8 Days Experience Gorilla, Chimps, And Big Five
This is an amazing Safari that is tailored to give you a feel of three of Uganda’s Wild Parks, with this you are assured of viewing the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Chimpanzees of Kibale Forest National Park, the tree-climbing Lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Ishasha Sector and a day in between to relax by the Lake Bunyonyi.
- Arrival and transfer to your hotel (Kampala city tour)
- Transfer to Kibale for chimpanzee.
- Chimp tracking and the Bigodi Swamp Walk.
- Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and take the Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.
- Queen’s Morning game drive and the afternoon explosion crater drive.
- Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable NP through Ishasha tree climbing lions.
- Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.
- Drive back to Entebbe for your flight.
Detailed 8-Day Experience Gorilla, Chimps, and Big five
Day 1: Arrival and transfer to your hotel (Kampala city tour)
On your arrival at Entebbe international airport (EBB), you will be met by a Tubale safaris staff that will brief you and transfer you to your hotel for relaxation. In the evening you will be transferred to Ndere cultural center In Kampala central, which is a home of performing arts and a representation of Ugandan cultures through music, dance, and drama. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel, a Luxury hotel located in or near Kampala.
Meals & Drinks: Pakuba Safari All meals included, Non-alcoholic drinks.
Day 2 of 8 Days Chimps and Big Five: Transfer to Kibale for chimpanzee
After breakfast at your accommodation you will depart to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green countryside, and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda. Kibale NP is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, and red-tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight rest.
Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (Safari Tent) Mid-range tented camp located just outside Kibale NP.
Meals & Drinks: All meals included, Non-alcoholic drinks.
Day 3: Chimp tracking and the Bigodi Swamp Walk
Have breakfast and head to the trekking point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking and you will be marveled at the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch. Later go out for the Bigodi swamp walk.
The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a fascinating area, located in the Magombe swamp. This area is recognized for its extensive array of biodiversity among which are several primates species like the baboons, black & white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, and the L’Hoest monkey. The Bigodi is also a paradise for bird watchers. Among the major bird species within the sanctuary is the grand Blue Turaco.
Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Chimps).
Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (Safari Tent), Mid-range tented camp located just outside Kibale NP.
Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and take the Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel
After breakfast, you will Exit Kibale NP and continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth NP. Queen is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park’s diverse ecosystem which includes sprawling savannah makes it the ideal habitat for the classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees, and over 600 species of birds.
You will reach Queen early enough to rest, have lunch and later go for a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George to Lake Edward. You will surely be fascinated by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants, and crocodiles among others. You will also see many varieties of birds on the water shores. Return to the accommodation for dinner and later overnight rest.
Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Accommodation: Buffalo Safari Lodge, a Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP.
Meals & Drinks: All meals included, Non-alcoholic drinks.
Day 5: Queen’s Morning game drive and the afternoon explosion crater drive
Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive in the park, along the Kasenyi plains, and be on the look for Lions, Elephants, Leopards (though hard to spot), Bushbucks, Cape Buffaloes, Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda kob among others. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch. In the afternoon you will go for the explosion crater drive.
The drive is basically sightseeing with a very spectacular view of the breathtaking scenery in and around Queen. There is also plenty of wildlife to see along the drive although the commonest are sights of Cape Buffaloes plus Elephants. Return to the accommodation for relaxation, dinner, and an overnight stay.
Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP through Ishasha tree climbing lions
Be up and have your breakfast served. Go for a tree-climbing lion sighting and thereafter transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda (harboring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population), including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your accommodation, and relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.
Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas).
Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp, a Mid-range lodge located just outside Bwindi NP.
Meals & Drinks: All meals included, including Non-alcoholic drinks.
Day 7: Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rainforest is spectacular. The area offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain varies with the movements of these great primates.
Once you locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long-savored. Return to your lodge for some rest time and lunch. Thereafter, embark on a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation, relax, and enjoy your dinner and overnight stay.
Main Destination: Lake Bunyonyi
Accommodation: Heritage Lodge Habuharo, a Mid-range lodge located in or near Lake Bunyonyi
Meals & Drinks: All meals included, Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 8: Transfer back to Entebbe for your flight
Have a relaxed breakfast at the accommodation with a spectacular view of the Bwindi hills Bunyonyi just right in front of you and thereafter embark on your return journey to Entebbe Airport. Expect en route stopovers in Mbarara town for lunch and the Uganda Equator line mark in Kayabwe for some memorable photos and maybe buy some art pieces of interest. Proceed with the journey arriving late afternoon/evening for drop off at the airport. We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit, and thanks for choosing Tubale Safaris.
Main Destination: Entebbe.
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included), Non-alcoholic drinks
End of 8-Day Experience Gorilla, Chimps, and Big five
8-Day Experience Gorilla, Chimps, and Big five Inclusions and Exclusions
- Park fees (For non-residents)
- Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident).
- Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident).
- All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade).
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (Unless labeled as optional).
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer.
- Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
- Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section).
- International flights (From/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour.
- Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- The government imposed an increase in taxes and/or park fees.
Important things to Know
- Rates are per person and exclude international flight from/to your home country.
- This tour is unavailable for children.