4 Day Gorilla and Chimp Trekking in Uganda
Experience one of Africa’s most magical wildlife encounters – seeing the rare mountain gorillas in the wild, as well as trekking chimpanzees, spotting other wildlife and gaining insight into the cultures of Uganda.
Day 1: Kampala to Kibale National Park – Uganda
Our 4 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari departs from Kampala, the capital of Uganda.
We pause for lunch en route to the Kibale National Park, near the lush Ruwenzori Mountains. In the afternoon we embark on a guided walk in the national park, exploring the crater lakes area and experiencing the local culture.
Meals and overnight at a scenically located camp overlooking crater lakes at Rweteera Safari Park.
Day 2: Kibale Chimpanzee Trek & Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Uganda
Our day starts early, with chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park, home to an impressive 500 chimpanzees. Before heading into the forest we are briefed on the trekking procedures.
The dense jungles of Kibale Park are the best place to view chimpanzees in Africa. The chimpanzees are commonly found feeding on fig tree fruits in the game park and have been habituated to humans since 1992.
Kibale National Park covers 795 km² and consists mostly of a vast tract of equatorial rainforest. This national park is home to numerous forest wildlife species, boasting one of the highest concentrations of primates in the world. The 13 primate species include Black-and-White and Grey Cheeked Colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys and Galagos, as well as chimpanzees.
In the afternoon we travel south to Queen Elizabeth National Park, taking in the sights and looking out for wildlife as we drive.
Our next destination is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the endangered African Mountain Gorillas, along with a rich diversity of wild animals, insects and plants. Inhabitants include various other primate species, such as the blue and red tailed monkeys.
Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Conservation Camp.
Day 3: Bwindi Forest Gorilla Trekking
On day three we rise early for breakfast, before the gorilla trek briefing at 8:00am.
Gorilla trekking is the highlight of visiting Uganda. We embark on this once in a lifetime wildlife experience, encountering the endangered mountain gorillas in the wild.
The guides lead you into the bush, pushing through the undergrowth to track the mountain gorillas. This walk can take up to 6 hours, so a reasonable degree of fitness and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are a must.
After a rewarding trek through the jungle we sit in the forest among the mountain gorillas, listening to them communicating with one another. Marvel at the sheer size of the dominant adult male gorillas, called Silverbacks and experience one of Africa’s most unique wildlife encounters. After lunch in the forest we take a well-deserved rest or enjoy some bird watching.
We return to the community run safari camp to relax and recuperate after our unforgettable gorilla trek in the Bwindi Forest of Uganda.
In the afternoon we take a guided walk in the Buhoma Village to gain insight into the lives of the local people, living in the area around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This walk is part of an initiative that empowers the local people benefiting from tourism. The informative village walk starts from our camp and allows visitors to see the day-to-day lives of the locals.
Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch (packed) and Dinner
We recommend taking a rain jacket, drinking water, packed lunch and snacks on the gorilla trek.
Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Kampala or Entebbe
On the final day of our Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari we have an early breakfast before making our way back to Kampala and Entebbe.
We travel via Mbarara and the Igongo Cultural Village where we encounter the Ankole and Bahima people. At the Igongo Center we get a glimpse of the culture and ways of these Ugandan people, learning a bit about their history. Lunch is enjoyed en route and we pause at the equator to take photographs. We then continue to Kampala and Entebbe (airport transfer on request) in time to catch your onward flight.
Meal plan: Breakfast
Price: CHF 2020 Per Person. Private quote for two people. Enquire if you wish to join a larger group. Largest group is 4 people.
Gorilla Trekking Permit: $600
A comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle, excellent for game viewing & photography
Full time English speaking professional driver guide
Agreed upon accommodation and meals stated
All activities mentioned
Park entry and vehicle entrance fees
Airport Transfers ($40 one way)
Airfares to Uganda
Entry visas and airport taxes
All personal expenditure such as laundry and drinks are excluded.
Despite the highest probability there is no guarantee of a sighting of the gorillas. Thanks to the experience of the guides and GPS support, the success rate is over 90%. The maximum size per group is 8 participants.
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