14 Days Primate Tour Africa

Day 1 Murchison falls National Park
After breakfast you will leave for Murchison Falls National Park arriving in the afternoon. The drive will take approximately 5-6 hours and will give you a good insight on the Ugandan way of life. You will stop at Masindi for Lunch and then proceed to the top of the falls. You will driven to the edge of the water and see it plunging in the gorge from a 50 meters wide gorge down to a 7 meters gorge, this is an interesting site, taking a ferry across the river to Paraa Safari Lodge if you took the luxury package. Those staying in Nile safari camp and any other lodges will not cross the ferry today. Dinner and over night at Paraa safari Lodge or Nile safari camps High end, Sambiya River lodge Red Chilli camp basic

Day 2 Chimp tracking in Kaniyo Pabidi
After breakfast, we will go for Chimpanzee tracking in Kaniyo Pabidi Forest. This is an undisturbed area of natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve where you can walk beneath mature mahogany and iron wood trees. Chimpanzee tracking is the major activity. You will definitely see many forest birds, including the chocolates-backed Kingfisher, the white-thigh hornbill, the chocolates-backed Kingfisher and Puvel’s Illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa. Have Lunch and transfer to the Nile River banks for an after noon launch cruise. Overnight at a Luxurious Paraa safari Lodge or Nile safari camps High end, mid range Sambiya River lodge mid range Basic Red Chilli camp basic
Day 3 wildlife safari to Murchison Falls National Park
After a cup of coffee or tea, you will be taken to the northern part of Murchison falls National Park for a game drive. The guide will explain more about each encounters like Giraffes, Elephants, Buffaloes, Bushbucks, Lions, and a variety of bird species. Return to the lodge for a nap and a mid morning breakfast before you proceed for an afternoon launch cruise to the bottom of the falls of the mighty Murchison falls where menacing water escapes from the narrow gorge, an opportunity to see the amazing hippos, crocodiles, water birds along the river banks enabling a wonderful birding safari.
Dinner and overnight Paraa safari Lodge or Nile safari camps High end, mid range Sambiya River lodge mid range and Red Chilli camp basic

Day 4 Kibale national park
Have breakfast then depart with your packed lunch to Kibale National Park. This scenic drive takes approximately 8- 9 hours. We will pass via the Albertine escarpment. On a clear day, the view on the top of the Albert rift is fantastic. Have lunch en route and arrive Fort portal in the late Afternoon.
Dinner and overnight at a Luxurious Ndali Lodge/ Primates Lodge / mid range Rwenzori View Guest House/Budget Kanyanchu Ecological Bandas

Day 5 chimpanzee tracking
After an early cup of tea we shall transfer to Kanyanchu tourists centre for clearance and briefing from the Ranger guides before we head to the forest for Chimpanzee trekking. Chimp trekking is the most popular activity in Kibale National Park and it starts at 0800 hours and lasts for about 2-3 hours depending on the time you take to encounter chimpanzees.
Though you will be searching for these habituated chimpanzees, you will find other primates like the Black and white Colobus Monkeys’ Chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees while they hunt for monkeys to prey on. The incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates including red Colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey Mangabey, pottos, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bush babies.
A system of shady forest trails offers much to pleasure botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier than her savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park to search for Elephants food that grows in the swampy area of this forest, while other terrestrial mammals include giant forest hog, buffalo among others.
Dinner and overnight at a Luxurious Ndali Lodge/ Primates Lodge / mid range Rwenzori View Guest House/Budget Kanyanchu Ecological Bandas

Day 6 to Semliki wildlife reserve
Have an early morning cup of tea and drive to Semliki Wildlife Reserve; this scenic drive will take you down the Eastern side of Lake Albert. Semliki reserve is situated in the basin of the Western Rift Valley. It is one of the most diverse habitats in Africa with wonderful examples of Borassus palm forest, Riparian forest, gallery rain forest and short and high grass savannas.
Semliki is one of Africa’s most biodiversity forests. It is particularly well known for its varied bird population and is one of Africa’s most ancient Forests popular because of having survived the dry conditions of the last ice age 12-18000 years ago with Bwindi when most of the forests shrank and that is how it managed to protect some species that like the arid apocalypse until they eventually managed to emerge to re colonize a better wetter world.
Chimps exist next to elephant, lion and buffalo as well as the usual western Uganda species. Following dinner we will go on a night drive. This is the only place in Uganda where you can do a spot lit night drive. You never know what you may see. Often the big cats are sighted as well as the diminutive genet and serval cats. Unusual nocturnal dwellers also show themselves, such as the white tailed mongoose and slender mongoose, standard and pennant winged nightjars depending on the time of year. There are always surprises on the night drives. Dinner and Overnight at Semliki safari Lodge

