Gorilla families in Rwanda

Gorilla Groups in Rwanda / Gorilla Families in Rwanda – Rwanda is one of the only three destinations where you can see the endangered mountain gorillas in the world. The other two destinations are Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are the largest species of primates and are fascinating to watch. Mountain gorillas are live in mountainous areas and cannot survive in captivity, but rather only in their natural habitat.

Mountain gorillas are one of the attractions that no one needs to miss on their African safari. Trekking them is very interesting and one of the adventurous activities that travelers enjoy most.  In Rwanda, mountain gorillas are found in Volcanoes national park in the northwest of Rwanda, at its border with Uganda and the DRC. They live in groups also known as families and these groups can undergo habituation to make them familiar to people. There has been 10 habituated gorilla groups in Rwanda but one of them shifted to Uganda, leaving her with 9 habituated gorilla groups. They include;

Susa group (Susa A)

Susa group has so far been the biggest mountain gorilla family in volcanoes national park. it comprised of 42 members before sit split and remained with 33 members. The group has two silverbacks. Susa A is the first group that Dain Fossey first studied when she was doing her studies on these primates in Volcanoes national aprk. This gorilla group lives on the slopes of Mount Karisimbi and is one of the most difficult groups to track. However, onec you find it, you will be impressed by its features. Susa group is lucky to have twins.

Sabinyo gorilla family

Sabinyo gorilla family got its name from Mount Sabinyo, one of the eight Virunga volcanoes in the region. It has 12 members and 2 silverbacks and inhabits the slopes of Mount Sabinyo and Mount Gahinga. It often roams around Mount Sabinyo and is one of the groups that are quite easy to trek.

Amahoro gorilla family

This gorilla family got its name as a result of its calmness and gentelness which indicates that it is a peaceful group. Amahoro means “peace” and it was named so to reflect its peaceful character. The group has 18 members and 2 silverbacks. It has lost a number of members because of its gentle character. Amahoro gorilla family lives around the slopes of Mount Bisoke. The mountain has a challenging terrain which makes the group quite hard to trek.

Agashya gorilla family

This group started with 13 members and was named group 13 but the name later on changed to “Agashya” which means “News”. It was headed by a silverback called Nyakarima which was later overthrown by silverback Agashya after whom the group was named. Currently, the group has grown to about 27 members. Agashya gorilla family lives on the slopes of Mount Sabinyo.

Umubano gorilla family

Umubano group broke off from Amahoro gorilla family. Two silverbacks Charles and Ubumwe in Amahoro group often had fights until Charles decided to break off with some members to start a new group which is known as “Umubano”. The group has 13 members comprising of 2 silverbacks.

Kwitonda gorilla family

Kwitonda gorilla family is one of the largest groups in the park with 23 members including the 4 silverbacks. The group was named after a dominant silverback called Kwitonda who was well known for his humbleness. Kwitonda gorilla group in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Virunga national park before it migrated to Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. It lives around the slopes of Mount Muhabura.

Karisimbi gorilla family

This group broke off from Susa A gorilla family and for this reason it is sometimes called Susa B. it is made up of 16 members with one silverback. The group was named after Mount Karisimbi because that’s where they live. It is however the most difficult group to trek because it roams around the upper slopes of the mountain. It is said that the dominant silverback of the group chose to take the group that far in order to avoid trouble. Karisimbi gorilla family is the best option for trekkers who want to experience a hike that requires much energy.

Ugenda gorilla family

Ugenda means “mobile” and the group was named so because of its mobility. It is very nomadic, moving from one place to another more than other groups do. It has 11 members including 2 silverbacks. Ugenda group roams around the slopes of Mount Bisoke. It is one of the groups to opt for if you do not want to trek on a terrain that will require a lot of fitness.

Bwenge gorilla family

This group is made up of 11 members with one silverback. It inhabits the slopes of Mount Bisoke and this is also one of the groups recommended for people who want to trek on a relatively easy terrain. Bwenge means “wisdom”. Bwenge gorilla group started in 2007 by a silverback called Bwenge after leaving his former group with othwer females. Bwenge gorilla group has a bad memory of the death of its 6 infants.

