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    $2241 p/p in USD
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Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

This safari takes you on a memorable chimpanzee and gorilla tracking adventure. Experiences include chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park, mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, village community walk, tea harvesting excursion, boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, searching for Ishasha’s lions resting in the fig trees and exploring Lake Mburo National Park.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Primate Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Lake Mburo, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Antelope, Red-tailed Monkey, Grey Mangabey, L'Hoest Monkey, Blue Monkey, Ugandan Kob, Hippo, Bush Buck, Topi
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Trekking, Boat Cruise
  • Getting around:
    Game Viewing Vehicle, Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Kampala, end in Entebbe

Highlights

  • Thrilling primate watching
  • Chimpanzees forest walk in the Kibale
  • Game drive in Lake Mburo
  • Game & birdlife on Kazinga Channel cruise
  • Bird watching
  • Basket weaving experience
  • Tea harvesting experience
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest
  • Lake Bunyonyi relaxation / cultural experience

Need To Know

  • You might want to drive by road ( 4-5 hours) and depart from Kigali airport (Rwanda). The choice is yours. Please inform our tour consultant at the time of booking your preferred the option.
  • At the time of booking, in the event that the listed hotel is fully booked or room unavailable, we will do our best to inform you and book a similar hotel of the same class available.

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 2,241 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation in self-contained rooms
  • Full Board (dinner, breakfast, lunch as per itinerary)
  • 4×4 Land Cruiser transport
  • English speaking driver guide
  • All transfers
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Gorilla permit
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit
  • Park entrance

What's Excluded

  • Air ticket & visas
  • Optional activities
  • Any meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Drinks, tips, items of personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • Internal flights from Bwindi/Mgahinga – Kisoro Airstrip to Entebbe (we can arrange them for you)

Disclaimer

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

Day by Day Overview

Today we start our safari with breakfast at 7.00 am then our guide will collect you from your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe. Transfer to Fort Portal, passing through traditional Ugandan villages where you see native people in their farmlands, lush green rolling hills and expansive tea plantations, before arriving at your accommodation. In the afternoon you will explore Bigodi Swamp and community with a village walk (2-3 hours). Search for primates including L’hoest, red colobus, blue and red tailed monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabey as well as bird species such as the great blue turaco, bee eaters and many more. Experience how primates and birds live with the community and amazing farm life experiences such as basket weaving, farm life and coffee tour.

Accommodation Options: Kibale Forest Camp / Kibale Homestay  

Today our guide will transfer you to a tea plantation to experience tea harvesting. It’s a half-day excursion to a tea farm where you will be received by a local site guide, tour the plantation, learn tea, planting, seeds, propagation, and local harvesting techniques, followed by the chance to pick your own tea leaves using traditional woven baskets. You will also have a chance to sample it an on-site café. The experience allows tea lovers to get a deeper understanding of their favorite beverage. Activity duration: 2 hours. After lunch, we transfer to Kibale Forest National Park – Kanyanchu gate. Kibale National Park is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. Here you will find one of the largest populations of chimpanzees in Africa – about 1,450 individuals.

Activity: Chimpanzee tracking

Chimp walking time: 2 to 4 hours

What to carry: Remember to carry bottled drinking water, rain gear, and walking/hiking boots plus backpack.

It will be perfect opportunity to listen to the chimps as they grumble and feed. Chimpanzees live in communities and only one community is allowed to be visited by tourists. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against other male intruders; the females usually wander in small family groups. Rangers locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, following their eating trails. This gives you a chance to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, and socialize with each other. On a lucky day people have witnessed chimpanzees hunting. You will have very close encounter with these chimps.

There are chances of seeing other primates namely the Guereza colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey and olive baboons as well as the red colobus monkey considered endangered and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey that is considered vulnerable as well as plentiful forest bird life.

Optional activity: Chimpanzee ‘habituation’ experience

You can do chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the usual chimpanzee tracking at an additional fee of only $50 US per person. Please note that it’s important to book this ahead of time because only 6 persons per day are permitted to experience this. In the event that one decides to do the habituation experience, it is possible to go on swamp sanctuary walk the next morning before heading to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation options: Kibale forest Camp / Kibale Homestay
Meal plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today we transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, enjoy viewing Rwenzori Mountains and make a stop over the Equator – experience being in south and north hemisphere at once. Check in at your lodge. At 2pm you will go for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel (2 hours approx.). Look out for the hippos, great herds of buffalos, and lots of water birds by the channel side. Time permitting head out for an evening game drive; from 5pm to 7pm, looking out for lions, buffalos, elephants and large numbers of Uganda Kobs and other antelopes.

