Gorilla Tour chimp tracking and Queen Elizabeth trip - 8 Days

Gorilla Tour chimp tracking and Queen Elizabeth trip

Gorilla Tour chimp tracking and Queen Elizabeth trip is a Gorilla Tracking Adventure in Bwindi Forest and chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest plus the amazing wildlife of Queen Elizabeth Game Park including the launch cruise on Kazinga Channel.

This Gorilla Tour chimp tracking and Queen Elizabeth Tour gives you the opportunity to visit the chimpanzees of the Kibale Forest, to search for lions on a game drive or to admire the wildlife on a relaxed boat cruise in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, before you tackle the challenges of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to find the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda. Age restrictions apply to primate tracking in East Africa.

Day 1
ENTEBBE

Arrive at the Entebbe international Airport. Proceed through immigration and customs. Met by your Safari guide and transferred to the hotel. Bed and Breakfast accommodation at The Boma Hotel (std room).

Day 2
ENTEBBE to KIBALE FOREST BY ROAD

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for the drive to the Kibale Forest area, arriving in time for a late lunch at the lodge. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax. Full Board accommodation at Primate Lodge Standard Cottages / Chimpanzee forest Guest House

Day 3
KIBALE FOREST CHIMP TRACKING

Breakfast at the lodge and then depart for the Kibale Forest, at Kayanchu, for a guided forest trek in search of the Chimpanzees. Once located, a maximum of 1hr is allowed to view the wild chimpanzees. During the forest walk, it may be possible to come across the 12 other primate species living in the forest, including the grey‐cheeked mangabey and the red‐tailed monkey. The walk is fairly easy due to the well‐maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. Full Board accommodation at Ndali Lodge/ Kyaninga Lodge.

Kibale National Park was initially established as a wildlife corridor for forest elephants migrating between the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the northern parks such as the Kabalega Falls National Park. It is Uganda’s supreme park in terms of richness in diversity of plant species, and for sheltering one of the highest densities of primate species in the world. Ancient forests of trees over 50m in height, and equally magnificent buttress roots form a natural playground for the chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, diademed monkeys, blue monkeys, white cheeked mangabeys, olive baboons, black & white colobus and the park is home to East Africa’s largest populations of L’Hoest’s monkeys and red colobus monkeys.

Chimpanzee Tracking is the most popular activity at Kibale and is the main attraction and activity at the park. The park shelters an astounding 1500 chimpanzees. Tracking takes place twice a day, in the morning and in the late afternoon. At night, it is possible to enjoy guided forest walks to search for nocturnal primates such as bush babies and the unhurried pottos.

The nearby Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a community-run reserve that was established to protect the Magombe Swamp, a haven for both birders, with over 330 species recorded.

Day 4
KIBALE FOREST to QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast at the lodge, and depart, with a short game drive en-route, to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Later in the afternoon, depart for a game drive to explore the park and its wildlife and scenery. Full Board accommodation at Mazike Lodge / Park View Safari Lodge

Located at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains, the Queen Elizabeth National Park’s landscape is perhaps the most visually stunning in country, so much so, that this area is often referred to as ‘The Pearl of Africa’. Contiguous with the Congo’s Virunga National Park, the landscape encompasses bush land, swamps, savannah, various crater lakes as well as the shores of the larger Lakes Edward and George.

The park is home to large numbers of elephants, some resident and some migrants from the Congo. Almost 100 species of animals including the park’s famed tree-climbing lions, giant forest hogs, buffalos, hyenas, leopards, and a variety of plains game such as the Uganda Kob, Sitantunga and Topi antelopes can be found.

Boat trips along the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake Edward to Lake George, could bring you spectacular encounters with the world’s highest concentration of hippos and the 4ft high shoebill stork, or the crested crane, national emblem of Uganda. Over 600 species of birds, among them Central African species, can be found at the park.

Day 5
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast at the lodge. Drive to the Kasenyi area of the national park, to look for lions, buffalos, elephants, and large numbers of Uganda Kobs and other antelopes. Return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, transfer for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel (approx. 2hrs), to look out for the hippos, great herds of buffalos, and several species of aquatic birds. With luck, the wonderful Shoebill Stork may be spotted. Proceed on an evening game drive in the safari vehicle. Full Board accommodation at Kyambura Game Lodge (Mazike Lodge)

Day 6
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK to BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

Breakfast at the lodge, and an early departure (07h00) to the legendary Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax. Full Board accommodation at Engagi Lodge / Buhoma Haven Lodge

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park supports almost half of the world’s endangered Mountain Gorillas. There are several forest trails during which you can find the stunning vegetation and more than 350 species of colourful birds and butterflies. Chimpanzees, and elephants are present, but may be hard to come across. It is easier to encounter small forest antelopes such as bushbucks and duikers. It is the only forest in the world in which chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist successfully.

