Predators and Primate Safaris

Code: 19 Days
19 DAYS - 18 NIGHTS
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This safari will giving a closer look and giving you a personal experience in the wild with the predators and also some of the primates that include the gorillas, chimpanzees. It will be a 19 days safari around Pearl of Africa – Uganda

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Entebbe International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Transport Accommodations Gorilla Permit ($700 each) Park Entrance Fees Chimpanzee Permits Drinking Water in Tour ehicle
4WD Tour Vehicle Professional English guide
NOT INCLUDED
Flight Tickets Tips Gratitude
Portarage Services Any expenses of personal nature i.e. phone bills, antiquity purchases, etc

 

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Day One

You will be picked by our driver/guide who will transfer you to Airport Guesthouse Entebbe for overnight. He will brief you about the tour and what time to pick you on day 2.

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Day Two

After an early morning breakfast, you will head off to KidepoValley National Park passing via Luwero, Gulu and Kitgum. You will have lunch in Gulu and then proceed Kidepo via Kitgum staying overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge. We a have opened this camp which is part of our Nature Lodges, the tents vary from shared bath and private bathroom facilities. Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Kidepo Savannah Lodge just outside the national park, a savanna landscape extends in all directions, far beyond the gazetted area of 1,442km2, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. The rest of the day is for resting

  • Budget accommodation:- Kidepo Savannah Lodge (non self-contained rooms)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Kidepo Savannah Lodge (self-contained rooms)
  • Drive Time: ± 10 hours

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    Day Three

    After an early breakfast you will head inside the Kidepo Valley National Park for a game drive. Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the national park, a savanna landscape extends in all directions, far beyond the gazetted area of 1442km2, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. In the afternoon you will go for a cultural visit of the Karimajong tribe.

    • Budget accommodation:- Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Self-contained Tents)
    • Comfortable accommodation: – Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Non Self-contained Tents)

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Day Four

Start with an early breakfast and then go for a game drive along the trails of Kidepo Valley. The park inhabits one of the most exciting faunas of any Ugandan parks, with over 80 species of mammals several of which are endermic to Kidepo National Park like the cheetah, the striped hyena the caracal and over 465 bird species including the ostriches. In the afternoon visit the Karamojong village to learn more about their culture, music and dance Karamoja has a cattle culture and the Karamojong are notorious as cattle raiders. Unlike most other Ugandans, many Karamojong shun western-style clothes and instead wear “traditional” dress of a blanket -like shawl, often in red and black. The women wear elaborate beadwork.

  • Budget accommodation:- Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Non self-contained Tents)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Self-contained Tents)

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Day Five

Early in the morning after breakfast, and then leave for Murchison falls national park the northern sector with lunch along the way. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. There are a lot of animals to see on your way to the hotel through the park such as elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.  We reach Fort Murchison just outside the park boundaries later in the afternoon. Here we will stay and with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile the evening will come with all the noise of an African night.

Driving time: ± 5,5 hours

  • Budget accommodation:- Fort Murchison (non self-contained tents)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Fort Murchison (self-contained rooms)

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Day Six

In the morning we will go for the game drive, special are here the lions, giraffes, Elephants, Leopards, Uganda Kobs and many more animals… In the afternoon we have the impressive launch trip on the Nile to the Falls. Hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and many birds will be seen

  • Budget accommodation:- Fort Murchison (non self-contained tents)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Fort Murchison (self-contained rooms)

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Day Seven

Early morning the boat will take us downstream to the delta. The place where the Nile enters Lake Albert. This trip of 5-6 hours will show us all the beauty of this national park especially the delta with all the different birds. Here is a good chance to see the elusive Shoebill stork! In the afternoon is a visit to the top of the Falls, a wonderful view.

  • Budget accommodation:- Fort Murchison (non self-contained tents)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Fort Murchison (self-contained rooms)

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Day 8

Early morning departure for the journey to Kibale Forest. We will pass close to Lake Albert, on a clear day the view from the top of the Albert rift is spectacular. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest, sleeping with the noises of the tropical rainforest.

Driving time: ± 8 hours

  • Budget accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (Non self-contained tents)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Kiable Forest Camp (self-contained rooms)

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Day Nine

At 08.00 we will start with the 4 hours chimp walk. Also 10 other primates can be seen!! The park is also known for all the butterflies and birds. In the afternoon a walk through Bigodi Swamp (community based project)

  • Budget accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (Non self-contained tents)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Kiable Forest Camp (self-contained rooms)

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Day Ten

Early morning departure for Queen Elizabeth. Via Fort Portal we reach at midday Mweya in Queen Elizabeth NP with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. In the late afternoon we will make a game drive.

