2024 Best 13 days Uganda primates and wildlife safari

Trip Overview

13 days Uganda primate and wildlife safari starts and ends in Entebbe. This adventure takes you to two of Uganda’s primate national Parks that is Bwindi impenetrable national park famous for the Gorillas and Kibale Forest National Park commonly known as the primate capital. On the second day of this safari, you will drive to the eastern part of Uganda to visit the beautiful Sipi Falls. While on this safari, you will visit Murchison Falls National Park which is famous for a variety of wildlife and boat cruises, the animal species in this park include, lions, elephants, bushbuck, antelopes, kobs, and birds among others. The journey will continue to Kibale Forest National Park and while there, you will get a chance to see chimpanzees and watch them play and feed for 2 hours.

Your safari will continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for the Kazinga channel and many animal species including the tree-climbing lions found in the Ishasha sector of the park. The other animal species found in the park include birds, elephants, kobs, and antelopes among others. Lastly, you will visit Lake Mburo National Park for several game drives and wildlife species. Lake Mburo is the smallest national park in Uganda and is commonly known as the “zebra-hearted land”.

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Trip Summary: 13 days Uganda primates and wildlife safari

  • Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Sipi Falls.
  • Day 2: Hiking to visit all three waterfalls at Sipi
  • Day 3: Transfer to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
  • Day 4: Rhino Tracking at Zziwa & transfer to Murchison Falls
  • Day 5: Morning game drive and afternoon hike to the top of the falls
  • Day 6: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
  • Day 7: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland visit
  • Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with an afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 9: Morning and Evening Game drives
  • Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 11: Gorilla trekking- Bwindi Impenetrable
  • Day 12: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park with a night game drive
  • Day 13: Morning game drive & transfer to Entebbe

Detailed Itinerary: 13 days Uganda primates and wildlife safari

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Sipi Falls.

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and greeted by our representative who will escort you to your tour vehicle where you will meet your friendly and professional guide who will be willing to help you with anything throughout the safari. You will transfer to Sipi Falls that are found in Kapchorwa which is north to Mbale. The other neighboring districts of Sipi Falls are Sironko and Mbale. As you move towards the Kenyan border, there is Lays Mountain Elgon National Park and it is at its edge that you will embrace the Sipi Falls. A series of three of these waterfalls make up the Sipi Falls.

Day 2: Hiking to visit all the three waterfalls at Sipi

After an early morning breakfast, you will meet your local guide and start off the hike to visit all three waterfalls.  You will follow a trail 7 to 8km long that goes through the local communities and their farmlands of tea and banana plantations which are the main cash crops grown in the area. Between visiting the waterfalls, you are treated to breathtaking landscape scenery from the green slopes of mountain Elgon to the distant flat plain plains of Karamoja in the distance. Each waterfall offers an experience from another, from the plunge, beautiful views, and cakes, to rainbows. The entire hike will 3 to 4 hours, visiting the first waterfalls from to descending the second and finally to the third at the end of the trail which is the biggest and the main one. At the end of the fun, you will return to the lodge for lunch and afterward proceed to visit the caves.

Day 3: Transfer to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

After breakfast, you with check at the lodge and drive to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary with an en-route lunch. Upon arrival, you will check in at the lodge for relaxation and dinner.

Day 4: Rhino Tracking at Zziwa & transfer to Murchison Falls

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and then track you through these black and white Rhinos. This sanctuary was established mainly to protect these rhinos from danger and poachers.

After rhino tracking, you will continue to Murchison Falls National Park and do an afternoon boat cruise. This boat will allow you to get close to the water animals which include over 4000 hippos as well as the Nile crocodiles. The Nile has got many stunning bird lives which is also enjoyed while taking your boat trip; these include the bee-eaters, colored kingfishers, shoebill storks, grey grey-throated and yellow-billed birds.

Day 5: Morning game drive and afternoon hike to the top of the falls

Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel, after proceeding to search for the wildlife species on a game drive. You will get a chance to view many species including; giraffes, lions, elephants, buffaloes, birds, and many more. The guide will take you back to the lodge to have your lunch at the lodge as you prepare to hike the top of the falls. Hiking to the top of the falls which will give you beautiful views of these waterfalls. You will gaze at the Nile River which is the longest river in the world, it’s forced through a small gap that is just 7m wide and it flows 43 meters down making it look very beautiful to the viewers.

Day 6: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and drive to Kibale Forest National Park. You will be able to enjoy an impressive sight of the legendary “mountains of the moon” which you will see on the road to Fort Portal. You will also pass through many traditional villages as you enjoy local people carrying out agriculture.

Kibale Forest National Park is one of the great rainforests in Africa. This forest is mainly famous for around 13 primate species with chimpanzees being the main tracked chimpanzees. The other primate species include the golden monkeys, and black and white colobus monkeys, as well as the bird species.

