7 Days Primates of Uganda SafariDestination: Uganda
This is one of our primate tours. In 7 days, you will experience the chimpanzee eco-tourism in Kibale National park and the Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National park. The itinerary also includes photographic safari in Queen Elizabeth National park and after the main program we offer optional extensions of a 1 day to Mgahinga National park, Lake Mburo National park or Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary.
Travel by road
7 day Itinerary
|DAY 1||Entebbe / Kampala||
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred for overnight in BB to the hotel,
Overnight at: Cassia Lodge / Boma Hotel. BB
|DAY 2||Fort Portal||
After breakfast drive to Fort Portal the capital town of Tooro kingdom which lies on the shadow of Rwenzori Mountains, the biggest mountain range in Africa. Lunch en route. In the afternoon you can spend the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge (standard cottage) / Crater Safari Lodge (C) or Chimpanzee Forest Guest House / Isunga Lodge (E). Full Board
|DAY 3||Kibale - Queen Elizabeth N.P||
After breakfast, today activity is the nature walk in Kibale National Park for experiencing the rain tropical forest, birding and especially to encounter the chimpanzees in their natural environment. Kibale national park with its 766 sq km of rain tropical forest contains the highest primates’ density in the world. Among the species which you can see include black and white colobus, red tailed monkey and vervet monkey. Moreover, 325 species of birds are recorded.nIn the afternoon proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which lies between Lake George on the East, Lake Edward on the West and the Rwenzori Mountains on the North. Have a game drive as you enter the park.
Overnight at: Overnight and dinner at Mweya Safari Lodge / Park view Safari Lodge (C) or Ihamba Safari Lodge / Enganzi Lodge (E). Full Board
|DAY 4||Queen Elizabeth National Park - Ishasha Sector||
After a cup of coffee, at 6.30 am go for a game drive along the tracks of the national park, in the Northern side towards Lake George and Kasenyi village. You might see lions, elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan kobs, perhaps the leopard though is shy and rare to be seen. Reach up to the Baboon cliffs and the splendid crater lakes region. Have lunch and in the afternoon take the most exciting safari by boat from Mweya peninsula along Kazinga channel, one of the most popular sites in Uganda for its concentration of wildlife, bird’s life and opportunities for good photographs. Moreover, you will see plenty of hippos, buffaloes and elephants while drinking from the channel. nIn the evening, you continue your journey to the southern part of the park in Ishasha sector, a vast savannah between the rivers Ishasha and Ntungwe.
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Jungle Lodge. Full Board
|DAY 5||Ishasha - Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest||
After breakfast, morning game drive in Ishasha, where you might have a chance to see the “tree climbing lions” which are seen during the hot hours of the day, as they lie resting on top of Figs trees. See also herds of buffaloes, elephants, topi antelopes and more. After lunch, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is the natural habitat for the endangered mountain gorillas and it is a Heritage Site under Unesco for the biodiversity importance. You will reach an altitude of up to 2300 m above sea level. The choice of the area of the “gorilla safari” depends on the availability and allocation of the permits for this activity. Note: Today transfer is variable, according to the location of the gorilla permits and road conditions.
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Engagi Lodge / Bakiga Lodge / Gorilla Valley Lodge (E). Full Board
|DAY 6||Mountain gorilla safari||
Early in the morning you enter the rain tropical forest of Bwindi for the gorilla safari. The activity starts at 8am and you will follow the ranger guides in a group of maximum 8 people as you search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 370 gorillas, which is half the world population according to 2007 gorilla population surveys. It is not predictable the time you will spend to encounter the gorillas. You have one hour for observing the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs. Ensure you take the packed lunch and water with you in the bag and you might engage for this the support of available porters. In the evening proceed to Lake Bunyonyi, wonderful scenery, for dinner and overnight.
Overnight at: Bwindi Engagi Lodge / Bakiga Lodge / Gorilla Valley Lodge (E). Full Board
|DAY 7||Bwindi – Entebbe/Kampala||
After breakfast, drive to Entebbe for your flight out. Lunch enroute HBnn
The price includes:
1. Water on board
2. Entrance fees, taxes
3. Boat excursion on Kazinga Channel
4. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park
5. Gorilla permits at USD 600
6. English speaking Driver/Guide
7. Ground transportation by 4x4 tourist Land Cruiser
8. Full board accommodation
9. Airport transfers