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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: The Hidden Gem of Uganda

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Within the pearl of Africa, there are lots of hidden treasures that make it one of the best tourism destinations in Africa. There are lots of unique places to places to visit yet some are still less known to travelers. When one talks of the best places in Uganda that make it a must visit destination, Bwindi Forest in Uganda tops the list of most travelers taking safaris to Uganda.

At this moment, the mountain gorillas are the star attraction in Africa. You cannot mention these endangered species without mentioning the two parks of Uganda that protect the mountain gorillas; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. Of these two, Bwindi is the most known and famous since this is the number one spot for primate watching safaris in the world. This is the ultimate destination where travelers can see the mountain gorillas face to face in the wild.

This Impenetrable forest has 18 habituated gorilla groups thus offering about 154 tourists a chance to see these great apes every single day. The gorillas will be seen in their natural habitat, that is the tropical rain forest. Apart from the gorillas, Bwindi is also a sanctuary for other interesting wildlife that include chimpanzees, forest elephants, and over 350 bird species.

In other words, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is not only a home to Mountain Gorillas but also a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation World heritage, a prime birder’s site and anyone who would enjoy hiking through this ancient forest. One can trek around on his or her own but security and safety wise, you need to consult guides for clarifications about the route you are about to take. Some treks require hiking especially those to Muyanga water fall that departs from Buhoma, Rushura Hill walk that passes through one forest shared by two countries.

Meet the Mountain Gorillas

The silverback gorilla is the name given to the adult male gorilla because of the silvery fur running across their backs and hips. Gorillas live in groups with a clearly defined social structure. The dominant leads the group of other males, females and young ones in daily activities such as eating and sleeping. During their day today life, mid day is spent by playing and resting. Each evening they make their own nests, more especially out of vegetation before going to sleep.

Go Gorilla Trekking in the Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is in the Southwest Uganda, a home to over a half of the Mountain Gorillas in the world. In other words, it is the best place recommended for Gorilla tracking with a maximum of 8 people per day. There are four locations where you can track gorillas that is to say; Buhoma in the north, Ruhija in the east, Nkuringo in the south west, and Rushaga located in the south and this is the best place in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for gorilla trekking. All families have unique behaviors and characteristics, if you have enough time and resources you can track more than one group during your trip.

5 Less Known Ecotourism Destinations in East Africa

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Mabira Forest Lodge

Many travelers are looking for unique places to visit on their holiday in Africa. There are several amazing destinations developed to protect natural flora and fauna. These places include national parks, game reserves, forest reserves, wetlands and more protecting biodiversity in Africa! Here are some of the major ecotourism destinations in east Africa include;

Mabira Forest Reserve – Uganda

This is among the largest natural forests in Uganda located along the Kampala Jinja highway. The forest has unique wildlife species that include over 300 tree species, 320 birds, and primates especially monkeys, about 220 butterfly species and many insects. All these wildlife species can be viewed by tourists on nature walks along the well-developed trails leading to the deep jungles. Other major ecotourism activities one can enjoy while at Mabira include birding, camping and primate tracking.

The forest has a number of geo friendly accommodation facilities that include bandas, a camping ground and Mabira forest lodge. All these facilities ensure that their activities aim at enhancing tourism conservation.

The Lake System In The Great Rift Valley – Kenya

Kenya is crossed by the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley and has a network of lakes and other attractions that were formed through Vulcanicity processes. The most outstanding and seen attractions include lakes like lake Nakuru, lake Elementaita, hot springs and many others.

This area has a number of wildlife species especially birds that mainly includes large crowds of flamingos, African spoonbills, eagles, pelicans and many others.

This area attracts a number of tourists especially those interested in birding. This ecotourism site however needs a lot of conservation efforts because the its encroached by the local people creating lands for agriculture and settlement.

Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

This is one of the most visited ecotourism sites on the planet. Volcanoes national park is a home to mountain gorillas some of the most endangered species remaining only about 900 and located in only 3 countries on earth that are Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Volcanoes National Park has half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the Virunga Region and is the backbone to Rwanda’s tourism development. Most travelers looking for gorilla safaris in Africa opt for Volcanoes National Park given that the park is more accessible than any other gorilla parks. Being very endangered and very vulnerable to human diseases, only 8 tourists are allowed to visit one of the 10 mountain gorilla families a day and only spending one hour with them.

