Uganda & Rwanda
Uganda is often known as the Pearl of Africa, after Winston Churchill’s reference to the country in his book, My African Journey. The country has various attractions, from a number of wildlife parks with stunning beauty and diverse ecosystems, to the beautiful Lake Victoria and the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda and its rainforests are home to about half the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorilla. There are several habituated groups, which can be tracked and seeing the gorillas in their natural habitat is definitely an amazing experience. A limited number of people can visit each group of habituated gorillas each day and permits should be booked in advance. This biologically diverse region is also home to several other primate species and birds.
Explore some of Uganda’s other parks like Murchison Falls National Park which is bisected by the Victoria Nile and know for its dramatic Murchison Falls which are over 40 meters tall or Queen Elizabeth National Park with its wildlife, abundant bird species and variety of primate species including chimpanzees.
Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda is a land with green hilly beautifully lush landscapes. Its renowned Volcanoes National Park is where you can track the endangered Mountain Gorillas, with the beautiful Virunga Volcanoes in the background. Seeing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is a magical experience. A limited number of people can visit each group of habituated gorillas each day and permits should be booked in advance.
In Rwanda, you can also track the endangered Golden Monkeys, visit Nyungwe Forest which is a habitat for chimpanzees and other primates, relax at the beautiful Lake Kivu or take a cultural excursion and learn more about the local culture. The country has come a long way in rebuilding itself after its turbulent past and at the Capital city, Kigali, you itcan learn more about its history at the Genocide Memorial.