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12 Days Best Primate Trekking, Boat Cruises, and Jungle Safari in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda

Ultimate Jungle Safari in Uganda

This jungle safari is set to give you a uniquely memorable experience of what really the Pearl of Africa feels. It will make you cover the northwest, west, and southwestern part of the country. Five of the ten national parks in Uganda shall be at your disposal. The Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino) can be the highlight of the tour; however, this shall depend on nature since the animals stay in the wild. This trip also aims at giving you encounters with some of the exciting primate, i.e. gorillas and chimpanzees that settle in Uganda's tropical rain forests. Besides all, the tour is meant to give you an experience of lots more for example mountain ranges, rocks, climates that keep on changing from place to place, the vegetation that also changes with the changing climate, bird, insects, and lots flowers.

Key information

  • Private and group safari possible
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: 8 persons
  • Child policy: Children from the age of 16 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting and ending points: Kampala
  • Language: English speaking guides
  • All park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 10 days with game drives and activities
  • Boat cruises at Murchison, Queen and Lake Mburo
  • Hike at Murchison Falls and see rhinos at Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Chance to see rhinos, elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, and buffalos
  • Transport in a 4x4 car with a popup to cater for standing during game drives
  • 11 nights accommodation with breakfast and refreshing water
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee permit included (600 USD+150 USD)
  • Free roundtrip airport transfers

Styles


10 activity days
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Accommodation options

  • Two nights at Cassia Lodge (C) or Holiday Express Hotel (B) (arrival and departure days)
  • Two nights at Paraa Safari Lodge (C) Red Chilli Rest Camp (B)
  • Two nights at Mountains of the Moon (C) or Nyinabulitwa Crater Resort (B)
  • Two nights at Mweya Safari Lodge (C) or Simba Safari Camp (B)
  • Two nights at Bwindi Gorilla Resort or Nkuringo Lodge (C) or Buhoma Community - Kisoro Tourist Hotel (B)
  • One night at Arcadia Cottage Lake Bunyonyi

Room types

  • Self-contained double/twin rooms for luxury/upmarket trips
  • Mixing self-contained and non-self-contained double/twin rooms for mid-range trips
  • Non-self-contained double/twin rooms for budget trips

The accommodations can be inter switched for hotels that fall in the same class range depending on the availability at specific periods of time.

Program

Day 1

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you will be met by Augur Tours & Travel Limited's representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala, Cassia Lodge (C) or Holiday Express Hotel (B).

Day 2: The marvelous Murchison Falls

Leave Kampala and drive northwest towards Murchison Falls National Park. Stop over at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for a nature walk to see the rhinos in the wild. Lunch in Masindi. Proceed to Murchison Falls Park, the largest protected area in Uganda. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (C) or Red Chilli Rest Camp (B).

Day 3: The boat cruise on the River Nile

Embark on an early morning game drive on the Northern bank where your guide will help you spot a great number of animals and birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax at the swimming pool side. After lunch, you will safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls. There, you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometer stretch, you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. This is also the habitat for many bird species.

The boat leaves you near the falls and you will hike to the top. It is an exciting experience that brings you very close to the rushing whitewater as it squeezes itself through the narrow crevice below. the resulting mist from the turbulence often produces rainbows. Your driver will be waiting for you there and return to Paraa Safari Lodge (C) or Red Chilli Rest Camp (B) for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Fort Portal in the shadow of the Mountains of the Moon

After breakfast, leave Murchison Falls and drive Southwest via the Albertine Escarpment of the Western Rift Valley. You drive through Hoima, the town of the Bunyoro kingdom, passing through the verdant countryside, tea plantations, and traditional homesteads. You will arrive in Fort Portal, the capital of the Tooro kingdom, in time for lunch. Dinner and overnight at Mountains of the Moon (C) or Nyinabulitwa Crater Resort (B).

