Uganda Primate Adventure & Tree lions Safari | 7 Days

Kibale forest national park - Uganda Primate Adventure

2Pax: per person sharing

Visiting: Kibale forest park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Mabamba bay

What to expect!

  • Gorilla Trekking experience – Africa’s greatest wildlife encounter.
  • Walk to view chimpanzees in the wild.
  • Overwhelming species of monkey’s, primates.
  • Game viewing drive in Queen Elizabeth.
  • Stop at Equator for photo moments.
  • Bigodi swamp walk & community tour.
  • Amazing boat trip safari on Kazinga channel.
  • Search for Tree climbing lions.

Route Map

Uganda Primate Adventure and Tree lions safari | 7 Days

Uganda Primate adventure and tree lions safari 7 Days trip, you will walk to observe Chimpanzees in the wild, and trek to see Mountain gorillas in the jungle. You will join a boat trip safari on the Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park. You will also see Hippos, savannah elephants, various antelopes, many primate species, and with a bit of luck tree lions and the elusive leopard. If you have limited time for the holiday, or one week off your daily schedule then this short Uganda adventure is perfect for you.

This Uganda primate adventure safari takes you to explore the primate capital of Uganda, come face to face with Chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park, and overwhelm 8 species of monkeys, as you view the Rwenzori Mountains. You will check off amazing birds, and animals on a boat cruise across the rift valley on the Kazinga channel. Head further south, and look up to find Ishasha’s lions resting in the fig trees. Complete your Uganda journey to the Bwindi impenetrable national park, with a magical encounter with mountain gorillas. Uganda is much more than gorillas, this tour gives you the opportunity to reconnect with local people through community walking experiences.


  • Day 0: Arrive at Entebbe airport.
  • Day 1 & 2: Transfer to Kibale National Park and then spend the next two-and-a-half days tracking chimpanzees and observing behaviors of over 8 species of different monkeys.  Optional internal flight.
  • Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and explore animals by boat ride and on a game drive safari.
  • Day 4 & 5: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and trek to see giant Gorillas.
  • Day 6: Drive to lake Mburo national park, and explore Uganda’s game-filled plains on foot.
  • Day 7: Drive to Entebbe airport for your outbound flight. Option to fly back to Entebbe.

Top Add-ons to Know:

Internal flights – optional: This tour involves driving long hours on the first day (+/-6 hours) and the last day (+/-8 hours). You can opt to fly at an extra cost. We can arrange an internally scheduled flight from Entebbe to Kasese airstrip which takes an hour on day 1.  On your way back you can also opt to fly 1 hour from Kisoro/Kihihi/Mbarara to Entebbe airport, saving you 8-10 hours by road.

Add an extra day in Entebbe and go shoebill excursion at Mabamba bay on Lake Victoria.
You’ll meet your private guide at your hotel. Transfer by private car to Lake Victoria arriving at the Mabamba bay landing site.
Here you will board wooden boats. Getting on a motorized canoe in search of this pre-historic bird is a great experience. Mabamba bay is a must-visit place for birders who come to Uganda. Approximate excursion time: 3 hours.

Add extra day/night in Queen Elizabeth (South) – Ishasha to search for lions in trees and replace/forego one night in lake Mburo national park. By choosing this option you could also consider a one-way internal flight back to Entebbe at extra cost and avoid 9-10 hours of driving from Bwindi impenetrable national park to Entebbe.

Top features of this tour

  • This private tour can be organized exclusively for you
  • Solo travelers can book this private tour
  • This tour can be customized to start on any date.
  • You can request changes to activities, accommodations, and destinations on this tour.

Things to know.

Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years, while chimpanzee tracking age is 12 years.

A maximum of 8 people are permitted to visit a family of gorillas at one time/daily, so it’s likely on the real trekking day, you will be joined to other guests to make group of 8. If you’re travelling as a group larger than 8.  You will be split across different but equally amazing families.

Maximum time allowed with the gorilla family will NOT exceed One hour.

It is a requirement to have a gorilla permit before you are allowed on a Gorilla trek.  Similarly you are required to have secured a Chimpanzee trekking permit  before you are permitted on the trail. Chigo Tours Africa will have these permits arranged for you.

**Gorilla permits & chimp permits are 100% non-refundable.

Is this trip for you?

This is  moderate adventure for people who want up-close encounters with  Mountain gorillas, Chimpanzees & overwhelming species of monkeys. You should be comfortable with;

  • Driving long hours of the day on nicely paved highways, rural roads connecting to parks which are sometimes rough, bumpy & dusty.
  • Walking/trekking on uneven terrain for 2 to 6 or even 8 hours roundtrip.
  • Having an armed park ranger with AK47 with you all times on the trekking.
  • Gorillas can sometimes be moving frequently, forest vegetation can at times obstruct visibility, and hence taking photos of these creatures can be very challenging!
  • Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous walks, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Activity level can be moderate demanding: Gorilla trekking can be a physically strenuous activity. Trekking takes place at altitudes between 1160 to 2607m (3806 to 8553ft) above sea level. moderate physical fitness is required. The slowest member will be on the front and determines the groups’ speed. The pace will be moderate, with plenty stops to rest, ask questions, re-hydrate and enjoy the forest and views.

