Location: Uganda

Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and African Primates Safari

A primate safari you’ll never forget!

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, forest elephants and much more!
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2019

DATE
July 11-19 1 SPOT AVAILABLE

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

$4,295 per person double occupancy


$5,295 single occupancy

LEADER
Andy Murch

2020

DATE
June 11-19 6 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

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

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 Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. On route we will stop at Ziwa to Walk with Rhinos. Later we will stop at Murchison Falls, see troops of Olive Baboons and then spotlight for Bush Pigs at night.
Day 2 Cross the Nile by ‘bush ferry’ then enjoy a full day on Safari in Murchison Falls National Park with huge herds of elephants, giraffes, Uganda cob and much, much more.
Day 3 Transfer to Kibale National Park and enjoy a Night Hike to see Nocturnal Primates.
Day 4 Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park.
Day 5 Morning: Swamp walk on the edge of Kibale National park, tracking redtail monkeys, Guereza colobus monkeys, red colobus monkeys, and grey cheek mangabay monkeys Afternoon: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and settle into luxurious Park View Lodge.
Day 6 Early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Then enjoy an afternoon riverboat safari along the Kazinga Channel with great views of hippos, buffalos, Nile crocodiles and much more.

Day 7 Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track mountain gorillas and other endemic primates. Along the way we will explore the southern reaches of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Day 8 Full day Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Day 9 Depart from the Gorilla Trekking Park, Drive to Kampala for fond farewells and your flight back home.
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