All these are made to ensure proper carrying capacity of the mountain gorillas and reduce chances of disease spread from the people. Related to this is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga gorilla national park located in Uganda. They also have mountain gorillas and are among the most visited destinations in Uganda. Bwindi impenetrable forest has 13 mountain gorilla families and Mgahinga Gorilla Park has one gorilla family. Just like Rwanda, only 8 tourists are allowed to track one mountain gorilla family a day spending just one hour with them.

Selous National Park – Tanzania

It’s located in the southern circuit of Tanzania and the largest national park in the country. Selous national park is blessed with a number of wildlife species that include elephants, rhinos, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, and a number of birds. It’s most visited by eco tourists most interested in less crowds and solitudes. Tourists to this national park get a chance of getting closer to the wild through nature walks listening to the great sounds of nature. Its not visited by many tourists and therefore offers the real feel of nature with many less disturbed ecosystems.

Most of the above ecotourism destinations in east Africa have local communities around where pro poor tourists go and extend support.

Eco tourism promotion has brought along a number of benefits to those various destinations in terms of social and economic empowerment of the local people and most importantly conservation of the major tourism resources.

If continuously relied on, responsible tourism will ensure a steady growth of some of the most endangered species like mountain gorillas especially through tourist regulation (carrying capacity) and other conservation efforts.

Rwanda Unveils Virtual Gorilla Tours During Lockdown

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Virtual Gorilla Tours in Rwanda

The whole world is affected negatively that is economically, religiously, politically and socially due to coronavirus infection disease. Rwanda is a deeply fascinating country that is orderly, clean and rapidly developing due to tourist attractions. Rwanda is one of the best destination for gorillas and thousands of travelers both locals and internationals travel to witness the gorilla tours into the wild.

Mountain gorillas are not only located in the Virunga Mountains but also in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You can visit the mountain gorillas in in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. All these three countries suspended gorilla trekking to safe guard the lives of mountain gorillas which are known to be close relatives of human beings and therefore can easily be affected by the coronavirus.   Due to the fact that these countries have registered the cases of the infected people of covid-19, this has brought fear among the conservationists, researchers and trackers  resulting the closure of all the national parks.

In sub-Saharan Africa, Rwanda was the first country to ban the gorilla treks due to coronavirus and so is other more great apes habitats in Uganda and Congo. Christian Tchemambela of the country’s National Agency for National Parks (ANPN) said that they have decided to close tourist activities for viewing the great apes in our parks to avoid any risk of transmissions between humans and the animals.

Despite the Covid-19 challenge, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) with its partnership of Dian Fossey Funds and Ellen Funds worked hand in hand to extend the touristic attractions via the online films for travelers to enjoy during the lock down days.

Gorilla trekking is an interesting experience that one has to experience in a virtual reality when they are in their living rooms. Currently Ellen DeGeneres is building a conservation center in Rwanda and it contains the virtual reality film of gorilla trekking.  This cinematic virtual reality film brings you close to mountain gorillas because you feel as if you’re seeing them face to face in their thick forest of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Amazingly, the virtual reality film is free and can be viewed on different platforms like veer and littlstar, Oculus and Samsung virtual Reality. However without a virtual headset online, a snapshot of the film can also be viewed

The RDB chief Tourism Officer Belise Kaliza said that global Tourism has been greatly affected by coronavirus, which has forced countries to suspend gorilla safaris. Continually, she said that they are sad that they can’t welcome visits to see and experience their beautiful country during the African safari right now. However she also said that it’s everyone’s best interest to stay safe at home while they are working with their partners to create and share their immersive content like this gorilla virtual Reality Films.

About Rwanda‘s lockdown

Public gathering in places like bars, churches and clubs were all banned to reduce on the easy spread of coronavirus in Rwanda

Public means and private cars were also suspended because they are one of the places were coronavirus is spread due to zero distance during the travel.

