Primate & Birding Adventure

Snapshot

Uganda is home to a variety of primates – not just the great apes, but also more than ten monkey species. While primate enthusiasts will be delighted at their close encounters with our cousins, birdwatchers will be equally thrilled. With over 1000 bird species on record, the rainforests are particularly rich with a diversity of birdlife. For most, the highlight is found amongst the forests in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where coming face to face with endangered Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat is one of the most profound wildlife encounters you will ever experience. Discover tree-climbing lions around Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National Park, trek chimps in Kibale Forest or Chamburu Gorge, or snatch massive Nile Perch up north at Murchison Falls where the mighty Nile cascades through a gap just seven meters wide. Adrenaline junkies will find Jinja simply exhilarating with its white-water rafting, kayaking, and bungee jumping activities.

Day 1

Arrive Entebbe, Uganda

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On arrival in Entebbe, you will clear customs and immigration, then proceed to the arrivals area where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for the night.

Day 2-5

Murchison Falls

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This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred from Entebbe to Kampala Airport for your flight to Murchison Falls. On arrival at the airstrip in Murchison Falls, you will be transferred to the lodge, located on the south bank of the mighty Nile River. During your stay, you will take game drives in the park, visit the top and bottom of the Falls, and cruise the Victoria Nile Delta. This area is home to a wide variety of birds, including the elusive shoebill stork and bee-eaters, as well as larger animals such as hippo, elephant, and large crocodile.

Day 6, 7

Queen Elizabeth National Park

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After breakfast, you will fly from Murchison Falls to Kasese, where you will be met on arrival by your driver / guide and taken to Kibale. Enjoy an afternoon activity or cultural excursions.

Day 7, 8, 9

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

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From Queen Elizabeth National Park, we will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, stopping along the way at the Ishasha Village Community Project to visit the local people and see their homesteads. Almost one half of the world’s population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla live here, making it an extremely valuable conservation site and must-visit area for any primate enthusiast!

The opportunity to meet Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat is unforgettable and humbling… a magical experience like no other. Additional activities such as visits to a Batwa pygmy village, a local school and orphanage, forest walks, and curio shopping are also available.

Day 10, 11

Volcanoes National Park

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Drive through the “Little Switzerland of Africa” along winding mountain roads and past rural villages, into Rwanda.

Spend a memorable day trekking in Volcanoes National Park, take a hike to Dian Fossey’s grave, or enjoy a forest walk with the golden monkeys.

Finally, depart the mountain forests and head toward Kigali, the bustling capital of Rwanda, for a visit to the Genocide Museum, before your final overnight.

Day 12

Departure Day

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Your Africa journey has come to an end… for now!

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