Great Apes, unique wildlife and conservation in Uganda

This safari has been created to offer an exclusive experience to an exclusive group…. Come to Africa for a brand-new wildlife experience, uncovering more amazing wildlife secrets and joining Dr Peter Brothers and local veterinarians, trekking reat Apes, unique wildlife and Rainforests in Uganda!

Description

Great Apes, unique wildlife and Rainforests in Uganda

Led by wildlife veterinarian, Dr Peter Brothers, and other specialised guides, you will not only have an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience on this safari, but your participation also gives financial support to the many projects and researchers you will interact with! Peter, the owner of Brothers Safaris and African Vet Safaris, will work closely with local specialists to share his insights on the wildlife we will encounter.

On this safari, you will have the chance to see two great ape species – the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzees. You will gain crucial insights into great ape conservation from the accompanying guides and local specialists, and will also have the chance to see several other primate species (red, black and white colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabue, L’Hoest’s monkey) . The safari also offers the chance to see many other amazing wildlife and bird species, including the unique tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth Park, the rare Shoebill Stork, elephant, hippo, crocodile, buffalo, hyena and Uganda Kob…….

The safari will run in Uganda, one of Africa’s wildlife and bird hotspots, and is planned for June & July 2020.

Pack your bags and join us on another amazing adventure!

Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 :

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Arrive at Entebbe Airport where you will be met by a Dr Peter Brothers, a wildlife veterinarian and owner of Brothers Safaris and transferred to your hotel.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

After breakfast, meet your safari driver/guide and transfer to Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) for the morning Behind the Scenes tour.

UWEC was formed in 1994 as a trust to revive the neglected Entebbe Zoo and provide leadership in educating Ugandans about the benefits of conserving the country’s biodiversity.

Today, UWEC undertakes several conservation initiatives in Uganda, including wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, fully fledged veterinary hospital services, and captive breeding of endangered species of the area.  Going beyond these on-hands roles, UWEC furthermore contributes to scientific research and is committed to develop education programmes for the general public, with particular emphasis on instilling a conversation ethic and engaging young people.

If it’s not enough for you to see the animals through a fence or across a wall, the Behind The Scenes Tour is for you.  Observe the animals’ behaviour and experience first-hand how the keepers feed the lions, carry out health checks, or bring them back to their holding facilities.  Have the luxury of a privileged few and visit the food preparation area, the pharmacy, the exhibits, and much more.  This way you can say that you have truly visited the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

After your tour we will head out to Kibale Forest, taking along a picnic lunch to enjoy en-route.   Today we have a long drive ahead so sit back and relax.

Your private tailor-made safari is carefully designed just for you, making your journey as flexible as possible.  The local professional guides can’t wait to share their knowledge and passion for their beautiful country with you, and as far as possible will do their best to break the drives between destinations with visits to local villages or places of historical/cultural interest, ensuring your safari is far from boring.

The days in the game parks are spent offering you the best possible game-viewing opportunities.  Your spacious 4 x 4 safari vehicle is custom-built with the focus on comfort, space and 360° game viewing visibility.  The vehicle has large windows, fridge/cooler box for drinks and inverters for charging camera/cellphone batteries.

After dinner we head out in Kibale Forest for a  nocturnal Forest Walk  This is a 1 1/2 to 2-hour hike at night in Forest where you explore the forest and the creatures of the night, the nocturnal creatures, the birds of the night, all the things that move at night.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Following an early morning breakfast at the lodge, travel to Kibale National Park to join your team and begin your chimpanzee habituation experience.  You will assist Kibale’s trackers in their daily habituation research and activities, including “de-nesting” the chimps, following them through the forest and recording their behaviours and movements throughout the day.  Finish the day off at sundown when the chimpanzees retire to their new nests for the night.

This lifetime experience will allow you within metres of these amusing and very social apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities.  Chimpanzees, our closest cousins, are extremely endangered with only an estimate 5000 remaining in Uganda!

You will also have the opportunity to observe the many other animal species living in Kibale’s diverse habitat, including black and white colobus monkeys, baboons and hundreds of native bird species.

Friday, 26 June 2020

After an early breakfast at the lodge, we pack our bags and depart for Chamburu Gorge for the morning Chamburu chimp trek.

The forest is alive with noise – chimpanzees can be quite active and may move quickly through the forest canopy – or if you are lucky you may find them resting or eating near the forest floors.  It’s a heady walk in beautiful scenery.

The walk down into the gorge is steep in places and can be slippery, so it’s important to wear proper hiking shoes / boots.  There is a small stream running along the gorge and the sides have incredible vegetation.  The chimpanzees can move rapidly, so the hike often includes following them as they move along the trees and shrubs along the sides of the gorge.

Sightings are not guaranteed but the area is beautiful and wild so even if you don’t see the chimps, it’s a lovey walk with plenty of birdlife and other species to look at.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

After an early breakfast at the lodge, we pack our bags and depart and embark on lion tracking activity this morning, with a local guide and accompanied by some of the lion research team.

