Close Encounters of the Primate Kind: An Expedition to Uganda's Species-Rich Biospheres

Close Encounters of the Primate Kind: An Expedition to Uganda's Species-Rich Biospheres



Uganda is the perfect setting to find the stars of this itinerary: chimpanzees and mountain gorillas. You'll spend nine days tracking these majestic creatures through their homeland.

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Seek out some of the last remaining mountain gorillas on earth, relax at a five-star golf resort on the shores of one of Africa's Great Lakes, explore the Valley of the Apes, a river gorge home to chimps, colobus monkeys, baboons, and an extraordinary array of birds, and descend to the plains to track elusive lions and leopards. The abundance of biodiversity found in Uganda is unparalleled on the continent, and this insider's discovery tour is the ideal way to enjoy calculated (and chance) encounters with native wildlife in its natural habitat.

This flora is the perfect setting to find the stars of this itinerary: chimpanzees and mountain gorillas. You'll spend eight days tracking these majestic creatures through their homeland, stopping along the way at some of the country's best outposts to take it all in. Snow-capped peaks, tropical, sandy, freshwater beaches, and smiling faces everywhere. It’s all here on this safari—a true feast for the senses.

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Day 1

Kampala, Uganda



Upon arriving in the capital city of Kampala, you'll be swept away to the beautiful Lake Victoria Serena for your first night in this exhilarating country. This five-star Tuscan-style resort is both modern and expansive, with terraced rose gardens, lavish guest suites, a championship golf course, an inviting spa and pool, and six restaurants and bars. From here you'll jump off to a week's worth of adventures.


Days 2, 3, 4

Queen Elizabeth National Park



The next morning, you’ll fly to Kasese and take a scenic drive to Kyambura Gorge Lodge, your base camp for the next three nights. The contemporary style of Kyambura contrasts perfectly with the rugged landscapes of the surrounding river gorge, where you’ll spot the chimpanzees you’ve waited for. For a chance to see our closest animal relatives face to face, you’ll have to understand their mobile lifestyle, and the walk that takes you into their territory is truly enchanting. Kyambura Gorge, also known as the Valley of the Apes, is full of primate life. Further satiate your wildlife enthusiast with trips to Kasenyi Plains, to track lions and large herds of Ugandan kob (an African antelope), and the Mweya Peninsula, one of the best places to look for leopards. An afternoon cruise down the Kazinga Channel will bring you alongside elephant, buffalo, and one of the greatest concentrations of hippo in Africa.


Days 5, 6, 7, 8

Bwindi National Forest



On day five in Uganda, you’ll drive on to Bwindi National Forest, keeping your eyes peeled for tree-climbing lions along the way. Bwindi Lodge is your final destination. You’ll spend three incredible nights here in a glass-fronted stone and timber cottage. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a Unesco Natural World Heritage site known around the world, boasts over 120 species of mammals, 350 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 200 species of trees, and, of course, the mountain gorilla. Experts believe that 350 gorillas remain in stable groups in the park, and it’s your goal to track and observe them. Or one might wander into your camp and observe you—mountain gorillas have been known to make visits onto the lodge grounds. Every day you'll be surrounded by grandeur. Picture yourself sitting up on a ridge, above the clouds, looking across to the Virunga volcanoes. Ahead of you is the primordial, mysterious forest that is Bwindi. As you sip your chilled wine or freshly squeezed juice or amber-colored whisky, a gorgeous meal is being prepared for you in the kitchen, and tomorrow after breakfast, you'll set off for for two days of tracking the majestic gorillas in their home amid the thick vegetation. It's an unforgettable moment when you finally catch up with a family of gorillas. This is why you came to this incredible land, and we think you’ll remember it for years to come.



  • Track and observe playful chimpanzees in the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Spend two entire days gorilla tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

  • Watch for gorillas making their way right through camp during your stay at Bwindi Lodge

  • Observe Uganda's other rich wildlife, like the tree-climbing lions on the drive through Bwindi National Park

  • Go on a boat trip down the Kazinga Channel for a unique vantage point of elephant, buffalo, and hippo




Close Encounters of the Primate Kind: An Expedition to Uganda's Species-Rich Biospheres


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