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Volcanoes National Park

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volcanoes-national-park in rwanda

Volcanoes National Park similarly denotedin French as Parc National des Volcanos is positioned in north-western part of Rwanda sharing the border post withVirunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and MgahingaGorilla National Park in Uganda. Well celebrated for its mountain gorillas, this park also contains five of the general eight volcanic highlands in the Virunga area including; Karisimbi, Bisoke, SabyinyoGahinga and Muhabura.

Volcanoes national park first came into existence in 1925 being the first African park to be gazetted with the motive of reducing the Gorilla poaching. It later acted as a center for the American primatologist Dian Fossey who carried out substantive studies about the mountain gorillas. Karisoke area which stands in the middle of Karisimbi and Visoke areas was the Dian’s center upon her arrival in 1967. This station which still stands up to today did enormous work towards conservation of endangered mountain gorillas that was later to capture the public attention in the years that followed.  Despite the uncertain death of Dian in 1985, her selfless contribution is still celebrated up to today and her grave lies at the same center thus can be encountered on Rwanda safari.

Volcanoes national park contains arrange of vegetation as a result various altitude ranges. Vegetation zones include the (2400 – 2500 m) -Montane lower forest though depleted by activities of farming, (2500 – 3200 m) – Neoboutonia forest, Bamboo which covers over 30% of the forest land, (2600 – 3600 m) – Hagenia-Hypericum forest while a stretch from 3500-4200 m the park land is characterized by Lobelia wollastonii, Senecioerici-rosenii and Lobelia lanurensis. Grassland with thicket, meadows marshes exist at 4300 – 4500 m.

Concerning wildlife, Volcanoes national park contains the world’s endangered mountain gorillas existing along with various mammals including Golden monkey, buffalo, spotted hyena, black – fronted duikerand bush buck.  Though rarely seen, elephants have been listed on the park list while a range of 178 bird species occur within the parkof which 13 of them are endemic to the Albertine area. READ MORE

Akagera National Park

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Akagera National Park

Positioned in the north east of Rwanda, Akagera national park is one of Rwanda’s main game parks and the largest covering an area of 1,085 km2. The park shares a border post with the Republic of Tanzania and is drained by the Akagera River thus giving it the name. Founded in 1934, Akagera national park contains fauna plus flora occurring in three locales that is Mountain, Swamp and savannah. The park thirds is covered by papyrus swamps and maze of lakes that follow the course of River Akagera which streams towards the east draining many lakes with IhemaLake standing as the largest.  Akagera national park stands as the largest in the region of central Africa and differ from the general landscape of Rwanda for it is averagely elevated with warm low savannah dotted by acacia tree species, vast plains and grass lands that support a wide range of African game.

The game in Akagera national park includes; buffalo, elephant, zebra,giraffe andarray of antelope. The exciting note is that this park and its enclosed lakes compete favorably in terms of hippopotamus concentrations in Africa. The Nile crocodile has also extended to secure another dwelling in Akagera national park while other shy rare animals like spotted hyenas and leopard have been registered. The ranges of minor predators also exist including mongoose, bush babies, olive baboons, serval cats, genets and silver monkey species. The beautiful slender Impala is the most common of the 12 antelope species recorded in the park. In terms of birdlife, Akagera contains over 525 bird species including raptors and savannah birds. The amazing water bodies in the park are also exciting. Four lakes of Mihindi, Gishanju, Shakani and Ihema with AkageraRiver combine to give Akagera national park a unique stand on the African continent and Rwanda in particular.No wonder that Akagera national park offers opportunities for game drives, fishing, boat trips and Helicopter adventures. READ MORE

