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

Posted by on August 23, 2019

4 Hours with Gorillas on an All-Day Trek– All-Day with Chimpanzees

One-of-a-Kind –Primate Adventure during this 5-Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari in Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Kibale Forest

This is a Private 5-Day Luxury Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari – Fly into Rwanda and Trek Gorillas on an all-day Trek with 4-Hours with a Gorilla Family with only 4 participants. 

After the Gorilla Habituation Experience, you Fly from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Kibale Forest where you spend all day with a Chimpanzee Family. 

This Safari eliminates the long drive-time between Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Kibale Forest with a 20-minute flight from Kisoro to Kasese where we pick you up and take you to Kibale Forest.

For this Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari you can choose to make this a total Flying Safari from Entebbe to South Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – from Kisoro to Kibale Forest and on Day 5 fly from Kasese to Entebbe.  The Safari can only be taken as outlined below due to flight availabilities and can not be done in reverse order.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience and all-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience without long drive-Times.

Highlights of your 5-Day Luxury Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari

  • All-Day Trek – 4-Hours Gorilla Habituation Experience
  • Fly to Kibale Forest and eliminate 6 hours plus Drive Time
  • Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – Jungle Swamp Walk
  • All-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – CHEX
  • Choice of Luxury Lodges
  • Land-Cruiser – 4-Wheel Drive-two vehicles – plus two drivers
  • Optional Flight from Kibale Forest to Entebbe

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

Day 1 – Drive to Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda:

Your Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari begins. We leave your hotel in Kigali for  Rushaga. The drive time to Rushaga isGorilla - Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari about 3 1/2 hours plus depending on Border Crossing – Visa for Uganda is 50 USD.  You can also get an East African Visa from Rwanda.

Upon Landing in Kigali, ask the immigration officer for an East African Visa – 100 USD, no filling out forms online.

The drive is a most scenic one through the Land of a Thousand Hills with its terraced hillsides and vat Tea Plantations and picturesque villages.

Generally, the border crossing is about 30 minutes, and you are in Uganda heading for the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest through the Gorilla Highlands and along Lake Mutanda as we reach the Nkuringo – Rushaga Area of the Park.

The area is home to the exclusive, luxury Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, the upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge.

After Lunch – You can take the optional guided Village Walk in nearby Nkuringo plus a hike up to a ridge with great views into the Congo

Your Option from Entebbe:  Fly from Entebbe to Kisoro where your Driver-Guide meets you and takes you to the luxury Lodge you have chosen,

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

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Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge –Exclusive Luxury:

Ultimate Luxury on top of the World at the exclusive Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge combines its surrounding natural views and splendor, gorillas-birds-wildlife with the luxurious comfort and  World-Class Service it offers to guests. A family cottage is available with two bedrooms.

The lodge has become the favorite among our upmarket clients and at a price that is considerably less than comparable lodges in Rwanda.

The lodge has been featured in Condé Nast and other major publications and online services.  The added plus is that a real part of the income of the lodge goes to the local community.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is one of the Best Luxury Lodges in Uganda, yet hundreds of dollars less than comparable Lodges in Rwanda.

Gorilla Safari Lodge – Upmarket:

The upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge – quality and comfort in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest,

It is the only up-market Lodge in the Rushaga Area. It has an excellent track record with our clients who have stayed here since its opening. The Deluxe Cottages are especially lovely with fireplace a sitting area where you can relax after trekking.

There is  Family Cottage here that sleeps 4 and can be used by any group of 4 and has two bedrooms and a joined sitting area where you relax after trekking.

It is a 20-minute drive to the Habituation trailhead in Rushaga from here.

This upmarket lodge becomes the lodge of choice for many due to the short distance from here to the trailhead.


Day 2 – Gorilla Habituation Experience – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Rushaga Region:

An early Breakfast – the right equipment and clothing for your Trek. Further Trekking Information that will make this day more comfortable is found here.

Gorilla Wear:  We suggest a day pack, packed lunch from the lodge, two liters of water, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, hat, boots, thick socks, and sturdy gardening gloves.  All this is not to make a fashion statement but for your protection against nettles, thorns, brush.

Tuck your trousers into the socks for extra protection against fire ants and exposed skin from touching nettles that abound here.

