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Primates Safari

UGANDA PRIMATES SAFARI

10 days Luxury Lodge

 

Scheduled  Departures – minimum 2 persons

 

 

Day 1: Entebbe – Kampala (1.5 hours / 40 km)

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met and transferred to Emin Pasha your overnight hotel. in Kampala.

Located near the center of town, Emin Pasha is set in two acres of peaceful tropical gardens. The boutique hotel features only twenty rooms, each decorated with hardwood furniture, air conditioning, satellite television and a small private terrace or sitting area. The FEZ Brasserie and Wine bar offer an extensive wine list and dynamic menu.

 

Day 2: Kampala – Kibale Forest National Park 5hrs / 330 kms)
After a relaxed breakfast  depart the capital city and head west to Fort Portal, with lunch en route. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town you continue to Kibale National Park where you spend the next two nights in the luxury cottages.

Kibale Forest National Park is an extensive Biodiversity National Park in South Uganda and also known as the “Primate Paradise” has one of the greatest variety and concentration of primates in Africa including our famous cousins the Chimpanzee, Red Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, L’Hoest’s, Black-and- White Colobus and the Olive Baboons. There is also a wide array of unique birds, forest elephants (smaller and hairier than the more familiar savannah elephant) and much more.

Primate Lodge Kibale  – BLD

Primate Lodge Kibale’s principal edge is the location, right next to the starting point for Chimpanzee tracking excursion as well as the incredible Chimpanzee Habituation. The new luxury cottages at Primate Lodge feature large twin or double beds, a spacious bathroom and private veranda. Large glass windows and a full size glass sliding door allow 180 degree views of the beautiful rainforest. The main lodge has a spacious dining room, serving local and international meals, with an adjacent bar and lounge area. WIFI is available in the main area.

 

 

Day 3: Kibale Forest NP

Today the forest opens up for a sensational chimpanzee tracking experience.

Following the pre-tracking briefing, you will walk or drive to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees. En-route, your guide will enthral you with stories and facts about the forest and her other inhabitants including other species of primates and birds and other big mammals.

Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable one hour with them as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat.

Return to the lodge for lunch

In the afternoon enjoy a guided nature walk through the Bigodi wetland.

Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. The path and board walk maybe flooded and muddy after heavy rainfall and gumboots are recommended. The walk is about 4km in length taking 3-4 hours at birding pace with local community guides. All proceeds from eco- tourism go back to into the community, a conservation project well worth supporting.

Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Primate Lodge Kibale – BLD

 

Day 4: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park (250km/3hrs)

After breakfast travel towards the south, passing the majestic foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”. En route explore the scenic crater lakes region that surrounds the dense forest of Kibale National Park.

The afternoon is at leisure, to relax, enjoy the scenic views from your accommodation or take a refreshing dip in the pool.

Kaatara Lodge – BLD

Katara Lodge is located on the Kichwamba escarpment at a short (15 km) drive from the main entrance of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge offers five thatched cottages on a beautiful stretch of hills overlooking the open savannah. Each cottage was hand crafted using locally available materials, features a four poster star bed and private veranda. The bathrooms are fitted with a romantic roll top bath or invigorating rain shower. The main bar and dining area is a large thatched structure providing a beautiful view of the plains of the park. WIFI is available.

 

 

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

The day begins early  with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. Search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat. Alternatively, you can decide to experience a unique Hot Air Balloon Safari, followed by a bush breakfast and game drive (pre-booking required).

In the afternoon you take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. The scheduled 2-hour boat ride (beverages and snacks included) will cover a 12-14 km stretch of the channel, with almost guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including multitudes of hippopotamus – possibly the world’s highest concentration – Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, and many birds.

Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Katara Lodge – BLD

 

 

Day 6: Ishasha Sector – QENP (180 km / 2-3 hours drive)

After breakfast, you leave the northern part of QENP and drive to the southern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park, with a game drive through the Ishasha area in search of the tree climbing lions It is a beautiful route with the Rwenzori Mountains on your right side and the green valley on the left offering the most amazing scenic views. Arrive at your lodge in time lunch. Later enjoy another game drive in search of the tree climbing lions, returning back to the lodge in time to watch the sun go down.

