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5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Uganda

  • Kampala - Kibale National Park - Bwindi National Park

5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Uganda

  • Kampala - Kibale National Park - Bwindi National Park

Uganda Safari and Gorilla Trekking

Good Earth Tours and Safaris are deeply committed to ensuring your vacation dreams become reality. With more than 30 years of combined experience in the African safari industry, the staff are dedicated to exceeding your expectations and they take great care to provide travelers with safe, challenging, and memorable adventures. Enjoy peace of mind knowing your complete satisfaction is their number one priority.

Highlights

  • Mountain gorilla trek
  • Nocturnal walk in the Kibale Forest
  • Primate eco-walk in the Kibale Forest
  • Delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • Transfers in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Park fees and gorilla permits
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 5 activity days
  • English
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On the first and second night of the tour, you will be staying in Ndali Lodge in Kibale Forest National Park. On the third and fourth night of the tour, you will be staying in the Gorilla Resort in Bwindi National Park.

Ndali lodge

The lodge is a perfect place for a weekend retreat, to relax by the pool, enjoy sauna and massages, do yoga on the yoga pagoda, or simply recharge and watch the abundant flora and fauna, a good selection of which can be seen from the verandas of both the lodge and the cottages.

The Gorilla resort

The Gorilla resort is such an amazing safari camp with a magnificent sight of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It’s suited at Buhoma along with Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National Park besides the Mountain.

The camp is enclosed with lavishness cottages in addition to the East Africa Safari Tents that are positioned on an eminent wooden platform providing a beautiful scenic view of the area. The wooden decks will definitely give you a perfect view of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as well as River Munyaga.:

The major lodge in this area has high quality services and among these include restaurant, bar, and a dining area with a high minded camp fire deck that offers a gorgeous view of the tropical rain forest. Their cuisine favors all people with great a taste that will always remind of Uganda. Sundowners are provided on the campfire accompanied with the African wilderness.

The safari tents are large enough with excellent facilities such as Victorian ball along with claw-foot brass bathtub that is liked by all visitors.The camps are well designed with beautiful log beds as well as furnished furniture. Whichever accommodation you decide to take on, either tents or cottages, you will be in position to view Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Kampala and Kibale Forest

Today, you will leave Kampala and drive west through Mubende, arriving in Fort Portal for a hot lunch. Later in the day, you will proceed to the Kibale Forest for a nocturnal walk tracking the galagos, bush babies, pottos, and the night jars. Your accommodation for today will be in Ndali Lodge.

Day 2 - Kibale Forest

After breakfast, you will start a half day forest walk in the Kibale Forest on a primate eco-walk. Look out for the Red Colubus (an endemic species only found in this forest in Uganda). Other primates include the Chimpanzee, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, and others. In the afternoon, take a swamp walk in Magombe for a closer-to-nature encounter. Your accommodation for today will be in Ndali Lodge.

Day 3 - Kibale and Bwindi

After breakfast, you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with picnic lunches. You will then drive through the Ishasha Plains, an area famous for its tree climbing lions. Arrive in Bwindi later on the day for dinner and overnight. Your accommodation for today will be in The Gorilla Resort.

Day 4 - Bwindi

After a half hour briefing by the park ranger guide, you will start the trek to find the mountain gorillas which can take two hours up to about 10 hours of trekking time. The trekking starts at the area where the gorillas were the previous day. After a full hour with the gorillas, you will return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. Your accommodation for today will be in The Gorilla Resort.

Day 5 - Bwindi and Kampala

After breakfast, you will drive to Kampala with a lunch stop in Mbarara followed by another stop at the Uganda Equator for pictures and shopping. You will arrive in Kampala in the evening.

Gorilla rules

On the way to the gorillas

A maximum number of six visitors may visit a group of gorillas in a day. This minimizes behavioral disturbance to the gorillas and the risk of their exposure to human-borne diseases. Always keep your voices low. You will also be able to observe the great bird life and other wildlife in the forest. Do not leave rubbish in the park. Whatever you bring into the forest should be carried back out with you.

You will be taken to where the guides observed the gorillas the day before. From there, you will follow the gorilla trails to find them. Look out for the gorilla nesting sites along the way! When you approach the gorillas, the guides will inform you when to get your cameras ready. Always wash your hands before you head out to the gorillas.

When you are with the gorillas

Keep a minimum of 15 feet from the gorillas. This is to protect them from catching human diseases. You must stay in tight groups when you are near the gorillas. Keep your voices down at all times, however, it is okay to ask the guide questions. Do not eat or drink while you are near the gorillas. Eating or drinking inevitably will increase the risk of food and drink morsels and droplets falling, which could increase the risk of transmission of diseases.

Sometimes the gorillas charge. If this rare occurrence happens, follow the guide's example: crouch down slowly, do not look the gorillas directly in the eyes, and wait for the animals to pass. Do not try and take pictures and do not attempt to run away. Running away will increase the risk.

Taking pictures

Flash photography is not permitted as the flash may frighten the gorillas, making them agitated and aggressive. Always stay 15 feet away from the gorillas. The further back you are, the more relaxed the group will be. When taking pictures, move slowly and carefully. Do not touch the gorillas. They are wild animals.

The maximum time you can spend with the gorillas is one hour. However, if the gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will finish the visit early. After the visit, keep your voices down until you are 650 feet from the gorillas.

  • Drive through the Ishasha plains, an area famous for its tree climbing lions
  • Kibale Forest nocturnal walk
  • Kibale Forest primate eco-walk
  • Trek to find the mountain gorillas
  • Trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with picnic lunch
  • Trip to Uganda Equator for pictures and shopping

This safari tour will be held in Kibale Forest and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, in Uganda.

You will be served with delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your meals are included in the price. Whether you are on a lodge or camping safari, below would be a typical menu:

Breakfast

Coffee, tea, porridge, fruits, fruit juice, scrambled eggs or omelet, sausage, toast, margarine, honey, and jam.

Lunch

Hot tea, coffee, chips, sandwiches, biscuits, pancakes with honey or jam, and fruits.

Dinner

Soup, cooked meat or vegetarian meal (these include chicken or beef with rice, sliced fresh carrots and green beans, mashed potatoes, and salads), fruits, fruit juice, and variety of hot drinks.

The skilled cooks are happy to accommodate your dietary restrictions and allergies.

  • Book a massage at Ndali Lodge
  • Do yoga on the yoga pagoda in Ndali Lodge
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Relax in the sauna in Ndali Lodge
  • See the stunning views
  • See the various animals
  • Swim in the pool in Ndali Lodge

You can book a massage for an additional fee at Ndali Lodge.

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee safari tour
  • Park fees and gorilla permits
  • Transfers in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • International airfare
  • Items of personal nature, such as passport, visa, and insurance
  • Tips

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Good Earth Tours & Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

Testimonials

  • Review by Qi Wen from Africa
    10 out of 10

    "George (our guide) treated us like family and nothing was too difficult. Rose handled our booking and all the small details were taken care of."

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  • Review by Clare Van Der Breggen from Africa
    10 out of 10

    "I would highly recommend using this operator whilst on safari in Tanzania. I had the friendliest guide, Joseph and spent a whole week visiting Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorogoro. What a fantastic time, sightings and views! Thanks so much Good Earth Tours."

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