8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari

8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari

Uganda Gorilla Tours

Uganda Wildlife Tours

The 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari starts and ends in Kampala the Capital City of Uganda. The safari package is one of the good packages that give you the opportunity to explore the different national parks endowed with unique wildlife species in Uganda. The 8 days Uganda safari will take you through Kibale forest national park also dubbed the primate Capital of the world because of its highest number of habituated Chimpanzees. From Kibale you will connect to Queen Elizabeth National Park – the most visited national park in Uganda and the second largest protected park, Bwindi Impenetrable national park which is the only park with almost half of the world endangered species of the mountain gorillas and Lake Bunyonyi the loviest lake dotted with stunning islands.

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Day 1 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Transfer from Kampala/Entebbe to Kibale National Park and do the Fort Portal Crater Lake Hike, with tour to Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves

Day 2 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Do morning Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk in the afternoon

Day 3 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and does an afternoon boat cruise

Day 4 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Do morning game drive & Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 5 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Do gorilla trekking & an evening Cultural encounter with the Batwa Communities

Day 6 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Transfer from Bwindi‘s to Lake Bunyonyi and do afternoon boat cruise and relaxation

Day 7 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo National Park.

Day 8 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Do morning Game drive and transfer to Kampala with stopover at the Uganda Equator


Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & do an afternoon boat cruise & evening game drive

Day 1 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Transfer from Kampala/Entebbe to Kibale National Park and do the Fort Portal Crater Lake Hike, visit to Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves

After breakfast in your respective Kampala lodge, you will depart Kampala driving on the south western direction to Fort Portal 332km about 4-5 hours’ drive .for about 5 hours’. The drive will take you through the impressive country side landscapes with rural setting and local populations. Arrive in Fort Portal town for lunch after which you will continue to do the Fort Portal Crater Lake Hike to gain impressive views of the Fort Portal explosion crater. You will also visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves with a magical Nyakasura River falling over them forming beautiful water fall. The caves have breast like features which the locals attach a great cultural connotation and are thought to date back to the Chwezi era. Retreat from the activity and get to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

: Kyaninga Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (Mid-range/Standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 2 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Do morning Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk in the afternoon

After early morning breakfast, embark on the memorable Chimpanzee trekking encounter in the natural habitat of primate Capital of the world – the Kibale Forest National Park. The Park is proud of 13 primate species including the world endangered species of the Chimpanzees which have been fully habituated increasing the chance of encountering them to 90%. The chimp trekking encounter in the primates Capital starts at Kanyanchu tourism center at 8:00am local time in the morning and the experienced Uganda Wildlife Authority Park rangers are dedicated to lead you throughout the whole rewarding processes of trekking the Chimps in their natural Habitat. The trek exposes you to stunning flora, other primate species including black and white colobus monkey and birds before meeting face to face with the chimps. The Chimpanzees will lure you in a state of amazement as they swing through the branches, make pant hooting calls, play with each other, and imitate your body language along with other features that will make your one full hour with them a memorable experience of its own. Retreat from the activity which tends to take 2 – 5 hours to embark on the transfer to Bigodi wetland. The Bigodi wetland, lies in close distance to the park thus connecting there is less hectic. The Bigodi wetland walk exposes you to typical eco –tourism encounter in Uganda. The impressive flora and fauna existing along with the local community is indeed rewarding to encounter. The sights of great blue turaco and the Sitatnga may not be missed. Retreat from the activity back to lodge for relaxation dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Kyaninga Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (Mid-range/Standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 3 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and does an afternoon boat cruise

After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 3 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. You will make a stop at Rwenzori Art foundation – the only bronze casting center in Africa in the shadows of Rwenzori Mountains. The process of sculpture making of which you will be free to participate in will be rewarding. The extension to visit the Ruboni community wax and craft center expose you the local traditions and the applicability of indigenous knowledge to contemporary development. Continue to the Queen Elizabeth NP, drive through the crater are with possible views of the olive baboons and elephants not forgetting magical sceneries before connecting to Mweya for an afternoon Kazinga Channel boa cruise which will offer you possibilities of encountering Hippos, Nile crocodiles , wild game drinking on the channel side and counts of water birds. Retire in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Kyaninga Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (Mid-range/Standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 4 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Do morning game drive & Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Wake up early in the morning like at 6:00am, take your breakfast and embark on the wild game drive at 6:30am in the rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive will take you through Kasenyi with the opportunities of meeting the nocturnal wildlife species when they are retreating back to their hiding grounds and also meet the early morning risers when they are starting their daily activities of looking for food. The ranges of wild game which may be seen during the game drive include the elusive leopard, defassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, Side stripped Jackal; Oribis elephants, lions, buffaloes, Antelopes among others. The tracks are well designed to increase you possibilities of encountering wild game in their natural habitat of Queen Elizabeth National Park. After 3 -4 hour game drive about 200 kilometers, you will retire back to the starting point. Thereafter, embark on the interesting drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The drive will take you through the prominent Ishasha sector where you will have possibilities of encountering tree climbing lions that tend to lie on the branches of fig trees and also have stopover for Lunch. Afterwards continue with the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 5 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Do gorilla trekking & an evening Cultural encounter with the Batwa Communities.

