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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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WHERE CAN I SEE BIRDS IN KENYA?

The nation of Kenya is regarded as a bird lover’s heaven with 1154 bird species, 11 being endemic like William’s Lark, Hinde’s Babbler among others and 4 introduced by human. The country is also known for its great wildlife safaris where you will see mammals like the lion, leopard, giraffe, spotted hyena and others. While on these wildlife safaris, you will have the opportunity to see some of these bird species for example; the African Fish Eagle, African Emerald Cuckoo, Bar-tailed Trogon, Dickinson’s Kestrel and many more.However, Kenya offers a variety of birding places with ideal environmental conditions and a suitable geographical context for watching the birdssuch as rift valley areas and hilly areas.

Kenya’s well-known birding locations include;

·         Natural parks:

Nairobi National Park, a city park located in the Capital city of Kenya. Here your eyes will land on bird species like Hornbill, the multicolored Red-and-yellow Barbet, not leaving out the flamingos on Lake Magadi and many more. The nature of the park is primarily an open grassy plain with sporadic Acacia bushes and with a large and diverse wildlife population of species like lion, leopard, African buffalo, giraffe, and hippopotamus among others. Throughout the year, Nairobi National Park is a fantastic place to observe birds, but November to April are the greatest months because this is when the migratory from Europe and North Africa arrive. Due to the timing of nesting season, many species are doing so now.

Ruma National Park located in Suba district close to Lake Victoria, the only park in Nyanza province. The park is a home to over 350 bird species including endangered species, vulnerable species and near-threatened species.The most renowned bird species in the area is the uncommon African migrant blue swallow, which is noted for living there. The bird species found in Ruma National Park include; Helmeted Guineafowl, Harlequin Quail, Crested Francolin, European Bee-eater, Meyer’s Parrot, White-bellied Tit and many more.

Amobseli National Park located in Kajido in the southern region of Kenya. The savanna grassland and woodland that cover the park offer the ideal habitats for birdlife and other wildlife. The park provides habitats to over 400species of birds, some will be spotted on the water areas like the Pelicans, King fisher, Egrets as well as some in the grass like the bustard birds among others. The best time for bird watching in Amboseli National Park is during the months of November, December, January, April and May, because around this time are migratory birds.

Other national parks with bird watching includeChyulu Hills National Park, Manas National Park, Tsavo West National Park and Samuburu National Park

·         Lakes

Especially the rift valley lakes, with features that harbor variety of either land or water bird species. These lakes include;

Lake Nakuru, famously known for having the highest number of flamingo birds in the world. You will find other species like; Greater spotted Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike and others

Lake Naivasha is part of the Great Rift Valley with over 400 different bird species including threatened species, rare species, endangered species, and migratory species. List of bird species include; the ducks, guineafowl, grouse, flamingos, pigeons, cuckoos, cranes and many more.

Lake Elementaita, a spot known for also flamingo watching along with other birds like; Black Crakes, African Jacanas, Grebes

Other lakes for bird watching include; lake Baringo, Lake Victoria.

·         Kakamega Forest, is an outstanding birding destination covered with a magnificent tropical rainforest that harbors mammals like Bush pigs, Colobus monkey, Pottos and many more. The forest is also a habitat for a variety of bird species like the Blue-headed Bee-eater, Grey Parrot and also the Blue Turaco. The forest has a lot to offer for all bird lovers.

You can also watch birds in Kenya in places like; Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, Crescent Island Sanctuary, Mt. Kenya and Mt. Aberdare.

What you need to carry for bird watching.

·         Cameras and extra batteries for taking pictures of the bird species you spot.

·         Boots for hiking as you walk through the forest trails and in mountainous areas.

·         Binoculars to enable you look closely at birds that may be so far like up on the trees.

·         Notebook to list down a number of birds spotted and their names as told by your guide

·         Insect repellant to avoid bites from insects as you go through the forests.

·         A water bottles to take water on breaks after walking some long trails in forests.

·         You can carry any extra items that you thick you might need.

 KENYA, A BIRD LOVER’S HEAVEN!

 

 

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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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Nature Walk in Uganda

Enjoy an unforgettable experience as you observe animals up close on exhilarating walking expeditions across natural areas. Nature walks are an excellent opportunity to get up up and personal with wildlife while exploring Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.

Unlike game drives, when visitors are driven through park trails to observe wildlife, nature walks require individuals to walk through the same routes that animals does; what a true jungle experience.

Nature walk pathways may be found in most of Uganda’s protected parks, and here are some of the best places to go on a nature walk:

Uganda Nature Walks (Adventures of a lifetime)

Nature hikes in Lake Mburo National Park – Uganda Nature Walks (Adventures of a lifetime)

Lake Mburo National Park is ideal for a nature walk because it is home to various herbivorous animal species.

