Uganda Reopens Airport and Land Borders to Tourists

Uganda Reopens Airport and Land Borders to Tourists

Is Entebbe international airport open for international flights? YES, Uganda has reopened Entebbe airport and land borders for tourism after six months of closure in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly corona virus. All flights to and from Entebbe airport were shut since March except for evacuation and repatriation flights and cargo and so were all land borders to Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This has given hope for the re start of Uganda safaris which had been halted. The restriction on travels negatively affected many sectors especially the tours and travel industry, which mainly entails aviation. Fortunately, His Excellency the president of Uganda announced the good news of reopening on 20th September 2020 during this 20th address on covid19 pandemic. Flights are set to start effective 1st October 2020. In this speech, the president announced “The international airport and land borders will now be opened for tourists, coming in and going out, provided they tested negative 72 hours before arrival in Uganda”. However, this will be on condition that tourist and returning Uganda’s will not be mixed. For that case, travelers will be driven straight from Entebbe International Airport to their destinations or to the designated transit hotels. Travelers, who had therefore postponed their trios due to travel restrictions, are hereby called again to get ready, come and explore the Pearl of Africa.

Uganda reopens the airport

President Museveni giving a national adress

In the same way, Uganda’s citizens returning from abroad and tested negative for covid19 will be allowed to home directly without quarantine as previously. However, the ministry of health will get addresses for all returning citizens for follow up.

Any passenger arriving in Uganda MUST posses a negative Covid19 polymerize chain reaction (PCR) test from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin. In the same address, the president of Uganda lifted the lockdown in all border districts across the country, which had been restricted for close to 3 months. Ugandans are therefore now allowed to travel to all parts of the country without restrictions. However, all people are reminded to practice SOPs to fight the spread of the deadly virus.

Scheduled flights in Uganda
Are you ready to travel? The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority has already cleared 13 flights to and from Entebbe International Airport on 1st October 2020 while more 10 flights have already been confirmed for2nd October 2020. However, it is mandatory for everyone traveling out to have negative covid19 results done within 72 hours before the flight.

Operating Airlines in Uganda
The authorized airlines operating flights to and from Uganda include the Uganda Airlines (National carrier), Brussels Airlines, Kenya Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Fly Dubai, Air Tanzania, KLM, Tarco Aviation, Ethiopian Airlines, RwandaAir, and Qatar Airways. All these airlines are expected to resume flights effective 1st October.

Preventive measures of Cocid19
Even after testing negative for covid19, endeavor to follow the SOPs and apply preventative measures to prevent the risk of catching the virus. The preventative measures for corona virus include:
1. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and running water
2. Sanitize with alcohol based hand hub
3. Do not touch the eyes, nose and mouth
4. Keep a distance of at least 4 meters away from each other
5. Mask up your face when in public
6. Stay well when you feel unsafe
However, the best preventative measure of corona virus is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Top Travel experiences in Uganda
The fact that Uganda is now open for tourism, African Apes Holidays brings you a list of top travel experiences you must do on your new Uganda safari. The post covid19 top Uganda travel experiences include:
Mountain gorilla trekking

Uganda reopens for gorilla trekking

Mountain gorillas in Bwindi

Visiting to see the endangered mountain gorillas in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks is the number one travel experience in Uganda. Over 90% of travelers to Uganda choose to trek gorillas as their top bucket list given the magical feeling that comes with this encounter. The Pearl of Africa is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas, which make it a premier gorilla tour destination. 18 gorilla families hare habituated in Uganda guaranteeing travelers availability of 144 gorilla permits a everyday. The cost of Uganda gorilla safaris is $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents. Apparently, the initiation of Rwanda Uganda gorilla trekking has made it easier to do short Uganda gorilla treks including 1-Day Uganda gorilla tour starting and ending in Kigali Rwanda. Gorilla tours in Uganda are normally complemented by batwa cultural tours, bird watching and forest walks making the whole experience more enjoyable.

Chimpanzee trekking
Chimpanzee tracking ranks second to mountain gorillas on Uganda safaris. Visit Kibale Forest National Park, the primate capital of Africa and get chance to spend ample time with the famous chimpanzees in their natural habitats. A chimpanzee tour to Kibale Forest also offers you great chances of seeing other primates such as colubus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, black and white monkeys, red tailed monkeys and many more. Other places to see chimpanzees in Uganda include Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kalinzu Forest and Budongo Forest.

Game viewing

Uganda reopens for tourism

Giraffes in KVNP

Enjoy guided game drives in Uganda’s savannah parks for excellent game views. The best game viewing parks in Uganda are Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park. Morning and evening game drives are done giving you chance to interact with various wild animals in the wilderness. Expect to see numerous animals such as elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, giraffes, Zebras, Topis, Waterbucks, Hippos, and Bush pigs among others. Our experiences guides help you spot different animals.

Mountaineering/Volcano Climbing

Uganda Hiking tours

Snow capped Mt Rwenzori

Are you an adventurer? Be part of our mountain hiking experiences to the top of the snow capped Mount Rwenzori for a memorable experience. A 10 days Rwenzori hiking safari gives you chance to reach Magherita , the highest peak at the mountain. Other hiking experiences in Uganda include the Virunga Volcanoes (Mt Gahinga, Mount Muhabura and Mt Sabyinyo) in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Also, Mt Elgon offers best mountaineering experiences. Travelers coming for Uganda hiking tours are advised to do physical exercise to ensure fitness.
Other top things to see and do in Uganda include bird watching, city tours, white water rafting, Lion tracking, Boat cruising and community tours among others. A combination of these makes a complete Uganda safari package offering you a memorable experience.

Conclusively, the reopening of Entebbe International Airport and land borders for tourist into and out of Uganda is great news for tourism in the Pearl of Africa. Contact African Apes Holidays today, book your Uganda safari and enjoy the postcovid19 Uganda safari experiences at affordable rates.

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Activities For Children on a Gorilla Safari

Activities For Children on a Gorilla Safari

We all know that children below 15 years are not allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Which alternative activities that children can do while parents trek gorillas is one of the frequently asked questions by most travelers planning gorilla safaris in Africa. Are you planning a family trip and wondering which activities can your kids of below 15 years will do while you trek gorillas? No worries, African Apes Holidays offers you a list of suitable activities for children on a gorilla trip to make your safari fun for everyone. Gorilla trekking is the leading primate safari experience in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which bring the highest number of travelers from all over the world. Age restrictions is one of the major concerns in all gorilla national parks across Africa. The top activities for children on a gorilla safari include among others:

Nature/Forest walks
What to do with kids on a gorilla safariWhile parents trek into the jungle in search of the gentle giants, children can go for a guided nature /forest walk. In most cases, nature walks are done a short distance from the hotel and can last for up to two hours but at a relaxed speed. A nature walk is the best moment for children to pick up beautiful flowers, look up for birds in the trees and small forest animals especially monkeys. Walking on foot through the forest is the best way to explore and enjoy the quite natural en environment. Children will follow different trails to visit some tourism spots such as waterfalls, which make the whole experience more enjoyable.


Community visits

Activities for kids on a gorilla safariChildren are also taken to visit local communities neighboring gorilla national parks in Uganda and Rwanda. The most visited local villages are for batwa pygmies where kids are taught about the forest life of these Batwa people and how they lived harmoniously with wild animals for thousands of years. More so, local people who perform traditional dances, songs and skits introduce young kids to local community’s traditions, norms and customs, entertain children. Children are also guided to neighboring village schools where they get a chance to interact with fellow kids. Community visits also involve touring medical centers and other community projects. Kids are allowed to take part in some local activities such as grinding sorghum and peeling plus traditional dances, which make them, feel as part of the local community.
If you are doing a Rwanda gorilla safari in Volcanoes National Park, children can visit the Iby’iwacu community village to learn more about Rwanda’s traditions, norms and customs.

City tours
A city tour especially to the beautiful Kigali is a not miss for kids. While children are taken to various art galleries, local markets and shopping malls, which is an interesting, experience. The other interesting activities for kids in Rwanda include Heaven restaurant & inn Playground, City Arts classes, Pili Pili sandbox and pool, Fazenda Sengha Horse Farm, Spiderman Game Center, Playground at Mamba Club, Playground at La Palisse Hotel, Play Area at Bamboo Chinese, Pool at Umubano Hotel and Play area at Monaco Café. Parents are very assured that kids will have a good time on a gorilla tour to Africa.

Photography
What to do with kids on a safariKids are well versed with the camera can go for photography near the hotel as their parents trek the gorillas. Photography goes along with filming which is indeed an interesting activity.

What to pack for kids of an African safari
In order to ensure safety and comfort of children on your gorilla safari to Africa, parents are reminded to pack the following for the kids:
Snacks and drinks: Safaris to see gorillas normally take long hours before travelers come back. More so, parents go with packed lunch into the jungle. It’s therefore wise to pack enough snacks and drinks for the kids to keep them strong in absence of their parents

Playing toys
Endeavor to bring playing toys for your children. These will keep them busy throughout and kill the boredom. However, do not carry big heavy toys to reduce on the baggage.

First aid kit
Parents are also reminded to bring a first aid kit for safety in case of any accident. The fact that kids can at times be playful, sliding and falling on sharp objects is inevitable. A first aid kit is therefore a must have on an a gorilla safari in Africa.

Warm sweaters and jackets
Gorilla parks (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Volcanoes, Virunga and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks) are generally cold especially at night and in the morning hours. Travelers are therefore reminded to bring warm sweaters to save kids from cold nights.

In general, traveling with kids is undeniably an interesting experience you should try. African Apes Holidays offers you suitable activities for children while travelers trek gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Who Is Eligible to Trek Gorillas

Who Is Eligible to Trek Gorillas

Gorilla safaris in Africa are undeniably the most done travel experiences in the world. YES, over 50% of all travelers who visit Africa choose to do mountain gorilla trekking as their top bucket list. The magical feeling of being close to the giant silverback gorilla, observing the mother characters of adult female gorillas and how the entire gorilla family lives is a remarkable experience worth doing. However before making a gorilla booking, travelers are reminded that not everyone is allowed to see these endangered species! Who is allowed to visit and spend time with these endangered gorillas? African Apes Holidays gives you a detailed guide on whom persons are allowed to trek gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo without any restrictions. The eligibility of gorilla trekking entail:

Travelers aged above 15 years
Who is allowed to visit gorillasYES, any traveler below 15 years of sold is not allowed to participate in mountain gorilla trekking. The reason for age limit in gorilla safaris is due to the strenuous nature of hiking trails to see the gorillas, the long hours spent in the jungle and other risks involved in gorilla tracking. The other reason for age limit is due to the endangered nature of mountain gorillas. Young children may find it hard to adhere to the rules and regulations of gorilla trekking such as keeping a distance of seven meters away from gorillas and keeping calm during the gorilla encounter. While parents are trekking gorillas, children below 15 years are normally taken for a guided nature walk or a community tour in the neighboring local villages. However when a child is yet to celebrate his/her 15th birthday, the parents are asked to write and sign a consent letter to Uganda Wildlife Authority in Uganda or Rwanda Development Board in Rwanda. In this letter, the parents agree to take responsibility of any risk that may happen to the child.

Travelers with a valid permit
Every traveler visiting to see gorillas must have a valid gorilla permit. Also known as a gorilla pass, a mountain gorilla permit is a document, which allows a traveler to visit the gorillas. No traveler is allowed to see gorillas without a permit. Apparently, Rwanda offers luxury gorilla tours costing $1500 paid by each traveler. However in the corona virus period, Rwanda Development Board is offering discounted gorilla permits at $200 for foreign residents in Rwanda. On the other hand, a gorilla permit in Uganda costs $700 for foreign non residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African citizens. Gorilla permit booking is recommended at least 6 months in advance to ensure timely planning. You can book directly with UWA in Uganda or RDB in Rwanda. Alternatively, book through African Apes Holidays, the trusted gorilla safari company in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Travelers with no any sickness
Before making any trip, travelers are asked to check with medical doctors to confirm they have no sickness. During pre gorilla trekking briefing, travelers are asked to present medical certificates to the park officials. Any traveler with any signs of flue, cough or cold is not allowed to visit the gorillas. Mountain gorillas share over 99% of human genes, which make them susceptible to human diseases. In this period of Covid19, travelers are asked to present negative covid19 test results. During gorilla encounter, travelers are asked to wear masks, sanitize, wash hands with soap and running water and keep a distance of 10 meters away from gorillas.

Physically fit travelers
Who is eligible to trek gorillasBesides having a gorilla permit, travelers trekking to see mountain gorillas should be physically fit. Gorillas live high altitude areas, which require some physical fitness. Hiking up and down hill through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and other gorilla parks is not a walk away. At times, gorilla trekking take over 7 hours before meeting the gentle giants. Travelers who are therefore not physically fit find it hard to reach the gorillas. In order to ensure physical fitness, potential travelers are advised to do physical exercises such as jogging, walking, and hiking among others.

Conclusively, travelers aged 15 years and above are eligible to trek gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. For more travel advice and gorilla bookings, contact African Apes Holidays

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1 Day Mgahinga Gorilla Tour

Join our guided 1 Day Mgahinga Gorilla Tour with African Apes Holidays. Visit and spend ample time with the famous Nyakagyezi gorilla family, the one and only habituated gorilla group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Fly into Kigali Rwanda and trek gorillas in Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla Park). Travelers doing a one day Uganda gorilla trek to Mgahinga starting and ending in Kigali Rwanda involve departing from Kigali at 3:30am, driving for 5 hours to Kisoro via Cyanika border, the entry point to Uganda.
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Detailed itinerary

Wakeup very early, prepare and at 3:00am set off from Kigali and drive via Rwanda’s rolling hills and cross to Uganda. The drive time from Kigali to Mgahinga is roughly 5 hours. Report at Ntebeko visitor information centre for the pre gorilla trekking briefing and registration. At 8:00am, start off the trek to meet the endangered gorillas in their family. Trekking time range between 30 minutes to several hours depending on where mountain gorillas will be located that day. Also, the trekking time depend on the speed of the slowest person in the group.

After meeting the gorillas, you spend an hour in their presence. This hour is counted from the time a traveler sets an eye on the gorillas. Travelers are reminded to keen calm, take as many as pictures as possible, capture live videos and enjoy the human like characters of the gorillas. Nyakagyezi gorilla family recently received a new baby gorilla bringing the total number of gorilla members to 9.

After seeing the gorillas, hike back, receive your trekking certificate and drive back to Kigali for your return flight.

Tour inclusions

  • Gorilla permit
  • Full time English speaking guide
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Pick up and drop-off
  • Packed lunch
  • Park entrance fees
  • Government taxes
  • Miscellaneous
  • Tour exclusions

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extra activities not in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Shopping
  • Driver tip
  • Porters fee
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    Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

    Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

    Located in the outskirts of Kibale Forest National Park, Bigodi wetland sanctuary is a not miss on your Uganda chimpanzee tour in the primate capital. YES, this garzeted swamp forest is a hidden gem you need to discover. Most travelers who have been to Bigodi before review it one of the best and most interesting tours in Uganda. The swamp spreads over 4 kilometers squared located south of Kanyanchu visitor information center. A guided nature walk through Bigodi wetland sanctuary entails walking on board walks which is so adventurous but enjoyable. Interestingly, travelers who visit Bigodi wetland sanctuary experience the true African way of living and conflicting crop raider animals especially baboons and vervet monkeys. The walk lasts for roughly 2 hours but the magical feeling is worth the time and energy. Local community manages the wetland sanctuary and all profits collected from visitors are used to fund local community projects such as schools and health facilities. In most cases, Bigodi wetland walk is done as a complement to chimpanzee tracking and other tourist activities in fort portal. Also, the experience is a best option for children below 15 years who are not allowed to track chimpanzees. The experience is also best for bird watching and primates. Early morning trip with good sunshine is best for photography. The 3 Days Kibale Chimpanzee and Bigodi wetland tour is a suitable package for you. It gives you chance to trek the endangered chimpanzees and walk through this amazing wetland.

    Walking around a swamp is a really scenic walk. The walk entails passing by several farms, empty fields, and kids selling woodcrafts, dirt road. The sightings of monkeys is absolutely incredible, with groups of red-tail monkeys, vervet, black and white as well as red face colobuses, l’host, and more, visible every hundred meters or so.


    Best experiences in Bigodi wetland sanctuary

    There are several amazing things to see and do in Bigodi wetland sanctuary. YES, travelers to this hidden gem are assured of a great experience which include among others:
    Bird Watching

    Bigodi wetland sanctuary

    Birds in Bigodi Wetland

    Bird watching is the top experience done in Bigodi wetland sanctuary. Sheltering over 200 bird species, Bigodi wetland is a haven for birders. Among the birds in Bigodi wetland sanctuary include Hornbills, Papyrus Gonolek, Cuckoos, Waxbills, Weavers, Kingfishers, yellow rumpled tinker bird, Spotted Bardet, Dusky Crimson, Flycatchers, Collared Apalis, African Pitta, Western Nictor, Little greenbul and blue breasted kingfisher among others. Binoculars are very helpful to zoon birds at a further distance.

    Community visits
    Do not miss visiting the local communities who manage the wetland sanctuary. Endeavor to visit different local community projects such as KAFRED and Bigodi Women group. Experience how local people make different craft materials such as mats, baskets, handbags and beads among others. Ensure to support local women by buying crafts and help them earn income to support their families and improve their standards of living. If time allows, visit Bigodi secondary school, one of the projects funded by Bigodi wetland sanctuary.

    Animal watching

    Bigodi wetland sanctuary

    Black and White Colubus

    Bigodi wetland is home to numerous wild animals inclusive of primates, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Animals seen in Bigodi wetland sanctuary include common chimpanzees, Blue monkeys, black and white Colubus, Vervet monkeys, Baboons, Grey cheeked Mangabey, bushbucks, Sitatungas, bushbucks, otters and African Elephants among others. The experienced guides on ground will help you spot these different animals.

    What to wear to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
    The packing list for visiting Bigodi wetland sanctuary should entail closed shoes, Long pants tacked into stockings, a rain jacket since it may rain any time, insect repellants (there are very many ground insects), camera and warm sweaters. `Botteld drinking water and energy giving snacks will keep you Strong throughout

    Generally, a visit to Bigodi wetland sanctuary is well worth it. Also endeavor to support the valuable work of KAFRED (Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development).

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    How to Get to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

    How to Get to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

    Several travelers ask possible means to reach Mgahinga National Park. Could you be among those who have been wondering how to get to and around Mgahinga National Park? No worries, African Apes Holidays offers you guide on various ways you can reach Mgahinga Park. Well, depending on where you are connecting from and your and your next destination after Mgahinga, there are many ways to reach this amazing park. Both air and road transport means are available to ensure you reach Mgahinga Park safely and as quick as possible. The park is one of Uganda’s popular tourist destinations being a center of gorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking, batwa cultural trail and volcano climbing among other tourist activities. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park covers Uganda’s share of the Virunga massif bordered by Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mgahinga is located in Kisoro district in southwestern Uganda

    Getting to Mgahinga Gorilla Park by road

    how to get to Mgahinga National Park

    Driving From Kampala to Mgahinga Park

    You can comfortably get to and around Mgahinga Gorilla National Park by road. If you are landing at Entebbe International Airport, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is roughly 10 hours drive from Kampala. This requires a whole day of driving along Kampala Masaka, Mbarara Kabale and Kisoro highway. Driving from Kampala to Kisoro is undeniably a longest distance but very exciting and enjoyable. A drive via the plain savannahs of Ankole, local communities, small towns and rolling hills of kigezi offer you the best pre trekking experience making the whole magical. A stop at the Uganda equator for photography is a MUST for everyone driving to southwestern Uganda. On the other hand most travelers these days love flying into Kigali International Airport and then drive through Kigali crossing to Kisoro district via Cyanika Border. Cyanika is the entry point from Rwanda to Uganda in Kisoro district. Driving from Kigali to Mgahinga is the shortest route possible which last for roughly 5 hours drive hence suitable for short time travelers.
    A traveler visiting Mgahinga National Park starting and ending at Entebbe airport needs roughly 3 days Uganda gorilla tour. The first day is for driving from Kampala to Mgahinga, second day if gorilla trekking or any activity of his/her choice and the third day is for traveling back to Entebbe airport for a connecting flight.

    Do you want to do a 1-Day Uganda gorilla tour which start and end in Kigali? Book our one-day gorilla trip to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park with African Apes Holidays. The 1-Day Uganda gorilla trip to Mgahinga entails waking up very early at 3:00am and driving for 5 hours to Mgahinga to join the pre gorilla trekking briefing at 7:00am. You visit the gorillas and in the evening drive back to Kigali. The introduction of Kigali to Mgahinga/Bwindi Gorilla trekking has made it easy for short time travelers giving them chance to visit the endangered gorillas in the shortest time possible.

    Getting to Mgahinga National park by Air
    Besides road transport, luxury travelers can as well get to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park by air transport. Book a scheduled flight from Kajjansi airstrip in Entebbe to Kisoro airstrip. The flight time from Entebbe to Kisoro is roughly an hour and 10 minutes. Enjoy the scenic aerial views as you fly above Ankole plains and Kigezi rolling hills. Aero link and Fly Uganda offer you confortable and affordable flights from Entebbe to Kisoro. This saves long hours of driving, which at times becomes exhausting.

    Top tourist activities in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
    Travelers on Uganda safaris to Mgahinga Park have an endless list of exciting things to see and do. The top tourist activities and attractions in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park include:
    1. Mountain Gorilla Trekking:

    Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Park

    Nyakagyezi Gorilla Family

    This small park is home to Nyakagyezi gorilla family ready to receive visitors’ everyday. Nyakagyezi family is comprised of 9 members led by Mark as a silverback. Nshuti is an adult female gorilla that gave birth to a new baby gorilla a few days back. Each day, UWA issues 8 gorilla permits to those who want to visit Nyakagyezi gorilla group. Booking gorilla permits to trek Nyakagyezi family can be done either in Kampala or Kisoro UWA head quarters. Alternatively, you can book through African Apes Holidays, your ultimate gorilla safari company in Uganda. Like in the sister Bwindi Forest Park, each permit to trek gorillas in Mgahinga National Park costs $700 for foreign non residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents. Gorilla permit booking is recommended at least 6 months before the trekking date. In 2019, Mgahinga Gorilla Park was blessed to shelter Rwanda’s Hirwa Gorilla family, which had migrated from Volcanoes National Park. Hirwa stayed for close to 8 months in Mgahinga but later returned to Rwanda.

    2. Golden Monkey Trekking

    Top activities in Maghinga Park

    Golden Monkeys in Mgahinga Park

    A trek to see golden monkeys is yet another must do activity in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Mgahinga is the only park to see golden monkeys in the whole of Uganda. The other population of endangered golden monkey’s lives in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National park. The playful and lively characters of golden monkeys make an encounter with them more fun and magical. Fortunately, trekking golden monkeys is quite cheaper costing $100 compared to mountain gorillas. This makes it affordable for all travelers including those traveling on budget.

    3. Volcano climbing
    Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to three dormant Volcanoes, which are part of the Virunga chain of Volcanoes. A hike to summit of Mt Gahinga, Mt Sabyinyo or My Muhabura is an exceptional experience you will live to remember. The summit of any of the three volcanoes offers you spectacular views of the Virunga Conservation area, other Virunga volcanoes and local communities in the neighborhood. Physical fitness is key for everyone going for hiking in Mgahinga National park. Mt Gahinga is the shortest volcano suitable for the aged the physically unfit.

