Enjoy an exclusive safari in Uganda, the home of the highest concentrations of primates on earth, including the majestic mountain gorilla, one of the rarest animals on the planet. You will contribute in chimpanzee habituation in Kibale National Park and join the wildlife researchers in the habituation of endangered mountain gorillas in the lush Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This safari is an intimate gorilla experience that allows you to spend the amount of time with the remaining gorillas on earth!
The maximum participants in the group is 8.
You will stay at Anderita Beach Hotel on day 1. On day 2 and 3, you will be accommodated at Rushaga Gorilla Camp Tent / Gorilla Valley Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, while on day 4 and 5 you will be accommodated at Rwenzori travelers / Kibale forest camp / chimpanzee forest guest house in Kibale National Park.
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you will meet Saso Uganda Safaris' staff who will transfer you to your hotel. The staff will do a briefing about all the activities. You will stay overnight at Anderita Beach Hotel.
There will be a meet and greet with the local guide before breakfast. After that, you will drive to southwestern Uganda. Enroute, there is a local community that is popular for making local drums and craft. You can stop here and buy yourself souvenirs.
Then, you will be proceed to the equator line, one of the beautiful scenery in Africa, which is the path way of the sun where you can take photographs. You will pass by the mountains, tropical rainforest, and bamboo forest during the 9-hour journey.
You will have an early morning entry into the mountain gorillas’ sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular and heavily vegetated with dense landscapes crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these fantastic apes.
Your intimate gorilla experience allows you to accompany the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s Bwindi gorilla habituation team for the entire day. You will have a minimum 4 hours in the presence of a mountain gorilla family, since the regular permits only allow 1 hour and this is 4 times the amount of time spent up close with gorillas, more than any other safari operator.
During this time, you will be able to experience the gorilla family as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed until they build their nests at bed time. The thrill of spending time and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories. Spending more time with them than the norm means you are assured of the best possible experience, with 4 full hours for better photography, researcher access for more questions, and enough time to experience more intimate and unusual behaviors.
The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. Once the gorillas are sighted, you will be guided to within 6 meters of the gorillas, and be able to sit all around them while gazing into their big round eyes as the researchers note health, behavior, and other characteristics. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight in the lodge.
After breakfast, you will check out and drive to Kibale National Park. You can enjoy the nice scenery of the shadows of the mountains of the moon, the Ruwenzori. Typically, Saso Uganda Safaris locates the chimps by listening for their pant hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. You get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socializing with each other or even, occasionally, hunt.
Today, you’ll accompany Kibale’s researchers in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to a “soft” habituation project with chimpanzees. You’ll learn to safely observe the chimps during their daily activities, so they get comfortable with human presence without changing their natural behaviors. You will be able to experience the chimp families as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed.
Guided by biologists and researchers, you will enjoy unprecedented intimate access to these wild chimps for the entire day until they build their nests at bed time. Kibale Forest 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, grey-cheeked mangabey, vervet monkey, as well as many other animals. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight in the lodge.
After breakfast, you will head to Kampala (about 5 hour driving) via Mubende. This route travels through the breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations, some of the best in Uganda. You can tour around Kampala‘s craft and souvenirs markets before checking in at your hotel or being transferred to the airport.
This safari will be held in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Kibale National Park, Uganda. Uganda is a tropical country and much of it lies on the African plateau, between 900 -1,500 meters above sea level. Dubbed the pearl of Africa, Uganda is home of natural beauty, displayed in the vast beautiful landscape and rare animal species like the mountain gorillas and white rhinos.
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 of 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 monkey, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 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.
Kibale National Park, with averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an exertion of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large communities of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community terraces a complicated social structure.
The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders. The females usually wander in small family grouped. Chimps tend to forage in small parties or even as individuals. They usually travel on the ground but being primarily fruit eaters, they mostly feed in trees. They coalesce into large groups when they find an abundant source of food, such as fruiting fig tree.
You will be served 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, and daily bottled water during your stay.
You can book your flight and arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Saso Uganda Safaris will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.