9-Day Uganda Safari and Primates

From $4,118 (USD)

Rates are per person and based on 2 people sharing 1 room

Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)

Safari overview

Meet eye to eye with the amazing gorillas and chimpanzees of Uganda in their natural habitat, one of Africa's major highlights. This close encounter with these amazing apes is simply breathtaking, also get a close encounter with other diverse African wildlife, beautiful landscapes and amazing culture and if you are a keen Birder, this is the place to be. Experience the wonder of the World’s renown Murchison Falls as it squeezes through the narrow gorge.

Tour Summary

You'll go to Uganda 

This tour starts in Kampala (Uganda) & ends in Entebbe (Uganda)

You'll visit Murchison Falls NP, Kibale Forest NP, Queen Elizabeth NP & Bwindi NP

Activities: game drives, gorilla tracking & chimpanzee tracking

Game drives: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle

Getting around: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle & normal 4x4 vehicle

A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost

Day by Day

Arrival

You'll be collected from the airport (or hotel).

Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost.

Day 1: Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park

After your early morning breakfast drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park via the Rhino Sanctuary where you will have an opportunity to trek Rhinos. There are 15 Rhinos which were reintroduced after their extinction in the 1970s through poaching. A local ranger guide will lead you on foot to an up-close encounter with the rhinos and it may take about 1 and half hours. Proceed to Masindi Town for lunch and later continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving at your lodge late afternoon.

Main destination: Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Murchison Falls NP without fences

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park

Arise very early in the morning for your game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile in your open-roof vehicle which will give you an excellent opportunity to view and photograph the diverse wildlife. Your guide will help you spot elephant,

lion, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard.

After lunch, go for a boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just few of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the schools of hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelicanbee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, you may choose to continue to the top of the falls, where you will have the amazing view of the falls!

Main destination: Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge Budget lodge bordering Murchison Falls NP without fences

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Murchison Falls to Kibale Forest National Park

After your morning breakfast, begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. Drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads, farms and Tea Estates.

You will have a stopover for lunch en-route. You will arrive at you lodge in the late afternoon. Check in at your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Main destination: Kibale Forest National Park

Accommodation: Crater Safari Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Kibale Forest NP without fences

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 4: Chimp Trekking in Kibale Forest

After breakfast at your lodge, transfer to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate.

 

After lunch, head to Bigodi for an afternoon swamp walk. Bigodi was established by a local development organization to protect the 4sq -km Magombe Swamp that's home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler and great blue turaco). The highlight of this tour is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco. The swamp is also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with 8 different species here, including grey-cheeked angabey. The 2-3 hour guided walk is led by experienced local guides.

Main destination: Kibale Forest National Park

Accommodation: Crater Safari Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Kibale Forest NP without fences

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast at your lodge before you proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. Your expert driver guide will take you through the game park where you might spot some animals. Upon arriving at your lodge, you will enjoy a hot lunch and later in the afternoon take a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and this launch/cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and tremendous, with well over 550 resident species.

Main destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation: Ihamba Safari Lodge Mid-range lodge located inside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Have an early morning game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to spot lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. The game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings!

 

Afternoon visit the bat and hunters cave where we take a close look at the bats, rock python and forest cobras. The same walk will provide a chance of seeing birds, primates, tree species etc. Return to the lodge for dinner and your last overnight stay.

Main destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation: Ihamba Safari Lodge Mid-range lodge located inside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi impenetrable Forest

After your breakfast, pack-up your bags and take a morning game drive through the Ishasha plains for your final visit the lions and other wildlife before heading out of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and on to Bwindi.

The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the evening. Check into the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Main destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Bwindi NP without fences

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were

encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are

fascinating. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas in the impenetrable forest, and discover their natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before sloping down back to your lodge.

Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow's safari adventure.

Main destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Bwindi NP without fences

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9: Departure

Depending on the departure time, go for a city tour and visit the craft markets before transferring to airport to catch your flight back home.

Main destination: Entebbe

Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)

Meals & drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour

Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost.

You'll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (on all days)

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees