This 7-day Ugandan safari has a special focus on primates and gives you the chance to see chimpanzees, mountain gorillas and golden and red-tailed monkeys, not to mention about a dozen other species.
It kicks off in Entebbe where you overnight at Carpe Diem Guesthouse overlooking the tranquil waters of Lake Victoria. Your next stop is Mburo Eagles Nest Park, which is perched on a grassy hill within Lake Mburo National Park. Hippos inhabit the extensive wetland and the open savannah is home to plains game such as Burchell’s zebra and impala, which are both found nowhere else in the country.
The next leg of your journey takes you to Silverback Lodge within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, which is home to approximately half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Aside from intimate encounters with these fascinating primates, you can visit zoologist Dian Fossey's gravesite and memorials commemorating the lives lost during the tragic 1994 genocide.
On your way to Primate Lodge Kibale Cottages, you search for tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park where you also enjoy a picnic lunch before your next stop. Spend two days tracking chimpanzees and 13 other primate species in Kibale Forest National Park, with a secluded cottage enclosed by lush tropical forest as your home base. Twitching at the park’s bigodi swamp is rewarding as are walks near the crater lakes and hiking in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains.