6 Day Uganda's Apes & Lake Mburo

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This six day Uganda safari takes you to the very best areas of Uganda for viewing its rare indigenous primates and also includes the beautiful Lakeland area of Lake Mburo where visitors can take nature walks in the surrounding forest as well as enjoy other activities. Travel is by comfortable 4x4 safari vehicle with an expert driver-guide.




Kibale Forest

The adventure starts with a journey to Kibale Forest which has one of the largest numbers of primate species in Africa - 13 species. This includes chimpanzees which number over 1,450 – the largest population in Uganda. Other animals to be found here include many types of rare monkey, forest elephant, bush pigs, buffalo and 325 recorded species of birds.


The safari continues with a game drive through the Ishasha area. This is home to chimpanzees and various species of monkey including black and white colobus, baboons, red-tailed monkeys and vervet monkeys. Hyena and leopard are evident as are large prides of lion - including the famous tree-climbing lions.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

We then head into the World Heritage Site of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This is a rare opportunity to visit some of the World’s last tracts of primeval forest - it is virtually untouched and retains an awe-inspiring collection of endangered flora and fauna including Mountain Gorillas.

The tour later continues to Lake Mburo which has wonderful scenery and a chance to either relax after your days of jungle trekking or you can join other activities such as safari walks, night drives or horse-riding treks.


Transport & Accommodation Options:

The tour operates by road in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle (from and back to Entebbe). Scheduled / Shared Departures bring great value on set dates or Private Departures depart on any day (subject to availability).

There are two price levels depending on your choice of accommodation – Mid Range and Up Market.

The Mid Range option includes:

  • Primate Lodge (Kibale)
  • Silverback Lodge (Bwindi)
  • Mantana Mburo Camp

The Up Market option includes:

  • Kyaninga Lodge or Ndali Lodge (Kibale)
  • Gorilla Forest Camp or Bwindi Lodge (Bwindi)
  • Mihingo Lodge (Lake Mburo)


Highlights Include:

  • Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Nature walks in Kibale Forest
  • Game drive through Ishasha – renowned for its tree-climbing lions
  • Gorilla Tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Forest Walks in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Lakeland scenery, safari walks and varied activities of Lake Mburo
  • Stop at the Equator




Day 1  Entebbe to Kibale Forest

You will be met at Entebbe airport and assisted through customs (or picked up from an Entebbe hotel). Depart with your friendly, expert driver-guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari.  Take a drive west through the green tea plantations and the evergreen Kibale Forest, arriving at Fort-portal in time for Lunch. (Meals and Overnight at your choice of Lodge).


Day 2  Chimpanzee Tracking - Kibale Forest (tracking takes 3 to 4 hrs)

After Breakfast, transfer to Kanyanchu park Headquarters in time for a briefing and head out to the forest. Chimpanzee tracking starts early in the morning. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest's fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters.

After lunch, go for a walk in Bigodi - an eco-tourism swamp with rare and beautiful flora and fauna. (Meals and Overnight at your choice of Lodge).


Day 3  Kibale Forest via Ishasha to Bwindi National Park

After an early breakfast start for Bwindi National Park (packed lunch included) – the drive is about 6 hours with a game drive through Ishasha area (home to the tree-climbing lions and a magnitude of other wildlife). Arrive at the lodge late in the afternoon. Relax at the lodge and enjoy the views or take a village walk to visit the local shops or craft shops. (Dinner and Overnight at your choice of Lodge).


Day 4  Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (tracking takes 3 to 10 hrs)

We enter the Gorilla Sanctuary in the early morning. The rainforest is spectacular, heavily vegetated and dense landscape criss-crossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers. The time taken and terrain varies depending on the movements of the gorillas, but the thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories. The Gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. Return to the lodge in the afternoon to relax. (Meals and Overnight at your choice of Lodge).


Day 5  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo National Park (approx 6 hrs) with relevant stops at places of interest. Proceed to the park arriving in time for lunch. Lake Mburo has a wider range of activities available to choose from, as there are horseback safaris, night drives and walking safaris from the Lodge. However after your trek with the Gorillas you may just want to relax and enjoy the peace of this stunning park. The game drive takes you along the lakeshore track, and with its own system of game trails and cleared walkways. This would give you an opportunity to see antelope species including the cape eland (unique to this park) as well as zebra and other Big Game. (Meals and Overnight at your choice of Lodge).


Day 6  Lake Mburo to Kampala / Entebbe

Breakfast at lodge. Morning game drive and start for Kampala (approx 6 hrs) with stops at places of interest including the Equator and Mpigi Royal Drum Makers en route where you will able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations. Proceed to Kampala (stop for craft shopping time-permitting) then proceed to the airport to check-in for your onward flight. Or, drop off at a hotel (not included but can be arranged at a supplement).


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6 DAY UGANDA’S APES & LAKE MBURO SAFARI: prices are Per Person (minimum 2 people)


All transport in 4x4 vehicle and an English-speaking driver/guide. 1 Chimpanzee Permit per person. 1 Gorilla Permit per person. All park fees. Accommodation on a Full Board basis (picnic lunch where specified).

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