11 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Trekking Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Posted by on August 23, 2017

An Adventurous 11 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Trekking Wildlife Safari in Uganda

11 Days Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Adventure Safari Pearl of Africa with Wild Water Rafting on the Nile.


 This 11 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Trekking Wildlife Safari in Uganda highlights the be best of the Pearl of  Africa such White Water Rafting from mild to wild, a full day with the Chimpanzees in a habituation experience – a village stay in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, Queen Elizabeth Park including the Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha, Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Lake Mburo Park with its Giraffes and Zebras.


Day 1 – Entebbe International Airport Arrival:

 Your arrival in Uganda at Entebbe International airport – you are welcomed by our driver-guide and take you to a Budget, Moderate Hotel in Kampala.

Please Note:  Uganda Tourism Visas should be purchased on line, presently you can still buy it on arrival but the the transition is on.  If you visit another East African Country you can purchase an online East African E-Tourism Visa with the country you will be first be Visiting.

Yellow Fever Immunization is now required – have it done 30 days prior to arriving in Uganda and it will be effective. There is no Yellow Fever in Uganda at this time but we are in the World Wide Yellow Fever Belt.

Lodging: Kampala Hotels to choose from

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast


Day 2 – White Water Rafting on the Nile in Jinja:

Depart at 6:45 am from Kampala for Jinja for a day of rafting on the histori c River Nile – it is an 80 kilometer journey and takes us about 1 ½ hours to do so from Kampala.

After a short orientation you go off for your day of rafting from mild to wild. A support raft follows and so do rescue kayakers who also watch over you like guardian angels.

White Water Rafting can be half or full day – you have a lunch along the Rafting Trip.

The day to say the least will be a most exhilarating experience and adventurous time on the ancient River Nile in Jinja.

We drive back to your hoteland the drive should take depending on traffic 1 1/2 hours plus.

Lodging: Kampala Hotels to choose from

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast


Day 3 – Kibale Forest – Bigodi Wetlands: 

 We depart for Kibale Forest at 7 am in the morning and head for where the West African Jungle meets East Africa in Kibale Forest – home of almost 1500 chimpanzees and tomorrow you will spend all day with them.

Arrive at Lunch time at the Lodge of your Choice

3 pm – we take the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary guided walk – this is a three-hour walk guided by a person belonging to the local community.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is a jungle swamp, much of it is traversed using board walks that keep you above the swamp. You will see various monkeys such as black and white colobus, gray cheeked mangabeys, red-tailed monkeys, even chimpanzees can be seen here. It is also home of the Large Blue Turaco, you will find lots of brown parrots and other exotic birds here that you will find most interesting.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is also home to the semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope with its webbed toes – one thing that grabs most people is the vegetation here, very tropical like, very jungle like and it is simply a fabulous place to visit.

Lodging: Kibale Forest Lodging to choose from

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 4 – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience:

Very early breakfast – pick up a packed lunch and it is off for an all-day chimpanzee habituation experience in  Kibale Forest.

A chimpanzee habituation experience is spending the day with researchers, trackers, all those that are part of the habituation process which makes chimpanzees used to humans being around them. This a unique experience unlike Chimpanzee Tracking here you have limited participants that are allowed to partake in Chimpanzee Habituation Experience each day.

Kibale Forest is the best place in East Africa but there are 12 other primate species in the park, there are numerous bird, butterfly and mammal species that you might see during your full day in the forest.

What to wear:  For the day it is best to bring a daypack with your lunch and two liters of water, maybe a few granola bars, hiking boots, light rain jacket, wear jeans, long-sleeved shirts for protection against being scratched, a wide-brimmed hat might be good if you are fair-skinned. Insect repellent will come in handy.

Lodging: Kibale Forest Lodging to choose from

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5 Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon:

 Breakfast and we area off into the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon. This is a two-hour drive plus and most scenic as you drive by crater lakes, the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance.

We are heading for the small village of Ruboni where the keepers of the Mountains of the Moon live, the Bakonzo people live. This is a village is off the beaten tourism path except for those that want to climb the mountains of the moon – the Rwenzori Mountains with its snow-capped mountains is a mountain range higher than the Alps and the tallest mountain range in Africa.

Check into Ruboni Community Camp or the Upmarket Equator Snow Lodge where you stay in a cottage  with y have self-contained bathrooms – they are thatched and have a small porch at the front of each one of them. We have had many people here to both enjoy village life and explore the Rwenzori Foothills which is a nice mix

Lunch at the Ruboni Restaurant and recently they have received some more training from an up-market lodge in  order to help them cook higher quality food, but even before that our past clients enjoyed their time here.

In the afternoon we take a guided village walk where you meet the people that live here, the local blacksmith who practices his craft as in the days of old, a story-teller, ladies making baskets and crafts, a traditional healer that will explain various herbs, how roots, leaves, and other items from nearby forest are used and the ailments that they treat.

There is the food preparation and cooking done over traditional fires, even making of alcohol such as local beer. It is a most interesting time and supports the villagers. An option for you is taking some drumming lessons that you will find most enjoyable.

Dinner at Ruboni and evening traditional dance performance for you by the young people – another treat in the foothills.

Lodging: Budget – Ruboni Community Camp  Upmarket – Equator Snow Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 6 Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast and we head off for either a hike up into the Rwenzori foothills or through the forest. The hike up will take you to a view spot where you can take some great photos – but also enjoy the mountain atmosphere and plants. Be sure to look for some the large three-horned chameleons, they are quite a sight. There are a number of choices of the trails that you can take.

