Friday, 26 August 2016

10 facts about Zanzibar

10 Facts About Zanzibar

The name Zanzibar is an Arabic word that is translated as 'the coast of black people'. It is a semi-autonomous region of the Tanzania. The island has the best beaches in the world - and this is not an exaggeration. If you love lazing around in the sun, then this is the place to go.

The Island of Zanzibar boasts pristine white sand beaches, abundant sunshine, exotic Swahili dishes, a hospitable people and luxury tourists resorts. If your idea of fun is to mix a jungle safari with lazing on the beach, then you have just found a hidden gem in Zanzibar.

1. Zanzibar is comprised of several islands, but two are the larger ones. Ugunja is the largest one and is erroneously called Zanzibar. The other is called Pemba.

2. Zanzibar has been home to intelligent humans (Homo sapiens) for more than 20,000 years.

3. The island is home to the almost extinct Zanzibar Red Columbus Monkey, the Zanzibar Servaline Genet, and the Zanzibar Leopard.

4.The capital of Zanzibar is called Zanzibar City and its most historic feature is the ancient Stone Town.

5. Due to its proximity to Equator, Zanzibar is warm throughout the year and has equal day and nights (12-hours each) like most of the East African Countries.

6. Apart from tourism, the other economic activity in Zanzibar is spice growing. In fact, the island is sometimes fondly referred to as The Spice Island due to its cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper.

7. Some ancient potteries have been discovered in Zanzibar showing that it was a major trading route for the ancient Assyrians.

8. Amazingly, the shortest war ever recorded by man is the Anglo-Zanzibar War where the British bombarded the Beit al Hukum Palace and after 38 minutes, a ceasefire was called.

9. Thanks to Monsoon Winds, by the first century, Arabs, Persians and Indians were sailing to Zanzibar in their fast sailing dhows.

10. Throughout history, the Persians, Portuguese, Omani and British have fought to control the important island. It was seen as a gateway to mainland East Africa. In fact, the Sultanate of Omani was the first to trade slaves, cloves and ivory from East African Mainland.

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Facts about Golden Monkeys in Mgahinga National Park

Facts about Golden Monkeys

 The golden monkey the scientific name is 'Cercopithecus mitis kandti'.Its approximatly 48 to67 cm for males and 45-53cm for females.
It weighs 4.5-7kgs and has a life span of  19 years. Its habita is the viruga volcanoies in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC.

The Golden Monkey is a subspecies of the Blue monkey (or Sykes monkey). As a result of continuous divisions of forests, Cercopithecus species were isolated in different regions and therefore forced to adapt to these regions. The golden monkey is said to have diverged from Cercopithecus mitis during these isolation events (it is one of 8 subspecies of Cercopithecus mitis), and is now endangered. Because it has been seldom studied, little is known about the golden monkey, its behavior and ecology. 

Physical Characteristics
Golden monkey males have a reddish color on their back and on the dorsal part of their sides as well as some grizzled darker patches. Females are lighter in color and have less grizzled brown patches.
Golden monkeys live in groups of between 30-80 individuals, usually led by one adult male. The female defends her territory, while males stay for a certain period of time after which they leave the group. These males are in the position to copulate with every female in the group; however it is the females that solicit the males. These monkeys use a series of different calls to express themselves. Males use calls to communicate territoriality and fighting, females to display group cohesion, and alertness, and sub adults to display submissiveness, and to stimulate mobbing behavior. They also communicate using visual expressions.
Golden monkeys eat about 20 to 30 plant species. They mostly rely on leaves, fruits, and invertebrates, but their main preference is bamboo. 
Humans are the main predators, as they encroach onto the golden monkeys’ habitat, set snares, and illegally cut down bamboo. Conservation efforts are being made to protect the golden monkey and their forest habitat; however, they are still threatened. 

Those interested in golden monkey tracking will be required to book  permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority in the case of Mgahinga National Park and Rwanda Development Board in the case of Volcanoes National Park. This golden monkey tracking permit will allow you sometime with these monkeys before returning back to your Lodge. At Platinum Safaris , we do handle permits, transport as well as accommodation if contacted.
 In Maghinga National Park, one can go for a full day golden monkey experience where you set out with researchers and enjoy a whole day with golden monkeys. Chances of finding golden monkeys are high and should you fail to see them, Uganda wildlife Authority terms and conditions will apply. Kindly confirm with us at the time of confirmation.
Due to the fact that golden monkeys are found in Mgahinga and Volcanoes National Park, it is very possible to combine this activity with gorilla tracking Bwindi national park. which is closer to Mgahinga.
Challenge yourself and include golden monkey tracking in your Uganda safari and Platinum  Safaris dedicated tour designers will be looking forward to attend to all your inquiries. Send us an email expressing all your interests, time of travel, number of days and people in your group and we will customize a safari to suite your interests, time and budget.
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Friday, 5 August 2016

4 Day Ssese Island

4 Day Ssese Island

The 84-forested island of the Ssese Group, float like green jewels on the waters of Lake Victoria, located 55km from Entebbe north west of lake victoria, this is one of Uganda’s greatest natural gifts waiting to be discovered. Ssese Group of islands provides an earthly insect paradise, whereas bird watching and fishing gears are important in this place.

The most famous and recommended tours and historical places of interest in Ssese include; Nsirwe Island, famous for bird and spider breeding, Bugaba Island, the birth and home place of the African Grey parrots .It also hosts a living sample of a true African virgin Equatorial forest, Bubembe and Funve Islands, and Serinya, Banda and Kitobo Islands.

                                         4 DAYS ITINERARY 

Day 1: Enjoy an early breakfast and transfer to Nakiwogo Landing site, board a ferry that leaves at 2pm for Lutoboka bay on Bugala Island. Depending on the choice of accommodation, drive a few meters from the landing site along the beach and check into the hotel for an overnight.

Day 2:After an early breakfast, embark on a half day boat ride around 3 islands, Visit one of the fishing villages, visit one settlement island and an empty island; get opportunities of bird watching and forest walk. Have lunch at the island. Enjoy an evening canoe ride watching the sunset.

Day 3: Enjoy an early breakfast and embark on a morning nature walk in the forests, after the trek return to the lodge for lunch and go a village tour on motor bikes, visit the palm tree and pineapple plantations, tour one of the major fishing villages on Bugala islands. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Board ferry back to Nakiwogo landing Site.

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