5 Days Uganda primates safari

This 5 Days Uganda primates safari: you will track the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, home to the largest diversity and has the highest abundance of primate species in East Africa including,: chimpanzees, Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Red-Colobus, Potos, Red-tailed monkeys and the Blue monkeys as well as enjoy a nature walk in the Bigodi wetland swamp sanctuary for bird watching. You will also be able to visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for the highlight activity of Gorilla trekking. The park is famous for the mountain gorillas which are among the endangered species in the world today.

Activities

  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Nature walk
  • Batwa cultural encounter

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Depart Kampala-Transfer to Kibale National Park

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking- Nature walk 

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking-Batwa cultural encounter

Day 5: Transfer back to Kampala

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Kampala-Transfer to Kibale National Park

Approximate Travel time: 7 Hours

After an early breakfast, our safari guide will meet you, brief you about the safari, and then start on your journey to Kibale Forest National Park driving westward along the Mityana-Fort Portal road. You will enjoy views of the beautiful countryside and have lunch along the way. Upon reaching the park, you will check into your booked accommodation for dinner and the overnight.

Accommodation Options include:

  • Basic: Chimps Nest
  • Luxury: Ndali Lodge
  • Mid-range: Primates Lodge

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking-Nature walk

You will have an early breakfast before going for a briefing by the park rangers. After, you will set off for an amazing expedition to track chimpanzee, depending on their location. Along the way you will encounter other primates while in the forest such as grey cheeked mangabeys, red-tailed monkeys, red-colobus, blue tailed monkeys as well as L’hoests and several birds species, insects and colorful butterflies. After lunch, you will set out on a nature walk to explore the Bigodi wetland sanctuary  an eco-tourism site where you will see a number of rare plants as well as animal species including the largest antelope species; the Sitatunga. There are various birds including: the Great blue turacoNarina trogon, Rwenzori turaco as well as the little bulbul.

Accommodation Options include:

  • Basic: Chimps Nest
  • Luxury: Ndali Lodge
  • Mid-range: Primates Lodge

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park

After an early morning breakfast, you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park having lunch along the way. You will check in direct to your lodge for overnight stay as you prepare for the next morning adventure experience.

Accommodation Options include

Mid-range:

  • Engagi lodge
  • Gorilla Close-up lodge
  • Silverback lodge

Budget

  • Buhoma Community Campground
  • Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp

Luxury

  • Buhoma Lodge
  • Mahogany Lodge

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking-Batwa  cultural encounter

You will have an early morning breakfast then later head to the park headquarters for a briefing by the park rangers about the do’s and the don’ts while doing this activity. You will set out deep in the forest led by guides and rangers as you search through the thick vegetation for gorillas. The trek may take between 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. On finding them you will be allowed one hour in their presence as you observe them go about their day to day routine and even take photos and videos. It’s a very exciting moment coming face to face with these great apes. In the evening, you will go for a cultural experience with the Batwa people who you will interact with, visit some of their local projects and enjoy traditional entertainment of music, dance and drama. At the end of the day’s activities, you will return to your accommodation where you will have your dinner and rest for the night.

Accommodation Options include

Budget

  • Travellers Rest Hotel
  • Buhoma Community Campground
  • Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp

Luxury

  • Mahogany Lodge
  • Buhoma Lodge

Mid-range

  • Lake Kitandara Camp
  • Engagi Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge
  • Silver back Lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Kampala

You will enjoy an early breakfast, check out of your lodge and then start on your journey back to Kampala, driving through the beautifully-terraced escarpments in the southwestern part of Uganda, through the stunning rugged hills known as ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. You will have lunch in Mbarara town, home of the long-horn Ankole cattle. Eventually you will arrive in Kampala and depending on your flight you will be transferred to the airport. 

                                                             End of Tour

Includes

  • Chimpanzee tracking Permit
  • A private Four wheel Drive (4WD) 
  • Park entry fees
  • Gorilla permits
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary on a full-board basis
  • Taxes
  • Bottled drinking water

Excludes

  • Addition Excursions indicated as optional
  • Flight tickets and related taxes
  • Travel as well as medical insurance
  • Visas and other relevant travel documentation
  • Tips
  • Beverages 
  • Items of personal natures such as toiletries
  • Any personal expenditure like on phone calls

Permits

In Uganda Gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking is done throughout the year and the gorilla permit goes for $700 per person while the chimpanzee permit goes for $200 per person and payable through the Uganda Wildlife Authority or through our Company

Requirements for the safari

  • Gorilla permits should be paid in advance through our Company or Uganda Wildlife Authority.
  • Proof of Yellow fever vaccination.
  • Good physical, fit health and mental condition.
  • Uganda Visa which can be got on arrival at the Airport.
  • Travelers must be at least 15 years old on the day of the trekking.
  • Travel & Health insurance arranged from your home Country.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Water proof Jacket.
  • Long Sleeved shirt & Waterproof Pants.
  • Warm Jacket.
  • Hat
  • Sun glasses

SAFARI TRANSPORT

Standard 4X4 Safari Vans/Land cruisers

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari van and Land cruisers with open roof tops customized for game viewing and photography.  Each Safari van/Land cruiser comes with a professionally trained driver/guide with fuel for the whole safari. Each client is entitled to a window seat and can take up to 8-10 people. We also have very comfortable super customs which can carry up to 6 people with their luggage, we also have small vehicles like Alphads, Harrier and much more that can carry 4-5 people.

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