Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking, Uganda+ Rwanda -7 days
Day 1- Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park
Very Early morning, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth. You will pass through the scenic country side of Ankole. A game drive en route is rewarding with a variety of animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, mongoose among others. Lunch en route and visit the crater lakes region then after Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya safari lodge/ Kyambura wild life lodge (luxury), Queen Elizabeth bush camp/King fisher (mid-range)
Day 2 –Chimpanzee tracking and a launch cruise
Take breakfast to warm up in the morning and then go chimp tracking in Kyambura gorge . The gorge 100mtres profound is a habitat to habituated chimpanzees. It is imprinted by Kyamburariver which flows across the rift valley floor towards the Kazinga channel. The guided walk to search for man’s closest cousins the chimpanzee begins at Kyambura Fig tree camp at 0800 hours and takes 2 – 5 hours. You will encounter other primates in this gorge that include the red tailed monkeys, colobus monkeys, olive baboon among others. Relax as you wait for lunch time. In the afternoon, you will be taken for a boat ride at the Kazingachannel . This will expose you to various aquatic mammals like the Crocodiles and herds of Hippopotami. The shoreline of this channel is well known for its massive flocks of birds like the the fish eagle, African jacana, pelicans and if you are lucky , the shoe bill. Crocodiles have become a common sight here and irregularly leopards. Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya safari lodge/ Kyambura wild life lodge (luxury), Queen Elizabeth bush camp/King fisher (mid-range)
Day 3 – Morning game drives and Transfer to Bwindi forest
Wake up for a morning game drive in search for the early risers . Expect encounters of lions, leopard, the Uganda kob, elephants, buffalo and many other personal expenses. You will be transferred to Bwindi National park through the Ishasha sector. A game drive through this southern sector of Queen Elizabeth is famous for tree climbing Lion encounters. Have lunch en route and then after transfer to Bwindi national park. Overnight at Buhoma Homestead /Gorilla Resort camp/ Gorilla Forest Camp (luxury), Nkuringo camp/Buhoma Community Bandas (budget).
Day 4 - Gorilla trekking
Early Morning, Go gorilla tracking, walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. An inspiring moment! (This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes) Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other,and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas.
It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left! If you have the energy this afternoon, take a guided walk on the Munyaga River trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, epithytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’scolourful array of butterflies. Here you may also see birds and primates from theforest edge. Overnight at Buhoma Homestead /Gorilla Resort camp/ Gorilla Forest Camp (luxury), Nkuringo camp/Buhoma Community Bandas (budget).
Day 5 – Transfer to Rwanda
After breakfast, you will transfer to either Kisoro or Kabale .Cross the border (clear your visa requirements) then you will be driven to Kinigi. On arrival, you will visit the genocide memorial. Dinner and overnight at Virunga lodge (luxury), Gorilla nest lodge(mid-range), Kinigi /Muhabura lodge(budget)
Day 6 – Gorilla trekking and transfer to Kabale
After breakfast, go gorillastracking in Parc National des Volcans. Tracking the gorillas in this light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a supernatural experience. The walks might be laborious! An encounter of a family of gorillas is rewarding! Spend an hour with them and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. Transfer to Kabale for Dinner and overnight stay at the bunyonyi overland camp (luxury), Arccadia cottages (mid-range), Amagara café and restaurant kabala (budget)
Day 7 - Kabale and Transfer to Kampala
Take breakfast and then Visit the museums in Kabale from where you will be transferred to Kampala or Entebbe for your next flight back home.
The safari Includes;
.Transportation by 4x4 wheel drive
. Park entry fees
. Full board accommodation
. 1 chimpanzee permit per person
. 2 gorilla tracking permits per person TO BE SECURED IN ADVANCE
. En route Meals
. Game drives
. An English speaking guide
. Launch cruise
The price excludes; tips, visa fees, laundry, drinks and any other personal expenses.