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5 Reasons to Use Car Rentals

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Way back people would find it very difficult to travel around Rwanda due to the unreliable and inconvenient means of transport that only existed that time. However, trends have changed as there is a new trending travel options in the country that is car rental. Most Rwanda car rentals are being used by very many people around who wish to tour around Rwanda for city tours, gorilla tours, wildlife, family vacations and business and political engagements.

Car rentals in Rwanda have become famous and popular due to their convenient, safe and reliable services that are exclusively offered to the various customers. It is easy to get a car for hire for your travels in Rwanda. Here are the various reasons why people have turned to car rentals;

1. Car rentals present incredible services as they offer wide range of services to their esteem customers. For example they engage in Kigali airport transfers, city tours, family vacations, self drive in Rwanda, honey moon and wedding ceremonies business and political meeting transfer. Any customer in need to use a car for any purpose they are at your service.  Furthermore one is transported in a well conditioned and nice looking car thus traveling in style.

2. They are so fast while offering their services as one is immediately picked at any station like airport he might be then take to his/her preferred destination or hotel in time. There is no queuing up and waiting for the vehicle to take you. It is always in time and you are the only passenger in the car.

3. They are always available 24/7 as they operate 24 hours in a day. You can use them at any time of the day and in any particular place whether remote or urban. So those people taking up gorilla safaris in Rwanda and airport transfer, car rentals is the best traveling option.

4. Car rentals are flexible in the way they offer their services. If a traveler would wish to change his/her travel time, he/she can do that without any inconvenience and no extra cost so long as it is still in line with your reservation time.

5. They also offer independence to their customers as the traveler is the only passenger in the car hire. He/she is free to do whatever he/she likes at any time while traveling. For example the traveler can communicate and also read news on his tablet or phone in the car.

When you happen to travel to Rwanda, do not think of any other transport means other than the car rentals.

Why Gorilla Trekking is Much Loved?

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In Luganda language, Gorillas are called “Bisodde” in Lunyankole-Lukiga, its “Engaji” and other names depending on the tribe. Gorillas are found in forested areas, mountainous areas and so on. Those which prefer staying in low lands are called Lowland Gorillas while those staying in highlands are called Mountain Gorillas.

Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are the only homes to the mountain gorillas. These countries host the mountain gorillas in four gazetted national parks of Bwindi Impenetrable National park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park of Uganda, the Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Gorillas are found in ten countries in Africa. Other African countries hosting the endangered gorillas include Central African Republic, Nigeria, Democratic republic of Congo (DRC), Congo Brazzaville, Angola, Cameroon and Gabon.

Meeting the gorillas eye to eye in the wild is one of the most thrilling wildlife encounters you can enjoy in Africa. Within several countries, gorilla tourism has been developed and tourists can visit the natural habitats where these great apes live and watch them from the wild. This experience commonly referred to as gorilla trekking is a moving experience. Don’t expect a zoo experience given that you will be within the natural home of the great apes without any barrier protecting you.

Looking into the pensive eyes of the gentle giants is such a heart pounding experience. It should be noted that gorillas are more loved for trekking which is evidenced by the large number of tourists yearning to meet them in their natural habitat. Most gorilla watching trips are taken in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic. Within these countries, gorilla trekking is the top tourist activity in each country. Other destinations where you can go for gorilla watching are Gabon, the Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Nigeria.

Of all these destinations, Rwanda is the favorite destination for luxury gorilla treks. For budget and midrange travel, Uganda is the ultimate destination to visit. There are also opportunities to experience a luxury gorilla safari in Uganda.

Gorillas are much loved due to the following reasons:

Gorillas are human like, they are intelligent and somehow similar DNA after chimpanzees. Gorillas exhibits unique characters which are similar to those of human being like formulating organized  families, building shelters, feeding together, hunting together and so on.

Gorillas trekking offers amazing experience – it involves climbing uphill and sloping down the valleys, crossing rivers and so on when trying to look for them in their natural habitat.  The exercise in done in groups under the guidance of rangers who ensures that the trek is enjoyable and informative. In Uganda and Rwanda, each Gorilla group is visited by the maximum of eight people who trek while sharing ideas among others.

Gorilla trekking enable visitors to exercise their bodies- the process of climbing, sloping, jumping over rivers and so on. In other words, the exercise improves human health just like a person from Jim.

