Gorillas, Chimps, and a Big Game Safari

Overview

This active adventure has it all: a thrilling big game safari, a welcoming culture, game viewing by boat, and the ultimate—the rare opportunity to track chimpanzees and mountain gorillas on foot! To observe these endangered creatures up-close in the wild is one of the world’s most unforgettable experiences—the excitement of coming within a few feet of them is simply surreal. And Uganda, with its mystical forests, sun-dappled savannas, legendary Great Rift Valley, and snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains, is an absolutely gorgeous setting for our adventures, including our safari with sightings of elephants, lions, leopards, herds of buffalo, and the largest concentration of hippos in the world. Our expert guides and comfortable safari lodges keep you well taken care of throughout this exhilarating journey.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Kibale Forest National Park / Wild Chimpanzees

Head through Uganda’s lush countryside to Kibale Forest National Park, where you’ll track bands of chimpanzees as they play, feed, and scamper across the treetop canopy, an unforgettable opportunity to observe these fascinating and intelligent creatures in the wild. Other denizens of the park include vervet, colobus, and red-tailed monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabeys.

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Days 4-6
Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari

In the Great Rift Valley, Queen Elizabeth National Park, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, features stunning ecosystems teeming with diverse wildlife and some 500 avian species. Safari by 4WD vehicle on lake-dotted savannas, walk shady trails and go birding in the Maramagambo Forest, and boat on the Kazinga Channel, with its huge population of hippos—up to 30,000!

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Days 7-9
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / Gorilla Tracking

Bwindi, the remnant of a once-vast primeval forest, is home to 11 primate species including some 400 magnificent mountain gorillas, half the world’s population of this highly endangered mammal. From our lovely lodge, hike at altitudes of 3,800 to 7,500 feet for the spine-tingling experience of coming face to face with them in the wild. With two full days here, you’re virtually assured of encounters with these elusive creatures.

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Days 10-11
Entebbe

Options in Entebbe include a visit to Ngamba Island’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Depart on Day 11.

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Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy thrilling encounters with mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Track chimpanzees on foot in Kibale Forest National Park
Phenomenal game viewing safari on the savannas of Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Great Rift Valley
Comfortable forest lodges with superb access to the wildlife
Experience Uganda’s welcoming culture

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $6495  
Arrive: Entebbe, Uganda
Depart: Entebbe, Uganda
Lodging: 7 nights hotels and lodges, 3 nights tented camp at Bwindi
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level:

2 days of gorilla tracking (3-7 hours on steep and sometimes muddy trails), 2 days chimpanzee tracking on forested trails (3-4 hours each day), 4WD game viewing

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African Safaris Brochure

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