The 12 days Uganda primates and wildlife holiday is a complete primate and savanna wildlife expedition. It covers Uganda’s finest destinations -primate and wildlife parks, especially Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo, and Queen Elizabeth National Parks- for wildlife/game viewing. Primate encounters will be enjoyed while in Kibale National Park for chimpanzees and other primates; and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for mountain gorillas. Below is the detailed 12 days Uganda primates and wildlife holiday safari itinerary. 

Day 1: Arrival & pick at Entebbe Airport

Meet our company representative at Entebbe Airport who will pick you up and transfer you to a comfortable place of stay in Entebbe.

Day 2: Rhino tracking & Murchison Falls wildlife holiday

Enjoy breakfast and meet your safari leader for a briefing about this special 12-day tour in Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park will be your first destination, Uganda’s biggest park and naturally rich protected area with over 76 mammal species, a powerful waterfall- Murchison Falls, primates, 451 bird species, and more.

In a 4×4 safari vehicle, navigate via the Kampala-Gulu highway and the 6-7 hours drive journey includes a stopover at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to see rhinos in the natural environment. From Ziwa, go and have lunch at a hotel in Masindi town before proceeding to Kichumbanyobo gate to clear with Murchison Falls N/Park officials.

As you drive to the Northern circuit, plenty of playful olive baboons will be spotted around Budongo or Kaniyo-Pabidi Forest. You will drive up to the top of the falls where you will observe the powerful Murchison Falls squeeze itself into a narrow gorge of about 7-8 meters.

Day 3: Full-day tour in Murchison Falls- Game drive & Launch cruise

Start your game drive before the sun rises and this will be perfectly done along the wildlife tracks in the Northern circuit. This area is endowed in terms of wildlife including giraffes, buffaloes, waterbucks, oribis, Jackson’s hartebeests, lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, and birds. Return from a game drive and a delicious lunch will be served plus some refreshments.

After a remarkable lunch, report at the Paraa Jetty for a boat cruise. This takes you to the base of the Murchison Falls and takes 2-3 hours. However, it rewards you with incredible sightings of aquatic life -hippos, crocodiles, and birds. On a boat cruise, not only will you have the opportunity to take pictures of aquatic life but also the Murchison Falls while at the base.

Day 4: Wildlife Holiday to Kibale National Park

Have a hefty breakfast early in the morning and after, your driver’s guide will transfer you to Kibale. On a journey of about 7-8 hours, you will enjoy the view of the Rift Valley escarpment and Fort Portal city. A lunch stopover will be made before you go to check in at the lodge in Kibale.

Kibale National Park holds a diversity of primates, about 13 primate species including 1500 chimpanzees, l’hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, black & white colobus monkeys. These share the same habitat with over 375 species of birds, several colorful butterflies, and reptiles.

Day 5: Go chimpanzee tracking Kibale & Bigodi Wetland expedition

The D-day to encounter the Eastern chimpanzees will be today and you will first have breakfast at the comfort of your lodge. This will be followed by a briefing at Kanyanchu from 7:00 am-8:00 am. Then the park guides will accompany you to the forest. 2-4 hours will be spent looking for a community of chimpanzees and other primates can also be encountered plus birds. A special one-hour of close interaction with chimpanzees will be guaranteed once you meet these unique apes.

Return and enjoy lunch at the lodge that you booked. The afternoon tour includes a visit to Bigodi Wetland and here, more primates and birds plus other mammals will be encountered.

Day 6: Scenic drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive to Queen Elizabeth N/Park via Kasese town and your driver will take you at a speed that allows you to enjoy the view of the Crater Lakes, banana plantations, and the Rwenzori Mountain ranges at the background. Queen Elizabeth NP comes after Murchison Falls Park as Uganda’s 2nd biggest park occupying 1978sq.km. Established in 1952, this park is a host to special wildlife. These include; the tree-climbing lions, other big game like elephants, leopards, buffaloes, plus antelopes, and others.

Arrive early and settle for lunch, after, set off for the Kazinga channel launch cruise 2-3 hours of recreational sport. This recreational sport lets you watch large schools of hippos, aquatic birds, and crocodiles while they bask along the river banks. Retreat from the Kazinga channel launch trip and settle for a leisurely dinner at the comfort of your lodge.

Day 7: Kasenyi game drive-Ishasha & Bwindi

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in the morning or pack it and set off for a 6:00 am game drive along the Kasenyi Plains. This wildlife sector is where you will find many wildlife species. They include; elephants, buffaloes, jackals, spotted hyenas, warthogs. Bushbucks, Kobs, waterbucks, and plenty of birds. It will be a 2-3 hours’ drive trip and you get back to enjoy lunch.

Check out and drive to Bwindi via the Ishasha sector where you will stop briefly. At Ishasha, there will be a chance to see the tree climbing lions and other wildlife. From Ishasha, connect to your lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable NP for an overnight stay.

Day 8: Go Bwindi gorilla trekking

Have a delicious breakfast and after, transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park offices for a briefing on gorilla trekking guidelines. Actual trekking begins at 8:00 am with the park guides leading your group of 8pax. A single gorilla family will be trekked by your group. One hour is guaranteed for photography and interaction with the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural environment.

Return from the wild, relax at the lodge, and in the afternoon, you will visit the Batwa community. Meet the original occupants of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Learn about their traditions, cultures and you will also be entertained by their dances, music performances.

Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi for a canoe trek- Uganda

A tasty breakfast will be served to you early in the morning, after which, you will leave Bwindi for Lake Bunyonyi. This is Uganda’s deepest Lake and in Africa, it comes to 2nd position with a depth of 900m. It has 29 islands dotted on it and shelters interesting birds. Arrive early and you will have a canoe ride to one of the historical islands.

Day 10: Wildlife Holiday to Lake Mburo

After a tasty breakfast, you leave Lake Bunyonyi for Lake Mburo National Park your next wildlife holiday destination in Uganda. Lake Mburo NP is a compact savanna-protected area but features distinct wildlife including zebras, buffaloes, elands, waterbucks, reedbucks, hippos, crocodiles, 350 bird species, topis, and others.

Day 11: Lake Mburo Safari drive & launch cruise

A morning game drive through Lake Mburo National Park will reward you with special animal encounters. This park is home to a huge profusion of zebras, impalas, elands, topis, buffaloes, birds, and others. The majority of these will be spotted during the 2-3 hours’ game drive. The afternoon activity will be a boat cruise taking you along Lake Mburo. You will be spotting schools of hippos, crocodiles & aquatic life.

Day 12: Transfer to Kampala –  Departure

Drive back to Kampala or Entebbe after check out of the lodge. Take the 4 hours’ drive to Kampala. Do not miss taking pictures at the Equator crossing. This will mark the end of your 12 Days Uganda Primates And Wildlife Holiday

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