The Primate Express – 12 days from $1,950 pp

Get up close and personal with your hairy relatives during this exciting tour of the marvels of southwestern Uganda. Drive through extensive matoke plantations on your way to Lake Mburo for a walking safari amongst the zebras, before continuing to the highlands for gorilla tracking. You will have the chance to gaze at elephants in the savannas of Uganda’s oldest national park and watch the curious chimps in the tropical rainforests of Kibale. You can opt for budget, mid-range or deluxe accommodation.

Note: indicative driving time is without factoring in time for photos, picnics, and such.  

Day 1: Airport pick up, transfer to mid-range lodge set in a lovely garden in the charming town of Entebbe - Drive: 10 min.

You will be staying in Airport Guesthouse Entebbe set in a lovely garden. 

Upgrade Deluxe: the Boma Hotel, a boutique hotel in an old Victorian country cottage, set in a tastefully landscaped garden with swimming pool. 

Day 2: Take the ferry to cross Waiya Bay in Lake Victoria, and connect via lovely back roads to the main highway going to Lake Mburo National Park. Covered with extensive acacia woodlands, this park is one of the best places in the country to see the giant eland antelope and zebras – Drive: 225 km / 5 hours.

Accommodation: two nights in Rwakobo Rock. This welcoming eco-friendly lodge is spectacular located on a rock outcrop overlooking the park. The place receives rave reviews time after time.

Day 3: Enjoy a day in the park. With no dangerous predators such as lions, Lake Mburo is the best place to go on a guided safari either walking, mountain biking, or on horseback. Moreover, this is one of the few national parks in Africa allowing night game drives, which give you the chance to see some of the rare nocturnal animals like the mongoose, hyena, leopard and serval cat.

Day 4:   Drive to the Kigezi Highlands, perhaps the most fertile and scenic region of Uganda: a landscape of expansive blue lakes and steep terraced slopes tumbling southwest towards the rainforest of Bwindi National Park - Drive: 260 km / 6 hours. 

Accommodation: three nights at Mutanda Lake Resort. The lodge is spaciously set up on a private peninsula stretching into Lake Mutanda overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes. You will be staying in a cottage built on a wooden platform, with private veranda overlooking the lake.

Day 5: Ready for the experience of a lifetime? Today you will be tracking the rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi’s mist-covered, forested hillsides and dense forest cover protect an estimated 320 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the global population. This includes 11 habituated groups which can be tracked by limited groups of people. You will be departing from the Rushaga or Nkuringo location.

Day 6:   Plenty of activities can be arranged at the lodge. Enjoy a ride in a dugout canoe as the local fisherman do, go on a birding trip, nature hike or cultural village walk and finish off the day with a sunset boat cruise. Decide what to do then and there, or contact us in advance for reservations.

Day 7: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s oldest National Park. From open savannas to green rainforests, from dense papyrus swamps and crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that QENP boasts one of the highest rates of biodiversity of any game park - Drive: 260 km / 6 hours.

Accommodation: two nights at Bush Lodge, an intimate eco lodge overlooking the Kazinga Channel. The comfortable accommodation option is in a furnished safari tent with private veranda and en-suite ''bush shower''. The budget option is lazy camping, where you sleep in a permanent canvas tent, provided with bed, light and towels.

Upgrade Deluxe: two nights at Mweya Safari Lodge, an old time favourite, due to its stunning location in the heart of the park, infinity pool overlooking the Kazinga channel, and neo-colonial grandeur.

Day 8: Enjoy a day in the park. Boat launch trips on the Kazinga Channel offer great game viewing, as do game drives around Mweya Lodge and the Northern Circuit. Further southwest, the remote Ishasha plains are famous for their tree climbing lions, while the Kyambura Gorge is home to habituated chimps. The nearby Maramamgambo Forest has a wide variety of forest monkeys and the dozens of crater lakes scattered across the park are often filled with beautiful pink flamingos.

Day 9: Drive to Kibale Forest near the pleasant colonial town of Fort Portal. Kibale is a 800 km2 tropical rainforest, home to 13 primate species and an impressive range of birds - Drive: 120 km / 2 ½ hours. 

Accommodation:  two nights in a furnished safari tent, with private bathroom, at Kibale Forest Camp in the middle of the rainforest. The comfort accommodation is in a furnished safari tent with private veranda and ensuite bathroom. The budget option is lazy camping, where you sleep in a permanent canvas tent, provided with bed, light and towels.

Upgrade Deluxe: Ndali Lodge is perched on the rim of a distinct volcano. It is managed by the third generation of a British tea planter, and the ambience of an intimate English country house is still truly intact. Included on the basis of dinner & breakfast, expect silver cutlery and a candlelit 5-course dinner overlooking the lake.  

Day 10: Kibale Forest is a nature lover’s paradise with its sublime bird watching and chimpanzee tracking, as well as opportunities for viewing a wide range of other primates. Chimpanzee tracking is a half-day activity starting either early in the morning or just after lunch. A field of beautiful crater lakes lies between Fort Portal and the Forest which are perfect for a swim or exploration on foot.

Day 11: An excellent newly surfaced road passing through lush matoke plantations brings you to the capital city, Kampala, where you will find a thriving dining and nightlife scene with a pleasant vibe. We would be happy to recommend some especially good places - Drive: 315 km  / 5 ½ hours.

In Kampala you will be staying in another very special and welcoming place. The Yellow Haven Guesthouse is a family-run guesthouse on the shores of Lake Victoria on the outskirts of the city and has several lovely self-contained apartments arranged around a large garden with a swimming pool, sauna, and BBQ area.

Day 12: Depending on the time of your return flight there are a number of things to do in Kampala or Entebbe, such as going to the pool, exploring the city on the back of a motorbike taxi (known locally as boda boda) or visiting one of a number of mosques and temples. Practically from the steps of the guesthouse you can board a small motorboat for a safari on Lake Victoria. You will pass through small canals lined with papyrus and see plenty of birds. The guide will take you ashore for a cultural village walk and you will also have the chance to shop at the Ggaba fish market to stock up supplies in case you feel like having a BBQ in the evening.  

Pick up from your hotel and fly out from Entebbe – Drive: 40 km / 1 ½ hours.

Rates

  Low season High season*
  Rav4 Landcruiser Rav4 Landcruiser
Price in US$ / pp 2pax 4pax 2pax 4pax 2pax 4pax 2pax 4pax
Lazy camping ( 4 night)  2,210 1,950 2,399 1999 2,450 2,140 2,659 2,213
Mid-range 2,340 2,070 2,530 2,139

2,585

2,270 2,779 2,339
Deluxe 3,020 2,680 3,210 2,759

3,260

2,890 3,455 2,963

* High season is from December 15th – January 31th and June 15th to September 15th

** If you would rather go with a professional driver & guide, add US$ 400 to the total.

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