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Uganda - Mammals and Mountains

Tour Code: UGA02

A 14-day wildlife safari in search of the mammals, particularly the primates, of Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth and other national parks, as well as the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

14 days from £4695(inc flights) Land Only Price: £4095 SRS: £795


Uganda is a most beautiful country and boasts over 340 mammal species. Beginning our holiday at Lake Victoria, we’ll then head west to Lake Mburo National Park where we’ll look for avian rarities such as African Finfoot, as well as mammals that we are unlikely to encounter elsewhere. After a night in Kabale we’ll travel south on a bumpy, scenic road to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to over 300 Mountain Gorillas, many other primates such as the attractive L’Hoest’s Monkey, and an assortment of unusual birds. Queen Elizabeth National Park is our next stop; ‘QE’, as it is affectionately known, offers Uganda’s best game viewing and a host of waterbirds. Our final stop is Kibale Forest, where we’ll look for up to 11 species of primate, including Chimpanzees.

  • Uganda is home to half the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas
  • Opportunity to spend a day tracking Mountain Gorilla
  • 3-night stay in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Visit Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo & Kibale National Parks
  • Herds of Uganda Kob, Elephant, Buffalo & Hippo
  • Good chances of seeing Lion & Leopard
  • Track Chimpanzee with a ranger at Kyambura Gorge
  • Black-and-white & Red Colobus Monkeys, plus Chimps at Kibale
  • Stay in a charming guesthouse near Lake Bunyoni & look for otters by boat
  • Led by expert local naturalists & a Naturetrek tour leader

Food

All included in the price.

Accommodation

A combination of comfortable hotels, lodges, tented camps and guesthouses, all with private facilities.

Mountain Gorilla (Peter Price)

Mountain Gorilla (Peter Price)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart London

Day 2 Fly Entebbe and overnight

Day 3 Lake Mburo National Park

Day 4 Lake Bunyoni

Day 5/7 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 8/10 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 11/12 Kibale National Park

Day 13 Depart Entebbe

Day 14 Fly London

Uganda is one of the most beautiful countries in all of Africa, a luxuriant land of great lakes, abundant swamps, a snow-clad equatorial mountain range and acacia-dotted grasslands. Yet, above all, it is the country’s tropical forests that provide the greatest attraction for the naturalist. Here, amongst an unrivalled population of primates, live two of our closest cousins, the Chimpanzee and the magnificent Mountain Gorilla. We will focus on these marvellous animals – and the smaller monkeys they live alongside – on this tour, as well as the wealth of other mammals, birds and other wildlife to be found in Uganda’s diverse and varied national parks.

We begin our holiday with a night in Entebbe located on the peaceful shores of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. The following morning we will take a boat trip into the Mbamba Swamps – around an hour and a half from Entebbe – in search the prehistoric-looking Shoebill, before heading west to Lake Mburo National Park for a 2-night stay. This attractive reserve of rolling bush and grassland, with the lake at its centre, is home to an incredibly diverse assemblage of birds, which includes the rare and elusive African Finfoot, and such mammals as Oribi, Burchell’s Zebra and Impala. There is also a population of Bohor Reedbuck which we are unlikely to see elsewhere in Uganda.

Next, we begin the biggest adventure of the tour as we drive towards the forest-clad mountains that border Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo along a bumpy, but scenic, road that ends at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This region of densely forested mountains, ranging from 1,200 to 2,590 metres in altitude, is home not only to one of Africa’s richest forest floras and faunas, but also to over 400 Mountain Gorillas; nearly half of the world’s total population! During our 3-night stay at Bwindi, those that wish may choose to spend a day tracking one of the eleven habituated gorilla families that live here, a truly unforgettable and, for some, life changing experience! It is, however, a physically demanding full day’s trek and, as such, not for all. The rest of our time at Bwindi will be spent on less arduous forest exploration in search of a range of smaller primates including Blue Monkey, Guereza Colobus and the attractive L’Hoest’s Monkey, plus an interesting assortment of unusual birds such as African Broadbill, Black Bee-eater and White-tailed Ant-thrush.

