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Chimp & Gorilla Trekking Safari

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Chimp & Gorilla Trekking Safari

This week-long Luxury Gorilla Safari allows you to experience the best Uganda has to offer. From travelling through the open Savannah Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to Gorilla Tracking deep through the Jungle of The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (the home of the majestic Mountain Gorilla), including a relaxing Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel, this trip really does combine it all. Chimpanzee Tracking in both Kyambura Gorge and Kibale is another chance for more breathtaking sightings and firsthand encounters. Try your luck at finding Tree-Climbing Lions in Ishasha or for the avid birders, plenty of rare and beautiful birds waiting to be spotted. A completely unique, once in a lifetime style of Safari awaits you!

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This week-long Luxury Gorilla Safari allows you to experience the best Uganda has to offer. From travelling through the open Savannah Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to Gorilla Tracking deep through the Jungle of The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (the home of the majestic Mountain Gorilla), including a relaxing Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel, this trip really does combine it all. Chimpanzee Tracking in both Kyambura Gorge and Kibale is another chance for more breathtaking sightings and firsthand encounters. Try your luck at finding Tree-Climbing Lions in Ishasha or for the avid birders, plenty of rare and beautiful birds waiting to be spotted. A completely unique, once in a lifetime style of Safari awaits you!

Itinerary

Day 1

A Warm Welcome to Uganda

Arrive at Entebbe airport where an Aerolink staff member will assist you to check in for your domestic flight to Kasese Airstrip.

Check in time is one hour before the flight, (departing at 0745am or 1230pm).

In Kasese you will be welcomed by your expert Guide, who will take care of you for the duration of your stay. They will be able to provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey.

There is an approximate 2 hour road transfer to Ndali Lodge.

Arrival in Uganda, a domestic flight to Kasese Airstrip and road transfer to Ndali Lodge to settle in and excitedly prepare for the adventure that awaits you

Activities

  • Unguided Walking Tour
  • Kayaking & Swimming

Accommodation

Ndali Lodge has amazing views of the ancient volcanic landscape, the Bunyaruguru Crater Lake and the Rwenzori Mountains beyond. A perfect opportunity to take in the lovely African sun at the swimming pool, walk around the lodge garden and grounds or simply relax on the terrace.

Day 2

Chimp Trekking in the Kibale Forest

Spend the morning trekking the exuberant chimp families in the Kibale Forest. You will have the thrilling opportunity to track chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopies high above the forest floor.

Though they can be difficult to spot, there will be no doubt of their presence as the forest will be alive with their noisy calls.

In the afternoon, explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The reserve is abundant with butterflies, plants, animals and birds. Spectacular birds like Great Blue Turaco and rare Papyrus Gonolek will be of great interest to any birders.

The swamp is also home to more elusive animals such as Red Colobus monkeys and Sitatunga antelope. A day filled with plenty of exciting sightings!

Spend your day trekking exuberant chimp families in the Kibale Forest and then explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, giving you a chance to view Spectacular birds like The Great Blue Turaco and rare Papyrus Gonolek

Activities

  • Chimp Trekking
  • Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Bird Watching
  • Guided Walks

Accommodation

Ndali Lodge

Day 3

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. En route, take a short walk at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains and take in the views of this magnificent mountain range. Alternatively, drive straight to the park and enjoy a thrilling Game drive. What you see depends on the season, but the Kasenyi Plains are excellent for sighting Lion and large herds of Uganda Kob.

The Mweya peninsula is one of the best places to look for Leopard, which live in the dense, scrubby thickets. Time permitting, visit the Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative and its coffee processing station or the wetland reserve to spot birds.

Walk the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains or drive straight to Queen Elizabeth National Park to enjoy a Game Dive. Sightings are subject to the seasons but can include Lion, Leopard and herds of Uganda Kob

Activities

  • Village Visit (kyambura Womens Coffee Cooperative)

Accommodation

Kyambura Gorge Lodge - Eight unique luxury bandas, reflecting the local building style (4 of them deluxe bandas). Personal butler service for all guests. All bandas have Mosquito nets, 240v lighting, charging stations and a private balcony. Bandas are uniquely named after the Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzees. Facilities include a swimming pool and new spa. Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge building.

Day 4

The Kyambura Gorge

The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest animal relatives: The Chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable, but the walk itself is enchanting.

In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentrations of Hippo in Africa and herds of Elephant, Buffalo and other animals come to drink at the water's edge. The channel is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of Pelicans and other birds on the shore. A great spot to see the African fish eagle too!

