Location: Uganda

Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and African Primates Safari

“The world’s best Primate Safari”

Photo © Andy Murch

Imagine spending a wonderful morning walking through the Central African cloud forest. The sounds and smells of the pristine jungle fill your senses. Birds fly overhead. Perhaps a few small primates swing in the branches above you. Rounding a corner on the trail your guide calls for quiet. Ahead of you the forest floor is filled with large dark shapes, vaguely human but bigger.

You hunker down and quietly marvel at the troop of Mountain Gorillas – some of the few great apes left in the wild. The gorillas are relaxing, feeding on leaves and grooming each other. There is no hostility but you move slowly and carefully so as not to disturb them.

The enormous dominant male silverback comes over to look at you. You can feel his gaze upon you and you look down submissively. Satisfied that you pose no threat to his family, he moves on.
This is the encounter you have dreamed about for so long. The pinnacle of an unforgettable 9 day adventure through Uganda’s many national parks and reserves. You have seen lions sleeping in trees, elephants crashing through the bush, huge troops of playful chimpanzees cavorting in the forest and a dozen other primate species. It has been an incredible trip but this single defining moment will stay with you forever.

THE ENCOUNTER

Safari focusing on mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and Uganda’s other endemic primates. Plus lions, elephants and much more!
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2020

DATE
June 11-19 5 SPOTS AVAILABLE

PRICE (USD)
*Price may change slightly if the gorilla permit price increases.

$4,695 per person double occupancy


$6,195 single occupancy

LEADER
Andy Murch

Mangabey Monkey in Uganda

2021

DATE
July 2-10 8 SPOTS AVAILABLE

PRICE (USD)
*Price may change slightly if the gorilla permit price increases.

$4,995 per person double occupancy


$6,495 single occupancy

LEADER
Andy Murch

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

2022

DATE
July 3-11 8 SPOTS AVAILABLE

PRICE (USD)
*Price may change slightly if the gorilla permit price increases.

$5,195 per person double occupancy


$6,695 single occupancy

LEADER
Andy Murch

Guereza Colobus while gorilla trekking.

DETAILS

ACCOMMODATION
Various lodges around Uganda

FITNESS LEVEL
Some strenuous jungle walks plus jeep and river safaris. Porters can be arranged to carry packs or even you.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Nine day tour in a comfortable chauffer driven vehicle
  • Accommodation in mid-range double occupancy hotel rooms / lodges (single room upgrades available)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • All park entrance fees including government taxes to sites, reserves and parks
  • Gorilla tracking permit
  • Chimpanzee tracking and habituation permit
  • River Boat hire
  • Services of expert local guides
  • Photography coaching

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Beverages
  • Tips

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

ITINERARY

Day 1 Early morning pick up in Entebbe. Road trip to Kibale National Park (home of chimpanzees and many monkey species). Check into the lodge, dinner and a night walk in the jungle looking for big-eyed nocturnal primates: Galagos and Pottos.
Day 2 After a relaxed breakfast we will trek to see Chimpanzees within Kibale National Forest. Along the way we will look for other primates as well as many exotic bird species and possibly elephants.
After dinner, we will head back into the forest to look for more nocturnal primates.
Day 3 After breakfast we will enjoy a dry-swamp walk on the edge of Kibale National park, tracking redtail monkeys, Guereza colobus monkeys, Ashy red colobus monkeys, Ugandan crested mangabays and L’Hoests monkeys. In the afternoon, we will tranfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and settle into the luxurious Park View Lodge and relax.
Day 4 An early start! After a quick breakfast you will go on a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Expect enormous herds of Uganda Cob, Bush Elephants, Cape Buffalos, lions, hyenas and more.
Then enjoy an afternoon riverboat safari along the Kazinga Channel with great views of hippos, buffalos, bathing elephants, Nile crocodiles and much, much more.
We usually see troops of Tantalus Monkeys as we travel through the park.
Day 5 Today you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. For most of the morning you will be travelling through the southern reaches of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The south is home to many of the same game species plus small herds of Topi Antelope and maybe a few black-fronted duikers and other rarer animals.
After settling into the lodge in Bwindi, you will have the chance to relax or go on a walk to look for primates in the forest.
This is the day you have been waiting for! Today you will trek deep into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to spend time with Mountain Gorillas. The gorillas come extremely close so it is important to follow the instructions of our expert guide.
Along the way, keep your eyes open for Blue Monkeys, L’Hoests Monkeys and Redtail Monkeys.
In the evening, relax and celebrate an amazing day in the jungle.
Day 7 After a relaxed breakfast we will go for a short trek into the lower reaches of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We will be looking for blue monkeys and other small primates but we could run into a non-habituated troop of gorillas. After lunch, you will transfer to Mgahinga National Park and settle into our final lodge.
Day 8 Today you will trek into the hills of Mgahinga to spend time with a habituated troop of Golden Monkeys; a beautiful primate species that is only found in the higher reaches of Mgahinga Forest. As you work your way towards the summit where the golden monkeys live, you will move out of the dense jungle zone into exotic bamboo forests that dominate the higher slopes of the mountain.
Day 9 The final day of your Uganda Primate Safari. After breakfast, we will drive you back to Kampala for fond farewells and your flight back home. Along the way, keep your camera handy because you will pass through many remote areas where we often see interesting wildlife.
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