If you are looking for the best destination to have the best African Gorilla and Wildlife photography safari, Uganda and Rwanda are place to be. At the beginning of this year, that 12th January 2015, I and my wife planned to travel to Africa and our choice was to visit Uganda the “Pearl of Africa” and Rwanda the “Land of Thousand Hills” and when we started to research which trip to take, we had to find a reliable travel company and we found a blog news Barbara Brereton from USA praising the service quality that AA Tours Rwanda offer her once she was in Africa-Kenya and she wanted to visit the mountain gorillas in the Virunga ranges, the Rwanda side Volcanoes National Park, as I continued reading I came to realize that she took a double gorilla trekking which gave her high chances to stay with the mountain gorillas for quite long period of time compared when you take single gorilla trek.
Thereafter, I and my wife came to an agreement that we go with Eco Tours Rwanda, and when we tried to contact them their informative tour consultant, Moses came up with a very amazing 12 Days Rwanda Uganda Gorilla Safari Package very detailed with a very competitive quotation. When we tried to engage Moses to give us some highlights which lodges we will be staying, he sent us links of all lodges and none of them we undermined and settled waiting for our visit to Africa. More so as time passed with excitements to our visit to Rwanda and Uganda, we meet one of our friend and we discussed with him where we are visiting this time and he hinted our both countries to have poor roads and we will require Landy Land Cruiser which is a comfortable car to take us around and we had to come back to Moses with such a question, which car we will be riding in and as soon as possible he saw this question he mentioned a Safari Land Cruiser and he attached the picture of the vehicle and we continued to be excited!
Then, before we left our home country Sweden a day before we wrote to Moses about our start from home and the time we shall be in Africa and he promised us to arrive when one of the company representative/guide is waiting for us at the arrival lounge and it was as planned, by the time we arrived in night at the airport William our guide was there to receive us and he was very excited waving to him when we saw him holding our names on the placard, after him receiving us parked our luggage in the spacious Land Cruiser, cream in color and we transfer to our hotel of stay (Mille Collines Hotel). Then in the following day we transferred to the Volcanoes National Park via the Kigali genocide memorial and when we arrived at our lodge and after check in our guide William advised us if not tiresome to visit the twin Lakes (Burera & Ruhondo) and then we return to lodge for dinner and overnight as we also wait for the exciting gorilla trekking in the mist.
After the briefing about the mountain gorillas and the Volcanoes National Park, we took the adventurous trek to the Susa family and this group was as amazing as it needs you to be strong and fit, for this family you will walk through the fabled terrains and by the time we met the gorillas we were all exhausted and we took the most unforgettable photographs and videos which are long life live memorial experience and after this experience we took again the trail back to the park offices for our gorilla trekking experience! After we crossed to Uganda via the Cyanika border and we took our lunch en-route at Kisoro T-junction Restaurant, later we continued with our informative guide we continued to Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, where we stayed for our overnight before we took another amazing gorilla trek, and the following day we took the second gorilla trek in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and then in evening hike the top of the world viewing the amazing ranges of Virunga.
Thereafter, we had to transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha Southern Sector which is famously know for the African tree climbing lions which we found in the branches of trees along the way to the Mweya peninsula and we stayed at Katara Lodge and our room was looking in the beautiful savannah land forms corridors of Queen Elizabeth National Park where variety of wildlife graze. And then the following day we enjoyed the game drive viewing boat cruise and more wildlife were spotted which include some of the big5 elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and other wildlife like water and bush buck, warthogs among others.
Therefore, I recommend this safari to any traveler wishing to travel to Africa and what amazed also on this safari are the safari lodges and the car fleet which I could even recommend someone wishing to take self drive in Rwanda or Uganda.