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Spotlight on Mountain Gorillas

Mountain gorillas are muscular with large chests, wide feet and hands and black, thick hair that keeps them warm. They are the largest living primates on earth today and live in a social group of up to 40 with the leader, a silverback. This silverback is the protector of the group and he will sacrifice his life to protect the rest of the pack from other gorillas, leopards or humans. They are an amazing sight to behold and everyone on this planet should take the opportunity to see these gorillas at least once in their lifetimes. Mountain gorillas are an endangered species. They are also threatened by ongoing forest destruction when the land is needed for housing, fuel or farmland. Thankfully, there is a dedicated group that is putting all of their efforts towards protecting these amazing animals so the species can continue for many years to come. There are less than 1,000 mountain gorillas alive today and approximately half of them can be found in Uganda. The Mgahinga National Parks and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest host gorilla safaris in areas where the animal is surrounded by his natural habitat and can remain unharmed. These safaris permit you to not only see the gorillas up-close and personal but also discover more about their risk of extinction. Losing these animals completely would be devastating and the more people that know about the threat, the more that can be done about it. The other half of the mountain gorilla population lives in Rwanda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Males can weigh up to 400 pounds while females can reach a maximum weight of approximately 215 pounds. The males proudly stand up to 6 feet tall while the females can reach a height of 5 feet. Their lifespan ranges from 40 to 50 years, they are herbivorous and they have a gestation period that lasts about 8.5 months. When you view these amazing gorillas on a safari you’ll be amazed to see the social and gentle personalities of the adults and the fun-loving spirit of the children. It’s a heartwarming experience to view these mountain gorillas and it’s something that...

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Experience a Breathtaking African Beach Holiday

When most people think about taking a tour of Africa they envision safaris and meeting the locals. There’s also another reason why you should be visiting Africa and one that shouldn’t be ignored. There are fantastic beaches in Africa to explore and they make the perfect complement to long hot safari days. If you’re planning on traveling to Africa you should definitely consider adding a beach holiday to your travel plans. The ocean awaits your visit and you’ll be able to boast about swimming in a part of the ocean that many world travelers never experience. It’s something different that you can do while you’re in the country and an adventure that shouldn’t be missed. Around Africa Safari Beach Holidays At Around Africa Safari we pride ourselves on putting together the best beach travel plans for our visitors. Enjoy a visit to Seychelles where time seems to stand still while the waves of the water greet the open sand. You’ll be staying at Choice Villa, where you can hear the waves lapping and the birds chirping when you first wake up. You can then relax while you enjoy a delicious breakfast and then gear up for a day of snorkeling, swimming or just relaxing by the beach and working on your tan. You can also opt for a trip to Mombasa where you’ll stay at the exotic Leopard Beach Resort & Spa. The resort lies right on the Diani beach in Kenya, which is one of the most famous beaches in the country. You’ll definitely create lifetime memories on this beach and spa adventure. Many people that visit this beach tend to return to enjoy its breathtaking beauty once again. Around Africa Safari is also proud to offer luxury beach holidays in Zanzibar, which is located just off the Tanzania coast. Here you’ll find tiny islands and miles of sandy white beaches. This is the perfect place to visit when you want to do something different such as deep-sea fishing, diving in the coral reefs and snorkeling along the coastline. This is a great beach holiday that gives you the chance to unwind and put all of your cares...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Go on an African Safari

When you go on safari in Africa, you’ll experience a new world of wildlife adventure, fantastic scenery and cultural highlights. It is something completely different to a regular vacation and not only will you have the time of your life while you’re there, but you’ll build up countless memories and interesting knowledge that you can pass on to others. Here are 5 reasons why you should book your African safari today: Exposure To A Brand-New World You can’t help but get a new viewpoint on life once you’ve taken this type of vacation. These adventures create awareness of unspoiled habitats, the animals that share this planet with us, and different cultures. Once you get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy lifestyle and experience these changes, you’ll definitely be positively affected. The Best of Both Worlds Enjoy all the excitement and the relaxation that these trips offer. Unwind after exciting events during the day in luxurious suites that will make you feel at home. Choose from a variety of accommodations and amenities including a range of onsite restaurants, outdoor pools, and fantastic views. An Affordable Holiday Most wildlife safaris include game viewing, sightseeing, meals and accommodations without a lot of extra unexpected costs. You’ll be able to plan the trip according to your budget and you’ll be surprised to see just how affordable a safari can be. You’ll be getting excellent value for your money with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a brand-new part of the world. Endangered Animals Learn more about the mountain gorillas and cheetahs that need our help. Once you see them in person it doesn’t just become a story about endangered animals anymore – it becomes a personal experience. You do have the chance to get involved, either on a small scale or a larger one, to help these animals. In most cases, the fees to enter the grounds go towards preserving the animal habitat to prevent endangerment or extinction. Meet New Friends You’ll meet a lot of travelers that have flown in from around the world to enjoy the safari, and you’ll also get to know some of the locals in the...

