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14-Days Uganda Wildlife And Primate Experience Safari

14-Days Uganda Wildlife And Primate Experience Safari

14-Days Uganda Wildlife And Primate Experience Safari

The 14-day Uganda wildlife and primate experience safari starts and ends at Entebbe international airport in Uganda. This 14-day Uganda safari will give you the best of African jungle experiences that are made of remarkable wildlife diversity, ranging from the African great primates to plenty of wildlife species of the African savanna that are perfectly distributed across various national parks to be visited on this 14-day African safari. Uganda is gifted with beauty and several habitats and ecosystems, all of which act as home to an abundance of wildlife species. This 14-day Uganda safari involves visiting destinations with exclusive attractions that ensure you capture the uniqueness of the African jungle in a magical style, such as meeting eye-to-eye with the magical mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and golden monkeys, which are the top highlights that are highly recommended by almost all visitors to Uganda, and general wildlife encounters like lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, caped buffaloes, and many others, boat cruises, jungle horseback riding and visiting several ancestral places for cultural experiences. It will take you to visit the most adventurous places in Uganda, such as the Ziwa rhino sanctuary for the white rhino tracking experience, Murchison Falls national park to visit magnificent Murchison Falls for the breathtaking scenic views of the Murchison Falls, boat cruise experience on the river Nile and game drive safaris for animal encounters, Kibale forest national park, “the primate capital of the world,” for the Chimpanzee trekking experience and Bigodi community experience, Queen Elizabeth National Park, “a medley of wonders,” for wildlife encounters, a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, and a game drive to search for tree-climbing lions, Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park for mountain gorilla trekking experience, Mgahinga gorilla national park for the golden monkey tracking and Batwa Pygmy cultural trail. Conclude your adventurous Uganda safari with a visit to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and boat canoeing on this beautiful lake, and Lake Mburo National Park for a night game drive safari to explore the jungle at night and horseback riding in the wilderness. This is the best African safari for unique primate experiences, exploring many of the African wildlife species including elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, and Caped Buffaloes, going through the most scenic places like the rolling hills of the Kigezi highlands, big tea plantations, experiencing African culture, and many other experiences. We carefully selected the best activities to make this package eye-catching and for you to enjoy each minute you spend with us on this safari in the true African wilderness.

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FULL ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe international airport – Meet and greet – Drive to your booked hotel in Entebbe town

Upon your arrival at Entebbe international airport, you will be welcomed by our customer care representative and your allocated English speaking safari guide to meet and greet and thereafter, transfer to booked Hotel in Entebbe town. The Hotel is about 10 t0 15 minutes’ drive from the airport on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Depending on your time of arrival, if time allows, visit the Entebbe botanical gardens that is found on the shore of Lake Victoria in Entebbe town for a walking safari. Botanical gardens are a home to some primate species such as Vervet monkeys and several bird species. The walk will take you to the shores of Lake Victoria where you will have a chance to spot some water birds, and to enjoy the fresh breezes from the lake as well as getting used to the Uganda’s beautiful nature. Lake Victoria is the largest water body in Africa and second largest fresh water body in the world and shared by three East African Countries (Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya). Later return to your hotel to have dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation: 2 Friends Beach Hotel (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2: Entebbe town – Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking on Foot – Drive Murchison Falls National Park – Visit the top of the Murchison falls

On your first morning in Africa, wake up early in the morning to have your travel bag arranged, be served breakfast, and get prepared for pick-up by your allocated safari guide at 7 am and start your African safari with a drive to Murchison Falls National Park, located in north-western Uganda, about 320 km from Kampala. On your way, you will visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, located in the Nakasongola district, the home of Uganda’s rhinos, where you will have a chance to see the white rhinos in their natural environment, up close to their feet, which provides an unforgettable experience. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place in Uganda where you can see white rhinos in the wild. Once, Uganda had an adequate number of rhinos which were found in the Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls national parks, but they became nationally extinct due to numerous illegal human activities such as poaching and civil unrest in the early 1970s. Therefore, in 2005, the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary was established to facilitate the re-introduction of rhinos into Uganda’s wildlife inventory. While at Ziwa rhino sanctuary, you will have a chance to see rhinos up close with the help of your local site guide and spend a maximum of one hour with them. During your time with rhinos, you will be allowed to take as many photos as you want, so your camera has to be on standby not to miss any of your great moments uncaptured to keep memories. Seeing Rhino Sanctuary at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary will complete your Big Five game checklist. After the rhino tracking experience, proceed to Kabalega restaurant to have a hot lunch and, thereafter, drive to Murchison Falls National Park, the source of happiness for nature lovers, reaching in the late afternoon where you will be welcomed by hundreds of baboons lined along the road. On arrival at Murchison Falls national park, visit the Murchison Falls to enjoy the breathtaking views and great sound of the Murchison Falls as it squeezes itself through the narrow gorge of only 7 meters wide, then drops 43 meters into a pool that creates a strong, thunderous sound that is so lovely. The tour to the top of the Murchison Falls takes about an hour, starting from the view point to the boat of the falls. After enjoying the mighty Murchison falls, proceed with the drive to the northern sector of the park across the river Nile to check in at your booked lodge to refresh and then spend your evening at leisure till time to be served dinner and overnight.