Titus gorilla family

Titus gorilla family roams around the slopes of Karisimbi and Bisoke Mountains. It was named after a gorilla called Titus that was born during Dian Fossey’s times in Volcanoes national park as she was carrying out studies and research about Gorillas at Karisoke research centre. During Titus’ tender age, his family was murdered by poachers and he was the only survivor. Life was very difficult for him in the forest but he overcame.

Hirwa gorilla family

The name Hirwa was is a Kinyarwanda meaning “lucky one”. It is one of the lucky one because it is one of the few groups that have had twins in the family. The group was started by members from Sabinyo family and group 13 and was later joined by other members from other groups to make a family of 16 members. It is well known for roaming around Mount Sabinyo and Gahinga until recently when it settled in Mgahinga national park in Uganda. It is one of the most exciting groups to trek in the Virunga region. currently, if you want to trek it, contact us so that we can secure your gorilla permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Rwanda is a luxury gorilla trekking destination with its gorilla permit costing $1,500. Share your interests with us so that we shall book for your permit for trek in the appropriate area in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda.

Safari Tours and Holidays in East Africa

East Africa Safaris – The word safari is mainly used to refer to long travels by tourists touring around East and southern Africa. It is a Swahili word that originates from an Arabic verb “safar” which means “to make a journey”. The word has theories related to adventure in the jungles of Africa and also associated with the large scale trading operations, slave trade and colonial times colonial times among others. Later on, the word safari became widely used in East Africa (starting with Kenya and to other countries Tanzania and Uganda) even after the periods of events that led to birth of the word such as trading in the earlier days.

East Africa comprises of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. The word safari grew very fast in East Africa before it spread to other regions because East Africa has the most fascinating destinations in Africa which attract thousands of tourists. Still not sure about where to go for your vacation? East Africa has all you need to see and experience on an African safari and a safari to East Africa will be the best choice made.

East African countries Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda thought excellent to introduce the East African visa. The East African Visa is a single tourist visa which allows travelers to access all the three countries (Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda) without need to process other multiple visas when transferring from one destination to another. It saves time and makes East African safaris more convenient.

East Africa is made up different large landscapes, with unique kinds of beauty, special attractions and very friendly people that you will meet throughout your East African safari. the safari destinations in East Africa include;

Uganda

Uganda safaris take you to the most adventurous and interesting destinations in Uganda that cannot be compared to any other destinations in Africa. It has numerous destinations including the ten national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable national park, Kibale national park, Queen Elizabeth national park and Murchison falls national park among others. Other places to visit are the Ssese islands, Jinja at the source of the world’s longest river, the Nile, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre and Kasubi tombs among others. Uganda is the Pearl of Africa and there are so many exciting things you can do on your safari to Uganda. some of them are gorilla trekking, Chimp trekking, boat cruises, Hot air balloon safaris, hiking to the mighty Murchison falls, cultural experiences such as Batwa and Karimajong cultural experiences, bird watching, white water rafting and relaxing and chilling at beaches. Mountain climbing tours are very exciting on Mount Rwenzori, Mount Elgon and the Virunga ranges in the southwestern part of Uganda.

Kenya

Kenya safaris have are talked about everywhere in the world because the country offers much more than you can expect. It has wondrous populations of wildlife in its national parks such as Masai Mara game reserve and Lake Nakuru national park where you can spot lots of lions, wildebeests and other mammals during game drives. Other national parks in Kenya include Amboseli national park, Tsavo East national park and Samburu national park among others. Kenya has some of the world’s most beautiful coastal lines with romantic beaches and these are the best for your honeymoon and relaxation. Remember not to miss out on the cultural experience with the Maasai people of Kenya.

Tanzania

Tanzania safaris have been made popular mostly because of the Great Wildebeest Migration. The migration takes place in a circular manner through different national parks and tourists have an opportunity to experience unique things at each stage of the migration. Popular wildlife areas to visit in Tanzania include Serengeti national park, Ngorongoro Conservation reserve, Tarangire national park, Ruaha game reserve and Lake Manyara national park. Besides wildebeests, other wildlife there are the lions which can easily be seen in large prides, leopards, zebras, elephants and antelopes. A safari to Tanzania comes with a great chance to climb Africa’s highest mountain which is also the highest free standing mountain. It offers spectacular views of distant areas.

