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Enjoy a Magical Encounter with Migration Safari

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Wildebeest Migration Safari

To put it simply, if you have opted for Migration Safari …  you are either going to Tanzania or Kenya. Thus, as you can well understand, planning a migration safari and catching hold of the best of Africa’s wildlife as they migrate is comparatively easy…or, is it?

Let’s find out!

Planning a Migration Safari in Kenya or Tanzania

Migration in Tanzania’s Serengeti is active for 9 long months of the year whereas, in Kenya’s Masai Mara it is active only for 3 months; August, September and October.

It is advisable that you visit either Kenya or Tanzania. Don’t combine both of them.

Make sure you

  • Have a map of Serengeti…if you have opted for Tanzania.
  • Know how the migration works in theory.
  • Know that the migration

itself involves around 1, 5 million wildebeest, gazelle and zebra on the move.

The resident game doesn’t follow the migration beyond their specific ranges.

  • Know that you can find the resident game in and around their home all the year round.
  • Opt for destinations other than Masai Mara or Serengeti if you choose to view specific game species like elephant, wild dog or leopard.

Now, coming to the real planning!

These are a few things you should keep in mind

  • Plan in advance: It is best to plan in advance. Because, if you are late…not only will the prices be high… there will also be this big uncertainty about getting accommodation.
  • Crowd density: Masai Mara and Serengeti have some pretty big hotels and lodges which is why crowd density can be a problem. If you want to get your way round the crowd, plan your trip with smaller outfits. These outfits plan their trips at flexible times like in the morning before the place gets crowded. They organize breakfasts under the tree while the minibuses are doing rounds. They also zero in on quieter spots where you can spend the afternoons and the evenings away from the hustle and bustle of crowds.
  • Availability of good guides: Standard good professional guides who are experienced, reputable, and dedicated can make a big difference to your safari experience. They will help you come real close to the wild life…without encroaching upon their private space.

So, if you really plan a migration safari for your next holiday…you can seek the help of The Africa Guide. They will provide customized package tours for your migration safari…

They will extensively cover all the areas of Kenya or Tanzania and will not leave you wanting anything else.

5 Iconic Wildlife Species that Need Our Help

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Hunting Dogs in Zambia

With emotive documentaries and spectacular photographs capturing the abundance and diversity of Africa’s wildlife, it seems that our plains are abuzz with life. But in reality, thanks to human intervention, habitat encroachment, poaching and even war, there are a number of Africa’s most iconic species whose populations are under serious threat.

Their survival and ability to thrive is now dependent on us again. Luckily, there are a number of organizations worth supporting who have dedicated their lives to protecting and conserving these vulnerable species. Here are just five of Africa’s species in dire need of help.

Penguins

Due to the introduction of industrial fishing around the Cape, the iconic black and white African penguin was declared Endangered in 2010. With an estimated 25,000 breeding pairs left in the wild, the population is at approximately 2.5% of the estimated figure of one million breeding pairs, recorded in the early 20th Century.

It is clear to see that seabirds, such as the African penguin, are in dire need of help. Luckily, organizations such as SANCCOB and SAMREC are doing all that they can in an effort to save and bolster the waning penguin population in South Africa. As non-profits these organizations rely on volunteers and contributions from the public to carry out their precious work in seabird conservation.

Rhinos

Perhaps the most widely campaigned-for species in Africa is the rhino. Both black and white rhino have been poached for their horn to a point where the survival of their species is teetering on the edge. According to WWF, there are approximately 4,800 black rhino and 20,000 white rhino surviving in the wild, with this number declining on a daily basis. The rising demand for rhino horn, has driven poaching to record levels.

African Rhino

This said, there are a host of organizations raising awareness and helping to fight against poaching of these precious animals. The MyPlanet Rhino Fund (administered by the Endangered Wildlife Trust) puts rhino conservation in the spotlight, and has supported best practice and innovation since its creation in March 2011. The fund disperses money raised to a variety of conservation organizations and government agencies working towards the protection of rhinos.