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s oldest and largest national park covered by savannah and tropical forest vegetation and is home to a wide range of wildlife animals that live together in harmony in the natural environment. Murchison Falls national park is home to 76 recorded mammals and over 450 species, which makes it one of Africa’s best wildlife destinations to spot several wildlife species fully in their natural habitats in a larger concentration, such as lions, leopards, elephants, the African cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffe, warthogs, hippos, Nile crocodiles, several antelope species, many primates like chimpanzees, olive baboons, and many others. The park is endowed with a wide range of unique and extremely interesting features that contribute greatly to the beauty of the country.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range)

Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 3: Murchison Falls national park - Morning game drive safari – Afternoon boat cruise on the river Nile – Night game drive experience safari

Wake up very early in the morning by 6.00am, have a quick cup of coffee with a snack to warm your body, get boxes of your packed breakfast, get into your safari vehicle and then set out for an early morning game drive safari for wildlife encounters. The early start is a better time to have high chances of sighting several wildlife species, including the nocturnal animals and elusive predators such as lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, and jackals, as they are still active in the jungle before they have returned to their hideouts. During the morning game drive safari, expect to encounter several animal species such as elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs, and many antelopes like Jackson hartebeest, Uganda kobs, water bucks, oribis, and many others, plus several bird species. Murchison Falls national park is the main stronghold in Africa for Rothschild Giraffes, so expect to see them in big numbers. Have a short break to enjoy your full breakfast and later proceed with your game safari till 11.30 am. Your safari guide will help you to encounter as many wildlife species as possible and share with you a lot of information regarding various wildlife species that you will encounter, so each time your camera has to be on standby so that you do not miss anything. After the game drive, drive back to your lodge to relax for some time, have lunch, and then set off for a 3-hour afternoon boat cruise safari on the river Nile, which starts at 2pm from Paraa going upstream up to 500m to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. The afternoon boat cruise safari on the Nile offers an array of wildlife sightings like the Nile crocodile, hippos, and lizards, which are common throughout the cruise. As you cruise towards the Murchison falls, you will encounter a lot of huge Nile crocodiles, amongst the largest ever seen amassed together, and this place is referred to as “Croc Bar.” Some land big game like elephants, buffaloes, and some antelope species can also be sighted drinking and swimming to cool off the heat by the river banks since this park is hotter. So, you will have a wonderful opportunity to take as many photographs of the various animals as you want, since the boat cruise takes you closer to animals such as hippos and crocodiles. Because the Nile attracts birds, this is the best time to enjoy them. After your 3-hour afternoon boat cruise, return to your lodge to have a free evening till it is time to be served dinner and then drive back to the park for a night game drive experience safari. The night game drive safari is so adventurous and opens up more chances to encounter nocturnal mammals and birds of the park, such as lions, leopards, porcupines, civets, spotted hyenas, and grazing hippos, among others. These species are more active during the night hours and, on a lucky day, you may see them in the act of hunting, which is one of the greatest jungle experiences. During the night game drive safari, you will have an opportunity to encounter the nightlife of the jungle, see how animals behave at night as well as enjoy the night sounds of the jungle. Murchison Falls national park is the best savannah national park in Uganda for a night game drive. After the game drive, drive back to your lodge for an overnight.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range)

Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 4: Murchison Falls national park – Drive to Kibale Forest national park – Evening Bigodi sanctuary swamp walk and community tour

