Primarily Primates

14 day safari traversing Uganda, Rwanda and Congo Brazzaville

Day 1:
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a Thousand Hills Africa representative and transferred to Lake Victoria Serena Hotel approx 35km from the Airport. Balance of the evening spent at leisure with dinner under own arrangements. Lake Victoria Serena Hotel (BB).

Day 2:
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Kibale Forest National Park. On arrival at Kasese airstrip, you will be met and transferred to Kyaninga Lodge.

Afternoon transfer to Kanyanchu Park HQs with packed lunch for the 2.00pm pre-tracking briefing then embark on a guided chimpanzee trek, your informative guide making it ever more interesting by pointing out other forest features, flora and fauna: colobus monkeys, Mangabeys, baboons, bushbabies, etc. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, spend the allowed 1 hour with them, as they go about their daily life before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Kyaninga Lodge (FB)

Day 3:
Early rise and join the Kibale researchers and Chimpanzee habituation team that goes out every morning to study and habituate the chimpanzees - activity starts at 5.30 am and ends in evening at around 1830 hrs. Kyaninga Lodge.

Day 4:
After breakfast, exit Kibale and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park approx 80km/2hrs – excellent views of the Rwenzori Mountains en-route. With game viewing en-route, you will arrive at Kyambura Lodge in time for lunch.

In the afternoon, depart for the jetty on the Kazinga channel (joining lakes Edward and George) for a 2 hrs launch - boat cruise. You will view a variety of game at close range: schools of Hippos, wallowing Buffalo, Elephants, Nile crocodiles, Waterbucks, occasional leopard if lucky, fishing villages and a rich bird life. Kyambura Safari Lodge

Day 5:
This morning transfer to Cyanika at the Rwanda - Uganda Border, with a stop in Kabale for lunch then drive-on to Ruhengeri at the foot of the Virunga volcanoes. You will arrive at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in time for dinner. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.

 

Day 6:
After an early breakfast, drive to Volcanoes National Park HQs to be allocated a gorilla tracking group.

0700 hrs: Briefing by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of an amazing adventure. In the afternoon, you tour to the nearby ex-poacher’s village. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Day 7:
You have another early wake up and after breakfast, return to the Park HQs for your second gorilla trek. Opportunity to visit a different gorilla family, experience a different thrill.

Following lunch, drive back to Kigali and proceed to Kigali Serena Hotel. In evening, a farewell dinner will be hosted at one of Kigali’s local restaurants. Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 8:
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight to Brazzaville.

Early afternoon depart Brazzaville by private charter to M’boko Airstrip, Odzala-Kokoua National Park (approx. 2 hrs, a light packed lunch served on board). On arrival at M’boko Airstrip, you will be met by a Lango Camp guide for a road transfer to Lango Camp, our home for the next three nights. (Approx. 30 min. through open savannah with views of the forest fringe and interior)

At Camp, we freshen up and settle in before our short afternoon forest activity (may consist of a walk around Lango Bai and the forest fringe and stream or perhaps a game drive). Lango Camp.

Day 9:
An early morning wake-up is followed by a light breakfast and coffee on the main deck, after which we embark on our first activity for the day. This could be a walk from camp through Lango Bai and down the clear, shallow waters of the Lango Stream to its confluence with the Lekoli River.

A motorised pirogue will then head upstream for two hours (stopping en route for tea/coffee) until reaching the access point to Mbouebe Bai, where a short excursion on foot reaches a concealed hide from which activities at the bai can be observed. The return to camp includes a downstream portion of the river followed by A motorised pirogue will then head upstream for two hours (stopping en route for tea/coffee) until reaching the access point to Mbouebe Bai, where a short excursion on foot reaches a concealed hide from which activities at the bai can be observed. The return to camp includes a downstream portion of the river followed by a game drive through the Savannah. Back in camp a hearty brunch and rest period awaits before we head out again later for the afternoon activity. An example of this would be a return game drive to the boat jetty followed by a pirogue trip downstream along the Lekoli River to its confluence with the larger Mambili River for sundowners. A night drive back to camp offers intriguing opportunities for seeing some of Odzala’s more secretive nocturnal creatures.
Lango Camp.

Day 10:
Wake up early for a light breakfast before setting off on a morning activity – possibly begin with a game drive to the jetty at the confluence of the Likeni Stream and Lekoli River then a pirogue trip down the Lekoli River in search of Primates, Forest Buffalo and other species before returning to camp on foot through Lango Bai. The trip along the river offers great opportunities for birding and mammals, while the walk can provide excellent viewing of buffalo, Red River Hogs, a number of primate species and even Bongo.

Back in camp, we are greeted by an appetizing brunch then have some downtime before heading out again in the afternoon – this time back to the jetty for a pirogue trip upstream the Lekoli River enjoying sundowners and maybe some catch-and-release fishing. We return to camp via a night game drive – look out for Spotted Hyena, Golden Cats, Water Chevrotain and other nocturnal animals.
Lango Camp.

Day 11:
We arise early today and after breakfast head away from the savannah in air-conditioned land cruisers to the south-western corner of the Park to spend time at Dzebe Bai (2½ hrs driving and a kilometer’s walk through the forest). We spend middle of the day in the hide looking out for secretive forest animals to appear in the clearing – there are possibilities of vieing wild (non-habituated) gorillas here, as well as Black-fronted Duiker, Guereza Colobus monkey, perhaps even Chimpanzees.

Enjoy picnic lunches in the hide before our late afternoon return northwards to Ngaga Camp. Pre-dinner, we have a detailed briefing on Western Lowland Gorillas including the research project in the area, the species conservation, biology and ecology and of course what to expect when tracking the habituated groups of the area. Ngaga Camp.

Day 12:
You have an early rise with light breakfast, then depart on foot with your guide and tracker on our first gorilla tracking excursion. Using the expert skills of the trackers we start at the point where the chosen group for the day slept the previous night and follow their tracks as they move through the forest until we find them.

While home range sizes are relatively small, the gorillas can move quite quickly through thick forest undergrowth and during a 2-5 hour tracking excursion (including time spent observing the gorillas) we may cover between 5 and 8 kms. After this exhilarating experience we return to camp to freshen up and enjoy a brunch.

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided forest walk in search of birds and primates as well as forest duiker and, if time allows, visit the Gorilla Tracking Academy run by Dr Magda Bermejo and German Illera - learn about the comprehensive training of local community trackers from all over west-central Africa and how this plays a role in gorilla conservation. Ngaga Camp.

Day13:
You have another early wake-up and set out, on foot, for our 2nd gorilla trek our expert trackers again following the obscure tracks and signs of the group through the forest until we find them for another fascinating experience watching them resting and foraging.

This afternoon, we join our Guide in the forest trails in search of birds and mammals before returning to camp for sundowners on the main deck - overlooking the forest canopy and Ngaga Stream below. Ngaga Camp.

Day 14:
We have a far more leisurely start this morning, leaving after breakfast for M’boko airstrip (2½ hrs drive) to meet our private charter flight back to Brazzaville. We will land in Brazzaville in the afternoon with plenty of time for any onward flights.