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Situated in the south western direction of Rwanda, Nyungwe rainforest borders Burundi in the south, Lake Kivu and Democratic Republic of the Congo on the western side. It is an ancient rain forest which has stood the test of time compared to the similar tracts in the highlands of Central Africa. Nyungwe forest is believed to be a catchment area for some tributaries that feed into the sources of the Nile River. Gazetted in 2004, Nyungwe forest national park consumes over 970km2 of the rain forest land, bamboo, grassland, swamps and bogs. The adjacent town of Cyangungu is approximately 54 km in the western direction while the Mountain of Bigugu is situated within the park boarders. Being a biodiversity hot spot, Nyungwe is considerd a conservation priority in Africa. The park contains over 13 primate species including; Chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s Monkey Silver Monkey, Adolf Friedrich’s Angola, Golden Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Hamlyn’s Monkey, Dent’s Mona Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Vervet Monkey and Olive Baboon; 1068 plant species as it is one of the surviving pre historic montane forests even during the last ice age, 85 mammal species, 275 species of birds marked as an important bird area by the bird international – some of these species include; Turacos such as the RwenzoriTuraco, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, KungweApalis, Red-throated Alethe, Apalisargentea, Purple-breasted and Blue-headed, Ruwenzori ApalisAlehepoliophrys, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill,  Ruwenzori Batis, Stripe-breasted Tit Batisdiops, Parusfasciiventer, Ruwenzori Nightjar among others; 32 species of amphibians and 13 reptile species.

The park is known for Primate/chimpanzee tracking/trekking, Forest hiking, Bird watching, Orchid ogling and the famous canopy walk. READ MORE

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This Uganda gorilla tracking safari site is positioned in the south west of Uganda stretching for over 321 Sq. Km with an altitude range of 1,160 – 2,607 Km above sea level. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is counted as one of the habitats with large afromontane forest in East Africa. Bwindi impenetrable forest is believed to have survived the last ice age thus counting as an ancient forest – a reason behind its biodiversity concentration. The remarkable flora of its range is something to wonder about. The park is a great haven for fauna not forgetting the range of butterflies some of which are endemic to it. It is also a rich habitat for mammals. The most remarkable of all these is that Bwindi Impenetrable national park contains the enormous counts of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas qualifying its gorilla tracking/trekking potential. Regardless of its position in the area with the highest rural concentrations in African tropics, Bwindistill stand as the furthermost varied forest in the region of East Africa with over 163 tree species, over 104 fern species including other species. The park also competes favorably in terms of fauna concentrations with 7 species of primates, 120 species of mammals, 202 species of butterfly notwithstanding the 214 species of birds. On a general and exciting note, Bwindi shelters 9 species that are globally threatened including; common chimpanzee, mountain gorilla, l’Hoest’s monkey, African giant swallowtail, Chaplin’s flycatcher, African green broadbill, African elephant, cream-banded swallowtail and Grauer’s rush warbler. This Mountain gorilla safari destination in Uganda was first gazetted in 1932 as a forest reserve and later restructured to a national park in 1991 when the adjacent Rwenzori and Mgahingawere being upgraded too. Bwindi is a rich catchment area with Rivers Ishasha, Ndego, Nshongi and Kanyamwabo drawing their waters from this ancient forest. Bwindi is also famously known for being the ancient home of the Batwa people – hunter and gatherer culture that depended on the forest for survival before they were evicted to pave way for complete conservation.

Rwanda Culture and History

Rwanda Genocide and historyRwanda is one of the strong hold countries in Africa with a deep linguistic coherence among its people. It entirely consists of three main tribes; the Tutsis, Hutus, and the Twa but all speak the same language called Kinyarwanda. These three tribes can be identified probably basing on their physical build but they have a strong coloration in terms of values of religion and are averagely spread in the entire territory. However they have deep political differences that are believed to have resulted in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Rwanda culture is not only shaped by the settlers of the land but also the refugees in the diaspora more especially in the adjacent countries of Uganda and Congo who still draw much of their attachment to their mother country – Rwanda.

Commonly described as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda is naturally endowed with a rolling mountainous landscape. It shares border post with Uganda, Tanzania, Congo and Burundi. Rising averagely from the open plains stretching from the western Tanzania border to the sharp highlands in the west along the Congo – Nile divide continuing to slope steeply to the Lake Kivu shores with a number of volcanic highlands shaping its north western part, the most of the inhabitants can happily identify themselves as Rwandan.

The nation Rwanda draws her origins from the minor kingdoms that rose in the central African region over 500 years ago. Population pressure and decrease in land availability forced the cattle keepers to push for the establishment of a centralized political system that would regulate the activities of people and create harmony among the three indigenous communities that had different economic background. This later culminated in to a strong kingdom and other semi-autonomous chiefdoms that later provided a ground for European colonization and rule.

