5 Days Best of Uganda -on this Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari
The Best of Uganda on this Value+ Midrange 5-Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safaris
This Value+ Midrange 5-Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari is one of our most popular Safaris since it packs various experiences into just 5-days.
It is a Moderately Value + priced version of our favorite 5-day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari Staying in quality mid-range lodges with en-suite Bath and better quality food and service.
5 Day Gorilla Chimpanzee Trekking Wildlife Safari – During the five days, track the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
There are the tree-climbing lions, leopards, thriving Elephant, Buffalo, and Antelope Herds in Queen Elizabeth National Park along with Warthogs, Forest hogs, Hyenas, lots of birds (over 600 bird species), and of course the Great scenic views like the Explosion Crater lakes, the Rwenzori Mountains, the endless Savannah and more.
Chimpanzee Trekking in underground Forest of the Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu Forest, near Queen Elizabeth Park – we give you a choice. Kalinzu Forest is one of the Top-Rated locations for Chimpanzee Trekking. Arrival Lodging and Airport Pickup, also Departure Lodging, or Dayroom can be arranged at your request, for this, one of our most popular safaris.
Arrival Lodging and Airport Pickup, also Departure Lodging, or Dayroom can be arranged at your request, for this, one of our most popular safaris.
Highlights of your Value+ Midrange 5-Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safaris
- Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Chimpanzee Trekking in either the Kyambura Gorge or in Kalinzu Forest.
- Ishasha Tree-Climbing Lions
- The Scenic Explosion Crater Drive featured in National Geographic
- Kazinga Channel Boat Ride – Hippos, Reptiles, Wildlife and Birds
- Wildlife Game Drives
- Add-On Options such as Lion Tracking Research or Banded Mongoose Research
Your Value+ Midrange 5-Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safaris in Detail:
Day 1- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:
From Entebbe: Your 5-Day Gorilla Chimpanzee Trekking Wildlife Safari begins in Entebbe or Kampala at 6:30 AM. We head for the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for your 5-Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safaris. For your comfort, bottled water is in the vehicle, and we stop for lunch half-way to the Buhoma area in Bwindi Forest.
From Kigali Rwanda: This safari can begin in Kigali, a shorter drive than from Entebbe.
The drive to the Buhoma area from Kigali is 4-hours less than from Entebbe. Your Hotel pickup would be six am. At the border, change your watch ahead by one-hour to East African Time from Central African Time.
The drive-time from Kigali to Buhoma is five-hours plus in duration. You would arrive at lunch-time and do an afternoon activity such as the Batwa Experience or the Buhoma Village Walk during the Afternoon.
In Buhoma, you check into the moderately priced Haven Lodge. The Lodge consists of three cottages, one of them being a family cottage that sleeps four.
It is a mid-range with extra touches that make it one of the best midrange lodges in Buhoma.
All cottages come with an en-suite bath. Your deck will directly overlook Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. An excellent spot for a relaxing after Gorilla Trekking Sundowner.
The courteous staff will ensure that your stay at the lodge is comfortable.
Mealtimes are a delight, and you get a better fare than other similar priced midrange lodges. They also do a surprisingly good job with packed lunches for Gorilla Trekking.
For those that want to remain plugged in, there is WiFi at the lodge.
Lodge: Haven Lodge at Buhoma
Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner
Day 2 – Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:
An early Breakfast, you will need to take packed lunch, be sure to have two liters of water with you and you off for gorilla tracking.
A Gorilla Trek, for most, is the experience of a lifetime. It usually takes about 5-hours and can be a bit on the rigorous side. We consider your input and place you with a Gorilla Family Group.
What to wear: It is best to wear jeans, a long-sleeved shirt, boots, a hat, some use garden gloves to pull themselves up on vines or branches, a light rain jacket, a daypack.
The driver will assist you in hiring a porter. You can also buy a big walking stick that comes in handy on the trek. They are available at the lodge or the Gorilla Trailhead.
The Gorilla Trek can take 5 hours or more, including one hour of being with a Gorilla family. There are rules of conduct while tracking the gorillas. They need to be followed for the protection of the Mountain Gorillas and your well-being.
Optional Activities after the Gorilla not included in the Price: After tracking, there are choices regarding activities. You can relax, chill out or take Buhoma Village Walk. You can also take a Ride – 4 a Woman Mountain Bike Ride –a visit with the Batwa People.
Lodge: Haven Lodge – Buhoma
Meal Plan: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 3 – Ishasha-Tree-Climbing Lions – Queen Elizabeth Park:
Breakfast, and we leave for Queen Elizabeth Park. 1½ hours later, we reach the Ishasha region. It is the home of the Tree Climbing Lions, which is the best place in East-Africa to see them.
