Chimpanzee Tracking, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Overview

Uganda, with its mystical forests, sun-dappled savannas, legendary Great Rift Valley, and the snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains, is an absolutely gorgeous setting for this Private Journey. Led by your own safari guide and in a private vehicle, enjoy a thrilling big game safari, gameviewing 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.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Entebbe / Kibale National Park / Chimpanzee Tracking

After an overnight in Entebbe, head through Uganda's lovely landscapes to Kibale National Park, home to 13 primate species. Here you'll track bands of chimpanzees as they play, feed, and scamper across the treetop canopy. Other denizens of the park include vervet, colobus, and red-tailed monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabeys.

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Days 4-5
Queen Elizabeth National Park / Big Game Safari

Queen Elizabeth National Park, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, supports a wonderful diversity of wildlife in habitats ranging from lowland rainforest to wetlands to grassy savannas—all with the stunning backdrop the Ruwenzoris, Africa’s fabled “Mountains of the Moon.” Enjoy gameviewing by 4WD vehicle in the park’s lake-dotted savannas, and boating in the Kazinga Channel, with its large concentrations of hippos, elephant, and other wildlife that often come to the water’s edge to drink.

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Days 6-8
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / Gorilla Tracking

Bwindi is one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Among the 11 resident primate species are 310 magnificent mountain gorillas, half of the world’s population of this elusive and highly endangered mammal. You’ll enjoy the incomparable experience of tracking, then quietly observing, the mountain gorilla clans that reside in Bwindi’s montane forests. The tracking can be physically challenging. but the rewards are tremendous and the rigors soon forgotten when you spot a gorilla family and become absorbed in watching these gentle creatures. When not observing mountain gorillas, you have time to observe some of the amazing varieties of bird, butterfly, and animal species that make their home in this unusual park. Depart on Day 8 via Entebbe.

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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 gameviewing safari on the savannas of Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Great Rift Valley
Private safari guide and vehicle

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4895  
Arrive: Entebbe, Uganda
Depart: Entebbe, Uganda
Lodging: 7 nights hotels or lodges
Meals: All meals included as noted in Detailed Itinerary
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level:

1 day chimpanzee tracking on forested trails, 1 day of gorilla tracking on steep and sometimes muddy trails, 4WD gameviewing