8 Days Uganda Safari is futuristic and thrilling for those searching for a primates Safari tailored with wildlife and cultural experiences down the pearl of Africa. The 8 days Uganda Safari gets you close to a haven of game viewing hotspots in Queen Elizabeth national park, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest and chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Kampala
Upon arrival, you will be received by our company representative who will transfer you to Kampala for refreshment and overnight at Nexus Resort(budget)/ La Petit Village (deluxe)/ Sheraton hotel (Luxury).
Day 2: Kampala – Bwindi National Park
Your guide will pick you from your hotel early in the morning and drive you to the south westernside of the country through a verdant country side. You will be fascinated by the traditional drummakers, a photo shoot at the Equator and the Ankole long horned cattle near Mbarara town. With a lunch stop in Mbarara, proceed further south west through the fascinating scenery of Kabale with rolling hills adorned with terraces. You will reach Bwindi impenetrable forest in the evening and check in at Buhoma community bandas(budget)/ Silver back lodge(deluxe)/ Mahogany Springs(Luxury)
Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Early in the morning, Report to the park headquarters with a picnic lunch for briefing by the senior park ranger guide. Enter the forest and enjoy its beauty and freshness being home to more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas. Proceed through the dense vegetation to trek for these endangered primates depending on where they built their nest the previous night. For conservation purposes, time allowed with the Gorillas is one hour. Observe the gentle giants as they feed, groom the young, make love and play. If time allows, after tracking, you may take a community visit as you experience the life style of the local communities. Visit a traditional herbalist, black smith and a local brewery to see how beer is brewed using local methods. Enjoy the traditional dances offered by the community. Overnight stay at Buhoma community bandas(budget)/ Silver back lodge(deluxe)/ Mahogany Springs (Luxury).
Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Queen Elizabeth national park
We shall drive through the country side passing through traditional homesteads and farms. Continue on to Queen Elizabeth National through the southern part of the park (Ishasha sector) as you look out for the tree climbing lions resting in the fig trees. You may as well be rewarded by the sight of cobs, water bucks and other antelopes grazing in the Ishasha plains. Have lunch and continue to the upper part of the park with an evening game drive. Retire and check in at Mweya Safari lodge/ Katara lodge (Luxury)/ Enganzi lodge (deluxe)/ Simba lodge (budget)
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Take a 6.30 am morning game drive to catch up with the early raisers like the leopard, lion, spotted hyena among others. The park’s diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. As youtake the Kasenyi trail, look out for buffalos, elephants, giraffes, warthogs, topis, kobs, waterbucks, bush bucks, bush duikers among others. Also to expect is a stupendous bird life that includes the martial eagle, the Woodland kingfisher, the great blue turaco, the grey plantain eater among the 606 species recorded in the park. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast. After lunch go for the afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This is a home of a variety of water birds including the African Fish eagle, the African Skimmer, pelican, the pre-historic looking shoe bill and on a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes and waterbucks can be sighted as they bathe and drink water at the water edge. Crocodiles are common residents and are regularly sighted along the channel banks. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari lodge/ Katara lodge (Luxury)/ Enganzi lodge (deluxe)/ Simba lodge (budget).
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kibale Forest National park
After breakfast, you will transfer to Kibale forest national park famed for its highest population of primates in Africa and home to the Chimpanzee. You will pass through Kasese as you enjoy the captivating sight of the Rwenzori glacial peaks’ well decorating the sky line’s back ground and arrive in Kibale in time for lunch. After lunch, you will embark on a nature walk through Bigodi wetland for primate and bird watching. Overnight stay at Primates lodge (luxury)/ Mountains of the Moon (deluxe), Rwenzori view guest house (budget)
7: Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee tracking
After an early morning breakfast, report to the park headquarters with your packed lunch for briefing by the senior park guide. Proceed to track man’s closest relative of all the apes in this vast forest. You are likely to encounter other primates like olive baboons, bonobos, red colobus, black and white colobus, red and blue monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey among others as well asa wide diversity of birds. If time allows, you may take an optional evening visit to the crater lakes of Ndali. Retire for an overnight at your lodge.
Day 8: Kibale Forest National Park-Kampala
You will check out at the lodge after breakfast as you drive back to Kampala through Mubende. You may take an optional visit to Nakayima Tree which is believed to be the house for a goddess Nakayima and her spirits and some locals go to seek their favor. Proceed with an en route lunch in Mityana or Kampala depending on where time for lunch will find you. Upon arrival in Kampala, do the last minute shopping and take a brief tour around the city, then transfer to the airport arriving in time for your departure flight.