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10 Day Primate and Wildlife Safari

The 10-Day Uganda Primate and Wildlife Safari lets you get up close and meet the primates of Uganda – Chimpanzees and Gorillas in the dense tropical forests of Kibale and Bwindi National Park, and explore the Islands on Lake Bunyonyi.

Get enchanted by the Medley of Wonders in Queen Elizabeth, and Lake Mburo National Park, and look out for the impressive wildlife!

Day   Activity Luxury Accommodation Meal Plan
1 Arrival in Entebbe Hotel No 5 Bed only
2 To Fortportal Primate Lodge B, L, D
3 Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi nature walk Primate Lodge B, L, D
4 To Queen Elizabeth NP- Boat cruise Mweya Safari Lodge B, L, D
5 Lion Experiential Project – Ishasha – Game Safari Ishasha Wilderness Camp B, L, D
6 Game safari – Bwindi Forest Buhoma Lodge B, L, D
7 Gorilla Trekking Buhoma Lodge B, L, D
8 Bwindi – Lake Mburo Cycling Mihingo Lodge B, L, D
9 Nature walk and Horse Riding / Night Game drive Mihingo Lodge B, L, D
10 Lake Mburo – Entebbe Departure B, L

Tour Highlights of the Primate and Wildlife Safari

  • Handpicked Eco Luxury Lodges.
  • Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest 
  • Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary 
  • Lion Experiential Project and Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth NP 
  • Tree climbing lions in Ishasha Sector 
  • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park 
  • Nature walk, Cycling, Horseback Riding, and Night Game drive in Lake Mburo NP

Itinerary 10 Days Primate and Wildlife Safari

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport

You will be welcomed by a Company Representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel No. 5(B&B).

Day 2: Transfer – Kibale National Park

After breakfast, head west to Fort Portal, with lunch en route. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for its many tea plantations. From this lovely town, we will continue southwest of Uganda for Kibale National Park, taking in the scenic views of the western arm of the Great Rift Valley during your travel.

Accommodation and Meals at Primate Lodge.

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and nature walk at Bigodi

Following the pre-tracking briefing at 7:30 a.m. you walk to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure –enjoy a guided primate walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey, and many others. 

The treks are generally 3-4 hours; expect good sightings of chimps in their natural environment. 

A maximum of 6 people per group will head out with a forest ranger guide and will be allowed to track chimpanzees. Spend an unforgettable hour with the chimpanzees watching them go through their daily routine in their natural habitat.

Head back for lunch at the lodge and thereafter head to Bigodi Swamp Walk, an initiative of the local community that is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates.

This wetland is a great attraction for birders with over 200 bird species, including the popular Great Blue Turaco.

Accommodation and Meals at Primate Lodge.

Day 4:  To Queen Elizabeth National Park – Boat cruise Kazinga Channel 

Wake-up call from the beautiful sounds of birds in the park, enjoy an early morning breakfast, and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park with famous wildlife like hippos, buffaloes, elephants, kobs, and a number of bird species. 

After lunch,  have a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. This is a hot spot for abundant birdlife, elephants, buffaloes, and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores. 

 After the boat cruise, head out for a coffee tour experience learning about the processing of coffee, and later a cultural dance session.

Accommodation and Meals at the Mweya Safari Lodge – Deluxe Tents

Day 5: Lion Experiential Tour  – Ishasha sector – Tree climbing lions

After breakfast, head for the lion research project that allows visitors to participate in monitoring the pride in the park, using locator devices and learning habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings, and behavior. 

The Lion Project involves the clients and the researchers heading as early as 6:30 a.m. with a safari vehicle equipped with radio-collar-receiving equipment to keep track of the lions. 

 Later head for Ishasha sector, home of the popular tree-climbing lions, another major highlight of the Uganda gorillas & wildlife safari.

You shall first check in at the lodge for lunch and thereafter head for the game drive in search of the tree-climbing lions as they cling to the fig trees.  Accommodation and Meals at Ishasha Wilderness Camp.

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Enjoy a bush breakfast and have another game en route in the Ishasha sector in search of the tree-climbing lions. Later head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in time for lunch and relaxation. Accommodation and Meals at Buhoma Lodge

Day 7: Gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Following breakfast, transfer to the Bwindi Park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in group 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing about gorillas as well as appropriate safety precautions, you will be assigned a gorilla family and then head to the trailhead to start a thrilling adventure.

Expect to walk between 2-8 hours in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. But it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they eat, play, and rest. A unique and unforgettable experience!

Accommodation and Meals at Buhoma Lodge

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo Park – Cycling session

After breakfast head to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, you will embark on a 2-hour cycling session to explore the valleys outside the park and visit with the local communities accompanied by a guide, look out for wildlife as well. 

Accommodation and Meals at Mihingo Lodge

Day 9: Nature walk and Night Game Drive / Horseback riding

After a relaxed breakfast,  head out for a guided nature walk in the park along the hyena track for a 2-hour hike, hikes through the woodland provide an opportunity to sight forest birds and mammals. Return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. 

After an early dinner head out for a 2-hour night game drive in the park. Look out for White-tailed mongoose, elusive leopards, and spotted hyenas among others, later return to the lodge. 

Alternatively, you will have a 2-hour horseback riding session in the park taking in the scenery of the park and some wildlife. Accommodation and Meals at Mihingo Lodge

Day 10: Lake Mburo – Entebbe

Depart the park on this day after a relaxed breakfast. You will have lunch en route and arrive in the early evening in Entebbe. A day room option is available if your flight is late in the evening.

Included in the 10-Day Primate and Wildlife Safari

  • Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD with gasoline/fuel,
  • Mineral water in the vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking Driver/guide,
  • Accommodation as shown at the lodges mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner),
  • All Park Entrance Fees,
  • Gorilla Trekking Permits-once 
  • Chimpanzee Tracking permits

Excluded in the 10-Day Primate and Wildlife Safari

  • International Airfares; Excess baggage charges;
  • Ugandan Entry Visa Fees
  • International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations;
  • Items of a personal nature such as Room service, and alcoholic drinks.
  • Optional activities unless specified as included,
  • Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.

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