    4. Batwa Cultural Trail

    Activities in Mgahinga Park

    Batwa pygimies in Mgahinga

    Visit the Indigenous batwa pygmies for an exceptional cultural experience with African Apes Holidays. This whole experience entails Batwa pygmies guiding travelers into Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to experience the traditional forest life of these bush people. Some of the activities done in Batwa cultural trail include visiting Ngarama cave where Batwa used to offer sacrifices and perform ritual, Picking medicinal herbs, collecting honey and hunting among others. More so, you will enjoy the traditional dances and songs of Batwa about their initial forest life. Batwa cultural trail costs $80 per person and this money is directed to improving the lives of batwa pygmies who were evicted rom the forest to the neighboring communities. Therefore taking part in the Batwa cultural trail is one way of supporting Batwa pygmies.

    5. Bird watching
    Are you a birder? Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a birder’s haven sheltering over 180 bird species 20 of which are endemic to the albertine region. Among the birds in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park include African Paradise Flycatcher, Black Kite, Pin tailed whydah, Cape robin chat, speckled mouse bird, African Olive Pigeon, Moorland Chat, Alpine Swift, Blue headed Coucal, and Scarlet tufted malachite sunbird among others. The best time for bird watching in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is from April to mid May and from October to November. If you want to see migratory birds in Mgahinga Park, November to April is the best time. May and June is the nesting season.

    Do you want to book a Uganda flying safari to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park? African Apes Holidays makes it easier for you at pocket friendly prices

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    Gorilla Baby Boom in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

    Gorilla Baby Boom in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

    Good News!! Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is celebrating the birth of the new baby gorilla in Nyakagyezi gorilla family. The baby gorilla was born on 2nd September 2020 and was found by park rangers during mountain gorilla monitoring. The new baby gorilla is born to Nshuti, an adult gorilla family in Nyakagyezi gorilla family. The new baby has raised the number of mountain gorillas in Nyakagyezi family to 9. Uganda Wildlife Authority continues to celebrate the baby boom in the two gorilla national parks. Nshuti gorilla is a very peaceful member of the Nyakagyezi gorilla family who always welcomes people into the family. Nshuti is a local Kinyarwanda word locally translated as “peaceful”. Since the closure of gorilla parks in March 2020 due to corona virus pandemic, the two parks mainly Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has seen a huge baby boom. Most babies in Bwindi Forest have been born in Buhoma sector north of the impenetrable Forest.

    About Nyakegyezi gorilla family
    Over the years, Nyakagyezi has been the only habituated mountain gorilla family in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. In its early days of habituation, Nyakagyezi gorilla family would cross over to the neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which made it hard to for travelers to visit them. However at the moment, Nyakagyezi has fully settled in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and is available for trekking everyday.


    Gorilla baby boom in Uganda

    A baby gorilla in Nyakagyezi Family

    Trekking to see Nyakagyezi gorilla family
    Each day, Nyakagyezi gorilla family is visited by a group of eight travelers. Trekking time to see gorillas last between 30 minutes to several hours depending on where the gorillas will be located that day. After meeting the gorillas, travelers spend an hour in the company of gorillas. This hour is counted from the time travelers meet gorillas. Travelers are reminded to keep calm and keen and use this one-hour to observe gorilla’s behaviors, and take pictures for memories. Trekking can be done via Entebbe international airport or Kigali International airport. Alternatively, you can fly into Kigali Rwanda and cross via Cyanika border connecting through Kisoro district. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located a short distance from Kisoro district. If you have limited time, a 1-Day Mgahinga gorilla tour is a suitable package for you. Here travelers are picked very early at 3:00am from Kigali, drive for 5 hours to catch-up with pre gorilla trekking briefing at Ntebeko information Centre. Travelers spend an hour with gorillas and thereafter drive back to Kigali for a return flight.

    A valid mountain gorilla permit is a must have for every traveler visiting the Nyakagyezi gorilla family. Each permit costs $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX250, 000 for East African residents. Gorilla permit booking can be done directly with Uganda Wildlife Authority or through African Apes Holidays, your number one gorilla safari company. Due to limited availability of gorilla permits in Mgahinga gorilla national park, travelers are advised to book as early as six months prior.

    In general, we continue to celebrate the birth of new baby gorillas in Uganda’s Gorilla National Parks. Book your Uganda gorilla tour today and get a chance to see the baby gorillas with African Apes Holidays.

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    All National Parks in Uganda Reopened for Tourism

    All National Parks in Uganda Reopened for Tourism

    Good News! All Uganda National Parks are now open for tourism. Uganda Wildlife Authority informs the general public about the reopening of all national parks and protected areas in Uganda for tourism. This relief comes after 5 months of no tourism in Uganda national parks since March 2020 when the country was locked down to control the spread of the deadly corona Virus. Entebbe international airport and all border entry points to Uganda were also closed restricting all visitors from outside countries from entering into Uganda. The reopening of Uganda National parks started in June 2020, when Uganda Wildlife Authority reopened Savannah parks of Murchison Falls Park in North western Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park in north eastern Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park in western Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Semliki Valley National Park. However, the primate national parks of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for gorilla safaris in Africa and Kibale Forest National park home for the endangered chimpanzees had not officially been opened for tourism until 3rd September 2020 when UWA officially declared Primate parks in Uganda open for gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tours giving travelers chance to meet the amazing primates in their natural habitats.
    In the same way, Entebbe International Airport is set to reopen on 1st October 2020 allowing check ins for all travelers from all parts of the world. The good news for the reopening of Entebbe International Airport was announced by the government on 3rd September 2020.
    We therefore call upon all travelers who had cancelled and postponed their trips to rebook and get ready for Uganda safaris with African Apes Holidays.

    Guide to Visiting Uganda National parks amidst corona Virus

    Whereas Uganda Wildlife Authority reopened national parks for tourism, all visitors to these protected areas MUST adhere to the following guidelines to ensure safety of wildlife and prevent the further spread of the deadly virus. The rules to follow when visiting any of Uganda National Parks include:
    1. Mandatory wearing of face masks when inside the park. A face mask is a must have for anyone visiting the national park. Travelers are advised to keep on their masks when with the animals
    2. Mandatory temperature screening with the anti-contact infra-red thermometers at all entrance points into national parks. Anyone who measures high temperatures is not allowed to enter.
    3. Mandatory hand washing with soap and sanitizing at all entrance points to national parks and other protected areas across Uganda.
    4. All visitors must have tested negative for corona virus within 72 hours before coming to Uganda
    5. Keeping social distance is highly recommended. For those going to trek gorillas in Bwindi Forest/Mgahinga Parks, you must keep a distance of 10 meters away from the primates
    6. Salon cars are not allowed to do game drives in savannah parks of Uganda
    7. Travelers are advised to carry extra masks
    8. Any traveler with any signs of sickness, fever, cold and cough will not be allowed to enter into the park
    9. Visitors to national parks are also reminded to carry personal sanitizers

    How to book a Uganda safari?
    You can book your Uganda safari directly with Uganda Wildlife Authority head offices in Kampala. Alternatively, you can book through African Apes Holidays, the ultimate safari company offering tailor made Uganda safaris and other related tour packages across the country. If you are visiting to see gorillas and chimpanzees, permit booking is recommended at least 6 months in advance to ensure timely planning

    The state of Corona virus in Uganda
    Uganda registered her first positive corona virus case in march 2020. In a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, the government rushed to lock down the whole country including a ban on all travelers to and outside the country. Thereafter, the government eased the lock down to allow businesses operate and avoid the rapid fall of the country’s economy. As of 3rd September 2020, Uganda has registered 3353 positive cases, 33 deaths and 1564 recoveries. Great thanks to the Ministry of health and Uganda’s at large who have worked together to stop the spread of the deadly corona virus.

    Conclusively, the reopening of Uganda National Parks for tourism is great news for the country. Tourism is the major source of foreign exchange earning for Uganda which contribute over 45% of the country’s gross domestic product. Book now, come and experience the pearl of Africa with African Apes Holidays

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    Weather Conditions In Rwanda

    Weather Conditions In Rwanda

    Weather patterns in Rwanda is one of the key things you must understand extensively before planning your Rwanda safaris. YES, a wide knowledge of Rwanda weather forecasts and the difference in seasons help you know when is the best time to travel and which activities are suitable for a certain period of time. Located south of the Equator, Rwanda has the most pleasant weather. Its neither hot nor cold but rather conducive throughout the year. Low altitudinal areas in parts of Akagera National Park are generally warm throughout while the areas of higher altitude in Volcanoes National Park center for gorilla trekking, Nyungwe Forest for chimpanzees/canopy walk and Lake Kivu are normally cold but favorable still.
    Weather in Rwanda

    Dry season
    Dry season also known as peak season in Rwanda is from June to August with July being the driest months of the year. The peak season is generally dry with less or no rains at all. Most travelers’ love visiting Rwanda in the dry season given the ease of doing all tourism activities. The peak season is undeniably the best time to do most if not all tourism activities in Rwanda. Mountain gorilla trekking/Golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park, Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest and Mt Karisimbi hiking are all best done in the dry season. Therefore, Rwanda receives the highest number of travelers in the peak season. Demand for gorilla permits and chimpanzees are generally high in this season, which require travelers to book in advance. Permit issuing is done on first come first serve basis.
    Rwanda weather

    Rainy season
    The land of a thousand hills has two rainy seasons between the months of March to May and September to November. Rains in November at times extend to December. Rainfall in Rwanda normally is in form of downpour, which lasts for a few hours. However immediately after the rain, sun sets in enabling tourism and other economic activities to go on well. Bird watching is best done in the rain season giving you chance to see migratory birds. Also, game viewing and photography in Akagera National Park is well done in the wet season. Vegetation is very green giving the very best scenic views. In most cases, low season is associated with less visits which calls for discounted services in hotels, lodges, travel companies and other service providers.

    What to pack when visiting Rwanda
    Are you ready for your Rwanda gorilla safari? Check what to pack to Rwanda with African Apes Holidays.
    • Hiking shoes if you trekking gorillas, golden monkeys or even hiking Karisimbi Volcano
    • Warm jackets, sweaters and scarf. Rwanda generally gests cold during the night and at times during day times.
    • A hat
    • Hand Gloves
    • Insect repellants
    • Sanitizer is a must have in the period of Covid19

    NOTE: All travel activities in Rwanda can be done all year round. Whereas there can be disruptions in some activities such as nature walking and primate trekking, travelers are assured of best experiences in Rwanda despite the season.

    In general, Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills has conducive weather throughout the year. The mixture of wet and cold weather patterns makes it a best place to visit and live in.

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    Kibale Forest Re opened for Chimpanzee Trekking

    Kibale Forest Re opened for Chimpanzee Trekking

    We last informed you how UWA had closed all Uganda chimpanzee tours to Kibale Forest National Park in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly corona virus to the endangered chimpanzees. YES, for close to 4 months, Uganda Wildlife Authority suspended all visits and research related activities in Kibale Forest National Park. However, we bring you the good news! The primate capital has been reopened for chimpanzee trekking, chimpanzee habituation experience, forest walks and all other tourism and research related activities in the park. Despite the increased number of Covid19 positive cases in Uganda, the Uganda Wildlife Authority together with the ministry of tourism and Uganda Tourism Board have put in place measures to ensure chimpanzees and travelers are safe from the deadly virus. African apes Holidays is at your service t book a chimpanzee permit and arrange a tailor made chimpanzee trekking tour to Kibale Forest National Park at affordable rates.

    Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest
    Cahimpanzee trekking in Kibale ForestVisiting to see chimpanzees are the most done travel; activity in Kibale Forest National Park. Over 90% of all visitors to this park opt to trek the endangered chimpanzees as the first priority. The rainforest is home to the highest number of chimpanzees and primate capital in Africa. Travelers going for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest are required to have permits which allow them to visit and spend ample time with man’s close relatives. The cost of chimpanzee permits in Kibale Forest National Park is $200 for foreign nonresidents, $150 for foreign residents and UGX 150,000 for East African residents. These fees are inclusive of guide fees, park entrance fees for the day, government taxes, conservation fees and contributions to community development projects. Permit booking is recommended at least 4 months in advance to ensure timely planning. A 2 Days chimpanzee tour to Kibale Forest is a suitable package for you.


    When is the best time to trek chimpanzees in Kibale Forest

    Chimpanzees can be visited all year round from January to December and all experiences are awesome. However, the experience is best done in dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December and January. During this time, there is little or no rains which ease movements through the jungle. Also photography is best in the dry season. On day of trekking, travelers wake up very early and transfer to Kanyanchu visitor information center for briefing and registration. Travelers are introduced to the dos and don’ts of chimpanzee trekking which include among others:
    1. Wearing a face mask
    2. Sanitizing with soap and water
    3. Keeping a distance of 10 meters a way from the chimpanzees
    4. Avoiding direct contact with chimpanzees
    5. Keep voices as low as possible
    6. Avoid littering in the park
    Hiking to see chimpanzees starts at 8:00am lasting for between 30 minutes to several hours depending on where chimpanzees will be located and travelers hiking speed. Travelers spend an hour with the chimpanzees, taking pictures, capturing videos and enjoying the human like characters of the endangered species.

    What to pack for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest
    Travelers visiting engendered chimpanzees in Kibale Forest are reminded to pack the right attires to ensure peaceful and enjoyable chimpanzee encounter. Among the things to pack for chimpanzee trekking include:
    • Hiking boots/shoes
    • Gardening gloves
    • Long sleeved shorts
    • Long Pants
    • Sun glasses
    • Hat
    • Bottled drinking water
    • Energy giving snacks
    • Rain jacket
    • First aid kit

    Other activities to do in Kibale Forest
    Besides chimpanzee trekking, visitors to Kibale Forest have an endless list of things to see and do on their Uganda safari to this tropical rain forest. Other top activities to do in Kibale Forest include:
    Chimpanzee Habituation Experience: Also known as CHEX, the experience is about training wild chimpanzees to make them familiar with people before they are opened for trekking. The half-day experience entails travelers following up chimpanzees in the wild while imitating the primate’s behaviors. This experience lasts for between 2-3 years done by a team of park rangers, researchers and primate doctors. The experience is similar to gorilla habituation experience done in Rushaga sector south of Bwindi Forest National Park. Chimpanzee habituation experience costs $250 for foreign non residents, $250 for foreign residents and UGX 150,000 for East African residents but the magical feeling that comes along with it is worth the money. The rates are inclusive of park entrance fee, conservation, guide fee and some portion goes to local communities.

    Bird watching: In addition to being home of the primates, Birding in Kibale Forest National ParkKibale Forest National Park is a paradise for birders. The rain forest shelters over 372 bird species which include Abyssinian Ground Thrush, African Piatta, Afep Pigeon, Blue breasted kingfisher, Brown illadopsis, Grey Parrot, Masked apalis, Ruwenzori apalis, Crowned eagle, White naped pigeon, Brown chested alete and Yellow rumped tinkerbird among others. March to May and From September to November is the best time to see birds in Kibale Forest National Park. If you want to see migratory birds, November to April is the best time for you.

    Nature /Forest Walks: Explore Kibale Forest National on foot for a nature/forest walk. The experience is the best time to discover all hidden gem in the park while enjoying the sweet melodies of birds above you. Nature walking is usually done in the evening and it’s the best time to spot different medicinal plants in the forest. Also, the experience give you chance to meet various animals species in the forest making the whole experience more enjoyable.

    Bigodi wetland Sanctuary:
    Nature walking in Kibale ForestA walk to Bigodi wetland sanctuary on the fringes of Kibale Forest National Park is a not miss for all travelers to this park. The animal filled walk is a best complement for chimpanzee trekking to make a complete safari package. Travelers on this walk are assured to seeing an expansive variety of plants, animals and birds, which call this wetland home. Walking on the dancing boards is so chilly and worth a try!

    Conclusively therefore, the reopening of Kibale Forest National Park is a relief for primate lovers. Book now and enjoy a close encounter with the endangered chimpanzees in Kibale Forest with African Apes Holiday, your number one primate company in Uganda.

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    New Baby Rhino At Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

    New Baby Rhino At Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

    It was great joy in Uganda as we welcome the new baby Rhino at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. Jabali was born on 18th August 2020 at Ziwa. Jabali becomes the sixth born to its mother Bella one of the first and original Rhinos to this Sanctuary. Bella was brought in from Kenya and has contributed to the growing rhino population in Uganda. A team of University students from Deakin University in Austria named the new male calf. The total population of the Rhinos now stands at 32. This means so much to the Ugandan tourism sector with the increased number of Rhinos.

    What to do at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
    Rhino tracking. Tracking the southern white rhinos is the biggest activity at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. After a long time without Rhinos in Uganda, the introduction of these forest giants gave many more reasons to visit this landlocked country.

    Birding
    Ziwa is a birder’s haven with up to four birding trails, the Sanctuary has a recorded number of over 300 bird species. Guided birding walks through this protected area will be so rewarding. Look out for bird species like the blue spotted dove, African black crake, African fish eagle, African blue flycatcher, red headed weaver, saddle billed stork, ring necked dove and African fish eagle among others.

    Guided nature walks
    Visitors have an opportunity to get out of their safari cars and explore the sanctuary on foot. The trained ranger guides will share great insights of the sanctuary as you encounter wildlife like the Oribis, waterbucks, duikers and Uganda kobs.

    Shoebill Canoe Ride
    The shoebill stork is Uganda’s most sought after bird specie found in few areas of this country. The canoe ride happens at the 10km lugogo wetland and the canoes are provided by the community as a way to earn a living. Apart from the shoebill stork, you will be able to set your eyes on the white crested turaco, palm nut vulture, Egyptian goose, and the African fish eagle among others.

    Night walks
    Night walks are a rewarding experience that uniquely introduces you to the wild in the night. There are a number of nocturnal animals in Ziwa that you may want to see.

    OTHER TOP TOUR ACTIVITIES TO DO IN UGANDA
    Gorilla tracking and Habituation experience
    Gorilla tracking is a Uganda’s leading tour activity attracting visitor from all over the world. A face to face encounter with a mature silverback is every traveler’s dream, watching the gorillas feed, play and go about their daily activities. Uganda is blessed to be home to the largest population of mountain Gorillas sheltering more than half of the world’s total population of mountain Gorillas. Over 20 habituated gorilla families 19 in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park and one in Mgahinga Gorilla Park in southwestern Uganda.


    Chimpanzee tracking

    Uganda is gifted with a high number of Chimps making Chimpanzee tracking one of the most exciting tour activities as you meet these our relatives. It is believed that chimps share with humans 98% DNA. Kibale National park in western Uganda is home to over 1500 chimpanzees making it the largest population of Chimps in one place in East Africa. You will also have an opportunity to watch other primates and several bird species. Chimpanzee tracking can also be done at Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
    Conclusively therefore, rhino tracking is one of the best wildlife experiences not to miss on your Uganda safari. Contact African Apes Holidays today, visit the new baby rhino and feel the joy.

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    Bwindi Forest Receives 5th Baby within 6 weeks

    Bwindi Forest Receives 5th Baby within 6 weeks

    Bwindi impenetrable Forest, Uganda wildlife authority and all mountain gorilla lovers in Uganda and abroad are jubilating the birth of the 5th baby gorilla in Buhoma sector north of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The new baby gorilla was born to Ruterana, an adult female gorilla in Rushegura gorilla family in Buhoma sector. Rushegura family received another baby gorilla a few days ago, which indeed calls for celebration! The new baby gorilla has increased the number of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest to 18. Ruterana mother gorilla was born on 1st Jan 2002 aged 18 years old. The new baby gorilla is her third offspring within 18 years.

    Other baby gorillas born in Bwindi Forest
    The other baby gorilla was born in early August 2020 to Kibande adult female gorilla in Rushegura gorilla family still in Rushegura Gorilla Family. Kibande mother gorilla is one of the senior’s adult females in Rushegura gorilla family and she is a kingmaker and a planner in Rushegura gorilla family.

    The baby boom in Bwindi Forest National Park
    Baby gorilla tours in Bwindi ForestThere has been great baby boom in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the past 5 months since the start of corona virus lockdown in March. The endangered mountain gorillas were feared to catch the deadly corona virus, which called for the closure of Bwindi Forest and a halt on all tourism and research activities to curb the spread of this disease. However, in June 2020, Uganda Wildlife Authority eased the lockdown and reopened the park for mountain gorilla trekking. Mountain gorilla lovers who cancelled their travels are called on to come and do their gorilla treks. However, Entebbe International Airport is still closed to international flights. All travelers visiting to see mountain gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are advised to fly into Kigali Rwanda and do Kigali to Bwindi gorilla trekking. A 3 days Uganda gorilla tour starting and ending in Kigali Rwanda is a best package for you. On the first day, travelers are picked from Kigali airport and driven to Bwindi Forest, on the second day; travelers are guided to visit the gorillas while the third day id for traveling back to Kigali for a return flight.
    Do you have a tight schedule and wondering whether it’s possible to see the gorillas? No worries, African Apes Holidays offers a 1 Day Bwindi gorilla tour starting and ending in Kigali Rwanda. Here travelers leave Kigali at 3:00am, drive to Bwindi Forest, trek gorillas and in the evening drive back to Kigali. Our short gorilla tours give short time travelers a chance to see the endangered mountain gorillas in the shortest time possible.

    Gorilla Families in Bwindi Forest
    Bwindi Forest is home to 17 habituated gorilla families making it home to the highest number of gorillas in the whole world. The high number of gorilla families assure travelers availability of gorilla permits and hence a chance to trek the endangered gorillas. Each gorilla family is visited by 8 people a day hence 136-gorilla permits available everyday. Gorilla groups in Bwindi Forest are split in four sectors, which are Buhoma in the north, Ruhija in the East, Nkuringo and Rushaga in the southern sector. The names of gorilla families in Bwindi Forest are Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura, Nkuringo, Oruzogo, Bitukura, Busingye, Kyaguliro, Mishaya, Nshongi, Katwe, Muyambi and Christmas gorilla families. More so, Bwindi Forest has 2 gorilla families undergoing habituation experience. These are Bushaho and Bikingyi gorilla families each visited by 4 people per day for a four-hour’s interaction.

    Cost of gorilla tours in Uganda
    Each gorilla permit to visit gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National park costs $700 for foreign non residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents. On the other hand, a permit for gorilla habituation experience costs $1500 for four hours. African Apes Holidays help you book and reserve gorilla permits as well as arranging tailor made gorilla tour packages. All gorilla permit bookings are recommended at least 6 months in advance to ensure timely planning.

    What to pack for gorilla trekking in Uganda
    Are you set to trek gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park? Remember to pack the essentials to ensure peaceful gorilla encounter. Among the things to pack for gorilla trekking in Uganda include:
    1. Hiking boots
    2. Gardening gloves
    3. Sun glasses
    4. Long sleeved shirts/blouse
    5. Long pants
    6. Sun glasses
    7. Hat
    8. Energy giving snacks
    9. First aid kit
    10. Insect repellants
    Generally, we continue to celebrate the birth of baby gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Gook your gorilla today and get a chance to visit the newborn babies in Bwindi Forest with African Apes Holidays.

