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Around Africa

SAFARIS Wild Illuminations

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About us

t Around Africa Safaris, we pride ourselves in providing a wide range of top-notch professional services to clients who are in search of an authentic African experience. We specialize in fascinating East African destinations – Uganda and Rwanda– which are among the world’s foremost destinations for first-hand experiences with endangered species such as the mountain gorilla and the common chimpanzee. Owned and operated by local African experts, Around Africa Safaris is committed to providing excellent customer service and a comprehensive spectrum of services ranging from convenient airport executive pickups, standard or customized safari packages, memorable gorilla trekking or chimpanzee watching experiences, bird-watching excursions, white water rafting adventures and many other locally based unique nature and culture-based experiences. You can also rely on us for honeymoons, mountain hiking, eco tours and car rental services. Our local insider knowledge is combined with a commitment to international standards in terms of safety, accommodations, services and comfort. With our belief in corporate social responsibility, we are also active in advancing and giving back to the local communities. Learn more about why we are a leader in Uganda and Rwandabased travel experiences. Safety and security is among the top priorities of travelers in East Africa. Our experienced guides are intimately familiar with local conditions and will ensure your safety while you enjoy the unique natural abundance of Africa. We operate our trips in spacious, modified 4x4 Land cruisers with lots of leg room, comfortable seating, large windows, roofs that open for game viewing and enough space to ensure that luggage is stored comfortably. Due to the challenging conditions of the local roads, all AAS vehicles are serviced by experienced mechanics before or after the trip. Our accommodations are chosen with comfort and convenience in mind. You will be able to enjoy your authentically African safari experience without having to sacrifice the amenities you are used to from your other international travels.

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AAS SAFARI SERVICES AAS is a proud member of the Association of the Uganda Tourism Board, the Association of Uganda Tour Operators, and the Uganda Tourism Association, which is the governing body that oversees the tourism industry in Uganda. AAS is licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and has been offering its services since 2004, when it was first incorporated, to people that want to feel a piece of Africa in their hearts.

WHY TOUR WITH US?

At AAS we organize safaris in Rwanda and Uganda, and we work with affiliates in other East Africa countries. We are dedicated professionals that offer life-changing experiences through safaris that give you a first-hand experience with Africa. When you’re choosing a tour agency, you’ll want one that is trusted and meets your visions and values. Our company offers a variety of safaris and can also customdesign the style of safari that can match your budget and personal preferences. Just let us know what type of activities you’re interested in and what you’d like to do with any leisure time available. Our tour operators are at your service both night and day to help you arrange the perfect safari that will connect you to the best of Africa. Available in a variety of languages When you take one of our tours or safaris you’ll be teamed up with professional team leaders that will provide you with knowledge about the local flavour of the areas. Translators can be arranged upon request in a variety of alternative languages. Just let us know beforehand what language you prefer and we will get back to you within 24 hours to confirm a safari with a professional translator.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS/EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE SAFARIS

Safaris can be organized for families, honeymooners, specialinterest groups, etc. No matter what type of group you have in mind, our team of experts can tailor a custom-made safari and you get to decide what types of activities you’d like to have it in the itinerary. Nature walks can also be scheduled with wildlife organizations.

OUR SAFARI VEHICLES

We operate spacious 4x4 Land Cruisers that have been modified along with mini-buses. You’ll enjoy a safe and comfortable ride with plenty of legroom, large windows and comfortable seating. The roofs on our vehicles can also open for game viewing. Our buses and Land Cruisers are mechanically serviced before or after all excursions to maintain the utmost safety for our customers.

Prices Include:

All accommodations Comfortable and spacious safari vehicles Government taxes Water supplied during all excursions Entrance fees to national parks Friendly, professional guides

Prices Do Not Include:

Items of a personal nature International flights Drinks (except for the water that is supplied)

INSURANCE

Anyone that takes part in our safari packages is automatically insured by Flying Doctors Temporary Evacuation Cover. Giving back At AAS, we fully support the conservation of nature and a portion of your safari or tour costs will be donated to help enrich the lives of local people through self-sustaining and long-term community projects. We also work hand-in-hand with wildlife organizations to protect the beautiful nature that surrounds us. 6

