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8 Day Classic Primates Safari

Lake Mburo, Bwindi Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest
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8 Days, 7 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

6 people




This classic primates safari is a group vacation tour set in Uganda’s prominent rainforest jungles. On this Africa safari vacation, you’ll set out the meet the formidable Bwindi Impenetrable Forest inhabitants, the mountain gorillas, then mix in a savanna wildlife game drive in the impressive Queen Elizabeth National park before you take a walk with our cousins, the chimpanzee, in Kibale Forest. A challenge to hike across the 17-kilometer trail through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest’s hands along the adventure starts getting in shape. You’ll also meet up with locals and experience African culture on this 8 day Africa safari adventure.


  • 27th Feb – 6th March 2021
  • 10th April -17th  April 2021
  • 18th Jul – 25th  Jul 2021
  • 20th Nov – 27th Nov 3021
  • 16th Dec – 23rd Dec 2021


  • Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe – Optional Ext. to Mabamba Swamps – Papyrus Guest House (B&B)
  • Day 2: Drive Entebbe to Lake Mburu NP — Rwakobo Rock Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 3: Savanna Game Drive — Kisoro, Bwindi — Buninga Forest Trail Walk — Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge  (B, L, D)
  • Day 4: Mountain Gorilla Tracking — Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: Hike across Bwindi, Nkuringo to Buhoma — QENP — Kasenyi Safari Camp (B, L, D)
  • Day 6: Classic Savanna Game Drive and Boat Safari in Kazinga Channel — Kibale Forest NP — Primate Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale NP and excursion to Bigodi Wetlands — Primate Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 8: Transfer to Entebbe airport for the flight out  (B, L)
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  • Discover the southern and central regions of the Pearl of Africa
  • Unforgettable encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and with the chimpanzees in Kibale National Park
  • Beautiful hike “across” Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, accompanied by professional guide and armed rangers
  • Game drives and a boat cruise in Lake Mburu and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
  • Meet, explore and learn from the local communities
  • Support sustainable tourism initiatives

Bulk discount (by amount)

Bulk discount adult
#Discount groupFrom adultTo adultValue
32 Pax22-6432
43 Pax33-9648
24 Pax44-10372
55 Pax55-12965
16 Pax66-14316


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Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe & Mabamba Swamps (Optional)
Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe & Mabamba Swamps (Optional)

Arrival in Entebbe as per your international flights and transfer to Papyrus Guest House.

Optional Extra: in the afternoon (departure from the hotel must be max at 14.30/15.00 hours) departure by car and local canoe to Mabamba Swamp, one of the best places for spotting the rare shoebill storks. Of course some fortune is needed but rarely does one leave the swamp without seeing one! Many other water birds have chosen this area as their home so birding is always very interesting. Enjoy a relaxing sundowner on Lake Victoria and then return to the Guest House.

Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House (Garden Room)
Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast basis; Lunch & Dinner on own’s account

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After an early morning breakfast at Papyrus Guesthouse, start your Gorillas Chimps & Wildlife Wanderlust safari with countryside road trip to Western Uganda across the beautiful landscapes of central Uganda, hundreds of miles of flat land, rolling hills and cultivated terraces, a sight you'll very much want to savor.

Stop-over en-route at Mpambire, to watch the make of African musical instruments, especially the African drum, made using old traditional methods. You'll also stop over at the Uganda Equator line in Kayabwe to have that equator experiment experience of standing in both north & south earth's hemispheres.

Arrive at Rwakobo Lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, take an afternoon African savanna game drive in the park and 1-hour boat ride on Lake Mburo.

Lake Mburo National Park has a good variety of wildlife; several antelope species can be seen, including topi, duiker, oribi, Bohor reedbuck and klipspringer. Elephant are absent, but herds of buffalo are quite common, and Rothschild's giraffe can now been seen ruling the park's sky shrubs and trees. A healthy population of leopard is present, although mostly seen at night. Hippo and crocodile can be found in the lake. The savanna game drive takes about 5-7 hours.

• Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Cottage) on the edge of the national park
• Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

At the break of dawn in Lake Mburo NP, have your breakfast, check out your room and get into your Gorillas Chimps & Wildlife Wanderlust safari truck for an early African savanna game drive in the park on your way out of the park.

