Water sports are part of the interesting activities you can enjoy within the Land of a thousand Hills. The activity tremendously relies on the weather which sometimes determines the level of safety and is always the priority when dealing with human life. Not only that, perfect timing while considering the changing wind is also very important.

Rwanda, sometimes known as the Switzerland of Africa or the Land of a thousand Hills is not only known for mountain gorilla tracking but also other activities including exhilarating water sport activities. This country is one of the exceptional destinations in East Africa where water sport activities are conducted hence you can visit to enjoy some of the activities. The best places to engage in waters sports in Rwanda include Lake Kivu, Lake Ihema and Lake Muhazi.

Of all the mentioned places, Lake Kivu is the most preferred destination for water sport activities such as Kayaking, swimming, fishing, canoeing in addition to exhilarating boat rides among others. This fresh water Lake has crystal clear water and a sea atmosphere in addition to its temperate climate that is very conducive for tourists who visit the destination.

Most lakeshore hotels are found within Lake Kivu and they offer wonderful water sport equipments for hiring, reservations and booking through their Reservation offices/front desks. This lake can be visited and the water sport activities can be enjoyed at anytime of the year. Other hotels within Karongi also offer water sport activities in addition to the equipments.

Jambo Beach-Lake Muhazi’s largest and pristine sandy beach is found at approximately 60 kilometers/37 miles East of Kigali City. Just along the shores of the Lake you will see some boats that are always driven by the local tour guides who are very familiar with the area hence will make you enjoy the entire Rwanda safari experience. Not only that, Lake Ihema also offers opportunities of boat rides as well as fishing for tourists who visit Rwanda for safaris.

Lake Kivu is the largest of the numerous freshwater bodies within the Land of a thousand Hills hence a perfect get away spot for leisure along the western banks of this wonderful Lakes. For those who would like active adventures, Nyungwe Forest the best destination for primate safaris is just a stone throw away from Lake Kivu. You can stay in Kibuye and go for chimpanzee tracking.

There are also a number of other Lakes that include twin Lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo which are near Volcanoes National Park, the capital for gorilla trekking hence perfect for relaxing after the adventurous activity. Lake Muhazi is about 90 minutes drive from Kigali City and is one of Rwanda’s beautiful treasures. It is located in eastern Province of Rwanda of Rwanda and is a perfect place for a day trip away from the Capital where you will relish fresh fish as you watch sunset over the small boats along the shores of this Lake.

Akagera National Park is a home to over 10 Lakes, some of which are watering places for cattle and wildlife species as well as being a birding spot. The country’s Lakes offer tourists with an insight to the traditional African lifestyles. The bird species here are spectacular and the notable ones include African fish eagles, Pelicans, the grey crowned cranes, Kingfishers and the elusive shoebill stork.

Gisenyi Town is one of the best Resort Towns in Rwanda, about an hour’s drive from Volcanoes National Park. Other Resort Towns include Rusizi, which is near Nyungwe Forest National Park and characterized by narrow valleys and Karongi with spectacular beaches and wonderful accommodation facilities that overlook the pine-covered hills.

In conclusion, besides gorilla trekking that draws thousands of tourists into Rwanda, this country is also famous for water sports that include canoeing, fishing, kayaking, boat rides and swimming, to mention but a few. These exhilarating activities are conducted from Lake Kivu, Lake Ihema and Lake Muhazi among others.

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Uganda is undeniably the pearl of African for many reasons. This stunning country offers wide range of adventures, areas for chilling, cultures, sceneries and many more. There are also ten magnificent national parks that come with amazing attractions that thrill visitors while on Uganda safaris. For the most enjoyable and rewarding safari in Uganda, below are some of the exciting activities that you should consider par taking while on your African safari.

Safari

Uganda is famous as one of the perfect safari destinations with wide range of safari activities. Visitors can spend more than three days in Uganda depending on someone’s budget. The prominent safaris include mountain gorilla trekking adventures in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda. About 480 individuals of mountain gorillas thrive within Uganda making it a home to the largest population of these rare apes.

