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The Bwindi Impenetrable, Home of the Mountain Gorillas -
This park is situated in in the south Western Park of Uganda bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo just 50 Kilometers south of the Ishasha area in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is a typical tropical African rain forest supporting some of the richest eco systems in the World.
Access to Bwindi is either by air from Kampala or Entebbe utilizing private air or by road.
Presently, 11 Groups of Gorillas are available for Gorilla trekking and these average 4 - 35 gorillas,
(1)Rushegura group of about 10 individuals,
(2)Habiyanja group of 23 Gorillas,
(3)Bitukura group of 13 Gorillas,
(4)Nkuringo group of 18 gorillas
(5)Nshongi group of 28 gorillas.
(6) Bikingi group of …. Gorillas
(7) kyaguriro group of 17 is a research group.
(8) Mubare group of about 5 gorillas.
(10) Mishaya gorilla group
(12) Oruzoogo group with over 20 gorillas.
In total, over 100 tourists can view Mountain gorillas on a single in Uganda.
Gorilla trekking starts by assembling at the park offices to have the briefing and allocation of the gorilla group. There after, each gorilla trekking group is assigned a tracker, guide and security personnel that would be accompanying the trekkers on the Hike. The trek starts from the area there the gorillas were left feeding the previous day. From the nests from the previous nights accommodation, the trail of chewed up plant material, dung, hairs and the damaged vegetation trail leads to the location of the gorillas that would be feeding, playing, napping or simply relaxing. An hour is allocated for viewing and photographing these gentle Giants before heading to a safe Distance where picnic lunches are provided. The Gorilla safari of the day, ends with a shorter route back to camp to be issued with certificates of gorilla trekking.
The price of the Gorilla ticket or permit is currently US$500 which includes Park entry fees for the day and entitles one to a maximum of one hour with the Gorillas, guide services and a trekking certificate.
The bird count of Birds at Bwindi is over 370 species among these, 23 of the 24 endemic Albertrine Rift bird species. The Butterfly count is presently over 200 species. This Afro Montane Rain Forest also supports very rare plants, and other wildlife including the Rare Lhoeste Monkeys, Blue Monkey, Black and White Colubus, Red tails, Blue Duiker, Giant forest Hog, Forest elephant and Buffalo.
Other than Gorilla trekking, activities at Bwindi Include: Self Guided trails around the park offices subject to gorillas not being in the vicinity, A water falls trail to the River Munyaga and the Village walk to have a feel of An African way of life.
Town of Western Region (Uganda)
Kisoro: A hidden gem - Kisoro is tucked in the southwestern Corner of Uganda. Kisoro is the base and home of the famous mountain gorillas; Kisoro is blessed with four most picturesque lakes, perhaps among the best lakes in Uganda with the backdrop of the volcanoes.
While in Kisoro you can book for a canoe on one of the four lakes: Chahafi, Mutanda , Murehe and Kayumbu; hike Mt.gahinga, Sabyinyo or Muhabura volcanoes or book your self a batwa trail and get an experience of the forest peoples of kisoro ( Batwa) used to survive in the forests before they were evicted from Bwindi impenetrable forests and Mgahinga gorilla national park to protect the endagered mountain gorilla. Kisoro is an amazing place with the most breathtaking views of the volcanoes and undulating landscape in every direction. Don't miss the colourful markets on monday and thursday though! You can also try the gorilla highlands trail by studio edirisa in kabale.
Town of Central Region (Uganda)
Public Art in Uganda - Are you a fun of art and community? while you are in or around Masaka you don't want to miss an opportunity to visit the first of its kind a growing community for the Arts in East Africa. This in Ndegeya (Weaver Bird), a village located only about 6KM from Masaka town center in the direction of Katwe and the through Ssaza.
Ndegeya is a village which for the last 2 decades has been imporished by lack of lack of jobs and devasted by the AIDS pandemic. As most village members lost hope for the future after losing so many relatives to HIV and AIDS plus war amongt other natural causes, a vast majority of the youth in this area have fled to major towns or the city to seek a greener pasture for their livelihoods. However not ago in 2010 Collin Sekajugo, a renown East African regional artist visted his late grand parents' home in Ndegeya for a family reunion event discovered a new sense of hope for the village when he started envioning turning it into an arts destination in the region.