The guided nature hikes take you to the salt lick, a popular spot for wildlife viewing. There’s also the Rubanga forest, which has trails where you may witness a variety of birds that live there.

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Nature pathways for walking.

Though well-known for gorilla trekking in Uganda, the Bwindi forest also provides unparalleled opportunities to explore a tropical rainforest jungle like no other.

There are nature walk paths within the forest where travelers interested in trekking can go. Nature treks in the forest last around 2 to 5 hours and allow you to observe a variety of fauna, monkeys, birds, and tree species.

Most routes will take you via waterfalls, which provide stunning views of the jungle’s magnificence.

Mgahinga Forest Nature Walk/Hike – Uganda Nature Walks (Adventures of a lifetime)

The three conical, extinct volcanoes that dominate Mgahinga make it an excellent trekking destination. The slopes are home to a variety of ecosystems and are ecologically varied, with their summits providing a spectacular backdrop to the breathtaking panorama.

Hiking at Mgahinga provides fantastic altitude experiences because the walk is not too hard and is set against a beautiful setting.

On the trip, you will also have the opportunity to cross the borders of three countries: Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo.

Kidepo Valley National Park – Uganda Nature Walks (Adventures of a lifetime)

Kidepo Valley National Park, located far northeast of Uganda, is recognized as one of Africa’s greatest wildernesses, and a nature walk is an excellent way to experience it.

Evening nature walks provide an opportunity to witness species such as bush babies, pottos, antelopes, zebras, and buffaloes, among others. Tourists must accompany an armed park ranger on a nature walk to ensure their safety.

Uganda has several areas for nature hikes, including Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, and many others.

Nature hikes are safe in Uganda, so tourists may be confident of their safety. Nature walks are similar to gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, chimp trekking in Uganda, and hiking.

When we are contacted, we assist in booking any type of nature walk tour or other Uganda safaris that are required.

 

The most generally perceived a perceptible part in the towns close to Uganda's tropical rainforests is the porches that envelops many green slants. From your appearance in the country's central air terminal Entebbe, numerous safari timetables will commonly go toward the west piece of Uganda where many parks public
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Is white water rafting in Jinja, Uganda safe?

Because the crew is highly trained and skilled in negotiating the rapids, whitewater rafting is completely safe. For your own safety and enjoyment, it is critical to follow the advice of the guides. Participants are provided with life jackets and protective helmets in case they trip. To avoid stumbling, grasp on to the ropes around the raft or bring your legs to your chest each time you plunge beneath the waves.

 

The Nile has deep waters, so there is no need to be concerned about falling on rocks. Rafting is more risky in many countries because you might hit a rock while you fall, even though the waves are weaker. Because the threat from the rocks is minor, the guides in Jinja are more ready to let the rafts roll over numerous times. Furthermore, multiple rescue teams in Kayaks travel ahead of the group with the objective of rescuing any trapped rafters. The rescue squad is also in charge of transporting food and fresh fruit for consumption during the major break. Aside from the rescue kayaks, there are also safety boats that transport people who no longer want to participate.

 

The rafts for families with smaller children and teens do not travel over the most challenging and dangerous rapids. They choose a different path to explore the river’s forest and other channels, going over lesser rapids and lovely islands. Important facts about Jinja white water rafting In Jinja, there are around four firms that provide whitewater rafting services, including Nalubale Rafting, Nile River Explorers, and Adrift. The activity may be arranged directly with the companies or via a reliable travel operator.

 

White water rafting costs between $140 and $255, depending on whether the activity is full or half day. Jinja 2 Days Whitewater rafting is the most costly category and generally begins with a tour to Jinja and the Nile’s source. You do not need to be concerned about photographs. The security Kayakers and rafters bring equipment and a photographer to record the action. The At the finish line, the images may be purchased on a CD for roughly $70 for each raft.

 

White water rafting in Jinja is best done during the dry seasons of January to February or June to September but everyday is a day to raft the Nile. The sky are clear with intense sunshine during the dry seasons of the year. It is critical to use sunscreen to avoid developing red skin. You’ll need extra clothes and money for after-rafting.

 

Charges:Instead of traditional whitewater rafting, visitors can choose for Jet Boat rides. This entails taking a speed boat down the Nile rapids in Jinja. Life jackets and helmets are supplied to all participants. The jet boats are made in New Zealand and have a highly skilled crew. Jet boat rides cost $75 for adults and $50 for children under the age of 12.

