8 DAY PRIMATES AND WILDLIFE

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Highlights

  • Safaris by road, boat, and air
  • Exclusive luxury lodges!
  • Gorilla & chimp tracking permits included

If you have an interest in East Africa’s primates, birds and culture, this journey is for you. See the endangered mountain gorilla in Uganda’s Bwindi Forest, spend a full day with the chimpanzees at Kibale, track golden monkeys in Mgahinga, see plains game in Queen Elizabeth National Park and the tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha plains, experience a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!

Your tour guide will pick you up from Entebbe International Airport and transfer you to your accommodation for the night.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to explore the area. There are many options in Entebbe and Kampala that can be easily organized before or after your arrival in Uganda. For example a visit to the Botanical gardens, the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (Zoo) or a sunset boat cruise on Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in Africa. Please ask our travel specialists if you would like us to book any of these trips for you.

Over night: Latitude 0 Degrees

Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 2 & 3: Kibale Forest

For the next two days you will in primate paradise at Kibale Forest. The drive here is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. On arrival at the forest, you will enter a completely different world.

Kibale forest national park lies just outside the colonial town of Fort Portal and is made up of dense tropical rainforest. This park is considered one of the big highlights of Uganda due to the vast number of primates living here including the habituated chimpanzee groups which are a very memorable experience.

Go chimpanzee trekking in the heart of the forest, bird watching in bigodi swamp and dance to the rythm of the african drums during your village community walk.

Over night: Primate Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 & 5: To Queen Elizabeth National Park

You’ll explore the prime game viewing area of western Uganda. A network of tracks allows you to find elephant, buffalo and other animals in the grassland thickets that cover the north Kazinga area near the Mweya Peninsula. Lions and other big cats are most reliably sighted on the typical open East Africa savannah Kasenyi Plain, east of the Kasese/Mbarara highway. This area is known as the main breeding ground of the Uganda kob, the main source of food for lion prides in the area. The 32- kilometre Kazinga Channel is a dominant feature of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and links Lake George with Lake Edward.  Continue your game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park on a relaxing boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. 

Over night: Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest &Ishasha

Today you will drive to Kisoro in the south-western part of Uganda into Bwindi Impenetrable forest; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. 

Enroute you will go through Ishasha for a chance to see the famous tree climbing lions. After your game drive continue on to your lodge for the next two nights.

Over night: Gorilla Safari Lodge 

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today provides the rare opportuity to meet mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat.

Your tracking experience will be an exciting, yet challenging, journey along forested (often muddy and slippery) slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation and bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. Once the family of gorillas has been located, settle in to your surroundings and enjoy the hour you have to quietly observe these fascinating primates whose habits and mannerisms remind us so much of our own.

Over night: Gorilla Safari Lodge 

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Drive via Kisoro to Rwanda

Today you depart Bwindi by road and head to the border crossing into Rwanda. Your guide will drive you across the border and drop you off at Kigali International Airport 3 hours before your departure time. Please make sure your flight departure is after 4 pm at the very earliest.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

 

 

Optional departure routes:

There is more than one way to get home! Discuss your preferred option and the additional costs involved with our tour specialists.

  • Fly to Entebbe

Domestic flights from Kisoro to Entebbe operate on a daily basis and take about 2-3 hours, depending on the routing and number of stops. Contact our tour specialists for details and prices.

  • Drive to Entebbe via Lake Mburo

If you add a day to the program you can stop over in the beautiful Lake Mburo National Park, which is located about half-way between Bwindi Forest and Entebbe. With activities like bush walks, mountain biking and night game drives this is the perfect extension for those who don’t want their safari to end.

 

This tour package includes:

  • Airport Meet and greet services
  • All on ground transportation and transfers as mentioned in the itinerary in 4WD Landcruiser with pop up roof
  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park entrances and fees
  • x1 Gorilla permit per person
  • x1 Chimp permit per person
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Tour exclusions:

  • Drinks
  • Gratitude & tips
  • Personal expenses like cigarettes, gum, etc

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