Rwanda

Rwanda safaris are currently booming being sought by many people across the world. Rwanda sells herself as a luxury gorilla trekking destination with its gorilla permit at USD 1,500. Rwanda is the smallest country in East Africa but it is filled with lots of interesting things which make it good enough to compete with other African destinations. The entire country has a unique terrain from other east African countries, it has numerous hill and is referred to as “a land of a thousand hills”. Rwanda’s wildlife destinations are Volcanoes Nationl Park, Akagera national park and Nyungwe forest Nationl Park. It has a range of museums, genocide memorial sites, interesting culture and art galleries, craft shops and markets which will keep you occupied throughout your Rwanda safari.

Best time to go for a safari to East Africa

December to March

From December to March, East Africa experiences warm temperatures and receives short rains. This is a dry season when many animals congregate around water bodies and can be seen in large numbers. It is also the best time to hike because land is not muddy and slippery. If you want to have a smooth hike through the forests in Uganda and Rwanda where gorillas live when trekking, then you can as well plan for your safari during this period. This period is perfect for staying at the beaches of Zanzibar.

June to November

This is also a dry season where most of the days are warm and there is little rainfall when it rains. It is a peak season around East Africa in that travelers are all over and if you plan to travel during this period, then you need to book early for you safari because accommodations are fully booked.

This is the best time to see the Wildebeests in Kenya and Tanzania, trek gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda and enjoy wildlife around the parks and game reserves.

April to May

This is a rainy season which is also called the low season. It is the best time to go for bird watching in East Africa. Most animals give birth during this period and you will get interested at how the mammals do the calving. You can as well watch the great wildebeest migration. Many other activities such as gorilla trekking can be done if you want to experience a slightly challenging hike when trekking for gorillas.

Low season is the best to travel to east Africa if you want enjoy discounted prices of accommodations.

Karisoke research centre is situated in Volcanoes national park in northwest of Rwanda. The research center is located in between Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke from which its name “Karisoke” was derived, a combination of the two names.

Karisoke research centre is one of the major attractions in Volcanoes national park because it is one of the living memories of Dian Fossey, an American primatologist and conservationist known fro undertaking studies and research about mountain gorillas and advocating for their protection. Karisoke Research centre was established on 24th September 1967 by Dain Fossey. It was started with two small tents which were headquarters for anti-poaching patrols. Today, it has grown into a world-class scientific and conservation institution where long-term studies about gorillas are conducted. It also educates about gorillas and plays part in the protection of the primates.

Karisoke research centre conducts patrols around Volcanoes national park to curb poaching and other illegal activities that threaten the life of mountain gorillas and interfere with their behavior. This has helped in protection of the gorillas and has largely contributed the increase in the population of the gorillas in the region.

People from communities near the Virunga region illegally access the parks and set traps targeting other mammals there but sometimes it’s the gorillas that fall into these traps. They also carry out other activities such as cutting down trees, encroaching on the land, entering the park to collect firewood and others which put the lives of the gorillas at risk.

In collaboration with the Dian Fossey fund international, Karisoke research centre combine effort with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, take on joint and independent patrols to protect the gorillas in the Virunga conservation area. Karisoke research centre collects relevant data around the area to help in conservation of the gorillas. Data collected includes health, demographic and behavioral data.

A visit to Karisoke research centre is one of the best things you can do at Volcanoes national park. There is a museum with exhibits which have much more information regarding conservation, biology and videos about the customs of mountain gorillas.

Dian Fossey is said to have lived in the tents that the research centre started off with for a period of about one year and a half before a cabin was built for her by her European friends. After a period of ten years, eight more cabins tents were set up. Dian Fossey later on invited Dr. Leaky to send her students for assistance in 1969. This laid a platform for this place to be a ground for students all over the world to experience the field and opportunism for research.

During the time of the 1994 Rwanda genocide and other civil wars, a lot of things from the research centre were abandoned while others were destroyed and others stolen. It was later on reconstructed and destroyed again and finally relocated to Ruhengeri.

Dian Fossey had got involved in conservation of mountain gorillas because she was worried that they would be extinct by the 20th century. She was murdered in 1985 by unknown people who dropped her body near her cabin. Her conservation effort provoked conservation organizations to get involved in protection and conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas after her death and the work is still going on till date.