Tropical forest in Uganda including Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Forest offers pure breathing air which is rarely found in urban areas. The forest also offer other tourist attractions like unique tree species, hills and valleys, insects, reptiles and water bodies among others.

Gorillas earn a lot of foreign exchange in countries like Uganda, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo among others. Currently, Rwanda charges US$ 1500 per Gorilla permits, Uganda charges US$ 600, DR. Congo charges US$ 400 which widens the government tax base of such countries hosting Gorillas.

Gorillas defend themselves in times of danger making them easy to host. Gorillas have predators because they are strong enough to defeat their enemies without the help of human being- in other words, Gorillas are stronger than human beings – it’s estimated that, one Gorilla is equivalent to the strength of ten strong men.

Gorillas are calm if not disturbed – they can only charge when they detected danger. That is why trekkers are argued to follow the rules and regulations governing Gorillas trekking exercise.  It should be noted that, human should leave a reasonable distance in between with Gorillas; Flash cameras should be avoided, when Gorillas charge, better leave.

Gorillas in natural habitat are easy to host because they feed on vegetation, defend themselves in time of attack and look for their young ones among others.

Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Virunga Mountains

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Planning a gorilla trip to Virunga Mountains requires adequate time for you to have a complete and successful holiday. The Virunga Mountains are chain mountains comprising of 8 volcanoes all confined within Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They include Mount Sabyinyo, Bisoke, Karisimbi, Muhabura, Gahinga, Nyiragongo, Nyamuragira and Mount Mikeno. Gorilla safaris in Virunga Mountains are conducted in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwestern Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in eastern DR Congo. Volcanoes National Park, Virunga National Park and Mgahinga National Park make up the vast Virunga Conservation Area (VCA).

In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, gorilla trekking is conducted in Nyakagezi gorilla group the only habituated gorilla family open for tourism in this park. Mgahinga National Park is situated in southwestern Uganda about 8-10 hours’ drive from Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. It inhabits a section of rare mountain gorillas and scenic Virunga Volcanoes like Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Gahinga. Gorilla treks in Mgahinga National Park start at Ntebeko Visitor Center.

Volcanoes National Park is set suitably in northwestern Rwanda about 2 to 3 hours’ drive from Kigali capital city. Most Rwanda gorilla treks into the Volcanoes National Park start from Kinigi park headquarters. Five of the eight Virunga Volcanoes are all found in Volcanoes National Park including Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Gahinga.

Mgahinga National Park reachable by road or by air. By road, you need a good 4 wheel drive safari vehicle to help you navigate through the remote route to southwestern side of this magical country and visitors with limited time, plan for a flight which takes you from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro/Kihihi airstrip where you can easily drive in a 4 wheel drive safari car to either Bwindi National Park or Mgahinga National Park.

Gorilla permits

Knowing how much a gorilla permit cost is very critical when planning a gorilla trek in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. In Uganda, gorilla trekking permits cost $600 per person per trek. To obtain your gorilla permit in Uganda, you can get in touch with a trust worthy, reliable and recognized ground tour operator and to avoid last minute rush, simply contact our reservationist and we shall make your dream come true or contact a reservationist at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). A gorilla permit is what allows you to track only 1 habituated family in Uganda in a group of 8 visitors. About 160 gorilla permits are available each day for booking in Uganda but due to high demand, you are encouraged to book one at least 3 to 6 months earlier before the actual trek to avoid any disappointment. In Rwanda, gorilla permits cost $1500 per person (you can purchase one through reservationist at Rwanda Development Board or tour operator) and 400 per person in DR Congo.

Note, to confirm your gorilla permit you should have made complete payment and this means, your details are very essential and you will be required to send monkey to help reserve permit for you. When effecting payment, tour operator will send bank details/account where you will pay and make sure that you include bank charges to avoid less payment that may cause disappointment at a last minute of booking for a permit.

Best time to go for gorilla trekking in Virunga Mountains

Knowing when it is best to trek mountain gorillas is very key when planning a gorilla trip to Virunga National Park. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, Mgahinga National Park and Virunga National Park can be done at any time of the year. But it is best explored in the dry months that is June, July, August, September and December, January and February. However, it is also possible for you to trek mountain gorillas during the wet season but this period is characterized by heavy rainfall and muddy slopes which makes it a bit challenging for one to hike through the dense vegetation and slippery steep slopes.