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park

You will spend most of the morning in the forest in search of chimpanzees. These primates are very mobile and viewing them is unpredictable but the forest walk is enriching, activity starts at 8:00 a.m. in the morning and takes about four to five hours.

This forest is home to large numbers of chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-colobuses, Blues, Red-tailed, grey cheeked mangabeys, birds, butterflies. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora. After lunch, visit either the Kasenda Crater Lake region or bigodi community initiative swamp and enjoy the amazing panoramic views. Dinner and overnight at Mountains of the Moon (C) or Nyinabulitwa Crater Resort (B).

Day 6: The boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

After a relaxed breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. Have a game drive en-route, lunch at the lodge, with its wonderful location on top of the Mweya peninsula.

Enjoy the unique two-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This launch cruise gives you a great opportunity for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (C) or Simba Safari Camp (B).

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

The day starts with an early morning game drive along Kasenyi tracks and Queens mile in the park and expect to see lions, elephants, cape buffalos, warthogs, spotted hyenas, mangoose, waterbucks, kobs and, if lucky, the leopard, plus a lot of small animals and birds. You will go as far as Lake George. Drive back to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon drive to the splendid Crater Lakes region for sightseeing. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (C) or Simba Safari Camp (B). -Day 8: The tree-climbing lions of Ishasha

With your packed lunch, drive to Bwindi via the Ishasha sector of the Park in search of the tree-climbing lions found only in this area of Uganda. The landscape is open savannah with acacia trees. Have packed lunch. Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for dinner and overnight at Bwindi Gorilla Resort or Nkuringo Lodge (C) or Buhoma Community - Kisoro Tourist Hotel (B).

Day 9: The encounter with mountain gorillas

After an early breakfast, you will be briefed by the park rangers before entering the gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is dense and is crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, The thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a memorable experience. Gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with one other. Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Gorilla Resort or Nkuringo Lodge (C) or Buhoma Community -Kisoro Tourist Hotel (B). FB

Day 10: The wonderful Lake Bunyonyi

Take breakfast before driving to Kabale through the rolling hills and terraced landscape. This area is referred to as the "Switzerland of Africa”. Stopover at the Bakiga Museum to discover the culture of the local community there. Lunch at Arcadia Cottages, with its unique and amazing panoramic view of Lake Bunyonyi. In the afternoon, a boat ride on the lake to the various islands is a great opportunity for bird viewing and sight seeing. Return to Arcadia Cottages for dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Lake Mburo National Park

You will drive to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest national park in Uganda. Take a game drive in search of the beautiful impalas, zebras, cape buffalos, elands, oribi, and topi. Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo. The park is a very good opportunity for bird watchers, who will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found here, including Papyrus gonoleks, Brown-faced lapwings, Carruther’s cisticolas. Take lunch and drive back to Kampala. Stopover at the Equator for photography. Dinner and overnight at Cassia Lodge (C) or Holiday Express Hotel (B).

Day 12

Reserved for departure. Depending on your flight time, you can do a city tour including, handcraft and souvenir shopping, cultural sites, and Mabira Forest (time permitting). Then transfer to the airport, having covered a cross-section of probably one of the greenest countries on earth. Augur Tours & Travel Limited looks forward to welcoming you back for more adventure in the wild.

Child policy

Children below 16 are not allowed to track gorillas and chimpanzees. They, therefore, forego the 600 USD and 150 USD for gorillas and chimpanzees on any package booked.

Location

Uganda national parks

Uganda offers ten organized national parks, plus a number of natural forests and natural reserve areas, with a broad range of different safaris and wildlife experience. Among the significant attractions are the boat - launch trips (in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo), nature walks, and game drives in any park.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls Conservation Area is the largest protected area in Uganda, sized 5,025 kilometers, including Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu Wildlife Reserve, Karuma Wildlife Reserve and, in the South, Budongo Forest. The altitude range from 619 meters at the delta on Lake Albert and 1,292 meters at Rabongo hill. The area is traversed by the river Victoria Nile, which connects Lake Kyoga with Lake Albert.

