9 Days Special Primate Safari Wildlife tour allows you do gorillas, chimpanzees and see the wilderness much more! This unique itinerary introduces you to chimpanzee, mighty mountain gorillas, monkeys and other primates in their primate jungle world in Uganda…. Worthy taking on for ultimate African safari experience as well.
Being on high demand, gorilla tracking is dependent on the availability of tracking permits at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on very high demand and we advise our clients to book them in advance.
However, if permits are not readily available for one sector of your interest, it is possible to track on the other side of bwindi impenetrable forest that’s ruhija sector, Rushaaga sector, Nkuringo, buhoma sector
DAY ONE: ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT - UGANDA
Your arrival will be a warm welcome by our company representative then taken for refreshments and depending on time of arrival, you will check in at your hotel then acclimatize. There is an option of going for a city tour or staying behind to relax while recovering jet lag. Briefing about your safari is also done today and final payments if any. Overnight at your hotel (Biraj Hotel for Budget or Mystil Hotel for luxury - BB).
DAY TWO: KAMPALA TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
We will depart from Kampala at about 8:00am and head west via Fort Portal to Kibale National Park, with an en route stop for lunch. This town of Fort Portal rests in the shadow of “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to Kibale National Park, while passing the region of the Crater Lakes – stunning beauty will unfold from here as well. Before heading to your lodge you will explore the small lakes then continue to check in at Kibale Forest Cottages or upgrade to Primate Lodge Kibale for luxury. (FB)
DAY THREE: FULL DAY IN KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Chimp Habituation (Full day) or Chimp tracking (half day) will be done today accompanied with the varieties the forest has to offer. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. This walk may last up to half day allowing you to return for a hearty lunch and for the afternoon some clients may opt to stay behind enjoying birding on their own in the forest and lodge surroundings or we transfer to the Bigodi Swamp for another but totally different nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. Overnight at Kibale Forest Cottages or upgrade to Primate Lodge Kibale for luxury. (FB)
DAY FOUR: TRANSFER FROM KIBALE NATIONAL PARK TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Get a relaxed breakfast then transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. En route you will enjoy some scenic beauty of the crater lakes, view Tea plantations and the lush green vegetation in the area. Fresh lunch en route then continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, arriving late afternoon, check in for dinner and overnight at Simba Safari Camp or Mweya Safari Lodge for luxury (FB).
DAY FIVE: FULL DAY IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Early coffee then begin your day by heading for the mating ground of the Uganda kobs where we may be lucky to spot some lions and leopards hunting. We will also look out for elephants and other wild animals in their natural habitat. Return for late breakfast if not taken before, then relax till lunch as you compare notes, enjoy the lodge and in the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy some more of the African wildlife. The Kazinga Channel is the place where we find the highest concentration of Hippos in East Africa. It’s a highlight of the safari and a must do activity as well. Dinner and overnight at Simba Safari Camp or Mweya Safari Lodge for luxury (FB).
DAY SIX: TRANSFER FROM QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK TO BWINDI
The morning options are either a forest walk in Maramagambo or a chimpanzee trek in Kyambura Gorge before we head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The Forest is famous for the Blue Lake, Unique trees and Bat Caves while the Kyambura Gorge is famous for its view and wild Chimpanzees. One can choose to go in and search for the chimpanzees in Kyambura Wildlife Reserve which is a beautiful gorge completely covered with tropical rainforest (options vary in costs). By late morning we will depart for Bwindi with lunch en-route and arrive at the home of the endangered mountain Gorillas early evening then check in for dinner and overnight. Buhoma community cottages or Buhoma Lodge for upgrade (FB).
DAY SEVEN: FULL DAY GORILLA TREKKING
Early breakfast, then with packed lunch head for briefing about your gorilla trekking. (Subject to permit availability at time of booking)This is the highlight of your safari indeed. Today you will meet with the gentle giants of Bwindi Impenetrable National park! Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas and so you must be physically fit. It’s definitely worthwhile observing the gorillas closely while they feed, play and relax. Overnight at Buhoma community cottages or Buhoma Lodge for upgrade (FB).
DAY EIGHT: TRANSFER FROM BWINDI TO KAMPALA
Early breakfast then set off back to Kampala or Entebbe, this drive is long indeed (over 8 hours) but clients are so rewarded with stunning views of winding roads and hills, then a stop at various sites like the Uganda Equator and also the drum center and many more. As an option (at extra fees) clients can also charter a flight directly from Bwindi to Entebbe. Overnight at your hotel (Biraj Hotel for Budget or Mystil Hotel for luxury - BB).
The airport transfer of today will be given to you by our friendly drivers at the time of your flight. If the airport transfer is late, then we shall also offer a city tour around Kampala’s famous and historical sites then drop you off to the airport in time for your flight and see you off.