10 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife & Primate Safari

10 Days Best of Uganda Safari [Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking, Golden Monkey Tracking, Wildlife, & Boat Cruise]

Embarking on the 10 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife and Primate Safari is a captivating odyssey through the diverse landscapes and rich biodiversity of Uganda. The journey commences with a thrilling Rhino Tracking experience in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where travelers have the rare opportunity to encounter these magnificent creatures up close in their natural habitat, contributing to vital conservation efforts. From there, the adventure unfolds amidst the majestic landscapes of Murchison Falls National Park, where a hike to the summit of Murchison Falls offers panoramic views of the Nile River cascading through the rugged terrain, setting the stage for the awe-inspiring encounters to come.


Continuing the expedition, travelers venture into the lush forests of Kibale National Park, where chimpanzee tracking provides intimate insights into the lives of these intelligent primates, followed by a serene excursion to Mabamba Swamp for shoebill tracking, where the tranquil wetlands reveal the majestic beauty of these rare birds. The 10 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife and Primate Safari journey reaches its pinnacle in Queen Elizabeth National Park, where thrilling wildlife safaris unveil Africa’s iconic Big Five amidst the sprawling savannahs and verdant landscapes.

Finally, the adventure culminates in the mist-shrouded realms of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where gorilla trekking offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, forging unforgettable connections with these gentle giants. As travelers gather around campfires to share stories of their encounters with nature’s wonders, they depart with hearts full of cherished memories and a deep appreciation for the extraordinary beauty of Uganda’s wilderness.

 

10 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife and Primate Safari

Gorillas and Chimps Trekking Safari

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Detailed 10 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife and Primate Safari Highlights

Day 1: Arrival and Go Shoebill Tracking in Mabamba Swamp       

Resting on the edge of Lake Victoria in Uganda, Mabamba Swamp is a prime wetland birding site that spans a massive 16,500 hectares. It forms part of the list of Wetlands of International Importance. Featuring a network of marsh-filled waterways, this magnificent wetland provides the ideal habitat for the most sought-after bird in Uganda – the shoebill, as well as 260 other bird species. Visitors can enjoy a shoebill boat tour, meet the local fishermen and sample an array of locally grown fresh fruit. Other species to look out for include: blue swallow, papyrus gonolek, pigmy goose, swamp flycatcher, white-winged warbler, and many more. Don’t miss the opportunity to soak up the beautiful sunset over Lake Victoria – Africa’s largest freshwater lake.

  • Destination: Mabamba Swamp
  • Activity: Shoebill Tracking in Mabamba Swamp
  • Accommodation: Nkima Forest Lodge (Mid- Range), Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe (Up Market)
  • Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Drinking Water

 

Day 2: Nkundwa Nile View Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park            

Stretching from the shores of Lake Albert, Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest National Park. The Nile River flows through the middle of the park creating the impressive Murchison Falls which is the park’s major attraction. The landscape features dense rainforest, undulating savannah and a diversity of abundant wildlife. Visitors can enjoy prime game-viewing along the Buligi Circuit. The forests are home to numerous primates, including Chimpanzees, and near the river, buffalo, elephants and Rothschild-Giraffes can be seen. Other commonly spotted wildlife include: lions, antelope, waterbucks, hippos and crocodiles.

The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place in the country with wild rhinos. Currently home to twenty-two southern white rhinos, the sanctuary offers rhino trekking, shoebill trekking, canoeing, bird watching, and night walks. Visitors may also spot a range of other species including Uganda kobs, oribis, bush bucks, and water bucks. The prehistoric-looking shoebill stork is one of the most sought-after birds in Uganda, and the sanctuary is one of the only places where they can almost always be seen. See over 300 bird species along bird trails through the woodlands, swamp and savannah, and take a guided night walk, where you will be introduced to extraordinary night sounds and sensations, including a beautifully clear night sky and several nocturnal animals.

  • Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
  • Activity: Scenic Drive from Kampala to Murchison Falls, Rhino Tracking in Ziwa
  • Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid- Range), Nile Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinking Water
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The Murchison Falls

Day 3: Full Day Adventure in Murchison Falls National Park

The Murchison Falls National Park Game Drive takes place in the Murchison Falls National Park. The main areas of the drive are the Delta, Buligi Peninsula and the southern section which is known as the heart of Murchison. The Delta allows visitors an opportunity to see Lions, while the triangle of grassland in the Buligi Peninsula provides an opportunity to see elephant, buffalo, antelopes, and giraffes. This grassland is bound by the Victoria Nile entering Lake Albert with the Albert Nile flowing out of it. Lions, leopard, and waterbirds along with hippos can also be spotted here. Much of the southern part is populated with dense bush and forest, where lions and giraffes can also be seen.

