5 DAYS CHIMPANZEE & GORILLA SAFARI IN UGANDA

Tour Description

5 DAYS CHIMPANZEE & GORILLA SAFARI IN UGANDA

Overview.

The 5 days Chimpanzees and gorilla safaris in Uganda gives ultimate encounter with 2 most endangered primates in the world, mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.

The package includes chimpanzee racking experience in Kalinzu Forest and mountain gorilla trekking in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable national park. All coupled with priceless views of the country side.

Safari highlights.

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala – Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. Via Ishasha sector to view the tree climbing lions.

Day 4: Boat cruise on Kazinga channel & Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest.

Day 5: Game drive and Transfer back to Kampala.

                       

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala - Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Start this 5 Days chimpanzee and gorilla safari in Uganda with an early breakfast in Kampala, before setting off to Bwindi impenetrable national park for an inclusive gorilla trekking tour.

The journey covers between 9-10 hours with 2 stopovers, one at the Equator in Mpigi and the other at Igongo cultural Centre for sumptuous lunch near Mbarara town.

Proceed south westwards to Bwindi impenetrable national park after lunch, and traverse the terraced hills of Kigezi, dubbed the “Switzerland of Africa” and the rolling hills of Ntungamo, dotted with numerous herds of cattle grazing along the road.

This spectacular drive leads up to the lodge, where you will spend the night.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge

Midrange: Ichumbi gorilla lodge / Bakiga Lodge

Budget: Gorilla Haven’s Lodge / Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

After breakfast at the lodge, with your packed lunch, mineral water, and other hiking requirements, proceed to the briefing point at 08:00 hours. Here the park rangers will explain the Do’s and Don’ts of gorilla trekking encounter and regulations to observe in order to have a successful trek.

Gorilla tracking is so unpredictable, and seeing gorillas is not guaranteed, however with experienced guides who have lived in the forest for decades they can always locate where to find them.

It is apparently hard to foresee the trekking time, but normally ranges between 2-8 hours, and one should be ready and able to walk a long distance through foggy and steep jungles, sometimes with rain overhead.

But the face-face encounter with the mighty gorillas is all worth the struggle to find them; be sure your camera doesn’t have flash light and take as many pictures as possible.

They are shy animals, so you are advised not to stare at them directly into their eyes, as they may charge. Sit, squat or stand as your guides narrate stories, history and science behind these endangered apes.

After one hour of this epic encounter, stroll back with all the exhaustion, filled with breathtaking memories and retreat to the lodge and have a relaxed afternoon while enjoying the cool breeze of Bwindi impenetrable forest.

Optional activities; Nature / Forest walks, primate watching in the forest, Batwa community visits, Birding tours, etc.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge

Midrange: Ichumbi gorilla lodge / Bakiga Lodge

Budget: Gorilla Haven’s Lodge / Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. Via Ishasha sector to view tree climbing lions.

Morning pick up from the lodge in Bwindi national park and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. The most renowned protected area for widlife, birdlife, flora and breathtaking scenery in Uganda and Africa.

Traverse the Kigezi highlands through to Ishasha and enjoy the breathtaking views of the elusive tree climbing lions.

Proceed to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge

Midrange: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 4: Boat cruise on Kazinga channel. Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest.

After breakfast, head for the boat cruise. A boat cruise on Kazinga channel offers you magnificent encounters with the buffaloes, elephants, hippos, Kobs and many aquatic birds, reptiles and mammals. Still on this boat cruise, you will get a chance to encounter wide array of birds.

After the boat, proceed for chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest in the outskirts of the park.

This forest is home to over 6 species of primates including the chimpanzees, baboons, black and white Colubus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, etc.

During chimp tracking, one is also able to encounter up to 378 species of birds, including the rare Blue Turaco, Sunbirds, black and white caskets, etc. After this experience, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Midrange: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 5: Game drive and transfer back to Kampala.

Start the last day with an early game drive and then breakfast at the lodge, before checking out. Pass through the scenic crater – dotted region with breathtaking views of tea and eucalyptus plantations.

Drive straight through Fort Portal, Mubende and Mityana districts up to Kampala city, at the lodge or drop off at Entebbe airport to catch your departure flight.

End of safari.

 

Price inclusions.

  • Gorilla permits.
  • Chimpanzee permits
  • 4WD Vehicle and all ground transfers
  • Park entry fees
  • A professional English speaking guide.
  • Drinking water in the van
  • Accommodation and meals
  • All activities as per your itinerary

 Exclusions  

  • Visas and all international flights
  • Any activity mentioned as optional
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks and other drinks.
  • Accommodation and meals in Kampala
  • Souvenirs
  • Any other activity not mentioned in the itinerary

 

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