4 Days Gorilla & Chimp Tracking Safari. Uganda Primate experiences.

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4 Days / 3 Nights

This 4 days Gorilla & Chimp tracking trip gives you an exciting opportunity to trek through tropical forests to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat.

The journey from Kampala to Bwindi is a scenic one with terraced hills, lush green vegetation and more.

The trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest starts early morning with a small briefing at the park headquarters from the Uganda Wildlife Authority officials. Thereafter your guide will lead you on this trek through one of Africa’s most ancient forests in search of the endangered mountain gorillas.

You will also visit some local community projects as well either in Buhoma, Ruhija, or Rushaga depending on the permits available.

Later on, you will drive through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth park where you could possibly see tree climbing lions. You will then relax at one of the lodges within this area. The next day, you will enjoy the chimp tracking experience in Kalinzu forest in search of primates and birds as well.

Safari Highlights

  • Kampala / Entebbe International Airport
  • Kabale
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Ishasha sector
  • Kalinzu forest
  • The Equator Line

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe, transfer to Kampala.

Our driver/guide will be waiting to welcome you to Uganda at Entebbe International Airport when you arrive. This will be followed by a transfer to your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala for your accommodation.

Your guide will brief you about the Uganda Wildlife Safari to make sure you are fully prepared to embark on your journey of experiences that starts the following morning.

Accommodation:

Standard Boma Hotel
Comfort Cassia Lodge
Luxury Serena Hotel Kampala

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 2: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Early morning, our driver/guide picking you up from your residence/hotel in Kampala or Entebbe. Our driver/guide will then drive you to Bwindi via Masaka and Mbarara towns. You shall make a brief stopover at the famous Uganda Equator line for some snacks and photography.

You will stop again in Mbarara for lunch before proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. From Mbarara, you will drive to Bwindi and reach your accommodation during the late afternoon hours.

You will have some time to explore the community and surroundings for a short while and then return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay

Accommodation:

Standard Buhoma Community Camp
Comfort Rushaga Gorilla Camp
Luxury Mahogany Springs Lodge / Nkuringo Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest

It is gorilla tracking day! You will wake up early to have breakfast and be at the park offices at 7:30 am where you will be briefed by the Park rangers on all the procedures before you can start your trek.

In groups of 8, you will go into the forest in search of the mountain gorillas that call this dense rainforest home with the park rangers. Your guide will be pointing out previous gorilla activity including dung nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Whereas the gorilla trek can be quite challenging, meeting the gorillas will make all that sweat certainly worth it.

Upon finding the mountain gorillas, you will spend one (1) hour with them after which you will be led back to the starting point by the park ranger. You will spend your afternoon relaxing at the lodge and enjoying the views of the forest.

After gorilla tracking, you will be transferred to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and if lucky you will spot the tree-climbing Lions.

Accommodation:

Standard Ishasha Jungle Lodge
Comfort Enjojo Lodge
Luxury Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

chimpanzee in Kibale

Day 4: Chimp tracking in Kalinzu forest reserve

After early morning breakfast, your guide will drive you to Kalinzu Forest to enjoy a guided primate walk in search of chimpanzees. You might encounter some of the different species of primates that call the area home. These include the colobus monkey, the olive baboon, and the red-tailed monkey.

Your guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates but on all the forest fauna and flora.

After this exhilarating experience, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) with a stopover in Mbarara City for lunch and at the equator for souvenir shopping.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Inclusions

  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle with a pop-up roof.
  • All fuel for the tour
  • English-speaking Ugandan driver/guide.
  • Accommodation and Meals on Full Board (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)
  • Park-entrance fees for all National parks
  • 1 gorilla tracking permit per person
  • 1 chimp tracking permit per person
  • All activities described in the itinerary
  • Drinking water throughout the safari.

Exclusions

  • International airfares
  • Entry visa Uganda
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation.
  • A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack).
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.)

Cost per person in US Dollars (USD)

Accommodation 1 Pax  2 Pax  3 Pax 4 Pax
Standard 2000 1500 1300 1200
Comfort 2100 1600 1400 1300
Luxury 2300 1700 1600 1500

 

The above prices are based on transportation in a safari Land Cruiser. Alternatively, a safari van is a viable and budget-friendly alternative that can be used. Take a look at our fleet of safari vehicles.

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