In Kyambura Gorge you also have the chance to visit various community projects from the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) including: Women’s Coffee Cooperative Tour, Reclaimed Wetland Tour, Bee-Keeping Fence Visit, Omumushaka Dance Group Performance, Empundu Playground Visit and much more.

Spend your morning tracking Chimpanzees through The Kyambura Gorge and your afternoon cruising down The Kazinga Channel, looking out for Hippo, Elephant and Buffalo.

Activities

  • Chimp Trekking
  • Village Tours
  • Guided Game Drive

Accommodation

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Day 5

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Your Safari now continues to the primeval Bwindi Forest. Travelling via Ishasha – subject to road conditions – you can observe the unusual behaviour exhibited by the Tree-Climbing Lions. The long journey through the rapidly changing landscape takes you to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, which looks across to the towering trees of the forest.

Depending on when you arrive, there may be time to explore the lodge grounds with its clear mountain stream or visit the local village. You can also visit the Bwindi bar, a VSPT project located just 3 minutes from the lodge. They serve chilled drinks and delicious snacks at pocket friendly prices! A few minutes at Bwindi bar will give you an insight into what life in Bwindi Community is like.

Approximate driving times for this experience is 6 Hours.

Travel through Ishasha, with the chance of spotting the unique Tree-Climbing Lions, relax at the beautiful Bwindi Lodge or enjoy a drink at the Bwindi Bar

Activities

  • Game Viewing
  • Sightseeing

Optional Activities

  • Sundowners

Accommodation

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge is the finest gorilla lodge at Bwindi. With dramatic views of the forest canopy across a serene stream, it is one of Africa’s most unique lodges. These views make it a convenient place to spot monkeys and birds hidden in the foliage. There are 9 bandas (1 deluxe) giving a more intimate lodge experience, charging facilities are also available in each banda. Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge building.

Day 6

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off Gorilla Tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the Gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Gorilla safari tracking in the Bwindi Forest does require stamina and can often take most of the day.

Alternatively, there are other activities and excursions on offer in and around the National Park. Such as: Guided walks in the rainforest; home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities and your knowledgeable Guide will provide great insight into this globally important habitat. Walk through the local village, and learn about community life and Bwindi Community Hospital, that started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people.

You could also take a tour of The Local Tea processing operation at the lodge which enables guests to see the various methods for tea growing. At the end of the tour, taste some of their delicious grown tea! The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust supports both projects. Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the Forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi Forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.

The ultimate Gorilla Trekking experience through The Bwindi Forest.

Activities

  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Guided Walk
  • Village Visit
  • Tour Of Our Local Tea Processing
  • Batwa Pygmies Traditions

Accommodation

Bwindi Lodge

Day 7

Goodbyes & Transfer from Bwindi lodge to the Kihihi Airstrip

Final morning to finish packing bags and to say final Goodbyes. Hopefully the memories made will last a lifetime. Plan to leave for Entebbe Airport at 09:45am (Arriving at 11:25am) or 14:05pm (Arriving at 15:55pm). This gives you flexibility to connect in time for your return flight home. Approximate Travel Times are 2 hours, via Ground or Air transfer

Final morning to finish packing bags and to say final Goodbyes.

What's Included

Included

Gorilla Tracking Chimp Tracking Guided Walks Game Drives Village Tours

Flights

Flights from Entebbe Airport to Kasese Airstrip, as well as return flight from Kihihi Airstrip back to Entebbe at the end of your adventure.

Meals

All Accommodation offered on a Full-Board basis, including Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Additional

Gratuities, Visa fees where applicable, International Flights to and from Entebbe Airport, An additional Gorilla Trekking fee and all items of a personal nature

Accommodation

Ndali Lodge Kyambura Gorge Lodge Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Ground Transport

All connecting road transfers to specified Activities and Lodges.

Additional Fees

Applicable park & entrance fees

Created by
Marylyn Maposa

I have been in the travel and hospitality industry for 8 years in South Africa and United Arab Emirates. In the last four years, my key focus has been on safari based travel, with a world-renowned African Safari Travel Company. I graduated from the University of South Africa with a BCom in Tourism Management. I am now a Co-owner and founder of an African Safari Tour Operator, Maps Tours and Travel.

For me travel has always been my passion, my first love. My whole life’s been geared towards travel. My number one priority is my customers. I go above and beyond to ensure my clients are happy and their vacation becomes a dream come true! My long-standing relationships with top industry suppliers allow me to provide extraordinary variety — from small, comfortable hotels, to world-class luxury resorts, to exclusive, intimate hideaways — all at extremely competitive prices. Connect with me and let's start planning your next African adventure!

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