The Giraffe Center is a non-profit organization founded by Betty and Jock Leslie-Melville in 1979. Situated in Langata, just 20 km outside Nairobi City Center, the Center is dedicated to educating the Kenyan youth in conservation of the environment and the preservation of endangered wildlife and their habitats. Giraffe Centre located in Langata, where the endangered Rothschild giraffe are being raised. This is where tourists/ visitors get the opportunity to hand feed these gentle creatures, as well as get fantastic close up photo shots. Feeding the giraffes is facilitated by a well built, raised platform from where visitors can feed these tall animals with ease.

It was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe, giraffe Camelopardalis Rothschild, which is found only in the grasslands of Africa. In 1979, Leslie-Melville added an education Centre to his giraffe sanctuary. By 1983 he had raised enough money to establish the Giraffe Visitor’s Centre as a tourist destination in Nairobi. The center is also home to several warthogs which freely move around the area along with the giraffes. The main attraction for visitors is feeding giraffes from a raised observation platform. . By 2008, the Trust had successfully raised over 82 infant African Elephant calves.

In addition to the rearing of orphaned rhinos & elephants, the Trust also contributes to part of the electrical fencing of the northern boundary of the Tsavo National Park, continues to pressure cites to uphold the ivory ban through aggressive public campaigns, works to repatriate other animal species, runs desnaring operations and a Mobile Veterinary project, as well as establishing many boreholes & windmills and general conservation issues in Tsavo National Park. Their conservation is a success story in Kenya and the world. Come interact with their handlers and hear the terrible stories behind their journey to the orphanage email us for inquiries at (info@terrain-safaris.com)

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE YOU BOOK

  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.
  • A single person may book this tour, but must select and pay the price for 2 travelers to cover operational costs.

THE ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE CENTRE

Take a day out of Nairobi’s hustle and bustle and head to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Witness and assist with the protection and preservation of Africa’s wilderness. Admire the wildlife and the trust as you see and learn about the care for orphaned elephants and many other animals.

The David Sheldrick National Wildlife Trust is an orphan-elephant rescue organization, devoted to conserving East Africa’s wildlife and habitats. Founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick in honor of her late husband and famous Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Sheldrick, the trust is one of the most successful elephant and rhino rescue programs in the world.

Your day begins with a leisurely drive to the trust’s animal park outside Nairobi, home to many orphaned cubs. Witness the care and love the trust has for its baby elephants and rhinos, learning about the conservation of the animal calves and how they were rescued from all over the country from the poachers who hunted their parents. The calves undergo a variety of special treatments before they are let out into the wilds of Tsavo East National Park. Meet the 6 trustees who help manage the program.

David Sheldrick National Wildlife Trust rehabilitates baby elephants and other wildlife at her home just outside of Nairobi National Park. These babies have lost their mothers to poaching, death, injuries, on getting lost in the wild or other tragedies. Daphne and her dedicated staff raise them to be released back into the wild when they are ready. It is strictly open between 11am and 12 noon. It’s worth visiting and witnessing the humanitarian care to the wildlife and the heart it takes to care for them. Come learn the elephant’s unique stories of how they got there, their names and what plans are there to release them. By 2008, the Trust had successfully raised over 82 infant African Elephant calves. Others are still in the gradual process of reintegration, and others yet are in early infancy at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Nursery. The Sanctuary has a team of competent Elephant Keepers who take the place of the orphan’s lost elephant family, until such time as their transition to the wild herds has been accomplished. This can take up to 10 years, since elephants develop through age progression. You make a Safari to Kenya and on you last day you visit Sheldrick National wildlife trust.

Mountain Kilimanjaro is the highest active mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth. It is crowned with an everlasting snow-cap; this majestic mountain can be found inside the Kilimanjaro National Park of Tanzania, at 005.00 degrees south, 036 degrees east, 5895m a.m.s.l.  It is a giant stratovolcano that began forming about a million years ago and is composed of many layers of hardened volcanic ash, lava, pumice and tephra — fragmental material that is the fallout from a volcanic eruption. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination. The mountain has been the subject of many scientific studies because of its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields.