Ishasha Wilderness Lodge – BLD

Ishasha Wilderness Lodge is an exclusive tented camp offers quality accommodation in the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Each of the ten spacious tents is situated in the wooded area besides the Ntungwe river and is comfortably furnished. It has its own en suite bathroom providing hot water “bush” showers and an ecofriendly toilet. A central lounge/dining area, also under canvas, offers meals and relaxing during the day, while the bar has a selection of local and imported beverages. In the evening guests can enjoy a unique bush experience in the area besides the river including an evening fireplace.

 

Day 7: Quenn Elizabeth NP –  Bwindi National Park (100km/2hrs drive)

After a chance to enjoy the sunrise on your early morning game drive in the wilderness you drive to a bush breakfast set out in the heart of the park. A game drive takes you back to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon drive further south to your lodge in Bwindi National Park, home of the mountain gorillas.

Buhoma Lodge – BLD

Buhoma Lodge is an intimate lodge within the boundary of the forest. It offers ten traditional cottages, each with its own private veranda, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy. The rooms feature comfortable beds and en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet and hot shower. There is also an elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities and a fireplace to warm up during the cool evenings. WIFI is available.

 

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the rare but critically endangered Mountain Gorillas (gorilla beringei beringei), lies on the edge of the albertine Rift Valley in south-western Uganda, with a wide altitude range between 1,160m and 2,600m. The forest itself, dating back to the ice ages, is one of Uganda’s oldest and ecologically most diverse with almost 400 species of plants, 350 species of birds including 23 Albertine Rift endemics as well as 120 mammals species including lots of smaller ones like rodents and bats but also the Gorillas, Baboons, Chimpanzees, Elephants and Antelopes.

 

Day 8: Gorilla Tracking

Arise early today and prepare for an amazing adventure; an unforgettable encounter with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Following breakfast, transfer to the park offices where participants are divided into groups of 8 and allocated a gorilla family as well as a tracking guide.

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, waterproof hiking boots and a light raincoat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide (on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions), you drive to the trailhead for the start of your thrilling adventure – you can expect to walk long distances in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of fitness. Granted, the time taken can be quite unpredictable taking anything from 2 to 8hrs or longer however the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback will more than compensate for the effort in their quest.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!

Afterwards, you hike back to base where your driver will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge for a deserved shower and lunch or dinner depending on the time taken on the trek.

Buhoma Lodge – BLD

 

Day 9: Bwindi NP – Lake Mburo NP (390 kms / 5hrs drive)

After breakfast depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant before entering the park, then enjoy a game drive en-route your lodge, where you have beautiful views of the park.

In the evening you will have the opportunity to experience a night game drive (pre-booking required).

Mihingo Lodge - BLD

Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful and exclusive retreat, situated in Lake Mburo National Park. It features ten rooms that are built on wooden platforms. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent, equipped with en-suite bathrooms with stunning views. Each luxury tented room is nestled on a private piece of the lodge’s property, enabling you to enjoy the tranquil environment in complete seclusion. The main dining area is a large thatched structure built of rocks. Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks. WIFI is available.

 

Day 10: Departure

Start the day with and early morning bush walk, guided by a ranger. Experience a safari on foot that will allow you to notice the smaller, often overlooked details and usually brings you much closer to the wildlife than when in a car.

Return to the lodge for breakfast then, with a game drive as you leave the Park, head back towards the capital city. En-route you pass the Equator where you stop for lunch, photos and souvenir shopping. Continue on to the Entebbe airport for the departure of your international flight.  BL

 

B = Breakfast -  L = Lunch – D= Dinner

Please note: Prices and dates are subject to change at any time. Please call (647) 231-0067 or email us (info@africaonsafari.com) for current pricing.