4 Days Gorilla and Chimp Trekking Safari in Uganda

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Overview

Chimpanzee and Gorilla Safari in Uganda

This gorilla and chimpanzee safari will take you to Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria to visit the place where orphaned chimps that are rescued from smugglers are kept. You will enjoy spending time with the delightful apes as you watch them play, feed with their human attendants, and make thrilling acrobatics on the tree branches. You will then proceed to the southwestern part of the country to encounter the mountain gorillas by gorilla trekking.

Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • Visit to the Uganda equator
  • Visit the chimp sanctuary on Ngamba Island
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 8.

  • 3 activity days
  • English
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You will be accommodated in the Anderita Beach Hotel for the first night. For the second and third nights, you will be staying in tents or in rooms in either the Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp, Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo, or Gorilla Valley Lodge.

Day 1 - Ngamba island chimp sanctuary

On the first day of the chimps and gorilla trekking tour, you will be driven to the pier on Lake Victoria to catch a speed boat that will take you to the sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees on Ngamba island. You will see them feed and display their playful and delightful antics. You will return to Entebbe and then transfer to Kampala for dinner and overnight at the hotel of your booking.

Day 2 - Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

The second day of the chimps and gorilla trekking tour starts after breakfast when you set off for an eight to nine hours drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the southwestern part of the country where the gorilla trekking adventure will take place. You will make another stopover for lunch en-route before continuing with your journey to Bwindi to arrive in the evening. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking in Bwindi.

Day 3 - Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

You will have an early breakfast and be driven to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules of gorilla tracking. After the briefing, you will set off for the gorilla hunt in the thick jungle which is very lively with rich forest sounds. The trek ranges between two to eight hours and you have one hour to stay with the gorillas once sighted.

In the afternoon, you can opt for a community walk among the Batwa people who used to live in the Bwindi forest before it was gazetted as a national park and learn about their life and culture as a forest people or just rest after a tiresome trek. You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 4 - Travel back to Kampala

You will depart Bwindi after breakfast and travel back to Kampala with a stop over for lunch in Mbarara town. You will continue the journey and make another stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Visit to the chimp sanctuary in Ngamba island
  • Visit to the Uganda equator

This safari will take place at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Ngamba Island.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in Southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants.

The forest also protects an estimate of 320 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated gorilla groups. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to more 120 mammals including baboons, chimpanzees, elephants, and antelopes. There are also some species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.

The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas, and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls, and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops, and village walks.

Included in the price, you have three dinners, one breakfast, and one lunch.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements 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)
  • 3 dinners, one breakfast, and one lunch
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All tour activities in the program
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • Chimp and gorilla permit
  • English speaking driver and guide
  • Park entrance and related fees
  • Private 4 x 4 ground transportation
  • Transfers from and to Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Airfare
  • Departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry
  • Optional excursions
  • Other beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Travel documentation (visas)

Arrival by airplane

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

Testimonials

  • Review by Eli

    "What a fantastic trip with Saso Uganda Safaris! We went on a five-day tour visiting the gorillas in Bwindi, game drives in queen Queen Elizabeth National Park and chimpanzee and primate safaris in Kibale. Wilson had arranged everything to perfection. He had arranged excellent hotels, the best guides in the parks, and good lunch places. When the guide on the chimpanzee tour was about to give up on seeing chimpanzees on the ground, Wilson encouraged him to continue and make an effort so that we could see them (which we did). He was so flexible and easy going. He drove very safely in the chaotic Ugandan traffic. We felt safe all the time. If I’m ever going back to Uganda, I would absolutely go on another trip with Saso and I will definitely recommend it to my friends. Maybe it sounds like I’m exaggerating, but I have been traveling to about 60 countries, but this experience was definitely one of the best!"

