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5 Day Gorilla & Chimps South Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

5 Days/4 Nights

You will be in primate heaven as this safari takes you to the chimps of Kibale Forest National Park and the gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Budget Standard Luxury Campsite Permanent Campsite Lodge Hotel

Safari Highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking Nkuringo Group in Southern Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Chimp trekking in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Bigoda Swamp Walk

Safari at a Glance

1Arrival in Entebbe Primate Lodge Kibale
2Kibale Forest National ParkPrimate Lodge Kibale
3KisoroTravellers Rest Hotel
4Bwindi Impenetrable ForestTravellers Rest Hotel
5Kisoro to Kampala
The Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

You will be picked up by a SafariHQ representative from Entebbe airport, Uganda. We will transfer you to Primate Lodge Kibale on the edge of Kibale Forest National Park. This park is one of the best destinations for chimpanzee tracking in Africa. Kibale’s 795 km2 contains one of the most beautiful and varying tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. The park is home to 13 species of primate and also has the highest concentration of primates than any the park in Africa. It is the experience of a lifetime to trek through tropical forest to view chimps in their natural habitat. They will crash and bound about the forest and their natural inquisitiveness may even see them mimicking your own actions.  You will enjoy dinner and overnights stay at Primate Lodge Kibale, where you can unwind and fall asleep to the sounds of the tropical forest.

Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the early morning we will enter Kibale Forest National Park and start with a chimp walk. As well as observing chimps you may also encounter Guereza colobus, olive baboon, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkeys. For the bird enthusiast there are 335 bird species to watch out for as well as thousands of butterfies.

In the afternoon we will walk through Bigodi Swamp (home to a community based project), which is home to 200 species of bird. The Bigodi wetland area is managed by the local community and hosts the ever elusive sitatunga, bushpig, bushbuck, otter, mongoose, civet cat and chimps.  Dinner and overnight stay at the Primate Lodge Kibale.

Day 3: Kisoro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning we will leave for Kisoro. You will be crossing the Kazinga Channel, travelling through Queen Elizabeth National Park, and reach Kabale in time to enjoy lunch. From Kabale we will continue through a picturesque landscape described as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ – mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the very last hill we cross the landscape unfolds beneath you, taking in the vast planes between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with the Virunga volcanoes dominating the view.  Kisoro is loacted in this valley, and you will retire to the famous Travellers Rest Hotel for the night.

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day of gorilla tracking!

You will travel by car from Travellers Rest Hotel in Kisoro to Nkuringo, in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP (1hr). Once there you will first receive a briefing (7.45am) and at 8.30am you will start the tracking. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! You will be expected back to the starting point by 7.00pm at the latest. Being physically fit is recommended.

It is always best to hear from other visitors, and this is Stella and Trudy’s story:

“At a distance of about fifteen feet a mountain gorilla with her baby appears. She comes out of the bushes, looks at me and lies down. My presence does not seem to bother her. She just wants to rest, whether I am there or not. I can almost touch her. My heart dances with joy. I am in a good position to take pictures, so I let my camera do its work. It is the thrill of a lifetime. I cannot but agree with the American zoologist George Schaller, the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, who once said: ‘No one who looks into the eyes of a gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged.”

Dinner and overnight stay at the Traveller’s Rest Hotel.

Day 5: Kisoro to Kampala

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Early in the morning after breakfast you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee.

We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe – or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight.

What's Included?

  • Prices are in $USD
  • Prices based on twin share 
  • Single traveller supplements apply
  • 2 Nights lodge accommodation in Primate Lodge, 2 nights suite room in Travellers Rest
  • Bottled water
  • All meals while on safari
  • Chimp passes
  • 4×4 safari vehicle with driver/guide throughout
  • National Park fees
  • Group Prices & child rates available >12yrs only on request
Disclaimer: All prices are based on $USD and per person sharing. 

What's Not Included?

  • International flights
  • Accommodation the night after the safari
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide tips
  • Entry visas
  • Gorilla passes ($600 USD per person)