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RARE AND ENDANGERED WILDLIFE OF UGANDA

OVERVIEW

Imagine tracking endangered mountain gorillas and endangered chimpanzees in the same week. Watch giant gorillas and playful chimpanzees eat, climb cliffs and curl up for naps. In between visit one of the most bio-diverse and dense game parks in the world, scouting for elephant, hippo, lion, kob, and buffalo. The striking scenery of Uganda alongside some of the densest and most diverse concentrations of wildlife in Africa will awe you and fill you with wonderment. The time to go is now, before the world wakes up to the magic of Uganda.

 

WHAT WE LOVE

  • Track endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees through the dense rainforest
  • Explore the source of the Nile River and the highest mountain range in Africa- the Mountains of the Moon in Rwenzori National Park
  • Dense and diverse game viewing including elephant, buffalo, kob, lion, hippo, and crocodile in addition to over 13 primate species
  • Spend time with the Batwa pygmies

 

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 6 nights hotel and full board including VAT
  • Gorilla & Chimpanzee tracking permits
  • Boat trips, park fees, and community fees
  • Expert guides & trackers

 

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Temperate year-round climate- trip is available year round
  • Reasonable fitness is required for gorilla tracking
  • Children under the age of 15 years are not permitted to gorilla trek but are welcome at the lodge.

 

DETAILS

  • Prices from $5,200 per person
  • Not included: Flights to/from Uganda, travel insurance
  • Gorilla permits need to be purchased at time of booking

 

HOW TO GET THERE

There are international direct flights to Entebbe Airport from numerous cities, most notably London, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Istanbul, and Kilimanjaro. It is a 6 hour scenic drive between Entebbe and Fort Portal.


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SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAY 1:  FORT PORTAL’S CHIMPS
Meet your private guide at Entebbe Airport. Embark on a six-hour journey to Fort Portal, the gateway to the towering Rwenzori Mountains. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route and continue to Kibale National Park, a rainforest that is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including its famous chimpanzees, the very localized red colobus monkeys, and the L’Hoest’s monkeys. Arrive late in the afternoon at either Ndali Primate Lodge or Primates Lodge, both of which are set stunningly amidst the Bunyaruguru crater lake region of Western Uganda. Relax at the lodge or explore the nearby crater lake. Overnight at Ndali Primate Lodge or Primates Lodge.

DAY 2:  FORT PORTAL'S CHIMPS
After an early breakfast, depart the lodge to track the noisy but elusive chimpanzees, and try to spot other primates crashing around through the high canopy of the forest. In the afternoon, take a walk to visit various communities projects in the area. Relax at the lodge or explore the nearby crater lake. Overnight at Ndali Primate Lodge or Primates Lodge.

DAY 3:  QUEEN ELIZABETH GAME PARK OR THE RWENZORIS MOUNTAINS
Walk the foothills of the Rwenzori, looking out for its forbidding peaks in the distance. Alternatively, head straight for Queen Elizabeth National Park, which boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. Time permitting, go for an evening game drive where you may see elephant, kob, buffalo and more.  Overnight at Kyambura Lodge and enjoy a relaxing drink overlooking the vast savanna of Queen Elizabeth National Park while spotting wildlife.

DAY 4:  QUEEN ELIZABETH GAME PARK
After breakfast, head to Kyambura Gorge to track the fast moving chimpanzees; man’s closest living relatives. Alternatively, go for a nature walk to spot other primates, including beautiful black and white colobus monkeys. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. This is one of the best ways to get up close to hippos, crocodiles, and a vast array of birds. This is possibly the best opportunity to see bird life in Uganda. Big game also drink by the channel- elephant, Ugandan kob, buffalo and lions. Overnight at Kyambura Lodge.

DAY 5: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
After breakfast, depart on a 3 hour drive to Bwindi National Park, an ancient rainforest with roughly half of the worlds remaining mountain gorillas. Either drive via Ishasha, home of the tree-climbing lions (roads permitting), or take the alternative route through cultivated expanses. Arrive at Bwindi Lodge overlooking the primeval Bwindi forest, which is home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees, and birds. Sit on the terrace jutting out into the forest and take in the exotic sights and sounds. In the late afternoon stroll in the thick forest rich with birds, butterflies and monkeys, or just relax on the lodge terrace. Overnight at Bwindi Lodge.

DAY 6: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
After breakfast, go gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Track the mountain gorillas up the densely forested hills. Visit with one of four gorilla families living in the forest and watch them climb, play, and eat. Gorilla tracking in Uganda can be a longer day than Rwanda since the rainforest is so thick. If your gorilla expedition ends mid-day, spend the afternoon in the surrounding villages. Maybe visit a traditional medicine man, learn how banana gin is made or visit a conservation or humanitarian project. Alternatively, you can also spend the day with the Batwa pygmies, see their local dance and even use their bow & arrows. Wind down with an early evening massage. Enjoy the views and sounds from the lodge terrace or walk the river trail. Overnight at Bwindi Lodge.

DAY 7: KAMPALA
After breakfast, embark on an 8 hour drive to Kampala through the lush green striking landscapes. Enjoy a picnic lunch and arrive at bustling Kampala late that afternoon. Kampala is approximately 23 miles from the Entebbe International Airport.

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