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Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking (6 days Primates & Wildlife Safari)

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6 Day Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking(Primates) & Wildlife Safari

Safari Route: Kampala – Kibale – Queen – Bwindi – Kampala

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This 6 Day Primate (Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking) & Wildlife Safari takes you to Uganda’s wild to meet the two most visited primates in Uganda, the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Chimpanzees in Kibale National park and also get to enjoy the big game in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Spend an hour with the habituated chimpanzees of Kibale forest national park and couple miles away the Primates Tour & Wildlife Safari route will take you to Queen Elizabeth National Park to find the tree lions and Kazinga Channel wildlife action then finally meet the gentle mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest with one hour you’ll spend with them.

This is a tailor made safari and can leave anytime of the year. That means it can be adjusted to meet your travel plans and budget. Contact our experts to help you your planning.

Safari Highlights

  • The exciting experience of spending time with the Gorillas and watching them at close range as they feed, play and relax in the misty forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National park.
  • Enjoying the scenic allure of stunning hills and lush vegetation inhabited by these elusive Primates and pygmies.
  • The thrill of trekking the wild but habituated chimpanzees and other primates in their natural environment
  • Sightings of the green tea plantations and long horned cattle in Mbarara
  • Enjoying Game drives (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant, Hippo etc) in Queen Elizabeth National Park and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.
  • An opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the Equator for memorable photos souvenirs.

SAFARI DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

Our Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking tour begins today. We will depart from Kampala after breakfast and head westwards to Fort Portal town.

This route to meet the primates will take about 4 -5 hours. We will have lunch in Fort Portal and continue to Kibale where you will go for either a community walk or visit the beautiful Crater lakes region for a spectacular scenic view of the beautiful landscapes in the evening.

Dinner and overnight will be at your reserved lodge.

Accommodation Options:
Up Market: Ndali Lodge/ Kyaninga Lodge/ Kibale Forest Lodge/ Primate Lodge
Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp / Mountains of the Moon Hotel
Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guest House / Kibale Forest Camp in tents / Rwenzori Travellers Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and nature walk in Kibale Forest

After breakfast you will report at the Kanyanchu Tourist Centre for a briefing on the rules before the Chimpanzee tracking experience at 08.00 am.

The trek for the Kibale chimps takes 2-3 hours and it will provide you with the opportunity to also see a variety of other primates and animals as well as birds, and various species of butterflies and insects.

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You will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for a nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland to see a variety of birds and monkey species. You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Accommodation Options:
Up Market: Ndali Lodge/ Kyaninga Lodge/ Kibale Forest Lodge/ Primate Lodge
Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp / Mountains of the Moon Hotel
Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guest House / Kibale Forest Camp in tents / Rwenzori Travellers Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park and then Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

After your morning breakfast, you will travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park with a stopover at Nyakasura Falls and later at FortPortal Town where you will have lunch.

You will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park and go straight for a 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. The 42km channel joins Lake Edward and Lake George. This boat trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos in Africa and offers an excellent opportunity for photography, bird watching and game viewing.

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The prolific bird life is colorful, with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight will be spent at your reserved lodge.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Katara Lodge/ Jacana Lodge
Midrange: Bush Lodge (in rooms)/ Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Game Drive and transfer to Bwindi

You will wake up early for a morning game drive in the park to see Lions, Elephants, Topis, Leopards, Bush bucks, Cape Buffaloes, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda Kob, among others.

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You will later transfer to the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot the tree climbing lions. Enroute the Primates Tour, you will make stopovers at the Bat cave and the Kyambura gorge.

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You will then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park arriving in the evening. Enroute you will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views of the scenic landscape characteristic of the western rift valley.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge/ Trackers Lodge Buhoma
Mid-range: Silverback Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Camp/ Gorilla Mist Camp
Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp/ Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Gorilla Valley Lodge /Buhoma Community Campground
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Cultural tour

You will have an early morning breakfast and move to the Park headquarters to join other trackers in a briefing about the gorilla trekking rules at 7:45 am.

You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the mountain Gorillas, which can take you 1-8 hours.

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The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access by tourists. You will have 1 hour to stay with the Gorillas once sighted before returning to your lodge.

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If time allows you will have another guided community visit to meet a Traditional Herbalist and see how he prepares native medicine to treat a wide array of human sicknesses.

Alternatively you will visit a local black smith to see how he manufactures local tools for use in everyday life or see how local beer is brewed using local methods.

You will also be treated to Traditional Dance entertainment by the local people. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge/ Trackers Lodge Buhoma
Mid-range: Silverback Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Camp/ Gorilla Mist Camp
Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp/ Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Gorilla Valley Lodge /Buhoma Community Campground
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Travel to Kampala

Our Primate and Wildlife Safari in Uganda ends today. After breakfast, we set off on the return journey to Kampala.

We will have a stopover at Igongo cultural centre to explore the life style of the Ankole and Bahima people and 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 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.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch

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The safari package includes:

  • Transportation by a 4wd safari vehicle
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Boat trip in Queen
  • One Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance
  • Park entry fees
  • Primate walk in Kibale
  • Game drives for wildlife
  • Services of an English speaking Driver/guide

This Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking Safari package excludes:

  • Air ticket
  • personal travel insurance
  • visa fees, drinks
  • cigarettes
  • tips
  • souvenirs and any other items of a personal nature.

What to pack on a Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking Safari

On this primate and wildlife safari, you need the following items:

  • Trekker Boots
  • Gardening Gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Long trousers
  • Binoculars
  • Hat
  • Camera with spare battery
  • Snacks and water

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Gorilla & Chimp Viewing: Gorilla and Chimpanzee 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).

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