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Primates and Wildlife of Uganda

Perfectly crafted for animal lovers with hikes into the natural habitats of the Mountain Gorilla and chimpanzees of Uganda, as well as a wide variety of other wildlife species, the highlights in this superb itinerary are numerous. Tracking the mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is an unequalled jungle trek experience culminating in the thrill of standing within metres of a family, often including the imposing male silverback. Uganda is also known for its colourful culture, lush forests, beautiful lakes and some of the best bird watching in Africa with over 1000 different species. We will enjoy game viewing in the scenic savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree-climbing lions, and cruise along the tropical Kazinga Channel teeming with vast numbers of hippos and endemic birdlife. This trip showcases the diverse ecosystems of Uganda where East meets West, and is the perfect addition to any Africa itinerary.

Inclusions

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
airport transfers (day 1 and 7 only)
4 nights in 3 star safari lodge on a twinshare basis
1 night in 3 star permanent safari camp on a twinshare basis
1 night in 3 star hotel on a twinshare basis
English speaking local driver-guide
private transport in a 4wd safari vehicle with pop up roof
game drives and excursions as listed in itinerary
national park and conservation fees (including gorilla and chimp permits) valued at US$750
mineral water while on tour
*payment is required for the Gorilla and Chimp permits at time of booking and is not refundable
Hightlights
Track Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Undertake a jungle trek to encounter chimpanzees in their natural habitat
Travel by boat cruise in the Kazinga Channel
Search for tree-climbing lions and other wildlife in the Queen Elizabeth National Park
Experience the colourful culture, along with beautiful forests and lakes, of the region
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
7
Price From
AUD $3,890
Start Location
Entebbe, Uganda
End Location
Uganda
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Slow paced, Walking/Trekking
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
20 Jul 201826 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $3,890
03 Aug 201809 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $3,890
07 Sep 201813 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,890
02 Nov 201808 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $3,890
30 Nov 201806 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,890
18 Jan 201924 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,960
01 Feb 201907 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,960
15 Mar 201921 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,960
19 Apr 201925 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,960
10 May 201916 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,960
19 Jul 201925 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,960
02 Aug 201908 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,960
06 Sep 201912 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,960
01 Nov 201907 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,960
29 Nov 201905 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,960
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda, you shall be welcomed by your guide and transferred to the group hotel for overnight. Accommodation: Boma Guest House or similar
Day 2
After breakfast, you will drive to Kibale National Park. Along the way you will pass many tea plantations and have an opportunity to visit a tea plantation. We will also stop in Fort Portal and visit the Toro Palace. In the afternoon you will arrive at your accommodation. Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp or similar Approx. distance 340 km Approx. driving time 6 hours
Day 3
After an early morning breakfast, you will undertake a chimp trek. Kibale's 795 sq km National Park contains one of the most beautiful and varying tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda. This is home to 13 species of primate including chimpanzees. The park's highest point is at 1590m above sea level. After lunch we will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, and enjoy a game drive on the way to our lodge. Named after Her Majesty's Queen Elizabeth of England, it is Uganda's most popular and scenic game reserve. It stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from open savannah, wetlands, crater lakes and rainforest. Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp or similar Approx. distance 130 km Approx. driving time 4-5 hours (including game drive speed)
Day 4
This morning we will have an early morning game drive. Queen Elizabeth National Park includes parts of Lakes Edward and George which are linked by the Kazinga channel. The park boasts the world's highest bio-diversity rating with over 600 bird and 100 mammal species including lions, hippos, buffals, leopard, Spotted Hyena, elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog. The primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black faced Red Colobus, and Red tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. Lunch at the lodge will be followed by an afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise. Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp or similar Approx. distance 40 km Approx. driving time 3 hours game drive
Day 5
After breakfast, you will be driven to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, passing through the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions. Bwindi National Park is the habitat of half of the world's Mountain Gorilla population and also home to chimpanzee, monkeys, elephants, small antelope and birdlife. Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp or similar Approx. distance 150 km Approx. driving time 5 hours (including game drive speed)
Day 6
After an early breakfast, you will be taken to the Park Headquarters for a short briefing after which you will enter the forest and start your Gorilla trek (please note that a drive may be required to your trekking starting point). The trek can be anything from 2 hours to 6 hours or longer depending on the location of the Gorillas on the day. The terrain is rough, often over steep slopes covered with matted vegetation. You will be led by an experienced ranger who will tell you interesting facts about the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. Be prepared for rain, mud and giant stinging nettles long trousers, gloves and a waterproof jacket will help. The mountain gorillas have inspired travellers from all over the world to experience one of nature's greatest interactions. Anyone who has witnessed the Mountain Gorillas of East Africa will strongly agree that it is a once in a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten. Afterwards we will drive to Lake Bunyonyi for overnight. Accommodation: Birds Nest Lodge or similar Approx. distance 60 km Approx. driving time 1.5 hours
Day 7
After breakfast you will drive to Entebbe. Time permitting you can stop for souvenir shopping and a photo opportunity at the Equator. After lunch, transfer to Entebbe Airport, where trip concludes. (Please note: earliest departure time is 21:00hrs). Approx. distance 550 km Approx. driving time 8-9 hours