Experience The Amazing 8 Days Gorilla & Chimp Tracking Safari

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8 Days Gorilla & Chimp Tracking Safari
Our 8-day gorilla and chimp tracking safari package provides you with an outstanding wildlife experience to meet endangered mountain gorillas, energetic chimpanzees, and other primates.

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8 DAYS GORILLA & CHIMP
TRACKING SAFARI

Often described as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is a captivating place to discover natural wonders, unlike anywhere else on the planet. The first stop on our primate safari takes you to the dense forests of Kibale National Park, which is home to more than 1,400 chimpanzees. In addition to tracking chimps, Kibale National Park also features an extensive network of forest trails, home to more than 320 tropical bird species.

The highlight of your travels is a visit to the endangered mountain gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets, with sensational views of lush green rainforests. There are four trailheads in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you can track one of 14 habituated gorilla families by venturing past beautiful sun-lit waterfalls and through the dense jungle canopy. In addition to regular chimp tracking, you can accompany researchers on an extended chimpanzee habituation experience as they follow chimpanzees throughout their daily activities.

Chimp in Uganda national park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are also considered a bird-lover’s paradise. Enjoy serious hiking trips on an extensive network of tropical forest trails, combined with fascinating cultural insights revealed by the Batwa forest people.

The final stop takes you to Lake Mburo National Park, where you can take part in game drives, nature walks and a boat cruise on the lake.

Day 1 – Entebbe Airport to Kampala
Transfer from Entebbe Airport to Kampala for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2 – Kampala to Kibale NP
Transfer to Kibale National Park. Visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.

Day 3 – Kibale NP
Crater lakes hike and chimpanzee tracking.

Day 4 – Kibale NP to Bwindi Impenetrable NP / North (Buhoma)
Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 5 – Bwindi Impenetrable NP/North (Buhoma)
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 6 – Bwindi Impenetrable NP to Lake Mburo NP
Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Boat cruise.

Day 7 – Lake Mburo NP to Kampala
Morning nature walk .
Return drive to Kampala stopping at a medical facility in Kampala for PCR covid testing.

Day 8 – Kampala to Entebbe
After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel with medical results in hand and transfer to Entebbe for your departure flight home. Enjoy lunch en-route in Entebbe.

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1 – Entebbe Airport to Kampala

Our driver-guide will be waiting at the airport to pick you up and drop you off at the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay in Kampala.
Before departing for the safari on day 2, you will receive a full briefing by our driver-guide.

Day 2 – Kampala to Kibale NP

Gazetted in 1932 and formally established as a national park in 1993, Kibale National Park is situated in the south-west of Uganda. It covers 766 square kilometers of tropical forest, surrounded by sensational views, renowned for tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat.

With more than 1,400 partly habituated chimpanzees, Kibale National Park has one of the highest concentration of primates in Africa, with a well-established programme for tracking of habituated chimpanzee groups. Other primates that can also be seen during the guided tours include the grey-cheeked mangabey, Guereza colobus, olive baboon, red-tailed and L’Hoest’s monkey. You may also glimpse the massive, lumbering yet silent, forest elephants, as well as bush pigs and buffalo, along the main trails. Other interesting mammals from the list of over 60 species identified include the bushbuck, Harvey’s and Peter’s duikers, banded and marsh mongooses, Alexander’s cusimanse, swamp otters, honey badgers, and African civets.

A visit to the community-based Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is also highly recommended as it features 8 primate species, over 200 bird species and countless varieties of tropical plant life. Sitatungas, a rare type of swamp antelope can also be found in this area.

There are two forms of chimpanzee tracking available in the Kibale National Park. The standard permit available for US $ 150 per person allows for a group to have contact with a habituated chimpanzee family for 2 to 4 hours. The expanded chimpanzee habituation experience allows a smaller group to join researchers visiting a chimpanzee group being habituated to human presence for up to 8 hours. This permit costs US $ 200 per person.

You have the following optional activities to choose from in the Kibale National Park.

Option 1 – Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary: Venture into the Bigodi wetlands, past scenic villages and forest tracks, where you will likely see several kinds of monkeys, including black and white, as well as the red colobus, mangabey and vervet monkey, plus the occasional chimpanzee. The wetland is a community managed initiative, known for its biodiversity, also considered a birder’s paradise with close to 140 identified species. Experienced bird watchers can add up to 50 new species to their list, including the great blue turaco.

Option 2 – Crater Lake Hike: The stretch between Fort Portal and Kibale National Park is known as the crater lakes region. Here you can enjoy the beauty of numerous small lakes, alongside stunning views, by biking or hiking around the Kyaninga crater lake. Alternatively, you can spend the day at the scenic Kyaninga Lodge to experience lush flora and fauna, and learn about the rich local culture from local people.

Option 3 – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience: This form of chimpanzee tracking allows a smaller group to have a longer contact of 8 hours with a chimpanzee group in the habituation programme. It costs US$ 200 per person.

Accommodation Options 5 stars
Aramaga Rift Valley Lodge – (DBB)
Ndali Lodge – (DBB)
Kyaninga Lodge – (DBB)

Accommodation Options 4 stars
Primate Lodge – (DBB)
Kibale Forest Camp – (DBB)
Turaco Treetops – (DBB)
Crater Safari Lodge – (DBB)

BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Two rhinos in Uganda

Day 3 – Kibale National Park

Home to the largest population of primates in the world, embark on an exhilarating morning search for chimpanzees in the dense tropical forests with the possibility of observing multiple tropical bird species in their natural habitat.

