Kibale Chimps, Uganda Primates Safari

Uganda Primates Safari

Duration: 6 Days

Starting from: USD$2,298

  • Rates are per person and based on 2 people sharing 1 room
  • Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)

The Uganda Primates Safari takes on on adventure to see one of the world’s most intelligent species close to man. From Kibale’s habituated Chimps to Queen Elizabeth’s magnificent savanna plains, the beautiful mountain views of the Virungas to the mighty gorillas in Mganhinga Gorilla National Park, this a bucket list adventure safari.

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Best time to go
June to August and December to February (Drier trails make for easy mountain gorilla tracking)

High Season
June to September (Gorilla permits need to be booked long in advance at any time of the year)

Kibale National Park, one of the most accessible of Uganda’s major rainforests and home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the much localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey. Kibale’s major attraction, however, is the opportunity to track habituated chimpanzees – these delightful apes are more closely related to humans than to any other living creature and are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight in, for botanists and butterfly lovers, if you love birds; you are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush.

We will also visit Mgahinga Gorilla national park for gorilla trekking that may last from 3 hours up to 8 hours or more of the day sometimes under wet conditions. It is advisable to bring along sturdy hiking boots, rain poncho and be physically ready. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of the mountain gorillas is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer.

In Mgahinga, you will go golden monkey tracking, a very scenic park standing at three volcanoes, Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabyiny  and on the borders with Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. The search for these primates involves a hike over the volcanic terrain in search for the Golden Monkeys in the bamboo forests.

Things to consider:

  • Mid-range tour – Accommodated tour
  • Group Tour – The tour is run for more than 2 people at a go
  • Can depart any day? – This tour can depart any day
  • Can be customised? – This tour can be customized
  • Minimun require age – Suitable for ages16 and older
Tour Summary (See full day-by-day for more details)
  • You’ll go to Uganda uganda safaris
  • This tour starts and ends in Kampala (Uganda) – Getting there & away
  • You’ll visit Kamapala (city), Kibale Forest, QENP, Mgahinga Gorilla Park
  • Activities: Chimp Tracking, Gorilla Trekking, Golden Monkey tracking, Bird Watching, Game Drive, Site Seeing
  • Getting around: 4×4 Safari Landcruiser / Minivan
  • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included

Day 1

Kampala-Kibale National Park
Picked up from your overnight accommodation in Kampala to depart for Kibale National Park, one of the most accessible of Uganda’s major rainforests and home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the much localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey. Kibale’s major attraction, however, is the opportunity to track habituated chimpanzees – these delightful apes are more closely related to humans than to any other living creature and are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees.

Have lunch along the way and arrive for dinner and overnight at:

Rwenzori View Guest House-budget, Primate Lodge -mid range. Kyaninga Lodge – upmarket. Meal plan: L-D

Day 2

Kibale National Park – chimpanzee tracking
Chimpanzee tracking today, – after breakfast we will embark on the popular chimp tracking, an experience that lasts 2 to 4 hours. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight in, for botanists and butterfly lovers, if you love birds; you are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush. After this amazing experience return to get bags ready to depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Arrive for lunch and after move out for a boat cruise in the afternoon that last s between 2-3hours with a high concretion of hippos to see at close quarters besides the many birds species.

Rwenzori View Guest House-budget, Primate Lodge -mid range. Kyaninga Lodge – upmarket. Meal plan: B-L-D

Day 3

Queen Elizabeth National Park – Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
After an early breakfast depart for a wildlife game drive with bags packed and there after proceed to Mgahinga National park for a memorable experience with the gorillas the next day.

Dinner and overnight at Kisoro Travelers Hotel meal plan: B-L-D

Day 4

Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
After breakfast, we head to the information center for briefing before embarking on the long awaited gorilla trek. Gorilla trekking may last from 3 hours up to 8 hours or more of the day sometimes under wet conditions. It is advisable to bring along sturdy hiking boots, rain poncho and be physically ready. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of the mountain gorillas is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer.

Return to the lodge for a well-deserved hot shower and rest. Dinner and overnight at Kisoro Travelers Hotel meal plan: B-L-D

Day 5

Golden Monkeys
After an early breakfast depart for briefing before the  golden monkey tracking, a very scenic park standing at three volcanoes namely: Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabyiny  and on the borders with Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. The search for these primates involves a hike over the volcanic terrain in search for the Golden Monkeys in the bamboo forests. On finding them, the allowed time with them is limited and after this experience return to your overnight accommodation for relaxed afternoon/evening or take a village walk in the evening.

Dinner and overnight at Kisoro Travelers Hotel meal plan: B-L-D

Day 6

Back to Kampala
After breakfast depart for Kampala, with a lunch stop along the way and another stop at the equator for pictures, the water experiment and to have a look at souvenirs. Arrive Kampala/Entebbe to be dropped off at a place of your choice in the late evening. Meal plan: B-L

End of safari

Transportation

By Road (4×4 Custom Safari vehicle), it will take you around 5hours from Kampala with about 305 km. Paara covers a distance of about 85km from Masindi town by the shortest route.

See map below!

Accommodation Options:

Red Chilli – budget

Murchison River Lodge – mid ranger,

Paraa Safari Lodge – up-market.

Meal plan: B-L-D

Included in the price

  • Ground transport
  • A chimpanzee permit
  • A Golden monkey permit
  • Accommodation
  • Park fees
  • Meals as indicated against each day.
  • An English speaking driver guide
  • 2litres of bottled water daily while in the vehicle

Excluded:

  • Entry visas and flights
  • Items of personal nature/tips/laundry
  • Personal insurance
  • Sodas/alcohol/ teas and extra water
  • Extra meals and activities
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