6 Days Uganda Gorillas & Chimps Tour

Uganda Gorillas & Chimps Tour

Destinations: Entebbe | Kampala | Kibale Forest National park | Queen Elizabeth National Park Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Overview

This amazing adventure takes us to Bwindi ‘The Impenetrable Forest’ in Uganda’s mountainous far southwestern tip where you will have the opportunity to track Mountain Gorillas.

Uganda, "The Pearl of Africa" is a beautiful country filled with smiling faces and is not only home to some of the rarest primates in the world but is also rising to become one of the top safari destinations. This is the perfect itinerary for adventure and wildlife enthusiasts. You will have the unforgettable opportunity to view the mountain gorilla in its natural habitat at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and also encounter chimpanzees in Kibale National park

Highlights of this Safari

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest
  • Bigodi Swamp walk
  • Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth national Park
  • Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival In Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport you will be met by our Africa Sceneries representative who will transfer you by road to a guesthouse in Entebbe.

Overnight: The Boma Guest House /Karibu Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale National park.

Depart Kampala in the morning and head to Fort portal, we will drive West through farmlands, marshes and swamps seeing the beautiful countryside getting to Kibale in time for lunch.

After lunch we will shake off the drive with a walk to the Bigodi swamp. The Bigodi Swamp is a paradise for bird watchers. Skilled birders can spot up to fifty new species on a bird list. Today, 138 species of bird have been recognized within the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary and among the major bird species within the sanctuary is the grand Blue Turaco. The swamp also harbors several primates’ species like the red colobus monkey, baboon, black & white colobus monkey, blue monkey grey cheeked, mangabey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey and the L’Hoest monkey.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge/Crater Safari Lodge/ Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Meal plan: Full board

Day 3: Chimp tracking in Kibale National park

After breakfast, your guide will walk / drive you to Kanyanchu Tourist centre where you will get a brief about the Chimpanzee Tracking experience in Kibale Forest. Kibale Forest is home to habituated Chimpanzees and diverse wildlife. The park rangers lead us into the tropical rain forest where we will make our first encounter with our closest relative. We will spend around one hour with the chimps before we hike back out and then head to the camp .While tracking chimpanzees, also look out for other primates such as the Red-tailed monkey and grey, L’hoestes, Colobus, Blue cheeked Mangabey. There are also several bird species and butterflies within the forest. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon after go to Bigodi for a swamp walk.

After the tracking, equipped with a packed lunch you will drive towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is the most popular park in Uganda as it offers diverse ecosystems, classic big game, and 10 primate species and over 600 bird species. On arrival you will head to the Mweya peninsular for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Be sure to get the best seat on the boat, for this up close and informational tour taking in a variety of shore birds, while giving you a new perspective to view Elephants, Buffalo, Hippo and Crocodile from the water. After the cruise we will head to the lodge for the dinner.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Kasenyi Safari Camp/ Bush Lodge

Meal plan: Full board

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi

After breakfast drive to the Kasenyi sector for a game drive in the breeding grounds near the shores of Lake George. This is the primary area where Male Kob rut, battling one another for a mate. With all the action, Lions and Leopard are often unnoticed, which provides an exceptional opportunity for the predators to get within very close range of their prey. After the game drive we will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The drive takes you through the western rift valley escarpment also known as the Ishasha sector. You will stop here to conduct another brief game drive where with luck, tree climbing lions could be spotted on the fig trees. Proceed and arrive Bwindi Forest in the evening. Bwindi Forest is famous not only for the Mountain Gorillas but also a variety of primates such as the blue and red tailed monkeys.

Overnight: Mahogany Springs / Silverback Lodge/Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Park

We rise early for breakfast and head to the ranger station for a short briefing with our lead ranger about our trek. The trek can range from 30 minutes to 5 hours, before we come into close contact with the family. The rangers will lead you into the middle of the family where you will have up to 1 hour to enjoy this magical experience. The youngsters are often playful and can even be a little curious, venturing rather close to visitors. After our one hour is up we start our hike back to the ranger station, stopping to enjoy a packed lunch in the forest. We then head back to the lodge with our fond memories.

Overnight: Mahogany Springs / Silverback Lodge/Buhoma Community Haven Lodge

Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure for Kampala

Breakfast and then start the drive back to Kampala with a stopover in Mbarara for lunch. The drive takes us through some the agricultural areas and swamps as we drive north-east eventually meeting Lake Victoria. We will make a stop at the equator for some pictures and an opportunity to pick up some souvenirs from some of the local craftsmen. Stop over at particular spots for photo shots and at Mpambire drum makers before proceeding to Kampala where you will be dropped.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

End of Safari