8 Days Chimps, Wildlife & Gorillas

Overview

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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, and enjoy a lunch cruise on the Kazinga Channel  as you look out for the water loving animals

this trip got a unique experience as you will encounter with mountain gorillas during gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park.

Day 1: Aarrival 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 the booked lodge to rest as you wait for your marvelous and memorable safari to some ofthe best Uganda adventure. It depends on your time of arrival

Accommodations
Budget: Airport Guest House
Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Drive to Kibale National Park
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel, lodge in the morning after your breakfast. He will brief you how your safari is planned, and about the journey you are going for. You will then drive to Fort Portal district via mubende, fort portal and you continue to the forested park, the only with more than 13 primates. You will have your dinner and an overnight at either,
Driving time; 6 to 7 hours

Accommodation
Budget: - kibale forest camp (Lazy camping 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. Theyare not so familiar with the human beings but always with high chancesof getting an 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 chickedmangbe, blue monkey, red tailed monkeys, baboons etc. back to the lodge for dinner and sleep over.

Accommodation
Budget: - kibale forest camp (Lazy camping 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 the crater lakes area, a beautiful landscape with small lakes and rolling hills. Continue to your lodge.

In the afternoon 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 booked lodge.
Driving time: 3hrs

Accommodation
Budget: - Bush lodge (Lazy camping Tents),
Meal Plan: - Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: 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
Budget: - Bush lodge (Lazy camping Tents),
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
Budget: Gorilla valley lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking Day
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
Budget: Gorilla Valley Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8: Return to Kampala via Equator
In the morning after enjoying your breakfast,you will then drive back to Kampala having a stopover at the Equator take photos shoots and buying souvenirs. You will be then taken to your guesthouse, lodge or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe Oryou can be dropped to the airport to catch your flight back to your home country.
Driving time: 7 to 8 hour

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The package includes:

  • Ground transportation by 4WD Minivan
  • Returt airport transfers to and from airport
  • Accommodation on Bed Breakfast as per program
  • English speaking Driver/Guide
  • Park Entrance fees
  • Activities described in program
  • Fuel & car hire
  • Water in safari car
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person ($600)
  • 1 Chimpanzee permit per person ($150)
  • Rangers fees

The package excludes:

  • 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

Transport to be used
This Tour is based on a Min-van with 4wd. it seats from up to the maximum of 8 persons. All our used vehicles are well maintained, customized with comfortable seats, a pop up roof which gives a wide viewing 360 angle!!

Upgrade To a Land cruiser
But in case you want an upgrade to a Land cruiser which is rated as the strongest safari vehicle on the African roads, it’s still possible to make sure you enjoy safari. This come's with an extra cost, but it’s worth it. Just in inform us in advance

Accommodation - Budget

For this trip accommodation you will be staying in lodge or Camps which are built in  African safari style tents, comfortably furnished with twin or double beds, a bedside table and a power outlet for charging your electrical equipment. All tents are placed under a grass thatched roof. The tents share a communal ablution block with showers and flushing toilets. No need to worry about linen as all bedding and towels are provided.

NOTE: For this the above mentioned accommodations it depends on availability and we make sure the best is our first priorities when we are making this booking. In case there is no availability during the requested dates of your safari, we do our best to look for another alternative accommodation which is relatively in the same standards or rate range.

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