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Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – The Only Place to See Rhinos in Uganda

Enjoy the majestic beauty of rhinos living in their natural habitat at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda. This sanctuary provides a safe and secure place for rhinos that are facing the possibility of extinction within the next 10 years. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and this sanctuary is the only place where you’ll be able to experience a rhino sighting in all of Uganda. The rhino sanctuary is dedicated to restoring the population of rhinos by offering the animals a safe place to live. Rhinos can breed here and expand without the worry of outside influences since the 70 km² sanctuary is completely surrounded by an electric fence rising 2 m in height to keep any unwanted intruders out. View Rhinos and Other Animal Species While rhinos are definitely the top feature in this sanctuary there are also 40 different reptilian and mammal species in the park including crocodiles, hippos, antelopes, monkeys and an amazing variety of birds. It’s a great place to visit when you’re in Uganda and want to see the beauty of nature at its best with rhinos in full view. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Location This sanctuary can be found approximately 180 km north of the capital of Uganda, Kampala, which is also Uganda’s biggest city. It is close to Nakitoma Village in the Nakasongola District. To get there simply follow the Kampala-Gulu Highway north from Kampala until you see the sanctuary signs. Make It a Part of Your Next Trip A trip to Uganda wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Tourist facilities include a guesthouse, a safari lodge, campgrounds and budget accommodation. The accommodations feature fantastic restaurants that offer great meals to visiting tourists. Trained rangers will guide you on this rhino expedition so that you can see these gentle beasts at a safe yet up-close distance. Besides trekking on foot to see the rhinos you can also take nature walks, canoe rides and do some bird watching while you’re here. By visiting the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary you’ll be helping to support the efforts to save these amazing animals from extinction. This expedition provides not only the opportunity...

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Uganda Reduces Visa Fee to Stimulate Tourism

Visiting East Africa for a Uganda & Rwanda Safari Tour, has never been easier. The Uganda & Rwanda government just recently dropped their visa fees;  making the destination a reality for most prospective tourists.   Reduced Visa Fees Uganda’s government has reduced their visa fee in order to rev up their national economy. Their new platform allows for potential tourists to apply for the  e-visas  by filling out an online form; this new policy came into effect July 22, 2016. Technologys effect on travelling has made getting around much easier, so now getting approved by the Ugandan embassy at the border is efficient.   Tourism Steadily Increasing Uganda & Rwanda Safaris Tours have been helping entice tourists to spend some downtime along the Nile. Aside from the slight dip in tourism from 2009, as a result of the great recession, Uganda has been steadily increasing in travelers and visitors. In fact, Uganda’s travel and tourism revenue makes up the majority of their GDP. When the numbers have been crunched tourism adds more than a billion dollars in revenue to the GDP per fiscal year.   Tons of Activities Uganda has many tourist attractions that make it a great place to vacation. On East Africa Safaris, you can find local chimpanzees and beautiful silverback gorillas. Consider taking a boat trip along the River Nile to catch a glance of some enormous crocodiles; they can be up to 20 feet long and are the second biggest crocodiles on our planet. If you’re looking for adventure you could try white water rafting in Jinja; it’ll have your heart racing and your adrenaline going.   If you are interested in visiting Uganda and getting to know the local food, culture, wildlife and landscapes give us a call at 256 414693576, 256 773599507 or fill out our online...

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Honeymoon with a Rwanda Safari with Around Africa Safaris

Rwanda is becoming a favourite stop for tourists from all around the world- with its sprawling lush jungles and the unique wildlife experiences, it’s no wonder why people are flocking here! Renowned for its beautiful scenery and natural parks, Rwanda is the “Land of a Thousand Hills”- home to the popular and breathtaking Virunga volcanic chain, which provides habitat for many species, including the mighty Silverback mountain gorilla. A Rwandan nature tour would be the perfect adventure for your honeymoon, and the beauty of this small country will take your breath away! For nature lovers, a guided Rwanda safari tour is a once in a lifetime experience- observe Silverback gorillas in their natural habitat, tour the magnificent jungles of the Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park, and Nyungwe National Park, or take an exhilarating savannah safari. An Around Africa Safaris tour would make an ideal honeymoon;, our tours care for each step of the way. Upon your arrival, you will be met by your guide at the airport, and escorted to your accommodations in Kigali. Your transportation throughout the journey is provided, and guided tours will give you an in-depth experience from a local perspective. On gorilla expeditions, rangers guide you through the terrain, providing valuable information on the gorillas and their habitat- it’s truly an inspiring adventure that you and your new spouse will treasure! Around Africa Safari excursions are also great for honeymoons because you get time to yourselves for exploring local culture, markets, museums, and dining. Our expert guides are available for recommendations, but you are free to adventure around the local areas; find local souvenirs, make new memories, and experience Rwandan culture! Around Africa Safaris tours are expertly designed by travel professionals, with the mission of providing every guest with a memorable, safe, and thrilling tour that will be remembered for a lifetime. With safety measures in place, such as 24/7 emergency support, guided transportation, and financial protection, you can be assured that you will enjoy an authentic and genuine experience with the added confidence of protection and guidance. Your thrilling Rwandan getaway is just a call or a click away! Contact Around Africa Safaris,...

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