Driving time: ± 5,5 hours

  • Budget accommodation:- Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (Non self-contained Tents)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (self-contained Tents)

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Day 11: – In Queen Elizabeth NP

This day is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants etc. Also on the program is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside.

  • Budget accommodation:- Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (Non self-contained Tents)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (self-contained Tents)

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Day 12

Our second day in this beautiful park! Very early in the morning breakfast we go to Kyambura Gorge. Here you can go for a 3-4 hour walk in to the Gorge for meeting the chimpanzees. After the Gorge will drive to Ishasha Sector and have an evening gamedrive in search of the tree climbing lions.

  • Budget accommodation:- Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (Non self-contained Tents)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (self-contained Tents)

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Day 13

In the morning we leave Bwindi for Kisoro, the bad road takes us through a beautiful landscape called the “Switzerland of Africa”. We pass mountains,
hills and lakes with cultivated terraces and tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, in the vast plane of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo the Virunga volcanoes dominate the view. Down is Kisoro where we will stay in the famous Travellers Rest Hotel. Just outside Kisoro, this unique hotel offers a cozy stay for the tourists, who come to see the endangered mountain gorilla. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style, and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable ambiance. In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited Hotel Travellers Rest many, many times to do paperwork, to relax or to meet people. Fossey said about the hotel: ,,It was my second home.”

Driving time: ± 2 hours

  • Budget accommodation: – Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)

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Day 14

This is the day of Gorilla tracking. From Traveller’s Rest Hotel Kisoro it is 1 hour by car to Nkuringo/Nshongi/Mishaya/Kahungye group in South Bwindi. At 7:45 A:M you will be at the Offices of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for pre-briefing and at 8:30 you will start the trek after finding the Gorillas you will spend with maximum 1 hour. All visitors are expected back to the starting point by 7:00 P:M. Being physically fit is recommended.

  • Budget accommodation: – Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)

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Day 15 – Kisoro

Here everybody can do individually (or in a group) activities.

With local organizations and the National Park we have developed a number of very interesting activities:

  1. Climbing Muhavura Volcano (± 8 hrs; distance 12km; height 4127m; elevation gain 1700m; price USD $60 pp)
  2. Climbing Gahinga Volcano (± 6 hrs; distance 8km; height 3474m; elevation gain 1100m; price USD $40 pp)
  3. Sabinyo Gorge (± 4 hrs; distance 6km, no elevation gain)
  4. Climbing the Sabinyo volcano (Sabinyo has three peaks, you can climb all three in the same walk, you need to be fit!! ± 8 hrs; distance 14 km; height 3669m, elevation gain 1300 m; price USD $40 pp)
  5. In Magahinga to the viewpoint and Garama Cave (pygmy cave) (± 4 hrs; distance 1 and 4 km)
  6. Bird walk in Magahinga (start at 10 AM, it can take up to 4-5 PM)
  7. Several bicycle rides on mountain bikes. From 25km to 50km. The hills can be steep and tough!
  8. Cultural village walk (with a local guide walking through the land of the Bufumbira tribe)
  9. Walk to Lake Mutanda. Visit Python island and go canoeing on this beautiful lake.
  10. Or just sit and relax or read a book in the garden of Travellers Rest!!
  • Budget accommodation: – Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)

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Day 16 – Lake Mburo

Early in the morning we will leave for Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch in Mbarara before you continue to Lake Mburo, a smaller but unique park, and the only one in the Western part of Uganda with impalas and zebras. If staying in budget accommodation this afternoon will be for the village/cultural walk.

Driving time: ± 5,5 hours

  • Budget accommodation: – Eagle’s Nest Camp (Non self-contained standing tents)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Eagle’s Nest Camp (Non self-contained standing tents)

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Day 17 – Lake Mburo

Early morning we will go for a game walk. In the afternoon a boat trip on Lake Mburo followed by another game drive in the afternoon / early evening. This little park hosts a variety of animals, that is to say 68 mammal species, including a large number of impalas (the antelope from which “Kampala” is named after), zebras Uganda kobs, duikers bushbucks, Ankole cattle topis, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs, oribi. There are 315 bird species including; shoebill stork, red faced barbet, crested crane, papyrus yellow warbler. The vegetation is mainly open Savannah of Acacia trees, Olea and Boscia.Lake Mburo is a natural haven for fauna and flora. The bank teems with animals and birds. Crocodiles and hippopotami are permanent residents, and buffalos come to drink during the dry season. Others include; impalas (the antelope from which “Kampala” is named after), zebras Uganda kobs, duikers bushbucks, Ankole cattle topis, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs, oribi. The wide variety of resident birds includes Malachite Kingfishers, Pied Kingfishers, African Fish Eagles, Rufous Long-tailed Starlings, Blue-headed Weavers, Green-necked Doves, Hammerkops, Pelicans, Herons, Cormorants and even rare Shoebills.

