Luxury 8-Day Fly-In Gorilla-Chimpanzee-Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Posted by on September 28, 2019

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Uganda’s Best in a Luxury 8-Day Fly-In Gorilla-Chimpanzee-Wildlife Safari in Uganda


This Luxury 8-Day Fly-In Gorilla-Chimpanzee-Wildlife Safari in Uganda combines convenience with experience. There are no long drive-times, just more time in the parks. Stay at exclusive luxury lodges such as  Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp, Kyambura Gorge Lodge, and Crater Lake Safari Lodge.

Fly to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to begin your LuxuryGorilla-Chimpanzee-Wildlife Safari and fly back to Entebbe after Kibale Forest.  Minimal Drive Times, maximizing your Primate and Wildlife experience in Uganda

The most prolonged Drive Time between Parks and Lodges on this Safari is 2 1/2 hours.

Arrival and Departure Lodging before the Safari and at the end of the Safari can be added on for your convenience. This includes airport pickup and dropoff.

Extend the Safari by adding time in Semiliki National Park and or the Foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.


Highlights of your Luxury 8-Day Fly-In Gorilla-Chimpanzee-Wildlife Safari in Uganda

  • Two Flights with Aerolink Safari Airline from and to Entebbe
  • Stay at 4 Luxury Lodges
  • Toyota Landcruiser with Pop-Up Roof
  • Gorilla Trekking in Buhoma Area -Bwindi Forest
  • Tree-Climbing Lions of Ishasha
  • Boat Safari on the Kazinga Channel
  • Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Lion-Tracking Research with UWA and Uganda Carnivore Project
  • Explore the underground world of Kyambura Gorge
  • Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale Forest
  • Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary guided Walk in East Africa’s Jungle Swamp
  • Gorilla Permits and Chimpanzee Permits are included in Safari Price
  • This is a Private Safari and not a Scheduled Group Safari

 Day 1 – Fly to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

The 8-Day Luxury Fly-In -Drive-Gorilla-Chimpanzee-Wildlife Safari begins as we pick you up at the Entebbe area Hotel you are staying at.

You will take a 75-Minute scenic flight with Aerolink Safari Airline to Kihihi Airstrip located near both the Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth Park. (15-Kilo Baggage Limit)

Upon landing, you are greeted by your driver-guide who will guide you along until your flight back to Entebbe. He will transport you to the exclusive Bwindi Lodge located in Buohoma, which is a one-hour journey from Kihihi.

 

Afternoon Activity Choices:  

Our Suggestion: The Batwa Experience

Spend time with the original people of the Forest, the Batwa People. The Batwa experience allows you to see the forest through the Eyes of its First People. Today the Batwa are conservation refugees, evicted from the forest in 1991 when Bwindi Impenetrable Forest became a National Park.

The Batwa Experience is seeing how these hunter-gatherers lived in harmony with nature, including the Mountain Gorillas. They built no villages, no houses, they moved when either nature or their culture dictated it. For thousands of years, the Batwa lived here long before the Bantu people migrated here from other parts of Africa. We highly recommend the Batwa Experience as one of the best activities in the Buhoma area.

 Other Activities In the Buhoma area there is  Guided Village Walk which can be on foot or with a mountain Bike – in both cases it is a guided tour introducing you to local village life.

See crafts being made, meet a traditional healer,  learn how local beer and Waragi (Gin) is made Ugandan style, regular gardening, and preparation of meals, a school visit and dance by the original people of the forest – the Batwa People.

Other choices include a Mountain Bike Ride through the forest with a guide.

Bwindi Forest is a hiker’s idea of paradise. There are countless trails in and outside of the park. Though you are in equatorial Africa, the weather is right for hiking since it rarely gets above 25 degrees Celsius

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Lodge:  Bwindi Lodge – Buhoma


Bwindi Lodge – Our favorite Lodge in Buhoma:

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge is one of the best Luxury Lodges in the Buhoma area of Bwindi Forest. Guests have spectacular views of the forest canopy. Often gorillas will come into or near the lodge adding a bit of unscheduled excitement for the guests.

The Main Lodge features a guest lounge and dining area that bring the feel of the forest into the stylish interiors. The main living area has a central fireplace which acts as a focal point for guests to relax and discuss their gorilla tracking experience. There is a stunning outdoor terrace with dramatic views of the impenetrable forest. Here you can spot the monkeys and birds hiding in the foliage.

