Explore the awe-inspiring lands of Uganda in this small group itinerary; track the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and the famous tree-climbing lions. Set departures, or small group safaris, are great for solo travellers, as well as those looking to travel with like-minded people. Immerse yourself in beautiful Uganda with this set departure taking in everything Uganda has to offer. With a maximum of only 8 clients travelling, you have the opportunity to track the awe-inspiring mountain gorillas of Bwindi, see the tree climbing lions of Ishasha, enjoy a boat safari on the Kazinga Channel and track the cheeky chimpanzees of Kibale Forest.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
he mountain gorillas in Bwindi are part of a worldwide population of just 700. The gorillas you are allowed to track belong to one of three habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild. The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild. Experienced guides will accompany us on our tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas' habits and information from the previous day to locate the group's whereabouts. Because of this, the time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to 9 hours. If you decide not to track the gorillas for the second time, you have the chance to enjoy a morning nature forest walk passing tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and a colourful array of butterflies. This trail leads to 3 scenic crystal clear waterfalls in the middle of the tropical rainforest.
Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park
Passing through farmlands and small towns and villages, you will have the opportunity to see rural Uganda and the vivid green beauty of the country and also, if weather and road conditions allow, we may enter QENP from the Ishasha side of the park where excellent game viewing can be conducted en-route. You will also have the chance to visit a local community project.
Explore Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, considered by some experts as one of the most alluring game viewing area of East Africa. We wake up early, of course, since this is the best time for observing nature. You start from the southern circuit in search of the elephants and we will drive over the plains of Ishasha in the open savannah. Near to the swamps of the southern circuit you might see even leopard. We continue and drive to the northern circuit which is the area near the main road known for its tree climbing lions.
Mweya Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park
Head to the Mweya Section of Queen Elizabeth National Park, for a cruise along the Kazinga Channel. The elephants, buffalo, topi, kob, hippos and crocodiles all come down to the water to relax in the shallows or quench their thirst. You also have the chance to go to the Kyambura Gorge to track a troop of 20 semi habituated chimpanzees. On arrival, the rangers will give you a briefing before descending into the depths of the gorge. The nature walk takes a few hours and lunch will be served at Kyambura Fig Tree campsite before heading to your camp for the rest of the day.
Kibale Forest National Park
From the Queen Elizabeth National Park you continue north along the Ruwenzori Mountains to the Kibale Forest National Park, home to the largest number of primate species in East Africa. At the visitors centre the rangers will brief you before heading into the forest to track the chimpanzees. Like the gorilla tracking the amount of time spend with the chimps is limited to 1 hour (add USD $600 per person for the gorilla permit). This is to prevent the spread of disease, but also to allow the chimps to have a normal life in the forest. There is an optional forest or swamp walk in the afternoon.