During the stay at Bwindi, we recommend a visit to the Batwa, Uganda’s oldest living ethnic group. The hunter-gatherer community works together with the park authorities to preserve the forest and its wild animals, and each visit to Bwindi, and to their cultural villages supplements their income and discourages excessive bush meat hunting. The visit is extremely interesting and it is possible to spend an entire day learning about their lifestyle, including sharing their meals and joining in the rejuvenating cultural dances!

Day 7
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST - GORILLA TRACKING

Breakfast at the lodge, and drive to the park headquarters to prepare for the Gorilla Tracking experience. Return to the lodge. Full Board accommodation at Engagi Lodge / Buhoma Haven Lodge.

Day 8
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST to ENTEBBE and depart

Breakfast at the lodge, and transfer to the Kihihi Airstrip for the scheduled flight to the Entebbe International Airport. Depart at 09h45 and arrive at approximately 11h25 (the flight sometimes makes stops at other airstrips in the Bwindi area prior to arriving at Entebbe).

End of our services.

Safari Inclusions:

  • An English speaking full-time professional guide/driver
  • All park entry fees
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Meals as stated - Full board while on safari
  • Transport (in a 4 x 4 land cruiser)
  • Boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Fuel
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person
  • Bottled drinking water in the vehicle
  • 1 Scheduled internal flight

Excluded:

Day 1 – The Boma / Karibu Guest House

Day 2&3 – Ndali Lodge / Kyaninga Lodge

Day 4 & 5 – Kyambura Game Lodge / Mazike

Day 6 & 7 – Mahogany Springs / Engagi Lodge

We use both standard 4×4 customized safari vans and 4×4 luxury customized safari Land cruisers with pop-up roofs for maximum game viewing, wildlife filming and photography and easy for taking as many photos as you can. Our Landcruisers are also fitted with charging system for your cameras, phones and also every client is guaranteed a window seat for easy view.

Our drive/guides are very professionally and well trained, we know every successful safari needs a great guide, majority of the comments from our clients regarding our services are centered on the professionalism of our guides.

Change of the itineraries:
The itinerary may change occasionally due to the availability of gorilla permits and accommodation.

Wifi availability:
Wi-Fi is available in most accommodations but sometimes it is limited due to weak signal points in some places.

Surcharge:
Surcharge on Christmas festive season 24/12, 25/12, 26/12 , New Year Eve 31/12 and New Years 1/1

Policy for single and extra bed:
The third person using extra bed: Price as one adult

Policy for Children:

01 child under 4-year-old (sharing a bed with parents): Free of charge
• 01 child from 4 and under 9-year-old (sharing a bed with parents): 75% of the price per an adult
• 02 children under 4 years old (staying with parents): 75% of the price per an adult
• From 9-year-old: price as an adult.children below 15 years are not allowed to trek gorillas

Payment:

  • A deposit of 20% on the safari cost is required when booking a safari. If a safari includes gorilla tracking and chimpanzee tracking then the deposit should include the full cost of the gorilla permit fee (US$600) and chimpanzee permit fee (US$150) per pemit per person as well. The remaining balance must be paid 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged up on booking.
    • Payment in cash: Cash shall be paid at our office or will be collected at your hotel.
    • Credit card: credit card fee is applied to the total amount and different from type of card
    • Bank transfer: Please note that the bank fee in Uganda, and the international bank for transmission are covered by the client.

What to bring:

  • Trail shoes or running shoes with a good solid grip and good support and cotton socks are the most versatile and comfortable footwear for this trip. Some people prefer their well broken-in hiking boots
  • A wide-brimmed or peaked hat for sun protection.
  • Poncho or raincoat just in case, especially if gorilla trekking is on your itinerary
  • Light sweater, jacket or sweatshirt for cooler evenings. It cools off quite drastically in the higher elevations
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses, Sun cream
  • Camera and film

CANCELLATION

  • Free cancellation on safari cost up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
    No refund of any kind on Gorilla and chimpanzee permits

2019 prices

Prices are Quoted in USD and are for per person sharing
No. of peopleCost per person sharing
1 person3931
2 people2621
3 people2337
4 people2195
5 people2180
6 people2112
7 people2063
Single Room Supplement503

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Trip Facts

  • Entebbe, Uganda
  • 1 gorilla trek, 1 chimpanzee trek, Bigodi Wetlands visit, View the Crater lake, Game drives QENP, Boat cruise Kazinga Channel
  • 2 - 6 people
  • All year round
  • Yes
  • 4 wheel drive safari customized vehicles plus 1 scheduled return flight Bwindi - Entebbe
  • Mid-range

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