5-Day Gorilla-Chimpanzee Trekking Safari- Bwindi Forest-Kibale Forest

Posted by on August 19, 2017

Combined Gorilla – Chimpanzee Primate Safari in Uganda

5-Day Gorilla-Chimpanzee Trekking Safari in Bwindi & Kibale Forests


This 5-Day Gorilla-Chimpanzee Trekking Safari combines the Best Primate Treks in East Africa.  Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Chimpanzee Trekking in the best primate park in East Africa, Kibale Forest with 13 species of Primates.

Besides Chimpanzee Trekking you will see the Tree-Climbing Lions of Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth Park on a game drive along with other Wildlife.

This 5 day Gorilla Chimpanzee Trekking Safari can be modified into a Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.

Permits for the 4 hours with the Gorillas Habituation Experience is 1,500 for one permit in the Rushaga region of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  The All-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Permit Prices are 220 usd a person.


Day 1 – Drive to Kibale Forest – Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary:

 The 5-Day Gorilla-Chimpanzee Trekking Safari begins early. Depart your Hotel in Kampala at 6:30 am for Kibale Forest.  This is a 4 hour plus drive from Kampala – 5 hours from Entebbe.

We are heading West toward Fort Portal and the famed Explosion Crater Lakes region of Uganda. Kibale Forest is one of the places in Uganda where the jungle forests of West and Central Africa meet East Africa.

Check into the lodge of your choice.

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.

Option-not included in price:  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.

Lodging: Kibale Forest Lodging

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner


Day 2 – Chimpanzee Trek in Kibale Forest

The alternative is the all-day chimpanzee habituation Experience.  That begins early in the morning and lasts until the late afternoon.

Normal Chimpanzee Trekking begins with an orientation at 8 am, afterward you are led into the forest where the chimpanzee group is to be found.  This is determined by pre-trackers who go out at the crack of dawn looking for the group.  There are almost 1,500 chimpanzees in Kibale Forest.  They primarily seek out fruit for their diet, also ants eating with a stick and they are responsible for greatly reducing the red-tailed monkey population of the forest, hunting them down in packs.

A chimp community can number over 100 members. Chimpanzees live in a relational social structure,  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.

Normally 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.

The Chimpanzee Trek is about 3 1/2 hours long and you should wear the right clothing and have the right things with you.

After Lunch we take the Top of the Mountain Hike where you pass by 3 crater lakes, go through villages, tea plantations, vanilla plantations.  At the top of the Hill you have splendid views of Crater Lakes, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, Queen Elizabeth Park and beyond.

Lodging: Kibale Forest Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

 After an early breakfast we leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  Much of the journey takes us through Queen Elizabeth Park.

We stop in Ishasha in the southern region of Queen Elizabeth Park which is home of the Tree-Climbing lions, the best place in East Africa for such. The lions sleep the day away in the fig trees of the area.  You will see other wildlife such as leopards, large herds of elephants, buffaloes, antelopes.

Lunch at Savannah Resort

We arrive in the afternoon in the Buhoma area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  If you have chosen the Gorilla Habituation Experience we arrive in Rushaga before sunset since it is a

If you have chosen the Gorilla Habituation Experience we arrive in Rushaga before sunset since it is a longer distance to that part of the park.

Lodging: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Lodging

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


.Day 4- Gorilla Trekking:
Breakfast and pick your packed lunch.  As to what to wear, the full instructions are found here.

After a meeting at park headquarters, your assignment to a gorilla family you are off into the impenetrable Forest.  Be sure to use a porter, it will help to free you on the trek.

The trek itself can be between 3 to 5 hours or even longer depending on the location of the gorilla family on that day.  You will spend one hour with them, something that is a once in a lifetime experience for most.  You are within 6 meters of a gorilla family and you get to observe as to how they live, what they eat and the emotions that they express.

After getting your share  of pictures just spending time observing the gorillas, it is that which will remain longer after you return home.

Gorilla Trekking is well worth the money and time invested by you to be with the Gentle Giants of the Forest in Bwindi.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

.Day 5:  Return to Kampala or Entebbe:

After Breakfast we return to Kampala, driving through the evergreen countryside of Uganda.  Stopping for lunch and at the Equator for snaps.  Reach Kampala in the late afternoon.
Options for this Safari:
 Land in Kigali Rwanda – reverse the safari and fly home from Entebbe Uganda.  Land in Entebbe Uganda – take the safari as outlined above and fly out of Kigali Rwanda.  Either of these options will cut the time on the road for you.
Included in this Safari:
All activities listed except where it says optional.  Full Board Lodging, all permits and activities, not included tips, laundry, sodas or alcohol at lodges.

Contact us about this 5 day safari