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Primates and Cultural Safari

Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari

KENYA AND UGANDA BIG GAME, PRIMATES AND CULTURAL SAFARI

Trip duration

12 days/ 11 nights

The Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari can be combined with our Zanzibar Beach Holidays.

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL – NAIROBI, THE AFRICAN SAFARI CAPITAL

Our Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari will start in Kenya’s tourism capital, Nairobi. We shall arrive via the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where our Tour Leader will be ready to receive us and kick start our journey. We shall then head to our hotel in Nairobi, where we shall check in.

On this day, if we have an early arrival, we may explore local attractions around Nairobi. The city has a national park at its edge, making it one of the most special conservation cities globally. Otherwise, we can relax and enjoy the nice Nairobi weather from our lodge.

Night in Nairobi.

DAY 2, 3 AND 4: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE – MAASAI CULTURE

Our Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari, continues to the mighty Masai Mara. We shall drive through the Great Rift Valley, where we shall enjoy strategic stop-overs to enjoy the views of this majestic geological landform.

Soon we shall arrive in Masai Mara; renowned for the annual wildebeest migration, which is often regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World. Masai Mara National Reserve is a jewel of the Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari experience. Enjoy interesting game drives as you track the Big 5, the Big Cats and much more. We shall also keep an eye for antelopes like Common Impalas and gazelles like Thompson’s Gazelles.

There will be a scheduled Maasai Village visit on one day- this is one of Africa’s best preserved cultures. You will have a chance to learn about their way of life.

You can also take part in an optional balloon ride across the beautiful Masai Mara plains. This is followed by a scrumptious breakfast and cocktail party; all set up in the bush, with great views of the Masai Mara.

Nights in Masai Mara.

DAY 5: NAIROBI TO ENTEBBE – LAKE VICTORIA

We shall then return to Nairobi; and take a flight from Kenya to Uganda; where our next leg of the Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari will continue.

We shall enjoy a relaxed evening in Entebbe; near the shores of Lake Victoria.

Night in Entebbe.

DAY 6 AND 7: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING IN KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

We shall head to Kibale Forest; where our safari continues. We shall enjoy a relaxed afternoon as we enjoy the landscapes of Western Uganda.

On the second afternoon, we shall head to the park headquarters where our Chimpanzee trek will commence. We shall all meet for a briefing from the local rangers at the visitors centre. We shall then be assigned our guides and head into the forest using our vehicle.

We shall embark on a nice trek deeper into the forest where our primate friends await- the Eastern Chimpanzees. We shall spend time enjoying these beautiful animals as we learn more about their Biology from our very experienced guides. This trek is a major highlight on all our Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safaris.

We shall spend the night in Kibale.

DAY 8: BIGODI WETLAND WALK TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK – CRUISING ALONG THE FOOTHILLS OF MT. RWENZORI

We shall proceed to the edge of Kibale Forest, at the beautiful Bigodi Swamp. Here, we shall enjoy a nature walk guided by a local safari guide from the community. We shall also take some time to learn about the community conservation efforts at the local visitor centre.

The Bigodi Wetland is a swamp surrounded by tall trees and inhabited by many different primate species. The common primates here include Uganda Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest’s Monkey, Western Guereza Colobus Monkey, Uganda Red Colobus Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey and Olive Baboon.

After the walk, we shall leave Kibale Forest National Park and drive farther South to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We shall drive through Uganda’s countryside as we enjoy the local farms, such as cotton plantations.

Along this route we shall enjoy views of the third-highest mountain in Africa. Often more famous among hiking groups who seek the snow-capped peaks of the “Mountains of the Moon”; Rwenzori Mountains are a special place along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. This legendary name started as early explorers were seeking to find the source of River Nile; and today Mt. Rwenzori is the most famous site with that name. An old film (Mountains of the Moon) documents some of these adventures.

We shall also enjoy lunch enroute; then continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park- where our Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari continues.

Night at Queen Elizabeth.

DAY 9: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

On this day of our Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari we enjoy safari drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Mammals to expect here include Uganda Kob, Common Warthog, Giant Forest Hog, Nile Hippo, Lake Chad Buffalo, African Elephant, Bushbuck, African Lion, Leopard and Spotted Hyena. We may also find the local Nile Crocodiles.

In the afternoon, we shall enjoy a boat cruise along the famous Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake Edward and Lake George. Lake Edward is part of the Western or Albertine Rift Valley system. This cruise is a key highlight on our Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari. Here many mammals and waterbirds will be present and we shall take time to enjoy them. Birds along the water edges include African Fish Eagles and African Skimmers.

Night at Queen Elizabeth National Park.

DAY 10: ISHASHA TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK – BATWA CULTURE

We shall start the day early and head towards the Ishasha region in Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park. This area is famous for the local tree-climbing Lions. We may be lucky to find these beautiful cats among an array of other big game and birds.

We shall continue our Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari; driving along the very scenic South-Western Uganda. On arrival in Bwindi, we shall enjoy lunch and some rest. Later in the afternoon, we shall enjoy a scheduled cultural experience with the Batwa Tribe- this is a community that has lived in this beautiful forest for decades.

Night in Bwindi.

DAY 11: UGANDA GORILLAS TREKKING IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

Departing our lodge with packed lunch, we shall head to Bwindi Forest headquarters, where the gorilla trek will take place. We shall all meet for a briefing from the local rangers. This day is definitely the most interesting part of our Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari. We shall then venture into the forest following nice trails through the dense forest.

Soon enough, we shall meet our “hosts” for the day- the majestic Mountain Gorillas. This is the climax of our Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari. Sometimes the hike takes longer depending on the local movements of these great apes; who live a very natural lifestyle in this great forest. We shall spend time enjoying these great apes and making the best photos. Most gorilla families are well composed of a dominant male, several females and young.

Our trek may also produce more primates, including the amazing L’ Hoest Monkey. We shall then hike back to our starting point and return to our lodge for a relaxed afternoon.

Night in Bwindi.

DAY 12: BWINDI TO ENTEBBE

On this day we shall head to Entebbe on a domestic flight. If your flight home will be later in the evening, we can organise local afternoon activities in Entebbe or the nearby Kampala City.

Evening flights from Entebbe will mark the end to our lovely Kenya and Uganda Big Game, Primates and Cultural Safari.

 

 

Highlight mammals and others

Leopard, African Lion, Cheetah, Black Rhino, Savannah Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Nile Hippopotamus, Nile Crocodile, Maasai Giraffe, Mountain Gorilla, Eastern Chimpanzee

Highlight birds

Kori Bustard, Secretarybird, Great White Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo, Ross’s Turaco

Habitats covered

Savannah, Highland Forest, Wetlands

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Trekking, the Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara, Batwa Village Visit, Maasai Village Visit, Mountains of the Moon