9 Day – Classic Uganda: Primates and Wildlife

9 days

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The perfect safari for those who want to see a lot in a short time

This short safari punches well above its weight, packing in many of Uganda’s wildlife highlights including tracking the iconic mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, tree-climbing lions and the big cats that roam the savannah. Enjoy all of the smaller animals too and the amazing birdlife. There will be opportunities to learn all about conservation in action and to gain an insight into some of Uganda’s fascinating cultural life.

Tour Highlights

Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking

Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking

Track through the tropical rainforest tracking your gorilla or chimpanzee family. Once found, spend an hour observing them in their natural habitat: playing, eating, grooming or perhaps snoozing.
Visit a community conservation project

Visit a community conservation project

Visit Bigodi wetlands, a successful community-run conservation project. A nature walk here will reveal a wealth of birds and primates and your local guide will also share insights into community life.
Cultural experiences with local communities

Cultural experiences with local communities

Visit the Bahima people and their beautiful Ankole Long-horned cows. Learn about cattle breeding and husbandry and gain an insight into their culture from smoking milk pots to making ghee.
Lion tracking experience

Lion tracking experience

Join a researcher, as they go off-track, monitoring the big cats in the park. Enjoy excellent viewing and photography opportunities, learn more about the animals, their behaviour and conservation efforts. 
Night game drive in the park

Night game drive in the park

Explore Queen Elizabeth national park on a 2-hour game drive, after dark. Guided by a park ranger, search for nocturnal animals and discover the night life in the African wilderness

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

Day 2: Drive to Kibale national park. Visit a community conservation project

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking. Queen Elizabeth national park. Night game drive

Day 4: Lion tracking experience. Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel

Day 5: Transfer to Ishasha sector. Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 6: Gorilla tracking

Day 7: Travel to Lake Mburo National Park. Cultural conservation visit

Day 8: Safari walk. Game drive

Day 9: Transfer to Entebbe. Flight home


Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at Entebbe International Airport

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by your guide who will take you to your hotel. S/He will remain with you throughout your safari.

Accommodation: The Boma Hotel

Meal Plan: Depending on arrival time

Day 2 - Transfer to Kibale forest. Wetlands walk for primates and birds

Travel to Kibale national park (approx. 5 hours). The journey is scenic as you pass by roadside markets, forests and tea plantations. In the late afternoon, travel a short distance to a community-run wetland conservation project where a local guide will take you on a nature walk in search of primates like the Red Colobus monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey and Red-tailed monkey. Also, look out for birds like the Great Blue Turaco and various Sunbirds.

Accommodation: : Turaco TreeTops Lodge, Kibale national park

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Chimpanzee tracking (12 years+). Queen Elizabeth National Park. Night game drive

Today, you have the exciting opportunity to walk through this beautiful tropical rainforest tracking a chimpanzee family. When you find them, you may spend one hour with them observing their natural behaviour, in their natural habitat. Your ranger will tell you all about the chimps, the other flora and fauna in the forest, how they track forest animals and about the avifauna Kibale is famous for. After lunch, you will rest your legs as you drive through the stunning crater lakes region (approx. 3 hours) to Queen Elizabeth national park. In the evening, you’ll take a night game drive from 7pm – 9pm, to see night life in the wilderness.

Accommodation: Ihamba Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth national park

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Lion tracking experience. Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel

Today provides another outstanding wildlife experience as you move out early to spend 2-3 hours with a lion researcher. Go off-track to monitor the big cats, learn about their behaviour and habitat and hear about research and conservation efforts. Next, enjoy a fascinating visit to a salt lake and witness the ancient method of salt extraction from this natural volcanic lake. Later in the afternoon, take a fabulous boat cruise for approx. 3 hours along the Kazinga Channel which links Lakes Edward and George. Keep your eyes peeled for elephant, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and a wide variety of birds.

Accommodation: Ihamba Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth national park

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Ishasha sector. Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Transfer to Ishasha, the southern sector of the park, for a 2-hour game drive in search of the famous tree-climbing lions. This sector also has a rich biodiversity and is home to a host of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, different species of antelope and birds. Later, continue your journey approx. 2 hours to Bwindi Impenetrable national park – home of the endangered mountain gorillas and also a UNESCO world heritage site.

