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5 Nights Kibale Chimpanzee Habituation and Bwindi Gorilla Trekking

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Overview

This wildlife adventure combines a Chimpanzee Habituation experience in Kibale Forest National Park with a spectacular Gorilla Trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. 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 and as they go about their daily activities.

Meet eye to eye with the amazing gorillas when you go trekking through the enchanting misty jungle of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas
population of 459 gorillas and located in southwestern Uganda. 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
  • 1 Chimp Habituation permit per person, 1 Gorilla permit per person
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • Any other items included in the above itinerary
Price Excludes
  • Visas and International Air tickets
  • Covid-19 PCR tests
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc
Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Entebbe Airport and Transfer to Hotel

Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport by our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your adventure safari.

Driving time: ± 1 hour (45 km)

Depending on your arrival time you may embark on a city tour with your driver-guide, visit the shopping malls around town and craft villages OR you may also visit the Botanical gardens – a Uganda Wildlife Educational centre or go for a cheese and wine sundowner on Lake Victoria. Overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Golf Course Hotel
Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Activity and Services: Itinerary Briefing
Included: Airport transfer

Day 2Departure for Kibale Forest National Park

Driving time: ± 4h30mn

After breakfast, your driver-drive will pick you up at your hotel and head westwards to Fort Portal town and later to Kibale Forest National Park with lunch stop en route. Seat, relax and enjoy the drive through the countryside, the remarkable landscapes, traditional homes and catch glimpses of the different striking bird species. Have a stopover for lunch in Fort portal town – the tourism capital of Uganda because of the beautiful landscapes and attractions. Arrival is in the late afternoon.
Check-in at your lodge, relax and enjoy the lodge’s amenities on offer Or you may opt for optional activities such as a walk through the village; a visit of a church OR sample some of the local food. Later enjoy dinner and go to sleep with the sounds of the tropical rainforest.

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

Day 3Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After a successful Chimps Habituation experience, it is time this morning to bid farewell to our closest cousins as we continue our wildlife adventure to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. After breakfast we depart, the journey is long, but it is worth taking because it is a scenic drive through beautiful landscapes, called the “Switzerland of Africa”. We pass mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest, with arrival in the afternoon.

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. Check in at your lodge and later enjoy dinner.

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Activities and Services: Road Transfer to lodge to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Included: Road Transfer to lodge, scenic Drive

Day 4Gorilla Trekking in Impenetrable National Park

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure. All gorilla trackers must be at the park 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 habitual and the many species, they share it with. 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. You may opt for Gorilla Habituation on supplement of $900 per person – here you will be sure of meeting and spending enough time with the Gorillas.

If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the Batwa surrounding communities in the evening. The Batwa People are hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine thanks to ancient knowledge passed down through many generations. They were the first people to inhabit the tropical rainforest who used to stay with mountain gorillas in harmony, it has been once their home for centuries. They used to eat the same food with mountain gorillas considering gorillas as part of their forest family. Visiting 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 where you will enjoy dinner with fellow travellers before retiring to your room, relax and get to sleep the sounds of nature.
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

A guided nature walks around the lodge and the surrounding communities (Optional).

Day 5Drive back to Entebbe International Airport

This morning, your 5 Nights Kibale Chimpanzee Habituation and Bwindi Gorilla Trekking comes to an end. After breakfast the drive back to Kampala-Entebbe will start. We will stop for en-route lunch in Mbarara town and a stopover at the equator for photography if time permits.
Drop off at Entebbe airport to connect with your onwards flight back home with memories of this gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking trip.

Included: Road Transfer to Entebbe international Airport, Lunch.

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