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A Uganda gorilla safari tour takes you to the two of Uganda`s gorilla safari destinations of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where counts of mountain gorillas are known to be thriving.
Gorilla trekking Uganda gorilla families
There are fifteen (15) habituated gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable forest spread in four (4) gorilla trekking regions namely; Buhoma with Mubare, Rushegura and Habinyanja; Ruhija with Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro; Rushaga with Kahungye, Bweza, Busingye, Mishaya and Nshongi and Nkuringo with Nkuringo etc. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park contains one gorilla family and this is called Nyakagyezi. This presents a wider pool of encounters for gorilla trekking Uganda.
Uganda gorilla tours go beyond only gorilla trekking in Uganda. On your Uganda safari you will also experience Uganda`s Equator crossing at Kayabwe, the fascinating Kigezi highlands, the impressive wild game encounters in the neighboring Queen Elizabeth National Park such as the tree climbing lions of Ishasha along with elephants, leopard, Buffaloes, the Nile crocodiles and Hippos along the 45km long Kazinga channel. The long Uganda gorilla safari tours stretch to incorporate Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, encounters in Murchison Falls National Park and the most rewarding classic game drive in the distant Kidepo Valley National Park and Pian Upe game reserve.
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Facts about Gorillas | Uganda Gorilla Facts
The mountain gorillas are only found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (400) and the Virunga massif that comprises of Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Parka and Congo’s Virunga National Park (480). They are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The Gorilla facts are detailed to give you all the queries that you might with to explore about gorillas ranging from what they eat to where and how they sleep and their general lifestyle. Talk about their threats and their social life. The gorilla facts give a summarized insight into the gorilla life style and allow you know about them than ever before.
The gorilla facts would pave your way to know more about them as you plan to undertake gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda. Read More about Gorilla Facts
Are gorillas stronger than humans?
This continues to be one of the most interesting topics debated about today but we are not certain of a particular research into the comparison of might between humans and gorillas. Some have been observed to effortlessly uproot small trees while others have observably shaken some of the firmest trees. Watching a fight between two angry silverbacks is something that might have your legs shaking in great fear. But we are still not certain of the exact average strength of a gorilla.
Some people have said that in order to hold down a silverback gorilla, you would need eight (8) strong men, while other gorilla enthusiasts have exclaimed that a well grown silverback can break the limbs of ten heavy weight boxers (even if they were on drugs). Researchers who have however been able to interact with some of the habituated gorilla families tell us that though gorillas are generally calm creatures, they should never be angered because even the female gorillas can give a finely fit human the beating of his life.
A four month’s old infant gorilla cannot be contained by a single person so probably this can help us estimate the strength of the alpha silverback that has lived for over 15 years and has therefore done a lot of weight lifting. The greatest advice to tourists is never to piss of a mountain gorilla because their might is not known yet and you definitely don’t want to be the lab rat on which the gorilla’s strength is tested. Read More
Are We Even Related To The Gorillas?
On encountering the gorillas, their resemblance might make you ask a question whether these species aren’t just a hairy form of the human race. The behavior and appearance of apes like the gorillas and the chimpanzees is greatly similar to ours. This has led scientists to change their perspective on these creatures. Previously they were considered entirely separate from the humans but after discovering the level of development of their brains and the similarity in their body framework to ours, scientists are forced to reconsider their view on these species.
In terms of genetic composition, Chimps are the closest of any animal to the human race with a genetic similarity of 98.8% of nuclear DNA. The gorillas are second in line and they have been discovered to have 98.4% genetic similarity of nuclear DNA with the humans. The mitochondrial DNA between gorillas and humans changes substantially faster than the nuclear DNA but this difference is not so significant and can be compensated by the great similarity in the nuclear DNA. Gorillas have 89.7% of the mitochondrial genetic composition of humans while the more related chimpanzees have 91.2%.
Gorillas and chimpanzees like humans do not have tails. Although the chimps are the closest to humans in terms of genetic relationship, the gorillas’ body makeup resembles the human body form in a better way. The gorillas live the largest part of their lives on the ground rather than high in the trees and this makes them the longest ground dwellers of all the wild primate species. You will also be fascinated at the appearance of the gorillas’ fingers; they are exactly identical to the human fingers, only darker and larger; and every gorilla has a unique fingerprint like humans do. Read More
Do gorillas fall sick like humans do?
