Chimpanzee Tracking Safari in Kibale Forest | 4 Days

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From US $950
per person (sharing)

Visiting: Kibale Forest NP

Main Activities

  • Chimpanzee Tracking Drama
  • Nature walk
  • Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Route Map

This four days chimpanzee tracking safari brings you on a chimp track inside Kibale forest.

Kibale Forest National Park is one of the most attractive national parks in Uganda with varied tracts of tropical rain forest and several animal species. The park covers 795 km2 of rain forest, swamps, rivers and few areas of grassland. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau.

It is home to more than 1,450 chimpanzees protected inside the park and in total, thirteen primate species. The tracking is carried out twice per day that’s, morning or afternoon.

Highlights of this safari

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park
  • Community Walk in Bigodi Swamp

Day 1 — Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

On arrival, our guide/driver picks and transfers you to the hotel/lodge of your choice for overnight either in/around Entebbe or Kampala.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Lake Heights Hotel, Protea hotel, Garden Beach hotel
  • Midrange: Travellers Inn, Flight Hotel Entebbe, Gately Inn Guest House
  • Budget: 2Friends Hotel, Precious Guest House, Lake Victoria View Guest House

Day 2 — Transfer from Kampala to Kibale National Park

On this day, travel from Entebbe/ Kampala to Kibale for chimpanzee tracking. Start the journey in the morning to Kibale Forest national park taking Kampala-Mityana, Mityana-Mubende, and Mubende-Fort portal route. As you drive through the countryside, enjoy the remarkable landscapes, views of traditional homesteads and catch glimpses of the different striking bird species. Have a stopover for lunch in Fort portal town – the tourism capital of Uganda.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Papaya swamp lodge, primates lodge, Kyaninga lodge
  • Midrange: Kibale forest cottages, chimpanzee guest house
  • Budget: Kibale forest camp, chimps nest

Day 3 — Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale national park

This activity starts with briefing from the specialized site ranger who reads out the guidelines for chimp tracking.

You are then allocated to a chimpanzee community and your ranger guide leads you on the track in search of this great ape. During this expedition,enjoy the experience of tracking the chimpanzees in their natural habitat as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor, feed, play and rest.

When the chimps are located, a maximum of one hour is allowed to stay in their vicinity and then after, walk out of the forest.

Upon completion of the tracking exercise, explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. This reserve is abundantly blessed with butterflies, plants, animals and spectacular birds like Great Blue Turaco and rare Papyrus Gonolek which are of great interest to birders.

The swamp is also home to elusive animals such as Red Colobus monkeys

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Papaya swamp lodge, primates lodge, Kyaninga lodge
  • Midrange: Kibale forest cottages, chimpanzee guest house
  • Budget: Kibale forest camp, chimps nest

Day 4 — Travel to Kampala or Entebbe

After breakfast, drive to Kampala or Entebbe international airport. Along the way, you can have occasional stop overs for viewing the magnificent sceneries of the landscape and have lunch in Kampala.

Costs include

  • Chimpanzee tracking permit
  • Bigodi wetland walk
  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water in the safari car
  • Accommodation
  • Enroute lunches
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones and extras at the lodge

Costs exclude

  • Extras at the accommodation that’s, drinks, telephone, laundry among others.
  • Tips to the guide
  • Insurance
  • Flight ticket
  • Visa fees

Price — US $950 per person (For two people)

The price slightly increases if you decide to travel as a solo traveler. Conversely, the price payable per person reduces from the stated amount if the tour is booked by more than two people.


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