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5-Day Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda

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Day 1

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National park

You will be picked by our guide at 7:00am from Kampala and embark on your journey to the famous Queen Elizabeth National park. The Park covers an area of about 1978 km2 and its position provides a magnificent view of the rift valley floor that occupies Lake Edward and George. The park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world as its well known to be habitat of about 95 mammals along with 612 species of birds. You will briefly stop at the equator in Masaka town for a photo moment and en-route lunch, as you proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you can do an optional evening Game drive depending on the time that you will reach. The journey takes 5-6 hours.

Main Destination:

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Best Time to Visit: January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)

High Season: June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather : June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Accommodation:

Irungu Forest Safari Lodge

Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2

Morning Game Drive and Afternoon Launch cruise on Kazinga Channel

After early breakfast, you will catch up with the early risers as your driver takes you for the morning game drive. It is an amazing experience to have great chances of spotting other wild animals like; Buffalo, Uganda kob (Uganda national antelope), Elephants, Hippos, Lions, Leopards, water bucks, warthogs and many other wild animals.

After that excellent drive, you will return to your lodge for relaxation. After lunch, you will go for an amazing launch cruise on Kazinga Channel where you will have exciting and unforgettable memories as one of the highlights of your tour. There also a water sail which provide a magnificent platform for photography taking and across the board game viewing. As you retire from the boat cruise, you will drive back to the hotel for your dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:

Kazinga Channel (Queen Elizabeth NP)

Accommodation:

Irungu Forest Safari Lodge

Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3

Morning game drive in ishash sector and then Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park

Today after your relaxed Breakfast, Embark on your journey to Buhoma location near the famous Bwindi impenetrable National park. This park is mostly famous for the rare mountain gorillas and the drive to the park is incredibly scenic, passing through various local villages and the lush green countryside & hills which characterize so much of south western Uganda. Once you are in the forest park, it is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and the diversity of species is a feature of the park. It provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species. Bwindi is among 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. The journey takes 4 hours.

Main Destination:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)

Best Time to Visit: June to August and December to February

High Season: June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)

Best Weather: June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Accommodation:

Gorilla Mist Camp

Mid-range lodge bordering Bwindi NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4

Gorilla Tracking and batwa talks experience

After your breakfast, along with your packed lunch, you will report to the park premises for registration by 8:00am and be briefed by Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger guides. You will then start to trek through the bumpy bushes in search for the amazing Gorillas. There is as well a greater opportunity of seeing other species like the birds, monkeys, chimpanzees, beautiful butterflies among others. The trek could take 1-8 hours but depending on the luck of the day and once you come across these interesting creatures, it is a really an exciting experience watching them protest or playing with each other and its really a special moment being with these fabulous human like primates. The time allowed to be with these gorillas in Uganda is 1 hour and every minute of the experience is worth the time you spent in search for them. As you retire from the forest, you could take an optional activity like visiting the pigymies or you can relax at the lodge.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)

Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp

Mid-range lodge bordering Bwindi NP without fences

Meals & Drinks

All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Transfer back to Kampala with stopover at the Equator

Today is the last day of your trip! After your breakfast, begin your journey back to Kampala as you view beautiful sceneries along the way. You will have lunch on route thereafter proceed and have another stop over at the equator for the water experiment if you happen to have missed it on the 1st day of your trip. Proceed with the journey; your driver will drop you at your accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe. The journey takes 7-8 hours.

Main Destination:

Kampala

End of tour

Tour Details

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Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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