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The Amazing Primates of Rwanda

Rwanda the most organized country and visited several travelers every year. With the ten families of gorillas, your day start early with an early breakfast. Afterwards you will be taken to the park headquarters in Kinigi. At the headquarters you and others scheduled for gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda and that day will be divided into groups of 8 and briefed on gorilla etiquette and safety.

Afterwards you will be driven to the start of the trail and your guide will lead you as you track through gorillas along the designated trails and enjoy its nature. Gorilla treks in the Volcanoes National Park Rwanda are uphill hikes, so even at an unhurried pace the altitude makes the trek a bit tiring. It is very natural to be a bit anxious about the whole experience, especially with your expectation of what it will be like when you finally see the gorillas.

Although you will have been well assured that the gorillas are habituated, chances are,  you have never seen one, habituated or otherwise, so a little anxiety is allowed just don’t let it overshadow the excitement and your ability to enjoy your trek through the forest. Your anxiety will probably go away when you finally come face to face with the gorillas and realize you have nothing to fear. The playful young ones might occasionally stray closer than expected, but as long as you follow your tour guide’s instructions you will be just fine.

Nyungwe is an ideal destination for lovers of primates, with 13 different species living here, and most visitors will go for at least one tracking experience, the most popular of which is chimpanzee trekking. Starting very early in the morning, chimps are tracked in groups of eight and as with the mountain gorillas, you will have just one hour in their company once they’ve been located.

Sightings aren’t as reliable or as clear as gorillas however, since they often remain in dense forest, but their engaging playfulness and human-like characteristics make the long day worthwhile. A safari to Nyungwe Forest National Park will also expose you to an excellent birding experience.

Nyungwe forest harbors almost 300 bird species of which 24 species are endemics of the Albertine rift region like the great blue Turaco, the Rwenzori Turaco, paradise flycatcher, a long-tailed blue, orange and white bird, and the forest horn bills among others. Interested in all the above activities, Rwanda Gorilla Safaris is at your desk. You only need to book with us in advance for the best preparations such that you do not miss out on which group to go for.

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Wildlife Photography Safaris in Uganda

Uganda a block of East Africa hosts an incredible variety of habitats and wildlife. The conservation of these habitats into National Parks and Wildlife Reserves is the cornerstone for wildlife viewing. One of the most important geographical features of the region is the Great Rift Valley. The large depressions within the Rift Valley fed by streams have become great Lakes, around which many species of wildlife can be found.

They include several National Parks and Wildlife Reserves and concentrate on different aspects of wildlife observation. Some Uganda safari packages focus on a particular interest or activity like bird watching, primate viewing. Some safari guidelines bases on national Parks are too often selected for quantity of animals, certainty and ease of viewing on the game drives. Some National Parks became so popular that they are overcrowded with too many minibuses and jeeps getting careless and scaring animals. Animals move around, seasons change weather varies. There is no way of knowing what each day will bring and there is no guarantee that you’ll see absolutely everything you are after, but most safaris give an amazing wildlife experience!

The long stay is an important aspect, the more time you have to go on safari the more you will see! The chosen travel style will also greatly enhance your wildlife experience; Camping safari will offer you a different experience than lodge safari a part from Katara lodge in queen which provide wildlife view verandah. The game drives are the most common way to observe African wildlife and for most visitors the backbone of their safari. Game drives should be undertaken in a customized 4 x 4 drive vehicle with a driver-guide who has experience and knowledge of the area.

The game drives can be organized at any time of the day but you will have the best chances to encounter wildlife in the early morning and late afternoon. It is cooler and animals are then most active. A first-time visitor will want to see plenty of game, mainly large animals. Although the major animals are important, we advise not to get too caught up with ‘Big Five’ fever, the African wilderness has so much more to offer, especially its incredible bird-life, smaller mammals, primates, reptiles, trees and other plants… If you are receptive to learn about the different aspects of nature and conservation your trip will be much more meaningful and pleasurable.

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Cheetah Family – A Day in the Life of the Fastest Cats

In February, I was able to spend 10 days at Little Kwara Camp, one of Kwando Safaris lodges in the nothern Okavango Delta. On the fringes of the world’s largest inland delta, this concession is a diverse area of woodland, open floodplains and deep lagoons. Game viewing is excellent, with Kwando’s strong focus on tracking and predator viewing.

A cheetah family had been resident on the Tsum Tsum plains for around 15 months when we found them on my second morning. I had see this female 2 years previously, and shortly afterwards she lost her week old cubs. This time, she has been far more successful and proving an excellent mother.

On this particular day, we would watch the family from sunrise, through 5 unsuccessful hunts to finally catching an impala.
Before sunrise, we found the the six cheetah moving through the long grass at ‘last mbala’ on the Tsum Tsum plains.
The cubs provided plenty of entertainment for us guests, though were a clear distraction for their mother. By this point, they had already disrupted two hunts. It is common to find Cheetah climbing fallen tree like this one, it gives them a vantage point across the plains to look for prey.
The mother heading out with intent with two cubs close behind.

Tsum Tsum is classic Okavango terrain. An old floodplain, it is dotted with small islands and open grasslands, bordered by woodlands. During the high water levels of the Okavango flood, this area could well be underwater.
Having rested and moved a couple of times, the overcast and rainy conditions provided the cheetah with the perfect conditions to continue hunting through the heat of the day. Moving across the floodplains, the cheetah started to approach a herd of impala. They got more than bargained for, with a troop of baboons also spread out among the same herd.

