This 10-day Big Five safari adventure with primates includes Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking, and wildlife game drives, as well as interesting game scenery—the pinnacle of a true African adventure in Africa’s pearl. The journey includes wildlife game viewing, including the big five, in addition to gorilla trekking and chimp tracking (lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes).
Airport pickup Your guide will meet you at Entebbe Airport and transport you directly to your Kampala lodge. You may be able to visit the sights in and around Kampala depending on the time of your arrival. You’ll be staying in a nice lodge with stunning views of Lake Victoria, allowing you to sketch out the beautiful scenery.
Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park en route to rhino tracking The journey today will take you north from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park. You’ll stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on the way, where you’ll go on a guided rhino tracking tour with an experienced ranger, giving you a unique opportunity to see rhinos up close. Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest conservation area, covering over 3,840 km2. The park’s name comes from the mighty Murchison Falls, which are formed when the Victoria Nile powerfully forces its way through a narrow cleft before plunging 43 meters below with a thunderous roar. While visiting the most visited destination, you will be able to see wildlife such as elephants, lions, and buffaloes, among other species.
Early morning game drive, boat safari, and hike to the top of the falls On this day get up early and have breakfast, then your driver and ranger guide will pick you up from the lodge at 7:00 a.m. to begin your game drive. During the drive, you will have the opportunity to see lions, buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, antelopes, waterbucks, and birds, among other animals. Drive back to the lodge after the game drive around 11:40 a.m., relax/freshen up, and have lunch as you prepare for the afternoon boat cruise. On the boat, you’ll see Nile crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, and elephants along the Nile’s banks, as well as a variety of beautiful birds singing in the trees, including bee-eaters, coloured kingfishers, and shoe-billed storks, among others. The boat ride will take you to the base/bottom of Murchison Falls, where you will be able to see the mighty waterfalls up close and personal. Hike to the top of the falls, where you’ll be met by your driver guide and driven back to the lodge.
Transfer to Kibale National Park After a leisurely breakfast, check out of your lodge with your packed lunch and set out on your journey to “the primate capital.” The long drive is breathtakingly beautiful, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside that is so characteristic of Uganda. Kibale Forest National Park is located in west-central Uganda, near Fort Portal, just east of the Rwenzori Mountains. The 766-square-kilometer park is mostly made up of evergreen rain forest, with elevations ranging from 1100 to 1600 meters. Kibale Forest, which forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park, is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests. You’ll eat lunch on the way and arrive in the evening for an overnight stay and dinner.
Chimpanzee tracking – Bigodi swamp walk After breakfast, transfer to the park headquarters where you will be briefed and the search for the amazing chimpanzees will begin at 8:00 a.m. Other wildlife species you may see while tracking them include golden monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, and birds such as the green breasted pitta. When you meet the chimps, you’ll be first in line to see the males guarding their territories, the young ones playing, and the feeding. Later, return to the lodge for lunch before visiting the Bigodi wetland, which is home to a variety of birds, including the Great blue turaco, as well as primates and various communities. Stay at the lodge for dinner and the night.
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park After breakfast, take a walk along the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, where you can catch a glimpse of the great peak of this moon mountain. Continue your transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park after the walk; this park is only 3 hours away from Kibale National Park. This national park is well-known for its diverse wildlife and primate species. This well-known conservation area is bordered on the southwest by Lake Edward and on the northeast by Lake George. Impalas, kobs, forest hogs, elephants, buffaloes, tree-climbing lions, and Cape buffaloes are among the wildlife species found in this park, which was named after Queen Elizabeth the second. This national park also contains a number of volcanic calderas that are home to a large number of flamingos during different seasons. When you arrive at the park, check-in and get ready to go on a game drive around the grounds. Dinner and a night in
Game drive & afternoon boat cruise-Queen Awake early enough for a morning game drive, where you will see elephants, elands, antelopes, buffaloes, and lions, among other animals. Return to the lodge later to relax and eat lunch. Set out for a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, which connects Lake George and Lake Edward, in the afternoon. You will see a variety of animals including crocodiles, hippos, waterbucks, buffaloes, elephants, and storks, among others, who come to the waterhole to drink or bathe, as well as birds such as storks and Kingfishers. This will undoubtedly be one of your tour’s highlights.
Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Today, after breakfast, you will be transferred to Lake Mutanda, which is located in the south-western part of Uganda, near the Rwandan and Congolese borders. You pass through a beautiful part of the country known as “Africa’s Switzerland.” You will be able to see beautiful countryside, a bamboo forest, and spectacular views of the Virunga Mountains. You’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant along the way. You will check into your lodge for dinner and overnight when you arrive.
Gorilla tracking After an early breakfast, you will be transported to the park headquarters for a gorilla tracking briefing. You’ll see one of Bwindi’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. For the majority of visitors to Uganda, this is the absolute highlight of their trip. The only forest in Africa that can claim to have both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It also has five other primate species, 113 mammal species, over 200 butterfly species, and 360 bird species. Trekking takes anywhere from an hour to eight hours, depending on the location of these gentle giants. Your group will be given a maximum of one hour with the gorillas once they have been located. Face-to-face encounters with mountain gorillas are both humbling and emotional.
Return to Entebbe After an early breakfast, take a game drive through the park before continuing on to Kampala. Take a break for lunch along the way, with a stop near the equator to ensure you’ve tried everything and taken enough photos. Arrive later in the evening in Kampala or be dropped off at Kampala Airport if you have an outbound flight that day.