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    Explore Sipi Falls

    Explore Sipi Falls

    Located in Kapchorwa district eastern Uganda, Sipi falls is a bucket list worthy adventure on your Uganda safari. A hike to the top of the three series waterfalls is an adventure that leaves you yearning for more. Viewing all the three waterfalls in one day is such an awesome experience that you ought to enjoy. The whole area is cool and breezy due to high altitude. The top of the falls offers scenic views of the green vegetation, Mt Elgon, karamoja region, Lake Kyoga, and neighboring local communities. According to those who have been there already, Sipi falls is a stunning natural beauty, a not miss for every traveler on Uganda safari to Eastern Uganda. In some cases travelers combine Sipi falls with other wildlife experiences especially gorilla safaris in Africa. The easiest route to reach Sipi Falls is the Budadiri through the Sasa trail, which later descends to the Sipi trail. Hiking through tea plantations and local gardens make the whole experience awesome.

    Three Sipi Falls
    Travelers hiking to sipi falls follow different trails given the threesome waterfalls. The biggest waterfall is located at 100 meters high and it’s the most visited waterfall among all the three. Actually, most people know this as the only Sipi waterfall. The second waterfall is located at 85 meters high over a sharp cliff forming a pool below. The water that flows from the second fall meets another cliff at 65 meters high forming the third waterfall. This waterfall is also referred to as the “Twin Fall”. The waterfalls form Sipi River, which flows, through local farms, bushes and forests in the area.

    Best time to visit Sipi falls
    Dry season is the best time to explore the mighty Sipi falls. Hiking in the rainy season is difficult since the steps get slippery and wet. During the wet season, the waterfall becomes stronger and scary for first travelers but magical for adventurers. Therefore, the waterfall can be vised all year round. Travelers advised to be physically fit in order to deal with the steep slopes.

    Activities at Sipi Falls
    Travelers visiting Sipi falls have a long list of things to see and do which together make a complete package. The top things to do at Sipi Falls include:
    1. Hiking: This is the number one activity to do at Sipi Falls. Travelers hike to explore the three waterfalls located at different altitudes. Visiting the three falls takes roughly 3 hours but the magical feeling is worth the hike.
    2. Abseiling & Rock Climbing: Do not miss out abseiling and rock climbing on your Uganda safari to Sipi Falls. The experience involves travelers descending down on the rock cliffs of the waterfall. A double rope s tied around the waist of a traveler and fixed on the highest point of the cliff. Traveler’s drop off the 100m ridges above Sipi River. The experience is undeniably scary but worn it for adventurous travelers. More so, travelers involve in climbing up and down the steep rocks at the edge of Sipi Falls.

    3. Visit the Arabic Coffee Plantation: Visit the coffee plantations on the lower slopes of Mt Elgon. Coffee planting is the major source of income for local people in Mt Elgon region. Travelers are taken through different processes in which Coffee is harvested, roasted and processed into different products. Also, a visit to coffee plantations is an opportunity to meet and interact with local people and their living styles.

    4. Cultural Tours: A visit to local communities around Sipi falls offers you great cultural interaction. The common people visited are the sabiny whose traditions, culture and norms will interest you. These people are known for practicing female genital mutilation, the uncommon practice in Uganda. Enjoy the traditional dances and songs, take part and enjoy the indigenous culture of these people. Another interesting activity among the Bagishu is imbalu ceremony which is the circumcision of all males above 10 years.

    5. Bird watching: Birding watching is yet another interesting activity around Sipi Falls. Over 275 birds live in the forests and bushes around Sipi River. Among the birds seen at Sipi falls include Baglafetcht, Tecazze sunbird, bush shrikes, jacksons francolin, African blue flycatcher, Moorland Francolin, Black collared Apalis, Black shouldered Kite, Tacazze Sunbird, and over 87 Afrotropical highland biome species. Our experienced birding guides help you spot different species and explain unique features about each spotted bird specie.

    6. Mountain Biking: You can also enjoy a ride on the Rocky Mountains at Mt Elgon along the sipi falls. Mountain biking is an adventurous activity, which is not for the faint hearted.

    7. Walk to Sipi River: Join a walk down to Sipi river, enjoy the cool breezes and embrace the scenic beauty along the Sipi River. The banks of the river shelter some bird and plant species all at your disposal.

    How to Book a trip to Sipi Falls
    Gorilla is at your service to book and arrange a suitable short Uganda tour to Sipi Falls. Our 1-day or 2 days Sipi falls tour helps you discover this beautiful falls in the shortest time possible.

    Travelers who want to spend an overnight stay at Sipi falls can sleep at Sipi River Lodge, Sipi Sunset Lodge, Rafiki Lodge Sipi and Lacam Lodge. These lodges serve excellent food and sleeping services at affordable rates. African Apes Holidays help you book the accommodation services at fair prices.

    In general, Sipi Falls is a must visit on your short Uganda safaris. Contact African Apes Holidays today, book now and travel to explore Uganda’s natural beauty

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    Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Vs Rwanda

    Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Vs Rwanda

    Comparing gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is common among travelers visiting Uganda and Rwanda. Over years, visit to see mountain gorillas in the jungle has ranked as the best wildlife experience, which attracts the highest number of travelers from all over the world. Each day that passes, hundreds of travelers check into Uganda and Rwanda to have a taste of this magical feeling. Rwanda and Uganda is the leading gorilla our destinations that offer exceptional gorilla safari experience. The difference in gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is one of the frequently asked questions by most travelers making gorilla tour bookings. Also, some travelers who have enough time and money have done double gorilla treks in both Uganda and Rwanda to draw accurate comparisons between the two destinations. Are you asking which country is best for gorilla trekking between Uganda and Rwanda? African Apes Holidays brings you detailed comparisons between gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda. The comparison between gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is based on:

    Cost of gorilla permits
    The cost of gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is different. Each country set a certain cost of mountain gorilla permits based on the country’s conservation goals and policies. A single gorilla permit in Rwanda costs $1500 paid by all travelers. The cost of Rwanda gorilla permits was doubled in 2017 by RDB from $700 t0 $1500. On the other hand, a Uganda gorilla permit costs $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX for Ugandans and East African residents. Rwanda is therefore a luxury gorilla safari destination best for up high-end travelers. However during the covid19 lockdown, Rwanda is offering discounted gorilla permits at $200 valid between June to December 2020. Gorilla permit bookings can be done through African Apes Holidays. Alternatively, contact Rwanda Development Board and Uganda Wildlife Authority in Rwanda and Uganda respectively.

    The number of mountain gorillas
    Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Vs RwandaUganda has the highest number of mountain gorillas in the whole world. The pearl of Africa shelters half of the world’s total gorilla population, which gives many travelers a chance to see these endangered species. Uganda gorillas live in two gorilla parks, which are Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park both in southwestern Uganda. Altogether, Uganda has 18 habituated gorilla families which are Mubare, Habiyanja, Kyagulilo, Oruzogo, Kahungye, Nkuringo, Busingye, Bweza, Rushegura, Nshongi, Mishaya, Bitukura and the one and only Nyakagyezi family in Mgahinga. More so, Uganda has two gorilla families (Bushaho and Bikingyi) undergoing habituation experience in Rushaga sector south of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. On the other hand, Rwanda has 10 habituated gorilla families that include Karisimbi, Sabyinyo, Agashya, Hirwa, Kwitonda, Umubano, Amahoro, and Susa A gorilla families.

    Availability of gorilla families
    Each day, Uganda has 164 gorilla permits available while Rwanda has 80 mountain gorilla permits available. The availability of gorilla permits depend on the number of habituated gorilla families each country has. Each gorilla family is visited by a group of eight people meaning 8 permits per gorilla family. If you want to do gorilla habituation experience, 8 permits are available each day given the 4 people allowed to visit each gorilla family.

    Ease of access to gorilla parks
    Volcanoes National park Rwanda is roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes from Kigali International Airport. On the other hand, Uganda’s Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National parks are located 10-hours drive from Entebbe airport and roughly 5 hours drive from Kigali International Airport. Given the short distance from the airport to Volcanoes National park, Rwanda is suitable for short time travelers compared to Uganda. However, the recent introduction of Kigali to Bwindi /Mgahinga gorilla trekking give short time travelers a chance to trek Uganda gorillas starting and ending in Kigali Rwanda. A 1-Day Uganda gorilla trek starts at 3:30am with a pick up from Kigali driving 5 hours to catch up with a pre gorilla trekking briefing at the respective park headquarters in Bwindi. After seeing the gorillas, travelers are driven back to Kigali for a connecting flight.

    Gorilla addon activities
    Gorilla trekking add-ons are key when comparing the trekking experiences in Uganda and Rwanda. Given the long distance of travel from Entebbe to Bwindi, Uganda has numerous pre gorilla trekking experience compared to Rwanda. Among the addon activities to do in addition to gorilla trekking in Uganda include game viewing, cultural tours, chimpanzee trekking and bird watching among others. However, Rwanda also has gorilla addon activities, which make a complete Rwanda safari package.

    Ease and difficulty in trekking
    comparing gorilla trekking in Uganda & RwandaBwindi Forest National Park, the center of Uganda gorilla tours is located on a risen altitude compared to Volcanoes National Park. Trekking in Bwindi forest especially in Nkuringo and Buhoma sector is undeniably strenuous and tiresome compared to Volcanoes National park. Bwindi is therefore suitable for adventurous and aged travelers. However, hiring to see mountain gorillas in both parks is energy consuming. The length of a gorilla trek depends on the location of the gorillas, travelers’ hiking speed and gorilla’s speed of movements. It can last for between 30 minutes to a full day. However, travelers are 99% assured of meeting the endangered species at the day of the day.

    When is the best time to visit gorillas?
    In both regions, dry season in the months of June, July, August, December, January and February is the best time to visit the endangered gorillas. This season has little or no rains, which make it easy to trek through the jungle forests in search of the gorillas. On the other hand, the wet season in the months of March, April, May, October, and November comes with discounted offers in hotels, and others service providers.

    What to carry for gorilla trekking
    Travelers visiting to see mountain gorillas in Uganda are advised to carry the right attire to ensure a peaceful and enjoyable gorilla trek. Among the things o pack for gorilla trekking as recommended by African Apes Holidays include hiking boots/shoes, gardening gloves, hats, sunglasses, rain jacket, long pants, long sleeved shirts/blouse, and insect repellants. Bottled drinking water and energy giving snacks are also recommended. A hiking stick and porter are very helpful and highly recommended.
    Conclusively, the comparisons between gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda are best on different things. Ensure to understand the differences and thereafter book a suitable package with African Apes Holidays.

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    Mt Karisimbi Hiking

    Mt Karisimbi Hiking

    Hiking to the summit of Karsimbi Volcano, the highest volcano in the Virunga conservation area is a must-do for all travelers on Rwanda safaris in Volcanoes National park. Named after “Amasimbi” translated as snow in Kinyarwanda local language, Mt Karsimbi is capped with snow hence the name “Karsimbi). The dormant volcano stands at 4507 meters above the sea level (17905feet) overlooking the whole of Rwanda region, volcanoes National park, local communities, and other attractions in neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mt Karsimbi is the most hiked Virunga volcano on Rwanda hiking tours. In most cases, travelers book Mt Karsimbi hiking as an add on activity to mountain gorilla trekking to make a complete package. The slopes of Mt Karsimbi shelter Karisimbi gorilla family which gibe travelers hiking a chance to meet and interact with the endangered species on a good day. Mt Karisimbi is located in Volcanoes National Park on the borders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our 2 Days Mount Karisimbi volcano hike is a suitable itinerary to explore the famous Mt Karisimbi

    Guide to Mt Karisimbi Volcano hiking
    African Apes Holidays give you a guide to peaceful and enjoyable Mt Karisimbi hiking. Travelers planning Rwanda safaris to hike Mt Karisimbi are reminded of the following:
    Physical fitness is key for everyone hiking Mt Karisimbi. Travelers are advised to do physical exercises when preparing for mt Kairsimbi

  • Carry enough drinking water to quench the thirsty that comes with hiking
  • Carry enough energy-giving snacks to keep you strong
  • Wear closed light hiking shoes/boots to protect your feet from hot rocks which are a time slippery
  • A porter is highly recommended
  • Walking stick is a must-have
  • Carry sleeping bags
  • Warm jackets and sweaters are recommended for night coldness
  • Gardening gloves protect your hands from getting hurt
  • Cost of Hiking Mt Karsimbi
    Hiking Mt Karsimbi costs $400 per person. This cost is inclusive of the park ranger’s fee, hiking fee, and government taxes. However, the permit fee excludes tips, sleeping bags, and other personal expenses. Booking can be done through African Apes Holidays or directly with the Rwanda Development Board. Permit booking is recommended at least 4 months in advance to ensure timely and proper planning.

    Best Time for Mt Karisimbi Hiking
    The dry season in June, July, August, December, January, and February is the best time for hiking Mt Karisimbi. During this time, the mountain slopes are less slippery which makes it easier climbing and downhill. However, the volcano can be hiked all year round with no limit.

    Other Virunga Volcanoes
    Besides Mt Karisimbi, the Virunga Conservation Area comprise more other seven volcanoes. Two of these are active while the rest are dormant. The Virunga volcanoes include:
    Mt Nyiragongo Volcano (3470 meters) in Virunga National park in the Democratic Republic of Congo
    Mt Nyamuragira (3058 meters) in Virunga National park Democratic Republic of Congo
    Mount Mikeno (4437 meters) in Congo
    Mount Muhabura (4127 meters) in Rwanda Uganda3058) borders
    Mount Sabyinyo (3674 meters) in the borders of Uganda Rwanda and Congo. It can be hiked from either country but best hiked in Uganda
    Mount Bisoke (3711 meters) in Rwanda
    Mount Gahinga (3474 meters) in Uganda

    NOTE: Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira are the only active volcanoes in the whole Virunga Conservation Area. Mt Nyiragongo has a boiling lava lake at the summit while Mount Nyamuragira is out of bounds for the hikers.

    Other things to see and do in Volcanoes National park
    In addition to Mt Krsimbi hiking, travelers on Rwanda safaris to Volcanoes National Park have many more things to do and see to make a complete package. The top things to do in Volcanoes Park include:

  • Mountain gorilla trekking
  • Golden monkey trekking
  • Dian Fossey graveyard hike
  • Bird watching
  • Musanze caves
  • Ibyiwacu community tours
  • Twin lakes
  • Hiking Mount Bisoke
  • Forest walks
  • Kwita Izina (Baby gorilla naming ceremony)
  • Conclusively, therefore, hiking Mount Karsimbi is an exceptional experience you should not miss on your Rwanda safari. Contact African Apes Holidays, tell us about your travel dates and we shall make you for the very best Mt Karsimbi hiking itinerary

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    Rwanda Reduces Travelers Visiting Golden Monkeys to 12

    Rwanda Reduces Travelers Visiting Golden Monkeys to 12

    Rwanda Development Board has reduced the number of travelers visiting to trek golden monkeys in Volcanoes National park from 16 to 12. The reduction in the number of travelers trekking the endangered mountain gorillas is aimed at protecting the endangered species from contracting he deadly disease. Golden Monkey trekking is one of the most done tourist activities on Rwanda safaris. The other populations of golden monkeys live in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwestern Uganda. In March 2020, Rwanda Development Board closed travel activities in Volcanoes National Park for mountain gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park and all other travel and research activities all over Rwanda. A 2 Days golden monkey trekking tour to volcanoes national park is a prefect package to visit these endangered primates

    Cost of golden monkey trekking in Rwanda
    Golden monkey trekking costs $100 for all travelers allowing you to spend an hour in the company of the endangered golden monkeys. The cost of trekking the endangered species is quite cheap compared mountain gorillas, which cost $1500, paid by all travelers.

    How to book golden monkey trekking in Rwanda
    Rwanda golden monkey toursAfrican Apes Holidays help you book a tailor made golden monkey trekking tour to Volcanoes National Park. Booking through African Apes Holidays saves you time and the hustles associated with booking for yourself. Alternatively, you can book directly with Rwanda Development Board, a government body responsible for tourism and wildlife conservation in Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills.

    When is the best time to trek golden monkeys in Rwanda
    Dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February is the best time to visit the endangered golden monkeys. This season normally has little or no rains, which make it easy to trek through the jungle forests. However, golden monkeys can be visited in the low season in the months of March April, May, October and November. The wet season normally has low visits, which guarantee availability of golden monkey permits even for last minute bookings. More so, travelers in low season normally get discounted offers from service providers especially in hotels and lodges. Low/wet season is the best time for budget travelers. Also, golden monkey trekking permit bookings is recommended at least 6 months in advance to ensure timely planning

    What to Pack for golden monkey trekking in Rwanda
    Travelers on Rwanda safaris to trek golden monkeys are reminded to pack essential things to make trekking quite easy and less difficult. Among the top things to carry for golden monkey in Volcanoes National park include:
    1. Hiking boots/shoes to easily trek through the jungle forest
    2. Gardening gloves to protect your hands from thorny bushes and sharp stones
    3. Sun glasses to protect your eyes
    4. Hat to cover your head and hair
    5. Long sleeved shirts and blouses to protect your arms from bushy scratches
    6. Long pants for your legs
    7. Insect repellents to prevent toxic bites from dangerous forest insects
    8. First aid kit for any emergencies
    9. Bottled drinking water
    10. Energy giving snacks
    NOTE: Golden monkeys are very playful animals, which run and jump tirelessly up in the tree branches. You are therefore reminded to hold your cameras tight


    Other things to see and do in Rwanda

    Hiking Dian Fossey GraveyardBesides golden monkey trekking, travelers to Rwanda have an endless list of things to see and do on their safaris in Rwanda. These include:
    • Mountain gorilla trekking. Rwanda has 10 habituated gorilla families with 80-gorilla permits available everyday. Trek to see gorillas is the most done tourist activity in Rwanda attracting a high number of travelers from all over the world. Rwanda offers the most luxury gorilla tours @1500 for a permit.
    • Bird watching
    • Mount Karisimbi hiking
    • Kigali city tour
    • Local community tours; Ibyiwacu community tour
    • Visiting the Musanze caves
    • Dian Fossey graveyard hike
    • Visiting Lake Kivu
    • Canopy walk for aerial views
    • Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest
    • Big five game in Akagera National Park
    • Bulera and Buhondo Twin Lakes

    In conclusion therefore, the reduction in the number of travelers visiting golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park is of a good cause. Contact African Apes Holidays today, book a Rwanda safari and enjoy a close encounter with the endangered species

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    Gorilla Permit Cancellation Policy

    Gorilla Permit Cancellation Policy

    Gorilla permit cancellations are inevitable in gorilla safari bookings for some unavoidable reasons at some times. A wider understanding of the gorilla permit cancellation policy in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo is highly recommended for anyone planning a gorilla safari in Africa. While making gorilla safari bookings, travelers are always reminded to read and understand the cancellation policy for gorilla permits before confirming any gorilla trip to Bwindi Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla, Volcanoes and Virunga National Parks, the only homes for the endangered gorillas. The cancellation policy is put by government bodies responsible for wildlife conservation and gorilla tourism. These bodies are Uganda Wildlife Authority in Rwanda and Rwanda Development Board in Rwanda. Gorilla permit cancellation policy tells the travelers all costs involved when canceling any gorilla trip at a certain period of time. Over time, mountain gorilla trekking has been ranked as the best wildlife experience in the world. The magical experience is a focus for over 80% of all travelers on African safaris. Gorilla permit cancellation policy majorly tells how much loss a client incurs when he/she cancels the already booked gorilla permit. Late cancellation calls for a zero refund
    91 days or more = 75% refund
    46 -90 days = 50% refund
    5-24 days = 25% refund
    0-8 days = 0%

    When to book a gorilla permit in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo
    Gorilla permit booking is recommended at least 6 months before the trekking date to ensure timely planning and gorilla permit allocation where need be. Travelers are further asked to pat 30% of the total gorilla permit fee. The permit is then removed from the availability list and reserved for a client. Clients are however asked to pay full amount 90 days to the trekking date. If a client fails to pay the balance at the recommended time, the permit is put back on sale and available for everyone who wants to book it.

    Gorilla permit costs in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo
    Information on the gorilla permit costs is key when booking a gorilla tracking safari in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Whereas mountain gorillas are the same, the cost of trekking these endangered species is different in each country. Apparently, Rwanda sells the most expensive gorilla permits at $1500 each which make it a luxury gorilla safari destination in Africa. However, between June to 31st December 2020 amidst Covid19 pandemic, Rwanda Development Board is offering a huge discount @$200 for those interested in visiting Rwanda gorillas in Volcanoes National park. Uganda gorilla permits are priced depending on the travelers’ nationality @700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents. On the other hand, a Congo gorilla permit costs $450 to see gorillas in Virunga National park. Congo is therefore a suitable gorilla safari destination for budget travelers. If you want to spend more time with the gorillas, buy a gorilla habituation experience permit costing $1500 allowing you to spend four hours with wild gorillas undergoing habituation experience


    How to book a gorilla permit in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo?

    Wondering how to book a gorilla permit? African Apes Holidays help you book and reserve gorilla permits to trek gorillas in Bwindi Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla, Volcanoes, and Virunga National Park in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo respectively. Alternatively, you can book directly with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in Uganda and Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in Rwanda. Booking through a travel agency saves you hustles is the easiest way which saves you all the hustles and stress involved in gorilla permit bookings. Mountain gorilla permits are issued on the first come first serve basis

    Best time for gorilla trekking
    The dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January, and February is the best time to trek gorillas in Africa. This season normally has less or rain at all which makes it easy to hike trek through the jungle forests with too much undergrowth. However, travelers visiting in the peak season are advised to book as early as possible due to the high demand for gorilla permits. The low/wet season in the months of March, April, May, and November is normally rainy which makes gorilla trekking more difficult. However, most service providers mostly lodges and hotels tend to give discounted services during low season to encourage more travel. Low season is the best time for budget travelers.

    Cancellation policy for travel agents
    Besides the gorilla permit cancellation policy for the government, Travelers are also reminded to read and agree with the booking terms and cancellations with travel agents. Each travel operator has booking terms and conditions for his company
    In conclusion, ensure to read the cancellation policy when booking and before confirming a gorilla trekking tour to Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo

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    Nature/Forest Walks In Bwindi Forest

    Nature/Forest Walks In Bwindi Forest

    Nature/forest walking is one way of discovering and exploring the hidden gem in Bwindi Forest. A guided walk through the impenetrable jungles of Bwindi is undeniably an exceptional experience you should not miss out on your Uganda gorilla tour to Bwindi. The experience has presently become common where many travelers desire to explore this jungle forest on a walk. Fortunately, different hiking trails have been designated in Bwindi unlike in mountain gorilla trekking where travelers have no direct path to the endangered gorillas. Forest/nature walking is an add-on experience to gorilla tours in Bwindi Forest. Each trail starts and ends at a certain point. Forest walks offer you great chances of seeing numerous trees and plant species, birds and wild animals in the forest. The hiking trails in Bwindi Forest are categorized into short, medium and long split in four sectors of the national park, some trails like the Buhoma Nkuringo trail start from one sector and ends in the other. The common hiking trails in Bwindi Forest National Park include:

    Munyaga River trail
    Munyaga river trail is the most hiked trail in Buhoma sector north of Bwindi Forest National park. The trail is done along the Bizenga creek connecting to Munyaga river lasting for roughly 2 hours. More so, the trail is in some way circular starting and ending at the same point without backtracking. The scenic views of River Munyaga are best for photography. More so, Munyaga trail is the best spot for bird watching. The banks of river Munyaga shelter various bird species such as red-headed bluebill and African Emerald Cuckoo among others. It is therefore the best trail for bird watching.

