Primate safaris - Gorillas and Chimps

Few wildlife encounters are as humbling and thrilling as a primate safari. The chance to watch a family of wild mountain gorillas go about their business in a forest clearing in Rwanda or Uganda as males vie for status, mothers fuss over youngsters, and babies rough and tumble in much the same way as our own infants. Or spend time with our boisterous cousins: chimpanzees, lemurs and monkeys, often in areas so remote that you'll witness unique behaviours like the 'Mahale handshake'. Perfect for families, couples and singles, a primate safari is a profound reminder of the deep bond we share with these beautiful beasts.

Coming face to face with a mountain gorilla is an unforgettable moment, even for the most jaded safari-goer. Watching these hugely powerful yet gentle apes and their eerily human behaviours is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Never to be outdone, the smaller primates have big personalities that make for equally rewarding encounters. Love chimpanzees? Then you'll adore tracking them in Uganda where you can join a habituation program, or Western Tanzania, where famed primatologist Jane Goodall has spent her life observing chimp antics.

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Classic Uganda

Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Jinja

A veritable melting pot of habitats, terrains and species, Uganda contains a hugely diverse ecosystem. From the grassland of Murchison Falls National Park to the dense expanse of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a wide variety of wildlife inhabits these conservation areas, allowing for a superb safari experience. This itinerary allows you to experience the very best that Uganda has to offer, not forget

Best for: Adventure, Wildlife, Couples, Honeymoon

Highlights of Rwanda

Nyungwe Forest & Volcanoes National Park

Embark on a Rwandan adventure and have incredible encounters with two of the world's great ape species; mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Travel in to the heart of the lesser known Nyungwe Forest in search of the resident chimpanzee community before traveling up to the misty valleys of Volcanoes National Park and watch a gorilla family feed and play amongst the lush green fern.

Best for: Adventure

Highlights of Uganda

Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park & Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Located on the equator, surrounded by the Great Rift Valley, Uganda is home to a wide variety of landscapes and habitats. Ranging from the open savannah to verdant rainforest, Uganda's rich assortment of wildlife thrives due to the diverse terrain of the country. Explore this rugged wilderness, trekking through the unspoiled forests of Kibale and Bwindi in search of mountain gorilla and chimpanze

Best for: Adventure, Wildlife, Couples, Off the beaten track

Off the Beaten Track Rwanda

Akagera National Park & Volcanoes National Park

This six day Rwandan adventure combines the classical African safari experience with the opportunity to visit the majestic mountain gorillas of the Virunga Massive, all within Rwanda. Head to the open savannahs and damp swamps of Akagera National Park in search of lions and the endangered black rhino before heading to the misty forests of Volcanoes National Park in search the endangered great apes

Best for: Adventure, Off the beaten track, Wildlife

Tanzania and Rwanda in Ultimate Luxury

Serengeti & Volcanoes National Park

Visit the sprawling plains of the Serengeti and come face to face with a curious mountain gorilla, all the while enjoying the full Singita Experience. Singita is never your average safari camp. Well known for impeccable service, exquisite detail and stunning furnishings, this combination is the perfect option for those looking to travel in ultimate luxury.

Best for: Couples

Twin Center Rwanda and Cape Town

Rwanda & Cape Town

Go in search of the mountain gorillas of Rwanda in the well known Volcanoes National Park, before flying onto the cultural city of Cape Town where you can indulge in delicious food and wine, visit the vibrant winelands, climb to the peak of the impressive Table Mountain or visit the resident penguins at boulders beach. One simple flight connects these two very different, but equally as popular, Af

Best for: Adventure, Couples, Honeymoon, Wildlife

Wild Tanzania

Katavi National Park & Mahale Mountains

A journey of discovery to the lesser visited far west of Tanzania. A world of great lakes, mighty rivers and lush forests. Visit Katavi National Park, a wildlife haven that isn’t on the typical tourism trail in an impressive unspoiled wilderness, and watch chimpanzees in the wild at the stunning Greystoke Mahale on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Best for: Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Off the beaten track, Wildlife

Wild Uganda and Kenya

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest, Nairobi & Maasai Mara

This superb itinerary covers some of East Africa’s wildlife highlights - from the dense forests of Uganda, tracking the elusive mountain gorilla and chimpanzee, to the famous grounds of historic Giraffe Manor and finally the rolling plains of the wildlife rich Masai Mara. A must for any wildlife enthusiast looking to tick off four major bucket list experiences.

Best for: Wildlife, Adventure, Couples, Off the beaten track

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