Today rise up at your best time to have all your travel bags loaded into your safari vehicle, be served breakfast, check out drive slowly through the park to cross the river Nile and then proceed with your safari to Kibale Forest national park located in western Uganda that is proudly known as as the Africa’s primate capital, with over 13 recorded primate species than any other national park or wildlife reserve in Africa plus the biggest population of chimpanzees that are amounting to more than 1500 individual chimpanzees. Kibale Forest national is most famous for its population of chimpanzees and is known as the best destination for the wild chimpanzees tracking experience activities on the earth. While at Kibale Forest national park expect to encounter several primates such as the black-and-white colobus, red-tailed- monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, grey-cheeked mangabeys, the threatened and rare L’hoest’s monkey and red colobus monkeys. Besides primates, the park is a home to forest elephants and some antelopes plus over 370 bird species which includes the 23 Albertine Rift endemics. On your way to Kibale Forest national park, you will enjoy the spectacular views of tea estates, several forests where olive baboons are parading alongside the roads and the shadow of the legendary Rwenzori Mountain that forms a mystic backdrop to the beautiful volcanic landscape with a stopover in Fort Portal City to have lunch, relax move around the city on foot, and later continue with your journey to the park to check in at your booked lodge and later drive to Bigodi Swamp for a nature walk and community experience.

Bigodi wetlands, located on the eastern edge of the forest in Magombe swamp punctuated by biodiversity and lovely sceneries, sanctuary swamp is a paradise to bird lover’s with over 138 bird species and hosting eight species of primates such as the black-and-white colobus, red-tailed, grey-cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, and olive baboons plus other mammals like Bushbucks and mongooses. The swamp is managed by the surrounding local community wish a purpose of preserving exclusive environmental features along with the wetland for future generation. So, during this walk, you will have an opportunity to spot several monkeys, and bird species. The Bigodi community walk, will take you through the nearby community to have a chance to interact with local people to know how they harmoniously live with wildlife species, take you through how they locally to their daily activities without applying the modern technology such as making nice gins from banana, making delicious coffee and making art crafts. Dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation:  Isunga Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 5: Kibale Forest national park - Chimpanzee habituation experience – Spend the evening at leisure

On this day, wake up very early in morning to dress up in the recommended style for the chimpanzee habituation such as waterproof hiking boots, a light rain jacket, a hat, long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, have your insect repellent, binoculars, and anything else you may need be prepared with some snacks and two litres of water and some snacks, have breakfast and then meet your safari guide to transfer to the park offices of Kanyanchu where you are required to be by 730am to meet the ranger guides for registration and pre-trek briefing about what to do and not during chimpanzee tracking experience. After the morning briefing, you will be assigned a ranger guide and later set off for a forest walk to search for the chimpanzee family which is under habituation process. Chimpanzee hhabituation is the process of making chimpanzee making chimpanzees become used and comfortable with the presence of humans during standard chimpanzee trek and research. The entire process of chimpanzee habituation takes at least three years to complete and participating in the habituation of chimpanzees is once-in-a-lifetime experience since you will be taking part of making wild chimpanzees to get used to humans and you will learn a lot more about the chimps than on a standard trek. Unlike the normal chimpanzee tracking experience, during chimpanzee habituation experience you will have more time to stay with chimpanzees which is 4-hour the actual time with chimpanzees and you go to the forest very in the morning so that you can be able to meet them as they are waking up and to start their day’s activities like feeding, making their morning exercise, making their territories, taking care of their young, till time to make their new nests on top of trees. This will be your great time to take incredible photographs of the chimpanzees since it allows you to get so close to them. After chimpanzee habituation experience, drive back to your lodge to refresh and spend the rest of your time enjoying your lodge till time to be served dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation:  Isunga Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 6: Kibale Forest national park - Kasenda Crater Lake exploration tour – Drive to Queen Elizabeth national park – Visit Lake Katwe salt mining community

