12 Days Uganda Rwanda Primate Safari


Two tiny and landlocked countries found in Equatorial Africa, Uganda and Rwanda lie on the eastern rim of the Great Albertine Rift Valley which gives these two countries fascinating and attractive features like tropical and Afro-montane forests where the mountain  gorilla, chimpanzee and other primate species forests flourish. sparkling lakes and majestic mountains all teaming with explorable savannas containing various national parks that are dotted with numerous wildlife including the big five of Africa alongside numerous birds including 25 albertine rift endemics. This time round Journeys Uganda is extending you the great primates – gorillas and chimpanzees among others on this trip. Join us at your earliest convenience and lets take you around our home land like a king.

DAY 1: START OUR RWANDA AND UGANDA PRIMATE SAFARI BY DOING A CITY TOUR IN KIGALI

DAY 2-4: GORILLAS & GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – TWO GORILLA VISITS

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO UGANDA VIA CYANIKA BORDER

DAY 6: GORILLA TRACKING

DAY 7: DRIVE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

DAY 8: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT SAFARI IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

DAY 9: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN THE KYAMBURA GORGE QUEEN ELIZABETH UGANDA

DAY 10. TRANSFER TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

DAY 11: CHIMP TRACKING AND AFTERNOON HIKING SAFARI

DAY 12: DRIVE TO KAMPALA ONWARDS. END OF OUR RWANDA AND UGANDA PRIMATE SAFARI

Day 1: Start our Rwanda and Uganda Primate safari by doing a City Tour in Kigali:

We are starting in the morning and having a consideration that you are already in Rwanda and today we shall explore Kigali National Genocide Museum, windows’ quilt selling/sewing cooperative/project, art galleries, the market, handicraft shops, including Kaplaki, the Women to Women Coop, Cards from Africa. Travel to Ruhengeri and Parc National des Volcans. Dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla Hotel or Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge for four nights. FB

 Day 2-4: Gorillas & Golden Monkey Tracking in Volcanoes National Park – Two Gorilla visits

After an early breakfast, you will drive to park headquarters with a packed lunch and water and have a briefing about the ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ while with gorillas. Gorilla trekking through steep and slippery Virunga jungle grounds can be very strenuous but is at times very easy, overall taking anywhere from 2-8 hours depending on gorillas’ movements. We will have one hour with these gentle giants, later descending to your lodge for a rest and time allowing we explore the Ruhengeri area for more craft markets.

Little is known about the mannerisms of the Golden Monkeys except for the fact that they lives in social groups, usually of approximately 30 individuals. It is an exceptional experience seeing them feed on fruits, leaves and insects.overnight stay at Gorilla Hotel or Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge for four nights. FB 

Day 5: Transfer to Uganda via Cyanika Border

The breathtaking drive to Bwindi, sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of Africa, is along winding mountain roads and through thick forests. The long journey through the rapidly changing landscape takes us to Bwindi Bohoma where half of the world’s gorillas live. Depending on when we arrive, there may be time to visit the local villages and orphanage. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla mist camp or Buhoma community camp. FB

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking

After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day. Alternatively there are other activities and excursions on offer in and around the national park: depending on the time we get back from the gorillas and as prefered a walk through the local village, and learning about community projects, such as the Amagara project that assists local farmers and their communities, and Bwindi Community Hospital which started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 50,000 people might be rewarding. Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills. Overnight at either Gorilla mist camp or the Buhoma community. FB

Day 7: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National park

We drive to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park called Ishasha, this is an area very popular for the tree climbing lions, today we shall put our focus on this. We checkin at Ishasha Wilderness Camp and embark on an evening game safari, Leopards, Hyeanas and lions are always luckly seen we always encounter a variety of savanna birds and a number of raptors, many chances of the Broad Tailed and African Moustached Warbler, White Headed Barbet, African Oriole, Grassland, Long Billed and Plain Backed Pippit, Ovambo Sparrow and African Cuckoo Hawk, Bateleur, Leivellant’s Cuckoo, Senegal Plover, African Quil Finch and many more overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp. FB

DAY 8: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT SAFARI IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast a morning game and more chances of finding the tree climbing lions, we have lots of game and bird which include among others the hippos, crocs, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Giant Forest hog, predators among others may include the Lion, Leopard, Hyeana and the birding today will produce the Gulls and Terns, African Open Billed, Yellow-billed and Saddle-billed Stork, Malachite and Grey Headed Kingfisher, African Spoonbill, Grey, kitilitziz’s and African Wattled Plovers, White-browed and Brown Backed Scrub Robin, Rufous napped, Flappet and Red Caped Lark, Red-chested, Copper, Scarlet chested and Marico Sunbird, Lesser Masked, Hollub’s Golden, Golden Backed, Slender Billed and Black Backed Weaver. dinner and overnight stay at Jacana lodge or Mrafiki Safari lodge . FB

Day 9: Chimpanzee Tracking in the Kyambura Gorge Queen Elizabeth Uganda

The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest relatives, the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting. In the afternoon take a walk through the Immaramagambo forest and later to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Jacana lodge or Mrafiki Safari lodge or Katara Lodge. FB

Day 10. Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Depending on the lack with had on game drives the previous days, today we might start with a morning game safari then transfer to Kibale forest where we shall have our Dinner and overnight at Mountains of the moon or Attaco country resort. FB

Day 11: Chimp Tracking and afternoon hiking Safari

We shall head to the chimp forest and start tracking the excited chimp families in kibale. Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor, is a thrilling experience. Though they can be difficult to spot, you will be in no doubt of their presence as the forest is alive with their noisy calls. In the afternoon, explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The reserve is abundant with butterflies, plants, animals and, in particular, birds. Spectacular birds like Great Blue Turaco and rare Papyrus Gonolek will be of great interest to birders this is another good place to site the White Collard Oliveback and Ross’s Turaco. The swamp is also home to more elusive primates such as Red Colobus monkeys and Sitatunga antelope. The Uganda Red Tailed Monkey. Dinner and overnight at Mountains of the moon or Attaco country resort. FB

Day 12: Drive to Kampala onwards. End of our Rwanda and Uganda Primate Safari

After a long and nice trip its now time to return home. Drive to Kampala Later on the airport for your flight back home. hopefully you had a wonderful trip and travel with us again.