Despite the brupt attack of the coronavirus, most shops were closed and those that were allowed to open were warned not to increase the price because of the situation in the country.

All the bordering countries neighboring Rwanda were closed except the cargo, goods and Rwanda citizens who were returning from other countries.

Unnecessarily movements were not allowed outside their homes except going out for shopping and for medical health.

10 Romantic Honeymoon & Holiday Destinations

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Paris

Sure, anywhere is romantic with the one you love, but some destinations just cry romance. Some of my favorites are:

1. Paris – What’s not to love about the “City of Lights”? The city’s architecture, parks, and monuments are beautiful any time of year. Plus, it’s next to impossible to get a bad meal in this town. Add dozens of interesting museums, the picturesque Seine River, some of the world’s best shopping, and that Paris charm, and you’ve got a winner.

2. New York City in December – New York City is interesting any time of year, but in December, when the city is decked out for the holidays, it’s magical. The department windows feature charming holiday vignettes, the tree at Rockefeller Center glistens, ice skaters glide through Central Park, and the city sparkles with holiday lights.

3. California Wine Country – Just north of San Francisco, California’s wine country is a world away from the bustle of the city. Many of the region’s wine estates welcome visitors for tastings and tours, and the area boasts dozens of small and interesting bed and breakfast inns, many with views of the vineyards. Napa and Sonoma Counties are home to a surprising number of excellent restaurants, which make use of the bountiful local produce and vintages.

4. Tuscany – Speaking of wine country, consider a visit to one of the original wine countries – Tuscany. The rolling hills, just outside of Florence in central Italy, are home to hundreds of small wineries as well as picturesque stone farmhouses and casually elegant eateries.

5. Tahiti – These islands have captivated travelers since the days of Paul Gauguin. Explore the French flavor of Papeete or venture to one of the smaller islands, such as Bora Bora or Moorea. You can even stay in a private cottage built on stilts over the calm Tahitian lagoon. The friendliness and welcoming nature of the Tahitian people is legendary.

6. Hawaii – A little closer to home, but no less romantic, the Hawaiian Islands combine American customs with Polynesian culture. Add beautiful beaches, Trade Wind breezes, lilting island music, and dramatic volcanoes for a one-of-a-kind experience.

7. A Castle in Ireland – Spending your honeymoon in a historic Irish castle is the stuff of which dreams are made. Consider a stay at the elegant stone fortress, Dromoland Castle, which hosts many of Ireland’s state visitors, or the five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Galaway, with its rolling hills, championship golf course, and gourmet dining.

8. Bed and Breakfasts in New England – The New England countryside abounds in small, historic bed and breakfast inns and the region’s scenery is enchanting any time of year – from the legendary fall foliage to the sparkling summer seashores. Explore the region’s many parks and hiking trails; shop for antiques and homemade crafts in unique village stores; or sample fresh-from-the-sea lobsters, clams, and other seafood delights.

9. Turks and Caicos Islands – Just an hour’s flight away from south Florida, these islands offer some of the world’s most beautiful stretches of white sand beach. Plus, at least at this writing, they are much less developed than other Caribbean island resorts. In addition to beach activities, you can explore the islands’ coral reefs, try your luck at one of the small island casinos, or dine seaside on fresh conch.

10. A Greek Island – From Mykonos to Corfu, from Crete to Santorini, the Greek Islands enchant with crystal clear water, simple and deliciously prepared food, white-washed buildings, and innate Greek friendliness. Plus, accommodations, food, and fun on the islands are surprisingly affordable.

Guide to Visiting Rwanda Gorillas

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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Mountain gorillas are one of the most interesting animals to watch in their wildness. This is why an influx of tourists comes to Rwanda to trek these amazing animals. Mountain gorillas in Rwanda are found in the Virunga region at volcanoes national park.

These primates live in the ranges of the Virunga and that is where they find their lives comfortable.

So gorilla trekking is not as easy as watching any animals in a zoo. It is challenging but very adventurous to trek gorillas as you have to hike the ranges to reach their homes.  You move through the enchanting bamboo forests as you are also rewarded by seeing some other wildlife like tree ferns, different bird species, monkeys, the reptiles like chameleons, geckos and many more animals.

