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14-days Uganda & Kenya Primates and Safari

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14-days Uganda & Kenya Primates and Safari

Explore the best highlights of Uganda and Kenya on this 14-day Primates and Safari Tour. In the Uganda safari tour, come face to face with the silverback gorillas and marvel at the antics of our closest relatives; the chimpanzees. From the rainforest in Uganda we will take you to the Savannas of Kenya, starting with a Lake Nakuru tour and rounding off your adventure with an unbeatable safari in the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Welcome to Uganda

A Matoke Tours representative will collect you from Entebbe airport and transfers you to ViaVia Guesthouse, a 10-minute drive away. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore the town. There are several interesting activities in and around Entebbe that can be arranged by your guesthouse. A visit to the Botanical Gardens or the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) are recommended. Please note, all activities and transportation for today are at your own cost. ViaVia Entebbe is a very cosy accommodation in Entebbe, only 10 minutes away from the airport. All the rooms are self-contained and have a private terrace overlooking a cozy garden. Relax in one of the hammocks while the resident monkeys play around in the trees, take a dip in the hot tub, enjoy a romantic sunset and relax at the camp fire in the evening. ViaVia will give you a truly heartwarming experience that’s very hard to beat! Read more

Entebbe, 1 night

To Fort Portal and Kibale Forest

Today you continue your Uganda safari tour to the green oasis of Kibale Forest. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush landscapes that characterizes so much of Uganda. Kibale Forest National Park lies just outside the colonial town of Fort Portal and is made up of dense tropical rainforest. This park is considered one of the big highlights of Uganda due to the monkey business going on there. A big number of primates can be found here and particularly a visit to one of the habituated chimpanzee groups is a very memorable experience. The rare red colobus as well as the black and white colobus, red tailed monkey, olive baboon, the blue Monkey and l’hoest’s monkeys are also regularly seen here. This brand new lodge Turaco Treetops offers you a unique jungle experience at the border of Kibale Forest National Park with the most stunning view over the forest canopy and the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains. You will stay in a modern and comfortable private cottage in a quiet location in the forest. This lodge is all about a relaxing atmosphere and family friendly facilities. In the restaurant and lounge areas you’ll be welcome to try tasty meals and there is a refreshing pool to take a dip in after a day on the Uganda safari tour. Read more

Kibale Forest, 2 nights

Uganda Chimpanzee Tracking & Swamp Walk

Chimpanzees share 98% of human genes making them our closest living relatives. They are found in 21 countries throughout Africa, but are most easily sighted in Uganda due to their dense populations. Today, in Uganda, there are approximately 5,000 chimpanzees left in the wild. The Uganda Chimpanzee Tracking experience part of the Uganda safari tour is done on several well maintained walking trails. There is also a wonderfully diverse concentration of other primates, more than any other forest in East Africa, in fact. Besides our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees, you can find red colobus, red-tailed guenon, white-nosed monkey, gray-cheeked mangabey, blue monkey, L'Hoest's monkey, and the black and white colobus monkey. In addition, you may see olive baboons, bush babies and nocturnal pottos. The aim for your walk through the jungle, in the care of a professional guide, is a one-hour Uganda Chimpanzee Tracking. A sighting is not 100% guaranteed however, as these are wild animals with wills of their own, but your chances are very good. Your next activity will take you to the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary which features 8 primate species, over 200 bird species and many reptiles. During the walk – which takes 2 to 3 hours - you have a chance to many animals but the highlight is catching a glimpse of a famous bird; the Great Blue Turaco. The sanctuary is operated by KAFRED, a registered community-based organization. The income from the walk is used for community development projects such as schools and hospitals. Read more

Kibale Forest

To Queen Elizabeth National Park

After impressive Uganda Chimpanzee Tracking, you will head to the scenic Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is located in south western Uganda and is most often included in visitors’ Uganda safari tour. It is the second largest park in the country and located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, next to Lake Edward and Lake George which are joined by the Kazinga channel. Few reserves in the world have such a high biodiversity with landscapes including savannah, bushland, wetlands and lush forests. On your first game drive, it is time to explore the Queen Elizabeth National Park with her 200 kilometers of well-maintained game viewing tracks. We advise for you to be alert and pro-active on your game drive to help the ranger spot as many animals as possible. Marafiki Safari Lodge is set in a unique location and has been designed using local materials fitted by artisans from the local community. This lodge offers private safari tents on raised wooden floors with canvas walls, which can be rolled up. You can sit comfortably when watching the savannah plains with breath taking views across the park, the Rwenzori- and Virunga Mountains. With an en-suit open-air shower, you can experience an African sunrise properly or shower in the moonlight under the stars. Enjoy your delicious meals (made with fresh and local produce) on the restaurant veranda or next to the campfire. There is a new swimming pool which really invites for a refreshing dip in between game drives on a sunny day in this beautiful setting. Read more

