9 Day Uganda Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Wildlife Safari Holiday

9 Day Uganda Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Wildlife Safari Holiday is one of our most sought after safari – holiday. This small group tour visits Kibale Forest for chimp trekking, Queen Elizabeth National park for savannah animals, Ishasha sector for tree Climbing lions and crowns it all up with the Spectacular gorilla trekking /  Full day gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi forest.

Safari Overview

9 DAY UGANDA GORILLAS, CHIMPANZEES AND WILDLIFE SAFARI HOLIDAY 


 

Tour Starts: Uganda. | Ends: Uganda.

Tour Destination(s):  Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP

Age Limit: 15+ years.

No. of Nights: 08 Nights.

Minimum No. of Travelers: 02 sharing a room/tent.

Maximum No. of travelers: 04 persons in a group.

* * Solo Travellers are Welcome to join this tour.

** Women are allowed to travel as women alone - Read More: Women-Only Tours

Getting around: 4×4 Safari Vehicle.


SPECIAL NOTES:

8 Days Uganda Gorilla - Chimps - Wildlife Safari Holiday*Uganda Gorilla Permits included in the tour Price

Uganda Permits Cost: US$600 or US$450 in April, May & November 2017/18.

Accommodation on the eve of the Safari, and on the last day are NOT included in the tour price but can be arranged at an EXTRA cost.

Itinerary - Day by Day

ITINERARY (DAY BY DAY) – 09 Day  Uganda Gorillas, Chimpanzees and wildlife Safari Holiday.


 

Day 01: Arrival into Uganda via Entebbe International Airport.

Arrive at Entebbe International airport, meet and greet and transfer to your hotel/ guesthouse. If time permits we can visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

Accommodation: 

Upmarket: Karibu Guesthouse – Comfortable en-suite rooms – just 10 -15 minutes from Airport – Expect fine dining.

Meal plan: Breakfast Only.

 Day 02: Transfer from Entebbe to  Kibale Forest National Park – Uganda.

Our Journey begins early and we head for Kibale forest national park driving. through the beautiful agricultural countryside where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyenjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon), we drive through beautiful tea plantations and eventually into Kibale tropical rain forest.

Drive time(s): Entebbe to Kibale Forest National park6 – 7 hours.

Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge / Papaya Lake Lodge / Ndali Lodge

Midrange: Primate Lodge / Crater Lodge / Kibale Forest Camp

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp / Rweteera Safari Park.

Meal plan: Lunch & Dinner (LD).

Day 03: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest National Park.

This morning we get the opportunity to explore Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is home to 13 primate species and a guided forest trek can be taken in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world – the chimpanzee. There are 9 diurnal primates, these include, vervet, red‐tailed, L’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, grey‐cheeked mangabey, red colobus, black and white colobus, olive baboon and the most famous of all, the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds are good with the chance of encountering them standing at higher then 90%. This morning you will 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. This afternoon we have a swamp walk.

Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge / Papaya Lake Lodge / Ndali Lodge.

Midrange: Primate Lodge / Crater Lodge / Kibale Forest Camp.

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp / Rweteera Safari Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner (BLD).

Day 04: Transfer from Kibale Forest National  Park  to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Breakfast and we depart for Queen Elizabeth park, 3½ hours later we reach Queen Elizabeth. on time for check in and lunch at your lodge (choices listed below by category). In the afternoon, your driver guide will transfer you to Mweya Jetty where you will then indulge in a slow moving boat safari on the Kazinga channel.

Luxury: Kyambura Game Lodge / Kasenyi Safari Camp / Mweya Safari lodge

Midrange: Katara Lodge / Kingfisher Lodge / Ihamba Lake Safari Lodge

Budget: Bush Safari Lodge / Mweya Hostel.

Day 05: Morning game drive and afternoon transfer to Ishasha Sector.

Breakfast; thereafter we drive to the Kasenyi plains of Queen Elizabeth National park for a morning game drive. Return to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we check out With all our bags and embark on a leisurely drive to Southern Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National park popular with probably the Best tree climbing lion sightings in Africa.

Drive time(s): Mweya to Ishasha sector = 2- 3hours.

Luxury: Ishasha Wilderness camp.

Midrange: Ishasha Jungle Lodge / Enjojo Lodge

Budget: @ the River Ishasha Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner (BLD).

Day 06: Transfer to Bwindi Forest.

Breakfast; thereafter check out of your lodge with all your luggage and embark on  a morning game-drive through the Ishasha plains for one last time (ideal if you missed the lion sighting the previous day). Then you will Continue to Buhoma area ( 02 hours away) on time for check in and lunch at the lodge. Afternoon at leisure.