Driving time: 3.5 hours
Accommodation Options: Bush Lodge/ Kazinga Wilderness Camp
Meal plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

In the morning we do a second game drive before the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / Mgahinga National Park.  You will drive via Ishasha (2 hours approx), which is in the southern sector of Queen Elisabeth National Park, and famous for its tree climbing lions. There are chances of finding lions in the trees by the roadside. Please note that there is no guarantee but our guide will maximize all regular hot spots to increase chances of sighting.

After lunch, we embark on a road trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the mountain gorillas. Bwindi is about 330 sq kms, with spectacular scenery, impressive forest views, hilly and mountainous landscape. At an elevation between 1160 to 2607 m (3806 to 8553 ft) rains can shower anytime in Bwindi Forest so it is recommended that visitors pack rain wear, waterproof clothing and appropriate hiking shoes to wear  during gorilla tracking or forest walks. Daytime temperatures range from 23°C/73°F at times dropping to as low as 11°C/52°F.

There are 20 gorilla families which have been habituated for gorilla viewing, all of which can be accessed from specific locations/sectors of the forest. Eight people are permitted to view a single family per day. To trek gorillas you need a gorilla permit/license which are booked by location not by the name of a gorilla family. Depending on the park gate of gorilla permits available at time of booking, we will proceed to one of the following three sectors: Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and Kisoro/Mgahinga gorilla gate. From Ishasha, the driving time will be between 2 and 4 hours depending on the sector we are heading to.

We arrive in time for dinner at the lodge. Please note the choice of lodging will be determined by location of Gorilla family available at time of booking.

Accomodation Options: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge / Travellers Rest / Bakiga Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner)

Today our guide will pick you up from your lodge at 7.30am for the transfer to the park gate (5-10 minutes). Pre-tracking orientation starts at 8:00 am. Trekking through the thick jungle, traversing canopies of thick undergrowth can be tough, wet, strenuous but not impossible – the tracking can last from as little as 45 minutes to as much as 10 hours. The activity depends on location of gorillas the previous day. Visitors will have a packed lunch and water, should be equipped with strong water-proof clothing and must be averagely fit and healthy.

After gorilla tracking we can drive 2.5 hours to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and overnight by the lake.

Lake Bunyonyi is a lava dammed lake, described by BBC media as ‘probably the most beautiful lake in Africa’- formed when a river was dammed by lava and valley filled up. This is one of Africa’s deepest and probably beautiful lakes at an elevation of 1960 m (6400 ft). Lake Bunyonyi is a known as a ‘place of so many little small birds’. It’s possible to have an early morning guided bird watching at the lodge.

Optional activities at Lake Bunyonyi

  1. Boat ride to Punishment Island. Look out for “akampene”,  Punishment Island, where until 1940’s unmarried pregnant girls were dropped and left to die helplessly or starve to death, some drowning trying to swim ashore; they were often saved my poor men who could not afford bride price. It was a taboo to be pregnant before the recommended marriage age. Activity duration: 1 hour.  Cost $10 per person.
  2. Boat ride to traditional healer’s village. Experience how traditional African medicine is integrated into modern medicine. The healer not only treats the sick, but uses his knowledge to conserve and educate about the various medicinal plants of  ancient times.Activity duration: 2-3 hours. Cost $15 per person.

Accomodation Options: BirdNest@Bunyonyi Resort / Bunyonyi Safaris Resort
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

This morning you have a choice of optional activities (see Day 5) to enjoy before departure or simply transfer straight to Lake Mburo National Park. Compared to other parks in Uganda, Lake Mburo is quite small (over 260 km), but its size makes it a more exciting park to visit and it boasts large varieties of wildlife including giraffes, zebras and buffalos as well as antelopes such as bushbucks, topi, deffassa waterbuck and reedbuck. If time permits go for an evening game drive for two hours.

Driving time: 3 hours
Accommodation: Rwakobo/ Leopard Rest Camp
Meal plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner)

Today you head back on a road trip back to Kampala city or Entebbe Airport.

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