Must Do Tour Activities in Virunga National Park

Tourist Activities Within Virunga National Park Congo

When you mention Virunga National Park, many people will associate it with a place where Park rangers are always killed by poachers or rebels but what most people don’t know about it is the fact that it is one of the most biologically diverse Conservation Areas not only in Africa but in the whole World. You will be surprised that more than half of all of the biodiversity in Sub-Saharan Africa is found within this National Park much as it is also undeniable that it is also severely threatened by armed conflicts.

Established as Africa’s first National Park in 1925, it was originally known as Albert National Park and became a UNSECO World Heritage Site in 1979. Virunga National Park currently covers an area of 7800 square kilometers (780,000 hectares/3000 square miles) from the Virunga Mountains in the south to the extreme Rwenzori Mountains in the North but also borders Protected Areas of other countries like Queen Elizabeth and Rwenzori Mountains National Parks in Uganda and the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda.

Virunga’s exceptional biodiversity include several unique mammals especially the critically endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes, forest elephants and many others as well as bird species to look out for. On top of the flora and fauna, the site is also home to a number of Virunga Volcanoes including Nyamulagira, Karisimbi, Mikeno, Sabinyo and Nyiragongo, The Presence of the extraordinary wildlife and bird species as well as Virunga Volcanoes have made it possible for tourists to enjoy several activities that include;

  • Tracking The Mountain gorillas

It is obvious that mountain gorilla trekking is the main tourist activity undertaken by tourists who visit Virunga National Park. There are so far 6 habituated gorilla families (including Kabirizi, Lulengo, Rugendo, Mapuwa, Munyaga and Humba) within this immense park available for trekking thus over 48 gorilla permits are available daily for tourists. It should be remembered that Virunga National Park is one of the four Parks in the whole World where this activity can be enjoyed. Other gorilla safari destinations in Africa include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, as well as the magnificent Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

  • Climbing/Hiking Mount Nyiragongo

Mount Nyiragongo is one of the active Volcanoes in Africa (having erupted more than 34 times with the recent ones being in 2002 when the Lava Lake drained and flowed to the surrounding communities) with a vast Lava Lake in the while World and tourists to Virunga National Park can not only see the wildlife species but also climb to the summits to enjoy its beautiful views. Mount Nyiragongo trekking is one of the most popular tourist activities to DR Congo Visitors and requires 2 days and 1 night at  the summit. Virunga management can pick you from Goma town hotel or Goma boarder to the trekking start point, and can arrange everything required to trekking Nyiragongo.

  • Bird watching

Did you know that Virunga National park is actually a home to over 780 species of birds? You will be mesmerized by the sights and sounds of the beautiful bird species when you rise up early in the morning at 5:00am. Some of the notable species not to miss in the Park include the Narrow-tailed Starling, African green broad bill, Yellow-billed Barbet, yellow crested helmet-shrike, Grey-throated Barbet, Congo peafowl, Madagascar Bee-eater and the Double-toothed Barbet among others.

  • Landscape Viewing

With its magnificent montane landscape and phenomenal vegetation, Virunga National Park can be visited for landscape viewing and photography. Notable spot for this activity include the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, the eroded valleys of Sinda and Ishango regions, the Virunga Volcanoes and the Afro-Alpine vegetation of tree ferns and the thick forests. All these outstanding views offer tourists with breathtaking experiences since they don’t need to go to places physically but instead enjoy them from specific places in Virunga National Park.

  • Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Much as this activity is not widely done as it is within Uganda’s Kibale National Park, it is an extremely interesting tourist activity within this National Park and was started in 1987 by a Zoologist named Frankfurt. This is where Chimpanzees are made familiar to the presence of humans and several tourists flock into the Park for this interesting experience.

Uganda recently introduced gorilla habituation experience in southern Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where each permit currently costs US$1500. This allows a maximum of 4 hour’s experience with the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat!

  • Nature/Forest walks

This National Park is comprised of a vast Tropical rain forest with thick vegetation that offers shelter to several wildlife species such as chimpanzees, Hippos, monkeys, forest buffaloes, forest elephants, leopards and giraffes that can be encountered by tourists during forest walks. There are different nature walk trails that tourists follow and they lead to different places in the Park.

From the discussion above, it is clear that Virunga National Park is a must visit while on a tour through Africa! For security purposes, you are advised to book your safari in DR Congo through local tour operators and you must first inquire about the political situation at that time. If you are planning a safari in neighboring countries like Ruanda and Uganda, you can add a few days in DR Congo’s Virunga massif for gorilla tracking, chimps habituation, excellent birding, forest walks and Nyiragongo mountain trekking among others.

