Most come for the gorillas and golden monkeys, but leave with memories of a warm-hearted hospitality, the feeling of complete remoteness and Tarzan-jungle experience of simply being in among raw, untouched beauty. To trek with these incredible creatures is often a lifelong dream come true for
Let us show you the raw wild side of Uganda & Rwanda.
Wildlife – The drawcard is the gorillas. Trekking through the jungle you will learn about many species, as the national parks contain over 120 other mammals, including chimpanzees and other monkeys. For birdwatchers, the jungle is one of the highlights of your trip with other 350 species.
Safety – Your safety and happiness is paramount concern focus for us. We use private transfer vehicles where most company won’t, and we have excellent guides to escort you throughout your journey.
Exclusive lodges and some of Africa’s best camps – In Botswana, your lodge is just as important as your daily activities. A place to wind down each evening after an eventful and exciting day. Think sumptuous lodges and remote tented camps, serviced by fantastic staff with attention to detail and impeccable service. In Botswana, we are spoilt with exclusive safari camps, the likes of which are unparalleled elsewhere. Some lodges may have elephants strolling past, which you can enjoy in safety, and in awe. We can arrange for you to ‘sleep out’ under the stars in the Kalahari Desert, dine on gourmet meals under the stars in the Okavango, or simply sit by the campfire sharing stories of the adventures you had that day.
Where to Go?
The main mountain where the gorillas live straddles the border between Uganda and Rwanda, so you can trek with the gorillas from either side. Uganda – The Bwindi Impenetrable forest truly impresses with its volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges, home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas. You’ll experience a rustic approach to accommodation and tourism in general. The trekking is steeper than the Rwanda side, but this is where you can catch a glimpse of golden monkeys in the wild.
Rwanda – From the Rwandan side, tourism is better catered for with more comfortable mountain lodges and facilities. Volcanoes National Park is home to dramatic mountain views and is a haven for the mountain gorilla. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains which are covered in rainforest and bamboo.
Gorilla trekking in either country is special, so speak to us about which side is better suited to you personally.
When to Go?
Please talk to us, and we can give you our recommendations on the best time to travel, based on your safari itinerary.
While you are in a humid, wet rainforest with weather that can’t always be predicted, ideally June – September (long dry season) or December – February (short dry season) are the best times to travel.
At Rothschild Safaris, we believe that the design of your trip is very important. We put great time and care in to the order and logistics of your you travel. Clients will often pair the gorillas with some time on safari in East Africa. We are prepared with expert advice and first-hand experience on the most comfortable and convenient way to travel between locations, so that you have minimum stress and maximum time on the ground.
Only you know your true dreams and desires, and we are here to make this journey personal and unique to you…