As humans have encroached on gorilla habitats in the Virunga landscape, they have cleared land for agriculture and livestock, destroying hectares of forests in which mountain gorillas once dwelled. The war in Rwanda in the 90s, and years of civil unrest in the DRC drove thousands of refugees into the Virunga region, which is home to more than half of Africa’s mountain gorilla population. This led to increased poaching and habitat destruction. Grauer’s gorilla, a subspecies of the Eastern gorilla, the largest ape in the world, was recently just been added to IUCN’s Critically Endangered red list.

However, gorilla tourism in Uganda, Rwanda and even the DRC is helping to pour money back into local communities and into gorilla conservation. Organisations such as WWF are also working together with local communities surrounding the Virunga landscape to encourage them to protect and conserve this important species.

Elephants

African elephants have a number of factors threatening their survival in the wild. Potentially the biggest of these is poaching for ivory. Poachers are decimating their numbers, with tens of thousands of elephants killed every year for their tusks.

Elephants

Elephant-human conflict is another issue facing Africa’s elephants. A large amount of elephant habitat continues to be lost to the agricultural industry. When their crops are damaged by elephants passing through, farmers will sometimes retaliate by killing them. As animals that naturally migrate hundreds of kilometres every year, their loss of habitat has had hugely detrimental effects on their survival as well as their relationship with humans.

To help mitigate this human-wildlife conflict and protect elephants from poachers, South Africa has a number of anti-poaching units and organisations focused on conservation. Volunteer programmes such as SANParks Honorary Rangers , the official fund-raising arm of SANParks, helps to protect and monitor elephants in South Africa through passionate, committed individuals.

African Wild Dog

Less than 6,600 African wild dogs remain in the wild today. Challenges with human-wildlife conflict has been a major contributing factor to the endangerment of these dogs. Throughout the continent, wild dogs have been poisoned or shot by farmers, who sometimes mistakenly blame them when another predator kills their livestock.

As human populations expand, leading to agriculture, settlements, and roads, African wild dogs are losing the spaces in which they were once able to roam freely. Human encroachment from urbanization and clearance has severely reduced their range and numbers, with wild dogs all but disappearing in 15 of the 39 sub-Saharan Africa countries in which they one ranged.

Wildlife ACT is one of the organizations working to fight against the worrying decline of South Africa’s wild dogs, with much of their work focusing on Endangered and priority species.

Mountain Gorilla Tourism: A Brief History

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Gorilla Tourism

Having started from the mid-1900’s, trekking into dense rainforests in search of the elusive mountain gorilla has become a highlight for many adventurers.

We take a look at the fascinating history and development of mountain gorilla tourism and how it has helped support conservation projects and increase the awareness of these critically endangered creatures.

A little bit about mountain gorilla history:

In October 1902, German explorer Captain Robert Von Beringe discovered these gigantic creatures on the ridges of the Virunga Mountains. The initial interest in the gorillas were mainly scientific as zoologists attempted to classify and accord them the respective naming, although later need for their conservation became apparent.

In 1967, the famous American primatologist, Dian Fossey, arrived in the Virunga range and established her research station in the Rwandan gorilla safari destination of Volcanoes National Park. Her extensive research about gorillas was immense and her records are still referred to in present day research.

Mountain gorilla tourism:

The mountain gorilla tourism in Africa gained momentum in the 1990s when the respective countries embarked on rigorous habituation exercise of selected gorilla groups. Uganda, for example, started with the two-year habituation of the Mubare gorilla group in the Buhoma region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from 1991 to 1993.

Today, there are 12 fully habituated groups in Bwindi alone, and one in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, while the two others are undergoing habituation in Bwindi. These concerted efforts have in return stimulated memorable gorilla trekking safari tours in Uganda, Rwanda, and the DRC.

Mountain gorilla habitat:

The habitats in which these mountain gorillas thrive are unique and remarkable. The hilly, dense forested landscapes with narrow valleys and steep slopes covered by mist make the gorilla trekking safaris an experience beyond just seeing the majestic animals. Their area of abode lies in the Albertine Rift which is renowned for its bird species such as the African green broadbill in Bwindi  – one of the prime forest birds sought after by birders while on birding safaris in Uganda.