Day 7 Chimpanzee tracking
An early morning cup of tea at your camp, transfer into the thick rainforest to track wild chimpanzees. Chimps are tracked by researchers in Semliki at dawn and dusk, as they tend to disappear in the middle of the day. There are also a number of bird species which are found in this picturesque forest. You will return to the lodge for lunch and the chance to relax by the pool and enjoy the tranquility of the Lodge. In the late afternoon you will go for a game drive, stopping along the way to watch the African sun dip below the horizon. Dinner and Overnight at Semliki Safari Lodge

Day 8 to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will pass through the crater Valley with beautiful lakes and rich grasslands which are set deep. This is truly the most magnificent scenery in the park. Queen Elizabeth hosts a large variety and volume of wildlife. It boasts one of the highest bio diversity ranging from the open Savannah to Rain forest, dense swamps and beautiful crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, almost 100 species that include Hippos, Buffaloes, Lions, Leopard, Spotted Hyena and the elusive giant forest hog.
There are over 606 species of birds found here including the martial eagle, Verreaux’s eagle owl, black-rumped buttonquail and African skimmer among others. The primates include Chimps, Blue Mangabeys, Black and white Colobus Monkeys, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. After checking in and having lunch, you will head for an evening game drive. We often spot Elephants, warthogs, waterbucks, hippos and others.
Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge/ Budget Institute of Ecology

Day 9 Chimp tracking in the Kyambura gorge
After a cup of coffee, this morning we will leave for the 08.00am chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge. Expect to see various primates most especially Chimpanzee, Black and white Colobus monkeys primates like the red colobus monkeys, blue Mangabeys, black and white colobus monkeys among others. This gorge is a home of very many bird species. Proceed to Jacana Lodge where we will have our lunch. This is a small intimate lodge situated in Maramagambo forest on a gorgeous crater lake. After lunch, you will go for a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest for a nature walk, and visit the bat Expect species like the great Blue Lake Kimeranjojo the park guides will tell you the myths attached to its name then proceed to the Bats cave a home to the Python that preys on bats.
Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge/ Budget Institute of Ecology

Day 10 launch cruise along the Kazinga channel
Take a cup of coffee and go for an early game drive in this park, provide excellent opportunities to see Lions, Cape Buffaloes, Giant Forest Hogs, Leopards, Elephants, Defassa Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Topi and Bush bucks and many more. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing, ideal for the Uganda safari .The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.
Over night at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge/ Budget Institute of Ecology

Day 11 to Bwindi National Park

This morning, we will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We will drive through the Ishasha Sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth. Here we will take lunch by the Ishasha River and try to find the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions before continuing on to Bwindi, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes (Dian Fossey’s stomping ground), Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils.
Overnight at Gorilla Resort Camp L. Kitandara Luxury Camp, Buhoma Community Bandas

Day 12 Gorilla Tracking
You will rise relatively early for a jovial breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Report to the ranger station at 08.00 am where the guides will take you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to five hours therefore a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. You sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silverback. It is amazing to think that there are only 650 or so of these creatures left in the world! If you have the afternoon free, you will take a guided village walk to see how the Ugandans live. Overnight at Gorilla Resort Camp / L. Kitandara Luxury Camp, Buhoma Community Bandas

Day 13 to L. Mburo national park
Our guide will pick you up and drive you to L. Mburo national Park. On arrival, you will go for a walk to the salt lick and then after go for an evening game drive. Dinner and over night at Mantana Luxury Camp or Mihingo Lodge, Basic Rwonyo camp

Day 14 to Kampala Ngamba Island
Go for an early morning game drive and then drive back to Kampala with lunch en route. Reach Kampala in the afternoon drive to Entebbe international airport or have a brief city tour before your flight back home.