5 Days gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari

5 Days gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari package is a suitable safari for primate lovers who wish to spend an extensive time with the most amazing primates in the world, this safari takes you to two prominent habitants of primates in the world that are Bwindi impenetrable national park a famous home to the world’s huge population of mountain gorillas. The park is entirely forested and consists of numerous volcanoes which are home to the mountain gorillas which live in various sectors, this safari package takes you to Rushaga sector where mountain gorilla habituation experience is offered in the Rushaga family. The next destination on this safari is kibale national park which is famous for hosting 11 primate species with a huge population of chimpanzees.

Highlights of the safari

Detailed itinerary of the safari

Day 1: transfer from Kampala to Bwindi impenetrable national park

On the 1st day of the safari you will be picked from your lodge after morning breakfast by your safari a representative of Focus East Africa Tours, your driver will belief you about the safari and start on your drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park. On this journey of 9-10 hours you will have a stopover at the equator land mark for memorable photos, have a stopover in Mbarara for lunch then proceed to Bwindi impenetrable national park. On your way you will have an opportunity of having scenic views of the Kigezi rolling hills in Kisoro, you will arrive in Bwindi impenetrable national park in the late afternoon, check into your lodge and stay overnight.

Accommodation is got from

Luxury: Rushaga gorilla camp

Midrange: Gorilla valley lodge

Budget: karungi camp

Meal plan: half board (lunch and dinner)

Day 2: mountain gorilla habituation experience

On the 2nd day of the safari you will wake up early in the morning, have breakfast and drive to the park’s headquarters for briefing, the head ranger will read you the do and don’ts of the habituation experience and how to behave while in presence of the mountain gorillas. After the briefing you will start your hike into the forests of Bwindi in search for mountain gorillas, as you trek through the forests you will spot various flowering plants, birds and other primates living in the forests. Mountain habituation experience offers you 4 hours with the mountain gorillas, in these hours you get involved in taking care of the mountain gorillas and training them with guidance of researchers, feeding them and you can take pictures as long as your flashlight is off. Then you will return back to your lodge and in the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight.

Meal plan – full board

Day 3: transfer to kibale national park

On the 3rd day of the safari you will have morning breakfast, checkout of the lodge and with your safari driver you will embark on your drive to Kibale national park which is a drive of 6-7 hours. You will have en-route lunch and arrive in kibale national park in late afternoon for dinner after check-in at your lodge and stay overnight.

Accommodation is got from

Luxury: craters safari lodge

Midrange: Kibale forest camp

Budget: Nyinabulitwa country resort and safari camp

Meal plan: full board

Day 4: chimpanzee tracking experience

On the 4th day of the safari you will have early morning breakfast, be picked up by your driver and head to the forests of kibale national park for chimpanzee tracking experience. In the park you will go to the park’s headquarters for briefing about the tracking experience, rules and regulations to be followed on the safari will be read to you and then trek into the forests in search for chimpanzees. Kibale forests are a home to 10 primates apart from chimpanzees which are spotted as you trek in the forests, these primates include olive baboons, mangabeys, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and many more.

You are to spend 1 hour in the presence of chimpanzees observing their behavior, take pictures and spot them take care of their young ones, play on tree branches and many more. you will trek back to the headquarters then drive back to your lodge for lunch, in the afternoon you can decided to go for an optional culture encounter in the neighboring local community or have an evening of rest at your lodge. In the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight.

Meal plan: full board

Day 5: transfer back to Kampala

On the 5th day of the safari you will have early in the morning for breakfast, checkout of your lodge and embark on your drive back to Kampala which is a drive of about 5-6 hours. Upon arrival in Kampala you will have lunch and then be dropped off either the hotel or at Entebbe international airport depending on your departure flight.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch

End of the safari

Safari inclusions

  • airport transfers
  • gorilla habituation permit
  • chimpanzee tracking habituation permit
  • transport throughout the safari
  • an English speaking safari driver
  • all park entrance fees
  • bottled drinking mineral water
  • accommodation as per itinerary
  • meals as per meal plan
  • fuel throughout the safari and a 4X4 wheel van

Safari exclusions

  • personal expenses on things like souvenirs, alcoholic drinks and many more
  • tips to waitresses and guides
  • international flight fares
  • Visa
  • optional activities on listed by the itinerary
  • extra accommodation not listed by the itinerary
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