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8 Days Amazing Wildlife Deluxe Safari in Uganda

Chimps' Nest, Kibaale, Kibaale District, Bunyoro Sub-region, Western Region, Uganda

Primate Safari in Uganda

Join a trip that will take you to the chimp forest of Kibale Forest, the home to a host of forest wildlife! You will then travel to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park, the second biggest national park in Uganda for game drives in the open savannah plains, boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, and many more! Don't miss your chance to experience all the excitement of Uganda while venturing into the wild and witnessing the natural beauty of the amazing flora and fauna!

Key information

  • Private and group safari possible:rates vary depending on this
  • Maximum group size is 7 persons and minimum 1 person
  • English speaking guide
  • Park fees included

Highlights

  • Gorilla and chimp tracking
  • Transport in a safari tour pop uo roof minivan
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Chimp tracking permit
  • 2-hour boat trip along Kazinga Channel
  • Safari transport and guide service
  • Daily meals and mineral water
  • Airport pickup and dropoff
  • 6 nights’ accommodation

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8 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 7
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Kibale National Park

Chimps' Nest

Chimps’ Nest is situated at one of the best viewing points of Kibale Forest, right on the border of the national park. If weather permits, you can see the Congolese border formed by the Rwenzori Mountains with its snow-capped peaks. All cottages and budget rooms are self-contained with flush toilets and hot showers as well as mosquito nets.

Kibale Forest Camp

Kibale Foret Camp is located in a patch of evergreen forest, just outside the southern part of the Kibale National Park. It borders the Magombe Swamp, known for the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. It is a 10-minute drive to Kanyanchu Visitor Center, the place from where chimp track will start. The accommodation is budget-friendly, with a choice of seven tents with a communal ablution block, and 10 self-contained safari-style tents. The communal tents, all set beneath a grass-thatched roof, are perfectly adequate, with comfortable beds (bedding and towels provided) and a power outlet for charging your electrical equipment. The slightly more glam safari tents have hardwood floors, twin or double beds, en-suite bathrooms, and a private veranda where you can relax and watch the colobus at play outside.

Primate Lodge

The lodge is situated in Kibale National Park, 36 kilometers from the town of Fort Portal and a two-minute walk from the park headquarters. All accommodation has a private veranda and en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and hot water at certain times of a day. Superior Safari Tents are on a raised wooden platform and blend into the surroundings with their grass-thatched roofs. They offer queen-sized beds, large windows, and African-style décor, including local stone, bamboo, and paintings. Forest Cottages have a homely feel and are spaced apart from each other to ensure privacy and uninterrupted forest views. They feature twin beds and a sitting area and are decorated with local artwork. A ten minute walk away is the Sky Tree House, where adventurous guests can stay up in a tree overlooking the elephant wallow.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Simba Safari Camp

Simba Safari Camp is a budget safari accommodation situated on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park, only two kilometers from the Ugandan equator. It is the closest accommodation for game drives in the Kasenyi plains and offers spectacular views of the surrounding crater lakes. Simba Safari Camp features spacious guest rooms with en-suite facilities and a private veranda. Also, dormitory rooms and a campsite with shared washing facilities are available. There is a restaurant with well-stocked bar serving a variety of meals and beverages.

The Bush Lodge

The Bush Lodge forms an excellent base for your safari activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge is built along ecological principles, the bandas designed and spaced in such a way to maximize privacy and enhance the safari aspect of the lodge. Surrounded by the national park and bordering the Kazinga Channel, the lodge has a truly unique setting. Animals roam in and out the camp and sounds of hippos and hyenas complement your starlit dinners.

Mweya Safari Lodge

Mweya Safari Lodge is located deep in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda's premier big game destination. Set on a peninsula above the wide Kazinga Channel and surrounded by the Rwenzori Mountains - known as the 'Mountains of the Moon' - the wood and thatch safari-style lodge offers magnificent views from all its rooms and cottages. The lodge offers a dazzling experience for tourists, family getaway, and honeymoon. A posh swimming pool and free Wi-Fi is also available. All rooms are designed to match luxury, comfort, and value for money. Each room enjoys the lake view through the window, telephone service, lounge / living room, wardrobe, balcony / terrace, air conditioning, mosquito net, en-suite bathroom / shower, and ornate lampshades to complete the opulent setting.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Buhoma Community Rest Camp located at the entry point of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a budget lodge that provides guests several lodging options such as bandas, self-contained safari tents, dormitory-style accommodations, and leveled terraces for those with camping equipment. The camp also has an open-fronted restaurant where guests can enjoy exceptional views of the magnificent forest canopy and the lodge gets occasional visits from gorillas.

Silverback Lodge

Silverback Lodge perched on high, atop the valley overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers a wide range of outdoor activities and accommodates guests in en-suite rooms with private verandas. The view is absolutely stunning and the best place to enjoy après-tracking cocktails.

