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Mzuri Ecotours

Gorilla Tours Uganda

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48-5452 Kukuihaele Rd.
Honokaa, HI, 96727
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Mzuri Ecotours will take you on a safari through the Pearl of Africa. Besides tracking mountain gorillas, you'll have the opportunity to watch chimpanzees in their natural habitat and experience the vastness of the African savanna. Uganda has it all, lush tropical rainforests, glaciers on the equator, and the friendliest people you will ever meet.

Highlights of our tours include:

- Tracking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa

- Primate trekking, including chimps, in the rainforests of western Uganda

- Bird watching in both rainforest and savanna

- Game drives with experienced on-site rangers

- Cultural performances including traditional singing, dancing, and drumming

- Traditional healing methods with local healers

Accommodations include small intimate safari lodges locally run and/or Uganda's 5-star lodges at the major game parks. Travel is in 4-wheel drive safari vehicles, depending on the size of the group. Each tour is guided by an experienced, trained Ugandan guide. Depending on the group's interests, camping is optional. All tours are personalized according to interests, from 7-14 days.

The 7 National Parks we cover:

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Protects the Ugandan portion of the Virungas, a chain of six extinct and three sporadically active volcanoes. Mgahinga supports a diverse forest and moorland fauna, including the golden monkey and at least 12 bird species endemic to the Albertine Rift. The spectacular setting at the base of the volcanoes is among the most stirring in East Africa.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa, largely due to its antiquity and an altitude span between 1,160m (3,800 ft) and 2,607m (8,500 ft). More than half the world's population of mountain gorillas live in Bwindi's forests. Bird diversity here is prolific (350 species recorded), along with its population of primates (11 species).

Queen Elizabeth National Park
Boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world. From open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and salt-encrusted crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, QENP has a remarkable 100 mammal species and 610 bird species. An excellent safari park, it has a profusion of hippos, along with a healthy population of Uganda kob, elephants, lions, leopards, and cape buffalo.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Famous for its outrageous vegetation found on the slopes above 3,300m (11,000 ft) and its glaciers on the equator. Although we most likely won't be hiking into the park, we will visit a community project at its boundary in Ruboni and spend an evening in the community’s lodge.

Kibale National Park
Home to a remarkable 13 primate species. Here we will track the chimpanzee and visit the community wetlands project at Bigodi, started by a Peace Corps volunteer in 1993. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 355 recorded species.

Semliki National Park
Borders the Congo's vast Ituri Rainforest, and is of particular interest to birders with 40 Congolese species found nowhere else in Uganda. The dense rainforest harbors many mammals, such as forest elephant, pygmy antelope, DeBrazza's monkey, and the chimpanzee. The Sempaya Hot Springs are a popular destination when visiting this region.

Murchison Falls National Park
Protects a chunk of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile. It is named for the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m (131ft.) below.The Nile hosts one of Africa's densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of waterbirds. Mammals commonly found include elephant, giraffe, buffalo, and a variety of antelope.

Lake Mburo National Park
Uniquely covered in extensive acacia woodland. It has markedly different fauna to other parks and reserves. Lake Mburo is the best place in Uganda to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as zebra, topi, impala, and several acacia-associated birds.

Kidepo Valley National Park
One of Africa's last great wilderness areas, a tract of rugged savannah dominated by the 2,750m (9,000 ft.) Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus Rivers. Twenty-eight of its 86 mammal species are found nowhere else in Uganda, including cheetah, aardwolf, greater kudu and Beisa oryx. While the game viewing can be excellent, it is the thrilling sense of supreme isolation that distinguishes this rare slice of wild Africa, as yet undiscovered by the mass safari market. To reach Kidepo, a private chartered plane is necessary.

Ecotourism Policies

Mzuri Ecotours strives to:

1. Minimize impact, build environmental and cultural awareness and respect through interactions with local communities

2. Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts

3. Provide direct financial benefits for conservation by donating a portion of the profits to NGO's working in conservation in Uganda

4. Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people


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