4 Hours with Gorillas on an All-Day Trek– All-Day with Chimpanzees
One-of-a-Kind –Primate Adventure during this 5-Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari in Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Kibale Forest
This is a Private 5-Day Luxury Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari – Fly into Rwanda and Trek Gorillas on an all-day Trek with 4-Hours with a Gorilla Family with a total of 4 participants.
Fly from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Kibale Forest where you spend all day with a Chimpanzee Family.
This Safari eliminates the long drive-time between Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Kibale Forest with a 20-minute flight from Kisoro to Kasese where we pick you up and take you to Kibale Forest.
For this Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari you can choose to make this a total Flying Safari from Entebbe to Kisoro – South Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – from Kisoro to Kasese and Kibale Forest and on Day 5 fly from Kasese to Entebbe. The Safari can only be taken as outlined below due to flight availabilities and can not be done in reverse order.
The Gorilla Habituation Experience and all-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience without long drive-Times.
- All-Day Trek – 4-Hours Gorilla Habituation Experience
- Fly to Kibale Forest – eliminate 6 hours plus Drive Time
- Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – Jungle Swamp Walk
- All-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – CHEX
- Choice of Luxury Lodges
Day 1 – Drive to Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda:
Your Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari begins. We leave your hotel in Kigali for Rushaga. The drive time to Rushaga is about 3 1/2 hours plus depending on Border Crossing – Visa for Uganda is 50 USD. You can also get an East African Visa from Rwanda.
The drive is a most scenic one through the Land of a Thousand Hills with its terraced hillsides and vat Tea Plantations and colorful villages.
Normally the border crossing is about 30 minutes and you are in Uganda heading for the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest through the Gorilla Highlands, Lake Mutanda as we reach the Nkuringo – Rushaga Area of the Park.
The area is home to the exclusive, luxury Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, the upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge, and Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge.
After Lunch – You can take the optional guided Village Walk in nearby Nkuringo plus a hike up to a ridge with great views into the Congo
Option from Entebbe: Fly from Entebbe to Kisoro where your Driver-Guide meets you and takes you to the luxury Lodge you have chosen,
Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner
Early Breakfast and take your packed lunch from the lodge, have a daypack, 3 liters of water, long trousers, gardening gloves for pulling yourself up on branches, long-sleeved shirt. waterproof boots, hat, rain jacket, use a walking stick and the services of a porter and bottled water are provided and arranged by us for you.
Meet the researchers, trackers and guides and head for the location of your gorilla family group being habituated and your four hours in their presence and learning their ways.
With the trek in and trek out – the 4-hour Gorilla Habituation Experience – this is an all-day trek, not only do you see the Gorillas with only 4 participants, but you learn about the Gorillas habits and ways from the Gorillas and the Researchers.
Return to the trailhead and it is back to the lodge.
Tips – Advice for the Gorilla Habituation Experience: This gives you all that you need to know about the Gorilla Habituation Experience including what to wear and bring while on your trek.
Note: The Gorilla Habituation Experience has few permits, availability must be established well in advance – a range of dates should be given to with which to work me in order for us to secure the permits for you. A totally Private Trek just for you can be arranged where it just you and rangers at extra cost.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 3 – Flight to Kibale Forest – Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary:
Breakfast and we drive to Kisoro Airstrip for your Aerolink Flight to Kasese and then by road to Kibale Forest and to your lodge as the Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari continues and your next Primate Adventure is in front of you. Flight time is a rather short 20 minutes. You are greeted by another driver at the Kasese Airstrip and continue to the lodge.
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.
Optional: Take the 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. Drive time to Kibale Forest must be considered and dinner arrangements. Crater Lake Safari Lodge is closer than Papaya Lake Resort.
Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner
Early Breakfast and you are off to meet with your Ranger-Guide who will take you into Kibale Forest where a Chimpanzee Group is being habituated, a process that takes up to two years.
Habituation teaches the Chimpanzees to allow humans in their presence. 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. On an all-day habituation, you will see a lot more than on a trek.
It is important that you wear the right clothing and shoes and have at least 3 liters of water with you, plus a packed lunch
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 5–Fly to Entebbe for your flight out:
The Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari comes to an end – Your Departure depends on your flight-time out of Entebbe. You can fly to Entebbe Airport with Aerolink Airline – Morning or Afternoon and eliminate the drive to Entebbe.
This Gorilla – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari includes All Permits and activities except where it says optional. All lodging, full-board is included except drinks, tips, laundry at lodges. The Vehicle used is a Land Cruiser 4×4 vehicle with pop-up roof for best Wildlife Viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This Gorilla
You can add Lion Tracking Research to this Safari where you go out on the Kasenyi Plains in Queen Elizabeth Park. This is easily added on as you land from Bwindi Forest in Kasese from where the Mweya area is just a short distance from – this gives you the opportunity to take a boat along the famous Kazinga Channel with its abundant wildlife, a vast number of hippos and a wide variety of water Birds.
This is a perfect option before Kibale Forest. Other options include an overnight in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon where you can explore the foothills for a day.
Flights to Entebbe from Kasese can be taken in the morning or in the afternoon.