Primates of Uganda

In search of Chimpanzees and Gorillas

Trip Scholar: Dr Nicholas E. Newton-Fisher (Cantab)

Senior Lecturer in Primate Behavioural Ecology, University of Kent
Available to Alumni of Oxford and Cambridge, family and friends

11 day tour
Price from £4,590

Teeming with life, Uganda is reclaiming its place as Africa’s foremost wildlife destination. Accompanied by primatologist and expert in wild chimpanzee behaviour Dr Nicholas Newton-Fisher, visit one of the only places in Africa where you can see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild. Enjoy game drives at Queen Elizabeth NP, where there is an abundance of wildlife including tree climbing lions, buffalo and elephants, and the highest concentration of birds in Africa.

Tour highlights

Accompanied by Dr Nicholas Newton-Fisher, a primatologist and expert in wild chimpanzee behaviour who has conducted fieldwork in Uganda

Search for playful chimpanzees in Budongo and Kibale Forest National Parks, observing their behaviour

Track endangered mountain gorillas through the misty rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable NP, an often life-changing experience

Enjoy game drives at Queen Elizabeth NP, with amazing wildlife including buffalo, elephant, and the famous tree-climbing lions

Discover the source of the Nile at Jinja, cruising to the base of Murchison Falls. and along the bird-rich Kazinga channel 


Itinerary at a glance

Day 0:      Those taking Temple World’s recommended flights fly from London in to Entebbe overnight.

Day 1:       Tour starts in Entebbe  |  Meet group for welcome chat and dinner

Day 2:       Drive to Jinja via Namugongo Marty’s Shrine   |  Boat ride to source of River Nile  |  Overnight Jinja

Day 3:      Long drive to Murchison Falls National Park  |  Overnight Murchison Falls NP

Day 4:      Morning game drive in Murchison Falls NP  |  Murchison Falls cruise  |  Overnight Murchison Falls NP

Day 5:      Road transfer to Budongo Forest  for Chimpanzee Trekking  |  Continue to Hoima for overnight

Day 6:      Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park  |  Overnight near Kibale Forest NP

Day 7:      Morning chimpanzee trekking in the forest  |   Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for overnight

Day 8:      Morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP  |  Afternoon wildlife cruise by small boat along Kazinga Channel

Day 9:      Transfer to Bwindi National Park  |  Overnight Bwindi Forest NP

Day 10:     Gorilla trekking in Bwindi NP  |  Overnight in Bwindi Forest NP

Day 11:      Fly back to Entebbe where the tour ends  |  Those on TW’s recommended flights will fly back to the UK overnight

Day 12:     Those who have flown overnight on TW’s recommended flights will arrive this morning.

Dates and Prices
Prices are in UK£, per person, based on double occupancy

23 Jun - 5 Jul 2018 (24 Jun - 4 Jul 2018 land only)
Room TypePriceSingle SupplementOptional Flight from LondonAvailability
Standard£4,590£560From £600-700 approx.Available

Share of twin or double bedded room with private bathroom, domestic flights in Uganda as mentioned in the itinerary, full board (except on the arrival day when only dinner is included and your last day where only breakfast is included), all excursions mentioned with local guides including entrance fees, gorilla permit, expert leader.

International flights (see optional flights below), meals not mentioned, drinks, visa charges, travel insurance, tips to drivers and local guides, items of a personal nature.

Optional flights

Temple World can arrange flights from London to coordinate with this tour, subject to a minimum of 10 people booking them. The cost is approximately £600 -700 per person including taxes, and we usually use Emirates via Dubai, Qatar via Doha or Etihad via Abu Dhabi, all of which have very similar prices and flight times.   We can also arrange a group transfer to and from the airport to coincide with the recommended flight arrival/departure times for a small extra sum.

Making your own way there
Clients wishing to use airmiles to buy or upgrade flights, or who wish to fly from outside the UK are advised to book their own flights. The start and end point for the tour is ENTEBBE in Uganda  You can arrive at any time of day on 24 June 2018 but check-in at the hotel is not normally until 2pm unless you have paid for early check in (we can arrange this but the hotel may charge a full extra night).

There are no activities on the first day until the group meets for a welcome chat and dinner from around 6pm.  Guests can arrive at any time of day on Day 1.

