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9 Days Chimps, Gorillas & Wildlife Safari

This 9-day safari into the primate world is an unbeatable adventure for primate lovers and nature trekkers. If adventure is your game, this safari has your name written in its jungles. It’s a riveting experience of jungle life in the Kibale forest and Bwindi forest, involving chimpanzee tracking and gorilla tracking teaming up with wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

When you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, a Safari Specialist will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel. At 1700hrs we shall have a welcome meeting brief from the safari specialist.

In case you need help with anything, our Safari Specialist is on call to attend to you. Depending on what time your flight arrives, you may try out an optional activity or relax at your hotel.

Optional Activities

  • Kampala city tour
  • Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary
  • Uganda Wildlife Education Center
  • Botanical gardens (nature walk & birding)
  • Bicycle tour around Entebbe
  • City walk

No meals are included on this day

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest

You will embark on a long drive with incredibly scenic views, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which all characterize so much about Uganda. You will have lunch en route. And on arrival, you will enjoy the rest of the evening relaxing at your hotel.

Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee and over 375 species of birds.

Meals: Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner.

A chimpanzee in Kibale

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking & Bigodi swamp walk

Today you are to track Chimpanzees, over 5000 chimpanzees live in the wild here in Uganda and this makes Kibale forest the best place to track chimpanzees in the whole world.

You will embark on chimpanzee tracking with an experienced guide and along you may come across some of the monkey species that live in this forest. No matter the time you locate the chimpanzees, you will only be allowed one hour of eye-to-eye contact with them as you watch their way of life in the wild and drive back to the lodge.

If you don’t feel tired after the chimpanzee tracking, you can do a swamp walk in the Bigodi that can take you 2-3 hours. The walk takes you through small communities where locals may greet you with enthusiastic waves, grassland and then a swamp where you have a chance to spot different types of monkeys that live in this area.

Meals: Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner.

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, evening wildlife safari drive

Enjoy the morning relaxing at the lodge and later you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s ecosystem which includes sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands makes it the ideal habitat for the classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 bird species.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffaloes, elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on unsuspecting Uganda Kobs.

You will then have an evening game drive where you will enjoy the prolific wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Meals: Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner.

Day 5: Morning wildlife safari drive & afternoon Launch cruise on the Kazinga channel

After an early morning breakfast, embark on a wildlife safari drive and catch the morning sun rays in search of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for lions, leopards, jackals, hyenas, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and birds.

In the afternoon, you will take a boat safari on the kazinga channel that joins Lakes Albert and George. You will see lots of hippos and many more animals that may have come to the channel to drink water and bathe.

You may see herds of buffaloes, elephants, lots of crocodiles, and beautiful birds perched in marshes and dead plants. You will then drive back to the lodge for an overnight.

Meals: Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner.

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Today you will embark on a wildlife safari drive to the Ishasha sector in search of the tree-climbing lions, also keep your eyes peeled for more wildlife. You will then proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a true rainforest thought to be the most biologically diverse forest in the whole of Africa, owing to its antiquity. Located at the edge of the Albertine Rift in western Uganda, Bwindi is best known for Gorilla Tracking: an estimated population of over 500 individuals, more than half the total population of Mountain Gorilla in the world live in Bwindi.

But there’s more to Bwindi than just Gorillas; it hosts a total of 11 primate types and 120 mammal species, rivalling the wildlife count in other national parks.

Meals: Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner.

Gorilla trekking

Day 7: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi

Embark on the trek which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family you will visit. Spend one hour observing these beautiful and endangered creatures, a truly privileged experience. Trek back to the lodge with the rest of the day at leisure or opt to do a community walk around the park.

Approximately 1000 Mountain Gorillas today exist in the world in the wild. They are found in three different locations DRC, Rwanda & Uganda. In DRC and Rwanda, Gorillas live in similar Ecosystems/areas. The Gorilla species found in these three areas are called the “Highland Gorillas”, the Latin name is “Gorilla Berengei” named after the first European person to see and encounter a Mountain Gorilla.

It is important to be well prepared to trek – you never know if your total trek will be “short” or “long”. The total duration of the trek can vary and be anything between 3 & 9 hours in length depending on the location of the gorillas, who are constantly moving.

Proper hiking attire must be worn – you will be trekking in the rainforest with lots of vegetation, undergrowth, nettles and normally a rather muddy terrain.

You mainly walk where there are no paths apart from the occasional buffalo or elephant trails. After the trek, drive back to your lodge for a late lunch and probably a much-appreciated shower.

Meals: Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner

Day 8: Transfer to Kampala / Entebbe international airport

This marks the end of our safari. We’ll head straight for Kampala and depending on your flight schedule transfer to the airport immediately

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Gadaffi National Mosque

Day 9: Departure at leisure

Meals: Breakfast

 

Trip Inclusions

  • Accommodation & meals as described in the itineraries
  • Gorilla tracking permit per person
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit per person
  • Transport in a 4WD safari car
  • Park Entrance & activity fees
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Packaged Drinking water throughout the trip

Trip Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Any items not stated in the itinerary
  • Tips for service people
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Entry visas
  • Personal Insurance
  • Souvenirs & items of a personal nature

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