EMPIRE OF APES SAFARI

On this 10 day expedition, we come into contact with expressive primates, big and small, that inhabit the tranquil forests of Western Uganda. Traverse the vast savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Venture into the verdant rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi. Encounter the most diverse wildlife and primates in Uganda, including the rare and formidable mountain gorillas.

8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS

Safari Highlights

  • Track chimps in Kibale Forest
  • Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Track gorillas in Bwindi Forest
  • Take a night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Relax in intimate, luxury accommodation

Itinerary

Day One: Welcome To Entebbe

Welcome to Entebbe International Airport. At the exit, Bushman Safaris waits to receive you and take you, within minutes, to set your bags down for a night at your beautiful hotel

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day Two:  West to Kibale National Park

Drink in the scenic views as we drive west to Fort Portal, a beautiful town nestled in the shadow of the “Mountains of the Moon”. From Fort Portal we set a course for the thriving forestry of Kibale National Park. We turn in for the night at the Kibale Forrest Camp.

Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day Three: In the Evergreen Forest

The evergreen Kibale Forest holds the widest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. On a guided nature walk, we encounter wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys and more. The afternoon leads us to Bigodi Swamp, where we discover a diversity of birds and primates. After a satisfying day of exploration, we return to Kibale Forest Camp.

Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Four: An Evening Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park

We travel through the vibrant crater lakes, cradled in vegetation and gentle hills, toward our next destination, the popular Queen Elizabeth National Park. After a lunch and a dip in the pool, we set out on a game drive for a teaser of wildlife; we hope to see warthogs, buffalo, waterbucks and elephants before returning for a night in comfort at Bush lodge.

Accommodation: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Five:  Wildlife of the West

The crisp morning opens at the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. It’s the opportune time on our game drive to seek out elephants, lions, buffalo, waterbucks and the other wildlife in this vast vegetation. On an afternoon boat cruise, we glide along Kazinga Channel, which unites Lake Edward and Lake George. Hippos, crocodiles, and other mammals, reptiles, and birds congregate at the shores in the afternoon heat. We return from our excursion to a relaxing night at Bush Lodge.

Accommodation: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Six: Through Ishasha

Today we depart from Queen Elizabeth, but not before attempting to set eyes on the tree climbing lions of Ishasha on a brief game drive. We cross a stunning landscape to reach Bwindi National Park, where we will seek out another rare creature, the mountain gorilla. Tonight, we rest at Cuckooland Lodge.

Accommodation: Cuckooland Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Seven: The Gorilla Families of Bwindi

Guided by an experienced tracker, we brave a challenging trek through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It may take minutes or hours of pushing through vegetation before we set our eyes on a colossal dominant silverback male and his group. We emerge into the cherished experience of observing them eat, play, and rest in the intimacy of the forest.

Those who don’t join in gorilla tracking set out to explore the surroundings in the serenity of the guided forest walk or the Buhoma Village Walk. We return to a night in comfort at Cuckooland Lodge.

Accommodation: Cuckooland Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Eight: A Trip Back To Kampala

Change everything to: After breakfast, our final day leads us out of the park and on to the road back to Kampala. We stop by the equator for pictures and lunch. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Inclusive

  • Transfer to/from Entebbe International Airport
  • Ground transport on a private 4WD safari vehicle
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as included in the itinerary (twin/double room)
  • Meals included in the itinerary
  • Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Gorilla permit (USD $600 per permit)
  • Activities included in the itinerary
  • Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Detailed map of Uganda (1 map per person)

Exclusive

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $50, available upon arrival)
  • Forest Walk Bwindi (USD $50 per person)
  • Meals and drinks outside the itinerary
  • Items and services of a personal nature
  • Tips

Terms and conditions

* The mentioned rates are in US dollars and subject to change.

* The high season period includes January, February, June, July, August, September and December.

* The low season period includes March, April, May, October and November.

* Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation by your contact person of Great Lakes Safaris. Permits are sold on ‘first come first serve’ basis.

* Gorilla permits can only be secured after receiving the requested deposit.

* The chimp tracking in Kibale Forest may take place either in the morning or afternoon, depending on the availability of the permits for chimp tracking.

* The safari consists of an international travel company, with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants. Great Lakes Safaris has no control of the nationality, gender, age or any other details of the participants.