We offer an extensive range of options for your Ugandan holiday including gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, privately guided big game safari and birding trips as well as honeymoons and adventure holidays.
Gorilla Trekking: Rwanda versus Uganda
Trekking gorillas has long been the top of many a bucket list and it is always an incredible experience to see the mountain gorilla at close quarters in its natural habitat. One of the key decisions to make is where to track them – Rwanda and Uganda both have their advantages and disadvantages – here we give you the rundown so that you can choose which destination will suit you best.
Gorilla tracking is more affordable in Uganda…
Gorilla tracking isn’t cheap, but in Uganda you can purchase a permit for half the price of a permit in Rwanda, this does however mean that they sell very quickly so it’s worth booking your permit as far in advance as possible as in high season these permits can be fully booked up to a year in advance. This is also the case for accommodation in Uganda which is significantly more affordable than Rwanda.
Rwanda is better connected…
On the whole there is less travelling involved to track gorillas in Rwanda. It is around two hours’ drive from Kigali to Parc National des Volcans, meaning that you can get away with a two-night stay, whereas with Uganda it is usually necessary to break the journey to Bwindi from Entebbe, making for a longer trip. Rwanda is also easily twinned with a Big Five safari in Tanzania or Kenya with light aircraft flights from Kigali into the Serengeti and a direct flight to Nairobi for easy connections to the Masai Mara.
Uganda offers a more in-depth experience..
Rwanda is the smaller country meaning that you can easily have an extensive trip to the country in a manageable amount of time, but in terms of diversity Uganda has the edge. Besides gorilla tracking Uganda boasts chimpanzees, golden monkeys, the Big Five, white water rafting and exceptional birding – and the list goes on. Tracking mountain gorillas in Mgahinga can easily be combined with golden monkeys and meeting the local Batwa tribe. Alternatively, a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track the gorillas can be combined with tracking chimpanzees in Kibale and Kyambura Gorge as well as a traditional safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The choice is yours as to whether you go to Uganda or Rwanda – the one thing you can be sure of is that you’re in for the trip of a lifetime!