There are four main tracking areas where gorilla trekking is conducted with the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. They include Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga area and each of them come with distinct habituated families for visitors to track. Permits for this lifetime adventure costs $600 per person and only one group will be assigned to you to track in a group of eight visitors.

You will also have a chance to go for game drives in most of the savanna grassland protected areas where you will spot most of big game including the lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards and many wildlife species. And the notable destinations to catch a glimpse at these unique creatures include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and others.

Chimpanzee adventures

Besides mountain gorilla trekking, there is also chimpanzee trekking which rewards visitors with magical encounters of the chimpanzees while they are in their natural habitat. There are over 5000 chimpanzees that thrive in various parts of Uganda and more than 1500 of them are found in Kibale Forest National Park. Each destination has its own price for this lifetime adventure and in Kibale National Park the permits cost $150 per visitor and for visitors who may wish to extend their stay in Uganda they can engage in chimpanzee habituation experience which takes visitors the whole day following the semi habituated chimpanzees in the wild and the permits for this experience are sold at $220.

Bungee jumping

For breathtaking adventures, bungee jumping shouldn’t miss out in your travel plan. This is mainly conducted at the source of the mighty Nile-Jinja and offers visitors a chance to kiss the waters of the mighty River Nile. A side from bungee jumping, you may also engage in white water rafting, quad biking, kayaking, Boat cruise, horseback riding and many more.

Cultural encounters

For a complete safari in Uganda, make sure that cultural experiences do not miss out in your travel itinerary. For authentic African cultural encounters, consider visiting Ndere Cultural Center a must to visit while you are on safari in Uganda. While at this center, you come across different tribal groups which display various cultural dances and performances. If you are interested in gorilla trekking, you can also visit the Batwa pygmies in their community and you will have a lifetime experiences. The Batwa are known to have stayed peacefully with the forest for over 500000 years but due to conservation reasons, they were evicted and now they are marginalized group around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park.

Sport fishing adventures

For anglers, Uganda should be one of the best destinations for you to challenge yourself with breathtaking sport fishing. This adventure allows you to catch the Nile perch and it is conducted in Lake Victoria, Murchison Falls National Park, the source of the Nile at Jinja and many others.

In conclusion, Uganda is undeniably the pearl of Africa. There are a lot of amazing attractions that are worth exploring by travelers while on safari in Africa. If you are interested in authentic African experiences, this is the right spot for you to catch a glimpse at most of the big game, chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, the rare golden monkeys, birds as well as get thrilled by most of its cultural experiences.

Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills is one of the upcoming travel destinations in Africa. Also known as Republic of Rwanda, this is the majestic home to the endangered mountain gorillas, that brought Dian Fossey to Africa.

Rwanda is located a few degrees south of the Equator and it is a lovely country with lots of interesting attractions and activities. It is bordered by countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi. Given its relatively small size, you can easily plan a multi-county tour combining Rwanda with its neighbors.

The capital of Rwanda is Kigali and it have been voted several times as Africa’s cleanest city. There are lots of things to do in Kigali. Explore the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site, go shopping for the unique crafts and souvenirs, experience the lifestyle of the Rwandan People or even go out for a nightlife!

A guided safari in Rwanda is an unforgettable experience that tourists who visit the country must not miss. It offers the best way to experience not only the scenic beauty of Rwanda but also will be a memorable journey. If you’re thinking about going on a Rwanda safari, then you will find there are many options available for you to choose from.

One of the most popular tours is one where you watch gorillas out in the wild in their own natural habitat. A gorilla trek in Rwanda is the most captivating safari one can experience in their life time in the great country of Africa. Travel north to the Volcanoes National Park, the precious homeland of one of the most endangered species in the world, the mountain gorillas.

