Churchill Tailored Safaris https://www.churchillsafaris.com "For tailor made safaris to East Africa" Wed, 14 Oct 2020 10:00:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.6 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/cropped-Churchill-safaris-site-icon-32x32.jpg Churchill Tailored Safaris https://www.churchillsafaris.com 32 32 Pack your bags –Entebbe International Aiport to officially open!! https://www.churchillsafaris.com/entebbe-international-aiport-now-open/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=entebbe-international-aiport-now-open https://www.churchillsafaris.com/entebbe-international-aiport-now-open/#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2020 08:27:11 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/?p=11732 Entebbe International Airport and Land borders will now be opened with effect from 1st October 2020 for tourists, coming in and going out, provided they tested negative 72 hours prior arrival in Uganda.

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National Parks open again!! https://www.churchillsafaris.com/national-parks-open-again/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=national-parks-open-again https://www.churchillsafaris.com/national-parks-open-again/#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2020 20:57:29 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/?p=11601 Uganda is Open once again!!
All National Parks are open for tourism for the first time since the pandemic break out

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COVID-19 Situation!! https://www.churchillsafaris.com/covid-19-situation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=covid-19-situation https://www.churchillsafaris.com/covid-19-situation/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 08:30:39 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/?p=10816 Following the outbreak of corona virus disease and the resulting crisis in travel, we are experiencing an unprecedented wave of cancellations of confirmed bookings in Uganda. We don’t know how long it will take to contain the virus, but the impact on our operations is huge already.

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Gorilla and Chimps permits!! https://www.churchillsafaris.com/gorilla-and-chimps-permits/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gorilla-and-chimps-permits https://www.churchillsafaris.com/gorilla-and-chimps-permits/#comments Mon, 02 Sep 2019 10:38:55 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/?p=9432 There has been an increase in price for the gorilla and chimps permits in Uganda, starting 1st July 2020, as recently confirmed by the Uganda Wild life Authority (UWA).Below are the changes:New Gorilla permits (Uganda): from $600 to $700 Chimps Trekking permits (Kibale NP): from $150 to $200Chimps Habituation (Kibale NP): from $220 to $250Gorilla Habituation (Uganda), Permits remain at $1500NOTE: Please note that these changes in price will be effective starting 1st July 2020.

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Updates on Ebola https://www.churchillsafaris.com/updates-on-ebola/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=updates-on-ebola https://www.churchillsafaris.com/updates-on-ebola/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2019 13:46:33 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/?p=7988 We still have clients travelling in the country safely and this is to let you know that the World Health Organization and the government are working very hard in this regard.

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Gorilla Tracking in Uganda https://www.churchillsafaris.com/gorilla-tracking-in-uganda/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gorilla-tracking-in-uganda https://www.churchillsafaris.com/gorilla-tracking-in-uganda/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 04:14:16 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/gorilla-tracking-in-uganda/ Today is the big day; face-to-face with the rare Mountain Gorilla! For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of […]

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Today is the big day; face-to-face with the rare Mountain Gorilla!
For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.
The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.
Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.
The time taken to track the Gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
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https://www.greatadventuresafaris.com/gorilla-tours/ https://www.churchillsafaris.com/https-www-greatadventuresafaris-com-gorilla-tours-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=https-www-greatadventuresafaris-com-gorilla-tours-2 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/https-www-greatadventuresafaris-com-gorilla-tours-2/#respond Sat, 18 May 2019 11:08:12 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/https-www-greatadventuresafaris-com-gorilla-tours-2/ GORILLA TOURS Great Adventures Uganda specializes in organizing Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla Tours to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. We are capable of combining Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla tours with other activities such as game viewing, cultural and community interactions, nature walks among others. Uganda alone has over […]

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Great Adventures Uganda specializes in organizing Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla Tours to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. We are capable of combining Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla tours with other activities such as game viewing, cultural and community interactions, nature walks among others. Uganda alone has over 400 Mountain Gorillas almost half of the existing population in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and we help provide timely and accurate information about availability of Gorilla Permits to see Gorillas.

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Great Adventures Uganda specializes in organizing Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla Tours to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. We are capable of combining Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla tours with other activities such as game viewing, cultural and community interactions, nature walks among others. Uganda alone has over 400 Mountain Gorillas almost half of the existing population in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and we help provide timely and accurate information about availability of Gorilla Permits to see Gorillas.