On the forest walk you can even learn how to fish with your hands, something that might come in handy some day. Plants, flowers, trees, monkeys, smaller mammals, and lots of birds – Ruboni is a most beautiful spot.

After lunch we head for Queen Elizabeth Park and the Mweya region of it. The drive from the Rwenzori Mountain Foothill to Queen Elizabeth Park is quite a breathtaking scene.

Before we check into Bush Safari Lodge we take the most scenic Katwe Explosion Craters drive.  27 kilometers of scenic wonders.  It is the highest point of Queen Elizabeth Park with splendid views of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, the Western Rift Escarpment with the vast Savannah below, Lake George and Lake Edwards connected by the natural Kazinga Channel – there are about 12 explosion craters, made famous recently by a picture in National Geographic.

The Katwe explosion craters were created about 7000 years when there was a violent upheaval that destroyed much of the wildlife in Queen Elizabeth Park as these craters and many others were formed.

Check into the  lodge of your choice

We take a late afternoon game drive across the candelabra euphoria tree studded savanna, the vehicle has a pop-up roof so  that you can stand and take better pictures, if you use a bean bag you can steady the camera for better pictures.

Hopefully you will see lions, leopards, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, elephant herds, buffaloes, various species of antelopes, Savannah birds, hyenas, monitor lizards, an occasional rock python and lots more.

Lodging: Queen Elizabeth Park Lodging Choices

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast before or after game drive at Bush Safari Lodge Tented Camp – you can begin your first game drive at the crack of dawn which is about 6:30 am here and see the sun rise over the Savanna, hopefully some predators such as lions or leopards  returning from the prowl, elephant herds, buffaloes, antelopes and hippos returning from grazing back to Kazinga Channel.

Options: Instead of going on the early morning game drive, see the wildlife from above in a Hot Air Balloon Safari with a Bush Breakfast following.  The other option is to head out with Carnivore Project Research Team  tracking lions that have electronic collars on.

3 pm: A Boat Safari ride on Kazinga Channel with the highest concentration of hippos in Africa.  At one time there were too many hippos and their grazing denuded the surrounding grasslands.  Before independence they would be culled by the wildlife authorities.  The locals ate the meet and after Idi Amin came to power, poachers and soldiers, and again at the fall of Idi Amin, many hippos were shot by locals, rebels and soldiers.

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.

Lodging: Queen Elizabeth Park Lodging Choices

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 8 – Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

An early Breakfast and we continue our Safari driving to Ishasha – home of the famous Tree-Climbing Lions. The best place in Africa to see them. Ishasha is the unvisited part of Queen Elizabeth Park but rich in wildlife which includes the tree-climbing lions which is a sight to see. There are vast herds of buffaloes found here along with elephants, antelopes, including topi antelopes and of course as everywhere in Uganda, lots of birds, including along the lake swamps the shoebill stork.

Lunch at Savannah Resort

From here we take the 1 1/2 hour drive to Buhoma

Lodging: Bwindi Lodging Choicew

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 9 – Gorilla Trekking:

 Breakfast and the big day to meet your gorilla family begins. pick up a packed lunch from and you will need a Daypack, 2 liters of water, jeans, long-sleeved shirt, hat, sun-glasses, gardening gloves made of cotton to help you in pulling yourself up on branches and vines, a hat also comes in handy.  A light Rain-jacket and light hiking boots are best for your Gorilla Trek adventure.  You can buy a walking stick and use a porter to carry your things if you so with – the latter two are optional and not included in safari price.

The Gorilla Trek can 5 plus hours depending on which group you are tracking – gorillas move daily and before you even go on the trek – pre-trackers are out there locating your gorilla family that you have been assigned to.

Please Note – Gorilla Habituation Experience instead of a Gorilla Trek – an all-day trek and 4 hours with the Mountain Gorillas – permits 1.500 usd

Lodging: Bwindi Lodging Choicew

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 10 Lake Mburo Park:

Breakfast and time to move to Lake Mburo:   It is early breakfast and  off to Lake Mburo National Park.  The perfect place to break a long journey at one of the most delightful places in Uganda.  It is about 5 hours drive time to reach here, it is best we leave at 7 am for Lake Mburo.

We arrive at lunch time at Lake Mburo and check into Mburo Safari Lodge – private cottages – a family cottage is even available.

Each cottage comes with  self-contained bath.

Lunch

Afternoon Boat Ride on Lake Mburo  where you will see hippos, crocodiles, otters, water birds, mammals coming to water.

Lodging: Lake Muboro Lodging Choices

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 11 – Mabamba Swamp – Entebbe:

 Breakfast and a morning game drive across the rolling s

Savannah where you can see the large Eland and other antelopes, Burchell Zebras,  Giraffes, occasional leopards, there are also few rarely seen lions here.

We stop at the Equator for picture-taking.

Mabamba Swamp – the last adventure before your departure

You will traverse the protected Wetlands area by paddled boat and guide, there are lots of waterbirds to seen including the most sought after bird in Africa, the ancient appearing shoebill stork, one reason many come to Uganda.

Continue to Entebbe where we will reach about 6 pm – enough time to catch your flight home.

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, Uganda Visa Costs, Laundry, Tips, Drinks, except those included in lodging meal price.


This 11 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Trekking Wildlife Safari in Uganda that is upmarket,  moderately priced also be a budget Safari by changing  the hotels and lodging, just let us know your preferences and we will adjust this safari to your liking and pocketbook.  This is a changeable Safari and with your input we will create what you like.


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