Primates & Wildlife (7 nights)

Ref: SP02

This Venture Uganda safari takes you into Kibale forest and surrounding areas in search of a wide variety of primates including, of course, the chimps. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the stunning scenery in this region and lots of opportunities for game  and bird viewing in two of Uganda’s favorite national parks.

Summary

Day 1: Spend the night in Entebbe, close to the airport.
Day 2: Drive to Kibale Forest national park.
Day 3: Go chimpanzee tracking and take a crater lakes drive.
Day 4: Go for a nature walk at Bigodi Swamp for primates and birds.
Day 5: Drive through the Explosion Crater’s and then take a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel.
Day 6: Do a game drive on the Kasenyi Plains and relax in the afternoon.
Day 7: Drive to Lake Mburo national park and do an evening game drive.
Day 8: Take a morning boat cruise on Lake Mburo and drive back to Entebbe.

Full itinerary

Day 1: We will welcome you from your flight and you will spend your first night in Entebbe. Close to the international airport. Depending on the time of your arrival, you can relax in your hotel or take a stroll around the botanical gardens (optional activity) or the Uganda Wildlife education Centre (zoo) (optional activity) which has a lovely forest walk which is good for primates and birding.

Accommodation: budget: Entebbe backpackers, mid-range: Airport Guest House, high-end: The Boma

 

 

 

Day 2: 8:00am – Today you will head northwest on the green and winding roads passing the tea fields with views of Africa’s largest mountain range, the Rwenzoris. This Road will take you to Fort Portal and the crater lakes region where you will stay overnight.

Accommodation: budget: Kibale Forest Camp, mid-range: Primate Lodge, high-end: Ndali Lodge

 

 

 

Day 3: 8:00am  In the morning, you will track the fast moving, noisy and illusive chimpanzees. If you are lucky you will get to watch them swinging in the forest canopy high up above the forest floor. This will be a memorable (and noisy!) experience. The forest is not only home to the chimpanzees. Other primates that can be found are Guereza colobus, Olive baboon, Grey-cheeked mangabey, L’hoest’s gentle (Blue) and red tailed Monkeys. With a bit of luck you may find African or Forest elephant, bush pig and buffalo on your walk, whilst bushbuck and duiker are also sometimes found hiding beneath the forest canopy. In the afternoon enjoy a drive through the beautiful Kasenda crater lakes region.

Accommodation: budget: Kibale Forest Camp, mid-range: Primate Lodge, high-end: Ndali Lodge

 

Day 4: 9:00am – Today you will visit the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary which features eight primate species, numerous other interesting mammals, over two hundred bird species, many reptiles, and uncounted varieties of trees, shrubs and vines. On your three-hour walk, you will likely see several kinds of monkeys including black and white colobus, red colobus, mangabey, red tail, vervet, and L’Hoest. Other wetlands mammals include baboons, sitatunga (an increasingly endangered swamp antelope), bush pigs, civet cats, mongooses, bush bucks and an occasional chimpanzee.

Accommodation: budget: Kibale Forest Camp, mid-range: Primate Lodge, high-end: Ndali Lodge

 

Day 5: 8:30am – This morning you will drive through the explosion craters, north of the Mweya peninsula. The 27km drive between Kabatoro gate and Queen’s Pavilion takes in views of the enormous craters, circular lakes, the Rift Valley escarpment and the Kazinga Channel – all in front of the mighty backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel with its abundance of wildlife. This two hour boat journey is a birders paradise. Other wildlife that you are likely to spot is crocodiles, hippos, elephants, buffalo and warthogs. If you are lucky you may see lions and leopards.

Accommodation: budget: Mweya Hostel, mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge, high-end: Katara Lodge

 

Day 6: 7:00am – Rise early today to seek lion and other game on the Kasenyi Plains. Queen Elizabeth is an excellent park for a variety of wildlife including elephants, buffalo, warthog, leopard, and Uganda kob. The Kasenyi Plains are the best spot in the park to try and spot lions. In the afternoon you can relax in the surroundings of your accommodation or opt for an additional activity (see optional activities).

