Primates and Wildlife of Uganda

Primates and Wildlife of Uganda

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Primates and Wildlife of Uganda

7 Days Starting and ending in Entebbe

Visiting: Uganda

Tour operator:

World Expeditions

Tour code:

PWU

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

3 - 12

Physical rating:

Adventure touring

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Tour Overview

Perfectly crafted for animal lovers with hikes into the natural habitats of the Mountain Gorilla and chimpanzees of Uganda, as well as a wide variety of other wildlife species, the highlights in this superb itinerary are numerous. Tracking the mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is an unequalled jungle trek experience culminating in the thrill of standing within metres of a family, often including the imposing male silverback. Uganda is also known for its colourful culture, lush forests, beautiful lakes and some of the best bird watching in Africa with over 1000 different species. We will enjoy game viewing in the scenic savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree-climbing lions, and cruise along the tropical Kazinga Channel teeming with vast numbers of hippos and endemic birdlife. This trip showcases the diverse ecosystems of Uganda where East meets West, and is the perfect addition to any Africa itinerary.

Highlights

  • Experience the colourful culture, along with beautiful forests and lakes, of the region

  • Search for tree-climbing lions and other wildlife in the Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Undertake a jungle trek to encounter chimpanzees in their natural habitat

  • Track Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

  • Travel by boat cruise in the Kazinga Channel

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Join Entebbe

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda, you shall be welcomed by your guide and transferred to the group hotel for overnight.
Accommodation: Boma Guest House or similar

Day 2 : Drive To Kibale National Park

Meals Included: B, L, D

After breakfast, you will drive to Kibale National Park. Along the way you will pass many tea plantations and have an opportunity to visit a tea plantation. We will also stop in Fort Portal and visit the Toro Palace. In the afternoon you will arrive at your accommodation.
Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp or similar
Approx. distance 340 km
Approx. driving time 6 hours

Day 3 : Morning Chimp Trek, Drive To Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals Included: B, L, D

After an early morning breakfast, you will undertake a chimp trek. Note: the chimp permits are subject to availability - there are two slots in either the early morning (when they are often up in the trees feeding and more active) or at mid morning (when they often come down to take a nap as it is cooler on the forest floor and therefore closer and more relaxed). Both of these viewing slots are rewarding and interesting.
Kibale’s 795 sq km National Park contains one of the most beautiful and varying tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda. This is home to 13 species of primate including chimpanzees. The park’s highest point is at 1590m above sea level. After lunch we will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, and enjoy a game drive on the way to our lodge. Named after Her Majesty's Queen Elizabeth of England, it is Uganda's most popular and scenic game reserve. It stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from open savannah, wetlands, crater lakes and rainforest.
Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp or similar
Approx. distance 130 km
Approx. driving time 4-5 hours (including game drive speed)

Day 4 : Morning Game Drive, Afternoon Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise

Meals Included: B, L, D

This morning we will have an early morning game drive. Queen Elizabeth National Park includes parts of Lakes Edward and George which are linked by the Kazinga channel. The park boasts the world’s highest bio-diversity rating with over 600 bird and 100 mammal species including lions, hippos, buffaloes, leopard, Spotted Hyena, elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog. The primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black faced Red Colobus, and Red tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. Lunch at the lodge will be followed by an afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise.
Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp or similar
Approx. distance 40 km
Approx. driving time 3 hours game drive

Day 5 : Drive To Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Game Drive In Ishasha Enroute

Meals Included: B, L, D

After breakfast, you will be driven to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, passing through the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions. Bwindi National Park is the habitat of half of the world’s Mountain Gorilla population and also home to chimpanzee, monkeys, elephants, small antelope and birdlife.
Accommodation: Haven Lodge Buhoma or similar
Approx. distance 150 km
Approx. driving time 5 hours (including game drive speed)

Day 6 : Gorilla Trek In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Drive To Lake Bunyonyi

Meals Included: B, L, D

After an early breakfast, you will be taken to the Park Headquarters for a short briefing after which you will enter the forest and start your Gorilla trek (please note that a drive may be required to your trekking starting point). The trek can be anything from 2 hours to 6 hours or longer depending on the location of the Gorillas on the day. The terrain is rough, often over steep slopes covered with matted vegetation. You will be led by an experienced ranger who will tell you interesting facts about the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. Be prepared for rain, mud and giant stinging nettles – long trousers, gloves and a waterproof jacket will help. The mountain gorillas have inspired travellers from all over the world to experience one of nature’s greatest interactions. Anyone who has witnessed the Mountain Gorillas of East Africa will strongly agree that it is a once in a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten. Afterwards we will drive to Lake Bunyonyi for overnight.
Accommodation: Birds Nest Lodge or similar
Approx. distance 60 km
Approx. driving time 1.5 hours

Day 7 : Drive To Entebbe, Trip Concludes

Meals Included: B, L

After breakfast, you will drive to Entebbe. Time permitting you can stop for souvenir shopping and a photo opportunity at the Equator. After lunch, transfer to Entebbe Airport, where the trip concludes. (Please note: earliest departure time is 21:00hrs).
Approx. distance 550 km
Approx. driving time 8-9 hours

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    4 nights safari lodge

  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners

  • airport transfers (day 1 and 7 only)

  • 4 nights in 3 star safari lodge on a twinshare basis

  • 1 night in 3 star permanent safari camp on a twinshare basis

  • 1 night in 3 star hotel on a twinshare basis

  • English speaking local driver-guide

  • private transport in a 4wd safari vehicle with pop up roof

  • game drives and excursions as listed in itinerary

  • mineral water while on tour

  • national park and conservation fees (including gorilla and chimp permits) valued at US$900

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What's Not Included

  • tips

  • international airfares and airport taxes

  • items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.

