With its mystical forests sheltering half the world’s population of magnificent mountain gorillas, sun-dappled savannas brimming with wildlife, and the enchanting snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains, Uganda truly has it all! On this epic adventure, we’ve paired two amazing experiences—a classic big game safari and tracking chimpanzees and mountain gorillas on foot. To observe these endangered creatures in the wild is one of the world’s most unforgettable experiences. Our guides know the gorilla families well, and with two days of tracking, you’ll have the extraordinary chance to observe them at close hand. And our safari? It offers incredible sightings of elephant, lion, and leopard, not to mention the largest concentration of hippos in the world!
This trip included a tremendous range of experiences, each of which was great. The planning was also perfect. Staying three nights in each of the last two magically perfect hotels allowed us to feel settled in.
— ELIZABETH M., Providence, RI
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 treetops. Other denizens of the park include grey-cheeked mangabeys, and vervet, colobus, and red-tailed monkeys.
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!
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / Gorilla Tracking / Entebbe
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 tented 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 tracking days with our expert guides, you’ll have the best opportunities to encounter them. Depart on Day 11 via Entebbe.