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7 days Safari | Gorilla & Chimps trekking and Wildlife in Uganda
This is an ultimate Primate and Wildlife Safari in Uganda for 7 days. The safari will start in Kampala, continue to Kibale National park for Chimpanzee trekking, Queen Elizabeth national park for wildlife and Bwindi impenetrable national park for Mountain Gorilla trekking.
The parks to be visited
Kibale Forest National Park
This is the home of primates in Africa, Here you find 12 primate species including; Chimpanzees, L'Hoest Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Black and White Colobus monkey, Red Colobus monkey, Olive Baboon, Thick-tailed bushbaby, Lesser Galago, Coppery-tailed monkey, Blue monkey, Vervet monkey to mention.
The national park is also a heaven for Bird enthusiasts. This park is blessed with over 500 bird species.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National park in a ecological wonder. This park is blessed with multitude of wildlife, birds, crater lakes, fresh water lakes, hot springs. The park offers so much to explore, wildlife include; the Big Four (Lions, Elephant, Buffalo and Leopard), Hyena, Hippos, Uganda Kob, Topi and so much more.
The park also has 2 fresh water lakes, Lake Edward and Lake George and these 2 lake are connected by the Kazinga channel. A boat ride on this channel gives an opportunity to spot many bird species including; Kingfishers, fish eagles, Pelicans, African spoon bill, African darters etc.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi National park is a home to more than Half of the remaining mountain Gorillas, the others being habituated in Mgahinga Gorilla park, Volcanoes National park in Rwanda and Virunga in Congo. This park is famous for Gorilla trekking and Habituation. Gorilla trekking aside, it is also blessed with bird species, forest elephants which can be seen on a lucky day and other primate species as well.
- Day 1: Journey to Kibale National Park and Swamp/Community walk
- Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking
- Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park and evening Game drive
- Day 4: Morning Game drive and Boat ride on Kazinga Channnel
- Day 5: Tree climbing lions and journey to Bwindi Impenetrable national park
- Day 6: Gorilla trekking
- Day 7: Transfer back to Kampla/Entebbe
Day 1: meet and drive to Kibale Forest via Fort portal
In the morning, you will be picked from point of your convenience(hotel) by our driver guide. Start on a 5 hours journey to Kibale forest national park via big towns of Mubende and Kyenjojo before entering Fort Portal town, a very green town covered by tea and banana plantations.
The beautiful scenery over seeing the mountain of the moon (Rwenzori), is a good opportunity for a photo break at your convenience.
Arrive at the lodge for lunch, rest and later go for a Community/ Swamp walk. A very good interesting walk offering a lot; from the locals attending to their crops, primates such as black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkey, red colobus monkeys, to mention but a few, also many bird species are present too.
Day 2: Chimpanzees Tracking and other primates experiencel
After a early morning breakfast, you will drive to Kanyachu visitor centre for briefing before being led into the forest by a Ranger guide from Uganda Wildlife Authority for chimpanzee tracking which is the highlight of the safari. Walking through the rain forest is amazing, other primates that can be seen are; Red tailed monkeys, Black and white Colobus monkeys, Grey checked Mangabey, though they keep a reasonable distance from the chimpanzee.
Finding the Chimps you will have an hour with them before returning to the Hot lunch with optional crater walk in the afternoon.
Day 3: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Parkl
After breakfast, depart for Queen Elizabeth national park. Another scenic drive on the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori seeing Glaciations’ on a clear day, Banana bicycles, Tomato plantations, Cotton, Tea. Pass through Kasese Town, a very famous copper mining town during the colonial era. On arriving at the lodge, we check in and have lunch Lunch.
An evening game drive for a chance of seeing Lions, Leopard, Uganda kob, Elephants, Buffaloes, and abundance of bird life. Return to the lodge for dinner.
Day 4 : Game drive and boat ride on Kazinga channell
With packed breakfast, you set off for a morning game drive in Kasenyi open area for active game viewing. You might get lucky of seeing Lions in action.