Supporting a good cause:

Not only has gorilla tourism increased the awareness of these critically endangered apes world over, the finances gathered from the sale of gorilla permits support conservation activities and provides surrounding communities with alternative livelihood programmes. This in turn ensures the survival of mountain gorillas. With the increasing public and private investment in tourism infrastructure, such as transport and accommodation, one can agree that gorilla tourism is set to thrive for a very long time.

You can book all your gorilla safaris in Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC through us and we’ll arrange your safari adventure of a lifetime

Ultimate Wildlife Encounters in Uganda

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If Wildlife is a thing that captures your mind, don’t try to omit Uganda on your bucket list of destinations to see in Africa. This amazing spot has a diverse range of Wildlife species including those you can’t easily find in other localities around the globe. Whether you are after Wild animals, reptiles, insects or various species of birds you are all covered when you go on a safari in Uganda.

Thousands of Wildlife enthusiasts come in per year to explore all what Uganda has to offer. If this is your next travel plan, listed below are the major exciting places you shouldn’t ignore for endless sweeping views of varied Wildlife species.

Where to go for Wildlife

Wildlife in Uganda is majorly protected in National Parks, game reserves and Sanctuaries. These protected areas are many, therefore named below are some of the must visits.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

When it comes to Wildlife Safaris in Uganda, Queen is highly rated and stands among the mostly visited parks. Established in 1952 as Kazinga channel National Park, this protected area was later renamed to Queen Elizabeth Park to honor the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. Additionally Queen Elizabeth covers a total area of 1978 square kilometers which span three districts including Kasese, Rukungiri, Kamwenge and Rukungiri. It is bordered by Kyambura gorge, Kalinzu forest reserve and Lake George in the east, Lake Edward and Ishasha River in the west. It lush habitats are home to a number of Wildlife species including the rare tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector. Other than Wildlife, Queen consists of over ten crater lakes.

Murchison Falls National Park

Covering a total area of 3898 square kilometers, Murchison is the largest National Park in Uganda. It is geographically located in the north western part of Uganda and straddles four districts that include Kiryandongo, Masindi, Nwoya, and Buliisa. By road, this Park is about 283 kilometers North West of Kampala. From Kibanda area, it is about 72 km up to Masindi the nearest large town. What’s more, Murchison Falls National Park is bisected by the Victoria Nile for a distance of 115 km. adding to the falls, Murchison Falls National Park invites tourists with its Wildlife that consists of animals like elephants, buffaloes, various bird species and more.

Budongo Forest Reserve

This is one of the notable forest reserves in Uganda. It is also located in the north western part of Uganda near Murchison Falls National Park and part of the Murchison Falls conservation area. It is a great habitat to a number of Wildlife species but most tourists visit it for the unique bird species and the chimpanzee primates. Other species that enjoy cool atmosphere of this reserve include primates like baboons, red tailed monkeys, colobus monkeys, reptiles, insects like butterflies and more.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

This is a dream destination for Rhino lovers. It is located in central Uganda, Nakasongola district. Since it is located along Kampala – Masindi – Gulu highway, most travelers use it as a great stopover while heading to Murchison Falls National Park. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary was put in place mainly to reintroduce the species of Rhinoceros back to Uganda. It is currently homing the species of White Rhinoceros. Some were imported from Solio ranch in Kenya and other donated by Disney Kingdom of animals.

Kibale Forest National Park

For those who are visiting Uganda mainly for primates, Kibale Forest National Park should be your first start. This ever green protected area is located in the western part of Uganda. Fort portal is the nearest town from this Park. Part of its area is occupied by the notable Kibale forest. This forest is a great home to many wildlife species including the thirteen primates, bird species, reptiles and more. These 13 primates includes the chimpanzees, the main reason for most safaris to this park.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Situated in the far north eastern Uganda, Kidepo is the most isolated park in Uganda. It stands amongst the most rewarding parks if it is Wildlife in Uganda. It was declared as a national Park in 1962 and plays host to multiple species including the ones that are rarely found in other Ugandan parks. Located in Kaabong district, this park is ranked the third best National park in Africa. Its location in a core of savannah landscapes and mountainous sceneries makes it one of the most photogenic areas in Uganda. Kidepo’s rich fauna is composed of 470 bird species and over 75 species of mammals.

