Uganda Safari Holidays Uganda Holidays Gorillas Chimpanzees Tours

Gorillas & Chimps of Uganda, including QE Park


UPB10E
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,295
International flights quoted separately
This classic private tour allows you to explore the primates of Uganda in depth & see up to 10 different species. Track chimps in the Kibale rainforest; view wildlife by boat & jeep in Queen Elizabeth Park, and trek to see endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - creating memories of a lifetime. English speaking driver/guide, all transfers, park fees & gorilla permits included.
Photo Tree Climbing Lions Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
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Kampala
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Kibale Rainforest
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Chimpanzee Tracking
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Queen Elizabeth National Park
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Kazinga Channel
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Game Viewing Boat Ride
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Ishasha Plains
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Gorilla Trekking
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Lake Victoria
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Kampala
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Kibale Rainforest
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Chimpanzee Tracking
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Queen Elizabeth National Park
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Kazinga Channel
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Game Viewing Boat Ride
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Ishasha Plains
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Gorilla Trekking
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Lake Victoria
Day 1
You will be met at Entebbe Airport and transferred 1-hour to your hotel in Kampala.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue African skies.
Day 2
Depart early with your guide today from Kampala and travel 5-hours through central Uganda to Fort Portal in the shadow of the famed Rwenzori Mountains (or "mountains of the moon") and surrounded by tea plantations, with picnic lunch included.
 
Fort Portal is the gateway to Kibale National Park, a protected tropical rainforest that has the highest concentration and greatest variety of primates (13 different species) in all of East Africa. The park is also home to the bushpig, duiker, otter, leopard and large herds of elephant that migrate between Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The bird life is also astonishing.
 
On arrival check into your hotel and relax, or enjoy a Crater Lakes walk.
Day 3
This morning enjoy the amazing experience of Chimp Trekking, as you walk through the spectacular Kibale Rainforest with a guide, searching in the trees above for these intelligent primates.
 
Kibali is home to 13 different primate species including chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey and L’ Hoest’s monkey. Tracking a noisy chimp family is a thrilling experience and is best in the early morning. The birdlife is also outstanding, although the dense forest canopy does mean patience is needed. You can hope to see the huge crowned eagle, the black-and-white flycatcher, African grey parrot, black-necked and yellow-mantled weavers, and maybe the secretive black bee-eater.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a guided nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is home to 8 different primate species, numerous other mammals and reptiles, and over 200 bird species.
 
Note: Chimp trekking is limited to a small group, with a minimum age of 12 years. Please note the chimpanzees move a lot - sometimes far into the dense forest. So wear good walking shoes and expect to walk a lot today.
Day 4
This morning transfer 3-hours through the scenic crater lakes region to Queen Elizabeth National Park - an enormous wildlife sanctuary that extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest, with the Kazinga Channel connecting these two great lakes.
 
Many game species can be found in this wetland region, including the elusive giant forest hog. On arrival enjoy a game drive in this vast game sanctuary.
Day 5
Rise early when game viewing conditions are at their best, for a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park - the most visited national park in Uganda and home to 11% of all the species in the world. It has 95 different species of mammal including lions, hippo, elephants, leopards and chimpanzees, as well as over 660 different bird species.
 
We head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs, where we search for lion, elephant, buffalo and other wild animals in their natural habitat, before returning to our lodge for lunch.
 
In the afternoon we take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Thanks to the abundant wildlife, including huge herds of elephants, buffalo & hundreds of hippos that cool off on the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari! The channel is also a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore and a great place to see the fish eagle.
Day 6
Enjoy more game viewing today, as we travel 3-hours through Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Ishasha Plains.
 
The area around Ishasha is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males have black manes - a feature unique to the lions in this area. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive on the open plains.
Day 7
After some more game viewing on the Ishasha Plains, today we travel 4-hours to our lodge situated near the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to over 50% of the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowering plants, ferns & trees.
 
Check into your lodge and enjoy the beautiful scenery of your remote forest surroundings.
Day 8
This morning we enter Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to half the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowers.
 
Rangers will allocate you to a small group to track a troop of endangered Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by a guide. Expect to walk 2 to 4-hours each way in steep, muddy and dense tropical jungle conditions to view a family of these enormous animals on foot and observe their behavior up close - a rare privilege indeed.
 
You must be over 16 years to track gorillas and sufficiently fit to walk for the period indicated. Ensure you arrange a packed lunch with the lodge and carry sufficient water (at least 2-3 bottles of 500ml). Warm weatherproof clothing is advised for the wet cool climate high in the mountains, including a rain poncho. You should wear long trousers, long sleeved tops, long socks (to tuck into your trousers), suitable walking boots and gardening gloves to protect your hands from nettles and undergrowth. Also hat, sunscreen & mosquito repellant.
 
You can not be sick or have any infectious disease and no eating or drinking is permitted in the vicinity of the gorillas. Only one hour is allowed with the gorillas and you have to keep a distance of at least 5 metres. No touching the gorillas is allowed (although they may decide to touch you)! The maximum number of visitors allowed per day is 6-12 people per group and no flash photography is allowed.
Day 9
This morning we travel 6-hours from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to beautiful Lake Mburo National Park.
 
This is the best place in the country to see eland, zebra, topi and impala. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds - while the fringing swamps hide black and yellow papyrus gonalek. Arrive in the park for lunch, before exploring more of the park on an afternoon game drive.
Day 10
Today we travel 5-hours from Lake Mburo to beautiful Lake Victoria - crossing the equator along the way.
 
Your guide will arrange for your transfer to your hotel, where you can relax under warm blue African skies on the shores of this magnificent inland sea.
Days 11 To 12
At leisure to relax and unwind on the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in Africa.
 
Situated on an elevated plateau in the western section of the Great Rift Valley and straddling the equator, the lake has more than 3,000 islands. Its shoreline stretches 2,138 miles (3,440 km) and forms the border between three countries - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
 
Enjoy the beach, boat rides on the lake, nature walks, fishing and island hopping. You can also take the speedboat to Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
 
For birders this is a biodiversity hotspot where you can see African skimmers, Carruthers cisticola, northern brown-throated weavers, red-chested weavers, eastern grey plantain-eaters, water dikkop and papyrus gonolek. You may also see Stulhman's starlings, greenbuls, alethes, turacos, forest weavers, warblers, widowbirds and beautiful butterflies.
Day 13
Transfer to Entebbe Airport for your flight home.
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