8-Day Primate Tour in Uganda

The 7-night/8-day Primate Tour in Uganda combines the excitement of chimpanzee trekking in the breath-takingly beautiful Kibale National Park.

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Description

a Big 5 safari tour of Queen Elizabeth National Park and gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  

It takes you on a scenic tour of the south-western region of Uganda which is renowned for its outstanding biodiversity and, of course, as home to the remaining mountain gorillas and other endangered primate species. 

Highlights

  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park 
  • 3-hour nature walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Safari tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park 
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  

Accommodation

Biraj International Hotel

Budget accommodation in Kampala

94 rooms, sleeping up to 200 guests

Biraj International Hotel is situated close to the centre of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. It’s within easy walking distance of good restaurants, shopping centres and the main transport routes. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant/bar is a popular spot for sundowners, with a panoramic view of the city. 

Each ensuite room is air-conditioned and fully-equipped for your comfort and convenience. This includes tea/coffee-making facilities, TV with satellite channels and access to Wi-Fi. The apartment units have a small kitchenette, suitable for self-catering accommodation in Kampala. 

Méstil Hotel

Luxury accommodation in Kampala

98 suites, sleeping up to 200 guests

Méstil Hotel & Residences offers business people and travellers state-of-the-art accommodation on the outskirts of Kampala. Located on Nsambya Hill, guests stay in stylish suites with a panoramic view of the city skyline and the historic sites of Kampala. 

Each ensuite suite is air-conditioned and stylishly decorated in a unique African/Moroccan theme. The apartments have a fully-equipped kitchenette for self-catering accommodation in Kampala as well as an elegant lounge and dining area. 

Méstil Hotel & Residences is well-known for its restaurants and bars which includes Amber Restaurant, the Times Bar and the Blend Coffee Shop. Facilities include an outside pool, fitness centre and spa treatment centre. 24/7 room service, security guarding and complimentary airport shuttle makes Méstil Hotel & Residences one of the most popular places to stay in Kampala. 

Kibale Forest Camp

Budget accommodation in Kibale National Park

Kibale Forest Camp offers travellers affordable accommodation in canvas safari tents that are tucked away in a lush forest. As an alternative you can stay in tents placed under a grass-thatched structure in the camping area. Kibale Forest Camp is located in the northern section of the world-renowned Kibale National Park which is famous for chimpanzee trekking.  

This quaint forest camp is ideally located to Magombe swamp known as the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary and a short 10-minute drive from Kanyanchu Visitor Centre which is where you set off from to find chimpanzees in the forest. 

Primate Lodge Upgrade

Luxury accommodation in Kibale National Park

Primate Lodge Upgrade is a luxury safari lodge located in a lush forested area in the heart of Kibale National Park. It’s ideally located to Kanyanchu Visitor Centre which is where you set off from to find chimpanzees in the forest. 

Guests have the choice of 9 spacious, ensuite luxury cottages that are fully-equipped for comfort and convenience. A double-story Banda (grass-thatched cottage) is suitable for families.  

Bush Lodge

Budget accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Bush Lodge offers travellers affordable accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It’s an eco-lodge with the choice of tented accommodation that are fully equipped for comfort and convenience. The charming safari lodge is located close to the Kazinga Channel. 

There’s also the option of 12 self-contained chalets that offer guests more privacy. The units are built on a raised wooden platform and are made from a combination of canvas and local materials. Each ensuite chalet boasts a panoramic view of the surrounding forest and overlooks the seasonal Kamera River. 

Mweya Safari Lodge

Luxury accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Mweya Safari Lodge offers discerning travellers luxury accommodation on a peninsula in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park with the magical Rwenzori mountain range forming a spectacular backdrop. The Rwenzori mountains are renowned as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ from the epic movie of the same name. 

Each ensuite suite at Mweya Safari Lodge boasts breathtaking views of the Kazinga Channel. They’re fully equipped for comfort and convenience. Luxury facilities include an excellent restaurant serving authentic Uganda cuisine and the Mweya Health Club for spa treatments.   

Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala

Guests collected at an agreed destination; either Entebbe International Airport or a hotel/guest house within the city precinct. Transfer to your hotel in Kampala; ‘meet and greet’ and safari tour briefing. 

