5 days Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Habituation safari – spend more hours with the primates
Our 5 Days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation Safari are for those who want to spend more time with the world’s great primates, the Mountain Gorillas, and the Chimpanzees by going beyond casual tourism to learning experientially about their lifestyle, behavior, security consciousness, and survival mechanisms. Habituating Mountain Gorillas is conducted only in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Southern sector in the Southern part of Uganda. Chimpanzee habituation is done in Kibale Forest National Park in mid-western Uganda. This is one of a kind experience for a lifetime.
This safari takes you to the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the Rushaga region for Mountain Gorilla habituation experience and then to Kibale Forest National Park for Chimpanzee habituation experience.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the only park in the whole world offering Mountain Gorilla Habituation Experience and as such, you will have an opportunity to spend four hours with the Mountain Gorillas compared to one work of the normal Mountain Gorilla trekking.
From Bwindi National Park, you will drive to Kibale Forest National Park to spend a half-day with the Chimpanzees. Enjoy and compare these two experiences while in Uganda.
Detailed Itinerary for 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation Safari
Day One: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park – Bigod Community walk
Pick up from your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe at 6:30 am after your morning breakfast and our driver guide will drive with you westwards through the districts of Mityana, Mubende, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, and Fort Portal and arrive at your lodge in time for your lunch.
Thereafter proceed for an evening community walk in the nearby Bigodi Swamp to spot wildlife including monkeys, bird species, butterflies, snakes, and after return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day Two: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale Forest National Park
Chimpanzee habituation experience allows you to spend a half-day long with the Chimpanzee in their natural setting on your second day of 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation Uganda Safari.
You will have an early breakfast packed lunch and you are off before dawn breaks into the forest. You meet your guide and you are off to where the Chimpanzees nested the night before.
Dawn is just breaking and the chimpanzee community you are going to be with is rising from their sleep.
Your day will be full, your camera will fill up with quality pictures of the Chimpanzees and you will get to learn to identify them individually by their markings, sometimes scars, and other unique features that make them stand apart from the rest. After your exercise, you will trek back to the park offices for graduation and you will be given a certificate in recognition of contributing to the Chimpanzee conservation in Uganda’s Kibale Forest National Park.
The day ends as the Chimpanzees climb into an amazing experience and you head back to your lodging for fresh up and relaxation and then dinner and overnight.
Day Three: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Have an early morning breakfast and check out and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park home of the Mountain Gorillas. You will drive southwards through Kasese town whilst enjoying stunning views of the Rwenzori Mountains – the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”.
You will travel through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park called Ishasha. The Ishasha sector is popular for the tree-climbing Lions along with big games such as Topis, Buffaloes, Elephants, all of which you have a chance of a sighting.
You will have a lunch en-route and check in to your accommodation, situated just outside the thick forest of Bwindi forest in the late afternoon.
Day Four: Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
The Gorilla habituation experience allows you to spend four hours with the Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat on the fourth day of your 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation Uganda Safari.
You will have an early breakfast with a packed lunch and you are off before dawn breaks into the forest. You will meet your guide and you are off to full-day interaction. Dawn is just breaking and the semi-habituation Gorilla family you are going to trek.
Your day will be full, your camera will fill up with quality pictures of the Mountain Gorillas and you will get to learn to identify them as individuals by their markings, sometimes scars, and other unique features that make them stand apart from rest. The four hours start counting when you find the fresh trails of that semi-habituated Mountain Gorilla family. After your exercise, you will trek back to the park offices for graduation and you will be given a certificate in recognition of contributions to the Mountain Gorilla conservation in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Day Five: Transfer back to Kampala/ Entebbe
After your morning breakfast on your last day of 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation Uganda Safari, check out and embark on the return journey to Kampala or Entebbe. You drive through Mbarara city where you shall make a stopover at Igongo Cultural Centre for lunch.
You will make another stopover at the Equator line in the Mpigi district for some picture moment, and a chance to purchase some crafts at the craft shops. Thereafter proceed to Kampala or Entebbe and arrive late afternoon Drop off at your hotel or Entebbe International Airport. Great Adventure Safaris advise that if you intend to fly out on the last day of your safari, you book flights that depart Entebbe International Airport after 21:00hrs.
This marks the end of our 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation Uganda Safari.
- All Airport transfers
- Gorilla Habituation permits
- Chimp Habituation permits
- Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle.
- Services of an English-speaking driver-guide.
- Fuel for the whole trip
- Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary.
- All park entrance fees.
- Drinking water while in the vehicle.
- International flights
- Alcoholic Drinks
- Visa fees