10 Days Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking Safari

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Overview

This 10 Days Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking Safari that includes gorilla trekking and chimpanzees will definitely be one of the most interesting part of safari in Uganda. Uganda presents the best chimpanzee tracking and gorilla trekking experiences in the world. And you wouldn’t like to miss on this amazing encounters. The trip includes Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The trip is catering for both midrange and luxury travelers and the lodge recommendation can work on either or.

Trip summary

  • Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe Airport
  • Day 2: Kampala city tour
  • Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park
  • Day 4: Track chimpanzees
  • Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 6: Game drive and Boat cruise
  • Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 8: Trek Gorillas
  • Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 10 : Transfer back to Kampala

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe Airport

Upon reaching Entebbe International Airport, Early Trail Expeditions Uganda driver guide will be ready to pick up and transfer you to your hotel in Kampala and take a rest until next day to start on your journey. Your driver will as well guide through on how the trip will look, and will let you rest. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Luxury: Mestil Hotel

Day 2: Kampala city tour

Today will exhaust your day on a Kampala city tour. Enjoy a morning drive around Kampala and visit some few sites like Kasubi tombs a world UNESCO Heritage site, visit Uganda’s biggest mosque and Mengo Palace. Then return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Luxury: Mestil Hotel

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park

Today following your delicious served breakfast, your driver guide will be ready to transfer you. It’s a relaxed morning, not rushing and driving at a best comfortable speed. Will drive straight to Fort Portal city, with lunch en-route will drive to Amabere cave and do also visit some unique crater lakes. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Luxury: Chimpundu Lodge

Day 4: Track chimpanzees

This morning following the morning breakfast will drive to Kanyachu center to briefing about tracking etiquette. Get grouped 8 people to track a single habituated chimpanzee community, then with an armed ranger guide will roll into the forest to start a search for the apes. The track can last between 30 minutes to 3 hours to find the tracked community. Finding the apes, you are limited for an hour in their presence. This moment is like nowhere in the jungle, to find yourself in the midst of these human closest relatives. After an hour in their presence, will walk back to the starting point, find your driver and drive back to your lodge to relax and refresh.

Have your lunch, and at afternoon hours will visit the Bigodi community and see how people around the chimpanzees are benefiting from the tracing initiatives, they have variety of souvenirs among which you can also buy. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Luxury: Chimpundu Lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning have your relaxed morning breakfast, will drive to Fort Portal and first visit the traditional Amabere caves, and hike the crater lakes. Afterwards will forward your drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. It’s about 3 hours’ drive via Kasese at the foothills of Mt. Rwenzori ranges. Just drive straight to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Luxury: Buffalo Safari Lodge

Day 6: Game drive and Boat cruise

Today early morning with your packed breakfast will drive to Kasenyi section of Queen Elizabeth National Park for an incredible game drive. The meaning of driving with packed breakfast is to enjoy morning bloody sunrise with a bit, it’s very amazing. One of the rewarding game drive with variety of wildlife species including; elephants, Uganda kobs, bushbucks, buffalos, lions, warthogs among so many species to watch accompanied by several bird species.

In the afternoon hours with lunch en-route will drive to the Mweya peninsular, for a boat cruise on Kazinga channel. The wild boat cruise is an opening of watching more animals. Several animals are seen coming to the channel banks to draw water and the aquatic life seen either socked in water or lousily relaxed at water banks. Then, after will drive back to your lodge for dinner and overnight;

Luxury: Buffalo Safari Lodge

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This day will take a morning drive through Ishasha sector, track the rare tree climbing lions. On a good day, lions are found lousily relaxed under tree branches. Ishasha sector is located in the southern location of Queen Elizabeth National Park and is a famous region in East African for hosting these amazing tree climbing lions. Then afterwards you board for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with lunch en-route. Will reach the park in the evening hours and enter the park via Rushaga gate. Relax, enjoy your dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Midrange: Four Gorillas Lodge

Day 8: Trek Gorillas

Today you will enjoy your morning breakfast, and hurry to the Rushaga starting point for trekking briefing. In a group of trekkers accompanied by an armed ranger guide will embark for a search for the gentle giants. This kind of Adventure is limited to the central African jewelry of Virunga Conservation Area and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The trek lasts for about 30 minutes to about 4 hours to find your assigned habituated gorilla family.

The trek involves walking through the unmade paths, through moist thick jungle, hikes and slopes through hills and valleys and on finding the gorillas it’s a tiresome moment. But setting your eyes on the species, then you have to find out that all the tiresomeness is forgotten. Finding the gorilla, you will have strictly one hour before them, then will be walking back to the starting point. You will be very exhausted, you just need to drive back to your lodge and relax.

In the late afternoon hours, you will visit the Batwa community around the Buhoma community to have a feel of their real life. Then return to your lodge relax, have dinner and rest for the next day.

Midrange: Four Gorillas Lodge

Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi

Today, take an early morning drive to this gorgeous historical Lake Bunyonyi. This lake is the 2nd deepest lake in Africa, and jeweled with a simple and unique landscape view. Reaching at the lake you will take a boat ride to one of the islands. Then will check-in at your lodge and relax under the melodies of many small birds like the name suggests. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Midrange: Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Day 10: Transfer back to Kampala

Today, take a relaxed breakfast, and later take a morning drive back to Kampala with lunch en-route. You will reach in Kampala by evening hours and our driver will drive you straight to Entebbe International Airport for your next flight back home.

On behalf of Early Trial Expedition Uganda, our driver guide will say goodbye to you. Then, take your flight back to your home. We believed after this 10 Days Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tracking  trip you become our next ambassador for Early Trail Expeditions Uganda in your country and area. Thank you!

Trip inclusive;

  • 4×4 safari vehicle
  • All trip fuel
  • All meals and soft drinks
  • All Park entrances
  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Boat ride
  • Accommodation
  • Driver guide

Exclusive;

  • Visa and air ticket
  • Laundry
  • All hard drinks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • All international flights