Explore Uganda’s Classic Gorilla Tracking, Chimpanzee Tracking, and Wildlife Safari

Uganda

Price

$3865.00

Duration

8 days

Max People

10

Min Age

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Overview

Embark on an unforgettable 8-day adventure through Uganda, featuring encounters with gorillas, chimpanzees, and the captivating wildlife of its national parks. Highlights include thrilling safari game drives at Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park, trekking to see gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and observing chimpanzees in Kibale Forest.

Safari Overview

  • Journey from Entebbe through Uganda's picturesque countryside to the southwestern region, where primates roam freely.
  • Explore the ancient Kibale Forest jungle in search of a habituated chimpanzee troop, spending an unforgettable hour observing their behavior, social dynamics, and agility.
  • Enjoy a memorable game drive on the savannah plains and cruise along the Kazinga Channel for an up-close wildlife viewing experience.
  • Experience a rare encounter with mountain gorillas, of which only around 1000 remain—a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Engage with the native Batwa forest people to learn about their endangered cultures, listen to their stories, and join in their traditional dances.

Included/Excluded

  • Tracking permits and park fees
  • Accommodation in comfortable mid-range lodges and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the safari
  • Experienced safari guide
  • Sunrise and sunset game drives
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Park and conservation fees
  • Transportation and transfers in a reliable 4x4 custom safari cruiser
  • AMREF Evacuation Insurance coverage
  • Government taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • International flights
  • Visa fees and processing
  • Additional activities and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Service tips, gratuities, souvenirs, and personal snacks
  • Accommodation before or after the trip concludes

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to the Pearl of Africa – Airport Pickup – Shoebill Tracking (Optional)

Welcome to Uganda, known as the Pearl of Africa. Upon your arrival at the airport, your tour guide will be waiting to greet you and escort you to your hotel in Entebbe. Here, you'll have the opportunity to settle in and meet with your guide for a briefing on the itinerary.

For those who arrive early and wish to explore, there are optional activities available in Entebbe. Bird enthusiasts can venture to the renowned botanical gardens or Mabamba swamps to catch a glimpse of the prehistoric shoebill. Alternatively, you can take a stroll through the local markets or explore the modern malls for shopping opportunities.

Main Destination Entebbe
Accommodation Options
  • 2Friends Beach Hotel (Mid Range)
  • Hotel No 5 (Luxury)
Meals
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

About Entebbe:

Nestled along the shores of Lake Victoria, Entebbe is a charming town that offers easy exploration on foot or via local boda bodas (motorbike taxis). You can spend your time perusing the markets for souvenirs and crafts, strolling through the Botanical Gardens, or enjoying a leisurely boat cruise on Lake Victoria. Additionally, there's a diverse array of restaurants, bars, and clubs where you can savour local beer, catch a football game, and mingle with the welcoming locals.

Day 2: Entebbe to Kibale National Park

After breakfast, we'll depart at 8:00 am and head west towards Kibale National Park via Fort Portal City. Upon arrival, we'll check you into a charming forest cottage with stunning views.

The journey through western Uganda offers captivating scenery, best enjoyed from the comfort of our 4x4 safari Land Cruiser. Along the way, you'll be treated to vistas of emerald green banana and tea plantations, picturesque cattle ranches, and beautifully terraced garden slopes, creating a visual feast reminiscent of Bali, Switzerland, or Tuscany on a spring morning.

We'll make a stop for lunch in Fort Portal, one of Uganda's oldest towns nestled at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains, offering breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks. Afterward, we'll explore the town before continuing to your forest lodge, where you can enjoy a romantic dinner and a restful night's sleep.

Main Destination Kibale National Park
Accommodation Options
  • Turaco Treetops (Mid-range)
  • Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury)
Meals
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

About Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale National Park boasts some of Uganda's most enchanting and diverse tropical forest landscapes. The park's terrain consists of forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, primarily located on an elevated plateau in the northern and central regions.

Home to a remarkable array of wildlife, Kibale National Park hosts a total of 70 mammal species, including the renowned chimpanzee population, which comprises 13 different species of primates. Additionally, the park boasts a rich birdlife, with over 375 species of birds inhabiting its diverse habitats.

Adjacent to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the south, Kibale forms part of a vital wildlife corridor stretching 180 kilometers from Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to Sebitoli in the northern reaches of Kibale.

Exploring the Kibale-Fort Portal area is a highly rewarding experience. Situated near the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area, the park is conveniently located within a half day's drive of Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains, and Semliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking

Rise early, enjoy breakfast, and proceed to the briefing point to commence the chimpanzee trekking excursion. Due to the unpredictable duration of the trek, it's essential to carry your lunch pack and several litres of drinking water.

Chimpanzee trekking is an active experience, as you may need to keep pace with the chimps once located, often for up to an hour. Uganda's habituated chimps are known for their lively and uninhibited behaviour, which can include swinging from tree branches, engaging in playful fights, grooming one another, and displaying primal social dynamics. Witnessing these great apes in their natural habitat is sure to evoke a sense of awe and appreciation for humanity.

