The 9 Day Uganda Primates and Wildlife Safari tries to cover two of the most popular tourism experiences on an African Safari, the rainforest jungle and the savanna jungle. The tour includes gorilla and chimpanzee trekking

On this custom Uganda safari, you’ll be visiting the chimpanzee rainforest jungle of Kibale National Park and spending a day hiking the jungle floors of this ancient montane forest. You’ll then visit the popular Queen Elizabeth, where you’ll explore the savanna wild up-close on the savanna game drive and go on a boat safari on Kazinga channel.

At the top of the Uganda Primates & Wildlife Safari, you’ll be stepping on the damp jungle floors of the biggest gorilla park in the world. With over 500 gorillas (more than half of the total population), you’ll be spending an hour with one gorilla family, which you’ll track with the rangers & trackers before you sit in their presence.

Then, at the end of this African jungle adventure, you’ll visit a small savanna park (to slow down the drive pace to the city) Lake Mburo National Park, where you’ll spend a night and take a game drive the next day.

This is it. In one trip without crossing the border, you get a piece of the whole African Natural world. Talk to our consultant to help you make a decision.

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Overview for the 9 Day Uganda Primates & 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 Uganda Primates & Wildlife 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 searches for 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.

Highlights of 9 Day Uganda Primates and wildlife safari

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

Day 1:  9 Day Uganda Primates and wildlife safari

Welcome to the enchanting gateway of Uganda, Entebbe! Your journey kicks off with a landing at the vibrant Entebbe International Airport, where the anticipation of an extraordinary adventure begins to unfold. Nestled on the shores of the majestic Lake Victoria, Entebbe boasts not only a strategic location but also a captivating history and an ambiance that sets the tone for an unforgettable experience.

Upon arrival, we extend a warm welcome and transfer you to the comfort of the Airport Guest House, offering a serene setting for relaxation and unwinding. For those arriving early, seize the opportunity to delve into the charm of Entebbe’s captivating attractions.

Early arrival will have a chance to explore Entebbe’s attractions, including:

Exploration of Entebbe’s Botanical Gardens: Embark on a leisurely journey to the Entebbe Botanical Gardens, a tranquil sanctuary adorned with lush gardens and exotic flora. Immerse yourself in the serenity of this haven as you stroll through pathways lined with vibrant plants. The gardens are a haven for bird enthusiasts, promising a delightful encounter with a myriad of birdlife, adding a touch of natural splendor to your day.

Uganda Wildlife Education Center (Entebbe Zoo): Another highlight awaits at the renowned Uganda Wildlife Education Center, affectionately known as Entebbe Zoo. This conservation haven is committed to the protection and rehabilitation of Uganda’s diverse wildlife. Here, you’ll have the unique opportunity to get up close to majestic creatures, from lions to elephants and giraffes. Engage in enlightening educational programs that shed light on the significance of wildlife conservation, deepening your appreciation for Uganda’s natural heritage.

Day 2: Entebbe to Kibale National Park

Greet the dawn of Day 2 with anticipation as your knowledgeable guide from Valiant Safaris leads you on a westward journey from your hotel. The adventure unfolds through the scenic landscapes of Mubende, with a delightful pause for a refreshing lunch.

As the wheels turn, the picturesque route showcases Uganda’s natural beauty, adorned with tea plantations and the rolling hills of the crater region. In the late afternoon, the destination of the day, Kibale Forest Park, unfurls before you, promising a sanctuary of unparalleled biodiversity.

Kanyanchu Primate Walk – A Dance with Chimpanzees: Kibale’s crowning jewel, the Kanyanchu Primate Walk, invites you into the heart of the forest’s vibrant life. With your Valiant Safaris guide at the helm, discover thirteen primate species along the trail, with diurnal monkeys enhancing the spectacle. However, the true stars of the show are the chimpanzees. Tracked since 1993, your chances of encountering these captivating creatures are excellent.

Guided walks commence at 8 am and 2 pm, lasting approximately three hours, offering a unique glimpse into the daily lives of chimpanzee communities. Early risers are rewarded with the opportunity to witness the forest awakening, and the chance of a primate sighting is over 90%.

Biological Extravaganza – Beyond Chimpanzees: The Kibale Forest isn’t merely a haven for chimpanzees; it shelters a remarkable array of biodiversity. Over 120 mammal species, including elephants and antelopes, call this region home. The forest resonates with the melodies of around 370 bird species, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics like the Nahan’s francolin, cassin’s spinetail, blue-headed bee-eater, and low-land masked apalis.

