Kibale National Park is in South Uganda about 320 kilometres (5-6 hrs) by road, west of Kampala on 766 km². The park forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is an important eco-tourism and safari destination, popular for its population of habituated chimpanzees and 12 other species of primates. It’s the best place to see chimpanzees in East Africa with about 5000 chimps.
It is home to a large number of endangered chimpanzees, as well as the red colobus monkey (status: Threatened) and the rare L'Hoest’s monkey. The park is also home to over 325 species of birds, 4 wild fellids, 13 species of primates, a total of at least 60 other species of mammals, and over 250 tree species. Bird life is also prolific. – 325 sited species of birds, including the olive long-tailed cuckoo, Western Green tinkerbird, two species of pittas (African and Green-breasted) and the African Grey Parrot.
The park's population of elephants travels between the park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Other terrestrial mammals found here include red and blue duikers, bushpigs, warthogs, and forest buffaloes. – a place where while chimpanzee tracking you can also see 5 or six other species of primates. The carnivores that are present include bush pigs, three species of duiker and two species of otter.
Day 1: Kampala or Entebbe to Kibale Chimpanzee Forest National Park
Leave Kampala or Entebbe lodging at 6:30 am for your exciting Kibale Forest National Park Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary Safari experience. The journey is a pleasant one and our 4-wheel drive vehicle, your English speaking driver will do his best so that you will enjoy the journey through the Ugandan countryside. It is a scenic drive and once again you will be reminded why Uganda is the Pearl of Africa. Arrive at Fort Portal and continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves, is famous for the variety of primates and it is a terrific area for bird. Check in to the Kibale Forest NP lodging of your choice. Up-market Kyaninga Lodge is awesome; Mid-range Chimps' Nest Lodge is amazing, budget Kibale Forest Camp is excellent. They are all great, this is just to aid you choose something that fits your budget.
Lunch in Fort Portal town the continue to Check-in & and rest.
Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking, plus 12 primates & Bigodi Wetland Walk
Breakfast in the Jungle, Enjoy it and get ready for a walk in Kibale Forest National Park. It is chimpanzee tracking (trekking) in the Kibale Forest Jungle Rainforest. Besides the Chimpanzees there is simply the fabulous rainforest, the other primates, the trees, the flowers, the abundance of birds, the sounds of the Rain Forest, butterflies floating through the air, the place to be, and then there are the chimpanzees grabbing your attention, and you are glad you came to Kibale Forest for Chimpanzee Tracking. Lunchtime back your lodging accommodation and a bit of a break before we take walk in the nearby Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary.
The things you need for the day include long trousers preferably jeans, long-sleeved shirts, light hiking boots, daypack with a liter of bottled water, wide-brimmed hat and a light rain-jacket.
Kibale National park, is about 3,300 feet in elevation, it’s an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups. Return to your lodge for lunch and relaxation in the afternoon. Dinner in evening as you arrange for the next day. You may want to learn more about the Chimpanzees of Uganda,..go here
You may consider spending more time (probably all day) with the Chimps, and not just a 3 hour chimp trek of which just one is spent with the chimps. You can do an all day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience at US$ 220 per person. Confirm this price by checking on the Current UWA entry and visiting fees. ... this is possible any time at the Kibale Forest. – may be you want to think about it and let us know? ...the choice is yours, ...just me being curious to your thoughts about this incredible experience.
Afternoon at the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary for a nature, birding and wildlife and see both mammals and birds in their natural setting. The wetland is a birder’s paradise with about 138 species and is best known for being home to the Great Blue Turaco. This is a 2½ - 3 hour walk and is a must for bird lovers. The walk is almost as popular as the Kibale Forest Walk. You will need good walking shoes since part of the walk is sometimes muddy. Hopefully you will spot the elusive Sitatunga antelope and the Shoebill Stork. This is nothing to be missed. You will meet some of the same primates here, even a chimpanzee at times. There is also an abundance of butterflies found here. Bigodi Sanctuary is located outside the park in Magombe Swamp it also hosts eight species of primates including the black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed, l’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, and olive baboons. Bushbucks and mongooses and many more can also be found here. Return to the lodge for dinner relaxation and overnight.
Day Three Kampala & Safari comes to and end:
After breakfast we depart for Kampala with a lunch along the way and arrive in Kampala during the late afternoon.
The 3 Day Private Safari includes:
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