Uganda Safari – Tree Climbing Lions, Chimpanzees and Gorillas w/ Optional Rwanda Extension 

November 5-15, 2017

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Uganda was described as ‘the pearl of Africa’ by Winston Churchill and it is easy to see why! Nestled between the arms of the Great Rift Valley, Uganda is where East African savannah meets West African Jungle. This harmonious situation provides a unique opportunity for safaris. Where else but in this enchanting country can you venture into open savannah and observe lions relaxing under an acacia tree in the morning, then in the afternoon enjoy the sight of hippos and crocs enjoying the cool waters whilst you cruise down the Nile? The adventure doesn’t stop there, for the very next day you can journey into the lush rainforests to track chimpanzees and the highlight of your safari may be a visit to see one of man’s closest relatives, the mountain gorilla. Staring deep into the eyes of these endangered apes will be a time treasured and not easily forgotten.


Below are some sample itineraries for Special Trips we’ve offered with partner organizations like Denver Botanic Gardens, Audubon Society of Greater Denver, Birding and Beers, and American Academy.  We can customize the perfect trip for your group or organization.



DAY 1  (Sun, Nov 5): Arrival to Entebbe: Arrive at Entebbe International airport, meet and greet and transfer to Boma Guesthouse.

DAY 2 (Mon, Nov 6): Kibale: Full day drive to Kibale Forest area. After leaving the Lake Victoria Basin, we’ll pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon), we drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rainforest. Overnight at Primate Lodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 (Tues, Nov 7): Kibale (Chimp trekking)We have the full day to explore Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale is home to 13 primate species, including colobus monkey, olive baboon, vervet and the most famous of all, the chimpanzee. We have the opportunity today for two chimp treeking excursions or a full day chimp habituation experience. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds are good with the chance of encountering them standing at higher then 90%. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by bird song and can expect to see at least five or six primate species. The walking is fairly easy due to the well‐maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. Overnight at Primate Lodge. (B,L,D) Estimated drive time today: 6-7 hrs

Chimp trekking in Uganda

DAY 4 (Wed, Nov 8): Queen Elizabeth National Park: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of The Rwenzori Mountains, with the hope of viewing the glaciated peaks. We gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mweya Lodge, situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and Kasinga Channel, offering beautiful views of the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background. Queen Elizabeth National Park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s most popular and accessible savannah reserve, with a total area of 1978 km². It is primarily associated with grassy savannah plains, but this impressive park also includes within its boundaries, leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more then 610 species of birds. This afternoon, we will explore the park’s Ishasha region in search of tree climbing lions. Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp.(B,L,D)  Estimated drive time today: 5 hrs

Tree climbing lion in Uganda

Day 5 (Thurs, Nov 9): Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park: Today, we continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) passing through the scenic area known as The Switzerland of East Africa. The driving today is about 5 1/2 hours (not including game drives). Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge. (B,L,D)  Estimated drive time today: 2.5 hrs

Elephant in Uganda

DAYS 6-7 (Fri, Nov 10 – Sat, Nov 11): Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (Gorilla trekking): Sightings are not guaranteed so we have two days of gorilla treks included at Bwindi. Local guides lead us on a hike into the forest where gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. Trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. Groups will be designated based on physical ability. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Overnights at Mahogany Springs Lodge. (B,L,D)

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Gorilla trekking in Uganda

DAY 8 (Sun, Nov 12): Entebbe/ Departure/ Rwanda ExtensionScheduled flight to Entebbe in time to connect to your flight home.  You have a day room at Boma Guesthouse for use until 9 pm. (B,L)

DAY 8 (Sun, Nov 12): Drive to Mountain Gorilla LodgeDrive to Rwanda where you’ll spend the next two nights. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla Lodge. (B,L,D)  Estimated drive time today: 8 hrs (includes time for border crossing)

DAY 9 (Mon, Nov 13): Gorilla TrekkingGorilla trekking. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. (B,L,D)

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

DAY 10 (Tues, Nov 14): Golden Monkey Trekking/ KigaliMorning golden monkey trek. Drive to Kigali. Overnight at Flame Tree Hotel. (B,L)  Estimated drive time today: 2.5 hrs

DAY 11 (Wed, Nov 15): DepartureTransfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

Meals: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Price (Uganda Safari Only): $5945*/ person (double occupancy).

Single supplement: $750*/ person – subject to availability.

Package includes accommodations, private guide and vehicle (every person in vehicle will have a window seat), meals, permits (two chimp permits or full day chimp habituation; two gorilla permits), full-time trip host from Reefs to Rockies, laundry, park fees and flight to Entebbe on Day 8.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport and visa fees, travel insurance, health preparations, gratuities ($25 per person per day suggested), and items of a personal nature.

Price (Uganda safari w/ Rwanda Extension): $8170*/ person (double occupancy).

Single supplement: $1000*/ person – subject to availability.

Package includes accommodations, private guide and vehicle (every person in vehicle will have a window seat), meals, permits (two chimp permits or full day chimp habituation; two gorilla permits in Uganda; one gorilla permit in Rwanda; one golden monkey permit in Rwanda), full-time trip host from Reefs to Rockies, laundry, and park fees.

*Pricing and availability subject to change without notice until deposit received, permits purchased and domestic flight booked (if applicable).  A 3% discount will be applied to payments by check.