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8 Day Luxury Chimp, Gorilla, and Wildlife Safari


Encounter chimpanzees at Kibale National Park! Other primates are also waiting for you, as well as a vast rockery of birds of 375 species, and an array of other wild animals. Combine this with an exciting visit to a celebrated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve! Queen Elizabeth National Park is host to a remarkable variety of ecosystems. It is located on the western arm of the Great Rift Valley. Then get ready to embark on one of the most unique experiences in your life as we visit the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is known to be the home to about 300 of 700 mountain gorillas. Finally, have Lake Bunyonyi, “the place of many little birds” captivate your senses. Bask in the warmth of the sun and cool down in its wondrous waters. The verdant scenery is relaxing and peaceful.


Categories: Uganda


Price Ranges: USD $ 3000-5999

Activities:

  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Bird Watching
  • Wildlife Game Drive

Days: 8-9 Days


Activities:

  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Bird Watching
  • Wildlife Game Drive

Please expect to be welcomed by your enthusiastic tour leader who will take good care of you. We will fetch you either from Entebbe International Airport in Kamapala or from the hotel you stayed the night. Then, we will head west to reach Kibale Forest National Park in Fort Portal. We will take the route towards Mubende which will let us pass through the verdant country side where we can see traditional homesteads, and tea plantations. On the way to Fort Portal town, we will have lunch. Later in the afternoon, we shall then proceed to our lodge to rest.

Main destination: Kibale Forest National Park
Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge
Meals: All meals included

On this day, you will either have to pick Chimpanzee tracking or Chimpanzee Habituation Experience. Chimpanzee Habituation Experience entails guests to stay with a small group of Chimpanzees for a close encounter from morning up to evening. If you’ve picked Chimpanzee tracking, you will be able to do the Bigondi Wetlands activity but if you’ve picked Chimpanzee habituation experience, we have to adjust the program, and forego the Bigondi activity.

CHIMP TRACKING / PRIMATE WALK
After breakfast, we must be at the Kanyanchu Visitors Center at 0800H where the Chimp Tracking activity commences. The hike is seasonal, only during the dry season (January to February, June to September, mid-November to December). It is about 12 kilometers and will take about 2-3 hours. Apart from the chimpanzees which humans share 98% of DNA with, be surprised to see other primates, and a vast rockery of birds. Kibale National Park is has the highest density of primate life in the world and is home to about 375 bird species which include the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis. The park also showcases traditionally used plant wildlife. Packed lunch will be prepared by our accommodation.

To conclude the day, we return to our lodge, have dinner, and take a much deserved rest after an action-packed day of adventure.

Main destination: Kibale Forest National Park and/or Semuliki National Park
Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge
Meals: All meals included

After breakfast, we shall checkout and drive towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. It will take about 2 hours via the Mbarara-Kasese Road.

When we arrive Queen Elizabeth National Park, we shall check in to our accommodation and begin activities afterwards. We shall do a game drive in the Kasenyi Plain. In that area, we can have a chance to see lions, hyenas, and leopards. After the day’s activity, we can have dinner back at the accommodation, and call it a day and rest for the night.

Main destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge
Meals: All meals included

We can have an early breakfast as we travel to the nearby Kyambura Gorge. During the walk, you may spot chimpanzees, other monkeys, elephants, hippopotamuses, elephants, lions, and birds, among other animals. After lunch, we shall go to the Mweya Peninsula for a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel. There will be plentiful wildlife along the banks. There will be a good chance we can see buffaloes, elephants, birds, and hippopotamuses.

The Mweya Peninsula is a sight to behold as it overlooks the Katwe bay of Lake Edward. It is considered as the ‘heart of sightseeing’ in the park. Subsequently, the Northern area of Kazinga Channel is near Mweya Peninsula. It is the body of water joining together Lake Edward and Lake George. It is about 40 meters long. We can view a lot of different wildlife along the banks. There will be a variety of mammals, reptiles, and birds. After the day’s activity, we can return to our accommodation to have dinner and get well-deserved rest aftert his action-packed day of adventure.

On this day of adventure, we shall have a nice picnic lunch. Then, we return to our accommodation to have dinner, and rest for the night.

Main destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge
Meals: All meals are included

After breakfast, we checkout and forge forward to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The drive will take about 5 hours. We will be passing through Kabale in the Kizengi District. Kabale is known as the Switzerland of Uganda because of its green terraces, lovely climate and scenic vista. As we travel on, and reach Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, we can check in to our accommodation to have dinner and get well-deserved rest after this action-packed day of adventure.

Main destination: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Accommodation: Lake Mutanda Resort
Meals: All meals are included

After breakfast we shall proceed to the park offices to begin our adventure with the gentle giants. A briefing will take place at the park headquarters. The duration of the activity will depend on the sighting and movement of the gorillas. It can span from 1 to 8 hours. The sight of the mountain gorillas will be truly an experience to remember. Mountain gorillas are endangered ape species and there are only few left in the world. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a unique destination since it is the only place in Africa that mountain gorillas and chimpanzees co-exist. Packed lunch will be prepared by your accommodation. Your visit to them will help, as the park permits which you have purchased to enter the park will fund conservation.

After the day’s action-packed adventure, we shall return to your lodge to checkout and drive towards Lake Bunyonyi. The drive will take about 2 hours via the Muko-Bufundi Road. Upon reaching Lake Bunyonyi, we will check in to our accommodation, have dinner, rest to prepare for the activities the next day.

Main destination: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park/Lake Bunyonyi
Accommodation: Bird’s Nest Resort
Meals: All meals are included

After breakfast, we prepare to explore the area. There are about 29 islets and we can visit the 6 main ones – Akampene (Punishment Island), Bushara, Kyahugye, Bwama, Njuyeera, Bucuranuka (Upside down). It will be interesting to know stories that are linked with these islands. It will provide a lot of cultural insight. Since the lake is known to be free of bilhazaria, you can take a swim. It is very safe and does not have crocodiles or hippos in the water. In any water activity, it is important to take precaution. You can also ride a canoe to explore the lake further. We can also take a short trek to get a good vista of the whole lake. Cultural immersion and interaction can be done with the local settlers in the area. We can see the farmers, playful children and women clad in their traditional kanga wraps. There is a children’s concert where we can hear the kids sing. Then after the day’s activity, we return to our accommodation, have dinner, and rest for the night.

Main destination: Lake Bunyonyi
Accommodation: Bird’s Nest Resort
Meals: All meals are included

After breakfast, we shall check out and we can take you to Kigali in Rwanda, to the Kigali International Airport or a hotel there if you are staying the night. It is about 2 hours away from Lake Bunyonyi.

If your flight out requires you to be in Kampala in Uganda, we can drive you to Entebbe International Airport or to a hotel in Kampala. It will take us about 9 hours on the road.

Main destination: Lake Bunyonyi then to Kigali or Kampala (Airport or hotel)
Accommodation: None, end of tour
Meals: Breakfast and lunch are included

Price per person:


1 adult (1 room) 2 adults (1 room) 3 adults (1 room) 4 adults ( 2 rooms) 5 adults (2 rooms)
  $3,850 $3,750 $3,390 $3,310