10 Days Gorilla & Chimpanzee Safari

Tour overview

A tour operator from Adroit will pick you from Airport Transfer. You will be met by our driver/guide at Entebbe International Airport who will drive you to Kampala the Capital City of Uganda. Check in at International Hotel Muyenga or Holiday Express Hotel/ Grand imperial Hotel in the city center dinner and overnight.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala-city tour- Kibale Forest National Park.

Have a short morning tour of Kampala City, highlights including; the bustling Nakasero market with a lot of fresh fruits display and the mysterious Kasubi tombs – a burial ground for Buganda Kings. Visit Uganda Museum a display of all Uganda cultures National Theatre centre for art crafts shops. After lunch, drive through the lush green countryside on Mityana-Mubende road to Fortportal stopping at some coffee holdings tea plantations and open swamp valleys.

Dinner and overnight at Rwenzori View Guest House or Primates Lodge (CVK).

Day 2: Kibale Forest – chimp trekking

After an early breakfast, with local guides trek chimps Kibale National Park in their natural habitat nestled in the shadows of the Rwenzori Mountains (the famed mist shrouded “Mountains of the Moon”) Kibale Forest is rich in animal life, including an astonishing 12 species of primates have been recorded, the very localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys. Tracking the chimpanzee our ‘cousin’ is a very interesting experience. The way they feed, climb trees, respond to humans, caring for their young ones leaves an imaginative dream to tell. In the afternoon visit the surrounding – Bigodi swamp for birding or enjoy unique view of crater lakes and other volcanic features.

Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

 

 

Day 3: Kibale Forest/Fort Portal town – Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After breakfast depart at your leisure for Queen Elizabeth National park, arrive in time for Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. Or visit the crater area and enjoy volcanic features.

Dinner and overnight Mweya Safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology Hostel.

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This park is one of the most outstanding treasures of Uganda, and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO auspices. It borders on Lake George and Lake Edward as well as Kazinga Channel in the western area of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. The day begins with an early game drive. There are variety of animals like; lions, buffaloes, elephants, kobs, bushbucks and the rare leopards. Over 500 bird species have been identified here, making it a Mecca for bird-watchers. They include the black bee–eater, 11 different species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and other raptors. Take a 2-hour launch cruise on the Kazinga channel in the afternoon. This waterway joins Lakes Edward and George and it is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes with elephants at the banks. Retire to your accommodation for dinner and over night. (F, B) Evening will be at your leisure.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kabale Lake Bunyonyi.

You will take an early morning breakfast giving you chance to view early risers-lions, leopard and hyenas .Explore more chances of viewing other species of game you may not have sighted yet and retire to your accommodation for late breakfast. With packed lunch leave this interesting part of the world to Kabale. Arrive in the evening at Kabale and proceed to dramatically scenic Lake Bunyonyi.

Overnight at Bunyonyi Safari Resort or Overland camp.

Day 6: Kabale – Rwanda.

Morning, take a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi to the Islands seeing a different bird species and other local community activities. Enjoy the as the Switzerland of Africa. After early lunch cross border to Uganda -Rwanda boarder at Katuna and drive Ruhengeri via Kigali to overnight at Kinigi Hotel.

Day 7: Parc de Volcanos National Park.

After breakfast with packed lunch you will be driven to the park headquarters where the local guides will lead you to the very family you will track gorillas. Track gorillas seeing a variety of fauna. The time taken and the terrain vary according to the movement of these gentle giants.
The thrill of meeting them face-to-face takes away the pain of sometimes long and arduous trek. Enjoy a close view of these primates as they undergo their daily activities. You will particularly enjoy the young ones as swing from branch to branch while the sliver back patrols to ensure the safety of the entire family. Cross border to Uganda and transfer to Bwindi national park for an overnight at Gorilla resort camp / Buhoma Community Bandas.

Day 8: Gorilla Trek

There is an early morning entry into a gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular as it offers a dramatic, heavily forested and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for tourists. Recorded mammals here include the endangered mountain gorilla, the rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephants, black-fronted duikers, bushbucks, leopards, giant forest hogs as well as other animals. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Kitandara tented Camp or basic at Buhoma community Bandas.

Day 9: Transfer to Lake Mburo National park

After an early breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park Lunch en route and enter the Park through the Nshara Gate. Candlelit dinner and first class service at the Mantana Tented Camp all under canvas and in the heart of the African Bush underneath the starlit African sky/ drie to mbarara for Agip Motel, or basic at Rwonyo rest camp.

 

 

Day 10: To Kampala

The morning game drive will take you along the lakeshore track, and with its own system of game trails and cleared walkways, the “Kigambara Loop” offers interesting guided lakeside walks. Here you can find herds of zebra, cape buffalo and eland, and Pribi and topi are easy to approach. Along with the game drive, many visitors also enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo and self-guided nature trails. Bird watches will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including Papyrus Gonoleks, Brown-faced Lapwings, Carruther’s Cisticolas, the extraordinary White winged Warbler and Bare-Faced Go-away bird.
After lunch, then drive back to Kampala stopping at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. Here you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations. There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs and you will arrive in Kampala by early evening.

END OF SAFARI

Tour inclusions

  • 4*4 safari vehicle ideal of game viewing and photography,
  • fuel,
  • Lodging and Food,
  • English Speaking Driver guide,
  • Drinking bottled water on all Drives,
  • Park Entrance fees and cultural site entrance fees,
  • gorilla and Permits as applicable,
  • Uganda Wildlife Ranger Guide while tracking.

Tour exclusions

  • tips to staff at the lodge,
  • tips to safari guides,
  • laundry,
  • Uganda Visa costs Air Travel to and from Uganda,