    Waterfall trail
    Also located in Buhoma sector, the 3 hours’ waterfall trail is yet another interesting trail to hike on your Uganda tour to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The trail slashed in 1970 majorly to build a road connecting to Kisoro. However, the road was not constructed there leaving it for only people walking on foot. The scenic views of the beautiful waterfall make it more enjoyable. You will meet many local people on this trail giving you a chance to interact with them

    Rushura Trail
    Join the Rushura trail to the summit of Rushura, the highest hill in Buhoma sector north of Bwindi Forest National Park. Hiking the Rushura trail starts near Buhoma park headquarters lasting for roughly 3 hours to reach the Rushura hill summit at 1915 meters above the sea level. Travelers hike through terraces, local farms and the forest which make it more enjoyable. The summit of Rushura hill offers great views of the jungle forest, Virunga volcanoes, Rwenzori mountains and the western rift valley plus local people’s farms and homesteads.

    Mujabajiro Loop Trail
    This trail entails ascending through the forest canopy across the Mujabajiro creek to Rukuburi hill for scenic views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the entire Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The hiking trail takes for between 3-4 hours but the magical feeling that comes along is worth the effort. In 1992, the trail was caught by fire which destroyed the vegetation leaving the trail so open. However, the vegetation has grown and its surely beautiful

    River lvi trail
    River lvi trail is one of the longest hiking trails ascending and descending south of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The 6 hours walk follows the old road which is mostly used by local people going to gardens and Nteko local market. The trail starts in Buhoma sector ending in Nkuringo. It, therefore, crosses from the northern sector to the southern sector of Bwindi Forest National park. The scenic views of River lvi is best for photography

    Kashasha River Trail
    Kashasha river trail starts in Buhoma and ends in Nkuringo sector. The 5-6 hours’ trail takes you through steep forests taking you up to 600 meters above the sea level. Travelers who use a vehicle along this route take roughly 7 hours’ drive. Walking is therefore easier than driving along this trail. Moreso, the scenic views along the trail, encounters with different wild animals and birds make it more enjoyable and fun

    Bamboo Trail
    The guided bamboo trail takes you through bamboo forest of Bwindi National park. It’s a steep hike to 0ver 2007 meters above the sea level overlooking the Virunga volcanoes and the entire Bwindi Forest. More so, the trail takes you through different vegetation types which include afro montane forests. Ryamunyonyi hill is the highest point of the bamboo trail and the summit offers great views of the beautiful lake Bunyonyi.

    Mubwindi Swamp Trail
    This trail descends along a path through the forest to Mubwindi swamp, home to numerous birds and forest animals. The walk gives you great chances of meeting numerous birds and wild animals along the way. Also, the joyful birds which sing endlessly above you in the trees make this trail more colorful

    What to park for nature/forest walks in Bwindi Forest
    African Apes Holidays brings you a guide on what to pack for forest/nature walk in Bwindi Forest National Park. Travelers are reminded to carry essentials to make their walking experience less difficult. Among the things to carry for forest walking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park include:
    • Closed walking shoes/boots
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Bottled drinking water
    • Insect repellants
    • Rain jacket for the unpredictable forest weather
    • Long pants
    • Scarf and sweaters
    • A walking stick is a must-have for everyone going for a nature walk. The fallen rotten forest leaves and vegetation make the ground slippery and at times difficult to walk through. A walking stick will, therefore, give you support

    Best time for Nature walks in Bwindi Forest
    The dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January, and February is the best time to do nature /forest walks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. The forest grounds in this time are dry making it easy to walk through. However, if you are interested in seeing many birds, the rainy season in March, April, May, and November is the best.

    Other activities to do in Bwindi Forest
    Besides nature walks, Bwindi Forest National park offers travelers a variety of many more travel activities to make a complete package. The other things to see and do in Bwindi Forest National Park include:
    1. Mountain gorilla trekking, the number one travel activity in Bwindi Forest. The forest is home to the highest number of the world’s mountain gorillas with 17 habituated gorilla families. A gorilla permits in Bwindi costs $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for east African residents
    2. Mountain gorilla habituation experience is yet another interesting activity done in Rushaga sector, south of Bwindi Forest National Park. Habituation is the process of training wild gorillas to make them familiar with human presence
    3. Bird watching
    4. Community visits
    In general, forest/ nature walks are a not miss on your Uganda gorilla safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Contact African Apes Holidays today, book your walking tour for a memorable experience

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    Tips For Group Tours

    Tips For Group Tours

    Dp you want to join a group tour? Travelling as a group is not only lively but also exceptional. Traveling in a company of your mates, family, workmates or close friends is undeniably fun. Given the magical feeling the experience comes with, group tours have nowadays become popular. Choosing the right group mates is key when planning a group tour. A group tours best for a people’s person who love to meet and associate with new people. Group tours help travelers share most costs such as accommodation and transport making it affordable and best option for budget travelers. African Apes Holidays specialize in organizing customized group tours to explore various travel destinations including national parks, museums and local communities. Do you want to trek gorillas as a group? We help you communicate to the responsible government bodies to give chance trek one gorilla family as a group. Are you a solo traveler looking out to join a group, African Apes Holidays offers special offers to Uganda, Rwanda and teh Democratic reoublic of Congo. The tips for choosing a group tour include:

    Check the itinerary
    Before joining any group tour, first check travel activities in the itinerary. Make sure that proposed itinerary suits your travel interests, time and budget. Are your desired destinations in the itinerary? Are your favorite activities included? First confirm the flexibility of the itinerary before joining any group tour. Check out each day of the itinerary, the start time, pickup destination. Accommodation and which activity to do when and where. Also, check whether the itinerary has free time to do optional activities or tightly packed.

    Choose your age mates and the right size
    Endeavour to join a group of travelers in your age blanket to avoid boredom during the trip. In most cases, people in the same age group have a lot of things in common. If you are in your 20’s never join a group of people in their 50’s. Difference in age means difference in tastes and preferences. Moreso, understanding the size of your group is vital before joining. A group tour may be smaller with maximum 10 people while others can be very big with over 50 people. Each group size has advantages and disadvantages. Small sized groups tend to move faster with most members having almost similar preferences while a large group is cost friendly with all costs shared among many travelers.

    Understand the pace of the itinerary
    Does the flow of the itinerary favor you? If no, please do not rush to join that group safari. If you want to join a relaxed trip with some days off, check how the itinerary flows, which and how may activities to do everyday. Some people like a no break itinerary while other love a relaxed trip with some free days. Make sure you choose the itinerary that moves at your pace. Fortunately, African Apes Holidays offer a variety of group tours both relaxed and rushing. Just contact us, inform us about your interests and we shall get you a suitable group tour.

    Check what is included and excluded in the cost
    You should also underhand how the trip is costed to avoid being cheated. When a travel agent gives you a quote, try to breakdown the cost, price it yourself and compare the two quotes. Also, before confirming any group tour, first check what is included and excluded in the cost. At some times, a trip cost make look favorable to you but with huge hidden costs. Understanding what is included and excluded in the itinerary help you whether the trip suits you budget.


    Choose between the tours available

    African Apes Holidays normally has a variety of grip tours available. Ask for different options compare them and choose the one that suits you. Understand the type of people in each trip, their lifestyles, tastes and preferences.

    Book with a local tour operator
    Its wise to book with a local tour operates based in the travel destination you are interested in. Local tour operators have diet access with most service provide especially hotels and lodges. Also, local tour operators have the first hand knowledge on how activities can be done in a smooth way without back tracking. A local tour operator like African Apes Holidays also helps you book ground activities such as mountain gorilla trekking, cultural tours and all other activities with no difficulty. Local tour operators are also cost friendly compared to international agencies.
    Generally, group tours are amazing and more fun compared to solo travels. African Apes Holidays offers you cost friendly group tours to Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet, satisfy and exceed your travel expectations.

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    How to Get Ready For Gorilla Trekking

    How to Get Ready For Gorilla Trekking

    A trek to see mountain gorillas is undeniably an everlasting memory, a wish and dream come true for most travelers on African Safaris. YES, gorilla trekking is the top bucket list for most travelers on African safaris to Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Spending an hour in the close proximity with the silverback gorilla and the entire family is a lifetime experience that will never cease to amaze! To some travelers, wildlife viewing in Africa remains incomplete unless one visits mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. However despite the excitement that comes with looking direct into the red eyes of the silverback gorilla, the experience is a real adventure which entail hiking up and down hills through thick jungles. In order to ensure a tress free and enjoyable gorilla safaris in Africa, you ought to prepare and get ready in Advance. African Apes Holidays gives you tips on how to get ready for gorilla trekking. These include:

    Choose where to trek gorillas

    Where to trek gorillas

    A silverback gorilla in Bwindi

    First decide on where to go for gorilla trekking. Is it in Uganda, Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of Congo? African Apes Holidays gives you detailed comparisons between gorilla trekking in both destinations to help you choose a gorilla destination of your choice. Mountain gorillas only survive in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Volcanoes, Mgahinga Gorilla and Virunga National Parks. Anyone who wants to see these endangered species MUST therefore visit any of the four national parks. Alternatively, you can choose to trek gorillas in two different parks for comparisons and dynamic experience. Gorilla trekking experience in each national park is exceptional in its own way and worth doing. Among to consider when choosing where to go for gorilla trekking is the price of gorilla permits. Rwanda offers the most luxury gorilla tours @$1500, Uganda gorilla permits cost $700 or foreign non resident, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents while Congo gorilla permits cost $450 each making it the best gorilla safari destination or budget travelers. Between 18th June to 31st December 2020, Rwanda Development Board offers discounted gorilla permits $200 for East African citizens and $500 for foreign residents) to encourage more travels amidst Covid19 pandemic.

    Choose a travel company
    Having decided on where you want to go for mountain gorilla trekking, choose your desired and trusted gorilla safari company to guide you on this lifetime experience. African Apes Holidays is your ultimate gorilla safari company in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo helping to tailor made a suitable package to suit your budget and interests. Just tell us your travel dates and the number of people and we shall do the rest for you. On your behalf, African Apes Holidays books a gorilla permit, designs an itinerary and also books suitable accommodation for you at a fair cost. Choosing the right travel operator is key for every successful and enjoyable gorilla safari.

    Do physical exercises
    While preparing for this amazing adventure, ensure to do physical exercises to ensure fitness. The uphill climb is a no joke for the unfit while the downhill trek is usually tougher than expected. The hiking is physically challenging on a steep terrain especially in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Also, there is no defines route to follow but rangers slash bushes to create a path. The wet forest grounds with fallen leaves and vegetation often make it difficult to hike through. However, the magical feeling of meeting face to face with the endangered gorillas is worth the effort. For that case, traveler planning a gorilla trip is advised to do physical exercises to ensure fitness. The recommended exercises include walking, jogging, Step-ups, Goblet Squats, Stairmasters, Downhill lunges and hanging knee raises among others.

    Choose what to carry for gorilla trekking

    Getting ready for gorilla trekking

    Gorilla trekking packing list

    Before setting off for a gorilla trekking safari, make sure your travel bag has the required essentials. Among the things you must carry for gorilla trekking include:
    1. Hiking boots/shoes. These help you to easily hike through the muddy and slippery jungles without your feet getting hurt. Never carry open shoes for gorilla trekking
    2. Gardening gloves. These help to protect your hands when you touch the ground. There are times when hiking becomes steeper requiring you to crawl up and down hill. Also, gardening gloves protect your hands from getting dirty with mad
    3. Fully charged camera with extra batteries. A camera is key for everyone visiting gorillas. Its only the pictures that you will go back home with after the gorilla trip
    4. Rain jackets. Forest weather is so unpredictable; it can rain any time any day despite the season.
    5. Insect repellants to protect from insect bites which can be poisonous at times
    6. Warm jackets, sweaters and scarf to deal with cold nights in these jungle Forests. It normally gets very cold at night
    7. Bottled drinking water to quench the thirsty that comes with panting and sweating during the trek
    8. Energy giving snacks t keep you strong
    9. Hat and sun glasses
    10. Long sleeved shirts/blouses to protect your arms from scratches
    11. Long pants tucked into the stockings
    12. A first aid kit is help helpful incase of any injuries
    NOTE: A porter and a walking stick are very recommended if you want to have a less difficulty gorilla tracking experience.

    Visit your Doctor for check up
    Before boarding on a plane, please visit the medical Centre for check up. Ensure you have no any sickness to avoid embarrassment on the day of trekking when you are stopped from visiting the gorillas if any sickness is detected. A yellow fever certificate is a must have for anyone visiting gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Pre gorilla trekking briefing
    Geeting ready for gorilla trekkingAt the start of every trekking day, all travelers gather at the respective park head quarters for pre gorilla trekking briefing about the rules and regulation of gorilla trekking. These guidelines are put to ensure safety of the endangered gorillas and travelers. The dos and don’t of gorilla trekking include:
    • Keep a distance of 10 meters away from the gorillas
    • Avoid direct eye contact with the gorillas
    • Do not trek when sick. Mountain gorilla are susceptible to human sicknesses especially cough
    • Keep within your groups
    • Keep your voices low
    • Do not use flashlight cameras
    • Turn back your face when coughing or sneezing
    • Do not litter in the park. Leave only the foot steps
    African Apes Holidays wishes you the best on your gorilla safaris in Africa. For any inquiries and travel advice, contact us and we hope to welcome you soon.

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    Lake Mburo National park

    Lake Mburo National park

    Spreading over 370 square kilometers of Land, Lake Mburo National Park in Lyantonde is Uganda’s smallest savannah National park, a real and brilliant gem for animal lovers. The national park is initially a controlled hunting area which was later transformed into a game reserve and then upgraded into a national park in 1983. Visiting lake Mburo is the perfect choice to break up a long journey from Bwindi impenetrable/ Mgahinga Park for gorilla trekking or Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport. Lake Mburo National Park is usually used as a ‘pitstop’ at the start or end of most Uganda safaris. Based on the excellent reviews of past travelers, the experience in lake Mburo National Park is far unique when compared to other National parks in Uganda. The co-existence of wild animals and cattle grazed in the park make it a unique destination to visit. It’s undeniably amazing to see beautiful Zebras eat on the same grass with cattle. The park is named after Lake Mburo in its heart, 20% of the park is covered by wetlands and swamps. 12 primates and over 350 birds call this small park home. Among the wild animals seen in Lake Mburo National Park include zebras, warthogs, waterbuck’s impalas, hartebeest, hyenas. eland, oribi, leopard, topis, reedbuck, hippos, and buffalos.

    Top things to see and do in Lake Mburo National Park
    Travelers to Lake Mburo National park have an endless list of things to see and do for a memorable experience. Check the must-do tourist activities in Lake Mburo National Park with African Apes Holidays

    Game Viewing
    Game viewing is the number one tourist activity done in Lake Mburo National Park. Morning and night game drives done in the open savannahs give you a chance to see and interact with different wild animals grazing and hunting. Despite its small size, Lake Mburo National Park has a high concentration of wild animals which include zebras, warthogs, waterbuck’s impalas, hartebeest, hyenas. eland, oribi, leopard, topis, reedbuck, hippos and buffalos. among others. Our experienced guides help you spot different animals like leopards hiding in the acacia trees making your game safari enjoyable and memorable. Night game drives are best to see nocturnal animals such as bushbabies among others. A 2 Days L. Mburo National Park tour is a suitable package to explore this small park.

    Boat Cruise
    A boat cruise on Lake Mburo is a not miss for every traveler to Lake Mburo National Park. The shores of the lake is the best spot for water animals including hippos, buffalos, and crocodiles plus many more birds in the swampy areas. Also, a boat cruise gives you an overview of the park and different wild animals feeding. Photography on a boat cruise is very so amazing.

    Bird Watching
    Sheltering over 350 birds, Lake Mburo National Park is one of the best birding spots in Uganda. Bird watching in Lake Mburo National Park is best done in Miriti and Walukiri swampy valleys and also on the shores of Lake Mburo. Some of the birds seen in Lake Mburo National Park include Rufous Bellied Heron, Grey-crowned Crane, Coqui Francolin, Brown Chested Lapwing, Emerald Spotted wood, White-headed Barbet, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Nubian Woodpecker, Green-Wood hoopoe, Long-tailed Cisticola, and Red-Shouldered Cuckoo-shrike among others. The best time for bird watching in Lake Mburo National Park is in the morning and evening hours. Travelers are reminded to bring binoculars for enormous bird spotting.

    Fishing
    Fishing is yet another interesting tourist activity to do in Lake Mburo National Park. The lake is home to 6 fish species which are Tilapia, Catfish, Ngara, Barbeller and Ferocious Fighter. Mazinga is the best fishing spot in Lake Mburo National park. Travelers are given a chance to take part in the fishing experience which makes the whole experience more enjoyable and memorable indeed.

    Visit Kate Salt Lick
    Visit the Kate salt lick point in the heart of the park to see how animals gather around a shallow water hole to lick salt. Armed park rangers will guide you to this point and explain to you how this whole experience of wild animals licking slat started. Morning hours is the best time to visit the salt lick point. The journey to Kate Salt Lick is a chance for travelers to see and meet various wild animals and birds in the park.

    Milking Experience
    Visit the nearby local communities to be part of the memorable milking experience. Here travelers are taken through a session of milking local cows which makes them feel like part of the community. Also, travelers are taught different stages in which milk is processed into different products including yogurt and Ghee among others. Milking is done very early in the morning before cattle setoff to feed for the day.

    Horseback riding
    Horseback riding is an exciting adventure experience you ought not to miss on your Uganda safari to Lake Mburo National Park. Here travelers rise on horses to explore different parts of the Park such as lakes, swamps, and rivers. Horseback riding is also best for game viewing in Lake Mburo National Park.

    Accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park
    Wondering where to sleep in Lake Mburo National Park, No worries. The park has a variety of budget, midrange and luxury lodges, hotels and camps to serve you with excellent food and sleeping services at affordable rates. The top lodges in Lake Mburo National Park include Mihingo Lodge, Rwakobo Rock, Mburo’s Eagle Nest, Leopard Rest Camp, Mpogo Lodge, Courtyard International Hotel, Arcadia Lodge and Mburo Safari Lodge among others. Professional staff are trained at every lodge to serve you all day and night. African Apes Holidays help you book accommodation services at any lodge of your choice in Lake Mburo National Park.

    Best time to visit Lake Mburo National Park
    The dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January, and February is the best time to visit Lake Mburo, National Park. During this time, the vegetation is short which makes photography and game viewing clear. On the other hand, the wet season in the months of March, April, May. October and November call for discounted services in hotels and lodges hence the best time for budget travelers. However, Lake Mburo National park can be visited all year round.
    Conclusively, Lake Mburo National Park is a real gem to discover on your Uganda safari. Contact African Apes Holidays today, book a Uganda game safari to Lake Mburo and enjoy the true wilderness.

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    Why Trek Gorillas in Uganda

    Why Trek Gorillas in Uganda

    Are you wondering what makes Uganda the best gorilla tour destination? Why trek gorillas in Uganda? Well, there are countless advantages of trekking gorillas in Uganda. The pearl of Africa Uganda is one of the three countries to see mountain gorillas together with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each day, hundreds of travelers check into Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga gorillas National Park to experience the lifetime gorilla trekking experience. Based on our past travelers’ excellent reviews about gorilla trekking in Uganda, The Pearl of Africa is undeniably the best place to trek gorillas. The reasons to trek gorillas in Uganda include among others:

    A high number of mountain gorillas

    Why trek gorillas in Uganda

    Members of Bweza gorilla family

    Uganda shelters the highest population of mountain gorillas in the world. The Pearl of Africa is home to half of the world’s total gorillas which make it the best gorilla tour destination. Gorillas in Uganda have been habituated into 18 gorilla families 17 of which live in Bwindi Forest while 1 Nyakagyezi gorilla family lives in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The high number of mountain gorilla families guarantee the availability of gorilla permits giving many travelers a chance to visit the endangered gorillas. Gorillas in Bwindi forest are split into four sectors which are Buhoma in the North, Ruhija in the east, Rushaga, and Nkuringo sectors in the south. The availability of gorilla permits in Uganda also gives last time travelers a chance to visit gorillas unlike in other countries where gorilla permits sell out easily.

    Low-cost gorilla permits
    Uganda offers the low-cost gorilla permits making it the best gorilla tour destination. A single gorilla permit in Uganda costs $700 for Foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents, and UGX 250,000 for Uganda and East African residents. The cost of Uganda gorilla tours is therefore way cheaper compared to $1500 in neighboring Rwanda. Uganda is therefore the best gorilla safari destination for budget travelers. Gorilla permit booking in Uganda is recommended at least 6 months before the trekking date. African Apes Holidays is your ultimate gorilla’s safari company to book your permits at saving you the hustles of private booking. Alternatively, you can book directly with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the government body responsible for gorilla tourism and conservation in Uganda


    Gorilla Habituation experience

    In addition to gorilla trekking, Uganda is the center of the experimental mountain gorilla habituation experience in which wild gorillas are trained to make them familiar with people. Gorilla habituation experience is 2-3 years of training gorillas before they are opened for trekking. Habituation is, therefore, the first step that gorillas go through. Apparently, Bushaho and Bikyingi gorilla families are undergoing habituation experience and each family is visited by four people for four hours each day. A gorilla habituation permit costing $1500 is a must-have for every traveler going to take part in this memorable experience. African Apes Holidays help you book gorilla habituation permits as well as arranging the trip. A 1-day gorilla habituation experience starting and ending in Kigali Rwanda is worth doing.

    Quick connectivity from Kigali Rwanda

    The ease of connectivity from Kigali Rwanda to Uganda’s Bwindi Forest/Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks save travelers long hours of driving from Entebbe International Airport. The drive time from Kigali to Bwindi is roughly 5 hours hence the best option for short time travelers. A 2 day Uganda gorilla trek is a suitable package for you. If you have limited time, you can do a 1 Day Uganda gorilla trek which involves early pick up from Kigali, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest, and drop off at Kigali after gorilla trekking. A 1 Day Uganda gorilla tour starts at 3:30 am to cover up the 5 hours’ drive and catch up with the pre gorilla trekking experience in Uganda. Rushaga sector, south of Bwindi Forest is the best sector for Kigali to Bwindi gorilla trekking.

    Gorilla trekking add-ons
    Uganda has much more to offer in addition to gorilla trekking to make a complete Uganda safari package. The gorilla trekking add-ons in Uganda include golden monkey trekking, volcano climbing, Batwa community visits, bird watching, Forest/Nature walks, chimpanzee trekking and game viewing in the open savannah parks across the country. A combination of all these activities give you the most exciting and enjoyable Uganda safari on the same trip

    Peace and security in Uganda
    Uganda is the safest gorilla safari destination in Africa assuring travelers safety during gorilla trekking. Since the start of gorilla tourism in the early 1990s, Uganda has never registered any rebel attack in Bwindi Forest/Mgahinga which makes it the best destination to see gorillas. More so, Uganda tourism police and the armed park rangers are ever patrolling the national park to ensure the safety of gorillas and travelers.
    In general, there are many reasons as to why you should trek mountain gorillas in Uganda. Contact African Apes Holidays today, book a Uganda gorilla tour to Bwindi Forest/Mgahinga and enjoy the discounted gorilla permits in the Pearl of Africa

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    Rwanda Game Safaris

    Rwanda Game Safaris

    Be part of our guided Rwanda game safaris to Akagera National Park to see and enjoy the company with the big five game. Located in Eastern Rwanda, Akagera National park is Rwanda’s only savannah park sheltering a high concentration of wild animals. Game viewing is the number one tourist activity in this park. Randa game safaris are mostly done as a complement to mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National park and chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National park to make a complete Rwanda safari package. Morning and evening game drives in the Akagera National Park are done to help travelers with various wild animals feeding, playing, and resting. While game driving through the park, expect to see numerous wild animals which include Lions, Buffalos, Hippos, Zebras, Elephants, Topis, waterbucks, Warthogs, Hyenas, Elands and serval cats among others.

