Exploring Africa's Wildlife And Wild Places

Top 3 Reasons to Go on an African Safari in Uganda

by Samantha Barbitta
April 5, 2014



Best single-country combined big game viewing and primate experience 

As we think about Jane Goodall’s achievements on her 80th birthday, we are reminded that primate encounters capture the imagination and the heart in a way that few other wildlife viewing experiences can do. “No one who looks into a gorilla’s eyes – intelligent, gentle, vulnerable – can remain unchanged, for the gap between ape and human vanishes…” said American biologist George Schaller, and we agree. We’ve found that only Uganda allows you to enjoy gorilla and chimpanzee trekking plus Big Five game viewing in a single-country safari experience. Progressing from north to south, you can experience the chimpanzees of Kibale, head on to big game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and conclude with mountain gorillas trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in a straightforward program that requires no back-tracking.


Can be easily combined with Serengeti Game Viewing

However, if you want to super-size your Uganda safari, and see the wildebeests at their Mara River crossing, plus the big cats of Lamai Serengeti, we’ve lately discovered a fantastic flight that takes you from Entebbe, Uganda to the Northern Serengeti, and reduces back-tracking and forced overnights. To witness the crossing, however, you’d want to plan your safari for the late summer or fall, which tends to be a great time of year for gorilla trekking in Uganda, as well.


Active format is a great fit for families with teens

Gorilla trekking is an active safari experience which we’ve found can be an excellent fit for families with teens and young adults, who have both the energy and the need to engage with their surroundings more than they are able to in a four-by-four vehicle-based safari. Uganda’s mountain gorillas are found in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and the name fits the terrain. Accompanied by expert guides, your small group of 8 will set out in the morning, wending its way up and down hills, over and under logs and trees, and through brush, at moderate altitude, until you find the gorillas and enjoy their presence and social interactions for an hour. Then head back to camp where you will begin the nearly equally pleasurable process of endlessly sharing observations with your group, and comparing photos. When planning your safari, it’s important to know that only children 15 years and older are permitted on gorilla treks, and to assess your level of physical fitness with your travel planner too see if it’s the right program for you.



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AUTHOR BIO  |Samantha Barbitta

Samantha is Bushtracks' Division Specialist Independent Travel and safari expert. Africa safari tours are all about animals and adventure. And so is Samantha. She studied marine biology at university, is a certified SCUBA diver and worked at a sport fishing lodge in Costa Rica for two and a half years. Some of her favorite trips have been to Rwanda (to spend time with gorillas), Brazil (to spot jaguars) and Kenya and Tanzania (to see too many animals to name.) When she’s not traveling or working, she also spends quite a bit of time riding horses. And not to be without animals while she works, Sam often brings her very personable greyhound, Libby, to the office. If you’re looking for animals and adventure, Sam's expansive experience and enthusiasm for adventure make her a superb person to help you plan your Africa safari luxury vacation.