Upemba National Park Congo

Situated within the Katanga Province of south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is the Upemba National Park, one of the best destinations for wildlife watching and birding within this secluded Central African country. It was established on 15th May 1939 covering over 17,730 square kilometers (6850 square miles) making it the largest Park in the African Continent but by 1975, it was reduced to its current size of 11,730 square kilometers (4530 square miles).

This Park is made up of different bio-regions that include the savannah plateau (ranging from 1400 to 1800 meters above sea level) with rocky outcrops separating the tributary of River Lufira that drops down into the Kamalando depression and from there into the marshlands and Lakes of the lush Upemba wetlands. The North-eastern section of the Park is characterized by mainly the Kibara Plateau with its wooded foothills and high altitude savannah plateau while the center is made up of the Lufira basin from Kiobo waterfalls to the marshes at the edge of the Lake and the south is dominated by a straight and long grassy plateau from Kayo to Lufira.

Vegetation and attractions within Upemba National Park

The Park landscape is characterized by Afro-montane grasslands and Forests at the areas of high elevations within the Kibara Mountains, Miombo woodlands, Tropical rainforests as well as the wetlands, marshlands, riparian zones and streams at the lower altitudes. The system of wetlands, lakes, swamps and rivers offer habitat to a wide range of fish species including the Cichlidae, Cyprinidae, Barbus, Mormyridae and Alestidae among others.

While here, you will see small herds of Zebras, Upemba lions, troops of baboons, isolated pairs of oribis, buffaloes, elephants and many others. There are also several Amphibian species with the common one being the Schmidt’s snouted frogs as well as avifauna especially shoebill stork, Chestnut owlet, Angola Lark, Sparrow weavers, Honey guide greenbul,  spotted ground-thrush, Barbets, grey crowned cranes, Seed-eaters, Cisticola, Miombo rock thrush, Racket-tailed rollers, and the wattled cranes among others.

Therefore, activities such as bird watching, fishing (within any of the ten large fishing Lakes), nature walks, game viewing and cultural visits allow tourists to explore all or some of the attractions found within the National Park.

When to Visit Upemba National Park

There is no specific time to visit Upemba National Park because it is an all-year destination. Its location within the Itombwe Plateau makes it one of the best destinations to be explored for wildlife safaris. However, few tourists visit during the rainy season (with an average rainfall of 1200 millimeters of rainfall) from February to March (long and heavy rains) because it brings floods to the Park hence creating temporary wetlands and permanent water ponds/points overflow.

Where to Stay within Upemba National Park

Considering the fact that Upemba National Park is found within Katanga Province (with the Capital being Lubumbashi), there are a number of accommodation facilities (inform of Holiday Inns, Safari Lodges, Campsites and Hotels) within the City and undeniably near the Park.

How to Get to Upemba National Park

The Park is found within Katanga Province, at approximately 400 kilometers from the Zambia and Angola borders and can be reached by both air (flights to Lubumbashi International Airport) and road transport.

However just like most National Parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Upemba National Park has suffered from considerable attacks from local rebel groups and poachers with the notable ones being on 28th May 2004 when the Park Headquarters within Lusinga were attacked and burnt down by MaiMai Militia whereby many rangers and their family members were killed while others were taken hostage.

Bisanadi National Reserve, Kenya Wildlife Safari

Many travelers are familiar with Masai Mara, Buffalo Springs, Shimba Hills and Samburu National Reserves but few know or visit Bisanadi National Reserve, hence the reason it still maintains its authentic appearance and numerous wildlife species.  It is found in Isiolo County within the Meru Conservation Area near Meru National Park (found at the northern edge of the Reserve) yet receives fewer tourists compared to the latter. Other Protected Areas that lie within the Meru Conservation Area include Mwingi National Reserve and Kora National Park.

Bisanadi National Reserve covers an area of 606 square kilometers (234 square miles/60600 hectares) comprising of mainly savannah grasslands, combretum thickets, riverine wetlands with sedge and forests on the banks of River Tana.

Once you discover the interesting attractions Bisanadi National Reserve offers, you will regret not visiting it during your Kenyan safari. Also regarded as a dispersal area for other National Parks especially Meru National Park within the Conservation areas, Bisanadi is a haven to a wide range of wildlife species such as wildebeests, impalas, white rhinos, giraffes, Lions, cheetahs, elands, hartebeests, African buffaloes and African elephants among others as well as more than 400 species of birds including sunbirds, malachite kingfishers, African fish eagles, Pied Kingfishers and others.