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  • Review by Hannes

    "We went on a tour with Saso Uganda Safaris and I could not be more satisfied. We went on a gorilla safari, a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and a chimpanzee safari in Kibale. Our guide, Wilson, arranged everything to perfection. With his experience and knowledge, he made sure we got to see the gorilla family that is most used to humans. Because of that, we got really close to the gorillas, which was a truly amazing experience. Furthermore, the trip was affordable and all accommodations were of good standard. If you would like to go to Uganda on a vacation or a safari, I would recommend you to contact Saso Uganda Safaris. You will not be disappointed!"

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  • Review by Sempijja

    "This is the best trip we ever had! I would like to first and foremost thank Saso Uganda Safaris for the great time they gave me and my family. At the beginning of this year, my wife and I decided to take a trip to western Uganda to see the amazing animals in the game parks. Since we both work and live abroad, we decided that when we go back to Uganda for a vacation in June, we should get a safari company that will enable us make our dream come true. A friend of ours who has already went with Saso Uganda Safaris referred us to the company and assured us of having no regrets with them. We got to them and they treated us with a lot of care and comfort. We talked about the places we wanted to visit and how everything would go on. They introduced us to a gentleman by the name of Charles, who was to be our driver and guide. Charles knew his job very well, which helped us in enjoying the trip fully. He first taught us about the safety measures, which showed us that we were in the hands of the right person. We spent three days on the trip and he helped us so much with the animal names since he was so fond of them. He drove us so well and he took us to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo National Park. We really had fun and look forward to going with Saso for more educational and fun trips. Thank you so much once again."

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  • Review by Terry Johan

    "The three-day tour to Bwindi Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was quite fantastic. I and my family will always prefer to travel with Saso Uganda Safaris as we had the best tour guide. We were able to see the gorillas."

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  • Review by Namaalwa Gladys

    "The best travel agency that everyone would wish to travel with. Just love the way your people handled my safari."

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  • Review by Cherry Mill

    "Amazing personalized three-day trip! Saso Uganda Safaris gave me the tour of a lifetime! I was in Kampala on my own for work for the first time and had three free days to see the country. Saso Uganda Safaris created a personal tour which included gorilla tracking in the Bwindi National Park, chimpanzee tracking in Kisoro, and a safari wildlife tour across the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we saw tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippos, baboons, buffalos, antelopes, monkeys, and some amazing birds close up, more than I could have dreamed of. It was also fascinating to drive across the country and see rural Uganda, the beautiful green countryside, including tea plantations and banana groves and African village life close up. Wilson, my tour guide, could spot and identify any animal at a great distance. We did not miss anything en route. He could answer any question about the animals and locations and knew all the rangers and staff in the parks and lodges, which meant he could adapt our itinerary on the fly and fit in as much as possible to make my trip the best he could. I felt totally safe at every moment of the trip. He was a first class driver and navigated the ‘African massage’ roads with amazing skill. I did not know much about Uganda before this trip. In three days, I saw and learnt so much. I have been on three other safaris in Africa and my Uganda trip was by far the best, thanks to Saso Uganda Safaris. It was very good value for money too. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by a traveler from Kampala, Uganda

    "It's highly recommended. Saso Uganda Safaris provides a superb experience."

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  • Review by Burt

    "I decided to visit Uganda after I read about it online and what really grabbed my attention was the term “Pearl of Africa”. I grabbed my bags and came over to Uganda to find out myself. I have to tell you, Wilson and his team at Saso Uganda Safaris did not disappoint at helping me to define that. Thank you, Wilson. God bless!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I was so amazed at how our guide told his stories about the wild nature while driving our 4x4 safari vehicle with so many skills. We enjoyed our safari and everyone still talks about it. Thank you guys! "

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Kampala, Uganda

Saso Uganda Safaris offers wildlife and gorilla tracking safaris and tours in the famous jungles of Uganda and Rwanda. They are passionate about nature and aim to deliver enriching travel experiences.

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Clients who will book in the months of April and May 2017 are eligible for a special discount of 200 USD per person.

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