What to carry for gorilla trekking

When planning for a gorilla trek to Virunga Mountains, how you pack plays a significant role. For starters, your packing list should include bottle of water, energy giving snacks, waterproof daypack, rain jackets or poncho, a camera with no flash light, insect repellents, first aid kit, valid visa, passport, gorilla permit, long sleeved shirts or T-shirts, and gardening gloves, hats, sunscreen and others.

Where to stay

When planning a gorilla trip to Virunga Mountains, accommodation is that thing any visitor must put into consideration. There are many accommodation options for your overnight stay in Mgahinga National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park. In Mgahinga National Park they include Mount Gahinga Lodge (Luxury), Travelers’ Rest Hotel Kisoro, Mucha Hotel Kisoro (Midrange) and Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp or Kisoro Tourist Hotel (Budget); in Volcanoes National Park, they include Bisate Lodge, Mount Gorilla View Lodge, Da Vinci; in DR Congo Virunga National Park the best places to stay while on gorilla tour include Lake/Lac Kivu Lodge, Mikeno Lodge, Bukima tented camp, Nyiragongo volcano summit shelters, Lulimbi tented camp and Tchegera Island Camp.

How to get to Virunga Mountains

How you get to Virunga Mountains (Volcanoes National Park, Mgahinga National Park or Virunga National Park) matters a lot when planning a gorilla trip. You can get to Mgahinga National Park by road or air. By road, you need a good 4 wheel drive safari to take you from Kampala or Entebbe through Masaka-Mbarara-Kabale/Kisoro and this can be 8-10 hours’ drive depending on the route or drive from Kigali through Chanika or Katuna border to Kisoro/Kabale about 4 hours’ drive. Alternatively, take a flight from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airfield then land in at Kisoro/Kihihi airstrip where you can easily connect to Mgahinga National Park. Volcanoes National Park is found in the northwestern side of Rwanda about 2 to 3 hours while Virunga National Park is located in eastern DR Congo. Visitors can drive from Rwanda through Uganda connect to Virunga National Park via Kisoro.

Hiring porters and walking sticks. A trek to see mountain gorilla is strenuous and entirely involves hiking through dense vegetation and steep slopes which all requires you to be physically fit. There are many porters for hire at the park headquarters to help you carry heavy luggage and you concentrate in your primate adventure. Porters can be hired at $15 each and walking sticks can be hired at $5 or if you are lucky enough you may find one at a free cost.

The 5 Best Safari Destinations in Africa

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Africa is endowed with some of the best tourist attractions in the world. Here is our list of the best safaris in Africa (in no particular order).

1. Tanzania
Located in East Africa, Tanzania is endowed with some of the most popular African safari attractions; among them Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. Tanzania is also home to a thriving population of wildlife that inhabit the country’s numerous national parks and reserves – making it home to some of best safaris in Africa.

Top destinations in Tanzania include Zanzibar and Mafia islands, Selous National Park (one of the world’s largest national parks), Ruaha National Park and of course Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro and Serengeti.

Tanzania was ranked 7th in the New York Times’ list of 45 places to visit in 2012.

2. Morocco
If you are looking for the best safari in Africa, Morocco may be your ideal destination. Located at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, the country offers breathtaking sceneries and attractions.

The North African country is renowned for its rugged but superb looks, especially the expansive Atlas mountains and the awe-inspiring Sahara desert.

Running between the Atlantic coast in the southwest to the Mediterranean Sea in the northeast (about 2,400km), the Atlas mountains offer a spectacular scenery of Morocco. The Sahara desert is on the other hand a favorite location for many Hollywood movie actors.

Morocco is also endowed with an expansive coastline that boasts 120 high quality beaches, most of which are safe for swimming. Other popular destinations in Morocco include the capital Rabat, Casablanca and the ancient city of Marrakesh.

3. Uganda
Located in East Africa, neighboring Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda is a small but stunning destination. The landlocked country is home to Africa’s largest mountain range – Rwenzori and the highest concentration of primates on earth, among them the endangered mountain gorilla which can be found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Uganda is also the source of River Nile – the longest river in the world, and the country offers some of the world’s best white-water rafting around Jinja. Some of the most popular destinations in Uganda include Rwenzori, Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth national park as well as the capital Kampala, Entebbe and Jinja town. Are you looking to a budget safari in Africa? This is the ultimate destination to visit. Uganda was ranked 1st in the Lonely Planet’s list of the Top Countries for 2012.