On the drive, we not only hope to spot some of these unique tree-climbing lions, but we will also be learning more about the research project in this park with the lion. The drive also takes in other species and sightings along the way, making for an exciting game drive.

The Uganda Carnivore Program (UCP) is a multi-disciplinary organization, devoted to the research and conservation of Uganda’s large carnivores, including lions, leopards, and hyenas.  UCP began as the Uganda Large Predator Project in the 1990s when the Director of Uganda’s Institute of Ecology became concerned that the canine distemper virus epidemic that was decimating predators in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park would affect the predators in Uganda. While lions in Uganda were dying, research showed that they did not have canine distemper but were instead being poisoned. It was then was decided that consistent monitoring and research of the predator population should continue. The program was once active in many of Uganda’s national parks, but at the moment, occurs primarily in the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Over time, as activities expanded into community conservation, and other partnerships were created, the project evolved into the Uganda Carnivore Program.

The programme has two primary focuses:

  • Scientific research and monitoring of resident carnivores
  • Community-based wildlife conservation

Your participation in this safari helps fund this research project, which needs your support!

Embark on a scheduled Kazinga Channel boat cruise sailing at 11h00.  You may encounter herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope, families of warthog, large groups of hippo and crocodiles basking on the shore.  Kazing’s shores are a haven for numerous birds, including many migratory species as the make their way south to warmer climates.  The cruise also provides a spectacular view of the beautiful Mweya Peninsula and life in local fishing villages set along the banks.

After your cruise we travel Ishasha lodge,  freshen up and enjoy dinner, before heading to your cottage and settling in for a good night’s sleep to the sounds of Africa.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Time to set off again on the next leg of our journey!  After breakfast travel to Bwindi Forest with a stop off at the Ishasha Community Project for a visit.

Agartha’s Taste of Uganda tour is a community project near Ishasha Village. Agartha is a craftswoman, tailor and organic subsistence farmer who welcomes you into her homestead and shares with you how the women of the Bakiga tribe prepare their local food. During this 30-45 min tour Agartha weaves in stories of life as a Bakiga wife whilst encouraging you to taste what you have prepared together. A fun, educational tour for the inquisitive visitor who wonders how a rural Ugandan lady lives.

After our tour we head further south to our next lodge where we arrive in time to enjoy lunch.

When you first arrive at Buhoma Lodge, you will be welcomed “home” by the friendly staff who want you to relax, enjoy the surroundings and take home wonderful memories.

This is the perfect location to put your feet up and relax after a hard day trekking gorillas, taking advantage of the deep, comfortable couches of the lounge, or perhaps enjoy a few drinks at the bar getting to know new friends and sharing the day’s experiences.  The elevated lounge and bar area is cosy with a warm, homely fireplace in the evenings, but is open so you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the forest and feel like you’re part of the surroundings.

Take the opportunity to either go for a walk or spend the afternoon relaxing and preparing for your trek tomorrow.

After dinner at the lodge this evening enjoy a gorilla research talk. 

Monday, 29 June 2020

Today will be a lifetime experience! Coming face to face with mountain gorillas is a rare wildlife encounter. Experienced guides and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the dense rainforest on the mountain slopes.  The opportunity to come within metres of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities, is an experience you won’t soon forget!   Mountain gorillas are extremely rare, with only an estimated 880 remaining in the wild.

After an early breakfast at the lodge, take a short stroll to the park headquarters to meet your guides – a packed lunch will be given by the lodge before setting off.

If you are trekking in Buhoma, you will meet your gorilla guides (from UWA) for the pre-trek briefing, which usually starts at 08:00.  Depending on which family you are allocated to on the day, you will either start walking from the briefing point or be transferred by vehicle to the alternative start point.  The gorilla families live in different areas of the forest.

If you are trekking in Ruhija, it is an approximately two-hour drive to get to the start point.  You will, therefore, depart early from the lodge. Note there is an additional cost for the transfer to Ruhija should permits be issued there, which will be advised at the time of booking.

Following the trek, return to your accommodation, no doubt exhausted, but exhilarated! Depending on your return time, freshen up and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in camp, reliving the day’s adventures…..

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

After breakfast embark on the Nkuringo walking safari through Bwindi Forest. The Ivy River Trail is about 4 hours long and ascends and descends gently through beautiful areas of the rainforest with several viewpoints overlooking lush mist-shrouded valleys. The trail is also an important footpath for local people travelling to and from Nkuringo particularly on market days. Monkeys, duikers, bush pigs and some of Bwindi’s world-renowned bird and butterfly species can be sighted.

Wednesday & Thursday, 01 & 02  July 2020

On these two days the group will split to accommodate these two incredible experiences! Group one  will embark on a gorilla habituation (4 permits per day) trek on one day, and the group 2  will embark regular gorilla trek on the other (24 permits per day) and the vice versa for day 2. – Prepare yourself for two more mind-blowing days!

