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Trekking the endangered Mountain Gorillas and chimpanzees of Bwindi and Kibale forest.

Experience the mighty Murchison falls, chimpanzees and gorilla tracking. The boat ride on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth NP is amazing.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $3675 - $4360
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 12 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Night drive
  • Birding
  • Boating
Uganda - Year & Tours Visitors to Uganda are usually moved by this country which is famous for its exotic wildlife including mountain gorillas. Uganda is a very safe destination to visit and if you are passionate about animals you will not be disappointed - there are lots of year programs and wildlife holidays where you can see endangered creatures up close and in their natural habitat. Most guests book gorilla watching holidays which are a once in a lifetime experience. When you are volunteering in Uganda, helping communities and animals, don't leave the country without seeing the impressive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is one of the world hot spot to see apes more especially the mountain gorillas. One of the benefits of an adventure holiday in Uganda is that far less tourists visit compared to Kenya and Tanzania, get here before the tourist crowds arrive and experience with us today and tomorrow. We are here for you ''Bridging Culture and Nature''

Uganda big mammals and Primate 12 days

(Chimpanzee habituation experience and gorilla tracking)

Key information

·         Dates: Through the year of 2015/2016

·         Cost including one gorilla/chimpanzee permits)

·         Group Size: Min 2 persons, max 4 persons

·         Duration: 12 days

·         Safari Host: Primatologist David Baluku

The Albertine Rift Valley

This is a once in a lifetime safari that brings together two must do activities, trekking the endangered Mountain Gorillas and chimpanzees of Bwindi and Kibale forest. Chimpanzee habituation experiences will the major activities in Kibale forest national park. In addition to the activities is the watching of herds of game travel across the rolling savannahs of East Africa. This trip will traverse the western edge of the Great Rift Valley, known as the Albertine Rift Valley. Our route will take in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP), Kibale Forest national park, Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP), Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) and finally Lake Mburo National Park (LMNP). As well as the chance to photograph the endangered Mountain Gorilla you will also get the chance to photograph elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, zebra, antelope, hippopotamus and crocodile as well as a dazzling variety of birds. In 2015-2020 The Kifaru African Expedition Company will be running several exclusive trips in Uganda catering for a maximum number of six persons per trip and minimum two persons. If you want to join us then get in touch as soon as possible. Book your place and begin preparing for your dream primate safari in Uganda.

Safari Highlights

·                     12 days of photography in one of the world’s top locations, the ‘Pearl of Africa’.

·                     One treks to meet the world’s last remaining Mountain Gorillas as well as chimpanzees face to face.

·                     Landscapes ranging from afromontane forests, equatorial savannahs, to papyrus swamps.

·                     Maximum and minimum number of persons 8 and 6 on this safari.

Kifaru African Expeditions Company

Kifaru African Expeditions Company was set up by David Baluku in 2006 with the singular vision of offering dedicated primate safaris in Uganda. These specialized primate safaris enable photographers to maximize their time in Uganda by offering tailor-made itineraries, specifically designed to make the most out of Uganda’s beauty. The dedicated safaris offered by Kifaru African Expeditions Company are once in a lifetime experiences for photographers of all skill levels and every safari ensures that you return home with a new range of skills, life changing memories, and an incredible portfolio of Uganda’s famous wildlife.

David Baluku

David is a social primatologist, and educator. Born and raised in Uganda, his connection to primates started all the way back in 1990 aged 18 years. After being chased by an olive baboon because of the banana he held in his hands on his first full day in Murchison falls national park, David was instantly hooked. In the intervening years. David has managed to go through formal education (University at Kent and a post graduate diploma in endangered species management at ITC jersey Islands-UK), taught in schools, set up charity organization (www.clwo.org ) and later carried out research for his fast degree in anthropology. In 1998, David decided to unite his passion for wildlife and primate with his love for Uganda, worked at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre as a Primate Keeper 1998 until 2004. Through this company David offers you the chance to join dedicated primate safaris that are informed by his deep knowledge of Uganda and its wildlife ensuring that each guest makes the most of each and every day he spend in Uganda. With his diverse experience in the wildlife, landscapes and peoples of Uganda, alongside his passion for primates, David is the ideal host to lead primate lovers through the spectacle of Uganda. On top of this, David speaks, fluent English, French and Swahili about 7 local languages.

