It may sound somehow impossible to you but realistically a gorilla tracking and cultural safari tour to Rwanda and Uganda can be a success. I know you, might have visited these two countries either on a business trip or on a tour but I doubt if you tried to explore these two things at once. Combining these two adventures is a lifetime experience associated with lower costs than expected. It gives a tourist a chance to enjoy some of the rare experiences in the ever-green jungles of Africa.
With only 900 mountain gorillas left in the world, Rwanda and Uganda have 90% of these great apes and a safari to these two countries guarantees one to track them in their natural habitats. In Uganda, gorillas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks while as in Rwanda, they are found in Volcanoes National Park. Luckily enough, around these parks are various groups of people with unique cultures which portray the true lifestyle of an African man. Around Bwindi for example, there is a group of people known as the Batwa and these have attracted attention from most of the tourists who visit the park. A visitor sometimes may go to Bwindi only to track mountain gorillas but as he/she tries to penetrate through the thick rainforests, he/she encounters with the ancient-like people in the forests trying to gather fruits for eating. Due to the amazement and surprises, the visitor gets enticed to explore more about these people who are sometimes referred to as ancient people. Their lifestyle is truly backwards but rich with cultural wonders which bring out the true picture of how early men in Africa used to survive.
I know a combined safari that involves gorilla tracking and cultural tour is a bit tiresome and it takes more days but the adventure that comes with it is worth. I will bring you closer to the gorillas in the rainforests of East Africa and also near to the local people with unique cultural fraternities.
When to go on a gorilla and cultural safari to Rwanda and Uganda
The best time to visit these two East African countries for this adventure is during the dry seasons. Since these countries share the location and are both near the equator, they have the same climatic conditions. Both have two dry seasons in a year, mid –December to February and June to September. This is the best period to visit simply because it’s when the national parks are easy to access because of the dry terrains. During this time, it is easy to find a gorilla family in the rainforest as they try to look for food and water. On the side of cultural tours, dry season is ideal because local people can easily be found as you move through the various villages. This is because they don’t have much work to do in their gardens because of the dryness. It is during the rainy season when they spend almost the whole day in the gardens making it hard to find them as it is in a dry season.