Silverback Gorilla Tours and Safaris in Uganda, Rwanda to Congo
Are you coming on a mission trip to Africa? Mission Africa Safaris welcomes you to beautiful Africa. We are a leading tour company based in Uganda with over 8 years experience running Wildlife safaris in East Africa. We help put together gorilla safaris, nature walks, cultural visits, site seeing, birding tours and game drives to Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. We organize both budget gorilla tours and luxury gorilla safaris while sharing information that will help our clients plan memorable gorilla tours to the Volcanoes national park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Virunga national park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Kahuzi Biega national park to see the Lowland gorillas.
Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo are amazing countries to visit for a complete wildlife safari. In terms of biodiversity, they offer the full tour package. Visitors are always impressed with the weather and stunning scenery. They are the only countries where you can go see the endangered mountain gorillas and learn about gorilla conservation programs during your wildlife tour. Though considered developing countries, the people in the three countries are happy and very friendly to foreign visitors.
Our team of experienced and knowledgeable staff will help you organize exhilarating mission trips to Africa, wildlife safaris and short day excursions within East and Central Africa. You can choose to go for gorilla trekking combined with wildlife viewing, Chimpanzee tracking, golden monkey trekking, mountain hiking tours, birdwatching, Eco-tours, community visits or nature walks. You might even decide to go hiking Mount Karisimbi in Rwanda, the Nyiragongo active volcano in DR Congo or the Rwenzori mountains in Uganda. Then there is biking through the Congo Nile Trail in Rwanda or a weekend viewing the source of the river Nile and white water rafting in Jinja.
Regardless of what you choose to do, we will give you affordable rates and options while incorporating quality and a personal touch while dealing with you.
How safe are the gorilla safaris and the other wildlife activities? Uganda and Rwanda are very safe countries to go for wildlife safaris. There is still instability in certain parts of DR Congo but the country’s unique attractions make her simply irresistible – DR Congo is the only country were you can see both mountain gorillas and lowland gorillas. Moreover, there is the breathtaking Nyiragongo lava lake which is the only one tourists around the world can pay to see. Security and safety while watching gorillas is assured by assigning armed rangers to move with visitors throughout their gorilla tracking safari. A gorilla safari in Congo may be unpredictable because of the insecurity around the Virunga National Park, but the park management is prepared to go to great lengths to protect tourists including closing the park if things appear to be getting out of hand.
Book with us today and enjoy that dream African vacation and wildlife safari you always wanted.
Gorilla Trekking Tours to Rwanda, Uganda and Congo
Tracking mountain gorillas is the ultimate wildlife experience! Whereas game drives are great, an African safari is incomplete without a silverback gorilla tour to Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. A Gorilla safari takes you hiking through dense rain forest to meet face to face with a family of habituated mountain gorillas. Trekking to see silverback gorillas or participating in the gorilla habituation experience are special and once in a lifetime experiences – You will be having a close encounter with creatures that look and behave like we humans. In countries were gorilla tracking is possible, gorilla tourism is far more valuable – Most visitors to East Africa come to see the gorillas alongside other activities like golden monkey trekking, birdwatching, mountain hiking, chimpanzee trekking or visiting the grave of Dian Fossey. We are also including cultural visits like visiting the Iby’iwacu cultural village and the Batwa among others. With about 28 Gorilla groups available for tracking, only 8 visitors are allowed to visit each gorilla family in a day. Gorilla permits sell like hot cake and competition for the available daily permits is high – Gorilla permits are sold on first come first serve basis. Visitor must book early in order to secure their gorilla permits.
When is the best time to see the gorillas? Tracking gorillas is a year round activity but the periods just after the rains are perfect for the adventure. During a silverback gorilla safari, the decision on which gorilla family to track depends on your overall fitness and preference. Some gorilla groups live near the starting points for tracking while others go deeper in the forest. In order to allow our clients get the best of both worlds, we have designed packages involving gorilla safaris in all the three countries – Uganda, Congo and Rwanda.
Mission Trips, Honeymoon, Private, Group and Luxury Safaris and Tours
Mission Africa Safaris arranges Budget, Midrange and Luxury wildlife tours. Our Luxury gorilla and wildlife tours will exceed your expectations. With a luxury tour, you get to travel in our luxury tour vans and sleep in the best hotels and lodges while drinking fine wine in the African bush. Our luxury tours in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo can be arranged for individuals, families, large groups and honeymooners. Honeymoon safaris in East Africa involve special treats for lovers who want to spend their honeymoon experiencing Africa’s beautiful nature or taking part in activities like gorilla trekking. Imagine spending time with your loved one away from the hustle and bustle back in your city while watching breathtaking wildlife, relaxing on lake Kivu, enjoying the natural green African vegetation and landscape under the stars – Is there anything else more special than that?
