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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!

Exploring the Gorilla Kingdom

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Would you like to explore the Gorilla Kingdom? Why not travel to Africa and get to explore the habitats where the gorillas live.

Wildlife Viewing in Algeria

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Algerian Wildlife

Experience the exotic and varied wildlife in Algeria and get the best pleasures of a great vegetation and see how the growth and development of wildlife has occurred here in the land of Algeria. With the best desert areas and grassy locales, this is one exotic paradise in this part of Africa. Catch the best glimpses of the wildlife here and enjoy the sights of species like wild boars, gazelles, and jackals. The beautiful sights of fennecs, jerboas and the leopard and golden jackal are all the lovely ways of experiencing the best of animal delights here in this beautiful heaven of fauna. Wildlife in Algeria is also made up of a lot of avian acrobats and thus is it is also a great haven for all birds.

Boars Gazelles

A perfect paradise for bird lovers this is a top tourist hub for all those who want to enjoy the wildlife variety in Africa. Snakes, animals, monitor lizards and other such animals are a great enchantment for those who come to this part of the world. The semi arid regions of Algeria are the common habitats here and they are found living with the rodents here.

Snakes
Most of the endangered species are found here in Algeria and the rare animals are very well preserved by the law in Algeria. The serval is the most endangered animal and this is a lovely animal here in the land of Algeria. A little smaller than the leopard the serval is long and has elegant ears that belong to the cat family. These lovely animals are still found in northern Algeria.

A very popular animal here is the Mediterranean monk seal and this is amongst the most endangered Algerian species. These seals live in caves along the Algerian coast. The animals have reduced here due to over fishing and pollution. The wild dogs here and the bat species here are also considered as the most endangered kinds. Most of the protective programs here are towards the protection of wildlife here.

Enjoy the adventurous tours in Algeria and benefit with the explorations in this part of the world. This is an integral part of the tours here and if you are looking out for the most in thrill and adventure then Algeria is the place to be. The vibrant activities here and the lovely zone of Maghreb satiates your thirst for perfect adventure.

Gorilla Permits for Uganda & Rwanda

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Gorilla trekking is one of the most popular things to do in Rwanda or in Uganda. If you are planning to take a gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda or Uganda, you need a gorilla trekking pass or permit. Just like other simple tours or journeys, permits are really required, act as permission to take a guided walk to search for these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Gorilla permits must be book in advance through your travel agent or tour operator, or book direct with Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rwanda Development Board. In some cases, tour agencies that are offering services such as trekking at Rwanda might already include these permits.

In Rwanda, permits can be obtained through Ruhengeri or Rwanda Tourism Board offices but you are to pay money. Each permit in Uganda costs $750. In Uganda, permits cost US$600 each. Permits are offered by Uganda Wildlife Authority at the capital of Uganda which is Kampala. International booking of gorilla trekking permits can as well be possible through email but credit cards are not accepted for payments. However, most travel agencies / tour companies accept credit cards mainly Visa cards, Master cards and American Express.
Included in the gorilla trekking permits are the rules to be followed once you are to go gorilla trekking. And some of those are the following:

Before heading to gorilla tracking – only a minimum of 8 visitors are allowed to visit a group of mountain gorillas every day. Through this, behavioral disturbance as well as risk of exposure of gorillas to human diseases might be minimizes. And always wash hands before heading to gorillas.
On the way to the mountain gorillas – always keep voices low. You will be provided with the chance to observe other wildlife animals in the forest. Do not ever leave rubbish in the park. Everything that you brought in the forest must be brought back with you. Once you are into approaching mountain gorillas, the guide will then inform you to be ready.

Once you are with the gorillas – distance from the gorillas must always be observed and the group must be in tight. Always keep the voices low and avoid doing unnecessary things such as smoking, eating or drinking. Sometimes, gorillas might charge but do not ever run away for it might increase the risk so just follow the guide. Once taking pictures you must move carefully and slowly and flash is actually not allowed. Since they are wild animals do not touch them. You are only allowed to spend an hour with the gorillas but once situation changes guide might cut the visit earlier. Your voices must still be down up until you reach 200 meters away from the gorillas.

Health rules – health is one of the most important things to consider once planning to go gorilla trekking. It is important that you are in good health condition. Once you feel that you are to sneeze or cough turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth in order to prevent gorillas from human viruses.
And those are just some of the rules you must agree upon and followed once you are provided with gorilla trekking permit.

