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Camping

Camping

The Rolls-Royce of budget camping safaris – Exclusive Camping Safaris
While searching for a budget tour, you may have come across some camping safaris classified as “Exclusive” on our site or elsewhere. We know this tour category can sound like a bit of a contradiction (being exclusive, yet budget and camping) so here is a bit of a breakdown.

Exclusive Safaris – camping in style

Both Exclusive Budget and Exclusive Overland Safaris are essentially camping tours, with two to three nights of accommodation thrown into the mix for added comfort. For the accommodated nights on these exclusive types of camping tours, you stay in lodge-style accommodation. On the camping nights you stay at tented camps, offering more luxurious camping facilities than basic camp sites.
Exclusive safaris are ideal for the first-time, or reluctant camper, who is unsure if the whole camping experience is for them. These exclusive camping tours are also perfect for the seasoned camper who wants a step up from standard and basic camping packages.
If you’re travelling on a very tight budget and the accommodated tours are looking a little too expensive, then you will probably find that the exclusive camping safaris meet your needs better. This camping option will enable you to visit the same highlights and game parks as the budget lodge safaris on even more of a shoestring.

What’s so Exclusive About these Camping Tours?

Both types of Exclusive Camping Safaris are classed as small group safaris, travelling with a maximum of 16 people. For the bulk of the tour travellers stay at permanent or semi-permanent tented camps, spending two or three nights (sometimes more) in lodge-style accommodation along the way.

Participation: One of the key differences between the exclusive camping safaris and traditional camping safaris is the level of participation required. Exclusive camping tours call for little or no participation, as opposed to standard camping tours where you are expected to help out quite a bit. If and when participation is called-for on exclusive camping safaris it will usually be in the form of helping to dismantle or set up camp.

Camping equipment: Another factor that sets exclusive safaris apart from standard camping tours is that the tents are equipped with camping mattresses (at the least), softening the camping experience. On some of the exclusive camping tours camping beds, pillows and all linen are included too.

Food: The exclusive camping tours also provide higher quality meals, given that you have a dedicated cook. For example, in Tanzania the exclusive budget camping tours include a wide selection of hot drinks and hearty meals that have been well-prepared, so you can expect to be well-fed.

Types of Exclusive Camping Safaris

There are two types of Exclusive Safaris – Exclusive Budget Safaris and Exclusive Overland Safaris. These are still affordable tours for the budget traveller, not to be confused with luxury safaris!

Exclusive Budget Safaris – the perks

These are the more exclusive of the two exclusive tour types. Why?
Mostly because the group size is smaller and the vehicles are smaller, resulting in a more personal safari experience.

Pros of the Exclusive Budget Safaris, include:

• Small group size: between 2 and 6 to 8 travellers per tour
• Transfers and game viewing drives in smaller vehicles
• Guaranteed window seat in some areas (East Africa)
• More personal safari experience
• Inclusive tour price
• Camping equipment

Activities

Chimpanzee Tracking

Chimpanzee Tracking

Chimpanzee tracking is where by a trekker goes to the forest to view the already habituated chimpanzees. The habituated chimpanzees are normally confined in one area and are not aggressive and sturbon. They are friendly.

Chimpanzee tracking can take 1-3 hours.
Chimpanzee Habituation experience is a process where by a trekker spends more hours or even the whole day with the chimpanzees deep in the forest. This process involves removing the fear of humans from the chimpanzees.

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CHIMPANZEE/ GORILLA HABITUATION EXPERIENCE

CHIMPANZEE/ GORILLA HABITUATION EXPERIENCE

Chimpanzee Tracking and Habituation in Kibale

Kibale’s most popular activity is the Kanyanchu Primate Walk. Thirteen species can be sought, and a good variety of diurnal monkeys invariably encountered, but the stars of this trail are the chimpanzees. Kanyanchu’s chimps have been tracked since 1993 and the chances of locating them are excellent. Guided walks start at 8am and 2pm and last an average of three hours, depending on various factors. The full-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) works with a chimp community which is undergoing habituation. Early visitors can watch chimps leaving their overnight nests between 6:00 – 6:30am before feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until it is time to build new nests around 7pm.

