rwanda & uganda
For those of you who have summited Kilimanjaro, witnessed the Great Migration and kayaked the Okavango, but remain in search of the next great African adventure; we bring you Rwanda and Uganda. These destinations take you into the heart of Africa to discover more than just the Big Five. Here, you will have the chance to have a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with Africa’s largest primates, the mountain gorilla.
the bespoke to do list
Below, are the can’t miss highlights every traveler needs on their list, when traveling to Rwanda & Uganda.
• Track the elusive mountain gorilla in Volcanoes National Park, the Virungas and Bwindi Forest
• Enjoy guided visits to nearby hillside communities
• Hike to Dian Fossey’s Grave and Karisoke
• Guided Walks in Volcanoes National Park; and for the adventurous, hike to the summit of Mount Bisoke (3711 m)
• Trek the lush trails of Kibale National park alongside playful chimpanzees and do the only canopy walk in East Africa.
• Visit the Genocide Memorial Centre in Kigali which gives an incredibly moving account of the genocide through written and video testimonials, photographs and physical remnents of weapons used and possessions destroyed.
recommended lodges and camps
We recommend the below lodges and camps based on their prime location, experienced management and the 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.
sabinayo silverback lodge
virunga lodge: the luxury gorilla experience in rwanda
Uganda is a larger country to explore than Rwanda and there is more travel involved to reach the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in south-western Uganda where there is a population of approximately 350 mountain gorillas living under the canopy of the 25,000 year-old rainforest, which is only accessible on foot.
Kyambura gorge lodge
Bwindi Lodge: the jungle gorilla lodge in uganda
With only eight bandas, Bwindi Lodge is one of our best-kept African secrets. Overlooking Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and with dramatic views of the forest canopy across a serene stream, it is one of Africa’s unique properties. The gorillas frequently come to relax in the verdant bush around the lodge! The lodge is perfectly located for a Uganda jungle gorilla tracking experience. The luxury forest lodge in Bwindi, fully renovated in 2018, now features a redesigned guest lounge and dining area that bring the feel of the forest into the stylish interiors. The main living area has a central fireplace which acts as a focal point for guests to relax and discuss their gorilla tracking experience. A newly designed outdoor terrace gives dramatic views of the impenetrable forest and is a great place to spot the monkeys and birds hidden in the foliage. The eight individual bandas, each with a private terrace with fantastic views across the valley to the forest, have been been totally restyled with warm luxurious interiors and inviting four poster beds and locally-inspired furniture. Visit the hotel website.
clouds mountain gorilla lodge
Mount gahinga lodge: the batwa culture and hiking lodge in uganda
Mount Gahinga Lodge
Looking to extend your trip?
Combine gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda with a more traditional safari in Kenya or Tanzania…