5 Day Gorillas & Chimpanzee Tracking Safari

5 Days Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Trekking Safari.

Viewing gorillas and chimps in their natural environment is a thrilling and spectacular African safari experience that you may have on our 5 Day Gorillas & Chimpanzee Tracking Safari. It’s difficult to put into words how it feels like to stare into the eyes of mountain gorillas that are so near you could touch them. This journey includes a visit to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Kibale Forest National Park in the western part of Uganda, which has the largest concentration of primates in the world.

Highlights for 5 Days Uganda Gorillas & Chimpanzee Trekking Safari.

Day 1: Pickup in Entebbe and Transfer to Kibale National Park

Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest and Bigodi Swamp Walk

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening Boat Ride

Day 5: Transfer Back to Entebbe and Departure.

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers on first and last day,
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle

WHAT IS EXCLUDED

  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • International airfares
  • Uganda Visa (USD50.00 which can be paid on arrival at the Airport
  • Personal items for example  drinks and laundry
  • Tips and Gratuity

Detailed Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary 5 Days Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Trekking Safari

Day 1: Pickup in Entebbe and Transfer to Kibale National Park

Pickup & Transfer to Kibale: On the first day of your 5-day primates and wildlife safari, you will be met at Entebbe airport by our driver guide, who will brief you on your safari and then begin the journey to Kibale National Park, which takes about 5 to 6 hours, passing through Mubende, Kyenjojo, Fort Portal, and then to the park. On the trip, you will see beautiful landscapes, tea and banana plantations, homesteads, local people, farm lands among other things. You will have a stopover for lunch in Fort Portal town and the drive to Amabere ga nyina Mwiru where you will explore the legendary caves and also hike to one of the beautiful crater lakes in the area. Hiking to the crater lakes takes about 2-3 hours for a round trip and the hike can be a little bit challenging for first time hikers; but it offers rewarding views of the beautiful landscape and numerous crater lakes.

Descend and head back to base where you will find your driver guide waiting for you. Drive to your lodge in Kibale Forest National Park and check into your lodge for dinner and overnight at Isunga Lodge/Chimpanzee Guesthouse/ Kyaninga Lodge.

Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest and Bigodi Swamp Walk

Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest: Breakfast will be served at your lodge in the early morning, following which you will move to Kanyanchu Tourism Center for a briefing, and the Chimpanzee trekking will begin at 8 a.m. The chimp trekking adventure will last between 2 and 5 hours and will include excursions through the wooded scenery that covers a large portion of Kibale National Park.

Bigodi Swamp Walk: That afternoon, you’ll embark on a guided nature walk to the Bigodi Swamp. During the nature walk, you may expect to see a variety of bird species including the Rare Shoe bill stork, as well as primates such as the Vervet and L’Hoest Monkeys. You will also have an opportunity to visit the local craft stall at Bigodi where you can buy a few souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones while supporting the local community.  Return back to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay same as above.

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Transfer to Bwindi: On day 3 of your 5 days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking Safari, you will have breakfast early I the morning at your lodge and then check out. You will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park passing through Ishasha sector, which is located in the southern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park.  It takes around 2-5 hours to get there Bwindi, and you will have a stopover for lunch in Kasese town before going on a short game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Ishasha area is famous for its tree climbing lions and abundant wildlife species like elephants, antelopes, buffaloes, giraffes and so many more.

Proceed with your drive to Bwindi national park where you will check into your lodge, get refreshed and have dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Lodge/Buhoma Haven/ Mahogany Springs.

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening Boat Ride

Gorilla Trekking: This is the day you’ve been looking forward to. Have breakfast at your lodge as soon as possible since your guide will take you up at 6 a.m. You’ll take a short drive to the Parks headquarters in Buhoma. You are expected to be at Buhoma at 7 a.m. for a briefing by the park’s chief ranger, which will begin at 8 a.m., and then you will be divided into groups of 8 people based on the gorilla troop you will be tracking. Tracking begins at 8:30 a.m., so make every effort to stay on time.

Each tracking party is limited to eight people, and each group is led by a park ranger and a park guide. Tracking can take anywhere from one to six hours, depending on how readily and quickly the gorillas are located. Once you’ve found a gorilla family, you’ll have exactly one hour with them; hence, make the most of your time and don’t forget to shoot lots of images without using your camera’s flash. Make sure to wear your hiking boots today as the hiking trails in Bwindi Impenetrable forest can be very steep and slippery. You will have your lunch which you packed from your lodge before heading back to base where you will receive your gorilla trekking certificate.

Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi: After your gorilla trekking experience, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat ride in one of the traditional canoes. The lake is good site for bird watching activities with commonly sighted bird species like

Day 5: Transfer Back to Entebbe and Departure.

Transfer Back to Entebbe & Departure: After having breakfast from your lodge, you will be transported back to Entebbe. You will stopover for lunch in Mbarara and another stopover at the equator monuments in Kayabwe for a few pictures before proceeding with your transfer back to Entebbe. Once in Entebbe, you can have your guide drop you off at your preferred hotel or at the airport in Entebbe. End of Tour.

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