Why You Need a Rental Car for your Family Holiday

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A family holiday in Uganda should be the highlight of any tour in Uganda for any family intending to come for a vacation in the country. The only way to do this is to reduce on stress by hiring a car in Uganda since this will give your family the best safari adventure altogether. Below are the reasons for hiring a family vehicle on your holiday in Uganda.

There is space for everyone, you are advised to pick the right car for your family and you are sure that there will be enough space for each and everyone. This will give each family member comfort to enjoy the vacation. There is nothing bad than getting on a bus to find that all the seats are not in place.
You are sure of the modified entertainment; we have all been trying to keep the kids entertained while on a long trip with movies and many more. With a hired car, you can play games, sing songs and have some fun time with the programs without annoying anyone else. A rental car will also be a sound track to your family road holiday that calls to great memories of family holidays when the kids are older.

With a hired vehicle, you manage the travel breaks; however much you ask the kids if they want to use the toilet, these will be guaranteed to wait until the bus stops for them to ease themselves. But with a hired car, you can make as many stops as your family needs, which makes things much easier for everyone.
Having a family car brings about a sense of adventure; this also means that it can be more impetuous. The kids will feel adventurous and will be able to find their own answers to the many questions. Having a hired car gives you flexibility to go where you and your family want to go when you like. There are many car companies in Uganda that can provide you with different family vacation cars.

Hiring a car allows you time to experience all the different sights on your safari. You have all the time and convenience needed to get the most out of your adventures. But with public transport, you lose a great deal of time in organizing, planning and waiting in line as well as stops along the way to many different destinations.

Hiring a family vehicle lets you travel at your own leisure and you get to spots you want to visit so quickly and hustle free. This freedom lets you make the most of your travels without all the added stress of having to find your way otherwise.

Hiring a family car on your vacation helps you explore the outside of the common tourist trap areas. These hired cars include a GPS system offering you with the great opportunity for searching off the beaten track without getting so lost. This gives you a unique perspective of the country you are visiting.
Hiring a family car in Uganda helps you in saving money as a group. This is cost effective and efficient, even with car rental insurance and gas factored into the equation. A family with small children will find it so had to use public means hence hiring out is a good option.

Best Destinations for Gorilla Safaris in Africa

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Congo Mountain Gorilla

Gorilla Safaris rank among the best adventures one can ever take in Africa. Today the gorillas are only native to ten countries in Africa. Amongst these countries a few have developed facilities that make it easy to watch these great apes in Africa. Many people wonder about the best places to go gorilla trekking in Africa. Here is a guide to watching the mountain gorillas and the best countries to visit for your safari.

Uganda

With no doubt when it comes to tourist attraction, this small country turns the biggest when it comes to tourist attraction and that’s why it’s referred to as the pearl of Africa due to very many fascinating tourism fraternities found in the country and many are not found elsewhere in the world. One of the unique features which have won Uganda position as the best safari destination on plant is the rare mountain gorillas, mountain gorilla tracking is regarded as the most done and memorable adventure activity on earth and Uganda is gifted for housing these species. In the world their only three countries that host these species Uganda is inclusive the other two are Rwanda and democratic republic of Congo, but among all these countries Uganda is the leading gorilla safari destination in the world, it houses almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population over 480 individuals live in Uganda’s popular national parks that’s Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla forest national park both located in the south western part of Uganda. Many tourists kept on jetting into the country to at least spend one or two days in the wild while having a close eye with these rare species in their natural habitat.

Over 70% of Uganda’s tourists come specifically to track these great apes in their natural habitats making it the number one tourist attraction in Uganda. Mountain gorillas have generated a lot of revenue to the government and it has also improved on the standards of living of the people who live near the park. However not only gorillas but there are a number of unique activities which are liked by very many tourists like the game viewing to catch up with the rare species like the tree climbing lions which are spotted in the Queen Elizabeth National park, bird watching as Uganda is gifted with over 1032 species of birds so bird lovers, Uganda is the only place to go, and some of these bird species are not found elsewhere in the world. Cultural tours, this tourist attraction makes Uganda one of the best safari destination since Uganda is known as a cultural melting spot with over 52 tribes so get interacted with the local people and learn more about their culture, chimpanzee trekking meeting with our close relatives the chimps is breathtaking, sharing the love of chimps with gorillas is a moment in life very difficult to forget. Nature walks, hiking among many more tourist attractions make Uganda the best safari destination on planet. These combined have greatly influenced very many people to come and have a classic adventurous experience which is hard-to enjoy in other countries.

