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6 Days Chimpanzee Tracking Safaris in Uganda

  • Lake Mburo National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Kibale National Park

Uganda Safaris and Visit to Equator Line

Embark on an outstanding adventure in three of Uganda's most famous national parks: Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kibale National Park. Cultours and Safaris is a team of local tour guides who will be happy to introduce you to the culture and traditions of the place, while taking you on guided tours to discover Africa's most wildest fauna.

Highlights

  • Chimpanzee walk in Kibale National Park
  • Visit to the equator line and local craft shops
  • Game drives in three of Uganda's national parks
  • Visit to the equator line and local craft shops
  • Visit a local family and interact with local people in Kibale
  • Boat safari along the Kazinga Channel to watch the hippos
  • Breakfast, dinner, and one bottle of water per person daily
  • 5 nights accommodation in tented camps
  • One chimpanzee permit per person
  • 6 activity days
  • English
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You will be accommodated in shared tents in camps within the three national parks.

Eagle’s Nest

Build on a high hill, bordering Lake Mburo National Park, Eagles Nest offers accommodation with a view. Almost the whole park is visible from this tented camp. Here you will be accommodated in big safari tents for the ultimate Uganda experience. All 10 tents have their own private bathroom with eco-toilet and bush shower. The tents are furnished with twin beds and have solar lights. Every veranda offers a breathtaking view on the national park. Maybe you will be woken up in the early morning by grazing zebras next to your tent.

Kibale Forest Camp

Kibale Forest Camp offers a budget friendly accommodation in the form of seven non-self-contained tents. These are furnished with comfortable beds, a bedside table, and a power outlet for charging your electrical equipment. All tents are placed under a grass thatched roof. The tents share a communal ablution block with showers and flushing toilets. No need to worry about linen as all bedding and towels are provided.

The Bush Lodge

Queen Elizabeth National Park Bush Lodge offers a budget friendly accommodation in the form of 10 non-self-contained tents. These are furnished with comfortable beds, a bedside table, and a power outlet for charging your electrical equipment. All tents are placed under a grass thatched roof which creates your private terrace and provides some welcome shade. The tents share a communal ablution block with showers and flushing toilets. No need to worry about linen, as all bedding and towels are provided.

Day 1 - drive to Lake Mburo National Park and visit the equator point

You will be picked from your accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala by a driver guide at 07:30 a.m. Meet and greet then start your journey to Lake Mburo National Park. On your way to the park, you will make a stop over at the equator for water experiment. And at this point, there are two cement circles marking the equator line and it is worth stopping if you are traveling to Masaka or Kampala for a photo moment. Also watch a demonstration by local entrepreneurs on how water swirls in opposite directions in the northern and southern hemispheres at the equator line. Another reason that makes the equator a worthwhile stopping are the great shopping bargains. The point has got several craft shops and art galleries run by individuals and organizations. These craft stalls sell souvenirs and handmade products while some with marks talking about the equator. It will not be inconveniencing if you bought a T-shirt with words ‘I crossed the Uganda Equator’.

After that, you will continue with your journey and have lunch at the Lodge. After lunch, you will do an afternoon game drive. Lake Mburo National Park accommodates mammals like the eland, antelope, as well as zebras and water-bucks, making it among the most admirable places to visit in Uganda. The park is exceptional for its attractive, soothingly sloping hills and open grassland basins, intermingled with brushwood, woodlands, and rich wetlands. While at the park, you will see animals like the impalas, water-bucks, the Cape buffalo, and zebras plus many other animal species.

The meal included in the price for this day is dinner and the average travel time will be five to six hours.

Day 2 - morning game drive and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your breakfast, you will do a morning safari where you will have a chance to catch up with the early risers that you happened to miss on your afternoon game drive. Have lunch en route and proceed to the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park covers an area of about 1978 square kilometers; its position provides a magnificent view of the rift valley floor that occupies Lakes Edward and George. The park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world as it is well known to be habitat of about 95 mammals along with 612 species of birds. On arrival, you will do a short game drive. You will search for all the wildlife in the park: buffalo, lion, water-buck, leopard, Uganda kob, warthog, etc. You will relax at the lodge on your arrival.

Breakfast and dinner are included, while journey time will be about four to five hours during this day.

Day 3 - game drive and afternoon boat safari

After breakfast, you will go for a game drive. You will search for all the wildlife in the park: elephant, buffalo, lion, water-buck, leopard, Uganda kob, warthog, etc. After lunch go for an afternoon launch trip along the Kazinga channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat-safari you drive back to the lodge.

Breakfast and dinner are included in the package during this day.

Day 4 - drive to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, start your trip to Kibale Forest National Park. You will drive through the beautiful green scenery and tea plantations. Here, you will have a chance to visit a local family and interact with local people during the walk. After lunch, you will have a one hour drive to Kibale forest where you will be able to spot some monkeys, birds, and baboons during the stop-overs. Also, you will have the chance to visit the crater lakes for a nature walk that takes two to three hours.

Journey time of the day is around three hours, and you will be served breakfast and dinner.

