Uganda wildlife holiday

“An eight-day, tri-centred journey around Uganda’s wildlife wonders, guided by a company founded by a Ugandan local and primate expert.”

Highlights

Kibale National Park | Queen Elizabeth National Park | Bwindi Impenetrable National Park | Gorilla trekking | Chimpanzee trekking | Visit to tea plantation

Description of Uganda wildlife holiday

This is an exciting eight-day trip to Uganda, staying in three different locations and visiting its most beautiful and wildlife-rich parks. Experience the country’s wonderful wildlife, lush scenery and thronging birdlife, with the highlight being the chance to track chimpanzees and the country’s famous mountain gorillas.

The first destination on this trip is the beautiful Kibale forest. The drive here is fabulous, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterises much of Uganda. Once here, you’ll have the chance to track chimps, accompanied by an experienced ranger, as well as spotting the 12 other primate species that live here, incredible birdlife and possibly even a herd of forest dwelling elephants.

After the forest, visit the Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda’s second largest park, visiting a nearby tea plantation along the way. Spend two nights at the park, enjoying game drives to spot lions, gazelle, warthogs and the hippos and elephants that live here in large numbers. From here, head to Bwindi in the southwestern part of the country, to track the mountain gorillas that live in the Impenetrable Forest. Chimps are also resident here – this is the only forest in Africa that is home to both species – and there is plenty of other wildlife to spot, too, including five other species of primate. You can also visit the local community that lives around the forest either in Buhoma or Nkuringo, depending on the permits available.

This is a small group trip, max 10 people, with a choice of mountain and forest lodges. Accommodation is full board and included in the price are gorilla and chimpanzee watching permits, airport transfers, 4x4 transport, boat trips, cultural visits and a full time guide.

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2017: 22 Dec, 29 Dec
2018: 5 Jan, 12 Jan, 19 Jan, 26 Jan, 2 Feb, 9 Feb, 16 Feb, 23 Feb, 2 Mar, 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar, 30 Mar, 6 Apr, 13 Apr, 20 Apr, 27 Apr, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May, 1 Jun, 8 Jun, 15 Jun, 22 Jun, 29 Jun, 6 Jul, 13 Jul, 20 Jul, 27 Jul, 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug, 7 Sep, 14 Sep, 21 Sep, 28 Sep, 5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct, 2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 7 Dec, 14 Dec, 21 Dec, 28 Dec
Our top tip:
Bring a cushion for comfort value – there are some long road journeys on this trip.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 10 people.
Activity level:
Moderate, with hefty hike on gorilla safari.
Accomm:
Mountain and forest lodges.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome with no surcharge for single room.
Included:
Full board accommodation, gorilla and chimpanzee watching permits, airport transfers, 4x4 transport, boat trips, cultural visits, full time guide.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Uganda wildlife holiday

Environment

This is a wildlife adventure that takes you to the top 3 destinations in Uganda and during this safari we ensure that you participate in the conservation efforts geared to saving the endangered species of the wild in Uganda.

Depending on your itinerary, you may visit the chimp conservation project by the local community en-route to Bwindi from Queen Elizabeth N.P. you support the local community directly through entrance fees and guide fees which they use to look after a variety of chimp species in this region.

This safari involves driving long distances both to the destinations and during game drive therefore we always find ourselves moving with packed food and drinks. This we do using plastics recyclable bottles especially for water and other beverages and paper packs for food that are also biodegradable. This is good for our environment and keeping our surrounding clean.

In “Bwindi” which means a muddy swampy place full of darkness by the local community is a home of over 10 species of primate of which we find the endangered Mountain Gorillas which have since attracted conservation efforts driven by the tourism activities in the region. Whenever one visits the forest they contribute 60%of there park fees to the community projects, 20% to improve park management and 20% to ecological monitoring and research aimed at conserving the remaining wildlife in this forest. Therefore you directly contribute to the conservation of the primate species during this adventure.

Community

This safari enables you to meet the local people in many areas like the in the chimp conservation area en-route from Queen Elizabeth park to Bwindi. There all activities are conducted by the locals and also give you a chance to know there tradition and culture and visit their crafts market to support them. In addition the Bwindi region where we do track Gorillas is surrounded by the local people. Here you get to take village walks guided by the local guides, visit there local libraries and craft shops and also have some local entertainment by the local or traditional dancers especially the children.

Economically you end up directly supporting the local people through the use of the local transport like small motor bike locally called the “bodaboda.” Also during the Gorilla tracking activity you are encouraged to use the services of a local porter or helper to carry your luggage for you since in many instances the tracking can go for long distances and involves climbing very steep landscape. Other areas where you can support the local people is in Mbarara at the Igongo cultural site where they exhibit there cultural and traditional items for sale. Then the local drums manufacturers in Mpigi district en-route To Kampala.

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Reviewed on 08 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being so close to gorillas, chimpanzees and other amazing wildlife - including tree-climbing lions.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Definitely take gloves for the gorilla tracking!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An incredible experience - would thoroughly recommend. Great company and guides.

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I was able to get up close and personal with the Mountain Gorillas. A very special memory...

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Understand the level of physical activity and potential minor discomfort you will encounter so that you can be prepared. Little things like bringing appropriate footwear, gloves, camera equipment that can bear rough treatment, all of this is good to know before you start the tour.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, I stayed in environmentally-friendly/ minimum footprint accommodation, and was able to directly support the local communities by the purchases I made and the activities I undertook.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was wondrous and truly excellent, and I will always remember it. It is right up there with seeing the bears fishing for salmon in Alaska, the orang-utans in Borneo, and the Northern Lights in Scandinavia...

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