7 Days Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzees & Big 5 Safari is one of the lifetime Uganda Safaris, taking you off the remote destination known to be one of the most visited savannah destinations, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi Forest National Park
Start: Entebbe/ Kampala
Destination: Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi Forest National Park
End: Entebbe/ Kampala
Trip Highlights: The Big 5, The Magnificent Murchison Falls, Chimpanzees, The Mountain Gorillas
Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and you get on the road heading to Murchison Falls National Park with a stopover at the Rhino Sanctuary. This 70sqkm sanctuary is a home to over 20 white rhinos and its main purpose is to reintroduce rhinos to Uganda. This is a very nice opportunity to observe the rhinos in their habitat at close range while on foot. And after this we shall have a lunch stop and thereafter proceed to Murchison Falls National Park.
Day 2: Game drives & boat safari along the River Nile
We will wake up very early and set off at 6:30am for a morning game drive on the northern bank getting back to the lodge at around 11:00am. We will be in position of seeing; Baboons, buffaloes, giraffes, Uganda Kob, hartebeests, oribis, waterbucks, bushbucks, reedbucks, warthogs and side-stripped jackals. Carnivores like; lions, leopards and spotted hyenas. After lunch you will get to the jet for an afternoon boat cruise on the River Nile where you expect to see a number of hippos and crocodiles along the banks of the Nile. You will also see birds like; goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelicans, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbills, cormorants, saddle-bill stork, and the shoe bill stork if lucky. After 2 hours you will be dropped at the bottom of the magnificent Murchison falls and from there you will hike up to the top of the falls where you will meet your driver/ guide and thereafter drive back to the lodge.
Day 3: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
After an early breakfast, you will depart Murchison falls proceeding to Kibale Forest National Park. We always regard this route a full day drive depending on the condition of the road. You may get to Kibale at around 4:00pm and this gives chance to those who would like to go for a community walk to visit the crater lakes region with spectacular views of the lakes.
Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Swamp Walk
You will wake up early for breakfast and thereafter you proceed to the Park headquarters in Kibale Forest National Park. After a short briefing by one of the park staff you will be allocated a guide who will lead you into the forest to find the chimpanzees. This park is the only place in East Africa where one can have the best primate tracking viewing the chimpanzee- man’s closest relative. After lunch you will then head out for the swamp walk which is very close to the park and home to a number of other primates and birds.
Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park
Today you will set off for Bwindi after breakfast. You may use a route passing through Queen Elizabeth National Park where you may have another chance to see some elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, Uganda kobs
Day 6: Gorilla Trekking & Community Walk
This day is always regarded as the biggest day of all days in the safari. So, after breakfast you will head out to the park headquarters where you have to get to not later than 7:30am. And here you will join other visitors for a briefing by one of the park staff and thereafter you will meet with the lead guide who will take you into the forest to find the gorilla family that you will be allocated to. This may take between 2-7 hours round trip depending on how long the family you are trekking will have moved today from where it was last seen yesterday. And depending on how you feel, you may go out for an evening community walk through the villages very close to the forest.
Day 7: Transfer to Kampala/ Entebbe
After breakfast, you will depart Bwindi for Kampala or Entebbe with a lunch stop in Mbarara and also at the equator for a photo shot and some shopping of souvenirs as you may wish. And after this you continue to either Kampala or Entebbe to catch your flight back home. This will also mark the end of our memorable and lifetime safari.
This tour includes;
- One Chimpanzee trekking permit per person
- One gorilla trekking permit per person
- All national park fees and fares
- Full board accommodation while on safari
- 4×4 ground transportation
- An English speaking tour guide/ driver
- Bottled drinking water
- Lunch while traveling
This tour excludes;
- Any extra/ optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Accommodation before and after the tour
- International flight tickets
- Any extra drinks and services not mentioned in the itinerary