8 Days Self drive Uganda Primates Safari
DAY 1: Depart from Kampala for Kibale forest
Meet and greet at your hotel in Kampala at 08.00 hrs by our company safari driver/ Guide who will warmly welcome you and brief you about your safari, then you precede to the western side of Uganda. This drive will take you through one of the beautiful country side of Uganda and will expose you to plenty of markets of fresh fruits and vegetable, banana and coffee plantation and indigenous cattle’s grazing a long the road. Meet and greet Fort Portal which lies in the shadow of the enchanted Rwenzori Mountains known as Mountains of the Moon. You will have a stopover for lunch, and then proceed to Kibale National Park Dinner and overnight at Primates lodge or Ndali lodge.
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and nature walk in Bigodi swamp
Wake up early morning for breakfast and report to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre where the chimpanzee tracking begins from. Set out in the forest in search for Man’s closest animal brothers the endangered chimpanzee! Here chances of viewing the chimps are over 90% but its not a guarantee and this will take you 4 to 8 hours. Other primates in this forest that you will encounter are the threatened Red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest’s monkeys, the red tailed monkeys, Blue monkey, Grey Cheeked mangabeys, velvet and many others not leaving out Butterflies. Return for lunch and in the afternoon, a visit to Bigodi Swamp eco-tourism site is amazing, as we shall encounter rare and Beautiful flora and fauna. Return to your lodge for diner and overnight stay
DAY 3: Depart to Queen Elizabeth and visit crater lakes
Morning breakfast, then proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range and Savanna grasslands for most of the journey. A game drive en-route will expose you to a wide range of animals including; antelopes, elephants, buffaloes, Hyenas, bushbucks, the comical warthogs, the elusive leopards and if you are lucky the lions plus a wide range of bird species. Have lunch at the lodge and relax in the afternoon you take a visit to the crater region for sight seeing. Then go to Katwe salts mines one of the Crater Lake in the park and see how salt is traditionally mined. Dinner and over night at or Jacana Safari Lodge or Mweya safari lodge or Mweya hostel.
DAY 4: Morning game drive and launch cruise
Early morning game drive provide excellent opportunities to see Leopards, Lions, Giant Forest Hogs, Cape Buffaloes, Elephants, Defassa Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs and Bushbucks and many more. Drive back for lunch as you get prepared for a unique 2-hours launch cruise along the kazinga channel. Along this channel you see a highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing, ideal for the Uganda safari. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight at Jacana Safari Camp or Mweya safari lodge or Mweya hostel.
DAY 5: Depart to Bwindi Impenetrable gorilla Forest
Morning breakfast, and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest via Ishasha sector. The Ishasha sector is famous for its tree climbing Lions. Along the road animals such as the waterbucks, elephant, antelopes, buffalo, kobs, can be seen along the road. We go for a game drive in ishasha and proceed to Bwindi, is the Bird watchers heaven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Tonight you will sleep at Gorilla Resort or Buhoma community bandas.
DAY 6: Mountain Gorilla trekking
You relatively rise early for hearty breakfast to give you energy needed for gorilla tracking. Report to the ranger station at 08.00hrs where the guide will take you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track gorillas. This trek can take from 4 to10 hrs so a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. You sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silverback. It is amazing to think that there are only 650 or so of these creatures left in the world! Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort or Buhoma community bandas.
DAY 7: Drive to Kampala
Morning breakfast, and drive to Kampala, lunch en-route. Have a stopover at the Equator for photographs and you will arrive in Kampala late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Triangle or Holiday Express Hotel
DAY 8: Kampala city tour
After breakfast, we go for a city tour to the National Museum where there’s a unique collection of ethnological exhibits covering hunting, agriculture, war, religion, and history as well as a great collection of the traditional musical instruments. Bahai Temple the only one of its sect in Africa Work on it began May 1957 and was opened in January 1961. Kasubi Tombs-where the remains of four former Buganda kings are kept, and many more have lunch then proceed to Airport for your outbound flight.