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All Inclusive Uganda Wildlife Primates Cultural Safari - 19 Days

Gorillas and Wildlfe Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedAll-inclusive 19 days Uganda gorilla primates wildlife tour and holiday to see primates, enjoy comprehensive game drives, deep and rich Karimajong tribes culture, Uganda scenery,  safari with game viewing on the savannah plains of Kidepo Valley NP, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls NP, Lake Mburo  - giraffe, elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, and leopard among others. Track the fast-moving chimpanzees in Kibale National Park and the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi.

Experience the very best tour Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris has to offer! Travel from East to West and North to South and see the diversity of Uganda's flora and fauna. The mountains of Sipi Falls, One of the best parks in the world: Kidepo valley, meet the Karamojong, explore the River Nile, the savannas of Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls, and the rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi.

This gorilla primates wildlife tour through Uganda is the perfect combination of nature, culture & animals and you will overnight in the best mid-range accommodations in Uganda.    

Overview
Detailed Tour Itinerary
2020/21 Tour Prices (High Season)
Overview

19 Days All Inclusive Uganda Wildlife; Primate and Cultural  Safari         

Itinerary Summary:

  • Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe, Uganda, transfer to a hotel in Entebbe near the airport for overnight.
  • Day 2: Driving to Jinja, tours excursions to Sezibwa Falls, Mabira Forest & Jinja, source of the Nile
  • Day 3: Driving to Mbale ending at Sipi Falls
  • Day 4: Sipi Falls Tours
  • Day 5:  Driving To Moroto,  Karamojong tribe experience 
  • Day 6:  Driving to Kidepo Valley National Park, Game drive
  • Day 7:  All day safaris with game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park.
  • Day 8: Driving from Kidepo to Murchison Falls National Park with sightseeing along the way
  • Day 9: Safaris, Game drives and boat trip in Murchison Falls National Park to get closer to wildlife
  • Day 10: Driving from Murchison Falls to Kibale National Park
  • Day 11: Chimpanzee tracking, Primates viewing in Kibale National Park & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Day 12: Tour Fort Portal, Crater Lakes, Amabeere ga Nyinamwiru Caves & Driving to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 13: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park with extensive game drives and Kazinga boat trip to view wildlife up close
  • Day 14: Guided forest walks in Maramagambo Forest, Game drive in Ishasha sector looking for the tree-climbing lions
  • Day 15: Another game drive in Ishasha searching for more wildlife before driving off to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Day 16: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 17: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi, relaxing by the beautiful lakeside lodge for the rest of the day
  • Day 18: Relax during the morning, afternoon driving to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 19: Game drive and canoe ride on Lake Mburo; Late morning you shall drive back to Entebbe for your departure back home
Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe, Uganda

You will be received by your driver/guide at the airport. Depending on your arrival time, if you arrive night time, we check into Imperial Resort Beach Hotel for a relaxation moment after the long flight.

Entebbe Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Protea Hotel Entebbe or Hotel No. 5 Entebbe

Medium: 2 Friends Guesthouse Entebbe or Karibu Guesthouse Entebbe

Low Budget: Airport Guesthouse Entebbe

Day 2: Driving and Tour the Sezibwa Falls, Mabira Forest & Jinja Source of River Nile

After breakfast, an early morning drive on Jinja road with our first visit being at the historical Ssezibwa Waterfall for 1 hour.

The falls are about seven meters high and with the sweet hissing sound created by the falling water forms beautiful scenery. This is complemented by the natural vegetation cover and the undulating and steep rocks over which the waters fall. The site has several bird species that present a wonderful opportunity for bird watching. The site presents several tourist activities such as bird watching, camping, rock climbing, nature walks, hiking, canoeing.

We continue to the Mabira Forest for 2 hours where we have a forest walk. The Mabira Forest is a rainforest area covering about 300 square kilometers (120 sq mi) in Uganda, located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. Mabira forest is home to over 300 bird species and many Ugandan primates.

We continue to Jinja, to view the source of the River Nile.

