In today’s world you can’t very safe, particularly when travelling. Regardless of where you come from or No matter who you are, the risk may even now hide around the corner. Here are prudent steps you can take to stay safer on a trip when travelling alone.
Firstly, you should not get attracted to cheap travel packages and discounts. Make sure you book your accommodation and travel tickets through a trusted and dependable travel company. Still you can request references from friends and also check on the travel agent you’re hopping to use on the trusted review websites like TripAdviser, Safaribooking.com and others.
It’s also advisable to move with some small sharp things like small blades, a pair of scissors, cutters and a paper spray can also be helpful for self deface. If you have a larger plan or travelling around the world alone, some basic self defense training can also be helpful and strongly recommended.
In every country across the world, there some different theft prone areas and it’s strongly recommended that you get search for information about the area you’re going to travel to and avoid such places. And also avoid moving with valuable things like earrings, gold necklace, mobile phones and other things when travelling around these are because they can attract thieves. You can get all information about the place from the local people, your hotel staff and even from local travel agents.
Always try to travel by a hired vehicle from a trusted car rental company and immediately share all the information about your travel, the travel company you used, the registration plate of the vehicle and the name and mobile number of your drive with the trusted friends.
Try as much as you can to avoid meandering in unknown or shady streets even in the broad day light, let alone at the evening hours regardless of the possibility that you have a company of some people. Follow your instinct to spot these areas from the tourist friendly hangouts.
It’s also advisable that you share the details of the local travel agent you used, the room number and other information about the accommodation you used before settling in and also don’t forget to ask the name and mobile number of your the local travel agent for emergency.
It’s also highly recommended that you don’t trust strangers who appear to be good to you, like those giving free food, free ride to your destination because these people can be pretending when they want to do something dangerous to you. So you should avoid free things from strangers when you’re on a trip more especially in a foreign country.
When going to another destination, always make sure you book pickup direct from your hotel from the hotel shuttles or from the trusted local travel agent and also you make sure you book accommodation for your next destination in advance to avoid roaming around looking for accommodation at arrival
You should also always be Alert. Whenever outside, look at people without flinching while walking and avoid being excessively dependent on your Smartphone as it reduce your readiness in case of emergencies and its self attract thieves. Walk into the nearest shopping mall or café in case you’re confused for directions.
It’s Fun: Is about fun. It is about explore any destination you want, when you want with those that you love. That moment when you’re behind the wheel driving yourself around the country and visiting any place at any time.
Standard daily charges: Our daily car hiring cost is all inclusive. (There is NO HIDDEN CHARGES). Quoted costs are inclusive of all government taxes. Once you pay for your vehicle, you just wait and pick it then drive to anywhere you want.
Unlimited Mileage: Unless when you hire the car for some hours and when the quote is includes fuel that is only when we limit you on the kilometers you drive. But if you’re hiring the car for a minimum of one day we give unlimited mileage this gives chances of unlimited discovery of the country at no additional cost.
No Drop off Charges. We don’t charge extra costs for pick up and drop off and you can drop the car at anywhere and it will be our responsibility to pick it. In most cases drop off and pick up is done at the airport or at the hotel even at your place of residence. You will not add on extra money paying tax to take you back home because we will pick the car at your home and even on the first day we will bring the car to you.
Safety and Security: When you hire a vehicle with Rental Cars Uganda Ltd, you’re assured that you got a perfect car which is well serviced and in a good working condition. All our vehicles before we give it to the client, it is subjected to intensive check to guarantee that tyres are of the right trend, all car electronics including tracking system, car alarm and central local system are working. We guarantee that the lights are set perfectly and working. Every single rental auto accompany save wheel. So we ensure that your safe on the road and we also offer 24/7 assistance.
True serenity – All our vehicles come with a comprehensive insurance subsequently you are guaranteed that in case of an accident and damage to third party you are secured. However please keep to the speed limits as you are not ensured of survival in case of an accident. Comprehensive insurance takes care of the passengers in the vehicle yet not the driver.
