9-Day Primate Habituation Experience Safari in Uganda

Posted by on May 17, 2019

Moderately Priced Primate Habituation Experience Safari Plus Abundant Wildlife

10 Days of Primates up-close on a Moderately Priced Habituation Experience Safari in Uganda


This Value+ 9-Day Moderately Priced Primate Habituation Experience Safari it is about more time with the  Primates.  This Private Safari, using quality mid-range lodges gives you 4 hours with a Gorilla Family, 4 hours with the Golden Monkeys and all-day with the Chimpanzees.  More times with the Primates, fewer participants, and more incredible encounters in Africa’s Premier Primate Destination. Uganda.

This Safari is also about Value, Value for your dollars that stretch further in Uganda  – For 900 USD more than a standard permit in Uganda that gives you 1 hour with a Gorilla Family you now get 4 hours with a Gorilla Family. For 50 USD more than a regular Chimpanzee Permit, you receive all-day with a chimpanzee Group adding extra Time with the Primates and Value for your Money on this safari.

More time with the Primate, less fellow trekkers, your private Safari vehicle and an experienced Driver Guide make this luxury Safari even of a more enriching experience. Your Driver-Guide is the key to a successful Safari, and that is what we plan for.


Your Value+ 9-Day Primate Habituation Experience Safari Highlights

  • Fly into Entebbe Uganda –  fly out of Kigali – Rwanda
  • Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – Jungle Swamp Hike
  • Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – Kibale Forest
  • Explosion Crater Drive in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Lion Tracking Research with Uganda Carnivore Institute.
  • Wildlife Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth Parks Sanctuary – Jungle Swamp Trail
  • Tree Climbing Lions in Ishasha – Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Buniga Forest Walk with the Batwa Pygmies
  • Gorilla Habituation Experience – Rushaga Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Golden Monkey Habituation Experience in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Arrival Arrangements:  We can arrange Airport Pickup for you and also a moderately priced Hotel in the Entebbe area for you.  Please let us know when inquiring about this Safari.


Your Value+9-Day Primate Habituation Experience Safari in Uganda in Detail

Day 1 –  Kibale Forest:

We depart your Entebbe or Kampala Hotel at 6:30 am for Kibale Forest – about 5-hours plus drive time. Check into the mid-range quality Isunga Lodge.

Lunch

 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.  This is UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Eco-Site.

Dinner

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge: Isunga Lodge

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 Isunga Lodge-$$:

A newer moderately priced lodge that gives its guests value plus for their money.  We have used this lodge with great success on our safaris, and our Clients have responded more than positively.

There are four cottages with an en-suite bath in a very private setting.  The food is prepared thoughtfully, and the service is excellent.

There are much higher cost moderately priced lodges in Uganda that do not match what you receive at Isunga Lodge.

Our Clients and others have highly rated the lodge.  We have had not one complaint at this lodge from our Clients.

New Cottages are being added due to the demand for rooms wanted at this lodge.


Day 2 – 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 whole 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 from getting scratched on branches, protecting from insects, and staying comfortable in the rainforest.

The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience lasts all day 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.

You are also in the company of rangers who will point out things that you otherwise might miss.

Lodging: Kibale Forest Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge: Isunga Lodge


Day – 3 – Queen Elizabeth Park – Mweya Area:

Breakfast and we take the 2 hours plus drive to Queen Elizabeth Park, and before checking into Lodge of your choice, we take the scenic Explos ion Crater Drive – with its craters and Lakes, stunning views at the highest point in the lodge.

This is 2 1/2 hour drive, and some of the Craters were featured in National Geographic.  You will know why when you see the sights before you.

There will be many photo-opportunities on this drive plus you will gain insight from the ranger with you during the journey how this part of the park was formed.

Check into Enganzi Game Lodge – another quality mid-range lodge that has been consistent in quality with our clients.

Lunch

Afternoon Game Drive 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.  There is not much that you will miss on a game drive with two expert guides with you during the fame drive.

Each game drive is about 2 1/2 hours to 3 hours in length, and you have a pop-up roof for best wildlife viewing while on a game drive.

Dinner

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge:  Enganzi Game Lodge


 Enganzi Game Lodge-$$$:

Enganzi Game Lodge – with that affordable extra added touch Enganzi Game Lodge offers quality and yet is affordable in price.

