Adventure Holidays in Uganda
Imagine an African adventure where you come face to face with an endangered mountain gorilla. Uganda, home to approximately 400 of the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas, promises this unique experience. Combine this with chimpanzee tracking, superb game viewing safari options, excellent birding opportunities and adrenaline adventures like white water rafting and bungee jumping on the Nile, and you’ll realise that a Ugandan adventure is the holiday of a lifetime!
Gorilla Tracking Safaris - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi is situated on Uganda’s extreme western border, almost at the geographical heart of Africa, close to the confluence of the Rift Valley and the Great Lakes. Bwindi is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth, and this unique eco-system is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
From the Virunga Volcanoes in the south to the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon) to the north, there once stretched a vast primeval forest. The 331 km² Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an enduring pocket of this ancient forest, and is home to 113 species of mammals, more than 360 bird species, 200 species of butterfly and a remarkable 324 tree varities (to of which are endemic to the park). 7 primate species live here, of which the most endangered is the elusive Mountain Gorilla. Recent surveys estimate 600 - 700 of these magnificent animals remain worldwide, and Bwindi is home to just over half of them.
Gorilla Tracking Safaris : The Facts
Adventure into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, on a gorilla tracking safari for a life-changing encounter with Africa’s endangered mountain gorillas! We recommend a minimum 3 night stay.
- Gorilla tracking safaris are conducted in the Impenetrable National Park at altitudes of approx 3000m. You need to be moderately physically fit. Hikes start around 08h30, and may take all day. There are plenty of stops for rests, questions etc.
- Your ranger guides have a wide experience of the environment, natural history and gorilla behaviour. They will explain in detail how you should behave during your encounter with the Mountain Gorillas
- Children under 15 years are not permitted to track gorillas.
- For conservation reasons, tracking safaris are tightly controlled. You must have a gorilla tracking permit issued by the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. There are currently only 3 gorilla family groups open for tracking, and a maximum of 6 permits are issued daily for each group. Permits can be organised in advance through Fish Eagle Safaris.
- Temperatures in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park vary from 7 to 20 degrees Celcius.
- Rainfall varies from 1130 to 2390mm. Rains are generally heaviest during the months of March, April, September, October and November.
- The best time of year for gorilla tracking is June – early September.
Uganda is fast becoming a top safari destination. Relatively untouched by tourism, it is a country of surprises, with rolling hills, sparking crater lakes, abundant wildlife and friendly people. Consider taking a guided safari tour through the national parks of Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest, and Murchison Falls where adventure activities include game drives, chimpanzee tracking and cruises along Kazinga channel and the Nile River.
Uganda is home to more than 1010 species of birds and ranks among the richest African countries in terms of bird species. Top bird-watching spots include the Mabamba Swamp, Kibale Forest National Park, the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Budingo Forest. Watch out for the shoebill, African green broadbill, brown-chested plover and black bee-eater.
Nile River White Water Rafting and Bungee Jumping
Take the plunge! Tackle the rapids at the source of the Nile at Jinja, or be one of the first to bungee 44m into the river – one of the most scenically impressive bungee jumps in the world!
Chimpanzee Tracking Safaris
Chimpanzee tracking safaris can be found in several Ugandan National Parks, but for primate lovers, trips to Kibale Forest National Park and Ngamba Island offer the best opportunities to see these remarkable primates.
At an altitude of 1,230m above sea level, Kibale Forest provides a rich and unique habitat for more than 250 animal species, and over 300 different types of bird. 11 types of primate live here, including the black and white colobus monkey and chimpanzees. 3-day tracking safaris depart from Kampala, and include an organized morning or afternoon excursion to the chimpanzees. The forest has superb nature trails where you may see red, black and white Colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, vervet and perhaps larger animals including elephants, buffaloes and warthog. Birding is excellent, and endemic species include the gonolek, white-winged warbler and papyrus canary.
Ngamba Island is a home to 39 orphaned chimpanzees, a project of the Chimpanzees Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), established to provide a home as well as conserve their fragile forest habitat. The Island is part of the Koome group of islands located on Lake Victoria 23km south of Entebbe, Uganda. Day tours depart from Entebbe.
Contact Fish Eagle Safaris for your personalised Uganda adventure holiday.