Jinja Accommodation Options:

Luxury: The Haven Lodge (luxury cottage)

Medium: The Haven Lodge (luxury cottage)

Low Budget: The Haven Lodge (lazy camping permanent tent)

Optional activities while Jinja

Aside from the above program,  you can choose to do any of the following  optional activities:

  1. White water rafting  (full day USD 145 / half day USD 125)
  2. A horseback safari  (USD 50 for 2 hours / USD 70 for 3 hours)
  3. Quad-biking  (USD 70 for 2 hours / USD 90 for 3 hours)
  4. A day of whitewater kayaking on the river (USD 120)
  5. A sundowner cruise on the Nile (USD 35)
  6. A visit to Jinja market

Day 3: Driving to Sipi Falls

After breakfast, you drive through the eastern part of Uganda takes you to beautiful Sipi Falls, on a plateau 1800m above sea level.

The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a spectacular series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high), surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills. You will stay in a wonderful lodge. From your lodge, you have beautiful views over one of the waterfalls.

Accommodation at Sipi River Lodge (full board basis)

Day 4: A tour of  Sipi Falls, Mt. Elgon

Prepare yourself for a beautiful day in paradise. After breakfast, choose to go on a 3-hour or - for the real adventurers - a 7-hour hike through the region. A local guide accompanies you on your hike to explain flora, fauna, and culture.

Whichever option you choose, you can be certain that you pass many picturesque waterfalls, plantations, and caves. Local villagers will be sure to greet you with ‘Jambo!’ and beaming smiles.

Accommodation at Sipi River Lodge (full board basis)

Day 5: Karamojong tribe Experience in Moroto

After an early breakfast, you will continue your journey to Moroto town where you have an exclusive cultural interactive experience with the Karimajong tribesmen. Karamoja is an area in North-Eastern Uganda where the Karamajong people live. They are related to the Maasai in Kenya and live and dress similarly. The main difference is that not any other tourist is going here. Only a few years ago, tourism in Karamoja would not have been possible due to armed inter-tribal conflict but nowadays it’s safe.

The Karamajong live in a Kraal, better known as Manyatta or Boma in Swahili. A Kraal is basically a village made out of huts surrounded by fences made of wood and thorns to keep the cattle in and to protect them against rivaling tribes and wild animals. Some of the Kraals are permanent and others are temporary as the Karamojong follow the fresh grass to feed their cattle. The Karamajong are related to the Maasai in Kenya and live a similar lifestyle. The main difference is that the Karamajong is completely unknown and you are therefore sure to experience a very authentic and unique visit. In the afternoon you will visit one of the impressive Kraal or Manyatta of this community.

Tourist infrastructure does not exist in Kotido. Please be patient and do not expect the services from hotels and restaurants that you would expect in other parts of Uganda. You will spend the night at Lia Springs Hotel in Moroto with stunning views overlooking the hills.

Moroto Accommodation :

Luxury, Medium, and lower budget: Kara-Tunga, Karamoja Safari Camp

Day 6: Driving To Kidepo Valley National Park

After breakfast leave Moroto to Kidepo Valley arrive in time for the afternoon or evening activities depending on the conditions of the roads This afternoon you can either take a game drive around the lodge area or a refreshing dip-in stunning swimming pool. Carved out of a granite kopje the pool affords fantastic views down the Narus valley and over a waterhole frequented by many animals including Bullbull- our friendly elephant and unofficial head gardener, Overnight.

If you can plan today on a Tuesday you'll have the chance to experience an authentic Karamajong cattle market on Wednesday (that is today in this tour). Some herders walk for 5 hours to be able to buy or sell their goats, cows or chicken here. It’s a colorful and stunning sight and one of the few remaining authentic experiences. Don’t miss this!

Kidepo Valley National Park Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Adere Safari Lodge

Medium: Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Low Budget: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (tents)

Day 7: Safari Kidepo Valley National Park

After an early breakfast, go for a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring. A variety of animals can be seen roaming around including Ostrich. In the afternoon have a cultural experience that will bring into contact with Karamojong peoples at Karenna and Kapedo. Meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them. They will show you the kraals, the grinding stones, and many more interesting items.

Kidepo Valley National Park  Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Adere Safari Lodge

Medium: Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Low Budget: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (tents)

Day 8: Depart Kidepo Valley, Driving to Murchison Falls National Park

This morning we shall be departing to another of Uganda's most popular safari parks, Murchison Falls National Park. If you are able to depart from the lodge before 7 am, we could probably attempt a game drive on our way out of the park.

