11 Days Uganda primate and wildlife safari
Join me for a great safari experience in Uganda. Visit Murchison falls for big game and nile river boat cruise, then Kibale Forest fro Chimpanzee habituation experience, Queen Elizabeth National park with Kazinga channel boat cruise then end up at Bwindi Impenetrable forest for great Gorilla trekking experience and also cultural experience after. The number of days for this safari can very depending on ones option if need to skip a section of the trip.
Day 01: Arrival and transfer
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Kampala. Depending on your arrival time, you may have a city tour in Kampala where you may visit the Uganda museum, the Martyrs shrines at Namugongo and the craft markets. You will check in at Urban City Blue Hotel Kampala for an overnight stay (Bed and Breakfast basis)
Day 02: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast, you will meet your safari guide who will thereafter transfer you to Kibale Forest National park. Commonly referred to as the “primate capital of the world”, this park is a home to different primate species as well as Man’s closest relatives the Chimpanzees. This is the only place in Uganda where you have 98% guarantee of viewing the chimps in the wild. You will have a stopover at Fort portal town for lunch, thereafter proceed into the park for dinner an overnight stay at Primates Lodge (Full Board)
Day 03: Chimpanzee Habituation at Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast, after breakfast, your safari guide will transfer you to Kanyanchu Tourist center for briefing before proceeding for chimpanzee habituation at 08.00 am. You will thereafter proceed into the forest for Chimpanzee habituation experience. Aside from the Chimpanzees, the incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates including the rare L’Hoest, red Colobus monkey, blue monkey, black faced vervet monkeys, grey mangabey, pottos, baboons and also bush babies. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with about335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush.
After tracking the chimpanzees, you will proceed for an African lunch cuisine at Tinka’s homestead and later in the evening, you will go for a swamp walk in the Bigodi Wetland sanctuary where you may encounter different bird species including the rare papyrus gonolek that may be spotted. The wetland sanctuary is also a home to different paimate species that may be spotted. These include the red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and other different animal species.
Dinner and an overnight stay will be at Primates Lodge Kibale.
Day 04: Second Chimpanzee habituation Experience
This day you will go for the second chimpanzee habituation experience at Kibale Forest National park. Your safari guide will transfer you for briefing and orientation before proceeding for the chimpanzee habituation experience. You may encounter other different primate species during the habituation experience.
Later in the evening, you will return for dinner and an overnight stay at Primates lodge (Full Board basis)
Day 05: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
This day you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National park after your breakfast. Queen Elizabeth National park boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park in the world, from the open Savannah to Rain forest, dense swamps and beautiful crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. The park harbors almost 100 species that include Buffaloes, Hippos, Leopard, Lions, Spotted Hyena and the elusive giant forest hog. There are over 606 species of birds found here including the black-rumped buttonquail, the martial eagle, Verreaux’s eagle owl and African skimmer to mention but a few.
Upon arrival into the park, you will have a sunset game drive where you will have a chance to encounter different animal species that reside in this park. You will thereafter be transferred to Mweya Safari Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay (Full Board basis)
Day 06: Game drive and Boat trip in Queen Elizabeth National Park
You will start this day with an early morning game drive to catch up with early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. This morning, you are likely to meet elephants, grazing hippos, lions, spotted hyenas, bushbucks, leopard, water bucks, stripped jackal and of course the several warthogs plus Uganda kobs after, return to the lodge for lunch and relaxations.
After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and animals such as elephants, buffaloes may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This boat cruise sometimes referred to as the launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching with over 550resident species, and game viewing, ideal for the Uganda safari. Accommodation will be on full board basis at Mweya Safari Lodge.
Day 07: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After your breakfast, you will depart from Queen Elizabeth National park and be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National park. This park is a home to over half of the world’s remaining population of the rare mountain Gorillas and offers visitors and excellent Gorilla tracking experience. En route to Bwindi, you will pass via the remote southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park. This woodland sector is famous for its tree climbing lions that may be spotted as you proceed to Bwindi.
Upon arrival into the park, you will be transferred to Mahogany springs lodge for dinner and an overnight stay (Full Board basis).
Day 07: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After your breakfast and well equipped with your packed lunch, you will be accompanied by your safari guide to the park headquarters for briefing and orientation by the rangers. You will be separated depending on the Gorilla family you have been allocated to track; your safari guide will thereafter lead you through the Gorilla trails for the gorilla tracking experience. During the hike, you may also encounter other different primate species.
Once the Gorillas have been tracked, you will be given an hour to interact and take pictures. This is one of the most rewarding experiences you will live to remember. You will return for dinner and an overnight stay at Mahogany Springs Lodge (Full Board).
Day 09: Second Gorilla tracking experience at Bwindi
This morning you will leave your safari lodge early in the morning after your breakfast and well equipped with your packed lunch. Upon arrival at the park headquarters, you will be allocated a different Gorilla family to track. Your ranger guides will lead you through the Gorilla trails in Bwindi Impenetrable forest for another Gorilla tracking experience. Later in the evening, you will return for dinner and an overnight stay at Mahogany springs lodge (Full Board basis)
Day 10: Transfer to Entebbe.
After having breakfast, you will prepare and checkout of the lodge, thereafter be transferred to the airstrip in Kihihi for a flight to Entebbe International airport. Upon arrival, our safari representative will transfer you to Boma Hotel for relaxation and an overnight stay (Bed and Breakfast basis)
Day 11: Mabamba wetlands visit and transfer to the airport
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Mabamba wetlands sanctuary for a birding experience. This wetland sanctuary is one of the best destinations for birders in Uganda, blessed with an abundance of different bird species. There are higher chances of encountering the rare shoebill stork. After the birding experience, you will return to Boma for preparations and thereafter be transferred to the airport for your international flight. End of Safari
Safari quote for this Itinerary
- Based on 02pax $4,979 per person
- Based on 04pax $4,221 per person
- Based on 06pax $3,981 per person
The above prices include;
- Accommodation on full board basis except at urban city blue hotel and Boma Hotel
- All park entrance fees
- Meals en route
- All ground transport in a 7 sitter safari land cruiser
- Airport pickup and transfer
The prices exclude;
- International flight fares
- Tips and beverages
- Travel insurance
- Items of personal use
- Private guide fees
- Gorilla tracking permits ($600 in high season and $450 in low seasons)
- Chimpanzee habituation permits ($220 per person per day)
Kindly note that Low season Gorilla tracking rates apply for the months of April, May and November and high season rates apply for Jan, Feb, Mar, June, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct and Dec.