8 Day Amazing Uganda Primates Safari

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8 Day Amazing Uganda Primates Safari

  • Price
  • Duration 8 Days 7 Nights
  • Dates Open
  • Safari TypeGuided, Private Safari
  • LocationUganda
  • Departure CityEntebbe
  • End CityEntebbe
  • Contact nameLydia
  • Contact phone+256 774 805580
  • Cancellation policyUp to 30 Days
  • AccommodationAs shown in itinerary
  • Group TypeTraveler’s choice
  • Restriction No Children Bellow 15 years
  • LanguagesEnglish

Safari Overview

Spend eight wonderful days tracking chimpanzees, gorilla trekking, driving through beautiful savanna plains and experiencing the African culture on this Amazing Uganda Primates Safari.

Pass through the town of Fort Portal and the Crater Lakes region on your way to the Kibale Forest National Park, where you will have the opportunity to track a number of primates, including intelligent and energetic chimpanzees. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Rwenzori Mountains on the way to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, and be intrigued by the local culture and agile tree-climbing lions.

Continue your journey to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for the opportunity to track the majestic and endangered mountain gorillas.

Safari Highlights

  • Driving through western Uganda’s picturesque country
  • Explore the jungles floors of Kibale Forest and run with the habituated chimpanzees
  • Track mountain gorillas in Africa’s oldest rainforest, Bwindi Imepenetrable Forest
  • Take a golden savanna game drive and boat safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Prolific birding opportunities on this trip

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 Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Parks.
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 6 travelers per vehicle, and 30% deposit on confirmation.

Safari Includes

  • Local guide
  • Gorilla & Chimp 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.

(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


Day 1: Travel through Ugandan tea plantations to Kibale National Park

After breakfast, you’ll embark on your Amazing Uganda Primates Safari with your private driver/guide and travel westwards to Kibale forest National Park, the primates capital of East Africa.

This lively town is the base for activities around Kibale Forest National Park. The national park offers one of the most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda, 70 mammal species and 13 primate species.

The drive takes 6 hours. After lunch we will shake off the drive with a walk to the “top of the world” along crater lakes which this area is also famous for.

Accommodation and meals:
Primate Lodge
Lunch and Dinner


Day 2: Go chimp tracking in Kibale Forest (Kanyanchu)

Wake early for your first Amazing Uganda Primates Safari challenge, at 06:30 your chimpanzee tracking day excursion begins after a briefing at Kanyanchu trailhead; you will spend the half day with Chimpanzees following them around. While tracking, you will be able to spot different animal species like the Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, and L’Hoest’s Monkey among others and different bird species.

After lunch travel to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for a nature walk, Rich in biodiversity and beautiful scenery, the wetland is a birder’s paradise with about 138 species. Located outside the park in Magombe Swamp, it also hosts eight species of primates including the black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed, l’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, and olive baboons. Bushbucks and mongooses can also be found here. The sanctuary was set up to preserve the exclusive environmental features along with the wetland and is managed by the local community.

Accommodation and meals:
Primate Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 3: Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Cruise on the Kazinga Channel

Depart Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth National Park, lying 1978 sq. km west of Uganda. QENP harbors a diverse eco-system with a lovely savanna, fertile wetlands making it home for the big game, 10 primate species and a large number of bird species.

After checking in, you will enjoy an afternoon Launch cruise along the Kazinga channel. The channel is 40 wide and offers beautiful scenery of hundreds of hippos along the banks as well as different bird species seen when cruising west towards Lake Edward.

Accommodation and meals:
Kasenyi Safari Camp
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 4: Search for tree-climbing lions in Ishasha Sector

After breakfast you will head for a game drive through Kasenyi sector, watch out for the Albert endemic birds and Cape buffalos, elephants and different bird species.

With packed lunch, the Amazing Uganda Primates Safari driver will take you to Ishasha sector, very famous for the tree climbing lions. The Ishasha sector is the only other place in the entire world where you will find tree climbing lions apart from Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.

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


Day 5: Buhoma Sector – Nkuringo Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, the Amazing Uganda Primates Safari travels further south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda´s oldest, largest, magnificent and most diverse rainforests. This “impenetrable” forest is also home to more than 320 mountain gorillas, 400 species of plants, 120 species of mammals and over 350 species of birds. Continue to the lodge, check in, and after lunch a ranger guide will escort you on a nature walk.

Accommodation and meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 6: Track mountain gorillas in Bwindi

After breakfast, at around 7:45 am, with packed lunch and drinking water your Amazing Uganda Primates Safari driver will transfer you to the National Park Head Quarters for the briefing on the dos and the don’ts while with the gorillas. You then continue to the forest for the start of the actual gorilla tracking.

It takes a few minutes but you leave with gorilla etiquette. Comfortable shoes and clothes are advised along with packed lunch and a walking stick. Walk and hike this steep and slippery terrain until you meet the family gorilla. Enjoy this one hour allowed in the company of the brilliant giants! Looking into the eyes of one of the magnificent creature brings home the distressing fact that they are on the edge of extinction, and that your presence contributes to ensuring their continual survival

Depending on the duration of the track you can either relax in the afternoon at the lodge or enjoy another walk around the village or hike up to the highest football field with the breath taking view ever!

Accommodation and meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 7: Game drive in Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast depart Kabale through the mountainous hillside of Kigezi region, with glimpse sighting of Lake Bunyonyi famous crate Lake onwards to Lake Mburo National Park. Your Amazing Uganda Primates Safari guide will stop at Igongo Culture Center for your lunch break, learn about the Bantu cultural, the Ankole horned cattle and the Ankole Kingdom, after lunch proceed to Lake Mburo National.

Evening game drive in search of Zebras, Impalas, elands, warthogs and waterbucks, return to the Lodge to enjoy swim. In the afternoon, proceed to conduct boat trip on Lake Mburo; you will see lots of birds, hippos, learn more about the people and history of Lake Mburo.

In the night you will have chance to see resident Bush babies come for feed.
Optional activity safari horse riding.

Accommodation and meals:
Mihingo Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 8: Fly home with unforgettable memories

Return to Entebbe after a late breakfast anticipated driving time 5 hours on the road. En route you will pass the equator where a coffee break can be taken and possibly the picnic lunch provided by the lodge. Continue to Papyrus Guesthouse to refreshen up and later transfer to your evening flight outbound Entebbe International Park. End of the Amazing Uganda Primates Safari.

Accommodation & meals:
No Accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch

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