This package includes Mountain Gorilla Trekking , Golden Monkey Trek and Batwa Cultural Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

These six days Uganda Primates and Cultural Tour means spending quality time in the wilderness exploring the extraordinary primate species that call Uganda’s thick rainforests home.

Your tour shall involve visiting two main national parks, both in south-western Uganda for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the Mountain gorillas, golden monkeys as well as a memorable cultural encounter with the Batwa Community.

Finalize your 6 days Uganda Primates and Cultural Tour with a full day relaxation at the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda’s deepest Lake and a perfect relaxation spot after a hectic trek for the Mountain gorillas.

Detailed itinerary of the 6 days Uganda Primates and Cultural Tour

Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Let the adventure begin with delicious breakfast at your hotel in Entebbe, pick-up by our Company guide for a briefing then transfer to south-western Uganda for your Primates and Cultural Tour.

Your guide will make the journey informative and exciting with his stories on the en-route Towns and stopovers.

Your first stop will be along the Kampala-Masaka highway at the Uganda Equator crossing. You will take photos and take part in some of the experiments that prove the Earth being divided into the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

Go on with the journey until the beautiful Town of Milk and Honey-Mbarara for Lunch and continue until Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for check-in, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options:-   

Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge ,Gorilla Safari Lodge, Silverback Lodge.

Midrange: Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort, The Haven Lodge

Budget:Nshongi Camp ,Nshongi Gorilla Resort, Buhoma Community Lodge.

Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking and transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

After breakfast and briefing from the Ranger guides at the Park Headquarters, set off for the forest to track the allocated gorilla family.

Trekking will last from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on your pace of movement or the location of the gorilla family.

Spend 60 minutes with the gorilla family taking photos as well as noting the important information provided by the guide.

Make sure to have a walking stick, rain jacket, hiking boots, backpack and drinking water before venturing into the jungles. After the one hour with mountain gorillas, return to the Lodge for a hot meal.

Later pack your bags and check-out of the Lodge for a transfer to the nearby Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, another wonderful gorilla trekking destination in addition to being the only place in Uganda to see the endangered Golden monkeys.

Accommodation options:-

Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge, Lake Mulehe Guest house.

Midrange: Mucha Hotel Kisoro , Travelers Lodge.

Budget:Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp.

Day 3: Golden Monkey Trekking 

A typical golden monkey tracking day is not different from Mountain gorilla trekking because it also begins with breakfast and converging at the Park Headquarters (Ntebeko Visitor center) for briefing on how the activity is conducted and how to conduct oneself while in the presence of the primates.

Golden monkey tracking usually lasts a shorter time-between 30 minutes and 2 hours because the golden monkeys always occupy the lower slopes dominated by Bamboo forests.

Just like gorilla trekking, visitors are allocated one hour with the frisky monkeys. Return to the Lodge lunch, relaxation and later dinner as well as overnight.

Accommodation options:-

Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge, Lake Mulehe Guest house.

Midrange: Mucha Hotel Kisoro , Travelers Lodge.

Budget:Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp.

Day 4: Batwa Trail Experience and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

The Batwa Trail is a comprehensive experience compared to the short Batwa cultural tours that most tourists are used to.

Imagine spending 4-6 hours in Mgahingaforest exploring the unique ancient lifestyle of the Batwa pygmies before they were evicted from the forest.

Have breakfast and proceed to the meeting point where you will find Batwa guides andporters.
This activity is conducted by the Batwa themselves to allow them benefit directly from tourism and be briefed then start the walk through the forest to identify the different plants/leaves and fruits that were cooked for soup, plants/leaves/roots for traditional medicine through your visit to the traditional pharmacy.
Learn about their ancient hunting skills, how Bamboo was used to make cups and climax it with a visit to the Ngarama Caves for exhilarating cultural dance.
Return to the Lodge for Lunch and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, the perfect relaxation spot after a hectic hike through the jungles.

Accommodation options:-

Luxury: Birds nestLodge | Bunyonyi Rock Resort.
Midrange: Arcadia Cottages or Bunyonyi Safaris Resort.

Budget: Bushara Island Camp or ByoonaAmagara Island Retreat.

Day 5: Full day Lake Bunyonyi

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and embark on a morning boat or canoe ride to explore some of Lake Bunyonyi’s magnificent Islands especially the Punishment Island to learn about the painful historical story (girls that became pregnant out of wedlock were abandoned here).

Explore the different bird species during the boat ride and return to the Lodge for Lunch.

In the afternoon either head for swimming in the bilharzia-free waters of Lake Bunyonyi or undertake a community walk to discover a different culture (Bakiga) from the one in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Accommodation options:-

Luxury: Birds nest Lodge | Bunyonyi Rock Resort.
Midrange: Arcadia Cottages or Bunyonyi Safaris Resort.

Budget: Bushara Island Camp or ByoonaAmagara Island Retreat.

Day 6: Departure

After canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi, return to the lodge to check out, and then start your return journey back to Entebbe international airport to prepare for your return flight. On your way back to Entebbe international airport, you will have a stopover at Igongo cultural museum to visit the museum, which is a cultural heritage of south-western Uganda that will take you centuries back into Uganda’s culture and lifestyle of the western people, and later proceed with your journey to the Uganda Equator line, located in Kayabwe, which is believed to be separating the planet into two parts; the Northern and Southern hemisphere.

While at the Equator landmark, take some memorial photos with one foot in the southern hemisphere and another one in the northern hemisphere, which will give you an opportunity to take a photo while standing on both sides of the world at the same time. It is also said that while standing at the equator line, your body weight is reduced by about 3 kg, so you will have a chance to prove this statement right or false. After the water experiment, have lunch, visit the craft shops which sell souvenirs that are made locally and fully in Uganda art style. Later, proceed with your tour straight to Entebbe international airport to prepare for your return flight. This will be the end of your 7-day Uganda wildlife and primate experience Uganda safari.

Includes:-

  • Gorilla permit.
  • Golden monkey tracking permit.
  • Lake Bunyonyiactivities.
  • Equator experience.
  • Transport plus fuel fees.
  • Ranger |guide fees.
  • A safari guide|driver
  • Relevant Government taxes.
  • Accommodation based on full board basis.
  • Meals including the en-route ones.
  • Bottled water in the vehicle durin the trip.
  • Optional activities on the itinerary.

Exclusions:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, tips, cigarettes, beverages, shopping and laundry fees among others.
  • Visa fees.

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