Monday, 18 November 2013

Kidepo valley national park in Uganda is the best wildlife safari destination in East Africa.


The Kidepo Valley National Park is among Uganda’s most magnificent parks along the border of Uganda with Southern Sudan in the northeast. 

It covers 1,442 sq kilometers and offers scenery unparalleled in any other national park within East Africa. A common comment made by the visitors in regards to its scenery is that “It couldn’t be any better!”, and oftentimes the visitors promise and actually return to Kidepo. Hidden into the corner of the border of Uganda with Kenya and South Sudan, this park offers spectacular Savannah landscapes that end in rocky horizon. Serengeti has been glorified for its wildlife but Kidepo valley dwarfs the Serengeti plains when it comes to the greatest wildlife showdown in the great East African rift valley.

This is the sole park within Uganda in which visitors can see both Zebras and Giraffes. Additionally here you can have an opportunity to see the uncommon White Buffaloes plus several other attractions.Chances are high of viewing the tree climbing lions which normally sit up in the sauces trees around Narus valley or by the rock as you enter the Apoka-Headquarter. Additional wildlife includes elephants, leopards, bush duikers, jackals, bush bucks, bush pigs, kavirondo bush babies, buffaloes and a lot more which are sometimes seen from the verandas of Apoka Rest Camp.
Giraffes on the plains of  Kidepo valley national park.

 

Wildlife in Kidepo

This park hosts a great variety of animal species in comparison to any other Ugandan parks. Of the Eighty species recorded in 1971, Twenty eight weren’t known to exist in any other park within Uganda. Carnivore species distinctive to Kidepo are: the Hunting dog, Bat-eared Fox, Cheetah, Striped Hyena, Caracal and the aard Wolf. The more uncommon ungulates are: the greater & Lesser Kudu, roan antelope, Chandler’s mountain Reedbuck, beisa oryx, Klipspringer and Bright’s Gazelle, have been greatly decreased by poachers within the past few years. Among the other big ungulates are: elephants, oribi, burchell’s zebras, Jackson’s hartebeests, bush pigs, bohor reed buck, warthogs, rothschild giraffes, defassa water bucks, cape buffaloes, elands, bush duskiers and bush bucks . Five primate species   are found within the park of which the most endemic is the Kavirondo bush baby. Carnivores existing include lions, side-striped jackals, leopards, black-backed jackals, various small cats as well as spotted hyenas. The simplest to see is the jackals.

Attractions in Kidepo valley national park.

Apoka Tourism Centre

Looking over the game filled Narus Valley and habitat to a luxury lodge and the standard Uganda Wildlife Authority managed cottages; the Apoka is the tourism centre of the park. Ranger guides are positioned at Apoka to accompany tourists on their game drives plus nature walks. For people not having their private transport, there are park trucks offered for hire. In addition, there is a craft shop having books plus souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, bottled-water plus sodas which can as well be bought here. Food is prepared on request and also cooking gas as well as utensils may be hired by people who desire to cook on their own.

Narus Valley

Narus Valley is a rising and falling grassland plain surrounded by faraway mountains. This valley provides permanent water, and through most of the year its wildlife gathers here. Therefore, this area is properly supplied with game tracks, having 4 loop circuits that explore the valley close to Apoka. Several creatures for example lions, reedbucks, Jackson’s hartebeests, oribis, buffaloes and giraffes are visible within the valley.  Cheetahs plus leopards are as well seen but in smaller numbers. The Narus dam together with the water hole close to the Tourism Centre are ideal observation places for game, particularly throughout the dry season. At the far southern tip of the Katurum loop, there is the Katurum kopje (a site of an abandoned lodge) is an eye-catching destination with outstanding views north over the valley in the direction of the Morungule mountain range.

 Kidepo Valley and Kanangorok Hot Springs

Through most of the year, shortage of surface water implies that less wildlife is seen within Kidepo Valley, although it is still definitely worth the drive to go to the dried out Kidepo River to walk along its 50 meter wide river bed comprised of white sand in between the banks blanketed with borassus palms. “Kidepo” means “to pick from below” and this valley was frequented by people traveling to collect fallen borassus fruits to use for fermenting when making palm beer. Kanangorok Hot Springs are located 11 kilometers past the Kidepo River along the Sudan border. It is a marvelous place to sit down and observe the mountains far past the frontier.

