7 Fascinating Things About Rwanda You Probably Don’t Know

Are you curious about Rwanda and would like to learn more about this small and beautiful country during your African safari?

Do you wish to learn about the breathtaking attractions and strange laws of the country? Well, this is the time for you to know, everything you need to learn about her and untrue facts you need to clarify. However, some of the things you will find out will take your breath away and these include;

The World’s finest coffee comes from Rwanda

The Land of a thousand Hills favors the growth of some of the World’s finest coffee beans. Due to Government, farmer co-operatives and Non-Governmental Organizations’ efforts, the quality of coffee exported from Rwanda is always the best thus allowing to tourists to not only track the Mountain gorillas but also taste some of the World’s finest coffee brands.

One of the three countries to encounter the critically endangered Mountain gorillas

If you didn’t know, then you need to know that Rwanda is among the three exceptional countries in the World that can be visited for the critically endangered mountain gorillas. They are found within Volcanoes National Park, in the North-western side of the country thus can be visited at anytime of the year. Additionally, it is easier to track the mountain gorillas in this country than it is with the other countries (Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo)

Another interesting fact about this country that will take your breath away is the annual naming ceremony of the newborn mountain gorillas popularly known as the “Kwita Izina Ceremony” introduced in 2005. You can plan your next gorilla safari and Kwita Izina in September.

Plastic bags are not allowed (are illegal) in the country

You will discover that when you buy anything (be it souvenirs, groceries, food, shoes or clothes) in a store or supermarket, it will be packed or wrapped in a paper bag instead of plastic/polythene bags as it is done in the neighboring countries. Plastic bags were banned by the Government in 2006 in an effort to reduce the litter within the streets of the country.

Kigali is the cleanest City in the African Continent

One of the obvious reasons why Kigali is among the cleanest Cities in Africa is probably because Plastic bags were abolished in the country and surprisingly, you can be arrested if found littering rubbish on the street. This is strange for a Ugandan because in this country, even a smartly dressed man or woman will not be ashamed to throw rubbish on the streets and no one cares. Besides that, everyone including the President of Rwanda participates during the “cleaning days” of the City known as Umuganda. This culture is said to be contained in the traditional practice of Communal cleanliness.

Golden monkeys can also be tracked

Besides Mountain gorillas, golden monkeys can be tracked within Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and this also takes places within Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

The country suffered a genocide and has now recovered

The year 1994 was the most painful time for the people of Rwanda because over 800,000 people especially the Tutsi were killed and more than 2 million became refugees to the neighboring countries of Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rwanda is a land of a thousand Hills

Oh yes, Rwanda is the land of a thousand Hills, thus offering one of the most picturesque views you can ever find during an African safari. Not only that, this country has been known as the Switzerland of Africa, due to the numerous Hills and the cool climate.

Did you know that Rwanda is the only place with majority female parliamentarians?

Strange as it sounds, the country is the first place in the World with majority of female Politicians and mainly female-run institutions. It was actually ranked by the UN as the highest country in the World with most women in Parliament as of January 2017. There are currently 59 women in the 106-seat of Parliament (representing more than half).

4 Reasons Why You Should Track Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

Mountain gorillas are found within only three African countries that include Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. With about 880 of these Giant Apes left in the whole World, Uganda is a home to over 440 (about 400 in Bwindi Impenetrable and around 40 in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park) hence it would be a dream come true to meet face to face to one of the World’s most treasured wildlife.

With three options (choices), you are probably wondering which of the three countries would offer the most unforgettable gorilla safari experience and I recommend Uganda but these are the most interesting reasons why you can’t afford to miss tracking mountain gorillas from Uganda;

1. The country is safe for all tourists

Anyone who has ever been to Uganda will concur that she is one of the safest and secure countries in the African continent and the people are very friendly and welcoming to visitors.  If you compare the three destinations where gorilla trekking is conducted, Rwanda and Uganda are the safest while the Democratic Republic of Congo is often avoided due to the rebel insurgencies within the Eastern side of the country but the next reason is why you would rather track gorillas from the Pearl of Africa (Uganda).

