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.
Kibale National Park Queen Elizabeth National Park Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Gorilla trekking Chimpanzee trekking Visit to tea plantation
Price
£2650 excluding flights
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Small group
Group size
Maximum 6 people
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Price based on two people sharing accommodation.
Group size is Maximum 6 people per guide. 15% Discount for children below 12 years.
*Please note the gorilla trek has a minimum age of 15 years.
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10% off 2021 dates please enquire for more info.
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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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Price information

£2650 excluding flights
Convert currency:
Price based on two people sharing accommodation.
Group size is Maximum 6 people per guide. 15% Discount for children below 12 years.
*Please note the gorilla trek has a minimum age of 15 years.
Make enquiry

Check dates

2021: 13 Dec, 27 Dec
2022: 10 Jan, 24 Jan, 7 Feb, 21 Feb, 7 Mar, 21 Mar, 4 Apr, 18 Apr, 2 May, 16 May, 30 May, 13 Jun, 27 Jun, 11 Jul, 25 Jul, 8 Aug, 22 Aug, 5 Sep, 19 Sep, 3 Oct, 17 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 28 Nov, 12 Dec, 26 Dec
2023: 9 Jan, 23 Jan, 6 Feb, 20 Feb, 6 Mar, 20 Mar, 3 Apr, 17 Apr, 1 May, 15 May, 29 May, 12 Jun, 26 Jun

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Holiday information

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.
Included:
Full board accommodation, gorilla and chimpanzee watching permits, airport transfers, 4x4 transport, boat trips, cultural visits, full time guide.
Dietary requirements:
Vegetarian, vegan and other dietary requirements can be catered to on this trip. Let us know any requirements when booking and we will work with the hotels and lodges to ensure suitable meals are provided for you.
Primate specialist:
Typically trips are expertly guided by a leading specialist with a good knowledge of the area to be visited. Primates are the main focus of attention however most safaris also incorporate other fauna and flora highlights of the destination as well. Primate specialist trips are conducted by local guides and drivers.

Reviews

11 Reviews of Uganda wildlife holiday

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Reviewed on 04 Mar 2020 by

Pretty good. Uganda is a lovely country and I found the locals very nice people and very industrious. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2019 by

Everything was perfect. We were a family of 5 adults -three adult children and parents and we all loved every minute of our trip. Of course the two trips to the gorillas was quite truly a once off unforgettable 2 hours in ours lives. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2019 by

Most awe-inspiring the gorilla trek, what a huge privilege. So many other highlights on this holiday it is hard to process... Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2018 by

There is no way in 17 days you can cover what we did - and so well - without such a good driver/guide and really I'd say use this operator. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2018 by

The holiday was fantastic - the company looked after us extremely well... Driver was very entertaining company and gave us a good tour and insight, and the tour length / itinerary. etc was absolutely perfect. Could not recommend it or Uganda itself more. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2018 by

Absolutely fantastic. The operator and my guide, Remmy, did everything they could to make sure that my trip was exactly what I wanted and more. They were polite, helpful, experienced, communicative and good company. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 May 2018 by

Experiencing the local food & culture, which my guide ensured were as accessible to me as the tourist activities I had planned. I would rate my holiday as highly as possible. I cannot say enough good things about this trip and the organization. It was everything I had hoped for and more. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2018 by

Of course the gorillas and the chimpanzees were amazing but probably the exciting part was the white water rafting !! Our guide Remmy made every day an adventure. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2018 by

The holiday fell well below the standard that you would expect for the cost, and failed to deliver its itinerary Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2017 by

An incredible experience - would thoroughly recommend. Great company and guides. Being so close to gorillas, chimpanzees and other amazing wildlife - including tree-climbing lions. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2016 by

The holiday was wondrous and truly excellent, and I will always remember it. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

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.

People

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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