Rwanda and Uganda gorilla tour offers you an opportunity to trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park respectively. Having a chance to see some of the last remaining 800 rare mountain gorillas in the world is a wonderful experience of a life time. I started the trip off solo, so I was nervous, but as soon as I got out of the airport in Kigali, I was greeted by my awesome driver Jackson and all my fears went away. He was so nice and knowledgeable. I stayed at Serena in Kigali and then we departed for Uganda the next morning. Long drive, but there were places to stop and see along the way. Kibale Forest Camp was very nice, plus all the room facilities.
I booked a Chimpanzee tracking experience and a game viewing on boat in Queen Elizabeth National Park. I saw Hippos, Elephants, Water elephants and Buffaloes, etc. I would highly recommend. We drove through the Savannah and I saw Elephants and Baboons, warthogs, and much more wildlife to see. Dinner and overnight stay was at Mweya lodge – another excellent stay and there were Wart Hogs all over my front lawn! So cute and there were Mongoose coming up to me as well. Beware of the Water Buffalo though.
The next day we drove to Rwanda and stayed at a great lodge called Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, very nice with fireplace in your room, and the people at the lodge were very hospitable and they welcomed me back from my treks with a hot cup of tea and they cleaned the mud off your boots! The food at all three lodges was excellent. I am a piscatorial and a very picky eater – so I’m glad it all worked out. We did the gorilla trekking safaris experience, the most exciting if all and the Golden Monkey trek (easier and the monkey were so cute).
The Rwanda gorilla safari was so amazing; spending a lovely hour with these gentile apes was a life time experience of my whole safari. Two days later we drove back to Kigali and you must go to the Genocide Memorial Museum as well as Camp Kigali. It was very moving and powerful. The people of both countries were beautiful. The landscape in Uganda was spectacular and Kigali was soo clean, great city, very safe. Rwanda was a perfectly safe country. No issues. Jackson took care of everything for us and he was a fantastic host when I was there. Jackie answered all of my questions prior to the trip and took care of all of our permits and passes. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who loves animals. Let me know if you have any questions, Nature Adventure Africa Safaris is the company I recommend.
Recommendations for trekking
Gardening Gloves – invest in some cheap gardening gloves to take with you on the trek. Often when you get into the dense bush you need to grab trees and branches with thorns on it to help you along
Gators – it is well worth taking gators with you to protect your legs from the low gorse bushes and to prevent safari ants from getting into your shoes or under your clothing
Walking stick – I cannot emphasize enough how helpful these are. If you get damp or steep ground these seriously help you along
Hiking Shoes – sneakers aren’t adequate, you really need proper hiking shoes/ boots with seriously good grip.
Camera – don’t let yourself be disappointed by just taking an iPhone if you can take a good camera with you. You won’t believe how close you can get to take some great shots
Porters – for a fee of $15 US you can hire a porter/ helper from the local community. Not only does this help the community by providing each porter with a wage for a day but they carry your back packs for you and if needed help you along the way. Definitely worth while having along the way and even better you are giving back to the Batwa community and IbyI’wacu community.
Expectations – they really do not joke when they say treks can be up to 6 hours or longer. Over the four days we were in the area almost every guest we spoke to had experienced 5 hours plus. Or trek took 6, but do not let that deter you. I would do it again in an instant.