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Saso Uganda Safaris

  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

This fascinating safari enables really close encounters with gorillas and chimps. Track gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and chimps in Kibale National Park with local research teams and spend time watching the primates in their daily activities – a truly amazing experience! In between these two highlights will be a nature walk in the Bigodi Swamp to see other primates, colourful birds, rare plants and insectsnas well as view the picturesque lakes and landscapes in the crater lakes region around the national park.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Safari, Jungle Safari, Primate Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi, Kibale National Park
  • Wildlife:
    baboons, chimpanzees
  • Activities:
    Trekking, Nature Walk
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Kigali, end in Kampala (or Entebbe)

Summary

  • Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Batwa visit
  • Day 2: Gorilla habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Day 3: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park and Bigodi swamp walk
  • Day 4: Chimpanzee habituation in Kibale Forest
  • Day 5: Return journey to Kigali OR Entebbe

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 4,123 per person

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 4WD safari vehicle
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Services of an English Speaking driver/guide
  • Community visit fees
  • Guided nature walks
  • Return airport transfers

What's Excluded

  • International flights
  • Other drinks apart from bottled water
  • Laundry, telephone expenses etc.
  • Tips to local guides
  • Porter fees while gorilla and chimpanzee trekking

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Saso Uganda Safaris
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Saso Uganda Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Early in the morning after breakfast, we set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. You will enjoy spectacular scenery of rolling hills, deep valleys and water marshes along this route as well as have a community walk to visit Batwa/Pygmy people. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to more than half the population of the world’s remaining 1,004 mountain gorillas. Dinner and overnight at your reserved lodge.

Budget: Broadbill / Gorilla Friends Lodge
Midrange: Lake Mutanda Resort / Rushaga Gorilla Camp / Ichumbe Gorilla Lodge
Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge / Bwindi Jungle Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

We have an early morning entry into the mountain gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular and heavily vegetated with dense landscapes crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers. This park is best known for its fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these fantastic apes.

Our intimate gorilla experience allows you to accompany the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s Bwindi gorilla habituation team for the entire day, allowing you to have a minimum of four hours in the presence of a mountain gorilla family. Regular permits only allow one hour, so this is four times the amount of time spent up close with gorillas – more than any other safari operator! During this time you will be able to experience the gorilla family as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate and breastfeed, until they build their nests at bed time.

The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. Once the gorillas are sighted, you will be guided to within 6m of the gorillas and be able to sit all around them while gazing into their big round eyes as the researchers note health, behavior and other characteristics. The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories. Spending more time with them than the norm means you are assured of the best possible experience, with time for better photography, researcher access for more questions, and enough time to experience more intimate and unusual behaviors. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other.

Budget: Broadbill / Gorilla Friends Lodge
Midrange: Lake Mutanda Resort / Rushaga Gorilla Camp / Ichumbe Gorilla Lodge
Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge / Bwindi Jungle Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

You will be met by our trusted safari guide who will brief you on the tour before you drive to Kibale National Park, ‘the primate capital of the world’. The drive will take about 4 -5 hours with lunch on the way in Fort Portal before continuing to Kibale. In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp which is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of Kibale Forest is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You can expect to see some of the 12 primates such as blue monkeys and baboons as well as otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs among others. This is also a paradise for bird watching enthusiasts with commonly sighted species including great blue turaco. Dinner and overnight will be at your reserved lodge.

Budget: Chimpanzee Guest House / Kibale Forest Camp (Tents)
Midrange: Crater Safari Lodge / Kibale Forest Lodge (Bandas)
Luxury: Papaya Lake Lodge / Primate Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

Today we’ll accompany Kibale’s researchers on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to a ‘soft’ habituation project with chimpanzees, the gentle apes which share more than 90% of their genes with humans. You’ll learn to safely observe the chimps during their daily activities, so they get comfortable with human presence without changing their natural behaviors. You will be able to experience the chimp families as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate and breastfeed. Guided by biologists and researchers, we will enjoy unprecedented intimate access to these wild chimps for the entire day until they build their nests at bed time.

Kibale Forest hosts at least 1,500 chimpanzees out of the 4,950 found in Uganda, making this the largest concentration of chimps in Africa. The park is also home to 10 other primates including diurnal species like the red colobus monkey, blue monkey, red-tailed monkey, gray-cheeked mangabey and vervet monkey, as well as many other animals. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

Budget: Chimpanzee Guest House / Kibale Forest Camp (Tents)
Midrange: Crater Safari Lodge / Kibale Forest Lodge (Bandas)
Luxury: Papaya Lake Lodge / Primate Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

You will have breakfast and drive back to Kigali (or Kampala/Entebbe) arriving in time for a transfer to the airport for your departure flight or for dinner and overnight at the hotel of your booking.

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