Gorillas, Chimps, & Game Safari

Combine the wildlife highlights of Uganda on this exciting tailor-made safari encompassing mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and African game.

Duration 10 days
Price From $6,884
When May - Nov
Destination Uganda

Safari Overview

A fantastic safari exploring the heartland of Uganda tracking the chimpanzees of Kibale Forest, enjoying the savannah game of Queen Elizabeth National Park, tracking the endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi and relaxing in the tranquil landscape of Lake Mburo.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Accompany Kibale’s researchers as they undergo the habituation of the chimpanzees.
  • Track and spend time with the Mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
  • Visit salt lakes to see flamingos.
  • East Africa game viewing including hippo, elephant and buffalo.

Encountering wild chimpanzees and gorillas is a unique and breath-taking experience.

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Day by day

Day 1

Kampala - Kibale Forest

In the morning, you arrive at the newly refurbished and modern Entebbe International Airport, where we will meet you for a welcome drink and a briefing. You then set off west to Kibale Forest where you should arrive at your camp in the afternoon.

Overnight: Ndali Lodge L, D

Day 2

Kibale Forest

This 766-square-kilometre tropical rainforest is the natural habitat for an amazing 12 primate species, and contains the highest primate density of an area on Earth. Here, on a guided forest walk, you may find families of chimpanzees and red colobus monkeys chattering and swinging through the ancient forest trees. Some of the trees are 50 to 60 metres (150 to 180 feet) in height, and provide a majestic canopy for the profusion of rainforest life, including 325 bird species.

Overnight: Ndali Lodge B, L, D

Day 3

Kibale Forest - Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast you enjoy a chimpanzee habituation experience in the forest. This is a lifetime experience that allows you to accompany Kibale’s researchers. You will learn how the researchers undergo the habituation of the chimpanzees. The habituation experience only runs during the low tourist season; March, April, May and November. After lunch, you will set out in a southerly direction for the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Set in the western branch of the Great Rift Valley, the park is incredibly diverse in the type of terrain it encompasses. Prehistoric volcanic explosion craters now serve as huge amphitheatres across the floor of which troop herds of elephant and buffalo.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge B, L, D

Day 4

Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning, you will go on the first of your game drives. It's an early start, and you will enjoy coffee and tea out on the rolling plains of the park. Return to the lodge for breakfast and prepare for your launch trip on the Kazinga Channel. This water system hosts the highest concentration of hippo in the world, and this excursion brings you up close to them. You will also see crocodile, buffalo, and other game that drink from the Channel, and experience the profusion of bird life that is supported here. Return in the late afternoon, and transfer to the lodge. As dusk falls, prepare for dinner and a good night's rest.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge B, L, D

Day 5

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Your adventure necessitates a very early (and hearty!) breakfast this morning. You will be driven to the top of the Kyambura Gorge, a deep natural ravine in the surrounding plains. Descend into the floor of the gorge, where a riverine forest very different from what you have so far seen awaits. The gorge is home a number of bird and mammal species. Drive back to the lodge for lunch, followed by a late afternoon game drive. On the game drive, you may run into waterbuck, elephant, giant forest hog, bushbuck, buffalo, or even lion or leopard. Then it's back to the lodge for oyur usual evening wind-down.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge B, L, D

Day 6

Queen Elizabeth NP - Bwindi Forest NP

Another early start for a game drive through wildlife rich Queen Elizabeth National Park before you travel further south to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This is a leisurely drive, taking most of the day. You climb out of the Rift Valley at first, and then travel through the Kigezi Highlands of South-Western Uganda. The scenery gets increasingly breathtaking as you switchback up and down the hills.

Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp B, L, D

Days 7-8

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

These two day's activities may be amongst the most exciting and challenging of your entire expedition. The mountain gorillas in Bwindi are part of a worldwide population of just 1,000 individuals. 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.

Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp B, L, D

Day 9

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Lake Mburo National Park

Today you will travel eastwards to Lake Mburo National Park. After lunch in Mbarara, drive to the park and check in to your camp. Enjoy an evening game drive to view the park's plains game species and birds, followed by a return to the camp to freshen up for dinner.

Overnight: Lake Mburo Tented Camp B, L, D

Day 10

Lake Mburo National Park - Entebbe

After an early morning game drive, return to Entebbe, where you will check in to our hotel for the day and prepare for your evening flight out (depending on chosen flight). You will arrive in time for lunch, with the afternoon at your leisure. We're sure much of your afternoon will be spent reminiscing about your incredible wildlife encounters of the past week.

Overnight: Boma Guesthouse B, L

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