8 Day Classic Uganda Primate Tour

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8 days Classic Uganda Primate Tour

This Classic Primate tour combines the highlights of the country including exciting chimp walks, wildlife viewing and of course the unforgettable gorilla tracking.

Highlights

  • Exciting night walk in the African rainforest
  • Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest with an optional full day chimp habituation experience
  • Excellent game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Optional second chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge
  • Unforgettable meeting with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transport in a private 4WD safari vehicle
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary, based on a double room sharing
  • Meals as described in the itinerary(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Bottled mineral water in the car
  • Entrance and ranger fees for the national parks
  • Activities mentioned in the program
  • VAT for upcountry hotel and lodge accommodations
  • AMREF Flying Doctors insurance

Excluded

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $50)
  • Optional activities in the Park
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Entebbe International Airport

Upon arrival in Entebbe, we will meet you at the airport and transfer to your accommodation in Entebbe.
Accommodation: Papyrus Guesthouse (BB)

Day 2Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast with driver/guide will set off to Western Uganda, to Fort Portal. This lively town is the base for activities around Kibale Forest National Park. The national park offers one of the most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda, 70 mammal species and 13 primate species.
The drive takes 5 to 7 hours so we will arrive in time in Fort Portal for lunch.
After lunch we will shake off the long drive with a walk to the “top of the world” along crater lakes which this area is also famous for.
Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (FB)

Day 3Chimpanzee tracking and to Queen Elizabeth National Park

An early start and a long day are ahead of you! Today you will track chimpanzees and will not only learn about them but also about the flora and fauna of the national park.
After the tracking, equipped with a packed lunch you will drive towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is the most popular park in Uganda as it offers diverse ecosystems, classic big game, 10 primate species and over 600 bird species.
You will drive leisurely southwards; explore the park in a extensive game drive.
Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp (FB)

Day 4Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will spend the whole day exploring the park further. Starting off with an early morning game drive, a boat trip on Kazinga Channel continued by the drive southwards to the Ishasha sector which is re-known for its tree climbing lions. You will carry a packed lunch.
Meal plan: Full board
Accommodation: Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Day 5To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You are warming up for the gorilla tracking… We will drive further south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is of Uganda´s oldest and most diverse rainforests. The “impenetrable” forest is also home to more than 320 mountain gorillas, 400 species of plants, 120 species of mammals and over 350 species of birds.
In Buhoma which is the northern side of the park you will meet our Nkuringo Walking Safari guide who will walk with you 7 hours through the forest to Nkuringo, on the southern side. Your safari guide will meanwhile drive around to the lodge and will meet you there so we recommend you pack a little day pack as chances are high that you will arrive before him. A packed lunch will be provided.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge Private En-suite Cottage (FB)

Day 6Gorilla tracking

The most exciting day of your safari, the briefing is at 8 am and you will learn about gorilla etiquette. And then you will start walking and hiking in the impenetrable forest until you find the gorillas. For one hour you are allowed to watch those majestic giants! Depending on the duration of the track you can either relax in the afternoon at the lodge and just enjoy the view or go for another walk around and explore the village or walk up to the highest football field with the best view ever. Also today, you will carry a packed lunch.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (FB)

Day 7Walking and canoe excursion Lake Mutanda

Today you will take it a little easier by exploring the area around Nkuringo. You will spend the whole day walking and canoeing but after yesterday´s hike today is really a walk. Our Nkuringo Walking Safari guide will take you past villages, farms, churches at your own pace.
Once you reach Lake Mutanda, enjoy your packed lunch before you get into the dugout canoes (life vests are provided and you do not need to paddle) that will take you to the other side. Sit back, relax, stick a foot into the water and enjoy.
When you get to the shore, we will pick you up and bring you back to the lodge.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (FB)

Day 8Nkuringo to Kigali International Airport ( Evening flight)

Transfer to Kigali with possible visit to the Genocide memorial. To later transfer to Kigali International Airport for evening Flight.