Big Apes Africa

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Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

  • You'll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1

Transfer to Kibale National Park before 2:00 pm (Optional Community/Cultural Tour)

Transfer to Kibale National Park before 2:00 pm (Optional Community/Cultural Tour)

Today, you will drive west to the jungle of Kibale in preparation for Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary exploration on foot. You will have lunch along the way. You can choose to relax at the lodge, visit Amabeere Caves or even take a guided community walk after the long drive.

Main Destination:
Kibale National Park (Chimps)
Best Time To Visit December to February and June to July
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June to July and December to February (Least rain)

Wildlife in Kibale NP

ElephantOccasional
BuffaloOccasional
LeopardVery Rare
HippoRare
LionRare to None
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ZebraNone
Accommodation:
Kibale Forest Camp (Safari Tent)
  • Mid-range tented camp located just outside Kibale NP (Chimps)
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2

Bigodi Swamp Walk & Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an Evening Game Drive

Bigodi Swamp Walk & Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an Evening Game Drive

Today begins with the Bigodi Swamp walk that offers some of the finest birding and monkey viewing in Uganda. This 4.5km circuit offers an opportunity to see forest and swamp specials and a good number of monkeys. After here, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a possible evening game drive in search of wildlife. Lunch will be eaten en-route.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Best Time To Visit January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth NP

ChimpanzeeOccasional
ElephantCommon
LionCommon
BuffaloCommon
HippoAbundant
LeopardOccasional
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ZebraNone
Accommodation:
Engiri Game Lodge
  • Budget lodge bordering Queen Elizabeth NP without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3

Chimp Tracking in Kalinzu, Boat Trip on Kazinga Channel and Possible Game Drives

Chimp Tracking in Kalinzu, Boat Trip on Kazinga Channel and Possible Game Drives

After breakfast, drive to Kalinzu Forest managed by National Forest Authority where you will do chimpanzee tracking. After Chimpanzee tracking, you will have an UWA boat cruise and evening game drive. You have a chance to see elephants, lions, leopards and many more! Arrange with your guide to do another game drive if you are not exhausted.

Main Destination:
Kalinzu Forest Reserve (Chimps)
Accommodation:
Engiri Game Lodge
  • Budget lodge bordering Queen Elizabeth NP without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4

Game Drive (Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions Search) and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Game Drive (Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions Search) and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. On your way, you will take a drive through Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth famous for its tree-climbing lions. After the drive, you will immediately proceed to Bwindi and you will have lunch along the way.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
Best Time To Visit June to August and December to February
High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Best Weather June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Bwindi NP

Accommodation:
Mucha Riverside Lodge
  • Budget hotel located in Kisoro (Town)
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5

Gorilla Tracking, Afternoon Relaxation or an Optional Community Visit

Gorilla Tracking, Afternoon Relaxation or an Optional Community Visit

After an early breakfast, you will drive to the briefing point in the forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to be enlightened about your adventure with the mountain gorillas. You are advised to carry enough drinking water and a lunch box. At a cost of 15 US dollars, you can get a potter to carry your bag and give you a hand in slippery or steep parts of the forest. After the briefing, you are distributed into groups of eight, led by a park ranger into the forest where you will spend one hour with the gentle giants. Rain gear is important considering that Bwindi is a tropical rainforest. After gorilla tracking, relax at the lodge or take a community visit.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
Accommodation:
Mucha Riverside Lodge
  • Budget hotel located in Kisoro (Town)
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6

Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, Game Drive

Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, Game Drive

Proceed to Lake Mburo National Park and have a game drive on your way in. This is the smallest savannah park but heavily populated. It gives you a good break from the gorilla safari or even a fresh start for a safari depending on the route plan of your safari. As you drive through you're likely to see zebras, impalas, waterbucks and the list goes on. Please note that on a good day, you can see a leopard, or better still during the night game drive which can be arranged.

Main Destination:
Lake Mburo National Park
Best Time To Visit June to August and December to February
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June, July and January to February (Little rainfall)

Wildlife in Lake Mburo NP

BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
HippoCommon
GiraffeOccasional
LeopardOccasional
HyenaOccasional
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LionRare
Accommodation:
Eagle's Nest Camp
  • Budget tented bush camp bordering Lake Mburo NP without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7

Morning Walking Safari in the Park & Return to Entebbe

Morning Walking Safari in the Park & Return to Entebbe

Today begins with coffee and a walking safari into the wild Lake Mburo in search of wildlife. After the adventure, return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, you will embark on your return journey. Have a lunch stop at the Equator and proceed to Entebbe to start your journey back home.

Main Destination:
Entebbe International Airport (Entebbe)
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You'll be dropped off at the airport.

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  • This tour is offered by Big Apes Africa, not SafariBookings.
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  • The exact order, contents and rates of this tour are subject to availability.
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