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9 Days Ultimate Gorilla and Primate Safari

Overview

9 Days Ultimate Gorilla and Primate Safari is a tour for exploration of the prime attractions in Uganda. You will get to witness wildlife up-close. Learn about these animals, as well as the culture and the real Uganda in this trip where you will also get to visit communities.

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Duration

9 days

Price

from $3200 /per person

Map Overview

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 -Day 1 - Arrival & Transfer to Kampala

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be received by a member of our team, for your transfer to a pre-arranged hotel in Kampala City. Arrive at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Inclusion

Meals: B

Accommodation

Fairway Hotel Kampala

Early in the morning after breakfast, start your journey to Kibale National Park past Mubende and Fort Portal. This journey has scenic views of the Rwenzori Mountains, large green tea estates, the Toro Palace and the people of Fort Portal in Western Uganda and many more attractions to suit your interest.

Arrive at your lodge in Kibale National Park and stay at leisure so as to rejuvenate from the long journey; while at leisure you might decide to take a sundowner walk.

Inclusion

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation

Kibale Forest Camp

At 795 sq.km, this is home to over 351 tree species some over 200 years old, famous for 13 primate species including Chimpanzees, 70 mammal species & over 375 bird species. In the morning, the start of the day with breakfast and get ready for the day’s exciting activities.

First thing, you will go for chimpanzee tracking combined with an all green forest walk where you will see various bird species (great blue turaco), and more primates like the black and white colobus monkey, you will also view more animals to include bushbucks and mongoose.

Right after this activity, return to your lodge for refreshment and stay at leisure while enjoying your lunch. In the afternoon, visit Bigodi Community where you will be interacting freely with the locals. Then proceed to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a nice spot for birds; to include; African hobby, great blue turaco, Black kite, Swamp flycatcher, Scarlet-chested bird, Grey-crowned crane, Herons, Weaver birds and many more. Later on, in the evening, you will return to your lodge and enjoy your evening.

Inclusion

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation

Kibale Forest Camp

Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for diverse ecosystems which include sprawling savannah, shady humid forests, sparkling lakes, wetlands, and amazing craters. Ideal for the big game, primate species to include Chimps and over 600 bird species. It has superb scenic views of Kazinga Channel, the Rwenzori Mountains and crater lakes which are home to a wide variety of birds.

After your breakfast enjoy a leisurely morning, and later on start off your journey to ‘’a medley of wonders’’. On arrival after a stopover at the equator, you will check into your lodge for lunch, refreshment and leisure.

In the evening go for a Dusk Game Drive; experience the various animals towards the night time to include bushbucks, elephants, warthogs, hippos and more. Thereafter, return to your lodge for a dinner under and after, you may join a campfire and storytelling.

Inclusion

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation

Buffalo Safari Lodge / Bush Lodge

Start off the day with a tasty breakfast and then get deeper into the highlights of this amazing park.

Dawn Game Drive: explore the park’s flora and fauna to include elusive bird species and a wide variety of animals like elephants, buffaloes, hippos, impalas, waterbucks, Kobs, warthogs and many more. Don’t miss out the scenic views of the crater lakes like Nyamunuka which is medicinal to the animals.

Katwe Community: discover the people and their culture where you will learn about salt mining by the local means from Lake Katwe and interact with the local people and share cultural experiences. After here, return to your lodge for lunch and leisure in preparations for the afternoon activities.

Launch cruise: this is the main activity after lunch where you will spot a number of birds like; the African fish eagle, pelicans, flamingos, Hammerkop, egrets, the African finfoot, pied kingfishers, marabou storks, vultures, kites and many more, together with animals like hippos, buffalos, warthogs, crocodiles, waterbucks and more as most of them visit to water and cool off. This boat cruise is spiced up with stunning views of the Mweya peninsular and a local fishing village along the lake shores. Visit Mweya Museum; after the boat cruise, with this visit, you will learn more about the parks history, animals, physical features (crater lakes formation) together with the parks future prospects. After the day’s activities, you will return to your lodge and enjoy sundowner leisure.

Inclusion

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation

Buffalo Safari Lodge / Bush Lodge

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, you will have a transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Southerly Ishasha Sector, this will offer you a chance to see the tree climbing lions as this is the only place where can be found. On arrival, check into your lodge and recuperate from the journey.

At 331 sq.km, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half the world’s mountain gorillas, over 346 bird species, 202 butterfly species, 400 plant species, 63 tree species, 120 mammal species & 27 frog species. Here is the chance to meet and interact with the shortest people (Batwa) of the mountains.

Inclusion

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation

Silverback Lodge / Mahogany Springs Lodge

After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing at exactly 8:00 am and the tracking will commence in the next 30 minutes after registration and briefing by the ranger guides.

Gorilla tracking is a very captivating and unforgettable experience which more than repays the effort needed to reach Bwindi. This starts at 8:30 am and can last a few hours to a whole day depending on where the gorillas were left the previous day. After gorilla tracking, return to your lodge and have your lunch.

In the evening you may opt for a community tour where you will meet and interact with the shortest people (Batwa) of the mountains; learn about their way of life such as; hunting skills, medicinal knowledge, child upbringing, cuisines, art and crafts, and many more interesting aspects.

Inclusion

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation

Silverback Lodge / Mahogany Springs Lodge

After an early breakfast, depart Bwindi for Kampala. You will have lunch stop-over in Mbarara, then proceed to Masaka and your next stopover will be at the equator; for a photo opportunity. After this equator moment, proceed to Kampala city and upon arrival check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Inclusion

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation

Fairway Hotel Kampala

Today you will have a half day tour of Kampala city and souvenir shopping.

Thereafter, you will be transferred to the airport for your outbound flight back home.

Inclusion

Meals: B

Accommodation

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Inclusions

  • Park fees
  • Gorilla Permit
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)

Exclusions

  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance and medical repatriation
  • Items of a personal nature

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Is Electricity Available 24 Hours in the Lodges and Camps?

Most standard camps and lodges are equipped with generators, so electricity is generally available 24 hours. However, some interruptions may occur but are typically not a significant concern for guests.

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es, though signal strength may vary in different areas.

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What Activities Can My Kids Do While on a Safari?

A safari offers an enriching experience for children, allowing them to observe animals in their natural habitat. Some camps and lodges offer amenities for children, such as playrooms and pools, though these are not universally available. We suggest bringing activities that your children enjoy.

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