Rwanda is one of those African countries whose cultures are still alive. They have the remarkable traditional Intore dance that brings people of all backgrounds to appreciate the richness of their culture – something interesting to encounter on Rwanda safari. READ MORE

Uganda culture and history

Uganda is primarily structured by a rough cross line of the Kyoga Lake that separates the southern Bantu speakers from the northern Nilotic and central Sudanic language speakers. The linguistic character tends to fairly stretch from the northwest to south east more less along the Nile River. Differences between these inhabitants are expressed in terms of physical appearance, bodily adornment;clothingand general mannerisms though most of these are disappearing

The Bantu people seem to have penetrated southern Uganda at the end of the first millennium and by 15th or 16th century; they had come up with centralized Monarchism. Bantu  are either described as Eastern lacustrine with Basoga and Baganda leading other smaller groups or Western Lacustrine that include the Banyankole, Banyoro, Batooro and other small groups. The Nilotic seem to have penetrated northern Uganda about C.E 1000 and believed to be the early cattle keepers in the region who also practiced cultivation. These people include; the Karamojongand Itesowell vast with Eastern Nilotic languages, and the Langi,Alur, andAcholi well vast with Western Nilotic languages. The central Sudanic dialects are found among the Madi, Lugbara and other small groups in west Nile.

On a general note, most of Ugandans over 65 tribes are traditional farmers who keep various animals and grow a range of crops most of which are for home consumption. They have strong cultural values that differ in each ethnic setting and most of these are still alive and thus capable of being encountered on Uganda safari. The culture is very unique with a lot of safari offerings ranging from the largest organized tribes like Baganda with their famous Kasubi tombs, Nagalabbi coronation site and the Royal palace to the medium sized groups like the Bagisu with their unique Imbalu (Circumcision) ceremony and Kadodi dance to the minority and marginalizedBatwa – hunter gatherer culture well known for their forest life. The culture in Uganda is diverse but the common thing about them is that they are hospitable and friendly to every one – a reason to make undertake safari in Uganda.

1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Tour

1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Tour; is designed to enable time constrained Rwanda safari undertakers also to have an opportunity to track the critically endangered mountain gorillas.

2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari Adventure

2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari Adventure; Meet our guide and exchange greetings after your breakfast from your lodge and then transfer to Volcanoes national park head offices.

3 Days Gorilla Safari to Volcanoes National Park

3 Days Gorilla Safari to Volcanoes National Park; On arrival at Kanombe-Kigali International Airport you will meet our guide and then take Kigali city excursion to Rwanda Memorial Genocide.

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour; This Rwanda Gorilla Tour takes you for a 4 days mountain gorilla trekking tour in the Parc National des Volcanoes of Rwanda.

4 Days Rwanda Adventure Safari

4 Days Rwanda Adventure Safari; exposes you to the climbing of Karisimbi Volcano 4,507m which is the highest point in Rwanda and the 6th in Africa thus giving you great views.

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour; safaris involves chimpanzee trekking and Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest National Park, gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey hiking in Volcanoes National Park.

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking; At arrival you will be picked from the airport by our company representative who will transfer you to Parc Nationale des Volcanoes.

6 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari

6 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari; includes gorillas, cultural encounters, Recreation, Chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk in Nyungwe forest. You will encounter Kigali.

3 Days Uganda Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari

3 Days Uganda Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari; Entebbe/Kampala-Bwindi Gorilla Park From your hotel of residence, after breakfast our English driver guide will pick you from.

3 Days Gorilla Safari to Mgahinga National Park

3 Days Gorilla Safari to Mgahinga National Park; Setting off from Kampala to Kisoro which is approximately 540 km from Uganda’s Capital city after being briefed about the safari.

4 Days Bwindi Gorillas Safaris & Mburo Tour

4 Days Bwindi Gorillas Safaris & Mburo Tour; begins and ends in Kampala. The safari takes you to Lake Mburo National Park which is situated between Mbarara and Masaka in Western Uganda.

5 Days Bwindi Gorilla Tour & Kibale Chimps Trek

5 Days Bwindi Gorilla Tour & Kibale Chimps Trek; will start and ends in Kampala.You will first tour in Kibale because that it is one of Uganda’s enchanting forested parks having 766 km2 with.

7 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari

7 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari; safari exposes you the rich wild game of Akagera National Park including Giraffes, Elephants, Buffalo, Zebra, Antelopes among others.

8 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari

8 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari; gives a cross sectional encounter of Rwanda as a safari destination. It involves exploring the city of Kigali – one of the fancy cities in the region.

