3 days Chimpanzee tour in Kibale National Park

Chimpanzee Uganda

This 3 day Chimpanzee tour in Kibale National Park will give you a unique chance to see the chimpanzees – our closest relatives – in their natural habitat. Chimpanzees share 98.7% DNA with humans. You will do the chimpanzee trekking adventure which will reward you with spending one full hour with the chimpanzees from the time of finding them in Kibale forest. Alternatively you can choose to do the chimpanzee habituation experience (CHEX) which allows you to spend a full day with the chimpanzees in Kibale forest.

Kibale national park is the number choice for chimpanzee tours in Uganda because it is home to the highest number of chimps among all the parks, with about 1500 chimps in Kibale. Kibale national park is also a primate haven, hosting a total of 13 species of primates hence giving you a chance to see several species monkeys in addition to the chimps.

Tour itinerary

Day 1 – transfer to Kibale, crater lakes tour

Our tour driver shall pick you from Kampala or Entebbe and depart for Kibale National park. This is a 5 – 6 hours journey. You will stop over in Fort Portal town for your lunch. Thereafter you shall continue for a craters lake tour en-route to Kibale National Park. Enjoy the breathtaking landscape of rolling hills and crater lakes. You will take a hike to a great view point overlooking crater lakes.

Lake continue to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Accommodation 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 tracking in Kibale National park and afternoon Bigodi wetlands walk

You shall have early breakfast and transfer to the park office by 7am. Meet the park guides for quick briefing and set out for the chimpanzee tracking adventure in Kibale national park. You will be tracking one of the several chimpanzee groups that have been habituated, and may take 1 hour or 2 to find the chimpanzees which can be heard screaming from a distance. You will spend a maximum of 1 hour with the chimps and then return to the lodge or lunch.

After lunch you go for a walk in the Bigodi wetlands. The Bigodi wetlands are situated on the edge of Kibale National Park. The wetlands harbor up to 8 species of primates and several other wildlife. After a wonderful nature experience in Bigodi wetlands you shall continue and visit the local communities near the wetlands and learn about their cultures and traditions

Optional activity:

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX): You can do the full day chimpanzee habituation experience which allows more time with the chimpanzees. You set out as early as 5am to find the chimpanzees before they are out of their nests, watch them as from the time they wake up and follow them for the rest of the day till they are make new nests in the evening to sleep. The CHEX gives time into the lives of the chimpanzees and see their different ways throughout the day. The CHEX is also good for photography as you have time with the chimps. Note that you can choose to end the experience when you feel you have had enough.

Day 3 – transfer back to Kampala

After breakfast you shall drive back to Kampala

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