Mount Morungule

Mount Morungole towers to 2,750 meters and it is crossed by River Kidepo and River Narus which nourish the wildlife plus the natural habitat of this park. The Morungole Range defines the southern boundary of this park and soars from these plains a couple of kilometers north-east of Apoka. This area may be visited on foot in the company of a ranger. The slopes of the mountain are habitat to the IK people, who are the tiniest ethnic group found in Uganda, and have their own special culture.

Namamukweny Valley

“Namamukweny” is a native Napore word for “a place having no birds or perhaps a lonely place with very few people” – although concerning the birds, pretty the contrary is true! This valley is populated by a huge amount of bird species for example the Eastern Paradise Whydah, Green Wood Hoopoe, White-crested Turaco, Abyssinian Roller and the Common Bulbul, among others. It’s found in the northwest part of the park and may be accessed on foot or using a car.

Lomej Hills

The Lomej Hills are found just a brief drive from the park headquarters. These hills are a great viewing point to see wild animals and birds such as the mountain reedbucks.

where to stay while in Kidepo

Apoka Safari Lodge


Apoka Safari Lodge is among the very best safari lodges within Uganda.   Wild animals come to your door-steps, you are in the middle of beautiful wonders, wild animals in abundance yet you’re in what is known as the Pearl of Africa  Within this distant part of Uganda, Apoka Lodge has established a heaven experience here on earth just for you.  The convenience, the luxury, the fashion and class encompasses you in the middle of this African Wild.

Apoka Rest Camp

Sixteen self contained chalets are offered at Apoka Rest Camp which is a hostel consisting of Fourteen Bandas each having 2 beds; the Bandas are actually not self contained. With regard to visitors who choose camping, this park has 2 ‘Do it yourself’ camping grounds. You have to carry your own tent along with other camping gear.

Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp

Nga’Moru is found at the border of Kidepo Valley National Park that is situated 320 kilometers north of Kampala the capital city of Uganda. You may choose to fly up to Kidepo from the international Airport in Entebbe and in less than Two hours you will be there, alternatively, you may choose to take an exciting drive by using the Gulu to Kitgum road and in 10 hours you will as well be arriving. A number of the wild animals which often visit the camp include: Elephants, Lions, Hyenas, Zebras and Waterbucks.

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from Uganda by...Carlos

Monday, 4 November 2013

Steady Safaris tours focuses on Uganda safaris in the Pearl of Africa

We concentrate our efforts on showing you Uganda the pearl of Africa by creating memorable safaris.

Steady safaris tours limited is your native company of choice for traditional African safaris that offers Ugandan based safari and tours in the pearl of Africa.

We focus our safaris around Uganda and this gives us an edge to tailor your safari as we do not waste time selling the rest of East Africa or Africa for that reason.

 We believe Uganda is one of the finest travel destination in Africa. With rivers, lakes, mountain, valleys, Uganda has 10 national parks which offer different wildlife and nature viewing opportunities.

We know Uganda and we know it well and believe Uganda offers what no other East African country has to offer, our knowledge of Uganda, hotels and lodge, we accommodate our clients, are continuously reviewed. Taking into account the comments of our clients and our staff.

Uganda is the country we know best and we specialize in it offering Safari Tours within Uganda  that focus on its scenic wonders, wildlife, primates and its cultures and people – the only other country in East Africa that we include in tours at the request of a client is Rwanda. We actually turn down safaris into Tanzania and Kenya and refer them to reputable Safari Companies in those countries.

We are not a jack of all trades, dabbling in many things, but one thing – Safari Tours in Uganda – we know Uganda well and there is much to do and see within Uganda to sustain a Safari business. Our Safari tour company is not located in the USA, Canada, China, Russia, the UK or Europe but in Uganda – a country we are very proud of as well as what it has to offer to the Visitor to Africa.

Uganda was voted “Best Country to visit in 2012” which is great but we also believe that Uganda is a great travel destination in 2014 and beyond…from the Pearl of Africa…Kampala...Carlos.


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Small group tour in Uganda - 10 day small group tour.

Considering a small group tour to Uganda in 2014, Steady safaris tours will arrange a perfect group to Uganda in range of budget that your group can afford.

A small group tour in a group is the best way to explore on a traditional African safari. You make friends and bond very well while in the wild and the best way to do this is in a small group of friends, family or strangers that you will me and make friends in the end.

Small groups also mean that you will share the costs keeping the budget down for your small group safari in Uganda.

There is no better way of going on safari in a group than a small group safari.

Contact Steady Safaris Limited for a small group safari.

