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Primates & Wildlife safari Uganda - 5 Days

Highlights

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park
Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi wetland
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park via Amabere Ga’Nyina Mwiru caves
Day 4: Morning game drive and Launch cruise on Kazinga Channel
Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Overview

These 7 days in Uganda are most likely to turn into the best days for a lifetime. The trip starts and ends in Kampala, involving the great chimpanzees, vast wildlife and the mighty gorillas.

The trip first goes to Kibale national park, the primate capital of the world that is famously known for its 13 primate’s species that dwell here including the chimpanzees, olive monkeys, vervet monkey, white and black colobus monkeys and many more.

It will then proceed to Queen Elizabeth national park, a park that is filled with the highest number of wildlife species ranging from the elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, Uganda kobs, hyenas, leopards to lions and so many others. The park is also popular for the vast craters that it hides and the renowned Kazinga channel.

The 7 days safari finally proceeds to Bwindi impenetrable national park for gorilla trekking, the most exclusive wildlife encounters experience.

Day 1
Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park

In the morning after breakfast, be picked by our experienced tour guide from your lodge and transfer to Fort portal town, the once cleanest town in east Africa. The journey furnishes beautiful views of the tea estates and huge rock outcrops along lying on the sides of the road.

Have a lunch stopover in Fort Portal, and a city drive and then proceed to Kibale national park the renowned primate capital of the world with more than 10 primate species. On arrival, check in at the lodge and then relax in preparation for tomorrow.

Accommodation

Luxury – Primate Lodge (Luxury Cottages)

Midrange –Kibale Forest Camp

Budget – Rwenzori View Guest House

Day 2
Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi wetland Walk

After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters for a simple briefing about the rules and regulations of chimp trekking in Kibale national park by the park ranger.

Enter into the profuse jungle to hunt down the chimps and have a moment with our next cousins in the forest. On the chimp search come across other different primates like the blue and red tailed monkeys, Lhoests, and colobus monkeys and perhaps the forest elephants.

Later in the afternoon after lunch, explore the local community of the people of Bigodi the nearest village to the park and have an encounter with them. Visit the women group and buy some craft souvenirs and also enjoy marvelous traditional performances. After come back at the lodge to relax, dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge, Kibale Forest camp or Rwenzori view guest house.

Day 3
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park via Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru caves.

Having had a palatable breakfast, embark on the safari vehicle back to Fort portal town. On arrival, proceed directly to Amabere ga nyina mwiru caves. A historical tale that explains the name of the place by the local guide welcomes you, you can’t believe how the local people so much believe in the stories here. It gives the best introduction to the place.

Engage in simple hike to the top of the hill that exposes you to the splashing Nyakasura falls and the three explosion crater lakes. In the evening after the hike, continue with the journey to a lodge in Kibale forest national park for dinner and an overnight.

In the afternoon, have lunch and drive to Queen Elizabeth National park, the famous park known for the highest number of the wildlife species and numerous hills harboring craters and crater lakes.

Accommodation options

Mweya Safari Lodge

Ihamba Safari Lodge

Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 4
Day 4: Morning game drive and Launch cruise on Kazinga Channel

Have a morning game drive through the park to see the beautiful landscape of the park featured with numerous crater lakes curled in the valleys of small hills in the park. The savanna landscape that homes more than 70 mammal species like the elephants, buffaloes, oribis, warthogs, lions, bushbucks, waterbucks, Uganda kobs and many others which can’t miss to be spotted on a game drive.

The afternoon will be occupied by a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel that connects Lake Edward to Lake George. This is one of the longest water channels in Africa and its shores are populated by several huge hippos, elephants that come over to cool themselves, other wildlife looking for water as well as various bird species. Actually it’s one of the birding spots in Uganda.

Accommodation options

Mweya Safari Lodge

Ihamba Safari Lodge

Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 5
Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

In the morning, have breakfast and depart to Bwindi impenetrable national park. The journey passes through the Ishasha sector that is famously known for its tree climbing lions. These lions are the most sought species in Queen Elizabeth National park and a trip to Bwindi presents chances of spotting several lions in the trees.

Accommodation options

Buhoma Lodge

The Haven Lodge

Buhoma community campsite

Day 6
Day 6: Gorilla trekking

Have an early morning breakfast and then lead to the park headquarters for briefing from the local guide. Then enter the jungle to hunt the gentle apes. The trek begins at 7am and its takes a maximum number of 8 hours, it depends on your luck. Gorilla trekking involves a little hike through the lush, but every bit of the experience is totally fun.

On meeting the gorillas, spend an hour with them, just watching them live their normal lives without any disruption, they are humble giants that won’t harm anyone not until disturbed. Take several photos of the greatest apes provided the camera has no flash.

In the evening, you can enjoy the Batwa community experience after lunch, it’s optional. See the world through the eyes of these ancient people of the forest. They were the first inhabitants of Bwindi, see how they used to hunt, walk through their historical, taste their local cuisine and also engage in the local dance if interested.

Accommodation options

Buhoma Lodge

The Haven Lodge

Buhoma community campsite

Day 7
Day 7: Return to Kampala - Departure

In the morning after breakfast, drive directly back to Kampala or the airport for departure flight.

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