AVU0038 – 5 DAYS BWINDI GORILLAS & KIBALE CHIMPS

This primate’s safari starts at Kibale National Park famous for the world’s highest concentration of primates among which is man’s closest relative – the chimpanzee. Later you will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Apart from the breath taking scenery, various species of birds, you will be highly inspired by the sight of the giant mountain gorilla especially the sliver back and the baby gorillas.

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Kampala – Kibale Chimpanzee Forest

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest National Park

Day 3: Travel to Bwindi Gorilla Forest

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest
Day 5: Bwindi – Kampala

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1: Kampala – Kibale Chimpanzee Forest

Your safari guide will meet you and depart by road for Fort portal. You will pass through the after early breakfast, have a half day drive west via Mityana to Fort Portal, passing though green countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal town rests in the shadow of the Fabled “Mountains of the Moon,”

Accommodation: Ndari Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury),

Primates Lodge (Mid-range)

Chimps Nest (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board

Travel Time: About 7 Hours
Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest National Park

After substantial breakfast set on your walking expedition in Kibale National Park. This is home to an astonishing 12 species of primates and provides one of the highest primate densities in the world. On our guided forest walk, you may find families of chimps, and red-tailed and colobus Monkeys chattering and singing through the ancient forest trees. The bird life is no less impressive. After lunch take a walk in Bigodi swamp for its rare, beautiful flora and fauna. You will also have an opportunity to interact with a successful community tourism project.

Accommodation: Ndari Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury),

Primates Lodge (Mid-range)

Chimps Nest (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3: Travel to Bwindi Gorilla Forest
After breakfast, depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. You will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha. Here you will take lunch by the Ishasha River and try to find the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions before continuing on to Bwindi, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes (Dian Fossey’s stomping ground), Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils.

Accommodation:

Gorilla Forest Camp or Mahogany Springs or Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, (Luxury),

Gorilla Mist Camp or Sliver Back Lodge (Mid-range),

Buhoma Community Bandas or Wagtail Eco Lodge (Basic).

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Travel Time: About 7 Hours

Day 4 : Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest
Given the fact that gorilla tracking is unpredictable, it is difficult to foresee how many hours you will actually hike. The experience of tracking the gorillas in the superb ecosystem of the park will be passionate for the adventurers. It may take 2hrs up to 8 hours or more and you should be prepared to walk long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. “The excitement of seeing the gorillas makes it all worthwhile!” Briefing will be given on how to handle or behave.
If you have the energy in the afternoon, you will go for a village walk, see how local community live or you can opt for the batwa experience.

Accommodation:

Gorilla Forest Camp or Mahogany Springs or Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, (Luxury),

Gorilla Mist Camp or Sliver Back Lodge (Mid-range),

Buhoma Community Bandas or Wagtail Eco Lodge (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 5: Bwindi – Kampala
After breakfast, depart to Kampala stopping in one of the towns for lunch. This scenic drive will take you across the Equator where you will stop for a photographic opportunity as well as an informative talk.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Travel Time: About 8-10 Hours

End of Uganda Primates Safaris – Kibale chimps and Bwindi Gorillas (5 Days)

The Safari Package Covers:

Gorilla Permit
Chimps Permit
Cultural Tour
Bigodi Nature tour
Park Ranger Fees.
Relevant Government Taxes.
Full Board Accommodation (4 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
Airport transfer as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:

Air Fares
Visa Fees
Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities

Extra Services:

Airport transfers Entebbe – Kampala (USD 40$), Kampala – Entebbe- (USD 30$)

Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and after safari in case your flight is on the next day)

We recommend the following accommodations:

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),

Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),

Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 105 for a single room; USD 135 for a double/twin room)

The Lodge (Budget and Mid-range – 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)