This 8 days primate and gorilla tour will begin and ends in Kampala-Uganda capital and its largest city. The safari will give you an opportunity to go to the western part of the Uganda the most gifted region with over 6 national parks and reserves with beautiful sceneries.
The main places to visit on this tour are this safari are; kibale forest national park a home to over 13 species of primates including the chimpanzee the man’s closest relatives. Other primate species to see in kibale include the black and white colobus, olive monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkey among many others and over 300 bird species .Kibale Forest National Park Uganda’s closest park to the capital Kampala and smallest park which sits on an area of 371 sq km.
The safari will also take you to Queen Elizabeth national park, the park is known for its diverse wildlife species like tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, antelopes, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, water bucks, and chimpanzees.
It also inhabit over 600 bird species many of these are seen during the game drives, boat cruise and also during nature walks The park is home to a big number of Zebras and other animals such as antelopes, warthogs, buffaloes, oribis and others seen along the lake shores like the hippos, crocodiles as well as birds, it registers over 332 bird species.
Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park is another targeted park on this tour and gorilla trekking is the main key activity on this tour. The park is home to mountain gorillas and over 340 individuals are registered in this park.
The park also harbors around 120 mammal species, 400 plant species, 346 bird species, 202 butterfly species and many more.
The tour will also take you to Bunyonyi basically known for its diverse species of birds.
Your 8 days tour primate and gorilla safari will indeed be a memorable experience.
Day 1: Kampala to kibale forest national park
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland walk-Kibale Forest
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
Day 4: Morning game drive & a boat cruise- Kazinga Channel
Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi via Isasha sector of the park
Day 6: gorilla trekking-bwindi national park
Day 7: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi-canoe ride
Day 8: Return to Kampala
Day 1: Kibale national Park
Your guide/driver will meet and after transfer you to kibale forest national park located in the western part of Uganda passing through Mityana have lunch break in the beautiful town of Fort Portal. Marvel at the stunning palace of Toro Kingdom, the Royal tombs, the numerous shops and the mosque before driving on to Kibale, only a couple of kilometers ahead.
From here, head to the park which is known as a primate paradise, the park is home to over 13 species of primates coupled with the chimpanzees the closest relative to human sharing almost 98% of human, other primates include. In the evening have a primate walk in the afternoon to Kanyanchu river camp; this is the most popular of all walks inside the park. It takes you through a diversity of flora zones and unveils a number of wild animals along the way living inside the forest.
Lodging Options; Kyaninga Lodge, Primate Lodge/Ndali lodge (Luxury), Chimp Nest Lodge, and Mountains of the Moon (Mid-range), Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget)
Meal Plan; Full Board
Day 2: Chimp Tracking-kibale forest national park
Early Breakfast at the lodge, after your guide will take you to the park head offices for briefing about the dos and don’ts while with chimps and after set out for Chimpanzee tracking through the forest. During the trek, you stand a big chance to spot more species of primates that live in the forest plus various species of birds. Once the chimps are met, you are only allowed 1 hour with the chimpanzees, you may find them doing their daily activities like feeding, breast feeding, making nest for the following night, playing among etc. On seeing chimpanzees, other primates can be spotted such as the Red Tailed Monkeys, LHoest’s Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Black & White colobus Monkeys among others and also elephants, antelopes, buffaloes can be spotted in the forest. After this breathtaking experience, you will follow the guide back to the lodge for lunch.
In the evening go for a nature walk through the Bigodi wetland where you will see different species of birds, primate species like the baboons, bush babies among other wildlife species. Go back to the lodge for dinner and an Overnight stay at the lodge.
