Gorilla trekking happens in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park which hosts 54% of the worlds mountain gorillas. The remaining gorillas are shared among Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo in the Virunga volcanoes with Mgahinga gorilla national park (Uganda), Volcanoes national park(Rwanda) and Virunga national park(DR Congo). For your ultimate gorilla trekking experience in Africa you can choose between any of the 3 countries.
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda happens in Kyambura gorge, Kaniyo Pabidi, Kalinzu forest, Tooro- Semulike reserve and Kibale forest which is also known as the primate capital of the world. In Rwanda chimpanzee trekking happens in Nyungwe forest. Chimpanzees are man’s closest relatives sharing about 98.7% of genes. They adapt to their environments over time developing tools for survival much like humans.
Golden monkey trekking happens in Uganda’s Mgahinga gorilla national park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park. Golden Monkeys are unique primates found in the Virunga volcanoes. They live in groups of about 30 or more and roam over a large territory. Unlike gorillas, move a lot while feeding so you have to keep following them to be able to capture good pictures for those interested.
Cultural and community experiences enable the travelers to visit and interact with cultures of the areas they visit. They get to be part of the music, dance, drama and folktales. They learn about the values of the people and participate in cooking of traditional food and therefore eating fresh organic meals. You can request different element of the cultural experiences to be added on your otherwise wildlife tour or gorilla safari itinerary.
Game drives are a highlight of your visit to the Savannah national parks in the custom-made safari vehicles as you look for both the large and small mammals. In Uganda, game drives happen in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park. In Rwanda, only Akagera National Park offers the opportunity for game drives.
Nature walks are trails that go through a protected area or outside a protected area that allow for viewing of different wildlife, birds and vegetation. These usually take anything between 1 hours to 4 hours as you explore the particular area of interest.
Boat Safaris happen on the rivers and lakes located in both protected and non protected areas in Uganda and Rwanda. They are popular because of the relaxation they offer combined with sightings of amazing wildlife and panoramic views. There are boat trips in Mabamba swamp, Kazinga Channel in Queen elizabeth NP, River Nile in Murchison falls NP, River Nile in Jinja, Lake Mburo in Lake Mburo NP, on several crater lakes and smaller lakes in Kisoro. In Rwanda the boat trips are on Lake Kivu, the twin lakes and Lake Ihema in Akagera national park
Uganda is home to over 1050 bird species making it a preferred destination for bird watching in Africa. The number of species makes up 10% of all of the worlds bird species. It is also home to 24 of the Albertine rift endemics. Birding happens in the 10 national parks, 13 game reserves, several forest and agricultural lands. Rwanda is home to over 700 bird species with a number of Albertine rift endemics in Nyungwe forest and Volcanoes national park. Akagera is an a great birding spot for Savannah and water birds.
Mountain hiking in both Uganda and Rwanda offers you beautiful scenes as you take established trails. In Uganda hiking in protected areas happens in the Rwenzori Mountains, Mt Elgon, the Virunga ranges (Gahinga, Sabyinyo and Muhabura). Add the adventure of rafting the Nile, kayaking, bungee jumping and squad biking. In Rwanda the hiking happens in the Virunga ranges (Karisimbi, Muhabura, Bisoke, Gahinga).