10 day Primates & Queen Elizabeth Safari

This 10 days’ safari mainly focuses on chimpanzee and gorilla tracking in Uganda’s dense forests accompanied by search for wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is a combination of the highlights of a Uganda safari.

Day 1 Arrival

Day 2 Transfer to Kibale Forest

Day 3 chimpanzee tracking

Day 4 visit the caves and crater lakes

Day 5 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth N.P

Day 6 Full Day Game drive

Day 7 Transfer to Bwindi Forest via Ishasha

Day 8 Gorilla tracking

Day 9 Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 10 Departure

Day 1 Arrival  

On arrival at Entebbe airport, you will be welcomed by your guide for briefing and transfer to your Hotel in Kampala or Entebbe.

Travel time –Approx. 45 minutes depending on Kampala traffic

Meal plan – Supper

Accommodation – Acactus Hotel/Forest Cottages/Lake Victoria Serena Hotel

Day 2 Transfer to Kibale Forest

Having had breakfast, we embark on the long drive to Kibale Forest National Park. The whole journey will be through the green plant cover that Uganda is known for. We are to have lunch on the way and arrival will be in the evening. In the evening, it is possible to go for the Bigodi swamp walk(optional) which provides spectacular birding opportunities to bird lovers.

Travel time – Approx.  7 Hrs.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation – Rweteera Safari Park/Kibale Forest Camp/Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 3 Chimpanzee tracking

After breakfast, you should be ready to walk inside the dense forest with a guide as you search for man’s closest relatives (The Chimpanzee) this walk takes 45 minutes to 6 hours depending on where you will find the chimps on that day. You will move with your packed lunch into Kibale Rain Forest which is home 13 primate species including, the white colobus, black colobus, red colobus, blue monkey bush babies nocturnal portal  the chimpanzees and many species of butter flies. You may also be able to see forest elephants which are not as big as their cousins in the savannah. Hiking gear such as hiking shoes, water proof bag, insect repellent, hand gloves and a hat are needed since the weather here is unpredictable.

Meal plan - breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation – Rweteera Safari Park/Kibale Forest Camp/Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 4 visit the Amabere Caves, crater lakes and Nyakasura water falls 

Having had breakfast, we shall travel to Fort Portal town in Toro Kingdom. On arrival we are to visit the King’s palace. Their King took over when he was a 3 year boy and is now in his mid-twenties. We then visit the Amabere Caves also known as breasts of Nyinamwiru.(Stalagmites and stalachites) You will be given both geographical and cultural explanations of these rocks. We then hike to the nearby crater lakes and water falls. 

Travel time – Approx. 1 Hrs

Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation – Rwenzori Travellers’ Inn/Dutchess/Kyaninga Lodge

Day 5 Queen Elizabeth National Park 

Having had breakfast, we continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, check in our lodge and visit Katwe salt lake. This lake has been in existence since the 16thcentury and is responsible for the survival of people in Katwe town. You will get to know how local salt is extracted and made ready for consumption/sale. We also visit Lake Munyanyange to see the flamingo birds.

We then drive to Mweya peninsula for lunch before having a boat trip on the Kazinga channel. This channel joins lakes George and Edward and has the highest concentration of hippos in the world. Expect to see a number of animals as they come to ease their thirst on the shores. These include crocodiles, warthogs, baboons, buffalos, elephants, antelopes and so on. This is Africa’s top birding spot, so expect to see various bird species including, pelicans, African fish eagles, herons, egrets,comorants  and so on. We then check in our lodge for evening accommodation.

Travel time – Approx 1.5 Hrs

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation – Kazinga Channel View Resort/The Bush Lodge/ParkView Safari Lodge

Day 6 Full day game drive

We wake up for breakfast, have a morning game drive in the Kasenyi  sector of the park which is famous for large herds of antelopes hence a hunting ground for lions, leopards and so on. We end our morning game drive on the shores of lake George for bird watching and then travel back to our lodge for lunch. In the evening, we are to have another game drive in Kabatoro sector which has large herds of elephants and hippos. This evening, be ready to take a picture of a feeding hippo.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation – Kazinga Channel View Resort/The Bush Lodge/ParkView Safari Lodge

Day 7 Transfer to Bwindi Forest via Ishasha

After having breakfast, we start our journey to Bwindi Forest. This journey takes us through the southern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park(Ishasha) known for the rare tree climbing lions. This is one of the two places in the world where climbing a tree doesn’t save you from a lion attack. We are to have a game drive here, feed on packed lunch and arriving at Bwindi forest will be in the evening.

Travel time – Approx. 5Hrs

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – Ruhija Community Rest Camp/BroadBill Forest Camp/Bakiga Lodge

Day 8 Gorilla Tracking

After a mighty breakfast prepared by your accommodation, you enter the Impenetrable forest with your packed lunch to search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Be ready to walk for 45 minutes to 6 hours depending on where you will find the gorillas that day. Having encountered them, you will be given a full hour to interact with gorillas and then return to your accommodation. You will be close to a mountain gorilla, the most endangered and muscular primate on earth. This is one of the most breath taking wildlife experiences on earth. In case you return early, you will enjoy cultural dances from the local community before checking in your lodge.

Accommodation-Ruhija Community Rest Camp/Broadbill Forest Camp/Bakiga Lodge

Meal plan-Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Day 9 Relax at Lake Bunyonyi

After having breakfast at leisure, you will be led by your guide to Uganda’s deepest and most beautiful lake. (lake Bunyonyi). It is also known as THE LAKE OF 100 ISLANDS. This is some where you will feel relaxed after the tracking activities in Bwindi.  While here, you can take part in a number of optional activities including, canoeing, bird watching, hiking to the nearby falls and forests, visiting a Batwa community, swimming and so on. Note that only Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda have been proved bilharzias free in Uganda and are safe to swim in.

Travel time – approx.1 Hr.

Accommodation – Bushara Island Camp/Bunyonyi Overland Resort/Bunyonyi Eco Resort

Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Day 10 Departure

After breakfast, get set for your journey back to Kampala. On your way to Kampala, you will have lunch on the way, a stop at Kayabwe( at the Equator) for taking pictures reaching Kampala in the evening. You will be transferred to the airport or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe hence end of the trip.

Travel time –Approx 9 hrs

Meal plan-Breakfast and lunch

Accommodation -Not included


Game drives and game walks

Bird watching

Boat trips

Tree climbing lions

Chimpanzee tracking

Gorilla tracking

Visiting a salt lake

Cultural visits

COST –  per person based on two people traveling

Budget Lodges – USD 2370 Per Person

Midrange Lodges – USD 2810 Per Person

Luxury Lodges – USD 3300 Per Person

Included in the cost are;

Airport Transfers

All meals

All accommodation

All park entrance fees

Game ranger fees

1 gorilla permit per person valued at US Dollars 600

1 chimpanzee permit per person

4WD Safari vehicle suitable for game viewing

Nature walks

Visit to the salt lake

Enough Bottled drinking water while on safari

Contribution to the local community at Lake Katwe salt lake (US $10 Per person)

Not included in the cost are

Porter for chimpanzee and gorilla trekking (if you need one)

International flights

Visa (US Dollars 100)

Drinks besides water provided in safari vehicle

Packing list

A pair of water proof trousers and jacket.

A hat

Insect repellent

Sunshine repellent

A pair of sun glasses

Personal camera

A pair of binoculars

Good hiking shoes