Journey to Uganda and embark on a quest to meet one of the world's most endangered species - the noble mountain gorilla. Encounter birdlife, frogs and butterflies while hiking through the thick jungle with an experienced local tracker. The first glimpses of mountain gorillas will be sure to capture hearts and render most speechless - a just reward for the challenging trek. With cruises, camping and game drives included in the trip - this adventure is action packed and sure to satisfy!
Day 1 Kampala
Travel to Uganda and visit Kampala. Use free time in Uganda's capital to visit markets, museums and shops. If time permits, choose to wander Kabaka's Trail - a community initiative established to give visitors an insight into the history, customs and culture of Uganda.
Days 2-3 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Leave modernity behind and journey into the wilds of Uganda. Game drives through Queen Elizabeth National Park offer opportunities to spot elephants, lions, buffaloes, antelopes and leopards. A boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel reveals pelicans, eagles, crocodiles and hippos living in coexistence. Bird life is also prolific here so keep a watch for storks, fish eagles and other water birds. At night, camp under a night sky filled with stars.
Days 4-6 Gorilla Trek
The dense jungle of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the last remaining sanctuaries for Uganda's endangered mountain gorillas. Trek through tough, wet terrain with an experienced local tracker and be transfixed by the noble beauty of these gentle creatures. Watch the gorillas interact with each other and marvel at the behavioural similarities between this species and that of humans. Other wildlife such as colobus monkeys, frogs, chimpanzees and jackals also thrive in this ecosystem - so keep eyes peeled during this challenging, yet memorable, trek. In down time, enjoy visits to nearby villages or leisurely walks through the forest.
Day 7 Mbarara
Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring Mbarara, or perhaps find a local football match to watch.
Day 8 Kampala
Drive back to Kampala via the peaceful shores of Lake Victoria, and reflect on the wildlife encounters of the Gorilla Express.