Uganda Primate Adventure

You are in the primate’s capital; Uganda boats of the highest diversity of primates in the whole of Africa and the highest concentration of Chimpanzees and a world class gorilla tracking experience. More so when you realize that there only about 1000 individuals left on earth and that Uganda alone has more than half of this population. The savannah is equally awesome; the high concentration of savannah peerless mammals of Murchison and Lake Mburo NPs to the climbing lions of queen Elizabeth NP.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

On arrival, you will be met by our staff at Entebbe Airport; he will help you with your luggage to the car and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. He will brief you about Uganda and highlights of your travel itinerary. 

  • Arrival 
  • Drive to your hotel 30 min 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 2

Drive to Budong Forest via Ziwa Rhino sanctuary.

After breakfast drive to Budongo forest via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary; a breeding center for rhino reintroduction into Uganda wildlife areas especially Murchison Falls NP, where its Rhinos were hunted to extinction. The sanctuary has multiplied the 5 brought in rhinos to the current population of 28.  Rhino tracking take 1 to 3 hours, while tracking you have an opportunity to seeing a variety of savanna birds, Bush bucks, Hares and Mongooses. There after drive to Masindi town or Budongo forest and check in to your hotel for an overnight stay. 

  • Morning Breakfast 
  • Drive to Budongo Forest, 5 hrs. 
  • Track Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary  
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation:  Mid-range 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 3

Chimp tracking Budongo forest and drive to Murchison NP

After an early breakfast drive to Kanio Pabidi, a chimp Eco tourism center in Budongo forest, walk beneath a natural forest of about 120 chimpanzees but only 30 chimps are habituated for tourism under mature mahogany and iron wood trees. There are other primate species such as Black and white Columbus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Blue monkey, Velvet monkey and Baboons. The Forest enjoys a prolific bird life especially the chocolate backed kingfisher and the Pruvels illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa. The walk will take 2 to 3 hours in your search for the famed man closest wild relatives. Come back and relax at the coffee terrace, have lunch and head north to Murchison Falls.

Murchison falls is River Nile’s crowning glory, here, the river funnels through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment, only to erupt out on the other side in a crushing 43m plume of white water.  The calm river then gives comfort to a profuse of bird life, thousands of hippos, and huge crocodiles. The falls were named after the president of the Royal Geographical Society by the explorer Baker in 1864. He considered these falls to be the most important object throughout the entire course of the Nile.  From here you shall continue to your hotel for an overnight stay.  

  • Morning break fast 
  • Chimp tracking 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Top of the falls 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 4

Game drive and Boat

After your early breakfast you will go for an early morning game drive through the palm studded grassland that supports dense population of Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants and Uganda cob together with the localized Rothschild giraffe and Pattas monkey. Come back for lunch; relax to be ready for an afternoon boat ride.

 After lunch go for a 3 hours boat cruise to see how the mighty river is funneling through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment. The calm river then gives comfort to a profuse of bird life, thousands of hippos, and huge open-mouthed crocodiles. Come back in the evening to enjoy your sundowner at the hotel swimming pool terrace.  

Murchison is the country’s largest Wildlife protected area whose palm studded grassland supports dense population of lions, Buffaloes, Elephants and Uganda Cob together with the localized Rothschild`s Giraffe and Patas monkey. Immerse concentration of Hippos and birds observed from the morning and the afternoon launch trips along the Nile below the spectacular waterfalls from which the park is named, named by explorer Baker and his wife Florence in 1864 after the president of the Royal Geographical Society then; an Eco-system described by Winston Churchill in 1907 as `Kew gardens and the zoo combined on un limited scale`. Churchill hiked, boated and bicycled up the Nile. Since then, the park has seen many more other notables that include, Theodore Roosevelt in 1909, Humphrey Bogart, the prince of Wales (Edward VII) 1930 and the Queen Mother 1959. And today is you.  

