6 Days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation Tour

Uganda is home to several primate species including the two great apes – Mountain gorillas and Chimpanzees. Most peoples interest in in trekking gorillas and chimpanzees which allows them to spend 1 hour with the great apes in the forest. On this tour you will have an opportunity to spend 4 hours with the apes as they go through the habituation experience – a process that makes them less fearful of human therefore are able to feed and continue their life in the presence of humans.

Safari Highlights

  • Chimpanzee Habituation
  • Gorilla Habituation

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival for your Uganda Safari

The 6 Days Uganda Primates safari begins on this day with your arrival at Entebbe International Airport where you will be welcomed to Uganda by a Kagera Safaris representative. Depending on time of arrival, the driver guide will take you to the town to exchange money and get a sim card if you are interested otherwise you can use the forex bureaus at the airport.

Journey time – 20 minutes

Accommodation

  • Upmarket – Hotel No 5
  • Mid-range – The Boma
  • Budget – African Roots Guesthouse

Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The journey to Bwindi impenetrable national park takes you through the small busy towns of Uganda and the roadside fruit and vegetable markets. You will have a short stop over at the Uganda Equator monument where you will have some photography moments, after this you proceed with the journey to Bwindi.

As you approach Bwindi impenetrable national park you will have views of the terraced hills of Uganda Kigezi highlands.

Journey time – 8 hours
Meal plan – B, L & D

Accommodation

  • Up market – Clouds Mt Gorilla Lodge
  • Mid-range – Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge
  • Budget – Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (standard rooms)

Day 3: Gorilla Habituation experience

Today after an early breakfast, the driver guide will transfer you to the briefing area where you will receive guidance on how the day will be. Only 4 visitors are allowed to join the researchers and rangers on this amazing experience. You will then start the gorilla habituation which involves starting with where the gorillas nested the previous night and following their paths until you locate them. This experience allows you up to 4 hours with the gorillas as you watch them in their natural habitat and see how they live and behave.

The gorilla habituation experience allows you to get a closer look in their life with information from the researchers who have been following them for years. After this experience, you will return to the lodge where you will overnight.

B, L & D

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale Forest national park

Kibale forest national park is the best safari destination in Africa for chimpanzee trekking. The journey from Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable national park to Kibale Forest will take you through the Kigezi highlands sharing with you their terraced hills. On arrival at your lodge, check in and rest as you look forward to tomorrow’s chimpanzee habituation activity.

Journey time – 5 hours
Meal plan – B, L & D

Accommodation

  • Up market – Papaya Lake Lodge
  • Mid-range – Turaco TreeTop
  • Budget – Chimpanzee Guesthouse

Day 5: Full Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Today after an early breakfast your driver guide will drive you the briefing area before you start your chimpanzee habituation experience. You will leave with a packed lunch and water because you will spend 4 hours with the chimps after location them. Together with the ranger guides and researchers, you will trek in search of the man’s closest relatives depending on where they nested the previous day. You will learn about their feeding habits and learn about the chimps all round and how the habituation system works.

You will end your day in the evening as you retire to your lodge after this rewarding experience.

B, L & D

Day 6: Transfer to Entebbe International Airport

Today marks the end of your safari, Your driver guide will transfer you to Entebbe international airport after breakfast for your return flight. We hope you had a fantastic time in the forests of Uganda.

Journey time – 5 hours
B & L

Included in the Price

Chimpanzee Habituation permits
Gorilla Habituation Permits
Ground transport per 4WD custom made for safari
Bottled water in the safari vehicle
Full board accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Service of an English-speaking driver guide
Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Excluded in Price

Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
Tips to porters and driver/ guide
Insurance