Africa

Rwanda & Uganda

The Last Sanctuary

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About Rwanda & Uganda

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.

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Rwanda & Uganda
 
Rwanda & Uganda
 

Thomson Experiences in Rwanda & Uganda

PHOTOGRAPHY
Uganda and Rwanda are at the center of the remaining universe for Mountain Gorillas; and this is the only place on Earth where it is still possible to see and photograph these extraordinary animals on their own terms, up close, in their natural habitat.
WILDLIFE
One word: Africa. If wildlife is what you’re looking for, that’s all you need to know. No other continent in the world comes close. It’s been come to be known as The Greatest Show on Earth, and Uganda and Rwanda have more than their fair share of The Show. When it comes to Mountain Gorillas, these two nations are the show.
MULTI-GENERATIONAL

Traveling the world with your family is like sharing a box filled with presents. The box is the world itself and the presents are the bonds that form through the experiences we share, and the perspective, patience, understanding, and tolerance we gain from expanding our horizons and seeing how other people live. There is no greater gift.

Favorite Properties

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.

Kyambura Lodge
 

Kyambura Lodge

Queen Elizabeth National Park

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.

Bwindi Lodge
 

Bwindi Lodge

Bwindi

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.

Virunga Lodge
 

Virunga Lodge

Virunga Volcanoes

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.

 Rwanda & Uganda: Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, Chimps, & More
 

Rwanda & Uganda: Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, Chimps, & More

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.

From: $12,950 Per Person

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Kenya & Uganda: The Great Migration & The Great Apes
 

Kenya & Uganda: The Great Migration & The Great Apes

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.

From: $11,000 Per Person

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Ultimate Africa Adventure
 

Ultimate Africa Adventure

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!

From: $19,350 Per Person

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