Today, wake up at your best time to have all of your travel bags well-organized and loaded into your safari vehicle, enjoy your breakfast, check out of the lodge, and then go for the Kasenda crater lakes exploration tour, the place not to miss out on while visiting Kibale Forest National Park due to its amazing views from the top of the world, beautiful small crater lakes, best atmosphere, and cool breeze that make the Kasenda crater lakes area a nature lover’s paradise. The Kasenda crater lakes exploration tour will take you to visit several of the same crater lakes on foot through the green forested areas, rolling hills, communities, and several other beautiful natural areas that cannot be found anywhere else. The crater lakes in the Ndali-Kasenda area were formed over 10,000 years ago due to volcanic activity that left behind calderas, which later formed the scenic crater lakes in the area. The tour will end at the Ndali-Kasenda viewpoint, also known as the “top of the world”, which offers breathtaking views of the Lake George and Kichwamba escarpment in the rift valley, Kibale Forest national park, and the Rwenzori Mountain ranges. After the Kasenda crater tour exploration, proceed with your African safari to Queen Elizabeth national park, where you will arrive in time to have lunch, relax for some time, and later visit the ancient Lake Katwe salt mining community that will give you better insights into how salt is extracted by the local people and how they have maintained it for the past 600 years. The lake Katwe was formed through volcanic eruptions that shaped much of this area during the time the Egyptians built the pyramids. On this tour, you will have an opportunity to learn about the skill of salt water and to directly interact with the local people to take you through their experience in salt mining and how they have maintained it over the years. After a tour to Lake Katwe, visit Lake Munyanyange, which is known for hosting migratory birds from as far as Canada, Kenya, the UK, and among other countries. These birds include Black-headed Gonoleks, White-breasted Robbin Chats, African Hoopoes, Long-tailed Starlings, Zitting, Winding, Desert Cisticolas, and Flamingos. After enjoying the sights of Lake Munyanyange, drive back to your lodge to stay at leisure until dinner time and overnight.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of Uganda’s most visited national parks and is famous for its big cats, including tree-climbing lions and leopards, the largest bird species population in Africa, chimp tracking experience, and boat experience on the Kazinga Channel that is known to have the biggest population of hippos in Africa, numbering 5000. Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its diverse ecosystems that include sprawling savanna, sparkling lakes, shady, humid forests, and fertile wetlands, which makes it an ideal home to over 95 recorded large mammal species, which includes four big mammals, big cats, 10 species of primates, aquatic mammals, and 600 avian species. Queen Elizabeth National Park is estimated to have over 5,000 hippos, 10,000 buffalo and 2,500 elephants, which makes it an ideal destination for wildlife safari.

Accommodation:  Buffalo Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth national park – Chimpanzee tracking experience at Kalinzu forest national park – Afternoon boat cruise on the Kanzinga channel – Spend the evening at leisure

Wake up very early in the morning to have breakfast, meet your safari guide and then drive to Kalinzu forest national park One of the forest reserves around Queen Elizabeth National Park with abundant wildlife species like over 379 bird species, six primate species, which include chimpanzees, blue monkeys, baboons, l’hoest monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, and some nocturnal like bush babies, Pottos, and Galagos. Kalinzu forest reserve is also home to about 261 species, which makes a paradise center for the butterflies, 414 species of trees, 98 species of moths, flowers, and reptiles. At Kalinzu forest reserve, chimpanzees are the key attractions that draw visitors to the forest for the chimpanzee tracking experience, and it hosts one of the largest communities of chimpanzees in Uganda. This makes it the second-best place for chimpanzee tracking experiences, with about 320 chimpanzee individuals and up to 50 chimpanzees that are habituated for tourism. On arrival at Kalinzu forest reserve, you will start with the experience briefing from the site guide about the guidelines to follow during the forest walk in search of the chimpanzees and then head to the forest to lookout for your chimpanzee family. As you are searching for chimpanzees, you will encounter other forest creatures, such as birds and primates like baboons, blue monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, and red-tailed monkeys. Once you meet the chimpanzee family, you will stay with them for one hour to observe their behaviour and group dynamics as they swing from tree to tree, others grooming one another. On a lucky day, some individual chimps may come close to you, while most will keep their distance, and you will listen to their different sounds to express different emotions. After an hour with the chimpanzees, return to the starting point to meet your safari guide and then drive to your lodge to have lunch, relax for a while, and later drive to the park for an afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. The boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel is one of the highlights of why one should visit Queen Elizabeth National Park. It will bring you close to the density of wildlife mammals, reptiles, and birds that are usually seen along the shores of the channel, and it is known for inhabiting the highest concentration of hippos in all of Africa. During the afternoon boat cruise safari along the channel, expect to encounter mammals such as buffaloes, elephant herds, several antelope species, Nile crocodiles, monitor lizards, and thousands of various kinds of birds, and your camera has to be ready to snap pictures of the scenes before you. After the afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, return to the lodge and spend the evening at leisure while enjoying the atmosphere at your lodge till time to be served dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:  Buffalo Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth national park – Predator / lion tracking experience – Game drive safari at Ishasha sector to search for the tree climbing lions – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park

