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8 DAY UGANDA GORILLAS, CHIMP

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Elly Mwesiga

Pinnacle Safaris Africa

Africa Gorilla and Wildlife Safari Company

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8 DAY UGANDA GORILLAS, CHIMP

On this tour, you will travel to see chimpanzees in Kibale Forest; wildlife and birds in Queen Elizabeth National Park - elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, leopard; and gorillas in Bwindi. Kibale Forest has the highest number of primates in Africa - thirteen species in all, including red, black and white colobus, blue monkeys and baboons and a large number of chimpanzees. A forest walk provides a high possibility of seeing and hearing and seeing chimps, birds and other primates playing around through the forest. An excursion to Bigodi wetland gives the opportunity of seeing the unusual birds and other primates which live around the swamp. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park (QE), below the famous Rwenzori mountains, an African savannah park, consisting of plain surroundings. The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel is especially rewarding for viewing hippo, buffalo, elephant and a large host of birds amounting to over 500 species! The beautiful steeply forested Kyambura Gorge nearby, is home not only to chimpanzees but also the red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus and many bird species. The magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, is centred around Lake Edward and Lake George. The two lakes are linked by the Kazinga channel, a waterway rich in wildlife and birds. The Rwenzori Mountains act as a majestic backdrop to the park’s variety of habitats - tropical forest, green meadows, savannah, crater lakes and swamps. Continue further West to track one of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Rushaga or Mgahinga Gorilla families of Uganda – all these are the edge of the western rift valley. The forest is also rich in birds, chimps, monkeys and butterflies. Bwindi is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, with both montane and lowland forest. About half of the world's population of mountain gorillas - about 350 animals - are found in Bwindi. Other activities include volcano climbing, guided nature walk in the forest for primates, birds and butterflies or enjoy the breathtaking landscape! Return to Kampala via Lake Mburo Park in Mbarara for unusual wildlife. This overnight stop is also necessary to break the long journey from Bwindi. For all categories of accommodation, all drinks (except bottled water in vehicle) are excluded in the safari cost and clients are to pay for them direct to the hotels/Camps / Lodges. Clients could choose to fly out the following day in cases where there are no flights for their departure on the last day of the itinerary. A supplement for the extra night will be required.

DAY 1

Arrival

Arrive Entebbe airport. Meet, greet and transfer to Boma Guest House in Entebbe for overnight (Bed and Breakfast)

Entebbe
DAY 2

Kibale Forest

After breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Kibale National Park– Drive is 5-6hours Kibale, 766 km2 is one of Uganda’s enchanting forested parks. Here, you can hike in the park for hours observing the drama of life in a rain forest. The park contains pristine lowland tropical rain forest, montane forest, and mixed tropical deciduous forest. In addition to forest, you will also notice areas of grassland and of swamp. The forest is rich in wildlife. It is most noted for its primate population. Some of these are red-tailed monkey, diademed monkey olive baboon, chimpanzee, black and white colobus. Some of the other mammals you might see are bushbuck, Harvey’s red duiker, blue duiker, bush pig, and African civet. More difficult to spot are buffalo, waterbuck, hippo, warthog, and giant forest hog. Herds of elephant once travelled back and forth through the area. These elephants have become more and more rare, and now are seldom seen. The birdlike in the forest and grasslands of the forest is abundant. There are almost 300 species, which have been identified here. There are 144 species of butterfly in the park and a diverse population of moths and other insects. A system of trails has been developed within the park, and tour guides are available to guide visitors. Overnight: Chimpanzee Guest House for Mid range, full board Or: Ndali Lodge/Kyaninga Lodge for high level, Read more

Kibale Forest National Park
DAY 3

Kibale National Park

Today after breakfast you will depart for the forest for Chimp trekking. The tracking can be strenuous 2 - 4 hours trip would not be uncommon and so you should be fit and prepared with the correct footwear and drinking water for the duration and later. Upon return you can do the Bigodi Swamp walk or a walk to the craters. Overnight: Chimpanzee Guest House for Mid range, full board Or: Ndali Lodge/Kyaninga Lodge for high level, full board Read more

Kibale National Park
DAY 4

To Queen Elizabeth Park

Drive on the southbound road; past captivating attractions en route: look at royal drum makers, brief stop at the Equator and be in both hemispheres at once, drive past the roadside markets aerated with fruit and vegetables. Continue to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, arriving very late in the afternoon, keeping an eye out for the game. [Approximate driving time: 3 hours] Overnight: Ihamba Lodge for Mid range, full board Or: Katara Lodge/Mweya Lodge for high level, full board Read more

