Trip Type : Group Tour
7 Days Gorillas & Chimps on a Budget tour

7 Days Gorillas & Chimps on a Budget

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 2,800 $ 400 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Gorilla trekking Nkuringo Group in South Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park

Short Description

Taking in 3 national parks, you will trek to the mountain gorillas of Bwindi, the chimps of Kibale and will game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park taking in the delights of its varied and impressive landscape.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Entebbe
End City Entebbe

Trip Includes

  • Prices are in $USD
  • Prices based on twin share
  • Single traveller supplements apply
  • 2 nights lodge, 2 nights permanent tented, 2 nights hotel accommodation.
  • Airport transfers
  • Bottled water
  • All meals while on safari
  • Chimp passes
  • 4×4 safari vehicle with driver/guide throughout
  • National Park fees

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Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe to Kibale Forest National Park

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

You will be picked up by SafariHQ from Entebbe airport, Uganda and we will head to for Kibale Forest National Park. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp where you will fall asleep to the noises of the tropical rainforest.

Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

In the early morning we will start with a chimp walk. You may be lucky enough to spot many of the 10 primates that call Kibale Forest National Park home. Kibale Forest National Park is also known for its butterflies and birds. In the afternoon we will walk through Bigodi Swamp (home to a community based project).  Dinner and overnight stay at Kibale Forest Camp.

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After enjoying an early breakfast we will leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will travel through Fort Portal and reach Mweya in Queen Elizabeth National Park at midday, Here, you can enjoy a stunning view over the Kazinga Channel. You will then check into your accommodation at the Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge, and in the late afternoon we will then hop into the safari vehicles to enjoy a late afternoon game drive.

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today you will enjoy a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. You might expect to see Ugandan kobs, lions and elephants. You will also enjoy 2 hour launch trip on the Kazinga channel where you can observe the animals from the waterside. In the evening there will be a game drive to the mating grounds of the Ugandan kob. This action packed day concludes back at your accommodation at Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge

Day 5: Kisoro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Early in the morning we will leave for Kisoro. You will be crossing the Kazinga Channel, travelling through Queen Elizabeth National Park, and reach Kabale in time to enjoy lunch. From Kabale we will continue through a picturesque landscape described as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ – mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the very last hill we cross the landscape unfolds beneath you, taking in the vast planes between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with the Virunga volcanoes dominating the view.  Kisoro is loacted in this valley, and you will retire to the famous Travellers Rest Hotel for the night.

Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The day of gorilla tracking!

You will travel by car from Travellers Rest Hotel in Kisoro to Nkuringo, in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP (1hr). Once there you will first receive a briefing (7.45am) and at 8.30am you will start the tracking. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! You will be expected back to the starting point by 7.00pm at the latest. Being physically fit is recommended.

It is always best to hear from other visitors, and this is Stella and Trudy’s story:

“At a distance of about fifteen feet a mountain gorilla with her baby appears. She comes out of the bushes, looks at me and lies down. My presence does not seem to bother her. She just wants to rest, whether I am there or not. I can almost touch her. My heart dances with joy. I am in a good position to take pictures, so I let my camera do its work. It is the thrill of a lifetime. I cannot but agree with the American zoologist George Schaller, the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, who once said: ‘No one who looks into the eyes of a gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged.”

Dinner and overnight stay at the Traveller’s Rest Hotel

Day 7: Kisoro to Kampala

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Early in the morning after breakfast you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee.

We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe – or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight.

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Price Per Day: $ 400 per day
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be advised in writing, signed by the signatory of the booking form and sent to SafariHQ  at info@safarihq.com. Cancellations are effective on the day they are received by SafariHQ Recorded delivery is strongly recommended. Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, the following cancellation charges will be payable, depending upon the number of days prior to departure SafariHQ receives your notice of cancellation.

Written Advice of Cancellation Received

Days prior to Departure Date and % of Total Holiday Cost

180-91 days is 20% of total holiday cost

90-46 days will be 50% of total holiday cost

within 45 days1 will be 100% of total holiday cost

We strongly recommend that you secure adequate travel insurance, which should in most cases include cover, under certain circumstances, against loss of deposit or cancellation fees, at the time of booking.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 12

Trip ID#:

GorChiSaf

Trip Excludes

  • International flights
  • Accommodation the night after the safari
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide tips
  • Accommodation in Entebbe
  • Gorilla Passes ($500 per person)

Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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