When you go gorilla trekking there is no set or marked path, meaning you will be walking through the unmarked forest. The forest will be wet and things may get damp, with the wet trees and ground.
Gorillas are herbivorous apes that live mostly on vegetation — stems, bamboo shoots, and fruits.
Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you will be met by an Entice Africa Safaris representative who will introduce you to your driver guide. Your guide will then take you through your travel plans. Before you know it, you will be transferred to Papyrus Guest House for an overnight stay and dinner.
After an early morning breakfast, you will get into your safari vehicle for your transfer to Kibale National Park. Kibale National Park is one of the greatest rain forests in Africa. This forest is the home of over forty different species of primates, with chimpanzees being the most commonly tracked species. Other primates you will see include golden monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and bird species.
The park is also next to Bigodi Wetland which is managed and owned by the local people in the area. This place is famous for primate, as well as bird watching. Upon arrival at the park, you will check into the camp for dinner, relaxation, and overnight stay.
Wake up early and head to Kanyanchu by 8:00 a.m. to start your chimpanzee trek in Kibale Forest. Chimpanzees are considered to be the closest relatives of human beings since they share 98% of their DNA with that of the humans.
As you proceed with your search of these beautiful chimps, you will, as well, view many other primate and animal species, including l’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, pottos, bush babies, and many bird species including the little green bul, yellow spotted nictor, ramped tinker bird, crowed eagle, green breasted pitta, black bee spotted eater, as well as elephants.
This national park is on average 3,300 feet in elevation and it’s a rain forest with many communities of chimpanzees. Each troop has over 100 individuals with a complete social structure. In their groups, the adult males dominate the group and always defend the whole community against any danger and incursions by outside males.
These primates are located by listening to their pant hooting calls, hurrying to the place where they are calling from. You get a chance to observe them as they play, feed, socialize, as well as jump around in trees.
Immediately after, return to the lodge for lunch as you prepare to visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary where you will view more primates, like blue monkeys, baboons, otters, bushbucks, mongoose , bush pigs, and many more. The place is also known for many bird species, like the great blue turaco and the green breasted pitta.
After an early morning breakfast, you will check out of the lodge with the help of your driver-guide and then transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This park is just a five-hour drive away and it is famous for a variety of wildlife and primate species.
This famous conservation area is bordered by Lake Edward in the south west, and in the north east, it’s bordered by Lake George.
This park was named after Queen Elizabeth II and it has a variety of wildlife species including impalas, kobs, forest hogs, elephants, buffaloes, tree climbing lions, and cape buffaloes. It is also filled with many volcanic calderas which harbor many flamingos on several seasons.
Arrive in time for lunch, and, in the afternoon, you will take a two-hour launch cruise on Kazinga Channel that connects lakes Edward and George, one of the most exciting activities in Uganda with a chance to see a high concentration of hippos and crocodiles in the water, while elephants, waterbucks, and buffaloes graze on the banks of the channel, as well as an array of bird life, including king fishers, Egyptian fish eagle, saddle billed stock, among others. Later, return to the lodge for an overnight stay and dinner.
In the morning, have breakfast at your lodge and thereafter set out for a game drive through the park where your eyes will be fed with amazing sights and wildlife such as kob elephants, giant forest hogs, warthogs, and hippos grazing.
You will go through the crater lakes and dry craters, visiting the salt lake. Lunch will be at the lodge. Afterwards, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This area is known for its tree climbing lions.
The safari will head westwards leaving the Ankole kingdom, entering Bwindi and the Kigezi kingdom, home of the heavy weights!. Arrive at the park in the evening and check into your lodge for an overnight stay and dinner.
On this day, you will have a great time meeting with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest. After a tasty breakfast, your guide will pick you up at the lodge. You will head for a briefing and, later, enjoy the fullness of the mist forest as you see the gentle giants and other wildlife species like buffaloes, elephants, monkeys, butterflies, and different bird species.
Only one hour is permitted with the gorillas. Locating gorillas can take a few hours or the whole day, depending on how far they moved from the place they spent the previous night. After the trek, in the evening, you could go for a guided nature walk or a community visit.
After a good night sleep, breakfast, and checking out of the lodge, it will be time for your final drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Kampala. You will have an en-route lunch and a chance to explore the region’s culture at Igongo Cultural Center in Mbarara and be dropped off at either your hotel or Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your flight back home.
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