This 5 days Primate tracking Uganda and Rwanda safari will provide you with the amazing experience of visiting and having a face to face interaction with the great Apes; The Mountain Gorillas of Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a world heritage site in Western Uganda. It is most notable for half of the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas and this will be the highlight of our safari. Surely this safari will bring everlasting memories; see primates like the Chimpanzees and monkeys, not forgetting a variety of wildlife you will watch all on the same safari. On top of this, enjoy culture and beautiful scenery as you traverse the countryside. Welcome to Uganda-Rwanda!
Day 1 : Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
Today after early breakfast, your guide will pick you up at 7am, in Kampala, who will transfer you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in South Western Uganda, through a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see beautiful terrace hills and you will drive through a bamboo forest zone. On a clear day, you will have great views of the Virunga Mountains. You will have lunch en route before proceeding to the park. You will arrive at the lodge in time for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 : Gorilla Tracking Bwindi forest National Park
Today after early breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters for briefing about gorilla tracking. You will encounter one of Bwindi’s endangered mountain gorillas. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track are habituated and can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period of time, every day. The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience.
Day 3 : Transfer to Nyungwe National Park
After your morning breakfast, depart the forest and drive northwards to Kinigi via Ruhengeri. En route, the journey offers you beautiful sceneries of rolling hills for which the country Rwanda is well known. Dinner and overnight at Gisakura guest House.
Day 4 : Chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk
After a fully served breakfast at the lodge, you will go for the chimpanzee tracking activity with in the forest. You will set out when it’s still dark like 5:00am in the morning and reach the area where the chimpanzees are found within the forest when its already day like at 6:00am. Take your time and watch the chimpanzees. Besides the Chimpanzees, you look out for other primate species like the Angola colobus monkeys, forest birds, reptiles and butterflies. Later in the afternoon go for the canopy walk. The canopy walk is good for birders so as to enable them spot a variety of bird species with in the forest. While enjoying the canopy walk, look out for birds like the Rwenzori Turacco, black and white casqued hornbill and also do not miss spots of large troops of colobus monkeys.
Day 5 : Return to Kigali and departure
After breakfast at the Guest house, you will drive back to Kigali. En route you will visit the Botanical Gardens and the cultural museum in Butare. Continue and arrive in Kigali in time for Lunch. Drop off will be at your Hotel or transfer you to the Airport for your flight back home.
Included in this tour package
- Vehicle, Safari Van
- Transport in 4X4 Vehicle/Landcruiser with pop roof
- English speaking Guide/ driver
- Gorilla & Chimpanzee permits
- All meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Park Entrance fees
- Bottled water
Included in this tour package
- Laundry services
- Visa (Uganda & Rwanda)
- Any other personal interests
- No accommodation on last night in Uganda (But can be arranged at extra cost)
- Tips and gratuities (Guides)