Visiting the mountain gorillas in their own habitat is widely regarded as the most amazing wildlife encounter on Earth. Using just a week of holiday time you can not only see the gorillas, but also chimpanzees and 12 other types of primates, as well as the beautiful landscapes, friendly people and interesting culture of Uganda.
Day 1 Entebbe international airport to Kampala
You will be met at the airport by your guide who will be with you throughout your stay in Uganda. He will drive you to Kibale Forest, giving you chance to soak up the scenery of tea plantations, rolling hills, open savannahs and colourful villages. Once you arrive at Primate Lodge you can just relax and unwind after your long journey
A day of tracking man’s closest cousins, chimpanzees, as well as more primates like black and white columbus monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkeys, bush babies, and pottos. As you explore the Kibale National Park you can also see bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, the crowned eagle and the black bee eater. In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp, the Bigodi Wetland sanctuary. Maintained by the local community, you can expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks and bush pigs.
Depart early morning for Bwindi, for your gorilla trek. Seasons allowing, you will drive through the Ishasha sector where you may see tree-climbing lions in low limbed fig trees. Arrival in Bwindi is in the late afternoon.
Gorilla trekking is the highlight of the trip for many. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before trekking through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes for between 2 and 8 hours, accompanied by a guide and trackers. When sighted, you will be guided to within 6 metres of the gorillas then sit and watch in wonder as they play and feed around you for a whole hour.
A spectacular drive back to Kampala through South Western Uganda, taking in the breathtaking sights of the fertile hills of the region covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced cultivated rows, including a stop as we cross the Equator line.