The experience of nature walking with a ranger guide surrounded by myriad of games.

Uganda the pearl of Africa, home of the mountain gorillas, chimpanzee and the rare shoebill stork.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$2660 - $3032
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
8 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
Cultural safaris Cultural Birding safaris Birding Boating safaris Boating
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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One day chimpanzee habituation Experience

The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) allows you to search for a community of chimpanzee which is under-going habituation. Habituation is a process whereby wild animals get used to human presence without altering their natural behaviour. This takes a whole day and early visitors may be able to see the spectacular scene of chimps de-nesting between 6:00 -6:30 am, feeding, copulating, hunting, breast feeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until they build new nests and retire for the night around 7.00 pm. The Habituation experience runs throughout the year. To enjoy this activity, you will need packed lunch, enough water and raingear. . Overnight at Primate lodge/chimpanzee guest house.

Key information

·         Dates: Through the months of 2015/2016

·         Cost including two gorilla/chimpanzee permits)

·         Group Size: Min 2 persons, max 4 persons

·         Duration: 8 days

·         Safari Host: Primatologist David Baluku

The Albertine Rift Valley

This is a once in a lifetime safari that brings together two must do activities, trekking the endangered Mountain Gorillas and chimpanzees of Bwindi and Kibale forest. Chimpanzee habituation experiences will be the major activities in Kibale forest national park. In addition to the activities is the watching of herds of game travel across the rolling savannahs of Western Uganda. This trip will traverse the western edge of the Great Rift Valley, known as the Albertine Rift Valley. Our route will take you in Kibale Forest national park, Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP), and finally Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP). In April and May 2015-2020, The Kifaru African Expedition Company will be running several exclusive trips in Uganda catering for a maximum number of four persons per trip and minimum two persons. If you want to join us then get in touch as soon as possible. Book your place and begin preparing for your dream primate experience safari in Uganda.

Safari Highlights

·                     08 days trip of photography in one of the world’s top locations, the ‘Pearl of Africa’.

·                     one trek to meet the world’s last remaining Mountain Gorillas as well as chimpanzees face to face.

·                     Landscapes ranging from afro-montane forests, equatorial savannahs, to papyrus swamps.

·                     Maximum and minimum number of persons 4 and 2 persons on this safari.

Trip Itinerary and High lights

  • Kibale forest National park
  • Queen Elizabeth National park
  • Bwindi impenetrable national park and lake Mburo national park.

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda Accommodation on the first night will be at The Boma Guest house in Entebbe/Airport guest house.

Day 2. Drive from Entebbe to Kibale forest national park. Pic-nic Lunch en route. Afternoon swamp walk- excellent for birdlife and for seeing primates at close quarters (though not chimpanzees) The swamp walk features 8 primate species, numerous water birds, over 200 bird species, many reptiles, and uncounted varieties of trees, shrubs and vines. Note that, park activities/walks take a minimum of 3 hrs, however, visitors may choose to do several activities depending on the availability of time and weather conditions of the day. Overnight at Primate lodge/chimpanzee guest house Day 3: Kibale National Park

Days 3 is spent exclusively in Kibale forest national park which supports 13 species of primates. The 795km2 Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. This is home to a host of forest wildlife, most famously 13 species of primate including chimpanzee. Forest cover predominates in the northern and central parts of the park on the elevated Fort Portal plateau. Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip which stands 1590m above sea level. Northern Kibale is also the wettest area, receiving a mean annual rainfall of up to 1700mm, mostly during March-May and September-November. The climate is generally pleasant with a mean annual temperature range of 14-27oC. Temperatures are highest (and rainfall lower) in the south where the terrain drops down onto the hot rift valley floor and forest gives way to open grassland.

Southern Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park and together these protected areas maintain a 180km long migration corridor for-wildlife which extends from Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP, to the Sebitoli forest in the north of Kibale.

The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding areas to explore. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area.

