This tour package introduces the traveler to what Uganda has to offer when it comes to primates. The tour starts with a day trip to Ngamba island purposely for chimpanzee tracking, it continues to Budongo forest which inhabits over 500 Chimpanzees where you will be amazed by the sounds of the jungle, see how they communicate, swing around tree branches and how they search for food.Kibale Forest has the highest number of primates in Africa – thirteen species in all, including red, black and white colobus, blue monkeys and baboons and a large number of chimpanzees. A forest walk provides a high possibility of seeing and hearing and seeing chimps and other primates playing around through the forest. As that’s not enough, Queen Elizabeth provides yet another amazing Apes tour in the tranquil Kyambura gorge.Further, South in Bwindi go for gorilla tracking on foot and see other primates and end your African Apes tour.
Day 1: Arrival to Entebbe and transfer to your Hotel
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred for dinner and overnight at Protea hotel or 2 Friends beach hotel Entebbe.
Day 2:Day trip to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
After breakfast, board the boat to Ngamba Island for a day trip. Ngamba Island is located 23 km offshore from Entebbe. In 1998 it became Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary under Jane Goodall Foundation with the objective to provide a safe haven for orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority from poachers or traders, with no chance of survival back to the wild. The day trip allows you to see the island and to view the feeding of the chimpanzees. However, if you wish to take the care giver chimpanzee experience, you will need to spend the night in the eco-lodge. This is offered with an optional supplement. In the afternoon drive to Kampala, for dinner and overnight at Protea Hotel or2 friends Beach Hotel Entebbe
Day 3:Transfer from Kampala to Budongo Forest
After breakfast your adventure proceeds by driving northwest towards Masindi to Budongo Forest. You will stop over for lunch at Kabalega diner, your journey continues to Budongo Forest in Kaniyo-Pabidi, the eco-tourist site where it is possible to organize chimpanzee trekking activities. Dinner and overnight in Budongo Eco-Lodge. Full Board
Day 4 :Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest-Kibale Forest national Park
After breakfast, enter Budongo forest for the chimpanzee trekking. Budongo hosts a population of about 600 chimpanzees and other primates, such as black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, vervet monkey and baboons. After lunch at Budongo, drive to Kibale forest national park which is known as the primate capital of the world!!Check in at the lodge in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Primate lodge or Chimp’s nest.
Day 5 :Kibale Forest for primates and chimpanzee tracking-Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast,prepare for the nature walk in Kibale National Park for experiencing the rain tropical forest, birding and especially to encounter the chimpanzees in their natural environment. Kibale national park with its 766 sq km of rain tropical forest contains the highest primate’s density in the world. Among the species which you can see include black and white colobus, red tailed monkey and vervet monkey. Moreover, 325 species of birds are recorded.
In the afternoon proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which lies between Lake George on the East, Lake Edward on the West and the Rwenzori Mountains on the North. Have a game drive as you enter the park. Overnight and dinner at Mweya Lodge or Park view safari lodge
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
After breakfast, drive to Kyambura Gorge, a deep forested gorge along river Kyambura within Queen Elizabeth National Park. The location is worth a visit and, if you are fit to descend the gorge for a nature walk, you might encounter the chimpanzees. Kyambura has a population of about 50 chimpanzees. Have lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon proceed to Bwindi National Park, where you find the rain tropical forests which are the natural habitat for the endangered mountain gorillas. You will reach an altitude of up to 2300 m above sea level. Dinner and overnight Gorilla safari lodge or Nkuringo Gorilla lodge
Note: Today transfer is variable, according to the location of the gorilla permits and road conditions.
Day 7: Mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Early in the morning you enter the rain tropical forest of Bwindi for the gorilla safari. The activity starts at 8 Am as you search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 350 gorillas, which is half the world population according to 2007 gorilla population surveys. It is not predictable the time you will spend to encounter the gorillas. You have one hour for observing the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs. Due to the nature of this activity,you take packed lunch and water with you in the bag and you might engage for this the support of available porters. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla safari lodge or Nkuringo Safari Lodge
Day8:Transfer from Bwindi to Kampala via Mbarara
After breakfast, drive back to Kampala with lunch en route in Mbarara at Igongo cultural centre. In the evening transfer to Entebbe International Airport or, optional with supplement, spend the night in Entebbe and depart the next day.
Day 9: reserved for your departure.
What is included?
Accommodation, Park Entrance fees, Ground Transport with 4x4wheel drive vehicles transportation in 4 wheel tourist vehicles with internet access on board that makes you stay connected to family and friends, Fuel, Guide fees, Gorilla and chimpanzee permits, Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), Mineral drinking water and all activities in the park.
Tips and beverages, flight tickets and anything of personal Nature