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he Nkuringo Orphanage was established by a caring man named Mr. Kajubwami Arthur and first opened its doors on June 2, 2005. At the beginning there were only 10 children living there and the goal was to improve the life of these orphaned children through fundraising. As a result, the children were provided with gentle care, education, medical care and the basics for living such as soap and clothing. At AAS we totally understand the struggles that an average African has to deal with on a day-to-day basis because we have been there too. We are living the African Dream and want the same for other residents in Africa, no matter who they may be or where they may come from. We believe that when you’ve been presented with an opportunity and have continued to work hard through honest labour you should give that back to your fellow citizens. We are sponsoring 20 of the 68 children that belong to this orphanage to help them achieve a primary and secondary education. These youngsters are currently enrolled in a high-quality primary school in Kisoro and at Eden International School in Mbarara. We give back to the community wherever and however we can. We want others to have exposure to the same opportunities that led to our success and have set up projects for the orphanage that are income-generating. Visitors can purchase beautiful crafts and the income generated helps with expansion. There are now 9 members assuming administrative duties at the orphanage. We also extend support to our 8

neighbouring villages that include: Kirundo, Kirwa and Sub County Kisoro district. We offer our help with the utmost dignity and respect, to help our fellow neighbours lead a better life. On one of our safaris to Rwanda, we met children living at an orphanage that were deeply affected by the 1994 genocides. The children taught us about humility and gratitude. Everyone there was a contributor to our success in their own way starting with the teachers that gave us inspiration to the cleaning janitors that maintained the cleanliness of the school. We learn that everyone’s contribution is valuable and that all people need to be treated with respect. We are here because they were willing to sacrifice and do what was necessary to keep things running no matter what doubts or fears they may have had. We have a humbled philosophy when it comes to life. We believe that integrity and honesty are the most important qualities to have. Success only counts when you have earned it through honest work and caring for others. When we see the children we remind them that change can be slow and hard and it doesn’t necessarily occur all at once. The children are taught the values that come from the truth and the pride of doing an honest day’s labour that can lead to change.

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C.E.O/Sales & Marketing Manager

Bernard Alineitwe

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Director of Operations/Tour Leader

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THE AFRICAN CULTURE

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frica is a vast continent with a number of different cultures living there. Not only do the cultures change from one part of the continent to the other but you’ll also find varying cultures within the individual countries. This is the continent where human life first appeared on the planet between 5 million and 8 million years ago. The vast majority of the inhabitants living here remain of indigenous origin. Across Africa the cultures can be quite diverse with people speaking different languages, practicing a wide range of religions, living in different types of dwellings and engaging in contrasting economic activities. Throughout history people have migrated to this continent to settle from all over the world. In particular, Arabs have flocked to Africa starting back in the seventh century. They crossed from the Middle East into North Africa and brought their Islamic religion along with them. Later on, in the 19th century, another great movement of Arabs moved into central and east Africa. Europeans first arrived in Africa, landing close to the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of the continent, during the middle of the 17th century. Later on, during the colonial period, more Europeans decided to make Africa their home, particularly in Algeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa. At the same time, many South Asians decided to come here as well. Their descendants, commonly called Indians, can be found for the most part in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda.

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The Beauty of Kidepo Uganda

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ituated in the northeast corner of Uganda lies the beautiful Kidepo Uganda Park that is home to 80 mammal species. The park covers 1,442 km² and it is here that you’ll find 28 mammals that until recently weren’t known species of Uganda. You’ll be amazed to see the African hunting dog, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, striped hyena, cheetah and caracal that are unique to the Kidepo and Karamoja regions. You’ll also be able to take in the Kori bustard, which is less commonly seen here that usually resides in regions that are more arid. Other carnivores include lions, many small cats, sided-striped and black-back jackals, spotted hyenas and leopards. Bringing out even more of the beauty of this amazing park are the ungulates that roam here. The larger species include: elephants, Burchell’s zebras, bush pigs, Rothchild giraffes, warthogs, Cape buffaloes bush buck, eland, defassa water buck, bush duiker, bohor reedbuck, oribi and Jackson’s hartebeest. Primates that can be found in this park include the Kavirondo bush baby, which can be found nowhere else. You’ll also be able to marvel at the 465 bird species that have been recorded to live here, including the mighty ostrich. When you’re at the park you’ll not only be able to take in the sheer wonder of the wildlife but you’ll also get to enjoy the scenic views that can only be found in the Kidepo valley. It’s an amazing day of breathtaking sights that will provide longlasting memories to any tourist.

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Mt. Rwenzori Uganda

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here’s a good reason why Mt. Rwenzori in Uganda was chosen to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s an amazing sight to behold with six mountains rising into the sky separated by a deep gorge. The mountains include Mount Stanley with a peak rising to 5,109m, Mount Baker at 4,843m, Mount Speke at 4,890m, Mount Emin at 4,798m, Mount Luigi di Savoia at 4,627m and Mount Gessi at 4,715m. The area surrounding Rwenzori is very humid and often cloudy. When the mountains are covered with clouds, you can really see their amazing height. The highest peak is constantly snow-capped, making this mountain range, along with Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the only mountains in Africa with this boasting right. The mountain range also includes its own varieties and species of giant lobelia and giant groundsel. You’ll be surrounded by a giant heather tree forest complete with moss carpeting. Many mountain climbers come to this range to take part in a week-long hiking trek along the central trail circuit. Animal populations here include forest elephants and several types of primates. There are also many birds that are endemic to this region including the Rwenzori turaco, making this area a true birdwatcher’s delight.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

