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7 Days Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, and Bwindi National Parks Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Papyrus Guest House, Plot 2, Uringi Cresent, Upper Kiwafu, Entebbe, Uganda

Primates Trekking Safari in Uganda

This safari takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Western Uganda. The park has over 340 mountain gorillas, making it half of the mountain gorillas remaining in the whole world. This tour also takes you to Queen Elizabeth famous for the Kazinga Channel and many animal species, including tree climbing lions found in the Ishasha Sector of the park. You will also get a chance to visit Kibale National Park which is also popular for chimpanzee trekking.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: 7 persons
  • Children policy: Gorillas and chimpanzees can be tracked by someone who’s above 15 years old. Children below 15 years old pay 50% of the adult rate. Below 10 years old, they only pay 15% and infants can attend for free.
  • Starting point and ending point: Entebbe
  • English speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • 1 game viewing drive
  • Chimpanzee and gorilla trekking
  • See hippos, crocodiles, elephants, lions, and leopards
  • Explore Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, and Bwindi national parks
  • Park entry fees, chimpanzee and gorilla permits included
  • Services of an English-speaking tour guide
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

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4 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 7
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Night 1: Papyrus Guest House

Offering all the amenities of a small and charming guest house, Papyrus has quickly acquired the reputation of a home away from home. When staying with them, guests find the comforts of a modern home in a traditional setting, always accompanied by the dedication and warm hospitality Ugandans are known for.

Papyrus Guest House has two different types of rooms. There are six rooms in the main house and nine garden rooms. The six standard rooms are all en-suite and are situated in the main house. They are spacious and beautifully decorated using local Ugandan art.

The nine garden rooms are situated among the lush gardens. The rooms are spacious, with large bathrooms and verandas for sitting outside and enjoying the balmy equatorial weather.

Nights 2-3: Kibale Forest Camp

Kibale Forest Camp is well designed with about seven safari tents, containing double beds with en-suite bathrooms along with an eco-friendly toilets. The veranda will give you a perfect view of the colobus monkeys in the forest.

Night 4: Enganzi Lodge

Enganzi Lodge is a perfect gateway to the mighty Queen Elizabeth National Park, a stunning setting to begin your journey into the wild. The lodge offers accommodation in single, double, or deluxe suites.

Nights 5-6: Inchumbi Gorilla Lodge

Inchumbi Gorilla Lodge is located a 10 minutes walk away from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park's Rushaga Gate, for a lifetime gorilla tracking experience. Ichumbi also has a spectacular view of the park right from your room.

Amenities

  • Balcony
  • Hot shower
  • Mini bar
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Stand-by generator
  • Wi-Fi

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB)

Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you will be met by a Gecko Safaris representative who will introduce you to your driver guide. Your guide will then take you through your travel plans. Before you know it, you will be transferred to Papyrus Guest House for an overnight stay and dinner.

  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House
  • Timings: 40-minute drive
  • Meal plan: Dinner
  • Activity: Transfer

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale National Park, the home of chimpanzees

After an early morning breakfast, you will get into your safari vehicle for your transfer to Kibale National Park. Kibale National Park is one of the greatest rain forests in Africa. This forest is mainly famous for around 13 primate species, with chimpanzees being the main tracked species. Other primate species include golden monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, as well as bird species.

The park is also next to Bigodi Wetland which is managed and owned by the local people in the area. This place is famous for primate, as well as bird watching. Upon arrival at the park, you will check into the camp for dinner, relaxation, and overnight stay.

  • Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp
  • Timings: Six-hour drive
  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner
  • Activity: Transfer

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest and Bigodi Wetland visit

Wake up early and head to Kanyanchu by 8:00 a.m. to start your chimpanzee trek in Kibale Forest. Chimpanzees are considered to be the closest relatives of human beings since they share 98% of their DNA with that of the humans.

As you proceed with your search of these beautiful chimps, you will, as well, view many other primate and animal species, including l'hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, pottos, bush babies, and many bird species including the little green bul, yellow spotted nictor, ramped tinker bird, crowed eagle, green breasted pitta, black bee spotted eater, as well as elephants.