Consider this itinerary for  a small group safari to Uganda.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Visiting Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track the Southern White Rhinos



Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) was formed as a Non Government Organization (NGO) in 1997 The function was to oversee and guide the implementation and management of the RFU to achieve its aim of reintroducing Rhinoceros, a highly endangered species across the globe, back into the National Parks of Uganda through a breeding and release program. In essence its purpose has been to return a vital aspect of environmental and cultural heritage to the Ugandan context. This was seen to be an inextricably important ecological link returned following the violent demise of the species by 1982.
Out of this emerged the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, 7000 hectares of imminently suitable savannah and native woodlands, which is privately owned by Captain Joe Roy, a citizen of Uganda. A land usage license was agreed on between Rhino Fund Uganda and Captain Roy, giving Rhino Fund Uganda sole usage rights for a period of thirty (renewable) years. The first six rhinos were introduced to this habitat during 2005/2006.

Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch located in Nakasongola district is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The Rhino re-introduction project is a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Located 176km (100 miles) north of Kampala on the Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls (branch off at Nakitoma trading centre). Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild while in Uganda.

Presently the sanctuary is home to twelve (12) southern white rhinos – six (6) Adults, three (3) adolescents and three (3) babies. Two of the adult females are also expected to give birth next year. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks and relaxation.

ON FOOT RHINO TREKKING
Enter the territory of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary's rhinos on foot.  Rhino Fund Uganda has well  trained and informed guides that will guide you through the bush to where the rhino are on the day of your visit.  Your guide is there to keep you safe from harm so listening to the safety briefing he gives you is very important.  You will get the opportunity to watch these endangered, magnificent creatures doing what rhino do in their natural habitat.  As these rhino are free to move around on 7000ha of land, it is more often than not necessary to drive to the area that the rhino are in before taking the bush walk.  This activity is a once in a lifetime opportunity and should not be missed !
Best times for this activity    :  08H00 to 11H00 or 16H00 to 18H00 (rhino can be lazy when it is hot)

How much time you need    :  Depending on where the rhino are on the day you visit  1 - 2 hours

What you need                       :  Closed shoes, long pants and insect repellent


Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Nakasongola

Itineraries that will take you through Ziwa.





Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Ngamba Islanda Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria.

Ngamba Isaland chimpanzee sanctuary is found 27km from water front beach, next to the Uganda Wildlife Education Center in Entebbe.


Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary is a home for orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued from pet traders within East Africa. It is the only place such as within the East African countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. It was started by Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust which established as a combined national and international initiative and a globally recognized collaborative conservation effort, geared towards developing and implementing a long-term strategy for conservation of chimpanzees and their habitat, with the immediate purpose of establishing a chimpanzee sanctuary on Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria, and such other places in Uganda as the trustees may acquire.
CSWCT established Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in 1998 for the care and welfare of entrusted animals while conserving as far as possible the ecosystem of the island.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary has since then emerged a popular day tour destination to for travelers and lovers of wildlife. Steady Safaris Tours Limited arrange such day tours to  Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and on request overnight stays can be planned and arranged for you, your family or friends.

To get to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary you will travel by speed boat from water front beach and the speed boat is operated by wild frontiers based out in Entebbe.

This is an amazing day tour that will have you upon arrival at the sanctuary Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, you will be directed to the visitor’s center where you will be given an introduction to the project, its history, the residents and their plight. On each of the two types of day visits (half day and full day), you will receive an educational orientation by a chimpanzee caregiver and view a feeding of the chimpanzees (full day visitors will view 2 feedings) from the visitors’ raised platform area along the edge of the sanctuary fence.Our_Mission 
Contact Steady Safaris Limited for a day tour or over night stay at Ngamba Islanda Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Eco tourism in Uganda

Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a focus on high quality experiences in natural areas that showcase Uganda's unique environment and wildlife.

Eco tourism fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation for and conservation of nature, and is a fast growing sector in Uganda's tourism industry.

As people become more ecologically aware and seek nature-based tourism accommodation, experiences and attractions, ecotourism has become one of the most important markets in Uganda's tourism industry.

This guide outlines ecotourism in Uganda, and highlights opportunities and strategies for businesses to take advantage of this market.

Demand for ecotourism activities in Uganda is strong and expected to grow in the future.
Uganda has a large number of natural and protected areas as well as specific initiatives supporting investment in nature-based tourism.