Continuity in case of major break downs, we will send you another vehicle in the shortest time possible. You simply have to call our office tell us about the problem and if the problem is minor we can just send a mechanic and or we can direct you to the nearing garage and all the money you use will be refunded to you on the last day.
Flexibility – You can change your rental arrangement in the middle the rental. For example you can extend your rental by just calling and informing us earlier like one day before the last day.
One Way Rental/ Rent Here Leave It there: You should not be worried of where to drop the car in case you choose to change your drop off location, we can pick the car anywhere at no extra cost. For example, you can hire a car in Kampala and drop off in Mbarara or Katuna boarder in case you want to cross and continue to another country, you can even pick the vehicle at the airport and drop it off at your hotel. And even when you want to cross the border and enter another country with our vehicle, we can give you its papers and cross without any extra charges.
For all information about car hiring cars in Uganda and some neighboring countries, you can read more on our website www.rentalcarsuganda.com or contact our experienced and knowledgeable information team on firstname.lastname@example.org OR Call the office on +256392000835.
The famous Karma Falls are located on the eastern direction of the Murchison Fall National Park which is the prominent largest national park which is drawing the attention of different travellers to visit Uganda. The wonderful landscape of Murchison falls park which is surrounding the stunning Karuma falls offers the best habitat in which different wildlife such as antelopes ,buffaloes, species of birds as well as the lions, plus even the baboons, monkeys, as well as elephants plus the Uganda Kobs not forgetting the species of Giraffes and Hartebeest. The park is also famous for chimps tracking and habituation experience in Kanio Pabidi forest reserve.
The varied attractive wildlife, birds, around the falls offer different chances for visitors to enjoy the sights of different bird species, also enjoy wild game viewing, Nature walks around the banks of the falls and at the end of the day visitor’s experience goes beyond exploring the falls.
The stunning Karuma falls were named depending on the on the powerful spirit that used to disorganize stones and separate the Victoria waters which were rapidly running with roaming sound. Karuma fall is one the icon attractions attracting various tourists mainly due to its location in the waters of the largest lake in Uganda.
Karuma provides travellers to explore the footsteps that were stepped by the first European explorer John Speke who is identified to have toured the magnificent falls during the time he was exploring the pearl of Africa in search for the source of the great world’s longest River Nile.
The Karuma falls are one of the traditional falls in the country Uganda and therefore visitor to Uganda ought to explore the falls. The Karuma falls are home to the important Power Station located at Karuma which is said to be 750 Megawatts hydropower development project that was implemented by partnership between foreign partners alongside the government of Republic of Uganda.
The Karuma falls have an interesting history which is deserve to be explored and the history roots back during the time of political instability that was caused by the activities of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, the area around the falls was used as hiding place by the rebels and they could base in that falls to attack the people, buses, trucks that were moving in both directions.
The falls offer fantastic view and may travelers to northern Uganda make a stop over for photographs of these fantastic falls.
About the Author: Jack is a Ugandan travel writer based in Kampala, also works as a safari consultant of 4×4 Uganda, the leading car rental company in East Africa. This company offers serviced like hotel bookings, gorilla permits bookings, 4×4 self drive car rental in Uganda and Rwanda as well as free travel advise to tourists. The company is legally registered, as associate member of conservation organisations such as Nature Uganda, Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO), Uganda Tourism Board, Friend a Gorilla, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP) among others.
They are commonly found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo is a very dark.
L’hoest Monkeys are richly colored animal with a pure white chin ruff framing on the face and white patches under their eyes. L’ hoest Monkeys are also called Mountain Monkey.
Males L’hoest monkeys are larger than the females and have bright mauve testes. The leave and move in troops of about 17 individuals dominated by females under the leadership of two adult males.
L’hoest Monkeys feed on leaves, seeds, flowers, fruits and insects; occasionally will eat bird eggs, lizards and even small birds.
