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Uganda Gorillas Chimpanzee Trek & Wildlife Safari - 6 Days Tour

Gorillas and Wildlfe Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedThis is one dream Uganda tour designed to leave you with lifetime memories. This is the perfectly designed Uganda Gorillas Chimpanzee Trek & Wildlife Safari.  Chimps tracking in Kibale National Park is one exceptional activity you don't want to miss out on your visit to Africa. The forest also has 11 other primates' species you could encounter as you trek to the chimps. We have allowed a day for this as well as another guided walk in the nearby swamp so that you see more primates/ monkeys as well as experience Uganda's traditional culture.

The best of all on this Uganda safari is the gorilla tracking or gorilla trekking in Uganda's Bwindi National Park. However, along the way, we have a full day for pure African wildlife safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Africa's top National Parks for the BIG-5 wildlife safari experiences to look for lions, elephant, buffalo, hyenas, hippos, and so many other savannah wildlife. A wildlife safari in this park is worth it all indeed.  We have selected for you the most popular accommodations on the Uganda primates and wildlife safari but you can feel free to suggest yours to be included. As with all out other gorilla primates and wildlife tours, we can start on any day with a minimum of 1 person.

Overview
Itinerary
Accommodation
Inclusions
Overview

Uganda Gorillas Chimpanzee Trek & Wildlife Safari - 6 Days Tour

A quite "packed" Uganda safari program of chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park with 11 other primates, mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and on spot game viewing opportunities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The 6 days Uganda Gorillas Chimpanzee Trek & Wildlife Safari starts from Entebbe to Kibale, via Queen ENP to Bwindi.

  • Day 1: Start from Kampala/ Entebbe (from your hotel or airport),  enjoy the scenic drive to Kibale National Park. In the afternoon enjoy guided primates and birdwatching walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. Often, there are traditional cultural performances at the end of the day.
  • & Primate walk in Bigodi
  • Day 2: Go chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park, along with the chimps trek you might spot some of the other 11 primates species here. After seeing the chimpanzees, have one hour with them and return to camp. Late afternoon we shall be going t Queen Elizabeth National Park for African BIG 5 wildlife safaris.
  • Day 3: Hours of rewarding wildlife safari game drives and boat safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 4: Game drives in search of the tree-climbing lions and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Day 5: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - searching for the mountain gorillas in the rainforest.
  • Day 6: Leave the mountain gorilla sanctuary and return to Entebbe/ Kampala, stopover at Equator
Itinerary

Detailed Tour Itinerary for Uganda Gorillas Chimpanzee Trek & Wildlife Safari - 6 Days Tour

Day 1: Start your Uganda safari from Entebbe or Kampala, driving  to  Kibale National Park; afternoon guided primates' walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

For the Uganda Gorillas Chimpanzee Trek & Wildlife Safari, your driver shall be meeting you at your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala to start the safari. Normally, we aim at setting off at 8 am unless you are arriving at Entebbe Airport on this day (but it is advisable you arrive not later than 1 pm).  Our drive to Kibale should be about 5 hours over mostly surfaced roads winding via remote villages with farms and plantations on either side of the road.  

When we arrive at Kibale, we shall be checking-in to our accommodation first and having lunch before driving to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a local community conservation project for a guided walk as well as traditional cultural performances. Bigodi is located on the eastern edge of Kibale National Park's forest. On your guided primates walk you might spot birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs and among others. 

Accommodation we plan to book for your stay in Kibale: 

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge | Primate Lodge Kibale

Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp | Turaco Treetops | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (self-contained cottages)

Low Budget: Kibale Forest Camp (tents) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (shared bathroom rooms)

Included meals: Lunch, Dinner only 

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park & Queen Elizabeth National Park

Your Kibale chimpanzee trekking adventure will proceed as planned. We have the tour guide transferring you to the Kibale park offices for the pre-trek briefing and accreditation before entering the jungles. Kibale offers two scheduled chimps treks daily, at 8 am and 11 am. For the proper flow of this Uganda safari, we target to have you on the morning chimps trek so that we have enough time to travel to the next destination.  

