7-Day Wildlife Trip Including Chimp, Gorilla Trekking

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Tour Highlights

Arrive (Entebbe Airport) early enough (not past noon) to transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. Expect chimp trekking in Kibale Forest. Exit to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will enjoy the big game sighting and boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Proceed to Bwindi for the ultimate gorilla trekking experience. After gorilla trekking, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy an afternoon (evening) game viewing and the morning park (nature) walk then return to Entebbe.

Tour Itinerary

Arrival

  • You’ll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1

Arrive Entebbe, Pick up (from Airport) and Transfer to Kibale Forest NP

Hopefully, your flight is scheduled for an early (not past noon) landing in Entebbe. Your safari will start from the Entebbe International Airport where you will be received by the assigned driver/guide and depart for Kibale Forest NP. The park is popular for its primates’ population like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and red-tailed monkeys.
You will arrive in the late afternoon (evening) and just check into your accommodation, relax and later enjoy your dinner plus the overnight stay (awaiting the next day’s activity).

Main Destination:
Entebbe International Airport
Accommodation:
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

  • Mid-range guest house located just outside Kibale NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2

Chimp tracking Kibale Forest and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ 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 fascinated by the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour in their presence.
You will return to the lodge for lunch after which you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen, one of the country’s most frequented tourist destinations. The park features diverse ecosystems called home by a variety of wildlife species – ten primate species (including chimpanzees), more than 600 bird species, and classic big games. You will arrive in time for your dinner and overnight at the booked accommodation.

Main Destination:
Kibale National Park
Accommodation:
Pumba Safari Cottages

  • Budget lodge located in or near Kyambura
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3

Queen’s Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga Channel

Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive to the Kasenyi plains and lookout for Lions, Elephants, Bush bucks, Cape Buffaloes, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda kob among others. Return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch.
After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes: George and Edward and you will surely be fascinated by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. You will have dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation:
Pumba Safari Cottages

  • Budget lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4

Exit Queen, Transfer to Bwindi with en route game viewing in Ishasha area

Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are really hard to spot (most especially when they’re down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular!
Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda (harboring 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 in your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation:
Broadbill Forest Camp

  • Budget tented camp located just outside Bwindi NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5

Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest and optional community visit plus interaction or relax

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary 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 savored.

Return for some rest and lunch at the accommodation. If time and energy allow, you may take an (optional) community visit and interact with the local community after the gorilla tracking. Else, take the afternoon just relaxing after a strenuous early part of the day trekking gorillas. Dinner and overnight stay at the booked accommodation.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation:
Broadbill Forest Camp

  • Budget tented camp located just outside Bwindi NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6

Transfer to Lake Mburo NP and enjoy afternoon (evening) game viewing

Have breakfast and set off to Lake Mburo NP. Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes into Mbarara town and finally Lake Mburo NP. Arrive in the park in the early afternoon and take some rest before proceeding out for the late afternoon (evening) game viewing.
On the game drive, expect to see the gigantic eland antelopes, zebras in big numbers, topis, impalas, warthogs, Uganda kob and Cape buffalos among others. Later, relax at the accommodation where you will spend the night.

Optional: In case you’re interested, you may go out for the breathtaking Mburo night game drive. During the night game drive, expect to sight nocturnal creatures including huge snakes, python, hyena, owls and the elusive leopard (on a lucky day) among others. However, the cost for the night game drive is excluded and payable on the ground (as may be specified).

Main Destination:
Lake Mburo National Park
Accommodation:
Eagle’s Nest

  • Budget tented bush camp bordering Lake Mburo NP without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7

Mburo park (nature) walk and transfer to Entebbe Airport for your flight out

Enjoy your early breakfast and proceed for the Mburo morning park/nature walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide. On this early morning guided walk, you often encounter hyenas that are returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl. Also, you will have the opportunity to encounter (at close range): Zebras, Giraffes and Eland, Topi and other antelopes, Cape buffaloes among others.

Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond. From this vantage point, you will have a great view of 9 of the twelve lakes surrounding Lake Mburo NP. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for checkout and then hit the road to Entebbe airport for your flight out (recommended for 18:00 onward).

Main Destination:
Entebbe International Airport
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

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