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Uganda Primates and Big Game Safari

Uganda Primates and Big Game Safari

UGANDA PRIMATES AND BIG GAME SAFARI

Trip duration

9 days/ 8 nights

The Uganda Primates and Big Game Safari can be combined with our Masai Mara Wildlife Safari.

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND POSSIBLE WALK AT UGANDA WILDLIFE EDUCATION CENTRE (UWEC) – LAKE VICTORIA

You will arrive via Entebbe, where our guide will be ready to receive you. You will then transfer to your hotel, located nearby. Entebbe is the ideal place to start our Uganda Primates and Big Game Safaris, because of the main airport located here.

If time allows, and depending on how tired you are from the flights, you may choose to enjoy a short walk at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. Here we shall likely be entertained by the local Vervet Monkeys. We shall then walk with a local guide learning about different wildlife species hosted at the centre, including Leopard, Cheetah, African Buffalo, African Elephant, White Rhino, African Lion, Eastern Chimpanzee, the pre-historic Shoebill and assorted snakes. We can also expect some nice birds species here such as African Grey Parrot and Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill.

Otherwise we can relax at our lodge and prepare for the Uganda Primates and Big Game Safari.

Night in Entebbe.

DAY 2: TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK – FOOTHILLS OF MT. RWENZORI

On this day, we shall kick start our Uganda Primates and Big Game Safari towards Kibale on a very scenic journey. The views of Mt. Rwenzori or Mt. Ruwenzori peaks; often called “Mountains of the Moon” are a great scenery on this route. 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. The Rwenzori views are a popular sight on our Uganda Primates and Big Game Safari.

We shall arrive at our lodge in the afternoon, where we shall enjoy the local weather and beautiful sounds of birds and insects.

Night in Kibale.

DAY 3: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING IN KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK; AND BIGODI WETLAND WALK

Departing our lodge early, we shall head to Kibale Forest, where the Chimpanzee trek will take place today. On the drive, we may encounter several primate species such as Olive Baboons and Red-tailed Monkeys; who often love to feed along the roadsides.

We shall then continue our Uganda Primates and Big Game Safari 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.

In the afternoon, we shall head to the park headquarters where our Chimpanzee trek will commence. This is a major highlight during all our Uganda Primates and Big Game Safaris. 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. On arrival, 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 experienced guides.

We shall spend the night in Kibale.

DAY 4 AND 5: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

After a refreshing breakfast at our lodge, we shall leave Kibale Forest National Park behind and drive farther South. We shall drive through Uganda’s countryside as we enjoy the local farms, such as cotton plantations.

Later, we shall arrive at Queen Elizabeth National Park, where our Uganda Primates and Big Game Safari continues. 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.

On one 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 Uganda Primates and Big Game Safaris. 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.

Nights at Queen Elizabeth National Park.

DAY 6: ISHASHA TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

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.

Later, we shall continue our Uganda Primates and Big Game Safari; driving along the very scenic South-Western Uganda. We shall arrive at our lodge in the afternoon, where we shall enjoy the local weather and beautiful sounds of birds and insects. Local birds include Baglafecht Weaver and Ross’s Turaco.

Night in Bwindi.

DAY 7: GORILLA TREKKING IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Departing our lodge with packed lunch, we shall head to Bwindi Forest, where the gorilla trek will take place. We shall all meet for a briefing from the local rangers early in the morning. This day is definitely among the most interesting sections of our Uganda Primates and Big Game Safaris.

We shall then venture into the forest following the nice trails through the dense forest. Soon enough, we shall meet our “hosts” for the day- the majestic Mountain Gorillas. 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- the Silverback, 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. There are also several optional afternoon activities around Bwindi that we can take part in before returning to our lodge.

We shall spend the night in Bwindi.

DAY 8: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

We shall then head to the lovely Lake Mburo National Park. We shall cruise through the vast farmlands and bushes that pattern our drive from Bwindi. We may be lucky to come across the famous Ankole cattle, with their very evident and long horns. These cows are always a popular sighting on our Uganda Primates and Big Game Safaris.

We shall enjoy game drives around Lake Mburo National Park, as we score different wildlife species. Nice mammals will be abundant including Burchellʼs Zebra, Oribi, Cape Buffalo, Uganda Topi, Dwarf Mongoose, Nile Hippo, Roan Antelope, Sitatunga, Common Eland, Vervet (Tantalus) Monkey, Olive Baboon and Common Impala. Expected birds species here include African Finfoot and Red-headed Lovebird.

Night at Lake Mburo.

DAY 9: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK TO ENTEBBE

We shall enjoy a relaxed morning and a scrumptious breakfast at our lodge in Lake Mburo National Park.

Later, we shall drive to Entebbe. We shall then take our airport transfer for the flights home- marking the end to our lovely Uganda Primates and Big Game Safari.

 

 

Highlight mammals and others

Uganda Kob, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Leopard, African Lion, Savannah Elephant, Nile Crocodile, Nile Hippo, Burchell’s Zebra, Oribi, Cape Buffalo

Highlight birds

Hamerkop, African Jacana, Grey Crowned Crane, Crested Guineafowl, African Fish Eagle, Ross’s Turaco, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater

Habitats covered

Savannah, Wetlands, Highland Forest, Equatorial Forest, Albertine Rift

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Trekking, Equatorial Forest walk, Africa’s Big Game, Albertine Rift Endemic Birds, Boat Cruise