This 15 Days Uganda Wildlife and Primates Tour offers you an Opportunity to explore Variety of Game in Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park. It also gives you the best Opportunity to trek the Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzee tracking, have a community interaction with the Katwe Fishing Community, Pygmy visit and Hot Springs in the Semliki Region and a Nature walk in Mburo National Park. Also get to relax by the Lake Bunyonyi Island.
Tour Highlights: Game drives, Launch cruises on the Nile, and on Kazinga Channel, Visit to the Hot springs, Pygmies, Community Tours, Chimpanzee tracking Tour, Gorilla tracking Tour, Canoe rides, Equator.
DAY 1: Arrival at the Airport and Transfer to Hotel in Kampala / Entebbe Town.
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, You will be met by our Driver guide who will transfer you to your Hotel in Kampala / Entebbe.
Meal Plan: (BB)
Estimated Distance from Entebbe Airport to Kampala: 42Km
Estimated Time: 45 Minutes to 2 Hours Drive.
DAY 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park with an Enroute Stop at the Rhino Sanctuary Zziwa.
Our safari guide will pick you up from your Hotel in the Morning at about 7:00am and you will depart by Road for Murchison Falls National Park with a stop at the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You will enjoy your Lunch here, Proceed to the Park arriving on time for Dinner and Overnight at your Lodge / Camp.
Meal Plan: (FB)
Estimated Distance from Entebbe – Murchison Falls National Park: 310Km
Estimated Time: 6 Hours Drive
Daily Charter Flights from Kampala: 1 Hour
DAY 3: Game drive – Launch Cruise along the Nile River
A very early morning rise to go for your Game drive on time to cross River Nile with Ferry and go for a game drive in search for predators and early risers on the Northern bank of the Nile. You may have a Chance to see game like hyenas, giraffes, Lions, birds, Hartebeests, buffalos, elephants, primates and others as well as different species of Birds. After the game drive return to the camp for lunch. In the afternoon go for a launch cruise on the great Victoria Nile to the Bottom of the falls. The boat ride will reward you with water game like hippos, crocodiles, elephants and plenty of birds along the water banks. Dinner and overnight as above (FB)
DAY 4: Transfer from Murchison Falls National Park – Fort Portal Town.
During the transfer pass through verdant countryside and traditional homesteads as you enjoy views of Tea Plantations and farms. You will have Lunch Enroute; Later arrive in Fort portal Town for your Dinner and Overnight at the Ruwenzori View Guest House (FB).
Estimated Distance from Murchison Falls National Park – Fort portal Town: 45 2Km
Estimated Time: 7- 8 Hours Drive
DAY 5: Transfer from Fort portal to Semliki National Park – (trek hot springs + pygmies village), Craters Lakes – Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
A morning breakfast, we drive to Semliki National Park, one of the Newest National Parks in Uganda an Area rich in both Flora and Fauna with Great Views, Forest Walks, Bird viewing and Hot springs. Enjoy your Packed Lunch Box and Later in the Evening return to Fort portal to drive to Kibale forest National Park on your way enjoy views of grey cheeked Mangabey Blues, Red-Colobus, Red-tailed and phoestes swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects. The guide will provide detailed explanations on both primates and on all the forest’s fauna and flora. After this long Day’s Activities, you will arrive at your Hotel on time to Freshen Up and for your Dinner and Overnight at Lodge / Camp.
Meal plan: (FB).
DAY 6: Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Tracking – Afternoon Bigodi Community Walk.
In the morning, after an Energetic breakfast, report to the ranger station at about 08.00am to track familiarized chimpanzees. The search for these chimpanzees and other primates will include not only Chimps but also the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis’, Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds and many other Birds, Butter Flies and other Forest Flora and Fauna.
Later this Afternoon Depending on your Energy Levels, take a Community Walk to Bigodi Village for an all together and absolutely different walk. Gone along with by a guide who will tell you the whole lot concerning the traditional ethnicity and standard of living of the populace, you will follow the village path and visit a primary school, Catholic Church, traditional homesteads, learn about the crops and listen to the story telling of an (elderly man). This walk is an initiative of the inhabitants of Bigodi Village and the revenues are shared by the community. Return to Lodge for Dinner and Overnight at Lodge /Camp.
Meal Plan: (FB)
DAY 7: Transfer from Kibale Forest National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park Enroute visit the Katwe Salt Lake Fishing Village Walk.
After your Morning breakfast, drive to the Katwe Salt Lake which is bordering Queen Elizabeth National Park. This unusual lake is far too salty to support any wildlife – though since the 16th Century it has ensured the survival of the Katwe villagers, who spend their days under the equatorial sun, harvesting salt from its milky waters.
Unique networks of paths and huts have been built across the lake to support hundreds of workers, as selling the rock and table salt to traders from across Uganda, and as far as Congo and Rwanda, is the main source of income for the community.
This tour gives visitors a unique insight into the fascinating yet tough process of salt mining, as well as providing an alternative income for Katwe. During the tour of the lake you will see community members at work, cross the mud walkways and enter one of the traditional grass huts, used to shelter and store tools. Later proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. On arrival in the Park Transfer to Lodge for Dinner and Overnight at Lodge / Camp.