Wake up very early in the morning to have all your travel bags ready, be served breakfast, check out of your lodge and then drive to the Kasenyi savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park for the lion/predator tracking experience and game drive with wildlife researchers who are well informed about predators. The predator tracking experience is slightly more expensive than the normal game drive safaris, but it is definitely worth the extra money since it guarantees to see most of the big predators of this park up close. Yet, finding lions and other predators during the normal game drive safaris is absolutely not easy. During the predator tracking experience, you will be with the predator researchers who use a radio tracker to locate different prides of lions that include juvenile cubs, lions, and lionesses, as well as other predators like leopards and hyenas. The researchers will share more exclusive information about predators, like how they live and their social and biological behaviours. After the predator tracking experience, take a short break to relax before continuing your safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park via the Ishasha sector, which is located in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, for a game drive safari in search of tree climbing lions, which are commonly seen relaxing within the branches of massive fig trees. Queen Elizabeth National Park is the best park to see the unique tree climbing lions since it has the largest population of tree climbing lions in Africa and they are commonly seen on hot day game drives around the area as most of them lazily lie on large fig tree branches. Aside from the tree climbing lions, other wildlife species found in the Ishasha sector include African caped buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kobs, Topis, and many more. After the game drive, have lunch and then proceed with your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park, home to over half of the world’s population of the remaining endangered mountain gorillas. The park is situated in the south-western corner of Uganda on the eastern edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. Besides the mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park is home to over 119 mammal species. These include numerous primate species, over 350 bird species, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics, and almost 400 tree species that form the huge impenetrable forest that is ever green, hence making it the East Africa’s biodiversity hotspot with possibly the greatest number of tree species and one of the richest mammalian assemblages in Africa. On arrival at the park, check in at your booked lodge and spend the evening at your leisure till it’s time to be served dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:  Bakiga Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park – Mountain gorilla trekking experience – Drive to Mgahinga gorilla national park

Today, wake up very early in the morning to have your backpack ready. Dress up in the recommended style for the best mountain gorilla trekking experience long trousers, possibly khaki or jean, a long-sleeved shirt, water-proof hiking shoes, a water-proof jacket, a round hut, and heavy-duty gloves. This is due to the unpredictable weather conditions in the forest, it can rain at any particular time of the day and then, for protection. Later, you will be served breakfast, get boxes of your packed lunch, and meet your safari guide to drive to the park information centre for the pre-gorilla trekking briefing, where you will be informed about the dos and don’ts during gorilla trekking, what are the expectations during gorilla trekking, how to behave while in the presence of the gorillas, and many other things. You will be joined in groups of eight people per group and then be assigned a particular gorilla family for tracking, with two gun-baring rangers (for your security) and a tracker/guide with a machete to lead your way during the forest walk while searching for the magical mountain gorillas. After the pre-gorilla trekking experience, your group of 8 trekkers will continue into the dense forest, following various forest trails in search of the allocated mountain gorilla family. The time taken while searching for the mountain gorillas is not known, but it can be anywhere between 45 minutes and 6 hours depending on the location and the movements of your allocated gorilla family on that day. Therefore, you need to be mentally and physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of forest walking over uneven and steep terrain. So, it is better to ask to be assigned near a gorilla family if you are not fit to manage multiple hours in the forest. If you consider yourself fit, choosing a challenging family will be more fun and enjoyable because you will have the opportunity to encounter several wildlife species that live in this forest, and the longer you stay in the jungle, the more you will enjoy it and have opportunities to see many things.

