Dream Kenya Safari

6 DAYS CHIMPANZEE &

GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI IN UGANDA

The Journey We Planned

Day 1: TRANSFER TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK (About 5 Hours And 295 Kms) BY ROAD OR BY AIR

This morning, after breakfast, you will embark on your journey to Kibale National Park. This is one of the parks that protects a moist evergreen forest. It is home to 13 species of chimpanzees which are man’s closest relative. Kibale National Park is located south of the town of Fort Portal; its main characteristics are the lush impenetrable forest, and the numerous species of primates that populate it including black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys, and velvet monkeys.

Expert guides & visitors on the trail report that the meetings are very frequent and extremely exciting. It is best known for having the highest concentration of chimpanzees, you will get to meet these fantastic primates in their natural environment, some are accustomed to the presence of man because researchers have studied their behavior for over forty years.

After lunch and rest at the Chimpundu lodge you will go for a cultural experience in the village. explore the atmospheric village of Bigodi accompanied by one of our professional English-speaking field-guides.

The walk will take up to 3 to 4 hours depending on the pace of the group. According to your interests, you will first visit a traditional healer who will happily share his knowledge about spirits, herbs, plants and local medicines. 

One of the highlights of the tour is the coffee making experience one is show how coffee is transformed from beans, as it goes through the process of pounding and eventually ending with an aromatic cup of coffee.

A few meters onwards you will meet the women who engage is basketry and will take you through their day-to-day experiences which ends with a traditional dance.

Lastly visit the traditional beer and gin brewery. You will learn about how beer and gin is made from bananas and the process it takes, a few sips of the gin you can stagger back to your lodge.

Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Chimpundu Lodge

Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest

Your day will begin early after breakfast so by 07.30am you should be headed to the forest gate. On arrival you will be assigned a guide, and you will your 3–4-hour trek in the forest in search of the chimps. Return to the lodge is usually at midday for a much-needed lunch and rest.

There are several destinations to see Chimpanzees in Uganda including Kibale Forest, Budongo Forest, and Kyambura Gorge.

The best chimpanzee experience, by far, is Kibale National Park (Kibale Forest) which is located in the south-western region of the country.

The park is home to 1,000 chimpanzees and of which four chimpanzee families are habituated to ensure that you participate in chimpanzee trekking. Chimpanzee trekking in the park involves tourists hiking through the different trails in the park where they will get to the four habituated chimpanzee families in Kibale NP.

While getting to the families, you will see a number of rewarding sceneries and attractions like a number of monkey species like red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, the Mona monkey, Vervet Monkey among other monkey species when you get to your chimpanzee family you will spend on the hour with the primates observing their behavior in the park, for instance, you will get to know about the diet of the chimpanzees, their eating intervals, how they co-exist with one another among other interesting features about the chimpanzees in Kibale National Park during chimpanzee trekking.

Enjoy a guided primate walk in the lush expanses of the tropical rainforest (Kibale Forest), in search of the wild chimpanzees. The guide will explain to you all about the animals and plants species that you encounter on your way. Also look out for other primates like the birds, tracks of mammals, and much more!

There are so many things to do here!

Overnight at Chimpundu Lodge

Day 3: FLY TO BWINDI STAY AT SANCTUARY GORILLA CAMP

This day after breakfast, you will be transferred to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park where you will spend two nights. We will Fly you from Kibale Forest to Bwindi

Bwindi impenetrable rainforest is said to be 25.000 years old, making it one of Africa’s most biodiverse habitats. The altitude of this mountain peak ranges from 1200 – 2600 meters. Five rivers and a high annual rainfall make it rather humid. Besides its major attraction, the mountain gorillas (gorilla Berengaria), the National Park is also home to an amazing 120 mammal species, 350 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies and over 200 species of trees.

It is believed that about 350 gorillas remain in several stable groups in the park. The great protection over the last years has led to a steady increase of the population.

Although best known for its mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest also attracts spectacular birds.

On this day you can choose to rest or go for a visit in the village

Overnight at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Day 4: GORILLA TREKKING IN BWINDI FOREST

Early morning breakfast starts at around 06.30am, it is important to give you the energy needed for your gorilla trek.  Kindly ensure that you carry water for hydration because the trek is hard, and you need to keep hydrated. Insect repellant also comes in very handy.

Theres is usually a short briefing on the rules and regulations of the park at 08.00am where everyone trekking is required to attend before the trek.  The stop over by the ranger station is mainly for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. 

The trek can take from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes, long sleeved shirt to protect one in case of thorns in the forest, a pair of gloves, rain protection gears because the Bwindi weather is so unpredictable and a mask in cases where one has an infection and for the protection of the mountain gorillas

After the Trek back to the lodge for soak in the bath to get rid of your muddy shoes and sweaty clothes.

Overnight at Santuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Day 5: FLY FROM BWINDI TO ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Fly from Bwindi forest to Entebbe international for onwards travel plans.

Accommodations and ​Approximate Price

Start

Accommodation

Type

Destination

Basis

Duration

Day 1

Protea Hotel by Marriot

 

Entebbe

HB

1 Night

Day 2

Chimpundu Lodge

 

Kibale Forest

FB

2 Night

Day 4

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

 

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

FB

2 Nights

Day  6

   

Fly to Entebbe

   

Key

HB: Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

PRICE PER PERSON: $6900

Accommodations and Transfers

 ACCOMMODATIONDESTINATIONBASISNIGHTS
Day 1Soroi Lions Bluff LodgeLumo Community Wildlife SanctuaryFI4 Nights

 

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

 

FLIGHT

DEPARTURE

ARRIVAL

Day 1

Scheduled Charter Flight

Wilson Airport [WIL]

Taita Hills Airstrip

Day 5

Scheduled Charter Flight

Taita Hills Airstrip

Wilson Airport [WIL]

TRANSFERS

 

TYPE

PICK UP

DROP OFF

Day 1

Transfer

Taita Hills Airstrip

Soroi Lions Bluff Lodge

Day 5

Transfer

Soroi Lions Bluff Lodge

Taita Hills Airstrip