AVU015 – Uganda Gorillas, Primates & Wildlife Safari (7days)

Tour overview:

This safari starts and ends in Kampala/Entebbe Airport. Depending on your arrival time, you will relax at your preferred lodge or you can opt to go for a city tour. The next day, you will travel to number one Uganda’s tourist destination – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Other than the beautiful scenery of the part, various species of birds and monkeys, you will be highly inspired by the sight of the giant mountain gorilla. You will thereafter go to Queen Elizabeth National Park – the world’s most biodiversity wildlife sanctuary featuring climbing lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, lots of small game and rare birds. Proceed to Kibale forest  National Park famous for the world’s highest concentration of primates among which is man’s closest relative – the chimpanzee…

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Travel to Bwindi.
Day 2: Bwindi – Gorilla Tracking.
Day 3: Travel to Queen Elizabeth.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Wildlife Viewing, Launch Cruise.
Day 5: Travel to Kibale National Park.
Day 6: Kibale Chimpanzee Trekking/ Primates, Nature Walk.
Day 7: Visit the Crater Lakes Region and Return to Kampala.

– Gorilla permit: USD 600 each per person

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Travel to Bwindi:
Have breakfast and depart to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park .Start with a stop at the craft village at the equator for shopping, we continue to Mbarara for lunch and later pass through the beautiful evergreen mountain country that is, the “Little Switzerland of Uganda”. Arrive at Bwindi late in the evening.
Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge or Gorilla Mist Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board.
Travel Time: About 9 Hours

DAY 2: Bwindi – Gorilla Tracking:
Early morning after breakfast, with your packed lunch, go for a briefing at 08:00 a.m before beginning the trek. Gorilla tracking is unpredictable, so it is difficult to foresee how many hours you will take in the process. It may take 2-8 hours, and you should be prepared to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. An encounter of these gentle giants will be your most exciting experience! For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. The ranger guide always briefs you on how to behave with these gentle giants. After an encounter of a group of gorillas some with silver backs, one can say “a sight of Gorillas has made my life time tour”. An optional community visit in the evening is also worthwhile.
Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge or Gorilla Mist Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 3: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park:
Having taken breakfast, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is rich in wildlife and others call it a birder’s paradise! Arrive through the famous Ishasha Sector, in anticipation of rewarding your cameras with views of the tree-climbing lions.
Kyambura Game Lodge or Enganzi Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board.
Travel Time: About 4 to 6 hours

DAY 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Wildlife Viewing, Launch Cruise:
Early morning, depart for a game drive in the Northern part of the park along the Kasenyi track. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action. This early morning game drive in the Park, provides excellent opportunities to see Lions, Leopards, Giant Forest Hogs, Cape Buffaloes, Elephants, Defassa Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, topis and bush bucks and many more. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography. Bird watching and game viewing is wonderful. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species recorded making it a magnet for bird watchers.
Park View Safari Lodge or Enganzi Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 5: Travel to Kibale National Park:
Take breakfast, you may choose to explore Kyambura Wildlife Reserve driving through grassland area. Pass by the astonishing gorge of the tropical rainforest 100 meters deep. Trek into Kyambura River Gorge for an extra ordinary experience tracking chimpanzees. It’s a lucrative experience not only to see the chimpanzees, but also to see the gorgeous river valley that houses numerous birds and butterfly species, then transfer to Kibale National Park, a proclaimed home of Primates.
Kibale Guest Cottages
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel Time: About 4 Hours

DAY 6: Kibale Chimp Trekking/ Primates, Nature Walk:
After breakfast, we shall drive to Kibale Forest National Park, for primate viewing. This park is known for the highest number of primate species in Africa. The activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning taking 2-3 hours searching for chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-Colombuses, Blue, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabeys swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters. A visit to Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site is amazing, as we shall encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna.
Kibale Guest Cottages
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7: Visit the Crater Lakes Region and Return to Kampala:
After breakfast take an adventure tour in the region, which has many crater lakes, and later proceed to Kampala having lunch en route.
Meal Plan: Lunch and breakfast.

End of 7 Days Uganda Gorilla, Primates, Wildlife Safari

The Safari Package Covers:

  • Gorilla Permit
  • Cultural Site Entrance fees
  • Park Entrance Fees.
  • Chimpanzee Permit
  • Nature Walk in Bigodi Wetland
  • A 2 Hour Launch Cruise on Kazinga Channel
  • Park Ranger Fees.
  • Relevant Government Taxes.
  • Full Board Accommodation (6 nights) and en-route meals
  • Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
  • Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Airport transfer provided your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:

  • Airfares
  • Visa Fees
  • Personal Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities