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8-Day Experience Gorilla, Chimps and Big Five

8 Days

Overview

This is an amazing safari which is tailored to give you a feel of three of Uganda’s wild parks. You are assured of viewing a number of animals like the mountain gorillas of Bwindi, chimpanzees of Kibale, tree climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Ishasha Sector and a day in between to relax by Lake Bunyonyi.

Trip Highlights

  • Start Entebbe (Day 1)
  • Day 1 Kampala (City)
  • Day 2-3 Kibale NP (Chimps)
  • Day 4-5 Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Day 6 Ishasha Sector (Queen Elizabeth NP)
  • Day 7 Bwindi NP (Gorillas)
  • Day 8 Lake Bunyonyi
  • End Entebbe (Day 8)

Itinerary

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you will be met by a Tubale Safaris staff that will brief you and transfer you to your hotel for relaxation. In the evening, you will be transferred to Ndere cultural centre in Kampala central, which is a home of performing arts and a representation of Ugandan cultures through music, dance and drama. Dinner and your overnight stay are at your hotel.

Main Destination: Kampala (City)

Mid-range hotel located in or near Kampala

Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

After breakfast at your accommodation, you will depart to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda. Kibale National Park is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, Colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys and red-tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight rest.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Chimps)

Mid-range tented camp located just outside Kibale NP

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Have breakfast and head to the trekking point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking and you will be marvelled at the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch. Later, go out for the Bigodi Swamp walk. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a fascinating area, located in the Magombe swamp. This area is recognized for its extensive array of biodiversity among which are several primate species like the baboons, black and white Colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and the L’Hoest monkeys. The Bigodi is also a paradise for bird watchers. Among the major bird species within the sanctuary is the grand blue turaco.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Chimps)

Mid-range tented camp located just outside Kibale NP

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

After breakfast, you will exit Kibale National Park and continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park’s diverse ecosystem which includes sprawling savannah makes it the ideal habitat for a classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. You will reach Queen early enough to rest, have lunch and later go for a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George to Lake Edward. You will surely be fascinated by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others. You will also see many varieties of birds on the water shores. On your way back, you will have an evening game drive then return to the accommodation for dinner and later your overnight rest.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
Drinks not included

Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive in the park, along the Kasenyi plains and be on the lookout for lions, elephants, leopards (though hard to spot), bushbucks, Cape buffaloes, waterbucks, giant forest hogs, Uganda kobs among others. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch. In the afternoon, you will go for the explosion crater drive. The drive is basically sightseeing with a very spectacular view of the breathtaking scenery in and around Queen. There is also plenty of wildlife to see along the drive although the commonest are sights of Cape buffaloes plus elephants. Return to the accommodation for relaxation, dinner and the overnight stay.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Be up and have your breakfast served. Go for the tree-climbing lion sighting and thereafter, transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda (harbouring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas—roughly half of the world’s population), including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check into your accommodation. Relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Main Destination: Ishasha Sector (Queen Elizabeth NP)

Mid-range lodge located just outside Rushaga

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rainforest is spectacular! The area offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain varies with the movements of these great primates. Once you locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long-savoured. Return to your lodge for some rest time and lunch. Thereafter, embark on a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation, relax, and enjoy your dinner and overnight stay.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)

Mid-range lodge located in or near Lake Bunyonyi

All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Have a relaxed breakfast at the accommodation with a spectacular view of the Bwindi hills, Bunyonyi, just right in front of you. Thereafter, embark on your return journey to Entebbe Airport. Expect en route stopovers in Mbarara town for lunch and the Uganda Equator line mark in Kayabwe for some memorable photos and maybe buy some art pieces of interest. Proceed with the journey arriving late in the afternoon/evening for drop off at the airport. We hope to see you (or any referral) when next you visit. Thanks for choosing Tubale Safaris.

Main Destination: Lake Bunyonyi

No accommodation (End of tour)

Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Cost Includes

  • Park fees
  • (For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits
  • (One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits
  • (One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities
  • (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation
  • (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals
  • (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks
  • (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Cost Excludes

  • International flights
  • (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items
  • (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals
  • (As specified in the day-by-day section)

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8-Day Experience Gorilla, Chimps and Big Five