Murchison Falls Boat Trip

Launches run from Paraa to the base of the Falls.  The three-hour return journey is for many a highlight of a trip to Murchison. Along the river there are thousands of hippos, enormous crocodiles, amazing bird life a possible sighting of the rare shoebill.

A boat trip from Paraa to the Delta where the Victoria Nile enters Lake Albert offers excellent game viewing and birding opportunities and takes about five hours.

Murchison Falls National Park Hiking To the Top of the fall

Murchison Falls National Park Hiking to the Top of the fall is a leisurely 45-minute hike to the top of the falls, exposing participants to Mother Nature’s wondrous gorge, also known as devils cauldron. The rejuvenating activity takes participants along a trail which overlooks spectacular views of the Nile and landscape of Muchriwson falls national park while offering amazing bird watching opportunities.

  • Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
  • Activity: Enjoy Game Drives in Murchison, Hike to the Top of Murchison Falls, Boat Cruise
  • Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid- Range), Nile Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinking Water
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Murchison Falls National Park

Day 4: Morning Game Drive & Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park    

Kibale Forest National Park, situated in Western Uganda, is famous for its high density of primates, breathtaking crater lakes, and thick, beautiful jungle. Thirteen primate species inhabit the beautiful tropical forest, including red-tailed monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus, and black and white colobus monkeys. Visitors may spot some of the 300 bird species and 250 butterfly species, and buffalo, forest elephants, leopards, bushbucks, and sitatungas also live in the park but are generally shy. The area is decorated by around 50 enthralling crater lakes and numerous pristine hiking trails. Several cultural tours are on offer which delve into the rich traditions of the Batoro people, giving travellers a chance to see Batoro dancing, singing and traditional healing up close.

Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a community development enterprise located on the fringe of Kibale National Park where guided tours are conducted along a path through the wetland at time along boardwalk trail.  Bigodi is a birder’s paradise with 138 bird species having been identified there including the crowd please Great Blue Turaco. The sanctuary is also home to 8 primate species including the black and white colobus, red colobus, mangabey, red tail, vervet, and L’Hoest.

  • Destination: Kibale Forest National Park
  • Activity: Enjoy Early Morning Game Drive and Transfer to Kibale Forest
  • Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Lodge (Mid- Range), Kyaninga Lodge (Up Market)
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinking Water

 

Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking & Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park   

       

Located in southwestern Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the county’s most popular parks. Volcanic craters, grassy plains, tropical forest and giant lakes connected by a channel inhabited by abundant hippos, are what you will see at the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park has almost 100 types of mammals and 606 different bird species, including the peculiar shoebill. The 40-kilometre-long Kasinga Channel alone is said to contain the world’s largest concentration of hippos, and a guided boat trip here is a popular way to see the wildlife. Other species to spot include buffalo, the rare aquatic sitatunga antelope, giant forest hog, Uganda kob, Defassa waterbuck and elephant. Don’t miss the chance to explore the dramatic Kyambura Gorge, is home to habituated chimpanzees.

Kibale Forest Chimp Tracking

The most favourite of Kibale’s walks embarks on from the Kanyanchu Visitor center at 08.00 & 15.00 and lasts 2 to 3 hours. Chimpanzee are the most sought-after primate by visitors, but you should look out for the black & white colobus, red tailed monkey or the grey cheeked mangabey. You’re 10 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife and Primate Safari guide will be able to show you pittas & different bird species and will give details of the tradit of the plant species within the forest. This walk is for 6 people in a group.

Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth

The Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth takes place in the open grasslands of Kasenyi in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is a primary game viewing area due to the variety of wildlife which includes antelopes, elephants, buffalos, and lions. Visitors will be accompanied by an experienced 10 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife and Primate Safari guide able to track down these animals.

  • Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Activity: Enjoy Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest and afternoon transfer to Queen Elizabeth.
  • Accommodation: Twin Lakes Safari Lodge (Mid- Range), Mweya Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinking Water

 

Day 6: Full Day Adventure in Queen Elizabeth National Park

  

The Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth takes place in the open grasslands of Kasenyi in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is a primary game viewing area due to the variety of wildlife which includes antelopes, elephants, buffalos, and lions. Visitors will be accompanied by an experienced 10 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife and Primate Safari guide able to track down these animals.