Another fun activity to consider when visiting Jinja and the Nile River is Nile tubing. This entails floating down the Nile in an inflatable tube while observing birds, sunbathing, and admiring the lovely environment around the Nile. The exercise can be organized on calm/level waterways or near the rapids. Whitewater rafting may be paired with other significant activities like as gorilla trekking in Bwindi, a visit to the Murchison Falls National Park, or a visit to the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

 

 

The most generally perceived a perceptible part in the towns close to Uganda's tropical rainforests is the porches that envelops many green slants. From your appearance in the country's central air terminal Entebbe, numerous safari timetables will commonly go toward the west piece of Uganda where many parks public
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White water rafting in Jinja

White Water Rafting in Jinja

Whitewater rafting in Uganda provides an unforgettable experience along the Nile and at Jinja. Jinja was a modest fishing town on the Nile’s banks before John Hannington Speak discovered its source and the entrance of British colonialists. When Uganda became a British colony, the fishing community expanded into a big commerce center, with the Nile River serving as an important crossing point to the country’s eastern region all the way to Kenya. The town expanded as more Europeans, Indians, and Ugandans migrated there.

Jinja soon became Uganda’s most industrialized town once the railway and hydroelectric power were installed. However, the volatile Idi Amin dictatorship between 1972 and 1979 led Jinja to lose its role as Uganda’s industrial powerhouse. When Idi Amin evicted all Asians from Uganda, the industries were deprived of the necessary knowledge. Even after the Asians returned, Jinja’s status was never regained. Kampala has now surpassed it as Uganda’s industrial center. But all was not lost since, despite losing its industrial standing, tourism prospered. Jinja, and Uganda in general, is a wonderful destination to explore the splendor of Africa. Apart from the tranquility of the town, travelers are drawn to Jinja by the Nile and Lake Victoria. After exploring Uganda’s national parks, the calm town is ideal for leisure and recuperation.

The Nile River provides some of the most adrenaline-pumping sports on the planet, including bungee jumping, quad biking, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting, the focus of this article. Whitewater rafting is a fantastic sport that teaches you how to be cool under pressure. The opportunity to experience whitewater rafting on the world’s longest river is incredible. It is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Uganda. Several civilizations have relied on the Nile for water.

Whitewater rafting in Jinja takes you through wild and furious rapids in the heart of the Nile. The Nile rapids at Jinja are classed 4 and 5 and provide some of the best whitewater rafting in Africa. The rapids are larger and more powerful than those on the Zambezi. Despite the fact that the recent building of the Bujagali and Isimba dams has resulted in the destruction of several of the Grade five rapids such as Namizi, The Bad Place, and Kyabirwa, whitewater rafting remains a viable option. Rafting businesses have had to alter and change their launching place and overall route further downstream while still providing the same adrenaline rush and gorgeous landscape.

What to expect during whitewater rafting in Jinja

A day of whitewater rafting begins with an early morning meal before being taken to the river’s banks. All participants must leave valuables and dry clothes in the car with staff. The teams are instructed on safety and what to expect. The introduction is overseen by guides who are quite informed about the region and rapids. They go through every area of safety to ensure that all rafters have the greatest experience possible. Other subjects discussed include how to grab the rope for safety, how to paddle, and how to properly exit the raft. If participants trip while holding their breath, they are instructed to stay as cool as possible. Always bring extra underwear and dry clothing when traveling. Choose clothing that dry quickly because you will be in and out of the water frequently.

 

Individuals are given the option of taking an easy or challenging path before the activity begins. Those who are not prepared for Grade 4 and 5 rafting might choose Grade 3 rafting. Families can choose a calmer family float excursion that allows them to appreciate the river while avoiding the big rapids. All participants must sign a paper detailing any medical conditions. You cannot go rafting if you have hypertension or anemia. The activity can begin once the orientation is completed and the helmets and rain coats are attached. The first mile or two allows the guides to adequately prepare all participants before the rapids get stronger and more magnificent downstream.

 

When you approach the next rapid, the guides organize for a vote on whether to take the simple path (edges) or the difficult route (middle). If the majority chooses the difficult path, there is little you can do but prepare for the challenge. The experienced rafters are escorted to the most dangerous portion of the currents and allowed to tip over. If the team leader is leading a group of novice people, he or she will approach each rapid at the weakest/easiest point so that they do not trip. If the novice party comes upon a major rapid, they exit their rafts and walk around it. Each rapid provides a unique experience that is largely dependent on how the lead guide navigates.

 

The main route has nine major rapids, four of which are grade 5. As you travel downstream, the rapids get stronger and faster. In between the rapids, there are calm waterways and islands where participants may rest, swim, have lunch, and take in the breathtaking view. A full day of whitewater rafting may cover up to 26 kilometers. Expect to see folks fishing and drying their clothes by the river. The Jinja River is a birder’s dream, with over 100 species. Perceptive watchers may even detect vervet monkeys dangling from the branches of trees along the riverbank. Following the exercise, a small party is held at which participants are given free beverages and transportation back to the lodge.

The most generally perceived a perceptible part in the towns close to Uganda's tropical rainforests is the porches that envelops many green slants. From your appearance in the country's central air terminal Entebbe, numerous safari timetables will commonly go toward the west piece of Uganda where many parks public
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