Ultimate Great Apes Safari - Uganda and Republic of Congo's Gorillas & Chimps
Mountain gorilla hand  
Mountain gorilla family chilling out  
Mountain gorilla youngster  
Mountain gorilla silverback, Bwindi  
Spending that golden hour with the Gorillas is awe inspiring!  
Female and young Mountain gorilla, Bwindi  
Bwindi's rainforest is achingly beautiful  
Black bee-eater can be seen in Bwindi and Kibale Forest National Parks  
Ashy red colobus, Kibale  
Kibale has a thriving population of some 1,200 Chimpanzees  
5 groups of Kibale's Chimps have been fully or partly habituated.  
Kibale is arguably the best place in which to see wild Chimpanzees  
Uganda crested managabey, one of Kibale's 13 primate species  
L'Hoeste's monkey can be seen in Kibale and Bwindi National Parks  
Night walks in Odzala may reveal wonderful nocturnal wildlife  
Guests exploring in Odzala-Kokoua NP  
Lowland gorilla silverback climbing, Odzala (Scott Ramsay)  
Lowland gorilla female and youngster, Odala  
Recent arrival in Odzala (Scott Ramsay)  
Lowland gorilla youngster, Odzala  
Guests watching Lowland gorilla silverback, Odzala  
River sundowners, Odzala  
Forest buffalos, Odzala  
Red river hog is high on wishlist of mammal-watchers. Odzala  
River walking is part of the fun at Odzala  
Puttey-nosed monkey, Odzala  
Forest elephants are regularly seen in Odzala  
Watching wildlife in a bai (mineral-rich rainforest clearing), Odzala  
Bongo, another sought-after mammal found in Odzala  
 
16 day tour
Prices from
£16455 - £17320

Tour Highlights

  • 2 Mountain Gorilla treks in Bwindi, Uganda
  • 3 Lowland Gorilla treks in Repubic of Congo
  • Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Uganda
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Uganda
  • Central African mammals including Forest elephants, Forest buffalo, Red river hog and Bongo
  • A plethora of wonderful birds in Uganda and Congo
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I'm enquiring about: Ultimate Great Apes Safari - Uganda and Republic of Congo's Gorillas & Chimps

Ultimate Great Apes Safari - Uganda and Republic of Congo's Gorillas & Chimps

Uganda      Republic of Congo
This very special individual tour offers an unrivalled choice for serious Great Ape enthusiasts, who want to spend as much time as possible observing Mountain gorillas, Lowland gorillas and Chimpanzees in their natural homes. 
 
Start your adventure in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you have two opportunities to track habituated Mountain gorilla families.
 
From Bwindi, fly to Kibale Forest National Park, the 'Primate Capital' of Uganda and arguably the best place in which to observe wild Chimpanzees. Enjoy a Chimpanzee tracking excursion in Kibale, as well as the Chimpanzee Habituation experience. 
 
The second part of the itinerary entails a trip to spectacular and remote Odzala-Kokoua National Park in Republic of Congo. This very beautiful, remote park is a superb location in which to get to know the Lowland gorillas, which you will be able to visit three times during your stay. 
 
Apart from unforgettable encounters with the Great Apes, you'll also be able to see many other Primates, including a variety of Monkeys and during night walks, Potto and various species of Galago. And then there are other mammals of the central African rainforests such as Forest elephant, Forest buffalo, Bongo, and a phenomenal variety of birds. 
 
Excellent accommodation is used throughout, and guiding is of the highest standard.
 
The itinerary can be tailored to suit individual interests and requirements. 

Day 1
Day 1: International flight to Entebbe
Check in for your international flight to Entebbe.
 
** For this sample itinerary, we quote based on Ethiopian Airlines, as this carrier services the route from UK (and USA) to Entebbe and on to Brazzaville. For advice on other international carriers, please ask.
Day 2
Day 2
Welcome to Uganda!
On arrival into Entebbe International Airport off your international flight, you will be welcomed and transferred to No 5. Boutique Hotel to stay overnight with breakfast included.
 
