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Uganda Gorilla Trek, Chimpanzee Tracking & Game Wildlife Safari - 8 Days Rushegura mountain gorilla hangin from tree, Bwindi, Uganda

Uganda Gorilla Trek, Chimpanzee Tracking & Game Safari - 8 Days

Gorillas and Wildlfe Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedThe 8 days Uganda Gorilla Trek, Chimpanzee Tracking & Game Safari is one of the best Uganda gorilla safaris we have. Not only will you trek the mountain gorillas in Bwindi but also you enjoy other primates - chimpanzees in Kibale NP (there are also 11 other primates in this forest), wildlife game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park; and you have chance to experience lions, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hyena, lots of antelopes. The Kazinga boat trip in Queen Elizabeth NP helps you get closer encounters with more wildlife. We shall also try looking for the tree climbing lions in Ishasha Sector as well as 600 bird species for you the avid birder.

In Lake Mburo National Park you have more game drives for giraffe, zebra, and other wildlife only prevalent here. The transfers for this Uganda safari go through some of the most beautiful places you can experience on earth! To ensure you get the best out of your Uganda safari, we shall allocate a knowledgeable safari guide for the trip.

2020 Uganda Gorilla trek, Chimpanzee tracking & Game Safari Experience tour prices: From USD2148 per person (based on 2 persons in lower budget accommodation) for peak season. Lower prices might apply for March, April, May & November.

Overview
Itinerary
Accommodation
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Overview

Uganda Gorilla Trek, Chimpanzee Tracking & Game Safari Experience

Experience the beautiful Ugandan landscapes and the unique animal kingdom of Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale and Bwindi National Park. Look forward to 8 adventurous safari days amidst the Ugandan wilderness & jungles in this Uganda gorilla trek chimpanzee tracking and game safari!

This safari will bring to the key places of southern-western Uganda: Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park (northern sector), Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park.

It includes 8 adventurous days with wildlife, birds, gorillas, and wild chimpanzee trekking in Uganda.

  • Day 1: Meet in Kampala or Entebbe to start the safari with a drive to Lake Mburo National Park with savannah wildlife experiences
  • Day 2: An exciting day with wildlife safari experiences, and then after transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home for gorilla trekking in Uganda.
  • Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - encountering the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda's remotest jungles.
  • Day 4: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park encountering beautiful landscapes along the way. Afternoon rumble in the wilderness in search of the famous Tree-climbing lions and other wildlife Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • Day 5: Enjoy adventurous African wildlife experiences with game drives and a boat safari Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 6: Another loaded wildlife safari experience morning in Queen Elizabeth National Park; In the afternoon we drive to Kibale Forest National Park
  • Day 7: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park & Guided Primates walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Day 8: Drive back to Entebbe airport for departure flight. (About 5 hours drive)

Top 5 experience to look up to in this Uganda Gorilla Trek, Chimpanzee Tracking & Game Safari

  1. Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  2. Chimpanzee tracking and other primates in Kibale and Bwindi National Parks
  3. Uniquely beautiful African landscapes hard to find anywhere in Africa
  4. Wildlife encounters with the BIG 5 - Lions, elephants, hippopotami, Leopard, giraffe
  5. Extremely friendly people in our local community encounters

 

Itinerary

Uganda Gorilla trek, Chimpanzee tracking & Game Safari Experience - Detailed tour Program

Day 1: Meet in Entebbe or Kampala, drive to Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda.

Your Uganda gorilla trek chimpanzee tracking and game wildlife safari will be starting from your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe, or from Entebbe Airport if you are arriving on this day. The safari guide shall be making their way to meet and greet with you before setting off for the 4 hours drive to Lake Mburo National Park in a 4x4 safari vehicle.

The drive along to the park is quite amazing and you shall be having numerous stops as we go. Not to miss though is the Equator crossing point where you take photographs at the point where the earth is divided into two halves.

In the early afternoon, you shall be entering Lake Mburo National Park. We shall be enjoying a game drive in the park, having a rendezvous with zebras, topi, buffalo, eland, impala, water hogs, waterbucks and more.

In the evening you enjoy an à la carte dinner at the camp - try the meat specialties that are prepared on the hot stone or as a fondue! At the campfire, you listen to the sounds of the animals at night… a wonderful experience!

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Mihingo Lodge 

Moderate: Rwakobo Rock Safari Lodge

Low Budget: Eagles Nest

Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda) for Gorilla Trek

After an early breakfast at the lodge, we shall be doing one more game drive before continuing to drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest via Mbarara city.

The Bwindi area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep-sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced rows of cultivation. You are really driving through the “Banana Republic” with banana plantations all around you, steep hills, small rivers……just amazing scenery.