On arrival at the park, you will check into your lodge for relaxation as you wait for dinner.

Day 7: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland visit

Wake up so early and head to Kanyanchu by 8:00 am to start your chimpanzee trek in the Kibale forest. Chimpanzees are considered to be the closest relatives of human beings since they share 98% of their DNA with that of human beings. As you proceed with the search for these beautiful chimps, you will view many other primate and animal species including the LHoests monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, bush babies, and many bird species including yellow-spotted nictor, ramped tinker, crowed eagle.

This national park is an average of 3,300 feet in elevation and it’s a rainforest with many chimpanzee communities, each troop of these chimpanzees has over 100 individuals which is a competed social structure. In their groups, the adult males dominate the group and always defend the whole community against any danger and incursions by the females from outside. These primates are located by listening to their pant-hooting calls and then hurrying to the place where they are calling from. You get a chance to observe them as they play, feed; socialize as well as jump around the trees.

Immediately after the long trek, you will return to the lodge for lunch as you prepare to visit Bigodi wetland sanctuary where you will view more primates like the blue monkeys, baboons, otters, bushbucks, mongoose, bush pigs, and many more. This place is also known for many species like the great blue turaco and the green-breasted pitta.

Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with an afternoon boat cruise

After breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This national park is famous for a variety of wildlife and chimpanzee species. This famous conservation area is bordered by Lake Edward in the southwest an in the northeast, it’s bordered by Lake George. This park was named after Queen Elizabeth the Second and it has a variety of animal species including impalas, kobs, forest hogs, elephants, buffaloes, tree-climbing lions, and the cape buffaloes. This national park is also filled with many volcanic calderas which harbor many flamingos on several seasons.

Upon arrival at Queen Elizabeth, you will have lunch and then do the afternoon set out for a boat cruise on Kazinga channel where you will see various animals like crocodiles, hippos, water bucks, and buffaloes as well as birds like storks, and kingfishers among others.

Day 9: Morning and Evening Game drives

Arise early enough and after breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive where you will see various animals like elephants, elands, antelopes, buffaloes, and lions among others. After having your lunch at the lodge, you will transfer to Kasenyi to do an evening game drive. After the game drive, you will return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and embark on Bwindi Forest a home to mountain gorillas covering an area of 331.sq.km. Pass through the Ishasha sector where you will take the pleasure in watching tree-climbing lions, also enjoy various spectacular landscapes on your way. Arrive in the park and have a guided nature walk, have dinner, and an overnight stay at any lodge of your choice.

Saying goodbye to Queen Elizabeth National Park is never easy. It has an uncanny ability to charm visitors with its peaceful and tranquil atmosphere, stunning landscapes, and great wildlife viewing. The safari will continue westwards leaving the Ankole kingdom, and heading to Bwindi and the Kigezi kingdom, home to the heavyweights!

Day 11: Gorilla trekking- Bwindi Impenetrable

On this day, you will have a great time meeting with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi’s impenetrable forest! After a tasty breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the lodge, head for briefing, and later enjoy the fullness of the mist forest as you see the gentle giants and other wildlife species like buffaloes, elephants, monkeys, butterflies, and different bird species. Only one hour is permitted to you with the gorillas. Locating gorillas can take a few hours or the whole day depending on how far they moved from the place they spent the previous night. After the trek, in the evening you could go for a guided nature walk or a community visit.

Day 12: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park with a night game drive

After an early morning breakfast at the lodge, you will be picked up by your driver guide and transferred to Lake Mburo National Park which is among Uganda’s smallest savannah national parks. It was upgraded as a national park in 1983 and it is home to 332 bird species, animals like buffaloes, Oribis, kobs, warthogs, and zebras among others. At night, you will set out for the game drive through the park where your eyes will be fed with amazing sights and wildlife such as impalas, kobs, antelopes, also bird species.

Lake Mburo has a variety of antelopes including topi, duiker, Oribis, reedbuck, and klipspringer and the Rothschild giraffe has recently been reintroduced. However, the heights of the park have to be the Burch ells zebra and eland which are only found in two national parks in Uganda.

Day 13: Morning game drive & transfer to Entebbe

Saying goodbye to Lake Mburo National Park is never easy. After the game drive, you will return to the lodge for lunch as you enjoy the beautiful views. After lunch, you will check out of the lodge and transfer to Entebbe arriving in the evening.

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Safari Inclusions

  • Transportation
  • English Speaking guide
  • Full board meals
  • Accommodation
  • 1-day hike at Mt Elgon
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person
  • 1 Chimpanzee permit per person
  • 1 Rhino permit per person
  • Park entrance fees
  • Boat cruises
  • Game drives
  • All activities mentioned above

Safari Exclusions

  • Air tickets
  • Visas
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks