8 Days Primate and Wildlife Safari in Uganda

8 Days Primate and Wildlife Safari in Uganda


8 Days

Tour Type

Multi-Day Tour

Group Size

20 People Max


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Embark on an exhilarating 8-day primate and wildlife safari in Uganda! Get up close and personal with majestic primates like gorillas and chimpanzees, as well as experience thrilling encounters with Uganda’s diverse wildlife. Explore the pristine national parks, witness breathtaking landscapes, and immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of this beautiful African country.

8 Days /7 Night

Welcome to Uganda! On arrival, you will be met at the Airport by our Company representative who will transfer you to your hotel for overnight either in Entebbe or Kampala.
Overnight at Karibu Entebbe or similar (bed and breakfast)

Your Ugandan safari adventure begins in earnest with a trip to Lake Mburo National Park. You will head west on a scenic drive towards the heartland of the Ankole Kingdom, passing via the Equator where you will get to stand in both hemispheres at the same time. Check in at the lodge. Lake Mburo National Park is one park in Uganda where you can see Eland and Impala and also has the largest population of Zebras. Other animals of note are, topi, oribi, antelopes, reedbuck, warthog, and the mighty buffalo. Rothschild’s Giraffes that were introduced from Murchison Falls National Park add to the diversity of the park, as do leopards though they are rarely seen. The park is also famous for boat rides on Lake Mburo where you can see plenty of Hippos, as well as King Fishers, Fish Eagles, Crocodiles as well as rare birds such as the African Finfoot. Later in the afternoon, you will get to do a boat ride on the lake. One of the best activities to do in Lake Mburo is a scenic boat ride on the lake. This is one of the best ways to see the diverse wildlife that the Park has. The boat ride can be done at dawn or dusk depending on your safari itinerary and will normally take around 2 hours. Along this boat ride, you will get to see large groups of hippos in the water as well as crocodiles and buffalo lining the banks of the lake. The lake is also famous for its bird life, from majestic fish eagles, colourful kingfishers, to hammerkops and their enormous nests. Overnight at Rwakobo Rock Lodge or similar (full board)

After breakfast, you will enjoy a game drive as your safari continues westwards leaving the Ankole
Kingdom, heading towards Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Kigezi Kingdom, home of the remarkable
mountain gorillas! You will have Lunch en-route then continue to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Rest and get ready for the next day’s adventure.
Overnight at Buhoma Gorilla Camp (full board)
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is most famously known as the home of half of the world’s remaining
mountain gorillas and is one of the most visited parks in Uganda. The park is a dense primaeval forest
located in the remote southwest of Uganda, on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley across from the DRC.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a complex ecosystem within the forest that is inhabited by 120
mammal species of which 10 are primates, 346 bird species and over 200 butterfly species. Forest hogs,
forest elephants and numerous primates roam beneath the thick canopy of trees. The park’s afro-montane
forest has more than 200 tree species, over 1,000 flowering plants and 100 species of fern, many of which
cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. Still, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park remains best
known for her gorillas, gorilla trekking and since 2016, gorilla habituation experiences. A gorilla
encounter in Bwindi, where half of the worlds total gorilla population live, is undoubtedly the absolute
highlight of any trip to Uganda.

An early start will see you transfer to the Park Headquarters for a briefing with the Uganda Wildlife
Authority guides. An advance party of guides will have gone ahead into the forest to locate where the
gorillas slept the previous night and will have began to track their movements. These guides will
communicate with your team via a walkie-talkie and the trek into the forest will begin. Locating the
Gorillas can take a few hours or the whole day depending on how far they have moved from the place
they spent the previous night. For conservation purposes, the amount of time allowed with the Gorillas is
1 hour. As you trek through the forest you will appreciate why the forest is called impenetrable. There is
also a multitude of other animals that you might encounter including antelopes and rare monkeys not to
mention the beauty of the forest itself. Once you have completed the trek you will return to the lodge, for
a well earned rest and time to reflect on a truly magical experience. After your trek there will be plenty of
time to relax at your lodge or if you are up to it take a gentle exploratory stroll.
If time allows, you can engage in optional activities like Batwa (pgymy) community trail, community
visits, curio shopping to mention but a few.
Overnight at Buhoma Gorilla Camp (full board)