> Time allowing, we can arrange an excursion for you for the balance of the day.
Day 3
Day 3
Entebbe - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (flight)
You will be transferred to Entebbe Airport this morning for the quick flight to Kihihi Airstrip, where you'll be welcomed by your experienced, private, wildlife expert Ugandan driver-guide and transferred in your 4-wheel drive vehicle to Buhoma Lodge, to stay 3 nights in an en-suite chalet on an all-inclusive basis.
 
Your guide will take you on an introductory nature walk into the exquisite rainforest at Buhoma, where you'll look for various species of forest-dwelling monkeys - Blue and L'Hoeste's in particular, as well as shy Duikers and an incredible selection of rainforest birds including many of the sought-after Albertine Rift Endemics.
Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge
             
Day 4
Day 4
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi
This morning, enjoy the first of your five visits with the Gorillas: you'll depart after an early breakfast to the Park HQ for a briefing, after which experienced trackers will lead you into forested slopes to one of the resident, habituated groups of Mountain gorilla.
 
Enjoy your golden hour with these magnificent and endangered primates, which now number some 1,065 globally.
 
Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge
             
Day 5
Day 5
Second visit to Bwindi's famed Mountain gorillas
For good measure, you'll have a second Gorilla trek in Buhoma today.
 
If you're back at the lodge in time for lunch, we can arrange an additional activity for you during the afternoon.
Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge
             
Day 6
Day 6
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Kibale Forest National Park (flight and road transfer)
This morning, you'll be taken to the Kihihi Airstrip for the flight departing around 08h45 to Kasese Airstrip, where your driver-guide meets you and transfers you by road to Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda's 'Primate Capital'.
 
Here, you stay for 3 nights in an en-suite cottage at Primates Kibale Lodge, all meals included.
 
During the balance of the day, you'll be taken to explore Bigodi Swamp nearby, which is especially known for its variety of Monkeys and excellent birding opportunities.
 
Look for Ashy red colobus; Red-tailed monkey and L'Hoeste's monkey, among others. Tonight, you'll be taken on a night drive and walk, in search of some of the interesting nocturnal mammals which occur in Kibale, such as Potto and Demidoff's and Thomas's galagos.
Accommodation: Primate Lodge Kibale
         
Day 7
Day 7
Chimpanzee Habituation experience, Kibale Forest NP
This day is set aside for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, which could take much of the day depending on where the Chimps are located. You'll be taken to meet some of the researchers, who will lead you into the forest and with them, you'll spend a few hours observing our closest relatives in their natural home.
 
Accommodation: Primate Lodge Kibale
         
Day 8
Day 8
More Chimps, Monkeys and Birds in Kibale Forest
Today, you'll be taken for a Chimpanzee trek which can be slotted in either during the morning, or in the afternoon, depending on your special interests: if you are keen on birding, then it'd be a better plan to do that in the morning, especially if you want to try for species like Green-breasted pitta, which are in the same forest area where the Chimps are.
 
In the afternoon, revisit Bigodi Swamp to catch up on species previously missed over there.
 
At night, enjoy a second excursion to try for more nocturnal wildlife.
Accommodation: Primate Lodge Kibale
         
Day 9
Day 9
Kibale Forest National Park - Entebbe (drive)
Depart Kibale today on the approximately 5 hour journey to Entebbe, where you stay overnight in No.5 Boutique Hotel with breakfast included.
Day 10
Day 10
Uganda - Republic of Congo (flight)
You will be transferred to Entebbe Airport to check in for the flight to Brazzaville, capital of Republic of Congo.
 
On arrival today in the late morning, you will be met and transferred to Radisson Blu, to stay overnight with breakfast included.
 
This afternoon, we can schedule a guided city highlights tour for you.
Accommodation: Radisson Blu
     
Day 11
Day 11
Brazzaville - Odzala- Kokoua National Park (flight)
You will be transferred to Maya Maya Airport and checked in for the scheduled flight***:departing at 1pm and arriving into Odzala at 3pm. (You land at Mboko). On arrival at Mboko Airstrip, you will be welcomed and transferred to Ngaga Camp (3 hour road journey through the National Park). You will meet the gorilla research team for a briefing, and then have dinner.
 
Ngaga Camp, all meals, house wines, spirits, beers and drinks.
 
