A Taste of an African Primates Safari in Uganda
Featuring Kibale Forest, Kyambura Gorge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest6 nights/7 days - Itineraries start at USD$6,000 per person
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Day 1 - Kibale Forest
Welcome to Uganda!
On arrival in Entebbe you will clear Uganda's immigration and customs
formalities. In the arrivals hall you will be met by your Hills Of
Africa Travel representative (look for your name on a sign). Please
purchase a single entry visa (USD 50). If time permits you may wish to
visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens.
- US passports require visas to enter Uganda AND must have at least two
empty pages in their passports for each country visited and the
passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry to
the last country. Please have exact amount in cash for visas as no
change will be given. All travelers to Uganda are required to have a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (issued at least two weeks before travel).
from Entebbe Airport you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will
provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. On the route
west you pass the historic town of Fort Portal before continuing to Ndali Lodge.
The lodge has amazing 360 degree views of the ancient volcanic
landscape, the Bunyaruguru Crater Lake and the Rwenzori Mountains
beyond. After your long journey enjoy the swimming pool, walk around
the lodge garden and grounds or simply relax on the terrace.
Lodge is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which, since its
demise, has filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake
Nyinambuga (250 acres in size and 130 meters deep). There is a main
thatched lodge with spacious sitting room, reception area and dinning
room flanked by 8 cottages providing luxurious accommodation for 16
guests. The cottages which face west, offer a panoramic view of the
spectacular Mountains of the Moon. They were designed by Captain Mark
Price and are built of local stone and thatch. The interiors are
imaginatively and comfortably furnished where the decor empahsis in on
the use local materials. Each cottage, large enough to accommodate a
family, has en-suite facilities with bath, shower, WC and hand basin
and a private verandah, perfect for watching the setting sun ehind the
Rwenzori Mountains. The snow-capped peaks are cmarkedly visible on a
At night the dining room is festooned with
candles. The lodge has no electricity or generators to destroy the
tranquility and atmosphere. Although there are solar lights in the
cottages. The sitting room, reception and dining room open out onto
Lake Nyinambuga and are connected by two open passage-ways or
breeze-ways. Breakfast is on the verandah overlooking the lake. Freshly
squeezed passion fruit juice (from Ndali's vines when in season) and
homemade bread with wild honey go down well with a full English
breakfast. All Ndali's water comes directly from the lake, pumped up
hydraulic ram based on technology invented in the 1770's.
Accommodation: 1 x Ndali Lodge room on a sharing and full-board (meals only) basis for two nights. Single supplements will be added if applicable.
You will have use of a private guide and vehicle during your stay.
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Day 2 - Kibale Forest
you will spend the morning tracking the exuberant chimp families in the
Kibale forest. Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they
swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor, is a
thrilling experience. Though they can be difficult to spot, you will be
in no doubt of their presence as the forest is alive with their noisy
In the afternoon, explore the Bigodi Wetland
Sanctuary. The reserve is abundant with butterflies, plants, animals
and, in particular, birds. Spectacular birds like Great Blue Turaco and
rare Papyrus Gonolek will be of great interest to birders. The swamp is
also home to more elusive animals such as Red Colobus monkeys and
Sitatunga antelope. There is also the opportunity to visit local
community projects that have been financed by tourism.
In the evening enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with its stunning views.
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Day 3 - Kyambura Gorge
Today you will depart for beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park.
En route, you can take a short walk in the foothills of the Rwenzori
Mountains and take in the views of this magnificent mountain range or
drive straight to the park and take a game drive. What you see depends
on the season, but the Kasenyi plains are excellent for sighting lion
and large herds of Uganda kob. The Mweya peninsula offers excellent
game drives with magnificent views across the water to the Rwenzori
Mountains. Mweya is one of the best places to look for leopard, which
live in the dense, scrubby thickets.
If time permits, we can
visit the Kyambura Women's Coffee Cooperative and it's coffee
processing station or travel to the wetland reserve to spot birds. Both
projects were set up and are supported by the Volcanoes Safaris
Kyambura Gorge Lodge
on the edge of the Kyambura Gorge and Queen Elizabeth National Park, in
Uganda, one of Africa's finest national parks, Kyambura Gorge Lodge has
stunning views over the gorge and the lush savannah of the park, with
the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. The main lodge
building was originally a coffee store and processing plant, surrounded
by coffee plantations. The original structure has been sensitively
restored to create a stunning living space, balancing the history of
the building with the location and creating a series of distinct
luxurious contemporary spaces for guests. Four beautiful, spacious
bandas have been carefully nestled into the hillside, each with their
own luxury bathroom. Each room has a different aspect of the panoramic
views across the gorge, savannah and mythical Rwenzoris. Each banda is
uniquely appointed, adopting a different colour theme.
the lodge guests can go chimp tracking in the Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu
forest. Chimps are very mobile, tracking them as they crash through the
canopy screaming and whooping can take stamina. Guests can also take a
game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth to spot lions, elephant,
antelope, buffalo and some of the 600 birds species that live in this
national park such as the spoonbill stork, or take a boat out onto the
Kazinga Channel to spot the many birds and animals which come to cool
off at the waters' edge. Guests can also take a guided walk around the
Lodge grounds to tour the community coffee processing plant and other
projects supported by Volcanoes, or through the wetland to spot bird
species. Alternatively simply relax in the beautiful atmosphere of this
unique lodge and watch game on the savannah plains below, listening to
the sounds of the chimps and birds in the gorge.
Accommodation: 1 x standard room on a sharing and full-board basis (meals only) for 2 nights. Single supplements will be added if applicable.
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Day 4 - Kyambura Gorge
Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a
stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of
our closest animal relatives, the chimpanzee. The chimp population is
quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is
In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel,
which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of
the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant,
buffalo and other animals come to drink at the waters edge. The channel
is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others
birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle.
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Day 6 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today, be ready to change your life. You will be tracking the gorillas of Bwindi.
National Park has 6 habituated gorilla families that are tracked by
tourists. Four of them are the Buhoma Vicinity while two are in the
southern part of Bwindi known as Mkuringo and Nshongi families of
Bwindi Gorilla National park not only
supports gorillas but also a tremendous biodiversity of flora and
fauna. It is a prime destination for bird lovers. When most of Africa's
rain forests disappeared during the arid conditions of the ice age,
Bwindi is one of the few refugia that survived. The flora and fauna in
this tropical rain forest include; 310 speccies of butterflies, 51
reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths, and unique 120 types of mammals that
also include 10 primates species. The Uganda primates species in this
park include: Chimpanzees, L'Hoest Monkeys, black and white colobus
monkeys, retailed and blue monkeys, baboons and the legendary
endangered mountain gorillas.
There are other activities and excursions in and around the national park:
Take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird
species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers
excellent photographic opportunities and the knowledgeable guide will
provide a great insight into this globally important habitat.
Walk through the local village, and learn about community projects,
such as the Amagara project that assists local farmers and their
communities, and Bwindi Community Hospital that started as a health
clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational
services to over 60,000 people. The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust
supports both projects.
- Discover the traditions of the Batwa
Pygmies, and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest.
The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in
the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer
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Day 7 - Kampala
Today you will drive to Kampala, stopping for lunch on the way (included in itinerary price).
The drive from Bwindi to Entebbe is of about 11 hours. Early this
evening, you will transferred to the airport for your international
flights to Nairobi, Kenya.
A charter flight can be booked in place of a road transfer for an additional charge. Please enquire at booking.
On arrival at the airport, you will need to transfer and check in for your international flights home.
Thank you for travelling with Hills Of Africa Travel. Safe travels and we hope you have experienced the true magic of Africa!