Day 5 - chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Swamp walk

Today you will have your breakfast at the lodge and prepare for your trip for chimpanzee walk. Kibale forest hosts 13 primate species and is the the only national park to see such a variety of monkeys like: the wonderful red Columbus, grey cheeked mangabey, black and white Columbus monkey, L’hoest monkey and chimpanzees. Here you will be able to see the cousins of humans today for one hour and the trip takes three to four hours walk through the tropical rainforest with the experienced guide. After lunch, you will visit Bigodi swamp walk to spot some monkeys and bird species and that takes you through grassland, small communities where the locals are very enthusiastic to shake hands with white people, walk through coffee plantations, and people's gardens to see how they do daily work. Drive back to the camp for your dinner.

Breakfast and dinner are the included meals of the day

Day 6 - transfer back to Kampala or the airport

After breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala through Fort Portal. You could have a market or a street walk through Fort Portal and maybe buy some souvenirs for yourselves.Thereafter, proceed with your journey. Your driver will drop you at your accommodation either in Kampala or Entebbe as you may wish. This will be the end of your amazing trip.

Today's journey time is of six hours and you have breakfast included.

  • Bigodi Swamp walk
  • Boat safari along the Kazinga Channel to watch the hippos
  • Chimpanzee walk in Kibale National Park
  • Game drives in three of Uganda's national parks
  • Visit a local family and interact with local people in Kibale
  • Visit the crater lakes for a nature walk that takes two to three hours
  • Visit to the equator line and local craft shops
  • Bukoma Stephen Wanambwa

    Bukoma Stephen Wanambwa was born in Mbale, eastern Uganda. As an indigenous person he came to have interest in tourism after starting to work in this industry in 2006 as a trained tour guide. After a career spanning five years full of field experience, he decided to start Cul Tours and Safaris Ltd (Cul is an abbreviation of culture) which became fully operational in 2015.

This safari takes place is three of Uganda's most spectacular national parks: Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kibale National Park.

You have included in the price of the safari daily breakfasts and dinners. Fresh tropical fruits and vegetables abound throughout the country. A wide range of dishes, both traditional and international, are served in the hotels and restaurants. Most food is organic and if you have gluten restrictions in your diet, please let Cul Tours and Safaris know in advance.

Visit Fort Portal

On your last day, you will be driven back to Kampala through Fort Portal. You could have a market or street walk through Fort Portal and maybe buy some souvenirs for yourselves.

  • 1 bottle of drinking water per person each day
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All government taxes
  • All park fees
  • An expert English-speaking guide
  • Bigodi Swamp walk
  • Boat safari along the Kazinga Channel to watch the hippos
  • Chimpanzee walk in Kibale National Park
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • Game drives in three of Uganda's national parks
  • Ground transportation in a 4WD mini bus with an open roof
  • Visit a local family and interact with local people in Kibale
  • Visit the crater lakes for a nature walk that takes two to three hours
  • Visit to the equator line and local craft shops
  • Any drinks of your choice
  • Any flight tickets
  • Any optional activities
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Expenses of any personal nature
  • Porters who may carry your bags
  • Visas and insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to Entebbe International Airport (EBB), which is located approximately 45 minutes drive from the capital city of Kampala depending on traffic jam. Cul Tours and Safaris will be happy to arrange transfers to and from the airport for you or your group.

Testimonials

  • Review by Martin from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "Uganda is one of those countries not yet polluted by an overflow of tourists, and yet there's so much to experience, see and do! Cul Tours knew this and tailored a fully packed advendture with fantastic safaris, trekkings and a variety of many different cultural sights and engaging experiences, i.e. drinking locally brewed beer in the mountains with the locals - no other tourists; just you, the friendliest guide on earth (Stephen), the locals and the surrounding nature of Africa's pearl. Cul Tours is smaller company and they specialize tailored trips to your preference, they're the best bang for your money and can't be compared to the bigger companies in terms of service and options. Cul Tours were 100% helpful and serviceminded during the whole trip, in the middle of the night they had me transfered to a better hotel because I had a reaction because of too much anti-insect spray. They're well educated and knowledgeable, very fine folk indeed! Ask for Stephen!"

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  • Review by A traveler from Wisconsin, USA
    10 out of 10

    "We were 100% pleased with Cul Tours & Safaris! Before our trip, they responded quickly to all of our questions. During our trip, the service they provided (tours, lodging, drivers, etc.) were all excellent and exceeded our expectations. We were a group of 6 (2 parents and 4 adult children), and they even arranged for a birthday cake for one of our group. We would definitely book with them again!"