Planning a Gorilla Trek

A journey north will prove to you why Rwanda is called as the Land of a thousand hills! The region is characterized with undulating hills and the Virunga Mountain Ranges. A gorilla safari enables you to sit with a wonderful gorilla for sometime can become the best highlight for any trip to Africa. Given the opportunity to trek the endangered Mountain Gorilla, and there is no doubt to have a direct encounter with these great apes.

In order to participate in a gorilla trek, viewing permits must be obtained in advance, and they are extremely limited in number, so advance booking is essential to ensure permits can be obtained. The mountain gorilla is perhaps the World’s most endangered ape, with approximately 700 animals, and they are only found in small portions of protected afro-montane forests in north-west Rwanda, south-west Uganda and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Gorilla trekking is tightly controlled and regulated for the safety of the visitor and importantly for the safety of the Mountain Gorillas. A maximum of 8 visitors may visit a group of habituated Gorillas on any given day; this minimizes behavioral disturbance and the risk of their exposure to human-borne diseases.

When you go on this type of tour you will get the chance to see different groups of gorillas that are extremely rare. The skilled guide will teach you all about the different kinds of gorillas and what is unique about the jungle they are in. Whether you are on a three day, five day, or two week safari, you will not be staying close to the gorillas. The animals are always moving so they must be tracked on foot and the time you will spend on the hike is unpredictable. Once found a tourist can only get as close as twenty feet (7 metres) and can only take photos without flash.

There are safaris available for all types of different budgets, so everyone can find one they can afford to go on! One can also visit many cultural centres, genocide memorial and the beautiful twin lakes of Ruhundo, Bulero and the great Nyungwe Forest National Park. You can view the grand herds of buffaloes and elephants in the wonderful Akagera National Park.

Located within Njombe Region of the southern Highlands of Tanzania, at the northern end of Kipengere Range (Livingstone Mountain Range) is a Protected Area known as Mpanga-Kipengere Game Reserve. It is nestled partly within Wanging’ombe District and partially in Makete District, on the northern edge of the Volcanic Livingstone-Kipengere Mountain range.

Tributaries of the Great Ruaha River that start from this Game Reserve such as Ipera, Mlomboji, Mbarali and Kimani River all flow mainly northwards. The altitude of the Reserve ranges from 1800 meters (5906 feet) above sea level to 23000 meters (75,459 feet) above sea level but also extends for an area of 1574 square kilometers (608 square miles).

It is known for its extraordinary flora and fauna, cultural Heritage and breathtaking scenery within the Kimani waterfalls and Nyumba Nitu Forest that are undeniably very attractive for nature tourism. On top of the conservation and preservation of wildlife species, Mpanga-Kipengere Game Reserve is considered a significant catchment Area for the headwaters (source) of a number of Rivers like Ipera, Mbarali, Kimani and Mlomboji that feed into the mighty Ruaha River that supplies water to the Usangu wetlands.

When it comes to beautiful sceneries, this Reserve cannot be surpassed with the Mpanga Highlands, Kipengere ranges (south-west highlands of Tanzania at the northern edge of Lake Nyasa and Matema beach near Malawi border but runs south-east being part of eastern rift valley escarpment reaching Mozambique), Chafukwe and Lugala Mountains providing sceneries of green mountains, remarkable valleys and plains. The Chafukwe Mountains are particularly perfect for recreation where visitors can relish the breathtaking views of the lush mountains ranges and surrounding areas. Additionally, there are several natural wonders around these areas including rivers, cascading waterfalls and breathtaking flowers such as tuberous orchids.

While at the top of Kipengere mountain range, tourists can clearly relish the views of Lake Nyasa and Matema Beach (one of the popular beaches within Mbeya region). An exceptional Montane Forest type within Tanzania (Southern Rift Montane Woodlands) covers the largest part of the Game Reserve

Attractions within the Game Reserve

This area is rich in both flora and fauna including numerous species of mammals (totaling to 28 indigenous species) such as primates (yellow baboons and black and white colobus monkeys), rodents as well as bird species including the Denham’s Bustard, migratory birds like the Abdimis Storks and Blue swallows and reptiles among others. This area is known for numerous endemic species like the nosed chameleons, the rare Fufumka bird, the marsh widow, Kipengere seedeaters and Njombe Cisticola among others.

