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Chimps & Gorillas of Uganda

Looking through Uganda for some of Africa's most emblematic and amazing wildlife

Trip CodeWQU
Duration10 Days
ActivityWildlife Holidays
Group Size4-14
Minimum Age16
Leisurely / Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate
Prices (excl. flights & transfers) from

R90,279

To book   call us on 074 340 4587 or email info@earthwanderer.co.za

Looking through Uganda for some of Africa's most emblematic and amazing wildlife

Uganda is renowned for its abundant wildlife. With landscapes ranging from savannah to lush forests the animal count is high: over 300 mammal species and more than 1,000 types of birds. This trip is a true adventure into the heart of Africa. Kibale Forest is possibly the best place in the world to track chimpanzees whilst Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to hippos, elephants, buffalo, leopards and elusive tree-climbing lions as well as a huge variety of birds. Continuing on our journey we reach Bwindi where we have the option of tracking the gentle giants of the forests, Mountain gorillas.

Highlights

Track chimpanzees and other primates in Kibale ForestSearch for the elusive tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth N.P.Spend a magical hour with Mountain gorillas in BwindiDiscover just how friendly and hospitable the Ugandan people are

Key Information

9 nights in a mixture of hotels and lodgesTravel by specially designed 4WD vehiclesReasonable fitness required for chimpanzee and gorilla tracking

What's Included

All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners.All accommodationAll transport and listed activitiesTour leader throughoutFlights from London (if booking incl. flights)1 chimp permit and 1 gorilla permit

What's Not Included

Travel insuranceSingle accommodation (available on request)Visas or vaccinationsOptional 2nd chimp and optional 2nd gorilla permit

Day 1

Start Entebbe; drive to Kibale Forest.

Those on the group flights arrive in the morning and we depart on the drive to Kibale Forest. The length of the drive does depend, in large part, on traffic in Kampala but should take approximately 7 hours. Upon arrival at Kibale Forest we can relax at our lake-side eco-lodge. Kibale Forest National Park is home to 13 primate species. There are 9 diurnal primates, including Vervet, Red-tailed, L’Hoest’s, Red colobus, Black-and-white colobus and Blue monkeys, as well as Grey-cheeked mangabey, Olive baboon and the most famous of all, the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds of encountering them are very good. Accommodation: Kibale Guest Cottages or similarStandard Hotel

Meals included: lunch,dinner

Day 2

Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale; visit Bigodi wetlands.

Today we will explore the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary located in the Magombe wetland. The sanctuary is a major eco-tourist attraction in the Kibale Forest area and is operated by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a local community based organisation. We will also go on a forest walk in search of primates. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by bird song and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primate, most probably the Grey-cheeked mangabey and the Red-tailed monkey and of course the chimpanzee. The walking is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. The order in which we do these activities may vary. Accommodation: Kibale Guest Cottages or similarStandard Hotel

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 3

Optional second chimpanzee trek; to Queen Elizabeth N.P.

There is the option of doing a second chimp trek this morning in order to increase the probability of seeing them (due to limited permit availability we recommend you pre-book the second chimp trek). In the afternoon, we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). The drive goes south along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains, where, weather permitting, we can see the glaciated peaks. We gently descend into The Great Rift Valley and QENP. The 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 square kilometres. 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 than 610 species of birds. Accommodation: Park View Safari Lodge or similarStandard Hotel

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 4

Game drive in Queen Elizabeth N.P.; boat safari on the Kazinga Channel.

This morning we will explore QENP on a game drive in search of wildlife including elephants, lions, buffalo, leopard, hyena, jackal, topi, kob, bush buck and various others. In the afternoon we have a boat trip of about two hours along the Kazinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world (reported to be about 30,000) and other game with excellent birding. Accommodation: Park View Safari Lodge or similarStandard Hotel

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 5

Game drive in the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth N.P.; to Buhoma.

Today we drive through the park to the Ishasha region. We game drive in search of tree climbing lion and other wildlife. This afternoon we head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest, a 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). Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Lodge or similarStandard Hotel

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 6

Mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

For many, coming toe-to-toe with a Mountain gorilla is one of the most emotional wildlife experiences possible. Tracking these gentle giants can take anything from under an hour to over six hours depending on where the family is located. The number of permits allocated daily are limited so we recommend early booking. Should the permits for gorilla families close to where we stay be unavailable, there are more permits for another area of the park, though this will mean a long drive to the starting point of the trek. The trek itself can be along steep, slippery trails and through the bush so you should be in reasonable physical condition, but the rewards of spending an hour with our close cousins more than makes up for the effort of getting to them. Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Lodge or similarStandard Hotel

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 7

Optional second Mountain gorilla trek.

Today is a free day and there is the option of getting a second gorilla permit for this day, though due to the limited number of permits, this should be obtained at time of booking. For those who choose not to go on a second gorilla trek, there are other walks which you can do nearby or you can relax at our lodge, reminiscing about the previous day’s encounters.Please note that on some departures, due to the availability of permits, we may have to swap these two days over with the free day (and optional second gorilla trek) on day 6 and the included gorilla trek on day 7 or we may have to split the group to trek with gorillas across both days. Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Lodge or similarStandard Hotel

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 8

To Lake Mburo N.P.

Leaving the forests behind we head towards Lake Mburo National Park. En route we will stop in Kabale near the Rwandan border for lunch. The drive time should be about five hours (not including stops). Lake Mburo is the only place in southern Uganda where you can see zebra, giraffe and impala and is a great place to try and see leopards. It is also home to over 300 species of birds and offers the possibility of game walks as well as game drives. Accommodation: Mburo Safari Lodge or similarStandard Hotel

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 9

Game drive; optional game walk or boat safari.

