8 Day Primate and Wildlife Safari Uganda

8 day ugandan safari

Overview

This 8 Day Primate and Wildlife Safari Uganda offers the best of Uganda in the shortest time possible! We shall see plenty of wild animals, birds, breathtaking landscapes, the powerful 42 meter Murchison Falls, Chimpanzees, and the endangered Mountain Gorillas. All this and more is covered in only three of Uganda’s national parks below: Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This safari might sound ideal for primate enthusiasts but it gives you an exceptional feel of the best of Uganda as a nation, with rewards of both nature and nurture.

The 8 Day Gorilla, Chimpanzee, and Wildlife Safari Uganda gives you an opportunity to witness for yourself the big five of Africa on top of other adventurous activities that redefine the meaning of perfection. You will get a chance to visit the world’s most powerful waterfall, the Murchison falls upon the river Nile. Within Murchison falls national park, you will witness for yourself plenty of animals of different sorts and kinds. From here, you will be rewarded with spectacular sights of chimpanzees in the primate capital of the world within Kibale forest national park. This park hosts a phenomenal 13 species of primates including chimpanzees which are estimated to be 5000 in the area, which is the highest number in East Africa. From Kibale, you will enjoy the most awarding wildlife experience of Africa; gorilla tracking after your transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park. Here, you will enjoy the amazing sights of mountain gorillas, the best adrenaline activity of wildlife adventures. 

8-day primate and wildlife safari Uganda altogether offers a wonderful experience for those looking to learn about the primates in Uganda.

Safari Summary

  • Day 1: Transfer from Kampala/Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park with Rhino tracking at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Optional Stopover at the Top of the Falls & Rest of the Day at Leisure at the Lodge
  • Day 2: Morning Game Drive through the Park and Afternoon Boat Cruise on River Nile to the Bottom of the Falls.
  • Day 3: Transfer from Murchison Falls National Park to Kibale Forest National Park & Kasenda Crater Tour
  • Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking in the Morning & Nature Walk through Bigodi Wetlands
  • Day 5: Transfer from Kibale Forest National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a Stopover at Ishasha Sector for a Game Drive on the Look-Out for the famous Tree-Climbin Lions
  • Day 6: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Day 7: Transfer from Bwindi Impenetrable Nationa Park to Lake Mburo National Park, Boat Cruise on Lake Mburo & Evening Game Drive
  • Day 8: Transfer from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Kampala with a Stopover at the Uganda Equator Line

Itinerary

Day 1
Transfer from Kampala/Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park with Rhino tracking at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Optional Stopover at the Top of the Falls & Rest of the Day at Leisure at the Lodge

Have early breakfast and be set for pickup from the hotel at 7.00 am. Drive out of Kampala, taking the Kampala – Gulu Highway. After approximately three hours get to Nakasongola where you shall turn off to visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Meet the ranger and set out to do a 1 – 2 hour trek to spot Uganda’s only Rhinos in the wild. The sanctuary supports several other wildlife which you may encounter, and these include; Bushbuck, Oribi, Waterbuck, Leopard, Crocodile, and the Shoebill among others. The sanctuary is also home to over 350 phenomenal species of birds. Therefore, you will have a chance to see the variety of colors and twitters of the birds as you trek. Thereafter return to the road and continue to Masindi for a lunch. After lunch proceeds to the park. Transfer to your accommodation for the rest of the day and overnight.

Day 2
Morning Game Drive through the Park and Afternoon Boat Cruise on River Nile to the Bottom of the Falls.

Have an early cup of tea/coffee and head off for the Game Drive at 6.30 am. Exploring the savannah grasslands in the northern half of the park reveals plenty of animals including Lions, Leopard, Hyena, Giraffes, Hyenas, elephants, Buffaloe, Oribis, Kob, Jackson’s Hartebeest, and Waterbuck among others. After four about hours, return to the lodge for breakfast. For some of the best moments in Africa, you will need to have a clear and close encounter with the world’s most powerful waterfalls-the Murchison. Here, you will feel like the earth is shaking with the greatest tenacity ever but at the same time amazed at the spectacular strength of the water squeezing through a tiny cleft of 7m. This experience is enhanced by the boat cruise, Therefore, after lunch, you shall go for the Launch Cruise on the Nile to spot Crocodiles, Hippos, water birds, and plenty of wildlife. The Cruise is three hours long, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3
Transfer from Murchison Falls National Park to Kibale Forest National Park & Kasenda Crater Tour

