7 Days Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour
Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour – Uganda fits so well into competition with other safari country destinations because it is the remote locations that hold a wide range of mammals that form packages of such activities. Uganda has this all, but it has a unique experience to offer that can hardly be found in other countries.
Being positioned at the Equator, favoured the existence of expansive rain and evergreen forests in low, medium and high elevations. These being equatorial forests, they have all it takes to support the evolution of fruiting trees which the primates and other shy wildlife favour.
This is our carefully designed itinerary to cover the primate luxurious national parks for that unique experience that will not happen anywhere else on the globe. We will include lowland forests that stretch from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mid-elevation forests which are part of the Guinea-Congo forest biome and the montane forests of the Albertine rift which are famed for being the home of the Mountain dwelling Gorillas.
Other wildlife experience will be great, and you will live to wonder about the incredible sceneries the tour will visit.
Day 1 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Arrival For Uganda Primate Expedition
Most of our Uganda arrivals, come through Entebbe International Airport; therefore, we like to spend a night around this beautiful town before heading to the wild. The countryside locations that the rest of the tour will cover are a couple of hours’ drive apart. Besides, this night is relevant for taking care of a few details, making sure everything is in place after your flight and also shade-off a little bit of the jet-lag.
But for travellers willing to go right away, we do not spend the whole day time wasted if the flights arrive early. We pay a visit to the best botanical garden in the region. These botanical gardens are a charming natural habitat mix. They are composed of native and a couple of exotic trees that identified as a priority in the formation of a research station over a hundred years ago.
These trees became a natural home to dozens of bird species, three primate species which are Vervet and the Red-tailed Monkeys and a family of the Mantled guereza which is a monkey from the colobus cluster. Other wildlife which is easy to encounter includes a Stripped ground squirrel and several reptiles among which the massive Nile monitor is.
The over one kilometre stretch along with Lake Victoria habitat is luxurious with a fantastic lake view and an attraction to classic African waterfowl. We take a walk around the gardens for the afternoon and spend a night in Entebbe.
Day 2 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Scenic Drive to Kibale Forest National Park
Today, we drive through verdant countryside and have continuous observations of the traditional homesteads and subsistence farmlands to Kibale Forest for the Chimpanzee Trekking experience the next day. This drive offers the complete knowledge of seeing the less privileged Ugandans and how happily they live; we learn from their lives that deferent factors drive happiness world over. We have the excellent roads advantage on this tour. We will enjoy the beautiful scenery and also be treated to an adorable green colour of the tea plantations when we approach Fort Portal town.
Tonight, we stay in the surroundings of the beautiful forests.
Day 3 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda
This morning we visit Kanyanchu, which is a tourist information centre, and where most of the activities begin. We do not consider Chimpanzee trekking at Kibale forest for regular reasons, we have confirmed that here are the best chances for bringing humans into great experiences with their closest relative. This forest has the highest number of Chimpanzee individuals for any protected area world over and also the best wild adventure with these precious apes. Kibale forest is also dabbed the primate capital of the world because of its fourteen species record of primates.
When a day starts, keen primatologist will enjoy the encounters with the Uganda red and Mantled guereza colobus species. The diurnal colobus will mix with the endemic Uganda mangabey, Blue monkey, L’Hoests’s monkey, Olive baboon, Red-tailed, Vervet and the recently described Tantalus monkeys. The optional nocturnal activities are great for the elusive Potto, Thomas, Demidoff’s and Spectacled galago among others. We do not know if we will do this activity until the day it should be done, this because a minimum of participants have to be willing to go and it should not be raining.
We will join other tourists to be split into groups of six and track the Chimpanzee in the morning.
In the afternoon, we take a nature walk to the Bigodi Community Wetland Sanctuary. Among the few community-based initiatives that we support, the Bigodi wetland is one of our favourites. The well designed two hours loop comprises of very well selected habitats; imagine the experience through cultivation, riverine forest and a boardwalk through papyrus. Over six primate’s species have substantially adopted to these habitats, and they are a lot tamer than anywhere else we will visit on tour. The endeavour to take this walk continues to be part of your efforts towards conversation and helping communities around wildlife areas. We will be accompanied by a trained local community guide who will share with us the definition of beauty in nature as seen by the simple people of Bigodi. There will be so much to learn amidst the fun.
