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4 Nights Fly-IN Uganda Primates and Wildlife Safari

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Overview

This safari combines Chimpanzee and Gorilla trekking in Kibale National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national Park respectively. You will start by flying to Kibale National Park home to Uganda’s largest population of Chimpanzees and one of the top birding spots in the country where you will enjoy the Chimpanzee Habituation offering you a chance to get closer enough to the Chimps and spending a full day with them in their natural habitat as they go about their daily activities.

Meet eye to eye with the amazing gorillas as your next adventure takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to half of the world’s remaining gorilla population of 459 gorillas and located in southwestern Uganda – said to be Africa’s oldest rainforest. This wildlife adventure starts and ends at Entebbe International Airport.

Summary of your Trip
  • 2 Nights Rubalika Safari Lodge (Kibale National Park) | Uganda
  • 2 Nights Gorilla Safari Lodge (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) | Uganda
Price Includes
  • All ground transportation in a normal land cruiser with all fuel
  • Full-time driver / guide with all his associated expenses
  • Full board accommodation as per above itinerary
  • 3 Domestic Flights
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person, 1 Chimp Habituation permit per person
  • Bigodi swamp walk
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • Any other items included in the above itinerary
Price Excludes
  • Visas and International Air tickets
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Entebbe Airport and flight to Kibale Forest National Park

Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport by our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. Then he will assist you with check in onto your domestic flight to Kasese Airstrip a journey of 1h35mn. On arrival at the airstrip, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge. (Schedule a domestic flight to Kibale Forest National Park lives early in the morning and there is only 1 flight per day. Any other departure outside the scheduled one will require a private charter. There is also an option for a pre-safari night accommodation in Entebbe/Kampala)

The rest of the day is at leisure to rest from a long international flight. Enjoy the amenities offered by the lodge or you may opt for optional activities such as:
– go for a village walk by visiting the community during which you will learn about their customs and cultural heritage. You will walk through the village OR
– visit one of the homes to meet the elders who have vast knowledge about the area and its history OR you could even visit the church, school and eat some of the local food. It should not be all about the wildlife.

Accommodation: Rubalika Safari Lodge (Deluxe)
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Activities and Services: Scenic viewing
Included: Domestic flight; Road transfer to the lodge; Kibale National Park fees

Day 2Kibale Forest National Park - Chimpanzee Habituation

The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) offers the chance to spend a half-day or full day in the presence of the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest known as the only location in Uganda where such an experience can be enjoyed by the guests. Early in the morning have breakfast at 5am, you will set off with a packed lunch for Chimpanzee Habituation expedition starting at 6am to reach the chimps before they start moving out of their nests.

Chimp habituation experience involves tracking the chimps with a forest guide or a researcher. This experience is more comprehensive than standard chimpanzee trekking and requires following the chimps throughout the day. You have a greater chance of witnessing rare chimp behaviour like hunting other animals for meat. This is a full day activity, and you will be 100% sure to have a very close encounter with your closest relatives. Throughout the day you see them carry out their day-to-day activities: feeding, hunting, patrolling the area, resting, interacting and caring for the young ones and finally making their nests for the night. Partaking in the Chimpanzee Habituation expedition is once-in-a-lifetime experience, you’ll learn a lot more about the chimps than on a standard trek, but it does require patience. Because only 6 persons per day are allowed to partake in a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, it is necessary to book early.

Accommodation: Rubalika Safari Lodge (Deluxe)
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Activities and Services: Kibale Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (Full day)
Included: 1 Chimpanzee habituation permit per person

Day 3Flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred back to the Airstrip to catch your flight to Kisoro Airstrip followed by a road transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park found along Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and next to the Virunga National Park. The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its biodiversity and importance to overall ecology. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, dating back over 25,000 years and contain almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” is home to half of the remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world. Later enjoy lunch at the lodge.

Later in the afternoon, get ready for a cultural interaction with the Batwa pygmies (Optional) – which were the original inhabitants of the Bwindi impenetrable forest park before they were relocated elsewhere to gazette the forest for mountain gorilla conservation. They used to eat the same food as mountain gorillas considering gorillas as part of their forest family. Visit the Batwa tribe, listen to ancient legends and traditional songs and learn a thing or two about their daily lives and traditions. Return to the lodge for dinner with fellow travellers before retiring to your room, relax and get to sleep to the sounds of nature.

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Activities and Services: Domestic flight to Kisoro Airstrip, Road Transfer to lodge
Included: Domestic flight to Kisoro Airstrip, Road Transfer to lodge.

Day 4Gorilla Trekking in Impenetrable National Park

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for a briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure. All gorilla trackers must be at the park at 07h00 by this time and attend the briefing which is an overview of what to expect during the gorilla trekking.

A gorilla safari in Bwindi Forest offers you several gorilla groups to choose from. The Rangers will take into consideration your overall fitness after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. It is always amazing to watch a family of mountain gorillas. You could spend hours just watching the little ones roll around and play.

Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest and discover their gorgeous natural habitat. After spending one hour with the gorilla family, you will be led back to the starting point where your driver will be waiting to take you back to the lodge to freshen up and enjoy lunch.

If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening at a supplement of $25 per person. Later return to the lodge where you will enjoy your last dinner in the bush with your fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Activities and Services: Gorilla Trekking/Uganda Wildlife Authority
Included: 1 Gorilla permit per person

Day 5Flight to Entebbe International Airport

After a very early breakfast, you will be transferred to Kisoro Airstrip to catch your flight
to Entebbe international Airport for your onwards international flight back home.

Included: Road Transfer to the airstrip, Domestic flight to Entebbe international Airport.

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