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10 Days Primates and Wildlife

10 DAYS PRIMATES AND WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER

 

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park covering 370 square kilometers but one of the most amazing parks famous for the density of antelopes and Zebras. The park has thirteen lakes that are part of the Lake Mburo Conservation area with five inside the park, which makes it the perfect destination for wildlife to thrive not forgetting over 340 bird species that have recorded here. The park is just about four hours drive from the capital Kampala

 

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi National Park is a UNESCO designated world Heritage that hosts 51% of the total population of the reaming mountain Gorillas on the planet. The park sits on 331 square kilometers of bwindi impenetrable forest that believed to be more than 2 million years old with over 340 bird species, 120 mammal species, over 200 butterfly species, over 160 tree species among others that have recorded here in these dense jungles of Bwindi forest.

 

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National park is Uganda’s most visited park and is the second oldest after Murchison falls national park. The park was gazzated in 1952 and later renamed Queen Elizabeth after the visit of her majesty the Queen of England in 1954. The park has abundant wildlife thriving in its diverse 1978 square kilometers ecosystem that’s characterized with sprawling savanna plains, sparkling crater lakes, Thickets, Rainforests, riverine and swamps hosting over 600 bird species and 98 mammal species. 

 

Kibale forest National Park

Kibale national park is known as the primate capital of the world with thirteen primates species found in this one evergreen tropical forest. About 70 mammal species have been recorded in forest, over 370 bird species, 350 plant species including shrubs and trees and over 250 butterflies.

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day One – Arrival at Entebbe international Airport.

Upon Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will go through the emigration process that always takes between one to two hours depending on your arrival time and you will meet a representative from S&N tours and after a short meet and greet, he will transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe for the overnight on Bed and Breakfast arrangement. Accommodation in Entebbe (luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available)

 

Day Two – Drive from Entebbe to Lake Mburo National Park

After an eearly breakfast (we suggest 6:30), you will have a short briefing about your safari with your guide where he will tell you more about the pearl of Africa and the stunning journey to Bwindi the home for the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. After the briefing, you will start your drive from Entebbe heading southwards through the lash greens and endless plains of south western  with several interesting photographic stops at the Equator and lunch en route at Igongo cultural center or a similar place. Dinner and overnight in lake Mburo national Park. Accommodation in Lake Mburo national park. (Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available)

 

Day Three – Drive from Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi national Park

After an eearly breakfast (we suggest 6:30), you will have a short briefing about your safari with your guide where he will tell you more about the pearl of Africa and the stunning journey to Bwindi the home for the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. After the briefing, you will start your drive from Entebbe heading southwards through the lash greens and endless plains of south western  with several interesting photographic stops at the Equator and lunch en route at Igongo cultural center or a similar place. Dinner and overnight in Bwindi. Accommodation in Bwindi. (Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available in all sectors and accommodation is dependent on the gorilla permit availability)

 

Day Four – One Hour Gorilla encounter in the dense jungles of Bwindi

After an early breakfast, your guide will drive you to the briefing center of Uganda Wildlife Authority to join other clients for a general detailed briefing about the rules and regulations of gorilla tracking. The briefing starts at 7:00am and at 8:00am you embark on the search of the mountain gorillas in the dense jungles of Bwindi for the gorilla family you have been allocated to. Your group will constitute of eight people and two/three armed rangers who are there to ensure that you are safe throughout the tracking process since the forest has other mammals including African elephants. One of the armed rangers leads the group as he is communicating with trackers who went to the forest earlier to track the movement of gorillas from the point where they slept last night to where they might be and will guide the guides on which routes to take. After you have located gorillas, you will have one full hour observing them in their natural habitat as they feed and go on with their daily life. The trekking can take two hours to Eight hours but one hours with these great apes is a life changing experience one. We recommend you carry a camera to capture this moment and preferably an extra SD card and battery so that you do not miss capturing this lifetime experience. In addition, packed lunch, drinking water, hiking boots, glovers and rain gear is a must have since forest is always wet and there is a possibility of rain anytime. After the one magical hour with the gorillas, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight in Bwindi. Accommodation in Bwindi. (Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available in all sectors and accommodation is dependent on the gorilla permit availability)

