Kibale Forest National Park is one of the most attractive national parks in Uganda with varied tracts of tropical rain forest and several animals. The park covers 795 km2 of rain forest, swamps, rivers and few areas of grassland. It is home to more than 1,450 chimpanzees protected inside the park and in total thirteen primate species. Children have to be 12 years and above to able to track the Chimpanzees, if you have children below 12 years they can engage in an educative forest walk.
This 3 days chimpanzee trekking safari will bring you on a chimp trek inside kibale forest. There are 2 times for trekking opportunities per day i.e. morning or afternoon. You are allowed to stay with the chimps for a maximum of one hour after locating them.
- Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park
- Community Walk in Bigodi Swamp
Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Kibale National Park
Leave Kampala for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest. Your driver guide will pick you up at the airport or hotel and transfer you to your lodge. As you drive through the countryside, enjoy the remarkable landscapes, traditional homes and catch glimpses of the different striking bird species. Have a stopover for lunch in Fort portal town – the tourism capital of Uganda because of the beautiful landscapes and attractions. You will arrive at your lodging for the night in the Crater lakes region.
Journey time – 5 hours
Meal plan – Lunch & Dinner
- Upmarket – Papaya Lake Lodge
- Mid-range – Turaco Treetops
- Budget – Chimpanzee guest house
Day 2: Chimpanzees trekking in Kibale national park
Your driver guide will transfer you to the briefing place right after breakfast, he will then hand in your details and permits for registration and allocation of chimpanzee community to trek. You will then be allocated to a chimpanzee community and your ranger guide will lead you on the trek in search of this great ape. Watch the chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor, feed, play and rest.
In the afternoon, explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The reserve is abundant with butterflies, plants, animals and spectacular birds like Great Blue Turaco and rare Papyrus Gonolek will be of great interest to birders. The swamp is also home to elusive animals such as Red Colobus monkeys and Sitatunga.
Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3: End of the Uganda chimpanzee trekking tour
We hope you enjoyed your time in Uganda’s countryside and watching the Chimpanzees in their home. Kagera Safaris driver guide will transfer you to Kampala or Entebbe international airport after breakfast.
- Chimpanzee tracking permit
- Bigodi wetland walk
- Ground transport
- Bottled water
- Full board accommodation for two nights
- Service of an English-speaking driver guide
- All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
- Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- Tips to porters and driver/ guide
What to bring
- Rain jacket
- Water proof hiking shoes
- Trousers and long sleeved shirts
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat