If you’re looking for adventure—and gorillas!—you can do no better than Uganda. Chicago Zoological Society curator Jay Petersen, an expert on primates, will accompany this not-to-be-missed trip.
in the Heart of Africa
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On day one, fly to Amsterdam and then connect to Entebbe. The true adventure begins with a drive past tea plantations into Kibale Forest National Park, home to Africa’s most diverse population of primates, including families of chimpanzees. Your lodge overlooks crater lakes.
Experience the wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park, where hippos, crocodiles, pangolins, elephants, big cats, an amazing variety of birds, and other animals live.
Experience the ultimate in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your exploits include a very rare opportunity: trekking through dense, silent forest and past meadow expanses and thundering waterfalls to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Your goal is to see one of the nine habituated gorilla families living in the forest. The number of visitors allowed to experience this profound adventure number in the tens daily, and you will be one of the lucky ones.
You can find more than 300 bird species—along with zebras, impalas, and other hoofed animals and predators like leopards, hyenas, and jackals—in Lake Mburo National Park. An optional pretrip to Murchison Falls National Park and an optional posttrip to Volcano National Park in Rwanda are available for this adventure.
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