After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will be transferred to the park headquarters to meet your guides – a packed lunch will be given by the lodge before setting off.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience differs from normal Gorilla Trekking in that a maximum of four people participate in the four hour Habituation Experience, which can involve more strenuous trekking at elevations of up to 7500 feet. Two gorilla families have been set aside for the habituation experience and are located in the Nkuringo and Rushaga side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It takes two to three years to habituate a gorilla family, during which time researchers visit the families on a daily basis, observing and recording their behaviour.

Over time these gorillas get used to the presence of the researchers, and once researchers are sure that these gorillas can be trekked, mock exercises are conducted with scientists and journalists visiting them. Once a gorilla family has passed such a test, the family is ready for visitors on the Habituation Experience.  These gorillas are now only semi habituated, used to rangers and researchers but not tourists, and they may behave in unusual and unpredictable manners, in which case the experience will be stopped. Since Gorillas build new nests every night, you won’t necessarily get more time with the gorillas, as you join the trackers right from the start and find the families with them (unlike traditional trekking where the trackers find the gorillas ahead of time for visitors).

At the end of an exhilarating day, return to the lodge to freshen up and enjoy some leisure time, reflecting on the day’s experiences. After dinner in camp it’s time for another good night’s sleep in anticipation of tomorrow’s new adventure…..

If you are trekking in Buhoma, you will meet your gorilla guides (from UWA) for the pre-trek briefing, which usually starts at 08:00.  Depending on which family you are allocated to on the day, you will either start walking from the briefing point or be transferred by vehicle to the alternative start point.  The gorilla families live in different areas of the forest.

If you are trekking in Ruhija, it is an approximately two-hour drive to get to the start point.  You will, therefore, depart early from the lodge. Note there is an additional cost for the transfer to Ruhija should permits be issued there, which will be advised at the time of booking.

Following the trek, return to your accommodation, no doubt exhausted, but exhilarated! Depending on your return time, freshen up and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in camp, reliving the day’s adventures…..

Friday, 03 July 2020

After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will be transferred to the park headquarters to meet your guides – a packed lunch will be given by the lodge before setting off.

Coming face to face with mountain gorillas is a rare wildlife encounter. Experienced guides and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the dense rainforest on the mountain slopes.  The opportunity to come within metres of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities, is an experience you won’t soon forget!   Mountain gorillas are extremely rare, with only an estimated 880 remaining in the wild.

At the end of an exhilarating day, return to the lodge to freshen up and enjoy some leisure time, reflecting on the day’s experiences. After dinner in camp it’s time for another good night’s sleep in anticipation of tomorrow’s new adventure…..

Saturday, 04 July 2020

After breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to Kisoro airstrip for a scheduled flight to Entebbe Airport where your safari ends.

END OF SERVICES

The cost of this safari based on a group of 6 persons sharing is US$ 12950.00 per person sharing.

Single supplement on request 

Please note that due to the nature of this experience, times and plans may need to be adjusted slightly as we proceed. Please bear with us should this become necessary.

Please note the following regarding any behind the scenes/veterinary /darting/other procedure/s, as applicable to your itinerary:

While every endeavour is made to locate and dart the animal in question, factors such as severe weather conditions or illness involving the animal, which are unpredictable, may prevent the darting from going ahead.

Every effort will be made to ensure that the client participates in the darting procedure, or similar, as laid out in the itinerary, but the animal’s welfare will not be compromised at any stage, and a procedure may have to be aborted and the animal revived in certain circumstances. This may shorten the procedure/down time and hence the close-up experience for the client.

Brothers Safaris, its staff, and appointed agents will not be held liable for any losses incurred by a client as a result of such situations, and accept no responsibility whatsoever. Every endeavour is made to ensure the health and safety of all our clients, but any procedure with a potentially dangerous wild animal is of such a nature that certain circumstances may be beyond our control.

Should any such situation arise which leads to death or injury due to any reason whatsoever, Brothers Safaris, its staff, and appointed agents, will not be held liable for any losses incurred as a direct, or indirect, result of such a situation, or our actions in such a situation.

 

Included

  • Airport transfers as specified
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Private 4×4 transportation on safari with English speaking driver/guide and bottled water in vehicle (x 1 vehicles)
  • Behind the Scenes (UWEC) tour
  • Kibale Forest Nocturnal tour including park fee
  • Scheduled Kazinga Channel boat cruise
  • Game drives in QENP including park fees
  • Ishasha Lion Tracking experience
  • Sundowner drinks in Ishasha
  • Ishasha Community Project visit
  • Nkuringo walking safari through Bwindi Forest including park fee
  • Gorilla research talk
  • Scheduled Aerolink flight: Kisoro/Entebbe (max. luggage allowance of 15kg per person in soft bags)
  • Chimp & Gorilla permits as required for this itinerary

Excluded

  • International flights & taxes
  • Visa and health requirements
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks and meals not specified as included
  • Any items of a personal nature

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