This national park is on average 3,300 feet in elevation and it’s a rain forest with many communities of chimpanzees. Each troop has over 100 individuals with a complete social structure. In their groups, the adult males dominate the group and always defend the whole community against any danger and incursions by outside males.

These primates are located by listening to their pant hooting calls, hurrying to the place where they are calling from. You get a chance to observe them as they play, feed, socialize, as well as jump around in trees.

Immediately after, return to the lodge for lunch as you prepare to visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary where you will view more primates, like blue monkeys, baboons, otters, bushbucks, mongoose , bush pigs, and many more. The place is also known for many bird species, like the great blue turaco and the green breasted pitta.

  • Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp
  • Timings: Three to five hours trekking and two hours walking tour
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Activity: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi Swamp walk

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will check out of the lodge with the help of your driver-guide and then transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This park is just a five-hour drive away and it is famous for a variety of wildlife and primate species.

This famous conservation area is bordered by Lake Edward in the south west, and in the north east, it’s bordered by Lake George.

This park was named after Queen Elizabeth II and it has a variety of wildlife species including impalas, kobs, forest hogs, elephants, buffaloes, tree climbing lions, and cape buffaloes. It is also filled with many volcanic calderas which harbor many flamingos on several seasons.

Arrive in time for lunch, and, in the afternoon, you will take a two-hour launch cruise on Kazinga Channel that connects lakes Edward and George, one of the most exciting activities in Uganda with a chance to see a high concentration of hippos and crocodiles in the water, while elephants, waterbucks, and buffaloes graze on the banks of the channel, as well as an array of bird life, including king fishers, Egyptian fish eagle, saddle billed stock, among others. Later, return to the lodge for an overnight stay and dinner.

  • Accommodation: Enganzi Lodge
  • Timings: Five-hour drive and two-hour boat cruise
  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner
  • Activity: Boat cruise

Day 5: Game drive and transfer to Bwindi National Park

In the morning, have breakfast at your lodge and thereafter set out for a game drive through the park where your eyes will be fed with amazing sights and wildlife such as kob elephants, giant forest hogs, warthogs, and hippos grazing.

You will go through the crater lakes and dry craters, visiting the salt lake. Lunch will be at the lodge. Afterwards, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This area is known for its tree climbing lions.

The safari will continue westwards, leaving the Ankole Kingdom, heading towards Bwindi and the Kigezi Kingdom, home of the heavy weights. Arrive at the park in the evening and check into your lodge for an overnight stay and dinner.

  • Accommodation: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge
  • Timings: Five-hour drive
  • Meal plan: Dinner
  • Activity: Game drive

Day 6: Gorilla trekking - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

On this day, you will have a great time meeting with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest. After a tasty breakfast, your guide will pick you up at the lodge. You will head for a briefing and, later, enjoy the fullness of the mist forest as you see the gentle giants and other wildlife species like buffaloes, elephants, monkeys, butterflies, and different bird species.

Only one hour is permitted with the gorillas. Locating gorillas can take a few hours or the whole day, depending on how far they moved from the place they spent the previous night. After the trek, in the evening, you could go for a guided nature walk or a community visit.

  • Accommodation: Inchumbi Gorilla Lodge
  • Timings: Five to seven hours trek
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner
  • Activity: Gorilla trekking

Day 7: Departure

After a good night sleep, breakfast, and checking out of the lodge, it will be time for your final drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Kampala. You will have an en-route lunch and a chance to explore the region’s culture at Igongo Cultural Center in Mbarara and be dropped off at either your hotel or Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your flight back home.

Gecko Safaris truly hope you have a memorable experience that you will remember for many years to come. Have a safe onward journey and they hope that Uganda will always be close to your heart.

  • Accommodation: None
  • Timings: Five hours
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch
  • Activity: Departure

Location

Food

During the tour, you will be provided with meals according to the itinerary.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Photography and touring
  • Boat rides and cultural visits
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee permits
  • Park entry fees
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Transport
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Drinks / beverages
  • Entry visas
  • Laundry services and any other extra activity not mentioned above
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfers from and to this airport are included. Gecko Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 101 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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This tour requires a minimum of two participants.

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