On the last day of the tour (04 July 2018) the tour finishes in the afternoon when our flight arrives in Entebbe from Bwindi airstrip.  Please check with us before booking any international flights departing this evening, so we can advise whether there is enough time to connect.  Should you wish to extend your stay or require a day room in Entebbe we can arrange for  accommodation and transfers as required – please ask for a quote.

Very Important! Clients should not make any binding or non-refundable travel arrangements until their place has been confirmed on the tour and Temple World has confirmed that it is a guaranteed departure.



NHS Fit for Travel advises travellers to Madagascar are usually recommended to immunise against: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Typhoid.  A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is mandatory for ALL travellers. There is a risk of Malaria across the country so you will need prophylaxis to cover your whole trip.   Please seek professional medical advice at least 8 weeks before departure.
NHS Fit For Travel


Entry Regulations
British nationals need a visa to enter Uganda.  Most nationalities can obtain a tourist visa on the new Ugandan evisa site before travel. There is a cash payment on arrival.
Uganda evisa website
UK Foreign Office advice

Fitness Guideline

We have graded the fitness level required for participation in this tour as Moderate/Active.  Participants should be prepared to walk through dense rainforests and on uneven, steep and slippery terrain when searching for the gorillas.  It’s important to be able to keep up with the group when sightseeing – this means walking at a reasonable pace on uneven ground for up to two hours on some days or standing for 20-30 minutes without a rest.

Trip Scholar

Dr Nicholas E. Newton-Fisher
Dr Nicholas E. Newton-Fisher is a primate behavioural ecologist and expert in wild chimpanzee behaviour. He has conducted fieldwork mostly in Uganda, but has also tracked chimpanzees in Tanzania. He conducted his first detailed study of the Sonso community in the Budongo Forest, Uganda, for his PhD research at University of Cambridge, following a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Bristol in which he specialised in mammalian ecology and behaviour. Prior to coming to Kent he worked as assistant director of the Budongo Forest Project (now BCFS) in Uganda, and at Washington State University.

His research interests span a variety of topics, but he is particularly interested in social behaviour, and socioecology.  Current interests include aggression, reciprocity, sexual coercion, home-range use and social foraging, evolution of complex cognition, and non-material culture. The majority of his work has focused on non-human primates, but he is interested in these topics in other (particularly mammalian) taxa.

Dr Nicholas E. Newton-Fisher is also interested in increasing public understanding of science. He has given numerous interviews for press and broadcast media and has provided expertise in primatology and chimpanzee behaviour as a consultant for Channel 5/National Geographic, BBC Science Television, Lever Fabergé, Granada Media Television, BBC Science Online, Survival Anglia Television, and the Discovery Channel Online.

Lectures during our tours
All our tours are accompanied by an academic ‘trip scholar’ as well as local guides. The local guide or guides provide the day-to-day guiding on our tours, whilst the trip lecturer will give regular lectures on his/her specialist subject throughout to provide an academic overview. Lectures/talks usually last 30-40 minutes including questions and answers (if applicable). These are generally held in the evenings before dinner and attendance is optional. We don’t usually specify before travel which days the lectures will be given (for operational reasons) but guests can expect them roughly every other day as a minimum, with some lecturers giving some kind of talk or presentation more frequently.

We are able to offer a wide range of extensions both within Uganda and with its neighbours Kenya and Tanzania, where further safaris are possible, as well as beach stays.  We recommend flying to the spice island of Zanzibar with its glorious Indian Ocean beaches for a few days of blissful relaxation.

As an example, Breezes Beach Club & Spa (shown in picture above) is an excellent mid-range option in Zanzibar, with prices from around £323 per room per night, half board.

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We just wanted to say, without any delay, that we had the most amazing journey which we will always remember. We could never have done anything like this without you. The organisation and logistics were 100% perfect. Anthony & Dalila

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Our small group tours are exclusively available to alumni of Oxford and Cambridge universities and their friends and family, making for a wonderful atmosphere amongst like-minded individuals.

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All our small group alumni tours are accompanied by a university lecturer as well as local guides, with illuminating lectures given throughout the tour to enrich understanding of the destination.

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