9 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari

9 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari; is designed to enable you explore the wildlife, culture, primates and scenic offerings of Rwanda as a safari destination. This 9 days Rwanda safari involves Kigali city tour.

10 Days Rwanda Gorilla Amazing Safari Tour

10 Days Rwanda Gorilla Amazing Safari Tour; 10 Days Gorilla Trekking Tour in taking you to all Rwanda national park and cultural places.

6 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari & Chimpanzee Trek

6 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari & Chimpanzee Trek; This Uganda Tour starts and finishes in Kampala. The tour takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Southwestern part of Uganda.

7 Days Chimps & Gorilla Safari in Uganda

7 Days Chimps & Gorilla Safari in Uganda; Depart from Kampala by road and head south-West to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will have a short stop at the Equator.

10 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Tour

10 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Tour; is designed to bring out the best in the famous Uganda safari parks of Murchison falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth NP.

11 Days Uganda gorilla wildlife and cultural safari

11 Days Uganda gorilla wildlife and cultural safari; is structured to help you gain an insight of the wildlife, gorilla and cultural and scenic attractions of Uganda. It covers the Uganda’s.

12 Days Uganda Wildlife and Cultural safari

12 Days Uganda Wildlife and Cultural safari; is a unique tour that opens you to the virgin wilderness of Kidepo National Park where the game is alive and enchanting in its natural environment.

12 Days Uganda Primates Tour – National Park Safaris

12 Days Uganda Primates Tour – National Park Safaris; You will leave from Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park which is located in the Southern part of Uganda. Before you reach the park.

13 Days Uganda Gorilla Wildlife and Cultural safari

13 Days Uganda Gorilla Wildlife and Cultural safari; is a blend of wildlife, culture, scenery and gorillas. It brings out the best of Lake Mburo National Park well known for its horseback safaris.

14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari

14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari; is a blend of Uganda’s wild game, Primates, adventure, culture coupled with great scenic views. It involves encountering Kampala city.

15 Days Uganda Gorilla, wildlife & Cultural safari

15 Days Uganda Gorilla, wildlife & Cultural safari; is one of those comprehensive Uganda safari packages that you can ever have. It gives you an opportunity to explore 3/4 of Uganda.

16 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Tour

16 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Tour; is a detailed package that involves adventure, culture, wildlife, scenery, Chimpanzees and Gorillas. It takes you through the cosmopolitan city of Kampala.

17 Days Uganda safari

17 Days Uganda safari; entirely comprises of adventure, sightseeing, cultural, wild game and Chimpanzees. It takes you through the adventures of the Victoria Nile at Jinja.

18 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari & Wildlife

18 Days Uganda safari incorporates gorillas, Chimpanzees, culture, wildlife and scenery. It includes encountering the heritage of Kampala city, adventures of River Nile, Rhinos in Ziwa sanctuary.

19 days Tour to uganda National Parks – Uganda Safaris to Uganda National Parks

19 days Tour to uganda National Parks – Uganda Safaris to Uganda National Parks; This Uganda Tour begins and ends in Kampala. The tour takes you to Murchison Falls National Park.

21 Days Best of Uganda safari

21 Days Best of Uganda safari; is a comprehensive package that gives an all-round safari across Uganda. It takes you through the adventures of River Nile in Jinja including white water rafting.

3 Days Nyiragongo Mountain Hiking Safari in Congo

3 Days Nyiragongo Mountain Hiking Safari in Congo; Standing at an elevation of 3,470m above sea level, Nyiragongo Volcano is part of the Great Virunga massif that comprises of.

3 Days Congo Mountain Gorillas

3 Days Congo Mountain Gorillas; is short Mountain Gorilla Safari package that allows you to explore these World’s critically endangered species in the dense forest tract of Virunga NP

3 Days Congo Eastern Lowland Gorilla Safari

3 Days Congo Eastern Lowland Gorilla Safari; offers an encounter with the largest remaining section of the Eastern Lowland Gorillas in the world thriving in Kahuzi Biega National Park.

5 Days Gorilla Safari in Congo & Nyiragongo Volcano Climbing

5 Days Gorilla Safari in Congo & Nyiragongo Volcano Climbing; is blend of Primate watching and Adventure. In fact, the Safari features two of the most popular Africa Safari activities.