Introduction to Uganda and Rwanda

We will visit both Uganda and Rwanda as part of our next expedition in 2011. If you wish to join us, please visit the Uganda-Rwanda Expedition page or contact us.

What Uganda and Rwanda have to offer? A foreign traveler will be astonished by following experiences:

  • an "endemic" impression of a real African safari composed of various ecosystems formed by the great savannas and the vast tropical rain forests
  • anthropological insight into our closest genetic neighbors - beautiful blue-eyed mountain gorillas who can be found in the Bwindi National Park, which extends across the borders of the two countries
  • the highest mountain-range of Africa - the lush volcanic Virunga mountains
  • African largest lake - the magnificent lake Victoria.

In terms of the representation of animals, the safari is equally impressive to the one in Kenya. What makes it different to Kenya is its 'virginity' with significantly lower rate of tourists who visit the safari every year. Uganda and Rwanda offer an unprecedented combination of the large animals - Elephants, Lions, Buffaloes, Leopards, Giraffes, Zebras, Hippos and Crocodiles- and the forest animals like Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Forest Elephants and Forest Buffaloes.

The countries are ethnically diverse. The six traditional Bantu kingdoms - Toro, Ankole, Busoga, Bunyoro, Buganda and Rwenzururu are still enjoying some degrees of mainly cultural autonomy in Uganda. The ethnics of Hutus and Tutsi have hopefully found their way to a national unity in Rwanda. Lake Kyoga serves as a linguistic boundary between Bantu speakers in the south and Nilotic and Central Sudanic language speakers in the north.

The economically booming capitals of two countries, Kampala (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda) offer an exclusive intersection of current urban situation in East Africa.

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Uganda and Rwanda Overview

The Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Rwanda are neighboring countries in East Africa.

Uganda is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, and is surrounded by three of them, Lake Edward, Lake Albert, and Lake Victoria. While much of its border is lakeshore, Uganda is landlocked with no access to the sea. The country takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompassed a portion of the south of the country including the capital Kampala. The official languages are English and Swahili, although multiple other languages are spoken in the country. It is a member of the African Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, Organisation of the Islamic Conference and East African Community.

Rwanda, just like Uganda, is landlocked and is noted for its lakes, particularly Lake Kivu, which occupies the floor of the Rift Valley along most of the country's western border. Although close to the equator, the country has a temperate climate due to its high elevation, with the highest point being Mount Karisimbi. The terrain consists of mountains and gently rolling hills, with plains and swamps in the east. Abundant wildlife, including rare mountain gorillas, have led to a fast-growing tourism sector. The country is well known for its native styles of dance, particularly the Intore dance, and for its drummers. Kinyarwanda, English and French are the official languages.

source: Wikipedia

 
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