Day 1 Arrival
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by an Java Africa Safaris driver/guide and transfer to Boma Guest House. (Approx. 5 min drive), and be briefed about your safari. Depending on your time of arrival you are advice to have your money changed on this day.
The Boma' is only 5 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, it has 6 bedrooms decorated along African themes with private bathrooms. Other facilities include a swimming pool, residents and dinners’ bar with private dining verandah and living room for overnight guests Balance of the day spent at leisure with lunch and dinner on own account.
OVERNIGHT AT BOMAGUEST HOUSE (BB)
Day 2 Entebbe – Kibale National Park Dates
After breakfast, meet your guide at the lobby short brief and transfer to Fort Portal (approx 7hrs drive). Arriving Primate lodge in time for lunch. Check in at Primate Lodge. Kibale National Park, 320 kms/5 hrs from Kampala, is Uganda’s primates’ paradise, her 776 km² of moist evergreen rain forest home to the highest concentration of primates in the world - 13 species, including the very ‘localized’ Red Colobus as well as L'Hoest's monkey. The elusive forest elephant, smaller, hairier than its bush counterpart, moves seasonally into the park; other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog, leopard and half a dozen antelope species. Birdlife is prolific with 335 species including hornbills, pittas, turacos, the endemic Prirogrine's ground thrush and African Grey Parrots. But the park’s principal attraction remains the opportunity to track her 500 habituated Chimpanzees. These delightful apes, genetically the closest living relatives of man, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. Tracking usually takes about 4 hrs. One other unique experience in Kibali: join the habituation team that goes out in the morning to study the chimpanzees and habituate them humans.
Primate’s lodge an exclusive eco lodge situated in the heart of kibale forest national park. Its surrounded by a lush tropical forest that is home to 13 different species of primates, including the chimapnzees, Guest accommodation comprises of 8 luxury safari tents which are raised on a wooden platform and covered by grass thatched roof, perfectly blending with the natural environment, each has a private veranda with splendid views of the surrounding forest. The interior is tastefully decorated in African style, with comfortable queen sized beds with en suite bathrooms. 7 intimate Forest cottages each room with its own veranda and large 2 twin beds and a sitting area, nicely decorated with a traditional African art, en suite bathroom. In the afternoon relax at the lodge.
DINNER AND OVERNIGHT AT PRIMATE LODGE (FB)
Day 3 Kibale National Park
After breakfast, check out with your packed lunch boxes and transfer to Kanyanchu Park Headquarters ( approx. 1hrs drive) , register for chimpanzee tracking, you will be briefed and later given a ranger guide to take you to the starting point. Enter the forest to search for the man’s closest friend. These delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. The incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates including red Colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bush babies swinging through the dense forests, with your informative guide making it even more interesting by pointing out other forest features, flora & fauna. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you stay with them for 1 hour as they go about their daily life! Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you can either relax at the lodge or walk around the lodge.
DINNER AND OVERNIGHT AT PRIMATE LODGE (FB
Day 4 Kibale National Park - Bwindi National Park
After your morning breakfast transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (approx 7 hrs drive) via Ishasha where you can observe the unusual treeclimbing lions. This is a more deserted section of the park but is home to over 40 tree climbing lions, lots of elephants, antelopes, buffaloes, birds, some monkeys and baboons and more.
Drive through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. With all the volcanic activity in this area the scenic beauty is breathtaking arriving afternoon. Check in at Mahogany Springs. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park’s 331 sq. kms of montagne and lowland forest jungle lies in southwestern Uganda, 540 kms from Kampala. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and accessible only on foot, it is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa providing habitat for over 90 mammals (including 11 primates), 346 species of birds (including 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics), 202 species of butterflies, 163 tree species, over 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and other endangered species. Bwindi is however most notable for her 340 Mountain Gorillas, about half the world's population of this critically endangered primate. Gazetted in 1991, the park rose to her peak after Gorilla tracking became a tourist activity in April of 1993, converting it into one of the most popular tourist destinations on earth. The 7 habituated families include Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura near Buhoma and the Nkuringo group.
Activities include: Gorilla tracking, Forest walks, Cultural visits with the Batwa people and unbelievable bird watching - this is Africa’s richest country birds-wise with over 1,000 species recorded including almost half the continent’s known species and over 10% of those recorded around the world. Mahogany spring is set back on the pristine waters of the Munyaga River and facing the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. The lodge offers accommodation in 8 Double Suites; Each Suite has its own private exquisitely designed terrace with panoramic views of the surroundings. All the suites have large en-suite bathrooms with a gorgeously designed open terracotta shower. Other facilities include the main building with a bar, restaurant, living room area with a double sided fire place, book/DVD Library, and craft shop.
In the afternoon, enjoy a nature walk around the lodge or spend time relaxing
DINNER AND OVERNIGHT AT MAHOGANY SPRINGS LODGE (FB)
Day 5 Gorilla trekking
Wake up and prepare for the unforgettable experience! After an early breakfast transfer to the park HQs for pre-Gorilla tracking briefing and about the gorilla family you will track 09:00 AM: set off into the forest in the footsteps of the Mountain Gorillas. You will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas. The trekking can take from 1 to 5 hours, but sometimes it might take long hours. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film is recommended. It can rain at a few minutes’ notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. It is important to take plenty of water. Afterwards trek back to the lodge for lunch and a refreshing shower. If your trek was relatively short, you may have a nature guided community walk - entertained with the local music and dance.
DINNER AND OVERNIGHT AT MAHOGANY SPRINGS LODGE (FB)
Day 6 Bwindi – Entebbe
After breakfast at 7:00am, transfer to Kihihi Airstrip (approx. 2 hrs drive) for your scheduled flight at 09:45 O’clock to Entebbe, (Approx 1 hour’s flight). Upon arrival at Entebbe International airport, Continue for your connecting flight to the next destination.
END OF OUR SERVICES
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
Meet and greet with airport transfers,
Accommodation at Boma Guest House, Primate Lodge and Mahogany Springs Lodge,
Meals as shown ( BB- Bed & Breakfast and FB-Full board),
Exclusive use of 4WD vehicle, mineral water in the vehicle
Services of an Amber Expeditions’ Driver/Guide
Medical Emergency Evacuation Cover.
TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:
Entry visa fees,
Gorilla Permit -quoted separately)
Chimpanzee permit – quoted separately.
Scheduled flight – Kihihi – Entebbe (one way) quoted separately,
Drinks throughout the trip,
Tips & gratuities,
Personal expenses such as telephone calls, mini bar, porter-age, travel insurance, etc
6 Days Primate Tour
Day 1 Arrival