7 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Posted by on September 3, 2016

Budget – Moderate – Upmarket Priced 7 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest – Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest – Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth Park.

best-choice3 Parks in 7 days –  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you track Mountain Gorillas – Queen Elizabeth Park with its wildlife and Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzee Trekking, topping it off with a Kibale Forest Park for Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, a visit to the Jungle Swamp of Bigodi and a crater lake – top of the world Hike.

The Perfect Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari in Uganda that is one of our clients favorite  Safari Tours in the Pearl of Africa.  Three of Uganda’s best 3 parks in just 7 – Days, activities that you cannot do in any other nation in East Africa, only in Uganda.

During the months of April, May and November save 150 usd on Gorilla Trekking Permits and 50 usd on Chimpanzee Trekking Permits.

Day 1 – depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Depart your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe for bwindi-world-heritage-siteChimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari begins.

The drive takes us to Southwestern Uganda and to the Buhoma area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – this is a nine-hour drive.  Lunch will be taken on the road to Bwindi.

Reach Buhoma at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the late afternoon where we check in at the Lodge of your choice.


Lodging: Buhoma Community Rest Camp – Budget – Moderate – Mahogany Springs – Upmarket

Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner

Lodging Choices in the Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: 

mahogany-springs--lodge-buhomaMahogany Spring Lodge – Upmarket:

Mahogany Springs Lodge is an upmarket lodge in the affordable range with an impeccable reputation.  Its deluxe Chalets give you the comfortable rooms that you need before and after your Gorilla Trek from a clean – nicely decorated cottage room to the hospitable main-lodge.

Even Gorillas enter the lodge grounds at times and guests can see them.  The meals are excellent – the reviews are accolades of raves. The Service by the friendly staff surpasses many other lodges – a great place.

Buhoma0Community-rest-campBuhoma Community Rest Camp-Budget – Moderate:

Buhoma Community Rest Camp – is a community project assisting the local community by providing budget and moderately priced lodging to visitors of the Buhoma area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Tented Cottages with bathroom fall into the moderate range, African Style Bandas and Dorms are part of the budget offerings from Buhoma Community Rest Camp.  Sumptuous meals are offered to guests and packed lunches are made for gorilla treks.

Other Lodges to choose from

Day 2 – Gorilla Tracking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Gorilla - Chimpanzee - Wildlife SafariBreakfast at Buhoma Community Rest Camp – pick up your packed lunch, get two liters of bottled water.

What to bring  – your daypack, wear hiking boots, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, wide-brimmed hat, cotton garden gloves to pull yourself up on branches and vines, light rain jacket or poncho.

At the park headquarters engage the services of a porter and help a Ugandan family (not included in  price)– you can also buy a walking stick, get a carved one and have a carved memento of your gorilla trek.

Before going Gorilla Tracking you will be informed about the rules of Gorilla Trekking.  We have also compiled some Mountain Gorilla Information Tips and Advice that will be helpful to prepare for this day’s Trek in the forest.

Gorilla Trek time is unpredictable since the gorillas move daily – it can be from two hours to five plus hours – it is advisable to hire a porter for the day.

You have one hour with mountain gorilla group for which we have permits and it is certainly a most unusual time and an event of a lifetime for most. Picture taking of the Mountain Gorillas might be a bit difficult – the key is taking many pictures – right lighting – flash is not allowed.

After gorilla trek you can either simply relax or take an optional – not included mountain bike ride through the forest, a guided village walk, or guided nature trail hike (not included in price), or you might want to relax after Gorilla Tracking.

Option:  Gorilla Habituation Experience in the Rushaga Area – all day Trek – 4 hours with a gorilla Family 1,500 Permits.

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Dinner at Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Lodging: Buhoma Community Rest Camp – Budget – Moderate – Mahogany Springs – Upmarket

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3 – Tree Climbing Lions – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast and leave for Queen Elizabeth Park – 1 ½ to 2 hours to the Ishasha region – this is the home of the Gorilla - Chimpanzee - Wildlife Safarifamous Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha and where will take our first wildlife game drive. A game drive is about 2 1/2 to three hours in length and in  Ishasha there are lots of things to see such as the tree-climbing lions, leopards, large herds of elephants, buffaloes, antelopes which include the beautiful Topi Antelopes.

After the game drive, we have lunch at Savannah Resort

After lunch we continue to the Mweya area of Queen Elizabeth Park – our destination being Enganzi Game Lodge – 2 1/2 hours drive time.

Before we check in  we take the scenic 27 kilometer Katwe Explosion Crater Drive – one of the most scenic drives where you see the ancient explosion craters, some of them filled with fresh water or salt lakes, others covered by savanna grass or forests – beautiful enough that they recently were featured in National Geographic.  you can also see from this, the highest point of the park, a portion of the western rift escarpment, Lake Edward and Lake George, the Kazinga Channel, the endless savannah and the majestic, snow-capped Rwenzori  mountains of the moon. Along with the fabulous views, you will seecsome wildlife here such as elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes.


Lodging:  Kasenyi Safari Camp – Upmarket – Bush Lodge – Moderate – Budget

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodging Choices in Queen Elizabeth Park for this Safari:

Top Lodging Choices -Queen Elizabeth ParkKansenyi Safari Camp – Upmarket:

Kasenyi Safari Camp is an intimate 4 tented cottage camp overlooking a crater lake on the Kasenyi Plains. It is a great, reasonably priced lodge for this 7-day safari.

