5 days Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee safari

Exeperience a breath taking best of both worlds , the Mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park and the Chimpanzees in Kibale forest National Park.

Highlights of the 5 Days Primate safaris in Uganda national Park.
This is a well planned itinerary that incorporates the trips to Kibale Forest National park where you will get to track chimpanzees in Kanyanchu which is the park headquarters.You will also tour the Bigodi swamp in this itinerary. On the third day you transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest for your gorilla watching scheduled on day 4. Safari ends on day 5 with the transfer to Kampala.
Tour outline: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale and Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Uganda’s home of mountain gorillas.

Day 1: Kampala to Kibale National Park
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Day 3: Kibale NP to Bwindi National Park transfer
Day 4: Gorilla Trekking activity in Bwindi Impenetrable.
Day 5:
Bwindi to Kampala/ Entebbe transfer –
End of Safari.

See the full Primates trekking Itinerary as shown below :

Day 1: Transfer to kibale forest national park

African Secrets Limited tour guide/driver will meet you at your accommodation early in the morning at 7:00 am gets you briefed about the safari and later will transfer you to Fort Portal/Kibale. On your way to the park view tea/ banana plantations and many rolling hill and many intresting things on the way. Arrive at the park in time for lunch then after if you still have any energy left, you may visit the crater lakes region, spend the evening there while viewing these natural wonders being waiting for you to explore, later proceed to your accommodation for overnight stay.

  • Kyaninga Lode, primate lodge kibale, Ndali Lodge (luxury level accommodation)
  • Kibale forest Camp, Ruwenzori view guest house (midrange level accommodation)
  • Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (budget level accommodation)

Day 2: Chimp tracking and Bigodi Wetland sanctuary

This morning after your morning breakfast , you report at Kanyanchu the park headquarter offices before 8:00 am for a short briefing on the dos and don’ts while with chimpanzee, after you will be assigned by the ranger guide who will take you through the forest for chimpanzee tracking which is the most interesting activity done at the park. Chimps are fabulous fun to watch when playing on fruitful trees or tree blanches. The time you take to meet the chimps is unpredictable as meeting them depends on where they spent the last night from so a reasonable degree of fitness is needed since tracking may go from 1-8 hours in the jungle, and you are reminded not to forget tracking gears such as strong shoe/boots, long sleeved shirts or blouses bottled water. Ounce you meet chimps you strictly allowed to stay with them for only one hour observing their behaviors as well as taking photos. Not only chimps that can be seen, more primate species will also be seen such as Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey checked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, the list is endless and bird lovers will get an opportunity to spot various species of birds among which include the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little green bull, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle. After the activity get back to the lodge for lunch and relaxation,
In the evening you will go for another activity at Bigodi an excellent wetland sanctuary for viewing various species of primates, birds and many forest animals like elephant, buffaloes, and warthogs among other.

Dinner and an overnight at:

  • Kyaninga Lode, primate lodge kibale, Ndali Lodge (luxury level accommodation)
  • Kibale forest Camp, Ruwenzori view guest house (midrange Level Accommodation)
  • Chimpanzee Forest Guest House(budget level accommodation)

Day 3: Kibale Forest NP transfer to the Impenetrable Bwindi National Park

After breakfast proceed to bwindi impenetrable national park the famous place for housing the rare species that’s mountain gorillas, bird species and very many incredible variety of flora. The drive to the park may take about 5-6 hours on the road passing through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park the known place for housing the tree climbing lions and if lucky you may spot them. Have lunch enroute after proceed to the park, arrive in the evening, check into your desirable lodge for relaxation as your waiting for tomorrows rewarding activity that’s gorilla tracking.

Dinner and an overnight at:

  • (Luxury Level accommodation)- Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Lodge/ Lake Mutanda Resort
  • (mid-range Level accommodation) – Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Gorilla Resort Bwindi/ Gorilla Mist Camp,
  • (budget Level accommodation) Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Travellers Rest Hotel, Gorilla Valley Lodge or Buhoma Community Campground

Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Uganda

see a baby gorilla during your safari tour in BwindiWake up very early in the morning for a cup of tea/coffee and then after you will be transferred to the park headquarters before 8.00am to receive a short briefing about the dos and don’ts while with gorillas. After follow the range guide to the forest to begin the activity possibly the most interesting activity done on earth. The walking can sometimes be tough and long with some difficulties since tracking is done in the forest, you are remained to come with strong shoes or gumboots, long sleeved shirts or blouses, insect repellents, bottled water and sometimes packed lunch. Meeting gorillas is unpredictable it can go to half or full day in the jungle searching for them so a reasonable degree of fitness is recommended. But when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, you will forget all the troubles you’ve passed through and utilize the one hour you are allowed to stay with these giants , observing their behaviours, as well as taking as many photos as you can (you are reminded that flash cameras are not allowed on a gorilla safari) not only gorillas but also expect to see other primates like chimpanzee, black and white colobus monkey, civet monkey which will entertain you during the gorilla tracking. After this wonderful moment go back to the lodge for leisure.
If you still have energy this evening go for a community walk to meet the local people around the park (batwa) these people will entertain you through their cultural music and dance and they will also take you through their history, hunting skills farming skills among other. Retire back to the lodge for dinner and an overnight a:

  • (Luxury Level accommodation)- Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Lodge/ Lake Mutanda Resort
  • (mid-range Level accommodation) – Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Gorilla Resort Bwindi/ Gorilla Mist Camp,
  • (budget Level accommodation) Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Travellers Rest Hotel, Gorilla Valley Lodge or Buhoma Community Campground

Day 5: Depart Bwindi and transfer to Kampala/Entebbe.

After breakfast we shall drive back to Kampala with en route lunch break at Mbarara and at the equator for photography. Continue your journey arriving late evening with a drop off at your hotel or airport.

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