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8 Days 7 Nights
Availability : Jan 01’ - Dec 31’
Entebbe
Kibale - Queen Elizabeth Park - Bwindi
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 50
Tour Details

This 8 Days Safari Starts and ends in Entebbe, it grants chance for an ultimate Chimpanzee and Gorilla tracking experience in Bwindi Forest where you get up close to the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and funny chimpanzee. Leave the African jungle with lasting memories as you take a journey of adventure and discovery on a Community walk near the lodge surroundings and come across breath taking scenic sights.         

Departure & Return Location

Entebbe International Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Tour Guide
  • Parking Fees and Taxes
  • Gorilla and Chimp Permits
  • 7 Nights Full Board Accomodation
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Flights and Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Your 8 Days Gorilla and Primates Uganda Safari will include;

  • Chimpanzee Tracking In Kibale Forest National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth – Game Drives and a Boat Cruise
  • Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • A stopover at the equator
  • Return to Entebbe - End of Safari
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport by our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. You will then be transferred to your hotel, which is a few minutes from the airport.

Depending on which time of arrival, you are advised to have your money changed before setting off for the countryside, you may choose to have optional activities around the city such as you may visit the Uganda wildlife education center at an extra fee of $15 per person or you may choose to relax at your Hotel.

Accommodation: Laico Lake Victoria (Upmarket), Boma Guest House (Mid-market)

Day 2Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Pick up from your hotel and drive west to Fort Portal through verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. The drive approximately takes 5 hours.

Arrive at the lodge in time for a late lunch. Relax at the lodge or take an unguided walk around the lodge to enjoy the beauty of the scenery.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge (Upmarket), Kibale Forest Camp (Midmarket), Rweteera Safari Park (Budget)

Day 3Chimpanzee Tracking In Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast at your lodge, transfer to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate.

Alternatively, you may opt to do chimpanzee habituation experience by paying a supplement of $70; this exercise takes the entire day.  Only six people are allowed per day and you will be sure to come face to face with these closest cousins of man. Advance booking is necessary for this option.

After lunch have an optional Bigodi swamp walk at an extra charge fee of $45 per person. Bigodi was established by a local development organization to protect the 4sq-km Magombe Swamp that is home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler and great blue turaco).

The highlight of this tour is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco. The swamp is also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with eight different species here, including grey-cheeked mangabey. Experienced local guides who interact with the guests and make the trip both enjoyable and exciting lead the 2-3 hour guided walk.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge (Upmarket), Kibale Forest Camp (Midmarket), Rweteera Safari Park (Budget)

Day 4Kibale Forest National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your morning breakfast, proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. As you go through the park, have a game drive to spot some animals like the Elephant, Buffaloes, bushbucks, and Uganda Kob, Antelopes, Warthogs, among others.

Have a hot lunch in the afternoon and enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which is a 42kms channel joining Lake Edward and Lake George. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. It offers and excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket), The Bush Lodge (Midmarket), UWA Lower Cottages (Budget)

Day 5Queen Elizabeth – Morning Game Drive - Ishasha

Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.  Have an early morning game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to spot lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. The game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings!

Alternatively, you may opt to go for a balloon safari on payment of a supplement of $380. Arise early in the morning and proceed to the starting point of your balloon safari at the Kasenyi gate of Queen Elizabeth NP at 5:30am. This early drive in the dark is a chance to see nocturnal animals that live in and around the park. You will meet your pilot and be given a safety briefing and instructions for boarding the balloon as well as landing procedures.

Later transfer to Ishasha sector home of the tree climbing lions. Go on an evening game drive in Ishasha. Return to the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp (Upmarket), @ the River (Midmarket), Ishasha Jungle Lodge (Budget)

Day 6Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast pack your bags and depart for Bwindi Forest National Park.  The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads. Check into the lodge

Accommodation:  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (Upmarket), Haven Lodge (Midmarket), Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 7Ultimate Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here, the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating.

One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with.

You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge. If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow’s safari adventure. 

Alternatively, you can have a supplement of $900 to enjoy Gorilla Habituation – this exercise will give you enough time with the Gorillas and the researchers who will give you details of their social behavior as you trek alongside them.

Accommodation:  Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (Upmarket), Haven Lodge (Midmarket), Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 8Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Entebbe

After breakfast, at 08.00 hours you will travel to Entebbe with a stopover at the equator for water experiment as well you may stand in 2Hemispheres at the same time, the feeling while at the Equator line is so amazing as you realize that your weight will now be less 3%, Proceed reaching late afternoon to check in for dinner at a selected restaurant and later have an outbound flight.

Alternatively, you can have An optional domestic flight arranged at an extra fee from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Entebbe, this will save you a lot of time if at all your flight is early or if you wish to engage in other activities while in Entebbe.

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