8 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation and tree climbing Lions
This tour package involves seeing and staying with these rare primates and get to learn how they spend a day, mountain Gorillas and the King of the Beasts – the Lion .You will also see mans closest relative– the Chimpanzee .Am sure you will be able to make a big comparison of the two primates from this safari.
Day 1: Rushaga – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda
You will leave your hotel in Entebbe or Kigali for Rushaga. The drive time to Rushaga is about 3 and a half hours plus from Kigali depending on Border crossing and the drive from Entebbe is 9 hours. The drive is a most scenic one through the Land of a Thousand Hills and the Switzerland of Africa with its terraced hillsides and vast Tea Plantations and colorful villages. Normally crossing from Rwanda is about 45 minutes Migration exercise and you are in Uganda heading for the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest through the Gorilla forest. Dinner and overnight lodge in the forest.
Early Breakfast and take your packed lunch from the lodge, have a day pack, at least carry 2 liters of water, long solid trousers, gardening gloves for pulling yourself through the thick trails in the impenetrable forest, long-sleeved shirt. Water proof boots, hat, rain jacket, a free walking stick will be available at the park offices and the services of a porter are highly recommended at a small cost of about 15 US dollars. Meet the researchers, trackers and guides and head for the location of your gorilla family group being habituated and you will have four hours in their presence, giving you a chance to learn more about their ways. After Return to the lodge, depending on the time you come back, you can have an evening community walk. Dinner and overnight lodge in the forest.
Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park
After Breakfast, we drive to Queen Elizabeth Park, through the Ishasha sector of the park where we check into your lodge and have lunch. Afternoon games drive in search of the famed tree-climbing lions that sleep in the fig trees up to 15 hours a day. They have n recent times moved further into the park but seeing them is still one of the best probabilities in East Africa. There are about 50 of them here in various prides. You might also see some leopards, lot of elephants which have increased vastly in numbers. The elephants that you see here will be both Savannah and Forest Elephants. Most likely you will not be able to tell the difference, but forest elephants are hairier, have straight shorter tusks, have one less toe and smaller in size. You will also see large herds of buffaloes, topi and Uganda Kobs. antelopes.
Day 4: Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park
Breakfast and morning game drive after 8 am – the lions do not climb up into the trees any earlier. The safari vehicle is equipped with a pop-up roof for best game viewing. The game drive is 3 hours in length. After the game drive we continue to the Mweya area of the park where you check into the lodge. In the afternoon it is the fabulous Kazinga Channel Wildlife – Birding, Reptile Boat Safari that is one of the highlights of your Queen Elizabeth Park Visit. Here you can see countless of pods of Hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, elephant herds, countless of birds, monitor lizards and more. This is a natural channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. Dinner and overnight lodge in the park.
You will be with researchers from different continents. The lion tracking research begins at the crack of dawn and you can have breakfast after the experience. Lunch back at lodge and in the afternoon we take the 27 kilometer Explosion Crater Drive – this is the highest point in the park where you have some incredible viewpoints of the Western Rift Escarpment, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon plus the craters themselves which were featured in National Geographic a few years past.
Day 6: Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast, do an early morning game drive after which we move to Kibale Forest where you check into the lodge , have your lunch. You will do guided walk in the afternoon and this is a guided 3-hour hike through a Jungle Swamp; much of it is on planks that act like a boardwalk above the swamp. Your experienced guide is from the local community that has maintained the Wetlands for many years with thousands visiting each year.
During the Afternoon you might spot Chimpanzees if you so lucky, Colobus Monkeys, also baboons. The area is well-known for birds; the chief attraction is the Blue Turaco. When it comes to Mammals you can see otters, bush pigs, mongoose, and the rare sitatunga. Dinner and overnight lodge in the forest.
Early Breakfast and you are off to meet with your Ranger-Guide who will take you into Kibale Forest where a Chimpanzee Group is being habituated, a process that takes up to two years. Habituation teaches the Chimpanzees to allow humans in their presence.
A chimp community can number over 100 members. Chimpanzees live in a relational social structure, the alpha males defend against other chimpanzees trying to move into the territory. Females are part of smaller family groups and nurture the young.
Way before you see the chimpanzees, you will hear their hooting calls in the distance. Soon you come upon them and spend one hour with them observing their ways and habits. Normally you might see 4 to 6 primates here, many of the birds, the butterflies, mammals found here and of course the forest itself with its vegetation that is unique. On an all-day habituation, you will see a lot more than on a trek. Lunch back at the lodge, relax for the evening. Dinner and overnight lodge in the park.
Day 8: Kibale Forest National Park – Entebbe Or Kampala:
After breakfast we shall start the drive back to Entebbe or Kampala city depending on your flight plan. We can stop at the Nakayima Tree in Mubende town where traditional, cultural practices continue to this day as they have for the last 300 years.
- Park entrance fees
- Game viewing guide
- A 4 by 4 safari vehicle
- Experienced English speaking driver guide
- All Permits and activities
- full-board accommodation
The package excludes;
- Drinks, tips, laundry at lodges