Yes, gorillas are very prone to sicknesses especially those which affect humans. The susceptibility of disease transfer between gorillas and humans is greater on the side of the gorillas; they can quickly catch human diseases and therefore need to be protected. This is why in Uganda, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) maintains that no tourist is allowed to embark on a gorilla tracking safari if they have a communicable disease, and even the healthy trekkers are not allowed to get too close to the animals.
The kind of environment in which the mountain gorillas live (which is cold and wet) many a time exposes them to respiratory illnesses especially pneumonia. Colds and coughs and even Ebola may be transferred from tourists to the animals or sometimes they may be transferred from gorillas to humans.
Gorillas also suffer from intestinal parasites like worms and protozoans which are also similar to those that affect the human digestive system. Gorillas also suffer from dental illnesses; though rarely because they don’t consume a lot of sugary substances. The older gorillas (above 35 years) begin to lose some of their teeth to Periodontitis and also start to feel weakness in their limbs as a result of arthritis.
Gorillas sometimes suffer from wounds which may be caused by attacks from predators like leopards, other mountain gorilla groups or if they fall into traps set by poachers. Some of the traps contain rusted materials and if the gorilla falls in the snare it might not only be injured but also infected with some unknown contagions. Even if it manages to free itself from the trap, chances of survival are limited. Read More
Do gorillas use tools like humans and chimps?
The biggest reason why the chimps learnt to use tools was because of the desire to get access to food which was not readily available to them. Some of the chimps have been observed sticking branches into anthills so that ants can climb onto the stick’s tip out of the anthill, and then chimps can then feed on them.
Gorillas on the other hand do not have to travel widely to find what to eat because they are herbivores and the forest which they inhabit provide adequate food for them. However some wild lowland gorillas have been observed to use sticks to measure the depth of water in the streams. The gorillas use their hands more than the other ape species and these work as perfect tools for them to feed, defend themselves, build nests and climb trees if at all they need to.
With hands that are significantly similar to those of humans, gorillas position items between their thumb and index finger similar to how humans hold a fork and this gives them a fine grip of objects especially their food, thus no need to use a third party tool. Although gorillas have the capacity to use tools, they more commonly prefer to use their plain hands. Read More
How do gorillas move from one place to another?
Gorillas like the chimpanzees move on their knuckles (which is called knuckle-walking). Gorillas however have the ability to move on two legs depending on the situation. Sometimes they move on twos when they are holding fruits but this is normally for short distances. They may also stand or move about on two feet when they feel threatened (especially the male gorillas). They do this to appear taller and bigger so as to scare away their enemy. But for the larger part of their days gorillas will be seen moving on fours. Read More
How Heavy Is A Gorilla’s Brain?
Mountain gorillas have the lightest brain among all the apes (an average of 500g.) while humans maintain the heaviest (an average of 1250g). The weight of their brain does not limit their level of intelligence. Gorillas might not be able to imitate human intelligence like the chimpanzees do but they are cunning enough to know what’s good and not good for them. They are calmer in nature than the chimpanzees and some humans, and they are one of the most curious primates. Gorillas laugh when they are excited and they also grieve when they are saddened like the other great apes do.
Although the mountain gorillas cannot survive in captivity, some of West Africa’s lowland gorillas were introduced into captivity and their level of intelligence has been studied. One of the lowland gorillas in captive called Koko was able to learn sign language. There have also been instances in Eastern Africa where mountain gorillas have outsmarted poachers. For example in July 2012 two juveniles and a blackback in Rwanda were observed destroying a trap which had been placed by poachers. This makes them one of the brainiest apes in the world today. Read More
If at all gorillas sleep, where do they sleep?
Yes mountain gorillas love their sleep and make sure that when time for sleeping draws near, they begin to build nests. Amazingly, gorillas will never sleep in the same nest for more than one night despite the tedious nature of the nesting process. Every morning they break down the previous night’s nest and construct a brand new nest before it becomes dark in the evening. Sometimes when they want to have a nap during the day, they still construct a new nest and every member of the family has to participate apart from the infant gorillas.
