Our 3 days short chimpanzee expedition takes you to one of Uganda’s flagship destination, Kibale Forest National Park which hosts the worlds’ largest concentration of primates. This park covers an area distance of about 795 Sq.km with hosting over 13 different primate species and of these; there are about 1500 chimpanzees in this forest.
There are two daily chimpanzee trekking sessions that is one in the morning at 7:00am and the second one in the afternoon at 2:00pm. However during the high season where there is an influx of tourists, the park management introduces a mid-morning chimpanzee trekking session that starts at 11am in the morning.
The chimp trek goes for about 2-5 hours and once the chimpanzees are found, you spend about 1 hour of watching and taking pictures of them as they play, groom, rest and feed in the forest. It is because of this that you are always advised to carry enough drinking water and packed lunch for eating.
As early as 7:00am in the morning, your guide will pick you either at the Airport or any place of residence around Kampala or Entebbe. He will introduce himself and brief you about the whole 3 days short excursion to Kibale forest national park.
You will then embark on your journey to the west countryside of Uganda and this journey will take you through beautiful green tea plantations. After 4 to 5 hours of driving, you will stop at Gardens restaurant in Fort-Portal Tourism City for lunch and refreshments and later on head south of this city for a crater lakes exploration experience. You will later be checked in at your respective lodge for dinner and relaxation.
Your Guide will early in the morning transfer you to the park headquarters at Kanyanchu Visitor Center for briefing and allocation of a ranger guide to take you for Chimpanzee tracking. The ranger guide will then allocate you a Chimpanzee Tracking group and you will head out to the forest I search for these amazing creatures. The track goes for about 4 hours and when you find the chimps, you will spend with them an hour. After this excursion you will sit in a designated place and have your packed lunch and return back to your starting point.
You will later on embark on a short drive to Bigodi community a small settlement in the southern border of Kibale National Park. This is a pure Ugandan farming experience that will introduce you to coffee experience right from the garden to the cup. You will then engage in a local alcohol making experience which is something that will stay on your mind for a lifetime.
This will be the end of our excursion as we head back to Kampala or Entebbe. This is a 5 hours’ drive back or more depending on the Traffic you encounter on the towns close to Kampala and this will mark the end of your 3 days chimpanzee trekking safari Tour.
What to pack on your 3 days Kibale Chimpanzee Trekking Tour:
Waterproof rain jacket
Strong hiking shoes
Long trousers and sleeved shirts
Insect repellant and sun screen
A safari hat if you have one