Uganda Chimps & Gorilla Trekking Safari 11 Days

Uganda Chimps & Gorilla Trekking Safari

11 Day Uganda Chimps & Gorilla Trekking Safari


Overview

Join us for a chance to see the incredible primates and wildlife of the Ugandan rainforest on this adventurous 11 Day Uganda Chimps & Gorilla Trekking Safari. We spend two days in Kibale Forest, the best place in Africa to spot chimpanzees. From our comfortable eco-lodge we explore the forest with a population of over 1000 chimps and 13 varieties of other primates including Red-Tailed monkey, Colobus monkey and many others. We take a day walk in the majestic Rwenzori Mountains also known as ‘Mountains of the Moon’ and visit local villages around the area. We join a cruise in the Kazinga channel, a real highlight and a chance to observe hippo, crocodile, buffalo and herds of elephants at close range before taking game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park where we hope to spot the famous tree climbing lions.

We then take on the Uganda Chimps & Gorilla Trekking Safari excitement further deep into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where we experience the ultimate wildlife encounter: we get up close and personal with the endangered mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. We also take a swim or a boat ride in Lake Bunyonyi, surrounded by verdant rolling hills and a walking safari in Lake Mburo.

This package includes the following


  • Local English speaking guide/driver
  • 10 nights’ accommodation in Uganda incl. full board
  • Crossing the Equator
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park – Morning safari and boat trip
  • Kibale Chimpanzee tracking incl. permit (value USD 150)
  • Ishasha – Morning safari in search of the tree climbing lions
  • Gorilla tracking incl. license (worth USD 600)
  • Lake Mburo National Park – Safari after dark
  • Park entrance fees
  • Airport & Hotel Transfers
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip

 

Uganda Chimps trekking in Kibale Forest

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1 – Arrival Entebbe Int. Airport

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Time at leisure to relax by the pool or visit the capital city.

Overnight at Cassia Lodge (or similar) – Standard Lodge – Dinner

Day 2 – Drive to Kibale Rainforest

After breakfast we will depart Kampala and head west to Fort Portal. On your way look out for black and white colobus monkeys as many of these primates are hiding in trees along the road. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to Kibale National Park for a stay within the tropical forest.

Overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale (or similar) – Premium Lodge – Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 – Chimp Trek in Kibale followed by a Swamp Walk through the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Today the forest opens its doors for sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable for having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, redtailed monkey, black and white colobus monkey and many others. After lunch we transfer to Bigodi for a complete different walk.

Here you will have the choice to join a guided Swamp Walk through the Wetland Sanctuary, which is famous for the many birds and primates that live in this area. Alternatively, you may decide to go for a Village Walk. Accompanied by a guide who can tell you everything about the traditional customs and lifestyle of the inhabitants, you will follow the village path and visit a primary school, Catholic church, traditional homesteads, learn about the crops and listen to the story telling of a Mzee (elderly man).

Both activities are an initiative of the inhabitants of Bigodi Village and the revenues are shared by the local community (you can choose which activity to join locally. This is included in the package).

Please note we might have to split the Uganda Chimps & Gorilla Trekking Safari group for the chimp trek (morning and afternoon trek).

Overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale (or similar) – Premium Lodge – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 – Day walk at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today you can enjoy the majestic Rwenzori Mountains in their full glory on a guided walk in the foothills of the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. As well as enjoying the scenic views, we will get a glimpse into local village life and meet some of the locals and visit a waterfall. After this walk we transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we spend the next two nights.

Overnight at Park View Safari Lodge (or similar) – Standard Lodge – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 – Game drive Queen Elizabeth National Park; Kazinga Channel river cruise.

This Uganda Chimps & Gorilla Trekking Safari day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Ugandan kobs. We search for lion, elephant, buffalo and other animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch.

In the afternoon we take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife as well as the herds of elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will be one of the highlights of your tour.

Overnight at Park View Safari Lodge (or similar) – Standard Lodge – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 – Short game drive in the Ishasha sector; transfer to Bwindi National Park

After breakfast we head towards the south, passing the southern sector of the National Park (if road conditions allow). This part is called Ishasha and is famous for the tree climbing lions. After a short game drive in this area we continue to Bwindi. While driving through a verdant countryside, you will pass traditional homesteads and enjoy panoramic views. In the afternoon we will arrive in Bwindi National Park, the home of the endangered mountain gorillas.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (or similar) – Standard Lodge – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 – Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today you’ll experience what some people define a life changing event: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. But it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest, a unique and unforgettable experience!

Unfortunately, Mountain gorillas (as opposed to Lowland gorillas) are one of the world’s most endangered species so the entrance and gorilla tracking fees revenue generated from tourism in protected parks such as Bwindi, offer them their only chance of survival. Distinct from their cousins who live in the open spaces and lowland forests of West Africa, Mountain gorillas are found at an altitude of between 1520m and 3650m. Gentle giants and vegetarians, they are normally peaceful unless provoked. Our groups have been rewarded with the thrill of very close encounters.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (or similar) – Standard Lodge – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 – Nature walk and time at leisure in Bwindi

Today you have the option of joining a guided nature/village walk to explore the surroundings of Bwindi. Due to availability issues, we often will have to split the group in 2 for the gorilla trek. Those who didn’t take part on the gorilla trek on day 7 will be going on trek today.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (or similar) – Standard Lodge – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 – Drive to Lake Bunyonyi through coffee plantations and rolling hills

After breakfast we depart to Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa. The drive itself is very scenic through small villages, coffee and banana plantations and rolling hills. Upon arrival there should be ample time to relax, visit the local village or explore the surroundings by boat.

Overnight at Arcadia Cottages (or similar) – Standard Bungalow – Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 – Transfer to Lake Mburo and game drive

Today we head to Lake Mburo National Park, enjoying lunch en route. Lake Mburo is the only National Park in Uganda where you can experience a safari on foot and if we have time this evening we will enjoy a game walk at dusk, otherwise we will make our walk the following morning. With spectacular panoramic views over the plains, our accommodation for the evening is the ideal spot in which to enjoy our last night of the tour.

Overnight at Rwakobo Rock Safari Lodge (or similar) – Standard Lodge – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 – Drive to Entebbe where the tour ends

After breakfast we depart the protected area and drive to Entebbe Airport where the Uganda Chimps & Gorilla Trekking Safari  trip ends.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

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Trip Highlights

Start/End: Entebbe – Uganda

Places Visited: Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth N.P, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Lake Mburo N.P

Major Activities: Game Drive, Boat Safari, Lion Safari, Chimps Tracking and Gorilla Trekking

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