The chimps trek has a moderate physical requirement and you won't normally be going for so long before meeting the chimpanzees. We trek along mostly gentle climbs and flatter forested jungles. Along the way, you could meet other mammals that are inhabiting Kibale. It is not uncommon for example to encounter primates like black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, bushbabies, pottos among others. If you are a keen birdwatcher, look out for the yellow-spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle and the black bee-eater. We have also often come across with elephants on the chimpanzee trek in Kibale.

 As you get closer to the chimps, you shall be hearing them by their distinctively loud pant-hooting calls, something like you have never heard before! The team of rangers will then guide you to get as close as 6 meters (maximum) to the habituated troupe of chimpanzees.  You should be able to closely observe them as they go about their usual business like feeding, hunting, socializing with each other, mating, among other activities.

After more than 1 hour with the chimpanzees, your ranger guides will be requesting you to prepare to leave. The walk back is mostly along paths gently slopping through the forest jungles. Rangers know the shortest routes for this. Your tour guide shall be waiting for you when you return from the chimpanzee trek for the next activity.

If it is still early enough, we can proceed to explore more in the beautiful crater lakes region of Fort Portal before our 2 hours drive to Queen  Elizabeth National Park southwards. As you drive, watch out for the snow-capped 16,000-foot  Rwenzori mountains' ranges, also locally referred to as the "Mountains of the Moon". 

This 767-square-mile Queen Elizabeth National Park is bordered on the north-east by Lake George and on the south-west by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Congo Parc Du Virunga. It stands directly on the Equator. The park's topography varies by less than 500m rising from 913m Kazinga Channel to 1390m highspot in the Katwe Explosion Craters. Queen Elizabeth National Park lies on the floor of the East African Rift Valley (western arm) and its magnificent scenery is largely the result of backdrops beyond its boundaries, notable the Rwenzori mountains in the north, the Kichwamba escarpment to the east and the Congo rift wall beyond Lake Edward to the west.

You will expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda kob, as well as topi, elephant and lion, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.

Accommodation we recommend for your stay in Queen Elizabeth National Park (with all meals)

Up-market/Luxury: Deluxe Tent/Deluxe room at Mweya Safari Lodge | Katara Lodge

Mid-range or moderate facility: Ihamba Safari Lodge | Bush Lodge (rooms) | Enganzi Lodge

Budget price:  Bush Lodge (tents)

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3: Wildlife Game Drive Safaris, Kazinga boat trip in  Queen Elizabeth National Park

We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Plains in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda kobs.  

Queen Elizabeth National Park has at least 95 mammal species - more than any other wildlife national park in Uganda.  This rich wildlife variety is mostly a result of the diversity of the great habitat, including extensive swamps and lakes and the overlapping of two of Africa's three major habitats; forest and grassland. There is not only forest and grasslands but also Acacia woodland and lakeshore/swamp vegetation. 

The park is home to the Giant forest hog as eel as bushpigs, Antelopes like the Defassa waterbuck, bushbuck, topi, and the Uganda Kob. Bigger ruminants like the Cape Buffalo and elephants are easily spotted on game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After the morning activity, we shall be going for a scheduled launch trip along Kazinga Channel. This is normally going for 2 hours and it gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close. During the day, the hippopotami can be found resting in shallow waters to prevent their sensitive skins from overheating. Elephants typically visit the Kazinga channel's water's edge in their hers of hundreds to drink and bathe before retreating back in the deep thickets. Buffalo herds will normally come to quench their thirst and bathe in the mud along the shoreline of the channel.

Look out for reptiles too -  like the monitor lizards and crocodiles.

The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle-billed stork, and many others.

