Primate spectacular Safari– 14 nights

Chimps in Kibale forestThis Primate Spectacular safari provides opportunities to search for all of Uganda’s primate species from the captivating mountain gorillas to our closest relative, the chimp and from the beautiful golden monkeys of Mgahinga to the many primates of Kibale forest. This quest will take to several national parks and other locations where you will also see a whole host of wildlife on game drives and boat cruises, all set against some stunning backdrops like the Albertine Rift Valley and the River Nile.

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Day 1– Evening arrival at Entebbe International Airport. Transfer to Entebbe hotel
Day 2 – Travel to Murchison Falls national park and visit to the top of the falls
Day 3 – Game drive, boat cruise on the River Nile
Day 4 – Optional additional game drive and down time relaxing at the lodge
Day 5 – Travel to Kibale national park through Hoima town
Day 6 – Chimp Habituation experience
Day 7 – Swamp walk at Bigodi wetlands for primates. Scenic local walk/drive
Day 8 – Morning tour around the crater lakes. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 9 – Dawn game drive in the park and afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga Channel
Day 10 – Ishasha sector for tree-climbing lions. Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable forest
Day 11 – Gorilla tracking followed by a village walk, if time allows
Day 12 – Transfer to Kisoro town. Drive through beautiful forest
Day 13 – Golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga. Afternoon drive to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 14 – Travel to Lake Mburo National Park. Late afternoon game drive
Day 15 – Return to Kampala, craft shopping. Evening flight home

entebbe Day 1 – Arrive at Entebbe International Airport
You will be welcomed by your guide at Entebbe International airport and he will be with you throughout your holiday in Uganda.Transfer to a local hotel and spend your first night in the quiet surroundings of sleepy Entebbe.Accommodation: Airport Guest House
Giraffe in Murchison Falls national park Day 2 – Murchison Falls national park and visit the top of the Falls Today you will travel to Murchison Falls national park, Uganda’s oldest and largest conservation area, named after its mighty waterfalls. The River Nile runs through the park and it is home to 70+ species of mammals and 450+ bird species. As you drive through the park, you will first visit the top of the falls for spectacular views over the falls and the whole park before checking -in to your lodge.

Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge

Boat cruise to Murchison Falls on River Nile Day 3 – Game drive and boat cruise
6:30am Take the first ferry across the River Nile for a game drive around the delta on the north bank. Look out for giraffe, elephant, lion, various antelopes and many tropical birds. In the afternoon, take a fabulous boat cruise along the Nile to the bottom of the falls, seeing the animals and birds along the river banks including hippos, buffalo, elephant, crocodiles and birds like the African Fish Eagle.Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge
Paraa Lodge in Murchison Falls National Park Day 4 – Relax in Murchison Falls national park
Enjoy a lazy morning in the park just soaking up the sunshine while reading a good book by the pool or taking tea on the deck overlooking the river.
If you feel a little more energetic later, take an additional game drive to see more animals or take a stroll around. In the evening, go in search of Nightjars – fascinating little birds with long wings.Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge
Driving through Kibale district Day 5 – Transfer to Kibale National Park
7:30am Today you transfer to Kibale national park. This is a long journey on a bumpy road but takes you through some of Uganda’s most beautiful countryside. Stop for lunch in Hoima, a bustling market town currently booming following the discovery of oil nearby!On arrival in Kibale, check-in and relax at your lodge with spectacular views of the humid, tropical forest.Accommodation: Kibale Guest Cottages
Chimps in Kibale forest Day 6 – Chimpanzee Habituation
Kibale forest is home to one of Africa’s largest primate populations. This activity allows you to spend the entire day with the chimps, locating them before dawn in their overnight nests, staying with them throughout the day as they forage, feed, play in the trees, fight, mate etc. until they make their evening nest to rest. This amazing experience gives you memorable moments getting closer to these fascinating creatures and helps them get used to humans. A perfect highlight of your tour.Accommodation: Kibale Guest Cottages
L'Hoest monkey Day 7 – Swamp walk in Bigodi. Walk around the local area. Today is another exciting day as you drive to the Bigodi wetlands for a swamp walk with the chance to see a variety of primates such as the red colobus, red-tailed and L’hoest monkeys and a wide variety of birds.Return to the lodge for lunch and then enjoy a leisurely wander around the local community.

Accommodation: Kibale Guest Cottages

Crater lakes region Day 8 – Crater lakes region, Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park Enjoy a tour (walking, driving or a mix of both) of the beautiful crater lakes region. This crater field was created at the same time as the Rift Valley and the Rwenzori Mountains and is amongst the most spectacular scenery in Uganda. After lunch, continue south to Queen Elizabeth national park, Uganda’s second largest park, with over 95 mammal species and 600+ bird species. Spend the late afternoon relaxing at your lodge with beautiful views across Lake George. Look out for visiting animals like hippos, water buck and warthogs.

