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6 Days UgandaPrimates and Cultural Tour

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Gorilla Trekking Uganda, Golden Monkey Trek and Batwa Cultural Experience Safar

The 6 days UgandaPrimates and Cultural Tour means spending quality time in the wilderness exploring the extraordinary primate species that call Uganda’s thick rainforests home. Your tour shall involve visiting two main National Parks, both in south-western Ugandafor a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the Mountain gorillas, golden monkeys as well as a memorable cultural encounter with the Batwa Community. Finalize your 6 days UgandaPrimates and Cultural Tour with a full day relaxation at the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda’s deepest Lake and a perfect relaxation spot after a hectic trek for the Mountain gorillas..

Also to Queen Elizabeth national park which known for its diverse wildlife species like tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, antelopes, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, water bucks, and chimpanzees. Also over 600 bird species many of these are seen during the game drives, nature walks and boat cruise. And Lake Bunyonyi for sightseeing

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Let the adventure begin with delicious breakfast at your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe, pick-up by our Company guide for a briefing then transfer to south-western Ugandafor your Primates and Cultural Tour. Your guide will make the journey informative and exciting with his stories on the en-route Towns and stopovers.

Your first stop will be along the Kampala-Masaka highway at the UgandaEquator crossing. You will take photos and take part in some of the experiments that prove the Earth being divided into the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Go on with the journey until the beautiful Town of Milk and Honey-Mbarara for Lunch and continue until Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for check-in, dinner and overnight

Accommodation options; Mihingo Lodge (Luxury), Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/Rwakobo Rock (Mid-range), Eagle’s Nest Lodge (Budget)

Accommodation options:

  • Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge.
  • Midrange: Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort.
  • Budget: Nshongi Camp or Nshongi Gorilla Resort.

Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking and transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

After breakfast and briefing from the Ranger guides at the Park Headquarters, set off for the forest to track the allocated gorilla family. Trekking will last from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on your pace of movement or the location of the gorilla family. Spend 60 minutes with the gorilla family taking photos as well as noting the important information provided by the guide. Make sure to have a walking stick, rain jacket, hiking boots, backpack and drinking water before venturing into the jungles.

After the one hour with mountain gorillas, return to the Lodge for a hot meal. Later pack your bags and check-out of the Lodge for a transfer to the nearby Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, another wonderful gorilla trekking destination in addition to being the only place in Ugandato see the endangered Golden monkeys.

Accommodation options; Mihingo Lodge (Luxury), Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/Rwakobo Rock (Mid-range), Eagle’s Nest Lodge (Budget). Meal options: full board

Accommodation options:

  • Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge.
  • Midrange: Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort.
  • Budget: Nshongi Camp or Nshongi Gorilla Resort.

Day 3: TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK AND AFTERNOON BOAT CRUISE

After an early breakfast, drive out of the park to embark to Queen Elizabeth national park, arrive early afternoon and connect for your afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga channel where you will get an opportunity to see a number of bird species, elephants and buffalos, hippos and crocodiles. Then connect to your lodge to relax, for dinner and overnight stay. Accommodation Options; Simba safari camp (budget), Ihamba safari lodge (Midrange), Mweya safari lodge (luxury), Park View Lodge (Midrange), Meal Plan; Full Board

Day 3: Golden Monkey Trekking

A typical golden monkey tracking day is not different from Mountain gorilla trekking because it also begins with breakfast and converging at the Park Headquarters (Ntebeko Visitor center) for briefing on how the activity is conducted and how to conduct oneself while in the presence of the primates.

Golden monkey tracking usually lasts a shorter time-between 30 minutes and 2 hours because the golden monkeys always occupy the lower slopes dominated by Bamboo forests and just like gorilla trekking, visitors are allocated one hour with the frisky monkeys. Return to the Lodge lunch, relaxation and later dinner as well as overnight.

Accommodation options:

  • Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge.
  • Midrange: Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort.
  • Budget: Nshongi Camp or Nshongi Gorilla Resort.

Day 4: Batwa Trail Experience and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

The Batwa Trail is a comprehensive experience compared to the short Batwa cultural tours that most tourists are used to. Imagine spending 4-6 hours in Mgahinga Forest exploring the unique ancient lifestyle of the Batwa pygmies before they were evicted from the forest. Have breakfast and proceed to the meeting point where you will find Batwa guides and porters. This activity is conducted by the Batwa themselves to allow them benefit directly from tourism and be briefed then start the walk through the forest to identify the different plants/leaves and fruits that were cooked for soup, plants/leaves/roots for traditional medicine through your visit to the traditional pharmacy, learn about their ancient hunting skills, how Bamboo was used to make cups and climax it with a visit to the Ngarama Caves for exhilarating cultural dance. Return to the Lodge for Lunch and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, the perfect relaxation spot after a hectic hike through the jungles.

Dinner and overnight at:

  • Luxury: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort..
  • Midrange: Arcadia Cottages or Bunyonyi Safaris Resort.
  • Budget: Bushara Island Camp or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat.

Day 5: Full day Lake Bunyonyi

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and embark on a morning boat or canoe ride to explore some of Lake Bunyonyi’s magnificent Islands especially the Punishment Island to learn about his painful historical story (girls that became pregnant out of wedlock were abandoned here). Explore the different bird species during the boat ride and return to the Lodge for Lunch. In the afternoon either head for swimming in the bilharzia-free waters of Lake Bunyonyi or undertake a community walk to discover a different culture (Bakiga) from the one in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Retire to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight

  • Luxury: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort..
  • Midrange: Arcadia Cottages or Bunyonyi Safaris Resort.
  • Budget: Bushara Island Camp or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat.

Day 6: Departure

Enjoy breakfast and check-out for a return journey to Kampala or Kigali.

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6 days UgandaPrimates and Cultural Tour Inclusions;

  • Gorilla permit.
  • Golden monkey tracking permits
  • Accommodation
  • Full time English speaking professional driver/guide
  • Nature walking fees

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