This a nine days pure wildlife watching and primates trekking safari holiday in Uganda, that starts and ends in Kampala; it begins with a long drive to Murchison falls to watch wildlife and explore Nile River, followed by chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest, wildlife watching at Queen Elizabeth national park and finally Gorilla trekking at Bwindi forest. On this itinerary, you will have the opportunity to watch thousands of wildlife that include all the ‘big five’, the mountain gorillas, over 13 primates species and hundreds of bird species.
This a 9 days safari holiday in Uganda, that starts and ends in Kampala; the holiday begins by driving northwest to Murchison falls to wildlife and explore Nile River,then head south for chimpanzee trekking at Kibale, followed by wildlife game watching at Queen Elizabeth national park before winding up on gorilla trekking at Bwindi forest. Major attractions include watching thousands of wildlife, the mountain gorillas among other primates and hundreds of bird species.
Kindly note that accommodation is quoted as per person sharing and can be changed or adjusted to suite your requirements.
On this day, you will be picked from Entebbe airport or on an agreed venue in Kampala, briefed about the safari itinerary and then transferred to Kampala Serena Hotel; on arrival, you will check in, have lunch and a brief rest before going on an afternoon Kampala city tour.
Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, located south-central part of the country and 10 Km north of Lake Victoria; the world’s second largest fresh water lake and the source of the longest river in the world (River Nile). Kampala is a typical modern African city; with the high-rise buildings, major government offices, bustling streets, nice hotels and restaurants, major hospitals, museums and other historical, cultural and traditional attractions.
On this day after breakfast, you will be driven northwest of Uganda, passing through the Rhino Sanctuary where you will have lunch and a brief rest, then continue with the drive to Murchison national park. On arrival you will be driven to Paraa Safari Lodge, where you will spend the rest of the day relaxing and familiarizing yourself with the area.
Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting over 76 mammal species and 450 bird species; the park is home to the famous Murchison falls along Victoria Nile(Nile River source) in western Uganda, savannah grassland, riverine and woodland forest. It’s a great place to watch wildlife either on nature walks, boat safari or on game drive.
The following day you will have a morning game drive, and then return to the lodge for midday break before going out for an afternoon boat safari along the magnificent River Nile; taking you to the bottom of the Murchison Falls, along the river banks – expect to watch hippos, huge Nile crocodiles, Buffaloes, Elephants and birds.
Note: the long 7 -8 hour drive from Kampala to Murchison could be supplemented with a scheduled or chartered flight from Kampala to Murchison.
On this day after breakfast, you will leave the hotel, head south to Fort Portal; where you will have a brief rest as you admire the fabled mountains of the moon and the beautiful tea plantations. After that you will proceed with the drive to Kibale National Park; on arrival you will be transferred to Kibale Primate Lodge, where you will have a brief rest before heading for a guided night nature walk to watch the bush babies, pottos among other nocturnal wildlife.
Kibale National Park is in Kabarole and Kibaale Districts, approximately 320 km west of Kampala and 35Km south of Fort Portal. It’s the most accessible equatorial rainforest in Uganda and is well known for its high populated habituated chimpanzees and 12 other different species of primates.
The following day, you will be driven to the park’s head office; where you will assemble in one place for briefing about the park, then begin the nature walk along the rainforest in search of the chimpanzees, the black and white Columbus, velvet and red tailed monkey, and over 350 bird species. In the afternoon, you will continue the nature walk to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary to watch more primates and birds, then extend the walk to Bigodi Village; where you will have the opportunity to interact with the local people, learn about their traditions and way of living.
Note: This day's event can be re-arranged to include hiking on Rwenzori Mountains
On this day after breakfast, you will drive south passing through the beautiful landscapes to Queen Elizabeth National park; on arrival you will be transferred to Katara Lodge, where you will have lunch and a brief rest before embarking on an evening game drive to watch wildlife that include warthogs, buffaloes, water-bucks and elephants. Queen Elizabeth National park is one of the major national parks in Uganda and is popular in chimps tracking, birds watching among other wildlife.
The following day after breakfast, you will have a morning game drive, taking different route to trace more wildlife, then head to Kazinga channel for a boat ride to watch hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and more bird species; after that, return to the lodge for lunch and a brief rest. In the afternoon, you will leave the lodge, drive further south to Bwindi Forest National Park; on arrival, you will be transferred to Mahogany Springs, where you will spend the rest of the day relaxing and admiring the beautiful landscapes.
Note: For guests, who are into trekking primates, this day's event can be re-arranged; visit Kyambura Wildlife Reserve for a guided primate nature walk. Kyambura is a beautiful gorge completely covered with tropical rainforest and is home to chimpanzees and other primates.
On this day after breakfast, you will leave the hotel well dressed for muddy/ rainy conditions and ready for long distance trekking; head to the park's head office for briefing, then start trekking in search of the gorilla, once you spot them; you will spend some time observing them and taking pictures as the tour guide narrates about their way of living, character and behavior. Tracking can take between 2-9 hours depending on the terrain conditions, sometimes it's very tiring and time consuming before encountering gorillas; but it's an unique and unforgettable experience once you spot them.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located southwest of Uganda; The Park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, bordering Democratic Republic of Congo next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the western Great Rift Valley shared by Rukungiri, Kabale and Kisoro Districts; Gorilla trekking, birds watching and other primates are the main activities within the park.
On this day, you will leave the hotel with a packed picnic lunch, drive through the protected areas of Lake Mburo national park, the Equator, down to the capital city. On arrival you will be driven to Kampala Serena hotel to freshen up and have a brief rest before your evening flight.
Note: this is approx 7 hours’ drive, the long drive could be supplemented with a scheduled or chartered flight from Bwindi to Kampala.