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KCCA’s Jennifer Musisi Tracks Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Posted on: September 19th, 2018 by gorillaadmin No Comments

The Executive Director of Kampala City Council Authority Jennifer Musisi tracked the famous Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park over the weekend.

Clad in a t-shirt with words Am Ugandan 100% made her visible among the group of tourists who tracked Nshongi Mountain Gorilla group.

Wardens, Parks Guards and other Ugandans were happy to see a lady that has transformed Kampala City into what it is today.

” You’re welcome Madam Jennifer Musisi to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park”, Park Warden.

Jennifer Musisi replied with shy face wondering how they discovered it’s yet she is on her private holiday away from the busy city.

She had a special walking stick that helped her ascend the hills as she looked for the giant Mountain Gorillas.

Once in while she would stop on the journey wondering how Banyakigezi are strong people who ascend the hills as if its normal walking.

After tracking the Shongi Group, she was handed a certificate of merit and requested to encourage more officials to visit the Rare Mountain Gorillas.

Uganda Wildlife Authority posted pictures of the Mrs Jennifer Musisi with this comment,

“We are privileged to host the Executive Director #KampalaCityCouncil Mrs. Jennifer Musisi in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Mrs Musisi tracked Nshongi Mountain gorillas yesterday in Rushaga. We greatly appreciate her support towards wildlife conservation and contribution towards promoting domestic tourism”.

Uganda Faces a Bad Image Globally as Tour Operators Count Losses

Posted on: September 7th, 2018 by gorillaadmin No Comments

Majority Tour Operators are facing losses after a drop in Tourist arrivals due to the current political and security tension in the country. They say that the current incidents in the country has impacted negatively on the tourism sector thus making some of the tourists cancel their trip to Uganda. This was disclosed by the Chairman of Association of Tour Operators (AUTO) Everest Kayondo during a press briefing on Monday.

Mr. Kayondo told journalists that there has been nervousness within the vulnerable tourism sector basing on the events that spread out in Arua district weeks ago and the aftermath which lead to brutality by the security agencies. The chairman cited torture and imprisonment of civilians, some in military detention facilities, battering journalists and use of live ammunition during riots.

As per these results, Uganda was marked as a security risk country for the foreign countries since Uganda sources tourists and many of the events that occurred featured famously in the International press.

Through this, it resulted to cancellation of trips by some tourists who were already here in the country and for those that had booked their trips earlier called to suspend or cancel them says Kayondo. He further added on that our members are losing business and are being made to refund the dollars they had earlier received. He said this is not only a loss to the tour operators but also the country at large since it is losing foreign revenue.

He referred to the example of Amos Wekesa who runs Great Lakes Safaris who was obliged to refund over USD 30,000 (around 111 million Shs) that had been paid in advance for trips by visitors. Tour Operators have asked the government to handle demonstrations professionally without inflicting pain, unnecessary beatings of the people who are already under arrest. They have also asked individual officers who took part in brutalizing Ugandans and as a result led to an adverse effect on the country’s image.

In 2017, the tourism sector generated USD 1.4 billion followed by foreign remittances thus making the Tourism sector Uganda’s leading foreign exchange earner. Uganda registered a total of 1.37 million foreign tourists. The gains achieved by aggressive marketing through investment in PR firms in strategic markets could equally go down the drain.

The minister for Tourism Prof Ephraim Kamuntu said the gains made in the Tourism sector should be guarded heavily because tourism is everyone’s business, urging all stakeholders to work towards the good limelight of Uganda.

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Posted on: September 27th, 2017 by gorillaadmin No Comments

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What to do around Rwenzori Mountain in Uganda

Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by gorillaadmin No Comments

Apart from the hiking Rwenzori Mountain to Magherita trek, there are a number of other activities that one can take on. However before we advise you about these activities. Allow us to give you a brief on about Rwenzori mountains for those who do not know anything about them.