The park is named after the marvelous falls on the river, which encounters a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley Escarpment, then it is transformed into a froth of thunderous white water, with no comparison to any other site in East Africa. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, riverine forest and woodland. There are 76 mammal species including giraffes, elephants, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, kobs, bushbuck, waterbuck, oribi, and jackal. The list of birds counts 450 species.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park, 766 kilometers, forms a contiguous block with Queen Elizabeth National Park, on an altitude of 1,100-1,590 meters above sea level. The vegetation is dominated by the tropical rainforest. At least 60 mammal species are present, including elephants, buffaloes, hippos, warthog, bush pigs, duikers.

Kibale is well known for sighting primates, counting 13 species. Particularly, it hosts a large population of chimpanzees; also there are vervet, red-tailed, Hoest's and blue monkeys, red colobus, black and white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboons. The bird list records 335 species, of which four are only found here (Nahan's francolin, Cassin's spinetail, blue-headed bee-eater, and masked Apalis). Furthermore, more than 250 species of tree have been recorded.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

This park lies on 2,056 kilometers of land situated south of the Rwenzori Mountains, bordering Congo and including two lakes, George and Edward, which are connected through the natural Kazinga Channel. It is an ecosystem made of wetland and open savannah areas, on an altitude of 910 meters at Lake Edward.

Queen Elizabeth records a large number of animals, including 95 mammal species (among them elephants, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, buffaloes, jackals, spotted hyenas) and 10 primate species, like chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus, olive baboons. The list of birds is of 606 species recorded, possibly the highest in any African national park and in the world.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 331 kilometers, is located in South Western Uganda, on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, on an altitude range from 1,160 meters to 2,607 meters. This is a real tropical rainforest, spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys. It is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa. In the local language "bwindi" (from "mubwindi") means "dark place", referring to the impenetrable nature for human beings to the swamp located the South East of the actual Park, according to legends.

There are 11 species of primates, including chimpanzee, Hoest's, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, olive baboon. Particularly, Bwindi is home to 360 mountain gorillas, half of the total remaining world population. There are 346 species of birds recorded (Bwindi contains 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics, difficult to see in any other place in East Africa) and 200 of butterflies. Mammals count only 30 (buffaloes, leopards, elephants). There are 324 species of tree.

Lake Mburo National Park

This park is 370 square kilometers and is located in Mbarara District, with an altitude range from 1,220 meters to 1,828 meters above sea level. The park is named after the lake which lies in this territory. This little park hosts a variety of animals, that is to say 68 mammal species, including a large number of impalas (the antelope from which "Kampala" is named after), Uganda kobs, zebras, Ankole cattle, buffaloes, topis, leopards, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs, oribi, bushbucks, duikers. There are 315 bird species, including red-faced barbet, crested crane, shoebill stork, papyrus yellow warbler. The vegetation is dominated by an open Savannah of Augur trees, Olea and Boscia.

Food

Daily breakfast and refreshing water are included in the price. Other meals are at your own account.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 11 nights accommodation sharing double/twin rooms
  • All park entrances
  • Boat cruises at Murchison, Queen and Lake Mburo
  • Breakfasts
  • Chimpanzee permits
  • Gorilla permits
  • Game drives
  • Hike at Murchison Falls
  • Refreshing water
  • Rhinos at Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Transport in a 4x4 car with a popup to cater for standing during game drives

What's not included

  • Extra drinks like beers
  • Meals
  • Potters
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Augur Tours & Travel Limited will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Pricing information

For bigger groups, the rates are as follows:

6-person group:
  • Upmarket lodges: 3,091 USD per person
  • Midrange lodges: 2,265 USD per person
  • Budget camps: 1,938 USD per person
8-person group:
  • Upmarket lodges: 2,878 USD per person
  • Midrange lodges: 2,124 USD per person
  • Budget camps: 1,823 USD per person

 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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