Benefits of investing in Uganda's nature-based tourism

Investors in Uganda's nature-based tourism industry will benefit from a supportive government and positive investment environment. The Uganda Government encourages private investment in ecotourism accommodation, experiences and attractions that showcase Uganda's natural assets.
The development of Uganda's nature-based ecotourism products is jointly managed by the Ministry of Tourism and the Uganda wildlife authorit.

Ecotourism investment opportunities in Queensland

Expressions of interest (EOIs)

The Queensland Government is currently inviting EOIs from suitably experienced individuals and organisations to submit their ideas and proposals for the development of privately owned, low impact, purpose-built ecotourism infrastructure on national parks, or state lands adjacent to national parks, that will offer visitors unique or innovative ecotourism experiences.

Author: Carlos Olaaka

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Safari to Kidepo Valley National Park, a better Destination than the Serengeti and Masai Mara.

Kidepo Valley National Park  located in the rugged, semi-arid valleys of Karamoja province on the far northeastern border with the South Sudan and Kenya, Kidepo Valley is Uganda's most remote national park. Kidepo is the undiscovered secret of Uganda yet the spectacular beauty of this pristine wilderness impresses all that make a traditional big 5 safari to Kidepo park. For the loves of  birds, Kidepo Valley National Park boasts a bird list of over 475 species, a total second only to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Amongst the host of dry, eastern "specials" not found in any other Ugandan national park are some of East Africa's rarest and most sought after birds such as Black-breasted Barbet and Karamoja Apallis.

ABOUT THE KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Province : Karamoja.
Elevation : 914m on Kidepo valley floor to 2749m a top Mount Morungole
Size : 1442 km 2
Habitat : Semi-desert scrub, open thorn-scrub, open thorn-bush, long and short-grass open tree savannas, riparian woodland including Borassus and Kigelia woodland, thick, "miombo- like" woodland, montane forest and granite out-crops..
Status : National Park since 1954
Birds Recorded : 475 species.
Visiting Timing : March-April for all the specials and many transit migrants, although good year - round.
Time Required : 4-7 days


Key Species of Birds
Ostrich, African Swallow-tailed Kite, Eastern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Pygmy Falcon, Fox Kestrel, Stone Partridge, Clapperton's and Heuglin's Francolins, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Kori, White-bellied and Hartlaub's Bustards, Violet-tipped Courser, Black-headed Plover, Four-banded Sand Grouse, Bruce's Green Pigeon, Rose-ringed Parakeet, White-crested Turaco, White-bellied Go-away bird, White-faced Scoops Owl, Long-tailed and Standard-winged Nightjars, Little Green Bee-eater, Abyssinian and Rufous-crowned Rollers, Abyssinian Ground, Eastern Yellow and Jackson's Hornbills, Red-fronted and Black-breasted Barbets, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Singing Bush lark, Red-winged Lark, Ethiopian Swallow, Pied, Isabelline and Heuglin's Wheaters, African Grey Flycatcher, Foxy and Red pate Cisticolas, Karamoja Apalis, White-bellied Tit, Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit, Northern White-crowned and Yellow-billed Shrikes, Slate-coloured Boubou, Fan-tailed Raven, Superb Starling, Red billed Oxpecker, Eastern Violet backed, Pygmy and Beautiful Sunbirds, Rufous and Chestnut Sparrow, Yellow-spotted Petronia, White-headed and White-billed Buffalo Weavers, White-browed and Chestnut- crowned Sparrow Weavers, Grey-capped Social and Speckle-fronted Weavers, Green-winged, Orange-winged and Red-winged Pytilias, Black-bellied and Black-faded Waxbill, Steel-blue and Strawtailed Whydahs, Brown-rumped Bunting.

BIRD WATCHING
The Apoka Rest Camp and Park Headquarters overlooking the swallow, southern Narus Valley is a great spot to begin your Kidepo birding. The attractive Silverbird and small bands of Yellow-billed Shrike frequent the thorn trees around camp, as do a number of other widespread species such as Vinaceous Dove, Hoopoe, Nubian Woodpecker, Mosque Swallow, Ruppell's and Superb Starlings, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Little Weaver and Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu. A small permanent water hole at the edge of camp attracts swallows and a variety of seedeaters including Yellow-rumped Seedeater and is visited at night by Four-banded Sandgrouse, Elephant, Buffalo and occasionally Lion. Clapperton's Francolin, Black Coucal, African Moustached and Broad-tailed Warblers, Marsh Tchagra and Crimson-rumped Waxbill may be seen in the rank grass along the normally dry stream bed adjacent to camp or along the track to Apoka lodge.

