Saving Gorillas With Nature Adventure Africa Safaris

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Saving gorillas with Nature Adventure Africa Safaris saves other animals and jobs, too. In fact, these safaris may well change your life, too!

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Travel brings many benefits.

It can alleviate depression, make you see the world with new eyes, and broaden your horizons. Since strict lockdowns and quarantines have diminished the possibility of moving around, now more than ever, people are feeling the need to explore the world, and get back to nature.

Through travel, we can make new friends in parts of the world we’d never even heard about before. We can learn about cultures that vary greatly from our own. And we can make direct contact with animals that are (very sadly!) only found in zoos in our corner of the world, such as the gorilla.

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Our Furry Relatives

The DNA of these remarkable creatures is incredibly similar to ours – it’s a similarity of between 95% to 98%. There have been many studies of gorillas done to better understand the brain structures of humans. And it’s women who have led those studies.

A trio of prominent female primatologists, known as the ‘Trimates,’ deeply engaged in better understanding the links between us and primates. Dian Fossey was the foremost scientist in the world for studying mountain gorillas, while Birutė Galdikas studied orangutans, and Jane Goodall dedicated her life the the chimpanzee. The latter discovered how we share rational and emotional thought, as well as what we would consider affectionate actions, like hugging, kissing, patting and even tickling!

It’s well known that the lives of each of these ‘Trimates’ changed forever after observing animals in the wild. Their priorities and perspectives on life were altered radically, and permanently.

If you would like to experience a life-changing moment yourself, there’s no better time than now to meet wild gorillas – as well as other amazing animals – in Africa. And Nature Adventure Africa Safaris can help you do just that.

East African Gorilla Safaris

It’s absolutely vital that more people visit a gorilla reserve today. Eco-tourism has long been an important sanctuary for primates. Quite often in Africa, our closest relatives are eaten as ‘bush meat’ – but this stops when there’s a financial incentive to keep the animals alive for foreigners to observe.

The lockdowns have put that system – and these gentle animals – in grave danger.

Nature Adventure Africa Safaris is trying to safeguard the gorilla by encouraging foreigners to come on their safaris to ensure their team of fully dedicated conservationists remain in paid employment to help protect these primates. These conservationists not only deeply care about the welfare of the gorilla, but also want people’s experiences to be exciting, informative and educational.

During a 7 Day Uganda-Kenya Tour, for example, you’ll have the opportunity to see the best of wild mountain gorilla families in Uganda.

During your Gorilla Habituation Experience, you will have the chance to meet with the Head Ranger of the park. He will allocate you to meet with a certain gorilla family. You and your group  will enter into the jungle to view the daily activities of the mountain gorillas. You’ll marvel as you watch them eating, playing, grooming, and interacting. You’ll be allowed to stay with the great apes to take photos and videos for one magical hour.

But that’s not all: you’ll also visit the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Nestled in the region of Serengeti, this place is famous for the Great Migration, when the circular great wildebeest migration begins. With its abundant fauna, seen on no other continent, it’s quite rightly considered one of the ten Wonders of the World.

Hundreds of Species

Animal lovers will also be delighted by a visit to the Bwindi Forest National Park, which was designated as an animal sanctuary in 1964 to protect the mountain gorillas. Besides these giants, the park provides a home for 120 other species of mammals, as well as innumerable species of birds, butterflies and even frogs, chameleons, geckos. There are many endangered species amongst them. Indeed, the Bwindi Forest National Park is one of the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 breathtaking flowering plant species, too.

Ultimately, you simply cannot visit Kenya without visiting its capital, Nairobi. This tour provides a full taste of the city, with a full day of excursions, visiting the Giraffe Centre, the famous Sheldrick Elephant Center, the Karen Blixen Museum, the Roof of KICC, Kibera, and the National Museum. 

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Luxurious Accommodations

Of course, during your safari holiday, you’ll enjoy a variety of beautiful accommodations. The first stop will be at the Rushaga Gorilla Camp, where there are luxury tents, suites and cabins available. After that, you shall sleep in the quaint Arcadia Cottages. These quaint lodges overlook the hills above Lake Bunyonyi, where you will enjoy spectacular views as you awaken to promising sunrises.

Your next home-from-home is the Karibu Guest House, which offers all the luxurious comforts of a boutique hotel. It’s set in an impressive former Presidential residence, and boasts marvellous furnishings.

At the Mara Enkorok Camp, you’ll have the chance  to admire the scenic Oloolotikoshi Hills, while relaxing after a game drive with a captivating sunset. Your last stop will be The Boma Hotel in Nairobi, which offers a lively ambience, where all guests experience a high level of hospitality.

