Bashem Safaris Tours and Travel
Bashem Safaris East Africa is a tours and travel company that provides exceptional memorable safaris services to both local travellers as well as those coming from abroad. Starting out in 2015 as a transport company, Bashem Safaris was born out of a need to help people discover and appreciate the beauty Uganda has to offer.
We offer safari packages that are carefully packaged to make sure the person’s expectations of the trip are exceeded through fulfilling the three major points ie safety, comfort and adventure.
Throughout our existence, we have organised many tours all throughout Uganda and Rwanda and have established connections with the best industry players to ensure our client gets access to the very best services during their trip.
Our team of experienced tour guides are friendly and humorous to make you feel at home during your trip. They are well trained to protect you to ensure your safety but are also well equipped with the knowledge pertaining the different areas of adventure.
Encompassing some of western Uganda’s most scenic landscapes, this stunning adventure takes you deep into the fascinating world of East Africa’s endangered primates. From the rich forests of Kibale National Park, to the vast open plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, you’ll have a chance to search out rare golden monkeys and magnificent mountain gorillas against the spectacular backdrops of Uganda’s rich panoramas.
The best time to go for an African Safari is during the dry season months most countries along and near the Equator almost have the same seasons and most experience dry season during the months of May to September every year making this time the best time to go. During this period the vegetation is less grown and most wildlife converge at waterholes and rivers making it easy to spot them. Here below are some of our best countries to visit in Africa where we are ready to plan and book for you an ultimate African Safari adventure and when best to visit,
Uganda. The best time to visit Uganda is during the dry season June through to September, during this time there is less rain and more sunshine with clear skies making gorilla trekking and driving through national parks for game viewing easier compared to rain season months. Travelling in low season November and May you benefit from low season rates especially from luxury lodges and our off season packages.
Rwanda. July and August are the best times to visit Rwanda during this time there is less rain and more sunshine with clear skies making gorilla trekking and driving through national parks for game viewing easier compared to rain season months. Rwanda is great for gorilla trekking and primates viewing which are mainly located in the rain forest National Parks these received mainly tropical climate meaning you cannot miss out on rains completely. Travelling in low season November and May to Rwanda you benefit from low season rates especially from luxury lodges and our off season packages.
Gorilla trekking is an activity that involves walking through the forest following a given trail to search and find the habituated mountain gorillas, once you find them in their natural habitat you will spend with them one-hour encounter having an opportunity to take photographs, learning more about their habits and behaviors. Uganda is home to more than 50% of the total number of the only remaining mountain gorillas in the world. Given the fact mountain gorillas donot survive in the zoos for you to see these unique apes you will need to trek into their natural habitats to have an encounter with them.
Mountain gorillas in Uganda are only found in two national parks that is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park whereas in Rwanda these are only found in Volcanoes National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in the south western park of Uganda bordering the districts of Kanungu, Rubanda and Kisoro, the park also borders the Uganda-DR Congo border. It is home to 19 habituated gorilla families open for gorilla trekking which are found in the four main gates/ sections that is Ruhija and Buhoma in the north, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in the far south western part of Uganda in Kisoro district; it shares the border with Rwanda and DR Congo. Mgahinga is one of the 3 main national parks located in the virunga ranges other two national parks include Volcanoes National Park found in Rwanda and Virunga National Park found in DR Congo. Mghainga is home to 2 gorilla families which include Nyakagezi and Hirwa, however the trekking in mainly done in the Nyakagezi gorilla family given the fact Hirwa is unstable and hard to find.
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda is located in the northwestern Rwanda, it is home to Mountain Gorillas and five of the eight Volcano mountains found in the Virunga ranges. These include Karisimbi, Sabyinyo, Gahinga, Bisoke and Muhabura. Volcanoes National Park is one of the 3 main national parks located in the virunga ranges other two national parks include Volcanoes National Park found in Rwanda and Virunga National Park found in DR Congo. It home to about 380 mountain gorillas and 10 habituated gorilla families open for gorilla trekking
For you to spend much time with the mountain gorillas you will need to book gorilla habituation experience which is only done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda, on this activity you will spend 4 hours encounter with the semi habituated mountain gorillas while participating in activities geared towards making these wild gorillas get used to human presence. This experience costs $1500 per person per trek. Another option is to do more than one normal trek on different days.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda takes about 3 to 7 hours, the time you take to finish your trek is determined by the nature of the trek that day that is where the gorillas are at that moment, their movements and weather that day some time the trek can take you a full day to see the gorillas. Gorilla trekking starts at 7:45am with briefing about the does and don’ts whilst in the forest with gorillas, after the briefing you are allocated a ranger guide to take you for the trekking in the forest once you find the gorillas you will spend with them 1-hour encounter.