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5-Day Gorilla Habituation Experience–Chimpanzee–Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Posted by on August 5, 2019

5 Days – Value Priced – Gorilla Habituation Experience– Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari

Fly into Kigali and do this 5 Day Gorilla Habituation Experience– Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari  in Uganda

This \value Priced 5 Day Gorilla Habituation Experience– Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari is a one of a kindGorilla Habituation Experience–Chimpanzee–Wildlife Safari  Moderate in Price Safari in that includes the all-day, 4-hours with a gorilla family exclusive Mountain Gorilla Habituation Experience in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Plus Wildlife and Chimpanzees in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Arrival Day Lodging and airport Pickup in Kigali, Rwanda can be included in the Safari.  The Hotel that has become the favorite choice of most of our clients is Heaven Boutique Hotel and Restaurant.

This Safari can be reversed and begin in Entebbe and end in Kigali, Rwanda if you wish.

This is one of the more popular safaris because it combines Wildlife and Chimpanzee Trekking with the Gorilla Habituation Experience in five days.  

One of our Fly into Rwanda and Trek Gorillas in Uganda Safaris

5-Day Gorilla Habituation Experience–Chimpanzee-Wildlife Safari Highlights:

  • The 4-Hours with a Gorilla Family Habituation Experience
  • The Famous Ishasha Tree-Climbing Lions in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Chimpanzee Trekking in the Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu Forest
  • Boat Ride on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Wildlife Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth Park where the Elephant Population is thriving.
  • Lion Tracking Research with the Uganda Carnivore Project
  • Quality Moderately Priced Lodge Below List Prices

Your 5-Day Gorilla Habituation Experience–Chimpanzee-Wildlife Safari in Detail:

Day 1 –Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

The 5 Day Gorilla Habituation Experience– Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari begins as we pick you up at your Hotel in Kigali at 6:30 am.  The early start is since we lose one hour at the border as we move to Uganda and into the East African Time Zone.  Rwanda is on Central African Time.

Drive time from Kigali to Rushaga is 4 hours plus depending on the border crossing and road conditions on the day of Safari. It is a very scenic drive through the highlands of both Rwanda and Uganda.  Terraced mountainsides, vast Tea Plantations, the color green everywhere.

We reach the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Forest and check into Bwindi Jungle Lodge along scenic Lake Mulehe.

After Lunch, there are most reasonably priced optional activities that you can choose and pay the Lodge such as a Dugout Canoe on the lake, Village Visit on foot and by boat, Birding, biking, or walks.

Many choose to relax and chill out in anticipation of tomorrow to relax and chill, enjoy one of our Gorilla Reads about Uganda until dinner time.  There are some hammocks on the lakefront where you can do just that.


Meal Plan:  Lunch -Dinner

Lodge:  Bwindi Jungle Lodge on Lake Mulehe:

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Bwindi Jungle Lodge – Mid-Range

This is a grand newer lodge combining a base for Gorilla Trekking in the Rushaga Area with the added plus of being along Lake Mulehe with the Virunga Volcanoes providing a beautiful backdrop.

Private, en-suite cottages, consistent customer service, meals prepared with an Italian touch.

Nearby Hiking Trails, Village Visit, Canoe Boat ride on the lake, it does not get any better.  The lakefront also provides an excellent place to relax and chill out.  You can always sit on the porch of your cottage and enjoy Uganda’s Drink of Choice – Waragi with a Krest Bitter Lemon Soda.

Meal Times at Bwindi Jungle Lodge are always a most enjoyable time where the very attentive staff serves sumptuous meals.  Vegetarians or Vegans can be readily accommodated at Bwindi Jungle Lodge.


Day 2 – Gorilla Habituation Experience– Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

An early Breakfast, you will need to take packed lunch, be sure to have two liters of water with you and off for gorilla tracking.

It is best to wear jeans, long-sleeved shirt, boots, hat, some use garden gloves to pull themselves up on vines or branches, light rain jacket, day pack.

You can hire a porter  (extra Cost 20 USD), and you help a Ugandan family. You can also buy a big walking stick that comes in handy for most Mountain Gorilla Trekkers.

The  Mountain Gorilla Habituation Trek can take 7 hours or more, including the 4 hours with a gorilla family.

There are rules of conduct while tracking the gorillas, and they need to be followed for the protection of the Mountain Gorillas and your well-being.