After breakfast check out and leave for Kibale Forest National Park located in western Uganda. Driving along the Albertine rift valley you are treated to panoramic views of the rift valley escarpment. You shall stopover in Hoima for lunch. Continue and reach Kibale National Park in the evening. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to explore the region of the Kasenda Crater lakes with panoramic points and sceneries. You will have dinner and overnight at the previous night’s hotel/lodge.

Day 4
Chimpanzee Tracking in the Morning & Nature Walk through Bigodi Wetlands

Have early breakfast and transfer to the park offices by 7.30am. Register with office and meet the ranger guides and thereafter head into the forest to search for the Chimpanzees. You will spend a maximum of one hour with the Chimpanzees after which you return to find your driver and transfer to the lodge for lunch. Later in the afternoon/early evening you go for a nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland to observe primates, birds and other wildlife. Return for dinner and overnight.

Day 5
Transfer from Kibale Forest National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a Stopover at Ishasha Sector for a Game Drive on the Look-Out for the famous Tree-Climbin Lions

After breakfast check out and travel to Bwindi, driving through the southern region of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive. It is recognized for its very famous tree-climbing lions that are an exceptional attraction and one among the major highlights on all safaris taken within Queen Elizabeth National park. . Here the lions are constantly spotted hanging on branches of huge fig trees. So be alert and observe all trees carefully as you drive through this beautiful savannah landscape. We will have lunch en-route. You will get to your lodge near Bwindi in the late afternoon.

Day 6
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today we will have the amazing opportunity to observe the gorgeous scenery of Uganda’s tropical rainforest and experience a breathtaking encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas. A visit to the area not only gives one an opportunity to discover the hidden depths that blanket the misty forests, but also the possibility to penetrate the so-called impenetrable forest. Today’s schedule will take us through the impenetrable Jungle of Bwindi National Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Bwindi Impenetrable NP occupies the size of about 321 sq km and it’s the home of the endangered mountain gorillas. Spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys, Bwindi acts as the source of five major rivers which flow into Lake Edward. There are also flowing streams of fresh water that endlessly slither down from the different falls, as well as the different almost 400 plant species that have patiently endured the great storms which rampage throughout the forest during the heavy rains. The park is divided into 4 gorilla tracking sectors including Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo sectors. Have early breakfast and transfer to the park offices by 7.30 am, taking packed lunch from the lodge. Register, meet the rangers, you are allocated a Gorilla group, and by 8.00 am you transfer to the start of the trek into the forest to look for the Gorillas. The time is taken to trek the gorilla family depends on their location, but once we have reached them, we have an hour’s time to observe and admire these gentle giants. After the memorable encounter with these great apes, return and transfer back to the lodge for the rest of the day and overnight.

Day 7
Transfer from Bwindi Impenetrable Nationa Park to Lake Mburo National Park, Boat Cruise on Lake Mburo & Evening Game Drive

After breakfast, check out and leave for Lake Mburo National Park. You will make a stop in Mbarara town for lunch, thereafter proceed to park, driving through the game trails as you go to the lodge (Luxury). Lake Mburo is best known for herbivores, and therefore expect to sight plenty of Zebras, Impala, Topi, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Elands, and more! Plus you shall also enjoy the beautiful green scenery. Get to the lodge for relaxation. Later set out for a boat ride on Lake Mburo to see Hippos, Buffaloes, birds and enjoy the wonderful scenery. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 8
Game Walk through the Park & Transfer from Lake Mburo National Park to Kampala

Set out for an early morning walk into the forest to see animals and wonderful nature at close encounters. Return to the lodge for breakfast after which you shall check out and depart for Kampala. You shall stop over at the Uganda Equator line for some picture moments. Continue to Kampala for lunch and thereafter transfer to your accommodation for the evening and overnight or to the airport for your departure flight