TOUR CODE 007 - PRIMATE THRILLER - Queen Elizabeth and Gorillas (5 days)

Gorilla TrackingDAY 1: Drive from Kampala south-west across the Equator. The trip takes you through savannah grasslands, banana plantations and drives you through herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns.  Ascend into the Kigezi highlands, known as the “Switzerland of Africa” with terraced farming and mountain scenery, and drive through to Buhoma.

Juvenille Mountain GorillaDAY 2: Enter the sanctuary at dawn and enjoy the beauty and freshness of the forest, home of the mountain gorillas. After a short briefing by the guides, proceed through dense bush to trek for these endangered animals. Other primates also live in the forest including the black and white Colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey and chimpanzee. Return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Depart the forest for Ishasha to look for the famous tree climbing lions! Lunch enroute. Over night at the beautifully situated Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 4: Awake early for a sunrise game drive to see elephant and lion. In the afternoon relax on a cruise up the Kazinga Channel between Lakes Edward and George. Enjoy viewing the animals on the banks as well as a variety of water birds. Lion, hippo, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, and wart hogs are usually seen. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 5: Track chimpanzees in the tropical Kyambura Gorge. This is a hike that involves climbing and one needs to be fit and over 15 years of age. Birds and butterflies abound and you may also see other primates. Depart for Kampala, a five hour drive. Enjoy a packed lunch enroute.

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NB.1 The Uganda Wildlife Authority effective immediately increased the price of gorilla tracking permits to US$500- for all new bookings taken to track gorillas after the 1st July 2007. Gorilla tracking fees in the reserves in the DR. Congo and Rwanda are also to increase inline with those in Uganda on the same date.

NB.2 Remember to bring heavy leather gloves, stout hiking boots, long sleeves shirts, long pants, a light back-pack, and water-bottle for those tracking gorillas.

NB.3 Please note that there are limited gorilla permits available for each day of the year. We recommend that you start planning for this safari well in advance (ie. At least 6 months to one year or more….permits for 2011/12 are now being sold!) so that permits can be applied for. To apply for your gorilla permits we need to know your nationality, passport number, date of issue & expiry (valid passport is necessary), as well as your date of birth.