8 Day Amazing Uganda Primates Safari - Nkuringo Safaris Uganda

8 Day Amazing Uganda Primates Safari

8 Day Amazing Uganda Primates Safari

  • Price
  • Duration 8 Days 7 Nights
  • Dates Open
  • Safari TypeGuided, Private Safari
  • Location/DepartureUganda/Entebbe
  • Entry Requirements PCR COVID-19 Test, Visa
  • Important Fees Gorilla & Chimps Permits
  • 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 on this Amazing Uganda Primates Safari trip trekking gorillas, chimpanzee, on game drives through beautiful savanna plains and experiencing Ugandan cultures.

Form Entebbe, pass through the beautiful town of Fort Portal, the Crater Lakes region, on your way to the Kibale Forest National Park, where you will track and spend some time watching the antiques of primates, including intelligent and energetic chimpanzee bands. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Rwenzori Mountains on the way to the Queen Elizabeth National Park where you meet Africa’s big game animals, and be intrigued the agile tree-climbing lions.

Continue your journey to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you’ll hike across the primeval jungle from Buhoma to Nkuringo via the Kashasha river trail and later trek the elusive, majestic and endangered mountain gorillas. From the gorilla nation, fly back to Entebbe via Kisoro to tell the tales of Amazing Uganda.

This is a private Uganda safari trip that can be customised to your style of travel. Our Covid operating procedures must be observed to keep you, service providers and the animals protected from the pandemic.

Safari Highlights

  • Drive from Entebbe through western Uganda’s picturesque countryside
  • Explore the jungles floors of Kibale Forest and witness the antiques of a habituated chimpanzee band
  • Take a golden savanna game drive and boat safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Track mountain gorillas in Africa’s oldest rainforest, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Prolific birding opportunities on this trip
  • Fly back from Kisoro to Entebbe and see  the emerald aerial view of western Uganda.

Know before you go

  • This Uganda safari trip starts from Entebbe and drives all the way into Bwindi with a hike across the gorilla forest. From Bwindi you’ll take a local flight back to Entebbe.
  • We’ll keen to observe WHO, Government, UWA and our Covid-19 guidelines to ensure yours and our safety during this trip. The lodges booked for you have been checked for Coronavirus standards of operation and have been found to comply.
  • The trip requires average fitness to trek the gorillas and chimps and Covid operating procedures will be much observed to protect you and the animals.
  • 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.

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.

Primates Lodge

Primates Lodge—Kibale (2 Nights)

Located 5 minutes walk from Kanyanchu trailhead in Kibale National Park, Primates lodge is a luxury accommodation facility. Nine spacious and en-suite Luxury Cottages, each secluded deep in the forest for maximum privacy and a natural ‘living in nature’ feel, come complete with 2x Double size Bed or 1x King Size Bed, a sitting area with two comfortable arm chairs, a reading table and an adjoining large veranda with excellent views to the forest.

Primates Lodge

Primates Lodge—Kibale (2 Nights)

Located 5 minutes walk from Kanyanchu trailhead in Kibale National Park, Primates lodge is a luxury accommodation facility. Nine spacious and en-suite Luxury Cottages, each secluded deep in the forest for maximum privacy and a natural ‘living in nature’ feel, come complete with 2x Double size Bed or 1x King Size Bed, a sitting area with two comfortable arm chairs, a reading table and an adjoining large veranda with excellent views to the forest.

Kasenyi Safari Camp on Amazing Uganda Primates Safari

Kasenyi Safari Camp—QENP (1 Night)

Located in Kasenyi Queen Elizabeth NP right where the game drive tracks begin. The camp has an elevated dining structure that is meticulously thatched. The tents are on platforms with a thatched canopy roof. There are eight tents all with en-suite bathrooms, spacious living areas and private decks. Many animals frequent the camp during day & at night. Lion prides,hippo, leopard, buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, kob, hyena and wart hog are frequently seen. The night comes alive with sounds of hyenas howling and lions roaring.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp in Queen Elizabeth NP on the Amazing uganda safari trip

Ishasha Wilderness Camp—QENP (1 Night)

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. Set next to the Ntungwe River, each of the camp’s ten spacious canvas tented rooms has a private verandah overlooking the river. Comfortably furnished with large mosquito-netted beds, all rooms are en suite with hot ‘bush’ showers, running water for hand basins and a flushing ‘eco-friendly’ toilet.

