Uganda: A Primate Paradise
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.
DEPART USA / ENTEBBE, UGANDAJune 20 — June 21
Board your independent flight to Uganda. Arrive in Entebbe late on Monday evening and transfer to the Protea Hotel for overnight.
ENTEBBE / KIBALE NATIONAL PARKJune 22
After an early breakfast, begin your fascinating drive to Kibale, traveling through the Rift Valley and a patchwork of colorful villages and agricultural lands. Eventually you reach a mixture of forest and tea plantations at the foothills of the looming Rwenzoris, or “Mountains of the Moon.” Overnight at beautiful Kyaninga Lodge, perched on the edge of a crater lake at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains.
KIBALE NATIONAL PARKJune 23
Spend a full day in Kibale National Park, one of Africa’s most researched and documented forest reserves. Chimpanzees are abundant here—these fascinating creatures are well studied and accustomed to human observers. Also spend time searching for other species, including gray-cheeked mangabeys; red-tailed and vervet monkeys; and both red and black-and-white colobus monkeys. Return to Kyaninga Lodge for dinner and overnight.
KIBALE NATIONAL PARK / QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARKJune 24
After an early breakfast, return to Kibale to continue your exploration. Enjoy lunch and head for Queen Elizabeth National Park, arriving in time for an evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge, which overlooks the rolling savanna and distant mountains.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARKJune 25
Start your day early with a game drive to explore the rich thicket savanna along the Kazinga Channel, one of the best sites to spot giant forest hogs, then continue south through Maramagambo Forest to the remote southern sector of the Park. Return to the lodge for breakfast, then take a cruise along the famous Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake George to Lake Edward. Birds here are both numerous and spectacular, including multiple species of eagle, stork, waterfowl, kingfisher, and bee-eater. Regarded by some as one of Africa’s best birding locations, more than 560 bird species have been recorded in this area.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK / BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FORESTJune 26
The remote Ishasha sector protects a wilderness of swamps and thorn savanna and is home to large herds of Cape buffalo and topi. The Uganda kob is also conspicuous, with large aggregations gathering at traditional lekking grounds. A special attraction of Ishasha is its population of tree-climbing lions, one of the few places where this behavior may be seen. After lunch, drive to the VolcanoesBwindi Lodge, set on the edge of the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage Site and one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet. In the evening attend a briefing on gorilla-watching etiquette followed by dinner and overnight.
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FORESTJune 27 — June 28
Your first full day in the forest is dedicated to tracking mountain gorillas. Divide into two groups and, following an early breakfast, depart for the forest. Under the supervision of trained local guides, head to the site where the gorillas were seen the previous day and then begin your search. Once the gorillas are located, you have time to observe, photograph, and enjoy this unique experience. The next day, meet the Batwa people. Learn about their ancient hunting techniques and medicinal plants during a hike, then sample traditional dishes during a homestead visit.
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST / ENTEBBE / USAJune 29 — June 30
After breakfast board your charter aircraft for the short flight to Entebbe. Transfer to the Boma Guesthouse for dinner and a chance to relax before your independent homeward flight. Arrive in the USA the next day.