Safari travel started in East Africa, which is still home to some of Africa’s top experiences. Our best of the best collection is based on recommendations from safari experts and the thousands of clients we’ve brought to Africa over the past 15 years. You’ll find once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like witnessing the Great Migration and gorilla trekking, romantic hot air balloon flights, family-friendly giraffe encounters and unforgettable achievements, like summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. You are absolutely spoilt for choice – what is your dream safari experience?
GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA
No other wildlife encounter in Africa matches the astounding experience of spending time face-to-face with the mountain Gorillas. Gorilla trekking takes place in a handful of far flung locations, adding a layer of exotic adventure to these safaris that is hard to match on any other itinerary. The fact that gorillas as a species are on the brink of extinction and treks are a highly restricted activity, encountering mount gorillas is considered a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.
We’re proud to support trekking tourism that contributes directly to protecting rainforest habitats and conserving both mountain gorillas in both National Parks of Bwindi & Mgahinga National Parks. The income gotten from these trekking (s) is directly invested in the conservation of these mountain gorillas to increase their population, also 10% goes back to communities that surround these conservation areas like building schools, hospitals and pay the staff that work as conservationists.
When to trek Gorillas
Uganda and Rwanda share a common climate and the best time to visit the rainforests is during one of the two dry seasons. The first runs from about the middle of December to the end of February and the second from early June to late September. These periods are the most comfortable for trekking but conditions are still very humid and wet with plenty of mud (so don’t forget your gaiters!).
About Chimpanzee Trekking
While you may see chimps and other primate species on your gorilla trek, there are several superb chimpanzee trekking destinations, in Uganda which include – Kibale National Parks (the primate Capital), Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls national parks. Chimpanzee trekking is quite different from gorilla trekking. Chimps are often found in easier trekking terrain than gorillas but they are cagey of humans and harder to find. Only the habituated chimp families at Kibale Forest offer a similar encounter to gorilla trekking.
The most favourite of Kibale’s walks embarks on from the Kanyanchu Visitor center at 08.00 & 15.00 and lasts 2 to 3 hours. Chimpanzee are the most sought after primate by visitors, but you should look out for the black & white colobus, red tailed monkey or the grey cheeked mangabey. Your guides will be able to show you pittas & different bird species and will give details of the tradit of the plant species within the forest. This walk is for 6 people in a group. Advance booking is all-important especially during peak sea.
HOT AIR BALOON SAFARIS
Experience the wilderness of Uganda in a new, unique way. Wake up early to catch the sunrise, as you silently fly over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison falls. Admire the herds of buffaloes, elephants and enjoy the serene tranquillity of the African bush… Typically, the balloon safari starts at dawn while the flight lasts for approx. 1 hour, taking you up higher than the trees and hills to enjoy the best of Uganda.
You now have the opportunity to add an exciting hot air balloon ride to your safari. You will take off early at dawn for a flight that lasts for approximately 1 hour. Rise as the sun rises and float in whatever direction the winds of the morning takes you. Fly high above the trees and hills to enjoy the best of Uganda, with many great photo opportunities of the scenery and wildlife below.