Accommodation: Engagi Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable national park

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Gorilla tracking (15 years+)

One of the highlights of your safari starts at 07:30am with a briefing from wildlife rangers, as you are assigned to a group of up to 8 people to track a particular gorilla family. Enjoy a jungle walk as you track your gorilla family. Once you find them, you have the privilege of spending an hour in their company; watching as they eat, groom, play or move through the forest – memories you will surely treasure. Depending on the duration of your tracking (approx. 2-8 hours), you may have time after to visit the community hospital or local craft sellers who benefit from tourism and therefore value, and help to protect, the gorillas.

Accommodation: Engagi Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable national park.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Travel to Lake Mburo National Park. Cultural conservation project.

Start today by transferring (approx. 4-5 hours)  to Lake Mburo national park and spend the late afternoon with the Bahima cattle keepers who live in the areas surrounding the park. This project aims to conserve the Bahima culture and their cattle breeding traditions and provides a fascinating insight into their unique lifestyle. In the evening, there is a special session, giving you the chance to interact with the park‘s Community Conservation Warden to hear about the challenges and successes of their conservation work.

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock, Lake Mburo national park

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Safari walk. Game drive

Lake Mburo is one of Uganda’s smallest but most interesting parks. Although it does not have elephant and lion, it has large populations of some species not found in many other Ugandan parks such as eland, zebra and impala. You will explore the park on foot initially, getting closer to the animals, making use of hides and viewing towers and seeing things that would not be visible from the road such as dens, carcasses and tracks. Then explore further afield on a game drive, touring the park’s tracks and visiting locations like watering holes.

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock, Lake Mburo national park

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Transfer to Entebbe. Flight home

Start your journey back to Entebbe by driving to the equator for photo moments: pose with a foot in each hemisphere. Continue to reach Entebbe in time for lunch. Later, your guide will drop you at the airport in time for your flight home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Extend or customise this itinerary

If you have specific interests or target species we will be happy to suggest alternative and additional activities that fit this itinerary. Simply get in touch.

Relax in comfort

This itinerary features a selection of mid-range properties. We are looking for a good location; somewhere clean, safe and comfortable. We want good service, good food and, where possible, strong responsible travel practices. We are happy to suggest alternative properties and properties in different price brackets.

Responsible travel highlights

We offer fabulous holidays that have a positive impact. We consider people and planet as much as profit and try to ensure, that overall, your visit to Uganda is a force for good. We don’t claim to be perfect but we actively try.

Educative visits

Educative visits

As well as providing amazing experiences, our safaris offer opportunities to learn. On this trip, meet the warden and learn about their conservation work
Responsible accommodation

Responsible accommodation

We work with a wide range of lodges that try to operate with concern for their staff, community and environment. For example, they may use solar power or rainwater harvesting.
Expert local knowledge

Expert local knowledge

Together, our team has extensive local knowledge which we use to design your holiday. And our guides enrich your experience by sharing their local knowledge – from wildlife to culture.
Profits stay within Uganda

Profits stay within Uganda

We are a Ugandan company: we pay taxes in Uganda, our profits remain within Uganda, we employ Ugandans and treat them well and, where possible, we support local suppliers.

Our guests regularly spot…













Wart hog


Various primates

Insects and butterflies

Various reptiles

Numerous bird species

Where the tour goes

Tour Gallery

Tour information

Duration:  9 days

Tour Type: Private

Price: Please contact our travel consultants who will be happy to provide detailed price information and options

Included in this price

1 gorilla & 1 chimp tracking permit each

A double room in mid-range, non-air-conditioned accommodation

Full board meal plan

Private safari vehicle with driver and fuel for this itinerary

All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary

Mineral water in transit

All government taxes

Not included in this price

International flights


Travel insurance

Personal expenses: alcohol, laundry services and souvenirs

Drinks during meals

Tips (normally 5–10%)

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What Philo says about this safari…

Safaris include some early starts so consider adding some downtime into your itinerary. Many lodges have great views or quiet corners to read a book, some even have swimming pools and spas. You may even find grazers or lovey birds around your lodge.

Philo, Venture Uganda Travel Consultant

Extend & Customise

If you have specific interests or target species we will be happy to suggest alternative and additional activities that fit this itinerary.


Got any questions? 

Philo, Travel Consultant at Venture UgandaIf there’s anything you’re not sure about or you would just like to chat about this itinerary, email: philo@ventureuganda.org. Tell me when you’re free, leave a contact email/whatsapp No. and I’ll be in touch.


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