Witness the primate population surge with over 1,500 chimpanzees divided into diverse communities, four of which are accustomed to human presence. The Kanyantale community, under daily tourist tracking since 1993, beckons with a unique chance to witness their captivating behaviors.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Day 3: Immersive Chimpanzee Tracking and Cultural Exploration

Embrace the heart of Kibale Forest on Day 3, a day brimming with the magic of primate encounters and cultural exploration. As dawn breaks, you’ll delve into the remarkable world of chimpanzees, safeguarded within Kibale Forest Park. Over 1,450 individuals thrive within this sanctuary, and your adventure begins at Kanyanchu, where a community of chimpanzees has been habituated since 1991, offering visitors a rare chance to track these apes in their natural habitat.

Chimpanzee Tracking Expedition: The day’s expedition kicks off at 7 am, commencing with a comprehensive briefing at Kanyanchu Park Headquarters. Here, dedicated rangers will be assigned to accompany you on this enthralling journey into the forest. An advance team, already in the depths of the forest, keeps a watchful eye on the chimpanzees and communicates with your ranger via radio. The tracking experience unfolds, promising an immersive encounter with these incredible creatures. The duration of the tracking adventure varies, spanning 2 to 4 hours, contingent on the whereabouts of the chimps as they go about their daily activities.

Afternoon Delight at Bigodi Swamp: In the afternoon, transition from the lush forest to the community-driven initiative of Bigodi Swamp. This 4.5 km trail, a testament to local empowerment, is guided by a local expert keen on sharing the secrets of the swamp’s biodiversity. Over the course of approximately 3 hours, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this unique ecosystem. The swamp hosts a spectacular array of bird species, including the majestic Great Blue Turacos, Hornbills, and Kingfishers.

 

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The cultural exploration extends to primate spotting, with chances to encounter the Black and White Colobus, Red Colobus, Red-Tailed Monkey, Grey-Cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, and Vervet Monkeys. This holistic experience is not just a journey through nature but a venture into the lives of the local community, where you witness firsthand the positive impact of initiatives aimed at enhancing livelihoods.

Return to Lodge for dinner and relaxation

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Day 4: Scenic transfer from Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with Lunch En-Route: Embarking on the next leg of your adventure, a scenic drive takes you to the iconic Queen Elizabeth National Park. the drive takes you through picturesque crater lakes

En route, savor a delectable lunch, soaking in the flavors of Uganda as you traverse the picturesque landscapes.

Afternoon Cruise on the Kazinga Channel: The heart of the day unfolds with an enchanting afternoon cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a waterway that unveils the rich tapestry of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Marvel at the great variety of wildlife, including the iconic hippos, majestic buffaloes, and graceful elephants. The channel’s banks come alive with the vibrant hues of birdlife, creating a picturesque tableau against the backdrop of the park’s natural splendor.

Evening Savanna Game Drive: As the sun begins its descent, the adventure continues with an evening savanna game drive, offering a chance to witness the park’s diverse ecosystems come alive in the golden hues of twilight. Encounter the untamed beauty of the Ishasha plains, where fig trees conceal lions in anticipation of unsuspecting Uganda kob herds. The panoramic vistas include the dramatic craters, the meandering Kazinga Channel, and the majestic Rwenzori Mountains.

About Queen Elizabeth National Park

This Park, is a wildlife sanctuary that straddles the equator. Established in 1952, the park, once named Kazinga National Park, was later renamed in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit. Home to over 95 mammal species and 600 bird species, the park’s diverse ecosystems include savannas, forests, lakes, and wetlands, creating an ideal habitat for big game, primates, and a plethora of birdlife.

The park’s remarkable landscapes feature Katwe explosion craters, reaching 1,350m above sea level, and the tranquil shores of Lake Edward at 910m. Against the backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains, Queen Elizabeth National Park showcases sprawling savannas, dense forests, and sparkling lakes. The Kazinga Channel, adorned with hippos, buffaloes, and elephants, adds to the park’s allure.

Beyond its outstanding wildlife attractions, the park boasts a captivating cultural history, offering visitors opportunities to engage with local communities through storytelling, dance, and music. The conservation efforts of the park benefit both its ecosystems and the surrounding communities, making it a testament to sustainable tourism.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Day 5: African Savanna Exploration and Tree-Climbing Lions Adventure

Embark on an exhilarating day of discovery as your Primates and Wildlife Uganda Safari unfolds with a captivating morning game drive in the enchanting Kasenyi plains, leading you to the famed Katwe Uganda Kobs mating grounds. Prepare for an immersive experience in the heart of the African savanna, where the landscape comes alive with diverse wildlife.

