5 Days Gorillas and Chimps Safari

DAY 1: TRANSFER TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK.
Today, a guide from Virunga Adventure Tours will pick you up from your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala and transfer you to Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is a large protected block of rainforest, which has the highest number of primates in Africa such as chimpanzees, Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Red tailed Monkeys and Red Colobus.
We Transfer through the historic town of Fort Portal. Though the drive is fairly long, the route is beautiful and picturesque – characterized by the lush green and hilly landscapes which Uganda is known for. In the distance, you’ll be able to spot the majestic Rwenzori Mountain Range.

In the evening, we shall go for a Bigodi swamp walk (2-3 hours) that takes you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot 3 or 4 different primate species during this walk, though the real highlight is catching a glimpse of the great Blue Turaco!

Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga lodge/ Primate lodge Kibale/ Kibale Forest Camp.

DAY 2: KIBALE FOREST CHIMP TRACKING.
Today, you will enter a completely different world, some serious monkey business here! Although you are here specifically to track chimps, the forest is a home to at least 12 primate species including the Red tailed Monkey, Olive Baboon, Black and White Colobus Monkey, and the Blue Monkey. The bird life in the forest is also prolific and includes the beautiful great Blue Turaco.

Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga lodge/ Primate lodge Kibale/ Kibale Forest Camp.

DAY 3: TRANSFER TO KISORO.
The journey takes you through the scenic country sides of western Uganda, via Queen Elizabeth savanna grasslands and fig trees to the beautifully placed Kigezi Highlands with nice terraces. You will know why the place is called ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. Overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes, arriving late in the evening.

Dinner and overnight at Chamelion Hill lodge/ Mutanda Lake resort / Golden Monkey Guest House
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DAY 4: GORILLA TRACKING BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK.
Today, after an early morning breakfast prepare yourself for an encounter with the amazing Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.
Given the fact that gorilla tracking time is unpredictable, it is difficult to foresee how many hours you will actually hike. The escapade of tracking the gorillas in the superb ecosystem of the park will be passionate for the adventurers. It may take 2 hours up to 9 hours or more and you should be prepared to walk long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. “The excitement of seeing the gorillas makes it all worthwhile!” Briefing will be always given on how to handle or behave with these gentle giants. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Dinner and overnight at Chamelion Hill lodge/ Mutanda Lake resort / Golden Monkey Guest House.

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO ENTEBBE/KIGALI.
After an early morning breakfast, we transfer to Entebbe international Airport, stopping at the Equator for those last minute souvenirs and photos.

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