The number of L’hoest monkeys is declining due to poaching, deforestation especially in Democratic Republic of Congo where they are hunted for meat. Therefore, it is true to argue that the L’hoest monkey is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.
In Uganda, L’hoest Monkeys are found in Kibale, Kalinzu and Kalinzu which are medium altitude forest. In Rwanda, L’hoest monkeys are found in Nyungwe forest and Kahuzi Biega National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Black and White Colobus Monkeys
Colobus are large monkeys with a head and body length longer at 78cm. Fur is black with white or greyish whiskers and epaulettes and a white tail. There is no thumb or greatly reduced. Newborn infants are pure white, obtaining their adult markings by 3 – 4 months. Colobus monkeys live in African forests and move in troops of 3 – 15 members, while the red colobus live in larger groups with many males. They rarely come to the ground, but they do it occasionally to pick up fallen fruit.
Black – and – white colobus monkeys feed on both young and mature leaves, but they also eat fruit, flowers and woody twigs. In Uganda, they are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National park, Semiliki National park, Kibale forest National park and in Rwanda, they are found in Nyungwe Forest National park with a semi-habituated troop of 400 species.
Gorilla Forest Camp; The Top Notch Lodge In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is about 530 km from Kampala which takes between 8 to 10 hours’ drive to complete the journey. This puts the tourists taking a Uganda safari to see gorillas at a point where they will have to spend an overnight near the park to go gorilla trekking next day morning and then plan the return journey the day that follows. Even if they opt to fly, the gorilla trekking encounter starts at 8am and no flight that arrives in Bwindi before that time. This means that you ares till required to spend a night around the park.
Spending an overnight in Bwindi is something the tourists to Uganda for gorilla tracking in Bwindi forest always take key note of. This comes with the lodge selection which is also influenced by the level of travel budget. The Gorilla Sanctuary, also known as Gorilla Forest Camp is located in the Buhoma Area which is the daring region for gorilla trekking activity and it is re-known as the pioneer region of this activity in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, thus most travellers planning to do a gorilla safari to Uganda tend to opt for it though the competition for gorilla permits tend to leave out the majority.
Located at close distance from the Buhoma Park entrance inside the Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers top notch overnight accommodation to upmarket world travelers. Its Accommodation is offered in a range of eight luxury tents which are very spacious and stylish with each tent having two queen sized beds, in supplement to the warm beds, the rooms feature huge bathtub looking into the impenetrable forest ideal for soaking the tired muscles after a daylong gorilla tracking experience.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp has impressive forest views and an ample open place and a lounge in a very calm environment only interrupted by the songs of birds and mountain gorillas that occasional visit to the lodge.
Planning a flying Gorilla Safari and stay at Gorilla Sanctuary
You need 3 days and 2 nights to complete a 3 days Uganda gorilla safari with a single gorilla trek. If you need more than one trek, then you need more than 3 days, for example, some tourists want to do 2 gorilla treks, we call it double gorilla tracking, where you visit two different gorilla groups. Below is a typical 3 day flying gorilla safari to see gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and and stay for 2 nights at Gorilla Forest Camp.
Organizing a Gorilla Tracking Tour – Initial States
If you want to see the gorillas in the wild (In their natural habitat), it means you must fly to Africa, the only place one can see the mountain gorillas in the wild. According to the gorilla census 2011, there are only 880 mountain gorillas left in the whole world, and this population is found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. However, gorilla tourism in DR Congo is less developed due to political instabilities.
As you plan a holiday to see gorillas in the wild in Bwindi forest, start with identifying your intended travel dates. After that, then check for availability of International Flights from your home country to Entebbe International Airport. If the flights available fit your intended travel dates, please go ahead and make tentative booking.
