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Gorilla Chimpanzee Tracking Safari – 5 Days

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    5 Days
    Entebbe Airport
    Entebbe Airport
    Min Age : 14+
    Max People : 38

    A five Days wildlife and Gorilla Chimpanzee Tracking Safari

    This 5 days Gorilla Chimpanzee Tracking Safari specifically gives you a chance to explore Queen Elizabeth National Park. Furthermore the park is found in western Uganda at the backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains. It offers a medley of wonders including over 95 species of mammals as well as over 600 species of birds. This biodiversity hotspot was for instance gazetted in 1952 as Kazinga National Park. And presently extends for an area of 1978 square kilometers.

    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Located in south-western side of Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the most popular gorilla trekking destinations sheltering more than half the World’s surviving population of mountain gorillas with more than 40 families, 20 of which are habituated for trekking. Bwindi Forest was gazetted into a National Park in 1991 and was later declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

    Proposed Itinerary for 5 Gorilla Chimpanzee Tracking Safari

    Day 1 ;  Transfer to QENP

    Day 2 ;   Game viewing and Launch trip

    Day 3 ;   Ishasha Game drive and transfer to BINP

    Day 4 ;   Gorilla trekking and cultural visit.

    Day 5 ;   Transfer back to Kampala

    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth

    After an early breakfast, you will shortly be picked up by our professional guide to kick off your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Kampala-Masaka highway. The 6-7 hours’ journey involves two stopovers and the first one is at the Uganda Equator crossing in Kayabwe here you will spend at least 30 minutes taking photos of this remarkable landmark and experimenting with how water drains (clockwise or anti-clockwise) when placed in the northern and southern hemispheres.

    You will continue with the journey until Igongo Cultural Center and Country Hotel for your mouth-watering local/traditional and international dishes as well as an optional tour of the local Museum known as “Erijukiro” Museum to have a view on some of the original artifacts of the Ankole people. You will then continue through Mbarara the land of milk and honey, Bushenyi where the cool air and lush vegetation will leave you open-mouthed, yet your arrival at Queen Elizabeth National Park will introduce you to real Paradise.

    Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Accommodation Option:

                          Luxury                   Mweya Safari Lodge
                          Comfort                   Twin Lake Safari Lodge
                          Standard                    Pumba Safari Cottages

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

     

    Day 2: Game viewing and Launch trip

    Get up early for breakfast and finally start the game drive at exactly 6:30 am for a chance to encounter the lions and leopards returning from their hunt. The Queen’s mile as well as Kasenyi tracks within the vast savannah plains reward tourists with the opportunity of sighting numerous wildlife species for example side-striped jackals, elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, warthogs, bushbucks, waterbucks, Topis, and elands. A game drive doesn’t mean that your options will be limited to wildlife but also introduces you to the numerous bird species like Chapin’s flycatcher, martial eagles, black bee-eaters and many others. Eventually return to the Lodge to freshen-up, lunch and relaxation.

    In the afternoon, you will head for the launch trip along the Kazinga Channel, lasting about 2 hours and will be filled with surprises like spotting huge Nile crocodiles and hippos lazing on the banks of the channel as well as Uganda kobs, elephants and buffaloes drinking or cooling their bodies during the hot sunshine. Birds in large numbers will also be spotted during the cruise and the must-see species are the African fish eagles, pink-backed pelicans, African skimmer and Martial eagles among others. Continue to the Lodge for a quick snack and have a brief evening game drive to spot the nocturnal mammals such as leopards, spotted hyenas, and lions.

    Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Accommodation Option:

                          Luxury                   Mweya Safari Lodge
                          Comfort                   Twin Lake Safari Lodge
                          Standard                    Pumba Safari Cottages

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

     

    Day 3: Ishasha Game drive and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

    After your early breakfast, you will surely start your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Ishasha sector which is on the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Passing through Ishasha sector guarantees you of encountering the mysterious tree-climbing lions resting on fig tree branches and other animals especially Uganda kobs as well as buffaloes grazing within the vast savanna plains. You will have your lunch in Kihihi towards Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National park and check in at your lodge in order to freshen up and relax.

    Location: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

    Accommodation option:

                          Luxury                   Buhoma Lodge
                          Comfort                   Gorilla Mist Camp
                          Standard                    Bakiga Lodge

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

     

    Day 4 Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and evening cultural visit

    Breakfast will be served early so that you can find your fellow gorilla trekkers at the Park Headquarters at 7:00 am for briefing. Be briefed on how to behave when in the presence of Mountain gorillas and your expectations of the activity.  The trek is usually challenging and involves going through muddy trails, scratching and misty vegetation but the face to face encounter with the mountain gorillas and spending one hour with them is a rewarding experience. After spending quality time with them then descend to the trailhead and back to the Lodge for lunch.

    After enjoying your lunch and relaxing,firstly head for a relaxed evening walk to the nearby Batwa community to have an insight on how they lived in the forest before eviction. Secondly ,you will see their traditional houses, see some of the plants used for medicinal purposes, see how they use sticks to make fire and be entertained in their traditional dances.

    Location: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

    Accommodation option:

                          Luxury                   Buhoma Lodge
                          Comfort                   Gorilla Mist Camp
                          Standard                    Bakiga Lodge

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

     

    Day 5: transfer Back to Kampala/ Entebbe for your flight

    Start the most important meal of the day from the Lodge earlier before checking-out and leaving for Kampala or Entebbe. This 8-9 hours’ journey  certainly  involves one stopover in Mbarara Town for lunch and continue straight to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport for your return flight (if it’s at 21:00hours and beyond). Alternatively, if your flight is earlier, you can depart through Kigali International Airport which is 3-4 hours’ away.  Thus the End of 5 Gorilla Chimpanzee Tracking Safari.

    Location: Kampala (City)

    Accommodation Option: No (End of tour)

    Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

    Drinking Water and fruits throughout

     

    Tour Includes:

    • Airport transfers
    • 4×4 transport with English speaking local guide/driver for all road transport
    • Accommodation & all meals above
    • All park entrances fees
    • Drinking water in the vehicle
    • Mentioned activities
    • Gorilla permits

     

    Tour Excludes:

    • International visas
    • Accommodation facilities while in Kampala
    • All expenses of personal nature such as tips and drinks

    Health:

    • Yellow fever and malaria prophylactics are required
    • COVID19 certificate

    Visas:

    Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda which can be obtained on arrival at USD 50 per person, single entry. Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months

    Flights:

    It is imperative that you confirm your onward /return flights.  Please contact our offices for assistance.

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