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Book Review: Gorillas in the Mist, by Dian Fossey https://www.churchillsafaris.com/book-review-gorillas-in-the-mist-by-dian-fossey-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=book-review-gorillas-in-the-mist-by-dian-fossey-2 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/book-review-gorillas-in-the-mist-by-dian-fossey-2/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 18:22:09 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/book-review-gorillas-in-the-mist-by-dian-fossey-2/ [ad_1] Dian Fossey was brutally murdered in 1985, her attacker or attackers splitting her skull with a machete, the type commonly used by poachers. She was found in the bedroom of her cabin in Virunga Mountains, Rwanda, and had apparently tried to load her pistol during the attack. To this day her killer or killers […]

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Dian Fossey was brutally murdered in 1985, her attacker or attackers splitting her skull with a machete, the type commonly used by poachers. She was found in the bedroom of her cabin in Virunga Mountains, Rwanda, and had apparently tried to load her pistol during the attack. To this day her killer or killers have not been found.

While Fossey worked primarily as a zoologist in the mountain forests of Rwanda, she was also involved in strenuous and time consuming anti-poaching activities. While it was illegal to poach gorillas in the Virunga mountains, this law was barely enacted by local authorities, who would pretty much turn a blind eye. Fossey single handedly took it upon herself to police the poachers and confiscate their traps. Speculation abounds as to whether she was murdered by the poets, or if the Rwandian authorities had got sick of her presence and determination to protect the gorillas from human intervention – either for tourist purposes, or poaching them to ship them off to European zoos.

Fossey described her type of conservation as 'active'. The meaning is pretty clear. She was a hands-on practitioner who believed 100 per cent in enforcing the law and making those who broke it pay the penalty. She dismissively characterized 'theoretical' conservation as the type that ticked all the boxes, but did not do the hard work of enforcement. Theoretical conservation was all motherhood statements, while active conservation mean risk taking and putting oneself on the line to make positive opportunities happen, even when this unsettled the status quo or threatened the interests of a powerful few.

Eight Years Years Following and Making Contact with the Gorillas

Gorillas in the Mist is Dian Fossey's memoir covering her 18 years of nearly following and making contact with gorilla groups in the Rwandian mountain forests. Fossey first started her work in the late 1960s, and was still actively involved in field work up to her death in 1985. This was hard, unglamorous work that demanded a certain level of fitness and fortitude (one is amazed at Fossey's nicotine addiction, and how she managed to track gorillas through such tough terrain with her disappening emphysema). The weather was frequently damp, and Fossey in one section of the book describes a typical day of waking up and having to put on wet clothes and then scythe her way through dense mountain vegetation to follow the gorillas.

Fossey's style if often light and cheerful, and she is fond of making jokes. When describing the gorilla's habit of eating their own dung (sometimes, it is speculated, in order to get vitamin B12 which is fermented in the stomach), she called such fare "instantly warmed TV dinners". The breeziness of the narrative, and her uncomplaining attitude to hardships, is often interrupted by passage of terrible grief and trauma. When one of the gorillas, Digit, is killed by poachers, Fossey recorded her feelings in this deeply moving passage:

"There are times when one can not accept facts for fear of shattering one's being. As I listened to Ian's news all of Digit's life, since my first meeting with him as a playful little ball of black fluff ten years earlier, passing through my mind. From that moment on, I came to live within an isolated part of myself. "

There would be many more gorilla deaths due to the activities of the poachers. The reason so many gorillas die is that, when the poachers try to kidnap one of the younger gorillas, all the family members fight to the death to protect them. Fossey had many of these gorillas buried outside her cabin, where she would also often be laid to rest.

A Social History of the Mountain Gorillas

The most extraordinary thing about Gorillas in the Mist is that it presents a social history of the various gorilla groups that Fossey studied and the family groupings within those groups. Fossey named all of the gorillas she followed, also describing in minute detail their personalities and the strategies that they used to survive and thrive in those groups. As you read about the many different gorillas and their interactions – great gorilla personalities like Digit, Macho, Uncle Bert, Beethoven, Effie, Peanuts and Coco – you almost start to merge the gorillas into human personalities. Here Gorillas in the Mist almost reads like the history of a group of people. Of course Fossey gives lots of other zoological information that she learns about the gorillas, like diet and mating habits, but overall the book concerns itself with the personalities and policies of the gorilla groups.

