25 MAR - 11 APR

About This Tour

NOTE: On May 6, 2017, the Rwanda Development Board announced a doubling in the price of gorilla permits, from $750 to $1,500. To save you money, we have removed Rwanda from the main tour and now offer Rwanda as an optional extension. The revised Uganda tour includes two gorilla visits in different sectors of Bwindi National Park. The Rwanda add-on is priced separately and includes a flight, one gorilla tracking permit plus the golden monkey permit and a visit to the grave of Dian Fossey. The Tourist Board in Uganda may well decide to follow the lead of Rwanda and increase the price of gorilla permits in Uganda. We do not purchase your permits until your reservation is received. To avoid any possible increase in the Uganda tour price, please book your space as soon as possible!

In modern times a “safari” means cameras, not guns, are used to shoot wildlife. It also means an overland journey, often involving great distances and requiring special preparation. It is in this broader spirit that we embark upon an exotic journey to equatorial Africa to connect with distant, unfamiliar cultures, and to seek out a species of primate that is almost “family,” and that is in danger of extinction.

Uganda’s star attraction is the endangered mountain gorilla, the bulkiest of living primates, and among the most peaceable. The total population of mountain gorillas living in the wild is now less than 900 individuals. Within Uganda, five habituated gorilla troops can be visited by only a small group of tourists daily. Uganda is also home to man’s closest relative, the chimpanzee, whose evocative pant-hoot call is a definitive sound of the African rainforest. Monkeys are exceptionally well represented here, boasting the greatest primate variety and density in East Africa, with five or six species likely to be observed over the course of a single afternoon walk.

We offer a tour extension to Rwanda. Divided by great peaks up to 9,842 feet which run across the country from north to south, Rwanda is equal to its neighbor as a habitat protecting mountain gorillas. Whether you’re a first time safari-goer or a seasoned Africa traveler, Uganda and Rwanda, with their unique blend of savannah and forest creatures, and their wealth of mountain and lake habitats, are simply dazzling.

Our visits to these countries support the protection and conservation of the mountain gorillas. A part of your tour cost is also designated for supporting the work of SMUG (Sexual Minorities Uganda), which is the leading advocate for establishing gay rights in Uganda. Our tourist dollars will only be spent in establishments which are supportive of the gay community.

Tour Highlights

  • Kampala, capital of Uganda
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Kibale Forest
  • Crater Lakes region
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Kazinga Channel
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park *
  • Lake Mburo National Park
  • Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda)
  • Kigali, Rwanda’s capital
  • Gorilla tracking in both Uganda and Rwanda
  • Game drives
  • Meeting with SMUG representatives
  • * UNESCO World Heritage Sites