10-Day MORE TIME with the Primates Luxury Safari in the Pearl of Africa

Posted by on January 2, 2019

Gorillas – Chimpanzees – Golden Monkeys – Tree Climbing Lions – Wildlife

Exclusive – MORE TIME with the Primates Luxury Safari Wildlife Safari in Uganda


Spend MORE TIME with the Primates Luxury Safari and see more wildlife on this 10-Day one-of-a-kind Luxury Safari that begins in Uganda and ends in Entebbe. This is a sort of hands-on experiential Safari where you are a participant in the Habituation Process of Golden Monkeys, Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees plus there are unique Wildlife Experiences such as the Tree-Climbing Lions of Ishasha, a hands-on Lion Tracking Research experience,


Highlights of the MORE TIME with Primates Luxury Safari

  • Fly into Kigali, Rwanda – Fly out of Entebbe, Uganda
  • Gorilla Trekking on the Volcanoes of Mgahinga Gorilla Park
  • Golden Monkey Habituation Experience in Mgahinga Gorilla Park
  • Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Tree Climbing Lions in Ishasha Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Lion Tracking Research in northern Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Kazinga Channel Wildlife Boat Safari in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Explosion Crater Drive in Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – Jungle Swamp Trail
  • Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – Kibale Forest
  • Land-Cruiser Vehicle with Pop-up Roof and expert Driver-Guide

 10-Day MORE TIME with the Primates Luxury Safari with Wildlife plus added on Any Portion of this Safari can be changed by you – Arrival Lodging in Kigali an outgoing Lodging in Entebbe can be arranged by us.  The Safari can be extended by adding other park and activities that interest you.  This is a Private Safari created for you and your party of friends or family.

This Primate Safari is designed for those who want more Time with Primates. More than one hour with Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys.

Photographers have been attracted by this safari since they have more time with primates and do not have to do Gorilla Treks for example to get the pictures that they would like. This Safari can only be done in Uganda


Day 1 – Journey to Mgahinga Park:

Your 10-Day MORE TIME with the Primates Luxury Safari begins as we pick you up at the Airport in Kigali or the Hotel you are staying and  begin the 3-hour plus journey to Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

You will need an East African Visa that is obtainable from the first East African Country that you Visit (Kenya-Rwanda – Uganda are participants in the East African Visa Program).  You will need a Yellow Fever Certificate which is good for a lifetime.

At the border change your watch one hour ahead to East African Time.

In Mgahinga Gorilla Park your best and only luxury Lodging Choice is the exclusive Mount Gahinga Lodge which comes at a reasonable price for the value that you receive

Afternoon Activity:Mount Gahinga Lodge offers various activities to its guests such as a scenic Volcano Caldera Walk, a visit to the Batwa Heritage Village that it built, a Forest Walk with first People of Forest, the Batwa or relax and chill out and read one of our Gorilla Reads, a book about the area.

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

Lodging Choices: 


 Mount Gahinga Lodge – Mgahinga Gorilla Park – Exclusive:

This is an exclusive luxury Lodge with an added plus and that plus is affordability. It is at least 1/3 less in price than what other exclusive Luxury Lodges go for per night.

Why an exclusive Lodge at an affordable price? The answer is a simple one – Traffic. The Lodge is at the entrance to Mgahinga Gorilla Park, and the park attracts a fraction of the visitors that make their way to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. In other words, Mgahinga Gorilla Park is off of the beaten tourist path and the reason Mount Gahinga Lodge is value Plus.

From the Lodge, you have incredible views of the Virunga Volcanoes and since the lodge is 2,000 meter above sea-level you have great views of the surrounding area.


 Day 2 – Gorilla Trekking

An early Breakfast – the right equipment and clothing for your Trek. Further Trekking Information that will make this day a Success.

We suggest a day pack, packed lunch from the lodge, two liters of water, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, hat, boots, thick socks, and tough gardening gloves.  All this is not for a fashion statement but for your protection against nettles, thorns, brush, and branches.

After the orientation, engage the services of a porter (small fee)  and a local walking Stick – the best investment you can make on this day and off you go on your Safe and Secure Gorilla Trek with Rangers and security escort to visit the Nyakagezi Family – 9 members in the group.  This is a 4 to 5-hour trek for most, a one-of-a-kind experience.

