7 Days Bwindi Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife Adventure

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7 Days
Kampala
: Kampala, Murchison Falls NP, Kibale NP and Bwindi Impenetrable NP.

Highlight: Kampala, Murchison Falls NP, Kibale NP and Bwindi Impenetrable NP.

Activities: Gorilla and Chimp trekking, Wildlife viewing, Game drive, Boat cruise / Hot air balloon, Scenic Journeys and Equator Photography

7 Days Uganda Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife Adventure itinerary breakdown

  • Day 1: Kampala- Murchison Falls National Park
  • Day 2: Full day Murchison Falls game drive and boat tour/ Hot Air balloon
  • Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park
  • Day 4: Chimp Habituation experience and visit Bigodi wetland
  • Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Day 6: Gorilla trekking
  • Day 7: Return Back to Kampala

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park

After an early breakfast, drive north-west to Masindi via the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary where Rhino trekking is a must. After lunch, drive to the largest national park in Uganda that has a large concentration of wildlife animals. We shall reach at the top of Murchison Waterfalls in the afternoon and you’ll be transferred by our guide to your place of accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Red Chili Hideaway (Luxury, Mid-range, Budget), Parra Safari Lodge (Luxury), Murchison River Lodge (Mid- range) Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget) – Meal plan: Full board

Day 2: Full day Murchison Falls game drive and boat tour/ Hot Air balloon

After an African Cup of Coffee, Start the day with an epic early morning game drive through the national park and expect to find animals that are unique to the African Savannah like the giraffe, lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant hyena, the Uganda Kob etc. The bird life is also impressive, with the African fish Eagle being one of the prized sightings and with luck the rare shoebill stork. There is also a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamp lands to broad Savannah.                                                           Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch.

The afternoon will be followed by a 3 hour boat cruise around the Nile River where you’ll also see loads of hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and aquatic birds along the shore of the River.

Alternative Activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari

Hot air balloon Safari gives you an aerial view of Murchison Falls National Park as you spot the many species wild animals. The hot air balloon is made to fly at the tree altitude so as to bring you closer so that you take a good look at the beautiful Murchison Falls National Park.

Accommodation: Red Chili Hideaway (Luxury, Mid-range, Budget), Parra Safari Lodge (Luxury), Murchison River Lodge (Mid- range) Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget) – Meal plan: Full board

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park

After breakfast drive to Kibale National Park-a top destination for tracking wild chimpanzees. Have your lunch en-route. On arrival, check in at your lodge, relax or you can opt for a visit at Bigodi wetland to spot the Elusive Sitatunga Antelope in the Papyrus and several other interesting species of birds.

Head back for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Luxury: Ndali Lodge, Mid-range: Primate Lodge, Budget: Kibale Forest camp – Meal plan: Dinner.

Day 4: Chimp habituation experience

After Breakfast, go for chimpanzee Habituation Experience in the forest with a packed lunch.  You will meet chimpanzees and other primates include Gray-cheeked Mangabey, the L’Hoest’s, Red Colobus, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed, and many others. You will take a lot more photos and get to learn to identify the chimpanzees as individuals by their markings, scars and other unique features that differentiate them from others.

Butterflies and Birding in the forest is also very rewarding and you could encounter White-naped Pigeon, African Gray Parrot, Black Bee-eater, Hairy-breasted, Yellow Spotted and Yellow Billed Barbet, Chestnut-winged and Purple-headed, Waller’s and Narrow Tailed Starlings, Blue-throated Brown and Superb Sunbirds, White-collared Olive back among others.

After lunch, we shall visit Bigodi wetland to spot the Elusive Sitatunga Antelope in the Papyrus and several other interesting species of birds like the Papyrus, Carruthre’s Cisticola, White-winged warbler and Gonolek.

Accommodation: Luxury: Ndali Lodge, Mid-range: Primate Lodge, Budget: Kibale Forest camp Meal plan: Full board

Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After having our breakfast, we shall transfer to the biggest habitat of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The journey will comprise of interesting features, good scenic view of several mountains, steep hills and water-bodies not forgetting the beautiful cultivation of terraces plus the tropical and Bamboo forests.

Upon arrival, we shall simply rest and prepare for the Gorilla Trekking activity the following day.

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Springs (Luxury), Silverback Lodge / Engagi Lodge (Mid- range), Buhoma Community Bandas / Bwindi View Bandas (Budget) – Meal plan: Dinner

Day 6: Gorilla trekking

One full day here is dedicated to seeing the gorillas. After an early morning breakfast, proceed to the park headquarters where rangers will give you a short briefing about the precautions to take, vital information about the Gorilla Trekking activity and given a chance to ask anything you and you’re off to track the gorillas. You will be allocated in groups according to your paces. Set off is accompanied by a couple of armed game rangers into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where mountain gorillas live for Gorilla Trekking. This walk can sometimes be tough and it needs someone so strong.

Trekkers are always advised to carry their rain coats and boots because the weather there is always unpredictable. There are also some potters who always help with the carrying of the luggage on behalf of the visitors but at a small cost. Depending on the day and where your specific family of gorillas are, it can take any time between 1 to 8 hours to find the gorillas and once you find them (and you’ll always find them), you get 1 hour to interact, take photos, and generally gawk at what you’re witnessing but gorillas need their space as they are wild animals.

On your return, you may opt to visit the Batwa community to enjoy some cultural performances before retiring at your lodge.

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Springs (Luxury), Silverback Lodge / Engagi Lodge (Mid- range), Buhoma Community Bandas / Bwindi View Bandas (Budget) – Meal plan: Full board

Day 7: Depart back to Kampala

Have breakfast and depart back to Kampala, with en route stopover at Igongo cultural center for lunch and the Equator for photography.

END OF TRIP

Tour inclusions: gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits, all tour activities as detailed in the itinerary, Park Entry Fees, Transport (in a 4×4 vehicle), Drinking water during the safari, Professional English speaking guide/driver and Touring

Tour Exclusions: Extra activities not mentioned in the itinerary

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