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Gorilla Permits now are Available in Mgahinga!

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A Gorilla feeding in Mgahinga National Gorilla Park The Nyakagezi gorilla group having crossed back into Mgahinga National Park has stayed long enough in the park. The good news to Uganda safari companies is that the park wildlife authorities have started issuing permits to track them again. Despite their traveling around various national parks of Rwanda , Democratic Republic of Congo as well as Uganda they safely returned without loss and injury from this migration and have again settled back in the magnificent Mgahinga National Park . On this note therefore,we are pleased to inform you that after them being monitored and resettled these Ugandan gorillas are now ready for tracking/trekking and viewing . Tourists can now buy gorilla permits accessed from the park headquarters and are welcome to book through prime Uganda safaris as gorilla tours/ a gorilla trekking safari call it a gorilla tracking safari are one of our best Uganda safari or Uganda tour packages. T

Uganda was declared one of the prime destinations for bird watching come 2013!!

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Uganda crested cranes Uganda was declared one of the prime destinations for bird watching come 2013 this comes as result of the boost from the Lonely Planet 2012 award of Best Tourism Destination into the year.This is great news to all Uganda safari bird lovers since bird watching forms a big part of Uganda safaris . There has been a team up between Bird International which is a global conservation organization that is based on protection of birds as well as their habitats and Nature Uganda a Ugandan organization. They are studying the bird population in Uganda but so far this research has highlighted more than 34 spectacular bird watching areas within the country each possessing a diverse variety of bird species. The Uganda Shoebill flying with in its natural habitant. Uganda thus possesses an important biodiversity as it not only holds 10 % of the world’s total bird species but an overwhelming 50% of Africa’s bird population as well. On the same note Bwindi

Update on the Situation in Eastern DRC and Rwanda by now -December 2012

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There are continuous efforts to bring about stability in Goma city as well as North Kivu province that lies in the Eastern province of the Democratic republic of Congo. After the December 2 nd incidence in Parc National des Volcans, reports show that the park remains calm as well as stable and gorilla tracking safari activities have kept running smoothly without interruption every day in all the national park areas. M23 rebels leave Goma in eastern Congo All concerned parties such as the DRC government, the  M24 rebels, the Rwanda and Uganda governments are holding talks in Uganda and seemingly they are achieving progress toward permanent peace in the region- a great achievement for the uganda safari industry and the region ( Rwanda,DRC, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda ) safari/tourism  industry at large. Diplomatic missions have continuously assessed the situation on ground and we too as Prime Uganda Safaris and Tours have visited the park to check on the security situatio

TRAVEL STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE RWANDA DEVELOPMENT BOARD

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A Rwanda gorilla A statement has been issued by the Rwanda Development Board encouraging tourists and the business society that traveling to any part of   Rwanda is safe and encouraged as the country isn’t compromised by the situation near the Democratic Republic of Congo. The statement reads as follows; The Rwanda Development Board today reassures tourists and the business community that it is safe to travel to any destination within Rwanda .The Eastern Congo boarder crisis has been contained as security has been beefed up and reinforced to avoid any re-occurrence on the Rwandan border, Claire Akamanzi the company executive officer (CEO) of Rwanda Development Board said the government of Rwanda guarantees peace and security in all tourist destinations of Rwanda “We would like to reassure all tourists that it is business as usual in all tourist destinations .Travelers in Rwanda continue to enjoy the magnificent scenery, the pleasant climate, rich culture and div

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK NAMED AFRICA`S TOP 9 WILD RESERVE 2012-2013

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Serengeti National Park zebra family The largest national park in Tanzania-Serengeti National Park, has been named Africa`s 9 th top wild reserve due to its being a habitat to a variety of wild game. This reserve is greatly known and hence popular for its annual great wildlife migration , that has a variety of animals such as the zebras, a significant number of crocodiles, but significantly because it covers a huge area i.e about 15000square kilometers. Serengeti national park is made up three different regions namely; the woodlands of northern Serengeti, the western corridor and the plains. This park is known for its variety of accommodations that range from the very basic to luxury but where to sleep s chosen by the client`s interest. Uganda safaris or Uganda safari news. Gorilla trekking safari / gorilla tracking safari news

PRESIDENT MUSEVENI`S (PRESIDENT OF UGANDA) ADVISES ON ENVIRONMENT.

