Chimpanzee trekking and habituation
Chimpanzees are the closest relatives to humans sharing about 98% of their DNA composition with humans. They are sociable, intelligent as well as communicative and among their fascinating traits is the ability to utilize tools likes rocks for crushing nuts.
Chimpanzee tracking actually is a very fascinating experience that is carried out in Rwanda, Tanzania and mainly in Uganda in kibale forests national park all natural jungle that is composed of high concentration of the chimps in East Africa, hence making it the most perfect destination in the whole region for chimpanzee tracking. Numbers of hours are spent tracking these impressive creatures due to their unpredictable movement in the jungle. During the activity you follow the food dropping’s, their previous nesting to lead you up to the creatures. Clients are allowed on this point to spend some time (at most an hour) with our mesmerizing relatives, as they swing from tree to another, feed, play about or progress speedily on the ground right in front of you.
In addition probable to take part in the fascinating habituation a lifetime experience, meaning that one gets chance to spend the entire day with this impressive creatures thereby getting used to human presence without changing their natural.
No visit to East Africa is complete without exploring the diverse cultures and traditions of the people of this region.
The idea of east African cultural experience (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda) sometimes makes us cringe. It brings to mind superficial tribal dancing and local people day to day behaving and ways of performing their duties in their home stages and villages.
There are about 42 different tribes in Kenya-each of these with its own unique culture, but majority of them with intertwining cultural practices brought about by the close resemblance in the languages, similar environment and physical proximity of the tribes.
On Kenya cultural safari, you will come across Swahili people living along the coast, pastoral societies on the north and assorted social groups in the central and western region of Kenya. The maasai culture has become the most widely known due to the popularity of maasaimara national reserve which is the most visited wildlife sanctuary in Kenya especially during the annual migration often called “the greatest spectacle on earth”. On our trips , always you be able to appreciate the un-interfered with culture especially of the maasai, the Swahili at the coast, the Rendille, borana, pokot, samburu and their ways of dressing, building houses called Manyattas; various festivals like food festivals, Christmas, idd-ul-fitr and Ramathan.
Experience the charm of the friendly Tanzania people first-hand. There are several cultural heritage sites scattered throughout the country where you can spend from ½ day to week with one of the 120 distinct ethnic groups making up the population. At the sites you will encounter natural beauty, including; rain forests, big waterfalls, magnificent views, lots of wild life, and of- course, the charming Tanzanians themselves. Your cultural tour will directly support the villages desire to become more self-sufficient, preserve their indigenous culture, and aid environmental conservation efforts.
Uganda is not only rich in nature and wildlife, but also has an undiscovered, fascinating cultural heritage. Four major kingdoms and well-established chiefdoms found in Uganda, all with their own different habits and lifestyles.
Our cultural trips to Uganda you will not miss to interact with the indigenous people of the forests in Uganda and Rwanda famously known as the Batwameaning pygmies, these are believed to have lived in the fantastic diversity of flora and fauna of bwindi forest home also to the endangered mountain gorillas.
The batwa lived in harmony with the forest and survived by hunting small game using bows and arrows and gathering plants for both food and medicinal purposes. This tribe is also believed to live in the adjacent forests of Rwanda and Congo.
While it might have been the gorillas that entice our clients to Rwanda, it’s the people of Rwanda who have always kept on us making safaris back. Ancient traditions of honor and hospitality run strongly here, and anybody who takes the time to discover Rwandan culture for them will always find a proud and unique people, happy to welcome you into their lives and introduce you their traditions. Music and dance play an indispensable role in everyday life here, and performances range from dashing demonstrations of bravery and powers to humorous songs.
The genocide memorial In Kigali is included on every city tour and its must see. Rwanda’s painful past has haunted the country for years; however, their impressive recovery story has turned them into an inspiration. The genocide memorial acts as a humbling reminder to those present and honor’s those lost. This is always a worthwhile visit for clients who want to gain insight into the history of genocide in Rwanda; it will also help them appreciate how far Rwanda has come.