Tourist Activities within Mpanga-Kipengere Game Reserve

Activities to enjoy within the Game Reserve include mountaineering, hiking, trekking and walking around the Chafukwe Mountains.

Therefore, Mpanga-Kipengere Game Reserve is famous for spectacular landscapes in form of Chafukwe and Lugala mountains, Mpanga highlands, Kipengere ranges and magical valleys as well as mammals, birds, reptiles and Amphibians among others.

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If you are good at birding, Africa is that one continent that boasts of its diversity. Not only does it boast of its rare mountain gorillas or the big game but also for diverse avifaunal species which are distributed in different countries. For memorable birding experiences, the following destinations should be a must for you to visit;

South Africa

South Africa has for long been and still continues to be very popular as one of major tourist destinations in Africa with remarkable natural wonders. It features many mountains, white and sand beaches and also incredible wildlife for you to look out. It is also a popular birder’s paradise and given its expansive size, you will need more days to have a complete birding safari. What is interesting is that you can incorporate birding with game viewing then you strike two birds at ago. In South Africa, some of the popular destinations for you to visit for bird watching include the Kruger National Park and Zulu Land Game Reserve as well as other national parks. If you head to Durban and Johannesburg, there about 400 bird species that await for you to explore while around the Cape about 150 of them thrive around this area.

Uganda

With over 1074 distinct bird species, Uganda is undoubtedly a birder’s paradise and comes with diverse bird habitats. The popular birding sites no to miss while on a Uganda birding safari include the 10 national parks. These include Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Ranges, Semuliki National Park, Mount Elgon and the Rwenzori Mountains. Other sites include forest reserves, wildlife reserves, lakes, rivers, wetlands and many more. The notable birds for you to look out while on Uganda birding tour include the shore bill storks, African green broadbill, African green breasted pitta, pelicans and many others.

Tanzania

Still in East Africa, Tanzania is that one country you need not to miss to pay a visit while on bird watching safari in Africa. While in this country, you will have a chance to explore most of the East African endemics and 20 of which are endemic to Tanzania. The main birding tourist sites in Tanzania include Serengeti, Mahale, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Gombe, Tarangire, Arusha, Katavi, Selous, Ruaha and many more. Besides, you can also have opportunity to explore the first miombo endemic bird species. The famous birds for you spot out in this country include flamingos.

Cameroon

While on safari in western Africa, Cameroon is one of the best birding destination you need not to miss to pay a visit. This country has many bird species that await for you to sight out and the main areas to visit include the upper Guinea forest.

Ghana

This is another incredible country in West Africa that rewards birders with exceptional encounters of varied birds. It is endowed with variety of birds for you sight out. Gabon is the other remarkable country in West Africa.

Namibia

Namibia is one of the must of a visit destination in Africa and it holds the oldest desert in the world including the highest sand dunes in the entire world. There are many parks in Namibia where you can pay a visit to look out for incredible birds and they include among others Estosha National Park. While on tour in Namibia, you can also pass by Botswana and spot out the Pel’s fishing owl, slaty egrets, swamp boubou, melodious larks, brown fire finch, hartlaub’s babblers, southern pied babblers and many more.

Kenya

This lies within East Africa and it is a popular birding safari destination. It is famous for birds like flamingos, swallows, waders, terns, William’s lark, Hinde’s pied babbler, Aberdare cisticola, and many more.

