Great African Primate Expedition

Great African Primate Expedition

Observe mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and other fascinating primates in Uganda

Pricing From: $8,495 USD per person

Duration: 10 days

Operator: Natural Habitat Adventures

Take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see gorillas, chimpanzees, and other primates in their natural habitat. This trip includes visits to Uganda's best wildlife habitats including Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE TO UGANDA

Fly into the international airport in Entebbe, where you will be transferred to the Lake Victoria Hotel. Time permitting, visit the Entebbe Botanical Gardens, which have a wide variety of birds, plants, and monkeys. At dinner, meet your Expedition Leader.

DAYS 2 & 3 - KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

On the way to Kibale, you'll pass through the country's highlands which are a tapestry of tea, coffee, and banana plantations. After meeting local trackers at the entrance, we head into the park, which has the highest concentration of primates in the world, including 500 chimpanzees.

Other primates we may see include monkeys such as red colobus, black and white colubus, red tails, and others. Take a walk through a wetland sanctuary with more than 100 species of birds. Overnight at thatched cottages at Ndali Lodge along a crater lake.

DAY 4 - KIBALE / QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Take a morning forest walk in Kibale and then drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is in the western Rift Valley and you'll stay in the Jacana Lodge, along the picturesque Lake Nyamasingiri in the Maramagambo Forest. 

DAYS 5 & 6 - QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Take a boat trip in the Kazinga Channel, where you will spot crocodiles, baboons, and the highest concentration of hippos in the world. Other wildlife to look for in the park include lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, and antelope. The park is home to the Rwenzoris, known as the "Mountains of the Moon", which top 16,000 feet high.

DAY 7 - QUEEN ELIZABETH / BWINDI

The morning includes a game drive to the Ishasha section, where you'll look for tree-climbing lions. Later, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you visit a school and then check in to the Gorilla Forest Camp. The camp is luxury tents located on the side of a mountain and will be our base for the next couple of days.

DAYS 9 & 10 - GORILLA TREKS

Rise early for a morning trek to see the wild gorillas. The trail is challenging (hence the name of the park) but worthwhile for an amazing experience. This forest is home to roughly 300 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the remaining population. 

Our guide will search for signs of the gorillas such as broken vegetation, droppings, and stripped bark. These gorillas are habituated (use to human presence) and behavior such as young gorillas playing and mothers carrying babies can often be spotted. The group will spend as much time as possible with these incredible creatures.

DAY 10 - RETURN TO ENTEBBE

In the morning, take a charter flight to Entebbe and enjoy a farewell meal before transferring to the airport for the flight home.

Prices & Dates

Dates: Dates available throughout the year

Duration: 10 days

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Pricing From: $8,495 USD per person

Price Notes: Single supplement of $1,195. Gorilla permits cost $1,000 (and can change at any time) and are not included in the cost.

Included: Charter flight from Bwindi to Entebbe, accommodations, meals from dinner Day 1 to lunch final day, local guides, gorilla trackers, some gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, two gorilla trekking permits and two chimp trekking permits, entrance fees, all taxes.

Excluded: Travel to and from start and end point of trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance, and required medical evacuation insurance.

Conservation

Benefitting Organization:

Jane Goodall Institute - Uganda: JGI works in Uganda to support protected areas, promote sustainable livelihoods, and educate about wildlife issues.

By booking this trip through SEEtheWILD, we will donate at least 5% of the trip costs ($500 pp) to JGI Uganda.

Featured Animals: Primates

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