6 Days Apes Uganda Safari

 

A TRIBE OF   HAIRY   WOMEN… UGANDA

The American physician & missionary Thomas Staughton savage first described the Western gorilla (he called it troglodytes gorilla) in 1847 from specimens obtained in Liberia. The name was derived from the Greek word Gorillai a “tribe of hairy women”.

Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest largely contained with in Bwindi impenetrable national park comprises a large primeval forest at altitudes spanning from 1,160 to2,607 meters. The impenetrable forest also known as ‘Place of darkness’ is located in southwestern of Uganda on the edge of the western arm of the great rift valley where mountain gorillas have survived for many centuries Thanks to Diana Fossey and her famous documentary the “Gorillas in the Mist”

 6 Days Primates of Uganda  Safari: Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi – Overnight Bwindi
Day 2: Day for gorilla trekking – Overnight Bwindi
Day 3: Game drive at Ishasha in Queen and Boat cruise on Kazinga channel .Overnight
Day 4:  Kyambura gorge chimpanzee tracking after transfer to Kibale/Fort Portal .Overnight
Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking at Kibale and primate walk at Bigodi and Overnight.
Day 6: Transfer Back to Kampala or Entebbe

 Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi.National Park

This Morning, you will be picked from your hotel/residence in Kampala at around 7.00 am and proceed to the south western part of the country. Stop at The equator for land mark photo taking and continue to Mbarara. Break for lunch on the way then proceed to Bwindi National Park the home of Mountain Gorillas. It is estimated to half of the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas –300 live within these boundaries shared by Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. The drive is long but enjoyable. Proceed south to Buhoma viewing the terraced hills of Kigezi Highlands once known as Switzerland of Africa.

Arrival at Buhoma will be in the evening. You will then settle in at your lodge for dinner and over night as you prepare for tomorrow’s event! FB

Budget: Buhoma Community Bandas: Nkuringo campsite tents: Virunga Hotel: Nkuringo safari centre
Middle: Nkuringo camp Site: Wagtail Eco lodge: Gorilla Mist Camp: Shongi Gorilla Resort
Up market: Lake Kitandara Lodge: Engagi Lodge: Mahogany Springs Lodge: Gorilla Resort Camp: Traveler’s Rest Camp: Silver Back Lodge: Gorilla Safari lodge.
Luxury: Gorilla Forest Camp: Buhoma Lodge: Clouds Lodge: Gahinga Volcanoes Bwindi Safari Lodge

Day   2: Gorilla Tracking Bwindi

Morning after breakfast with packed lunch, you will be escorted to the starting point for briefing by your guide. You will be allocated guides to track gorillas with, and then will be off to begin your adventure. A briefing from your local guides and then it’s off! The time taken and the terrain vary (1- 8 hours) this depends on the movement of these gentle giants. The thrill of meeting face to face takes away the pain of some times long and arduous trek. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in delightfully playful manner.

After tracking will walk back to your lodge for overnight stay FB.

You will need to carry long pants like light type, sturdy shoes to help you hiking steep and slippery slopes, long sleeved shirts and blouses to protect your bodies from thorns and itching plants. You may not rule out raining on you and at least a rain coat is needed to protect your bodies and any equipment carried along with like cameras. Also carry insect repellants and sun cream

Day   3: Bwindi National park to Ishasha – Queen Elizabeth Park

After early breakfast head for Ishasha, which is the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, carry out a game drive where you may sight tree-climbing lions and viewing other wildlife like elephant buffalo, hyena etc. Ishasha sector is dominated by acacia woodland and scrubland and features the meandering Ishasha River, banked by a riparian forest.

After picnic lunch drive to Mean Peninsular all the way to the northern sector of the park arriving in time at 3.00pm for boat cruise on Kazinga channel where will view wildlife elephant buffalo, crocodiles, schools of hippos and many bird species along this fascinating channel.. After check in at your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Budget: Albertine Camp: Farmland Resort.
Moderate: Hippo Hill Camp:Simba Safari Lodge: Bufallo Safari Lodge: Bush Lodge : Engazi Lodge
Up market: Mweya Lodge standard rooms: Katara Lodge
Luxury: Mweya Safari lodge: Jacana safari lodge: Wilderness Safari Camp

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National park- Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast, you will go for Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge where you will see not only the chimpanzee but also other primates like the colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys plus baboons.

Depart this interesting unique part of the world and head to Kibale Forest National Park another primate concentrated families. Check in at your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge : Ndali Lodge: Primate Lodge Kibale
Up market: Fort Motel: Mountains of the moon Lodge: Kibale Guest Cottages
Moderate: Ruwenzori view guest house: A taco
Budget: Toro Resort: Nyinabulitwa Country Resort

 Day 5: Kibale forest National park-chimpanzee tracking

After an early breakfast you will be driven to Kanyanchu park headquarters. With local guides trek chimps Kibale National Park in their natural habitat nestled in the shadows of the Rwenzori Mountains (the famed mist shrouded “Mountains of the Moon”) Kibale Forest is rich in animal life, including an astonishing 12 species of primates including chimps in this park have been recorded, the very localized red colobus and Lhotse’s monkeys. Tracking the chimpanzee our ‘cousin’ is a very interesting experience. The way they feed, climb trees, respond to humans, caring for their young ones leaves an imaginative dream to tell.

In the afternoon visit the surrounding- Bigodi swamp eco tourist site or enjoy unique view of crater lakes and other volcanic features. Overnight will be at Toro Resort (this provide mid range clean facilities) dinner and overnight

Day 6: Kibale – Kampala – Entebbe

After breakfast drive to Kampala or Entebbe via Mubende stopping at interesting forest and swamp spots with lunch on the way. End of Safari.

 Please Note the safari cost will include:

Meals and accommodation at full board for the agreed dates

  • Gorilla permits 1 permit per person
  • Game drive — Ishasha , park fees, 2 tracking chimpanzee permit,
  • safari driver /guide and 4×4 vehicle
  • Park fees
  • Applicable government taxes
  • Drinking bottled water while driving on safari

Excluded are:

  • Beverages and bar bills, phone alls, personal insurance and any other services of personal nature like souvenirs, tips, laundry etc

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