What makes dedicated primate safaris special?

Dedicated primate safaris sole aim begins and ends with each primate lover desire to capture the essence of Africa’s wildlife. Kifaru African Expeditions works tirelessly so that each primate lover is in the best position, at the right moment, every time when taking a look at primates at a close range as well as photographing.

 And when that moments comes we ensure that there is not someone else standing in front of you! Each primate lover will be guaranteed a dedicated row on each game drive or boat launch to ensure you have the optimum access to every photographic opportunity.

Dedicated primate safaris allow primate lovers to spend as much time as they need to get the shots they desire. Decisions on which locations to visit and how long to stay at each site will be made by the clients on each safari when time allows

With Kifaru African Expeditions Company, if you want to spend the entire day out in the field to get that one shot, we will do everything we can to make sure you do not come back until you get it. Each primate lover will get personalized support from David both out on game drives in one to one tuition and also back at the lodges through a series of informal workshops. Importantly, each safari will involve as much photographic time as we can cram in. Our dedicated primate safaris are not reserved for experienced and skilled photographers. Anyone who wants to travel to Africa and return with a collection of rewarding and memorable photographs and knowledge will get a great deal from our safaris. Kifaru African Expeditions Company welcomes partners or non- primate lovers/photographers on their safaris.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Pre-trip: Arrival in Uganda

Accommodation on the first night will be at The Boma Guest house/Airport guest house in Entebbe.

Day 2: Travel to Masindi (via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary)

On the way we will stop off at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Guests will have the chance to go on a walking safari and get up and close to these magnificent animals. We will stay at the stunning Masindi hotel one of the historical hotel in Uganda.

Day 3+4: Early morning drive to Murchison Falls National Park  A visit to the top of the Murchison falls is a memorable one before arrival at the hotel.

Day three and four will be spent entirely in Uganda’s largest national park where the mighty Nile River flows through a gap of only a few metres. As well as game drives the trip will also take in a boat launch which will allow you unrivalled views of the falls themselves as well as elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo and crocodile. Depending on the time of the day and luck, we may sight the lions and leopards during the game photo safari.

Overnight at Paara lodge/ Pakuba lodge.

Day 5: Travel to Fort Portal (Kibale forest national park). Overnight at Primate lodge/chimpanzee guest house Bandas.

Day five sees the safari travel south towards Kibale forest National Park. The drive between Murchison and Kibale forest national parks involves some hours on the road. overnight will spend relaxing at an elegant Primate Lodge within Kibale forest or chimpanzee guest house bandas.

Day 6: Kibale National Park

Days 6 is spent exclusively in Kibale forest national park which supports about 13 species of primates. The 795km2 Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. This is home to a host of forest wildlife, most famously 13 species of primate including chimpanzee. Forest cover predominates in the northern and central parts of the park on the elevated Fort Portal plateau. Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip which stands 1590m above sea level. Northern Kibale is also the wettest area, receiving a mean annual rainfall of up to 1700mm, mostly during March-May and September-November. The climate is generally pleasant with a mean annual temperature range of 14-27oC. Temperatures are highest (and rainfall lower) in the south where the terrain drops down onto the hot rift valley floor and forest gives way to open grassland.

Southern Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park and together these protected areas maintain a 180km long migration corridor for-wildlife which extends from Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP, to the Sebitoli forest in the north of Kibale.

The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding areas to explore. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area.