We have over 6 years experience organizing Mission Trips for volunteers and missionaries visiting famous religious centers like the Namugongo Martyrs shrine among others. We are experienced organizing large group tours that require great planning and coordination. Are you are tour operator with a large group visiting Uganda for a safari? We can help you organize things on the ground and ensure your clients have the best time while on a tour of Uganda.
Giving back to the community
Mission Africa Safaris is a company with a big heart and is known for supporting conservation and tourism related activities. We sponsor projects that enhance the lives of communities living near the game parks and reserve. We have been involved in book projects that showcase the best things about Uganda while using the proceeds to help orphanages and other children. We organize Mission Trips and partner with Volunteers and Missionaries who come to East Africa to spread the good news about Christ while building schools and visiting the less privileged.
The best time to visit Rwanda, Congo and Uganda on a Safari
Because of their location around the equator, the climate conditions in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo allow Wildlife Safaris to be done throughout the year. However the best time to visit East African counties on a safari is during the drier seasons (January, February, June, July, August and September). During the drier months, the park roads are free of mud and the animals gather at specific waterholes to drink making it easy to spot them. Gorilla trekking is best done during the dry season to avoid the slippery trails typical of rainy seasons. Unfortunately the hotel rates are higher and permits for gorilla tours need to be booked in advance. Mosquitoes tend to leave the wilderness and go to cooler places like hotel rooms to hide from the heat.
The wet season (March to May and October to September) has its advantages. There are fewer visitors in the park making for a more personal and private safari especially for wildlife photographers and researchers. Some hotels reduce their rates because there are few tourists. Birders will find the wet season amazing for birdwatching. It is the breeding season and birds are everywhere. Migratory birds also come to the country to escape the heat elsewhere and take advantage of the fresh fruits and insects.
Safety and security while on a safari
The safety of our clients is paramount to us. We will ensure your safety and security by alerting you to any security situations in the country you are visiting before and during your trip. Our guides are trained to drive responsibly and ensure the safety of the client in urban areas, at the hotel and while driving through the park.
Why travel with Mission Africa Safaris?
There is no continent that rivals Africa when it comes to its blend of culture, wildlife and pure natural beauty. Millions of tourists continue to be greatly impressed by the incredible biodiversity in Africa consisting of great landscape, spectacular rivers, lakes, green forests and of course the wild animals.
Travelling with Mission Africa safaris means adventure, fun, safety and quality services. Our experience putting together amazing tours in East Africa will ensure that your vacation is well organized and at affordable rates. We are aware that other tour companies may offer cheaper prices for their tours. However too cheap may come at the expenses of quality. Our prices are set in such a way that they are comparable to that of other Tour operators but do not compromise on the quality of services. In fact our budget hotels are not “budget” as such. It is a testament to the quality of our services that most of our clients are returnees or those who have been recommended to us by their friends and families.
We will ensure that we go out of our way to organize a great safari that is full of fun and adventure regardless of whether you are a budget or Luxury traveler. We create partnerships with other tour international companies, local hotels and lodge to that ensure that the best hotels are always available at the best rates. Our membership with tour operators associations and partnership with Wildlife Authorities ensure that we get access to permits even in periods when they seem over-booked.
Although we have international volunteers and partners from Europe and the US working in our office from time to time, we are owned by Africans. This ensures that you are dealing with local people who are truly passionate about their country and know the destinations in and out. Our staffs know the latest developments in the country socially, economically and politically which is important for your own safety and adventure. African ownership ensures that more locals are given employment opportunities – By booking with us, you are helping empower and support the local African people too.
The tourism industry relies on trust between the company and clients. A tour company is only as good as the quality of its field guides. We rely on our staff to demonstrate the values of honesty and integrity while dealing with our clients. Because guides are our ambassadors in the field, we try to work with the best that have prior experience with dealing with international visitors. The local guides used by Mission Africa Safaris are very professional, experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about their job. Throughout your journey, they are ready to share with you information about East Africa with enthusiasm often taking you to discover new places that may have not been included in your itinerary.
The office team is comprised of individuals who are well travelled locally and internationally and are in position to know what is best for you. We invest a considerable part of our resources on our office staff, field guides, tour vehicles and other equipment. Our guides are trained in defensive driving and we use our own fleet of 4X4 Safari vans that are comfortable, in great condition and customized for the rough terrain that is common during safaris. The privacy of our clients is ensured by assigning vehicles that are spacious, safe and reliable. We limit the number of visitors to ensure comfort and privacy. That is Mission Africa Safaris for you.