Uganda: Primate Capital of the World
*Prices are per person in a double room. Single supplement prices are available below.
7 days of raw greenery and wonderful primates
Visiting 1 country: Uganda
An experience that combines the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which protects half of the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas, and Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s most fascinating destination, with a diverse ecosystem, from savannah to humid forests, to sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands and Kibale National Park, home to the most sought primate, the Chimpanzee.
Day 1: Entebbe
Touchdown Entebbe International Airport! Our welcoming representative will be waiting to transfer you to your accommodation for an overnight.
Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park
Rise and shine! You have an early transfer to Kibale Forest National Park via Fort Portal, where you will go on a brief tour of the town and visit the King’s Palace (only if possible). You will then continue to your lodge in Kibale, arriving just in time for lunch. Optional activities for the afternoon are available of course… just ask!
Day 3: Kibale Forest National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park
At 6.30 am and after breakfast, you’ll head to Kibale Forest National Park headquarters. You’ll go through a briefing before setting off to track the fascinating Chimpanzees. You’ll encounter a good variety of diurnal monkeys (including L’Hoest’s, Red Colobus, blues, red tailed and gray– cheeked Mangabeys), but the stars of this trail are of course the chimpanzees. This is home to a total of 70 mammal species and over 375 species of birds! Get ready to be amazed.
After this excitement, you will return for lunch and get ready for your drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an overnight.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park
With your packed breakfast, you will go for an early game drive in the Kasenyi area. With an amazing wildlife gathering 5000 hippos, 2500 elephants, over 10,000 buffalo’s, 10 species of primates (Chimpanzees, Vervets and black-and-white Colobus monkeys, Baboons), over 600 bird species and the big Cats (lions, leopards, civets, genal and serval cats); this park guarantees sightings of some of Africa’s most iconic species.
You will return to lodge and rest until lunch time. In the afternoon, we’ll head for a 2-3 hours boat trip on the Kazinga Channel; which connects Lake Gorge (to the east) with Lake Edward (to the west). This Channel is an oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park and a boat tour gives you a chance to cruise very close to schools of hippos, herds of buffalo’s and elephants plus numerous species of birds. The boat departs at around 2 pm.
Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Today you will enjoy a brief game drive then continue on to the southern end of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We’ll arrive at the lodge and have lunch. You’ll have an array of optional activities to do throughout the afternoon.
Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After Breakfast, you will take a short drive to the Park headquarters for an important briefing; before setting off on your mountain gorilla trekking adventure. Your guide will allocate you to one of the habituated groups, since only 8 visitors a day are welcomed, to minimize the gorillas’ behavioral disturbance and their risk of exposure to human-borne diseases. You will hike into the forest and once you have located them, you only have one hour to take photos, film, etc.
Note: you should carry insect repellents, use trekking shoes, and carry a rain jacket since the weather is unpredictable. No flash is allowed and each person must carry a minimum of 2 liters of mineral water. You are also requested to take your packed lunch (the hike can take from 2hr to 8hr depending on where we find the gorillas).
Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Entebbe
The trip is almost over sadly. We will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight; but not before we enjoy our goodbye lunch en route.
1 Week +
INTO THE WILD: ACTIVE/NATURE
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Mountain gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (part of gorilla permit payment)
- Chimpanzee trekking at Kibale Forest National Park(part of gorilla permit payment)
- Park entrance fee as indicated in the itinerary
- All the accommodation and meals during your safari
- Mountain gorilla and chimpanzee tracking permits
- LAND CRUISER/JEEP driven by an English speaking driver/guide. Exclusive use of
- Mineral water on route except during meals.
- Pick up and drop off at the at the airport
- All transfers as per the itinerary
- International flights in and out of the
- All services not indicated in the itinerary (any of the optional activities).
- Drinks: sodas, wines, whiskies, brandies, beers,
- Ugandan visas: single entry visa costs US$50 and it is required for all countries that require visas for Uganda (principle of reciprocity). Under the new application process, all visas must be applied online at least two weeks prior to travel: https://visas.immigration.go.ug
- Tips, telephone expenses, etc.
- 1 night in Entebbe at either the Boma Guest House/Cassia Lodge/Karibu Guest House
- 1 night at Kibale Safari Lodge or Kibale Guest Cottages
- 2 nights at Queen Elizabeth Park View Tourist Lodge or Twin Lakes Safari Lodge
- 2 nights at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (cottages) or Rushaga Gorilla Camp
We endeavour to select a combination of good quality lodges (where you actually stay will depend on your trip) that reflects the character of the local area. We strive to keep the cost as affordable as possible.
Please be aware that standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.
We aim to make sure that breakfasts are included every morning in the accommodation (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink.
Included evening meals are in local restaurants or in the included accommodation. In most cases, table water is provided with the meals and if you wish to purchase additional drinks, you can do so at your own expense.
If you have any dietary requirements, we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. Please be aware that although we will do everything in our power, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we eat in will be able to cater to all of your dietary needs. Also, we cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
Kibale Forest National Park
- You can go for a guided nature/forest walk to Sempaya hot springs situated in Semuliki Valley National Park (cost per person: 31 EUR)
- You can go for a guided community visit to the Bambuti pygmies of the Ituri forest and some of the native families. (cost per person: 18 EUR)
- You can do a guided walk in Nkuruba Forest. (cost per person: 9 EUR)
- You can go for a guided walk within the crater lakes area (cost per person: duration: 2-3 hours – 9 EUR; duration:5-6 hours – 18 EUR)
- You can do a 2-3 hours guided hike to the “Top of the World” (cost per person: 14 EUR)
- You can go for guided nature walk to Mahoma falls or tour a tea plantation and factory in Fort Portal region. (cost per person: 15 EUR)
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Do a guided waterfall walk in Rushaga (Cost per person: 31 EUR)
- Go for a guided batwa and natives community visit and walk (Cost per person: 27 EUR)
- Go for a guided walk to the Batwa community and Garama caves located within Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Cost per person: 79 EUR)
- Go for a guided gorge walk (Cost per person: 35 EUR)