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he Queen Elizabeth National Park is a UNESCOdesignated World Biosphere Reserve that covers a total area of 1,978 km. It is located on the equator in Uganda’s southwest quadrant. It has also been classified as an IBA (Important Bird Area) by Bird life International and includes a RAMSAR wetland area. It’s a musical paradise of birds with 568 of the 612 bird species found in Uganda residing here. The park can be found at the base of the Rift Valley between Lake George and Lake Edward. To the west of Queen Elizabeth National Park lies the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park encircles Lake Edward as does Virunga. Lake George and Lake Edward are connected by the Kazinga channel and the districts of Kanungu, Kasese, Rukungiri,Rubirizi and Kabale border the park. The region is alive with many forms of wilderness treats including thick bush, forests, lakeshores, swamps, thickets and open grasslands. Some of the wildlife creatures you may run into here include buffaloes, hippos, elephants, water birds and water bucks. Tourists can take a game drive over to breeding areas to view wildlife and amazing crater lakes. These game drives are popular for bird-watchers and anyone that would be interested in seeing kobs, leopards and lions. Other interesting activities that are offered at Queen Elizabeth National Park include nature walks with a guide, chimpanzee tracking, game viewing and bird identification and viewing. Incredible boating excursions are also offered along the Kazinga Channel where you may get to view an enormous hippo, elephant or buffalo. On average, approximately 60 different bird species can be viewed during a boating excursion. 20

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Murchison Uganda

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Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest park and was established in 1952. This park is managed together with the Bugungu and Karuma wildlife reserves as a single conservation unit. The protected area covers 5,072 km² and there are 87 mammals, 14 reptiles and more than 650 bird species inhabiting the park. One of the most popular tourist activities features a boat trip that runs along the Nile River leading to Murchison Falls. As you cruise along the river you may run into crocodiles, hippos and a variety of water birds along your path. As you gaze out towards the land you may spot elephants, waterbucks, baboons, buffaloes, colobus monkeys and many other bird species. If you take a game drive after your trip along the Nile you will enjoy viewing the giraffes, oribi, patas monkeys, hartebeests and lions. You may also opt for a chimpanzee tracking adventure or you may want to spend your time bird watching. The bird population ranges from water to savannah birds and there are many endemic Albertine birds to view here as well. If you love the sport of fishing you may want to try your hand at catching a Nile perch that can reach a weight of 200 kg or more. Some tour operators organize fishing competitions along the river for fishing enthusiasts. After you are finished your safari tour you may decide to visit one of the many historical forts along the river that were left behind by explorers. Other must-see attractions include the Moyo Plateau Mountains and the hot springs in the Rift Valley. Of course, you won’t want to leave the area before taking in the Murchison Falls that plunge 45 m over the wall of the Rift Valley. This is the centerpiece of the national park and it is one of the most dramatic and beautiful water cascades in the world.

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he Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve has quite a unique story to it. Back in the 1990s, the area was heavily poached during the insurgence and it faced losing park status at the time. Persistent efforts have been ongoing to regenerate the park and the animal species that belong there. The reserve is now healing and your presence helps to get the park back on its feet again. It is wonderful place to visit with two amazing hot springs situated in a hot mineral swamp. For bird lovers, there’s no better place to sit than by these hot tubs since they attract a wide variety of shorebirds. As well, many animals use the spring as a source for their salt consumption. Semliki boasts more than 60 species of mammals such as leopards, buffaloes, mono monkeys, pygmy hippos, bush babies, water chevrotains, elephants, pygmy flying squirrels and civets. There are also nine different duiker species that call this park their home and this includes the bay duiker. After taking in a lot of the other reserves and game parks this one is like a breath of fresh air. It is situated in a beautiful location with a rich diversity of fauna and flora. It is located in the Albertine Rift Valley, just to the northwest of the Rwenzori Mountains at the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Vegetation in the park is mostly semi-deciduous forest and moist evergreen. The cynometra alexandri tree is the plant species that dominates this beautiful forest.

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Kibale

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ibale National Park contains some of the most beautiful tropical forest tracts to be found in Uganda. Here you’ll see swampland, grassland and amazing forest cover that all rest on a wonderfully sculpted and elevated plateau. The park is situated in the western section of Uganda approximately 34 km from the town of Fort Portal. This national park is an evergreen rainforest that is home to 70 different mammal species of which 13 are primates. This is a great park to see a variety of primates such as the chimpanzee, the Ugandan red colobus, the Uganda mangabey and the L’Hoest’s monkey. There are more than 375 bird species in this park that joins with Queen Elizabeth National Park at the south. Populations of mammals, including elephants, travel between Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale National Park in a display of ultimate strength and beauty. Other roaming species include bush pigs, leopards, and three types of duikers. Birdlife is also prolific with green-breasted and African Pittas, noisy hornbills and African gray parrots making their home in this park. Tourist activities include chimpanzee tracking, bird watching and walking on the nature trails.

