4 Days Wildlife & Primate Safari

This 4 Days Wildlife & Primate Safari : takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park, best known for its tree-climbing lions. Additionally, it is a home to highest population of buffaloes, over 80 mammal species, over 600 bird species and different primate species. These include; chimpanzeesbaboons and various monkeys.

You will then continue to Kibale Forest National Parkhome to the most diverse number of primates in East Africa. These include; chimpanzees, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Red-Colobus, Potos, Red-tailed monkeys, bush babies etc. You will thereafter take a nature walk in Bigodi swamp for bird watching.

Activities

  • Boat Cruise
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Nature walk
  • Game drive

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Depart Kampala-Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Boat Cruise

Day 2: Morning game drive -Transfer to Kibale National Park 

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking-Nature walks

Day 4: Depart for Kampala

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Kampala-Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park-Boat Cruise

Approximate Travel time 7 hours.

You will be driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park after your breakfast. Upon arrival, you will check in your lodge, have lunch then head for a 2-hour boat cruise of the renowned Kazinga Channel. It is also a natural water channel that connects Lake George and Lake Edward. While on the boat cruise, you will see the largest school of hippos in Uganda, crocodiles and some other animals and different water bird species. Afterwards, you will head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation Options

  • Enganzi Lodge (Basic)
  • Buffalo Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
  • Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Day 2: Game Drive-Transfer to Kibale National Park

Approximate Travel Time: 3 Hours

Right after early-morning breakfast, you will go for a game drive to see some of the early risers within the park. Some of the animals you will encounter include bush bucks, cape buffaloes, giant forest hogs, lions, topis, leopards, elephants, etc.

You will have lunch, and then head to Kibale Forest National Park, “The Primate Capital of the World”. The Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda famously known for chimpanzee tracking. In addition, the park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. The park also contains over 375 species of birds, adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the South. 

Accommodation Options

  • Chimps Nest (Basic)
  • Primates Lodge (Mid-range)
  • Ndali Lodge (Luxury)

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking-Nature walk

On day three you will have breakfast early in the morning and then head to the park headquarters for briefing by the park warden. After briefing, the team will set out on the amazing expedition to track chimpanzees. While in the forest, you will encounter primates such as the Blue tailed monkeys, Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Red-colobus, Red-tailed monkeys as well as L’hoests monkeys, not to mention but a few.

After lunch, you will head out for a nature walk to explore the Bigodi swamp an eco-tourism site. While here, you will see a number of rare fauna and flora species, including the largest antelope species in the world; the sitatunga. In addition, you’ll observe various bird species including: the Narina Trogon, Great blue Turacco, little Bulbul, Rwenzori Turaco etc.

Accommodation Options

  • Chimps Nest (Basic)
  • Primates Lodge (Mid-range)
  • Ndali Lodge (Luxury)

Day 4: Depart for Kampala

After breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and start on your journey back to Kampala. You will have lunch along the way before finally arriving in Kampala where you will be driven direct to your hotel or Airport to catch up with your flight back home.

                                                          End of Safari Tour

Includes

  • Park entry fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • A private Four-wheel Drive (4WD) vehicle for you ground transportation.
  • Game Drives
  • Full-time English-speaking guide
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit
  • All activities indicated in the itinerary.

Excludes

  • Activities listed as optional in the itinerary.
  • Flight tickets and related taxes.
  • Visas and other relevant travel documentation.
  • Travel as well as medical insurance.
  • Additional luggage charges,
  • Tips and Laundry
  • Beverages other than mineral water offered in the vehicle and served during your meals.

SAFARI TRANSPORT

Standard 4X4 Safari Vehicles

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari vehicles. Besides, each Safari vehicle comes with a professionally trained driver/guide with fuel for the whole safari. We also have very comfortable super customs which can carry up to 6 people with their luggage. However, we also have small vehicles like Alphads, Harrier and much more that can carry 4-5 people.

Optional activities

Chimpanzee Habituation

Generally, the full-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) works with a chimp community which is undergoing habituation. Early visitors can watch chimps leaving their overnight nests between 6:00-6:30am before feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until it is time to build new nests around 7pm.

Birding

Bird watching tours start at 7am at Kanyanchu and you are advised to book in advance. Rare species include; Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler, White-collared Olive back etc. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary located just outside the park is basically a home to over 138 bird species. These may be seen during guided walks along the boardwalk trail and viewing platforms. These include; White-spotted Flufftail, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet. Western Nicator,  Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Superb Sunbird, Black Bishop, White-breasted etc.

Hiking/Nature Walks

When chimpanzees and other forest residents rest up at dusk, a nighttime shift of rarely seen creatures becomes active. Night walks through the darkened forest, powerful torches are basically used to seek nocturnal creatures. These include; Potos, bush baby, nightjar, cricket and tree hyrax, with its chilling shriek, as well as the occasional civet or serval cat. Night walks leave the camp at 7.30pm and last between one and a half- two hours.

Cultural Encounters

The daily life of the Batooro can be discovered during the village walks. The tour stops by the village’s primary school, church, and traditional healer. While here, you will learn about the role of women in the village and traditional ceremonies. Furthermore, the history of Bigodi is told through the story of the “Village of Two Tribes”, describing when the indigenous Batooro were joined by migrating Bakiga from southwestern Uganda in the 1950s. However, income from this activity is invested in education, health, sanitation and improving the livelihood of local residents. It is also used to help raise awareness of the value of biodiversity through music, dance, and drama performances at local schools. As the sun sets, you will be taken to check into your accommodation for dinner and the overnight rest.

Lion Tracking

Lion tracking involves learning much more about the habits of the king of the wild in natural plains of Kasenyi. More so, this is one of the most interesting experimental tourism activities in Uganda. The cost of a lion permit authorized by Uganda wildlife authority is US$50 for international tourists while UGX 100,000 for the members of the East African Community.

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