Today you will drive from Bwindi heading north to Queen Elizabeth National Park, the landscape
changes as you move away from the thick forest into the open savannah lands. You will begin to notice
the traditional home steds and farms that characterise this area. Entry to the Park will be via its southern
sector also known as the Ishasha sector. A game drive in the Ishasha sector gives you a chance to see the
famous tree climbing lions that can be seen hanging out of large fig trees. However, lions are not the only
animals to be found in the park. Large herds of Uganda Kob, Hippos, elephant and antelope also roam
this part of the park making it an ideal place to view the wildlife at it’s best.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the only one in Uganda crossed by the equator. To its north and south,
the Ruwenzori and Virunga mountain ranges form a stunning backdrop. In the centre of the park is the
Kazinga Channel connecting two Great Lakes, Edward and George, and the northern section of the park is
dotted with serene crater lakes and bubbling hot springs that are carved into rolling green hills. Queen
Elizabeth National Park is divided into 3 sectors: Mweya Peninsula the hub for tourist activity, Kyambura
Gorge to the east of Mweya and Ishasha in the remote south-west. The Ishasha plains to the south-west,
are famous for the treeclimbing lions and in the breathtaking Kyambura Gorge, habituated chimpanzees
steal the show. The Mweya peninsula and the Kasenyi plains provide, visitors with the most chance of
seeing game Named in honour of the coronation of the reigning Queen Elizabeth of England in 1964. It is
also a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – a conservation area that is considered typical of the
balanced relationship between people and nature.
Overnight at Twinlakes Safari Lodge or similar (full board)

A game drive in Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is a great place to see view differing
landscape and ecosystems in Uganda. The park is the oldest and the most visited in Uganda. This game
drive will take place on the Kasenyi Plains which are in the north-east  section of the park and but west of

Lake George. Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most famous National Parks in Uganda and for
good reason. There diverse landscape houses a wide range of animals, birds and plants which enables any
visitor to partake in games drives in different locations of the park, a boat cruise along the Kazinga
Channel where animals and birds line the banks of this waterway that stretches between two lakes and
Chimpanzee Trek in Kyambura Gorge.
One of the highlights of visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park is the boat ride along the Kazinga
Channel. The boat ride is a round trip beginning at the Mweya Peninsula and lasting around 3 hours. The
Channel is a 32-kilometre long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel has
one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos, numerous Nile crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and a
whole host of birds. including African fish eagles, kingfishers, Herons, storks and skimmers. The Kataara
Women’s Poverty Alleviation Group was formed in 2005 to combat the problem of human-wildlife
conflict in this particular area of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The group provides alternative income
for Kataara families and an incentive to conserve Uganda’s precious wildlife. There is a proud mixture of
Banaynkore, Bakiga, Batoro and Banayruguru tribe, which is reflected in the artistic diversity of the
products that are created developed and sold. The women believe in maximizing the use of natural
materials grown locally, even the dyes for the baskets are created by boiling leaves from local herbs. A
visit to the group will enable to find out more about how this incredible enterprise works and be inspired
by the individual stories that the women have. There will also be a chance to support the group by
purchasing reasonably priced crafts.
Overnight at Twinlakes Safari Lodge or similar (full board)

Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park, you will leave the Rwenzururu Kingdom and journey into the heart of the Tooro Kingdom towards the principal city Fort Portal before arriving Kibale the Primate Capital! Your journey will be approx; 150 kilometers, 3 hours drive. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a part of the Magombe Swamp just south of Kibale National Park. A visit to the sanctuary enables you to see rare mammals and birds, like the webbed feet sitatunga as the great blue turaco call this place home. However, if you aren’t lucky enough to see them there are still plenty of other animals, including bush pigs, black and white colobus monkeys and over 200 species of birds that inhabit the swamp. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a community-based programme that supports local residents and encourages a healthy link between tourism and the community it affects.
Kibale Forest National Park has two notable distinctions that make it a superb safari destination in Uganda. First, the park has one of the highest diversity and concentration of primates in any habitat in Africa – a record 13 species. Second, it is home to a prolific 320 bird species including four that have not been recorded in any other park in Uganda. Not surprisingly, the two key activities that are done in Kibale Forest National Park are Chimpanzee Trekking and Bird Watching. Kibale Forest National Park was gazetted as a forest reserve in 1932 and acquired National Park status in 1993. Today, it ranks among Africa’s foremost research sites. Kibale Forest National Park is located in Southwestern Uganda stretches over 795sq. km of magnificent tropical rainforest interspersed with patches of grassland and
swamp. It adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km-long migration corridor for wildlife between Ishasha in the remote southern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale.
Overnight at Turraco Treetops or similar (full board)

Your  Chimpanzee Trekking  experience has finally arrived! It begins at the Uganda Wildlife Authority HQ at Kayanchu Gate where your trekking group will head into the forest with a guide after a short briefing. About 1 hour before your group sets off an advance party of guides will have entered the forest to locate where the Chimpanzees spent the night. Once located the advance party send a radio message back to your trekking group so that you can navigate through the forest. During the trek, you will also get to see the different birds, animals and plant species within the forest. Once you locate the Chimpanzees you can only spend one hour with them this ensures that the Chimpanzees don’t become accustomed to human contact. After an exhilarating experience with the chimpanzees you will begin your return trip to Entebbe. The journey will see you leave the Kibale Forest National Park in the Tooro Kingdom and head eastwards back to the Buganda Kingdom, this journey will be Approx, 350 kilometres, 6 hours drive.
Lunch en-route As your time in Uganda has come to an end, we truly hope you have had a memorable experience that you will remember for many years to come. Have a safe onward journey and we hope that Uganda will
always be close to your hearts!

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