4 Days Uganda Primates Trek

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4 Days
Entebbe International Airport
Various Locations

Highlights: Kampala, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, Kibale NP

Activities include: Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking, Equator Photography, and Batwa Cultural Experience

Overview

The 4 days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari will make you have an unforgettable experience after Chimpanzee and Gorilla tracking that will happen in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a big habitat for over 200 mountain gorillas in Uganda. You will be able to trek one of the 12 habituated mountain gorilla groups and have an opportunity to see other primates (the red-tailed monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys among others), reptiles, butterfly species, chameleons, over 100 trees species, flowering plants, as well as over 200 bird species. This trip also takes you to Kibale Forest National Park a home to the Chimpanzees and 10 other primate species including olive monkeys, Vervet monkey, white and black colobus monkeys and many more. 

Each Gorilla Permit goes for USD600 per person and each Chimpanzee permit is at USD150 per person and early booking is advisable

Meal Plan: Lunch

Tour Details

The 4 days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari will make you have an unforgettable experience after Chimpanzee and Gorilla tracking that will happen in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a big habitat for over 200 mountain gorillas in Uganda. You will be able to trek one of the 12 habituated mountain gorilla groups and have an opportunity to see other primates (the red-tailed monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys among others), reptiles, butterfly species, chameleons, over 100 trees species, flowering plants, as well as over 200 bird species. This trip also takes you to Kibale Forest National Park a home to the Chimpanzees and 10 other primate species including olive monkeys, Vervet monkey, white and black colobus monkeys and many more. 

Each Gorilla Permit goes for USD600 per person and each Chimpanzee permit is at USD150 per person and early booking is advisable

Departure & Return Location

Entebbe International Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking permits
  • all tour activities as detailed in the itinerary
  • Park Entry Fees
  • Transport (in a 4x4 vehicle)
  • Accommodation (Full Board)
  • Drinking water during the safari
  • Professional English speaking guide/driver and Touring

Price Excludes

  • Extra activities not mentioned in the itinerary
What to Expect
  • Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking & Batwa Cultural Experience
  • Day 3: Kibale Forest National Park
  • Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking- Kibale Forest
Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

On the first day, after your breakfast, you will be picked by our guide from your place accommodation, briefed about the whole safari and embark on our approximately 9 hours to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in South Western Uganda. Whilst on the journey, we shall make a stop at the Uganda Equator the line that partitions the world into the southern and the northern hemisphere to take some photos. At this place, feel free to buy some crafts and souvenirs as you head to Mbarara town where you will have your lunch from. We shall continue our journey and we shall arrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. Check in at the lodge, relax and have dinner as we prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Springs (Luxury), Silverback Lodge / Engagi Lodge (Mid- range), Ruhija Gorilla friends’ camp/Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Budget) – Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 2: Gorilla trekking & Batwa Cultural Experience

After an early breakfast and pack your lunch, head to the park headquarters where the rangers will give you a short briefing about the precautions to take, vital information about the Gorilla Trekking activity and given a chance to ask anything you and you’re off to track the gorillas. You will be divided in group of 8 according to your paces. You will then set off accompanied by a couple of armed game rangers into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where mountain gorillas live for Gorilla Trekking. Depending on the day and where your specific family of gorillas are, it can take any time between 1 to 8 hours to find the gorillas and once you find them (and you’ll always find them), you get 1 hour to interact, take photos, and generally gawk at what you’re witnessing but gorillas need their space as they are wild animals. Also expect to walk long distances in muddy and steep conditions- this will require you to have a walking stick. Take as much photos as you want with your camera flash off. 

Later, return back to the lodge and in the evening, you can opt for a cultural walk in the neighborhood and enjoy the amazing Batwa experience (Batwa Pygmies) that is filled with cultural dances, storytelling and more exciting cultural activities which will leave you amazed. 

Have dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Springs (Luxury), Silverback Lodge / Engagi Lodge (Mid- range), Ruhija Gorilla friends’ camp/Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Budget) – Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, check-out from the lodge and start off your scenic journey to Kibale National Park arriving late evening. On arrival, you will check into your accommodation and if you wish, you can have an evening forest walk where you will be able to see some bush babies (this is based on the accommodation facility you are using).  

Head back for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Luxury: Ndali Lodge, Mid-range: Primate Lodge, Budget: Kibale Forest camp – Meal plan: Dinner.

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking- Kibale Forest

After Breakfast, you will go to the park headquarters for briefing about Chimpanzee tracking rules and regulations and later go for chimpanzee Habituation Experience (with the ranger guides) in the forest with a packed lunch.  You will meet chimpanzees and other primates include Gray-cheeked Mangabey, the L’Hoest’s, Red Colobus, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed, and many others. Other animals include forest elephants unique from the common type and giant forest hogs. 

You will take a lot more photos and get to learn to identify the chimpanzees as individuals by their markings, scars and other unique features that differentiate them from others. The guides will educate you on the different tree species in Kibale forest as you follow the noisy calls of the elusive primates. 

Butterflies and Birding in the forest is also very rewarding and you could encounter White-naped Pigeon, African Gray Parrot, Black Bee-eater, Hairy-breasted, Yellow Spotted and Yellow Billed Barbet, Chestnut-winged and Purple-headed, Waller’s and Narrow Tailed Starlings, Blue-throated Brown and Superb Sunbirds, White-collared Olive back among others.

Take enough photos but with your camera flash off. Later return back for lunch at the lodge, check out and get back on the road to Kampala to your hotel or Entebbe that is if your flight is on that very day.

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