During the forest walk in search of the mountain gorillas, you may encounter other wildlife species since Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park hosts numerous species, including chimpanzees, African elephants, l’Hoest’s monkey, and many others, plus birds, and your forest guide will keep on giving you information regarding everything that you will encounter that will make you enjoy your forest time. Once you meet your allocated mountain gorilla family, you will have one full hour of interacting with the magical mountain gorillas. You will be required to keep a low tone and you will be free to take as many photos as you want as well as ask as many questions as you want to your guides regarding the gorillas. Get ready to encounter Mr. Silverback, who is the head and determines the movements of the entire family. Mothers nurse the young ones and the juveniles entertain the family, which makes a stay with them so amazing. It is advisable to avoid looking directly into the eyes of the gorillas. In the event of a chance to be approached by the gorillas, it is always important to stay calm and quiet and let them pass because running away or making any kind of noise may disrupt the gorillas, causing them to behave wildly despite being habituated. The chances of seeing mountain gorillas in Uganda stand at 99% on any particular day. After an hour with the magical mountain gorilla, return to the starting point and receive your trekking certificates as a sign of appreciation towards your contribution towards the conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda since 70% of the permit fee is used for conservation. Meet your safari guide, enjoy your packed lunch with some refreshments, and later start your journey to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which sits high in the clouds at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m along the border region of Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo and forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area, which includes adjacent parks in Uganda, Rwanda, and the DR Congo.

The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the two parks that were created to protect the rare mountain gorillas and the only place in Uganda to encounter the beautiful golden monkeys with over 76 mammals including giant forest hogs, elephants, bush pigs, buffalos, leopards, bush buck and over 180 bird species including the 14 endemic Albertine rift, notably the Kivu ground thrush and turaco. On arrival at the park, check in at your booked lodge to refresh, have dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:  Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 10: Mgahinga Gorilla national park – Batwa pygmy cultural trail – Spend the evening at leisure

Wake up very early in the morning to have breakfast, have some snacks and drinking water, meet your safari guide and drive to the Batwa pygmy settlement for a cultural experience. The experience starts at the park offices of the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park with a welcoming orientation by Batwa Elders, who will take you through the entire experience in their community and on the forest trail. Every culture and people group, including the Batwa, has a Genesis, or “beginning story,” which you will hear today. The Batwa pygmy people, also referring to themselves as “the forest keepers”, are one of the oldest surviving indigenous tribes in Africa who for thousands of years occupied the mountainous and forestry regions of south-western Uganda where they lived a typical hunter-gatherer lifestyle. The Batwa trail will show you how the Batwa people used to live in the forest, how they interacted with wildlife, how they used forest plants and weeds in their daily lives, such as for medicine, and how the Batwa prepare traditional dishes, build huts, harvest honey, and make fire. The Batwa were good artists too, and will impress you with some of their products, like a cup made out of bamboo. Throughout the trail, the Batwa will narrate stories that will highlight their history, creation, and life in the forest. The trail will end with an exploration of the Garamba caves that were used to be the palace of the Batwa king, meeting and hiding places during wartime as well as the main food stores. The trail will conclude with the traditional performances from the Batwa women group and then drive back to your lodge to refresh and then have a free evening till time to have dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:  Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 11: Mgahinga Gorilla national park – Golden monkey tracking experience – Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

Rise up very early in the morning to have all your travel bags ready and packed in your safari vehicle, be served breakfast, get your packed lunch box and then meet your safari guide to drive to the park information offices for the briefing session from the rangers, be grouped into a small group of 8 people and allocated a family to meet and then, at 8:00am, start the forest walk in search of the beautiful golden monkeys. The Golden Monkeys are one of Uganda’s 20 primate species and only found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which is part of the Virunga conservation area that is spread across Uganda, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo. The golden monkeys are classified as one of the world’s endangered species, with an estimated number of between 2,000 and 4,000 individuals still remaining. These primates are not only beautiful, but they also provide more fun as they flit all around you, over you in the trees, having a great time. They are also noisy, chattering and screeching away as you are in their presence. Compared with other monkey species, the golden monkeys are gorgeous in appearance, with bright coloured fur and long golden hair mixed with orange. They normally live in a family of about 100 headed by an alpha male, and mostly feed on bamboo shoots, bamboo leaves, a variety of seasonal fruits, flowers, leaves, and small invertebrates. Once you encounter your allowed family, you will be allowed to stay with them for a maximum of one day, and you will be free to take as many photos as you want. A golden monkey trekking experience is only possible within the Virunga region of Uganda, Rwanda, and the DR Congo, and with no doubt, these are the most beautiful monkey species in Africa. After the golden monkey experience, return to the starting point to meet your safari guide, relax for a while enjoying your lunch, and later continue with your safari to Lake Bunyonyi, one of the most popular places in Uganda due to its green and lush terraced hills that are punctuated with a plethora of over 200 bird species. It is a perfect paradise for many bird enthusiasts because of its combined art of water birds and some migratory birds. Lake Bunyonyi is an ideal place for swimming, boat cruising and canoeing experiences, birdwatching, as well as cultural adventures. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by 29 islands of different sizes across, making it one of the most magical views in the world. On arrival at Lake Bunyonyi, check in at your booked lodge to refresh, and have a free evening till it’s time to have dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:  Bunyonyi Rock Resort (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 12: Lake Bunyonyi – Morning boat riding on Lake Bunyonyi – Drive to Lake Mburo national park – Night game drive safari