Other phenomenal places to explore within this Game Reserve include the beautiful Adamson Falls in Meru National Park, Rivers Tana and Rojewero that are ideal for fishing adventures, boat rides and many others.

CLIMATE OF BISANADI NATIONAL RESERVE AND THE BEST TIME TO VISIT

Bisanadi National Reserve is dry and warm all year round with two rainy seasons-short rains from November to October and long rains from March to May while the dry season is from December to March and June to September with average temperature being 25 Celsius degrees during the day and generally cool temperatures at night.

PERFECT TIME TO VISIT BISANADI NATIONAL RESERVE

The dry months of June to September as well as December to March. However, visitors can explore this part of Kenya all year round.

ACTIVITIES WITHIN BISANADI NATIONAL RESERVE

Safaris to this part of Kenya allow tourists to enjoy;

Wildlife viewing

With a place gifted with several game species such as elephants, rhinos, leopards, hartebeests, lions, giraffes, cheetahs and impalas, African buffaloes, wildlife viewing is therefore the number one activity for every tourist to Bisanadi National Reserve.

Boat rides

Boat rides are conducted within Rojewero and Tana Rivers offering tourists with the chance of spotting several aquatic species of birds.

Fishing

Trout fishing tours/adventures are mainly conducted within Tana and Rojewero Rivers.

Cultural tours of the Meru and Boran tribes

These tribes have their boundaries and live in communities marked by Bisanadi Reserve and tourists can enjoy cultural tours to learn more about their lifestyles and unique culture and traditions.

Bird watching

The Banks River Tana are one of the important bird spots in the National Reserve with numerous aquatic bird species. With over 40o species of birds including malachite kingfishers, African fish eagles, Pied Kingfishers and many others, the area shouldn’t miss on your itinerary.

HOW TO GET TO BISANADI NATIONAL RESERVE

With chartered flights from Korbessa airstrips to Meru National Park, tourists can be able to connect to Bisanadi National Reserve but also by road, this site can be accessed using 4WD Vehicles to enter the Park via Murera gate of Meru National Park.

ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES WITHIN BISANADI NATIONAL RESERVE

There are unfortunately no places of stay within this National Reserve but many options of comfortable overnights and dinner are found within the nearby Meru National Park like Leopard Rock as well as within Samburu and Shaba National Reserves.

 

Best Things To Do In Mount Elgon And Sipi Falls

While Uganda adventures mainly depend on mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest and Mgahinga National park, chimpanzee adventures and other wildlife, if you are planning your trip to this remarkable country, expect a lot more for you to make their dreams come true in Africa. If you are looking for the most outstanding African adventures then Mount Elgon and Sipi waterfalls are a few most exceptional tourist sites that you should consider in your travel plan. A trip to these remarkable destinations is one way for you to get out of the noisy Kampala capital city. Mount Elgon featured among Africa’s towering mountain range but given volcanic effects that occurred many years ago, its height reduced. It stands at altitude 4321 meters above sea level. This remarkable mountain today features the world’s biggest intact mountain caldera. It features as the 4th tallest mountain in East Africa

For adventure enthusiasts on Uganda safari, this is the best spot for you to get thrilled by the most exceptional mountaineering adventures of lifetime. It features among the very few easier mountains to climb even when you are not skilled enough and this means that even an average climber can realize his or her dreams. If you are a hiker, there is no need for you to be worried about hiking adventures given that Mount Elgon doesn’t require one to be experienced. Within this volcano, there are experienced guides and porters to take you through your adventure in and around this incredible mountain.

While you are on safari to Mount Elgon, expect to catch a glimpse at its incredible vegetation cover especially as you climb to the top. Around Mount Elgon’s foothills, you come across thick forests and given that the area experiences heavy amount of rainfall the tree species are in most cases covered by lichen, vine like lianas and epiphytes and the forest floor seemingly looks to be carpeted with ferns and flowering plants like wild orchids. About 2000 meters, bamboo forest thrives and as you climb you will find vast woodland and giant heathers come with incredible grass and flowers. Afro montane zone also comes with its unique lobelias and groundsel. Mount Elgon offers the most exhilarating mountaineering adventures.

As you get down Mount Elgon base, you will come across the most powerful and spectacular Sipi falls which feature among the few most remarkable tourist attractions that Eastern Uganda offers to the world travelers.