OTHER WILDLIFE
Kidepo's mammal list of over 80 species includes 28 that are found in no other Ugandan National park. Amongst these are such charismatic African animals as Bat-eared Fox, Carcal, Cheetah and Klipspringer. Unfortunately, Kidepo suffered the same fate as many other Ugandan parks during the Amin era and is still recovering from years of poaching that left game herds depleted. Striped Hyena, Lesser Kudu, Grant's Gazelle and Beisa Oryx have not been seen at all in recent times and are presumed to be locally extinct. Other large mammals have shown a remarkable recovery and there are now healthy population of Elephant, Common Zebra, Buffalo, Bohor Reedbuck, Waterbuck and Kongoni. Predators are plentiful and Spotted Hyena, Leopard and Lion are frequently seen. Oribis is abundant in the Narus Valley, whilst the dry thorn thickets in the north are home to Guenther's Dik Dik. Senegal Galago and Sidestriped Jackal may be found in the rest camp at night and White-tailed Mongoose is common but more likely to be found on a night drive. The park also has a very rich and diverse reptile fauna.


ACCOMMODATION
Apoka Rest Camp, run by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, offers comfortable bandas within the national park, including bedding, mosquito netting and showers. It is recommended that you bring all your own food although it can be cooked for you if necessary.
A more upmarket option is the exclusive Apoka Lodge. This luxury lodge is located in the middle of Kidepo National Park with spacious rooms and private veranda. Each room has a sitting room and ensuite bathroom. A restaurant and swimming pool are available as well.
It is recommended that a ranger-guide accompany you at all times whilst at Kidepo Valley National park and this can be arranged on arrival at Apoka. Patrick is an excellent ranger who knows many of the birds. Park officials also suggest that all vehicles travelling north into the Kidepo Valley be escorted by multiple armed guards due to the periodic presence of poachers and cattle rustlers in the area.

SAFARI TO KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL
Steady safaris tours runs tours to Kidepo valley national park and they have fantastic reviews on trip advisor by happy clients. Steady safaris tours will arrange a successful safari to Kidepo valley national park and extensions to Karamojja region. We have run hundreds of safaris to Kidepo valley in Uganda. Get in touch and we will arrange your safari to Kidepo national park.

Uganda safari to Kidepo valley national park by Steady safaris tours your company of choice for traditional big 5 African safaris.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Family Safaris in Uganda by Steady safaris tours.




Family safaris are the hardest to arrange by far. Parents might be happy to chat endlessly  about the wilderness of Africa experience, but more often than not this means long hours in a hot vehicle. "Are we there yet?" is just as hard to answer on roads that lead to Uganda national parks.
This, together with high prices, is why safaris are not always seen as family holiday choices. Indeed, some more exclusive camps still maintain a lower age-limit of 12. They may cite safety – and, of course, you don't want your kids becoming too friendly with the local buffalo – but they are also concerned about their other guests. After all, clients who have paid top whack for their exclusive bush retreat could do without tantrums over twiglets, or the unrelenting click-bleep of a Nintendo DS as their vehicle tails a leopard.

Get it right, though, and there are few more rewarding family holidays than a safari. You just need to plan carefully and compromise a little on the agenda.
First, small is beautiful: think macro, not wide-angle. Cut down on some of those long game drives and spend more time in camp; a day in camp can be worth two in the bush. Indeed, you can get the Uganda bush in a microcosm. A salamander snaring moths on your ceiling can be as gripping as any lion kill, while a sandy picnic site offers a real-life puzzle-page of tracks and signs. Children can enjoy their own thrilling close encounters with the likes of hornbills, vervet monkeys and mongooses – and all on their own terms.

When you choose to go will depend upon where you're heading. In much of Uganda the dry season, from May to November, is peak safari time, with roads open, wildlife coming to water and sparse vegetation making viewing easier.

Sometime in Uganda the rainfall pattern is more complex and you can go at any time of year. Christmas holidays are peak season in the Uganda. In the end, wherever or whenever you take your family on safari the rewards will be the same: a wildlife safari, plus the ultimate outdoor children's playground. Mix up your itinerary, get hands-on, and there'll be no time for temper tantrums.
What's more, travelling with children offers adults the perfect get-out clause from all those pre-dawn departures and long waterhole stakeouts – and a chance to rediscover the natural world through younger eyes. If they find it interesting, be it rhino poo or baboon bums, then it probably is; you just haven't looked closely enough. There is more to safaris than big game, after all, and getting down and dirty with nature is where the wonder begins.


