What to do in Paris this weekend? Couples, families or solo, I invite you to discover the greenhouses of Paris. At the heart of Garden plants, four large halls are home to a unique plant collection. It’s like, the time of a visit in the middle of the rainforest. A truly magical place that I highly recommend!
Already, the architecture alone is worth a look. Metal and glass, these greenhouses were built in the 1830s, at a time when metal architecture takes off. In Paris, it is in this first half of the nineteenth century that also builds the bridge of the arts, the Sainte-Geneviève library or the Halles Baltard. These new greenhouses (the largest in the world then) replace older buildings. In the eighteenth century, it was the royal greenhouses where the plants were kept as naturalists brought back from their travels around the world.
You will always impressed by the green tropical forest canopy and 15 meters high. The atmosphere is warm and wet from bananas, cocoa and palm trees. We are in full jungle! Then change of scenery with amazing green deserts. Very interesting to see the wiles of some species to protect against drought.
Gorilla tracking is being promoted among all these three countries where gorillas are tracked year in year out. Gorilla trekking become popular in Congo by the late 1960s and by 1978 gorilla tourism was also being promoted in Rwanda with wonderful results on the local economy and by 1980s gorilla tourism become an important source of revenue for Rwanda and gorilla become a symbol of national pride. In 1990s Uganda became the leading popular country for encountering gorillas due to political instabilities countered the neighboring countries that are Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorilla tourism today stands at a turning point especially in Uganda and Rwanda.
On The Trek in Search for Mountain Gorillas
All the three countries where the remaining gorillas live have a history of instability that makes it herd for international conservation organizations to operate with any certainty. However the international gorilla conservation programme (IGCP) and the Dian Fossy Gorilla foundation (DFGF) have tried to promote sustainable agricultural and tourism practices and encourage the active participation of local communities in conservation and this has played a large part in ensuring the gorilla survival during unstable times.
Uganda and Rwanda are ensured safe countries for gorilla tracking, stability is now paramount and gorillas can be tracked at any time depending on the traveler’s interest and time of traveling. Gorilla permits are at a very high demand in both countries and they are issued on first come first served basis so it’s advised to book your permit in advance at least 2-4 month prior to your safari. Gorilla permits in Uganda are issued at a price of US$600 per person per tracking in both Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park and in Rwanda, gorilla permits are issued at a price of US$ 750 per person per tracking.. The rates are for foreign non residents. There is a discount for East African Residents and foreigners leaving in East Africa with work permits.
Tracking begins early in the morning after reporting at the park headquarters for a short briefing about gorilla tracking and also assigned to the ranger guide to lead you to the jungle. Gorilla tracking in both countries is strictly one hour and you are not allowed to use a flash camera in taking photos as this may scare away these giants and they can also charge on you. Gorilla visit is now considered the major highlight of many travelers who make it to these countries and it is considered a breathtaking memorable activity that can’t be missed, In order to let the local communities save these creatures a fee is left to the local communities around the different National Parks where gorilla tourism takes place. In Uganda, mountain gorilla tracking takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National park. Rwanda gorilla tours on the other hand are conducted in the magnificent Volcanoes national park, that a French man calls “Parc National des Volcans”. However, gorilla tourism in Virunga National Park in DR Congo is currently hindered by political instabilities and the destination is considered NOT safe to travelers.
If you’ve not yet traveled the world there is some thing you’re missing. This time my parents took me for a real safari as they promised me. All along they’ve been taking me to zoos but this time round I got that chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat. I went on a safari with my parents and I do believe that this is the best vacation I have ever taken in my life time. Sure, I have a whole lifetime of vacations ahead of me but I cannot even imagine something comparing to the experiences I had on this one. We got a plane which took us to Entebbe international airport where I was surprised by the hospitable people right from the time we landed on the Ugandan soil up to the park. We latter received by our tour guide who welcomed us and briefed us a bout the whole safari, he latter transferred us to our accommodation which we booked for the night; we enjoyed both local and international food.
The following day we started the real safari when the guide took us to the southwestern part of the country to Queen Elizabeth national park with a fantastic view throughout. The park is gifted by a wide biodiversity of animal species ranging from the big five to small mammals have never seen in my life grazing just meters from me like the herds elephants, giant forest hog, buffaloes, warthogs, bush buck, lion, leopard and chimpanzee up close in thick forest, indeed this was a grate moment seeing all these species in their national environment in a tourist vehicle was a breathtaking moment in life I will never forget. We also went to Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda all I saw was just amazing.
The parks were so nice with a variety of wildlife. I never would have thought that I would get to see African wildlife so up close in a close distance. In fact it was thrilling and owe- inspiring to see the land and the animals that live there. I am a child and a teenager. Like other kids of my age I thought my summer would be wasted hanging around my parents in a foreign country. I figured I would make the best of the vacation, but my dad was right. This was simply spectacular! I had so much to tell my friends when I got back and there were no good words to truly describe the experiences I had in Africa. Certainly it will remain the best safari for ever I have to go back to Uganda safari vacation for more experience and this time I won’t miss out gorilla tracking.