Is it possible for gorillas to be dangerous to humans?
Gorillas are often shy and hesitant when it comes to approaching humans. They will only attack if they are shocked or intimidated, or if a person acts in an inappropriate manner. It is possible for the silverback male to retaliate by howling and charging at the human with horrifying force if the human makes an unexpected movement. This implies that he sprints directly at the victim at high speed and stops directly in front of him, sometimes at a distance of less than one meter between them. He has nothing to be afraid of if the individual subsequently acts submissively by stooping down and staring at the ground. However, if the fugitive chooses to flee, the enraged gorilla is roused even further: he will track down the fugitive and bite him in the body part he can grip first, which is usually a leg or buttock. The most common outcome of such an assault is a serious wound.
Mountain Gorillas are considered to be deadly creatures, and this is a question that many people ask themselves everytime they go Gorilla trekking or before they go. Gorillas (or mountain gorillas) are a wild primate species that may be found in Africa in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Mountain Gorillas, the biggest primates on the planet, live in close proximity to humans on 98 percent of their territory. Mountain Gorillas live in the mountains of the rain forest, where they may be seen in groups. In Uganda, there are 12 gorilla families that have already been habituated; the 11 families live in four sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is the country’s oldest and largest national park, and the sectors are Rushaga, Ruhijah, Buhoma, and Nkuringo. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the country’s oldest and largest national park, and it is home to the world’s largest population of mountain gorillas.
When it comes to people, mountain gorillas are extremely timid and reserved creatures. They will always attack, but only when they feel threatened or if one individual acts in an inappropriate manner.
A huge yell, thumping their chests, and bluff charges are all used by the silverback male mountain gorillas while they are hiking the mountain gorillas when they detect any unexpected activity. With great speed, the gorilla will come to a halt in front of the human after just one meter of space has been established.
However, a person may misbehave and respond inappropriately, and we urge one to do so if assaulted by a gorilla. Make a crouching position and stare at the ground, following which you should demonstrate interest in grooming the gorilla’s hand while smacking your lips until assistance comes.
Do not run away since doing so may provoke the gorilla to attack you and even more since gorillas are stronger than any human and they want to feel like giants all the time. When you try to flee, the mountain gorilla will bite you. He may bite your leg, buttocks, or hand, which will result in a large cut on your body.
Uganda is a landlocked country and popularly known as the pearl of Africa. It is gifted with wildlife, the source of the Nile that flows from Lake Victoria northwards to the Mediterranean Sea.
Due to conservation policies, Uganda’s Wildlife has highly increased in the past years.
A safari to Uganda surely will give you a chance to see its spectacular wildlife experience.
As you begin your Wildlife Safari to Uganda, be sure not to miss Bwindi Impenetrable forest.
It’s famous for its significant gorilla population in Uganda. Uganda wildlife safari guides have vast knowledge about the movements of these gorillas, so be sure to find them on your trek.
They help you discover the rare yet endangered wildlife species in their habitat with ease.
They also assist vacationers enjoying and observing the wildlife and the way they live.
Gorillas are friendly to the visitors, and it is also adventurous to watch and spend some time with them.
While tracking the Gorillas and chimpanzees, you also come across other endangered wildlife species as well.
On your safari, you will be able to see the colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkey, grey-cheeked mangabeys as well as the bush baboons.
Friendly Gorillas safari offers customized days of safari in Uganda that are combined with exploring many national parks and game reserves in Uganda.
Travelers get to see wildlife diversity that includes lions, zebras, buffaloes, elephants, leopards, baboons, giraffes, cheetahs, Uganda kobs, hippos, waterbucks, bushbucks, bush pigs, chimpanzees and many more.
Uganda is also famous for bird watching and one can do this activity in areas like Budongo Forest, Mabamba game reserve, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo, and Kibale forest.
Besides the wildlife, your Safari to Uganda will enable you to interact with the local people and also take part in their cultural activities.
The evenings are spent being entertained by the local people with their traditional dances and songs.
Your wildlife safari involves many activities including hiking different mountains, fishing in Lake Victoria and River Nile in Murchison Falls National park, tracking and trekking the gorillas and also cycling through distinctive Kabale village.
