Six Day

Six-Day Gorillas and Primates

The place to stay: Gorilla Safari Lodge

Itinerary

Day 1 - Kampala

Your Uganda Adventure Safari begins with our representative warmly welcoming you and facilitating seamless arrival formalities at Entebbe International Airport where. You will then be transferred to a restuarant for breakfast at the hotel where you will be briefed about your adventure safari.

Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have money changed on this day. If time allows, you may also find time to go for a city tour. All activities today are at your own cost.

You may visit the botanical gardens at a supplement of $10 per person or visit the Uganda Wildlife Educational centre at supplement of $15 per pesrson or go for a cheese and wine sundowner on Lake Victoria at a supplement of $85 per person.

Day 2 - Kibala Forest National Park

Arise early morning, pack your bags and after breakfast we transfer to Kibale National Park - following the mystical Rwenzori mountain range - Kibale Forest National Park is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa.

The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, our closest relative. Kibale (with about 1,450 Chimpanzee present) has Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. Kibale is also home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few.

Arrive in time for a late lunch. Or, take a walk around the crater lakes at a supplement of $20 per person. Alternatively, go canoeing at the lake at a supplement of $25 per person. Or, go cycling around the Crater Lakes or Tea Estates at a supplement of $25 per person. Kayaking is an extra $90 per person, per hour.

Alternatively, you may opt to fly to Kibale Forest via Kasese Airstrip at a supplement of $300 per person

Day 3 - Kibala Forest National Park

After breakfast at your lodge, transfer to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative.

Kibale’s 1,450 Chimpanzees represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few.

You will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they groom and bond with one another.

Alternatively you may opt to do a chimpanzee habituation experience by paying a supplement of $50, note that this exercise takes the entire day. Only six people are allowed per day and you will be sure to come face-to-face with these closest cousins of man. Advance booking is necessary for this option.

After lunch, head to Bigodi for an afternoon swamp walk. Bigodi was established by a local development organisation to protect the four square-kilometre Magombe Swamp that is home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler, and great blue turaco). The highlight of this tour is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco. The swamp is also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with eight different species here, including the grey-cheeked mangabey. The 2-3 hour guided walk is led by experienced local guides who interact with the primates.

Day 4 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After your an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Bwindi Forest lies in south-western Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, dating back over 25,000 years and containing almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” is home to half of the remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world. You will arrive at the lodge in time for a late lunch. You may choose to go for optional activities at the lodge.

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is world-renowned for its excellent gorilla-sighting opportunities. The rugged landscape features dense jungle, cascading waterfalls, sparkling mountain streams, deep valleys, and steep ridges. This untouched forest has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its breathtaking natural beauty and unique ecological significance. Aside from the amazing gorilla interactions, there are other drawcards such as a network of forest walks, over 340 species of birds to spot, and a variety of butterflies. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the spectacular Virunga Volcanoes.

Day 5 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins.

Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just metres from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones is something you are unlikely to ever forget. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally returning back to your lodge.

If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening at a supplement of $25 per person. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow's safari adventure.

Don’t forget to carry your rain gear, packed lunch, plenty of water, gloves, hat, and water proof bag for protection of your camera in case of rain.

Day 6 - End of Itinerary

After a very early breakfast, you will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to catch your flight to your next destination. Later you will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time.

Take some photos, then another stop over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations arriving in the afternoon. (Your flight will generally depart late in the evening.)

Alternatively you may opt to fly to Entebbe Airport at a supplement of $353 per person. You arrive in Entebbe at 11:35am so you are able to catch your afternoon flight.

Or

You would fly out from Kigali International Airport. It is four hour's drive to Kigali, the supplement would be $200 (Fuel, Border crossing for the vehicle, guide's expenses, parking fees).

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