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TAKE PRESIDENT MUSEVENI`S (PRESIDENT OF UGANDA) ADVISE ON ENVIRONMENT. Fetching swamp water The president of Uganda-Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, in November 2012 invited members of youth go green campaign to state house Entebbe for a one day meeting.In this meeting the president presented a paper/document about environment degradation in Uganda.The environment minister plus several environment experts attended this meeting and shared a variety of Uganda`s environment concerns and forged a way forward. According to the president ,Uganda is faced with several environmental/ Uganda safaris-safari industry threats categories that include among others;global threats created by greed from developed countries that generate green house gases such as water vapor methane,regional threats generating drying of wetlands by conversion of wetlands into rice fields and the rampart destruction of vegetation and trees.This has consequently led to the silting of lakes rivers resulting into

UGANDA NAMED THE WORLD`S TOP TOURIST SPOT-2013

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UGANDA NAMED THE WORLD`S TOP TOURIST SPOT-2013 Uganda is named among the 20 global tourism destinations come 2013,according to the national Geographic.Unlike the lonely planet,which named Uganda as the best travel destination for 2012 ,the national geographic which is an international travel channel affiliated to the national geographic society, listed Uganda among the top “new year’s (2013)20 must -see places.” The pride of Uganda’s tourism lies in the undistributed green cover that welcomes you the moment you arrive in Uganda whether by land , air or water transport,stated the National Geographic. They stated that getting out of the city on a Uganda safari or tour is a more rewarding experience as it provides one with a variety of bird species ,wild life and the rare Uganda mountain gorillas that have been ‘a hot cake’ to Uganda tourists that tour Uganda. The National geographic recommends a number of books and documentari

UGANDA WILDLIFE AUTHORITY ISSUES A STATEMENT AFTER THE ACCIDENT THAT KILLED AN ELEPHANT

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UGANDA WILDLIFE AUTHORITY`S STATEMENT AFTER THE ACCIDENT THAT KILLED AN ELEPHANT After the fetal accident that took place on Friday 16th November 2012 by an over speeding bus knocked and claimed a life an elephant plus many people, just after loosing an antelope in Busitema, Uganda Wildlife Authority has extended sympathies to the grieved families and individuals who sustained injuries as a result of this terrible accident. Consequently in a bid to protect the Uganda safari or Uganda tours business, Uganda Wildlife Authority has reminded and urged motorists that the wildlife laws stipulate clearly that the speed limit when crossing/driving through or near a Uganda National Park and game reserves is 40km per hour. To this effect, some sections of the public and media have queried the Uganda Wildlife Authority`s in ability to keep wildlife animals from roaming in the streets. Uganda Wildlife Authority has come out to inform the public and the nation at large that a

UGANDA HAS THREE QUARTERS OF MOUNTAIN GORILLAS IN THE WORLD.

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UGANDA HAS MORE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS IN THE WORLD. The mountain gorilla -one of the two subspecies of the eastern gorilla, has two populations. On a Uganda gorilla safari you will see one found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa but within three National Parks namely; Mgahinga in south-west Uganda, Volcanoes in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga Mt in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The other specie is found in Uganda’s great Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is clear to all primatologists that the Uganda Gorillas in Bwindi may be a separate subspecies, though no description has been finished. These apes,- Mountain gorillas are proven descendants of ancestral monkeys and other African and Arabian during the start of the Oligocene epoch (34-24 m years ago). This fossil record provides evidence of the hominid primates (apes) found about 18–22 m years ago in East Africa. The fossil record of the area where mountain gorillas live is part

