9 Days Uganda primates and wildlife tour

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This 9 days Uganda primates and wildlife tour is an extraordinary adventure that starts and ends in Kampala. The safari will take you to the four most visited national parks in Uganda including Murchison falls national park, Kibale forest national park, Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi impenetrable national park.  During the safari, you will be able to view different animals such as elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, Jackson’s hartebeest, giraffes, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, oribi and also spend time with the endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural environment.

Highlights of the 9 days Uganda primates and wildlife tour

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to a hotel in Kampala

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison falls national park

Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale national park

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

Day 6: Morning game drive/ Lion tracking and afternoon boat cruise

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 8: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 9: Departure to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to a hotel in Kampala

Depending on your arrival time at Entebbe international airport on the first day of 9 days Uganda primates and wildlife safari, you will be welcomed by our driver guide who will brief you about the safari and then transfer to the lodge in Kampala for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison falls national park,

After an early breakfast on the second day of the 9 days Uganda primates and wildlife tour, your driver guide will pick you up from the hotel and then transfer to Murchison falls national park. Murchison falls national park is the largest national park located in northwestern Uganda and on the way you will have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track rhinos and after proceed to Masindi town for lunch. After lunch you will proceed to Murchison falls national park and upon arrival you will drive directly to the top of the falls where you will enjoy great views of the waterfall, water splashes among others. From the top of the falls you will drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

9 Days Uganda primates and wildlife tour
Murchison Falls N.P

Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise

Morning game drive,

After an early breakfast on the third day of the 9 days Uganda primates and wildlife tour, your driver guide will pick you up from the lodge to go for a morning game drive where you will be able to see animals like buffaloes, Uganda kobs, warthogs, elephants, Jacksons hartebeest, giraffes, waterbucks among others grazing in the open savannah plains, view predators like lions, leopards, hyenas before they go back to their hiding areas, view different birds among others. After the game drive you will return back to the lodge for lunch.

Afternoon boat cruise,

After lunch you will drive to Paraa jetty landing site for an exciting boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. During the boat ride which takes about 2 hours you will have spectacular views of the beautiful scenery, hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, antelopes along the shores, water birds like kingfishers, bee-eaters, cormorants, fish eagles among others. After the boat cruise you will meet up with your driver guide and return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale national park

After breakfast on the fourth day of the 9 days Uganda primates and wildlife tour, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kibale national park in western Uganda. It’s a whole day journey and on the way you will have en-route lunch and stunning views of the traditional homesteads, local people, beautiful scenery, views of the Rwenzori Mountains, crater lakes, tea plantations among others. Upon arrival in the park you will check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

Chimpanzee trekking,

After an early breakfast on the fifth day of the 10 days Uganda primates and wildlife tour, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the park headquarters for a chimpanzee trekking briefing. After the briefing you will be grouped into 6 people, allocated a chimpanzee family to trek and a park guide who will lead you into the forest during trekking. Chimpanzee trekking is an interesting activity that starts at 8:00am and takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food especially during the dry season.

9 Days Uganda primates and wildlife tour
Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest

During trekking you will be able to see other primates like red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, vervet monkeys, view some bird species, mammals, plants species among others. Once the chimpanzees are found you will be able  spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn about their behaviors, habits, watch them feed, play, fight, hunt, mate, take photos and record the moments. After the one hour with the chimpanzees you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will meet up with your driver guide and transfer to the lodge for lunch.

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park                  

After lunch you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. On the way you will enjoy great views of the crater lakes, tea plantations and upon arrival you will check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Morning game drive/ lion tracking experience and afternoon boat cruise

Morning game drive,

After an early breakfast on the sixth day of the 9 days Uganda primates and wildlife tour, your driver guide will pick you up from the lodge to go for a morning game drive or lion tracking experience in Kasenyi plains. During the game drive you will have great views of animals like buffaloes, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, giant forest hog, elephants, bushbucks, lions, leopards, hyenas, views of different bird species among others. After the fascinating game drive you will return to the lodge for lunch.

Afternoon boat cruise,

After lunch you will go for an exciting boat cruise which is carried out on Kazinga channel a 40km long channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake Gorge. The boat ride starts at around 2:00 pm and rewards you will breathtaking views of large concentrations of hippos and crocodiles in water, views of elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, antelopes along the shores, water birds like kingfishers, fish eagles, hornbills, cormorants, bee-eaters among others. After the boat cruise which takes about 2 hours you will drive back to the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

After breakfast on the seventh day of the 9 days Uganda primates and wildlife tour, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park via Ishasha sector where you will be able to view the tree climbing lions lazily laying up in tree branches during the game drive. After the game drive, you will have lunch and then continue to Bwindi impenetrable national park and upon arrival you will check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

9 Days Uganda primates and wildlife tour
Bwindi Gorillas

Day 8: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Gorilla trekking experience,

After an early breakfast on the eighth day of the 9 days Uganda primates and wildlife tour, you will carry packed lunch and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations of gorilla trekking. After the briefing you will start trekking in the jungle with an experienced park guide who is well conversant with gorilla trekking trails. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view other primate species like chimpanzees, l’hoest monkeys, baboons, bird species, mammals, different plant and tree species among others. Once the gorilla family is located you will be able to spend one hour with the gorillas where you will get an opportunity to watch them carry out their daily activities, learn about their behaviors, habits, take photos and record the breathtaking moments to show people back home. After the one hour experience, you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will meet up with your driver guide and return back to the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Departure to Kampala

After a relaxed breakfast on the last day of the 9 days Uganda primates and wildlife tour, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kampala. On the way you will enjoy en-route lunch in Mbarara town and after continue the journey to Kampala with another stopover at the Equator in Kayabwe to take photos and buy souvenirs. Upon arrival in Kampala your driver guide will drop you off at Entebbe international airport for your departure flight or drop off at any place of convenience.

End of 9 days Uganda primates and wildlife tour

Tour includes                                  

  • Chimpanzee trekking permit
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Rhino tracking fees
  • Lion tracking experience
  • Park entrance fees/ game drives
  • Boat cruise fees
  • Professional English speaking driver guide
  • Full board accommodation
  • Ground transfers (in a 4WD vehicle)
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Bottled water

Tour excludes                      

  • International air flight tickets
  • Visas
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary
  • Life insurance
  • Personal expenses like buying souvenirs, crafts, drinks, laundry services, hiring a porter, tips among others.