bulemba. The celebrations for the launch of the initiative were conducted under Exploring and Sustaining tourism potential in the Rwenzori Mountains as the theme.

Poachers still a threat to mountain gorillas in bwindi Uganda

????????Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the dominant Uganda gorilla safari site filled with a minimum of the about 400 mountain gorillas of which a considerable section has been habituated to accommodate the people.
The gorillas in Bwindi whose population is close to the a half of their entire global population given at 880 are still prone to poaching despite the concerted efforts to eliminate the threat. The Bwindi forest still harbors other forest animals apart from the gorillas and these include the forest antelopes like duikers. These Species are always a target by the local communities who wish to enjoy bush meat.
One would wonder how then this results into a threat to gorillas that are not edible by the surrounding communities. It can be noted that in a bid to capture the edible forest animals, the poachers set wire snares and traps which at times do not spare the gorillas while on the move. Cases of gorillas getting caught in such snares are still noticed in the famous Bwindi where travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda gather to track gorillas.
One of the cases occurred on June 17th 2015 when a black back of Habinyanja gorilla group with 17 years in the Buhoma was got hold and unfortunately poachers speared it to death. The black back named Mizaano tried to fight the poachers’ dogs and in return the owners speared it to the last breath. It was a trying moment for those who knew about it including those that have ever encountered on Uganda gorilla safaris.
The Suspects were members of the neighboring Mpungu Sub County in the Kanunu district and included Fidel Byamugisha Fidel, Leonard Byamugisha and Amos Kazongo. The Conservation through Public Health doctors conducted a postmortem and found out that Mizaano experienced a harsh death when the spear penetrated it from the right side of the shoulder damaging the lungs causing suffocation and eventually death.
Such occurences are trying especially when a youthful gorilla like Mizaano is lost. It is a typical threat of gorilla continuity which calls upon renewed efforts to see the cause fully worked upon. The Communities need to be re-sentized again to contuine appreciating the value of conservation and understand that though their target may not be gorillas, they may fall victim in return.

New strategic plan to transform Uganda wildlife education center (uwec)


uwec entebbeThe Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) one of the prominent Uganda Safari sites has been operating as a trustee for long which has at times curtailed its government funding but the new strategic funding intends to transform the body into an Authority. The five year strategic plan intends to see the Uganda Wildlife Education Center transform from being an apparent trusteeship into a fully-fledged statutory body.
The new strategic plan features among others the human resource issue with keen focus on recruiting more people, forming new zoos in the regions of Uganda where they can also be visited by travelers on safaris in Uganda along with education centers and enhancing the research capacity of the UWEC.
Uganda Wildlife Authority under its new strategic plan that will run for five years intends to introduce captive breeding so as to enhance wildlife populations and species in the wilderness which will in turn increase the attractions explored by visitors on Uganda safaris. The Strategic plan will enable the UWEC build the capacity and get empowered to execute its mandate of implementing the Wildlife and Conservation Education across Uganda.
At the onset of this year, the Uganda Wildlife Education Center bill was passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda and is awaiting to be assented by the President which after will see the UWEC transformed in to an Authority giving it a mandate to carry out its activities country wide.
The Other area that will gain attention in the new arrangement is research unit. It can be noted that the Uganda Wildlife Education Center has been behind in terms of research but with the new strategic plan, the research unit will be enhanced.
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) came into existence in the year 1952 and its initial aim was to accommodate the injured and confiscated game animals and then look after them. The body transformed over the years to become a zoo and later a wildlife education center with a range of departments. It has gained prominence and become a popular Uganda tour excursion destination for people in Kampala and Entebbe. For students and other groups in other parts of the country and beyond, it acts as a one stop shop for all the wildlife in Uganda.
Of recent, the Uganda Wildlife Education Center was voted as the best zoo in the East, West and Central Africa a rank that was given to it by the Africa Association of Zoos. It is in the same year that the same body in conjunction with the World Association of Zoos accredited it. Apparently, it acts as a center for coordination of East, West and Central African zoos and Aquarium.
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center features free ranging DeBrazza Monkeys, Vervet monkeys and a range of other wildlife including Buffalo, Elephant, the Rhino, Lion, Leopards, Reptiles like Cobras, Nile Crocodiles, Birds like the Shoe-bill Stork among others thrive at the Center making it a darling for travelers on safari in Uganda.