Today, Karisoke research centre uses modern technology in conducting a number of activities. it also partners with conservation organizations and local authorities to strengthen conservation work of the endangered mountain gorillas. it established started using GPS to monitor the movement of gorilla groups whereas the mapping of gorilla habitat in the park was undertaken using hyper spectral remote sensing imagery.

Karisoke research centre habituated golden monkeys in the park and works with university of Rwanda and provides filed research opportunities for research purposes.

Getting to Karisoke Research centre

Karisoke research centre is located in Volcanoes national park. It takes 2 hours to reach the research centre by road from Kigali international airport.

Nakasero Hill Kampala

Nakasero hill is one of the seven hills of Kampala. It is located in the city centre with Kampala’s central business district and many other government offices. It is bordered by other hills of Kampala which include Mulago sitting on the northern side, Makerere in the northwest, Old Kampala to the west, Mengo and Namirembe to the southwest, Nsambya is in the south, Kibuli to the southeast and Kololo is in the eastern direction.

Nakasero got its name from a Luganda word “ebisero” which refers to locally woven baskets. It is said that a group of ladies used to weave the local baskets form this hill and sell them to different parts of the country and the continent. People started calling this place “ewobusero” and later on modified to Nakasero.

There are two state houses in Uganda and one is located on this Nakasero hill Kampala while the other is located in Entebbe. Lower parts of the hill on the southern and western sides largely host commercial and ordinary business activities including shops, public transport stations, hospitals and restaurants. As you get close to the top of the hill, there are government buildings including the Parliament Buildings and Kampala Capital City Authority Buildings among others. It is an administrative centre with a variety of government offices such as the High Court of Uganda, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Headquarters of Bank of Uganda, Ministry of Health, ministry of Internal Affairs and Government Analytical Chemistry Laboratory among others.

The hill hosts many of the diplomatic missions to Uganda and a number of ambassadors residing on the northern and the eastern slopes of Nakasero. Embassies found at the hill include the Embassy of France, embassy of Finland, embassy of Spain, Embassy of Italy, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Kenya and many more.

Nakasero hill is home to the headquarters of several banks which include DFCU Bank, Centenary Bank, ABC Bank, Housing Finance Bank, Stanbic Bank Limited, Uganda Development Bank, Bank of Africa (Uganda), United Bank for Africa and East African Development Bank and Bank of Baroda.

Nakasero hill is known to be the home of many of the most luxurious hotels and restaurants in Kampala including Kampala Serena Hotel, Kampala Sheraton hotel, the Pearl of Africa Hotel, Grand Imperial hotel, Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala Intercontinental Hotel and Kampala Hilton Hotel among others. These hotels and restaurants serve a lot of people from the surrounding offices. There are clubs and casinos such as Kampala Club and Kampala Casino among others.

Besides the different kinds of work that is carried out at hill, people that live and work around Nakasero and the surrounding areas find time for worship. You may get surprised to see lots of people during the days and hours scheduled for prayer at places of worship such as All Saints Church for the Anglicans, Christ the King Church for the Roman Catholics, Nakasero mosque for the Muslims and Watoto Church for evangelists. These places of worship are some of the famous ones around Kampala.

Some of the great primary education institutions in Uganda are found on Nakasero hill. They include Nakasero Primary school and Buganda Road Primary School. Other important services and facilities around Nakasero hill are hospitals and clinics. A number of them including Case Clinic, St. Catherine hospital and Nakasero hospital have built trust because of the excellent medical care and services that they offer.

Locally, when you talk about Nakasero, the first thing that will cross the mind of most people around Kampala is Nakasero market. Also known as Nakasero Farmers Market, it is popularly known for fresh fruits, vegetables and many other foods. The market is surrounded by other shops selling different kinds of items such as dinnerware and other items to use in the house.

Nakasero is one of the places where a number of facilities, services and developments for Kampala city have been established and almost every service can be got here.

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe

Uganda Zoo – Uganda wildlife Education Centre is popularly known as Entebbe Zoo, it was established in the 1952 by the britsh colonial government of Uganda and it was intended to act as a reception Refugee Centre for the wildlife animals that were found injured and recovered from Poachers.

