International Expeditions' 15-day Uganda Safari brings adventure travelers to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track gorillas and to other national parks to see birds and other wildlife. Accommodations are in Uganda's best lodges and luxurious tented camps.
Safaris begin in Entebbe Botanical Gardens, where travelers see vervet and colobus monkeys. Following a drive to Uganda's Murchison Falls National Park, participants spend three nights at the luxurious Nile Safari Camp, in tents with private verandas overlooking the Victoria Nile. Boat trips to the base of the falls give travelers opportunities to view wildlife and see hundreds of hippos, crocodiles, elephants and birds.
Lake Albert Delta boat ride
The African Queen was filmed in the park's northern sector, where trip participants may encounter elephants, lions, giraffe, sitatunga, Uganda kob and buffalo. On a boat ride to the Lake Albert Delta, passengers look for shoebills, elephants and other wildlife.
Expert guides help safari participants find primates, including chimpanzees, in the Kibale Forest area, as they cross the Ruwenzori Mountain foothills (the Mountains of the Moon). The group enjoys a traditional lunch in a local home, visits a village school and meets local elders.
Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park
Trip participants see birds and monkeys, including black-and-white colobus, red colobus, mangabey and L'Hoest's monkey at a local watering hole. After driving to Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Africa's premier national parks, trip participants check into Uganda's Mweya Lodge, which overlooks Lake Edward, Kazinga Channel and the Ruwenzori Mountains.
On game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, participants can see elephants, buffalo, kob, waterbuck, bushbuck and predators, like lions and leopards. Nearly 600 species of birds are recorded here. Passengers see hippos on a boat trip through the Kazinga Channel. In the park's less-visited Ishasha region, travelers can photograph rare tree-climbing lions.
Gorilla safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a World Heritage Site. The highlight of International Expeditions' Uganda Safari is searching for endangered mountain gorillas in the park. Afterward, safari participants take a game drive in Lake Mburo National Park, one the few places in Uganda where travelers can see impala and zebra.
Uganda has wildlife and plants from both East and West Africa. Called the "pearl of Africa" by Winston Churchill, it is beautiful and diverse, green and tropical, with savannahs, forests, lakes, branches of the Nile and snow-covered peaks.
Prices for Uganda Safaris include accommodations, most meals, transportation in Africa, professional naturalist guides and group transfers. Permits to view gorillas and chimpanzees cost extra.