7 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Posted by on May 18, 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.


3 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.

Rwanda has doubled Gorilla Permits to 1500 usd while in Uganda the gorilla trekking permits are 600 usd and 450 usd during April – May – November.


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.

Dinner

Lodging: Bwindi Lodging

Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner


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

Lodging: Bwindi Lodging

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 see some wildlife here such as elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes.

Dinner

Lodging:  Queen Elizabeth Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


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.

Lunch

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.

Dinner

Lodging:  Queen Elizabeth Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


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

Breakfast

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.

Lunch

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.

Dinner

Lodging:  Kibale Forest Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


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.

Dinner

Lodging:  Kibale Forest LodgingLodging

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.

Lunch

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…


Options for this Safari:

We are flexible on the Safari as to beginning – You can fly into Kigali Rwanda and fly out of Entebbe or fly into Entebbe and fly out of Kigali cutting down long drive – times for you.  Rushaga – Bwindi Forest is a mere 3 hours drive time whereas from Entebbe it is 10 hours.


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