A breathtaking safari into the heart of Africa looking for some of the continent's most emblematic and amazing wildlife.
Uganda, also known as the ‘Pearl of Africa,’ certainly is a jewel on the continent’s crown. The country’s changing landscape of rolling hills, lush forests, tea plantations, lakes, mountains and savannah is populated by friendly people and a large diversity of wildlife ranging from bright yellow Weaver birds to our close cousins, Mountain gorillas. On this trip we’ll have the opportunity to track chimps and gorillas; look for elephants, hippos, crocodiles, warthogs, and, even, tree-climbing lions; spot the numerous bird species found in Uganda including crested cranes and the prehistoric-looking shoebill; and enjoy all this wildlife amidst stunning scenery in the heart of Africa.
Our trip starts in Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria. From here we head towards the Kibale Forest National Park. This lush tropical forest is one of the best places on earth to see chimpanzees in the wild, and we have the opportunity to trek in the park (one included and the option for a 2nd trek) looking for these fascinating animals as well as a number of monkey and bird species.
Continuing on our journey we reach the country’s most popular plains park. Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). This large park, which stretches along the Rift Valley floor, offers a mixture of habitats including savannah, forest and papyrus swamp. Here we will look for many classic East African game such as elephant, lion, and leopard. We will go on game drives, watch hippos, crocodiles and numerous birds from a boat along the Kazinga Channel and head towards the Ishasha part of the park in search of tree-climbing lions.
We next head to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for two full days, home of the Mountain gorillas. We have one gorilla trek included with a 2nd optional trek. This is the absolute highlight of the trip, for many a highlight of all their travels. There are only a limited number of permits available to track gorillas each day so early booking is highly recommended.
Finally we visit Mburo Lake National Park where we have the option of a game walk or boat safari as well doing a final game drive before returning to Kampala and Entebbe.
Uganda is still, largely, off the tourist radar but with spectacular scenery, prolific wildlife, diverse ecosystems and warm and friendly people, a trip to this wonderful country is a true adventure into the heart of Africa.
Juvenile gorillas smelling flowers in Bwindi NP