The Uganda gorilla trekking safari adventure departs from Entebbe, where you are collected from your pre – tour accommodation or airport. Setting off north-west you take a scenic drive through the renowned Luwero Triangle area.
Make your way to Masindi via the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, stopping to visit the Ziwa Rhino Reserve. At the sanctuary go rhino trekking – a highlight on a Uganda Safari holiday come 2022/23.
Visit a community project, empowering the Boomu women, and then we head to Murchison, set at the top of the Murchison Falls with panoramic views of the Victoria Nile River section of the White Nile. At the Falls the river plummets 45 meters into the gorge below! Admire the Nile River as it passes through a seven – meter canyon at the roaring falls, forming rainbows in the misty spray above.
Murchison Falls National Park is one of Uganda’s oldest conservation areas and the largest game park in Uganda, covering 3,893 km². The national park consists mostly of untamed African Savannah bush veld and lies in the northern Albertine Rift Valley, where the Bunyoro escarpment meets the vast plains of Acholi land. The Murchison Falls National Park is bisected by the mighty River Nile with its impressive Murchison Falls.
Search of Africa’s wildlife, including elephant, lion, buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hyena and numerous crocodiles and hippos. The national park is also home to various antelopes, such as hartebeest, water buck, Oribi, bush buck, and reed buck. If you are lucky, you may even spot the elusive leopard in the park.
Go Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park, home to an impressive 500 chimpanzees. The chimpanzee trek is conducted by a knowledgeable guide who tells us all about the local fauna and flora.
The dense jungles of Kibale Forest National Park are said to be the best place to view chimpanzees in Africa. The chimpanzees are commonly found feeding on fig tree fruits in the game park and have been habituated to humans since 1992. Kibale National Park covers 795 km² and consists mostly of a vast tract of equatorial rain forest.
This national park is home to numerous forest wildlife species, boasting one of the highest concentrations of primates in the world. The 13 primate species include the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus and Uganda red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey and bush babies.
Travel south to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, taking in the sights and looking out for game as you drive. This scenic drive passes wetlands, crater highlands and forested hills where a diversity of creatures are found.
Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the endangered African mountain gorillas, along with a rich variety of wild animals, insects and plants. Inhabitants include various other primate species, such as blue and red-tailed monkeys.
The gorilla walk can take up to six hours, so a reasonable degree of fitness and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are required. The thrill of encountering these gentle primates in the wild is well worth the sometimes-challenging trek through the thick undergrowth.
This rewarding trek through the jungle takes us in search of a group of gorillas. Once you find the African Mountain Gorillas you spend some time watching them feed and interact with each other. You get to hear the gorillas communicating with one another and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant adult male gorillas, called Silver backs. Encountering these giant apes is one of Africa’s rarest and most poignant wildlife experiences.
Each gorilla encounter is unique, offering its own rewards. You generally get up close to the adult gorillas to watch them feeding, grooming and resting, as well as witnessing the young gorillas at play.