The 8 day gorillas – wildlife safari and Chimpanzee habituation experience starts in Kigali, Rwanda and ends in Kampala, Uganda. The major highlights of the tour include; gorilla trekking in Bwindi, canoe trekking at Lake Bunyonyi, game drive at Queen Elizabeth national park, and chimpanzee habituation experience at Kibale.
Departure & Return Location
Kigali International Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Gorilla Trekking Permit
Chimpanzee Tracking Permit
7 Nights Hotel Accomodation
All transportation in destination location
Guide Service Fee
Air Tickets & Visa Fees
Any Private Expenses
What to Expect
Your 8 Days Gorilla Chimpanzee Habituation Safari experience will include;
Arrival at Kigali - Rwanda
Gorilla trekking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Game safari drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Kazinga Channel boat cruise trip
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience at Kibale
Day 1Transfer from Kigali to Bwindi National Park via Cyanika boarder post
A Bamboo Ecotours representative will pick you up in Kigali in the morning and start driving northwards towards Uganda. The driver goes through spectacular landscapes of Rwanda via the northern town of Musanze/Ruhengeri. From Musanze, you take an additional few minutes before you arrive at the Uganda/Rwanda boarder. Here you will process the Uganda entry visa and proceed directly to Bwindi forest for overnight. The entire journey from Kigali to Bwindi should take about 4 – 5hrs.
Day 2Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest
You will take breakfast early in the morning and then head to the Bwindi forest gate to prepare for the gorilla trek. The Uganda Wildlife Authority guide will orient you on what to expect during the trek. The trek can take few to many hours depending on the exact location where the gorillas are on that day. This will be an adventure of a lifetime!
Day 3Transfer to Lake Bnyonyi
Transfer from Rushaga, Bwindi in the morning to Lake Bunyonyi in the nearby Kabale district. Here where you will have options to enjoy canoeing, bird watching, and local cultures in the afternoon. Lake Bunyonyi is about 2 hours drive from Bwindi. Spend the afternoon enjoying the cold breeze and breathtaking taking views at the lake.
Day 4Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Queen Elizabeth Park
In the late morning we will commence the journey from Lake Bunyonyi to Queen Elizabeth national park. The drive should take 6 – 7 hours. The drive goes through the amazing scenery of the Kigezi highlands via the town of Kabale. You will then head westwards via Ishaka and Bushenyi towns and descend into the western rift valley as you approach the Queen Elizabeth national park plains.
Day 5Kasenyi Plains game drive in the morning and Kazinga Channel boat cruise
You will start the day with early morning breakfast at the lodge. Afterwards we proceed to the famed Kasenyi plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot various species of wild animals. Kasenyi plains dwell in the vast savannahs of the Albertine rift in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It will be a morning full of adventure! Expect to encounter lions, herds of buffalos, elephants, Uganda kobs, topi, and bushbucks. While it is not guaranteed to spot the “Big Five” in the park, on a luck day you may site leopards to make it the “Big Four”. We will return to the lodge for lunch.
Day 6Transfer to Kibale National Park
Starting in the late morning, we will drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park and head to Kibale Forest National Park to prepare for the chimp habituation experience the next day. If you arrive early in the afternoon, join a community walk in the neighborhood of the park.
Day 7Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale
Starting in the morning at Kibale National Forest Park, you will go into the jungle to experience the chimpanzee habituation experience. This will be a whole day experience of learning about how the chimps are trained to get familiar with human experience. You will be guided in the trek by Uganda Wildlife Authority staff.
If time permits after the trek, there are complimentary activities to do including community walks and visiting the Bigodi swamp sanctuary.
Day 8Transfer to Kampala or Kigali
This is the last day of the trip. You can choose between transfer to Kigali city or Kampala.