EMPIRE OF APES SAFARI

At the edge of the Albertine rift in South Western Uganda lies the vast and misty Bwindi impenetrable forest which stretches over a formation of steep mountains. This ancient pristine forest is home to families of formidable mountain gorillas that we will encounter within this 9-day adventure. Our expedition will bring us into the homes of energetic chimps in Kibale forest and draw us to the most scenic park in Uganda.

8 DAYS | 7 NIGHTS

Safari Highlights

  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Game Drive
  • Boat Cruise
  • Equator Experience
  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Bird Watching

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome To Entebbe

Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by your safari guide/driver, who will transfer you to your booked accommodation.

Day 2:  Into the Dense Kibale Forest National Park

After a sumptuous breakfast in Kampala, we drive west, taking in the scenic views as we head to Fort Portal, a beautiful town nestled in the shadow of the “Mountains of the Moon”. Enjoy a short respite in this charming town before moving on to the idyllic formations of the crater lakes. From Fort Portal, we set a course for the thriving forest of Kibale National Park, where we turn in for the night at our booked safari lodge.

Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp

Meal Plan: Half-Board

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking – Bigodi Swamp Walk

The evergreen Kibale Forest holds the widest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. On a guided nature walk, we encounter wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys and more. We return to our lodge for a warm lunch and later set out to Bigodi Swamp, an ideal place for bird lovers. After a satisfying day of exploration, we return to our lodge in time for dinner.

Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 4: Through the scenic Crater Lakes and into Queen Elizabeth National Park

We check out of our lodge and head out for a brief tour at Lake Nkuruba, where you will see magnificent views of the vibrant crater lakes, cradled in vegetation and gentle hills. After lunch, we head toward the popular Queen Elizabeth National Park just in time for an evening game drive; we hope to see warthogs, buffalo, waterbucks and elephants before checking in for a night of comfort at our booked Safari lodge.

Accommodation: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 5:  Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Boat Cruise 

The crisp morning opens with a game drive to seek out various animals; this is a great opportunity for wildlife sightings as animals tend to be more active in the wee hours. Return from your adventure in the beautiful savannah to some much-needed relaxation and lunch before we head out on an afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga Channel to spot the aquatic wild and so much more. Hippos, crocodiles, and other mammals, reptiles, and birds congregate at the shores in the afternoon heat. We will drive to the crater lakes and take in the scenic views before returning to the lodge in time for dinner.

Accommodation: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 6: Through Ishasha and into the Impenetrable Forest

Today we depart from Queen Elizabeth, but not before attempting to set eyes on the tree climbing lions of Ishasha on a brief game drive. We cross a stunning landscape to reach Bwindi National Park, where we will seek out another rare creature, the mountain gorilla. 

Accommodation: Haven Lodge

Meal Plan: Half-Board

Day 7: The Gorilla Families of Bwindi

After breakfast, we set out for a briefing at the park offices where we are allocated gorilla tracking groups and given tips in preparation for a close encounter with the gentle giants. Guided by an experienced tracker, we brave a challenging trek through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; it may take minutes or hours of pushing through vegetation before we set our eyes on a colossal dominant silverback male and his group. 

Upon return from the deep forest, you will receive your gorilla tracking certificate, and later, after refreshing at the lodge, set out for a community walk, a charming experience with the local people and a closer look into their culture. 

Accommodation: Haven Lodge

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 8: Return to Kampala/Entebbe & Equator stop

After a fun filled adventure of eight days, we will check out of the lodge and begin our journey to your preferred drop off point in Kampala/Entebbe. Our first stop will be in Mbarara for lunch and last stop at the Uganda equator for pictures and shopping of various souvenirs or gifts for friends and family.

Meal Plan: Half-Board

Note: You can choose to add another day or two and stop for a night in Uganda’s smallest savannah park, Lake Mburo.

Inclusive

  • Transfer to/from Entebbe International Airport
  • Ground transport on a private 4WD safari vehicle
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as included in the itinerary (twin/double room)
  • Meals included in the itinerary
  • Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Gorilla permit (USD $600 per permit)
  • Activities included in the itinerary
  • Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Detailed map of Uganda (1 map per person)

Exclusive

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $50, available upon arrival)
  • Forest Walk Bwindi (USD $50 per person)
  • Meals and drinks outside the itinerary
  • Items and services of a personal nature
  • Tips

Terms and conditions

* The mentioned rates are in US dollars and subject to change.

* The high season period includes January, February, June, July, August, September and December.

* The low season period includes March, April, May, October and November.

* Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation by your contact person at Bushman Safaris. Permits are sold on ‘first come first serve’ basis.

* Gorilla permits can only be secured after receiving the requested deposit.

* The chimp tracking in Kibale Forest may take place either in the morning or afternoon, depending on the availability of the permits for chimp tracking.