This 7 Days Best of Uganda Primates Safari combines wild game viewing, gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking in Uganda. Tours takes you to Kibale national park the best place to track habituated chimpanzees – our closes relatives. Queen Elizabeth national park tour takes you for fantastic wildlife viewing in Uganda’s largest savannah park. Get the chance to view large concentrations of hippos, birds, elephants along the Kazinga channel and lastly Bwindi national park comprising of half the total gorilla population with 12 habituated mountain gorilla families, the park offers 96 gorilla permits on a single day for visitors to go trek Uganda gorillas.
Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to your hotel in Kampala
Your tour guide from Tales of Africa Safaris shall be waiting for your arrival at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. For early arrivals, you will have a city tour of Kampala. Dinner and overnight at Kampala Serena hotel (luxury), Lapetite village (Midrange), hotel Triangle(budget)
Day 2: Transfer to Kibale National Park
Early morning with your guide drive through Mubende to Fortportal on a 3 – 4 hours’ drive. You will have lunch in fort portal, after which check into your hotel. In the afternoon head out for a community walk to visit the crater lakes region where you will have spectacular views of the Lakes. Dinner and overnight stay at chimpanzee guest house (budget)/crater safari lodge (mid range)/Kyaninga lodge (luxury)
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking – Bigodi swamp tour
You will wake very early in the morning have breakfast and get your packed lunch and then head to Kanyanchu park headquarters in Kibale forest national park where you will be allocated a guide who will brief you and you then head for chimpanzee tracking in the forest. Kibale forest national park is called the primate capital of east Africa because of the high primate population it has. It’s the only national park in east Africa where one can have the best primate tracking viewing the chimpanzee man’s closest primate and many other primates like monkeys plus a number of bird species.
You will get chance to have your lunch in the wild as you listen to the sights and sounds of the forest. After tracking, you will return to the park headquarters, relax a bit and head to the Bigodi wetlands if you are interested in birding or visit the Bigodi community for community tourism and later return to your lodge
Meals and overnight at chimpanzee guest house (budget)/crater safari lodge (mid range)/Kyaninga lodge (luxury)
Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park – Afternoon Boat Cruise
Set off early after your breakfast at your hotel for Queen Elizabeth national park on a 4 – 5 hours’ drive. Enroute you will have a game drive through the Ishasha sector of the park where you will have a unique opportunity to view tree climbing lions. Head to your hotel for lunch and in the afternoon go out for a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel. Return to your hotel for Dinner and overnight at; Enganzi Lodge (budget), Marafiki safari lodge (midrange) and Mweya safari lodge (luxury)
Day 5: Morning Game Drive – Transfer to Bwindi National park
Today you will set off quite early with packed breakfast and head out for your early morning game drive to catch sight of the early risers. This is the best time to see wildlife along the Kasenyi trail. Expect to see elephants, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks, Uganda Kobs and quite a number of others. Return to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon head to Bwindi national park passing through the Ishasha sector of the park, where you will have the unique opportunity to view tree climbing lions. You will reach Bwindi in time for Dinner. Later have an early Dinner and overnight for good rest before your gorilla adventure
Day 6: Gorilla Trekking – Batwa Pygmies
Today is your gorilla trekking day. Wake up early for breakfast and with a packed lunch at your hotel, set off with your guide to the park head offices where you will attend a briefing session from a head guide. Trekking for gorillas in Bwindi requires visitors to be physically fit as it involves hiking for long hours. Time taken to finally meet your group may last from 1 – 8 hours depending on the movement of your group. Once you meet the gorillas, only one hour is allowed during which you get to observe, take pictures, and study how they interact with one another.
Later return back to your lodge for relaxing and later head out for a cultural visit to the Batwa pygmies’ community. The Batwa were the original forest inhabitants before they were forced away from the forest to conserve home for the endangered mountain gorillas.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, you will transfer back to Kampala with en route stopover in Mbarara town for Lunch.
End of Tour