Planning for a combined safari in Uganda and Rwanda? There are several tours that offer an incredible way of exploring South West Uganda and North East Rwanda. There is even an adventure that is associated with exploring both destinations and that is mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda! Taking a safari combining both countries will not only give you an incredible African safari experience but also a unique insight into this part of East Africa. You will encounter many differences as well as similarities in the nature, landscape, people and culture that will leave you with a deeper understanding of the region.
Explore the Land of a Thousand Hills
After the horrendous and unforgettable events of 1994, Rwanda has prospered into a calm, hopeful and charming country eager to welcome and host guests. The majestic mountains, rolling hills and lush grassy lowlands of Rwanda create a beautiful wild and untamed piece of Africa. Nicknamed ‘Pays des Mille Collines’, meaning ‘Country of a Thousand Hills’ in French. This tiny landlocked country is brimming with colossal landscapes and striking scenery.
Rwanda safari holidays are famous for taking you to the home of mountain gorillas, an incredible wildlife watching experience filled with both memories and thrills. Travel to the north of the country and to the home of half of the world’s wild gorilla population, Parc National des Volcans. Be prepared to trek up to altitudes of 3,000km and for five hours a day through thick vegetation, mud and regular rain showers. But encountering a troop, watching these rare, captivating gentle giants in the peaceful atmosphere of the jungle is a truly outstanding reward for your hard work. By no means a spontaneous or bargain holiday, with permits costing $1500 and selling out months in advance, it’s all worth it when face-to-face with the gorillas building their nest for a midday rest, collecting fruit and cuddling their young.
Not only that Rwanda has so much more to offer its visitors – the amazing culture of the Rwandan people that is exhibited at the Gorilla’s Guardian Village. This programme was started to help former poachers who used to disturb the peace of the gorillas. Also known as “Iby’wachu” a local Rwandan word that literally means “Our Culture”, this activity takes you through the past and the present traditions, beliefs and norms of the Rwandan People.
Explore the Impenetrable Jungles of Bwindi
Crossing the Uganda – Rwanda, you will enter another chapter of adventure travel! Here lies the impenetrable jungles of Bwindi National Park. These well protected forests have been recognized by the UNESCO given that they used to host three great apes;
- the mountain gorillas that have become the “celebrities” of the area
- the chimpanzees – less known homeboys of the forest
- the Batwa People – who have given up the home and left it to the “celebrities”
One of the adventures not to miss in the area, is a gorilla trek within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Gorilla trekking is a highlight of most visits to Bwindi and certainly mountain gorillas are the major reason as to why very many people visit Uganda.There are also many other exciting adventures that can be done in Bwindi and the nearby areas such as Lake Mutanda and Lake Bunyonyi. You only need to time to plan a perfect safari to some of these exciting treasures within the area.
On the other hand, Uganda is recognized as a very safe and more so secure country in which you can see these gorillas in serene surroundings. Every gorilla permit goes for US $ 600 while in April, May and November 2017 they will go for US $ 450. On a single day, nearly 80 people travel into Bwindi to see gorillas and only 8 people are allowed to see a gorilla family.