Mount Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,900 metres (16,100 ft.) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft.) above sea level. The first persons proven to have reached the summit of the mountain were Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889. It takes hikers through five different ecosystems – from rainforest to alpine desert to arctic snowcap – and climbing 19,340 feet to the top is one of the most empowering adventures you can experience without serious training.  Mandara is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds.  This route is usually done in 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi. Conclusively, we spare nothing when it comes to ensuring your safety and peace of mind when you planning your Safari to hiking Kilimanjaro with us, and make sure that any personal needs or issues are attended to as attentively and swiftly as possible. We put you first.

Some interesting facts about Mount Kilimanjaro                                                                                   

  • Kilimanjaro contains 5 unique ecosystems.                                                                                                               Kilimanjaro is much more than just a mountain: it’s five delicate ecosystems all rolled into one. At its two lower levels you’ll find farmland, villages, jungles, and forests — all of which benefit from healthy amounts of rainfall. As climbers move higher up the mountain into the heath and alpine desert zones, vegetation begins to fade and temperatures start to fluctuate: during the day it can reach well over 100 degrees (37c), while at night temperatures can plummet to below freezing. Once climbers reach the summit zone almost all signs of vegetation and animal life have disappeared, as surface water is nearly non-existent at this height. Don’t skimp on the sunscreen, either: Kilimanjaro’s summit is the second closest point on earth to the sun (only the summit of Ecuador’s Mt. Chimborazo is closer).

  • Over 20,000 people attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro each year.                                                                     Reaching Kilimanjaro’s peak isn’t nearly as exhilarating as the climb, and that’s why over 20,000 climbers flock to its slopes each year. Of those 20,000 climbers, roughly 2/3rds make it up to the peak, 1,000 are evacuated and around 10 die due to Altitude sickness. At Kilimanjaro’s peak there is roughly half as much oxygen in a breath as you would find at sea level. Due to this, climbers begin to experience symptoms like headaches, nausea, exhaustion, and swelling as early as 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) up. So don’t underestimate the dangers of the mountain, take things slow, and be sure to acclimatize!

 

  • Indomitable spirits thrive here.                                                                                                                                       Scaling Kilimanjaro is an accomplishment regardless of who performs it, but the fact that disabled climbers        are   increasingly using the mountain as a way to shatter perceptions about handicaps is truly amazing. In 2009, five blind climbers, known collectively as “Team Kili,” summited the peak after a year’s worth of training; Chris Waddell, a paraplegic who lost the use of his legs in a skiing accident, used his upper-body strength and a “handcycle” to summit the peak in 2011; and perhaps most spectacularly, Kyle Maynard, a quadruple amputee, ascended the mountain in 2011 without the aid of prosthetics. The next time you are searching for inspiration, look no further than Kyle Maynard and his video is available as a testimony.

 

  • The Chagga people call Mt. Kilimanjaro home.                                                                                                               Chances are that at some point during your time on Kilimanjaro you’ll run into members of the Chagga tribe. The Chagga people, who number around 1,000,000, are the third largest ethnic group in Tanzania and one of the richest due to their close relationship with the mountain and its fertile soil. A lot of that affluence can be chalked up to bananas: each Chagga family owns their own home-garden in the middle of a banana grove, known as a vihamba, where they grow bananas alongside coffee (Tanzania’s real cash crop: it brings in over $60 million per year), maize, beans, sugarcane, and maletta. Many visitors to Kilimanjaro begin their journey by visiting with the Chagga at their vihambas in the foothills of the mountain. Also, when it is time to climb, look no further than the Chagga for help: they have proven to be excellent porters, carrying the large sacks of personal equipment on top of their heads.
  • Hans Meyer was the first man to climb Mt.Kilimanjaro.                                                                                          Many people have made a successful journey up Mount Kilimanjaro, but who was the first? That distinguished honor (presumably) belongs to German geographer Hans Meyer, who, along with Swiss alpinist Ludwig Purtscheller and their Chagga guide Yohani Kinyala Lauwo, reached the peak of Kibo (Kilimanjaro’s main summit) in 1889. The mountain air clearly did Kinyala some good: not only did he continued giving tours of the mountain for another seventy years after the first expedition, but he also went on to become one of the oldest people ever — living to the ripe old age of 124!

For every detail or for building a custom private tour to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, please email us at info@terrain-safaris.com and you will have details of every route. At terrain safaris, we offer the best possible prices that meet your budget.

