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Barien Safaris

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

Visit two of Uganda’s national parks where you can track gorillas and chimpanzees: Kibale National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Kibale is located in western Uganda and is one of the greatest rainforests in Africa. With an altitude of 3,300 meters above the sea level, this national park is famous for chimpanzees and many other primate species. Each community of chimpanzees has over 100 individuals and each group has a complicated social structure. Each group has an adult male responsible for dominating and defending the group against any incursions by male outsiders. The small chimpanzees always move in small groups. This safari starts and ends in Kampala and includes a gorilla permit of $700 per person and $150 chimpanzee permit per person in the final costing.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Primate Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Kibale National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Elephant, Antelope, Red-tailed Monkey, Grey Mangabey, L'Hoest Monkey, Golden Monkey, Ugandan Kob, Bush Buck, Black & White Colobus, Red Colobus, Olive Baboon
  • Activities:
    Trekking, Nature Walk
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Kampala
  • Minimum age:
    15

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 3,150 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation & meals
  • English-speaking guide
  • Gorilla & chimpanzee permits
  • Bottled water
  • Cultural tours
  • All activities mentioned
  • Park entrance fees

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Laundry services
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Kampala hotel fees (pre and post safari)

Disclaimer

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

Day by Day Overview

Today you meet your guide and transfer from Kampala to Kibale National Park. Stop en route for your lunch and then continue driving towards the park. You will also pass through traditional villages see the vegetation cover here which is always green. Approach Fort Portal and enjoy the foot hills of the Rwenzori mountains and then continue to Kibale National Park.

Kibale Forest is 1100 -1600 m above sea level and contains both montane and lowland forests with 13 primate species including the chimpanzees and monkeys including the red colobus monkeys as well as the rare L’Hoest’s monkeys. The park was gazetted in 1932 and established in 1993 to protect the then increasing number of animals and vegetation. The other species of animal species found in the park include: 250 tree species, 325 bird species, 13 primate species, 60 mammal species, and 14 wild fields.

On you arrival at the park, you will visit the scenic crater lakes region and have a chance to check out the terraced tea states. Later on, proceed back to the lodge to relax for the evening and enjoy your dinner.

Accommodation Options
Luxury: Ndali Lodge/Primate Lodge/Kyaninga Lodge
Mid-range: Chimpanzee Forest Guest
Budget: Kibale Forest Camp

Early in the morning after taking breakfast, you will go to the park headquarters where you will be briefed about chimpanzee trekking. By 8:00am, you will be starting your search for the chimpanzees within the park. These primates are the closest relatives to the human being and share 98% of their DNA with humans. There are also many other primate species which can be seen along with the chimpanzees including L’Hoest monkeys, golden monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkeys, bush babies, and many bird species which include; green breasted pitta, rumped tinker bird, yellow spotted nicator, and the green breasted pitta.

This park is one of the great rainforests in Africa and has the largest community of chimpanzees where each community has 1 -100 individuals and each community has a complicated social structure. In the group, the adult males dominate the group and provide protection to the territory against the rest of the males from other territories. The chimps are located by simply listening for their pant hooting calls, and then you head to the place from which they replied from. Here you can observe them as they feed, play and socialize with each other. Later in the afternoon, you will visit Bigodi swamp which is also good for watching primates and birds. It’s mainly maintained by the local people and they earn a living from there. You will enjoy many bird species here including the great blue turuco, and many more, while the other primate species to view here include baboons, mongoose, otters, bush pigs as well as the bush bucks.

Accommodation Options
Luxury: Ndali Lodge/Primate Lodge/Kyaninga Lodge
Mid-range: Chimpanzee Forest Guest
Budget: Kibale Forest Camp

Early in the morning after breakfast, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the Ishasha sector where you will look for the tree climbing lions. You may also see other animals such as monkeys, birds, kobs and antelopes. Arrive in Bwindi in the afternoon and enjoy a nature walk when you might spot monkeys, elephants, birds and more.

Accommodation Options 
Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Silveback Lodge/Mahogany Springs
Mid-range: Bakiga Lodge/Ichumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge 
Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friend’s Camp/Buhoma Community Camp 
Upgrade: Gorilla Forest Camp/Clouds Lodge

Have an early morning breakfast then proceed to the park headquarters to have a briefing about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking in Bwindi. The rangers will then accompany you to the rainforest to start your search for the gentle giants. This walk can sometimes be tough and you need to be physically fit. Trekkers are always advised to carry their rain coats and boots because the weather there is always unpredictable. There are also some porters who can help with the carrying of the luggage on behalf of the visitors but at a small cost.

On sighting the gorillas, the rangers will guide you on what to do, especially giving them a 6 meter distance as you enjoy watching them playing around. It’s not always easy to predict how long gorilla tracking will take and it depends on the location of some families since some of them are far from the park headquarters. However, its usually between 2 to 8 hours to come into contact with them and the rangers will always be there to guide you. After your trek, return to the lodge for your lunch and in the afternoon you may opt to visit the Batwa community to enjoy some cultural performances before retiring at your lodge.

Accommodation Options 
Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Silveback Lodge/Mahogany Springs
Mid-range: Bakiga Lodge/Ichumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge 
Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friend’s Camp/Buhoma Community Camp 
Upgrade: Gorilla Forest Camp/Clouds Lodge

Have breakfast at the hotel and after start your transfer to Kampala. Have lunch at Mbarara town and another stopover at the equator to take some photos and watch experiments. Afterwards proceed to Kampala, arriving in the late afternoon.

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