You'll have the option to choose between the one-hour trekking experience or the longer Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, which can last nearly the entire day. Regardless of your choice, few experiences rival walking alongside wild chimpanzees in an African rainforest during your holiday.

During the morning chimp trek, you may encounter other primates such as the rare L'Hoest's monkey and red colobus monkey, as well as the black & white colobus, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, and grey-cheeked mangabey.

In the afternoon, embark on an excursion to the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a haven for birdwatchers. Skilled birders may spot up to 50 species during an afternoon nature walk, while lucky visitors might observe more than seven primate species in the treetops. The sanctuary exemplifies a successful community-based approach to natural resource management, benefiting the local residents living within the area.

Main Destination Kibale National Park
Accommodation Options
  • Turaco Treetops (Mid-range)
  • Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury)
Meals
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Afternoon Boat Cruise

Your journey continues! A scenic 3–4-hour drive delivers you from Kibale National Park to the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Arrive at Mweya jetty, where an incredible lunchtime adventure awaits – a boat cruise on the legendary Kazinga Channel.

Imagine yourself gliding through the water, surrounded by the raw beauty of the African wild. Hippos yawn wide, elephants gather at the water's edge, crocodiles bask in the sun, and buffalo graze along the lush banks. This is a front-row seat to nature's spectacle.

For the next night, you'll call Queen Elizabeth National Park home. This famed park boasts a breathtaking range of habitats, from the lush Maramagambo forest to vast savannah plains. Prepare for thrilling encounters with lions, leopards, elephants, hyenas, playful baboons, the iconic Uganda kob, and even the elusive giant hog – a true feast for the wildlife lover's soul.

Main Destination Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation Options
  • Katara Lodge (Mid range)
  • Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury)
Meals
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Game Drive and Transfer to Buhoma

Prepare for the exhilarating experience of a classic African safari! Embark on a sunrise game drive through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Uganda's most iconic national park.

At dawn, the Kasenyi tracks burst with life, offering the opportunity to witness majestic lions and elusive leopards in action. Vast herds of elephants and buffalo traverse the plains, while graceful antelopes such as topi, bushbuck, and the iconic Uganda kob enhance the spectacle. Keep a keen eye out for the elusive giant forest hog!

After an early lunch and checking out from the lodge, head to the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ishasha is renowned for its unique attraction: tree-climbing lions. Scan the sprawling fig trees carefully, as you may spot these magnificent creatures lounging in the branches. Additionally, you'll encounter giant forest hogs and buffalo herds displaying their stunning auburn coats, a testament to their rainforest ancestry. Graceful antelopes like topi, bushbuck, and the iconic Uganda kob further enrich the diverse wildlife tapestry.

Main Destination Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Accommodation Options
  • Haven Lodge (Mid-range)
  • Buhoma Lodge (Luxury)
Meals
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Gorilla tracking

Today, the adventure of a lifetime awaits! Rise early, fuel up with a hearty breakfast, and gather your gear – your lunch pack, water, and sturdy hiking boots. Your tour guide will ensure you arrive at the briefing point well before 7:30 am. From the visitor center, your gorilla trekking journey begins around 8:00 am, rain or shine.

Prepare for an exhilarating gorilla trek through the dense jungle. You might spend hours navigating muddy slopes and thick vegetation in search of the magnificent mountain gorillas. But the moment you lay eyes on these gentle giants, the effort will melt away. Remember to stay a respectful distance, and if they approach, simply follow your guide's instructions. The awe-inspiring hour you spend observing them will be a memory you'll cherish forever.

To make the most of this Africa gorilla experience, I recommend getting in shape beforehand. Gorilla trekking can be physically demanding, but the reward is more than worth it. Expect to emerge from the jungle around 2:00 pm, ready to refuel with a packed lunch. Savor the return journey, keeping an eye out for exotic birds – though your guide's primary focus will be on safely leading you back to the lodge

Main Destination Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Accommodation Options
  • Haven Lodge (Mid-range)
  • Buhoma Lodge (Luxury)
Meals
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: Buhoma to Lake Mburo National Park

Today, enjoy a relaxed morning with a late start, followed by a leisurely breakfast. Afterwards, check out of Buhoma Lodge and embark on a 5-6 hour transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Along the journey, you'll traverse hills, forests of banana plantations, and traditional African homesteads, immersing yourself in the breathtaking landscapes.

Upon arrival at Lake Mburo National Park, experience a sunset game drive as you make your way to your lodge for the night.

Lake Mburo is Uganda’s smallest national park, offering diverse attractions for all. From its tranquil lakes to expansive savannahs, and from sightings of giraffes to leopards, the park promises an array of experiences, including walking safaris and fishing opportunities.

Main Destination Lake Mburo National Park
Accommodation Options
  • Eagles Nest (Mid-range)
  • Mihingo Lodge (Luxury)
Meals
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: Game drive – Transfer to Entebbe

Begin your day with the melodic chirping of birds and the radiant African sunrise. Embark on a walking safari to encounter giraffes, elands, zebras, impalas, and topis up close. Afterward, return to the lodge for breakfast, check out, and proceed to Entebbe for your departure flight or overnight stay.

Main Destination Entebbe
Accommodation Options Optional
Meals
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

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