18 Days Uganda Primates & Wildlife safari



During this 18 Days Uganda primates & Wildlife safari, you will encounter the big five animals, big cats, different Ugandan cultures, beautiful scenery among others. You will take part in different activities like gorilla trekking, chimp tracking, game drives, boat cruises, city tour visiting the source of the Nile, the Uganda equator among others.


You will therefore visit different national parks. Visit Lake Bunyonyi the second deepest lake in Africa and other great lakes like Lake Mburo, victoria among others. This safari therefore will reward you with wildlife, culture, and nature.


Detailed itinerary


Day 1: Arrival and short city tour


Arrive at the international airport of Uganda which is Entebbe and your driver-guide will take you through a city tour in Kampala where you will visit the oldest museum in East Africa which is the Uganda museum, local markets like the Nakasero market that is full of fresh fruits, food staffs among others, you will also visit religious sites in case time allows like the Gadhafi mosque, Rubaga cathedral among others. You will spend a night in one of the Kampala hotels with an optional city tour.


Day 2: Transfer to Jinja, stopover in Mabira forest and visit Source of the Nile


Head to Jinja after early morning breakfast and this will help us to beat the traffic jam that is normally on Kampala Jinja Road. You will trek slowly and find your first stopover at Sezibwa falls in Mukono which has a strong cultural attachment to Baganda people, hike into the caves/rocks and meet different traditional healers.


Proceed with the journey to Mabira forest where you will encounter a nature walk. This will reward you with different primates and bird species and after finding yourself at Griffin falls. After lunch, you will proceed with the journey and you will take a boat cruise on the river Nile which will help you to navigate the source of the Nile. You will spend a night in Jinja Town at a booked hotel


Day 3: Transfer to Murchison falls national park


You will head to the biggest national park in the country covering an area of 3,840 Square kilometers and is known to home the world's powerful waterfalls and four of the big five animals. This national park is located in North-Western Uganda and the journey will reward you with wit a chance to visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola district. This sanctuary is home to the only surviving southern white rhinos which you will track on-foot for a period of 2 hours.


Day 4: Game drive and boat cruise


You will sleep on the northern side of the park and this day you will wake up and take a morning game drive which will offer you a great opportunity to explore the different wildlife and beautiful scenery in this park. There is a lot to discover such as four of the big five animals, different antelopes, warthogs, hippos will also be spotted in the Albert Nile among others. The stopover break will be at the hippo pool and at this point you will take breakfast or be served with fruits depending on your choice. After a great 2 hours of a game drive, you will head back to the lodge for leisure as you wait for your lunch.


Embark on a 2 hours boat trip on the Nile River which will be experiential as you spot the Nile crocodiles, hippos, elephants at the banks of the river among others. You will also have a great view of Murchison falls since the boat will take you to the bottom of the falls. You have an option of hiking to the top of falls where you have a great view of the falls that squeezes in a narrow cauldron hence forming a rainbow and a roar sound like that of thunder.


Day 5: Transfer to Kibale national park and visit Isunga Community for a cultural experience


Head to Kibale national park the Capital primate of the world where you will be able to take part in different activities for the days you will spend here. The journey seems to be kind but adventurous with beautiful landscapes making it possible for various stopovers like in the forest, tea plantations, and lunch among others. This park has 13 primates including the human close relatives- Chimpanzees.


Other primates in the park are the Pottos, L'Hoest's monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, red colobus, and black and white colobus monkeys among others. The park has big mammals like forest elephants, buffalos, duikers among others, bird species like the great blue turacos, green-breasted Pitta among others. Arrive and visit Isunga Community and take the cultural experience of the local group entertaining you with cultural traditional dance and music for both Bakiga and Batooro. Check in the lodge where you will be staying for the nights.


Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking and crater lakes exploration


The driver-guide will take you to the Kanyanchu tourist center after your breakfast which will be followed briefing. After you will head to the forest so track the Chimpanzees, this will be done by use of hearing their calls, following their footsteps among others to be able to locate them. You will be able to locate them and this is called tracking, spend a maximum of an hour while in their presence and this will be a rewarding moment. You will return to the lodge and start enjoying the best moments recorded while on the trek.


After lunch, you will take a Crater Lake exploration which can be short by foot or long while using a vehicle. The local guide from Isunga Cultural Community adventures will be at the front explaining the best information about crater lakes like formations, depth, activities in and around the lakes among others.


Day 7: Head to visit Sempaya hot springs in Semuliki National Park and Amabere Ga’Nyinamwiru caves


Leave your lodge and drive to Semulik National park on this day where you will be able to encounter the hot springs. These are the male and female which have a great traditional story attached to their formation but geographically, they are waters from molten magmas beneath the grown due to pressure. Here, you will boil your eggs or any food you have come with and this will be your lunch. The walk to the hot springs will reward you with primates, bird species, and tree species.


Return to Fort portal, via Amabere Ga’Nyinamwiru caves that also have the Bacwezi historical formation but initially these are the stalactites and stalagmites that end forming caves. Be rewarded with views of Nyakasura falls and you are granted to take a natural shower. Return to the lodge in the evening for your dinner and nap.


Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park after tea plantation and coffee tours. Afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga channel


Head to Queen Elizabeth National Park after taking a tea and coffee tour around Isunga Community at the edge of Kibale national park. The local guide will take you through coffee and tea plantations where you will learn about growing, harvesting, and processing to get the powder coffee and black tea locally using traditional tools. This experience is accompanied by great photographic moments of the lake in the background and tasting your own processed coffee.