In 1994 the Entebbe Uganda wildlife education Centre full was formed to take care of the zoo purposely for the Education goals. Apparently it is one of the most respected and recognized conservation education institutions in the world. The Uganda Wildlife Centre holds the responsibility of educating the local people of Uganda about the significance of the biodiversity conservation. UWEC holds a responsibility of rescuing and rehabilitating the injured, confiscated and orphanage wildlife.

The Uganda wildlife Education Centre has played a big role in successful breeding endangered wildlife species which are hand raised in captivity and later reintroduced back into their natural environment in the wild.

The Entebbe Uganda Wildlife education Centre is close to Entebbe international Airport and it is a 10 minutes’ drive on road. It is dominated by impressive ecosystems such as the savannah, wetland and Forest. UWEC is situated on 70 acres of land in Entebbe. It acts as the coordinating wildlife zoo for all the zoos found in East Africa, West Africa and central Africa as it was initiated by the Pan African Associations of zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA).

The Entebbe Uganda Wildlife Education Centre is one of the great tourism site situated in Entebbe Uganda. A tour to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre will offer you a chance to feel and taste the East African wildlife that is found in the various national parks and reserves. Visitors will get an insight to get a close sight at the wildlife animals, and participate in the feeding of the animals together with the animal keepers, engage in food preparation and explore the animal pharmacy. Entebbe Uganda wildlife Education Centre is home to a diversity of impressive animals which are always on the tourist list when they visit various national parks in Africa such as the lions, elephants, the endangered rhinos, leopards, giraffes, chimpanzees  among others.

The best experience at UWEC is when visit opt be care takers of the animals, here you will have a chance to get close to animals like the lion, southern white Rhinos, baby elephants, shoebill stork and give them breakfast. This will require you to wake up from your Bandas and move to the kitchen to prepare food for the animal, then jump on the tractor and keep moving from one animal section to another. You will feed both animals and birds. However for anyone to qualify feeding the animals in UWEC, you be required to get a vaccination from the health doctor found at UWEC.

The Entebbe wildlife Education Centre features a number of education programs, offers opportunity to internship as well as volunteers programs which is found on the site or off site and these favor both Ugandans and foreigners.

The Entebbe Uganda Wildlife education Centre is open throughout the year to all travelers who would like to explore this amazing Uganda zoo.

How to get to the Uganda Zoo

The Entebbe wildlife Education Centre can be accessed from both Kampala capital city and from Entebbe international airport on road using 4×4 wheel safari vehicles. From Kampala to Entebbe wildlife Education Centre, it is about 45.5 kilometers and it will take you a 55 minutes’ drive via Kampala – Entebbe Express highway. Whilst from Entebbe international airport, it will take you about 7 kilometers and it’s a 20minutes drive.

A tour to the Entebbe Uganda Wildlife Education Centre offers you an insight to explore other tourist attractions that are close to the Zoo such as Ngamba Island, Lake Victoria scenic beaches, and Entebbe international Airport and Entebbe botanical Gardens.

Rwanda Art Museum

The former Presidential Palace Meseum Rwanda which is now a museum is one of the memorial sites in Kigali that any traveler should not miss to visit on their Rwanda safari. The Presidential Palace museum Rwanda was the home to the former president of Rwanda before his death which led to the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

On 6th April 1994, the plane that was carrying the Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and the Burundian president Cyprian Ntaryamira was shot as it was trying to land in Kigali. By coincidence, the plane fell in the compound of president Habyarimana and the wreckage can still be seen there. Both presidents were Hutu and this initiated the most brutal massacre in Rwanda between the Hutu and the Tutsi. They shot and slaughtered each other leading to deaths of about 1,000,000 Rwandese.

Today, this home is a memorial site and Rwanda art museum that was set aside as a remembrance for the beginning of the Rwanda genocide. After about 26 years now, tourists who spare time and go there get a chance to see the remains of the plane that was carrying n the presidents.

The late Habyarimana wanted a beautiful foundation of his house and so he hired a French architect who drew an initial plan for the house. The house was constructed in 1976 and by 1980, it was complete and he started living there. The house was big and has several rooms where he carried out different things. There are secret routes in the house leading to where he used to keep disobedient people to be tortured and another room where he used to do witchcraft from among others.

