Top Safari Activities in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo
Among the must do tourist activities on your Rwanda Uganda safari include among others:
Travelling to track mountain gorillas is at present the most done activity attracting a high number of travelers to Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. To see mountain gorillas
in the wild is once-in-a-lifetime experience that most travelers yearn to do again and again. The gentle ginas live in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and the Virunga conservation area shared by Volcanoes, Virunga, and Mgahinga gorilla national parks in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda respectivey. Every traveler must have a valid gorilla ticket as a pass to trek gorillas. A single gorilla permit costs $1500 in Rwanda, $600 in Uganda and $450 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The choice of where to trek mountain gorillas is upon the client but each gorilla destination offers a unique experience. Combined gorilla safaris cutting across gorilla national parks are recommended for those who have enough time.
Go game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National park
, Kidepo valley national park, Murchison falls
national park and Lake Mburo national park in Uganda not forgetting the big five game in Rwanda’s Akagera national park. A game safari reward you with spectacular views of wildlife such as elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards rhinos, waterbucks, giraffes, impalas, warthogs, kobs, hippo, zebras, okapis and grazing and hunting in the bushes, Akagera national park in Rwanda is home to “big five” game hence worth visiting.
Golden monkey trekking
A visit to see golden monkeys
is a remarkable experience, an addon to mountain gorilla trekking and other willdife expereinces in Uganda and Rwanda. Golden monkeys are one of the critically endangered monkey species surviving in the jungles of Mgahinga gorilla and Volcanoes national parks in Uganda and Rwanda respectively. Interestingly, golden monkeys cost relatively low $100 including the park entrance fee.
reward travelers with an up close encounter with Mna's closest relative. Chimpanzees are the closest relative to human beings sharing over 99.8% of human genes whose human like characters exceptional creatures. Chimpanzee tours in Uganda are done in Kibale forest national park, karinzu forest, Budongo forest, and Kyambura gorge while in Rwanda, Chimpanzees are trekked in Nyungwe forest national park
southwestern part of the region. Like in gorilla tours, chimpanzee trekking requires one to have a permit acquired from respective government bodies (Uganda Wildlife Authority in Uganda and Rwanda Development board in Rwanda.
Bird watching tours
A birding watching trip to Uganda, Rwanda and Congo guarantee is worth doing. The top birding spots in Uganda include lake Victoria, Mabamba swamp, kazinga channel, Budongo forest, and Entebbe botanical gardens. Rwanda birding trips are well done in along Akagera River, shores of Lake kivu and Nyungwe forest national park. In Congo, birding is done in Garamba national park, Okapi national park, Rwindi Lulimbi, and Lendu plateau. Expect to see various bird species such as African darter, Common bulbul, yellow-billed kite, red bishop, grey crowned crane, pied crow, Egyptian goose, hamerkop. Grey heron, African grey hornbill, pied crow, cattle egret and shoebill among others.
Donot miss mountaineering trips to Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo
to Margarita, the higest peak of Mount Rwenzori with Africa Adventure Safaris
. Also, enjoy a hike to any of the Virunga volcanoes in the Virunga massif especially the Nyiragongo Volcano whose summit is home to the world’s largest lava lake. Other volcanoes you should not miss out include Mt Muhabura, Mt Karisimbi, Mt Bisoke, Mt Gahinga, Mt Sabyinyo, and Mt Mikeno among others.
Visit the Batwa pygmies in Mgahinga gorilla national park
, kalimajongo in kidepo valley national park for extensive cultural experiences. Enjoy various local activities such as gardening, cooking, and making local beer, collecting honey and searching for medicinal herds among others.