Gorilla Habituation & Chimp Trekking Safari

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
The 5 Day Gorilla Habituation & Chimp Trekking Safari rates are per person and based on 2 people sharing 1 room
Solo Traveler can also book this trip
Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)


Overview

This 5 Day Gorilla Habituation & Chimp Trekking Safari is good for those who want to spend more time with the world’s great primates in the names of mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.

This trip takes you to the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the Rushaga region for gorilla habituation experience and then to Kibale National Park for chimpanzee habituation experience. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the only park in the whole world offering gorilla habituation experience and as such, you will have an opportunity to spend four hours with mountain gorillas compared to one work of gorilla trekking. From Bwindi National Park, you will drive to Kibale National Park to spend a whole day with chimpanzees in what is called chimpanzee habituation experience. Enjoy and compare these two experiences while in Uganda

  • Day 01: Our 5 day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari starts from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
  • Day 02: Spend 4 hours with gorillas during your gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 03: Drive back to Kibale Forest National Park for overnight.
  • Day Four: Chimp trekking in Kibale National Park
  • Day Five: Drive back to Entebbe International Airport marking the end of your 5 Day Gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari

Highlights

  • You’ll go to Uganda
  • This tour starts and ends in Entebbe (Uganda)
  • You’ll visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Activities: gorilla habituation experience
  • Getting around: open-sided 4×4 vehicle & pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
  • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
  • Additional accommodation before the tour departs and on the last day can be arranged for extra cost

Things to Consider

  • Accommodation is Inclusive
  • Small Group Safari: Max 12 People per group
  • Tour Can Depart any day
  • Tour can be customized
  • Solo travelers can join this tour
  • Age Limit: 15 years and above

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers on first and last day,
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle

Cost excludes

  • Gorilla Habituation permit at USD1500.00 per person per trek(we book it for you)
  • Chimp permit at USD150.00 per person per trek(we book it for you)
  • Pre and post tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala
  • International airfares
  • Uganda Visa (USD50 which can be paid on arrival at the Airport
  • Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, and laundry

Places To Visit

Kampala, Uganda, Rwanda, Kigali, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Departure Dates

Flexible and customizable for private departures.

When to Go

This safari circuit is best visited during the east African dry season, which spans roughly from June – October and January – February annually. In recent years, the dry seasons have been increasing in length due to the effects of climate change, so there is some flexibility with these months if necessary. During this period, guests will experience the best game viewing in the spare and dry bush. Furthermore, the climb through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest will be the most pleasant – and dry – during this time. While this is the high season for tourism, the parks visited are generally quiet year round and crowds will not be a major concern.

If however you have chosen this package in order to experience lush landscapes and rich birdlife – and do not mind sporadic daily rain showers – you may be happier during the rainy season.

Detailed Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival

You’ll be picked up from the airport (or hotel)
Accommodation before the Gorilla Habituation & Chimp Trekking Safari tour departs can be arranged for extra cost


DAY 1: Start your 5 day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari

You will be picked by Gorilla and Chimp Luxury Safaris driver guide to start your 5 day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Our African safaris normally start very early in the morning with stops at the Equator crossing for photography and a lunch break in Mbarara town. You will then proceed to the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park because this is where gorilla habituation experience is currently taking place. This journey is very scenic as you have an opportunity to see the Kigezi rolling hills and valleys as you travel to Kisoro or southern part if Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will arrive late afternoon for Dinner and Overnight.

Drivetime: 9-10 hours
Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight Lodge: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp


DAY 2: Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will wake up early in the morning and head to the park headquarters to join other clients for briefing about dos and don’ts while with mountain gorillas on your habituation experience. After briefing, you will start your trek into the forest guided by researchers and guides. During your trek, you may encounter several birds, other animals and primates in the forest and once you have found the gorillas you will spend four hours with them and return back to the Lodge for overnight. You will have an opportunity to listen and observer researchers doing their work of habituating gorillas and if possible you will be called upon to participate by collecting samples, naming of group members, making calls and so much more.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner
Overnight Lodge: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp


DAY 3: To Kibale National Park

You will drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National park to Kibale Forest National Park on this third day of your 5 day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari. You will arrive late afternoon for Dinner and overnight since lunch will be served en route.

Drivetime: Approximately 6-7 hours
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Ndali Lodge

DAY 4: Chimp trekking in Kibale National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Kibale National Park for briefing about the dos and don’ts while with a community or party of chimpanzees. After briefing, you will start your Uganda trek in the forest with chances of seeing other 11 primates in the forest. You will spend the one hour in the forest with guides for observation and photograpy. Return to the Lodge for Dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner
Overnight Lodge: Ndali Lodge

DAY 5: End of your 5 day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari

After breakfast and depending on your departure flight details, you will drive 5-12 hours to Kampala/Entebbe marking the end of your 5 day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari in Uganda.

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