Uganda Primates Trekking Adventure Safari is a 7 day tour in the Pearl of Africa that allows you great opportunities to spend some time with the big apes at the Kibale Forest National park which is the home to chimpanzees, gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. You will also have a chance to visit the Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive and boat cruise.
This seven day adventure safari in the Pearl of Africa allows you great opportunities to spend some time with the big apes at the Kibale Forest National park which is the home to chimpanzees, gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. You will also have a chance to visit the Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive and boat cruise.
Arrival of your flight at Entebbe International Airport. You will be warmly welcomed by our Pallid Safaris representative outside customs and immigration hall and transferred to your hotel. Check in assistance, followed by dinner and overnight stay.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Kampala and set off to Kibale Forest National Park with en route stops for photography. In case you arrive earlier, you will go for a nature walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. You will be rewarded with primate encounters including different monkey species and various bird species like the fabulous blue turacco. You may alternatively visit the crater lake around the Ndali Area. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Primate Lodge.
Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking and you will be marveled by the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them.
You will return to the lodge for lunch after which you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in time for your dinner and overnight at ishaha wilderness lodge.
Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive in the park during which you will see Lions, Elephants, Leopard (though a rare sighting), Cape bushbuck, Cape Buffalos, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda kob among others. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and then lunch.
In the afternoon you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes: George and Edward and you will surely be fascinated by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others. You will also see many varieties of birds at the shore. You will later be transferred back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast and check out, depart Queen Elizabeth National Park for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It is estimated half of the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas, 400 and more live within Bwindi boundaries.
Bwindi National Park offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourist. Apart from the gorillas, there are a variety of primates to be seen including the blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, and black & white Columbus monkeys. The great blue turacos are often seen and even for a non-bird watcher they are marvelous sight.
Arrive and check in. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay.
After an early breakfast and briefing from the guides, set off for the mountains gorilla tracking inside the Bwindi forest. Gorilla tracking is one of the unique activities you will enjoy while photographing and observing the gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park’s 331 sq. kms of montane and lowland forest jungle lies in southwestern Uganda, 540 kms from Kampala. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and accessible only on foot, it is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa providing a habitat for over 90 mammals (including 11 primates), 348 species of birds (including 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics), 202 species of butterflies, 163 tree species, over 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and other endangered species. Bwindi is however most notable for her 340 Mountain Gorillas, about half the world’s population of this critically endangered primate.
After tracking, come back to the lodge for late lunch.
Breakfast at the lodge and check out. Transfer to Kihihi airstrip for your scheduled domestic flight to Entebbe. You will then connect to your outbound international flight.
- • Airport and inter-hotel transfer from start to end of tour
- • 1 Night Accommodation at Entebbe
- • 1 Night Accommodation at Kibale National Park / Fort Portal
- • 2 Nights’ Accommodation at Queen Elizabeth National Park
- • 2 Nights’ Accommodation at Bwindi
- • Chimpanzee permit per person
- • Batwa trail experience
- • One way flight KihihiAirstrip to Entebbe Airport
- • Ground transport per 4WD custom made for safari
- • Bottled water in the safari vehicle
- • Meals :Full board except on days 1 & 7
- • Park entrance fees
- • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
- • Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
- • Gorilla Tracking permits - $700 per person
- • Bigodi swamp walk - $25 per person
- • International flights
- • Airfare
- • Taxes
- • Visa
- • Drinks and beverages during meals
- • Travel Insurance
- • Tips to Porters and Driver/ Guide
- • Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- • Any Personal expenses.
- • Any item that is not mentioned in the above Tour Pricing includes
- • Emergency Medical Evacuation Services
- • Our assistance
Frequently Asked QuestionsExpand/Close
Each gorilla trek is different as some of the gorilla families live in close proximity to the park’s entrances, while others live deep in the forest! You can anticipate between one and eight hours of hiking depending on which family you visit. Bwindi Park in Uganda has some steeper terrain than Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Pallid Safaris is here yo assist in that, inform us of your physical fitness and desires, and then we can help you select the right viewing experience.
The park rangers are very strict in managing gorilla and human contact. The rules include:
No more than eight guests are allowed to view each of the habituated gorilla families at any one time.
You should maintain a distance of at least seven meters or 23 feet from the gorillas. The gorillas will break the rules occasionally. In such cases, one should step back.
Do not do anything that may cause the gorillas stress or exhibit any behavior that they may see as a challenge. One must respect their space, speak very quietly, and avoid unnecessary movement.
Do not touch the gorillas or try to make contact.
Do not use flash cameras.
Do not eat or smoke.
Leave nothing behind but footprints.
The age limit for gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda is 15 years of age and democratic republic of congo is 14 years. While it’s possible for you to have an excellent gorilla safari with your kids, sometimes its rather hard.
You can ‘adopt’ a gorilla in Rwanda or Uganda using the sponsorship projects of conservation organizations such as Friend of the Gorillas and the International Gorilla Conservation Program. Your permit fees directly supports the projection of these animals and their environment through the government.