Kibale Chimpanzee Tracking Tour (3 Days)
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3 Days Kibale Chimpanzee Tracking Tour

Kibale Chimpanzee Tracking Tour (3 Days)

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3 Day Kibale Chimps Tour

Safari Route: Kampala – Kibale Forest – Kampala 

The 3 Day Kibale Chimpanzee Tracking Tour takes you to meet with our closest cousins, the bonobos and habituated chimpanzee groups in this 795 sq km Kibale national park just outside Fort Portal that is made up of dense tropical rainforest, within which dwell enormous numbers of primates. If you cant afford the lavish cost of mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi, then this Uganda safari tour is your first choice.

Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups. A Kibale chimpanzee tracking guide locates the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. You get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.

Kibale National Park stands in the west of Uganda in the shadows of Rwenzori Mountains dubbed the legendary mountains of the moon. It features a varied tract and lovely tropical forest that date back to the prehistoric era supporting a range of flora, fauna and birds that have made it an ideal destination for travelers on safaris in Uganda. This famous Uganda safaris destination features 70 species of mammals, 13 primate Species including our main attarction, the chimpanzees, the 375 bird species with one endemic species the ground thrush. The forest also supports 351 tree species some of which are about 55m in height and about 200 years old.

This safari is a ready to go safari, can leave any day with any number of travellers and can be tailor made to fit your short holiday plans. Remember, accommodation, 4×4 safari transport, meals and the chimpanzee permit (USD $150) are all included in the Kibale chimpanzee tracking safari package price.

Safari Highlights

  • Watching at close range the wild but habituated chimpanzees, other primates and birds in their natural environment
  • A guided nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary renowned for its abundant variety of birds, primates, and unique flora
  • Enjoying the scenic allure of the beautiful crater lakes surrounded by gentle hills with stunning scenic views.



Day 1: Traveling to Kibale Forest National Park

The Kibale Chimpanzee Tracking Tour begins after breakfast at your lodge. You depart Kampala for the western part of the country to Fort Portal town. Fort Portal lies in the shadows of the Rwenzori Mountain (the fabled Mountains of the Moon). The drive will take about 4 -5 hours. On the way you will see the blossominggreen countryside, traditional homesteads and farmlands.

You will enjoy the scenic allure of the gentle hills with stunning view points. You will have lunch in Fort Portal and continue to Kibale Forest National Park arriving at your reserved lodge in the evening.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge
Mid-range: Mountains of the Moon Hotel
Budget: Chimps Nest
Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2: Kibale Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Swamp walk

You will have an early morning breakfast and we set off to track the chimps in the Kibale Forest National Park. This forest is reputed for of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Chimpanzee trekking starts at 8.00 am and takes half a day. Other primates you are bound to see swinging on trees in the dense forest include the phoestes, Red-Colobuses, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabeys and others.

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You will also see various species of birds, butterflies and many small insects. The Kibale chimpanzee tracking guide will provide detailed explanations on the primates, and all the forest’s fauna and flora to ensure that your walk is informative and enjoyable. You will return to your lodge for lunch after which you will go for an optional community walk in the Bigodi wetland. The wetland is renowned for its rich variety of rare plants and diversity of birdlife including the rare shoebill stock. You will after the walk return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meal plan: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Day 3: Sight-seeing and Transfer to Kampala

You will have breakfast and take a hike to the crater lakes region of Ndalifor a spectacular view of the amazing scenery of hills, beautiful landscapes and lakes. You will return to your lodge for lunch and set off for Kampala arriving in the evening.

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The safari package includes:

  • Transportation by a 4 x 4 station wagon
  • Full board accommodation as per the above itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Kibale Chimpanzee tracking permit
  • Bigodi nature walk fees
  • Crater lakes tour fees
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Enroute Meals

The safari package excludes air ticket, personal travel insurance, visa fees, drinks, cigarettes, tips, souvenirs and any other items of a personal nature.

When to go gorilla tracking - gorilla trekking in Uganda & RwandaBEST TIME TO GO

Gorilla Viewing: Gorilla trekking can take place at any time of year with April/May and November being wetter. However, be aware that rain occurs all year round. For general game viewing safaris, the best time to go is during the dry season (between June and September).


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