Optional (Not Included in the price): 

Alternatively, you may opt to visit Deo’s homestead a community-based project that has devised meaning of living together in harmony with the plant destructive elephants. The community has dug elephant trenches to Stop the elephants from making it to the gardens. A local lunch will be served. Please speak to us about including a visit to Deo’s homestead.

Drive time(s): Ishasha Sector to Buhoma, Bwindi Forest = 2-hours.

Luxury: Gorilla Forest Camp / Buhoma Lodge.

Midrange: Engagi Lodge / Silverback Lodge / Haven Community Lodge.

Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner (BLD).

Day 07: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest.

An early Breakfast, you will need to take packed lunch (provided by the lodge), be sure to have at least 02 litres of drinking water with you before you set off for gorilla tracking.

A gorilla Trek for most is the experience of a lifetime. Normally it takes about 5 hours and can be a bit on the rigorous side. We however take into consideration your input and put you with a gorilla family group where the past tracking is the kind that you wish for.

It is best to wear jeans, long-sleeved shirt, boots, hat, and some use garden gloves to pull themselves up on vines or branches, light rain jacket, day pack.

You can hire a porter (extra Cost) – this way you will be assisting a Ugandan family. You can also purchase a tall walking stick that comes in handy for the trek. Read more ” Why use a porter for gorilla trekking ?”

The actual mountain gorilla trek can take approximately 05 hours or more, that includes one hour of being with a Gorilla family.  There are rules of conduct while tracking the gorillas and they need to be followed for the protection of the Mountain Gorillas and for your well-being.

Luxury: Gorilla Forest Camp / Buhoma Lodge.

Midrange: Engagi Lodge / Silverback Lodge / Haven Community Lodge.

Budget: Buhoma Community camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner (BLD).

Optional: (Not included in the price and requires prior arrangement) 

You can substitute the ordinary 01-hour Gorilla trekking with the more experiential full Day trek /4-hour Gorilla Habituation Experience. The cost for a Gorilla Habituation permit is US$1,500. Accommodation herein mentioned will definitely have to change as Gorilla Habituation is only done in Rushaga and Nkuringo areas of southern Bwindi Forest.

Day 08: Transfer to Lake Mburo National park.

Breakfast; thereafter with all your bags, we check out of the lodge and embark on a drive to Lake Mburo National park – a small park, excellent for birding, antelope and other grazers, one of the only places to easily see Impala and zebra in Uganda. Game drives offer particularly picturesque game viewing with the Parkʹs mixture of savannah, acacia woodlands, grassy valleys, rocky outcrops, swamps, lakes and rolling hills. Herds of impala (found nowhere else in Uganda), buffalo and zebra, plus waterbuck and eland are amongst the variety of wildlife to be seen. Birders will enjoy the Parkʹs 310 recorded water and dry land species. In this valley, we can operate night drives and walks. This is the only park where we will see Impala and Burchellʹs Zebra. It is an excellent place for walking and exploring a nearby Kopje to perhaps see Klipspringer. Game drive to the lodge.

Drive time(s): Bwindi Forest National Park to Lake Mburo National park6 – 7 hours

Luxury: Mihingo Safari Lodge  / Kimbla Mantana Tented Camp.

Midrange: Rwakobo Rock Lodge / Lake Mburo Safari Lodge.

Budget: Eagles Nest Tented Camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner (Full Board).

Day 09: Transfer to Entebbe for your onward flight. (END of your 09 Day  Uganda Gorillas, Chimpanzees and wildlife Safari Holiday)

We head back to Kampala or Entebbe with a stop at the Equator for picture-taking and continue on arriving in Kampala or Entebbe during the early evening hours.

Accommodation: NOT INCLUDED But can be arranged at EXTRA cost – Recommendations Provided below. | Meal Plan: Breakfast & en route lunch.

Recommended Entebbe Accommodation Options

Accommodation

 

WHERE YOU WILL STAY WHILE ON YOUR 09 DAY UGANDA GORILLAS, CHIMPANZEES AND WILDLIFE SAFARI HOLIDAY 


 

DAY 01: Karibu Guesthouse – Comfortable en-suite rooms - just 10 - 15 minutes from Entebbe Int'l Airport.


 

DAY 02 & 03: KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS.

Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge / Papaya Lake Lodge / Ndali Lodge

Midrange: Primate Lodge / Crater Lodge / Kibale Forest Camp

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp / Rweteera Safari Park.


 

DAY 04:

Luxury: Kyambura Game Lodge / Kasenyi Safari Camp / Mweya Safari lodge.

Midrange: Katara Lodge / Kingfisher Lodge / Ihamba Lake Safari Lodge

Budget: Bush Safari Lodge / Mweya Hostel.


