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Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking

Kampala, Uganda, Eastern Africa, Africa

From £3,595 for 11 nights
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"Paddle past hippos, get close up to wild primates and explore deep into the jungle on this incredible tour of Uganda."

Lions, hippos, crocs, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, not to mention the trip highlight – trekking with gorillas and chimpanzees – this 12-day tour of Uganda is perfect for animal lovers. You’ll explore four National Parks and experience wildlife in a huge range of environments. Hiking through the jungle in search of gorilla families, watching big cats stalk their breakfasts on game drives, and exploring the Kazinga Channel, you’ll discover an incredible range of habitats and creatures along the way.

After spending the night in Kampala, you’ll set off to Murchison Falls National Park, which is home to exciting wildlife and stunning scenery, most notably its impressive waterfall. Kibale National Park is next on the agenda, where you’ll have your first primate experience, before journeying on to Queen Elizabeth Park and the Kazinga Channel – watch out for hippos spraying water on you! Next up, head to Bwindi, which is world renowned for its rare mountain gorilla population. After all the excitement, your final stop is in Lake Bunyonyi, where you can kayak and chill in Africa’s second deepest lake. Each day of this tour offers you a new experience and opportunity to see wild animals in their natural habitats as you explore savannahs, waterways and jungles.

Uganda is home to an incredible amount of biodiversity, but this is threatened by an ever-growing reliance on natural resources that is slowly but surely depleting habitats and endangering species. Every 30 days, Uganda loses about 6,000 hectares of forest and there are already nearly 30 districts that have lost their entire forest ecosystem. This habitat loss is lethal for species such as the mountain gorilla, who are currently on the brink of extinction. Pioneer Expedition is working to remediate this problem. They protect local wildlife by exposing poachers operating as part of Uganda’s illegal wildlife trade, whilst also attempting to control human activity in the area, such as logging, land cultivation and urbanisation.

Pioneer Expeditions work in partnership with a selection of charities who work in the area; they support an orphanage in Bwindi, partner with community projects to expand local primary schools, and help finance wildlife conservation projects, such as a local rhino sanctuary. The money you spend on this tour contributes to gorilla conservation in Bwindi Park, as well as the chimpanzees in Kibale. In addition to these efforts, Pioneer Expeditions works along side Water for People, an organisation that implement clean water initiatives and sustainable water systems in the local districts.

Day 1

Arrival: You’ll be met on your arrival at the airport and then transferred to Kampala city. If you don’t reach the city too late then there’ll be time to have a look around before dinner.

Day 2

Journey to the Nile: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park, about 5 hours away. The scenic route gives you great insight into the Ugandan way of life. Have lunch in Masindi and then drive to the top of the falls, where you can see the Nile transform into a ferocious 43-metre waterfall. Hop on a ferry across the river to reach the lodge.

Day 3

National Park Exploration: It’s your first chance to see wild animals as you head off on a game drive further into the park. Look out for giraffes, lions, buffalo, elephants and a whole host of other animals including 360 species of bird that inhabit the park. Head back to the lodge for lunch, then embark on a boat safari of the Nile to see crocs, hippos and rare water birds.

Day 4

Chill in the Park: After a busy day, you have the chance to relax and enjoy the park at your own leisure. The driver will be available if you fancy another safari drive, but you can also relax by the pool whilst keeping a look out for elephant and warthogs, who often visit the lodge.

Day 5-6

Chasing chimps: Set off on a long drive to Kibale National Park, as you journey though forest, savannah and papyrus swamps en route. The next morning you’ll head into the National Park with a ranger to track a chimp group. These playful creatures can be seen playing in the trees or chattering away. Along the way you may well come across other monkeys, including red colobus, hoesti, grey-cheeked mangabey and many others. After lunch, you’ll be free to chill out or head off on a swamp walk at Bigodi wetland.

Day 7

Animal Spotting: Set off on a 3-hour drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which covers 2,000 square kilometers and is home to herd of impala-like Uganda Kob, elephants, lions and flamingos. In the evening, there’s a game drive with the hope of spotting a leopard before the sun goes down.

Day 8

Big Cats: The day starts with a game drive and hopefully there’s a chance to see all the big cats in action, as well as other animals, at close range. In the afternoon, head to the water with a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel – you’ll be just metres away from hippos! Look out for exotic birds along the water’s edge.

Day 9-10

Gorilla Experience: The highlight of the trip has arrived - gorilla trekking. Hike through rainforests with your guide in search of a mountain gorilla family and get the chance to see them in the wild. It’s a muddy and tiring walk, but totally worth it when you catch your first sighting.

Day 11

Bunyonyi Birds: After breaks, take a tour of Lake Bunyonyi, which means ‘the place of very many little birds’ in the local dialect. Spend time kayaking on the lake or swimming around – and don’t worry, there are no crocodiles or hippos in there.

Day 12

Home Time: After having seen so many wild and exciting animals, it’s sadly time to head back to Entebbe Airport and catch your flight home.

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Included

  • Gorilla permits
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Full time driver/guides
  • Park Entrance fees
  • Boat cruises and game drives
  • Ferry crossing fees
  • Drinking water
  • Transportation
  • Chimpanzee permits
  • Airport transfers

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Any additional/extra tours or park fees
  • Tips and Gratuities for Guide, Driver, local guides and service providers
  • Extras at hotels (telephone calls, room service, porterage, laundry, alcoholic drinks, etc.
  • Personal and medical expenses.
  • Any other services or activities not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' to speak to the operator directly!

Area & Location

Area/Country:
Kampala
Local currencies:
UGX
Time Change:
UTC+03:00

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