2. Gorilla trekking is cheaper

If you compare Uganda and Rwanda, you should definitely choose the former because price of gorilla permits cost about $600 per person for foreign non-residents, $500 for foreign residents and Shs 250,000 for East African Community Residents compared to the latter that charges an exorbitant $1500 per person for all categories of tourists.  Much as the Democratic Republic of Congo offers permits at only $400 (cheaper than the two countries), but because of the ongoing instability in the Eastern side of the country, it is often avoided by tourists.

3. You can also enjoy the exhilarating Gorilla Habituation Experience

Uganda is the only destination is the whole World that offers the interesting Gorilla Habituation Experience where tourists are allowed to spend four hours with the Mountain gorillas instead of the usual one hour spent during normal gorilla trekking.  This adventure is conducted within two sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that include Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors and permits costs only $1500 per person. Gorilla Habituation is when these primates get used to the presence of humans.

4. The country offers shelter to the highest population of these Giant Apes

It is a clear fact that Uganda offers shelter to the highest number of mountain gorillas with more than half calling Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks home. There are over 400 (11 habituated gorilla families) and 40 (and one habituated group) found within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park respectively of the total 880 of these Giant Apes left in the World, hence 96 permits are sold in Uganda per day (based on the maximum number of 8 persons allows to visit a gorilla family).

Habituated gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include Mishaya, Bweza, Nkuringo, Kahungye, Busingye, Nshongi, Oruzogo, Bitukura, Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura while only the Nyakagyezi group is found within Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Therefore, Uganda is the best destination for gorilla trekking safaris because it has the highest population of mountain gorillas, the adventure is cheaper, the destination is safe for gorilla trekking and is the only country that offers the exciting Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Factor To Consider Before Renting A Car In Uganda

Renting A Car In Uganda

Are you looking for the most comfortable and excellent car to rent for safari travel or business in Uganda? For the excellent and comfortable car rentals in Uganda, the perfect way to save money is for you compare the costs of vehicles online and not only the rates displayed on the websites since costs can changed at any time based on the economic conditions and the personal needs. There are some of the things you have to know prior renting a car in Uganda. Ranging from the size of the car, the number of people you are going to travel with, costs, special discounts, company status to a required driver documents and extra rates included.

The size and the kind of the car matters

Many car hiring agencies in Uganda offer different charges depending on the size of the car someone requires to rent. The size of the vehicle is determined by the number of people it can carry, seating capacity and car model type. Select a car based on the number of people you are most likely to travel with, big cars especially the minibuses and minivans can carry from 15 to 50 people while the small vehicles such as the sedans can accommodate a maximum of five passengers and they all offer varied costs.

Valid driving permit or license

This is another useful factor for you to put mind while planning to rent a vehicle in Uganda. All car hire agencies in the country prior offering you their vehicle, the first thing they will require is your valid driving permit and they remain with a photocopy of your permit and passport photo and it is also advisable that you obey the traffic laws and be patient while driving on road.

Special discounts

Prior hiring a car in Uganda, you should consider discount offers, most agencies in the country provide special discount to clients in varied days, seasons and the depending on the size of the group. We provide special discounts to visitors provided that you book a car for many days say five and more. This also includes group travelers say two or more vehicles at the same time. For visitors who are interested in weekend getaway, they can request for their discounts in weekend vehicles on hire.

The number of people and size of luggage to be carried along

This also impacts on the cost of vehicle to be hired in that if you are traveling personally or as a couple, you simply require four door passenger car like the Toyota Rav4, Premio or any other economical vehicle to save money on the cost of fuel and even those small cars are provided at low cost. In case you are traveling in a group say a family and carrying huge luggage, you will require a big car especially minibus that can carry many people and luggage even at times you require an additional car to carry your property.

Destination where you need to visit

This also features among important factors to be considered before renting a car in Uganda for instance you are drive just around the city centre its better you get a simple vehicle like Rav4 but when you are going to travel in the rural areas to discover Uganda’s magnificent national parks, it is advisable that you rent a four by four safari vehicle since most road networks are in poor state and this can easily make you get stuck especially when you use a small car.

Car hire company status

Prior planning to rent a vehicle from a given car hire company, first carry out adequate research on which company you desire to work with as you may encounter several companies online and some of them may not be genuine. Prior putting any commitment fee to any agency first make sure that the company is dully registered, reliable and they offer pocket friendly prices.

