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7 Day Uganda Primates Safari

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7 Day Uganda Primates Safari

  • Price
  • Duration 7 Days 6 Nights
  • Dates Open
  • Safari TypeGuided, Private Safari
  • LocationUganda
  • Departure CityEntebbe
  • End CityEntebbe
  • Contact nameLydia
  • Contact phone+256 774 805580
  • Cancellation policyUp to 90 Days
  • AccommodationAs shown in itinerary
  • Group TypeTraveler’s choice
  • Restriction No Children Bellow 15 years
  • LanguagesEnglish

Safari Overview

The Uganda Primates Safari adventure flies you from Entebbe to ‘Bwindi Impenetrable Forest’ in Uganda’s mountainous far southwestern tip where you will track the endangered mountain gorillas and spend some time in their presence. The gorilla tour sanctuary, as old as the Pleistocene era, offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists.

You’ll then take it to the golden savanna in Queen Elizabeth National Park to catch sight of the big Africa safari game at their best, take game drive and boat safari on Kazinga channel and lastly keep up with the playful chimps in Kibale forest to complete the Uganda primates safari adventure.

Safari Highlights

  • Discover the southern region of the Pearl of Africa optimizing the transfer times
  • Fly to Kisoro and out of Kihihi with daily departures and no minimum of participants
  • Unforgettable encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Beautiful hike “across” Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, accompanied by professional guide and armed rangers
  • Experience the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Trek Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Meet, explore and learn from the local communities
  • Support sustainable tourism initiatives

Know before you go

  • You’ll be taking a local small flight from Entebbe to Kisoro near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you’ll track the mountain gorilla and visit the local native communities. You’ll also visit Queen Elizabeth NP for the savanna wildlife experience and Kibale Forest for the chimps.
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 6 travelers per vehicle, and 30% deposit on confirmation.

Safari Includes

  • Local guide
  • Chimp & Gorilla Permit ($900)
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers in 4×4
  • Private tour
  • English guide
  • Gratuities & tips
  • All activities
  • Visa & travel insurance

General FAQs

  • You can reschedule this trip as a private tour to any date up to 12 months at no cost.
  • A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date.
  • Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.
  • Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 20% of tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings cancelled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of tour price penalty charge.
  • Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the payment of the requested deposit. Should any of the quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable option, which might affect the final quoted price.
  • All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance as well as travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice, however, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of any change of Government taxes or operating conditions that affect the rates we reserve the right to pass on these charges.

UGANDA GORILLA PERMIT CANCELLATION POLICY
(different and separate from the tour cancellation policy)

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the deposit (US$750 for both permits in Jan to Jun 2020 and US$900 in Jul-Dec 2020) since we need to immediately pay Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices in order to secure the permits.

Cancellations received on full payment:

  • More than 90 days before the tracking date, 25% cancellation fee
  • 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, 50% cancellation fee
  • 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, 75% cancellation fee
  • 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, 100% cancellation fee

Important: the minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years whereas for the chimps the minimum age required is 12 years; in case of flu or of any other airborne disease the visitor will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas or the chimps.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe & Mabamba Swamps

Arrival in Entebbe as per your international flights and transfer to Papyrus Guest House where you’ll spend a night and get the first briefing about the Uganda primates safari. In the afternoon, to compliment the start of your Uganda primates safari, you’ll take an optional excursion on Lake Victoria (2nd largest fresk water lake in the world) to Mabamba swamp to catch sight of the elusive shoebill stork (giant bird that skipped evolution and kept a large beak that looks like a shoe.

Departure from the hotel at exactly 14.30/15.00 hours by car and local canoe to Mabamba Swamp, one of the best places for spotting the rare shoebill storks. Of course some fortune is needed but rarely does one leave the swamp without seeing one! Many other water birds have chosen this area as their home so birding is always very interesting. Enjoy a relaxing sundowner on Lake Victoria and then return to the Guest House.

