8 days: Wildlife & Primate Safari

8 Days Wildlife & Primate Safari

About the 8 days Wildlife & Primate Safari

This 8 days primate safari in Uganda gets you closer to human’s living relatives – the chimpanzees. You also get to see the mountain gorillas living in the Bwindi impenetrable forest. The adrenaline kicks in when you are close to the imposing figure of a silverback gorilla alongside its curious babies peeping through leaves as they twist, turn and somersault for your entertainment. This tour also takes you to Queen Elizabeth national park – Uganda’s most visited national park. Expect to see lots of wildlife here including Elephants, lions, leopards, warthogs, Buffaloes, and many more. Queen is also known as a birder’s paradise and you will have opportunities to see the rare species like Black headed Gonolek, Lesser flamingos, marabou storks etc. This primate safari also takes you to Kyambura gorge and Kibale forest for an opportunity to Track Chimpanzees. Kibale forest is known as the primate capital of East Africa and has the highest concentration of primates in Africa. This tour also takes you around the beautiful fort-portal town, visiting the crater lakes and other historical sites.

8 Days Wildlife & Primate Safari Highlights:

  • Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park
  • Batwa Community Traditional performance
  • Kazing Channel Boat Cruise
  • Queen Elizabeth park Game Drives
  • Kyambura Gorge
  • Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Kibale forest national park
  • Fort portal Crater Lakes & Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves
  • Equator line

Other Trip details

Trip Destination:
Bwindi forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale forest, Fort portal

Trip type:
Primate Safari, Wildlife Safari, Gorilla Safari

Trip Activities:
Gorilla Trekking, Game drives, Boat trips, birding, Chimp tracking, hiking.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda at Entebbe Airport & transfer to your hotel

Arrive in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport, our company representative will be waiting at the arrival area and transfer you to the respective hotel for relaxation. If you arrive in the morning, you can opt to undertake the day trip around Entebbe or Kampala city.

Day 2: Transfer from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

After breakfast you shall depart to Bwindi 527km about 10 hours’ drive. You make a stop-over at Uganda Equator crossing at Kayabwe 77km from Kampala to have light moments with the path of the sun. The site is magical for photography where you can take pictures with one leg in the Northern hemisphere and the other in the Southern hemisphere. Impressive water experiments can be made to justify the geographical divide between these two poles. Embark on the drive passing through impressive country side landscapes including the rangelands of Ankole before making a stop in Mbarara for lunch at one of the famous restaurants. After you will then proceed to Bwindi going through banana plantations. Arrive in Bwindi in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi & Batwa experiences

Early morning after breakfast, you will go for a briefing at 08:00 hours before beginning the trek. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable, so it is difficult to foretell how many hours you will take on the track. It may take 2- 7 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 brief you on how to behave with these gentle giants. You shall then return to the lodge for relaxation and in the evening, you attend to the impressive local performance of the surrounding communities. They have magical energetic dance that matches the sounds produce by their hands and drums with the best dancer being the one who shakes the ground. Retire for overnight

Day 4: Transfer from Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth National Park

On this day, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth park just after your early morning delicious breakfast. Pass through the famous Ishasha Sector while anticipation to see the tree-climbing lions. The Ishasha sector features fig tree species with low lying branches that are liked by the lions during the day time. Reach the upper section of Queen in the evening and check into the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Game Viewing & an afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel

Breakfast in the morning, then you head off to the Kasenyi area for the game drive. On the drive, we expect to see things like Elephants, lions, Uganda Kobs and many more. Early mornings can provide better opportunities of seeing cats in action. You shall then see some of the craters and visit one of the fishing villages if time allows. Head off for lunch and then prepare for the afternoon boat ride on the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes Edward and George. The 2 hour boat cruise gives you chances of taking great shots of Hippos yawning, Buffaloes wallowing, Crocodiles and many more animals as they get to the edge of the channel to drink water. Bird watching is also wonderful. You shall get to understand why it is called the birder’s paradise. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species recorded making it a magnet for bird watchers. Retreat from the activity and do a game drive along the channel track as you head to the lodge for relaxation and overnight

Day 6: Track Chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge and transfer to Kibale National Park

After breakfast, you may choose to explore Kyambura Gorge 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. You drive along the magical scenic landscapes of Rwenzori Mountains with snowcapped peaks.

Day 7: Kibale Chimp Tracking and Bigodi Swamp walk

This primate safari takes to Kibale national park famous for chimpanzees and other primate species. Chimp tracking activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning. 2-3 hours search for chimpanzees and other primates including L’hoest’s Monkeys, Black and white Colobus Monkey, Blue and Red-tailed Monkey 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. Bigodi wetland supports 138 bird species among which include the Great Blue Turaco with its magical beauty. The swamp features resident Sitatunga antelope that may be encountered during the walk. Transfer back to the lodge for relaxation and overnight

Day 8: Explore Fort-Portal & Transfer back to Kampala

After breakfast, connect to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field where you undertake the Fort Portal Crater lake hike exploring the impressive landscape that was formed as a result of violent volcanic activity that hit the area. There are a range of crater lakes and empty hollows that make the views of the area magical. You hike Kyeganywa hill which requires some fitness to gain panoramic views of the area and the Rwenzori Mountains at a distance on a clear day. Tour the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru Caves which is a historical site that locals believe to belong to the Bachwezi and that the breast like features are real breasts of Nyinamwiru who was the daughter of Bukuku who was a self-enthroned King of the Bachwezi. You retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer back to Kampala 300km about 5 hours’ drive.

End of Itinerary

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