It is incredibly flawless when you meet these mountain gorillas. Many people think gorillas are vicious beasts but it turns out that they are peaceful herbivorous animals so you can have a safe interaction with them. These animals have similar behavioral characteristics as we human beings. The way they lead they lives is like that of humans that is how they take care of their young ones, the organization of their home as the silver back gorilla is given to much respect and it does protect the family tightly.

While taking the gorillas, you can take photos of the gorillas but you are supposed to put off the flash of the cameras because this affects the eyes of the gorillas of which might scare them and can also become violent. Gorillas are shy animals so one is supposed to keep a significant distance as instructed by the gorilla patron for you not to scare them.

A Rwanda gorilla trek is a life time achievement as you can meet on of man’s closest relatives. After this gorilla trekking you can have stories to tell and you can develop a good relationship with nature. As you will start appreciating and fall in love with it. It is an immerse wonder to watch these rare primates. Our company can make you have a great gorilla trekking experience through arranging and organizing your trip to the volcanoes national park.

3 Countries Where to See Mountain Gorillas

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Are you a great fan of primates and nature? Taking a trip to Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo to see mountain gorillas  will fulfill your travel dream  for life a unique travel experience in Africa. Being able to track mountain gorillas in Africa is an opportunity and a dream for many across the world. Observing gorillas in their natural setting is rare, unique and one in a million wild experiences that is conserved for generations in the forest jungles in Africa..Out of the numerous great safari destinations in the world, Africa dominates the list of mountain gorilla trekking with living treasures in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.

Uganda

Uganda stands out for its diverse rain forests e on a gorilla safari tour to Bwindi forest national park or Mgahinga national park with no limitations on any forest habitat. Tourists to Uganda on gorilla tracking safaris are free to find out detail about the ancient and the present with a visit to the park communities and home stead’s hence exploring a mixture of primates, nature and culture. During your Uganda gorilla safari tour, make sure you don’t  to miss a visit to lake Bunyonyi island known for complete leisure and relaxation, support the community by riding a bicycle for a woman in Buhoma,take a nature walk to the forest and view more forest habitants or walk around the park community and see how it feels to be a celebrity in Africa  and also explore the Batwa forest trail.

Rwanda

A country full with unspoiled beauty, Rwanda has some of Africa’s top gorilla trekking park –Volcanoes national park in Kinigi village and a main tourist attraction of the country. Also known as the Land of Thousand Hills Rwanda is a favorite primate safari destination in Africa with mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and chimpanzees. day break as the mist disappears , is enough to track gorillas in Rwanda provided you spend a night before trekking in Kigali city or in one of the mountain gorilla lodges in kinigi.The drive to volcanoes national park is short hence one the reasons travelers like tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Even the park treks and bamboo forest setting offers a clear platform for seeing mountain gorillas. If you are looking for Luxury gorilla tracking safaris in Africa, Rwanda should be your choice destination.

Congo

What is unique about Congo is its incredible jungle rain forest of Virunga national park a home of mountain gorillas, several forest creatures as well as the most attractive volcanoes Nyiragongo. The Virunga national park is a world of adventure and impressive views that offer outstanding gorilla and Volcanoes’ hiking experience to whoever chooses Democratic Republic of Congo for a life time wild encounter. Congo is best known for excellent gorilla tracking safaris. Those interested in tracking both mountain and low land, Congo waits for your visit with open earns that say “Welcome”.

The Wonder Of Pigeon Forge

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Wonderworks of Pigeon Forge

Several attractions in Pigeon Forge Tennessee can make an ordinary holiday in the Smoky Mountains truly splendid and remarkable. Such tourist’s spots add up to the fun and excitement that you will be experiencing while on vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area.

From the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance in Tennessee, Pigeon Forge’s marvelous entertainment area is just seven miles away. The entertainment area has Pigeon Forge movies to continuously make the travelers very happy. These attractions are considered as one of the most visited tourist destinations in eastern USA and it is understandable because of all the fun activities that they cater. These attractions are for all ages. You will enjoy, especially on summer.

