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Flying Uganda Gorilla Trek Chimps Tracking - 5 Days

Overview
Itinerary
Accommodation
Inclusions
Transportaton
Overview

A Flying Uganda Gorilla Trek Chimps Tracking - 5 Days tour holiday to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale National Park. Our aim is that you avoid the long bumpy drives on your Uganda Primates Safari with this Uganda gorillas and chimps safari. The tour is private transfer based. We meet with you at your hotel in Entebbe and transfer you to Entebbe Airport on Day 1 for your flight to Kibale National Park. The flying Uganda gorilla trek safari ends at Entebbe Airport with the flight from Bwindi to Entebbe after the gorilla trek.

Flying Uganda Gorilla Trek Chimps Tracking - 5 Days

On this Flying Uganda Gorilla Trek chimps tracking tour  you see lots of primates, monkeys, chimps, mountain gorillas,  and many more primates.

A great journey across Uganda taking you in the highlights and Uganda’s best primates parks. This safari has been long time favorite for many of our clients with many repeating it often. With all the inclusions, Chimpanzee trekking and Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest popularly known as the Impenetrable

  • Day 1: Flight from Entebbe to Kasese, transfer to Kibale National Park, afternoon primate walk in Bigodi
  • Day 2:  Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Day 3: Transfer to Kasese for flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 
  • Day 4:  Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 5: Transfer to Kihihi or Kisoro Airstrip for your flight back to Entebbe.
Itinerary

Detailed Tour Itinerary for Flying Uganda Gorilla Trek Chimps Tracking - 5 Days

Day 1: Start from  Entebbe with flight to Kibale National Park (Kasese Airstrip),  Primates walk at Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

In the morning, you will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport for your Uganda flight to Kibale Forest National Park via Kasese. On landing at Kasese you will be met by your safari guide for the transfer to Kibale  (about 1.5 hours drive).

Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good photo opportunities.

As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda's famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed.

You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.

Fort Portal is a small and attractive city. The fort was built between 1891 and 1893 and named after Sir Gerald Portal, the British Consul General of Zanzibar who arrived in Uganda in 1892 to formalise the protectorate of Uganda. He died of malaria a few months after the fort was completed.

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, bushbucks, bush pigs and among others.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge Kibale | Ndali Lodge

Moderate: Isunga Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp | Turaco Tree Tops Lodge

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park (or top-up $50 for the chimps habituation experience)

Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 08:00 hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is chimpanzee tracking.

Chimpanzees are man’s closest cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate species. More primates like black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee-eater and mammals like elephants can be seen in this walk.

Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large communities of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.

Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialise with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge Kibale | Ndali Lodge

Moderate: Isunga Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp | Turaco Tree Tops Lodge

Day 3: Transfer to Kasese Airstrip for flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast we drive south  to Kasese Airstrip (for about 1.5 hours) for your flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (via Kisoro Airstrip). 

While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles for over 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list.

This includes 310 species of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 species of mammals including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.

Bwindi is a prime destination for bird- watchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics – species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

 

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Mahogany Springs Lodge | Buhoma Lodge  | Chameleon Hill Lodge

Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Nkuringo Gorilla Camp | Silverback Lodge

Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest, 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 tracking 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.

While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.

Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Mahogany Springs Lodge | Buhoma Lodge  | Chameleon Hill Lodge

Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Nkuringo Gorilla Camp | Silverback Lodge

 

Day 5: Flying Bwindi to Entebbe

Our  representative will take care of your transfer  to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip. Today you will travel back to Entebbe International Airport.

Please let us know if you wish us to include one (or more) nights in Kampala /Entebbe or arrange your transport to and from Entebbe Airport with Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris.

Your flight schedule is as following (please ask you sales consultant the exact time schedule on the date you are flying).

Journey Time for flights to between Bwindi and Entebbe

45 min transfer to Kihihi/ Kisoro & 1h10 min flight 

Morning flight option

Departure time from Kihihi: 09.45 AM 

Departure time from Kisoro: 09.10 AM 

Arrival time in Entebbe: 11.25 AM 

Afternoon flight option

Departure time from Entebbe: 

12.00 PM or 14.45 PM

Arrival time in Kihihi: 

13.55 PM or 14.55 PM

Departure time from Kihihi: 14.05 PM or 15.05 PM

Arrival time in Entebbe: 15.55 PM or 16.15 PM

* Timings may vary depending on aircraft routing.

 

Accommodation

Upscale accommodation:

Night 1 & 2:  Kyaninga Lodge or Crater Safari Lodge or Ndali Lodge

Night 3& 4: Mweya Safari Lodge or Katara Lodge

Nights 5& 6: Buhoma Lodge or Mahogany Springs Lodge or Chameleon Hill Lodge 
(Upgrade to Gorilla Forest Camp or Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge)

 

Midrange (Moderate) accommodation:

Night 1&2: Isunga Lodge or Kibale Forest Camp 

Night 3 & 4: Ihamba Lakeside Safari Resort or Bush Lodge or Twin Lakes Safari Lodge

Night 5& 6: Engagi Lodge or Bwindi Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge or Gorilla Mist Camp

Lower Budget accommodation:

Night 1&2: Tents at Kibale Forest Camp or Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Night 3 & 4: Tents at Bush Lodge or Simba Safari camp or Pumba Cottages 

Night 5& 6: Buhoma Community Restcamp or Rushaga Gorilla Camp  

 

Inclusions
  • Domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary (including taxes):
  • Ground transport in a 4wd Toyota Land cruiser with pop-up roof for excellent safari viewing for transfers and activities;
  • Gorilla permits (each at US$600)
  • Chimpanzee viewing permits
  • Guided swamp walks at Bigodi
  • Meals indicated on programme
  • Services of an experienced tour guide cum driver
  • Accommodation as per programme
  • Park fees for the various parks
  • Private/exclusive transportation using 4x4 safari vehicles
  • Arrival airport transfers
  • Entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme
 

Excludes:

  • International air fares and entry visa to Uganda
  • A porter during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack);
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance;
  • Government tax or park fees increase;
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc;
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.).

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Transportaton

Domestic Flights

Flying Uganda Gorilla Trek Wildlife Safari and Chimps  - 7 Days

Your transport from Entebbe to Kibale  National Park and Bwindi to Entebbe is by a 12-seater airplane through our partner Aero Link Uganda LTD.

4WD Customized Safari Toyota Landcruiser

Our safari Landcruiser is for some,  the ultimate safari vehicle in Africa. It's 4wd, spacious, high up and strong. 

It has a lift-up or pop-up roof for excellent safari game-viewing. The windows are wide opening for enhanced wildlife and scenery photography.

For your comfort, all vehicles have air conditioning and charging facilities.

Our safari land cruisers can take 3, 4, 6 and 8 persons. 

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