2 days chimpanzee trekking trip to Kibale Forest in Uganda

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Book this 2 day chimpanzee trekking trip to Kibale Forest National Park in western Uganda for the opportunity to see chimpanzees in the wild. The chimpanzee trekking tour in Kibale National Park will involve tracking down a group of habituated chimps in the jungles of Kibale forest and you will spend one hour with the chimps after finding them, giving you a chance to observe the lives of our closest relatives that share 98.7% DNA with us.

Kibale National Park is home to more than 1500 chimpanzees which is the highest number of any park in Uganda, making it the number one choice for the chimpanzee trekking in Uganda offering 100% chance of seeing the chimps.

On this 2 day Kibale trip you will also do a tour in the Bigodi wetlands which are situated on the edge of Kibale National Park and you will see several species of monkeys, birds, plants and also visit the communities around the wetlands to learn about their traditions and cultures.

Tour itinerary

Day 1 – travel to Kibale national park and afternoon Bigodi wetland tour

Your tour driver shall pick you up from your residence in Kampala or Entebbe at 7am and leave for Kibale National Park in western Uganda. The drive from Kampala to Kibale National Park is about 5 hours.

You will make a stop in Fort Portal town for lunch.

After checking into your lodge you shall go out for a walk in the Bigodi wetlands which are located on the edge of Kibale National Park. The wetlands harbor an array of wildlife, including several types of monkeys and some of which that you see include: Vervet monkeys, Black-and-white Colobus, baboons, red-tailed monkeys, etc… After the swamp walk you will continue and visit the communities near the wetlands for a chance to learn about their traditions and cultures.

Accommodation options to choose from:

Budget – Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Kibale Forest Camp

Midrange – Turaco Treetops

Luxury – Papaya Lake Lodge, Primates Lodge Kibale, Kyaninga Lodge

Day 2 – chimpanzee trekking tour in Kibale National Park and transfer back to Kampala

Today you shall have early breakfast and transfer to the Kibale National Park office by 7am where you meet the park guides who brief you about the chimpanzee tracking experience and the park rules. Thereafter you shall set off for the chimpanzee trekking adventure in Kibale forest. The terrain is not very rugged hence your trek will relatively easy. The screams of the chimps will heard from far away and you will be able to easily locate them. You will spend one hour with the chimps and it will be one of the most memorable wildlife experiences. The chimps swing through the trees with a lot of speed while pant-hooting, slapping the tree barks that sounds like thunder, and screaming that is defeaning; done to locate each other in the large territory – it is quite a hair raising atmosphere.

After the chimpanzee adventure you shall check out, transfer to Fort Portal tour for lunch and continue back to Kampala or Entebbe

What to carry for your chimp trip to Kibale National Park

  • Hiking boots,
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Rain jacket
  • Hat/cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

This trip includes

  • Chimpanzee trekking permit/ticket
  • Private safari car
  • Tour driver
  • Accommodation and all meals
  • Bottled drinking water
  • All activities included in the itinerary

Do you have more time? Below are longer trips with chimp trekking in Kibale

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