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Covering an area of 370 km2, Lake Mburo National park is the smallest park among the savanna national parks in Uganda.
Nevertheless, Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda.
Why I call it the Zebra Paradise?
Most of the Zebra population in Uganda is found in and around Lake Mburo national park. This provides the best zebra viewing opportunity on a safari in Uganda. The park is dotted with the black and white strip coated mammal.
The type of zebra found in this park is known as the Bruchell’s Zebra. You cannot miss the sight of these amazing and unique mammals while on either a game drive or nature walk (walking safari) in Lake Mburo NP.
Other wildlife in Lake Mburo National park includes:
Over 60 mammal species (zebras inclusive) are found in this park namely;
The Elands :
Waterbucks and Bushbucks
to mention but a few.
The park is also home to a wide ray of birds consisting of about 350 bird species which include water birds, forest and savanna birds. The key species include:
Red faced barbet
The endemic African fin foot
The rare Shoe bill stork
African wattled Lapwing
Brown chested Lapwing
African Fish Eagle
Saddle billed stork
White winged warbler
Bare faced go away bird
Rufuos billed heron
What to do while on Safari in Lake Mburo National Park:
Game drives: Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to roam the park in search of wildlife. You will definitely not miss out on seeing the Zebras. The park has a good network of game drive trails.
Boat cruise: Explore the wildlife rich banks of Lake Mburo on a 2 hour boat cruise. Expected sightings may include schools of hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and water birds (colorful kingfishers, mighty fish eagles, African fin foot)
Bird watching: Lake Mburo’s key birding spots include swampy valleys and viewing platforms near the salt licks and in the forest.
Guided nature walks: Another level of experience, the once in a life time kind. Imagine walking on the same ground with the wild animals. Well this is possible as long as you are accompanied by a ranger guide.
Horseback riding: An exciting and unique way of exploring the park.
Lake Mburo is the only park that contains impalas and the only one in western Uganda with Burchell’s zebra and the eland (largest antelope).
The Pearl of Africa is like a hot cup of coffee packed with this overall impression of goodness andlasting taste of unforgettable experiences.
Mmhh smell that? That’s a Ugandan safari
From its earthly evergreen beautiful forests (Mabira, Kibale forest, Bwindi impenetrable forest), ranging hills and mountains (Mt.Elgon, Rwenzori mountains), sparkling lakes and rivers (River Nile, Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, Lake Bunyonyi, Lakes George and Edward) to the sprawling savannas covering the National parks and game reserves.
Uganda is indeed the Pearl of Africa.
ACTIVITIES THAT WILL HELP ENHANCE YOUR SAFARI TO UGANDA
This is one of the most thrilling wildlife encounters on an African safari; nothing can really prepare you for that first moment as you stand just meters away from a family of mountain gorillas in the evergreen Bwindi impenetrable forest in South Western Uganda.
Setting your eyes on these gentle and peaceful giants is a true definition of “once in a lifetime’’ moment of your life. You will get to spend an hour in the presence of the mountain gorillas once you track them down.
Given their agility and small size, chimps tend to stick to the tree line. Swinging from one tree to the next. The rustling of the trees always gives away the location of the Chimpanzees during the trek.
Chimps are highly social animals and call to one another across the extent of the forest which will make it easier for you to spot them.
Chimpanzees are not fully habituated so they might keep running away from you, but that’s the thrill of this activity. You will end up chasing them just to catch a close glimpse of your close relatives.
Where to go: Kibale Forest in Kibale National Park, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Budongo Forest Reserve
The Source of the Nile
The source of the Nile is found in Jinja which is the adventure capital of Uganda. Anyone who has sought an adventurous trip in Uganda has first considered Jinja before any other place.
The Nile is amazing on its own, now top that with the different activities that are carried out on the Nile River.
These include: White water rafting, Bungee jumping into the Nile, Kayaking, Tubing the Nile, Canoeing, Boat Cruise to the Source of the Nile, Family float, Nile sup and so much more.
Where to go: Jinja
Boat / Launch Cruises in the Wild
Imagine gliding slowly on the River Nile and on the amazing Kazinga channel with beautiful scenic views of the lush green vegetation on the shores, the several bird species and aquatic wildlife (hippos, crocodiles), looking and listening to the birds flying across the water. Just breathe taking.
