This walking safari in Uganda is the highlight of an African safari vacation for many adventurous travelers in search of an in-depth and close to nature experience of the African/Uganda bush and wildlife. They are among our favorite ways of experiencing the ‘real Africa’ and we can highly recommend them to hikers either beginning or experienced.
Pick up from the airport to the hotel
At the start of this Uganda walking and Primate Safari, we drive northwest Early morning through the famous Luwero Triangle and Masindi Town to Murchison Falls the biggest National Park in Uganda, arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon visit the top of the Falls where you can see the Nile’s beauty perfected! Marvel at the Nile, compressing from up to one km squeezed through a 7-metre canyon dropping 150 metres with a thunderous roar, creating a beautiful rainbow. Marvel at ‘The Murchison Falls’ and enjoy the sunset as you return to the lodge. Enjoy the superb comfort and service of Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Camp. FB
Early morning game safari on the northern bank. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, Uganda Kob, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. After lunch, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many bird species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, we shall do a hiking safari to the top of the falls before we return to Paraa Lodge or Nile Safari Camp for dinner and overnight. FB
After breakfast, our safari takes us to Fort Portal with numerous stopovers in search for various primate spp like the Black and white plus the red collobus, Uganda Red tailed, Valvet, Blue and L’hoests monkey, grey cheeked mangabey among others, birding on this route is very rewarding. Overnight at Nature or Primate Lodge. FB.
After breakfast we visit Kibale Forest National Park, which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primate spp in Uganda and East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild primates and the most wanted for this day will be the chimps, Uganda red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus, L’hoests, Red colobus monkeys and many others. After lunch we explore the Crater region with many crater lakes. FB
Depart early after breakfast for a hike to view the natural male and female hot springs and crown the day in the pygmy villages located near the Ituri Rainforest. The visit to the villages has proven to be an interesting cultural experience. The guide will have lunch arranged for you to be served as a picnic while you experience the “real Africa”. Back to our lodge for dinner and over night stay. FB
Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park the second biggest in Uganda following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. A game safari enroute to view lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hyena and a variety of antelope species. Enjoy the unique 2-hour boat safari on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This safari passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos in Uganda and Africa at large. This launch/cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous, with well over 600 resident species. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari or Jacana Safari Lodge for two nights. FB
Visit the nearby Kyambura Gorge to track the fast moving and elusive chimpanzees, one of man’s closest relatives. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable, however the walk in this “lost world” is nevertheless enchanting. Alternatively, time allowing go for a nature walk in the Maramagambo Forest. This forest harbors some unusual Primate species -red-tailed and L’Hoest’s Monkey, potto, giant forest hog, pygmy antelope, and giant elephant shrew. You can also visit the bat caves and the blue lake in the afternoon for a hike till early evening. FB