Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari
A small-group safari escorted by Margaret Jones
Experienced tour leader Margaret Jones is back to escort her latest African safari! This exciting journey through Uganda will take in beautiful scenery, ancient rainforests, indigenous tribal culture and of course phenomenal wildlife, namely tree climbing lions, chimpanzees and rare mountain gorillas.
Beginning in Entebbe you’ll dig beneath the surface of urban life with a city tour of Kampala & Entebbe, then visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, located on the shores of Lake Victoria. A quick flight takes you from Entebbe to Bwindi National Park where you will stay at the eco-friendly Buhoma Lodge. During your stay here you will meet a group of forest dwelling Batwa people – a fascinating experience which provides a living example of the challenges faced by human wildlife conflict in this region. The following day you will trek to see the rare and elusive mountain gorillas in their natural environment. Sitting with these magnificent creatures among ancient forests swathed in mist and cloud is an utterly life-affirming experience.
Moving to Queen Elizabeth National Park you’ll enjoy game drives to see the area’s unique bird and wildlife including shoebills, elephants, leopards and the famous tree climbing lions. Chimpanzee trekking is available and a cruise on the Kazinga channel offers excellent birding and hippo sightings.
The final part of your journey will take you to Kibale where you will explore Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary ‐ home to an array of primates and a bird watcher's paradise. Ending the journey on a real high you will accompany a small team of researchers on a full day of chimpanzee habituation, joining the chimps on their journey through the forest and observing their daily routines. Witnessing a complete day in the life of a chimpanzee family is something very few people outside the world of primatology will ever have the chance to do - a rare privilege indeed.
Uganda is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ due to its outstanding natural beauty and enriched biodiversity. Exploring its untouched natural habitats, coming face to face with gorillas and chimpanzees and meeting the people whose ancestors have thrived on this land for millennia is a real adventure into the natural world.
About Margaret Jones
Your tour leader, Margaret Jones read Born Free when she was eight years old and her passion for Africa was ignited. She is an expert in animal behaviour, biology and wildlife conservation and an experienced journey leader having escorted numerous safaris for The Classic Safari Company. You can read her profile here.