  • Families with Younger Children – Avoid safaris that provide longer drives – take a short day or 3 day overnight safari places such as Lake Mburo 2 day safari or a 3 day to  Murchison Falls national park.
  • Park Entrance into National Parks for Children in Uganda:    Children 15years – pay 15 USD less in price per day for park entrance fees. Under 5year will enter park without paying.
  • Less Activities for Children:  Gorilla Tracking minimum age is 15, Chimpanzee Tracking is 15 years at Kibale Forest and Kyambura Gorge at Queen Elizabeth and at Budongo Forest near Masindi.  Things such as Volcano Hikes that are 6 to 8 hour in length would also be a thing not to be considered.  There are alternative children activities at Kibale Forest that can be arranged that are supervised by trained park staff or your driver- can take them on an alternative hike or other activity – the same can be done while Gorilla Tracking at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where the children can go on a village walk, forest hike or older ones on a bike ride.
  • Hotels, Lodgings, and Tented Camps for families:  Some give a discount for children if they stay in the same room or give discounted prices for children.  The age limitations vary from lodging accommodation to accommodation.  Some welcome children while others do not depending on the ages of the children. There are many lodging facilities with swimming pools which will certainly enhance the time of most children.
  • Vehicle for a Family Safari:  A safari van is the best vehicle for a family with children going on a safari.  There is ample room to move around and a safari van may not be as confined as another vehicle.
  • Food for Children in Uganda:  There is lots of things to eat here in Uganda for children at lodges, hotels and tented camps.  You will not find a lot of hamburgers on the menus, but there are items that children will like such as Fish and Chips, Chicken Strips and Chips, sometimes you might find pizza here or there.
  • Things to drink for children:  Sodas are here, Pepsi and Coca Cola products such as Pepsi, Coke, Mountain Dew, Sprite and Fanta, some fruit sodas such as Alvaro are found here.  Fresh Juice is readily available but always ask if they add bottled or boiled water to the juice.  Water is also available in bottled form such as Rwenzori. There are of course many fruit juices for children that you can buy – please read the fine print – in some cases even when it says “pure”sugar might have be added.
  • Book your Family Safari with a Tour Company such as Steady Safaris Tours:  It is best to book your Family Safari with a reliable tour company that is Children Friendly and will give you all the advice you need in detail such as Steady Safaris Tours.
  • Create your own Family Safari:  Using a pre-packaged safari tour will be cumbersome, since often you will hear, “They are too young,” such as where Chimpanzee Tracking and or Gorilla Tracking is in package.  At Steady Safaris Tours we can assist you to put together a “family friendly safari.” You create it and we will help you in every way with suggestions, advice, travel times between parks and lodges that will be fun for the kids.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Gorilla tracking tours are governed by rules.



MOUNTAIN GORILLA TRACKING RULES


1). 8 visitors may visit a particular group of habituated mountain gorillas in a day this controls behaviour disturbance to the mountain gorillas.
2). Wash hands prior to tracking (before you depart the your lodging facilities wash your hands with soap).

3). Do not litter take back with you what you brought.
4). Tracking starts from last known GPRS (where mountain gorillas were last seen making nests).
5). Listen to the trekking leader of the day at all times please (representative of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, he is the boss).
6). Maintain a distance of 7meters between you and the gorillas when you find the gorillas.
7). Stay in tight group while observing the gorillas.
8). Keep you voices down and low at all times. Its okay to ask the guide questions but silently.
9). DO NOT eat or drink while your are in the presence of the Gorillas.
10). DO NOT look the Silverback in the eye. DO NOT run should the gorilla charge. Crouch down slowly should the gorilla charge. Follow the lead of the Leader from (UWA).
11). Turn the flash of your camera off.
12). DO NOT TOUCH THE GORILLAS.
13). You are allowed 1 hour with the gorillas maximum time.
14). Respect the 1 hour limited with the gorillas please.
15). If you are ill and we realize it we will NOT allow you to track the gorillas and we will not refund your money even before the Uganda Wildlife Authority stops you we will take it upon our selves to stop you as Steady Safaris Tours Limited.
16). If nature calls, toilet call or want to go to the bathroom, ask the trekking leader he will freely dig you a hole BUT ensure you cover up the hole when done with your business.