7 Days Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour

Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour – Uganda stands out in the realm of safari destinations, not only due to its remote locations teeming with a diverse range of mammals but also because it offers unique experiences that are hard to find elsewhere. This country is a premier choice for Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris, boasting an extraordinary adventure for wildlife enthusiasts.

Positioned right at the Equator, Uganda is blessed with expansive rainforests and evergreen forests across low, medium, and high elevations. These equatorial forests provide the perfect environment to support the evolution of fruiting trees, which are crucial for the sustenance of primates and other shy wildlife. The rich biodiversity in these forests makes Uganda an ideal location for observing a variety of primate species in their natural habitats, enhancing the unique appeal of Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris.

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This is our carefully designed itinerary tailored specifically for Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris, aimed at covering the most luxurious national parks known for their unique primate experiences that cannot be found anywhere else on the globe. We include visits to diverse ecosystems ranging from the lowland forests stretching from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, through the mid-elevation forests which are part of the Guinea-Congo forest biome, to the montane forests of the Albertine Rift. These high-altitude forests are renowned for being the home of the mountain-dwelling gorillas, offering an unparalleled opportunity for close encounters with these majestic creatures.

The wildlife experiences on this tour will be extraordinary, and the incredible scenery will leave you in awe. Each location has been selected not only for its potential for primate sightings but also for its breathtaking landscapes that enhance the overall experience of the tour. Whether you are trekking through lush forests to observe gorillas or enjoying the vibrant biodiversity of the region, this itinerary promises a Uganda Gorilla Tour and Primates Tour Safari that you will remember for a lifetime.

Day 1 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Arrival For Uganda Primate Expedition

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, most guests opt to spend their first night in the serene town of Entebbe to relax and acclimatize before venturing into the wild. This evening is crucial for ensuring all preparations are in order, from confirming travel details to mitigating jet lag, as the exotic destinations on our Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris are just a couple of hours’ drive away.

For those eager to begin their adventure without delay, we offer an early visit to the region’s finest botanical gardens, should your flight arrive ahead of schedule. These gardens provide a fascinating glimpse into Uganda’s ecological diversity, showcasing a mix of native and exotic tree species that were earmarked over a century ago for scientific research. Today, these lush grounds serve as a sanctuary for an array of wildlife, including dozens of bird species, Vervet and Red-tailed Monkeys, and a family of the Mantled guereza from the colobus monkey cluster. The area is also home to other easily spotted wildlife such as the Striped ground squirrel and several reptiles, including the impressive Nile monitor.

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Vervet MonkeyThis expansive natural setting, stretching over one kilometer alongside Lake Victoria, offers breathtaking views and a peaceful environment for observing classic African waterfowl. An afternoon walk through these gardens is not just a leisure activity but a soft introduction to the wildlife viewing that lies at the heart of our Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris. After a fulfilling stroll, we return to our accommodations in Entebbe to rest and prepare for the days ahead on this extraordinary safari adventure.

Day 2 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Scenic Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

Today, our journey to Kibale Forest National Park marks a significant day in our Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris. As we traverse the lush Ugandan countryside, we are greeted by views of traditional homesteads and expansive subsistence farmlands, offering us a window into the daily lives of Uganda’s rural communities. This scenic drive not only provides a picturesque backdrop but also teaches us valuable lessons about the diverse ways happiness and contentment are achieved across different cultures.

Our route takes us through well-maintained roads, allowing us to fully appreciate the changing landscapes as we move closer to Fort Portal town. Here, the vibrant green hues of the tea plantations capture our attention, adding a splash of color to the verdant surroundings. The journey to Kibale is not just a transition from one location to another; it is an immersive experience that prepares us for the upcoming chimpanzee trekking adventure by connecting us more deeply with the natural and cultural tapestry of Uganda.

Tonight, we will be staying in accommodations nestled within the serene environment near the forest. This proximity to Kibale allows us to enjoy the tranquil sounds and sights of the forest even before we embark on our chimpanzee trekking experience the next day. The peaceful forest setting is the perfect place to relax and anticipate the exciting activities planned for our Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris.

Day 3 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda

This morning, our Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris journey takes us to Kanyanchu, the primary tourist information center in Kibale Forest, where we embark on a chimpanzee trekking adventure. Kibale Forest is not just another wildlife sanctuary; it is recognized globally for having the highest density of chimpanzee populations and is dubbed the primate capital of the world due to its record of fourteen different primate species. This makes it an exceptional destination for our primate safari, offering the best opportunities to closely observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

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Common Chimpanzee

Our day begins with an informative session at the center, followed by the exciting prospect of trekking chimpanzees. Participants will have the opportunity to observe not only chimpanzees but also a variety of other primates including the Uganda red and mantled guereza colobus, the endemic Uganda mangabey, blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, and the recently described Tantalus monkeys. Additionally, our tour might include optional nocturnal activities to spot elusive species such as the Potto, Thomas’s bushbaby, Demidoff’s bushbaby, and the Spectacled galago, depending on participant interest and weather conditions.

In the afternoon, we continue our immersive primate experience with a nature walk to the Bigodi Community Wetland Sanctuary. This sanctuary is a testament to the community’s commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism, offering a habitat that supports over six primate species which have become quite accustomed to human presence. The two-hour loop through the sanctuary includes diverse environments like cultivated lands, riverine forests, and a boardwalk through papyrus swamps, providing a comprehensive ecological experience. Accompanied by a trained local community guide, we’ll gain insights into the local definitions of natural beauty and learn about the community’s efforts in conservation. This part of the day enriches our understanding of the intricate relationship between local communities and wildlife conservation, adding a meaningful layer to your Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris.

