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8 Days 7 Nights
Entebbe International Airport
Kibale Forest National park
Min Age : +15
NOTE: There has been an increase of the gorilla and chimps permits in Uganda, starting 1st July 2020, as recently confirmed by the Uganda Wild life Authority (UWA). Below are the changes: New Gorilla permits (Uganda): from $600 to $700 Chimps Trekking permits (Kibale NP): from $150 to $200 Chimps Habituation (Kibale NP): from $220 to $250 Gorilla Habituation (Uganda) Permits remain at $1500 Golden Monkey tracking (Mgahinga) at $60
Tour Details

8 Day Primate safari and wildlife starts and ends in Entebbe International Airport. In this tour you shall experience chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park and Gorilla tracking in the thick forests of Bwindi there after you will have a game drive through Queen Elizabeth National park in which you will enjoy and watch the beautiful wildlife such as the tree climbing lions and lastly end your safari at Lake Mburo National Park where you will as well have a game drive before departure  

Departure & Return Location

Entebbe International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Chimp permit at $150 per permit
  • All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary on F/B and B/B basis.
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle.
  • Park entrance fees.
  • Services of a full-time English-speaking driver/guide
  • Water, coffee or Tea while on safari.
  • Boat trip in Queen Elizabeth
  • All game drives.
  • All airport pickups and drops
  • All activities at stipulated in the itinerary
  • And all government taxes/levies.

Price Excludes

  • Gorilla permit each at $600 and optional forest walks each at $20(PLUS $40 park entry fee)
  • Optional Batwa community visit in Nyakabande and entertainment ( $25 per person)
  • Optional boat trip on Lake Mburo
  • Phone calls and bar bills
  • Personal insurance
  • Laundry
  • Air fare
  • All other Services of a personal nature.
  • Driver guide’s gratuity.

NOTE:

  • Gorilla Permits cost $600
  • Chimpazee permits cost $150
  • The tour price is Inclusive of Chimpanzee and Gorilla permits
What to Expect
  • Arrival and transfer to Kampala for an overnight
  • Kampala – Kibale Forest (450 km approx. 6-7 hours).
  • Morning chimp tracking then transfer Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National park
  • Bwindi National park
  • Gorilla Tracking – Rushaga or Nkuringo or Mgahinga National parks
  • Lake Mburo National Park
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive and transfer to Kampala for an overnight.

Arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by a Churchill Safaris representative who will then transfer you to Kampala for an overnight.
Overnight at Churchill Guest House BB

Day 2Kampala – Kibale Forest (450 km approx. 6-7 hours).

Early in the morning, you will be picked from Kampala and drive to Kibale Forest. Kibale is home to an extraordinary thirteen species of primates, including chimpanzees, red colobus, and L’Hoest monkeys. Kibale National Forest has also recorded over 355 bird species, and a range of other mammals including the elusive forest elephant.
Relax and overnight at Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse F/B

Day 3Morning chimp tracking then transfer Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National park.

Travel time: Approx. 2.5 hours
This morning you will go for Chimpanzee tracking along the network of forest trails. Seeing chimps squabbling and swinging from the trees is an exhilarating experience. Spend the morning in the forest returning to the lodge in time for lunch before you proceed to Queen.
Later drive to Queen Elizabeth National park for two nights in Queen Elizabeth National Park, which boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world. Uganda’s second largest National Park, the 1,978 sq km has everything from open savannah to rain forest. Queen Elizabeth has over 100 mammal species, and an astounding 606 bird species, making it a premier safari destination. Arrive in the evening and overnight at Buffalo Safari Lodge

Day 4Game drive to Kisenyi area - Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning, you will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob, before returning to the Lodge for breakfast. In the afternoon take a cruise along the Kazinga Channel, home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers.
Optional Activities:
Queen’s Pavilion: Just 800 metres from the equator monument, and overlooking a thrilling landscape of crater lakes is the Queen´s Pavilion, a community-run internet café. This is the perfect spot to revive yourself after an early morning safari with a cup of Ugandan tea or coffee. Listen to the elephants trumpeting on the dry plains below and enjoy the savannah views.
Katwe Salt Walk: This tour offers a unique insight into the fascinating process of salt mining, as well as providing an alternative income for Katwe. During the tour 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. The nearby bird sanctuary lake offers a chance to see flamingos from October to May.
Kikorongo African Art Workshop: Traditional crafts hold a special significance in Ugandan villages. Small baskets of groundnuts as a sign of friendship; a calabash on top of a house to ward off evil spirits or a traditional healer´s woven purse filled with natural remedies. Kikorongo Women Community invites you to learn their traditional skills during this fascinating workshop.
Uganda community Carnivore Program:
Leopard Village” – Here you will get to meet the carnivores and the local community of Queen Elizabeth National park. This is a Community based program found in a village called MUhokya on the way from Kasese before entering Queen Elizabeth National park.
This community-run socio-economic development initiative supports cultural and wildlife conservation through ecotourism. The goal is that this initiative will assist in the conservation of the area’s wildlife and support the villagers as they regain their traditional custodianship of the local wildlife and other natural resources. Villagers will gain some economic benefit which will help offset the costs associated with living with carnivores, which prey on livestock, and herbivores such as elephants which destroy crops. It will also educate tourists about Uganda’s conservation challenges and rich cultural traditions..Spend the night at Buffalo Safari Lodge. F/B

Day 5Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After breakfast, you will depart QENP for Kisoro passing via kihihi and kanungu with beautiful scenery of hills and valleys in between and terrace farming arriving at Lake Mulehe Gorilla lodge in the afternoon. This is a lodge on the shores of Lake Mulehe which overlooks the Virunga Volcanoes near kisoro in the southwest.
Relax after lunch and overnight at Lake Mulehe gorilla lodge. F/B

You will need to have a good night’s rest to get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.

Day 6Bwindi National park. (Approx. 5-6hours drive).

This morning you will have to wake up very early to get ready for Gorilla tracking. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but its well worth the effort. There are always park guides with you who interpret the flora and flora. Overnight at Lake Mulehe gorilla lodge F/B

Day 7Bwindi – Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast you will depart Lake Mulehe for Lake Mburo national park having a game drive while entering the park. Lake Mburo 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 place to find African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike, etc. Go for an evening game drive and overnight at Eagles Nest lodge F/B

Day 8Lake Mburo – Kampala

After breakfast, have game drive or an optional guided forest walk and then proceed to Entebbe having a stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, the Equator – where you will be able to stand and be on both hemispheres at once arriving in Entebbe in the evening for your outward flight.

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