Nests may be constructed on the ground or high in the tree using branches and leaves. The choice on whether to build in the trees or to build on the ground depends on the level of security. Every gorilla constructs its tree nest depending on its body weight lest it will fall down during the night. The nests in the trees are normally left to the lighter female gorillas with their younger ones while the silverbacks can enjoy camping on the ground.
Lucky tourists on gorilla trekking safaris to Uganda or Rwanda may get the opportunity of seeing some of the gorilla families in their nesting process or they may be found napping during the day. Read More
If gorillas are like man, do they have enemies?
Yes gorillas have enemies; but they do not make enemies but rather enemies make them. Gorillas are very calm creatures and are almost harmless unless threatened. One of the gorillas’ prime enemies is the leopard. These rosette cats are known to attack the gorillas in their natural habitat and kill their young ones or kill some of the weak or sick members of the gorilla families.
Gorilla families are sometimes enemies of each other. Wild mountain gorilla families are known to attack smaller and weaker families and they hurt them or sometimes take their members as captives.
But perhaps the biggest enemy of the gorillas is man. Man has not only poached the gorillas in the past but he has also contributed to destroying the gorillas’ habitats. Additionally political instability which is characterized by gunfire has in the past forced gorillas to abandon their homes to find a more peaceful place.
When they are attacked or if they feel endangered, the male mountain gorillas will standup to defend their families even if it means losing their lives in the process. The silverback will normally stand between the attacker and his family, a sign that the enemy has to go through him in order to hurt his family. They are normally injured in the fight while the blackbacks or the younger silverbacks guide the other members to a safer hiding place. Sometimes the younger males join in the fight alongside their alpha so as to protect their family and territory. Another tactic that a gorilla uses to tell its enemy to keep off its territory is by releasing a terrible stench using the glands which are under its armpits. Should the threat continue to approach, the alpha silverback will be forced to launch a limb-breaking attack. Read More
If gorillas are primates, do they live high in the trees?
Gorillas have the ability to climb trees but they do not spend most of their time in the trees. Over 80% of their daily time is spent on the ground, different from other apes like the orangutans which live about 100% of their lives in the trees while the chimpanzees might spend up to 67% of their days hanging in the trees or brachiating.
Gorillas may climb trees when they want a taste of a juicy fruit or they may climb to build their nests high in the trees if they feel like nesting on the ground is risky. The heavier male gorillas climb less as compared to the lighter females. They only climb after ascertaining that the tree has branches strong enough to accommodate their weight. Read More
If We Trained Gorillas To Talk, Would We Be Successful?
Vocally, gorillas can never learn how to speak any of the human languages. The only time we have seen apes speaking languages like English is in movies like Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes but this is just fictional.
Some scientists like Francine Patterson believe that gorillas are intelligent enough to learn sign language. Pearson attempted to train a female lowland gorilla called Koko which was born in the San Francisco zoo in 1971 and she believes that Koko was able to learn over 1,000 signs and mastered at least 500 of these at the age of ten (10) years. According to Francine, this was mainly through imitation and most of the signs which Koko learned helped her in requesting for food and drink. However other scientists did not concur with her on this because some of Koko’s presentations required further interpretation.
Perhaps it is wiser to leave the gorillas to their own language (a difference which we might not be able to change in the near future). Gorillas live happily in the wild and seem to comfortably speak a language they very well understand; and they deserve to live that way. A mere difference in language does not make them so different from us; there are many other similarities to compensate for the differences. Read More
The Height And Size Of A Gorilla?
The lowland gorillas are smaller and they weigh less than the mountain gorillas. The females are smaller than the male gorillas in both the lowland and mountain gorilla species. While standing on twos, a lowland male gorilla measures about 1.7 meters (5.5 feet) or less from toes to the top of the head. Silverback mountain gorilla measure up to an average of six feet or more and their chests are as wide as 1.50m. With their hands stretched out wide, the silverback mountain gorillas are able to record a length of up to 2.25 meters.