Ask about the hidden charges

Prior deciding which car to rent from any company, first inquire more about the cost and hidden charges to avoid disappointments at last time. You need to discuss more on the fuel charges if it is included on the cost most car companies provide rates without fuel and driver so it is better to talk about it prior hiring a vehicle. As well, many agencies charge additional income if you return the car beyond the agreed time. Other charges may apply to GPS device, camping bags, travel map and many more.

Go through customer testimonies online

While hiring a car for a safari, you will encounter several options especially as you surf via the internet which may lead to more confusion while selecting the company to hire the car. To make the best option, you will require to go through car hire service testimonies from the past clients and you can easily find these on the website, Google reviews, social media like face book or check on the trip advisor. This will guide as different clients give their views depending on their previous experiences especially concerning car hire, drivers or full road trip experience and this can help you get out of doubts and worries on whom to book the vehicle with.

In conclusion, there are many factors for you to consider prior hiring a car for a safari in Uganda. The above factors offer you guidance on what to do or not to do to find that comfortable car that fits within your budget and desires. Other factors include safety precautions and reservation responsiveness. For more information, contact us and we shall be there to help you.

Things to Avoid When Renting a Car in Uganda

Renting a car has become a common part of travel experience you would think of. However it’s never an easy task to opt for. Do I need to buy for additional fuel? Pay for insurance, what about refueling the car. I hear horror stories about phony damages; no one is around to inspect the car. Okay can I drive in a foreign country, do they offer me a chauffeur. All these questions come into the minds of travelers intending to rent cars in Uganda. Among your options there are some things you need to avoid;

Prepaying for gasoline

Prepaid gasoline charges appeal to our desire for the Simplicity of travelling and concerns being late to the airport. Rental cars have come with options of refueling their cars unless you are completely sure that you will return the empty car, you can refuel it at your own expense making it more costly to the rental charges

Avoid returning the vehicle at the delayed time

Most companies in Uganda have ignored the extra hours they give before expiration of the agreed period, terms and conditions in line with the programmed tour. Companies like Auto rental Uganda, Car Rental Uganda, Rent  a Car Uganda have designed fares for the extra hours you spend with their fleet. Always read the terms and conditions of your chosen car rental on the return date. In most cases a penalty will be charged on top of your fully paid charges for hiring the car. Changed programs may cause this, un expected mechanical problem which should be communicated to the rental agency. Serious observation of the terms and conditions must be taken note of.

Avoid paying for extra costs

Make sure you check the auto agency’s insurance policy whether it covers you when you rent the car. The biggest extra costs are collision of the car you hired .So avoid to pay for extra costs in case the car got  head collision with another car yet it’s the company’s insurance policy Make sure that you follow your itinerary in order to avoid unnecessary costs on your trip to Uganda. Doing all these will help you to save some of your money and have beautiful luxurious trip that you will live long to talk.

Avoid taking the car before thoroughly inspection.

Examine the car of your choice both the exterior  and interior view still at the rental desk to avoid paying the damage that was already  in existence  Rental cars always advise their clients to full inspect the car they hire in case of any mechanical happened to them while on their trip. Things like the hand brake, wipers, horn, tyres, head lights, indicators, battery, check belts, brake fluids, hydraulic, oil level and the radiators

Avoid returning the vehicle when its fuel tank is empty.

Always   take clear observation of the nearby fuel stations as you are set for trip. Since most roads in Uganda are unsurfaced especially heading to the game reserves, make sure that you carry with you an extra fuel container like a jerry can in case  you got up with fuel shortages. Lastly terms and conditions should be taken in mind regarding to   your contract. Smoking in a non-smoking car, driving while drunk which violates Ugandan traffic rules. The car hired should be taken as if it is yours, keeping it clean, parking in safe areas and never allow un authorized person to  operate your car keeping in mind to lock the car properly when you moved out of it

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa Set To Be Sworn In As President on Friday

(HARARE, Zimbabwe) — Zimbabwe’s recently fired vice president was set to return on Wednesday to be sworn in as the country’s new leader, after Robert Mugabe announced his stunning resignation during impeachment proceedings against him.