The journey today is not less than 7 hours of driving via some of the most beautiful sceneries in Africa.  This route also gives you an opportunity to enjoy the scenery of Labwor hills and in particular the massive and bare Alerek (Kidi Rwot) rock about 55 km from Kotido. 

After entering the 3,840 square kilometers Murchison Falls National Park, we shall be traversing tropical forests with primates like the black and white colobus, baboons, and chimpanzees. We also traverse some savannah plains and you shall be sighting lots of grazing wildlife along the way.

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest in Uganda mostly renowned for the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls where the River Nile hurls itself in convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 meters in one breathtaking leap.

The park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamplands to broad savannah and provides visitors the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoebill stork. The park is especially famous for crocodiles and hippos.

Murchison Falls National Park Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Baker's Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge

Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge | Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Lodge

Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) | Murchison River Lodge (tents) | Red Chilli Rest Camp

Low Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (Tents) | Red Chilli Rest Camp

Day 9: Game drives, Boat trip and more wildlife safaris in Murchison Falls National Park

Your driver shall be waiting for you at the lodge front desk at 6:3o AM for an adventurous and exciting half-day of game drives in the northern side of Murchison Falls National Park. If you are on the southern side of the River Nile, you will be crossing with the ferry for your game drive activities. The game drives could go on until about 11 AM or so. There is just so much to cover and the tracks are so rich with wildlife and fascinating birdlife. 

We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles.

Murchison Falls National Park Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Baker's Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge

Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge | Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Lodge

Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) | Murchison River Lodge (tents) | Red Chilli Rest Camp

Day 10: Drive from Murchison Falls NP to Kibale National Park

At about 8 AM, your Uganda safari guide shall be meeting you again for your departure from Murchison Falls National Park for Kibale Forest National Park. The journey today is about 5 hours of driving and goes along the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lake among other interesting rift valley scenery. 

This is a great day as the drive takes you through the community and forests with chances of seeing vervet monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys jumping up in the trees as you advance into the Kyenjonjo on a rocky road.

Kibale Accommodation choices

Upscale: Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge

Midrange: Isunga Lodge| ensuite tents at Kibale Forest Camp

Low Budget: Tents at Kibale Forest Camp (with bedding and mosquito nets, shared bathroom) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Day 11: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale is conducted in two shifts, one at 8 AM and the other at 11 AM. Depending on your prebooked preference, your Uganda safari guide shall help you to be available at the Kibale Park offices in good time for the briefing and the chimpanzee tracking itself.  

Chimpanzees are man’s closest cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate species. More primates like black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow-spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee-eater and mammals like elephants can be seen in this walk.

Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large communities of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.

Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.

In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of Kibale Forest is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs, and among others.

Kibale National Park Accommodation choices

Upscale: Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge

Midrange: Isunga Lodge| ensuite tents at Kibale Forest Camp

Low Budget: Tents at Kibale Forest Camp (with bedding and mosquito nets, shared bathroom) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Day 12: Tour Fort Portal, Crater Lakes, Amabeere ga Nyinamwiru Caves & Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Leave the national park after breakfast and drive to Fort Portal.

You will visit the Amabere caves in Nyakasura area. This is the traditional home of the Bachwezi who were believed to be demi-gods. This area still has historical regalia of the Bachwezi that helps one in understanding the life they lived while still on earth (they later disappeared). You will then take a nature walk to the crater lakes whose history is associated with the mysterious Bachwezi.

We incorporate some crater lake hikes into our this program. You will be simply by amazed by the beauty of these ancient and not ancient crater lakes found in the Fort Portal area.

After you have witnessed all these amazing landscapes, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation Options in Queen Elizabeth National Park (Full Board)

Up-market/Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge | Katara Lodge 

Mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge| Enganzi Lodge | Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge 

Budget: Bush Lodge (tents)|  Simba Safari Camp (tents) | Pumba Cottages 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 13: Game drives and Kazinga Boat Cruise on Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, we depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains - the famed "Mountains of the Moon". This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the north-east by Lake George and on the south-west by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Congo Parc du Virunga.

As we drive through the park, expect to spot teeming herds of impala-like Uganda kob, as well as topi, elephant, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.

