5 Days Gorillas and Chimps Safarifrom
5 Days Gorillas and Chimps Safari gets you to a stunning Primate trek Safari experience in the most visited jungles of Africa that stand as old as 100 years described by old ancient trees covered in Mist, with Kalinzu forest and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park renowned for Chimpanzee tracking Safari and Gorilla trekking Safari respectively
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Large Group
Day 1: Fly to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Fly from the Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi in the north of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Upon reaching Kihihi, our guide will transfer you to the lodge. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore the local communities that live adjacent to the forest. After dinner, retire for the night, lulled to sleep by the sounds of one of Africa’s most incredible natural environments.
– Buhoma Gorilla Haven (Budget) / Mahogany Springs Lodge in Northern Bwindi
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Go for mountain gorilla trekking, one of the most exciting wildlife safari experiences in the world. The Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi are part of a worldwide population of just 700 individuals. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of three habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild.
The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany us on our tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts.
Because of this, the time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours before one returns to camp. Once the gorillas are located, our group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. This is one of the world’s truly memorable experiences – a look into one of these magnificent creatures’ eyes brings home the bond that exists between them and us. It also brings home the poignant fact that they are on the edge of extinction, and that our presence here contributes to ensuring their continued survival. Tracking the mountain gorillas is an awe inspiring experience and as you come across them in their forest surroundings all thought of fatigue disappear! The hour is often over all too quickly, and we slowly make our way back to camp to recount the day’s adventures.
Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp (F/B)
Day 3: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a rich bio diverse area in Uganda. Today we will stay in the Ishasha Sector, a place known for hosting the tree climbing lions. Ishasha sector is dominated by acacia woodland and scrubland and features the meandering Ishasha River, banked by a riparian forest. Have an evening game drive to catch with the late grazers that normally feed in the evening. Try to look out for the tree climbing lions that hang within the fig trees as they always shelter from the hot sun. Overnight at Ishasha Jungle Lodge (Midrange) / Ishasha Wilderness Camp (Luxury)
Day 4: Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth NP
Go for a morning game drive in the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park as we travel to Mweya. Have lunch at Mweya. Look out for interesting wildlife that include elephants, buffaloes, hyena etc. The Ishasha sector is dominated by acacia woodland and scrubland and features the meandering Ishasha River, banked by a riparian forest.
After picnic lunch, drive to Mweya. Enroute, you are likely to meet grazing hippos, elephants, lions, spotted hyenas and leopards, bushbuck, waterbuck and stripped jackal and of-course the several warthogs. Overnight at Park View safari Lodge or Buffalo Safari Lodge (Midrange) / Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking in Queen Elizabeth NP
Early breakfast. Go for chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge, a renowned place that host the wild chimpanzees. After lunch, go for a 2 Hour Boat Cruise along the Kazinga water channel, a water channel that connects Lake Edward to Lake George. You are likely to meet grazing hippos, elephants,, bushbuck, waterbuck and stripped jackal and of-course the several warthogs. The evening will be at leisure. Dinner and overnight. Relax at the lodge. Overnight at Buffalo Safari Lodge (Midrange) / Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Day 6: Fly Back to Entebbe
This morning you will carry out a game drive looking for wildlife including elephants, leopard, hyena, and many more that inhabit this park. After game drive, transfer to the Mweya Airstrip from where you will catch a flight back to Entebbe. The return flight from Mweya is another highlight of this trip. The huge vistas that open up on our one-and-a-half-hour journey belie Uganda’s small size. Drop off at the hotel in Entebbe.
End of the Tour
- Park fees(For non-residents)
- Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
- Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
- All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
- Drinking water (On all days)
- International flights(From/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Meet your safari guide and drive out of Kampala in the morning for the start of your Gorillas & Chimps safari. Make a stop at the equator to get the experience of standing with one foot on either side of the southern- and northern hemisphere. Continue on to the town of Mbarara for lunch before the final part of the journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Have a relaxed evening enjoyig the view from the lodge.
Chimps trekking in Kalinzu forest and boat-cruise
In the morning your guide takes you to Kalinzu forest for you chimps treking experience. You have a walk in beautiful jungle and meeting with the chimps ahead of you. When you get back from the trek your guide takes you to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon it is time for the boat-cruise on Kazinga channel. This two hour boat ride lets you look for hippos, crocodiles, elephants and birds by the shores.
Tree-climbing lions and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Set off for the Ishasha part of Queen Elizabeth national park after breakfast. Ishasha is known for tree-climbing lions and the game-drive here lets you look for them as well as see topis and buffaloes. After the game-drive you continue the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable national park, the home of the mountain gorillas.
Gorilla trekking day
Your guide will take you to the starting point of the gorilla trekking in the morning and you set of for your adventure. The trek takes you through the jungle up to the point where the gorillas are and you get to spent one hour with them. When you are back from the gorilla trekking your guide takes you to the stunningly beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.
Transfer to Kampala
After breakfast you start the journey back to Kampala. Make a stop along the way for lunch in Mbarara or Masaka depending on time. You have now reached the end of your Gorilla & Chimps safari and your guide drops you in Kampala/Entebbe.
- Main Destination: Entebbe (City)
- Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
- Meals & Drinks:
Bunyonyi View Resort: Budget resort located in or near Lake Bunyonyi
Elephant Hab Lodge: Mid-range lodge bordering Queen Elizabeth NP without fences
Elephant Hab Lodge: Mid-range lodge bordering Queen Elizabeth NP without fences
Gorilla Mist Camp: Mid-range lodge bordering Bwindi NP without fences
You have already paid for your gorilla tour, gorilla permits, transport and accommodation. The next very important thing is to make sure that you have packed the right gorilla trekking gear for your gorilla safari. Gorilla trekking clothes are the same for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park as well as Volcanoes National Park So, the next question to be answered is what to pack for a gorilla trek. What we have advised below is for gorilla trekking but if your gorilla tour combined with wildlife safaris you might need more. Please contact Encounter Africa Safaris for more details.
One of the most important items that should be included in your gorilla trekking gear are hiking boots. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and Volcanoes National Park involves trekking/hiking in search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Because of the nature of the forest plus the altitude and terrain, you need light weight hiking boots for this activity. Hiking boots are must as you decide on what to pack for your gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Rwanda’s volcanoes National Park.