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Mt. Elgon National Park Uganda

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he Mt. Elgon National Park is located in Uganda at the border of Kenya. It is the largest and oldest volcanic mountain to be found in East Africa. Situated in the Kapchorwa and Mbale districts, the mountain covers a 1,145 km area. It rises 3000 m above the plains that surround it and is an aweinspiring 80 km in diameter. The lower part of the mountain is covered with regenerating dense forests that contain lichens, epiphytes and lianas that hang in a vine-like fashion. The floor of the forest is alive with flowering plants, orchids and a variety of ferns. The national park boasts more than 300 bird species including the Lammergeyer, which is endangered. The Black-collared Apalis and the Jackson's Francolin bird are the two bird species that are indigenous to the mountain. The mountainside is also home to buffalos, elephants, forest monkeys, antelopes, aardvarks, leopards, bush pigs, water bucks, tree squirrels, blue monkeys and much more. Attractions at the park include nature walks to take in the overwhelming flora and fauna that grows here. There are also cliffs, waterfalls, caves, mesas, gorges and a large caldera at the top of the mountain. This caldera has become a key attraction of the park and for many it is the goal of reaching the top of Mt. Elgon. The caldera at the peak remained in place as a depression following immense volcanic activity. This caldera is huge with a circumference of 40 km. The hot springs inside reach temperatures of up to 48째C. Mt. Elgon National Park gives tourists a chance to visit vast caves where buffalos and elephants frequently come by to lick the salt from the cave walls. These caves were formed by moving lava and the erosion of volcanic deposits. There are also camping opportunities available and of course, any visitor will marvel in the true raw wilderness that has been left uncluttered by man. 28

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Lake Mburo National Park Uganda

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he Lake Mburo National Park is located approximately 30 km east of Mbarara, and Kampala can be found approximately 260 km southwest of the park. This national park is thriving with grasslands, swamps, lakes, thickets, forests, dry hillsides and rocky outcrops. Buffalos, impalas and zebras roam through the park and enjoy the strolls through their natural habitat. Approximately 20% of Lake Mburo National Park is consumed by Lake Mburo. This is a huge lake that connects up with five others. Swamps connect these lakes together and are the perfect habitat for hippos, sitatunga, Nile crocodiles, birds and a wide variety of fish. This massive wetland is part of a 50 km long system of wetlands that are interconnected by swamps. To get around the park you can choose to stroll down the nature walks that swerve around the swamps to observe the salt-licks, take a game drive or cruise through the waters on Lake Mburo. While there you can also take in the Sanga Cultural Village, which is a Hima tribe cultural centre. This is situated at the Sanga junction at the entrance to the national park. For a small fee, you'll be able to learn more about the culture and in particular the way of life of the Hima tribe women.

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Bwindi Impenetratable National Park

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n southwestern Uganda you'll find the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park beside the Rift Valley. The hillsides are misty and this mist blankets one of the most diverse rainforests to be found in the world. This rainforest has been around for more than 25,000 years now and is famous for protecting the mountain gorillas that live here. There are approximately 320 of these mountain gorillas that call Bwindi Impenetrable National Park their home, which is about half of the population of these guerrillas left in the world. It also shelters 120 other mammals including several primates like chimpanzees and baboons. Antelopes and elephants are just some of the other mammals that roam the hillsides along with 350 bird species that live here. Diversity is alive and well in this park with 202 tree species sprouting from the ground, 100 different types of ferns and 27 frog, gecko and chameleon species. Bird species include the Bar-tailed Trogon, the short tailed warbler, the white-tailed Blue Monarch, and the Grauer’s Rush Warbler to name a few. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers 331 km² of jungle. Although there are no established archaeological sites in the park, evidence exists that Bantu farmers may have cultivated some areas more than 2,000 years ago. There is lowland and mountain forestry here in abundance and it is absolutely beautiful terrain to cover. Activities include bird watching, gorilla tracking, butterfly watching and forest walks. Locally you can discover Batwa Pygmy and Bakiga cultures in the neighbouring towns of Nkuringo and Buhoma.

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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda

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gahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the most scenic national parks in Uganda but at the same time it is the smallest. It stretches only 33.7 km² but is a fantastic park for any tourist to visit. It borders the Virunga Conservation Area in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Parc de Volcanoes that is located in Rwanda. Together these three parks form a huge conservation area straddling three political boundaries. One of the best attractions at this natural park is gorilla tracking and game/primate viewing. Mountain gorillas are plentiful in this area and there are many other mammals worth viewing such as elephants, buffaloes, bushbuck and a wide variety of other animals that are simply spectacular to behold. The park also offers tracking for golden monkeys that have been brought here for tourism reasons. Visitors can track these golden monkeys as their make their way through the park. Another favorite activity involves climbing volcanoes. There are three extinct volcanoes that are all part of the Virunga range within the Ugandan boundaries of this conservation area. The three volcanoes include the park's namesake, Mt. Gahinga, which rises to 3,474 m, Mt. Sabinyo at 3,645 m and Mt. Muhabura at 4,127 m. Each volcano offers visitors a trail that leads to the top. The national park is a fantastic place for bird watching and, for people that love to explore caves, the Garama cave is a mustsee attraction. This is a cave where some of the Batwa warriors lived and also fought with the Bantu, their neighbours. The cave is approximately three km away from the headquarters of the park and will take approximately four hours to tour.