Mozambique

This country covers about 2000 kilometers from the north to south. This is one of the most beautiful African countries with a great deal of birds including the striking red and blue double collared sun birds, white tailed blue flycatcher, Thyolo Alethe, tiny green bull, mangrove kingfisher, olive headed weaver and many more. The Gorongosa National Park comes with open woodlands, season wetlands and grasslands. This area is ideal for birds like red necked spur fowl, Vocal Burchell’s Coucal and many more.

Rwanda

This country has about 700 distinct bird species and they are distributed throughout its diverse habitats including the four national parks (Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Gishwati-Mukura National Park) as well as wetlands. The notable avifaunal species for you to sight at while on birding safari in Rwanda include the Albertine owlet, red collared mountain babbler and Neumann’s warblers.

Other destinations include Ethiopia, Madagascar where you can sight at birds like helmet vanga, white ruffed lemur, dancing sifaka, ground roller; Malawi, Zambia, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Seychelles and many others.

The second largest continent on the globe, Africa is far more nuanced and diverse than many mainstream media accounts imply. A broad array of vibrant groups and cultures call the continent “home”. Africa is a continent with immense and iconic ecological diversity as well. Over the past century or so, lots of this beautiful land has fallen under state protection in the form of national parks and game conservatories. Here are some of the most extraordinary among them.

The Serengeti, Tanzania

The Serengeti is one of the most famous regions of Africa. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and many consider it to be one of the top 10 wonders of the world. A lot of wildlife lives here, and the Serengeti National Park serves to protect and preserve it. One of the most exciting events that takes place here each year is the great wildebeest migration, where six million of these animals partake in this 40 km long ritual that has existed for millennia. In addition to witnessing this magnificent aspect of nature, Serengeti National Park maintains the natural balance of predator and prey. You can see lions, serval cats, and aardwolves on the hunt here as well.

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, is the southern most of three national parks in the valley of the Luangwa River, and is a world-renowned wildlife haven. It supports large populations of Thornicroft’s giraffe, herds of elephants and Cape buffaloes often several hundred strong. The Luangwa River supports abundant crocodiles and hippopotamuses. It is one of the best known national parks of Africa

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park in South Africa was established in 1898. The park boasts of containing African wildlife’s ‘Big Five’, which include; lions, rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards. Here you can even go on an elephant back safari. Like many of the national parks on our list, Kruger prides itself in its grassroots animal breeding and conservation efforts. There are also unique historical and archaeological sites within the bounds of the park where you can see things like ancient bushman rock paintings. If you aren’t able to make it to the park, you can also keep track of what’s going on through the park’s live webcams.

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Deemed ‘the bird watcher’s paradise,’ Lake Nakuru National Park is home to a type of algae that attracts staggering numbers of pink flamingos to feed on the algae in Lake Nakuru each year. Sometimes these numbers reach into the millions. The park harbors an ecologically broad spectrum of species beyond the iconic flamingos as well, including white rhinos, baboons, warthogs, cheetahs, giraffes and more. Established only about 55 years ago, the park was recently enlarged to help provide sanctuary for the rare and endangered black rhino. Some of the other bird species worth watching out for at Lake Nakuru National park are the pied kingfisher, African fish eagle, and the Goliath heron.

Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most visited parks in Uganda.  It it is the perfect park when combined with gorilla tracking at Bwindi Impenetrable forest. One can, in five or six days visit the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, see the tree climbing Lions in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth Park, and take a Boat Ride Safari on the Kazinga Channel with its abundant wildlife, hundreds of birds, and the highest concentration of hippos in the whole wide world. You can also include chimpanzee tracking in what BBC called the “lost valley”, which is part of the Western Rift in Uganda, also known as the Kyambura Gorge. Queen Elizabeth Park is simply a tapestry of natural wonders in the western region of Uganda. Queen Elizabeth Park is filled with lots of wildlife. Besides its lions, leopards and other cats, it has elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and more species of birds than any other Ugandan Wildlife Park. In this same national park, you will also find the scenic Katwe explosion craters and the Maramagambo forest where you can go hiking, birding, and also enjoy the cultural visits of the region.

Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

If you’re in search of biodiversity, head to Virunga National Park. It is the most biologically diverse part of the continent. You’ll find rain forests, volcanoes, mountains with glacial peeks, savannas, swamps and more. From the top of the Nyiragongo Volcano, you can see a full view of the largest volcanic lake in the world. Virunga the national park, does a lot to protect the mountain gorillas that live here and are nearly extinct. Chimpanzees and lowland gorillas live here as well. A dedicated group of forest rangers run the park and ward off poachers.

Tsavo National Parks, Kenya

Approximately 150 miles south of Nairobi, this park boasts of Wildlife that includes; Leopard, Cheetah, Buffalo, Rhino, Red Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine, among others. Together the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks form one of the largest national parks in the world, covering around 4% of Kenya’s total land area. The emerald-hued Galana and Tsavo Rivers run through the area, with the Nairobi-Mombasa highway and railroad separating the two parks. The river banks are a great spot for viewing the wildlife, especially the African Elephants that flock here in large numbers. The Lugards Falls are a major attraction as well, with the Galana River flowing through eroded rocks and pooling to form a haven for some monster crocodiles.

Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Amboseli National Park contains over 400 species of birds and 47 species of raptors, thanks to the presence of a large system of swamps. It is said to be one of the best places in the world for viewing birds and other wildlife. Come and marvel at parades of elephants as they pass by, and against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro which makes up a large portion of the horizon. In fact, this is also one of the best places in Africa to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures. The park originally began as a reservation for the Maasai peoples, and there is legislation in the works to afford them more control over park activities and upkeep.

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

If you’re looking for the world’s tallest waterfall, head to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Here you will find Victoria Falls. Hwange National Park was named after a celebrated leader of the local Nhanzwa tribe. Over 500 species of animals and birds reside in this unique ecosystem of forests at the edge of the Kalahari Desert. Elephants in particular tend to thrive in Hwange National Park. Unfortunately, the park has experienced some poaching issues in the last few years, including the tragic death of the famed lion named Cecil. The park authorities are actively doing what they can to prevent such awful acts on this beautiful and biologically diverse land.

The Giraffe Center is a non-profit organization founded by Betty and Jock Leslie-Melville in 1979. Situated in Langata, just 20 km outside Nairobi City Center, the Center is dedicated to educating the Kenyan youth in conservation of the environment and the preservation of endangered wildlife and their habitats.

Giraffe Centre located in Langata, where the endangered Rothschild giraffe are being raised. This is where tourists/ visitors get the opportunity to hand feed these gentle creatures, as well as get fantastic close up photo shots. Feeding the giraffes is facilitated by a well built, raised platform from where visitors can feed these tall animals with ease. It was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe, giraffe Camelopardalis Rothschild, which is found only in the grasslands of Africa. In 1979, Leslie-Melville added an education Centre to his giraffe sanctuary.

By 1983 he had raised enough money to establish the Giraffe Visitor’s Centre as a tourist destination in Nairobi. The center is also home to several warthogs which freely move around the area along with the giraffes. The main attraction for visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised observation platform. . By 2008, the Trust had successfully raised over 82 infant African Elephant calves.

In addition to the rearing of orphaned rhinos & elephants, the Trust also contributes to part of the electrical fencing of the northern boundary of the Tsavo National Park, continues to pressure cites to uphold the ivory ban through aggressive public campaigns, works to repatriate other animal species, runs de-snaring operations and a Mobile Veterinary project, as well as establishing many boreholes & windmills and general conservation issues in Tsavo National Park.

Their conservation is a success story in Kenya and the world. Come interact with their handlers and hear the terrible stories behind their journey to the orphanage email us for inquiries at (info@terrain-safaris.com)

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Lake Manyara is a Tanzanian national park that is located both in Arusha region and the Manyara region in Tanzania. These two regions have no authority over the parks. The national park is ruled by the Tanzania National parks Authority. The main park land area is a narrow strip that runs between the gregory rift wall to the west and lake Manyara which is also an alkaline or soda lake to the east. This national park is over 330km and covered with land, forest and the soda lake that covers as much as 220km ofland.