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. It is located in Manyara Region. It covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles.) The landscape is composed of granitic ridges, river valley, and swamps. The park is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. During June to November dry season, visitors to the park can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebras, wildebeest and cape buffalo. Other common resident animals include waterbuck, giraffe, dik dik, impala, eland, Grant’s gazelle, vervet monkey, banded mongoose, and olive baobab. The impalas also exist in large numbers as well, buffalo and giraffes, Bohor reedbuck, Thompson’s gazelle, greater and lesser kudu and the Coke’s hartebeest. On some rare occasions, the common usual gerenuk and fringe –eared Oryx are also seen. A few black rhinos are also residents here.  Predators in Tarangire include African lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, honey badger, and African wild dog.

It is a home to more than 550 bird species and therefore a haven for bird Enthusiasts. The Park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often home to dwarf mongoose. Vegetation is a mix of Acacia woodland, Commiphora-Combretum woodland, seasonally flooded grassland, and baobab trees. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses the park. The Tarangire river is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season. The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras. During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas

The wild animals in this park differ depending on the season. Many of the animals leave the park during the months of November to May. The zebras as well as large herds of wildebeests move into the north-western direction towards the Rift Valley floor amongst the large numbers of animals that spread across the large open areas of the Masai Steppe. The game goes back to the Tarangire swamps during the dry season around the months of June to October most especially, the river system. This is noted as the best season hence enjoys the best of animal viewing during your safari visit to Tarangire around this time. You will obviously see big numbers of elephants gather here as well as the wildebeests and zebras.

RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania. The addition of the Usangu game reserve and other important wetlands to the park in 2008 increased its size to about 20,226 square kilometers (7,809 sq. mi), making it the largest park in Tanzania and East Africa. The park is about 130 kilometers (81 mi) west of Iringa. The park is part of the 45,000 square kilometers (17,000 sq. mi) Rungwa-Kizigo-Muhesi ecosystem, which includes the Rungwa game reserve, the Kizigo and Muhesi game reserves, and the Mbomipa Wildlife Management Area. The name of the park is derived from the great Ruaha river, which flows along its southeastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. The park can be reached by car on a dirt road from Iringa and there are two airstrips – Msembe airstrip at Msembe (park headquarters), and Jongomeru Airstrip, near the Jongomeru Ranger Post.

The park formerly was known for its large elephant population, numbering 34,000 in the Ruaha-Rungwa ecosystem in 2009 but only 15,836 (plus or minus 4,759) in 2015. More than 571 species of birds have been identified in the park. Among the resident species are hornbills. Many migratory birds visit the park.

Other noted animals found in this park are cheetah, African leopard, lion (Africa’s second largest population, representing 10 percent of the world population), African wild dog (third largest population in the world), spotted hyena, giraffe, hippopotamus, African buffalo, and sable antelope. The best time to visit for predators and large mammals is during the dry season (May–December) and for birds and flowers, during the wet season (January–April).

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Lake Manyara National Park is a Tanzanian national park located both in  Arusha Region and Manyara Region, Tanzania. The two administrative regions have no jurisdiction over the parks. The park is governed by the Tanzania National Parks Authority. The majority of the land area of the park is a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara, an alkaline or soda-lake, to the east. The park consists of 330 km2 (130 sq. mi) of arid land, forest, and a soda-lake which covers as much as 200 km2 (77 sq. mi) of land during the wet season but is nearly nonexistent during the dry season.

Lake Manyara National Park is known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. During the wet season, they inhabit the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season. More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park and many remain throughout the year. Because of this Lake Manyara National Park is a good spot for bird watching. Visitors to the park can expect to see upwards of 100 different species of birds on any day. At Terrain Safaris, we have all the packages you need to plan your Safari to Tanzania.

Leopards, Masai lions, cheetahs, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelles, hippopotami, Masai giraffe, impala, zebras and many more wild animals inhabit this park and many can be seen throughout the year. There is a hippo pond at one end of the park where visitors can get out of their cars and observe from a safe distance. The leopards and lions are both known to lounge in the trees while not hunting for prey.

Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu regions. It is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded wildebeest and 250,000 zebras, its numerous Nile crocodile and honey badger. The park covers 14,750 square kilometers (5,700 sq. mi) of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, and woodlands. The park lies in northwestern Tanzania, bordered to the north by the Kenyan border, where it is continuous with the Masai Mara national reserve. To the southeast of the park is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, to the southwest lies Maswa game reserve, to the west are the Ikorongo and Grumeti game reserves, and to the northeast and east lies the Loliondo game. Serengeti National Park (Tanzania, Northern Circuit). The Serengeti is the greatest game park on the continent. It’s not just the wildlife (the sight of more than two million animals moving across the plains is quite a sight), nor is it the actual size (almost that of a small country), but rather the expansive views you find at every turn. It was the Masai who called it Siringitu — “the place where the land moves on forever.” Make a Safari to Tanzania your travel life will never remain the same.

The park is worldwide known for its incredible scenery and magnificent wildlife. Some of the most popular animals for tourists include:  Masai lions, African leopards, Tanzanian cheetahs, and African bush elephant, Eastern black rhinoceros, African buffalos, Serengeti wildebeests, giant’s gazelles, impalas, zebras, warthogs, topi, common eland, waterbuck, grey duiker, Masai giraffes, klipspringer, roan antelopes, bushbuck, lesser kudu, fringe eared Oryx and coke’s hartebeest, spotted hyena, jackals, African golden wolf, honey badger, striped hyena, mongoosesafricen wild dog, olive baboons monkeys including the vervet monkey, patas monkey, black and white colobus are also seen in the gallery forests of grumenti river. Other mammals include the aardvark, aardwolf, bat eared fox, ground pangolin, crested porcupine, three species of hyraxes and cape hare.

Serengeti National Park is a birder’s haven boasting about 500 bird species, including Masai ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustards, helmeted Guinea fowls, southern ground hornbill, crowned cranes, marabou storks, yellow-billed stork, lesser flamingo, martial eagles, lovebirds, oxpeckers, and many species of vultures. Reptiles in Serengeti National Park includes the Nile crocodile, leopard tortoise, serrated hinged terrapin, rainbow agama, Nile monitor, chameleons, African python, black mamba, black-necked spitting cobra, and   puff adder. The park has 3 regions which include; Serengeti plains, western corridor, and northern Serengeti. Conclusively one can visit the park and enjoy the thrilling safari in the scenic Africa. For more inquiries contact as at info@terrain-safaris.com

This 227km Congo Nile Trail that runs along the shores of Lake Kivu gives tourists a clear picture of why Rwanda is called the ‘land of a thousand hills’. The trail offers beautiful views of the Rift Valley escarpment, rolling terraced hills, and green coffee and tea plantations that represent Rwanda’s traditionally rural life and culture. It extends from Rubavu, continues through Rutsiro via the Karongi, Nyamasheke districts and ends at Rusizi district.  The Congo- Nile trail is one of the newest developments which was officially opened at the end of 2009; the Congo-Nile trail is actually a tangled network of trails and roads that run from Gisenyi at the north end of Lake Kivu 227 kilometers south to the town of Cyangugu at the southern end of the lake. The landscape between these two familiar points is made up of unending rolling hills and innumerable towns and villages, offering cyclists and trekkers a glimpse of Rwandan rural life rarely experienced by the city dwellers that make up most of Rwanda’s expat community. Bird lovers also enjoy a wonderful diversity of fowl found along the way, including white tailed blue flycatchers, black headed herons and White-breasted cormorants. Apart from the known parks as the main attractions in Rwanda, the Congo Nile trail is fast becoming a favorite experience. The trail takes visitors to the ridges dividing the two great rivers, passing beautiful green valleys, landscapes, rolling hills, marshes and waterfalls which are perfect for more adventurous travelers and an exciting way to discover Rwanda.

What makes it unique to travelers/ visitors?

