3 Days Chimpanzee Trekking In Uganda Safari in Kibale National Park – Overview
This 3 days Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda safari tour in Kibale is a private 2-night/3-day Chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda in Kibale National Park to trek and meet the amazing Chimps on foot, birds, communities, and beautiful scenery
The 3 days Chimp trek safari in Uganda also features special community tours, stunning scenery viewing, and bird watching.
Kibale National Park covers an area of 795 km2 which is made of the dense tropical rainforest. This forest has the highest number of primate species in Africa with the highest percentage of seeing Chimpanzees in the wild than any other place in the world.
Also, this park has over 1,500 Chimpanzees, 12 other primate species, 70 mammal species, and 375 bird species. It also has 250 species of butterflies and 351 tree species some of which rise to over 55m and are over 200 years old.
This 3 days Uganda Chimpanzee trekking safari in Kibale Forest also features tours to the Amabere caves and Nakayima tree. These are cultural heritage sites with a stunning histories.
You will also enjoy an adventure tour of the scenic Fort Portal Crater field and wonder about the impact of vulcanization. You will witness this through hiking as you will see various crater lakes.
Enjoy sensational swamp walks in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary to see many birds and primates. This is combined with an amazing community village walk deep within the Bigodi community which will expose you to local people.
You will see these people doing farming, cooking, and making local brew and juice. On this 3 days Uganda tour, you will be astonished by the wide range of life and culture and the stunning nature enhancing this wonderful country.
3 Days Chimpanzee Trekking In Uganda Safari In Kibale National Park – Prime Safari Activities
- Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park on foot
- The scenic hike to the dramatic Fort Portal Crater Lake field
- Cultural and heritage tour to Amabere Cave and Nakayima tree
- An exciting Swamp walk in the community-run Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
- Community village walk in the Bigodi Community
3 Days Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda Safari in Kibale – Featured Safari Destinations
Day 1 & 2: Fort Portal Area, Kibale National Park, And Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Day 3: Mpanga Tea Estate (optional) And Nakayima tree
3 Days Chimp Trekking Uganda Safari In Kibale Forest National Park – Highlights
- Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to the Fort Portal area, Visit the Amabere caves, hike the Fort Portal Crater field, and transfer to Kibale National Park
- Day 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning and an afternoon Bigodi wetland walk.
- Day 3: Cycle in Mpanga tea estate (optional) & transfer back to Kampala with a visit to the Nakayima tree en route
3 Days Chimp Trekking Uganda Safari In Kibale Forest National Park – Detailed Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Travel From Kampala To Fort Portal Area, Visit The Amabere Caves, Hike The Fort Portal Crater Lake Field & Transfer To Kibale National Park
Have a gorgeous breakfast at your hotel in Kampala at around 6:30 am and drive to the Fort Portal area which is about a 300 km (5-6 hours) drive. You will transfer passing through the stunning countryside landscapes of Uganda.
This journey is full of scenic views including the scenic Mubende hills and many small towns en the routes of Mpigi, Mityana, Mubende, and Kyenjonjo. You will arrive in Fort Portal town a lovely area of Uganda and you will have lunch in one of the best restaurants.
After a wonderful lunch, head to Amabeere Caves which were named after their stalactite formation. The breast-like features in these caves are believed to have belonged to Nyinamwiru who was the daughter of King Bukuku.
Nyinamwiru was so beautiful that every man by that time wanted to marry her. Her father received many marriage proposals from men to take her daughter even from unsuitable suitors. This made her father cut off her breasts so that she becomes less attractive.
After exploring the caves, encounter on a hike to the magical Fort Portal Crater Lake field. When here, you will navigate the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill.
This hill is bounded by a range of striking crater lakes and crater hollows (some of which are over 400 meters deep). They give one of the most beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. On a clear day, when on top of the Kyeganywa hill, you get outstanding views of the Rwenzori Mountains.
From exploring the amazing crater field, transfer to Fort Portal town from which you drive 26 km to Kibale National Park. Arrive in the evening for relaxation, dinner, and overnight stay.
The highlight of the day: A heritage tour to Amabere Caves and a hike to the scenic Fort Portal Crater Lake Field.
Drive distance and time: Approximately 326km or 6-7 hours
Activities and services of the day;
- Driving to Fort Portal Area
- Visit Amabere Caves
- Hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake Field
- Drive to Kibale National Park
Optional activities you can choose to do on this day;
- Nocturnal walk in Kibale to see nocturnal creatures like Pottos, Bushbabies, Nightjars, and Tree hyrax.