After an exciting stay at Bwindi, we head north to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Situated on the Kazinga Channel between Lake Edward and Lake George, ‘QE’, as it is affectionately known, is a classic east African game reserve incorporating rolling grasslands, craters and crater lakes, tropical forests, papyrus swamps and lake shore, and offers Uganda’s best game-viewing. Large herds of Uganda Kob roam the grasslands, Giant Forest Hog – so shy and elusive elsewhere in east Africa – is bold and uncaring here, and both Lion and Leopard are fairly common. Along the broad Kazinga Channel that links the two lakes, herds of Elephant and African Buffalo venture down to drink along with the occasional Bushbuck and Defassa Waterbuck. On one morning we will take a boat trip along the channel to enjoy the restless pods of Hippo which wallow in the waterway, along with a wealth of birds that include both White and Pink-backed Pelicans, numerous Pied Kingfishers, graceful African Skimmers and a variety of herons, storks and waders.

Kibale Forest, to the east of the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, is our final port of call; reached by means of some interesting dirt roads! This wonderful forest, which covers over 760 square kilometres, is home to an incredible 11 species of primates which includes several Chimpanzee families that have been habituated and which may therefore, with luck, be seen. We may also encounter other rare or colourful primates, such as Red Colobus, L’Hoest’s Monkey and Grey-cheeked Mangabey. Kibale is also home to a group of forest dwelling Elephants, which are occasionally heard, but rarely seen, and an abundance of colourful birds including Great Blue Turaco, Yellow-spotted Barbet and Bar-tailed Trogon. Our lodge, perched on the edge of a crater lake, is set deep in the heart of rural Uganda – a fitting spot to conclude this action-packed wildlife safari!

Crater Lakes (Peter Price)African Finfoot (Peter Price)Impala pair (Tom McJannet)Topi (Tom McJannet)Crowned Crane (Tom McJannet)Grey-backed Fiscal Shrike (Tom McJannet)Mocker Swallowtail (Peter Price)Bwindi Forest (Paul Stanbury)Three Mountain Gorillas (Tom McJannet)Adult and immature Gorilla, Bwindi (Ian and Kate Bruce)Silverback Gorilla, Bwindi (Ian and Kate Bruce)Male Silverback Gorilla (Tom McJannet)Infant Gorilla, Bwindi (Ian and Kate Bruce)Mountain Gorilla portrait (Peter Price)Shops in Bwindi (Tom McJannet)Naturetrek groupMweya Lodge (Tom McJannet)Birds in Queen Elizabeth NP (Tom McJannet)African Fish Eagles (Peter Price)Tree-climbing Lions, Ishasha Plains (Ian and Kate Bruce)Hippo  (Tom McJannet)African Elephant (Tom McJannet)African Buffalo (Tom McJannet)Uganda Kob (Paul Stanbury)Ndali Lodge interior (Tom McJannet)Kibale National Park (Tom McJannet)Chimpanzee, Kibale (Ian and Kate Bruce)White-throated Bee-eater, Lake Victoria (Ian and Kate Bruce)Red-chested Sunbird, Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ian and Kate Bruce)Mountain Gorillas
S.A.
Leicestershire
Mountain gorillas lived up to all expectations. Uganda was a stunning country – a real surprise. Local guides exceptional – superb driver with wonderful bird knowledge. A wonderful trip in every way. Will recommend it to others.
A.P.
Kent
This trip had a great itinerary and Emmy was a fantastic guide who could answer any question about the wildlife, people and country. He worked tirelessly to provide us with the best experiences possible. The gorillas and chimps were particularly awe-inspiring, but we had difficulty picking just a single highlight every day.
K.F.
Glasgow
Overall it was a fantastic, informative, inspirational trip.
S.McL.
Suffolk
All in all, this was a fantastic tour and a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable trip.
P. & S.H.
Lincolnshire
We had a really wonderful holiday with a splendid group of people and we enjoyed every moment. There will be so very many happy memories to think back on, especially the wonderful gorillas.
R.L.
Devon
This was an excellent trip and Tony was an outstanding leader of it. To see Mountain Gorillas in the wild at such close quarters was the most memorable wildlife experience of my life.
A.W. & S.J.
Northamptonshire
We had many excellent sightings of wildlife - in particular gorillas, chimps and a leopard. Our British and Ugandan guides had excellent knowledge of birds and it is unlikely we will ever get two such expert bird guides on another holiday! We achieved our goals - to see the gorillas and the chimps. An experience we will never forget.
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Sat 13th January 2018 - Fri 26th January 2018

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Sun 9th September 2018 - Sat 22nd September 2018

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Mountain gorillas lived up to all expectations. Uganda was a stunning country – a real surprise. Local guides exceptional – superb driver with wonderful bird knowledge. A wonderful trip in every way. Will recommend it to others.
S.A., Leicestershire