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4-Days Kibale National Park | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The Ultimate Primates Safari

The Ultimate Primates Safari

(Kibale National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest)

Kibale National Park is located in western Uganda, about 320 km west of the capital city of Kampala. It is situated between the towns of Fort Portal and Kasese. The park covers an area of approximately 795 square kilometers (307 square miles). Kibale is famous for its primate population, which includes 13 species such as chimpanzees, red colobus monkeys, and the rare L'Hoest's monkeys. It also has over 300 bird species and a variety of other mammals like elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes. Popular activities in the park include chimpanzee trekking, forest walks, bird watching, and community cultural visits. The Ndali-Kasenda crater lakes area within the park is also a key highlight.

4-Days & 3-Nights

Day 1. Kampala to Kibale National Park

  • Depart from your hotel for Fort Portal City which is a 5-hour drive from Kampala.
  • Enjoy a sumptuous lunch on arrival.
  • Arrive at Kibale National Park for an expedition across the famous Lake Nyambikere, a crater lake formed through a volcanic explosion. The lake is believed to be home to indigenous frogs hence the name.
  • Later enjoy a nature walk around Lake Nyamiteza that will earn you a bird watching experience of about over 300 bird species that are found around the lake.
  • Embark on a cave exploration adventure at Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru caves and a site visit to Nyakasura waterfall. The limestone cave comprises beautiful stalagmites and stalactites that have an interesting mythical story attached to them about their formation.
  • Dinner and an overnight stay at a luxury or budget-friendly hotel in Fort Portal City.
Day 2. Kibale National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • Start the day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel/lodge in Kibale National Park.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is approximately 4-5 hours away.
  • Stop over at various points along the way to rest and enjoy the scenic views.
  • Arrive at your lodge in Bwindi and check in. Spend the evening relaxing and acclimatizing to the high altitude.
Day 3. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast before embarking on an early morning gorilla trekking expedition under your experienced guide.
  • Hike through the dense, biodiverse forest to locate a habituated gorilla family group. Once the gorillas are located, you'll be able to observe them for up to 1 hour, marveling at their behaviors and interactions.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in a scenic location within the park.
  • Enjoy a cultural expedition of the Batwa people. Visit a Batwa cultural site to learn about the indigenous Batwa people, the former forest dwellers of Bwindi. Participate in traditional dances, songs, and demonstrations to gain insights into their way of life.
  • Embark on a guided hike to a scenic waterfall within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The moderate hike will take you through diverse forest habitats, offering opportunities to spot birds, primates, and other wildlife.
  • At the waterfall, spend time admiring the cascading waters and the lush, verdant surroundings.
Day 4.  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Kampala
  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast before disembarking from your accommodation in Bwindi's impenetrable forest.
  • Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime mountain gorilla trekking experience. Hike through the dense forest with an experienced guide to locate and observe a habituated gorilla family group for up to one hour.
  • Enjoy a cultural visit to Igongo Cultural Center, where there will be a museum visit, a Nkwazi crafts and bookshop, and a cultural village expedition.
  • Journey to the equator crossing; a historical landmark located at Kayabwe, a road towards Kampala.
  • The last stop is at the famous Art and Crafts Village in Kampala. Here one can collect mementos for memories about their visit to Uganda.
  • Drop off at the airport for departure to Kampala.
      
Inclusions
  • Meet, Greet, and Assist services.
  • Full board accommodation while on Safari.
  • Game drives in the parks and game reserves visited.
  • A professional driver/guide.
  • Transport in a comfortable safari vehicle with a pop-up roof for game viewing.
  • Drinking water while on safari.
  • Two airport transfers in a comfortable vehicle.
Exclusions
  • Park fees to the parks and game reserves visited unless otherwise stated.
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks.
  • Maasai cultural village visit and other optional activities.
  • Laundry and telephone expenses.
  • Tips to service providers.
  • Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
Essential Travel Tips for Your East African Adventure

Clothing On Safari

Make sure you pack different layers of clothes. During the day temperatures may vary and wearing different layers makes it easy to quickly adapt to weather changes. Pack protective clothing against the sun and mosquitoes. Also don’t forget your swimming clothes and a poncho and/or a raincoat to stay dry during unexpected rain showers.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are another essential item to pack for a safari in Kenya. The sun can be pretty harsh, so protecting your eyes from the glare is necessary. We recommend packing a pair of polarized sunglasses that will reduce glare and provide 100% UV protection.

Hat

A hat is a must-have item when going on a safari in East Africa. Not only will it protect you from the harsh sun, but it will also keep your head cool and prevent mosquito bites. We recommend packing a wide-brimmed hat to provide maximum protection against the sun. A baseball cap or visor will do the trick if you don’t have a wide-brimmed hat.

Insect Repellent

Remember to pack insect repellent! Mosquitoes are everywhere in Kenya, so protecting yourself from bites is essential. Pack a strong insect repellent that contains at least 30% DEET. Apply the repellent liberally all over your body, especially in areas where mosquitoes are known to bite, such as the ankles, wrists, and neck.

Single Use Plastic

The import of plastic is banned in several countries in East Africa. When traveling, ensure you don’t carry plastic bags or other disposable plastic items. We fully support this change and recommend you bring your drinking bottle to refill with the water we provide on your safari. If you have any questions about which items are allowed in the country of arrival, do not hesitate to ask us!

Tipping on safari

Although not mandatory, tipping is an expression of your gratitude and appreciation for your guide and other staff making your safari more memorable.

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We offer safaris ranging from Budget safaris, Mid-Range & Luxury Safaris, Wildlife Photographic Safaris, Beach Vacations, as well as Mountain Climbing adventures. We also offer city excursions, hotel bookings & airport transfers. We customize itineraries to meet all the client’s requests and interests. Kairi Tours & Safaris additionally offers daily group joining safaris that can be booked by solo travelers. The company has its fleet of safari vehicles and a budget-tented camp, Rhino Tourist Camp, located in the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve.
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