May 24th, 2019

Gorilla permit is a document issued by government authorities to travelers to allow them to be guided in to the forest in search for habituated gorilla groups in their natural home in the forest. Rwanda Development Board is the only authorized government body to issue this document in Rwanda. Gorilla Trekking takes place in the Volcanoes national park that is located in the northern part of Rwanda. It’s a 2hrs drive from Kigali International airport making it the most accessible national park for the travelers.

Cost of Gorilla Permits in Rwanda
Gorilla permits cost $1500 per person in Rwanda for all travelers who intend to visit habituated mountain Gorillas. The cost was raised in May 2017 by Rwandan authorities from $750 per person to $1500. The purpose of the increase was to conserve the national park while they maintain the revenues from the Gorilla tracking activity. The other reason was to distinguish Rwanda as a High end destination for high end class. This is witnessed by the luxurious accommodation in Kigali city.

When to book gorilla Permits in Rwanda
There are two major seasons in which travelers like traveling and each traveler’s choice depends on their preference.
Peak Season
This period is normally December to February and June to August. These months are generally drier and with a big number of visitors coming to Rwanda for Gorilla Tracking. Booking a gorilla permit must be done early enough because of the high demand for these permits each day. The good about the peak season is the trails are clear and not slippery making tracking much easier compared to the wet season. Shoebill safaris will guide you through this by booking your gorilla Permit and organizing the entire trip for you.
Low Season
This season runs in March to May and September to November. These months are very wet with rain all the time. The trails and the vegetation in volcanoes National Park are wet during this period and the trails may be slippery compared to the dry season. Gorilla Tracking takes place though you may be interrupted by the rain. Make sure you carry waterproof and warm clothes ready for this season. Though the rains may be heavy, the sun comes later on in the day and the ground is clear for gorilla trekking to resume without much interference. Do not fear to book your gorilla Permit because you still can go for your exciting moment with the Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.
Shoebill Safaris will take all the responsibility on your behalf to book the gorilla permit and organize all other tour activities that you wish to add to your Gorilla safari.


January 31st, 2019

Uganda is one of the leading destinations on East Africa blessed with a variety of flora and fauna. Despite the social-political challenges, this beautiful country has been identified as one of the relatively stable and prosperous African nations. There are a million reasons for you to visit Uganda starting from the good weather thought the year and the green vegetation and wildlife. A number of things make Uganda the most desired destinations for travelers and this is a highlight of the top tourist attractions in Uganda.

Mountain Gorillas
Uganda shelters over half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas in the world in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, making it the largest concentration of mountain gorillas in the world. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park shelters the highest habituated mountain gorilla groups while Mgahinga National Park has only one mountain gorilla group. 17 gorilla families have been habituated for trekking after the introduction of two new Gorilla Families-Christmas and Katwe. Bwindi national Park is located in the southwestern parts of Uganda in Kabale District.

Wild life
Uganda has a rich plenty of flora and fauna throughout its national parks. About seven of these parks have a very high concentration of wildlife for example Kidepo Valley national park which boasts the highest concentration of wildlife.
These national parks include;
• Queen Elizabeth national park was named after the royal Queen Elizabeth II of England.
• Rwenzori mountains national park.
• Lake Mburo national park.
• The famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
• Semiliki National Park.
• Murchison Falls National Park.
• Kibale national park.
• Kidepo Valley national park.
• Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
• And Mount Elgon National Park.

Each of these national park has its own unique eye-catching features ranging from lions, leopards, elephant, antelopes, giraffes, monkeys, chimpanzees and the human-like mountain Gorillas, these national parks also have a wide variety of birds that that any good birder wishes to see. You can’t afford to miss.

Uganda’s Cultural Tourism
Being a multi-ethnic nation there are multiple cultures and traditions in Uganda. Over 50 tribes are all dispersed in their respective regions with different customs, beliefs, cooking, traditional dress and dances. There are four traditional kingdoms in Uganda each with its own beliefs and conduct. The kingdoms include Tooro, Buganda, Busoga and Bunyoro-kitara kingdoms. There is no better place to experience a wide range of cultures than Uganda. Consider visiting cultural centers like Igongo Cultural Center in the western part of Uganda, Ndere Troupe Cultural Center in Kampala, Batwa Trail experience in southwestern Uganda around Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, then Acholis and Karamojong in the northern and eastern parts of Uganda respectively are the best places to go.

Source of River Nile
The longest river in the world starts from the pearl of Africa Uganda with its source starting right from Jinja in Uganda. The “Nile” word is a Greek word that means valley. River Nile starts from the Northeastern part of Africa and flows from the surrounding areas close to the equator line to the outrageous safari desert and then straight to the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The river is estimated to be about 6600 kilometers long and passes through nine countries but is most centered to Uganda and Egypt. Some of these countries include Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
So many activities are done on the Nile for instance water rafting, bungee jumping, Kayaking, boat rides as well as fishing.
The river starts its 6,500km journey to the Mediterranean Sea (Egypt) beside Jinja town (Uganda) and the source. Don’t miss to see Owen falls dam where hydroelectricity is generated.

Uganda’s Climate
Uganda’s weather conditions are ideal, ranging from the warmth of the lowland areas to the coolness of the highlands in the South West Kigezi where Uganda’s endangered creatures-the mountain Gorillas live. This can be proved from the travelers that have been in Uganda for their holidays before. Uganda is mostly sunny thought the year with temperatures rarely rising above 29 degrees.
The average temperature is about 26 degrees C, with a maximum of 18-31 degrees and minimum of 15-23 degrees depending on the part of the country.
The rain season is march-may then light rain season is November and December. Wet seasons are March –May & October-November; dry seasons are December to February & June to August. The rainfall regime allows two planting and harvesting seasons a year in most parts of the country, without the use of irrigation.

conclusion The beauty of such an amazing country with all the beautiful scenery with animals, birds and the green vegetation thought the year makes Uganda the number one choice for all your travel needs.