Morning African Savanna Game Drive – Kasenyi Plains to Katwe: As the sun graces the horizon, your safari adventure begins with a journey through the expansive Kasenyi plains. Traverse this picturesque terrain, known for its rich biodiversity, offering sightings of impalas, sitatungas, and, if luck is on your side, the majestic lions. The Kasenyi plains are a testament to the untamed beauty of the African savanna, and each moment of your morning game drive promises an encounter with the wonders of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Journey to Ishasha Sector – Northern Part of the Park: The wildlife adventure  unfolds as you continue your drive to the Ishasha sector in the northern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. En route, indulge in a delightful lunch, savoring the flavors of Uganda against the backdrop of the park’s natural grandeur.

Afternoon Game Drive – Seeking Tree-Climbing Lions: In the afternoon, the adventure takes a thrilling turn as you embark on a wildlife viewing in the Ishasha sector, renowned for its unique inhabitants—the tree-climbing lions. Keep your eyes peeled for these elusive felines, known for their distinctive behavior of resting in the branches of cactus trees. Witnessing these remarkable creatures against the backdrop of the African landscape is an extraordinary safari highlight.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Day 6: Savanna Wonders of Ishasha and Journey to Bwindi Gorilla Park

Embark on the sixth day of your extraordinary Uganda Primates & Wildlife Safari, a day set to unfold with savanna wonders and the anticipation of the impending Gorilla Trekking adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Morning Savanna Game Drive – Ishasha Plains

The day begins with an early morning game drive in the Ishasha plains, a region famed for its unique inhabitants—the tree-climbing lions. Increase your chances of encountering these endangered lions and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a leopard, depending on the serendipity of the moment. The Ishasha plains unveil their untamed beauty, presenting an opportunity to witness elusive predators against the scenic backdrop of the African landscape.

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Following the morning safari escapade, embark on a picturesque journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Traverse the captivating landscapes, immersing yourself in the beauty of southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. As you approach the mist-covered hillsides of Bwindi, a sense of anticipation builds for the enchanting Gorilla Trekking adventure awaiting you.

Arrival and Lunch at Bwindi Gorilla Park

Upon reaching Bwindi, a well-deserved lunch awaits you at your lodge, allowing you to relax and contemplate the incredible Gorilla Trekking experience scheduled for the next morning. The lush surroundings and misty hills create an atmosphere of tranquility, setting the stage for the extraordinary encounter with these gentle giants.

About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, nestled in the southwestern part of Uganda, is a natural haven that dates back over 25,000 years. Its mist-covered hillsides are adorned with one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, often referred to as the “impenetrable forest.” This sanctuary safeguards an estimated 459 mountain gorillas, constituting roughly half of the world’s population, with several habituated groups available for tracking.

Beyond the iconic mountain gorillas, Bwindi’s rich biodiversity encompasses over 120 mammal species, including various primate species, elephants, and antelopes. The forest canopy echoes with the melodies of around 350 bird species, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi is also a haven for at least 200 butterfly species, with eight Albertine Rift endemics adding to its unique allure.

The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo provide a gateway to cultural discovery, offering an array of lodges, bandas, campsites, restaurants, and craft stalls. Dive into the vibrant Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops, and village walks, enhancing your safari experience with the richness of local traditions.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Day 7: A Surreal Encounter with Gorillas in Bwindi Jungle

Day 7 marks the pinnacle of your Uganda Primates & Wildlife Safari—an unforgettable day dedicated to the extraordinary experience of Gorilla Tracking in the mystical Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Gorilla Trekking Adventure in Bwindi Jungle:

The day begins with anticipation and excitement as you venture into the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a jewel in the southwestern corner of Uganda, nestled at the edge of the great East African Rift Valley. This sanctuary is home to over 400 species of mountain gorillas, nearly half of the world’s population, each residing in families that are accustomed to daily visits from curious tourists.

The Gorilla trekking  adventure commences at 8 am, following a comprehensive gorilla trekking briefing at the park headquarters. Equipped with invaluable insights, you embark on a trek through the dense, steep forest, guided by experienced trackers.  The guides will take you to the gorillas’ last known location based on their nest-building activities the previous evening.

