8 Day Primates Adventure Safari

Meet the primates of Uganda and explore the savanna plains that make the country the “Pearl of Africa” on this amazing 8 Day Primates Adventure Safari.

This African safari adventure visits the small but impressive Lake Mburo National Park, then drives 6 hours through the beautiful western countryside to the gorilla park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. From the jungle after gorilla tracking, you’ll then visit Queen Elizabeth National park for a savanna game drive adventure then end the Primates Adventure Safari with hike through Kibale Forest to see the chimpanzee troops.

This is a custom made safari that change to suite your style of travel. Leaves any day considering the availability of permits and accommodation.

Primates Adventure Safari

Overview

Uganda is the pearl of Africa! And indeed there is no better place to spend a holiday than here. A lot of fascinating natural resources, culture and most hospital people in the world.

On this 8 days Primate Adventure safari, you will engage in game drives, launch cruises, gorilla trekking, and chimpanzee tracking. This is an opportunity for you to see the big five including the tree climbing lions, trek chimps and gorillas with stunning scenery and visit the local communities to experience the culture and lifestyle of the local inhabitants.

Safari Highlights

  • Arrival, meet and greet 
  • Lake Mburo boat cruise and game drive
  • Bwindi Gorillas and the Batwa experience
  • Queen Elizabeth Park, Ishasha Tree climbing lions, Kasenyi game drives and launch cruise on Kazinga Channel 
  • Kibale Chimpanzee trekking at Kanyancyu and Bigodi Swamp Walk

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive Entebbe international airport, you will meet and greet with your 8 Day Primates Adventure Safari guide/driver, who will then transfer to your hotel for overnight. 

Day 2: Entebbe to Lake Mburo National Park

The Primates Adventure Safari driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive westward with a stopover en-route at the equator arriving in time for lunch at the lodge before heading to Lake Mburo Rwonyo peninsular for an afternoon boat cruise.

The park is the smallest of Uganda’s protected savannah parks with lots of metamorphic rocks and home to over 350 species of birdlife, zebras and buffaloes are the faces of the game in this savannah land. Elands, Oribi Waterbucks, Hippos, Reedbucks, Topi and a Leopard can also be spotted on a lucky day. After a boat cruise time allowing you will go for an evening game drive in the park.

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Day 3: Lake Mburo Park to Bwindi Gorilla Park

A short game drive early in the morning before starting the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with lunch en-route. 

The Primates Adventure Safari drive will take you along a tarmac route and then a reasonable distance on a murram road some parts of the road are bumpy and while on the drive you will enjoy a true message of the African wilderness roads.

After check in at the lodge, you will have a well-earned rest contemplating on the gorilla trekking experience the following morning.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in south-western Uganda edge at the edge of the great east African Rift Valley. It is a home to over 400 species of mountain gorillas about half of the world’s population. Many of these are habituated in families that are daily visited by tourists. The forest is also a home to over 350 species of birds and 400 flora species.

Gorilla trekking starts at 8am after a briefing at the park headquarters, you will trek through the dense steep forest searching for the gorillas depending on where they were seen making nests the previous evening.

The trekking can last 2-7 hours depending on how soon you find the Gorillas, this is influenced by the location they stayed overnight. Trekking can be a tasking primates adventure, but coming to a facial closeup with these close relatives to human is a reward worthy to earn

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Day 5: Bwindi Gorilla Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Morning breakfast and a relaxed drive Northwards to Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, a Primates Adventure Safari game drive searching for tree climbing lions and lunch en-route as you continue to the drive to Kikwamba sector of the park where you will spend overnight.

Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth Park is the most endowed with animal species including Impalas, Elands, Buffaloes, elephant, famous tree-climbing lions and depending on how lucky you are; you may also find a Leopard.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Morning game drives in the Kasenyi plains through to Katwe Kob mating grounds. Most of the animals you are likely to find here include impalas, sitatungas and lions when lucky enough.

Afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga channel will give you great views of several games including Hippos, Buffaloes, elephants and birdlife that queen Elizabeth National Park has to offer, off the boat cruise and continue with and evening game drive in the park before returning to your Primates Adventure Safari lodge for an overnight.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kibale Forest National Park

Morning drive to the chimp-land with a stopover by the crater lakes an hike to the top of the world, you will have an early lunch before heading to Kanyancu for an afternoon Chimpanzee tracking.

Kibale forest has over 1,450 individuals (Chimpanzees) protected within the park. At Kanyanchu, a community of chimpanzees has been habituated since 1991, allowing visitors an outstanding opportunity to Track these apes in their natural Habitat. Tracking starts at 7 am with a briefing at Kanyanchu park headquarter where you will be allocated rangers to take you to the forest. An advance team already in the forest keep tracking the chimps and communicates with your ranger on the radio call. Other tracking Schedules are in mid-morning at 11 am and the last is Afternoon at 2 pm, tracking can last for 2 to 4 hours depending on how far the chimps could be feeding. 

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Day 8: Kibale to Entebbe and Departure

Morning visit Bigodi swamp, this is a community project aimed at improving the livelihoods of the local people, a local guide will lead you on a developed 4.5km trail through the swamp for approximately 3 hours where you can find several bird species including the great blue Turraccos, Hornibils Kingfishers and also Black and White Colobus, Red Colobus, Red Tailed Monkey, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, L’hoest Monkey, Vervet Monkeys can be spotted. 

A gentle Primates Adventure Safari drive through tea plantations and beautiful sceneries with a lunch stopover en-route arriving Entebbe late afternoon in time to check in for your flight back home

Meal Plan: B, L.

We believe you have enjoyed your Primates Adventure Safari holiday in the most hospitable country, the Pearl of Africa!

Extension Options

Flight from Kasese to Entebbe

After Bigodi swamp walks, transfer to Kasese Airstrip for a local lightweight flight to Entebbe international airport and connect with your international flight back home.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at lodges and hotels mentioned in the itinerary or equivalent based on availability
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary, (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Transfers in a 4×4 Safari Vehicle with services of an experienced English speaking Driver-guide
  • 1x Gorilla trekking per person
  • 1 X Chimpanzee tracking per person
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drives
  • Launch Cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Boat ride on Lake Mburo
  • Bigodi Swamp Walk
  • Crater lakes visit
  • 1 litre of mineral drinking water per person per day in the vehicle.

Exclusions

  • Meals in Entebbe on the arrival day
  • Drinks
  • Visas 
  • International Air ticket
  • Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Optional activities
  • Personal Expenditures and any other services not mentioned in the itinerary.

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Leopard Rest Camp

Buhoma Community Camp

Baboon Safari Lodge

Isunga Lodge

Boma Guest House

Rwakobo Rock Lodge

Buhoma Haven Lodge

Elephant Plains Lodge

Primate Lodge

Lake Victoria Serena Resort

Mihingo Lodge

Bwindi Lodge

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Ndali Lodge.

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