*** This flight will be on a Thursday, to work with the itinerary.
 
Accommodation: Ngaga Camp
           
Day 12
Day 12
Introducing the Lowland gorillas of Odzala
After breakfast you will be taken for the first of your three Gorilla tracking excursions. Set off with a guide and tracker from the team, who will introduce you to the lowland relatives of the Mountain gorillas which you previously encountered in Uganda.
 
After the Lowland gorilla tracking, return to Ngaga Camp for lunch and a rest, followed by a forest walk for birding and discovery of other forest wildlife life. Then, enjoy river sundowners and overnight at Ngaga Camp in an en-suite forest chalet.
Accommodation: Ngaga Camp
           
Day 13
Day 13
More Lowland gorillas and other wildlife of Odzala
This morning, enjoy a second Gorilla tracking excursion with your guide and tracker, followed by lunch at Ngaga Camp. In the afternoon, spend time with the gorilla research team, and then go for a guided forest walk in search of the wonderful wildlife which finds protection here. After dinner, you will be taken for a guided forest walk in search of nocturnal forest wildlife.
Accommodation: Ngaga Camp
           
Day 14
Day 14
Third Lowland Gorilla tracking excursion, and more wildlife - Odzala
After breakfast, enjoy your 3rd and final Lowland gorilla tracking excursion. You will then be transferred by road throug Mbomo village and the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, to Mboko Camp where you arrive in time for lunch, followed by a kayak excursion or sundowner river cruise.
 
Overnight Mboko Camp in an en-suite river chalet, all meals included.
Accommodation: Mboko Camp
         
Day 15
Day 15
Odzala - Brazzaville (flight) and departure
After breakfast at Mboko Camp, you will be taken to the airstrip and checked in for the scheduled flight departing at 9am and arriving into Brazzaville Maya Maya Airport at 11am
 
Check in for the connecting flight out, departing around lunch time after an incredible trip, after which you'll return home with a wonderful catalogue of Primate experiences; observations, photos and memories.
Day 16
Arrival home
Arrival back home into the UK if you've flown from London or selected other airports.

Pricing Information & Dates

16 day tour, from £16455 - £17320 per person
Price Includes
* International flights from London (economy class seating) to Entebbe; Entebbe to Brazzaville and Brazzaville to London

* Airport taxes;

* Domestic flights

* All transfers and 4-wheel drive transportation

* Services of experienced, private guides in both countries

* All accommodation as stated with meals and drinks as indicated

* All excursions and activities as outlined

* 2 Uganda Gorilla permits per person

* 3 Congo Republic Gorilla permits per person

* 1 Chimpanzee Habituation permit per person

* 1 Chimpanzee tracking permit per person

* National park permits and park fees

* Services of local guides and trackers

* Drinking water in vehicles
Price Excludes
Visa fees; items of a personal nature (travel insurance; phone calls, tips, certain drinks)
Price Notes
If you do not need international flights, please deduct £1,110 from the tour price as that is the Ethiopian Airlines fare quoted on here.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Kampala, Entebbe & Jinja
  2.   Bwindi
  3.   Kibale Forest
  4.   Brazzaville
  5.   Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Accommodation on this Tour

Buhoma Lodge
Buhoma Lodge
Bwindi, Uganda
Buhoma Lodge Buhoma Lodge is one of the original lodges in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, situated diagonally opposite the park entrance, about five minute’s walk to the gorilla......
             
Mboko Camp
Mboko Camp
Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo
Mboko Camp Larger than the other two camps, Mboko Camp has 12 bungalows/cabins at the Lekoli River bank in Odzala-Kokoua National Park.In this area, habitats range from grassland to tropical......
         
Ngaga Camp
Ngaga Camp
Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of Congo
In the heart of a rainforest block, this small and personal camp is ideally located for Lowland gorilla tracking in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park.
           
Primate Lodge Kibale
Primate Lodge Kibale
Kibale Forest, Uganda
Primate Lodge Kibale In terms of its location, Primate Lodge Kibale is unbeatable for those who want to go Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park.Set within the park parameters, it is......
         
Radisson Blu
Radisson Blu
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Radisson Blu Raddison Blu M’ Bamou Palace Hotel provides very comfortable accommodation of a high standard in Brazzaville. It is located just 6km from Maya Maya Airport and from the hotel,......
     

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