These two East African nations share much more than just a border. Both have recently reemerged from the darkest depths of civil war and now stand as global models for the power and resiliency of the human spirit.
The end of war also returned access to their most valuable resource and their greatest gift to the rest of the world: the last remaining Mountain Gorillas on Earth. Go soon, because the window of opportunity to see these magnificent primates- with whom we share 98% of our genes- may be closing. Poaching and habitat loss continue to exact their tolls and, each year, the population continues to decline. By recent estimates, a mere 800 individuals are all that stand between the species’ survival on Earth and oblivion.
In various destinations around the world, we have highlighted examples of exceptional accommodations that set new standards for aesthetics and responsible tourism. These properties reflect our own company values by emphasizing community involvement and the preservation of cultural heritage, protection of natural resources, and sustainability, both in practice and design. They also combine outstanding comfort and service, natural beauty, and functionality. Where you stay along the way can greatly enhance any journey. Options abound, but these are some of our favorites.
On the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, this former coffee store has become a contemporary and breathtaking safari lodge. With views of the rolling savanna or Kyambura Gorge, you’ll be exposed to the eclectic wildlife, including the highest abundance of bird species in all of Africa.
Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this lodge is in a class of its own. Luxury and modern amenities are equally matched by the undeniable surroundings. With unobstructed views of the forest canopy, you may even see gorillas relaxing in the bush around the lodge.
Perched high on a ridge with incredible views of the Virunga Volcanoes, Musanze Valley, and Lakes Bulera and Ruhondo, you couldn’t ask for a better location. As one of Africa’s most renowned lodges, you will be in amazing hands, while exploring its unique surroundings and tracking the endangered mountain gorilla.
If you are an animal lover, this trip if for you! From mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, to hundreds of bird species, and the largest density of primates in Africa, you’ll have a chance to see it all.
City and wildlife together in one place. Starting in Africa’s fourth largest city, Nairobi gives you a great starting point for your adventure, while feasting your eyes on the largest movement of land animals in the world. Marvel at gorillas, birds, and other mammals as far as the eye can see.
This is Africa at its best. From bustling cities, like Kigali and Cape Town where you can enjoy cosmopolitan lifestyle intertwined with the wild landscapes that surround you, to animal viewing within two of the best game and nature reserves in South Africa. Quaint villages introduce you to the Cape Winelands, that boasts some of the best wines in the world - you can’t go wrong. The opportunities are endless and waiting for you!