  • Budget accommodation: – Eagle’s Nest Camp (Non self-contained standing tents)
  • Comfortable accommodation: – Eagle’s Nest Camp (Non self-contained standing tents)

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Day 18: – To Kampala / Entebbe

After breakfast the last part of the journey will bring us back to Kampala. On the way back you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee.  We will then bring you back to Airport Guesthouse Entebbe for overnight. IF you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight.

Driving time: ± 5,5 hours

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Day 19 – Departure

If departing in the morning the hotel has a shuttle to the airport but if departing in the evening there many activities you can do in Kampala and Entebbe.

Optional: – Kampala City tour (USD $120 for vehicle including driver and fuel)

Entebbe Tour: Ngamba Island for the orphaned chimps (USD $88 per person), and it can be combined with Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (the former Zoo) Botanical Gardens at USD $10 p.p.

3 reviews for Predators and Primate Safaris

  1. admin

    We spend 19 days in Uganda. The team of Primate Safaris were wonderful travel buddies who made our journey an unforgettable one. We drove from West to South to North to East, visited most of the wonderful National Parks, met Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Cats, Elephants, Giraffes – yes, even a Cheeta and were overwhelmed of the shear beauty of its nature. But for all we had the pleasure of meeting so many beautiful, heartily people of Uganda. Everywhere we went we were most welcome and we felt home far away from home. At any time we felt very safe as Andrew is a superb driver and with his broad knowledge about Birds and Plants we learned many, many new things. Also with us we had Aisha, who’s dream it is to become a guide – and wow – what a power women she is. We had the great opportunity to have everyday a home cooked meal on the road as we were camping – lots of yummy local dishes and a very well care taking for all our needs. One day she will be a fantastic guide. Jonah the mechanic was our lovely tour guide in Kampala and he showed us some really cool places in this humming city. Overall we can recommend our camping journey to people who are very experienced travelers and/or campers. For those who rely on nice Lodges – Primate Safaris knows indeed some very nice spots. Amazing time we had – we miss Uganda and its people every day since we are back in Zurich. Thanks for having us and that we could exchange fantasy with reality.Show

  2. admin

    We had a fantastic 19 day trip in Uganda, two nights at 2 Friends beach Hotel in Entebbe ,19days covering numerous NP’s, chimp and gorilla tracking and finishing with 4 nights relaxing at Brovad Sands Lodge, SSese Island.
    Our driver/ guide, Andrew, was excellent, he could not have looked after us any better. He is very knowledgeable about the wildlife and Uganda. Everything he did was done with a smile and good humour. We certainly felt safe and relaxed with him.
    Each lodge was very different, all were comfortable and clean. Lots of good tasty food in all the lodges.
    Wonderful country with such varied scenery and the people were all very friendly. I would definitely recommend primate safaris if you want to see Uganda.

  3. Ben J

    “I am an avid traveler and choose wisely the tour operators that I use. I have been to 147 countries to date. I picked Primate Safaris and Tour for my stay in Uganda. I was supposed to travel last summer but due to the Pandemic everything was shut down. faith was the key person that handled all of my travel plans. She was AMAZING. From the time the tour had to be cancelled until I was able to travel she kept in close communication with me regarding the trip. I had so many doubts and questions before I actually took the plunge and decided just to go. I arrived in Uganda on July 24th and Andrew Nsubuga was at the airport to meet me. We had communicated via Watsapp prior to me arriving in Uganda. He assured me that everything would be great. After picking me up from the airport we headed to the hotel. He told me not to worry about a thing and that safety was his first priority. Andrew made the trip very memorable. I was the only traveler so we became quick friends.

    After leaving Entebbe we headed to Murchison Falls and the Rhino trek. It was so incredible. The lodges we are luxurious and clean. When I stayed at Crater Lake Lodge I was the only guest there. I was treated like king. We saw the big 5 when we went on safari and I was so pleased with everything. If you book Prime Safaris and Tour ask for Peter Nsubuga. He made the trip extra spêcial. He made sure I was safe, engaged with the tour itinerary and enjoying myself.

    I recommend this tour company and Andrew Nsubuga 100%.

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