On your Uganda primate safari, experience the chimpanzees in their natural home – Kibale National Park. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national Park for a wildlife safari experience and encounter the Big 4. Trek through the Bwindi impenetrable forest looking for the rare and endangered mountain gorillas; drive through Ishasha the home of tree climbing lions. End your tour Lake Mburo national National Park.

Safari Highlights:

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park
  • Nature walk in Bigodi Swamp
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks
  • Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Crater Lakes
  • Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
  • Boat ride in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Photo session at the Equator

Itinerary for the 10 Days Uganda ultimate primate safari

Day 1: Welcome to the Pearl of Africa 

Today on arrival at the Airport, a representative of Kagera Safaris will be eagerly waiting to receive you and transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala for overnight. You will have dinner depending on time of arrival.

Meal plan – Dinner

Accommodation

  • Up market – Kampala Serena
  • Mid-range – Cassia lodge
  • Budget – Apricot Guesthouse

Day 2: Transfer to the primate capital of the world – Kibale national park  

uganda-highwayToday your driver guide will pick you from your hotel after breakfast to start journey to the primate capital of primates – Kibale forest. The drive is through Uganda’s countryside with past lots of agricultural lands, homesteads, road side fruit and vegetable markets and forests. A part from these fascinating sights the only stopovers will be for the washrooms and stretching whenever you need to.

You will have lunch in the beautiful Fort portal town with spectacular landscapes of the Rwenzori mountains in the back ground and ever green lawns. From here you will proceed to your lodge ready for chimpanzee trekking the next day.

Journey time – 4,5 hours

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Up market – Papaya Lodge
  • Mid-range – Crater lodge
  • Budget – Chimpanzee Guesthouse

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park

chimpanzee-kibale-forest

Today is the Chimpanzee tracking day in the primate capital of the world – Kibale National Park. After your breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to the briefing point before the chimp trek. The experienced ranger guide will take you through a briefing on what to expect and how to conduct yourself in the forest.

After the short briefing, you will start the lead you as you hike through the tropical forest for an unforgettable and rewarding experience in search of man’s closest relatives the Chimpanzees, after locating them you are allowed to stay in their presence for a total of 1 hour after which you start the hike out of the forest. After lunch, take a Swamp walk in Bigodi community – proceeds from this help in community development.

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 

crater-lakesThe safari continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park passing through Crater lakes region (depending on road condition) and enjoying views of the Rwenzori mountain ranges. The driver guide will pick you after breakfast or you can choose to leave later.

You have an option of a free afternoon at your lodge where you choose to rest. Alternatively you can choose to take a short evening game drive or village walk in the afternoon.

Journey time – 2,5 hours

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Up market – Kyambura game Lodge
  • Mid-range – Twin lakes lodge
  • Budget – Bush Lodge

Day 5:  Game drive and Boat Safari in Queen Elizabeth national park

uganda-kobAfrica is home to a vast, unrivalled number of species living in the wild. Queen Elizabeth national park has the highest biodiversity of any protected area in Africa. The best times for game viewing is morning when the predators are looking out for prey and before they go back into hiding. You will be using a car that allows the roof to top up so the opportunities of watching the game are maximized. Enjoy the exotic and rare species which include Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, and Uganda Kobs etc.

In the afternoon enjoy a launch cruise on Kazinga Channel – towards Lake Edward where you will watch different wild animals that come to its waters and those that live therein and numerous species of birds.

Day 6: Transfer to Ishasha sector for tree climbing Lions

tree lions ishasha

Ishasha is the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park famous for the tree-climbing lions. After their meals these predators like to climb fig trees to rest, experience the winds but also easily watch their prey as because of the high savanna grass. Along the lions is a rich bird life and other mammals.

Journey time – 2,5 hours

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Up market – Ishasha wilderness camp
  • Mid-range – Ishasha jungle lodge
  • Budget – Enjojo Lodge

Day 7: Safari to the mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park

We leave for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – the home of half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Journey time – 1 hour

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Up market – Buhoma Lodge
  • Mid-range – Buhoma Haven Lodge
  • Budget – Buhoma community camp

Day 8:  Gorillas in the mist 

uganda-gorillas

The ultimate safari experience in the ‘jungles of Africa’, spend the day with the gigantic gentle creatures – the mountain gorillas. The adventure hiking through Bwindi impenetrable forest in search of gorillas is a unique experience. Once you locate the gorillas with your ranger guide, observe them for an hour. Those who prefer not to participate in the gorilla tracking can take a guided forest walk or explore the surrounding locale with the community village walk.

 

 

Day 9: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park 

After the exhilarating experience in Bwindi Impenetrable forest, we start safari to the calm and beautiful Lake Mburo National Park. Take a boat trip on Lake Mburo and retire later that evening to your lodge.

Journey time – 4 hours

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Up market – Mihingo Lodge
  • Mid-range – Rwakobo Rock
  • Budget – Eagles Nest

Day 10:  End of your Ugandan Primates Safari

uganda-equatorYour driver guide will pick you after breakfast for a short game drive before exiting the park. Today you drive back to Kampala. You will drive out of the park and stop over a the Equator monument for lunch, souvenirs and photo sessions in both the north and southern hemispheres.

This will mark the end to your Uganda primate safari, thank you for exploring Uganda with us. We hope you had an amazing time and will encourage others to visit the Pearl of Africa. You are also welcome back to explore other parts of Uganda that you missed out on this tour.

Meal plan – Breakfast & lunch

Gorilla trekking tips

  • Mountain gorillas sometimes nest far from the start of your gorilla trek, you should pace yourself and drink plenty of water.
  • Eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden – designated time and place will be communicated.
  • Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain poncho
  • Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots are essential.
  • Gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants
  • Long trousers and long sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings.
  • Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash
  • Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a small charge.

Tour includes

  • Gorilla tracking permit
  • Park entrance fees
  • Boat ride
  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water in the safari vehicle
  • Full board accommodation for two nights
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour excludes

  • Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Tips to porters and driver/ guide
  • Insurance

Other Uganda gorilla safaris

3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari 

3 Days Chimpanzee Trekking Safari to Kibale National Park

4 Days Uganda Gorilla and Golden Monkey Safari

4 Days Uganda Golden Monkey Trekking and Batwa Trail Safari

5 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking and Lake Mburo Safari

6 days Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari

6 Days Uganda Chimpanzee and Wildlife Safari


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