Today we go on a final game drive looking for plains wildlife. The park has a network of game tracks in the eastern part of the park passing a variety of landscapes; acacia woodland, wetlands, grassy hillsides, rock outcrops and seasonally flooded valley floors. The early morning and late afternoon are the best times to roam the park in search of wildlife. There is also the option of tracking game on foot through the savannah and going on a boat excursion, particularly good for birdlife. You have the option of going on an early morning game walk this morning. Accompanied by a ranger guide, you will walk to a salt lick where many animals are attracted to the salty rocks. At this time of day you may encounter hyenas returning to their dens and hippos retreating to the lake The lake itself is rich with a diversity of animal and plant species, and these can be viewed clearly while on a boat trip. These include crocodiles, hippos and birds such as pelicans, Black crake, heron, cormorant and Fish eagle, but you may also see the rare Shoebill stork if you are lucky. Accommodation: Mburo Safari Lodge or similarStandard Hotel

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 10

Drive to Entebbe; visit Mabamba swamp en route to search for Shoebill storks; end Entebbe.

Today is our final day and we make our way back to Entebbe and the shores of Lake Victoria. The driving time will depend on the amount of traffic in Kampala, but we will make regular stops to break up the journey. En route back to Entebbe we will visit the Mabamba Swamp (Mabamba Bay Wetland System), which lies about 40 km from Entebbe. This swamp is the perfect spot in Uganda for watching the globally threatened Shoebill stork and the Papyrus yellow warbler. The Mabamba Swamp is said to support over 190,000 birds.  Our adventure ends in the afternoon in Entebbe. Those on the group flights will return to the airport in time for their overnight flight.

Meals included: breakfast,lunch

Trip for You

This trip has been graded 2 (Leisurely/Moderate) with a safari rating of 4.The grading of moderate applies specifically to the gorilla trek and the chimp trek, the rest of the itinerary is graded as leisurely in relation to the activity level.Gorilla Trek: Owing to the nature of the terrain and the need to explore to find the gorillas, the trek doesn't follow a path in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and instead the guides will cut a route through the undergrowth.  You should expect a minimum of three hours walking on rough terrain, with the possibility of climbing up to 2607m, in order to find the gorillas; steep ascents and descents over muddy slopes are the norm.  Strong footwear is essential and we recommend hiring a local porter to help you carry your bag/camera equipment and provide a steady, supportive hand (porters will be arranged and paid for locally on the day).This is a busy and active trip with some early starts as we explore as much as we can of this wonderful country.  There are some long drives, sometimes on bad roads, but we use comfortable safari vehicles and the fantastic scenery does make time on the drives go by. BOOKING CONDITIONS Please note that at the time of booking a £700 (or equivalent in booking currency) non-refundable deposit to cover the cost of chimpanzee and gorilla permits is required. If for any reason we are unable to secure the permits and we have to cancel the trip, you will of course receive a full refund.  If you would like a 2nd gorilla or chimp trek, please request this at time of booking, and an extra deposit will be required. However, please note that we will only request the extra permits once the trip has been guaranteed as, otherwise, they will have to be paid for in full even if the trip doesn't run. Once the extra gorilla or chimp permits have been requested the deposits will be non-refundable.   

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners included.The service can be either a la carte or buffet, depending on the lodge. For early game drives and in order to maximise the time spent in the parks, a packed breakfast or lunch may be provided in some instances. The food provided is a mix of good local and international food throughout.It is possible to cater for vegetarians or clients with special requirements, however please make sure you will advise your Sales Consultant at time of booking or our Customer Operations department before departure.Please also note that in Uganda the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialized dietary items from home.

Transportation

We use comfortable 4x4 vehicles throughout the trip, normally Toyota Landcruiser or similar with open roof hatches for optimised game viewing. Some of the drives can be quite long and some of the roads are not in the best condition, especially after the rains.

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 12 daysThe group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.Flights from London We normally use the scheduled services of Kenya Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.Travelling land only: 10 days starting and ending in EntebbeYour trip normally starts at the airport in Entebbe in the morning of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Transfer Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival and departure times of the group flights ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining and/or endpoint at your own expense.If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1½ hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.Please note - the group flights upon departure are late in the evening, and clients booking their own flights should not book flights departing earlier in the day.  The tour only ends in the afternoon and should earlier flights be booked, a private transfer would be required.

Weather Info

The wettest areas are concentrated along the shores of Lake Victoria and the western mountain districts. Although rains are normally more frequent during the two rainy seasons which occur in April-May and October-November, wet spells can occur also during the dry season, so please come prepared for this. Uganda can be visited at any time, as over most of the country the weather is pleasant for much of the year and temperatures are never excessively high.The temperatures are usually cooler at night and this depends more on the altitude than on the actual area of the country.

When to Go

The wettest areas are concentrated along the shores of Lake Victoria and the western mountain districts. Although rains are normally more frequent during the two rainy seasons which occur in April-May and October-November, wet spells can occur also during the dry season, so please come prepared for this. Uganda can be visited at any time, as over most of the country the weather is pleasant for much of the year and temperatures are never excessively high.The temperatures are usually cooler at night and this depends more on the altitude than on the actual area of the country.

Essential Equipment

 You will encounter a range of temperatures on this trip. Most of the time light cotton clothing will be most comfortable, but you should bring a fleece jacket for early morning game drives and for the evening. Avoid bright colours when on safari.You will also need the following items:Rain coatWaterproof trousersFleece or SweaterHiking bootsInsect repellentSun creamBinocularsHead torchWater bottle Trekking polesDry bags for forest hikesLong sleeved pants and shirtsSwimsuitGloves: for the Gorilla trek as there can be stinging and sharp vegetation on the trek. Cheap gardening gloves would be fine.Please use soft-sided bags rather than suitcases or bags with wheels as there is only limited luggage space on the vehicles.Important Note - Smoking is prohibited in all public places, workplaces, transport and other outdoor places within 50 metres of a public place. Electronic cigarettes and shisha (water-pipe tobacco) are banned. There are penalties including fines and/or imprisonment.Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. On this trip, water will be included in large containers in order to try to reduce the amount of plastic produced. Whenever possible, we will try to provide water in 5-10lt bottles however, please note that at times we may need to use slightly smaller bottles instead.  Please add a water bottle to your packing list! 

