The lush landscapes of Rwanda and Uganda challenge all preconceptions of Africa as a dry and dusty continent, and offer visitors the chance to have a close encounter with Africa’s largest primates.
Rwanda, known as the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, is home to majestic volcanoes, numerous lakes, acres of dense rainforest and Kigali, its vibrant capital. Similarly Uganda, the ‘Pearl of Africa’ abounds in dramatic mountain peaks, flooded calderas, and verdant vegetation. Both countries are world famous for their once-in-a-lifetime mountain gorilla trekking safaris. In Uganda, intrepid safari-goers will also enjoy chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest, and the savannah landscapes at Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks which offer more conventional safari habitats with a diverse range of wildlife.
Whilst luxury accommodation in Rwanda and Uganda is yet to rival that of neighbouring countries in East Africa, we recommend the below based on their prime location, experienced management and range of activities on offer.
Rwanda is our top choice for a high-end gorilla safari – each year a privileged few are afforded the chance to encounter these majestic animals up close in the mist-shrouded forests of the Volcanoes National Park. Sabinyo Silverback Lodge is the most comfortable lodge in the area and commands breathtaking views over the surrounding forest and volcanoes from its hillside location. Travellers to the country should visit the Genocide Museum in Kigali for an insight into how the country has progressed since 1994.
In Uganda, see gorillas up close under the canopy of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s 25,000 year-old rainforest from Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge. Perched on the edge of an ancient volcano in western Uganda, Ndali Lodge provides the opportunity to go chimp trekking in Kibale National Park, home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of chimpanzees. Mihingo Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park is located roughly half way between Entebbe and destinations to the the west such as Clouds Mountain Lodge and Ndali Lodge, and is the perfect place to stop and unwind for a few days post or pre-trek.