One day chimpanzee habituation Experience

The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) allows you to search for a community of chimpanzee which is under-going habituation.  Habituation is a process whereby wild animals get used to human presence without altering their natural behaviour. This takes a  whole day and early visitors may be able to see the spectacular scene of chimps de-nesting between 6:00 -6:30 am, feeding, copulating, hunting, breast feeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until they build new nests and retire for the night around 7.00 pm.  The Habituation experience runs throughout the year. To enjoy this activity, you will need packed lunch, enough water and raingear. . Overnight at Primate lodge/chimpanzee guest house

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park. QENP has a number of mammal species and a remarkable 612 species of birds. Residents of the park include elephants, cape buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthog, giant forest hog, lion, leopard and hyena. Lunch at Mweya Safari lodge. Afternoon boat trip along the famous Kazinga Channel for two hours and evening drives to photograph the stunning crater lakes. Overnight at the fabulous Mweya Safari Lodge/queen Elizabeth bush camp

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth NP– Bwindi Impenatreble NP:

After an early breakfast, travel to Bwindi impenatreble National park via Ishasha, the home to the famous Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions. Ishasha lies 100Km south of the northern sector of QENP and provides a true wilderness experience. Pic-nic lunch at the Ishasha riverside campsite. Afternoon drive to Bwindi, for an overnight stay at the exclusive Engagi lodge/silver back lodge

Day 6 : Bwindi

Day six will be spent tracking the Mountain Gorillas. As time spent with the gorillas is restricted to only one hour per visit, each primate lover will have one opportunity to visit the gorillas to maximize their chances of getting breathtaking photographs with these majestic animals. Overnight at Engagi Lodge/silver back lodge.

Day 7: Travel to Lake Mburo

After a relaxing morning and a chance to rest tired legs, the safari will begin to make its way back to Entebbe. However on the way we will spend the last night at Lake Mburo National Park where photographers will be able to enjoy a boat trip as well as game drives. The group will spend the night at the classic Kimbla-Mantana Camp/lake mburo safari lodge.

Day 8: Travel to Entebbe

Travel to Entebbe after a final morning 3 hours nature walk in Lake Mburo. Evening transfer to the Airport for your return flight.

Price includes

·         All entry fees to Kibale, Queen and Bwindi national parks including activities mentioned in the itinerary.

·         All transport transfers, full board accommodation, and meals for the duration of the safari. Two Gorilla and chimpanzee habituation experience permits.

·         The services of one open roof 4x4 Landcruiser (jeep), Guides, and rangers including local taxes.

·         A pre-trip information pack as soon as clients sign-up for a safari

Price excludes

·                     Return airfares to Entebbe, Uganda.

·                     All gratuities and tips for guides, rangers, drivers, and park and hotel staff.

·                     All drinks, visa fees, laundry services, items of a personal nature.

·                     All costs of insurance, passports, immunizations.

Note 1

  • Gorilla permits will be obtained from Uganda Wildlife Authority Gorilla offices in Kampala at a cost of 350 US dollars each during the low season (November and April-May and USD 600 during the high season. This includes entry fees to the park, guide fee and community levy and government taxes. Due to competition on gorilla visit, the above mentioned amount of money for gorilla permit has to be transferred through the bank as soon as you confirm your trip to secure the place and to avoid inconveniences during the gorilla visit.
  • Chimpanzee habituation experience fee of 220 US dollars per person for kibale has to be paid at the parks head offices in Kampala.
  • Cold weather jacket will be required for some time at night as some parks become cold at night and late evening. Include also light clothes (summer clothes) Temperature here ranges from 18 to 32 degrees centigrade.
  • You will definitely need a jungle boot for forest walk and game safaris.
  • Plenty of films.
  • Weather here can change anytime, highway roads are tarmac but most roads in the national parks have maram or mud soil so sometimes it can be difficult to cruse. Of course you know this is Africa. A 4 wheel vehicle will always be ready with us.

 

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • The Boma, Prfimate lodge, Mweya Safari lodge, Engagi lodge, Mantana safari camp

Kifaru African Expeditions

- We offer private/custom safaris
- We offer group tours/safaris
- Our main focus is: High-end safaris
- We book pre/post-safari attractions
- We have 3 tour packages listed
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Since: Oct 2015

Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
Baboon
Baboon
Bushbaby
Bushbaby
Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee
Elephant
Elephant
Hippopotamus
Hippopotamus
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Activities you can do

Bird watching
Bird watching
Boating / canoeing
Boating / canoeing
Bush walks
Bush walks
Cultural / Tribal visits
Cultural / Tribal visits
Fishing
Fishing
Game drives
Game drives
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