4 Days Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi & Chimps in Kibale

Gorilla Tracking - Chimps Tracking - 4 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari

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Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi & Chimps in Kibale – 3 Days

Overview

This 4-day safari takes you to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable forest, which is home to more than half the population of the remaining 880 Mountain Gorillas in the world.  Gorilla tracking is the most enchanting experience in this forest. You will have an experience of a life time as you watch at close range these majestic apes feed, play and relax.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.

The safari will then take you to Kibale Forest national park for Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi swamp Walk. You will also have an experience at the Equator.

Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee.

Safari Highlights

  • Bigodi Swamp Walk
  • Chimp tracking in Kibale National Park
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Equator experience

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

You will be met by our guide and head westwards to Fort Portal town. The drive will take about 4 -5 hours. You will have lunch in Fort Portal and continue to Kibale. In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of Kibale forest is bigodi wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys baboons otters mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs and among others.

Dinner and overnight will be at your reserved lodge.

 Luxury: Ndali lodge/Primate lodge/Kibale forest/Kyaninga lodge                                                   
Moderate: Mountains of the moon/Kibale forest camp
Budget: Rwenzori travelers/Kibale forest camp/Chimpanzee forest guest house
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking over 12 primates in Kibale Nation Park

Assemble at kanyankye river camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzee are mans closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primates species. More primates like black and white Columbus monkeys, I’Hoests monkeys, Grey checked mangabey, red tailed monkey, bush babies, pottosand many birds species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbelt green breasted pitta the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like elephants can be seen in this walk. Kibale national park, which average s about 3300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforest of central Africa. it is inhabited by three large “communities “of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated structure. The big adult’s males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family grouped .chimps tend to forage in small parties or even as individuals. They usually travel on the ground but being primarily fruit eaters, they mostly feed in trees. They coalesce into large groups when they find an abundant source of food, such as fruiting fig tree. Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling, We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socializing with each other or even, occasionally, hunt.

Later you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

 Budget: Buhoma community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo / Gorilla Valley Lodge
Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge / Silver Back Lodge / Lake Kitandara Camp / Chameleon Hill Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort.
Up market: Mahogang Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

Day 3: Gorilla trekking (Bwindi impenetrable NP), Tracking the mountain Gorillas.

Today enjoy gorilla tracking in Bwindi. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before the highlighting of the trip. Gorilla tracking, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers ,in search of a mountain gorilla family ,the walking can sometimes be tough and long ,but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten .when the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 meters from the gorillas, sit around  them for a whole hour  while gazing into their big round eyes. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

Overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

Budget: Buhoma community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo / Gorilla Valley Lodge
Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge / Silver Back Lodge / Lake Kitandara Camp / Chameleon Hill Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort.
Up market: Mahogang Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

Day 4: Transfer to Kampala

You will have breakfast and drive to Kampala arriving in time for a transfer to the airport for your departure flight or for dinner and overnight at the hotel of your booking.

End of Safari

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Getting Around

Bwindi’s various trailheads can be reached by vehicle. However there are no roads within the park itself, which is explored on foot. Bwindi is aptly named the ‘impenetrable forest’; paths pass through dense vegetation and can be steep. Take advantage of walking sticks offered at the start of a walk.
Though Kibale’s trailheads at Sebitoli and Kanyanchu can both be reached by vehicles, tourists explore the park on foot. Trails are generally well-maintained and the terrain, though undulating, is not difficult.

What to Bring

Hiking boots are ideal for forest walks although stout walking shoes are adequate. Lightweight raincoats are advisable. Altitude and the forest environment makes evenings cool and a light jacket is also recommended. If you choose to bring a camera, be aware that the dark-haired chimpanzees in typically dim conditions present challenging subjects.

Good walking boots if attempting any hikes or climbs, wet weather clothing and warm layers for the evenings – it gets cold and damp at this altitude. The sun is still fierce during the day – even when overcast – so be sure to still wear sunscreen and a sun hat. You may also want to bring waterproof bags to protect cameras and other equipment when hiking.

Water and snacks are also recommended, as well as a packed lunch for full-day tours.

When to Visit

Bwindi is open for gorilla tracking all year long, but the best times to go are from June to August and December to February. At these times the forest trails are drier and therefore less slippery.

It is chilly in the morning and at night with average temperatures ranging from 7⁰C – 20⁰C. The coldest period is June and July, while wet seasons are March-May and September-November with total annual rainfall of up to 2390mm. Rains in March-May are short. They are heavier in September-November but can just be long hours of soft drizzle.

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