Find details of Gorilla Habituation experience safaris and tours offered by  Safari Hunters . Gorilla habituation safaris and tours are the latest additions to activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Safari Hunters  can organize both road or driving safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable National park for gorilla habituation experience or fly in safaris to the same National Park. We have trips to Bwindi National park for gorilla habituation experience that range from 3 days to 7 days of gorilla habituation experience. For more details about our gorilla habituation safaris, do contact one of our safari consultants.

As part of our services, we do book gorilla habituation permits just as we do for gorilla trekking permits. As soon as you pick interest in Gorilla Habituation experience safaris, kindly do contact Safari Hunters for availability of space in Rushaga which is located on the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Once there is space, we will request you to provide all your passport details which are required before gorilla habituation permits are issued out. We also book accommodation in Rushaga depending on your budget and interest.

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Eco Expeditions

Eco Expeditions

Eco-tourism is a burgeoning industry seeing a broad shift towards low impact development and environmentally friendly safari travel. Safaris often stay at eco-lodges, where the ecological footprint is kept at to a minimum.

The modern safari is also a socially responsible journey designed to interact ethically with local communities and have a positive impact on local economies. The cultural interactions offered by reputable safari operators do not exploit local people. The local communities benefit from sustainable tourism through employment and financial gains from selling goods and services (dance performances, guided trips and resource management etc). Some safari companies directly support social upliftment projects whilst others make use of lodges, reserves and other establishments that assist local communities.

In addition to game viewing and wildlife tracking, safaris are about:
• experiencing the local cultures of Africa
• exploring scenic places and natural wonders
• visiting historical highlights and sightseeing
• participating in adventure and outdoor activities

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Eco/Cultural Walk

Eco/Cultural Walk

A Cultural Walk is a short tour undertaken on foot to different cultural sites within the local community where guests have an opportunity to meet local people and enjoy a cross-cultural interaction.

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Game drive

Game drive

A game drive is an adventure that entails viewing wildlife in the comfort of a 4×4 open Land Rovers which accommodate 4 to 10 people, a sure way to give you that classical safari feeling. Safari game drives are one of the most popular ways to see wildlife in Africa.

At Safari Hunters ,game drives usually conducted in the early mornings, late afternoon or at night, since these are the coolest times of the day when most animals are more active. During the game drive, our knowledgeable Maasai guides will introduce you to the life in the savanna and share their infinite knowledge about the African wildlife.

A safari game drive can vary in length and distance, depending on individual preferences. As you drive into the wilderness, you will be captivated by the vast beauty of the savanna, with its rolling hills and infinite horizon.

The African Bush Ecosystem is renowned for its abundance of wildlife! During your game drive safari you most certainly will encounter the big five lion, cheetah, rhino, leopard and elephant as well as numerous other wildlife animals and birds.

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Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking

There two words which are used concurrently to mean the same thing but there is a slight difference that we need to point out for those interested in visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Gorilla trekking and tracking basically come into play when one talks about mountain gorillas in the above mentioned national park. The difference between gorilla trekking and tracking lies with who does what.

Difference between gorilla trekking and tracking

When one talks about gorilla trekking whether in Uganda or Rwanda. It basically means following mountain gorillas. This involves a group of tourists who hike hills and beat the bush trying to follow and find a given family of mountain gorillas. Tourists are always guided by an official guide from Uganda Wildlife Authority in Uganda and or Rwanda Development Board for the sake of Rwanda. It is this trained guide that will lead the group of tourists to where the gorillas will be. During gorilla trekking, the guide will definitely do his work of indentifying other animals, birds and trees to make the journey or trek enjoyable. He will always be in touch with gorilla trackers or what we call the advanced team who will keep on directing him to where a given gorilla family will be at that particular moment. The fact that gorillas leave in mountainous or hilly areas, they have to trek or hike to find them hence the term gorilla trekking.

Gorilla tracking can be used to mean gorilla trekking but in the actual sense, gorilla tracking means trying to find a given habituated mountain gorilla family. Gorilla trackers/advanced team/rangers use many signs and methods to trace these gorillas before gorilla trekking takes place. These rangers wakeup very early every morning to hit the forest in search for these mountain gorillas. They use natural means to track them other than using the GPS system. Once they find them, then they will communicate to the park headquarters and its then that gorilla trekking will then follow. The second difference between gorilla trekking and tracking is that gorilla tracking is done by rangers or the advanced group using several methods to find gorillas and then once found, gorilla trekking will then follow. This does not however rule out the fact that when tracking gorillas, rangers also trek or hike hills to find them. Thus the difference between these words is minimal and one word can be used to mean the other.

