Our 10 Days Uganda savanna and primate safari takes you through Uganda’s prime safari destinations for remarkable safari encounters. On this safari, trek the endangered white rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Explore the savanna plains of Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth is also famous for hosting tree-climbing lions in its southern sector (Ishasha). Still, on your Uganda safari, interact with the chimpanzees of Kibale Forest National Park. Have physical contact with the enormous gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
- Rhino trekking in Ziwa
- Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale
- Nature walk in Bigodi swamp
- Game drives
- Boat cruises
- Tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector
- Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
- Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga
- Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga
- Batwa cultural trail
- Lake Mutanda
Day 1: Arrival in Uganda
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our company representative will welcome you. He will then transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. And also, brief you about your 10 Days Uganda savanna and primate safari. In addition to what to expect on your safari. Relax and recover from your flight as you wait to embark on the safari of a lifetime.
Day 2: Set off for Murchison Falls National Park
Have early breakfast and check out of your hotel. Meet with your driver/guide and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Your first stopover will be at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for rhino trekking. On arrival, you will be welcomed and introduced to the sanctuary. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary was established to introduce and protect endangered white rhinos. And today, it is home to about 35 white rhinos. you will also be taken through the guidelines for trekking rhinos. After the briefing, set off into the woodland in search of the rhinos. In the savanna, enjoy encountering a range of them grazing, and others resting.
After `rhino trekking, leave Ziwa Rhino sanctuary and proceed to Murchison Falls, with en-route lunch in Masindi town. On arrival in the Park, appreciate the marvelous sights of olive baboons by the roadsides. The endless views of the rift valley escarpment are astonishing. Driving through the southern part of the Park, proceed and a brief visit to the top of Murchison Falls. Experience the strength of the Nile as it squeezes its way through a 7-meter gorge. Falling about 45 meters down and flowing calmly towards Lake Albert. And while it rumbles, it creates mist and a beautiful permanent rainbow - especially under the sun. The vegetation that surrounds the falls breeds a complimentary scenery for photography. After the experience, you will drive to your lodge. Refresh and recover from the journey.
Day 3: Explore the Savanna
Early in the morning at 06:30 am, set out in the savanna for the early morning game drive. It is an interesting time to encounter wildlife at its most active moments. While the nocturnal animals are breaking off from a long night of hunting, the grazers have started their day. Through the palm-dotted grassland, you will meet predators such as Leopards, Lions, Hyenas, and Jackals. Grazers such as Giraffes, Uganda Kobs, Waterbucks, Bushbucks, Jackson’s Hartebeests, Elephants, Buffaloes, etc can also be sighted grazing in the savanna. The Park also hosts a variety of bird species. Species to expect include; the Saddle Billed stork, Deham’s Bustard, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, etc. The game drive will last about 4 hours. Then you will head back to the lodge and have a late breakfast.
After an early lunch, go for the afternoon boat cruise on the Victoria Nile. Relax and marvel at impressive views of wild animals quenching their thirst by the river banks. You are also in a treat for sights of Nile crocodiles, hippos, and monitor lizards. Capture an assortment of African Fish eagles, Pied Kingfishers Egyptian Geese, etc, mounting in the skies above the river. Cruising towards the bottom of the falls, enjoy the awe-striking scenery of the falls under the sunset. The boat cruise will last up to 3 hours and then you will return to your lodge. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Transfer to the Primate Capital of the World
After an amazing day in the savanna, check out of the lodge and transfer to the primate capital of the world – Kibale Forest National Park. Reputed for its enriching biodiversity, Kibale forest is home to 13 primate species. These include more than 1500 endangered chimpanzees. The Park is also home to several wild animals, reptiles, and bird species. The journey is a scenic one with amazing views of Lake Albert and the rift valley escarpment. Proceed with the journey through Hoima town until Fort Portal where you will dine for lunch. Thereafter, proceed to Kibale which is approximately 45 minutes from Fort Portal town. On arrival, appreciate mother nature while you drive through the tropical rainforest to your lodge.
Later in the afternoon, take on a walking safari in the Bigodi Wetland. Managed by its own community, Bigodi is well known for its soaring numbers of bird species, reptiles, and attractive flora. Birds in Bigodi include Flycatchers, African Pitta Abyssinian Ground thrush, Collared Apalis, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, etc. Animals to expect in the wetland include Hippos, Sitatungas, Otters, Mongoose, etc.
Day 5: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth
After morning breakfast, head to Kanyanchu Tourism Center for chimpanzee trekking. First, you are briefed about the guidelines for chimpanzee trekking, and thereafter, into the rain forest you go. Led by experienced rangers, start the search for the chimps. Once you find them, spend time observing their way of life and their natural habitat. Watch how these apes behave almost like human beings. Enjoy seeing them eat, interact with each other, and play on treetops. You are given an hour to spend time with the chimps. Then you will return to the headquarters at Kanyanchu for debriefing. Thereafter, set out through the crater lakes region to Queen Elizabeth National Park. On arrival, drive straight to your lodge and check-in.