- Cycling in Mpanga Tea Estate
Day 2: Morning Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale National Park & Afternoon Bigodi Wetland Walk
Enjoy a morning breakfast at around 6:30 am and transfer to Kanyanchu Visitor’s Center. Upon arrival, you will meet with the expert local guide who will guide you into the Kibale rainforest during the wonderful Chimpanzee trekking which starts at 8 am.
However, this enticing activity starts with a short briefing concerning the Chimpanzee trekking experience. You get to know the dos and don’ts of the activity. After this briefing, you go into the forest in search of the Chimpanzees.
Visitors have trekked Kibale’s Chimps since 1993 and there is a 95% chance of seeing the apes since the forest has over 1,500 individuals. And also this trek takes around 2-5 hours.
Once you encounter the Chimpanzees, you are limited to being with them for 1 full magical hour. Also, the group size is limited to 6 visitors, and tourists tracking the apes should all be above the age of 12.
As you are tracking the apes in the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by birds, colorful butterflies, and other primates.
You may have at least to see 5 or 7 other monkeys and these are likely to be;
|· Black-and-white Colobus|
· Uganda Red Colobus
· Uganda Mangabey
· Red-Tailed Monkey
|· Vervet Monkey|
· L’Hoest’s Monkey
· Olive Baboons
You will finally meet with the Chimpanzees that have been habituated making it safe for you to move closer and watch them. However, come close but from a safe intimate distance of 8-10 meters, and it is the perfect opportunity to take pictures.
It is a feeling of a lifetime when you come face to face with man’s closest relatives in the animal kingdom. You will feel a captivating sense of awareness as the Chimpanzees show off the same human behaviors and emotions.
You may see the Chimpanzee mother’s love for her baby or the harm of a younger sibling. Indeed Chimpanzee trekking is an outstanding adventure.
Once you are with the Chimpanzees, you have 1 full hour to be with them and you can as well take many photos as you can.
After encountering the Chimpanzees, you can return to the starting point and meet again with your guide and enjoy your packed lunch. Afterward, embark on a 2-hour swamp walk within the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.
This wetland sanctuary is a top Eco-tourist attraction and is home to over 200 bird species but more importantly, it also features a heritage encounter with the local people.
It also has a craft center which gives a great opportunity to explore the local way of life. Retreat from the activity for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.
The highlight of the day: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park
Activities & services of the day;
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Drive back to Kampala
Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include;
- Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
- Visit the community-run Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Day 3: Cycle In Mpanga Tea Estate (Optional) & Transfer Back To Kampala With A Visit To The Nakayima Tree En Route
After breakfast at around 8 am, transfer back to Kampala connecting 26 km to Fort Portal town, and proceed to a 300km about 5 hours drive to Kampala.
However, before embarking on the journey, you can opt to embark on a cycling adventure in Mpanga Tea Estate. On this adventure, you will explore the stunning tea plantation on a bike as you are escorted by a local guide.
You will also make another stop in Mubende so that you visit the Nakayima Tree. It is majorly known as the Bachwezi sacrificial site in Buganda. This amazing tree is predicted by scientists to be between 500 and 1,000 years old.
This outstanding tree towers almost 40 m above its surroundings. It has big buttress roots that buff out amazingly to form a dozen sounding hollows where each of them belongs to a specified spirit.
The most well-known spirit devoted to this tree is the Nakayima spirit and it works on fertility and various illnesses. The other is Ndahura for smallpox though others are in their perspective buttressed rooms.
- Nabuzana (marriage)
- Walumbe (death and diseases)
- Mukasa (lakes and rivers)
- Bamweyana (madness)
This tree is still an active shrine visited by Bachwezi cultists from Buganda and Bunyoro. They come to pay their respects or leave offerings like coins, cowrie shells, gourds, food, etc to relevant spirits.
It is most common when a group of cultists visits, they often spend a night by the tree and roast a goat or pig as they honor the incumbent priestess. Legends have it that he left under the tree to serve in that role since the 1960s.
You will have your lunch in Mubende and you will then proceed with your journey back to Kampala. This will mark the end of your 3 days Chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda tour.
Activities & Services of the day;
- Transfer back to Kampala
Drive distance & time: Approximately 326km or 6-7 hours
Optional activities you can choose to do on this day;
- Cycling in Mpanga tea estate
- Visit Nakayima Tree
End of the 3 Days Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda Safari Tour
- Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
- Full Board Accommodation on Safari
- Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
- Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
- Entrance fees to the tourist sites including protected areas mentioned
- Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
- Bottled water while on safari
- Border crossing fees (for cross-border safaris)
- General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff at the lodges
- Laundry Services
- Other Beverages/drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
- International Flights (Arranged on request)
- Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
- Optional Activity fees
- Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
- Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
- Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)