Spending your vacation around Mount Elgon National Park rewards you with not only climbing adventures but also exceptional wildlife encounters, birdlife, nature walks, cave exploration and cultural experiences of Bamasaba people who call this area their home. Alternatively, you can also engage in mountain biking. Travelers can pay a visit to forest exploration center and several trails that are found around the baseline of Mount Elgon. The forest center lies next to Sipi town and first acted as educational center and later it turned to be a trail head for travelers who come for mountaineering in the park.

The site is the best for one to kick start cave exploration and it comes with incredible waterfalls, valleys and escarpments. For bird lovers, this is the best area for you to spot out unique birds like Hartlaub’s Turaco; Eastern Bronze napped pigeon, Lemon Dove, African hill babbler, black throated wattle eye, thick billed honey guide, mountain yellow warbler, Grey cuckoo shrike, Alpine chat, Dusky Turtle Dove and many more.

You will find several trails for visitors who love nature walks. You can embark on a half day nature walk with a tour guide from Uganda Wildlife Authority and spot out most of the park’s incredible floral and faunal species as well as explore more about the Sipi falls. The waterfalls come with its unique sceneries and amazing roar. A visit to Sipi falls will amaze you with its outstanding aerial views. For unforgettable adventures in Mount Elgon and Sipi falls, you will need to come along with good hiking books but should be light weight and waterproof, jeans, long sleeved shirts/t-shirt, light rain jacket, bottle water, wide brimmed hat, back pack, packed lunch and many more.

Other things to do in Mount Elgon and Sipi fall Area include rock climbing which takes you through the park and the Sipi falls. This adventure is safe and it is mainly guided and supervised and it can equally be enjoyed by visitors on safari to Murchison Falls National Park, Sipi Falls, Kidepo Valley National Park and many more.

Trout fishing

Mount Elgon and Sipi falls feature as the only area in the pearl of Africa where visitors can catch Mountain Trout. This is conducted in the Sipi falls on River Sipi. This adventure is a catch and release experience.

Cultural experiences

You can also explore Abayudaya Jews of Uganda while on safari to Mount Elgon and Sipi Falls. This community has thrived in the area for over 100 years. There is also Budadiri community walk and Imbalu circumcision.

In conclusion, Mount Elgon and the Sipi falls feature among the very few amazing tourist sites that are worth visiting while on safari to Eastern side of Uganda. Besides hiking adventures, this features numerous tourist activities that are worth adding in bucket list.

Kerio Valley National Reserve

Established in 1983, Kerio Valley National Reserve is situated within the Kerio Valley, Kenya a branch of the Mighty Rift Valley. It covers an area of about 66 square kilometers and it is run by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). The Kerio Valley is situated between the stunning Cherangani and Elgeyo hills. The Elgeyo escarpment stands at altitude of about 1830 meters and the valley at 1200 meters. It features mostly the semi tropical vegetation on the slopes while the floor of the valley consists of dry thorn bush. Kerio Valley in Kenya is situated in Iten, about 30 kilometers away from Eldoret town about six hours’ drive from Nairobi. This valley is 80 kilometers wide and 10 kilometers wide at its broadest. Kerio Valley National Reserve is located in west of the crocodile infested Kerio River in Kenya. It features variety of bird species and amazing sceneries. Its establishment led to increase in the number of wildlife species especially elephants, leopards, buffaloes, bush bucks, lion, rhinos, waterbucks, warthogs and many more. The best time of the year is from July to August when the area is dry and temperatures are not that much.

Kerio Valley National Reserve is a natural wonder of its own and most visitors who pay a visit to the Great Rift Valley find themselves in exploring this area. It provides remarkable views of the Kerio Valley. While on safari to this reserve, you will also have opportunity to catch the view of the Torok Falls and Chebloch gorge. Visitors also have a chance to experience the elephant migration through the Rimoi Reserve. For a few of you who will be lucky and keen enough, you will be amazed by this lifetime experience. There is a museum next to Kerio Valley National Reserve in Eldoret which refuges most of the artifacts and other cultural exhibits. This museum in Eldoret is situated on the steep drop from where you can easily view the mighty rift valley and Lake Baringo. This reserve is credited for its incredible landscape and culture.

How to get to Kerio Valley National Reserve

There is a nearby airport at Eldoret which connects up to Nairobi. The other alternative is by using bus from Nairobi where you will spend about 4 hours to Eldoret. From Eldoret you can get a taxi for to drive off for yet another 50 kilometers.