There eight standard bandas (cottages), each having their view of the forest. There is a sense of subdued elegance with warm, luxurious interiors and inviting four-poster beds and locally-inspired furniture​. A new Deluxe Banda opened in 2019, and one is being added in 2019.

The Humula Forest Spa offers wellness treatments after gorilla trekking, and a new sauna and new massage room have been added. Non-Premium drinks are included in the stay as well as some activities offered by the lodge.


Day 2 Gorilla Trekking in the Buhoma Area:

 An early Breakfast – the right equipment and clothing for your Trek. Further Trekking Information that will make this day more comfortable is found here.

Gorilla Wear:  We suggest a day pack, packed lunch from the lodge, two liters of water, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, hat, boots, thick socks, and sturdy gardening gloves.  All this is not to make a fashion statement but for your protection against nettles, thorns, brush.

Tuck your trousers into the socks for extra protection against fire ants and exposed skin from touching nettles that abound here.

We supply you with bottled water, a walking stick, and a porter. One porter is needed for two people.  The porter is an added plus since they assist you on the at times challenging trek.

The Gorilla Family that you will trek today is determined at the orientation with your input.  Your level of fitness and age are things that are part of the Gorilla Family determination equation.

The location of the gorilla family determines the length and difficulty of the trek on the day that you are trekking. Pre-Trackers are out at the crack of dawn location the different groups and calling in the GPS locations of the various groups.  The length of the trek is generally between three and five hours. At times a trek may be longer than that.

The Buhoma Area Gorilla Treks are three to five hours in length on average. You are for one hour with a Gorilla Family. There are eight-trekkers per group, plus the Uganda Wildlife Rangers and porters.

If you are unable to trek due to physical limitations, a sedan chair can be arranged. The Chair with you in it is carried by four porters who rotate with others carrying you.

Note: A second Gorilla Trek can be done by adding a day to this safari.

Dinner

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch and Dinner

Lodge:  Bwindi Lodge – Buhoma


 Day-3 Ishasha – Tree Climbing Lions:

Breakfast and we drive to Ishasha Wilderness Camp, an exclusive Wilderness Tented Camp in Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth Park. The Lodge is along the scenic Ntungwe River where lots of wildlife is found. (1 1/2 hour drive).

Check into your tent and become familiarized with the area you are staying in.  This is Tree-Climbing Lion Country and other wildlife.

Lunch along the Ntungwe River where you can see the elephants and other wildlife come to water and bathe.

Afternoon Game Drive in search of Tree-Climbing Lions and other wildlife which Uganda Kob, and Topi Antelopes, Elephants, Buffaloes, at times Leopards who are often in a tree, warthogs and more.

 Traditional Sundowner in the Bush:

This an old Safari tradition that goes back to Colonial Times in Africa. The Drink of choice the days of was Gin and a heavy dose of Quinine in Tonic. The reason for it was to prevent Malaria. The Sundowner became a safari tradition across the country and which continues to this day.

At the end of the  Safari day, before sundown, you are taken to a place not too far from the lodge, where a sundowner is prepared for you. Drinks and snacks. In Uganda, Gin and Tonic mean Uganda Waragi with a Krest Bitter Lemon Soda.

We think it the right touch for your honeymoon.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Lodge:  Ishasha Wilderness Camp


 Ishasha Wilderness Camp:

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated within the Southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe River. It is an idyllic retreat for those that enjoy the wilderness ambiance.

This luxury safari camp offers superb quality accommodation and services in this unspoiled remote sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Ishasha is famous for its tree-climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area. Being within the park the wildlife is free to also pass through the camp and elephants can be seen bathing in the river, buffalo enjoy grazing and resident troops of Black-and-White Colobus, and vervet monkeys are frequently viewed.

Simply a place in the African Bush along the Ntungwe River- up-market luxury staying in en-suite Tented Cottages

Ishasha Wilderness Camp – a long Standing Tradition with Luxury Safari Goers.


Day – 4 – Queen Elizabeth Park – Mweya Area:

Breakfast and your last Game Drive in search of the Tree Climbing Lions once again and seeing the abundance of wildlife found here.

We drive north to Kyambura Gorge Lodge.

3 pm Boat Safari with Mweya Lodge Boat:  This is a smaller boat and for most a better experience than the UWA  larger Boat.  A private Boat Safari can be arranged for you upon requests.

The Afternoon Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel with its large hippo population, crocodiles, monitor lizards, elephant herds, buffaloes, antelopes, water birds including large groups of Pelicans.

