Boasting an intricate tapestry of fascinating landscapes and rare wildlife, Uganda is a true feast for the eyes. Breaking records when it comes to the world’s largest river, (the Nile) and Africa’s highest mountain range (the Rwenzori), Uganda is also known for its excellent national parks that offer a unique insider view into the life of mountain gorillas.
For a truly awe-inspiring East African wildlife holiday, our Chimps and Gorillas of Uganda trip ticks every traveller’s bucket list. Cascading waterfall trails and chimp-tracking reign supreme in Kibale Forest National Park. With 13 different species, from the blue monkey to Uganda mangabey, the park claims to have one of the highest primate densities in the world amidst its wild coffee trees. For great photo opportunities, head towards Queen Elizabeth N.P to snap tree-climbing lions and continue onto Murchison Falls to catch a glimpse of waterbucks and crocodiles hidden in the riverbanks.
The Gorillas & Masai Mari Camping wildlife holiday offers an exciting exploration into the vast national reserve of Masai Mara, where cheetahs, wildebeests and Thomason’s gazelles migrate from the Serengeti plains every summer. But the real treat lies in spending time with mountain gorillas on the misty peaks of Bwindi.
This trip was abundant with wildlife from tracking chimpanzees through the forest, to spotting leopards on a game drive. Uganda has so much to offer as you get to immerse yourself into the culture as you travel through the rolling hills, forests and lakes.
Something you can’t plan with any trip is your group or the wild animals. I’m happy to say that both were amazing. As lucky as we were to see up close and personal all the wonderful Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Lions, Leopards and so much more… Not forgetting the humble Warthog. This was greatly enhanced by fabulous tour leaders, drivers and chefs. We we’re always well looked after. Jacob our guide was knowledgeable, approachable and made absolutely sure we wouldn’t get eaten at night. Our chefs excelled themselves and turned out delicious food in interesting makeshift kitchens. Our driver was a stone cold legend, keeping us safe in long and challenging journeys. If I had one criticism it is simply that a final night in Nairobi prior to flying home would have been welcomed into the schedule. This would allow the group to settle and reorganise after a long camping trip as opposed to a long drive and flight straight out where goodbye’s were rushed.
Just returned from this trip which was truly amazing. Great Lakes Safaris provided Sam and Paul as our guides and both were wonderful. We saw two gorilla families that had 4 silver backs as well as young ones at around 3-4 months old. Our hike to track the gorillas was labeled as “medium” difficulty but due to some fortunate travel movements by the gorilla family we only tracked them for around just under an hour in Bwindi before finding them. The chimps were a great experience as well and the trek was an easy trek through the forest. Watching both the Chimps and Gorillas was an amazing experience. The other game drives in the savanna areas/parks brought us leopard, elephants, giraffe, hippo, water buck and so much more. The trip did involve a number of 5-6 hour days of driving through the south west of Uganda which provided a great opportunity to view the diverse country-side and meet the wonderfully friendly Ugandan people.