After a delicious dinner at the lodge/ camp, you enjoy another evening amidst the Ugandan wilderness and look back on an adventurous day.  Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge |Nkuringo Gorilla Camp| Chameleon Hill Lodge or upgrade to Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge/ Gorilla Forest Camp

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

Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Gorilla Conservation Camp

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.

After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - gorilla trekking, 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 meters 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 excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, the 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 months 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: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge |Nkuringo Gorilla Camp| Chameleon Hill Lodge or upgrade to Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge/ Gorilla Forest Camp

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

Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Gorilla Conservation Camp

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Uganda for Wildlife Safari Experiences, Tree-climbing lions in Ishasha

After breakfast, we drive through Uganda's stunning savannah grasslands as we head to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ishasha is a much more remote and less-traveled part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, but one which has a sense of exclusivity and remoteness. The game densities here are high, and this region has reported some of the largest herds of elephant anywhere in Uganda, as it is their main migration corridor between Uganda and the DRC.

As we enter the park, we do a game drive in search of the wild game. We continue and drive to the northern circuit which is the area near the main road known for its tree-climbing lions. We look particularly at the many fig trees where lions like to stay. But we also visit the Uganda kob mating ground which is their preferred hunting area.

Up-market/Luxury: Deluxe Tent/ Deluxe room at Mweya Safari Lodge | Katara Lodge or upgrade to Kyambura Gorge Lodge/ Kasenyi Safari Camp 

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

Budget price: Bush Lodge (tents)

Day 5: Game Viewing drives and Kazinga Boat Safari 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 Track 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. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at a very close range.

In the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere foot away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. 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.

Up-market/Luxury: Deluxe Tent/ Deluxe room at Mweya Safari Lodge | Katara Lodge or upgrade to Kyambura Gorge Lodge/ Kasenyi Safari Camp 

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

Budget price: Bush Lodge in tents

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park & Kibale Forest National Park

After your breakfast, we check out and start our drive to Kibale National Park for our chimpanzee tracking experience (on the next day). We plan to indulge on one more game drive in the northern part of the park, visiting the Baboon Cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris.

After the game drive, we embark on the panoramic drive northwards to Kibale with great views of the Rwenzori mountains ranges, crater lakes, expansive savannah plains as you spot more wildlife along.  

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

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

Moderate: Isunga Lodge| Kibale Forest Camp | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (self-contained cottages)

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

Day 7: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Today you enjoy an exhilarating Chimpanzee Trek in Kibale.

Chimpanzee tracking in the jungles of Kibale National Park is a truly remarkable primates' experience. First, we shall call at the Kibale Park headquarters where we have your chimpanzee tracking permits accredited with your identification documents. You shall also be having a briefing about tracking the chimps, how to behave while in their presence, as well as the other primates you shall certainly encounter on your chimpanzee trek.

Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. Kibale 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. Chimps tend to forage in small parties, or even as individuals. They usually travel on the ground, but being primarily fruit eaters, they mostly feed in trees. They coalesce into larger groups when they find an abundant source of food, such as a fruiting fig tree.

Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. After tracking them down (and this can be for about 1-2 hours of trekking through the deep jungles of Kibale), we start hearing them by their loud calls a few meters from where we are and all of a sudden, the chimpanzees are everywhere around us! Sit quietly on the forest floor and take a deep breath, this is what it's all about. For the next hour, it's as if you scarcely breathe, so engrossed and privileged are you to be watching these chimpanzees go about their daily life undisturbed in the wild. You become aware of the subtleties of different relationships, through gesture, sound and expression.

We get to observe the chimpanzees as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally, hunt.

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 | Ndali Lodge | Primate Lodge Kibale

Moderate: Isunga Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (self-contained cottages)

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

Day 8: Drive back to Entebbe or Kampala for end of Uganda Gorilla trek, chimpanzee tracking & Game safari

After breakfast, final farewell greetings are made and sadly the Uganda Gorilla trek chimpanzee tracking & Game safari comes to an end today with drop off at Entebbe International Airport.  The drive today should be ±5 hours traversing uniquely beautiful Ugandan landscapes with breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations everywhere, some of the best in Uganda.

Accommodation
Inclusions

Services Included in the Uganda Gorilla trek, Chimpanzee tracking & Game Safari Experience  tour prices

  • Gorilla permits (each at US$700)
  • Chimpanzee viewing permits
  • Meals indicated on programme
  • water during game drives (1,5l)
  • Services of a good and experienced  English speaking safari guide & driver
  • Accommodation as per programme
  • Park fees for the various parks
  • Transport on tour using a modified safari land-cruiser
  • Entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme
  • Boat rides as on the program

Services Not Included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurances

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