10 Days Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari

10 Days Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari, Murchison, Chimpanzee Trek Gorillas Bwindi & Golden Monkey Trek Mgahinga Gorilla National Park


Embark on an epic 10 Days Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari, traversing the diverse landscapes of Uganda and Rwanda to encounter the continent’s most iconic wildlife and primates. Begin your adventure with a thrilling Ziwa Rhino tracking experience, where you’ll have the rare opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures up close in their natural habitat. Continue your 10 Days Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari journey to the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls National Park, where the Nile River thunders through a narrow gorge, offering spectacular views and abundant wildlife sightings including elephants, lions, leopards, and buffalo – completing the Big 5 safari experience.

Next, venture into the lush forests of Kibale National Park for an exhilarating chimpanzee trek, immersing yourself in the world of our closest relatives as you observe their playful antics and social interactions. Continue your primate encounters with the highlight of the trip – gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Trek through dense vegetation alongside experienced 10 Days Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari guides, coming face to face with these gentle giants in their natural habitat, an experience that promises to be unforgettable.

In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, embark on a golden monkey trek, observing these delightful primates as they leap from tree to tree in the enchanting bamboo forests. Cross the border into Rwanda for another golden monkey tracking adventure in Volcanoes National Park, before immersing yourself in the vibrant culture and history of Kigali with a city tour. Conclude your 10 Days Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari with a departure from Kigali Airport, carrying with your memories of thrilling wildlife encounters and the natural beauty of Uganda and Rwanda.

10 Days Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari Highlights

 

Detailed 10 Days Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari

Gorillas and Chimps Trekking Safari

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe Airport and Transfer to Hotel

Situated on a peninsula in Lake Victoria, the former seat of Uganda’s government, Entebbe is just a short drive from the current capital and offers plenty to keep visitors amused. This charming town features tree-lined streets and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. Tourists can look forward to spending days on beautiful beaches along the banks of Lake Victoria, stroll through the fields and forests of the magnificent Botanical Gardens, or pay a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for country’s orphaned chimps.

  • Destination: Entebbe Airport
  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House (Mid-Range), Protea Hotel Entebbe (Up Market)
  • Activities: Transfer to Hotel
  • What to See? Lake Victoria, Entebbe Airport
  • Meal Plan: Diner, Drinking Water

 

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park Via Ziwa Rhino Tracking

White Rhino Tracking in Uganda

White Rhino Tracking in Uganda

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.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Located north of Kampala in the Nakasongola district of Uganda, 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
  • Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-Range), Nile Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activities: Scenic Drive to Murchison Falls, Rhino Tracking in Ziwa, Evening Game Drive
  • What to See? White Rhinos, Murchison Falls
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Diner, Drinking Water

 

Day 3: Full Day Adventure in Murchison Falls National Park

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Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park Game Drive

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 Falls

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

  • Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
  • Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-Range), Nile Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activities: Scenic Game Drives in Murchison Falls, Boat Cruise, Hike to the Top of Murchison Falls, Evening Game Drive
  • What to See? Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Hyenas, Antelopes, Murchison Falls
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Diner, Drinking Water

 

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park & Visit Ndali Kasenda Crater Lakes

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Kibale Forest National Park

Imposing cone-shaped hills cradle tranquil calderas in the enchanting Ndali-Kasenda Crater Lakes in Western Uganda near Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Parks. Formed about 8-10,000 years ago by volcanic activity, these craters now hold a variety of lakes. Some boast clear, blue water, while others remain emerald green with a sulfuric odour due to residual volcanic gases. Lush vegetation cloaks the crater rims, offering views of nearby hills, tea plantations, and even the Rwenzori Mountains on clear days. While some lakes are safe for swimming, others contain toxic water and should be avoided. Activities around the lakes include nature walks, boat rides, bird-watching and visiting the “Top of the World” viewpoint for panoramic vistas.

  • Destination: Kibale Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Lodge (Mid-Range), Kyaninga Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activities: Scenic Drive to Kibale Forest National Park, Fort Portal Tour
  • What to See? Fort Portal, Kibale Forest, Primates
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Diner, Drinking Water

 

Day 5: Kibale Forest Chimp Tracking and Bigodi Wetland Walk

Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda

Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda

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. Your 10 Days Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari guides 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.

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
  • Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Lodge (Mid-Range), Kyaninga Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activities: Enjoy Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale, Bigodi Wetland Walk
  • What to See? Chimpanzees, Black & White Monkeys, Kibale Forest, Birds
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Diner, Drinking Water

 

Day 6: Transfer to Northern Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Northern Queen Elizabeth National Park

One of the most popular parks in Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth National Park lies in the western region of the country. In the northern part of the park, visitors can look forward to boating along the Kasinga Channel, which is home to the largest population of hippos in the world and an abundance of Nile crocodiles. Along the banks, an incredible number of birds and wild animals flock to the river’s edge. At Kyambura Gorge, fondly known as ‘Valley of the Apes’, chimpanzees are at home in a world of lush tropical rainforest spread with canopies, and three salty crater lakes are decorated with swathes of pink flamingos. On the western shore of Lake George, the vast Kasenyi Plains are inhabited by lions and several interesting bird species.

