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THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION IN EASTAFRICA 

The wildebeest migration is an amazing annual occasion to watch that you wouldn’t want to leave out on your to do list in Africa. The event is recognized as one of the seven wonders of the Natural World, famously known to take place in East Africa, particularly in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park and Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.It is amazing how the wildebeests never lose their way to Masai Mara national park and also as they come back to Serengeti national park. Usually, wildebeest live in the Serengeti plains, where they spend majority of their lives grazing in the grassy savannas and open woodlands of the plains that divide Tanzania and Kenya.

The event happens annually where a population of over 1.5million wildebeest migrate from Tanzania to Kenya and vice versa following the seasonal rains, as they migrate they are accompanied by some other species of animals such as the zebras, Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, elands and impalas. . It is amazing how the wildebeests never lose their way to Masai Mara national park and also as they come back to Serengeti national park. The wildebeests face difficulties during their migration, including the risk of being devoured by lions on land and crocodiles when they cross rivers such as river Grumeti.

 The wildebeest are believed to migrate for a couple of reasons such as looking for greener pastures of plains rich in nutritious grass to provide best conditions for raising their new calves and also to protect the newborn calves from predators like lions on the hunt for vulnerable newborns.

What time of the year do the wildebeest migrate?

The wildebeest migrate in different months of the year following the rain season and their birthing periods.

          Around January or February, the wildebeests are in the Ngorongoro Crater highlands and Olduvai Gorge giving birth to newborn calves which takes about 2-3weeks, the new born calves are very vulnerable and stand a risk of being eaten by predators on the hunt. It’s fascinating to observe the tension between the wildebeest and the predators at this time.

          In April, along with hundreds of zebra, the wildebeest trek northwest towards the center Serengeti in search of new pasture.

          In May, the wildebeest continue to roam the Serengeti, passing by camps that offer excellent vantage points to see them move, and at the end of May, the mating season starts.The wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle continue to graze while traveling at a leisurely pace. Here the journey is towards the GrumetiRiver.

          During June, the dry season starts with large concentrations of wildebeest in the Serengeti on the banks of Grumeti River, here the animals are faced with a challenge of crossing the river where they are prone to being eaten by crocodiles.

          In July, the wildebeests and zebras are headed for a more challenging situation of crossing the Mara River in the north of the Serengeti, however by the end of July the animals have successfully crossed the Mara River in Serengeti which stretches up to Masai Mara.

          By August, the herds have started spreading throughout the Masai Mara ‘s northern region with some still in Serengeti facing the challenge of crossing the river. Here the tension is high for the animals since the river is in full flow and there is great loss of life due to the hungry predators hunting after them.

          By September, the main chaos has ended but to be encountered again as the wildebeest head back to Serengeti.

          In October and November, the wildebeest head to Serengeti.

          By December, they are already spread in the South of Serengeti where they are lush rains.

How much does it cost to see wildebeest Migration?

This really depends in which part you are and in the camps you are residing in, however the park entrance fees are a bit expensive.

In Masai Mara, 70$ is charged per person per day.

THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION, A WONDER TO REMEMBER!

 

 

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Why Visit/Trek Mountain Gorillas

I thought I’d tell you a little bit about these wonderful animals and what it’s like to see them in the wild, up close and personal! One of my coworkers recently completed this trip and swears it was one of the best experiences of his life!

The Mountain Gorilla can be found in three countries. Visitors flock to Uganda and Rwanda, but they can also be found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Permits for gorillas must be purchased in advance; only a limited number are issued each day, and they frequently sell out well in advance during peak season.

There are five Great Ape species in the world, with four of them found on the African continent. Mountain gorillas, lowland gorillas, chimps, and bonobos are the four species.

In 2010, it was estimated that only 790 gorillas remained in the wild. They are critically endangered, and conservation efforts to keep them alive are massive. Because the Mountain Gorilla cannot survive in captivity, you will never see one in a zoo. Gorillas are our closest relatives after Chimpanzees, sharing approximately 97.7% of our DNA. Adult males can weigh up to 180kg (400 pounds) and have arm spans of up to 2 meters (7 feet).

Man is the most serious threat to these animals, posing as poaching, disease, and population pressures. By visiting and enjoying Gorilla Trekking, you are helping to fund conservation and community projects, which helps local communities understand the importance of these Great Apes’ survival.

