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This 7-day Ugandan safari has a special focus on primates and gives you the chance to see chimpanzees, mountain gorillas and golden and red-tailed monkeys, not to mention about a dozen other species.

It kicks off in Entebbe where you overnight at Carpe Diem Guesthouse overlooking the tranquil waters of Lake Victoria. Your next stop is Mburo Eagles Nest Park, which is perched on a grassy hill within Lake Mburo National Park. Hippos inhabit the extensive wetland and the open savannah is home to plains game such as Burchell’s zebra and impala, which are both found nowhere else in the country.

The next leg of your journey takes you to Silverback Lodge within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, which is home to approximately half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Aside from intimate encounters with these fascinating primates, you can visit zoologist Dian Fossey's gravesite and memorials commemorating the lives lost during the tragic 1994 genocide.

On your way to Primate Lodge Kibale Cottages, you search for tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park where you also enjoy a picnic lunch before your next stop. Spend two days tracking chimpanzees and 13 other primate species in Kibale Forest National Park, with a secluded cottage enclosed by lush tropical forest as your home base. Twitching at the park’s bigodi swamp is rewarding as are walks near the crater lakes and hiking in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Game drive & walking safari at Lake Mburo
  • Track gorillas & golden monkeys through Bwindi
  • Search for tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Face-to-face encounters with chimps in Kibale Forest
  • Cross the equator & hike the Rwenzori Mountains
  • Excellent birding & authentic accommodation

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Uganda

On your arrival at Entebbe Airport you are transferred to Carpe Diem Guesthouse, which is located within walking distance of the neighbourhood’s colourful market, wildlife education centre and the picturesque botanical gardens. Carpe Diem also has beautifully landscaped gardens that provide a tranquil setting to watch the sun set over the beautiful waters of Lake Victoria. The guesthouse is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access throughout.

Day 2

Off to Lake Mburo

After breakfast this morning, you are transported to Lake Mburo National Park. En route you stop at the line that marks the equator and enjoy lunch at a restaurant outside of the park. Mburo Eagles Nest is an authentic tented camp perched on a grassy hill along the park’s border with majestic wilderness views. In the late afternoon, enjoy a 4x4 game drive accompanied by an experienced ranger. Mburo and four other lakes form part of an extensive wetland that is quite literally a hippo highway. In the open savannah away from the papyrus swamp and lush riparian woodlands surrounding the lakes, you are likely to spot plains game such as Burchell’s zebra and impala, which are both found nowhere else in Uganda. Birding is especially rewarding in Lake Mburo National Park.

Your rustic safari tent features an en suite bathroom with an eco-toilet and outside shower. In the morning, do not be surprised if you wake to grazing zebra right outside your tent, which features eco-friendly, solar-powered lighting and a private verandah overlooking the park. Enjoy traditional meat and vegetable stew cooked over the fire for dinner under the starlit African sky while a lion roars in the distance and the grunts of hippos can be heard in the forest.

Days 3-4

In search of silverbacks

Before checking out this morning you set out on a guided safari walk through the park with an experienced ranger. While in pursuit of a herd of buffalo, your guide may point you in the direction of a shoebill stork and white-winged warbler sitting on the same branch of a nearby acacia.

Climb into the vehicle for your transfer to Silverback Lodge in the foothills of the mighty Virungas volcano chain of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This dense forest is home to approximately half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and a vast array of colourful birdlife.

From the moment you first lock eyes with a mountain gorilla, it immediately becomes apparent why Dian Fossey dedicated her life to studying these intriguing primates who share so many uncannily familiar behaviours with humans. More challenging to track down in the forest is the rare golden monkey with its exquisite coat and powder-blue face. If you would rather take a guided forest walk or explore the Buhoma Village instead of trek for gorillas, the choice is yours. You also have the opportunity to visit Fossey's gravesite as well as the memorials commemorating the millions of lives lost during the 1994 genocide.

Comfortably furnished common areas provide sanctuaries for relaxation after a busy day in the forest with a library and games room to keep the whole family entertained. When it is warm outside, enjoy meals on the terrace and during winter a fire crackles in the corner of the indoor restaurant to create a cosy dining venue. Picnic lunches can be arranged so that you can enjoy activities without having to return to the lodge for lunch. Your rustic stone cottage features a lounge with a fireplace and dressing room. Its large windows let in the lush surroundings and the sheltered verandah is a contemplative space to soak up the magnificent forest views.

Days 5-6

Time with chimps

After breakfast this morning, make your way from Bwindi to Kibale stopping en route at Queen Elizabeth National Park where you search for tree-climbing lions and enjoy a picnic lunch before your arrival at Primate Lodge Kibale Cottages. This intimate lodge, enclosed by lush tropical forest, is ideally positioned for encounters with our closest genetic relative – chimpanzees – as well as 13 other primate species. Begin each morning with a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the captivating wilderness before setting out with an experienced guide on a chimpanzee-tracking excursion. Highly sought-after by safari enthusiasts, standing face-to-face with a chimp is at once a meditative and reflective experience. Twitchers are rewarded at the Bigodi Swamp with the chance to spot the great blue turaco. Other not-to-be-missed experiences in Kibale are a guided walk near the crater lakes and hiking in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains.

On chilly evenings share stories of the day’s adventures with other guests in the fire cave where you are treated to traditional Ugandan song and dance. Curled up on a sofa in the open-air lounge, you hear the chattering of red-tailed monkeys, the hooting of chimps and the crunch of foliage underfoot as game moves through the dense forest. Armchair game viewing can also be enjoyed from your en suite cottage’s verandah, and guided nocturnal walks through the forest in search of tiny bushbabies and pottos are a truly unforgettable experience.

Day 7

Farewell Uganda

After breakfast this morning you are transferred back to Kampala where you enjoy lunch before being transported to Entebbe International Airport for your onwards flight home.

Inclusions

  • 5 nights accommodation on full board basis
  • 1 night accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Activities and excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Welcome package including a detailed map of Uganda
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Insurance
  • VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala
  • Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle
  • Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jul 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $1890
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 30 Nov 2014 $1805
  • 01 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $1890

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Emma Harrop

Emma Harrop

Africa Safari Expert

"If you are short on time and looking for an affordable group trip, this is an excellent choice as it combines not only the incredible opportunity to trek and spend time with the Mountain Gorillas but also includes the chimps in Kibale as well as an introduction to the wildlife offered in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. With scheduled monthly departures it is a great value option for single travellers."

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