The next step is to check for availability of gorilla trekking permits through local Travel Agents / Tour Operators or you can inquire and book direct through Uganda Wildlife Authority in Kampala. If you happen to find gorilla permits available on your preferred dates, please go a head and confirm your flights. In case you happen to find no permits, better you find alternative dates. The demand for gorilla permits is very high throughout the year. One is thus advised to book early at least 2 months in advance. Further more, you should get availability of rooms at Gorilla Forest camp in Buhoma area of Bwindi Impenetrable forest.
If you find no space, there are other gorilla trekking lodges around Buhoma such as Mahogany Springs Lodge, Buhome Lodge, Gorilla Resort and Bwindi Forest Lodge among others. Then you must book a regional flight in advance from Entebbe Airport to Kihihi Airstrip, and there must be arrangements for transfer by road from Kihihi Airstrip to Gorilla Forest lodge. We have both daily scheduled and private charter flights operating along this route. Scheduled daily flights are offered by Aerolink Uganda Limited, while Private Charters are offered by Kampala Aero Club and Eagle Air. Tour Operators can help you will all arrangements like booking permits, accommodation and flights.
At this moment, we assume that all bookings are confirmed and it,s time to fly to Entebbe International Airport. If you booked through a local tour company, you will find a representative from that company waiting for you at the airport. Usually they carry a placard bearing your name. To get this, you should inform the Agent about your arrival date, time and flight number. Local based safari companies usually offer free airport transfers to guests, or at a subsidized cost.
If you made private arrangements without involving a tour company, then you need to organize for airport transfer to your pre-booked hotel around Entebbe International Airport. Depending on the flight you booked, get ready to fly from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to Kihihi Airstrip in Western part of Uganda. It is less than 60 minutes flight. At Kihihi Airstrip, you will find a safari vehicle awaiting for you, and then drive for 90 minutes to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arrive in time for lunch at Gorilla Sanctuary, relax in our cottages as we wait for evening entertainment from the Batwa people (Local community). Gorilla Forest camp is some times visited by mountain gorillas.
The next day is for gorilla tracking adventure, get up early for heavy breakfast walk to the park headquarters for a briefing about the trek. You will be divided into groups of 8 persons maximum and assigned to a gorilla group. Start a guided walk in accompaniment of armed rangers, trackers and park guides. Depending on the movement of the gorillas in the forest, the trek can take between 1 and 7 hours. Its quiet strenuous and a certain level of fitness is advised. Sight and stay with gorillas is one hour, take photos and videos with gorillas. You will be receiving advise and guidance from the guide in the whole process. After the trek, descend to the base, have lunch and take a forest walk if interested. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp.
This is the 3rd day and your last day in Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Have breakfast and hit the road back to Kihihi Airstrip, then get a plane to Entebbe International Airport for your onward flight or for lunch and dinner at your hotel around Entebbe or Kampala.
Tourists can spend the entire day with the 1,500 chimpanzees and 12 different species of primates there. The Chex (Chimpanzee Habituation Experience) package includes seeing chimpanzees that are in the process of being acquainted with the vicinity of people.
As per sources from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the habituation process takes about two years. As tourism switches attractions, one can now be part of that process for one important day in the forest. Chances of seeing chimpanzees in the later past, stood at 20%, yet it has shot to 90% because of the habituation process.
An early breakfast and packed lunch might as well set you off for the chimpanzee tracking that start before day break softens up the forest. A park guide takes you on the strolls and can even shows to you where a chimpanzee built a night the prior night. The park guides identify the chimpanzee family to be gone by for the rest of the day.
If you have a Polaroid, you will be encouraged to keep the flash off when shooting. The treat is a charming experience. Prepare however for the rough and tough as you need to stalk them fast enough to keep them in sight. Chimps live in family of 10 to 100 members. They babysit one another’s young, kiss, groom each other and even hold hands. The young chimps come to be independent at the age of four.
Nonetheless, they could be aggressive and unsociable, if exasperates. Despite the fact that they spend some time on the ground, they feed sustain and do make their sleeping nests up in the trees. Their diet contains leaves, seeds, fruits and flowers. Each one of them has a physical identity. They too have scars obtained from their battles fought in life.