Spending Money

It is best to change money in town on arrival. Larger denomination bills will receive a better exchange rate.Shillings may not be imported or exported. There is no restriction on the import of foreign currency provided it is declared on arrival. It is difficult legally to reconvert shillings into hard currency.You may wish to buy some souvenirs as well and this is normally a very good way of supporting the local communities. As all meals are included on this trip there are very few extra expenses. Water is provided on the vehicles, however you should allow some extra cash for soft drinks, beer and wine.You also have the opportunity to hire a porter for the Gorilla trek (US$20 + US$5 tip) to carry heavy camera equipment or help you on slippery trails. This is also a good way to help support the local economy.Optional Excursions:Second Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest - from £150 or equivalent in booking currency (to be booked in advance)Second Gorilla tracking in Bwindi NP - from £675 or equivalent in booking currency (to be booked in advance)Forest Walk in Bwindi - approx US$40 for the park entrance and approx US$30 for the guide (3 hrs)Guided Village Walk in Bwindi - FreeOptional game walk in Lake Mburo NP - US$30Optional boat safari in Lake Mburo NP - US$30

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. You may feel that your leader has performed well over the course of your time in Uganda and want to show your appreciation of their services. If you would like to tip your leader we suggest a figure of approximately US$5 per person per day.It is also courtesy to tip any local guides, lodges, porters and/or boat staff you may have over the course of the trip, though certainly not compulsory. We suggest a figure of approximately US$50 per person for these.

(Please note, visa information cannot be guaranteed and should be checked with the relevant country's embassy prior to departure.)

Uganda

Office Hours

14h00 - 15h30

Contact Details

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Hotel and Lodges

The accommodation on this trip is a mixture of hotels and lodges. All the accommodation is en suite and relatively comfortable, though not luxurious. We have selected, whenever possible, properties in or near the national parks we visit to enrich the wilderness experience of this trip.Please note that due to the size of the Gorilla Mist Lodge, we will use a mix of cottages, tents and standard rooms. The facilities are the same in all the rooms, but the structure of the rooms do vary.Single supplement available.


Best Experience of all of my travels so far!

Best experience of travel I have ever had. Gorillas just WOW. Chimps were amazing and we saw our first one in 5 minutes. Queen Elisabeth park gave us not 1 but 2 sets of tree climbing lions!! And we spotted a Leopard. Lots of other fabulous game that was not so expected from Uganda. Friendly people everywhere.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Wow, seeing the gorilla family in the wild was the best experience I have ever had, just breath taking! It was very hard work getting to them (and we were lucky it took just over 1 hour) so hit the gym before you go, make sure you take those gardening gloves and hire a porter. Don't bother taking walking poles (take up room in your luggage) and they will give you a big stick on site that does just as well (and you don't have to worry about loosing since you have to leave your poles when getting near the gorillas).
  What did you think of your group leader?
Our guide David was fabulous, kept us entertained throughout and nothing was too much trouble. Love him!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Gorilla mist Camp is a bit cold and damp (you are in a rainforest at high elevation after all) so I wish I took another warmer jumper for the evenings (but they do put lovely hot water bottles in your bed). One point I would make - I didn't book the extra Gorilla permits due to money restrictions - the way it is worded on the site is to book them as you are not guaranteed to see the gorillas on one treck, however when you go for your treck they explain that if your group does not spot the gorillas then you can go back on the same permit the next day. (this did not happen to us so no idea if they do keep this promise given the restricted permit numbers).
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
If you want to see Gorillas go and do it! This experience was better than I ever imagined it could be

Don’t leave it to chance

Amazing experience seeing gorillas and chimps but make sure any extra gorilla permits are booked when you book as you will be disappointed otherwise.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Tracking through the impenetrable forest and spending an hour in the company of a gorilla family. We won’t forget it.

Another trip I will never forget!

I have had this trip on my bucket list for a while now and it lived up to all of my expectations! David was a fabulous leader and took care of everything!
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Having a baby gorilla ignore the 7m rule and nearly touch me. Watching David meet our every demand with a professionalism and a sense of humour.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Loves loved loved David! A man who clearly loves Uganda and knows his stuff!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
A seat pad for the bumpy rides and dont drink tap water!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Tjis eas a really important trip for me and it did not dissapoint!

Amazing experience

I really enjoyed seeing the chimps and gorillas and was very pleased I had booked the additional treks. There is a lot of driving, but I enjoyed seeing the countryside and the trip leaders were good at fitting in stops and short walks to stretch our legs. The trip is quite primate-focussed, so don’t come expecting to see lots of big cats (although we did see six lions). The birds are wonderful. I also loved the boat trips, as you get to see the wildlife from a different angle.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Definitely seeing the chimps and gorillas.
  What did you think of your group leader?
We had two leaders, Benjamin and David. They were both very good. Benjamin is a keen birder.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Don’t bother bribing walking poles as they will be supplied. Wear your walking boots on the flight - two people in my group lost their luggage and all their walking gear and toiletries were stolen. Hiring a porter boosts the local economy, so I would get one even if you don’t think you need one.

Savour the moments

Excellent trip for both content and standard of Guide (David).
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Watching the Gorilla's interacting within their family group. But also the chimp treks were very inspiring.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Excellent
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Bring gloves and gaiters (to ward of the ants) The recommended wear on the gorilla and chimp treks is long sleeves and trousers with trousers tucked into socks (if you don't have gaiters) and proper 'jungle boots'. Water proof jacket (as you may need it) The gorilla treks were very strenuous. The short trek involved steep descents and ascents. The medium trek was along gentler tracks until the gorillas were sighted and then steep ascents and descents were required to get to them. Walking 'poles' (long sticks) are provided.

Chimps and Gorillas of Uganda

This is a really great and varied trip. In addition to the chimps and gorillas, the safari drives in Queen Elizabeth NP and Lake Mburo also gave some super game viewings, including lions, zebra, giraffe, hippo and various types of antelope, although not the proliferation of game as the like of the Masai Mara. The boat trips are both interesting and restful, and we had the luck to see the famous shoebill stork at Mabamba Swamp. Overall this is a fantastic trip for anyone who enjoys wildlife.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The highlights of this trip had to be the close encounters with the gorillas, but the chimps came a very close second - I was so glad I opted to do the optional second treks, as in both cases, the second encounters were even better than the first, and certainly quite different experiences. It is amazing to observe these primates as such close quarters and the Park staff have done such a good job of habituation, that both chimps and gorillas carried on life, seemingly indifferent to our presence.
  What did you think of your group leader?
The group leader was always there to make sure we were well cared for at the lodges and exceptionally knowledgeable of the various wildlife and birds, as well as a brilliant spotter. We would have missed so much without him.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
This trip does entail quite a bit of travel and you have to be prepared for some long drives, but there is just so much to see on route, with great scenery and good wildlife viewing, as well as the opportunity to witness local life. The people are so friendly, and try their hardest to please, but do remember this is very much a developing country, without many of the facilities we take for granted.

Gorilla and Chimp Trek

First time I have used Exodus and will certainly be using them again. Well organised and action packed. Good condition of transportation vehicles and the guides were simply superb and couldn't do enough for you. The Gorilla and Chimp Trek not only exceeded my expectations, but also the other 13 travellers we met on the same tour. Couldn't fault it. Well done Exodus!!
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Seeing the Gorilla's was one of several highlights but the they were the reason for this particular trip
  What did you think of your group leader?
David was fantastic. Always happy, laughing, good language skills and couldn't do enough for you. Benjamin was also an excellent guide.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Accommodation is of very high standard but you are out in the jungle so expect insects

Chimps & Gorillas of Uganda

An amazing holiday, made special by our excellent guides, David & Lawrence. The lodges we stayed in were very comfortable & unique, with helpful & friendly staff. I cannot begin to list the variety of wildlife seen on this trip & also the variety of ways to view the wildlife -walking safaris, boat safaris, sunset & sunrise safaris. The highlight was obviously seeing the chimps & gorillas in their natural surroundings & at close quarters. A wonderful holiday all round!
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
On the second Gorilla trek, observing them as they came down from the trees for breakfast. Being so close as the silverback went by, with his young followers close behind him. Also on our return to Entebbe, seeing the almost prehistoric Shoebill in the wetlands. As someone who is not particularly "into" birds, I found this one fascinating & to be able to observe it at close quarters was truly astounding.
  What did you think of your group leader?
David was an excellent group leader. A very open & friendly man with an amazing knowledge of the animals we saw & where he could find them! Nothing was too much trouble & he was always in good humour. Both he & Lawrence worked extremely hard, & always with good humour, to find as many species as they could for us to see. They obviously knew the area extremely well & had good links with other park workers regarding where animals (such tree lions & leopards) may be. Therefore ensuring that we were able to see as much variety as possible. They were both absolute stars & went the extra mile to make our experience special.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
It is important to have appropriate clothing & footwear for the Chimp & Gorilla treks. we were lucky as all of our visits were dry, but rain had fallen at night, so good waterproofs are needed. I strongly recommend booking the additional visits offered. We all did 2 Chimp & 2 Gorilla Treks. All 4 visits were very different & our second visits gave us better encounters (which could have been coincidence of course!). On our 1st Gorilla Trek the group took a long time to find & the terrain was very steep, so be prepared for tough terrain. The porters were a fantastic help. As well as carrying your rucksack, they help & support you all the way. Well worth employing them & helping the local economy too!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I knew it would be a good trip, but it exceeded all expectations in every way. Great accommodation, great service, wonderful guides in David & Lawrence & of course, unforgettable animal encounters. Well done Uganda & Exodus!

Uganda: Chimps and Gorillas

This trip was extraordinary in every sense of the word. The diversity of the landscape seen in Uganda is breathtaking, and coupled with the various forms of wildlife we were so close to in the wild made this trip unforgettable. From our arrival at the airport we were made to feel welcome by our brilliant guides and although there are some long car journeys on some very bumpy roads, they are all worthwhile once you arrive at the fabulous accomodation. The food is phenomenal and the staff at each lodge are attentive and greet you with a smile when returning from a long day of travelling or searching for exotic animals. We managed to spot a leopard, lions, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, gorillas, chimpanzees and so many species of primates and birds that I lost count! Truly a once in a lifetime experience.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Definitely reaching the mountain gorillas for the first time when trekking. It is truly awe-inspiring to be so close to such a magnificent and rare creature, and their calmness towards the human visitors means photo opportunities are plentiful. Additionally, another source of inspiration for myself was seeing children while we were driving carrying heavy bags, but once hearing or seeing the car a smile lighting up their face to wave. The warm nature of the Ugandan people is another aspect of this country I will never forget.
  What did you think of your group leader?
David was a superb leader and with his partner Laurence I am sure we were graced with the most knowledgable pair in Uganda! Both men were wonderfully funny and kept spirits high while also being informative of the areas we were visiting.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Book this trip now!

A superb trip which will stay with us for a long time...

