East Africa’s (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda) birdlife is remarkable and few clients or residents can fail to be impressed by the large variety of colorful birds they see and by their relative’s tameness. Bird watching is a science, a sport and art but above all, it is one of the highly rated leisure travel activity. Although many birds can be seen at close range in their regions parks and reserves, binoculars are essentials for bird-watching. Some 1,400 or more species have been recorded in East Africa, which represents approximately 15 per cent of the world’s total. This figure is changing each year as new bird species are discovered particularly in Tanzania.
Tanzania is an amazing bird watching destination in that world boasts at least 1,038 recorded bird species, the 3rd biggest in Africa. Our Tanzania birding safaris are only for keen and enthusiastic birders and naturalists, for people interested in something else than viewing wildlife from comfort of their vehicle. Apart from the usual game drives in the traditional sit in car style, we normally walk with our binoculars in Acacia woodlands and plains in the national parks and reserves’ identifying different bird species normally from only there calls.
Our Kenya birding safaris are best suited for birders seeking a slow but detailed that gives the very best of the Kenyan bird life in Avery relaxed atmosphere. And is especially famous as the temporary home of several migratory species which fly from as far off as Europe (including flamingos and pelicans)
Uganda is arguably the most attractive country in Africa to bird watchers (tour), not only to because of the unusually number of species recorded within its borders, but also because it offers easy access to several bird-rich habitants that are difficult to reach elsewhere. Uganda’s remarkable avian diversity, over 1000 species recorded in an area similar to that of Great Britain. East Africa is probably the best place in the world for bird watching.
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.
At savannah safaris!, we have wide range of carefully designed mentioned safaris above( gorilla &chimpanzee tracking, game viewing, hiking, bird watching , cultural ) safaris and trips to explore the diverse species in east Africa( Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda ) majorly centering in Uganda the Pearl of Africa that gives rewarding safari Adventure. One may choose a safari in any of the countries Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda or Rwanda or better still, combine two or all the countries and has well combining the activities. Besides all the adventure in national park safaris,
If one wants a short beach holiday after a safari then we have always considered the fresh water beach holidays sandy beaches in Kenya, in Tanzania at Mafia and Pemba islands and also Lake Victoria the world largest fresh water body, Uganda in Entebbe and Kalangala islands. More to that we have always made comforting reservations and booking of hotels to our clients and pick-ups and drops to the airport and any other destination of their choice within Uganda majorly and East Africa at large.
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.
Yes, safaris are great and the beaches are diverse and dramatic. But an Africa getaway doesn’t just have to be about 4*4 game drives or lazy strolls on cotton-soft sands by crystal blue waters. If one always is looking to soak up the continents breathtaking scenery, and have an eye for adventure, then there’s only one place to be; at the top.
From the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) , Rwenzori(Uganda), through the forest-clothed slopes of Mount Kenya, to the alpine meadows of the great magnificent mount Elgon (Uganda)extinct volcano dominating the skyline along the Uganda-Kenya border and Virunga Mountains a chain of volcanoes in East Africa, along the northern border of Rwanda, Congo and Uganda.
Making it to the summit of Tanzania’s 5895 meter Kilimanjaro, and you’ll be standing at Africa’s highest point. The majestic mountain is Africa’s most visited trekking destination, attracting tens of thousands of tourists and adventurers every year.
You don’t have to be a technical climber to climb Mount Kilimanjaro; always our clients have been pretty physically fit. We have had more people requesting Kilimanjaro in the last two to three years because it’s something they feel is attainable and due to the fact that it can be combined with a family vacation that’s why I think it’s so popular.
Rwenzori mountains national park the fabled mountains of the moon is world class mountaineering destination. It lies in the western Uganda along the uganda-congo border. The equatorial snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist montane forest. A nine-to twelve day trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of margherita the highest peak at 5,109 meters.
Mount Kenya; a long –extinct volcano, mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest peak at 5199 meters. Lying just south of the equator, the mountains glacial valleys, successive vegetation zones and diverse wildlife guarantee you spectacular scenery and fantastic trekking experience. The ascent, however, to the mountains steep ice-capped peaks is quite challenging. Mount Kenya is the most technical, probably, in the east Africa area.
At the mountains crest, temperatures rarely rise above freezing point. There several routes on the way to the mountains summit, the majority of which take between three and seven days to complete.
The Rwenzori peaks, Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro are permanently snowcapped and are the only such ones in the Equatorial Africa.
Mount Elgon is a magnificent extinct volcano were you can explorer ancient caves and zip past spectacular cliffs, over which mount Elgon’s streams cascade as dramatic waterfalls. Elgon Slopes are covered in ancient dense forests and spectacular moon-like moorland zone blanketed by tree heaths, massive groundsels and lobelias. There several routes to the mountains peak wagagai and the full trekking circuit takes up to five days. A descent into the vast caldera, at 40 kilometers long and 8 kilometers wide, is also a must.
The Virunga Mountains also known as mufumbira are chain of volcanoes in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda. The mountain range is a branch of Albertine Rift Mountains, which border the western branch of the east African rift.
White rhino trekking
Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch – Rhino Tracking in Uganda is only done at the Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch as it is the only place in Uganda where rhinos are found. Rhino tracking at this sanctuary is usually done as an enroute activity to or from the Murchison Falls National Park.
On the other hand, rhino tracking at this ranch can also be done as a one day tour activity from Kampala. That is tourists drive from Kampala to the rhino ranch, track rhinos, have lunch and then return to Kampala in the afternoon or evening hours.
Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch found in Nakasongola district. It is under the Rhino re-introduction project by the Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). The rhino ranch is suitably positioned 176km about 100 miles, north of Kampala city on the Kampala – Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls National Park. At present, the sanctuary is home to 15 southern white rhinos. The area has become progressively prevalent with sightseers for rhino trekking, nature walks, relaxation and bird watching.
Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch also offer skilled rangers who will capably escort you through this tracking excursion. At the ranch, you will have the chance to witness the rhinos at a close, safer space. When you are at the rhino sanctuary, you will also come across an assortment of other flora and fauna species comprising of the oribis, Uganda kobs, rich bucks, reed bucks, crocodiles and hippos among others.