5 days Bwindi and Kibale – Best Short Uganda Primates Safari
Enjoy the adventure of observing primates in the wild on this 5-day safari, one of the greatest primate tours in Africa. Go for mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to almost half of the world’s total remaining population of the mountain gorillas. After the trek, go for chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest, home to 14 different primates.
- Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi National Park
- Day 2: Gorilla tracking
- Day 3: Bwindi to Kibale Forest National Park
- Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking (Kibale)
- Day 5: Transfer back to Kampala
Detailed Itinerary for 5 days Bwindi and Kibale
Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After your breakfast, transfer from Kampala to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. We shall have a stop at the Equator where you will make a simple experiment to experience a tropical balance, have a look at the traditional drums and crafts being made, and thereafter continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest prominently known for Mountain Gorillas.
Mammal that’s birds and primates life in this forest is superb, and there is an incredible variety of green species. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda, of which you might have a chance to encounter some as well as other primate species. Accommodations: Luxury: Chameleon Hill lodge Mid range (South): Gorilla Safari Lodge Budget: Wag Tail Eco Camp
Day 2: Gorilla trekking
After your early breakfast, you will be transferred to the gorilla tracking information office for a pre-gorilla tracking briefing by the park warden and rangers. After briefing, the rangers will then show the way you into the forest to track these gentle giants.
The thrill of spending time observing the gorillas as they interact with each other is a pleasing and unforgettable one, you are allowed an hour witnessing the interaction of these close relatives of ours. You are advised to carry with you a packed lunch for, the time spent tracking the gorillas would not be known to you but varies from 3 to 8 hours.
Time permitting; you may go for a late afternoon community walk to see the local people’s way of life and cultures. Accommodations Luxury (South): Chameleon Hill lodge/Mahogany Springs tip Mid range (Bhoma/North): Silverback Lodge/Engagi Lodge Budget (South): Gorilla mist camp
Day 3: Bwindi – Kibale Forest National Park
After your breakfast, you will transfer to Kibale forest national park that allows you a visit to the palace of the youngest king in the world (Tooro kingdom palace) for a cultural and historical brief, depending on the time we leave Bwindi, we can carry with us packed lunch or lunch shall be served in Fort portal town before proceeding to visit the crater lakes and then head to your hotel for a night before yet an exciting activity of Chimpanzee tracking.
Accommodations: Luxury (South): Chameleon Hill lodge Mid range (Bhoma/North): Silverback Lodge/Engagi Lodge Budget (South): Gorilla mist camp
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking (Kibale)
After an early morning breakfast, you will be led to the Chimpanzee tracking information office at 8am for a briefing by the park warden and ranger guides and after, you will be led into the rain forest in search of chimpanzees. These primates are very mobile and viewing them is unpredictable but a forest walk is an enriching activity and takes about 4 to 6 hours.
This forest is home to a large number of chimpanzees and other primates including Lhoestes, grey cheeked mangabeys, Red-colobus, Red-tailed, birds, and butterflies. You will get back at the lodge in time for lunch and if you have energy in the afternoon, go for a Bigodi swamp walk for yet more primates and bird watching with an optional opportunity to meet and interact with the local communities living here. Accommodations: Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge/Ndali Lodge/Crater safari Mid range: Kibale guest cottages/Mountains of the moon Hotel Budget: Kibale Forest Camp
Day 5: Transfer back to Kampala
After your breakfast, we will drive back to Kampala for your fight. END OF SAFARI