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8-Day Uganda Great Apes Safari

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8-Day Uganda Great Apes Safari

Embark on an unforgettable 8-Day Uganda Great Apes Safari and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of this extraordinary African nation.  Meanwhile Uganda, often referred to as the “Pearl of Africa,” is a land of breathtaking landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and a rich tapestry of cultures. Furthermore this meticulously designed safari offers an incredible opportunity to witness the magnificence of the great apes that inhabit this lush country.

Kibale Forest National Park:

Specifically known for its remarkable chimpanzee population, Kibale Forest allows visitors to go chimpanzee tracking and observe these primates in their natural habitat. It’s an enriching experience to learn about the behavior of these intelligent creatures and witness their interactions. However you will engage in more exciting activities like the Bigodi wetland swamp walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is a fascinating eco-tourism activity located near Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda.  Furthermore, it is a community-based initiative that offers visitors a chance to explore the unique wetland ecosystem of Bigodi and encounter its diverse flora and fauna.

Wildlife in Kibale NP; Chimpanzee, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Hippo, Lion

Queen Elizabeth National Park:

This park offers a game drive and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, where visitors can spot a wide array of wildlife and bird species. The diverse landscape for instance crater lakes and the Rwenzori Mountains, adds to the allure of this park.

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth NP; Chimpanzee, Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Hippo, Leopard

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:

The highlight of the trip, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, provides a rare opportunity to get up close with the magnificent mountain gorillas. This experience is often considered one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in the world.

Wildlife in Bwindi NP; Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Elephant, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Lion

The Ishasha Sector.

specifically renowned for its population of tree-climbing lions, which is a rare behavior observed in only a few places in the world. These lions are known to rest and perch in the branches of fig trees, providing a remarkable sight for visitors.  However, it is believed that they climb the trees to escape from the heat on the ground and to get a better vantage point for spotting prey. Apart from the unique tree-climbing lions, the Ishasha Sector is also home to other wildlife, including elephants, buffalos, antelopes, and various bird species, making it an excellent spot for wildlife viewing and photography.

Lake Bunyonyi

The last part of the Safari will take you for relaxation by beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.Lake Bunyonyi is a mesmerizing and tranquil lake located in southwestern Uganda, near the town of Kabale. It is often regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Africa, attracting travelers with its stunning scenery, serene waters, and a myriad of islands scattered throughout its expanse. The name “Bunyonyi” means “place of many little birds” in the local Rukiga language, a fitting description for the abundance of birdlife found around the lake.

Highlights:

Arrival in Uganda

Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

Chimpanzee tracking & visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP

Game drive & boat cruise along Kazinga channel

Drive to Bwindi via Ishasha Sector

Gorilla tracking/trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Drive to Entebbe & Departure

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

You arrive at Entebbe International Airport specifically located on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Victoria – the largest fresh water lake in Africa, where a representative or a driver/guide will welcome you to Uganda and transfer you to the Airport Guest House in Entebbe.

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport

Accommodation Option: 

Luxury: Serena Hotel.
Mid-range: via via guest house
Budget: via via guest house

Meals plan

Water and fruits throughout

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

At 7.00am, with your breakfast out of the way, you will be met by your driver/guide who will brief you on what to expect and straightaway transfer to Kibale Forest National Park – the number one primate destination in Africa. With your bags packed and already in the safari van, commence your transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. The journey will surely  take you through the lush green countryside on the Mityana-Mubende road to Fort portal. In the afternoon, you will visit the crater region and then in the evening, complete your transfer to Kibale Forest National Park for overnight stay at Kibale Forest Camp.

Main Destination: Kibale Forest National Park (Chimps)

Main Destination- Kibale Forest  National Park

 Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Crater safari lodge / Kyaninga safari lodge.
Mid-range: Chimpanzee Guest house/ Turaco tree tops.
Budget: Rweteera Safari Park

Meals plan;

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

 

Day 3:Chimpanzee tracking & visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Today you are in for some real monkey business! After breakfast, head to the park HQ at Kanyachu. You go on a guided nature walk in the tropical rain forest in search for the chimpanzees and many other primates. The guides and rangers provide detailed explanations on primates, forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will spend an hour in their presence. After the mandatory 1-hour is finished, you are led back to Kanyachu and on to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, you visit the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary – a community project run. The swamp offers visitors a platform to see more primates, swamp and forest birds. The walk is 4.5 kilometres in length and lasts 3 hours and should not be missed by birders. Money generated from the activities in Bigodi is used to fund community projects including a school and a clinic. Later, return to the lodge (Kibale Forest Camp) for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Main Destination- Kibale Forest  National Park

 Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Crater safari lodge / Kyaninga safari lodge.
Mid-range: Chimpanzee Guest house/ Turaco tree tops.
Budget: Rweteera Safari Park

Meals plan;

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 4: Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP

You wake up at leisure and enjoy breakfast. Then check-out and commence your transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – a short but beautiful drive with the Rwenzori Mountains in the backdrop as you lose altitude to arrive in or around the park.  Later arrive and check-in at the Bush Lodge. Enjoy lunch and relax in and around the lodge. In the evening, head to the Katwe Crater Lake where locals have mined salt through the ages.