After your early morning hefty breakfast, your driver guide will drive you with your packed lunch, bottled water, to the Park head Quarters in your respective gorilla trekking region for an early morning briefing at about 70:30am to 8:00am about etiquettes of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. While at the park headquarters, you will meet other trekkers and you will be divided into groups of eight individuals who are only allowed to trek one specific habituated Gorilla family. After briefing, UWA experienced ranger guide will lead you to the trail heads where thrilling gorilla trekking experience starts from. You will entre in the ancient, thick dark impenetrable forest to begin hiking the hills and slopping the valleys when looking for the unique species of the mountain gorillas inhabited in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The trek can take you between 2-8 hours to meet face to face with the mountain gorillas and once up close, you will be allowed to spend one magical hour with these stunning apes. During this time you can decide to sit down listen to gorilla crumble, study how these apes go about their daily activities and you can take as many photos as possible. When the one hour is done, you will walk back to the park headquarters and retire back to your lodge for late Lunch, relaxation. After relaxation, you will be driven to the nearby Batwa community for memorable, refreshing cultural encounter. Here you will be guided by a local guide who will take you to the different communities to see how people have managed to survive through farming. You will see how local brew is processed from fresh Bananas and forest remedies to get beer and Waragi and also enjoy the performances done by the local Batwa women groups. After that interesting cultural encounter, you will drive back to your respective lodge for dinner and overnight. Thereafter the activity, you will retreat back to your lodge for dinner, memory sharing and overnight.

Accommodation:

Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 6 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Transfer from Bwindi‘s to Lake Bunyonyi and do afternoon boat cruise and relaxation

After an early morning breakfast, you will depart Bwindi driving through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands for an afternoon boat cruise, relaxation, dinner and overnight in Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is another major tourist stopover that is undeniably amazing. It is the second deepest lake in Africa; it contains lots of the tasty crayfish, so get set for a culinary delight. Bunyonyi is a local word that means “many small birds” in direct translation. It’s a perfect stopover for committed birders and travellers who are from hectic gorilla trekking activities. On arrival to Lake Bunyonyi, you will drive to your lodge for check-in, lunch and you proceed to catch up with the afternoon boat cruise ,also participate in refreshing activities such as swimming in the bilharzia free waters of Bunyonyi, you can also enjoy the evening nature walks in the Bunyonyi Islands .After exploring the different adventurous activities in lake Bunyonyi, you will retire to your lodge to chill in the fire place while enjoying cool evening of Bunyonyi, you will have your dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort (Midrange/Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget/Basic

Day 7 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo National Park.

After an early morning breakfast, you will embark on drive transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo national park drive distance of 199 kilometers. The drive will take you through the impressive country side landscapes with rural setting and local populations. Upon your arrival in Lake Mburo National Park, you will have your lunch and afterwards proceed to catch-up with the afternoon boat cruise which sets of 2:30pm on the magnificent waters of Lake Mburo and it takes you accross 2-3 hours of adventure. Not only does the boat trip offer you opportunities of encountering the game drinking on the lake side, it also draws you closer to counts of Hippos, Nile Crocodiles and a range of water birds such as the colorful Kingfishers, magnificent Fish Eagles, Hammerkops and their enormous nests and the finfoot. Retreat back from the activity to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Mihingo Safari Lodge (Luxury/Upmarket), Arcadia Cottages Mburo (Mid-Range/Standard), Eagle’s Nest (Budget/Basic).

Day 8 of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari: Do morning Game drive and transfer to Kampala with stopover at the Uganda Equator.

After an early morning breakfast, embark on the interesting game drive through the park in search of wild game. The connection of game tracks found in the eastern part of the park passes through a variety of beautiful landscape such as acacia woodland, wetlands vegetation, savannah grassland which supports the survival of different wildlife grazers including gigantic eland antelope, zebras, waterbucks, Klipspringer and the rare Topi, impala, warthog, oribi, buffalo, Defassa reedbuck. The game drive which takes 2-3hours covering a distance of 150kms is very rewarding with the views of different wildlife species and an extra view of different bird species. After the activity, you will retire back to the park headquarters and then proceed with the drive to Kampala. On your way, you will by-pass Mpigi village, famous for the Royal Drums Makers and of course the Ugandan Equator, where you will have your lunch stopover, takes photos and shop for a souvenir. You will arrive to Kampala late in the evening approximate at 5-6pm and the driver will drive you back to your Kampala /Entebbe hotel for dinner and overnight.

End of the Safari of the 8 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Wildlife Gorilla Safari


General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)


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