The average weight of an adult male mountain gorilla is 300 – 425 pounds (193 kilograms) with a few reaching 200 kilograms. The female mountain gorillas normally weigh between 154 and 243 pounds (70 and 110 kilograms). The Male lowland gorillas weigh about an average 309 – 353 pounds (140 – 160 kilograms). Read More
The Origin Of The Name Gorilla
Although gorillas have roamed this earth for millions of years, they were not clearly identified until during the 6th century B.C. when the Carthaginian admiral Hanno came across a species outside anything he had ever seen. Perhaps the people living in present day Tunisia had seen the gorillas but they had not come out to proclaim their existence with the rest of the world.
On his voyage with a formidable fleet of sixty (60) ships, admiral Hanno commanded his ships subordinates to sail from Carthage (which is the current location of Tunisia) and continued along the West African coast. They used to make periodic stops at the ports along the coast of West Africa and on one of their stop-overs he and his team encountered a species which they had never seen before. These animals were hairy, looked ferocious and were bigger than any ape they had ever come across. They looked very similar to humans, and perhaps the major difference was their possession of a lot of fur.
When they asked the locals in the area what name they called these species, it was no surprise that the answer was “gorillai” which is believed to be a Greek word meaning hairy black women or “a tribe of hairy women”. When other naturalists like Thomas S. Savage made publications about this species of primates, they chose to carryon the name and this has been pretty fitting even until today. The absence of mountain gorillas in West Africa forces us to believe that admiral Hanno and his men met the lowland gorillas who are a sister subspecies of the mountain gorillas that are found in Eastern Africa. Read More
What does a gorilla’s busy day look like?
Although they are restful animals, gorillas do much more than that during the day. A gorilla’s day normally starts at 6:00am when they leave their nests as the sun comes out. Sometimes this is also the same time for breaking the previous nights’ nest (since they will never sleep in the same nest for a second time). Sometimes gorillas sleep-in for a time beyond their normal wakeup time especially during the cold weather.
Once they are awake, they begin to look for what to eat, led by their alpha silverback. When they find an ideal picnicking spot, gorillas being to eat as much as possible until around midday when they take naps. When they rise after napping, they resume eating until they are full and then rest in the later hours of the afternoon. During the napping and resting periods, the gorillas engage in social activities like parental bonding and breeding, while the little ones play around, wrestling, chasing each other and somersaulting.
When it begins to get dark at around 6:00pm, the gorillas will begin to build nests for the night in which they will sleep and destroy in the morning at around 6:00am when the new day starts and the cycle of activities continues. Read More
What Is The Average Life Expectancy Of A Gorilla
Gorillas do not live forever but they have the potential to see a couple of decades before they pass on. They will definitely not live to reach the age of 100 years like humans or over 150 like the tortoises but scientists have established that their lifespan is between 40 – 50 years with a few cases of gorillas reaching or going past 55 years. Gorillas begin to show signs of old age after reaching their 35th birthday. Some gorillas begin to lose their teeth to periodontitis when their gum muscles weaken, while others begin to feel great weaknesses in their joints and bones due to arthritis.
This eventuates in the reduction of speed in feeding and the speed of locomotion. Like in human beings, the gorilla family will try to cater for the old folks until they show climaxing signs of death. Sometimes if the aging gorilla is the alpha silverback, he gives up authority to the more youthful and agile male members of the family and at times he may abandon the family by going into the woods until the time of his death. Read More
What is a silverback gorilla?
A silverback gorilla is plainly a fully grown male gorilla. It is called a silverback because of the shiny color of the hairs on its back. Male gorillas grow more hair than the female gorillas and their legs are the most hairy part on their bodies. Like the other gorillas, silverbacks are covered in long black hair but they can be identified from the others by the short silver hairs that cover their backs. These silver hairs show maturity and not necessarily old age. The silver hairs begin to grow at around the age of fifteen (15) years and at this stage the male gorilla is ambitious, he might begin planning to either breakaway from his family in order to form a family of his own or he may fight with the aging leader of the family and then take over power. A gorilla family can have more than one silverback and it is from these that a leader is chosen. The leader is normally called the Alpha Silverback. Read More
What does gorilla food look like and how do gorillas feed?