4. Namibia
Located in south western Africa, Namibia is endowed with unspoilt landscapes and a thriving population of wild animals.

Despite its harsh climatic conditions, Namibia has some of the world’s most stunning national parks. These include the Namib-Naukluft Park in western Namibia and the Etosha National Park in northwestern region of the country.

Etosha National Park has a huge population of elephants. Etosha National Park (one of the most popular wildlife parks in Africa) has the largest concentration of Namibia’s wild animals that include lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.

Some of the most popular destinations in Namibia include the spectacular Fish River Canyon National Park to the south, Namib Desert (believed to be the oldest desert in the world), the capital Windhoek and of course Etosha and Namib-Naukluft national parks.

5. Mozambique
Situated in Southern Africa along the Indian Ocean coastline between South Africa and Tanzania, Mozambique is gaining much popularity as a foremost African holiday destination.

Mozambique is endowed with favorable climatic conditions and a 2,500 km coastline that is lined with high quality beaches and lagoons, most of which are safe for swimming.

While on holiday in Mozambique, visitors have the option of spoiling themselves at the expansive beaches or taking game viewing safaris in the country’s national parks and reserves. Mountain hiking is also possible but not recommended due to the large number of landmines that were left in the mountains during the civil war of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Unforgettable Self Driving Tours in Uganda

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Car hire / rental services in Uganda and Rwanda is our area of expertise and anyone who wishes to rent a self-drive car in Rwanda and Uganda should look no further. We possess a variety, including 4×4 safari vans, suitable for vacation tours in Uganda and Rwanda. Our 4×4 safari vans come with pop up roofs, comfortable and flexible seats with enough leg room. Others are 4×4 safari land cruisers, 2×4 mini buses, RV4s, station wagons, among others.

Our agency is well known for providing luxury and commercial affordable car hire services in Uganda and Rwanda, suitable for both leisure and business travelers. Travel to your dream destination across Uganda and Rwanda with our unequaled car rental services. It is not only affordable but also provides a diverse fleet of cars and gives an opportunity for one to select with very knowledgeable and professional divers.

Here are some of the facts why 4×4 self – drive rental cars are more considered for short trips, town runs and even preferred for long overland trips; self – drive 4×4 rental cars from Self Drive Uganda are perfectly maintained and regularly serviced by expert mechanics to prevent any inconveniences while on a trip during your car rental in Uganda. Top destinations to be visited in Uganda on self drive trip include Bwindi impenetrable forest national park , Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls national park & Kidepo Valley National Park.

We also go an extra mile to offer helpful ideas for those visitors who want to plan for a road trip in the countries of Uganda and Rwanda and they can enjoy themselves as they travel independently and at their own terms and schedule.

We have been in this car rental business in Rwanda and Uganda for long, and so we provide unrivaled services in terms of client handling and the kind of vehicles we possess. Our professionals are mainly known for testing and inspecting our cars before and after every trip. These experts know the ins and outs of each car and deal with any maintenance problems as soon as possible.

Our team of mechanical engineers is always alert for any changes in the performance, sound and the visual tip-offs that suggest if any service or repairs may be needed. So every after a self – drive trip, clients are supposed to park the vehicles at our offices, airport or any other place that might be agreed upon.

There are many 4×4 self – drive cars and they include the 4×4 ordinary land cruisers, 4×4 safari vans or sometimes referred to as the 4WD safari mini bus rental, Toyota SUVs, Coaster buses and the 4×4 super customs.

The Prado TX land cruisers are very lavish cars and they are perfect for the high class and fancy visitors. They are very favorable for different weather and road conditions whether up town journeys or up country over land tours.

The 4×4 super customs range from five, seven to 10 seaters and conducive enough for long trips and up country safaris. These vehicles are very equipped with air conditioners, unlimited wifi internet and also got the pop up roofs to enable travelers have a great view of the landscape and comes with experienced drivers who double as tour guides as well.

Benefits of self-drive trips in Uganda:

  • You got the total freedom and flexibility to get off-the-beaten-track and explore to the maximum.
  • The overall pace of the trip is decided by you entirely.
  • Greater degree of privacy, flexibility and comfort.
  • Self – drive trips are the best ways to explore Uganda’s most hidden treasures which you may not rather see during a pre-arranged / guided trip.

Important tips and advice to consider when hiring a vehicle on self – drive.

