9 Days: Discover Uganda

On this independent African journey, encounter two of the world’s great primate species, chimpanzees and rare mountain gorillas, returning each day to luxurious jungle camps.

Advantages

  • Enjoy scenic drives with game viewing opportunities in the varied landscapes of Uganda
  • Embark on a forest trek to view habituated chimpanzees at Kibale National Park
  • Choose your activity in Queen Elizabeth National Park, from game drives to launch trips to forest and crater walks
  • Track the endangered mountain gorilla, an amazing experience offered at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Entebbe, Uganda

Arrive in Entebbe, and transfer to your hotel.

Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa

Day 2: Kibale National Park

Depart Entebbe for Kibale National Park, a 475 square-mile tropical rainforest, containing the highest primate density of any area on earth. Upon arrival at your luxurious lodge, settle in and relax amid the lush grounds, which feature a swimming pool, fruit orchard and lawn tennis court.

Kyaninga Lodge      Meals: B L D

Day 3: Kibale National Park

Set out on a chimpanzee-tracking excursion. Kibale Forest is home to 13 species of primates, including chimpanzees and mangabeys, as well as 300 species of birds and a brilliant array of butterflies. Drive to the Kanyanchu Research Center to begin the three-hour trek. Barks of baboons occasionally pierce the forest silence as you make your way along the trail. The chimpanzees feed high in the trees, so binoculars are a must. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to pay a guided visit to the Bigodi Forest swamp, excellent for viewing more primates, birds and other forest animals.

Kyaninga Lodge     Meals: B L D

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning, depart Kibale for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Your luxury lodge sits at the park’s eastern edge, providing thrilling views of the surrounding forest from its seven individual cottages. Partake in an afternoon game drive, and return to your lodge for dinner.

Kyambura Game Lodge      Meals: B L D

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Enjoy morning and evening game drives in this majestic national park. Because the region occupies the main migration corridor between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there is prolific plains game here, primarily topi and Uganda kob, buffalo, hippos and some of the largest herds of elephants anywhere in Uganda. Spotted hyenas are common and leopards are occasionally glimpsed. However, the prime attraction is the large lion population, and the frequency of sightings for this magnificent animal is higher here than anywhere else in Uganda. You also have the option of taking a launch on the Kazinga Channel, walking through chimpanzee-rich Maramagambo Forest or visiting a nearby village.

Kyambura Game Lodge      Meals: B L D

Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Keep your eyes open for game as you make your way out of Queen Elizabeth National Park and continue on to Bwindi. This is a leisurely drive that takes you up and out of the Rift Valley through the Kigezi Highlands of southwestern Uganda. The scenery is increasingly more breathtaking as you switch back up and down the hills. Your journey culminates in the mist-swathed mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp      Meals: B L D

Days 7-8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Spend your next two days tracking one of the rarest primates in the world: the endangered mountain gorilla. After an early start, your guide escorts you to the Uganda Wildlife Authority Park headquarters to meet your gorilla guide. The time needed to track gorillas on safari varies greatly, anywhere from a half hour to six hours. Once the gorillas are located, you are allowed an hour to observe them. Mothers keep infants close to their chests as they knuckle-walk on three limbs. Toddlers scamper around and often have to be reigned in by an attentive father, whose job is to protect his family. A look into the eyes of a mountain gorilla quickly seals the bond that exists between primate and human, but is also a poignant reminder that these great creatures are on the brink of extinction. After your visit with the gorillas, return to your lodge. Depending on the length of your trek, you may have the opportunity to visit the Batwa Community, take a guided forest or relax at your forest camp.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp      Meals: B L D

Day 9: Depart Entebbe

Depart Bwindi via Entebbe and relax in a dayroom until your flight home.

Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa (dayroom)      Meals: B

Prices for this tour

 

price=$6,994

Supplements price=$1,49