Overnight at Biraj Hotel (budget accommodation) or Méstil Hotel & Residences (luxury accommodation) in Kampala. Dinner served in the lodge restaurant. 

Includes: Dinner  

Day 2: Kampala - Fort Portal - Kibale National Park (495 Kilometers)

Early wake up for breakfast. Check out of hotel and depart for Fort Portal in western Uganda. Fort Portal lies on the northern foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains and is the gateway to the most popular tourist attractions in Uganda. 

Stopover for lunch and continue onto Kibale National Park.  

Overnight in Kibale Forest Camp (budget option) or Primate Lodge Upgrade (luxury option). Dinner served in the lodge restaurant. 

Includes: Breakfast and dinner  

Day 3: Kibale National Park

Wake up early (6h30) for breakfast. Depart for a full morning in Kibale National Park on an exciting chimpanzee trekking expedition.Return to your hotel for lunch. 

Note: for an extra fee, you can participate in a full-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.  

The afternoon activity is a 3-hour nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary in Kibale National Park, otherwise known as the Magombe swamp. It’s a fascinating wilderness region that’s home to an outstanding array of animals and birds, including several primate species such as the red, white and blue colobus and the L’Hoest monkey. 

Overnight at Kibale Forest Camp or Primate Lodge Upgrade. Dinner is served in the lodge restaurant. 

Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner  

Day 4: Kibale - Queen Elizabeth National Park (142 Kilometers)

Early wake up (7h00) for breakfast. Check out of your hotel and depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Stopover for lunch along the way. Enjoy a wonderful safari tour of the national park as you make your way to your hotel. 

Overnight at Bush Lodge (budget option) or Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury option). Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant. 

Includes: Breakfast and dinner  

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early wake up (6h30) for breakfast. Depart for a full morning safari tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Return to your hotel for a light lunch and rest. 

Depart early afternoon (14h00) for a 2-hour boat cruise; enjoying outstanding wildlife sightings and some of the best birding in Africa. Overnight at Bush Lodge (budget option) or Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury option). Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant. 

Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner  

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (155 Kilometers)

Early wake up for breakfast. Check out your hotel and depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Stopover for lunch at Ishasha which is world-famous for its tree-climbing lions. 

Overnight in Buhoma Community Camp (budget option) or Buhoma Lodge (luxury option). Dinner is served in the lodge restaurant. 

Includes: Breakfast and dinner  

Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Wake up early (6h30) for breakfast and then depart for a full morning in the national park on a gorilla trekking expedition.  

Return to your lodge for lunch and a short rest. The afternoon activity is a visit to the Buhoma village and community centre to learn more about the Batwa tribe and their traditional way of life. Overnight in Buhoma Community Camp or Buhoma Lodge. Dinner is served in the lodge restaurant. 

Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner  

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Kampala (456 Kilometers)

Early wake up (6h00) for breakfast. Check out your hotel and depart for Kampala. Lunch at a viewpoint along the way.  

Arrive in Kampala late afternoon; drop off at Entebbe Airport or a hotel/guest house within the city precinct. 

Includes: Breakfast  

What’s included

  • Transfer from/to Kampala 
  • 7 nights’ accommodation (budget or luxury option) 
  • English-speaking driver/safari guide 
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park 
  • 3-hour nature walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary 
  • Guided safari tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park 
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 
  • National park fees, where applicable 
  • Meals as per itinerary 
  • Still water/ tea or coffee on primate trekking and safari tour  

What’s excluded

  • Scheduled flights to/from Kampala  
  • Other domestic airfares 
  • Permit for chimpanzee and gorilla trekking 
  • All purchases of a personal nature 
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary  
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks 
  • Laundry services 
  • Phone call and Wi-Fi charges 
  • Extra activities/day excursions not included in itinerary 
  • Gratuities 
  • Visa fees if required  

Important information

Gorilla trekking is dependent on the availability of permits at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all the national parks of Uganda and Rwanda are in high demand; we advise that you book your tour well in advance to avoid disappointment. 

If gorilla permits are not available for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, it’s possible to see the mountain gorillas at Rushaaga which is 7 kilometres from the town of Kisoro in Uganda or you can opt to cross the border into Rwanda.   

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