Kibale National Park

5 days Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Kigali

The 5 days Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Kigali is an adventurous tour that starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda. The safari will take you to the misty forests of Bwindi impenetrable national park in southwestern part of Uganda where you will get an opportunity to visit the endangered mountain gorillas and spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. The 5 days Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Kigali will also take you to Kibale forest national park also known as the primate capital where you will be able to view chimpanzees in their natural environment.

Highlights of the 5 days Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Kigali

Day 1: Pick up from Kigali airport and transfer to Kibale forest national park

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 5: Departure to Kigali

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Pick up from Kigali and transfer to Kibale forest national park,

Depending on your location in Kigali on the first day of the 5 days Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Kigali, you will be welcomed by our representative who will brief you about the safari and then start the journey to Kibale forest national park. On the way, you will have en-route lunch and enjoy great views of the rolling hills, countryside, terraced farmlands among others. Upon arrival in the park, you will continue to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk

After an early breakfast on the second day of the 5 days Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Kigali, you will meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kanyachu Visitors Centre for chimpanzee trekking briefing. After the briefing you will be allocated a chimpanzee family to trek and a park guide who is well conversant with trails in the forest. Trekking of chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to spot other primates such as grey cheeked mangabey, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, some bird species, plants among others. Once the chimpanzees are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which helps you to learn more about their behaviors, watch them feed, breastfeed, fight, hunt, enjoy the juveniles playing up in the trees, take photos and record the moments. After the face to face encounter with the chimpanzees you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will meet up with your driver guide to return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch you will go for an interesting swamp walk in Bigodi swamp where you will be able to view different bird species, animals like sitatungas, view different plant and tree species among others. After the swamp walk, you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

5 days Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Kigali
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

After breakfast on the third day of the 5 days Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Kigali, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park. On the way you will have en-route lunch where after you will continue the journey to Bwindi impenetrable national park and upon arrival you will check in at the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Gorilla trekking,

After an early breakfast on the fourth day of the 5 days Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Kigali, you will carry packed lunch and your driver guide will pick you up from the lodge to transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations of gorilla trekking. After the briefing you will be allocated a gorilla family to trek and a park guide who is knowledgeable about the gorillas and well conversant with trails in the jungle. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will have views of animals, other primates among others. Once the gorillas are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their habitat which gives you an opportunity to watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, playing, observe their behaviors, take great photos and record the breathtaking moments to show people back home. After the one hour encounter with the gentle giants you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will be awarded a certificate for participating in gorilla trekking, meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Departure to Kampala

On the last day of the 5 days Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Kigali, you will have a relaxed breakfast, check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to start the journey to Kigali. On the way you will have a stopover for lunch where after you will continue the journey to Kigali and upon arrival, your driver guide will drop you off at Kigali international airport for your departure flight or drop off at any place of advise.

End of 5 days Uganda gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Kigali.

Tour includes                                  

  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Bigodi swamp walk
  • Kigali city tour
  • Professional English speaking driver guide
  • Full board accommodation
  • Ground transfers (in a 4WD vehicle)
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Bottled drinking water

Tour excludes                      

  • International air flight tickets
  • Visas
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary
  • Life insurance
  • Personal expenses like buying souvenirs, crafts, drinks, laundry services, hiring a porter, tips among others.
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