12 Day Ultimate Primate -Wildlife Honeymoon Safari in Uganda

Posted by on September 27, 2019

A Honeymoon with Gorillas – Chimpanzees – Golden Monkeys – Wildlife

12-Day Ultimate Primate -Wildlife Honeymoon Safari in Uganda-Rwanda – 4 hours with Gorillas – All-Day with Chimpanzees – a one of a kind Honeymoon Safari


 12-Day Ultimate Primate -Wildlife Honeymoon Safari.  This Honeymoon is a Primate Lover’s Dream made real.

There are three Primate Habituation Experiences for you you to enjoy. The one-of-a-kind all-day Gorilla Habituation Experience trek (4-hours)  with a  Mountain Gorilla Family in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. An Afromontane Forest that Lonely Planet placed on their “most Unusual Honeymoon Destination List.” Spend All-day with the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and 4-hours with the Golden Monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. 

Add to that the abundant wildlife of Queen Elizabeth Park, the Western Rift Valley, the Virunga Volcanoes, the Explosion Craters and Crater Lakes, the Rwenzori Mountains of the moon and scenic Lake Mutanda and you have the ideal African Honeymoon Safari.


Day 1 – Arrival – Entebbe International Airport:

The 12 Day Ultimate Primate – Wildlife Honeymoon Safari begins with your arrival at Entebbe International Airport,  which is relatively Visitor Friendly with minimal hassles for tourists as they enter East Africa.  From the time that you land to entering the arrivals area takes about 45 minutes.

Our driver-guide will meet you with a Kabiza Wilderness Safaris sign. After welcoming you to Uganda, he will drive you to the 2-Friends Beach Hotel.  This upmarket hotel is in an older residential colonial area along Lake Victoria.

You have one of the Terrace Rooms with views of Lake Victoria reserved for you. You have a great view of the Lake, and there is private, palm tree-studded sandy beach.  On the beach is the famous Tree-House Bar.

You can take a dip in the swimming pool, enjoy a vibrant massage, or enjoy a cold drink enjoying the view before you.

The Hotel is a great, romantic place to begin your African Honeymoon in Uganda, from the service to the food, wine list and refreshment served here. Add on top of that excellent views of Lake Victoria, a sandy beach

Meal Plan: Dinner – depending on arrival time

Lodging:  Upmarket – 2 Friends Beach Hotel -Terrace Room


Day 2 – Kibale Forest:

 Breakfast and we depart for Kibale Forest at 6:30 where the jungles of West and Central Africa meet Uganda – about 4 1/2 hours drive time.

You arrive at Crater Lake Safari Lodge in time for lunch.  Your honeymoon cottage overlooks an ancient Explosion Crater Lake. There is a swimming pool for you to enjoy. The crater Lake is below you, and you can enjoy a quiet moment at the dock where you can sit and enjoy the stillness of the lake. Take a boat ride around the lake and discover the abundance of colorful birds that call the lake and its surroundings their home.

The lodge has been featured in both Vogue and the Huffington Post. You will delight in the meals served and the extra touches provided for you. Private meals can be arranged ahead of time.

 Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – During the mid-afternoon it is a visit to Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – which is a Jungle Swamp filled with all kinds of Natural Wonders that await you on this guided nature walk which often using boardwalks made of planks to stay above the water.

If you are a Birding enthusiast, this is a must place for you to visit, one of the birds most see here is the large blue Turaco.  During the afternoon you can often see chimpanzees who come to forage here from Kibale Forest, but also other monkeys,

You can also see the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga Antelope here which has webbed toes to help it get around swamp areas such as in Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary.

Your guide is from the local community of Bigodi who are the swamp caretakers which includes the protection of it and the wildlife found there.

Dinner

Meal Plan:  Lunch  – Dinner

Lodging: Crater Lake Safari Lodge


Day 3 –The All-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – Kibale Forest:

Early breakfast and your Chimpanzee Habituation Experience with researchers, trackers, your guide is about to begin.  This is being with the chimpanzees for the day and takes a bit of planning on your part.

You will need a daypack, a packed lunch from the lodge, two liters of water, some snacks as dried fruit that you can buy in Uganda, waterproof hiking boots, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, light rain-jacket, a hat.  Such clothing is for protection and comfort from getting scratched on branches, protecting from insects, and staying comfortable in the rainforest.

The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience lasts all day, from the crack of dawn until the late afternoon. However, there is much to see as you observe the Chimpanzees, other primates, birds, and mammals that are found in Kibale Forest.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge: Crater Lake Safari Lodge


Day – 4 – Queen Elizabeth Park – Mweya Area:

 Breakfast and we take the 2-hour plus drive to Queen Elizabeth Park.

Before checking into Kyambura Gorge Lodge, we take the scenic Explosion Crater Drive – with its craters and Lakes, stunning views at the highest point in the park.