Mountain gorillas are principally herbivores and they enjoy feeding on products of green plants but sometimes unfriendly conditions like hot weather drive them towards eating rotten wood, barks of trees and small invertebrates. The lowland gorillas of West Africa prefer fruits and they therefore have to climb trees more than the mountain gorillas do in order to reach the sweet ripe fruits.
The mountain gorillas get food from about 38 species of plants including celery, nettles, gallium and thistles; silverbacks can be seen uprooting bamboo shoots without difficulty and then grinding it easily with their humanlike dental formula. The lowland gorillas on the other hand have over 100 tree species from which to choose their fruits.
The size and weight of the male mountain gorillas as compared to the females, explains why they consume more food than the females in a day. Males consume an average of 30kg of plants a day while the females eat an average of 18kg. Gorillas do not chew cud and therefore depend on their jaw muscles and teeth to chew the food into fine soft material before it is swallowed.
Gorillas have a dental system which is comparable to the human dental formula. The only difference is in the silverbacks’ canines which are quite long and hard; but they are never used for feeding. The strong canines supplement the strong limbs of the gorilla during a fight with other mountain gorillas or predators. These are used to bight and injure the enemy if need be.
The speed with at which a gorilla consumes its food depends on its age. A youthful gorilla is a faster eater but as it grows past the age of 35 years its gum muscles begin to weaken and the gorilla will begin to lose some of its teeth and this makes it harder and slower for it to chew its food. Read More
What is the relationship between a gorilla and water?
Gorillas drink water but on a few occasions because there is enough water contained in their diet. But how about getting wet or dipping in a swamp, or maybe going for a swim. Gorillas do not swim (at least it hasn’t happened yet) but they definitely meet with water during their days. Sometimes they have to go across a swamp in order to access food on the other side and they therefore walk on the swamp base with their two legs while maintaining a balance of the water to a height around its waist. Some gorillas have been seen to check the depth of the water with a stick before stepping in it to begin crossing.
Gorillas have no shelter from the rain during the day neither do they have umbrellas or rain coats, so they are definitely hit by rain showers. When it rains, apes like the chimps and the orangutan tend to grab large leaves and use them as umbrellas but the gorilla does not do that. It will sit still as the rain wets it, unless there is a nearby cave in which they can find refuge. So gorillas do not fear water and therefore have a relatively favorable relationship with water. Read More
What is the sexual reproduction and parenting story of a gorilla?
Gorillas like all mammals have to go through copulation in order to bring forth an offspring but this is not possible until the two partners are of a genuine age. Females begin to ovulate when they are six (6) years old after which they experience two years of absolute adolescent infertility. When they make ten (10) years, they are mature and are ready and able to have babies. Their male counterparts take a bit more time to mature (11 – 13 years). Surprisingly however, male gorillas are sexually fertile even before they reach the age of maturity.
When she is ready, a female gorilla will attract one of the males in the family to mate with her and mating in the family does not have a particular season but takes place throughout the year. When she is pregnant, she has to carry the baby for 8.5 months at the end of which she is rewarded with a bouncing baby gorilla or sometimes twin baby gorillas.
The infant gorilla will grow up principally under the care of the mother and it breastfeeds at least once in every hour of the day. Fathers bond less with the younger gorillas, not until they grow up and are ready to learn how to survive. As the infant grows, it stays in the same nest with its mother and spends more of its time with the mother.
When the infant becomes a juvenile at the age of three (3) years it is stopped from breastfeeding (weaned) and when it makes six (6) years, it is now old enough to leave its mother and can even begin to build and stay in its own nest. Read More
Where do gorillas live?
Although some of the western lowland gorillas were transferred to zoos outside Africa, their origins and roots remain in their natural habitats found only in the tropical and subtropical rainforests of Africa. Researchers believe that at one moment, the western and eastern gorillas lived as neighbors but after the 6000 years of the Ice Age, their habitats were separated by a savanna strip and they are now about 900km apart. Today they defer greatly in their physical characteristics and their genetic composition; the lowland gorillas are smaller than the eastern mountain gorillas.
