Luxury Primate International Group Safari 2016

Title LuxPrimateSafari2016

From US $4190 per person – minimum 2 people!


Day 1: Arrival

Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by a Great Lakes Safaris representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Le Petit Village.

Day 2: Kampala – Kibale Forest National Park

After a relaxed breakfast we will depart the capital city and head west to Fort Portal, with lunch en route. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to Kibale National Park. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge luxury cottages. (B-L-D)

Day 3: Kibale Forest & Bigodi Swamp

Today the forest opens for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. After a pre-tracking briefing at walking distance from your accommodation, you will start your hike adventure into the forest. Follow the footsteps of a large habituated family of chimpanzees, with over 120 individuals, that has made Kibale one of the best locations in Africa for chimp viewing.

En route your guide will explain more about the forest and the other inhabitants, including other primates and birds such as the blue breasted Kingfisher, black billed Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Chestnut winged Starlings and many more.
Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they continue their daily routine – growling, grooming, feeding, taking care of the young ones and agilely climbing up trees. It certainly is one unforgettable wildlife encounter and the hour is always over too soon.

After your forest walk, return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we transfer to Bigodi Swamp for another, totally different nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge luxury cottages. (B-L-D)

Day 4: Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast we calmly head towards the south while passing the majestic foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”. En route we will explore the scenic crater lakes region that surrounds the dense forest of Kibale National Park. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the scenic views from your accommodation or take a refreshing dip in the pool. Dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge. (B-L-D)

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat. Alternatively you can decide to experience a unique Hot Air Balloon Safari, followed by a bush breakfast and game drive (pre-booking required).

In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel is 33 km long and 2-3 km at its widest points. The scheduled 2 hour boat ride (beverages and snacks included!) will cover a 12-14 km stretch of the channel, with almost guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including multitudes of hippopotamus – possibly the world’s highest concentration – Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, and many birds. Dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge. (B-L-D)

Optional: Hot Air Ballooning in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Arise at dawn and transfer to the park gate to meet your ballooning crew and drive to the launch site by the first light. With coffee on site, witness the gigantic balloon being inflated. You will attend a safety briefing before being invited to get on board for a smooth ascension to a bird’s view position. Hot Air Balloon Trip

View the Kasenyi plains, the famed mating grounds of the Uganda Kobs, and a haunt for the predators. Enjoy the aerial views of the Kazinga Channel, the Mweya Peninsula and Lake George as well as far down towards Ishasha. Queen Elizabeth is truly famous for magnificent topography and milliard species of wild game, flowers, plants and birds.

The one hour long flight at different altitudes culminates with an amazing wilderness. Afterwards you are joined by your regular driver/guide and able to enjoy more game viewing en route back to your lodge where you will have time to relax before lunch and your planned afternoon activity. All in all, an unforgettable African experience that we highly recommend!

NB: Children below 7 years old or under 4 feet (1.20 meters) tall are only carried on parents request and at the discretion of the operator. Booking in advance required.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha)

After breakfast we start with another game drive and then calmly proceed to the southern part of the national park. This area is called Ishasha and known for the tree climbing lions. Check in at your accommodation where you will have lunch and relax. In the afternoon we will go out for a game drive in search of the lions resting in the fig trees. Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp. (B-L-D)

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi National Park

The Awaken early and set off on a game drive to spot lions, elephants and other wildlife in action. Around breakfast time you will be treated on a bush breakfast in the middle of the wilderness. Sit and listen to the early morning sounds while the chef prepares a delicious full English breakfast. Later in the morning we calmly return towards the lodge with another game drive en-route.

In the afternoon we depart Queen Elizabeth National Park and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge. (B-L-D)

Day 8: Gorilla Tracking

Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants!
Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort!

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling with the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge. (B-L-D)

Day 9: Bwindi National Park – Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant before we enter the national park, and with a game drive en-route we will calmly proceed to our accommodation, with beautiful views of the park. In the evening you will have the opportunity to enjoy a night game drive (pre-booking required). Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge. (B-L-D)

Optional: Night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is one of the few parks in Uganda where you can continue watching wildlife after the sun has set.

A night game drive (usually 2-3 hours) is an exciting experience and unusual twist on your regular game drives, allowing you to search for a variety of animals that you would not easily see during the day, such as bush pigs, genet cats and white tailed mongoose. But also the elusive leopards and spotted hyenas are best to be seen at night. And with some luck you will be able to spot the one male lion in the park who resides down by Lake Mburo!

NB. Booking in advance is required to avoid disappointment.

Day 10: Lake Mburo National Park – Entebbe

Early start of the day as we will go for a bush walk guided by a ranger. Experience a safari on foot that will allow you to notice the smaller, often overlooked, details and usually brings you much closer to the wildlife than when in a car.

Return the lodge for breakfast and with a game drive on our way out we depart the protected area and back towards the capital city. En-route we will pass the Equator where we will make a stop for lunch, photos and souvenir shopping. In time you will be dropped at Entebbe Airport for your international flight. (B-L)

Travel Trip:Wildwaters Lodge Jinja
Extend your safari with two or three days and explore Uganda’s most amazing retreats to unwind before flying back home.

Stay at Wildwaters Lodge, nestled on a private island amidst the wild rapids of the river Nile. Or cross Lake Victoria to the remote Bulago Island and relax on the white sandy beaches at Pineapple Bay Resort.

Download the detailed Luxury Primate Group Safari itinerary (PDF)

Tour package price: From US $4190 per person (min. 2 persons)

Please contact our Tour Consultants for the detailed price information!

Departure dates 2016:

  • 14 January 2016   
  • 28 February 2016
  • 26 April 2016 *
  • 2 July 2016
  • 27 July 2016
  • 14 August 2015
  • 7 September 2016
  • 20 November 2016 *

* Low season

Included in the price:

  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transport per 4WD safari vehicle
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary based on a double room
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Mineral water in the safari vehicle
  • Park entrance fees and ranger fees
  • Activities mentioned in the program except for the optional ones
  • Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Detailed map of Uganda
  • AMREF Evacuation Air Ambulance insurance
  • VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala

Not included in the price:

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $100 per person)
  • Gorilla permit
  • Optional activities
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips & laundry service

Terms and conditions apply.