9 Day: Chimp and Gorilla Tracking Adventure

    This fascinating Uganda itinerary is designed as a chimp and gorilla tracking safari, with a break to search for the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha.

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    Highlights: Entebbe - Kibale National Park - Ishasha - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park


    9 Day: Chimp and Gorilla Tracking Adventure Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive Entebbe

    On arrival at Entebbe International airport and after clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be transferred to the Boma Guest House. The Boma is set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, a few minutes’ drive from the Airport.

    The rest of the day is free to relax or if time permits, enjoy some sightseeing.

    Overnight: Boma Guest House
    Meal Plan: L,D

    Day 2: Entebbe - Kibale Forest National Park

    After breakfast, begin your drive to Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale has the highest primate density of any area on earth, including the red-tailed money, blue monkey, olive baboon, chimpanzee, colobus (black, white and red ) and white cheeked mangabey. Other mammals found are bushbuck, red and blue duiker, Uganda kob, Scaly-tailed flying squirrel, tree pangolin, buffalo, waterbuck and hippo as well as a large number of birds.

    Set against the stunning back drop of the legendary Mountains of the Moon, Kyaninga lodge is a luxury lodge on the shores of Lake Kyaninga. Centered around a magnificent main lodge, 8 cottages branch out via raised wooden walkways, each one a good distance away from the next insuring complete exclusivity. The view of the Lake from the cottages is outstanding, a perfect place to relax in privacy.

    After lunch there is time to relax before taking a guided walk round Lake Kyaninga.

    Overnight: Kyaninga Lodge
    Meal Plan: B,L,D

    Day 3: Kibale Forest National Park

    Chimpanzee tracking excursion is the highlight of visiting Kibale National Park. The habituated chimps are great fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. You can expect to see at least two or three other types of primates most probably the grey-cheeked mangabey and red-tailed monkey.

    After lunch take a guided walk to the nearby Bigodi Swamp for bird watching. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is an important biodiversity area situated at the western edge of Kibale National Park. The swamp is host to over 200 bird species, including the most popular, Great Blue Turaco (Corythaeola Cristata).

    Overnight: Kyaninga Lodge
    Meal Plan: B,L,D

    Day 4: Kibale Forest National Park - Ishasha

    After an early breakfast, take a charter flight to Ishasha. Ishasha is a vast low-lying savannah plain lying south of the equator in the Albertine Rift Valley.

    Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated inside the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe River. This small and exclusive tented camp offers quality accommodation and services in this unspoilt remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area.

    After lunch spend the afternoon game viewing, relaxing or exploring the area.

    Overnight: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
    Meal Plan: B,L,D

    Day 5: Ishasha

    Today go on a game drive in search of the famous tree climbing lions. Ishasha is also home to a variety of wildlife including elephant, lion, hippo, leopard, buffalo, the Uganda kob, baboon, and birds. Bird-watching is particularly good during the summer months (Oct-Nov) for migratory species as well as endemics.

    Overnight: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
    Meal Plan: B,L,D

    Day 6: Ishasha - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

    After a leisurely breakfast, begin a 3 hour drive to Bwindi National Park. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in Bwindi National Park. The camp is the only accommodation located within the National Park, offering guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area.

    Bwindi is host to the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the majestic mountain gorilla, one of the rarest animals on the planet. It is estimated that 65% of the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas, about 460, live within Bwindi’s boundaries.

    Spend the day relaxing and enjoying an activity of your choice.

    Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp
    Meal Plan: B,L,D

    Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

    After an early breakfast this morning, you will receive a briefing from your gorilla tracking guide. Tracking commences every morning from the park headquarters at 8.30 am.

    The gorillas you will track belong to one of the 'habituated' family groups in Northern Bwindi. For several years each group has undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually made them used to the presence of humans. Experienced guides will accompany the tracking, many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves. Once the gorillas are located, the group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. A look into the deep and expressive brown eyes of these giants is surely one of the most unforgettable wildlife encounters that Africa has to offer.

    Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp
    Meal Plan: B,L,D

    Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

    Bwindi is also home to the Batwa Pygmies, who are the oldest inhabitants of the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. These hunter gatherers, whose existence was first recorded over 4000 years ago, have a rich, deep culture and history that they are very happy to share. A visit to their community is a unique cultural experience unlike any other and will assist in helping conserve their community and way of life.

    Or you could take a bird walk. Bwindi boasts over 300 bird species, including 24 that are endemic to these highlands straddling Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo – the “Albertine Rift Endemics”. There are also over 200 species of butterflies found in the park. A local expert will guide you on this fascinating walk.

    Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp
    Meal Plan: B,L,D

    Day 9: Entebbe - Depart

    After breakfast, take a charter flight to Kayonza airstrip and later a flight to Entebbe in time for your international flight.

    Meal Plan: B


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