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