There are 12 craters along the 27-Kilometer Scenic Drive. The added plus is the Wildlife that you will see on the way

The Explosion Crater Drive has been featured in the National Geographic Magazine.

Check into the exclusive luxury Kyambura Gorge 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 abandoned Coffee Plantation and giving it a second breath of life. The result is Kyambura Gorge Lodge with its exclusive Luxury and deluxe Bandas in a stunning scenic setting overlooking the Kyambura Gorge.

 Kyambura Gorge Lodge is one of the most beautiful lodges in Uganda but still has that rustic coffee plantation look to it. Your morning Java is produced here by a Women’s Group supported by the Lodge

There is an outstanding saltwater Swimming Pool for you to enjoy. You can be and take in the scenery that surrounds you while having a second sunrise as you drink the local coffee or a sundowner where you enjoy a Uganda Waragi with a Krest Bitter-Lemon Soda.

There is now a Spa at the lodges which enhances your time at the lodge.

The world-class level of service and the gourmet meals will come as a surprise to you as you are in the African Bush. Kyambura Gorge Lodge.

Take a late afternoon Sunset Game Dive on the Kasenyi plains of Queen Elizabeth Park where you have some excellent opportunities to see Lions, Leopards, Elephant Herds, Buffaloes, antelopes while slowly moving down a game track with a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger on board along with your driver-guide.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge:  Kyambura Gorge Lodge.


Day – 5 – Queen Elizabeth Park: Early Morning Lion Tracking Research with the Uganda Carnivore Project where you take part in the research of collared Lions and other Carnivores on the Kasenyi Plains in the northern area of Queen Elizabeth Park. This is not a regular Tourist activity but falls into the area of experiential experiences. You are part of the research team that monitors the health of carnivores in this area of the park.

The Uganda Carnivore Projects along with the Uganda Wildlife, educate the local community as to how to live in harmony with carnivores. To see them an irreplaceable asset and how tourism provides opportunities for those that live next to or in the park.

This activity is limited as to the number of participants, and we book it for you well in Advance. The activity is taken using a Research vehicle with tracking equipment on board.

During the afternoon enjoy the highlight of any safari to Queen Elizabeth Park – the Kazinga Channel Boat Safari.   This is a two-hour boat ride with wildlife, birds, reptiles along the way.

You can choose a smaller boat at a higher cost or use the larger Uganda Wildlife Authority boat- both will give you great views, or elephant, buffalo herds, antelopes, crocodiles, monitor lizards, hippos and countless of water birds including large schools of pelicans.

The Kazinga Channel is known for its large concentration of hippos that are found here.

The channel is well known for its birds, large elephant herds that congregate along the channel as well as buffalo herds.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge:  Kyambura Gorge Lodge


Day – 6 – Ishasha -Tree-Climbing Lions  – Queen Elizabeth Park:

 Breakfast and depart for Ishasha, which is home to the best Tree-Climbing Lion location in East Africa.  This is a 2-hour plus drive. Upon reaching Ishasha, we take a Game Drive in search of the Tree Climbing Lions. They spent most of the day up in fig and acacia trees in the area.

This is the best spot in East Africa. Why the lions climb into the trees is still not known. All we have are speculation that ranges from behavioral traits to the avoidance of insects. All of it based on mere speculations and no scientific research.  Put all of that aside and enjoy the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha.

You might also see some leopards up in the trees with their prey. Other wildlife such as Elephants, Buffaloes,  Topi and Uganda Kob antelopes are seen in high numbers here.

Check into Ishasha Wilderness camp which is an experience in the African Wild in the unvisited Ishasha Region of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is located along the Ntungwe River that snakes its way through this portion of the park. The lodge is one of the few that is inside of Queen Elizabeth. You are surrounded by wildlife, and from your Tent, or while having lunch, you can see herds of elephants that come to water and bathe.

The lodge provides the perfect wilderness backdrop for am African Honeyoom in the Pearl of Africa.  You have a spacious exquisitely furnished tent with bath. Views of the River and Wildlife. Excellent meals along with world-class service.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp, more than a lodge, but an experience in the wilderness.

Late 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.

 Sundowner in the Bush:

This an old Safari tradition that goes back to Colonial Times in Africa. The Drink of choice the days of was Gin and a heavy dose of Quinine in Tonic. The reason for it was to prevent Malaria. The Sundowner became a safari tradition across the country and which continues to this day.

At the end of the  Safari day, before sundown, you are taken to a place not too far from the lodge, where a sundowner is prepared for you. Drinks and snacks. In Uganda, Gin and Tonic mean Uganda Waragi with a Krest Bitter Lemon Soda.

We think it the right touch for your honeymoon.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Lodge:  Ishasha Wilderness Camp


Day – 7– Bwindi Impenetrable Forest-Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge:

Breakfast, and we depart for Rushaga, the only place for the Gorilla Habituation.  This is a 5-hour drive, and we  leave at 7 am to arrive in time for lunch in the Southern Area of Bwindi Forest. The trip to Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is most scenic and takes you through the Kigezi Highlands, a bit of Switzerland in Uganda.

