Highlights of this Primate Special

Exciting night walk in the African rainforest Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest with the option of a full day chimp habituation experience Excellent game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park Optional second chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge Unforgettable meeting with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park

Day 3: Kibale Forest & Bigodi Village

Day 4: Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5: Queen Elizaeth National Park

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi National Park

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking Day

8: Bwindi National Park – Entebbe

Day 9: Departure

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by a Green Rock Safaris representative and transferred to your accommodation in Entebbe. Overnight at Airport Guesthouse (B&B). For upgrade you can stay at The Boma.

Day 2: Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park

In the morning we will depart the capital city and head west to Fort Portal, with lunch en route. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to Kibale National Park. In the evening we will join a night forest walk and go in search of the bush babies, pottos and other nocturnal animals. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale cottages. For upgrade you can stay at the safari tents of Primate Lodge Kibale.

Day 3: Kibale Forest & Bigodi Village

Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputed for having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. After a hearty lunch we transfer to Bigodi Village for a totally different walk. Accompanied by a guide who can tell you everything about the traditional customs and lifestyle of the inhabitants, you will follow the village path and visit a primary school, Catholic church, traditional homesteads, learn about the crops and listen to the story telling of a Mzee (elderly man). This walk is an initiative of the inhabitants of Bigodi Village and the revenues are shared by the community. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale cottages. For upgrade you can stay at the safari tents of Primate Lodge Kibale. Note: instead of the chimp tracking and Bigodi Village Walk you can also opt for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience. This project offers you the unique experience to join the ranger guides in their research program and spend an entire day with our ‘cousins’. You will watch the chimpanzees starting the day by climbing out of their nests and, while following their daily activities, learn more about their way of life and have them habituated to human presence.

Day 4: Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast we calmly transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park while we pass the crater lakes area, a beautiful landscape with small lakes and rolling hills. Have lunch and relax before going on a game drive in search of the first wildlife, including warthogs, buffaloes, waterbucks and elephants. Dinner and overnight at Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge. For upgrade you can stay at Katara Lodge.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch. In the afternoon we take you on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. Dinner and overnight at Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge. For upgrade you can stay at Katara Lodge. Note: instead of the morning game drive you can opt for a visit to Kyambura Wildlife Reserve for a guided primate walk. Kyambura is a beautiful gorge completely covered with tropical rainforest. While following the river at the bottom, you will go in search of chimpanzees and other primates that live in this area.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi National Park

After breakfast we head towards the south, passing the southern sector of the national park (if road conditions allow). This part is called Ishasha and is famous for the tree climbing lions. After a short game drive in this area we continue to Bwindi. While driving through a verdant countryside, you will pass traditional homesteads and enjoy panoramic views. In the afternoon, arrival in Bwindi National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Rest Camp. For upgrade you can stay at Mahogany Springs. Note: Buhoma Community Rest Camp is a basic accommodation run by the community members of Buhoma Village. All profits are shared with the local community. Alternatively, you may opt to overnight at Gorilla Conservation Camp. This accommodation, that features simple but spacious safari tents, is part of the Conservation Through Public Health and the camp fees support the project. During your stay a tour to the CTPH Gorilla Clinic is included.

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking

The highlight of your safari: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. But it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest. A unique and unforgettable experience! Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Rest Camp. For upgrade you can stay at Mahogany Springs.

Day 8: Bwindi National Park – Entebbe

After breakfast we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head back toward the capital city. Look out for zebras and impalas as the road leads us through the protected area of Lake Mburo National Park and take some photos at the Ugandan equator. With lunch en route we will arrive in Entebbe in the evening. Overnight at Airport Guesthouse. For upgrade you can stay at The Boma.

Day 9: Departure

Enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa. In time you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport for your international flight.(B)

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Price Inclusions:

Airport transfers

Ground transport in a private 4WD safari vehicle

English speaking driver/guide

Accommodation as described in the itinerary based on a double room sharing

Meals as described in the program

Bottled mineral water in the vehicle

Entrance and ranger fees for the national parks

Activities as mentioned in the program

Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest

Price Exclusions:

International flight

Visa (USD $50)

Gorilla permit

Optional Chimp Habituation Experience

Optional chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge

Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary

Items of personal nature Laundry service

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