A fantastic trip with almost daily opportunities to see a huge range of game, wildlife and birds. The chimpanzee trekking was great with two very different encounters, the safari park game drives were superb and the gorilla trekking in Bwindi was absolutely amazing, again with two very different encounters. The chance to see these incredible creatures close up really is a once in a lifetime experience which we thoroughly enjoyed. Uganda is a really very beautiful country and our fellow travellers, leader and guide all worked together to make this a incredibly memorable holiday.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Almost every day held magical moments of some sort, chimp trekking was a great start, gorilla trekking was just amazing - being able to get far, far closer to this beautiful animals than we had ever dreamed, and having the time to be able to watch them interact with their family was just incredible. Watching lions in the early morning, having zebras outside our window, watching monkeys swing around the swimming pool, watching the sun go down over the savannah, being caught in the middle of an incredible storm, eating by torchlight, the boat safari seeing elephants and hippos, and the amazing variety and range of bird life - superb. Taking time to chat the very friendly locals, especially our visit to one of the orphanage schools in Bwindi. The penny dropping that the reason the bell boy is introducing us to the toilet, basin and shower in our ensuite bathroom is because he doesn't have one at home and can't imagine that you do either.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Our group leader and guide, David and Benjamin were fantastic, doing everything they could to make sure we had a great trip. David's daily briefings were superb and made sure we knew exactly what we would be doing when, what we needed to wear, how long the day in front of us would be and how much extra money, if any, we might need. Benjamin has a truly in-depth knowledge of wildlife, birds and animals and an incredible number of 'contacts' to ensure we got the very best out of our holiday at all times.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Some of the lodges provide mosquito spray for the rooms, some don't - you will probably benefit from taking your own so you can spray your room at night as in most locations (not Bwindi) mosquitoes and other insects are rather persistent. A good personal anti-muzzy for your own skin is also essential. Working out how much money to take and how much to exchange from the trip notes is a challenge - you do need cash, there are next to no ATMS or banks anywhere on route. We took $500USD and changed $200USD into Ugandan schillings - we could probably have done with another $100USD on us to buy a few more souvenirs, or if you want to drink a lot more Nile Special in an evening. David and Benjamin organised a group kitty for us for tipping purposes which worked brilliantly, you'll need $50 per person to contribute to this for the entire holiday. The gorilla trek porters costs $15 plus $5 tip (the only tip you pay yourselves if you do a kitty) - but you can pay them in almost any currency, including Ugandan of course. When the trip notes say 'basic' they mean basic - you will be living out of your bag for most of this holiday with nowhere to unpack even if you had time! In two of the lodges there is electric light in your room, but no power sockets, charging is done in reception, however be prepared for relatively frequent power cuts - bring fully charged spare batteries and don't expect there to be working WiFi all the time. Gaiters are a useful addition to your walking boots; they prevent your laces getting caught on undergrowth in Bwindi and prevent ants from getting in your pants elsewhere. I was really surprised that gluten free can be done (in the main, not pudding!) by most places - make sure Exodus and the group leader know what you can and cannot eat. There are no snacks anywhere, so take your own if you can't live without. Be prepared for some very long days in the 4X4 jeeps - if you have a bony bum, you may want to bring something to sit on.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The local children tend to point and shout 'Muzungu' at you - this means 'white traveller' and they are just being friendly; white people are relatively few and far between and we spent a lot of time waving and saying hello as we drove along - their huge smiles in return were fantastic. Depending on which gorilla family you trek, it can be a long slog over tricky terrain - we went through a muddy swamp and subsequently almost vertically up through dense trailing vines and thick undergrowth over uneven terrain, fording streams and climbing around and under trees and bushes at relatively high altitude (1,190 to 2,607 metres (3,904 to 8,553 ft). Walking in the Lakes or the Peaks doesn't come anywhere near in terms of what you are likely to encounter. I can't begin to describe how stunningly beautiful it is or how magical it is to spend time with the gorilla families, and it's categorically worth every drop of sweat. The group does go at the pace of the slowest person, porters are worth their weight in gold whether you think you can manage without one or not, but do make sure you are physically fit enough to take this on - you need to be able to keep up with the trackers and the gorillas if they swing off through the undergrowth rather than conveniently sit down in front of you and pose for photos - your 60 minutes goes very fast.

Chimps and Gorillas Uganda

A wonderful trip which will remain with me forever.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
It has to be the gorilla trek. Despite having read all the favourable reviews before my holiday the trek exceeded my wildest dreams.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Excellent nothing was too much trouble for them and they always had a smile on their faces. They were also very knowledgeable
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Add three days to the trip and visit Murchison Falls.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Exodus should seriously consider offering an optional extra of a trip to Murchison Falls.

Chimps and Gorillas Uganda

A wonderful holiday with unforgettable experiences.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
It has to be the gorillas at Bwindi National Park. Despite having read very favourable reviews before the holiday the gorillas were way above any expectations I had.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Excellent. Were always accessible and cheerful. Nothing was too much for them.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Do an extra thre days to Murchison Falls. The Red Chilli company do an excelent package.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Maybe Exodus could look at offering an extra three days to Murchison Falls.

Chimps and Gorillas of Uganda

Had a fabulous time on this trip. Chimps and gorillas were the highlight for me, but the boat trip on the lake was amazing as well as we saw many hippos, elephants, water buffalo etc along with a variety of bird life.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Trekking chimps and gorillas. It was a real life experience getting so close to them in their natural environment. Magical moments that I will never forget.
  What did you think of your group leader?
The group leader was knowledgeable. However, communication wasn't his strong point, and we were often just driven and dropped at places with no idea what was happening next or what the plan was. I think there should be a driver and group leader on this trip as it is a lot to expect someone to drive so many miles each day on badly made of unmade roads and lead and guide a group at the same time.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be prepared for a long car drive on arrival at Entebbe. We expected a 5 hour drive, but it turned out to be nearer 9. Also there is a lot of driving throughout the holiday, although scenery is amazing and some of the miles covered where as a safari drive.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
All in all a fabulous holiday. We had a lovely group who all got on really well. The Nile Special beer was very popular!