Accommodation (with all meals)

Up-market/Luxury: Deluxe Tent/Deluxe room at Mweya Safari Lodge | Katara Lodge

Mid-range or moderate facility: Ihamba Safari Lodge | Bush Lodge (rooms) | Enganzi Lodge

Budget price: Bush Lodge (tents)

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Today we shall be driving farther south to the mountain gorilla sanctuary of Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Depending on which sector of Bwindi you will be tracking the gorillas from, we can plan for a short game drive in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  - Ishasha in search for the tree-climbing lions among other big mammals.

Either way, all routes that lead from Queen  Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi traverse some of the most beautiful landscapes you will get in Eastern Africa. Your tour guide will be most likely try to set you up for numerous stops along the way so that you are able to get the best out of this drive.

If we reach Bwindi early in the day, you can schedule a guided community walk in the park-neighboring villages/ farms. You could also book yourself a guided or unguided birdwatching walk along the fringes of Bwindi. As many as 50 species could easily be spotted on a 1-hour walk here.

Suggested Accommodation in Bwindi (with all meals)

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge| Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Silverback Lodge | Gorilla Mist Camp | Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Gorilla Conservation Camp | Rushaga Gorilla Havens | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 5: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast we shall embark on trekking into the deep jungles of Bwindi to catch a glimpse of the endangered mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is certainly the most treasured highlight for most tourist visitors to Uganda and Bwindi doesn't disappoint on this.

Plan to be at the Bwindi park offices by 8 am today so that you can be part of the briefing activities. During the briefing, you also get more information on the conservation of the mountain gorillas and their ecology and how to conduct yourself on the gorilla tracking exercise. It is also here that you will get the particular gorilla group you shall actually be visiting. Your tour guide will do their best to ensure you allocated to the most rewarding gorilla families - with big numbers of gorillas at basic.

The gorilla trek goes through the thick undergrowth of Bwindi forest with some paths going to be wedged on the day you track to the gorilla. Sometimes the trekking can be quite physically challenging but there are numerous stops along for you to catch your breath and get all the explanations about the animal species you shall be encountering. 

Most gorilla treks go for between 2-4 hours per one way but yours could get shorter or longer. You shall notice you are getting closer to the gorillas when you see their previous day's sleeping nests and lots of dung. A few metres to the gorillas, you should be hearing them hooting and breaking tree branches as they go on with their feeding business. When finally sighted,  your ranger will guide you to a safe viewing distance (of not less than 6 meters from the gorillas). The gorillas you are viewing are habituated to human presence and will be less bothered by your presence. So you can safely go on photographing them as the rangers explain more about them.

After not less than one hour viewing the gorillas, the rangers will start requesting you to prepare to leave. The return to camp is mostly a slopy descent. You will be able to find a safe and calm spot in the jungle to enjoy your boxed lunch and refreshments. Your driver shall be waiting for you to exit the jungles so that they can safely transfer you with your lifetime memories back to your accommodation in Bwindi.

Accommodation (with all meals)

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge| Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Silverback Lodge | Gorilla Mist Camp | Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Gorilla Conservation Camp | Rushaga Gorilla Havens | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 6: Return to Entebbe for departure flight (but you could also depart from Kigali if you prefer which is 4hrs drive)

Today we shall be departing from the home of Uganda's mountain gorillas back to Kampala/ Entebbe or Kigali if you prefer. The drive to Kampala/Entebbe is normally ±7 hours and it is better to set off at 8 am from Bwindi so that we don't get caught up in the evening city traffic congestion.

You shall mostly be driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. This area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep-sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced cultivated rows.

Another remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as we have a brief stop here.

We will be in Entebbe in the evening before for your flight back home.

Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch only

Accommodation

Kyaninga Lodge

   

Kyaninga Lodge is located 15 minutes outside Fort Portal town. Perched atop a hill overlooking a stunning blue crater lake, the lodge enjoys spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, set against a magnificent backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. The lodge accommodates twenty guests in eight raised log cabins.

The rooms have got space more than enough and if that piece of earth is not enough you can spend your afternoon with a tennis match on grass ground.