Accommodation Options 5 stars

Ndali Lodge – (FB)
Kyaninga Lodge – (FB)

Accommodation Options 4 stars

Primate Lodge – (FB)
Kibale Forest Camp – (FB)
Turaco Treetops – (FB)
Crater Safari Lodge – (FB)

BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Chimps walking across a path

Day 4 – Kibale NP to Bwindi Impenetrable NP/North (Buhoma)

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is best known for tracking the endangered mountain gorillas. There are about 780 mountain gorillas in the world and more than half of them live in Uganda, more specifically in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Mountain gorilla families can also be found in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, but these frequently cross into Rwanda making them harder to track.

The ancient Bwindi Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the last ice age, provides an incredible once-in-a-lifetime adventure. This highlight of your Ugandan safari lets you visit the mountain gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green tropical rainforests.

Accommodation Options 5 stars

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – (FB)
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp – (FB)
Bwindi Lodge – (FB)
Buhoma Lodge – (FB)

Accommodation Options 5 stars

Mahogany Springs – (FB)
Silverback Lodge – (FB)
Gorilla Safari Lodge – (FB)
Gorilla Valley Lodge – (FB)

BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 5 – Bwindi Impenetrable NP North/Buhoma

One of the gorilla families by venturing into the forest, past beautiful sun-lit waterfalls, and through the dense jungle canopy. Nothing can prepare you for an up-close encounter with a gorilla, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and generally tolerant of human visitors.

Accommodation Options 5 stars

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – (FB)
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp – (FB)
Bwindi Lodge – (FB)
Buhoma Lodge – (FB)

Accommodation Options 5 stars

Mahogany Springs – (FB)
Silverback Lodge – (FB)
Gorilla Safari Lodge – (FB)
Gorilla Valley Lodge – (FB)

BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Silverback gorilla Uganda

Day 6 – Bwindi Impenetrable NP to Lake Mburo NP

Time to say goodbye to the gorillas and hello to the jungle. Although Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest in Uganda, it is the only park that features both the eland and impala antelopes. It also shares the Burchell’s zebra with Kidepo Valley National Park. Part acacia woodland and open savannah, the park is home to several larger wildlife species, such as buffalos, hippos, and crocodiles. Recently translocated from Murchison Falls National Park, the Rothschild giraffes are another popular addition.

Lake Mburo is Uganda’s most family-friendly park, primarily because it doesn’t feature any big cats. It is, therefore, the only park that allows biking, walking, horseback or mountain biking. It also features more than 300 bird species, including the rare shoebill which can be found around most major lakes.

You have the following optional activities to choose from in Lake Mburo National Park.

Option 1 – Nature Walk: In addition to game drives, you can enjoy a walking safari through the park with a ranger guide.

Option 2 – Mountain Bike: Depending on your chosen lodge, you can take a mountain bike on one of the many trails accompanied by a ranger guide.

Option 3 – Horse Back: Depending on your chosen lodge, a horseback ride of about 60 minutes is also available.

Option 4 – Boat Cruise Lake Mburo: A boat cruise on Lake Mburo allows for a closer look at flora and fauna such as hippos, crocodiles and the park’s abundant birdlife.

Accommodation Options 5 stars
Kigambira Safari Lodge – (FB)
Mihingo Lodge – (FB)

Accommodation Options 4 stars
Eagle’s Nest – (FB)
Rwakobo Rock – (FB)

BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Pelican in Uganda

Day 7 – Lake Mburo NP to Kampala

Game drive.
Return drive to Kampala stopping at a medical facility in Kampala for PCR covid testing.

Day 8 – Kampala to Entebbe

After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel with medical results in hand and transfer to Entebbe for your departure flight home. Enjoy luch en-route in Entebbe.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Additional Notes

This is a proposal only and subject to availability. If accommodation/activities on this itinerary are not available at the time of booking, we shall endeavour to offer suitable alternatives.

Gorilla permits – per person of US$ 700 per permit, US$ 1,500 per permit for the gorilla habituation experience in Uganda, US$ 1,500 per gorilla permit in Rwanda, US$ 200 per chimpanzee permits in Kibale NP in Uganda – are required to be paid together with the deposit.

The cost for these permits is non-refundable. However, in case of cancellation, we shall endeavour to resell extra tickets through the available official channels.

The appointed driver/ tour guide will accompany clients throughout the safari, assist them with check-in at listed accommodation and share his knowledge of flora and fauna.

A language specific tour guide is available against a surcharge.

Where applicable for charter or scheduled local flights, the following baggage restrictions apply: 15 kgs on all flights in small, soft-sided bags.

Abbreviations for the meal plan are as follows:
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board.

Payment Terms

Deposit: 25% of the total safari price within 7 days of confirmation.
Balance: full balance due 45 days (6 weeks) prior to arrival.
Reservations: made within 45 days or less prior to arrival:
Immediate full prepayment due.

Cancellations received within:
– 30 days before safari date 20% cancellation fee
– 29 to 23 days before safari date 25% cancellation fee
– 22 to 15 days before safari date 40% cancellation fee
– 14 to 08 days before safari date 55% cancellation fee
– 07 to 03 days before safari date 65% cancellation fee
– 02 days before safari date 95% cancellation fee
-No Show 100 % cancellation fee

Changes Without Prior Notice

Tariffs quoted are valid for 2021 wherever possible. Not all service providers release or guarantee their rates well in advance and therefore the itinerary price may be subject to changes without prior notice. Factors that cannot be anticipated and may influence this cost calculation include, but are not limited to, supplier increases (including gorilla permits and park/conservation fees), government tax increases, fuel price increases, exchange rate fluctuations, itinerary amendments due to circumstances beyond our control, availability restrictions, etc.

Contact Details
Intek Travel
25 Balikuddembe Road, P.O. Box 22456, Naguru, Kampala, Uganda, EAU
Telephone +256 753 750 350 | safari@intektravel.com | fly@intektravel.com | www.intektravel.com