8 Days Chimps, Lions & Gorillas

Start Date: 2022-10-20 End Date: 2022-10-27 Group: Max: 8, Min: 2
Overview

Last revised: 4 months ago

This 8 days safaris, will take you to see chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and a walk through Bigodi Swamp during an exciting primate walk. Enjoy the views of queen Elizabeth with game drive as you look out for lions, elephants, enjoy a lunch cruise at  the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon. Have a unique close encounter with mountain gorillas during gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park

Day 1: On arrival at the airport

Day 2: Drive to Kibale National Park

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking & bigodi swamp walk

Day 4: Drive to – Queen Elizabeth N.P

Day 5: Am game drive & Boat cruise

Day 6: Drive to Bwindi

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking

Day 8: Return to Kampala via Equator

Day 1: On arrival at the airport

Your tour guide/drive will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to booked accommodation to rest as you wait for your marvelous and memorable safari.

Accommodations
Medium-range:
Via via guesthouse  
Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Drive to Kibale National Park
after your breakfast, you be will picked from your guest house in the morning, get a briefing on how your safari is planned, and about your exciting journey you are going for. You will then drive to kibal forest via mubende, fort portal and you continue to the forested park, the only park with 13 primate species. You will have your dinner and an overnight at either,

Driving time; 6 to 7 hours

Accommodation
Mid-range
: - Kibale forest camp – S.C tents
Meal Plan:-  Breakfast & Dinner  

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking & bigodi swamp walk
Early in the morning after having your breakfast, you will report for briefing at the park headquarters around 8am. And after that you will start your walk through Kibale forest as you search for the chimpanzees and other primates with the help of a ranger. Though it’s not a guarantee that you will see them since they not so familiar with the human beings but always with high chances of getting  eye to eye contact with these giants. They are so interesting animals to see.  

In the afternoon, you will have also a great time to go for a nature walk to Bigodi wetland which is the local community owned, here you will be able see a variety of bird species as you take a walk around the swamp, other primates includes, red colobus, black and white colobus monkeys, grey chicked mangbe, blue monkey, red tailed monkeys, baboons etc. back to the lodge for dinner and sleep over.

Accommodation
Mid-range
: - Kibale forest camp – S.C Tents
Meal Plan:-  Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Drive to – Queen Elizabeth N.P
After breakfast we calmly transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park while we pass through beautiful landscapes with rolling hills of Mountain Rwenzori. Continue to your lodge.

In the afternoon we will go for evening game drive together with an experienced ranger you will search for all the wild animals in the park including warthogs, buffaloes, waterbucks and elephants. Have dinner and overnight at your lodge of your choice.

Driving time: 2 - 3hrs

Accommodation;
Medium:
Simba safari camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: AM Game drive & Boat cruise
After an early morning breakfast, your guide will take you for an early morning game drive Together with an experienced ranger you will search for all the wild animals in the park, including; elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, leopard, Uganda kob, warthogs, and other animals, have lunch at your lodge

In the afternoon you will take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. You will have a spectacular view to the abundant birdlife that is sighted on the lakes’ showers and the elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. Have dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Accommodation;
Medium:
Simba safari camp  
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Drive to Bwindi
In the morning you will drive to bwindi impenetrable national park. You will have stop over for a lunch (exclusive) and you drive via Kabale and continue through beautiful landscape scenery of kisoro normally known as the "Switzerland of Africa": full of mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, (by the “bakiga people”), tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. There you will be viewing the vast planes of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with the Virunga volcanoes dominating. After your arrival in the virunga vast areas, you will relax in the lodge of your choice, since you had a long day journey preparing for tomorrow’s big day.

Driving time: 5 – 6hrs

Accommodations
Mid-range:
  Gorilla valley lodge
Meal Plan:- Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest favors both mountain gorillas and some chimpanzees one of the only forest in Africa which posses these creatures. It also hosts five other species of primate, 100 mammals, around 78 butterflies and 360 bird species.

In the early morning after your breakfast, your driver will transfer you from your lodge to the starting point of your tracking group or UWA headquarters so that you can get a briefing at around (7.45am or 8.30am), then you will start the tracking. The gorillas that you track are very friendly to people, though still there are same groups which are shy, as human being there are those who are sharp and some are stubborn.  Your experienced ranger will help you to spot out their presence. You will be going through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas

Once you have find the gorillas, you will be able to spend with them up to one hour which is given time, before going back to your lodge.

Note:  (This trek can take from 1 hour to 5 hours depending on the area you track and group– a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes). Have your Dinner and overnight at:

Accommodations
Mid-range:
  Gorilla valley  lodge
Meal Plan:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Return to Entebbe via Equator
In the morning after enjoying your breakfast, you will then drive back to Kampala/Entebbe having a stopover at the Equator take photos shoots and buying souvenirs. You will be then be dropped off to Entebbe airport to catch your flight back to your home country.

Driving time: 7 to 8 hour

END OF THE SAFARI

The package includes: (as per itinerary)

  • Ground transportation by 4WD Tour van
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 nights’ accommodation program
  • English speaking Driver/Guide
  • Park Entrance fees
  • Activities described in program
  • All Fuel
  • Water in safari car
  • 1 gorilla permit per person ($700)
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person
  • Rangers fees

The package excludes any cost of personal nature like:

  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal drinks; wines, sodas, beers and cigarettes
  • International Air ticket and related costs
  • Personal Insurance covers
  • Optional activities 
  • Meals out of booked accommodation and program
  • Phone calls

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