5 Days Primate safari Experience in Uganda
This 5 Days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking Safari takes you to see the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park , and mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and a visit to Lake Bunyonyi.
On this 5 days Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking tour in Uganda you will join a group of like-minded people who are primate lovers. During this primate safari you may decide to do Gorilla habituation and Chimpanzee habituation rather than just trekking. Gorilla/Chimpanzee habituation allows you to have more time with these primates and you also take part in getting them used to humans with out changing their behaviors the habituations process take 2 to 3 years. Habituation experience is an experience that you do not have to miss if you are in good shape for hiking and if your budget allows. Chimpanzee and Gorilla Habituation is an educational ,exhilarating and adventuresome experience.
5 Days Primate safari Experience in Uganda.
This 5 days Chimpanzee and Gorilla safari is a wholesome adventure to primate lovers,Kibale National park itself is the best primate viewing destination in Africa. it is also known as a primate capital it is home to 13 primate species the park has a population of more than 1500 chimpanzee individuals and 12 other primate species .during your Chimpanzee trek you will see other primates like Red colobus monkey, the rare I’hoest’s monkey, Black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, Olive Baboon, grey-cheeked mangabey, Bushbaby, pottos among others a night walk(optional) in this forest offers you a chance to see pottos, owls, bushbabies, genets, and on, rare occasions, small jungle cats. this low land tropical rain forest is also home to 325 bird species and some are native to only this forest. Kibale national park also has rare mammals like Elephants and leopards
This Chimpanzee and Gorilla safari als0 offers you a great opportunity to explore the hidden treasures of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park while tracking the rare mountain gorillas. This park straddles southwest of Uganda just at the extreme side of the Albertine rift valley. With about 1004 mountain gorillas that still thrive on earth, over 400 individuals call this park their home with approximately 16 groups that are readily available for you to track. The 331 square kilometers protected area isn’t only ideal for you to see these Great Apes in the wild but also offers you a golden opportunity to explore other incredible creatures that are inhabited in this park including over 163 tree species, 1000 flowering plants, 51 reptiles, 27 frogs, 140 fern species, 350 avifaunal species, 200 butterfly species a mention but a few. Besides having lifetime experiences with these dramatic creatures, you can also have a chance to engage in a number of exciting safari activities especially birding, cultural encounters, nature walks, and many more. You will also have a chance to stay at Lake Bunyionyi (a place of many little birds), the most beautiful lake in Uganda, the Deepest Lake In Uganda, the second deepest in Africa, and the third deepest in the world, The Lake has 29islands, free from dangerous animals, Bilharzia free and safe for swimming)the lake offers you a refreshing swim after the primate adventure safari.
This 5 days Primate Safari Experience in Uganda can be booked privately or you can join our scheduled safaris jump in our 4WD vehicle, and be guided by our professional tour guide to see chimps and gorillas in their natural habitat. This 5 days Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking safari can start and end in Entebbe or In Kigali Rwanda or any location within Rwanda or Uganda.
- Get up close to wild primates in the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
- Swim, relax and gaze at the scenery of Lake Bunyonyi
- Mountain Gorilla Trekking
5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking Itinerary out Line
Day 1. Pick up from the airport /Hotel and transfer to Kibale National Park
Day 2. Chimpanzee trekking/Chimpanzee Habituation evening Bigodi swamp Walk
Day 3. Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi Close to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 4 Gorilla Trekking /Gorilla Habituation
Day 5 Transfer back to the airport
End of the Primate tour
5 Days Chimpanzee and Gorilla safari experience
Day One: Pick up from the airport and drive to Kibale National park.
You will be welcomed by one of our guides at your hotel or at the airport depending on the time of arrival have a breakfast/lunch refreshment break in Entebbe after head to Kibale Forest – National Park, this is a 5-hour drive, it is an interesting journey through communities, Banana plantations, beautiful sceneries of Rwenzori Mountains( Mountains of the moon)in the background as you get closer to the park en route you’ll stop and see the rocky historical site near Kyenjojo town. Check in to your lodge dinner and overnight.
Day Two: Chimpanzee Trekking /Habituation Experience.
The day begins early in the morning, After breakfast head to park head equators get guidelines of the day and be told what to expect by the head ranger guide. here you will meet other Chimpanzee visitors of the day you will then be divided into small groups and each group will be assigned a park guide then you proceed for your trek in the forest the guide will be in contact with the ranger that followed the chimpanzees when they moved out of their nests this will help you to find them quickly but it mainly depends on their movements, after finding them you will spend not more than one-hour viewing and learning their behavior, the whole Chimpanzee trekking process can take between 3 to 5 hours. during the trek, you will enjoy the cool natural breath of this forest spot other primates, birds, butterflies, and natural trees. after drive back to the lodge have lunch relax evening head for Bigodi Swamp walk where you will also see many primates and birds. Return to the Lodge Dinner and overnight
If you decide to do Chimpanzee habituation you will have the whole day in the Forest, you will start as early as 6 am and curry-packed lunch with you. During Chimpanzee Habituation you are only a group of 4 including the researchers you will find chimpanzees as they move out of their nests where their spent the previous night and spend with them the whole day until they build the nest to sleep in that night. you will learn and see how they spend their day and what they do that involve: feeding, resting, hunting, breastfeeding, communicating, mating among other activities this will also give you a chance and enough time to learn and see other forest inhabitants for the whole day or else when you feel you are done a guide escorts you back to the start where you meet our guide and end your experience, the activity is for the whole day but you can finish at any time you want. Return to the lodge for Dinner and overnight.