  • Early morning break fast 
  • Morning game drive 
  • Lunch at hotel 
  • Afternoon Boat Cruise on the Nile River 
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel 

Day 5

Drive to Kibale Forest NP

After breakfast you will drive to Fort portal and after 7 hours drive you shall reach Fort portal Town.  Along the way you will have the opportunity to view a variety of wonderful Landscapes, Tea Plantations, Forests, Birds and a few primates along the paved road. 
With a lush of tropical forest and fascinating diversity of primates, Kibale forest National Park is one of the most beautiful and stunning forest in Africa. It is homes to the largest number of the human closest relative the endangered chimpanzees, the threatened red Columbus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling to 13 species including the black and white Columbus monkey, blue monkey and Gray cheeked mangabey, Bush babies and Pottos.  

  • Morning break fast 
  • Drive to Kibale forest, 7 hrs. 
  • Lunch enroute / packed lunch 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel 

Day 6

Chimp and Swamp / Crater walk

After breakfast you will have an early morning start so as to report at Kanyanju ranger station at 8:00 Am the tracking start time for Chimps.  

This is a primatologist dream; it hosts a population of more than 1000 chimpanzees and an 80 strong community has been habituated to tourist visits as well as a half dozen readily observed monkey species including the acrobatic red Columbus, black and white red Columbus and the handsome L`Hohest monkey. These delightful apes are a tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in the trees; and the shady forest trails provides much more to delight botanists, butterfly lovers and birders. 335 species of birds have been recorded including the endemic prirogrine’s ground thrush while the much smaller and hairy forest Elephant and other terrestrial mammals like Buffaloes, Giant forest hogs are the rare scenes. 
After lunch visits Bigodi swamp / community walk or visit the explosion craters. 

  • Early morning Breakfast 
  • Chimp tracking 
  • Lunch 
  • Bigodi / Community / Crater walk 
  • Accommodation – Midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 7

Drive to Queen Elizabeth Np

Have a leisure morning, after breakfast drive to Kyambura River gorge for an afternoon chimp tracking. Track chimps in the dramatic Kyambura gorge on the eastern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The 16km gorge is a home to 30 habituated chimps, and black and white Columbus monkey, red tailed Monkey, velvet Monkey and Baboons; the bird checklist include the black and white casqued Hornbill, Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco and black Bee eater among others. 

  • Morning Breakfast 
  • Drive to Kyambura river gorge 4 hrs. 
  • Lunch enroute / packed 
  • Chimp tracking 
  • Accommodation – Midrange 
  • Dinner and over Night at your hotel 

Day 8

Game Drive and Boat

 After an early morning breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive to provide you with excellent opportunities to viewing game. Head to the floor of the rift valley teamed up with a lot of wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent.  
The Kasenyi sector is known for its abundance of lions that prey on the very many Uganda Cobs found in the area. Other game to see include; Elephants, Buffalo, Leopards, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Warthog and the un expected Giant Forest Hog the African largest wild pig which is usually associated with dense forest rather than semi open forests. Come back by 12:00 am for lunch. 

After lunch enjoy the unique cruise on the Kazinga channel, the 40km Kazinga channel connects two rift valley lakes Edward and George, these remember Queen Victoria sons and heir Edward vii and successor George v. the launch trip on this channel is an excellent opportunity to view the varied and abundant wildlife populations. These include: Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes and Nile crocodile. Not to mention large numbers of resident and migratory bird species.  Come back early enough for a sundowner. 

  • Early morning break fast  
  • Morning game drive 
  • Lunch at your hotel 
  • Boat cruise on the Kazinga channel 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 9

Drive to Bwindi via Ishasha for climbing lions

 After breakfast drive to the southern sector of queen Elizabeth NP – Ishasha; this provides a true wildness experience; diverse habitats including the marshy lake Edward flats and beautiful acacia studded savannah supporting a variety of wildlife including the famous tree climbing lions and the rare shoe bill; big mammals that can be seen in the sector include, Topi, Elephants, Buffaloes, Cob, Waterbuck and may more. After packed lunch head to Bwindi forest, arriving in the evening early enough for dinner, relax as you read through the gorilla tracking guidelines. 

