8 Days Uganda birding and primates safari

The 8 days Uganda birding and primates safari is an adventurous safari that starts and ends from Entebbe Uganda. The safari will take you to Mabamba swamp where you will be able to spot the prehistoric shoebill stork, Kibale national park, Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi impenetrable national park. During the safari you will have great views of wildlife including elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, bushbucks, warthogs, hippos, crocodiles which will be viewed during the game drives and boat cruise. You will also engage in an adventurous chimpanzee and gorilla trekking experience where you will be able to spend time with the chimpanzees and mountain gorillas in their natural environment.

Highlights of the 8 days Uganda birding and primates safari

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to a hotel in Entebbe

Day 2: Birding in Mabamba swamp

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale forest national park

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

Day 5: Morning game drive/ lion tracking and afternoon boat cruise

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 8: Departure to Kampala

Detailed itinerary    

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to the hotel in Entebbe

Depending on your arrival time at Entebbe international airport on the first day of the 8 days Uganda birding and primates safari, you will be welcomed by our driver guide who will brief you about the safari and then transfer to the hotel in Entebbe for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Birding at Mabamba swamp

After an early breakfast on the second day of the 8 days Uganda birding and primate safari, you will carry packed lunch and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Mabamba swamp for birding experience where you will be able to view the illusive shoebill stork and other bird species like double toothed barbet, long tailed cormorant, black crake, African pigmy goose, common sandpiper among others. After birding at Mabamba, you will return to the hotel for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale forest national park

After breakfast on the third day of the 8 days Uganda birding and primates safari, your driver guide will pick you up from the hotel to transfer to Kibale national park. The journey takes about 6 to 7 hours drive and on the way you will have en-route lunch and enjoy stunning views of the farmlands, Rwenzori Mountains, tea plantations, Lake Gorge, crater lakes among others. Upon arrival in Kibale national park you will check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

Chimpanzee trekking,

After an early breakfast on the second day of the 8 days Uganda birding and primates safari you will meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kanyachu Visitors Centre for chimpanzee trekking briefing. After the briefing you will be divided into a group of 6 people where each group will be allocated a chimpanzee family to trek and a park guide who is well conversant with trails in the forest. Trekking of chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park takes about 30 minutes to 5 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to spot other primates such as grey cheeked mangabey, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, some bird species, plants among others. Once the chimpanzees are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which helps you to learn more about their behaviors, watch them feed, breastfeed, fight, hunt, enjoy the juveniles playing up in the trees, take photos and record the moments. After the face to face encounter with the chimpanzees you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will meet up with your driver guide to return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. On the way you will enjoy great views of the landscape, crater lakes, tea plantations among others and upon arrival you will go for an evening game drive where you will be able to view animals like elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, warthogs, waterbucks, bushbucks, view different bird species among others. After the game drive, you will drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Morning game drive/ lion tracking and afternoon boat cruise

Morning game drive/lion tracking,

You will have breakfast on the fifth day of the 8 days Uganda birding and primates safari and meet up with your driver guide to go for a morning game drive or lion tracking experience in Kasenyi plains. During the game drive you will be rewarded with great views of large herds of elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, bushbucks, waterbucks, warthogs which will be grazing in the open savannah plains view predators like lions, leopards if you are lucky, variety of bird species among others. After the game drive you will drive to the lodge for lunch.

Boat cruise on Kazinga channel

After lunch you will go for an exciting boat cruise on Kazinga channel a water body that connects Lake George and Lake Edward. During the boat cruise which takes about 2 hours you will get a chance to view elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, warthogs drinking water along the shores, view large concentrations of hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, water birds like martial eagle, papyrus gonolek, pelicans, hornbills, African skimmers, cormorants, African spoonbills, fish eagles, king fisher’s among others and also view fishermen organizing their fishing nets along the water banks. After the boat ride you will return to the lodge for an evening relaxation dinner and overnight.

8 Days Uganda birding and primates safari
boat cruise on kazinga channel

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

After breakfast on the sixth day of the 8 days Uganda birding and primates safari, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park. On the way you will pass through Ishasha sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park where you will get an opportunity to spot the tree climbing lions which will be lying up in fig tree branches. After the game drive in Ishasha sector you will have lunch where after you will continue the journey to Bwindi impenetrable national park and upon arrival you will check in at the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Gorilla trekking,

After an early breakfast on the seventh day of the 8 days Uganda birding and primates safari, you will carry your lunch box and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations of gorilla trekking. After the briefing you will be divided in groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a gorilla family to trek and a park guide who is knowledgeable about the mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on their location and during trekking you will be able to view forest birds, other primates, plant and tree species among others. Once the mountain gorillas are found you will be able to spend one hour with them which gives you an opportunity to learn more about their lifestyle, behaviours, habits, take photos, watch them carry out their daily activities and record the fascinating memories to show people back home. After a breath-taking encounter with the gentle giants, you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will be awarded a certificate for participating in gorilla trekking and then meet up with your guide to return to the lodge for an evening relaxation dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Departure to Kampala

After a relaxed breakfast on the last day of the 8 days Uganda birding and primates safari, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to start the journey back to Kampala with en-route lunch on the way and a stopover at the Equator where you will buy souvenirs and take photos. Upon arrival in Kampala, your driver guide will drop you off at Entebbe International airport for your departure flight or drop off at any place of your choice.

End of 8 days Uganda birding and primates safari

Tour includes

  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit
  • Birding in Mabamba swamp
  • Park entrance fees/ game drives
  • Boat cruise fees
  • Lion tracking experience
  • All activities included in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver guide
  • Full board accommodation
  • Pick up from Kampala/ Entebbe and drop off in Kigali
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Bottled drinking water

Tour excludes                   

  • Air flight tickets
  • Visas
  • Life insurance
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like buying souvenirs, cigarettes, crafts, drinks, laundry services, hiring a porter, tips among others.
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