Uganda Primates safari – 5 days exploring Uganda’s biggest primates – the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park.
Day 1: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
This tour kicks off with an early morning breakfast, followed with a pick up and transfer to Kibale Forest National Park; East Africa’s renowned haven for chimpanzee tracking. You will reach Kibale in the evening and head out for a guided forest nature walk / visit the communities around the forest. During your guided forest walk, you may see Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey and Red Colobus. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight. Primates lodge (Luxury)/ Chimp’s nest (Midrange)/Chimpanzee Guest house (Budget).
Day 2: Kibale Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi Swamp Visit
Have morning breakfast and assemble at Kanyachu Kibale park headquarters for a briefing on your chimps tracking adventure. Embark on your primates’ hunt where you will see chimpanzees, Varvet Monkey, L’hoest, Blue Monkey, Red-Tailed Monkey, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, and Black And White Colobus Monkey and many others. Midmorning return to your lodge for relaxation and have lunch and in the afternoon, take a walk to the Bigodi swamp community a renowned birders’ paradise in Uganda. Dine and rest at Primates lodge (Luxury)/ Chimp’s nest (Midrange)/Chimpanzee Guest house (Budget).
Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park
Have breakfast and get ready for your transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park while you take in the beautiful scenic views of the country side; Proceed with your drive to Bwindi, upon arrival check in at your lodge for dinner and overnight at Ruhija Lodge (Luxury), Bakiga Lodge / gorilla Mist camp (Midrange / Budget)
Day 4: Mountain Gorilla Trekking & Visit to the Batwa Pygmies
Rise early, enjoy your morning coffee and report to the park headquarters for briefing on mountain gorilla trekking within Bwindi forest. Here you will be provided with highlights on the trekking rules and guidelines and what to expect on your expedition. Set off for your search, this may last between 1 hour to several hours depending on the day’s movement of the apes since they are always on the move searching for food, water and even shelter. In this wilderness, watch out for other interesting wildlife and bird species. On locating them, keep at 7 meters away, avoid direct eye contact, keep silent and get your camera ready for your interaction. You see them playing, eating, teasing each other, sleeping and nurturing their young ones peacefully in your presence. After this amazing encounter, retrieve to the starting point, meet your guide and return to your lodge. In the afternoon, go for the Batwa cultural visit. They are the early human dwellers of the Bwindi forest whose lifestyle depended on the forest but were sent out by the conservation program. Learn about their culture, hunting skills, traditional dance and drama, songs and poetry among others. Later return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Departure
After breakfast, get ready for your transfer to Kampala and en route, have lunch in Mbarara, reaching Kampala in the evening for drop off at either Enttebbe International Airport for departure flight of at a hotel in Kampala.
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