Lake Mburo National Park

If you fancy a blend of wildlife encounters and boat cruise, you should look no further than Lake Mburo National Park. This Park is located in western Uganda near Mbarara town. It is rated to be the nearest park from Kampala, Uganda’s capital. It biodiversity consists of plant life, wild animals, reptiles and insects. Some of the animals that tempt wildlife addicts are elephants, Zebras, topi, buffaloes and numerous antelopes. Boat cruise along the waters of Lake Mburo offers endless views of aquatic species like water birds, crocodiles and lake side scenery.

How to see Wildlife in Uganda

There are many ways to immerse yourself into Uganda’s rich wildlife. Some of these include game drives, boat cruise, nature walks, forest walks and camel riding. In Uganda, camel riding is only offered in Lake Mburo National Park.

Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park

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Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure, a world in which there is no end to the travel opportunities that lie in wait for us at every turn. But there is one experience you should definitely add to your bucket list and that is eastern lowland gorilla trekking.

A gorilla trekking experience in Kahuzi Biega National Park, which home to the Eastern Lowland gorillas in Democratic republic of Congo, will allow you to discover many wonderful and unique characteristics and behaviourism’s of these magnificent creatures.

Eastern lowland gorillas are one of Africa’s most beloved of primates and this is made obvious by the sheer number of international travellers who come to visit the continent for an African safari experience. Eastern lowland gorillas can only be seen in the Democratic republic of Congo in the famous national park of Kahuzi Biega. The Eastern Lowland gorilla can be trekked for a minimum duration of 3 days, which is offered to explorers as the 3 Days Lowland gorilla Tour.

The terrain of the gorillas is spread out over two famous Mountain ranges that were once active volcanoes, Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega and also within the valleys of the park, which is where the gorilla trekking is done.

Here are some fun facts about the Eastern lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega national park:

1) They are largely herbivorous and eat a wide range of plants, fruits, seeds, leaves, stems and barks as well as ants, termites and other insects

2) Eastern lowland gorillas are the largest on average of all gorilla subspecies

3) Males can weigh 250 kilograms and can reach two metres tall when standing

4) Visitors are allowed one hour with the lowland gorilla, and during this hour you can watch them feeding and playing with their young ones. After this special experience, trekkers are invited to visit to the local community to meet the people who inhabitant the forest and who were previously living with the lowland gorillas.

5) The main threat to these lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park is the habitat loss from illegal logging, agriculture and illegal settlements; poaching and wildlife trade of mainly baby gorillas and mining for coltan as explained.

6) Through observing the gorillas in the wild, we learnt that they will make a new nest from the vegetation for every night, and that the young gorillas will share their mother’s nest until they are about three years old.

For the ultimate primate safari discover what the Democratic republic of the Congo has to offer, experience not only the lowland gorillas but also the Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe forest national park – a park that is the home to over 10 Species of primates in Africa!

Don’t miss the chance to visit the eastern lowland gorillas in their local habitat with the most reliable safari company.

How to Travel Around Uganda during Covid-19

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Traveling is part of our lives. It is something we are attached to. One feels lifeless without traveling for a while. At least once in a year, one has to leave his/her usual place to visit a new area, meet new people and discover some new things that are peculiar to their normal environment.

Traveling is really therapy for refreshing and reenergising oneself to get going again. One of the popular places to visit is the natural environment. The natural environment consists of undisturbed flora and fauna in their original form. In this day and age generation, natural environments are rare to find, Uganda located in the east of Africa is one of the few places in the world with a wealth of virgin environs.  The country has ten national parks, over 20 wildlife reserves and a plethora of other natural features like lakes, river and mountains to explore and enjoy.

