Chimps & Gorillas of Uganda
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At a glance
Looking through Uganda for some of Africa's most emblematic and amazing wildlife
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Kibale Forest National Park
End Destination
What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 10 lunches and 9 dinners.
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • 1 chimp permit and 1 gorilla permit

All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners included. The service can be either a la carte or buffet, depending on the lodge. For early game drives and in order to maximise the time spent in the parks, a packed breakfast or lunch may be provided in some instances. The food provided is a mix of good local and international food throughout. It is possible to cater for vegetarians or clients with special requirements, however please make sure you will advise your Sales Consultant at time of booking or our Customer Operations department before departure. Please also note that in Uganda the availability of certain specialised

Day 1
Depart London
Day 2
Arrive Entebbe; drive to Kibale Forest.
Those on the group flights arrive early this morning and we depart on the drive to Kibale Forest. The length of the drive does depend, in large part, on traffic in Kampala but should take approximately 6 hours. Upon arrival at Kibale Forest we can relax at our lake-side eco-lodge. Kibale Forest National Park is home to 13 primate species. There are 9 diurnal primates, including Vervet, Red-tailed, L’Hoest’s, Red colobus, Black-and-white colobus and Blue monkeys, as well as Grey-cheeked mangabey, Olive baboon and the most famous of all, the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds of encountering them are very good. Accommodation: Kibale Guest Cottages or similar
Day 3
Chimpanzee tracking; visit Bigodi wetlands.
Today we will explore the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary located in the Magombe wetland. The sanctuary is a major eco-tourist attraction in the Kibale Forest area and is operated by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a local community based organisation. We will also go on a forest walk in search of primates. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by bird song and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primate, most probably the Grey-cheeked mangabey and the Red-tailed monkey and of course the chimpanzee. The walking is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. The order in which we do these activities may vary. Accommodation: Kibale Guest Cottages or similar
Day 4
Optional second chimpanzee trek; to Queen Elizabeth N.P.
There is the option of doing a second chimp trek to increase the probability of seeing them (due to limited permit availability we recommend you pre-book the second chimp trek) in the morning. In the afternoon, we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). The drive goes south along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains, where, weather permitting, we can see the glaciated peaks. We gently descend into The Great Rift Valley and QENP. The park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s most popular and accessible savannah reserve, with a total area of 1978 square kilometres. It is primarily associated with grassy savannah plains, but this impressive park also includes within its boundaries leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more than 610 species of birds. Accommodation: Twin Lakes Safari Lodge or similar
Day 5
Game drive in Queen Elizabeth N.P.; boat safari on the Kazinga Channel.
This morning we will explore QENP on a game drive in search of wildlife including elephants, lions, buffalo, leopard, hyena, jackal, topi, kob, bush buck and various others. In the afternoon we have a boat trip of about two hours along the Kazinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world (reported to be about 30,000) and other game with excellent birding. Accommodation: Twin Lakes Safari Lodge or similar
Day 6
Game drive in the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth N.P.; to Buhoma.
Today we drive through the park to the Ishasha region. We game drive in search of tree climbing lion and other game. This afternoon we head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest, a World Heritage site, passing through the scenic area known as 'The Switzerland of East Africa'. The driving today is about 5 1/2 hours (not including game drives). Accommodation: Ruhijja Gorilla Lodge or similar
Day 7
Mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
For many, coming toe-to-toe with a Mountain gorilla is one of the most emotional wildlife experiences possible. Tracking these gentle giants can take anything from under an hour to over six hours depending on where the family is located. The number of permits allocated daily are limited so we recommend early booking. Should the permits for gorilla families close to where we stay be unavailable, there are more permits for another area of the park, though this will mean a long drive to the starting point of the trek. The trek itself can be along steep, slippery trails and through the bush so you should be in reasonable physical condition, but the rewards of spending an hour with our close cousins more than makes up for the effort of getting to them. Accommodation: Ruhijja Gorilla Lodge or similar
Day 8
Optional second Mountain gorilla trek.
Today is a free day and there is the option of getting a second gorilla permit for this day, though due to the limited number of permits, this should be obtained at time of booking. For those who choose not to go on a second gorilla trek, there are other walks which you can do nearby or you can relax at our lodge, reminiscing about the previous day’s encounters. Accommodation: Ruhijja Gorilla Lodge or similar
Day 9
To Lake Mburo N.P.
Leaving the forests behind we head towards Lake Mburo National Park. En route we will stop in Kabale near the Rwandan border for lunch. The drive time should be about five hours (not including stops). Lake Mburo is the only place in southern Uganda where you can see zebra and impala and is a great place to try and see leopards. It is also home to over 300 species of birds and offers the possibility of game walks as well as game drives. Accommodation: Mburo Safari Lodge or similar
Day 10
Game drive; optional game walk or boat safari.
Today we go on a final game drive looking for plains wildlife. There is also the option of tracking game on foot through the savannah and going on a boat excursion, particularly good for birdlife. Accommodation: Mburo Safari Lodge or similar
Day 11
Drive to Entebbe; visit Mabamba swamp en route to search for Shoebill storks;depart Entebbe.
Today is our final day as we make our way back to Entebbe and the shores of Lake Victoria. The driving time will depend on the amount of traffic in Kampala, but we will make regular stops to break up the journey. En route back to Entebbe we will visit the Mabamba Swamp (Mabamba Bay Wetland System), which lies about 40 km from Entebbe. This swamp is the perfect spot in Uganda for watching the globally threatened Shoebill stork and the Papyrus yellow warbler. The Mabamba Swamp is said to support over 190,000 birds. Those on the group flights will return to the airport in time for their overnight flight.
Day 12
Arrive London
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