The state-run broadcaster reported that Emmerson Mnangagwa would arrive at Manyame Air Base in the capital, Harare, at 6 p.m., and the Parliament speaker said he would be sworn in Friday after the ruling party notified him of its nomination of Mnangagwa to replace Mugabe until the end of the term next year.

Singing and cheering, several hundred people have gathered outside the air force base in anticipation of Mnangagwa’s arrival.

Some carried printed signs with images of Mnangagwa, suggesting a significant level of organization behind the jubilant turnout. Signs read “Welcome back, our hero” and “True to your word, you’re back. Welcome.”

A man in the crowd, Godwin Nyarugwa, said he was “very ecstatic” and that “we need change in this country, change in everything.”

Zimbabwe has been through “crisis after crisis” and Mnangagwa seems best suited to lead the country forward, said Nyarugwa, who has several university degrees but no job.

“We have to try him and see,” he said. “If he doesn’t come up with something, we need to change him as well.”

The air force base where demonstrators are congregating is adjacent to Harare’s international airport.

Zimbabweans are still reeling from Mugabe’s resignation Tuesday. They cheered and danced in the streets of Harare late into the night, thrilled to be rid of a leader whose early promise after the end of white minority rule in 1980 was overtaken by economic collapse, government dysfunction and human rights violations.

Now the focus turns to Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s longtime deputy who was pushed aside earlier this month as unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe positioned herself to replace him and succeed her husband. Mnangagwa fled the country, claiming threats against his life.

That led the military to step in a week ago, opening the door for the ruling party and the people to publicly turn against the president.

It was not clear what the 93-year-old Robert Mugabe and his wife would do next. Mugabe, who was the world’s oldest head of state, said in his resignation letter that legal procedures should be followed to install a new president “no later than tomorrow.”

The privately run Newsday newspaper reported that Mnangagwa would be met on arrival in Harare by army commander Constantino Chiwenga and ruling party officials and then was expected “to meet Mugabe for a briefing.”

Zimbabweans woke up to the first day in 37 years without Mugabe in power. With some nursing hangovers, they looked over newspaper headlines such as “Adios Bob and Ta-ta President.”

“I think this change of government is like a new breath of fresh air right across the country,” said Patrick Musira on the streets of the capital. “Everyone was engulfed with excitement and they are looking for a better future, a brighter future with work.”

Zimbabwe’s new leaders are faced with a once-prosperous nation whose economy has collapsed, sending well-educated but frustrated young people into desperate work as street vendors. Many have left the country altogether.

Mnangagwa is a former justice and defense minister who served for decades as Mugabe’s enforcer, a role that earned him the nickname “Crocodile.” Many opposition supporters believe he was instrumental in the army killings of thousands of people when Mugabe moved against a political rival in the 1980s.

So far in the current political turmoil Mnangagwa has used inclusive language, saying in a statement hours before Mugabe’s resignation that all Zimbabweans should work together to advance their nation.

“Never should the nation be held at ransom by one person ever again, whose desire is to die in office at whatever cost to the nation,” Mnangagwa said.

In a new commentary, the state-run Zimbabwe Herald newspaper stressed the importance of presidential term limits, saying Zimbabweans will “never again go back into a box of silence.”

It added: “We hope that when (Mnangagwa) finishes his stint in State House the cheers will be for a job well done … He has the best wishes of most Zimbabweans, at least today.”

How Kenyan Graduates Make Millions of Money Online

Are you tired of looking for that ever-elusive job? Are you a recent graduate who cannot land a good job without experience? Are you anxious to be your own Boss and decide your own financial destiny? If all or some of the answers to the above question is Yes, then here is how you can do it hassle free and without initial intense capital outlay.

With everything going digital and the internet revolution exploding, there comes with it massive opportunities to make money. Kenyans are making thousands of money from the online world. Common ways of making money is through article writing, blogging, transcription, programming and academic writing.

Recent survey showed that young Kenyan graduates are making a decent living online through academic writing. Academic writing has gained tremendous popularity in the Kenyan online free-lancing market. Basically, this involves the writing of research papers, essays, assignments, dissertations, thesis and many more. The client gives the writer a topic to research on, the money he or she is willing to pay and the time frame the assignment is expected to be completed. Once the writer completes the academic work, he is paid according to the site’s terms.