AN ANTELOPE DIED IN BUSITEMA LAST MONTH

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AN ANTELOPE CAME 460 KM FROM MURCHISON FALLS AND DIED IN BUSITEMA Last month a rear incidence happened to some Ugandans that were heading to Tororo, when their car hit and killed an antelope that speed into the road at a corner near Busitema forest. I term this rear because Busitema is occupied mostly by baboons as witnessed by tourists that have had a safari to Uganda in this place, making an antelops encounter as rare as seeing a wild ostrich crossing a road in such a wildlife territory. What came to the minds of those that had hit it, was what this animal was running away from? Could it be that it was being chased by a leopard! It would definitely turn to them as they were stranded by the roadside. However the big question is where was this antelope coming from?could it be that it was being transported by Uganda Wildlife Authority and it escaped from the truck but honestly its most likely that it came from Murchison National Park! There is a distance of 460 ki

AN ANTELOPE DIED IN BUSITEMA LAST MONTH

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AN ANTELOPE CAME 460 KM FROM MURCHISON FALLS AND DIED IN BUSITEMA Last month a rear incidence happened to some Ugandans that were heading to Tororo, when their car hit and killed an antelope that speed into the road at a corner near Busitema forest. I term this rear because Busitema is occupied mostly by baboons as witnessed by tourists that have had a safari to Uganda in this place, making an antelops encounter as rare as seeing a wild ostrich crossing a road in such a wildlife territory. What came to the minds of those that had hit it, was what this animal was running away from? Could it be that it was being chased by a leopard! It would definitely turn to them as they were stranded by the roadside. However the big question is where was this antelope coming from?could it be that it was being transported by Uganda Wildlife Authority and it escaped from the truck but honestly its most likely that it came from Murchison National Park! There is a distance of 460

BAGANDA`S TRADITIONAL DANCES

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THE BAGANDA DANCES Baganda people (tribe) of Buganda region, a dominant Bantu speaking ethnic group concentrated in central Uganda.The Baganda are made up of different clans with distinct totems that classify Baganda into different groups but with the same social cultures. Travellers that have had a safari or a tour to Uganda have been mesmerized by music of the people of Buganda region. The Baganda boast of a variety of dances originating from individual clans based on different themes such as; economic and social activities, politics, education, love and their history depending on the audience for whom the performance is made. The baganda, like other tribes use music to praise and worship God or gods as well as people of authority, to celebrate their life cycle-rituals and rites, celebrate labor or work achievements such as a good harvest,to educate the population,to earn a leaving( as employment) ,as a form of recreat

UGANDA CELEBRATES HER 50TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY

AS SHE CELEBRATES HER 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE, UGANDA REFLECTS ON THE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE CHALLENGES On the 9th of October 2012 , Uganda celebrated 50 years (anniversary) of independence as a sovereign nation.Many dignitaries majorly from Africa, Great Britain as well as few from Asia such as china graced the function.Millions of Ugandans flocked the Kololo air strip to take part of this memorial event. The biggest question of the day how ever is, to what extent has Uganda has fulfilled/achieved her expectations/obligations as a sovereign nation since her self governance? . In 1962, Uganda`s independence landed in the hands of unprepared leaders to stir the nation to greater heights a task that proved difficult to the then inexperienced leadership. The first 23 years 1962-1985, saw Uganda undergo a series of political up-evils characte rised by military wars of succession.Apolo Milton Obote ceased the Kabaka of Buganda to become the second president o
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UGANDA`S TRADITIONAL DANCES.   Uganda has a variety of tribes right from the south up to the north.|Each of these tribes has a signature cultural traditional dance that describes who they are.All these dances are composed based on tribal traditional activities from all sphere of life.Many of them are based on harvest,sex and marriage,romance,reproduction never the less politics. A safari to Uganda will certainly guarantee you an opportunity to be entertained by traditional dances from several regions of Uganda not only to entertain but to educate you musically and through dance. `In Uganda, communities generally use music and dance to celebrate the ``life-cycle’’ in rite and rituals; to worship, praise and petition,to celebrate work and as   a form of community recreation.Thus dance was and still is in many communities outside the hub of towns, a part of the day-to-day life-sharing and disseminating cultural values to different generation. Dance is value-ridden
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ABOUT GORILLAS http://www.primeugandasafaris.com/gorilla-safaris/4-days-bwindi-gorilla-safari.html http://www.primeugandasafaris.com/gorilla-safaris/3-days-gorilla-safari-bwindi.html http://www.primeugandasafaris.com/gorilla-safaris.html Mountain Gorillas live in groups called troops. These troops are made of one adult male called the silverback, multiple adult females and their offspring.However, multiple-male troops also exist in smaller amounts. A silverback is named after the distinctive patch of silver hair on its back which comes with maturity and is usually more than 12 years of age. Silverbacks also have large canine teeth that also come with maturity. Both males and females tend to emigrate from their natal groups. For mountain gorillas, usually females disperse from their natal troops more than males.Mountain gorillas and western lowland gorillas also commonly transfer to second new groups.Mature males tend to also leave their groups and establish their own troo

