Discover Uganda – known as the Pearl of Africa by British explorers – a county noted for outstanding beauty and diversity – from the ethereal Mountains of the moon to open savannahs and impenetrable forest. Uganda is the center of Africa's own "Great Lakes" system, which has produced a country of verdant landscapes and thick forests, while the dark, rich soils support all manner of life. It is in these densely packed (often called impenetrable) forests that Uganda's most famous residents reside—the awe-inspiring mountain gorilla. These powerful and intelligent animals will often view you with as much scrutiny and curiosity as you are viewing them. It is an incredible reminder that there are still realms where humans are the visitors, and visitation is a privilege.
Optional Post-trip Extension to Rwanda:
Explore Rwanda and immerse yourself in a verdant world of emerald hills and lush tropical rainforest. Rwanda's thickly forested Volcanoes National Park is home to an estimated one-half of the world's remaining mountain gorillas. This is where Dian Fossey did her groundbreaking work, which ultimately leads to the conservation of these gentle giants—a story brilliantly retold in the book and award-winning film, Gorillas in the Mist. But Rwanda is much more than gorillas; wildlife of all kinds abounds here with hippos, elephants, a selection of other primates and antelope inhabiting its protected areas. Rwanda has become a model for other African countries, and is one of Africa's top must-see destinations.
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