Today, wake up at your convenient time to have your travel bags ready in your safari vehicle, enjoy your hearty breakfast, check out of your lodge and then go for a morning boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi, one of the most naturally beautiful lakes in Africa and the second deepest lake in Africa, with the cool weather to enjoy nature and offer great panoramic views from all sides. Boat riding experience is the only way of getting around the lake and its islands so, during the boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi, expect to visit some islands such as Akampene island, also known as the “punishment island”, which was used by the Bakiga people to punish their girls who would get pregnant before marriage by leaving them on this small island where they would die of hunger and others while trying to swim to the mainland. This was to intimidate others from making the same mistake since, in the African traditional society, it is an abomination for a girl to get pregnant before marriage and parents would do everything possible to keep them from engaging in sexual activities till their rightful time to get married. So, poor men who could not afford to pay dowery could go to this island and pick up some of these abandoned girls. But this act of isolating girls on the punishment island was later abandoned in the first half of the 20th century. Your local guide during the boat cruise experience will narrate to you all the interesting stories about each of the islands, and you will have a chance to visit one of the islands that are occupied by people to interact with them and learn how they manage to stay in this isolated place. Later, return to the mainland to meet your safari guide and then proceed with your safari to Lake Mburo national park, which is home to over 68 recorded mammal species, including zebras, elands, impalas, buffalos, Defassa waterbuck, oribi, giraffes, hippo, leopard, hyena, topi, and reedbuck, and over 350 bird species. On your way to Lake Mburo National Park, you will stop for lunch at Igongo Culture Center and then visit the museum, which displays the cultural dress and traditional cuisine of the Ankole people, as well as their traditional long-horned cattle. Then, proceed with the journey to the park to check in at your booked lodge and spend some time at your leisure till it is time to be served dinner and then drive to the park for an adventurous night game drive experience safari to enjoy the night jungle experience and boost your chances of encountering the nocturnal mammals of the jungle such as leopards, the spotted hyenas, African rock pythons, grazing hippo, civets, porcupines, and bush babies, white-tailed mongoose, bush pigs, porcupine, honey badger, side-stripped jackal, the hare, Aardvark, and black Galago among others. These are the species that are not commonly seen during daytime game drives. Besides the nocturnal species, you will encounter other mammals such as the beautiful Zebras, Elands, Impalas, Topis, other species of antelopes, Warthogs, Caped buffaloes, and giraffes. Being in the jungle at night is so adventurous and fantastic. After the game drive, return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest savannah-protected area in Uganda but is highly endowed with flora and fauna and other natural features. The park has 350 recorded bird species, 68 mammal species, and 13 small lakes. Its woodlands and savannah plains provide good habitats and feeding grounds for zebras, buffaloes, elands, impalas, warthogs, oribi, defassa waterbuck, leopard, spotted hyena, topi, reedbuck, hippopotamuses, giraffes, bush babies, porcupines, white-tailed bush pigs, African rock python, and many others.

Accommodation:  Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 13: Lake Mburo national park – Morning jungle walking safari – Evening game drive safari