Queen Elizabeth NP, 2 nights

Game Drives & Boat Safari

After an early breakfast, you go for a long game drive in time to see the sun rise. The morning is the best time for a game drive as the African animal kingdom tends to me most active when during the golden hours of the first sunlight touching the savannah. You will continue the search for all the wildlife; elephant, buffalo, lion, waterbuck, leopard, Uganda kob, warthog and do not forget about the birds and the primates. After lunch, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: Buffalo, Crocodile, bathing Elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat-safari you game drive back to the lodge. Read more

Queen Elizabeth NP

To Lake Mutanda and Bwindi Forest

Today you drive to Kisoro in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch you will stop at a local restaurant on the road (lunch is not inclusive). Mutanda Lake Resort offers one of the best views in Uganda! Perched on a peninsula in Lake Mutanda, isolated in the shadow of the Virunga Mountain Range, this lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a very unique corner of the country. Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the Resort makes a perfect base for a gorilla trekking, volcano hikers, bird-lovers as well for those looking for a secluded magical place in nature. Don’t forget to take your chance to dip in the lake as it is Bilharzia free, so safe to swim, peddle board or canoe amongst the locals going about their daily business on the lake! The sunset scenes are spectacular so make sure to be on one of the verandas (with a sundowner drink in hand) at that time. Read more

Mutanda Lake, 2 nights

Uganda Gorilla Tracking

Today is the big day from this Uganda safari tour… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their Uganda safari tour. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a highlight for many visitors as this is where they will be visiting the home of the gentle giants. The park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests lies on the mist-covered hillsides. This magnificent forest dates back over 25,000 years, even surviving the last Ice Age (most forests disappeared). Bwindi forest has an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and is the only forest in Africa which can make claim to host both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. In fact, half the worlds’ population of gorillas live here divided over nine habituated family groups. Also 5 other primate species, 120 species of mammal, over 220 butterflies and 360 birds species call Bwindi home. This it THE place to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas up close for your very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ moment. The species you will see in this Uganda Gorilla Tracking belong to one of nine family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting (for some also challenging) journey along forested (sometimes slippery) slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gentle giants. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity. Think of dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time to complete the Uganda Gorilla Tracking can be as little as 2 hours to as much as 7 hours! Once the the family of gorillas has been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour observing them. Coming face-to-face with the mountain gorillas is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic part of your Uganda safari tour you will definitely remember for the rest of your life. Read more

Mutanda Lake

To Nairobi via Kigali

Today you have some time to relax at Lake Mutanda. After lunch the driver of Mutanda Lake resort will take you to Kigali airport in Rwanda. Please note that activities in Kigali and accommodation in Kigali are not inclusive in the itinerary. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kigali, please let us know. We highly recommend that you opt for the East Africa visa which allows you to access Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya in one visa. You will fly with Kenya airways from Kigali to Nairobi. This one way flight is included in your tour price! On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta international airport your driver/guide will be waiting to pick you up from you flight. You will spend your first night in Wildebeest Eco camp located outside of the busy town centre of Nairobi. The beautifully-appointed deluxe safari tents and other comfortable accommodation, will be a welcome place to stay before and after your safari. You can enjoy the peaceful tropical gardens, which are home to hundreds of varieties of plants and birds, while still being close to shops, markets, cinemas, banks, Nairobi National Park and transport links. Read more

Nairobi, Kenya, 1 night

Lake Nakuru National park

After an early breakfast you head to the first national park of your trip! Lake Nakuru national park. On your way you will have a stopover at Thomson Falls and the Rift valley view point from where you can take beautiful landscape pictures. On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. You will enjoy the ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for game drives, bird watching and hiking. On arrival you will go for a long game drive in the park to spot lions, buffalos, antelopes, warthogs and many other wildlife. You will go back to the lodge for a nice lunch and some time to relax. Around 4 PM you will go for an evening game drive when the light is the most beautiful to make excellent landscape pictures. Read more

Lake Nakuru NP, 1 night

Masai Mara Tour

After an early breakfast you will head for the Masai Mara tour on the border with Tanzania. An excellent year round animal concentration and known for its typical short savanna plains. Home to the great migration in the months July – October when two million Wildebeest make their way northwards from the Serengeti in Tanzania. On arrival at the gate you will have a long en-route game drive towards the tented camp where you will spend the coming three nights. After a nice lunch you will continue the Masai Mara tour with an afternoon game drive to spot lions, buffaloes, antelopes and hippo’s and crocodiles in the Mara River. The camps location is sublime located directly on the Mara River in the center of the reserve. Our tents are placed along the banks of the Mara River, with a seating area at the front for relaxed game and bird viewing. All the tents have hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, 24 hour solar lighting and tasteful décor. Read more

