5 Day Bwindi Gorillas & Kibale Chimp Safari

5 -Day Bwindi Gorillas & Kibale Chimp Safari

During this safari, you will track the chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, home to the largest diversity and number of primates in East Africa including,: chimpanzees, Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Red-Colobus, Phoestes, Red-tailed monkeys and the Blue monkeys as well as enjoy a nature walk in the Bigodi Swamp for bird watching. You will also be able to visit Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park for the highlight activity of Gorilla trekking.

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park.

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Wetland Nature walk.

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking Tour.

Day 5: transfer back to Kampala.

Detailed Tour Itinerary

Approximate Travel time: 7 Hours

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park

After an early breakfast, our safari guide will meet you, brief you about the safari, and then start on the journey to Kibale National Park driving westward along the Mityana – Fort Portal road.

You will enjoy views of the beautiful countryside and have lunch along the way before arriving at the park. At the end of the day, you will check into your accommodation for dinner and the overnight

Accommodation Options include:

Basic: Chimps Nest

Luxury: Ndali Lodge

Mid-range: Primates Lodge

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking, then Nature walk, Birding in Bigodi Wetland.

You will have early breakfast before going for a briefing by the park warden. After that, you will set off for an amazing expedition to track chimpanzees, starting at 8.00 a.m.

Along the way you will encounter other primates while in the forest such as Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Red-Colobus, Blue tailed monkeys as well as L’hoestes and everal birds, insects and colorful butterflies.

After lunch, you will set out on a nature walk to explore the Bigodi swamp – an eco-tourism site where you will see a number of rare plant as well as animal species including the largest antelope species – the Statunga. There are various birds including: the Great blue Turacco, Narina Trogon, Rwenzori Turaco as well as the little Bulbul.

Accommodation Options include:

Basic: Chimps Nest

Luxury: Ndali Lodge

Mid-range: Primates Lodge

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

After an early morning breakfast at your accommodation, you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and have lunch along the way.

Accommodation Options include:

Mid-range: Lake Kitandara Camp, or Engagi Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge, or Silverback Lodge

Budget: Buhoma Community Campground, Travellers Rest Hotel or Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge or Mahogany Lodge.

DAY 4: Gorilla Trek and Cultural Entertainment

You will be treated to an early morning breakfast before heading out for the early morning briefing by the park warden about the “do’s and the don’ts” while on this activity. You will set out deep in the forest led by guides and rangers as you search through the thick vegetation for gorillas.

You will traverse through the forested muddy slopes until you eventually meet the gorillas. The trek may take anything between 2—6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. On finding them you will be allowed one hour in their presence for purposes of their observation. You will observe them go about their day to day routine and even take photos and capture videos.

It’s a very exciting moment coming face to face with these gorillas. You will be amazed by the huge size of the silverback which is the dominant male – the can grow to a weight of 230 kilograms and reach a height of over 1.8 meters

In the evening, there will be an optional cultural experience with the Batwa people who you will interact with, visit some of their local project and enjoy traditional entertainment of music dance and drama. At the end of the day’s activities, you will return to your accommodation where you will have your dinner and rest for the night the night.

  

Options include:

Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel or Buhoma Community Campground, or Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp

Luxury: Mahogany Lodge or Buhoma Lodge

Mid-range: Lake Kitandara Camp, or Engagi Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge, or Silver back Lodge

DAY 5: Return to Kampala – end of safari

You will enjoy early breakfast, check out of your lodgings and then start on the journey back to Kampala, driving through the beautifully-terraced escarpments in the southwestern part of Uganda, through the stunning rugged hills known as ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’.

You will have lunch in Mbarara town, home of the long-horn Ankole cattle.

Eventually you will arrive in Kampala and depending on your flight you will be transferred to the airport. This will be the end of this exciting Safari.

The price quotation of this tour Includes:

  • Chimpanzee tracking Permit
  • Nature Walks
  • A private Four wheel Drive (4WD) vehicle for you ground transportation
  • Park entry fees
  • A gorilla permit for each individual
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary on a full-board basis,
  • Airport transfer on the day the safari ends
  • Sightseeing per your safari itinerary

However, it excludes:

  • Addition Excursions indicated as optional
  • Flight tickets and related taxes
  • Travel as well as medical insurance
  • Additional luggage charges,
  • Visas and other relevant travel documentation
  • Tips and Laundry, tips
  • Beverages other than mineral water offered in the vehicle and served during your meals
  • Items of personal natures such as toiletries
  • Any personal expenditure like on phone calls