We supply you with bottled water, a walking stick, and a porter. One porter is needed for two people.  The porter is an added plus since they assist you on the at times challenging trek.

Meet the researchers, trackers and guides and head for the location of your gorilla family group being habituated and your four hours in their presence and learning their ways.

With the trek in and trek out plus the 4-hour Gorilla Habituation Experience, this becomes an all-day trek. The advantage is that you see the Gorillas with only 4 participants, but that you learn about the Gorillas habits and ways from the Gorillas and the Researchers. Besides, you are a participant in the habituation process itself and not just an observer as on the Gorilla Trek.

Physical Fitness for the Gorilla Habituation:  You need to be moderately fit for this trek. There are ridges and valleys, and that can wear one out.

Return to the trailhead, and it is back to the lodge.

This gives you all that you need to know about the Gorilla Habituation Experience, including what to wear and bring while on your trek.

Note:  The Gorilla Habituation Experience has few permits, availability must be established well in advance – a range of dates should be given to with which to work me for us to secure the permits for you.  A Private Trek just for you can be arranged where it only you and rangers at extra cost.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3 – Flight to Kibale Forest – Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary:

Breakfast and we drive to Kisoro Airstrip for your Aerolink Flight to Kasese and then by road to Kibale Forest and your lodge as the Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari continues, and your next Primate Adventure is in front of you.  Flight time is rather short 20 minutes.  Another driver greets you at the Kasese Airstrip and continues to the lodge.


Afternoon – Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary Hike.  This is a guided 3-hour hike through a Jungle Swamp, much of it is on planks that act like a boardwalk above the swamp.  Your experienced guide is from the local community that has maintained the Wetlands for many years with thousands visiting each year.

During the Afternoon, you might spot Chimpanzees, Colobus Monkeys, also baboons.  The area is well-known for birds, the chief attraction is the Blue Turaco.

When it comes to Mammals, you can see otters, bush pigs, mongoose, and the rare Sitatunga Antelope, to name a few.


Optional: Take the Nocturnal Forest Walk where you see the creatures of the night such as pottos and bush babies with spotlights, plus other creatures of the Night. Drive time to Kibale Forest must be considered and dinner arrangements.  Crater Lake Safari Lodge is closer than Papaya Lake Resort.

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

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Crater Lake Safari Lodge – Luxury:

Crater Lake Safari is when it comes to Luxury lodges is an affordable option for those that want that added comfort, extra service, and delightful meals.

There is a swimming pool for you to enjoy and you can enjoy a soothing massage here.

The lodge has been featured in various international publications including Vogue Magazine as one of the best lodges in Uganda, and our past client would agree with that.

Enjoy the view from your most comfortable Cottage, the crater lake just below you, the rolling hillsides in the distance and the color green everywhere.

Kibale Forest and Bigodi Wetlands are 20 minutes from the lodge.

Crater Lake Safari Lodge – Lakeside Relaxation


Day 4 – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Kibale Forest
Early Breakfast and you are off to meet with your Ranger-Guide who will take you into Kibale Forest where a Chimpanzee Group is being habituated, a process that takes up to two years.

Habituation teaches the Chimpanzees to allow humans in their presence. A chimp community can number over 100 members. Chimpanzees live in a relational social structure, and the alpha males defend against other chimpanzees trying to move into the territory.

Females are part of smaller family groups and nurture the young. Way before you see the chimpanzees, you will hear their hooting calls in the distance. Soon you come upon them and spend one hour with them observing their ways and habits. Usually, you might see 4 to 6 primates here, many of the birds, the butterflies, mammals found here and of course the forest itself with its vegetation that is unique. On the all-day habituation, you will see a lot more than on a trek.

You must wear the right clothing and shoes and have at least 3 liters of water with you, plus a packed lunch

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5–Fly to Entebbe for your flight out:


The Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari comes to an end – Your Departure depends on your flight-time out of Entebbe. You can fly to Entebbe Airport with Aerolink Airline – Morning or Afternoon and eliminate the drive to Entebbe.

This Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari includes All Permits and activities except where it says optional.  All lodging, full-board is included except drinks, tips, laundry at lodges.

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