Chimpanzee tracking tour in Kibale Forest National Park offers the best experience of observing Chimpanzees in their natural habitat in Uganda. Kibale Forest has the biggest population of Chimps numbering more than 1500 individuals. The park is also home to the densest population of primates hence is referred to as the “primate capital of the world” and the most diverse with 13 species. It is a primate lover’s haven! In Kibale Forest you shall track a community of nearly 100 habituated Chimpanzees. A nature walk through a wetland at the edge of the forest will offer more primates, birds, and wonderful wildlife spotting!
Highlights of Kibale Forest Chimpanzee tracking tour
- Road trip to Kibale Forest National Park via Fort portal
- Chimpanzee tracking Kibale Forest
- Nature walk in Bigodi Wetland
Day 1: Arrival to Entebbe and transfer to your hotel
On arrival to Entebbe International airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative who will transfer you to your hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight at Lake Victoria Serena Resort Entebbe or 2 Friends Beach hotel.
Day 2: Drive from Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park via Fort portal
After breakfast, you will be picked from your hotel and set off for the road trip to Kibale National Park, located in western Uganda. You will reach Fort Portal town by mid-day and stopover for lunch in Fort Portal town. Fort Portal is located in the shadow of the legendary Rwenzori Mountain which forms a mystic backdrop to the beautiful volcanic landscape you are treated to on your drive from the town to the park. You will arrive to the park in the late afternoon and check into your lodge located just outside the park where you can opt for a self guided nature walk around the lodge or just relax at your lodge. Dinner and overnight at Kibale primate lodge or Chimp’s nest.
Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking tour in Kibale Forest, Nature Walk Bigodi Wetlands to observe primates
After early breakfast, you will transfer to the park offices to meet the ranger guides for pre-trek briefing after which you will set off to trek into forest to track a community of Chimpanzees. Up to 3 large communities of Chimpanzees have been habituated for the tracking adventure. You will locate the Chimps without so much straining since the territory of each of Chimp community is known before hand by advance trackers as it will be communicated by your guides. While you trek through the forest you will observe plenty of other wildlife. Other primates which you may spot include Red Colobus Monkey, L’Hoest Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, and Vervet Monkeys. The bird lovers spot many forest specials from a total of 335 bird species recorded in the forest. The trademark pant hoots and loud screams of the Chimps can be heard from a distance and will lead you to the community which you will spend no more than hour observing and following in the forest. The Chimps which will be swinging through trees with so much speed, pant hooting, slapping the tree barks and screaming to locate each other. It is an adrenaline giving atmosphere and a memorable experience. You will then return to the lodge for lunch.
Later in the day you shall transfer to the Bigodi Wetlands, situated on the eastern edge of the forest. There you shall take a light walk in the wetlands to observe plenty of wildlife including birds and many monkey species. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight at Kibale primate lodge or Chimp’s nest.
Day 4: Drive from Kibale back to Kampala at Ndere centre.
After breakfast check out of the lodge and head back to Kampala, check in at Ndere centre for your lunch and relax at the cultural centre. Tour around the centre and see the crafts on display as you eagerly wait for the cultural performance by Ndere troupe in the evening. Please note that the cultural performances are staged on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Dinner and overnight at Ndere centre.
Day 5 Reserved for your departure from Entebbe international airport.
The price quote will include:
- Transport 4×4
- All meals
- Guide fees
- Chimpanzee permit
- Wate and fruits on board.
The costs do not include:
- Tourist insurance
- International flight ticket
- Money for tips and anything of personal nature