Uganda Primates Safari and Tour | 10 Days
DAY 1: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
In the morning our guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park in northern Uganda. Prior to reaching you accommodation, you will visit the top of the falls to see the great Nile force its way through a narrow 7 meter gorge before thunderously plunging 43 meters below. From here you will cross the Nile by ferry to your accommodation – Paraa Safari Lodge. You will see various animals such as buffaloes, crocodiles and hippos as you cross on the river banks. Other accommodation options: Sambiya River lodge, or Budget Red Chili Camp (Full Board).
DAY 2: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING – MURCHISON’S BUDONGO FOREST | BOAT RIDE – VICTORIA NILE
Begin the day with an early breakfast, you before setting off on a forest walk in Kaniyo Pabidi as you look for Chimpanzees. This Kaniyo Pabidi is an uninterrupted area comprised of natural forest inside Budongo Forest Reserve. You will hike through the thick mature mahogany plus iron trees. The most prominent activity here is Chimpanzee tracking but you will see several forest birds, such as the Puvel’s illadopsis, Chocolate-backed kingfisher and the White-thighed Hornbill. In the afternoon after Lunch you will enjoy a launch cruise. Dine and sleep at Paraa safari Lodge or Nile safari camp Sambiya River lodge or Red Chillis camp.
DAY 3: KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Following breakfast transfer to Kibale National Park. This spectacular drive takes 8 to 9 hours. You will drive past the Albertine escarpment, Have lunch along the way and finally reach Fortportal later in the Afternoon. Dine and spend the night at Ndali Lodge, or Primates Lodge, or Rwenzori View Guest House, or Kanyankyu Ecological Bandas (FB)
DAY 4: CHIMPANZEE HABITUATION EXPERIENCE
The day starts as early at 5 am as you transfer from your hotel to the park headquarters for briefing in order to catch the chimpanzees in their nests sleeping. It will all begin with a trek to where the chimpanzees spent the night and then you spend a full day watching the chimpanzees, how they behave and much more. You will watch over them till when they make nests to sleep and then return. Overnight at your previous lodge.
DAY 5: SEMLIKI WILDLIFE RESERVE
Get up early in the morning and transfer to Semliki Wildlife Reserve; this amazing drive will go through the eastern shore of Lake Albert. The Semliki reserve is located in the Western Rift Valley basin. It is among the most diverse wildlife habitats across Africa having an amazing rain forest, borassus palm forest, short & high grass savannas as well as Riparian forest. Semliki is among the most bio-diverse forest in Africa. It’s chiefly popular for its diverse species of birds. It is among the most oldest Forests in Africa that have lived to survive the arid conditions of the previous ice age 12000 – 18000 years back along with Bwindi. There are Chimps living close to elephants, lions and buffaloes in addition to the western Uganda species. After dinner you will go for a night game drive. This is the sole national across Uganda where you may enjoy night drive. Usually you will see big cats including the Genet plus several cats. Odd nocturnal dwellers as well are also seen including the white tailed mongoose and night-jars basing on the season. Dinner and Overnight at Semliki safari Lodge
DAY 6:CHIMPANZEE TRACKING | SEMLIKI
Early in the morning you will have breakfast and then move down into the verdant rain-forest where you will track chimpanzees. These Chimpanzees are tracked by several researchers within Semliki early morning and in the evening, since they normally disappear in the course of the day. In addition there are numerous bird species that are living in this amazing forest. You will head back for lunch at the lodge and the opportunity to unwind by the pool and also enjoy the beautiful the Lodge. Late in the afternoon you’ll enjoy a game drive, making a stopover to see beautiful African sun set disappear beyond the horizon. Dinner and Overnight at Semliki Safari Lodge
DAY 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Today morning you will be picked from your accommodation in Kampala by our guide and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will arrive in the afternoon. There will be an optional walk in the Mweya Peninsula. In comparison to the different National Parks across the world, Queen Elizabeth prides as one of the leading greatly diversified natural areas with diverse habitats including the Crater lakes areas, open Savannah, thick Papyrus Swamps, Rain Forest and the beautiful Lake Edward. There are nearly 100 species of mammals here including Buffaloes, Lions, the elusive Giant Forest Hog, Leopards, Bushbucks, Hippos, Mangoose, Spotted Hyena, Elephants in addition to more than 600 bird species such as the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, Black Chested Eagles, Lesser Flamingos, Black Bee-Eaters, Chappirs Fly Catchers as well as the Bustards in addition to the renowned Shoebill Stork. This park is among the leading birder’s paradise across East Africa. Queen Elizabeth national park is in addition home to various primate species including Chimpanzees, Black & White Colobus Monkeys, Black Faced Olive Baboons Red Colobus, Blue and Red Tailed monkeys among others. Green Mambas, Puff-adders, crocodiles, Rock-Python, Turtles, Gabon Rippers and Spitting Cobras, are among the reptiles here. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana safari Lodge, or Institute of Ecology
DAY 8: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING | KYAMBURA GORGE
In the early morning you will set out tracking chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge. This 100 meter deep goes is home to habituated chimpanzees, and it is found on the rift valley floor near the Kazinga channel. During this guided walk you will look for chimps which are man’s closest cousins. This 6 to 8 hours activity begins at 8:00am and will also offer you an opportunity to see some other primates including the colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys and olive baboon. You will return for lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon and then go visit the salt mines. Return to your lodge for dinner and the overnight Mweya Safari Lodge, or Jacana safari Lodge, or Budget Institute of Ecology
DAY 9: GAME DRIVE & BOAT CRUISE SAFARI | KAZINGA CHANNEL
You will wake up to a hot cup of tea / coffee before setting out for an early morning game drive inside the Park. Some of the animals you should expect to see include the Big Five animals such as Buffalos, Hyenas, leopards, mangoose, Elephants, waterbucks, Lions, Bush bucks, forest hog as well as a great profusion of bird species. In the mid morning head back to the lodge for heavy breakfast and rest as you wait for Lunch. At around 2:00pm in the afternoon, you will set out on a lunch cruise down the Kazinga channel to see the large schools of Hippos, Buffalos, as well as Crocodiles near the water edge. In addition, you will be fascinated by the great profusion of bird species down the Kazinga Channel which make up more than 550 species including the Shoe bill stork, African Jacana, pelicans, papyrus gonelok, fish eagle and martial eagles. Later return for dinner and overnight at your lodge Mweya Safari Lodge, or Jacana safari Lodge, or Institute of Ecology
DAY 10: DEPARTURE
Today morning, you will have breakfast and then return to Kampala, having lunch along the way and make a stopover at the Uganda Equator. You will have lunch along the way and later be transferred to Entebbe airport for your departure flight.