Queen Elizabeth Park
DAY 5

Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi

Today we go for an early morning game drive. Afterwards, start for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We may drive via Ishasha, weather conditions permitting – where you may see tree-climbing lion - or drive through farmland to Bwindi. [Approximate driving time: 5 hours] Overnight: Travellers Rest Hotel/Mutanda Lake Resort for lower mid level Or: Chameleon Hill Lodge for upper Mid range, full board Or: Clouds Lodge for high level, full board Read more

Bwindi National Park
DAY 6

Gorilla tracking!

Go gorilla tracking (subject to availability of gorilla permits at time of booking), carrying a packed lunch. You will be accompanied by a guide and porters who will carry your shoulder pack for you. You will then set off to the thick forest in search of gorillas. The terrain can be difficult, with steep slopes covered in dense vegetation that gives the park its name. In addition, the altitude of 5200 feet and more means participants do need to be physically fit. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours before one returns to camp. Difficulty, however, is not impossibility and coming face to face with the great primates is well worth it! Overnight: Travellers Rest Hotel/Mutanda Lake Resort for lower mid level Or: Chameleon Hill Lodge for upper Mid range, full board Or: Clouds Lodge for high level, full board Read more

Bwindi
DAY 7

Lake Mburo Park

A gentle drive on the southbound road; passing charming attractions en route: look at royal drum makers, enjoy the Equator, stop at the roadside markets to enjoy some fruit and vegetables. Proceed to Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda's most conspicuous park, with zebra, leopard, hippo, antelope and many birds. Lunch on arrival. Boat trip on Lake Mburo. Time permitting you can have an evening game drive. [Approximate driving time: 5 hours] Overnight: Mburo Safari Lodge for mid level Or: Mihingo Lodge/Mantana Camp for high level, full board Read more

Lake Mburo Park
DAY 8

Lake Mburo to Kampala

After your breakfast, start for Kampala arriving early afternoon. You will have this day to relax after a long hours drive the previous day. Optional, you will go for a city tour around Kampala, shop for artfacts, etc and then transfer to the Air port for your flight back.

Kampala

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Entebbe
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 2
Location Kibale Forest
Hotel Chimpanzee Guest House
Day 4
Location Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hotel Ihamba Lodge
Day 5
Location Kisoro
Day 7
Location LAke Mburo National Park
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 2
Location Kibale Forest National Park
Hotel Ndali Lodge
Day 4
Location Queen Elizabeth National Park
Hotel Mweya Safari Lodge

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Daily breakfast
  • Meal plan as listed in the itinerary (BB in Kampala/Entebbe, FB on tour)
  • Accommodation on a shared basis, as listed in the itinerary
  • Boat trip in Kazinga Channels, QE park
  • Chimpanzee and Gorilla Permits
  • Boat trip in Murchison Falls park
  • Boat trip in Lake Mburo park
  • All fees for parks, and entrances
  • Bigodi wetland area, Kibale forest
  • Mineral/bottled water in vehicle
  • All transfers, fuel with 4x4 vehicle
  • English speaking driver-guide all along the tour
  • Cultural visits where available

Package excludes

  • Meals in Kampala/Entebbe
  • Visa fees for Uganda and Rwanda
  • Boat cruise in Bunyonyi
  • Extra drinks at lunches and dinners
  • Air tickets
  • Personal Expenditures; phone calls, laundry

More information

  • The costs indicated ranging from 2 to 5 travelers are strictly on per person basis and the chimpanzee and gorilla permits are also inclusive of them.
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REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Silvia and Andrea Gotti , United States

Amazing experience, great organization and very professional personnel. Pinnacle safaris exceed our expectations. They fit our way to think about travel. Very professional staff, amazing accommodations. Eco-friendly and population/ambient Respectfully. They make out honey moon unforgivable! Thanks! I strongly recommend pinnacle safaris to all my traveller friends! Read more

Michael and Antje, Germany

The experience was so amazing and wonderful - we will keep it in our hearts forever!!! From our point of view the safari was performed very professionally and enthusiastically!!

Sandra Bayer, Austria

I went Rwenzori Trekking + Queen Elizabeth + Gorilla trekking - the whole organization was perfect - the guides were very friendly!

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