Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari

Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 1 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 1 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 2 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 3 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 4 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 5 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 6 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 7 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 8 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 9 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 10 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 11 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 12 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 13
Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 1 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 2 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 1 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 2 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 3 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 4 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 5 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 6 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 7 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 8 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 9 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 10 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 11 Primates and Plains - A Uganda Safari - Image 12

Highlights

  • Hosted by experienced safari leader, Margaret Jones
  • Sitting peacefully amongst gorillas
  • Eco-lodges and stylish safari camps
  • Rare tree climbing lions & magnificent birdlife
  • Chimp habituation day with researchers
  • Ancient tribal culture

Key Facts

  •   Uganda

  •   Great for solo travellers & couples

  •   13 days

  •   Hosted 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.

 

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Monday 3 September | Entebbe                     

Welcome to Uganda! Arrive on Monday 3rd September and check in to the Boma Guesthouse in Entebbe, set in tropical gardens with views over Lake Victoria.    

Day 2 - Tuesday 4 September | Entebbe              

Explore Kampala and Entebbe with a privately guided city tour, then visit the the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre where you can see chimps in a semi natural environment, stroll a 1km forest walk & enjoy memorable encounters with the animal ambassadors.  

Day 3 - Wednesday 5 September | Bwindi Forest

Take a domestic flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (approx 2hrs) and check into Buhoma Lodge, then visit the local community.

Day 4 - Thursday 6 September | Bwindi Forest

Today is dedicated to gorilla trekking. If you have the energy in the afternoon you might like to join a light guided nature walk.      

Day 5 - Friday 7 September | Bwindi Forest

Enjoy an incredible hike in the rain forest with Batwa guides, see how the Batwa lived and hunted, learn about medicinal plants, and watch for animals and birds.         

Day 6 - Saturday 8 September | Queen Elizabeth NP                 

Transfer by road to Ishasha Tented Camp (approx 2 hrs). Enjoy an afternoon game drive with sundowners.

Day 7 - Sunday 9 September | Queen Elizabeth NP

Head out on morning and afternoon game drives with time to relax and enjoy the camp.       

Day 8 - Monday 10 September | Queen Elizabeth NP                                    

Transfer by road to Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge, an old coffee store which has been beautifully transformed into a boutique hotel. Enjoy game viewing en route then enjoy a game drive, wildlife viewing on the Kazinga Channel or a chimpanzee trek.

Day 9 - Tuesday 11 September | Queen Elizabeth NP                          

Relax at the lodge and enjoy the range of activities on offer. Keep you eyes peeled for chimpanzees elephants, leopards and the famous tree climbing lions.

Day 10 - Wednesday 12 September | Kibale NP                                                                                                                                                                           

Enjoy a morning game drive then transfer by road to Ndali Lodge in Kibale National Park. In the afternoon explore Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary ‐ home to an array of primates and a bird watchers paradise. 

Day 11 - Thursday 13 September | Kibale NP                                                                                                                                                           

Accompany Kibale's researchers on a full day 'Chimpanzee Habituation Experience' - a unique experience avaiable to very few people outside the world of primatology.

Days 12 - Friday 14 September | Entebbe                    

After a relaxed morning, transfer by road to Entebbe (approx 4hrs), then check back in to the Boma Guesthouse for your final evening and a hosted farewell dinner.                               

Days 13 - Saturday 15 September | End of safari                                                                                     

Head to the airport (private transfer) to begin your journey home or continue with your onward arrangements. Thank you for joining us on this unique safari.                                                                                          

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.

 

 

Read more about Margaret here

 

Key Facts

  • Hosted by Margaret Jones
  • 12 nights / 13 days
  • 3rd to 15th September 2018
  • Begins & ends: Entebbe
  • US$9,195 per person twin share. Excludes international flights.
  • For further details and a full itinerary please contact us
x