  • Pedaling/ biking an incredibly scenic stretch of trails through primitive dirt roads and paths along Lake Kivu. It can be completed in 5 days with rich views and cultural experiences along the way. However the experience is worth selling to those who crave an off beaten path adventure. This trail appeals to adventure travelers and is a great way to experience Rwanda. The biking trips also include side adventures to other tourist attractions like Nyungwe Forest National Park and Gishwati Mukura Forest Reserve where you can track chimpanzees and colobus monkeys and walk above the trees on a forest canopy walk.
  • Being immersed in a culture of subsistence farming and fishing and the sights that go along with it.
  • Interacting with curious and friendly locals along the way.
  • Spotting primates and other wildlife amongest the thick forests of Nyungwe national park.
  • An epic climb through the verdant green tea plantations near Gisovu.
  • Hiking: Congo Nile Trail is a true rambler’s paradise, and offers some of the finest hiking to be had anywhere in East and Central Africa. Winding its way along the fringes of the lake through the peaks of Rwanda’s endlessly verdant thousand hills, a through-hike of the Congo Nile Trail is as challenging as it is a rewarding activity.
  • Camping: There are eight serviced and well- marked campsites spaced out along the Congo Nile trail as well as basic accommodation and a full range of guest houses in the major towns. Travelers who camp along the trail can also take part in other activities such as bird watching, with guaranteed sightings of species such as fowls, white-headed cormorants and many more. Other activities to enjoy include swimming and relaxing on the Karongi sandy beaches, canoeing to the islands and visiting the waterfalls. This is interesting and the experience is memorable. Email us at info@terrain-safaris.com for inquiries and we will make your dream escape happen!

Nyiragongo Mountain is located inside Virunga national park in the democratic republic of Congo, about 20km (12mi) north of the town of Goma and Lake Kivu and just west of the border with Rwanda. The main crater is about two kilometers wide and usually contains a lava lake. Nyiragongo is famous for its extremely fluid lava that runs as water when the lava lake drains. On January 17, 2002, Nyiragongo erupted and the lava lake drained from fissures on its western flanks. The city center of the Goma town, the capital of the East Virunga province, was destroyed by voluminous lava flows. Over 200,000 people were left homeless, adding to the human disaster caused by frequent civil wars.

The journey through Uganda down to the Democratic Republic of Congo is this summit the most active volcano on the African continent and the world’s largest lava lake! This unbelievable experience demonstrates the raw power of our planet and on a clear night its incandescent light can be seen from neighboring Rwanda.  Mountain Nyiragongo is an active stratovolcano with an elevation of 3,470 metres (11,380 ft.). In the Virunga Mountains associated with the Albertine rift, the main crater is about two kilometers’ wide and usually contains a lava lake. The crater presently has two distinct cooled lava benches within the crater walls – one at about 3,175 m (10,417 ft.) and a lower one at about 2,975 m (9,760 ft.). Nyiragongo lava lake has at times been the most voluminous known lava lake in recent history. The depth of the lava lake varies considerably. A maximum elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 3,250 m (10,660 ft.) prior to the January 1977 eruption – a lake depth of about 600 m (2,000 ft.). A recent very low elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 2,700 m (8,900 ft.)

In contrast to its neighbor volcano, Nyamuragira, a typical and very active shield volcano comparable with Mauna Loa, the 3470-m-high Nyiragongo displays the steep slopes of a stratovolcano. Terraces inside the steep-walled, 1.2-km-wide summit crater mark levels of former lava lakes, which have been observed since the late-19th century. Two older volcanoes, Baruta and Shaheru, are partially overlapped by Nyiragongo on the north and south and look like lateral cones. About 100 parasitic cones are located primarily along radial fissures south of Shaheru, East of the summit, and along a NE-SW zone extending as far as Lake Kivu. Many cones are buried by voluminous lava flows that extend long distances down the flanks of the volcano. Hiking this volcano mountain is amazing though tough but totally worth it. It is absolutely worth every drop of sweat to get there. Plan your  Safari to Congo and explore this virgin land of African! Email us for preparations at info@terrain-safaris.com

Lake Nakuru National Park was established in 1961. It covers an area of 180km² (69.5 square miles) and is situated in the Great Rift Valley – 156km northwest of Nairobi in the Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The park is managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service. Lake Nakuru is a large, shallow lake surrounded by marshes, woodland and grassland. There are some rocky outcrops and the largest euphorbia forest in Africa on the Eastern side. The lake is fed by three main rivers; the Njoro, the Makalia and the Enderit rivers, as well as several springs. The park has very good roads and some excellent viewpoints overlooking the lake from Baboon cliff and Lion hill.  There are some rocky outcrops and the largest euphorbia forest in Africa on the eastern side. In addition, Lake Elementaita on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway has been a world heritage site since 2011. The Soda Lake is important because it hosts Soysambu Conservancy, which has the biggest population of the endangered Rothschild giraffe. Other attractions include flamingos, great crested grebe and the great white pelican.

