Their land is virgin bush which has never been inhabited by people and so there is much work to be done to provide infrastructure in the form of roads and water holes, carry out accurate game counts, draw up species lists and conduct anti-poaching patrols with the aim of removing snares. Game viewing hides need to be built and if you are interested in birds there are nearly species to be counted! We would like to start an indigenous tree nursery with the aim of one day being able to re-establish areas in need of trees.
The work on this project will be varied according to the time of year as well as what is required to develop the Reserve.
It will include helping with:. On this project you will get involved in whatever is needed, but we want you to have fun and learn along the way. Part of your stay with us will include attending two courses which are included in the price. Below are details of these courses. The drive will take approximately 6 hours,. This project is in a remote area of South Eastern Botswana and there are no shopping facilities in the immediate area. The closest village is 25km away and has a couple of small General Dealer stores.
We have a Post Box there and could collect on a weekly basis should you receive post from home. No specific qualifications are needed but volunteers must have completed their schooling and be at least 18 years of age. The language of the project is English so a reasonable understanding of it is required. Accommodation is in a fully equipped tented camp in a magnificent setting in the middle of the Reserve. Volunteers need to bring along their own towels and a sleeping bag for occasions when we sleep out for the night. The ablutions include hot and cold showers, flushing toilets and basins, and are shared.
The camp has a kitchen with gas fridge, freezer and stove and is fully equipped with crockery, cutlery and glassware. There is no electricity in the camp but we do run solar-powered lights.
Much of the cooking can be done over a fire and we will teach you to bake breads and rolls. Meals are simple and wholesome and we are able to cater for vegetarians if we are notified in advance. There are books and magazines and a number of puzzles and games which you can use. There is a plunge pool in the camp where volunteers can cool off. Evenings will be spent either around the camp fire in the boma, sleeping out at one of the hides or going out on a night game drive.
All tourists to Uganda are kindly requested to comply with the requirements below before they can get a visa to Uganda. Every traveler must have a valid passport of nationality or origin issued by their Government. You may also be asked to show your return ticket. This is usually not asked. Please note that individuals who are American or British citizens as well as almost all commonwealth nations and Europe do need a visa to get to Uganda. And still note that failure to complete the application form fully may result in the issuance of a visa being delayed or refused.
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The Ugandan currency is the Ugandan Shilling. Forex Bureaus in Uganda do not accept US dollars dated and below. It is advisable to use big notes 50 or US dollar to exchange money because exchange rates for smaller notes are much lower. Cut, dirty, damaged and notes with writings may not be accepted by most people. You can change dollars, pounds and Euros everywhere in Uganda, but the best exchange rates are found in Kampala. In case of any inconvenience, use the bank counter to withdraw as much money as you want.
Credit Card: Credit cards are not yet used much in Uganda.
Only at major hotels and upmarket lodges this can be used. Traveler Cheques: Travel cheques are only accepted in a few banks in Kampala and they will give you a terrible rate for it. It may be hard for you to bank it. Bwindi in Uganda has four habituated families with 32 permits available daily. The gorillas there live in thick tropical forest and tracking in Uganda safaris is more challenging as the hillsides are steeper and it can take hours. Three of the families Mubare, Habinyanja, and Rushegura are accessed from Buhoma in the north. The fourth family, in Nkuringo in Southern Bwindi, is accessed from Kisoro.
Access to this group is on a very steep trail and tracking can take much of the day.
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The habituated gorilla family that used to reside at Mgahinga is no longer resident there full time and viewing is currently not being offered. This group is likely to remain unstable unless more females join the group. Mgahinga is also a great place to appreciate the unique Virunga volcanoes, where you can track the golden monkeys or go birding.
Bwindi is one of the few forests where these primates, gorillas and chimps, co-exist but are rarely seen as they live lower down when both species are present. The Ugandan and Rwandan variety Pan Troglodytes Schweinfurthi is long-haired and lives in those forests where there is a rich, all year round food supply. Entebbe and Ngamba Entebbe became a colonial centre in the 19th century, and was the capital until With its botanical gardens and colonial buildings, it is a charming sleepy place.
Activities here include golf, tennis, sailing and swimming as well visiting the Entebbe Wildlife Centre. Entebbe Airport, probably the friendliest in Africa, is some 40 km south of Kampala on the shores of Lake Victoria. From Entebbe there are regular trips to Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The sanctuary, on a beautiful forested island, is home to chimpanzees illegally removed from the wild and confiscated by the authorities; a raised platform enables close viewing and makes feeding time an exciting activity to watch.
The tour lasts about half a day, travelling either by a modified traditional Ssese canoe or a faster motorboat. An overnight stay, at a simple mobile camp, can be arranged. The entrance fees paid goes towards looking after the chimpanzees. Kibale Forest Kibale Forest has thirteen species of primates — among the highest number recorded in an African forest — including the chimpanzee, the vervet monkey and the red colobus.
Tracking the noisy chimpanzee families racing through this verdant forest is a thrilling experience.
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Together with Bigodi Wetland nearby, many forest and swamp birds can be seen. The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel is especially good for viewing hippo, buffalo, elephant and a vast array of birds.
Around Ishasha, go on the hunt for the famous tree-climbing lions which lounge nonchalantly on old fig trees. The beautiful steeply forested Kyambura Gorge nearby is home not only to chimpanzees but also the red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus and many bird species. Sources of the Nile Much of the nineteenth century was dominated by the search for the Source of the River Nile. In reality the Source includes a number of lakes and rivers in Uganda and Rwanda as well as the Virungas and Rwenzoris.
Kibuye, two hours from Kigali, is a relaxing retreat for swimming, canoeing and water-skiing.
Gisenyi, a famous resort in the past, now has a sleepy forgotten air with some fine but neglected buildings from the Belgian era. The emerald green Mutanda, in Uganda, with its distinctive hump-back islands, seen in the distance from Mgahinga, has a pristine beauty. Chimp tracking is available either at Busingiro, in the south of Budongo, or at Kanyiyo Pabidi on the road to Murchison. The birdlife in the forest is prolific — about species.
The strange Bunyoro rabbit can also sometimes be seen at night. There is a church nearby which was built by Polish refugees in the war. Kabalega, the powerful king of Bunyoro at the turn of the 19th century, is buried at the Mparo Tombs near Hoima. The city grew around the court of the Kabaka of Buganda with British officials and Indian merchants settling on adjoining hills. It is a charming green city, with its many gardens and attractive views of the surrounding countryside and Lake Victoria.