Great Apes Safari

5 Days- Great Apes Safari

This safari, takes you to the thickly forested areas in Uganda with forests like Kibale having the highest number of primate species in Africa and Bwindi impenetrable forest with half the population of the world’s remaining highly endangered Mountain Goril.

Highlights:

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Community walks
  • Tree climbing Lions in Ishasha Queen Elizabeth NP game drive
  • Equator stopover

This safari, takes you to the thickly forested areas in Uganda with forests like Kibale having the highest number of primate species in Africa and Bwindi impenetrable forest with half the population of the world’s remaining highly endangered Mountain Gorillas. Your participation in this safari is of great help in conserving the world’s endangered primates.

Destinations: 
Kibale forest National park and Bwindi impenetrable Forest National park
Safari Highlights:

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Community walks
  • Tree climbing Lions in Ishasha Queen Elizabeth NP game drive
  • Equator stopover

Day 1: Kampala- Bwindi impenetrable forest 
Our road safari starts at 6.30am with your guide picking you at your hotel.
Drive through the captivating towns of Masaka and Mbarara with sights of large banana plantations, the long horned Ankole cattle akin to this area. We make a stop in Mbarara Town for an early lunch break.
Drive on with great views of the African savannah stretching to the undulating hills of the greatly terraced slopes of the Kigezi highlands, and finally to the Gorilla habitat Bwindi impenetrable Forest.
Check in your Lodge for an early dinner.
– Upper range: Gorilla Forest Camp
– Medium range: Engagi Lodge
– Budget: Buhoma community/camping or dorm at the Buhoma Community Rest Camp.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: Gorilla trekking;  Bwindi Impenetrable forest 
Arise early to the great forest sounds of the Jungle for you breakfast.  With our packed lunch, we go for the pre- trek update from the rangers who will tell you what to expect in the Jungle. Into the forest penetrating deeper into the dense forest in search for these shy and yet gentle giants.  Your trek could last anything from one hour onwards depending on where the mountain Gorillas nested. Therefore, a good physical stamina is greatly required of you and this trek will definitely keep you fit. After your highly experiential Gorilla trek, we believe in giving back to the community. We shall participate in a village walk with all proceeds of this walk going directly to the locals. But this will depend on the time spent in the Jungles. During you dinner, you will openly talk about your experiences in the jungle with other travelers. In all, Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is a memory to last your life time.
– Upper range: Gorilla Forest Camp
– Medium range: Engagi Lodge
– Budget: Buhoma community/camping or dorm at the Buhoma Community Rest Camp.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed lunch and Dinner

DAY 3: BWINDI – KIBALE FOREST 
Rise early on this day, have breakfast and continue to Kibale Forest National Park home to man’s closest cousins the Chimpanzees. We may have a game drive in Ishasa sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park for tree climbing lions, before continuing to Kibale forest, but this is dependent on whether you track gorillas in Buhoma and not in Kisoro. Follow the fabled ranges of Mountain Rwenzori to Fort portal town the land of out most beauty and calm to the cool lowland tropical forest with the greatest concentration of primates in Uganda. Drive to your accommodation for dinner and an overnight.
– Upper range: Kibale Primate Lodge or Mountains of the Moon Hotel
– Medium range: Chimpanzee Guest House
– Budget: CVK Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4: CHIMP TRACKING – KIBALE FOREST 
A nice breakfast is a bright start for your search for the forest habitants.  Spend half the day in this well adorned forest with great sights of the various species of Colobus monkeys, Baboons, flowing through the melodies of the lovely forest birds as we search for our closest family relation the endangered chimpanzees. Your senses are all called for here as we see, feel, hear and smell the forest Later in the afternoon, we shall go for a community walk to the “top of the world”, immense fascination at the Beauty that beholds this Land.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge/camp
– Upper range: Kibale Primate Lodge or Mountains of the Moon Hotel
– Medium range: Chimpanzee Guest House
– Budget: CVK Resort
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

DAY 5: KIBALE FOREST- FORTPORTAL-KAMPALA 
We travel to fort portal town after our breakfast with great sceneries of the tea estates large banana plantations. We drive on to Nyakasura to the legendary “Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru” literally to mean the breasts of Mwiru’s mother. The known Stalagmites and stalactites here come with great history and culture that defines the Tooro Kingdom. Drive back to Kampala where we will drop you at the Airport

OR
Opt for another night in Kampala; we shall gladly make your bookings with a complimentary drive to the airport with an option to go for a souvenir shopping from Ugandan lively craft markets.