ViapoAfrican Safaris

5 Day Gorillas & Chimps Habituation Tour in Uganda

Overview

This 5 Day Gorillas and Chimps Habituation Tour will take you to Kibale Forest National Park jungle, “the primate capital of the world”, the habituated chimpanzees and to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the home of the more than half the population of the World’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, to habituate the gentle apes that share more than 90% of their genes with humans and a nature walk in the Bigodi swamp to see other primates, colorful birds, rare plants and insects; and to view the landscapes in the crater lakes region around the National Park.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Mountain Gorilla Habituation
  • Chimpanzee Habituation
  • Bigodi Swamp Walk
  • Crater Lakes Exploration

 

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Early in the morning after breakfast, we set off to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you will have a stopover at the Equator and in Mbarara for lunch break then continue to Bwindi. Where you will enjoy spectacular scenery of rolling hills, deep valleys and water marshes along this route and have a community walk to Batwa/Pygmy people. Dinner and overnight at your Lodge.

 

Accommodations:

Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Broadbill Lodge/Traveler’s Rest Camp

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp /Rushaga Gorilla Camp/ Mutanda Lake Resort.

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Spring Lodge/Gorilla safari Lodge.

 

Day 2: Gorilla Habituation Day.

You will have an early morning entry into the mountain gorillas’ sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular and heavily vegetated with dense landscapes crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these fantastic apes.

Our intimate gorilla experience allows you to accompany the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s Bwindi gorilla habituation team for the entire day, allowing you to have a minimum 4 hours in the presence of a mountain gorilla family – since regular permits only allow 1 hour, this is 4 times the amount of time spent up close with Gorillas – more than any other safari operator!  During this time you will be able to experience the gorilla family as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed until they build their nests at bed time.

The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories. Spending more time with them than the norm means you are assured of the best possible experience, with 4 full hours for better photography, researcher access for more questions, and enough time to experience more intimate and unusual behaviors. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

Accommodations:

Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Broadbill Lodge/Traveler’s Rest Camp

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp /Rushaga Gorilla Camp/ Mutanda Lake Resort.

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Spring Lodge/Gorilla safari Lodge.

 

Day 3: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

You will drive to Kibale National park. The drive will take about 4 -5 hours. Have lunch in Fort Portal and continue to Kibale. In the afternoon you will 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 to see some of the primates like blue monkeys baboons otters mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs and among others. Also this is another paradise for bird watching; common sighted birds include Great blur turaco among others. Dinner and overnight will be at your reserved lodge.

Accommodations:

Budget: Chimpanzee Guest House/Kibale Forest Camp (Tents)

Midrange: Kibale forest lodge (Banda)/ Mountains of the moon

Luxury: Papaya Lodge/ Primate Lodge/ Crater safari lodge

 

Day 4: Chimpanzee Habituation Day

On this day you’ll accompany Kibale’s researchers in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to a “soft” habituation project with chimpanzees. You’ll learn to safely observe the chimps during their daily activities, so they get comfortable with human presence without changing their natural behaviors. You will be able to experience the chimp families as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed. Guided by biologists and researchers, we will enjoy unprecedented intimate access to these wild chimps for the entire day until they build their nests at bed time. Kibale Forest hosts at least 1,500 chimpanzees out of the 4,950 found in Uganda, making this the largest concentration of chimps in Africa. The park is also home to 10 other primates including diurnal species like the Red Colobus Monkey, Blue Monkey, Red-tailed monkey, Gray Checked Mangabeys, and Vervet Monkey, as well as many other animals. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking.

Accommodations:

Budget: Chimpanzee Guest House/Kibale Forest Camp (Tents)

Midrange: Kibale forest lodge (Banda)/ Mountains of the moon

Luxury: Papaya Lake Lodge/ Primate Lodge/ Crater safari lodge

 

Day 5: Transfer to Kampala or Kigali

You will have breakfast, go for crater lakes exploration and thereafter, drive to Kampala/Entebbe Airport for your departure flight. End of the 5 Day Gorillas and Chimps habituation Tour in Uganda

Requirements for this Safari:

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  • Chimpanzee Habituation Permit
  • Gorilla Habituation permit
  • Travel &Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Physical fitness
  • Travelers must be at least 15 years old on the day of the trekking.
  • Good physical, fit health and mental condition
  • Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood.
  • Insulated warm Jacket synthetic or down.
  • Long Sleeve Shirt and Waterproof Pants.
  • Footwear – Hiking.

 

 

Prices Includes:

  • Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 4WD safari vehicle
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Services of an English Speaking Driver/guide.
  • Community visit fees
  • Guided nature walks
  • Return airport transfers.

 

Price Excludes:

  • Other drinks apart from bottled water
  • Laundry
  • Insurance
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • Porter fees while trekking Gorillas and chimpanzees