The reader comes away from Gorillas in the Mist with a deep respect for Dian Fossey. She must certainly have been part nut case to take on the hard and physically demanding work of gorilla tracking. Only a person totally obsessed could put up with the conditions, non-existent pay and constant battling with the poets. But as Fossey always told her students, their pay was the privilege of working with the gorillas. Nor was Fossey some airy headed idealist. She knew the poverty of the Rwandian people, how over populated and hard pressed for land they were, and that conservation of the gorilla population was the last of their pressing problems.

Gorillas in the Mist is a unique journey into the mountain forests of Africa to meet a gorilla society, and experience their struggles and joys. It also raises many complex questions about the ethical treatment of animals and human responsibility for natural conservation.

Gorillas in the Mist, by Dian Fossey. Published by Phoenix. ISBN: 9-780753-811412

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Travel to Uganda – A Kingdom Of Birds https://www.churchillsafaris.com/travel-to-uganda-a-kingdom-of-birds/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=travel-to-uganda-a-kingdom-of-birds https://www.churchillsafaris.com/travel-to-uganda-a-kingdom-of-birds/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 17:39:31 +0000 https://www.churchillsafaris.com/travel-to-uganda-a-kingdom-of-birds/ [ad_1] Uganda is an equatorial country with an amazing diversity of Habitats. Truly a Kingdom of Birds, Uganda hosts over 1000 bird species, both Albertine Rift endemics as well as rarities with half of the species known on the African continent, and over 10% of those on record throughout the entire world. For a birding […]

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Uganda is an equatorial country with an amazing diversity of Habitats. Truly a Kingdom of Birds, Uganda hosts over 1000 bird species, both Albertine Rift endemics as well as rarities with half of the species known on the African continent, and over 10% of those on record throughout the entire world. For a birding safari, Uganda is a perfect destination.The country located in the Albertine region also lies on the Northern shores of Lake Victoria-the source of the White Nile, and the country is extremely fertile with parks, wildlife, lakes and rivers, Mountain ranges, parks and a cool attractive countryside.

Uganda enjoys a tropical climate with rainy seasons stretching from April-May and October-November, which is a favorable condition for bird existence since birds breed during the wet season. The wide variety of birds is found in both urban and rural areas of Uganda and the most popular birds are the Shoebill, Rwenzori Turaco, Red-fronted Antpecker, Green-breasted pitta, Black bee-eater, Purvell’s illadopsis, Karamoja Apalis, Nahans Francolin, African Green Broadbill and the Brown-chested plover. City and suburb species mainly include the African Hobby, the Bat Hawk, cooper sunbirds, white faced scops owl, freckled Nightjar and so many more species.

Other bird species include the orange weaver, Verreaux’s Eagle owls, pied kingfishers, Grey headed gull, black headed herons, Yellow bill Duck, swamp flycatcher, Vieillot’s black weavers, Hamerkop, Great blue Turaco and the Ross’s Turaco woodland kingfisher. Broad-billed roller, splendid starling, African fish eagle, Hadada ibis, shikra, Angola swallow, Grey-capped warbler, long crested eagle, palmnut and hooded vultures, Grey kestrel and so many more unmentioned species.

Uganda’s equatorial location, Transitional to the East African savannah and the western rainforests is combined with the altitude and great variety of terrain types provide an overwhelming array of opportunities for keen birders, making it Africa’s most complete bird watching destination.

The top birding spots in Uganda include: Bwindi impenetrable forest for Albertine rift endemics like the black bee-eater and African Green Broadbill, Murchison falls National Park for savannah specialists like the Shoebill, Abyssinian ground hornbill, and Red throated bee-eater, Kibale forest for the green breasted pitta, great blue Turaco. Queen Elizabeth National Park habits about 600 species like the African Mourning Dove, Temminck’s Courser. Mabamba Swamp for the Shoebill stork, Budongo forest for the white crested Turaco, shinning Blue Kingfisher, and Semliki National Park for white crested sunbird species. Rwenzori Mountains with various bird species, Lake Mburo for papyrus Gonelek and Bigodi wetland sanctuary for the Black billed Turaco, white spotted crake and many more colorful bird species.

A variety of unique habitats and lots of superb Birds make a visit to Uganda a must for every birder. This birding hotspot boosts of a bird list of over 1000 bird species, with some being EastAfrica’s rarest and most sought after birds, and the spectacular globally threatened species. Uganda harbours the greatest variety and concentration of Birds, Primates like chimpanzees and wildlife, lakes and rivers, snow-covered Mountain ranges, parks and landscape. A good infrastructure and a variety of interesting activities like Gorilla tracking, sport fishing and white water rafting make Uganda a worthwhile destination and enhance the birding experience.

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