9 Day Chimps Gorillas and Golden Monkeys Uganda
Our 9 Day Chimps Gorillas and Golden Monkeys Uganda bring you an opportunity with encroaching Kampala, Kibale Forest National Park for Chimpanzees and Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park with Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorillas as well as Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for Gorillas and Golden Monkeys.
Uganda is endowed with various primates including half of the world’s Mountain Gorillas, not encountered elsewhere in the world except Rwanda & the Democratic Republic of Congo. This Uganda safari will offer you a close encounter with the major primates like Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees & the Golden Monkeys of Mgahinga with a game drive & boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park ending with the Kigali City Tour, prior to your outbound departure.
- Gorilla tracking
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Golden monkey tracking
- Game drives
- Cultural encounters
- Bird watching
- The tree-climbing lions
- Scenic views
- Visit Lake Katwe
- Visit the Genocide Memorial site
- Photos at the Equator
Day 1: Arrival & Transfer to the Hotel | Journey time: 1 Hr.
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport (depending on arrival time), you will be received by a member of our team, for your transfer to a pre-arranged hotel in Kampala City. Arrive at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Fairway Hotel & Spa/ Speke Resort Munyonyo | Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast
Day 2: Travel to Kibale National Park | Journey time: 5 – 6 Hrs
Early in the morning after breakfast, around 7:30 am start your journey for the 9 Day Chimps Gorillas and Golden Monkeys Uganda to Kibale National Park said to be home to the highest density of primates in Africa. Although the highlight of the park is the habituated chimpanzees, the treetops are alive with all manner of monkeys including red-tailed monkeys, L’hoest’s monkeys, grey-cheeked Mangabeys, red colobus and black and white colobus monkeys are all spotted here.
When you’re not searching for monkeys there are over 300 bird species and an incredible 250 species of butterfly to keep you busy. Expert tip. Take an afternoon tour of Fort Portal Tourism City Arrive at your lodge in Kibale National Park and stay at leisure.
Overnight: Primate Lodge Kibale / Papaya Lake Lodge | Meal Plan: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, and Lunch Tea, Coffee, and Soft Drinks Included
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking & Optional Activities
Today you will do Chimpanzee tracking alongside a guided nature walk with an opportunity to see a variety of bird species (great blue turaco), & other primates like the Ugandan Mangabeys, De Brazza’s monkey & many more.
After lunch, visit Bigodi Community & interact with the locals. Then proceed to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary & watch birds like; the African hobby, great blue turaco, Black kite, Swamp flycatcher, Scarlet-chested bird & many more. In the evening enjoy your dinner & a campfire at the lodge.
Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast & Lunch Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included
Day 4: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park | Journey time: 2 – 3 Hrs
Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for its diverse ecosystems which include sprawling savannah, shady humid forests, sparkling lakes, wetlands and amazing craters. Ideal for big game, primate species including Chimps and over 600 bird species. It has superb scenic views of Kazinga Channel, the Rwenzori Mountains and crater lakes which are home to a wide variety of birds.
After breakfast, travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park & upon arrival after a stopover at the equator & a visit to Lake Katwe, you will head to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, head out for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel:
As you cruise, spot a number of birds like; the African fish eagle, pelicans, flamingos, the African fin foot, pied kingfishers, vultures, kites & many more, alongside animals like hippos, buffalos, warthogs, crocodiles, waterbucks and more with stunning views of the Mweya peninsular and a local fishing village on the lakeshore.
In the evening feel free to go for a Dusk Game Drive with chances of spotting some nocturnal animals of this unique national park such as leopards.
Overnight at Buffalo Safari Lodge/ Mweya Safari Lodge | Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch, Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included
Day 5: Travel to Bwindi Via Ishasha Sector | Journey time: 4 – 5 Hrs
After breakfast, have your lunch packed and embark on your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Ishasha with chances of spotting the tree-climbing lions along the way.
Located in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha will offer you an unforgettable experience as it is composed of riverine and open Savannah alongside the acacia and fig trees.
Tree climbing lions are often spotted hanging high up in the big fig trees from where they enjoy their prey while trying to avoid bites from tsetse flies & other ground insects. Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the afternoon and the rest of Buhoma Community Village Walk At about 3:30 take a community tour, with visits to the Batwa Communities & learn about their way of life.
This walk provides guests with an opportunity to support the local community whilst enjoying visiting various interesting places as you follow a walking trail through the village. Highlights include the traditional healer, banana brewery, and a visit to a Primary school where you may interact with the children.
Overnight: Mahogany Springs Lodge / Trackers Safari Lodge | Meal Plan: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, and Lunch
Day 6: Gorilla Tracking with Optional Activities
At 331 sq. km, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half the world’s mountain gorillas, over 346 bird species, 202 butterfly species, 400 plant species, 63 tree species, 120 mammal species & 27 frog species. Here is the chance to meet and interact with the shortest people (Batwa) in the mountains.
After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing at exactly 8:00 am for registration and briefing by the ranger guides about the activity. Gorilla tracking starts at 8:30 am & can last a few hours to a whole day depending on where the gorillas were left the previous day.
Overnight: Mahogany Springs Lodge / Trackers Safari Lodge | Meal Plan: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7: Depart for Mgahinga Gorilla National Park | Journey time: 3 – 4 Hrs
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with no rush and later travel to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, arrive at the lodge & check-in for lunch.
After lunch you may choose to stay at leisure or go for optional activities & explore more about the surrounding communities: You can also take a canoe trip on either Lake Mulehe or Lake Mutanda.
Day 8: Golden Monkey Tracking In Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Another early breakfast today and then go explore the rare Golden Monkeys.
Proceed to the Park headquarters by 7:30 am for briefing & the actual trek will commence at 8:00 am. Hiking through the forests to reach the golden monkeys is less tedious as golden monkeys live in the lower bamboo areas. Spend an hour with the golden primates for superb photography & a clear observation of unique their behaviour.
Come along with waterproof hiking boots, wear a long-sleeved shirt, and long trousers, and carry a backpack for your lunch and documents and do not forget to carry an insect repellent.
- Full Board Meals
- Daily mineral water on safari
- 8 nights’ accommodation
- All park entry fees
- Gorilla, chimpanzee & golden money permits
- Game drives & boat cruise
- All ground transfers + 2way airport transfers
- Services of an English–speaking driver guide
- Fuel for the round trip
- 4X4 Land cruiser (Window seat guaranteed)
- Optional meals and snacks & En Route–lunches
All optional activities; All drinks alcoholic & non-alcoholic not included in the accommodation, AMREF Medical evacuation cover, Expenses of a personal nature, Flight tickets & visas, Tips & gratuities and Medical and travel insurance
1. The journey time(s) stated in the itinerary is an estimation and it is subject to variation depending on traffic and road conditions.
2. Listed accommodation options are subject to availability at the time of booking. If not available, similar properties will be considered