8 days uganda primate safari is one of the best primate tours designed for you to have quality time with your favorite primates while in their natural habitat. The top destinations to be explored on this primate tour include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for mountain gorilla trekking, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for golden monkey tracking, and combines relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest freshwater Lake in Uganda. You will begin and end your safari to see Uganda primates from Kigali, Rwanda.
Day 1: Arrive & pick up at Kigali
Pick up by your driver guide at Kigali, transfer to the lodge but for early arrivals, there is opportunity to visit historical sites in the city. A short Kigali city tour will take you to Kigali genocide memorial located in Gisozi and it is here where a deep insight into the 1994 Rwanda genocide will be provided by the site guide also one of the survivors. In addition, you will also visit Kimironko Market, Kigali’s biggest markets and if you love fruits, don’t leave without grabbing some.
Day 2: Kigali to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Start your primate safari to Uganda from Kigali, and today, you will drive via Chanika border to Kisoro. From Kisoro, connect to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the smallest park in Uganda and also a home to both golden monkeys and mountain gorillas. The 33.7sq.kms Mgahinga is found in Kisoro, Southwestern Uganda, a region known for its breathtaking landscape characterized by rolling hills and today, you will check in at the booked lodge for relaxation and overnight stay.
Day 3: Golden monkey tracking + Batwa
Wake up early for breakfast at the lodge, and you will transfer to Ntebeko for briefing about golden monkey tracking rules. You will have about 2-4 hours exploring Mgahinga on a guided golden monkey trekking and later settle for 1 hour for photography, learning more about the daily behaviors of golden monkeys. In the evening after lunch, embark on a cultural walk or community visit to the Batwa community.
Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After a hefty breakfast, drive from Mgahinga National Park to Bwindi with en-route view of the breathtaking rolling hills. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is where 20 habituated gorilla families all exist, with a total of 459 of the world’s 1063 mountain gorillas. You will have a long day of relaxing at the lodge, enjoy the refreshing air from the rainforest- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as you wait for your gorilla trekking day the next day.
Day 5: Gorilla Trekking with Batwa cultural experience in the evening
Leave your accommodation after breakfast, connect to Bwindi National Park offices for briefing. Bwindi gorilla treks start from any of the 4 regions; Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga. Begin trekking through the dense vegetation and steep slopes at 8:00am with an experienced park guide leading you through a 2-6 hours’ primate adventure inclusive of one hour of magical interaction. Retreat from primate encounter, relax at the lodge and later, you will add a cultural experience at the Batwa pygmies’ community.
Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale
Rise up in the morning to enjoy your breakfast, and later, check out of the lodge. Begin your journey to Uganda’s deepest Lake -Lake Bunyonyi. This is where you will have a boat ride to one of the islands and 29 islands all exist on this lake.
Day 7: Full day at Bunyonyi
Enjoy a hefty breakfast, after, meet the local residents/guides for a boat ride or canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi. Embark on dugout canoe riding/boating to one of the islands, such as the Punishment Island or Upside-down Island each with interesting story to share. Return to have lunch and in the evening, go for community visit or hike or be part other exciting activities such as zip lining, cycling, swimming etc.
Day 8: Lake Bunyonyi to Kigali, End of safari
Breakfast served to you early, after, check out of the lodge at Lake Bunyonyi and later, meet the driver guide. He or she will drive you through Kabale town, connect to Katuna border where you will cross to Kigali marking the end of 8 days primate safari in Uganda.