7 Days – Chimps, Wildlife and Gorilla Tour

– For only one week off, you can still do gorillas, chimpanzees and see the wilderness!
Day 1: We will depart from Entebbe or Kampala at about 8:00am and head west via Fort Portal to Kibale National Park, with an en route stop for lunch. This town of Fort Portal rests in the shadow of “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to Kibale National Park, while passing the region of the Crater Lakes – stunning beauty will unfold from here as well. Before heading to your lodge you will explore the small lakes then continue to check in at Primate Lodge Kibale (FB)
Day 2: Chimp tracking will be done today accompanied with the varieties the forest has to offer. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. This walk may last up to half day allowing you to return for a hearty lunch and for the afternoon some clients may opt to stay behind enjoying birding on their own in the forest and lodge sorroundings or we transfer to the Bigodi Swamp for another but totally different nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. Overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale (FB).
Day 3:
Get a relaxed breakfast then transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Before the transfer you can enjoy a guided nature walk at the foothills of mountain Rwenzori and also have a glimpse of the village life. Packed lunch will be served then transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for overnight at Katara Lodge (FB).
Day 4:
Early coffee then begin your day by heading for the mating ground of the Uganda kobs where we may be lucky to spot some lions and leopards hunting. We will also look out for elephants and other wild animals in their natural habitat. Return for lunch and in the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy some more of the African wildlife. The Kazinga Channel is the place where we find the highest concentration of Hippos in East Africa. It’s a highlight of the safari and a must do activity as well. Overnight at Katara Lodge (FB).
Day 5:
The morning options are either a forest walk in Maramagambo or a chimp trek in Kyambura Gorge before we head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The Forest is famous for the Blue Lake, Unique trees and Bat Caves while the Kyambura Gorge is famous for its view and wild Chimpanzees. One can choose to go in and search for the chimpanzees in Kyambura Wildlife Reserve which is a beautiful gorge completely covered with tropical rainforest (this option comes at extra fee). By late morning we will depart for Bwindi with a packed lunch; arrive at the home of the endangered mountain gorillas early evening then check in for overnight. Buhoma Lodge (FB).
Day 6:
Early breakfast, then with packed lunch head for briefing about your gorilla trekking. (subject to permit availability at time of booking)This is the highlight of your safari indeed. Today you will meet with the gentle giants of Bwindi Impenetrable National park! Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas and so you must be physically fit. It’s definitely worthwhile observing the gorillas closely while they feed, play and relax. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge (FB)
Day 7:
Early breakfast then set off back to Kampala or Entebbe, this drive is long indeed (over 8 hours) but clients are so rewarded with stunning views of winding roads and hills, then a stop at various sites like the Uganda Equator and also the drum center and many more. As an option (at extra fees) clients can also charter a flight directly from Bwindi to Entebbe.