Safaris
PRIMATE SPECIAL - 9 DAYS

This 9 days safari mainly focuses on Uganda’s primates. You track chimpanzees, golden monkeys and mountain gorillas in their natural habitat before meeting animals of the savannah in Lake Mburo National Park.

TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla park

Day 2 Golden monkey tracking 

Day 3 Batwa trail and transfer to Bwindi Forest

Day 4 Gorilla tracking

Day 5 Transfer to Kalinzu Forest

Day 6 Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 7 Transfer to Entebbe


Day 1 Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla park

On arrival at Kigali airport, you will meet your guide for transfer to boarders of Mgahinga Gorilla park where gorillas and golden monkeys live in harmony. (where silver meets gold)

Meal plan – Lunch and supper

Accommodation –Nkuringo Gorilla Camp/Wagtail Eco Safari Camp/Mutanda Lake Resort

Day 2 Golden monkey tracking

Very early in the morning, you will be transferred to Kisoro into Mgahinga Gorilla Park. This Park lies in the Virunga mountains which are shared by three countries (Uganda, Rwanda and Congo). It is also home to the endangered monkey specie (The golden monkey).  It is famous for golden monkey trekking and mountain hiking. There are three mountains available for hikers in the park. This morning you make a choice to either go for golden monkey tracking or mountain hiking.

Mountain Gahinga takes five hours to ascend and descend, Mountain Muhavura takes about seven hours whereas Mountain Sabinyo takes about eight hours. 

However most of our clients prefer hiking Mountain Sabinyo because it is shared by three countries, Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. At the summit of the and final peak, you can put your right hand in Uganda, left hand in Congo one foot in Rwanda and the other in no man’s land. It is suitable for those who are not afraid of heights.

For golden monkey tracking, you may walk for one to six hours depending on where the monkeys  will be on that day. They are normally not hard to find. Having encountered them, you will spend a full hour with them.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation - Nkuringo Gorilla Camp/Wagtail Eco Safari Camp/Mutanda Lake Resort

Day 3 Batwa trail and transfer to Bwindi Forest

Today you will embark on the Batwa trail which is led by an experienced Batwa guide. You will get to learn about their lifestyle before and after being dragged out of Bwindi and Mgahinga Forests. They are the indigenous owners of these forests. In the afternoon, you will travel to Bwindi Impenetrable forest so as to track mountain gorilla the next day.

Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – Ruhija Community Rest Camp/Broadbill Forest Camp/Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 4 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 the endangered  mountain gorilla, the most muscular primate on earth. This is one of the most breath taking experiences on earth.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation - Ruhija Community Rest Camp/Broadbill Forest Camp/Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 5 Transfer to Kalinzu Forest

After having breakfast, you will travel via Ishasha(Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth famous for  tree climbing lions) to your accommodation. The journey is through Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Parks and therefore expect  to see some game depending on the luck of the day.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation –Engiri Game Lodge/ Crane Resort Hotel/Park View Safari Lodge

Day 6 Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Having had breakfast, you will enter Kalinzu Forest for another primate trek. You embark on chimpanzee tracking this time. This activity is a bit challenging but very rewarding, so expect to walk for one to four hours depending on where the chimps will be on this day. Having encountered them, you will enjoy a full hour with them. The chimpanzees’ behavior can provide a clue to that of our early ancestors. Having accomplished this, you will be transferred to Lake Mburo National Park. If you arrive early, you are to have an evening game drive to search for savannah animals.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation –- Leopard Rest Camp/Eagles’ Nest Camp/Rwakobo Rock


Day 7 Transfer to Entebbe

You wake up for early breakfast and later have a morning game drive and later an afternoon boat trip on Lake Mburo.  Expect to see buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, impalas, elands, waterbucks, many bird species including; the African jacana, African fin foot, fish eagles, kingfishers, grey crowned cranes and son on. In the evening, you are to travel to Entebbe to catch your flight hence end of service.

COST (based on two people)

Budget lodges - USD 1850 Per person

Mid-Range Lodges – USD 2310 per person

Luxury lodges – USD 2680 per person

Included in the cost are,

1 gorilla permit valued at US Dollars 600.

1 chimpanzee permit

Either golden monkey permit or mountain hike permit in Mgahinga Gorilla park

All park entrance fees

Game drives

All meals as the itinerary states

All accommodation

Fuelled 4WD safari car

English speaking guide/driver

Enough Bottled drinking water

Both airport Transfers

Not included in the cost are

Laundry

Entry Visa US Dollars 50

Porter for gorilla trekking (if you need one)

Packing list

A pair of water proof trousers and jacket.

A hat

Insect repellent

 sun glasses

Personal camera

A pair of binoculars

Note that weather at Bwindi is un predictable, it can rain at any time.

To confirm this tour,  

please make a 1/2 deposit of the quoted price. The remaining balance can be settled either  in cash on arrival or transferred to our bank account a week before arrival.

This safari is still customizable, you can remove the bits you do not want and add the ones that you want to meet your budget and interest.

Enjoy your tour!