Uganda’s Best Primate & Wildlife Encounters 

Uganda’s Best Primate & Wildlife Encounters 

Trip highlights

  • Track the Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • View chimpanzees and other primate species in their natural habitat
  • Search for tree-climbing lions and other wildlife in the Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Indulge in some of the best bird watching in Africa with over 1000 different species on a Kazinga Channel boat cruise
  • Cruise along the River Nile to spectacular Murchison Falls
  • Spot reintroduced white rhinos on a walking safari at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Experience a nature walk in Lake Mburo National Park

Best time to go:  June – September // December – February

Tour at a glance

This journey combines Uganda’s best animal encounters, hospitality, and lodges. Tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a bucket list adventure that culminates in standing within metres of a silverback and his family. There are too many highlights to list, including chimpanzees and other primates, a walking safari to spot reintroduced white rhinos, some of the best bird watching in Africa with over 1000 species, a large variety of plains game and big cats to rival any Kenya or Tanzania game reserve, and the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This amazing tour displays Uganda’s different habitats, lush forests, hilly vistas, gorgeous lakes, and breathtaking waterfalls.

Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to witness reintroduced Southern White Rhinos; then enjoy a morning safari with a beautiful journey through savannah, Borassus Palm Forest, and grassland to Lake Albert, where the Albert Nile River continues north. We drive in the open African savannah in search of Lions, Leopards, Hyenas, Buffalo, Elephants, Jackson Hartebeest, Oribi, Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, and various bird species such as the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles, Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters, and more. Afternoon boat journey up the Nile to Murchison Falls. We ascend to the top of the falls and watch the Nile squeeze through a 7-metre fissure, with Nile Crocodiles lounging below.

Visit Kibale National Park and along the journey, you can visit tea plantations. We’ll tour Fort Portal’s Toro Palace too!

You’ll visit chimps – the chimp permits are subject to availability; there are two slots in the early morning (when they’re up in the trees feeding) or mid-morning (when they often come down to take a nap as it is cooler on the forest floor and therefore closer and more relaxed). Both viewing times are enjoyable. Kibale National Park’s 795 sq km has one of Uganda’s most stunning tropical forests. 13 primate species, including chimpanzees, live here. The park’s highest peak is 1590m. After lunch, we’ll head to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive. It’s Uganda’s most popular and gorgeous game reserve, named for Queen Elizabeth. It runs from the crater-dotted Rwenzori foothills in the north to the distant Ishasha River in the south, encompassing savannah, wetlands, crater lakes, and rainforest.

Experience another morning game drive through the Kazinga waterway connecting Lakes Edward and George in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park has 600 bird and 100 mammal species, including lions, hippos, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, elephants, and the Giant Forest Hog. Chimps, black and white colobus monkeys, blue, black-faced red colobus, red-tailed monkeys, and olive baboons are primates. After lunch at the lodge, cruise Kazinga Channel.

Pass through the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park to reach Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Bwindi National Park is home to half of the world’s Mountain Gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, elephants, small antelope, and birds.

You’ll also have a very early start for the short trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. After a briefing at Park Headquarters, you’ll start your Gorilla walk (please note that a drive may be required to your trekking starting point). Depending on the Gorillas’ location, the trip can last 2 to 6 hours. The terrain is often steep and overgrown. A ranger will teach you about the vegetation, fauna, and Gorilla lifestyle. Long pants, gloves, and a waterproof jacket will help with rain, dirt, and stinging nettles. Travelers from around the world come to see the mountain gorillas. Seeing the Mountain Gorillas of East Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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