The launch cruise on the River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park will take to the bottom of the mighty and powerful Murchison Falls.
A sight to marvel at, as the great River Nile squeezes itself through a narrow gorge, plunging down with a thunderous roar. You can also opt to hike to the top of the falls after the cruise.
The launch cruise on Kazinga channel is the highlight of the safari to Queen Elizabeth national park. This 40 km long channel joins 2 lakes, Edward and George. It’s a peaceful magical experience that shouldn’t be missed as it also offers chances of taking up-close clear pictures of the wildlife as the boat moves slowly close to the shores.
Professional UWA ranger guides provide you with all the information necessary while on the cruise and can answer any questions while at that too.
Talk about flying without wings. This is an amazing thrilling activity that you ought to experience. The balloon can raise up to 10,000 feet above sea level.
Catch the sunrise or sunset as you fly high and above the savanna plains of the park with great views the wildlife such as lions, herds of buffaloes, antelopes, and so much more.
You now have an opportunity to view the wild from an elevated angle and take aerial photos, memories to cherish for life.
Imagine how much of the wild a bird sees as it flies high up in the air.
This spectacular view, you too can experience.
Where to go: Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hike to the top of the Mighty Powerful Falls
The top of the falls hike at Murchison Falls National Park is a strenuous yet exhilarating experience.
After a boat cruise to the bottom of Murchison Falls, take a hike to the top of the falls. The hike will take around 45-minutes, depending on how fast you can climb!
If you enjoy history, you may be interested to learn that you are following in the footsteps of Sir Winston Churchill and the explorer Sir Samuel Baker. From the top of the falls, you will see the Nile waters begin their 43-meter drop through a narrow gorge to form this powerful Murchison waterfall.
Located north of Kampala in Nakasongola, this sanctuary is home to Uganda’s only population of wild rhinos. Go Rhino tracking at the sanctuary, but that is not all it offers.
Other activities at the Sanctuary include:
Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride
Straddle the Equator
One of the most well-known landmarks in Uganda, the Equator. The best place to straddle the equator in Uganda is in Mpigi District in Kayabwe.
You are able to stand with one of your feet in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere at this point; it is such an amazing experience to stand at both sides of the world.
The movement and drainage of the water will differ from the Northern and the southern hemispheres at the Equator line. At the Equator line itself, the water drains straight down.
Stop at the Equator while on your journey to South Western Uganda and check out this experiment. A number of structures have been put up, so remember to carry a souvenir for your family and or friends.
Where to go: Kayabwe, Mpigi District
Go Game viewing
Uganda is home to different wildlife species (mammals, birds) that you can easily marvel at during a game drive in any of its national widespread National Parks and Game reserves. They are widely spread over the savannah plains, either grazing, hunting or resting.
Game drives can be done early morning, in the afternoon, in the evening and at night in the National Parks.
Animal sightings may include: African Elephants, Buffalos, Lions, Leopards, Antelopes, different primate species (monkeys, baboons), chimpanzees, and lots of bird species, warthogs, hippos, zebras, giraffes, waterbucks, bushbucks, wild pigs and so much more
Where to go: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison falls NP, Lake Mburo NP, Kidepo Valley NP
Where to go: Kabaka’s palace, Kasubi Tombs, Uganda National Mosque, Namirembe and Rubaga Cathedral, Baha’i Temple, Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine, Uganda Museum, Ndere Cultural Center, African Craft Village, Downtown (Owino markets, Nakasero market).
This list only covers some of the country’s most popular highlights. Do not be fooled by Uganda’s small size. It is packed with many different tourist attractions and activities that can fit any type of traveler.
Do not forget to try out the famous mouthwatering Rolex (fried eggs rolled in a chapatti) while on safari in Uganda.
Many fires burn below the surface, creating beauty to inspire and to be marveled at this creates the famous Semuliki National Park.
Uganda has breathtaking scenic views from the rugged mountains of the Rwenzori, lush green rain forests, sprawling savannas, sparkling lakes and rivers, and abundant wildlife and bird species.
Let off a little steam as you get to know about the steamy hot springs of Semuliki National Park inUganda.
SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK
Situated in a small corner of South Western Uganda, Semuliki National Parksprawls across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori.
The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests; one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago.
While Semuliki’s species have been accumulating over the years, Sempaya Hot Springs found in the heart of the park has been a tourist magnet to Semuliki National Park.
Let’s get acquainted:
Sempaya Hot Springs
These are Semuliki National Park’s most famous attractions. They are located in 2 places and are known as the male and female springs.
The “male” spring, known as Bintente, measures 12m in diameter and is set in a lush swampy clearing.
The “female” spring known as Nyasimbi, meaning “the female ancestors”, is a boiling geyser (103°C) which spurts bubbling water and steam up to two meters high. The steam from these hot springs can be seen from 2kms away.
Well geographically, hot springs are springs produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater that rises from the Earth’s crust. But the local community around the hot springs have their own historical folk story. Here goes:
It is said the Bamaga women had gone to fetch firewood from the forest when they sighted a hairy man dressed in bark cloth wielding a spear and with dog moving in a zig-zag formation around that location.
The women ran back home to tell their husbands who decided to pick and take him to their homes and subsequently got him a wife from the same village.
The said man who later became known as Biteete continued hunting but one time never returned home. After three days, the men went out to search for him and at the present day male hot spring, they only found a spear but no traces of the man nor his dog.
It was assumed he had disappeared from the same spot and they ran back to tell the wife (Nyansimbi) who also ran to the forest never to return.
In the subsequent search, only her clothes were found at the present day female hot spring.
This was how the two springs became to be known as the male and female hot springs and to-date the Bamaga believe their female ancestors live beneath the female hot spring while their male ancestors live at the male spring.
This is why the Bamaga performs annual rituals at the springs to appease their ancestors and the national park allows them access.
Visiting these hot springs offers some incredible experiences from being able to boil eggs and matooke (plantain) in the 103oc hot water to seeing other forest wonders like the mangabey monkeys, red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus monkey and much more on your trek to the hot springs.
Other activities within the park include:
Bird watching (Semiliki NP is a birders haven)
Game drives: Three tracks cross the savannah grassland of Toro Semliki Wildlife Reserve
Cultural encounters: Batwa people
Hikes and Nature walks
On the other hand, Uganda boils and steams of beauty through its Hot Springs located in different parts of the country.
Kitagata hot springs located in the Western part of Uganda with a historical importance as one was once used by the King of Ankole “omugabe” and the adjacent one is mostly known for its healing ability.
Rwagimba hot springs are found on River Rwimi, the river separates Kasese and Kabarole districts in the western part of Uganda. Highly respected by the locals. Hiking to this mesmerizing spring offers a great view as well.
Amoropii hot springs: They got their name from the Local Alur dialect meaning hot water is found in the northern part of Uganda. They are a magnificent tourist natural attraction situated at around three kilometers from the popular Panyimur Fishing Village in Nebbi district on the western shores of Lake Albert. This Hot spring is traditionally believed by the local Alur to do miracles for its visitors because it’s believed to have divine powers.
The Ihimbo hot springs are situated on kabiulil-Katuna Road, approximately 8 kilometers and south of Kabiulil. They are well known by local residents for their healing properties. Many of the Bakiga of Kigezi and the people of Rwanda, suffering from rheumatism, backache and other ailments use the healing properties of the Ihimbo hot springs.
The Kanangorok hot springs, are located in Kidepo valley national park in the far North-Eastern part of Uganda, the springs are situated in the northern part of the park beyond kidepo river boarding South Sudan border it’s one of the best places to sit and relax in kidepo national park while viewing the wilderness at its best.
Putting aside the fact that these hot springs are located in different parts of the country, they all have one thing in common. That is, they all have hot water. That’s pretty obvious, not so? Haha
Well on a serious note, that one thing they all have in common is that:The local communities around these hot springs believe that the water of the hot springs is magical with healing powers and spiritual cleansing abilities. Quite fascinating!
You will definitely find most of them soaked in the not so hot pools of the hot springs seeking healing from their ailments.
With these different hot springs found across the country, you do not have to leave without visiting at least one of them. REFRESH YOURSELF IN NATURE.
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