GORILLAS, CHIMPANZEES & PRIMATES SAFARI
on mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and Uganda's other endemic primates.
Plus lions, forest elephants and much more!
Various hotels and
lodges around Uganda.
Some jungle treks plus
jeep and river safaris.
July 9th - 17th
occupancy per person. $1000 Single room supplement
*Price may change slightly if the
gorilla permit price increases.
Arrival and departure transfers from Kampala
Nine day tour in a comfortable chauffer
Accommodation in a mid range double occupancy hotel rooms / lodges (single room
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
All park entrance fees including government taxes to sites,
reserves and parks.
Gorilla tracking permit.
Chimpanzee tracking permit.
Jeep rental and drivers.
River Boat rental.
Services of expert local guides.
Flights, alcoholic beverages and
PRIMATE SAFARI YOU WILL NEVER
spending a wonderful morning walking through the Central
African cloud forest. The sounds and smells of the pristine
jungle fill your senses. Birds fly overhead. Perhaps a few
small primates swing in the branches above you. Rounding a
corner on the trail your guide calls for quiet. Ahead of you
the forest floor is filled with large dark shapes, vaguely
human but bigger.
down and quietly marvel at the troop of Mountain Gorillas -
some of the few great apes left in the wild. The gorillas
are relaxing, feeding on leaves and grooming each other.
There is no hostility but you move slowly and carefully so
as not to disturb them. The enormous dominant male
silverback comes over to look at you. You can feel his gaze
upon you and you look down submissively. Satisfied that you
pose no threat to his family, he moves on.
This is the
encounter you have dreamed about for so long. The pinnacle
of an unforgettable 9 day adventure through Uganda's many
national parks and reserves. You have seen lions sleeping in
trees, elephants crashing through the bush, huge troops of
playful chimpanzees cavorting in the forest and a dozen
other primate species. It has been an incredible trip but
this single defining moment will stay with you forever.
GORILLA, CHIMPANZEE & PRIMATE SAFARI YOU WILL NEVER
Day 1 - Transfer to
Murchison Falls National Park, Hike to the Murchison Falls,
Pick-up from the Airport or hotel 7.00am depending on your
flight. Your driver/guide will brief you on the day's
program shortly before the start of a 6 hour scenic drive to
Murchison Falls National Park. On the way, you will pass by Ziwa Rhino
sanctuary to see the Rhinos. You could make a stopover to
pick some local fruits (pineapples, jackfruits, passionfruits),
then proceed to Masindi town for an early lunch at Masindi
Hotel/Court View Hotel. After lunch you will head out
of town to a dirt road for the short drive to
Murchison Falls National Park. After clearance at the park
gate, you will be ushered intoe Murchison by a congress of playfull anticipating baboons in the road.
This is the start of some great picture moments. Continue
the drive as you savor the beautiful grassy landscape to the
start of the hike to the top of the Murchison Falls. At the
top you will be treated to breathtaking views of the Falls.
About 300 - 400 cubic meters per second of Nile waters force
through a tiny gorge 7 meters wide, and then plunge into a
violent tempest about 42 meters below. It is a
beautiful sight that you will likely never forget. After
enjoying the granduer of the falls you will be
driven to your lodge for dinner and overnight
Day 2 - Early
Morning Game Drive,
Be up for early breakfast at about 6.00am. The driver picks
you up and along with a game ranger and you set out for the game
drive by 7.00am. Early morning is a great time to catch the
early risers, nocturnal prey species and their hunters before
they return to
The River Nile divides the park into two: the
southern and northern sections. We will take you to the northern side
where there is a
higher concentration of game than the south. Here you have
the chance to explore the
major game trails (especially around Paraa). Expect great
wildlife sightings including giraffes, lions, elephants,
spotted hyenas, warthogs, Uganda kobs, Jackson's Hartebeests,
waterbucks, and leopards among others. After 11am when the
jungle heats up and the animal sightings slow down, you
return to the lodge for lunch.
At 2.30pm it is time to board a launch to explore the River
Nile (Victoria Nile). This is the biggest highlight of any
Murchison Falls Safari. This relaxing ride of about 3 hours
treats you to such beautiful wildlife sightings. There are
lots of water animals like the infamous hippos and enormous Nile crocodiles.
This is a world class photo opportunity. Lots of other animals come to the river to drink water, cool
off from the scorching heat and for others to eat fresh grass
along the banks. Expect sightings of elephants, buffalos,
antelopes and a cocktail of birds including (among others)
kingfisher, herons, and fish eagles. The launch will take you to
the very base of the Murchison Falls for yet another angle to
savor these lovely falls. At 5.30pm you will return to
be driven back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day3- Transfer to
Kibale National Park via Hoima, Kejonjo and Fort
Portal towns. Reaching there late in evening overnight in
the lodge. Many photo opportunities along the way!
