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Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale national park for a primates

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking safari and Bigodi wetland visit

Early in the morning after taking breakfast, you will go to the park headquarters where you will be briefed about chimpanzee trekking. By 8:00am, you will be starting your search for the chimpanzees within the park. These primates are the closest relatives to the human being and they share 98% of their DNA with that of the human beings. There are also many other primate species which will be seen along with the chimpanzees and these include; the L’Hoest’s monkeys, golden monkeys, Black and white colobus monkeys, grey checked Mangabey, red tailed monkeys, the bush babies, and many bird species which include; green breasted pitta, rumped tinker bird, yellow spotted nicator, and the green breasted pitta, this park is one of the great rain forest in Africa and it has the largest community of chimpanzees where by each community has 1 -100 individuals and each community has a complicated social structure. In the group, the adult males dominate the group and provide protection to the territory against the rest of the males from other territories. The chimps are located by simply listening for their pant hooting calls, and then head to the place from which they replied from. Here you can observe them as they feed, play as well as socializing with each other. Later in the afternoon, you will visit Bigodi swamp which is also good for watching primates and birds. It’s mainly maintained by the local people and they earn a living from there. You will enjoy many bird species here including; the great blue turuco, and many more, the other primate species to view here include; the baboons, mongoose, otters, bush pigs as well as the bush bucks. Accommodation Options; Kyaninga lodge (luxury), Ndali lodge (luxurious) Chimps Nest (mid-range), Chimpanzee guest house (budget) Primate Lodge (budget) Meal Plan; Full Board

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park

Early in the morning after breakfast, drive directly to Bwindi via the Ishasha sector where you may have chance to view tree climbing lions on your way. This is the only place in Uganda where you could view tree climbing lions. You will also view many animals including; the monkeys, birds, kobs, antelopes etc. Arrive to the park in the afternoon and enjoy a nature walk were you will see many animals including the monkeys, elephants, birds etc. Accommodation options; Mahogany Springs lodge (Luxury), Silverback Lodge (Mid-range), Buhoma Community Camp (Budget), Bwindi view bandas (Budget), Gift of Nature Lodge/Haven lodge (Mid-range). Meal plan; full board

Day 4: Gorilla trekking

Have an early morning breakfast, and after proceed to the park headquarters to have a briefing about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking in Bwindi. The rangers will then accompany you to the rain forest to start your search for the gentle giants. 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. On sighting the gorillas, the rangers will guide you on handle them, especially by giving them a 6 meter distance as you enjoy them play around. It’s always not easy to predict how long gorilla tracking will take and this also depends on the location of some families since some of them are far from the park headquarters. However, it always takes 2 to 8 hours to come into contact with them and the rangers will always be there to guide you. Trackers are also advisable to be physically fit before going for tracking. After your trek, return to the lodge for your lunch and in the afternoon, you may opt to visit the batwa community to enjoy some cultural performances before retiring at your lodge. Accommodation options; Mahogany Springs lodge (Luxury), Silverback Lodge (Mid-range), Buhoma Community Camp (Budget), Bwindi view bandas (Budget), Gift of Nature Lodge/Haven lodge (Mid-range). Meal plan; full board

Day 5: Departure back to Kampala

Have breakfast at the hotel and after start your transfer to Kampala, have lunch at Mbarara town and have another stopover at the equator to have some photos and experiments. After, proceed to Kampala arriving in the late afternoon.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions and Exclusions

  • Chimpanzee permits
  • Gorilla trekking permits
  • Accommodation
  • Full time English speaking professional driver/guide
  • Nature walking fees
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