Traveling around Uganda was hampered by the outbreak of covid-19 which restricted socialisation (crowding) of people. Traveling had to be cut out since it encompasses around visiting new places and interacting with people.  However, as covid-19 has been slightly subdued, people are back to traveling and in full throttle because of the lengthy period they were indoors. They now have ravenous appetite to enjoy the outdoor environment and the beauty it beholds.

Although people have been allowed to travel around Uganda, the usual travelling is no more. Standard operating procedures have been set out to guide people on how to travel around Uganda in the new normal (covid-19 era)

Uganda Travel Tips During the Covid-19 Era

  1. Travel with Negative PCR Covid-19 Test certificate

The negative PCR Covid-19 Test certificate is like a green card for international travellers to Uganda. No one is allowed into Uganda without presenting a negative PCR covid-19 test certificate at Entebbe Airport or any other border point. Its validity must be less than 72 hours before the test.  More so, upon arrival at the airport, a traveller is subjected to a mandatory PCR covid-19 test at 30$. The good news is; the tourist is left to travel to the hotel or any other abode and the results are sent electronically. If found positive of covid-19, the guest is advised to quarantine at the hotel for 14 days and then continue his/her travel.

  1. Take a Covid-19 Jab

Covid-19 is a killer bug that has claimed millions and millions of people, you are not exception. We are all susceptible to it especially the traveling people who are likely to get to crowed places like airports, hotel and recreational centres. We advise to get vaccinated of Covid-19 as it is the only way to fight it. Covid-19 vaccination is free of charge in any country around the world. it doesn’t cost a thing to save yourself from the virus.

  3.Carry a facemask and Hand sanitizer

Wearing a facemask at all times while with people and hand sanitizing when in contact with people and people reachable places are among the main guidelines set out by World Health Organisation Advisory on Covid-19. During your travel around Uganda, carry as many facemask as you can and adequate hand sanitizer to prevent yourself from any likelihood of covid-19 transmission.

4.Avoid Using cash

It is evident that money is the major carrier of covid-19 virus. Uganda being a cash economy, it is very hard to do away with it. However, the positive is that there are other avenues of making payments like the use of visa card and mobile money. The travel and hospitality sector has embraced cashless payments especially in this pandemic period. Airport, Hotel, national parks and supermarkets have electronic payment systems compatible to Visa card and credit card. They also accept Mobile money transfers. Therefore, carry your credit card or visa card and also while you get a Uganda sim pack for your mobile phone endeavour to register it for mobile money transaction. Deposit some money on your mobile money account which you will use to make payments for local item purchases on your tour around Uganda.

  1. Avoid Traveling to crowded places

Uganda has so many tourism destinations to travel but avoid places that encourage mass tourism, go to places with fewer people like the national parks and other eco places around the country. There is a high chance of getting covid-19 in places where people are crowded because of the great likelihood of getting in contact with one another yet that’s how covid-19 transmits.

  1. Hire a car

It is best to do away with public means of transport to avoid contact with other people. We advise you to hire a car in Uganda, there are very many rental companies with reliable, convenient and cheap services. A rental car does not only serve from Covid-19 but it is also a faster means of transport.

  1. Don’t drive at night

One of the Covid-19 guidelines set out in Uganda is stoppage of movement of cars and people by 7:00pm. Therefore, you have to abide to the curfew rule set so that you don’t be on the wrong side of the law.

Top Big Cat Safaris for 2021

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Pride of Lions in Masai Mara

Looking for big cat safaris? It is not yet late! Here are some of the best safari offers for the big cat lovers looking to travel in Africa. These trips can be tailor-made to include your own safari ideas. Just tell a local tour operator your interests so that these trips can be tailored exclusively to you!

1. Safari in Zambia & Malawi

Zambia & Malawi safari combines the perfect amount of wild exploration, wildlife, relaxation and exclusivity.

Price: from £3,730 Per Person Sharing, excluding International Flights

Enjoy 6 nights on safari in the remote southern areas of the South Luangwa National Park before heading to an island in the middle of Lake Malawi for some R&R.