Gorilla Habituation Experience Information – Tips – Advice

Meal Plan:  BreakfastLunch – Dinner

Day 3 – Ishasha – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Depart your lodge in Bwindi at 8:30 am since it is 5 hours plus Drive time to Ishasha from Southern Bwindi. We recommend adding a 6th day and a night in Ishasha with two Tree-Climbing Lion Game Drives. Many  however have

Lunch at Savannah Resort


The Safari Vehicle has a pop-up roof for better game viewing.  Not only will you most likely see Tree Climbing Lions, but also leopards, herds of elephants, buffaloes, Uganda Kob and Topi Antelopes.

Lunch at Savannah Resort

Afternoon Tree Climbing Lion Trek.  The Lions climb up the Fig Trees during the day for never figured out scientific reasons.  It is suspected that they want to avoid the insects on the grounds; others cite culturally ingrained habits.  What we do know is that they climb into the Fig Trees each day and spend up to 15 hours there and that t, his is the best sure sighting place (most of the time) in East Africa.  You will also find large herds of mixed Forest and Savannah Elephants.  You can tell the difference by counting their toes, looking at the forest elephant’s smaller size, tusks that are straight and hairier.  Most cannot tell the difference but Forest Elephant

We continue to the Mweya area of Queen Elizabeth Park Where we check into your lodge.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner

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Enganzi Game Lodge-$$$:

Enganzi Game Lodge – with that affordable extra added touch Enganzi Game Lodge offers quality and yet is affordable in price.

Enganzi Game Lodge is the perfect base while exploring the scenic 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 Escarpment to Queen Elizabeth Park.

Enganzi Game Lodge represents value plus for a midrange lodge.  You have a substantial Tented Cottage and a full bath.  A view before you, a private setting for your cottage that will delight you all at a reasonable price that is below lodges of similar nature.


Day 4 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast and we drive to the Kyambura Gorge for Chimpanzee Trekking.  The Kyambura Gorge is part of the Western Rift, and as you come near it, you will find this huge gash in the savanna, that gash in the Kyambura Gorge, part of the Western Rift. It has been called the Lost Valley on a BBC program and is also called the “Valley of the Apes.”

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 of Kyambura Gorge another fantastic experience in your five days of Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Wildlife on Safari in the Pearl of Africa.

Alternate Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu Forest.

Kalinzu Forest is an excellent place for Chimpanzee Trekking, and most often it is the same distance and drive-time as going to Kyambura Gorge from the Mweya area.  Chimpanzee Trekking is a more sure thing in Kalinzu Forest, which is considered the 2nd best Chimpanzee Trekking location in Uganda where you are more likely to see Chimpanzees than in the Kyambura Gorge.  Kyambura Gorge is a scenic wonder and is worth the trek even without Chimpanzee sightings.


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 where you will see the  largest concentration of hippos in Africa, hundreds of birds and usually a bird watcher will see over 40 species of birds on the two-hour boat safari – herds of elephants coming down to water, 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 so that you get the best opportunities for taking pictures – the boat safari is one of the highlights of your visit to Queen Elizabeth National  Park in Uganda.

Returning visitors always want to revisit the Kazinga Channel on a Boat Safari.


Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner

Day 5 – Queen Elizabeth Park – return to Kigali or continue to Kampala:


Sunrise Explosion Crater Drive which is an excellent time for picture-taking and giving you the just-right conditions.  Sunrise is about 6:50 in the morning and you will be at the highest point in the park – view the Rwenzori Mountains, the Western Rift Escarpment the Explosion Craters which have been featured in National Geographic and herds of Elephants.

Afterward, we head for either Kigali or Kampala and Entebbe for your flight out.  Please let us know the departure airport at the time of booking this safari.

If going in the Kampala direction, which is East, we stop at the Equator for Picture Taking.

Drive time in either direction is about 6 hours plus.

Lunch along the way

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch

Our Take: 

This compact, experiential 5-day Gorilla Habituation – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari gives you the highest return for your dollar.  4 hours with a gorilla family, 1 hour with chimpanzees, wildlife game drives, boat safari and the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha.

What sets this safari apart from others is that include the one of a kind Gorilla Habituation Gorilla Safari with Wildlife Game Drive experiences and Chimpanzee Trekking being added.

This safari has proven to be a favorite among our clients.  You can land in Kigali and begin your safari into Uganda. You can fly out of Entebbe or Kigali.

You can also begin and end this safari from Entebbe Uganda. The choice is yours.

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 Kigali, Visa Costs, Laundry, Tips, Drinks, except those involved in the lodging meal price.

If you are interested in this 5 Day Gorilla Habituation Experience– Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari – please contact us.


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