>> 7 days Gorillas, Chimps & QENP

Day 1: To Kibale Forest

Early in the morning we have to pick you up from the hotel or guesthouse of your choice and leave for Kibale Forest. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp, sleeping with the noises of the tropical rain forest. Sometimes we stay at Chimpanzee Guesthouse, overlooking Nyabikere Crater Lake. The lake is famous for the frogs: at night they always give a beautiful concert.

Driving time: ± 6, 5 hours

• Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (eco-friendly self-contained tents) or Chimpanzee guesthouse/Bandas (self-contained) - Both outside the Park)
• Luxury Accommodation: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 2: Chimp walk

At 8.00am we will start with the 4 hour chimp walk - during which you may also get to see 10 other primates! It can also be in the afternoon at 2.00 pm depending on availability. Kibale Park is also known for all the butterflies and birds. In the afternoon we will walk through Bigodi Swamp (home to a community based project).

• Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp or Chimpanzee Guesthouse/Bandas (self-contained tents/Banda's)
• Luxury Tour: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 3: To Queen Elizabeth NP

Early morning we will leave for Queen Elizabeth NP. We will travel through Fort Portal and reach Mweya in Queen Elizabeth NP at midday, with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. You will check in at your accommodation and have lunch, and in the late afternoon (4.00-7.00pm) we will go on a game drive.

 Driving time: ± 4-5 hours

• Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (eco-friendly self-contained tents)
• Luxury Tour: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana safari Lodge


<>h2Day 4: In Queen Elizabeth NP This day is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth NP, with thousands of Uganda  kobs,  lions, elephants etc. Also on the program is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside. In the evening we will go on a game drive to the mating grounds of the Uganda Kobs. The day ends back at Mweya peninsula, enjoying a great view of the park.

• Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (eco-friendly self-contained tents)
• Luxury Tour: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana safari Lodge

 

 

Day 4: In Queen Elizabeth NP

This day shall be for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth NP, with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants etc. Also on the program is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside. In the evening we will go on a game drive to the mating grounds of the Uganda Kobs. The day ends back at Mweya peninsula, enjoying a great view of the park.

• Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (eco-friendly self-contained tents)
• Luxury Tour: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana safari Lodge

Day 5 - To Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P

After breakfast, you will depart Queen Elizabeth N.P towards the south, passing the southern sector of the National Park. This part is called Ishasha and is famous for the tree climbing lions. Along the way you will stop for some animals and also stop at Savannah Resort in Kihihi for Lunch. We will continue the journey through Rukugiri District passing villages, cultivated farms, and hills before you reach Bwindi later in the evening. Check in at the accommodation, dinner and overnight at your booked Lodge/hotel.

Budget Accommodation: - Gorilla Valley Lodge or Traveller’s Rest Hotel
Luxury Accommodation:- Mahogany Springs or Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 6 - The day of gorilla tracking!

The day of gorilla tracking!

You will travel by car to the starting point of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP. Once there you will first receive a briefing (7.45am) and at 8.30am you will start the tracking. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! You will be expected back to the starting point by 7.00pm at the latest. Being physically fit is recommended.

It is always best to hear from other visitors, and this is Stella and Trudy's story:
"At a distance of about fifteen feet a mountain gorilla with her baby appears. She comes out of the bushes, looks at me and lies down. My presence does not seem to bother her. She just wants to rest, whether I am there or not. I can almost touch her. My heart dances with joy. I am in a good position to take pictures, so I let my camera do its work. It is the thrill of a lifetime. I cannot but agree with the American zoologist George Schaller, the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, who once said: ‘No one who looks into the eyes of a gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged."

Budget Accommodation: - Gorilla Valley Lodge or Traveller’s Rest Hotel
Luxury Accommodation:- Mahogany Springs or Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge

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Budget for Accommodation: Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro

Luxury Accommodation: Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (Suite Room)

Day 7: To Kampala

Early in the morning after breakfast we will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee.

We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe - or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight.

• Driving time: ± 9 hours


Gorilla Permit Guarantee.
We sell our tours with gorilla permits. If no permits are available for a tour, cancelling is free of charge and any money paid in advance will be refunded.

 

Note:
All meals are included on Luxury trips

Permits
In Rwanda: USD $750
In Mgahinga: USD$600
In Buhoma Bwindi: USD $600
In South Bwindi: USD $600
In Congo: Currently not possible

Transport
4WD Toyota Land Cruiser (1-4 pers.)
4WD Toyota Land Cruiser Extended (4-8 pers.)
4WD Toyota Hiace (4-8 pers.)
4WD Tourist Truck (7-12 pers.)

These are our own cars and drivers.
The cars are well maintained and our drivers are experienced and English speaking Ugandans. If necessary we can also hire other cars.