Primate Highlights of Uganda – 8 nights

gorilla-tracking

This primate and wildlife safari takes you to some of Uganda’s most spectacular national parks providing opportunities for face to face encounters with the mountain gorillas and our closest relatives, the chimps. From crater lakes to savannah and salt lakes to mountains, this trip offers you the chance to see some of Uganda’s spectacular scenery and wildlife.

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  • Have close-up encounters with chimps and gorillas
  • Enjoy a boat trip on Kazinga Channel to see hippos, crocodiles and a host of birdlife
  • Look out for Ishasha’s famous tree-climbing lions
  • View some of Uganda’s crater lakes
tour-guide Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport
Arrive at the airport where you will be met by your guide and be taken to your accommodation.
Kibale-Guest-Cottages Day 2: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park
Drive to Fort Portal, through stunning tea plantations and lush green countryside. Stop for lunch before continuing to your accommodation close to Kibale National Park.
chimp tracking Day 3: Chimp tracking and swamp walk
Go to Kibale National Park to track chimpanzees. Walk through the tropical forest and spend an hour watching the chimps. After lunch, take a guided swamp walk, home to a variety of bird species and primates.
elephants Day 4: Crater lakes region and travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Tour the crater lakes region, then continue south to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Spend the late afternoon relaxing at your lodge with views across Lake George.
boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel Day 5: Game drive and boat cruise
Take a dawn game drive, searching for early risers such as elephant, lions and leopards. Return to the lodge for a full brunch, explore the nearby salt lakes and take an afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel with opportunities to come close to hippos, elephants and Nile crocodiles.
ishasha-tree-climbing lions Day 6: Travel to Ishasha sector and on to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Travel to Ishasha in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions. After a game drive, continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to mountain gorillas.
mountain-gorillas Day 7: Gorilla tracking
Meet for a briefing then head into the forest to track the gorillas. Spend an hour observing them, then return to the lodge, visit the local village or go birdwatching.
zebras Lake Mburo Day 8: Travel to Lake Mburo National Park
Travel to Lake Mburo, the only park on your itinerary where you will find eland, zebra and impala. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive and then relax at your lodge, with great views across the Park to the lake.
uganda-equator Day 9: Safari walk and return to Entebbe
Take a guided safari walk in the Park. Drive back to Entebbe via the equator for a photo opportunity. Your guide will take you to the airport for your flight home.

NB: wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Responsible tourism: where possible, we use locally owned accommodation with good environmental credentials.

Any of the activities below can be swapped for activities in this itinerary or you can extend this itinerary to add any of them. This may involve additional costs. We will be pleased to advise you about options and extensions.

  • Chimpanzee habituation experience: spend a full day with the chimps
  • Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa: birding, canoeing, mountain biking
  • Birdwatching: more time in some of the places in this itinerary for birdwatching
  • Semiliki National Park: birdwatching, hot springs
  • Batwa trail: experience pigmy culture on a forest walk with the Forest Keepers
  • Rwenzori mountains: hiking in the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon
  • Mgahinga National Park: home of golden monkeys and spectacular birds
  • Kampala: see our Kampala activities pages
  • Day(s) trip to Jinja: white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking, boat to the source of the Nile

Guide price

USD 4,900 per person based on a group of 6 people travelling.

Price includes:

  • 1 gorilla and 1 chimp tracking permit each
  • A private 4×4 safari vehicle (with pop-up roof) with driver/guide and fuel for this itinerary
  • Full-board, mid-range, non air-conditioned accommodation
  • All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary
  • Mineral water in transit
  • All government taxes

Price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as bar bills, phone calls, laundry services, gifts, crafts and personal shopping
  • Tips and gratuities (normally 5–10% and around $100 for your guide).

Why do we use guide prices?
The price for every safari depends on the number of people travelling, their ages, the time of year, whether or not international flights are included, the type of transport and accommodation used and the activities undertaken.

We calculate according to the specific dates of your booking because after we publish our itineraries some things may change. For example, hotels may increase their prices, the government may introduce new taxes or some discounts may become available. Unfortunately, we also have to pass on surcharges imposed on us by, for example, airlines when fuel prices or airport taxes are unexpectedly increased.

