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14 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Hiking Safari – Uganda

Posted by on November 17, 2020

14 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Hiking Safari with Canoeing

Experience Uganda on foot – Hiking through Uganda – 14-day Hiking – Climbing Adventure Safari


This Private 14 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife -Hiking Safari is a most adventurous Hiking experience, a one-of-a-kind safari Hiking Trail tour through Uganda where at the end of your Safari you will know why it is called the Pearl of Africa.

The Hiking Safari includes both the famed Crater Lake and Western Rift Valley Trail and tallest Mountain Range in Africa – the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, a Hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, paddling an ancient appearing Dugout Canoe, the climbing of one of the Virunga Volcanoes, before flying out of Kigali, Rwanda which is a short drive from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.

This safari can begin in Entebbe – Uganda, where you fly into and then fly out of Kigali, Rwanda cutting down drive-times.  It can also be reversed for you, beginning in Kigali and ending in Entebbe.

14-Days of Uganda’s Hiking Best Trails on a safari that you will not soon forget. Stay at quality midrange safari lodges that will provide you with the comfort that you need after hitting the trails during the day.

A hiking safari that can be adjusted according to your wishes, likings, and days that you have. The Safari can also be extended to include Kidepo Valley Park in the Karamoja Region of Northern Uganda.


Day 1 – Your arrival in Uganda: 

Arrival Instructions of Importance at Entebbe Airport:

The cost of an Uganda Tourism Visa is 50 USD. Visas can be purchased online or on arrival.  The same applies to the East African Tourism Visa, costing 100 USD.  Links to the online application.

Uganda online E-Tourism Visa – Since you will be visiting Rwanda, also you need the online East African E-Tourism Visa, and the Yellow Fever Immunization Requirement is necessary – be sure to have one and take the immunization 30 days before coming to Uganda – at least 10 days for it to be effective.

With your arrival in Entebbe, your 14 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – 13Wildlife Hiking Safari is about to begin.  You are met by your Driver-Guide specializing in Hiking Safaris, who will take you to the 2-Friends Beach Hotel just ten minutes from the airport.

The mid-range hotel is the perfect spot to spend the first night in the Pearl of Africa, Uganda. The hotel is located on Lake Victoria offering guests a private, sandy beach with a treehouse bar. There is a swimming pool, an excellent restaurant serving delightful meals. The rooms we select for our clients have views of Lake Victoria and the Ssese Islands.

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Mid-Range Hotel – 2-Friends Beach Hotel

Meal Plan: Bed and breakfast day – Other meals depend on your arrival Times


Day-2 – Lake Mburo National Park:

Early Breakfast and your 14 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Hiking Safari begins as we take the four-hour drive to Lake Mburo Park. Here, we check into Rwakobo Rock. It is a peaceful and secluded lodge with a swimming pool, quality rooms, excellent service, and sumptuous meals.

There are eight comfortable, and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. Rwakobo Rock is nestled on a scenic outcrop with breathtaking views.

Animals such as zebra, warthog, impala, and bushbuck abound around the lodge and often congregate at the water hole beneath the dining area. At night, the sounds of the bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild.

Enjoy a tasty lunch overlooking the park after getting settled in at Rwakobo Rock, one of the better mid-range lodges in Uganda.

During the afternoon, take a boat ride on Lake Mburo, where you can see crocodiles, hippos, otters, water birds, and mammals coming to wat along the lake.  The boat ride is about one and a half hours long.  Afterward, there is a two-hour hike to the salt lick, where you will see an abundance of wildlife such as Zebras, Giraffes, Buffaloes, warthog, antelopes, and more.

The hike is led by a well-informed Uganda wildlife Ranger who knows the park, the wildlife, and the trail.  Feel free to ask any questions that you might have.  There is a Hide above the Saltlick from where you can observe the animals below.

The Hike comes to an end near sunset, and you can enjoy a sundowner at the Lodge.  There is a popular nocturnal drive that you can partake in.  Most often, you will see leopards on the hunt.  Let us know if it is something that you like to participate in.

Mid-range Lodge:  Lake Mburo Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 3 – Kibale Forest National Park:  

Breakfast, and we leave for Kibale Forest National Park. It is a three-hour drive to Isunga Lodge, which is your home while at Kibale forest. The Lodge overlooks Kibale Forest, the Rwenzori Mountains, and parts of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Isunga Lodge is near the Kibale Rainforest and in the crater lake area, making it the perfect base for exploration of this hiking region.

