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5 Days Unforgettable Chimp and Gorilla Safari in Uganda

Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Uganda Safaris

Think of combining Gorilla trekking and Chimpanzee safari in the forest on Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which harbors half of the world endangered mountain gorillas with chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park. It is the best destination for viewing habituated wild chimpanzees. This comprehensive tour will start and end in Entebbe or Kampala.

Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • Visit the chimp sanctuary in Bigodi
  • Opportunities to see other primates
  • Covers chimpanzee and gorilla permits and park entrance fees
  • English speaking Ugandan driver and guide
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

Styles


4 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8

Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport

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Accommodation

Accommodation is based on a standard double, twin, or single room option. This can either be budget, mid-range, or high end. All accommodation options are selected by its location and service standard compared to its price. When you are with one, three, or five persons, one single supplement is included. Other accommodation options than those listed are available. Please contact Travel Explore Africa Safaris for any inquiries.

Kibale Forest

  • High end accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale
  • Moderate accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp
  • Budget accommodation: CVK Resort Kibale

Bwindi Forest

  • High end accommodation: Buhoma Lodge
  • Moderate accommodation: Engagi Lodge
  • Budget accommodation: Travellers Rest Hotel, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp, or Buhoma Community Campground (self-contained cottages)

Travel Explore Africa Safaris Uganda Itinerary

Day 1 - Briefing on the safari and start for Fort Portal

Briefing on the safari before you drive for about five hours westwards towards Fort Portal to the Kibale Forest National Park. Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan villages where you see people at work tending their crops of millet, sorghum, beans, and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good photo opportunities. As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region.

You will arrive at Fort Portal then continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists, who have cut a grid through the forest, have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famous for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. Fort Portal is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, where you can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.

Day 2 - Chimpanzee tracking in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Gather at Kanyankyu River camp at 8:00 a.m. to go for the most popular activity in this park, which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. More primates like Black and White Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, Grey Cheeked mangabey, Red Tailed monkeys, Bush babies, Pottos and many bird species like the Yellow Spotted nicator, Rumped Tinker bird, Little greenbul, Green Breasted pitta, The Crowned eagle, Black Bee Eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk.

At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary, which is maintained by the local community. You will have the opportunities to see birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush pigs among others.

Day 3 - Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Gorilla Trek

Depart early morning for Bwindi for your gorilla trek. If seasons allow, you will drive through the Ishasha sector in search for the tree-climbing lions. Nowhere in Africa can you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low-limbed fig trees of Ishasha. This game drive will en route to some of the animals that you might have missed seeing while on your game drives in Kasenyi and Queens Mile. You will arrive in Bwindi in late afternoon.

Included excursions

  • Birding in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Visit to Fort Portal colonial town
  • Visit to Kanyankyu River camp
  • Visit to the chimp sanctuary in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Visit to the Uganda equator

Location

This safari will take place at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.

Food

The cost of the tour includes most meals. Please check in the program what meals are included with your choice of accommodation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All tour activities in the program
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • Chimp and gorilla permit
  • English speaking driver and guide
  • Full board meals
  • Park entrance and related fees
  • Private 4 x 4 ground transportation
  • Transfers from and to Entebbe International Airport (EBB)

What's not included

  • Accommodation in Kampala
  • Airfare
  • Departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry
  • Optional excursions
  • Other beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel and medical insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Travel Explore Africa Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 28% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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