RWANDA offers the easiest access to gorilla trekking which is the main reason to visit the area. Volcanoes National Park and its habituated but still wild gorilla families offer small groups of privileged visitors a chance to experience one of the most memorable wildlife encounters on earth – gorilla trekking. Rarely experienced in isolation, a Rwandan gorilla safari combines well with other East African destinations in Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania.

In the southwest of the country is Nyungwe National Park, with primate-filled ancient montane rainforest where there are chimpanzees and fantastic bird-watching opportunities.

Interesting Reading: Deciding between Rwanda & Uganda

UGANDA is a lush green paradise, surrounded by mountains, lakes and dark forests. It is filled with friendly people, wildlife, over a thousand species of birds and of course home to the Mountain Gorilla! Uganda has many national parks that boast wonderful safari and primate opportunities and can easily be combined with a visit to Kenya or Tanzania.

Bwindi National Park is located on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, and is considered the most diverse forest in Uganda. The park contains almost one half of the world’s population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, making it an extremely valuable conservation site. It is here that visitors can enjoy a bucket-list Gorilla trekking experience getting within meters of these magnificent apes.

Queen Elizabeth National Park in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley is home to a wide variety of wildlife. The southern park is known for its famous tree climbing lions, while the northern area is dominated by the scenery of mountain ranges and crater lakes occupied by large flocks of flamingos.

Kibale National Park is one of Uganda’s enchanting forested parks, rich in wildlife. It is most noted for its varied primate population where visitors can embark on a Chimpanzee trek and may also encounter red-tailed monkeys, diademed monkeys, olive baboons and black and white colobus monkeys.

Murchison Falls is incredibly beautiful with the Nile River dominating the area and the spectacular Falls exploding through a narrow gap in the waterway. The park offers visitors a wonderful wildlife experience with both safari and primate highlights.

Suggested Itineraries

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10 days Best of Uganda Primates & Safari

This ten day off the beaten track safari will appeal to the more adventurous traveler who does not mind a few rough roads and simpler accommodation. Exploring the best of Uganda, the adventure includes a thrilling visit to the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Chimpanzee trekking in both Kibale and Kyambura Gorge and multiple game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park with its wide array of wildlife.

1 night Entebbe, 3 nights Buhoma Lodge, 2 nights Ishasha wilderness camp, 1 night Mweya lodge, 2 nights Primate lodge.


8 Nights Kenyan Safari and Gorilla Trekking

Ideal for those wanting to combine big game with big gorillas in a short time frame. With a couple nights on the shores of Lake Naivasha with its big game and pink flamingos, to the iconic Masai Mara Game Reserve teeming with wildlife, before moving on to a gorilla trekking opportunity in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Consider adding an idyllic beach stay to the trip.

2 nights Lake Naivasha, 3 nights Masai Mara, 3 nights Volcanoes National Park.

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