Nicknamed the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda shines with stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and perhaps the greatest natural treasure of all — half of the world's last remaining mountain gorilla population. On this independent African journey, encounter two of the world's great primate species, chimpanzees and rare mountain gorillas, returning each day to luxurious jungle camps.
Depart Entebbe for Kibale National Park, a tropical rainforest, containing the highest primate density of any area on earth. Upon arrival at your luxurious lodge, settle in and relax amid the lush grounds, which feature a swimming pool, fruit orchard and lawn tennis court.
Set out on a chimpanzee-tracking excursion. Kibale Forest is home to 13 species of primates, including chimpanzees and mangabeys, as well as 300 species of birds and a brilliant array of butterflies. Drive to the Kanyanchu Research Center to begin the three-hour trek.
This morning, depart Kibale for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Your luxury lodge sits at the park's eastern edge, providing thrilling views of the surrounding forest from its seven individual cottages. Partake in an afternoon game drive, and return to your lodge for dinner.
Keep your eyes open for game as you make your way out of Queen Elizabeth National Park and continue on to Bwindi. This is a leisurely drive that takes you up and out of the Rift Valley through the Kigezi Highlands. Your journey culminates in the mist-swathed mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.
Spend your next two days tracking one of the rarest primates in the world: the endangered mountain gorilla. After an early start, your guide escorts you to the Uganda Wildlife Authority Park headquarters to meet your gorilla guide. The time needed to track gorillas on safari varies greatly, anywhere from a half hour to six hours. Once the gorillas are located, you are allowed an hour to observe them. A look into the eyes of a mountain gorilla quickly seals the bond that exists between primate and human, but is also a poignant reminder that these great creatures are on the brink of extinction. After your visit with the gorillas, return to your lodge.
From July to September
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