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.
The maximum participants in the group is 8.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.