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8 Day Gorilla Trek, Chimpanzee Tracking, Wildlife and Birding – The Uganda South – West Safari

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7 Day Chimpanzee Tracking, Gorilla Trekking, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo Park Wildlife Uganda Mini-Loop Safari
8 Days Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo Park Wildlife Safari

The 8 day South–West Uganda Safari Tour; We visit the Lake Mburo National Park, Trek the Bwindi Mountain Gorillas, Game and Boat Safari at Queen Elizabeth Park along with the scenic Kibale Foreat Park Chimpanzees, plus over 12 primate species including L'Hoest's, Red tailed and Blue monkey, Black and white colobus, Baboon, etc and the Bigodi Wetlands with an abundance of Birds and wildlife- Simply amazing.

8 Days Gorilla Trek, Chimpanzee Tracking, Wildlife and birding Uganda safari

Day 1: Pick up and Drive to Lake Mburo National Park
Depart your lodging in Kampala at 6.30am for your private African adventure safari. Drive through Ugandan 8 days - Lake Mburo Park Wildlife Safaritowns and villages enjoying the colorful scenery accentuated with hues of green which makes this the evergreen country of Africa. Bottled water provided for you, our driver will answer most questions you might have. There is a chance for you to stop at the Equator and take photographs and also see the ‘polar-water experiment'.

Proceed to the park arrive and check into your lodging choice then lunch. Take a game drive in the afternoon; – this is a delightful part of your stay at the park that is always enjoyed by our guests. At the park offices, you will be assigned a Uganda Wildlife Authority armed guide who is an expert in finding elusive lion. Look out for zebras, topis, buffalo, eland, impala, waterbucks, and warthogs some time Leopards and so much more.

There is an option of doing boat safari at this park but we’ll see more water animals and birds on the more interesting Kazinga Chanel one in Queen Elizabeth Park. Afterwards it is a return to your lodging dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Drive to Bwindi Gorilla Park
After an early breakfast we leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest via Mbarara town. We drive through stunning volcanic landscape adorned with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced plantations of bananas, tea and thick montane forests to Bwindi. Bwindi National Park is located in the southwestern part of the country – in the Kigezi Highlands once known as Switzerland of Africa. It is estimated that over half of the world’s surviving mountain gorilla population live within here.

We reach our destination late afternoon for rest and relaxation and dinner at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Accommodation of your choice not far from the gorilla family you are visiting the next morning. Note that all the 12 Gorilla families are not found in area of the park, there is some reasonable distance of even 4 hours from one family to the other. We will try to be certain that your lodging is not far from the gorilla family at the time of gorilla permit allocation by the UWA, may want to check out more gorilla tracking information by clicking on this link. Here are some of the Bwindi lodgings our customers have enjoyed the most; up-market Silverback lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Gorilla Resort and Buhoma Lodge, Budget and moderate Buhoma Community Rest Camp have been reliable.

Day 3 Gorilla tracking/trekking
After breakfast drive to the park offices to join the other members (if any) but not exceeding 8 for a pre-tracking briefing. Enter the 8-Day Gorilla Trekking Chimpanzee Tracking and wildlife Forest for a day and begin your adventure. Take a packed lunch, you will need it,...its included in your roompriceand not reimbursement once missed. Tracking/trekking can be from a few to eight hours. Time taken may vary depending on the terrain and movement of these gentle giants. Mountain gorillas don’t live in one place; they move and build a new nest every day so there is nothing like closest or farthest gorilla family. The excitement of meeting face to face is so rewarding.

Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight. Depending on the time you return, there is a chance to visit the local communities walking accompanied by a guide who will give you insights into the daily life of the pygmies living near Bwindi.

Day 4 Bwindi through Ishasha/Queen Elizabeth National Park for wildlife and boat safari
Early breakfast we then head out for Ishasha, whether we use this route or not will be determined by its situation and the weather season,..your driver will determine since he the latest information of all the routes. Ishasha sector is south of Queen Elizabeth National Park, do a game drive where you may sight tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is dominated by acacia woodland and scrubland and features the meandering Ishasha River, banked by a riparian forest. We can stop and ovenight here at Ishasha - the most recommended lodging are; Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp, or Savannah Resort Hotel. Onward we move to the lodging of your choice in or near the Mweya area of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Our recommended list has mid-range Bush lodge for its price and location but upmarket Mweya Safari Lodge, Jacana Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge, mid range Bush lodge, Engazi lodge and budget Institute of Ecology.

8 Days Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee TrackingDay 5 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early breakfast in the African wilderness overlooking the African savannah and you are off for the second game drive to see more animals that habit this park, that include predator lions, leopard and other game. Over 500 bird species have been identified here, making it a Mecca for bird-watchers. They include the black bee-eater, 11 different species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and other raptors. Queen Elizabeth National is one of the most outstanding treasures of Uganda. It’s about 2½ to 3 hours ride then we return to your lodging for rest and lunch, and charge or change your camera batteries for yet another exiting Kazinga channel afternoon boat safari.