 

Day Five – Full day Queen Elizabeth National park- Ishasha Sector

Since this is the most famous part of the park, we will dedicate this day to discovering the hiden gems of the sector. The sector is blessed with several tracks that a rich with abundant wildlife. While on a game drive, on a lucky day, you may be able to find several families of African Elephants, herds of Topes, pride of lions resting in tree or on the ground, spotting a leopard is always a plus. Depending on your previous arrangement, a sundowner at the ridge or by the rive Ntungwe would be a good idea to compliment the day. Accommodation in Ishasha sector. (Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available)

 

 

Day Six – Transfer from Bwindi national Park to Queen Elizabeth National park- Ishasha Sector

After breakfast, drive from Bwindi to Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park. Queen Elizabeth Park is undoubtedly Uganda’s most visited national park and Ishasha sector is famous for the tree-climbing lions. This day is dedicated to discovering the vast plains of Ishasha with a sundowner and bush breakfast for the wild lovers to be pre-booked at the lodge. Dinner and overnight in Ishasha sector. Accommodation in Ishasha sector. (Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available)

Note: Transfer about two hours covering over 100 kilometers.

 

 

 

Day Seven – Drive to the North of Elizabeth National park- Kasenyi Sector

After breakfast, you will have a final game drive as you depart to northern part of the park. Depending on the time you arrive at your lodge, hot lunch will be served. Time allowing, you have a game drive in this sector looking for the big game before you afternoon boat cruise.

In the afternoon, you will take on a boat cruise on Kazinga channel to discover more about this park. Kazinga channel is famous for the population of hippos and is said to have the highest population of hippos on the African continent. Other wildlife can be sighted here including the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, waterbucks, birds, and reptiles like the Nile crocodile among others. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Kasenyi sector. Accommodation in Kasenyi sector. (Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available)

Note: Transfer about two hours covering over 100 kilometers.

 

Day Eight– Drive from Queen Elizabeth national park to Kibale forest national park.

After breakfast, you will conduct the last game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park before you drive to Kibale forest national park. After lunch, you will drive towards Fort portal town where you have crater lakes drive if time allows. The craters are part of the beautiful sceneries of the region and walk to the top of the world is an experience that will blow you mind away. Dinner and overnight in Kibale. Accommodation in Kibale (Luxury, Mid-range and budget are available)

 

Day Nine– Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi wetland walk.

After an early breakfast, you will drive to kanyanchu to join others for briefing before you head to forest with Uganda wildlife authority rangers. This is a half day activity and as your trying to locate the chimps following their calls with the help of rangers and trackers, you might also be able to find other primates such as l’hoests monkey, Red Colobus monkey, Black and white colobus monkeys and other mammal maybe be found in this evergreen tropical rainforest. One hour with man’s closest relative in their natural habitat is thrilling and memorable at the same time. These primates have been said to use tools to get food and your ranger guide will explain other behaviors. Later return to the lodge for a hot lunch.

In the afternoon, we take a walk in the famous Bigodi wetlands that a community project managed by the community and changing lives of the local people. On this walk, you will be able see some primates such as olive baboons, red-tailed/White nosed monkeys, bird species and cultural encounter with the local communities will brighten you day. Later drive back to lodge for dinner and overnight at the forest edge. Accommodation in Kibale (Luxury, Mid-range and budget are available)

 

Day Ten– Drive from Kibale forest national park to Entebbe international airport.

After breakfast, we depart from Fort Portal to Entebbe international airport for your flight out bound flight. This journey is about 5/6 hours with several stops for leg stretch and coffee break.

 

Included on this costs

  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and tax involved
  • One gorilla tracking permit per person
  • One chimpanzee tracking permit
  • 4×4 Safari customized vehicle with an English speaking guide
  • Drinking water
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary

 

Excluded

  • Optional activities
  • Tips and gratuity
  • International tickets
  • Visa entry fees
  • Anything not mentioned in this itinerary


  • Lake Mburo National Park

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Kibale forest National Park

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