18 Days Uganda Primates & Wildlife Safari
Have great time with the world’s unique primates and wildlife only on our exceptionally crafted 18 days Uganda primates & wildlife safari. This is a long Uganda safari covering a number of interesting primate adventures and wildlife viewing experiences. The primate experiences covered on this tour package include gorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking, chimpanzee tracking while game safaris include guided game drives, launch trips, rhino tracking, bird sightings, etc.
The main destinations in Uganda to be visited on this primates and wildlife safari include Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kidepo Valley National Park, Kibale National Park, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo NP, Lake Bunyonyi, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and more.
Day 1: Pick up at Entebbe – drive to a hotel in Kampala
Be warmly welcomed to Uganda- the Pearl of Africa by company driver guide, followed by a short briefing and later, connect to Kampala. Have the rest of evening relaxing at your hotel in Kampala capital city.
Day 2: Kampala – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary & proceed to Gulu
Leave Kampala for 3-4 hours’ drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to enjoy rhino tracking to see rhinos on foot. The sanctuary is the only place in Uganda with rhinos in the natural habitat and besides rhinos, you have higher chances to watch other multiple wildlife such as antelopes, warthogs, plus birds like shoebills. After, leave Ziwa for Gulu city, the biggest city in the Northern side of Uganda.
Day 3: Gulu – Kidepo with game drive
Enjoy breakfast at a hotel in Gulu city, then drive to Kidepo Valley NP located in the Karamoja semi-arid area, Northeastern Uganda. Arrive early for lunch, relax and later, go for guided game drive to watch wildlife such as elephants, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, alongside singing birds, etc.
Day 4: Full day exploring savannas of Kidepo with evening visit to Manyatta village
Have an early guided game drive along Narus Valley of Kidepo that lasts for about 2-4 hours in a 4x4 drive vehicle. Enjoy uninterrupted view of wildlife in a pop up roof vehicle ranging from hyenas, cheetahs, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, lions, birds to leopards, antelopes, etc. Return to be provided lunch, refreshments and in the evening, be part of cultural walk to Karamojong community for great learning about their traditions, cultures, and entertainment from their dances.
Day 5: Kidepo – Murchison with lunch in Gulu
Leave Kidepo N/Park after check out of the lodge and drive to Gulu to have en-route lunch. Continue driving to Murchison Falls NP the biggest park in Uganda and where the world’s strongest falls is found. The 3840sq.kms Murchison Falls NP lies on Albertine Rift Valley area, Northwestern Uganda and has 4 of the big 5 game members.
Day 6: Game drive, launch tri excursion, trek to the top of falls (full day activities)
Begin your day with breakfast and followed by guided game drive in Murchison taking the Northern savanna plains rich with wildlife encounters such as giraffes, buffaloes, warthogs, leopards, lions, elephants, antelopes, plus birds. Lunch will be had when you get back to the lodge and in the afternoon, be accompanied for a launch cruise on Victoria Nile to base of Murchison Falls. The extensive Victoria Nile on a boat cruise offers clear view of hippos, Nile crocodiles, aquatic birds and other species. Reach at the base, then begin trekking to the top of the falls.
Day 7: Kibale via Hoima with lunch en-route in Fort Portal
Set off for Kibale National Park- the primate capital of the world and enjoy en-route view of breathtaking landscape, the rift valley escarpment and get to Fort Portal for lunch. After, leave the beautiful tourism city for Kibale to check in at the accommodation but en-route, enjoy view of spectacular Crater Lakes, tea plantations, etc.
Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking & Semuliki trip
After breakfast at Kanyanchu, actual trekking to visit chimpanzee communities in the wild begins at 8:00am with park guide leading you throughout. Tracking Kibale chimps takes 2-4 hours and covers 1 special hour of face to face interaction with chimpanzees, taking pictures. Kibale forest is endowed with a range of other primates to be sighted besides chimpanzees, and over 375 bird species.
Return to have lunch in the lodge, check out and drive to Semuliki National Park a home to one of the powerful hot springs in the world. But, you may have a short swamp walk to sight birds like the great blue turacos and other primates while at Bigodi Wetland then proceed to Semuliki for evening relaxation.
Day 9: Tour Sempaya hot springs, boat excursion on Lake Albert, night game drive
Visit Sempaya hot springs during day nature walk and get there with some eggs and banana to boil – this is the experiment awaiting you and after, return for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, explore Lake Albert on a boat excursion then have evening relaxation. A night game drive will follow to see lots of nocturnal species like leopards, hyenas, plus nocturnal birds.
Day 10: Semuliki – Queen Elizabeth National Park with stopover at Equator
Leave Semuliki for Queen Elizabeth National Park – the second largest park in Uganda (1978sq.kms) and a home to a good number of tree climbing lions. Make a stopover at the Equator for photography and followed by lunch then embark on Crater Lake safari experience.
Day 11: Game drive Kasenyi & Kazinga channel for boat cruise
Exit the lodge for a guided game drive via Kasenyi and in your 4x4 vehicle with pop up roof, enjoy view of diverse wildlife. Mammals such as buffaloes, elephants, Kobs, lions, leopards, warthogs etc will be sighted plus birds. In the afternoon, experience the best of boat cruise on Kazinga channel with expected sightings include large population of basking crocodiles, hippos bathing and water birds.