Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda Tour in 10 Days

Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda Tour in 10 Days

Chimpanzee Trekking Uganda Tour

  • 10 DAYS
  • COUNTRY: UGANDA
  • START: ENTEBBE
  • RETURN: ENTEBBE

Overview

Discovering that Chimpanzees have 98 percent of humankind’s DNA is one of science’s major discoveries that attracted more attention to these creatures. The 10 Day Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda Tour takes you up-close and next to the chimps, experience their daily lives and behaviours, an adventure that will leave you filled with rich memories.

Start off in Budongo Forest, as you head into the jungle in the company of chimpanzee researchers, to observe these intelligent, emotional and acrobatic primates in their natural habitat, before travelling through Masindi to the famous Kibale Forest National Park and continue on to Semiliki Valley and lastly to the mighty Queen Elizabeth National Park. Then absorb the stunning landscapes and people of Uganda as you drive through the western region of this magnificent country.

Safari Highlights

  • Watch groups of chimps appear from the mists in the jungles of Budongo Forest
  • Follow chimpanzees in the shady forests of Kibale and Kyambura gorge
  • Big game, dazzling birdlife and dramatic scenery, dotted with traditional villages.
  • Perfect mix of adventure and exploration, softened by authentic, stylish lodges

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe, Ngamba Island
Day 2: Entebbe to Budongo Forest Reserve
Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking in Budongo Forest
Day 4: Masindi to Kibale Forest
Day 5: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest
Day 6: Kibale to Semuliki Valley Wildlife Reserve
Day 7: Chimps is Semuliki and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP
Day 8: Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth NP
Day 9: Chimp Trekking in Kyambura Gorge
Day 10: Transfer back to Entebbe

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe & Kampala

1 night at The Boma Entebbe/Gately Inn Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a member of the Naturetrack Expeditions team who will transfer you by road to your hotel.

Room Type: Standard Room Meal Basis: BB

Day 2: Travel from Entebbe to Kibale (Road Trip Journey 5-7 hours)

2 nights at Ndali Lodge/Primate Lodge

After breakfast, the Uganda Primates Jungle Safari guide will drive you west toward Fort Portal to the Kibale Forest. Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize.

The lush rolling hills of this region provide good “photo opportunities” and keep your eyes open for birds such as the beautiful Black-headed Gonolek, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Double-Toothed Barbet, Long-Crested Eagle and some of the numerous Sunbirds and Weaver birds that perch on the fence rows and power lines near the road, as you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest ONE OF THE GREAT African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds.

Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Uganda. The park plays host to 13 primate species including the red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey. The most accessible of Uganda’s major rainforests, Kibale’s major attraction is its chimps. Tracking these noisy apes as they squabble and play in fruiting trees is a thrilling experience. There are also 335 species of bird here and other rare animals including the forest elephant and the giant forest hog.

Room Type: Standard Room,  Meal Basis: D,B

Day 3: Chimp trekking in Kibale

Gorillas are all very well, but chimpanzees are their raucous, misbehaving cousins ready to show off at the drop of a hat. Head into the forest at first light. Depending on where the chimpanzees nested the night before, it may take anything from ten minutes to over an hour to reach them – sometimes longer.

Silhouettes of chimpanzees appearing in the trees as troops forage and explore is mesmerising, but the pant hoots and calls between troops of up to 60 individuals is when the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. If playing Tarzan for the day appeals, then all day chimp trekking can be arranged.

Depending on what time the Uganda Primates Jungle Safari party return, the afternoon can be spent relaxing at the lodge, or exploring the nearby crater lakes and villages.

Room Type: Standard Room, Meal Basis:Full Board

Day 4: From Kibale Through QENP then Travel to Bwindi

2 Nights at Gorilla Forest camp / Engagi Lodge

TheUganda Primates Jungle Safari driver/guide will drive to Bwindi via Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive passes through Fortportal and then south along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon) with the hope of seeing the glaciated peaks, gently descending into the Great African Rift Valley to Queen Elizabeth National Park and continuing to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, passing Ishasha area of the park with the hope of seeing the famous tree climbing lions and through the scenic area known as the “Switzerland of East Africa”. Continue on to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where you cross the equator, through scenic open savannah, dotted with giant Euphorbia trees and traditional villages.

Covered in thick tropical rainforest and often shrouded in mist, Bwindi provides a perfect habitat for mountain gorillas. Spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys it looks the part and having survived the last ice age is considered one of the most diverse forests in Africa. The birding here is big and colourful, the forest dark and inviting and the sense of adventure palpable.