Today, we will drive to Semuliki National Park, which is a forest park. Technically this can be defined as a Congo forest. Because of a lot of habitat loss, it is a shame that we do not see what was here two hundred years ago.
However, we are among the lucky few that can explore this forest in search of the wildlife that can only be seen in DR Congo. We visit this forest to look for De Brazza’s and Dent’s monkies but also hope to see the Central African red colobus, which is visibly different from the Uganda red colobus. However, authorities do not officially split them. A couple of unique lowland squirrels should be expected. This is also the only location in East Africa with records of the Bongo and the Okapi, which is a giraffe. However, these two are described as impossible, who know the difference being in the accurate habitats creates!
We shall also visit the beautiful male and female hot springs of Sempaya. These are hot springs that hard-boil an egg in ten minutes!
Later we will transfer to Fort Portal and spend a night.
Day 5 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Transfer to Ruhija of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Gorilla Trekking
Our drive to the high elevation mountain forests that Eastern gorillas have for a home. We drive south through the Ishasha. Ishasha is the southern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and this is the world’s most famous location for tree-climbing lions. When we talk about lions in trees, imagine a colossal cat of over 16o kilograms living natural high in fig tree branches!
While driving through, we have chances for the Topi, Kob, Waterbuck, Common Warthog, African buffalo and the enormous African bush elephant. We will also be driving through the perfect habitat for Leopards, Lions, Spotted Hyena and several other wildlife.
When we arrive in the mountains, we will have to catch up with a reasonable change in the weather; typically, it is colder up here. The scenery is delightful, and the people are very welcoming, we will mingle with both and prepare for the long-awaited activity for the next day.
Day 6 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Eastern Gorilla Tracking Excursion
There are five famous Eastern gorilla trekking stations in Uganda. Four of them are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and one is at Mghahinga Gorilla National Park.
The trekking experiences can be unpredictable; therefore, we do not want to act smart and tell you one place is the best. Every day’s adventure depends on the behaviour of the animals. They go where they want every day. But, we have been observing individual families for a long time, and we can rely on the joy our previous travellers have had then add that to other factors like logistics and then make recommendations that influence decisions about where to track.
For this particular tour, we track Ruhija which is within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
This tour is customisable to choose a preferred tracking destination.
This morning we will go to the information centre for a briefing before being split into groups of eight. After group allocation, our adventure continues to the jungle for the once-in-a-lifetime experience. Once the activity starts, it should take anywhere from two to seven hours. Like mentioned earlier, the gentle giants that we are here to see determine the trails and the pace to consider. We have the professional game rangers of Uganda Wildlife Authority to thank for smartly handling this activity. They are knowledgeable, extremely patient and walk as first as the slowest person in the group and we believe that that will not be you.
If the trekking is done in good time and the team is still in good shape, there are a few activities that can be enjoyed at Bwindi. Forests walk, cultural dances and village experience to the localised Batwa communities. The Batwa are the tribe of people that was moved out of the forests to start the protection and later for Eastern gorilla trekking. Not until after 1992, the Batwa never new life outside the forests. So much fun and knowledge should be gathered during these optional activities.
Day 7 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Transfer to Entebbe Via the Uganda Equator
Before we leave the park, we shall ice the cake. We adventure the park on foot in the company of an armed and very well trained wildlife ranger guide. Wildlife walks are not an option in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth national parks, so we try it here. This lasts for two to three hours and then transfer to Entebbe via the Equator. We will have an adventurous stop at the Equator for photographic opportunities and the Equator experience.
- Transport in a 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with a pop-up roof and clear sliding windows for excellent game viewing safari and photography
- All vehicle fuel for the tour
- One Eastern Gorilla Trekking Permit per person
- One Chimpanzee Trekking Permit Per Person
- English speaking Ugandan driver/guide
- Accommodation and three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) through the tour. Or as agreed at booking
- Park Entrance/Conservation fees according to the program
- All activities described in the itinerary
- International air fares and entry visa
- Meals that are not part of your accommodation
- A porter during the gorilla trekking (Optional Community support staff who carries your day pack)
- Personal (medical/travel) insurance
- Government tax or park fees increase
- Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc
- All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)