Gorillas, Chimps, and a Big Game Safari

Overview

Tracking mountain gorillas in the wild is one of the planet’s most awe-inspiring experiences. Our safari brings you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to half the world’s population of these highly endangered mammals. We give you two full days of gorilla tracking so you’ll have extraordinary opportunities to observe them up close. The hikes to find the gorilla clans are steep, but the experience of sitting amid a silverback and his family is unforgettable. We’ll also track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, following these acrobats as they leap from tree to tree. In beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park, we’ll spot big game (leopard, tree-climbing lion, huge herds of buffalo, and elephant) and boat in the Kazinga Channel among throngs of hippo—this magnificent safari has it all!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Entebbe / Kibale Forest National Park / Wild Chimpanzees

Our safari begins as we head through Uganda’s tropical countryside to Kibale Forest National Park to track bands of chimpanzees as they forage, build nests, call to one another, and scamper across the treetops. Other primates in this green ecosystem include grey-cheeked mangabeys, and vervet, colobus, and red-tailed monkeys.

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Days 4-6
Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari

Queen Elizabeth National Park is a 770-square-mile chunk of the western Great Rift Valley that boasts the stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Ruwenzoris, Africa’s fabled “Mountains of the Moon.” This sublime park teems with wildlife, and we explore savanna grasslands, walk shady trails, go birding in the Maramagambo Forest, and boat on the Kazinga Channel, with its huge hippo population—up to 30,000!

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Days 7-10
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / Gorilla Tracking / Entebbe

Bwindi, the remnant of a once-vast primeval forest, is home to some 400 magnificent mountain gorillas who reside in nomadic clans on the slopes. From our tented lodge, we have two full and exciting days of tracking, including hikes through dense thickets at altitudes of 3,800 to 7,500 feet for the incredible experience of coming face to face with gorilla families in the wild. Depart on Day 10 via Entebbe.

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Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy thrilling encounters with mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Track chimpanzees on the trails of Kibale Forest National Park
Phenomenal big game safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Great Rift Valley
Comfortable forest lodges with superb access to the wildlife
Individually assigned porters while gorilla tracking

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6995  
Arrive: Entebbe, Uganda
Depart: Entebbe, Uganda
Lodging: 6 nights hotels and lodges, 3 nights tented lodge
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

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

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