Rwenzori HikeThe Rwenzori Mountain is in the south western part of Uganda in Kasese district and its Uganda’s highest and the only snow capped mountain which can be visited during our Uganda adventure tours. It has a number of summits which include the Mount Stanley with the highest peak on this being the Margherita peak lying at 5,109m high, there is Mount Speke lying 4,890m high, then Mount Baker follows at 4,843m high, then followed by Mount Emin lying at 4,798m high and then Mount Gessi lying at 4,715m high and the shortest being Mount Luigi di Savoia which lies at 4,627m high. (more…)

2017 gorilla trekking guidelines in Rwanda

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by gorillaadmin No Comments

adult-mountain-gorillaThe republic of Rwanda is among the 3 countries in the world where you can see the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Rwanda gorilla trekking tours are best described as an unmatched life changing wildlife experience. It is estimated that there are less than 900 mountain gorillas remaining in the universe so having an opportunity to come face to face with these giants will certainly be a great opportunity.

In Rwanda, these gorillas live on the slopes of the verdant Virunga Mountains within Volcanoes National Park especially in the bamboo areas. During this exciting activity, you will be led by experienced tracker-guides up the steep mountain forests in search of them. When you find them you will spend about 60 minutes observing them go about their day to day activities.

Gorilla trekking hikes take between 30 minutes to over four hours depending on which gorilla group you will be trekking and where they are located. Although the trek back to the starting point takes the same duration, you will not feel journey after the excitement of seeing the gorillas. (more…)

Elephants population in Selous reserve Tanzania threatened- Here are the reasons why.

Posted on: February 2nd, 2017 by gorillaadmin No Comments

selous game reserveAccording to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) the number of elephants living in Selous national park found in Tanzania might completely be depleted in the next five years if poaching as well as mining is not immediately controlled.

The large Selous national park, listed among the Heritage sites in the world is found in the southern part Tanzania, previously it a mighty strong hold of elephants and one of the best places to see them while on safari in Tanzania. However, sad to say today is that since the 1970s, it’s estimated that about 2,000 elephants are killed each year and today the elephant population has reached critical numbers according to the last census conducted with approximately 15,000 only remaining in this reserve.

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Visit Gisenyi’s beautiful hot springs

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by gorillaadmin No Comments

Rwanda-hotspringsThere are 3 different hot springs in the area and so you can choose to visit one of them on your Rwanda cultural tour since they are similarly interesting places to visit. They include Nyamyumba hot spring which is located 7km away from the Gisenyi town along the route to Kigufi. It is a very fascinating place to visit and attracts so many people more so the locals who believe that this water has got various healing powers and all you need to do is take a birth in this water. (more…)

What to know about the Virunga Mountains

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by gorillaadmin No Comments

virunga-mountainsVirunga Mountains are actually a chain of volcanoes found in East Africa shared by DR.Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. They are sometimes called the Mufumbiro Mountains running perpendicular to famous rift valley where Lake Edward and Lake Kivu lie.

There are 8 Volcanoes Mountains in this chain, 6 of these are the center but dormant. Mikeno located in Congo and Sabyinyo are the oldest, they have disappeared craters and jagged relief as a result of erosion.  Later on during the Pleistocene which is between 900,000 to 130,000 years back, Karisimbi, Muhabura, Visoke and Mgahinga were formed. (more…)

Meet the Beautiful Olive Baboon of Nyungwe Forest Rwanda

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by gorillaadmin No Comments

olive-baboons-NyungweOlive baboons some of the best tourist attraction on a Rwanda Primate Safari are also referred to as the Anubis baboon and it belongs to the world’s old monkey family called the cercopithecidae and this is the biggest specie of baboons. Olive baboons are usually found in about 25 countries in Africa more so in the countries with forested areas like Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, there are lots of these monkeys in Mali, Ethiopia and other mountainous areas of the Sahara. They are called the olive monkeys because their coat color. (more…)

Azizi Life Experience – Best of Rwanda Cultural Safari

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by gorillaadmin No Comments

rwanda-aziz-experienceThe Azizi life experience is probably the most attractive tourism activity on a Rwanda Cultural Safari and if you want to send some time with the locals, then this is one of the activities that you need to engage in. Rwanda has very rich cultures and a cultural tour is the best way you can get to experience of this and you will for sure enjoy the trip because these are very friendly people who will welcome you with open arms. They willing happily walk you through and also demonstrate how they live that traditions life style which involves a lot of the music, dances and drama, there are lots of  delicious tradition dishes as you will see them, you learn about their farming methods and so many other experiences you will go through if you have enough time.   (more…)