Primate Tracking Safari

Trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes of Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National parks where half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas are found. With the highest concentration of primate life on earth, Uganda is a paradise for primate trackers. The country boasts a plethora of primate species including the famed Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys, Baboons, Blue Monkey, Red Tailed Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Patas Monkeys, De Brazza's Monkeys, L,Hoest's Monkeys, Grey Cheeked Mangabey Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Red Colobus Monkeys and nocturnal primates such as Bush babies and Pottos among others. The country’s wildlife reserves offer unmatched tracking opportunities especially in Kibale Forest and in Bwindi and Mgahinga which are famous for mountain gorillas. Gorilla tracking permits are in high demand therefore it is advised to book well in advance.

Option 1: 7 Day Primate Tracking Tour
Day 1: Kampala to Fort portal
You will get briefed about the camping safari and then start off for Fort Portal passing via Mityana and Mubende. Have a stop over at Mubende to see the Nakayima tree. Picnic lunch en route and continue for Fort portal reaching it late afternoon. Relax and explore the nearby Crater Lake. Overnight dinner and accommodation at your preferred campsite
Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking tour
An early morning breakfast will do before proceeding for tracking of the noisy chimpsand other primates crashing through the high canopy of the Kibale tropical rain forest. Watching the colourful birds squawking in through the tropical forest canopy. Have packed lunch and then take an afternoon nature walk through the Bigodi swamp to wetland birds as well as some of the projects run by local community. Retire in the evening, Dinner and Overnight.
Day 3: Kibale to Queen Elizabeth national park safaris
After breakfast drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Remember the game seen will depend on the season. Visit the local community salt works at Lake Katwe, a salty lake in Uganda. Get to know more about this salty lake and testing the waters of this lake is a wonderful experience for those who have never tasted salty waters. Have lunch and later go for an afternoon game drive. Retire in the evening, dinner and overnight: Mweya/Jacana (FB).
Day 4: Tracking in Kyambura gorge
After breakfast take an excursion to the Kyambura gorge nearby to track the fast moving and elusive chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are one of man's closest relations and therefore seeing them is a wonderful adventure. Alternatively go for a nature walk in the Maramagambo Forest to see different tree species, primates, the bat colony and the blue lake. After lunch take alaunch cruise on the Kazinga Channel where different animals such as hippos, elephants, buffaloes, and an array of water birds can be seen. Go on the hunt for the tree-climbing lions lounging on old fig trees in the Ishasha region. Dinner and Overnight at Jacana/ Ishasha Wilderness Camp /Ishasha Bandas.
Day 5: Queen to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After breakfast, depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for the gorilla tracking toursegment passing either via Ishasha, the home of the tree climbing lion, or take the alternative route through cultivated expanses. This will depend on the road situation. Explore the village and the native communities if time permitting. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma homestead / Buhoma Community bandas
Day 6: Gorilla Tracking tours
Take early morning breakfast and proceed to the Impenetrable forest for gorilla tracking. Don’t forget your jungle boots since gorilla trackinginvolves walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the endangered gorillas camouflaged in the dense tropical vegetation. Time permitting; go for a leisurely community visit to the local communities living around the park for a cultural tour. Dinner and overnight Buhoma homestead / Buhoma Community bandas
Day 7: Depart for Kampala
Early in the morning, depart for Kampala passing you through the ever green and beautiful countryside of Western Uganda. En route lunch and arrive in Kampala late afternoon.

Option 2: 3 Day Exclusive Mountain Gorilla Tracking Tour
Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Meet and greet at 0800hrs.Depart from Kampala by road and head south west to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Have a stop over at the Equator for an informative talk and photos, and continue to Mbarara where you will stop for lunch. You drive through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns. You then ascend into the kigezi highlands, then head higher to where you can see the triangular peaks of the Virunga volcanoes before dropping into a valley, to Bwindi Impenetrable national Park. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma community Bandas.
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking
After an early breakfast, report to the ranger station for registration and briefing by one of the ranger guides. Enter the gorilla sanctuary for tracking, pushing your way through the undergrowth and parting thick creepers. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movement of these great giants. If you have the afternoon free, you may decide to take a guided walk on the Munyanga River trail, which is an ideal short walk or take a guided village walk to see how Ugandan live. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort / Buhoma community Bandas.
Day 3: Bwindi to Kampala
After a morning breakfast, sadly return to Kampala with great memories of and moments spent with the fascinating mountain Gorillas. You will have a stopover in Mbarara for lunch. Drop-off to your respective accommodation in Kampala or transfer to the Airport to catch your flight.
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