Uganda Primate Adventure & Tree Lion Safari | 7 Days

Day 0: Arrival at Entebbe

Arrival meets and greet our representative & transfer to your hotel in Entebbe City for your 7 Days Uganda Primate Adventure & Tree Lion Safari.

Day 1: Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park

Today you will transfer to Kibale forest national park as you start your 7 Days Uganda Primate Adventure & Tree Lion Safari. This is a very beautiful journey with stunning diverse landscapes and the hills and mountains you will drive through will become greener and greener until you come to the tea plantations of Fort Portal! Along the way to Kibale forest, you’ll stop for a demonstration on tea harvesting by locals. Did you know that the majority of Ugandans drink more tea in their homes than coffee? Fort Portal and the Kibale area produce some of Uganda’s finest tea. You could choose some optional activities like a night walk or simply rest at your hotel:

  • Night walk in the forest outside the park – (Optional & Subject to availability) – Approx 1.5-2 hours. Walk through the forest in search of nocturnal residents like bushbaby, potato, and night jar ($25 per person)
  • Approximate driving time: 6 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included at your accommodation.

Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park

Today morning at 7 am, we transfer to– Kanyanchu gate Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale National park is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, with over 120 individuals.

In Kibale, here you will find one of the largest populations of chimpanzees in Africa – about 1450 individuals. Today you will do Chimpanzee ‘tracking’.

Chimp walking time: 2 to 3 hours.

What to carry: Remember to carry bottled drinking water, rain gear, and walking/ hiking boots plus a backpack

It will be the perfect opportunity to listen to the chimps as they grumble and feed. Only one community is allowed to be visited by tourists. Chimpanzees live in communities. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against other male intruders; the females usually wander in small family groups. Rangers locate the chimps by listening to their pant-hooting calls and following their eating trails.

There are chances of seeing other primates namely; the Guereza colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, and olive baboons as well as the Red colobus monkey considered endangered and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey that is considered Vulnerable and…plentiful of forest bird life.

Today afternoon you will be to explore the Bigodi swamp & community in a village walk (3 hours). Together with a local guide, you’ll search for other primates including I’hoestes, red colobus, blues, red-tailed and gray–cheeked mangabey, bird species like the Great blue Turaco, bees’ eaters, and many more. Experience how primates and birds live with the community, amazing farm life & community life experiences like basket weaving, learning how to roast coffee beans, and tasting coffee prepared by yourself in a traditional coffee brewing tour. you can also opt to join a local cooking class and learn Ugandan recipes. You could also learn how to process banana beer/ gin the local African way.  Later head back to your lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included at your accommodation.

Day 3: To Queen Elizabeth National Park – Boat cruise on Kazinga channel

Today early morning transfer to Queen Elisabeth NP. Check-in at the lodge, in Queen Elizabeth NP viewing the Rwenzori Mountains. At 2 pm we will go for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel (2 hours approx.). Look out for the hippos, great herds of buffalos, and lots of water birds by the channel side. Time permitting head out on a 2-hour evening game drive; from 5 pm to 7 pm. look out for the lions, buffalos, elephants, and large numbers of Uganda Kobs and other antelopes.

  • Approximate driving time: 3 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included at your accommodation.

Day 4: In Queen Elizabeth National Park – Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

In the morning you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park, via Ishasha south section of Queen Elizabeth for game viewing. You will drive to Ishasha (2 ½ hours approx.). Ishasha is famous for tree-climbing lions. With a bit of luck, there are chances of finding lions in the trees by the roadside. Please note that there is no guarantee but our guide will maximize all regular hot spots to increase the chances of a sighting. We drive through as we look out for the lions, buffalos, Topi, and large numbers of Uganda Kobs and other antelopes. After lunch, we transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park.

Depending on the park gate of gorilla permits available at the time of booking, we will proceed to one of the following three sectors: Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija, and Kisoro/ Mgahinga gorilla gate.

Approximate driving time to Bwindi: 3 to 6 hours depending on location/gate of gorilla permit reserved at time of booking.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Please note the choice of lodging today will be determined by the location of the Gorilla family available at the time of booking!        

Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/Mgahinga gorilla park – Gorilla Trekking

Breakfast and take a short transfer to the Bwindi National Park office, where you will meet up with excellent local rangers and trackers, who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Thereafter, hike into the forest with your packed lunch. After this exciting experience, it’s time to relax at the lodge and view your photos.

In Bwindi NP (Uganda), there are 23 habituated gorilla families that can be viewed by tourists.

In Mgahinga NP (Uganda), there is 1 habituated gorilla family for tourist viewing.

Each of the families can be visited by a maximum of 8 people daily and the viewing lasts only 1 hour.

The trekking can take from 2 to 9 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet.  After finding gorillas, you will spend a maximum of 1 hour viewing them. The terrain can get tough and at times muddy.  Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. It can rain at a few minute’s notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip-lock bags for cameras.  It is important to take plenty of water. After trekking head back to your lodge. This evening it is possible to reconnect with local people in a community tour ( optional).

