Chimpanzee Tracking – 7 Days Kibale (Uganda Safari & Wildlife)

Kibale Forest National Park Uganda Chimpanzee Safari, Chimpanzee Habituation Experince, Chimpanzee Tracking tour, chimp trek

7 Days Chimpanzee Tracking Kibale Safari & Wildlife Tour

7 Days Tailor-made safari | Anyday departure

Highlights

  • Road trip from central Uganda towards the west to Fort Portal and Kibale Forest National Park through beautiful landscapes, people and sceneries.
  • Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park to continue the chimpanzee safari and wildlife game drive adventure
  • Lake Mburo National Park for another wildlife safari experience before we head home

7 day chimpanzee tracking Kibale, Queen and Lake Mburo National Park

Safari Highlights

Our  7 days chimpanzee safari starts and ends either in Kampala / Entebbe , it involves chimpanzee permits at a cost of  $150 per person. It involves viewing wildlife species as well as tracking the chimpanzees in their natural habitants. Our main  tourist destinations to visit include; Kibale National park is famous for harboring 13 primate species including the chimpanzees, olive monkeys, vervet monkey, white and black colobus monkeys and many more. Queen Elizabeth national park which is famous for its  tree climbing lions as well as the kazinga channel which connects both Lake Edward and Lake George and it has got variety of crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and birds over 500 species and also getting to see the fishermen doing what they know best on Lake Edward while on the cruise .  Lastly the Lake Mburo national park with its beautiful Zebras and Impalas named after our capital city.

Day 1

Transfer to Kibale National Park for a primate safari

Early morning  breakfast , we  drive to Kibale Forest National Park.  Fist stopover in Fort portal for Lunch , a town named after Sir. Gerald Portal, a British Special Commissioner for Uganda, whose statue graces the main road of the town.

KIbale  forest is 1100 -1600 m above sea level and it contains both montane and lowland forests with 13 primate species including the chimpanzees, the red colobus monkeys, the rare L’Hoest’s monkeys baboons etc . The park was gazetted in 1932 and established in 1993 to protect the then increasing number of animals and vegetation. There other species of animals and over  250 tree species, 325 bird species, and Elephants are sighted on some occasions . Thereafter we proceed to our overnight accommodation.

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Ndali Lodge/ Kyaninga lodge
  • Mid-range: Chimpanzee Forest Guest
  • Budget: Kibale Forest camp Tents

Day 2

Chimpanzee trekking safari and Bigodi wetland visit

After breakfast we visit Kibale Forest National Park, which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, our closest relative. Kibale 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few. So you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others

In the group, the adult males dominate the group and provide protection to the territory against the rest of the males from other territories. The chimps are located by simply listening for their pant hooting calls, and then head to the place from which they replied from. Here you can observe them as they feed, play as well as socializing with each other.

After tracking, you will visit Bigodi swamp which is also good for watching primates and birds. It’s mainly maintained by the local people and its one way of giving back to the communities. You will enjoy different bird species in the swamp  including; the great blue turuco, and many more, the other primate species to view here include; the baboons, mongoose,  as well as the bush bucks on a lucky day .

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Ndali Lodge/ kyaninga
  • Mid-range: Chimpanzee Forest Guest
  • Budget: Kibale Forest camp Tents

Day 3

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth is mainly famous for its tree climbing lions and other wildlife species, the kazinga channel which connects the two lakes that’s , Lake George and Lake Edward. The park covers an area of 767 sq. miles and it’s a home to many bird species as well as crater lakes in the park.  Depending on the time of arrival we can do an evening game drive in search for the lions, leopards, return to your lodge for an overnight and dinner.

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Mweya safari lodge
  • Mid-range: Bush lodge ( self conatied Tents/Bandas)
  • Budget:  Bush lodge Tents

Day 4

Morning game drive and a boat cruise

We have an early morning game drive in the Park where we expect to see Elephants, Buffalos, Lions, Bush bucks, Kobs, Giant forest hog, Hyenas and Waterbucks. We return and have breakfast at our lodge. In the afternoon we’ll take a launch cruise along the amazing Kazinga channel and you will appreciate the scores of Hippos, Buffalos, and Crocodiles close to the waterside as well as if we are lucky, the rare Leopard prowling. There is a variety of bird species especially pelican and Jacana. Dinner and Overnight at our lodge.

Accommodation options

  • Luxury: Mweya safari Lodge
  • Mid-range: Bush lodge ( self-contained Tents )
  • Budget: Bush Lodge ( Tents )

Day 5

Transfer to lake Mburo National Park.

After our early breakfast proceed to Lake Mburo national Park, home to the impalas which are small antelopes mainly concentrated around Lake Mburo of all the national Parks in Uganda. Actually the capital city of Uganda – Kampala was named after this stunning small animal. Along the way you will be able to see the spectacular hills of Western Uganda with lots of Tea Plantation, big Banana plantations as well as the so called Long Horned cows ( image Long horned cows )..  On arrival in the park, you will have a game drive to see some wildlife that’s commonly found in small national park including zebras, warthogs, buffaloes, elands, oribi as well as waterbucks. Dine and overnight at your lodge.

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury : Mhingo Lodge / Mantana Tented camp
  • Mid Range : Rwakobo  cottages
  • Budget  : Rwakobo.

Day 6

Game drive and optional boat cruise/ safari walk.

After breakfast go for morning game drive in search for the newly introduced Giraffed and other wildlife in this interesting national surrounded by cattle keepers looking after the so called long horned cows.   In the afternoon we have opportunity to even see some smaller lakes such as lake Kazuma and Lake Bwa. Marvel at the giant hippos, buffaloes plus crocodiles just in the shallows of the water. There are several stunning birds to see such as, saddle bill storks and the beautiful crested crane (which is on the national emblem of Uganda), among others. Or we can opt to go an evening safari walk within park with a ranger guide.

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury : Mhingo Lodge / Mantana Tented camp
  • Mid Range : Rwakobo  cottages
  • Budget  : Rwakobo.

Day 7

Departure

Breakfast in the morning and start your journey back to Kampala, you will have a stopover at the equator for some photos and lunch. Then transfer to the Airport or Kampala.

Budget Accommodation

  • Rwakobo.
  • Bush Lodge (Tents)
  • Kibale Forest camp Tents

Mid-range Accommodation

  • Chimpanzee Forest Guest
  • Bush lodge ( self-contained Tents/Bandas)
  • Rwakobo  cottages

Luxury Accommodation

  • Mhingo Lodge / Mantana Tented camp
  • Mweya safari Lodge
  • Ndali Lodge/ kyaninga

Tour inclusions

  • photography and touring,
  • Chimpanzee trekking permits.
  • full board accommodation,
  • Full time English speaking professional driver/guide,
  • All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary,
  • Bottled water while on safari,
  • Transport 4×4 safari Van.

Exclusions

  • Pre and post accommodation can as well be arranged on request,
  • Tips,
  • Laundry services,
  • Beverages/ drinks,
  • international flights,
  • Visas,
  • Items of a personal nature,
  • optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
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ACTIVITIES
Savanna Game Drive / Boat Ride / Photography / Scenic Drive  / Nature Discovery / Outdoor Adventures

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Leisure / Photography / African Safari / Outdoor Adventures / Wildlife / Savanna Safari

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Spectacular Scenery / Safari Lodges / Off the beaten track

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