Chimps and Gorillas of Uganda

This trip was truly an adventure including our encounters with chimps & gorillas. Both the chimps & gorillas were on the ground & plentiful. We purchased permits for a second day for both & would highly recommend doing so. You will get to see different families, each with their own character. The safaris were incredible, as were cultural events where we met children at an orphanage/school, a pigmy family, and many more. Uganda has a diverse landscape including rainforest, savannah, & steep mountains. It was all so beautiful - friendly people with a very different culture than ours, wonderful places, breathtaking scenery, & of course a diverse & delightful variety of wildlife - especially the primates.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Of course, the chimps & gorillas were the stars of the holiday - so humanlike & gentle. I got the impression they were looking at us considering our likeness' & differences just as we were with them. However, the people of Uganda left an impression we will carry with us for the rest of our lives. They are incredibly hard working people living a much different lives than our own. It takes so little to be happy!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Five out of five stars. Our group leader was fluent in many of the 31 languages/dialects of different areas of Uganda. This trip would have been very difficult without their expert guidance.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
We would suggest bringing a few items to give to the children at the orphanage/school and communities you will get to visit. The children and adults treasure them - pencils & pens, crayons, coloring books, paper, toys such as balloons, beach balls which are compact & light to carry, clothes - just about anything. Remember, however, you want to please them with these gifts without unintended insult, so ask your group leader to help you know when, where, & to whom they should be given. He/she will know the customs of the people. Also, during your travels, please be courteous & ask people before you take their pictures. As a side note, if at all possible, we would recommend avoiding Kenya & Delta Airlines on the trip there & back. Emerates or Ethopian Airlines were recommended by people who have traveled extensively in Africa.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Our primary focus for this holiday was on the primates which in themselves were extraordinary, but we were pleased with the diversity of activities. On the safaris we saw elephants (some with babies), wart hogs (quite the characters), giraffes, a variety of antelope-like game, a rare tree dwelling leopard, a many zebras, monkeys, baboons, to name just a few. On boat and canoe trips we saw hippos, water buffalo, crocodiles, many rare & beautiful species of birds and so much more. The cultural education was especially wonderful. We got to visit a pigmy family who shared with us different aspects of their lifestyle (a real family, not just costumed people attempting to educate the public), a school/orphanage, community members - their music & so much more. The communities you visit welcome you freely. As you travel from place to place, you will witness some of the most beautiful, diverse landscapes you will ever see in the world.

Chimps and Gorillas of Uganda

The main objective of the holiday was to see chimps and gorillas. The local organisation was well set up to see both of these and we had excellent sightings, and while nothing is certain, one would be very unlucky not to see them both. In addition we saw a lot of other animals including lions, giraffes, elephant, buffalo and various antelope. While this was not a dedicated bird watching trip we nevertheless saw and identified almost 170 species including such specialities as Crowned Crane, Finfoot and the weird, but much sought after, Shoebill Stork.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There was no just one special moment! Being so close to gorillas, seeing a pair of Shoebill storks rise out of the marsh yards from us, getting to within a couple of yards of a Malachite Kingfisher....
  What did you think of your group leader?
Jude, our leader was outstanding - as good as they come. His knowledge of animals and birds was exceptional and his ability to pick up distant birds enviable. He new where we were likely to see key species, and regularly checked with locals, resulting our seeing giraffe and lion, species not so common in the area we were visiting, and missed by other groups around. I doubt we would have seen the Shoebills without his knowledge and determination In addition to all this he was very caring and incredibly hard working all helping to make this and exceptional holiday
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The gorillas live in demanding terrain - steep sided valleys - climbing down and getting back up is strenuous! No problem for anyone who goes hill walking regularly, but if one doesnt do much walking of any description, it will be hard work (but worth it!). There are porters available to carry ones pack (local lads who appreciate the cash) importantly they will also give you a pull up on the steeper bits if you need one - much appreciated by some members of the party -so hire one and couples, hire one each if you both think you might need a pull!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I have been on a lot of wildlife holidays, including several to Africa - this was as good as any. A combination of place, wildlife and an excellent leader.We saw all the key animals and birds - great!

Chimps and Gorilas of Uganda Holiday

A busy trip to see unique animals and some interesting birds. Particularly good for primates. Quite a few early starts. Most accommodation in basic lodges. Food good. Local people friendly and willing to show us round. The holiday gave me an insight into how people live with basic amenities. Wonderful scenery, particularly towards the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The gorilla trek is tough and the advice to hire a porter to help you with the terrain is good to accept. I would definitely go on this holiday again.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The gorilla and chimp treks are amazing and the highlight of the trip for me. Although I found it tough personally.
  What did you think of your group leader?
The local leaders wow fantastic and extremely knowledgable.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Drink plenty of water throughout the trip and take some dextrose sweets to help give you some energy for the gorilla and chimp treks. Also take your own walking poles although the lodge does provide some wooden ones.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
If you like wildlife this is a unique experience to see amazing primates.

Chimps and Gorillas Uganda

One of my best holidays ever! Majestic wildlife in abundance, fabulous travel companions and a country more beautiful than I expected
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Looking into the eyes of the gorillas. A dream for many years
  What did you think of your group leader?
David and Vincent made a great team. Nothing was too much trouble.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Ignore the trip notes which say no wheels on your bag! Soft bag with wheels is absolutely fine and what everyone else had apart from me! Take a rain poncho rather than coat. Be warned early mornings, long drives and no way is this "leisurely". You need to be prepared to trek for several hours over uneven terrain in humid conditions.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
What a shame this trip has been removed from 2016/17 brochure.

