Chimpanzees are some of the two great apes in Uganda. The best place to see chimpanzee in Uganda is in the Kibale national park which is home to over 1450 Chimps. Currently Kibale forest has a community of chimps that is habituated which tourists are able to visit as the chimps go about their day. There is another community that is currently under habituation and the park rangers allow visitors to come along as they follow these chimps to learn more about their feeding and general life.
- Chimpanzee Habituation
- Bigodi Community Walk
Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park
Today you start the drive to Kibale national park after your breakfast. The journey will take you through the countryside with views of several gardens, towns, fruit and vegetable stalls. Today is mostly travel day with stopovers for stretching and pictures if you find any of interest. The main stopover will be for lunch in the beautiful green Fort portal town. After a buffet lunch or whatever else you choose, the driver guide will continue the journey to your lodge for check in.
In the afternoon, you will take the Bigodi community walk to explore more this village visiting both the wetland for some special birds and different monkeys. You will also visit the medicine man, learn about the process of
Journey time – 4 hours
Meal plan – Lunch & Dinner
- Upmarket – Papaya Lake Lodge
- Mid-range – Turaco Tree Tops
- Budget – Chimpanzee guest house
Day 2: Chimpanzee habituation in Kibale Forest
After a well-rested night at your lodge and an early breakfast, the driver guide picks you for the Chimp habituation experience. You will be briefed by a ranger guide on how you are expected to conduct yourself while in the forest when you locate the chimps. Often you will find the chimps either resting, feeding or grooming each other with the young ones. This activity allows you about 6 hours with the chimps.
This can be a whole days activity or a half day activity. You will walk with the rangers and researchers following these chimps throughout the day. This activity is not for someone who wants photos of chimps because the chimps under habituation are still not used to people so you are on the move alot.
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Day 3: Transfer to Kampala
After breakfast we start the journey to Kampala. Our hope is that you had an amazing time in Uganda’s countryside watching the Chimps in their home.
Journey time – 5 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast & Lunch
Included in the Price
Chimp habituation permit
Bottled water in the safari vehicle
Full board accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Service of an English-speaking driver guide
Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
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 carry
- Rain jacket
- Water proof hiking shoes
- Trousers and long sleeved shirts
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat