5 Days Gorilla Trekking & Chimpanzee Safari

Chimpanzee Tour - Gorilla trekking Uganda

GORILLA TREKKING & CHIMPANZEE SAFARI – 5 DAYS

OVERVIEW

Think of combining this 5 Days Gorilla Trekking & Chimpanzee Safari   Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  which harbors  half of the world endangered mountain gorillas with chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park which has been declared the best destination  for viewing habituated wild chimpanzees. This all comprehensive tour will start and end in Entebbe or Kampala.

Day 1: Briefing on the safari. Start for Fort Portal.

Briefing on the safari before we drive westwards towards Fort Portal to the Kibale Forest National Park (about 5 hours). 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. You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. chimpanzee-003_ugandaYears of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. More primates like Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey cheecked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Instead of a 3 hour chimp Tracking, you can do an all day Habituation Experience (US$ 220 per person). This experience can be done any time at Kibale Forest.

Day 4: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Gorilla Trek

Depart early morning for Bwindi, for your gorilla trek.
Seasons allowing, you will drive through the Ishasha sector in search for the tree-climbing lions. Nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low limbed fig trees of Ishasha. IMG_2209This game drive en route will expose you to some of the animals that you might have missed seeing while on your game drives in Kasenyi and Queens Mile. Arrival in Bwindi is in the late afternoon.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Day 5: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi National Park

Gorilla Tracking Day. After breakfast we take a short drive to Park Headquarters to meet with the local guides and trackers who will instruct us on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest to begin the trek which can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking a worthwhile adventure. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Day 6 :Return to Kampala, and transfer to Entebbe Airport

Early breakfast before embarking on our return to Kampala. Not to miss as we traverse Mbarara are the impressing long horn Ankole cattle. A remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as we have a brief sop here. We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home

The cost of the tour includes most meals. Please check in the program what meals are included with your choice of accommodation.

Accommodation

KIBALE FOREST
Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale
Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp
Lowest Price: CVK Resort Kibale

BWINDI FOREST
Up-market: Buhoma Lodge
Moderate: Engagi Lodge
Lowest Price: Travellers Rest Hotel, / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp /Buhoma Community Campground (self-contained cottages)

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

  • Fort Portal Colonial Town
  • Kibale Forest National Park
  • Kanyankyu River camp
  • Chimpanzee tracking in kyambura gorge
  • Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
  • Birding in Kibale Forest
  • Road Trip

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
  • 1 Gorilla Permit per person
  • 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.).