8 Day Amazing Uganda Primates Safari

Places to Visit: Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Lake Mburo

Tour Overview

Spend eight wonderful days tracking chimpanzees, gorilla trekking and driving through beautiful savannah plains and some of Uganda’s renowned reserves.

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.

Highlights:

  • Private, guided 4×4 road safari
  • Chimps and monkeys in Kibale
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • A boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Prolific birdlife

Specially created for:

  • Nature lovers
  • Safari aficionados
  • Walking enthusiasts
  • Adventure travellers

Gorilla adventure safari at a glance

  • Day 1: Travel through Ugandan tea plantations to Kibale National Park B, D
  • Day 2: Go chimp tracking in Kibale Forest (Kanyanchu) B, L, D
  • Day 3: Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Cruise on the Kazinga Channel B, L, D
  • Day 4: Search for tree-climbing lions in Ishasha Sector B, L, D
  • Day 5: Buhoma Sector – Nkuringo Bwindi Impenetrable Forest B, L, D
  • Day 6: Track mountain gorillas in Bwindi B, L, D
  • Day 7: Game drive in Lake Mburo National Park B, L, D
  • Day 8: Fly home with unforgettable memories B, L, D

SAFARI ITINERARY IN DETAIL

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

After breakfast with driver/guide travel to Kibale forest National Park in western Uganda.
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: Primate Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

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

Proceed early morning at 6:30 Am for a half day chimpanzee experience; 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: Primate Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

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. It harbours a diverse eco-system with a lovely savannah, 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 andoffers beautiful scenery of hundreds of hippos along the banks as well as different bird species seen when cruising west towards Lake Edward.

  • Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

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 proceed 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: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 5: Buhoma Sector – Nkuringo Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast travel 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: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 6: Track mountain gorillas in Bwindi

This is the climax of this safari, briefing is done before 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: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

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. You will have lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre, 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: Mihingo Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

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.

Included in the package

  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Guided nature walks in Kibale Forest and Bigodi Swamp
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Meet with gorillas – the gentle giants of Bwindi
  • Boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel
  • Bottled water throughout the safari
  • Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
  • AMREF insurance

Excluded from the package

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature