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Great Ape Safari - the ultimate conservation experience
Endangered Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and more primates in the wild
Uganda Mountain Gorillas & Chimpanzees
Kibale National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
May 09 - May 15
2017
Throughout the past 40 years, monumental efforts have been made to save the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla, and while their numbers hover around 650 critically endangered individuals, the chance to see them in the wild will not last forever. If you have ever dreamed of the magical experience of interacting with these great beasts, and seeing them as close-up as the photos in wildlife magazines, your chance has come. A visit to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that your children's children will talk about, and space is extremely limited! To make this expedition better than the rest, before we visit the gorillas, we'll spend a full day with Chimpanzees, plus we'll have a chance to see more than 8 other primate species! With all of this plus traveling with one of the best wildlife guides in Africa from WANT Expeditions, you're guaranteed to have a Great Ape Safari like none other!

"When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future." Diane Fossey
Detailed itinerary:
May 9 Arrival/Entebbe
  Today we arrive to Uganda, this land-locked, popular safari destination of Africa. Most of us will arrive from Nairobi as a pre-trip extension to our East Africa Safari. This way or another, latest by 8 pm we shall all be at our accommodation in Entebbe and enjoy an excellent Welcome Dinner. We will discuss the program of the next few days and our expedition leader will share special details about our upcoming, unforgettable adventure awaiting us first thing tomorrow morning!
  Accommodation: Guest House
May 10 Entebbe/Kibale Forest National Park
  After an early breakfast, we'll depart our beloved Boma Guest House, and head towards Fort Portal town, which is nestled in the shadows of fabled “mountains of the moon”, the Rwenzori Mountains. After passing through Fort Portal town, we will proceed directly to our accommodation for check-in and lunch. (Our driving distance from Entebbe is apx 324 km/201 miles and will take approximately 6.5 hrs.) Ndali Lodge is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which, since its demise, has filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake Nyinambuga. But, before we get too taken with the view, we'll hop back into our vehicles and head to Kibale Forest National Park for a walk through the Bigodi Wetlands -home 200 birds including the great Blue Turaco and eight primate species! Our walk supports the Kibali Association for Rural and Environmental Development, and is a great way to get involved with sustainable, responsible tourism! After our walk, we'll head back to the lodge to refresh before gathering in our gorgeous restaurant for a tasty dinner and briefing for our Chimpanzee trek, beginning first thing tomorrow morning!
  Accommodation: Lodge
May 11 Kibale Forest National Park
  After a relatively early wake-up and breakfast, we'll grab our pack lunches and head back to Kibale Forest National Park where we'll meet with our rangers and have a briefing on the park rules and regulations for visits to the Chimps. One of the most exciting aspects of this safari is that we will actually get to spend a FULL day with the Chimps, from when they wake up out of their nests and begin their daily foraging, until they nest down again in the evening. Along the way, we'll keep our eyes out for many other primates, including L’hoests, Red Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed and Grey Mangabeys. To make our walk more informative and enjoyable, our local guide and ranger will provide detailed explanation on primates, forest flora and fauna. Our trekking experience here will be relatively easy and over flat ground, but will last for a full day. (For those who would like to return at the half day mark, rangers will be available to escort you back to the gates, and our vehicle can drive you back to the lodge.) After we've had our fill of watching what is one of the closets link in our ancestral heritage playing, eating, relaxing, fighting and living their days out in a manner that is not too far from our own, we'll head back to our lodge for another wonderful dinner and a good night's rest!
  Accommodation: Lodge
May 12 Kibale Forest National Park/Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
  After another early morning (yes, there is a trend here), we'll head towards Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, for the second and perhaps most exciting activity on this safari. To get the most out of Uganda's wildlife and natural elements, we'll game drive via the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and keep our eyes out for lions, elephants and impala! We'll enjoy a delicious lunch en-route, and plan on arriving late afternoon to the outskirts of the Bwindi Forest, just in time for an afternoon walk within the Buhoma Community. During our walk, we'll observe traditional ways of life, and understand how the local people have ingeniously incorporated eco-tourism into their daily life, and have become an example of empowerment and local ownership for all of Uganda. At the end of our tour, we'll have a chance to meet and dance with the Batwa pygmies, one of the most vulnerable and unique indigenous cultures left on our planet! After our tour, we'll head back to our accommodation for a wonderful dinner and the sounds of the rich Bwindi forest lulling us to sleep.
  Accommodation: Lodge
May 13 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP
  From daybreak on, it won't take much to realize that we are in one of the most spectacular ecosystems in the world! As the mist rises out of the mountainside, an incredible array of jungle noises will serenade us to the park gates of Bwindi, which is not just accidentally called "Impenetrable". The National Park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park, and on the edge of the western Rift Valley. It comprises 331 square kilometers of jungle forests and contains both afromontane -a rare vegetation type on the African continent, and lowland forest, and is accessible only on foot. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds (such as hornbills and turacos). It is perhaps most notable for the 340 Bwindi gorillas, half the world's population of the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas. Currently, there are four habituated Mountain Gorilla groups: the tourist groups Mubare, Katendegyere and Rushegura, as well as one research group.