The lowland gorillas of West Africa reside in the vast tropical and subtropical forests which are at a lower altitude while the mountain gorillas survive at an incredibly high altitude; a reason for their name. Both subspecies depend on the forests for shelter and food and spend most of their lives on the ground than in the trees like most of the other primate species. Minus poaching, destroying their habitat is one of the greatest threats to their survival.
The lowland mountain gorillas can be observed widely and form the largest population of all gorillas. The mountain gorillas on the other hand are only a few and they can only be found in three (3) countries in the world; Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo; in the cloud mountains of the Albertine Rift and in the Virunga Volcanoes. Read More
Uganda Wildlife Safari Tours
Uganda has a count of ten (10) national Parks of which four of these are typical savannah with great counts of wild game. Kidepo, Murchison, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks present memorable wildlife safaris in Uganda.Read More about Uganda Wildlife Safari Tours
Uganda National Parks | Safari Destinations in Uganda
Uganda is a gorgeous place to be and is truly the treasure chest of the African continent. Uganda’s abundance of life in the wild has always inspired peak Safaris in Africa and this is undoubtedly expected to continue in the future. Uganda is blessed with a great number of populated protected areas the greatest of which are ten (10) National Parks called Semuliki, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale, Rwenzori Mountains, Mount Elgon, Kidepo Valley, Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Uganda’s varied but smart climate and its abundance of wetland, forested, montane and savanna ecosystems have attracted great populations of wildlife species to the heart of Africa (The Pearl of Africa). Each of the ten (10) National Parks is unique in its own biome diversity and none of the parks’ safari experiences will duplicate the other.
Choosing a Safari to Uganda’s National Park’s avails a tourist with the opportunity to see rare species like the Mountain Gorillas, the golden monkeys; bird species like the sporadic shoebill stork; and thousands of other globally craved wildlife species. Tourists who have visited Uganda have never declined from believing that Uganda is a blessed location. Read More about Uganda Safari Destinations
Queen Elizabeth National Park. Located within the western rift valley floor, Queen Elizabeth National Park was gazetted in 1952 as Kazinga National Park attaining its nomenclature from the 45m long Kazinga channel that bisects the park adjoining Lake George and Lake Edward. Queen Elizabeth National Park overlooks the highest point in Uganda Rwenzori Mountains with their snowcapped peaks as they were described by Ptolemy in 150AD as the mountains of the moon.
Lake Mburo National Park, There is a mystical story that is told about the formation of the lake. It is believed that many ages back, the grass-fertile area on which the park sits was occupied by generations of cattle keepers who also grew some crops on a small-scale. Among the settlers included two brothers called Mburo and Kigarama who both had their own animals and used to move with them throughout the valley in search for eating and drinking spots for their animals. One night when he was deep in his sleep, Kigarama had a dream in which the valley was completely covered by floods.
Kidepo National Park, Kidepo’s astounding beauty won it a nomination as Africa’s prime National Park by the World Travel Awards (2013). The park is home to over 77 species of mammals including lions, leopards, massive elephants, zebras, buffalos, giraffes which can only be found in three two other National Parks in Uganda (Murchison Falls National Park and recently some giraffes have been trans located from Murchison Falls to Lake Mburo National Park); the world’s fastest ground sprinter, the cheetah which can only be found here in Uganda.
Mgahinga National Park, The park has a long list of bird species (over 179 bird species). The list includes the Double-collared Sunbird, Grey-capped Warbler, and Speckled Mouse bird, Rwenzori Turaco, White-napped Raven, Paradise Fly-catcher, and the Rwenzori Nightjar. Mgahinga is also a home to seventy six (76) species of mammals including the bushbucks, elephants, the South African porcupines and the giant forest hogs.