But a sun rise in wilderness is wonderful, more animals are very active at this time like Hyenas walking back to their dens offering a great experience. Return to the lodge for lunch.
In the evening we go for a Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This boat ride is very worth as it brings you close to the water birds, like Kingfishers, fish eagles, Pelicans, African spoon bill, African darters, reptiles like Nile crocodiles, and monitor lizards are often seen. In addition to plenty of Buffalos, Elephants and Hippos. Return to the lodge for dinner.
Day 5 : Tree climbing Lions and transfer to Bwindil
After an early breakfast, you drive to Ishasha the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. The 2 hour drive is very adventurous as you get to see more wildlife as we go through maramagambo forest, the largest rain forest in Uganda.
A game drive in Ishasha will present you a chance of seeing the famous Tree climbing Lions, Topis, Hyenas, Leopard, Elephants, Buffaloes and a true wild landscape. This section is so close to CONGO at the river camp and Lunch will be served here. Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park driving through hills and mountains of terraced land for local agriculture.
On arriving, we check in the lodge have Dinner and rest awaiting Gorilla trekking the following day.
Day 6 : Gorilla trekking in Bwindil
Today is the gorilla trekking day. After breakfast, you will assemble at the park offices where groups are allocated. A ranger guide will be assigned and armed officers to protect you as you make the trek in the forest. The ranger uses radio communication to know the exact location of the Gorillas.
Upon finding the gentle giants, spend a good quality hour with them as they feed, young ones playing about and take naps.
We then trek back out of the forest and the proceed to the Lodge for dinner having completed the highlight of the trip.
Day 7: Transfer back to Kampala/Entebbel
In the morning you will have breakfast before starting a 9 hour journey back to Kampala or Entebbe for your flight back. An amazing scenic drive through the rolling terraced hills of the Switzerland of Africa. Lunch on the way and a must stop at the equator, for refreshments, stretching, and buying souvenirs in remembrance of Uganda.
- Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale
- Chimpanzee Habituaion in Kibale
- Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park-> Trip Advisor
Accommodation (Hotels and Lodges around the Tourist Sites)
The accommodation depends on your Budget. Here is a list of Lodges around the Tourist site.
- Accommodation Around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park -> Trip Advisor
- Accommodation Around Queen Elizabeth national park
- Accommodation Around Kibale National Park -> Trip Advisor
What You need for Trekking and Tracking
- Water: Gorilla trekking can be very tiresome and you need to refill your tank as the trek goes on. It is advisable to park a few water filtration tablets before you come for the trek.
- Boots: You will need good waterproof comfortable shoes. Some times it rains during the trek, so skid proof shoes can come in handy.
- Rain Jacket: You are advised to carry rain jacket because if rains very often in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
- Snack: You can carry a light snack to give you some energy during the walk in the forest
- Trouser and Shirts Bwindi forest is covered with thick undergrowth, therefore light trousers and long sleeved shirts are advised.
- Socks: You will have to tuck in the trousers into the socks to avoid insects crawling inside.
- Gloves: You will need Gardening gloves because you will be grabbing tree branches, leaves, name it, and some can be thorny.
- Camera: Carry a good camera (no flash for gorillas) to capture this lifetime experience
What is included in the 7 day Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking Itinerary
- Airport Transfers
- 6 nights accommodation around National Parks
- Meals: Day 1- L.D, (Day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) - B.L.D, Day 7 - B.L
Note: L= Lunch, D= Dinner, B= breakfast
- Bottled Water
- Chimpanzee Tracking Permit
- Gorilla Trekking Permit
- Queen Elizabeth national park entry fees
- Experienced English speaking Driver
- 4X4 Safari car for Transportation
What is excluded in the Itinerary
- Tips for Driver and Guides
- Air tickets
- Drinks from the Accommodation
- Anything not discussed during the initial meeting
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