5 days Uganda Primates Safari
On this 5 days Uganda Primates safari, Mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking are your main wildlife experience. You will visit any of the two gorilla parks; Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga National Park depending on availability of permits. And then go for the moments with man’s closest relatives, the chimpanzees. Trekking in the tropical forests Kibale National Park on foot can be challenging due to the nature of terrain. When you pack, ensure that when you enter the forest, you will leave nothing but footprints.
Day 1: Kampala / Entebbe to Bwindi Forest National Park
You will welcomed by Travel Time driver guide and after drive off from Kampala city or Entebbe early in the morning. The journey to the west is a 9-hour drive (512 km) driving on the roads through Mbarara and Kabale towns. Your tour guide will lead you on the stopovers including equator and Igongo restaurant as you intend to grab what to eat or take a photo. Arrive at your gorilla destination late evening, a good night rest for your long awaited adventure starting tomorrow before dawn. Dinner and overnight stay in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking
Gorilla trekking begins at 7:30am, you will be set up with all you need for success including lunch box, camera, water, hiking boots and long pants. You will meet the Uganda Wildlife rangers and guides to give an introduction on gorilla rules. The time you’re going to spend watching gorillas is not only a once in a lifetime wildlife experience but also an opportunity to play your part towards conserving their natural habitats and while benefiting local communities. You will hire a porter to carry your bags and give you a hand during the tough hike that can last 1 to 5 hours while searching for gorillas, you will finally reach them and come face to face just 7 metres away with the Silverback gorilla and his family. Ask your guides to know more about gorilla habitats and other flora and fauna. Return for lunch and relaxation at the lodge.
Another thing to do is a village walk when you have finished lunch and feel ready to take a walk outside the park. Among the local people include the Batwa pygmies and how they lived originally in the forest. Tourism in the community provides alternative means of livelihoods that can help save gorillas. Dinner and overnight stay.
3: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Leave Bwindi for Kibale with the option to drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park for elephant and tree climbing lions with lunch stop in Fort Portal town. Arrive at Kibale forest national park in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Kibale forest forms part of the broader Albertine rift valley and is home to 13 primate species including chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, and red tailed monkeys. It will be your perfect place to see chimpanzees and lots of monkeys on the nearby Bigodi swamp.
Day 4: Chimp trekking and swamp walk
Chimpanzee trekking will begin at 7:30 am at Kanyanchu visitor centre where visitors gather together. Take heed to what your rangers say to do and not to do while in the forest searching for chimps, you might spot other monkeys, birds and plants. The trek can last 1 to 5 hours depending on where the chimps will be found. But you will love to spend 1 hour taking photos and observing man’s closest relatives. Return to the centre and later settle for lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, visit the Bigodi swamp for birds and monkeys and meet the local people.
Dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest.
Day 5: End of 5 days
You will return to Kampala or Entebbe which is a 315 km (6-hour drive) from Kibale forest. Expect to reach the city early afternoon and transfer to the airport for departure or your preferred place of stay. End of 5 days gorillas and chimpanzees tour Uganda.