9 Day Classic Primates and Wildlife Safari

Places to Visit: Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Tour Overview

This Classic Primate tour combines the highlights of the country including exciting chimp walks, wildlife viewing and of course the unforgettable gorilla tracking.

Uganda has the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the endangered mountain gorilla, one of the rarest animals on the planet. This Uganda Primate safari is the antithesis of the sedentary safari experience without being overly strenuous and showcases the beauty and rich bio-diversity of the country. Brace yourself for Uganda’s highlights including exciting chimp walks, wildlife viewing and of course the unforgettable gorilla trekking.

Highlights:

  • Exciting night walk in the African rainforest
  • Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest with an optional full day chimp habituation experience
  • Excellent game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Optional second chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge
  • Unforgettable meeting with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Transverse the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Gorilla adventure safari at a glance

  • Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, transfer to hotel B, D
  • Day 2: Entebbe – Bwindi Impenetrabel Forest B, L, D
  • Day 3: Gorilla trekking activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest B, L, D
  • Day 4: Forest nature walk in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest B, L, D
  • Day 5: Second Gorilla trekking in Buhoma Sector – Nkuringo Bwindi Impenetrable Forest B, L, D
  • Day 6: Track for tree lions in Queen Elizabeth National park B, L, D
  • Day 7: Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park B, L, D
  • Day 8: Full day in Queen Elizabeth national park B, L, D
  • Day 9: Scheduled flight to Entebbe B, L, D

SAFARI ITINERARY IN DETAIL

DAY 1: ARRIVAL ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, pick up by the Hotel and transfer to your accommodation.

  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House
  • Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: ENTEBBE – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast and briefing we will fly you to Kisoro in southern Uganda. During the short flight you will be able to see Uganda´s diversity from high up. We will pick you up from the airstrip and drive you up to Nkuringo. A short distance that can take up to 2 hours.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is set 2160 metres above sea level and offers stunning views looking north over the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, south to the volcanoes of the Virunga and west into the rift valley and the DR Congo.

After lunch we will take you for a community walk with one of our guides from the Lodge; he will basically introduce you to his family.

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full Board meal arrangement

DAY 3: GORILLA TREKKING ACTIVITY

At 8 am the gorilla trekking will start with a detailed briefing about gorilla etiquette. Depending on which family you are trekking, the briefing point is either 300 meters or 23 kms away. After the briefing we will either start walking from there or will be driven to the closest starting point. We will then start searching for the gorillas. Once we find them, we will be allowed to spend 1 hour with them.

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full Board meal arrangement

DAY 4: FOREST NATURE WALK – BWINDI FOREST

You have the opportunity to undertake a full day trekking, accompanied by our local guides through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest one of the most diverse habitats on earth and home to 120 species of mammals, 200 varieties of tree and more than 50 reptiles.

08.00am with your guide commence the Nkuringo Walking Safari activity into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park as part of the Kashasha River and Ivy River trails. This is a full day walk where there would be opportunity to visit the Munyaga River falls in the forest. The emphasis of this activity is for your walking guide to share his knowledge of the forest that you come into contact with and not simply an A to B. The walking distance would be about 15km; proceed to Buhoma.

  • Accommodation: Mahogany Spring .
  • Meal Plan: Full Board arrangement.

DAY 5: SECOND GORILLA TRACKING IN BUHOMA SECTOR

After breakfast proceed UWA visitor’s reception where 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: Mahogany Spring .
  • Meal Plan: Full Board arrangement.

DAY 6: BUHOMA – ISHASHA SECTOR – QENP

After an early breakfast, we depart the rainforest and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park and the rich savannah plains of the Ishasha region.

Queen Elizabeth National Park spreads over 1,978 sq km in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo, Uganda kob, baboon, and many species of birds. With both a riverine and savannah habitat, the park includes the southern Ishasha area with its tree climbing lions and Maramagambo, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda. The northern Mweya area, traversed by the equator and dominated by the scenery of crater lakes, is often occupied by large flocks of flamingos. A boat trip from Mweya along the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lakes Edward and George, provides one of the most memorable experiences offered by the park.

The Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park is rich with wildlife including warthog, water buck, bush buck, leopard, Ugandan kob, elephants, countless bird species and even the rare giant forest hog. The Ishasha sector of the park is known for its famous tree climbing lions sometimes found lying about in the branches of the native fig trees.

  • Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Meal plan: Full board

DAY 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Morning Game drive and return to the Lodge for Breakfast, depart the lodge with packed lunch to Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will proceed to the Mweya Penisular, overlooking Lake George and Lake Edwards, to enjoy a unique two hours boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This launch cruise gives you a great opportunity for photography, animal and bird watching at close range; over 606 birds species have been recorded in this park and most notably along the Kazinga Channel.

  • Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Meal plan: Full Board

DAY 8: FULL DAY QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.

After an early Morning warn up tea or Coffee, you will head for a game drive along the Kasenyi tracks in search of animals like: Lions, cape buffalos, elephants, warthogs, waterbucks, spotted hyenas, Mangoose, kobs and if your luck, the leopard is often spotted. Proceed onwards to the Kyambura Gorge to track Chimpanzees.
Kyambura Gorge

The gorge is within the savannah sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This 16 kilometre long scar in the earth is home to a group of habituated chimpanzees, baboons, monkeys and birds. The gorge is about 100m deep to where organized chimpanzee trekking can be conducted; bird watching, nature walks and sightseeing can be undertaken from the visitors centre.

After tracking, return to the Lodge and in the evening conduct another Game drive in the Kasenyi Plains.

  • Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Meal plan: Full Board

DAY 9: SCHEDULED FLIGHT TO ENTEBBE

After breakfast proceed to Mweya Penisular for scheduled flight to Entebbe – relax at Papyrus Guesthouse and later transfer for evening flight.

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