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  • Review by Charles

    "We travelled to Uganda on the 16th till the 23th December and spent the time with Stephen from CUL Tours. From our first contact with CUL tours through this website (safaribookings) we were very pleased with their prompt response and flexibility with the itinerary and accommodation etc. We did a lot of research about different safari tour companies and were obviously concerned about sending money before arriving but this apprehension was relieved once we arrived in Entebbe and saw Stephen waiting for us at arrivals. "

    "We had the most amazing trip, starting with the first night at Rwaboko Lodge on the edge of the Mburo national park. There we saw many animals, and did a couple of game drives. The Lodge was very nice and Stephen knew the managers and they looked after us very well. It was a nice way to break up the trip from Kampala to Bwindi as Mburo is about half way. Stephen is a very safe driver and has a nice Toyota Landcruiser that is ideally suited for game drives and rough terrain. The next day we drove to Bwindi to prepare for the gorilla trekking the following day. Stephen once again made all the bookings for the lodges and we stayed is a wonderful new lodge called Buhoma Community Lodge. This place was not what you would expect from a "community lodge", it had amazing private luxury accommodation, with fantastic views across Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and the service was second to none. We saw the gorillas with Stephen the next day which was a once in a life and must do experience. After two nights in Bwindi we drove to Queen Elizabeth National Park, and throughout our driving Stephen would provide insights and knowledge about the different villages, wildlife and history of the regions we passed through, and he has a great eye for spotting birds and different animals. "

    "We had two nights in Queen Elizabeth with the two main highlights seeing eight lions up one tree and a leopard sleeping in the grass, and also seeing chimps in the gorge. One chimp has stolen and leopard cub, we watched it play with it for about an hour. "

    "Overall our trip with CUL Tours and Stephen could not have been better, we had the most amazing trip and felt safe the whole time and would thoroughly recommend CUL."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Unforgettable experience through the impenetrable Bwini in January 2009 while the gorillas decided to post exactly at the opposite of the entrance, about five hours away.. so we walked and walked and thanks to the gorillas for the once in a lifetime challenge up and down the forest, through the river, elephants trails, flood, green, flies, mosquitoes and finally .. what you ever wonder.. the gorillas ! My guide, Stephen, was more than a guide.He was a friend even a family man looking after me, being around with me at all times, during through to pick me up on the "tracks".... about five hours without any sleep. I will never forget and ever want to be back to Uganda to live such unforgettable experience. Thank you !"

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  • Review by Camilla Olsen from Denmark

    "My first impression of Uganda was a little terrifying because I couldn't relate anything that I know to Denmark, where I come from! But then I met the drivers and guides from cultures and they was the greatest people I ever met! They thought me about Uganda and made me feel safe and enjoy my time with them on the tour around in Uganda! They really showed us the Uganda culture and we got it under our fingernails! They are making a lot of fun, and you get the feeling that you are becoming very good friends! I will recommend them to everybody who wants to see the Uganda culture and just to experience what Uganda has to offer!"

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  • Review by Jan Johansen

    "Just returned from a fantastic trip again with Cul Tours and Safaris. It is the ninth time in the last five years we use Stevens company to get around in Uganda. This time we visited many craft groups and on the way back to Kampala we made a shortcut through Murchison Falls National Park and were lucky to get a glimpse of a leopard. We can only recommend using Steven and Cul Tours and Safaris as organizers, whether you plan your trip yourselves or let him do it. You can rely 100% on him. We come back later this year and certainly next year."

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  • Review by Claudia from The Netherlands

    "Uganda is a beautiful country which has much more to offer than the gorillas. Queen Elizabeth NP and the chimpanzees are amazing as well. Travelling with Stephen Bukoma is a good choice, he is a very good guide!"

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  • Review by Jette Raymond from Denmark

    "It has been a very great experience to travel from Entebbe in the South to Koboko in the North with Stephen our fantastic driver and guide. A huge hug and thanks to Reina and the hound for some lovely days. "

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  • Review by Joshua Lukaye

    "Cul Tours and Safaris are surely next to none in holiday and tour arrangements! They make u enjoy every bit of your holiday/tour. Anyone thinking of a holiday or tour in Uganda, I strongly advise u to tryout CUL Tours and Safaris, u will call me back after and thank me for the advice."

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  • Review by Rikke N√¶stholdt

    "Traveled with Cul Tours and Safaris a few months back. Had the greatest time, filled with unique, and indescribable experience’s. A big thank you to Stephen and the rest of the crew behind Cul Tours and Safaris!"

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  • Review by Sussie Larsen from Denmark

    "I'm still overwhelmed after an exciting and eventful trip in Uganda, where I've seen and experienced so many things that it is pouring around in my head! We had the best guide on the trip, Bukoma Stephen Wanambwa-our own Mama Stephen, who took care of us as a mother and made sure we had it nice and got a lot of experience! If you are considering Uganda I will definitely recommend you to contact Cul :), so you can get Tours an experience beyond the customary right! "

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  • Review by Laura Kruk Lander

    "Thanks for the best trip ever, alhamdulilah I can't whish for at better experience, I enjoyed it so much."

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  • Review by Helyn Michaels

    "Cul Tours and Safaris has taken a great distinguished initiative to expose our authentic culture to the external world - it has showed confidence and pride that Ugandan / East African culture is one of the most unique and memorable experiences one can never miss to encounter. Good work, Stephen!"

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  • Review by Ntumbu Jonnez

    "Are you looking for a mix of tradition and modern experience in Uganda then try it out with Cul Tours and Safaris you will get the best."

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