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Small Group Affordable 8-day Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trek through Uganda

Join Karen and Ernest on an affordable, high-quality small group Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trek through Uganda!

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices: $3500
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: April - May, August September
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Night drive
  • Cultural
  • Birding
We are going to Uganda to see Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees! We are limiting this trip to 8 people. Why? Most safari companies stuff the vehicles with 10 for profit. We want this to be a fun trip, so we are only putting 4-6 people in a vehicle, so that the middle seat is available for your gear. If we fill with 8 guests, we'll take 2 vehicles! We will be staying in mid-price Lodges, including the beautiful Crater Lodge on the shores of a sapphire blue lake where we can swim or canoe before or after visiting Kibale Forest to see wild chimps. We'll look for monkeys on the wetlands walk, and birds in every bush and tree. We'll see elephants and buffalo and hopefully lions in Queen Elizabeth Park and take a cruise down the Kazinga Channel. We'll finally end the trip with an hour with endangered Mountain Gorillas, which will leave you in awe at their size and gentleness. Along the way, we'll stop at interesting places, including the Equator, orphanages, markets, and cultural stops, as well as look for wildlife. The people of Uganda are warm and friendly, and incredibly photogenic. You might see someone taking their goods to market on a camel, or a bike loaded with bananas, and there are always people selling vegetables and dried tilapia on the shores of the lakes. And the apes? The Chimpanzees and Mountain Gorillas are wild, in their natural habitat, but have become accustomed to people. We can get quite close for intimate photos, and watch their antics. We are helping conserve these endangered animals with our tourism in many ways: tourism provides local employment, and our presence habituates primates so that they can be protected against poaching, as well as easily treated by vets when necessary. It's a win-win for all!

We'll start in Entebbe and spend the night at Cassia Lodge.

The next morning, we'll head down to the Kibale National Forest area for a 3-night stay at the beautiful Crater Lodge.  We will spend a day relaxing and enjoying the area, which is pristine, before our Trek with the wild chimpanzees. The photographic opportunities are amazing with these incredible primates. Over 120 make their homes near the Ranger Station, in small family groups. We'll hear them screaming and whooping, and watch them sitting quietly and eating, and they may walk right up and take a look at YOU! 

We'll also go on a nature walk through the Bigodi Wetlands, and there's time to canoe around the lake, laze at the pool, and add another Chimp or Bigodi visit if you want.  Crater Lodge is a new Lodge, with every attention to detail from the beautifully appointed rooms with huge showers, to the lovingly cultivated grounds, designed to draw birds, to the sparking pool, to the food...the food...bring bigger pants....it's delicious. The staff is proud to be a part of something so special, and they want you tell everyone that this is the best Lodge at which you've ever stayed--and you probably will!

From Kibale, we'll drive through Queen Elizabeth Park in search of Uganda's unique tree-climbing lions. We saw them last time, let's look for them again!  We'll take a cruise through the Kazinga Channel, getting close to hippo, elephants, and lots of birdlife, including several kinds of kingfishers, bee eaters, storks, Fish Eagles, and if we a lucky, African Skimmers.  The Lodge we've chosen has a view of the Rift Valley, and is stunningly beautiful, high up on the mountainside. The locally employed staff want you to love this lodge as much as they do, and it shows!

After two days in the Park, we'll drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to a comfortable eco-lodge overlooking the valley. Our Lodge gives back to the community, and last year donated a water harvesting cistern to the orphanage from the profits.  Our day of Gorilla Trekking will start early, and we are guaranteed to see gorillas.  Later in the day, we'll visit the Batwa people, the original forest dwellers, for a peek in to their daily life. We'll learn to make fire with sticks, and to shoot an arrow, and we'll dance with joy around the fire.  

On the last day, we'll cross the border into Rwanda. Depending on time, we'll go the Genocide Museum, visit the local public market place, and stop at a Craft Market before arriving at the Kigali airport for your flight, or your hotel at the end of this amazing trip.

If you want to come to Entebbe a few days early, let us know, and we can arrange to go in search of Shoebill Storks.

Please check our website for complete, specific inclusions/exclusions but the brief version is:

Included: all wildlife permits, meals on safari, bottled water, accomodations (including arrival night in Entebbe), ground transportation, photography instruction on safari, entrance fees, cruize.

Excluded: transportation to/from the Trek, gratuities, visas, porter fee (required), meal upon arrival in Entebbe, meals and accomodations after arriving in Kigiali at the end of the Trek, drinks other than water, snacks, personal purchases

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

  • Cassia Lodge
  • Crater Lodge
  • Enganzi Lodge
  • Bakiga Lodge
Juvenile gorillas play just like huma...
Juvenile gorillas play just like human kids, and are fun to watch! Taken on our 2018 trip by Eagle Eye Safaris
An endangered Mountain Gorilla snacks...
An endangered Mountain Gorilla snacks on a vine. Despite their size they are very gentle and calm. by Eagle Eye Safaris
A chimpanzee looks at his hand in Kib...
A chimpanzee looks at his hand in Kibale National Forest, Uganda, taken on our 2018 Gorilla Trek by Eagle Eye Safaris
A Vervet Monkey shows her youngster h...
A Vervet Monkey shows her youngster how to eat a fig. by Eagle Eye Safaris
An impressive Silverback moves silent...
An impressive Silverback moves silently through the Bwindi Forest. by Eagle Eye Safaris

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