The safari includes: ground transportation, accommodation and meals as per itinerary. Also included are the: Aero Link Charter, Drop to JKIA, professional Safari Guide/driver services, game park Entrance fees, visits to the giraffe centre and Maasai villages.

Excluded in the Safari Cost are: international airfares, visas, tipping fees, luxury drinks, laundry fees and all other personal expenses. 

Tantalising Tanzania

Alternatively, you can choose to hang out with gorillas on a 10 Day Tanzania/Rwanda Tour. Make sure you bring comfortable and light clothing for your expeditions in the stifling African temperatures. That being said, you should bring a light sweater for the cooler evenings, and a waterproof jacket for the excursions up to the mountains and volcanoes, where the weather cools at higher altitudes.

When tracking gorillas, you’ll need robust walking shoes with ankle support, as well as a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the piercing sun. And the best camera you can find, of course!

On this exceptional photographic safari, you will be able to capture these magnificent creatures on camera. Just remember not to use a flash, in order not to disturb them.

Your adventure begins in Tanzania, in the Serengeti National Park. The name ‘Serengeti’ evokes the Maasai term that describes the area: siringet means ‘the place where the land runs on forever.’ Indeed, the region is known as the best place to see some of Africa’s most incredible wildlife, and it does seem to ‘run on forever’!

For example? The wildebeest migration, which crosses the Mara River, seems endless. This river is a vital source of water not only for these magnificent animals, but also for the Maasai people, who have been grazing their livestock there for centuries.

After witnessing the presence of dozens of native African animals and stunning views of the Serengeti landscapes, your tour will take you to Rwanda, the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills.’ This is a new luxury destination in East Africa, and is best known for its abundant mountain gorillas, who live in the Volcanoes National Park.

This is truly the jewel in the crown of Rwanda’s national parks, and is home to over 300 mountain gorillas. The park is also the final resting place of gorilla researcher and anti-poaching activist, Dian Fossey, whose amazing work raised awareness of the plight of gorillas. In Musanze city, you will be able to visit the museum that pays tribute to her work, describing all the conservation efforts of this famous primatologist in the Virunga Massifs.

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Where You’ll Stay

As with the Uganda/Kenya tour, your itinerary will lead you to various accommodations, starting with the Legendary Lodge, set in lush tropical gardens on a working coffee farm just outside Arusha. You’ll sleep in one of their beautiful cottages, designed with a unique blend of African arts and crafts, combined with old, colonial-style luxury.

The next stop will be the Singita Mara River Tented Camp, located on a dramatic river bend in the remote Lamai triangle in Tanzania. This permanent tented camp is a modern take on the classic East African safari, and boasts all the mod/cons you desire.

Your adventures will then lead you to the Singita Sabora Tented Camp, a place that awakens the senses with its seamless combination of private indoor and outdoor spaces. Your final stop will be the Singita Kwitonda Gorilla Lodge. Its unparalleled position will allow you to encounter the untamed wilderness and magnificent wildlife of Africa. It features an ambiance that glorifies local craftsmanship, with elements like woven ceilings and hand-fired terracotta brickwork.

The cost of the safari includes: ground transportation, accommodation and meals as per itinerary. Also included are the: Grumeti Air flight from Kilimanjaro Airport to Serengeti Airstrip and back, park entry, game drives, 1 gorilla permit per person and Dian Fossey Museum entry.

Excluded in the Safari Cost are: international airfares, visas, tipping fees, luxury drinks, laundry fees and all other personal expenses.

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Well Worth The Trip

There’s no doubt that your entire perspective on life, and your place in the universe, will be altered or reaffirmed after connecting with nature and some of our closest relatives on one of these incredible Adventure Africa Safaris.

While some believe travelling is ‘too difficult’ right now, due to Covid inconveniences, such as getting tested before your trip, going to Africa is actually much easier than it is to other parts of the world.

For example, in Tanzania, there’s zero quarantine for those who enter the country, and in Rwanda travellers will be screened upon entry and take a second RT-PCR test to confirm the negative results of the test done prior to arrival. You will be required to wait for these test results in a designated transit hotel. The Government of Rwanda has negotiated special rates at designated transit hotels for the 24-hour waiting period.

The truth is that the wild gorillas and other African animals have never needed your tourist dollar as much as they do now. Without eco-tourism, many of these species may well disappear, and of course, those noble conservationists who rely on tourism will also lose their jobs.

Isn’t the hassle of taking a test and filling out some forms worth saving jobs and animals? We’d say that’s a firm YES!

For more information about Nature Adventure Africa Safaris, please click here. Image credits from Rwanda Tours and Pexels.
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