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Rwanda and Uganda

There’s likely to be little let-up in the growing popularity of Uganda and Rwanda as people continue to add “see gorillas” to their bucket lists. There are said to be around 1,000 mountain gorillas in the area now, but the task is also to convince people that these incredible creatures are not the only reason to visit these beautiful countries.

 

Travellers can also see the Big Five, and visit three Unesco world heritage sites in Uganda, says Volcanoes Safaris (Bwindi Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest pictured), as well as potentially spotting rare tree-climbing lions in Ishasha, in Queen Elizabeth National Park; golden monkeys in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; or chimps in the Kyambura Gorge wetland, which Volcanoes purchased in 2019 in order to safeguard these creatures.

 

Meanwhile, Rwanda will be in the spotlight as it prepares for an official visit from the Prince of Wales in 2020. Who knows, maybe he and Camilla will stay at the just opened One&Only Gorilla’s Nest

 

There’s another reason to visit the white sandy beaches of Mozambique in 2020 with the arrival mid-year of Azura Marlin Beach on Benguerra Island. Previously known as the Marlin Lodge, it currently has 10 villas, including a two-bedroom family villa with pool, while the reception area, watersports centre, spa and pool are being redeveloped, with Azura Retreats also adding a further 10 rooms.

 

For clients who want more than the “next big thing” and crave the place “no one else is going to yet”, Angola could be an option. Next year will see the launch of Natural Selection’s new flying safaris to the country. Tipped as the first of their kind, the trips will follow the tributaries that feed the Okavango and Kwando rivers and wetland systems from their sources in the Angolan Highlands.

 

The trip is pitched as “a conservation journey of discovery and learning through one of the most remote wilderness areas on the planet”. Accommodation is in dome tents with dinner cooked on the fire and accompanied by experts from National Geographic.

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