Enjoy Primates Tours in Uganda and Congo
Are you planning for an African holiday? You can take 7 Day Uganda Congo Gorilla Safari which features Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park popularly known as the Primate capital of the world, and the mountain gorilla trekking in Congo’s Virunga National Park, the oldest park in Africa and presenting a diverse and yet detailed primate watching experience. The safari also incorporates wild game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park with opportunities to explore the Big four of the Big five namely; lions including tree climbing lions, elephants, Buffaloes and leopards.
After an early breakfast, transfer to Fort Portal Area 300km about 5 hours’ drive from Kampala. Gather on the next day at Kanyanchu Tourism Center at 6am for briefing about the chimpanzee Habituation conduct. You head to the forest of Kibale which provides shelter to 13 primate Species including the chimpanzees. The hike through impressive forested landscapes of Kibale with lush forest cover filed with counts of birds and primates.
Chimpanzee Habituation is an activity where you will get to be with the chimpanzee group under habituation the whole day in their natural setting. This means an early breakfast with packed lunch and set off before dawn breaks into the forest. You will watch the chimpanzees leave their overnight nests at around 6:00-6:30 am until they retire later in the evening.
After this exploration, embark on the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 3 hours’ drive through impressive scenic views of the Rwenzori Mountains. Arrive at the lodge in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight. If you slept inside the park, the game drive can start at 6am but if you slept outside the park, the park gates open at 7am.
Kasenyi sector to the north east of the park features an extensive Savannah landscape supporting a myriad of wild game including; elephants, lions, Buffaloes, leopards, Side stripped jackals, Spotted Hyenas, Antelopes like Uganda Kobs, Bush bucks, water bucks, Topis among others. The area also features counts of birds that can be viewed along with wildlife.
In the afternoon, you embark on boat cruise along Kazinga Channel departing at 2pm. The 2 hour boat ride offers beautiful views of the channel waters, the birds on the banks including Great Cormorants and African Skimmers and wild game drinking on the channel side like elephants, Buffaloes among others. You retreat from the activity and undertake a game drive along the channel track in Mweya peninsular as you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight at the Mweya Safari Lodge, Bush Lodge among others of your choice.
Transfer to Congo and embark on a historical adventure of tracking the mountain gorillas thriving in Virunga National Park. The low land gorilla trek is very interesting as it presents an opportunity to explore these species that are different from the other gorillas found in the world.
The mountain gorillas are remarkably larger in size and prefer to stay in bigger groups. The trek to these species lasts about 4 hours. Following the gorilla trek, a nature walk in the Park to explore the Virunga mountains with beautiful scenery or exploring Goma town. Retreat back to the hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight at the luxury bungalows Mikeno Lodge in the Virunga Mountains.