5 days Chimpanzees and gorilla safaris in Uganda

5 -Day Chimps, Gorillas & Lions

Uganda’s best primate tour!

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5 Days Chimpanzees and gorilla safaris in Uganda.

Overview.

The 5 days Chimpanzees and gorilla safaris in Uganda gives ultimate encounter with 2 most endangered primates in the world, mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.

The package includes chimpanzee racking experience in Kibale Forest and mountain gorilla trekking in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable national park. All coupled with priceless views of the countryside.

Safari highlights.

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala – Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale forest national park.

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest.

Day 5: Transfer from Kibale forest to Kampala.

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Day 1: Transfer from Kampala - Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Start this 5 Days chimpanzee and gorilla safari in Uganda with an early breakfast in Kampala, before setting off to Bwindi impenetrable national park for an inclusive gorilla trekking tour.

The journey covers between 9-10 hours with 2 stopovers, one at the Equator in Mpigi and the other at Igongo cultural Centre for sumptuous lunch near Mbarara town.

Proceed south westwards to Bwindi impenetrable national park after lunch, and traverse the terraced hills of Kigezi, dubbed the “Switzerland of Africa” and the rolling hills of Ntungamo, dotted with numerous herds of cattle grazing along the road.

This spectacular drive leads up to the lodge, where you will spend the night.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge

Midrange: Ichumbi gorilla lodge / Bakiga Lodge

Budget: Gorilla Haven’s Lodge / Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

After breakfast at the lodge, with your packed lunch, mineral water, and other hiking requirements, proceed to the briefing point at 08:00 hours. Here the park rangers will explain the Do’s and Don’ts of gorilla trekking encounter and regulations to observe in order to have a successful trek.

Gorilla tracking is so unpredictable, and seeing gorillas is not guaranteed, however with experienced guides who have lived in the forest for decades they can always locate where to find them.

It is apparently hard to foresee the trekking time, but normally ranges between 2-8 hours, and one should be ready and able to walk a long distance through foggy and steep jungles, sometimes with rain overhead.

But the face-face encounter with the mighty gorillas is all worth the struggle to find them; be sure your camera doesn’t have flash light and take as many pictures as possible.

They are shy animals, so you are advised not to stare at them directly into their eyes, as they may charge. Sit, squat or stand as your guides narrate stories, history and science behind these endangered apes.

After one hour of this epic encounter, stroll back with all the exhaustion, filled with breathtaking memories and retreat to the lodge and have a relaxed afternoon while enjoying the cool breeze of Bwindi impenetrable forest.

Optional activities; Nature / Forest walks, primate watching in the forest, Batwa community visits, Birding tours, etc.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge

Midrange: Ichumbi gorilla lodge / Bakiga Lodge

Budget: Gorilla Haven’s Lodge / Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale forest national park.

Morning pick up from the lodge in Bwindi national park and transfer to Kibale forest national park. The most renowned protected area for primates in Uganda and Africa. Kibale is referred to as the “Primate capital of the world”.

Traverse the Kigezi highlands through to Kasese and enjoy the breathtaking views of the jagged Rwenzori mountains.

Proceed to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Primate Lodge / Papaya Lodge

Midrange: Kyaninga Royal cottages / Kibale Forest Camp

Budget: Rwenzori View Guest House

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest.

Wake up to the soothing breezes of Kibale tropical forest and take breakfast. Depart from the lodge, travel to Kibale forest national park; the most famous destination for primates in Uganda and Africa. Kibale is dubbed the Primate capital of the world.

Arrive just in time to check in at the lodge, and spend the whole evening relaxing.

Optional activities in the afternoon include; Bigodi wetland / community walk, bird watching, Crater Lake visits, cultural tour in Fort Portal, Cycling, etc.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Primate Lodge / Papaya Lodge

Midrange: Kyaninga Royal cottages / Kibale Forest Camp

Budget: Rwenzori View Guest House

Day 5: Transfer from Kibale forest to Kampala.

Start the last day with an early breakfast at the lodge, and check out. Pass through the scenic crater – dotted region with breathtaking views of tea and eucalyptus plantations.

Drive straight through Mubende and Mityana districts up to Kampala city, at the lodge or drop off at Entebbe airport to catch your departure flight.

End of safari.

Price inclusions.

  • Gorilla permits.
  • Chimpanzee permits
  • 4WD Vehicle and all ground transfers
  • Park entry fees
  • A professional English speaking guide.
  • Drinking water in the van
  • Accommodation and meals
  • All activities as per your itinerary

Exclusions

  • Visas and all international flights
  • Any activity mentioned as optional
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks and other drinks.
  • Accommodation and meals in Kampala
  • Souvenirs
  • Any other activity not mentioned in the itinerary

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refunded if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before arrival.
  • Balance should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Min: 2 Travelers
Start/End: Kampala
Duration: 5 Days
Activity: Game drives, Boat cruise, Chimpanzee tracking, Gorilla tracking, nature walk
Destinations: Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale National Park

Why Book with us?

  • Safari Departs any date
  • Unbeatable prices
  • Authentic safari experience
  • Tailor-made safari packages
  • Accommodation and meals inclusive
  • Professional guides
  • Life changing travel experiences

Best time to go

The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely.

Uganda Gorilla Permits costs

Uganda gorilla permits cost $600 and Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500. These have to be acquired months before your trip to be assured of viewing the mountain gorillas. Read more about booking gorilla permits.

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