10 Days Uganda Primate Safari
10 Days Uganda Safari through Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Lake Mburo National Park. The safari combines mountain gorilla tracking, chimpanzee viewing and game viewing in Uganda.
This safari that starts and ends in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, takes 10 days.
This Uganda Tour will give you a highlight of the diversity of Uganda’s tourism potential. You will visit the savannah-national parks and Uganda’s forest parks, this will allow you to compare between the several features that are unique to each of these sheltered regions. Afterwards, you will proceed to fort portal town which overlooks mountain Rwenzori in western Uganda. You have a chance to track man’s closest ancestors, the chimpanzees, in the protected Kabale Forest National Park and densely populated area with primates on the African continent.
On leaving Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will learn about the riches of this IUCN sheltered area that is safe guarding the riches biome in the entire world . the prides in the big four and the Kazinga Channel has the largest population of hippopotami in Africa. The park also has a wealth of birds that live in its different habitats with more than 600 species of birds among which are migratory birds. Visiting the Ishaka area will enable you see the impressive lions that climb trees which you may find resting in branches of all fig trees.
The best part of the safari will be tracking the stunning mountain gorillas which are facing extinction that dwell in the impenetrable forest of the Bwindi. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a sanctuary for close to half of the remaining population of mountain Gorillas in the whole world. You will be able to stare in the brown eyes of these tranquil animals and this whole memorable experience you will be able to enjoy in the Bwindi forest or the Mgahinga Forest.
The safari will further journey from Bwindi past Kisoro-the ‘Switzerland o Africa where you will find Lake Bunyonyi which is Africa’s 2nd deepest lake. Lake Bunyonyi is a great destination to stay as you will unwind to the melodious chorus of the numerous birds that reside in this area. You will also discover the interesting history of some of the islands on the lake. From there you will head back to Kamapala.
Day 1: Kampala – Fortportal
From your hotel you will head for Africa’s renowned park for its large number of various primate species, the Kibale forest national park, in the company of our safari guide from Uganda. Stop over to see the 400 year old Nakayima-witch tree on Mubende hill-top supposedly planted by the first Muchwezi king, King Ndahura in Mubende. it was believed that this tree possessed his spirit. After lunch in Mubende, you will head toa town that overlooks mountains of the moon; Fort portal. The mountain-of-the- moon is also known as the Mountain Rwenzori.
Day 2 Kibale Forest NP
You will make chimpanzee tracking groups of a maximum of six people and before heading for the tracking, you will also be briefed by rangers at the visitor’s centre. Enjoy your picnic lunch while in Kanyanchu. The camp will be cleared while on your nature walk by the logistic team. You will see various forest & wetland birds on your walk through the sanctuary of Bigodi wetland. A variety of primates such as the blue monkey, white colobus monkey, among others can also be seen on this walk. Optionally, you can visit the various crater lakes in their region. There are over sixty crater lakes in the Kabarole region. Return to your camp for dinnet and the night.
Day 3 Kibale – Queen Elizabeth NP
We shall drive to Mweya located in Queen Elizabeth’s northern region, afterhaving breakfast. Pass by the mythical mountains of the moon as described by Ptolemy but known as the Rwenzori mountains. On your way, through Kasese, stop over to take photographs at the memorable equator region. You are likely to see elephants, bushbucks, warthog and waterbucks along the channel track. In the mornings, you can always see the spotted hyenas and leopards. Drive to Kasenyi through Mbarara, Kasese and Fort portal road. Kasenyi is near Lake Victoria with an exciting game viewing area. Before your afternoon two hours launch trip to the highly concentrated hippos place in africa, the Kazinga channel, you will have lunch from Mweya. You will then enjoy the splendid views at the Mweya safari lodge of the channel. You will also enjoy the different sounds from the animals on the channel before your dinner at the campsite near the camp fire. Sound will be from animals like the comical warthogs, hyenas, hippos and once in a while from lions.
Day 4 Queen Elizabeth NP
Today you will again explore the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth for the second day. Take an early drive through the game park after having an early breakfast. Following the game drive, you will then head to Maramagambo forest found in southern Queen Elizabeth to explore more features. Take a guided walk after lunch into the forest. You will see bat caves which were colonized by fruit bat caves and rock pythons, the blue lake which of late is turning into a brown lake. You will have an exciting detailed informative tour as you walk past the medicinal trees in the forest. Have a wonderful game drive seeing numerous antelopes as they organize to end the day during your return back to Mweya
Day 5 Kyambura Gorge (QENP)
Drive for chimpanzee tracking early after breakfast within the adjacent gorge of Kyambura wildlife reserve. You will go through the fine charming area and the gorgeous savannah vegetation on your one hour drive from Mweya. You will later proceed to see the tree climbing lions in the well-known Ishasha region following a magnificent nature walk through the gorge. While on the three hour drive from Kyambura to Ishasha, look out for the wild game. You will camp on Ishasha river’s banks which is a haven to hundreds of hippos. Relax as you listen to sounds from the baboons, roaring lions, black &white colobus monkeys, hyenas and hippos.
Day 6 Ishasha Region (QENP)
Tody you will adventure through the south of Queen Elizabeth in the wilderness of Ishasha region which many tourists have considered as one of east Africa’s most attractive area for game viewings. Look out for Topis, elephants, Uganda kobs and buffaloes. The hunt for tree climbing lions, always seen resting on the old fig tree branches, on the northern trail, will be the peak of this safari. You will then have lunch, rest and wait for a game drive to see the wildlife in the Queen Elizabeth national park dominated by the savannah vegetation. You will return to enjoy the woods’ nature sounds and the camp fire at Ishasha Camp.
Day 7 Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Get ready to be relocated to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on a two hours journey after your game drive in hunt for lions in the early morning. Stop over for some shopping in the local shops and if necessary refueling at Kihihi before reaching Buhoma for lunch. Take a community walk to experience the local people’s life styles in the surrounding local villages. Head back for dinner and the night at the campsite.
Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Have an early morning breakfast, and before heading for Gorilla tracking you will have a briefing at the visitor’s center about the tracking. It is difficult to determine how much time you will spend tracking the hard-to-pin down gorillas on the montane forest’s steep sides. On getting back from the gorilla tracking before 5pm, you will be entertained by Buhoma village’s orphans and you can take part in the Bakiga’s traditional dances. Optionally you may have a chance to see various birds like the Albertine rift endemics if you decide to take a nature walk with our guides.
Day 9: Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi
Today you will depart for the locally known lake of birds; Lake Bunyonyi, after having breakfast. This exhilarating journey will give you an opportunity to enjoy the interesting scenery of the Kigezi mountains terraced ranges. At an altitude greater than 2200m up in the mountains is where you will enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon you will relax on the shores of the 2nd deepest lava walled lake in Africa. There is no worry in swimming in the waters of the spectacular Lake Bunyonyi which are the bilharzias free. Before retiring to the camp for dinner and the night, you will visit different islands on a boat ride.
Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala
You will depart from this haven of numerous bird and head back to Kampala on a six hours drive that will take you through Kisoro (Switzerland of Africa). You will have your lunch in Mbarara, proceed to Masaka where you will have a stop to take some photographs at the equator before continuing to Kampala. Dine and sleep at a hotel of your own choice.
END OF UGANDA SAFARI