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.
The maximum participants in the group is 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This safari will take place at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Ngamba Island.
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.
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.