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Your top reason to dive into the very heart of Africa is probably mountain gorillas. They live on the green shaggy shoulders of the Virunga volcanoes — accessible from Congo, Rwanda and Uganda — and in the impenetrable forest of Uganda’s Bwindi. Their cousins Grauer’s gorillas are found in Kahuzi-Biega national park in Congo.

Looking for gorilla tracking details? Check out In-Sights: Gorilla Tracking

To stay in the realm of primates, chimp tracking in the Gorilla Highlands region is possible in Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park, and in and around two Ugandan national parks: Queen Elizabeth and Kibale. The Virungas also host the endemic golden monkeys, and other species abound.

The three savannah national parks to consider are Akagera of northeastern Rwanda, and Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks of western Uganda. These protected areas are not teeming with as much wildlife as there are some other African parks, but they do offer almost any animal you might dream of, living peacefully in spectacular natural environments — and they include the rare tree climbing lions of Ishasha, a sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

It’s worth mentioning that Uganda outside of the Gorilla Highlands region hides two more grand parks: Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley. In case you are visiting Uganda only, these two should be given a chance — but in combination with Rwanda and Congo the big distances become an issue.

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