5- DAY GORILLA HABITUATION AND CHIMP Habituation SAFARI


Overview

This 5 Day Gorilla habituation and chimp habituation safari is good for those who want to spend more time with the world’s great primates in the names of mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. This trip takes you to the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the Rushaga region for gorilla habituation experience and then to Kibale National Park for chimpanzee habituation experience. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the only park in the whole world offering gorilla habituation experience and as such, you will have an opportunity to spend four hours with mountain gorillas compared to one work of gorilla trekking. From Bwindi National Park, you will drive to Kibale National Park to spend a whole day with chimpanzees in what is called chimpanzee habituation experience. Enjoy and compare these two experiences while in Uganda

Summary of our 5 Day gorilla habituation and chimp habituation safari

Day 01: Our 5 day gorilla habituation and chimp habituation safari starts from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 02: Spend 4 hours with gorillas during your gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 03: Drive back to Kibale Forest National Park for overnight.

Day 04: Chimp habituation in Kibale National Park

Day 05: Drive back to Entebbe International Airport marking the end of your 5 Day Gorilla habituation and chimp habituation safari

 

Things To Consider

 Accommodation is Inclusive

 Small Group Safari: Max 6 People per group

 Tour Can Depart any day

 Tour can be customized

 Solo travelers can join this tour

 Age Limit: 15 years and above

Tour Summary

 You’ll go to Uganda

 This tour starts and ends in Entebbe (Uganda)

 You’ll visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale Forest National Park

 Activities: gorilla habituation experience, chimpanzee tracking

 Getting around: open-sided 4×4 vehicle & pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle

 A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included

 Additional accommodation before the tour departs and on the last day can be arranged for extra cost

DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY

Day one: Start your 5 day gorilla habituation and chimp habituation safari

You will be picked by our driver guide to start your 5 day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Our safaris normally start very early in the morning with stops at the Equator crossing for photography and a lunch break in Mbarara town. You will then proceed to the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park because this is where gorilla habituation experience is currently taking place. This journey is very scenic as you have an opportunity to see the Kigezi rolling hills and valleys as you travel to Kisoro or southern part if Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will arrive late afternoon for Dinner and Overnight.

Drivetime: 9-10 hours

Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner

Overnight Lodge: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp (Luxury)/ Mutanda Lake Resort (Midrange)

 

Day two: Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will wake up early in the morning and head to the park headquarters to join other clients for briefing about dos and don’ts while with mountain gorillas on your habituation experience. After briefing, you will start your trek into the forest guided by researchers and guides. During your trek, you may encounter several birds, other animals and primates in the forest and once you have found the gorillas you will spend four hours with them and return back to the Lodge for overnight. You will have an opportunity to listen and observer researchers doing their work of habituating gorillas and if possible you will be called upon to participate by collecting samples, naming of group members, making calls and so much more.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner

Overnight Lodge: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp (Luxury)/ Mutanda Lake Resort (Midrange)

 

Day three: To Kibale National Park

You will drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National park to Kibale Forest National Park on this third day of your 5 day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari. You will arrive late afternoon for Dinner and overnight since lunch will be served en route.

Drivetime: Approximately 6-7 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Ndali Lodge (Luxury)/ Primate Lodge (Midrange)

 

Day four: Chimp habituation in Kibale National Park

The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience is not for the faint of heart – it means an early breakfast – a packed lunch and you are off before dawn breaks into the forest. You meet your guide and you are off to where the chimpanzees built nests the night before. Dawn is just breaking and the chimpanzee community you are going to be with the rest of the day is rising from their sleep. However you are here for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – which entails getting the chimpanzees used to the presence of humans (to remove the fear of humans from the group), a process that takes up to two years – and today you are part of that process by your all day presence in the forest. 

Your day will be full, your camera will fill up with quality pictures of the chimpanzees and you will get to learn to identify them as individuals by their markings, sometimes scars and other unique features that make them stand apart from rest.

The day ends as the chimpanzees climb into their newly built nests for the evening and you head back to your lodging for the evening. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner

Overnight Lodge: Ndali Lodge (Luxury)/ Primate Lodge (Midrange)

 

Day Five: End of your 5 day gorilla habituation and chimp habituation safari

After breakfast and depending on your departure flight details, you will drive 5-6 hours to Kampala/Entebbe marking the end of your 5 day gorilla habituation and chimp trekking safari in Uganda.

 

NOTES

The bookings with the lodges mentioned in the programme depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking. In case the mentioned lodges are not available during the requested period, we will do our best to book a lodge in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you). It is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla and chimpanzee permits so we will buy them only after your booking and down payment. Permits also depend on availability.

 

Tour Prices

Luxury accommodation per person sharing Midrange accommodation per person sharing
2 Pax: US $3285  $2785
4 Pax: US $3068 $2569
6 Pax: US $2995 $2352

Included

  • Airport transfers on first and last day,
  • Gorilla Habituation permit at USD1500.00 per person per trek
  • Chimp Habituation permit at USD220.00 per person per trek 
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle

Excluded

  • Pre and post tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala
  • International airfares
  • Uganda Visa (USD100 which can be paid on arrival at the Airport
  • Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, and laundry