14 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Hiking Safari – Uganda

Posted by on August 21, 2017

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 in an ancient appearing dugout Canoe, the climbing of one of the Virunga Volcanoes, before flying out of Kigali, Rwanda which is 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.

For Hikers this is a safari in the Pearl of Africa is a form Paradise in Africa.


Day 1 – Your arrival in Uganda: 

14 Day Gorilla - Chimpanzee - Wildlife Hiking Safari

The cost of a Uganda Tourism Visa is 50 USD,  Visas can be purchased online or on arrival.  The same applies to the East African Tourism Visa where the cost is 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 a must – be sure to have one and take the immunization 30 days prior to coming to Uganda – at least 10 days for it to be effective.

With your arrival in Entebbe your 14 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Hiking Safari is about to begin.  You are met by one of our Driver-Guide specializing in Hiking Safaris and taken to the lodge of your choice which are listed below.

Lodging:  Entebbe Lodging

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast


Day 2 – Lakmabamba-swamp-shoebille Mburo National Park:  

Early Breakfast and your 14 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Hiking Safari is off to a start as we drive to Lake Mburo Park where we check into the Lodging

On the way to Lake Mburo – one hour out of Entebbe we stop at the best place for you to see the elusive Shoebill Stork in Mabamba Swamp – this along with many Water Birds in this swamp along Lake Victoria.  This trip is taken in a fishing boat with knowledgeable birding guide, often the former guide was one who poached the eggs of the shoebill and even hunted them out of superstitious beliefs.

Early in the morning is the best time to see the most sought after bird in Africa – the Shoebill stork as it stands in the mud, rather still looking for food such as Lung Fish (who can actually move on land).

Have some water with you in the boat and a snack might come in handy.

Afterwards we continue the short drive to Lake Mburo National Park

We check into the lodge that you have chosen below.

LunchLake-Mburo-game-drive

Afternoon Boat Safari on Lake Mburo where you can see crocodiles, hippos, otters, water birds and mammals coming to water. 1 1/2 hours in length.

trailAfter the Boat Safari we take the 2-hour hike to the Salt-Lick where along the way and at the salt-lick and the hide that is there.  You have the opportunity to see lots of wildlife – Zebras, Giraffes, Buffaloes, warthog, antelopes and more.

The Hike will end close to sunset

Dinner

Lodging:  Lake Mburo Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 3 – Kibale Forest National Park:  

Breakfast and we leave for Kibale Forest National Park – three-hour drive – we check into the lodge you have chosen.  The choices are many both near to the park and a distance from there for upmarket and luxury lodging.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary - A Jungle SwampLunch

Afternoon it is a hike in the  Bigodi Wetlands. A place that is a fascnating Jungle Swamp.

This 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 board walks that keep you above the swamp.

Dinner

trailOptional 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)

Lodging: Kibale Forest Lodging Choices

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 4 Kibale Forest – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience:

trailBreakfast 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 informational 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, long-sleeved shirt, hat, good socks, waterproof hiking boots.what-wear--chimpanzee-trekking

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 and 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 where to see Chimpanzees.

Dinner

Lodging: Kibale Forest Lodging Choices

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Ruboni-Rwenzori-Mountains-of-the-MoonDay 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 Ruboni Village where you have a self-contained cottage for your comfort.  The upmarket option is Equator Snow Lodge.

Lunch

trailAfternoon Foothill hike through the forest with guides taking you on the ancient trails that surround 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.  ruboniclge.jpgYou will see many birds in the thick forests such as the Rwenzori Turaco and hopefully 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 price of the Safari.

Dinner – tribal dancing for your entertainment during the dinner time

Option:  You can add the 3 day 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.

Lodging: Ruboni Community Camp – budget – Equator Snow Lodge – upmarket

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 6-Queen Elizabeth Park: 

trailEarly Breakfast and up the mountains we hike for best view and pictures of the Rwenzori Mountains – do not forget to snap a few of Chameleons along the path.  This will be a four to five-hour hike with fabulous scenery along the way in the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon with the keepers of the mountains.

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.

Ruboni Village is also a cultural encounter where you meet the Bakonzo People – the keepers of the Mountains.

Katwe-Explosion-Craters-Queen-Elizabeth-Park-UgandaLunch

We are off for Queen Elizabeth Park – two-hour plus drive – before we check into the Lodge of your choice. We will take the explosion crater drive – 27 kilometers – one of the most scenic drives in all of Uganda – simply amazing as you drive along the highest point in the park and below you is the park and near you the various explosion craters, some area savanna or forest-covered while others are lakes.

The Explosion Craters of Western Uganda are another reason that Uganda is the Pearl of Africa.

Dinner

Lodging: Queen Elizabeth Park Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 7 – Queen Elizabeth Park: 

trailBreakfast and we drive to the Kyambura Gorge where you enter into the lost kyambura-gorge-hikingvalley 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

Kazinga-Channel-Boat-Ride.jpgAfternoon 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, antelopes of various kind and moreIn.

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

Dinner

Lodging: Queen Elizabeth Park Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 8 – Queen Elizabeth Park:Maramagambo-Forest-Queen-Elizabeth-Park.jpg

trailBreakfast 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 of 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 with bath cottages  located along the Ntungwe River with wildlife all around.

Lunch

The Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha - Queen Elizabeth ParkAfternoon 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 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 has seen an increase in the numbers of elephants both savanna and forest elephants, also 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.

Lodging: Queen Elizabeth Park Lodging-Ishasha Region

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 9 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

trailBreakfast 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 2 to 3 hour hike, nature walk that gives you exposure to the savannah wilderness.

Lunch

Drive to Buhoma area where you check into the lodge of your choice.

Dinner

Lodging: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 10 – Gorilla Trek:

trailBreakfast 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 and for the walking stick you can take it home 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 that is 3 hours in length, this is one of the more popular activities here.

Dinner

Lodging: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 11 – Hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:Bwindi-through-the-forest-Walk

Breakfast

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

Lodging: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 12 -Lake Mutanda :

trailHike 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.

Lodging Mutanda Lake Resort  moderate, Chameleon Hill Lodge -upmarket –Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp – Budget

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.

Mount-GahingaMount Gahinga (3,474 meters): 

Gahinga means 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 being a neighbor to Mount Muhavura it is a little brother.

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-MuhavuraMount Muhavura (4,127 meters):

Mount Muhavura also called Mount (Muhavura) which means the guide because it is seen from far and wide and stands like a beacon, a point reference for, 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-SabinyoMount 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, so 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.

You need to be in reasonable shape, there is some ladder climbing as you venture up and are able to step into the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and back into Uganda all without your passport being stamped.


Lodging:  Mgahinga Gorilla Park – Lake Mutanda Lodging

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 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 Peopleon 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 both Uganda and in 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, mid-range of budget lodging.


Hiking Tips and Advice:Hiking-Walking-Safaris-Tips-Advice-Uganda

Hiking and Nature Walks 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 and we would also love to help you in creating an itinerary that not only includes gorilla tracking, but other activities such as outlines above and a hike in or through the forest just might be right for you.

Hiking in Uganda is simply different from what you may be used to – many hikes are in 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 if you have any questions.