Best time to visit Kerio Valley National Reserve

Like most protected areas, Kerio Valley National Reserve is an all year round safari destination. However, this reserve can be visited from December to February. During this period, most parts of the reserve remain dry making it an ideal season for visitors to engage in most of the safaris.

Where to stay in Kerio Valley National Reserve

The perfect areas for your stay at Kerio Valley National Reserve include the Kerio View Hotel however; you are encouraged to make your booking as early as possible at least from January or February. There are basic accommodation options around Iten one of which includes the high altitude training center. Other accommodation options include Sega Safari Lodge. This lodge is located within the depths of the mighty rift valley about 320 kilometers from Nairobi in the beautiful Kerio Valley, just next to Rimoi Game Reserve and 32 kilometers from Kabarnet and 76 kilometers along Eldoret-Nyaru road through Fluor spar. It provides the most tranquil atmosphere for a few of you who wish to get out of the noisy urban centers.

Lastly, Kerio Valley National Reserve is equally an amazing safari destination in Kenya that shouldn’t miss out in your bucket list. It is famous for its birdlife, cultural experiences and mammal species.

Explore The Lutembe Bay Wetland

When Lutembe Bay wetland is mentioned, what comes in the minds of any regular tourist to Uganda is bird watching because this site is a real Paradise when it comes to bird species.

Extending for only 3.1 square miles (8 square kilometers/800 hectares), this Important Bird Area and Ramsar wetland of International Importance (since 2006) is found on the Northern shores of Lake Victoria, the Africa’s largest Lake by area and World’s largest Tropical Lake.

If you ever visit Uganda and wish to participate in birding, the Lutembe Bay wetland (one of the 33 Important Birding Areas in Uganda) should not miss on your Itinerary because as rare as it seems, it is popular for offering shelter to over 200 species of birds including 26 migrants, making it the main migration stop for many Palearctic migrants from North Africa, Russia, Scandinavia as well as the main land of Europe and these birds include more than 1.5 million (52%) white-winged terns encountered during birding tours in Uganda, gull-billed terns, black-headed gulls, Holub’s golden weaver as well as several Grey-headed Gulls. Majority of the Migratory species of birds normally begin arriving within the Lutembe Bay wetland in the rainy season especially September to November and leave in the middle of February of early March.

Other bird species of interest found within the area include the African green Pigeon, Great knot, Sooty Chat, Hottentot Teal, Brown-backed scrub robins, Tropical Boubou, Broad-billed Sandpiper, African pygmy kingfishers, Whiskered Terns, the Caspian Tern, road-billed rollers, Lead-colored flycatcher and Temminck’s Stint among others. Additionally, there are also about 7 globally threatened species of birds like the Pallid Harrier (Circus macrouros), African skimmer (Rhynchops flavirostris), Papyrus Yellow warbler (Chloropeta gracilirostris), the Madagascar Squacco Heron (Ardeola idea), the Shoebill stork (Balaeniceps rex), Papyrus Gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri) and the Great Snipe.

This wetland is part of the extensive Murchison bay that is known for abundant counts of flora and fauna species but this area offers materials for building as well as craft products to the local community members, fresh drinking water, fish, energy products and medicine among others. It is also a wonderful breeding ground for several fish species and several species can be found in the wetland. For instance, the endangered Cichlid fish, Clarius fish and Lung Fish are found within this wetland area.

This site is also a haven to a wide range of butterfly species (over 100 species have been recorded) including three extraordinary species that are not found in any other Important Bird Area of Uganda and they include Cacyreus virilis, Acraea Pharsalus and Belenois solilucis thus making it an ideal butterfly watching destination in Uganda.

Lutembe Bay wetland is also a haven to the rare Sitatunga antelopes, Otters (especially the African-Clawless otter and African spot-necked otters), Rodents and Shrews. Therefore, bird watching, nature walks and butterfly watching are some of the important tourist activities that can be enjoyed within this endowed tourist destination. This site is close to Kampala City and Entebbe International Airport hence making it easier accessible by tourists on Uganda tours.

Besides being a home to the wildlife, birds and butterflies, Lutembe Bay wetland naturally plays a role of filtering water that goes through it. Normally, it filters things like sediments, silt and excess nutrients in the running water as well as the dirty wastewater that comes from the nearby factories in addition to the sewage from all over Kampala.