Accommodation: Bush Lodge

Elelphants Day 9 – Game Drive and boat cruise
6:00am After a light bite, a dawn game drive provides a chance to catch up with the early risers in the park including, elephant, buffalo, Uganda Kob, waterbuck and warthog. Also keep your eyes peeled for the lion and leopard. Return to the lodge for brunch and in the afternoon, take a relaxing boat cruise along Kazinga Channel with opportunities to come close to hippos, elephants, crocodiles and colourful water birds.Accommodation: Bush Lodge
Lion in Queen Elizabet national park Day 10 – Ishasha sector to Bwindi Impenetrable national park
Travel to Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, famous for its tree-climbing lions. Also look out for large herds of Topi Buffalo and Uganda Kob. After the game drive, continue your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable forest, home to the gentle forest giants: the mountain gorillas. Relax at your lodge in the evening as the sun sets over the forest.Accommodation: Engagi Lodge
Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable forest Day 11 – Gorilla Tracking 7:30am Prepare yourself for great day in the forest tracking Bwindi’s gentle giants, the endangered mountain gorillas – a major highlight of your. Join your group and trek through the forest in search of your gorilla family (anything from 2-6 hrs). Once you find them watch these enchanting creatures as they eat, play, groom and even snooze. If yours is a shorter trek, enjoy an afternoon’s relaxation at your lodge or a stroll around the local village afterwards.

Accommodation: Engagi Lodge

kisoro town Day 12 – Transfer to Kisoro Town
Today, drive 2-3 hours further south to Kisoro, one of the towns in the stunning Virunga volcanoes range.On arrival, you check-in to your hotel and then there will be time in the late afternoon to explore this beautiful area and to relax a little between your two tracking days.Accommodation: Travellers Inn Rest Hotel
Golden monkey tracking Day 13 – Golden monkey tracking and relax at Lake Bunyonyi
7:30am after an early breakfast, you will drive to Mgahinga gorilla national park approx (30 min) for golden monkey tracking. You will trek through the scenic forest and vegetation in search of golden monkeys which are endemic to this region. After lunch, drive to Lake Bunyonyi, another of Uganda’s amazingly scenic areas. Enjoy a ride on the lake in a dugout canoe, cycle around the area, go bird watching or just relax overlooking the lake.Accommodation: Bunyonyi Safari Resort
hippo Lake Mburo National Park Day 14 – Travel to Lake Mburo National Park Today you start the return north, driving approximately 5 hours to Lake Mburo national park – Uganda’s smallest park. Upon arrival, check-in at your lodge which is located just at the park boundary with stunning views across the park to the lake. Have lunch and later head in to the park for a game drive. Look out for animals like zebra, eland, giraffe and impala.

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock

zebras Day 15 –Safari Walk. Travel to Entebbe
Despite being the last day of your safari, the excitement continues with a guided safari walk to get closer to the animals and really have a different feel of the park.This is followed by a stop at the equator on your journey back to Entebbe.There will be time to enjoy supper, maybe on the shores on Lake Victoria before your guide takes you back to the airport in plenty of time to check-in for your evening flight home.

 

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.

 

Batwa trail: experience pigmy culture on a forest walk with the “Forest Keepers”

Amabere ga’ nyinamwiru: (breasts of Nyinamwiru the princess) caves in Fort Portal – a historical and geographical site.

Rwenzori mountain: Hiking in the stunning foothills of Mountains of the Moon

Semiliki national park: Albertine endemic bird species, bamboo forest walk, hot springs

Royal Mile, Budongo Forest: search for Blue Monkeys, forest birding

Kampala city sites: Uganda Museum, Uganda Martyrs shrine, Buganda Kingdom tombs and much more

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary: Chimp viewing, sunset boat cruise, fishing.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary: Rhino tracking, bird watching, nature walks

This safari costs USD 7,200 per person and is based on two people sharing twin accommodation.

We are happy to quote for different group sizes | single person supplements | options/extensions | flight-inclusive packages.

Price includes:

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

Price does not include:

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

 

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Accommodation

To help us select the right accommodation for your safari, we use three levels: up-market, mid-range and budget. These terms can mean different things to different people are useful to an extent. We do not use what we would call ‘backpackers accommodation’ unless asked to.

Air-conditioned rooms are not available in all hotels. Where it 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 travel accommodation. 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 4×4 safari van with a pop-up roof for all our safaris.
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Should you wish to upgrade to a safari Land Cruiser, we can arrange that for an additional fee.

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All vehicles include a driver/guide and fuel for the 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.

Group transport
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.

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.

Flying safaris

Internal flights

Fancy a flying 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 now 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 some spectacular locations and wildife.

Note: The luggage limit on small aircraft is 15kg per person.

International flights

We can include international flights in your holiday package and can often get discounted flights for our clients.

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 web page

Specific advice for this safari

Please read the information about primate tracking on our primates web page and remember to look at our suggested packing list