Day 6: Another day in the Savannah
Day 6: Another day in the Savannah
Rising with the sunset at 06:30 am, set out to Kasenyi plains on a quest for Wildlife. With over 95 mammal species, expect thrilling wildlife encounters. Kasenyi plains are a popular breeding ground for antelopes. Thus, also attracts several predators such as lions and leopards. You will also come across many elephants, buffaloes, Kobs, and warthogs. After this incredible early morning game drive, drive back to your lodge.
Later, have an early lunch and transfer for the afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. The boat cruise will treat you to views of birds including the rare shoebill stork. An array of hippos, elephants, and buffaloes can also be seen thirst-quenching by the channel shore
Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
After a warm cup of coffee, drive through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth. This sector is famous for hosting tree-climbing lions. Enjoy a brief game drive through the sector. And on a lucky day, expect to spot many of them in acacia and fig trees. Thereafter, exit the Park and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The journey will be fulfilling with wonderful views of the Albertine rift, local farmlands, and villages. On arrival in Bwindi, transfer to the scenic Lake Mutanda where you will be spending the night. The Lake is located close to Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks. Dotted with scenic islands, the lake is one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in Uganda.
Day 8: Trek Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi
After an early breakfast, drive to Bwindi for gorilla trekking. At the Park headquarters, you will be assigned a gorilla family to trek. And assigned a game ranger to lead you into the jungle. You will also be briefed about the guidelines for gorilla trekking. At around 08:00 am, trek into Bwindi Forest for the gorillas. The rangers will help clear paths through the dense vegetation for you. With the rough terrain in the Park, the trek can be a little strenuous but exploratory.
After about 1 to 6 hours of trekking the forest, you will finally meet your gorilla family. The time to trek mountain gorillas often depends on the location of your assigned gorilla family in the forest. Once you meet them, you are allowed one hour to spend time with them. Watch the playful juveniles roam around as the mothers breastfeed their baby gorillas. Take time to watch them eat and interact with each other. Photography and recording videos are allowed. However, flash photography is prohibited.
Return to your lodge and have a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you can opt to relax at your lodge or visit the local communities and interact with the locals.
Day 9: Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga
Today, after a warm breakfast, drive to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for golden monkey trekking. On arrival, you will have a briefing about golden monkey trekking at the Park Headquarters. Thereafter, you will be guided into the thick forest of Mgahinga in search of the golden monkeys. Golden monkeys are a unique and attractive species of monkeys. They are attractive because of their golden and jet-black skin. Golden monkeys feed on bamboo shoots, leaves, and fruits. They are endemic to the Virunga Mountain ranges and in Uganda, the species can only be visited in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Like gorilla trekking, you are allowed one hour to spend time with the monkeys after finding them. Among other things, you will get to see how these monkeys build their nests out of bamboo. You will also notice that, unlike gorillas and chimpanzees, golden monkeys stay in one nest more than once before they can make another one. Enjoy capturing these beautiful moments on camera before heading back to your lodge.
Enjoy a delicious lunch, you can either relax at your lodge. you can also opt to engage in the various activities on Lake Mutanda. These include canoeing, diving, bird watching, community visit, and nature walk, among others.
Day 10: Travel back to Kampala
Today is the last day of your 10 days Uganda savannah and primate safari. In preparation for the 9-hour journey ahead, wake up very early and have breakfast. After that, check out of your lodge and leave Lake Mutanda for Kampala. Expect to travel amidst the rolling hills of Kabale and the Ankole cattle farms in Ntungamo. Have a stopover in Mbarara for Lunch and another in Kayabwe at the Equator monument to enjoy photography before proceeding. On arrival in Kampala, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Thus, the end of your 10 days Uganda savannah and primate safari.
• Gorilla trekking permits
• Chimpanzee trekking permits
• Park entry fees
• Golden monkey trekking permits
• Full-board accommodation
• Transportation in a 4x4 safari vehicle
• A professional English-speaking driver/guide
• All activities included in the itinerary
• Drinking water in the safari vehicle
• Travel insurance
• All costs of personal nature
• All optional activities excluded in the travel itinerary
Guidelines for Gorilla & Golden Monkey Trekking
• While with the primates, keep your voice at a low tone, even when you ask questions.
• Eating, smoking, and drinking near the primates are prohibited. Designated time and place will be communicated
• Always keep a distance of about 7 meters when from the primates for both your safety and the primates’
• Flash photography with primates is not allowed, for it may disturb the primates.
• Remember to carry good hiking shoes to help you navigate the rough landscape in the forest
• Carry long-sleeved shirts and long trousers for the cold
• Carry a good camera and binoculars to capture impressive photos of the gorillas and golden monkeys.
• Pace yourself with plenty of drinking water and packed lunch or snacks.
• While trekking, always follows the instructions of the rangers for your safety. Remember that these primates are also wild animals. One cannot always know what to expect.
End of Safari.
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