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Akagera National Park Rwanda

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kagera National Park was named after the Akagera River that runs along the eastern boundary of the park and feeds into a variety of lakes. It is located in the northeast section of Rwanda along the Tanzania border. This national park has become the flora centre of the country and the only savannah reserve to be found in Rwanda. Covering 1,085 km², this low-lying and warm area features broad-leafed and dense Acacia woodland set among rolling patches of grassland. There are many animals to be found in the park such as zebras, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, monkeys and hippos. At the eastern end of Akagera National Park you'll find papyrus swamp along with a lake that is home to a multitude of crocodiles and hippos. This park has also recorded 550 bird species, making this a paradise for avid bird watchers.

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olcanoes National Park acts as a protector for the Virunga Mountains found in Rwanda. Here you'll find 3 active and 6 extinct volcanoes straddling the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ugandan borders. This national park covers 160 km² and is a part of the trans-frontier conservation unit, which measures a total of 433km². This conservation unit also includes Mgahinga and Virunga National Parks. This park is one of the most popular sanctuaries for protecting mountain gorillas. Other mammals that can be spotted on a nature walk in Volcanoes National Park include golden monkeys, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, black-fronted duikers and bushbuck.

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Nyungye National Park Rwanda

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yungwe National Park contains the oldest and largest Afro-Montane forest in central and east Africa. It is located in Rwanda's southeast corner and consists of approximately 970 km². This is an area that's biologically rich and diversified with more than 250 tree species that can create a magnificent canopy bed from 50 to 60 m high. A wide variety of shrubs, flowering plants, and giant lobelia creates a scene that seems almost extraterrestrial. The 100 orchard species create a delicate balance to add to the mix of horticulture. In Nyungwe National Park you'll find 13 different primate species that include chimpanzees, blue monkeys, l’Hoests’s monkeys, owl-faced monkeys, Rwenzori colobus and many others. Large mammals also make this park their habitat. When visiting, you may very well see golden cats, bush pigs, and blue fronted duikers, to name but a few. There are approximately 280 bird species that have been recorded in this national park. More than 90% live in the forest and 26 are endemic to the Albertine Rift. The wide range of species can be attributed to the variations in elevation that range from

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......excellence is a habit 1,600 m to 2,950 m above sea level. Also contributing to the large amount of animal species is the temperature that can range from 0°C up to 30°C. Nyungwe National Park activities: Within this park you'll find a wide selection of excursions and walking possibilities with 13 hiking trails available. Two of the most popular trails are listed below: Waterfall Trail Time - 3 to 4 hours, Distance - 3 km, Level of difficulty - easy This is a beautiful trail that brings you across a tea plantation while offering a fantastic view of Idjwi Island and Lake Kivu. Orange Trail Time - 2 hours, Distance - 2.5 km, Level of difficulty - easy See the amazing scenic views of Lake Kivu and Buruli Valley on this trail that will leave you speechless. As you're walking on the path you'll be surrounded by Ficalhao laurifolia, which are midsized trees with slender leaves that seem to keep you pointed in the right direction.

Kenya

......excellence is a habit country you'll find glaciated mountains with snow-covered peaks, granitic ancient hills, desert flat landscapes, volcanoes and scarps in the Rift Valley. Offshore you’ll find a wide variety of islets and coral reefs. The basic topography, however, is quite simple. An inland plateau is surrounded by coastal plains that gradually rise up to meet the central highlands. These highlands came about as a result of volcanic activity that took place not all that long ago, which was also associated with the Rift Valley formation.

Topography and Location Kenya is situated right on the equator on Africa's east coast. It's a midsize country that covers approximately 586,600 km² with 10,700 km² consisting of water. Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana contribute to the majority of the inland water. The Indian Ocean and Somalia are on the east side of Kenya, Ethiopia is to the north, Sudan lies on the northwest, Uganda is on the west while Tanzania is to the south of this country. There is approximately 550 km of coastline along the Indian Ocean. The topographical diversity is tremendous in Kenya. As you travel through this great

On Kenya’s west hand side the land once against drops to the Nyanza Plateau. This plateau surrounds the section of Lake Victoria that lies in Kenya as well as the low, rugged countryside around Lake Turkana. The coastline is composed of coral reefs, cliffs, creeks and beaches. Offshore there are coral islands to be found. Inland, a narrow but level coastal plain is situated on sedimentary rocks that also include Mrima and Dzombo. Beyond the rolling hills you'll find the Nyika Plateau, which lies mostly on sedimentary rocks. This is the type of landscape you'll find in most of the northeastern part of Kenya with gentle slopes winding their way through the area. One of the most popular features of Kenya has to be the Great Rift Valley, which is well known for its mountains and escarpments. This valley runs through the entire length of Kenya from the Tanzania border in the south at Lake Natron up north to Lake Turkana.