Comparing gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

????????Uganda and Rwanda are gifted with counts of the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their respective parks of Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks for Uganda and Volcanoes National Park for Rwanda presenting an ideal ground for gorilla trekking safaris and tours in Uganda and Rwanda.
Apparently considered the best safari activity on the continental lands of Africa, undertaking gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda is a life time adventure that will stick with you for years of your life. Encountering the maiden Apes thriving in the lush of their habitats after traversing hilly forested landscapes is a wonder that cannot be listed as ordinary.
However, as they are two destinations, any traveler interested in taking a gorilla safari has to choose between the two and then travel to one though others have at times resolved to have the a double trekking experience in the two countries. Comparing the gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda covers a range of aspects.
One of the aspects is the price of a gorilla trekking permit. Uganda offers a gorilla permit at $600 while Rwanda offers a gorilla permit at $750 thus creating a gap of $150. Additionally to note is that Uganda also offers discounted gorilla permits during the low season months of April, May and November to $350 something that is not in Rwanda. Additionally to note on the gorilla permit price is that Rwanda has not yet had a single price for the citizens of the East Africa Community Citizens something that Uganda has achieved and the citizens of the partner states pay the same fee like the Ugandans pay which is 250,000/= in the high season and if the discount is extended especially in the low season, the permits are put at 150, 000/= enabling the Uganda gorilla safari undertakers from East Africa to have a magical experience with the gorillas at a low cost.
The second aspect is transportation and travel distance. It can be noted that Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is at a good distance from Kampala about 527km while Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is 519km from Kampala. These journeys take not less than 10 hours whereas the Volcanoes National Park in the destination Rwanda is 116km from Kigali a journey that cannot exceed 3 hours holding other factors constant. However, despite the long distance, Uganda presents a scenic country side and a range of features that offer impressive en route stops that make the long day transfer rewarding contributing to the memories of gorilla safari in Uganda. Ranging from the Equator site at Kayabwe where the world’s main latitude crosses the country to the traditional range lands of Ankole where Lake Mburo National Park is located with myriad wildlife like Rothschild Giraffes, the Topis, the Cape Buffaloes, the Impala, the Burchell’s Zebra, the warthogs, the Deffasa Waterbucks, the leopards, the Bushbuck along with aquatics in Lake Mburo like the Nile Crocodiles the second largest in all the world’s reptiles and the gigantic Hippos not forgetting the close to water birds like African fin foot and the African Fish eagle, Uganda is a myriad of wonders. There is also Igongo Cultural Center that features a cultural museum with collections of all the tribes of south western Uganda, a traditional restaurant, cultural village and lush gardens, the Mbarara town which is the largest in the sub region and eventually the magical Kigezi Highlands after which you arrive in Bwindi. It is a whole day of transfer but a day tour of itself. In Rwanda, one can be mesmerized by the hills and the settlement which are short-lived as he / she soon arrives in Volcanoes. Regarding the roads, Uganda features smooth tarmac to the nearby towns that are close to the park and the travelers would drive through challenging sections on their last connecting roads to the park negotiating through rolling hills which is an experience of its own but Rwanda offers a smooth transfer throughout making accessibility easier for those on gorilla safaris in Rwanda.
The third aspect is the gorilla trekking experience itself. Uganda features a mountainous terrain in the gorilla habitats that is Bwindi and Mgahinga. In Bwindi, the forest is thick with dense undergrowth, tall trees with canopy and is perched on rugged terrain which at times makes it challenging and ideal for the adventurous travelers. The gorillas can be seen in the two destinations but at times in Bwindi, the duration tends to be extended as the trekkers hike the slopes up and down in search of the mighty apes enjoying the bird sounds and sights since Bwindi is Africa’s number one birding site and enjoying lush flora which gives more value for money compared to Volcanoes Rwanda where at times the trekkers have been able to come to sight with gorillas in 30 minutes of their trek. Though generally the gorilla trekking duration is not predicted in any of the two countries, experience shows that it is likely to be shorter in Rwanda than in Uganda. Additionally, the gorilla viewing experience at times varies. The Volcanoes feature short vegetation and the gorillas are clearly seen and the opportunities for photo taking are more clear whereas Bwindi has a dense jungle and the trekkers are at times hindered by the climbers, tree buttresses and the short flora from gaining clear views of the gorillas but it is fascinating to follow them in the jungle maneuver with the thick vegetation and keep with them as they forage.
The last aspect is what else to see after the gorillas. Most of the travelers have more days for their holiday which would remain underutilized if they track gorillas alone. Therefore the question of what else to see after gorillas carries weight when looking for which destination to track gorillas from. It can be noted that Uganda features more to see after gorillas compared to Rwanda. Uganda is endowed with rich wildlife in her extensive savannah habitats of Queen Elizabeth, the Lake Mburo National Park, Murchison Falls, Toro Semliki and Kidepo Valley National Park including the big five along with other classic game. The country features a range of water bodies including lakes like Bunyonyi the second deepest in Africa with 29 Islands which offers a magical evening relaxation after the gorillas, the Kazinga Channel joining Lakes George and Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park offering magical boat cruises, the historical River Nile which is the longest in the world which also features the magical Murchison Falls which is the powerful water fall on global scale and the Lake Victoria which is the largest in Africa and the second largest with fresh water in the world. Uganda also features the legendary Rwenzori Mountains which is the third highest in Africa rising to 5,109m above sea level with snow on its top along with the Elgon Mountain which is the fourth highest in the East of Africa rising to 4321m with the largest volcanic mountain caldera 42km2 and the largest Volcanic base 4,000km2. Though Rwanda still has what to offer, it would be a bit limited to genocide, Dain Fossey site, the climb to the any of the Volcanoes with the highest taking 2 days, relaxation on Lake Kivu, wildlife viewing in Akagera National Park and canopy walk in Nyungwe. Because of this, most of the travelers that track gorillas in Rwanda have always crossed to Uganda for magical wildlife viewing. The two countries offer chimpanzee trekking in Kibale for Uganda and Nyungwe for Rwanda and the golden Monkey Tracking in Mgahinga for Uganda and Volcanoes for Rwanda.
The issue of accommodation is no longer an issue since the gorilla parks now feature comprehensive accommodation units suiting travelers of all categories whether on gorilla safaris in Uganda or Rwanda.

