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7 DAYS CHIMP-GORILLA-WILDLIFE UGANDA SAFARI

Intro

Over view: This Uganda safari begins with a chimpanzee walk at kibale forest national park. Kibale National park is blessed with 13 primate species and these include: Chimpanzee, L'Hoest Monkey, Coppery-tailed money, Blue monkey, Vervet monkey, Black and White colobus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Red Colobus monkey, Olive Baboon, Thick-tailed bush baby, Lesser Galago etc. Bigodi walk – a community-based project that conserves a swamp full of beautiful birds, primates and other animals – this is a bonus to the chimpanzee trekking experience. This safari is also mixed with big safari viewing at Queen Elizabeth national park, famous with its rare tree climbing lions and Lake Mburo national park, the only place in western Uganda where one can see impalas and zebras.

Every safari lover’s dream on a Uganda safari is to track the unique and rare mountain gorillas in the impenetrable forest of Bwindi. The forest is also a habitat for over 90 species of mammals, other primates and 346 species of bird life of which 90% of them are Albertine rift endemic to East Africa. This is the package that will give you the chance to see the two giant apes who are known as the closest relatives of humans (the gorillas in Bwindi forest and the chimpanzees in Kibale forest) – about 98% DNA similarities.

Evening performances by local communities around Buhoma is worthwhile to see or a cultural village walk to meet and interact with the local communities is optional activities to be done. If you prefer, you can relax amidst African jungle.

Located amidst magnificent forests in the extreme end of South west Uganda, across the steep escarpments of the western rift valley, Bwindi is the only park in the world which is famous for harboring half of the world’s endangered gorillas. There are now about1000 left in the world! It is worthwhile for you to encounter one group of habituated gorillas believed to be the origin of mankind; the hottest attraction in Uganda today!

INCLUSION

   One Gorilla permit per person, One Chimpanzee permit per person, Accommodation (Full Board),  Park entrances, Game drives, Boat ride, Nature walks, Bigodi swamp walk, Batwa experience, Touring and Photography, Transport in 4WD vehicle, Driver/Guide (English speaking and professional), Drinking water

EXCLUSIONS

        International flights, Visa Fees, Medical Insurance,  Laundry, Tips given to staff, Visas, Drinks/Beverages, Extra activities not included in the itinerary

DAY Drive to Kibale National Park

Early in the morning we will leave for Kibale Forest NP. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp, where we will stay sleeping with the sounds of the tropical rainforest.

Accommodation Options: Primate lodge (luxury), Kibale forest camp (mid-range), Apuuli Safari Cottages (budget)

DAY 2 Chimpanzee Walk and Bigodi Swamp walk

At 8.00 am we will start with the 4-hour chimp walk – during which you may also get to see 10 other primates! Kibale NP is also known for all the butterflies and birds. In the afternoon we will walk through Bigodi Swamp (home to a community based project).

Accommodation: Ndali lodge (luxury), Primate Lodge (mid-range), Apuuli Safari Cottages (budget)

DAY 3 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 

Early morning departure for Queen Elizabeth NP via Fort Portal we reach at around midday. Check in at the Lodge in Queen Elizabeth NP with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. On the program is two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see many animals from the waterside then have evening game drive before dinner and over night

Accommodation: Kyambura Game Lodge (luxury), Buffalo Safari Lodge Midrange, Bush lodge (Budget),

DAY 4 Tree climbing lions and Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest

Today we head to the southern section of Queen Elizabeth national park. This section is famous for Tree Climbing Lions and other wildlife. After taking pictures of these big cats, we embark on our journey to Bwindi Impenetrable national park for Gorilla trekking. This road takes us through a beautiful landscape called the “Switzerland of Africa”. We pass mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces and tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. Have dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Accommodation Options; Buhoma lodge (Luxury), Bweza Lodge (mid-range), Bakiga Lodge (Budget)

DAY 4 Gorilla Tracking

This is the day of gorilla tracking. From Gorilla Valley Lodge it is 30 minutes by car to Nkuringo/Nshongi/Mishaya/Kahungye group in South Bwindi. At 7:45 am you will be at the Offices of Bwindi Impenetrable NP for pre-briefing and at 8:30am you will start the trek after finding the gorillas you will spend with them maximum 1 hour. Being physically fit is recommended. After, we shall return back to the starting point for a community walk to enjoy Batwa people with their thrilling cultural dance, demonstration and storytelling. Dinner and overnight at your lodge

Accommodation Options; Buhoma lodge (Luxury), Bweza Lodge (mid-range), Bakiga Lodge (Budget)

DAY 4 Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Early in the morning we will leave for Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch in Mbarara before you continue to Lake Mburo, a smaller but unique park, and the only one in the Western part of Uganda with impalas and zebras. In the park we will go on an early evening/late afternoon game-viewing drive if staying in Luxury accommodation. If staying in budget accommodation this afternoon will be for the village/cultural walk.

 

Accommodation Options; Mihingo lodge (luxury), Arcadia cottages (mid-range), Eagles Nest (budget)

DAY 7 Transfer to Kampala 

After an early morning game drive and a late breakfast, the last part of the journey will bring us back to Kampala. After Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for lunch, photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee. We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe – or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight.

Note: Upper budget accommodation selected is not far away from midrange level and the rates applies to a group of 2 persons and above.