The highlight for most visitors to Queen Elizabeth National Park is the 2-3 hours boat trip on Kazinga Channel. The boat trip is best done in the hot hours of the day when most wildlife come out of their hideouts to quench their thirsts with the fresh channel waters. All along the 40km channel tourists are able to view the wildlife in their numbers at closer counters. From large schools of hippopotami huffing just a few feet from your boat to herds of cape buffalo lingering in the shallows, to lions watching out for the careless prey watering along the channel shores. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle-billed stork, and many others.

Accommodation Options in Queen Elizabeth National Park (Full Board)

Up-market/Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge | Katara Lodge 

Mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge| Enganzi Lodge | Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge 

Budget: Bush Lodge (tents)|  Simba Safari Camp (tents) | Pumba Cottages 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 14: Queen Elizabeth National Park & Maramagambo Forest Bush Walk

After having extensive coverage of the tracks in the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, we make way to its other side for slightly different experiences. Your first call is the Maramagambo Forest,  a vast tropical rain natural forest offering some remarkably rewarding nature walks and fabulous crater lakes' views on its peripherals.  

We shall be entering the forest with a local guide. Maramagambo forest is especially rich with primates like wild unhabituated chimpanzees, olive baboons,  L’Hoest’s Monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, and the Black and White Colobus Monkeys.  If you have lucky today, you might spot the forest's shy residents, the pottos, and bushbabies (most easily seen at night though).

The 584 km sq. km forest is also home to 414 species of trees and 378 species of birds. It is a primarily Parinari and Cynometra-Celtis medium altitude moist forest. In total, there are 12 wildlife species found nowhere else in Uganda (9 butterflies, 1 small mammal, and 2 trees) and 10 species endemic to the Albertine Rift (4 trees, 3 birds, and 4 butterflies).

The walk culminates in a visit to volcanic caves - "the Bat Caves",  that are home to thousands of bats. The cave has a viewing room from where you can observe the 1000s of bats. 

Also on this walk is the picturesque blue Lake Kimeranjojo which got its name after swallowing an elephant. 

Later in the afternoon, we shall be continuing with our drive to the Ishasha Sector. We shall be proceeding along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savanna grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector.  

Accommodation Options in Ishasha Sector, Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park (Full Board)

Up-market/Luxury: Ishasha Wilderness Campsite

Mid-range: Enjojo Lodge  

Budget: Enjojo Lodge (lazy camping sheltered ents)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 15: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Before departing to Bwindi, we shall spend our morning the game drive tracks of the Ishasha Sector of any visible wildlife. Be on the lookout for the famous tree-climbing lions, but also the large herds of elephants, and other big mammals.

After the game drives, we embark on our drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda's home to the rare mountain gorillas plus 10 other primates species including the blue and red-tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it. Depending on the location of the gorilla group you shall be tracking in Bwindi, the drive can be between 3-6 hours on mostly unsurfaced dirt roads. 

Bwindi Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge| Mahogany Lodge| Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge | Four Gorillas Lodge

Moderate:  Silverback Lodge | Engagi Lodge | Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Camp | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Gorilla Conservation Camp

Day 16: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day.

We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 meters from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, the time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

Accommodation options for 2nd night in Bwindi after the gorilla trek

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge| Mahogany Lodge| Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge | Four Gorillas Lodge

Moderate:  Silverback Lodge | Engagi Lodge | Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Camp | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Gorilla Conservation Camp

Day 17: Drive from Bwindi to Lake Bunyonyi 

After having breakfast, we shall take a scenic drive to Kabale taking you through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with a terraced landscape where you can relax and enjoy some reflection time. With its freshwater, bilharzia-free, and beautiful landscapes, Lake Bunyonyi is a small paradise for travelers.

Lake Bunyonyi Accommodation:

Luxury: The Bird Nest 

Medium: The Bird Nest

Low Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Day 18: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

The 370 square kilometer Lake Mburo is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck.  Lake Mburo National Park is mostly acacia woodland and for sure you shall be able to see many acacia-related bird species hard to see anywhere in Uganda 

Upon arrival in the park, you will go for the game drive before retreating to your accommodation for overnight and dinner.