The Tented Cottages with bath are spacious, thoughtfully furnished.  The Main Lodge where you take your meals allows you to watch the visiting wildlife while dining.

Presently non-premium drinks are included in the price of lodging and a nocturnal game drive is offered as part of your stay.

Bush-Safari-Tented-Lodge-QEPBush Lodge – Budget- Moderate:

Bush Lodge overlooking the famed Kazinga Channel has been a steadfast accommodation for our clients and guests.

Moderate lodging is offered in their Bandas – the tented cottages which come with a bathroom. The budget option consists of furnished tents with shared bath.  The meals for both options remains the same.

Bush Lodge is near both Kazinga Cannel and game drives for added convenience.

Other Queen Elizabeth Park Lodging Choices

Day 4 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Gorilla - Chimpanzee - Wildlife SafariBreakfast before or after the game drive  – you can begin your first game drive at the crack of dawn which is about 6:30 am here – that is also the time you can pick up a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger to go with us. Mornings are also a time where you see more of the predators return from their night of prowling and there is nothing like a Savannah Sunrise .

Optional – during you have the opportunity to take an early morning Hot Air Balloon Safari over Queen Elizabeth Park, seeing the wildlife from above, afterward there is a festive Bush Breakfast.

Lion Tracking Research:  A drive in search of electronically collared lions with researchers.


3 pm: A Boat Safari ride on Kazinga Channel with the highest concentration of hippos in Africa.  There are also crocodiles (crocodiles had been absent for a few thousand years but started to show up in the 1950’s and have increased in numbers), countless of birds on the shore and overhead and in the water of the channel.

This is a pleasant boat ride where you can get some great pictures of elephants, antelopes, predators in late afternoon and buffaloes on shore.  Hopefully, you will get  an open-mouthed hippo shot with your camera.


Lodging:  Kasenyi Safari Camp – Upmarket – Bush Lodge – Moderate – Budget

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5 – Kibale Forest – Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary:Gorilla - Chimpanzee - Wildlife Safari


Drive to to Kibale Forest which is a 2 hour plus Drive.

Check into the Lodge of your Choice in Kibale Forest – Luxury Lodges are 45 minutes away from the forest.  Upmarket, Moderate and Budget Lodges are near to the Park.


Afternoon Walk at Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary which is next to Kibale Forest and you just might see chimpanzees again and  lots of birds are found there and the area is best known for the Large Blue Turaco.

Kibale Forest is also home to Forest Elephants who are hairier and smaller than their savannah cousins.  They also have smaller tusks  which allow  them to roam the forests.  You can also find Forest Buffaloes which are redder in color than the ones on the savanna.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is a community project that has been put together quite well and entrance and guide fees benefit the local community.


Lodging:  Primate Lodge – Upmarket – Moderate – Kibale Forest Camp – Moderate – Budget

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Lodging for Kibale Forest:

Kibale-Forest-Tented-Camp-smallKibale Forest Camp – Moderate – Budget:

Kibale Forest Camp stands for value in both Moderate and Budget Lodging in Kibale Forest.

It has high customer satisfaction rating – great food and consistent quality Customer Service, besides the Meals, are good for both budget and moderate lodge guests.

Moderate Lodging is in Tented Cottages with Bath, while budget is in furnished tents on a platform with shared bath,

Primate-lodge-inside-Kibale-ForestPrimate Lodge – Upmarket and Moderate:

Primate Lodge is located within Kibale Forest Park.  There are the upmarket Tented Cottages and the moderate wooden cottages with bath for you to choose from.

The location is especially good if you are going on a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience which starts early in the morning.

The meals that nicely presented are served in the Main Lodge, which is in a most comfortable Setting.

Day 6 – Kibale Forest – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience:

Early rise and breakfast as we prepare for the All-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Visit in Kibale Forest –Gorilla - Chimpanzee Trekking - Wildlife Safari you will need a daypack, 2 liters of water, packed lunch, light rain jacket, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, hat – wide-brimmed one is best, a few granola bars would not hurt.

The habituation experience “CHEX” is being all day with a group of gorillas being habituated for visits by humans.  You are with researchers – trackers and others and you have your own personal guide during the day – there are lots of things you will see and observe besides the chimpanzee groups that is in the process of being habituated.  It is a most interesting and memorable experience taken by few.


Lodging:  Lodging:  Primate Lodge – Upmarket – Moderate – Kibale Forest Camp – Moderate – Budget

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7 – Top of  the World Hike – return to Kampala:

crater-top of the world-hike-kibaleBreakfast  and then off  for the top of the world hike where you pass by three crater lakes, pass through Tea Plantations, quaint villages and settlement, as you reach the top of the world area the views are simply breathtaking – the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – Queen Elizabeth park, the greater local area including the crater lakes before you – it is simply worth the 3 hour nature walk and hike.  you do have a guide to point out things to you, explain and enlighten.


Depart for Kampala and arrive around the early evening hours.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch

Included in the Safari:  Safari Vehicle and Driver-Guide with experience as a guide – all lodging, food, except sodas, beer, wine, tips, laundry.  All Activities are included except where it states optional..

7 Days of Safari enjoyment in the Pearl of Africa with Kabiza Wilderness Safaris – enjoy your time in three of the best Parks in Uganda…

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