Basically all East African countries have got similar basics they share and in common that is to stay all have common language spoken all country wide Kiswahili language. Also some practices such as circumcision of the male in some tribes such as the bagishu in Uganda and that of Kenya who live adjacent to Mount Elgon.
East Africa’s plains are home to the last great herds of wildlife in Africa. There are almost 100 species of grazers, compared with Europe’s 13 and North Americas 11. These species, together with a large variety of predators and scavengers, make east Africa the last Eden. Overall, there are an impressive 1116 species of mammal in the region.
Game viewing in East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda), what’s so special? Feel the thrill and adventure of a close encounter with the wilderness composed of the big five. The roar of lions echoing across the endless savannah, the sound of crickets under a star studded sky. This is normally what is experienced on the game drives in the magnificent paradise national parks in East Africa. Although each game park offers its own dimension to game viewing, like Tanzania and Kenya offering trip of lifetime, the annual migration of wildlife between Serengeti national park in Tanzania and Maasaimara national park in Kenya that involves of almost two million wildebeest, zebras and other species is nature’s greatest spectacle on earth between July and October.
Mountain Gorilla Habituation Experience
Have you always wondered how it’s possible one to get safely within meters of 200kg plus beautiful but intimidating beast that can rip your arms out of their sockets, known as the mountain gorilla…the simple answer lies in whether the said beast is habituated or not which brings you to the fascinating experience of mountain Gorilla Habituation experience.
This is process by which mountain gorillas are slowly and gradually exposed to human presence to the point that they are regard us neutrally. It should be noted that while both habituated and non-habituated mountain gorillas are considered wild, the latter are truly wild in the sense that they are unaccustomed to human presence in which they are either likely to flee into the forest or be downright dangerous and aggressive.
Thankfully, neither of these is the cases when tracking gorillas in the national parks even though time and again, trackers are given that odd mock charge or even a finger pointed in their face by a grumpy silverback nor black uneasy at one coming too close.
It takes about two to three years to fully habituate a group of mountain gorillas, along and painstaking process. This process is even longer for chimpanzees-normally taking about seven years before they are fully habituated.
Mountain gorilla habituation involves spending time with a gorilla group every day and gradually wining over their trust, which is done by mimicking their behavior; pretending to eat the same food as they do at the same time, grunting and even beating ones chest when they do.
When our clients develop interest in going for the activity, we secure for them habituation permit that permits themto help in the habituation process that takes the all day with the interaction with the gorillas.For this process it’s so essential to note that it involves repeated charges are common from the gorillas but incase clients are always with rangers. And this activity is fares are beat high compared to gorilla trekking.
Mountain Gorilla trekking
This is one of the main services that i delivers to my clients has an activity trekking the endangered impressive mountain gorilla in (Uganda and Rwanda) with fascinating fact that Gorillas plus humans share 98% of their genetic composition.
They don’t live in any zoo across the planet since they cannot survive in detention and the majority of gorillas which you may have seen in a zoo are lowlands gorillas of western Africa and the mountain gorillas are actually subspecies known as gorilla beringeiberingei. These can only be sited in Africa in just three countries RWANDA in the wilderness of (virunga highlands), UGANDA in (Bwindi impenetrable forest national park as well as Mgahinga Gorilla national park) &CONGO in (virunga national park).
There are more than seven hundred and eighty six mountain gorillas in the whole world. Uganda holds close to half of their total population and the majority of them live in Bwindi impenetrable forest whereas the others are found in Mgahinga Gorilla Park making a highlight of all visits done in Uganda and certainly mountain gorillas are the major reason as to why very many people visit Uganda. On the other hand Uganda is recognized as very safe and more secure country one can see these Gorillas in a serene surrounding.
The activity is conducted on daily basis in the mentioned national parks of Uganda and Rwanda and if any one of our clients develops interest in going for the activity we first secure for him/her gorilla permit that grants permission to carry out the activity and mostly the majority of our clients prefer Carrying out the activity from JUNE to SEPTEMBER as well as from DECEMBER to FEBRUARY due to some damp seasons experienced by the national park.