This 5 Days Mountain Gorilla & Chimp tracking safari will enable you track the endangered mountain gorillas in bwindi impenetrable national park and also the primates in Kibale forest national Park a home to over 13 species of primates coupled with chimpanzees the closest relative of man. Sharing the love of gorillas with those chimps is considered as a breathtaking safari one should not love to miss. The safari will begin and end in Kampala Uganda’s capital and its largest city, it’s just a distance of about 4-5 hours’ drive from either parks. don’t miss this perfect combined tour .
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park
You will be picked at any agreed upon point by our safari guide/driver who will take you to the south western part of Uganda to Bwindi impenetrable national park a home to the few remaining endangered mountain gorillas. The journey from Kampala to the park takes about 7-9 hours’ drive however, with stopovers at any interesting point like at the equator crossing for informative talks, snacks and photography, handcraft shops and also at Mbarara for an hour lunch break. After, we will continue with the drive through the gorgeous scenery sometimes referred to as the ‘’Switzerland of Africa’’ this is a great sight as you continue with the drive to the park. Depending on where you booked for your accommodation you will arrive at the park in the evening either at Ruhija sector or Buhoma sector of the park. Check into your pre-booked accommodation for relaxation, dinner and an overnight at Buhoma Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Mist Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Buhoma Community Campground
Day 2: mountain Gorilla tracking and Nature walk in Bwindi national park
After an early breakfast at the lodge, our safari guide will drive you to the park headquarters where you will meet the park wardens or senior ranger guides who will take you through a short briefing about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas and also get you allocated to the gorilla family to visit. After, the ranger guide will lead you to the impenetrable forest to begin the search of these incredible species of gorillas. Carry bottled water, and sometimes packed lunch since the trek is unpredictable meeting them depends on where they last spent the previous night from the search may go to a half or full day in the jungle, so don’t forget to put on strong shoes/boats . Passing through the steep, thick and sometimes muddy forest is a bit tiresome, however once these apes are meet you will forget all the troubles you have gone through and utilize the one hour you are allowed to stay with the gorillas, learn their behaviors as well as taking as many photos and videos with them . After this wonderful activity, retreat back to the lodge for relaxation and late lunch, if the evening is free go for a community walk and visit the batwa community. Dinner and an overnight at Buhoma Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Mist Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Buhoma Community Campground
Day 3: Transfer to kibale forest national park
Wake up early for breakfast and then after , proceed to kibale forest national park which inhabit over 13 species of primates, the most common is the chimps which shares almost 98% of human genes. Arrive at the park in time for a late lunch. If you are not tired, you may visit the nearby lakes around the park like lake Mutanda . Come back for dinner and an overnight at your pre-booked lodge: at Kyaninga Lode, primate lodge kibale, Ndali Lodge kibale forest Camp, / Chimpanzee Forest Guest House
Day 4: Chimp tracking and Bigodi nature walk
This morning after an early breakfast, our safari guide will take you to the ranger station before 8:00am to receive a short briefing about the all process of chimp tracking. After, you will follow the ranger guide deep into the forest to begin the search of chimp. These delightful apes more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are superb to watch as they play on tree branches or fruitful trees. The time taken during the search of chimps is unpredictable sine meeting them depends on where they last spent their night from so, a sturdy pair of walking shoes/boots is needed as well as packed water. Only one hour is allowed with them once they are met, take as many photos and videos with them as well as learning their behaviors. You will meet many other primate species during the search of chimps like the black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, civet monkeys, red colobus monkeys among many others. After this memorable experience with the chimps , Retire back to the lodge for lunch, and later go for a guided walk in Bigodi wetland sanctuary for more chance to see species of primates and birds like the shining blue kingfisher, blue Throated Roller, see various species of trees butterflies among many others. Dinner and an overnight at Kyaninga Lode, primate lodge kibale, Ndali Lodge kibale forest Camp, / chimpanzee Forest Guest House
Day 5: Departure
Wake up early for breakfast and then after, embark on the transfer to Kampala however, make a stopover and visit the Nakayima tree in Mubende. The guide will give you more information about the place. Later embark to the transfer to Kampala with lunch break and finally to the airport to meet your departure flight back home depending on your departure flight time.
The safari includes
- Transportation and fuel in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
- Full Board Accommodation on Safari as included in the itinerary
- 1 gorilla permit per person
- I chimp permit per person
- Nature/community walks
- Full English Speaking driver guide and all his associated expenses. We can also provide any other foreign language speaking guide on request.
- Park entrance fees
- Any other Activity fees as mentioned in the Itinerary
But it exclude,
- Accommodation in Kampala unless is on itinerary
- Visa fees,
- Airport taxes
- Item of personal nature, like bar bills, tipping, Laundry ,Beverages
- Optional Activity fees
- Other extra expenses not included above.