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Combined Uganda-Rwanda Safaris

Embarking on combined Uganda-Rwanda safaris will take you through some of the best tourist destinations in the world. Uganda has got a lot of tourist attractions that range from the wildlife species, bird species, historical and cultural sites, physical features and a lot more. These attractions can be spotted across in the different national parks in the country and other places in the country.

What to expect on a combined Uganda-Rwanda safaris?

Uganda and Rwanda are both gifted countries by nature with well stocked national parks and game reserves as well as history and culture. The following are some of the things to see and expect while on a combined Uganda-Rwanda safaris.

Mountain Gorillas

Uganda and Rwanda are located in the Virunga Conservation Area. This is the only area in the world to find mountain gorillas because these are endangered primate species. Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda are the places to find the mountain gorillas.

tree-climbing lions

Wildlife and Big Five animals

Uganda and Rwanda have a wide range of national and game reserves that are well-equipped with thousands of wildlife species including the big five animals. Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda is the most popular national park in the entire country. It is famous for having tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha region of the park. Tree-climbing is a rare behavior in the lion family as most of the lions don’t climb trees but those at Ishasha have mastered this art. Most visitors flock the park in every season to have a chance of witnessing this unique athleticism of the lions in the trees.

Bird species

Rwanda and Uganda are a nature home to a huge population of bird species in Africa. The two harbor some of the rare bird species in the world as well as the common ones. The birds are categorized among the resident birds, migratory, and the endemics. Uganda alone is estimated to be harboring over 1100 bird species and Rwanda with 705 recorded species of birds.

Together these countries offer huge ranges of birds to choose from and places to water from. Some of the bird species in both Rwanda and Uganda include blue-headed coucal, bare-faced-go-away-bird, brown-chested lapwing, papyrus gonolek, white-browed coucal, Denham’s bustard,

Cultural tours

Cultural tours in Gishwati Mukura National Park

Uganda and Rwanda have very distinct and similar cultural norms and values. Rwanda has one cultural and ethnicity while Uganda has various ethnicities. The cultural centers like the Iby’iwacu cultural village in Rwanda provide you ample knowledge of the ancient people of Rwanda, their Kings and past rulers. They entertain their visitors with traditional dances and songs on entry to the village.

Visiting the former King’s palace and listening to the tales of the people that lived during that time is truly educational and emotional. In Uganda, you can visit the palace of the Buganda Kingdom which is the biggest kingdom in Uganda and also pass by Kasubi tombs and see where the kings of the Buganda kingdom are buried.

River Nile and Murchison Falls

While on a combined Uganda-Rwanda safaris you will have a chance to witness the source of the longest river in the world – River Nile. This river has its source in Uganda on Lake Victoria and it stretches through four countries while on its way to the Mediterranean Sea.

The source of River Nile is in Jinja and it is where the river starts its journey to the sea from Lake Victoria. The river is the main source of water for these countries and for many of the lakes and rivers in the country.

Boat Cruise Murchison Falls National Park

What to do while on a combined Uganda-Rwanda safaris?

Rwanda and Uganda just like the attractions, the activities are very many to choose from depending on your likeness and time. Here are some of the things to do while on a combined Uganda-Rwanda safaris.

Gorilla trekking and habituation safaris

Lowland Gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park

Gorilla trekking and habituation are the main tourist activities in both the countries. Rwanda and Uganda occupy the only region where mountain gorillas are located. Uganda alone harbors more than half of the entire world population of mountain gorillas and this gives visitors a higher chance of spotting these mountain gorillas. Rwanda also offers state-of-the-art facilities of accommodation and also trekking facilities like a virtual reality trekking experience on screens before physically engaging in the trekking experience yourself.


Birding Tours

Birding is also another important activity worth leaving out also it provides with some of the rare species of birds including the Albertine endemic birds, raptor species, and resident and migratory birds. Both countries have recognized important birding areas that have designated trails for birds. Taking on a combined Uganda-Rwanda safari is worthwhile including birding and other activities.

There are a lot of tourist activities and attractions to take part in while on combined Uganda-Rwanda safaris because they offer some of the most unique experiences known to man. Do not hesitate to engage in a combined Uganda-Rwanda safari in order to have an experience of a lifetime.

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