Rwanda, Uganda and DRC Congo are the best gorilla trekking adventure destinations in East Africa. Selecting which country to go for gorilla trekking depends according to your preferences. If you are looking for a short gorilla tracking safari, then you should opt for Rwanda and if you are longing for much longer safari with variety of wildlife, then Uganda is your answer and lastly if you are looking to see both mountain gorillas and lowland gorilla safari then DRC Congo is the place to go to. Rwanda and Uganda are the best destinations to track mountain gorillas and this is what you should consider when choosing whether to go on a Uganda or Rwanda for a gorilla safari.
Gorilla permits in Uganda cost $600 per person and in low season for the months of April, May and November cost $450 per person, while in Rwanda cost $1500 per person and in Congo cost $400 per person. The permit gets you a full hour of time spent with a mountain gorilla family.
When it comes to accessibility in Rwanda you have it easier to access gorilla trekking opportunities because the drive from the airport to volcanoes national park is short, within 2 hours and it is possible to trek mountain gorilla on a day trip. On the other hand, in Uganda you can combine a budget gorilla safari with other wildlife national of Uganda; because the drive from the airport to either Bwindi Impenetrable forest or Mgahinga is very long yet along the way there are wildlife national parks to visit. Therefore I recommend if you intend to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda they you should at least book 8 days gorilla and wildlife safari.
In Rwanda, Uganda and DRC Congo, trekking gorillas can be a challenging experience. Remember they are called mountain gorillas so a bit of hiking is required between 2 to 8 hours according to the movements of the gorillas and depending on your physical strength. However Rwanda is considered to have easier tracks than Uganda according to my experience. The gorillas in either country are much the same so is the gorilla trekking system and the number of clients to track gorilla is 8 people per gorilla group family. The only difference is in the number of gorilla families whereby Rwanda has 10 habituated gorilla families while Uganda has 12 habituated gorilla families.
The guides, trackers and porters are really good and informative but extremely helpful and thoughtful of the fact that the tourists of the most part are not nearly as adept at climbing. Some walks can be quite strenuous, so ensure you are relatively fit, and read all instructions carefully so you can be properly prepared to enjoy this once in a lifetime event. The mountain gorilla experience is something that cannot be properly explained without experiencing it.
The best of the year for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is all year round. Both Uganda and Rwanda are in montane rain forest which means it can rain anytime of the day. The peak seasons for gorilla trekking is considered the best months for gorilla trekking both in Uganda and Rwanda and are from June, July, August and September and then December to January and February.
In both countries you can add safari activities and places for more complete African tour both in Uganda and Rwanda like chimpanzee tracking, golden monkey tracking, and wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park among others.Read More
Adventure tourism is a type of niche tourism involving exploration or travel to remote areas where the traveler should expect the unexpected. In Uganda, adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity as tourists seek unusual holidays, different from other vacations and at Terrain Safaris we can help you arrange a safari of your choice. Uganda is a classic adventure tourism destination indeed.
White water rafting on river Nile;
You might be aware that river Nile is one of the world’s greatest and longest rivers but you may not know that its main source is in Uganda. River Nile doesn’t only meanders in other parts of the country but also pulses with surprising forces. The Source of the Nile which is about 2hr drive(84.0km) from Kampala.
Rafting depends on your choice (safe or exciting), rafting on the White Nile is as spectacular as it is a bit scary. White Nile provides the scenery of beautiful green jungle while paddling slowly along, which makes you feel like you are alone in the wilderness on some far flung expedition. During rafting, you can’t miss glancing the beautiful colored birds, as you peddle through the rapids.
At the Nile, rafting is as safe as any grade v (five) rafting can be, you are entitled to protective gears to ensure your safety for example the helmet and life jacket which are put through your paces before you meet any rapids.
Since Uganda is on the equator, the weather is warm and the flow of the Nile is controlled by the dam so it’s not easily affected by the rains. So in December – February and June to August is the best time to carry out white water rafting.
- Hiking and climbing
Uganda also offers some of Africa’s top hiking and climbing possibilities where serious mountaineers need to look no further than the majestic Mountain Rwenzori in Kasese, which offers a genuine challenge to experienced alpine climbers due to its trio of craggy 5109m glacial peaks. Whereas the fit hikers will meet the six-day loop trail through the Rwenzori’s forest and moonland zones to be as paying as it is demanding.
- Cycling in the shadows of the Rwenzoris with Terrain Safaris.
