Uganda borders the magnificent lake Victoria, to the west of the more famous big brother of safari destinations, Tanzania. Uganda’s most unique experience is the mountain gorilla encounters offered in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Other areas which are famous are the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the famous Ruwenzori mountain ranges. The main access point is Kampala/ Entebbe overlooking Lake Victoria. This is the hub for flights into and out of the gorilla trekking regions of the southwest and is ideal for a pre or post-trip stay.
Uganda does have a few safari reserves and lodges to offer, but generally, they are a repetition of what is on offer in Tanzania and Kenya, and thus more likely to be skipped over to focus on the key unique attraction of gorillas in the Bwindi forest. The most famous lodges in this area are Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Silverback Lodge and Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge.
Rwanda is a much smaller country, border lining the south of Uganda and nestled between Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nonetheless, it offers some of the world’s most unique experiences in areas such as the infamous Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe National Park. The terrain that Rwanda has to offer consists of wild rainforests with wide open hillsides, where you can spend your day gorilla trekking or visiting eye-opening heritage sites.