You will be shocked at how strange the Rwanda presidential palace museum looks with some rooms looking very good while others looking totally bad yet under the same structure. It is said that it was as a result of the president’s worry and suspicion due to the extremely terrifying period during his leadership as the president of Rwanda.

There are several sensors in the house which made immediate alerts to the president in case of any movements in the restricted areas. A number of weapons were found in the house. The most inquisitive area in this housed was the upper floor which had a chapel and witchcraft room on opposite sides. It is said that the witchcraft room is where the late Habyarimana with the help of his watch doctor, consumed magic portions and made animal sacrifices.

The outside areas around the house are in good condition. There is a tennis court, a swimming pool, an outdoor bar and playground equipment. The gardens are well maintained with beautiful trees and flowers separated by stone walkways to keep them in good condition. There are the remains of the concrete pond near the center of the behind garden. The concrete pond stored a 300 pound python, a pet that the president treasured a lot. Its duty was to fend off evil spirits and also impart fear in any person who came to the palace yet they were not in favor of the president. After the president’s plane had been shot, it destroyed some things around his palace including the pond of the python creating way for it to escape and it is said that no one ever saw it again.

The wreckage from the plane sits near the palace yard. It involves the remains of Habyarimana and the 60 passenger jet.

Location of the presidential palace museum in Kigali / Rwanda Art Museum

It is located about 4 kilometers from Kanombe airstrip, in the eastern part of Kigali. From Kigali city, you drive through the airport road which will take you via Kanombe military hospital, then Kanombe primary school on the right on the dirt road. You’ll then get to a junction with various routes and you’ll turn to the left, a route that will lead you to the museum gate.

To access the Presidential Palace Museum Kigali, you are required to pay an entrance fee of Rwf 6,000 if you are not a resident of Rwanda and residents are required to pay Rwf 5,000 after showing their residency cards at the entrance. Photos are not allowed inside the palace building but you can take them from outside. You are required to pay extra Rwf 2,000 in order to take the photos. An exploration of the entire palace could last for about 2 hours or less. There are guides to take you around the palace and answer all your questions.

Consider checking out on where one of the bloodiest massacres in the world started, see the remains of the reasons to why the genocide started and have a story to tell about this sad memory of Rwanda.

Iron Donkey Guest House

The hotel is situated in Gulu district and it is about 200 meters away from Gulu main Market. Offers accommodation with free parking space, free WIFI internet all over the property, free private parking room service is available at the hotel and there is a 24 hour front service.

The hotel services full English breakfast as a complimentary for its guests every morning or American Breakfast. The hotel comprises of various types of accommodation which include; Single rooms, Budget Double Room, 4- bed Mixed Dormitory room, budget double rooms and standard rooms.

Red Chilli Rest Camp, Murchison Falls National Park

Red Chilli Rest Camp – A cool place to stay at in the southern part of Murchison falls national park for midrange and budget accommodation on your budget safari to the park is Red Chilli rest camp. It is located a few metres from the ferry crossing area/Paraa dock where people connect from by use of the ferry from one side to another (southern and northern side). Therefore guests staying at Red Chilli Rest Camp quickly connect to the northern side when heading out for game drives. This is the area where boats to the bottom of the falls and to the Albert delta start.

The lodge has comfortable safari tents and bandas that are well furnished with public and private bathrooms. The lodge offers camping services and those interested in camping carry their camping gears while the camp provides toiletries, the cooking area, modern bathrooms and security at the campsite.

The lodge has a comfortable open thatched shelter dining area which offers beautiful views of the river Nile. It serves delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. On some days, the barbeque area is active. The bar is always fully stocked with a range of drinks.

Red Chilli rest camp staff set a camp fire in the evening for its quests who wish to have a moment of sharing experiences and watching the sunset.

Red Chilli rest house has expertise and boasts in conducting game drives in their giraffe. It is an open game drive van that enables you to enjoy your game drive with clear views around the savannah plains of the park. the 4 hours game drive in the Giraffe costs $140.

