Crater Lake Hikes
Tea estate, crater walk and cold spring visit
According to Roussouw ?Kibale Forest harbours the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa.? Well, thumbs up to that. Kibale is where Rweteera Safari Park is located with wild Chimpanzees, and the apparently ?elusive? Red Colobus monkey. Incredibly rich in animal life, Kibale is a place of many firsts for me and Rweteera Safari Park fulfils your dream of birding in the crater lakes.
To date over 200 indigenous trees have been planted. As a result Rweteera Safari Park is slowly returning to its natural state - but much more work needs to be done, and we need your help. If you'd like to ?Plant a tree for Africa', simply ask for details at our reception.
Due to the high precipitation, complex landform and undulating valleys, as well as continual human disturbance (fire, grazing, charcoal production and cultivation) and poor land management, Rweteera Safari Park area has been subjected to severe degradation of the vegetation and soil erosion. The project contributes to climate change mitigation through planting of indigenous tree species and assisted natural regeneration activities. The purpose of the tree planting activity is to realize multiple socio-economic and environmental benefits (climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, local community development and soil erosion control).
Kibale National Park, located in western Uganda, is renowned for its diversity of monkeys and great apes, of which the best known is the chimpanzee. Deforestation in the past 20 years has led to habitat degradation and consequently to endangerment of biodiversity, however, tree planting activity at Rweteera Safari Park in conjuction with the local community will restore this area.
Replacing the trees by the original vegetation increases the biodiversity in the area. Restoring the trees will improve the quality of water in the surrounding areas. It will also restore the habitat of the Chimpanzee and other primates that are seen around Rweteera Safari Park.
The tree planting activity creates employment opportunities to local communities from planting, weeding and tending, etc. Currently almost 20 people are involved in the activity. Besides, the activity will enhance the community bond and elevate the status of women by ensuring their participation in the tree planting activities.
Cycling around crater lakes & Tea estates
Local dancers demonstrate the best of their local culture through a lively hour-long performance, incorporating drama, dance, hand-made musical instruments and riddles. In the Bakiga tribes, both men and women dance by stamping the ground barefoot ? the harder you do it the better. Cracks on the floor are an indication that the party was a success!
The group sells baskets, mats, bags and other crafts at Rweteera Safari Park. The women use local materials such as millet straw, banana fibres (these two are agricultural waste), raffia and Phoenix palm leaves, papyrus plants and natural dyes, all from plants that the women grow themselves at their homes.
Home stay Guest activities
As a homestay guest, you participate in the activities of the host family and they become your guide during your stay. They will accompany you in your explorations and treat you as if you lived in the village and were not a guest. Guests are also provided meals "local style," meaning meals that the everyday villager eats.
A few of the activities offered to the traveler are: village walk, canoeing, listening to traditional stories from village elders, watching how food is prepared under hot stones, weaving, milking, harvesting, games with village children, forest/nature walking, hill climbing, learning local tradition and history, helping with village chores, and if you are lucky attend a local wedding ceremony!
Home stay Activities
There are many exciting things to do when you visit a home. For overnight guests, many activities are included in the nightly rate. For daytime visitors, activities are available for a small fee. Each home offers different activities. Below is a list of the activities you may find.
? Traditional greeting ceremony
? Local food cooking lessons
? Story telling
? Basket weaving lessons
? Hair braiding
? Cow milking
? Livestock herding
? Honey harvesting
? Ghee production
? Banana wine/local gin brewing
? Coffee picking / drying
? Village walks / scenery viewing
? Social activities - wedding, harvesting
? Volunteer - teaching, painting, building repair, craft instruction Note: Dance and drama performances or local entertainment by the community are held at access budget Safaris. They can be arranged for the visitors on request.