14 Days African Great Apes
When one talks of the great apes, these include the 5 species that have absence of tail and have 2 legs with the capacity to hold with 5 finger, Africa poses 4 out of the 5 primates with only Orangtons being the only missing ape doesn’t exist on the African soils. The great apes are distributed in several parts of rainforest forest and the tropical mountain forest, these would include the Chimpanzees in Kibale forest park in Uganda, the Bwindi impenetrable forest , the Great Virunga Park with small section of Mgahinga national park and volcanoes park of Rwanda, the incredible Kawuzi and Biezga mountains of South Kivu and the Ituli forest of the Congo river. these apes are Humans, Bonobos, chimpanzees and gorillas both mountain and low land gorillas.
What to be seen in the apes family?
In this package that I’m putting up forward, it includes all the great apes. And it involves all those creatures Africa poses that bears the unique features, on this highlight of the 17 days, it actually covers the great areas of the Ngamba Island by some of the primatologists that have give dedicated their lives in saving these endangered species from extinction , these would be the Late Dianne Fossey and jane Goodall chimpanzee habituation, This is the process through which we go through, to make the chimpanzees, feel that we are part of them. We are not a threat to them, we bring them so close to us being close to the chimpanzees through this exercise, wake up at 6:00 start following them from where they are is still in the next chimpanzees, mechanists every day.
In this process of saving. Our cousin, these people sacrificed a lot to have these tailes creatures have continued life until the present day today . Great apes Do not have much enemies. Only apart from the humans who are the big players as they engage in animal trafficking, people used to take young apes babies from bonobos, chimps, and Gorillas to be in zoos and home , to be using them at homes as pets.
in this, Perspective of this package, i bring to you close interesting features and behavioral characters of the great apes, that combines both the habituation that allows you to stay more longer with the apes at the same time the normal trekking that allows you stay with the apes at least one hour.
Detailed Itinerary: 14 Days African Great Apes
Day 1. The day begins with meeting up your guide at Entebbe international airport where you will meet your guide, he will drive you down to the pier where you will take the boat for the 2 hours boat ride to the , once you get to the island , you will check into one of the luxury safari tents , on the small island covered with forest in the oasis of lake Victoria .
Day 2. You will wake up in the morning, to have a cup of tea and meals before you get to the morning chimpanzee waking with the chimps, its lovely moment where you get chance to walk with the chimps, so expect to be here after doing several health tests and vaccinations to avoid spreading dieses to the Apes. After this exercise, you will have lunch as you wait to go for chimpanzee feeding , its 2 hours experience but its worth it’s a moment that is hard to explain the joy that one feels seeing the chimps raising up their hands requesting for food and the instinct smiles of the chimps. Dinner and overnight at the island.
Day 3. We shall have an early morning breakfast, by 8:00 ,take the boat back to the main land where we shall be there by 9:35Am after take the road trip across Kampala as we enjoy the drive to Kyaninga lodge , its 6 hours drive from Entebbe to this incredible place that is set on the rime of the crater ake overlooking the views of the mountains of the moon . dinner and overnight at Kyaninga lodge.
Day 4 We shall wake up so early in the morning at 5:00am for breakfast as we wait to set off for the 1 hours drive from Kyaninga lodge to Kanyanchu the primates capital, unlike the usual normal trekking this will be the habituation experience half day with the chimps from the time the chimps wakes up from their nests to the time they begin to make new nest for the following overnight after we shall drive back to be looking at the habituation experience than in normal, chimpanzee tracking And once they are living they evening, they begin to make the branches. Did you now that chimps prepare the nest for the following night in the morning. They don’t spoil the nest , they leave it in nice state because they know at one point they will need to reuse the nest again. They can one time reuse the nest to they leave it as it is.. we shall drive back to our respective hotel.
Day 5 drive to Back to the to begin our road trip to, to keep it a police national park. The road, we take us through the interesting, suburbs of Kampala, lots of things along the way, as you say hello to Uganda. Hello, to the beautiful landscape and interesting sceneries. As we drive across the rolling hills of his southwestern part of Uganda, heading to keep away forest national park.
Day 6. We shall have breakfast in the morning as we wait to take the morning game drive across the savanna park in queen Elizabeth park, here we shall do the experiential game drive. It’s one of the largest savanna park located at the edge of the east African escarpment. we shall spend 2 nights there in the following day, we do the briefing and walk down stairs into the gorge, the gorge has more than eight points. So you have to mark the point of entry to do the chimpanzee tracking after enjoying the view, platform of the entire gorge with an interesting base river that flows down into the gorge feeding its water into the Kazinga channel that takes the water from Lake George to Lake Edward. The gorge has interesting creatures, like, lions. Hippos. Confirmed in the gorge. Like elephants come from in the coach. Even leopard. Sometimes you find them in the gorge.
