Planning to travel for a primate vacation in Africa which is Uganda and Rwanda is a trip worth saving for. Gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking in Africa are top on the list of primates tours to include in your plan.
Are you wondering which program you need to follow to enjoy gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking in Africa. Here is an itinerary that will give you chance to have a smooth flow without back tracking which is time consuming and tiresome.
Day One Drive To Bwindi Forest National Park
Early morning the driver guide picks you from your overnight hotel in Kampala or Entebbe. You can also disembark from your Entebbe arrival flight and connect with the journey to Bwindi forest.
This drive is quite long but scenic as you go through the beautiful countryside. Make some enroute stops for breaks like at Kayabwe where the equator crosses. Take photos and perform some water experiment.
Enjoy the African massage as you go through the bumpy countryside roads arriving Bwindi area late evening to check in to your lodge.
On this wonderful day, you get face to face with the mountain gorillas. Rise up early for breakfast, wear your gorilla trekking gears, mask and carry the rest in a light bag.
Do not forget your packed lunch because your return time is uncertain. The mobility of the mountain gorillas is a big determinant which no one has control of. After briefing, you get into groups of 8 trekkers and follow a guide
Treat your eyes to some of the mazing creatures that the forest hosts like baboons, blue monkeys, black and white colobus, l’hoest, red tailed monkeys, thousands of birds, butterflies, gigantic trees to mention but a few.
The ground may be slippery because of the regular rains that fall combined with rotting manure from fallen leaves and plant. Little sun rays penetration through the large leaves to keep the ground dry.
At last you get closer to the gorillas but remember to change your mask so that you reduce on the chances of spreading any infections.
Finally the gorillas come into view and you are allowed to watch them but follow the advise from the guide. Take photos that will remind you of this precious moments with the mountain gorillas.
Day Three Drive To Kibale National Park For Chimpanzee trekking
After gorilla trekking head to Kibale forest for chimpanzee trekking. It takes about 6 hours to drive from Bwindi forest to Kibale forest going through amazing scenery.
The forest is rich with huge trees which creates a cool breeze that you feel as you draw closer. Thousands of primates enjoy the free environment and numerous birds have a place to construct there nests safely.
Enjoy the freshness of the forest and check into your lodge
After briefing early in the morning or afternoon, your guide ranger takes you into the forest to search for the chimpanzees. They are very keen with intruders in there vicinity so be aware that they get to see you before you spot them. They always have a team watching over the rest of the community.
In the morning, you may have the chance to see the chimpanzees de-nesting from there overnight hideouts to find a day’s meal.
During the wet seasons the chimpanzees normally spend there time up in the trees because they hate the wet ground. The chimpanzees are normally feed close to the ground during the dry seasons.
Watch the females take care of infants, the alpha male over looks all activities around the community while juveniles jump around.
Get back to the lodge to relax and if you have more energy take an optional visit to Bigodi swamp home to thousands of birds including the rare shoe bill. Countless monkeys find comfort in spending there day in the swamp.
Day Five Departure Flight after Gorilla trekking And Chimpanzee trekking
Having enjoyed the company of gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking on your Uganda safari, drive to the Entebbe Airport to catch up with your flight back home.
If your preference to do gorilla tracking and chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda below is an itinerary you take advantage of.
Day 1 Drive To Volcanoes National Park
Early in the morning, your driver guide picks you from your overnight hotel or Kigali airport and drive to Volcanoes National park. Enjoy the view of rolling hills of Rwanda that you pass by similar to the Alps of Switzerland.
Enjoy a forest walk in case you are not so tired but this is optional. Check into your lodge to relax.
Rise up early morning for breakfast and head to the ranger station for briefing at ORTPN. Remember to pack the right gorilla trekking gears to be comfortable. Listen to the briefing from ranger guides.
You are later divided into groups of 8 trekkers to follow a guide and locate a gorilla trekking family assigned to you. The Rwanda hikes are more challenging because of the volcanic work that covered the ground.
Watch out for other primates, birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles that call Volcanoes National Park home.
Finally locate the gorillas, spend one hour watching them go about there activities. They have a lot of draw to display and later return to your lodge to relax.
Day 3 Drive To Nyungwe National Park for Chimpanzee trekking
The gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking safari in Rwanda is a great combo that brings you closer to the world’s huge primates.
Enjoy the way as you drive along arriving later to catch up with your relaxing time.
Get up early morning ready to mix with the chimpanzees in Rwanda. They are the closest relatives of humans so get ready to watch them do somethings similar to humans.
The ranger guide will escort you into the forest to start searching and finally when you get to meet the chimpanzees, enjoy there company and watch every moment. Return to your lodge to relax.
Day 5 Return to Kigali Airport
Having got the best of Rwanda’s primates on a gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking combo, drive to the airport to catch up with your home bound flight.