    When is the best time to do game Safaris in Rwanda
    Gm safaris in Rwanda can be done all year round. However, dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, and January to February is the best time to visit Akagera National park. During this time, wild animals gather at the water pints for drinking water which makes it easy to see them. However, the rain season is best for beautiful sceneries. Moreso, accommodation facilities in Akagera National Park tend to give discounted food and sleeping services.

    Where to sleep in Akagera National park
    Wondering where to stay on your Rwanda game safari to Akagera National park? No worries. An endless list of budget, midrange and luxury lodges, hotels and camps have been constructed in Akagera National park to offer you with first-class food and sleeping services. The recommended accommodation in Akagera National park include Akagera Game Lodge, Ruzizi tented Camp and Akagera Rhino Lodge among others.

    What to pack on a Rwanda Safari
    Travelers visiting Akagera National park are reminded to carry and pack essentials to ensure a safe, enjoyable and comfortable stay. Among the things to carry for game safaris in Rwanda include

  • Camera with extra battery
  • SunGlasses
  • Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellants
  • Energy giving snacks
  • Sweaters and scaff for morning game drives
  • Flat comfortable for a safari
  • Day Pack
  • Toiletries
  • Medical Kit
  • Sun protection gear
  • Easy and friendly clothes
  • Other activities in Akagera National Park
    Besides game viewing, travelers to Akagera National park have optional activities such as boat cruise at Akagera river, nature walks, bird watching, camping and scenic viewing among others. African Apes Holidays is at your service to arrange extra activities to ensure a peaceful and enjoyable Rwanda Safari in Akagera National Park.

    In conclusion, a Rwanda safari without game viewing in Akagera National park is incomplete. Contact African Apes Holidays today, book a game safari to Akagera National Park and visit to see big five game at affordable rates

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    Trek Rwanda gorillas @$200

    Trek Rwanda gorillas @$200

    Enjoy Rwanda’s discounted gorilla permits to Volcanoes National Park with African Apes Holidays. Rwanda gorilla tours and permits have been discounted to $200 to give all travelers chance to be part of the magical mountain gorilla trekking experience at the lowest price ever. YES, you can trek Rwanda gorillas in Volcanoes National Park for as less as $200 per traveler. The new initiative was introduced following the reopening of Rwanda national park to tourism after 3 months of no tourism in the land of a thousand hills. The $200 applies to Rwanda locals, east African citizens and foreign residents. On the other hand, foreign non-residents in Rwanda will pay $500 a huge discount from the previous $1500. The discounted permits in Rwanda will be valid till December 2020. The reopening of gorilla tours in Rwanda was announced by the Rwanda Development to relief travelers and tour operators a relief from the stresses of the corona virus that hindered travels all over the world. All tourism, research and other related tourism activities in Rwanda had been suspended for three months to prevent the spread of the deadly Covi19 to wild animals especially the endangered primates. Apparently, all national parks in Rwanda including Nyungwe Forest National Park, Gishwati Mukura and Akagera National Park are open for tourism. A 1-Day Rwanda gorilla trek starting and ending in Kigali give short time travelers a chance to visit gorilla in the shortest time possible.

    How to trek Rwanda gorillas amidst Covid19 Pandemic?

    Rwanda gorilla tours

    Keep distance from the gorillas

    Travelers who are already in Rwanda are at a big advantage of trekking Rwanda gorillas in Volcanoes National park at a discount. More so, travelers with chattered flights flying direct to Rwanda are allowed to trek Rwanda gorillas. The reason for emphasizing chartered flights direct to Rwanda is to avoid stopovers, which can lead to the spread of the virus. African Apes Holidays, helps you book and reserve discounted Rwanda gorilla permits as well as tailor making a suitable Rwanda travel itinerary to meet, satisfy and exceed your travel expectations. Alternatively, you can book directly through Rwanda Development Board, the government body responsible for mountain gorilla conservation and tourism in Rwanda.


    Positive trend in Rwanda Tourism a week after the re opening of national parks

    A week after the reopening of national parks, Rwanda Development Board has so far seen a great positive trend in the number of tourist arrivals. The country has so far received groups of travelers visiting mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest and big five game in Akagera National Park.

    Guide to visiting Rwanda amidst Corona Virus
    In order to ensure safety of travelers and wild animals, Rwanda Development Board ha put directives to be followed by all travelers to Rwanda. On the actual day of visiting gorillas or any other wild animals in all National Parks, all travelers gather at respective park head quarters for briefing. The guide for visiting Rwanda amidst corona virus include:
    1. Compulsory temperature testing for all travelers
    2. Sanitize with an alcohol based hand rub and wash hands with soap for at least 20 minutes
    3. Mask up your face
    4. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
    5. When visiting gorillas or chimpanzees, keep a distance of 10 meters away from the primates
    6. Sneeze and cough in your bent elbow
    7. Avoid hand shaking
    8. Keep a distance from each other
    9. If you feel any fever, cough and difficult in breathing, seek the medical attention
    10. Follow the guide of your park rangers

    Top tourist activities in Rwanda

    Game viewing in Rwanda

    Game Viewing in Akagera National Park

    Whereas Rwanda has numerous natural attractions and activities, some activities are exceptional. Check the top things to see and do in Rwanda with African Apes Holidays, your trusted safari company in Rwanda and the whole of east Africa. The must do activities in Rwanda include:

    • Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, which bring in the highest number of travelers to Rwanda. The country is home to over 400mountain gorillas habituated into 10 gorilla families. Rwanda is a luxury gorilla safari destination in the world.

    • Big five game in Akagera National park is a not miss on your Rwanda safari. The park is home to numerous wild animals, which include lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, hippos, giraffes, waterbucks, Impalas, warthogs, Topis, zebras, black tailed mangose, serval cats and black masked civet among others. Day and night game drives are done to give travelers chance too see various wild animals grazing, feeding and hunting.

    • Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park is yet another must do tourist activity in Rwanda. a permit to trek chimpanzees in Rwanda costs $100 which is fairer even for budget travelers. Chimpanzee trekking can be done either in the main forest or in Cyamudongo forest. Hover, all experiences are exceptional.

    • Golden Monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park is worth doing at $100 only

    • Canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest complements chimpanzee trekking making a full package.

    • Mount Karisimbi hiking offers you gives you chance to stand at the summit of the highest volcano in the Virunga conservation area. A 2 Days Mt Karisimbi hiking tour is a suitable package for you

    Best time to visit Rwanda
    Whereas Rwanda can be visited all year round, Dry season in the month of June, July, August, September, and December to February is the best time for most tourist activities in Rwanda. Gorilla treks, chimpanzee tours and mountaineering experiences are best done in the dry season. On the otherhadn, the wet season in the months of March, April, May, October and November comes with discounted offers in lodge and mots service providers.

    What to Pack for Rwanda safaris
    Wondering on what to pack on your Rwanda safari? No worries,, African Apes Holidays brings you the packing list to Rwanda. The must carry things to Rwanda include:
    1. Hiking boots/shoes when going for a trek
    2. Lon sleeved shirts /blouses to protect your arms
    3. Long pants to cover your legs
    4. Insect repellents
    5. Warm sweaters and jumpers. Rwanda is very cold at night
    6. Sun glasses and hat
    7. Energy giving snacks
    8. Camera with extra batteries
    9. Gardening gloves for your hands
    10. Rain jackets for the unpredictable weather
    Grab the chance and trek Rwanda gorillas at a discount. Contact African Apes Holidays today, book your Rwanda trip and enjoy Rwanda’s lifetime experiences at discounted prices.

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    Rwanda Re opens for Tourism –  Discounted Gorilla Permits

    Rwanda Re opens for Tourism – Discounted Gorilla Permits

    Rwanda has finally reopened for tourism after three months of no tourism in the country. The good news for the reopening of Rwanda’s national parks was announced on June 17th 2020 by the Rwanda development board. More interestingly, the reopening came with great promotion for those visiting to trek gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Effective from 18th June to 31st December 2020, Rwanda Development Board is offering discounted gorilla permits at $200 discounted gorilla permits at $200 for Rwanda nationals and East African community citizens living in Rwanda while foreign non residents will pay $ 500 per permit. The discounted permits in Rwanda for the next 6 months is a great relief for primate lovers while dream is to visit gorillas in Rwanda.

    Sanitise for Corona Virus

    Remember to Sanitise

    Rwanda Development Board is also offering special Rwanda safari packages for families, big groups and corporations visiting Volcanoes National Park home for the endangered gorillas and Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzee trekking. However, travelers are reminded that the price for Rwanda gorilla permits will go back to the initial $1500. In May 2017, Rwanda Development Board double increased its gorilla permit costs from $700 to $1500, which transferred Rwanda into Africa’s luxury gorilla destination.

    More so, Rwanda is allowing the resumption of international travel for charter flights for foreign travelers. Rwanda Development board will exempt all international travelers from the exiting anti coronavirus measures, which stop travelers from entering Rwanda. In the meantime, all commercial flights in Rwanda are still on suspension till further notice.

    Directives for Visiting Rwanda Now

    Preventive measures for corona virus

    Wear a mask

    While Rwanda is allowing travels amidst corona Virus, the government, Rwanda ministry of Health and Rwanda Development Board have put directive for all those visiting national park. Firstly, all domestic tourists to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks MUST test negative for corona Virus 48 hours before the visiting date.
    Secondly, foreign travelers traveling with charter flights MUST have tested negative for Corona Virus within 72 hours before arrival. They will be tested again before visiting any primates. The recommended COVID19 test centers in Rwanda are Amahoro National Stadium in Kigali city on appointment only while another private test Centre is at Petit Stade. More test centers will se established according to demand.

    Discounted gorilla permits in Rwanda
    Grab the chance to and trek Rwanda gorillas at discounted prices. The major reason for discounted Rwanda gorilla permits is to encourage more travels to Rwanda. Its undeniable that in the past 2 years, most budget travelers were cut off from trekking gorillas in Rwanda due to very high prices @$1500. For that reason, mots of the would have been Rwanda tourists ended up crossing to the neighboring Uganda to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks where gorilla tours were quite cheaper. The Kigali to Bwindi gorilla trekking safaris have been s common in the past 2 years before the outbreak of the deadly corona virus since March 2020.


    When was tourism in Rwanda suspended?

    All tourism and research activities in Rwanda National Parks were suspended since March 2020. Primate parks of Volcanoes for mountain gorillas, Nyungwe Forest and Gishwati Mukura National parks were closed first to prevent the spread of the deadly corona virus to the endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Shortly after, Akagera National Park home to the big five game and all other tourist destinations in Rwanda were closed. Kigali International airport was also closed and no domestic or international flights were allowed except for emergency. More so, border points to the neighboring countries especially Uganda and Congo were closed to avoid the spread of the virus across borders.

    Impacts of Covid19 on Rwanda Tourism

    Gorillas in Rwanda

    Baby gorilla with mum in VNP

    Corona Virus has negatively affected Rwanda tourism during the lockdown. The ban on travels into Rwanda led to the cancellation of many trips some of which were due. Some travelers postponed trips till unknown further date while others cancelled totally and asked for refund. The government of Rwanda has lost over 70% of its revenue or this financial year. over 50% of Rwanda’s Gross Domestic Product has been through the sell of mountain gorilla which is not the case now. Also, service providers such as lodges, hotels and transportation companies have lost a lot of revenue. Many jobs have been lost in the process, which had increased the unemployment rate in the small land locked Rwanda. However, with the reopening of tourism in Rwanda, we hope for the best in the shortest time possible.

    How to Book a Rwanda safari amidst Corona Virus?
    Do you want to book and Enjoy Rwanda’s discounted offers amidst corona Virus? African Apes Holidays is at your service to book and reserve for you a discounted gorilla permit in Rwanda. We offer tailor made Rwanda safari packages for gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest, Kigali city tour and game safaris in Akagera National Park at affordable rates.

    The reopening of Rwanda tourism is great news for travelers and tour operators. Book today, follow the guidelines, stay safe and enjoy Rwanda’s promotional offers on gorilla trekking and other Rwanda safaris across the country with African Apes Holidays.

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    Four Poachers Arrested for Killing Endangered Silverback Gorilla

    Four Poachers Arrested for Killing Endangered Silverback Gorilla

    Uganda Wildlife authority is mourning the loss of Rafiki, the dominant silverback of Nkuringo gorilla family in Rushaga sector south of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Four local people suspected to have killed Rafiki were arrested after finding wild meat in their homes. The bad news for the loss of the beloved Rafiki was shared on 12th June 2020 by the Uganda wildlife Authority. On the fateful morning of 12th June, park rangers found the remains of the dead Rafiki, which had gone missing for 2 days.
    In their statement, UWA reported to the public “We have arrested four people over the death of Rafiki, the silverback of Nkuringo Gorilla group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. They will be prosecuted in the courts of law.
    Four poachers arrested for killing a gorilla in Bwindi

    The four suspects were arrested after the one Bayamukama Felix admitted for killing he silverback. However, in his statements, Byamukama confessed to have killed the silverback in self-defense when the silverback charged at him. Byamukama further confessed to have shred the meat with Amos Kazongo 52 and Beinomugisha Fidel. Rafiki silverback was aged 25 years believed to be one of the oldest mountain gorillas in Nkuringo gorilla family. Safari and Rafiki were left as adult silverbacks after the death of the then Nkuringo silverback who died in April 2008.

    Threats to gorilla tourism in Uganda
    Poaching is one of the key threats to the survival of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and all other gorilla destinations all over the world. Other threats to gorillas include loss of habitats, civil conflicts b rebel groups in parks, diseases and at time natural death.

    About Nkuringo gorilla family
    Trekked in Rushaga sector, south of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Nkuringo gorilla family is one of the hard to trek gorilla families best for adventure travelers to Bwindi. Nkuringo family was the first gorilla family to be habitauted in southern Bwindi in 1997 which make it worth visiting. The gorilla family is named after Nkuringo hill where it lives. Nkuringo hill gives travelers clear views of the Virunga Volcanoes, Mafuha forest, Lake Bunyonyi and the neighboring Congo attractions. A 3 Days Bwindi gorilla tour gives you chance to trek Nkuringo gorilla family. Moreso, travelers doing a 1 day Uganda gorilla trek starting from Kigali Rwanda can easily trek Nkuringo gorilla family due to the close connectivity from Cyanika border to Rushaga sector south of Bwindi Forest National Park. Another gorilla family in Nkuringo sector is Christmas one of the newly habituated gorilla families in Nkuringo

    Guide to Trekking Nkuringo gorilla family

    gorilla families in Uganda

    Nkuringo gorilla family

    The fact that it is located in upper part of Bwindi Forest, Nkuringo gorilla family is one of the tough to trek gorilla families. Travelers visiting Nkuringo gorilla family should therefore be physically fit and mentally ready to conquer the strenuous hike. Trekking time ranges between 2 to 8 hours but you are 99% sure of meeting the endangered gorillas at the end of the day. Trekking Nkuringo gorilla family starts at 7:00am with a pre gorilla trekking briefing about the dos and don’ts of trekking. The guidelines to trekking Nkuringo gorilla family include:
    1. Keep a distance of seven meters away from the gorillas
    2. Ensure physical fitness
    3. Do not use flashlight cameras
    4. Do not look direct into the eyes of the gorillas
    5. Keep your voices low
    6. Keep within your group, follow the guidelines of park rangers
    7. Do not litter in the park, leave only the footsteps
    8. Carry enough drinking water
    9. Carry enough energy giving snacks
    10. Keep clam when a gorilla charges

    What to wear for trekking Nkuringo gorilla family
    In order to ensure peaceful and less stressing gorilla trekking experience, African Apes Holidays gives you a list of what to wear when trekking Nkuringo gorilla family. The right attire for trekking Nkuringo gorilla group include:
    • Hiking boots/shoes for easy movement through the jungle forest
    • Gardening gloves to protect your hands
    • Long pants tucked into the boots
    • Long sleeved shirts and blouse for protecting your arms
    • Hat for protecting your head
    • Sunglasses for your eyes
    • Rain jackets for the unpredictable forest weather

    Best time to trek Nkuringo gorilla family
    Dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, and February are the best time to trek Nkuringo sector. The less or no rains in this season make it easy to trek through this jungle forest. However on the other hand, Nkuringo gorilla family can be trekked all year round. The wet season in March, April, May, October and November. Trekking gorillas in the wet season comes with les crowds in the park and discounted offers from service providers especially the lodges.

    Other gorilla families in southern Bwindi

    Gorilla families in Rushaga sector

    Members of Bweza gorilla family

    Besides Nkuringo gorilla family in Nkuringo sector, southern Bwindi is home to many more gorilla families in Rushaga sector. The gorilla groups in Rushaga include Nshongi family, Busingye family, Mishaya group, Kahungye family and Bweze group. Each gorilla group is visited by a group of eight people per day for an interaction of one hour.

    Kigali to Bwindi Gorilla trekking
    Travelers flying into Kigali Rwanda can easily do Kigali to Bwindi gorilla trekking tours in the shortest time possible. Bwindi Forest is roughly 5 hours drive from Kigali Bwindi compared to a full day (over 10 hors) of driving from Entebbe international airport. Travelers with limited time find Kigali to Bwindi gorilla tours most appropriate. A 2-Day Uganda gorilla tour from Kigali to Bwindi gives entails a pick up from Kigali airport, overnight in Bwindi, gorilla trekking and departure on the second day. If you are doing a 1 Day Bwindi Gorilla trek, pick up is at 3:30 am, 5 hours drive via Cyanika border to attend a pre gorilla trekking briefing at the respective park head quarters. After seeing gorillas, travelers are transferred back to Kigali for their connecting flights. Rushaga sector is suitable for travelers a 1 Day Uganda gorilla trek starting and ending in Kigali Rwanda. African Apes Holidays help you organizes a short Uganda gorilla trek starting and ending in Kigali Rwanda.

    Conclusively, the killing of Rafiki silverback gorilla is a setback and hindrance to the flourishing of gorilla safaris in Uganda. Uganda Wildlife Authority is urged to extensively sensitive local people on how peaceful they can live with the gorillas to prevent poaching and promote sustainable Uganda gorilla tours.

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    Why Need Travel Insurance on a Safari

    Why Need Travel Insurance on a Safari

    Travel Insurance is key for anybody travelling. Traveling has presently become a norm for most people across the world. Whereas travelling is mostly for fun, the industry entails a lot of risks ranging from accidents, sicknesses, loss of baggage, injuries and death at times. For that case, every traveler is advised to have to have a valid travel insurance to help him/her cover up in case of any risks.
    Travel comes in different forms and activities, which include primate safaris (gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, golden monkeys), game viewing in open savannahs, bird watching, forest/nature walks, mountaineering, boat safaris, camping, bungee jumping, white water rafting, walking safaris and cultural visits among others depending on the traveler’s interests. Are you going for a mountain climbing adventure or trekking through jungle forests to trek gorillas? The activity is adventurous with high risks of injuries, insurance is highly recommended. While making gorilla tour bookings and other safari activities, we normally encourage and assure travelers of their safety, however in case of any miscellaneous, a travel insurance helps to cover up the required expenses.

    What Does Insurance Cover?
    Among the expenses that a travel insurance policy covers for include:
    1. Loss of travel bags
    2. Stolen travel bag
    3. Accident on the trip
    4. Death on the trip
    5. Emergency medical expenses
    6. Cost of canceling a trip
    7. Personal liability for example when a traveler is charged for causing any damage or loss while on a safari.

    What is not covered in the travel insurance policy?
    Some things that are not covered by the travel insurance policy include:
    • When a traveler is having a pre existing medical condition such as
    1. Any condition waiting for an operation
    2. Any check up whose test results are not ye out
    3. Any minor condition when you visited a doctor some time back
    4. Hereditary sicknesses such as sick cells
    5. Any other serious sickness including cancer, Heart problem and other respiratory diseases

    Other keynotes
    • Travelers seeking a travel insurance are normally asked whether they are taking any kind of medication
    • Also, travelers are usually asked whether there is any hereditary sickness in his/her families or whether any of the close relatives have any medical condition that calls for attention
    • A travel who cancels his/her trip due to the medical conditions of a family, relative of friends will not receive any insurance coverage for his canceled trip
    • Make sure you disclose all pre existing medical conditions to your insurance company when buying any travel insurance
    Travelers wit any health issue when traveling are reminded to check whether all medical equipment for the medicine being taken are covered
    Also, make sure you have full time help for any emergency calls

    KEY REASONS TO HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE
    There are many benefits of having a travel insurance card, however, these five are the major reasons why every traveler MUST have a travel insurance card. These are:
    1. Do not lose a vacation investment. This happen s when a miscellaneous for example loss of a loved one of sickness occurs few days to the travel date. In most cases, there is no refund from the travel agent but insurance can refund the money you had paid for the cancelled trip
    2. Medical emergencies overseas in case you get an accident, broken legs or any other injuries on your trip in a foreign country. Travel insurance helps you cover up these expenses
    3. Travel insurance is a must in the Untied states Department of State
    4. It covers up minor mishaps which can easily ruin your trip such as loss a loss of a travel bag or missed flight

    Other Important Travel Documents
    Check the list of travel documents you require on any Africa safari with African Apes Holidays. These include:
    • Visa card
    • Yellow Fever vaccination
    • Health insurance card
    • Passport
    • Invitation letter from the hosting company
    • A gorilla permit when visiting gorillas
    • Chimpanzee permit when visiting chimpanzees
    • Passport photos
    Conclusively, a travel insurance is a requirement for anyone planning a safari to Africa and a cross the world. Get it today, book your favorite trip and enjoy nature to the fullness.

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    UWA opens Savannah Parks For Tourism

    UWA opens Savannah Parks For Tourism

    Uganda Wildlife Authority has reopened savannah parks for tourism after close to three months of temporary suspension. Effective from March 2020, the Uganda Wildlife Authority suspended all travels to all national parks to prevent the spread of the deadly virus to wildlife. Travelers and animal lovers can now visit and do game drives in the open savannah parks across the country.  The national parks open for tourism are Murchison Falls National park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Lake Mburo National park. These are the top game parks in Uganda sheltering a high concentration of wild animals. After close to three months of no tourism in all Uganda National Parks and protected areas, the Uganda Wildlife Authority has re-opened savannah parks for tourism. However, primates National Park which including Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Kibale Forest National Park are still closed to protect the endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees from catching the deadly coronavirus.  Part activities such as destination wedding, giveaway, birthdays, and all related activities will not be allowed in the parks. However, all travelers to open parks Must follow the new rules and regulations as out by the Uganda Wildlife Authority as directed by the Ministry of Health and the president

    Guidelines for Visiting Savannah Parks in Uganda amidst Corona Virus

    1. Mandatory washing of hands using soap and sanitize for not less than 20 seconds. Hands must be continually washed after every few hours to keep clean
    2. Mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers at every entry point to the National Park. If a client moves out of the park, he/she will be screened again on the return
    3. All vehicles into the national park must carry half the carrying capacity. This is to ensure the social distance between the clients to avoid close contact
    4. Salon cars will not be allowed to do game drives in the park
    5. Boats for those doing launch cruise in Murchison Falls, Kazinga channel and Lake Mburo will only carry half the carrying capacity
    6. All travelers must wear face masks every time they are in the open. Remove face masks only when in the room
    7. Keep a distance of at least 4 meters from each other
    8. Travelers are also advised to carry personal sanitizers
    9. Large travel groups for more than 25 people are not allowed in the parks
    10. Destination parties such as weddings are not allowed till further notice

    In the same way, the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) gave directives for all hotels, lodges and restaurants which must be followed.