Some people don’t think of cycling as an adventure because it is seen as a way of life by Uganda’s rural poor folk but if you haven’t cycled around the Rwenzoris in western Uganda. Sauntering through the wilderness with a bike below you and the world all around the scenic views give you second thoughts about a bicycle. It gives chance to explore at your own speed, far from the dusty and heavy traffic highways.
As the morning birds are chirping and the sun struggling to rise above a calm forested hill, surrounded by an extensive green tea estate. Accommodation can be got at Jacaranda hilltop guest house for a night to enable you have early setoff.
Mountain biking can also be carried out in Mountain Elgon National Park where trails run from Sipi trading Centre to Chema hill in Kapchorwa town and this provides best views of the various falls.Read More
Taking a Safari holiday in East Africa is one of the most enjoyable and memorable way you can experience not only on the African continent but in the world. East Africa has lots of things to offer to both local travelers and international visitors – from rare experiences like gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to world class game viewing in the savanna national parks of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Masai Mara National Park in Kenya. This region has a pleasant climate, very pleasant that most regions elsewhere thus making it a place you can enjoy a true Africa holiday at any given time of the year. Some areas in East Africa have more sunny days and are popular spots for holidaymakers especially those from colder regions of Europe and other parts of the world.
All countries in East Africa Safari have unique attractions; ranging from natural attractions to human world and man-made attractions. The East African region is composed of many countries; Uganda, Rwanda,Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Zanzibar and more. Are you planning to take an exploration safari in East Africa? Here are the top 5 safaris that you can take in East Africa;
1. Gorilla Trekking Safari
A gorilla safari is one of the best adventure trips you can take within East Africa. This kind of trip will lead you into the rainforests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga National Park in Uganda or Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda for gorilla trekking. There are about 880 mountain gorillas remaining in the wild and these can be seen only in Uganda or Rwanda. There are several options for those interested in watching the mountain gorillas in the wild. If you have less time, a Rwanda gorilla safari is the best choice given that a gorilla trek varies from day trips to 5+days tours. If you are looking to a gorilla trip combined with a traditional safari, then Uganda is the best choice given its many parks that offer opportunities for game viewing. It is also possible to tour both countries on a single safari and multiple gorilla trekking is possible.
2. Wildlife Safari
A safari through Kenya or Tanzania is a real wildlife safari experience, the best game viewing in the world. Both Tanzania and Kenya have various world known national parks that include Serengeti, Masai Mara, Serengeti, Amboseli and more. This kind of safari will show you interesting wild game of East Africa!
3. Beach Holidays
Beach Holidays; are some of the most popular holiday options in countries like Kenya. With the coast dotted with so many with stunning beaches, it is definitely a great place for that deserved beach holiday. The beach offers fun activities to all and it is one of the major features that tourists look for in this holiday destination. Some of the beaches are ideal for specific water sports such as windsurfing while others are most suitable for scuba diving. Others will offer basically every water sport you could be interested in on the Indian Ocean.
When choosing the best spot for your beach holiday therefore, it is important to consider all the activities that you will be exposed to. The beaches in Kenya have beach resorts and modern hotels as your accommodation options. So you always have to make a point of checking what each option has to offer you in terms of facilities and comfort. You will find everything from luxurious to adventurous thus it is not as hard to make a decision of where to stay while in Kenya.
4. Green Holidays
These are also quite popular in East Africa, with lots of natural grounds and the ever green vegetation, the holidays are breathtaking and memorable in every sense. They are spent in areas with majestic mountains, shimmering lakes, plantations, National parks and landscapes that will leave you breathtaking. The best activities that you will enjoy on your green holiday include; the ever magnificent and incredible activities which include; gorilla tracking, chimps trekking, nature walks, hiking, cycling, mountain climbing and also picnicking in the most attractive natural grounds.
The green holidays also comes with numerous options for your accommodation with the most impressive being lodges. The lodges come in different budgets and size, will therefore easily accommodate even families on holiday. They are eco friendly and are located in the most beautiful areas making it possible to enjoy those beautiful sunrises and romantic sunsets. Hotels and guests houses also make wonderful accommodation options for your green holiday in East Africa. Always choose an option that will help in meeting all the holiday needs and expectations that you have.
5. Mountaineering Trips
There are several mountaineering trips you can take in East Africa. However there are three most popular hikes in East Africa; Kilimanjaro Mountain Hike, Rwenzori Mountain Hike and Mount Kenya Hike.