Decoding the incredible primate safari in Uganda and Rwanda

Have you ever seen gorillas or chimpanzees in the wild? These fascinating and intelligent primates live in the forests and mountains of Uganda and Rwanda in East Africa. Watching them socialise and bond with their young is true privilege.

Meet the primates up close and personal with one of these five wildlife safaris organised by Uganda-based tour operator, Kagera Safaris. These entertaining tours all educate about deforestation and illegal hunting that could lead their extinction.

Some safaris also offer the chance to observe an incredible variety of birdlife and other wildlife. 

Safari Highlights: Explore the rainforests, mountains and crater lakes of Uganda on this 10-day primate safari. The locals are incredibly welcoming and friendly, and you’ll have plenty of chance to meet them.

The tour begins at Kibale National Park, regarded as the primate capital of the world that 13 species call home. At Kibale Forest you will get to track observe chimpanzees in the wild. 

The second part of the tour takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla tracking. You’ll either trek or drive into the forest, depending on where the gorilla group is residing. Later a transfer will take you to Lake Mburo National Park, for a walking safari along the swamps of Lake Mburo. The next morning you’ll take part in a game drive to observe impala, buffalo, topi and the largest heard of zebras in Uganda. Happily, you’ll also be able to see giraffes, who until recently had become extinct in this region.

Wow factor: The tour includes a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a stunning region dotted with crater lakes that overlook the mountains of the Moon. You’ll also travel to the Ihasha sector of the park for the chance to see tree climbing lions.

Cost and inclusions: Prices start at $3400 per person (based on two sharing) and this includes gorilla and chimpanzee permits, ground transport, park entrance fees, game drive, boat safari, Bigodi Community Walk, full board accommodation, an English-speaking guide and all activities (excluding optional activities).

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