We would be happy to prepare a quotation, based on your requirements. We normally include most costs in the price so all you need to bring with you is ‘pocket money’ for items like drinks, tips and personal shopping e.g. souvenirs.

Insurance

AMREF flying doctors provide a medevac service in case of illness or injury during your safari. This costs $25pp for 31 days. We recommend this service and can include it in your package price.

Booking

Once you have selected one of our safari packages you need to send us a booking form. When we receive this we will check availability and inform you if any changes are necessary and issue an invoice for a 50% deposit plus the full cost of any tracking permits (in case of cancellation permit fees are non-refundable). Only once this payment is received can we guarantee availability and issue a booking confirmation. Full payment is required 70 days before travel.

Payments and cancellation

We charge in US dollars. Payment is by bank transfer into our Standard Chartered USD bank account in Uganda. You can also pay by credit card although there is a 5% administration charge. For those booking from within Uganda, cash payments are possible at our office.

When we book your safari, we have to pay non-refundable deposits on your behalf, for example to hotels. Therefore, we charge cancellation fees as follows:

30% of reservation costs if you cancel more than 50 days before your arrival date

100% of reservation costs if you cancel less than 50 days before your arrival date

We strongly recommend that you include cancellation cover in your travel insurance.

Disclaimer: We enter into an agreement with you in good faith but we sometimes encounter unexpected changes in local conditions which can affect your itinerary or price. These changes are beyond our control and we are not liable for them. While we endeavour to protect you against the effects of these changes, we reserve the right to amend the agreed itinerary and price in response to them. Such changes include but are not limited to weather conditions, road conditions, supplier price increases, fuel increases, government tax increases, supplier service changes e.g. cancellation of ferry services for river crossings or national park operations (track maintenance, animal translocations). We assure you that, we will always give you as much notice as possible of changes, suggest alternative plans and keep additional charges to a minimum.

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Accommodation

To help us select the right accommodation for your safari (and in the absence of a complete national hotel classification system e.g. 1*–5*) we use four levels: high-end, mid-range, budget and backpackers. These terms can mean different things to different people but are helpful to an extent.

Air-conditioned rooms are not available in all hotels. Where AC is available, there is usually an extra charge.

Some locations have a limited choice of accommodation and so, to stay there, you must accept what is available. Where possible we prefer to work with responsible accommodation providers. This means hotels and lodges which are locally owned, employ local staff, support their community and protect the local environment.

  

 

Transport

As standard, we use a spacious 7-seater, 4×4 safari Land Cruiser, with pop-up roof, fridge and phone/camera charging facilities. This is the perfect safari vehicle.

 

Alternatively, we offer a slightly cheaper 7-seater, 4×4 safari van with a pop-up roof.

  

5-seater versions of both Land Cruisers and vans are also available.

 

For large group tours we use small buses called Coasters. These usually seat around 28 people, including 5 jump (fold-down) seats in the aisle. They do not have a boot/trunk so luggage is carried on the back seats which reduces the seating capacity. The overhead luggage shelves are small and can only accommodate small bags. Therefore, we recommend you do not over pack.

All vehicles include a driver/guide and fuel for your itinerary. Additional activities, not included in your itinerary, may incur an additional fuel charge. Our vehicles are comprehensively insured, in good mechanical condition and have seat belts fitted.

Please let us know if you have any special travel requirements. For example, if your group has disabled members we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Fly-in safaris

Fancy a fly-in safari, hopping from one location to another by small plane? Or save time by travelling to one of the farther destinations on your itinerary by air instead of road? Domestic flights are available to a variety of locations in Uganda so you can visit all or some of the places in your itinerary by plane, enjoying stunning aerial views of the countryside and wildlife below.

Scheduled and charter flights are available. Scheduled flights have some limitations in terms of routings and days of operation and in some cases minimum numbers are required. We will be pleased to advise you if you wish to fly.

Note: The luggage limit on small aircraft is 15kg per person, including both hand and hold luggage.  This must be in soft bags not hard suitcases.

See our Responsible Tourism pages for information about our approach to tourism and advice on how to travel responsibly.

For general advice please see our travel advice webpage.

Specific advice for this safari

See our information about gorilla and chimp tracking and habituation experiences in our primates section.

This safari can be done at any time of the year, however low season discounts are given for gorilla and chimp tracking in April and November.