Mountain Gorilla Behavior,Diet,Threats and Predators

http://www.primeugandasafaris.com/gorilla-safaris/5-days-uganda-gorilla-safari.html Behavior  Although strong and powerful, gorillas are generally gentle,shy ,retiring rather than ferocious and treacherous . They live in groups of 2-40 individuals, averaging about 11. Groups are led by a dominant male, the Silverback, named for the silvery gray hairs that grow when the male matures. The Silverback serves as the chief leader and protector of the group, to whom all group members defer. He decides when and where to go, rest and sleep, arbitrates disputes among his family members and protects them from rival Silverbacks or human predators. Gorillas usually seeks no trouble but will valiantly defend its family group if threatened. An adult male called a silverback named for the silvery gray hairs on its back normally leads each group, serving as its chief protector and defender. Gorillas

Mountain Gorillas

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UGANDA`S MOUNTAIN GORILLAS The mountain gorilla   is one of the two  subspecies of the eastern gorilla. There are two populations. One is found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, within three National Parks namely; Mgahinga in south-west Uganda, Volcanoes in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga Mt in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The other specie is Uganda found in Uganda's the mighty Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Some primatologists say that the Bwindi Gorillas  in Uganda may be a separate subspecies, though no description has been finished. By Spring 2010, the estimated total number of mountain gorillas worldwide was 790 but Uganda has more that half of this World`s Gorilla population. Mountain gorillas are descendants of ancestral monkeys and apes found in Africa and Arabia during the start of the oligocene epoch (34-24 million years ago). This fossil record provides evidence of the hominoid primates (apes) found in east Africa
UGANDA WILDLIFE EXHIBITION-IN GULU Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) exihibited a variety of Uganda tourism products i.e information and tourism promotional materials. The exhibition was held in Northern Uganda (Gulu district) where thousands of people attended at it went for one week as a celebration to mark the world Tourism Day on September 27th, 2011 in Gulu Municipality. Free information related to Uganda‘s tourism attraction was given out by the Uganda wildlife staff in Kampala head offices and well as representatives from Murchison falls Wildlife safari park . The exhibition venue was at the TAKS Centre near to Acholi Inn involved participants like Uganda tour operators, hoteliers, training institutes and students, local communities, government officials among others. The most popular and attractive items during the exhibition carried away by the show attendees included full colour animal posters for different Uganda national parks like the Uganda Mountain gorillas and Uganda`
UGANDA WILDLIFE EXHIBITION-IN GULU Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) exihibited a variety of Uganda tourism products i.e information and tourism promotional materials. The exhibition was held in Northern Uganda (Gulu district) where thousands of people attended at it went for one week as a celebration to mark the world Tourism Day on September 27th, 2011 in Gulu Municipality. Free information related to Uganda‘s tourism attraction was given out by the Uganda wildlife staff in Kampala head offices and well as representatives from Murchison falls Wildlife safari park . The exhibition venue was at the TAKS Centre near to Acholi Inn involved participants like Uganda tour operators, hoteliers, training institutes and students, local communities, government officials among others. The most popular and attractive items during the exhibition carried away by the show attendees included full colour animal posters for different Uganda national parks like the Mountain gorillas and game reserves, N