Enganzi Game Lodge is the perfect base while exploring the scenic Queen Elizabeth Park with its wildlife, explosion craters, the vast Kyambura Gorge, the endless Maramagambo Forest and more.

The tented cottages come with a full bath and have extensive views down the Albertine Escarpment to Queen Elizabeth Park.

Enganzi Game Lodge is also a family-friendly lodge open to children of all ages.

The Key-Features are the View of the Savannah below, the privacy and largeness of cottages, full bath and a veranda where you can sit and take it all in.


Day – 4 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast

Lion Tracking Research with the Uganda Carnivore Project where you take part in the research of collared Lions in the northern area of the park.

This is not just a game drive, but an interactive learning experience, and the aim is to teach the local communities how to live in harmony with carnivores.

Lunch

During the afternoon is 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 slightly 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

Dinner

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge:  Enganzi Game Lodge


Day – 5 – Isashasha Tree-Climbing Lions:

 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.

Before Checking in to Ishasha Jungle Lodge, we take a Game Drive in search of the Tree Climbing Lions/  They climb into the trees after the night’s hunt. This is the best spot in East Africa for Tree Climbing Lions, known for the most consistent success in serving them.

Lunch

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 pride.  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.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge:  Ishasha Jungle Lodge

 


 Ishasha Jungle Lodge – Moderate – $$$:

Ishasha Jungle Lodge  is Dedicated to the Preservation of the Tree-Climbing Lions

Ishasha Jungle Lodge is located just outside of Queen Elizabeth Park along the Ntungwe River

Ishasha Jungle Lodge opened in January 2014 in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth Park. The rooms are en-suite with bath, tented Cottages on platforms with privacy and views.

The lodge prices are moderately priced, and that means value in the Ishasha area of the park.

They have maintained their standard since opening, and that includes quality of food, service and attractiveness and cleanliness of rooms.


Day – 6 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Rushaga Area:

Breakfast, and we depart for Rushaga, the only place for the Gorilla Habituation.  This is a 5-hour drive, and we depart at 7 am to arrive in time for lunch in the Southern Area of Bwindi Forest.

Check into Lake Mulehe Lodge

 Lake Mulehe Lodge Optional Activities.

After Lunch, you can read a book down by a lakeside hammock or on your cottage veranda.  There are other choices that you have some which are familiar, while others like some dugout canoeing might take a little getting used to it. Standard boats, including motorized boats, can be used to explore the Lake.

You can do a village visit from here which is partially by boat and on foot. Birders will be delighted by what awaits them here along Lake Mulehe in the shadows of the Brooding Volcanoes.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge:  Lake Mulehe Lodge


 Lake Mulehe Lodge – Mid-Range $$

This is a grand newer lodge combining a base for Gorilla Trekking in the Rushaga Area with the added plus of being along Lake Mulehe with the Virunga Volcanoes providing a beautiful backdrop.

Private, en-suite cottages, consistent customer service, meals prepared with an Italian touch.

Nearby Hiking Trails, Village Visit, Canoe Boat ride on the lake, it does not get any better.

The Southern area of Bwindi just got better with the addition of Bwindi Jungle Lodge, and the menu comes with an Italian Touch that is much appreciated by our clients who stay in this lovely setting.

 The lodge is 45 minutes away from Trekking and or Habituation Locations.


Day – 7 – 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 for the 1-hour session. The permit is 1,500 USD – at four hours with the gorillas that is a real bargain compared to 2,400 used in Uganda on four treks or Rwanda at 3000 used for four gorilla treks plus add the extra lodging.

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

After your Gorilla habituation Experience, we take the short drive to Lake Mutanda where you can check into the upmarket Chameleon Hill Lodge or moderately price Mutanda Lake Resort.

Dinner

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge: Lake Mulehe Lodge


Day – 8 –  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 Mghahinga Gorilla Park and the Virunga Volcanoes.

After the Golden Monkey, we return to

Dinner

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch  – Dinner

Lodge: Lake Mulehe Lodge


Day – 9 – Kigali – Departure for home:

Your Value+ 9-Day Midrange Primate Habituation Experience Safari comes to an end. Breakfast and we leave for Kigali after lunch – depending on your departure time from Kigali airport.

 

Safari includes all permits, all lodging, 4-wheel drive safari vehicle, all food, bottled water in the car, but not alcohol at lodges or tips.

 

Meal Plan:  Breakfast;

 


 If you are interested in this 9-day Primate Habituation Experience Safari – please Contact us