Wake up very early in the morning to prepare yourself for one of the most peaceful activities to do while at Lake Mburo national park, be served breakfast, meet your safari guide and then drive to the park offices to be allocated a ranger guide to escort you during your adventurous jungle walking safari and later start the tour. Walking safaris at Lake Mburo national park are one of the best ways one can explore the wild without being stuck in the in a safari vehicle nor causing any ham to the environment which makes you feel part of the nature. While on the morning nature walking safari you will encounter the various animal species such as Zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, spotted hyenas which are often seen while returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl, hippos returning from grazing during the night, Impalas, Eland and many others. After the walking safari, return to you lodge to spend the rest of your time at leisure till time to be served lunch and then return to the park early evening for a game drive safari through Lake Mburo national park that will allow you to see large concentrations many animals and birds that are found in this park. During your game drive safari, you will go through various landscape features, such as the acacia woodland, grassy hillsides, wetlands, seasonally flooded valley floors and rock outcrops and evening hours are one of the best times to spot as wildlife such as the Zebras, Giraffes, buffaloes, Eland, Impala, Reedbuck and oribi and many others antelope species, Leopards, warthog are also ubiquitous and many others. Lake Mburo is the only Park in Uganda to see the giant eland, impala, and klipspringer and home to the largest concentration of zebras in Uganda with an estimated population of 5,000 and probably contains the highest concentration of leopards. Your game drive will end at 7 pm to return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation:  Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Mid-range)
Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 14: Lake Mburo national park – Morning horseback riding experience tour – Drive back to Entebbe international airport

After breakfast, have all your travel bags loaded into your safari vehicle, check out of your lodge and then go for the morning horseback riding tour in the wild. A horseback riding safari is one of the best ways to explore this park and to view animals. Lake Mburo National Park is the only park in Uganda where one can do a game drive from the back of a horse. The horseback riding safari is one of the most peaceful ways to enjoy nature where you will only listen to the sounds made by the wildlife, not contaminated by the engine sound, nor is there any pollution from engine smoke. During the horseback riding tour, you will have an opportunity to get very close to the animals like zebras, impalas, warthogs, and even sky elands. This is because the horses appear familiar to the zebras and even shy elands, which does not make them run away as they do in the presence of a safari vehicle, which will give you a chance to take more clear photos. After the horseback riding tour, start your drive back to Entebbe international airport with a stop over at Kayabwe Equator Landmark, an imaginary line which divides the world and earth into two parts of the northern and southern hemispheres. The equator line goes through 13 countries, and Uganda is one of them. While at the Equator line, you will watch a demonstration with an explanation of a water experiment by a guide on how forces move differently both in the northern and southern hemispheres and in the middle of the equator point. It is also said that when one stands in the middle of the equator, they become lighter by losing 3 kg, and when you leave, you regain your original weight. So, you will have a chance to prove this right or wrong. The climate and temperatures around the equator are constant throughout the year, making it a pleasant place. While at the equator landmark, you will take a photo with one leg standing in the northern and another one in the southern hemispheres, and this is a perfect place for a couple to take a memorial photo. Thereafter, the equator experience, have lunch, visit some craft shops, and later proceed with your journey back to Entebbe international airport to prepare for your return flight. This will be the end of a 14-day Uganda wildlife and primate experience safari that is full of several unique experiences in the African jungle.

Meal plan: Breakfast / Lunch

Package Quotation

US$5916 per person sharing private tour for 2 people

The package price includes

  • Return airport transfers (Pick up and drop off)
  • Private English speaking safari guide for 14 days
  • Private transport for 14 days using a well-modified safari land-cruiser which is 4*4WD, air-conditioned and pop-up roof
  • Private mid-range accommodation for 13 days on full board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • Fuel for 14 days
  • All en-route meals and bottled mineral throughout the tour
  • All government applicable taxes
  • All park entrance and activities
  • 1 mountain gorilla trekking permit per person (Ruhija sector)
  • 1 chimpanzee habituation permit per person
  • 1 chimpanzee trekking permits per person at Kalinzu forest reserve
  • 1 golden monkey tracking permit per person
  • Rhino tracking experience at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary
  • A visit to the top of the Murchison Falls and hiking safari
  • Morning and night game drive safari in Murchison falls national park
  • 3 hours boat cruise safari on the river Nile
  • Bigodi sanctuary swamp and community walk
  • Crater lakes exploration tour
  • 2 hours boat cruise safari on Kazinga channel
  • Game drive safari at Ishasha sector to search for the tree climbing lions
  • Batwa pygmy cultural trail tour
  • A visit and boat canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi
  • A visit to Igongo cultural center
  • Night and evening game drive safaris in Lake Mburo national park
  • 2 hours jungle walking safari at Lake Mburo national park
  • 2 hours jungle horseback riding experience
  • A visit to Equator crossing point

The package price excludes

  • Domestic and International flights
  • Country entry visa
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Souvenirs / gifts and tips
  • Items of personal nature /laundry/telephone charges
  • Extra meals and activities
  • Alcoholic and other soft drinks (Sodas, special juice order at the lodge and wines)

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