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6-Day Uganda Gorilla and Chimp Habituation Safari
Product Code: 4045-200641
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Journey into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track Gorillas
  • • Enjoy guided night walking safaris in Kibale National Park
  • • Kibale
  • • Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Tour Code
4045-200641
Duration
6 days
Departure City
Kampala
End City
Kampala
Tour Type:
Adventure/Activities
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Wildlife, Nature, Adventure

Get up close and personal with nature on guided wildlife tours; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Budget, Deluxe, Standard

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries; High quality service, meals, private transfers and/or accommodation; Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Itinerary
Day 01
Kampala

Kampala

Hotel: Anderita Beach Hotel or similar

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our safari guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala.

If you arrive early, you will be taken on a brief tour of the city of Kampala.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Kampala - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Hotel: Rushaga Gorilla Camp Tent (Lowest) / Gorilla Valley Lodge (Lowest) / Rushaga Gorilla Camp Lodge (Mid-Range) / Tourist Hotel Kisoro (Mid-Range) / Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury) / Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (Luxury) or similar

In the morning you will have a meet and greet with our local guide over breakfast, and then drive to southwestern Uganda. Enroute,we'll visit a local community popular for making local drums and crafts. We'll stop here for a rest break and to buy souvenirs.

Then we'll proceed to the equator line and take in the the beautiful scenery of Africa. As we continue on our route we'll pass by mountains, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest during the nine hour journey to Bwindi.

Tips:
Dinner is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Hotel: Rushaga Gorilla Camp Tent (Lowest) / Gorilla Valley Lodge (Lowest) / Rushaga Gorilla Camp Lodge (Mid-Range) / Tourist Hotel Kisoro (Mid-Range) / Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury) / Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (Luxury) or similar

We'll have an early morning entry into the mountain gorillas’ sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular, and heavily vegetated with dense landscapes crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these fantastic apes.

Our intimate gorilla experience will allow you to accompany the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s Bwindi gorilla habituation team for the entire day, letting you to have a minimum 4 hours in the presence of a mountain gorilla family – since regular permits only allow 1 hour, this is 4 times the amount of time spent up close with Gorillas, more than any other safari operator! During this time you will be able to experience the gorilla family as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed until they build their nests at bed time.

The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories. Spending more time with them than the norm means you are assured of the best possible experience, with 4 full hours for better photography, researcher access for more questions, and enough time to experience more intimate and unusual behaviors. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other.

The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. Once the gorillas are sighted, you will be guided to within 6 meters of the gorillas, and be able to sit all around them while gazing into their big round eyes as the researchers note health, behavior and other characteristics. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

Tips:
Lunch and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Kibale National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Kibale Forest National Park

Hotel: Rwenzori travelers (Lowest) / Kibale forest camp (Lowest) / Chimpanzee forest guest house (Lowest) / Mountains of the moon (Mid-Range) / Kibale forest camp (Mid-Range) / Crater safari lodge (Mid-Range) / Ndali Lodge (Luxury) / Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury) or similar

After breakfast, we'll check out and drive to Kibale National Park. Along the way, enjoy the stunning scenery and gorgeous views of Mountains of the Moon – the Rwenzori. Upon arrival we'll check into our accommodation for the night.

Tips:
Lunch and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Kibale National Park

Kibale - Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Hotel: Rwenzori travelers (Lowest) / Kibale forest camp (Lowest) / Chimpanzee forest guest house (Lowest) / Mountains of the moon (Mid-Range) / Kibale forest camp (Mid-Range) / Crater safari lodge (Mid-Range) / Ndali Lodge (Luxury) / Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury) or similar

Today we’ll accompany Kibale’s researchers in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to a “soft” habituation project with chimpanzees. You’ll learn to safely observe the chimps during their daily activities, so they get comfortable with human presence without changing their natural behaviors. You will be able to experience the chimp families as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed. Guided by biologists and researchers, we will enjoy unprecedented intimate access to these wild chimps for the entire day until they build their nests at bed time.

Kibale Forest hosts at least 1,500 chimpanzees out of the 4,950 found in Uganda, making this the largest concentration of chimps in Africa. The park is also home to 10 other primates including diurnal species like the Red Colobus Monkey, Blue Monkey, Red-tailed monkey, Gray Checked Mangabeys, and Vervet Monkey, as well as many other animals. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

Tips:
Lunch and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Kampala

Kibale - Kampala

After breakfast we'll head back to Kampala (about 5 hour driving) via Mubende. This route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations some of the best in Uganda. Depending on how much time we have on us we can tour around Kampala‘s craft and souvenirs markets before checking in at your hotel or being transferred to the airport.

Visiting Attractions

Pick-up Details/Transfers
Arrival
Please contact the local operator (number is provided on the e-ticket once your reservation is confirmed) before the tour. The driver would be waiting for you at the arrivals hall.

Departure
Please book your flights departing Kampala after 5:00pm.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Chimp and gorilla permit
  • 5-night full board accommodations
  • Meals included as mentioned in day to day itinerary
  • All tour activities as indicated in the program
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • All park entrance and related fees
  • Private 4x4 ground transportation
  • Professional English-speaking driver guide

Package Excludes

  • Flight tickets and departure taxes
  • Travel documentation such as visa
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Tips for your guide
  • Beverages other than mineral water
  • Items of a personal nature
Special Notes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    If cancellation was made within 17 days prior to the departure date, it's non-refundable.
    If cancellation was made 18-29 days prior to the departure date, 75% of payment will be refunded.
    If cancellation was made 30 or more days prior to the departure date, 90% of payment will be refunded.
  • Given that chimp and gorilla tracking involves a lot of walking on rough, mountainous terrain, travelers are advised to:
    - Bring shoes with good traction, suitable for steep muddy slopes
    - Carry rain gear, sunscreen and a hat, as the weather is unpredictable
    - Carry enough water and food
    - Carry binoculars
    - Carry a good camera that can take photographs of black animals in dim light without a flash. A monopod can also be very helpful.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

*Price for Single Occupancy applies when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
*Price for Double/Triple Occupancy applies when two/three people stay in one standard hotel room respectively. Each room may be equipped with two full size beds or one large bed with a double sofa-bed.
*Triple price does not guarantee a third bed in the room. Please check the availability at the time of check-in.
*Maximum room capacity: 3 people including adult and child/infant.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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