This lodge consists of a series of lofty thatch cottages, each gracefully perched on stilts, marching up a steep hilltop, and culminating in a double-storey log structure with Reception, Bar/Sitting Room, and a Dining Hall, complete with a loft for those wanting to dine apart from the crowd. The cottages are interconnected with a glorious Escher-like cascade of suspended wooden stairways and bridges, and overlook a stunning landscape of fields and forests on one side, a spectacular crater-lake and mountains on the other. The interiors are tastefully finished in wood and thatch, with custom-designed wooden furniture.

The level of service was exceptional, and the food was good. The environmentally-friendly banana-leaf wrappings to our pack lunches were a nice touch.

 PS: Don't miss the opportunity to take the Crater Walk, an easy hike with gorgeous views that takes you on a circular route around the lake.  

Facilities:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Croquet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • International Chef

Primate Lodge Kibale

Primate Lodge Kibale is located at the Kanyanchu Visitors Centre in Kibale Forest National Park. From Fort Portal follow the road to Kamwenge for 36 kms and branch off at the sign post directing to Primate Lodge Kibale.

Primate Lodge Safari Tents are self contained with lovely bathrooms at the rear of the tents - it fits almost seamlessly. The rooms are raised tents with porches overlooking the forest all located on a circular trail that runs behind the dining/reception area and bar. The rooms are fine - comfortable and spacious, you can get a good night's rest and wake up somewhere totally wild to the chorus of birds and monkeys!

The trail is worth a wander during day light hours as you will probably see some nice birds, butterflies and, of course, monkeys! From the trail, and even from the porch of your tent, you can see plenty from a range of species - baboons, colobus and red-tailed in particular. You can hear chimps screaming at each other from not too far away, and they do pop in on rare occasions

Also highly recommend while here is the Bigodi Wetlands walk as an additional local activity - should see lots of birds, and a variety of the other primates living in Kibale Forest. The Wetlands Walk affords you the best opportunity to see these, as when tracking the chimps you are really focused on seeing one thing only. You will see five species of monkey in the wetlands (red colobus, black-and-white colobus, red-tailed, L'Hoest's and grey-cheeked mangabey), and seven primate species in total in Kibale

Primate Lodge has the resources and ability to make your stay at Kibale Forest most comfortable with their caring and local staff, their International and Local Cuisine that will simply delight you for breakfast, lunch and or dinner.

Rooms:

• Luxury Tented Camp including 8 deluxe safari tents with en suite facilities

• Six spacious forest cottages with en suite facilities

• One elevated banda with en suite facilities

• One remote Sky Tree House for the adventurous travellers (non self-contained)

• Well maintained campsite

Facilities:

• Two restaurants with local and international dishes

• Well-stocked bar

• Comfortable lounge

• Camp fire area

Facilities:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Croquet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • International Chef

Kibale Forest Camp

Kibale Forest Camp tents

Kibale Forest Camp is suited off Fort port- Kamwenge, subsequent to the park’s edge.

The camp is well designed with about 7 safari tents; containing double beds with en-suite bathroom along with an eco friendly toilet. The verandah will give you a perfect view of the colobus monkeys in the forest.

Chimps Nest Kibale

Chimps Nest Kibale is situated near Nyabubale, a small village between Nkingo and Bigodi. It's only a 15-minute drive from Kanyanchu, the starting point of UWA chimp-tracking and other activities in Kibale Forest. Chimps' Nest also borders the Bigodi Swamps.

Visitors can choose cottages, family cottage, tree house inside the forest, backpacker rooms, or our campsite.

Backpackers and campers have sufficient access to flushing toilets, washbasins and warm showers.

The beautifully finished cottage with its space and fantastic open bathroom or the adventurous tree house inside the rain forest with monkeys at eye-level. Both have a great though totally different setting.

Chimps Nest Kibale cottages are all situated on a hill facing the forest and the Rwenzori mountains (that we missed to see because the sky was not clear).

The tree house is about 50 feet up high in the middle of the rain forest. It also has a bathroom with hot water (!) and flush toilet.