Center for hospitality excellence required in Uganda

hotelThe destination Uganda despite the political turmoil that characterized the country’s atmosphere in the 1970s and 80s, it has regained her unique selling preposition to attract counts of world travelers to undertake safaris in Uganda though a little more is still required in the hospitality sector.
The center for hospitality where the government would invest intensely in the training of youth in a range of hospitality aspects is required to present more opportunities for youth employment in the tourism and hospitality sector other than the country importing the managers from other parts of the world to enhance the service satisfaction of Uganda safari undertakers.
Instead of Uganda exporting the youth as guards and housemaids in various parts of the world, the country should focus on setting her center for hospitality excellence which would train and create avenues for the employment of Ugandan youth in the local job market. Apparently the country has been relying on personnel import from countries of South Africa and Kenya among other countries.
It can be noted that apparently, the range of chefs and managers in the notable hotels which present overnight stay for travelers on safari in Uganda are expatriates which in turn puts Ugandans at the lower levels in such establishments. This trend has not been arrested considering the fact that only hospitality institute funded by the Government – the Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute misses out on the needed funding to undertake the facilities up grading and the human resources that is required to position the Institute to compete favorably in the world.
This also joins the move to see the funding of the marketing initiatives of Uganda as a safari destination increased. The apparent budget stands at five (5) billion US Dollars which is considerably lower compared to the amount invested in by the neighboring countries.
Establishing the Center for excellence in Hospitality would enable the country build a sustainable tourism and hospitality sector with consideration to quality of service which is very instrumental in the guest satisfaction including those that come on Uganda tours.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