Enumerated and described in this article are the seven wonders of Pigeon Forge Tennessee.

An amusement park that has 7,000 acres with ATV trail rides and paddle boats is called the Bluff Mountain Adventure. You may go on fishing and hiking if you want to. The amusement park has also facilities for their activities.

The Dinosaur Walk Museum is one of the seven wonders in Pigeon Forge and it houses the world’s large collection for more than 60 life size dinosaurs and 20 reptile shows featuring some of the most dangerous and poisonous snakes in the world. These shows are well done to educate people by giving them information about these unbelievable creatures.

A 118-acre park, Dollywood, is one of the finest Pigeon Forge attractions. Seen in this attraction are great music, fantastic shows, fun rides and remarkable artistries. Of course, this will never be complete without the special Smoky Mountain and Pigeon Forge occasions.

Dollywood Splash Country is for people who love to swim. It is 25 acres big with 16 water slides, 2 interactive children’s area and a 25,000 square foot wave pool.

Another well known attraction is the Elvis Museum in Pigeon Forge. This contains the most numerous private collections of Elvis memorabilia like cars, jewelries, guns, and clothing.

One of the most visited Smoky Mountain landmarks is the Old Mill that millions of people come to visit yearly. It is definitely one of the best attractions in Pigeon Forge. Until now, the Old Mill is still functioning just like when it was built in 1830. A giant water-powdered wheel is used in Old Mill to grind thousands of pounds of grains daily.

In Pigeon Forge Tennessee, the best place to go when you love history is the Veterans Memorial Museum. Veterans Memorial Museum has 5,000 displays of several wars around the world like World War I and II and others.

Movies shown at the Pigeon Forge cinemas are well loved by visitors. Around the area, there a lot of events and activities happening that keep everyone enjoying. If you are planning to visit this awesome place for your next vacation, you may check out their website.

Top 5 Green Adventures in Uganda

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Bwindi Forest Gorilla

Uganda is a land locked country located in east Africa. Uganda is one tourism wildlife destination where a number of tourists go on wildlife journeys to natural and less disturbed ecosystems to interact with the wild. The country is blessed with diverse wildlife species that are evenly distributed in the various national parks that it has. Though Uganda is most known for gorilla safaris into the Bwindi and Mgahinga National Park, Eco tourists have an opportunity to experience many more amazing things in terms of nature and culture. Tourist get the best of their wildlife safaris when they engage in the various wildlife activities that take them close to wildlife that include the following

Mountain Gorilla Tracking And The Habituation Experience In Bwindi Impenetrable NationalPark

Internationally recognized as a United Nations educational scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO) world heritage site, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is a home to half of the remaining mountain gorilla population on earth with 11 habituated mountain gorilla families that are open to tourists (tracking) and other two mountain gorilla families open for the habituation process. Hiking the mountains of Bwindi impenetrable forest to encounter mountain gorillas offers so far the outstanding wildlife encounters in Uganda.

This walk through the tropical rain forest is very refreshing especially with the sightings of the different wildlife species that also live in the forest. Mountain gorilla tracking permits are sold at $600 per person and the gorilla habituation permit is sold at $1500 per person.

Birding

Birding in Uganda is another wildlife ecotourism activity that offers great wildlife encounters while on a wild life safari while in Uganda. There are many birding destinations in the country where birders can view a variety of birds that include; the shoebill stork, king fishers, African fish eagles, Turacos, vultures, egrets, jacanas and so much more. Most of these can be seen in the leading birding destinations that include the Mabamba swamp, Murchison falls national park, Kibale forest national park, the Bigodi swamps among others.

Wild Game Viewing

While on a Uganda wildlife safari, one cannot definitely miss out on game viewing in the major savanna wildlife ecosystems that include national parks like queen Elizabeth national park where tourists can view hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, chimpanzees, tree climbing lions, waterbucks, Murchison falls national park where sightings of giraffes, antelopes, warthogs, semuliki valley national park a home to the forest elephants, giant forest hogs, hippos, Rwenzori mountains national park with the rare three horned chameleon, forest elephants, afro montane vegetation and many others.

