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Uganda Chimps and Gorillas Safari

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park is home to the endangered Mountain Gorilla. Half of the gorilla population lives there. Come face to face with these gentle giants. It is once in a lifetime experience. Kibale Forest National park with the highest concentration of primates is another destination not to be missed. Game drives and boat rides at Queen Elizabeth will offer you spectacular views of the abundant wildlife.

Key information

  • Starting in Entebbe/Kampala and ending in Kampala
  • National park entrance fees are included

Highlights

  • Chimpanzee and gorilla trekking
  • Canoe rides and a visit to Punishment Island
  • Game drive and boat ride in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Game viewings in Kibale and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Chimpanzee and gorilla trekking permit and national park entrance fees
  • Visits to the nearby villages and local communities
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 13 nights' accommodation

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14 activity days
Group size: 1-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

On this safari, you will be staying in accommodations arranged by Rafiki Eco Safaris.

  • Lodge-Chimpanzee Guest house
  • Engazi or equivalent
  • Enganzi Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Bunyonyi Safari resort
  • Rwakobo Rock
  • Cassia Lodge or equivalent

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

Meet our staff and check in at a hotel in Entebbe or Kampala. Depending on your arrival time, you may visit the Zoo and botanical gardens for a nature walk and Birding in Entebbe.

Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park.

This morning you will begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. Your drive will take you through the beautiful scenery of tea plantations. Stop over for lunch in the Fort Portal town. Overnight at your lodge-Chimpanzee Guest house

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Swamp Walk

After breakfast, you will prepare yourself for the chimpanzee tracking mission the most exciting activity in the park. An experienced forest ranger will take you chimps tracking in the morning. along the forest walk you will be able to see other primates like red-tailed monkey, and black-and-white Columbus monkeys. After Lunch go to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for a nature walk, home to over 100 bird species. The Sanctuary is operated by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a registered community-based organization (CBO). A significant fraction of association income has been used and continues to be used, to fund numerous related community projects.

The Bigodi Women’s Group weaves crafts from environmentally sustainable materials, dyes, and methods. Their crafts are sold worldwide.

  • Overnight at your lodge-Chimpanzee Guest house

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth N.P.

In the morning, you can relax at your lodge. You will then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Bunyangabu Beekeepers Cooperative (BBC), is a community organization along the Kasese – Fortportal road. Fresh comb honey is available from BBC between March-May and August-November.

It is a true honey experience, where visitors can see honey processing, taste honey from the comb, and even make their own candles to take home.

  • Overnight and dinner at Engazi or equivalent

Day 5: Game Drive – Queen Elizabeth National Park

The day begins early as we start with a morning game drive after an early breakfast. We will search for the lions, elephants, buffaloes, and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch. In the afternoon you go for a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a water channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. You will be able to see birds, hippos cooling off in the waters, elephants, and buffaloes. Overnight at your accommodation. Enganzi Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi National Park

  • After breakfast, depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Explore the villages and the native communities. Dinner and overnight at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Day 7-8: Gorilla tracking adventure

Have an early morning breakfast and then go for a briefing by UWA officials at the Park headquarters. Proceed to the Impenetrable forest for gorilla tracking with a packed lunch. You should wear jungle boots since tracking involves walking up steep densely forested hills. It is an exhilarating lifetime experience when you get close to the gorillas. After lunch go for a community visit to the local communities living around the park to learn about their history. Dinner and overnight at your Lodge

Day 9: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, we take a scenic drive to Kabale via Lake Bunyonyi (a place of little birds) with beautiful terraced hillsides. It is the second deepest Lake in Africa rumored to vary between 144 ft and 2,952 ft. You will enjoy a boat ride that will take you to various islands for bird viewing and sightseeing. Later in the day you will visit the Bakiga museum and discover the traditions of the inhabitants (Bakiga) of the area.

  • Overnight and dinner at Bunyonyi Safari resort

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo

After breakfast, you drive to Lake Mburo National Park enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way. It is home to Elands as well as Zebras, Topis, Impalas, and birds. The lake within the park attracts Hippos, Crocodiles, and a variety of water birds like African Finfoot.

Check into your accommodation, have lunch, and relax. Go for a boat ride in the afternoon. Night game drive can be arranged(Optional).

  • Overnight and dinner at Rwakobo Rock

Day 11: Game Drive and Nature walk in the park

After breakfast, we have a game drive and a ranger-guided nature walk in the National Park. You have chances to see animals like waterbucks, Impalas, Elands, Buffalo, Topis, Zebras, bushbucks, and Warthogs.

  • Overnight and dinner at Rwakobo Rock.

Day 12: Kampala via the Equator

Early breakfast, and have another game drive as we leave the park. We have lunch en route. Stop over at the equator enjoy the water experiments, buy souvenirs, and take photographs.

  • Overnight and dinner at Cassia Lodge or equivalent

Day 13

After breakfast, You will tour Kampala known as a City of happiness. The popular historical and religious sites include the Gaddafi national Mosque, Lugard Fort, Kasubi tombs, Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, National Museum, Ndere Troupe Culture Centre, and Art Galleries for those who love art paintings.

Day 14: Departure

End of Chimps and Gorillas Safari. Take your flight back home.

Included excursions

  • A community walk in Kibale National Park
  • A community visit to the local communities living around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Canoe rides and a visit to Punishment Island

Location

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was once threatened by poaching and environmental degradation; mountain gorillas were close to extinction. The population has since grown in the last few years, thanks to the conservation efforts of all stakeholders in Bwindi and Virunga Conservation Area. In Bwindi alone, the number has risen to about 440 of the estimated 880.

Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is a spectacular lake nestled in the mountains of southern Uganda. It is a serene lake surrounded by beautiful hills where you can take dugout canoes out onto the lake to visit the local communities.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Gorilla Permits (Booked at least 8 months in advance)
  • Transport in a 4WD Vehicle
  • All fuel for the tour
  • English-speaking Ugandan driver/guide
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Drinking water
  • Park-entrance fees

What's not included

  • International air fares
  • Entry visa Uganda
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Rafiki Eco 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 non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
14 days / 13 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 1 participants

Wednesday July 31, 2024
(14 days / 13 nights)

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