The group 13 / agashya gorilla family in Rwanda’s volcanoes national park

agasha gorillaThe Group 13 one of the famous gorilla groups encountered on gorilla safaris in Rwanda derives its name from the counts of members that it possessed at the time of habituation.
Formerly when the mountain gorilla habituation was being conducted in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, the Agashaya Gorilla group was not spared. And during this time, the Agashya featured 13 members and the trackers found it easy to identify it by the number of its members which resulted into its naming as Group 13.
Apparently thriving with about 25 members among which include the dominant Silverback, the 12 female adults, the two (2) Sub adult female, the three (3) Juvenile along with seven (7) Babies enjoying the lush green of Volcanoes National Park and posing interestingly for the encounter of the Rwanda gorilla safari undertakers.
The Group 13 was initially under the dominance of Nyakairima before he was defeated by the Agashya to eventually take over the dominance from him. It is noted that Agashya first assessed the strength of Nyakairima and then put him in a strong battle where he emerged the winner confiscating all the group members leaving Nyakairima in wonder. Agashya moved up the Volcano to ensure that Nyakairima should not trace them again and is credited for increasing the gorilla family from the former size of 12 to the apparent estimate of 25 individuals.
Agashya in case of any danger, he moves his group to the raised volcanic landscapes and at times, it may mistake the travelers on gorilla trekking in Rwanda as enemies and takes the group up. It is a magical encounter to follow the gorilla group up to when it reaches the summit of the volcano. This encounter can last for the whole day. Encountering the gorillas on top of the world with the views of the entire mountain chain and the adjacent nations below is rewarding moment that derives lifetime memories.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Rukina silverback; your memories still linger

rukina-gorillaThe Rukina Silverback was one of the magical mountain gorillas that used to mesmerize travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda. Belonging to the Kyaguliro gorilla family which is one of the three (3) gorilla groups that are found in the Ruhija region to the eastern side of Uganda gorilla safari destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Rukina Silverback left the life of this world on April 6th 2015 but five (5) months down the road, its memories still linger in the hearts of those that knew about it.
Born in 1984, Rukina Silverback rose to become a notable member of Kyaguliro gorilla group in the late 1990s at the onset of his Silver-back life. He managed to secure the name Rukina accruing from his playfulness while he was still living the black back life. The trackers, researchers and veterinarians got fond of it and this raised its reputation making it a point of interest when the group was introduced for gorilla trekking officially to the visitors on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda
The profoundness of Rukina did not stop at playing but also the persistent struggle for the Silver-back status. He struggled for three consecutive years with the then Silverback Zeus and eventually attained the triumph in the month of August 2004. The fecal sample genetic analysis demonstrated that Rukina sired the initial offspring even he was still a subordinate black back far back in 2002.
The fertility of Rukina was not questioned either. It is noted that during his reign, he managed to sire ten (10) off spring most of which were still infants at the time of his demise. The present of infant population made the Kyaguliro gorilla group fun filled and rewarding to explore on gorilla safari in Uganda. Rukina did not only rely on breed and multiply programme to increase her group; it also managed to secure other 4 members from outside to add on his family which justified his efforts as a good leader.
The Rukina Silver-back was noted to be a tolerant silver back that would find enough time for his family attending to the adult females along with the infants. And at the time of his death, Rukina left the group with a count of 21 members which featured eight (8) mature females as would be explored by the travelers on Uganda gorilla safaris.
The works of Rukina are not only local but international as well. The silver back played a considerable role in the understanding of the mountain gorilla ecology and social behavior in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The profoundness of Kyaguliro gorilla group made it and its group a center of attention by the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology for research in the year 1998. The gorilla group and Rukina itself was filmed in various documentaries including one that featured on the world’s re-known BBC thus increasing mountain gorilla publicity on the globe and stimulating world travelers to plan gorilla safaris to Uganda.
Though Rukara managed to succeed Rukina successfully as the Silverback of Kyaguliro, the memories of Rukina still linger!