8 days Great Apes Uganda safari

8 days, 7 nights All of this is on top of all main highlights like gorilla tracking. And, as with all our trips, you will stay in an excellent array of comfortable lodges!

 Great Apes Uganda safari

Gorilla safari in Bwindi forest national park, Chimpanzees and primates in Kibale Forest. Swamp birds in bigodi wetland. Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Tree climbing lions in Ishasha.

Day 1, Arrival Entebbe International Airport
Your driver will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight and take you directly to your resort in Kampala. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore the sites in and around Kampala (this will be at your cost). 

Journey Time 1hours
Accommodation Munyonyo Speke Resort

Meal Plan Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Fort Portal/ Kibale Forest
This morning the drive takes you towards the west of Uganda to emergy  through Fort Portal in the as the start of 8 days great apes Uganda safari. Taking you cross-country through scenic country side, passing tea plantations and the lush green countryside. Continue for the last hour through Kibale forest towards your accommodation.

Journey Time 7 hours 

Accommodation Primate lodge / Kibale Forest Cottages
Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 3: Kibale Forest National Park
Starting at 7:30am the process of tracking the approximately 5,000 chimpanzees in the wild, you will easily spot chimpanzees in Kibale forest. 

With a group of coordinated experienced rangers you will be guided through Kibale forest on a chimpanzee tracking in morning.

Whilst tracking tracking in Kibale forest you shall see several other monkey species of this rainforest. Once located, you will spend a full hour with the chimpanzees. 

The afternoon takes your to Bigodi wetland where an array of primates, birds, are on display for your viewing with an experienced local guide from the community.

Accommodation Primate lodge / Kibale Forest Cottages
Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 4: 8 days great apes Uganda safari moves to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
10:00am we will take you to Queen Elizabeth National Park. 

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s second-largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has a prolific game, including Gazelle, Uganda Kob, Warthog and Waterbuck.

Lions are often sighted both in the park and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine.

In the late afternoon, you will go for a game-drive into the park.

You will stay in a nice lodge, overlooking the spectacular Kazinga Channel, you'll have the chance to watch wildlife at the waterhole from your own private verandah and fall asleep to the roaring of lions on the distant savannah. This truly is Africa!

Journey Time 3½ hours
Accommodation Katara Lodge 
Meal Plan Breakfast, dinner 

Day 5: Park Game Drive & Boat Safari
Today you wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs. 

A well-deserved brunch will be served back at the lodge in the late morning.

In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert.

Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodiles, bathing elephants, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

After the boat-safari, your game drives back to the lodge.

Journey Time Only the game drive
Accommodation Katara lodge 

Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: To Mutanda Lake - Entrance to Bwindi Forest
Today you drive to Kisoro in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch, you stop at a local restaurant (not inclusive). 

You will stay in our lodge overlooking Lake Mutanda and the volcanoes on the border with Rwanda and sleep in one of their nice self-contained rooms. It is from here you will depart tomorrow for the gorilla tracking so it is best to get a good night's sleep.

Journey Time 8 - 9 hours
Accommodation Mahogany Springs 

Meal Plan Breakfast, dinner 

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking
Today is the big day of the 8 days great apes Uganda safari, prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare mountain gorilla. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. 

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim, in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. En route to the gorillas, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.

The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Accommodation Mahogany Springs

Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 8: Back to Kampala/Entebbe
After an early breakfast at the lodge, we will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping. 

Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.

Journey Time 10 - 11 hours
Accommodation Not included 

Meal Plan Breakfast

Since 8 days great apes Uganda safari is a private tour, departure can be organized for any time throughout the year subject to the availability of accommodation and transport.

 Includes

• Transport in a 4wd with a pop-up roof for an excellent safari view. 
• All fuel for the tour. 
• English speaking Ugandan driver/guide. 
• Accommodation as listed in the program. 
• Meals according to the program. 
• Park entrance fees according to the program. 
• All activities described in the itinerary. 
• 1 chimpanzee permit per person. 
• 1 gorilla permit per person. 

Excluded in the tour package:

• International airfares and entry Visa Uganda
• Drinks 
• Meals that are not part of your accommodation; 
• Personal (medical/travel) insurance; 
• Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc; 
• All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.). 

Notes  

1. Travelers are supposed to reach Entebbe on the tour starting the day before 8 am and leaving from the same airport at the end of the tour after 8 pm.
2. If these times can't be respected then 1 or 2 days should be calculated for the overnight in Kampala. 
3. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to see chimpanzees. 
4. Kibale National Park offers small walks of 1 or 2 hours followed by creative activities. 
5. Gorilla trekking is not allowed to anyone under 15 years of age. 
6. Prices for private safari. No extra passengers added. 
7. All prices are VAT included. 
8. Prices are in United States dollars (USD). 
9. Gorilla permits are available booking at least 3 months before the departure date.

Terms and conditions

1. At the moment of booking a deposit of 40% of the total amount is due.
2. Bookings must be made at least 60 days before the date of departure. 
3. Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to not accept bookings made less than 60 days prior to the date of departure. 
4. Full payment has to be made not less than 30 days before the departing date of the tour. 
5. If the full amount is not paid in due time, Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to treat the booking as canceled. 
6. Cancellations: 60 days prior to the departure date of the tour, a full refund of deposit; between 60 and 30 days, a refund of 50% of deposit; less than 30 days, no refund. 
7. Gorilla permits are non-refundable. 

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