Uganda is home to some of the rarest primates on earth. A typical itinerary through Mbarara in western Uganda peaks with a thrilling eye-ball-to-eye-ball encounter with the gigantic mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. With a flexible itinerary, you can also encounter the gorillas’ close ‘relatives’ – the chimpanzees in Kibale National Park. Other exciting activities while on safari include boat cruises through Kazinga Channel and game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Another itinerary with a rich primate experience is through Fort Portal in south-western Uganda. We’ll drive through extended farmlands, marshes, swamps and savannah expanses to Kibale. You can stop-over for a walk to the Bigodi swamp. It is a nature haven with over 130 bird species. The swamp is packed with primate species including the red colobus monkey, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys and L’Hoest monkeys.
While tracking chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, look out for other primates like the red-tailed monkey, grey L’hoestes Colobus and the Blue cheeked Mangabey. This, as several bird species and butterflies whizz past you! On advance request, Africa Sceneries can adjust your itinerary to include the beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is the most popular park in Uganda rich in ecosystems, big game, 10 primate species and over 600 bird species.
Here, you can opt for a boat cruise though the Kazinga channel (between Lakes Edward and George) as you view Elephants, Buffalos, Hippos and Crocodiles waltz-by through the water. Kazinga Channel has the highest concentration of hippos in Africa and is a magnet for water birds, with large flocks of pelicans and African fish eagles.
Along the Queen Elizabeth-Bwindi axis, you will see male kobs battle one another for the attention of female mates! In this all-round action, Lions and Leopard are often unnoticed, which enables the big predators to sneak close to their prey – before pouncing! A drive this side takes you through the western rift valley escarpment known as the Ishasha sector. We recommend that you stop here for another brief game drive where there is a good chance of spotting tree-climbing lions perched on fig trees.
For gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, we recommend you have your breakfast early ahead of an all-round briefing session. Guided by our rangers, you will then plunge into the belly of the wild. It takes from 30 minutes to 5 hours before encountering a family of gorillas. With a bit of luck, you will find yourself in the midst of several families of gorillas! In this case, you will be awed by the exhilarating movements of these huge beasts and complex, close-knit social structures within and across family structures deep in the wild. Our experienced rangers will lead you into the middle of a family where you will have up to 1 hour of this magical experience! The young gorillas are often more playful and curious, often venturing close to the visiting humans. You will then hike back to the range station and lodge – with fond memories. After a quiet night, we’ll drive back, cutting through crop fields and swamps with a stop-over in Mbarara for lunch. After Masaka town, we typically stop at the equator, take photos and pick-up some locally made craft souvenirs at a bargain. We finally proceed to Kampala and drop you at your hotel.
At Africa Sceneries, we strive to prepare for you a gorilla and/or chimpanzee tracking itinerary in Uganda that is specially adjusted your budget, available time and preference.
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