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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Hi,
Next year I wanna go to Rwanda/Uganda, maybe with a side trip to DR Congo.
I probably fly into Kigali and out of Kampala/Entebbe to avoid going back the same way.

I surely want to visit the mountain gorillas, probably in Rwanda because Uganda is often full. Does anybody has any good experience and recommendations about gorillas in Rwanda? Also, if Rwanda is full, what are good options to do this in Congo?

Apart from the Gorillas, what other parks/places do you recommend visiting in Rwanda and (east) Uganda?

Cheers! Michael.

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Are u sure about going to Congo, Michael? u want to survive your trip?

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 9y

Michael,
I have heard that there are options developing to see gorillas in the DR congo as an alternative to uganda and Rwanda, but at the moment the security situation is unstable - the British foreign office advises its citizens against 'all but essential travel' to parts of the country.
http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029390590&a=KCountryAdvice&aid=1013618385812

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 26, 2007, at 4:08 AM by bex76 ]

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

Are u sure about going to Congo, Michael? u want to survive your trip?

I like a bit of a challenge But I heard and read that many people do a day trip or spend a few days in the Goma area, climbing some vulcano or doing a Gorilla trekking. Sometimes, even day trips from Uganda or Rwanda are possible and as I don't want to arrange things in front I guess I have to deal with the possibility that getting a permit within a week or so might be impossible. Also it is cheaper over there, or at least less expensive...300 instead of 500 dollar
But If I don't show up here after the trip, I'm dead

Bex76, thanks for the link and advice. I think most parts are indeed a no go zone, but I try to rely mostly on travellers most recent reports about going there or not, as many foreign affairs of countries warn you about even the slightest problem. But thanks again

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 26, 2007, at 12:46 PM by Utrecht ]

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

But If I don't show up here after the trip, I'm dead

atleast we dont need to worry then anymore, thanks, very thoughtful of you

6. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 9y

Some people that were with my group went to Rwanda to see the Gorillas and had some pretty close encounters!!!! I also met a SA couple who saw them in DRC without any problems.
If you take note of what the FCO says, you will never get out of bed!