Masai Mara, 3 nights

Full day safari part of Masai Mara tour

In the today's Masai Mara tour you will have a full day of game drives ahead. Before sunrise you will try to spot different predators that might made a kill last night. You will return for breakfast at the camp while the sun rises over the game reserve. You can decide to take a packed lunch for a full day game drives or come back at the camp for a hot lunch. The secret on sighting a lot of animals is to do different game drives on different time and areas for the highest success rate. After this exciting day on the Masai Mara tour you will come back to the camp where you can relax with a cold drink on your veranda with a view of the Mara river! Read more

Masai Mara

Masai Mara tour

Today you will have another full day of game drives on the Masai Mara tour. You can decide to take a packed lunch for a full day game drives or come back at the camp for a hot lunch. The secret on sighting a lot of animals is to do different game drives on different time on the Masai Mara tour and areas for the highest success rate. Read more

Masai Mara

To Lake Naivasha for Boat Safari

After Masai Mara tour an en-route game drive will take you to the gate of Masai Mara. You will arrive at Lake Naivasha for a late lunch. Lake Naivasha is home to a wide variety of wildlife including a sizeable population of hippos which usually invade our property during their nightly forays for food. Being a freshwater lake, it also has a healthy fish population to include Black bass, Tilapia and Crayfish which attract a variety of fish-eating birds such as Long-tailed and Great Cormorants, along with Fish Eagles, Pelicans, and various types of Kingfishers. In the afternoon you will do a boat safari on the lake to see the birds and hippos. Tonight you will spend the night in the beautiful Naivasha Sopa lodge. Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to the resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on our expansive lawns. Read more

Lake Naivasha, 1 night

Departure

Today is unfortunately the last day of your trip with Matoke Tours! After breakfast you head back to Nairobi. Depending on the time your flight departs, there might be some time left today to do an optional activity in Nairobi. All activities today are at your own expense. Your driver/guide will take care of your transfer to Jomo Kenyatta international Airport. Note: your international flight must be in the afternoon after 1 PM. If you need an extra night in Nairobi please contact [email protected] and we will make arrangements for you at an additional cost. Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Entebbe
Day 2
Location Kibale Forest
Day 4
Location Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 6
Location Bwindi Forest
Day 8
Location Nairobi
Day 9
Location Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 10
Location Masai Mara Game Reserve
Day 13
Location Lake Naivasha

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Chimpanzee Tracking permit per person
  • Gorilla Tracking permit per person
  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport in a 4wd mini van with pop-up roof
  • Professional English speaking safari guides in Kenya & Uganda
  • Accommodations as per programme
  • Meals on BB day 1, HB Day 2-8, packed lunch on Day 7, FB day 9-13
  • National park entrance fees as per programme
  • All activities as per programme
  • One, one-way flight from Kigali to Nairobi
  • 1 Chimpanzee permit per person (US$ 150)
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person (US$ 600);

Package excludes

  • International flights
  • Entry visa to Uganda and Kenya
  • Government tax and any increments in park fees
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to your driver/guide, hotel staff, etc;
  • All activities that are not mentioned in the programme or activities that are mentioned as optional
  • All expenses of a personal nature (e.g. laundry, souvenirs etc.).

More information

  • A single supplement costs USD 775 and is excluded from the listed rates.
  • Some lodges and hotels charge extra fees during Christmas and Easter. Please ask us for the rates when you wish to travel on these dates.
  • We advise you to arrange an East-Africa visa in advance. This is USD 100 pp and will allow you multiple entries in both Uganda and Kenya.
  • Mutanda Lake Resort has 3 luxury cottages on the property, which are more spacious, newer and all have volcano view. Upgrade cost is USD 40 per person per night.
  • The bookings with the lodge mentioned in the itinerary depend on availability. In case the mentioned hotels are not available during the requested period, we will do our utmost to book a hotel in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you).
  • It is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla tracking permits. We will buy them once your down-payment has been paid.

REVIEWS

25 Reviews

Sarah, United States

The communication was clear and prompt, we couldn't decide on our itinerary based on work etc... and Harriet was really flexible and worked with us. Our driver Emmanuel made our 4 day stint fun and safe. We loved everything about our trip. Matoke tours took care of it all for us!

Howard, United States

“Matoke” means green bananas, and as you are guided through East Africa, especially Rwanda and Uganda, you see everyone eating them, buying them, cooking them....it’s an apt name for a great local African tour company. I will always try to utilize Matokes expertise. Green bananas are the way to go! Read more

James, United States

Matoke is always quick to respond to any inquiries, check in on you during your safari and everyone on the team was very professional and made you feel like more than just a customer. The tour itself was AMAZING, our tour guide Gabriel was very knowledgeable. Thank you for an unforgettable tour!

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