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6 Days Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Bwindi Safari

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September 18, 2021

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern 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, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.

Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee.

Itinerary

Day 1Briefing on the safari and drive to Kibale National Park

Briefing on the safari before we drive westwards towards Fort Portal to the Kibale Forest National Park (about 5 hours). Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good “photo opportunities”. As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge, Ndali lodge, crater safari lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale
Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp or Chimps guest house
Lowest Price: CVK Resort Kibale
(Driving time ± 6hrs on mainly surfaced roads)

Day 2 Chimpanzee tracking, tracking over 12 primates in Kibale National Park,

Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. More primates like Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey cheecked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee-eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk.
Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.
Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.
In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge, Ndali lodge, crater safari lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale
Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp or Chimps guest house
Lowest Price: CVK Resort Kibale

Day 3Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Ishasha

Mid-morning after breakfast we drive further south through stunning savannah grasslands as we head towards the breathtaking adventures of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Either (roads permitting) we will pass the southern sector of the park – Ishasha, a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park that is host to a large variety and volume of wildlife.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge, mahogany spring, chameleon hill, Gorilla safaris lodge
Moderate: Engagi Lodge, silver buck lodge, Ruhija gorilla lodge
Lowest Price: Travellers Rest Hotel, or Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Buhoma Community Campground (self-contained cottages),Travellers hotel kisoro, Gorilla valley lodge,Ruhija gorilla friends.

(Driving time to Bwindi ± 3hrs on rough non-surfaced roads)

Day 4Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), Tracking the Mountain Gorillas and other primates

Today enjoy surely. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge, mahogany spring, chameleon hill, Gorilla safaris lodge
Moderate: Engagi Lodge, silver buck lodge, Ruhija gorilla lodge
Lowest Price: Travellers Rest Hotel, or Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Buhoma Community Campground (self-contained cottages),Travellers hotel kisoro, Gorilla valley lodge,Ruhija gorilla friends.

Day 5Day 5: Transfer to Entebbe airport for flight back home

Early breakfast before embarking on our return to Kampala, driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. This area is a rows. Not to miss as we traverse Mbarara are the impressing long horn Ankole cattle. A remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as we have a brief stop here. We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home.

Price Includes

  • Gorilla Permit
  • 4 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Full day English speaking guide fees
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Bigodi walk safari
  • Mineral water on board

Price Excludes

  • International flight fare
  • Entry Visas
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Tips
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