7-Day-Luxury-Gorilla-Chimpanzee Habituation Experience-Wildlife Safari

Posted by on February 11, 2018

4- Hours with the Gorillas – All-Day with the Chimpanzees plus Wildlife

One-of-a-Kind – 7-Days in Africa on this Luxury Gorilla-Chimpanzee Habituation Experience-Wildlife Safari in Uganda


This is a Private 7-Day  Luxury – Gorilla-Chimpanzee Habituation Experience-Wildlife Safari that takes Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking to another level.  You spend 4-hours with a Gorilla Family and only 4-participants and all-day Chimpanzee Group, add to that the Wildlife and Scenery of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Please Note: This private Safari is changeable to your liking


Safari Highlights

  • Gorilla Habituation Experience of 4 Hours with a Gorilla Family – All-Day Trek
  • Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Lion Tracking Research of Collared Lions in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Wildlife Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Kazinga Channel Boat Ride – Wildlife – Birds – Reptiles in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Scenic Explosion Crater Drive featured in National Geographic
  • Optional Kyambura Gorge Hike
  • Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – Jungle Swamp Walk
  • All-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale Forest


The Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1 – Drive to Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda:

Your Luxury Gorilla-Chimpanzee Habituation Experience-Wildlife Safari begins. We leave your hotel in Kigali for  Rushaga. The drive time to Rushaga is about 4 hours plus depending on Border Crossing – Visa for Uganda is 50 USD.  You can also get an East African Visa from Rwanda Migration on line.

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 45 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 and the upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge.

Add 1 Option for the  Day: 

  1. Add Golden Monkey Trekking in the Bamboo Forest of Mgahinga Gorilla Park before checking into Lodge.
  2. Add Buniga Forest Walk with the first People of the Forest – The Batwa Pygmy People  and learn how they lived in the Forest for thousands of years.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge –Exclusive Luxury $$$$:

Ultimate Luxury on top of the World at the exclusive Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge combines its surrounding natural views and splendor, gorillas-birds-wildlife with the luxurious comfort and  World-Class Service it offers to guests. A family cottage is available with two bedrooms.

The lodge has become the favorite among our upmarket clients and at a price that is considerably less than comparable lodges in Rwanda.

The lodge has been featured in Condé Nast and other major publications and online services.  The added plus is that a substantial part of the income of the lodge goes to the local community.

Gorilla Safari Lodge – Upmarket $$$:

The upmarket Gorilla Safari Lodge – quality and comfort in the Rushaga Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest,

It is the only up-market Lodge in the Rushaga Area. It has an excellent track-record with our clients who have stayed here since its opening. The deluxe Cottages are especially nice with fireplace a sitting area where you can relax after trekking.

There is  Family Cottage here that sleeps 4 and can be used by any group of 4 and has two bedrooms and a joined sitting area where you relax after trekking. We use the Deluxe Cottages at Gorilla Safari Lodge.

It is a 30-minute drive to the Habituation trailhead in Rushaga from here.


Day 2 – Gorilla Habituation Experience – Rushaga:

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 at a small cost.

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.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 3- Queen Elizabeth Park:The Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha - Queen Elizabeth Park

After Breakfast, at 7 am we drive to Queen Elizabeth Park where we stop in the Ishasha Region to take a Game Drive in search of the Tree-Climbing Lions of Ishasha.  This the best place in East Africa where you can readily see the Tree Climbing Lions sleep away the day plus you will see a lot of added wildlife here including a growing Elephant Population.

Lunch Before Game Drive at Savannah Resort

Please Note: Drive-Time to Ishasha is 5 hours plus- though most take this Safari in 7 days we recommend adding one night in the  Ishasha Area.

 

Continue to the northern area of the park where you check into the Lodge of choice.  Drive Time – 2 hours.

Dinner

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch-Dinner

 


Kyambura Gorge Lodge – Exclusive Luxury Lodge $$$$

This classy lodge is located near the Kyambura Gorge which is a giant gash in the Savannah of Queen Elizabeth Park.  The lodge was created by taking an old coffee shop and giving it a new life as an exclusive luxury Lodge.

