The work of celebrated conservationist Dian Fossey put Rwanda on the map as the place to see mountains gorillas in the wild. But there are actually two great primate destinations in East Africa — Rwanda and the neighboring country of Uganda.

gorilla trekking

It’s funny how movies paint our perceptions of far-away places. Gorillas in the Mist — about Fossey’s epic struggle to save mountain gorillas in the wild — spurred animal fans around the world to travel to Rwanda. The movie more or less kick-started gorilla trekking in the Virunga Mountains.

uganda gorillas

On the other hand, movies like Raid on Entebbe and The Last King of Scotland made Uganda seem like the last place in the world one would ever want to travel. But the dark days of Idi Amin are long ago and Uganda has returned to its previous position as the Pearl of Africa — an absolutely awesome place to go on an African safari vacation. Not just for the wildlife, but also the incredible lake and mountain landscapes, and the warm hospitality of the Ugandan people.

trip to Uganda

Given the fact that both countries are fairly small and adjacent to one another, it’s easy to visit Uganda and Rwanda in a single trip. Hills of Africa offers a nine-day/eight-night journey through both countries under the guidance of  our team and Brian Mugume and his experienced Adventure Consults team.

Uganda safari vacation

Starting out from Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria, the safari includes the beautiful Murchison Falls and the Nile River, chimpanzee trekking in the Kibale Forest,

Murchison Falls

the typical African savannah wildlife (elephants, tree climbing lions, buffalo, etc) that populate Queen Elizabeth National Park,

tree climbing lions

a boat cruise down the Kazinga Channel (hippos, crocs, millions of birds) and gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

After driving across the border into Rwanda, the safari picks up again with more gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park, where Dian Fossey once worked.

Last but not least comes a short stop in Kigale, Rwanda’s highland capital (the “tidiest city in Africa”) before flying home or continuing on to elsewhere in Africa.

Our “Ultimate Uganda & Rwanda” includes both luxury and mid-range options for overnight accommodation, and you get your own private guide and driver throughout.

Contact us today to talk about seeing gorillas in the wild, chimpanzees and creating a once in a lifetime vacation for you to Rwanda and Uganda.  Call us at 1-800-940-9344 or email us at


Africa in Motion — The Great Migration

April 27, 2017

There’s nothing else like it anywhere on the planet — the Great Migration that takes place in East Africa, each year, the movement of millions of large creatures across the Serengeti Plains . . . and the daily drama that plays out between predator and prey all along their route. The numbers are truly astounding: […]

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If You Give a Kid a Chance . . .

April 13, 2017

Much like Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, rainbows are a symbol of hope and progress in various parts of the world. Nowhere is that more true than Mozambique, where the Rainbow Fund supports a wide range of environmental and social projects. The first registered charity of its kind in Mozambique, the Rainbow Fund […]

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Victoria Falls – Do I REALLY need to visit? What’s all the Hype?

April 10, 2017

  We, at Hills of Africa Travel, always get asked “is it really worth visiting Victoria Falls?” and “why should I visit Victoria Falls?”. Well, we’re going to share with you why we think you should DEFINITELY include Victoria Falls in your travel plans if you are visiting Southern Africa. The Victoria Falls itself – […]

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Traveling from Africa to USA – what electronics am I allowed to take as carry on?

March 30, 2017

Revised as of 30th March 2017:  We know you’re so excited about going on an African Safari Vacation.  You’ve got your bags packed, you have your passport in hand and then all of a sudden you hear about new restrictions.  To help you plan and to take the stress away from you, here’s the latest […]

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Magical Selinda Camp in Botswana, a special place in our hearts

December 5, 2016

Selinda Camp, nestled deep in  Okavango Delta’s Selinda Reserve in Botswana, is a very special safari camp for us and is a fantastic option for the traveler looking to celebrate a birthday, honeymoon, anniversary, graduation, or  general safari travel in five-star luxury.  Combining top of the line accommodation with amazing game viewing and opportunities for […]

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Drifting away…A mokoro ride in Botswana

December 5, 2016

This past September I had the privilege of visiting the Okavango Delta region of Botswana.  This amazing area is widely known as being quite a different safari destination, offering boating and fishing activities not found in many other areas of the bush.  Since the Delta easily offers water based activities, we decided to forgo the […]

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It’s time to celebrate …. YOU …. our African Safari Partners

November 22, 2016

It’s always at this time of year that I get a little emotional and we at Hills of Africa Travel would like to thank our partners in Africa, all the amazing safari lodges, boutique hotels and their staff; our fantastic guides who always go above and beyond to make our clients feel so special; to […]

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Property Spotlight – Duba Expeditions Camp, Okavango Delta

November 5, 2016

Rich with wildlife, cultural heritage, and vibrant spirit, the Okavango Delta is arguably one of Africa’s most spectacular places to visit. Famous for its diverse terrain of sprawling floodplains, thriving grasslands, remote islands, savannah, and bushveld the Okavango Delta is, without a doubt, a prized area for game-viewing and birding. For those looking to visit […]

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Life in the African Safari Bush – A Game of Chance

November 5, 2016

Follow along on Amy’s Botswana safari. On my recent visit to Botswana, I was lucky enough to spend time visiting Duba Expedition Camp and the beautiful Duba Plains.   You may have read past Hills of Africa blog posts on the area and the lions of Duba Plains, as they are such an easy subject to […]

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