6 days Gorilla Wildlife Viewing and Chimp Tracking Safari Kigali

 Kigali, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

From $2355 Per Person

Gorilla, Wildlife and Chimp Tracking Safari from Kigali for 6 Days

Overview

Uganda gorilla trek in Bwindi forest, wildlife viewing and chimpanzee tracking starting from Kigali Rwanda, you can also choose to start from Entebbe, fly to Kigali Rwanda, and cross to Uganda for gorilla safari means saving money and time because gorilla tracking permits are more affordable in Uganda, for example, gorilla permit in Rwanda cost $1500 while in Uganda it cost only $700, this means that if you trek gorillas in Uganda instead of Rwanda you will save $800 on each permit

On this 6 day Gorilla trek in Bwindi forest-wildlife viewing and Chimp tracking from Kigali, you get a chance to see mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest, wildlife game viewing, and a boat cruise in Queen Elisabeth National Park and chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Track Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest
  • Visit Uganda Equator
  • Wildlife game viewing

Trip Inclusions

  • Safari Vehicle Transportation
  • An expert English-speaking driver/guide
  • All Accommodation and meals
  • One gorilla permit
  • All park entrance fees
  • Activities as specified in the itinerary

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Visas and personal travel insurance
  • All drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

DETAILED ITINERARY of 6 days Gorilla Wildlife Viewing and Chimp Tracking Safari Kigali

Day 1

Tracking gorillas in Bwindi Forest park

Arrival and transfer to Bwindi forest in Uganda

The drive from Kigali will take you through Uganda’s rolling green hills through the highlands, also known as the ‘Switzerland of Uganda’ before making the final journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park a home of the mountain gorillas. Check-in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight at Broadbill Forest Camp or Bakiga Lodge. The two lodges are located in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, it’s within walking distance of the starting point for the park’s gorilla tracking and has wonderful views.  All cottages are en suite and face the rainforest.  The lodge’s spacious lounge and dining area offer excellent views, providing the perfect place to enjoy sundowners and dine amid the sights and sounds of the forest. Dinner and overnight at Broadbill Forest Camp or Bakiga Lodge


Day 2

Gorilla Trekking Uganda Rwanda-rushaga gorilla habituation experience

Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, your driver/guide will transfer to the park headquarters for the briefing before you set off at 8:00 am through the tracks to search for the humble giants. You will go with a packed lunch because it’s hard to determine how long it will take you to meet these great apes. Gorilla tracking time ranges between 2-6 hours depending on their movement. Gorilla tracking activity is tedious, it entails walking along steep hilly tracks however encountering these great relatives of man erases all the poor memories/ hardships you went through in trying to find them. Dinner and overnight at Broadbill Forest Camp or Bakiga Lodge


Day 3

Lions in Kidepo Valley park

Transfer from Bwindi Forest to Queen Elizabeth Nation Park

After breakfast drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive will take you through the Ishasha sector arriving at Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon. You will have a game drive en route where you might spot wildlife game along the way as you transfer to the park headquarters. Watch out for tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector. In the afternoon you will go for a boat ride on the Kazinga channel that connects lakes Edward and George. The launch cruise will reward you with game like hippos, elephants, buffaloes, and birds at the shores before retiring to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. Bush Lodge or Buffalo Safar Lodge


Day 4

wildlife in Kazinga Channel

Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Wake up have a cup of coffee or a glass of juice then proceed for an early morning game drive. This game drive will take you through the Kasenyi track and the Queens’ mile in the park and will reward you with animals like Lions, elephants, hyenas, Giant forest hogs, Bush bucks, Warthogs, Hyenas, civets, aardvarks, Leopards, and many more. In the afternoon you will go for a boat ride on the Kazinga channel that connects lakes Edward and George. The boat cruise will reward you with games like hippos, elephants, buffaloes, and birds at the shores before we transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive to Kibale will take through Kasese town and Fort Portal town. This park is a Primatologist’s treasure with a population of more than 1500 Chimpanzees.

Kibale forest is a wonderful place to experience the extraordinary diversity of life in a tropical restraint. Accommodation, dinner, and overnight at Chimpanzee Guest House. This lodge is located in Kibale Forest National Park, about 5 minute’s drive from the start of the park’s chimpanzee tracking, it offers mid-range Cottages,  Each has its private veranda overlooking the forest, African-style beds, large windows, and hot and cold running water.  The lodge’s restaurant and bar with comfortable chairs, sofas with soft cushions, and a fireplace for chilly evenings make it a perfect place to dine and relax after the day’s activities. Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Forest Lodge


Day 5

Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest

Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest and afternoon Bigodi swamp walk

After breakfast chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park, you will gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center for briefing at 8 am from Uganda Wildlife Authority park ranger guides after whom you head to the prehistoric forest in search of your closest cousin.

Kibale Forest National Park offers great flora concentration with 351 Species of trees some of which are 200 years old and over 55m tall. Kibale also supports 70 species of mammals and 13 species of Primates among which include the common chimpanzee, Black and white colobus, and red-tailed monkey.

The 375 Species of birds in the park include the impressive western green tinker bird, two species of pittas (African and green-breasted), an olive long-tailed cuckoo, an African grey parrot, and the endemic ground thrush (Turdus kibalensis). Thus searches the chimpanzees beyond the ordinary. Upon encountering the chimps, you have an opportunity to see them munch fruit, hunt, patrol, copulate, young ones playing, and make pant-hooting calls among other interesting aspects for one full hour.

The exciting moments with the chimps will leave you with no other option but to be active with your cameras to make a reserve of remarkable photos that will always take you back to the memories of this wonderful moment. Retreat from the activity and connect to the starting point where you connect with your company guide, and settle for your packed lunch after which you connect to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for an afternoon walk.

Bigodi Wetland is an eco-tourism project developed and managed by the community sheltering a count of 138 bird species which include the Great Blue Turaco. The swamp also supports the swamp-dwelling sitatunga antelope but importantly features a heritage encounter with the local people and craft center that enables you to explore the local way of life. Retreat from the 2-hour walk back to the lodge for relaxation. Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Forest Lodge


Day 6

Transfer back to Entebbe Airport or Kigali-end of 6 days Gorilla Wildlife Viewing and Chimp Tracking Safari Kigali

After a relaxed breakfast, you embark on your transfer back to Kigali or Entebbe, arriving in the afternoon to mark the end of the tour.


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