Lake Manyara national park is also known for the many flamingos that live in the lake. In the wet season, they live the edges ofthe lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season. There are more than 400 bird species that live in the park and many remain throughout the year. Since this lake is also good for bird watching, the visitors to the park can expect to see over 100 different species of birds. The other animal species also include; the Masai lions, leopards, blue monkeys,elephants, dik-dik, gazelles, the Masai giraffes, zebras and the Impalas. There are also the hippos at one end of the park where the visitors can get out of their cars and see from a safe distance. The lions and the leopards are also known to laze in the trees while not hunting for the prey.

 The park is located 26km south west of Arusha andcan be reached by the car in an hour and half. This national park can also be reached easily from Bahati the capital of Manyara region. The national park is also close to Tarangire national park.

The Mantara region is also one of Tanzanian’s 30administrative regions, the regional capital is the town of Bahati. This region has a population of 1,425,131 and it’s the 22nd most densely populated region in 32 people per square kilometer. Lake manyara is the northern part of the region and its bordered to the north by the Arusha region,to the north east by the Kilimanjaro region, tto the east by the Tanga region,to the south by the Dodoma region, to the south west by the Singida region, and to the northwest by the simivu region and its highest mountain is Mount Hanang.

Lake Manyara is also a shallow lake in the NatronManayaraBalangida branch of the eastern African rift with in the Manayara region in Tanzania. This region is also home to variety of land scape andwildlife. The name Manyara also comes from the Maasai word Emanyara that meanseuphorbia species of the plant that is grown into a hedge around a family homestead.

The lake also covers 89km though the area changes widely with seasons and the dry spells expose large areas of mud flats. The region is also known for the baboons, the lake and the environs a home to the herbivores like the hippos, elephants, buffaloes, warthogs and the giraffes.There are also the giant fig trees and the Mahogany that is seen in the groundwater forest around the park gates. To the south, there are the acacia woodlands. The leopards are in abundance as well as the lions. The lake also gives a chance for the ornithologists who like to view and also observe over300 migratory birds including the long crested eagle, Flamingos, and the grey headed kingfisher.

Rwenzori National park is situated in south-western Uganda on the eastern side of the western African rift valley. It also lies along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and the boarder of DRC along  the border of Virunga National park. It’s also located in the districtsof Kabarole, kasese and Bundibugyo. The park was established in 1991 and was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 due to its natural outstanding beauty. Its 1,000km in size and has got the highest mountain peak with waterfalls,lakes as well as glaciers. This national park is known for its fantastic plant life.

The park also as most of its centre and the eastern half of it covered with Rwenzori Mountains. This mountain is the highest mountain range in the whole of Africa with also Africa’s highest mountain peak, six peaks including mount Stanley, Speke, Gessi, Emin Pasha, Luigi da Savoia and Mount Baker. The main peaks here can also be compared to those of Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. This national park has also got glaciers waterfalls, lakes, snowfields, and it’s one of the most beautiful mountains inAfrica.

This national park has also got 217 bird species, 70mammal species, 19 albertine Rift endemics and the world’s rarest vegetation cover. These are also known as the mountains of the moon. The equatorial snowpeaks also include; the third highest point in Africa, with its lower slopesthat are covered in the moorland, bamboo, the moist montane forest, the colourful mosses, the huge tree heathers and these are swathed across the mountainside with the giant lobelias as well as the everlasting flowers that create a very charming fairy-tale scene.

These are also world class hiking and mounteering destinations, you can enjoy a 9 to 11 day hike with the skilled climbers to the summit of the Margherita which is the highest peak.  This mountain is only 80 miles but has one of the most theatrical diversities of the ecosystems in the world. It has also got5 different zones of the habituation generating a world of great biodiversity.

