Seniors Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safaris
Discover two of Africa’s safest Countries in the Heart of Africa – Uganda and Rwanda
Most of us dreamed in our youth about traveling, about going to Africa on Safari. Over our lifetime we have seen countless of National Geographic and other wildlife presentations such as from BBC, or PBS. We may not as young as we used to be but the dreams, the Safari Yearnings within linger on.
We at Kabiza Wilderness Safaris we understand the dreams and we call them Safari Yearnings and we know how to satisfy those Safari Yearnings and for years we have taken Seniors on Safaris in Uganda and Rwanda, two of Africa’s Friendliest Countries according to a survey of the African Economist Magazine.
We will not put Bungee-Jumping into the River Nile into your Itinerary but you might enjoy a Sunset Cruise with the restored, original African Queen on the River Nile that was used on the movie set back in the 1950’s.
When it comes to lodgings, we use better-budget and upmarket lodging. Better-Budget means the best of Budget Lodges interspersed with moderate ones here and there, always with en-suite bath.
We will design the just right Seniors Safari Tour in Uganda and Rwanda for you whether it be better-budget or upmarket.
What can I do on a Seniors African Safari in Uganda or Rwanda?
Gorilla Tracking can be done in both Uganda and Rwanda, presently in Uganda Gorilla Permits cost 600 usd and in Rwanda 750 usd. During the off-season months of April, May, November, Gorilla Permits in Uganda are 350 usd per person.
Gorilla Tracking can range from easy to difficult, we will arrange for a group that meets your fitness level. Some Gorilla Groups only take 2 to3 hours to track while others take 5 hours or longer.
Gorilla Tracking is a once in a lifetime experience, some track the gorillas twice, some track gorillas both in Uganda and Rwanda.
Call it Gorilla Tracking or Trekking – it is worth the cost of the permits and no one complaints when they have completed their Trek, they are simply in a state of awe.
You can track Chimpanzees both in Rwanda and Uganda, the best park where to track chimpanzees is Kibale Forest, here you can also go on a chimpanzee habituation experience which is all day with the chimpanzees and researchers.
Chimpanzee tracking can also be done in Uganda in Budongo Forest, Kyambura Gorge, Semiliki Forest, Kalinzu Forest and Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda.
One often sees a lot more than Chimpanzees, in both Kibale Forest and Nyungwe Forest where there are 13 species of primates found.
On chimpanzee Trek one will also see birds, antelopes, and in the case of Kibale Forest you are in a jungle like setting, the same applies to Semliki Forest.
Golden Monkeys are only found in the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
They can be safely tracked in Uganda and Rwanda. In Uganda you can spend a longer time with them on a Golden Monkey Habituation Experience.
In Rwanda, Golden Monkeys are found in Volcanoes National Park and it can be an easy add-on to your Gorilla Safari there. In Uganda they are found in Mghinga Gorilla Park. a small park, but many activities.
Mgahinga Gorilla Park Golden Monkey is easily added on to Gorilla Tracking if you track gorillas in the Rushaga or Nkuringo section of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Wildlife Game Drives:
There are 10 Game Parks in Uganda, 4 of which are savannah parks. Kidepo Valley Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park. Akagera National Park is the only savannah park in Rwanda where one can go on game drives.
Kidepo Valley Park is one of the best parks in East Africa – CNN named it as the 6th best park in Africa, it is remote and unvisited since it takes a full day to reach there.
Murchison Falls National Park is the best all-around park with accessibility from Kampala with a wide variety of wildlife and birds to seen here.
Queen Elizabeth Park is home to the tree-climbing lions. Game drives are about three hours in length and each one is like unwrapping a gift, you never know what you find.
Boat Safaris with wildlife, hippos, crocodiles, birds can be taken in Uganda up and down the River Nile at Murchison Falls Park. The boat safari up the River is one of the best in Uganda with a wide variety of wildlife, reptiles, water birds and best of all a view of the most powerful waterfall in the world, Murchison Falls which you can hike up along its sides, a very popular activity.