    In general, the atrial opening of Uganda National Parks to tourism gives hope for tourism in the Pearl of Africa in the near future. Travelers planning to visit mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest/Mgahinga National parks plus Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National parks are urged to keep prepared, plan ahead and be ready to ensure this lifetime experience soon after the defeat of corona Virus in Uganda.

     

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    Hiking Trails in Nyungwe Forest National Park

    Hiking Trails in Nyungwe Forest National Park

    Hiking trails in Nyungwe Forest National park are one of the must do travel activities on your Rwanda safaris. YES, a guided hike/walk on foot is the best way to discover and explore the hidden gem in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Nyungwe Forest has the highest number of hiking trails, which lead to different attractions, the waterfalls, rivers, caves and former hunting grounds among others making the whole experience more enjoyable. Nyungwe Forest is home to 13 primates which include chimpanzees, Colubus monkeys, vervet monkeys, silver monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, red tailed monkeys, baboons plus several mammals, birds ad butterflies among others. Hiking trails also called nature/forest walks complement other tourist activities including the common chimpanzee trekking, canopy walk, bird watching and monkey trekking among others. Hiking trails in Nyungwe Forest National Park are categorized into shorty, medium and long depending on the location and the hiking time required. The common hiking trails in Nyungwe Forest National Park include:

    1. Kamiranzovu Marsh Trail
    Hiking trails in Nyungwe ForestOriginating from Kamiranzovu swamp, the waterfalls the most hiked waterfall in Nyungwe forest national Park. Hiking to Kamiranzovu water fall lasts for between 3 to 4 hours depending through marshes and the swamp. The waterfalls stretches for 6 kilometers divided into the lower part composed of huge rocks and the other part of the falling waters. A hike to Kamiranzovu waterfall starts from Gisakura reception Centre following a brief guide by the park ranges. Travelers are escorted by two armed rangers o ensure safety. The many beautiful orchid flowers at the banks of the waterfall make photography more beautiful. Also, the swamps around the waterfall shelter numerous bird species hence the best spot for bird watching. The volume and speed of Kamiranzovu waterfall is high during the rainy season.

    2. Imbaraga Trail
    The 10 kilometers long Imbaraga trail is yet another interesting trail in Nyungwe Forest National Park. The hike to Imbaraga trail starts at Uwinka Information center lasting for roughly 6 hours to reach the end point. The trail is mots followed by travelers going for canopy walk giving them, an added experience. Also, travelers hiking to Imbaraga trail have high chances of meeting the famous chimpanzees in the forest. Imbaraga trail is a strenuous hike but the magical feeling that comes with it is worth the energy.

    3. Ngabwa Trail
    Ngabwa trail hiking starts at Kitabi information center lasting for about 3 hours hike via different vegetation zones. The 5 kilometers Ngabwa trail is a best spot for bird watching being home to numerous birds such as Regal sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Congo ground Thrush, Rwenzori Turaco, Red faced woodland Warbler, Red collared mountain Babbler, Crowned Hornbill and Chinspot Batis among others. The trail is also famous for chimpanzees, L’Hoest monkesy, colubs monkeys and Mangabeys among others.

    4. Igishigishi Trail
    Hiking trails in Nyungwe ForestAlso known as the canopy walk trail, the Igishigishi trail is the most hiked trail in Nyungwe Forest National Park. The trail stretches for about 2.5 kilometers lasting for roughly 2 hours walk to complete it. Igishigishi trail offers you exceptional aerial views of the forest, Virunga volcanoes and other attractions in the neighborhood. The trail starts at Uwinka Information center preceded by a short briefing about the safety guidelines.

    5. Bigugu Trail
    Bigugu trail is the most challenging trail to the Bigugu paek standing at 2,950 meters above the sea level. The 7 kilometers Bigugu trail lasts for about 6 hours hike offering you clear views of Lake Kivu. The trail is the best spot for bird watching sheltering various bird species such as African Paradise Flycatcher, Regal sunbird, Handsome francolin, Buff throated Apalis, Arcer’s robin chat, Ruwenzori Batis, Strange Weaver, Red collared babbler and Stripe breasted tit among others. Physical fitness is key to easily hike via this trail which gets muddy and slippery especially in the rainy season.

    6. Isumo Waterfall Trail
    Isumo waterfall is yet another interesting trail not to miss on your Rwanda safari to Nyungwe Forest National Park. The trek lasts for about4 hours via tea plantations. The beautiful views of Isumo falls with colored flowers on its banks offers you picnic views. Travelers have high chances of seeing many primates and birds along the trail. Isumo waterfalls end point of this trail.

    7. Irebero Trail
    Hiking trails in Nyungwe ForestLocally translated as viewpoint, Irebero trail offers travelers stunning views of lake Kivu, Nyungwe Forest, Tea plantations and the Virunga Volcanoes. The trail is moderate with less difficulty in hiking. Irebero trail stretches for 3.6 kilometers twisting around the two highest summits on the Uwinka ridge.

    8. Muzimu Trail
    Trekking through the shrubs and open health vegetation, Muzimu trail is a remote and less visited trail in Nyungwe Forest National Park. The less visits o Muzimu trail offers the off beaten kind of experience to all travelers. Walk through Muzimu trail starts from the forested buffer zone and later into an open with clear views of Nyungwe Forest and Virunga Volcanoes.

    9. Umugota Trail
    Named after the common Syzygium tree specie commonly seen in tis trail, Umugota trail is worth visiting. The trail stretches taking roughly 3 hours walk. The trail take you through dense forest cover with high chances of meeting primates like chimpanzees, colubus monkeys , birds and mammals. Umugote trail offers you best views of the southern Nyungwe Forest and volcanic mountains in Burundi.

    10. Uwinka Trail
    Hiking trails in Nyungwe ForestUwinka trail starts from Irebero trailhead ending at Kamianzovu marsh trailhead and is one of the difficult hikig trails in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Uwinka trail stretches for 17.8 kilometers which require over 8 hours to hike to the end.

    11. Karamba Birding trail
    The trail is formerly the gold mining area in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Karamba birding trail is known to have the highest bird species in Nyungwe Forest. The birds seen along Karamba trail include Ruwenzori Apalis, Ruwenzori Batis, Handsome Francolin, Dusky Crimsonwing, Archer’s Robi Chat, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Red faced woodland, Buff throated Apalis and Stripe breasted tit among others. Karamaba birding trail stretches for 4 kilometers and is one of the easy to hike trails.

    Other hiking trails in Nyungwe Forest include:
    12. Rukuzi trail
    13. Umuyove Trail
    14. Congo Nile divide trail
    15. Buhoro trail

    What to wear for hiking trails in Nyungwe Forest
    What to wear for hiking trails in Nyungwe ForestCheck for what to wear for hiking trails in Nyungwe Forest National Park with African Apes Holidays your number one Rwanda safari company
    • Wear hiking boots/shoes to easily walk through muddy grounds
    • Long pants
    • long sleeved shirts/buses
    • Hats and sunglasses
    • Gardening gloves for your hands
    • Carry a rain jacket, it may rain any day any time in the forest

    More tips for hiking trails in Nyungwe Forest National Park
    • Don’t forget a walking stick
    • Carry enough drinking water
    • Carry energy giving snacks
    • Keep within your group
    • Binoculars help you zoom birds and other attractions format a distance

    Other things to see and do in Nyungwe Forest National Park
    Atractions in Nyungwe ForestBesides hiking trails/ nature walking, travelers to Nyungwe Forest National Park have an endless list of attractions and activities to see and do. The top tourist activities in Nyungwe Forest include:
    1. Chimpanzee trekking as the number one tourist activity in the forest
    2. Canopy walk for greater aerial views of the forest
    3. Bird watching
    4. Colubus trekking

    Conclusively, hiking trails/nature walks in Nyungwe Forest National Park are a not miss on your Rwanda safari. Contact African Apes Holidays, book your Rwanda safari and enjoy the beauty of Nyungwe Forest on your hiking trail experience.

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    Robots to Fight Covid19 in Rwanda

    Robots to Fight Covid19 in Rwanda

    As a new strategy the prevent the further spread of the deadly Virus, Rwanda has deployed 5 humanoid robots to help in the fight. Rwanda ministry of health received the 5 robots from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in mid May 2020. The new robots will help to ease service delivery systems in Kanyinya health Centre were Covid19 patients are treated. Rwanda was the first African country to introduce robots to assist medical workers in the fight against the deadly corona virus. Upon arrival, the five robots where given Kirwanda names which are Akazuba, Urumuri, Mwiza, Ngabo and Ikizere. Other countries that have used robots to help in fighting against deadly corona virus include China, Switzerland, South Korea and Belgium These were the first countries to register corona virus which has claimed thousands of l people and infecting millions. Rwanda registered her first covid19 positive case in March 2020 and was the first East African country. The government immediately put the whole country under lock down for close to 2 months with minimal business in operations. The major aim for the introduction of the anti tech robots in Rwanda is to limit the chances of health workers from catching the deadly Corona Virus. Health workers are at the frontline and susceptible to catch the Virus

    How do Zoro robots operate?
    Robots help to fight Covid19 in RwandaLike all other robots, the Rwanda copvid19 robots will be computerized. YES, everything will be under the control of the computer. One robot has a capacity to screen between 50 to 150 people per minute, which will ease the work of screening for the new patients. While addressing some Rwanda officials, one robot assured them of the positive results. In its computerized address, one robot said” I have been so resourceful in China, South Korea, Switzerland, Belgium and Netherlands”. This gave confidence to medical workers at Kanyinya facility that indeed; the country will fight Corona Virus with the help of the robots. The things that will be done by the robots in fighting Corona Virus in Rwanda include:
    1. Screening the new suspects
    2. Measuring temperatures for the suspects and patients
    3. Delivering food to Covd19 patients
    4. Delivering medication to the Covid29patients in their wards
    5. Check people not wearing masks and alert them to wear masks
    6. Monitoring corona Virus patients
    7. Notify health workers about new detectives
    8. Keep records of all Covid19 patients in the hospital
    9. Address and give guidelines to the patients

    Cost of Anti Tech Robots
    Each robot is estimated to cost roughly £2,700. However, the services of these robots is worth the penny. The anti tech robots are manufactured by a Belgium company. All countries are advised to purchase the robots to ease the fight against the deadly Corona Virus.

    Corona Virus Cases in Rwanda
    Since March when Rwanda registered her first Corona Virus positive case, the number has raised to 369 positive cases, 244 recoveries and no death as of 27th May 2020. The country was locked down for 2 months to curb the spread of the virus. On 4th May 2020, the government eased the lockdown by allowing essential workers to go back for work, private cars and public cars to operate but carrying a minimum number of passengers as specified by the government. Markets were also allowed to operate but with a high observation of social distance.
    REMINDER: WEARING A FASLK MASK IN PUBLIC IS A MUST FOR EVERY BODY.

    Tourism in Rwanda Amidst corona Virus
    About Corona VirusApparently, all Rwanda safaris to Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, Gishwati Mukura National Park and all other tourism destinations in Rwanda are on a temporarily suspension till further notice. Gorilla Trekking and chimpanzee tours were the first activities to suspend fearing the spread of the deadly virus to the endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Fortunately, Rwanda Development Board relaxed on its gorilla permit and chimpanzee permit cancellation policy to allow travel operators reschedules the already booked permits to a future date. Travel operators can now reschedule and book Rwanda gorilla permits and chimpanzee safaris to any date till 2022 without any penalty. Shortly after the total defeat of Corona Virus, Rwanda will reopen for tourism to reward travelers with amazing wildlife experiences. For the meantime, embrace Rwanda’s virtual gorilla tours and experience gorilla trekking from your sitting room.

    Cost of Post covid19 Rwanda Safaris
    Are you planning to visit Rwanda post covid19? Wondering on the cost of Rwanda safaris? No worries, African Apes Holidaysgives you the details. The cost of Rwanda safaris varies depending on which tourist activity you intend to do, the number of days for a trip, number of people on a trip and the choice of accommodation. For those visiting to trek mountain gorillas, a single Rwanda gorilla permit costs $1500 inclusive of the park entrance fee and conservation fee. Chimpanzee safaris in Rwanda costs $100 and golden monkeys cost $100. However, travelers receive a higher quote depending on which safari activities you choose to do. Contact us today, specify which trip you intend to do and we shall give you a safari quotation to suit your budget.

    Conclusively therefore, the use of anti tech robots to fight corona Virus in Rwanda is a great achievement for the government of Rwanda. We congratulate the ministry of health in Rwanda and hope for the best.

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    Primate Trekking in Rwanda

    Primate Trekking in Rwanda

    Primate trekking rank number one when it comes to Rwanda safarisRwanda safaris. YES, over 50% or more of travelers to Rwanda choose to trek primates yearning to enjoy the magical feeling of meeting face to face with the endangered primates in their natural habitats. Primate safaris in Rwanda bring in the highest Foreign exchange earning into Rwanda improving the country’s gross domestic product. Do dream of visiting the endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees or the golden monkeys? Rwanda primate safaris are the suitable package for you. Primates share over 99% of human genes which make them man’s close relatives. Our 5 Days Rwanda primate’s safari is a suitable package to visit and enjoy magical encounters with Rwanda’s primates. The humanlike characters of primates in their families make them a must on any Rwanda safari for a memorable experience. Primate trekking in Rwanda entails:

    Mountain gorilla trekking
    Primate safaris in RwandaDone in the bamboo forests of Volcanoes National Park, mountain gorilla trekking is the most done tour is activity in the land of a thousand hills. Rwanda is one of the three countries that shelter the endangered gorillas alongside Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Volcanoes National Park is home to over 350 mountain gorillas habituated into 10 gorilla families. Rwanda is second to Uganda in sheltering the high number of mountain gorillas. In 2017, Rwanda transformed into a luxury gorilla tour destination following the hike of their gorilla permit prices from $750 to $1500 each. 80 gorilla permits are available everyday in Rwanda served on first come first serve basis. Rwanda gorilla treks range from 1-Day gorilla tour to over 10 days Rwanda gorilla and wildlife safari depending on the traveler’s budget and time. Rwanda gorilla groups include:
    1. Amahoro Gorilla group
    2. Susa A gorilla family
    3. Sabyinyo Gorilla Group
    4. Karisimbi Gorilla Group
    5. Hirwa Gorilla Family
    6. Agashya gorilla group
    7. Kwitonda gorilla family
    8. Titus Gorilla Group
    9. Umubano gorilla family
    10. Pablo Gorilla Family
    Each gorilla family is visited by a group of 8 travelers a day for an hour. Hove, trekking time to see gorillas can range between 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on the location of the gorilla family, the travelers hiking speed and the movement seed of the gorillas. However, whether it takes short or long, travelers are 99% guaranteed a chance to meet the gorillas.


    How to book a Rwanda gorilla safari

    African Apes Holidays is your ultimate gorilla safari company to book and reserve your Rwanda gorilla tour. Contact us today, inform us about your travel dates and we shall arrange for you the best Rwanda gorilla package at affordable rates. Gorilla permit bookings in Uganda are recommended at least 6 months before the trekking date. More so, you can book directly with Rwanda Development Board.

    Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National park
    Primate safaris in RwandaEnjoy guided chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park with African Apes Holidays. Rwanda safaris to trek chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park Nyungwe Forest National Park are among the top most done activities in Rwanda. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest is done in the main forest home to over 60 individuals and in Cyamudongo Forest home to over 30 individuals. A Rwanda chimpanzee permit costs $100 inclusive of the park entrance fee and conservation fees. Besides chimpanzees, Nyungwe Forest is home to other primates such as Olive baboons, Vervet monkeys, Grey cheeked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, Golden monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, Silver monkeys, Dent’s Mona Monkey, Ruwenzori Colobus, and Hamlyn’s monkey. The other tourist activities to do in Nyungwe Forest include canopy walk, colubus trekking, bird watching, waterfall hiking, and forest/nature walks among others.

    Golden Monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park
    Do not miss golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park. a permit to trek golden monkeys cost $100 which is relatively cheap compared to the gorillas in the same forest. Enjoy a magical encounter with the playful, lively and beautiful golden monkeys in their natural habitats. Volcanoes National Park is home o over 500 golden monkeys while the other population lives in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Fortunately, treks to see golden monkeys costs $100, which is quite cheap, compared to mountain gorillas in the same forest

    Guidelines for Primate trekking in Rwanda
    • You must carry a permit your respective primate permit
    • Its not a guarantee to see primates especially in the major forest However you are 99% guaranteed
    • Travelers to Cyamudongo Forest have high chances of seeing chimpanzees
    • Trekking time ranges between 2 hours to 7 hours
    • Do not trek when sick
    • Keep a distance of seven meters away from the primates
    • Avoid direct eye contact with the primates
    • Do not litter in the park
    • Keep your voice low

    What to pack for primate trekking in Rwanda
    Travelers visiting to trek primates in Rwanda are reminded to pack the essentials to avoid any difficulties while in the jungle. Among the things to carry for primate trekking in Rwanda include:
    1. Hiking boots/shoes for easy movements through the jungle forests
    2. Gardening gloves to cover and protect your hands
    3. Sun glasses for the eyes
    4. Hat for the head and hair for ladies
    5. Insect repellants
    6. Energy giving snacks
    7. Log sleeved shirts and blouses
    8. Long pants
    9. Rain jackets/coats for the unpredictable forest rains
    10. Warm sweaters and jackets
    11. Extra batteries for the camera
    12. First aid Kit.
    Primate trekking in Rwanda offers you the best wildlife experience. Contact African Apes holidays today, book a Rwanda safari to trek mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and golden monkeys at affordable rates.

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    Rwanda virtual Tours to See Gorillas

    Rwanda virtual Tours to See Gorillas

    You can now trek Rwanda’s mountain gorillas right from you sitting room! YES, even when the actual Rwanda gorilla safaris are temporarily suspended amidst the novel corona Virus pandemic, gorilla lovers can still visit and experience Rwanda mountain gorillas in their homes. The Virtual Reality Film that was launched by Rwanda Development Board gives you a chance to see and enjoy a moment with Rwanda gorillas without traveling to Volcanoes National Park. Rwanda’s Virtual reality film was launched on 22nd April 2020 when the world was celebrating Earth Day. Rwanda Development Board supported by the Ellen Fund, Habitat XR and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund established the new initiative.


    Rwanda Virtual tours to see gorillas

    Virtual Gorilla Tours in Rwanda

    About the Virtual Reality Film
    The Virtual reality film is as if real! The experience gives you a face-to-face encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas on your screen in your sitting room. The film covers travelers starting up a trek to meet the gorillas through the thick jungles. On meeting gorillas, travelers are seen taking photos and capturing videos while observing and enjoying the human like characters of mountain gorillas in their families. The film shows you how gorillas feed, play, adult females nurse babies; silverbacks guard their families while juveniles play tirelessly to entertain and keep the whole family lively

    Is there any cost to watch the Reality Film?
    NO, Rwanda’s Virtual reality film is free of charge to all people e interested in seeing Rwanda’s gorillas. All you need are the personal VR headset and nothing more.

    Platforms to Watch Virtual Reality Film
    Wondering where to watch the Virtual Reality Film? No worries, the film can be viewed on Rwanda partner platform, which include VEER, Within, Samsung VR and Oculus among others. All these platforms are available online. For those on snapshot, the Virtual Reality Film can be viewed without a VR headset online.

    How long is the Virtual Reality Film?
    The VR film lasts for 5 minutes but the magical feeling it comes with is undeniably worth the time. If you want to have extended time with the endangered mountain gorillas, you can replay the video as many times as you wish to have enough of this magical experience.

    Current state of Rwanda gorilla tours
    Apparently, all Rwanda safaris to trek gorillas in Volcanoes National park, golden monkeys, chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest are on halt. Rwanda was the first East African country to close her primate national Parks in a bid to prevent the endangered primates from catching the deadly Corona Virus. Similarly, all other forms of tourism activities and research activities in Rwanda are currently on lockdown. Fortunately, Rwanda relaxed its gorilla permit booking and cancellation policy to enable travelers to reschedule gorilla permits to any future date up to 2022 without any penalty.

    Why the closure of primate parks in Rwanda?
    The closure of primate national parks in Rwanda and the temporarily suspension of gorilla safaris and other wildlife experiences in Rwanda was meant to prevent the spread of the deadly Corona Virus to the endangered species. African Apes especially mountain gorillas and chimpanzees are close relatives to human beings, which make them susceptible to human illnesses especially the communicable diseases. In the past years, Africa has registered death in mountain gorillas due to common cold and flu transmitted from people. The fear of the spread of human to wildlife diseases is one reason why sick travelers are not allowed to trek gorillas and other primates.


    Postcovid19 Rwanda safaris

    There is hope for Postcovid19 Rwanda safaris in the near future. Yes, the tourism industry strongly believes in the continuity and resuming of Rwanda safaris after the defeat of the deadly virus. Travel operators and potential travelers are therefore advised to keep ready to enjoy the postcovid19 Rwanda safaris, which will then be fresh. All tourist activities in Rwanda including gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking, game safaris, mountain climbing, nature walks, city tours, golden monkey trekking, canopy walk and cultural tours among others will all resume operating in the near future.

    How to book the Postcovid19 Rwanda safari
    Contact African Apes holidaysto book your Rwanda’s postcovid19 safari. We offer you tailor made gorilla trekking packages to Volcanoes National park complemented by other all other wildlife experiences to suit a travelers interests, time and budget. Having informed us about your travel dates, budget and interests, African Apes Holidays arrange for you a customized trip to offer you a memorable Africa safari experience.

    Rwanda’s Virtual Reality film offers you a chance to visit gorillas in Volcanoes National Park from your living room. Take a chance today, tune in on any platform and enjoy a magical encounter with Rwanda’s gorillas at home.

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    UWA Relaxes Gorilla Permit Policy

    UWA Relaxes Gorilla Permit Policy

    Uganda Wildlife Authority has relaxed on its gorilla permit rescheduling and cancellation policy amidst closure of gorilla national Parks in Uganda due to Covid19. The new policy allows travelers and travel operators to reschedule mountain gorilla permits to a later date of convenience within 2 years to 2022. UWA’s relaxation of gorilla permit policy is meant to encourage postponement “Travel Tomorrow ” an avoid gorilla tour cancellations due to Covid19 pandemic. Travel operators can now reschedule gorilla permits in Uganda to any date till 2022 without facing any penalty.

