You push aside a tangled rope of vine, pressing through the maze of foliage, when at last you see them. Ten or twelve gorillas sit in a forest clearing, two more up in a tree. They stop munching for a moment to observe you, nonchalant. A few feet away you spy the big silverback. Twice the size of the young females, he sits on massive haunches, stripping leaves from branches. He’s close enough to hold your gaze with his liquid brown eyes. Something primal, inexplicable, connects the two of you in that moment, gorillas and other primates in their natural habitat in Uganda and Rwanda may also be a life-changing experience for them,
when the world exists only within this rarest of encounters. On this riveting wildlife expedition, meet mountain gorillas at close range and observe a host of other primates, too, including chimpanzees.
Choose NHA for the Most In-Depth Encounter with Uganda's Wildlife
The mountain gorillas of Uganda offer wildlife lovers a rare and life-enhancing travel experience. While tracking them is our main focus, Uganda offers so much more for nature enthusiasts, and this comprehensive itinerary highlights a host of wildlife encounters. We'll see plenty of primates, to be sure: in addition to gorillas, we track wild chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and likely witness troops of colobus monkeys overhead. But we'll also see classic African big game on safari drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, revel in some of Africa’s best birding, and explore the scenic volcano lakes region. That all-encompassing scope, plus these important differentiating features, make our Uganda safari far more rewarding than those offered by most companies:
- See Uganda's Primates – and So Much More!
While most safari-goers come to Uganda to see the endangered mountain gorillas, many may not realize that Uganda is a microcosm of East Africa—this small country is home not just to rain forest primates but a full range of classic African safari animals. Our comprehensive and diverse itinerary is designed to take it all in.
- An Internal Flight for Extra Time & Comfort
Many safari companies drive both ways between Entebbe and the West by mini bus or safari truck, resulting in an arduous return trip over bumpy dirt roads in sub-par vehicles. We, on the other hand, provide a level of comfort rarely offered by other operators. Our outbound journey, offering an eye-level overland look at the beauty of Uganda, takes place in comfortable, well-maintained 4x4 vehicles designed for the rigors of African travel. We make the return trip by chartered aircraft, allowing us to spend extra time on safari rather than in transit over rough roads.
- Boutique Lodges Offer Secluded Respites & Maximum Wildlife Viewing
While most visitors to Uganda stay in large hotels in the national parks, sharing their "wildlife experience" with hundreds of others from pop-top mini vans, we endeavor whenever possible to use distinctive and intimate accommodations in remote areas away from crowds. Of course, location is critical, and each of our accommodations has been chosen above all for the outstanding wildlife-viewing opportunities it provides. You'll enjoy a a luxury boutique lodge perched atop the rim of a volcanic crater lake, a lodge situated right on the Kazinga Channel in view of prolific hippos, and secluded chalets far from the bustle of the town of Bwindi (where most gorilla trekkers stay).
- A Window Seat For Each Traveler
Uganda is a visually spectacular country, with terrain ranging from lush, rolling tea plantations and steeply terraced farmland to the snowy summits of the Rwenzoris and open savannas of the east. Against this backdrop wildlife drives reveal elephants, lions, plains game, colorful birdlife (Uganda is a birder's paradise) and more, not to mention Uganda's beautiful people. You will definitely appreciate your guaranteed window seat!
- The World's Finest Safari Guides
Natural Habitat Adventures is well known for employing the finest naturalist guides on the planet! In Uganda, rather than using a mix of local guides at each lodge or camp, or inexperienced driver-guides to escort our trips, NHA flies in our own Safari Expedition Leaders to accompany guests from start to finish, ensuring quality and safety throughout. Our Africa Expedition Leaders average 15 years' experience, with additional training from WWF scientists. Please consult our guide section for bios and traveler comments about our Expedition Leaders.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Superior Safari Experience
Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We care deeply about our planet, just as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset – Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund – the world's leading environmental conservation organization – has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!