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8 days Great Apes Uganda safari

8 days, 7 nights

All of this is on top of all main highlights like gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking and the boat safaris. And, as with all our midrange trips, you will stay in an excellent array of comfortable lodges!

Day by day itinerary

Day 1, Arrival Entebbe international Airport 
Your driver/guide will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight and take you directly to your lodge 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 1½ hours
Accommodation Sheraton Hotel
Meal Plan BB

Day 2: Fort Portal/ Kibale Forest
Today you will drive to Fort Portal in west as the start of 8 days great apes Uganda safari. The route is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. The last hour of the journey will take you through dense forest and sounds of the wild.
You will be staying at a wonderful lodge, just outside the town of Fort Portal. You can spend the late afternoon relaxing at the lodge, from which there is a lovely view of the forest and its wildlife.
Journey Time 7 hours
Accommodation Primate lodge
Meal Plan Breakfast, dinner
 
Day 3: Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees. Today, in Uganda, there are approximately 5,000 chimpanzees in the wild, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!
An experienced forest ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon. You might also see other monkey species that live in this tropical forest. Once located, you will spend a full hour with the chimps. Since they are still wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.
 
The forest and swamp of Kibale Forest are home to at least 12 primate species including the Red Tailed Monkey, Olive Baboon, Black and White Colobus Monkey, and the Blue Monkey. The bird life in the forest is also prolific and includes the beautiful Great Blue Turaco.
Your afternoon swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the Great Blue Turaco!
Accommodation Primate lodge
Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: 8 days great apes Uganda safari moves to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
In the morning, you can relax at your lodge, make a crater lake hike or visit a nearby tea plantation, where you will be able to assist the tea pickers and learn about how leaves are selected for the highest quality (All activities of this morning are at your own cost). You will then continue your journey 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 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, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
After the boat-safari you game drive 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 10pm 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 organised for anytime throughout the year subject to the availability of accommodation and transport.

 Included in the tour package:
• Transport in a 4wd with pop-up roof for 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 air fares 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.).
The bookings with the hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.

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