It should be remembered that in year 2012 Uganda was ranked as the leading tourism destination by the lonely planet and this greatly marketed it to the rest of the world. Uganda gained a lot of fame and since then it has registered a very big number of travelers’ whole over the world that come and see its natural wonders. Book with us for any safari in Uganda we will help you reach where you cannot reach by yourself and explore these Uganda natural wonders

Go Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda & Rwanda

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Kibale Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee tracking is a very interesting activity to include in one’s safari. This activity brings one into close range with mans closest relatives; the chimps. Uganda is blessed with more chimps than Rwanda, and this is explained by the numerous places one can visit to encounter these primates while on a Uganda safari. And what better place to start with than one of the biggest and gifted National parks in Uganda;

Queen Elizabeth National Park;

Situated just in the South western part of Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National park is a hub for Wildlife Safaris in Uganda. With a diverse Wildlife, it draws several Wildlife enthusiasts including those who are interested in an encounter with the chimps. Getting to Queen Elizabeth National park is easy and you can make it using any of the two below options.

  • Either embark on a 7-8 hours’ drive from Kampala to the park. Travel via Kampala –Masaka – Mbarara highway
  • Or board a scheduled or private charter from Entebbe International Airport to either Mweya or Kasese Airstrip.

Out of the four major areas that make up Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyambura gorge is the main habitat for the Chimpanzees. Apart from Chimps, this valley is inhabited by an abundant of different bird species, monkeys, baboons, reptiles and insects. The tracking in the gorge is usually offered in sessions including mornings and afternoons; therefore you are free to choose from any of these times depending on your itinerary.

From Queen Elizabeth National Park, we can look at the biggest chimps national park in Uganda; Kibale Forest National Park; this Park is second to none when it comes to chimps as it’s known as the asylum of Chimpanzee in Uganda. With a number of different primate species, this Park is actually named the primate capital of Uganda.

Located in the western part of Uganda next to Fort Portal town, this rain forest is always evergreen and also part of its area is occupied by the renowned Kibale forest National park, a home to multiple primates and other wildlife species. In addition to the chimps tracking experience, there are lots of things to keep you occupied including the visit to Bigodi wetland sanctuary, a home to different bird species including both indigenous and migratory birds.

In Uganda chimps are not only found in National Parks but also other protected areas, which include;

Ngamba Island Sanctuary, located in the middle of Lake Victoria. This sanctuary was created to protect endangered chimps species. The island can only be accessed by a boat to and from. Once on the island, one can either watch them feed as they also go through their daily routine. Or can also participate in the feeding of the chimps.

Kalinzu Forest Reserve; Located in southwestern Uganda on your way to Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will find Kalinzu forests reserve another destination to for a remarkable chimps tracking experience.

This reserve is blessed with huge numbers of both habituated and wild chimps. The habituated chimps are now open to public viewing after one acquires a chimps tracking permit. It is just a few kilometers to Queen Elizabeth National park, that is why it’s believed that most of the game that breathe life into the reserve’s lush habitats migrate from this nearby protected area.

A day spent in the reserve is very much worth it. After tracking the chimps, you can engage in bird watching, forest and nature walks.

Budongo Forest Reserve; Budongo is amongst the most prominent reserves in Uganda. It is a must see if you are after primate encounters, bird watching, forest and nature walks. Known for its beautiful Mahogany trees, Budongo reserve is part of the gigantic Murchison Falls Conservation area.

Considering the above chimpanzee protected areas in Uganda, Rwanda is not left behind as it gifted with the beautiful evergreen rain forest of known as Nyungwe Forest National Park. Occupied by a tropical rainforest, Nyungwe Forest National Park is the only place to go for Chimpanzees tracking while in Rwanda. It hides itself just in the South western region of the country. Getting there from Kigali takes about 6-7 hours by road, looking at the speed used and stopovers included. Besides Chimpanzees, Nyungwe’s luxuriant habitats are inhabited by a number of Wildlife species including different bird’s species, reptiles, insects and other primates.