Just before 8 am, we'll grab our pack lunches, waters, and then walk the few hundred meters to the headquarters of the park to register our pre-issued gorilla permits with the rangers. After we've registered, we'll enjoy a short video presentation describing the gorilla trekking experience. After the presentation, we'll gather in a circle and our rangers will provide an orientation on how to behave in the presence of gorillas, what to expect on our trek, and what gorilla group we are assigned too. After we have completed our orientation, we'll set off in search of these magnificent and majestic animals. Rangers stay with the gorillas throughout the day. Then, just before returning back to camp, the rangers mark where the gorillas nested down for the night, and we'll pick up the trail at the last know coordinates of our gorilla group. As that the gorillas are constantly foraging, there is no guarantee how long it will take for our trek, but regardless porters will be available to assist us along the way. Once we find our gorilla group, our permit allows us to stay a full 60 minutes, taking photographs or just simply admiring the breathtaking scene. Meeting these creatures in their natural habitat is one of the most breathtaking experiences on Earth, a must for all nature lovers! Once our time is finished, we'll head back down from the forest to the headquarters for a short and rewarding ceremony dedicated to each of us. If we haven't enjoyed our pack lunch en-route, now is our chance. Then we'll slowly wind our way back through town, taking the time to admire to various stalls and handicrafts from the villagers. Alternatively, for those with energy, and time allowing, there is a short nature walk just off of the ranger station. Either way, a wonderful dinner with an unparalleled view of the forest will be served just after sunset at our camp.
  Accommodation: Lodge
May 14 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP/Entebbe
  As the last four days have been dedicated to wildlife, then today is dedicated to the road. The good news is that after a very early departure, we will drive through the bumpy roads before our lower parts get achy, and will be able to enjoy the good quality tarmac road for the rest of the day. There is still a great deal to see on our return to Entebbe. En-route, we'll enjoy a pack lunch, and stop to visit the famous Baganda drum makers, who make incomparably original souvenirs, plus various villages and fruit markets. Depending on the number of stops we make along the way; we plan to arrive anywhere between 4-8 in the afternoon. Upon arrival, we take our rooms in the lovely Boma guest house, then gather for an excellent Farewell Dinner. After discussing the great experiences of the last few days, we retire to pack our luggage for our international flights tomorrow morning.
  Accommodation: Guest House
May 15 Departure
  This morning we leave our hotel in two different groups. Those of us returning home will be driven at the most reasonable time to the airport for your departure home bound. Those of us heading to Nairobi (Kenya) to join our East Africa Safari, will take off on Kenya Airways as early as 5:00 am, to catch our safari vehicle in Nairobi. From there we'll immediately head north to our first safari destination, Lake Nakuru National Park. This morning in Kampala, our Great Apes Safari ends, have a safe onward journey!
 
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Trip price: in double room: USD 5,999
  in single room: USD 6,499

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Trip price: in double room: USD 5,999
  in single room: USD 6,499
Price includes:
· all accomodation
· all meals
· all activities mentioned in the program
· all land transportation
· Water in transport vehicles
· all airport and local transfers
· all national park fees
· all entrance fees
· all local guiding fees
· international tour leader
· all tips
· all government taxes and levies
· one gorilla permit
· photography education and assistance

Price excludes:
· international flights
· travel insurance
· personal expenses at accommodation
· departure taxes at airports
· visa fees
· any other items not mentioned above