Gorillas and chimp trekking Uganda
The mountain gorillas and chimp trekking Uganda tour options are available depending on days and the interest in other wildlife and attractions. In particular, the national parks of Uganda to visit for gorilla and chimp trekking safari are Bwindi or Mgahinga and Kibale forest. Ideally, you can begin with chimps in Kibale being easier to reach from Entebbe or Kampala city. Then, take a game drives and boat cruise on Kazinga channel through Ishasha hoping to see tree climbing lions there in Queen Elizabeth N.P. Finally, connect to Bwindi for gorilla trekking either in Buhoma or Ruhija sectors. This tour can be made by road or charter flights for the long drive to or from Bwindi back to Entebbe.
How long should a primates tours be?
All the above protected areas are found in western part of Uganda. Thus, its easy to visit them in a single trip. For example an 8 days western Uganda safari will include chimp trekking in KIbale, game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park and gorilla trekking in Bwindi. On the other hand, the 10 days Uganda tour includes Murchison Falls National Park, on-foot-rhino trekking and Lake Bunyonyi. Furthermore, a gorilla safari can be short as 1 day trek to 13 days depending on other places you want to visit.
Short Gorilla Trekking safaris
Those wanting to to see gorillas but are short of time, the shortest trip possible is a 3 days Bwindi gorilla tour. Likewise, you can opt for 2 days gorilla trekking or 1 day Uganda gorilla trek. Trekking can be done in Uganda with options to start or end your trip in Kigali Rwanda.
Uganda Gorilla Safaris
Uganda has two mountain gorilla protected areas which are Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks. Bwindi has 22 gorilla families for both mountain gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience. On the other hand, Mgahinga has 1 gorilla group for regular treks. The cost of seeing gorillas in Uganda is $700 (regular trekking) and $1500 for habituation.
Chimpanzee Trekking tours in Uganda
Uganda has 4 chimpanzee protected areas making for one of the best places to see chimpanzees in the wild. They include Kibale Forest with 13 primate species and over 1400 chimpanzees; Budongo, Kyambura Gorge (valley of apes) and Kalinzu Central Forest Reserves.
The cost of seeing chimps varies accordingly to suit every taste and travel budget. For instance, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest cost is $150 per person. In the same manner, Kibale Chimpanzee Habituation experience cost is $200. Elsewhere, the cost of trekking in Budongo is $80, $60 in Kalinzu and $50 in Kyambura gorge.
Golden Monkey tracking
Golden monkeys are found only in Virunga Mountains. The only places where they are habituated for visiting are Mgahinga and Volcanoes National Parks. The cost of seeing golden monkeys is $60 for tracking and $100 for habituation experience in Uganda.
Typical Gorillas and primate trekking Uganda safaris
- 3 Days Bwindi Gorilla tour
- 2 gorilla tracking hikes (tracking gorillas twice)
- 2 days Uganda gorilla tour from Kigali Rwanda
- 6 days gorillas and wildlife safari
- 7 days gorillas, chimps and game viewing safari
- 8 days Uganda tour
- 13 days ultimate gorillas and primate trekking Uganda