Primates of East Africa: Uganda & Rwanda - 18 Days

This trip specifically includes: Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National

Primates of East Africa: Uganda & Rwanda - 18 Days

• See the chimpanzees and 12 other monkey species in Kibale Forest
• Experience the spectacular hot springs in Semuliki National Park
Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel with the biggest concentration of hippos and spectacular birds
• See the Golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park
• Meet the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park in Uganda, and/or Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda
• See the chimpanzees and 10 other monkey species in Nyungwe Forest.

Day 1: Entebbe Airport - Kampala
On arrival at Entebbe Airport, your guide will be there waiting for you. Pick up and proceed to Kampala city.

Day 2: Kampala - Kibale Forest
After breakfast we drive to Kibale Forest. You can make a walk around the lodge in the afternoon. During this walk it is possible to see monkeys and birds. It is also possible to make a night walk through the forest to see the animals of the night, like bush babies (both activities optional).

Kibale Forest is a spectacular jungle, with 13 primate species! Including chimps, baboons, black and white colobus, red colobus, grey cheeked mangabey and L'Hoest monkey.

Day 3: Kibale Forest
Chimpanzee tracking in the morning or afternoon. Night walk through the forest in Chimps' Nest. Expect to see the animals of the night, including Galagos, Bush babies, Servals and Genet cats.

Day 4: Kibale Forest
Morning forest walk in Kibale Forest with many chances of meeting primate species and different birds on the way. Bigodi Swamp Walk in the afternoon. This gives you another chance to see the monkey species of Kibale Forest.

Day 5: Kibale Forest - Semuliki National Park
Transfer to Semuliki National Park with chances of seeing the Rwenzori mountains. Visit the Sempaya Hot Springs in the afternoon and search for monkeys in the forest.

Semuliki is a unique place and the only lowland jungle in East Africa, part of the Congo eco system.

Day 6: Semuliki National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. On our way we pass the equator. Game drive in the afternoon.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best places in Uganda to see lions. Expect to see elephants, lions, many hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and maybe leopards.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge in the morning. Afternoon boat trip on Kazinga Channel.

The Kyambura Gorge is a Gorge of 500 meters deep and up to 1 km wide. The gorge is forested and is inhabited by habituated chimpanzees.

The Kazinga Channel is one of the highlights of Uganda and has the highest concentration of hippos in the world.

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable
Nature walk in Maramagambo Forest in the morning and after transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park for an overnight.

Bwindi Impenetrable is a unique jungle, with many monkey species. Bwindi is one of the two places in the world where you can find Mountain Gorillas!

(Driving time depends on the area in Bwindi we stay).

Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable
Gorilla tracking!!! Early morning departure with your ranger to search for one of the world's most interesting and endangered animal, the Mountain Gorilla! You will spend one hour with one of our closest relatives. An experience you will never forget.

Day 10: Bwindi Impenetrable - Lake Mutanda
Transfer to Lake Mutanda, one of the most beautiful places in Uganda. On a clear day you can see the 3 volcanoes in the distance. Relax at the lodge or do one of the following activities (one activity included): boat trip on the lake, walk along the lake or to the local people, go for a swim, or visit the pygmies.

(Driving time to Lake Mutanda depends on the area in Bwindi we stay.)

Day 11: Lake Mutanda and Mgahinga National Park
Visit Mgahinga National Park to see the Golden Monkeys.

Mgahinga National Park is part of the Virunga Volcanoes and borders Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Apart from Mountain Gorillas, the stars of Mgahinga are the golden monkeys, a subspecies of the Blue Monkey.

Day 12: Lake Mutanda – Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda)
Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. It is possible to visit a pygmy village on the way (optional).

Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga Mountains, covering 3 countries: Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Together with Bwindi this is the only place in the world to see the Mountain Gorillas.

Day 13: Volcanoes National Park
Optional activities for today: Do a second gorilla tracking (must be booked in advance to be sure), visit the golden monkeys, make a nature walk in the national park, climb a volcano, visit Dian Fossey's Grave, or visit the Twin Lakes, Lake Ruhondo and Lake Burera (all activities optional).

Day 14: Volcanoes National Park - Kibuye
Transfer to Kibuye by the shores of Lake Kivu. Relax at the shores of this beautiful lake. It is possible to make a walk along the lake or visit a vising village or make an optional boat trip on the lake.

Day 15: Kibuye – Nyungwe Forest
After breakfast we drive to Nyungwe Forest for an overnight.

Nyungwe is one of East Africa's largest forests. It is home to 11 primate species including chimpanzees. Other attractive monkeys to see: Angolan Black Colobus, Mona Monkey, Blue Monkey, L'Hoest Monkey and Owl Faced Monkey.

Day 16: Nyungwe Forest
Go for Chimpanzee tracking in the morning! See them feeding, walking around and swinging the trees. The chimpanzees are our closest relatives! During this walk you are also able to see other monkey species and birds. Optional visit of a tea factory in the afternoon.

Day 17: Nyungwe Forest
Today we make a beautiful waterfall walk in search for monkeys (especially Angolan Black Colobus and Mona Monkey. It is also possible to do the canopy walk (optional).

Day 18: Nyungwe Forest - Kigali
After breakfast drive to Kigali for your flight. Go for a City tour if time allows.

Optional: After breakfast and relaxation, proceed to the Airport.

Inclusive of the safari:

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Wild Facts


  • Safari walk in Lake Mburo NP
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest
  • Search of the tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Visit to a local primary school
  • Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
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