There exists thousands of legitimate academic writing sites that pay well. Academic writing opportunities can be quite broad, covering any type of writing that is related to education or academic research. Some great sites include: Writerbay (WriterBay.com) is a great site for online writing jobs. The site pays up to $20 per page, making it an excellent income opportunity for good writers. Payment is released on the 16th of every month.

Another great site is UvoCorp.com: Uvorcorp is one of the best research writing sites. Unlike the rest of the websites, it pays very well, has plenty of orders even in the low season and has supportive editors and administrators. Uvorcorp pays between $5 and $20 per page and writers here have the highest income potential.

Essaywriters.net is another great site. Though Essaywriters pays low, the good thing about it is that it has a lot of orders throughout the year. Essaywriters pays from $2.5 and the pay goes higher depending on the complexity and urgency of the order. Writers are also paid twice a month.

To be a good writer, one needs to be conversant with different writing styles of formatting the papers. Some of the commonly used styles include APA, MLA, Harvard and Chicago (Turabian).

How I became I Millionaire With Just a Laptop and Facebook Account

Gloria Otieno, a former Kenya airways employee quit her lucrative career to go home with only a laptop and a facebook page! This although seems to be unwise decision for most people, to her it was the beginning of a journey to making it big and reaping from her passion.

As an employee at Kenya Airways, she felt that the job was not her passion and thought that it was time to move on in search of her true passion. Gloria, a pharmacist by training is currently the owner of a top consulting firm in Kenya Recours Four Kenya Consultants Limited; a company that provides recruitment, selection, training and development of staff and design of corporate uniforms. It also offers training, helping to bridge the gap between education and employment by equipping participants with the required skills necessary for the workplace.

Gloria’s whose first deal was worth ksh. 200 says that it takes passion and commitment to get to where you want to be. Her first client was a 22 year old man who she did a CV for 200 shillings. After the young man landed an interview he referred her to his cousin and that is how the cycle began.

After the young man landed an interview he referred her to his cousin and that is how the cycle began. She asked happy clients to post their testimonials on her Facebook page and when she received more than 1,000 CVs in the first few months she knew she had business and she needed more people.

She however advices people that befor you quit your job, you must have a plan in place and be ready to work tirelessly towards it.
And her advice to young entrepreneurs? “An entrepreneur must have a plan. You must understand your business and the direction you want it to take. You should have a working knowledge about the business you plan to start before you start it. You also need common sense, appropriate experience, follow through and attention to detail,” she concludes.

Find more tips on how to become a successful entrepreneur

How Hackers Access for Facebook & Twitter

With the current trend of Twitter and Facebook account hacking for government institutions and prominent personal accounts. East Africa Business Daily News takes you through possible means how you account can be easily hacked. If You have a facebook or twitter account with large followers then I Advice you take time and read through this help.

1. Phishing

Phishing is still the most popular attack vector used for hacking Facebook accounts. There are variety  ethods to carry out phishing attack. In a simple phishing attacks a hacker creates a fake log in page  hich exactly looks like the real Facebook page and then asks the victim to log in. Once the victim log in through the fake page the, the victims “Email Address” and “Password” is stored in to a text file,  nd the hacker then downloads the text file and gets his hands on the victims credentials.

2. Keylogging

Keylogging is the easiest way to hack a Facebook password. Keylogging sometimes can be so dangerous that even a person with good knowledge of computers can fall for it. A Keylogger is basically a small program which, once is installed on victim’s computer, will record every thing victim types on his/her computer. The logs are then send back to the attacker by either FTP or directly to hackers email address.

3. Stealer’s

Almost 80% percent people use stored passwords in their browser to access the Facebook. This is quite convenient, but can sometimes be extremely dangerous. Stealer’s are software’s specially designed to capture the saved passwords stored in the victims Internet browser.

4. Session Hijacking

Session Hijacking can be often very dangerous if you are accessing Facebook on a http (non secure) connection. In Session Hijacking attack, a hacker steals the victims browser cookie which is used to authenticate the user on a website, and use it to access the victims account. Session hijacking is widely used on LAN, and WiFi connections.