In Queen Elizabeth Park along the Kazinga Channe which is a natural channel connecting Lake Edward and Lake George – it is one place with the highest concentration of hippos in Africa, there are also crocodiles, monitor lizards, elephants, antelopes, buffaloes, and in the late afternoon you might see some predators.
Lake Mburo, Uganda’s smallest savannah park has a 1 1/2 hour boat safari that allows you to see water birds, otters, hippos, crocodiles, animals such as zebras and antelopes coming to water.
In Rwanda you can take a Boat Safari while visiting Akagera National Park on Lake Ihema which is one of the highlights visiting this savannah park.
Nature – Birding Walks:
Both Uganda and Rwanda offer some excellent Nature Walks within various National Park. In or near Uganda’s park there is Budongo Forest near Murchison Falls where you visit the Royal Mile for birding, track chimpanzees, take various nature walks here. Near here you track Rhinos on foot at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
Kibale Forest is another area for Nature Walk lover Chimpanzee tracking, a visit to Bigodi wetlands sanctuary, a top of the world hike where you pass by 3 crater lakes, villages, tea plantations.
Queen Elizabeth with its Maramagambo Forest, Banded Mongoose Tracking, a nature walk along the Ntungwe River in Ishasha.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest offers a walk through the forest 7 hours in length. Rwanda offers natue walks in Volcanoes National Park and there are 130 kilometers of trails in Nyungwe Forest. Lots of opportunities to get out of the vehicle into the wild of Uganda and Rwanda.
Cultural Experiences in Uganda and Rwanda:
When on safari in Uganda and Rwanda Cultural Opportunities abound. You can visit a Karimajong Manyatta (village) and meet this pastoralist, warrior tribe.
Village Visits in both Uganda and Rwanda. A time with the first people of forest, the Batwa Pygmies as they take you into their beloved forest to show you as to how they used hunt and gather.
Dance and Drumming lesson, learn how to prepare a meal Ugandan style, you can even stay overnight in a local village in both Rwanda and Uganda.
Many lodges offer traditional dancing and music for their guests in the evening using local villagers. Most often a delightful time.
Enjoy the Cultures of Uganda and Rwanda.
We pick only lodges with bath, have mosquito netting, offer good food and service for our clients. We constantly review the lodges that we use and suggest based on client input, our driver-guides and personal inspection.
Lodges are one of the keys to a successful safari. With upmarket lodges you more of a standard of quality when it comes to rooms, food and service.
The food that is often served is International with an African Touch. In Rwanda we encourage to eat the national favorite dish Goat-Beef-Chicken Brochettes, along Lake Kivu try some Sambaza which is a small lake sardine.
In Uganda we will try to make sure that you eat some Matooke (a type of plantain banana) with chicken – called Luwombo and cooked in a Banana Leaf.
Your Driver-Guide is the key to a successful safari for you. We fully realize that and attempt to have only the best of the best.
We try to find people who understand the needs of our clients, even adjust the itinerary to the liking of the client. Are people of integrity and honesty that only seek what is best for you.
Driver-Guides that speak several dialects can explain to you the Ugandan – Rwandan Cultures and ways, will teach you how we eat a mango in Africa, introduce you to Jackfruit and even procure some of our local Waragi (gin) or Coffee Spirit, the latter not found in lodges.
Your Driver Guide is your advocate with lodges, makes sure you have the right food, right service and more.
With your input we create a safari that represents you and your wishes and that reflects the things you would like to do and see in Uganda and Rwanda.
The creation of a safari is something we take quite interesting and take our time to create a handcrafted a safari that is suitable for you.
We take your input in regards to parks, activities, lodging quality and flesh it out in an itinerary that reflects you.
The itinerary is always changeable and once you read it and give us your feedback we make further adjustments to your African Dream Safari in Rwanda and Uganda.
There is only one thing we do – create memorable safaris in Uganda – Rwanda.
Over 40% of our Clients are over 60 and we do our best in creating a safari that is you nad meets your needs and budget. Uganda and Rwanda – Ebola Free await you to fulfill your inner Safari Yearnings since your youth. Enjoy the Land of a thousand Hills – Rwanda and Uganda the Pearl of Africa.
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“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” John Hemingway, African Journeys