5 Days Gorilla and Chimp Habituation Safari in Uganda

5 Days Gorilla and Chimp Habituation Safari in Uganda

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Kibali National Park

Majestic Gorilla Safari in Uganda

This 5-day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari is good for those who want to spend more time with the world’s great primates in the names of mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. This trip takes you to the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla habituation experience and then to Kibale National Park for chimpanzee habituation experience. You will have an experience of a lifetime as you watch at close range these majestic apes feed, play and relax.

Highlights

  • Covers all park entrance fees
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking
  • Includes chimapnzee and gorilla permit
  • Chimpanzee and gorilla habituation experience
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Private 4X4 transportations
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • 4 activity days
  • English
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Accommodation on day 1

  • Lower budget stay: Buhoma Community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo / Gorilla Valley Lodge
  • Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi / Gorilla Safari Lodge / Silver Back Lodge / Lake Kitandara Camp / Chameleon Hill Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort
  • Upmarket: Mahogang Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge

Accommodation on day 2 (lower budget)

  • Buhoma Community Rest Camp
  • Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp
  • Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo
  • Gorilla Valley Lodge

Accommodation on day 3 and 4 (budget)

  • Rwenzori Travelers
  • Kibale Forest Camp
  • Chimpanzee Forest Guest House

Day 1: Travel to Bwindi for gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari

You will be picked by Encounter Africa safaris driver guide to start your 5-day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Your safari normally starts very early in the morning with stops at the Equator crossing for photography and a lunch break in Mbarara town.

You will then proceed to the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park because this is where gorilla habituation experience takes place. This journey is very scenic as you have an opportunity to see the Kigezi rolling hills and valleys as you travel to Kisoro or southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will arrive late afternoon for dinner and overnight. Drive time is approximately 9 - 10 hours.

Meals served on day 1 are lunch and dinner. As for your accommodation, you may opt to stay at following options:

  • Lower budget stay: Buhoma Community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo / Gorilla Valley Lodge
  • Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi / Gorilla Safari Lodge / Silver Back Lodge / Lake Kitandara Camp / Chameleon Hill Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort
  • Upmarket: Mahogang Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge

Day 2: Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will wake up early in the morning and head to the park headquarters to join other clients for briefing about dos and don’ts while you're with mountain gorillas on your habituation experience. After the briefing, you will start your trek into the forest guided by researchers and guides.

During your trek, you may encounter several birds, other animals, and primates in the forest and once you have found the gorillas you will spend four hours with them and return back to the lodge for overnight.

You will have an opportunity to listen and observe researchers doing their work of habituating gorillas and if possible you will be called upon to participate by collecting samples, naming of group members, making calls and so much more.

  • Accommodations (lower budget): Buhoma Community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo / Gorilla Valley Lodge
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Travel to Kibale National Park

You will drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National park to Kibale Forest National Park on this third day of your 5-day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari. You will arrive late afternoon for dinner and overnight since lunch will be served en route. Drive time is approximately 6 - 7 hours.

  • Accommodation (budget): Rwenzori travelers / Kibale Forest Camp / Chimpanzee Forest Guest House
  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 4: Chimp habituation experience in Kibale National Park

After an early morning breakfast, at 06:30 you will be transferred to Kibale National Park for briefing about the dos and don’ts while you're with a community or party of chimpanzees. After briefing, you will start your trek at 06:30 until 19:00 with chances of seeing other 11 primates in the forest. You will spend the whole day in the forest with guides for observation and photography. You'll return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • Accommodation (budget): Rwenzori travelers / Kibale Forest Camp / Chimpanzee Forest Guest House
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Travel back to Kampala

After breakfast and depending on your departure flight details, you will drive 5 - 6 hours to Kampala / Entebbe marking the end of your 5-day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari in Uganda.

There will be a tour to Kampala City you can enjoy during this safari.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park hosts at least 1,500 chimpanzees out of the 4,950 found in Uganda, making this the largest concentration of chimps in Africa. The park is also home to 10 other primates including diurnal species like the red colobus monkey, blue monkey, red-tailed monkey, gray checked mangabeys, and vervet monkey, as well as many other animals.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles for over 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 species of mammals including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics - species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

All types of food are supported. For more information, please send Saso Uganda Safaris an inquiry.

  • 3 daily meals
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • All park entrance and related fees
  • Arrival or departure airport transfers
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • Chimp and gorilla permit
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking
  • Local guides
  • Private 4x4 ground transportation with an English-speaking driver guide
  • Beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle and at meal times with meals
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Flight tickets and departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls
  • Laundry
  • Optional excursions
  • Postage fees and so on
  • Tips and gratuities for your guides and accommodation staff
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Travel documentation (visas)
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

Kampala, Uganda

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