uganda safaris

Nkuringo: safe and stable*.  It had to be Nkuringo. Concerns had been raised about the stability of this group after it lost a silverback-Rafiki recently.

From the drop off point, we took about 1 hour to Kihinje buffer zone, where we found the heath family feeding.



The group of 11 individuals is intact with 4 black backs and 3 infants. It was fascinating to watch Furaha, one of the mothers adjust the position of the baby while moving and feeding. The other females were less concerned with our presence. The family has since settled under the leadership of Lwamutwe, the dominant black back.  But Tabu and the other two black backs are ready to help.

The morning trackers had left them within the same area yesterday.

Interestingly,  there are two more families in the area, namely Christmas and Bishabo, which can be tracked from here, in addition to another group under habituation. With 3 trackable families, we are ready to go.

Prior to this, the staff at Gorilla Safari Lodge gave their best experience to one man visitor. Their response was swift but like the neighbor Rushaga gorilla camp, there is no real business till primate parks are open and international travel eased.



We moved with UPDF colleagues, that usually give support when needed.

The road leading Nkuringo from Ruhija was smooth since it had been recently graded. No usual speeding traffic on the otherwise winding roads on the tough terrain of Kigezi.

Please enjoy the Nkuringo experience with me

UWA has received 15 tonnes of maize flour, 6 tonnes of beans and 500 litres of cooking oil from AWF to support rangers to carry out their day to day duties amidst the COVID 19 pandemic that has seen a drop in revenue earning for UWA.

The handover of these items happened at Uganda Museum today the 29th of June 2020. While handing over the items on behalf of AWF to UWA’s Director- Conservation John Makombo, Sudi Bamulesewa noted that the items were emergency items donated to ensure the conservation work goes on unhindered by the

current crisis.

 

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) was implementing its COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan in its priority landscapes to address conservation and socioeconomic issues. Some of the detailed activities under this include; Protected Area patrols, canines Programme support, community livelihoods, community human-wildlife conflict mitigation, community awareness programmes among many others.

John Makombo the Director Conservation flanked by members of top management thanked AWF for the great contributions made not only today but overtime for the past 20 years.

He noted that the organization has been one of the strong partners. He noted that the gesture will be a strong morale booster for the foot rangers who will be the beneficiaries.

He said that the food will be put to good use and such support supplementary efforts will not go in vain.

DC emphasised that much as interest in game meat is on the rise, UWA is alert doing patrols and monitoring every pocket of the park to rise to the challenge and argued those with intentions to go illegally in the park to desist.

The items received were immediately dispatched to the various conservation areas for distribution.

Residents in areas neighboring Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale District on Monday witnessed a rare phenomenon when a cyclonic storm snaked into the lake from the sky.

Many went into a panic when the funnel-shaped white smock descended and covered the skies for several minutes.

According to scientists, the phenomenon is caused by atmospheric disturbances around a low-pressure area.

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It is usually accompanied by violent storms and severe weather conditions. By Monday evening, several videos and photos of the i.ncident were being shared on WhatsApp.

Mr. Moses Banyenzaki who owns an engine canoe at Harutinda Landing Site said the landfall came after a heavy downpour characterized by lightning and thunderstorms at around 4 pm on Monday.

The site, comprising white smoke snaking from the sky into the lake was visible in parts of Kabale and Rubanda districts. According to residents, the violent windstorm touched down in the lake near Natures Prime Island in Bubaare Sub County, Rubanda District.

Mr. Banyenzaki said the situation forced all the canoes which had been docked at Harutinda to float adding that even though it sent residents into a panic, it did not cause any damage.

Mr. Phillip Byarugaba, a resident from Mugyera in Bufundi Sub County, Rubanda District said the spectacle lasted more than 30 minutes.

Byarugaba said most of the locals braved the rain running up the hills while others who had motorcycles and vehicles had to run to Kabale town fearing for their lives.

Mr. Didas Kyarikora alias Swansea, another resident of Mugyera in Bufundi Sub-county, Rubanda district sais although he saw a cloud of white smoke, he could not figure out what it was.

However, he added that an elder informed him that it was a tornado hitting in the lake. "coursing fear in local residents," he said.

 
 
According to the New York Times, ‘Uganda – the Primate capital and birder’s paradise’ should be one of the 52 places to visit in 2020 because of its rich culture, diversity of people, exotic wildlife and rich ecosystems.
 
Uganda safaris a top destination for Gorilla trekking and mountaineering adventures while in Africa
 
Lesotho, Egypt. Kenya and Ethiopia are the other African countries on the list that also includes the British Virgin Islands, Bolivia, Greenland, Australia among others.
 
 
“Landlocked in east-central Africa, Uganda has long been in the shadow of Kenya, Tanzania and other countries more popular with visitors on safari. But the “Pearl of Africa,” with its own rich wildlife, is set to become more accessible, thanks to the resurrection last summer of the country’s the national carrier, Uganda Airlines,” the New York Times writes.
 
It adds: “Uganda is one of the world’s primate capitals, with 15 species (four of which are endangered) and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, in southwestern Uganda, is home to roughly half the world’s mountain gorillas.
The park’s gorilla trekking safaris limit contact to eight visitors per gorilla group per day, and proceeds from their trekking permits go toward conservation efforts and protecting the animals from poachers. The dense forest mountain park, which ranges in elevation between 3,810 feet and 8,880 feet, also features a scenic waterfall trail framed by ancient ferns and wild orchids, and is a birder’s paradise, with 350 species of forest birds.”
 
Apart from Gorillas, Uganda is endowed with other wild animals such as Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants, Rhino and the Leopard – commonly known as the ‘Big Five’.
 
These can be found in any of the 10 National Parks which are Murchison Falls, Mgahinga Gorilla NP, Rwenzori Mountains, Kidepo Valley, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo, Semuliki Valley, Mt Elgon, Kibale Forest, and Bwindi Impenetrable national parks.
 
Just like Bwindi which is famed for Gorilla trekking safaris activities, each of these parks in Uganda has something unique to offer.
 
Most adventurous travelers that select to visit Uganda take the chance to enjoy hiking and trekking the Rwenzoris, also known as Mountains of the moon.
 
Rwenzori Mountains National Park, located in the Rwenzori Mountains, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its extraordinary natural beauty and here tourists can enjoy a trek to the highest point in Uganda, the Margherita Peak as they take in the beauty of the numerous waterfalls as well, a variety of flora and fauna.
 
On the other hand, the Semuliki National Park is not only famous for the Sempaya Hot Springs but also boasts well-tended trails for a soothing nature walks.
 
The park, the smallest of the 10 national parks is also home to primates such as the grey-checked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, chimpanzees, De Brazza’s monkey as well as pygmy antelope and elephants. For the birders, Semiliki which lies on the western side of the Rwenzori mountains hosts several bird species.
 

Besides the national parks, tourists can take in the visit the source of the River Nile, the longest river in the world, or check out the Sipi Falls Uganda, a chain of three waterfalls in Kapchorwa district as well as Lake Bunyonyi said to be the deepest lake in the world in Kisoro and Kabale districts

Its true the Eastern Lowland Gorillas Heading Towards 'Genetic Meltdown' (according to George Dvorsky of Conservation Grauer gorillas.)

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From the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International Eastern lowland gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have endured dramatic population declines in recent decades, leading to a startling lack of genetic diversity and a slew of harmful mutations, according to new research.