Primate Watch Uganda Safari

11 days primates trek to Uganda

Day 1 to Murchison falls National Park
Having taken breakfast, you will depart for Murchison Falls National Park arriving in the afternoon check in at tour hotel and if time permits proceed to the top of the falls. You will be 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 a fantastic site. From here we will continue on, 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, Sambiya River lodge mid range or Red Chilli camp basic
Day 2 Chimp tracking in Kaniyo Pabidi and the launch cruise on the Victoria Nile
After breakfast, we will go for an early morning 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 most famous 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.
Dinner and over night at Paraa safari Lodge or Nile safari camps, Sambiya River lodge mid range or Red Chilli camp basic
Day 3 wildlife safari in Murchison Falls national park
After a cup of coffee to gain warmth, you will be driven towards 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 over night at Paraa safari Lodge or Nile safari camps, Sambiya River lodge mid range or Red Chilli camp basic
Day 4 Kibale National Park
Have breakfast then depart with our packed lunch to Kibale National Park. This scenic drive takes 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
We will wake up early and depart to Kanyanchu tourists centre for clearance and briefing from the Ranger guides before we head to the forest for our next activity Chimpanzee trekking. This is the most popular walk in Kibale National Park and it starts at 0800 hours and lasts for 2-3 hours depending on the time you take to encounter chimpanzees.
Though you will be searching for these habituated chimpanzees, you will encounter other primates like the Black and white Colobus Monkeys’ Chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, 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. Return to the lodge for lunch and a nature walk to Bigodi swamp.
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
Wake up very early in the morning and leave for 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. It 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. There are always surprises on the night drives.
Dinner and overnight at Semliki safari Lodge
Day 7 Chimpanzee tracking
An early morning rise have tea at your camp, and then you will go down into the gorgeous gallery 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
After an early breakfast drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. 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. There 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 your lunch, you will head for an evening game drive. We often spot Elephants, warthogs, waterbucks, hippos and others. You might want to head to the Kasenyi area of the park where lions are frequently spotted.
Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology
Day 9 Chimp trekking in the Kyambura gorge
After a cup of coffee, this morning we will leave for chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge. Expect to see various primates most especially Chimpanzee, Black and white Colobus monkeys primates like the rd colobus monkeys, blue Mangabeys, black and white colobus monkeys among others.
Kyambura gorge is a home of very many bird species. Proceed your Lodge where we will have our lunch. After lunch, you will go for a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest for a nature walk, and visit the bat Expect encounters like the great Blue Lake Kimeranjojo, Guides will tell you the myths attached to its name them proceed to the Bats cave a home to the Python that preys on bats.
Dinner and overnight Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge/ Budget Institute of Ecology (FB)
DAY 10 the launch cruise along the Kazinga channel
Take a cup of coffee and go for an early morning 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. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology
Day 11 Entebbe
This morning, we will leave for Kampala take a stop over at the Equator. Lunch en route before you head to Entebbe for your next flight back home