Embarking on an African Great Apes Expedition in Uganda and Rwanda, you’ll discover the incredible world of great apes, our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. These magnificent creatures, including gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans, share a common ancestry with humans and call Africa their exclusive home.
If you’re eager for an unforgettable wildlife adventure, the Great Apes of Africa Expedition is the perfect choice. This thrilling journey takes you deep into the lush rainforests of Uganda and Rwanda, offering a unique chance to encounter African great apes in their natural habitats.
Africa’s diversity is astounding, and its great apes are celebrated for their intelligence and complex social structures. This expedition provides an immersive experience, allowing you to trek alongside chimpanzees in Uganda, meet gorilla families in the jungles of Bwindi, and marvel at the endangered golden monkeys in Rwanda’s Virunga mountains.
African Great Apes Expedition in Uganda and Rwanda, Uganda and Rwanda stand out as prime destinations for observing these incredible primates in their natural homes. These countries boast pristine rainforests, expertly guided treks, and conservation efforts that ensure a close and responsible interaction with great apes.
Kibale National Park: Known as the “Primate Capital of the World,” Kibale Forest National Park in western Uganda is a haven for chimpanzees. The park offers the best chimpanzee trekking experiences in Africa, with easy access from the airport and excellent accommodation options.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi protects the highest population of mountain gorillas. It provides a captivating backdrop for gorilla trekking expeditions, offering an enchanting experience.
Volcanoes National Park: Nestled in the Virunga Mountains in northeastern Rwanda, this park is a top attraction for mountain gorillas. It also offers golden monkey trekking experiences and a chance to engage with primate conservationists at the Ellen DeGeneres Campus for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
The journey kicks off in Entebbe, Uganda, with a canoe trip in search of the elusive shoebill bird at Mabamba Sanctuary. The adventure then unfolds across three key destinations:
Kibale National Park (2 Nights): A scenic drive takes you to Kibale Forest National Park, where you stay at Turaco Treetops Lodge. The next day, join local trackers for a chimpanzee trekking excursion, spending an hour observing their social behaviors in the lush rainforest.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (3 Nights): After Kibale, a bush flight and a drive bring you to Bwindi. Accommodate yourself at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge for three nights. Engage in a physically and emotionally challenging gorilla trekking experience and a cultural forest walk with the Batwa people.
Volcanoes National Park (3 Nights): A drive takes you to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, with a three-night stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. Explore golden monkey trekking and visit the Ellen DeGeneres Campus for insights into gorilla conservation.
The expedition concludes in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, offering a night’s stay at Haven Boutique.
The ideal time is during the dry seasons in Uganda and Rwanda, typically from June to September and December to February. These periods offer less muddy trails and more predictable ape sightings, although great ape encounters are possible year-round.
Obtaining permits for gorilla and chimpanzee trekking is crucial. Gorilla permits cost $700, chimpanzee trekking permits cost $200, and Golden Monkey permits cost $100. It’s recommended to secure these permits well in advance due to high demand.
The expedition is rated moderate to strenuous, requiring physical fitness for up to 8 hours of trekking in challenging terrain. The minimum age is 15. Long driving days up to 7 hours are part of the journey, but accommodations offer comfort. Safari vacations and travel services provides expert guides, 4×4 safari trucks, and takes care of accommodation and meals.
Efficient packing is crucial due to limited space on transfers. Recommended items include lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing, waterproof gear, sturdy hiking boots, a backpack, a refillable water bottle, a small first aid kit, a camera, travel accessories, essential documents, medications, compact toiletries, and optional extras like a book and a small power bank.
For more information about the African Great Apes Expedition in Uganda and Rwanda, contact safari vacations and travel services.