Awesome Apes - ACU5


Highlights:

This 5 day/4 nights Primate Trip will take you to Kibale Forest National Park, home to over 13 primate species including the endangered chimpanzees, and later head down to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world. The journey to Bwindi gives you an opportunity to drive through the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park Approx. 5 hrs

On arrival at Entebbe International airport, Adventure Consults representative will meet and assist through customs and start your journey to the west via Kampala. Drive through the green tea plantations and the evergreen Kibale forest, arriving Fort-portal in time for Lunch. Proceed to the Lodge. Meals and Overnight accommodation at the Lodge.

We recommend that you book flights getting into Entebbe by 10:00am, or else a night in Entebbe/before starting the trip is worth. Get in touch for recommendations on where to stay and related extra costs.

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking - Kibale Forest NP. Tracking takes about 3 to 4 hrs.

After Breakfast, transfer to Kanyanchu park Headquarters in time for a briefing and head out to the forest. Chimpanzee tracking starts early in the morning. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest's fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters.

After lunch, go for a walk in Bigodi - an eco-tourism swamp with rare and beautiful flora and fauna. Meals and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 3: Kibale – Bwindi National Park – App. 6 hours.

Early morning start for Bwindi National park, driving through the savannah game filled Queen Elizabeth National Park. You may drive via Ishasha area famous for its tree climbing Lions unique to this region and a multitude of animals.

Proceed to Buhoma, arriving at the Lodge in the afternoon, relax and enjoy the forest views or take a village walk around Buhoma area with a visit to craft shops, local schools, hospital and later enjoy entertainment by the local community/Orphan group. Meals and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Tracking takes between 3 to 10 hrs.

Depending on the Gorilla family booked, you may have breakfast at the lodge or have a parked breakfast. Meet your personal guide at the lounge and drive down to the Park Headquarters for a briefing and later enter the Gorilla sanctuary for an interesting search of the gentle giants.

Experienced Wildlife guides along with trackers and porters will accompany you through the ever-green forest.  The journey, through dense foliage and up steep climbs, leads you to lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.  After finding the Gorillas, you will have an opportunity to be within meters of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. With an estimated 850 Gorilla population in the world, spending one hour with a Gorilla family is a once in a lifetime experience! You will later follow your footsteps and return to the forest edge, meet your guide, head back to the lodge. Depending on trek duration, you have an option for a picnic lunch or have a warm meal at the lodge.  

Ride for a woman project visit: In the afternoon, you have option to visit a women project (Ride 4 a woman). It’s a charitable organization set up to support women struggling with poverty, HIV and domestic violence. Your visit indirectly supports the project work and while here, you may participate in basketry, weaving, making local dishes and have an opportunity for last minute craft shopping.

Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the lodge.

Day 5: Fly to Entebbe – Connect to international flight.

After Breakfast, Transfer to Kihihi airstrip in time for your 9:45 AM flight arriving Entebbe Airport at 1125 AM. Depending on the weather, you may have the best views of the Volcanoes, villages and Lakes as you take off, proceed to the airport and connect to your onward international flight.

Connecting flights out of Entebbe MUST be after 1pm. Note that domestic flight schedules are subject to change. Depending on flight schedule, you may need a day use room near the airport for which we shall book upon request – sales@adventureconsults.com

Accommodation: We do not restrict on where to stay but here are some recommended options. In most cases, we go with the travelers’ choice. Here are below are suggested places (among others) as we cannot list all available options. So get in touch for options.

Lion range (Luxury):

Kibale Forest National Park: Kyaninga/Ndali/Primate lodge Kibale/Crater Lodge

Bwindi Impenetrable Park: Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany springs, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Clouds lodge, Silverback Lodge, Engagi Lodge.

Pride range (Mid-range):

Kibale Forest National park: Kibale Forest camp/ Chimpanzee Guest House/Isunga Lodge.

Bwindi Forest national park: Haven’s Lodge Buhoma/Crested crane/Rushaga Gorilla Camp


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