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7 Days Primate and Wildlife Safari in Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, and Kibale, Uganda

Ruhija Gorilla Camp, Uganda

Uganda Safari Tour

Enjoy a safari that gives you the opportunity to admire Uganda's finest parks and forests in search for its famous gorilla and chimpanzees together with the other typical wildlife of Africa.

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • Minimum 2 maximum 10 persons
  • Children from the age of 10 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Kampala
  • English speaking guide
  • Park entrance fees are included.

Highlights

  • One day gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • One day chimpanzee tracking in Kibale
  • One en-route game drive in Queen Elizabeth in Ishasha sector to see the climbing lions
  • One early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth and a 2-hour boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Chance to spot gorillas, chimpanzees, climbing lions, and lots of endemic species of birds
  • Visit the crater lakes in Kibale and stop at the equator point
  • Transportation in 4X4 vehicle
  • 6 nights of accommodation

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6 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at Ruhija Gorilla Camp in Bwindi National Park and at Kazinga Channel View Resort in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Program

Day one: Kampala - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Leave Kampala for Bwindi and have a stop over at the equator for photographs and to experience a tropical balance and also visit the craft shops to buy souvenirs, proceed to Bwindi with lunch break on en-route. Arrive at the destination; check in at your accommodation for dinner and night.

Day two: Gorilla trekking

After breakfast the drive will drive you to the park headquarters for briefing before you go trekking of the rare mountain gorillas through a true African tropical rain forest. This creates a thrilling experience observing these gentle giants feed, groom, as you take photographs in one hour with them then return to the meeting point after having lunch in the forest. In the evening you can go for a community walk to learn about people’s culture, and people’s way of life. Return for dinner and night relaxed.

Day three: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have breakfast then leave Bwindi for Queen Elizabeth National Park famously known for its highest number bio-diversity through the southern Ishasha sector where you can spot the tree climbing lions then continue to the northern part of the park for dinner and an over night stay.

Day four: Game drive and boat cruise

After an early morning wake up tea or coffee, set off game drive along the Kasenyi plains in search of lion, elephants, spotted hyenas, Uganda kobs among others. Return for a full breakfast and relax. After lunch you prepare for an exciting 2 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga channel where you will be able to see animal and bird species in a close range and also for clear photographs.

Day five: Transfer to Kibale National Park

After breakfast, you shall be transferred to Kibale National Park where you can have a stop over at Toro kingdom palace to learn about their culture, story telling, and entertainment. Have lunch in fort portal town then visit the craters lakes and proceed to your lodge for dinner and night.

Day six: Chimpanzee tracking

Early morning breakfast then you will gather at the meeting point for briefing before you go for chimpanzee tracking lead by a ranger guide who will lead you into the tropical rain forest for this wonderful experience though viewing them is unpredictable because they are mobile. Through the forest walk you will see the red tailed monkeys, L’hoests, grey cheeked Mangabeys, black and white Colobus. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for a nature walk to Bigodi swamp where you will view more primates and bird species.

Day seven: Kibale National Park - Kampala

After an early morning breakfast, prepare for transfer back to Kampala / Entebbe.

Location

Bwindi National Park

Bwindi National Park is located in the south western part of Uganda along the edges of the Western Rift valley and it covers an area of 331 square kilometers. The park provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 356 bird species including the 24 Albertine endemics, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and more than 1000 flowering plant species.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest borders the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Kinkizi county Kanungu district, Rubanda county of Kabale district, and to the south in the Bufumbira county of Kisoro district. It comprises of two blocks of the forest that are connected by a small corridor. The shape of the park is a legacy of previous conservation management when the original two forest blocks were protected in 1931. Bwindi locally refers to ‘darkness’ and has got many rivers which drain to the north, west and south. River Ivi is the largest others include Munyaga, Ishasha, Ihihizo, and Ntengyere and these flow into Lake Edward and others into Lake Mutanda.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park covers an area of 1978 square kilometers with two wildlife reserves attached to it that is Kyambura wildlife reserve and Kigezi wildlife reserve. It is crossed by an imaginary line marked 00 degrees latitude and it one of the seven national parks that lay along the western rift valley grabble. It falls within seven districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Ibanda, Mitooma, Kanungu, Rubirizi and Rukungiri. QENP is bordered by Virunga National Park in DRC in the west and they completely encircle Lake Edward which is connected to Lake George by the Kazinga channel, Rwenzori Mountains National Park in the north, Kibale National Park in the north east, Kichwamba escarpments in the east.

It was founded on July 22, 1952 as Kazinga National Park and renamed Queen Elizabeth National Park in 1954 to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth who had come to Uganda to open the Owen falls dam in Jinja and also visited the park where she was welcomed by Omukama Rukiidi of Toro Kingdom at Kikorongo on April 30, 1954.

The park has a diverse eco system of 95 mammal species with the “big four”, 612 bird species, 35 reptiles, and 10 primate species and indeed it is a medley of wonders because of the beautiful view of the highest snow capped Rwenzori mountains while at Mweya peninsula, a night in one of the safari lodges, a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel and the beautiful scenery.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is one of the existing and ready to be explored tropical rain forest greatly known for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda. These can be seen while trekking through the forest and it is also a home to 13 primate species including the L’Hoest, red colobus, black and white colobus and the endemic Uganda mangabay, 375 bird species, 70 mammal species, and 351 plant species.

The park covers an area of 776 square kilometers and occupies districts of Kabarole, Kamwenge and Kibale district. Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the South through 180 kilometers long corridor between Ishasha the Southern sector of Queen and Sebitoli in the North of Kibale National Park. While in Kibale one can involve in bird watching at Kanyanchu, Bigodi wetland sanctuary just outside the park, nature and community walks.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • One day gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • One day chimpanzee tracking in Kibale
  • One en-route game drive in Queen Elizabeth in Ishasha sector to see the climbing lions
  • One early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth
  • A 2-hour boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Visit the crater lakes in Kibale and stop at the equator point
  • Park entry fees and ranger fees
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • Daily meals

What's not included

  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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