7 Days Uganda Chimpanzees, Wildlife & Gorilla Safari
This is one of the super adventurous Uganda tours that rewards visitors with a full dose of experience, the safari involves exploring the two world`s best primate national parks namely Kibale national park and Bwindi impenetrable national Park where you have 90% chances to see the world`s most endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees respectively. You will also explore the magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park to search for the famous big four of the African wildlife namely; leopards, lions, elephants and buffalos-all which dwell in this national park among other wildlife. The tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector and boat cruise along the Kazinga channel also offer a memorable experience.
Transfer from Kampala/Entebbe to Kibale Forest National Park
Our professional driver guide will pick you from the hotel or area of stay in Kampala at 8am; this means you should have breakfast before the pickup time. You will drive through the papyrus swamps and the thick jungle of the Nile Delta to Kibale national park nestled beneath the Rwenzori mountains-dubbed the “mountains of the moon” by the ancient Greeks. Arrive at the lodge in Kibale forest national park during time for lunch. After lunch, you will visit the beautiful crater lakes and appreciate nature. The crater lakes are indeed beautiful with a stunning view and famously known as paradises for photography by many people who have visited them before. Return in the evening at your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Undertake Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale forest national park and afternoon Bigodi
On this day, you will have breakfast early in the morning before gathering at Kanyanchu tourist centre at 8am for a briefing as you prepare to embark on a trek for chimpanzees in the forest. Chances of seeing chimpanzees are very high up to 95% chances. Kibale forest national park is ranked among the breath taking and stunning ecosystem areas in Uganda and its is a prime capital of the primates in the region with over 13 species of primates including the rare chimpanzees, the Red-colobus monkeys, as well as the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, among others like grey-cheeked mangabeys, Pottos, Bush babies and Red tailed monkeys.
Chimpanzee trekking lasts for about 8 hours as you search for these cousins of man that were lost in the jungle! With no doubt, you will enjoy the lifestyle of the chimpanzees as they jump from one tree branch to another while eating fruits in the forest and if you’re lucky find a family with many toddlers, you will enjoy their games as the young ones come closer to you and run back into the tree branches. You will enjoy a variety of flora and fauna, birds, reptiles, insects and various species of butterflies which make Kibale National Park a much beautiful destination worth visiting. After an encounter with the chimpanzees, you will return to the lodge for lunch before preparing to take on a walk to the Bigodi swamp, a communally conserved area which inhabits a variety of attractions like birds and some other animals and well as local community activities that will surely not leave you the same way you came. Return to the lodge in the evening for relation, dinner and overnight.
Transfer from Kibale National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Your will have a relaxed breakfast in the morning and embark on a transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the mystical Rwenzori Mountains dubbed the mountains of the moon while on the way to the park. You will arrive in Queen Elizabeth National park during time for lunch and relaxation at Mweya safari Lodge. After lunch, you will take on the memorable boat cruise which begins at 2pm along the stunning Kazinga channel-adjoining Lake Edward and Lake George. The boat launch offers you the stunning views of gigantic hippos in the water, a big number of bird species along the banks, the Nile crocodiles as well as a variety of other wildlife including Buffalos and elephants among others which come to quench their thirst from the channel. To many people, this Kazinga channel boat cruise is considered as the highlight of the African Safari because of the experience it offers. The activity lasts for about 2hours as you cruise on the 40km channel. After the boat cruise, you will return to the lodge at the time when most animals are enjoying their supper. You will use the channel tunnel route to enjoy the short game drive Enroute to the lodge. Expect to see animals like elephants, buffalos and many antelopes. On a good evening, you can also encounter lions. Arrive at the lodge for relation, dinner and overnight.
A full day in Queen Elizabeth National Park
You will have a very early morning breakfast together with packed lunch and get ready for a thrilling game drive starting at 7am along the Kasenyi plains to catch up with the early risers and nocturnal animals as they are returning to their hideouts. Expect to meet grazing hippos in the early morning, spotted hyenas, Lions, elephants, water bucks, bushbucks, jackals and of course comical warthogs among other wildlife. You may luckily spot a leopard in the morning. Continue to the Maramagambo forest for many surprises that await you there! You may find big pythons that are often observed in the crevices of the bat cave as they feed on bats, anticipate to see various bird species as well such as bat hawks, brown eared woodpeckers and as well many primates. Retreat from the game drive in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari lodge.
Transfer from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
After your morning breakfast, we shall drive you with packed lunch to Kyambura gorge for look for habituated chimpanzees as we wind up with our visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Proceed to the Ishasha sector in search of the endangered tree climbing lions. The Ishasha sector is located south of Queen Elizabeth national Park and it is perhaps the best areas to view climbing lions because of its short acacia trees where these lions hide away from the scorching sunshine. Tree climbing lions are only found in the Ishasha sector and Lake Manyara national park in the whole world but they are best viewed in the Ishasha sector. The game drive lasts for about two hours, expect to encounter other species of animals as well such as elephants, buffalos and many antelopes. After the game drive, proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable national Park which is between 4-5hours drive arriving at Chameleon Hill Lodge in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Uganda Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Gorilla trekking begins with a briefing at the park headquarters at 8am. This means you will have breakfast very early so that by this time are ready for the trek. At the briefing, they take you through the rules and regulations that are considered during the trekking of mountain gorillas in Uganda, as well as allocate you to particular gorilla families which you are supposed to track. After the briefing, you will embark on the gorilla trekking activity traversing through the almost impenetrable forest but using the already existing tracks that enable you to penetrate. You will be accompanied by the professional armed ranger guides to ensure your safety in the forest. These rangers will also help in guiding you to ensure a successful gorilla trek. Bwindi national park is a very thick forested park with rugged hills and slippery slopes which sometimes makes the trek quite challenging but possible. You will be entertained by the stunning sights of the rush flora and fauna, the various species of birds will be entertaining you with the melodies and the design of the forest which is decorated by the various bird species will surely catch your attention as you continue searching for mountain gorillas.
Upon sight of the mountain gorillas, here the best moments come! You will be welcomed by the Silverback (male Gorilla) this sometimes welcome visitors by beating in its chest as a sign of manhood, with its red eyes and appearance which makes you believe that you have really met your long lost cousins. Should you luckily trek a gorilla family that has toddlers, then the best moments are physically observed from even the very exhausted person as these little gorillas come to almost touch your clothes and run back to their parents. The gorilla trekking encounter takes between two to eight hours but the exact encounter lasts for strictly one hour which starts counting from the time you meet these gorillas. This limited time with the gorillas is purposely for conservation purposes and you are also advised to observe and respect the 7meter rule. At the end of one hour of observing mountain gorillas, it is certain that you will have enjoyed the worth of your dollars paid and you should have taken good pictures with these relatives of humans in the wild. Retreat from the forest and return back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Return fromBwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to Kampala/Entebbe
Your will wake up in the morning for a leisurely breakfast and a photography moment at your lodge before embarking on the journey back to Kampala/ Entebbe international airport. Enjoy sightseeing enroute especially the banana plantation and animal farms of western Uganda, you may use the Kasese/Fort portal route which takes you through Queen Elizabeth National Park for an enroute game drive where you may luckily spot some wildlife like elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and even lions on a lucky day and you will also enjoy the spectacular views of the great Rwenzori mountains-dubbed the mountains of the moon. Then you will make a stopover at the Uganda Equator in Kasese district and another stop in Fort portal town for lunch. Continue to Kampala arriving in the afternoon for an evening flight at Entebbe airport.