Tracing the path of the Great Western Rift Valley through Uganda, DRC, Rwanda and Tanzania is an awesome African safari holiday. This area contains some of the Treasures of Africa and is ideal for your perfect luxury safari holiday.
Uganda boasts beautiful natural landscapes and the rare chance of trekking through the Virunga Mountains to track mountain gorillas. The Virunga Mountains are not actually mountains. They are a long chain of volcanoes situated in East Africa.
They are located along the northern border of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. The mountain range is a branch of the Albertine Rift Mountains, which border the western branch of the East African Rift. They are located between Lake Edward and Lake Kivu. The name "Virunga" is an English version of the Kinyarwanda word ibirunga, which means "mountains".
Rwanda has been described as the 'Land of a Thousand Hills' and is fast becoming renowned for its native wildlife. Parc National des Volcans in the Virunga volcanoes region is home to the mountain gorillas to which Dian Fossey dedicated her life.
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is an organisation that is committed to the conservation and wellbeing of gorillas and their natural environment in Africa. They're dedicated to supporting continued research on the gorillas and their threatened ecosystems and to providing education about their relevance to the world in which we both live.
The most exciting safari of all combines gorilla trekking in both Uganda and Rwanda, along with the many other spectacular highlights each country has to offer along the way.
Uganda is also fondly known as "the Pearl of Africa", an amazing country with the most beautiful natural scenery boasting a diverse mosaic of tribes and different cultures. When travelling around Uganda, you will be awestruck by how beautiful it is, the save environment and how easily accessable everything is. The Ugandan people are very friendly and hospitable and the country's landscape are spectacular. It is one of Africa's friendliest destinations.
Tanzania provides an excellent extension to our gorilla safari holidays. Fly by private charter or by scheduled flight to Arusha, and experience the many wildlife attractions of Tanzania.
Tanzania is ideally located, sitting just on the edge of the African continent and faces the Indian Ocean. Tanzania’s wonderful weather and ambience leaves nothing to be looked-for. Warm and sundrenched days are followed by cool and pleasant nights, and whether you’re on safari on the Serengeti plains or relaxing on the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, the temperatures are always hospitable and placid.
Mountain gorillas in Parc des Virunga, eastern lowland gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega, chimpanzees, bonobos, and the live volcanoes of Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira.
Renowned for its lowland gorillas and wild chimpanzees (home to around 80% of the world’s population), Congo is characterised by thick rainforest and impassable jungle side by side with a narrow 170km coastal strip that houses a blossoming oil industry. Outside the capital of Brazzaville, places of interest include the beautiful surf beaches of Pointe-Noire, the white-water Congo River rapids and the spectacular Odzala National Park – one of Africa’s biggest and least known tropical ecosystems.
The spectacular African safari landscapes and wildlife of Uganda and Rwanda offer a diverse range of safari holiday activities. Tracking the mountain gorilla through the misty forests of Bwindi and the Virungas, spotting game on the vast savannah plains that lie in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, taking a boat to the dramatic Murchison Falls or tracking chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge makes a truly unique safari.
Gorillas are the biggest existing variety of primates. They are ground-dwelling, primarily plant eating apes that reside in the forests of central Africa. Gorillas are separated into two species and either four or five subspecies. The DNA of gorillas is very much similar to a human’s genetic makeup, between 95–99% depending on what is counted. They are the next closest living relatives to humans after the bonobo and chimpanzee.
Chimpanzees are now becoming extinct in some countries due to deforestation and poaching. Our chimpanzee safari holidays help protect the chimps populations.
Chimpanzees belong to the Hominidae family. This family also includes gorillas, humans, and orangutans. Chimpanzees split from the human branch of the family about 4 to 6 million years ago. The two chimpanzee species are the closest living relatives to humans, all being members of the Hominini tribe.
Our luxury safari holidays offer unforgettable experiences to enjoy unique wildlife in the Ugandan and Rwandan National Parks. Uganda and Rwanda both boast wildlife not found in traditional wildlife safaris experiences, including mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.
The Rwenzoris, also known as the Mountains of the Moon, have a legendary, breath-taking beauty. Perfect for a luxury holiday, once in a lifetime Safari Adventure.