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The Unpredictable Primate Express

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Brian Ahereza

GoExplore! Safaris

GoExplore Safaris & Tours has emerged as one of the leading tour operators in East Africa.

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The Unpredictable Primate Express

Uganda has the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the endangered mountain gorilla, one of the rarest animals on the planet. This Uganda Primate safari is the antithesis of the sedentary safari experience without being overly strenuous and showcases the beauty and rich bio-diversity of the country. Brace yourself for Uganda’s highlights including exciting chimp walks, wildlife viewing and of course the unforgettable gorilla trekking.

DAY 1

Arrival Entebbe International Airport

Arrive Entebbe International Airport to be picked up by a GoExplore guide after clearing customs. Your GoExplore guide will have a sign that has your name on it and will transfer you to your accommodation for the night.

Overnight karibu Guest house
DAY 2

Drive from Entebbe to Kibale Forest Nati

After breakfast with driver/guide will set off to Western Uganda, to Fort Portal. Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops. Keep your eyes open for a variety of birds that perch on the fence rows and power lines along the way. Continue past the expansive tea plantations around Fort Portal and on to your The drive takes 5 to 7 hours so we will arrive in time in Fort Portal for lunch. After lunch we will shake off the drive with a walk to the Bigodi swamp. The Bigodi Swamp is a paradise for bird watchers. Skilled birders can spot up to fifty new species on a bird list. Today, 138 species of bird have been recognized within the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary and among the major bird species within the sanctuary is the grand Blue Turaco. The swamp also harbours several primates’ species like the red colobus monkey, baboon, black & white colobus monkey, blue monkey grey cheeked, mangabey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey and the L’Hoest monkey Read more

Overnight at Kibale Forest C
DAY 3

Chimpanzee tracking and to Queen Elizabe

After breakfast, head to the park headquarters for a briefing after which you will embark on a chimp tracking excursion. These primates are very mobile and viewing them is unpredictable but a forest walk is an enriching activity that starts at 8.00 am taking about 4 hours. This forest is home to a large number of chimpanzees and other primates including L’hoestes, Red-colobuses, Blues, Red-tailed, grey cheeked mangabeys, birds, and butterflies. Your expert guide will share the secrets of the forest’ flora and fauna, ensuring that the trail is both informative and enjoyable. Though much harder to see, the park is also home to buffalo, leopard, bushpig, elephant and duiker along with 144 species of butterflies. After the tracking, equipped with a packed lunch you will drive towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. The approximately 3-hour drive takes you past volcanic crater lakes; on a clear day one can see the famous “Mountains of the Moon”, the Rwenzori Mountains. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive. Queen Elizabeth which is the e most popular park in Uganda as it offers diverse ecosystems, classic big game, and 10 primate species and over 600 bird species. Driving across the grassland plains, you can see elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, waterbuck, bushbuck and warthog. Read more

Overnight at Bush Lodge
DAY 4

Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early morning warm up tea or coffee, you will head for a game drive along Kasenyi tracks and Queens mile in search of animals like: lions, elephants, cape buffalos, warthogs, spotted hyenas, mangoose, waterbucks, kobs and, if you

Overnight at Bush Lodge
DAY 5

Drive from Ishasha Bwindi Impenetrable

After breakfast, you’ll move to the northern end of the park. In this area the biodiversity and animals show greater affinity to Central African forests rather than East African forests. You’ll then travel south into the remote and open Ishasha plains in the southwest of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Famous for tree-climbing lions in the fig trees, the Ishasha plains are also home to elephants, Ugandan kob, topi, eland, buffalo, wart hogs, and other savannah wildlife. The Ishasha River supports a healthy hippo population. The Ishasha River runs through this part of the park and it supports a healthy hippo population. Wildlife view with a picnic lunch. After lunch, you will continue the drive south into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest region. After lunch, continue the drive south into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest region. Bwindi Forest is a World Heritage Site and it is a magnificent swathe of forest that crosses the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is one of the most biologically diverse in Africa. Bwindi has at least 90 mammal species, including 11 different primates. Late afternoon arrival at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest park gate. Read more