Head to the Kazinga channel after your lunch in Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will spot animals like hippos, crocodiles, and birds like the fish eagles, African mourning dove, and kingfishers among others. You will, later on, check-in the accommodation facility booked.


Day 9: Game drive and transfer to Bwindi national park,via Ishasha sector


Take part in an early morning game drive where you will be able to spot different wildlife such as the lions, spotted hyenas, leopards, among others together with elephants, buffalos, giraffes, antelopes like oribis, Uganda kobs, bushbucks, waterbucks among others. The game drive will reward you with endless plains of the park for not more than 2 or 3 hours.


After mid-morning breakfast, you will head to Bwindi national park as you pass via the Ishasha sector to trek the rare tree-climbing lions. These lions can also be found in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. You will find your way to the home of rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park and this will be the end of the day.


Day 10: Gorilla trekking day and Batwa community experience


Like any park activity, you will head to the offices and then attend a briefing where you will receive the guidelines which you will follow while in the forest. Among others include, not using the flashlight cameras, no feeding of animals, no littering, keeping a distance from the gorillas, and only an hour is allocated to you while in the presence of the gorillas.


Trekking will immediately start and the park ranger guide will take you to the park and you will be able to meet these beautiful apes. After the trek, you will head to the lodge for the lunch break, and then, encounter the Batwa pygmies who will take you through the traditional dances and community tour. Learn about this unique and most interesting culture and head back to the lodge for your dinner.


Day 11: Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park


Head to the smallest national park in the pearl of Africa-Uganda where you will have a chance to meet the golden monkeys. This park is home to both rare species of primates and these are mountain gorillas and golden monkeys hence having a slogan, 'where gold meets silver. This park has diverse wildlife such as mammals including primates, different bird species, reptiles,and tree species among others.


Set your eyes in the window of the car and witness the beautiful landscape covered by rolling hills that are well terraced. Arrive and check in the accommodation facilities booked.


Day 12: Golden monkey experience


Breakfast will be served at the lodge and then you will head to the park offices of Mgahinga national park where you will join other trekkers. On this point, you will be told about the dos and don'ts while trekking, cross-checking gorilla permits, among others. The park ranger guide will take you through the forest to start the search and you will meet the golden monkeys in bamboo plantations and they will be playing as they jump from one tree to another.


The golden monkeys enjoy flashlight cameras and they will tend to draw closer. The overall experience takes about 3 to hours but an hour will be granted unto you while in their presence. You will have the rest of the evening chilling and relaxing at the lodge.


Day 13: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi


Leave Mgahinga national park and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi after a late breakfast. This is the second deepest lake in Africa and the first deepest lake in Uganda. This lake is located in the Highlands with an altitude of 1500m above sea level. The lake also comprises 29 islands that are historical to the locals hence offering a great adventure. The journey to Lake Bunyonyi takes about 3-4hours covered by beautiful landscapes.


Day 14: Full day leisure on Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale


Take a full day adventuring in and around lake Bunyonyi by taking a boat cruise where you will be able to visit different islands such as leprosy islands that were used to quarantine people suffering from leprosy and Dr. sharp did a great work to treat the patients, the punishment island with its great history used by the locals to punish any lady that would get pregnant before getting married. They are other islands such as one with wildlife such as zebras, and other different antelopes.


You will also take a hike in one of the hills surrounding the lake which will offer you a great chance to meet the locals taking a local brew called 'Obushera' and the summit will reward you with a great view of the different islands. Return to the resort and take refreshments as you relax.


Day 15: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and stopover at the Igongo Cultural Centre


Leave Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale and then head to Lake Mburo national park that is well known as the smallest national park in Uganda. This park has diverse wildlife but there are no lions and leopards plus elephants. This park is known to have the impalas that are only found in this park which has made it famous. While on the way, you will have a stopover at the Igongo Cultural Centre where you will get the best Ankole culture experience and this will be through the traditional dances, visiting the Ankole-Kigezi museum, tasting the Ankole food, and taking a walk to Biharwe eclipse. Proceed to the park where you will be staying for the two nights.


Day 16: Game drive and boat cruise


You will head into the plains of the smallest national parks in Uganda where you will discover different animals like the impalas, zebras, elands, Topis, water backs among others with different bird species. The game drive lasts for 2 hours but of a rewarding and memorable experience. You will after head for a boat cruise which will take place on Lake Mburo national park that stretches for almost 50km in the park premises. This is an incredible opportunity of viewing crocodiles and hippos plus other bird species. After 2 hours of adventure, you will head to the lodge for your dinner.


Day 17: Transfer back to Kampala with a stopover at the Uganda equator and optional massage parlor experience


You will embark on a journey to Kampala from Lake Mburo national park after a short game drive in the plains of the park, you will have a stopover at the Uganda equator where you will take great take-taking photos, buy souvenirs and maybe have some lunch or snacks. You will proceed and find your way to Kampala which will be added to an option of massage at the hotel and this will be the end of the tour.


Day 18: Head to Entebbe. Visit Uganda wildlife education center and Uganda Reptile Village


You will head to Entebbe in the morning after a leisure buffet breakfast at the hotel in Kampala which will be done with a help of the tour guide. On reaching Entebbe, you will visit the Uganda reptile Village where the different reptiles such as snakes, chameleons among others are kept captive. You will head to the Uganda wildlife education center and explore different wildlife kept at this place.


Some animals here include big five animals (lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalos), chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, olive baboons, crocodiles among others. You will then head to the airport after lunch and board your flight back home which will be the end of 18 Days Uganda Primates  & Wildlife safari.

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