Great Apes of Uganda Safari
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred for overnight in BB to the hotel.
Overnight at: Boma Hotel (C) or African Routes Guest House (E). BB
After breakfast, board the boat to Ngamba Island for a day trip. Ngamba Island is located 23 km offshore from Entebbe. In 1998 it became Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary under Jane Goodall Foundation with the objective to provide a safe haven for orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority from poachers or traders, with no chance of survival back to the wild. The day trip allows you to see the island and to view the feeding of the chimpanzees. However, if you wish to take the care giver chimpanzee experience or the integration experience, you will need to spend the night in the eco-lodge. This is offered with an optional supplement. nIn the afternoon drive to Kampala, for dinner and overnight at Cassia Lodge/Metropole Hotel. Full Board
Overnight at: Cassia Lodge/Metropole Hotel. Full Board
After breakfast your adventure proceeds by driving northwest towards Masindi and Murchison Falls National Park. You will stop over for a nature walk at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, the breeding project which saw the rebirth of the endangered white and black rhinos, which were last seen in Uganda in 1981. After lunch, your journey continues to Budongo Forest in Kaniyo-Pabidi, the eco-tourist site where it is possible to organize chimpanzee trekking activities.
Overnight at: Budongo Eco-Lodge. Full Board
After breakfast, enter the forest for the chimpanzee trekking. Budongo is the largest tropical forest in Uganda with 790 sq km in size and it hosts a population of about 600 chimpanzees plus other primates, such as black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, vervet monkey and baboons. Lunch. In the afternoon, optional, you can take a cultural activity at Boomu Women group near Budongo. Dinner and overnight in Hoima.
Overnight at: Hoima Cultural Lodge / Bugoma Jungle Lodge. Full Board
After breakfast drive to Bugoma Forest south of Hoima. This natural tropical forest with 420 sq km in size is rated among the most important in Uganda for biodiversity. It hosts a population of chimpanzees as well as many primates, including the endemic Ugandan mangabey. We organize a trekking in the forest to see the Ugandan mangabey.nIn the afternoon after lunch proceed to the region of Fort Portal and Kibale National Park, which lies on the shadow of Rwenzori Mountains, the biggest mountain range in Africa. Dinner and overnight .
Overnight at: Crater Safari Lodge / Primate Lodge (C) or Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (E). Full Board
After breakfast, today activity is the nature walk in Kibale National Park for experiencing the rain tropical forest, birding and especially to encounter the chimpanzees in their natural environment. Kibale national park with its 766 sq km of rain tropical forest contains the highest primates’ density in the world. Among the species which you can see include black and white colobus, red tailed monkey and vervet monkey. Moreover, 325 species of birds are recorded.nIn the afternoon proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which lies between Lake George on the East, Lake Edward on the West and the Rwenzori Mountains on the North. Have a game drive as you enter the park.
Overnight at: Overnight and dinner at Mweya/ Park View Lodge (C) or Enganzi Lodge
After breakfast, drive to Kyambura Gorge, a deep forested gorge along river Kyambura within Queen Elizabeth National Park. The location is worth a visit and, if you are fit to descend the gorge for a nature walk, you might encounter the chimpanzees. Kyambura has a population of about 50 chimpanzees. After lunch, in the afternoon take the most exciting safari by boat from Mweya peninsula along Kazinga channel, one of the most popular sites in Uganda for its concentration of wildlife, bird’s life and opportunities for good photographs. Moreover, you will see plenty of hippos, buffaloes and elephants while drinking from the channel.nIn the evening proceed to the Ishasha sector of the park.
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Jungle Lodge. Full Board
In the morning we organize a game drive along the tracks of the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The best attraction here, with a bit of luck, is to see the tree climbing lions; however, you will enjoy one of the most beautiful spots of savannah. nAfter lunch, proceed to Bwindi National Park, the rain tropical forest which is the natural habitat for the endangered mountain gorillas. You will reach an altitude of up to 2300 m above sea level.nThe choice of the area of the “gorilla safari” depends on the availability and allocation of the permits for this activity. nNote: Today transfer is variable, according to the location of the gorilla permits and road conditions. nn
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight, Bwindi Engagi Lodge / Bwindi Jungle Lodge (C) or Gorilla Mist Lodge / Gorilla Valley Lodge (E). Full Board
Early in the morning you enter the rain tropical forest of Bwindi for the gorilla safari. The activity starts at 8am and you will follow the ranger guides in a group of maximum 8 people as you search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 420 gorillas, which is half the world population according to 2012 gorilla surveys. It is not predictable the time you will spend to encounter the gorillas. You have one hour for observing the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs. Ensure you take the packed lunch and water with you in the bag and you might engage for this the support of available porters. Dinner and overnight.
Overnight at: Bwindi Engagi Lodge / Bwindi Jungle Lodge (C) or Gorilla Mist Lodge / Gorilla Valley Lodge (E). Full Boarder and overnight, Bwindi Engagi Lodge / Bwindi Jungle Lodge (C) or Gorilla Mist Lodge / Gorilla Valley Lodge (E). Full Board
After breakfast, drive back to Kampala with lunch en route. In the evening transfer to Entebbe International Airport or, optional with supplement, spend the night in Entebbe. Half BoardnNOTE: Today journey is long, about 7 hours for 450 km, therefore you consider late flight or adding an extra night in Entebbe.nnNOTE: n-Chimpanzee Habituation experience might be available from Budongo forest and from Kibale forest at an extra supplement. This is a day activity in the forest following closely a group of chimpanzee observing their daily life from early morning to late evening.n
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Bwindi Jungle Lodge