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10 days Primate and Wildlife Tour Uganda
Uganda- Uganda
10 Days
2 Persons
English
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Brief

This safari combines the wide savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with the dense tropical rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi. Excellent wildlife viewing and unforgettable encounters with the primates of Uganda!

Tour Detail

DAY 1                    Arrival – Kampala                                      1.5 hours / 40 km
Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by a company representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Le Petit Village.

 DAY 2                    Kampala – Kibale Forest NP                           5 hours / 330 km

After breakfast we will depart Kampala and head west to Fort Portal. On your way look out for black-and-white colobus monkeys as many of these primates are hiding in trees along the road. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to Kibale National Park arriving in the evening for a stay within the tropical forest.  Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge luxury cottages. (B-L-D)

 DAY 3                    Kibale Forest & Bigodi Swamp

Breakfast at 6:00am head to the park arriving in time for a briefing session at 7:30am at the park headquarters which is a 10 minutes stroll from the lodge. Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable for having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they continue their daily routine. After lunch at the primate lodge you will transfer to the Bigodi Swamp for a 2 hours’ nature walk- a home of 200 bird species including the Papyrus Gonolek and the Great Blue Turaco. The Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates.  Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge luxury cottages. (B-L-D)

Optional: instead of the chimp tracking and Bigodi Village Walk you can also opt for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience. This project offers you the unique experience to join the ranger guides in their research program and spend an entire day with our ‘cousins’. You will watch the chimpanzees starting the day by climbing out of their nests and while following their daily activities, learn more about their way of life and have them habituated to human presence.

 DAY 4                    Kibale Forest NP – Queen Elizabeth NP             3 hours / 250 km

After breakfast we calmly head towards the south while passing the majestic foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”. You will arrive in time for lunch and thereafter relaxation before heading out to the park for an evening game drive.

Dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge. (B-L-D)

 
DAY 5                    Queen Elizabeth NP                         

The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat. Alternatively, you can decide to experience a unique Hot Air Balloon Safari, followed by a bush breakfast and game drive (pre-booking required).  In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel is 33 km long and 2-3 km at its widest points. The scheduled 2-hour boat ride will cover a 12-14 km stretch of the channel, with almost guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings of water birds and on a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks at the water edge and crocodiles are occasionally sighted along the channel banks. Dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge. (B-L-D)

 DAY 6                    Queen Elizabeth NP (Ishasha Sector)           2-3 hours / 180 km

After breakfast we start with another game drive and then calmly proceed to the southern part of the national park. This area is called Ishasha and known for the tree climbing lions. Check in at your accommodation where you will have lunch and relax. In the afternoon we will go out for a game drive in search of the lions resting in the fig trees. Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp. (B-L-D)

DAY 7                    Queen Elizabeth NP – Bwindi NP                      2 hours /90 km

Awaken early and set off on a game drive to spot lions, elephants and other wildlife in action. Have a bush breakfast in the middle of the wilderness. Sit and listen to the early morning sounds while the chef prepares a delicious full English breakfast. Later return to the lodge departing for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. After lunch you will relax at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge. (B-L-D)


DAY 8                    Gorilla tracking

Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants!  Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and slippery conditions at times with rain overhead, which can be quite a challenge so you require to be reasonably fit. These magnificent animals live in small troops, each within its own defined boundaries and each with several females and their young being led by a single dominant male, the magnificent 'Silverback'. 

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving around playing and grooming– it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Thereafter head back to the lodge for relaxation.  Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge. (B-L-D)

 DAY 9                    Bwindi NP – Lake Mburo NP                           5 hours / 390 km

After breakfast we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant before we enter the national park, and with a game drive en-route we will calmly proceed to our accommodation, with beautiful views of the park. In the evening you will have the opportunity to enjoy a night game drive for 2-3 hours is an exciting experience out at night. Look out for White tailed mongoose, elusive leopards, spotted hyenas among others.  Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge. (B-L-D)

Day 10   Lake Mburo NP – Entebbe                                                6 hours / 340 km           Early start of the day as we will go for a bush walk guided by a ranger. Lake Mburo National Park is renowned for its rich birdlife and beautiful lakes. Enjoy a nature walk searching for zebra, warthog, buffalo, impala and, if you’re lucky, see the largest of Africa’s Antelope the beautiful eland. Return the lodge for breakfast and with a game drive on our way out we depart the protected area heading back towards the capital city. En-route we will pass the Equator where we will make a stop for lunch, photos and souvenir shopping. In time you will be dropped at Entebbe Airport for your international flight. (B-L)

Travel tip: Extend your safari with a 2 or 3 days stay at Wildwaters Lodge (Jinja) or Pineapple Bay Resort (Bulago Island). These two stunning lodges are located in two of Uganda’s most amazing locations and are the perfect retreats to unwind before flying back home.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price Detail
Inclusions

- Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
- Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle (Land Cruiser)
- English speaking driver/guide
- Accommodation based on a shared twin/double room
- Meals as described in the itinerary
- Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
- Entrance fees

Exclusions

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $50) 
  • Gorilla permit USD ( 600) per person
  • Optional activities Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips

 

Cancellation Policy

You will get

100% refund if cancel 51 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 50 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 30 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 7 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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10 days Primate and Wildlife Tour Uganda
Uganda, Uganda
10 Days
2 Persons
English
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Brief

This safari combines the wide savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with the dense tropical rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi. Excellent wildlife viewing and unforgettable encounters with the primates of Uganda!

