Uganda gorilla tracking and wildlife safari holiday

“This 10-day tour showcases the best of Uganda's wildlife and landscapes, packing in mighty waterfalls on the River Nile, game drives across palm-dotted savannah, and of course - gorilla encounters in the forests of Bwindi.”

Highlights

Lake Mburo National Park | Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park | Game drives in Murchison Falls National Park | Boat ride to Murchison Falls

Description of Uganda gorilla tracking and wildlife safari holiday

Take your Uganda gorilla tracking holiday a step further and venture into wildlife-rich national parks to spot zebra, giraffe, elephant, lion and buffalo, amid the beautiful savannah and forest landscapes of Uganda. Along the way, you’ll be staying in tented camps or comfortable safari lodges, and treated to the wonderful Ugandan hospitality.

Lake Mburo National Park, close to Kampala, will introduce you to some of East Africa’s many plains species, with waterbuck, impala, zebra, eland and giraffe as well as 350 species of birds thriving along the banks of the park’s placid lakes, papyrus swamp and encroaching woodland. Your Uganda gorilla tracking holiday continues onto Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – home to half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. In the company of an experienced guide, you’ll trek through densely forested hillsides in search of one of the park’s habituated families, and spend time in the company of one of our closest cousins.

Murchison Falls National Park is your last stop. Named after the powerful waterfall created by the Victoria Nile River as it plummets 45m into the Rift Valley, Murchison is Uganda’s largest national park, and home to four of the Big Five. River cruises reveal huge hippo pods along with elephants striding along the banks, and elegant, dancing grey-crowned cranes, while game drives bring you up close to lions, large herds of giraffe and powerful buffalo.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We're committed to sustainability, in the communities in which we operate and in the ecosystems we encounter. We seek to minimise the impact of our trips by minimising and properly disposing of waste created, by conserving energy and water, and by ensuring that endangered wildlife and environmentally compromised areas are treated with respect.

• Environmentally-focused community development projects in Uganda. the community development aspect of our trip is directly focused on improving the natural environment and human living conditions. These projects include planting trees and helping preserve endangered animals, birds and plant species.
. $500 permit fee that you pay for the gorilla tracking aspect is vital in government's conservation policies and it what is continuing to make the difference. So by paying the permit fee you're already helping to conserve these endagered primates.

• Environmental training: all of our guides, employees and drivers are trained in principles of environmental sustainability and will offer travellers’ tips on how to conserve water, reduce waste and otherwise minimize the environmental impact of their trip. We hope that our travellers will be able to take some of the conservation tips they learn from our guide’s home with them.

• Corporate recycling/energy policy: wherever possible our employees use recycled paper and recycle waste created in the office, as well as attempting to minimise waste created and be a “paper less” office. We also work to minimise energy and water consumption in our offices, and we encourage our partners to follow similar waste management.

. We will send information regarding our gorilla viewing code of conduct in order to minimise your contact with the gorilla. There are already guidelines given by the UWA in terms of how far you should be from the gorillas.
. Our dedicated experienced ex- gorilla tracking guide will help you understand the lives and nature of these gentle giants.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Use of Local Guides: we're committed to using local guides, all our drivers and guides in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia are all local English speaking guides and we are committed to the training and mentoring of local people with the potential to become guides. Our guides are trained in responsible tourism and will help our travellers to be both culturally and environmentally sensitive and on top of that they understand the local areas.

• Retention of trip costs in local communities: we're committed to investing in local communities, and we aim to retain a significant portion of our travellers’ trip cost in the destination country. We use locally owned and operated hotels and restaurants. We offer opportunities for travellers to purchase local crafts and food, and our guides will provide guidance on appropriate places to shop for these.

• A real hands-on community development work: all of our trips involve a component of community development work and as such, travellers have an opportunity to contribute directly to the local communities they visit.

In addition, a portion of each traveller’s trip cost goes to support the development project for that trip. For instance, where our travellers are painting a classroom at an orphanage, the cost of the materials required is included in the trip cost.

In other areas, the trip cost includes a donation to the charity supported by that trip. Our development projects are carefully selected in conjunction with local charities and other organisations to ensure that our travellers’ work will be of maximum benefit to the local community
. We will give 10% of any profit we get from this trip to new medical Clinic that we have been helping to set up.

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Reviewed on 01 Feb 2019 by

We couldn't possibly choose one but highlights include gorilla trekking at Bwindi, seeing the giraffes go by as we walked in Lake Mburo NP, the tree climbing lions at Ishasha, the small boat trip down the Nileand the cultural evening... Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2018 by

Most memorable for me was the Gorilla Habitation, the Chimpanzee Habitation and the 1 hour Gorilla visitation. A close second is just the scenery going to and from Biwindi Park. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2017 by

I just returned from an incredibly moving 10 day trip to see the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, and I found so much more than gorillas! The people, the land, the food and yes, the majestic endangered Mountain Gorillas. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2017 by

Gorilla tracking in Bwindi! A once in a lifetime experience. Fantastic, planning was simple and our guide, Vincent, was knowledgeable, fun and extremely reliable. Uganda offers the best of Africa and we had so much fun exploring. Highly recommended! Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by

The gorillas tracking was incredible. I wish we could have stayed longer with them, and or be able to do another trek. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2017 by

Thumbs up for Mr. Wycliffe and his agency, who made my journey easier, very professional and customer care oriented. I'd definitely recommend them to anyone. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2017 by

It was one of our best holidays ever and brilliantly organised to help us get the most out of our visit. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2017 by

There were many wonderful memorable moments. The walk back to our "house" at Murch River lodge (our favourite) along a lantern lit path under a sky full of stars. Eating watermelon on the side of the road while a buffalo looked on and a wort hog tried to regain his shade that we were occupying. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2016 by

If you want the Big 5 then go the Serengeti first but if you want to find the real pearl of Africa, visit Uganda. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2016 by

The main highlight of our trip to Uganda had to be seeing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. It's an experience hard to describe ... exciting, magical and definitely unforgettable. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2016 by

It is a holiday I will never forget and definitely rates as one of my best ever. Read full review

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