Once in a Lifetime Uganda

by Sandy Salle on December 24, 2019

We had VIP clients recently complete their trip of a lifetime where they not only saw the gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, they also visited the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda, as well as Murchison Falls for fabulous safari viewing, Kibale for chimpanzees and Queen Elizabeth National Park for more safari, lion, elephant and buffalo experiences.

On the day of your gorilla trekking experience, you’ll meet your guide early in the morning (we want you there first so you get the best gorilla family!) and transfer to the ranger station.

Imagine the emotions you will be feeling – excited, anxious, what’s it going to be like, am I going to cry? Yes, you’ll feel that and so much more.

Photo Courtesy of Stacey S

Finding the gorillas can take up to 6 hours of trekking (if you’re lucky an hour) and you have one hour with the gorillas …. just imagine being able to take this photo!

Photo Courtesy of Stacey S

In Bwindi, you’ll find half of the world’s mountain gorilla population and when you’re with them you can expect to see the babies jumping around, the mummies socializing and sometimes the big daddy, the Silverback, sleeping!! It’s a beautiful experience and one that I will never forget – I still have the t-shirt from when the Silverback put his hand on my back.

Each of the habituated gorilla families is only visited for one hour per day by a maximum of 8 guests. On this Uganda safari tour, you can also hopefully see black-and-white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, giant forest hogs, blue monkeys, and baboons – and if you’re a bird lover, lots of gorgeous birds.

Photo Courtesy of Stacey S
Photo Courtesy of Stacey S

Our VIP clients also got to visit the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria, just off-shore from Entebbe. If you’re over-nighting in Entebbe, it’s well worth a visit and you get to learn about chimpanzees. It’s a fun day to watch the chimps exploring their home, looking for food and even offering a photo op!

Photo Courtesy of Stacey S

Here is first hand account of our clients’ day at Ngamba: “First full day in Uganda and it could not have started any better than with a visit to the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary! Dave and I were transported to the island via speedboat. There are 50 chimps living on the island, with the latest having been born not even 24 hours before our arrival! The majority of residents were confiscated from the wild life trade, or from circuses. For a small, additional fee visitors are given the opportunity to feed the chimps by tossing various vegetables and fruits from large buckets into their forest home. The chimps could not have been more eager, or demonstrative, at catching the food – some using one hand!”

Photo Courtesy of Stacey S

If you are interested in a gorilla trek or visiting the chimpanzees at Kibale or Ngamba, feel free to contact me at sandy@hillsofafrica.com or call me at 800-940-9344.

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