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Tanzania Tanzania is located in the eastern section of Africa and is officially named the United Republic of Tanzania. The country is bordered by Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi to the south, Uganda and Kenya to the north, and on the west side of Tanzania lies Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda. Geography: The majority of the mainland is comprised of a central large plateau running from 900 m up to 1800 m. Mountain ranges that cut across Tanzania forming a section of the Great Rift Valley include the Southern and Northern Highlands and the Eastern Arc. Tanzania is full of geographical extremes with Mt. Kilimanjaro having the highest peak while the lowest point of the country can be found in the Lake Tanganyika lakebed and in part of Lake Victoria (the largest lake that is shared with Kenya and Uganda). Both of these high and low points are the extremes that can be found

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......excellence is a habit in Tanzania and on the continent of Africa itself. Climate: The weather varies here from hot and humid in the low-lying areas like Dar es Salaam to hot and steamy by day and then cooler at night in places such as Arusha. Seasons are categorized as wet and dry instead of summer and winter. The rainy seasons run from late October until the end of December, which is called the Mango Rains, and the second rainy season takes place from March through to May. There are a variety of bird species to be found in Tanzania including 21 that are endemic and 75 that are near-endemic. Tanzania is truly a bird watcher’s delight and all of the countryside is definitely worth a visit. We’d be happy to put together a safari that is based on your wish list of African adventures that you would like to experience while you are here.

Rafting Trip • DEPART FOR JINJA-VISIT THE SOURCE OF THE NILE • QUAD-BIKING FROM BUDHAGALI FALLS • WILD WATER RAFTING • VISIT MAHATMA GANDHI’S SHRINE • DRIVE BACK TO KAMPALA • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT 4 -DAY RWANDA

Kigali City Tour, Cultural & Gorilla Tour • ARRIVAL & TRANSFER TO KIGALI HOTEL • CITY TOUR • BIRD WATCHING • GORILLA TRACKING • VISIT TO THE COMMUNITY • VISIT TO THE MUSEUM • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

7 DAY UGANDA

Beauty of the Albertine Rift Valley • ARRIVAL/TRANSFER TO THE LODGE • CHIMPANZEES IN KIBALE • BIRD WATCHING IN BIGODI • WALK ON THE RWENZORI FOOTHILLS • GAME DRIVE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK-CRATERS • BOAT CRUISE ON KAZINGA CHANNEL-VISIT TO LAKE KATWE • GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI • LAKE MBURO • KAMPALA CITY TOUR • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT 8 -DAY RWANDA

The land of a thousand hills • ARRIVAL/TRANSFER TO THE LODGE • VISIT LANDMARKS • VISIT GISOZI GENOCIDE MEMORIAL & NATIONAL MUSEUM 5 -DAY RWANDA • VISIT BELGIAN CAMP-ART GALLERYGorillas RECONCILIATION VILLAGE • ARRIVAL/TRANSFER TO THE LODGE • VISIT KINGS PALACE/NATIONAL MUSEUM IN • GORILLA TRACKING-VOLCANOES NP BUTALE • TRACK A DIFFERENT FAMILY OF GORILLAS • CHIMP TRACKING-KYAMUDONGO/UWINKA • TRACK THE GOLDEN MONKEY • GORILLA TRACKING • VISIT DIANA FOSSEY’S TOMB/KARISOKE • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT RESEARCH CENTRE 10DAY KENYA • VISIT GISOZI GENOCIDE MEMORIAL Enjoying the heritage of Kenya • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT • AIRPORT TRANSFER TO THE LODGE IN 6 DAY RWANDA NAIROBI Gorilla & Culture in Rwanda • GAME DRIVES IN AMBOSELI • ARRIVAL & TRANSFER TO THE LODGE • GAME DRIVES-ABERDARES • KIGALI CITY TOUR • TO SAMBURU • GORILLA TRACKING • SAMBURU-LAKE BOGORIA • DIAN FOSSEY’S GRAVE • FLAMINGOS AT LAKE NAKURU • GOLDEN MONKEYS • GAME DRIVES-MASAI MARA • EXPERIENCE THE LIFE OF BATWA PYGMIES • AIRPORT TO THE TRANSFER • CLIMB THE VISOKE/GAHINGA VOLCANOES 10-DAY UGANDA • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT Hiking Mountain Rwenzori • ARRIVAL /TRANSFER TO THE LODGE 6 -DAY TANZANIA • DRIVE TO IBANDA Beauty Of Mtn Kilimanjaro Tanzania • HIKE FROM NYAKALENGIJA TO NYABITABA • ARRIVAL/TRASNFER TO THE LODGE HUT 2,652M • CLIMB TO MACHAME GATE 3000M • NYABITABA HUT TO JOHN MATTE HUT 3,414M • MACHAME CAMP TO SHIRA CAMP 3800M • JOHN MATTE HUT TO BUJUKU HUT 3,962M • SHIRA TO BARRANCO-3950M • BUJUKU HUT TO ELENA HUT 4,540M • BARRANCO HUT TO BARAFU HUT 4600M • ELENA HUT TO KITANDARA 4023M • DECENT:UHURU PEAK TO MWEKA 3100M • KITANDARA HUT TO GUY YEOMAN HUT • MWEKA HUT TO THE GATE-ARUSHA 3,261M • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT • GUY YEOMAN HUT BACK TO NYAKALENGIJA • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT 41