Chimpanzee tracking

Kibale forest national park located in western Uganda Is the best ecotourism destination for chimpanzee tracking with the highest chimpanzee population in east Africa. Forest walks in search for the chimpanzees also offer great wildlife experiences especially as tourists see the chimpanzees jump over from one tree branch to another. Other eco tourism sites where chimpanzee tracking can be done include the Budongo forest reserve situated in Murchison falls national park, Kyambura gorge forest, Kalinzu forest, Maramagambo forest all located in queen Elizabeth national park. There are trails in these forests that lead nature lovers to the various parts of the forests as they enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

Nature Walks In Mabira Forest

Mabira forest is located along the Kampala Jinja highway. Mabira forest is among the vast natural forests in Uganda and a home to a variety of wildlife species that include birds, vegetation species, insects and reptiles. A nature walk in this forest offers a great experience of a true African jungle with great scenic views and listening to the sounds of nature.

In all the above-mentioned eco tourism destinations are eco friendly accommodation facilities with standard facilities and therefore one can greatly enjoy a nature friendly safari while in Uganda the pearl of Africa.

Experience Nature’s Greatness in Uganda

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Canoeing at Lake Bunyonyi

Many times nature lovers get some time and visit places which are more or less destination to check out than drawn into them. As you visit and travel in and through them from one state, country and continent to continents, some places touch your heart with their coldness as it turns into warmth and catch your eyes and soul with their beauty they take you out of your usual working or home environment like office confines, take your mind off politics, money, bills, computer, internet and any other non relaxing thoughts in your mind capturing your heart and soul creating lasting images and memories with a lifetime impressions. Kibale forest in western Uganda is one of the few such places that will stir up the wild side in you and reconnect you with the environment and nature at its best. The forest is one of the few remaining moist ever green low land tropical rain forests that a tour to Uganda can take you.

In this soaring cathedral of trees, where the only sound I would hear were the creaking of their massive to think trunks, bird songs, insect ululations to animal barks,as I go over large trees over trails and entangle myself in crippling vines and large stems more than thrice as I am in size, am caught up in the glorious spectacle of nature and beauty of the wilderness. This is the primates’ capital of the world with about 13 different primates’ species, along with 325 bird species, and 229species of trees.

Inside this immense degree of raw nature – grandeur and wild ruggedness—it’s not too hard for one to ignore and leave the rest of the world behind. In this ancient landscape where some trees have lived for a thousand years, you will definitely experience and feel the power and energy of the wilderness. A certain kind or rush that flows through the entire body and soul reconnecting with nature and for a moment I felt I could communicate with nature I could feel it, touch it and I was sooo immersed into it: it is an awesome feeling that you do not want to disconnect from. It’s like going in to a different world that is free from all fears and worries and is all about peace, calmness and love.

On this awesome life-changing adventurous Uganda safari we had to drive 395kms west of Kampala the capital city of Uganda through the rolling hills, verdant countryside to the place where nature reigns undisturbed. With the current global warming and urbanization it is not very common that one will encounter nature so untouched, pure, so divine and diverse packed in a space of 766km square km. As we tramped endless trails through the sky scrapping trees I couldn’t help but mumble at the beauty and freshness of the spectacular forest. As we walked steadily along the trails I couldn’t help but feel like we were alone as the deafening silence covered the air with accessional songs of birds like Robin Chat, Illadopsis, Tragon and kingfishers- especially the blue-breasted, the screams of some primates that inhabit the forest we good combinations of melodies one after the other. We continued steadily in constant hope and faith that we would finally get to meet the long anticipated cousins to us – the chimpanzees.

