African Safaris Consultants Blog » Uganda Fri, 30 May 2014 09:38:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to choose your Safari – Part 2 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:55:59 +0000 Choosing the right safari

Last week I promised a few more tips on how to choose the right safari.  Last week I covered:

1.  When do you want to go?
2. Winter vs Summer?
3. Malaria Free Safaris?
4. Your budget?

With these 4 questions covered we can look at getting a little more specific about your experience.

Once you have covered the above the next thing that I would ask is what kind of vacation or safari are you looking for and who are you traveling with?
There are options out there that are more suited to families, older generations, honeymooners, adventurers, 1st time safari goers and those looking to volunteer and give something back.  So believe it or not, this is an important consideration and really helps your consultant provide you with the product best suited to you.

Although your budget might decide where you can go – it would be good for you to have an idea about this too?  There are plenty of choices out there – somewhere like East Africa with Kenya and Tanzania and of course the Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda – has been on the safari circuit for decades.  They are awesome destinations for game viewing and they can be busy and expensive.  Botswana is going to give you an exclusive wilderness experience.  I think it has been said that there are more beds in the Cape Town Waterfront, then in the whole of Botswana!  Because of this exclusivity there is a premium cost attached to staying in this beautiful country.
South Africa has marketed itself well over the years and certainly is a destination that has something for everyone.  So if you are looking for other experiences to include with your Safari, then perhaps South Africa is the right place for you.   Of course – if you like Deserts……nothing compares to dunes and ancient paths in Namibia.

The last thing I would consider when making my safari choice is how much support these establishments are providing to the local communities and how much they are giving back to wildlife.  This is actually something that you do find often now and I think it is an important consideration.  You want to know that you are also giving back to the local people and wildlife you are seeing.

In this way we all play a small part in preserving our Earth’s amazing treasures.  I hope this has been useful.  I always value any comments or thoughts so please feel free to add yours!

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Can we do more for our wildlife? Mon, 25 Jul 2011 14:49:40 +0000 Wildlife news and conservation stories are hot in the press at the moment.  With the recent  exposure of a Rhino poaching syndicate; the talk of Elephant hunting in East Africa; the sad poisoning of the Hoaruseb pride of Lions in Namibia; the burning of illegal Ivory by Kenya’s President with a street value of $100 million; the “Serengeti Highway” debate, approved, not approved, good for some, not good for others; Botswana’s stance to ban all hunting; Gorillas being butchered – wild life concerns are endless and all demand immediate attention.  Sometimes I feel the earth is saying “enough” when we consider all the natural disasters that have occurred in the last decade.  What is our wild life saying?

Even today I read an article that the Masai Mara – one of the most famous National Parks in the world – has lost more than two thirds of its wildlife over the last three decades – that is all in my life time!  Are we able to do something?

It can be tough to be forward thinking.  To wonder what it would be like not have wildlife reserves.  To think about our kids and grandkids and what they might not see.  There are so few fighting for the rights of our animals and protecting them.  The odds against these individuals and organizations are huge….yet they are passionate and committed!

The big threats out there are drought, population pressure, tourism overdevelopment and political mismanagement.  These are all huge topics.  Africa is a continent that has been torn by war, natural disasters like flooding, famine, drought, minimal education and in many cases, wildlife that knows no borders and boundaries.

I don’t really know what the answers are.  I guess, the more we talk about things and the more we expose – made easier these days by the internet – the more people will join together in preserving our wildlife.  We have to keep remembering that every little bit counts, it doesn’t matter how insignificant we think it might be.  We have some of the most awesome wildlife attractions in the world and there are positive results that do keep shining through as the war on Rhino poaching shows:  decreased from 40 Rhinos poached in March 2011 to only 2 poached in June! So please lets all make an effort!

We need to protect and preserve!

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Why visit the Mountain Gorilla? Wed, 25 May 2011 13:11:19 +0000 With Gorilla permits in Uganda being reduced for the low season (October, November, March & April) to $350 per permit rather than the usual $500 per permit, l thought I would tell you a bit about these wonderful animals and what it is actually like to see them, in the wild within touching distance!  One of my colleagues has recently done this trip and guarentees it is one of the most awesome experiences of his life!

The Mountain Gorilla's of Rwanda

There are 3 countries where you can find the Mountain Gorilla.  Uganda and Rwanda are the most popular for visitors, but they are also found in the DRC.  Permits for Gorilla’s have to be bought in advance, there are only a certain number issued each day, and often in peak season they’re sold out well in advance.

There are 5 Great Ape species in the world and 4 out of 5 of them live on the African continent.  These 4 are the Mountain Gorilla, Lowland Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Bonobos.

In 2010 it was estimated that there are only 790 Gorilla’s left worldwide.  They are on the critically endangered list and conservation efforts to keep them in existence are massive.  The Mountain Gorilla does not survive in captivity which is why you will never see them in a zoo.  After the Chimpanzee, Gorilla’s are our closest relatives sharing about 97.7% of our DNA.  Adult males weigh up to 180kg or 400 pounds and can have an arm span of up to 2 meters or 7 feet.

The most serious threat to these animals is man – through poaching, disease and population pressures.  By visiting and enjoying Gorilla Trekking you are helping fund conservation and community projects – all this aides local communities in understanding the value of the survival of these Great Apes.

For Neil’s visit to the Mountain Gorilla’s of Rwanda be sure to read our blog on Monday 30th of May.

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