List Important Bird Areas in Uganda

1) Echuya Forest Reserve
2) Mgahinga Gorilla national park
3) Bwindi Impenetrable national park
4) Nyamuriro Swamp
5) Queen Elizabeth National Park
6) Rwenzori Mountains National Park
7) Semliki Reserves
8) Lake Mburo National Park
9) Semliki National park
10) Kibale National Park
11) Kyambura wildlife reserve
12) Sango Bay Area
13) Mabira Forest
14) Bugoma Forest Reserve
15) Nabajjuzi wetland
16) Kidepo valley National Park
17) Kasyoha – Kitomi Forest reserve
18) Mount Moroto forest reserve
19) Lake Bisina
20) Mount Elgon National Park
21) Lake Opeta
22) Lake Nakuwa
23) Mount Otzi Forest Reserve
24) Doho Rice scheme
25) Mount Kei Forest reserve
26) Murchison Falls National Park
27) Lutembe Bay
28) Ajai wildlife reserve
29) Budongo Forest Reserve
30) Musambwa Island
31) Mabamba Bay
32) Lutoboka Paint
33) Nabugabo Wetland

Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru Caves

Situated in Fort Portal-Toro Kingdom western Uganda, Amabere Caves and Fort Portal Crater Lake fields feature among the most incredible tourist attractions that are worth exploring while on cultural safari in Uganda. Amabere G’Nyinamwiru caves come with the old breast like features which also have cultural and geographical attachment depending which direction you will view them.

The word Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru traditionally denotes breasts of Nyinamwiru-the breasts of the legendary daughter of the self enthroned king of the Bachwezi (King Bukuku) who succeeded the throne after the disappearance of Ishaza to underground world while following the beautiful cows which were sent as traps by Nyamiyonga the king of underground.

Bukuku was previously a gate keeper and who was left as the care taker of the palace at a time Ishaza succeeded as he delayed and a fact that he knew that he wasn’t from the royal lineage and hence not supposed to take over any kingship, he became suspicious and he knew that at one point he would be overthrown.

The fortune tellers foretold him that he would be overthrown by his own grand child whom his daughter Nyinamwiru gave birth to. Due to this, he became bitter with his daughter and decided to remove one eye in that men couldn’t get attracted to her.

He also constructed a strong enclosure whose only entrance was via the house of Bukuku and this meant that no one could pass via his house to access the enclosure where Nyinamwiru was put. However, regardless of all the efforts invested, the son of Ishaza called Isimbwa came back from the foreign land where his father had disappeared from and fell in love and hence lived there to abandon his Kingship.

Isimbwa later came while looking for his father’s kingship and later arrived at the palace. He was informed about Bukuku daughter and together with his aide; they constructed a long ladder that they used to climbing over the enclosure of Nyinamwiru.

He later got into the enclosure, slept with Nyinamwiru for some days and later left her when she was pregnant. She gave birth to Ndahura although her father vowed not to allow the child to live. After some time to let the child to have milk teeth as it was abominable to kill a child who hasn’t yet grown teeth, he was put on the banks of the nearby stream to roll himself into it though fortunately the child was saved by the local porter known Rubimbwa who took care of the abandoned child up to the time when he became old and led the death of his grandfather Bukuku which made him regain his ancestral drum. Ndahura established a strong Chwezi empire which covered larger areas of the Great Lakes Africa whose archeological remains are best explored by travelers till now while on safari in Uganda.

Locals were also allowed to explore more about the Nyinamwiru’s breast like features with its milky substance dripping as she didn’t have any baby to breastfeed. This cultural treasure comes with rich history that is worth adding in your bucket list.

Geographically, Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru feature among the most remarkable natural wonders that come with stalagmites and stalactites as well as calcium carbonate dripping on the ground to make the breast like pillars that most locals regard as breasts. Apart from Amabere caves, you can as well, pay a visit to the popular Fort Portal Crater Lake field that features numerous Crater hollows most of which are covered by water to make up the Crater Lakes like Lake Bikere, Kigere and Saaka that also come with stunning sceneries. While at this area, never miss to pay a visit to the Kyegangwa hill that offers exceptional panoramic views of the Lakes and the empty hollows in and around the area as well as the legendary mountains of the moon.

For the most enjoyable hiking safaris to these caves, you will need to have long trousers, better hiking boots, long sleeved shirts/T-shirt, rain jacket, backpack, bottled water, hat, snacks and many others. The Amabere caves are situated about seven kilometers off Fort Portal town next to Kibale Forest National Park.

In conclusion, Amabere caves feature among the very few most culturally endowed sites in Uganda for visitors to explore a lot about the local cultures and legends and pay a visit to its magnificent crater Lakes. For visitors on primate safaris to Kibale Forest National Park, Amabere caves should be a must to include in your travel itinerary.