Kyanika / Cyanika Border between Rwanda and Uganda

Kyanika border / Cyanika Border is a border which divides Uganda from Rwanda, the border is situated in Kisoro town in Kigezi sub-region, the city is located next to Cyanika/Kyanika, across Uganda’s external Rwandan boundary. This is about 10.5 kilometers (7 mi) southeast of the town of Kisoro, where the headquarters of the district is located. The town has developed over time due to the fact that there are a lot of business activities taking place in both countries. The relation between Uganda and Rwanda is based on business terms and interrelationship basis, by road from Kampala, the border rests at about 488 kilometers south western direction of Uganda.

Cyanika border, has boosted the tourism industry because of its strategic location within the vicinity of different national parks in Uganda, Rwanda and the DR. Congo such as Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, lake Bunyonyi and the volcanoes national park in Rwanda. These border interconnect Uganda and Rwanda and its mainly used by the tourists visiting Uganda and Rwanda for gorilla trekking safaris. Gorilla trekking is one of the greatest adventure experiences that many tourist visiting east Africa come to take part in they either visit Uganda gorilla trekking safari, or Rwanda gorilla trekking safari depending on the interest of the tourists.

Travellers crossing the kyanika border with tourist cars transporting tourist, buses either from Uganda to Rwanda, or from Rwanda to Uganda, will be required to present their I identification ID from Uganda, for the case of tourists, you will be required to show the tourist visa as an identification key before you can cross to either of the countries. These exercises are normally done at the immigration office, its faster, secure and instant its mainly done to promote security in both countries.

Point of interest at the Kyanika border

The following specific points of interest are within or outside the city limits; these are the interesting tourist sites situated along the border of Uganda and Rwanda.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park; Mgahinga gorilla national park is one among the three parks that make up the Virunga conservation area as well as volcanoes national park and Virunga national park. Mgahinga national park, lies within the border of Uganda and Rwanda in southwestern part of Uganda in the district of Kisoro. Mgahinga national park, is widely known to be the home of the mountain gorillas the park inhabits one gorilla family that is opened for gorilla trekking in Uganda, tourist in Uganda, can also take part and visit Mgahinga national park for gorilla trekking experience. There also other activities offered at the park, besides gorilla trekking, that is monkey trekking, bird watching experience, the park harbours a number of different bird species, tourists in Rwanda and visiting Uganda, can use the kyanika border to cross in to Uganda then connect to Mgahinga gorilla national park for gorilla trekking experience. Mgahinga national park is one of Uganda’s smallest national park but it offers number of tourist attractions to visitors visiting the park.

Lake Bunyonyi; The following additional (Place of many small birds) is situated in southwestern Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale and is near to the Rwandan border. Between 2004 to 2009, the lake featured on the 5000 Uganda shilling note under the heading ‘ Lake Bunyonyi points of interest within or outside the city limits. The lake is one of the smallest lakes in Uganda visited by many tourists who come in to Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is purposely visited for boat cruise in the lake, during the boar cruise, you will be opened to a lot of water animals such as hippos, buffalos, crocodiles and many bird species seen around the shores of the lake. Lake Bunyonyi Lake Bunyonyi although it’s one of the smallest lakes, but it’s also the second deepest lake in Africa. The lake in length stretches about 25km and in width, it’s about 7km, a maximum depth of 40 m (130 ft) but some tourist guides and locals insist that it much deeper, about 900 m (3,000 ft) making it the second deepest lake in Africa.

Kyanika Central Market; every boarder has got a town located within the borders, the kyanika border / Cyanika Border has a central market that has prompted a lot of trading activities in the area, people from different towns and communities travel to this border purposely to trade their goods. this market has helped to boost the business activities of the local people since they are able to get income that can be used in the improvement of people’s standards of living thus bringing about development. Many travellers/ visitors crossing the border mainly make stop overs at kyanika central market to purchase some of the refreshments and items they need.

How to get to Kyanika border / Cyanika Border

By road, getting to kyanika border is about 9-10 hour from Kampala the capital city of Uganda. For the people taking public transport that is busses, like Gateway, horizon bus companies operate for about 4-5 busses a day transferring from Kampala to Kisoro town and also from Kisoro to Kampala. The bus in lives Kampala by 7:am in the morning and by 4:00pm it will have arrived at Kisoro town. And the busses living Rwanda, set of by 6:00 am and take about 5-6 hours’ drive from Kigali city to the kyanika border. The other alternative is air transport, for travellers taking air transport, there is domesticated chartered flights operating from Entebbe international airport and landing at the airstrip in Kisoro then you can connect to kyanika border in case you are entering in Rwanda.