The forest usually transforms into a show of loud gasp hoots in the morning and the mood dims when they are nesting at night. Their dramatic days end with them climbing into their homes for the night. The Chex packages likewise permits tourists to go with researchers and habituation team to interact with the chimpanzees throughout their every day activities. Tourists may come across the chimps de-settling (in their nocturnal nests) between 5:30am and 6:30am until they make new nests for the night, around 7:00pm.
The perfect time to go for CHEX
The habituation experience is best in the months of March, April, May and November, when there is less sightseer congestion. In a small group (a ranger plus a maximum of four people), you get much closer to the chimps than throughout chimp tracking in bigger groups. The experience costs $220 (sh572,000) for foreign non-residents, $150 (sh390,000) for foreign residents and $70 (sh182,000) for East Africans.
Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda
In Uganda, there is a new tourism activity known as as Gorilla habituation. Currently, there are 3 gorilla families available for habituation experience in the southern sector known as Rushaga, and a maximum of 4 persons allowed on each gorilla group per day. In this case, you can book a 7 day gorilla safari package and do chimpanzee tracking and habituation experience in Kibale Forest, mountain gorilla tracking and habituation experience in southern Bwindi National park, its really a life time experience deep into the true African wilderness.
Today, will all the required arrangements placed in Akagera National Pak in the eastern part of Rwanda along the Tanzanian boarder. Next month eight lions from Kenya are going to be introduced to this country to restore the world of lion ‘King of the Jungle’ in the country.
Previously the lion populations inside and in areas surrounding the park where eliminated by cattle keepers attempting to protect their animals together with villagers scared of raids, poaching, frequently using poison and imposing a harsh death on these big cats.
African Parks has improved the electric fence on Akagera National Park through adding on it height and also adding a base element to guarantee that the lions won’t be able to jump over the fence or try to crawl below it.
The return of these lions next month will offer visitors with the extra amazing attraction of being able to see at least 4 of the big 5 in the country with only the Rhino missing from the listing.
Local partners in the Rwanda tourism industry in the Kigali passed on their thanks that the Kenyan Government which has authorized the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) to deliver the pride lions into Rwanda. They crediting this to the solid and friendly relationship between these two nations, that alongside Uganda a year prior shaped the “Coalition of the Willing” joined by common objectives to improve infrastructure, support trade, as well as collaborate closely on several other sectors such as security cooperation.
Africa has a variety of amazing wildlife and some of which can not be found anywhere else in the world. Tragically human ravenousness is driving some species of animals in this large species to the edge of extinction. We can even now see some endangered and critically endangered species when you travel to Africa.
Several African Governments where these endangered and critically endangered species of animals live are finding a way to save them and their habitat.
Take a look at most endangered animals in Africa as of 2015, as indicated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Riverine Rabbits are the most endangered species in Africa and are found in parts of South Africa and it is believed that there are only 250 animals remaining in the world today. Hating, accidental deaths and habitat loss are the main threats.
Northern White Rhino (critically endangered since 1996)
Numerous wildlife specialists believe that this subspecies of white rhinoceros will get to be wiped out before the end of the next decade. Just five northern white rhinos are alive today. The northern white rhino formerly found over parts of northwestern Uganda, northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Lake Chad, southern South Sudan and eastern part of Central African Republic.
Mountain gorillas are smallest population of subspecies of the eastern gorilla—is part in two and different people have debated about whether they might be two separate subspecies. More than half live in the Virunga Mountains, a range of extinct volcanoes that fringe the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. The rest is found in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Currently there are around 880 mountain gorillas in the wild. Hunting, habitat loss and human diseases have pushed these animals towards the edge of extinction and it so extreme that it was once thought the species may be terminated before the end of the twentieth century.