Day 6: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Today on this 7 Days Uganda Primate Adventure & Tree Lion Safari, you will transfer by a road trip to Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s smallest parks where you can get up close to animals on foot walking. You will have a game drive in the park. Expect to see antelopes like Impalas, Elands, giraffes, and Zebras not seen anywhere on this Uganda trip. The Lake Mburo National Park forms a mosaic-like habitat with rocks, dry slopes, open and wooded savannas, forests, and swamps increases. This diversity of habitats has a diversity of bird life with over 300 bird species recorded in the park, including beautiful Rollers, Bee-eaters, and starlings. You will be led by experienced guides through the trails.

  • Approximate driving time: 3 hrs
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: To Entebbe – Departure

Today morning, there are opportunities for optional extra activities:
It is possible to do an on-foot game walking safari with a ranger – 1 hour (optional). You will get in close contact with grazing antelopes like Impalas, Elands, Topi, and zebras, and also so many colorful birds. You will return to the lodge for breakfast. Thereafter you start your journey and transfer to Entebbe. We will stop at the Equator for lunch. This is an opportunity to have a photo moment and do souvenir shopping. After your guide will transfer you to your hotel or if you prefer direct to Entebbe airport. This will be the end of your 7 Days Uganda Primate Adventure & Tree Lion Safari.

  • Approximate driving time: 210 Km, 4 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

End of 7 Days Uganda Primate Adventure & Tree Lion Safari


Add an extra day in Entebbe and go shoebill excursion at Mabamba bay on Lake Victoria

You’ll meet your private guide at 7 am at your hotel. Transfer by private car to Lake Victoria. Pass by townships and local suburbs on mixed surfaced and fairly maintained dirty roads, arriving at the Mabamba bay landing site. Located at least 57 km from Kampala city. It takes an hour’s drive from Entebbe city to Mabamba bay – a massive papyrus swamp.

Canoe ride: You will board wooden boats with engines and there after traditional peddle canoeing in search of mainly the Shoebill which usually hides in the mash to look for fish. Getting on a motorized canoe in search of this pre-historic bird is a great experience.

At 2424 hectares, the Mabamba swamp is one of the few remaining on Lake Victoria. Mabamba swamp is characterized by small channels of marsh-filled water and lagoons and is a habitat for the shoe bill. The shoebill’s feet and claws look very similar to many dinosaur fossils, including two that it is believed these birds came from. Recent sightings indicate Mabamba boasts of 9-15 shoebills and are a must-visit place for birders who come to Uganda. Duration: 3 hours.

You could add an extra day/night in Queen Elizabeth (South) – Ishasha to search for lions in trees and replace/forego one night in lake Mburo national park. By choosing this option you could also consider a one-way internal flight back to Entebbe at extra cost and avoid 9-10 hours of driving from Bwindi’s impenetrable national park to Entebbe.

Alternatively, you could also opt to transfer by road, cross Uganda/Rwanda border – 5 hours to Kigali City and connect with your outbound international flight at Kigali airport. Please note that at the moment flying out through Kigali is subject to covid19 restrictions including vaccinations & Covid19 PCR tests.

Tour price Includes

  • Meet and greet on arrival
  • Private transfer from Entebbe airport to Hotel
  • Park Entrances.
  • Guides and rangers in the park
  • All transfers.
  • Transportation in 4×4 Toyota Safari Vehicle
  • English speaking driver guide.
  • Accommodation in self-contained rooms
  • Private transfer back to Entebbe International Airport
  • All activities/tours as noted in the itinerary:
  • 1 boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • 2 game drives in Queen Elizabeth National park
  • 1 Bigodi swamp walk & community life experiences
  • 1 Chimpanzee tracking permit per person (Kibale forest)
  • Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch as on indicated on itinerary)

Tour price Excludes

  • Air ticket.
  • Drinks
  • Uganda Visa.
  • Porters on trekking
  • 1 Gorilla permit $700per person (we arrange it for you)
  • Tips to guides.
  • All optional activities
  • Any meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Items of personal nature, entertainment, any other optimal activity,
  • The last nights in hotel in Entebbe.

Optional activities:
Shoebill Mabamba Bay canoe excursion ($USD30 per person)
Night walk on forest outside Kibale forest (USD25 per person)
One-way internal flight back to Entebbe (USD320 per person)

Transfer to Kigali

1 night at Guineal Fowl Entebbe.

2 nights at Isunga Lodge at edge of Kibale Forest National Park.

1 night at Twin Lake Safari Lodge, viewing rift valley in Queen Elizabeth NP.

2nights at Ride4woman viewing Bwindi impenetrable national park.

1 night at Hyena Hill lodge, viewing Lake Mburo National park.

Meals-Full Board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost!

Lodging mentioned depends on availability of rooms at the time of booking. in event of unavailability, we’ll inform you and suggest a similar lodge in the class. Reservations will only be made after your confirmed booking with us.

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