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11 Days Jungle Expedition tour itinerary for uganda: Meet Man's Closest Living Relatives: Chimpanzee And Gorilla

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kampala, Kibale National Park, Kigali, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Volcanoes National Park

Jungle Expedition Tour
Eco Tourism Tour
Wildlife Tour

Discover East African's best-kept secret. Experience an unreal time encounter with man's closest living relatives, the great apes— which consist of African chimpanzees and gorilla family groups in Rwanda and Uganda.

DAY 01

Arrival Entebbe International Airport

  • Arrival at Entebbe International Airport and transfer to your accommodation.

Overnight in and Around Entebbe, Lake Victoria and Kampala.

DAY 02

Kibale Forest National Park

  • Get picked up by the driver after an early breakfast.

  • Travel to Western Uganda Fort Portal. This lively town is the base for activities around Kibale Forest National Park. The national park offers one of the most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda, 70 mammal species and 13 primate species. The drive takes 5 to 7 hours so we will arrive in Fort Portal in time for lunch. 

  • Check-in at the lodge after lunch.

  • Shake off the long drive, with a walk to the “top of the world” along crater lakes. 

  • Continue to Bigodi wetland swamp, home of different aquatic and birds.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge or similar (FB)

DAY 03

Habituated Chimpanzee tracking

  • Transfer after an early breakfast to the pack for a briefing before proceeding to the habituation. This interesting activity takes a full day of interaction with the chimps with a lunch break in between.

  • End your day by transferring to the lodge for an overnight.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge (FB) or similar

DAY 04

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Have an early breakfast after which each one will be equipped with a packed lunch for the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is the most popular park in Uganda as it offers a variety of diverse ecosystems, classic big game, 10 primate species and over 600 bird species. 

  • Drive leisurely southwards; explore the park through an extensive game drive.

  • Enjoy an afternoon launch cruise on Kazinga Channel after lunch.

Accommodation: Kasenyi safari lodge or similar (FB)

DAY 05

Extensive Game drive

  • Eat an early breakfast, and with your packed lunch, drive to the park for an early game drive.

  • Spend the whole day exploring the park further.

  • Continue southwards to the Ishasha sector which is re-known for its tree-climbing lions.

  • Head further to Kasenyi Sector, and enjoy the scenery comprising of the beautiful crater and the endless green vegetation.

Accommodation: Kasenyi safari lodge or similar  (FB)

DAY 06

Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • Travel after breakfast further south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda´s oldest, largest, magnificent and most diverse rainforests. This “impenetrable” forest is also home to more than 320 mountain gorillas, 400 species of plants, 120 species of mammals and over 350 species of birds.

  • Continue to the lodge, check-in, and after lunch, a ranger guide will escort you on a nature walk.

Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge or similar (FB)

DAY 07

Gorilla Tracking

  • Get ready since this is the climax of this safari, and a briefing is done before tracking. It takes a few minutes but you leave with gorilla etiquette. For gorilla tracking, comfortable shoes and clothes are advised along with packed lunch and a walking stick.

  • Walk and hike this steep and slippery terrain until you meet the family gorilla.

  • Enjoy this one hour allowed in the company of the brilliant giants! Looking into the eyes of one of the magnificent creature brings home the distressing fact that they are on the edge of extinction, and that your presence contributes to ensuring their continued survival Depending on the duration of the track you can either relax in the afternoon at the lodge or enjoy another walk around the village or hike up to the highest football field with the breathtaking view ever!

Accommodation: Nkuringo  Bwindi Gorilla Lodge Or similar (FB).

DAY 08

Volcanoes National Park

  • Proceed via Cyanika border to Rwanda, and proceed to Volcanoes National Park.

  • Visit the Karisoke Research Centre in the afternoon and learn more about Dian Fossey’s work in the National Park and history of gorilla conservation.

Accommodation at Mountain gorilla view lodge Or similar (FB)

DAY 09

Gorilla tracking Volcanoes National Park

  • Eat an early breakfast.

  • Drive to the park headquarters for gorilla briefing. When venturing into this gigantic forest, a packed lunch, comfortable clothes, shoes and a walking stick is a must before gorilla tracking. The time spent gorilla tracking is unpredictable. It varies from 2-8 hours before an encounter with the family of these gentle creatures. The location of each gorilla family depends on temperature, their feeding range and movement of the previous day.

  • Enjoy this 1 hour (only time allowed in the company of each gorilla family a day) to watch and capture this memorable experience as they go about their day to day activities; the young ones playing around the old ones, feeding each other and eating foliage. The sight of these outstanding creatures is the climax of this entire safari.

  • Retire for an overnight at the lodge.

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or similar (FB)

DAY 10

Musanze to Gisenyi – Lake Kivu

  • Transfer after breakfast to Gisenyi town which is located on the shores of Lake Kivu.

  • Check into the hotel on arrival and later, enjoy relaxing activities: swimming, sport fishing and boat cruise. The cruise will provide you with a spectacular view of Kibuye and Gisenyi towns.

Accommodation at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel or similar (FB)

DAY 11

Gisenyi – Kigali

  • Transfer to Kigali from Gisenyi.

  • Visit communities en-route and continue to the Genocide Memorial Centre, before proceeding to the airport for your next destination flight having accomplished an excellent 11 Days Primate Adventure in Uganda and Rwanda.

  • 3784 USD Per Adult (* The price quoted is inclusive of park entrance fees, but not gorilla tracking permit.)
  • Transportation by 4WD safari jeep ideal for the terrains 

  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary

  • Iby Wacu cultural  performances

  • All accommodation in selected budget lodges, tented camps and cottages.

  • All road transport and game drive as indicated on your itinerary.

  • All parks entrance fees and government taxes where applicable except gorilla tracking permits

  • Boat cruise

  • Visitor’s park entrance

  • Entrance fees for the vehicle and driver

  • Driver/ guide and porters allowances

  • En-route lunches and other meals as indicated and on full-board

  • Expenses of personal nature like not factored on your itinerary. 

  • Other tours, excursions and activities not factored on the itinerary which deviated from the program. 

  • All domestic and international airfare and visa.

  • Tips to local guides and supporting staffs.

  • Tips and gratuities to guides, porters (fee during trekking) and other supporting staffs.

  • Items and services of personal nature i.e laundry, shopping bills, insurance. 

  • Experience the rare Encounter with Man's closest living relatives, the great apes—the African chimpanzee and gorilla families in Rwanda and Uganda.

  • The native East African's best-kept secret; experience an unreal time encounter with man's closest living relatives, the great apes— which consist of African chimpanzees and gorilla family groups in Rwanda and Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kampala, Kibale National Park, Kigali, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Volcanoes National Park

Jungle Expedition Tour
Eco Tourism Tour
Wildlife Tour

Contributed By

Nicholas Ndegwa

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