The crafty artist immediately purchased land on top of a beautiful scenic hill over looking Masaka town, and many surrounding areas to establish a public scultpure park and campsite which would attract local and foreign tourists. And then later he bought another piece of land to establish an international artists residence.
After only 2 years of Weaver Bird's founding, Sekajugo has been able to open a community arts center where local youth meet to develop their artistic skills by practicing different styles of art and handicrafts, a community Children's library which aims at promoting early literacy in the village and the sculpture park which is quickly becoming a major tourist attraction in Uganda.
By: Kamalha Felex, Ruboni community camp - UGANDA… is still waiting for discovery!
You don’t know Africa until you have reached Uganda to finally confirm that Uganda is beyond the pearl of Africa! Did you know that you have the opportunity to sample every African culture from within Kampala, our metropolitan, than any other city in Africa? Uganda is where all other Africans find peace; you will definitely fly to paradise if you go a little further than Kampala to the Rwenzori Mountains of the moon in western Uganda. Many people say the Rwenzori Mountain is the only a window to paradise while in Uganda and on the entire African continent.
Referred to as the mountains of the moon, the Rwenzori Mountains is where heavens and earths meet. If you have decided to go and the trek the Rwenzori mountains, you will drive your way through three different kingdoms of Buganda, Tooro and Rwenzururu with wonderful roadside encounters of various cultural displays followed by the most welcoming smiles in Africa. It is like driving in a museum of wonders.
On arrival at Ruboni community camp, while you sit at the balcony, you have right in your face the blue magical portal peaks that envelopes the Rwenzori snow peaks. Ruboni community camp is a quiet sanctuary that brings you close to nature as you listen to the natural calls from the birds and rainforest insects as you explore the unique wildlife in the Rwenzori area like the three horned chameleons.
Then you finally realize the Small traditional homes splashed on the hillsides displaying the unique architectural skills of the local Bakonzo people. You may have an opportunity to visit or spend a day with one of the homes, as one of the village walks organized for you to learn the true African life skills.
The experience of a rush as the local households flow from the hills after harvesting the day’s meal. You will see women carrying their harvest everywhere on the body. Over the head, on the shoulder, on the back dragging the log of wood or building material with the hand. You will realize the importance of the earth on learning that everything from medicine, food, building materials and tools grows from nature. You will be living a life without a supermarket where everyone can explain every process of life.
With their stomach stuck to the back during the Bakonzo traditional dance, you will realize there must be some level of spiritual power running every process of their life. The sound of the xylophone made out of logs of special trees collected from the forest, the talking drum beat and the soul tickling whistles of the Bamboo flutes will stay in your head to eternity. Wait when they invite you to show your dance and you will realize that you have just been looking at the true dance of the moon.
Besides the Rwenzori Mountains and Kampala city, Uganda is holding the richest natural heritage, with each of the five Ugandan mountains you will find a secret, as you will find out during your visit. The mountain gorillas on the virunga and Bwindi, the snow at the equator and the highest block Rwenzori mountains and as the yet to be discovered true source of the longest river Nile, Lake Victoria the largest tropical lake and the third largest fresh water lake in the world is the source of the Nile before you will prove during your trip that Rwenzori mountains is the true source. Without forgetting to look for the famous Tororo rock and you will prove that The Eiffel Tower is to Paris as the magnificent Tororo Rock is to Tororo District. The virunga ranges holding 8 mountains shared by the three countries of Cong, Uganda and Rwanda two of which are still active with the latest eruption in 2012. Mount Moroto is a catchment for a forest reserve protecting a range of habitats from arid thorn savanna to dry montane forests.
Mount Elgon, the oldest and largest solitary volcano in East Africa, covering an area of around 3500 km² and one of the largest intact calderas in the world that covers some 40 square km at the top of the mountain, one of the largest surface areas of any ancient extinct volcano in the world with cliffs, caves, gorges and waterfalls with the most notable being the romantic Sipi falls that is 100m high.
After the trip to Uganda, you will realize that you had no idea of Africa.