Check into either the exclusive Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, which is one of Uganda’s best luxury lodges. The views from your cottage of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Virunga Volcanoes in the distance are breathtaking.

The lodge is the perfect Gorilla Honeymoon Safari Lodge for you with unrivaled service, creative meals that reflect southwest Uganda. There is even a fireplace to take off the Gorilla Highlands Chill.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge 


 Day – 8 – Gorilla Habituation Experience – Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Breakfast and the big day of spending four hours with the Gorillas have come.  You will need a daypack, packed lunch, light rain jacket, a walking stick can be obtained and it is advised that you do so, waterproof hiking boots, good socks, long-sleeved shirt and long trousers, gardening gloves to pull yourself up on branches, hat and two liters of water.

After a brief meeting with the Gorilla Habituation Researchers, you are off for your 4-hour session with the Gentle Giants of the Forest.

This will undoubtedly be a most special time for you on this one of the day’s of your life – being four hours with the Mountain Gorillas in Rushaga on an all-day-trek.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge 


Day – 9 – Mgahinga Gorilla Park:

A late Breakfast and it is a scenic 1 1/2 drive to Mount Gahinga Lodge at the edge of Mgahinga Gorilla Park. This  exclusive, luxury Lodge is located just outside of Mgahinga Gorilla Park, which is an off the beaten path park when it comes to Gorilla Trekking.

Spend two nights in the shadows of the brooding volcanoes. The Virunga Volcanoes, locally called the Mufumbiro Mountains, the mountains that cook.

The luxury lodge is your best base from which to track Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, make the Cultural Batwa Trail, Climb one of the Volcanoes or hit the hiking trails in the park.

Though Mount Gahinga Lodge is an exclusive Luxury Lodge with regular Bandas and the newer deluxe one that was completed in 2018.

 

 Choice of Afternoon Activities at the Lodge:  Mount Gahinga Lodge offers several activities to its guests. The Volcanic Caldera Walk is one of them.  The various Batwa Cultural Encounters offered rank high, the Batwa Heritage Trail where the first people of forest demonstrate as to how they lived in harmony with nature including with the Mountain Gorillas, a village visit to the Gahinga Village built by the Lodge, the Vocational School are also popular.

Others relax at the lodge, choose one of our Gorilla Read Books, enjoy a Uganda Waragi with a Krest Bitter Lemon, and have a relaxing afternoon in the shadow of the Brooding Volcanoes.

There is always the Complimentary Massage that you can enjoy during your stay at the lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge: Mount Gahinga Lodge


 Day – 10 –  Golden Monkey Habituation Experience – Mgahinga Gorilla Park:

Breakfast and off to nearby Mgahinga Gorilla Park where it is your last Primate Habituation Experience with the endangered Golden Monkeys of the Virunga Volcanoes.

What you wear, should be similar to Gorilla Habituation Experience, including packed lunch and two liters of water.  You will go with researchers on an upward climb toward the Bamboo Forests where the Golden Monkeys have their habitat.

Out of all the groups of primates, the golden monkeys are the liveliest of them, you will find the jumping over, making noise all around you, wherever you turn, there they are.

It takes about two years to habituate any primate group, and that includes the Golden Monkeys of Mgahinga Gorilla Park, The Golden Monkey habituation experience will take most of the day, but an enjoyable day it will be for you, not only surrounded by the golden monkeys but also the stunning scenery found at Mgahinga Gorilla Park and the Virunga Volcanoes.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge: Mount Gahinga Lodge


 Day –11- Lake Mutanda- Relax & Chill Out:

We take the short drive to Chameleon Hill Lodge, the Lodge with the million-dollar view. Mgahinga Gorilla Park is part of that view.  The picture before you was declared as the “third must photograph spot in the world.” Once you are here, you will soon know why.

This is the perfect spot for you to relax and chill out before flying out of nearby Kigali, Rwanda.

Stay in what we could be called the funkiest Lodge in all of Africa, Chameleon Hill Lodge. This is an upmarket lodge that seems to be someone’s fairy tale dream. It resembles a castle and all of its brightly colored cottages have the million-dollar view of the lake and the Virunga Volcanoes.

Take out a Dugout Canoe on the lake. Have the lodge take you to one of the emerald islands, or spend time at the lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge: Chameleon Hill Lodge


10 – Kigali – Departure for home:

The Luxury Primate Habituation Experience Safari comes to an end. Breakfast and we leave for Kigali where you in visit the Genocide Museum, have lunch at Hotel des Mille Collines – Hotel Rwanda – Lunch not included in the price of the Safari.

Note:  You can fly back to Entebbe if you so choose.

Meal Plan: Breakfast


 

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