With their excellent vision, the baboons quickly sent out an alarm call to foil the stalk. Three large male baboons took exception to the the cheetah and aggressively chased the family. One of the young males tried to show his dominance towards them, though as you can see in the two images below, was soon running to avoid them.

Over 9 hours since we first spotted these Cheetah, they were able to successfully catch an impala. Leaving the cubs hiding in the thickets, the mother moved in between a zebra herd a burst into a small open area. Falling into a small channel, the impala was an easy target. Not wanting to disturb the hunt, we were unable to get into position to get any images from the hunt.

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See Live Animals on a Uganda Safari

Uganda has scores of exotic animals in their natural environment and many people come to the country to watch them as they hurt down their prey while others look for survival. It is very adventurous and great to come up close with these wild animals. One can say these animals are also found in the zoo so why does he have to hassle and go to the park to watch them.

All you need to know about these animals that they were born to be wild being held in the cages it is like they are not living their lives to the fullest. In the jungles is where these animals belong, they were made to look and hurt for food not to bring it to them on a silver plate. It is in the jungle where they experience the utmost life and energy.

To see these animals live their lives is by taking a Uganda gorilla safari. This safari involves going to Bwindi impenetrable national park to track the mountain gorillas. These primates are the most sought after animals in Africa due to their uniqueness in the way they lead their lives as their social behavior are almost similar to that of man that is the male gorilla is the head of the family and it can never leave its family alone as the female gorilla pamper the male one and also takes care of the young ones. Many people think that gorillas are wild beast yet in actually sense they are very peaceful and vegetarian animals.

Visiting the mountain gorilla in Bwindi impenetrable national park is a life time experience and very educative as it teaches man that he has close relatives. Many tourists have even come back to Bwindi to experience the gorilla rhythm instantly since this is really an unforgettable experience and one of a kind.

These mountain gorillas are also found in Mgahinga national park in the Virunga region at the border of Rwanda, Uganda and the democratic republic of Congo. This has one habituated family of gorillas to visit.

It is also important to note that there are only 880 mountain gorilla left in the world and these are only found in Uganda, Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of Congo. The mountain gorillas are regarded as endangered species meaning that at any one time are getting extinct.

On a Uganda gorilla safari, there is an option of visiting other primates that is the chimpanzees and the different monkey species. The chimpanzees are apes like humans and have 98.8% of human DNA which makes them man’s closest relatives. These chimpanzees are also a beauty to watch as they also do certain things like man but only these stay on top of the tress canopies.

It should be note that these safaris become enjoyable and safe by hiring a car in uganda that is suitable for the safari as the areas where these gorillas are found are remote and have raged roads. So put that in mind one has to travel by a 4×4 uganda car hire that is a RAV4 which is pocket friendly and comfortable, the land cruiser which is more safe and comfortable, the minibus and coasters vehicle for the many people.

Come to Uganda and see the live animals on Uganda gorilla safari as you travel in a comfortable car.

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Unusual Animals to See in Africa

Africa is the land where many great and wild animals live. Many people from Africa are used to seeing different kinds of exotic animals that those of us who live in the city only see on TV. Because people are so used to wild animals in Africa, they even adopt some of them as pets. These pets are so rare and unusual that you won’t even consider having them as a pet of your own.

This would require different cleaning means as compared to having dogs or cats at home. A quality vacuum cleaner for pets is enough when you have a dog or a cat but for these pets, you may need more than just the best vacuum for pet hair.

Hyena
Why is the hyena different from other wild animals? Why is it one of the most dangerous animals in the world? The hyena is very different from other wild animals and is also one of the most dangerous animals in the world. It’s the only animal that dares to chase a lion off from its own prey. Hyenas come from the hyaenidae family which is divided into 4 groups. First is the striped hyena or the Hyaena Hyaena, the laughing spotted hyenas or crocuta crocuta which are found in most African regions, the brown hyena or parahyaena brunnea and the aardwolf Proteles cristatus. The hyenas are still part of the world’s great life cycle as well as the forests, deserts and plains. They clean up all that’s left by other animals from their kill making the environment cleaner.

African Rock Phyton
This is a native in the sub Saharan part of Africa and is one of the seven python species. These snakes are non venomous making it safer for them to be pets but they are also the largest snake found in Africa. It’s called phyton sebae which was derived from the Greek mythology as reference for a huge serpent. Elephants are often in contact with these wild snakes but lions are scared of them. The African Rock Phyton is classified into two sub species. The first one was identified by a German naturalist named Johann Friedrich Gmelin on 1788 and the other one was identified by Sir Andrew Smith, the father of South African Zoology on 1833.

Kudu
The kudu is one of the most dangerous animals in Africa with its big horns and massive body. They inhabit the Maasai Steppe and are great animals that blend with nature and stealth that conceal their movements along the bushes, thickets and forests. It’s also one of the greatest animals with a high survival rate compared to impalas or gazelles that have speed but are brought down easily by other animals.

Lions
This is th most dangerous animal in Africa but is also the most photographed ones by tourists who goes to African Safaris. Hunting comes naturally for these animals and they do not let a prey go that easily. They are full of pride and their roar is enough to give anyone the chills. Despite of them being scary, these lions are also very beautiful creatures that grace us with their wonderful mane and beautiful body structure. They are also loving to their families and you will often see them with their lioness or playing with their cubs. Vacuums for pet cats may be useful but still, it’s not enough when you’re taking care of this large cat.