Bwindi Lodge

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge offers a truly unique Uganda jungle safari experience. Separated by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the gorillas themselves are frequent visitors to the lodge. The adventure lodge in Uganda boasts eight bandas facing the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which you can spot wildlife, including chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, and monkeys jumping from tree to tree mere meters away. Each room in the gorilla safari lodge has ensuite bathrooms and eco-luxury comforts are all provided in eco-sensitive ways.

Program

Day 1: Arrival Kampala

On arrival at the Entebbe Airport, you will be met by our team outside the customs and immigration halls and then transferred to your hotel for check-in and overnight at Cassia Lodge

  • Meal plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Kampala - Kibale Forest

Pick up after breakfast from Kampala (or Entebbe) and depart to Fort Portal town nestled in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains for lunch and then proceed to Kibale Forest National Park where you will go for either a community walk or visit the beautiful Crater lakes region for a spectacular view. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge – Standard Cottages

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 3: Kibale Forest - Bigodi Swamp

Early morning visit Kibale Forest for chimpanzee trekking (persons must be of a minimum age of 15 years). Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkeys, black and white Colobus, Blue monkeys, Grey-cheeked mangabeys, Red tailed monkeys, Olive baboons, Vervet monkeys, a variety of birds and butterflies. Afternoon head for a guided nature walk to Bigodi wetland which is managed by the community and proceeds from here go out into running community led projects like schools. The swamp is abundant with butterflies, animals, and spectacular birds. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge – Standard Cottages

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Kibale Forest - Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your morning breakfast depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in good time for lunch and rest. Later proceed for afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge – Standard Tents

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early in the morning set off for the morning game drive along Kasenyi plains. Lunch at the camp/lodge. Afternoon enjoy a launch cruise on Kazinga channel, which joins Lake George and Lake Edward. Elephants and other wild game including hippopotamus, crocodiles and water birds can be seen along the banks. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge – Standard Tents

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Breakfast will be served at your camp/lodge then transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with packed lunch enroute and via Ishasha sector on the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, commonly known for tree climbing lions. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Haven Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Gorilla tracking

After an early morning breakfast and briefing, embark on the lifetime memorable experience with packed lunch box heading towards the dense forest on your search for gorillas and an intimate interaction with these gentle and endangered animals. The forest also affords viewing other primates including blue monkey, L’oehst monkeys, red tailed monkeys and chimpanzee along with a variety of birdlife. The time spent trekking in this unspoiled tropical forest and watching the gorillas is certainly worth the effort. Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge. Accommodation options: Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Economy), Buhoma Haven Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Bwindi National Park - Kampala or Entebbe

After breakfast, return to Kampala through Kigezi highlands, the “Switzerland of Africa”. Enjoy relaxing lunch in Mbarara. Arrive in Kampala early evening.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Location

Your main destinations for this safari tour are Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Bwindi Forest, all located in Uganda.

Kibale National Park

The 795-kilometer-square Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. This is home to a host of forest wildlife, most famously 13 species of primate including chimpanzees, red colobus monkey, and the rare L'Hoest's monkey. The park boasts 325 sited species of birds.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second biggest national park in Uganda lying on the western arm of the Rift Valley, occupies an area coverage of 1,978 square kilometers. This park lies between Lake Edward and Lake George which form part of the biosphere. This park is a system of contiguous protected areas namely, Kyambura Game Reserve, Kigezi Wildlife Reserve, and Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve. With this diverse ecosystem, the park supports up to 95 mammals, 612 birds, and over 57 vegetation types have also been identified in this park. The park also hosts the Huber’s Crater Lakes, the Kazinga Channel, the Ishasha sector, Kasenyi fishing village, the equator, and many other tourism features that you may come across while on a game drive or a guided walk.

Maramagambo Forest is yet another reserve that is under this park and is a home to giant rock pythons and bat caves that make this area so attractive. A visit to this park will lead you to activities like wildlife game drives, the boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, the chimpanzee tracking in both Kyambura and Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve, salt mining in Katwe, forest walks in both Maramagambo and around the peninsula area, lion experience, birdwatching, and many more as these all depend on the time you have while in this park.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, located in southwestern Uganda, occupies an area of 321 square kilometers. This ancient rainforest is the home to half of the world's mountain gorillas. Humans and gorillas share 94.8% of the same genetic makeup. This national park is home to 120 mammal species, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, and geckos, many which are endangered.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Wetland walk in Bigodi Swamp
  • 2-hour boat trip along Kazinga Channel
  • Gorilla permit (600 USD per person)
  • Chimp permit
  • Transportation by a 4WD safari minivan vehicle with pop-up roof for game viewing
  • Services of English speaking driver / guide
  • Allowances for a driver / guide
  • Ranger guide fees
  • Park entry fees
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Airport - hotel pickup and dropoff transfers from and to Entebbe International Airport (EBB)

What's not included

  • International flight
  • Pre and post-tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala
  • Uganda visa (50 USD which can be paid on arrival at the airport)
  • Personal (medical / travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, porter, hotel staff, etc.
  • Any expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.)

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. Pita Safaris 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 fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • April 1 - May 31
  • November 1 - November 30

 

High season
  • December 1 - March 31
  • June 1 - October 31

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