9-Day Uganda Primates – Lions & so Much More (Midrange)

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Primates and wildlife in Uganda combined with Ngamba Island sanctuary which is the great work of Jane Goodall institute for the protection and conservation of chimpanzees. The tour continues westwards towards Kibale Forest national park where the powerful encounter with the chimps in their nature habitat may leave you asking for more. The journey continues to Queen Elizabeth national park and through Ishasha region famed for the tree climbing lions before you encounter the mountain gorillas.

Day 1

Arrival and Transfer to Entebbe for overnight Hotel

Upon you arrival through Entebbe International airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to your overnight hotel in Entebbe in BB.
Meal plan: Bed and Breakfast at Cape Diem Guest House (subject to room availability at time of booking).

Main Destination:

Entebbe

Accommodation:

Carpe Diem Guest House

  • Mid-range guest house located in or near Entebbe

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 2

Transfer to Ngamba Island for the chimpanzee Tour

This morning after breakfast, take the 45 minute boat trip to Ngamba Island, the home to the orphaned chimpanzees living in the protected sanctuary. On arrival, the duty caretakers will take you around the chimp home and brief you about the history of the sanctuary and how and why the chimps were transferred to this island. You will be in time for the feeding session as this gives a chance for visitors to interact with the chimpanzees. Standing on the visitor platform, you’ll also notice their unique behavior and then take pictures of them. Return to your Entebbe accommodation.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Main Destination:

Ngamba Island

Accommodation:

Carpe Diem Guest House

  • Mid-range guest house located in or near Ngamba Island

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3

Entebbe and Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, drive south west of Uganda to the town of Fort Portal and then proceed to Kibale Forest National Park. Lunch en-route. Arrive at Kibale forest in the evening and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
Accommodation Options:
Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp
Drive time: 6 – 7 hours.

Main Destination:

Kibale Forest National Park

Best Time to Visit December to February and June to July

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June to July and December to February (Least rain)

Wildlife in Kibale NP See all animals

ChimpanzeeCommon

ElephantOccasional

HippoRare

BuffaloOccasional

LionRare to none

LeopardVery Rare

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Accommodation:

Kibale Forest Camp

  • Mid-range tented camp bordering Kibale NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4

Kibale national Park

After an early breakfast, you’ll have briefing session the park officials and later set off to the rainforest on the chimpanzee tracking adventures. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the evening, we organize the Bigodi swamp walk. Bigodi Swamp is popular with many swamp endemic birds like pelicans, herons, collared apallis, bee eater, Narina trogon, black capped apallis, yellow spotted nicator, blue headed sunbird, woodland warbler and more. The swamp is also a major livelihood for the local community through tourism and crafts.
Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight as night before.

Main Destination:

Kibale Forest National Park

Accommodation:

Kibale Forest Camp

  • Mid-range tented camp bordering Kibale NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive to Queen Elizabeth national park, one of the largest parks and home to several species of mammals. Lunch and arrive in time for an evening game drive in the savannah with sights of Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, hyenas, stripped jackals, Hippopotamus, Kobs, Warthog and a variety of primates like Chimpanzee, olive baboon, red-tailed and vervet monkeys in the forests. Dinner and overnight at accommodation of your choice
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation options:
Midrange: Enganzi Lodge – Ihamba Safari Lodge (subject to room availability at time of booking)
Drive time: 4 – 5 hours.

Main Destination:

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Best Time to Visit January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth NP See all animals

ChimpanzeeOccasional

ElephantCommon

HippoAbundant

BuffaloCommon

LionCommon

LeopardOccasional

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Accommodation:

Ihamba Safari Lodge

  • Mid-range cottage located inside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6

Activities in the Park

After breakfast, drive towards Kasenyi and visit the crater lakes, Edwards and George which has been popularly marked as the mating ground for several antelopes, particularly for the Uganda kob. You maybe be lucky to also sight more wildlife that may include lions, buffaloes, elephants, and other animals. Head back to your lodge for lunch and then proceed on an afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga channel. Enjoy the rays of the setting sun on the launch cruise as you return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight as night before.

Main Destination:

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation:

Ihamba Safari Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located inside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7

Transfer to Bwindi Forest Via the Ishasha Sector

Take an early breakfast and then drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest park through Ishasha sector the area famed for the tree climbing lions. Have a short game drive, lunch and then proceed to Bwindi via the lush green countryside. Reach Bwindi by the evening and check into your lodge for overnight and dinner.

Accommodation options:
Midrange: Silverback lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp or Chameleon Hill lodge (subject to room availability and gorilla permit allocation at time of booking)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Drive time: 5 – 6 hours.

Main Destination:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February

High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)

Best Weather June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable NP See all animals

GorillaCommon

ChimpanzeeRare

White RhinoNone

Black RhinoNone

LionNone

LeopardNone

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Accommodation:

Silverback Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located just outside Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8

Gorilla Safari

After an early breakfast, head to the ranger station for briefing and by the mid morning, start your gorilla trekking expedition in the lush forest vegetation of Bwindi national park. It is quite strenuous and requires fitness through the long hours of anticipated gorilla tracking, sometimes taking 2-7 hours of trekking. Other sights on the trails may include monkeys, birds and several butterflies. Spend utmost one hour with the gorillas and then retire to your lodge happy to have made the trip. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight as night before.

Main Destination:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation:

Silverback Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located just outside Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9

Transfer from Bwindi forest back to Entebbe

This morning after your breakfast, start the long journey back to Kampala with stops at the equator point and lunch. Reach Kampala in the early evening and transfer to the airport for your flights. This day is reserved for late evening or night flights.

Main Destination:

Entebbe

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Important to Know

  • This tour is not available to solo travelers.
  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).
  • This tour accepts children who are 15 years and up. Children under 16 receive a discount.

Rates Per Person

Solo 1 room 2 people 1 room 3 people 2 rooms 4 people 2 rooms 5 people 3 rooms 6 people 3 rooms 7+ people
Jan 1, ’18 – Dec 31, ’18 n/a* $2,830 $2,580 $2,440 $2,400 $2,360 Get Quote

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