Also highly recommend while here is the Bigodi Wetlands walk as an additional local activity - should see lots of birds, and a variety of the other primates living in Kibale Forest. The Wetlands Walk affords you the best opportunity to see these, as when tracking the chimps you are really focused on seeing one thing only. You will see five species of monkey in the wetlands (red colobus, black-and-white colobus, red-tailed, L'Hoest's and grey-cheeked mangabey), and seven primate species in total in Kibale.

 

Buhoma Lodge

Buhoma Lodge is situated in Uganda in the idyllic Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, well known for being home to the rare and elusive mountain gorilla. From the private veranda of each cottage guests can enjoy views overlooking the forest whilst relaxing and taking in the stunning natural surrounds. Buhoma is an ideal accommodation for guests interested in gorilla trekking, being closely located to the meeting point for the treks.

There are ten comfortable cottages at Buhoma Lodge, each complete with a private veranda offering superb views of the forest. Cottages are traditionally decorated with wooden furnishings, but each is comfortable and spacious. Each cottage has en-suite facilities, and some provide bathtubs.

Meals are taken in the main, elevated lounge area, and are prepared using local ingredients to create an international cuisine. Located in the lounge, the bar is the perfect place to relax after the day's activities, or enjoy a drink around the fireplace.

Engagi Lodge

Engagi Lodge is a small and exclusive property on the edge of the Impenetrable Forest, close to the park headquarters. The lodge is open-ended at the front allowing a dramatic view of the Bwindi National Park from every corner inside the building.

The accommodation consists of eight en-suite Cottages which are evenly spaced out and hidden in the foliage. Each Cottage has either double or twin beds, a bathroom with flushing toilets and hot and cold running water. All units have private verandahs where guests can enjoy their early morning tea or coffee.

The kitchen, which has been built a distance away from the lodge to ensure privacy for the clients, prepares a variety of three course meals and all requirements such as vegetarians and vegans are catered for by our team of experienced Kampala trained chefs. The main lodge comprises a rock bar, the restaurant and a large wooden verandah with a separate outdoor viewing platform. The lodge building is large enough to cater for sizeable groups needing banqueting tables, but still allows smaller individual groups to spread out in the various different areas for privacy.

Rushaga Gorilla Camp

Rushaga Gorilla Camp is a midrange facility located in the Rushaga Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Its within a walking distance from the Park Headquarters in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi.

Offering free WiFi and a sun terrace, Rushaga Gorilla Camp is located in Bugambira. Rushaga Gorilla Tracking (Nshongi Group) is 6 km away.

It offers 6 Luxury tents,  6 self-contained  Rooms (twin/double), and and ample Camping  site. All units feature a seating area. Some units have a terrace and/or balcony with garden views.

Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant or a drink at the bar. The property also offers packed lunches.

Bike hire is available at the property and the area is popular for cycling.

Gorilla Valley Lodge

Located on the border of the Bwindi impenetrable forest and set on a steep slope the lodge has a truly unique setting. Imagine waking up with the sounds of the forest, having your cup of coffee or tea on you private terrace, experiencing the forest coming alive and the mist mysteriously giving way for a lush jungle.

Gorilla Valley Lodge consists of 12 en-suite rooms, built on a steep slope, ensuring the best views on Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

All rooms have a private terrace from where to experience the splender of the forest. Tastefully decorated and equipped with solar water heaters and comfortable beds our rooms ensure a peaceful sleep.

Mahogany Springs

Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting.

At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained staff.

Spend the day tracking for Gorillas through the forest, sitting on the terrace of your room or even down by the Munyanga River listening to the flowing waters as time slowly passes by.

The Rooms

All the rooms at Mahogany Springs are suites. The Superior Suites can be Twin, Double or Triple. These suites are spacious with large double doors and

beautiful windows. Each suite has its own private exquisitely designed terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest area.

All suites have large en-suite bathrooms with a gorgeously designed open terracotta shower. For added comfort and peace of mind all the suites have an advanced mosquito net system that wraps around the entire area of the beds.