 

DAY 05:

Luxury: Ishasha Wilderness camp.

Midrange: Ishasha Jungle Lodge / Enjojo Lodge

Budget: @ the River Ishasha Camp.


 

DAY 06 & 07:

Luxury: Gorilla Forest Camp / Buhoma Lodge.

Midrange: Engagi Lodge / Silverback Lodge / Haven Community Lodge.

Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp.


 

DAY 08:

Luxury: Mihingo Safari Lodge  / Kimbla Mantana Tented Camp.

Midrange: Rwakobo Rock Lodge / Lake Mburo Safari Lodge.

Budget: Eagles Nest Tented Camp.


 

DAY 09: 

Accommodation on this day is NOT INCLUDED but can be arranged at EXTRA COST.

 

Getting Around

GETTING AROUND  - 9 DAY UGANDA GORILLAS, CHIMPANZEES AND WILDLIFE SAFARI HOLIDAY .


 

STANDARD OFFER: 4X4 SAFARI CUSTOMIZED MINI VAN

Our standard mode of transportation is Road transport with the use of 4×4 Safari Customized Vans as our standard offering.

Our Vans have an open roof that offers a 360° animal view allowing for photography while on safari.

Our Vans take a maximum of 06 passengers each with the privilege of having a personal window seat.


 

UPGRADE: 4X4 SAFARI CUSTOMIZED LANDCRUISER

For our upmarket clients that wish to enjoy the extra comfort of traveling in our state of art Toyota land cruiser, we can upgrade you at an extra charge of US$170 per day 

Our land cruisers come fully air conditioned and with a cool box fully packed with complimentary en route drinks and snacks. The trucks all have large windows and an open roof that offers a 360° animal view allowing for photography while on safari.

 

Rates & Dates

TOUR RATES & DATES - 9 DAY UGANDA GORILLAS, CHIMPANZEES AND WILDLIFE SAFARI HOLIDAY .


This tour is a private tour that can Depart any time of the year, and admits between 02 - 04 persons in a group.

**Solo / individual traveler are also allowed to request For  a quote but must know that Solo / individual tours cost a lot more than cost sharing trips. We recommend 02 persons travelling so as to keep the cost low.

2017 Off Season Discounted Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda

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Includes / Excludes

INCLUDES / EXCLUDES – 9 Day Uganda Gorillas, Chimpanzee and wildlife Safari Holiday 


 

TOUR PRICE  QUOTED ABOVE INCLUDES:

  • 01 Gorilla trekking permit per person.
  • 01 Chimp permit per person on tour.
  • 07 nights select accommodation.
  • All Park entry fees.
  • Meals as per the itinerary.
  • 4×4 Safari Van (Upgrade available at EXTRA Cost)
  • An English Speaking driver guide.
  • All fuel Cost in relation to the Itinerary.
  • Water in the Car NOT at the lodge.
  • In – Car Wi-Fi while you travel.

 

TOUR PRICE  QUOTED ABOVE EXCLUDES:

  • International flight and or related charges.
  • Uganda Tourist Visa – US$50 (Please click here to Apply for a Uganda Tourist Visa Online)
  • Personal insurances.
  • Items of Personal nature.
  • Tips and gratuities to your guide and or hotel/lodge staff.
  • Local charter flights UNLESS mentioned as INCLUSIVE
  • ……and or any other items /service here in NOT mentioned as inclusive or OPTIONAL.
Add-On's

Add-On Options to Consider adding to your 9 Day Uganda  Gorillas, Chimpanzees and wildlife Safari Holiday.

Instead of the usual 01-hour gorilla viewing time. You could opt to go for the full day Gorilla Habituation Experience which allows you 4-hours with wild mountain gorillas in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. If you choose Gorilla habituation, then there will be an extra charge on the permits and accommodation – Gorilla habituation permits cost US$1500 each. This, however, changes the itinerary since gorilla habituation is only done in Rushaga area of southern Bwindi. Read more “Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda”.

Forego long drive times from Entebbe or Kampala and fly into Kigali – Rwanda where it is just a 5-hours drive to Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Versus the long 09+-hour drive from Entebbe, Uganda.


 

If you would like any amendments made to your 9 Day Uganda Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Wildlife Safari Holiday above to include gorilla habituation experience in Uganda or would prefer flying in through Kigali to trek gorillas in Uganda, please let us know.

Remember all our gorilla and wildlife safari experiences are small group holidays (admitting 02 - 04 persons in a group), and can be customized to suit your interests – thank you for choosing Realm Africa Safaris.


 

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

**Treat all the above information as a guide – we will make necessary adjustments depending on gorilla permits, and accommodation availability at the time of booking this tour. Of course, we will inform you before making any adjustments to your itinerary.

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