Great Apes Safari Uganda

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Great Apes Safari Uganda Great Apes Safari Uganda
8 Days from $3,200 p/p in USD Departures: Year Round
 

An ideal safari for those who want to see primates as well as other wildlife. See chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, track mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park and search for tree-climbing lions on the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Land-based, you will be travelling in a land cruiser safari vehicle or minibus for the budget traveller and can choose from mid-budget, mid-range or luxury accommodation. A great safari combining action and relaxation at the same time, this is a private safari requiring a minimum of two people.

Overview

  • Country:
    Uganda
  • You will visit:
    Kibale Forest National Park, Bigodi Swamp, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha, Bwindi Forest National Park
  • Tour type:
    guided
  • Safari standard:
    luxury, mid-range, budget
  • Wildlife:
    Lions, leopards, buffalo, hippopotamus, elephant, warthog, hyena, mongoose, chimpanzee, olive baboon, mountain gorilla, vervet monkey L'Hoest's monkey, variety of birdlife
  • Viewing by:
    Game drives, nature walks, tracking, boat safari
  • Getting around:
    Transfer vehicle
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start/end in Entebbe International Airport

Highlights

  • Visit the Craft Market in Kampala
  • Spend a night at a resort on Lake Victoria 
  • See chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Search for lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Get close to lots of hippopos on a boat safari
  • Search for tree climbing lions
  • Experience two mountain gorillas tracks

Restrictions

  • Children under the age of 13 years are not able to track chimpanzees
  • Children under the age of 15 years are not able to track mountain gorillas

Day by Day

Day 1:  Arrive in Uganda - Kampala

Arrival in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport. Meet and greet and travel to Kampala, Speke Resort Munyonyo where our special relationship with the resort enables us to book you a budget, mid-range or luxury room according to your preference. Dinner and overnight.

  • Speke Resort Munyonyo

Day 2:  Kibale Forest National Park

Travel to Kibale Forest National Park arriving in the early evening. Tonight you take a nocturnal forest walk to see night animals such as bush babies. Dinner and overnight.

  • Budget - Kibale Forest Camp
  • Midrange - Kibale Forest Cottages
  • Luxury - Primate Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3:  Chimpanzee Habituation

The chimpanzee habituation experience starts early at 5:30 am. With a packed lunch, meet up with the team leading the expedition. You enter the forest to catch the chimpanzees before they wake up. From here on, walking with the chimpanzees, following them as they feed, rest, groom, play, territory patrol, and sometimes see them hunt, is an amazing experience. Return later in the evening for a cold drink at the lodge before dinner. Dinner and overnight.

  • Budget - Kibale Forest Camp
  • Midrange - Kibale Forest Cottages
  • Luxury - Primate Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4:  Bigodi Swamp

Morning Bigodi swamp walk to see lots of other primates and butterflies before we return to the lodge and then travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the early afternoon. Lunch will be in Fort Portal town. In the afternoon you take a boat safari on the Kazinga channel to see animals and plenty of birds. Return for dinner and overnight

  • Budget - Bush Lodge
  • Midrange - Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Luxury - Mweya Safari Lodge 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:  Bwindi Forest National Park

Today you head to Bwindi Forest National Park, best known for its mountain gorillas. Travel via Ishasha where you can observe the unusual behavior exhibited by lions that climb huge fig trees as well as searching for other wildlife on the savannah. After the game drive, travel on to Bwindi, arriving in the evening for dinner and overnight.

  • Budget - Buhoma Community Bandas
  • Midrange - Silverback Lodge
  • Luxury - Buhoma or Mahogany Springs Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6:  Bwindi Forest National Park - Gorilla Tracking 

Today is the first day of gorilla tracking. Set off early through the steep, densely forested hills. Tracking in the Bwindi Forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day, but the rewards are enormous when you come across the gorillas. Finally seeing them, camouflaged in the vegetation, is an awe-inspiring and privileged moment. You are able to spend an hour with them before heading back. Dinner and overnight.

  • Budget - Buhoma Community Bandas
  • Midrange - Silverback Lodge
  • Luxury - Buhoma or Mahogany Springs Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7:  Bwindi Forest National Park - Gorilla Tracking

Enjoy another amazing day of gorilla tracking.

  • Budget - Buhoma Community Bandas
  • Midrange - Silverback Lodge
  • Luxury - Buhoma or Mahogany Springs Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8:  Return to Entebbe

Travel to Kampala and on to Entebbe airport in time for your flight. This needs to be booked to depart at 22:00. 

NB The bookings with the hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.

Rates

RATES - PER PERSON USD 


Rates based on 2 sharing (double or twin)


Low Season - April, May, November

From USD 3,200 Budget

From USD 3,800 Mid-range

From USD 4,300 Luxury


High Season - Jan-Mar, Jun-Oct, Dec

From USD 3,600 Budget

From USD 4,100 Mid-range

From USD 4,600 Luxury


Includes

  • Accommodation as per program
  • Meals as per program
  • English speaking Ugandan driver/guide
  • Transport in a 4wd with a pop-up roof for excellent safari view
  • All fuel for the tour
  • Park entrance fees as per program
  • All activities as per program
  • 1 chimpanzee habituation permit per person
  • 2 gorilla permits per person


Excludes

  • International airfares and entry visa 
  • Drinks
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff etc
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc)

 


Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by 'Steady Safaris'
  • All prices are 'From' and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • 'Steady Safaris' reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Departures

Available year round - contact us to discuss your dates. 

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