We provide – Porter-Walking Sticks-Bottled Water

Should you finish early in the day – a Cultural Visit to the Batwa Community that Mount Gahinga Lodge supports can be arranged.

Suggestion:  Be sure to pack a sweater the temperature here at night is 10-degree Celsius or 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Mount Gahinga Lodge


Day 3 – Golden Monkey Habituation Experience:

 Breakfast and it is off to the Golden Monkey Habituation Experience Trailhead orientation and then you are off into Bamboo Forests where the Golden Monkeys make their home.  They weigh about 30 pounds, are quite beautiful to see and you will hear them screeching long before you reach their location.

You spend about 4-hours observing a group of over 100 of them as literally flit about the bamboo forest near you, above you and around you.  They are an endangered species, some of it is because of the loss of habitat and their lack of reproduction.

The largest Golden Monkey Population is found in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.  You can only see them in the Virunga Volcanoes.

After the trek, we move to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where we check you in at either the exclusive Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or the Upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodge:  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge


 Day 4 – Gorilla Habituation Experience:

Breakfast and you are off for the event of your Safari, The Gorilla Habituation Experience where you are with a Gorilla Family for 4-hours on this all-day trek. Same clothing as for Gorilla Trekking, you might want more snacks and water since it is a long day.

The Habituation Experience begins at 7:30 AM with a meeting with researchers, trackers that are working with the Habituation.

Trekking is here is different from Mgahinga Gorilla Park and the Volcanoes there, here you trek up and down valleys and ridges until you reach the location of the Gorilla Family.

Please no Flash Photography and respect the rules that were set down at the orientation.  Be mindful that Gorillas might break the rules such as a distance between trekkers and primates.

Return to the Lodge

Meal Plan:  Breakfast -Lunch – Dinner


Day 5 – Queen Elizabeth Park Ishasha Area:

After Breakfast, we drive to Queen Elizabeth Park, the Ishasha Region of the park where we check into the lodge you have chosen.  There is only one luxury Lodge in this more remote portion of Queen Elizabeth Park. Drive Time is 5 hours meaning that we leave at 7 am for Ishasha from South Bwindi.  The drive, however, is one of the most scenic ones in Uganda.

Check into your Lodge

Afternoon Game drive in search of the famed tree-climbing lions who sleep in the fig trees up to 15 hours a day.  They have in recent times moved further into the park but seeing them is still one of the best probabilities in East Africa.  There are about 50 of them here in various prides.  You might also see some leopards, lot of elephants which have increased vastly in numbers.  The elephants that you see here will be both Savannah and Forest Elephants.  Most likely you will not be able to tell the difference, but forest elephants are hairier, have straight,.

The elephants that you see here will be both Savannah and Forest Elephants.  Most likely you will not be able to tell the difference, but forest elephants are hairier, have straight, shorter tusks, are slightly smaller and have one less toe on each foot.  You will also see large herds of buffaloes, topi and Uganda Kob antelopes.

Note – At Ishasha Wilderness Camp a Sundowner can be arranged in the Bush for you hosted by Camp Staff reminiscent of the days of old in the African Bush. A Bush breakfast is also an option – both at extra cost.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Lodge: Ishasha Wilderness Camp


 Ishasha Wilderness Camp – Exclusive:

Ishasha Wilderness camp is an experience in the African Wild in the unvisited part of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda – the Ishasha region of the park

Simply a place in the African Bush along the Ntungwe River- up-market luxury staying in en-suite Tented Cottages

Have lunch with elephants and hippos, listen to the sounds of the African night.

The meals and care offered are restaurant style that with the new tents is simply great and you are near the best place in all of Africa for Tree Climbing Lions and yet most tourists bypass this fantastic part of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp, most of all, is about its setting in the Wilderness.


Day  – 6 – Queen Elizabeth Park – Mweya Area:

Breakfast and the last Game Drive with the Tree Climbing Lions of Ishashasha and the abundance of other wildlife in this area of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Afterward, we drive to the northern area of Queen Elizabeth Park where we check in at Kyambura Gorge  overlooking that Gash in the Savannah, with an underground forest below it, the Kyambura Gorge, the lost valley as BBC called it, some refer to it as the Valley of the Apes.

In the afternoon it is the fabulous Kazinga Channel Wildlife, Birding, Reptile Boat Safari that is one of the highlights of your Queen Elizabeth Park Visit.  Here you can see countless pods of Hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, elephant herds, countless birds, monitor lizards and more.