There are power points in the living room and bedrooms as well as 2 desks/dressing tables.

Silverback Gorilla Lodge Bwindi

The lodge is located just minutes from the gate to the National Park where the gorilla tracking starts, and has stunning views over the forest. 

The food was good and plentiful. Buffet breakfast of cereal, fruit, eggs, bacon, grilled tomato etc.

The rooms are clean with functional mosquito nets and all have views over the forest with fantastic hot showers. There is also small gift shop in the lodge.

Gorilla Mist Camp Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable N.Park

This is a small camp with 4 thatched roof cottages with balconies overlooking the valley, forest and volcanoes. Located about 5 minutes from Bwindi/ Ruhija park offices from where gorilla tracking for either of the three families Oruzogo, Bitukula, and Kyaguliro starts.

Accommodation at the Gorilla Mist Camp is provided in clean well maintained rooms. All the accommodation has electric lighting installed. There are several leveled terraces for those with their own equipment to camp. Cold beers and sodas are available with local produce used to provide visitors meals.

Chameleon Hill Lodge

Chameleon Hill Lodge Bwindi

Chameleon Hill Lodge Bwindi

Chameleon Hill Lodge Bwindi

Chameleon Hill Lodge Bwindi

Chameleon Hill’s biggest leverage are the best views imaginable – from up the lush highlands, to the magical Lake Mutanda & its lush islands below and the sprawling highlands all around it, and to crown it off with a perfect backdrop of the Virunga Volcanic Mountains. The most visible of the volcanoes are Muhabura, Gahinga & Sabinyo whose peaks are cloudy most of the time. On clearer days, other Virunga volcanoes from Rwanda & D.R Congo can be sighted. At night, there is a good chance of spotting magma spilling in the air from the active volcano Nyiragongo, its epic!

The lodge has a unique style of multiple colors; each building painted a different color of the rainbow, which makes it so colorful and stand out beautifully.

Facilities and Services

  • The Lobby – housed by the main castle, is comfy with colorful cushions. On arrival, it is here the lodge manager warmly welcomes you, served a glass of juice to refresh, & briefed before proceeding to check in to your room.
  • The Restaurant – serves 3 meals a day, that is, breakfast, lunch & dinner, of both local & international delicacies. Lunch and dinner are served 3 courses (starter, main course & dessert). A daily menu for the main meal course is displayed. Visitors that require special consideration for meals or an alternative from the day’s menu make prior communication with the manager.
  • Tea/Coffee is available in the Restaurant throughout the day.
  • A Bar – located right next to the restaurant, has a good collection of renowned international wines & spirits in addition to the local beer brands.
  • The Lounge, offers comfort on quality seats, sofas with cushions, and magnificent vistas of Lake Mutanda & the impressive landscape. Even better it has a fireplace to make your evenings cozy.
  • A Library – placed in the lounge, has a good collection of travel information & books including field guides of birds, Trees & Shrubs, etc.
  • A large deck, extending from the main house (that houses the Restaurant, Bar, & Lounge) overlooks the magnificent scenery – Lake Mutanda, the lush highlands, & cloudy Volcanoes.
  • Evenings are kept entertained with traditional folklore by the local dancing group
  • Electricity is provided by a generator, switched on from 7.00pm to 10.30pm.
  • Laundry services are available at small cost.

Accommodation at Chameleon Hill Lodge

The lodge has a total of 10 chalets that include 5 doubles and 5 twins. Odd numbers are doubles while even numbers are twins.

Each chalet comprises of 1 large bed for the doubles, 2 beds (not as large as those in the doubles) for the twins. In the twins, beds can be pushed together to form a double. An extra bed can be added in the double room on request, for instance to accommodate a child. Mosquito nets over the bed, in spite of this being a mosquito-free area/zone.

Other extras in the room include extra thick blanket for the colder nights; bottle of drinking water per day; wardrobe;  a Safe; Umbrella, a patio with excellent views over Lake Mutanda, highlands & Volcanoes

In the en-suite bathroom you will find, Linen and bath towels, a toilet, shower, and a wash bowl. Hot shower are available 24/7.

