A 4 day classical primate tour is the ATP-Tour safari package designed to give you the ultimate encounter with Uganda’s extensive primate species.
Your classical primate safari tour in Uganda will begin with the ATP-Tours guide picking you from your hotel/convenient location in Kampala – Uganda’s capital. After a briefing on how your primate safari excursion will go, you will set off for Uganda’s prized Kibale Forest National Park – a habitat to 13 primate species Including the endangered chimpanzees.
Kibale Forest National Park harbours the largest population of primates as compared to all the other parks in Uganda. Enroute to Kibale National Park, you will make a brief stop at the traditional Nakayima Tree located on Mubende Hill. You will have a chance to hear the fascinating myths and beliefs attached to the ancient tree.
The other stop will be at the enchanting ‘Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru’ caves in Fortportal. The ‘Batooro’ one of the major tribes in the Western Uganda have a very intriguing tale about the formation of the caves which you will be thrilled to hear. A visit to the 3 surrounding explosion crater lakes will make your safari tour to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa a memorable one.
You will arrive at Kibale Forest National Park later in the evening where you will check in at your choice safari accommodation for dinner and overnight. The lodges in Kibale National Park are designed in an Afican setting to give you the feeling of being on a typical Uganda Tour.
After having your breakfast in the early morning, you will be driven to the Kibale National Park headquarters where you will receive instructions for a successful chimpanzee trekking experience. Kibale National Park has the largest number of chimpanzees and over the year chimpanzee habituation has been a major highlight in the park.
You set out track the habituated chimpanzee families in the company of an experienced guide. Chimpanzee trekking normally takes 3 hours or more and a final encounter with the sought-after creatures is gratifying. You will be able to meet one of the chimpanzee families and you will be able to watch them feed, play, and interact with each other.
You will depart from Kibale National Park after having breakfast and travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – one of the favourite Uganda tour destinations for safari lovers. Uganda is renowned for harbouring close to half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas with most of the population of these invaluable species living in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Over the years gorilla trekking has been the gem of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and a number of gorilla families have been habituated and can be tracked and found in the different sections of the enormous forest.
On your way to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, you will pass through Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Ishasha region which is famous for being a habitat for the tree-climbing lions. While passing through Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will encounter more mammal and primate species besides the fascinating lions. You will see a large number of chimpanzees, antelopes, warthogs, baboons, Vervet monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, hyenas, hippos, buffalos, bushbucks and even the Uganda Kob. A primate Uganda tour is a fascinating one.
After arriving at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the afternoon, you will have lunch and set out on a community – cultural encounter with the Batwa pygmy people. The Batwa people were the first to inhabit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and they co-existed with the mountain gorillas and other primate and mammal species as Hunter - gatherers until their eviction by the Ugandan government on grounds of creating game reserves to protect the endangered mountain gorillas from extinction. After a thrilling and entertaining meeting with the Batwa, you will end the day with dinner and a sleep over at your safari lodge.
You will wake up very early in the morning, have your breakfast and go to the headquarters of Uganda’s formidable Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will have a briefing before embarking on one of the gorilla trails in pursuit of the endangered primate species. Tracking the habituated gorilla families may take between 3-8 hours, the trekking maybe exerting but so rewarding. It is exhilarating to finally stand face to face with the potent yet humble giants and watch them play, feed, shout and mingle with each other.
While trekking the mountain gorillas, you will also see other primate species Including; De Brazza monkeys, chimpanzees, pottos, spectacled galago, Demidoff’s galago, L’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus monkeys, Blue monkeys and Red-tailed monkeys.
If you are lucky to find the mountain gorillas on time, you will end your primate excursion in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and travel back to Kampala – Uganda’s capital. The ATP-Tours driver will drive your hotel/residence or drive you to Entebbe airport – Uganda’s main airport for you to catch tour flight. This will mark the end of your 4-day classical primate tour in Uganda.