5 Days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari

5 Days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari

5 Days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari : This 5 days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari is an extraordinary tour that will take you to Kibale forest national park also known as the primate capital located in western part of Uganda where you will be able to spend time with the chimpanzees in their environment. During the 5 days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari you will also visit Bwindi impenetrable national park where you will have a face to face encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

 Highlights of the 5 days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to Kibale national park

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi nature walk

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 4: Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 5: Departure to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to Kibale forest national park,

Depending on your location on the first day of the 5 days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari, our driver guide will pick you up from your location, brief you about the safari and then start the journey to Kibale forest national park. The journey takes about 5 to 6 hours drive passing through Mityana, Mubende, and Fort Portal. On the way you will have en-route lunch in Fort Portal and enjoy great views of the beautiful scenery, landscape, countryside, tea and banana plantations, crater lakes, Rwenzori mountain peaks among others. Upon arrival in the park you will check into the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk

Chimpanzee trekking,

After an early breakfast on the second day of the 5 days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari, you will meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kanyachu visitors centre for a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing you will be subdivided into groups of people where each group will be allocated a habituated chimpanzee family to trek and a park guide who is well conversant with trails in the forest. Trekking of chimpanzees in Kibale national park takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view other primates such as black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, l’ hoest monkeys, view variety of bird species, different plant and tree species among others.

Once the chimpanzees are located you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you a chance to take photos, record videos, learn about their behaviors, habits, watch them feed, breastfeed, hunt, fight, play, rest, mate among others. After the one hour encounter with chimpanzees you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will meet up with your driver guide to return back to the lodge for lunch.

5 Days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari
5 Days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari

Bigodi swamp walk

After lunch you will go for an interesting nature walk in Bigodi swamp where you will be able to view different wildlife species including animals like bushbucks, sitatungas, primates like grey cheeked mangabey, vervet monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, red tailed monkeys, different bird species like the great blue turaco, African paradise flycatcher among others. After the nature walk you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

After breakfast on the third day of the 5 days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park which is located in southwestern part of Uganda. On the way you will have en-route lunch and enjoy great views of the Kigezi hills, terraced farmlands, traditional homesteads among others. Upon arrival in the Bwindi impenetrable national park, you will continue to check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Gorilla habituation experience,

On the third day of the 5 days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari, you will have an early breakfast, carry packed lunch from the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the park headquarters for a gorilla habituation briefing. After the briefing you will start trekking in the jungle with a team of researchers, scientists, trackers and park guides. Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park takes a whole day depending on where the gorilla family is located.

During trekking you will be able to view other wildlife species including animals like elephants, duikers, buffaloes, primates like chimpanzees, l’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, variety of bird species, different plant and tree species among others. Once the gorilla family under habituation is located you will be allowed to spend four hours with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, grooming young ones, playing, monitor and record their behaviors, habits, engage in the naming process, take photos among others. After the four hour encounter with the mountain gorillas, you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will meet up with your driver guide and return back to the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

5 Days Kibale chimpanzee and Bwindi gorilla trekking safari
5 Days Kibale chimpanzee and Bwindi gorilla trekking safari

Day 5: Departure to Kampala

On the last day of the 5 days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari, you will have a relaxed breakfast, check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to start the journey back to Kampala. On the way you will enjoy great views of the countryside, Kigezi hills, plantations beautiful scenery and have en-route lunch in Mbarara town. After lunch you will continue the journey with another stopover at the Equator in Kayabwe to take photos, buy souvenirs and later proceed to Kampala arriving early evening and upon arrival your driver guide will drop you off at Entebbe international airport for your departure flight or drop off at any place of convenience.

End of 5 days chimpanzee trekking and gorilla habituation safari

Tour includes                    

  • Gorilla habituation permit
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit
  • Bigodi swamp walk
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver guide
  • Full board accommodation
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Bottled drinking water

 Tour excludes          

  • Air flight tickets
  • Visas
  • Life insurance
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like buying souvenirs, crafts, drinks, laundry services, hiring a porter, tips among others.

 

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