Lake Mburo Accommodation for this Uganda safari

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge | Mantana Tented Camp

Medium: Rakobo Rock Lodge | Arcadia Cottages

Low Budget: Mburo Eagles Nest | Leopards Camp

Day 19: Game Drive & Canoe Ride on Lake Mburo - Entebbe

After breakfast, you will go for the last game drive within the park to search for the early risers and also look out for animals missed out in the previous game drive.

Later transfer back to Entebbe with a brief stopover at the Equator for photographs; Reach Entebbe in the afternoon and proceed to check-in for your flight departure back home.

 

2020/21 Tour Prices (High Season)

Tour prices Per person for All-Inclusive Gorilla Primates, Wildlife Culture 19 days Uganda Safari

No. of people

Budget rooms or sheltered tents

Midrange (En-suite luxury tent/cottages)

Classic Luxury

Top Luxury

1 person

 USD5,658

 USD 7,070

 USD10,332

 USD14,922

2 people

 USD4,167

 USD5,144

 USD7,741

 USD11,357

3 people

 USD3,740

 USD4,717

 USD7,314

 USD10,930

4 people

 USD3,526

 USD4,503

 USD7,101

 USD10,717

5 people

 USD3,398

 USD4,375

 USD6,972

 USD10,589

6 people

 USD 3,313

 USD4,290

 USD6,887

 USD10,503

7 people

 USD3,252

 USD4,229

 USD6,826

 USD10,442

Single room supplement

 USD195

 USD600

 USD1,218

 USD2,124

The tour costs are inclusive of:

  • accommodation and all meals during the tour,
  • private transportation using a safari land-cruiser,
  • services of a good English-speaking tour guide/driver,
  • all tour activities,
  • gorilla trekking permits and
  • chimpanzee tracking permits and other primates treks,
  • bottled drinking water on the vehicle.
  • Airport transfer to/from Entebbe
  • Park fees and game drives as indicated on the itinerary
  • Boat trips in Murchison Falls, Kazinga Channel and Lake Mburo
  • One gorilla tracking permit per person
  • Sipi Falls hike

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Details about the Uganda gorilla primates wildlife  Culture Safari

On your Uganda gorilla primates Wildlife Safari, you have a chance to experience some of the most spectacular yet undiscovered wildlife. Uganda has very beautiful scenery, comfortable weather year-round, and above all friendly people that will make your holiday a journey to remember. Besides, Uganda has such a wealth of attractions that a single visit will not be enough to discover all its wonders…!

Uganda as a country is one of the most thought for a destination when it comes to African safaris. This is due to its natural endowment with natural beauty, characterized by good natural physical features, amazing African landscapes, and scenic views.

Uganda is also known both as a world of birds and the world of wildlife.

Uganda lies astride the equator between Kenya to the east and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the west. It covers an area of 236,000m2 with 25% of its surface made up of large lakes including lakes Victoria, Albert, Edward, and George.

With the Uganda gorilla primates wildlife Safari you can expect to see Africa’s Big Five and other land animals, gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates, waterfalls, forests, islands, and plenty of birdlife.

Uganda offers excellent Africa vacation tours to its national parks and game reserves where you may have the opportunity to see a diversity of wildlife through game drives and walking or chimpanzee trekking safaris.

Unlike Tanzania and Kenya safaris, Uganda includes gorilla safaris to Bwindi national parks where the Virungas extend to Rwanda and Congo. Hiking expeditions offer additional adventure in Rwenzori National Park similar to those of Mount Kenya.

The tourism and hospitality sector provides a variety of safari accommodation options including camping, safari lodges, hotels, resorts and guest houses. These may be luxury or discounted/cheap depending on what you want for your Uganda accommodation.

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Uganda gorilla primates wildlife Safari sector in Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park is one of those Out of the Ordinary places in East Africa it not all of Africa.  Africa as you dreamed about, read about in an Ernest Hemingway account, or one of the Safari tales by Karen Blixen in her “Out of Africa” – this is unspoiled Africa, remote, untouched, unvisited, Africa without the crowds – a park with less than 10 new visitors a day, Experiential Africa at its best.

Getting there is a bit tough, or expensive if you fly in, however, what awaits you far outweighs the cost of a flight or the long journey to the Long-Forgotten Eden.