    Post Covid19 Uganda gorilla safaris
    We hope for the continuity of post Covid19 Uganda gorilla safaris at a later date after the defeat of the deadly virus. Uganda is the best post covid19 gorilla safari destination given her low cost gorilla safaris, close connection from Rwanda to Uganda for short gorilla treks and gorilla trekking add-ons, which make Uganda a complete safari destination. Travelers are advised to keep ready for the exceptional post covid19 gorilla safaris in Uganda in the near future date. Gorilla Parks were closed to prevent the spread of corona virus to the endangered mountain gorillas. Gorilla share over 99% of human genes, which make them susceptible to communicable diseases, of which Corona Virus is among.

    Gorilla Parks in Uganda
    Uganda has 2 mountain gorilla parks both located in southwestern Uganda. The two gorilla parks in Uganda are Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Bwindi Forest is home to the highest number of gorilla families in the world (half of the world’s population). Bwindi Forest shelters 17 habituated gorilla families shared in 4 sectors that make up the national Park. The gorilla families in Bwindi Forest are Mubare family, Habinyanja gorilla group, Rushegura gorilla family, Nkuringo Family, Oruzogo Family, Nshongi Gorilla Family, Katwe family, Muyambi family, Christmas gorilla family, Bitukura Gorilla family, Kyaguliro gorilla family, Mishaya Gorilla Family, Bweza Gorilla group, Busingye Gorilla group, Kutu Gorilla family, Rwigi Gorilla Group, and Mucunguzi Gorilla Group. More 2 gorilla families i.e Bushaho and Bikyingi gorilla families are undergoing gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga sector south of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. On other the hand, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park shelters 1 gorilla family, Nyakagyezi Gorilla Family and it’s the only family in this park. Each gorilla family in Bwindi Forest National Park is visited by a group of 8 people.

    Cost of Gorilla Tours in Uganda

    Uganda gorilla tours cost $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents. The gorilla habituation experience costs $1500 allowing a traveler to spend four hours with the endangered gorillas. African Apes Holidays help you to book and reserve gorilla permits saving you time and energy. Alternatively, you can book a Uganda gorilla permit directly with Uganda Wildlife Authority. Gorilla permit bookings are recommended at least 6 months prior the trekking date to encourage timely planning.

    Guide to Gorilla trekking in Uganda
    On the day of gorilla trekking, travelers are gathered at the respective park head quarters in Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks. The pre gorilla trekking briefing is about giving travelers a guide on gorilla trekking to ensure safety of the endangered gorillas. The guide to gorilla trekking in Uganda include among others:
    • Do not trek when sick to protect the endangered gorillas
    • Do not shout or speak loud in the presence of gorillas
    • Do not use flashlight cameras
    • Do not touch the gorillas
    • Do not look direct into the eyes of the mountain gorillas
    • Do not litter in the park, leave only the footsteps
    • Keep within your group; do not move alone in the jungle.
    Conclusively, the relaxation of Uganda gorilla trekking permit policy is a good move to promote sustainable gorilla safaris in Uganda. Reschedule your gorilla permit to a future date and save gorilla tourism in Africa.

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    Where to See Apes in Africa

    Where to See Apes in Africa

    Apes are the most visited wild animals in Africa that no traveler should miss on his/her African safari. YES, the great apes of Africa attract the highest number of travelers from all over the world. Most travelers planning African Apes Holidays have often asked where is the best place o see gorillas, chimpanzees and other apes in Africa. Are you among the people who wonder where is the best place to see Apes? No worries, African Apes Holidays has got you covered. We bring the full list of places to see apes in Africa and go a head to tailor make for you a suitable package to see and spend time with the endangered apes in their natural habitats. The magical feeling of looking direct into the eyes of the silverback gorillas, seeing chimpanzees live together in their communities make Ape safaris the best wildlife experiences in Africa.

    Examples of Apes
    African Apes HolidaysWondering the examples of the apes?, Well, Apes in Africa include mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, humans and Gibbon. Mountain gorillas and chimpanzees are the most visited apes in Africa. Check the best places to see apes with African Apes Holidays:

    Apes Tours in Uganda
    Sheltering half of the world’s mountain gorillas, Uganda is the top apes safari destination in Africa and the whole world. The pearl of Africa is home to 19 habituated gorilla families 18 of which live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park while 1 lives in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Mountain gorilla trekking is the most done tourist activity in Uganda, which bring in the highest number of travelers into the country. A Uganda gorilla permit costs $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for east African residents. More so, Uganda is the center of experimental gorilla habituation experience which gives travelers chance to take part in the training of wild gorillas making them get used to people. A gorilla habituation experience permit costs $1500 allowing travelers to spend four hours with the gorillas. Uganda gorilla safaris starts from Entebbe International airport with a full day drive to Bwindi Forest/Mgahinag Gorilla National Parks. Alternatively, you can fly into Kigali Rwanda and cross to Uganda via Katuna or Cyanika border to trek gorillas in Bwindi Forest. Kigali to Bwindi Gorilla trekking is the best option for travelers with limited time.

    African Apes HolidaysMore so, Uganda is home to the highest population of chimpanzees in East Africa. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda takes place in Kibale Forest National Park, the primate capital of Africa. Other places to visit chimpanzees in Uganda include Kalinzu Forest, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park. If you want to learn more about he chimpanzees, book a chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale Forest National Park.

    Rwanda Apes Safaris
    Rwanda ranks second best apes destination in Africa. Rwanda is second to Uganda in sheltering the highest number of mountain gorillas habituated in Volcanoes National Park. Since 2017, Rwanda transformed into a luxury gorilla safari destination following a double increase 0f Rwanda gorilla permits prices to $1500 each. Rwanda is home to 10 habituated gorilla families.
    Do you want to visit the chimpanzees in Rwanda? Visit Nyungwe Forest National Park in southwestern Rwanda. A chimpanzee permit in Rwanda costs $100 valid for an hour.

    Congo Gorillas & Apes Safari
    African Apes HolidaysIf you want to have the off beaten Apes safari experience, then Congo is your ultimate apes destination. The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to the endangered mountain gorillas sheltered in Virunga National Park. A Congo gorilla safari also entails visiting the Eastern Lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park. Congo is the least visited gorilla tour destination, which give travelers a less interrupted gorilla encounter. A Congo gorilla permit costs $45 hence the best option for budget travelers.
    Chimpanzee trekking in Congo takes place in Mahura Forest, Lwiro Chimpanzee sanctuary, Virunga National park and Jeunes Animaux Confisques au Katanga.
    Still in Congo, visit the LolaYa Bonobo to see the endangered bonobos feeding, resting and playing. Bonobos are the closest relatives to people compared to all other apes.

    Cross-river Gorillas in Nigeria & Cameroon
    African Apes HolidaysVisit the Montane forests of Cameroon and Nigeria to trek the endangered Cross-river gorillas. Scientifically called Gorilla gorilla diehli, Cross River gorillas are a subspecies of the western gorillas. The gorilla specie is critically endangered with between 200 to 300 individuals left in the whole world. The major threats to the survival of cross-river gorillas are habitat loss, civil conflicts and poaching.
    Other places to see Apes include Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola and Central African Republic

    Guide to Ape safaris in Africa
    Having known where to see Apes in Africa, start planning for your African Apes Holiday. Firstly, confirm the availability of permits based on which apes you are interested in visiting. Check with responsible government conservation bodies to confirm availability of permits. To make permit bookings easier, African Apes Holidays does it for you. More so, confirm the availability of you desired accommodation for food and sleeping services. Your lodge/hotel/Camp should be near your trekking area. Physical exercises to ensure fitness. Trekking to see Apes in the jungle is an adventurous, tiresome and strenuous activity, which requires physical fitness. Also, ensure to pack the right attire for trekking. Your ape trekking packing list should include:
    1. Hiking Boots/shoes to easily walk through the jungle
    2. Gardening gloves to protect your hands
    3. Rain jacket in case it rains
    4. Sun glasses for your eyes
    5. Hat for your head and hair for ladies
    6. First aid Kit
    7. Insect repellants
    8. Energy giving snacks
    9. Bottled drinking water
    10. Long pants tucked into the boots
    11. Scarf and warm sweaters
    12. Long sleeved shirts & blouse

    While with the apes, travelers are also reminded to follow the guidelines as put by conservation bodies in respective countries. Among the rules and regulations of apes trekking in Africa include:
    • Keep a distance of at least 7 meters away from the apes to avoid the spread of human apes diseases
    • Do not look direct into the eyes of the gorillas and other apes. It makes uncomfortable
    • Do not use flashlight cameras. It terrifies them
    • Donot touch the apes
    • Keep your voices low
    • Do not trek when sick. Apes are susceptible to human illnesses
    • Do not litter in the park. Leave only the footsteps
    African Apes Holidays offers you the best encounter with gorillas, chimpanzees, Bonobos and other apes in the jungle forests of Africa. Contact us today, book your Apes Safari and enjoy the magical encounter.

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    Two Baby Gorillas Born in Bwindi Forest

    Two Baby Gorillas Born in Bwindi Forest

    Uganda Wildlife Authority is celebrating the birth of 2 baby gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Parkamidst the lockdown. The baby gorillas were born to Muyambi and Nshongi gorilla families on April 25th and 1st May. Apparently, the sexes of baby gorillas are not yet known due to the tight monitoring of babies by their parents. Baby gorillas were discovered by park rangers in Bwindi Forest National Park while doing the daily survey of gorillas in the national park. The birth of new baby gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park is a success story of gorilla conservation efforts by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the general public. The baby gorillas have added on the total number of gorillas in Bwindi Forest, Uganda and Africa as a whole. Kabagyenyi, the mother and Bweza the father of the baby gorilla in Nshongi gorilla family were seen tightly guarding their baby against any external attack. In Muyambi gorilla family, Muyambi silverback and the baby mama plus the entire family were seen soothing and warming the new family member. The birth of new baby gorillas gives hope for continous gorilla safaris in Uganda

    Current State of gorilla tourism in Uganda
    As of 11th May 2020, all Uganda gorilla safaris and reach activities in Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Par are on a temporary suspension. The two gorilla national parks were closed in March 2020 following the outbreak of the deadly Corona Virus, which is so infectious to the endangered gorillas. Travel operators and travelers were advised to postpone all trips to a further date to prevent gorillas from catching this deadly Virus. Fortunately, Uganda Wildlife Authority relaxed its gorilla permit cancelation policy allowing travel operators to reschedule their permit to any desired date up to 2022 without facing any penalty.

    About Nshongi gorilla family
    Nshongi gorilla family was the first gorilla group habituated in Rushaga gorilla family in southern sector of Bwindi Forest National Park. Nshongi was at first the biggest gorilla family inn Bwindi Forest that comprised of over 35 members. Un fortunately, the gorilla group kept on splitting and it currently as 9member. The new baby is therefore the 10th member of Nshongi gorilla group. Most of the Nshongi gorilla family is members were lost to external attacks from other families who grab some members and others lost to natural death.

    About Muyambi Gorilla Family
    Muyambi is a newly introduced gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, which was opened, or trekking in 2019. Muyambi is the dominant silverback that heads other 5 members. Altogether, Muyambi gorilla family has 6 members. Muyambi family split from Mubare gorilla family in Buhoma sector north of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Muyambi was one of the former adult males in Mubare family who got disagreements with his dad. The baby Maama in Muyambi family was formerly a member of a wild gorilla family in Bwindi Forest.

    Gorilla Conservation in Bwindi Forest
    For the last 25 years, mountain gorilla conservation in Bwindi Forest has been a success story. Uganda Wildlife Authority has seen a steady increase in the number of mountain gorillas. Bwindi Forest is home to over 500 members, which make it home to half of the world’s total gorilla population. Bwindi is home to 18 habituated for gorilla trekking available for trekking. Gorillas in Bwindi Forest are split in four sectors, which are Buhoma in the north, Ruhija in the East, Nkuringo and Rushaga in the south. Gorilla families in Bwindi Forest include:
    • Mubare Gorilla Family
    • Habinyanja Gorilla family
    • Rushegura Gorilla Family
    • Nshongi Gorilla Family
    • Bweza Gorilla Group
    • Bitukura Gorilla Family
    • Bushaho Gorilla Family
    • Katwe Gorilla Group
    • Nkuringo Gorilla Family
    • Mishaya Gorilla Group
    • Christmas Gorilla Family
    • Kahungye Gorilla Family
    • Oruzogo Gorilla Group
    • Busingye Gorilla Family
    • Kyaguliro Gorilla Group
    • Bikyingi Gorilla Group
    • Mukiza Gorilla Family
    • Kutu Gorilla Group
    • Mucunguzi Gorilla Group

    Bwindi Forest is a center of gorilla habituation experience done in Rushaga sector south of Bwindi. Bikyingi and Bushaho gorilla families are currently undergoing training. A gorilla habituation experience costs $1500 to spend four hours with the gorillas.

    Gorilla permits prices in Bwindi Forest
    Given the high number of gorilla families, Bwindi ha the highest gorilla permits availability in Africa. Uganda gorilla permits are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority @700 for foreign non residents, 600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents. African Apes Holidays help you book and reserve gorilla permits and packages to Bwindi Forest at affordable rates. Gorilla Permit bookings in Uganda is recommended at least 6 months in advance to ensure timely planning.

    The birth of two-baby gorilla in Bwindi Forest is a great achievement for Uganda Tourism. Book a past Covid19 Uganda gorilla safari to Bwindi Forest and get a chance to meet the adorable baby gorillas.

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    Signs, Symptoms & Preventive Measures of Covid19

    Signs, Symptoms & Preventive Measures of Covid19

    Call it Corona Virus o Covid19; the pandemic has affected people word wide since December 2019 when the first case was reported in Wuhan China. The virus has been unknown to the world before 2019. Since then Corona Virus has spread like wildlife infecting and killing millions of people in almost all countries across the globe. The world Health Organization confirmed Corona Virus as pandemic given the infectious nature of the disease. Apparently, all travels across borders have been restricted to contain the spread of this deadly Virus. All National and international airports plus border points are currently closed to stop people from moving from one place to another to combat the spread of the virus. Most governments have locked down all businesses and movements in their countries to limit the spread of the disease.

    Symptoms of Corona Virus

    The symptoms of Corona Virus may take 14 day (2 weeks) to show. One can freely live for 2 weeks without noticing that he or she has the Virus. Research tells that over 80% of people infected with Corona Virus get healed without going to the hospital. Out of the 5 people who get infected, only 1 gets seriously ill Among the common symptom of Covid19 include:
    1. Fever
    2. Dry cough
    3. Headache
    4. Loss of taste
    5. Tiredness
    6. Sore throat
    7. Skin rash
    8. Headache
    9. Aches
    10. Pains

    Any person who experiences the above symptoms is advised to visit a medical center for check up.

    People Likely to get Corona Virus
    Whereas any person of any kind can get infected with the deadly Corona Virus, some categories of people are vulnerable to get Covid19 than the others. The group of people at a high risk of Corona Virus includes the elderly whose immunity is weak; others include those with high blood pressures, heart problems, Lung problem, cancer and any person with a serious illness.

    When to visit the doctor?
    Much as people with no symptoms such as cough and cold are told to self isolate for 14 days, its better to visit the doctor as soon as you develop any serious unusual health condition. People experiencing difficulty breathing, chest pain, throat soars, loss of speech and shortage of breath are advised to seek medical attention.

    How does Covid19 Spread?
    Corona Virus mainly spreads through small droplets of saliva or mucus from the nose. When a person infected with cough or flu sneezes, speaks or coughs near you, droplets are likely to fall on you or nearby object such as a table, doorknobs, and handrails. The Virus spread through these droplets and can stay live on an object for 5 days. Avoid touching dry surfaces and keep a distance of at least 4 meters from infected people.

    How to prevent Corona Virus?
    In order to prevent the spread of deadly Corona Virus from one person to another, World Health Organization has recommended measures. The effective ways of protecting your self and others against Corona Virus include:
    • Keep a distance of 4 meters from another
    • War face masks covering your nose and mouth
    • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap
    • Sanitize all surfaces such as tables, chairs, and door knobs among others
    • Avoid hand shake
    • Avoid crowded places (any place with large crowds)
    • Avoid touching soft parts, nose, eyes and mouth
    • Visit the doctor when you feel any kind of sickness

    About Self Isolation
    People who show symptoms of corona Virus are advised to self isolate from other for 14 days. You can do this at your home or at the hospital you go for check up. People under quarantine or self-isolation are advised to keep away from other people, keep monitoring their symptoms, Place beds at least 1 meter from each other and wash hands regularly with soap or sanitize.

    Apparently, thee is no approved medicine for Covid19. The Virus is still a threat to the lives of all people across the globe. Pay attention to the health guidelines as recommended by the World Health Organization, keep positive and with God we shall overcome.

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    Top Attractions and Activities in Uganda

    Top Attractions and Activities in Uganda

    Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is naturally endowed with numerous tourist attractions located in all corners of the country. Everywhere you go in Uganda, something magical awaits you!. However, some tourist attractions and activities have outcompeted the others. These are the MUST visit for every traveler on a Uganda Safari. Among the Must Visit travel attractions in Uganda include among others:

    Mountain Gorillas
    Inhabited in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Mountain gorillas are the iconic attractions in Uganda. Over 60% of travelers to Uganda visit to trek gorillas rewarding them with a lifetime experience. Mountain gorilla trekking is ranked as the best wildlife experience in the world, a dream come true for most travelers on African Safaris. Uganda is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas, which make it the premier gorilla safari destination. Uganda gorilla permits cost $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents. A gorilla habituation experience permit costs $1500 allowing you to spend four hours with the gorillas.

    Chimpanzees
    Uganda chimpanzee toursChimpanzee safaris are among top safari experiences in Uganda. YES, a chimpanzee trekking safari to Kibale Forest offers you a close encounter with the man’s closest relatives in their natural habitats. Other places to see chimpanzees in Uganda are Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park, and Kalinzu Forest. A Uganda chimpanzee trekking permit costs $200 for Foreign non residents, $150 for foreign residents, and UGX 150,000 for East African Residents. All bookings are done through African Apes Holidays or directly with the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

    Game Safaris
    Go game viewing in the open savannah parks of Uganda. African Apes HolidaysAfrican Apes Holidays offer you guided game drives in Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Semliki Valley National Park. Morning and evening game drives offer you spectacular views of various wild animals such as buffalos, Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Uganda Kobs, Waterbucks, Warthog’s, Impalas, Hippos and Hyenas among others.

    Mountain Climbing
    Join our adventurous Uganda mountaineering safaris to the summit of Mount Rwenzori (Mountains of the moon), Mt Elgon and the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Hike to the snowcapped Margarita peak of Mt Rwenzori which offers you scenic views of local communities, Virunga Volcanoes, National Parks and all attractions in the neighboring countries. A 10 Days Mount Rwenzori hiking safari is the recommended package to reach the summit of this iconic mountain.

    Golden Monkeys
    Golden Monkey Trekking in RwandaVisit to see the endangered golden monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park southwestern Uganda. It’s only in Mgahinga that travelers get a close encounter with the playful and lively golden monkeys. A permit to trek golden monkeys in Uganda costs $100 inclusive of par entrance fees, conservation, and rangers fee. Golden monkey trekking starts at the Ntebeko information center preceded by a simple briefing. African Apes Holidays helps you book a golden money trekking tour at affordable rates. If you have limited time, you can fly into Kigali Rwanda and cross to Mgahinga via Cyanika border in Kisoro district.

    Birds
    Being home to over 1070 bird species, Uganda is a premier bird-watching destination in Africa. The Pearl of Africa is home to the famous shoebills stork mostly seen in Mabamba wetland short distance from Entebbe International Aiport. The top birding spots in Uganda include Bwindi Forest, Kazinga channel Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls, Semliki Valley, Lake Bunyonyi, Mabira Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The iconic birds in Uganda include Handsome Francolin, Blue qual, Common quail, Yellow cheeked Francolin, Moorland Francolin, Crested Francolin, Jackson’s Francolin, Scaly Francolin, Orange River Francolin, African Jacana, Black bee-eater, Ituri Batis, Masked Apalis, Olive Long-tailed cuckoo, yellow-billed stork, Papyrus gonolok,, red chested owlet and white-naped pigeon.

    Culture
    Activities in Mgahinga Gorilla National parkUganda’s diverse cuture is an exceptional safari package worth exploring on your Uganda safari. Uganda is comprised of over 50 tribes each of which is different in terms of culture, norms and traditions. The most visited cultural communities in Uganda are the Batwa pygmies who are the former dwellers of Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These very short people lived for 1000s of years with wild animals especially the mountain gorillas in harmony. Batwa depended fully on the forests for hunting, fruit gathering and the honey collection as their source of food and livelihood. However, after the introduction of gorilla trekking in Uganda, Batwa pygmies were relocated to the forest borders where they currently. The Batwa cultural trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park gives you a clear understanding of Batwa’s traditional forest life. More so, visit Klamajongo pastoralists in Kidepo Valley National Park to enjoy and experience their traditions and norms.

    The above-listed tourist attractions are a must-visit for every traveler on a Uganda safari if you want to have a memorable experience. Contact African Apes Holidays today, book your Uganda safari, and enjoy the natural beauty of Africa’s Pearl.

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    Lifestyle of Mountain Gorillas

    Lifestyle of Mountain Gorillas

    Up in the high Virunga Mountains at the borders of Rwanda, DR Congo and Uganda lives the great giants the mountain Gorillas. They live in Bwindi impenetrable forest, Volcanoes and Virunga National Parks. They live in large groups/families led by a dominant male known as a silverback, which directs the rest on the day-to-day activities as the adult females dominate the young ones. The gorilla’s gestation period is about 8.5 months and gives birth to one or two babies just like human beings. This normally happens once in four years and that’s why their number hardly grows. The baby gorillas weigh half of the human babies at the time of their birth with about 2.5kgs. Female Gorillas are grown by age six and can mate while males are mature at age ten. At this stage, their backs start turning grey and they start rebelling dominant silverback and leave the group to start their own families/group.
    A large percentage of the young gorillas normally die due to accidents in the kind of environment they live in and also due to the death or departure of the dominant silverback in the group. A new dominant silverback in the group normally kills the young babies to keep its genes only in the group.

    Diet of the Gorillas
    Gorillas’ daily meals consist of roots, leaves stems and fruits. They are naturally vegetarian though they occasionally feed on ants and insects. The bamboo shoots are their greatest diet in particular times of the year. A mature male gorilla can eat up to 20 kgs of green vegetation a day and the silverback normally enjoy the greatest opportunity and rights to feed more than the rest.

    Breeding in Gorillas
    The dominant silverback has mating rights over all the males in the group; it is criminal for other makes to have sex with females and could cause fights.

    The social life of the Gorillas
    Facts about mountain gorillasGorillas begin their day in the early morning hours at around 6:30 when they can see and start their feeding in this time till they around the mid-morning hours and take some rest to digest their full bellies in the afternoon. The mature gorillas lie as they rest as the juveniles continue to play running around in the watch of the silverback. They sleep in nests constructed in the evening hours by each of them. The babies stay with their mums in their nests until around age three when they become a little independent from their mothers.