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking
- Tracking over 12 primates in Kibale National Park
After assembling at Kanyankyu River camp at 0800hours, you
will go for the
most popular activity in Kibale; Chimpanzee
tracking! Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they
are one of the most threatened primate’s species. As well as
large troops of chimpanzees, you will have the chance to
meet more primates including Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest
Monkeys, Grey cheeked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush
babies and pottos. You can also expect to see many bird species like the yellow spotted
nectar, ramped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted
pitta, crowned eagle and black bee eater. And if that
is enough to fill up your memory cards, you may also see
other mammals like
Elephants on this walk.
Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in
elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of
central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities”
of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each
community has a complicated social structure. The big adult
males dominate the group and defend the community territory
against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually
wander in small family groups.
Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their
pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they
are calling. Once we find these special primates, you will
be able to observe them as they feed in fruiting
trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even,
occasionally hunt other primates. During the afternoon you
will head to Bigodi swamps to look for even more species of primates.
Evening dinner and then overnight at a lodge
Elizabeth National Park, Today expect
breathtaking views of the Rwenzori Mountains with lots
of crater lakes and wild animals.
After an early breakfast, we shift to Queen Elizabeth National Park
about 3hrs away from Kibale. Leaving through Fort
Portal town, you turn south to enter
Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is dominated on its
northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori
Mountains; the famed "Mountains of the Moon". This
767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the North
East by Lake George and on the South West by Lake Edward;
its western border adjoins the Zaire Parc Du Virunga. You
can expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda Kob,
as well as topi, elephants, lions, giant forest hogs and Cape
buffalos. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient
volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally. In the
afternoon you will have the chance to enjoy another wildlife
packed boat cruise and then be whisked to your lodge for a
Day 6: Safari in
Queen Elizabeth National Park - Game drive to see
lions, leopard, elephant, buffallo, and more!
We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the
northern part of the park (on the Kasenyi Track) in search of
lions, elephants and solitary buffaloes. This is the best time
for opportunities to view the cats in action owing to the
vast population of Uganda Kob. You have an excellent chance
to view just about every animal here at very close range. In
the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga
Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up
close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the
boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the
channel are also home to an array of birds including pink
backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle-billed storks and many others.
Day 7: Drive to Bwindi to track
gorillas and other primates
Mid-morning after breakfast we continue further south through
stunning savannah grasslands as we head towards the
breathtaking adventures of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
National Park. Roads permitting, we will pass the
southern sector of the park – Ishasha, a remote and
beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park that is
host to a large variety and volume of wildlife. It is a
fabulous site to see lions draped from the branches of trees.
Nowhere else in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing
this than in the large low limbed fig trees of Ishasha
Arrive at the lodge late in the evening,
relax and prepare for the main event!
Day 8: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
Impenetrable National Park. Tracking Mountain
Gorillas and other primates
Today is the day! After breakfast, you will receive a briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - Gorilla
trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek through the
rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide
and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The
walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch
a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts
will be quickly forgotten. Once the troop has been sighted,
visitors will be guided to within a few meters of the gorillas.
You will have a chance to sit around them
for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
It is important to be mentally prepared. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee
how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take
from 2 up to 8 hours. Some parts of the trail can be steep
and muddy, sometimes with rain overhead. Consequently, try
to get in the best condition you can before the trip and eat
a good breakfast at the lodge before you set out.
For conservation purposes, time spent with the
gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on
how to behave with the gorillas.
Although the trek may seem arduous, the time will go by
quickly because you will be walking through one of the most
pristine, ancient rainforests on earth.
While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years
old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into
tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process
accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310
species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and
an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates.
The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's monkey, redtailed
blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's
most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.
Bwindi is also a
prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include
seven which are IUCN have red listed and 90% are all Albertine rift endemics
- species which are difficult or
impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
Day 9: Depart from
the Gorilla Tracking Park, Drive to Kampala
After an early breakfast we will embark on our return to Kampala,
driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of
southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights
of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of
Africa’. This area is a highly fertile, mountainous region
with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly
terraced cultivated rows. As we traverse Mbarara, don't miss
the impressive long horn Ankole cattle. As a final memory of
a wonderful journey, we will stop at the Equator line
for a group photo opportunity before driving onward to
We will be in
Kampala in the evening before fond farewells and your flight back home.
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