Uganda gorilla tracking 2018

Kibale forest national park 3 day safari to see Chimpanzees

Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest lasts 2-4 hours and is restricted to four groups of four people twice a day. If you are fortunate enough to find them keeping up with them can be quite a challenge once they decide to move on at high speed through the branches.

Kibale National Park covers 766 sq km of pristine tropical forest with tall trees - some over 50 metres - broad buttress roots, and dense undergrowth. The highlight in Kibale National Park is to go chimpanzee tracking. There are five groups of chimpanzees that have been partially habituated to humans. Unlike the gorillas, they are less likely to be spotted. They are often high up in the trees or moving quickly away. On any such track, you have around a 60% chance of seeing them. Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest starts at the Kanyanchu Tourist Centre at the entrance to the park where you will meet the experienced guides and rangers – all with expert knowledge of Kibale's flora and fauna.

Day 1: Travel to Kibale forest national park

Drive to Kibale Forest national park the drive is a full day of approximately seven hours. After leaving the Lake Victoria Basin pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains {Mountains of the Moon}, we drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rain forest.

Luxury: Primate Lodge   
Mid-range: Kibale forest camp

Day 2: explore Kibale forest national park by foot

Today we get the opportunity to explore Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is home to 13 primate species and a guided forest trek will be taken in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world – the chimpanzee that is famous in this rain forest. There are 9 diurnal primates, these include, vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked manabey, red colobus, black and white colobus, olive baboon and the most famous of all, the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds are good with the chance of encountering them standing at higher then 90%. This morning you will go on a forest walk in search of primates. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by bird song and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primate, most probably the grey-cheeked managebey and the red-tailed monkey and of course the chimpanzee. The walking is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. You will get another chance to trek the chimpanzees in the afternoon, allowing for observation of the chimpanzees during a different section of their daily lives.

Luxury: Primate Lodge   
Mid-range: Kibale forest camp

Day 3: Swamp walk Drive back to Kampala

We will have a swamp walk in Bigodi Community and drive to Queen Kampala in the afternoon. Bigodi village is situated in the highlands of western Uganda, in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains, the famous “Mountains of the Moon”. The swamp walk takes place in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, which is located in the Magombe wetland. The sanctuary is a major eco-tourism attraction in the Kibale Forest area. The Sanctuary is operated by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a registered local community based organization. We will then head to Fort portal town where we will have lunch before traveling to Kampala.

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