  • Most main roads and high ways are generally well maintained and well sign-posted, however most feeder roads connecting to different destinations / lodges may be in bad state or nearly impassable during rainy seasons.
  • Distances can be deceiving; our reservation team can help forge a practical itinerary for you.
  • Service stations are few in upcountry and far between, so fill up whenever you find one.
  • Choose the right type of vehicle depending on the route you are taking – make sure there is sufficient boot space for luggage and that it is mechanically sound to maneuver you through those high terrain roads!

11 Tips to Make Travel with Kids Easier

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Traveling with Kids

There’s a certain stigma attached to traveling with children. If you’ve ever walked onto a plane holding a baby or a toddler, you’ve probably seen the horrified looks of your fellow travellers as they mouth to each other “please not here, please not here“. Traveling with kids isn’t easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding, and create lifetime memories.Travel with kids may not be easy, but it doesn’t need to be a nightmare, either. Here are 11 travel tips to help make a journey with your children as easy, smooth, quiet and comfortable as it can be.

1. Slack Off

Travel throws a monkey wrench into normal schedules and routines, and can be stressful for everyone. This is a good time to relax some of your normal parenting rules, and give everybody a break. Of course, safety related rules take priority as normal, but what does it hurt to give them a few extra snacks or a special treat? Lightening up can avoid conflict, ease stress, and keep your kids happy (and quiet!)

2. Snacks but No Sugar

If you think your kids could wig out sitting in a confined space for hours, then avoid the sugar! Sugar will only give them more wiry energy that you then have to control. If you are planning on ‘the bribe’ at any point of your journey (and it’s OK if you are), then try nuts or plain popcorn. Some people even use kids vitamins – they look like candy but have far less sugar.

3. New Toys

Buy some new toys, books or games you know your kids will enjoy. The thrill of playing with something new will make them happier about the trip, and keep them pleasantly occupied for hours. This doesn’t need to cost a lot of money if you check out second hand or consignment stores.

4. Take Breaks

When travelling by car, factor in time for stops now and then. It’s a good idea for bathroom breaks, to stretch your legs, and to let the kids run around for ten minutes. It will help burn off their excess energy, and give you a break, too.

5. Take a Stroller

Even if your young child is a good walker, a stroller makes a good place for your child to rest. Having a stroller can also mean less carrying time for you. Sure, taking the stroller can seem like a bit of a hassle, but it will pay off by making things easier for you and them on the trip. Travel can be tiring, and everybody needs a break.

6. Babies and Security

If you try to take a baby in a stroller through airport security, they will ask you to remove him. When this happens with a child who just fell asleep, it’s not a pretty scene. Instead use a baby carrier where your child can travel undisturbed.

7. Technology

Even if your phone, iPod or iPad is usually off limits to your kids, you can let them play with it for a day. Load up some favorite movies and games, and get them started. It’s an unusual treat they’ll enjoy, and it will be worth it for the quiet!

8. Children’s Luggage

If your kids are old enough, get them some child-size luggage, and let them pack their own carry-on bags with their favorite things. It makes them feel more grown up and in control to have their own bag, and it saves you some work, too. Of course you’ll need to review the contents, and modify if necessary!

9. Travel Sickness

Travel sickness can strike on a turbulent plane flight, a boat trip, or even driving on windy roads. Be prepared for travel sickness, and you can nip it in the bud. Ask your pharmacist about anti nausea remedies. You can also use special wrist bands that use acupressure points to prevent motion sickness.

10. Painful Ears

If you are traveling by plane, be prepared for your child’s ears to hurt. It can mean some crying on take-off and landing, but it’s not as common as you might think. If traveling with a baby, offer a bottle or soother during the ascent and descent. For older kids, give them something chewy or crunchy. The key is to keep their jaws moving to open and close those little Eustachian tubes in the ear, and relieve the pressure.

11. Speed up Check-in

Most airlines now have online check-in available, which can mean less time waiting in line at the airport. If there’s a curbside luggage check, that can also speed up the process. Anything you can do to spend less time standing in a line with antsy kids is a good thing, right?Probably the biggest tip of all when traveling with children is to do whatever it takes to make your trip more pleasant. Giving them a little extra in terms of entertainment or snacks can keep the happier during the journey. When they’re happy, you’ll be happier, too.

Top 10 Theaters in London

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London Coliseum

London is home to some of the best theaters in the world, that play all the newest and most popular shows and musicals. Of course, when you’re visiting London you don’t have time to see everything, so here is a list of 10 top theaters in London.