Things to Do in Kigali City – Rwanda

Kigali capital city tours offer an in depth exploration of Kigali, its history, current state and undertaking a city tour to this magnificent city rewards you with lifetime experiences. Not only is this city endowed with its moderate climate that runs throughout the year, but also it is Rwanda’s most vibrant commercial center. This city straddles with Mount Kigali which features as the tallest mountain in the area at altitude of 1850 meters.

It is also credited for its remarkable nightlife which comes with beautiful lights that glimmer over country’s rolling hills. The beauty of Kigali is breathtaking, as it is very calm and clean featuring thousands of hills, winding boulevards and stunning flowering trees. It also features as Rwanda’s transport network hub given its developed transport system that is estimated to take a visitor about quarter an hour while on express bus routes to the main towns in Rwanda and the international airports like Kigali International Airport.

Kigali is separated into three districts of Gasabo, Nyarugenge and Kicukiro and it features about a million people. Kigali city tour begins as a historic trip with guided tours via the initial modern building where it was established up to the fast developing neighborhoods that are ever changing the look of the city. Incredibly, Kigali is undeniably one of the cleanest and safest cities that Africa offers to the world’s travelers and investors. And because of this, tourists on overland safari in Africa prefer having a break in Kigali before continuing with their safari to the Northern or Southern Africa.

As a capital city, Kigali was founded in 1907 as a small colonial out post by Dr Richard Kandt who was the very first resident German colonialist in Rwanda. He mainly stayed around the base of Mount Jali and Kigali in the heart of the city and currently this place was changed into a natural historical museum in remembrance of his amazing work and for city tours, it acts as a main stopover.

While on your tours, you will explore most of the ancient commercial quarters, residential and business areas in Kigali, historical sites that were founded in remembrance of the 1994 terrific Rwanda genocide, the Kigali genocide memorial site, pay a visit to camp Kigali memorial that features ten stone columns which mark the spots where the 10 Belgian peace keepers were murdered on the first day of the genocide and Nyanza genocide memorial site in Kicukiro which features 4mass graves with several wooden crosses where over 5000 remains of the Tutsis people who gathered here for safety, guided safari to the Gisozi genocide memorial site, exploring most of the neighborhoods and local tourist attractions within the city center and many more.

Besides, you will also have a chance to explore most of Kigali’s bars, coffee shops, local and international restaurants that provide Chinese, Italian, Thai, Greek, North African and East African cuisines. Resto bars feature among the most favorites for most of the travelers on safari in Kigali as most of them are attracted to delicious meals and nice music as well as drinks and sound nightlife that reward visitors with lifetime experiences. You can also pay a visit to Kigali’s tallest office and retail building in Rwanda famously called Kigali city tower that was set up by Rwandan businessman known as Hatari Sekoko and later it was opened around 2011.

The notable tourist activities to participate while in Kigali include Kigali city tours, horseback riding, city walks and cultural encounters; visit the markets, shopping and many others.

For visitor stay, there are several accommodation facilities for you to choose ranging from luxury to budget and notable international hotels like Umubano Kigali Hotel, Hotel des Mille Collines, Kigali Serena Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Apartments like St Augustine Apartment, guest houses such as Yambi guesthouse and many more.

In conclusion, Kigali city tour is remarkable on its own way. For visitors on Rwanda safari a city tour in Kigali should be a must to do for you to explore in depth what this magnificent city offers to the world.

Tips for Planning a Family Trip in Uganda

Family trips in Uganda have become the most sought after experience today. It is one way of enjoying your outdoor activities with your dear ones and children. Most visitors tend to opt for solo travel or simply go when they are two as a couple. Taking a family vacation binds you and your family members.

Uganda is the best and perfect area for you to travel to with your family. There is a lot more to enjoy including the vast savanna national parks which inhabit a number of wildlife species amazing rolling hills, mountains especially the snow capped Rwenzori Mountain ranges, people and culture and many more. Not to forget adrenaline adventures in Jinja especially the zip lining, quad biking, white water rafting, Nile jet, horse back riding, bungee jumping and many others. To have the most successful family trip in Uganda is challenging. But below are some of the tips to guide you through the entire planning process for your family trip in Uganda.

Base on the experience guide and prominent tour company

If you are looking for the trusted and reliable tour companies in Uganda, simply contact the agency offices and you will make your dreams to come true in Africa. They must be registered with the Ministry of tourism and heritage as well as full members of Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Make sure that the tour company you choose has experienced guides to offer you that long awaited experience of lifetime. They must be well versed with the rules of the national parks and they are able to explain in details about various wildlife species while on game drive in any of the savanna protected areas.

