5 Days Uganda Safari – Best Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Tracking Uganda Safari 2022

5 Days Uganda safari is a primates watching Africa holiday that involves Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Chimpanzee trek in Kibale. The 5 Days Uganda primates safari also takes you through Queen Elizabeth national park where you are legible of viewing tree-climbing lions. This Uganda primates safari starts and ends in Kampala and it can be done at any day, here is the overview.

5 Days Uganda safari
Uganda Primates – Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzee and L’Host Monkey

With more than 20 primate species in Uganda, our 5 days Uganda Safari (Uganda primates safari) brings out the best experiences in encountering the top species that make the country stand out. With a chance to see the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as well as Chimpanzee trekking within Kibale Forest National Park, this is a safari worth undertaking.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is so far the most popular primate trekking destination in Uganda, set within the south-western part of the country and sitting on an area of 331 square kilometers. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was established in 1991 and received its first gorilla trekkers in 1993.

Besides the mountain gorillas, other primates found here are Chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, Olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, De Brazza monkeys, blue monkeys, L’Hoests monkeys, Pottos and many others. Also expect over 350 species of birds alongside other mammal species including forest elephants, giant forest hogs, black-fronted duikers, golden cats, civets, forest buffaloes, yellow-backed duikers and many others.

Kibale Forest National Park in the western side of the country was gazetted in 1993 and covers an area of 795 square kilometers. This Park shelters over 13 species of primates with the most popular ones being chimpanzees, although visitors can always expect occasional sights of  vervet monkeys, Pottos, grey-cheeked mangabeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, bush babies, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoests monkeys, Patas monkeys and others.

Summarized Itinerary of the 5 days Uganda Safari Trekking Gorillas and Chimpanzees

  • Day 1: Arrival into Uganda and transfer to western Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park.
  • Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking in the lush Kibale Forest and guided walk through Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.
  • Day 3: Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Park via Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • Day 4: Gorilla Trekking Adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • Day 5: End of the 5 days Uganda Primates Safari.

Detailed itinerary of the 5 days Uganda Safari – Best Uganda Primates Safari

Day 1: Arrival into Uganda and transfer to western Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park

On the first day of the 5 days Uganda Safari, you arrive into Uganda and be met by our safari guide. Be briefed on the trip and be transferred to your first destination-Kibale Forest National Park past Mityana, Mubende and Fort Portal Town.

Be treated to views of the countryside, verdant tea plantations and huge boulders with a lunch break in Fort Portal Town. Time permitting, undertake the Crater Lakes tour and proceed to the Lodge for dinner and slumber.

Accommodation options in Kibale

  • Budget: Chimpanzee Guesthouse.
  • Midrange: Primates Lodge Kibale.
  • Upmarket: Kyaninga Lodge.

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking in the lush Kibale Forest and guided walk through Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

chimpanzee in kibale - 5 Days Uganda safari
chimpanzee in Kibale forest

After a sumptuous breakfast, converge at the Park Headquarters in Kanyanchu for registration/briefing then continue for the chimpanzee trekking adventure. At 8:00am begin the search for the habituated chimpanzee troop in Kibale Forest with occasional sights of blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons and many others.

You might also be lucky to see forest elephants, giant forest hogs and forest bird species that include the sought-after green-breasted pitta as well as Great Blue Turaco. After 1-4 hours of trekking these beautiful and endangered Great Apes, you will make contact with the allotted chimpanzee troop with whom you will spend one hour to watch chimpanzee antics and take photos.

In the afternoon get served a hot meal at your safari Lodge and undertake a guided walk through Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, ideal for birding especially if you are interested in spotting the Great blue Turaco, Papyrus gonolek and Papyrus canary among others. Late in the evening retire to the Lodge to dine and rest.

Lodges in Kibale National Park

  • Budget: Chimpanzee Guesthouse.
  • Midrange: Primates Lodge Kibale.
  • Upmarket: Kyaninga Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner.

Day 3: Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Park via Queen Elizabeth National Park

On the third day of our 5 days Uganda Safari – Uganda primates safari, have breakfast and leave for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, haven to the endangered mountain gorillas. Drive through the beautiful countryside with views of the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and drive via Queen Elizabeth National Park where you are likely to see tree-climbing lions. Along the way enjoy Lunch and in the evening arrive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Accommodation options in Bwindi

  • Budget: Wagtail Eco-Safari Camp or Buhoma Community Bandas.
  • Midrange: Silverback Lodge or Engagi Lodge.
  • Upmarket: Gorilla Forest Camp or Mahogany Springs Camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking Adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Gorilla Trekking Bwindi - 5 Days Uganda safari
Gorilla Trekking Bwindi

Enjoy a hot cup of tea/coffee on the 4th day and connect to the Park Headquarters with a lunch box for the mandatory briefing before gorilla treks are conducted.

After the briefing, you will be placed in a group with 7 other trekkers to visit a particular habituated gorilla family and later venture into the dense jungles to search for the mountain gorillas. Spend a maximum of one hour observing and photographing the gorillas while listening to the interesting facts provided by the expert Ranger guide.

In the evening after lunch and siesta embark on a cultural tour within the nearby Batwa community where you will learn about their traditions and cultural dances. After this rewarding activity, retire to the Lodge for dinner and slumber.

Accommodation options

  • Budget: Wagtail Eco-Safari Camp or Buhoma Community Bandas.
  • Midrange: Silverback Lodge or Engagi Lodge.
  • Upmarket: Gorilla Forest Camp or Mahogany Springs Camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5: End of the 5 days Uganda Safari – Uganda Primates Safari

This is the last day of our 5 days Uganda Safari, which begins with breakfast at the Lodge and later check-out of the Lodge. Have Lunch along the way (preferably Mbarara Town) and make another stop at the Equator for photography and buy souvenirs if you so please.


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Our 5 days Uganda Safari includes;

  • Gorilla trekking permit.
  • Chimpanzee trekking permits.
  • Park entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.
  • Batwa Community Visit.
  • 4 nights’ accommodation.
  • Comfortable ride by a 4WD Vehicle.
  • Relevant Government taxes.
  • Guided walk through Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.
  • Meals including along the way.
  • Driver allowances.

The Uganda Primates Safari Package Excludes;

  • Air ticket.
  • Travel and medical insurances.
  • Laundry fees.
  • Telephone bills.
  • Cigarettes and beverages.
  • Optional activities not on the itinerary
  • Visa fees.

What to Pack for the 5 days Uganda Safari

Items recommended for a smooth primates watching safari in Uganda.

  • Breathable long-sleeved shirts and safari pants.
  • Light rain jacket.
  • Warm sweater.
  • Sun glasses
  • Lightweight hiking boots.
  • Cotton socks.
  • Gardening gloves.
  • Wide brim safari hat.
  • Waterproof backpack.
  • Travel documents such as visa, tickets, yellow fever vaccination certificate, passports as well as travel and medical insurance.
  • First aid kit (with basic items such as bandages, anti-malarial tablets, anti-diarrheal tablets, paracetamol and many others).
  • Toiletries (such as toothpaste, shampoo, toothbrush, wet wipes, hair conditioner, body lotion, hair comb and many others).
  • Insect repellant.

 

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