1. The Palladium

The Palladium is one of London’s most famous theatres, located in the West End. This venue was built by Frank Matcham, a theatrical architect, in the nineteenth century. This historic theatre is still the location of some amazing events like the annual Royal Variety, a gala attended by members of the Royal Family. London Palladium – 8 Argyll Street, Soho, London. Phone: 0844 412 4655

2. The Dominion Theatre

Another on this list is the Dominion Theatre. Built in the late nineteen twenties, this site has hosted many famous shows, and it’s most famous for “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music”. The Dominion Theatre London has provided many thousands of guests with a great viewing experience in the past, and it continues to offer the same great quality to patrons today. Dominion Theatre – 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London. Phone: 020 7927 0900

3. The Globe Theatre

The most historically important theater in London is the Globe Theatre. In 1599, this playhouse was built by a play company in which William Shakespeare was a member, and some of Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed here. Unfortunately, the original building was demolished, but today you can visit a reconstructed version. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – 21 New Globe Walk, London. Phone: 020 7928 9444

4. The London Coliseum

When speaking of London’s top theatres the London Coliseum is a must mention. This show hall was opened in 1904, and has been entertaining viewers from far and near ever since. Today, it is one of the largest and most advanced theaters in London. London Coliseum – Saint Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross. Phone: 020 7836 0111

5. Soho Theatre

Another of London’s great theaters is the Soho Theatre on Dean Street. This theatre is hard to ignore. It is a bright and exciting venue which has been a launching point for many of London’s up and coming new talents. Soho Theatre – 21 Dean Street, London. Phone: 020 7478 0100

6. Royal Opera House

If you’re interested in classical opera or ballet, then the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is the place to go. This major performing arts venue is home to both the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet. Royal Opera House – Bow Street, Covent Garden, London. Phone: 020 7304 4000

7. Southwark Playhouse

Southwark Playhouse is nestled under the London Bridge station, and it’s well known for being wild or adventurous. Southwark Playhouse offers a combination of some of the world’s best shows, along with some lesser known programs. With the variety of offerings at this venue, you never know what the next amazing show might be. Southwark Playhouse – Corner of Tooley & Bermondsey St, London. Phone: 020 7407 0234

8. Hampstead Theatre

The Hampstead Theatre is another neat theater in London. This venue offers viewers the comfort of leather sofas, where you can watch the great productions that keep the place packed night after night. Hampstead Theatre – Eton Ave, Swiss Cottage, London. Phone: 020 7722 9301

9. The Royal Court

The Royal Court is a great London theater to visit. With leather seating and a cafe bar, this could well be one of London’s “coolest” theaters, where you can enjoy many highly sought-after productions in comfort. The Royal Court – Sloane Square, London. Phone: 020 7565 5000

10. Victoria Palace Theatre

During your stay in London, you will also want to visit the Victoria Palace Theatre. Built in 1910 sparing no expense, the interior is beautiful, featuring grey and white marble, and gold mosaic. In the recent past, this venue has produced great shows like “Annie” and “High Society”. Victoria Palace Theatre – Victoria St, London. Phone: 0844 248 5000

Beyond the Beach – Music in the Canary Islands

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Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are a popular destination for holidays, thanks primarily to their winning formula of sun, sea and sand. These islands off the coast of Africa are technically part of Spain, but they have an identity all their own.The Canaries have a unique culture, and part of this is displayed in traditional Canary Islands music and dance. Whether you visit Tenerife, Gran Canaria, or Lanzarote (the three major Canary Islands), you’ll find the islands are teeming with attractions for music lovers.Sure, you’ll want to spend time relaxing by the sea, but think beyond the beach. If you spend some time discovering the music of the Canary Islands, your vacation will be even more rewarding.

Canary Islands music

Traditional Canarian music has a distinct folk quality. While the islands’ population is a mix of the native Gaunches (who are said to be related to Berbers) and Spaniards from the mainland, their music has a Latin and Spanish flavor.One thing you’ll notice is that in the Canary Islands, they play instruments that you don’t see elsewhere.

  • El Timple – A small string instrument that resembles a ukulele
  • Bandurria – Another stringed instrument, that looks similar to a mandolin
  • Gomero – A type of tambourine
  • Carachas – Percussion instruments typically made out of bone or wood
  • Caracola – A wind instrument that looks like a large snail or conch shell

Canary Islands folk dance

What’s music without dancing? Sure enough, folk dancing in the Canary Islands goes right along with the traditional music. After a day of swimming, snorkeling and sunning, why not check out the local dancing? There are numerous performances and celebrations through the year.