The second largest volcano crater in the world, Menengai Crater, is found in Nakuru. It is 8km from the main road to Nyahururu and is an ideal place for bird watching, hiking, crater walks or camping at the Maili Saba Camp. Lake Nakuru National Park is one of Kenya’s two Premium Parks, and is a bird lover’s paradise. It surrounds Lake Nakuru, located in the Central Rift Conservation Area in the Southern Rift Valley region of Kenya. Originally protected as a bird sanctuary, this park hosts over 400 bird species, including 5 globally threatened species, and is an important stop on the African-Eurasian Migratory Flyway. This park was also the first national Rhino sanctuary and hosts one of the world’s highest concentrations of the Black Rhinoceros.

Lake Nakuru National Park started as a bird viewing and sport shooting area of migratory birds in 1950s, but has since been expanded and fenced to protect populations of endangered giraffes and rhinoceros. The lake supports the blue-green Cyanophyte Spirulina Platensis, which is the main food source for the brilliant pink flamingos that can be found wading on the lake’s edge. At times, there can be up to two million greater and lesser flamingos and tens of thousands of other birds. Food conditions change periodically, and the number of birds fluctuates at times so, if possible, you should check with the national park before making a long journey to view the birds. It is also a good idea to carry a spotter’s guide to identify the many animals and Kenya birds you will see here. Lake Nakuru National Park also offers sanctuary to huge numbers of native African animals including water bucks, warthogs, impalas, buffalo, Rothschild giraffes, elands, endangered black rhinos, white rhinos and, occasionally, leopards. A large herd of hippos have a territory in the northern part of the lake, making for interesting game viewing,enjoy a Safari to the magical Kenya

Climate:

The climate around the lake ranges from cool to hot and humid. The annual rainfall is 965mm which is lower than many other parts of Kenya. The wettest months are March to May and October to December, but even at these times it is not as rainy as other areas.

How to get to Lake Nakuru National Park

By Road:  It is 156km northwest of Nairobi to the main gate and 4km from Nakuru town. There are also gates – the Lanet gate from the Nairobi-Nakuru road and the Nderit Gate if traveling from Masai Mara or Elementaita

By Air: Chartered light air crafts land at Naishi airstrip.

Activities done at the Park

  • Bird watching:

Enjoy the fabulous water birds and other bird species. The best place to view the birds is from   Baboon Cliff, where you get an excellent view over the lake, and the wonderful spectacle of pink flamingoes along its edge. However, the number of birds in the park fluctuates as food conditions change, so check the bird population with the national park before making the journey. The park harbors more than 400 species of birds and surely a birder’s paradise. Examples include flamingoes, great crested grebe, great white pelican and more.

  • Game viewing:

Nakuru is rich in wildlife and once visited one will see the endangered white rhinos and other animals including waterbucks, warthogs, hippos, impalas, buffalo, Rothschild giraffes, wildebeest, wild cats, dogs and more. Drive through the unique vegetation and the biggest euphorbia forest in Africa. Viewpoints include Lion hill, Baboon cliff among others.

  • Camping

It is also a perfect place for camping and has strategic points that offer a good view of the Baboon Cliff and Lion Hill to watch animals.

  • Visit malaika waterfall

A waterfall called Malaika crowns it all. Its spectacular and the views are breathtaking. Nakuru has world class accommodation that can be found at Sarova Lion hill lodge, Mbweha Camp, Lake Nakuru lodge, and Top cliff lodge.

 

It is not rocket science to book the best car rental services Rwanda. Different people have different tastes and preference of car rental services as some services would appear good to some people while they would appeal to be awful to other. But normally people the cheapest car rental services to be the best as every consumer of a product is a rational being as he/she would love to consume a good at the cheapest cost available and this also applies to car rental business.

However, much we all like cheap car rental services but there are always things we have to be put into consideration to make our self drive trip enjoyable and convenient other only saving money.

Here are the 3 important tips to be put into consideration when booking a rental car in Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills.

Which car rental company?

Currently, most of us when looking for a car rental company, go to a friend who has ever travelled to the destination and ask him/her which is the best car rental company in that country. Some of us book with the car rental company our colleague has referred to us while other make an extra mile and hit the internet to look for the car rental company that will suit his/her needs.

Internet searching for car rentals is the most popular way of finding the car rental company. This is what most experienced travelers look for from the car rental company- it establishment base and reputation and these are the most essential traits everyone has to look for. The establishment level of the car rental company is measured by the number of years it has been in the business, how many people know about it and what do they talk about, the kind of the services they offer, how many fleets of rental services do they have, the additional services they offer to their customers other than the vehicles themselves.

