8 Days Chimps, Gorillas & Lions

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Safari Overview

Uganda is known for its friendly people and incredible diversity of landscapes and activities. On this 8-day gorillas and wildlife journey, let us show you the best that Uganda has to offer from wildlife safaris on the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park to intimate meetings with the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and mountain gorilla encounters along the canopy covered trails of Bwindi Forest.

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

Arriving to a new and foreign place can be overwhelming. All your senses are operating in overdrive as you take in the unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells of your new surroundings. This is certainly the case for a first visit to Uganda. Your driver from the guesthouse will be at the airport to welcome you and expertly navigate you through the lively traffic, while you can lean back and watch your new world go by. If this is your first time traveling for gorillas safari to Africa, you will never forget your first acquaintance with her.

Accommodation Options;
Papyrus Guest House

Day 2: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

Encountering the rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an experience of a lifetime.

Half of the world’s population of gorillas live under the mist-covered canopies of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest. In the company of an experienced park ranger you will be tracking the whereabouts of one of the nine habituated family groups who reside here. 

Accommodation Options;
Turaco Tree Tops

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking & Visit to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

No other animal reminds us so much of ourselves as the chimpanzee. Besides many common features and mannerisms, chimpanzees also share 98% of our human DNA, making them our closest living relatives. It is not so surprising then that we find the habits and biology of these primates so fascinating to study.

While chimpanzees can be found in 21 countries throughout Africa, they are most easily sighted in Uganda due to the high concentration of the species here. On a Chimpanzee Tracking experience in Kibale Forest you will have the opportunity to follow an experienced guide into the forest to observe these fascinating creatures at a close range. Watching them interact with each other and go about their daily routine of grooming, playing and foraging is an incredible experience.

While your chances of encountering chimpanzees are high during your tracking excursion, it is never 100% guaranteed. These are, after all, wild animals with wills and minds of their own!

Accommodation Options;
Turaco Tree Tops

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda’s most visited game reserve and arguably the most scenic. The national park protects the vast savannah plains, bushland, wetlands and forests that lie at the base of the Rwenzori mountain range. Kazinga Channel, which flows through the park and connects Lake George in the east to Lake Edward in the west, attracts a rich array of birds and animals, including the infamous Nile crocodile and one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos. On your first game drive you will explore the park along a 200 kilometre network of well-maintained game viewing tracks.

Accommodation Options;
Marafiki Safari Lodge

Day 5: Game drive and Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel

Safari breakfasts are traditionally served before the day breaks so that you can start your morning game drive as the sun comes up. Sunrise is the best time for wildlife spotting as animals tend to be the most active during the “golden hours”, when the first rays of sunshine come to rest on the savannah. Elephants, buffalo and several species of antelope are some of the characters you may come across today, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a lion or leopard. 

Later in the day when the sun is high in the sky and the animals make their way to the river for a drink, we will head to Kazinga Channel for an exciting boat safari. You will spot more hippos today than you can possibly imagine. Herds of elephants and buffalo will also wander down to the shoreline to bathe in the cooling waters. A boat safari is a fantastic way to get close to wildlife and for many visitors the boat safari is the highlight of their visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation Options;
Marafiki Safari Lodge

Day 6: Lake Mutanda

Your journey today will continue south-west toward Kisoro, a bustling town to the south of Bwindi Forest, near the borders to Rwanda and Congo. This is one of our favorite drives in Uganda. The serpentine roads wind through lush rainforests, skirting hill tops (keep your eyes open for the volcanos!) and dipping into lively villages in the valley before arriving to the serene waters of Lake Mutanda.

Offering some of the best views in Uganda, Mutanda Lake Resort is perched on a peninsula overlooking a series of small islands scattered across the water and the volcanoes from the Virunga Range rising out of the mist in the distance.

Accommodation Options;
Mutanda Lake Resort

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest

Your tracking experience will be an exciting, yet challenging, journey along forested (often muddy and slippery) slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation and bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. En-route, your ranger will point out telltale signs of previous gorilla activity like dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Depending on the location of the gorillas on any given day the walk can take anything from 2 to 7 hours. Once the family of gorillas has been located, settle in to your surroundings and enjoy the hour you have to quietly observe these fascinating primates whose habits and mannerisms remind us so much of our own.

Accommodation Options;
Mutanda Lake Resort

Day 8: Travel to Kigali

Enjoy your last sunrise in this beautiful corner of Uganda and take a rejuvenating swim in the lake before tucking in to a hearty Mutanda breakfast.

Your guide will drive you across the border to Rwanda, and drop you off at Kigali International Airport 3 hours before your departure time. Please make sure your flight departure is after 4 pm at the very earliest. For flights departing before 4 pm you will need an extra night in Kigali, which we can help arrange for you at an additional cost.

Accommodation Options;
Mutanda Lake Resort

Included in the tour

  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water
  • Full board accommodation for two nights
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
  • Bottled water in the vehicle during the safari tour
  • Safari Nature walks and experiment at the Equator.

Exclusive of the tour

  • International Airfares
  • Health & Medical insurance
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Visas (currently US$ 50 per person all nationalities except US and Irish nationals are required to pay US$ 100 per person)
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, telephone, postage etc.

    Safari Highlights

    1. Gorilla & Chimps Safari
    2. Gorilla & Chimps permit included!
    3. Beautifully situated lodges

    Start/End: Entebbe
    Duration: 8 Days

    USD 2500 /per person

    Contact Us

    Address: P.O.Box 32147, Kampala, Uganda.
    Kamanya Road, Kyobe Zone, Lungujja

    Tel: +256 (0) 704 935635
    WhatsApp: 0704 935635
    Email: info@sunset-adventures.com