Fabulous wildlife adventure

A wonderful exposure to wildlife in Uganda and Africa. The highlights are definitely close encounters with gorillas and chimps, but we also saw lions, leopards, zebra, antelope, Impala, hippos galore, Buffalo, etc. At times long drives over bad roads that I was glad our guides were having to worry about but definitely worth it. Food reasonable, often very good with great soups, although packed lunches were often not great but u are hungry so who cares. Hotel standards below western standards, often power and charging ability is limited, and getting a warm clean shower is often but not always available, but the location of most lodges and access to wildlife is what u came for. Come with a good attitude and the friendly people of Uganda will help u realize how lucky u are to share their beautiful country!
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Sitting 2 metres away from a HUGE silverback, and then having roll over on the ground and start snoring. A moment an infant came by and posed for us. Chimps fabulous, and on our last game drive as the sun is setting spotting a leopard and having him look at us for a few minutes to finish the day!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Both guides were great, we switched vehicles so I used both David and Vincent. Great drivers and guides, especially thru their "shortcuts"!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take a torch with new batteries. Good to have more than one camera battery, sometimes charging limited. Drinks very cheap at resorts, US$ after 2013 best, take smaller ones for your bar bill. I would recommending getting $25- 75 in local currency at airport (larger denominations get better rate, remember NEW bills best) despite advice of local rep who met people at the airport, at some resorts no US$ accepted but because I arrived separately I had enough to do some quick exchanges. Most other places US OK, but it might better to tip locals in Shillings to make it easier for them, not a big deal.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
We lucked out, very short treks to gorillas, back within 3-4 hours and I am slow. I did 2 treks both very different and worth it for me. Take your ibuprofen and just do it. Porters are very helpful! 2 chimp walks were great as well. I wish we could have brought supplies for local schools, or small soccer balls for the children, perhaps exodus could organize this, just blow up and leave a ball on the field. The people of Uganda are very friendly and helpful!

Gorillas at close quarters

This was an excellent trip, in which siting gorillas is almost guaranteed. The chimps were great fun and boat trips with lots of game and birds to see at close quarters were excellent.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Probably being with the gorillas was the greatest inspirational moment as the group of 19 which we visited had lots of playful youngsters who were obviously oblivious of the 7 metre rule for how near we should be. One passed only 6 ins from me while I was busy watching one further away, and the rolypolies down the slopes were very amusing. The Kasinga Channel was a brilliant afternoon too, plus the tree climbing lions and the chimps.
  What did you think of your group leader?
All three of our leaders were excellent and dry knowledgable. Bryn was especially good at bird identification. They also went beyond the call of duty ensuring power through the night which my husband needed for a health issue, even when the accommodation had only generator power. They used the land cruiser battery with an inverter.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Do take gardening gloves and pole/s for the gorilla trek. We were lucky enough to have only a short trek to the gorillas but others had long and steep trekking. It is really an impenetrable forest. Also hire a porter as it not only saves you energy but helps to keep local people employed in a very poor and remote area. Also be prepared for some good, but some very poor and rough roads, but our drivers were second to none and we always felt safe. We had independently booked an extra few days to visit Murchison Falls and it was a highlight of our trip. It also avoided that final day of a long, hot drive ending at the airport for the flight home. Not something we would have wanted to do. Or alternatively book an extra night by Lake Victoria before you fly home.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
An excellent trip. Some long rough travelling days but worth it for the gorillas. Also most places you stay at least 2 nights so you get a bit of respite from the bumps. Land Cruisers definitely better here than some other trips which use minibuses.

Chimps and gorillas of Uganda

This was a great holiday and we fell in love with Uganda during the trip. Although most people booking this trip will probably expect the gorillas to be the highlight, we found the chimpanzees' more energetic behaviour even more captivating, though having a silverback plus females with infants clinging beneath almost brush past us was the highlight of the trip. We saw a leopard resting very close to a track in Queen Elizabeth National Park, saw a tree-climbing lion in Ishasha and had a great boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
For the trip organised by Exodus the gorilla and chimp trekking were both highlights. We took the optional second day on each occasion and were surprised how differnt the second day was, especially for the gorillas. If you do two gorilla treks your tour leader will try and make sure you see a different group on the second day. After the Exodus trip we spent a few relaxing days in Entebbe, and had the most insprirational moment of the entire trip when we visite a tiny fishing island called Makusa, only an acre but with 450 people living in wooden shacks only just above the level of the lake. Everyone was so friendly and the kids so happy - makes you appreciate that you don't really need all the trappings of modern life.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Male was the group leader and was fine. We spent more time with Sula who we found more lively and keen to discuss anything. We learnt a lot about Uganda from Sula. Both worked really hard to make sure we were happy, and took great care of us.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Don't expect anything special on your first night, the Central Inn was adequate but no more. We stayed at a much better place in Entebbe (Gately Inn) for 5 nights after the end of the Exodus trip. Don't expect to see shoebills on the quick stop at Mabamba swamp. We were lucky enough to see one on a separate trip after the Exodus holiday, but you have to go to the right place. Take at least one walking stick on the gorilla trek, but depending on your age and fitness you may not need one on the chimp trek. Use the services of a porter on the gorilla trek, well worth the $15 plus tip. The plants that look like nettles on the gorilla trek don't sting and we didn't encounter much that would warrant a pair of gloves, but someone on our group went on a more demanding second trek where gloves and robust clothing were needed. Despite the number of flying insects on the gorilla trek none of them seemed to bother us. You may find that you get better results from a good HD video than a conventiuonal camera when trying to capture the chimps and gorillas - more fun watching the videos when you get home too. A good HD video such as a Sony Handycam only weighs a fraction of a camera with large zoom. Tip as generously as you can as local hotel staff and others are on very low wages. If you take a close up of a local person offer money in advance and agree an amount that seems fair. No one has change, anywhere, so get mainly low value shilling notes when you exchange your dollars. The exchange rates for dollars to shillings is much better for values of $50 or above. Take a few extra days at the end and visit Murchison Falls if you have time. If you have time in Entebbe you could visit the Reptile Village and Makusa Island, both well worth the trip.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
All the Ugandan people we met were lovely and we felt very safe at all times. If you get chance to learn a few words of Luganda (spoken around Entebbe and Kampala but not everywhere) then you will get an even bigger smile from people. Try the youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BY0Ur-TMmQ

