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UGANDA: Primates of Uganda Safari

  • Day 1

    Entebbe

  • Day 2

    Fort Portal

  • Day 3

    Kibale – Queen Elizabeth N.P

  • Day 4

    Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha Sector

  • Day 5

    Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest

  • Day 6

    Mountain Gorilla Safari

  • Day 7

    Bwindi – Entebbe/Kampala

Day 1

Entebbe

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred for overnight in BB to the hotel, at Cassia Lodge – Metropole Hotel. BB

Lodging

Bed & Breakfast options available.

Day 2

Fort Portal

After breakfast drive to Fort Portal the capital town of Tooro kingdom which lies on the shadow of Rwenzori Mountains, the biggest mountain range in Africa. Lunch en route. In the afternoon you can spend the afternoon at leisure or have the opportunity to explore the region of the Kasenda Crater lakes with panoramic points and sceneries. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge (standard cottage) / Crater Safari Lodge (C) / Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (E). Full Board

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Day 3

Kibale – Queen Elizabeth N.P

After breakfast, today activity is the nature walk in Kibale National Park for experiencing the rain tropical forest, birding and especially to encounter the chimpanzees in their natural environment. Kibale national park with its 766 sq km of rain tropical forest contains the highest primates’ density in the world. Among the species which you can see include black and white colobus, red tailed monkey and vervet monkey. Moreover, 325 species of birds are recorded.

In the afternoon proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which lies between Lake George on the East, Lake Edward on the West and the Rwenzori Mountains on the North. Have a game drive as you enter the park. Overnight and dinner at Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge (C) or Ihamba Safari Lodge – Enganzi Lodge (E). Full Board

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Day 4

Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha Sector

After a cup of coffee, at 6.30 am go for a game drive along the tracks of the national park, in the Northern side towards Lake George and Kasenyi village. You might see lions, elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan kobs, perhaps the leopard though is shy and rare to be seen. Reach up to the Baboon cliffs and the splendid crater lakes region. Have lunch and in the afternoon take the most exciting safari by boat from Mweya peninsula along Kazinga channel, one of the most popular sites in Uganda for its concentration of wildlife, bird’s life and opportunities for good photographs. Moreover, you will see plenty of hippos, buffaloes and elephants while drinking from the channel.

In the evening, you continue your journey to the southern part of the park in Ishasha sector, a vast savannah between the rivers Ishasha and Ntungwe. Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Jungle Lodge. Full Board

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Day 5

Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest

After breakfast, morning game drive in Ishasha, where you might have a chance to see the “tree climbing lions” which are seen during the hot hours of the day, as they lie resting on top of Figs trees. See also herds of buffaloes, elephants, topi antelopes and more. After lunch, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is the natural habitat for the endangered mountain gorillas and it is a Heritage Site under Unesco for the biodiversity importance. You will reach an altitude of up to 2300 m above sea level.

The choice of the area of the “gorilla safari” depends on the availability and allocation of the permits for this activity. Bwindi Engagi Lodge – Bwindi Jungle Lodge – Bakiga Lodge (C) or Cuckooland Lodge – Gorilla Valley Lodge (E). Full Board

Note: Today transfer is variable, according to the location of the gorilla permits and road conditions.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Day 6

Mountain Gorilla Safari

Early in the morning you enter the rain tropical forest of Bwindi for the gorilla safari. The activity starts at 8am and you will follow the ranger guides in a group of maximum 8 people as you search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 370 gorillas, which is half the world population according to 2007 gorilla population surveys. It is not predictable the time you will spend to encounter the gorillas. You have one hour for observing the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs. Ensure you take the packed lunch and water with you in the bag and you might engage for this the support of available porters. In the evening proceed to Lake Bunyonyi, wonderful scenery, for dinner and overnight at Bwindi Engagi Lodge – Bwindi Jungle Lodge – Bakiga Lodge (C) or Cuckooland Lodge – Gorilla Valley Lodge (E). Full Board

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Day 7

Bwindi – Entebbe/Kampala

After breakfast, drive to Entebbe for your flight out. Lunch enroute

Lodging

Half Board options available.

Day 9

Extension 1

Bwindi – Lake Mburo National Park

This extension is recommended to cut the long transfer between Bwindi and Entebbe

After breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo National Park, a small game national park found in the central region of Uganda, the Ankole. This is the perfect stop over between Bwindi and Entebbe. After lunch, go for game drive in search for the beautiful impalas, elands, topi and many antelopes, buffaloes, zebras. Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock Lodge - Mantana Mburo Tented Camp (C) or Mburo Safari Lodge - Arcadia Cottages Mburo (E). Full Board

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Day 10

Extension 1

Lake Mburo - Entebbe

After breakfast, last game drive (optional: nature walk) and lunch. Then drive to Entebbe for your flight out from Entebbe International Airport. Half Board

Lodging

Half Board options available.

Day 9

Extension 2

Mgahinga National Park / Echuya Forest

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a small reserve found at the border with Rwanda. The park is protecting the Virunga volcanoes which are located on the Ugandan side, the Muhavura (4.127 m), Gahinga (3.474 m) and Sabinyo (3.669 m). The park offers the possibility to do the mountain gorilla trekkiong (with a supplement); to climb one of the volcanoes for a day trekking of about 6 to 8 hours trekking, particularly the Muhavura; to take the trekking in search of the golden monkeys, an endangered species endemic of the Virunga eco-system. In alternative, today you can have the Batwa Trail, a well design circuit in the nearby Echuya Forest to encounter the Batwa pygmeos in what was their original habitat which today they are regaining thanks to the eco-tourist activities. In the evening short transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for dinner and overnight at Bird Nest Resort (C) or Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi (E). Full Board

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Day 10

Extension 2

Lake Bunyonyi - Entebbe

After breakfast, drive back to Entebbe. Lunch en route. In the afternoon / evening reserved for the transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your flight. Half Board

Lodging

Half Board options available.