4 Days Gorilla Trekking & Chimp Safari

Gorilla Trekking Rwanda

GORILLA TREKKING & CHIMP SAFARI – 4 DAYS

This 4 Days Gorilla Trekking & Chimp Safari in kibale National Park is probably the best and most popular East African Safari package. You get to track the mountain gorillas in their natural sanctuary – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park also with 12 other primates in this forest with a a possibility of seeing  chimpanzee tracking, monkeys and other primates.

Day 1: Briefing on the safari, transfer to Bwindi impenetrable Forest, southwestern Uganda for your gorilla trekking.

Meet and greet with our local guide over breakfast, and then after drive heading to southwestern Uganda. En route, there is a local community popular for making local drums and crafts and a fruit market. Stopover, admire and buy yourself souvenirs. Proceed to the Equator line taken as one beautiful scenery in Africa – the pathway of the sun and take photographs.

Pass by mountains, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest during the nine hour journey.

Overnight at
Up-market option: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge
Moderate option: Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp,Ruhija gorilla safari lodge
Low Budget option: Buhoma Community Restcamp or Ruhija Gorilla Friends / gorilla valley lodge /Travellers hotel
Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

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(Driving time to Entebbe ± 9hrs on surfaced roads)

Day 2:Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), Tracking the Mountain Gorillas and other primates

Today enjoy gorilla trekking in Bwindi. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes. gorilla-adventure-safari

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

While most of today’s forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Overnight at
Up-market option: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge
Moderate option: Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp,Ruhija gorilla safari lodge
Low Budget option: Buhoma Community Restcamp or Ruhija Gorilla Friends / gorilla valley lodge /Travellers hotel
Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 3: Drive from Bwindi to Kibale National Park via Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early morning after breakfast we continue driving through the undulating highlands of southwestern Uganda on our way to the greener and beautiful Fort Portal area. Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good “photo opportunities”. As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed.

After dinner you might be interested in the optional forest walk in the evening to see nocturnal primates such as the bush baby which have a surprising night cry, and potto.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market:  Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge

Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp (in rooms) | Chimpanzee Forest Guest house

Low Budget:  Kibale Forest Camp (in tents) | Chimpanzee Forest Guest house (in the main house with shared bathroom)

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale Forest National Park; Departure to Kampala or Entebbe 

Half day search of chimpanzee and 10 other primate including phoestes, red Colobus, blues, and red tailed and grey cheeked mangabey.  The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but also on all the forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable.  This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and seeing primates at close quarters.

After the trek, we drive to Kampala through Fort Portal and Mubende. This route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations, some of the best in Uganda, arriving Kampala in the early evening.

 

 

Accommodation

Bwindi Forest
Up-market option: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge
Moderate option: Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp,Ruhija gorilla safari lodge
Low Budget option: Buhoma Community Restcamp or Ruhija Gorilla Friends / gorilla valley lodge /Travellers hotel
Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market option: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge or Jacana Lodge / Enganzi lodge (luxury)
Moderate option: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge or Simba Safari Camp
Low Budget option: Mweya Hostels or Kazinga Channel Lodge;
Meals Included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Lodge.

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Accommodation is based on a standard double/ twin or single room in your choice of accommodation. This can either be budget, mid-range or high end. All accommodation options are selected by its location and service standard compared to its price. When you are with 1, 3 or 5 persons 1 single supplement is included. When you want more single supplements you can contact us at [email protected]

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Highlights

  • Equator line
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
  • Chimpanzee tracking in kyambura gorge
  • Game Drive.
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park & Wildlife
  • Search for the Big 5
  • Kazinga Channel

Seasons

  • January to March: Hot and dry, an excellent time of year to be on safari in Uganda.
  • April and May: Uganda’s long rainy season when many camps are closed. Rains tend to be in the morning and late afternoon.
  • June to September: Temperatures climb rapidly and this is a fantastic time of year for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • October to December: Another great time of year to be on safari, you can get some rain in November but temperatures are favourable and conditions are ideal for game viewing.

Inclusions

  • Gorillas and chimp tracking permits
  • Transport in a 4wd safari motor vehicle for excellent safari view viewing
  • All fuel for the tour;
  • English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
  • Full board accommodation with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Bottled drinking water on safari, private 4×4 ground transportation with an English
  • speaking driver guide, guides in national parks
  • Meals according to the program
  • park entrance and related fees

Exclusions

  • International air fares;
  • Entry visa Uganda;
  • Accommodation in Kampala
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation;
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, hotel staff, etc;
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.).