An Intimate Encounter with Mountain Gorillas

The trekking experience, ranging from 2 to 7 hours, unfolds as you navigate the challenging terrain, ascending and descending through the lush jungle. The duration is influenced by the gorillas’ overnight location, adding an element of unpredictability to the adventure. However, the challenges of the trek become a distant memory as you come face to face with these majestic creatures—close relatives to humans—creating a connection that transcends words.

A Reward Worthy of the Trek

While Gorilla Trekking can be a demanding adventure, the moment you find the gorillas, every step worthwhile. Witnessing these gentle giants in their natural habitat, observing their behaviors, and capturing the essence of their familial interactions is an unparalleled reward. The proximity to these incredible beings offers an intimate and humbling experience, leaving an indelible mark on your soul.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Day 8: Journey to Lake Mburo – A Tapestry of Scenic Beauty and Wildlife Extravaganza

Day 8 of your Uganda Primates & Wildlife Safari invites you to savor a morning filled with the promise of adventure and discovery. After a delightful safari breakfast, your journey unfolds, carrying you from the captivating realms of Bwindi to the enchanting landscapes of Lake Mburo National Park.

Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park via Mbarara

As the wheels turn, you’ll embark on a scenic drive, leaving behind the misty hills of Bwindi. A brief stop at Mbarara, fondly known as the “city of milk,” adds a refreshing pause to your journey. Indulge in a sumptuous lunch, relishing the flavors of Uganda, before setting course for Lake Mburo National Park.

Afternoon Boat Cruise at Lake Mburo Rwonyo Peninsula

Upon reaching Lake Mburo, the smallest of Uganda’s protected savannah parks, the afternoon unveils a unique wildlife experience. Navigate to the Rwonyo Peninsula for an enchanting boat cruise, a leisurely voyage that promises sightings of the park’s diverse inhabitants. Glide along the water, where metamorphic rocks frame the landscape, and the air is alive with the melodies of over 350 bird species.

Wildlife Extravaganza in Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo is a haven for a variety of wildlife, with zebras and buffaloes serving as the iconic faces of this savannah land. The park introduces you to a captivating array of abundant wildlife species, including elands, oribi, waterbucks, hippos, reedbucks, and topi. On a fortunate day, the elusive leopard might grace you with its presence, adding an extra layer of excitement to your wildlife encounters.

Meal Plan: B, L, D.

Day 9: Farewell to Uganda – A Final Glimpse of Wildlife and the Journey Home

On the concluding day of your unforgettable Uganda Primates & Wildlife Safari, immerse yourself in the beauty of Lake Mburo National Park for a final wildlife encounter before bidding adieu to the remarkable landscapes of Uganda.

Morning Game Drive – Last Glimpses of Lake Mburo’s Wildlife

As the sun paints the sky with hues of dawn, embark on a short morning game drive within Lake Mburo National Park. This final African Wildlife Safari adventure offers you the last chance to witness the park’s diverse wildlife in its natural habitat. Capture the beauty of zebras grazing on the savannah, buffaloes meandering through the landscape, and the vibrant birdlife that adds a symphony to the morning air.

Journey Back to Entebbe with En-Route Lunch

Following the morning safari, begin your journey back to Entebbe, the gateway to your memorable Ugandan expedition. En route, relish a leisurely lunch, savouring the flavours of Uganda, and reflect on the myriad experiences that have coloured your safari.

Equator Stop: A Symbolic Pause

A significant stop at the Equator marks the geographical midpoint of your journey, providing a symbolic pause to appreciate the diverse landscapes that Uganda has shared with you. Capture the iconic Equator sign, a testament to the unique position of this remarkable country.

Arrival in Entebbe: Check-In for Departure

As you approach Entebbe, the journey comes full circle, and it’s time to check in for your departure. Reflect on the incredible adventures, the wildlife spectacles, and the cultural richness that have defined your Ugandan safari. The memories you’ve collected, the connections you’ve made with nature, and the warm hospitality of Uganda will linger in your heart.

Meal Plan: B, L.

End of The Uganda Primates & Wildlife 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.
DestinationBudgetStandardLuxury
EntebbePapyrus Guest House

 

Boma Guest HouseLake Victoria Serena Resort Hotel
KibaleChimpanzee Guest HousePrimate lodgeNdali Lodge
Queen ElizabethBaboon Safari LodgeParkview SafariLodge

Katara Lodge

Ishasha SectorThe River Lodge

 

Ishasha Jungle LodgeIshasha Wilderness Camp
Buhoma – BwindiBuhoma community CampMahogany Springs LodgeGorilla Forest Camp
Lake MburoEagles Nest LodgeRwakobo Rock LodgeMihingo Lodge

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