After lunch, its the afternoon 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Its a wide, 32-kilometre (20 mi) long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George, and a dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park in the western area of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Schools of hippos, buffaloes with elephants at the banks and so much more are all here. Nothing like the swarms of pelicans on the shore, birds flying everywhere and you on this boat slowly moving along the shore
Afterwards we return to the lodging facility for dinner and night, a quiet in the midst of the African savannah.

Day 6: Safari Drive on the way to Kibale Chimpanzee Park
After your breakfast, we check out and start our drive to Fort Portal and on the way up, a game drive in the northern part of the park just as we leave, visiting the Baboon Cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris. Enjoy the drive back to the lodge through large spans of savannah grasslands as you look out for some wildlife. Arrive at Fort Portal and continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves, is famous for the variety of primates and it is a terrific area for birds.
Arrive at Kibale Forest and check into your preferred lodging, lunch and relaxation. Accommodation in the Kibale Forest National Park area include;
Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge, Moderately priced: Kibale Forest Camp, and Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse and many more.

Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking, along with 12 primates in Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast, it’s time for chimpanzee tracking we move down to the Kanyankyu River Camp for the most 8 Days Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking uganda safaripopular activity in this park, – Chimpanzee tracking at 0800hours. Kanyanchu, in the central part of Kibale, is the main trailhead for the park’s famous forest walks, the most popular of which is the daily Primate Walk. Chimpanzee tracking (trekking) can take up to 3 hours. Chimpanzees are our closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. Unlike other Uganda chimpanzee locations, we are over 98% certain that you will see the find them here. We find the chimps by listening to their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. You are with the chimpanzees for one hour and get to observe them up close allowing you to take some close-up pictures. The chimpanzees are habituated, a process that takes up to two years and gets the chimpanzees used to human presence so that they continue with their activities while you are present.

The things you need for the day include long trousers preferably jeans, long-sleeved shirts, light hiking boots, daypack with a liter of bottled water, wide-brimmed hat and a light rain-jacket.

Kibale National park, is about 3,300 feet in elevation, it’s an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups. Return to your lodge for lunch and relaxation ahead of the afternoon Bigodi Swamp Walk

You may want to learn more about the Chimpanzees of Uganda,..go here


You may consider spending more time with the Chimps and not just the 3-hour chimp trek of which just one is spent with them. You can do the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) and spend 4 hours watching and following the chimpanzees through the forest.

Common Question; What is the difference between regular Chimpanzee Trekking and Chimpanzee Habituation Experience?

Habituation here is simply a process of getting the chimpanzee oriented to human presence while in thier natural habitat. When you go for Chimpanzee Trekking, you are one hour with a fully habituated Chimpanzee Group after finding them. That means they are used to human beings. When you go on a 4-hour Habituation Experience, you are observing a Chimpanzee Group that is in the process of being habituated, – a process that takes up to two years long and you are a participant in the process. You go down in to the rainforest with a guide in a small group - max of 4 plus ranger. Once you find the chimps, you watch and follow them through the rainforest for a few hours.
Expect the experience to differ each day as these are wild animals who are not trained to perform as if they are in a circus. On some days the trek may however be hard as you are often moving fast through dense forest so as to not lose the chimps. Learn more about Chimp Habituation Experience Vs. regular chimp trek

Please Note – As of July 1, 2020, the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience increased in price from $200 to $250. Regular Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest increased from $150 to $200. Advance planning is necessary as this is not something you are going to decide on ground.

8 Days Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking - Bigodi swamp walkAfter lunch we take the afternoon guided walk in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary where you are taken into the world of a jungle swamp, a rather unique experience. The wetland is a birder’s paradise with about 138 species and is best known for being home to the Great Blue Turaco. This is a 2½ - 3 hour walk and is a must for bird lovers. Bigodi Sanctuary is located outside the park in Magombe Swamp it also hosts eight species of primates including the black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed, l’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, and olive baboons. Bushbucks and mongooses and many more can also be found here. Hopefully you will spot the elusive Sitatunga Antelope and the Shoebill Stork, even chimpanzees at times. There is also an abundance of butterflies found here. Return to the lodge for dinner relaxation and overnight.

Drive to Kampala, Craft Shopping or Straight to Entebbe
I am afraid to mention; Days are gone and our 8 day South – West Uganda Safari experience is steadily coming to an end. Breakfast and homeward 5 hour drive via Mubende town. This route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightful rolling plantations, some of the best in Uganda. Depending on how much time we have, we can tour around and visit Kampala craft market before checking into your hotel or being transferred to the airport the choice is yours....thank youfor choosing to discover Uganda safaris with Lifetime Experience Safaris.

Here is what we offer in this 8 Day South-West Uganda Private Safari:
  • Gorilla Tracking (Trekking) Permits
  • Chimpanzee Tracking (Trekking) Permits
  • Visit to the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary
  • Private Safari 4x4 Vehicle and Driver
  • Round trip Fuel
  • Bottled Water for the journey
  • Entrance to Parks including Vehicle
  • Game drives (safaris)
  • Boat Safari
  • Full Board lodging of your preference except drinks
  • Equator Visit
  • Relevant Government Taxes

Not included drinks such as alcohol, laundry, phone calls, tips to lodge staff.

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