5 day Luxury Fly-In Safari in Uganda – Gorillas – Chimpanzees – Wildlife
Bwindi Forest – Queen Elizabeth Park – Experiential 5 Day Fly-In Luxury Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking Wildlife Safari
An Experiential 5 Day Fly-In Luxury Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking Wildlife Safari – using upmarket lodges- activities such as Gorilla Treking Trekking, Chimpanzee Trekking and the abundant wildlife such as the Tree-Climbing Lions of Queen Elizabeth Park all without long drive times.
The Safari comes with experiential additions you can choose such as a Hot-Air Ballon Experience with bush breakfast. There is also the option of adding the Lion Tracking Research with Trackers, or the Mongoose Research Project.
5 Days combining some of the best experiences in Uganda – Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Wildlife all without long drive times.
Arrival and Departure can be arranged for you in Kampala or Entebbe.
We pick you up at your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala and take you for your airplane ride to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – a most scenic flight that will save you the wear and tear of being on the road for nine hours or longer. There will be some great opportunities for you to take aerial photos from above – especially as you pass over the Switzerland of Africa, …enjoy your flight.
Please Note: If no permits are available in the Buhoma area, we route you into Kisoro where you can track gorillas in southern region of the park.
At arrival you are met by your Kabiza Wilderness Safaris Driver- Guide and drive to Buhoma Lodge – please note lodging may depend on where in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest we obtain Gorilla Permits for your Fly-in Gorilla-Wildlife Chimpanzee Safaris.
We check into the delightful Boma Lodge where you are welcomed in the most friendliest of fashion. Get situated in your tent and relax before dinner after your flight. Buhoma Lodge – luxury Gorilla Camp. Each tent has a splendid view of the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is home to over half of the Mountain Gorillas remaining. Buhoma Lodge is inside of the park and it is a short to the Park Headquarters for your Gorilla Trek Orientation. Other higher and lower priced luxury and upmarket lodges can be chosen by you.
Afternoon Village Walk (you can also take a village bike ride which benefits a women’s group) you will see how crafts are made, traditional beer is prepared from Bananas, local Gin called waragi is distilled, you see how gardening and food preparation is done, the ladder over an open fire, you hear a traditional healer explain to you the various things he uses from the forest to treat various ailments and illnesses. There is a visit to the school and at the end of the walk the Batwa Pygmy community performs a dance for you. A most informative afternoon for you to enjoy.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the best place to see the Mountain Gorillas and some choose to track them on two days, but Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is much more. There is the village walk described, it is also one of the best places for birding in Africa, there are many nature walks and trails in and near the park.
Due to its elevation the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest area does get somewhat cool at night and a hot water bottle is provided for your added comfort in bed.
Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner
Option – Gorilla Habituation Experience – Rushaga: You can change Gorilla Trekking which means – 1 hour with a gorilla family to the 4- hour with a Gorilla Family on a Gorilla Trekking Habituation Experience in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This would mean flying to Kisoro and driving to your lodge in Rushaga or Nkuringo in the south of Bwindi Forest. There are limited spaces and permits for the Gorilla Habituation Experience. Permits for the Gorilla Habituation Experience are 1,500 usd per person.
Day 2 – Gorilla Trekking:
Breakfast and this is your big day of visiting the gentle giants of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There are some things you will need for today’s trek. A packed lunch from the lodge, a light backpack, light rain jacket, light hiking boots, long-sleeved shirts to avoid getting scratched by branches, a hat, long trousers or jeans, gardening gloves to pull yourself up on branches and vines in order to get close to the Mountain Gorillas.
At times people ask “is gorilla trekking really worth it?” You will soon find out that it definitely is when you spend your hour with the Mountain Gorillas in the ancient rainforest of Bwindi. It is an experience that you will never forget. A most meaningful time for you that is without compare.
Gorilla tracking takes from a couple of hours to over 5 since the Mountain Gorilla Families move daily and build new nests each day. The group you will be visiting is habituated meaning that they are used to human beings and just go about their day while you visit them.
After the gorilla trek return to Buhoma Lodge where you can either rest and reflect on your time with the Mountain Gorillas
Lodging: Upmarket – Buhoma Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 3 – Queen Elizabeth Park:
Breakfast at Buhoma Lodge and we take the short drive to the Ishasha Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Africa’s best place to see Tree Climbing Lions which is a most amazing sight, but there is much more to Ishasha, such as a multitude of elephants, buffaloes, antelopes such as the Topi and the Uganda Kob. There are also leopards to be seen here, savannah birds and along the Lake Swamps the elusive Shoebill Stork.
A Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger joins us to help us in tracking the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha along with the multitude of other wildlife and bird species found here.
The lions of Ishasha sleep most of the day up in the fig trees found here, whether this is a culturally ingrained habit or whether this is in order to avoid the insects found on the ground is not known, nevertheless the lions of Ishasha during the daylight hours are found sleeping in the trees.
There also solitary leopards found in trees here, but unless it is the brief mating season, they are alone, normally you can smell their kill before you spot the leopard.
Ishasha is simply a most diverse wildlife and birding area, but it is the unvisited part of Queen Elizabeth Park and you will not find many other visitors here while you are driving on the game tracks.
Lunch at Savannah Resort and we continue to the northern area of Queen Elizabeth Park and the upmarket Kansenyi Safari Camp which is located on the Kasenyi Plains which is known as Lion Country.
Kasenyi Safari Camp is a small, intimate 4 tented cottages lodge, the cottages are spacious, come with bath, delightfully furnished and decorated your nearest neighbors will often visiting Lions, Elephants, and other wildlife.
The main lodge overlooks a crater lake and the vast Kasenyi Plains and you feel as if you really in the wild, since there are only 4 tented cottages, there are only about 8 total guests in the lodge which the staff pampers with great meal and service.
After Dinner take a night game drive where you will most likely see the predators on the hunt and the Kasenyi Plains are home to quite a few antelopes, especially the Uganda Kob. The actual hunt is most often done by the females of the pride and the male lion moves in after all the work is done.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 4 – Queen Elizabeth Park:
Optional Activities that can be added:
Hot Air Balloon Safari with a bush breakfast following. See the wildlife and scenery of Queen Elizabeth Park from above on an early morning sunrise Hot Air Balloon Safari Ride.
Lion Tracking Research Drive on the Kasenyi Plains with researchers from Carnivore Project Uganda.
Take the morning game drive and see the predators returning from the night’s hunt, elephant herds, buffaloes, antelopes and gazelle, bush pigs, even the giant forest hog, monitor lizards, leopards and savanna birds.
A game drive is about 2 1/2 to three hours in length and each game drive is on a different track, though you may see new animals and birds, each time it is a new experience for you.
Afternoon Boat Ride on Kazinga Channel – the highest concentration of hippos in Africa are found here in this natural channel. The boat moves from the Mweya Peninsula toward Lake Edward, for better photo opportunities the boat moves slowly along the shore and here you will hundreds of birds, hippos, elephant herds, buffaloes, antelopes, crocodiles, monitor lizards – it is simply amazing what you will see on this boat safari along Kazinga Channel. It is for most the highlight of visiting Queen Elizabeth Park.
Lodging: Upmarket – Kasenyi Safari Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 5 – Chimpanzee Trekking – return to Entebbe:
Breakfast and we are off the Kyambura Gorge which appears out of nowhere as you drive across the savannah, it is like a gash in the earth. It has been called by BBC – the lost Valley, others refer to it as Valley of the Apes.
Kyambura Gorge is a part of the Western Rift and is a most fascinating place not only chimpanzee tracking but just as a scenic wonder created by Nature.
We come here to track the chimpanzees found in the gorge – this trek is about three hours in length and you are allowed to spend one hour with the chimpanzees that are habituated and used to humans.
This is a guided trek with expert guides and trackers for a more fulfilling trek in Kyambura Gorge. While on the trek you will see other primates, birds and mammals.
Prepare for your flight back to Entebbe Airport and enjoy the views from above
Arrive at Entebbe where you are met by one of our driver Guides and taken to a hotel in Entebbe or Kampala – or assist in preparation for your flight back home and the end of your 5 Day Fly-In Luxury Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking Wildlife Safari in Uganda.
Add On: You can add on a couple of nights at Equator Snow Lodge in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon. Hike – Village Visit- Climb up for best view of the Rwenzori Mountains.
This 5 Day Fly-In Luxury Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking Wildlife Safari itinerary can be adjusted by you, it includes all listed activities except when it says optional, lodging and food, flights included, 4 x 4 Safari Toyota Land-Cruiser modified for Safaris. Does not include, beer, wine, alcohol, sodas at lodges, does include bottled water in vehicle, does not include laundry, tips or travelers insurance.
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