Murchison falls National Park, Regarded as Uganda’s largest protected area, Murchison Falls National Park was nowhere until 1952 when 3,840km2 of land in the North West part of Uganda were established as a national Park. Perched on the northern extreme of the western arm of the great East African rift valley, Murchison Falls National Park is 80km from Masindi town which is the largest town in the sub region and 311km2 from the city of Kampala, the Uganda’s capital.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, The Impenetrable Forest from which the park gets her name dates back to over 25,000 years, and is remarkably esteemed for the ability of its botany to blossom even as other forests lost the battle for survival throughout the 6000 years of the Ice Age. Bwindi rainforest has over 400 mountain gorillas and has continued to wow visitors and scientific researchers by the rate at which it is able borne an increasing number of flora and fauna life.
Mount Elgon National Park, Spreading to over 1,121km2 of land, Mount Elgon National Park lies with in the eastern side of Uganda close to Kenyan boarder 255km from Kampala which is the country’s capital city. Mount Elgon which was once the tallest in Africa before it was eroded to being the fourth tallest in East Africa rises up to 4,321m above sea level and is the oldest and largest single standing volcano in East Africa having last erupted approximately 24 million years ago.
Mount Rwenzori National Park, had earlier been described by Ptolemy a Greek geographer in 150AD as Lunae Montes translated as the Mountains of the moon and were thought to be the origin of the Nile River which is the longest in world and one of the natural wonders encountered by Uganda safari undertakers.
Kibale National Park, boasts of one of the biggest number of chimpanzees in the whole world estimated at 1500 members. It also has the most beautiful and diverse areas of tropical forests in the country with varied types of vegetation ranging from forests, patches of grassland and swamp vegetation in different parts of the park. The park has tree species amounting to 351 among which some trees have been in existence for over 200 years and bearing record heights of up to 55m.
Semuliki National Park, Spreading to over 220km2 of land surface, Semuliki National Park is located in the west of Uganda in the county of Bwamba, Bundibugyo district. The park contains a range of species among which include 441 bird species and 53 mammal species. Established in 1993, Semuliki National Park is recognized among the newly established Uganda safari parks in Uganda.
Uganda Safari Information
The world traveller would wish to know the travel requirement before considering visiting Uganda and Rwanda. The travel information gives you an insight into the requirements of the basic aspects like Passport, Visa requirements and exemption and the health conditions. Understanding these requirements help one to act accordingly so as to avoid disappointments at the time of arrival.
The travel information also features the travel to Uganda and Rwanda. The travellers are given the opportunity to know the flights that operate from their respective originating areas connecting to Uganda and Rwanda. The domestic flights and provision for charter flights is also provided for the sake of flying travelers on safari in Uganda or Rwanda safari.
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6 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari to Kidepo and Murchison Falls National Parks, allows you to explore the big five of land animals in detail. The lions, elephants, Buffaloes and Leopard thrive on Kidepo as well as Murchison. View Itinerary
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The 3 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari to Akagera National Park is a perfect short wildlife encounter in the rolling savannah plains of the eastern Rwanda … View Itinerary
2 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda from Kigali Rwanda starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda featuring remarkable sightseeing experience in Rwandan hillsides and Kigezi Highlands and the Mountain Gorilla Trekking. View Itinerary
4 Days Bwindi Uganda Gorilla Safari & Wildlife tour to Mburo takes you Gorilla trekking in Uganda as well as to a Uganda wildlife tour in Lake Mburo park. View Itinerary
4 days Rwanda Double Gorilla Trekking Safari–Rwanda Gorilla Safari Tour in Volcanoes NP enables one double track mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. View Itinerary
5 Days Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking Safari-Rwanda Chimp Trekking Tour in Rwanda is an amazing Safari to Rwanda`s Nyungwe Forest for Chimps and Colobus Monkey tracking. View Itinerary
10 days Uganda Gorilla Safari Holiday & Wildlife Safari in Uganda, A Uganda Gorilla Safari Holiday Tour/Uganda Safari including Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Wildlife tours in Uganda`s Major Game Parks.View Itinerary
16 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzees, Wildlife, Culture and Scenic Safari. This is a Long Uganda Safari Tour taking you in all Uganda`s wildlife Safari game parks. View Itinerary
18 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda and Uganda is a comprehensive Wildlife and Gorilla safari tour in Uganda Rwanda. It involves primate. View Itinerary