There are eight stylish cottages spread around our large grounds offering privacy and serenity in a natural wild garden setting. You may feel like you are the only one around.

The Lodge offers exemplary service along with tasty meals that make your stay here most enjoyable.

In the Afternoon, it is a hike in the  Bigodi Wetlands. A place that is a fascinatingµ Jungle Swamp.

The Bigodi Swamp Trail is a 3-hour hike, much of it on board-walk-like structures keeping you above the swamp.  The jungle vegetation of Bigodi Wetlands Swamp alone is worth a visit and is quite different from anything else you would see in East Africa.

During the afternoons, you often find chimpanzees here foraging for fruit, and other primates also abound.  This is a paradise for Birders, and the Wetlands Sanctuary is home to the large blue Turaco and other species.  You can also find the rare Sitatunga antelope here that has webbed hoofs.  You traverse the swamp using wooden boardwalks that keep you above the swamp.

Optional Nocturnal Forest Walk a guided nature walk with Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers and spotlights as you search out the creatures of the night such as pottos and bushbabies.  This nocturnal forest walk can be left out – it is normally 1 1/2 hours in length. (notify us if you want to include it since it must be booked in advance)

Mid-Range Lodging: Isunga Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day – 4 Kibale Forest – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience:

Breakfast and we are off for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari, which is an all-day. After an orientation¶, you are off with your Uganda Wildlife Ranger Guide.

For detailed information on a Chimpanzee Habituation – use our information page, which gives you a lot of tips and advice on an all-day Habituation.

What to bring and wear for your all-day Habituation Experience:

You will need a daypack, packed lunch, 3 liters of water, snacks, a light rain-jacket, long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, hat, good socks, waterproof hiking boots.

The All-Day Habituation Experience begins early in the morning and lasts until late afternoon.

You are with a chimpanzee group being habituated, researchers, trackers, µand others, however, you have your own private guide, and you will see a lot more than Chimpanzees. There 12 other primates found here, 350 plus birds, many mammals, 200 butterflies.

The Habituation has become more popular with visitors to Uganda in recent years, and Kibale Forest is the best park or forest in East Africa for Chimpanzees.

Kibale Forest is where the West African Jungle meets East Africa, and the best place in East Africa were to see Chimpanzees.

Dinner

Mid-Range Lodging: Isunga Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 5 – Rwenzori Mountain Hiking:

Breakfast, and we take the 2 1/2 hour drive to the village of Ruboni in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – here we check into the Equator Snow Lodge.  Your room is a River Stone Cottage with a sitting and sleeping area, fireplace, en-suite bath, and an outside deck.

Equator Snow Lodge is the closest to an Alpine Lodge in Uganda. From here, you can explore the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon and beyond.

We can extend your stay to two nights, giving you more time in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Afternoon Foothill hike through the forest with guides taking you on the ancient trails surrounding the village – creeks and rivers, primates, fragrant forests, you might even learn how to fish with your hands.

There are primates found here, such as Black and White Colobus and others.  You will see many birds in the thick forests, such as the Rwenzori Turaco, and hopefully,µ you will see some of the colorful Chameleons.

While here, you can take drumming or dancing lessons offered here at a fee that is not included in the Safari price.

Dinner – tribal dancing for your entertainment during the dinner time

Option:  You can add the 3 days Mahoma Trail.  Another choice is adding at least one day by adding the Rwenzori Mini-Hike, where you get up to elevations that are 3,000 meters in elevation.  This a hike where you get up to the half-way up the mountains.

Midrange Lodge: Equator Snow Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 6-Rwenzori Mountains – Queen Elizabeth Park: 

Early Breakfast and hike up the mountains for the best view and pictures of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon. /do not forget to snap a few of Chameleons, primates along the path.  It is a four to five-hour hike with fabulous scenery along the way in the Rwanda Mountains of the Moon with the mountains’ keepers.

There are various levels of fitness required for this hike, and with that, several destinations – we will work it out with your Ruboni  Guide to have you take the hike that you would prefer this morning.

We are off for Queen Elizabeth Park the two-hour-plus drive – before we check into Enganzi Game Lodge, we will take the explosion crater drive. It is a 27 kilometers drive at the park’s highest point with superb views all along the drive.

