Seeing Uganda's wildlife is one thing, but getting close to some of our closest primate relatives in something else entirely. This is what this safari sets out to achieve for you, including the largest remaining habitat for Mountain Gorillas at the Bwindi 'Impenetrable Forest'; the Chimpanzee strongholds of Kibale and Kyambura River Gorge; the Queen Elizabeth National Park for savannah game drives and wildlife boat safaris; and the wetlands of Bigodi and the Mabamba Swamp for an array of wetland birds including the eerie Shoebill Stork.
This itinerary includes 1 day of gorilla trekking. This itinerary can be tailored as you wish, with the number of gorilla permits increased to as many days as you want.
Your safari will begin at Lake Victoria and a visit to the Mabamba Swamps. These are famous for the Shoebill Stork whose huge beak is designed to snare large lungfish, catfish and eels, as well as more meaty stuff of monitor lizards, baby crocodiles and snakes. Famously, these storks give birth to two young, but will allow the weaker of the two to starve to death.
We will fly you from Entebbe in order to reach the Kibale rainforest. This location is incredible for primate watching, Whilst Chimpanzees will be our primary target, it is not unusual to find mixed groups of as many as 5 species of monkey here. Though Chimpanzees can be difficult to spot, you will be in no doubt of their presence as the forest is alive with their noisy calls.
The birdlife is abundant at Kibale too, as it is in the neighbouring Bigodi Wetlands where you can hope to see Blue Turaco and the rare Papyrus Gonolek. We also hope you will see Sitatunga, which are antelopes whose splayed hooves have adapted them perfectly to swampy ground. Red colobus monkeys are another elusive resident here.
From the forests of Kibale we head west to the savannah plains below the Ruwenzoris. Here we can encounter some of the big game of Africa in the magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park. Elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo and leopard can all be found here, which we will take you in search of by game drives and boat safari. We will also visit the Kyambura River Gorge to track groups of fast-moving and elusive chimpanzees which live in the gallery forests of this isolated and deep river canyon. Around Ishasha the wildlife searching is focused on the tree-climbing lions which lounge here in old fig trees.
From the flat savannah we head up into an area of mountains which provides the largest remaining habitat for the Mountain Gorilla. This is the Bwindi 'Impenetrable Forest' - a stunning area of forested mountain where approximately half of all surviving mountain gorillas live. Here we will track gorillas through dense tropical forest, watching as we go for orchids, birds and other wildlife. Chimpanzees are often heard screeching across the mountains, whilst black and white colobus can often be seen leaping from branch to branch, which at this altitude are already strained by dense collections of mosses and bromeliads. The scenery itself is quite breath taking which in the distance includes the Rwandan haven for the mountain gorilla: the Virungas of the Parc National des Volcans. All this is reason enough to want to visit this part of the world, but intimate encounters with our largest close relative can make this one of our natural world's most magical experiences.
From Bwindi fly you back to Entebbe and drive you to Lake Victoria for a final night before your return journey.
The number of gorilla permits released is strictly controlled. We will need to receive your deposit and then try to purchase your gorilla permit(s) before we can confirm your booking. In the event that permits are fully booked for the period you need them then we will refund your deposit in full.
Please Contact Us to discuss any adjustments you need such as the number of persons travelling or itinerary adjustments (e.g. additional days in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest)
All transport starting and ending Entebbe airport
Domestic flights within Uganda
Expert naturalist driver / guide
B&B accommodation at Lake Victoria / Entebbe
Full Board accommodation days 3 - 9
Entry fees to national parks
Government taxes, hotel levies and service charges
1 Gorilla Tracking Permit per person
Chimpanzee tracking permits for the itinerary
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks
Excursions or services not listed within the itinerary