Accommodation: budget: Mweya Hostel, mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge, high-end: Katara Lodge

 

 

Day 7: 8:00am – Today you will drive on to Lake Mburo national park (approximately 3 hours). Lake Mburo sits in a rain shadow between the Rwenzori Mountains and Lake Victoria. You will go for a short game drive on your way to your accommodation. Keep your eyes peeled for leopard. Other wildlife that can be found includes aardvark, warthog, Burchell’s zebra, buffalo and spotted hyena.

Accommodation – budget: Rwonyo rest Camp, mid-range Rwakobo Rock, high-end: Mihingo Lodge

 

 

Day 8: 8:00am – After breakfast, enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Mburo itself; seeking hippos, crocodile and many rare birds including the African Finfoot. On the way back to Entebbe, you will be able to stand astride the equator and pay a visit to the Royal drummers.

 

 

 

 

Optional activities

Optional activities can be added into your itinerary, usually for an additional cost

Extensions

  1. Two extra days to go gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park
  2. Two days cultural/community tourism near Masaka (bark cloth production, medicinal plant tour, coffee experience, craft group, school visit, village walk, Rwandan genocide memorial, birding)
  3. One extra day in Lake Mburo national park
  4. Extra time in Kampala or Entebbe for activities such as a city tour, shopping at craft markets, botanical gardens, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (former zoo), swimming in a hotel pool

Guide Prices

Venture Uganda offers this safari at three different levels: budget, mid-range and high-end. The difference between them depends mainly on the class of accommodation and restaurants used. Please note that in some locations accommodation is limited and only one class may be available. These are only guide prices; we will provide an exact quote upon enquiry when we know the number of people, chosen dates, preferred accommodation and transport, and changes to the itinerary e.g. options and extensions.

Budget: $3,300  US Dollars, per person

Mid-range: $4,350  US Dollars, per person

High-end: $5,250  US Dollars, per person

Inclusions

  • One chimp tracking permit per person
  • Uganda airport transfers
  • A fully insured, standard safari vehicle with guide & fuel for itinerary
  • Accommodation (non-air conditioned)
  • Breakfast, lunch and supper, each with a soft drink
  • All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary
  • Mineral water during safari
  • All government taxes

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Entry and/or transit visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal items such as bar drinks and laundry services
  • Gifts, crafts & other personal shopping
  • Tips and gratuities (5-10% is normal in restaurants/lodges. The level of tips for guides is up to you.)

Accommodation: Prices are based on two people sharing twin/double rooms on a full-board basis. We are happy to quote for groups. A single room supplement will apply.

If available, most hotels and lodges charge extra for air-conditioned rooms so if you would like AC please note this on your booking form.

The hotels included in this package depend upon availability. Once we receive your booking we will check availability and should we find them fully booked we will offer you an alternative of the same standard for your approval.

Discounts may be available for Ugandan/East African citizens, children or for low season bookings (Apr, May, Oct, Nov).

Bookings can be made on our Booking Form and are subject to our Booking Conditions including our cancellation policy.

Payment: a 50% deposit is required upon booking, along with full payment for gorilla and chimp permits, with the final payment due 70 days before the start of the trip. Prices are charged in USD.

Payment can be made by bank transfer. Beware of email fraudsters – we will never ask you to pay by any other means such as Western Union or Money Transfer.

Gorilla and chimp tracking permits are subject to availability. We recommend very early booking if possible, especially in peak season (Dec–Mar and June–Sept). If permits are not available on your chosen dates, we may be able to run the trip in reverse order or alter the
itinerary to fit.

Note: The Uganda Wildlife Authority does not allow children under the age of 15 years to track gorillas and children under 12 years to track chimpanzees.

Transport

 

Choose between our touring vans which are used as standard in our safaris and short breaks or upgrade to a Land Cruiser for an extra USD $900 (divided by the number of people travelling).

  1. Standard: ‘Super Custom’ van (max 5-seater). A very comfortable 4×4 touring van
  2. Standard: ‘Hiace’ van (max 7-seater). A practical, tough touring van
  3. High-end: extended Land Cruiser (max 7-seater). A comfortable safari vehicle

All vehicles are 4×4 and have a pop-up roof. All passengers have window seats and seat belts. Expenses for the guide/fuel/park entrance/washing/parking are included in the price.

For your own comfort, we request you pack carefully and do not bring too much luggage.

Alternative Venture Uganda safaris

We provide a range of safaris with differing activities, durations and locations. Please see our website for details.