Lodging Options; Kyaninga Lodge, Primate lodge/Ndali lodge(Luxury), Chimp Nest Lodge, Mountains of the Moon (Mid-range), Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget)
Meal Plan; Full Board
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Immediately after an early breakfast at the lodge, set off to Queen Elizabeth national park taking a proximately 4 hours to the park. Queen Elizabeth is regarded as one of Uganda’s outstanding wildlife National parks with abundant wildlife species. The park hosts over 600 bird species, mammals like elephants, buffaloes among others. On your drive to the park, you will enjoy great views including the Rwenzori ranges and may other scenic views. Relax at your booked accommodation and lunch, then in the evening, go for a game drive where you will see a number of animals inhabited in this park. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Lodging Options; Katara Lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge(Luxury), the Baboon /Irungu safari lodge Lodge(Mid-range), Mweya Hostel/Simba Safari Camp(Budget)
Meal Plan; Full Board
Day 4: Game drive & Boat cruise – Queen Elizabeth Park
After breakfast at the lodge go for an early morning game drive through the park for an opportunity to see the early risen species such as the hyenas, wildebeest and many other different wildlife species like waterbucks, lions, elephants, , giraffes, antelopes, buffaloes, leopards, warthogs, plus a variety of bird species. You will also view different crater lakes in the park. After this 3 hours game drive, head back to the lodge for lunch and relaxation as you prepare for the afternoon 2 hour boat cruise along the Kazinga channel. The kazinga channel connects two lakes George and Edward and it’s a beautiful place to see more species of wildlife along the shores, it’s a home to over 560 hippos; also birds and other animals like crocodiles, elephants, antelopes among others will be seen. Return to the lodge and have dinner and overnight.
Lodging Options; Katara Lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury), the Baboon /Irungu safari lodge (Mid-range), Mweya Hostel/Simba Safari Camp(Budget)
Day 5 Transfer to Bwindi via Isasha
After a heavy breakfast, you begin your journey to Bwindi impenetrable national park a habitat to the rare gentle giants Mountain gorillas. You will pass via the ishasha sector of the park where you will have a chance to see the tree climbing sited in the fig trees, after this wonderful experience continue to bwindi national park. Arrive in the evening for relaxation as you wait for tomorrow’s interesting safari activity gorilla trekking.
Lodging Options; Gift of Nature lodge/ Gorilla safari lodge/Buhoma lodge(Luxury), Haven lodge/ gorilla mist lodge(Mid-range), Buhoma Community Camp/Bwindi view bandas (Budget) Meal Plan; Full Board
Day 6: Mountain Gorilla trekking safari
On this day after a cup of tea or coffee, the guide will take you to the park headquarters for a short briefing about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas and also get allocated to the gorilla group to trek. Bwindi national park host the highest number of these gentle giants in the world almost a half of the remaining mountain gorillas live in this park. Not only gorillas but also the park is a home to other species like butterflies, plants, primates, mammals, butterflies, frogs, among others.
Gorilla trekking experience last between 1-8 hours since meeting them depends on where they spent their last night from and once they are met you are strictly allowed only one hour with the gorillas. Just in case some of you are not interested in tracking gorillas, you can go for a short guided forest walk or Village walk to the Batwa community. Retire at the lodge.
Lodging Options; Gift of Nature/ Gorilla safari lodge/Buhoma lodge(Luxury), Haven lodge/ gorilla mist lodge(Mid-range), Buhoma Community Camp/Bwindi view bandas (Budget) Meal Plan; Full Board
Day 7: Lake Bunyonyi
Have a hefty breakfast and then you depart from bwindi national park to Lake Bunyonyi which is another primary tourist stopover which is terrifically very stunning. Bunyonyi is a local word for “small birds” in reference to the several birds that live around here making it a favorite destination for birders. While at the park you will visit several small islands on the lake. Enjoy canoe ride and visit various small islands such as Bwama Island also a wonderful destination for birders, also the guide will take you the punishment island, on here you will be told different stories about each island. Alternatively you could take a nature walk which will help you to appreciate a great diversity of small birds here. Dine and overnight at the Bunyonyi Overland Camp or Arcadia Cottages.
Day 8: Kampala
Following breakfast drive back at leisure to Kampala or you will be driven directly to the airport to meet your deptaure flight back home.
End of safari
Safari Price includes:
Accommodations on full board basis,
Gorilla and Chimpanzee permits,
Park Entrance Fees
English Speaking Driver/guide,
4wheel Drive Safari Vehicle,
Ranger guide during game drives and Ranger for trekking
Bottled Drinking Water, Boat trips, Transport and all mentioned activities apart from the extra/optional ones.
Excludes: Air Travel fare, Uganda Visa charges, Alcoholic drinks, Laundry and Tips given to staff and guides, Insurance, and Extra activities.