Overview

This 5 days Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking safari will take you to Kibale Forest National Park, one of the most beautiful tropical forests in the whole of East Africa. Here you will be able to get up close with man’s closest cousins – the endangered chimpanzee and later you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park- west across the Albertine Rift Valley for another thrilling activity-trekking Uganda’s mountain gorillas. And most importantly, this safari takes you to meet mans’ closest relative. Here you will also have an opportunity to view the terrain of the forest, the plant, animal life 

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Rumara safaris guide will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Kampala / Entebbe and together you will drive to Kibale National Park that has been nick named the primate capital of the world with the stars being the chimpanzees. You will have lunch in Fort portal and then proceed to Kibale for relaxation as you prepare for your adventure 

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

After your early morning breakfast, your driver guide will pick you up and drive you up to the park head office for a morning briefing session from Uganda Wildlife Authority officials. From here you will set off for a morning chimpanzee trekking inside the vast jungles of Kibale, a home for large wildlife most especially 13 species of primate coupled with Chimpanzees. With the tracker, you come across chimpanzees, swinging from tree to tree, others nesting in the trees and making pat hoots (Their way of communication). These chimpanzees are habituated and a bit comfortable with human presence but will go about their lives. You will spend one hour with them and then return to the lodge for lunch as you prepare to set off to Bwindi later in the afternoon. After your delicious lunch, your driver guide will pick you up and together you will start your journey to Bwindi whereby you will arrive in the late afternoon. You will check in at the lodge, relax in the evening, and have dinner.

Day 3: Do gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening relaxation and overnight

After breakfast, you will gather at the respective park headquarters for a briefing at 08:00 and eventually start your gorilla trekking encounter. You will follow the trails of your respective gorilla family traversing the forest with in hilly forested landscapes and deep saddles. The hills are forested with mature trees and dense undergrowth that have earned it the name, impenetrable. During Uganda gorilla tracking, trackers are advised to carry the raincoats as well as the boots since the weather is always unpredictable.

There are also porters who carry the luggage on behalf of the guests at a small cost. Getting one is highly recommended. Once you come face to face with these awesome gorillas, the rangers will also guide you on how to handle them most especially by giving them a six-meter distance as you play around with them. Kindly note that it’s also not so easy to predict the time to be taken while trekking and this will mainly depend on the location of some families since some stay really far from the headquarters.

The gorilla trekking encounter tends to last two to eight hours inclusive of a one-hour direct encounter with them. Seeing the critically endangered apes as they forage, socialize, the young gorillas rolling themselves on tree branches, and the silverback demonstrating his authority is a moment of wonder that derives remarkable excitement. After the trek, you will go back to the headquarters for your gorilla trekking permits and then transfer to Bunyonyi for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi boat trip

Today after a hearty breakfast, you will be driven to Lake Bunyonyi, a very photogenic lake found between Kabale and Kisoro. On your way to the lake, you will have great scenery views. Lake Bunyonyi which in the local language means a lake with many little birds is rumored to be the second deepest lake in Africa and it is the deepest in Uganda. It is safe for swimming since it is bilharzia free and has no animals. The lake is endowed with 29 islands.You will get to the lodge, have lunch and after lunch you will go for a guided motorized boat trip on the lakes, learning about the different Islands that include the punishment island and the history of the area. You will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 5: Transfer back to Entebbe/ Kampala

After having and early breakfast, you will check-out and start your journey back to Kampala passing through rolling hills with terraces and also you will have a great time viewing the lush vegetation of the different areas you will go through.

You will have lunch in Mbarara and another stop will be at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to take fascinating photos. Also feel free to buy some crafts and souvenirs. You will then continue arriving Entebbe/ Kampala late in the afternoon. Your driver/guide will drop you off to your hotel or at the airport to catch your flight. And that will mark the end of your wonderful Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking safari.

Inclusions

  • Transportation by a 4wd fuelled vehicle
  • Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary
  • One chimpanzee trekking permit per person
  • One gorilla trekking permit per person
  • Services of an English speaking driver/ guide
  • En route lunches
  • Other mentioned activity fees
  • Bottled drinking water

Exclusions

  • Entry Visa fees
  • Other beverages/ drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips for guides and souvenirs
  • Telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal travel or health insurances
  • All other expenses of personal nature

Interested in this safari?

  •  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.

Why Choose Us?

  • Trip Departs any date
  • Best prices
  • Authentic Uganda safari experience
  • Tailor-made safari packages
  • Accommodation and meals inclusive
  • Professional guides
  • Group discounts available

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