Gorilla Tracking & Wildlife Trekking in Uganda

Follow AdventureWomen, primatologists, and skilled wildlife trackers through steamy forests and across open savannas for the riveting opportunity to observe Uganda’s magnificent mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and tree climbing lions in March and November, 2020. Discover why Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall were so passionate about these endangered animals and protecting them through wildlife conservation for future generations.

“When you realize the value of all life you dwell less on past and concentrate more on the conservation of the future.”
― Dian Fossey

On this spellbinding exploration of Uganda’s bio-diverse ecosystems, hike Uganda’s steep, forested terrain for captivating views of the great apes living free, participate in a thrilling game drive and lion tracking research project, and cruise the waterways to see floating herds of hippos while other animals come to the riverbanks for water.

In Entebbe, get to know your new travel companions, rest for the night, and head the next day to airy Kyambura Gorge Lodge, strategically located at the edge of prime chimpanzee habitat. Accompanied by a chimp expert and guide, your search for chimps will take you into the deep valleys of Kyambura Gorge and through verdant Kalinzu Forest. While hiking through Kalinzu you may also encounter other primates, see leopards (or signs of leopards), antelope, wild pigs and hundreds of birds. Keep a lookout for the teal blue Great Blue Turaco and the bizarre Black & White Casqued Hornbill!

In 1981, there were only 254 mountain gorillas left in the world. Today, thanks to wildlife conservation efforts, thankfully those numbers are slightly higher. To begin our search for the still critically-endangered Mountain Gorillas, you’ll stay in Bwindi Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bwindi, a dense cloud-covered forest of jungle, is home to half the mountain gorillas in the world. Hike with a guide and gorilla expert, learning a few tracking tips from the pros, to hopefully catch them lounging in among the dense foliage and trees. When the chimps and gorillas are located, you will have one awe-inspiring hour per trek to quietly observe these majestic and intelligent creatures.

The next day, join a lion tracking research project to observe the curious habits of Uganda’s own tree climbing lion! Learn about their research findings as you look high in acacia trees for languidly swishing tails and floppy big paws or listen for a noisy yawn. Continue your wildlife discoveries with a fascinating cruise on the Kazinga Channel linking Lake Edward and Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park to see elephants, hippos, water buffalo, antelope, pelicans, eagles, and even the sprightly warthog being drawn here to drink.

While you’re visiting this region, get a chance to know some of Uganda’s working women. At a tea plantation, meet the women who plant, pick, roast, and pack their tea and coffee by hand (no machines) and sit down with an entrepreneurial group who launched a multi-faceted, bicycle rental/repair/handicraft enterprise.

Enjoy a fun final evening with your adventurous companions sharing best moments and lasting impressions over a farewell dinner, returning home with the stories, video, and photographs making an inspiring travelogue of your amazing Uganda wildlife adventure.

Let Uganda’s green and gold beauty envelop you for ten astonishing days among chimps and gorillas, big cats, and other precious African creatures living wild and free.

Uganda Gorilla Tracking & Wildlife Trekking Highlights:

  • Meet endangered Mountain Gorillas at home in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Learn how to track animals from experienced wildlife guides and primatologists
  • Enjoy a wildlife cruise in Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Stay in comfortable African lodges located deep in the heart of wildlife habitats

Price: $8,490

March 9 – 18, 2020
November 3 – 12, 2020

“The Uganda Gorilla Safari is definitely in the top 5 trips I have ever experienced. To be in the presence of these gentle giants, after trekking through the bamboo forests to get there, is beyond words. The opportunity to watch interactions between family members—babies with their mothers, brothers, and sisters—while the male silverback keeps a watchful eye on his brood, is a privilege very few people will ever experience. I consider myself extremely lucky to have spent precious time with these endangered animals in Uganda.” -Susan E.

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