5 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Posted by on May 16, 2019

5 Days Best of Uganda -on this Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari

The Best of Uganda on this  5 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari – Moderate Lodging


This 5 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari is one of our most popular Safaris since it packs in  a variety of experiences into just 5 days.

This is a Moderately Value + priced version of our favorite 5-day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari where you stay in quality mid-range lodges with en-suite Bath and better quality of food and service.

5 Day Gorilla Chimpanzee Trekking Wildlife Safari  -During the  5 days track the mountain gorillas in  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

There are the tree-climbing lions, leopards, thriving Elephant, Buffalo and Antelope Herds in Queen Elizabeth National Park along with Warthogs, Forest hogs, Hyenas, lots of birds (over 600 bird species) and of course the Great scenic views like the Explosion Crater lakes, the Rwenzori Mountains, the endless Savannah and more.

Chimpanzee Trekking in underground Forest of the Kyambura Gorge or in Kalinzu Forest which is near Queen Elizabeth Park – we give you a choice.  Kalinzu Forest is one of the Top Rated locations for Chimpanzee Trekking. Arrival Lodging and Airport Pickup, also Departure Lodging or Day-Room can be arranged at your request, for this, one of our most popular Safaris.

Arrival Lodging and Airport Pickup, also Departure Lodging or Day-Room can be arranged at your request, for this, one of our most popular Safaris.


 

Safari Highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Chimpanzee Trekking in either the Kyambura Gorge or in Kalinzu Forest.
  • Ishasha Tree-Climbing Lions
  • The Scenic Explosion Crater Drive featured in National Geographic
  • Kazinga Channel Boat Ride – Hippos,  Reptiles, Wildlife and Birds
  • Wildlife Game Drives
  • Add-On Options such as Lion Tracking Research

Your 5 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari in Detail:


Day 1- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

 Our Journey begins in Entebbe or Kampala at 6:30 AM, and we head for the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for your  5 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari.

You can start this safari in Kigali and take the 3-hour journey to Rushaga where you track Gorillas at 600 USD permit price.

We stop for lunch

We reach the Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable where we check into the lodge that you have chosen according to your preferences

Note: Where in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest we get your permits determines the lodges that you can choose from.  Permits for Gorilla Trekking are issued on a regional basis, such as in Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo.  In Uganda, there is no central Tracking Headquarters, but regional ones by area.

Lodging usually is higher than at other Uganda Wildlife and Primate National Parks reflecting the thought that if someone can partake in the most expensive Tourist Activity in Africa, they can also pay a bit extra on lodging. Do note that normal Gorilla Trekking Permits in Uganda are 600 USD and not 1,500 USD as in Rwanda.

Dinner

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner


 Haven Lodge-upper-Midrange:

The Haven Lodge, which is a community project along with Buhoma Community Rest Camp is the newest lodge in the Buhoma area.  It consists of three cottages, one of them being a family cottage that sleeps four.

This is a mid-range lodge (at the upper end of the range)8888 in Buhoma that was built with the assistance of the US Government which often helps Tourism in various ways in Uganda.

All cottages come with a bath, the trained staff knows about customer service, and the food is a harmonious blend of Western – Asian and African dishes that will delight you.

All cottages and the main lodge have an excellent view of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  You Pay a bit more, but you will be glad   The extra 100 USD for two is well worth it in terms of room, service, and quality of meals.+/


Day 2 – Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

the An early Breakfast, you will need to take packed lunch, be sure to have two liters of water with you and you off for gorilla tracking.

A Gorilla Trek, for most, it is the experience of a lifetime. It usually takes about 5 hours and can be a bit on the rigorous side. We consider your input and place you with a Gorilla Family Group where the past tracking is the kind that you wish for.

What to wear:  It is best to wear jeans, a long-sleeved shirt, boots, a hat, some use garden gloves to pull themselves up on vines or branches, light rain jacket, day pack.

You can hire a porter  ( small extra Cost), and you help a Ugandan family. You can also buy a big walking stick that comes in handy for most Mountain Gorilla Trekkers.

The Mountain Gorilla Trek can take 5 hours or more, that includes one hour of being with a Gorilla family.  There are rules of conduct while tracking the gorillas, and they need to be followed for the protection of the Mountain Gorillas and your well-being.

Optional Activities not included in Price:  After tracking there are choices in regards to activities, and you can relax chill out or take Buhoma Village Walk, you can also take a Ride – 4 a Woman Mountain Bike Ride –a visit with the Batwa People.