10-DAY UGANDA

Hiking Mountain Rwenzori • ARRIVAL /TRANSFER TO THE LODGE • DRIVE TO IBANDA • HIKE FROM NYAKALENGIJA TO NYABITABA HUT 2,652M • NYABITABA HUT TO JOHN MATTE HUT 3,414M • JOHN MATTE HUT TO BUJUKU HUT 3,962M • BUJUKU HUT TO ELENA HUT 4,540M • ELENA HUT TO KITANDARA 4023M • KITANDARA HUT TO GUY YEOMAN HUT 3,261M • GUY YEOMAN HUT BACK TO NYAKALENGIJA • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT 11- DAY UGANDA & RWANDA Primates, Birds & Gorillas • ARRIVAL/TRANSFER TO THE LODGE • SPEND THE DAY IN ENTEBBE • CHIMP TRACKING IN KIBALE • BOAT CRUISE ON THE KAZINGA CHANNEL • GAME DRIVE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NP • DRIVE TO THE CRATERS • DRIVE VIA ISHASHA FOR BWINDI • GORILLA TRACKING • DEPART FOR KISORO • TRACK GOLDEN MONKEYS IN MGAHINGA NP • DRIVE TO VOLCANOES NP • TRACK GORILLAS • DEPART FOR KIGALI/TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT 11-DAY UGANDA Rafting, Gorillas & Wildlife • ARRIVAL/TRANSFER TO THE LODGE • DRIVE TO LAKE MBURO • DRIVE TO BWINDI • GORILLA TRACKING-NATURE WALKS IN BWINDI • DRIVE TO ISHASHA FOR TREE CLIMBING LIONS • GAME DRIVE AND BOAT CRUISE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NP • DRIVE TO KIBALE • CHIMPS AND MONKEYS IN KIBALE • RAFTING ON THE NILE • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT 42

13- DAY UGANDA

The pearl of Africa • ARRIVAL/TRANSFER TO THE LODGE • DRIVE TO MURCHISON FALLS-VISIT ZIWA SANCTUARY EN ROUTE • BOAT TRIP ON THE NILE DELTA ON LAKE ALBERT LOOKING FOR A SHOE BILL & AN EVENING GAME DRIVE • DRIVE TO SEMILIKI-GAME DRIVE ENROUTE TO SEMILIKI SAFARI LODGE • BOAT TRIP ON LAKE ALBERT[LOOKING FOR A SHOE BILL]-VISIT THE FISHING VILLAGE AND AN EVENING NATURE WALK • DEPART TO KIBALE NP- NATURE WALK AT BIGODI WETLAND SANCTUARY • CHIMP TRACKING IN KIBALE NP-DRIVE VIA THE CRATER LAKES • MORNING GAME DRIVE TO KOB MATING GROUNDS-SCHEDULED BOAT TRIP AT KAZINGA CHANNEL • GAME DRIVE IN ISHASHA-DEPART TO BUHOMA LODGE • GORILLA TREKKING-PERMITTING FOREST WALK ALONG MUYANJA RIVER • GAME DRIVE ENROUTE TOWARDS MIHINGO LODGE • NATURE WALK, GAME DRIVE AND EVENING WALK NEAR THE LODGE • GAME DRIVE EN ROUTE TO THE EXIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK-DEPART TOWARDS ENTEBBE 13- DAY UGANDA Best of Exploration Tour • ARRIVAL/TRANSFER TO LODGE • DRIVE TO MURCHISON FALLS • BOAT TRIP ON THE NILE DELTA ON LAKE ALBERT LOOKING FOR A SHOE BILL & AN EVENING GAME DRIVE • EARLY GAME DRIVE AND CHARTERED BOAT TRIP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE MURCHISON FALLS • DRIVE TO KIBALE NP-AFTERNOON FOREST WALK WITH TOUR LEADER IN THE SURROUNDINGS OF THE LODGE • CHIMP TRACKING AND NATURE WALK AT BIGODI WETLAND SANCTUARY • DEPART FOR KATARA LODGE-GAME DRIVE IN AN AREA OF CRATER LAKE • MORNING GAME DRIVE TO KOB MATING GROUNDS-SCHEDULED BOAT TRIP AT KAZINGA CHANNEL

