Gorillas In Your Midst: Uganda's Jungle Treks
Abercrombie & Kent/Paul J. Hicks
Uganda's mix of unique wildlife (mountain gorillas and chimpanzees) and natural wonders (the Nile, Murchison Falls, and the Rwenzori Mountains) is making it a big draw for 2013.
For the first time this year, Abercrombie & Kent is engineering its new itinerary to include days dedicated to tracking chimpanzees with university scientists. Guests explore Uganda’s Kibale Forest, home to thirteen species of primates, including chimpanzees and mangabeys, as well as 300 species of birds. Later in the trip, there are days devoted to viewing other impressive game, on safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
“Because the region occupies the main migration corridor between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there is prolific plains game here, primarily topi and Uganda kob, buffalo, hippos, and some of the largest herds of elephants anywhere in Uganda,” says Abercrombie & Kent’s Jean Fawcett. “Spotted hyenas are common and leopards are occasionally glimpsed, but the prime attraction is the large lion population.”
Deeper Africa also introduced a new primate-tracking trip to Uganda in 2012.