4 Days - Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi NP, Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale

Mojhi (Uganda)
USD1474
  • 4 days
    (Duration)
  • 4.9
    (Rating)

4 Days - Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi NP, Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale.



Description

Mountain gorilla tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a habitat with a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas which is close to a half of the 880 numbers that are known to thrive in the world. The gorilla destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is also a rich habitat for Afro-montane flora, counts of birds including the African broad-bill which is found in Ruhija and Congo, the forest animals like duikers and forest elephants. The magical hills offer impressive scenery and sightseeing experience.

The feeling of watching our closest genetic relatives perform organised patterns of behaviour in their own community is often life-changing. This is a safari best suited for enthusiasts who are inclined on tracking chimpanzees and observing them up close in their natural habitat. Kibale National Park houses 13 species of chimpanzees and has the highest number of primates in all of Africa. While the Kibale National Park is known for its chimp tracking, there are quite a few other species of rare primates that belong here. Easy accessibility coupled with good infrastructure and a variety of activities make it an ideal spot for watching the primates in Uganda.


Itinerary

  • Day 1: Transfer from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

    You will be picked up around 7:00 am from your Hotel in Entebbe by our Guide who will brief you about your tour. You will later be driven in comfortable and secure touring vehicle to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the South-West which will take around 9 hours of drive. Lunch will be provided en-route at Mbarara.

    You will be reaching in the evening at the accommodation in Bwindi. Dinner and Overnight at :

    Accommodation:
    Budget - Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort and Campsite / Buhoma Community Rest Camp.
    Mid-range - Bakiga Lodge / Broadbill Forest Camp / Rushaga Gorilla Haven's Lodge / Buhoma Community Haven Lodge.
    Luxury - Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge / Rushaga Gorilla Safari Lodge / Mahogany Springs

  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

    You will have an early morning breakfast at 6:30 am and with packed Lunch you will move to the Park headquarters to join other trackers in a briefing about the gorilla trekking rules at 7:30 am. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you 1-8 hours. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access by tourists. You will have one hour to stay with the Gorillas once sited and later transferred to Lake Bunyonyi.

    The drive will be in the beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’ because of its unique cool weather despite being near the Equator. This lake is said to be one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is the second deepest lake in Africa (900 meters deep) and also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzia free.

    Note : Depending on your time of arrival at Lake Bunyonyi, you can pay the extra amount for the activity (Community Walk, Canoe Ride, Boat Ride, Bicycle Ride, Bird Watching and Cray Fishing...) directly at the accommodation and do the activity on this day or on the next day before departing back to Entebbe.

    Dinner and overnight at :

    Accommodation -
    Budget - Lake Bunyonyi View Resort
    Mid-range - Bunyonyi Overland Resort / Bunyonyi Safari Resort
    Luxury - Bunyonyi Birdnest / Arcadia Cottages

  • Day 3: Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Kibale Forest National Park

    After an early breakfast you will be transferred to Kibale Forest National Park in the morning with the target to have lunch in Fort portal area near Kibale Forest national park. You can have Punctuated stopovers in the far country side that offer us chances of viewing tea plantations along the drive through Fort Portal which is located in the shadow of the legendary Rwenzori Mountain which forms a mystic backdrop to the beautiful volcanic landscape you are treated to on your drive from the town to the park.

    Upon arrival, you will check in at your lodge for relaxation. Later in the day you shall be transferred to the Bigodi Wetlands, situated on the eastern edge of the forest. There you shall take a light walk in the wetlands to observe plenty of wildlife including birds and many monkey species.

    Accommodations:
    Budget - Rweteera Safari Park(Wood cabines)
    Mid Range -Isunga Lodge
    Luxury - Primate Lodge(Standard cottages)

  • Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest and transfer to Entebbe

    After early breakfast, you will transfer to the park offices to meet the ranger guides for pre-trek briefing after which you will set off to trek into forest to track a community of Chimpanzees. Up to 3 large communities of Chimpanzees have been habituated for the tracking adventure. You will locate the Chimps without so much straining since the territory of each of Chimp community is known before hand by advance trackers as it will be communicated by your guides. While you trek through the forest you will observe plenty of other wildlife. Other primates which you may spot include Red Colobus Monkey, L’Hoest Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, and Vervet Monkeys.

    The bird lovers spot many forest specials from a total of 335 bird species recorded in the forest. The trademark pant hoots and loud screams of the Chimps can be heard from a distance and will lead you to the community which you will spend no more than hour observing and following in the forest. The Chimps which will be swinging through trees with so much speed, pant hooting, slapping the tree barks and screaming to locate each other. It is an adrenaline giving atmosphere and a memorable experience.

    Post lunch you will be transferred back to Entebbe, where your tour will come to an end.


Inclusions

  • Airport transfer on Day 1 and Day 4
  • Transportation charges
  • Gorilla tracking permit (600$ pp)
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit
  • Bigody Swamp walk in Kibale Forest NP
  • Park entry fee
  • Guide fee
  • Full board accommodation
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • All meals

Exclusions

  • International flights.
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour (Unless mentioned otherwise).
  • Tips.
  • Personal Items (Souvenirs, Travel Insurance, Visa Fees, etc.).
  • Government imposed increase in Taxes, Gorilla trekking permits and or Park Fees.
  • Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary.

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Accommodations -

Entebbe:
All Costs mentioned are in USD.

Room type Secrets Guest House 2 Friends Beach Hotel Protea Hotel by Marriott
Single room 40 170 235
Double room 50 235 285

 

 

 



Kampala:
All Costs mentioned are in USD.

Room type Marie's Royale Hotel Cassia Lodge Speke Resort, Munyonyo
Single room 50 140 155
Double room 60 165 175

 


Refund Policy

  • Cancellations more than 60 days before the adventure date - No Cancellation fees 100% Refund.
  • Cancellations between 30-60 days before the adventure date - 75% Refund.
  • Cancellations between 8- 29 days before the adventure date - 50% Refund.
  • Cancellations between less than 7 Days before the adventure date - No Refund.
    - Gorilla and Chimp permits and flight tickets are excluded from the above percentages and are 100% non-refundable

Package cost

All Costs mentioned are per person in USD :

Vehicle Type Safari Van
Group Size Budget Mid Range Luxury
1 1791 1968 -
2 1474 1607 -
3 1369 1485 -
4 1319 1450 -
5 1294 1419 -
6 1273 1404 -

 

Vehicle Type Land Cruiser
Group Size Budget Mid Range Luxury
1 1904 2084 2362
2 1539 1673 1863
3 1415 1533 1694
4 1375 1490 1678
5 1341 1469 1607
6 1315 1447 1589

 


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