Tour Detail

DAY 1                    Arrival – Kampala                                      1.5 hours / 40 km
Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by a company representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Le Petit Village.

 DAY 2                    Kampala – Kibale Forest NP                           5 hours / 330 km

After breakfast we will depart Kampala and head west to Fort Portal. On your way look out for black-and-white colobus monkeys as many of these primates are hiding in trees along the road. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to Kibale National Park arriving in the evening for a stay within the tropical forest.  Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge luxury cottages. (B-L-D)

 DAY 3                    Kibale Forest & Bigodi Swamp

Breakfast at 6:00am head to the park arriving in time for a briefing session at 7:30am at the park headquarters which is a 10 minutes stroll from the lodge. Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable for having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they continue their daily routine. After lunch at the primate lodge you will transfer to the Bigodi Swamp for a 2 hours’ nature walk- a home of 200 bird species including the Papyrus Gonolek and the Great Blue Turaco. The Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates.  Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge luxury cottages. (B-L-D)

Optional: instead of the chimp tracking and Bigodi Village Walk you can also opt for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience. This project offers you the unique experience to join the ranger guides in their research program and spend an entire day with our ‘cousins’. You will watch the chimpanzees starting the day by climbing out of their nests and while following their daily activities, learn more about their way of life and have them habituated to human presence.

 DAY 4                    Kibale Forest NP – Queen Elizabeth NP             3 hours / 250 km

After breakfast we calmly head towards the south while passing the majestic foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”. You will arrive in time for lunch and thereafter relaxation before heading out to the park for an evening game drive.

Dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge. (B-L-D)

 
DAY 5                    Queen Elizabeth NP                         

The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat. Alternatively, you can decide to experience a unique Hot Air Balloon Safari, followed by a bush breakfast and game drive (pre-booking required).  In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel is 33 km long and 2-3 km at its widest points. The scheduled 2-hour boat ride will cover a 12-14 km stretch of the channel, with almost guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings of water birds and on a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks at the water edge and crocodiles are occasionally sighted along the channel banks. Dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge. (B-L-D)

 DAY 6                    Queen Elizabeth NP (Ishasha Sector)           2-3 hours / 180 km

After breakfast we start with another game drive and then calmly proceed to the southern part of the national park. This area is called Ishasha and known for the tree climbing lions. Check in at your accommodation where you will have lunch and relax. In the afternoon we will go out for a game drive in search of the lions resting in the fig trees. Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp. (B-L-D)

DAY 7                    Queen Elizabeth NP – Bwindi NP                      2 hours /90 km

Awaken early and set off on a game drive to spot lions, elephants and other wildlife in action. Have a bush breakfast in the middle of the wilderness. Sit and listen to the early morning sounds while the chef prepares a delicious full English breakfast. Later return to the lodge departing for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. After lunch you will relax at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge. (B-L-D)


DAY 8                    Gorilla tracking

Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants!  Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and slippery conditions at times with rain overhead, which can be quite a challenge so you require to be reasonably fit. These magnificent animals live in small troops, each within its own defined boundaries and each with several females and their young being led by a single dominant male, the magnificent 'Silverback'. 

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving around playing and grooming– it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Thereafter head back to the lodge for relaxation.  Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge. (B-L-D)

 DAY 9                    Bwindi NP – Lake Mburo NP                           5 hours / 390 km

After breakfast we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant before we enter the national park, and with a game drive en-route we will calmly proceed to our accommodation, with beautiful views of the park. In the evening you will have the opportunity to enjoy a night game drive for 2-3 hours is an exciting experience out at night. Look out for White tailed mongoose, elusive leopards, spotted hyenas among others.  Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge. (B-L-D)

Day 10   Lake Mburo NP – Entebbe                                                6 hours / 340 km           Early start of the day as we will go for a bush walk guided by a ranger. Lake Mburo National Park is renowned for its rich birdlife and beautiful lakes. Enjoy a nature walk searching for zebra, warthog, buffalo, impala and, if you’re lucky, see the largest of Africa’s Antelope the beautiful eland. Return the lodge for breakfast and with a game drive on our way out we depart the protected area heading back towards the capital city. En-route we will pass the Equator where we will make a stop for lunch, photos and souvenir shopping. In time you will be dropped at Entebbe Airport for your international flight. (B-L)

Travel tip: Extend your safari with a 2 or 3 days stay at Wildwaters Lodge (Jinja) or Pineapple Bay Resort (Bulago Island). These two stunning lodges are located in two of Uganda’s most amazing locations and are the perfect retreats to unwind before flying back home.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Price Detail

- Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
- Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle (Land Cruiser)
- English speaking driver/guide
- Accommodation based on a shared twin/double room
- Meals as described in the itinerary
- Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
- Entrance fees

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $50) 
  • Gorilla permit USD ( 600) per person
  • Optional activities Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips

 

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancel 51 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 50 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 30 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 7 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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