Although Rwanda is known for its wildlife (especially the endangered mountain gorillas), neighboring Uganda is the quieter sibling that provides similar experiences for half the permit price. This lush land is rife with rolling tea plantations and rainforests. Stay at the Bwindi Lodge, where the suites feel more like tree houses hovering above the dense Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Here, guides can take you on a four-hour hike (with a porter, of course) to track the majestic mountain gorillas. Or, if you opt for the Mount Gahinga Lodge on the outskirts of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, you can spot golden monkeys and meet the friendly Batwa tribe who live nearby.