Chimpanzee tracking experience. We need to exercise some bit of silence. Okay, after this we shall be going through down. To our lodge for an overnight. In the
Day 7. In the morning by 6:00am . We wake up in the morning accompanied by a cup of coffee and a light breakfast. Take the drive into nature to do our normal gamer drive, this is a bit unique co pared to the usual game drive as this is a guided drive with help of the site light radar to search for these incredible cats , its 99% chances of seeing these big 4.out of the big 5, the park is famous for the tree climbing lions which is a pus compared to the normal lions ,the game drive will take us 4 hours after we shall drive back to our respective hotel. In the late evening, We can do an extra evening sun downer experiential game drive experience again, this will be getting a nice spot at thee edge of the crater lake , This is far, much more fun, as you enjoy the sunset with its interesting ambience and
the end point of the African sun set. In the late evening, we shall have a relaxed drive back to our lovely hotel.
Day 8. Lovely morning wake up with lovely breakfast, we shall leave for Ishasha the known up place for The small extension of this park is famous for lion climbing trees , buffalo’s, elephants. Different types of antelopes. The jackals, the hyenas. You will be surprised on how unique this park can be ,. As you come back from the game, right? You shall be proceeding back to Our hotel. For refreshment at as we get to enjoy at the swimming pool listening to the calls of the jungle. Or , we can have an extra fantastic, unbelievable boat. Cruise on the Kazinga channel, is one of the greatest man-made channel. Actually, i would say that has it the highest concentration of hippos, or over the world. The channel goes for about 25 kilometers and we are free to have the unlimited hours in the boat cruise. You, as you enjoy the breeze of these two, channel that join the 2 lakes Edward.
Day 9 Leave for the southern sector of Bwindi known as Rushaga which is a home for the incredible mountain gorillas, it’s the only sector where gorilla habituation is done from that is well known for the habituation experience. What is the habituation experience means? Habitual experience means making the gorillas. get used to humans without seeing humans as threat They do it in different ways by following the morning of gorillas from where they left them the previous night. Cording to the smell, according to the poo. un like their counterpart the chimpanzee, gorillas are always vegetarian. They are also on the ground, they leave a trail where they pass
Sometimes is always, there’s a signal that gets us to know from the smell that we are getting close to the gorillas. And the trail is always, and the bugs. You see the bags? Once You get to where the gorillas that we are getting close. Then we start preparing ourselves, our cameras. It’s not like the normal good at tracking habituation is more challenging.
So you maximum fitness is required. It’s not a zoo. Where expect to find the leaders, just on a silver plate. You need to be active participant during the process of habituation. After finding gorillas and enjoying much time with them, where stay 4 hours with the gorillas to maximize your time and to see that the $1500 is worse a habituation permit cost .so it is always worth the price and it is worth the time. After that too. Shall be proceeding down to where we spent a night luxury clouds lodge or similar.
Day 10. The following day will be the normally relaxing day for the gorilla. Tracking great track is number entitled to eight people per group, you show up in the morning at at 7:45 or briefing. But together with other people but still, you can enjoy to call the exclusive gorilla tracking by paying more. To cover up the other spaces that would be occupied by other people. You can.. So you spend some time ,after the briefing about gorillas, after you will begin the trekking into the natural habitat where these incredible apes live . You spend an hour with these gorillas.
You enjoy the babies dancing around playing jumping over the branches. As enjoy the tracking, from this tracking experience, it would be much more different from gorilla habituation, because this is headed by the what we call the site guides normally go with the talkie talkie. And they locate where the gorillas are before you go and they send the signal to the group so you head straight where the gorillas are., there are shepherds. Or porters they assist to navigate through the rough terrain, and until you get together. they give you a hand during the gorilla trek
The potters as a normally given a tip. The tip is Not mandatory, but it’s a token of appreciation. Just the similarly working to a restaurant and you feel that food was very nice and leave something behind from the good service being given after we shall be driving to volcanoes National Park.
Dinner and overnight at Luxury One and Only Gorillas Nest.
Day 11. On this day will begin with a morning breakfast, we shall proceed to volcanoes national park offices for gorilla trekking into this footsteps of the legend Diane Fossey . It’s has made this park be very unique and to be famous if one talks of volcano’s national park. The most interesting thing that comes into your mind is the mountain gorillas; after i’ve taken a cup of coffee you enjoy one briefing. As your guide will be doing, gorilla family selection, which family for you to do they, gorilla group selection is done according to your level fitness by your guide we select the group, we shall drive to our respective family after spend the most interesting time with the gorillas we shall drive back to our hotel for refreshment .in the evening visit dian, fossy museum. by Elen DeGeneres. Overnight at our respective hotel .
Day 12. In the morning. Wake up in the morning. do the chimpanzee trekking, after briefing, do the golden monkey tracking. After we shall have relaxing drive as you head down to Kigari. Which is the capital city of Rwanda which has made wonders over the place. Many of them talks about Rwanda
Overnight at Kigali serena
Day 13. The day begins with morning breakfast , after have a drive to the genocide memorials of GISoZi from the 1994. Political termoil that left most of the people in tears. So, you spend some time in this inside the memorial Reading through the video tutorials, playing around and seeing the country from where it has evolved from the 1994 genocide to where it is at the moment.so the optional places to spend the night here would be at Kigali, Marriott. Marriott is one of the international hotel
Day 14. Transfer to the airport in the next day morning .and this marks the end of the 14 day safari.