Trek the gorillas and chimpanzees on a budget safari in Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi impenetrable national parks in Uganda. These are one of the most renowned national parks in the country due to their abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery, crater lakes, water falls, culture, among others. This tour will be one of the great experiences not to miss out. This tour will cover wildlife and culture like the Batwa pygmies, a stopover at the equator in Kayabwe.
Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park & boat cruise on Kazinga channel
Travel to Queen Elizabeth national park, a journey taking 5-6 hours via Mubende-Fort portal-Kasese road which is truly rewarding with spectacular view of beautiful hills, tea plantations, local homesteads and jagged Rwenzori ranges.
Queen Elizabeth N/Park is one of the biosphere parks in Uganda that is highly visited, famous for its rare tree climbing lions and abundant wildlife such as the Warthog, Buffalo, Elephant, Uganda Kobs, Waterbuck, Oribis, Topis, and Giant Forest Hog.
An afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga channel exposes one to the largest population of hippos and crocodiles lying on the banks of the channel. You will drive to Kyambura gorge where chimp trekking takes place and it’s where you will have your accommodation.
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge and travel to Bwindi national park
Head to Kyambura gorge which is the only area where you can find chimps in Queen Elizabeth national park to trek endangered chimpanzees after a short briefing. During this briefing session, you will be told what to carry, wear or do while trekking.
This is one of the experiences in this tour that will reward you with great memories. It can take 2-3 hours and after trek back and head for your lunch at the lodge.
Exit the park after this experience and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park – the home of mountain gorillas and the Batwa pygmies.
Day 3: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest and Batwa experience
The experience will begin with a drive to the park headquarters followed by a morning briefing on what to do before, during and after the trek, what to wear, trekking rules, among others. While trekking, expect to spot other primates like red tailed monkeys, white and black colobus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, etc.
It is also home to numerous species of birds like Rwenzori night jar, speckled mouse bird, black kite, great blue Turaco among others.
After trekking which can take 2-8 hours depending on where you find them and their movements depend on their daily feeding habits.
After trek back, head for lunch at the lodge and visit the local community of Batwa pygmies; learn about their culture through traditional meals, music and dances, local herbs among others. This experience is rewarding as you interact with the locals and this will be the end of day three after dinner.
Day 4: Transfer back to Kampala
After breakfast, travel back to Kampala and a stopover in Kayabwe at the Uganda equator where you will be able to stand in both north and southern poles at the same time. And you will be dropped at the international airport in Entebbe, marking the end of this 4 days budget gorilla and chimpanzee tour in Uganda.