Day 4 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Semuliki Forest Nature Walk

Today, our Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris take us to Semuliki National Park, a unique forested area that serves as an extension of the vast Ituri Forest in the Congo Basin. This park is often referred to as a remnant of Congo’s lush forests, providing a rare glimpse into what the landscape might have looked like two centuries ago before significant habitat loss occurred.

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Red-Tailed Monkey

Although much has changed, Semuliki National Park remains a crucial sanctuary where we can explore and encounter wildlife species typically found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our expedition today focuses on searching for De Brazza’s and Dent’s monkeys and the Central African red colobus—distinct from its Ugandan counterpart though not officially recognized as separate by authorities. We’ll also be on the lookout for several unique species of lowland squirrels and, while incredibly rare, keep an eye out for the elusive Bongo and the Okapi, a forest giraffe. These species are seldom seen and considered ‘impossible’ finds, but being in the right habitat increases our chances of a once-in-a-lifetime sighting.

An additional highlight of our day in Semuliki is a visit to the renowned male and female hot springs of Sempaya, where the thermal waters are so hot they can hard-boil an egg in ten minutes! This natural phenomenon adds a fascinating geological aspect to our primate and wildlife safari.

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Sempaya Hot Springs of Semuliki Forest

After a full day of exploration and discovery, we will transfer to Fort Portal where we will spend the night, reflecting on the unique experiences afforded by one of East Africa’s most diverse ecological zones.

Day 5 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Transfer to Ruhija of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Gorilla Trekking 

Today, we embark on a scenic journey to Ruhija, a sector within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, renowned for its mountain gorilla populations. This drive is an integral part of our Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris, taking us through the southern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park known as Ishasha—famous worldwide for its tree-climbing lions. Witnessing these majestic lions, each weighing over 160 kilograms, lounging in fig tree branches is a sight to behold and a unique aspect of our safari.

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Mantled Guereza

As we traverse through Ishasha, we are also on the lookout for other wildlife such as Topi, Kob, Waterbuck, Common Warthog, African Buffalo, and the enormous African Bush Elephant. The area also provides perfect habitats for Leopards, Lions, Spotted Hyenas, and various other wildlife species, making our journey south not just a transition but a continuation of our wildlife viewing experience.

Upon arrival in the cooler, high elevation mountain forests of Ruhija, we notice a significant change in the weather and environment. The captivating scenery and the warmth of the local people enrich our experience as we prepare for the much-anticipated gorilla trekking adventure the following day. Tonight, we acclimate to our surroundings, mingling with the community and resting up, eager for the encounters that await us with one of the earth’s most awe-inspiring primates as part of our Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris.

Day 6 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Eastern Gorilla Tracking Excursion

Today marks a pivotal moment in our Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris as we embark on an Eastern Gorilla tracking adventure. Uganda is home to five renowned gorilla trekking stations, four of which are located in Bwindi Impenetrable

National Park, and one in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Each station offers a unique vantage point into the lives of these magnificent creatures, but the trekking experience itself can be unpredictable, as gorilla movements are determined by their daily behavioral patterns.

For this specific tour, we will be tracking in Ruhija, a sector within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest known for its impressive gorilla families. This location has been carefully selected based on long-term observations and the positive experiences of previous travelers, which, combined with logistical considerations, provide the best possible gorilla viewing opportunities.

Our day begins early at the local information center where we receive a detailed briefing and are divided into small groups of eight. This ensures a more personalized and less intrusive experience as we venture into the dense jungle. Tracking can take anywhere from two to seven hours, depending on the gorillas’ location on that particular day. Our trained guides from the Uganda Wildlife Authority are not only knowledgeable about gorilla behavior but are also committed to ensuring the safety and enjoyment of our group while promoting respectful wildlife viewing practices.

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Eastern Gorilla

If the trek concludes early and the group remains energetic, additional activities are available to enhance our experience in Bwindi. We offer options for a forest walk, cultural dances, and a village experience with the local Batwa communities. The Batwa, historically forest dwellers, have a unique cultural heritage that offers deep insights into the region’s history and their relationship with the forest. Engaging with the Batwa is not just an educational experience but also a chance to support community-driven conservation initiatives that benefit both the people and the gorillas.

This day in Bwindi is not merely about seeing the gorillas; it’s about immersing ourselves in their world and understanding the efforts behind conserving their habitats. It’s these encounters that highlight the importance of our Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris, providing unforgettable experiences that resonate long after we leave the forest.

Day 7 Uganda Primate Safari Adventure Tour: Transfer to Entebbe Via the Uganda Equator

As we conclude our Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris, we prepare for one final memorable experience within the park. Before departing, we’ll take a guided wildlife walk, an exclusive activity we offer here that’s not available in Murchison Falls or Queen Elizabeth National Parks. Accompanied by an armed and expertly trained wildlife ranger, this two to three-hour trek provides a closer, on-foot encounter with the park’s diverse fauna, offering a different perspective compared to vehicle-based tours.

Following our walk, we embark on our journey back to Entebbe, but not without a significant stop at the Uganda Equator. This geographical landmark offers a unique opportunity to stand in both the northern and southern hemispheres simultaneously, providing an exceptional photographic opportunity and a memorable way to mark the completion of our safari adventure. The Equator stop also includes interactive experiences that highlight the natural phenomena associated with this special location, enhancing our understanding of the planet’s geography.

This transfer day is not just a travel segment; it’s an extension of our adventure, ensuring that every moment of your Uganda Gorilla Tours and Primates Tour Safaris is filled with learning, discovery, and enjoyment, right up to the final hours of your journey.

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L’Hoest’s Monkey

 

  • 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.)

 

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