One has to go for the company with a great reputation and high level of establishment in anticipation for excellent car rental services in Rwanda.

Choosing a rental Car

Do not be taken up how elegant the car looks like. Every car renter should look for a car that fits his/her needs and budget. There are very many kinds of rental cars being offered by Rwanda car rentals to their customer and these are normally grouped into luxury, midrange and budget cars. Commonly the big cars that are the SUVs and the limousines are the luxury cars, the sedans are the mid range and the compact or crossover cars are the cheap ones. For instance if you are a sole traveler going for a Rwanda gorilla safari why do not book yourself a crossover 4 wheel drive car like a Toyota RAV4 that comes with a cheap price of as low as $50 per day other than going for a big SUV like a Toyota land cruiser which would be good for nothing for a sole traveler.  The car renter has to act wise and choose a car that can fit his/her budget and purpose at the same time other going for some car that would turn to be a nightmare in terms of costs while driving in Rwanda.

Choosing a Pick-Up (and Drop-Off) Place and Time

Always pick a convenient place for pick up and drop off. Most self drive trip in Rwanda start from the capital city of Kigali as the airport is located within. So most traveler after their flight, they pick up a car in Kigali and traverse through the different destination of the country. In addition to the above most car rental companies’ offices are located in Kigali so it is very easy for them to bring to you the car with less cost. For the case of time, it commendable to pick up and also drop off the car during day time as most car rental offices operate during day time only.

When the car renter follows the above car rental booking tips he/she would have minimized the loopholes he/she may find from the car rental services.

 

African Jungle Adventures, a Ugandan based tour operator has added educational tours to their portifolios of tours offered in East Africa. The company has introduced educational trips for students interested in Africa’s Geography, wildlife, research and so on. We do organize tailor made students trips putting into consideration the budget of the students to ensure that they obtain the aims and objectives of the trip. Our team has a strong back ground in areas of academia and research after several years of conducting and supervising university students in Uganda and Rwanda. We have so far organized educational tours for tourism students on research/ field work/ excursions.

The Geography of Uganda

Uganda is gifted with geographical features worth studied by students to enhance their knowledge in as far as global geography knowledge is concerned. The different vegetation types in Uganda include Tropical rain forests, savanna vegetation, swamp vegetation and so on.

Relief features include Mountains like Rwenzori, Mt. Elgon and so on. Hills like Kigezi hills among others. Valleys include the western great rift valley to mention but a few.

Drainage features include Lakes, Rivers, and Swamps and so on.

Field courses (Field excursions & Field work)

Field courses often contain both excursions and fieldwork. More extensive field courses sometimes also include other field activities, such as lectures, study visits and presentations. Field courses are often 5 to 10 days, sometimes longer, sometimes shorter. Travel to field course areas within Sweden is usually made by coach or train and to destinations abroad by coach or air.

Fieldwork usually means collect material for a report or a thesis on your own or in group. Before on site fieldwork in the study area preparation is done through literature search and study, time management, query formulation, methodology and technology considerations, map studies, questionnaire design, booking interviews and more. Analysis of the material collected begins in the fieldwork area and is completed back at the University.

Field course fieldwork provides opportunity for tutoring in the study area during the field period. Many students also conduct more independent fieldwork within the framework of theses projects for bachelors and masters degrees. For those who want to carry out field studies in a developing country, the Department has special funds from Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) for so-called Minor Field Studies (MFS).

Excursions

These are short study tours, excursions; a teacher selects students into groups and given a specific topic to discuss about. The selected topics from historical landscape, geography in the Province of Uplands or urban planning in the Cities or towns.

Excursions primarily occur at the more basic courses. In some courses excursions are prepared by student teams; during the field day the students presenting a place or a space for the group. Excursions are typically by foot and coach.

Great Lakes region and Rivers

Uganda is endowed with many lakes and Rivers in East Africa. Lakes in Uganda include Lake Victoria (the largest in East Africa), Lake Kyoga, Lake Wamala, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mutanda, Lake Gorge, Lake Albert, and Lake Edward and so on. Rivers include River sipi, River manafwa, River Kafu, River katonga and River Nile among other.

For more information check out their website www.africanjungleadventures.com