In between chalets is a fencing to ensure maximum privacy.

Trackers Lodge Buhoma

Trekker's tavern Cottages is located at the hilltop in Ruhija overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park Ruhija side, one of the most famous parks and home to more than half of the world population of mountain gorillas.

The lodge is very eco-friendly and has a lovely cozy atmosphere with 5 spacious cottages all with ensuite bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets.

A place of infinite calm surrounded by untamed majesty and commanding panoramic views of the Virungas on a clear day, the beautiful sunrise, Lake Edward and Bwindi forest in the south. It is around 15 minutes walk  from the Ruhija park headquarters.

The lodge is a perfect place for bird watchers as a variety of albertine rift endemics and other special birds can be viewed from the verandas of the cottages. A day walk to the mines offers a bird watcher a chance to see the Spotted Eagle Owl in a day roost, Doherty's Bushshrike, Mackinnon's Bushshrike, Red throated Wryneck, Dusky Twinspot, a variety of Waxbills and many others.

Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Buhoma Community Rest Camp (BCRC) is attractive complex set in wooded grounds on the slope facing a forest gallery immediately inside Bwindi National park entrance gate and has been in existence since 1993. They have self contained Bandas which are cabins in African Style, Self Contained Tents and Dormitories  for your accommodation needs while doing a  Gorilla Tracking tour in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Buhoma Community Rest Camp is setup at the Edge of Bwindi impenetrable National Park with the main aim of providing quality Lodging service to tourists and visitors.
They have got six (6) well finished safari tents, which are self-contained facing the forest with a spectacular view.

Wake up and go to sleep with the relaxing music of nature. Two cottages that are self-contained facing the forest. Nothing beats the scenes that unfold right in front of you. Gorillas do drop by to say hullo occasionally.

We also have got five (5) twin cottage bandas which are non-self-contained and are built with local materials with African architectural design.

Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable N.Park

It is located about 600m from the Ruhija Gorilla tracking trail-head. An ideal budget lodging in Ruhija accommodation during your trip for you to track Kyanguriro, Bitukura and Oruzongo Gorilla Groups.   The campsite has  4 furnished safari tents ($30 per person bed breakfast), a restaurant and bar.

 Spectacular views overlooking valley towards the forest. Also 3 twin rooms available and camping possible.

Inclusions
  • Gorilla permits (each at US$600)
  • Chimpanzee viewing permits
  • Meals indicated on programme
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Accommodation as per programme
  • Park fees for the various parks
  • Transport on tour as well as hotel transfers
  • Entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme
  • Boat rides as on the program

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      We (my husband and myself (60) travelling with a younger couple) spent the most wonderful time in Uganda and Ruanda. We were taken with a most appropriate car to the... read more

    smallwoman60
    5/10/2020

      We can highly recommend Gorillas and Wildlife Safari Tour company. We went with them on a chimpanzee and Gorilla expedition and loved it. Communication with Ivan was great - he... read more

    Anna Franziska H
    3/26/2020

      We recently returned from our 13 day flying safari with GWS.
    Dealing with Ivan was a breeze and he always answered my questions promptly. He was also keen to... read more

    Nobbysnook
    3/24/2020
  •   My husband and I went on Gorillas & Wildlife Safari's 4 day/ 3 night trip. We first went to the Buhoma Sector of Bwindi National Park to see the... read more

    dreamsp5
    3/08/2020

      My family and myself just did a 6 day tour with this company and had a great experience. Our guide was Ahmed Kezzi who was wonderful and really made the... read more

    Animal O
    3/07/2020

      What an amazing and unforgettable experience! Eric is an excellent guide and driver. Loved the chimps, the two gorillas tours and everything in between. The lodges were lovely and... read more

    154danielam
    3/03/2020

      We went on the 6 day safari to Riwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We absolutely loved our time in... read more

    Jennifer J
    2/27/2020

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