Uganda Primates and Wildlife Safari

9 Days Uganda Primates and Wildlife Safari

Western Uganda is the most endowed region in the Ugandan Tourism industry. With most of the parks lying within the Great East African Rift Valley. This safari takes you to the major hotspots of the region including Kibale forest national Park for chimpanzee tracking, Queen Elizabeth national park with Ishasha Sector where search for the endangered tree climbing lions happen. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable marks the climax for your trip before a leisurely game in Lake Mburo national park where you can never miss Zebras.

Safari Highlights

  • Arrival, meet and greet
  • Kibale Chimpanzee trekking at Kanyancyu and Bigodi Swamp Walk
  • Queen Elizabeth park Kasenyi, Mweya and Ishasha Tree climbing lions
  • Bwindi Gorilla Trekking
  • Lake Mburo Horseback Safari

Day 1, Arrival

Arrive Entebbe international airport, you will meet and greet with our representative who will then transfer to your hotel for overnight.

Accommodation

  • Papyrus Guest House
  • Boma Guest House
  • Lake Victoria Serena Resort Hotel

Day 2, Entebbe to Kibale Forest National Park

Pick up from your hotel and drive westward via Mubende with a stopover for Lunch. The drive continues past beautiful sceneries of tea plantations and the rolling hill of the crater region arriving Kibale forest park late afternoon.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Accommodation

  • Chimpanzee Guest House
  • Primate lodge
  • Ndali Lodge

Day 3, 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 7am 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. Tracking can last for 2 to 4 hours depending on how far the chimps could be feeding.

Visit Bigodi swamp in the afternoon, 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 trial 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.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Accommodation

  • Chimpanzee Guest House
  • Primate lodge
  • Ndali Lodge

Day 4, Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Morning visit to the crater lakes and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with lunch en-route, and afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga channel will give you great views of several game 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 if time permits before returning to your lodge for an overnight.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Accommodation

  • Baboon Safari Lodge
  • Parkview Safari Lodge
  • Katara Lodge

Day 5, Queen Elizabeth Ishasha Sector

Morning game drive 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. Continue the drive to Ishasha sector in the northern part of the Park for Lunch and an afternoon game drive searching for tree climbing lions in the cactus tree branches.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Accommodation:

  • The River Lodge
  • Ishasha Jungle Lodge
  • Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Day 6, Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Gorilla Park

Morning game drive in the Ishasha plains to increase your chances of seeing the endangered lions and a leopard depending on how lucky you are, before transferring to Bwindi gorilla park arriving for lunch relax at the lodge contemplating on the Gorilla Trekking adventure the next morning.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Accommodation:

  • Buhoma community Camp
  • Mahogany Springs Lodge
  • Gorilla Forest Camp

Day 7, Gorilla Trekking

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in southwestern 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 adventure, but coming to a facial closeup with these close relatives to human is a reward worthy to earn

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Accommodation:

  • Buhoma community Camp
  • Mahogany Springs Lodge
  • Gorilla Forest Camp

Day 8, Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park

After morning breakfast transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, a stopover at Mbarara the city of milk for lunch will be a refreshing moment before heading to Lake Mburo Rwonyo peninsular for an afternoon boat cruise.

The park is the smallest of the Uganda’s protected savannah parks with lots of metamorphic rocks and a home to over 350 species of birdlife, zebras and buffaloes are the face of the game in this savannah land. Elands, Oribi Waterbucks, Hippos, Reedbucks, Topi and a Leopard can also be spotted on a lucky day.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Accommodation:

  • Eagles Nest Lodge
  • Rwakobo Rock Lodge
  • Mihingo Lodge

Day 9, Lake Mburo to Entebbe and Departure

The last day of your safari starts with a short game drive out of the park with the last chances of enjoying the view of the beautiful game in Lake Mburo National Park. Drive back to Entebbe with lunch en-route and a stop at the Equator arriving in time to check in for your flight back home.

Meal Plan: B, L.

End of Safari

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at lodges and hotels motioned 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
  • Bigodi Swamp Walk
  • Crater lakes visit
  • Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Boat ride on Lake Mburo
  • 1 liter 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
  • Personal Expenditures and any other services not mentioned in the itinerary.
Destination Budget Standard Luxury
Entebbe Papyrus Guest House

 

Boma Guest House Lake Victoria Serena Resort Hotel
Kibale Chimpanzee Guest House Primate lodge Ndali Lodge
Queen Elizabeth Baboon Safari Lodge Parkview Safari Lodge

Katara Lodge

Ishasha Sector The River Lodge

 

Ishasha Jungle Lodge Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Buhoma – Bwindi Buhoma community Camp Mahogany Springs Lodge Gorilla Forest Camp
Lake Mburo Eagles Nest Lodge Rwakobo Rock Lodge Mihingo Lodge

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