In our quest we were lucky enough to encounter the rare l’hoest’s monkey, and the most arboreal black and white colobus monkey, the squeaking Red Tailed monkey were the occasional primate of the walkbefore we heard very shocking loud and trumpeting black and dark in the jungle brown faced looking human like creatures that kept swinging from one fruiting tree branch to another. After our hour encounter with the popular habitats of this forest we returned to our Hotel, feeling fully satisfied. While in Uganda home is never far even in the midst of this ever green moist forest 5and 4 star comforts is never far. There lots of comfortable and luxurious facilities available and blend in perfectly with nature all surrounding the forest from Fort portal way to the interior and as you exit the forest. In my view once you chose to do Uganda and you are a primate fanatical, chimp habituation that tracking in commendable and time allowing combine it with a gorilla safari to the impenetrable forest Bwindi, further southwest of this small country with wonders of any nature paramour.

10 Eco-friendly Activities to Do in Uganda & Rwanda

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Mount Bisoke Hike in Rwanda

For many years, several international travel guides have been ranking Uganda and Rwanda as among the best tourist attractions in Africa. Many travelers take safaris to both Uganda and Rwanda to engage in several adventures that include gorilla trekking safaris, chimpanzee viewing, unrivalled game viewing and more. This is due to the fact that, the two countries have the most attractive attractions like mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, hippos, warthogs, crocodiles among others. The type of vegetation is also awesome along side a variety of birds like crested cranes, shoebills, doves, Guinea among others.

Below are some of the most selling adventurous experiences that makes the two countries, the best tourist destination:

  • Game drives through the game reserves – memorable game drives through Akagera National Park (Rwanda), Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo national Park, Semliki National Park and Queen Elizabeth National park. While on game drives, expect to see a variety of wild animals and birds. Night game drives in Semliki National Pak of Uganda reward visitors the view of night moving animals like tigers, leopards, bush babies among others.
  • Gorilla trekking or tracking – in Uganda the activity is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga National Park and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This is the most selling activity in the two countries and it is believed that the trekking earns the sister countries a lot of foreign exchange- highest amount of money.
  • Chimpanzee trekking or tracking – the experience in Kibale forest National Park, Kyambura gorge of Queen Elizabeth National park and Budongo Forest in Uganda while in Rwanda, chimp tracking is done in Nyungwe Forest National Park. The experience involves moving through the forest and search for the chimps in their natural habitat.
  • Cultural village walk – the walk expose visitors to local people in their natural setting. Skills in drumming, dancing, clapping, weaving among others are obtained.
  • Golden monkey tracking – They are found in Volcanoes national Park (Rwanda) and Mgahinga National Park (Uganda). Like Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekkin, Golden monkey trekking involves moving through the forests and search for them in the natural habitat. Golden monkey trekking is the tird thought activity after Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking experience.
  • Relax and chill out on Bulago Island, Lake Bunyonyi birds sanctuary, along the Nile, Lake Kivu among others. It is sweet when visitors chill while taking a drive – that is why many visitors are seen sun bathing at the shores of Lake and Rivers in Uganda and Rwanda.
  • Boat safaris on Lake Victoria, Lake Kyoga, Lake Kivu, River Nile, among others. Boat cruises rewards the view of water loving birds and animals like Hippos, Crocodiles, Warthogs, Buffaloes among others.
  • Fishing on different water bodies while on canoes.
  • Mountain Climbing – Mountaineering on Rwenzori, Mountain Elgon, Mountain Mgahinga, Rwanda volcanoes national park.
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park for clear and wide range wildlife viewing and excellent photographing.
  • Bungee Jumping into the River Nile.
  • Horse Back Riding in Lake Mburo National Park, Kabwoya wildlife reserve.
  • Forest walk to the Batwa communities – Batwa Pygmies are known to be the keepers of the forest.
  • Nile River rafting, Canoe safaris among others.

Looking for a Uganda Rwanda Safari? There are lots of great offers available from different tour operators. Check out our comprehensive list of the green tour operators who conduct carefully created responsible tours in East Africa.

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Kwita Izina: The Gorilla Naming Ceremony in Rwanda

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The gorilla naming ceremony is one of the biggest events on the Rwanda tourism calendar. Held in September every year, this ceremony enables each...
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Endangered Species: Green Sea Turtle Facts

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Green Sea turtles, classified under the class Reptilian, are the creatures that evolved on land but later migrated to sea. As this species originated...