5. Sidejacking With Firesheep

Sidejacking attack went common in late 2010, however it’s still popular now a days. Firesheep is widely used to carry out sidejacking attacks. Firesheep only works when the attacker and victim is on the same WiFi network. A sidejacking attack is basically another name for http session hijacking, but it’s more targeted towards WiFi users.

6. Mobile Phone Hacking

Millions of Facebook users access Facebook through their mobile phones. In case the hacker can gain access to the victims mobile phone then he can probably gain access to his/her Facebook account. Their are a lots of Mobile Spying software’s used to monitor a Cellphone. The most popular Mobile Phone Spying software’s are: Mobile Spy, and Spy Phone Gold.

7. DNS Spoofing

If both the victim and attacker are on the same network, an attacker can use a DNS spoofing attack and change the original Facebook page to his own fake page and hence can get access to victims Facebook account.

8. USB Hacking

If an attacker has physical access to your computer, he could just insert a USB programmed with a function to automatically extract saved passwords in the Internet browser.

9. Man In the Middle Attacks

If the victim and attacker are on the same LAN and on a switch based network, a hacker can place himself between the client and the server, or he could act as a default gateway and hence capturing all the traffic in between.

10. Botnets

Botnets are not commonly used for hacking Facebook accounts, because of it’s high setup costs. They  re used to carry more advanced attacks. A Botnet is basically a collection of compromised computer. The infection process is same as the key logging, however a Botnet gives you additional options for carrying out attacks with the compromised computer. Some of the most popular Botnets include  pyeye and Zeus.

If this makes sense and you care about you friends and relatives accounts the Share on their time lines for them to be aware.

Here’s Why You Should Go to Bwindi Forest for Gorilla Trekking in 2018

Bwindi impenetrable forest has been a favorite park for many tourists to Africa especially those on gorilla safaris but today its one of top choice  for budget gorilla treks. The park offers an exciting mix of primate viewing, culture and community retreats an experience that is cherished for life. Are you planning to track mountain gorillas soon in Africa on budget? Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda is the only place to go gorilla trekking on budget and even save enough dollars for other tour adventure activities to come.

Besides in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, seeing mountain gorillas is a must with 99%chances in a single trek though one can track mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Congo. Also the park is home to the largest number of mountain gorillas living on the planet hence being the best destination for gorilla trekking in Africa. Here is what makes the park a top choice for all travelers seeking for affordable gorilla safaris  in Africa.

Cheap Gorilla Permits

All gorilla permits are discounted for three months every year to enable tight spenders to full fill their travel dream. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) sells gorilla permits at only $450 USD  during the months of April, May and November. This discount is valid until 2019 when the park management body is contemplating to revise its tariff rates. If you want to track gorillas on budget the time is now because no one knows what the future will bring. However, other months of the year gorilla permits in Bwindi Forest National Park cost $600 USD per trek still a lower price compared to one gorilla permit in Rwanda that go for $1500. You could book a private 3 Day gorilla trek at even less than $1000 in Uganda and even save a few dollars. The gorilla tour price goes more low if you travel with a friend or join a group tour offered by selected tour operators.

Book your gorilla permit with a tour operator in charge of organizing your tour and even get details on gorilla permit availability and more offers for those with a working permit and nationality.

Explore More During Your Tour

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a great place to see lots of things! The park is located close to other exciting attractions and destinations just in case you want to extend your tour to see wildlife or track chimps or relax at the beach.Just gather you trip interest and request your trip planner to come up with a breathing space tour program.

Transport and Accessibility

From Kampala Uganda’s Capital or Kigali Rwanda, its very easy to get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by road in either a private safari vehicle or public transport unlike other gorilla tracking parks in the region.To use a private safari vehicle ,one must book a full package gorilla safari tour with a tour operator including transport, accommodation,meals and gorilla permits.However, if your budget is too tight,there are many public buses that leave Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable but still you need to book your backpacking gorilla tour with a tour agent who will ensure your safety to the gorilla park and back. Gorilla back packing tours are very cheap and affordable and you get the same experience just like those on budget private gorilla safari tours.

