7 Days Gorilla Safari looking for the gorillas within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This gorilla safari incorporates game viewing inside Queen Elizabeth as well as chimpanzee tracking within Kibale Forest.
This 7 Days Uganda Gorilla Tour and Wildlife Safari commences and finishes in Kampala. This safari will take you to 3 of Uganda’s national parks: Bwindi Gorilla Forest, Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth. This Uganda Gorilla Tour will begin with chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest; a tropical rainforest home to 13 primate species. Tracking these playful chimpanzees racing through the green forest is a very memorable experience. Besides chimpanzees, the forest is in addition home to several other primates including the black & white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys and the Red tailed monkeys, including several others. From the Bigodi Wetland, have a nature walk across the trail will give you an opportunity to see various swamp plus forest species including the Blue Turaco, Manikins, Black casques hornbills, Flycatchers, Black and White Hornbills, Woodland Kingfishers, Yellow Backed Weavers, Cuckoos and Wagtails plus several others.
This tour will lead you to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Situated on the savannah plains just below Mountain Rwenzori, this park prides in a great diversity of African wildlife including elephants, leopards, lions, hippos and buffaloes. In the Kalinzu forest reserve, you will track the elusive chimpanzees which are man’s closest cousins. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will track the tree climbing lions resting in the big fig trees; this is really wonderful experience that you enjoy.
You will also proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable national park to track the endangered amazing mountain gorillas within that moist tropical forest. There are a number of habituated gorilla families in Bwindi. Staring deep into the large brown eyes of the gentle gorilla giants is certainly a very thrilling unforgettable experience worth enjoying. Additional activities to be enjoyed include thrilling nature walks to spot orchids, birds and monkeys.
DAY 1: KAMPALA –TRANSFER TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK (4 HOURS)
You will be met by our safari guide who will brief you about this safari before we drive westwards towards Fort Portal to the Kibale Forest National Park (about 5 hours). Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good "photo opportunities”. Have a stopover in Mubende town to check out the Nakayima tree. Enjoy a picnic Lunch along the way. As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda's famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.
Visit the neighboring Crater Lake or opt to rest at the lodge.
Accommodation: Crater Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 2: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
Early in the morning, you will set off for chimpanzee tracking. You will be led by a forest guide who will help you identify the various tree species, as well as inform you of the various features in the forest. In the afternoon after your lunch, you will go for a nature walk in the swamp to see primates plus swamp birds, in addition to a number of community Based projects that are funded by tourism. After Lunch You will have a swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!
Optional: Chimpanzee Habituation tracking:
At an additional fee of only $70 us dollar pp you do the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking. This will take all day and you will be 100% sure to have a very close encounter with your closest relatives. Book this in time because only 6 persons per day are allowed to go. Your swamp walk can be postponed to the next morning. Dine and slumber at Accommodation: Crater Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner Breakfast,
DAY 3: TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.
Drive to Queen Elizabeth na