This mountain range was named Rwenzori by the European explorer Henry M Stanley , the mountain has also got different vegetation including; the African savannah, with animals including the zebrasand the elephants, the rain forests, bamboo forest, Heath zone, and Alpine  Zone, The main tourist activities here include; Bird watching which is also a great opportunity with in the montane forest and some of the species hereinclude; the bee eaters, the Robins, sun birds, the barbets and some of the 217species that are found in Rwenzori Mountains National park. There are also the cultural encounters were you discover the farming villages of Ruboni which is home to over 2000 Bakonzo with in the foothills of the mountain. You walk with the villagers as they show their daily activities including tending to the animals and crops to preparing meals with the freshest ingredients. The other activities also include; hiking and the nature walks, mountain or volcano climbing, and many more.

For birders, the republic of Rwanda has a number of bird species. Approximately 735 bird species have been recorded in the country and these include the 44 Albertine rift endemics plus 4 pure endemics. The Avian tourism potentials within the country have been over shadowed by the endangered mountain gorillas though. This dominance over bird watching has been due to lack of publicity and awareness about the bird watching products. Considering the size of the country however, Rwanda has the highest concentration of bird species in Africa. The wildlife tours in Rwanda has very trained birding guides who have been working in many protected areas in the country. The experience in the ecosystem of the rain forest and Savannah and provide an interesting and fascinating birding tours. Most clients and tourist help our clients in the trip planning selection of the best birding routes and ensure that they have ever lasting memories for the country through our dedicated services.

The main birding routes in the Republic of Rwanda are accessible and are very safe for independent birders for example the Akagera National park has over 525 bird species including the rare shoe bill stock plus 4 endemics of Nyungwe National park has approximately 283 bird species with 27 endemics. The highest concentration of the Albertine Rift endemics of anywhere in the world and volcanoes National park has approximately 90 species with 13 endemics. Within the country there are several birding routes in Kigali and the greater route, Nyabarongo route.

The birding Code of Conduct

The acceptable birding code of conduct is;

As a birder you must always act in the ways that do not endanger the welfare of birder of other wildlife in the keeping with this principle;

  • You should observe and photograph birds without knowingly disturbing them in any significant way
  • You should avoid chasing and repeatedly flushing
  • You should only sparingly use recordings and similar methods of attracting birds and not use the methods in heavily birded areas during breeding season
  • You should keep an appropriate distance from the nests and nesting colonies so as to disturb them or expose them to danger. Refrain from handling birds or eggs unless engaged in the recognized research activities.

As birders, you must always act in ways that do not harm the natural environment and keeping with these principles will;

  • You should stay on the existing roads, trails and pathways whenever possible to avoid trampling or otherwise disturbing
  • You should leave all habitat as we you found
  • The birders must always respect the rights of other in keeping with this principle where we will respect the privacy and property of others by observing. There is no trespassing, signs, and by asking permission to enter private or posted lands.
  • You should practice the common courtesy in our contracts with other where you will limit our requests for information where deemed in appropriate and will make them at a reasonable hours of the day.
  • You should always behave in a manner that will enhance the image of the birding community in the eyes of the public
  • If you are in big groups you should assume special responsibilities and a group members will take very special care to alleviate the problems and disturbances that are multiplied when more people are present. You should act in consideration of the group’s interest as well as our own
  • You should also assume responsibility for the conduct of the group and also learn to inform the group of any special rules, regulations or do conduct applicable to the area or habitat being visited.

If you would wish to have a visit to the land of a thousand hills for either birding of gorilla trekking safaris, do not miss contacting one of the most effective tour companies to book with:
Rwanda Gorilla Expeditions
Gorilla Trek Rwanda
Go gorilla Trekking
Safari Gorillas.

If you book with these tour companies i assure you their are no regrets as they provide the best services to tourists. The birding experience in the republic of Rwanda