10 days Gorillas, Chimps, Wildlife tour

Day 1: We welcome you into Uganda as you arrive

Affordable Uganda Safaris will be present at Entebbe international airport to welcome you and recieve you.

We will meet you, assist you, and transfer your entire group to the hotel in Kampala.

This night we are going to check you into Accassia Lodge on Buziga hill 40kms from the airport. This facility is rich with views of the surrounding suburbs and lake victoria.

Bed and Breakfast Basis

Drive to Kibale forest 339Kms:

The wee hours of the morning will start we your party departing the hotel for the start of you safari in Uganda by extending by road to Kibale forest national park, western Uganda. The journey is exciting with different landscapes contributing to the beauty of Uganda.

Driving time: ± 5 hours
Uganda hotels & Lodges: Primate Lodge or Chimps Nest
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Kibale forest Exploration

Kibale Forest is home to 13 primate species and a guided forest walk offers a good chance to see the Chimpanzee as a major resident of this forest. There are 9 diurnal primates, these include, vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked manabey, red colobus, black and white colobus, olive baboon and the most famous of all, the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds are good with the chance of encountering them standing at higher then 90%. This morning you will go on a forest walk in search of primates. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by bird song and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primate, most probably the grey-cheeked managebey and the red-tailed monkey and of course the chimpanzee. The walking is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. You will get another chance to trek the chimpanzees in the afternoon, allowing for observation of the chimpanzees during a different section of their daily lives.

Driving time: ± Days activities
Uganda hotels & Lodges: - Primate Lodge or Chimps nest
Meal Plan: - Breakfaster, Lunch, Diner

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth by road

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of The Rwenzori Mountains, with the hope of viewing the glaciated peaks. We gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mweya Lodge, situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and Kasinga Channel, offering beautiful views of the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background. Queen Elizabeth National Park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s most popular and accessible savannah reserve, with a total area of 1978km². It is primarily associated with grassy savannah plains, but this impressive park also includes within its boundaries, leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more then 610 species of birds. In the afternoon, we will explore the park and its wonders on a game drive.

Driving time: ± 3 hours
Uganda hotels & Lodges: - Ihamba Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: - Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth park Exploration

Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park including a private boat trip of about two hours on the Kazinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world {reported to be about 30,000} and other game with excellent birding. Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of best birding parks in Africa, with 560 + recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period.

Driving time: ± Full day activies
Uganda hotels & Lodges: - Ihamba Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: - Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

Day 6: Drive to Bwindi forest

Today we drive through the park to the Ishasha region. Game drive in search of tree climbing lion (75% success rate) and other game. Afternoon drive to Bwindi Impenetrable (a World Heritage Sight) passing through the scenic area known as The Switzerland of East Africa. The driving today is about 5 1/2 hours (not including game drives).

Driving time: ± 4 hours
Uganda hotels & Lodges: - Sivlerback Lodge or Buhoma Lodge
Meal Plan: - Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

Day 7: Another day Gorilla tracking

Gorilla tracking day two.
After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. N.B. We cannot guarantee seeing Gorillas.

Driving time: ± focus on gorillas.
Luxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: - Sivlerback Lodge or Buhoma Lodge
Meal Plan: - Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

Day 8: Another Gorilla Tracking

After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the Hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film is recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.

Driving time: ± focus on gorillas.
Luxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: - Sivlerback Lodge or Buhoma Lodge
Meal Plan: - Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

Day 9: Drive Back to Entebbe 271kms

Drive to Mbarara passing through the Switzerland of East Africa area and eventually into Ankole Cattle country around Mbarara. These cattle are incredible with horns larger than one can imagine. Continue to Lake Mburo National Park, game drive. The drive today is 6 to 7 hours. Lake Mburo National Park is a small park, excellent for birding, antelope and other grazers, one of the only places to easily see Impala and zebra in Uganda. Game drives offer particularly picturesque game viewing with the Park’s mixture of savannah, acacia woodlands, grassy valleys, rocky outcrops, swamps, lakes and rolling hills. Herds of impala (found nowhere else in Uganda), buffalo and zebra, plus waterbuck and eland are amongst the variety of wildlife to be seen. Birders will enjoy the Park’s 310 recorded water and dry land species. In this valley we can operate night drives and walks. This is the only park where we will see Impala and Burchell’s Zebra. It is an excellent place for walking and exploring a nearby Khopji to perhaps see Klipspringer. Game drive to the lodge.

Driving time: ± 5 hours
Luxury Uganda hotels & Lodges: - Mburo Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: - Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

Day 10: Back To Entebbe

This morning we drive back to Entebbe, this takes approximately 5 hours – road and weather dependent. If time permits it is possible to stop in Kampala for shopping and lunch and a visit to the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. You are then transferred to Entebbe International airport to connect with your departure flight. Please note the departure flight must be in the late afternoon or evening, alternatively we can arrange another overnight in Entebbe.

Driving time: ± 5 hours.
Meal Plan: - Breakfast, Lunch

Gorilla Permit Guarantee
We like to sell our tours with gorilla permits. If no permits are available for a tour, cancelling is free of charge and any money paid in advance will be refunded.

Included in the price for this trip

  • * Guides
  • * Vehicle
  • * Fuel
  • * English speaking driver
  • * Park entrances
  • * Game drives
  • * Boat rides
  • * Chimp walk
  • * Swamp walk
  • * Uganda hotels & Lodges
  • * Breakfast
  • * Bottled Water
  • * Rangers in the parks

Not included in the price for this trip

  • * Drinks
  • * Tips
  • * Porters
  • * Laundry services
  • * Gorilla permit (we organise it for you)
  • * Meals (around USD $30 per person per day)
  • * Visa (Uganda/Rwanda)
  • * Any other personal interests

Permits (if we cannot get permits in Uganda we will take you to Rwanda)

  • In Rwanda: USD $750
  • In Mgahinga: USD$600
  • In Buhoma Bwindi: USD $600
  • In South Bwindi: USD $600
  • In Congo: Currently not possible
  • Transport

    • 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser (1-4 people.)
    • 4WD Toyota Hiace (6-8 people.)

    The cars are well maintained and our drivers are experienced and English speaking Ugandans. If necessary we can also hire other cars.

    STANDARD
    Type Start date Price p.p.
    2 person any date USD $ 3900
    4 person any date USD $ 3650
    6 person any date USD $ 3225
    8 person any date USD $ 2900
    Single Supplement adds
    USD $330

    LUXURY
    Type Start date Price p.p.
    2 person any date USD $ 3990
    3 person any date USD $ 3315
    4 person any date USD $ 2990
    5 person any date USD $ 2760
    6 person any date USD $ 2565
    Single Supplement adds
    USD $561