It is one of the most scenic drives in all of Uganda.   You will find it amazingly beautiful.  The scenic drive has not escaped the attention of National Geographic, which has featured one of the craters in its publication.

 

After the drive, check into Enganzi Game Lodge, a lodge that we have used for a decade for our clients. You have a large tented cottage with en-suite rooms. There is a swimming pool for you to enjoy here. The food and service are consistent in quality, and most guests are quite happy with the lodge.

Your room is along the Albertine Rift Escarpment with views of the savannah below you.  For some, the walk to the room can be a bit strenuous.

Dinner

Mid-Range Lodge: Enganzi Game Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 7 – Queen Elizabeth Park: 

Breakfast and we drive to the Kyambura Gorge, where you enter into the lost valley or the valley of the apes for chimpanzee tracking and hiking down in what amounts to a gash in the savannah. A most amazing place to hike and to trek chimpanzees.

BBC called it “the lost valley” – it is a place of rugged beauty such as you have never seen.  The Trek – Hike is about 3 1/2 hours in length and well worth the effort for the scenic beauty alone that you find here in the Kyambura Gorge.

Lunch

Afternoon Boat Safari on the famed Kazinga Channel with the highest concentration of hippos in Africa, hundreds of various species of birds, herds of elephants, buffaloes, antelopes – late in the afternoon, you might see some predators, crocodiles, monitor lizards, and much more during this two-hour-plus boat ride.

After the boat ride, we take a sunset game drive where we see elephants, lions, a leopard here and there, buffaloes, and antelopes of various kinds.

Instead of a game drive, you can choose to hike the Mweya Peninsula that stretches into the Kangal Channel.

Dinner

Mid-Range Lodge: Enganzi Game Lodge


Day 8 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast and we drive to Maramagambo Forest, where take a morning hike through this vast Ironwood Forest where you can see primates, including chimpanzees at times, birds, and mammals.

We end up at the bat cave, where we use a viewing booth designed by the American Center for Disease Control and take a look at the bats and pythons who consume them.

This is a three-hour-plus hike with primates, including chimpanzees along the way, birds, and small mammals.

We continue to the Ishasha Sector of the park, where we check into the @the River Lodge and use one of their self-contained bath cottages located along the Ntungwe River with wildlife all around.

Lunch

Afternoon Game Drive in search of the tree-climbing lions found in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth Park -the tree climbing lions are found in the fig trees of Ishasha.

They spend all day in the trees, sleeping the day away after a night of hunting and being on the prowl.

Ishasha is the best place in East Africa for Tree-Climbing Lions, but you may also see Leopards with the prey that they dragged up in the tree for safe-keeping.

Queen Elizabeth Park and Ishasha have seen an increase in elephants, both savanna and forest elephants, and hybrid elephants.

The number is now over 3000. Buffaloes are also on the increase, as are antelopes. In Ishasha, there are the colorful Topi and vast herds of Uganda Kob.

Dinner.

Midrange Lodge:  Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 9 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Breakfast and an early morning hike with Uganda Wildlife Rangers along the Ishasha River with Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger, where you will be able to see elephants, hippos, other wildlife, and birds.  This is a two to three-hour hike, a nature walk that gives you exposure to the savannah wilderness.

After lunch, we drive to the Buhoma area where you check into mid-range Haven Lodge that is in the Buhoma area of Bwindi Forest. The Haven Lodge is a community project of the Buhoma Community. It is an excellent lodge that gives you a lot of value for the money.  The rooms are nice with views of the forest, the service is excellent, and the meals are a delightful surprise

 

Midrange Lodge: Haven Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 10 – Gorilla Trek:

Breakfast and a packed lunch – you have a choice of using a porter for a low fee – use one and support a Ugandan Family – buy a walking stick – preferably a carved one and again support a Ugandan family. You can take it home for the walking stick, and it will come to use during the trek of 5 hours or more. Remember the bottled water- 2 liters of it and your packed lunch from the lodge and enjoy the event of a lifetime – meeting the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.

Optional:  After the trek, depending on what time you are finished with tracking, the following options that are not now included can be chosen by you.  Before 2 pm – The Batwa Experience – this a hike with the Batwa Pygmies in the forest. The Village Walk in Buhoma is 3 hours in length. This is one of the more popular activities here.