From the Buhoma Area, it is a 1 1/2-hour drive to the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth Park. Here you take a Game Drive. An Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger will join us in the Vehicle.
The Safari Vehicle has a pop-up roof for better game viewing. You will see Tree Climbing Lions and leopards, herds of elephants, buffaloes, Uganda Kob and Topi Antelopes.
After the game drive, it is Lunch at the Savanna Resort.
We continue to the Mweya area of Queen Elizabeth Park.
Before checking into Enganzi Game Lodge, we take the 27-kilometer explosion crater drive. It is the most scenic drive in Uganda. It takes you to the highest point in Queen Elizabeth Park.
The timing and lighting are just right for you to get some great pictures during the late afternoon.
You will see the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon. The Explosion craters shaped much of the park. Some are lakes filled with water, others containing sulfur. A few are covered by savannah grass or forest.
The drive is so scenic that National Geographic featured a picture of one of the explosion craters. Beyond the craters, you have views of the Western Rift escarpment. Below is the Savannah and Lake George, and Lake Edward connected by the Kazinga Channel.
Check into the Enganzi Game Lodge. It overlooks the
Enganzi Game Lodge – with that affordable extra added touch, Enganzi Game Lodge offers quality and affordable prices.
Enganzi Game Lodge is the perfect base while exploring Queen Elizabeth Park with its wildlife, explosion craters, the vast Kyambura Gorge, the endless Maramagambo Forest, and more.
The tented cottages come with a full bath and have extensive views down the Albertine Western Rift Escarpment of Queen Elizabeth Park.
The lodge has been consistent in quality and service to our clients at a fair price. One could say that it is a value plus lodge since you get more than you would at similarly priced lodges, including a large room, full bath, great views, and private cottages that are away from one another. It is one of the few mid-range lodges with a swimming pool.
Lodge: Enganzi Game Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 4 – Queen Elizabeth Park:
Breakfast, and we drive to the Kyambura Gorge for Chimpanzee Tracking. The Kyambura Gorge is part of the Western Rift, and as you come near it, you will find this massive gash in the Savannah, that gash in the Kyambura Gorge, part of the Western Rift.
After an orientation, you go out with guides and trackers to track our closest cousins, the chimpanzees.
Like the gorillas, they are habituated, which means that they are used to human beings and do not scamper off when we show up in their area.
Again, like with Gorilla Tracking, chimpanzee tracking is another one of a kind encounter.
One hour with the chimpanzees in the Kyambura Gorge. Another fantastic experience in your five days on Safari in the Pearl of Africa.
Option: Chimpanzee Trekking can be done in nearby Kalinzu Forest, where the chances of spotting chimpanzees are much higher. Japanese Primate Researchers have been habituating the chimpanzees for over 20 years. In recent times, Chimpanzees became iffier in Kyambura Gorge, causing many of our clients to trek chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest.
Afternoon a wildlife boat safari on Kazinga Channel at 3 pm. The boat will be moving along the banks of the channel toward Lake Edward. You will see the largest concentration of hippos in Africa. There are hundreds of birds, and usually, a bird watcher will see over 40 species of birds on the two-hour boat safari. There are herds of elephants coming down to the water. Even more massive herds during the dry season. Buffalo herds and late in the afternoon. You find an occasional predator coming to water before going out on a night’s hunt.
The boat safari is a slow-moving affair. You get the best opportunities for taking pictures – the boat safari is one of the highlights of your visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is a tapestry of natural wonders that you will find most surprising.
Lodge: Enganzi Game Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 5 – Queen Elizabeth Park – return to Entebbe:
Breakfast and your last game drive on this Safari. Instead of the game drive, you can choose the Lion Tracking Research. It involves following collared lions and leopards in a research vehicle with the Uganda Carnivore Project. ($50 per person, after July 1, 2020 -$100)
The other choice is the Banded Mongoose Research on the Mweya Peninsula. ($30 per person)
After the morning activity, we drive to Entebbe. Depending on your morning activity’s timing, lunch is either at the Lodge or on the Road.
We stop at the Equator for picture taking. Souvenirs can be bought here as well as refreshments.
Alternate Option: Drive to Kigali Rwanda for your flight out – Drive time 6 hours, and you will be in Kigali in the late afternoon. Lunch along the way.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch
Included in Safari: Lodging and Food, 4 Wheel Drive Safari Vehicle, Fuel, English Speaking Driver, Bottled Drinking Water on all Drives, Park Entrance Fees, and cultural site entrance fees, Permits as applicable, Guide for Tracking and Game Drives.
Not included in Safari price: Air Travel to and from Uganda or Rwanda, Visa Costs, Laundry, Tips, Drinks, except those involved in the lodging, meal price. Activities where it says optional are not included in the price but can be at your request.
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