Zambia is renowned as one of the last true African safari destinations with remote bush camps, some of the best guides in the industry and some amazing wildlife. This safari stays in some of the best camps in the southern section of the South Luangwa National Park away from the crowds & in the home of the walking safari…

2. Kenya Wildebeest Migration & Big Cats

Kenya Migration Big Cats & Game Safari shows off the best the original safari country has to offer.

Kenya: Migration, Big Cats & Game Safari – From £2,995pp, Excluding International Flights

A fantastic 6 night safari with the chance to view the spectacular wildebeest migration and renowned river crossings, as well as the resident game and big cats of the Mara Reserve & Naboisho Conservancy.

Spending half your time in the Main Mara Reserve, enjoy morning & afternoon game drives in search of game and the migration, then relax watching the animals drinking from the river in the evening. Staying at the world famous Rekero Camp, you are set right in the heart of the best wildlife viewing in the Maasai Mara.

The second half of your safari will be spent in the beautiful Naboisho Conservancy, bordering the Mara Reserve. This private conservancy has an exclusive and personal feel, with fewer vehicles at wildlife sightings. Activities throughout the day (often with a picnic breakfast or packed lunch enjoyed in the bush!) will include guided game walks and visits to one of the local Masai Manyattas.

Price Per Person Sharing: From £2,995

Kaya Mawa on Lake Malawi is the perfect place to sit back, relax & reflect after your adventures in Zambia!

Price Per Person Sharing: From £3,730

Dates: Tailored to your specifications

Zambia: Art & Photography Safari

Price – From £ 2,995pp, Excluding International Flights

This 6 night bespoke safari in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, promises something special. Using the complimentary media of photography &  sculpture Nick & Nick hope to inspire you towards a new appreciation of wildlife.

Based in Mfuwe Lodge in the renowned South Luangwa National Park, you will combine morning and afternoon game drives (when light conditions and wildlife activity are best) with practical demonstrations and tuition in field sketching, sculpture and photography.

Get to know different photography skills covering a variety of subjects including camera basics and simplifying the photographic process, to essentials in composition, field techniques, editing & organizing.

Feed your artistic side on this magnificent & unique safari in one of the best areas for wildlife in Africa.

Remember no prior experience or knowledge is required. All tools and air-hardening clay  will be provided and your sculptures will be packed safely for transport home.

Top 10 African Safari Experiences

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African Safari

It is true that we all travel for different reasons, and our tastes and likes vary.  However, when coming for a holiday in Africa, I think there are some places you just have to visit, and some activities you must undertake to enjoy a complete African safari experience. I have compiled a list of what I consider the 10 unique African safari experiences. You may not be able to do all of them during one visit, unless of course you have a lot of time. But with proper planning, you can cover aspects of all of them in at least two trips to Africa.

1. Wildlife safaris

If you have time for only one safari activity, then wildlife safaris are the obvious choice, especially if the closest you have ever come to an African wild animal is in a zoo. Among all African animals, the big five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard) are the most popular, and perhaps most fascinating to observe. The experience of seeing them and other animals in their natural habitat is indeed very amazing. No wonder the word “African safari” is almost synonymous with wildlife safaris.

There are so many places in Africa that give you a rewarding wildlife experience, top on the list being Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya, South Africa’s Kruger national park, and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. You can also have an equally (or even more) satisfying safari experience in other less known wildlife destinations like Etosha national park in Namibia, South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, and Chobe National Park in Botswana. For a first-time visit to Africa, I would recommend starting with any of the parks mentioned above.

2. Primate Safaris

There are wildlife destinations that meet your unique tastes. One of the growing popular niche are primate safaris in East and Central Africa. If for example you are interested in the gorillas, chimpanzees and other apes, you should visit the game reserves in Uganda, Rwanda, and the DRC. You can enjoy a primate safari in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania or the Democratic Republic of Congo.

3. Gorilla Trekking

Looking to doing something different from the usual tours? Why not plan a gorilla safari expedition into Uganda or Rwanda. Meeting the mountain gorillas in their natural home is a dream come true to many travelers who travel to East and Central Africa.

Though mountain gorilla tours are the most popular, you can also see the Eastern lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as well as Western Lowland gorillas in Odzala National Park of the Republic of Congo.

