Encountering gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat is an exciting and breathtaking experience that you can partake on your Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking Safari. Only words are not enough to describe the feeling of looking into the eyes of a mountain gorilla standing so close to you. This tour includes visiting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Bunyonyi and Kibale Forest National Park which boasts hosting one of the highest population of primates in the entire world.

Day 1: Kigali City tour & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

On arrival, you will be welcomed by the driver-guide who will take you to Kigali city for breakfast and a short briefing about the trip. Immediately embark on a city tour visiting Kimironko market and the Gisozi based Kigali genocide museum.

Have lunch at the historical Hotel des Mille Collins – famous for the movie – Hotel Rwanda and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda through Cyanika boarder, a very scenic route. Lake Bunyonyi is referred by many as the most scenic lake in Uganda.

Here, you will relax as you watch the birds on their nests as well as visit the different islands such as the punishment island endowed with rich history and beauty. Check – in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation options.

Bunyonyi Overland Camp / Supreme Adventure Park – Budget
Arcadia Cottages / Bunyonyi Eco Resort – Midrange
Bunyonyi Bird Nest Lodge – Luxury

Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park (Ruhija sector)

Enjoy breakfast, morning boat cruise on the lake to explore of its treasures. After this, embark on your journey to Ruhija, the base for Gorilla trekking in eastern Bwindi with half of the world’s remaining mountain Gorillas. You will feed your eyes with numerous beautiful sights of plantations as well as the hills along the way.

Check in to your accommodation for lunch. Thereafter, proceed for an encounter with the Batwa pygmies who will take you through their experience as hunters and gatherers as they perform some traditional songs. Get back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge – Luxury
Bakiga Lodge / Gorilla Mist Camp – Midrange
Broadbill Forest Camp – Budget

Day 3: Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Immediately after an early morning breakfast, head to the park office headquarters for a vital briefing prior to trekking the gorillas in the thick impenetrable forest. The park rangers will take through the dos and don’ts while trekking these gentle giants.

Though strenuous, this is a life time experience worth trying out. With your supporting stick, binoculars, cameras, trekking shoes, you will head to the forest accompanied by a park ranger who will lead you in the quest of this human relatives, the whole activity might take 3-5 hours depending on how far the Gorillas have gone. Upon finding them, one hour will be given to you to just relax and enjoy the presence of the mammals, watching them go on with their daily activities. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge – Luxury
Bakiga Lodge / Gorilla Mist Camp – Midrange
Broadbill Forest Camp – Budget

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale Forest National park for Chimpanzee trekking

Wake up to an early morning breakfast before embarking to a 5-6 hour journey to the primate world of Kibale forest national park. While on this journey, spot different points of beautiful scenery coupled with rolling hills, the Rwenzori ranges, plateaus, valleys, and the green plantations along the road.

Kibale forest is home to several primate species such as Colobus monkeys, olive baboons, Vervet monkeys, bush babies, and the Chimpanzees, among others. Check-in to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Primate Lodge – Luxury
Kibale Forest camp – Mid range
Rwenzori view Guest house – Budget

Day 5: Chimpanzee Trekking and transfer to Kampala / Entebbe international airport.

After a very delicious breakfast, head for a memorable chimpanzee tracking exercise in Kibale’s 795 sq. km national park. Here, you will encounter a number of chimpanzees having fun in the jungle full of sweet melodies of monkeys, birds and chimpanzees.

This park also has one of the most beautiful tracks of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda. After carrying out the activities, you will have lunch and then head to Entebbe international airport for your flight.

End of Safari.