7 Days Uganda Primates and City Tour : Planning a trip to a decadent safari destination like Uganda simply means looking to explore an unspoiled fascinating space. This 7 Day Uganda Safari takes you to some of the country’s well protected jungles for primate and wildlife viewing. Visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking, Kibale national park for chimpanzee tracking and Queen Elizabeth National Park to watch wildlife in the plains and along Kazinga channel.

Enjoy a road trip through the western part of Uganda with scenic views of the region, interact with the locals and immerse yourselves in the pristine forests.

Tour highlights

  • A scenic countryside drive
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Community Visit
  • Guided nature walk
  • Kampala City Tour

Safari schedule

  • Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking and Community Visit
  • Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, boat cruise
  • Day 4: Morning game drive and transfer to Kibale National Park
  • Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking and Community Visit
  • Day 6: Bigodi swamp exploration and transfer to Kampala
  • Day 7: Kampala city tour and drop off

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Whether you slept at a hotel in Kampala city or in Entebbe, your day should start early morning with a meet up with the safari driver from Dolphin Tours and Travel. After having breakfast, he/she will give you a briefing about the 7 Days Uganda safari and more about the program for this first day.

Set off and drive westwards with the first stop over at Kayabwe for the equator photo moment and the water experience. Proceed through vast plains where you might spot zebras, have lunch in Mbarara and arrive at your lodge in the evening. Check in, enjoy your dinner and later go to rest.

Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Accommodation in Bwindi depends on your trekking sector

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and Community Visit

With a thick mist over the canopy and mountain gorillas roaming around the tranquil forest, cheery is how we describe this gorilla trekking tour. You are at the park offices at 7 a.m for briefing and then penetrate into the forest for gorilla trekking. The mountain gorillas are easier to spot in the morning hours before they move long distances from the locations where they spent their night.

Your guides from Uganda Wildlife Authority will lead you through the trails while sharing facts about other attractions that you may come across such as birds and monkeys. Once the gorillas are spotted, you will stay with them for an hour before returning to the park offices for your trekking certificates and then back to the lodge. In the late afternoon, you head out to the Batwa community to interact with a group of Ugandans who lived in Bwindi and Mgahinga forests with the mountain gorillas for ages. It will be a wonderful time of entertainment with traditional dances plus learning about their history and way of life. Return to the lodge before nightfall. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Meal plan: Full board

Day 3: Transfer from Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth National Park & boat cruise

This Bwindi last morning offers cheers, beauty and a chilly weather. Top it off with an approximately 7 hour drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will have an enroute lunch, arrive at Queen Elizabeth’s Mweya by 3 p.m and go for the boat cruise. Over 20 bird species and about 6 wild animals to discover during the 2 hours launch cruise.

Your safari guide will drive you to your lodge, check you in, have dinner and rest.

Meal plan: Full board

Lodge options: Bush Lodge or Simba Safari camp (budget), Marafiki Safari Lodge (mid-range), Mweya Safari Lodge, Buffalo Safari Lodge (luxury)

Day 4: Game drive and transfer to Kibale National Park

Head out for a morning game drive around the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park until 10 a.m. Animals you should expect to see include Uganda kobs, water bucks, elephants, buffaloes, and hippos. A more rewarding game drive will come with sightings of animals like lions and a leopard.

After the game drive, transfer to Kibale National Park. Enroute lunch in Kasese or Fort Portal.

Optional activities include visiting Tooro palace or Amabere Ga’Nyina Mwiru caves

Lodge options: Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (budget), Kibale Forest Camp (mid-range), Primates Lodge, Chimpundu Lodge (luxury)

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking and Community visit

Crafted to pique the interests of primate lovers, here is another day to encounter your distant cousins – the chimpanzees. You will be at Kanyanchu Visitors’ Centre by 8 a.m for briefing after and this will be followed by trekking into the forest. On spotting the chimps in Kibale forest, you will be allowed to stay with them for an hour. Expect to see other animals that reside in the forest, for example Red colobus monkey, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkey, grey cheeked mangabeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, warthogs and forest elephants among others. Return to your lodge and relax for a while after having lunch. Later in the afternoon, head out for a community walk and interact with the locals living close to Kibale National Park. Learn about their way of life, their involvement in conservation and how they benefit from the presence of the park. Some of them make beautiful crafts which you by for souvenirs.

Back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Guided nature walk around Bigodi swamp and transfer to Kampala

Bigodi swamp is located adjacent to Kibale National Park and is one of the most impressive places you can explore along with the forest. You will be at the starting point by 8 a.m for briefing and set off for the adventurous walk. Bigodi is an interesting space with beautiful vegetation plus attractive birds and other animals including chimpanzees, monkeys and antelopes among others. Among the birds of Bigodi that you may spot includes the great blue turace, yellow-billed barbet, Blue-breasted kingfisher, papyrus gonolek, and Double-toothed barbet among others.

After the swamp walk, you will have lunch and set off to Kampala where you will arrive in the evening, check in to your hotel and rest.

Lodge options: Forest Cottages (budget), Pineapple Guesthouse (midrange), Kampala Serena Hotel (Luxury)

Day 7: Kampala city tour and drop off

Just before you return home after your Uganda safari, explore Kampala to get an experience different from that in the wild. You will visit Kabaka’s palace to learn about Buganda kingdom and her history. Kasubi tombs is also a property under Buganda and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a burial ground for Kabakas (Buganda kings). Visit places of worship including Gadaffi mosque and Bahai’ Temple which offers breathtaking views of Kampala city as it is well perched on a hill. After all these activities for the day, your safari river will drop you at the airport or apartment in Kampala or Entebbe.

End of Safari

The Safari package includes;

  • Transport in a safari vehicle
  • Professional and experienced safari guide
  • Gorilla permit
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Park entrance fees
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Bottled drinking water

The Safari package excludes;

  • Visa
  • Air ticket
  • Tips and gratuity
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Cigar
  • Other items of personal nature

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