Our Uganda Great Apes Safari is specifically designed for those fascinated by apes and monkeys. Based on our Apes Like Us work, we offer exclusive insights and activities on your journey to explore the ecology and conservation of these magnificent primates of Uganda’s Albertine Rift region. Our safari begins in the iconic Kibale Forest trekking for chimpanzees, and includes three separate opportunities to experience chimps, including a half-day Chimp Habituation Experience (CHEX)*, and three full-days in the mountain gorilla country of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Uganda is known as the “Pearl of Africa”, and it is definitely the jewel of primate discovery. Accessible and safe, and acclaimed for its outstanding natural beauty and diversity – Uganda’s primate country is in the center of Africa’s “Great Lakes” ecosystem. Over 5,000 chimpanzees populate the lush hilly region. It’s also in these densely packed, “impenetrable”, forests that Uganda’s most famous residents resides—the breathtaking and endangered mountain gorillas—over 600 of these powerful gentle great apes, half the world’s population, live in the rainforests of Bwindi.
YOUR GLOBIO SAFARI INCLUDES:
- One permit to trek for the mountain gorillas.
- One permit to trek for chimpanzees in Kibale.
- One half-day Chimp Habituation Experience permit*.
- One permit to trek for chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge.
- Wildlife viewing in custom-built 4-wheel drive safari vehicles, with open roof viewing hatches for wildlife viewing and photography. A window seat is guaranteed. (All chimpanzee and gorilla trekking will be made on foot.)
- All internal Uganda flights.
- All meals while on safari in Uganda.
- All gratuities and guides services.
- All National Park and Reserves entry fees.
- Complimentary GLOBIO baggage tags, and eco-water bottle.
- Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance.
*This can be substituted for a 2-3 hour chimp trek for those not prepared to spend half day in the forest.
GLOBIO SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Complimentary copy of GLOBIO Apes Like Us Guide to great apes.
- GLOBIO Director/ and film-maker Gerry Ellis will escort the group on the main trip.
- Visit with GLOBIO Field Conservation program partners in Kibale and Bwindi.
- Apes Like Us/GLOBIO 2021 Full-color Wall Calendar.
**The GLOBIO Uganda Great Apes Safari is based on minimum seven participants. Exclusive arrangements can be made for private groups, please contact Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Overnight at the BOMA GUESTHOUSE.
Overnights at the PRIMATE LODGE.
Your game drives will afford you an opportunity to perhaps watch the entertaining antics of the Ugandan kob. Although still numerous in western Uganda, the kob is far less common in other areas of East Africa.
Besides your drives you will also embark on a two-hour launch trip on the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world, reported to be about 30,000. Nile crocodile, African rock python, monitor lizard, and snakes can also be sighted. The boat ride will also afford excellent birding opportunities.
On your second day here you will go on guided primate walk to the stunning Kyambura (or Chambura) Gorge also called the “Valley of Apes” in search of habituated chimps (at additional cost.) The over 10-mile long Kyambura Gorge is one of Uganda’s Natural Wonders located in the far eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Enter into this amazing gorge and you will be marveled by the verdant, rich tropical rain-forest right close to the Equator crossing.
Overnights at KYAMBURA GORGE LODGE.
Overnights at the ISHASHA WILDERNESS CAMP.
At least 120 species of mammals make their home here in one of the richest ecosystems in Africa. Besides the 10 species of primates, elephant, bush pig, giant forest hog, many species of bats and rodents, at least 346 species of birds including rare forest birds, 14 species of snakes, 27 species of frogs and toads, 6 chameleons, 14 lizards, skinks and geckos, and at least 202 species of butterflies are resident in the Forest. There are also several endangered species of birds with limited ranges.
Ugandan authorities are fiercely protective of this natural treasure. Your group will have the opportunity for two treks per person to view the mountain gorillas during your stay (at additional cost). After breakfast, you will proceed to the nearby park headquarters and meet with your excellent local guides and porters, who will carry your personal items and assist you during the trek. You’ll start your trek in tea plantations and enter the forest from there.
Your treks will take you through a fairyland forest, an experience that in of itself is thrilling. As you venture forth, you will spot evidence that the gorillas have been present. The treks can last from four to seven hours (or more) depending on when you spot the gorillas. There is an hour limit to the time you spend with these majestic creatures once you spot them. Tracking gorillas through misty, seemingly impenetrable forests can be an exhausting process as the paths are often slippery, entangled and wet. However, this effort is quickly forgotten the minute you encounter these beautiful creatures.
While in the area, you will visit the Batwa community to gain an insight into the 4,000-year-old culture of the Batwa pygmies who live on the outskirts of Bwindi. The Batwa were the original ancient dwellers of the forest. The first records of pygmies were made by the Egyptians over 4000 years ago. They described short stature people living near the “Mountains of the Moon” extolling their abilities as dancers and story tellers.
Overnights at the BWINDI LODGE.
Pricing: Per person, based on double occupancy
Land Package Only, inclusive of permits for 1 gorilla trek in Bwindi & 1 chimpanzee trek in Kyambura Gorge$11,295
Single Room Supplement$1,995, additional
International Air is NOT included.Contact us for assistance.
Each Extra Gorilla Permit in Bwindi
Each Extra Chimp Trek at Kibale$700 per person, additional
$200 per person, additional
Pre-Extension to Murchinson Falls
Single Room Supplement$495