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7 Days Gorilla Trek and Chimpanzee Safaris in Uganda

7 Days Gorilla Trek and Chimpanzee Safaris in Uganda

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Entebbe

Chimpanzees and Gorillas Safari in Uganda

Volcanoes Safaris offers a variety of unique wildlife safaris in Uganda and Rwanda, including this popular seven days Kyambura and Bwindi safari. This week-long trip to Uganda takes you through the open savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park through the game drives and cruises to the deep jungle of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the majestic mountain gorillas.

Highlights

  • Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge
  • Visit the tree-climbing lions region of in Ishasha
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Visit community projects in Kyambura and Bwindi
  • 6 breakfasts, six lunches, and six dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 7 activity days
  • English
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Kyambura Gorge Lodge

The eclectic contemporary Kyambura Gorge Lodge has been converted from an old coffee processing plant and has incredible views overlooking the Queen Elizabeth National Park, the mythical Mountains of the Moon in the far distance.

Bwindi Lodge

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge offers a truly unique jungle experience. Separated by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the gorillas themselves are frequent visitors to the finest lodge in Bwindi!

Day 1

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) where an Aerolink member of the staff will assist you with the check-in and transfer to your 07:45 a.m. with arrival at 10:05 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. with arrival at 14:35 p.m. domestic flight to Kasese. Please note that check-in time is one hour before the flight. Once in Kasese Airport (KSE), you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey.

You will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park at the Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the veranda that overlooks the savannah plains with the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains in the distance.

The journey will take approximately two hours flying and two hours driving. You will stay at Kyambura Gorge Lodge. The included meals are lunch and dinner.

Day 2

You can either take an early morning or evening game drive for the best opportunity to see game. What you see depends on the season, but the Kasenyi plains are excellent for sighting lions and large herds of Ugandan kobs. The Mweya peninsula is one of the best places to look for leopards, which live in the dense, scrubby thickets.

You can also visit various community projects from the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) including a women’s coffee cooperative tour, a reclaimed wetland tour, a bee-keeping fence visit, a Omumushaka dance group performance, or a visit to the Empundu playground, and much more.

You will stay at Kyambura Gorge Lodge. The included meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3

The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of the closest animal relatives, the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting.

In the afternoon you will take a cruise on the Kazinga channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo, and other animals come to drink at the water's edge. The channel is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle.

You will stay at Kyambura Gorge Lodge. The included meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4

Your safari now continues to the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. You will be travelling via Ishasha - subject to road conditions - so that you can observe the unusual behaviour exhibited by the tree-climbing lions. The long journey through the rapidly changing landscape takes you to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, which looks across the towering trees of the forest. Depending on when you arrive, there maybe time to explore the lodge grounds with its clear mountain stream or visit the local village.

You can also visit the Bwindi bar, a Volcanoes Safari Partnership Trust project, located just three minutes from the lodge. They serve chilled drinks and delicious snacks at pocket friendly prices. A few minutes at Bwindi bar will give you an insight in what life in Bwindi community is like.

The journey will take approximately six hours driving. You will stay at Bwindi Lodge. The included meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5

After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off for gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills, and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day. Alternatively there are other activities and excursions on offer in and around the national park. You can take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies, and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities and the knowledgeable guide will provide a great insight into this globally important habitat.

You may as well walk through the local village, and learn about community life and Bwindi Community Hospital that started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people. Also, you can take a tour of the local tea processing operation at the lodge which enables guests to see the various different methods for tea growing and at the end of the tour taste some of the locally-grown tea! The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust supports both projects.

Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.

You will stay at Bwindi Lodge. The included meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6

You may either go gorilla tracking again, case in which an additional permit is required, upon payment of supplement, and subject to availability, or opt for one of the other, gentler but equally rewarding alternatives available as above.

You will stay at Bwindi Lodge. The included meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7

Today you will be transferred from Bwindi lodge to the Kihihi airstrip. From here you will leave to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) with the 09:45 a.m. flight and arrive at 11:25 a.m. or you can leave at 14:05 p.m. and arrive at 15:55 p.m. This way you will be able to connect in time for your return flight. Please book return flights departing after 08:00 p.m.

The journey will take approximately two hours flying and two hours driving. The included meal of the day is breakfast.

  • Birding trip
  • Boat cruises on the Kazinga Channel
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Visit to community projects in Kyambura and Bwindi
  • Visit to Ishasha to see the tree-climbing lions

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a large primeval forest located in southwestern Uganda in the Kanungu District. The forest is one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth, where half the world's population of the highly endangered mountain gorillas live in its jungles. The forest has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site for its biological significance.

Ishasha

Ishasha is a town in the Kanungu District in the Western Region of Uganda. The Ishasha sector is notably recognized for its resident tree climbing lions that are an exceptional attraction and one among the highlights on all safaris taken within Queen Elizabeth National park.

Kazinga Channel

The Kazinga Channel in Uganda is a wide, 32 kilometres (20 miles) long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George, and a dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The channel attracts a varied range of animals and birds, with one of the world's largest concentration of hippos and numerous Nile crocodiles.

Kyambura Gorge

The stunning Kyambura (or Chambura) Gorge also called the “Valley of Apes” is located in the far eastern corner of the well- known Queen Elizabeth National Park in south western Uganda. The landscape is among the most impressive you will find in Uganda and it is swarmed a rich wildlife bio-diversity that comprises of primates, wild animals as well as birds.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is in western Uganda, spanning the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Bushenyi, and Rukungiri.This park includes the Maramagambo Forest and borders the Kigezi Game Reserve, the Kyambura Game Reserve, and the Kibale National Park in Uganda, and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This park is known for its wildlife, including Cape buffaloes, hippopotami, crocodiles, elephants, leopards, Congo lions, and chimpanzees. It is home to 95 species of mammal and over 500 species of birds.

During the safari tour, you have included in the price six breakfasts, six lunches, and six dinners.

  • 6 breakfasts, six lunches, and six dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Birding
  • Boat cruises on the Kazinga Channel
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Visit to community projects in Kyambura and Bwindi
  • Visit the tree-climbing Lions in Ishasha
  • Drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.
  • International air fares and entry visa
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation
  • Personal medical and travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). An Aerolink member of the staff will assist you with the check-in and transfer to your domestic flight to Kasese, check-in time is one hour before the flight. Once in Kasese Airport (KSE), you will be welcomed by Volcanoes Safaris guide.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.