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$ 4920

Great Apes Encounters

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
min $ 4920
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Kibale National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 4920
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  • At a Glance
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Price

At a Glance

This once-in-a-lifetime experience Great Apes Encounters takes you from the fascinating antics and playfulness of the plethora of primates in the Kibale Forest, to the dark shady jungles of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to spend some time with the highly endangered mountain gorillas. Mountainous and heavily forested terrain make for a challenging hike to see these incredible creatures, however this unforgettable experience to sit in the presence of these amazing creatures that share 98% of our DNA is one not to be missed. Starting Price US$ 4,920

Trek in Kibale Forest to seen wild Chimpanzee in their natural habitat
Gorilla Trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas

Day 1: Arrrival Entebbe
Day 2 -3: Kibale Forest
Day 4-6: Bwindi Forest
Day 7: Departure

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival Entebbe

    Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet and greet and transfer to your hotel.
    Overnight at Protea Entebbe Hotel

  • Day 02 Entebbe - Kibale Forest

    Breakfast at the Hotel.  We then drive to your lodge near Kibale Forest in time for lunch. Afternoon relaxation at the lodge.
    We will be based at Ndali Lodge, set on a 1,000 acre farm owned and operated by the third generation of the Price/Sturdy family. The lodge was built using local materials and labour and designed by Mark Price to blend with the landscape using traditional rough-casting and spear-grass thatch. Light, space, simplicity and openness to nature are key qualities. At Ndali, there is an opportunity to visit the farm and learn more about its operations.
    Overnight at Ndali Lodge (BD)

  • Day 03 Kibale Forest

    Today we take a guided walk through the Kibale Forest, following the well-marked trails. This fascinating 766-square-kilometer tropical rain forest is the natural habitat for an amazing 12 primate species, and contains the highest primate density of any area on Earth. Here, on a guided forest walk, you may find families of Chimpanzees and Red Colobus Monkeys chattering and swinging through the ancient forest trees. Some of the trees are 50 to 60 meters (150 to 180 feet) in height, and provide a majestic canopy for the profusion of rain forest life, including 325 bird species. Even though you may only rarely see them, the park is home to the largest population of Forest Elephant in Uganda, and is also home to Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Genet, Civet, Waterbuck and Bushbuck.
    After lunch, we can return to the lodge for relaxation or at an extra cost of $20 per person, visit the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a conservation project managed and operated by Community Based Organization KAFRED (Kibale Association For Rural and Environmental Development). KAFRED was formed in 1992 and through conservation of the swamp has achieved many important community development goals. The swamp, eight kilometers long and three hundred meters wide, is attached to Kibale Forest at both ends and serves as a vital corridor between the north and south of the park. On your tour, you are likely to see numerous bird species as well as Black and White Colobus, Red Colobus, Grey-Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed Monkey, Vervet Monkey, and L’Hoest’s Monkey. Other wetlands mammals include Sitatunga (an endangered swamp antelope), Bush Pig, Civet, Mongoose and Bush Buck.
    Overnight at Ndali Lodge (BD)

  • Day 04 Bwindi Forest

    At 07h00 hours, we will be transferred to Kasese airstrip for a scheduled flight (0945/1005) to Kihihi airstrip. Upon arrival at Kihihi airstrip you will be met by the lodge representative and drive 1.5hrs to your lodge. Afternoon relaxation at the lodge or enjoy a community walk visiting the women’s community group and the community hospital.

    Our base will be Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, with eight luxurious suites situated the banks of the Munyanga River. The rooms also offer dressing tables/desks and power points, with their own private balconies with panoramic views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest across the Munyaga Valley. You will be offered à la carte menus for every meal, which can be enjoyed around the warmth of the restaurant’s log fire or outside on the terrace with the sounds of the forest all around you.
    The 331 square-kilometer (128 square-mile) Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is comprised of both montane and lowland forest. The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, with some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, and over 27 species of reptiles and amphibians. Bwindi is amongst the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns.
    Along with the numerous primate species and endangered Chimpanzees, the most notable inhabitants of the park have to be the 380 Critically Endangered Mountain Gorillas, which live in family groups of between 8 and 25 individuals. A number of these families have been habituated over a period of 5 years each to tolerate human presence for a brief period every day. In northern Bwindi are found the Rushegura, Habinyanja, Mubare, Oruzogu and Bitukura families. Only 8 visitors per day are allowed to track each gorilla family.
    Overnight Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (BLD)

  • Day 05 Gorilla tracking day

    This morning, as we go gorilla tracking, we will have an early start from the lodge, walking to the nearby park headquarters, where we receive a briefing and select our porters for the day. Then we’re off on a drive that may last anything from 10 minutes to 2 hours before we start our gorilla track. The tracking can be strenuous because of the steep slopes and the high altitude. Initially, we will walk along established paths, our ranger coordinating with the advance trackers by radio to guide us in to the gorillas last know location. As we get to where the gorillas are, we will leave the paths and begin hacking our way through the slippery underbrush. Our porters will stay back as only our privileged party of 8 and our ranger approach the gorillas to spend our magical hour with them. The hour passes all too quickly, and then it’s time to reluctantly make our way back to our waiting vehicles.
    Overnight Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (BLD)

  • Day 06 Bwindi Forest

    Today,we will have the privilege of meeting the Batwa tribe. Often referred to as ‘pygmies’, this ancient forest people reside in the forests of south-west Uganda. The day will begin with a hike from Buhoma to reach the nearby Batwa community. We will meet members of this proud but vulnerable people, and learn all about their history and culture, including being shown their herbal medicines and traditional hunting techniques. This experience is considered one of the most authentic living history encounters available with the Batwa in Uganda today, and represents a sustainable way for these marginalised forest people to earn an alternative income now that much of their ancestral lands have become conservation areas.
    Overnight Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge (BLD)

  • Day 07 Departure Day

    Today we will be transferred to Kihihi airstrip for our morning (0945/1125) scheduled flight to Entebbe in time to check in for your International departure flight. B

  • Departure Dates

    Flexible departures (any day)

  • Included

    Accommodation in standard twin rooms
    Meals as indicated in the daily meal plan
    Inclusions at each lodge as per the policy
    • Ndali Lodge: All meals, drinking water in the rooms, early morning tea/coffee, laundry
    • Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge: All meals, all drinks, drinking water in the rooms, early morning tea/coffee, laundry, massage
    All road and air transfers as indicated
    1 gorilla permit per person at US$ 600
    1 Batwa Experience per person
    All vehicles & guides on private basis
    Services of an English speaking driver guide
    Park fees
    All activities described in the itinerary, unless specified as extras
    Mineral water, tea and coffee in the vehicle
    Medical Evacuation to a hospital in Nairobi

Price

March to May
US$ 4,920 per person

June to September
US$ 5,140 per person

October to December
US$ 4,920 per person

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of The Heritage Safari Company
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