Article from the series: Frequently Asked Questions about Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo
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Every place has its charms and attractions, and Kenya and Tanzania certainly received their fair share. For sheer volume of large mammals, the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is probably unmatched anywhere in the world.
Still, Rwanda and Uganda — even if we limit ourselves to Uganda’s southwest as pictured here — are something special. What’s drawn me back here again and again is mostly the diversity on offer in such a small area. Its savannas may not be able to compete with the Maasai Mara, but they exist virtually side-to-side with volcanoes, lakes and rainforests of exceptional beauty. The ability to sit with gorillas or chimpanzees one day and cross a lake by dugout canoe the next, or to visit genocide memorials in the morning and watch hippos and lions in the afternoon, is pretty unique.
It isn’t only that, though. Though far from unknown, tourist numbers in the Gorilla Highlands are vastly outnumbered by their Kenyan and Tanzanian counterparts — and always have been. The natural beauty is astounding, but the luxury of not having to share it with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of other visitors is priceless.
Don’t miss our extensive interview with Marcus and head to his website for even more.