Uganda & Rwanda

Uganda and Rwanda both offer an experience of a lifetime, and seeing gorillas in their natural environment will fill your senses and leave you with unforgettable memories. Uganda is a haven for nature lovers and offers natural beauty, wildlife experiences, and a rich tribal culture. Rwanda is affectionately known as the land of a Thousand Hills’ due to its dramatic mountainous scenery, and offers an unsurpassed experience from the sandy beaches of Lake Kivu to the gorilla sightings in Volcanoes National Park.

What’s on offer in Uganda & Rwanda?

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Gorilla - Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Uganda

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is where you have the best chance of spotting a mountain gorilla family going about their business. Once you have your permit you are led across the rugged terrain and though the awe inspiring jungle to where the gorillas were seen yesterday and then you track them down. Aside from the amazing gorilla interactions there are numerous forest walks and 346 species of birds to track down, many of which are amazingly coloured.

Lake Bunyonyi - Uganda

Lake Bunyonyi – Uganda

The beautiful Lake Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and is particularly good for water birds. It is a popular stop off on the way to the gorillas. Highlights include camping on one of the islands, the scenery, swimming, birding and canoeing.

Lake Mburo National Park - Uganda

Lake Mburo National Park – Uganda

Renowned for its impressive biodiversity, Lake Mburo National Park shelters almost 70 mammal species and over 300 avian species in its forests, swamps and grasslands. Crocodiles, hippos and a myriad of waterbirds are found in and around the five lakes, of which Lake Mburo is the largest.

Kibale Forest National Park - Uganda

Kibale Forest National Park – Uganda

Kibale is home to the highest density of primates in Africa and although the main attraction is the habituated chimpanzees the park trees are alive with all manner of monkey. Red-tailed monkey, L Hoest’s monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, red colobus and black and white colobus monkeys are all spotted here. And when you’re not spotting monkeys there are 300 bird species to keep you busy.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park - Uganda

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – Uganda

Although Mgahingha Park is small together with Rwanda’s Volcano and the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park it makes up a significant conservation area. Aside from the main attraction which is the mountain gorillas the Park is home to buffaloes, elephants, golden monkeys and loads of bird species. The three extinct volcanoes offer plenty of hiking options.

Kampala - Uganda

Kampala – Uganda

Uganda’s capital Kampala is spread over ten hills and despite the development there are still plenty of trees. It is the centre of Ugandan commercial life and a blend of African markets, international hotels, bars and casinos. The Uganda Museum has displays of Ugandan history and human evolution including the fossilised bones of our earliest-known ancestor the 20-million-year-old Morotopithecus.

Volcanoes National Park - Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

Set high on the jungle-covered slopes of the volcanic Virunga Mountains, Parc National des Volcans is best known as a sanctuary for the region’s rare mountain gorillas. Highly regulated treks through the reserve allow visitors to spend an hour at a time with these incredible primates in their natural habitat.

Nyungwe Forest National Park - Rwanda

Nyungwe Forest National Park – Rwanda

Exceptional for it high level of biodiversity and numerous endemic species, Nyungwe National Park is composed of lush tracts of rain forest set high up on fertile mountain slopes. It is one of Africa’s most ancient forests and the home of Rwanda’s sole remaining chimpanzee population, as well as 85 additional mammal species, 43 reptile species and nearly 300 bird species.

Kigali - Rwanda

Kigali – Rwanda

Rwanda’s capital and biggest city is built across an undulating series of lush hills surrounded by higher mountains, the largest of which is Mount Kigali, rising 1,850 metres above sea level. Kigali is the country’s financial, commercial and cultural hub, served by an international airport and featuring a wide range of accommodation options, restaurants and points of interest, including the Kigali Genocide Centre, an atmospheric market and numerous craft shops.

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Fast Facts

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Uganda and Rwanda are both located near the Equator thus they enjoy a tropical climate all year round. The best time to visit is from January to early February and June to September because there is less rainfall. April is the rainiest month in the calendar, and there is a wet season from October to November.

TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT + 3 (Uganda), GMT + 2 (Rwanda)

VISAS: British passport holders require a Visa to enter Uganda and Rwanda. For Uganda, this can be obtained from the Ugandan High Commission in London, or at Entebbe airport on arrival. For Rwanda, this can be obtained at any Rwandan Diplomatic Mission or on arrival in Kigali.

LANGUAGE: Uganda & Rwanda – Swahili is spoken regionally, but English is widely spoken.

CURRENCY: Uganda – Ugandan shilling, Rwanda – Rwandan franc

FLIGHT INFORMATION: Uganda – Kenyan Airlines fly via Nairobi into Entebbe. Rwanda – Kenyan Airlines fly via Nairobi into Kigali.

FLYING TIME FROM UK: Uqanda – Approx. 10 hours to Entebbe, Rwanda – Approx. 9 hours to Kigali.

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