The 5-day Uganda gorilla trek and chimp safari at Kalinzu forest has these highlights:
See more in just five days! Visitors with limited time in Uganda are highly interested in the 5-day gorillas, wildlife, and chimpanzee trekking at Kalinzu forest tour. Trek mountain gorillas at Bwindi National Park, visit the chimpanzees at Kalinzu forest, and do game drives at the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park. Only in 5 days!
The tour will commence in Kigali, Rwanda, and can end either in Kigali or Entebbe/Kampala. The 5-day gorillas, wildlife, and chimpanzee trekking at Kalinzu forest tour is an excellent choice for guests who have limited time in Uganda but still want to experience the beautiful nature and wildlife in southwestern Uganda. The Bwindi national park is the proposed location for gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking at Kalinzu forest.
Located close to Queen Elizabeth national park, Kalinzu forest is the second accessible location to encounter the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Visitors to Kalinzu forest have about 90% chance to see the chimpanzees. Plus, the Kalinzu forest is close to the Mweya gate of Queen Elizabeth national park.
The itinerary for 5-day Gorillas, Wildlife, and Chimpanzee Trekking at Kalinzu Forest safari
Day 1: Transfer from Kigali, Rwanda to Bwindi forest national park
Our representative will pick you up in Kigali and drive to Bwindi National Park. The drive to Uganda will go through Rwanda's northern town of Ruhengeri. You will then cross over into Uganda via Cyanika or Katuna border post. The trip continues through the nearby Kisoro or Kabale town and finally to Bwindi national park. The journey from Kigali to Bwindi National Park will take approximately 4-5 hrs. Arriving at Bwindi national park early afternoon will allow you to do optional activities such as hiking, visiting the Batwa community, coffee-making experience, etc.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking adventure at Bwindi National Park
You will head to the Bwindi National Park gate immediately after breakfast to get a briefing about the gorilla trek. The national park guide will conduct the presentation that covers the basics of what to expect during the gorilla trek. The national guide will assign the gorilla trekking group during the pre-trekking briefing. Other visitors will likely join you. The gorilla trek can take from few to many hours, depending on how far the gorillas are inside the forest.
Day 3: Transfer by road from Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth national park. Pass through the Ishasha sector to spot tree-climbing lions
We will start the journey in the morning from Bwindi National Park and drive to Queen Elizabeth national park. The tour will take you through the stunning landscapes of western Uganda. You will arrive at Queen Elizabeth national park in the late afternoon.
Ishasha sector for tree climbing lions
On the way from Bwindi National Park, we will drive through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, popularly known for the tree-climbing lions. Unlike their counterparts at the Kasenyi plains, the lions at Ishasha have found a way to climb the fig trees in to enjoy the warm temperatures available in the park. While the sighting of the tree-climbing lions is not 100% guaranteed, a stopover at Ishasha is worth a visit!
Day 4: Kasenyi game drive in the morning. In the afternoon, join a boat cruise on Kazinga channel
Kasenyi plains game drive
You will start the day with early morning breakfast at the lodge. Afterward, 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 spotting the "Big Five" in the park is not guaranteed, on a lucky day, you may site leopards to make it the "Big Four." We will return to the lodge for lunch.
Kazinga channel boat cruise
After lunch, join the Kazinga channel boat cruise for an afternoon of wild game viewing. You will spot crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, and a wide range of bird species on the channel waters.
Day 5. Trek the chimpanzees at Kalinzu forest in the morning. Afterward, leave for Kigali or Kampala/Entebbe
After early morning breakfast, we will drive to the Kalinzu forest to experience trekking the chimpanzees in their forest home. If you are lucky on the trek, you might encounter other different species of monkeys in Kalinzu forest. These include colobus monkey, olive baboon, and red-tailed monkey. Transfer to Kigali after the chimp trek. It is also possible to drive to Kampala or Entebbe after the chimpanzee trek at Kalinzu forest
Optional activities to do during the 5-day gorilla/chimpanzee trek: Additional activities to do during the four-day gorilla & chimpanzee trek include Batwa community cultural experience, coffee making tour, and canoeing at Lake Mutanda.
Lodging options during the 5-day gorilla trek are midrange lodges. Options at Bwindi National Park, include the following:
· Rushaga Gorilla Camp, southern sector of Bwindi National Park
· Mutanda Lake Resort at Lake Mutanda
· Bakiga Lodge at the Ruhija sector
Midrange accommodation options at Bwindi National Park are Buffalo Safari Lodge and the Bush Lodge.
Included in the price
Excluded in the price
The 5-Day Gorillas, Wildlife and Chimpanzee Trekking Safari is organized by Bamboo Ecotours