UGANDA

8-Day Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzee Adventure

With only a little more than 700 endangered mountain gorillas left in the world, a trip to Uganda is a must for the adventurist who desires to see them. This package offers a visit with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, includes chimpanzee tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and additional activities to see large mammals and the abundant bird life of East Africa.

Major Destinations:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Activities:

Boat Launch/Cruise, Chimpanzee Tracking, Cultural Activities, Game Drives, Gorilla Tracking

DAY 1: ARRIVE ENTEBBE, UGANDA

Arrive in Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by a Ujuzi African Travel representative. Transfer to your lodge for your overnight.

DAY 2: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

The drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of The Rwenzori Mountains, with the hope of viewing the glaciated peaks. Queen Elizabeth National Park has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more then 610 species of birds. In the afternoon, we will explore the park and its wonders on a game drive.

DAY 3: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park including a launch trip of about two hours on the Kazinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world (reported to be about 30,000) and other game with excellent birding. Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of best birding parks in Africa, with 560 + recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period.

DAY 4: KYAMBURA GORGE

This morning we head to Kyambura Gorge, a region of Queen Elizabeth National Park that incorporates a lush dense rainforest. Here we go in search of a habituated group of chimpanzees. In the afternoon we drive through the park to the Ishasha region. Game drive in search of tree climbing lion and other game.

DAY 5: ISHASHA REGION, QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Game drives in the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

DAY 6: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has at least 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi is renowned for its mountain gorilla population, slightly more then half the world's mountain gorilla population is resident in Bwindi: an estimated 280 – 320 individuals living in 8 groups. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is an extremely special privilege and an encounter unparalleled in most likely the whole of Africa. In the afternoon we also get the chance to interact with the local community on a village walk.

DAY 7: GORILLA TRACKING

After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla tracking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trek can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. Although the trek is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended.

DAY 8: ENTEBBE

After breakfast, return to Entebbe via charter flight. Enjoy lunch and a day room prior to international flight home.

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