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KIBALE TREKKING AND BWINDI COMBINED

 

Uganda Primate Tour Chimp Trek – 5 Days
(Gorillas, Chimps Trek)

Day 1: Start the Uganda Primates tour from Airport or
your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala, drive 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 | Primate
Lodge Kibale | Ndali Lodge  

Moderate: Isunga Lodge | Turaco
Treetops

Low Budget: Kibale Forest camp |
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse          

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National
Park & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp
at 08:00 hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is
chimpanzee tracking.

Chimpanzees are man’s closest
cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate species. More
primates like black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked
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 socialise 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, bushbucks, bush pigs and among others.

Accommodation options available (all on
full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Primate
Lodge Kibale | Ndali Lodge  

Moderate: Isunga Lodge | Turaco
Treetops

Low Budget: Kibale Forest camp |
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse          

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for the
gorilla trek (on day 4)

Depart early morning for Bwindi
for your gorilla trek on the next day. .

Very early in the morning after breakfast, you will set off
for Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park via Kabale- Kisoro route or Isasha
Sector with packed lunch. On your way you will enjoy scenery views of different
mountains and beautiful plantations. 

Accommodation options available (all on
full board basis)

Up-market: Mahogany Lodge | Buhoma
Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge    

Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Silverback
Lodge | Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge            

Low
Budget:
Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp |
Gorilla      
Conservation Camp

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable
National Park

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.

Accommodation options available (all on
full board basis)

Up-market: Mahogany Lodge | Buhoma
Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge    

Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Silverback
Lodge | Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge            

Low
Budget:
Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp |
Gorilla      
Conservation Camp

Day 5: Return to Kampala

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 highly fertile,
mountainous region with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly
terraced cultivated rows. Not to miss as we traverse Mbarara are the impressing
longhorn 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.

TIPS ON GORILLA & CHIMP

What to wear and take when trekking to see the gorillas?

Put on your sturdiest walking
shoes, and thick trousers and a long-sleeved top as protection against vicious
stinging nettles. It’s often cold when you set out, so start off with a
sweatshirt or jersey (which also help protect against nettles). The gorillas
are thoroughly used to people, so it makes little difference whether you wear
bright or muted colours.

Whatever clothes you wear to go
tracking are likely to get very dirty as you slip and slither in the mud, so if
you have pre-muddied clothes, you might as well wear them. When you are
grabbing handloads of thorny vegetation, a pair of old gardening gloves are
helpful. If you feel safer with a walking-stick, you will be offered a wooden
one at the start of the ascent.

Carry as little as possible,
ideally in a waterproof bag of some sort. During the rainy season,a poncho or
raincoat might be a worthy addition to your daypack, while sunglasses and a hat
are a good idea at any time of the year. You may well feel like a snack during
the long hike, and should certainly carry enough drinking water – at least one
litre, more to visit the Susa Group. Bottled water is sold in Ruhengeri town.
Especially during the rainy season, make sure your camera gear is well
protected – if your bag isn’t waterproof, seal your camera gear in a plastic
bag.

Binoculars are not necessary to
see the gorillas. In theory, birdwatchers want to carry binoculars, though in
practice only the dedicated are likely to make use of them – the trek up to the
gorillas is normally very directed, and walking up the steep slopes and through
the thick vegetation tends to occupy one’s eyes and mind.

If you are carrying much gear and
food/water, it is advisable to hire one of the porters who hang about at the
car park in the hope of work. This costs USD15 per porter. Locals have asked us
to emphasize that it is not demeaning or exploitative to hire a porter to carry
your daypack; on the contrary, tourists who refuse a porter for ‘ethical reasons’
are simply denying income to poor locals and making it harder for them to gain
any benefit from tourism.

 

Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Trekking

 

 Going for a gorilla trekking activity is one of a lifetime experience and indeed a wonderful one. This trip gives you the opportunity to have a close contact with these giants of the jungle while in their natural habitat. With over 12 families in Uganda’s bwindi Impenetrable forest you are guaranteed to spot at least one family and 1hr with them taking photos and videos. Please note that the cost of permit to go on this trip is $700. The trekking will take half a day and it can be done all year around. Only 8 people will be allowed to go for trekking on any given day. 

Depending on your schedule, we arrange trips from 3 days to 14 days trips and for clients that are time short, we will arrange a fly in and out trip. 

Accomodation within bwindi Impenetrable ranges from Mid range to luxury lodges. All depends on budget and preferences. 

 

After gorilla trekking you can get immersed in other excursions like the Batwa community for a  cultural visit and nature walk.

 

Itinerary: 

3 day bwindi impenetrable forest  

The package includes

  • Full time experienced safari guide and his associated expenses
  • Cost of all ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Airport transfers to and from
  • Gorilla permit ($700)
  • Bottled Drinking Water

Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early breakfast, the journey takes us south-westwards passing through the equator in Masaka – Mbarara town known as the ‘land of milk’. It’s time for us to stretch and have an early one hour lunch break. As we drive, catch sights of cattle akin to this land, the long horned cows of Ankole.  We shall pass through the large vast flat savannah lands to the amazing hilly slopes of Kigezi and finally to the impenetrable forest home to the world’s endangered Mountain Gorillas. Dinner and overnight in the forest.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Wake up early enough to the great forest sounds of the African Jungle for your breakfast.  With our packed lunch, we go for the pre- trek update from the rangers who will tell you what to expect in the Jungle. Your trek can last anything from three to eight hours. After your highly experiential Gorilla trek, we believe in giving back to the community. We shall participate in a village walk with all proceeds of this walk going directly to the locals. During you dinner, you will openly talk about your experiences in the jungle with other travelers. Dinner and overnight in the forest.

Day 3: Drive Back To Entebbe Airport Or Kampala

A wake up call from the jungle creatures ushers you to a new day with a hot delicious breakfast waiting for you. We then tress back our journey to Kampala with Lunch in Mbarara and another coffee break.

Talk to a specialist for more BUTTON

 

Second Itinerary:

 

4 Day Bwindi Impenetrable Forest package includes:

  • Full time experienced safari guide and his associated expenses
  • Cost of all ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Airport transfers to and from
  • Gorilla permit ($700)
  • Bottled Drinking Water

Day1: Entebbe – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Have breakfast and after meet the safari guide and after transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park via Masaka highway with en-route lunch at Agip Motel. After continue to the park waiting for the gorilla trekking tours and overnight stay at

Mahogany Springs Lodge/Buhoma Haven Lodge/Rushaga Gorilla Camp

 

Day2: Gorilla Trekking Holiday

Breakfast and after go for gorilla trek in the jungle and after return to the park headquarters for your gorilla trekking certificate and after relax at the lodge.

Day3: Gorilla Trek Safari – Lake Bunyonyi

Have breakfast and after enter into the jungle again for gorilla trekking holidays in the mist and after return to the office for the gorilla trek certificate and after transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for overnight stay at Bunyonyi Bird Nest    

Lodge/Arcadia Cottages

 

Day4: Lake Bunyonyi – Entebbe

– Have breakfast and after embark the safari vehicle and transfer back to Entebbe. Meal plan: H/B – End of services Inclusions:

– Ground transportation

– Accommodation and meals

– En-route lunch

– Gorilla permits, $ 700 USD each

– Full day English speaking guide Mineral drinking water Exclusions:

– The air fares, Visa, porter fees while trekking the gorillas, laundry, expensive drinks..