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 hoainfo@hillsofafrica.com

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