  • Morning breakfast 
  • Driver to Bwindi via Ishasha 
  • Game drive in Ishasha for climbing lions 
  • Packed lunch 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 10

Gorilla tracking

Have an early morning breakfast, carry packed lunch, go for registration at the park offices and be ready for briefing at 8:00am. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. This trek requires a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male. It is amazing to think that there are only 1000 individuals of these beautiful creatures left on earth 

If you still have energy, take a guided walk, the Munyaga River trail leads to three delightful crystal clear water falls, profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi colorful array of butterflies. Or do community village walk; see how people live; the Batwa, medicine man, local banana juice and beer.  

  • Breakfast 
  • Gorilla tracking 
  • Packed lunch 
  • Afternoon community walk 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 11

Golden monkey tracking; Mughinga Mt.

A park described by Dian Fossey as an area ’you shiver than sweat’ is located in SW uganda, an old volcano of green rain forest protecting the Virunga mountain range that is about 15000 feet high. It comprises of three volcano peaks; Muhabura 4,127m, Gahinga 3,474m and Sabyinyo 3,634m. it is rich of montane ecosystems of evergreen bamboo forest, open grass land, swamp and heath home to the endemic golden monkeys and the rare mountain gorillas.

The parks exhilarating trekking, experience you to the cultivated foothills, stirring view s of the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey. While the elusive populations of buffalo and elephant are regularly heard spurring in the forest and through the forest canopy gaps you may glimpse at the magnificent mountain peaks of the Virunga volcanoes.  

  • Early morning break fast 
  • Track golden monkeys 
  • Lunch / packed lunch 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 12

Drive to Lake mburo

Following a morning breakfast depart to lake Mburo, have lunch enroute; driving through Uganda’s mountainous finest scenery. This is the closest savannah reserve to Kampala. It is centered on series of swamp fringed lakes known for their rich bird life notably the African fin foot. The green acacia woodland surrounding the lake harbors dense populations of Zebras, Warthogs, Buffaloes, Impala and various other grazers including the last surviving population of Elands, the largest African antelope.  Check in your hotel in the evening. 

This is a special Park; every part of it is alive with variety, interest and color. Its sculpture landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic lake shore with a variety of mosaic habitats, forest galleries, rich acacia tree valleys, seasonal and permanent swamp support a wealth of wildlife. Its mammal diversity is second to none in western Uganda. It is the only place you can find the impala in Uganda and the only place you can find the Zebra, Eland, Oribi, Klipspringer Roan antelope in western Uganda. 

  • Morning breakfast 
  • Drive to Lake Mburo NP 6 hrs. 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Evening game drive 
  • Accommodation- midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 13

Game Walk and Night Game Viewing

Explore the park on foot, after breakfast transverse the acacia studded national park to view the Impala; the only place to get this antelope in Uganda, while Zebras, Elands, Topi, Oribi, Water Buck, Sitatunga the swamp antelope are the other animals to be seen.  
Have a relaxed afternoon in preparation for a night game drive; explore the night life of the park to experience life in the dark; the hunting leopards, hyenas, and other species that rule at night. 

  • Breakfast 
  • Game viewing on foot, 7 am -10am 
  • Lunch at the hotel 
  • Night Game Viewing, 7 pm -10 pm 
  • Accommodation: Mid range 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 14

Departure

After breakfast drive to Entebbe through a beautiful Ugandan countryside, looking out for the long horned cattle, colorful road side fruits and vegetable markets, and as you about to reach Kampala the road crosses the equator, marked by a pair of unsightly but more photographed white cycles and local entrepreneur has set up buckets and jugs to demonstrate for a small fee how water swirls in opposite directions in the north and southern hemisphere.  
There is an assortment of crafts shops, look out for what you might buy as you settle down at flamingo shop for a cup of coffee before you proceed on.  
Nearing Kampala in the district of Mpigi is the traditional drum makers. They make drums of varied size and other musical instruments of different sizes and functions, have a stopover and get the history and usefulness of drums in the ancient rich African culture.