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5 Days Gorilla and Chimp Habituation Safari in Uganda

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Kibali National Park

Overview

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

  • Gorilla & chimpanzee trekking
  • Participating in gorilla research
  • Chimpanzee & gorilla habituation experience
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Private 4X4 transportations
  • 4 nights’ accommodation

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 8.

  • 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • 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 12 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 9 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Emily from Manchester, United Kingdom

    "We went on a 3 day tour to Murchison Falls with Wilson, and he was a fantastic guide from start to finish. We were short of time to do everything we wanted to, but he made sure that the trip was arranged in the best possible way for us to visit everywhere we wished to. "

    "We had an incredible time tracking chimps, and rhinos and Wilson took us on some amazing game drives - working tirelessly to help us spot some rare creatures, and hugely knowledgeable about everything that we saw. Wilson was wonderful company, and he really made the trip special for us - by the end of the trip he felt like a friend as well as a guide. I'd hugely recommend taking a trip with this company."

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  • Review by Joly Dee

    "My wife and I did a three day safari for our honeymoon "chimps and gorillas" with Michael as our guide. Michael was the perfect guide giving us as much information as we wanted, he was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. He is by far the best guide we have had all across Africa. The places we stayed were first rate and the vehicle was reliable. Definitely recommend."

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  • Review by A traveler from New York, USA

    "My wife and I did a 3-day safari of Murchison Falls NP with these folks. Nothing but the best memories of the entire trip. We could not be more satisfied."

    "Some of the highlights:"

    "- The owner, Wilson, is friendly and directly reachable on the phone. We have been swindled before, so I wanted to be extra-sure before committing to these folks. I went and met Wilson at his home in Kampala and he immediately put me at ease. They own and rent out several modern, clean vehicles in very good condition, and run safaris all the time."

    "- Our driver, Kassim - young, very helpful, observant, drives very well, great conversationalist with lots of interesting tidbits, sharp-eyed spotter in the park"

    "- The trip itself: we were very happy because Saso does not do the usual nickel-and-diming that is very prevalent in other economy safari companies, for example in Kenya. Also, in Murchison Falls NP itself, Kassim was very proactive in working the phones and as a result we got to hang out with 12 lionesses and lion cubs for almost an hour, watching them as they ate and played. This was only one of many sightings during the day."

    "- Itinerary: even though we made a few last-minute changes to the overall plan, Wilson and Kassim handled everything admirably and made sure we got where we wanted to go"

    "- Arrangements for food: I don't know if this is standard across all their safaris, but the food arrangements were all uniformly excellent. Further, Kassim took note of our dietary preferences and only took us to places where we would get good options All in all, a great safari. If you're looking for a good safari company in Uganda, look no further!"

    "Side note: something that caused me a bit of anxiety before the safari began was the fact that they have very few TA reviews, and all the reviewers have just 1 review! Unfounded anxiety, as it turned out. These guys are the real deal."

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  • Review by A traveler

    "I highly recommend these guys, they've got good quality reliable safari vehicles. Kizza Ahmed who was our driver was very experienced, friendly and informative. Been on two safaris to Murchison Falls NP with Saso and look forward to many more."

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  • Review by Danielle B

    "I really enjoyed my trip with Saso. I was travelling alone but that was not problem due to my friendly guide Kassim. He showed me a lot of animals in Queen Elisabeth NP (even the lions!), he has a lot of knowledge about Uganda, the animals and the culture and he was nice company during dinner! "

    "Saso made a good program for a travel of 5 days, it was never bored and the accomandations were very clean and luxury with good food. "

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  • Review by Fulda from Germany

    "We had a great four day trip to Queen Elizabeth national park and Kibale. Thanks to Wilson and his team from Saso Uganda Safaris. The communication with Wilson during the organisation of the trip was great. The prices are good. The trip was well organised, we got to enjoy the wilderness of the national park and the nature in Kibale plus the Chimp. trekking was a great experience. well, when you book with Saso Uganda Safaris, you can never go wrong."

    "thanks Wilson and your team."

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  • Review by Anna B

    "We were a couple of friends who went on a 5 day safari trip with Wilson. Everything was perfect. He knows a lot about the wildlife and the animals. He arranged everything after our needs and made sure we saw everything in our interest. The gorilla trip and queen Elizabeth nationalpark were fantastic experiences. We also visited the chimpanzees in Kibale nationalpark. The accommodation was very nice. We couldn't have had a better guide. Thank you Wilson!"

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  • 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 FreyaWalnut from Brighton, United Kingdom

    "We were picked up from the airport and greeted by Ahmed who was our driver and your guide for the first 4"

    "5 days of our trip. We did safari in the amazing Murchison falls national park and explored the city of Kampala with Ahmed. Our guide become part of the family and we all felt comfortable with him. He was knowledgable about the animals throughout the safari and wanted to give us the best experience possible by seeing as many different animals as we could. We had a jam packed adventure whilst on safari, including an amazing boat trip (organised and arranged by Ahmed), and our days were all planned out including where to eat and stop for water etc. Ahmed was also flexible if we wanted to change any plans. After showing us the safari he gave us a tour of the city so that we could see my mums school and the university that my granddad worked in. We felt safe with Ahmed as he advised us on how to keep our possessions safe and what not to do in the city. He said that he was happy to help booking any further accommodation or trips for us even once our tour ended so that he could barter for us and get a more reasonable price. He also offered to give me and my dad a lift to the airport a week or so after the tour had ended which was really helpful. Overall Saso Uganda safaris were very friendly and welcoming and we had an amazing family adventure organised by them!"

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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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