Encounter chimps, gorillas & other primates on this 8days tour through Savannah plains and West African jungles as you navigate Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth, Kibale forest and Bwindi National Parks.
Tour duration:8 Days
Destinations visited:Entebbe, Kampala,KibaleForest, Queen Elizabeth & Bwindi National Parks.
Day 1: Arrival Uganda: Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, meet our representative, greet and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: To Kibale/ Community Walk
Today you will travel to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive through this lush green countryside is scenic. On arrival at Kibale forest; you will enter a completely different world… some serious monkey business!
In the afternoon,you’ll embark on a community excursion. Your community walk will take you through smallcommunities where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves and some beautiful scenery.
Day 3: Chimp Trekking/ Bigodi Swamp Walk
In the morning, your Chimpanzee tracking excursion will commence. Kibale Forest boasts of the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins- the Chimpanzees. At this moment, in Uganda, there are approximately 4,950 Chimps left in the wild, which makes this forest a perfect and best place to spot chimpanzees in Africa! During the excursion, your ranger will point out the other species living in the forest, including birds, flora and fauna.
Although you are here specifically to track Chimps, the forest is home to at least 12 Primate Species including: the Red Tailed Monkey, Olive Baboon, Black and White Colobus plus Blue Monkeys. The bird life in the forest is also prolific and includes the beautiful Great Blue Turaco. If you are very lucky, you may even catch a Glimpse of the meandering herd of Forest Elephant.
In the afternoon,you’ll embark on a nature excursion. Your swamp walk (1- 2 hours) will take you through grassland and some beautiful scenery. It is usual to spot 3 or 4 different primate species during this walkthrough the highlight is catching a glimpse of the Great Blue Turaco bird!
Day 4: To Bwindi
Today you transfer to Bwindi National Park the home of Mountain Gorillas. The drive to Bwindi will lead you through breath taking; ever green mountain country – deep to the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders of Rwanda. You will see a great country-side of bamboo forest and have great views of landscape. Check into your lodge for relaxation as you get ready for your big day tomorrow.
Day 5: Gorilla Tracking!!!
Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. You will be required to wake up early in the morning then be led to the visitor’s reception center for a briefing about the park. You are allocated guides before heading into the forest in search of Mountain Gorillas.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts of both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.
The Gorillas you will track belong to one of the nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the Gorillas’ habitat. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous Gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.
The time taken to track the Gorillas can take as little as 2 hours or more! Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Day 6: To Ishasha
Today, you’ll head outto the beautiful wilderness of Ishasha plains in the Southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park – which is the oldest & second largest National Park in Uganda and is located at the base of the massive Rwenzori Mountains, adjacent to lakes Edward& George, covered by Savannah plains that provide an abundance of Game viewing like; Elephants that trumpet when you get too close, lazy Leopards laying in the sun, abundant Gazelle and buck, Lions, Buffaloes, Hippos and others.
If you’re lucky, a game drive through the open savannah of Acacia on the edge of the Albertine Rift valley will enable you view ‘Tree climbing Lions’ and other wild animals.
Day 7: Game Drive/ Boat Cruise
After an early breakfast, you’ll head out for a game drive in time to see the sun rise. You will search for all the wildlife in the park; Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, Warthog, etc.
2:00 pm you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel- a natural channel which connects Lake Edward to Lake George. View Buffaloes, Elephants, Waterbucks, Crocodiles and the highest concentration of Hippos plus a variety of colourful species of Water birds like Crested Eagles, Pelicans and Cormorants – an Amazing diverse collection of the African animal Kingdom which comes to the waterhole to drink or bathe. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour
Optional Activity: Lion Tracking
For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the lions in the park, using locator devices you will learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology – and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. This will as well gives you a 95% chance to see the lions!
The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
Other experiential tourism activities currently available are; Mongoose Tracking,Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. Such nature excursions can be done in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. Costs $150 per person
Day 8: To Entebbe/Departure
Today depart for Entebbe from where you’ll catch your departure flight home.
En-route, you’ll have a stopover at the Uganda equator crossing for a requisite snap shot and some souvenir shopping or meals.
This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip- Thank you very much!!!
Validity: 04.01.2019 – 24.12.2019
Price (USD) Per Person Including 4×4 Jeep
I. If 1 pax traveling @US$$5,529
II. If 2 pax traveling @US$3,629
III. If 3 pax traveling @US$3,194
IV. If 4 pax traveling @US$2,847
V. If 5 pax traveling @US$2,741
VI. If 6 pax traveling @US$2,582
Price (USD) per Person including 4×4 Safari Minibus
I. If 1 pax traveling @US$$4,676
II. If 2 pax traveling @US$3,200
III. If 3 pax traveling @US$2,912
IV. If 4 pax traveling @US$2,629
V. If 5 pax traveling @US$2,571
VI. If 6 pax traveling @US$2,441
Please note: that the prices and the program can change due to availability or other unplanned conditions like road conditions, weather etc
Please observe our Additional checklist for Gorilla Tracking