One day chimpanzee habituation Experience

The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) allows you to search for a community of chimpanzee which is under-going habituation.  Habituation is a process whereby wild animals get used to human presence without altering their natural behaviour. This takes a  whole day and early visitors may be able to see the spectacular scene of chimps de-nesting between 6:00Am -6:30 am, feeding, copulating, hunting, breast feeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until they build new nests and retire for the night around 7.00 pm.  The Habituation experience runs throughout the year. To enjoy this activity, you will need packed lunch, enough water and raingear. Overnight at Primate Lodge within Kibale forest or chimpanzee guest house bandas.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park.Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park. QENP has a number of mammal species and a remarkable 612 species of birds. Residents of the park include elephants, cape buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthog, giant forest hog, lion, leopard and hyena. The safari will take in a side open boat along the famous Kazinga Channel and drives to photograph the stunning crater lakes. We will spend our time staying in the fabulous Mweya Safari Lodge/queen Elizabeth bush camp.

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth NP - Ishasha Wilderness camp: Sees the safari travel to Ishasha, home to the famous Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions. Ishasha lies 100Km south of the northern sector of QENP and provides a true wilderness experience. At Ishasha, we will stay at the exclusive Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp/ Ishasha jungle lodge.

Day 9: Travel to Bwindi.

After a morning game drive and lunch at Ishasha Wilderness Camp/Ishasha jungle lodge, the trip will move on to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to half of the remaining Mountain Gorillas. After each trek we will be relaxing at the breathtaking Engagi Lodge/silver back lodge.

Day 10: Bwindi

Day ten will be spent tracking the Mountain Gorillas. As time spent with the gorillas is restricted to only one hour per visit, each primate lover will have the opportunities to visit the gorillas to maximize their chances of getting breathtaking photographs closer with these majestic animals. Overnight at Engagi Lodge/silver back lodge.

Day 11: Travel to Lake Mburo

After a relaxing morning and a chance to rest tired legs, the safari will begin to make its way back to Entebbe. However on the way we will spend the last night at Lake Mburo National Park where photographers will be able to enjoy a game drive as we approach the lodge. The guests will spend the night at the classic Kimbla-Mantana Camp/lake mburo safari lodge.

Day 12: Travel to Entebbe

Early breakfast, Nature walk and early lunch before proceeding to Entebbe. Evening transfer to the Airport for your return flight

Price includes

·         All entry fees to national parks including activities mentioned in the itinerary.

·         All transport transfers, full board accommodation, and meals for the duration of the safari. One Gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience permits.

·         The services of two 4x4 jeeps, Guides, and rangers including local taxes.

·         A pre-trip information pack as soon as clients sign-up for a safari

·         Includes one gorilla/chimpanzee permit.

Price excludes

·                     Return airfares to Entebbe, Uganda.

·                     All gratuities and tips for guides, rangers, drivers, and park and hotel staff.

·                     All drinks, visa fees, laundry services, items of a personal nature.

·                     All costs of insurance, passports, immunizations.

Note: 1

  • Gorilla permits will be obtained from Uganda Wildlife Authority Gorilla offices in Kampala at a cost of 350 US dollars each during the low season (November, April and –May and 600 USD during the high season. The gorilla permit includes entry fees to the park, guide fee and community levy and government taxes. Due to competition on gorilla visit, the above mentioned amount of money for gorilla permit has to be transferred through the bank as soon as you confirm your trip to secure the place and to avoid inconveniences during the gorilla visit.
  • Chimpanzee habituation experience fee of 220 US dollars per person for kibale has to be paid at the parks head offices in Kampala.
  • Cold weather jacket will be required for some time at night as some parks become cold at night and late evening. Include also light clothes (summer clothes) Temperature here ranges from 18 to 32 degrees centigrade.
  • You will definitely need a jungle boot for forest walk and game safaris.
  • Plenty of films/memory cards. 

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • The Boma Entebbe, Masindi hotel, Paara Safari lodge, Primate lodge, Mweya Safari lodge, Wilderness camp, Engagi lodge and Mantana camp.

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