East Africa Bush Tails

Safari Collection #2 – Primates & Plains Photographic Safari

15-Day Migration Safari to Tanzania and Gorilla Trek to Uganda

Overview

  • This safari is paced for you interest levels of wildlife photography, game viewing and gorilla treks
  • You have the services of our highest level of private guide and vehicle for Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater and shared game drives with resident camp guides in the Serengeti
  • Stay at two premier level tented camps in the Serengeti that are ideally located for game drives among the “Great Migration”
  • Experience the thrill of 2 gorilla treks at Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • 2020 Departure Dates: July 10th , August 7th and September 11th

What Gorilla Trekking is Like

  • Though large and intimidating-looking, gorillas are actually quite gentle
  • Park rangers will locate the families in advance to minimize trekkers’ search time; trekkers are then permitted to observe the gorilla family for 1 hour; total trekking time is up to 4 hours
  • Gorillas prefer densely vegetated areas; guides will clear a path with machetes, but the ground will be uneven with roots, rocks, etc.
  • Treks take place at elevations exceeding 5000 ft.
  • Terrain at Bwindi can, at times, be strenuous

Itinerary

2020 Pricing & Departure Dates

AAC Client Trip Reports

Hi Mark and Saskia!

Scott and I had a great trip to Tanzania and Uganda. We saw the Big Five, saw a Great Migration and a wildebeest/zebra river crossing, trekked to the gorillas and saw so many beautiful birds and other animals that I couldn’t even begin to count. Before the trip, I saw the cultural activities on our trip agenda as fill-ins as we moved from one wildlife viewing opportunity to another. However, our visit to the Bwindi village was an equal highlight of the trip for me! I learned a lot about the wildlife we saw and the people we had the chance to meet. Logistically, our trip was flawless! All of the different people charged with picking us up, moving us around, helping us get checked in and getting us through immigration and from one airport to another were timely, friendly and more than competent. Our lodges and tented camps were all as advertised with comfortable accommodations, warm and friendly staff and very good food.

– MIKE & SUSAN WILSON

Dear Alison,

Thanks so much for arranging such a wonderful holiday for us. The in-country air and ground transportation, handlers, guides, accommodations and food were perfectly orchestrated. It’s very difficult to identify highlights as every day was fantastic. There were two main objectives for us on this trip – seeing the migration (including a crossing) and see gorillas. Both were more amazing and exciting than we could’ve ever hoped for!

– JO & LEONARD KUO

14-Day Primates and Plains Safari to Uganda and Rwanda

Overview

  • A guide/driver takes a small group (6 people max) to each park on one of three set departures; AAC carefully choses a private guide that is knowledgeable, friendly and attentive to your wellbeing
  • Enjoy chimp trekking in Kibale (Uganda), game drives & boat rides in Queen Elizabeth (Uganda) and an optional golden monkey trek in Volcanoes (Rwanda)
  • Go on gorilla treks in Bwindi (Uganda) and Volcanoes – a truly magical and thrilling experience!
  • All of this at specially negotiated AAC prices!!

What Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking is Like

  • Though large and intimidating-looking, gorillas are actually quite gentle
  • There are currently 19 habituated gorilla families at Bwindi and 12 at Volcanoes
  • Park rangers will locate the families in advance to minimize trekkers’ search time; trekkers are then permitted to observe the gorilla family for 1 hour; total trekking time varies from 4 to 8 hours
  • Gorillas prefer densely vegetated areas; guides will clear a path with machetes, but the ground will be uneven with roots, rocks, etc.
  • Chimp and gorilla treks take place at elevations exceeding 5000 ft.
  • Terrain at Volcanoes is moderate, Bwindi’s can be strenuous, while Kibale’s gently undulates

“Primates and Plains Safari” Itinerary & Map

AAC Client Trip Reports

We wanted to let you know, our adventure went over and beyond our expectations!!! I have already recommended this journey and your company to friends and family.

Eric was amazing as our guide!!!! He knows everyone, every bird, all animals…. We were completely at ease with him, soaked up his knowledge. He guided us through everything with humor and our wellbeing in mind. I’m glad he was with us for the border crossing. There was a family ahead of us that was having a hard time; he just walked us right on through!

I can honestly say, we worked hard on the primate days. But it was totally worth it!!! A gorilla walking within 6 feet of you is a totally surreal experience! The Golden Monkeys jumping around was hysterical; one almost touched my boot he was so curious. The chimps were interesting as we followed a group that was down from the trees. I filmed there calls to each other, while Dan was in photographer heaven!

Karen & Dan Howard

It is sad to have to return home after a trip so EPIC. Everything went so smoothly. The treks were awesome… during one trek, we were surrounded by an entire family of 12 gorillas. I can see why people go to Uganda and Rwanda – sitting with the gorillas just gets into your soul.

We really developed a close bond with Eric, our outstanding guide. Beyond his wildlife knowledge, he set up an amazing visit to a local school. When he informed me that it receives no donations, I decided then and there that I was going to support and fund the school. I have never been more focused on any project.

Dee Dee Geib

I’m fresh back from another AAC adventure, and it was one of my best ever!! I loved the small group dynamic. I felt like I made new friends with them all!

The chimpanzee trek was wonderful and fascinating. It was made ever better to receive explanations about their antics from a wonderful and informative guide.

The gorillas were amazing, there gentleness brought a tear to my eye. In one instance, I had a few quite minutes to sit and watch a female grooming a silverback. Later, a gorilla started walking past our group when she tapped me with her hand. She then put one of her back feet up on my leg – so unexpected!

Jennifer Steck

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