The Trip of a Lifetime

The Jane Goodall Institute is hard at work in Uganda, protecting local forests, wild chimpanzees and other wildlife, while supporting alternative sources of income for community members through sustainable livelihood initiatives. This exclusive trip is specially designed to give you insider access to this work, and connect you with the people and wildlife that make it so special. Hear from a few of the incredible humans you’ll meet below.

As we visit the chimpanzees and JGI projects, you’ll stay in beautiful, locally-run guest houses, enjoying regional cuisine and breathtaking natural surroundings.

Ready to have an adventure? Email Thalia at thalia@janegoodall.ca today.

We’re also excited to announce that Canadian icon Chantal Kreviazuk will be joining this trip to Uganda (June 22-29, 2023) as a JGIC Ambassador.

Join Chantal as you embark on an unforgettable adventure. You’ll get exclusive access to see chimpanzees (both in the wild and in sanctuaries), and get up-close-and-personal views of local JGI projects.

“I am most looking forward to the learning I will get to do. The joy I anticipate feeling while in the these environments is not lost on me, and I know the time spent with the team and in the presence of these, our not so distant cousins, will be some of the greatest in my life!” – Chantal Kreviazuk

Adventure Awaits

This trip is so important to me because it gives me a chance to be a bridge between the day life we live (that often evades us), and the greater environment we all share.

Chantal Kreviazuk

Who You’ll Meet

What You’ll See

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

In 1998, Dr. Jane Goodall and a small group of pioneering leaders rescued 13 chimpanzees and started Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Ngamba has now grown to support 49 chimps orphaned by the illegal wildlife trade across East Africa and is recognized as one of the leading primate sanctuaries in Africa. Get an insider view of this historic sanctuary!

Wildlife Corridor Restoration Project

Beautiful tropical forests form important wildlife corridors between the Budongo and Bugoma Forest Reserves in the Hoima and Masindi Districts of Western Uganda. These lush forests teem with wildlife and are home to critically important chimpanzee populations that live outside Uganda’s national parks. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this project addressing problems that contribute to forest degradation outside park boundaries, specifically clearcutting for agriculture and unsustainable harvesting.

Environmental Education Projects

The Jane Goodall Institute has developed outstanding conservation education programs around Kibale, Budongo, Bugoma and the Kalinzu/Kasyoha- Kitomi forest areas. These programs raise awareness about the importance of protecting chimpanzees and the environment. Targeting primary school students, the program focuses on educating youth and teachers in basic ecology and encourages them to use that knowledge to take action to help the environment. Meet some of the participants and have your perspective changed!

Please note, the tentative itinerary below is subject to change, depending on any evolving health and safety regulations, or programs updates in the field. You can email thalia@janegoodall.ca if you have any questions!

Tentative Itinerary

June 22-29, 2023

  • Arrive any time in Entebbe. Meet your G Adventures guide and JGI staff for dinner and spend the first night at the popular Gately Inn located in the business district. Arrival transfer included.

  • Catch the one-hour boat ride across Lake Victoria to Ngamba Island to visit the remarkable Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary. Tour the private facility and enjoy a behind the scenes look at the sanctuary’s operations. End the day with a campfire and fall asleep in beautiful tents to the calming sounds of the Lake Victoria.

    *Double occupancy is required due to minimal tents on the island.

  • Arise to sounds of chimpanzee pant hoots before returning to Entebbe by boat. Then, head to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, to enjoy local cuisine and a one hour guided walk to witness majestic southern white rhinos in their natural environment. In the afternoon, continue the journey to the pearl of Africa, Murchison Falls, where the waters of the Nile flow, followed by an overnight stay in a “tented” room at the charming Twiga Safari Lodge.

  • After breakfast, embark on a safari drive through Murchison Falls National Park to observe and photograph elephants, lions, and giraffes in their natural habitat. In the afternoon tour the natural landscape by water, observing the falls, crocodiles and possibly hippo schools. End this exciting day relaxing and reflecting back at Twiga Safari Lodge.

  • Rise early for a guided adventure to Budongo Forest to explore by foot, keeping an eager eye out for resident chimpanzees. Chimp families spend the majority of their time up in the tree canopy, but lucky visitors can see them up close as they come down to the forest floor to feed and groom. After the guided trek, enjoy a scenic drive to the nearby town of Masindi and visit local JGI Uganda community projects, like a Roots & Shoots school. Enjoy an overnight stay in the beauty of Hoima Cultural Lodge. 

  • Tour community and field projects in Hoima, and witness community-centred conservation  first-hand. Visit sites where people and chimps share the forest and meet beneficiaries from the Corridor Reforestation Project & Sustainable Livlihood Project, initially funded by JGI Canada supporters and which continues to this day. At end of the day, head back to the comforts of Hoima Cultural Lodge. 

  • Nearing the end of this once-in-a-lifetime tour, take the scenic route back to Entebbe through beautiful countryside. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and absorb the sights and sounds of towns and villages along the way.

  • Allow the adventure of a lifetime to sink in. Reflect on the natural wonders that were enjoyed and raw beauty of this fascinating planet. Departure transfers are included and guests are welcome to depart at anytime.

Travel costs for Uganda: $15,000 CAD per person and include:

All tour related costs in country (accommodations, meals, sanctuary and park fees, and on-the-ground transportation)

JGI Uganda and JGI Canada staff and administration costs

*Trip costs are exclusive of airfare. The majority of the funds raised from these trips go directly towards JGI projects in Africa. Therefore a significant portion of the trip fee will be tax deductible and a tax receipt will be issued post-trip, once final expenses are determined.

A $2,000 CAD non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your spot.

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