Accommodation facilities around the border

For all accommodation facilities located near to kyanica border are found in Kisoro district in Uganda before you cross the border to Rwanda. Therefore, for all travellers who may not be used to long drives for example from Kampala to Kisoro which takes about 9-10 hours, this is a bit tiresome and you may need to take arrest and relax so that you can continue with your journey the next day. Kisoro has a number of lodges that you can choose from. The accommodation facilities are in different categories that is midrange, budget and luxury lodges. Some of the lodges include;

Nkuringo safari Lodge; the lodge is situated just 14km from Kisoro town. The lodge borders lake mutanda, the accommodation facilities are designed in tented camps with self-contained rooms with bathrooms and toilets with a bar and lodge the restaurant serves both local and international dishes for the best interest of the clients.

Kisoro tourist hotel; the hotel features good self-contained rooms, the lodge provides good and quality service to the customers, meals both local and international dishes are served at the hotel. The lodge too offers ample parking space for cars in case you are driving your own vehicle. The environment features good gardens used for guest’s relaxation at the hotel.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge; the lodge provides luxurious accommodation for the clients the lodge offers services like a fire place for clients’ relaxation and consists of 8 cottages with great interior view form the lodge. The lodge provides accommodation and meals for the guests sleeping at the lodge. Clouds mountain gorilla lodge is situated in Kisoro town closest to Mgahinga national park which is the lodge for travellers trekking gorillas in Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Golden Monkey Guesthouse; the lodge provides quality accommodation for the guests, the lodge has profession staff that provides quality service to the visitors ranging from housekeeping, security, bar and restaurant serving both local and international dishes for the guests’ interest. The lodge has in total 16 rooms with wireless internet connection, ample free parking space among others. Clouds monkey guesthouse is situated in Kisoro town and takes about 22 minutes’ drive to Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Muhavura Motel; Motel Muhabura is located in Kisoro near St. Francis Mutolere Hospital. There are a range of services at Muhabura Motel including a garden and a restaurant. It is located 1.5 km from a small crater and has a 24-hour front desk that offers a restaurant for guests. Motel Muhabura offers 4 types of accommodation His house has separate living rooms. Microwaves and dedicated dining areas were required in the kitchens. There is a separate tub and shower in the toilets. Guests can use free wireless Internet access to surf the web. Cable TVs are supported Every space comes with a computer and a TV at the motel. A tub and free toiletries are given in the private bathroom.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Volcanoes National Park are also national attractions. The lunch is offered free of charge. There is free Wi-Fi in public spaces and free self-parking is also available. Smoking is allowed at the hotel in designated areas.

children are welcome, but additional beds are not provided, an extra person, may be required to pay some small charge depending on the property policy.

Savannah Resort Hotel, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Savannah Resort Hotel is located in Kihihi Town council, Kanungu district between the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi impenetrable national park. This is mainly a stopover when linking between the two parks. It is a mid range lodge with neat structures where the main building has DSTV and WiFi. There is a conference hall where visitors can hold their conferences, meetings and other formal gatherings.

It is an ideal lodging place for tourists interested in watching the tree climbing lions since it is located in the same area where these attractions are found, just a 20 minute drive to the famous site of Queen Elizabeth national park.

Savanna Resort Hotel has a swimming pool where visitors relax their bodies and minds after the tiresome travels and adventures.

The rooms at this lodge are self contained, nice and spacious. The lodge has professional chefs who are good at preparing all local and continental meals. The lodge bar is well stocked with both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.

Getting there

Savannah Resort Hotel is located about 8 km from Ishasha sector, 43km from Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and 3km away from the border of Uganda with DRC. It is therefore accessed from the road that connects Queen Elizabeth national park to Bwindi via Ishasha sector.

The lodge is located close to Kihihi airstrip where tourists that travel by flight land. It takes about 45 minutes by air from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi to Kihihi airfield and then connect to the lodge.