Today it is one of the finest lodges in Uganda, but still has that rustic look to it. Exquisite Bandas as the cottages are called here.  There is a swimming pool at the main lodge where you take a drink and hear the stories about today’s Safari adventures that various guests had.

Excellent service is a trademark of the Volcanoes Lodges and certainly true at Kyambura Gorge.

Trek in the Gorge and spot a Chimpanzee in the valley of the Apes, Game drives and the boat safari on Kazinga Channel.


Mweya Safari Lodge – Luxury $$$$ – $$$:

Mweya Safari Lodge has one thing over all other lodges and that is its location.  It is on the Mweya Peninsula and the Kazinga Channel with its wide variety of wildlife and many birds.

You have the choice of rooms, suites, luxury Tents and cottages that come with two bedrooms – a living area and two bathrooms. We like to use the Tents along Kazinga Channel which give you best experience.

Our clients prefer the cottages like the Queen’ Cottage and the Luxury Tents that are near to Kazinga Channel.

It is a large lodge but in a Tent or cottage, there is still that feeling of being in the Wild.


Day 4- Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast –

MorningLion Tracking Research – here you are with Researchers from the Carnivore Project and track the Collared Lions, leopards in this part of the park, not only will you see lions, but a learning experience about the lions.

Lunch

In the afternoon it is the fabulous Kazinga Channel Wildlife – Birding, Reptile Boat Safari that is one of the highlights of your Queen Elizabeth Park Visit.

Note:  For Luxury Safari Clients we use the Mweya Safari Lodge Boat which has people in it and better opportunities for Picture Taking – Private Boat Safaris on Kazinga Channel can be arranged.

Dinner

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch-Dinner


Day 5- Kibale Forest:

Breakfast and hopefully Sunrise Explosion Crater Drive which was featured in National Geographic and is one of the most scenic Drives in Western Uganda.  Sunrise which is around 20 minutes to 7 in the morning is one of the Best Times for photographing some of the incredible natural wonders here.

After the Explosion Crater Drive we continue to Kibale Forest – 2 hours plus Drive time where we check into the lodge you have chosen.

LunchGorilla-Chimpanzee Habituation Experience-Wildlife Safari

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.

Dinner

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Crater Lake Safari Lodge – Luxury – $$$:

Crater Lake Safari is when it comes to Luxury lodges is an affordable option for those that want that added comfort, extra service and delightful meals.

There is a swimming pool for you to enjoy and you can enjoy a soothing massage here.

The lodge has been featured in various international publications including Vogue Magazine as one of the best lodges in Uganda.

Enjoy the view from your most comfortable Cottage, the crater lake just below you, the rolling hillsides in the distance and the color green everywhere. Kibale Forest and Bigodi Wetlands are 20 minutes from the lodge.


Papaya Lake Lodge – Luxury – $$$:

This classy luxury lodge comes with all the extras that one might expect from an exclusive lodge.  There is a sense of Afro-Euro fusion throughout including the meals served, original art, handcrafted furniture by the owner of the lodge.

You overlook one crater lake from your luxurious cottage and are near another.  Each cottage is in its own private setting perched above a crater lake.

The swimming pool is most attractive with a 360 panoramic view that includes the Rwenzori  Mountains of the Moon.

All in all, Papaya Lake Lodge is a place where memories are created.


Day 6 – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Kibale Forest5-Day Gorilla-Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari

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.

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Reduced in Price in 2018 to 200 USD per person for permit – 1 hour with chimpanzee Trek is 150 USD.

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 7 – Entebbe:

Breakfast

The Gorilla-Chimpanzee Habituation Experience-Wildlife Safari comes to an end – Your Departure depends on your flight-time out of Entebbe. Drive time to Entebbe – 4 1/2 to 5 hours depending on road condition and traffic.

Lunch and morning Activities depend on your flight out.

Morning Option:  The Top of the World Hike – 3-hour hike up a mountain passing 3 Crater Lakes, Hamlets and farms, tea plantations.  From the top, you see the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, Queen Elizabeth Park and the surrounding countryside.


The Gorilla-Chimpanzee Habituation Experience-Wildlife 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.


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