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
  • Accommodation: Twin Lakes Safari Lodge (Mid-Range), Mweya Safari Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activities: Drive to Queen Elizabeth, Boat cruise, Evening Game Drive
  • What to See? Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Hyenas, Antelopes, Series of Birds
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Diner, Drinking Water

 

Day 7: Ishash Sector Trekk Climbing Lions & Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

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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.

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 Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari guide able to track down these animals.

  • Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp (Mid-Range), Kiho Gorilla Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activities: Tree Climbing Lions Tracking, and Drive to Bwindi Forest
  • What to See? Tree Climbing Lions, Misty Bwindi Forest
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Diner, Drinking Water

 

Day 8: Mountain Gorilla Tracking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park & Batwa

 Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari

Gorilla trekking in Uganda & Rwanda

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 Uganda Big 5 & Primates 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.

  • Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp (Mid-Range), Kiho Gorilla Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activities: Mountain Gorilla Tracking, and Batwa people Visit
  • What to See? Mountain Gorillas, Batwa People
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Diner, Drinking Water

 

Day 9: Golden Monkey Tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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Golden Monkey Tracking in Africa

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Located in southwestern Uganda, in the Kisoro District, the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area. This wilderness sanctuary was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests. The striking landscape boasts three conical volcanoes which are a part of the magnificent Virunga Range which fringes Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. Aside from the main attraction which is the mountain gorillas, the park is home to buffaloes, elephants, endangered golden monkeys and many of bird species. The three extinct volcanoes offer plenty of hiking trails.

Golden Monkey Trekking – Uganda

With only a small number remaining in the world, the Golden Monkey can be found in the foothills of the volcanic mountains of Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Characterized by its bright golden body, cheeks and tail, with contrasting black limbs, crown and tail end, these playful primates are a pleasure to watch. Whether you choose to do this on the Rwandan or Ugandan side, the walk will take you from the bamboo stands and forested gorge on the lower levels of the volcanoes to the elevated heath and moorland higher up.

  • Destination: Volcanoes National Park
  • Accommodation: Da Vince Gorilla Lodge (Mid-Range), Kiho Gorilla Lodge (Up Market)
  • Activities: Golden Monkey Tracking in Mganhinga Gorilla Park and Drive to Volcanoes Park
  • What to See? Golden Monkeys, Misty Mgahinga Forest
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Diner, Drinking Water

 

Day 10: Golden Monkey Tracking in Volcanoes, Kigali City Tour and Departure

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Best Time to Visit Volcanoes National Park

Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum

Located just outside of Kigali City Centre in the Gasabo district, Kigali Genocide Memorial & Museum was created by a joint partnership of the Kigali City Council and the UK-based Aegis Trust. The centre is an extremely moving, challenging, educational and ultimately inspiring as well as a great place to understand the cause, tragedy and successful rebuilding post-genocide.

The memorial hosts a tour which is transparent and educational but very sombre and humbling when guests realise that over 250,000 deceased are buried on the site of the memorial.

Gorilla Trekking Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park offers visitors the unique opportunity of discovering the 10 families of gorillas that live within the national park. Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee before the trek starts and will be separated into groups of 8 depending on their physical abilities. Each group is guided by a 10 Days Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari guide and two scouts who are well trained in emergency situations. The amount of time set aside per trek is different depending on where the gorilla family is situated. Some trips may take as little as half an hour and some taking the better part of the day.

RDB Golden Monkey Tracking

Located in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, RDB Golden Monkey Tracking offers visitors a unique experience of catching a glimpse of the endangered Golden Monkey. These striking primates with their bright orange fur contrasting the green rainforests of the Virunga Mountains is a photographer’s dream. The Golden Monkey can be found in very few places outside of Volcanoes National Park, and their vibrant colours, energetic demeanour, and sizeable troupes of up to 30 individuals are indeed a sight to behold.

  • Destination: Kigali Airport
  • Accommodation: No Accommodation
  • Activities: Golden Monkey Tracking in Volcanoes and Kigali Tour
  • What to See? Golden Monkeys, Kigali City
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinking Water

10 Days Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Included

  • Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation with All Meals as per the itinerary
  • Ground transfers by 4 WD Safari Land Cruiser
  • Bigodi Wetland Walk
  • Services of an English-speaking guide- per vehicle.
  • One Gorilla Trekking Permits per person
  • One Golden Monkey Trekking Permit per person
  • Chimpanzee Trekking permit per person
  • Park entrance fees.
  • All boat trips 
  • All Game drives
  • Visit the top of the falls
  • Ziwa Rhino trek
  • Batwa Cultural Experience. 
  • Bottled Drinking Water
  • All Government taxes
  • Our assistance

10 Days Uganda Big 5 & Primates Safari Exclusions

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