Enjoy your days in this Gorilla safari with visits to Uganda Wildlife Education Center, Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Budongo forest, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Wild Discoveries Safaris organizes safaris into affordable but remarkable and unforgettable packages available in both budget and luxury editions. They aim to promote ecotourism and conservation in Uganda and other parts of East Africa
Depending on your chosen package, you will have two accommodation options:
From day 3 to 4, you will be accommodated in Kibale forest camp (self-contained tents) or Chimpanzee guesthouse and bandas (self-contained bandas). From day 5 to 6, you will be accommodated in Queen Elizabeth bush lodge (eco-friendly self-contained tents). From day 7 to 8, you will be accommodated in Buhoma community rest camp or Wagtail eco-safari camp. And on day 9, you will be accommodated in Entebbe Central Inn or Kampala backpackers.
From day 3 to 4, you will be accommodated in Ndali lodge or Primate lodge in luxury tents. From day 5 to 6, you will be accommodated in Mweya safari lodge or Jacana safari lodge. From day 7 to 8, you will be accommodated in Silverback lodge, Buhoma lodge, or Lake Kitandara tented camp. And on day 9, Boma guest house, Imperial botanical beach hotel, Acassia lodge, or Lake Victoria hotel.
Wild Discoveries Safaris' guide will warmly welcome you on arrival at the Entebbe International Airport (EBB) or at your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala. For the former, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about you safari by the guide. Depending on the time of arrival, you are advised to have your money changed on this day and you may also have the chance to visit Kampala city, about one hour drive from Entebbe.
After breakfast, you will visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC), and thereafter proceed to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary (CSWCT). Set on the shores of Lake Victoria. UWEC is formerly the Entebbe Zoo which exists to educate the public on conservation of wildlife with emphasis on the young generation.
It boasts of a wide variety of indigenous wildlife species housed in semi-natural settings depicting three of Uganda’s ecosystems: wetland, savannah, and forests. The animals include chimpanzees, rhinos, lions, giraffes, leopards, and a wide range of free ranging birds among others. CSWCT provides orphaned chimpanzees a secure home to live while educating visitors and local communities about these remarkable species, and the importance of conserving their fragile forest habitats.
You shall be provided an informative talk by the sanctuary staff, view either a morning or afternoon feeding of chimps, swimming on the equator, view a neighboring fishing village, bird watching and other wildlife encounters, or just sunbathe and relax.
Early morning, you will drive to Kibale Forest National Park. Lunch will be served in Fort Portal, a town named after a British special commissioner for Uganda, Sir Gerald Portal, whose statue graces the main road of the town. Thereafter, you will proceed to your overnight accommodation.
You will start this day with chimpanzee trekking at 08:00. The trekking takes about four hours, during which you may also get a chance to see ten other primates and several bird and butterfly species. Kibale tropical forest is home to a number of forest wildlife, most notably 13 species of primates, including chimpanzees, and 375 species of birds. After trekking, you will have lunch and then visit Bigodi wetland, a community-based project.
Early morning, you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will travel through Fort Portal and reach Mweya Peninsula in Queen Elizabeth National park at about midday, with a magnificent view over Kazinga channel. You will check in at your accommodation, have lunch, and in the late afternoon, you will go on a two-hour launch cruise on the Kazinga channel where you will view animals and birds along the waters.
Very early in the morning after breakfast, you will go for a three to four hour chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable, but the walk is enchanting. Alternately, one can go for a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest to see other primates and visit the Blue Lake. In the afternoon, you will take a game drive to Kasenyi Kob mating ground.
After breakfast, you will head towards the south, passing the southern sector of the national park. This part is called Ishasha sector and is famous for the tree climbing lions. While driving through a verdant countryside, you will pass traditional homesteads and enjoy panoramic views. In the afternoon, you will arrive at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. You will have dinner and overnight stay at your selected lodge.
You will head to the briefing point at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park headquarters and from here, you will be briefed about the do's and don’ts while in the jungle forest with the gentle giants. You will be provided with walking sticks and you are also advised to have your lunch packed with enough drinking water. The gorillas share with humans 95% of their genes and staring into their pondering eyes is as overwhelming as it is awesome.
After tracking, you will travel back to the lodge, relax, dine, and have an overnight stay.
You will take a cup of coffee or tea before you start your return journey to Kampala. Lunch will be served in Mbarara town, thereafter have a stopover at the equator and proceed to Entebbe for the night.
This safari will take place in Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.
You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your meals are included in the price.
Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Wild Discoveries Safaris will pick you up from the airport.