8 Day Uganda wildlife tour – Gorillas, Chimps and Wildlife

8 Day Uganda wildlife tour – Gorillas, Chimps and Wildlife

Enjoy an 8 Day Uganda wildlife tour – Gorillas, Chimps and Wildlife, vacation taking you in the western part of Uganda one of Uganda’s finest tourist destinations. The safari starts with a city tour before heading off to the dense vegetated forest of Bwindi for Gorilla trekking. Queen Elizabeth is just next Bwindi where you will take on a wildlife tour with a couple of games rewarding you with views of the Kazinga channel spotting the forest elephants, hippos, crocodiles and water birds. Finally you will leave for Kibale forest where you will track the habituates chimp families plus a walk in the Bigodi wetland to sport some rare species of birds.

Tour overview

The safari starts and an end in Kampala Uganda and it includes a gorilla permit of $600 per person and $150 chimpanzee permit per person in the final costing. The safari takes you to two national parks were you will be able to track gorillas and chimpanzees. Kibale National Park is located in western Uganda and it’s one of the greatest rain forest in Africa. It has an altitude of 3,300 meters above the sea level. This national park is famous for the chimpanzees and many other primate species. Each community of chimpanzees has over 100 individuals and each group has got a complicated social structure. Each group has got an adult male and this one is responsible for dominating and defending the group against any incursions by the other male outsiders. The small chimpanzees always move in small groups. The chimpanzees can be located by listening to their pant hooting calls and then the area can be located where they are calling from. You are Usually given one hour to spend with these primate and get a chance to observe how they feed, play, care for the young ones and as they jump from tree to another.

Bwindi impenetrable National Park was opened to tourists in 1993 and it covers an area of 331 sq. meters of lowland forests and montane forests. The park has four habituated groups which include; Mubare, Habinyanja, Rusengura and Nkuringo gorilla group. In addition, the safari park has 12 gorilla families which are open to the tourists on daily basis. The park harbors many animal and plant species including; 348 bird species, 120 mammal species, 220 butterfly species, 27 species of chameleons, frogs, and the geckos, 1000 flowering plants, 104 fern species, 163 species of trees. Some of the bird species include; the turacos and the horn bills. On top of the gorillas, the park has many other primates including the chimpanzees and the colobus monkeys.

Day 1
Entebbe - Kampala city of seven hills

You will be mate by our professional driver/guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel and later go for Kampala city tour with exciting places with the help of your driver/guide. These may include; Kasubi Tombs, Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, museum and many others. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 2
Kampala – Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.

Take breakfast and depart to Bwindi, which is around an 8-hour drive. With a stop at the craft village at the equator and shopping, we continue to Mbarara for lunch and later pass through the beautiful evergreen mountain country that is, the “Little Switzerland of Uganda”. Arrive at Bwindi late in the evening for dinner and overnight stay at Haven Lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, and Trekkers Safari Camp.

Day 3
Mountain Gorilla Trek.

Early morning after breakfast, with your packed lunch, go for a briefing at the park headquarters before starting your journey for gorilla tracking this activity It may take you from 2-8 hours, and you should be prepared to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions however sometimes during the wet season they come very closer even in some camps. An encounter of these gentle giants will be your most exciting experience! For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. The ranger guide always briefs you on how to behave with these gentle giants. After an encounter of a group of gorillas some with silver backs, one can say “a sight of Gorillas has made my life time tour”

Later return to the park offices for your graduation. Dinner and overnight stay at Haven Lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Trekkers Safari Camp.

Day 4
Bwindi to queen Elizabeth National Park.

Having taken breakfast, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is rich in wildlife and others call it a birder’s paradise! Arrive through the famous Ishasha Sector, in anticipation of rewarding your cameras by seeing the tree-climbing lions in the fig trees. Check in at Enganzi Lodge, Pumba Lodge, Mweya Safari lodge for your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5
Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive and Boat Cruise.

At 06:00am, depart for a game drive in the Northern parts of the park along the Kasenyi track. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action. This early morning game drive in the park, provides excellent opportunities to see Lions, Leopards, Giant Forest Hogs, Cape Buffaloes, Elephants, Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Topi and Bush bucks and many more. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography. Bird watching and game viewing is wonderful. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species recorded making it a magnet for bird watchers. Dinner and overnight stay at Enganzi Lodge, Pumba Lodge, and Mweya Safari lodge

Day 6
Queen Elizabeth - Kibale forest national park.

Early morning do a simple you game drive as you drive to Kibale National park, for lunch and overnight. After checking in your lodge you will take a walk in the park where you will see many birds and other animals, back to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 7
Kibale chimpanzee trek/ Bigodi Swamp Walk.

After breakfast; we shall drive to Kibale Forest National Park, for primate viewing. This park is known for the highest number of primate species in Africa. The activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning. 2-3 hours search for chimpanzees and other primates including L’hoestes, Red-Colobus, Blues, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabeys swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters. In the afternoon visit to Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site is amazing, as we shall encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna. Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Crater Safari lodge, Chips nest, Cyaninga Lodge

Day 8
Kibale - Kampala

Adventure the region, which has many crater lakes, and later proceed to Kampala with lunch en route later in the evening you’re transferred to Kampala international airport for your departure.

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