Read our blog on Monday, May 30th, for Neil’s visit to Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas.

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Game drives in Uganda

Getting Closer to the Big Animals with Guided Safari Game Drives in Uganda

Guided safari game drives in Uganda and other African destinations involve traveling through a savannah park in a four-by-four safari vehicle, accompanied by a professional local guide, and observing wild animals. A game drive is a highlight of every traditional Africa safari, taking you deep into the natural environment and bringing you closer to the great and small animals inside the safe boundaries of a 4×4.

The most enjoyable guided game drives will take place between the foggy daybreak and late in the chilly nights or at night, when most animals are most active. Every game drive, regardless of safari destination, is unique, making animal encounters surprising and thrilling. However, the operational structure with different ground operators may be identical.

 

In Uganda, a regular game drive may last 3-4 hours. Other game drives last longer than six hours, with short intervals to let the passenger to stretch, loosen up, and snack. For brief stops, the guide generally finds a location with nice views of the plains. For early morning wildlife drives, several safari camps provide breakfast settings in the bush. Afternoon game drives are typically planned to conclude with a well-timed refreshing sundowner. The local guide is most often your driver, and he or she will be in charge of the adventure excursion, finding the animals, bringing you via unexpected game viewing paths, and telling you funny anecdotes about your wildlife experiences.

Although animal numbers in Uganda’s safari parks do not compare to those seen in eastern locations, wildlife viewing on an expert-guided safari game drive in Uganda is significantly more gratifying. Because the number of tourist cars in the game parks is a fraction of those visiting more developed areas, game drives in Uganda are more private. On a good day, seeing a lion, elephant, or leopard is a rare treat, and such encounters are rarely shared with swarms of cars.

On Uganda’s savannah plains, famous game drive sights include tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Ishasha sector, elephants, buffalo, leopard, several antelope species, hippo, and the isolated Rothchild’s giraffe.

Expect to be driven in a largely closed 4×4 Land Cruiser with huge windows for each seat and a roof pop-up for photography. In other cases, you could find an open-sided four-by-four cruiser at some campgrounds, although it’s unlikely in Uganda. Uganda safaris are conducted in closed cruisers to avoid long, winding drives from the airport to the safari site.

Early morning safari game drives – Number of guided safari game drives per day

Sunrise safari game drives are more rewarding, especially when it comes to seeing predators at their most active.

Number of guided safari game drives per day

In general, two game drives each day are excellent. On the afternoon of your arrival, you should expect to go on your first safari game drive. Safaris departing from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s trekking gorillas cannot skip the tree-climbing adventure of Queen Elizabeth National Park’s southern Ishasha region.

Safari vacations typically include at least two game drives every day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, lasting between three to five hours each. On your final day in the park, your local guide may include another safari game drive on the way to your next destination.

Assume you’re staying at a safari park or lodge for three nights. In that situation, your agenda calls for six short game drives. Photography safaris typically include one safari drive every day that lasts 6-10 hours and includes a picnic lunch. Travers who prefer a single drive each day are more likely to return to the camp’s more leisurely activities in the afternoons, such as nature viewing, hikes, conversations, swimming, reading a book, or seeing local cultural presentations.

The native driver-guide on all-inclusive Uganda safari vacations is normally paid per day to chauffeur, supervise, and lead 1-6 visitors per vehicle. They can decide how many safari game drives are conducted every day. You should consult with your guide or tour manager first thing in the morning or after each safari drive to establish how many drives you should have that day and when the next one should be.

Our own customized Uganda safari game drive accommodates one to six passengers (without the guide), with each occupant having an adjustable window seat with appropriate legroom.

The highlight of guided safari game drives in Uganda is seeing lions. The highlight of guided safari game drives in Uganda is seeing lions.

Which Ugandan places offer wildlife drives?

The most gratifying safari game drives in Uganda take place in four of the country’s 10 national parks. The country’s wildlife reserves provide limited opportunities for animal observation. In southern Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park are popular with travelers wishing to explore the primate-rich rainforests of Bwindi and Kibale. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest along the Victoria Nile and the vast wilderness Kidepo National Park in the far northeastern part are two of the most popular safari destinations for safaris lasting more than a week or two.