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6 Day Chimps in Kibale, Gorillas in Bwindi and Wildlife Game viewing
Tour Route: Kampala – Kibale – Queen – Bwindi – Kampala
On the 6 Days Chimps in Kibale & Wildlife Safari, you get to hang out with habituated chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park then later follow this Uganda Safaris route to Queen Elizabeth National Park to explore the savannah wildlife safari action in the grasslands. Chimpanzee tracking is a good alternative to the pricy mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi.
The Chimps in Kibale Safari route can be customised to fit your trip plans and budget. Also, this Uganda safari trip can leave anytime with any number of people. The chimps tracking permit, accommodation and transport are included in the quoted price of the package.
- The thrill of tracking the wild but habituated chimps in Kibale and other primates in their natural environment
- A guided nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for birding and primate viewing
- An opportunity to explore the beautiful crater lakes surrounded by gentle hills and stunning views
- Sightings of the carpets of green tea plantations and long horned cattle
- Enjoying game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.
- The thrill of a game-walking safari and canoe ride at Lake Mburo National Park
- An opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the Equator for memorable photos.
Day 1: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park, Bigodi swamp walk
You will depart from Kampala after breakfast and head westwards to Fort Portal town. The drive will take about 4 -5 hours. You will have lunch in Fort Portal and continue to Kibale. In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. 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. Dinner and overnight will be at your reserved lodge.
Day 2: Chimp tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth
After breakfast, you will report to at the Kanyanchu Tourist Centre at 08.00 am for a briefing before tracking the chimpanzees. The forest is only accessible on foot and the walk will provide you with the opportunity to see a variety of other primates and animals as well as birds, and a variety of butterflies and other insects. You will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park
After your morning breakfast, you will have an early morning Wildlife safari Game drive where you will see the lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck among others. You will return to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for a 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. It is a 42km channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful, with well over 550 resident species.
Dinner and overnight will be spent at your reserved lodge.
Day 4: Game drive in Ishasha and transfer to Bwindi
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bwindi via the Ishasha sector with a 2-3 hour game drive in Ishasha sector in search for the tree climbing lions. Expect to see other animal species such as the warthogs, leopard, spotted hyena and birds. After, then you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.
Day 5: Gorilla Trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), and Batwa Experience
Today enjoy surely. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek 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 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 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. Time allowing you will go for a guided community walk to experience the livelihoods of the local communities. As planned, you take on the gorilla trekking Bwindi route to visit a traditional herbalist to see how he prepares native medicine to treat a wide array of human ailments, see a black smith manufacturing local tools used in everyday life and see how local beer is brewed using local methods. You will also be entertained by the traditional dances offered by the community. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.
Day 6: Travel to Kampala with stopover at the Equator
You will after breakfast go for another game drive before setting off your last chimps in Kibale safari last hours on your return journey to Kampala. You will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have the remarkable opportunity of standing in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will also make another stopover at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers centre where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using traditional methods passed down through the generations.
You will arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon and either be transferred to the airport for your departure flight or to the hotel of your booking for dinner and overnight.
END OF SAFARI!
The safari package includes:
- Transportation by a 4 x 4 station wagon
- Full board accommodation as per the above itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- Chimp tracking permit
- English speaking driver/guide
- En-route Meals
The safari package excludes air ticket, personal travel insurance, visa fees, drinks, cigarettes, tips, souvenirs and any other items of a personal nature.
BEST TIME TO GO
Gorilla Viewing: Gorilla trekking can take place at any time of year with April/May and November being wetter. However, be aware that rain occurs all year round. For general game viewing safaris, the best time to go is during the dry season (between June and September).