Uganda & Rwanda
The Pearl Of Africa – Uganda’s beauty is only surpassed by its most famous attraction – Bwindi – home of the elusive and treasured gorilla. Half the total population of the world’s gorillas live in the Virunga Mountains – where Zaire, Rwanda and Burundi borders meet. The other half are found in the forest of Bwindi, formerly known as the Impenetrable Forest.
Gorilla safaris involve a drive into the remote South West corner of Uganda to Bwindi National Park where you will then join a guide and a small group (about 6) and go on foot to search for the gorillas. Stringent measures are now in place for safari groups to control the number of people viewing the gorillas each day. Luckily there is still an excellent chance of seeing these magnificent animals.
Uganda is a beautiful country with a great deal to offer – the magnificent Murchison Falls, Lake Victoria – which is the second largest freshwater lake in the world and Kibale Forest National Park with the star attraction being the chimpanzees. Jinja – where the Victoria Nile leaves the lake is the source of the Nile River in Egypt.
Rwanda is hugely popular for Gorilla viewing as you can get very close by vehicle and generally with a short steep walk you can find these magnificent animals, often within half an hour. Expect to spend one hour up close and personal with these families. Permits are required and are arranged in conjunction with your tour.