Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Trekking from £3999 per person sharing - 7 Days

Uganda – 6 Night Guided Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking Safari 2020

Discover the best of Uganda with this unique tour. Enjoy the flexibility and personalised service of a private guided safari with unforgettable primate and wildlife encounters. With cultural interactions and overnight stays in traditional and adventurous safari lodges.

Tour Highlights

  • Kibale Forest National Park
  • Chimpanzee Trekking
  • Magombe Forest and Wetlands primate boardwalk trail
  • Bigodi Village cultural visit
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park ( tree climbing lions )
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Mountain Gorilla Trekking
  • Lake Mburu National Park
  • Guided bush walk in Lake Mburu NP

If you require any further information about this Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking Safari Uganda 2020, on this or any of out fabulous safari holidays please contact us here.

Day 1
Day 1: Arrival- Entebbe.

Overnight: The Boma Guesthouse, Entebbe- 1 night.

Type of Accommodation: Twin bed en-suite room.

Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast.

Welcome to the Pearl of Africa!

You arrive at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your guesthouse in a quiet Entebbe suburb.

Day 2
Day 2: Entebbe – Kibale Forest NP.

Overnight: Primate Lodge, Kibale.

Type of Accommodation: Luxury Cottage.

Meal Basis: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

After a relaxed breakfast we will depart the capital city and head west to Fort Portal, with lunch en route. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for its many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to Kibale National Park.

Kibale Forest National Park harbours the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa. No less than 13 different species are living in this small area of 560 sq km, including Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue Monkeys and Grey-cheeked Mangabeys. More importanly, the dense forest hosts a population of more than 1,000 chimpanzees allowing visitors the unique opportunity to view these great apes in their natural environment. Just outside the national park you will find Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, offering a number of walking trails in the Magombe Swamp – a truly memorable wildlife experience with prolific birdlife, lush habitat and many species of primate.

After dinner you have the opportunity to join a ranger for a walk in the forest looking for some of Uganda’s nocturnal creatures and with luck you may even glimpse a potto or pangolin.

Day 3
Day 3: Kibale Forest National Park & Bigodi Village.

Overnight: Primate Lodge, Kibale.

Type of Accommodation: Luxury Cottage.

Meal Basis: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Today the forest opens for a sensational chimp trekking adventure. After a pre-trekking briefing at walking distance from your accommodation, you will start your hike into the forest.

You will be tracking a large habituated family of chimpanzees, with over 120 individuals that has made Kibale one of the best locations in Africa for viewing this remarkable primate in the wild. En route your guide will explain more about the forest and the other inhabitants, including other primates and birds such as the blue breasted Kingfisher, black billed Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Chestnut winged Starlings and many more.

Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they continue their daily routine – growling, grooming, feeding, taking care of the young ones and effortlessly climbing up trees. It certainly is a wildlife encounter not to be missed and the hour is always over too soon.

After your forest walk you return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we drive to Bigodi Village for a community walk that will bring you closer to the people that live in this area. Accompanied by a local guide, who can tell you everything about the traditional customs and lifestyle, you will follow the village path and visit a primary school, traditional homesteads and learn more about the crops in the fields.

Day 4
Day 4: Kibale Forest NP – Queen Elizabeth NP - Bwindi NP.

Overnight: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi National Park.

Type of Accommodation: Forest Chalets with Private Verandah.

Meal Basis: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

After an early breakfast we depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. En route we will pass the vast savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will go in search of Uganda’s famous tree climbing lions.

Enjoy a picnic lunch en route before we finally reach Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, for an overnight in the middle of the African jungle.

Of the over 800 mountain gorillas worldwide, Bwindi National Park is home to almost half of the gorilla population. There is no better place for observing these gentle giants closely. Thanks to the wildlife conservation program, the number of gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has increased from 300 to 400 in recent years, which include nine different families that are habituated for tourism purposes. Apart from the famous residents, the dense forest hosts 9 other primates. There are different trails in the park, including the Munyanga River Trail and Waterfall Trail, leading through the pristine rainforest to three sparkling waterfalls.

Day 5
Day 5: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi NP.

Overnight: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi National Park.

Type of Accommodation: Forest Chalets with Private Verandah.

Meal Basis: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants of Uganda.

Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family to track in groups of 8 people. After a pre-tracking briefing by your specialist gorilla guide, who will explain the species in general and the nuances of the family you will be tracking as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure.

For your trek…

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, water-proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long trousers and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that will come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and requires a degree of (average) fitness. However, the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort!

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling with the juveniles – it is a unique and unforgettable experience!

Day 6
Day 6: Bwindi NP - Lake Mburo National Park

Overnight at Mihingo Lodge.

Type of Accommodation: Luxury en suite tented rooms with private verandah.

Meal Basis: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

After breakfast we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. En route we shall stop at Igongo Cultural Centre for lunch. The cultural centre illustrates the culture and traditional way of life of the local tribes in this area, including a museum, garden with indigenous trees and plants and traditional homesteads.

As we enter Lake Mburo it is likely that you will spot some wildlife. After checking in you have the opportunity to go on a boat ride on the lake to view the rich bird life and many hippos that make the park their home. If you would like to continue your wildlife viewing, have an early dinner before going on an optional night game drive in an open Landrover with a spotlight. This special game drive of 2-3 hours provides good chances of seeing the elusive leopard and of course other nocturnal animals. (There is an additional charge for this excursion).

Day 7
Day 7 Lake Mburo National Park – Entebbe Airport.

Meal Basis: Breakfast & Lunch.

An early start on your last day as we will go for a bush walk guided by a ranger. Here you can experience a safari on foot which allows you to observe the African bush from ground level giving you a unique perspective of what is often missed from a vehicle.

Return to the lodge for breakfast and with a game drive on our way out we depart the protected area and head back to the capital. En-route we will cross the Equator where we will make a stop for lunch, photos and souvenir shopping. You will be dropped at Entebbe Airport in good time for your international flight home or your onward journey.

Your price includes.

  • Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
  • Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle (LAND CRUISER)
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary, based on a shared twin/double room
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Gorilla Tracking Permit
  • Permit for chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Activities and excursions mentioned in the program
  • Detailed map of Uganda
  • AMREF Evacuation Air Ambulance insurance
  • VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala

Your price dosen't include

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $100, available upon arrival)
  • Optional activities
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips
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FAQ for Gorilla & Chimpanzee Safari

Do I need a permit to visit the park?

Yes But Gorilla permits can only be secured after receiving the requested deposit.

Can you quote in any othe currency

No . The rates are in US dollars per person and subject to change.

Is there a High or a Low Season.

No All prices are the same Throught the year

When does the chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest take place.

The chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest may take place either in the morning or afternoon depending on the availability of the permits and the movements of the chimpanzees.

Do the estimated travel hours include stops etc.

The estimated travelling hours are based on the actual hours of driving; stops for photos or lunch are not included.

How fit do you have to be to do either trek?

You can expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and requires a degree of (average) fitness.

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