Room Type: Standard Room, Meal Basis: Full Board

Day 5: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

The Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi National Park is certainly aptly named. On its steep slopes and in the deep valleys, the largest of the primates has managed to escape extinction. Report at the park office at 7.30am for the gorilla tracking. Carry a picnic lunch and plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film is recommended. It can rain at short notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.

Meeting ourUganda Primates Jungle Safari ranger guides, gorilla watchers head off the steep, trail-less slopes to search for gorillas. In addition to the gorillas, you may spot many birds, red-tailed and ground-dwelling L’Hoest’s monkeys.

Although park rangers try to keep tabs on the whereabouts of the gorillas, they are free ranging wild creatures and can be difficult to locate. Sometimes finding the gorillas can be easy, as they may have remained close to the area where they had been feeding the previous day. Sometimes they require constant tracking, which can be arduous. Some of the difficulties to be encountered can include steep, muddy slopes, stinging nettles, safari ants, and rain. The reward is an extraordinary opportunity to observe the gorillas at close range. The gorillas are not tame, but they have been scientifically habituated to accept the presence of quiet and non-threatening observers.

The park rangers will brief you on appropriate behavior. You can expect to stay with the animals for about an hour after first encountering them. However we can‘t guarantee you’ll see them but chances are 98%.

If your group size is less than six members, the park rangers will add other trekkers to your group. You have no way of knowing who these trekkers will be or what physical condition they may be in, and our group will need to trek together.

Should your gorilla trekking end early, rainforest walks in Bwindi can be arranged. Other wildlife you may encounter includes yellow-backed duiker and a variety of birds.

Room Type: Standard Room, Meal Basis: Full Board

Day 6: Batwa Cultural Experience

Meet the indigenous group of people the formerly lived in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest before it was gazetted as a national park. Rich in culture and exuberant, the Batwa short people will teach you their culture and have you engage in cultural activities that will leave your mind rich with new cultural experiences.

After the cultural experience, you’ll head back to your lodge and chill back to relax or visit the nearby villages for more cultural experience.

Room Type: Standard Room, Meal Basis: Full Board

Day 4: From Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park (6-7 hrs)

1 Night at Mantana Tented Camp

After breakfast depart for Lake Mburo National Park. En route, you pass through Uganda’s Ankole District where the people keep massively horned cattle, which have been bred in this region for centuries and are used as an indicator of personal wealth. The horns of these domestic beasts may measure well in excess of four feet each. Small children tend their herds, making sure that the cattle don’t invade the fertile fields and banana plantations that dot the countryside.

We continue to Lake Mburo National Park, a small park surrounding a lovely system of lakes and papyrus swamps. Mburo offers perhaps the best opportunities in Uganda to see birds associated with acacia woodlands, such as the Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Black-bellied Bustard, Black-headed Gonolek, Grey Hornbill and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater. The only large predators here are Spotted Hyena and Leopard, but the park is home to a large variety of ungulate species, including African Buffalo, Topi, Uganda Kob, Oribi, Reedbuck, Klipspringer, Defassa Waterbuck, Common Zebra and Eland. This is the only place in Uganda where Impala are found. Nile Hippo and Crocodile are also fairly common in the park.

Room Type: Standard Room, Meal Basis: Full Board

Day 8: Game Drive and back to Entebbe

You will view game as you leave the camp for Kampala, pass through the town of Masaka near the shores of Lake Victoria, then continue through huge papyrus swamps, fragmented rainforest, with a stop at the equator and the Mpigi Royal drum makers and witness how drums have been made in Uganda for centuries.

Long before the coming of the Europeans, the Baganda people had a highly structured society and drums were used extensively for long distance and rapid communications.

If time permits, stop in Kampala for shopping, and later transfer to the airport for your departing flight. (Your departure flight should be late in the afternoon or in the evening; otherwise another night can be arranged in Entebbe)

End of the Uganda Gorillas & Wild Adventure Safari

Included in the price

  • Meals and accommodation as per itinerary
  • All road transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Light aircraft transfers as per itinerary
  • Transportation with exclusive use of vehicle as per itinerary
  • Complimentary bottled water while on safari
  • One Chimp Trekking Or Chimp Habituation Permit per person

Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any additional activities not offered as scheduled by the camps or lodges
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
  • Beverages with the exception of all inclusive hotels
  • Additional activities not included as scheduled at hotels, lodges or camps

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