Staring into the brown eyes of these highly endangered gentle giants, who share 95% of their genes with humans, is often described as a life-changing event.

Uganda, the 'Pearl of Africa', is best known for its highly endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. The country is also home to many diverse species, some of which are rarely found elsewhere in Africa.   Situated in East Africa, Uganda is mostly a plateau straddling the equator, resulting in a mild climate with three wet seasons that nourish its rich rainforests.

Uganda boasts of ten national parks, ten wildlife reserves, seven wildlife sanctuaries and thirteen community wildlife areas, allowing travelers to enjoy truly spectacular and diverse scenery from snow covered mountains to dry savannah grasslands and tropical rain forests bisected by the majestic River Nile.

Half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population reside in Uganda and the country is also home to man's closest relative, the chimpanzee. A number of habituated mountain gorilla troops and chimpanzee communities can be tracked and visited by a limited number of tourists daily.


Lions can eat as much as 25 per cent of their body weight in one sitting, gorging themselves and then going without food for up to five days. Their tongues are covered with tiny backward-curved hooklets that allow them to rasp thin pieces of meat from bones. Lions are sociable and the only cats to live in groups or prides.

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