Primate Safari, Chimpanzee and Gorillas of Uganda & Rwanda, 7 days

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CHIMPANZEE AND GORILLA TOUR ITINERARY IN BRIEF

Day 1: To Queen Elizabeth

Day 2: Game Drive and Launch Cruise

Day 3: To Bwindi National Park

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking

Day 5: Transfer to Rwanda

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking

Day 7: L. Bunyonyi

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: To Queen Elizabeth

Take breakfast then transfer to Queen Elizabeth. You will pass through the scenic country side of Ankole. A game drive en route is rewarding with a variety of animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, mongoose among others. Have lunch and Visit the crater lakes region then after retire for dinner and overnight at Mweya safari lodge or Jacana safari lodge / Albertine camp

Day 2: Game Drive

Wake up very early in the morning for chimp tracking in Kyambura gorge.  The gorge 100mtres deep harbors habituated chimpanzees. It is engraved by Kyambura River which flows across the rift valley floor towards the Kazinga channel. The guided walk to search for man’s closest cousins the chimpanzee begins at Kyambura Fig tree camp at 0800 hours and takes 2 – 6 hours.  Other primates in this gorge include the red tailed monkeys, olive baboon, colobus monkeys among others. Relax as you wait for lunch time. In the afternoon, you will be taken to the pier at the Kazinga channel for a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel. This will expose you to various aquatic mammals like the Crocodiles and herds of Hippopotami. The shore of this channel is well known for its massive flocks of birds like the African jacana, the fish eagle, pelicans among others.  Crocodiles have become a common sight here and occasionally leopards.

Day 3: To Bwindi National Park

You will be transferred to Bwindi National park through the Ishasha sector. A game drive through this southern sector of Queen Elizabeth is famous for tree climbing Lion encounters. You will have a picnic Lunch in the Wilderness and then after transfer to Bwindi national park. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort camp, Buhoma Homestead/ L. Kitandara Tented camp/ Buhoma community bandas.

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking

Go gorilla tracking, walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. An inspiring moment! (This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes) Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left! If you have the energy this afternoon, take a guided walk on the Munyaga River trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. Here you may also see birds and primates from the forest edge. Overnight at your lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Rwanda

After breakfast,   you will transfer to either Kisoro or Kabale .Cross the border then you will be driven to Kinigi. On arrival, you will visit the genocide memorial. Then Visit the Dianne fossey graves before dinner and overnight at Mt Gorilla nest lodge/ Kinigi guest House / Muhavura lodge.

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking

After breakfast, go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga’s is a magical experience. The walks might be strenuous but an encounter of a family of gorillas is rewarding! Spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy.  Transfer to Kabale for your dinner and over night at Habuharo Island Camp/ Arcadia cottages/ Bushara Island Camp.

Day 7: L. Bunyonyi

Take breakfast and then Visit the museums in Kabale from where you will be transferred to Kampala or Entebbe for your next flight back home.

Our rates include

  •  park entrance fees
  • Full board accommodation
  • gorilla tracking
  • chimp permit
  • boat ride/ launch cruise
  • Game drives
  • Meals
  • drinking water
  • services of a full time English speaking driver guide
  • ground transfers and fuel
  • crossing boards

The price excludes tips, laundry, drinks and any other personal expenses.

ACCOMMODATION

 Budget –Simba safari lodge/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp/ Kinigi Guest House/ Bushara Island camp

Moderate –Ihamba Lodge/ Buhoma lodge/ (Mountain Gorilla Nest Lodge / Mountain gorilla View Lodge/ Hotel Gorillas)/ Bunyonyi Overland camp

Up Market – Mweya safari lodge/ Katara Lodge / Gorilla Forest Camp/ (Volcanoes Lodge / Sabinyo Silver Back lodge)/ Habuharo Island Camp/ Arcadia cottages