Rewarding Wildlife

Whilst the focus of this trip was chimps and gorillas, Uganda rewarded us with a wide variety of mammals and bird life and in contrasting landscapes; forests, savannahs and volcanic craters.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The gorillas were great, but the Kazinga channel was such a surprise, teaming with wildlife and not just birds; elephants, lion, buffalo, hippo, even the elusive forest hog and to cap it all a leopard on the way out.
  What did you think of your group leader?
We had 2 Land Cruisers and 2 guides, Male and Sula. Male was the group leader and very professional, sought and listened to our feedback and gave time for photos on game drives. Both engaged with the group.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take a pole for the gorilla trek and definitely make use of the porters as a good way of supporting the local community. These guys are on rotation and may only get to porter one trek a month. We ascended around 500 metres from 1400 to 1900, but you could get a group at 2500 metres. If you don't do the 2nd chimp trek I would recommend to do a birding tour in the morning through botanical gardens and marsh. Stephen from the botanical gardens gave a great tour and we saw some 36 different types of bird. Morning is best. Money - I'd suggest accounting for $50 for your local tipping to cover the entire trip. We were responsible for our own tips, and found the local staff and guides preferred tips in schillings. When it comes to changing you will get a better rate at the exchange your leader will take you to. You can pay in dollars at hotels and lodges but the rate is less. Similarly dollars can be used to pay for optional trips in Bwindi.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The last day is a very long drive back to Entebbe and whilst the Mbamba swamp is on the itinerary for shoebill, it is highly unlikely that you will see this, simply because the time of day you arrive at the swamp. The best chance is at Murchison falls and we felt if you have the time it would be worth investigating into booking an extra couple of days up at Murchison.

Uganda - Wildlife

We picked Uganda for the diverse wildlife and was not disappointed.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Chimpanzee's The Gorillas The tree climbing lion Leopard The Kazinga Channel - Needed more time there
  What did you think of your group leader?
Both leaders were good and flexible with our start times, as we all were so eager to make the most of our time watching animals. We wanted to start as early as possible.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
One walking stick is essential for the Gorilla trek no matter how old or fit you are. As they said they are MOUNTAIN Gorillas and it's at altitude. Some long drives but so worth it. US Dollars can be used for payment at most hotels. If you can add a few extra days on to your trip, Murchison Falls we heard was a must - disappointed we hadn't considered this at the time.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Its a little unfair to mention the Shoebill, as there really is no chance of seeing it on this trip.

Chimps & Gorillas of Uganda

This was my first visit to East Africa and I absolutely loved it! Passing through lush jungle and remote villages, I was enchanted by everything that I saw and experienced in Uganda.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There were so many highlights. The noisy chimpanzees of Kibale Forest, hundreds of monkey's lounging in the trees of the Bigodi Wetlands, coming face to face with a family of gorillas after a humid trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, spotting elephants, lions and other big game in Queen Elizabeth National Park, seeing hippos line the banks of the Kazinga Channel as a herd of elephants came to drink at the waters edge.... the list goes on!
  What did you think of your group leader?
He was a pleasure to be around with great wildlife knowledge. We all enjoyed his company and everything ran very smoothly. The group were great fun to be with and plenty of stories were shared over a 'Nile Special' in the evenings.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take a good camera and lens but remember that sometimes you need to put the camera down and just enjoy the experience! Especially when you have just one precious hour with the gorillas. It was magical to just sit and watch their behaviour and interactions without trying to get the perfect photo.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Brilliant trip and great memories! I would love to experience it all over again.

Primates in Uganda

This was a road trip around Uganda with an intention of seeing as many varieties of Monkey as possible. On the way we saw a great deal more, strange birds, odd looking antelopes and a few things that remain to be identified. This was a brilliant and unusual trip with a high activity content and some of the walks will stay with me for a long time.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Yes seeing the mountain Gorillas is always going to be great but there were so many other moments. Seeing 3 huge chimps swing out of their tree a few inches away from us, figs in their mouth and the smell of chimp heavy on the nostrils. Seeing the cormorant like African Fin-Foot peck flies off the back of a basking buffalo in Lake Mbouro and minutes later seeing a nest with 2 white backed night herons is just as good as it gets birding-wise!!
  What did you think of your group leader?
A very nice guy. A great driver who throughout the trip never once had a problem on roads which could be difficult and he had to put up with swerving to avoid animals, bikes, odd vehicles and on another occasion a snake. He facilitated all the check-ins seamlessly at the 4 sets of accommodation and on top of all of this he could identify most birds and mammals. Nothing was too much trouble, whether it was loaning me his waterproof or repairing a pair of glasses. He was a jack of all trades and a master of them all. We also had a bit of a bonus in that as well as the group-leader we had a representative from Exodus accompanying us which was fun and we all felt very well looked after.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be prepared for long walks on uneven terrain. And it rains. A lot. But don`t worry this is a wonderful trip and as long as you are prepared the memories will live with you for a very long time. Electricity supply can be a bit intermittent. Bring torches.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
This trip is NOT just about the monkies. You will travel through enchanting African towns and villages. You will meet extremely friendly local people and along the way you will spot some of the 1000 odd birds on offer in Uganda. We were also lucky enough to see some wonderful crater lakes, listen to a chorus of frogs at dusk and be joined by a variety of wildlife in the camps we stayed in inclusive of Zebra, Impala, Vervet monkies and so much more. I have been on many safari trips. I am used to the lions and the leopards but some of the sights on this trip were truly truly scrumptious!!

GORILLAS & WILDLIFE OF UGANDA

Amazing experience with the gorillas that will stay with me forever.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The scenery and wildlife was beautiful but the gorillas were the highlight and a real privalege to spend time with
  What did you think of your group leader?
Helpful, pleasant and accommodating
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Uganda seems almost new to tourism so chill and go with the flow
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Uganda is a beautiful country and support from tourism is vital for the wildlife their habitats and the people.
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