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GAME DRIVE IN ISHASHA TO BUHOMA LODGE GORILLA TREKKING-PERMITTING FOREST WALK ALONG MUYANJA RIVER GAME DRIVE ENROUTE TOWARDS MIHINGO LODGE NATURE WALK, GAME DRIVE AND EVENING WALK NEAR THE LODGE GAME DRIVE EN ROUTE TO THE EXIT OF THE NATIONAL PARK-DEPART TOWARDS ENTEBBE

10/13-DAY TANZANIA

Best of Tanzania • ARRIVE KILIMANJARO AIRPORT/ TRANSFER TO THE LODGE. • ARUSHA - TARANGIRE NP. • TARANGIRE - LAKE MANYARA NP. • LAKE MANYARA - KARATU • KARATU - NGORONGORO • NGORONGORO - SERENGETI • SERENGETI • ARUSHATRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT 15- DAY UGANDA The Beauty of Uganda/Rwanda • ARRIVAL/TRANSFER TO THE LODGE • DRIVE TO KIDEPO • EXPLORE KIDEPO • DRIVE TO MURCHISON • BOAT TRIP ON THE NILE DELTA ON LAKE ALBERT LOOKING FOR A SHOE BILL & AN EVENING GAME DRIVE • DRIVE TO SEMILIKI-GAME DRIVE ENROUTE TO SEMILIKI SAFARI LODGE • BOAT TRIP ON LAKE ALBERT[LOOKING FOR A SHOE BILL]-VISIT THE FISHING VILLAGE AND AN EVENING NATURE WALK • DEPART TO KIBALE NP- NATURE WALK AT BIGODI WETLAND SANCTUARY • CHIMP TRACKING IN KIBALE NP-DRIVE VIA THE CRATER LAKES • MORNING GAME DRIVE TO KOB MATING GROUNDS-SCHEDULED BOAT TRIP AT KAZINGA CHANNEL • GAME DRIVE IN ISHASHA-DEPART TO RUHENGERI-RWANDA • GORILLA TREKKING-VOLCANOES NP • TRANSFER TO NYUNGWE • NATURE WALK, GAME DRIVE, BOAT RIDE, • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

16 -DAY UGANDA

Classic Safari • ARRIVAL & OVERNIGHT IN ENTEBBE/ KAMPALA • DRIVE TO LAKE MBURO-EVENING GAME DRIVE • DRIVE TO BWINDI NP • GORILLA TRACKING • DRIVE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NP • GAME DRIVE TO KASENYI-BOAT TRIP ON THE KAZINGA CHANNEL • DRIVE TO SEMLIKI VALLEY WILDLIFE RESERVE • DRIVE ON LAKE ALBERT[LOOK FOR THE RARE SHOE BILL]-VISIT THE FISHING VILLAGE AND AN EVENING NATURE WALK • TREK WILD CHIMPANZEES • DRIVE TO MURCHISON FALLS NP • GAME DRIVE ACROSS LAKE ALBERT AND NILE DELTA • BOAT TRIP ON THE NILE • DRIVE TO KAMPALA VIA ZIWA RANCH • BOAT CRUISE AS YOU CROSS THE EQUATOR TO NGAMBA ISLAND • OVERNIGHT IN ENTEBBE/TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT 21 -DAY UGANDA Gifted by nature birding safari • EARLY MORNING ARRIVAL-BIRDING AROUND ENTEBBE BOTANICAL GARDENS • DRIVE TO MABAMBA SWAMP 50 KM WEST OF KAMPALA • DEPART FOR MURCHISON FALLS NP • BOAT TRIP ALONG THE VICTORIA NILE TO THE DELTA AT LAKE ALBERT • GAME DRIVE ON THE NORTHERN BANK OF THE VICTORIA NILE • DRIVE THROUGH THE ESCARPMENT TO BUDONGO FOREST • WHOLE DAY-ROYAL MILE AND BUSINGIRO • DEPART FOR KIBALE NP-WITH FEW BIRDING SPOTS • WHOLE DAY BIRDING IN KIBALE FOREST • DEPART FOR SEMLIKI-WHOLE DAY BIRDING IN THE FOREST • WHOLE DAY BIRDING IN THE FOREST • DEPART FOR BWINDI • GORILLA TRACKING • BIRDING BUHOMA SECTOR • BIRDING BUHOMA-BWINDI-RUHIJA • BIRDING-RUHIJA-MUBWINDI SWAMP • DRIVE TO LAKE MBURO • TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT 43


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