Optional Gorilla Habituation Experience instead of Gorilla Trekking:

Instead of Gorilla Trekking where you spend one hour with a Gorilla Family, you can take part in an all-day Gorilla Habituation Experience where you spend 4 hours with a Gorilla Family plus the trek in and out.  Permit Fees are 1500 USD instead of 600 USD for Gorilla Trekking.  This takes place in the Rushaga area of Bwindi, and your lodging would be adjusted accordingly to the Rushaga Area.

Meal Plan:  BreakfastLunch – Dinner


Day 3 – Ishasha – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast and we leave for Queen Elizabeth Park, 1½ hours later we reach the Ishasha region, this is the home of the Tree Climbing Lions actually, is the best place in East-Africa to see them.

From the Buhoma Area, it is a 1 1/2 hour Drive

We take a game drive with a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger. The Safari Vehicle has a pop-up roof for better game viewing.  Not only will you most likely see Tree Climbing Lions, but also leopards, herds of elephants, buffaloes, Uganda Kob and Topi Antelopes.

Lunch at Savanna Resort

We continue to the Mweya area of Queen Elizabeth Park, and before checking into the lodge of choice, we take the 27-kilometer explosion crater drive.

This is a most scenic drive at the highest point of Queen Elizabeth Park.  See the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, Explosion craters, some filled with water, some containing salt, other covered by savanna grass or forest. So scenic that National Geographic featured a picture of one the explosion craters recently. There is also the view of the Western Rift escarpment which is part of the Western Rift and the Savannah below.

Continue to the Lodge you have chosen.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch -Dinner

 


 Enganzi Game Lodge-$$$:

Enganzi Game Lodge – with that affordable extra added touch Enganzi Game Lodge offers quality and yet is affordable in price.

Enganzi Game Lodge is the perfect base while exploring the scenic Queen Elizabeth Park with its wildlife, explosion craters, the vast Kyambura Gorge, the endless Maramagambo Forest and more.

The tented cottages come with a full bath and have extensive views down the Albertine Western Rift Escarpment of Queen Elizabeth Park.

The lodge has been consistent in quality and service to our clients at a fair price.  One could say that it is a value plus lodge since you get more than you would at similarly priced lodges including a large room, full bath, great views and private cottages that are away from one another.


Day 4 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast and we drive to the Kyambura Gorge for Chimpanzee Tracking.  The Kyambura Gorge is part of  the Western Rift, and as you come near it, you will find this huge gash in the Savannah, that gash in the Kyambura Gorge, part of the Western Rift.

After an orientation, you go out with guides and trackers to track our closest cousins, the chimpanzees.

Like the gorillas, they are habituated, which means that they are used to human beings and do not scamper off when we show up in their area.

Again, like with Gorilla Tracking, chimpanzee tracking is another one of a kind encounter.

One hour with the chimpanzees of Kyambura Gorge another fantastic experience in your five days on Safari in the Pearl of Africa.

Option:  Chimpanzee Trekking can be done in nearby Kalinzu Forest where the chances of spotting chimpanzees are much higher.  Japanese Primate Researchers have been habituating the chimpanzees for over 20 years.  In 2017 spotting Chimpanzees became iffier in Ky ambura Gorge causing, many of our clients to trek chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest.

Afternoon a wildlife boat safari on Kazinga Channel at 3 pm.  The boat will be moving along the banks of the channel toward Lake Edward where you will see the  largest concentration of hippos in Africa, hundreds of birds and usually a bird watcher will see over 40 species of birds on the two-hour boat safari – herds of elephants coming down to water, more massive herds during the dry season, buffalo herds and  late in the afternoon you find an occasional predator coming to water before going out on a night’s hunt.

The boat safari is a slow-moving affair so that you get the best opportunities for taking pictures – the boat safari is one of the highlights of your visit to Queen Elizabeth National  Park which is a tapestry of Natural wonders that you will find most surprising.

Dinner

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 5 – Queen Elizabeth Park – return to Kampala: 

Breakfast,

We take the 27-kilometer explosion crater drive. This is a most scenic drive at the highest point of Queen Elizabeth Park.  See the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, Explosion craters, some filled with water, some containing salt, other covered by savanna grass or forest. So scenic that National Geographic featured a picture of one the explosion craters recently. There is also the view of the Western Rift escarpment which is part of the Western Rift and the Savannah below.

Continue to the Lodge you have chosen.

We head back to Kampala or Entebbe for your flight out, but we stop at the Equator for picture-taking and continue arriving in Kampala or Entebbe during the early evening hours.

Alternate Option:  Drive to Kigali Rwanda for your flight out – Drive time 6 hours, and you will be in Kigali in the late afternoon.  Lunch along the way.

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 or Rwanda, Visa Costs, Laundry, Tips, Drinks, except those involved in the lodging, meal price. Activities, where it says optional, are not included in the price but can be at your request.


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