Planning for combined gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda are an incredible way of exploring South West Uganda and North East Rwanda. There is only one thing better that Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and that is mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda! Combining both countries will give you an incredible gorilla trekking experience but also a unique insight into this part of East Africa. You will encounter many differences as well as similarities in the people and culture that will leave you with a deeper understanding of the region.
The majestic mountains, rolling hills and lush grassy lowlands of Rwanda create a beautiful wild and untamed piece of Africa. Nicknamed ‘Pays des Mille Collines’, meaning ‘Country of a Thousand Hills’ in French, this tiny landlocked country dwarfed by its neighbours is brimming with colossal landscapes and striking scenery. Rwanda holidays are famous for taking you to the home of mountain gorillas, an incredible wildlife moment filled with both adventure and tranquillity. However Rwanda has so much more to offer its visitors.
After the horrendous and unforgettable events of 1994, Rwanda has prospered into a calm, hopeful and charming country eager to welcome and host guests. Travel to the north of the country and to the home of half of the world’s wild gorilla population, Parc National des Volcans. Be prepared to trek up to altitudes of 3,000km and for five hours a day through thick vegetation, mud and regular rain showers. But encountering a troop, watching these rare, captivating gentle giants in the peaceful atmosphere of the jungle is a truly outstanding reward for your hard work. By no means a spontaneous or bargain holiday, with permits costing $1500 and selling out months in advance, it’s all worth it when face-to-face with the gorillas building their nest for a midday rest, collecting fruit and cuddling their young.
A gorilla trek within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a highlight of all visits done in Uganda and certainly mountain gorillas are the major reason as to why very many people visit Uganda. On the other hand, Uganda is recognized as a very safe and more so secure country in which you can see these gorillas in serene surroundings. Every gorilla permit goes for US $ 600 while in April, May and November 2017 they will go for US $ 450. On a single day, nearly 80 people travel into Bwindi to see gorillas and only 8 people are allowed to see a gorilla family.