Kidepo Valley Park – a Tapestry of rugged scenery, vibrant wildlife, Karamojong Warrior Herdsmen, and the Ik people on remote Mount Morungole.

If you love the African Wilderness. this park is for you and a must for you to do and see.

Kidepo Valley Park is a one of a kind Park not only in Uganda but all of Africa.

It is hard to get to – You either fly-in, which is very expensive or you drive to the park.  The drive (12-Hours) takes a lot of time due to the distance from Kampala. The more scenic route from Sipi Falls to Kidepo Parks breaks up the journey and you are driving through Karamoja which is quite interesting.

The lodging facilities are few, however, more are coming on-line as the popularity of the Park is on the increase plus the Apoka Rest Camp has been greatly improved to the delight of budget travelers.

Presently there 2000-3000 visitors per year, less per ten per day, in spite of being the best park for wildlife viewing in Uganda plus unique and enriching cultural experiences with the Karamojong and the Ik People who live near the park.

Kidepo Valley Park where the stunning scenery simply takes your breath away.  It is just you and a stillness only broken by the cry from the wild.  The sounds of the winds sweeping through the valley – you are amazed that such a place as Kidepo Valley Park even exists – an abundance of wildlife – rough-hewn scenery and an absence of people, no caravans of vehicles meandering down the game tracks- it is simply a scene from Karen Blixen or Ernest Hemingway’s Africa – it is Africa as you imagined it  but rarely find in the 21st Century.

There are Lions in abundance-especially during the dry season of the year (even some tree climbing ones) – Elephant and Buffalo herds roaming – Giraffe – leopards – cheetahs – wild dogs – ostriches-pangolins –the bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, and hunting dog – antelopes such as eland, bushbuck, bush duskier, defassa waterbuck, bohor reedbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest, and oribi.

There is an abundance of birds including many raptors – Kidepo Valley National Park has much to offer to the visitor who flies in or has the stamina to drive in – but what awaits the visitor here is well worth the flight or drive here.

Safari and other tourist activities in Kidepo

Kidepo Game Drives:

Kidepo Valley National Park Game Drives are tracks where you can encounter the Wild of Africa without the crowds.  This remote – unvisited park allows you to see the best of Africa while on a game drive.

Game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park depend on where you stay – if you stay at Apoka Lodge you will find that two activities a day such as game drives are included in the price of the room per night,

Other lodges such as Nga Mmoru Wildlife Camp or the Uganda Wildlife Authority Bandas mean that like in other wildlife parks we take you in our safari vehicle on game drives. We always use a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger who comes on board to gives you added insight about the wildlife found in the park.

Kidepo Nature – Bush Walks – Hikes:

Kidepo Valley Park has some great places for Nature and Bush Walks.  There is nothing like taking in the African Wild on foot and there are not many better places to do so than Kidepo Valley Park.

There are also places outside of the park area where you can go for a hike such as an all-day hike up the Morungole Mountains to visit the Ik People, one of the smallest ethnic groups in Uganda.

There are many places within the park where you can hike and or climb including Idi Amin’s dream lodge that was never completed while he was president of Uganda – may be in the future as more visitors come to the park it will be.

All Nature Walks and Hikes within the Park will be guided by Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers, you cannot wander off on your own in this remote park.

New Hiking Trails have been developed in 2019 for you to enjoy in the Park.

A Visit to the Ik People:

You will need an early morning start to climb up into the Monrungole Mountains for a visit with the Ik Tribe.  One of the original tribes in the Northeast Uganda area.

They were here long the Karamojong entered their land.  Today they number around 10,000.  The first University Student from the Ik Community is enrolled at Kampala International University.  She is doing well.

Colin Turnbull wrote a somewhat negative book entitled “The Mountain People” about the Ik which has been disproved – he had tried to prove that the Ik people were incapable of loving.

This will be one of the highlights of your time in Uganda – learn the ways and culture of the Ik People. This activity will add one day to your safari to Kidepo Valley Park.

The Hike up Mount Morungole is not for the faint of heart.  This is an 8 hour round trip.  The climb is steep, part of the adventure of the day.  You also bring some gifts along for the visit as is the cultural norm when you visit someone here.

Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location.