Dinner

Midrange Lodge: Haven Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 11 – Hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Buhoma to Nkuringo – an eight-hour walk that has been the favorite part of a safari for many clients.

Simply an amazing encounter with the ancient Forest.  You have a porter to assist you along with a walking stick.

Lunch, bottled water, snacks, and the same clothing you would wear on a gorilla trek.

Check-in and dinner at the lodge of your choice in the Nkuringo or Rushaga area of the Park,

Midrange Lodge: Nkuringo Bwindi Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 12 -Lake Mutanda :

Hike down to the most scenic Lake Mutanda surrounded by the Virunga Volcanoes and then paddle across it – once again an all-day adventure.

Check-in to the lodge of your choice below.

Midrange Lodge: Mutanda Lake Resort

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 13 – Mgahinga Gorilla Park:

Early breakfast and we drive to Mgahinga Gorilla Park where today you can climb one of the three Volcanoes – climbing length is between 5 and 10 hours – another one of the highlights of your hiking safari through Uganda – packed lunch and two liters of water is with you as you hike and climb. The following Volcanoes can be climbed in one day in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

Mount Gahinga (3,474 meters): Gahinga means the pile of stones, and you will find piles of stones in the gardens and farms below Mount Gahinga that the people clear from their fields and put into piles at the edge of their fields.

Mount Gahinga is not a little stone, but it is a little brother being a neighbor to Mount Muhavura.

To climb Mount Gahinga takes about 6 hours round trip, and that is the beautiful thing about all the volcanoes located in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.- they are one-day climb-hikes

Mount Muhavura (4,127 meters):  Mount Muhavura is also called Mount (Muhavura), which means the guide because it is seen from far and wide and stands like a beacon, a point reference simply the Guide.

This cone-shaped Volcano rising above the other two in Uganda gives those who take the 8-hour climb – hike up and back some of the best views around – taking in the Virunga Volcanoes, Lake Edward and Lake George in Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the Rwenzori Mountains – simply amazing views for the tallest of the Mufumbiro Mountains, the Virunga Volcanoes.

Mount Sabinyo (3,669 meters): The favorite to climb is Mount Sabinyo, also called “Old Man’s Teeth,” since, like an old man might lose teeth, the top of Mount Sabinyo’s top has become jagged, eroded by time and elements.  There are three most challenging peaks – the views are well worth it – simply amazing.

It would be best if you were in reasonable shape. There is some ladder climbing as you venture up and step into the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and back into Uganda, all without your passport being stamped.

Midrange Lodge: Mutanda Lake Resort

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 14 – Kigali Rwanda: 

Breakfast – for the easiest wear and tear on you, least drive-time – you can fly home from Kigali, Rwanda – 2-hour drive.  It is a 3-hour drive for your departure to Kigali – add one hour for a time change.  Depending on your departure – you can visit the Genocide Memorial in Kigali and have a bite to eat (optional) at Hotel Rwanda – Hotel des Mille Collines.


All activities and permits are included, all food and lodging, vehicle and expert driver-guide – alcohol or soft drinks, laundry at lodges not included, tips not included.14 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Hiking Safari


This experiential 14 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Trekking Safari is a one a kind, unique, and out of the ordinary safari from Kabiza Wilderness Safaris.

Hiking Safaris are one of our Specialties – this safari can be lengthened to include Mount Elgon, Kidepo Valley, including a visit to the Ik People on Mount Morungole near Kidepo Valley Park and the Western Rift Valley Escarpment and the Crater Lake Trail.

Experiential Hiking in Uganda has become more popular in recent years, with people of all ages taking part in the Hiking and other experiential Adventures that we offer in Uganda and Rwanda.

The Safari can be modified to your liking.  As it now is, you fly into Uganda and fly out of Kigali – Rwanda. You can choose upmarket, luxury, or mid-range lodging.


Hiking Tips and Advice:

Hiking and Nature Walk in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest takes some preparation, wearing the right clothing, boots, shoes more.

Preparing for a hike or nature walk will make it a lot more rewarding for you.  We can also help you if you have any questions. We would also love to help you create an itinerary that includes gorilla tracking and other activities such as outlined above, and a hike in or through the forest be right for you.

Hiking in Uganda is simply different from what you may be used to – many hikes are in the various rainforest – the altitude is higher, and in many cases, it will not be hot due to the elevation.

14 Day Hiking through Uganda Adventure Safari- please contact us about the Safari.

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