Explore Uganda and Rwanda

Discover Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. This is the best destination for primates tracking and wildlife safaris in Africa.

Uganda and Rwanda are two unique primate tracking and wildlife tourist destinations located in the great lakes region of east Africa. These two countries are blessed with various wildlife and primate species that attract tourists from different parts of the world. Lets look at the leading primates and wildlife attractions in Uganda and Rwanda.

Mountain Gorillas

They are primates that are only remaining in only 3 countries on the entire planet. In Uganda mountain gorillas inhabit the forested mountains of Bwindi impenetrable national park and in Mgahinga gorilla national park all situated in southwestern Uganda while in Rwanda mountain gorillas live volcanoes national park situated in northwestern Rwanda.

Mountain gorillas are very magical animals to look at and a trip to either Uganda or Rwanda without mountain gorilla tracking is most cases not very enjoyable. Each of the 3 mountain gorilla national parks in Uganda has mountain gorilla groups that are accustomed to human beings presence in their natural habitats (habituated groups) each group being visited by 8 tourists a day who spend with it an hour learning more as well as taking photographs.

These 3 national parks are also near each other and therefore those who would love to compare the mountain gorilla tracking experience in Uganda and Rwanda are free to do so as long as they secure the mountain gorilla tracking permits. A mountain gorilla permit for Uganda is sold at $750 while the one for Uganda is sold at $600 during the peak tourist season and at $450 in April, May and November.

Important to note is that tourists going for mountain gorilla tracking need to secure their mountain gorilla tracking permits early enough because the permits are limited and therefore one is likely to miss out in case of any delay.

The chimpanzees

These are also other unique primates that can be tracked in both Uganda and Rwanda. In Uganda chimpanzees can be tracked in Kibale forest national park, which is known, to the many as the primate capital of east Africa because of having the highest chimpanzee population in east Africa and the world at large. Chimpanzees in this forest live in groups that range from 30 and more and are usually seen jumping from one tree branch to another. The chimpanzee-tracking permit is sold at $150 however there is also a chimpanzee habituation experience, which gives tourists a chance to spend more time with the chimpanzees. The habituation experience is a whole day activity which starts early in the morning and end in the evening. The permits for this experience are sold at $220 per person.

Chimpanzees in Rwanda on the other hand can be tracked in Nyungwe forest national park situated in the southwestern part of the country. Nyungwe forest is one of the natural forests in east Africa and has the highest chimpanzee population in Rwanda. The chimp tracking permits here are sold at $90 per person.

Chimpanzee tracking in both Uganda and Rwanda can be done at any time of the year.

Game Viewing

This in Rwanda can be done in Akagera national park located in eastern Rwanda while Uganda has over 7 savanna national parks suitable for savanna game viewing. While in these national parks, tourists engage in game drives, nature walks and boat cruises which introduces them to the real African savanna wildlife with sightings of wild animals like elephants, buffaloes, lions, zebras, hippos, birds, antelopes and many others.

Game viewing is not affected by season and can be done at any time of the year. Tourists just have to clear park entrance fees that range from $35 to $40. Boat cruises also range from $30 to $40 as well as nature walks.

A Trip to Uganda cannot be complete without taking a gorilla safari or enjoying wildlife safari in the uncrowded national parks. A Safari in Uganda is truly magical and among the best wildlife adventures one can ever take on the African continent.

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