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7 Days/6 Nights Gorillas, Chimps and Golden Monkeys Tracking in Uganda

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The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) is in southwestern Uganda. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and is situated along the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. Composed of 321 square kilometres (124 sq mi) of both montane and lowland forest, it is accessible only on foot. BINP is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-designated World Heritage Site.[1][2]

Species diversity is a feature of the park.[3] It provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species. Floristically, the park is among the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The northern (low elevation) sector has many species of Guineo-Congolian flora, including two endangered species, the brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. In particular, the area shares in the high levels of endemisms of the Albertine Rift.

The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the 400 Bwindi gorillas, half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. 14 habituated mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo in the Districts of Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro respectively all under the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority.(Wikipedia)

Departure & Return Location

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Park Ranger Fee
  • Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Relevant Government Taxes
  • Full Board Accommodation and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Full-time English-speaking Driver/Guide
  • Airport transfer, as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends
  • Gorilla Permit

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Personal Insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • Expenses of personal naturesuch as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.

What to bring on this tour

You will be on the move a lot, therefore you are advised to pack lightly. Your baggage should be clearly labelled. You are restricted to one soft compact suitcase, sports bag, or backpack, of medium size, as well as a day pack. On this trip you may experience several types of weather. We would advise to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings. Light, quick-drying, practical clothes are advisable for this trip. While hiking, your clothes are likely to get very muddy and may not recover to their original state – therefore take old clothing for trekking. Hard wearing clothes, no bright colors, or no army camouflage clothing should be worn. Greens, khaki and similar neutral clothes are recommended.

 CHECKLIST

Documents:

  • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
  • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
  • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
  • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
  • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

 Essentials:

  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
  • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
  • Ear plugs
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, band aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
  • Footwear
  • Hats
  • Locks for bags
  • Long pants/jeans
  • Money belt
  • Outlet adapter
  • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  • Watch
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Uganda

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by your safari guide who will transfer you to a hotel reserved for you.
Accommodation: Sun Set Motel (Budget)/Karibu Guest House (Midrange)

Day 2Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

After an early breakfast you will set off onto the awaited wildlife adventure from Kampala and travel westwards to Bwindi for approximately 9-10 hours. You will have a brief stop at the Equator for a chance to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photographs. You will continue the journey through the beautiful verdant rolling hills of the country. You will stop in Mbarara town for lunch and then continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park the park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the 400 Bwindi gorillas, half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. There you will spend the night at the hotel of your choice.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) Gorilla valley lodge (budget)/ Mutanda Lake Resort (Midrange)

Day 3Gorilla Tracking

After an early breakfast we head over to the park headquarters where you will be briefed by the guides before you begin the search in to the thick Bwindi forest for the giant gorillas. Bwindi National Park is renowned for its impressive mountain gorillas, although it is unpredictable for how long you will track before finding them since it all depends on their movement. However, the time spent to track down these Gorillas is unpredictable, the thrill of spending time and observing these gentle giant gorillas is an awesome and exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. After your day full of adventure, you will head over to your lodge to unwind.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Gorilla valley lodge (budget)/ Mutanda Lake Resort (Midrange)

Day 4Golden Monkeys tracking in Mgahinga National Park.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Mgahinga National Park headquarter for pre-tracking briefing and later begin the hike over the volcanic terrain in search for Golden Monkeys in the bamboo forests. Hiking through the forests to sight the golden monkeys is not so strenuous like gorilla trekking because golden monkeys live in lower areas, so tracking will require less time. Mgahinga National Park shares boarders with Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo.

The park is also the most scenic as it stands at three volcanoes of Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) Gorilla valley lodge (budget)/ Mutanda Lake Resort (Midrange)

Day 5Travel to Queen Elizabeth, Game Drive

You will have an early breakfast and then travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park entering it through the Ishasha sector. Queen Elizabeth National Park is considered to be one of Uganda’s most varied and most beautiful protected areas. Queen, as she is affectionately known, is home to two of Africa’s big cats, the majestic lion and the elusive leopard. You enjoy a game drive along the way during which you will see Lions, various Antelope species, Elephants, Hyenas, Leopards and Buffaloes.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Bush Logde/Park view safari Lodge

Day 6Morning chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura

After breakfast, you will drive to Kasenyi plains for another game drive to try finding what you could have missed during the previous game drives. Drive back to the Lodge for lunch and then proceed to Kyambura gorge for briefing and then a chimpanzee walks in the gorge. The forest has a small community of Chimps numbering about 25 chimps which has been habituated for chimp tracking tours. Given the small population, and that the chimps are always traveling through the vast Kyambura forest, they are often difficult to find and one can put the chances of seeing them at less than 50%. The trek however is very rewarding with stunning scenery and sightings of other wildlife such as Hippos and Elephants Spend one hour with the chimps and retire to your lodge for Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Bush Lodge/ Park view safari Lodge

Day 7Drive back to Kampala/Entebbe International Airport

After breakfast at your leisure, transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your flight.

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