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4-Day fly-in Uganda Safari – Gorillas & Chimpanzees

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This 4-day fly-in Uganda safari that can be customized to your preferences offers you a chance to see gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitats. On day one, you will fly to Kibale Forest National Park the primate capital of the world for chimpanzee trekking.

Following a fascinating chimpanzee trek, your day two will take you on a long but rewarding scenic drive through the beautiful savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. On day three, you will have a cultural encounter with the local Batwa People and a sensational trek through Bwindi’s ancient forest in search of the endangered mountain gorillas.

On the last day of your 4-Day Fly-in Uganda safari, you will fly back to Entebbe. If you are seeking to extend your East African journey, this 4-day safari in Uganda is a great match with a safari to Serengeti or the Masai Mara to see the Big 5 or Wildebeest Migration.

4-Day fly-in Uganda Safari | Summary

Day 1: Track wild Chimpanzees on foot in Kibale National Park

Day 2: Take a scenic drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi

Day 3: Trek gorillas in Bwindi and meet an ancient people

Day 4: Fly from Bwindi Forest to Entebbe

4-Day fly-in Uganda Safari | Details

Day 1: Track wild Chimpanzees on foot in Kibale National Park

 After an early breakfast on day one of your 4-Day fly-in Uganda Safari, our driver will then drop you to Entebbe International Airport.

From here, a light aircraft flight will take you to Kasese Airstrip which is close to Kibale. At Kasese Airstrip, you will be received by another driver who will drive you through the beautiful scenery of Uganda to your lodge near Kibale National Park for lunch. After lunch, you will be driven to the park’s visitor centre to do an afternoon chimpanzee trek which begins promptly at 2 pm.

The encounter commences with a briefing from the excellent local park rangers who will be your guides for the activity. After the briefing, you head to the forest in search of man’s closest relative.

The activity lasts about 2 to 5 hours and over the years have had a 95% success rate of seeing some of Kibale’s 1,500 chimpanzees. The chimps are completely wild but they have been habituated to human visitors and thus offer you a chance to draw quite close to them and take pictures.

Viewing them as they enjoy fruits, swinging in trees, socializing, patrolling and making hooting calls is memorable experience that you will treasure forever. You have a full hour to enjoy these precious primates and you are free to take as many photos as you wish!

There are also several other primates present in Kibale’s lush flora including Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Black-and-white colobus monkeys, Red Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys, Blue monkeys, Olive baboons, and the rare L’Hoest’s Monkey. After your amazing Chimp trek you will return to the starting point where you will be driven back to your lodge to freshen up and relax. ┬á

Included Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Crater Safari Lodge/Primate Lodge/Kyaninga Lodge

Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp/Chimpanzee Forest Lodge

Day 2: Take a scenic drive through Queen Elizabeth NP to Bwindi

After breakfast this morning, check out and say farewell to the great staff in the Kibale forest. You then embark on the day’s journey further south.

As well as enjoying the scenic views, you will get a glimpse into local village life en route. It is an interesting route where you will be driving through Queen Elizabeth National Park right from the northern side to the southern end of the park known as Ishasha. This is where you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch.

There are many chances of seeing wildlife like elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, bush buck, kobs, topis as well as leopards and the tree climbing lions that are famous in this sector.  After that, you will then proceed further south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the home of the endangered mountain gorillas. This is the only day of this trip that will include driving for more than 5 hours.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Gorilla Forest Camp/Bwindi Lodge

Midrange: Buhoma Haven Lodge/ Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 3: Trek gorillas in Bwindi and meet an ancient people

Today you will experience what some people define a life changing experience: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest!

So, after breakfast, you will get your packed lunch and to the park headquarters where you have to get to no later than 7:30 am. Here, you will join other visitors for a briefing by one of the park staff. After that, you will meet with the lead ranger guide who will take you into the forest to find a family of gorillas that you will be allocated to.

Expect to hike for 2 to 7 hours through steep and muddy trails, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. But it will certainly be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest, a unique and unforgettable experience!

Unfortunately, Mountain gorillas are one of the world’s most endangered primates so the entrance and gorilla trekking fees revenue generated from tourism in protected parks such as Bwindi, offer them their only chance of survival. Distinct Lowland gorillas that live in the lowland forests of Central and West Africa, Mountain gorillas are found at an altitude of between 1520 and 3650 meters. Gentle giants and vegetarians, they are usually peaceful unless provoked.

You will spend a maximum of an hour observing the gorillas after encountering them. You will then enjoy your packed picnic lunch and returning to the park offices where you will be rewarded a gorilla trekking certificate. On returning to the lodge, you will fresh up and relax.

In the evening you will go for a cultural encounter with the Batwa People who have inhabited the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for thousands of years and have not forgotten the old ways of life. You will witness a re-enactment of life as it was for the Batwa in the rainforest, and interact with these incredible people.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Gorilla Forest Camp/Bwindi Lodge

Midrange: Buhoma Haven Lodge/ Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 4: Fly from Bwindi Forest to Entebbe

Bid farewell to the rainforest jungle of Bwindi and the friendly staff before transferring back to the Kihihi airstrip for your return flight to the Entebbe International Airport. As you fly over the landscape, you have time to reflect on and appreciate your privileged time in the precious Ugandan rainforest.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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4-Day fly-in Uganda Safari – Gorillas & Chimpanzees