Gorilla Special Tours 10 Days

Gorilla Special Tours 10 Days

This 10 Days Gorilla Special Tour offers you the opportunity to track the endangered mountain gorillas twice. We start in the forests of Kibale to track the endangered chimpanzees, moving southwards to Bwindi to track the endangered mountain gorillas, the savannah game of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the incredible tree climbing lions.

Throughout the safari there are opportunities for a number of nature and community walks in the areas that you visit. This is a year round trip. There are short rains from Oct-Nov and mid March to end of May but this is usually for an hour or so and the rest of the day is pleasant.

Weather conditions do not affect your chances of coming across the gorillas. Whenever you track the gorillas you have a 95% chance of encountering them.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Ngamba Island
Day 2: Ngamba Island – Drive to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 3: Lake Mburo – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day 4: Explore Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day 5: Bwindi Forest – Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 6: Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 7: Game Drives & Boat Ride On The Kazinga Channel.
Day 8: Queen Elizabeth – Drive to Kibale Forest National Park
Day 9: Kibale Forest National Park
Day 10: Kibale Forest – Drive to Kampala

Day 1
Kampala – Drive to Ngamba Island

Begin your journey from Kampala after an early morning breakfast heading towards Ngamba Island. This afternoon you have a trip across to the Jane Goodall Institute on Ngamba Island.

This is a project of the Chimpanzees Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), established in 1997 by the Born Free Foundation (UK), International Fund for Animal Welfare (USA), the Jane Goodall Institute (Germany and Uganda), The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Trust (UWECT) and the Zoological Board of New South Wales (Australia) and it provides these orphaned chimpanzees with a secure home to live out their lives, since a return to their natural habitat is not possible, while educating visitors and local communities about their remarkable species and the importance of conserving their fragile forest habitat.

Accomodation: Boma Guesthouse.

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2
Ngamba Island – Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

From Entebbe you head south to the Lake Mburo National Park. The park is composed primarily of grassland, wetland, and acacia woodland habitats. At the centre of the park lies Lake Mburo, which together with 14 other lakes in the area forms part of an extensive wetland system.

The park has topi, eland, kilpspringer, zebra, buffalo, oribi, sitatunga, leopard, an excellent variety of water and acacia savannah bird species, like crested crane, marabou stork and bronze-tailed starling.

Overnight: Mantana Tented Camp

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3
Lake Mburo – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today we travel along from Mburo towards the Kabale region, and then into the mountainous area of the lush Uganda Highlands - the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ - with great views and vistas of this beautiful green area.

From here we continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, for your gorilla tracking base. It will be a fairly long day in the vehicle, passing some interesting scenery, farmland and lush green hillsides, but you have the rest of the afternoon to relax at the lodge and enjoy the views across the forest.

Overnight: Engagi Lodge/ Buhoma Lodge

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 4
Explore Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Gorilla Trekking)

An early morning trek into the forest on the slopes of the volcanoes, led by experienced trackers will bring you amongst a family of Mountain Gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare with only, approximately, 720 remaining.

Hopefully you will get within metres of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. Returning to the camp for a late lunch, we have an opportunity for forest walks with the guides, or just to relax.

The gorilla trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer is not uncommon – at relatively high altitude. Mountain Gorillas are wild animals; as such sightings cannot be guaranteed however the success rate is well over 90%.

Overnight: Engagi Lodge/ Buhoma Lodge

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 5
Bwindi Forest – Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today you have a second opportunity for gorilla tracking, with pre-purchased permits subject to availability. In the afternoon we will drive in a northerly direction to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Passing through farmlands, small towns and villages, you will have the opportunity to see rural Uganda and the vivid green beauty of the country. If weather and road conditions allow, we may enter Queen Elizabeth National Park from the Ishasha side of the park where excellent game viewing can be conducted en route.

Overnight: Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 6
Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will explore Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth considered by some experts as one of the most alluring game viewing area of East Africa. It's an off-the-beaten-track destination that you will surely enjoy. We wake up early, of course, since this is the best time for observing nature.

You start from the southern circuit in search of the elephants and we will drive over the plains of Ishasha in the open savannah. The southern circuit usually has large herds of buffalo, Uganda kob and topi. Near to the swamps of the southern circuit you might see even leopard. We continue and drive to the northern circuit which is the area near the main road known for its tree climbing lions, keep a close eye on the fig trees!

After an initial scouting expedition, we return to the camp for a lunch, we relax, observe the hippos and we take time for a shower or siesta in the shadow of the woods.

In the afternoon you will have another game drive and during the dry season we will drive you to the Edward's flats to see elephants, large herds of buffalo and different water birds. On one of the days you have the chance to go to the Kyambura Gorge to track a troop of 20 semi habituated chimpanzees.

Overnight: Ishasha Wilderness Camp/ Mweya Safari Lodge

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 7
Game Drives & Boat Ride On The Kazinga Channel.

Early in the morning you will go with a ranger head for a game drive through the park, with magnificent views of the plains, valleys, terraced hills and wild animals like reedbuck, bushbuck, kob, warthogs, elephants, lions, buffalos and so much more. Have a break and relax as you eat lunch served at the lodge. The afternoon adventure entails a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel, water stream joining Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel attract a large school of Hippos and Nile crocodiles, besides the variety of birds that flock the reed shores like the shoebill, pelicans, kingfishers, saddle billed stork and sometimes the crowned cranes.

Day 8
Queen Elizabeth – Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

From Ishasha you head north to the Mweya Section where you enjoy a cruise along the Kazinga Channel. This is a great wildlife trip as the elephants, buffalo, topi, Kob, hippos and crocodiles all come down to the water to relax in the shallows or quench their thirst during the heat of the day.

From the Queen Elizabeth National Park you continue north along the Rwenzori Mountains to the Kibale Forest National Park, home to the largest number of primate species in East Africa.

Overnight: Primate Lodge/ Camp

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 9
Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast you leave for Kibale Forest, renowned for the greatest variety and the highest concentration of primates in East-Africa. At the visitors centre the rangers will brief you before heading into the forest to track the chimpanzees.

Like the gorilla tracking the amount of time spend with the chimps is limited to 1 hour. This is to prevent the spread of disease and allow them chimps to have a normal life in the forest. This afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight: Primate Lodge/ Camp

Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 10
Kibale Forest – Drive to Kampala

Today you head back to Kampala or Entebbe, stopping for a picnic lunch en-route. You will be taken to the airport for a late afternoon/ early evening flight back home. We can arrange accommodation in Entebbe for the night if you require

Meal Plan {Breakfast & Lunch}

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