Traditional dance outfits in the Canaries are colorful and fun. Women wear bright colored skirts, billowing white blouses, and a scarf on their head. Men wear loose trousers that come down to the knee, with black knee-high socks, and a colored sash around their waist.

Canary Islands Music Festival

Although the Canary Islands are well known for their folk music, the biggest musical event is a classical one. The Canary Islands Music Festival is an annual event, held every January and February since 1985. Events are spread across the Canary Islands, including smaller islands like El Hierro and La Gomera.This music festival was created to enhance the image of the Canary Islands as a destination that offers culture along with the exquisite beaches. Since the festival has attracted world famous musicians from Placido Domingo to Yoyo Ma, it looks like they’ve succeeded.

Conclusion

If you’re thinking about going to the Canary Islands to sample the magical beaches and water sports, you’re not alone. If you want to mix in some local music and dancing, you’ll enhance your trip with some memorable moments.

The Canary Islands Music Festival is held in winter, when you’re more likely to find cheap European flights to the islands than you will in summer. But whenever you visit the Canary Islands, be sure to seek out some traditional Canarian music and appreciate the local culture. It’s a great addition to your beach side fun.

Explore Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Thinking about going for gorilla trekking in Africa? Uganda is the best destination where visitors can meet the endangered mountain gorillas face to face in their natural home. With two national parks gazetted by the Uganda government to protect the mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable national Park is the most known and here is Why you should take Uganda’s option as the most viable for gorilla safaris in Africa.

The famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the only four national parks that protect the endangered mountain gorillas. Known as “the impenetrable forest” Bwindi is home to half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the entire world, Bwindi Forest National park is a perfect destination for gorilla trekking holidays in Africa. Whether you want to see only mountain gorillas  or visit other Uganda attractions with friends and family Bwindi forest has it all because its conveniently located close to not only Uganda attractions but also to other mountain gorilla parks in Rwanda and Congo.

How to Get There

Fly to Entebbe international Airport either you traveling on budget or luxury and get the trip started right away upon arrival or a day after arrival. It’s the only international airport for Uganda for both domestic and international flights. Better to arrange a pickup with your hotel of residence if your flight is late or with your trip organizer.However, most tour operators offer free pickups and drops especially if you book a trip with them. Entebbe international airport is served by many airlines so you will have plenty of m flight price options to choose from once you ready to track mountain gorillas of Bwindi Forest National Park. However, you free to connect to the park by road on a scenic drive or by air on any scheduled flight to Kihihi Airstrip.

Getting Around Bwindi Forest

Bwindi forest transport options are safari vehicles, land cruisers, super customs. Toyota Rav4, mini bus all with a pop up ideal for game viewing and photography since Uganda is a home of impressive attractions. If you staying close to the park a day before your trek, you should look at hiring a rental car that will take you for briefing , at the start point for the trek and also to pick you up after the trek since the trek may end in a far distance away from your lodge of residence. However, if you starting your trip from the capital of Kampala better to leave the city with a private hired car. But if backpacking your trip organizer will arrange for a rental car to take you through the entire trek.

Where to Stay in Bwindi Forest

Choosing your accommodation should depend on the gorilla group or family you to trek. Remember, Bwindi forest has four sectors each with different gorilla families and accommodations. Therefore, you need to check your gorilla permit details before booking any accommodation. If your permit is for Buhoma, book buhoma lodges and campsites, if Ruhija still book Ruhija lodges and campsites and same applies to Nkuringo and Rushaga gorilla permits. Would advise you to book only one night accommodation so that in case you want to transfer to another destination after the trek, its flexible.

Plan a Gorilla Trek in Uganda?

Bwindi forest is quiet and cold in the evenings and at night so you need to pack warm wears to deal with the cold weather situation. However, it’s warm during the day when the sun shines. The forest is dump and muddy due to thick vegetation of shrubs and trees so  some places can be slippery during the trek the reason we do recommend a walking stick to give you support in case you find difficulties in walking. Even porters are good because they carry the luggage and give you a chance to walk free and light. Expect no bargains on gorilla permits and accommodation if you visit during high season and holiday times like Christmas and New Year. However, the park offers hug discounts on permits during April, May and November. When it comes to cheap budget gorilla tours in Africa, Uganda often gets all the fame and attention. You will prove this once you start planning your gorilla watching trip in Africa.

