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5 days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking (Uganda Safari)

This trip brings you an encounter with the world endangered mountain Gorillas and our close cousins the Chimpanzees in the forests of Bwindi and Kibale.
Bwindi Impenetrable National park is home to half of the remaining mountain Gorillas in the World today and that’s why it is a popular Tourist destination in the World today.

Kibale forest National Park is also called the home of Chimpanzees in Africa, however, there are also many other primates (12 more species) such as; Coppery-tailed money, Blue monkey, Vervet monkey, Black and White colobus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Red colobus monkey, Olive Baboon, Thick-tailed bushbaby, Lesser Galago, to mention but a few also forest Elephants on a lucky day.

For Bird watching enthusiast, this is one of the best tour there is in the world. The two forests of Kibale and Bwindi are blessed with multitude of bird species (over 500) that you can’t find anywhere else.

With a good scenic landscape, large Tea and Banana plantations, beautiful explosion crater lakes and top of the world view makes the tour spectacular and adventurous.



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Safari highlights

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest
  • Other primate tracking; Coppery-tailed money, Blue monkey, Vervet monkey, Black and White colobus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Red colobus monkey, Olive Baboon, etc
  • Birding in Bigodi swamp; great blue turaco, Black and White casqued hornbill, White browed coucal, Ross’s turaco etc
  • Game viewing through queen Elizabeth national park
  • Gorilla trekking bwindi
  • Birding in bwindi impenetrable forest



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The Safari is an ultimate Primate and Birding Safari, the best there is and it is suitable for those with limited time but want to have a Primate and Bird watching experience in Uganda.

Day 1: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

You meet our driver guide in the morning at your hotel/residence and start on an average 5 hour journey to Kibale forest national park passing through major towns of Mityana, Mubende and Kyenjojo before being welcomed to fort portal by green cover of large Tea plantations. Women and men picking tea presents a good photography opportunity.

We continue to the Lodge for lunch and in the afternoon we go for a Swamp walk at Bigodi wetland sanctuary, an adventurous nature walk for wildlife and community interraction.
Here 4 primate species are available at this sanctuary and over 280 bird species including; the great blue turaco, Black and White casqued hornbill, White browed coucal, Ross’s turaco, grew backed fiscal, African paradise flycatcher, to mention but a few. Return to the lodge for dinner.

activities
  • Drive to Kibale
  • Bigodi Swamp walk for bird watching and Primate hunting
  • Community interaction

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner


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Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking

After an early breakfast, you drive to Kanyanchu briefing centre for registration, briefing, grouping and getting a ranger guide who will lead a group of a maximum of 6 people into the forest for Chimpanzee Tracking.
The length of this activity depends on the availability of fruits and food for the Chimpanzee but an average of 4 hours. Spend an hour with our close cousins before getting out of the forest for lunch, and a restful evening. With options of a village walk or a crater lake exploration walk.

Activities
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Village walk
  • Crater lake exploration

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Forest through Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. You see people attending to their farms and garden, passing through big plantation of banana, cotton, maize and sunflowers when they are in season.


The drive takes you through big industrialized town of Hima for Cement and Kasese for Copper before crossing to the southern hemisphere. A welcome sign to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Passing through Queen Elizabeth en-route toBwindi is a Game drive its self. A lot of game can be seen, such as; Elephants, Buffalos, Uganda kob, among others.

We reach at the lodge in or near Bwindi forest in the afternoon, we have lunch, with option of doing a community walk in the evening.

Activities
  • Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • community walk
  • Game Viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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Day 4: Gorilla Trekking Bwindi in Forest

After an early breakfast, you get the park offices. This where the Gorilla groups are allocated and after a general briefing, a Uganda wildlife ranger guide with two armed escorts will lead you in to the forest for the Trek.
Equipped with enough drinking water, you are good to go, because the tracking can sometimes be long and tough, however, meeting the calm giants will heal the distance wounds.
Spend an hour with the mountain Gorillas and return after the success of mountain gorilla tracking in the Impenetrable Forests of Bwindi.

Activities
  • Gorilla Trekking

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Day 5: Drive back to Kampala/Entebbe

After breakfast, you will embark on 8-9 hour drive to Kampala or Entebbe, driving through terraced hills and mountains makes an over whelming feeling toward the local people who are able to cultivate on the steep slopes.
A lunch break in Mbarara “the land of milk” and a sight of the indigenous Ankole long horned cattle, continue to the Equator with the reminder that you are crossing back to the Northern hemisphere.
This is a good place to buy Ugandan Souvenirs and a cup of coffee. Your destination from here is 1-2 hrs away.

Activities
  • Journey back to Kampala
  • Stop at the Equator

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Map to the Destinations

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Resources

Accommodation (Hotels and Lodges around the Tourist Sites)

The accommodation depends on your Budget. Here is a list of Lodges around the Tourist site.

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 5 day Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking Itinerary

  • Airport Transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation around National Parks
  • Meals: Day 1- L.D, (Day 2, 3, 4) - B.L.D, Day 5 - B.L

    Note: L= Lunch, D= Dinner, B= breakfast

  • Bottled Water
  • Chimpanzee Tracking Permit
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit
  • Bottled Water
  • Experienced English speaking Driver
  • 4X4 Safari car for Transportation

What is excluded in the Itinerary

  • Visas
  • Tips for Driver and Guides
  • Souvenirs
  • Insurance
  • Air tickets
  • Drinks from the Accommodation
  • Laundry
  • Anything not discussed during the initial meeting

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