  • meals not specified in the itinerary

  • bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks

  • visa

  • travel insurance (compulsory)

  • optional activities

Accommodation

4 nights safari lodge
For this accommodated safari, we make use of mid-range lodge accommodation. Your accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of safari lodges and permanent safari camp on a twinshare basis with en-suite facilities. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

What You Carry

In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing, a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip balm, etc.

Grading

These adventure tours visit remote areas of the world where facilities are often basic. These adventure tours will often involve long journeys and rough roads. Sightseeing and optional day walks are often included and these days may involve up to 5 hours of physical activity. To enjoy these adventures we suggest you are reasonably fit, healthy, have a moderately active lifestyle and have a positive attitude. The fitter you are for your trip, the more of a holiday it will be. The gorilla tracking will sometimes be quite strenuous and will involve following trails beaten through the forests. These trails are often wet, steep and slippery.
* Suggested preparation: Two or three times a week, we recommend you walk on undulating terrain for an hour or more, for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Wildlife

The wilderness areas of Africa are populated by large numbers of wild and potentially dangerous animals. The trip aims to view these animals in their natural habitat, uncontrolled by fences. Your experienced guides will make every effort to ensure the safety of the group at all times. Please be aware that all safari travel, including vehicle safaris in the proximity of wild animals is never entirely without risk. By travelling into wild areas in search of wild animals, all participants accept that they are choosing an adventure that includes an element of risk and this is an inherent aspect of the enjoyment of this style of travel.

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have offices on three continents which means your travelling companions will be just that – international and wonderfully eclectic. Part of small group travel means that although travellers come from various locations and backgrounds, you will be travelling with like-minded companions who, like you, are keen to share the experience and forge lifelong friendships.

  • What about environmental impact?

    We believe that adventure travel revolves around establishing a strong relationship with the people and environments in which we operate. Our responsible travel policies have been carefully developed to ensure that we minimise the impact of our presence and help to protect the regions we visit while contributing positively to the local community.

  • What should I pack?

    Your pre-departure documents include a detailed packing list with items that you need to bring. While most of the equipment for daily activities is included in your tour cost, some items like helmets and hiking boots are best brought from home. The pre-departure documents also include information on layering and recommended brands for various items to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes. World Expeditions does not require single travellers to pay a surcharge for travelling alone on the vast majority of our trips. Our holidays are primarily on a twin share basis, so if you are joining the group as a solo traveller, we will match you with someone of your own gender. The choice is yours however; if you prefer not to share, we do offer single supplements for private occupancy.

  • Are tips included in my trip price?

    Tips are not included in the tour cost. Tipping is a personal thing, do not worry about how much, or when, to tip. Tipping guidelines are provided for certain destinations in our pre departure information upon booking, however the best advice will be provided by your tour leader.

  • Am I suited to small-group travel?

    We recognise that many of our travellers have not been on a ‘group trip’ before. Yet what our departures provide is both structure and flexibility, allowing you plenty of freedom within the framework of the itinerary. You’ll find that with our maximum group size at 16, you’ll travel in a minimal impact style with a great group of like-minded travellers.

  • Can you advise which vaccinations are recommended?

    While our pre-departure kit provides information on vaccinations, we suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

J. Sandgren(Sweden)  

Primates and Wildlife of Uganda

Another fantastic trip provided by World Expeditio

Another fantastic trip provided by World Expeditions. With the help of Pawan, we extended our tour and were very pleased with the outcome. The diversity of the landscape and animals were amazing. The chimpanzee and gorilla treks were experiences of a lifetime. We were so well catered for and our driver, Nelson, was extremely knowledgeable and he kept us safe and well at all times. The trip was exciting from start to finish, great accommodation and food and above all the treks were fantastic!

N. Ghafur(Crawley, UK)  

Primates and Wildlife of Uganda

This was wonderful, Uganda has so much more beauty

This was wonderful, Uganda has so much more beauty and wonder than I ever expected. Seeing primates so close was magnificent. I would do it all again.

H. Byrnes(Middle Park, VIC)  

Primates and Wildlife of Uganda

This trip was one of the best we have done. Our gu

This trip was one of the best we have done. Our guide, Eric, was very knowledgeable, having undertaken gorilla habituation himself. We were very pleased with the variety of wildlife experiences - gorillas tracking, chimp tracking, game drives - compared to other offerings which are gorillas only. The standard of accommodation was above our expectations and we especially loved the Birds Nest Lodge at Lake Bunyonyi and the Kasenyi Safari Camp. Uganda itself is a country worth seeing; spectacular landscapes of steep hills of vibrant green jungles and tea plantations, offset against deep red soil and blue skies. You will not regret booking this trip.

S. Felskie(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)  

Primates and Wildlife of Uganda

If Gorilla trekking is on your bucket list (as it

If Gorilla trekking is on your bucket list (as it was on mine), this is the trip for you. Added bonus, is the chimp trekking and game viewing by vehicle and by boat. The accommodations were fantastic and the food was really good and very plentiful. The Ugandan people were very friendly and the service we received surpassed expectations.

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