The black rhinoceros is a species of rhinoceros, found in the eastern and southern countries Africa including Kenya, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Although the rhinoceros is referred to as black, its colors vary from brown to grey.
There are over 4,900 black rhinos in the world today. In Africa, Poaching and habitat loss are threatening their very existence.
This elegant, long-legged wolf is only found in the mountains of Ethiopia, today you won’t find more than 500 of these animals. Rabies, loss of their habitat, shooting, road killings and climate warming are pushing these animals to the edge of extinction.
If these creatures get to be terminated, it will be an irretrievable loss to the whole world and a disgrace on humankind. If you find any suspicious activity, which you think might hurt these magnificent creatures it will be wise to report to the authorities.
Rwanda participated in the annual Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht-Netherlands last week.
According to the chief officer of Rwanda Development Board Belise Kariza, Vakantiebeurs 2016 offered a good platform to inform both the Dutch clients and the travel sector that Rwanda has more unique attractions to offer visitors beyond the famed mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park.
The occasion goes about as a meeting point for international tourism marketing agencies, promoters and guests searching for interesting destinations to go to.
Aside from Embassy staff others at the Rwanda stand included Amahoro Tours, Mountain Gorilla Safaris, Great Seasons Hotel, African Jungle Adventures Ltd, Lets Go Travel Rwanda, and Wildlife Tours Rwanda.
Kariza said leisure has been a main factor for the development of tourism industry in Rwanda
“This year we have set a more emphasis on adventure tourism with offered safari packages including nature trails, water activities, people to people, recreational – fun moments and sports, for example, trekking, climbing and biking,” she said.
Rwanda likewise showcased a daily presentation and dance in one of the halls to all tourists.
The nation is advertised its Meetings Incentives Conference and Exhibitions/Events (MICE) capacity, alongside other tourism perspectives, capitalizing on safety, developed infrastructure, accessibility and new competitors in the hotel industry.
These incorporate such names as Marriott, Radisson Blu, Radisson by Park Inn, Sheraton, Golden Tulip, Kempinski and Zinc and many others.
“We are likewise getting ready to host the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) from October 5-6 2016”, Kariza said.
Rwanda’s tourism industry is a main foreign income earner for the nation
Gorillas are herbivores – they do not eat meat though some people thing they can eat small animals but this is not true. Gorillas spend most of their day time feeding on vegetation – The type of foods that they will mainly consume really depends in the region in which the gorillas live.
The following are some of the items on which Gorillas feed
In times of scarcity, gorillas can eat insects like white ants and termites – being intelligent; gorillas are capable of using tools like sticks to scoop termites from the ant hills or the ground.
Gorillas feed on fruits like passion fruits, jack fruits, mangoes, oranges among others. Such fruits contain vitamins which do well in the bodies of Gorillas.
They also feed on plant leaves – green leaves contain chlorophyll which promotes anti bodies hence fighting diseases. Green leaves contain food values that fight against diseases.
Gorillas feed on food stuffs like bananas, cassava, sweet potatoes among others. Such food stuffs are eaten raw – they are nutritious. The gorillas have sharp teeth that splits food into pieces – then swallowed after serious chewing.
Gorillas also feed on flowers – some flowers contain sugar content that attract gorillas chew them. Flowers contain nectar juice containing food values that attract Gorillas to spend time chewing them.
Gorillas also feed on Carrots and other sorted food like water melon, raw cassava among others. Sorted food is applied to Gorillas in the Zoo – in other words, Gorillas under control – not in natural environment.
Water helps them quench their thirsty – Gorillas drink water from lakes, rivers, water falls, pond among others – like human beings, Gorillas consume a lot of water in dry season than in wet season.
Gorillas eat stems of plants – the back skin from plants, feed by Gorillas.
The apes also feed on nuts – by the use of sticks to scoop them from the ground and they are more interested in Ground nuts and some other stems.
Gorillas also feed on twigs and shoots of plans – swigs are your tree branches and shoots are the young plant leaves which are have just come out.