    Gorilla Habituation and tracking
    Habituation of gorillas involves getting them used to the presence of human beings. They are trained to maintain their natural behavior even in the presence of visitors that come to visit them. Mountain gorilla habituation experience is only done in Rushaga sector south of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The 2-3 years experience is an extended version of gorilla trekking and it’s the first stage all gorilla families go through before they are opened for trekking. A single permit for gorilla habituation experience costs $1500 issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority. Gorilla tracking has become one of the biggest tourist activities in the East African region especially in Uganda, Rwanda and DR. Congo where the Gorillas live.

    Where to do gorillas live?
    Mountain gorillas reside in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Virunga Conservation Area shared by Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Virunga National Park in Congo, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. It’s only in these four national parks that travelers can visit and trek the endangered mountain gorillas. These four National Parks shelter 1006 mountain gorillas half of which live in Bwindi Forest National Park. Altogether, there are 36 habituated gorilla families in the whole world, 18 families in Uganda, 10 in Rwanda and 8 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorilla trekking in both destinations is exceptional but you can trek in both countries for comparisons.

    Cost of Gorilla Trekking in Africa
    The costs of gorilla tours in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo is not static. Each gorilla tour itinerary comes with different costs based on where you trek the gorillas, how many days, which kind of accommodation you choose and the number of people in your group. Regarding the cost of gorilla permits; Rwanda apparently sells the most expensive gorilla permits at $1500 each. In Uganda, gorilla permit prices depend on a traveler’s nationality. A Uganda gorilla permit costs $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents. The Democratic Republic of Congo sells the cheapest gorilla permits at $450 each making it the best gorilla safari destination for budget travelers.


    Lifestyle of mountain gorillasBest Time to Visit gorillas

    Dry season in the months of June, July, August, and December through February is the best time to trek gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. During this time, there are less or no rains which make it easy to trek through the jungles. Travelers intending to trek gorillas in the dry season are advised to book for permits early due to high demand. However, you can trek gorillas in the wet season in the months of March. April, May, October, and November. Trekking in the wet season is a real adventure with difficult hikes through jungle forests. Fortunately, service provides such as lodges, hotels and transport companies normally give discounted services in the low season to encourage travel.

    Gorilla Permit bookings
    African Apes Holidays help you book and reserve gorilla permits in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Booking a gorilla permit through African Apes Holidays saves you time and hustles associated with permit bookings. After telling us about your desired travel dates, we check with UWA the availability of permits and reserve for you. Gorilla permit calls for a deposit fee of 30% and the balance is required 3 months to the trekking date. Alternatively, gorilla permit booing can be done directly with responsible bodies, which are Uganda Wildlife Authority in Uganda, Rwanda Development Board in Rwanda and the management of Virunga National Park.
    A visit to these endangered apes in their natural habitat is a lifetime experience that you must include on your bucket list.

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    2020 to 2022 Uganda Park Rules and Regulations

    2020 to 2022 Uganda Park Rules and Regulations

    Its wise to first learn the rules and regulations governing the national parks of Uganda before confirming any Uganda safari. Yes, upcoming travelers are expected to follow the rules and regulation of Uganda national Parks to avoid embarrassment. More so, travel operators MUST these rules so as to give right answers to travelers incase they are asked during the booking time. The Uganda Park rules were put by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to ensure smooth flow of tourist activities in each park and wellbeing of travelers and wildlife, which promote sustainable tourism in the Pearl of Africa. These rules are renewed after every two years. African Apes Holidays brings you details of rules and regulations guiding national parks in Uganda. These include:
    • Do not Camp or make campfires except at the designated sites
    • Do not drive off tracks in the park
    • Do not disturb wildlife (Do not sound motor horns ) in the park
    • Do not drive in the park beyond7:00pm and 7:00am. Driving beyond this time is only allowed to those doing night game drives
    • Do not bring pets (dogs, cats and other pets) into the park
    • Do not litter in the park
    • Do not bring firearms or ammunitions into the park
    • Do not pic flowers or any other plant from the park. Take only memories when leaving Uganda national Parks
    • Do not
    • Speed the driving speed limit at 40 kilometers per hour
    • Keep all official receipts safe. You will be asked to present them anytime for inspection.
    More, Uganda has got rules regulating gorilla trekking, chimpanzee and other primate trekking experiences in primate national Parks. The primate rules and regulations apply before setting off and after meeting primates.
    Before setting off
    1. You Must carry your valid permit
    2. Travelers below 15 years are not allowed to trek primates
    3. Do not visit primates when sick or with any sign of flue, cold and cough
    4. A group of eight travelers only visit a gorilla/chimpanzee permit
    5. Keep within your group
    6. Follow the guide of your park ranger
    7. Keep voices low, do not speak loud while in the jungle

    Trekking rules when you are with the primates
    1. Keep a distance of seven meters way from the gorillas and chimpanzees
    2. Do not use flashlight cameras to take photographs
    3. Do not eat or drink in the presence of gorillas/chimpanzees
    4. Do not look direct into the eyes of the gorillas or chimpanzees
    5. Turn back your faces when sneezing or coughing
    6. Spend strictly one hour with the gorillas/chimpanzees
    7. Do not smoke in the presence of gorillas/chimpanzees
    8. Do not touch or come in close contact with chimps/gorillas

    Other Key Things to Note when in Uganda National Parks
    Having mastered the rules and regulations in Uganda National Parks, travelers are furthered asked to note the following:
    • All travelers are required to present valid identification document such as national identity cards, passports and passport photos. Those trekking gorillas or primates MUST present valid trekking permits
    • A day’s entrance ticket is valid for twenty-four hours. A traveler spending more than 24 hours in the park will be asked to pay for other 24 hours
    • The category of children are those below 15 years old
    • Entrance fees are independent of package activities such as mountain gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking and mountaineering among others.

    Park entrance fees to Uganda National Park
    Each National Park has a different park entrance fee depending on which activities a traveler intends to do. All fees are paid to Uganda Wildlife Authority.
    Bwindi Forest National Park entrance fee depend on which activity done. Gorilla trekking cost are $700 for foreign non-residents $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African citizens. Birding watching in Bwindi costs $30 for foreign nonresidents, $30 for foreign residents and UGX 10,000 for East African residents
    Gorilla Habituation experience costs $1500 for foreign residents $1000 for foreign residents and UGX 750,000 for East African citizens
    A batwa trail in Bwindi Forest costs $40 for foreign non residents, $40 for foreign residents and UGX 40,000 for East African residents while in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park it costs $80 for half day.

    Park Entrance fees FNR FR EAC (UGX)
    Murchison Falls National Park $40 $30 20,000
    Kidepo Valley National Park $40 $30 20,000
    Queen Elizabeth National Park $40 $30 20.000
    L.Mburo National Park $40 $30 20,000
    Kibale Forest National Park $200 $150 150,000
    Mt Rwenzori National Park $55 $25 15,000
    Having a wide knowledge about the rules and regulations of Uganda national park, entrance fees and all other information is key for everyone planning a Uganda. Contact African Apes Holidays for more travel advice to Uganda.

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    Gorilla Tour Inclusions & Exclusions

    Gorilla Tour Inclusions & Exclusions

    The inclusions and exclusions of a gorilla safari in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo is a major concern for most if not travelers booking to trek mountain gorillas in Africa. During gorilla tour booking, travelers often ask the cost of a gorilla safari depending on the number of days for the trip and the people traveling. At times, the total sum of a gorilla safari looks and sounds huge especially for first-time travelers. Gorilla trekking is undeniably the most expensive which most people take to be a luxury adventure. African Apes Holidays brings you the gorilla tour cost breakdown to answer all your questions. The gorilla safari inclusions and exclusions are:

    Gorilla Safari Inclusions

    • Mountain gorilla permits

    Gorilla cost inclusions & Exclusions

    Uganda gorila permit

    You must buy a gorilla permit as a pass to see these endangered species. Gorilla permit prices vary from country to country with Rwanda offering the most expensive gorilla permits at $1500 each. In Uganda, a single gorilla permit costs $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents. Congo offers the cheapest gorilla permits costing $400 for all travelers. The permit costs include park entrance fees, park rangers fee, government taxes, and conservation fees all included.

    • En route Meals

    In case you are driving for long distances for example from Kampala to Bwindi Forest National Park, your gorilla tour cost will include enroute meals. Your driver-guide will stop you somewhere to have lunch and you will not be asked to pay any penny. You will have paid for all that. Any enroute meal to be paid for by a client must be indicated in the itinerary to ensure the smooth flow of the trip.

    • Full-time English Speaking guide

    Unless it’s a private tour, you must pay for your driver guide who leads you throughout the trip from the start to the end. The driver guide is the representative of the travel company you booked with and is assigned to a certain amount of money as an allowance for each day. Driver guides play a big role in providing you all the required answers to your questions about wildlife, plants, people, cultures, politics and everything you need to know on your trip. Your tour cost will, therefore, include the services of a driver-guide.

    • Accommodation and meals

    gorila tour cost inclusions & exclusions

    Luxury Room in Bwindi Forest

    Your gorilla safari cost also includes accommodation services and meals. In other words, travelers do not pay extra fees for accommodation services and meals separate. The amount paid depends on the category of accommodation (budget, mid-range, and luxury) booked by a client. More so, accommodation fees include all room services, foods, and drinks except alcoholic beverages.

    • Bottled drinking water

    You cannot miss sipping on a cold drink on the sunny long day of driving. Most safari vehicles have fridges, which will be filled with bottled drinking water. Travelers are advised to ask for a bottle of water whenever they feel like cause they will have paid for that water. If the driver has no water in the car, travelers have a right to stop him/her and send him to buy water for them minus paying.

    • Company Service fee

    You must pay the travel agent/company for the services offered. From the time of inquiring to booking lodges, gorilla permits, and tailor-making for you a suitable safari package, a travel agent does this at a fee. Unlike gorilla permits, which have standard rates, travel company markups are different. Therefore once the safari quiet you were given is paid, the company should not ask any extra money from a client unless otherwise.

    • All other activities indicated in the itinerary

    Unless it’s a one-day gorilla trek, gorilla trekking is normally complemented with other safari activities such as cultural tours, bird watching and nature/forest walks among others. The cost for these activities included in the travel itinerary is inclusive of the gorilla safari cost. Travelers are therefore reminded not to pay any extra money for these activities in case they are asked to do by a driver-guide.

    • Miscellaneous

    You will be charged for any miscellaneous/emergencies on a trip. However, the cost of miscellaneous is always less

    Gorilla Tour cost exclusions

    Not everything expense you make on a gorilla safari is included in the tour cost. Some expenses are bot included in the safari costa and these include:
    • International Flights
    Your international flight fares will not be included in the gorilla safari cost. No company will pay for your return flights. Bear that in mind and reserve money for that incase your flight was no a return flight.
    • Visa fees
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Personal shopping
    • Tipping
    • Porters fee
    • Extra activities not indicated in the itinerary
    Generally, travelers are ought to know the inclusions and exclusions of gorilla tour costs in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Contact African Apes Holidays today, book your gorilla safari and enjoy this memorable experience.

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    What to Consider before buying a gorilla permit

    What to Consider before buying a gorilla permit

    Travelers coming to visit mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are requested to book for gorilla permits at least 6 months prior. The reason for early gorilla permit bookings is deal with the high demand for gorilla tours in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. For many years now, Gorilla trekking has proven to be the best wildlife experience, which brings the highest number of travelers to Africa. While making gorilla tour inquiries, travelers are asked to pay a 30% booking fee for a permit. Travelers are also reminded that all permits MUST be paid for to zero balance 90 days before to the trekking date. Travelers are advised to check some essential things before buying permits.

    Cost of gorilla permits in Uganda
    Lets begin by talking about the cost of gorilla permits in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda offers the most expensive gorilla permit costing $1500 each. Uganda gorilla permits cost $700 for foreign residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents. Congo gorilla permits cost $400 each, making it the suitable gorilla safari destination for budget travelers.

    The things to consider before buying/booking gorilla permits in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo include among others:

    Confirm Accommodation availability
    Before buying a gorilla permit, first confirm accommodation availability in the gorilla national park (Bwindi Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla, Volcanoes and Virunga National Parks) you would want to visit Lodge/camps or even hotels you book should be close to the gorilla trekking starting point. This saves you long hours of driving to and from the gorilla trekking starting point. When booking a gorilla tour to Bwindi, make sure there is accommodation in the respective sector. Bwindi Forest is divided into four sectors, Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga in Northern, Eastern and southern regions respectively and so the gorilla families. Ensure to nook a gorilla family in a sector that has accommodation availability. Lodge services range from budget, luxury and midrange depending on the client’s budget. However, travelers are assured of first-class food and sleeping services in any accommodation they choose.

    Check the difference in Weather Seasons
    weather in Bwindi ForestAlso, consider the weather season in the period you wish to visit the mountain gorillas. There are mainly two weather seasons in the east and central Africa where mountain gorillas. To most travelers, a dry season between the months of June, July, August, September mid-October, December, January, and February is the best time to trek gorillas. Also, known as peak season, the dry season is associated with fewer rains, which make it easy to trek through the jungle forests for gorilla trekking. Alternatively visit during low season (March, April, May, and November). The heavy rains in the low season normally make it difficult to trek through the forests. However, the experience is best for adventurous travelers. There are fewer travelers during the low season, which guarantee gorilla permit availability even for last time bookings. Lodges and other service providers normally give discounted services, which is an added advantage or budget travelers.


    Ease and difficulty of gorilla trekking

    Consider the ease and difficulty of trekking a specific gorilla family before booking a gorilla permit. The best example here is in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where mountain gorillas live in four sectors. Some gorillas are easy to find while others are difficult to trek. Depending on your physical and hiking ability, make sure you book a permit for a gorilla family that suits your abilities. Gorilla permits in Uganda are booked in the sector.

    The total cost of the trip
    When booking for a permit, first consider the whole cost of your gorilla tour. African Apes Holidays or any other travel operator will give you a final quote for the trip. This involves permit fee, accommodation, driver guide fee, accommodation and meals, bottled drinking water, additional activities in the itinerary and government taxes. In most cases, the total cost of a gorilla tour looks and sounds huge. The cost of a trip also depends on the number of days and number of people on a single trip. If you can afford the total cost of the trip, then go on and book a gorilla permit.

    Add on activities
    Addon activities to gorilla trekking in BwindiAlso, consider the add on activities you can add on your gorilla trekking experience. A Uganda gorilla tour to Buhoma sector is done along with other many add on activities such as waterfall hiking and Batwa community tours. This makes your whole experience memorable. Its therefore advisable to book a gorilla permit in a sector that has added activities to make your experience more fun.

    How to book gorilla permits in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo
    You can book for a gorilla permit directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) or through African Apes Holidays your ultimate gorilla safari company in Africa.

    Contact African Apes Holidays for travel advice on gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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    Gorilla Trekking Age Limit

    Gorilla Trekking Age Limit

    Who is eligible to Trek gorillas

    What’s the gorilla trekking age limit is one of the frequently asked questions by most people in gorilla tour booking. Are you traveling with kids for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo? First, confirm the true gorilla trekking age limit to avoid disappointments when the time to trek gorillas’ come. Families traveling to trek gorillas with children are always advised to first check and confirm the age limit for the kids before buying expensive gorilla permits which may not be allowed if the children is underage. In all gorilla national parks, the legal gorilla trekking age limit is 15 years. Anyone below 15 years is therefore not allowed to trek gorillas no matter what. 15 years was put as a standard gorilla trekking age limit given the fact that the child, not a minion Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. However in cases where a child is ye to celebrate his 15th birthday (left with few days to his/her birthday) he/she can be allowed to trek gorillas. Here the parent /guardian of the child writes and signs a consent letter taking full responsibility for anything that may happen to the child during gorilla tracking. The agreement letter is written and signed by a parent of the child to the respective park headquarters (Uganda wildlife Authority & Rwanda Development Board). In case something happens to the child while in the jungle, UWA or RDB has no case to answer. The parent/guardian of the child will be fully responsible for everything.

    Reasons for Gorilla Trekking Age Limit

    The age limit was put to ensure the safety of endangered gorillas and also for the minors who are likely to find challenges and risks in gorilla trekking. Among the major reasons for gorilla trekking age limit include:

    Gorillas are endangered species

    Mountain gorillas are endangered species, which were once on the verge of extinction. The whole world has 1004 mountain gorillas surviving in the rain forests of Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. The endangered state of gorillas calls for age limit so as to limit the number of people visiting them.

    Susceptible to human diseases

    Mountain gorillas share 99.8% of human genes, which make them susceptible to human diseases especially communicable ones (flu and cough). In most cases, children below 14 years are found to have these sicknesses especially cough which can easily spread to endangered gorillas putting them at high risk. Also, young children may not able to keep the rules and regulations of gorilla trekking especially no touch the gorillas, keeping a seven-meter distance and speaking at a low tone.

    Forested nature of gorilla national parks

    Mountain gorillas live in dense forests of Bwindi impenetrable forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Volcanoes and Virunga National Park. Trekking through these forests is not a walkway but rather a real adventure not for the faint-hearted. The children find it very hard to maneuver through these jungles with thorny bushes, slippery grounds, and thick bushes. Also, gorillas live in mountainous regions of higher altitudes. Hiking there may be a challenge to a child aged below 15 years causing difficulties in trekking. An under-aged child may make it to the gorillas hence a waste of gorilla permit bought expensively.

    Playful behaviors of children

    The playful behaviors of children below 15 years is yet another reason for the gorilla trekking age limit. At this stage, a child is full of life to play, shout and have fun anywhere at any time. He/she may therefore not adhere to the rules of gorilla trekking especially keeping calm. The playful behaviors of children play 15 years can disrupt the peace of gorillas forcing them to charge at clients hence destroying the whole gorilla trekking experience.

    Who else is eligible to trek gorillas?

    Besides age limit, other requirements for travelers trekking gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo include among others:

    Valid gorilla permits

    You must have a valid gorilla permit to be allowed to trek gorillas. Actually, a gorilla permit is a pass to see gorillas without which you won’t be allowed to trek these endangered species. The cost of gorilla permits in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo varies as set by the respective government bodies. A single Rwanda gorilla permit costs $1500, while in Uganda it costs $600 to be increased to $700 with effect from 1st July 2020 while a Congo gorilla permit costs $450 which makes it the best gorilla tour destination for budget travelers. Gorilla permits booking is recommended at least 6 months in advance for timely planning.

    Physical fitness

    Mountain gorilla trekking require physically fit travelers able to hike up and downhills. Trekking time to see gorillas at a time can go for over 7 hours, which becomes a challenge for the physically unfit. Before confirming a gorilla trip, therefore, make sure you are physically fit and in good shape.

    What about the elderly

    Yes, seniors aged 60 years and above also have a chance and right to trek gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. Gorilla Safaris in Africa offers suitable gorilla safari packages for the seniors and elderly travelers enabling to enjoy the magical gorilla encounter before they die. Seniors are normally given short gorilla treks or else carried in a sedan chair.

    Confirming the gorilla trekking age limit is very essential in every gorilla tour booking. If you are traveling as a family with children, make sure all children are aged 15 years and above before buying their gorilla permits. Contact African Apes Holidays for more advice about gorilla trekking, what to carry, when to visit and the gorilla tour costs in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo.

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    Postcovid19 Gorilla Safaris in Uganda, Rwanda & Congo

    Postcovid19 Gorilla Safaris in Uganda, Rwanda & Congo

    Despite the tentative suspension of gorilla safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo threatened by the deadly corona virus, there is hope for the reopening of gorilla trekking activities in Africa in the near future. Apparently, there are no travelers coming to see gorillas in Bwindi Forest and the Virunga Conservation Area. Starting with March 2020, all gorilla national parks in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo were closed to tourism to prevent the spread of the deadly corona virus to the endangered mountain gorillas. Travelers who had booked gorilla trips in this lockdown were asked to postpone till further notice. Fortunately, Uganda Wildlife Authority has relaxed its gorilla trekking permit policies to allow travel operators and travelers survive in this trying time. UWA is allowing rescheduling of gorilla permits up to 2 years without any penalty.

    Why were gorilla parks closed?
    Mountain gorillas share over 99% of human genes, which make them our close relatives. Therefore, the close relativeness between gorillas and human beings make them susceptible to human illnesses of which corona virus is among. Mountain gorillas are endangered primate species, which were once on the verge of extinction. Today, the whole world shelters 1006 mountain gorillas which live in the Virunga Massif and Bwindi Forest National Park.

    Why trek gorillas in Uganda after Corona Virus?
    Uganda is your suitable gorilla safari destination after Corona Virus. The affordable costs of Uganda gorilla safaris are a reason why you should visit gorillas in Uganda. It’s obvious that most people will have no money after the pandemic and will be travelling on Budget. Uganda gorilla permit costs $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for east African residents which is more affordable compared to Rwanda @$1500 for a singe gorilla permit. African Apes Holidays help you arrange a tailor-made Uganda gorilla tour to Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks at affordable rates to suit your travel budget.

    How safe will Uganda be for Post Covid19 gorilla safaris?
    Since the outbreak of the deadly virus, Uganda has steadily dealt with it. For 2 months now, the Uganda ministry of health has registered 79 corona virus cases 52 of which have recovered and no death reported. Fortunately, all communities of Uganda are now Corona Virus free. The active cases are those who have come from outside and truck drivers who cross borders from the neighboring affected countries. All people still admitted are in good health and will be discharged soon. Therefore the steady recovery of Uganda from Covid19 give hope for a virus free country in the shortest time soon. The country has been in lockdown for the last 2 months, which has yielded good results.

    Kigali to Bwindi/Mgahinga Gorilla Trekking
    Are you worried of the distance from Entebbe/Kamala to Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks? No worries, African Apes Holidays runs Kigali to Bwindi Gorilla trekking tours. In this trip, travelers are fly into Kigali Rwanda and cross via Cyanika or Katuna border into Uganda. The drive time from Kigali to Bwindi/Mgahinga is roughly 5 hours, which is quick, compared to a full day of driving from Kampala/Entebbe airport. The initiation of Rwanda Uganda gorilla safaris gives short time travelers a chance to visit gorillas. Book a 1-Day Uganda gorilla tour from Kigali with African Apes Holidays and get to see gorillas in the shortest time possible. A 1-Day Bwindi Gorilla Trek from Kigali starts at 3:30 am to catch-up with a pre gorilla trekking briefing at 7:00 am. After seeing the gorillas, travelers drive back to Kigali to catch up with their return flights.

    Safety measures of post covid19 Uganda gorilla trekking
    After the defeat of the deadly Virus, gorilla trekking in Uganda will resume to operate normally. However, the following safety measures for the wellbeing of the endangered gorillas and travelers are emphasized. These include:
    1. Do not trek gorillas when sick or with any sign of flu or cold
    2. Keep a distance of seven meters and more from the endangered gorillas
    3. Wear a face mask
    4. Do not touch the gorillas
    5. Avoid direct eye contact with the gorillas. It makes frightened
    6. Turn back your faces when sneezing or coughing
    7. Do not use flashlight cameras

    Are there some safaris running in Uganda as of now?
    As of 29th April 2020, all Uganda safaris for gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tours, and bird watching and game safaris are temporarily suspended. All movements by public and private means have been restricted to prevent chances of spreading the virus from one place to another. However, travelers and all wildlife lovers are assured of the reopening of all national parks in Uganda in a short time to come.

    Conclusively, get ready and prepare for your postcoivid19 gorilla safari in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Gorilla National Parks will be reopened soon to allow normal gorilla encounters for a lifetime experience.

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