5 Day Gorilla Tracking and Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda
The safari takes you to two national parks where you will be able to track gorillas and chimpanzees. Kibale National Park is located in western Uganda and it’s one of the greatest rain forests in Africa. It has an altitude of 3,300 meters above sea level. This national park is famous for the chimpanzees and many other primate species. Each community of chimpanzees has over 100 individuals and each group has got a complicated social structure.
Each group has got an adult male and this one is responsible for dominating and defending the group against any incursions by the other male outsiders. The small chimpanzees always move in small groups. The chimpanzees can be located by listening to their pant hooting calls and then the area can be located where they are calling from. You are Usually given one hour to spend with these primates and get a chance to observe how they feed, play, care for the young ones and as they jump from tree to another.
Bwindi impenetrable National Park was opened to tourists in 1993 and it covers an area of 331 sq. meters of lowland forests and montane forests. The park has four habituated groups which include; Mubare, Habinyanja, Rusengura and Nkuringo gorilla group. In addition, the safari park has 12 gorilla families which are open to the tourists on daily basis.
The park harbours many animal and plant species including; 348 bird species, 120 mammal species, 220 butterfly species, 27 species of chameleons, frogs, and the geckos, 1000 flowering plants, 104 fern species, 163 species of trees. Some of the bird species include; the turacos and the horn bills. On top of the gorillas, the park has many other primates including the chimpanzees and the colobus monkeys.
- Visit Kibale National Park in Western Uganda - Famous for Chimpanzees
- Experience just why they call Kibale the greatest rainforest in Africa
- Visit Bwindi National Park home to several gorilla groups and families
- Bwindi also is home to many plant and tree species
- Scheduling: Semi-Private Tour
- Languages offered on the Activity / Tour: English
- Duration: 5 days
- Printed Voucher Accepted
- Available February through to December 2019
- Pick-up servicePick up from Entebbe.
- Easy Cancellation100% Cancellation fee for customers to cancel 30 days prior to the tour and 50% cancellation fee 31-45 days prior to the tour.
- Instant Confirmation
- Cut-off TimeAvailable to be booked until 14 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
- Drinking water (on all days)
- Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- All transportation
- A professional driver/guide
- All accommodation
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- Chimps permit @ US$150 per person
- Gorilla permit @ US$600 per person
- Park fees (for non-residents)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- International flights (from/to home)
After an early breakfast, we'll depart our accommodation, and head towards Fort Portal town, which is nestled in the shadows of fabled “mountains of the moon”, the Rwenzori Mountains. After passing through Fort Portal town, we will proceed directly to our accommodation for check-in and lunch. We will refresh before gathering in our gorgeous restaurant for a tasty dinner and briefing for our Chimpanzee trek, beginning first thing tomorrow morning! Accommodation: Isunga Lodge. Journey time: 6hrs
Early in the morning after taking breakfast, you will go to the park headquarters where you will be briefed about chimpanzee trekking. By 8:00am, you will be starting your search for the chimpanzees within the park. These primates are the closest relatives to the human being and they share 98% of their DNA with that of the human beings. There are also many other primate species which will be seen along with the chimpanzees and these include; the golden monkeys, Black and white colobus monkeys, grey checked Mangabey, red tailed monkeys, the bush babies, and many bird species which include; green breasted pitta, rumped tinker bird, yellow spotted nicator, and thegreen breasted pitta, this park is one of the great rain forest in Africa and it has the largest community of chimpanzees where by each community has 1 -100 individuals and each community has a complicated social structure. In the group, the adult males dominate the group and provide protection to the territory against the rest of the males from other territories. The chimps are located by simply listening for their pant hooting calls, and then head to the place from which they replied from. Here you can observe them as they feed, play as well as socializing with each other. Later in the afternoon, you will visit Bigodi swamp which is also good for watching primates and birds. It’s mainly maintained by the local people and they earn a living from there. You will enjoy many bird species here including; the great blue turuco, and many more, the other primate species to view here include; the baboons, mongoose, otters, bush pigs as well as the bush bucks. Accommodation: Isunga Lodge
Early in the morning after breakfast, drive directly to Bwindi via the ishasha sector were you will view many tree climbing lions. This is the only place in Africa were you will view tree climbing lions. You will also view many animals including; the monkeys, birds, kobs, antelopes etc. Arrive to the park in the afternoon and enjoy a nature walk were you will many animals including the monkeys, elephants, birds etc. Accommodation: Gorilla Valley Lodge/ Bakiga Lodge.
Have an early morning breakfast, and after proceed to the park headquarters to have a briefing about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking in Bwindi. The rangers will then accompany you to the rainforest to start your search for the gentle giants. This walk can sometimes be tough and it needs someone so strong. Trekkers are always advised to carry their rain coats and boots because the weather there is always unpredictable. There are also some potters who always help with the carrying of the luggage on behalf of the visitors but at a small cost. On sighting the gorillas, the rangers will guide you on handle them, especially by giving them a 6 meter distance as you enjoy them play around. It’s always not easy to predict how long gorilla tracking will take and this also depends on the location of some families since some of them are far from the park headquarters. However, it always takes 2 to 8 hours to come into contact with them and the rangers will always be there to guide you. Trackers are also advisable to be physically fit before going for tracking. After our tour, we'll head back to our accommodation for a wonderful dinner and the sounds of the rich Bwindi forest lulling us to sleep. Accommodation: Gorilla Valley Lodge/ Bakiga Lodge
After breakfast and at your leisure, drive back to Entebbe International Airport for your flight out of Uganda.
- Hard wearing clothes, no bright colours, or no army camouflage clothing should be worn. Greens, khaki and similar neutral clothes are recommended.
- While hiking, your clothes will in all likelihood get very muddy and may not recover to their original state - therefore take old clothing for trekking.
- It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings. Light, quick-drying, practical clothes are advisable for this trip.
- On this trip you may experience several types of weather.
- You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible.
- IMPORTANT: Please note that due to permit restrictions, bookings made within 14 days of departure are unlikely to be confirmed.