Primate Spectacular Safari – 14 nights

Chimps in Kibale forest

Explore a number of Uganda’s national parks, searching for primates such as chimpanzees, gorillas and golden monkeys. This trip will give you the opportunity to see a whole host of other wildlife on game drives and boat cruises, all set against the stunning backdrops of the Albertine Rift Valley, volcanic mountain ranges and the River Nile.

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  • Spend a day with the chimps, from dawn to dusk
  • Track gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Visit the spectacular Murchison Falls
  • Search for golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park
  • Look out for red colobus at Bigodi Wetlands
entebbe Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by your guide and taken to your accommodation.
Giraffe in Murchison Falls national park Day 2: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park
Drive to Murchison Falls National Park, home to over 70 species of mammals and 450 bird species. Visit the top of the Falls for spectacular views before checking in to your lodge.
Boat cruise to Murchison Falls on River Nile Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise
Take the ferry across the River Nile for a game drive around the delta. Look out for giraffe, elephant, lion and many tropical birds. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise along the Nile to the bottom of the Falls.
Paraa Lodge in Murchison Falls National Park Day 4: Relax in Murchison Falls National Park
This is a day to relax at the lodge, with an opportunity to take an additional game drive if you are feeling energetic.
Driving through Kibale district Day 5: Transfer to Kibale National Park
Take the long drive to Kibale National Park, stopping for lunch in Hoima along the way. On arrival in Kibale, relax at your lodge with spectacular views of the forest.
Chimps in Kibale forest Day 6: Chimpanzee habituation
Spend the entire day with chimps, locating them before dawn in their overnight nests, staying with them throughout the day as they forage, feed and play in the trees, until they make their evening nest.
L'Hoest monkey Day 7: Swamp walk in Bigodi
Drive to the Bigodi Wetlands for a swamp walk, with the chance to see a variety of primates such as the red colobus and l’hoest monkeys. Enjoy a wander around the local community.
Crater lakes region Day 8: Crater lakes drive and travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Enjoy a tour of the crater lakes region. Continue south to Queen Elizabeth National Park, with over 95 mammal species and 600 bird species. Relax at your lodge with beautiful views across Lake George.
Elelphants Day 9: Game drive and boat cruise
Go on a dawn game drive, offering you the chance to see early risers such as elephants and lion. Return to the lodge for brunch and in the afternoon take a relaxing boat cruise along Kazinga Channel.
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. Continue your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to mountain gorillas.
Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable forest Day 11: Gorilla tracking
Trek through the forest in search of gorillas. You can spend an hour with them as they eat, play and groom each other. If time allows, take a stroll around the local village afterwards.
kisoro town Day 12: Drive to Kisoro 
Drive for two to three hours to Kisoro, in the stunning Virunga volcanoes range. After checking in to your hotel, you may explore the area.
Golden monkey tracking Day 13: Golden monkey tracking and drive to Lake Bunyonyi
Drive to Mgahinga National Park to trek through the scenic forest in search of golden monkeys. After lunch, drive to Lake Bunyonyi, and enjoy a ride on the lake in a dugout canoe, cycle around the area, go birdwatching or just relax overlooking the lake.
hippo Lake Mburo National Park Day 14: Travel to Lake Mburo National Park
Drive to Uganda’s smallest park, Lake Mburo National Park. After checking in to your lodge and having lunch, head in to the park for a game drive.
zebras Day 15: Safari walk and travel to Entebbe
Take a guided safari walk to get closer to the animals before driving to Entebbe via the equator. Your guide will take you to the airport for your return flight.

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.

 

Batwa trail: experience pygmy 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 Mountains: hike 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, birdwatching, 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 and 1 chimp tracking permit each
  • A private safari vehicle with driver/guide and 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 and 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 (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-seat, 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.

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.

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

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