Get onto the south western highway via Mbarara city and head towards Kabale's undisputed beauty. Winding roads like Switzerland, hundreds of acres of tea plantations, forests, hills, valleys and fresh water lakes, a blanket of green towards the majestic chain of Virunga Volcanoes that some travellers have considered the most beautiful part of Africa.

You'll pass via the towns of Mbarara, Kabale and Kisoro before reaching Nkuringo, on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. With lunch enroute, you'll arrive with enough evening time to spare before sundown.

The drive takes about 5-7 hours.

In the afternoon, opt in for a stroll down to the Buniga Forest Trail Walk, an informative project run by USAID and the local Batwa community.

The Batwa tribe was forced to leave their home in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in 1991 when it was declared a UNESCO Heritage site for gorillas only. They had been living in the forest as nomadic hunter-gatherers for millennia, in perfect balance with the flora and fauna around. Moving out and suddenly living in communities with a completely different way of life has proven to be a huge challenge. They now survive as best as they can and earn a living explaining their previous life in the forest and their rich heritage.

Continuation of the walk through the community to visit the traditional herbalist and the black smith.

Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Private Cottage)
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After a sumptuous breakfast, at around 7:45 am, with packed lunch and drinking water, your private Gorillas Chimps & Wildlife Wanderlust Safari driver will transfer you to the gorilla Park Head Quarters trailhead for the briefing on the gorilla trekking dos and the don’ts. After the briefing, you'll be escorted by a guide and ranger with 7 other travelers into the African jungle for your gorilla adventure.

The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. The area offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary as per the movements of these great primates.

Hiking through the misty jungle, encountering different animal and plant species on the trail will keep you on the edge until you finally find the gorilla family. You'll be allowed one precious hour with the gentle giants, this is why you are there, make sure you savor every second in that jungle because a lot of emotions will be triggered. M

The tracking will be done at Nkuringo or at Rushaga (1 hr drive from Nkuringo), as per the gorilla permits obtained.

After your Gorilla encounter and out of the jungle, relax at the lodge and, for those who like, at 5.00 pm either stroll through the natives community center or drive up to the “Top of the World” - the name given to the football field, high up in Nkuringo which offers amazing 360 views over the peaks and forests around Nkuringo. A great way to stretch your legs after the gorilla tracking and to enjoy a sundowner.

Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Private Cottage)
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5: Hike Across Bwindi & Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 5: Hike Across Bwindi & Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast, start your unforgettable jungle hike (19km - 7-9 hours) directly from Nkuringo Lodge, following the Kashasha River Trail.

This is a full day walk where there would also be the opportunity to visit the Munyaga River Falls, hidden in the forest. However, if you prefer, you can also opt for the shorter jungle hiking and in this case you will be taken by vehicle along the Nteko Ridge till the junction of the Ivy River Trail with the forest (7 km) and they then start their hike from here (13km - 4-5 hours).

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a vast unique natural reserve - monkeys, duikers, bush pigs and some of Bwindi's world renowned bird species plus many butterflies can be sighted. If you are very lucky you may even encounter gorillas! Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, the park is nowadays an ecological island within a sea of villages and farmland, its conservation importance is immense.

The emphasis of this activity is for your walking guide to share his knowledge of the forest with you, it is not simply an A to B hike. The trail is also an important footpath for local people, particularly on market days, travelling from Nkuringo and Nteko to Buhoma, on the northern boundary of the park.

There is no road through Bwindi so vehicles driving between the two locations have an incredible 170 km bone jarring journey taking 6 to 8 hours.

Upon arrival at the park headquarters in Buhoma (the northern Bwindi side), meet with the Gorillas Chimps & Wildlife Wanderlust safari driver who will transfer you to Queen Elizabeth National Park for your African savanna adventure experience.

As you enter the southern part of the savanna park, look out the window to catch sight of some evening savanna dwellers. The southern area of Ishasha is notably recognized for its resident ‘tree climbing’ lions that are an exceptional attraction and one of the highlights of all African safaris taken within the park. The lions can be spotted hanging on branches of huge fig trees whereas the Uganda Kob (which is the major food to these lions) graze on the plains below.

The drive takes about 4 hours (182kms).

Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp (Safari Tent)
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Morning dedicated to game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and to the boat trip on the Kazinga Channel - the 36 km waterway which connects Lake George and Lake Edward which allows special viewing of game and birds on the river banks, as the boat passes through pods of hippos. Crocodiles have only recently been seen in the Channel, they disappeared for 8,000 years after they were eliminated from Lake Edward by toxic ash from local volcanoes.

QENP is one of Uganda’s oldest parks being formed officially in 1952. The park was initially known as ‘Kazinga National Park’ before it was renamed in 1954 to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. QENP hosts 95 species of mammals, more than any other park in Uganda, and 619 bird species, the second highest of any park in Africa – the sixth highest of any park worldwide.

In the afternoon continuation to the lodge in Kibale National Park via the town of Fort Portal. Time permitting late afternoon trek to the ‘Top of the World’ to enjoy fantastic views of the Rwenzori Mountains, crater lakes, tea plantations and local villages.

The drive takes about 3hours (180kms)

Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Luxury Cottage)
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Morning chimpanzee trek. The density and diversity of primates in Kibale National Park is the highest in the whole of Africa. The most well-known of its 13 species are the chimpanzees, our closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 chimpanzee population of this threatened primate is Uganda’s biggest. Additionally, Kibale is home to the uncommon I’Hoest’s monkey as well as East Africa’s biggest population of the endangered red colobus monkey. The black & white colobus, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, grey cheeked mangabey, bush baby and potto are among the other primates.

Afternoon excursion to the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a great example of a community-based approach to the natural resources management which can be of good economic benefit to the local residents living within this area and to the tourism industry. This sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers and skilled birders can spot up to 50 new species on a bird list. At today 138 species of birds have been recognized within the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, among which the Great Blue Turaco. Bigodi is also regularly visited by a diverse number of primate species from the nearby national park.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Luxury Cottage)
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8: Transfer to Entebbe
Day 8: Transfer to Entebbe

After a relaxed breakfast departure back, with a lunch break en-route. In the afternoon continuation to Entebbe where arrival is expected around 17.00. Transfer to the airport in time for the evening flight out. End of services.
The drive takes about 5 - 6 hours (315 km).

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch; Dinner on own’s account.

Depending on your departure flight possibility to book a day-use or an overnight at Papyrus Guest House. Kindly note that to be on the safe side we recommend to book only night flights or to overnight in Entebbe.


  • Included in the above quote:
  • Accommodation base on full board basis
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • All the excursions and activities indicated in the itinerary (canoe ride, walks etc) under the supervision of an experienced English-speaking walking guide
  • Private 4x4 vehicle with experienced English-speaking driver-guide, from the morning of day 2 to the afternoon of day 8 (7 seater, if including the front seat near the driver)
  • Wi-Fi (in main areas of all Lodges and Guest House)
  • AMREF Evacuation Insurance cover
  • Government taxes
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit per person, 1 morning chimp tracking permit per person, Batwa Fees, Park/Forest Fees (875 USD)
  • Excursion to Lake Victoria and Mabamba Swamps on Day 1
  • Snacks & drinks for sundowner on Lake Victoria on Day 1
  • All drinks, including the drinks for the sundowner on Day 4
  • Papyrus Guest House day room use or extra night
  • Uganda Entry Visa fee
  • International air flights
  • Any optional activity not indicated in above program
  • Laundry Services
  • Gratuities and Tips

Tour's Location

Lake Mburo, Bwindi Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest


About low and high seasons
Lodges Low Season: March, April, May, October, November
Lodges High Season: January, February, June, July, August, September, December
Tour terms and conditions
A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date.

You can extent your

Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.

Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 30% of tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings cancelled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of tour price penalty charge.

Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the payment of the requested deposit.

Should any of the quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable option, which might affect the final quoted price.

All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance as well as travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice, however every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of any change of Government taxes or operating conditions that affect the rates we reserve the right to pass on these charges.
Gorilla & chimps permit cancellation policy
Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the deposit (US$900 for both permits in 2021) since we need to immediately pay Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices in order to secure the permits.

Cancellations received on full payment:

• More than 90 days before the tracking date, 25% cancellation fee
• 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, 50% cancellation fee
• 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, 75% cancellation fee
• 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, 100% cancellation fee
Minimum age requirement
Important: the minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years whereas for the chimps the minimum age required is 12 years; in case of flu or of any other airborne disease the visitor will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas or the chimps.


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