Overnight at Buhoma communit
DAY 6

Gorilla tracking

The most exciting day of your safari, you will head to the visitors’ reception centre where a clear briefing will be given to you on what you can expect during the day as well as safety rules and behavior when you are meeting the gentle giants. After the introduction it is time for you to start searching for the Gorillas. Depending on where the Gorillas are located we can never tell you how long it will take for you to see them. But please keep in mind that it can be active, adventurous, sometimes a bit difficult but definitely a worth it experience, that can last a full day. Depending on the duration of the track you can either relax in the afternoon at the lodge and just enjoy the view or go for another walk around and explore the village or walk up to the highest football field with the best view ever. Read more

Overnight at Buhoma Communit
DAY 7

Drive from Bwindi Impenetrable national

After breakfast, transfer to Lake Mburo national park. Lake Mburo National Park is an underrated gem of a park, this park is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. You will enter the park gates and check in at the lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon head out for an extensive game drive where you will spot Burchell’s Zebras, Elands, Buffalo, Elephants, Impalas Giraffes and if you are lucky a Leopard too. Read more

Overnight at Eagles Nest
DAY 8

Drive Lake Mburo to Kampala/ Airport tra

Early morning warms up tea, transfer for a game drive in the park. Return to your lodge for full breakfast and then proceed to Kampala. You will have a day room available for you to take a shower and have dinner before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight back home.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Entebbe
Hotel karibu Guest house
Day 2
Location Kibale Forest Park
Hotel Kibale Forest Camp
Day 3
Location Queen Elizabeth National park
Hotel Bush Lodge
Day 5
Location Bwindi Forest
Hotel Buhoma Community rest camp
Day 6
Location Lake Mburo National Park
Hotel Eagles Nest

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • All meals as specified in the itinerary (hotels in Kampala or Entebbe are B&B)
  • Drinks as stipulated in itinerary
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Water in the vehicle for overland sectors
  • All ground transportation and transfers as indicated, which are inclusive of fuel
  • Activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Game drives in a shared 4-wheel drive vehicle at Lodges where indicated
  • Ranger guide fees
  • Park, conservation and community bed night fees
  • All applicable taxes, administration and banking fees
  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee permits per person as specified in the itinerary.

Package excludes

  • International flights and applicable airport departure taxes
  • All passport and visa fees (Visa: US$ 50 per person for entry into Uganda – easily obtainable at the Airport)
  • Meals not specified (including lunch and other meal stops between properties on overland sectors)
  • Drinks where not stipulated in itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature: fax, telephone, etc.
  • Laundry in Entebbe/Kampala
  • Gratuities for guide/driver/hotel staff
  • Any extras and additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel/medical insurance

REVIEWS

3 Reviews

Jim Davis, Finland

The experience was tremendous I recommend The safari tour was the best experience I had in Africa my Fiance and I were there for my birthday, how I loved Murchison falls

Godwin Streit, Germany

I would recommend this tour company for absolutely anyone who wants a great East African experience. Myself and a small group of friends did a safari through Uganda and Rwanda few months ago. The tour itself was amazing visiting parts of the world you never dreamed you would go and experiencing things you could only imagine like trekking the mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest or whitewater rafting in the Nile! Our tour guide Dickson was excellent and could spot animals from anywhere!!! I saw more wildlife in those 12 days then I have seen in my life!! We went way beyond the big five and were even lucky enough hang out with Mountain Gorillas, chimps, hunting dogs, rhinos as well as everything else! Dickson was great company a pleasure to be around. Read more

David Coaster, Belgium

It was a nice time in Uganda, I got an opportunity to meet our family friends from Denmark It was fun to meet at Entebbe airport. When my friends contacted me about the trip, I hesitated because our savings were not enough. GoExplore Safaris did a delightful service to suit in our budget and with much fun. Let me come straight to the point: I had an ideal trip and enjoyed every minute of it! I loved the scenery and the wildlife and I loved life unfolding itself in the villages and small towns. I am soon issuing a blog about my visit to Uganda , I have to save more so that I can return next year . I highly recommend GoExplore Safaris to anyone interested in touring and exploring Uganda to its apex. Thanks to the Team for organizing especially Brian being on top of the Game. Read more

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