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Vacations in Rwanda & Uganda
The following is a list of all parks and areas in Rwanda and Uganda where we offer safari vacations. Though there are more wildlife to see, if you want to go on a gorilla trek you've come to the right place! Most vacations that we plan here begin and end in Kenya. If you can't decide on a park or parks to visit, let us know on the Safari Planner. We can recommend some based on your interests.
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Parks in Rwanda
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is set in relatively low altitude on the border with Tanzania. This National Park is dominated by swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River. The River generates water from the most remote source of the Nile. The terrain of Akagera consists of African savannah along with the tangled acacia woodland interspersed within the open grassland.
Within this wonderful park, you will find herds of elephant and buffalo. Many of these animals will emerge during the daylight hours from the woodlands to drink from the lakes. Other exotic creatures such as the leopard, a spotted hyena or even a lion might be spotted near the lake beds. Giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah, and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park. The most common animal located within this region is the chestnut-coated impala, bushbuck, tsessebe and the world's largest antelope, the statuesque Cape eland.
In the river beds, you will find pods of hippopotami and crocodiles that soak up the afternoon sun rays. Along the lake shores you will observe some of the continent’s densest concentrations of water birds. The lakes and connecting marshes shelter the endangered papyrus gonolek, and the shoebill stork.
Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe National Park encompasses approximately 1,000 km’s surrounded by the beautiful hills of southeast Rwanda. This National Park has the largest quantity of Montane Forest in East and Central Africa. The Montane Forest is one of the most ancient woodlands, dating back to the last Ice Age. Within the boundaries of the region, you will be able to observe rich floras’, 200 different types of trees, and a plethora of flowering plants which includes the giant lobelia and a many different species of colorful orchids.
Nyungwe is home to 13 species of humankind’s closest living relative. These primates range from chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkeys and troops of the Angola Colobus monkey. You will also be able to view over 300 bird species. The avian species include the great blue turaco which is a blue, red and green bird that fly’s from tree to tree within this wonderful forest. Upon your arrival, bird enthusiast will immediately fall in love with this Park.
Another great aspect of this National Park is the well-maintained walking trail network which leads through the forest to various waterfalls and viewing points. During your exploration of Nyungwe, will provide you many opportunities to enjoy the wonders of nature!!
Parc National des Volcans
Parc National Des Volcans is located in the heart of Rwanda and Central Africa. Due to its altitude, this region is relatively a colder area than the other Parks within the Rwanda boarders. The Parc’s terrain is comprised of mostly volcanoes which tower up to 15,000 feet and is covered with rich, green rainforest.
This unique region is situated in the far northwest of Rwanda. Within “Volcans” steep slopes, resides the home of the rare mountain gorilla. The mountain gorilla enjoys the rich montane ecosystems, providing the rare gorilla with an abundant of evergreen, bamboo forest, and open grasslands.
You will partake in a trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virungas which offers stirring views of Rwanda wonderful countryside. As you enter this National Parc, you will approach the lush rainforest where colorful birds, golden monkey’s, and elephant roam.
Once you have explored this mysterious region, you will be able to return to the town of Ruhengeri. Located on the outskirts of town is the natural bridge at Musanze. This bridge is composed of solidified lava and provides an opportunity to understand how the volcanic activity shaped this scenic area.
Parks in Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi lies in the south west corner of Uganda and is approximately 414 km’s from Kampala. This Forest/Park is located near the border of The Congo. Bwindi Forest covers an area of over 330 sq kms and is comprised with dense undergrowth, vines and a wide variety of flowers and hundreds of plant species.
As a visitor to this park, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the rare Bwindi Mountain Gorilla. Bwindi is also home to over 120 species of mammals which includes chimpanzees, black & white colobus, blue monkey, bushpig, duiker, leopard, jackal and elephants. There are also over 350 different types of bird species, hundreds of butterflies’ varieties and over 200 species of trees.
During your exploration of Bwindi, you will be able to walk along many nature trails providing you with a unique opportunity to view this primeval African forest. During our trek, you will see magnificent waterfalls and spectacular views of Lake Edward, Rwenzoris.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is located in western region of Uganda. This National Park covers an area of over 760 sq kms. Kibale Forest National Park lie’s 35 kms south of Fort Portal and adjoins with Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Kibale provides you with an experience to view on e of the largest diversity of wildlife and flora found in this Uganda rainforest. Within the region, you will be able to observe the largest population of the rarely sighted Uganda elephant.
This National Park is rich in wildlife; in particular, it has the large primate population in Uganda. There are over 11 different primate species which include the red-tailed money, blue monkey, olive baboon, chimpanzee, black, white and red colobus and white cheeked mangabey. Other mammals found are bushbuck, red and blue duiker, Uganda kob, Scaly-tailed flying squirrel, tree pangloin, buffalo, waterbuck and hippo as well as a large number of birds.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park has a variety of eco-systems within the Park, Due to this diversity; it has been noted to be the most populated park in Uganda for animal species. This park has over 100 different types of mammals and approximately 600 different types of forest/wilderness birds.
This parks wildlife once suffered from heavy poaching, but recent conservation efforts have restored much of the game and it now claims to be one of the best places on the continent to see high concentrations of the dangerous hippo. One of the most magnificent areas to explore in Queen Elizabeth National Park is the Kasinga Channel. It alone is said to contain the world's largest concentration of the hippo. One primary reason for this interesting fact is due to the region not being able to support many vicious crocodiles. This tranquil habitat provides the hippo families a safe haven, with little to no predictors who might threaten them.
Other wildlife species who wander in this region are beautifully horned Uganda kob, warthogs, giant forest hog, buffalo, rare aquatic sitatunga antelope, topi, waterbuck, elephant and leopard. However, species missing from the region are giraffes; zebras, impalas and rhinos.
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