Uganda Habituation experiences for Gorillas, Chimps, Golden Monkeys - 6 Days Tour

OVERVIEW
The 6 days tour allows you gorilla habituation experiences in Bwindi, Kibale chimps habituation experience and 4 hours with golden monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. We also have a guided primates trek/ walk in Kibale National Park to see more primates. Besides there is a lot of great sightseeing, lots of opportunities to interact with local Ugandan culture, beautiful scenery along the routes.
This is the ideal safari to Africa for travellers who would love a deeper than ordinary experience with Africa’s unique wildlife.
We have made special arrangements with the national park authorities so that you have 2-5 times more the traditional amount of time with the rare and endangered mountain gorillas guided by scientific researchers and contributing to their research, wild chimpanzees and other primates, and intimate contact with gorillas, plus safaris for chimpanzees, and more.

Our new Insider’s Uganda Safari is an incredibly unusual combination of truly “once-in-a-lifetime” safaris that feature scientific researcher-led up-close wildlife interactions for gorillas, chimps, and golden monkeys.
  • Day 1: Kibale National Park, guided primates walk in Bigodi Swamp
  • Day 2: Kibale Chimpanzee habituation experience plus other primates
  • Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 4: Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Day 5: Golden monkey habituation exercise in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Day 6: Return to Kampala - Entebbe

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe, Uganda

You will be received by your driver/guide at the airport. Depending on your arrival time, if you arrive night time, we check into Imperial Resort Beach Hotel for a relaxation moment after the long flight.

Day 1: Kibale National Park, Guided Primates walk in Bigodi

More primates like black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangred-tailedtailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like elephants can be seen in this walk.

Early morning after breakfast we continue driving through the undulating highlands of south-western Uganda on our way to the greener and beautiful Fort Portal area. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good photo opportunities.
As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda's famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed.
In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs and among others.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge
Moderate: Isunga Lodge| Kibale Forest Camp | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (self contained cottages)
Low Budget: Kibale Forest Camp (in tents) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (shared bathroom rooms)

Day 2: Kibale Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Plus Other Primates

Today we’ll accompany Kibale’s researchers in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to a “soft” habituation project with chimpanzees. You’ll learn to safely observe the chimps during their daily activities, so they get comfortable with human presence without changing their natural behaviors. You will be able to experience the chimp families as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed.
Guided by biologists and researchers, we will enjoy unprecedented intimate access to these wild chimps for the entire day until they build their nests at bedtime.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge
Moderate: Isunga Lodge| Kibale Forest Camp | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (self contained cottages)
Low Budget: Kibale Forest Camp (in tents) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (shared bathroom rooms)

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast we drive further south through stunning savannah grasslands as we head towards the breathtaking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles for over 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list.
This includes 310 species of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 species of mammals including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.
Bwindi is a prime destination for bird- watchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics – species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market:  Chameleon Hill Lodge 
Moderate:  Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel| Rushaga Gorilla Camp | Gorilla Valley Lodge

Day 4: Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Our uniquely exclusive researcher-led gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi - 4 hour permit.
We have an early morning entry into the mountain gorilla’s sanctuary. Our intimate gorilla experience allows you to accompany the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s Bwindi gorilla habituation team for the entire day, allowing you to have a minimum 4 hours in the presence of a mountain gorilla family.
Since regular permits only allow 1 hour, this is 4 times the amount of time spent up close with gorillas – more than any other safari operator! During this time you will be able to experience the gorilla family as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed until they build their nests at bedtime.
The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories. Spending more time with them than the norm means you are assured of the best possible experience, with 4 full hours for better photography, researcher access for more questions, and enough time to experience more intimate and unusual behaviors. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other.

The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. Once the gorillas are sighted, you will be guided to within 6 meters of the gorillas, and be able to sit all around them while gazing into their big round eyes as the researchers note health, behavior and other characteristics.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market:  Chameleon Hill Lodge 
Moderate:  Nkuringo Gorilla Camp 
Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel| Rushaga Gorilla Camp | Gorilla Valley Lodge

Day 5: Golden Monkey Habituation Exercise in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

After an early breakfast set off for the national park for the golden monkey habituation experience which allows you upto 4 hours with the monkeys.
The monkeys are primarily to be found in the bamboo forest that skirt the lower slopes of the volcanoes. The monkeys are very active in the canopy of the bamboo where your guides mimic their calls to follow the group.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market:  Chameleon Hill Lodge 
Moderate:  Mt. Gahinga Lodge 
Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel

Day 6: Return to Kampala-Entebbe

Early breakfast before embarking on our return to Kampala, driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. This area is a rows.
Not to miss as we traverse Mbarara are the impressing longhorn Ankole cattle. A remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as we have a brief stop here. We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home.
Accommodation Options:
Luxury: Protea Hotel Entebbe
Medium: Boma Guesthouse Entebbe
Low Budget: Airport Guesthouse Entebbe

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