Adventure Travel: The 10 Most Exhilarating Must Do Trips

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Himalaya Trips

Ever since the man could walk, he traveled. At first, we traveled to escape harsh climate and find food, but as we evolved, we started traveling for fun. Thus appeared travel destinations and travel guides. As time passed, more and more people started traveling to various locations, for the landscape, traditions and thrills.Here are a few travel locations that are sure to give you your thrills and kicks, somewhat like a top five, I guess, but don’t trust me – go check them out yourself out!

1. Himalaya

By far the greatest mountain range in the world, the Himalaya have captured the imagination of philosophers, mystics, mountaineers and empire builders from the earliest ancestors of contemporary Hindus and Buddhists to the present day. Mount Kailash, home of the greatest of the gods, and Meru, centre of the Hindu and Buddhist universe, rise from their surrounding ridges of the central Himalaya. From the high slopes to the foothills, people have carved out an often-meager existence in the harshest of environments with determination, subtlety and imagination enriched by powerful cultural identities. Tribal peoples living often at high altitudes have made their living from their tough environment through trade over the highest passes in the world, while farmers have developed agriculture on the man-made terraces of the warmer, lower-lying valleys and hills of the southern ranges. Although the mountain environment gives a common character to the whole region, each hamlet has its own identity. The villages of the arid high-altitude plateau of Ladakh could scarcely be more different from the homesteads of the monsoon forests of Arunachal Pradesh.

2. Kilimanjaro Climb

Just three degrees south of the Equator is the 5,895m (19,340ft) high, permanently snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. It offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak at high altitude without needing technical climbing ability. Any normally fit, healthy person prepared for some physical exertion and exercise should be able to complete the ascent to Uhuru Peak, which involves approximately 70 kilometers of walking in total, and no technical climbing.

3. Torres Del Paine in Patagonia, Chile

Near the fjord area of Tierra Del Fuego and the Beagle Channel one may visit the famous Torres Del Paine National Park on the southern edge of the Patagonia Ice Cap. The area is easy to get to from Punta Arenas with transportation of buses, taxis and minibuses. It is possibly the most famous national park in South America with 60,000 visitors last season. It is some 100 km north of Puerto Natales. A 2422 sq. km park was given the World Heritage status in 1978 by UNESCO.It gets it’s name from three wonderful and very prominent polished columns of pink granite, the Towers of Paine (Torres Del Paine).Here you may go backpacking and trekking, or you can join programs to do the mountain climbing as well. Nandu and Guanaco (Ostrich and Alpaca like animals) are frequently seen in the park refuge. There is a broad diversity of fauna y flora. Backpackers should have experience with overnight trips in rough country; those who desire to make ascents should have mountaineering ice and snow climbing experience.

4. Amboseli Safari

Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s most popular parks because of the stunning view it displays of nearby Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. When you go on your Amboseli Safari, be sure to get the famous photograph of elephants with the unforgettable views of Kilimanjaro in the background!Streams from Kilimanjaro surface in the centre of Amboseli, creating swamps that attract and support a rich diversity of wild animals and birdlife. As Amboseli is easily accessible, it forms a popular part of many of our safari itineraries. Amboseli is one of the smaller game parks in Kenya and the vegetation ensures that the animals are easy to spot. Lions can easily be found and can occasionally be watched stalking their prey.Buffalo, zebra, giraffe, gazelle and other plains game are plentiful in the park and hippos live in the open waters and swamp channels. The elephants found here are surprisingly relaxed around safari vehicles; they were largely unaffected by ivory poaching and have some of the largest tusks.Nothing beats the experience of adventure travel, so pack up your rucksack and give it a go!

5. Mount Rwenzori Trekking

The Legendary Mountains of the Moon, the Rwenzoris are found along the borders of Western Uganda and Eastern Congo. The snow capped Rwenzoris tower up to 5109m above sea level and this is Africa’s third highest mountain. Hiking to the Magherita Peak involves 7 days of hiking and this trek is offered by the Rwenzori Mountaineering Service. The tour to the peak is known as the Central Circuit Trail and can be booked through Ugandan tour operators. Though, the mountain can be hiked from both Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, most of the tours can be booked from Uganda.

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