Primates & Savanna Uganda safari – 10 days

Meet the great primates of Uganda as well as search for lions and elephants on the savanna during this Primates safari in Uganda. You trek chimpanzees in Kibale forest (option of upgrading to chimpanzee habituation) and trek to visit the mysterious mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park. The animals of the savanna are seen in Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo national parks. In addition to this you walk in the beautiful crater lakes area and relax by the scenic Lake Bunyonyi.

 

Includes:

  • Kibale Forest National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Lake Mburo National Park

Learn more about Uganda’s national parks.

Read about how gorilla trekking in Uganda works.

 

 

Day 1: Arrival to Uganda

Be met by your safari guide at Entebbe international airport for the start your Primates safari in Uganda. This first day you are taken to our guest home in Kampala to relax after the flight and be ready for an early start tomorrow.
Overnight Mamaland Guest home / Maries Royale Hotel

 

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest national park, “The Primate City”

Early transfer – Swift out of the city, it’s around a 5hrs drive with our target to have lunch in Fortportal town and proceed for an evening around in the Tropical forest. Pressure and fatigue is lessened as a punctuation of stopovers at sceneries, typical African village setup in the far countryside and tea plantations along the drive offer us chances of stretching. When entering the Kibale area we keep our eyes open since there is an amazing display of primates in this area. Monkey species that can be seen are for example black and white colobus, red colobus, red tailed monkey and grey cheeked mangabeys.
Overnight Isunga Lodge

 

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest (or chimpanzee habituation experience option)

Head into the forest of the Primate city of Kibale in the morning for chimpanzee trekking, the first great ape you will meat during this primates safari in Uganda. This is a three hour experience. As an option you can upgrade to participating in Chimpanzee habituation, where you get to follow the chimps for the whole day, a truly exclusive experience. Kibale Forest national park is a rainy forest and a home to over 1500 Chimpanzees. Here you have the chance to see the chimps close up and capture shots of our closet cousins in the jungle in there frenzy exciting moods as they are grooming, building relationships, bringing up young ones, think and sharing food, plus rare bird species following them. In the forest 9 different species of Monkeys are found so you have chances of seeing red colobus, red tailed monkey and bush babies on a great day.
Overnight Isunga Lodge

 

Day 4: Crater lakes walk & transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

After breakfast we leave the lodge and head to the close by crater lakes area for a walk in beautiful nature and chance of seeing primates like black and white colobus. After the walk we make the journey down to the lodge by Queen Elizabeth NP having lunch along the way. Arrive at the lodge in the afternoon and relax with views of the park as the sun sets.
Overnight in Pumba safari cottages

 

Day 5: Game-drive and boat-cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Experience Queen Elizabeth National Park in the cool morning, an early game drive that exposes us to diverse animals, Big 5 members Elephants, Buffalos, big cats- Lions, Leopards more times in the evening, warthogs- Hunchback carnivals like Hyenas and many more species that are residents to this park are spotted along the Circuits as we drive along. There is a rich bird life especially our version of storks in the wetland spots as we reach the Flamingoes in the salt lakes. After lunch get ready for the Classic highlights on the 2hrs Boat cruise starting at 3pm on the famous Kazinga channel. This 36kms channel links Lake George and Lake Edward. Here you can see land and water Adapted Hippopotamuses Yawning and some slashing canines to each other, the National Geographical society Killing machine the Nile Crocodile gaping along the Banks and Savannah version of Pigs the Warthog- Pumba of the award winning Lion King are a hallmark sign in this Animal home of Mamaland Uganda. With your Binoculars along the peninsula you have a magnificent view of Birds and animals like the ever playing African Elephants in Waters as we sigh and reset Fatigue and stress, to point zero.
Overnight in Pumba safari cottages

 

Day 6: Game-drive in Ishasha & transfer to Bwindi mountains

Start the day with the journey to Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP known for tree-climbing lions. Here you go for a game-drive to see topis, buffaloes, elephants and hopefully lions high in the fig-tree branches. After the game-drive we continue on to the mountains of Bwind. This journey offers stunning views as we transfer from a landscape of savanna, via cultivated hills to the forest covered mountains of Bwindi. (If we reach early we can do a walk and mix with the locals).
Overnight in Gorilla Mist Camp

 

Day 7: Gorilla trekking day- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the home to the forest giants that are cousins to human beings, the gorillas, and here you will have the highlight of this primates safari in Uganda the gorilla trekking. In the morning you head into the jungle in a group with a specialized guide and trek up to the point where the gorillas are. You then get to spend one hour with these gentle giants. This Impenetrable Forest is as well full of birds, butterfly and plant species plus forest hog, forest elephants, statungas and dikers. After the trek your guide picks you and make the drive to Lake Bunyonyi, which is offers beautiful scenic nature and a chance for a swim (safe here since there is no bilharzia).
Overnight in Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort

 

Day 8: Free day by Lake Bunyonyi

Enjoy a free day by the lake with a shortlist of possible activities such as swimming, hiking, canoeing and visiting other islands. (activities this day are optional and not included in the price)
Overnight in Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort

 

Day 9: Transfer to Lake Mburo, the ‘Zebra magnet’

After breakfast leave the beautiful lake behind and make the journey to Lake Mburo national park. We aim to reach the lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon we head in to the park and game drive for view of zebras, topis, warthogs, giraffes, cape buffaloes and impalas. If we are lucky we catch a sight of a leopard.
Overnight in Rwakobo Rock

 

Day 10: Early morning safari walk and transfer to Entebbe airport

Get early up for a safari walk by the lodge chance to see zebras, waterbucks, birds and buffaloes in their day break jungle life! Go back to the lodge for breakfast before starting the transfer towards Entebbe. Along the way we make a stop by the Equator, where you can have the experience of standing with one foot on either side of the southern and northern hemisphere. Connect to Entebbe where your guide drops you in time for an evening flight as we have reached the end of your primates safari in Uganda (or add an extra night to fly the next day).

 

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Price: The price depends on number of people and accommodation level. Contact us with your inquiry to get the best price for your safari.
Included: Accommodation, meals, safari car, fuel, guide, park entries, gorilla permits (if applicable) and activities mentioned in the itinerary. Plus water in the car and a couple of fruits along the way.
Excluded: International flights, visas, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Accommodation: In general accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is good places on budget to mid-range level (with the exception of luxury safaris). The accommodation can be adapted to your price range of budget, mid-range or luxury. Of course a mix is also possible. Take a look here for links to the website’s of the lodges we regularly work with.
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