DAY 1: START OUR GORILLAS AND CHIMPS SAFARI
DAY 2: CHIMP TRACKING
DAY 3: TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
DAY 4: MORNING CHIMP TRACKING AND AFTERNOON BOAT SAFARI ON THE KAZINGA CHANNEL
DAY 5: TRANSFER TO THE GORILLA FOREST
DAY 6: GORILLA TRACKING.
DAY 7: DEPART THE GORILLA FOREST
Day 1: Start our Gorillas and Chimps Safari
Departing from Entebbe Airport you will be welcomed by an expert safari guide from Journeys Uganda who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. On the route continuing to Mountains Of The Moon or Attaco country resort.FB
Day 2: Chimp tracking
Spend the morning tracking the cheerful chimp families in the Kibale forest. Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor, is a thrilling experience. Though they can be difficult to spot, you will be in no doubt of their presence as the forest is alive with their noisy calls. In the afternoon, explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The reserve is abundant with butterflies, plants, animals and, in particular, birds. Spectacular birds like Great Blue Turaco and rare Papyrus Gonolek will be of great interest to birders. The swamp is also home to more elusive primates such as Red Colobus monkeys and Sitatunga antelope, other monkeys here in the Uganda Red Tailed Monkey, Black and White Collobus, Grey cheeked Mangabey among others. In the evening enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with its stunning views. We stay at Mountains of the Moon or Ataco Country Resort FB
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
On route, take a short walk in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains and take in the views of this magnificent mountain range. Alternatively drive straight to the park and take a game drive. Dinner and overnight stay at Jacana Safari Lodge or Marafiki Safari Lodge FB
Day 4: Morning Chimp Tracking and afternoon boat safari on the Kazinga channel
The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest animal relatives, the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting. In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the water’s edge. The channel is a magnet for water birds, with great flocks of pelicans and other birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle. Diner and overnight stay at Jacana Safari or Mafiki Safari Lodge.
Day 5: Transfer to the Gorilla Forest
Today our gorillas and chimps safari takes us to the intuitive Bwindi gorilla forest. We shall transfer through Ishasha the sector popular for the tree climbing lions, an adaptation within this section of the park. We shall spend our night at the Gorilla Mist Camp or Buhoma Community Bandas.FB
Day 6: Gorilla tracking.
After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and fortunate moment. Tracking in the Bwindi gorilla forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day. Alternatively there are other activities and excursions on offer in and around the national park:
Take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities and the knowledgeable guide will provide a great insight into this globally important habitat.
Walk through the local village, and learn about community projects, such as the Amagara project that assists local farmers and their communities, and Bwindi Community Hospital which started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people. Both projects are supported by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust.
Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Mist Camp or Buhoma Community Bandas.FB
Day 7: Depart the Gorilla Forest
We start early and leave the gorilla forest for Kampala to Entebbe onwards. End of our Uganda Gorilla and Chimps Safari