Day Three: Travel to Lake Bunyonyi
There are two route options for this journey driving from Kibale National park to lake Bunyonyi which can take about 5 or 7 hours depending on the route you use.
The longer route that goes through fort portal- Kasese and queen Elizabeth national park is longer it will take between 7 to 8 hours. it is longer but more scenic you will see a number of crater lakes, Rwenzori mountains arranges at a closer distance you will most probably see Elephants, antelopes and other animals of queen Elizabeth national park depending on the luck of the day you will also stop over to witness the Uganda equator.
The shorter route goes through Kamwenge- Ibanda- Mbarara -Ntungamo -Kabale this will take about 5 hours it is also an interesting journey through the community, along the road you will see mostly women and children vending fresh fruits, Banana plantations, the long-horned Ankole cows grazing and the beautiful green terraced hill of kigezi
Depending on the route you Chose you will have a stopover for lunch check-in at Lake Bunyonyi Rock resort, relax in the evening with beautiful lake and green terraced hills views, dinner, and overnight.
Day Four: Trekking the Mountain Gorillas
It’s time to see the biggest apes. Today you’ll be trekking mountain gorillas after an early breakfast your guide will remind you of what to pack for the day including packed lunch get ready and transfer to the park headquarters for briefing from the park rangers about the gorilla trekking rules and how the day will look like you will also be allocated a gorilla family to visit at this time. Proceed for the memorable adventure in the forest, it may go for 30 mins-4 hours to find Gorillas depending on their movements. once you meet Gorillas you will have one-hour maximum to see, learn, photograph, and interact with the Gorillas.
If you decide to do Gorilla habituation you will start as early as 7 am whereas Gorilla trekking starts at 8 am when you do habituation you will take less time to find the Gorillas that is the reason for waking up early so that you find them as they are leaving their nests the trackers already know where Gorillas spent the night you will spend full 4 hours with the Gorillas in the forest
After the Gorilla visit experience hike back to the park headquarter receive your Gorilla trekking/habituation certificate and drive to back lake Bunyonyi.
Depending on the time you arrive and the fitness you may do any of these activities; relax and put your feet up!, go swimming, or do an island tour or community visit. Dinner and Overnight stay at Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort
Day Five: Travel Back to the AirPort
In the morning after breakfast check out and embark on the journey back to Entebbe
The Journey will take 7-8 hours via stunning countryside views, you will make a stopover at the Uganda Equator ( a landmark to show an imaginary line that divides the earth into 2 equal halves) in Kayabwe. While at this point, you will be able to take photos and also refresh yourself or pay a visit to one of the craft shops to purchase some locally made craft products for your own memories thereafter you will proceed with the journey back to Entebbe airport or at a hotel if your flight is next day
You may decide to travel to Rwanda and flight out from Kigali and the drive will be just about 3 hours .depending on the time of your flight you may visit the genocide memorial to learn about the Rwandan genocide of 1994 then proceed to the airport for your flight.
End of the Gorilla and Chimpanzee safari Experience
Safari Price Inclusive and exclusions
The price is $1700 per person for a minimum of 3 people on a safari with moderate accommodation. The price will be increased by $150 per person starting July 2020 due to the increase of permit fees by the Uganda wildlife authority.
Contact us to get a quote that suits your budget right from Budget to luxury and also the price varies according to the number of people. This trip can be done privately or you can ask to join a group.
Safari Price Includes;
- Gorilla trekking permit
- Chimpanzee Trekking permit
- Ground transport from the meeting point to the departure point in a safari vehicle
- Bottled water
- 4 nights accommodation and meals
- Service of an English-speaking driver-guide
Safari price Excludes;
- Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry, etc.
- Tips to porters and driver/ guide
- External Flight but can be booked if requested.
What to park;-
Good Hiking shoes
Camera (photographs are allowed but without flashlight)
Gloves Long pants and shits
Warm clothes especially if visiting in rainy months
Small day backpack
Sunscreen especially if you are visiting in the dry season
You may need Insect repellent most especially mosquitoes
You may need a hat to protect your hair or head when moving through the thorns
A pair of garden gloves to protect you from a thorny vegetation
You can park a folding walking stick from home but local wooden walking sticks are available at the briefing point.
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