This lake – situated just north of the impressive Mweya peninsula, is far too salty to support any wildlife. However, since the 16th Century, it has ensured the survival of the Katwe locals, who spend their days under the equatorial sun, harvesting salt from its milky waters. The salt is sold to traders from across Uganda, and as far as Congo and Rwanda. Later, return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation option;

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara lodge
Mid-Range: Irungu Forest Lodge/ Elephant hub Lodge
Budget: Bush lodge / Pumba safari cottages

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

 

Day 5: Game drive & boat cruise along Kazinga channel

 

After your breakfast, at 6.30am, head out for the mating grounds of the Uganda Kobs. We search for the lions in their natural habitat, elephants, buffaloes etc. before returning for lunch. After your lunch, at 3.00pm, you will embark on a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel – a major highlight of the safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

On the boat cruise, you will have the opportunity to view great numbers of wildlife including elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and large numbers of birds. For instance  eagles, kingfishers, sparrows, doves, weaver birds, eaglets and sun birds converging at the channel waters to enjoy a sip of the natural waters. On the cruise abundant bird life is sighted and perhaps the highest concentration of hippos in Africa – there are 1500 hippos found along the channel. Elephant herds that can number 50 in the dry season such as buffalos, and crocodiles can all be seen during the boat cruise. Dinner and overnight at the Bush Lodge.

 

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)

Best Time To Visit: June to August and December to February

High Season: June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)

Best Weather: June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Main Destination- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge /Buhoma lodge.
Mid-Range: Silverback lodge / Gorilla Mist Camp.
Budget: Buhoma Community Rest camp

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 6: Drive to Bwindi via Ishasha Sector

You are up early and enjoy your breakfast. At 8.00am, you start the drive to the Ishasha sector. The drive, which will serve as our morning game drive will last between 2-3 hours. Have your eyes peeled for more game. On arrival in the Ishasha sector, search for the famous and unique tree-climbing lions. If it is a hot day, be sure to find them atop the sycamore fig trees or the acacia trees that dominate this part of the park.

There are about 4 Prides of lions in the area numbering more than 40. Look out for the males with their black mane, which is a notable attribute. Also, there are about 1000+ elephants present in the area and you normally see large numbers. There are Topi and Uganda Kob antelopes in large numbers. You complete this game drive and exit the park headed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We arrive in the late afternoon or early evening and check-in at Engagi Lodge.

 

Main Destination- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge /Buhoma lodge.
Mid-Range: Silverback lodge / Gorilla Mist Camp.
Budget: Buhoma Community Rest camp

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 7: Gorilla tracking/trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

You are up early and enjoy your breakfast. Then transferred to the Buhoma or Ruhiija sector where rangers of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) will brief you on what to expect on the trek. With packed lunch in your carry-on, you will be allocated the Gorilla family. After the briefing, you will commence your gorilla trek.

When you finally locate the family that you are tracking, take in everything as you watch the gorillas feed and generally go about their day. Take lots of pictures (and a selfie if you happen to have a gorilla in your selfie frame) and a video as the one-hour will be over before you know it.  Furthermore, it is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest with the knowledge that you are in the presence of the few remaining wild mountain gorillas.  However, after the mandatory one hour is up, the rangers will lead you back to the starting point where you will find your guide to commence your transfer to the picturesque Lake Bunyonyi. Later Dinner and overnight at Birdnest Resort.

 

Main Destination- Lake Bunyonyi

Accommodation option:

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge.
Mid-Range: Mburo Safari Lodge.
Budget: Rwakobo Rock.

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 8: Drive to Entebbe & Departure

Firstly, today you wake up at leisure and enjoy your breakfast.  Secondly after your breakfast, you commence the 7-hour drive to Entebbe with a lunch stop in Mbarara town at the Igongo Culture Centre & Museum. After your lunch, you continue towards Entebbe with a stop at the Equator Crossing. Meanwhile at the Equator crossing, you can take some fun photos and you can buy a souvenir/crafts that will be pride of place on the mantelpiece in your house to remind you about this trip. From the Equator Crossing, you will continue onto Entebbe International Airport where you will be dropped off in time for you to check-in for your onward flight home. Thus the end of 8-Day Uganda Great Apes Safari

 

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport (Entebbe)

Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals and Drinks: Breakfast and lunch (Dinner not included)

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour

Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.

You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

Price Includes:

Transportation in a 4×4 WD safari Land Cruiser

Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary

Park entrance fees.

Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda

Game drive

Ranger guide

Services on an English speaking guide

Community walk Bwindi

Enroot lunches

 

Price Excludes:

International flights

Hire / purchase of Hiking Gear

Personal Travel insurance

Visa Fees, Drinks, Cigarettes

Tips, Souvenirs

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Tour Details

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Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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