4. Cultural safaris
It is indisputable that the African culture is rich and very diverse. Among the thousands of African ethnic groups however, there are a few that stand out because of their unique way of life and traditions, the Masai tribe being the top-most. There is arguably no better way to appreciate the Masai culture than visiting a Masai village and possibly spending some nights there. This is not for the faint-hearted though. An easier alternative would be to visit a Masai village during your safari in Kenya.

Other African ethnic groups with interesting cultures and that you may want to visit include the Samburu and Turkana of Kenya, and the Swahili found along the coast of East Africa.

5. Mountaineering Expeditions

For quite obvious reasons,  Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania ranks high among Africa’s adventure destinations. Though it is the highest mountain in Africa, it is also the most accessible. You do not need any special mountaineering equipment to get to Uhuru peak, the highest peak. Any reasonably healthy person can make it to the top especially if they climb slowly. This is unlike the more rugged Mt Kenya, where the highest you can get without mountain climbing gear is Point Lenana, at 4985 meters above sea level.  Only accomplished mountaineers attempt to get to the higher peaks of Batian and Nelion.

Mt Meru in Tanzania, the Rwenzori mountain range and the Virunga mountains in Uganda and neighboring countries are some of the other African mountains suitable for climbing or trekking expeditions.

6. Bird Watching Safaris

Would you like to see Africa’s unique birds? There is an amazing record number of birds on the continent. Africa is one of the best bird watching destinations in the world. From rare birds to endemics that cannot easily be found elsewhere on the continent, there is a lot to see for an avid birder.

There are lots of other activities for an adventure safari in Africa. You can fly over the Victoria falls on a microlight helicopter, go for gorilla tracking expeditions in the great Lakes region, canoeing, white water rafting, and kayaking (e.g in Sagana and Nanyuki in Kenya), skydiving (e.g in the annual Diani boogie in Kenya), snorkeling and white shark diving in South Africa, overlanding from Cairo Egypt to Cape Town in South Africa, etc.

Top 5 Places to See Elephants in Africa

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African Elephant

Watching elephants in their natural surroundings is always a thrill, so we have put together five of the best places to get fabulous pachyderm experiences in Africa.

1. Safari Lodge, Amakhala Game Reserve, South Africa

This beautiful lodge is located on the 7,200ha Amakhala Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape and is adjacent to the famed Addo Elephant National Park – widely regarded as the country’s premier destination for elephant viewing. Game drives are taken on both the Amakhala reserve and in Addo. The lodge is Fair Trade Tourism certified.

Amakhala Camp

2. Mombo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Nicknamed “The Place of Plenty”, Wilderness Safaris’s Mombo Camp is located on a private concession on the renowned Chief’s Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve. This is one of the best spots in Africa from which to view wild elephants at close quarters!

Mombo Camp is recognised by Fair Trade Tourism through its partnership with Botswana’s Ecotourism Certification programme.

3. Motswari Private Game Reserve, Timbavati

Elephants at Moswari

Part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Timbavati is teeming with wildlife, with huge herds of elephant regularly moving through the reserve. Fair Trade Tourism certified Motswari Private Game Reserve is located in the heart of the Timbavati and elephants often pay the lodge a visit to drink from the swimming pool!

4. Oliver’s Camp, Tanzania

Elephant at Oliver Camp

Deep in the southern reaches of Tarangire National Park and with easy access to the Silale Swamps, Oliver’s Camp is an echo of the early days of African safaris. Part of the Asilia Africa group, this camp is recognised by Fair Trade Tourism through its partnership with Responsible Tourism Tanzania.

5. Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge, Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Nkasa Lupala tented lodge is built on the banks of one of the many channels of the Kwando-Linyanti river system in the Caprivi region of Namibia. This unique wetland paradise is part of Nkasa Lupala National Park and the lodge itself is recognised by Fair Trade Tourism through its partnership with Eco Awards Namibia.

Elephants regularly visit the lodge.

