Saturday, May 28, 2011

2011 Kenya Safari Holidays

The world today has loads to offer, that no body can fully cover from the comfort of their own homes or from the Discovery channel ,or may be even the Travel channel.Some of these luxuries have to be experienced rather than being talked about.Sometimes it may not be as easy as most people who may want to are always working to ensure that bills are made and generally make a living.So once you get your leave or vacation , make sure your first destination is a Kenya safari holiday.

Kenya as a safari destination is located in East africa. It is a country that has very many Kenya tourist attractions. It is Know by many to be the cradle of mankind as there were many findings of our ancestral remains of early man.For this reason and many more it has been voted one of the best African Safari holiday getaway destinations in the world.Another prime reason is the wealth of wildlife and since it has such a favourable climatic condition , ti can there fore support a large variety of animal species. The Game is normally in reserved areas known to most as game parks or game reserves.These areas are usually far from human activity areas.Example of some of the well known game parks are Amboseli national park , the masai mara national park , Tsavo National park , Nairobi National park and many more.

When on safari you get to view the seventh wonder of the world. The great wildebeest migration which happens in the maasai mara game reserve. The landscape there is also breathtaking. Beautiful and endless savannah grasslands filled with wildlife leading a normal life away from the hustle and interference from humans.

Other Parks and game reservers have also unique things to offer.For example in Lake Nakuru national park we have the popular flamingoes , Elephants in the amboseli and Great rift valley area.The beautiful scenery of the highlands of the savannah and the white impeccably attractive white sandy beaches on the Kenyan coast plus many others.

As stated above, each attraction is unique and therefore you are bound to be interested all through. You also get to live in the best tourist Kenya hotels in the world during your safaris which also adds to the whole experience

Other top attractions

The Masai mara tour

The budget masai mara

Other Must see East African Destinations

The Rwanda gorilla tour

The Uganda gorilla tour

3 day Rwanda gorilla trek

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hiking in the Ruwenzoris Uganda

Hiking expeditions:
Uganda offers the best ultimate Mountain Climbing Adventures on East African Mountains. If you like mountaineering or rwenzori hiking as [part of your Uganda tour packages, then the (5,119 m) high, snow covered Rwenzori Mountains - also known as the ' mountains of the moon ' and protected as Rwenzori Mountains National Park which is also a World Heritage Centre - will offer you the unique experience you've been looking for. The mist-shrouded peaks provide stunning backdrops to this magnificent mountain. Ever since the Rwenzori became known to the World, its features have been changing. Today, the most visible and probably preventable, changes in the Rwenzori are the fragile vegetation along the trails.

A trip into the Rwenzoris is an exhilarating and rewarding experience but one, which must be planned with attention to detail. The key to an enjoyable visit is 'be prepared!' You can do the central circuit in just 7 sevens and our excellent guides will be there to add flavor to your experience. Those took up the challenge to climb this mountain have promised to come back, if you are an excellent hiker, looking for a lifetime adventure; please make your reservation now.Kenya hotels

It is not just the Rwenzoris alone that you hike in Uganda; there is the famous Mount Elgon National Park. At Mount Elgon National Park, mountaineering can be experienced on this volcanic mountain which is (4,321 m), the 4th highest mountain in East Africa, located in the eastern part of Uganda on the border with Kenya. Kenya masai mara safari

Others are: Mt. Sabyinyo (366m)'Old man's teeth' like an old man, time has eroded Mt. Sabyinyo's crown. This volcano offers 3 challenging peaks to climb. A climb up the mountain takes one up a ridge along the eastern side of the climb to peak. If you are to continue, the climb to the peak 11 involves walking a ridge with breath-taking drops into gorges of Rwanda and Uganda, a dual experience you will achieve here.

Mt. Gahinga (3474m). On your way to the park, look out for small piles of stones in the garden fields. The local people call such a pile a 'Gahinga'. Mountain gorillas

Mount Gahinga is quite bigger than the average 'gahinga' but sitting next to Mount Muhavura does make it look small. A hike, which takes you about, six hours round trip, goes through a good example of a pure Bamboo forest. Gahinga once had a Crater Lake on top but time has changed it into a Lush swamp. Distance to the swamp is 8km.

Mt. Muhavura (4127m)'The Guide'
Seen from all over Kisoro, this volcano acts as a guide. The typical cone-shaped Mountain provides some of the best views in the country. Much of the climb passes a rocky surface covered by grasses and small shrubs. Once at the top, hikers are rewarded with the view of the Virunga volcanoes, Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi and the peaks of Rwenzori Mountain. The hike takes approximately 8 hours round trip covering 12km.You are advised to camp at the Muhavura base camp the night before the site has no facilities so you need a tent, water, food and sleeping gear. I

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cheap Gorilla Permits in Uganda at 350 USD !!

Information about the so called gorilla permit price have been on tight lips over these days in the week , when details finally were released by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the association of Uganda tour operators Kampala known as AUTO made an agreement between the two entities that at an undefined date during the low season in tourism.The price of the Gorilla permits is due to be reduced from 500 US dollars to 350 US dollars.The cost of a permit for East African residents is down from 250,000 UGX to 100,000 UGX. To enable even the lay Ugandan to experience the wealth of tourism that is in our midst.

There are worries that the decision that is made by the Uganda Wildlife Authority alongside the Association of Uganda tour operators AUTO is going to bring in some bit of friction between Uganda's competitors in the gorilla tourism sector, Namely Rwanda and Congo,as a tripartite forum some time ago had resolved that all three countries would charge the same rates, year round, without any rebates, discounts or seasonal adjustments.

This is still on more or less pending status as they are now awaiting approval from the ministry of Tourism and also a date is yet to be set for the tariffs to take full swing in effect.The UWA is also determined on improving the infrastructure to the Uganda national parks, namely Bwindi Impenetrable National Park , Queen Elizabeth national park ,etc.Hopefully by the end of the year , we shall have seen some great developments.

This measures were taken due to the downward trend of tourism in Uganda, the media had also played a role in presenting a negative image to the international community therefore leading to cancellations of Book uganda tour packages to Uganda's top destinations.Gorilla trekking being one of the main and most popular tourist activities in the Pearl of Africa. This was a wanting measure ,that is justly taken.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Getting the right tour company ..

How to get the right tour operator

Conceivably the most vital thing to look for is reliability and safety. Ask to see the local tour operator’s brochures, licenses and equipment. Also ask for references. While it may be difficult to contact references if you are already in the destination, if you get references while you are still at home, you can call and ask about the tour operator or guide before you leave.

Some local Uganda tour operators and guides will show you letters of praise from foreigners who have used their services. While these may be impressive, be your own judge and listen to your instincts. Ask questions about the route, safety measures, accommodations, etc. If you are concerned, ask your hotel managers and the local tourism office for their assessment or recommendation of a company or Kenya tour guide.

Generally, local Kenya , Uganda or Rwanda tour operators and guides are trustworthy, sincere and hardworking. It’s not in their best interest to cheat or harm travelers: word gets around fast and they will be out of work. Don’t be distrustful, just cautious: you wouldn’t book a 3 day masai mara safari at home without checking things out first, either. And, if you are particularly pleased with a guide’s or tour operator’s services, a tip is appreciated, and so is a positive recommendation for other travelers. Botswana tours

Even independent travelers find that sometimes there are activities they cannot or don’t want to do by themselves–hiking, rafting, or other outdoor activities that require equipment, guides or access to remote locations. Car Rentals Kampala

Finding and choosing reliable local tour operators is not difficult in most cases