Wild Frontiers Kazinga Channel Kingfisher Boat

Wild Frontiers Kazinga Channel Kingfisher Boat is a leisurely boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Passengers may encounter herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope, families of warthog, large groups of hippos, and crocodiles basking on the shore.  Kazinga’s shores are a haven for numerous birds, including many migratory species as they make their way south to warmer climates. The cruise also provides a spectacular view of the beautiful Mweya Peninsula and life in local fishing villages set along the banks.

  • Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Activity: Enjoy Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest and afternoon transfer to Queen Elizabeth.
  • Accommodation: Twin Lakes Safari Lodge (Mid- Range), Mweya Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinking Water

 

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park via Ishasha Sector  

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Located in southwestern Uganda, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is said to be Africa’s oldest rainforest. It is world-renowned for its excellent gorilla-sighting opportunities – the forest is home to half of the remaining mountain gorillas on earth. This gorilla experience takes place among a rugged landscape of dense jungle, cascading waterfalls, sparkling mountain streams, deep valleys, and steep ridges. The untouched forest has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its breathtaking natural beauty and unique ecological significance, and aside from the amazing gorilla interactions, there are other drawcards such as a network of forest walks, over 340 species of bird to spot, and a variety of brightly-coloured butterflies to identify. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the spectacular Virunga Volcanoes, three of which are still active.

  • Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Activity: Enjoy Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest and afternoon transfer to Queen Elizabeth.
  • Accommodation: Twin Lakes Safari Lodge (Mid- Range), Mweya Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinking Water

 

Day 8: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Batwa Tour


Wake early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla trekking. Before 8:00 am, report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers. The 10 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife and Primate Safari guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, to track the gorillas. (Please note this trek can take from 30 minutes to 5-6 hours). A reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them ‘talk’ to one another, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the Silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left.

Batwa Cultural Village

The Batwa Cultural village is where the Batwa (Pigmies) still live in the same way they used to years ago in tree houses. The Batwa only began leaving their forest homes around 15 years ago and they have been able to remain on this land thanks to the support of a generous American benefactor who donated the land back to them and created a cultural program. The fees from visiting tourists and are given to the Batwa project and they delight in welcoming visitors to their village and demonstrating how they make weapons, dance, make fires using sticks and cook.

 

Day 9: Scenic Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

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Situated in the southwestern region of Uganda, Lake Mburo National Park is an easily accessible, compact little gem. Renowned for its impressive biodiversity, Lake Mburo National Park shelters almost seventy mammal species and over 300 avian species in its forests, swamps and grasslands. This spectacular landscape features open plains of savanna interrupted by rocky ridges, forested gorges and lush dense woodland. Crocodiles, hippos and a myriad of water birds are found in and around the five lakes, of which Lake Mburo is the largest. Other commonly spotted wildlife include: impala, oribi, eland, zebra, buffalo, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hyena, hippo and reedbuck.

 

Day 10: End of 10 Days Best of Uganda Safari

As the sun sets on the final day of the 10 Days Best of Uganda Safari, travelers find themselves immersed in a tapestry of unforgettable experiences and memories. From the lush jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where encounters with majestic mountain gorillas left hearts pounding with excitement, to the serene waters of the Nile River, where the rhythmic splash of hippos provided a soothing soundtrack to the journey, every moment has been a testament to Uganda’s natural wonders.

As the group gathers around a crackling campfire under the vast African sky, sharing stories of encounters with lions, elephants, and elusive leopards, there’s a palpable sense of gratitude for the unparalleled beauty and diversity of Uganda’s wilderness. With cameras filled with snapshots of breathtaking landscapes and hearts brimming with the joy of adventure, the travelers bid farewell to this remarkable journey, carrying with them memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Destination: Entebbe Airport
  • Activity: Scenic Drive to Entebbe Airport via Equator Crossing in Kayabwe
  • Accommodation: No Accommodation
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinking Water

End of 10 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife and Primate Safari

10 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife and Primate Safari Highlights

Included

  • Airport transfers.
  • Transportation by a 4WD Safari Land Cruiser
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary.
  • Birding Mabamba Wetland.
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest.
  • Game drive Ishasha
  • Gorilla trekking permit per person
  • Guided village walk in Bwindi
  • Park fees.
  • Bigodi Nature Walk.
  • Services of English-speaking 10 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife and Primate Safari driver/guide.
  • Enroute lunches.
  • Bush walk in Lake Mburo
  • Lunches Enroute
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the safari
  • All government taxes.
  • Our assistance

Excluded

  • Other drinks.
  • Tips to local guides.
  • Telephone expenses.
  • Porter fees while trekking Gorillas and chimpanzees.
  • Personal insurance

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