Check out the beauty of the safari car

Family Safari Vehicle

Getting on a family trip in Uganda goes beyond the large number of travelers. The happiness is based on who plans it. This means that you need to hire a 4×4 safari car that is comfortable for your family members while on a road trip in Uganda. We have a wide range of safari cars for you to select including Safari Land Cruisers, Safari Vans, Nissan Patrol and many more. Book a car depending on the size of travelers and which one makes you comfortable. For instance, if you have game drives in your safari, then you need a safari car with pop-up roof for excellent game viewing and photographing and this must be a 4×4 car because the roads to parks are not in good condition.

Choose the area you want to visit

Choosing the best site for your trip depends on what other members of the family are interested in. In case you are taking a trip with children 12 years and they are more than the adults, traveling for primate experience may not be allowed. You have to be keen and choose areas that cover all interests of travelers.

Plan in advance

Given the fact that your interest lies in family trips, planning should be conducted as early as possible. You need to make sure that each person on the trip qualifies for the trip in the destination. Check through the travel documents and find out the details of their validity. This also allows you have proper calculated.

Get to know weather condition

Google search and find out the state of weather in Uganda before traveling. At times rainy season is not that convenient for one to navigate especially for the muddy roads where most of the tourist attractions in Uganda are located. Contact a local car rental agency or tour operator and find out the suitable season of the year to plan your safari. Uganda’s tourism is largely conducted around the dry season which is the best time to go primate and game drive safaris in tropical rain forests and savanna grasslands respectively.

Following the above tips, to your family trip in Uganda successful, you need to consider various tips to guide you some of which have been listed above. To rent a reliable, comfortable and perfect safari vehicle for family trips in Uganda, simply contact our head offices and we shall be of great help to you.

Benefits for Safari car Rental in Rwanda

With 4×4 Uganda Limited, visitors on African safaris have opportunity to explore in and around the country’s most incredible biodiversity, Lakes, Rivers, traditions and cultures, historical sites, genocide memorial sites, and many more. Prior planning your vacation, hiring one of our excellent 4×4 cars is remarkably the best way for you to discover what this country holds for the world. Rwanda is also famous as the Land of a Thousand Hills and while you are on your African vacation you will be able to catch a glimpse of its spectacular rolling hills.
Below are some of the benefits that you will get when you rent a car for your safari in Rwanda.

Opportunity to explore the natural wonders of Rwanda

Renting a car in Rwanda with 4×4 Uganda provide amazing opportunity for its visitors to explore what this country has in offer to the globe. Rwanda is famous for mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park which features as the leading adventure that you shouldn’t miss out to explore with one of our excellent car rentals that is in available for hire for you to achieve your dreams.

You can also have a chance to explore other protected areas like Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, Gishwati National Park and many more touristic sites including the Rwanda genocide memorial sites. Renting a 4×4 car with 4×4 Uganda assures you of amazing experiences and smooth navigation through the rough and the remotest areas where most of Rwanda’s tourist attractions are located. You have adequate time to effect payments. Interestingly, you can embark on self drive adventures or guided tours or even group safaris with your family, friends or crew members. When it comes to our car hire services, visitors are not restricted as they have freedom to enjoy all that they feel or their hearts desire.

Opportunity to enjoy total comfort

Our Rental cars offer travelers that total comfort that they have ever thought about in their lives. They come with air condition, comfortable seats; pop up roof, windows, FM Radio, MP3, USB and Aux, Mini-fridge,  and many more. For any road assistance, we are ever available 24/7.

Adventure new interesting areas

You can choose to use a self drive car especially a 4wd and you will have a chance to explore the hidden treasures that this country has in offer for the world travelers. Compared to guided safaris where a guide is in the lead to tourist sites, with self drive car services, you have a freedom and flexibility to enjoy most of the new attractions at your own pace.

For Safety

When it comes to safaris in Rwanda, all our car rentals can be tracked given that they are run by GPS system. If you take a wrong direction, your four wheel drive car hire will indicate to you as early as possible. And this reduces cases of clients falling in the hands of wrong people while looking direction.

In conclusion, acquiring a car rental for safari in Rwanda is incredibly one of the best ways in which you can comfortably explore what is in and around the destination at your own pace. If you are planning to travel to Rwanda, do not miss to set off for self drive safari to most of its stunning protected areas as well as remarkable historical sites or you can choose to embark on city tour in Kigali and explore most of its attractions.

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