A mind-blowing 9 Days Uganda primates safari, it consists of chimpanzee trekking at ngamba island on Lake Victoria, chimpanzee tracking at kibale forest, bird watching at bigoli swamps, wildlife and launch boat cruise at queen Elizabeth national park and finally gorilla trekking safari at Bwindi impenetrable forest national parks and back to Kampala and there ceiling the 9 day Uganda safaris.
Taking a 4×4 Safari vehicle and braving your way into the Quiet countryside of Uganda will leave you with stunning memories of the pearl of Africa on this 9 days Uganda tour. for 9 days, with a mix of both adventure and breathtaking activities, day by day you come close to face man’s closest relatives. The trip goes from Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary to the cool vegetation in Kibale, where you encounter, in their natural home various primates including the chimpanzees but also the colobus Monkeys, red-tailed Monkeys, Baboons and many more. Later, trekking through the dense forest of Bwindi climaxes the trip with an up close with the mountain Gorillas.
Itinerary for the 9 Days Uganda primates safari
Day 1: ENTEBBE
Upon your arrival through Entebbe International airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to your overnight hotel in Entebbe in BB.
Meal plan: Bed and Breakfast
Luxury: Lake Victoria Hotel
Mid Range: Boma Hotel / Cape Diem Guest House.
Budget: Sienna Beach Hotel / Lake Victoria View Guest House
Day 2: NGAMBA ISLAND
This morning after breakfast, take the 45-minute boat trip to Ngamba Island, the home to the orphaned chimpanzees living in the protected sanctuary. On arrival, the duty caretakers will take you around the chimp home and brief you about the history of the sanctuary and how and why the chimps were transferred to this island. You will be in time for the feeding session as this gives a chance for visitors to interact with the chimpanzees. Standing on the visitor platform, you’ll also notice their unique behaviour and then take pictures of them. Return to your Entebbe accommodation.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: ENTEBBE – KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, drive south west of Uganda to the town of Fort Portal and then proceed to Kibale Forest National Park. Lunch en-route. Arrive at Kibale forest in the evening and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge
Mid Range: Kibale Forest Camp
Budget: Nyinabulitya Country Resort.
Drive time: 6 – 7 hours.
Day 4: KIBALE NATIONAL PARK & BIGODI SWAMP
After an early breakfast, you’ll have briefing session the park officials and later set off to the rainforest on the chimpanzee tracking adventures. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the evening, we organize the Bigodi swamp walk. Bigodi Swamp is popular with many swamp endemic birds like pelicans, herons, collared analysis, bee-eater, Narina trogon, black-capped analysis, yellow spotted nicator, blue-headed sunbird, woodland warbler and more. The swamp is also a major livelihood for the local community through tourism and crafts.
Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight at the night before
Day 5: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Drive to Queen Elizabeth national park, one of the largest parks and home to several species of mammals. Lunch and arrive in time for an evening game drive in the savannah with sights of Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, hyenas, stripped jackals, Hippopotamus, Kobs, Warthog and a variety of primates like Chimpanzee, olive baboon, red-tailed and vervet monkeys in the forests. Dinner and overnight at accommodation of your choice
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge – Kyambura Game Lodge
Mid Range: Enganzi Lodge – Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget: Kazinga Channel View Resort
Drive time: 4 – 5 hours
Day 6: GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISE – QUEEN ELIZABETH NP
After breakfast, drive towards Kasenyi and visit the crater lakes, Edwards and George which has been popularly marked as the mating ground for several antelopes, particularly for the Uganda Kob. You maybe be lucky to also sight more wildlife that may include lions, buffaloes, elephants, and other animals. Head back to your lodge for lunch and then proceed on an afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga channel. Enjoy the rays of the setting sun on the launch cruise as you return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight at the night before.
Day 7: TRANSFER TO BWINDI VIA ISHASHA
Take an early breakfast and then drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest park through Ishasha sector the area famed for the tree climbing lions. Have a short game drive, lunch and then proceed to Bwindi via the lush green countryside. Reach Bwindi by the evening and check into your lodge for overnight and dinner.
Luxury: Buhoma lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge
Midrange: Silverback lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
Budget: Buhoma community Camp, Gorilla Valley lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Drive time: 5 – 6 hours
Day 8: MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREK
After an early breakfast, head to the ranger station for briefing and by the mid-morning, start your gorilla trekking expedition in the lush forest vegetation of Bwindi national park. It is quite strenuous and requires fitness through the long hours of anticipated gorilla tracking, sometimes taking 2-7 hours of trekking. Other sights on the trails may include monkeys, birds and several butterflies. Spend utmost one hour with the gorillas and then retire to your lodge happy to have made the trip. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight at the night before.
Day 9: BWINDI – KAMPALA
This morning after your breakfast, start the long journey back to Kampala with stops at the equator point and lunch. Reach Kampala in the early evening and transfer to the airport for your flights. This day is reserved for late evening or night flights.