Seeing chimpanzees in the wild and witnessing their human-like behaviour is a fascinating and humbling experience. One of the best places to enjoy this is in Kibale National Park located in Western Uganda.
Kibale is famous for chimpanzee tracking tours because it is home to the biggest concentration of the common chimpanzee. This makes it an important site for both chimpanzee tourism and chimpanzee research - all of which contribute greatly to conserving the survival of our close animal relatives.
On this safari of western Uganda, you will get to see chimpanzees in their natural home and have your very own personal experience. You will also get to hike and enjoy nature walks in the neighbouring areas for that connection with nature that can only be gotten from being on your feet in the wild.
You will also visit Amabre Ga Nyina Mwiru an important traditional and historical site in the area - where stories of past ages will fascinate you.
- Crater walk & top of the world hike.
- Chimpanzee trecking.
- Bigodi swamp walk.
- Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru
DAY 1: Kampala to Kibale National Park.
After your morning breakfast, you will travel west to Kibale National Park Via Fort Portal. The journey is about 360 kilometres from Kampala and will take around 7 hours.
Along the way, you will enjoy changing views of Uganda's countryside, from town to farmland along the well-surfaced tarmac road. YOu will arrive at the lodge just in time to check-in and have your lunch.
Later in the afternoon, you will take a short hike to the crater lakes of Nyabikere, Nyamirima and Nyinabulitwa. You will then head on to the 'top of the world' for scenic views of the surrounding area and the evening sunset. You will then descend back to the lodge for an evening of relaxing, dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2. Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale & Bigodi Swamp Walk
After your early morning breakfast, you will transfer to the starting point for your chimpanzee tracking activity. At the starting point, you will be briefed by the park rangers before going into the forest to look for the chimps.
Kibale National park has the highest concentration of chimpanzees in the wild and presents one of the best chimpanzee tracking experiences in the whole world.
In addition to the Chimps, Kibale has 13 other primate species and you will be able to see most of them. Some of the more common monkeys and baboons will actually welcome you before you enter the park boundaries.
If you prefer to spend much more time with chimpanzees, you can always opt for Chimpanzee habituation at extra cost. This must be arranged ahead of time.
After your encounter with our closest animal cousins, you will go for a much-needed lunch after the intense search for chimps.
After your lunch, you will go to Bigodi Swamp for a nature walk in the community conserved swamp. The Bigodi wetland sanctuary was established by the local community to protect the local swamp and its species of animals and birds. The swamp is home to about 200 species of birds and gets regular visits from more than 8 primate species - sometimes even chimps.
The Bigodi swamp walk is a good way to learn about local conservation as well as the local ways of life of the people. From Bigodi, you will head back to the lodge to relax, have dinner, and stay the night.
DAY 3: Drive back to Kampala
You will check out of the lodge after your breakfast. You will then head to Fort Portal and continue to Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru caves and waterfalls.
There are stalagmites and stalactites in the shape of a woman’s breasts, hence the name Amabere which translates to breasts in the local language. Even more interesting is the traditional folklore that the local guide will tell you. He will explain the stories behind which several other animals have their representation and how it ties into the local story.
Combining the history of these physical features and the proven geography is a satisfying experience.
From the caves, you will then hike to the top of one of the hills for a spectacular view of the 3 crater lakes of Kigere, Nyabikere, and Saka.
After visiting the Amabere caves and hiking, you will head back to Fort Portal town where you will have your lunch. After lunch, you will drive back to Kampala and arrive in the evening.
- Accommodation on full board.
- Ground transportation in a 4WD.
- Services and allowances of an English speaking driver-guide.
- One chimpanzee permit per person.
- Activities as mentioned in the above itinerary.
- International Air tickets
- Visa Fees
- Personal insurance
- Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc
- Any other items which are not included in the above itinerary