The Boat Safari is one of the highlights to any Queen Elizabeth Park Visit.  For most, the two-hour boat-ride on this natural channel ends too soon

After the boat-safari, we take the scenic Explosion Crater Drive which is the highest point in Queen Elizabeth Park with 12 explosion craters – some of which are lakes, others covered by Savannah, Forests, and wildlife such as elephants and buffaloes can be seen here.  Views of Lake Edward, Lake George, the Western Rift Escarpment, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, a Photographer’s Paradise.  Lighting for picture taking will be just right.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch and Dinner

Lodge: Kyambura Gorge Lodge


 Kyambura Gorge Lodge

This one-of-a-kind eclectic Luxury safari lodge has been converted from an old coffee store to create a breathtakingly beautiful space. The lodge is located on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park with sweeping views of the rolling savannah, the distant Rwenzori Mountains of the moon, and the sunken Kyambura Gorge.

The stylish bandas also have a contemporary theme with the accent on local artifacts re-imagined in a new context. Each banda offers a unique view either across the savannah or the Kyambura Gorge. Four Deluxe Bandas have been recently added. There are a saltwater swimming pool and a wellness spa.

The lodge is the ideal location for tracking the chimps in the sunken forest of Kyambura Gorge nearby and seeing the fantastic game in one of Africa’s most beautiful and varied parks, centered around the waterway of the Kazinga Channel where animals come to bathe. The park has six hundred plus exotic bird species, the highest in any African park.

The lodge offers a variety of activities to its guest including walk in the Gorge Buffer area that belongs to the lodge.


Day 5- Queen Elizabeth Park – northern Area:

Lion 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.

The lion tracking research begins at the crack of dawn, and you can have breakfast after the experience.

Lunch

Afternoon Game drive.  Game drives are always with a Uganda Wildlife Ranger on board. A game drive is about 3 hours in length.

In this area of Queen Elizabeth Park, you will see lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, vast herds of antelopes, Bush Pigs, forest hogs.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Lodge: Kyambura Gorge Lodge


Day 6-Queen Elizabeth Park – Kibale Forest:

Breakfast and it is time to descend into what BBC has called the Lost Valley, also called the Valley of the Apes. We call it a giant gash in the Savannah, the Kyambura Gorge with its underground forest, the legendary River of Blind, home to chimpanzees and other primates, birds and small mammals.

This is a 3 1/2 hour guided hike that even if you spot no chimpanzees is worth the effort since what awaits, the natural wonders alone make it worth it.  No one has ever complained that their time here was not adventurous.

Lunch at your lodge

We drive two hours to Kibale Forest where you check into your lodge for the afternoon. Enjoy a time along with a crater lake with Uganda’s Drink of Choice – Waragi, best enjoyed with a Krest Bitter Lemon Soda.

Dinner

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch and Dinner

Lodge: Crater Lake Safari Lodge


 Crater Lake Safari Lodge – Luxury – $$$:

On the banks of the Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake, Crater Safari Lodge blends perfectly with its surrounding landscape.

Crater Safari Lodge is an Award-winning lodge (Best Eco-Lodge/Resort) and featured in many international news articles such as in Vogue and in The Huffington Post.

It places safari-goers in prime position to explore Kibale National Park. Making its home on the edge of Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale is just a short drive away from Crater Safari Lodge.

There is a swimming pool for you to enjoy as well as a massage.  The Crater Lake itself is an attraction, and the lodge has provided a beautiful gazebo where you can have a refreshing drink after a day of Chimpanzee Trekking.

Enjoy the view from your most comfortable and Luxurious 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.


Day 7 – Chimpanzee Trekking – Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary:

Early Breakfast and we head for the Park Headquarters for your Chimpanzee Trekking Orientation before you head out for three to fours on the Chimpanzee Trek. Clothing for the day should be the same as in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You should have a liter of water with you.

Long before you see the Chimpanzees, you will hear them.  You will be with them for one hour.  Unlike the Gorillas, they tend to move around a lot more, and you will not remain in the same spot but move with them.

Mid-Afternoon – Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary Hike-8 3 pm.  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.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch and Dinner

Lodge: Crater Lake Safari Lodge


Day 8 – Return Flight to Entebbe:

Breakfast and we take the journey to Kasese for your flight to Entebbe. You arrive in Entebbe at 11:45 AM. We suggest that that you schedule your flight out after 3:00 pm.

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