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Safaris

Safaris

Ever dream of seeing an elephant trumpeting its trunk, a lion licking its lips, or a cheetah sprinting through the grasslands? An African safari is a thrilling chance to see wild animals going about their daily lives in their natural habitat. East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) has a huge variety of national parks that offer adventurous opportunities to see wildlife up close.

The history of the African safari

The word safari derives from the swahili word for ‘journey’, and in colonial times, the implication was that big game would be hunted, shot, and then arduously lugged overland by a small army of local tribespeople. US president Teddy Roosevelt popularised the concept in the United States, when he embarked on a safari of enormous proportions, ostensibly with the aim of filling the Smithsonian Institute with African specimens. 11,400 Animals fell to the party’s rifles, of which 512 were ‘big game’ – elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, hippos and rhino, including six white rhino – rare even at the time.

The Modern Safari – Proudly Responsible

A safari still involves wildlife, but other than that the term has been re-purposed to mean something entirely new. Safaris are now for admiring wildlife and birds in the wild, along with a host of other adventures.

Safaris have largely developed into holiday trips that actually benefit the wildlife of Africa, by supporting local conservation efforts and wildlife sanctuaries. As opposed to hunting the animals, visitors get to encounter them and help make a difference in protecting the species. Safari companies either actively contribute towards conservation projects or help generate tourism revenue which is used to manage wildlife projects and game reserves.

Origins of the Word – Etymology of Safari

The English word ‘safari’ originates from the late 19th century according to the Online Etymology Dictionary.

First Arabic: The term originally comes from the Arabic word safara, meaning ‘a journey’ which was first used as a foreign word in the English langiage in 1858.

Then Swahili: The Arabic word found its way to East Africa where it was adapted to the Swahili verb kusafiri which means ‘to travel’ and the noun safari.

And then English: The Swahili word was first used in the English language in 1860 as a foreign word and then attested in dictionaries in 1890 as an English word. The legendary British explorer, Sir Richard Francis Burton is credited for introducing the word safari to the English language.

Forget the old concept of a safari as a hunting trip – that outdated usage is history! In the modern sense of a safari:

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Specialized Birding

Specialized Birding

What is a Bird Walk?

Bird Walking is a light walking safari that involves observing and studying different species of birds, in their natural habitat. This adventure is conducted with the help of our passionate birding specialist’s Safari Hunters guide. Together with your guide, this excursion will teach you how to recognize and name bird species by sight, sound and habitat.

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Wildebeest migration

Wildebeest migration

The great wildebeest migration is one of the most phenomenal natural spectacles in the world.

WHAT IS WILDEBEEST MIGRATION?

Great Wildebeest Migration, one of the 7 wonders of the world which happens right at the heart of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Its astonishingly large numbers of wildlife species ensure guests have great game viewing opportunities. A Masai Mara safari promises incredible wildlife sightings all year round. The area is adjoined by private conservancies providing guests with intimate safari experiences.
The great wildebeest migration is one of the most phenomenal natural spectacles in the world. It is an annual movement by millions of wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, elands and impalas across the greater Masai Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem.

From July to Septemeber the Mara welcomes the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya. During the wildebeest migration, you will witness how the constant battle for survival makes the Migration Season a particularly exhilarating time to visit Kenya.

The Mara River crossing activity is considered the climax of the migration period. Mara River crossing is an event that will take you through a range of emotions, anticipation, heartache, inspiration, excitement and so much more. The sheer sight of the first herds of animals rushing into the crocodile infested river will make you long for this wildebeest migration every year.

Best time to see the Migration?

The best time to witness the migration from the Serengeti to Masai Mara is between July and September. During this period, the greatest spectacle on earth unfolds right before your eyes. Over a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles make their way to Masai Mara by crossing the crocodile infested Mara River in search of greener pastures.

The exact timing may change from year to year as it is a spontaneous event influenced by rainfall patterns and the subsequent grazing opportunities. The animals are constantly on the move all year-round. They stay in the Masai Mara from July to October before gradually migrating back to the Serengeti from November.
Because of our longstanding commitment to the Maasai community we are able to provide authentic safari experiences to our guests with the guidance of our Masai friends. No one knows the Mara like the Maasai and as true nature specialists, guests are guaranteed a unique experience during this period.