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12-Day Uganda Primates, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Wildlife Tour Holiday

On the Primates, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Wildlife Safari Holiday, you will visit 2 of East Africa’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, that is Ngorongoro Crater, the largest volcanic caldera in the world and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Your trip will start from Uganda.

The Empakaai Crater

Primates, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Wildlife Safari Highlights

  • Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
  • Day 2: Transfer to Kibale National Park
  • Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park
  • Day 4-5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 7: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Day 8: Transfer to Arusha, Tanzania
  • Day 9 & 10: Transfer to Serengeti & Evening Game Drive
  • Day 11: Explore Ngorongoro Conservation Area Crater & Transfer to Karatu
  • Day 12: Visit Lake Manyara & Transfer to Arusha for Departure

Detailed Safari Itinerary

12-Day Uganda Primates, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Tour

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

Our company tour guide will pick you from the airport and drive you to Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. You will check in at your hotel where you will spend your first night in Uganda, the pearl of Africa.

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale National Park

Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Kibale National Park via the beautiful Fort Portal for some excursions. Post your lunch in Fort Portal town, you will go visit the Amabere g’Nnyinamwiru caves and also go on a hike to the Fort Portal crater, amazing scenic views. From there, continue to Kibale national park, check in at your accommodation for a relaxing evening, dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park

After breakfast, you will go to the tourism center of the park for a briefing session about today’s main activity, Chimpanzee tracking. Later, you will be led into the lush tropical forest by a ranger guide who will help you track the playful chimpanzees. In about 2-5 hours, you will be able to track down the chimpanzees, spend an hour with them before you exit the forest.

Kibale forest is home to 13 different primate species, so expect to see the red colobus monkeys and black and white colobus monkey among others and different bird species.

Day 4-5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your breakfast, pack up and leave Kibale for the most visited park in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to the big 4 (lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo). You will have an afternoon game drive on arrival before you retire to your lodge.

Early morning game drive to explore the Kasenyi plains of Queen Elizabeth national park, look out for lions, hyenas, buffalos, kobs, elephants, warthogs, banded mongoose and different bird species. The park boosts of hosting over 600 different species of birds, in the afternoon you will go on a boat cruise on Kazinga channel where you will see the water birds, hippos submerged close to the shores, crocodiles among others. Drive back to your safari lodge for a relaxing evening, dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will drive to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth in the morning for a game drive before you transfer to Bwindi. Ishasha sector is known for the its tree climbing lions. With some luck, you will be able to spot the king of the jungle lazing around on the tree branches in Ishasha. Look out for other animals and birds too in this part of the park. Later on, you will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable national park, the home of the endangered mountain Gorillas.

Day 7: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Early morning rise, breakfast and a briefing session at the parks’ headquarters about gorilla trekking before you set foot into the impenetrable forest to search for the mountain gorillas. The activity takes about 2-7 hours. How soon you find a gorilla family depends on its movements and location. You are given an hour to take pictures of the gorillas, watch them as they go about their day, either grooming themselves or eating as the ranger guide explains to you their behavior and answers your questions. Walk back to the entrance and drive to your safari lodge for lunch. Optional activities include: nature walk, bird watching and a visit to the Batwa community.

Day 8: Transfer to Arusha, Tanzania

Take a flight to your next destination country of this 12-day safari. You can either charter a flight from Kisoro airstrip to Entebbe and then take a flight to Arusha or drive to Kigali airport in Rwanda and take a flight to Arusha in Tanzania where your Tanzanian safari guide will be waiting to welcome you and drive you to your hotel where you will spend the night. Karibu

Day 9 & 10: Transfer to Serengeti & Evening Game Drive

After your breakfast, your safari guide will pick you up and you embark on a journey to Serengeti National Park. You’ll reach here just in time for a late lunch, rest a bit and go an an extensive evening game drive. You will have a full day game drive on day 1o, with a provision for optional activities that will be presented to you.

Why visit Ngorongoro

Day 11: Explore Ngorongoro Conservation Area Crater & Transfer to Karatu

You will drive from Arusha in the morning to Ngorongoro conservation park, lunch en-route. Ngorongoro conservation area is home to the worlds’ largest volcanic caldera. It was created when the mountain erupted and collapsed in on itself millions of years ago. To explore this amazing conservation area, you will go on game drives. In areas around the crater like the Ndutu plains and the crater rim with the most amazing views of the crater below. You will also drive down into the crater for a game drive. Around the 260 square miles crater floor which is home to over 25,000 animals and over 400 species of birds. Rewarding game viewing experiences in Ngorongoro with a solid chance of spotting the Big 5. Afterward, transfer to Karatu for an overnight.

Day 12: Visit Lake Manyara & Transfer to Arusha for Departure

You will have one last game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. As you drive back to Arusha for a drop at the airport to catch your flight back home.


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