Meal Plan: (FB)
Estimated Distance from Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park: 120Km
Estimated Time: 3- 4 Hours Drive
DAY 8: Game Drive – Launch Cruise on Kazinga Channel
Wake up before sunrise to a cup of tea or a glass of water and then set off to the park tracks for a game drive to be able to see predators as they return to their hide outs and the early risers. During the drive watch out for game like the Leopards, Lions, giant forest hogs, hyenas, Uganda kobs, warthogs and others. After the game drive you will drive back to the lodge for heavy breakfast and then later have lunch and later transfer for your afternoon Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel. The launch that takes you along the Kazinga channel that connects Lakes George and Edward will reward you with game like Hippos, elephants and buffaloes at the shores not forgetting plenty of birds. Dinner and overnight as above.
Meal Plan: (FB).
Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Through Ishasha Sector to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
A morning Breakfast we drive through Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth National Park Enjoying Game drive Enroute, for another Game drive, On Arrival in Ishasha enjoy your Lunch at Savannah Resort we later proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest prior to your Next Day’s Gorilla Tracking Adventure. Dinner and Overnight at Lodge / Camp.
Meal Plan: (FB)
Estimated Time: 5-6Hours Drive
Estimated Distance from Queen Elizabeth National Park: 173Km
DAY 10: Bwindi Gorilla National Park – Gorilla Tracking Tour and Village / Community Walk.
In the morning after breakfast and with your packed lunch box, you will transfer to the park headquarters for briefing and allocation of guide before starting on this life time adventure, After Registration and briefing start on the adventure at about 8:00am. Time taken while tracking gorillas ranges from a few hours to a whole day depending on the movement of these gentle giants as well as the Group that you have been allocated, On finding the Gorillas you will have an hour while with them, after you have enjoyed this time, taking photographs you will be directed and will trace back to your starting point thereafter will meet your guide who will transfer you back to your Lodge for an afternoon to relax. Or If you still have the Energy we take a village Walk tour where you will be able to meet the communities doing their community work, visit the medicine men, the local breweries, its highly recommended that when you visit the park for Gorilla tracking take time to visit and support these local communities because these people need to be supported in all kinds possible to help in conserving the forest. Return to Lodge for Dinner and Overnight.
DAY 11: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi Island – Boat ride on the lake to other Islands.
This Morning after breakfast, we drive to Lake Bunyonyi, we arrive at the Island on time for our Lunch. Lake Bunyonyi is about 20kms long and 7kms wide with a depth of about 900m, making it the second deepest lake in Africa, this deep lake is surrounded by heavily terraced hillsides, the lake has over 29 islands including the Punishment, Bushara, Bwama and Njuyeera (Sharp’s Island), ucuranuka – Upside Down among others. As its name suggests, Lake Bunyonyi, ‘Bunyonyi” actually means small/little birds, thus being called the lake for little birds; there are several bird species that have already been identified in the area. We enjoy a boat ride around different islands, enjoying the scenic view of the terraced hills, spotting the birds, after this boat ride, we continue hiking up the Hills that surround the Lake. We later return for the Evening to relax at the Resort / Camp.
Meal Plan: (FB).
Estimated Distance from Bwindi to Lake Bunyonyi Island: 65Km
Estimated Time: 1.5 – 2Hours.
DAY 12: Lake Bunyonyi Island – Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast we will proceed to Lake Mburo National Park. The drive takes you through scenic views on the way all through.
You will have a stopover in Mbarara town for lunch before making the final descent to Lake Mburo National Park.
Upon arrival in Lake Mburo National Park and checking in at your accommodation, you will have an Afternoon Game drive.
This park is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland and other savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best places to find African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike. Retire for the evening to your accommodation for Dinner and Overnight at your Lodge / Camp.
Meal Plan: Full board
Estimated Distance / Time from Lake Bunyonyi Island: 5 -6 Hours Drive
DAY 13: Morning Game drive, Boat Ride on the Lake Mburo
An early Morning breakfast, we will explore the park with a Game drive in search for Animals like zebras, Impalas, Topis, Elands and Others. Excellent Bird watching Opportunities with over 313 bird species recorded including the rare Shoebill stork, white winged warbler, crested Francolin and many others. You will return to your Lodge for Lunch and Afternoon Boat Ride on the Lake Mburo giving you a chance to view water Animals like Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and water birds like the Fish eagle, Pelicans, Black Crake, Heron, Cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. Later return to your Lodge for Dinner and Overnight.
Meal Plan: FB
DAY 14: Walking Safari – Transfer back to Kampala.
Leisurely breakfast and Set off for an awesome Nature walking Safari in the park, here you have a chance to go on a guided walk through the park and you will be close enough to most of the animals like giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, impalas and many other mammals. Lots of bird species are also spotted on this walk.
Later transfer back to Kampala with a stop at the Equator for Photography and Lunch Enroute. Arrival in Kampala we proceed to your Hotel / Lodge for Overnight at your Lodge
Meal Plan: (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 15: Kampala City Tour – Transfer to Entebbe Airport for your Flight
Leisurely Breakfast, Our driver guide will pick you up for a City Tour of Kampala. This Tour can either be done on Foot as you walk through the City or on the Back of a Motorbike Roller-coaster or in a Car, While on this Tour you will get to see Kampala’s Historical, Cultural and religious sites, Markets as well as the Monuments – Later transfer to the Airport for your departure Flight Home.