This is a natural channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

 Lodge: Kyambura Gorge Lodge


 Kyambura Gorge Lodge – Exclusive Luxury Lodge:

This classy lodge is located near the Kyambura Gorge which is a giant gash in the Savannah of Queen Elizabeth Park.  The lodge was created by taking an old coffee shop and giving it a new life as an exclusive luxury Lodge.

Today it is one of the finest lodges in Uganda, but still has that rustic look to it. Exquisite Bandas as the cottages are called here.  There is a swimming pool at the main lodge where you take a drink and hear the stories about today’s Safari adventures that various guests had.

Excellent service is a trademark of the Volcanoes Lodges and certainly true at Kyambura Gorge.

Trek in the Gorge and spot a Chimpanzee I the valley of the Apes, Game drives and the boat safari on Kazinga


Day 7  – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Lion Tracking Research – here you are with Researchers from the Carnivore Project and track the Collared Lions, leopards in this part of the park, not only will you see lions, but a learning experience about the lions.

The lion tracking research begins at the crack of dawn and you can have breakfast after the experience.

Alternate Choice:  Venture into the Kyambura Gorge along the River of the Blin and see chimpanzee, other primates, small mammals such as antelopes while exploring the lost Valley

In the afternoon we take one of the most scenic drives – the 27 kilometer Explosion Crater Drive – this is the highest point in the park where you have some incredible viewpoints of the Western Rift Escarpment, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon plus the craters themselves which were featured in National Geographic a few years past. The option is to add

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch-Dinner


Day 8 – Kibale Forest:

 In the early morning we take one of the most scenic drives – the 27 kilometer Explosion Crater Drive – this is the highest point in the park where you have some incredible viewpoints of the Western Rift Escarpment, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon plus the craters themselves which were featured in National Geographic a few years past.

Afterward, continue to Kibale Forest where we check into Crater Lake Safari Lodge.

Afternoon – Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary Hike.  This is a guided 3-hour hike through a Jungle Swamp, much of it is on planks that act like a boardwalk above the swamp.  Your experienced guide is from the local community that has maintained the Wetlands for many years with thousands visiting each year.

During the Afternoon you might spot Chimpanzees, Colobus Monkeys, also baboons.  The area is well-known for birds, the chief attraction is the Blue Turaco.

When it comes to Mammals you can see otters, bush pigs, mongoose, and the rare Sitatunga Antelope to name a few.

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

Lodge: Crater Lake Safari Lodge


 Crater Lake Safari Lodge – Luxury – $$$:

Crater Lake Safari is when it comes to Luxury lodges is an affordable option for those that want that added comfort, extra service , nd delightful meals.

There is a swimming pool for you to enjoy and you can enjoy a soothing massage here.

The lodge has been featured in various international publications including Vogue Magazine as one of the best lodges in Uganda.

Enjoy the view from your most comfortable Cottage, the crater lake just below you, the rolling hillsides in the distance and the color green everywhere. Kibale Forest and Bigodi Wetlands are 20 minutes from the lodge.

We use the Lakeside Cottages which our client prefer.


Day 9 – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Kibale Forest

Early Breakfast and you are off to meet with your Ranger-Guide who will take you into Kibale Forest where a Chimpanzee Group is being habituated, a process that takes up to two years.  Habituation teaches the Chimpanzees to allow humans in their presence.

A chimp community can number over 100 members. Chimpanzees live in a relational social structure,  the alpha males defend against other chimpanzees trying to move into the territory.  Females are part of smaller family groups and nurture the young.

Way before you see the chimpanzees, you will hear their hooting calls in the distance.  Soon you come upon them and spend one hour with them observing their ways and habits.

Normally you might see 4 to 6 primates here, many of the birds, the butterflies, mammals found here and of course the forest itself with its vegetation that is unique. On an all-day habituation, you will see a lot more than on a trek.

It is important that you wear the right clothing and shoes and have at least 3 liters of water with you, plus a packed lunch

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 10 – Entebbe:

Breakfast

Morning Activities cn be scheduld, it all depends on your flight time.

Arrive in Entebbe for the flight home – 4 1/2 hours drive-time.


S afari includes All Permits and activities except where it says optional.  All lodging, full-board is included except drinks, tips, laundry at lodges.


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