If you watched the movie planet of the apes, you have a fair picture of what a Big Ape looks like in its natural habitat. Seeing it with your own two eyes a different thing all together. This package is adventure and giving back to nature wrapped in one package: it involves hair-raising tracking in thick jungle and all proceeds from permits on this trip go to efforts to conserve endangered primates.
The trip starts in the western part of Uganda with a tour of Queen Elizabeth National Park which is understandably Uganda’s most popular and most visited tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling Savannah, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.
From Queen Elizabeth National Park, you head south to the aptly named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you will meet one of the most magnificent beasts living on this planet. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is part of a network of forests cresting a range of mountains laps across the south western Uganda, north western Rwanda and Eastern Congo.
This vast of region of thick elevated forest is a true planet of apes, and home to the last surviving population of Mountain Gorilla- the world’s biggest ape, and the highlight of this safari.
Mountain Gorillas are an endangered species of great apes that survive today thanks to a concerted international effort to preserve them. Rwanda and Uganda are the only countries in which they can be seen, with the largest population being found in Uganda.
This 5 day jungle safari is a vivifying expedition of primate tracking in the jungles of western Uganda and northern Rwanda. It is educational, thrilling, and as you sip a cool beverage on your plane back home, you can rest yourself knowing that taking this trip help extend the life of a species threatened with extinction.
You will enter Uganda via Entebbe International Airport where our Chief Experience Officer CEO will be waiting to pick you up. Look out for someone holding a placard with your name. He will welcome you, drive you to your hotel, brief you on what to expect the following day, and help you settle in. If you need any assistance, do not hesitate to ask our CEO.
Optional: Beaches, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular and most visited tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savannah, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.
We begin our game drive before dawn in search of the big four. Keep your eyes peeled for prolific world life in the vast savannah grasslands. After lunch, we go for a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel; a great opportunity to see animals, birds, amazing scenery while on water.
You have probably heard that Queen Elizabeth National Park is the base of the Tree Climbing lions. We will set off with packed lunch on a search for these kings and queens of the jungle among other wildlife in the Ishasha sector as we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Embark on the trek which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family you will visit. Spend one hour observing these beautiful and endangered creatures, a truly privileged experience. Trek back to the lodge with the rest of the day at leisure or opt to do a community walk around the park.
Approximately 800 Mountain Gorillas today exist in the world in the wild. They are found in three different locations in DRC, Rwanda & Uganda. In DRC and Rwanda, Gorillas live in similar eco systems / areas. The Gorilla species found in these three areas are called the “Highland Gorillas”, the Latin name is “Gorilla Berengei” named after the first European person to see and encounter a Mountain Gorilla.
In Uganda, there are about fifteen (15) habituated gorilla groups that are open to visit – the visit to a gorilla family is done once per day and the duration to visit is limited to only one hour with the gorilla family. The time spent with them is limited due to conservation considerations and to minimize impact the day-to-day life of the gorilla family you are visiting.
It is important to be well prepared to trek – you never know if your total trek will be “short” or “long”. The total duration of trek can vary and be anything between 3 & 9 hours in length depending on the location of the gorillas, who are constantly moving. Proper hiking attire must be worn – you will be trekking in rainforest with lots of vegetation, undergrowth, nestles and normally a rather muddy terrain. You mainly walk where there are no paths apart from the occasional buffalo or elephant trails. After the trek, drive back to your lodge for late lunch and probably a much appreciated shower.
Caution: Proper hiking attire must be worn – you will be trekking in a rain forest with lots of vegetation, undergrowth, nettles and normally a rather muddy terrain. Only 1 hour is spent with the Golden Monkeys to ensure their protection and conservation. Please note that if you are unwell with anything contagious, even a common cold, you may be denied any of the treks to ensure the safety of these creatures. The park regulation and trekking permit regulations will not be refunded if you are denied entrance due to illness.
This marks the end of our safari. We’ll head straight for Kampala and depending on your flight schedule transfer to the airport immediately, check in a hotel to cool your heels, or checkout what Kampala’s night life has to offer.
Trekking Timmy offers group and private tours. The maximum number for one group is twelve (12).
Overland trips are made in vans, four-wheel vehicles, and mini-buses depending on the nature of the trip. Some trips, like inter-city tours, feature trails for walking, cycling and motor biking. Some drives are long. You are advised to carry some snacks and personal entertainment if possible. Audio flash drives can come in handy.
All our vehicles are kept in excellent condition, but in the event that your vehicle breaks down, please be patient. Our drivers have basic mechanical training and can solve such problems.
Most trips start at the crack of dawn so make friends with your alarm clock if you’re not an early riser. The drives are tailored with children in mind, meals are served at convenient times, and there are options for mid-range accommodation, luxury accommodation, and camping/backpacker facilities depending on your taste.
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