Accommodation and meals:
Papyrus Guest House (standard room)
Bed & Breakfast basis; Lunch & Dinner on own’s account

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Day 2: Fly from Entebbe – Kisoro – Native village Visit

Start your long awaited Uganda primates Safari with an early morning transfer from your hotel to Entebbe International Airport for Aero link flight to Kisoro. The first part takes us through central Uganda. A view of beautiful landscape of mountains, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest and the majestic chain of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Upon arrival meeting with the vehicle and our walking safari guide for a briefing on the very interesting activities of the day which will be adapted to the clients’ desires. You can either walk for approx. 90 minutes – 4km to Lake Mutanda Sheba’s Camp – or drive 30 minutes to the lake. You then “settle” in a dugout canoe for 2-3 hours of gentle relaxed cruising across the lake, enjoying the beautiful landscape. After lunch at a restaurant on the lake shores, continuation on foot till Rubuguri (9km – 2/3 hours) where you meet up the vehicle and drive for another 10 km up to the Lodge in Nkuringo (approx 1 hour). Of course you can also be picked up by the vehicle at the lake and drive all the way up to the Lodge. Guests decide!

Accommodation and meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Private Cottage)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest south sector

The highlight of the Uganda Primates Safari starts when you wake early (06:00) have your breakfats and be at the trailhead in time for the gorilla tracking briefing. It’s about 100 meters from Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge to the visitors reception when tracking Nkuringo group southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Once there you will first receive a briefing and at 8.00am and then start the tracking.

Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend an hour with them. Your time in the forest cannot be pre-determined as every day is different from that previous. On your return to your vehicle you will precede directly to Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge. Visit the top of the world in the evening and on a clear day you can see a line of the 5 volcano mountains later retire your day at the lodge.

Or for extra USD 900 – Experience Gorilla Habituation

Have an early morning breakfast and at around 6:45am, you will set off to Rushaga some 23km from the lodge. This early morning departure is to allow some time for photographic opportunities as you descend down the valley from Nkuringo

The drive at first light in the morning is gorgeous as the sun illuminates the volcanoes of the Virunga on the southern horizon and as you approach Rushaga the sunlight is fractured as it cascades through the primary forest of the national park. All the Rushaga groups have the same briefing point at Rushaga then clients dispatch to track their respective Gorilla groups. However on this day you will be tracking the Rushaga habituated gorilla family group. Once you reach the gorillas, enjoy 4 hours in the presence of this gorilla family group standing 6 meters away. After tracking, you will return to the lodge. Accommodation as above

Accommodation and meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Private Cottage)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 4: Hike across Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After a very early breakfast, drive along the Nteko Ridge till the junction of the Ivy River Trail with the forest (7 km) and then start the unforgettable hike across the forest (13km – 4-5 hours).

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a vast unique natural reserve – monkeys, duikers, bush pigs and some of Bwindi’s world renowned bird species plus many butterflies can be sighted. If you are very lucky you may even encounter gorillas! Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighbouring Rwanda, the park is nowadays an ecological island within a sea of villages and farmland, its conservation importance is immense. The emphasis of this activity is for your walking guide to share his knowledge of the forest with you, it is not simply an A to B hike. The trail is also an important footpath for local people, particularly on market days, travelling from Nkuringo and Nteko to Buhoma, on the northern boundary of the park. There is no road through Bwindi so vehicles driving between the two locations have an incredible 170 km bone jarring journey taking 6 to 8 hours.

Upon arrival at the park headquarters in Buhoma, meet with the Uganda Primates Driver/Guide and drive north to to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The southern area of Ishasha is notably recognized for its resident ‘tree climbing’ lions that are an exceptional attraction and one of the highlights of all safaris taken within the park. The lions can be spotted hanging on branches of huge fig trees whereas the Uganda Kob (which is the major food to these lions) graze on the plains below.

The drive from Bwindi (Buhoma sector) to QENP usually takes about 4 hours (180 km).

Accommodation & meals:
Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park

Start your Uganda primates safari day with breakfast at the lodge. Transfer to Kanyanchu Tourist Center for a briefing on Chimpanzee tracking. Kibale’s most popular activity is the Kanyanchu Primate Walk. Thirteen species can be sought, and a good variety of diurnal monkeys invariably encountered, but the stars of this trail are the chimpanzees. Kanyanchu’s chimps have been tracked since 1993 and the chances of locating them are excellent. Morning guided walks start at 8am and last an average of three hours.

In the afternoon, hike up to the top of the world, with breathtaking views of the crater lakes, visit the tea plantation before continuing back to the lodge.

Accommodation and meals
Primates Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 7: Kibale Forest – Entebbe

Morning visit of the Bigodi swamp walk, then proceed with your driver for 2hour drive to Kasese Airstrip, for scheduled flight to Entebbe. Transfer straight to the Airport, in case clients require to freshen up before the flight, complementary room at Papyrus.

Accommodation & meals:
No Accommodation
Breakfast

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