The Great Uganda Gorilla & Primates Safari

Overview

This is a specialized Great Uganda Gorilla & Primates Safari that brings you the best of Uganda’s experience putting into consideration that the destination in Africa is condensed with lots to offer. This 10 Days safari offers Uganda’s finest wildlife safari viewing sites, including Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda’s safari hotspot and home of the great Apes in Uganda. We shall take you to the best African destinations, sites and spots for African birding, and the best ecotourism accommodation facilities.

Highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Visit Botanical gardens
  • Bigodi swamp walk

Day 1

Entebbe, Uganda—Botanical Gardens

Our Uganda tour begins in Entebbe, where you’re met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. If time permits, you may opt to visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

Established in 1902, the gardens’ fine collection of plants spans the country’s tropical, sub-tropical and temperate zones. The gardens are also home to many different avian species, offering an excellent introduction to Uganda’s diverse birdlife. We commonly spot vervet and black-and-white colobus monkeys here, too. After head to a luxurious hotel in Entebbe for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 2

Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

A mid-morning flight and short drive take us from bustling Entebbe to Uganda’s verdant highlands, where fertile volcanic soil supports a tapestry of tea, coffee and banana plantations. Arrive at our hilltop lodge in time for a late lunch and settle in before the sun dips behind the Rwenzori Mountains.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 3

Bigodi Swamp Walk & Chimpanzee Tracking

This morning, a “swamp walk” through a wetland sanctuary reveals more than 100 bird species. After lunch, we meet our local trackers and begin our first chimpanzee trek in Kibale forest National Park. This equatorial rain forest reserve has one of the highest concentrations of primates in the world, including 1,300 chimpanzees. We may also see red colobus, black-and-white colobus, red tail, grey-cheeked mangabey and other monkeys.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 4

Second Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest

Our final morning in Kibale National Park offers a second chimpanzee viewing opportunity at a different time of day, in hopes of catching these primates engaged in their morning routine. We spend another full hour in their presence before hiking back to the ranger station. After lunch at the lodge embark on a walk around one of the nearby crater lakes.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 5

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park & Cruise on Kazinga Channel

An early start launches an activity-filled day exploring Queen Elizabeth National Park, located along the western Rift Valley. The park is a microcosm of East Africa’s safari highlights, home to a great diversity of wildlife residing among its volcanic craters, grassy plains and tropical forest. More than 600 bird species—one of the highest concentrations of any park in Africa—and nearly 100 different mammal species are found in the park, including the Ugandan kob, an endemic antelope featured on the country’s currency. On a morning game drive, search for classic African wildlife, possibly spotting lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and antelope in the park’s northern sector. We then cruise the Kazinga Channel on a private boat trip among one of the largest concentration of hippos in Africa. The waterway is also home to abundant colourful birdlife, and baboons frequently entertain us from the banks.

Accommodation:  Mweya Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 6

Full day Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Rwenzori range, also called the “Mountains of the Moon,” provides a dramatic backdrop, with snow-capped heights rising above 16,000 feet. Glimpse magnificent views over Lake Edward before transferring via a wildlife drive into the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth Park. As we explore this region, look for the park’s famous tree-climbing lions one of just two populations of lions that climb trees as part of their regular behaviour. Though no one knows for sure, some speculate that these Lions seek respite from the heat by availing themselves of cool breezes blowing through the branches on high.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 7

Queen Elizabeth Park—Ishasha Sector / Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

From Ishasha, head westward to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, watching the scenery gradually changes from open savanna to mountain slopes covered in the dense green rain forest. Upon arrival in Bwindi check in your luxury mountainside lodge that is our Gorilla trekking base.

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 8

Gorilla tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early breakfast Gorilla tracking at 8.00 a.m. We recommend that you wear good walking shoes and carry a rain jacket and a flask of water. Tracking can be tough and we trust you are in reasonably fit condition. You will carry a picnic lunch in the forest with you. You will be thrilled to have seen these rare primates (no guarantee) and the return journey will be easier. Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 9

Batwa Cultural walk and relaxation at the Lodge

This morning after breakfast, you hike in the forest with the people of the forest with the help of a Batwa guide and he will provide you with the chance to see the forest and its habitats through their eyes.

See how the Batwa lived and hunted in the traditional manner. Enjoy trying out your hunting techniques as the Batwa teach you how to shoot with a bow and arrow.

Visit a traditional Batwa homestead and learn from the women how to prepare, cook and serve a meal. You will also have the opportunity to sample the prepared dishes.

Talk to a medicine man and learn about the medicinal properties of the forest flora. Hear ancient legends and traditional songs.

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 10

Entebbe / Depart

Our Uganda safari comes to a close today with a flight back to Entebbe. A day room is provided on arrival, to relax and refresh for those preparing to depart. We share a farewell meal before transferring to the airport for departing flights.

End of The Great Uganda Gorilla & Primates Safari

Rates per person in a Luxury Accommodation

Start date 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
Jan 1,2019- Dec 31, 2020 $10,197 $7,633 $7,294 $6,744 $6,718 $6,448

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Includes

  • Transportation for the entire trip
  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimpanzee permits
  • Aero link domestic flights
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Boat cruise on kazinga channel
  • Car hire in 4×4 safari Landcruiser
  • Fuel for the entire trip
  • Botanical gardens entry fees
  • En- route Lunch
  • Free wi-fi in the Vehicle
  • Batwa Cultural Experience

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Tips and gratuities
  • All items of personal nature

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