Same scenario applies to travelers who fly to Kigali but want to track gorillas in Uganda. Still your trip organizer will arrange safe transport to transfer you from Rwanda Kigali to  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you will track gorillas.But ensure that your gorilla permit is reserved in time.Select a right tour company to organize your gorilla tracking tour.

Accommodation Facilities

Bwindi forest is a home of variety when it comes to accommodation facilities of all kinds and budget.Taking you back the park has four gorilla sector each with different accommodation facilities and habituated gorilla families. This gives tourists a chance to make a choice depending on the budget and preference than being locked in the corner of only particular lodges and campsites.With the various budget gorilla lodges in Bwindi National park,making a choice can be the problem but at least the lodge rates have helped to also see that sorted.However, reviews help a lot in making alodge or campsite choice, so  make it a point to read recent post about a particular lodge of interest on Trip Advisor or Safari Booking.

Would you like to learn more about the park? Check http://www.bwindiimpenetrablenationalpark.com

Rwanda Positions Itself as High End Tourism Destination

After the increment of gorilla permits from $750 to $1500 (in May 2017), there was fear that it would discourage intending trackers from making gorilla trekking safaris in the country. Of course the news of increasing gorilla permits was received with mixed reactions (with some saying it was a good thing for the country while others saying otherwise).

However, you will be surprised that it didn’t greatly affect the country’s gorilla tourism and interestingly, you will be surprised that several hospitality establishments started embracing the high-end tourism strategy (that involves consolidating its high value and low volume).

Tour operators now concur that from the time Rwanda Development Board (RDB) increased the price of gorilla permits, more tourists are appreciating and also embracing the tourism strategy since is was mainly done for sustainability of tourist attritions through stringent Conservation measures. International tourists now understand that the increment was done for a good cause-conservation of the critically endangered mountain gorillas and benefiting local communities surrounding the National Parks especially the Volcanoes National Park.

Not only that, there has been an increase in Up-market Safari Lodges and Hotels within Musanze district and the neighboring areas as a way of embracing Rwanda’s high-end tourism strategy. For instance, the luxurious Bisate Lodge (locally translated as “pieces) was launched/inaugurated on the 1st September 2017 by the President of Rwanda-His Excellency Paul Kagame before officiating the Kwita Izina (Gorilla naming) Ceremony on the same day. This Lodge’s exceptional architectural and beautiful Interior design was derived from Rwandan building tradition of the Nyanza Royal Palace. This Lodge is sprawled on 30 hectares of former farmlands and boasts of 6 villas and 12 exquisite rooms, 6 of which are twin-bedded.

This Lodge is joined by the new luxurious Amakoro Songa Kinigi Lodge situated within Kinigi overlooking the magnificent Sabinyo Volcanoes and is an extension of Songa Africa. This facility is was built with modern energy efficient technology and is managed in the most sustainable ways while taking care of needs of the local community members as well as conservation of nature.

All these new Lodges and others being planned will join the already operating luxury Safari Lodges and Hotels within and around Volcanoes National Park such as Jack and Hannah Cottages, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Virunga Lodge, Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, Le Bambou Gorilla village and La Palme hotel as a way of embracing Rwanda’s high-end tourism strategy. If you are looking for unmatched luxury accommodation, then you should be able to part with a minimum of $1000 per night.

During the grand opening of Singita Kwitonda Lodge, the Managing Director, Graham Lodger pointed that the construction is projected to cost about $16 million and will be open for tourist visitation in August 2019. It will be set up along the popular Kwitonda trail with at least 8 villas as well as 12 luxury rooms and is expected to employ at least 70 people especially the locals.

According to Justins Stevens the General Manager of One&Only Resorts in Rwanda, there was a nature Resort launched in October 2017 within Nyungwe Forest National Park and another, also under the One&Only Property called Gorilla Nest is going to be put up within Volcanoes National Park.

Initially when gorilla permits were increased from $750 to $1500 per person on the 6th May 2017, there were fears of tourists shunning Rwanda but according to statistics by Belise Kariza, the Chief Tourism Officer of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), there has been an increase of 39% in gorilla revenues between May and July compared to the same time last year (2016) when permits were still at $750. This shows a positive response by tourists and service providers to Rwanda’s high-end tourism strategy.