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Your Uganda gorilla tours safari package is the ultimate primate lover adventure. This safari takes you to Bwindi – the home of more than half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas, and to Kibale National Park – a habitat to 13 primate species and over 1000 individual chimpanzees. The legendary Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated in the South-western region, on the edge of the western arm of the great East African Rift Valley. Your 5 days Uganda gorilla tours safari is the opportunity to encounter one of Uganda’s oldest rain forests – the eminent Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, dating back to over 25,000 years of existence. This safari package is your choice expedition, designed to give you a memorable encounter with one of the habituated mountain gorilla families residing in the vast forest.
You will further have your next stop at Kibale National Park is located in Southern Uganda. The park is renowned for harboring the highest number of Uganda’s population of chimpanzees. The park has an estimate population of over 1000 chimpanzees and 12 other primate species. You will encounter one of the habituated chimpanzee communities when you embark on a chimpanzee trekking experience. You will have the opportunity to meet a community of about 100 chimpanzees and watch them go about their daily routine amidst the thick trees and massive greenery, which comprise their natural habitat. The 5 days Uganda gorilla tours adventure is a lifetime experience.
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Your 5 days Bwindi – Kibale Uganda gorilla tours safari package will include:
Your Bwindi – Kibale Uganda gorilla tours safari will start with an English-speaking driver-guide picking you from a suitable location within Kampala. You will then embark on your gorilla trekking excursion – your memorable safari expedition spent in the primitive African wild. Your experienced guide will take the Kampala – Ntungamo – Rukungiri – kihihi – Buhoma route. This is regarded as the quickest and most direct route to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
You will make a brief stop at the equator in Kayabwe, about 72 km from Kampala city. While at the equator, you will have a chance to see the imaginary line that divides the world into two equal halves. You can choose to stand at this point with one of your feet in the northern hemisphere and the other foot in the southern hemisphere and take photos. A Uganda gorilla tours excursion is incomplete without visiting the equator.
You will make your next stop in Ntungamo town where you will have a savory lunch at one of the best restaurants. Continuing with your journey, you will have a chance to pass through Queen Elizabeth National Park’s famous Ishasha region – the home of the tree climbing lions. You will have a glimpse of these noteworthy lions nestled in massive tree branches as your guide drives via Kihihi to Buhoma. You will then arrive at Buhoma, one of the four main gorilla trekking regions in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, in the early evening. You can embark on a nature walk before retiring to your choice accommodation for dinner and overnight. This will mark the end of the first day of your Uganda gorilla tours safari.
The second day of your Uganda gorilla tours safari starts with an early breakfast before you head out to the park headquarters at around 7:00 am. You will be briefed about the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ while on a gorilla trekking excursion. You will then hit the trail-head with a team of professional guides and trackers. A typical gorilla trekking excursion lasts between 2 – 8 hours. Hiking through the beaten trails in search of the potent giants is exerting but greatly rewarding. The hours you spend searching through the vast forest are not boring; you get to encounter a variety of mammal, primate and bird species as well as noteworthy floral and plant life.
You can have your packed lunch before or after your gorilla trekking expedition. As the afternoon wanes, you will embark on the ‘Batwa experience’. Encountering the pygmy Batwa is a major highlight in a Uganda gorilla tours safari. The expedition includes visiting the community where the Batwa – native forest dwellers live. You will return to your choice lodge in the late evening for dinner and overnight.
On the third day of your Uganda gorilla tours safari, you will have breakfast and transfer to Kibale National Park at around 8:00 am. Once you arrive at the park, you will checking in at your choice lodging, have lunch and unwind before heading out to Ndali – Kasenda crater lakes region. The region is a mass of lakes formed from ancient volcanic activity dating back to over 1000 years. The region offers you a scenic view of the rolling hills, the rugged landscape and thick greenery covering the surrounding areas. It is not advisable to swim in the lakes however, because they have green toxic water and they give off a sulphuric smell. After exploring the lakes, you will retire to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
After having breakfast, you will prepare to embark on a chimp trekking excursion, an activity to supplement your Uganda gorilla tours safari experience. Kibale National Park has the highest concentration of chimp population in Uganda and is a home to 13 other primate species. You will report at Kanyanchu Visitor Center for a briefing from the park authorities after which you will be allocated a chimp community to track. Chimpanzees live in large communities of about 100 individuals, and a typical tracking experience lasts between 2 – 6 hours.
After your chimpanzee tracking experience, you will have lunch and head out for a guided nature walk in Bigodi wetland sanctuary. The swamp is a habitat to over 200 bird species, and a variety of primate and mammal species including; the various kinds of monkeys, otters, bush pigs, bush bucks, sitatungas, and mongooses. You will retire to your lodge in the late evening for dinner and overnight.
On the last day of your Uganda gorilla tours safari, you have breakfast and embark on your journey back to Kampala. When you reach Fort Portal, you will visit Tooro palace – the residence of King Oyo, the reigning monarch of Tooro kingdom. You will also visit the Karambi tombs – the burial sight of three of Tooro kingdom’s famous kings.
You will have lunch in Fort Portal town and then continue with your journey, making your next stop at the equator in Kayabwe. You will a water experiment, take photos at the equator monuments and visit the curio shops in the area. You will reach Kampala in the late evening. Your driver-guide will drop you at your desired location. This will mark the end of your Bwindi – Kibale Uganda gorilla tours safari experience.