The thatched central lounge and dining area provide a comfortable setting for meals and relaxation, although we often serve meals ‘al fresco’ next to the river. In the evening, the outdoor fireplace is the perfect place for guests to relax with sundowners and share their day’s experiences.

nkuringo bwindi gorilla lodge

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge—Bwindi (2 Nights)

Set on Nteko ridge on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, with some cottages and villas overlooking the swath of the Bwindi forest, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge accommodation is an ultimate African jungle getaway that immerses you in nature’s harmony. Each cottage is built with nature’s own supplies and positioned where privacy does not elude your stay. Villas showcase the golden sunrise over the misty clouds in the far distant jugged mountain silhouettes and some of the garden cottages showcase the African golden sunset with Virunga, and Gahinga mountains painting the backdrop while the tip of Rwenzoris peeps out in view. The evening on any of the room terraces is a mother-load of magical experiences that’ll never leave your consciousness, mist blows from the valley like a silent whisper over the lodge and if you put out your hand can feel the soft droplets bounce off your palm.

Mihingo Lodge

Mihingo Lodge—Lake Mburo (1 Nights)

Mihingo is a luxurious, family owned lodge in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. Perched high on a rocky kopje, whose pre-Cambrian granite boulders were formed over 500 million years ago, it has spectacular views over a vast savannah landscape.  Designed to blend in with its fragile surroundings, this environmentally friendly lodge offers comfort, relaxation and the experience of being at one with nature.

An infinity pool overlooks the valley below where buffalo, eland, impala, warthogs, bush buck and zebra can be seen at the waterhole.  On the rocks you may have the rare chance of seeing the resident family of Klipspringers.  We cannot guarantee that you will see a leopard, but on a night game drive you do have a good chance. As Rungwe Kingdon (the son of the well-known wildlife author, Jonathan Kingdon, and one of Mihingo’s guests) once told us “I have seen more leopards in Lake Mburo National Park than any other park in East Africa”.

Detailed Itinerary

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Gorilla Permits

To see mountain gorillas you must first obtain a tracking permit from the UWA in Kampala or RDB in Kigali. If you prefer avoiding the bureaucracy, Members of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators are able to purchase permits on your behalf for up to 2 years from the month of tracking.

Nkuringo Safaris helps many of our visitors to obtain permits for either the Nkuringo, Bushasho, Nshongi, MIshaya, Bweza Kahungye or Busingye groups on the south side of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Gorilla groups on the Buhoma sector of Bwindi where availability exists. We also process, on your behalf, your Rwanda gorilla permit. Contact us should you require this service.

Each Gorilla Permit in Uganda costs USD $700 (July 2020) and Nkuringo Safaris’ processing fee is US $30 per tracking permit. A Gorilla Permit in Rwanda costs USD $1,500 per person.

We cannot make tentative bookings for tracking permits with UWA or RDB. All bookings we make with the wildlife authority must be supported with payment in cash at the time of making the reservation.

Gorilla Tracking Fees 2020/21

Country/AuthorityNon- ResidentEast African ResidentEast African Citizen
Uganda Wildlife Authority$700$600Ush 250,000
Rwanda Development Board$1,500$1,500$1,500
  • No persons under 15 years of age may trek Gorillas
  • Gorilla tracking begins at 08.30. Arrive at least 15 mins prior to this for registration.
  • Rates do include park fee, guide fee a certificate of trekking and community levy.

Best Time To Go Gorilla Trekking

Uganda’s raised topography means a cooler climate than its equatorial setting suggests but if you’re planning a gorilla trek on your honeymoon, it’s important to know when to go to Uganda for the easiest trekking conditions. Although it’s regarded as a year-round activity, the best time to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking is during the country’s two dry seasons: January and February and from June to September.

Game viewing in Uganda’s savannah parks is best at the end of the dry seasons – February and March and September/early October – when wildlife is concentrated around water sources. Bird watching is fantastic all year round but is at its peak between November and April when migrant species are present. April and May, even when considered the rainy season, its great time to visit Uganda and the Gorillas. The views are stunning and it rains mostly in the afternoon for 1 hr and not tempering with activities.

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