Why You Need a Toyota Super Custom for Your Family Vacation in Uganda

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There are many details to consider when planning a family vacation in Africa.  Whether your family includes two or ten people, you will, no doubt, be presented with the challenge of including a number of things such as sights and activities that appeal to all in your group. Without proper planning, a family vacation can easily become stressful and disappointing for everyone. So, do yourself a favor and plan ahead!

One of the most difficult aspects of planning such vacations is finding the best mean of transport that can bring you all with comfort without out looking figuring your expenses.  This is because most of the family vacations in Africa involve traveling to different destinations.

For instance for a Safari Adventure to Uganda, it would be of much enjoyment with all your family members if you included two to three National parks to your itinerary of which the most preferred by families are a bit distanced apart. Therefore, to optimize your costs while traveling in comfort you would need a good vehicle like a Toyota Super Custom.

How does it look like?

A Toyota Super custom is in form of a cab-over body styled vehicle belonging to the HI-Ace family of cars that were introduced on the market by Toyota in late 1960’s. In this executive mini-bus, five (5) passengers are recommended for long journeys though can go up to seven (7) or eight (8). This is usually hired by a group of travelers such as families going for different purposes such as corporate events or picnics and safari adventures.

Why you need it as family

The Toyota Super custom was made with the full-time four wheel drive (4WD) that keeps the wheels moving forward under tough conditions that is very common with the nature of Uganda’s roads and most parts of Africa at large. With its make designed to make deep treks into rough terrain, this can take you as far as you may want to adventure with your family for example for game drives even in remote National parks such as Kidepo Valley in North Eastern Uganda.

It is extremely comfortable with good spacing of the seats. Its seats are also flexible as the passengers can sit facing each other or up front.

The flexible seats of a Toyota Supercustom

This can keep your family together in terms of continued interaction and not bored in the same sitting posture as you move. With an extra of very cool Air Conditioning system, MP3 Player and CD as well as USB stick drive ports, it keeps the safari moving.

Indeed this van was made ideal for road-trip. It has an extra cargo capacity making it a comfortable sleeping and hang-out spot under any weather conditions with your kids. This provides enough space for all your luggage and other stuff such as camping and cooking equipment. This particularly makes the Super Custom popular for family or group travelers.

Despite appearing executive mostly the interior, this vehicle is a cheap car to hire on a Uganda Self Drive trip as its rental quotations range between $60 to $80 per day depending on the length of the rental period and other extras.

Toyota Super custom tinted windows

Last but not least, a super custom guarantees a lot of privacy as it comes with tinted windows; thus people from the outside cannot see the interior of the car but the passengers can see the outside environment and letting in more fresh air. They also have an open roof in types of sliding glass or pop-up to allow you and family members look at the outside environment from top of the roof and this is most ideal with game viewing in the wilderness.

How to get it

You can rent a Toyota Super custom from a number of travel agencies mainly Car Rental companies and sometimes Tour companies. You can find car rental agencies online, reserve and book there and then as according to your preferences and agreements.

Take Note

However, sometimes your trip can be ruined and put the blame on the vehicle or supplier though sometimes could the cause have been poor planning. Therefore, before hitting the road, take note of the following;

  1. One of the most common drawbacks of Toyota Super customs is fuel consumption. To most with diesel powered engines, a liter can take you some 5 – 7km accordingly to the way you drive and experience. Their Petrol variant however can take 6 – 9km accordingly as well. This is why you need a proper planning for all this before. Always make sure to keep it not less than quarter a tank before breaking off for the night, this ensures enough fuel left to start on your journey to your next destination the following day before reaching another gas station.
  2. If you are traveling to remote destinations such as Kidepo where gas stations are a bit hard to find and not sure of the amount of fuel you are left with, you can travel with some extra in a 20-litre jerry can.
  3. As with driving any other car, it is always advisable to regularly inspect it most especially early in the morning before starting it. While driving, don’t forget to look out for engine heating, proper service since it is a turbo diesel engine and radiator water or coolant so that it doesn’t ruin your vacation.
  4. In most super customs, a number of travelers complain about overheating but this always comes with radiator complications. When the radiator is in good shape and you have a well working Air Conditioning system, then what else can keep you away with having the best time of your vacation with your family!